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Govt to handle miscreants with iron hand: Sharmila  KARACHI: Provincial Advisor for Auqaf and Special Assistant to Chief Minister Sindh on Media Sharmila Faruqui has said that nation should be united against those who spread hatred because these are anti-state elements.   We are united and all people belonging to various groups have no enmity against each other, she said.   She said while talking to mediamen visiting injured Syeda Mehzal Zehra here at a local hospital and presented her a bunch of flowers.   On this occasion she assured full support to the victim's family on behalf of Sindh government.   Sharmila Faruqui said that the government was against terrorism and extremism but some elements wanted to destroy the peace of Karachi.   They wanted to create differences between the masses but the people of Karachi would foil their ulterior motives.   Protection of the life and property of the people is the prime responsibility of government and government will do it at any cost, she concluded.     Copyright APP (Associated ...

Karachi police arrest 123 accused in last 3 days  KARACHI: The Karachi Police in their ongoing drive against the criminals,arrested 123 accused from various parts of the metropolis during the past three days.   A Police statement on Monday said that 52 pistols,2 rifles and 7 mobile phones were recovered from the accused.   Cases have been registered.   Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2012**

Removal of trade barriers to enhance intra-regional trade  ISLAMABAD: The intra-regional trade will get a boost once the trade barriers are removed, the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) said.   Reduction in trade barriers would bring a major change in the region which will have a positive impact on the lives of tens of millions of people, Chairman FPCCI Committee on Health and Director Pak-Uk Business Council, Tariq Mehmood said.   Currently, all the major political parties and chambers of commerce are supporting ...

PM says marriage, divorce bills for Christians, Hindus on cards  ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf terming minorities as an integral part of the Pakistani society said the government was considering promulgation of personal laws for them including the separate marriage and divorce bills for Christians and Hindus.   Addressing at a function to mark International Human Rights Day at the Prime Minister Secretariat here, Prime Minister Ashraf said the step would fulfill a longstanding demand and bring them at par with the Muslim citizens of the ...

President condemns attack on a Police Station in Bannu  ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari Monday strongly condemned the attack on a police station in Bannu that led to loss of precious lives.   The President reiterated resolve to continue struggle against the militant mindset and said the government will not be deterred by such acts.   President Zardari directed the provincial authorities for provision of best possible medical treatment to the injured.   He also expressed sympathies with the bereaved families and prayed to Allah Almighty to shower his blessings ...

Chocolate may protect brain from stroke  ISLAMABAD: Chocolate might not be the healthiest thing for waistline but research suggests it may protect brain against stroke.   A study following more than 37,000 Swedish men showed those eating the most chocolate were the least likely to have a stroke,BBC health reported.   It follows on from other studies that have suggested eating chocolate can improve the health of the heart.   Everyone taking part in the study was asked about their eating habits and their health was monitored ...

Its high time to agree on BIT: US Envoy  KARACHI: The United States Ambassador to Pakistan, Richard Olson, has called for early conclusion of Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT).   He was talking to mediamen during his visit to the mausoleum of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah on Monday.   The envoy was of the view that "it is the high time that we agree on BIT.   He said that his immediate priorities would be to focus on the economic relationship between the United States and Pakistan.   Richard Olson said "in this ...


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