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Troops deployed in capital as Tunisia sacks minister

Troops deployed in capital as Tunisia sacks minister

TUNIS – Troops were deployed in the Tunisian capital on Wednesday as the government sacked the interior minister and announced it would free protesters after weeks of demonstrations that unions said left scores dead.
In a sign of increasing government concern, armoured vehicles rumbled through Tunis and troops took up positions at major intersections and the entrance to the Cite Ettadhamen quarter where rioters burnt vehicles and attacked government offices late Tuesday.

Young doctors meet chief minister for special pay package

LAHORE – A delegation of young doctors met Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif at CM House on Monday and apprised him of the genuine demands of the young doctors, including the demands of a special pay package and pay protection for doctors.
The meeting was attended by Punjab Health Secretary Fawad Hasan Fawad, Parliamentary Secretary for Health Dr Saeed Elahi and MPA Dr Asad Ashraf while the delegation of young doctors consisted of Dr Salman Kazmi, Dr Aslam Rao, Dr Khuda

Law minister questioned – Taseer’s assassination dominates PA session

LAHORE – Former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer’s assassination remained the topic of discussion during the Punjab Assembly (PA) session on Friday, as statements of both Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) ministers and members of the provincial assembly (MPA) reflected a difference of opinion between both the parties.
Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah rejected the PPP’s allegations that the PML-N has influenced investigations of Taseer’s

Lawari tunnel will open this winter: minister

PESHAWAR – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Population Welfare Minister Salim Khan said on Saturday that to ensure the Lawari tunnel opening for traffic in current winter season, the federal government would pay extra money to the Korean construction company to facilitate the traveling of people.
In a statement, the minister said the federal government gave the approval for opening this long-awaited tunnel route in this winter.

Domestic violence shrinking, minister tells NA

ISLAMABAD – The National Assembly was informed on Wednesday that due to government’s efforts, the country saw a downward trend in cases of domestic violence and only 5,404 such cases were registered in the years 2009 and 2010.
In response to a question, Minister for Human Rights Mumtaz Alam Gillani told the House that in 2008, the cases of domestic violence were far more than those registered in two following years.
“In order to curb the offense, the government is creating

World may recognise Palestine soon: Israeli minister

JERUSALEM – With peace talks stalled, the “entire world” could recognise a Palestinian state within a year, a dovish Israeli cabinet minister warned on Sunday, urging the resumption of negotiations.
The comments from Industry and Trade Minister Benjamin Ben Eliezer come after Ecuador formally recognised Palestine as an independent state on Friday, following the lead of other South American countries.
Brazil, Argentina and Bolivia gave formal recognition earlier this month

Minister denies refusing visas to Sikhs

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Malik Ammad Khan on Tuesday contradicted reports about visa applications refusal to 300 Sikh pilgrims.
Responding to a question during the National Assembly session, the minister said the matter was related to the interior ministry, however, he checked with the Interior Ministry officials who termed the reports as false.
He informed the House that a protocol was singed in 1974 in which the number of the people who would visit

Clueless health minister enrages deputy speaker

ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi on Monday lost his temper when Health Minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin failed to apprehend successive questions raised by members of the Lower House of Parliament.
Kundi’s harsh remarks left the minister high and dry and he was speechless. Earlier, when a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) legislator asked the minister whether his ministry was working on some joint public-private venture to install a liver treatment

LHC adjourns Rehman’s presidential pardon case

LAHORE: Hearing of a petition challenging the pardon granted by President Asif Ali Zardari to Interior Minister Rehman Malik was adjourned to December 24 by a full bench of Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday. Earlier, Deputy Attorney General Naveed Inayat Malik had requested adjournment on behalf of the federation, citing Rehman’s pending adjudication in Supreme Court as an excuse.
Barrister Farooq Hassan, representing the petitioner, opposed the request saying the government was

Czech minister quits over corruption allegations

PRAGUE: Czech Environment Minister Pavel Drobil resigned on Wednesday following allegations that he tried to cover up corruption in his department.
His resignation came as parliament debated the 2011 budget and Prime Minister Petr Necas said he had asked Drobil to stay on for the final vote expected later in the day. Drobil is the first casualty for the centre-right coalition which took power in July after winning an election on promises to narrow the budget deficit and fight

North Korean foreign minister in Moscow talks

MOSCOW: North Korea’s foreign minister held rare talks in Russia on Monday amid a flurry of diplomatic attempts to ease tensions following Pyongyang’s deadly attack on a South Korean island last month.
Pak Ui-Chun is on a visit to Russia until Wednesday and was in talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on a number of issues, a spokesman for the Russian foreign ministry said.
“The talks are ongoing,” the spokesman told AFP, saying it would be premature to comment

Nizam-i-Adal judges being posted, KP minister tells House

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa government is firm on its resolve to establish Islamic Nizam-i-Adal (Islamic judicial system) in Malakand division and appointment of qazis (judges) are in progress in Swat and other districts.
Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar said while speaking in the provincial assembly on Friday. Barrister Javed Abbassi PML (N) MPA from Abbottabad had questioned about posting and appointment of judges in according to 2009 Nizam-i-Adal

Providing rights can transform society: minister

LAHORE: Provision of basic rights to every citizen can help transform any society into a strong and economically vibrant nation, Punjab Minorities Minister Kamran Michael said on Friday. He expressed these views while addressing a seminar held in connection with the World Human Rights Day. Michael said that when any state falls prey to dictatorship, it leaves a negative impact on all its political and social institutions. It was regrettable that in Pakistan a sorry state of affairs

Unity can help maintain Pakistan’s sovereignty: minister

GUJRANWALA: Provincial Minister for Food Abdul Ghafoor has said that the menace of sectarianism is over in the province due to sincere efforts of religious clerics and now it is time to eradicate the scams designed against sovereignty of the country.
He stated this while addressing a meeting held at circuit house to review security measures in Gujranwala division. The meeting was attended by religious clerics, MNAs, MPAs, DCOs and DPOs of all six districts of the division.

Opposition gives tough time to excise minister in PA

LAHORE: Punjab Excise and Taxation Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman on failed to satisfy opposition members on their queries during the question hour session in the Punjab Assembly on Monday. The opposition members gave the minister a tough time and finally the minister, while admitting the failure of the department to achieve target set for property tax collection for the fiscal years 2007-08 and 2008-09, claimed upward trend in revenue collection after the said years.
He said it

Minister admits corruption in Haj affairs

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Hamid Saeed Kazmi on Monday told the Supreme Court there was corruption in Haj arrangements, however, “this year, corruption was lesser than the previous years”.
A six-member special SC bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was hearing a suo motu case against the irregularities and corruption in Haj arrangements.
The court directed the Religious Affairs Ministry to pay back 700 Saudi Riyals

‘Jealous’ labour minister induces PSF protest

LAHORE: Pakistan Student Federation (PSF) Okara division staged a sit-in protest at the door of the Governor of the Punjab at Mall Road against their own Labor Minister Ashraf Khan Sohna.
Members of PSF Okara wing were seen blocking the road by lying down on the street in front of the cars on the main gate of the Governor’s house at Mall Road. The protest participants claimed that the Minister of Labor Ashraf Khan Sohna who belongs from the same party (Pakistan people party) had