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celebrated on December 9.
be an Associated Press reporter
at the scene. By Friday
afternoon, the commandos
had control of the top two
Pakistan to floors.
send ISI chief
to One camouflaged
India ISLAM commando came out with a
ABAD: Prime bandage on his forehead,
Minister Syed while soldiers fired smoke
Yousuf Raza grenades into the building
Gilani on and a steady stream of
Friday extended Pakistan’s MUMBAI: Commandos gunfire reverberated across
support to India in jointly ended a siege of the luxury narrow alleys.
combating extremism and Oberoi hotel on Friday while
terrorism and offered to other forces rappelled from Israel's ambassador to
send its intelligence chief to helicopters to storm a India, Mark Sofer, said they
help with Mumbai besieged Jewish center, two believed there were up to
investigation. Prime days after a chain of militant nine hostages inside. Their
Minister Gilani telephoned attacks across India's fate was not clear. Sofer
his Indian counterpart Dr. financial center left at least denied reports that Israeli
Manmohan Singh and 143 people dead and the city commandos were taking part
strongly condemned the acts in panic. in the operation.
of terrorism in Mumbai.
While explosions and Moshe Holtzberg, a 2-year-
gunfire continued old who was smuggled out of
intermittently at the elegant the center by an employee, is
Taj Mahal hotel Friday now with his grandparents.
afternoon, officials said His grandfather told Israel
commandos had killed the Radio on Friday that he had
two last gunmen inside the no news of Moshe's parents.
nearby Oberoi.
More than 143 people were
ISLAMABAD: The moon ``The hotel is under our killed and 288 injured when
for the month of Zilhaj was control,'' J.K. Dutt, director suspected Islamic militants
not sighted thus Eid-ul-Azha general of India's elite attacked 10 sites in Mumbai
will fall on December 9 National Security Guard starting Wednesday evening.
(Tuesday). commando unit, told
reporters, adding that 24 Security officials said their
The Central Ruet-i-Hilal bodies had been found. operations were almost over.
Committee met here at Dozens of people – including
Ministry of Religious Affairs a man clutching a baby – ``It's just a matter of a few
with its Chairman Mufti had been evacuated from hours that we'll be able to
Muneeb-ur-Rehman in the Oberoi earlier Friday. wrap up things,'' Lt. Gen. N.
chair for sighting of the Thamburaj told reporters
Zilhaj moon. The meetings The airborne assault on the Friday morning.
of zonal and provincial center run by the ultra-
committees were also held in orthodox Jewish outreach The group rescued from the
their respective cities. group Chabad Lubavitch Oberoi, many holding
was punctuated by gunshots passports, included at least
Mufti Muneed-ur-Rehman, and explosions – and at one two Americans, a Briton,
on receiving no evidence of point an intense exchange of two Japanese nationals and
moon sighting, announced fire that lasted several several Indians. Some
carried luggage with
Canadian flags. One man in Mukhtar, in Islamabad, sophisticated and more
a chef's uniform was denied involvement by his brazen.
holding a small baby. About country: ``I will say in very
20 airline crew members categoric terms that They began at about 9:20
were freed, including staff Pakistan is not involved in p.m. with shooters spraying
from Lufthansa and Air these gory incidents.'' gunfire across the
France. Chhatrapati Shivaji railroad
The gunmen were well- station, one of the world's
``I'm going home, I'm going prepared, apparently busiest terminals. For the
to see my wife,'' said Mark scouting some targets ahead next two hours, there was an
Abell, with a huge smile on of time and carrying large attack roughly every 15
his face after emerging from bags of almonds to keep up minutes _ the Jewish center,
the hotel. their energy. a tourist restaurant, one
hotel, and then another and
Abell, from Britain, had ``It's obvious they were two attacks on hospitals.
locked himself in his room trained somewhere ... Not There were 10targets in all.
during the siege. ``These everyone can handle the AK
people here have been series of weapons or throw Indian media showed
fantastic, the Indian grenades like that,'' an pictures of rubber dinghies
authorities, and the hotel unidentified member of found by the city's shoreline,
staff. I think they are a great India's Marine Commando apparently used by the
advertisement for their unit told reporters, his face gunmen to reach the area.
country,'' he said as security wrapped in a black mask. He Both the luxury hotels
officials pulled him away. said the men were ``very targeted overlook the
determined and Arabian Sea.
