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Pervez for resolving Kashmir issue
in 3 years

Pervez MusharrafIslamabad, August 5
Stressing for a fast pace on the dialogue process with India, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said the Kashmir issue should be resolved within the next three years.

Musharraf says he is against army takeover

Indonesia executes Indian drug smuggler
An undated file picture of Indian national Ayodhay Prasad Chaubey
Jakarta, August 5
A police firing squad today executed an Indian national who had been found guilty of smuggling heroin into Indonesia, the authorities said.

An undated file picture of Indian national Ayodhay Prasad Chaubey. Indonesia executed him on Thursday. — Reuters photo.

13 killed in Pak army copter crash
Peshawar, August 5
A Pakistan army helicopter crashed in the country’s north-west today, killing all 13 soldiers on board, a military official said. ‘’The helicopter pilot gave a distress signal before it crashed,’’ the senior military official said.

Hafsa, 25, an Indian woman from Kerala, sits with her first baby and her husband Aman, in her in-laws house at Hoti village

Hafsa, 25, an Indian woman from Kerala, sits with her first baby and her husband Aman, in her in-laws house at Hoti village, some 120 km northwest of Islamabad, on Thursday. Hafsa and her baby son face deportation to India, if the couple loses a legal battle in the courts of Peshawar. Pakistan's interior ministry rejected a request by Aman to grant Hafsa Pakistani citizenship and ordered her to leave the country before her visa expired in March. But Aman challenged the ordered and secured a stay. The case is expected to come to court in the coming weeks, when the couple will discover their fate. — Reuters



A visitor at the Hiroshima Peace Museum looks up at a large sign
A visitor at the Hiroshima Peace Museum looks up at a large sign showing the exact time when the atomic bomb hit the Japanese city, a day ahead of the 59th anniversary of the bombing, on Thursday. At 8:15 am on August 6, 1945, the bomb dropped by the US Air Force's B-29 bomber "Enola Gay" exploded over Hiroshima, instantly killing some 70,000 people. 
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EARLIER STORIES

 

5 killed, 21 injured in blast near Baghdad
Baghdad, August 5
A car bomb exploded outside a police station in Baghdad’s south killing five persons and wounding 21, an Iraqi Health ministry official said. The blast occurred yesterday at a town called Mahawil, 85 km south of the capital, said Dr Ali al-Soudani, from the Iraqi Health Ministry.

Pak to make Manmohan Singh’s birthplace a model village
Islamabad, August 5
Pakistan will turn the birthplace of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh into a model village as a gesture of goodwill to strengthen an on-going peace process, a government statement said today.

A man shows the old classrooms of a primary school which was attended by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in Gah, near Islamabad, in this file photo taken on May 21, 2004. Pakistan has decided to make Manmohan Singh's birthplace a model village as a gesture of goodwill. — Reuters
A man shows the old classrooms of a primary school

Vice-President of Fiji guilty of coup
Suva, August 5
A court today found Fiji Vice-President Ratu Jope Seniloli guilty of unlawfully swearing in ministers in a rebel  government during a coup by armed nationalists four years ago.

A Bahraini wooden dhow makes its waA Bahraini wooden dhow makes its way to the sea A Bahraini wooden dhow makes its way to the sea under the rising sun at dawn in Manama on Thursday. — Reuters

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Pervez for resolving Kashmir issue in 3 years

Islamabad, August 5
Stressing for a fast pace on the dialogue process with India, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said the contentious Kashmir issue should be resolved within the next three years.

The President also clarified that he had not asked for any timeframe from India but only called for a fast pace to settle the dispute.

‘’I have not asked India to give any timeframe for a solution of the Kashmir dispute but had only called for a fast pace,’’ General Musharraf said in an interview with the daily Dawn.

He was replying to a question referring to a statement by Indian External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh that there was no hurry to resolve the issue.

The President described Mr Singh’s statement as very comparative term.

‘’But what I would like to say is that we should move as fast as possible because if we don’t, then we cannot have confidence building measures (CBMs),’’ he added.

‘’We need to move CBMs and the dialogue process in tandem with each other”, he said.

The President’s statement comes in the backdrop of talks between Defence Secretaries of the two countries on the Siachen Glacier issue.

Pakistan Defence Secretary Lt-Gen (retd) Hamid Nawaz Khan arrived in New Delhi yesterday as the head of an eight-member team for the two-day talks, beginning today.

A second delegation led by Rear Admiral Ahsan Ul Haq Chaudhry, Additional Secretary in the Defence Ministry, also arrived in the Indian capital yesterday for talks on the Sir Creek dispute, scheduled for Friday.

On former Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali’s resignation, General Musharraf denied that Mr Jamali had been forced to quit and said it was a decision by the ruling Pakistan Muslim League. The President expressed the hope that Prime Minister-in waiting Shaukat Aziz would be able to continue a political momentum for harmony in politics and governance. — UNI

Musharraf says he is against army takeover

Islamabad, August 5
Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf, who grabbed power after overthrowing the Nawaz Sharif government in a bloodless coup in 1999, has said he is against army takeover.

