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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.

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