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Kidnapped son of ex-PM phones father MULTAN: The kidnapped son of former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani called his father on Sunday after two years in captivity and told him he was well.Ali Haider Gilani, 29, was seized by suspected Taliban militants in a hail of gunfire on the outskirts of the city of Multan in Punjab province on May 9, 2013, two days before the national election in which he was campaigning. Gunmen on a motorbike opened fire before abducting Ali Haider Gilani in a black Honda car.His secretary and a bodyguard were killed and four people wounded."My son Ali Haider Gilani told me that he is happy and safe at (an) unknown place," Yousaf Raza Gilani told AFP after the phone call."He enquired about the health of his mother and other family members. He declined to disclose more and said that Almighty Allah will surely help us. He said that he is safe and ...

Iran's Rouhani wants to 'free' economy from sanctions TEHRAN: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called Sunday for national unity to liberate the economy from international sanctions, which he compared to a form of occupation."We must join hands and free our economic territory which was unjustly occupied by the countries of the P5+1 (Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany) and the UN Security Council ... through use of diplomatic and political tools," Rouhani said in a televised speech.The P5+1 group is trying ...

IS is recruiting, but not operational in Afghanistan: NATO General KABUL: The Islamic State group is recruiting fighters in Afghanistan, the commander of foreign forces in country has said, but they are not yet operational. There have been fears of IS group making inroads in Afghanistan since US-led NATO forces ended their combat mission late last year, after 13 years of fighting insurgents. "There's recruiting going on in Afghanistan. There is money being passed back and forth," General John F Campbell the commander of NATO ...

Saudi king vows to punish those behind suicide attack DUBAI: Saudi Arabia's King Salman said on Sunday he was "heartbroken" over a suicide bombing at a Shia mosque in the kingdom that killed 21 people, state news agency SPA reported, a conciliatory statement as sectarian strife intensifies in the region.Salman said anyone linked to the attack, claimed by the Islamist militant group Islamic State, or who sympathises with it, will be brought to justice."We were pained by the enormity of the crime of this ...

Greece does not have the money to make June IMF repayment: interior minister ATHENS/LONDON: Greece cannot make debt repayments to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) next month unless it achieves a deal with creditors, its interior minister said on Sunday, the most explicit remarks yet from Athens about the likelihood of default if talks fail.Shut out of bond markets and with bailout aid locked, cash-strapped Athens has been scraping state coffers to meet debt obligations and to pay wages and pensions.After four months of talks with its euro ...

Dar welcomes reduction in policy rate ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar Saturday welcomed the announcement by State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) to reduce its policy rate from 8 per cent to 7 per cent and said it it would spur business and economic activities in the country.The minister, in a statement, said the SBP decision was a manifestation of improvement in macroeconomic conditions as reflected in multi-year low inflation and considerably improved external account.The current CPI inflation of 4.8% in ...


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