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Pakistani president appeals for foreign investments

Islamabad : President Mamnoon Hussain Monday called on foreign investors and industrialists to invest in Pakistan and take full advantage of a business friendly environment, as the government is implementing a liberal policy to promote trade and economic activities.

Speaking at 11th Business Excellence Ceremony organised by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chamber of Commerce in Peshawar, President Hussain also said the present government has decided to establish an economic corridor with China which will usher a new era of development in the region, Radio Pakistan reported.

70,000 security men to be deployed to ensure Haj pilgrims’ safety

Makkah : About 70,000 security officers will be deployed during this year’s Haj season to ensure the safety of pilgrims and provide them with quality services that will enable them to perform their rituals in ease and comfort, the director in charge of the public security has announced.

Parental opposition defeating anti-polio efforts in Pakistan

Islamabad : A lot of Pakistani parents' reluctance to administer oral polio vaccine (OPV) to their children is plaguing the anti-polio endeavour in the country, a media report here said Monday citing official statistics.

According to official data, 149 of the total 166 polio-affected children recorded this year so far are of those who have not received polio drops and it is because of parents' refusal to get OPV administered to their children, Dawn news reported Monday.

Afghan president-elect to work for peace, prosperity

Kabul : Afghan president-elect Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai Monday vowed to work for peace, economic prosperity and national unity with the objective to take the conflict-ridden country towards self-reliance.

"We have to look forward for the betterment of our country, we have to work to improve our country's economy and help the country to stand on its feet and I am committed to spare no efforts in achieving the noble objective," Ghani Ahmadzai said at his first meeting with people gathered in a local school.

23 suspected terrorists killed in Pakistan: Army

Islamabad : At least 23 suspected terrorists were killed Monday in aerial strikes on terrorist hideouts in the country's tribal region of North Waziristan, the Pakistani Army said.

According to a statement by army's media wing, the aerial strikes were carried out in the Bangidar area of Ghulam Khan, Dawn news reported, adding this information, however, could not be independently verified as media has restricted access in the region.

'Pakistan army chief exposed Imran-Qadri-US conspiracy'

Islamabd : Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahir-ul Qadri conspired with the US government to overthrow the government and it was exposed by Pakistan army chief General Raheel Sharif, former army chief Aslam Baig has revealed.

The ex-army chief also claimed that the "conspirators" wanted the army to seize power but the "military leadership had all the knowledge about the conspiracy", Geo News reported.

Baig also asserted that the US created chaos in Pakistan in collusion with Britain, Canada, and Iran.

Ex-Australian PM embarrassed by 2003 Iraq invasion

Sydney : Former Australian prime minister John Howard, who deployed troops in the US-led invasion to oust Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003, has said he was "embarrassed" for using the existence of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) as an excuse for the invasion.

In a televised interview on the Seven network late Sunday, Howard said he was "struck by the force of the language" used by US intelligence officials who accused Hussein of possessing biological weapons and having the ability to make nuclear bombs.

Bangladesh empowers parliament to sack SC judges

Dhaka : Bangladesh President Md. Abdul Hamid has given his consent to the 16th Constitution Amendment bill, empowering parliament to sack Supreme Court judges.

The president endorsed the bill five days after it was passed in the House, Parliament Secretariat officials said Monday.

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), holding a dawn-to-dusk strike against the constitutional change Monday, had urged the president not to sign the bill and send it back to parliament for further review, reported.

Leadership of Free Syrian Army dismissed

Beirut : The Syrian National Coalition (SNC), the main opposition political alliance, has dissolved the leadership of its armed wing, the Free Syrian Army (FSA) led by Gen. Abdelila al-Bashir, on the grounds that it does not represent all the opposition forces.

In a statement Monday, the head of the SNC, Hadi al-Bahra, explained that the "dissolution" of the Supreme Military Council of the FSA was aimed at including all the military factions and revolutionary groups operating in Syria.

Strike by opposition alliance cripples life in Bangladesh

Dhaka : A one-day hartal by ex-prime minister Khaleda Zia's 20-party opposition alliance demanding cancellation of last week's constitutional amendment threw normal life out of gear across Bangladesh Monday.

Khaleda Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its allies have called the strike to protest the latest constitutional amendment empowering parliament members to impeach apex court judges, describing it as a conspiracy, Xinhua reported.