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Govt faces economic, not political, threat: PM

Govt faces economic, not political, threat: PM

ISLAMABAD – Perhaps for the first time ever, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani hinted at the seriousness of the country’s economic meltdown, saying the government was seeking guidance from all political parties to evolve a strategy to tackle the economic challenges the country was facing.
Talking to reporters after inaugurating the groundbreaking ceremony of the Parliament Lodges’ phase-II, the prime minister urged the media and the masses not to doubt the commitment of the

Vettori guile a threat on judgement day

The equation is simple for Pakistan on the final day of the second Test against New Zealand.
They need 274 runs to win the Test and the series 2-0 with 10 wickets in hand. Their biggest threat will be Daniel Vettori who can be more than a handful on a fifth day pitch with his crafty left-arm spin. The hosts started the day positively when openers Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum added 120 runs for the first wicket. Soon after lunch Abdur Rehman removed McCullum for 64. New

Somali pirate threat diverting grains shipments

LONDON – Grains shipments are being diverted around Africa as Somali pirate gangs strike deeper at sea increasing journey times and potentially lifting insurance costs at a time of unrest over food prices. Pirates operating off the Horn of Africa are threatening traffic aiming for the vital Gulf of Aden trade route, either from Asia towards Europe and the Middle East Gulf or from the United States and Europe heading towards Asia.
While wheat shipments from Australia, one of the

Real threat to Pakistan from within – No US boots on Pakistani soil: Biden

ISLAMABAD – US troops would not launch an offensive in North Waziristan Agency (NWA), US Vice President Joseph Biden assured Pakistan on Wednesday, Online reported.
During a meeting with Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kiyani, Biden said the US troops would not “impose a war on Pakistan in the name of expanding counterterrorism efforts beyond Afghanistan”, adding that Washington wanted Islamabad to launch a full-fledge military offensive in North Waziristan without any further

‘N Korea could soon pose threat to US’

BEIJING – US Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned on Tuesday that North Korea could have long-range ballistic missiles within five years that would pose a direct threat to the United States, reflecting growing concerns over Pyongyang’s arsenal. His comments represented a shift in the US view of North Korea’s military power, describing the hardline regime in Pyongyang as making headway in its efforts to develop missiles that could potentially carry nuclear warheads. “I think North

Pakistan greatest threat to West: FP

LAHORE – Pakistan has been declared the greatest threat to the West, with majority of experts thinking that the country is most likely to have its nukes end up in the hands of terrorists, according to a survey carried out by Foreign Policy (FP) magazine.
FP asked top terrorism experts to take stock of the threat posed by Al Qaeda and its allies. And while the majority of respondents believe that Al Qaeda is no stronger today than it was a decade ago, they also worry that “we are

Aitzaz sees no threat to government

ISLAMABAD – Central leader of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and prominent lawyer Aitzaz Ahsen on Monday dispelled the impression that the incumbent government faced any threat and that no ‘big change’ was ‘visible’ on the political horizon.
“Unless and until no-confidence motion is moved against Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani in the National Assembly, he will enjoy the majority and any threat to the present government is unlikely at the moment”, he said while talking to

Legal threat hits Blackburn’s new Indian owners

MUMBAI – The new owners of English Premier League side Blackburn Rovers, Indian poultry firm Venky’s, are facing a claim for more than five million dollars for allegedly reneging on a proposed joint venture deal. Mumbai-based businessman Saurin Shah told AFP he had issued a legal notice to the firm over a proposed tie-up for the Blackburn bid between Venky’s and his investment firm, Qubic Group.
The notice alleged that Venky’s, which completed the deal in November for 23 million

North Korea makes nuclear threat in standoff with South

SEOUL – North Korea warned on Thursday of a “sacred war” against the South using its nuclear deterrent as South Korean President Lee Myung-bak vowed a merciless counterattack if southern territory is attacked again.
Both sides raised the rhetoric on a day South Korea launched major land and sea military exercises, prompting North Korea, which has threatened to reduce the South to ashes on many occasions, to denounce its richer neighbour as a warmonger.
“To counter the

Govt poses a threat to Sharia: Fazl

ISLAMABAD – Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F chief Fazlur Rehman criticized the government policy over the Islamic laws, and said that the government posed serious threat to sharia, a private TV channel reported on Thursday.
Giving his remarks at the National Assembly, the JUI-F chief said that the decisions today were being made on foreign pressure. Fazl said that his party joined the government for the Islamic legislation, and all including President Asif Ali Zardari assured of the

Police being trained in threat perception

KARACHI: The Sindh government has chalked out a foolproof security plan to combat possible threats during Muharram, Adviser to Sindh Chief Minister on Information & Archives Sharmila Farooqi said on Sunday.
Farooqi mentioned suicide attacks, vehicular bombing, remote-controlled bombing, roadside bombing, planting homemade explosive devices, snipers, rocket and grenade attacks, landmines, mortar fire, poisoning food supplies and water reservoirs, stampede by anti-social elements,

Terrorism threat looms over Ashura processions

KARACHI: The Sindh government has decided to close the Mohammad Ali (MA) Jinnah Road, the city’s busiest thoroughfare, for traffic by sealing all the link roads for a four-day period, in the wake of terror threats on Ashura processions, Pakistan Today has learnt.
The plan under consideration is to seal the MA Jinnah Road from Guru Mandir to Tower from the evening of 7th Muharam to thwart any untoward incident.
Well-placed sources in the provincial home department told

Transfer of Education Ministry to provinces ‘a threat to federation’

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Education has termed the transfer of Education Ministry to provinces under the 18th amendment as a threat to Federation.
The committee that met here on Monday with its Chairman Abid Sher Ali in the chair, decided to send its recommendations to constitutional reforms committee to have a review of its decision to devolve the Education Ministry to the provinces and also to make them a part of 19th amendment.
The committee

Landmines in flood-hit areas pose threat to farmers

After the devastating floods, the farmers of Tank and Dera Ismail Khan are facing another threat of the lethal landmines washed down by the floodwaters from Waziristan to the lower areas.
The land mines and improvise explosive devises, moved from upper areas of Waziristan, have been installed by both security forces and militants for their safety, highly placed sources and dwellers of southern region told Pakistan Today.
Three cases of landmine explosion have

India isn’t a threat to Pakistan, US tells Islamabad

The US on Wednesday told Islamabad that “existential threat to Pakistan is not India, the existential threat to Pakistan involves extremism within its own borders”.
It also said Pakistan, India and Iran could play a “constructive role” in a regional solution to Afghanistan. “We have made no secret of the fact that we’ve told Pakistan clearly that we believe that the existential threat to Pakistan is not India, the existential threat to Pakistan involves extremism