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Mangal escapes to Afghanistan, revives links with Afghan spies

PESHAWAR – In the wake of Zakhakhel Afridi tribesmen’s revolt, Lashkar-e-Islam chief Mangal Bagh has lost his influence in the inaccessible Tirah Valley of the Khyber Agency and has escaped to Afghanistan along with his loyalists.
Leader of another militant group, Ansar Ul Islam Haji Akhunzada told reporters on Sunday, “Mangal Bagh has shifted to Nazieyan Shinwari area of Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province. He is living with Amin Shah Shinwari.” Akhunzada said that Mangal Bagh was

Petition filed against links to sexual content on Internet search engines

KARACHI – The Sindh High Court issued notices to Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) chairman and Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) president/chief executive officer (CEO) on Friday on a constitutional petition pleading to block sexual websites’ links appearing in the results of Yahoo!, MSN and Google search engines.
The petition was filed by Human Rights Commission South Asia (HRCSA) representative Iqbal Kazmi who sought blocking the

Nisar links Davis’ release with ISI DG’s extension

ISLAMABAD – Opposition leader in the National Assembly Nisar Ali Khan on Monday linked the release of CIA contractor Raymond Davis to the extension in the service granted to ISI Director General Ahmed Shuja Pasha.
Opening the debate on the presidential address to the joint session of parliament, the PML-N leader said, “I think we need to focus who got extension (in employment) after three days of the release of Raymond Davis… the nation needs to know who played what part in his

‘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

Gilani links Pak-Kyrgyz ties to prosperity

BISHKEK – Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday said Pakistan desires multi-faceted and vibrant ties with Kyrgyzstan for the progress and prosperity of two countries. In a meeting with Kyrgyz President Roza Otenbayeva at her presidential office – White House, the two leaders discussed a whole gamut of issues including bilateral trade, energy and infrastructure and Afghanistan situation, regional and global issues.
PM Gilani outlined Pakistan’s desire to improve

Six arrested in Karachi for links with Davis

KARACHI – Law enforcement agencies have arrested six people, including two women, for having close links with Raymond Davis, a CIA contractor who shot dead two Pakistanis in Lahore, Pakistan Today has learnt. Sources told Pakistan Today that some more arrests were to follow, including those of some important figures in the government.
Reliable sources said two people of Baloch origin were arrested from Defence Phase V, one from 13-D Gulshan-e-Iqbalm while another was arrested

SA seeks to consolidate trade links

LAHORE – South Africa (SA) is keen to consolidate its partnership with Pakistan on the basis of cooperation and would like to ramp up interaction between the two governments and business communities. South-South cooperation is cornerstone of foreign policy of South Africa. These views were expressed by the South Africa Deputy High Commissioner Cassim Peer and former Minara Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Ebrahim Patel, while speaking to LCCI President Shahzad Ali Malik at

‘N’ links roundtable moot to its agenda

LAHORE – The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) will only attend the roundtable summit called by President Asif Ali Zardari if its agenda includes the party’s 10-poing agenda, which the PML-N leadership reckons as a lifeline for the country, it is learnt.
Reliable sources told Pakistan Today that in a discussion with PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, a proposal was reviewed that the party should give its consent if Zardari agreed to include the 10-point agenda in the moot. Sources

Latif Khosa links KBD to provinces’ consensus

LAHORE – Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khan Khosa has said that all dams, including Kalabagh, must be built, but after removing the reservations of all the provinces.
He was talking to media people during his first interaction with PPP beat reporters at the Governor’s House on Thursday. He said the country was in dire need of new big water reservoirs but these should not be constructed at the cost of the national unity, but with the consensus of the provinces.
The governor,

WikiLeaks exposes Bulgarian football league’s mafia links

SOFIA – Some of Bulgaria’s most popular football clubs have ties with mafia bosses, who use them to launder money, according to a US diplomatic document revealed by whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks. “Bulgarian soccer clubs are widely believed to be directly or indirectly controlled by organised crime figures who use their teams as a way to legitimise themselves, launder money, or make a fast buck,” a January 2010 cable from the US embassy in Sofia to Washington noted.
Details of

UAE tries 2 Pakistanis for Qaeda links

ABU DHABI – Two Pakistani brothers accused of collecting money and recruiting jihadists for Al-Qaeda went on trial in the United Arab Emirates and appeared in a court on Monday, a daily reported on Tuesday.
The pair, charged with running a jihadi organisation and aiding and abetting Al-Qaeda, have confessed to having links with the jihadist network, the court was told according to the report. They also had direct communication with a senior member of Al-Qaeda, the daily said.

Punjab govt credibility at stake after WikiLeaks exposure

LAHORE: After Wikileaks’ revelation that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif tipped off Jamaatud Dawa (JD), a banned militant outfit, about expected UN sanctions well before time which helped JD empty its bank accounts, a big question mark has been put on the credibility of the Punjab government.
The Punjab government is already in hot waters due to its soft corner for extremist organisations and disclosure by WikiLeaks has strengthened the growing belief that there are close

Eight Pakistanis arrested for terror links

MADRID: Spanish police have arrested six Pakistanis and a Nigerian suspected of providing forged passports to organisations linked to Al Qaeda, including the group accused of plotting the 2008 attacks in Mumbai, the Interior Ministry said on Wednesday.
Three others – two Pakistanis and a Thai national – were held in Thailand as part of the same Operation Kampai, which “neutralised a vast cell that helped provide passports for Al Qaeda”, it said in a statement.
Spanish police

Abbas links talks to building freeze

CAIRO: The Palestinian Authority will not return to peace talks with Israel unless there is a freeze on settlement building that includes East Jerusalem, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday.
Abbas said the Palestinians and Israel had received no official US request for a return to the talks which began in September but stopped three weeks later after Israel refused to extend a freeze on new settlements in the West Bank.
Asked if the Palestinian Authority

Pakistan, Turkey must develop commercial and business links

KARACHI: Pakistan should expand its tourism and business links with Turkey, underling the need to strengthen the relationship between the two Islamic partners. Turkey, in recent years, has focused on developing and consolidating its ties within the Middle East and the Ummah.
Turkish Airlines (TA) Country Manager Utku Yazan highlighted the potential of tourism and business in Turkey and Pakistan, in an interview to Pakistan Today. Turkey has attempted to facilitate the entry of