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‘Shazia was not murdered!’

LAHORE: The court acquitted former Lahore Bar Association President Naeem Chaudhary and three others in the murder case of their maid, Shazia Masih. Muhammad Naeem Chaudhary, his wife, son and sister-in-law were accused of torturing their maid, 12-year-old Shazia Masih, to death.
During the hearing eye-witnesses denied that they had seen the accused torturing Shazia Masih. Declaring that Shazai was not murdered and her death was natural, the court acquitted all the accused on

GST not an inflation trigger: Hafeez Shaikh

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Finance Hafeez Shaikh said the reformed General Sales Tax (GST) would not be a catalyst for further inflation in the country.
"The RGST will not trigger inflation; no government wants to compound problems for its citizens", Hafeez Shaikh said while talking to reporters after attending the meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Finance, here on Monday.
When queried on whether the bill would encourage corruption and the pressing need for

Forgive them Lord, for they know not what they do!

LAHORE: Aashiq Masih, with his stooped posture, frail body and dull yellow eyes, stands in a small compartment with his three daughters, Sidra, the eldest, followed by Eesha and Eeshum.
The girls are weeping silently. On the other side of the metal grille is Aasiya, the first woman to be given the death sentence for alleged blasphemy.
Eeshum, about twelve years old, whines like a baby for her mother, asking her when she will be back. The child suffers from retardation and

SC upset with FIA for not arresting NICL chairman

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) director general to arrest the main culprits in the National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) scam, including NICL Chairman Ayaz Khan and Mohsin Warriach.
A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, was conducting suo motu hearing on a case regarding the alleged violation of rules by the NICL chairman in the procurement of land, which caused huge

Search for Mladic not confined to Serbia: prosecutor

BELGRADE: UN war crimes prosecutor Serge Brammertz said Monday that Serbia was not the only territory considered in the search for Ratko Mladic but insisted that the key to his arrest lies in Belgrade.
"The main working hypothesis is that the solution to his arrest is in Belgrade, but of course operational activities are not only concentrated on Serbia but are logically also into other areas," Brammertz told a press conference after meeting with Serbian war crimes prosecutor

Malik, Shaikh not on the same page

ISLAMABAD: Conflicting statements made by two federal ministers on loan waivers has landed the government in embarrassment.
In the PDF meetings, Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Finance Minister Hafeez Shaikh made contradictory statements exposing to foreign participants that the Pakistani government had not worked out its strategy.
On Sunday, Malik asked the world to write off loans worth $50 billion to help Pakistan move ahead with the war on terror, whereas on the

Previous verdict will not influence ICC tribunal: Lorgat

LAHORE: International Cricket Council Chief Executive Officer Haroon Lorgat has said the ICC tribunal hearing, scheduled in January, will not be influence by the appellate tribunal decision.
He said about the reservations of the lawyers of Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir over the fact that ICC code of conduct commission Chairman Michael Beloff would supervise the tribunal hearing that the hearing would be separate from the appellate tribunal held in October.
The lawyers have

‘Not practical to wrap up weddings at 10 pm’

LAHORE: As the wedding season continues, the hosts face difficulties in abiding by the newly laid law and expressed dissatisfaction on winding-up the wedding functions before 10 pm.
On the order of Lahore District Coordination Officer Ahad Cheema, surveillance teams inspect different marriage halls in search of people breaking the law. Unhappy wedding hosts complained that managing a large number of guests and making sure that they reach the function on time was almost impossible

Samjhota train victims’ heirs not compensated yet

MIRPURKHAS: The survivors of the Samjhota Express incident are still deprived of the compensation of one million rupees announced by the Indian government and Rs 0.5 million by the federal government despite the lapse of four years.
Talking to Pakistan Today, a resident of Kharpara, Mirpurkhas, Muhammad Shakeel and his younger brother Muhammad Nadeem said they were coming back from India to Pakistan on late night of 18th February 2007 that suddenly a bomb blast killed more than

Aamir fears masses may not like ‘Dhobi Ghat’

MUMBAI: Superstar Aamir Khan says his forthcoming film "Dhobi Ghat", which is his wife Kiran Rao's directorial debut, may not be liked by the masses. "I fear that masses may not like 'Dhobi Ghat' because it is a very fine and delicate film.
People who understand film, people who are sensitive - this film is for them. This is not a mainstream film," said Aamir. "Dhobi Ghat" tells the tale of how people from different classes are drawn together in compelling relationships.

Obama may not push India hard on Pakistan

WASHINGTON: US military commanders want India to formally reject an Indian military doctrine they say is fuelling tensions with Pakistan and hindering the American war in Afghanistan, the New York Times reported on Saturday.
But New Delhi denied any such doctrine even existed. However, US officials say they do not expect President Barack Obama to broach the subject of the doctrine, known informally as Cold Start, the daily said.
At the most, it quoted unnamed officials as

Lahm’s extension will not influence Schweinsteiger

MUNICH: Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger has said Saturday
the decision of his Germany team-mate Philipp Lahm to extend his contract will not influence his own decision on whether he stays at the club.
Spanish giants Real Madrid are rumoured to be chasing Germany star Schweinsteiger and Bayern are keen for their playmaker to sign an extension to his contract which expires in 2012.
Last week, Germany defender Lahm signed a contract extension which keeps him at

Lawyers’ fight for judicial overhaul not over yet: Asma

LAHORE: The lawyers' movement for the restoration of judiciary launched after the November 3, 2007 steps taken by former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf was based on a strong desire for overhauling the justice system of the country and the purpose is yet to be achieved fully, Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Asma Jahangir said on Tuesday.
Asma made these comments while addressing lawyers at the general house meeting of the Lahore High Court Bar Association

Pakistan Vs South Africa, 3rd ODI – Every day is not...

DUBAI: Opener Hashim Amla hit a fighting century and paceman Morne Morkel took four wickets as South Africa pulled off a narrow two-run win over Pakistan in the third day-night international here on Tuesday.
South Africa, put into bat by Pakistan, owed it to the 27-year-old Amla who carried his bat through the innings with a resolute 119 and helped his team to a defendable 228-9 before surviving another scare by Pakistan who managed 226-9.
It was the bearded right-hander's

ICC not against Pakistan: Mani

DUBAI: A former president of the ICC blamed Pakistan cricket authorities for the state of the game in the country and denied the ICC was picking on Pakistan.
"ICC is not against Pakistan, it's PCB which is against their cricket and has not sorted out their problems, forcing the ICC to take the matters in its hands," Pakistani Ehsan Mani told AFP.
"The way PCB is being run, it is only to protect the position of one person," said Mani, ICC president 2003-2006, without

Parker not responsible for accident

Actress Eva Longoria Parker has been cleared of any wrongdoing in her recent California car crash - police have determined the driver she collided with was at fault.
Roman Gasparyan filed a negligence suit against the 'Desperate Housewives' star on Tuesday, accusing her of causing him injury by swerving her car into his on Los Angeles' famous Hollywood Boulevard last week. Gasparyan announced he was willing to drop the matter, but only if she accepts responsibility for the

Visitors not screened completely at walkthrough gates

ISLAMABAD: Despite increased threats of terrorist attacks and spending of Rs 32.673 million on the construction of a security wall and installation of walkthrough gates around the important police and other government offices, Islamabad Capital Territory administration has yet to ensure complete screening of visitors.
"The ICT administration, a year ago, set up a security wall and installed walkthrough gates around the offices of SSP (Operations), Chief Commissioner, Deputy