Pakistan vows to restore Constitution, frees prisoners
- Political prisoners to be freed
QUETTA: The provincial government has decided to release all
political prisoners and drop cases against Bugti tribesmen
languishing in different jails in Balochistan.
Talking to reporters after meeting Bugti tribesmen in the Hudda
district jail here on Sunday, PPP's deputy parliamentary leader Mir
Sadiq Umrani said the federal and provincial governments had
initiated a process of political reconciliation to resolve all issues.
Mr Umrani, Mir Zafarullah Zehri, Ali Madad Jattak, Babu Amin Umrani
and Agha Irfan Karim distributed sweets among prisoners to mark the
victory of Asif Ali Zardari in the presidential election.
"The PPP government is aware of grievances of people of Balochistan
and will take effective measures to lessen their suffering," Mr
Umrani said. He said that people had suffered a lot during eight
years of military rule and their demands were genuine.
Home Minister Mir Zafarullah Zahri and Mir Umrani met Mir Abdul Nabi
Bangulzai who has been in jail for eight years.
Mr Zehri said that all cases against Mr Bangulzai would be dropped
soon. Mr Bangulzai was in prison in connection with a murder case.
Constitution to be restored to its original form: PM
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has reiterated his
government's resolve to restore the 1973 Constitution in its original
form which would help guarantee independence of judiciary and freedom
of the press.
He was talking to a US Congressional delegation which had called on
him on Sunday.
According to an official handout, the prime minister said that the
democratic process had been completed with the election of Asif Ali
Zardari as president with an overwhelming majority.
The delegation included Congressman Jim Cooper, Democrat, Member of
the House Armed Services Committee; Congresswoman Nancy Boyda,
Democrat, Member of the House Armed Services Committee; Congressman
Thomas Petri, Republican, Member of the House Committee on Education
and Labour; Congressman Jon Porter, Republican, Member of the House
Ways and Means Committee; and Congressman Dave Reichert, Republican,
Member of House Homeland Security Committee.
US Ambassador Anne W Patterson attended the meeting.Meanwhile, Prime
Minister Gilani attended a reception given by Chairman Joint Chiefs
of Staff Committee General Tariq Majeed in connection with the
Defence of Pakistan Day.Staff Reporter
Pak army ordered to hit back US forces
Fri, 12 Sep 2008
Pak army put on high alert to confront any US agression
The Pakistani Army has been given orders to retaliate against any
unilateral strike by the Afghanistan-based US troops inside the
Army Spokesman Maj Gen Athar Abbas confirmed the orders in a brief
interview with Geo News on late Thursday night.
The decision was made on the first day of the two-day meeting of
Pakistan's top military commanders to discuss the US coalition's
ground and air assault in Waziristan region which killed dozens of
Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani chaired the meeting which
began in Rawalpindi on Thursday at the Army General Headquarters.
Pakistan's military commanders expressed their determination to
defend the country's borders without allowing any external forces to
conduct operations inside the tribal belt bordering Afghanistan,
A senior official said the military commanders also discussed the
implications of the American attacks inside Pakistan and took stock
of the public feeling.
"In his statement, Genral Kayani has represented the feeling of the
entire nation, as random attacks inside Pakistan have angered each
and every Pakistani," he said.
Earlier on Wednesday, Kayani rebuffed the American policy of
including Pakistani territory in their operations against the al-
Qaeda and Taliban linked militants hiding in the areas near Afghan
Also, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani noted that Kayani's
remarks on country's defense were true reflection of the government
The army decision followed bloody incursions by the US ground troops
into tribal belt as well as a string of missile strikes by CIA-
operated drone aircraft.
The reaction also comes after US President George W. Bush approved US
military raids on militants inside Pakistan without Islamabad's
The development also brought into the open the increasing mistrust
between the Americans and the Pakistanis over how to handle the
Taliban and al-Qaeda linked militants in Pakistan's tribal areas.
Some political expert predict the break out of an all-out war between
the United States troops and Pakistani army following the Bush
administration's approval of ground and air assaults inside the
Pakistan vows to reopen embassy in Baghdad-statement
Baghdad - Voices of Iraq
BAGHDAD (VOI) - An Iraqi diplomat on Tuesday called on Pakistan to re-
open its embassy in Baghdad, a government statement said.
"The outstanding security improvements have encouraged a number of
countries, including Arab countries, to reopen their diplomatic
missions in Baghdad," a Council of Ministers' statement cited Qais
Subhi al-Yaqoubi, Iraq's ambassador to Pakistan, as saying during a
meeting with Pakistani deputy foreign minister Omar Khan Shirazi.
The announcement noted "the Iraqi ambassador stressed the importance
of holding the ninth session for the joint ministerial economic
committee between Iraq and Pakistan."
The meeting was put off for a year due to Pakistan's exceptional
The statement highlighted the Pakistani foreign official "pledged to
reopen the Pakistani embassy in Iraq and to hold the meeting of the
joint ministerial committee." Meanwhile, a second government's
statement pointed out "Iraq's consulate in the Syrian city of Aleppo
has started provided services for Iraqis in Syria."
"The opening of the Consulate is to meet the needs of Iraqis living
Iraq has seen the lowest levels of violence, paving the way for a
flurry of Arab and regional countries to re-initiate diplomatic ties
after a considerable isolation since the invasion of Iraq by U.S.-led
troops in 2003.
Seven Arab countries, including Gulf countries, are set to reopen
their embassies in Baghdad.
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