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December 31, 2007

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Nawaz terms Benazir’s assassination tragic incident

LARKANA: The assassination of Benazir Bhutto is a tragic incident in PakistanÕs history, PML-N chief Mian Mohammed Nawaz Sharif said adding such incidents were tantamount to destroying the very unity of the country. He was talking to journalists at the Moenjodaro Airport prior to his departure from Larkana after offering condolences to Asif Ali Zardari, the husband of the slain PPP leader. The former prime minister said he had asked the PPP leadership to support the APDM in boycotting the elections but he was told the decision in this regard would be taken during the PPP central executive committee meeting on Sunday. Nawaz said a consensus was developed during his talks with the PPP leaders that in future both parties would work together. He described the assassination of Benazir Bhutto and firing on his rally part of a major conspiracy against the nation.



Situation in Pakistan should matter to US voters: McCain

DOVER: Republican presidential hopeful John McCain focused on Pakistan during his election campaign on Saturday, arguing the United States needs a president with an experience to deal with the international crises. He told the audiences during his stopovers at various places that the situation in Pakistan should matter to voters because it has implications for national security at home. I have been to Waziristan. I know President Musharraf and I know these people, I have been there many times,Ó he said. I know how to handle this situation, and that is because I have the experience and the knowledge, the background and the judgment.Ó Though he did not mention any names, McCain drew a contrast with his chief rival in New Hampshire, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who lacks foreign policy experience.



Protest continues in AJK cities

KOTLI: Like other cities in Azad Kashmir, a complete shutter-down strike was observed here to protest the assassination of Chairperson Pakistan PeopleÕs Party Benazir Bhutto. On the third consecutive day, markets remained closed in the city and only a few shops were opened for a few hours in the morning. There was shortage of edibles, fuel and LPG, which created problems for the people in the district.

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