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  • CJCSC Gen. Khalid Shamim Wynne called on Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in Karachi. (Majority of papers)
  • Parliamentary committee on election reforms has agreed to strictly prohibit the display and use of firearms during the forthcoming elections; suggested seven years imprisonment sentence for violators; also suggested Rs. 100,000 fine for crimes not defined in law, like holding of public meeting without permission. (Daily Times)
  • Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira said, political approach of CM Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif was different from that of his brother and PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif; Nawaz Sharif’s policies could bring about a positive change in politics and stabilize the country but his brother’s policies can only destabilize institutions
  • Politicians talk peace as Pakistan Taliban kill 18 – AP
  • Pakistani Political Parties Call for Talks With Taliban. (THE NEW YORK TIMES)
  • Frustrated by a protracted war, Pakistani tribesmen pressing divided Taliban into peace talks – AP
  • Interior Minister Rahman Malik said, former OGRA Chairman Tauqir Sadiq fled to UAE via Kabul; efforts are underway for his return. (Majority of papers)
  • The signing of the $ 1.5 billion Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project has been deferred for a week after Iranians take draft to Tehran for legal vetting; Pakistani committee has approved it. (News)
  • Government has asked Iran to reduce gas price for Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project under price renegotiation clause of the bilateral sales and purchase agreement to bring it at par with the rates finalized with Turkmenistan. (Dawn)
  • PML-N has completed its consultation process for nomination of the caretaker Prime Minister; finalized names of Justice (Rtd) Nasir Aslam Zahid and Justice (Rtd) Ajmal Mian for the post. (News, Dawn)
  • TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan has rejected the peace talks offer coming out of an APC called by the ANP
  • 7 PPP members of the Punjab Assembly and 2 PML-Q members of the National Assembly quit their parties and joined PML-N. (Majority of papers)
  • TMQ Chief Dr. Tahirul Qadri said, free and fair polls not possible under present ECP; Pakistan has become a dangerous country. (The Express Tribune, Pak. Observer)
  • LHC has directed the federal government’s counsel to obtain clear-cut instructions from President Asif Ali Zardari whether he is willing to refrain from political meetings and activities in public arena or not
  • SC rejects application for the rejection of bails of Makhdoom Shahabuddin and Ali Musa Gilani in the Ephedrine case. (Daily Times, News)
  • Leader of the opposition Ch. Nisar Ali Khan, PPP Ministers Syed Khurshid Shah, Qamar Zaman Kaira and Javed Hashmi are included in the list of 249 MPs who have been given 15-day ultimatum by the ECP to get their degrees verified
  • Pakistan owns about 90-110 nuclear war heads: CRS report. (Pak. Observer, others)
  •  Pakistan’s current account stayed in surplus during the first seven months of the current fiscal year due to CSF payments and deduction in trade deficit. (News)
  • World’s tallest building would be built in Karachi; Malik Riaz signs agreement with Abu Dhabi group for $ 45 billion construction projects. (Majority of papers)
  • Indian troops shot dead a Pakistani soldier for inadvertently crossing LoC in Indian Held Kashmir; Foreign Office and Pakistani military condemned the inhuman and brutal killing
  • Pakistan has successfully test fired a short range surface-to-surface ballistic missile Hatf-II. (All papers)
  • IDPs of Mehsud tribe held protest rally in Islamabad against drone strikes and military operation in SWA. (Daily Times, Dawn)
  • CM Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa Amir Haider Hoti escapes suicide assassination attack; attacker threw a grenade at his convoy before blowing himself up; TTP claims responsibility, vows more attacks. (Majority of papers)
  • Dawn: “Voting rights” It is a good idea, in principle. But with the elections mere weeks away, how practical is it? On Thursday, a day after rejecting Dr. Tahirul Qadri’s petition on the grounds that he is a dual national,
  • Business Recorder: “Ghost schools: what a shame!” Cattle penned in school buildings as classes are held in graveyards – we don’t know if that is the scene anywhere else in the world. And this is not a rare scene
  • Nation, Nawa-e-Waqt: “Gwadar and Guru” Pakistan has expressed a firm sentiment about both the handing over of the deep-sea Gwadar port to a Chinese firm, and the recent execution of Afzal Guru for the 2001 attack on Indian Parliament
  • Express Tribune: “US troop withdrawal” Pakistan has huge stakes in peace in Afghanistan. The fallout from 9/11 and the Afghan war deeply destabilised this country, and if Afghanistan descends into chaos following the US withdrawal, the effects for Pakistan will be disastrous

 

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