Thursday, June 9, 2011

Karachi Rangers shooting, MNAs call for strict action

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Lawmakers condemned the killing of a young man by Rangers personnel in Karachi and urged Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani here on Thursday to give exemplary punishment to the accused.

The members were of the view that the barbaric act was a matter of shame for the country, the parliament, public representatives and law enforcing institutions.

US aid should be diverted, Pakistan Army Chief

ISLAMABAD: Billions of dollars in US aid meant for the military’s fight against militants should be diverted to bolster the economy and help ordinary Pakistanis, says Pakistan’s army chief.

The announcement could be seen as a snub to the US and an attempt to bolster the military’s popularity following the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

Hundreds Militants Attacked Pakistani Check Post in North Waziristan

North Waziristan : Around 150 militants armed with rockets attacked a security checkpost in Pakistan's Waziristan on Thursday, killing eight soldiers, intelligence officials said, as tensions rise in the volatile northwestern region along the Afghan border.

The attack, in which about 12 militants were killed, appeared to be part of a new strategy by the Pakistani Taliban of staging large-scale assaults on military and government targets in a bid to demoralize the army.

Pakistan court upholds Afridi overseas ban

KARACHI: Sindh High Court upheld a decision to revoke permission for former captain Shahid Afridi to play abroad, on Thursday, adjourning the hearing of his petition against the Cricket Board until June 16 .

Afridi went to court after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) punished him for allegedly breaching a code of conduct by announcing his retirement, after he was dumped as one-day captain, and levelling allegations against the Board.