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The Times of London  has disclosed, quoting a Pakistani military official, that the generals would “only step in if asked by the senior most judge in Pakistan.”

The disclosure is included in a report filed by two reporters of The Times, Francis Elliot and Aoun Sahi, who reported that “following the (corps commanders’) meeting, a military official told The Times that the generals would only step in if asked by the most senior judge in Pakistan.”

“There is no chance of a coup in Pakistan right now. The military is not going to allow the PPP to become political martyrs,” the newspaper said. Quoting the military officer, The Times said: “We believe in democracy and the Constitution of the country and we are looking towards the Supreme Court. We will consider helping implement (the) court’s decision if civil authorities fail to implement it.”

These words attributed to the Pakistan Army are the first direct signal that the army generals would follow the orders of the Supreme Court of Pakistan if they were asked to help implement the judgments of the SC under Article 190.

The Times report also made the disclosure quoting “some observers” who predicted that Prime Minister Gilani may be considering to resign as part of a move to deflect the pressure on the president and regain the moral high ground for the government led by President Zardari’s Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).

The newspaper report said President Zardari has also asked Aitzaz Ahsan, a leading lawyer and former ally of his late wife, Benazir Bhutto, to conduct secret negotiations with the court. Aitzaz Ahsan is also being tipped as a possible replacement for Gilani.

Pakistan's prime minister telephoned the top British diplomat in the country this week expressing fears that the Pakistani army might be about to stage a coup, a British official and an official in Islamabad said Friday.

But, both the Prime Minister House and British High Commission denied any such call.

The call, which one official said was "panicky", suggests there was - or perhaps still is - a genuine fear at the highest level of the Pakistani government that army might carry out a coup or support possible moves by the Supreme Court to topple the civilian leadership.

PAK Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani asked High Commissioner Adam Thomson for Britain to support his embattled government, according to the officials, who didn't give their names because of the sensitivity of the issue. It's unclear if the British government took any action.

The Prime Minister House strongly denied the report. The spokesman said: "the prime minister has not spoken to the British High Commissioner in this regard and the story is totally unfounded."

‘The democratic government led by Prime Minister Gilani draws its strength from the people of Pakistan and not from any foreign power.’

In a statement issued by the spokesperson of British High Commission said, "The story about a recent phone call between UK High Commissioner Adam Thomson and Prime Minister Gilani is untrue."

The HC further stated that "there has been no such call

A suicide bomber disguised as a policeman killed at least 50 people and wounded scores in an attack on Shi'ite Muslim pilgrims at a checkpoint in the southern Iraqi city of Basra on Saturday, police said.

The attack at the end of Arbain, one of the main religious observances on the Shi'ite calendar, came as a political crisis in the Shi'ite-led government renewed fears of a return to sectarian violence in the country.

"A terrorist wearing a police uniform and carrying fake police I.D. managed to reach a police checkpoint and blew himself up among police and pilgrims," said a police official at the scene of the bombing.

The pilgrims had been on their way to a major Shi'ite mosque to the west of Basra, police said.

Security forces sealed off the main hospital in Basra, fearing further attacks. Weeping relatives gathered at the hospital as soldiers, police and civilians rushed blood-covered victims there. Some of the wounded were stuffed into car trunks.

A provincial health official who asked not to be named put the toll at 50 dead and 90 wounded.

Saturday, January 14, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Interior minister Bismillah Mohmmadi, Turkish minister of interior, Turkish mayor for Sabuas city a number of military officials for both countries participated in a graduation ceremony of 492 Afghan police officers from a police academy in Sabuas city of Turkey. 
The graduated Afghan police officers received professional education for six months in a Turkish police academy in Sabuas city of the country. 
Minister of interior delivered speech in the ceremony and said, “one of top priorities of the ministry is education and training the Afghan police. 
Therefore, with close cooperation of international community and Turkey, we have been able to send more than 400 Afghan youth for higher professional education to Turkey.” 
Minister of interior made the new graduates follow their responsibilities and play vital role in maintaining security and improving of national police by the use of their experiences and education. 
The minister also appreciated the Turkey for its cooperation in this sector and stressed for further cooperation with Afghan ministry of interior.

