The approval was given at a meeting of the Capital Development Authority (CDA)'s Development Working Party (DWP). "But a simple notification from the Prime Minister Secretariat authorised the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) to execute the metro project in the capital city," said an official of the CDA. The final approval of the project is given by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) headed by the finance minister.
A bilateral security agreement remains unsigned as a group of U.S. lawmakers visited Afghanistan, calling on U.S. President Barack Obama to announce his plans for future troop levels in the war-torn country. A presidential statement issued after the meeting with U.S. lawmakers quoted President Karzai as reiterating that "the long-standing position of the Afghan people towards the security agreement remains unchanged with the preconditions."
A suicide attack in the suburbs of the northwestern city of Peshawar, close to the lawless tribal areas that are a haven for Taliban and Al-Qaeda linked militants, was followed a few hours later by a bombing in the southwestern city of Quetta. Friday's attack in Sarband village on the edge of Peshawar, close to the Khyber tribal district, came as Taliban negotiators met the TTP leadership to discuss the next steps in the talks process.
The incident took place just before midnight on Saturday after locals in Larkana district alleged that Sangeet Kumar, 42, had torn out pages of Islam's holy book and tossed them down on the street from the roof of his home. "Sanjeet Kumar has been accused of desecrating the holy book by the locals. The accused is in our custody."
That bus was waiting for another one coming from Rawalpindi to return so that it could get en route. To address concerns of female commuters, it would be a step in the right direction if the authorities tried to count the number of women using public transport in the country. A commuter from the bus I took to Rawalpindi, Mrs Naseem, told me her daughter used to take a bus to go to her college at the Murree Road terminal.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has a long history of ignoring talented players and pay heavily due to this attitude. Pakistan cricket team is in dire need of a specialist opener since long, none of the players in the last decade or so managed to justify their place in the playing XI. Pakistan cricket team badly needs a player of a high caliber, keeping in mind biter reality that Younus Khan is not considered for 50 overs game and Misbah is at the twilight of his career, Yaisr's inclusion in the team will ease the burden on the middle order, as Hafeez can easily play at No 4 or 5.
Pakistan on Saturday rejected Western media reports that the missing Malaysian airliner might be hidden somewhere in the country, according to local media. The comments came after Wall Street Journal has reported a " total flight time of five hours after departing Kuala Lumpur means the Boeing 777 could have continued for an additional distance of about 2,200 nautical miles, reaching points as far as the Indian Ocean, the border of Pakistan or even the Arabian Sea, based on the jet's cruising speed." "At present there are 95 ships of various countries are in the Indian Ocean on search mission," said Azeem.
The doctor, Shakil Afridi, was arrested in 2011 after members of an American Navy SEAL unit killed Bin Laden in his Abbottabad compound. But the decision on Saturday took the lawyers and family of Dr. Afridi by surprise. The arrest of Dr. Afridi was a point of contention between Pakistan and the United States, and Americans officials have repeatedly urged the Pakistanis to release him.
The Islamabad portion comprising 13.9 kilometers, would include Peshawar Mor Interchange as designed by the Capital Development Authority and 14 bus stations with allied facilities. The construction of long awaited Peshawar Mor Interchange under this project will go a long way in redressing the congestion problem at this intersection, provide relief to the people, and help in smooth flow of traffic during peak hours.
In a meeting chaired by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar at the Prime Minister office on Saturday, the Rs23.839 billion project was cleared. Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani last week took notice of the 'flawed' route alignment of Islamabad section of the project in a bid to avert possible threat to the environment. The project's cost will be shared by the federal and Punjab governments. As part of the project, the Peshawar Morr Interchange will be constructed.
The conditions included rationalisation of the project cost, a certificate that the capital's master plan will not be defied while carrying out the project, the environmental impact assessment (EIA) report, the feasibility study and a report on the economic viability of the project. "The CDWP approved the project in principle but subject to rationalisation of project cost and scope by a committee headed by the cabinet secretary with members from the development authorities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, the finance division and the section chiefs of transport and communication, economic appraisal and environment from the Planning Commission," said a statement issued by the Planning Ministry.
Shakeel Afridi was convicted of treason under Pakistan's tribal justice system for alleged ties to militants and jailed for 33 years in May 2012. Lawyers for the doctor had challenged the August ruling, made by the commissioner of the northwestern city of Peshawar, in the Federally-Administered Tribal Areas Tribunal. Angry lawmakers in the U.S. saw the original sentence as retaliation for the bin Laden raid and had threatened to freeze millions of dollars in vital aid to Pakistan.
Karzai said Saturday that both Islamabad and Washington can effectively help the Afghan peace process; however the Taliban group leaders are having safe lives in Pakistan. Karzai said the people of Pakistan are suffering from the same terrorism which has been created and supported by certain elements inside the government of Pakistan. Karzai said Pakistan is keen to create a stooge political system in Afghanistan since the invasion of the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, however Karzai said this ambition of Pakistan will never turn into reality as Afghanistan has never surrendered to world powers.