<i>* WSJ report says if Riyadh does not contribute, Islamabadâs efforts to meet its obligations could be undermined
* Says it will mean that Saudi Arabia does not support Zardari govt</i>
LAHORE: The Obama administrationâs efforts to help raise $4 billion to $5 billion at an international conference in Tokyo on Friday <b>to help Pakistan are being hampered by Saudi Arabia,</b> according to the Wall Street Journal.
The paper claimed on Tuesday that the Saudis had expressed only âmuted interestâ in supporting Pakistani.
The paper pointed out that Riyadh has close ties with Nawaz Sharif, who has emerged as a serious challenger to President Asif Ali Zardari.
<b>Obligations : f Saudi Arabia does not contribute, it could undermine Islamabadâs efforts to meet its obligations.</b> Last November, Pakistan was forced to turn to the International Monetary Fund for $7.6 billion in loans to avert a balance-of-payments crisis.
Signal : A pass by Saudi Arabia would also send a signal that it does not support the Zardari government.
Riyadh took part in a meeting last week in Dubai to address Pakistanâs finances but declined to make a formal pledge. An official at the Saudi Arabia embassy in Washington declined comment.[/b] Saudi Arabia has traditionally been among Pakistanâs largest donors and strategic allies. During the 1980s, Saudi Arabia cooperated closely with Washington and Islamabad to expel Russian troops from Afghanistan.
<b>More recently, however, the US and Saudi Arabia have taken differing positions on Pakistanâs leadership.</b> In late 2007, Riyadh negotiated a deal with President Pervez Musharraf, without seeking American consent. This allowed Sharif to return home although US has long voiced scepticism about his ties to religious parties. Zardari who leads the ruling Pakistan Peopleâs Party is largely viewed as pro-West. <b>Saudi Arabia is currently giving Pakistan 80,000 to 100,000 barrels of oil a day â roughly $5 million in aid.</b> Saudi Arabia is also sending a delegation to the Tokyo conference, and <b>an Arab diplomat said he would be âsurprisedâ if Riyadh did not pledge more money. The US and Japan are each expected to pledge $1 billion according to the officials involved in the negotiations. The European Union, the UK and the United Arab Emirates are each expected to pledge as much as $500 million.</b>
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Thursday, April 16, 2009
The News recently published an article by Harish Puri on its op-ed pages. The piece did not merit publication as some of its content was false and malicious and ran counter to the policy of the newspaper. The article did not go through the regular and rigorous process of vetting and was printed without clearance from senior editors of The News. The feedback received from the vast majority of our readers has also been one of indignation at the distorted presentation of facts, and indeed, at the publishing of the article itself.
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Kiyani must have slapped them. <!--emo&tupid--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/pakee.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='pakee.gif' /><!--endemo-->
<i>Economists say adopt austerity, curb luxury goods import</i>
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->LAHORE : <b>Economists, entrepreneurs and civil society are perturbed by the strings attached with $1.5 billion yearly US aid package for Pakistan that infringe on its sovereignty.</b> They have urged the government not to compromise its dignity and adopt austerity instead.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Friday, 17 Apr, 2009 | 01:48 AM PSTÂ Â THE Nizam-i-Adl Regulation 2009 has been promulgated by the NWFP government after being approved by the president at the recommendation of the National Assembly â all in the name of national security.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Probably, the right term for Pakistan is the <span style='font-size:21pt;line-height:100%'>âjalebi republicâ</span>, circles within circles and no clarity about the future.</b><!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
The New York Times is not the first one to underline the growing militant threat inside Punjab. This has been a constant refrain. For instance, last year Frontier Governor Owais Ghani said in Lahore that terror in Fata and parts of the NWFP had links with groups in southern Punjab.
NYT sums up previous reports when it charts the advance of militancy to Dera Ghazi Khan and even Multan and writes of a tactical alliance between the so-called Punjabi militants and the extremist outfits that had thus far operated mainly in the Frontier. The paper has attributed the attack on the Lankan team in Lahore in March and the one on The Marriott, Islamabad, some months ago to this ânewâ terrorist nexus where Punjabi elements are said to be providing logistical support to resourceful Pakhtun Taliban and Arab militants in the Al Qaeda fold.
There is evidence to support the assertion â television channels flashing the news of two Punjabi bomb-makers in Islamabad just as these lines are being written. We are also told that all the 10 men who besieged Mumbai last November could have come from various Punjab districts. But despite all this, there is reluctance in Punjab to concede that its own people could be involved in the violent anti-state campaign run in the name of Islam and anti-Americanism.
