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[29 Sep 2009 | No Comment | ]

The News, Sept 29
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) MNA Marvi Memon has decided to call a meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Northern Areas to discuss the passing of the self-governance order without the approval of the Northern Areas Legislative Assembly (NALA) or the Kashmir and Northern Areas Standing Committee despite the prime minister’s commitment.
In a letter to Chairman National Assembly Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs and Northern Areas Shehzada Mohiuddin, Marvi Memon stated that the standing committee had only met once since the PPP government took …

Headline, Pakistan »

[28 Sep 2009 | One Comment | ]

By Bhagwandas
The Dawn, Sept 28
KARACHI, Sept 27: Because of a paucity of funds, the restoration work of the Wazir Mansion — the birthplace of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah — has been suspended for over 15 months, it has been learnt reliably.
While the government is spending billions of rupees on various projects in the city, the historical structure located in the old city neighbourhood of Kharadar, awaits a mere Rs3 million so that its restoration work, started years ago, could be completed, sources have told Dawn.
According to the sources, the priority …

Azad Kashmir, Gilgit -Baltistan, Headline, India, Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan, Terrorism »

[28 Sep 2009 | No Comment | ]

By Anwar Iqbal and Masood Haider
NEW YORK, Sept 27: The blasts that rocked Mumbai in November last year also destroyed the possibility of the resumption of a composite dialogue between South Asia’s two nuclear neighbours, India and Pakistan.
After extensive, two-hour talks at New York’s Palace Hotel, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and his Indian counterpart S.M. Krishna admitted that the two sides failed to fix a date for the resumption of dialogue suspended after the Mumbai attacks.
“They understood our position and did not insist on fixing a date,” said the …

Azad Kashmir, Gilgit -Baltistan, Headline, NOrthern Areas, Pakistan »

[28 Sep 2009 | No Comment | ]

London: A UK-based Kashmiri group has accused Pakistan of never hesitating to fund militants in the Northern Areas and rejected that country’s move to give the Gilgit-Baltistan region a province-like status.
“Pakistani establishment has always exploited the people of Gilgit-Baltistan. It has never hesitated to fund jihadi and sectarian Taliban in the region for a long time,” Mujatba Ali Shah, Information Secretary of the United Kashmir People’s National Party (UKPNP), told Kashmiris demonstrating in front of the High Commission of Pakistan here.
He said “thousands of indigenous Shia Muslims have been killed …

Azad Kashmir, Gilgit -Baltistan, Headline, NOrthern Areas, Pakistan, Terrorism »

[28 Sep 2009 | No Comment | ]

The Dawn, Sept 28
GILGIT, Sept 27: The incident of violence in which four persons died on Saturday has been widely condemned in the region declaring it an act to sabotage the forthcoming elections.
Talking to this correspondent, Pakistan Muslim League-N president Hafizur Rehman the act of terror would not affect the ongoing political reforms and elections for the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly.
He said involvement of external hands were possible in the incident. He expressed concern over the regional security situation and asked the government machinery to deliver. Criminals would not be allowed …

Azad Kashmir, Gilgit -Baltistan, Headline, NOrthern Areas, Pakistan »

[27 Sep 2009 | One Comment | ]

By Zulfiqar Ali Khan in The Dawn, Sept 27
HUNZA, Sept 26: People of Hunza as part of their ongoing protest drive organised a big rally under the aegis of All Hunza Action Committee (AHAC) here on Friday for acceptance of their demands. They were demanding an additional seat in Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA) before the forthcoming election.
This was the third major public protest after the successful events in Aliabad and Nasirabad Hunza.
The speakers condemned the discriminatory attitude of successive governments towards Hunza and resolved to boycott the election under the …

Azad Kashmir, Gilgit -Baltistan, Headline »

[27 Sep 2009 | No Comment | ]

GILGIT, Sept 26: Four people were killed and several others injured on Saturday in a bomb blast and violent protests that followed, police said.
The bomb went off in a bookshop in a busy market on the Airport Road, injuring four people. They were taken to the DHQ hospital where one of them died.
Gilgit police chief Khurshid Alam said it was a locally-made device.
After the blast, protesters took to the streets and pelted the police with stones. They blocked various roads and set tyres on fire. Police fired into the air …

Azad Kashmir, Gilgit -Baltistan, NOrthern Areas, Pakistan »

[26 Sep 2009 | No Comment | ]

By Tariq Naqash
MUZAFFARABAD, Sept 25: The president of his own faction of Muslim Conference (MC-F) Raja Farooq Haider on Friday announced that his party will convince Prime Minister Sardar Mohammad Yaqoob Khan to file a reference through President Raja Zulqarnain Khan with the Supreme Judicial Council against AJK Supreme Court Chief Justice Reaz Akhtar Chaudhry for alleged breach of constitution.
Talking to journalists, he claimed that Mr Chaudhry had ceased to qualify as judge of the apex court after “committing naked aggression against the constitution.”
Mr Haider, whose faction of MC …

Azad Kashmir, NOrthern Areas, Pakistan »

[26 Sep 2009 | No Comment | ]

By Tariq Naqash in The Dawn, Sept 26
MUZAFFARABAD, Sept 25: In what many official circles regard as sheer disregard to clear instructions of the federal government as well as treasury rules, the AJK finance department has released a tranche of Rs210 million to the Local Government and Rural Development (LG&RD) department under alleged intense pressure by the government in order to allow the department to carry on its practice of advance withdrawal of funds for development activities, it was learnt here on Friday.
Well placed sources told Dawn that the AJK …

Gilgit -Baltistan »

[26 Sep 2009 | No Comment | ]

ISLAMABAD, Sept 25: The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) may forge an alliance with the Pakistan Muslim League-N to form a coalition government in Gilgit-Baltistan, according to the party’s secretry-general Jehangir Badr.
“We can make an alliance with any political party in the region,” he said at a press conference here on Friday after a meeting with leaders of his party in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Political analysts here believe that there is a possibility of the PPP and the PML-N cooperating here despite their differences on various issues.
PML-N spokesman Siddiqul Farooq did not rule out …