http://www.indiatvnews.com/The self-proclaimed hottest actress of Bollywood Veena Malik has surely got herself invited into yet another controversy. This time the actress has proven herself to be dumb enough to not knowing about the basics of the country, where she is working. Veena Malik has been driving to every nook and corner of the Hindi film industry to prove her mettle and one thing that she has no idea of is the 'Republic Day' of the country now where she resides.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
By Rama Lakshmi The Indian rupee is in a free fall, and the nation is aflutter. Almost every day, Indians are waking up to alarming headlines about their currency hitting a “historic low” or a “lifetime low.” Last week, on what was dubbed “Black Friday,” the currency sank to a record level, and Indian media carried pictures of workers in Mumbai’s financial district clutching their heads in dismay. With the country’s stock market tumbling, the rupee fell further Tuesday. It is down about 15 percent against the U.S. dollar since May — from more than 53 rupees to the dollar to more than 63. The currency has become a powerful metaphor for India’s rapidly sliding economy. The rupee has triggered countless jokes and political mudslinging, and, like everything in India, it has generated astrological speculation, too. Some superstitious Indians have blamed the slump on the new symbol for the rupee, unveiled last year. Experts on vastu shastra, an ancient Indian design practice similar to feng shui, say that the symbol debuted on a day inauspicious for the stars and that the horizontal line across the symbol appears to “slit the throat” of the currency. Some economists, meanwhile, blame the rupee’s recent misfortune on plans by the U.S. Federal Reserve to begin scaling back its massive effort to stimulate the U.S. economy, which has tended to keep the dollar weak compared with other currencies. And some blame the Indian government’s mismanagement of the economy. India is grappling with a huge budget deficit, and the country has foreign exchange reserves to pay for only seven months of imports. Economic growth slowed to a dismal 5 percent last year, the lowest in a decade. Prices are spiraling. Foreign investors are no longer lining up; some are even packing up. To stem the decline in the rupee, the government raised short-term interest rates, capped overseas investment by Indian companies and announced a weekly auction of government bonds, worth about $3.6 billion. But the government, which is nearing the end of its term, appears to have woken up only after about two years of what critics have called “policy paralysis.” Even the appointment of a high-profile economist from the University of Chicago, Raghuram Rajan, as the chief of the Reserve Bank of India this month did not help calm the rupee. Powerless so far to rein in the wayward rupee, the government even pleaded with gold-obsessed Indians to stop buying the metal, because it drains foreign exchange reserves. “If I have one wish which the people of India can fulfill, it is ‘Don’t buy gold,’ ” Finance Minister P. Chidambaram told reporters in June. “Every ounce of gold is imported. You pay in rupees. We have to provide dollars.” Five years ago, the rupee’s value was rising as never before, propelled by a soaring economy. What was described in the media here as the “roaring rupee” became a symbol of a nation’s proud march toward its economic ambition of becoming a global powerhouse. The rupee’s fall might be harming the country’s collective psyche, but the greatest impact has been felt at the street level, with the country’s poor and middle class struggling with the inflation in food and fuel prices as imports become more expensive. Shankkar Aiyar, an economic commentator, said the government’s pursuit of policies that are politically popular but fiscally irresponsible has “wrecked the script of the India story and crippled the potential of what was once touted at Davos [the World Economic Forum] as the ‘fastest-growing free market democracy.’ ” In the run-up to national elections, scheduled for next year, the rupee has also become a campaign issue. “When India got independence, the rupee was at par with the dollar, one for one,” opposition politician Narendra Modi said at a public meeting last week, launching an attack on the government. “Sixty-seven years down the line, where is the rupee now? . . . Today, India’s finance minister’s age is equal to one dollar.” Rajdeep Sardesai, the host of a prime-time news debate on CNN-IBN, was equally gloomy Friday. “It is increasingly apparent that the falling rupee now mirrors the state of our republic, graying before its time,” he said.
Retail and fast food workers called out for a nationwide strike today to take place Aug. 29. The workers and their supporters have been staging strikes in Chicago, New York, Kansas City, Detroit and other cities across the country for months demanding a hike in the minimum wage to $15 an hour and the right to unionize. Hundreds of workers and several labor organizations in Chicago recently participated in two days of walkouts and protests earlier this month. Nancy Salgado, a single mother who has worked at a Chicago McDonald’s for the past 10 years said in a press release: “We are united in our belief that every job should pay workers enough to meet basic needs such as food and housing. Our families, communities, and economy all depend on workers earning a living wage.” Organizers say the strikes will hit fast food chains like McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King, as well as retail outlets such as Sears, Macy’s and Dollar Tree Stores. Chicago’s protests at the beginning of the month saw walkouts at some of those locations along with Whole Foods, Sally Beauty Supply, Walgreen's and others. Supporters of the strikes say that large corporations can afford pay increases for rank and file employees when the industry sees $200 billion a year in revenue. "It’s time for these big fast-food and retail companies to pay up. They can afford to pay us more and have a responsibility to ensure the workers who keep their businesses booming don’t live in poverty," said Latrice Arnold, a Wendy’s employee from Detroit. Recent data has suggested low wages from big box retailers and fast food chains hurt American taxpayer’s—regardless of whether or not they’re a low wage worker—because thousands of employees are also on government aid. CNN Money reported in June that one study showed 3,216 Walmart employees, America’s largest private employer, were enrolled in public health care programs in Wisconsin. Additionally, demographics of low wage workers has changed over the years. While the assumption might be fast food chains are staffed with younger people looking for some extra cash, the Economic Policy Institute released a study that showed 8 out of 10 workers making $7.25 an hour are older than 20, and half those work 40 hours a week. Researchers from the EPI told the Washington Post “It is clear that the bulk of minimum wage workers are mid- or full-time adult employees, not teenagers or part-times.”
