D.I.Khan blast kills 10,injured 15

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Ten people were killed and 15 injured in an explosion near Shobra hotel on Friday.

According to police sources, the blast occurred when hundreds of people were attending the funeral prayer of a person Sher Zaman, who was shot dead in a target killing incident yesterday.

Eyewitnesses said it was a suicide blast. The injured were shifted to district headquarter hospital. Situation become tense in the city and all markets have been closed after the blast.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has strongly condemned the explosion.

source : jang.com.pk


14 dead in D.I Khan explosion

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Fourteen people were killed and several injured when a blast occurred in a funeral procession in Dera Ismail Khan on Friday.

According to reports, a suicide blast occurred near imam bargah Kotli Imam Hussain when hundreds of people were attending the funeral procession of a person Sher Zaman, who was shot dead in a target killing incident yesterday.

The injured were shifted to district headquarter hospital. Situation become tense in the city and all markets have been closed after the blast.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has strongly condemned the explosion.

source : jang.com.pk

Use of force not only option in Swat: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani Friday said not all issues could be resolved through military means alone and other measures also need to be taken to stabilise situation in Swat.

Talking to media after attending a briefing at the Planning Commission on country’s future course of action towards development, PM Gilani said the global economic recession had its impact on Pakistan, but hoped that economic indicators would help the country through this period.

Gilani said the IMF has also noted that Pakistan has met its targets. The prime minister when questioned about the petroleum prices said it was for the first time in country’s history that his government proportionately lowered the prices.

Asked whether Pakistan plans a similar response from India over the Samjhota Express tragedy as it did on Mumbai attacks, Gilani said additional information has been sought from India.

Adviser on Finance Shaukat Tareen said the government has to take tough decisions to address the state of economy that it inherited. He hinted that it would take some time before the economy could be turned around.

source : jang.com.pk

Report on Mumbai attacks on Monday: PM

LAHORE: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani Friday said he will receive the report on investigation into the Mumbai attacks on Monday and its findings will be made public thereafter.

The findings of the report will be shared with India and the world community, the PM told reporters at the airport after arriving here from Islamabad.

He said the facts will not be kept concealed.

Regarding Kashmir standoff, the Premier said Pakistan is not silent on the issue and wants it to be resolved in accordance with the “wishes” of the Kashmiri people.

He said it is Nawaz Sharif’s own view that he is being declared ineligible under a conspiracy. The government cannot interfere in judicial matters, he added.

source : jang.com.pk

5 killed in DI Khan blast

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Five people have been killed and several injured in Dera Ismail Khan blast on Monday.

According to reports, the blast occurred outside town hall at circular road. A car and a motorbike were parked at the spot of the blast. It is however unclear whether the bomb was planted in a car or motorbike.

Police and high officials of administration have reached the scene of the blast whereas security forces have cordoned off the area. The injured have been shifted to hospital where six reported in a critical condition.

According to sources, MPA Khalifa Qayyum was passed from the area few minutes before the blast. President Asif Zardari, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Adviser to the Prime on Interior Affairs Rehman Malik have denounced the attack.

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Govt committed to promoting agriculture: Gilani

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani directed the Minister for Industries on Friday to ensure timely provision of fertiliser to farmers across the country.

Talking to minister for Industries, Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo here, the prime minister said the government accorded priority to the wheat crop and was providing a subsidy of Rs 27 billion for timely provision of DAP.

Wattoo briefed Gilani about the distribution of urea fertilizer and said approximately 250,000 tonnes of urea was being distributed across the country through the outlets of NFC and Utility Stores, in coordination with provincial governments, from the Gwadar deep seaport.

The prime minister said with the announcement of support price of Rs 950 per 40kg wheat has been made a cash crop for the farmers.

The minister apprised prime minister Gilani of his visit to Karachi, Peshawar, Multan and Lahore Chambers of Commerce and Industry and conveyed their concerns relating to trade and industry.

source : jang.com.pk

Health insurance scheme for the poor soon: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday said the government would soon initiate a health insurance scheme for the poor to ensure their well being and improvement in their lifestyle.

Inaugurating the Rs1285 million Islamabad Expressway, Gilani said the government would continue working for the uplift of common man and would fulfill all promises made by Shaheed Mohtarma Benzair Bhutto for the social and economic uplift of common man.

The prime minister said the government would ensure transparency in health insurance scheme by providing the national identity card to all citizens. He said NADRA has been directed to provide every citizen the ID card free of cost and ensure that no eligible person is missed.

He said the government was fully cognizant of the fact that inflation had burdened the common man, and mentioned the Benazir Income Support Programme aimed at providing economic support to the households with low income.

Gilani said the government would soon initiate a programme of health insurance for the poor as it believed in providing basic necessities of life to the masses.

He appreciated the CDA for completing the 8 kilometers long Islamabad Expressway before the stipulated time and hoped it would provide a smoother passage for the heavy traffic entering and exiting the capital.

The Islamabad Expressway will act as the main entry point to the capital through which 160,000 vehicles carrying around a million people ply daily.

The function was attended by chairman BISP Farzana Raja, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Babar Awan, Law Minister Farooq H Naek and Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf.

source : jang.com.pk

MQM delegation meets PM

ISLAMABAD: A delegation of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), led by its parliamentary leader Dr. Farooq Sattar called on the Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani here in his chamber at the Parliament House.

Talking to journalists after meeting, Farooq Sattar said they have expressed concerns over power crisis persisting in the country. The stress was laid on taking steps for bringing down gas, electricity tariff, controlling inflation and alleviation of poverty.

MQM’s side was represented by Raabita Committee members, Waseem Aftab, Haider Abbas Rizvi and Sindh Minister Adil Siddiqui, while Federal Minister for Power Raja Pervez Ashraf assisted the prime minister at meeting.

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PM leaves for Islamabad

LAHORE: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani left for Islamabad here on Monday.

Acting Governor Punjab, Chief Justice Lahore High Court (LHC) Syed Zahid Hussain, Deputy Speaker Punjab Assembly Rana Mashhood Ahmad, senior PPP leaders and high-ranking officials saw off Gilani at the airport.

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PM rules out IAEA access to Dr Qadeer

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has ruled out possibility of giving the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) access to Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan and denied any US pressure to roll back country’s nuclear programme.

In an interview to a foreign news agency on Saturday, Gilani said there was no point of providing any access by the UN nuclear watchdog to Dr Khan as “his network is broken and there is no need for any other information.”

He said the United States had stopped making demands from Pakistan about freezing or rolling back Pakistan’s nuclear programme.

The prime minister said Pakistan was seeking additional nuclear power plants from China and would like exemption from the 45-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and the IAEA for supply of nuclear technology for peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

He said Pakistan expected similar treatment as far as the US-India nuclear deal were concerned. He said he had told Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that it was because of this reason that Pakistan did not object to approval of the deal by the NSG in September 2008.

Responding to the announcement by US President-elect Barack Obama about deployment of additional foreign troops in Afghanistan, Gilani said it would intensify fighting in the war-torn country.

Gilani said the new US administration in waiting has already announced to withdraw troops from Iraq and concentrate on Afghanistan. Prime Minister Gilani also disputed the assertion that al-Qaeda has gained a foothold in Pakistan’s tribal areas.

“I also at times feel that there is no al-Qaeda in Pakistan’s tribal areas. These are all Taliban and you can call them any other name,” he said.

Gilani said former President Pervez Musharraf had entered an agreement with the United States for providing logistic and other facilities to the US troops in Afghanistan.

He claimed that the details of the agreement were not known to the army, the government or the parliament. However, this agreement has been institutionalized.

source : jang.com.pk