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  • President Asif Ali Zardari along with his son and Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari returned to Karachi after a week in Lahore by a regular PIA flight. (Majority of papers)
  • Taking note of media reports about the plight of nearly 700 Pakistani workers stranded in Saudi Arabia because of invalid visas, President Asif Ali Zardari has called for a report from the authorities concerned
  • Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has convened the DCC meeting on February 19 to discuss the security situation. (Nation)
  •  Senate Committee on Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs fails to take up the 24th Amendment Bill aiming at creation of a new province in Punjab. (News)
  • Interior Minister Rahman Malik has hailed the SC decision on Dr. Qadri’s petition; said, it was the drop scene of Dr. Qadri’s drama; asked Taliban to announce 30-day ceasefire before talks. (Majority of papers)
  • Law Minister Farooq H. Naek said, Swiss authorities dropped cases against President Zardari according to their own laws, and not in accordance with the immunity granted to him under the Pakistani laws. (News)
  • ECP has approved a strategy to bar the tax evaders and bank defaulters from taking part in the next general elections in the light of Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution; FBR and SBP have assured full cooperation to the ECP. (Majority of papers)
  • PEMRA has directed all the satellite TV channels to observe the religious and cultural ethos before conceptualizing any programme with regard to Valentine’s Day. (Majority of papers)
  • M/o Human Resource Development has exposed a powerful mafia within overseas employment promoters, which has monopolized the visa system and extorts money from fellow promoters up to Rs. 25000 each to get their passports stamped from the Saudi Embassy. (News)
  • PSO has warned that furnace oil stock left for just 8-10 days and failure to replenish it would lead to massive increase in load-shedding. (Business Recorder)
  • CEC Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim has welcomed the SC rejection of Dr. Tahirul Qadri’s petition. (Majority of papers)
  • JUI-F takes U-turn on Maulana Fazalur Rahman’s visit to Qatar; says, Fazalur Rahman did not go to Doha for talks with Taliban. (Nation)
  • LHC directs OGRA to submit report on criteria for fixing POL prices. (Daily Times)
  • PHC moved against the appointment of Shaukatullah Khan as Governor Khyber-Pukhtoonkhwa. (Majority of papers)
  • LHC has ordered Anti-Terrorist Court Rawalpindi to complete BB’s murder trial in 3 months. (Majority of papers)
  • Forensic report on the death of Kamran Faisal establishes that he was tortured before death; marks of struggle found, hanged when unconscious, report by Ansar Abbasi and Shakeel Anjum. (News)
  • US President Barrack Obama announces end to war in Afghanistan; said, half of US troops in Afghanistan will go home by February next; global pursuit of terrorists would continue. (Majority of papers)
  • UK would continue its support for granting GSP plus status to Pakistan. (Business Recorder)
  • Afghan Taliban showed no confidence in JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazalur Rahman’s stake in burgeoning dialogue process when they refused to talk to Fazal in Doha terming him a man without any mandate. (Frontier Post, The Express Tribune)
  • Former US Ambassador to Islamabad Cameron Munter has criticized Washington’s callousness over the killing of Pakistani troops; said, Washington showed lack of generosity over 24 Pakistani troops’ deaths. (Majority of papers)
  • Former RAW Chief B. Raman condemns Afzal Guru’s hanging. (News)
  • IDPs from Mehsud tribe have warned to continue their protests against the military operation and the US drone attacks in SWA until their demands were met. (Frontier Post)
  • 3 Pakistani traders killed in Afghanistan when their vehicle struck a roadside landmine. (News)
  • Militants blew-up a government girls primary school in Mardan; 9 more people killed in Karachi violence; peace volunteer killed, houses torched in Bara. (Majority of papers)

 

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