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Friday 09 March ,

(BNA)

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has appointed Corp Commander Karachi, Lt. General Zaheerul Islam as the DG ISI.

Islam will succeed Lt. General Shuja Pasha whose tenure expires on March 18.

The appointment of Lt. General Zaheerul Islam puts to rest rumours regarding whether Pasha’s tenure would be extended.

Opposition leader Chaudhry Nisar has voiced concern over the possible extension in Pasha’s tenure and said if that was to occur it would be the biggest joke with the nation.

According to sources DG Rangers Sindh Lt. General Ijaz Chaudhry will succeed Zaheerul Islam as Corps Commander Karachi.

Friday 09 March ,

(BNA) MIRANSHAH: A US drone killed at least eight militants Friday when it fired two missiles on a vehicle in Pakistan's tribal badlands near the Afghan border, security officials said.

The attack took place in the Shaktoi area of South Waziristan, part of the tribal belt that Washington considers a global hub of Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants.

"A drone fired two missiles on a vehicle. At least eight militants were killed," a senior security official told AFP. "It is not immediately clear if
some important target was hit in the missile strike."

Another security official based in Peshawar and an intelligence official based in South Waziristan confirmed the attack and death toll.

The area is a stronghold of militants belonging to Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, an umbrella militant group led by warlord Hakimullah Mehsud.

US officials say Pakistan's tribal belt provides sanctuary to Taliban fighting in Afghanistan, Al-Qaeda groups plotting attacks on the West, and Pakistani Taliban who routinely bomb Pakistan and other foreign fighters.

But the missile attacks fuel widespread anti-American resentment in Pakistan, which has been running especially high since US air strikes inadvertently killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in November

Friday, 09 March 2012 11:16

Blast Hits Jalalabad City

Friday, March 09, 2012
Kabul (BNA) A powerful explosion hit Jalalabad town in eastern Afghanistan Thursday, injuring 12 people, the authorities said.
The blast took place in Nangarhar province, 120 km from Kabul, provincial administration spokesman Ahmadzia Abdulzai said. The bomb was detonated by remote control.

Friday, March 09, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Nine Cabinet ministers newly approved by Lower House of Parliament took oath of allegiance on the other day administered by President Hamid Karzai.
The ceremony was held in the Presidential Palace, where the new ministers recited oath of office including Mohammad Ismail Khan Minister of Energy & Water, Amirzai Sangin Minister of Telecommunications, Hussun Banu Ghazanfar Minister of Women Affairs, Dr. Surya Dalil Minister of Public Health, Daoud Ali Najafi Minister of Transport & Civil Aviation, Najibullah Ozhan Minister of Public Affairs, Dr. Obaidullah Obaid Minister of Higher Education, Hassan Abdullahi Minister of Urban Development and Wais Ahmad Barmak Minister of Rural Development.
The new ministers swore allegiance to office and promised to protect independence, territorial integrity, and national unity and carry out their duties with honesty, loyalty, independence and impartiality consistent to Islam, the provisions enshrined in the Constitution and other laws of the country.
The President congratulated the new ministers on their new assignments and wished them success in fulfilling their duties for service to the people of Afghanistan.
In attendance to the meeting also were Vice-Presidents of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

Friday, March 09, 2012
Kabul (BNA) 1600 soldiers and officers graduated from training center of Zafar 207 army crops and joined to the Afghan national army forces. 
Najibullah spokesman of Zafar 207 army crops said to BNA, these officers and soldiers after a seven week military trainings obtained graduation certificates.
A function was held for this purpose in the Zafar 207 army crops, Lt Mohammad Yosouf Wardak commander of the training center talking regarding the trainings and skills which the graduates received said, from the beginning of the current year, more than 7000 officers and soldiers in five rounds got military training in this center and were assigned in armed forces in the provinces of the country. 
Care-taker of Zafar army crops congratulated graduation of them and distributed their certificates.
He added that the Zafer army crops personnel work in ensuring of peace in four western provinces of Afghanistan.
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Friday, March 09, 2012
Helmand (BNA) A local commander of armed Taliban arrested by Afghan and NATO forces in Helmand province today. 
This commander detained in combined operations of Afghan and NATO forces from outskirts of Marja district. 
According to NATO press release, this armed commander of Taliban in addition of providing arms to the Taliban was responsible of a jail of Taliban. 
According to NATO, this commander directed planting of roadside mines and other terrorist attacks in this province. 
In this operation a number armed Taliban have been arrested, said the release. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Friday, 09 March 2012 10:52

Armed Taliban Detained In Badakhshan

Friday, March 09, 2012
Badakhshan (BNA) An armed Taliban who wanted to transfer suicide vest and a quantity of explosive materials was detained by NATO forces today. 
This Talib has been detained in a search operation of NATO from outskirts of Faizabad city. 
According to NATO press release, a suicide vest, a quantity of explosive materials and materials which used on making roadside mines were seized from the arrested man.
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Friday, 09 March 2012 10:45

Four Dead, Wounded In Baghlan Clash

Friday, March 09, 2012
Baghlan (BNA) In a clash between an irresponsible commander with bodyguards of a general in Baghlan province, two persons were killed and two injured today. 
The clash occurred in Taghanak village, Pul Hesar district when militias of commander Mojahid attacked on bodyguards of General Shafi commander of national defense ministry. 
Colonel Sayed Zamanuddin care-taker of Baghlan security directorate said to BNA, the clash expanded while police wanted to calm it.
The brother of commander Mojahid and a bodyguard of General Shafi were killed and two policemen were wounded. 
Commander Mojahid fled from the spot and police started search for his arrest. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Friday, March 09, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Hamid Karzai President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Barak Obama President of America talked through a video conference on strategic cooperation document between the two countries, peace process and regional issues today. 
According to presidential press office to BNA, in this video conference, the presidents of the two countries negotiated on strategic cooperation between Afghanistan and America and talked on recent improvements regarding transferring of Bagram jail responsibilities to the Afghan side. 
Also, the presidents of the two countries exchanged views on peace process and negotiation with the armed militants. The America president declared his support from peace process on the leadership of Afghans. 
In this video conference, Hamid Karzai talked on improvements on strategic cooperation between two countries, as well as his recent trip to Pakistan and evaluated it positive. 
It is said that Hamid Karzai President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Mrs. Clinton foreign minister of America in a telephone conversation talked on strategic cooperation document between the two countries.
In this telephone talk, they exchanged views on regional situation and transferring of Bagram jail responsibilities to the Afghanistan government. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Thursday, March 8, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai honored Hamid Rahimi, the champion of the World Boxing Union (WBU), awarding him the Ghazi Mir Masjidi Khan Medal on Wednesday.
In a ceremony held in the Presidential Palace, President Karzai awarded the medal to Rahimi in honor of his WBU championship title.
Appreciating and praising Hamid Rahimi, the President wished him further successes and victories in the future.
Rahimi secured the WBU gold belt by defeating his Belarusian rival in the boxing match organized by WBU at the Event Centre "Le Royal" in Hamburg.
He is a professional boxer since 1385 and has won 20 out of 21 contests over his rivals so far.
The World Boxing Union was founded in 1995 and its championship titles have been recognized in Europe and Africa.
In attendance to the ceremony also were Mohammad Karim Khalili 2nd Vice-President, Shahzada Masoud Advisor to the President, Dr. Sadeq Modaber Director General for Office of Administrative Affairs & Council of Ministers Secretariat and Mohammad Zaher Aghbar Director General of National Olympic Committee.