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Jun 30, 2010

Fake degrees could see Pakistan lawmakers barred

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani education authorities are checking the academic credentials of parliamentarians amid fears that scores could be disqualified for holding fake degrees, leading to large-scale by-elections.

A spate of elections could raise political tensions in the country, which is confronted with a growing threat of Islamist militancy and is struggling to bolster a weak economy.

Jun 29, 2010
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Fake degrees stir fear of ‘mini mid-term polls’ in Pakistan


Pakistani education authorities are verifying university degrees of members of parliament amid fears that scores of them could be disqualified for holding “fake degrees”, leading to “mini mid-term elections” less than three years after general elections were held in the country.

Large scale by-elections could trigger political uncertainty in the country which is presently confronted with growing threat of Islamist militancy and is struggling to bolster a weak economy.

Jun 25, 2010

Pakistan to monitor Google, others for blasphemy

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani authorities on Friday put seven major websites, including Google and YouTube, under watch for containing material deemed offensive to Muslims, officials said.

The Ministry of Information Technology is also blocking at least 17 links on Youtube and other websites for showing “blasphemous material”.

Jun 23, 2010

Pakistan court again orders websites blocked

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A Pakistani court ordered restrictions reimposed on video sharing network YouTube and eight more websites blocked for showing material deemed offensive to Muslims, a lawyer said on Wednesday.

The other websites are Yahoo, MSN, Hotmail, Google, Islam Exposed, In The Name Of Allah, Amazon and Bing.

Jun 14, 2010

No Pakistan victory in Orakzai despite hue and cry

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – It was a classic case of military hubris: when Pakistan announced it has defeated Taliban militants in one of their major bases recently, it was a far cry from reality in the volatile Orakzai region.

Pakistani military analysts say the victory announcement — much like U.S. President George W. Bush’s 2003 “mission accomplished” moment — was based on “miscalculations” as officers thought militants would flee the region after many of their bases were captured.

Jun 13, 2010

One Pakistani killed, 15 abducted in Kyrgyzstan

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – One Pakistani student has been killed and around 15 reportedly taken hostage in Kyrgyzstan’s riot-stricken southern city of Osh, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Sunday.

At least 83 people have been killed — 72 in Osh alone — in gun battles over the past three days in the Central Asian state’s worst ethnic violence in two decades.

Jun 10, 2010

Pakistan says UN curbs won’t hit Iran gas pipeline

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A $.7.6 billion project for export of Iranian natural gas to Pakistan will remain unaffected by the imposition of fresh U.N. sanctions against Tehran, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

The U.N. Security Council imposed a fourth round of sanctions on Iran on Wednesday over its nuclear programme that the West suspects is aimed at developing atomic weapons. Iran denies any such ambitions.

Jun 9, 2010

Gunmen attack NATO trucks near Islamabad

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Suspected Taliban gunmen in Pakistan set fire to more than 50 trucks carrying supplies for Western forces in Afghanistan, killing at least seven people in the first such attack near the capital, police said on Wednesday.

The Taliban have previously attacked trucks carrying supplies for U.S.-led foreign forces in Pakistan’s volatile northwest and southwest bordering Afghanistan, but this raid, less than 30 minutes’ drive from Islamabad late on Tuesday, was unprecedented.

Jun 5, 2010

Militancy-hit Pakistan ups defence spending by 17 pct

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan will increase defence spending by 17 percent in the 2010/11 fiscal year as the U.S. ally intensifies its battle against Taliban insurgents operating from their enclaves on the border with Afghanistan.

Defence spending is set to rise to 442.2 billion rupees ($5.17 billion) for the 2010/11 fiscal year beginning on July 1, compared with 378.13 billion rupees allocated in 2009/10.

Jun 5, 2010

Pakistan’s mosques, media and intolerance

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan has been fighting Islamist militants for years, but tough measures are needed to overturn a system breeding religious intolerance after the long failure of authorities to confront mullahs and hardline groups.

Analysts say the notion of religious mistrust is deeply entrenched in the predominatly Muslim country — even in the school system — and it is now up to leaders to mobilise public.

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