LAHORE: Federal Defence Production Minister Rana Tanvir Hussain thinks it will not be prudent to shoot down drones though the country has the capability to do so. “Pakistan has the capability to shoot down US drones but such decisions need thorough deliberation and it is not prudent to take the action (downing drones) right now,” he told the media after visiting a wireless communication equipment production unit here on Friday. Daily Mashriq, Dawn, Pakistan Today.
UNITED NATIONS: CIA’s drone campaign, top officials in Pakistan’s government have for years secretly endorsed the program and routinely received classified briefings on strikes and casualty counts, according to top-secret CIA documents and Pakistani diplomatic memos obtained by The Washington Post. Daily Mashriq.
WASHINGTON: The dialogue with Taliban militants may start in the next few days, says Prime Minister`s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz. In an interview to Dawn, Mr Aziz also said that while the US might not make a formal announcement for stopping the drone strikes, `we hope that the attacks will taper off`. `We are developing a comprehensive anti-terrorism policy and holding talks with TTP is part of that strategy, he said. `We are developing a national consensus on this and that`s why we held the allparty conference in Islamabad recently Dawn.
PESHAWAR (APP): The deputy commissioner Peshawar on Friday imposed section 144 CrPC banning the unauthorised sale of Afghan SIMs except customer service outlets or registered and authorised agents and franchises. Anyone found violating the order would be proceeded against under section 188 of the PPC, according to a notification issued here. Meanwhile, the Peshawar deputy commissioner also banned firing in the air in the limits of Peshawar district.Anyone found violating the order would be punishable under section 188 PPC. The order would remain enforced for period of thirty days. Dawn.
KHYBER: Anti-polio campaign continued for the second consecutive day on Friday in Khyber Agency without any eventuality. About 124,000 children would be given anti-polio drops during the drive. Khyber Agency Surgeon Samin Shinwari said that the campaign was underway successfully and that area people were cooperating with the immunisation staff. He said a target of 124,000 children was set for immunisation in the agency. Mr Shinwari said that 391 teams had been constituted in the agency for carrying out the vaccination campaign. Dawn.
PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Friday hinted at holding talks with the Taliban on its own for peace in the province. `The federal government has yet to inform us about peace process. We`ve been waiting for developments in this respect and deserve the right to begin talks with the Taliban on our own instead of keep waiting,` Information Minister Shah Farman told the provincial assembly here. Dawn.