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Sunday, March 11, 2012

DINA for the Issue of March 11, 2012

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March 11, 2012 Sunday Rabi-us-Sani 17, 1433
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Sabir to be his deputy: Nayyar named Senate chairman
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By Syed Irfan Raza
ISLAMABAD, March 10: All speculations about the Senate's new chairman ended on Saturday when the ruling coalition unanimously named Nayyar Hussain Bukhari of the Pakistan People's Party for the slot.

The coalition sprang a surprise by naming a PPP man for the deputy chairman's slot, too...

http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/11/sabir-to-be-his-deputy-nayyar-named-senate-chairman.html


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Joint session likely to formalise new ties with US
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By Baqir Sajjad Syed
ISLAMABAD, March 10: The government is expected to convene a joint session of parliament in the third week of this month for giving final shape to 'new terms of engagement' with the United States as differences between key stakeholders on crucial issues, which were holding up completion of parliamentary review of ties, appear to have narrowed down.

Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Saturday told a group of reporters that the joint session could be held days after President Asif Ali Zardari's address to parliament on March 17...

http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/11/joint-session-likely-to-formalise-new-ties-with-us.html


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47 killed in Khyber gunfight
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PESHAWAR, March 10: At least 39 militants and four security personnel were killed on Saturday in a day-long gunbattle in northwestern tribal region, officials said.

The fighting took place as security personnel, backed by helicopter gunships, carried out a search operation around the town of Bara in the lawless Khyber tribal district bordering Afghanistan...

http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/11/47-killed-in-khyber-gunfight.html


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PM asks agencies to respect Balochistan govt's mandate
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By Our Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD, March 10: In a rather strong statement, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani asked Frontier Corps and other law-enforcement agencies on Saturday to respect the mandate of Balochistan government and help it restore law and order in the province.

"The mandate of the Balochistan government has to be respected. The FC is bound to assist the provincial administration," Mr Gilani said while talking to a group of journalists...

http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/11/pm-asks-agencies-to-respect-balochistan-govts-mandate.html


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AG receives SC order on execution of NRO verdict
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By Our Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD, March 10: The office of Attorney General Maulvi Anwarul Haq on Saturday received the three-page order of the Supreme Court on the implementation of the NRO judgment, which he is supposed to communicate to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.

At the last hearing on March 8, a seven-judge Supreme Court bench had directed the AG to convey to the prime minister the court's renewed directive on implementation of the National Reconciliation Ordinance...

http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/11/ag-receives-sc-order-on-execution-of-nro-verdict.html


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Judicial Commission recommends judges for FSC, LHC
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By Our Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD, March 10: The Judicial Commission (JC) on Saturday recommended the elevation of Shaikh Ahmed Farooq and Justice (retd) Rashid Jehangir as judges of the Federal Shariat Court.

Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, who presided over the commission's meeting, also approved the names of Abdus Sami Khan, Ibadur Rehman Lodhi, Shahid Waheed, Shujat Ali Khan and Baqqir Ali Najfi as additional judges of the Lahore High Court for a one-year term...

http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/11/judicial-commission-recommends-judges-for-fsc-lhc.html


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Kohistan killings Five suspects arrested, says Malik
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By Farooq Ahmed Khan
GILGIT, March 10: Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said the alleged perpetrators of the target killing of 16 bus passengers in Kohistan district late last month have been traced through frequency of their cellphones and five of them have already been arrested.

However, their identity cannot be disclosed at the moment...

http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/11/kohistan-killings-five-suspects-arrested-says-malik.html


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US, Pakistan agree to continue talks for improving relations
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By Anwar Iqbal
WASHINGTON, March 10: The United States and Pakistan have agreed to continue talks for improving bilateral relations, says a senior US official.

Deputy Secretary of State Tom Nides also said that the US had provided over $2.6 billion in civilian assistance to Pakistan since October 2009, including about $800 million in emergency flood relief...

http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/11/us-pakistan-agree-to-continue-talks-for-improving-relations.html


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Six pro-govt militiamen gunned down
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QUETTA, March 10: Six members of a pro-government peace lashkar were killed in Phelawagh area of Dera Bugti district on Saturday night, officials said.

A district official said the lashkar men were going home from Sui town on motorcycles when gunmen intercepted them, killing them on the spot...

http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/11/six-pro-govt-militiamen-gunned-down.html


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Three more religious groups banned
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By Our Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD, March 10: The government banned on Saturday another three religious/charity organisations working in the country.

According to a senior official of the interior ministry, with the latest ban imposed on Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), Al Harmain Foundation (AHF) and Rabita Trust (RT), the number of outlawed organisations and groups has risen to 38. The three organisations were outlawed by the United Nations in 2009 under a resolution adopted by the Security Council...

http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/11/three-more-religious-groups-banned.html


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Habib claims giving money to Nawaz by hand
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KARACHI, March 10: Former Mehran Bank chief Younis Habib on Saturday came out with a fresh claim, saying that he had delivered money by hand to Pakistan Muslim League chief Nawaz Sharif at his home.

According to the website of a private television network, Younis Habib also said Rs 2.5 million was paid to Shahbaz Sharif through telegraphic transfer (TT) on Sept 27, 1993...

http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/11/habib-claims-giving-money-to-nawaz-by-hand.html


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Five Guantanamo Taliban agree to move to Qatar
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KABUL, March 10: Five Taliban detainees held at the US Guantanamo Bay military prison have agreed to be transferred to Qatar, a move Afghanistan believes will boost a nascent reconciliation process, according to President Hamid Karzai's spokesman.

The transfer idea is part of US efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table to avoid prolonged instability in Afghanistan after foreign combat troops leave the country at the end of 2014...

http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/11/five-guantanamo-taliban-agree-to-move-to-qatar.html


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