The well-coordinated strikes remorseless'' and ready for
by small bands of gunmen a long siege. One backpack A previously unknown group
starting Wednesday night they found had 400 rounds calling itself the Deccan
left the city shell-shocked. of ammunition inside. Mujahideen claimed
responsibility in e-mails to
Late Thursday, after about He said the Taj was filled several media outlets.
400 people had been brought with terrified civilians,
out of the Taj hotel, officials making it very difficult for Survivors of the hotel
said it had been cleared of the commandos to fire on attacks said the gunmen had
gunmen. But Friday the gunmen. specifically targeted Britons
morning, army commanders and Americans, though most
said that while three ``To try and avoid civilian of the dead seemed to be
gunmen had been killed, two casualties we had to be so Indians and whoever else
to three more were still much more careful,'' he was caught in the random
inside with about 15 said, adding that hotel was a gunfire.
civilians. grim sight. ``Bodies were
strewn all over the place, One of the gunmen
A few hours after that, and there was blood ``stopped once and asked,
Thamburaj, the security everywhere.'' 'Where are you from? Any
official, said at least one British or American? Show
gunman was still alive inside A U.S. investigative team your ID,'' Alex
the hotel and had cut of was heading to Mumbai, a Chamberlain, a British
electricity on the floor where State Department official citizen dining at the Oberoi,
he was hiding. Shortly after said Thursday evening, told reporters.
that announcement, another speaking on condition of
round of explosions and anonymity because the U.S. Among the dead were two
gunfire were heard coming and Indian governments Australians and Japanese,
from the hotel. were still working out final said the state home ministry.
details. An Italian, a Briton and a
Earlier Friday, Pakistan's German were also killed,
Defense Minister Ahmed These attacks were more according to their foreign
ministries. Peshawar. The bodies of five Israeli
hostages were also recovered
The United States, Pakistan Forty-two riders participated later Friday from the Jewish
and other countries in the final stage of the cycle centre after it was stormed
condemned the attacks. race, conduced from by Indian troops, an Israeli
Rawalpindi to Peshawar diplomat said.
today. The cyclists covered a
distance of 163 kilometers in The US State Department in
the last stage of the event. Washington said two US
citizens, a father and
Naimat Ali from Sui daughter, were also among
Southern Gas Company those killed in the attacks.
(SSGC) covered the total
distance in 44 hours, 45 It identified them as Alan
minutes and 55 second and and Naomi Scherr and said
secured first position. they were members of the
KARACHI: The value of Synchronicity Foundation, a
rupee against dollar in the Runner-up Haroon-ur- meditation community in
inter-bank today showed Rashid from Wapda covered Virginia.
weakening trend, as dollar is the distance in 44 hours, 56
being bought at Rs78.87 and minutes and 32 seconds In Paris, French Foreign
sold at Rs78.97. while Sri Lanka’s Minister Bernard Kouchner
Mismanage Perera took 44 said in a statement that two
Forex market dealers said hours, 58 minutes and 48 French nationals had died.
that the value of rupee was seconds to complete the
seen lightly under pressure, distance. Perera got third The Singapore foreign
as the importers made some position in the competition. ministry said Lo Hoei Yen,
purchases of dollars. 28, was killed after she was
Experts said that one of the Tour de Pakistan, which taken hostage in the
reasons for rupee being commenced from Karachi, Oberoi/Trident hotel.
under pressure was the concluded on Friday in
existing low foreign Peshawar. The previous day a British-
exchange reserve, although Cypriot businessman was
the receipt $3.10 billion NEW DELHI: At least 17 named by the British
tranche of IMF loan would foreigners died in the government as among the
help boost the reserves, but militant attacks in Mumbai, dead.
the pre-IMF tranche according to
reserves amount during one announcements by officials Andreas Liveras, 73, was
week diminished by further in India and in the victims' killed hours after he gave an
$40 million. home countries. interview describing how he
was trapped in the Taj
Dollar in the open market "Three of those killed were Mahal hotel.
today is being bought at Germans, one Japanese
Rs77.50 and sold at Rs78.10. national, one Canadian and The overall death toll stood
one Australian," India's at least 130 on Friday
Internal Security Secretary evening, but was expected to
M. L. Kumawat said on rise as little information was
Friday. available about the various
scenes of carnage.
Kumawat said the
information was based on More foreign deaths were
PESHAWAR: Naimat Ali reports from commandos likely to come to light as the
has emerged victorious in who fought gunmen in two security operation
the 14th Tour de Pakistan Mumbai hotels and a Jewish progressed.
International Cycle Race, cultural centre. Among the injured were
conducted from Karachi to victims from China, Oman,
the Philippines and several Prime Minister Syed Yousuf and over 300 wounded.
