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July 2009

Indian book claims Musharraf involved in Mumbai attacks

NEW DELHI: A book by two Delhi-based journalists claims that Pakistan’s former president Pervez Musharraf was involved in planning the Mumbai attacks. The book claims that while the attack was masterminded by Pakistani intelligence, it was implemented by Lashkar-e-Tayyaba after a year-long training. The book, co-authored by Wilson John, who is now a senior fellow with Observer Research Foundation (ORF), and Vishwas Kumar, a senior journalist who specialises in crime and terrorism, mentions several serving and retired Pakistani officials for their involvement in the attacks.Read More »Indian book claims Musharraf involved in Mumbai attacks

Rental power plants in Pakistan: myth vs reality

By Murtaza Mohsin

In Pakistan, you are damned if you do and you are damned if you don’t. Not always, but more often than not. There is massive power load shedding across the country, factories and plants are closing down, manufacturing businesses and exports are down, unemployment and poverty is increasing, there are riots on the streets, trains and public property are being set on fire. Government’s response? Implement the short-term energy generation project initiated in 2007 through rental power plants to eliminate load shedding by December 2009 and work concurrently on other medium and long term thermal and hydel projects. Sensible indeed but not so to our perpetual doubters.Read More »Rental power plants in Pakistan: myth vs reality

Young scientist may solve Pakistan’s energy crisis

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KARACHI: A young scientist from Pakistan has completed the theoretical concept of a unique engine, capable of producing huge amounts of energy, which can run electric generators and machineries without using any fuel. Syed Adnan Subzwari, the young scientist of Karachi, gave details of the invention to the Adviser to Sindh Chief Minister Sharmila Farooqui in a meeting here Friday.Read More »Young scientist may solve Pakistan’s energy crisis

Musharraf vows to return back to Pakistan if needed, announces team of defenders

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mush_2407Former President General (r) Pervez Musharraf has vowed to return Pakistan to face the trial being carried out by the Supreme Court of Pakistan in a case filed against his extra-constitutional steps on November 3, 2007. Musharraf, while talking to newsmen after holding meetings with his legal advisors and former political allies, told the newsmen Thursday that he was ready to appear before the court “if needed”. Read More »Musharraf vows to return back to Pakistan if needed, announces team of defenders

Musharraf claims to continue presidency, had BB been alive

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musharraf247The News report

NEW DELHI: Terming Kargil as a “big success”, former President General (r) Pervez Musharraf has said India agreed to discuss Kashmir only because of that war in 1999.

“Yes, indeed, it was a big success because it had (an) impact even on the attitudes of the Indian side. How did we start discussing the Kashmir dispute? How was it that the Indians agreed that we will discuss Kashmir and there must be a negotiated settlement? Before this there was no such thing at all,” Musharraf said in a TV interview.Read More »Musharraf claims to continue presidency, had BB been alive

Singing songs of destruction in Lahore

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– Ahmad Rafay Alam

The Lahore Development Authority placed advertisements in national dailies this week of its intention to widen the Canal Bank Road. The decision is another example of how people with good intentions but no relevant experience can lead a city down a path to disaster.

Lahore hit headlines last week, but for altogether the wrong reasons. It is now the most polluted city in the country. The emissions from industry and automobiles have rendered its air un-breathable. It has no waste-treatment plant, so all the raw sewage it produces is happily tossed into the River Ravi. And in the next twenty years, expect its population and size to double.Read More »Singing songs of destruction in Lahore

Pakistan HEC to strengthen higher education links with kiwis

 Brian Sanders, Ambassador of New Zealand, called on Begum Shahnaz Wazir Ali, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister and incharge, Higher Education Commission (HEC), here on Thursday.

They exchanged views for continuing and expanding the HEC collaboration with the higher education sector of New Zealand as well as its industry.Read More »Pakistan HEC to strengthen higher education links with kiwis