The 13-member military-civilian National Security Council had been constituted to avert such occasions in future, he said in an interview to Dawn. The interview was published today.

“I have full conviction that this is the only way of ensuring that the army never comes in,” he said.

Musharraf declined to say whether he would give up his office of the Chief of the Army Staff by December 31, the deadline set by a Parliamentary Act.

He promised to talk about the matter at the end of December. His decision would be guided by national interests, he added.

“You will see how it happens. We have to take certain decisions at a certain time. We will talk about these at that time,” he said.

He justified the army interventions in country’s politics. — PTI
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Indonesia executes Indian drug smuggler

Jakarta, August 5
A police firing squad today executed an Indian national who had been found guilty of smuggling heroin into Indonesia, the authorities said.

The execution of Ayodhay Prasad Chaubey in Medan city on the Sumatra island was the first death sentence carried out in Indonesia since 2001.

It came despite pleas for clemency by the Indian Embassy and Amnesty International.

A senior police officer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the execution was carried  out at 0200 a.m. local time today.

“Ayodhay was shot in the heart from a distance of 10 metres,’’ state news agency Antara quoted.

He was given an Islamic burial in the city shortly after the execution, the report said.

Ayodhay was arrested along with two Thai nationals in Medan in 1994 after airport officials confiscated 12 kg of heroin. All three were sentenced to death in 1996. The two Thai nationals remain on death row. — AP
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13 killed in Pak army copter crash

Peshawar, August 5
A Pakistan army helicopter crashed in the country’s north-west today, killing all 13 soldiers on board, a military official said.

‘’The helicopter pilot gave a distress signal before it crashed,’’ the senior military official said.

The Russian-designed Mi-17 helicopter came down near Karak, in a district neighbouring north Waziristan, a tribal area where security forces come under regular fire from militants. — Reuters
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5 killed, 21 injured in blast near Baghdad

Baghdad, August 5
A car bomb exploded outside a police station in Baghdad’s south killing five persons and wounding 21, an Iraqi Health ministry official said.

The blast occurred yesterday at a town called Mahawil, 85 km south of the capital, said Dr Ali al-Soudani, from the Iraqi Health Ministry.

The Iraqi police has been constantly targeted by insurgents determined to undermine the country’s progress and efforts to establish a democratic regime in the wake of last year’s war.

On Tuesday, a car bomb exploded at an Iraqi National Guard checkpoint outside the city of Baqouba, killing six guardsmen and wounding six others.

A week earlier, a car bombing outside a police station in the same city, 57 km north-east of Baghdad, killed at least 70 persons and injured several others. — AP

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Pak to make Manmohan Singh’s birthplace a
model village

Islamabad, August 5
Pakistan will turn the birthplace of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh into a model village as a gesture of goodwill to strengthen an on-going peace process, a government statement said today.

Dr Manmohan Singh, 71, was born in a poor Sikh family in Gah, a rural backwater about 80 km southwest of Islamabad in Punjab province and completed primary school education there in the 1930s.

Dr Manmohan Singh’s father moved his family from Gah some years before Partition when India and Pakistan gained independence from Britain in 1947.

Pakistan’s interim Prime Minister Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has directed the provincial government to declare Gah a model village and to name the school as ‘’Manmohan Singh Government Boys Primary School’’, a statement from the Prime Minister’s office said.

Both steps had been taken to ‘’strengthen’’ the peace process between Pakistan and India, it added.

Providing a further link between the neighbours, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf was born in Delhi before Partition.

Turning Gah into a model village means its unpaved, dusty roads will be improved, its residents will have natural gas and telephones and sewerage pipes will be laid. And soon, women will no longer have to draw water by hand from wells. — Reuters

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Vice-President of Fiji guilty of coup

Suva, August 5
A court today found Fiji Vice-President Ratu Jope Seniloli guilty of unlawfully swearing in ministers in a rebel government during a coup by armed nationalists four years ago.

Fiji’s High Court found Seniloli and three others guilty of administering unlawful oaths during the May 2000 coup which toppled the government of Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry.

The ageing Seniloli was driven away to jail in the same prison truck used to escort coup leader George Speight after he was convicted of treason. — Reuters
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BRIEFLY

‘Mujhse Shaadi Karogi’ in UK top 10
LONDON:
‘Mujhse Shaadi Karogi’, a light-hearted romantic film directed by David Dhawan and produced by Sajid Nadiadwala, has reached top ten in the UK box office chart on the first weekend of its release. The film, Zee Network’s first theatrical release, saw off competition from various Hollywood films. — PTI

Thames flooded with sewage
LONDON:
The British environment authorities mounted a major cleanup operation after flooding forced thousands of tonnes of raw sewage into the Thames running through central London. The Environment Agency said 600,000 tonnes of untreated sewage overflowed into the river due to rains on Tuesday night. — Reuters

‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ eligible for Oscars
LOS ANGELES:
The screening of US filmmaker Michael Moore’s political documentary ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ on Cuban television last week will not hurt it’s Oscar chances. The film’s distributors said the copy aired in the Communist state on July 29 was pirated and Oscar chiefs said on Wednesday that the film was still eligible for a possible Oscar nomination next year. — AFP
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