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Sunday, 15 January 2012

(BNA)

Pakistani intelligence officials say they have intercepted militant radio communications indicating Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Hakimullah Mehsud may have been killed in a recent US drone strike.

The officials said Thursday they overheard Taliban militants in around a half a dozen intercepts discussing whether their chief, Hakimullah Mehsud, was killed on Jan. 12 in the North Waziristan tribal area.

Some militants confirmed Mehsud was dead, and one criticised others for talking about the issue over the radio.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters.

Pakistani Taliban spokesman Asimullah Mehsud denied the group's leader was killed and said he was not in the area where the drone strike occurred

Sunday, January 15, 2012
THE NEWS (BNA) Thirteen people killed and a large number have been injured in an explosion occurred in Khanpur of Pakistan today. 
The explosion happened during the Chelum procession of Hazarat Imam Hussain near an Imambargah.
The reason given by authorities was that a transformer had exploded, but now the possibility of a bomb blast is not being ruled out.
According to the DPO initial investigations indicated that the reason might have been a bomb explosion.
The injured have been rushed to hospitals.

Sunday, January 15, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Around 50 Afghan refugees in Germany due to had living conditions and non-complying to their migration applications has started hunger strike for over a week. 
The refugees who are under the age of 18 are living in a military base in Uber Bayern. 
It is said that they have no calm and proper living premises and they have no access to German language courses. 
They have applied for providing them with migration permit but the German authorities are not addressing their application as well. 
It is said that the number of Afghan refugees in Germany have increased and in 11 months of the 2011 around 7299 Afghans have sought asylum permit in Germany. 
The refugees are said to be smuggled to Germany through the human smugglers via Turkey and they attempt to reach Europe by accepting all possible threat to their lives.

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.
 

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