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1.      Casualties Facts and Figures – Week (19-24 March 2012)

Sr#

Province

Casualties

Nature of Incident*

Killed

Injured
1

KPK

117

53

WoT (Suicide/IED Blast /firing incidents)
2

Sindh

0

0

3

Balochistan

5

0

WoT (Firing Incidents)
4

Punjab

0

0

 

Total

122

53

 

*Note:
 In column ‘Nature of Incident’ above, gives maximum killed due to the incident.
 
National Desk
 
a.    ISI’s political cell still active: Defence Minister
b.    Swat militant held in woman flogging case
c.    India and Pak among top arm importers, study released by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
d.    No sudden Afghan drawdown planned: US Gen John R Allen
e.    Pak to charge $10 to15 thousand per container from Nato: Def Minister
f.    Panetta sought parallel US spy agency in Pak in 2009 – Reveals Ahmed Rasheed’s book “Pakistan on the Brink” The future of America, Pak and Afghanistan’
g.    PM urges SC to decide contempt case before NRO action
h.    Parliamentary debate quite significant: Hillary Clinton
i.     Baluchistan ruling elite’s lifestyle outshines that of Arab royals: Dawn
j.     Pak threat to war on terror: Gen Allen

3.    Intl Desk
a.      German-Afghan man captured by Americans going on trial on charges of ALQ membership (WP)
b.      Drones at Issue as U.S. Rebuilds Ties to Pak, By Declan Walsh, Eric Schmitt And Ihsanullah Tipu Mehsud (NYT)
c.      U.S. Readies for Spring Clash With Taliban, Yaroslav Trofimov: Mountainous eastern Afghanistan, with its proximity to Kabul and to insurgents' Pak havens, is about to become the war's final battleground with a large American combat force arrayed against the Taliban (WSJ)
d.      India behind 24% jump in world arms trade (BBC News)
e.      Gen. Allen says Afghan war ‘on track’ despite violence, setbacks, Karen DeYoung: Listing “long-term challenges” in Afghanistan, Allen said, “We know that ALQ and other extremist networks — the very same networks that kill Afghan and coalition troops every day — still operates with impunity across the border in Pak.” (WP)
f.       Pak Parliament Demands End to U.S. Drone Strikes, Declan Walsh (NYT)
g.      Obama’s first foreign policy blunder, David Unger (Reuters)
h.      Defusing the India-Pak standoff, By David Ignatius: In a welcome bit of good news from South Asia, a top-level retired Pak military offr has joined with an Indian counterpart to call for new CBMs to reduce the risk of nuclear war between the two nations. (WP)
i.        Clinton says US still open to Taliban talks, hopes for Afghan security deal by NATO summit (WP)
j.       Pak 'does not want Taliban to seize con of Afghanistan Rob Crilly (Telegraph)

4.    Governance Alerts
a.    Ministry of Interior:
·         The Ministry of Interior has failed to bring back all the 24 proclaimed offenders who were arrested abroad and involved in serious offences. (Khabrain)
b.    Ministry of Finance:
·         Employees of Pak PWD in Lahore, Quetta and Peshawar announce lock-up gherao of PWD offices due to non-payment of salaries by the Ministry of Finance. (Ausaf)
c.    Ministry of Religious Affairs:
·  The Ministry of Religious Affairs has not revised or reviewed its previous mechanism for hiring of buildings for pilgrims in Saudi Arabia. (Nation)
d.    Corruption:
·    Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has lavishly spent public funds in his hometown of Multan in the name of uplift schemes initiated during the current fiscal year, reveals an official document, report by Syed Irfan Raza. (Dawn)
·  The M/o Petroleum and Natural Resources is making efforts to appoint MD of OGDCL by ignoring the set procedure, sparking fears that someone with the Ministry’s backing may be given the post. (The Express Tribune)
e.    Finance Ministry:
·  Finance Ministry yet to appoint SBP Deputy Governors. (News)
f.     Health:
·  Country will face shortage of 600 pharma products within days. (Pak. Observer)
g.    Others:
·         BISP beneficiaries in Swat staged a protest against post office officials for withholding their monthly installments despite the allocation of funds and appealed to the government to initiate an inquiry. (The Express Tribune)
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