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Apr 1, 2011

Pakistan hikes fuel prices

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan raised fuel prices by up to 13 percent Friday, reflecting the rise in global crude prices, but political parties were quick to reject the move that could stir fresh anger due to fears over sharply rising costs of living.

The fragile coalition led by President Asif Ali Zardari halved the increase in petroleum prices last month to mollify a key partner which quit the government in protest over the last fuel price hike in January.

Apr 1, 2011

Pakistan hikes fuel prices; political parties reject

ISLAMABAD, April 1 (Reuters) – Pakistan increased fuel
prices by up to 13 percent on Friday, reflecting the rise in
global crude oil prices, but political parties were quick to
reject the move that could stir fresh anger among the people
worried over a sharply rising cost of living.

The fragile coalition led by President Asif Ali Zardari
halved the increase in petroleum prices last month to mollify a
key partner which quit the government in protest over the last
fuel price hike in January.

Mar 29, 2011

Never mind the politics, cricket match with India grips Pakistan

ISLAMABAD/KARACHI (Reuters) – Many of his countrymen are more interested in the game than in politics, but when Pakistan’s prime minister Yusuf Raza Gilani flies into India on Wednesday to watch a cricket match between the two nations, he could also boost the fragile peace process.

Cricket-crazy Pakistanis are desperately waiting for Wednesday’s showdown with India in the northern Indian town of Mohali, where the two nations will battle it out for a place in the cricket World Cup final. And for many, victory against India is even more important than winning the tournament.

Mar 27, 2011

Pakistani PM to watch cricket cup semi-final in India

ISLAMABAD, March 27 (Reuters) – Pakistani Prime Minister
Yusuf Raza Gilani will travel to India this week to watch a
cricket match between the two South Asian rivals in what is
dubbed as “cricket diplomacy”.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday invited
Gilani and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari to watch the
hotly contested World Cup semi-final to be played in the
northern Indian town of Mohali on Wednesday.

Mar 16, 2011

Pakistan frees CIA man after “blood money” paid

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) – A CIA contractor was acquitted of two murder charges and released by a Pakistani court on Wednesday after a deal to pay “blood money” to the victims’ families, Pakistani and U.S. officials said.

The deal, reached just hours after the American contractor had been indicted, ends a long-simmering diplomatic standoff between Pakistan and the United States.

Mar 16, 2011

Pakistan court acquits CIA contractor after ‘blood

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) – A CIA contractor was acquitted of two murder charges and released by a Pakistani court on Wednesday after a deal to pay “blood money” to the victims’ families was reached, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah told Reuters.

The deal, reached just hours after the contractor had been indicted, ends a long-simmering diplomatic standoff between Pakistan and the United States.

Mar 16, 2011

Pakistan court acquits CIA contractor after ‘blood money’ deal

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) – A CIA contractor was acquitted of two murder charges and released by a Pakistani court on Wednesday after a deal to pay “blood money” to the victims’ families was reached, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah told Reuters.

The deal, reached just hours after the contractor had been indicted, ends a long-simmering diplomatic standoff between Pakistan and the United States.

Mar 15, 2011
via Pakistan: Now or Never?

Will S. Arabia broker a deal to repair Pakistan-US ties?

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With the U.S.-Pakistan dispute over CIA contractor Raymond Davis stuck in Pakistani courts, newspapers are reporting that the two countries’ common ally, Saudi Arabia, may step in to defuse the deepening crisis between them.

The high court in Lahore, where Davis shot dead two people in what he said was an act of self-defence in January, on Monday declined to rule on whether he  has diplomatic immunity. The court referred the question of immunity to a criminal court which is dealing with murder charges against him.

Mar 4, 2011

Pakistan halves fuel price hike, wins political reprieve

ISLAMABAD/KARACHI, March 4 (Reuters) – Pakistan’s fragile
coalition government was forced to compromise with a key partner
over a fuel price hike on Friday, a move likely to ensure, for
now, political stability at the cost of vital economic reforms.

The decision to reduce to almost 5 percent a 9.9 percent
increase in fuel prices announced this week is likely to
disappoint the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which has said
Pakistan must raise taxes and end subsidies if it wants to
continue receiving an economic bailout package.

Mar 3, 2011

Pakistan vows to battle extremism after minister slain

ISLAMABAD, March 3 (Reuters) – Pakistan must not buckle to
extremism, President Asif Ali Zardari said on Thursday, a day
after Taliban militants killed his government’s only Christian
minister for challenging a law on blasphemy towards Islam.

The assassination of Minister for Minorities Shahbaz Bhatti
in broad daylight on Wednesday threatens to further destabilise
the nuclear-armed U.S. ally where many fear a strain of violent
religious conservatism is becoming more mainstream in society.

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      "I have journalistic career spanned over 19 years. I have been working with the Reuters since 2001. My current position is senior correspondent at Reuters bureau in Islamabad."
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