Afghanistan's footballers have triumphed over Pakistan 3-0 in a friendly match, the first international game played in Kabul in a decade. It was the first game between the two countries in the Afghan capital for 30 years and hopes were high it might also help ease political tensions. The match was billed as an indication of Afghanistan's return to normality after decades of war. It ignited fierce patriotic passions on both sides and was broadcast live. The BBC's Karen Allen in Kabul says the friendly was being seen as a deeply symbolic moment.Afghan and Pakistani political leaders are due to meet for critical peace talks next week. "It shows that after a very difficult period we are returning to normality," Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) Secretary General Sayed Aghazada told FIFA.com. "Afghan football has improved in terms of organisation and infrastructure, and we now believe that football can play an even bigger role in our country." Pakistan Football Federation Secretary General Ahmad Yar Khan Lodhi said he expected the game would help deepen the relationship between the two countries. Pakistan head coach Zavisa Milosavljev told the BBC that his aim was to get international exposure for youth players and players "who don't play continually". "Pakistan also has problems," he said. "We haven't played a single match in Pakistan." Football was not banned during the Taliban's rule in Afghanistan from 1996 until 2001, but during their time in power they used the old Ghazi stadium in Kabul as a venue for executions, stonings and mutilations. Ranked 139th in the world, Afghanistan had last played at home in 2003 against Turkmenistan. Pakistan's team is ranked 28 places below Afghanistan and has not played in Kabul since 1977. "The main goal of this game is to build good relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan," said Afghan coach Yousuf Kargar, AFP news agency reports.
More than 100 girls’ colleges in the province, including 11 in Faisalabad division, do not have buses to pick and drop students, The Express Tribune has learnt. Women’s colleges in Faisalabad division that lack buses are: Government Girls College Saifabad, Government Girls College 122-JB on Sargodha Road, Government Girls College Jhumra City, Government Girls College Gulshan Colony, Government Girls College Mureedwala, Government Girls College Mamu Kanjan, Government Girls College Sahianwala, Government Girls College Rajana, Government Girls College Lalian, Government Girls College Bhowana and Government Girls College Jhang City. An Education Department official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak on the matter, said that the government had decided to provide buses to all girls’ colleges in the Punjab. He said announcements had also been made at these colleges last year. He said, in June 2012 the Higher Education Department was given the task to prepare a report regarding 274 girl colleges and 205 boy colleges of the province providing the number of students enrolled, location of the colleges and the state of public transport. He said the department had recommended 195 buses in total for 116 girl colleges. In February 2013, he said, the government provided buses to 44 colleges in the Punjab. He said students of several colleges, including, the Government Post Graduate College for Women on Kutchery Road in Multan and Government Post Graduate College for Women Satellite Town in Gujranwala, had protested against the government for not being given buses. He said the number of students at these colleges was 6,392 and 5,576, respectively. The department had recommended six and five buses for these colleges, he added. He said none of the 11 girls’ colleges in Faisalabad were on the list. Mahnoor Shah, a student at the Government Girls College in Jhang City, said the college management had annocuned that the school would get a bus in February 2013. She said most students came from villages, where it was difficult to get a bus. She said rickshaws to the city were expensive. She said some of her college fellows had dropped out because of the transport problem. Ghulam Fatima, a student at the Government Girls College Bhowana, said that her daily commute to the college cost Rs200-Rs250. Colleges Director Rana Munawwar Khan told The Express Tribune that an updated list of colleges that did not have buses had been forwarded to the government. He said he hoped these colleges would get at least a bus each soon.
