All rise!–>by Yousuf Nasim on Dawn Blog

reporters following a comprehensive discussion regarding rising inflation, rule of law and political instability in the country.

Achakzai told reporters that the alliance had agreed to form a committee to work out a procedure by which apex and high court judges who were deposed by President Musharraf on November 3, 2007, might be reinstated. He argued that since Musharraf had openly admitted that his actions had been extra-constitutional there could be no legal justification for stalling the restoration any further.

Imran Khan continued by saying that the delay was nothing more than an attempt to protect the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) from being struck down, thus resurrecting criminal cases against government leaders such as Asif Zardari.

The APDM decided to address the ‘judges’ issue following the resignation of the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N), a member of the ruling coalition, from the cabinet. PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif chose to take the drastic step after failing to secure a solution to the problem during negotiations with the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) who hold a majority of seats in the National Assembly. The resignation of key figures such as Minister of Finance Ishaq Dar has created problems for the new government, which is still struggling to cement its position and quell public concern over food inflation and the deteriorating law and order situation.

ISSI DG Shireen Mazari removed on US pressure

Dr. Shireen Mazari has been removed from the position of Director General Institute of Strategic Studies(ISSI) Islamabad before the completion of her contract term till August 2009.

According to Dr. Mazari her removal is a result of US government pressure as she was writing hard-hitting articles on the US interference in the Pakistani internal affairs.

Reports say Tanvir Ahmed Khan will take over the position from her.


Suspected US drone attack on Damadola

Another attempt by the USA security forces to disturb peace talks in tribal areas.

The government of Pakistan should take some actions against these open violations of Pakistan’s integrity and freedom.

Below is the news published in Daily Times on the recent US strikes in Pakistani areas.

Suspected US drone attack on Damadola

PESHAWAR: At least a dozen militants, including foreign fighters, were killed on Wednesday in a suspected United States missile strike on two houses in the Damadola area of Bajaur Agency, a senior security official said. Two missiles, apparently fired by a US drone aircraft, demolished a house and a compound used by suspected Al Qaeda militants, the official, requesting anonymity, told AFP. Two large blasts were heard around 8pm. Residents said they saw drones flying in the area beforehand, AP reported. They said that Taliban militants cordoned off the site soon after the attack. Taliban spokesman Maulvi Omar told Daily Times by phone that Taliban commander Maulvi Obaidullah’s house had been targeted. He said most of the house’s residents, including women and children, were killed. He said the Taliban believed that the US army had initiated the attack to undermine peace efforts, adding, “We will avenge this but will continue talks with the government.” Separately, however, military spokesman Major General Athar Abbas said that there was no army in the area and he had no knowledge of any missile strike.