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September 23, 2010
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September 23, 2010

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Raja Riaz asks Shahbaz to take
exception to Sana statement
By our correspondent
LAHORE: Punjab Senior Minister Raja Riaz Ahmed has voiced concern over the statement of Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan, who alleged that the Punjab governor was fanning sectarianism in the province. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the minister demanded Punjab chief minister to take notice of the irresponsible statement of the law minister. He said the Pakistan People’s Party, however, would continue to support the PML-N in the Punjab in the best interest of democracy.

OIC seeks UN rights resolution against Quran burning
GENEVA: The Organisation of the Islamic Conference on Wednesday put forward a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council to condemn a US clergyman’s plan to burn copies of the Quran. The plans for “Burn a Quran Day” by Terry Jones, pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center church in Gainesville, Florida, have been cancelled. Nevertheless, the OIC called on the 47-member council meeting in Geneva to pass the resolution to condemn “the recent call by an extremist group to organise a ‘Burn a Quran Day’”. The resolution lodged by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC also condemns the advocacy of religious hatred, and calls on the international community to stand united against events that could undermine peaceful coexistence.—AFP

Drunken man kills five in Hangu
By our correspondent
HANGU: Five persons were shot dead and three others sustained injuries when a drunken man opened fire during a party held to celebrate birth of twin baby boys in Darsamand village in Thall tehsil on Wednesday, local and police sources said. The sources said that wife of a villager Gul Hussain gave birth to twin-boys. He arranged a music concert at his Hujra (male guesthouse) to celebrate the occasion. The dead included Gul Hussain, father of the twins, Naseeb Noor, Luqman, Noor Mast and Shafiq while the injured were identified as Niamat Khan,

Khurshid and Adil. The injured were taken to the District Headquarters Hospital in Hangu for treatment.
Missing girl dies during treatment
KHAIRPUR: A girl, kidnapped some four months back, was died at hospital after she was found in a critical condition on the premises of the Chandka Medical College Hospital in wee hours on Wednesday. Shabnam Bhatti was kidnapped four months ago from Village Lal Bux Bhatti near Gambat. On Wednesday morning, some unidentified persons left her in a critical condition on the premises of the Chandka Medical College Hospital. She was immediately shifted to the emergency ward of the hospital but succumbed to her injuries.

PAEC to build 8,800 MW N-power plant by 2030
By our correspondent
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has established a strong and independent safety and security infrastructure, including the establishment of an independent regulatory authority, the Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA), in the year 2000. Pakistan is a party to several international conventions and actively participates in the nuclear safety and security activities and programmes of the agency, including the Nuclear Security Action Plan. This was the crux of an address given by Dr Ansar Parvez, Chairman, Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), while addressing the 54th IAEA General Conference. The conference is in session from September 20-24 at Vienna, Austria.

Another flight with US relief goods arrives
ISLAMABAD: The 20th civilian relief flight organised by the US Agency for International Development carrying relief items arrived on Wednesday. The flight is in addition to the several US military flights supporting Pakistan’s relief efforts. The flight delivered 1,600 rolls of plastic sheeting for the construction of temporary shelters. The reinforced sheeting can provide temporary shelter for approximately 48,000 people.

Ten wounded in Quetta
QUETTA: At least 10 people, four children among them, were wounded in an exchange of fire between two groups here on Sariab Road on Wednesday. Police said the members of the group attacked the houses of their rival group here at the Sariab Link Road, wounding Walid, Phool Chand, Sajid, Ismail, Haq Nawaz and others.

MKRMS moot on democracy today
By our correspondent
LAHORE: The Mir Khalil-ur-Rahman Memorial Society (MKRMS) will hold the third roundtable conference on the topic of “Democracy and Problems of People” on Thursday (today) at a local hotel. Senator S. M. Zafar will preside over the moot while former Ameer Jamat-e-Islami Qazi Hussain Ahmad will be the chief guest. Other speakers include Leader of Opposition Punjab Assembly Chaudhry Zaheer-ud-Din, former minister Muhammad Ali Durrani, Dr Arifa Saeeda, Orya Maqbool Jan, Dr Talat Mahmood and Dr Mehdi Hassan.

‘Geo FIR’ tonight
KARACHI: When the media reports of unusual incidents come on the notice, Geo FIR team rapidly comes into action and gets the real story of the crime incident. After a short break, ‘Geo FIR’ again comes into field. The programme’s host is Fahim Siddiqui, who got injured in bomb blast on last 10th of Moharram procession, the incident in which his son and nephew were killed. However, after recovering from the serious injuries, he again comes into action. ‘Geo FIR’ covers those aspects, which others ignore. ‘Geo FIR’ team investigates the crime incident on different angles and finally comes to the real story. ‘Geo FIR’ is being launched again and you may watch this tonight at 11 pm. People once again will know the incidents with the real story.

Senate body chief for unconditional release of Dr Aafia
ISLAMABAD: Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Interior Talha Mehmood on Wednesday called upon the US authorities for unconditional release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui. Addressing a press conference, he said any verdict by the US court against Dr Aafia would harm the image of the US across the Muslim world, particularly in Pakistan. He said Dr Aafia was being treated inhumanly in detention and in complete violation of human rights. He urged the Pakistani government to take up the issue with USA for her unconditional repatriation and release. “The president and prime minister of Pakistan should also talk to the US government in this regard.”

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