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Pak denies ‘tacit approval’ to
fencing along LoC
Islamabad, July 2
Expressing displeasure over the ongoing fencing work along its border with India, Pakistan today said it had not given any “tacit approval” for the erection of the fence along the Line of Control between the two countries and stated that it was in violation of the Simla and Karachi agreements.

USA urges India, Pak to stop arms race
Washington, July 2
Taking a serious note of the statement by General Musharraf that he will continue the nuclear programme and test a large missile within two months, the USA has urged both India and Pakistan to take steps to prevent an arms race and to guard against possible nuclear use.


Sri Lanka aims for 6-8 per cent annual growth.
(28k, 56k)

Pak joins ASEAN Regional Forum
Jakarta, July 2
As Pakistan today became the 24th member of the ASEAN Regional Forum, India hoped that Islamabad would adhere to its commitment of not raising Kashmir or any other Indo-Pak issue at the Asia Pacific’s only security grouping.

Musharraf pledges to bust Al-Qaeda sanctuaries
Islamabad, July 2
Vowing to flush all terrorists out of the country, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said Al-Qaeda sanctuaries in tribal areas bordering Afghanistan would be busted. “Al-Qaeda terrorists have been behind a number of terrorist incidents in Pakistan, including suicide bombing and targeting some sensitive installations. We will flush all terrorists out of Pakistan,” Musharraf said yesterday

Pak reiterates ‘moral’ support to Kashmiris
Indian agent held in Karachi

A woman sits behind portraits of late Communist Party leaders  Zhou Enlai, Mao Zedong and Liu Shaoqi at an exhibition in Beijing A woman sits behind portraits of late Communist Party leaders (L-R) Zhou Enlai, Mao Zedong and Liu Shaoqi at an exhibition in Beijing on Friday. China marked the 83rd birthday of the Communist Party on Thursday with pledges for cautious political reform.
— Reuters



A member of German Navy Special Operations Forces aims his waterproof assault rifle during an exercise in a forest near Eckernfoerde
A member of German Navy Special Operations Forces aims his waterproof assault rifle during an exercise in a forest near Eckernfoerde, northern Germany, on Thursday. The German Navy Special Operations Forces, whose membership is kept secret, are chiefly involved in military operations.
— Reuters

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Saddam revealed little to jailers
New York, July 2
Saddam Hussein revealed little valuable information while he was held captive by U S forces, but he did make some startling comments about the 1990 invasion of Kuwait and a killing committed by his son Uday, The New York Times reported today. The ousted Iraqi leader did not say much to the interrogators about his weapon programmes and the insurgency in post-war Iraq during his nearly seven months in US custody, the newspaper said, citing interviews with senior US officials involved in his detention.

Editorial: The trial of Saddam

A deflated but still defiant Saddam was brought on Thursday in chains to an Iraqi judge to hear charges that could lead to a trial for war crimes and genocide. — Reuters photo
A deflated but still defiant Saddam was brought on Thursday in chains to an Iraqi judge to hear charges that could lead to a trial for war crimes and genocide

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Pak denies ‘tacit approval’ to fencing along LoC

Islamabad, July 2
Expressing displeasure over the ongoing fencing work along its border with India, Pakistan today said it had not given any “tacit approval” for the erection of the fence along the Line of Control between the two countries and stated that it was in violation of the Simla and Karachi agreements.

“Neither there is any silent consent nor any open one. Rather we have repeatedly protested to India against it,” Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Masood Khan told BBC Radio here.

Mr Khan said Pakistan had kept the United Nations informed about the fencing. “We have also told India that erection of the fence was in violation of two regulations or two agreements.”

“The fencing is a violation of the Karachi Agreement of 1949 under which India and Pakistan determined the ceasefire line, which specified that no kind of activity and alteration would be carried out around the ceasefire line,” Mr Khan said.

