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Most Muslim bodies don't mind tricolour at madrassas

By Sanjay Sharma, IANS

Bhopal : The Jamaat-e-Islami in Madhya Pradesh may object to hoisting the national flag at madrassas, but many other Muslim bodies and intellectuals see no problem in such a move.

Anwar Safi, spokesperson of the Jamaat-e-Islami (Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh), had said in a statement Thursday that hoisting the tricolour on national festivals should not be mandatory for madrassas.

US offers joint combat operations with Pakistan


Washington : US military has offered to undertake joint combat operations with Pakistani forces against Islamic militants if the government there requests help, Defence Secretary Robert M. Gates has said.

This is seen as a change in the US position since Pentagon officials had so far avoided talking publicly about the possibility of operations with Pakistan because of avowed opposition by President Pervez Musharraf and the likelihood of widespread protests against direct American involvement.

Imran Khan meets US lawmakers, seeks aid cut to Pakistan


Washington : Imran Khan, the Pakistani cricketer-turned politician, said he met key US Senators and Congressmen to press Washington to cut aid to President Pervez Musharraf's administration to put pressure on him to reinstate the sacked judiciary, a key to restoring democracy in the country.

Underlining Musharraf's scorn for democracy and public accountability, Khan said here Thursday, "The $10 billion US aid since 9/11 was never mentioned in Pakistan's parliament, which Musharraf used as 'rubber stamp'."

Pakistan tests nuclear capable ballistic missile


Islamabad : The Pakistan Army's Strategic Missile Group Friday conducted a successful launch of a medium-range, nuclear-capable ballistic missile, marking the conclusion of its annual field training exercises, the military said in a statement.

With a range of 700 km, Shaheen-1 (Hatf-IV) is an operational weapon system held by the army's Strategic Force Command. The missile is capable of shooting both conventional and nuclear weapons with pinpoint accuracy.

Pakistan protests politician's maltreatment in London

By Xinhua

Islamabad : Pakistan Friday lodged a protest with the British government over the reported maltreatment of a political leader and members of his family at an airport in London.

"The acting British high commissioner was called to the Foreign Office and conveyed serious concern and consternation of the government of Pakistan over the treatment meted out to Chaudhry Wajahat Hussain and others accompanying him at the Gatwick airport, London," a foreign ministry statement said.

UNSC urged to let IAEA release technical views on Iran case

Tehran, Jan 25, IRNA ,Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Thursday that the time has come for the UN Security Council to revise its former policies and let the IAEA inform the world of its technical views free from certain powers' pressure.

Pakistan Army kills 30 militants in tribal region


Islamabad : Up to 30 Islamic militants and two soldiers were killed Friday when Pakistan's security forces launched an offensive in the tribal region bordering Afghanistan to recover four trucks carrying ammunition rebels had seized the day before, the army said.

"A group of six hired civilian trucks, which were carrying stores and supplies, including some ammunition, was intercepted by miscreants at Dara Adam Khel Thursday and four of these were hijacked," a statement from the Pakistani Army said.

Pakistani nuclear arsenal in safe hands: army chief

By Muhammad Najeeb

Islamabad, Jan 25 (IANS) Pakistan's nuclear weapons are in safe hands and fears in the West that they could fall into extremist hands are "unrealistic", army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani said Friday.

The general made the comments after Pakistan successfully test-fired a medium-range ballistic missile Shaheen-1 (Hatf-4), marking the conclusion of the army's annual field training exercises.

Malaysian PM calls for partnership between Muslims and West

DAVOS, SWITZERLAND, Jan 25 (NNN-BERNAMA) -- Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has proposed a strategic partnership between the Muslim world and the West to help advance the economic agenda of the Makkah Declaration.

"This partnership can take concrete shape through the establishment of an institutional platform that brings together the OIC (Organization of the Islamic Conference) and the developed nations of the West to provide strategic direction, overview and co-ordination of co-operation," adds Abdullah. Malaysia is the current chairman of the 56-member OIC.

Pakistan test fires medium-range ballistic missile

ISLAMABAD, January 25 (RIA Novosti) - Pakistan conducted on Friday a successful test launch of a medium-range nuclear-capable ballistic missile, national media said, citing military sources.

The high-precision Shaheen-1 missile has a range of up to 700 kilometers (about 440 miles). It is a railroad platform-based mobile variant of the Pakistani Hatf-IV ballistic missile.

The launch, under a state program set up in 2005, was the first ballistic missile test since the beginning of this year.