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    Political prisoners to be freed http://www.dawn.com/2008/09/08/nat3.htm QUETTA: The provincial government has decided to release all political prisoners and
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 6, 2008
      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,
      sources said.

      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
      political situations.

      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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