NEWS OF THE DAYA lawyer for the jailed Pakistani doctor who helped the US track down former al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden has fled the country because of safety fears, a colleague and relatives said. Samiullah Afridi was being pressured by some quarters to back down from Shakil Afridi’s defence, they said. Afridi is one of a panel of three lawyers representing Dr Afridi. He is appealing against a 33-year court sentence for alleged links to a banned militant organisation.
BANGKOK: Thai opposition protesters have cut the electricity and water supplies to the government headquarters in Bangkok to try to force security officials to abandon the besieged premises, police said Thursday. Bangkok has been shaken by more than a month of mass demonstrations aimed at ousting Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and installing an unelected government. Hundreds of protesters massed outside Yingluck’s offices Thursday, threatening to force their way into the compound if police do not abandon their positions. “They have cut power and water at many points at Government House,” Lieutenant General Kamronwit Thoopkrajan, commander of the... more ›
WASHINGTON: The strategic India-US relationship is unlikely to slow down due to the general elections next year, as top officials from both the sides have chalked out an action plan to keep the momentum going. “We expect the intensity of the strategic partnership to continue to grow. This (India-US relationship) is an ongoing process. Regardless of elections, this is going to continue,” sources said as Indian Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh concluded her four-day US trip during which she met top American officials. Singh’s US visit was preceded by the Army Chief’s tour last week. The Chief Election Commissioner arrives here later this week. A Congressional delegation is headed to India over the weekend,... more ›
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s new chief justice took his oath of office on Thursday after his outspoken predecessor retired, ending an eight-year turbulent and at times controversial era. Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain swore in Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani after Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry ste-pped down a day earlier.PM Nawaz Sharif, Chaudhry and other top government officials including ministers attended the ceremony.Chaudhry, originally appointed in 2005 during the military rule of Pervez Musharraf and who came to be one of the architects of the former general’s downfall, has divided opinion. Some have praised him for fearlessly taking on politicians and security agencies,... more ›
BANGKOK: Former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva was indicted for murder Thursday in connection with a deadly military crackdown on mass opposition protests in Bangkok three years ago, prosecutors said. The move comes as fresh political turmoil rocks the Thai capital, with protesters backed by Abhisit’s opposition party seeking to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and rid the kingdom of the influence of her brother, deposed former leader Thaksin. Some observers doubt British-born Abhisit will go to prison given his links to the Thai elite, and see the case as part of the country’s political brinksmanship. Abhisit denied the charges and was freed after posting bail of 1.8 million baht ($56,000), his... more ›
New Delhi: As pressure is mounting on the Indian Congress to name its prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 General Elections, party leader Oscar Fernandes on Thursday said that UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi has never wished to become prime minister. Speaking to media, Fernandes said that Sonia neither wanted to join politics nor aspired to become prime minister of the country. She, however, entered the political arena only when the Congress was in deep trouble, he added. — Zee News... more ›
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