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									LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday adjourned to
Dec 5 the hearing of a contempt of court petition filed against President
Asif Ali Zardari for not relinquishing the political office of PPP co-
chairman, DawnNews reported.
The LHC declared that hearing of the case would take place on daily basis from Dec 5.
Adding that, it said that it was necessary to decide over the issue of presidential immunity
before moving on with the contempt of court proceedings.

A plea was presented before LHC’s larger bench, headed by Chief Justice Umar Atta
Bandial on behalf of Federation’s counsel Waseem Sajjad which stated that Sajjad was
busy in the Supreme Court and therefore it was not possible for him to attend this

Counsel of the petitioner said that after Supreme Court’s verdict of Asghar Khan case
which defined the role of the president as non-political, Asif Ali Zardari was
automatically disqualified as president.

Chief Justice Umar Bandial remarked that the court should be informed that how does the
Supreme Court’s Asghar Khan case verdict affect this case.

The hearing was subsequently adjourned until Dec 5.

Earlier on Nov 7, the LHC had subsequently adjourned the hearing until Nov 21 and
directed the president’s counsel to present his arguments pertaining to presidential
immunity in criminal cases.

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QUETTA: Balochistan doctors’ strike in the government and private
hospitals here continues unabated, while although belatedly, the
provincial government has made some special arrangements for
providing medical aid at CMH Cantt to the patients here, who were left
to suffer for quite sometime, Geo News reported.
The government’s failure to recover the abducted eye specialist, Dr. Saeed Khan, which
had triggered the strike, further intensified after the protesting doctors’ rally was
subjected to teargas shelling and arrests of scores of doctors.

Meanwhile, the OPDs, operation theaters and emergency services in the hospitals have
still remained closed causing enormous problems to the suffering patients with practically
no medical assistance available anywhere in the province.

The patients have demanded that if the government cannot recover the abducted Dr.
Saeed Khan and get the strike end, then some alternative arrangements be immediately
made for providing medical assistance to them.

The provincial government though belatedly has made some arrangements for the
treatment of patients at CMH Cantt besides making more proactive Lady Dufferin and
Mission hospitals working under the auspicious of private and welfare NGOs.

CMH sources said that all resources are being employed for providing medical aid to the

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Kasab executed, what about Afzal Guru, asks Modi
Press Trust of India / Ahmedabad November 21, 2012, 14:15
Soon after 26/11 terrorist Ajmal Kasab's execution, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra
Modi today raised questions about the fate of 2001 Parliament attack case convict Afzal

"What about Afzal Guru, who attacked Parliament, our temple of democracy, in 2001 ?
That offence predates Kasab's heinous act by many years," Modi tweeted.

Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist of the 26/11 attack, was hanged at the Yerawada Jail in
Pune at 7.30 AM today.

Guru, whose mercy petition is pending with the President was sentenced to death much
before in 2004.
The Home Ministry had recommended in August 2011, to then President Pratibha Patil
that Guru, who has remained a death row prisoner in the Tihar Jail for the past seven
years be swiftly executed. But the issue has been pending for years and has been a subject
matter of intense political controversy.

Guru was convicted for conspiracy in the December 2001 Parliament attack and the order
of his death penalty was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2004. The sentence was
scheduled to be carried out on October 20, 2006. However, Guru’s execution was stayed
following a mercy plea filed by his wife.

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Ajmal Kasab, the face of the horrific Mumbai terror attack

MUMBAI: A slight figure in cargo pants and sneakers and a blue sweatshirt, gun-
wielding Ajmal Kasab was the face of the horrific Mumbai terror attack and the key to
unravel the conspiracy hatched in Pakistan.

The images of Kasab ambling cockily--a backpack on his shoulders and an AK-47
dangling carelessly--captured on camera at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus(CST) on the
deadly night of November 26, 2008 formed hard evidence of his ruthless act and
eventually led to his conviction.

Kasab, 21 at that time, was the only gunman caught alive after 10 men from Pakistan-
based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba(LeT) struck during a 60-hour-siege of the country's
financial capital.

Hailing from an impoverished Faridkot village in Okara district in Pakistan's Punjab
province, Kasab many times during the legal proceedings described himself as a patriotic
Pakistani and that he had no remorse for waging war against India. His father was a food

"I have done right, I have no regrets," he is quoted as having said. He, however, pleaded
leniency on purported ground that he was brainwashed by LeT and acted like a robot.

Kasab came under the influence of LeT while he was an unemployed youth and after
training in one of several remote camps in Pakisan he was hand-picked for the Mumbai

In a meticulously planned terror attack on November 26, 2008, Kasab and nine others left
Pakistan and entered Mumbai via sea. The group split into pairs and stormed two luxury
hotels--Taj Mahal and Oberoi Trident--CST station, a Jewish religious centre, and
Leopold Cafe in south Mumbai. In their indiscriminate firing, 166 people including 18
foreigners were killed and scores injured.

While it is reported that he told the police that he was trained to "kill to the last breath
when he was arrested, he pleaded with the medical staff: "I do not want to die. Put me on
saline". Later, after interrogation in the hospital by the police, he said: "Now, I do not
want to live", requesting the interrogators to kill him for the safety of his family in
Pakistan who could be killed or tortured for his surrender to Indian police.

Kasab is also reported to have told the police that he and his associate Ismail Khan, were
the ones who shot Anti-Terror Squad(ATS) chief Hemant Karkare, encounter specialist
Vijay Salaskar and Additional Commissioner Ashok Kamte.
Judge M L Tahaliyani, who conducted the Mumbai attack trial, said "he (Kasab) should
be hanged by the neck until he is dead", adding that he had lost his right to "humanitarian

Kasab had left his home in Pakistan after a fight with his father in 2005. He had asked for
new clothes on Eid, but his father could not provide them, which made him angry. He
then became involved in petty crime with his friend Muzaffar Lal Khan, and soon
moving on to armed robbery.

On the day of Eid on December 21, 2007, they were in Rawalpindi trying to buy weapons
when they encountered members of JuD, the political wing of LeT, distributing
pamphlets. After a brief chat, they decided to sign up for training with the LeT ending up
at their base camp, Markaz Taiba.

Kasab was reported to be among a group of 24 men who received training in marine
warfare in mountainous Pakistan-occupied Kashmir(PoK). The group was later
shortlisted to 10 that included Kasab. Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, a senior commander of
LeT, reportedly offered to pay his family Rs.150,000 for his participation in the attack.

Villagers of Okara claimed on camera that he was at their village six months before the
Mumbai attack. They said that he asked his mother to bless him as he was going for
Jihad, and claimed that he demonstrated his wrestling skills to a few village boys that

Initial reports offered a conflicting view of Kasab as fluent in English, and from a middle
class background. However, an interrogator and deputy commissioner of the Mumbai
Police stated that he spoke rough Hindi and barely any English.

Kasab was found guilty of 80 offences, including waging war against the nation, which is
punishable by the death penalty. His death sentence was upheld by the Bombay High
Court on February 21, 2011. The verdict was upheld by the Supreme Court of India on
August 29 2012. Earlier thie month, President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his merncy plea
and he was finally hanged at 7.30am this morning.

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KHULNA: Bangladesh, who won the toss and batted, were 186-6 at tea
on the opening day of the second and final Test against the West Indies
in Khulna on Thursday.
Captain Mushfiqur Rahim with 32 and Mohammad Mahmudullah, who is yet to get off
the mark, were at the crease.

The West Indies lead the two-Test series 1-0 after winning the first Test in Dhaka by 77

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