Violence in Karachi claims 12 more lives
Two injured in Buffer Zone bomb blast
Staff ReporterKarachi—The menace of targeted killings and violence remained relentless in Karachi as it took 12 more lives and injured as many.
At least two people were injured in a bomb blast in Buffer Zone locality in the evening. The injured were being shifted to a nearby hospital.
The law enforcing agencies also came under attack as unidentified miscreants attacked police in Pak Colony, killing one official.
ISI chief to discuss drone issue in US next week
Washington—Pakistan’s spymaster will next week visit the United States to resume talks on intelligence cooperation and drone strikes, the thorniest aspect of Pakistani-US relations, an official said Wednesday.
It is the first time in a year the head of the military’s ISI intelligence agency flies to Washington, signalling a thaw in relations beset by crisis since US troops found and killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in May 2011.
Olson, Cunningham new US envoys to Pakistan, Afghanistan
Washington—US President Barack Obama on Tuesday named Richard Olson and James Cunningham to be the next ambassadors to Pakistan and Afghanistan, two highly sensitive positions vacated when envoys recently resigned, a White House statement said.
Olson is a former ambassador to the United Arab Emirates and Cunningham is the number two at the US embassy in Kabul.
Superstar Rajesh Khanna dies
Mumbai—Rajesh Khanna, often referred to as the “first superstar” of Bollywood and the Hindi film industry’s biggest heart-throb in his day, died on Wednesday after months of being unwell. He was 69.
Khanna, who had been sick since April with an undisclosed illness rumoured to be cancer, passed away at his family home in Mumbai after being discharged from hospital on Tuesday, reports said.