Archive for October, 2013

SC orders release of Musharraf in Bugti murder case

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday ordered release of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in the Nawab Akbar Bugti murder case after his lawyers submitted surety bonds in the apex court.

Musharraf was kept under house arrest on April 26, in his Chack Shehzad farm house.

Meanwhile, the Islamabad High Court was moved on Thursday to prevent the former president from leaving the country.

On Wednesday, Musharraf was granted bail by the Supreme Court in Nawab Akbar Bugti murder case after rejection of a similar plea by the Balochistan High Court. The apex court asked the former army strongman to submit two surety bonds of Rs1 million each to the Supreme Court Registrar.

Musharraf has now been granted bail in three major cases, including one relating to the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and another to the detention of deposed Supreme Court judges.

According to a private TV channel, guarantors Mohammad Hanif and Mumtaz Hussain submitted the bonds on Thursday in the apex court on behalf of Musharraf.

Meanwhile, Haroon Rasheed Ghazi, son of the slain Lal Masjid cleric Maulana Abdul Rashid Ghazi, filed a write petition in the Islamabad High Court pleading that Musharraf’s name be added to the ECL.

The petitioner claimed that it was possible that if the former military ruler left Pakistan, he may not return again.

Ghazi further claimed that the Aabpara police station in Islamabad was investigating Musharraf for ordering the Lal Masjid operation in 2007, and therefore he should be barred from leaving the country.

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Prime Minister says government quite serious on Taliban talks

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PESHAWAR: The Pakistan government is serious about holding talks with the Taliban in keeping with a mandate given by all political parties, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said today.

The government wants to take forward the talks process with the Taliban to achieve peace in the region, Sharif told reporters during a visit to the capital of the restive Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

“The government has decided to hold talks with the militants in order to avoid more bloodshed in the country,” he said after chairing a meeting on the law and order situation.

“The PML-N government has been mandated by the all parties conference to go in for talks with the militants,” he added.

Soon after he assumed office in June, Sharif offered unconditional talks to the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, which has killed thousands of people in a series of bombings and suicide attacks over the past few years.

The Taliban spurned Sharif’s offer after their deputy chief Waliur Rehman was killed in a US drone attack. Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud has said he is open to “serious talks” but the government has not yet approached his group.

“The government needs to sit with us, then we will present our conditions,” Mehsud told the BBC.

During his interaction with the media at Governor House, Sharif contended that the two previous regimes did not take the issue of terrorism seriously and his government was confronted with this “gigantic problem” soon after coming to power. “We have invited suggestions from all stakeholders to arrest this issue once and for all,” he said.

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Blasts rip through three cities in Pakistan; seven killed, 50 injured

ISLAMABAD: Bomb blasts in three cities of Pakistan’s Punjab and Balochistan provinces on Thursday killed seven people and left more than 50 injured.

The first blast in Lahore’s inside a small restaurant in old Anarkali bazaar killed the eatery’s owner and injured more than a dozen others. Police said the explosives with a timer device were planted at the counter of the restaurant. The injured were taken to hospital where three of them, including a woman, were said to be in a critical condition. The explosion damaged several shops in the vicinity.

Lahore, Pakistan’s second largest city and the capital of Punjab province, has relatively remained immune to the wave of bombings that has terrorised the three other provincial capitals -Peshawar, Karachi and Quetta.

A second explosion ripped through a busy market in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province, killing six people and injuring 35 others. Officials said the target of the attack was a nearby police station. Six of the injured were policemen. The bomb disposal squad said six kg of explosives were used in the bomb planted on a motorcycle.

In yet another explosion in north-western city of Peshawar, at least four security personnel were injured.

No one claimed responsibility for the attacks.

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