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January 4, 2008

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January 4, 2008

Senate body for foolproof security during Muharram

ISLAMABAD: The Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Interior, Senator Muhammad Talha Mehmood, stressed upon the Ministry of Interior to

make foolproof security arrangements regarding the forthcoming holy month of Muharram-ul-Haram. He called upon the Ulema to promote harmony and tolerance and urged the people to cooperate with the law-enforcement agencies to avoid any kind of mishap. He suggested that a comprehensive security plan for various routes be chalked out to provide security to the Muharram processions throughout the country.



Gunmen kill three people in Mardan

MARDAN: Gunmen killed three people in two separate incidents here on Thursday. Gulzar Ahmed and Itbar Ali were killed when Mir Zaman, Zahid Ali and Murad Ali started indiscriminate firing on them in Machi, and escaped. The cause of killing was said to be an old enmity. In another incident, Ajmal Khan opened fire on Qaiser in Ghore over a minor dispute, and killed him.



Situation calm in affected areas of Sindh, says ISPR

RAWALPINDI: Situation remained calm and under control in the affected areas of Sindh province after the deployment of Army there to assist the civil administration, the ISPR said on Thursday. According to the ISPR, the Army, in close coordination with Rangers and police, was constantly monitoring the criminal elements who exploited the situation and indulged in looting after the demise of Benazir Bhutto. Goods worth Rs 13 million, which were recovered by the Army troops from Hyderabad, Jamshoro, Kotri and Mirpurkhas, had been handed over to the civil administration for compiling proper record.



Army operation for recovery of goods continues

By our correspondent

DADU: Army and the police are carrying out a joint operation against the people involved in the loot and plunder after the assassination of Pakistan Peoples’ Party chairperson

and former premier Benazir Bhutto on December 27 at Liaquat Bagh, Rawalpindi. However, complaints were rising that the police were victimising PPP workers and local leaders on the pretext that they were involved in the incidences of lawlessness, firing and arson in the district. The police booked dozens of people, including PPP Khairpur Nathan Shah president. PPP leaders have complained the party workers are being booked on the instructions of a former federal minister and his son. Meanwhile, an official handout released here said that a joint team of the Army and the police personnel had been established for the recovery of the looted goods during three days of violence.



JI demo against flour shortage, loadshedding today

By our correspondent

LAHORE: The Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) would observe a protest day today throughout the Punjab against flour shortage, load shedding and increase in gas price. JI Punjab Ameer Liaqut Baloch stated this while talking to party workers before leaving for Karachi here on Thursday. He said protest demonstrations would be held after the Friday prayers in all the divisional headquarters. Baloch said that a large population of the country was facing flour shortage and paying heavy electricity bills, which showed poor governance of the government. He went on to say that the nation had shown dissatisfaction over the election and wanted to get rid of the incumbent regime.



Iranian FM arrives today

ISLAMABAD: Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki would pay an official day-long visit to Pakistan on Friday (today). Iranian Embassy here said on Thursday Mottaki was expected to meet President Pervez Musharraf, Caretaker Prime Minister Muhammadmian Soomro and interim Foreign Minister Inam-ul-Haq. The embassy further said he would also visit the grave of Benazir Bhutto in Larkana.