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Suicide blast near Nato base, Afghan casualties

Monday, January 19, 2009

KHOST: A suicide bomber detonated near a Nato base in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, with initial reports saying several Afghan children and adults were wounded, local and US officials said.
The blast struck near Camp Salerno, a mainly US base on the outskirts of the town of Khost, about 40 kilometres from the border with Pakistan, the officials said.
‘There was an explosion in the vicinity of Salerno... initial reports indicate it was a suicide vehicle,’ a spokeswoman for Nato’s International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) in eastern Afghanistan told AFP.
First reports said five Afghan children, a woman and a man were wounded, said the spokeswoman, Lieutenant Colonel Rumi Nielson-Green.
‘There are no Isaf forces being reported as casualties so far,’ she said.
The blast appeared to have been aimed at a smaller Isaf base near Salerno, she said. Camp Salerno is the biggest US base in eastern Afghanistan.
Afghan interior ministry spokesman Zemarai Bashary told AFP there had been a suicide attack but had no information on casualties.

suffering Alone

As the death toll passes the 1,100 mark in the ongoing Israeli operation in Gaza, Palestinians living in Pakistan remain glued to their television sets, scanning graphic images of the dead and wounded for familiar faces, waiting for the worst. Sadly, they find little support in their adopted homeland during this ordeal.
During the 1970s, there were over 8,000 Palestinians in Pakistan. Now, however, there are 450 Palestinian students and 25 Palestinian families living across the country, according to Jaser Ahmed, the chargé d’affaires at the Palestinian embassy in Islamabad. The students are scattered across institutes in Hyderabad, Karachi, Lahore, Quetta and Multan while the families are primarily based in Islamabad and Karachi.
Mr. Ahmed claims that the number of Palestinians here has reduced because students increasingly opt to complete undergraduate degrees in Middle Eastern countries such as Jordan.
Still, the Pakistani government reserves 50 seats for Palestinian students in universities across the country: 13 are for medicine, four for dentistry, 23 for engineering, and 10 for pharmacy. Eight scholarships are also available

Nawaz Sharif, Rehman Malik meet in Raiwind

RAIWIND: Adviser to Prime Minister on Interior Rehman Malik called on PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif at the latter’s Raiwind residence here on Sunday to convey a `special message’ from President Asif Zardari and discuss a variety of issues ranging from the lawyers’ proposed long march to Punjab governor’s controversial statements; Sharifs’ disqualification case and the bills tabled by various political parties in the National Assembly for undoing the 17th Amendment.

The overall law and order situation in the country and Pakistan-India tensions in the wake of Mumbai attacks were also discussed in the meeting, which was also attended by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.

PML-N officials would not divulge any details of Mr Zardari’s message but claim that Mr Malik visited Raiwind to seek support of the Punjab government ‘in handling the proposed long march without any eventuality.' 'Mr Malik wants the PML-N to extend but only a symbolic support to the lawyers and avoid making it a big show in the wake of the deteriorating law and order situation and tensions on borders,' a party official said.

Lanka team arrives for three-match series

TAIPEI, Jan 18: Taiwan started handing out shopping vouchers to each of the island’s residents on Sunday, as part of a 2.5-billion-dollar scheme aimed at boosting its flagging economy.Every one of the island’s 22.7 million citizens is entitled to the coupons, worth 3,600 Taiwan dollars (107 US) per person, regardless of age, and they can be spent on goods ranging from food and clothing to electronic appliances.Government employees began distributing them at more than 14,000 locations island-wide early in the morning.Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou said the scheme would give people extra spending power ahead of the Lunar New Year on January 26, and encouraged them to go out and shop.

Lanka team arrives for three-match series

KARACHI, Jan 18: A 15-member squad of Asian champions Sri Lanka was accorded a warm welcome when it arrived here from Dhaka on Sunday to play a three-match One-Day International series against Pakistan from Tuesday.The team led by Mahela Jayawardene was received at the Quaid-i-Azam International Airport by chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board Ijaz Butt, Sindh Sports Minister and KCCA president Dr Muhammad Ali Shah, secretary Sirjul Islam Bukhari and a large number of cricket lovers.The first two ODIs of the series will be played at the National Stadium on Tuesday and Wednesday and the third match at the Qadhafi Stadium in Lahore on Saturday

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