Taliban denounce US blacklisting of Haqqani network
Kabul—The Taliban denounced Saturday US moves to blacklist the Al-Qaeda-linked Haqqani network as a terrorist organisation, saying it would have no impact on operations and was indicative of US defeat in Afghanistan.
In a statement released through micro-blogging site Twitter, it said there was “no separate entity… in Afghanistan by the name of Haqqani”, adding that the network’s founder and its fighters were totally loyal to Taliban supreme leader Mullah Omar.
Won’t allow Pak cricketers to play in Mumbai: Bal Thackeray
Mumbai—Days after his nephew Raj opposed - albeit briefly - a TV show featuring Pak artistes, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on Saturday said he would not allow Pakistani cricketers to play in Mumbai.
“I won’t allow them to play here. I have not reneged on my words and won’t do so,” Thackeray said, in the second part of a marathon interview published in the party mouthpiece Saamana. The Sena patriarch also claimed that if he was given charge of the military, he would perform a miracle and set things right in the country within a month.
Dr AQ Khan backed as caretaker PM
Karachi—Mohsin-e-Pakistan Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan graced the reception hosted in his honour by the leading industrialist Ishtiaq Baig and President Make-A-Wish Foundation Pakistan at his place.
The host who is also the Hon. Consul General of Morocco lauded the contribution of Dr. A. Q. Khan for Pakistan and said that at the time when the political parties are looking for consensus candidate for caretaker setup, Dr. A. Q. Khan who enjoys undoubted respect and regards of the nation being the saver of Pakistan can be the best choice for the caretaker Prime Minister. He expected that all the political parties will have the consensus on Mohsin-e-Pakistan.