Taliban brand Imran Khan as 'American slave'
Pakistani Taliban have described cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan
as a "slave of the US and Europe" after he called himself a
Ehsan noted that Khan had said he is not a Taliban supporter and remarked: "We also think Imran Khan is not our sympathiser." The Taliban spokesman advised Khan to talk in Urdu, the language of the Pakistani people, if he considers himself the representative of the people. In a recent interview with the BBC, Imran had said that he is a liberal and does not support the militants.
But the Taliban spokesman said: "Those who call themselves as liberal are in fact free of Islam and other religions. A liberal man does not believe in any religion and particularly does not believe in Islam." Ehsan questioned Khan's remarks describing several Pakistani leaders as slaves of the US.
He claimed Khan was a "slave of those Americans who are no more in the world". Khan, who heads the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf party, drew a mammoth crowd during a recent rally organised in Lahore as part of efforts to galvanise his supporters ahead of the general election scheduled for 2013.
He has called for the
halting of military operations against groups like the Taliban and for
dialogue to end the unrest in northwest Pakistan.
New Delhi: A plea by former Telecom Minister A Raja that he would not cross-examine prosecution witnesses unless the CBI probe is over in 2G spectrum case, was dismissed on Friday by a Delhi court which began formal trial in the matter.
Raja made the plea minutes before Special Judge O P Saini commenced formal trial, beginning it with the recording of first prosecution witness, Reliance Capital Ltd vice-president Anand Subramaniam's statement.
"As soon as the investigation in this case, which started on October 21, 2009, is complete and all the statements as mandated in section 244 of the CrPC as supplied to the applicant, the right to recall the witnesses for cross examination will be exercised," Raja said in an application to the court.
Appearing for Raja, senior advocate Sushil Kumar told the court that the CBI has apprised the Supreme Court that their investigation in connection with Loop Telecom is going on.
Raja's counsel said the court should ask the agency if the investigation as far as all the 17 accused is complete.
He said the
investigation in the case is going on as only one FIR has been
registered by the CBI. The court, however, dismissed Raja's plea and
began recording the statement of the first prosecution witness.
New Delhi: Expressing "shock" over large number of Pakistani nationals languishing in various Indian jails without trial, the Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre to file within two weeks a comprehensive report on them.
A Bench headed by Justice R M Lodha also asked the government to explain as to why four women among the jailed Pakistanis should not be repatriated without any delay.
"You should take certain things seriously. Give us entire picture so that we could pass order. Complete information is not forthcoming. Let there be a comprehensive exercise and complete information be provided about foreign nationals in Indian jails," the Bench said.
The court was hearing a plea by J&K National Panthers' Party chief Bhim Singh seeking its directions to the Centre to release around 300 Pakistani nationals, lodged in different jails of the country.
He submitted that
they have been in jails for many years without trial and which is
against the law, prompting the court to state that "It is
complete information with you. Why do you give information piece
meal?," the Bench said after hearing arguments from various sides
and adjourned the matter for two weeks.
New Delhi:Food inflation declined marginally to 11.81 per cent in the week ended October 29, but the slight moderation in the rate of price rise provided little respite to consumers burdened by high prices of essential kitchen staples like vegetables and pulses.
Food inflation, as measured by the Wholesale Price Index (WPI), stood at 12.21 per cent in the previous week ended October 22. The rate of price rise of food items stood at 12.68 per cent in the corresponding week of the previous year.
As per data released
by the government on Friday, vegetables became 26.05 per cent costlier
on a year-on-year basis during the week ended October 29. Pulses grew
costlier by 13.27 per cent, fruits by 11.70 per cent and milk by 11.79
However, onions became 19.31 per cent cheaper. Wheat prices were also down 1.77 per cent year-on-year during the week under review.
Inflation in the overall primary articles category stood at 11.43 per cent, compared to 12.08 per cent in the previous week. Primary articles have over 20 per cent weight in the wholesale price index.
Inflation in non-food articles, including fibres, oilseeds and minerals, was recorded at 6.41 per cent during the week under review.
Fuel and power
inflation stood at 14.50 per cent during the week ended October 29,
unchanged from the previous week.
The report was filed a day after the
agency quizzed Maderna on his alleged links with the missing nurse
during which he is understood to have admitted that he knew her.
The CBI also requested the court to
provide a Deputy Inspector General rank police officer to assist it in
searching Bhanwari Devi, who is missing since September 1, but the court
advised the agency to first approach the state government on the issue.
The court was hearing a habeas corpus petition filed by Amar chand, the husband of Bhanwari Devi. Amarchand had alleged that she was abducted at the behest of Maderna who denied the charge.
The next hearing in the matter has been scheduled on November 14.
Agency sources on Thursday said that
Maderna was quizzed for about six hours and he came out with
"valuable information" about the case and his questioning is
likely to continue on Friday as he has assured the CBI of his "full
cooperation" in the probe.