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Don't derail democracy: Pakistan PM

Islamabad, Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has appealed to people to prevent democracy from being derailed, saying that political stability in the country was critically linked to national security. "The forces of doom and gloom thrive in an environment of chaos, uncertainty and instability. We need to guard against all the forces who are out to derail the system assiduously put in place after a protracted struggle," Ashraf was quoted as saying by the Dawn. "For a country to be able to protect its national security, it is incumbent that every institution works within the constitutional ambit," the prime minister said. On the issue of dialogue with the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, Ashraf called for preparing a comprehensive strategy for dealing with the terror outfit. "We have to redesign and redefine our military doctrine to achieve this objective," he said. Reminding the army of the importance of political support to its operations, he said: "No military action can succeed alone. Political will and support of the people are critical to its success." Stressing that Pakistan was facing threats from "non-state actors" who were targeting the state's ...
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India, Pakistan acknowledge 'more needs to be done'

Islamabad, Acknowledging that some progress had been made in talks between India and Pakistan, both sides Friday said that "much more needs to be done" in the future. The foreign secretaries of both sides, India's Ranjan Mathai and Pakistan's Jalil Abbas Jilani, met here for two hours as a prelude to the talks between India's External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna and his Pakistan counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar here Saturday. "The discussions were pretty cordial, frank and positive," ministry of external affairs (MEA) spokesman Syed Akbaruddin told visiting Indian media here Friday. "Both sides acknowledged that some progress has been made but much more needs to be done," he said. Krishna, who is here on a three-day visit to Pakistan, is meeting leaders of various political parties in Pakistan here Friday. He will be calling on Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and President Asif Ali Zardari. After talks with Khar Saturday, Krishna will stop in Lahore Sunday to meet political, business and civil society leaders before flying back ...
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Fake email sends Pakistan PMO into a tizzy

Islamabad, A fake email sent the Pakistani prime minister's media office into a spin, prompting one official to wonder why the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) was using a private gmail id. "It contained no text, just the title 'Prime Minister's Message on Defence Day'," Shafqat Jalil, PMO spokesperson, told Dawn about the email message. "We detected the fake email and immediately informed the media as per the standard operating procedure that Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has not issued any message relating to Defence Day," he said. Pakistan observes Defence Day on September 6. The sender created a fake identity, pmmediaofficer@gmail.com, by adding 'r' to the official email address. PMO issued a press release to warn the media organisations about it. "You are requested to ignore the Prime Minister' message on Defence Day circulated on the fake ID pmmediaofficer@gmail.com. "It has not been issued by this office. Our official email IDs are: pmmediaoffice@gmail.com, pmcampoffice@gmail.com and pmmediaoffice3@gmail.com," said the press release. An official wondered: "Why the Prime Minister's office is using email accounts on the private web gmail." "It ...
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PM must appear in corruption case : Pakistan court

Islamabad, Pakistan's Supreme Court is demanding the country's prime minister appear before it to explain why he has not taken action they've requested looking into corruption allegations against the president. The head of a five-judge panel said Wednesday that Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf must appear August 27. The announcement is part of a long-running battle between the president and prime minister and Pakistan's highest court. The court wants the PM to write a letter to Swiss authorities asking them to reopen an old corruption case against President Asif Ali Zardari. The government maintains that Zardari has immunity from prosecution and so far has resisted writing the letter. The previous prime minister lost his job in June in a similar showdown with the court after refusing to write the letter. ...
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