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Iran Likely to Hold Rigi's Trial Openly

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Prosecutor General Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejei said that the judiciary officials are mulling over holding the trial of ringleader of the Jundollah terrorist group, Abdolmalek Rigi, openly due to the Iranian peoples' demand. Addressing a press conference late Thursday, Ejeie said regarding the scale of crimes, committed by Rigi and the group under his command, including massacre of innocent people east of Iran, and also his affiliation to enemies' intelligence organs, his trial goes on and more research on him will continue. He said the terrorist was arrested alive inside Iran at no cost thanks to complicated and unprecedented efforts of the intelligence and security forces. "The unique measures of the Intelligence Ministry forces are manifestation of their power, strength, dignity and power," he added. Iran announced in late February that it had arrested Abdolmalek Rigi after intensive and long term intelligence and security operatio

Inter-provincial issues

Saturday, 06 Mar, 2010 Giving hope to those demanding institutionalised decision-making and the reconciliation of differences between the provinces, Thursday brought two pieces of good news. First, the Inter-Provincial Coordination Committee, essentially an administrative forum headed by a federal minister, managed what appears to be some kind of breakthrough in relations between Punjab and Sindh over water sharing. Second, the president issued a notification that essentially reactivated the dormant Council of Common Interests, a constitutional body that is tasked with, inter alia, resolving complaints by the provinces about interference with water supplies. Water, or the lack thereof, has been in the news lately and the source of much anxiety for the provinces because of the ongoing winter crop season. Yet, the CCI and IPCC are about more than just water. Thursday’s IPCC meeting also dealt with the demarcation of marine boundaries between Sindh and Balochistan, a framework for the

Balochistan govt allocates land for oil city : Aslam Raisani

ISLAMABAD, Mar 5 (APP): Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani Friday said the government had allocated hundreds of acres of land at Pasni in District Gwadar for setting up an ‘Oil City’ where refineries, petroleum products units and other allied installations would be established. The Chief Minister said this while talking to Lutfur Rehman, Chairman/Chief Executive of a Canadian based Pakistani company, who called on him, said a press release issued here. The company registered with New York Stock Exchange has shown its interest for investment in oil and gas development in Balochistan. He said the province had vast potential for generating power through windmills and invited them to explore this sector as the country was already facing a serious energy crisis. Nawab Raisani also dispelled the impression that the law and order situation in the province not ideal for any investment. He added that the people of Balochistan were far more enlightened and hospitable tha

Balochistan conducive for foreign investment: Raisani\03\06\story_6-3-2010_pg5_6 ISLAMABAD: Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani on Friday promised provision of conducive environment to local and foreign investors for making investment in various sectors in the province. Raisani made this offer while talking to two separate delegations of Turkish and Canadian investors that called on him. Provincial Minister for Revenue Engineer Zamrak Khan was also present there. The Turkish delegation was led by Mustafa Serdar, Ataseven Group chairman, and comprised Duran Yce, Business Development; Cesmi Beogul, commercial attaché to Turkish Embassy and Dr Hasan Iftekhar, executive director of NFRD. The Turkish delegation is visiting Islamabad prior to Turkish President Abdullah Gul's forthcoming visit to Pakistan to further strengthen brotherly relations between the two countries. On the occasion, the leader of the Turkish team informed the Balochistan CM that the Ataseven Gr

Two FC men die; 2 hurt in Quetta attack

Published: March 06, 2010 Print Facebook Digg StumbleUpon Text Size QUETTA – Two personnel of Frontier Corps (FC) Balochistan were killed while two others suffered injuries in a bomb attack in the provincial capital on Friday night. According to police sources, a vehicle of paramilitary troops was on routine patrolling on Spini Road near Mubarak Chowk when an explosive device planted at roadside went off with a big bang as the vehicle passed near it. Resultantly, two security personnel identified as Muhammad Asif and Zia-ur-Rehman were killed on the spot while two others namely Akramullah and Samiullah received serious wounds. The dead and the injured were taken to Civil Hospital Quetta for treatment. However, later the injured were shifted to Combined Military Hospital. A senior police officer told The Nation that the blast was carried out through a remo

Why Pakistan Armed Forces are Indo-centric? Sultan M Hali India has never accepted Pakistan’s existence and always considered the division of Bharat a cardinal sin. The members of the Indian Congress had initially agreed to the partition with the understanding that the fledgling nation would barely survive a few weeks. Enough impediments had been placed in its path to ensure its destruction. The mass exodus of Muslims from India headed towards Pakistan and freedom but was set upon by marauding hordes of extremist Hindus and Sikhs, who looted raped and massacred the refugees. Pakistan’s share of the assets both in terms of finances, machinery and weapons was not handed over to the new state. To tighten the screw on Pakistan, Kashmir, Hyderabad, Junagadh and other Muslim states were annexed through forceful occupation. In all this turmoil, one institution remained a thorn in India’s side and that was the Pakistan Army. Bedraggled and under-equipped, the Pakistan Army mostly comprise

NADRA rejects report of issuance 25,000 fake CNICS to foreigners

By Asim Hussain ISLAMABAD—“The management of National Database & Registration Authority, NADRA has foiled 11,396 attempts of obtaining computerized identity cards (CNIC) by confirmed aliens, the applications are blocked permanently and cases are marked as fraud”, this was stated by spokesman NADRA clarifying exaggerated figure by a section of press in this regard. Referring to some news reports regarding 25000 CNIC issued to aliens the spokesman said that in 2008 the management of NADRA on its own initiative had started taking stern actions against aliens and had started making a watch list of suspected aliens who had their computerized cards made through fraudulent means. He said that in 2005 NADRA had acquired Biometric technology which helped in big way to detect theses aliens whose cards have either been blocked or marked as fraud so that they cannot be used in any circumstances. Moreover the spokesman said that NADRA is working on zero tolerance policy and any staff member re

Nadra in trouble

Nadra in trouble Dawn Editorial Friday, 05 Mar, 2010 Nadra, which figures quite often in the media, is once again making headlines. This time the charges against the data registration authority are serious. A Pakistani CNIC was recovered from the possession of the Jundullah chief, Abdolmalek Rigi, who was recently arrested by the Iranian authorities. Mr Rigi, a proclaimed terrorist, is not a Pakistani national. This gives the lie to Nadra’s claim of having a foolproof security and verification system in place. Initially the interior ministry claimed that the card was a forged one. But after the SMS verification system installed by Nadra and available to the public confirmed that the card was original, the government has been trying to shrug off the matter by giving explanations that are not really credible. It is to be expected that such incidents do little to enhance the people’s faith in the database authority. The CNIC is a basic requirement for every formal transaction undertaken

Baloch students hold protest rally

Strike observed in Khuzdar KHUZDAR: An announced shutter-down strike in Khuzdar entered its second consecutive day on Thursday. A heavy contingent of police was deployed to avert any untoward incident following the strike call given by Baloch nationalist parties against the killing of Khuzdar University students in a hand grenade blast during a culture show. The people of Balochistan had to face severe difficulties due to the closure of government and private hospitals. app\03\05\story_5-3-2010_pg7_11 Baloch students hold protest rally Islamabad: The Baloch Students Organisation (BSO-Azad) took out a rally against the firing incidents on a protest rally of the BSO in Khuzdar district here in front of national press club Thursday. Around 40 students of BSO carried placards and shouted slogans. They strongly condemned the incident and demanded a transparent inquiry into this matter. They also demanded that president of Pakistan and chi