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Saturday, April 14, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Nine armed militants were killed in two separate clashes with national police forces in Nimroz and Urozgan provinces. 
Interior ministry press office said to BNA, this event occurred when the national police forces cleaned poppy farms from Qandahari village, Khashrood district which faced with Taliban. 
Meanwhile, in other similar event which taken place in Dowan area, Shaheed district of Urozgan province, a Talib was killed and four others were injured and a quantity of arms and 4 motorbikes were seized by national police forces. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Saturday, April 14, 2012
Kabul (BNA)  A consultative meeting was held on April 9th with the participation of press security organs and domestic media and members of the press violation commission on ensuring of national high interest of the country and ensuring of security led by Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen Minister of Information and Culture. 
At this meeting the participants had free discussions. 
The press department of the national security department while providing information at the meeting also mentioned of presence of some obscure foreign nationals at some media and publications against press law and the Afghan Constitution by some media. 
Unfortunately, the media has got the assertions of this meeting in other way round as if the Noor, Zhuwandoon, Shamshad and Tamadon TVs have employed foreigners without legal procedures and they are being financed by the neighbors. 
While the representative of the national security department did not accuse any media on financing by any neighboring country, but only stated that presence of some obscure foreign nationals at some of the media has brought about concern and that the publication of the some of the media are against the national interests and the Afghan Constitution. 
The media that have defined this consultative meeting against the enforced laws of the country are accountable to the violation commission of the media.

Saturday 14 April 2012,

WASHINGTON: The US officials have said that the United States has no intentions to stop drone strikes on Pakistani soil.

The US newspaper, citing officials, has claimed that drones strikes will continue against militants and their hideouts in Pakistan.

Meanwhile, the White House is considering to issue an official apology over Salala check post attack that resulted in the martyrdom of 24 Pakistani soldiers.

The joint sitting of the Parliament Thursday approved the recommendations presented by the Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) in connection with the terms of engagement with US and matters relating to the national security of Pakistan.

Earlier, reading out the 'revised report' of the PCNS from the floor of the Parliament, the Committee's Chairman Senator Raza Rabbani said: "The relationship with USA should be based on mutual respect for each other's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity."

He said Pakistan's sovereignty 'shall not be compromised'.

Rabbani said the US footprint in Pakistan must be reviewed, calling for an immediate cessation of drone attacks and infiltration into Pakistani territory on any pretext including hot-pursuit.

He said Pakistani territory including its airspace shall not be used for transportation of arms and ammunition to Afghanistan.

Pakistan nuclear programme and assets including their security will not be compromised, he continued.

"The US-Indo agreement on civil nuclear agreement has significantly altered the strategic balance in the region," he said, adding, therefore Pakistan should seek from US another similar facility.

"Pakistan reaffirms its commitment to the elimination of terrorism and combating extremism in pursuance of its national interests."

He said the government of Pakistan should seek an unconditional apology from the US on the unprovoked incident of Salala attack dated 25th-26th November 2011 in Mohmand Agency which claimed lives of 24 Pakistani soldiers.

"Those held responsible for the Mohmand Agency attack should be brought to justice," he said, adding Pakistan should be given assurances that such attacks or any other attacks impinging on Pakistan's sovereignty will not reoccur.

He said no verbal agreement regarding national security shall be made with any foreign government or authority and all such agreements and understandings shall cease to exist forthwith.

Raza Rabbani said no overt or covert operations inside Pakistan shall be committed.

 

 

ISLAMABAD: 

Friday 13 April,

Pakistan Parliament has unanimously approved new guidelines for the country’s troubled ties with the United States on Thursday, in what could be an important step in putting relations back on track

The revised recommendations of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) presented in joint session of the parliament declared that sovereignty of Pakistan shall not be compromised and relationship with the United States should be based on mutual respect for sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of each other.

The 14-point recommendations presented by PCNS chairman Senator Raza Rabbani, say that US footprint in Pakistan must be reviewed. This would mean an immediate cessation of drone attacks inside Pakistan cessation of infiltration into Pakistani territory on any pretext including hot pursuit.

Pakistani territory including its air space shall not be used for transportation of arms and ammunition to the Nato forces in Afghanistan.

The recommendations also say that Pakistan’s nuclear program and assets including its safety and security cannot be compromised.

The US-India civil nuclear agreement has significantly altered strategic balance in the region and therefore Pakistan should seek from the US and others a similar treatment.

The strategic position of Pakistan as well as India on the subject of FMCT (Fissile Material Cut off Treaty) must not be compromised and this principle be kept in view in negotiations on this matter.

Pakistan should seek an unconditional apology from the US for November 26, 2011 unprovoked Salala check post incident.

Those held responsible for Mohmand Agency attack should be brought to justice. Pakistan should be given assurances that such attacks or any other acts impinging on the country’s sovereignty will not recur.

Ministry of Defense and Pakistan Air Force PAF should formulate new flying rules for areas contiguous to the border.

As per revised recommendations no verbal agreement regarding national security shall be entered into by the Government or any department or organization with any foreign Government or authority.

Washington has been eagerly awaiting the results of the parliamentary review, saying it will be key to reopening supply lines to Nato troops in neighboring Afghanistan. Islamabad closed the supply lines in November to protest US airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers on the Afghan border.

The new guidelines call for an end to US drone strikes, but also stated that the supply lines should be reopened, albeit with a higher fee charged to US and Nato forces.

Parliament approved them late Thursday in a vote.

The government will now formulate policy based on the guidelines.