European countries, Raza Gilani, Chief of Army
officials said. Staff (COAS) General However, the Indian media
lAHORE: Five alleged Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and true to its traditional hate
dacoits have been killed in a some federal ministers postures towards Pakistan
police encounter here in participated in the meeting. lost no time in blaring all
Nister Colony. those scum, which pointed
The prevailing situation due fingers towards Pakistan
Police raided Glaxo Town to the recent incidents of and holding it responsible
on a tip-off regarding terrorism in Mumbai came for the tragic incident
presence of five dacoits in under discussion. President without any basis and
the area. Zardari assured India of evidences at all.
Seeing the police Pakistan’s full cooperation
approaching, the alleged in investigating the Mumbai Indian anchors and analysts
dacoits opened fire at them. Terror attacks. “But let the appearing on different
The police retaliated by evidence come to light and channels across the country
returning the fire and as a investigation take its with one voice went on
result all the five of these course”, he said. analyzing the incident
dacoits were killed. purely based on the figment
The President said terrorism of their imaginations in a
According to police, the is “regional threat, this is a way that could by all means
leaders of these criminals world threat and all the give the perception of
identified as Saeed and Asif reason we have to stand up Pakistan’s involvement in it.
were wanted in 30 different against this threat together.
criminal cases including He said there was complete Indian media tasked to
kidnapping for ransom and unanimity of views between propagate against Pakistan
a killing. Pak army and the civilian made out such fake stories
government. Zardari said that ISI and Pak Army had
ISLAMABAD: Deposed the government had already trained the militants, who
chief justice Iftikhar taken stern action militants were brought to Mumbai in
Mohammad Chaudhry has outfits being named by a boat, while the body of one
arrived back here at the India. Amar Singh Tandal was also
Benazir Bhutto Shaheed reportedly found in it, who
International airport this Indian media, analysts pour belonged to Pakistan and
morning. venoms against Pakistan had remained in Pakistan
KARACHI: Mumbai jail for one year. Sobhaday
Iftikhar Mohammad carnage drop scene has in Raj Deep Sir Desai show
Chaudhry was warmly ended, but the Indian media on CNN/IBN said that we
welcomed at the airport and political analysts know where their campus
when he returned home without any evidence hastily were.
after visiting the United started the blame game
States. against Pakistan as usual Following Pakistan Foreign
and poured venoms Minister’s press briefing,
polluting the atmosphere one anchorman of CNN
that so laboriously had been India in his comments said
built up after years of that Pakistan was providing
confidence building cover to the involved
measures. militants’ groups. One more
Indian channel, India TV
National Security Guards ‘s openly hurled blames on
ISLAMABAD: President commander declared the Pakistan for these attacks
Asif Ali Zardari chaired an operation completed after and dared to say without any
important meeting at the over 59 hours of militants’ proof that attackers had
President House late rampant carnage all over the come from Pakistan.
Saturday. vintage points in Mumbai,
which left nearly 200 dead Star News channel in their
run race for propaganda
against Pakistan tried to be
more creative and
discovered one Chacha
Rahman as mastermind of
the attacks and
claimed that he
was Lashkar-e-
commander from Three security personnel
Karachi. killed in Bannu attack
Pak-India border: ceasefire
Zee TV also joining in the holding, says Athar Abbas BANNU ( 2008-11-30
propaganda blamed that the 08:44:40 ) :
militants were supplied arms ISLAMABAD ( 2008-11-30 Three security personnel
and weapons from Karachi 15:17:14 ) :Military said on were killed and 14 sustained
and in its effort to remain Sunday the country's injuries as insurgents
one-up straightaway blamed ceasefire with India was attacked a Police Post at
Pakistan Navy assisting holding and there was no Baran Pul in Bannu district
elements involved in the military build-up at the early on Sunday.
attacks. border in the wake of the
Mumbai attacks. According to security
Indian leaders’ problems officials, a dead body,
known to all that they are The military was responding probably of a militant, has
trying to hide their to Indian media reports that been found on Bannu-
weaknesses and utter India has cancelled a five- Miramshah road. However,
intelligence failures and find year-old ceasefire at the it is not clear that how many
it safe putting blames on border of the disputed attackers died in the armed
Pakistan, but the Indian Kashmir region, as tensions skirmish between the
media should have behaved grow over accusations of security personnel and law
responsibly in view of the that the attackers came from breakers.
delicate situation emanating Pakistan.
after the attacks, which The Police officials
much to the saner elements’ "We have seen reports in informed that the insurgents
disappointment, it miserably media suggesting attacked the check post late
failed. suspension of ceasefire (in last night and the security
Indian occupied Kashmir) personnel retaliated will full
and movement of troops on might.
