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Musharraf's treason case hearing adjourned till April 24

Islamabad : The special court constituted to try Pakistan's former president Parvez Musharraf for treason charges Wednesday adjourned its hearing until April 24.

Prosecutor Akram Sheikh, during the hearing, said the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) found evidence only against the former president related to the declaration of emergency Nov 3 in 2007, Dawn online reported.

Sheikh added that the documents contained only Musharraf's signature.

Indian election elicits keen interest in Pakistan

By Nivedita,

Lahore : Will Narendra Modi win? Will India get a stable government? What are Arvind Kejriwal's prospects? Is the Congress finished? The questions fly thick and fast in Pakistan, where interest in India's ongoing parliamentary election runs high, for once overriding questions on all other issues including Kashmir.

An IANS journalist who visited Lahore, Pakistan's cultural capital, to cover the PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week, was bombarded with dozens of questions on the world's largest electoral exercise.

There was not a single question on Kashmir!

Afghan Taliban local commander killed, 4 injured

Kabul : Afghan security forces during operations against Taliban militants in the northern Badakhshan province killed a local commander and injured four others, Ahmad Naved Frotan, provincial government spokesman, said Wednesday.

"Acting upon intelligence report, the security forces raided a Taliban hideout in Baharak district on late Tuesday night, killing a local Taliban commander named Qari Mahfuzullah and wounding four others," Frotan told Xinhua.

There were no casualties among the security personnel, he said.

Militant hideouts attacked in North Waziristan

Islamabad : Pakistani security forces attacked militant hideouts with helicopter gunships in North Waziristan after one of its men was injured in a blast, media reported Wednesday.

Security officials said an improvised explosive device went off Tuesday on Ghulam Khan Road near Saidgee checkpost along the Afghan border, 5 km north of Miramshah, the capital of North Waziristan, Dawn online reported.

Four to five security personnel were carrying water from a nearby spring when the explosive device went off. One of them was injured.

Saudi king replaces intelligence chief

Riyadh : Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud Tuesday relieved Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz of his post as chief of general intelligence, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

After the prince reportedly requested to leave the position, the king replaced him with a member of the general staff, Yousef al-Idrissi, who is now assigned to act as chief of general intelligence, according to Xinhua.

The former intelligence head was appointed in July 2012, and has been residing abroad for the last few months after undergoing a shoulder surgery in America.

Egypt bans Muslim Brotherhood from elections

Cairo : An Egyptian court Tuesday banned members of the Muslim Brotherhood from running in the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections, state media reported.

The verdict comes a few weeks before the country's May presidential elections, the first since the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi.

An anti-Brotherhood group, the Popular Front, filed a lawsuit against "Brotherhoodisation of Egypt," prompting the judge to order the country's election commission to decline any candidacy requests from Brotherhood members, Xinhua reported.

Indian woman jailed in Oman for husband's murder to be freed, deported

Muscat : An Indian woman, who was jailed last year for killing her drunk husband, will be released from jail on compassionate grounds and deported from Oman.

The 40-year-old woman, who worked as a teacher in a school in Sur city in northeastern Oman, was arrested after her 49-year-old husband's unnatural death Oct 25 last year, the Times of Oman reported Tuesday.

Her two daughters also study in the same school.

Iran complains to UN about US visa refusal

London : Iran has complained to the UN about the US denying a visa to Iran's UN envoy-designate, a media report said Tuesday.

Iran's Deputy Envoy to the UN Hossein Dehghani complained that the US had violated its legal obligations under international laws and also wrote to the UN Committee on Relations with the Host Country to request for an urgent meeting, BBC reported.

MERS under control, says Saudi Arabia

Riyadh : The Saudi Arabian government has assured citizens that measures were in place to tackle the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus that has so far claimed 69 lives in the country.

After a cabinet meeting Monday, Culture and Information Minister Abdul Aziz Khoja said: "The Cabinet was reassured about the health situation in general and in Jeddah after the minister's (health minister) inspection of several public hospitals in the city."

Jordan to rescue its abducted ambassador in Libya: PM

Amman : Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour Tuesday said that his government will take all measures to rescue its ambassador in Libya, state media reported.

Fawwaz Aitan was kidnapped in the Libyan capital city of Tripoli while heading to work, he added.

Some masked gunmen opened fire at the ambassador's car as he left his house, Ensour said, adding that the ambassador's driver was seriously injured in the incident.

The Jordanian government is coordinating with the Libyan authorities to identify the kidnappers, he added.