Vol. III Issue. 49
Sino-Pak planning joint entry into global arms market
10 November 2012

Islamabad: Daily Jang, November 7, 2012. Pakistan is planning to enter the global arms market with the help of its `all-weather ally` China. Two of their jointly produced military hardware, JF-17 Thunder light combat aircraft an al-Khalid tanks, were projected for sale at the defence exhibition, IDEAS-2012. The seventh edition of Pakistan's international defence exhibition was held at Karachi. JF-17 is jointly being produced at Kamra Aeronautical Complex with Chinese collaboration. Al-Khalid MBT is being produced by Heavy Industries, Taxila, and Beijing's Norinco. Both the entities signed an agreement to sell the tanks during the exhibition. The tank has been in Pakistan Army's service since the 90s. Till recently, both the countries, despite joint production agreements, were trying to sell different versions of the tank and the aircraft independently. This is the first time both the defence partners are planning to work together in selling their joint products.

Women Voters banned in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Peshawar: Daily Khabrain, November 4, 2012. Women voters in Kohistan, a constituency in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, were forbidden from casting their votes in a recent election to one of the provincial Assembly seats. The seat had fallen vacant after the death of the elected candidate. While Awami National Party and Pakistan People's Party said the ban on women voters was limited to few select areas, an independent candidate, Mashooq-ur Rahman told the media that women were barred from taking part in the elections. Women participation in the electoral process is considered against Pashtun tradition. The parties also shied away from appointing women at the polling booths during the elections. Woman presiding officer, Faheema Parween deployed at Paten, however told the media that no woman voter was stopped from casting her vote. But no women turned up to vote either.

$ 80 Billion lost due to terrorism: Zardari

Islamabad: Daily Jasarat, November 4, 2012. President Asif Ali Zardari said that Pakistan has incurred a loss of $ 80 Billion in the war against terrorism since October 2001. Besides, he said over 40000 people have been affected by terrorism. Addressing the SAARC Speakers Conference in Islamabad, Pak President said terrorism was fuelled by drug smuggling and the countries in the region must work together to dismantle the drug smuggling network.

Judiciary should not interfere in political affairs: Govt.

Islamabad: Daily Jasarat, November 8, 2012. The Federal Government has filed a petition in the Supreme Court with the plea that the judiciary must desist from interfering in the political process of the country. The plea was filed as part of the on-going hearing in the Balochistan case. The petition argued that judicial interference was against the spirit of Article-58-2B of the Constitution.

Huge demand for movie on Abbottabad Operation

Islamabad: Daily Ausaf, November 9, 2012. The film on the May 2011 US Special Forces raid on Abbottabad safe house of al Qaida chief Osama bin Laden is much in demand in the Muslim world, including Pakistan. The movie titled "Cell Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden" was released two days before the US went for the Presidential election and has since made heavy earnings at the box office. The film portrays various activities of CIA in Pakistan and the raid itself.

This is compiled and translated from Urdu by Shahid Raheem, Media Researcher, Observer Research Foundation