Indian Home Minister the Indian side of the
resigns over Mumbai attacks border," chief military
spokesman major general
NEW DELHI: India's Home Athar Abbas told AFP.
Minister Shivraj Patil has
submitted his resignation in "As far as the official
the wake of attacks in authenticated reports are
Mumbai that left nearly 200 concerned there is no such PM takes serious note of
people dead.The resignation movement or mobilisation of situation in Karachi
has been submitted to Prime troops. The ceasefire is
Minister Manmohan Singh, holding." ISLAMABAD ( 2008-11-30
according to media 16:28:50 )
reports.There was no :Prime Minister Syed Yousaf
immediate word if the Raza Gilani on Sunday took
resignation had been a serious note of the
accepted. situation in Karachi and
sought a report from the
Advisor on Interior, within Habibullah, Malik Haji per litre and diesel by Rs 5.
24hours. Hazratullah, Malik Qismat The changed prices will be
Khan Kabulkhel, Malik effective from Monday, Aaj
The prime minister also Usman and Malik Abdul TV reported.
directed the provincial Qadir.
authorities to take strict
action against the law The tribesmen strongly
violators and said no one criticised India for putting
will be allowed to put at risk the blame of Mumbai
the lives and property of the carnage on Pakistan without
people. showing any solid evidence.
They said it seemed that a
conspiracy has been hatched
for blaming Pakistan and its

The tribesmen assured the

government that they are No re-finance facility for
ready for rendering any sort yarn and fabrics, says
of sacrifice for the Shamshad
Tribesmen urge govt to shift protection of the motherland RECORDER REPORT
army, vow of protecting and will not let the nation
western borders down in case their services MULTAN ( 2008-11-30
were required. 05:05:08 ) :State Bank of
Pakistan (SBP) Governor Dr
( 2008-11-30 17:07:55 ) The tribesmen also Shamshad Akhtar has ruled
:Local tribesmen, while requested the government to out the possibility of
condemning blame game by stop operation in Fata and providing re-finance facility
India against Pakistan, have restore the confidence of on yarn and fabrics,
urged the government to tribal people on state. describing it harmful to
shift the army from tribal
value-added industry.
belt and fully concentrate on The tribesmen warned India
Easter border of the country. and all those elements trying She said the government
to destabilize Pakistan that had provided financial
Addressing a joint press any adventure would meet assistance of rupees one
conference here on Sunday, strong resistance by Pak trillion to textile sector to
tribal elders, elite and army and the valiant bring it at par with the
Maliks assured the tribesmen. modern world.
government of full
protection of western
She was speaking at a
borders of by country by
three million tribesmen. Business meeting of the executive
committee of Multan
Chamber of Commerce and
“Government should rely on
Industry (MCCI), chaired by
tribesmen over protection of
Khwaja Muhammad
western borders and give
Jalaluddin Roomi on Friday
them a chance to fight any
one daring to cross border
with nefarious designs,” the
The SBP Governor said the
tribesmen added. Petrol price down by Rs 9, impact of global oil and
Diesel by Rs 5 edible items' price hike
Those who addressed the
should have been passed on
press conference included KARACHI ( 2008-11-30 to the consumers much
Malik Muhammad Afzal 18:30:36 ) earlier as delay in doing so
Khan Darpakhel, Malik Gul :The government on Sunday dealt a blow to the national
Akbar Khan, Malik reduced petrol price by Rs 9
economy, and added the action" and the central bank the current year, the rising
delay was caused by a was considering the smuggling and hoarding
change of government. problems and demands of trend compelled the new
cotton ginners and rice government to import wheat
She said shortfall in major millers. to cope with its flour crisis,
crops and rising prices of they added.
commodities in the She said the country had to
international market hit pay 11.3 billion-dollar oil Official statistics show that
hard the national economy. bill in the recent past, which the government spent $0.55
"We had no other option but proved a bane of economy. billion for import of this
to procure wheat and oil at Dr Shamshad Akhtar said commodity during July-
exorbitant prices. Dr the total volume of October of fiscal year 2009
Shamshad dubbed the agriculture loans soared to as compared to $28.9 million
reports of banks going Rs 211 billion from Rs 50 in same period of 2008,
bankrupt as baseless, billion with a ratio of last depicting an increase of
claiming that the banking year's 30 per cent (annual) $0.526 billion. In terms of
sector in Pakistan was stable increase, while the volume, 1.33 million tons
and rather profitable, with increasing ratio from July to wheat was imported during
45 banks currently operating November was 19 per cent. July-October 2009 as
in the country. against 60,449 tons in the
corresponding period of
She said there was a steep 2008, a raise of 2105
rise in loans advanced to the percent.