“In the Simla Agreement, too, the two sides agreed not to alter the LoC. Therefore, we believe that erection of this fence is not correct,” he added.

“At a stage when negotiations are going on between the two countries, we should only speak of confidence-building,” he said, referring to the reported remarks of Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee on fencing.

India has officially clarified to Pakistan that the fence was being built in accordance with the Simla agreement to prevent the infiltration of militants. — PTI
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USA urges India, Pak to stop arms race
T.V. Parasuram

Washington, July 2
Taking a serious note of the statement by General Musharraf that he will continue the nuclear programme and test a large missile within two months, the USA has urged both India and Pakistan to take steps to prevent an arms race and to guard against possible nuclear use.

“On the issue of missile tests, we clearly remain deeply concerned about the dangers that continue to be posed by both nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles in South Asia. We continue to urge Pakistan and India to take steps to prevent an arms race and to guard against possible nuclear use,” State Department Deputy Spokesman Adam Ereli said yesterday. Asked about reports that the A Q Khan network is again active in North Korea, he said “I don’t have any comment on it because it is a report. I don’t have any information to substantiate it.

“Pakistan has made clear that it is committed to uprooting and removing the A Q Khan network, continuing to investigate its operations, its tentacles, to make sure that it is non-functional. And I think they have been doing a good job of that.”
— PTI
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Pak joins ASEAN Regional Forum
Jaishree Balasubramanian

Jakarta, July 2
As Pakistan today became the 24th member of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), India hoped that Islamabad would adhere to its commitment of not raising Kashmir or any other Indo-Pak issue at the Asia Pacific’s only security grouping.

Indonesia, the current Chairman of ASEAN, had sought and obtained an explicit assurance by Pakistan that it would not raise bilateral issues at the forum, External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh, attending the ARF meeting, said in an interview to Jakarta Post.

“This assurance paved the way for a consensus on Pakistan’s admission to the ARF, and I have every expectation that Pakistan will adhere to its commitment,” he said.

The forum, which meets annually includes the USA, China, Japan, two Koreas, Russia, India and the European community along with 10 members of ASEAN.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri was representing his country at the day-long meeting which followed two days of ASEAN ministerial meetings.

Mr Natwar Singh dispelled fears that the presence of India and Pakistan at the ARF could create problems because of the existing differences between them on various bilateral matters.

Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Masood Khan described Pakistan’s admission to thr ARF as “very important”, and said, “we have been trying to forge closer relations with Southeast Asian nations and this will facilitate that.” — PTI
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Musharraf pledges to bust Al-Qaeda sanctuaries

Islamabad, July 2
Vowing to flush all terrorists out of the country, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said Al-Qaeda sanctuaries in tribal areas bordering Afghanistan would be busted.

“Al-Qaeda terrorists have been behind a number of terrorist incidents in Pakistan, including suicide bombing and targeting some sensitive installations. We will flush all terrorists out of Pakistan,” Musharraf said yesterday during a five-hour marathon meeting with new Prime Minister Chowdhary Shujaat Hussain and other top civil and military officials to review law and order situation.

“The foreign extremists are not doing anything for the cause of Islam, but following their self-serving agenda,” he was quoted as saying by the official APP news agency.

The President also vowed to bust Al-Qaeda sanctuaries in tribal areas of the country.

Hussain said all out efforts would be made to maintain law and order for continued socio-economic progress of country. “Anyone trying to hurt the integrity, sovereignty and security of Pakistan would be dealt with sternly.”

The meeting gave special attention to Karachi, where several incidents of bomb blasts and attacks took place recently.

Also the two leaders reviewed the ongoing army crackdown against Al-Qaeda militants and their local backers in the Waziristan tribal agency bordering Afghanistan.

