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Bahrain says will not disband opposition groups

DUBAI – Bahrain’s foreign minister said on Friday the Gulf Arab state was not trying to dissolve the biggest opposition party, in comments that came after the United States criticised legal action against the group, Wefaq. Bahrain’s Ministry of Justice and Islamic Affairs said on Thursday it would dissolve Wefaq and another group in Bahrain’s toughest crackdown yet on Shi’ite dissidents who led an uprising to demand more say in the Sunni-ruled monarchy. “A clarification: Bahrain is

World’s highest hotel opens in Hong Kong

HONG KONG – The world’s highest hotel opened its doors in Hong Kong on Tuesday, housed in the city’s tallest skyscraper and offering unrivalled panoramic views of the world famous Victoria Harbour.
Towering some 490 metres (1,600 feet) above the bustling, chaotic streets of the Southern Chinese city, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel is making a grand comeback after temporarily closing in 2008.
Visitors peered out of the floor-to-ceiling windows of the 118th floor of the International

‘KU bombers’ admit having links to anti-Shia groups

KARACHI – The five men arrested in connection with the recent bombing at the University of Karachi (KU) have admitted having links to several religious groups that funded their militant operations in the city against the people of the Shia sect.
Disclosing the facts revealed in several interrogations with the detainees, police sources said that the accused men had planned operations against people belonging to different organisations, including a student body representing the

Bahrain’s main opposition groups ease demands

MANAMA – Bahrain’s main opposition groups have eased conditions for talks to end a crisis that has drawn in neighbouring Gulf armies and raised tensions in the oil-exporting region.
Led by the largest Shi’ite opposition party Wefaq, they called late on Saturday on security forces to free all those detained in the wake of a month of protests, end their crackdown and ask Gulf Arab troops to leave so talks could begin.
“Prepare a healthy atmosphere for the start of political

Many terror groups eyeing Pakistan’s nukes: Petraeus

LAHORE – Commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan General David Petraeus has said that many terror groups based in the region were eyeing Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal, India’s NDTV television channel reported.
“There are certainly other elements in Pakistan, the Taliban and several other varieties of elements who generally have symbiotic relationships, the most extreme of which might, indeed, value access to nuclear weapons or other weapons that could cause enormous loss of

Govt panicking under UN pressure: Baloch groups

KARACHI – The state and the government of Pakistan are panicking amidst immense pressure from the UN and human rights organisations to resolve the issues of the people of Balochistan and the recent statements issued by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani should be seen in this light, Baloch groups told Pakistan Today on Wednesday.
“This is all they can do. They go around spreading lies and misleading the people of the country through the media. Then people wonder why the people of

Six foreign-funded militant groups operating in Balochistan

ISLAMABAD – Six militant organisations sponsored – funded and armed by foreign forces – are operating and involved in terrorist activities in Balochistan. According to a report prepared by the law enforcement agencies in Balochistan, the Balochistan Liberation Army, Balochistan Republican Army, Balochistan Liberation Front and Lashkar-e-Balochistan were led by Harbiar Marri (London), Barahamdagh Bugti (Afghanistan), Dr Allah Nazar (Khuzdar) and Javed Mengal (London), respectively.

Four Brothers Group’s 2nd annual conference concludes

LAHORE – Four Brothers Group’s second annual conference was held at a local five star hotel. Around 1000 agricultural experts, known farmers and dealers from all over Pakistan attended the conference. Guests included Provincial Minister of Agriculture Ahmed Ali Aulakh, Provincial Minister for Food Nadeem Kamran, Lifestock Secretary Dr Zafar Altaf, Provincial Assembly Member Naghma Mushtaq and many other corporate individuals. Addressing the conference, Four Brothers Group Pakistan

Salmaan Taseer’s condolence reference – Liberals surmount threats by religious groups

KARACHI – A large number of people from all walks of life including trade unionists, politicians, journalists, nationalists and doctors attended a condolence reference in remembrance of late Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer at the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) House on Tuesday.
The reference was arranged by Citizens for Democracy – a joint network of several non-governmental organisations, professional bodies, independent journalists, trade unions, rights organisations, civil