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Saturday, March 10, 2012

DINA for the Issue of March 10, 2012

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D A W N I n t e r n e t N e w s A l e r t
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March 10, 2012 Saturday Rabi-us-Sani 16, 1433
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Foreigners among 19 killed in drone attacks
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Dawn Report
LADHA, March 9: At least 19 militants, among them foreigners, were killed when US drones fired missiles on a compound and a vehicle in different areas of South Waziristan on Friday.

According to intelligence sources, up to 12 militants were killed in the attack on the vehicle in Jandool Mandow area of Shaktoi, near North Waziristan. The drones fired four missiles and foreigners were among the casualties, they said...

http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/10/foreigners-among-19-killed-in-drone-attacks.html


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Gen Zahir to replace Pasha in ISI
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By Baqir Sajjad Syed
ISLAMABAD, March 9: The government has appointed Lt Gen Zahir ul Islam as the next head of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the country's premier intelligence agency, ending speculations about giving another extension to Lt Gen Shuja Pasha.

"Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has appointed Lt General Zahir ul Islam as new Director General Inter Services Intelligence (ISI)," a brief statement issued on Friday by the prime minister's office said without giving further details...

http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/10/gen-zahir-to-replace-pasha-in-isi.html

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Zardari calls joint session on 17th
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Dawn Report
ISLAMABAD, March 9: President Asif Ali Zardari has summoned the National Assembly session on March 14 and is likely to address a joint sitting of parliament on March 17.

According to an official announcement on Friday, the Presidency summoned the NA session on the advice of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani...

http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/10/zardari-calls-joint-session-on-17th.html


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Mehrangate 'stars' refute each other
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Contradictory claims were made in the Supreme Court by former ISI chief Asad Durrani and former army chief Gen Aslam Beg, with the former in a sworn statement conceding that he had received instructions from the latter for the disbursement of election donations and Gen Beg declaring the revelations by Younus Habib as a bolt from the blue.

"This is totally mala fide attempt to dramatise and scandalise the sanctity of the proceedings pending before the court, which has given a new direction by the sinister intelligence behind this whole affair," Aslam Beg said in his counter-affidavit. He said it was also part of the record that Interior Minister Rehman Malik travelled twice to Germany to scandalise the issue, which was first blasted by late Maj-Gen (retd) Naseerullah Babar, the interior minister in Benazir Bhutto's second government...

http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/10/mehrangate-stars-refute-each-other.html


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Hearings to focus on roles of Aslam Beg, Asad Durrani: SC
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By Nasir Iqbal
ISLAMABAD, March 9: The Supreme Court appears to have succeeded in silencing its detractors who accuse it of targeting only politicians when during the hearing on Friday of a case relating the doling out of money to politicians by the ISI in the 1990s, it said that the proceedings would now solely focus on the roles played by former army chief Gen (retd) Mirza Aslam Beg, former ISI chief Lt-Gen (retd) Asad Durrani and then head of Mehran Bank Younus Habib and not pay much attention to politicians who were the alleged beneficiaries.

A three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Tariq Parvez decided to hold future proceedings on the basis of what had transpired in the court on Thursday and Friday...

http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/10/hearings-to-focus-on-roles-of-aslam-beg-asad-durrani-sc.html


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Baloch separatists not to be backed, Pakistan assured
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By Our Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD, March 9: As the insurgency in Balochistan gets into international limelight, several foreign governments have assured Pakistan of steps to curb activities of Baloch separatists on their soil.

"We have been assured that their respective territories would not be used for anti-Pakistan activities," Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said on Friday while responding to a question about enhanced activities of expatriate Baloch activists, who have been rejuvenated by the US Congressional hearing and tabling of a resolution on Balochistan...

http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/10/baloch-separatists-not-to-be-backed-pakistan-assured.html


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Conspiracy under way to promote secession: Jamali
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By Ahmad Hassan
ISLAMABAD, March 9: Jan Mohammad Khan Jamali, the outgoing deputy chairman of Senate, said on Friday that Balochistan faced a serious crisis because there was an international conspiracy to force the province to secede.

Speaking to a group of journalists at a reception given in his honour, Senator Jamali, who hails from Balochistan and will retire from the upper house of parliament on March 12, said the problem of forced disappearances and dumping of bullet-riddled bodies would have to be solved immediately before anyone could hope for peace in the country's largest province...

http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/10/conspiracy-under-way-to-promote-secession-jamali.html


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Pasha's exit a relief for US intelligence community, say media
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By Anwar Iqbal
WASHINGTON, March 9: Indicating a new, careful approach towards Pakistan, the White House and the State Department on Friday refused to offer off-the-cuff remarks on the appointment of a new ISI chief in Pakistan, saying that they would comment on it later.

"I'll have to get back to you on that," said Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, when asked to comment on Lt-Gen Zaheer ul Islam's appointment as the new ISI chief announced in Islamabad on Friday...

http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/10/pasha-s-exit-a-relief-for-us-intelligence-community-say-media.html


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Kharif crops face serious water shortfall
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By Khaleeq Kiani
ISLAMABAD, March 9: The coming Kharif crops face a serious water crisis because estimates of shortfall at the start of the sowing season in April range between 60 per cent and 70 per cent.

Sources told Dawn on Friday the Tarbela reservoir touched its dead level early this week while the Mangla dam, which had only 13 feet of additional water, was expected to reach its dead level early next week...

http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/10/kharif-crops-face-serious-water-shortfall.html


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US agrees to hand over Bagram prison to Afghans
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KABUL, March 9: The United States on Friday signed a deal transferring the notorious Bagram prison to Afghan control, marking a breakthrough in negotiations over a strategic treaty between the two nations.

The handover of the US-run prison — sometimes called Afghanistan's Guantanamo Bay — has been a key sticking point in talks between Washington and the Afghan government on concluding a long-term partnership pact...

http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/10/us-agrees-to-hand-over-bagram-prison-to-afghans.html


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Karachi Stocks Up 87.68 Points:
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KARACHI, Mar 09: At close of trading, the KSE-100 index was at 13359.07, up 87.68 points.
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Forex Update:
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KARACHI, Mar 09: The Pakistani Rupee was traded at 91.2 to the US Dollar in the open market.
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