ISLAMABAD: Lawmakers calling for dialogue with US for halt of drone attacks said such attacks are totally unacceptable as they amount to disregard of our dignity & sovereignty. The National Assembly resumed its session in here with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the chair. Members of the National Assembly on Wednesday asked the government to revisit its relations with the United States and urged parliament to pass a resolution to shoot down drones. The MNAs called upon the government to go ahead with the peace process and take confidence building measures to hold talks with the Taliban leadership. The Frontier Post, The News, The Nation, Daily Mashriq, Pakistan Observer, Dawn.
ISLAMABAD: The World Health Organization (WHO) had declared the overall quality of recent national wide anti-polio campaign unsatisfactory. In the survey results out of 200 consideration groups 97 groups declared successful, 71 partially satisfied while 32 were declared unsuccessful. Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have reported 88% (38/43) of the total wild polio cases this year so far. The Frontier Post.
ISLAMABAD: Opposition parties in the Senate on Wednesday held a protest session outside the Parliament House to protest against the conduct of Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in the Senate following a controversy over the number of civilian deaths due to the missile strikes in the tribal areas. The Frontier Post.
ISLAMABAD (APP): President Pakistan Tehreek Insaf (PTI) Makhdoom Javed Hashmi on Wednesday said that drone strikes were against Pakistan’s sovereignty and it was the responsibility of the federal government and the nation to lodge protest against this. The Frontier Post.
ISLAMABAD (INP): Talking to media persons here on Wednesday, Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that the recent drone strikes have created impediments in peace efforts. He however said the government was serious in dialogue process with the Taliban. He demanded that the prime minister should take all the parliamentary parties into confidence about the new developments. The Frontier Post.
D.I. KHAN: Jamaat-ul-Dawa DI khan Chapter held a protest against the US drone attacks. protestors set on fire the US’s flag and President Barak Obama’s effigy. The Frontier Post.
PESHAWAR: Naib Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami FATA, Zarnoor Afridi has said that by making amendments in article 247 of the constitution of Pakistan, it would help restore all basic rights of tribesmen; they were being deprived from in their respective areas. Local bodies election is the need of hours and the government should promptly announce holding elections in tribal regions like other part of country in order to empower them at lower level. The Frontier Post.
ISLAMABAD: The Danish minister for development cooperation Dr. Christian Friis Bach launched Pakistan development Programme 2013-2016 here Wednesday. Addressing a seminar marking the launch of Denmark’s new development programme for Pakistan, he said, his country considers Pakistan highly important in respect of promoting peace and security in the region. Pakistan Observer.
PESHAWAR: Governor takes notice on the promotion of FATA development Coorporation and FDC. A summary has been sent to the chief sectary KP. After eleven years such kind of development has taken place. There are four hundred workers of FATA whose case has been forwarded. Daily Mashriq
NEW YORK: Leaders of Haqqanis native Zadran tribe in Afghanistan’s Khost province have formally broken links with the militant network, as its support has begun to wane in the area, according to a leading US newspaper.The United States regards the Haqqani network as “the most resilient enemy”, and one of the biggest threats to the US-led NATO military forces in Afghanistan. The Nation
ISLAMABAD: Security agencies have warned the government high-ups of a severe backlash from the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan in the aftermath of Hakimullah Mehsud’s killing which may entail targeting the Punjab, the central PML-N leadership as well as the ruling Sharif family. The News.
PESHAWAR: Widespread rain with snowfall in hilly areas lashed Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA, bringing the mercury down and forcing the residents to turn to use of woolies on Wednesday. Dawn.
PESHAWAR: Many among the members of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly were a happy lot when the House unanimously adopted a resolution on Monday last against drone strikes and Nato supplies. Mr Khan had stated that the PTI government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa would stop Nato supplies and the assembly would adopt a resolution that would have never been adopted before, and in doing so if the party had to lose the provincial government itwould not budge from blocking the supplies. Dawn.
LANDI KOTAL: The reopening of hostels of Government Degree College Landi Kotal was delayed owing to a row between the students and management over new disciplinary rules and submission of annual fee, sources said.The college management had closed down all the three hostels in 2011 after a firing incident between two rival groups of students in which a student was killed. Dawn.
PESHAWAR: Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) on Wednesday seized 570 kilogram of hashish and impounded a Suzuki van at Bara Road here. Dawn.
TIMERGARA: The Jamaat-i-Islami, Lower Dir chapter, on Wednesday demanded of the government to block Nato supplies to Afghanistan or party workers would do that by force. Dawn.
KHAR: The political administration is making efforts to provide basic amenities to the dwellers of militancy ravaged Bajaur. Speaking at a representative jirga of Khar tribe at civil colony here on Wednesday, Bajaur assistant political agent Asad Sarwar said establishment of the writ of the government was vital for durable peace in the tribal region. A large number of elders, members of peace committees, leaders of various political parties and senior administration officials attended the jirga. Dawn.