Pakistan news of April 16, 2009 - Friends of Democratic Pakistan conference to begin in Japan

2009-04-16 14:42:17 (GMT) (Caymanmama.com - Pakistan News News)

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Pakistan news of April 16, 2009

  • Charsadda bomb blast takes lives of over 16 people
  • Pakistan and US working to path the differences
  • Saudis not so keen over Friends of Pakistan conference
  • Arrested Pakistan students in UK denied consular access
  • Karachi Stock Exchange index declines by 25.77 points

Charsadda bomb blast takes lives of over 16 people

Charsadda (Dawn.com): 5 bomber arrived the scene of crime in vehicle as they rammed the vehicle in the police check post. The blast killed 9 policemen passersby and injured 10 people. The rescue operations began immediately. The early investigations showed that the suicide bombers belonged to Swat district.

Pakistan and US working to path the differences

Washington (Dawn.com): The US and the Pakistani government officials are working to remove the differences over the conditions that are attached with the US aid. The high level delegation that arrived in Japan headed by the President of Pakistan, will be meeting world leaders. The US special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard Hoolbroke is expected to meet Pakistani President today to discuss issues pertaining to US aid.

Saudis not so keen over Friends of Pakistan conference

New York (Dawn.com): According to the Wall Street Journal report, Saudi Arabia does not seem to keen in participation in the Friends of Democratic Pakistan and its passive attitude proves the non support for Zardari led government.

According to the newspaper, if the Saudis do not contribute, Pakistan would be left dry and their aim of raising $4 to $5 billion to save Pakistan from the deepening financial crises would not be met.

Wall Street Journal also cites that Riyadh is a close ally of Mr. Nawaz Sharif who has rose to immense fame in Pakistan after his success in the lawyers movement and have clearly beaten Asif Ali Zardari at the political game.

Arrested Pakistan students in UK denied consular access

Islamabad (Dawn.com): The reason for the arrest of the Pakistani students in UK is still not clear. The terrorist threat option sought by the UK police at present is not seen to be working for the UK intelligence officials. The Pakistan authorities in the UK were told by the UK official that the students have denied consular services for which the legal aid of London police have up till now not provided any written statement from the students rejecting consular access.

The students who left Pakistan for studies abroad are being punished for two things (a) they are Muslims (b) they are Pakistanis, this was the statement made by the parents of one of the student held in the UK.

The court has extended the police remand date and the students will be held for further questioning for 7 to 10 days more.

The police and the UK intelligence officials have not come up with solid evidence against any Pakistani student arrested by them and the operation might cause embarrassment for the UK establishment and the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown who accused Pakistan immediately after the arrests were made.

Karachi Stock Exchange index declines by 25.77 points

Karachi (Business Recorder): The stock exchange in Karachi faced another volatile trading session where the stocks rose to 7,885.67 points by mid day and declined to 7,607.07 points before settling at 7,807.08 at the end of the trading.



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