Saturday, July 18, 2009

IDPs in Peshawar likely to return from July 21

PESHAWAR: Peshawar Government is mulling over starting the process of repatriation of IDPs in Peshawar from July 21.DCO Peshawar Sahibzada Anis told Geo News that 823 families comprising 4,446 people are presently residing in Larma camp in Peshawar and over 39,000 families outside the camps have either taken refuge in schools or staying with their relatives.He said there is no restriction on IDPs return from Peshawar on their own through private vehicles.

Clinton begins Asia trip on somber note

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's first day in India began on a solemn note as she signed a condolence book at a Mumbai luxury hotel ravaged last year by terrorists.

Clinton also expressed sorrow over Friday's bombings of the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels in Jakarta, Indonesia, saying they serve as reminders that the threat of terrorism and extremism is real. The United States, she added, will work with partners to confront such attacks.

Mumbai, India's financial capital, is Clinton's first stop on a weeklong visit to that country and Thailand, where she will attend meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

At The Taj Mahal Palace, one of several terrorist targets in Mumbai on November 26, Clinton paid tribute to the victims and met six hotel employees who helped with rescue efforts that day. She spent five minutes expressing her sentiments in a memorial book and reading comments left by others.

"Americans share a solidarity with this city and nation," she wrote. "Both our people have experienced the senseless and searing effects of violent extremism. Now it is up to all nations and people who seek peace and progress to work together.

"Let us rid the world of hatred and extremism that produces such nihilistic violence. Our future deserves no less," she wrote.

The Mumbai attacks left 166 people dead as well as nine of the gunmen. Many of the deaths occurred at the Taj and the Oberoi-Trident hotels, which reopened three weeks later.

In Jakarta, eight people, including two suicide bombers, died in twin hotel bomb blasts Friday. More than 50 others were wounded.

Clinton's goal in India is to "broaden and strengthen the strategic partnership between the United States and India" on issues such as climate change and nonproliferation, according to a State Department briefing held before she left.

Pakistan is also expected to be on the agenda, given the tense relationship between that country and India, both nuclear powers.

Clinton plans to spend two days in Mumbai and one in India's capital city of New Delhi before heading to Bangkok to meet with Thailand's prime minister. From there, she travels to Phuket for the ASEAN meetings. Her trip ends on July 23.

China handles Urumqi violence "decisively and properly"

The Chinese government and the Communist Party handled the July 5 riot in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region "decisively and properly," said a senior official from the Communist Party of China on Friday."The CPC and government have always advocated social stability, the socialist legal system, national unity, as well as the interests of the people," said He Guoqiang, a member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau.He told Nguyen Van Chi, chairman of the control committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam, the situation in Urumqi was stable.He said the riot was a violent crime instigated and organized by the three forces of terrorism, separatism and extremism at home and abroad.Nguyen Van Chi said the Vietnamese government and Party supported the Chinese government's response.He, also secretary of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), said the Chinese government and Party would strengthen cooperation with Vietnamese counterparts.He also said China would uproot corruption and take measures to prevent its occurrence to maintain the healthy development of the society.He said China's economy was showing positive signs since the government implemented the stimulus package to deal with the global economic downturn, but it still needed more effort to ensure a sound recovery.Nguyen Van Chi pledged to further cooperation with the CCDI to promote relations between the two countries and parties.