There is this urge, and perhaps psychological need, to ideologically de-link the militants in Punjab from those in the Frontier. It is often said that militants in Punjabâs south and elsewhere in the province are exclusively committed to jihad in Kashmir, that, under no circumstances, are they to leave their brief and switch to other wars being raged in the name of religion. The question is: what do they do when they are not or cannot be in Kashmir?
There are obviously no guarantees that these trained hands wonât be pressed into service in pursuance of another holy cause. One other reason that quite often stops governments from taking cognisance of extremist threats in their own backyard is as global a concern as should have been the war on terror. Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown are as afflicted with the syndrome of denial as those who administer Punjab today.
<b>They are wont to blame terrorism on outside forces, absolving people in their own jurisdiction of any involvement and wishing other regions to snuff out a problem that is as much their own as the rest of the worldâs. This policy is not going to work as terror closes in. It is hard to contain and cannot be dealt with in isolation. We tried doing it in Swat only to be hit by a suicide bomber in Charsadda a few days later.</b>
Pakistan has been stripped of hosting rights for the 2011 World Cup because of the "uncertain security situation" in the country, the ICC said, according to Reuters.
"It is a regrettable decision (but) our number one priority is to create certainty and...deliver a safe, secure and successful event," ICC president David Morgan said in a statement.
Pakistan were due to co-host the event with India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka but the deteriorating security situation has posed a serious problem for the PCB. The news came during the first day of the ICC board meeting in Dubai.
Pakistan's status as a host of international matches has been uncertain for some time - India were the latest country to cancel a tour when they pulled out of a bilateral series last January. However, the attack on Sri Lanka's touring cricketers in Lahore on March 3 - in which eight Pakistanis were killed and seven Sri Lankan players injured - seemed to have sealed their fate on hosting the World Cup.
Ijaz Butt, chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, expressed regret. "It's a disappointing decision but it can't be helped. Nobody wants to play in Pakistan following the attacks in Lahore," Butt said.
true, any day now islamabad will be full of peace.
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ISLAMABAD ( 2009-04-18 00:20:41 ) : <b>Special Committee of the Parliament on Kashmir on Friday condemned the Indian attitude over water the issue for stopping Pakistanâs water by constructing dams in the Occupied Kashmir, terming it âhigh-handed, inhuman and conspiratorial.â</b>
A high level team of the Ministry of Water and Power and the Indus Water Commission briefed the Kashmir Committee on construction of dams by India in the Occupied Kashmir.
The meeting was presided over by Chairman Kashmir Committee Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman and attended by members of the committee including Humayun Saifullah, Lal Muhammad Khan, Bushra Gohar, Dr. Attiya Inayatullah, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, Muhammad Faiz Tamman, Tariq Tarrar and Munir Khan Orakzai.
A detailed briefing was given on the dams, India is constructing on rivers Sindh, Chenab and Jhelum, exclusively allocated to Pakistan under the Indus Water Treaty, 1960.
<b>Due to arbitrary action of India, a short quantum of water is allowed to flow into Pakistan causing a colossal loss to agriculture as well as manufacturing sector.</b>
The Kashmir Committee urged that instead of wasting time on correspondence and holding meetings, the Ministry of Water and Power should initiate appropriate action.
The committee also urged the ministry to be alert in the matter and work in tandem with the Foreign Office.
The committee also nominated its four member; Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Dr. Attiya Inaytullah, Humayun Saifullah and Sardar Ayaz Sadiq for keeping close liaison with the Ministry of Water and Power and the Indus Waters Commission on the issue.
The committee also called for âadding Kashmir in the mission of Holbrooke. Besides, if India is to be included in the Contact Group of the Region, it should be included with all the disputes such as Kashmir, water, etc.â
The Kashmir Committee decided to hold the Conference of Kashmiri leadership across the Line of Control for which it has invited the leaders of Azad and Occupied Kashmir.
The conference is scheduled to be held in Islamabad in August this year.
Member, German Parliament Elka Hoff and Deputy Head of German Embassy Inna Lapel called on Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman here on Friday.
Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman briefed them on the Kashmir issue.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->LAHORE - The mystery of stowaway missing rat in a PIAâs A-310 is still unsolved as the plane is still grounded at the Allama Iqbal International Airport even after more than 66 hours have passed till the filing of this report, the sources in Civil Aviation Authority said on Thursday.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
ISLAMABAD : Advisor to Prime Minister on Interior, Rehman Malik asked on Tuesday Tehrik Nifaz-e Shariat-e Mohammedi (TNSM) chief Maulana Sufi Mohammed to read the Constitution before challenging it as all state affairs were being run in accordance with the national document, what he said, is Islamic and conforms to the teachings of the Holy Quran and Sunnah.
Malik said that over 10,000 foreign militants were taking refuge in tribal areas and Afghan currency and arms were being used in terrorist activities in Pakistan.
<b>"Sufi Mohammed is challenging the Constitution. I say, he has not read it and suggests all those who are ignorant to read the document,"</b> said the Interior Advisor addressing the launching ceremony of Standard Operating Procedures for Police for dealing with women and investigating crimes of violence against women formulated by National Public Safety Commission and National Police Bureau, in collaboration with German Technical Cooperation.
He said strict action would be taken if TNSM violates peace agreement signed with the provincial government or fails to implement it, adding that the Nizam-e Adl Regulation (NAR-2009) was invoked in 1994, under which a session judge was named as Qazi.
Malik ruled out any intention to lift ban from TNSM and said there is no chance as well.
<b>ISLAMABAD : Jamiat Ulema-I-Islam (F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman warned that Margalla hills would be the only buffer between Islamabad and Taliban if the later reached Tarbela dam.</b>
While Khwaja Asif asserted that nobody would be allowed to take over the country in the cover of Islam.
Expressing his views at the National Assembly session today (Wednesday), Fazlur Rehman said that terrorism would swallow up the entire country if war against terror policy continued. Pakistan will be the looser in its own war, he feared.
He said that militants would also lay down their arms if Pakistan parted ways with the terror war.
âAccording to my knowledge, Taliban have seized control of Buner District too after the Swat valley,â Rehman said, adding that militants are moving closer to Tarbela Dam from Hazara.
<b>âWhat kind of a message was given to the world by singing deal with a banned militant outfit,â he questioned.</b>
The JUI-F chief further said that MQM could not give shelter to its leader Altaf Hussain how could they give refuge to anyone else.
<!--QuoteBegin-Mudy+Apr 23 2009, 09:56 AM-->QUOTE(Mudy @ Apr 23 2009, 09:56 AM)<!--QuoteEBegin--><!--QuoteBegin--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->â<b>What kind of a message was given to the world by singing deal with a banned militant outfit,â</b> he questioned.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
Hello !! this is for hafta. Whole bankrupt world is ready to contribute Pakistan. As of now around $15billion is available.
<b>Mudy Ji :</b>
There aint sucha thing as a Free Lunch!
Yeh Sauda Nakud Bey Nakdi Hai - Is Haath Day, Is Haath Lay :
WASHINGTON : Pakistan is beginning to recognize the severity of the threat posed by an extremist insurgency that is encroaching on major urban areas, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday.
Clinton told a House of Representatives Appropriations subcommittee that the Obama administration is working to convince the Pakistani government that its traditional focus on India as a threat has to shift to the Islamic extremists.
``Changing paradigms and mindsets is not easy, but I do believe there is an increasing awareness of not just the Pakistani government but the Pakistani people that this insurgency coming closer and closer to major cities does pose such a threat,'' the secretary of state said.
<b>On Wednesday, Clinton told another House committee that in her view the Pakistani government is ``basically abdicating to the Taliban and the extremists.''
She said Thursday that the administration's special envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke, has had ``painful, specific'' conversations with a wide range of Pakistanis about the need to act more effectively against the insurgents.
``There is a significant opportunity here for us working in collaboration with the Pakistani government to help them get the support they need to make that mindset change and act more vigorously against this threat,'' she said, adding: ``There are no promises. They have to do it.''
One measure of progress in Pakistan, she said, is the extent to which the Pakistani military is shifting its troops from the Indian border to the Afghan border, where the Taliban threat has been expanding.
Clinton was appearing before the appropriations panel that is reviewing the administration's request for $7.1 billion in additional money for the State Department this budget year.</b>
Clinton said that local job creation is a key purpose of the $980million in extra funds the State Department is requesting for its work in Afghanistan.
She told the panel that a main goal is to improve security at the local level in Afghanistan by putting more people to work. And she said the Obama administration believes that many in the Taliban insurgency who are fighting against American and Afghan forces are motivated more by money than by ideology.