Ministers for Finance, Interior, Information, Religious Affairs, provincial Governors and Chief Ministers, the Vice Chief of Army Staff and heads of law enforcement and intelligence agencies also attended the meeting. — PTI
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Pak reiterates ‘moral’ support to Kashmiris

Islamabad, July 2
Pakistan’s newly appointed Prime Minister Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has said his government will continue to extend “moral, political and diplomatic” support to Kashmiri people to enable them achieve the right to “self-determination.”

Hussain also told the PoK leaders that the government is deeply interested in the socio-economic development of the area and in improving the quality of life of people there. — PTI
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Indian agent held in Karachi

Karachi, July 2
The Pakistani police has arrested an alleged Indian agent on suspicion of providing “strategic and sensitive” information to India’s spy agency, a senior police official said here today.

Identified as Sikandar Anam Raja, 45, was captured by the police this week in Karachi. Raja had been living in Karachi since 1980. — AP
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Saddam revealed little to jailers

New York, July 2
Saddam Hussein revealed little valuable information while he was held captive by U S forces, but he did make some startling comments about the 1990 invasion of Kuwait and a killing committed by his son Uday, The New York Times reported today.

The ousted Iraqi leader did not say much to the interrogators about his weapon programmes and the insurgency in post-war Iraq during his nearly seven months in US custody, the newspaper said, citing interviews with senior US officials involved in his detention.

Saddam was formally handed over to Iraqi justice on Wednesday, but the US military still guards him. He was brought to a special Iraqi court yesterday to face charges of crime against humanity.

While in U S custody, Saddam made observations such as a principal reason for invading Kuwait was his belief that he needed to keep his army occupied, the newspaper said.

On another occasion, Saddam related how his son Uday had beaten to death someone who had annoyed him by playing music too loudly, the Times said. Saddam said he had Uday imprisoned in solitary confinement to teach him a lesson, the newspaper said.

However, it was unclear whether Saddam was referring to an incident in 1988, in which it was widely reported that Uday bludgeoned to death his father’s valet and food taster. Uday and Qusay, Saddam’s other son, were killed in a gun battle with the U S forces last July.

The Times cited a U S official as saying that Saddam willingly discussed the roots of the Baath Party in the 1970s, but became uncooperative when the questions turned to illegal weapons or links to the Al-Qaida. — Reuters
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Thailand's HIV-positive band members Doi, Maew, Sombat and Chang perform in Lop Buri, about 160 km north of Bangkok
Thailand's HIV-positive band members (from left to right) Doi, Maew, Sombat (background) and Chang perform in Lop Buri, about 160 km north of Bangkok, on Friday. The band donates proceeds from their shows to assist other HIV-positive patients in Thailand. The band, which was formed in 1994, has seen nearly 70 band members come and go due to AIDS. — Reuters

‘SPIDERMAN 2’ BREAKS RECORDS
LOS ANGELES:
“Spiderman 2” took in $ 40.5 million in its first day, a record debut that positions the film to beat more box-office highs through the weekend. The movie could go on to shatter other debut records, including the best three-day weekend of $ 114.8 million for the first version, “Spiderman,” Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations said on Thursday. — AP

QUEEN’S ASSENT TO TRANSSEXUALS
LONDON:
A measure which will enable Britain’s estimated 5,000 transsexuals to have their birth certificates changed and marry in their new gender gained royal assent from Queen Elizabeth II. Under the Gender Recognition Act, transsexuals seeking legal recognition of their new gender will have to provide evidence that they intend to live fully and permanently in that gender, but they will not have to undergo sex change surgery. Until now, Britain has been one of only a few European Union nations that refuse to let transsexual people officially change the gender on their birth certificate. — AP

ILLITERATE WOMAN A SCHOOL TEACHER
HONG KONG:
An illiterate woman who had never been to school worked as a primary school teacher for 10 years before being found out, a news report said on Friday. The 45-year-old woman would be given tips at home by her grown-up son before going to school to teach, according to the Hong Kong edition of the China Daily. Education officials eventually discovered that the woman was unable to even read or write, the newspaper said. — DPA
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