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EU declines concessions for home textiles sector

The European Union (EU) has refused to give concessions to the country’s best performing home textiles sector and it will be excluded from the list of 75 Pakistani products granted the favour, official sources said on Friday.
The government has strongly advocated the inclusion of the home textile sector in the concessions package, but to no avail.
The trade concessions announced by EU are likely to take effect from January 1, 2011. These unilateral concessions are expected

CIA on recruitment spree in Pakistan

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has stepped up recruitment of Afghans and local tribesmen in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas to spy on the Taliban and al Qaeda-linked militants, which is raising serious concern in the country’s security apparatus and the matter is likely to be taken up with Washington soon.
The CIA has reportedly been given additional Predator and Reaper drones by the US military as part of a major strategy shift that highlights the Obama administration’s belief

US drones kill 9 Taliban in North Waziristan

Two suspected US missile strikes have killed nine people in North Waziristan, intelligence and security officials said on Friday.
One strike on Friday evening in the town of Mohammad Khel killed four Taliban and a second in Datta Khel killed five, two officials said.
In the second strike, a US drone fired two missiles on a militant compound in Charkhel village, in the Dattakhel area, 25 kilometres west of Miranshah, security officials said.
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