Saturday, 14 January 2012 10:00

Taliban Key Commander Killed In Nimrooz

Saturday, January 14, 2012
Zaranj (BNA) A key commander of Taliban was killed and three of his colleagues were detained during an operation of NATO forces last night. 
Mohammad Hashim Nowrozi governor of Khashrod district said to BNA, this operation conducted by NATO forces in Khaktou area, Khashrod district, in which Mullah Dost Mohammad a key commander of Taliban was killed and three of his colleagues with quantity of arms were detained. 
According to governor of Khashrod district, the mentioned commander involved in a number of attacks on convoy of foreign forces and security posts of national army and police security. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Saturday, 14 January 2012 09:55

2 Armed Taliban Insurgents Detained In Urozgan

Saturday, January 14, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Two armed Taliban insurgents were detained in a searching operation of Afghan forces in Uerozgan province yesterday. 
According to police officials, they detained the two Taliban insurgents from a hideout in the vicinities of Trenkot city. 
These Taliban involved in several terrorists events. 
Quantities of arms was seized from these Taliban. 
According to another report, a Talib was killed and one other wounded in clash between police and a group of armed Taliban in Herat province yesterday. 
Colonel Sayed Aqa Saqib police chief of Heart said, this clash occurred in Kotal Plangi village, Aderskan district of that province in which a Talib was killed and one other was injured. 
According to him, the Taliban were fled from the spot, but they transferred their killed and injured militias from the area. 2 arms of them were seized by police. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Saturday, 14 January 2012 09:54

3 Bloody Events Prevented In Urozgan

Saturday, January 14, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Security forces reported preventing of at least three bloody events in Urozgan province. 
According to these forces, Taliban with planting of three mines wanted to carry out three bloody explosions in Urozgan province yesterday which was not succeeded. 
Police of Urozgan province said to BNA, these mines were placed by armed Taliban along the road of Chori and Dehraroad districts and was discovered and defused by police. 
According to police, with planting of mines, Taliban wanted to target Afghan and NATO forces. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Saturday, January 14, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Minister of agriculture, deputy minister of rehabilitation and rural development representatives and directors of 13 ministries and directorate of local organs and administrative affairs on Thursday while visiting Logar province participated in a grand local gathering in the province. 
Minister of agriculture accompanied by Logar governor General Attiqullah Lodin visited various sections of Logar provincial directorate of agriculture and irrigation and green zone which newly construction in the province. 
The minister also participated in a gathering held in the province. 
In the gathering governor of Logar while briefing related to current improvement in the province considered that measures and programs which have been launched and are underway are followed by joint efforts of local organs in the province.

Saturday, 14 January 2012 07:37

Biggest Holy Quran Exhibited In Kabul

Saturday, January 14, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The world’s biggest copy of Holy Quran miniaturized and calligraphies was uncovered on Thursday in Nasir Khisraw cultural center here in Kabul. 
Al-Hajj Sayed Mansoor Naderi, representative of people in parliament said, “Calligraphy of this huge copy has 218 pages was started in Mizan 1383. 
He added each page which has been designed with 30 different designs is 28.2cm long, 55, 1cm wide and 1.8cm thick.” 
Following, Mohammad Sabir Yaqoot Hussaini Khidri, the writer of the copy spoke about his work and calligraphy. 
In opening ceremony, the message of the second vice president Mohammad Karim Khalili was read out. 
The message said, “This biggest copy belongs to Afghan people and I congratulate the Holy Book’s calligraphy and minatory to Sayed Mansoor Naderi and people of Afghanistan.” 
The message added Afghan youth once again have shown that they have had big achievements in each sector in the country. 
Fazil Hadi Muslimyar, Chief of senate congratulated the biggest copy to Afghan people, head and personnel of Nasir Khisraw cultural center. 
In the ceremony the senate appreciating sheets were handed over by the Chief of the senate to writer of the copy and his nine students.

Saturday, 14 January 2012 07:35

Statement Of Foreign Affairs Ministry

Saturday, January 14, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Foreign Afghanistan has released a statement in relation with the recent reports pertaining to holding of a meeting by the Span Institute with the participation of some Afghans in Berlin. 
The statement says that the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan disagree any types of measures and assertions that are in contradiction with the national unity and provisions of the constitution. 
The Afghan government therefore deems the roles of the personnel of foreign foundations as interference in the domestic affairs of the country and strongly condemns it and stresses that these acts should not be repeated in the future.