private sector by the banks
as the total volume of these Sources said that Trading
advance payments had Corporation of Pakistan has
touched Rs 400 billion. finalised deals for import of
Previously, the banks used to over 1.75 million tons red
offer loans to the large wheat, while 0.75 million
corporate organisations tons white wheat deals
alone, but now every one $0.55 billion spent on wheat would be finalised soon,
was being given loans, she import in four months following federal
added. government decision to
KARACHI ( 2008-11-30 import 2.5 million tons
The SBP Governor said a 04:54:18 ) :The country's wheat.
comprehensive agenda for wheat imports have
the growth of financial witnessed a sharp jump of Although, the federal
sector had been evolved, and some 1800 percent during government is importing
"we are currently four months of the current enormous quantity of wheat
concentrating on fiscal year due to ineffective to reduce the supply and
development finance as 16 government policies, besides demand gap, the price of
field offices have been set up unchecked smuggling and wheat and its flour is still at
across the country for this hoarding of the commodity, peak level, they added. They
purpose, while the sources said. said that wheat is being sold
government has allowed at Rs 2700 per 100 kg bag
opening up of eight new They said that the previous and wheat flour at Rs 30-35
micro-finance banks that government's poor and per kg in the domestic
would initially benefit at uncleared policies had made market. However, it is likely
least 1.6 million people. The the country to spend over that after the arrival of new
number of beneficiaries will $0.5 billion on wheat import crop wheat and its flour
increase to three million," to meet the domestic prices would decline.
she said. The SBP governor demand. Although, the
said the
Corporation of Pakistan
Trading country has achieved a
production of some 23
(TCP) had chalked out a million tons wheat during
"procurement line of
before deciding anything." promiscuity with a hepatitis-
C patient.
The Indian team did not go
on a full tour of Pakistan for Dr Shabana said that the
India says no decision yet on nearly 15 years until 2004 virus could also be
Pakistan tour due to political tensions transmitted from an infected
mother to her baby,
NEW DELHI ( 2008-11-30
18:55:19 ) :The Indian Science conceived during her illness.
government is yet to decide
whether to allow the and She said infection was seen
in two to five per cent of
national cricket team to tour
Pakistan, amid serious
doubts following the attacks
technolog newborns
of infected

in Mumbai, a government
spokesman said on Sunday.
y The doctor advised patients
on dialysis, persons born in
hyper- endemic areas,
"Since the tour is in injecting drug users,
January there is still some pregnant women, families of
time, we are discussing the the hepatitis-C patients and
issue," foreign ministry those who had received
spokesman Vishnu Prakash unscreened blood to get their
told Reuters. blood screened for
The Board of Control for the virus.
Hepatitis C can be treated:
Cricket in India (BCCI) has
sought permission to tour However, she said, there was
amid security concerns over no evidence that breast
SUKKUR ( 2008-11-29
playing in that country. feeding, kissing, hugging,
21:51:50 ) :Sixty to 80 per
cent of hepatitis-C patients, sneezing, sharing utensils or
Indian media quoted glasses may cause HCV
in the world, manage to fully
unnamed cricket officials on transmission.
recuperate after proper
Sunday as saying the tour
treatment and this is
appeared doubtful. Indian
possible, if the disease is
board secretary N.
detected in its early stages,
Srinivasan refused to
said senior physician, Dr
Shabana Solangi.
There have also been reports
Addressing a public
that some England players
awareness program here on
are reluctant to return to
Saturday, she said monthly
India later this week to play
expenses of the treatment in
a two-test series.
Pakistan ranged between Rs.
8,000 to Rs. 11,000.
The Pakistan tour would
depend on a security
She said 35,000 cases of
assessment, Prakash said.
acute hepatitis-C were
detected each year in the
"Before any tour is
country and that the virus
undertaken an advance team
could be transmitted
goes and carries out an
through contaminated
assessment. The team has
blood, infected syringe,
not gone.
surgical instrument, shaving
razor and tooth brush
"We will wait for the team's
respectively besides intimate
visit and its report on return