Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The Express TribuneIn a letter written to Awami National Party’s (ANP) chief Asfandyar Wali, condemning the attack on 14-year-old child activist Malala Yousufzai, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said that it was also an attack on Afghan girls, Express News reported Wednesday. In the letter, Karzai stated that Afghanistan feels the grief the incident has brought to Pakistan. He said that the voices against the attack should not be silenced. The Afghan president said that the attack on Malala and her class fellows was a horrible conspiracy of the enemies of humanity and Islam and that it was meant to stop girls from educating themselves. Furthermore, Karzai said that measures should be taken in order to stop such terror acts.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.comChinese president Hu Jintao sent senior leader, Li Changchun, to Islamabad and Dhaka for "official goodwill visits" starting Wednesday. The move is surprising since the Communist Party's leadership change is due on November 8. Li is among leaders who will vacate his seat in the party's political standing committee, which effectively rules the country. Seven of the nine members in this committee will be replaced during the leadership shuffle. There was no coherent explanation for the sudden move to send Li to Islamabad. Observers said China is keenly watching the groundswell of public opinion against the Taliban after the attack on the 14-year-old activist, Malala Yousufzai. Chinese foreign ministry said Li will discuss bilateraland regional issues with Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari. He will also inaugurate an additional channel of China Radio International in Urdu.
US President Barack Obama on Wednesday scored a clear victory over Mitt Romney in the high-stake second presidential debate, putting up a combative performance as he slammed his Republican presidential rival on issues like outsourcing and Libya. As Obama faced-off Romney in Hofstra University in Hempstead, he was under intense pressure to improve upon his lacklustre performance at the first debate in Denver on October 3 when Romney had edged past him with a more aggressive and spirited performance. Obama did not repeat the mistakes he made in his first debate, aggressively hitting back at Romney on tax plans, outsourcing and his controversial remark that 47% of Americans did not pay income taxes. According to a CNN/ORC nationwide poll conducted right after the debate, 46% of voters declared Obama the winner while 39% said Romney fared better. A CBS News instant poll said Obama edged Romney for a win in the second presidential debate. About 37% of voters polled said the president won, 30% awarded the victory to Romney while 33% said Obama and Romney were tied. During the debate, 55% of voters said Obama gave direct answers, while 49% said the same about Romney. On who did a better job of handling the economy, 34% said the president would better handle the economy, with 65% saying Romney would. The CBS survey polled 525 voters who are undecided or who may still change their minds. An online poll by Google Consumer Surveys gave Obama a 48% lead over Romney's 31%. "I hope you saw exactly what's at stake in this election. This race is neck and neck. What happens in the next three weeks will determine which side wins," Obama told his supporters in an email soon after he left New York after participating in the debate. While there was no immediate comment from Romney, his vice presidential running mate Paul Ryan claimed that the Republican presidential candidate showed to the American people the clear choice they have on November 6.