Intelligence agencies have busted Al-Qaeda’s international technical hub in Lahore on Tuesday. Two alleged terrorists linked with the group were also arrested during the raid. As per details, the suspects are allegedly involved in the kidnapping of former premier Yousaf Raza Gilani’s son Ali Haider Gilani. Former Punjab governor Salman Taseer’s son Shahbaz Taseer was also abducted with the communication assistance of the network. The communication centre was being run through sophisticated digital devices and was serving communication needs of the extremists. The group was also engaged in maligning the Pakistan Telecommunication Limited Company (PTCL) and other private mobile phone operators of the country by using their SIM cards. The suspects had been engaged in mobile phone tracing of their victims and were planning to kidnap son of a key political figure, sources said. Bilal Latif, Shahid Jabbar, Umair Nadeem, Tariq and Imran ae also mentioned in their target list. Sources revealed that the suspects belong to Hasan Gull and Daud Shah Group, the sub groups of Al-Qaeda.
People in Bahrain have held another anti-regime demonstration, calling for an end to dictatorship and authoritarianism in the country. Protesters took to the streets across the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom including Dair, Tubli, Kawarah and Ma'ameer villages. The protests were largely peaceful with demonstrators also demanding equality and justice. In the village of Buri, however, demonstrators set fire to tires and clashed with regime forces who used tear gas canisters to disperse them. Meanwhile, a US-based pro-democracy advocacy group, Freedom House, has slammed Bahrain over the detention of an award-winning photographer, Ahmed al-Fardan. Fardan was detained on August 8 and beaten by security forces to prevent him from covering the recent demonstration in the country, the group wrote on its website. On August 14, protesters held anti-regime demonstrations across the country including the capital, Manama, chanting slogans against the ruling al-Khalifa regime. Clashes erupted in several areas between regime forces and protesters. Reports said that the security forces fired tear gas and birdshot to disperse protesters. The demonstrations came while Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa issued a warning saying that regime would “forcefully confront” and punish anti-regime protesters if they went ahead with their planned protests. The uprising in Bahrain began in mid-February 2011. The Al Khalifa regime launched a brutal crackdown on the peaceful protests and called in Saudi-led Arab forces from neighboring states. Meanwhile, Bahrain’s main opposition group, al-Wefaq, says that more than 200 people, including a woman and 19 children, were detained during the regime crackdown on protesters in July.
By STEVEN SIMON EGYPT has entered a dark tunnel, and it is difficult to say when, and in what condition, it will emerge. Many Americans, in the meantime, are outraged that the Obama administration has not exerted its supposed leverage, in the form of military aid, to pressure the Egyptian army to restore a democratic form of government. But it is time for some realism about that leverage. A yearly sum of $1.3 billion may seem persuasive, but this money has always been intended to secure foreign policy outcomes, not domestic political arrangements that the United States favors. (The State Department has announced that it will put “on hold” $250 million in civilian economic aid to Egypt; the annual military aid expenditure will remain untouched.) For $1.3 billion per year, America has ensured peace with Israel, priority access to the Suez Canal and, more recently, counterterrorism cooperation. This worked under the authoritarian regime of Hosni Mubarak and under the Muslim Brotherhood government of Mohamed Morsi, with whom President Obama had an effective enough working relationship to broker a deal to end the latest outbreak of fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. Despite the fact that American military aid to Egypt has always been intended as an inducement to strategic cooperation, successive presidents have been tempted to use it in other ways. But this aid has never succeeded in persuading Egypt’s rulers to govern the way Washington wants. Shortly after he took office in 1993, President Bill Clinton issued a not-so-veiled warning to Mr. Mubarak to reform the electoral process or face a cut in aid. Mr. Mubarak was unresponsive, and as violent resistance against him mounted, the White House backed off. The administration of George W. Bush fared no better. When Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice demanded that Mr. Mubarak liberalize the country’s political system to allow opposition parties greater representation, he responded by arresting the only liberal candidate with any name recognition in Egypt — Ayman Nour — for electoral fraud. (No one should doubt authoritarian rulers’ capacity for irony.) In response, Ms. Rice canceled an impending trip to Egypt, which led to Potemkinesque changes to the country’s election rules. These reforms faded quickly, paving the way, in conjunction with an economic downturn, to the mass protests that eventually resulted in Mr. Mubarak’s fall in February 2011. Just as pressure from Presidents Clinton and Bush didn’t succeed in bringing about domestic change, the alleged leverage supplied by American assistance failed to compel Mr. Morsi to heed Mr. Obama’s repeated warnings to adopt a more inclusive approach to governing a deeply divided Egypt in the past year. As far as Mr. Morsi was concerned, the need for his party to dominate Egyptian politics and escape the charge that he was collaborating with the West trumped not just the $1.3 billion on offer from Washington but also the $4.8 billion the International Monetary Fund was urging him to accept. When in history has a country the size of Egypt, with its proud history and self-conscious greatness, rearranged its domestic politics for the equivalent of just a billion dollars? A decade ago, Turkey began making bold constitutional changes, institutionalizing civilian control over the military and reforming the judiciary, but these steps were taken to meet the membership requirements imposed by the European Union — a status to which Turkey still aspires. Compared with the $1.3 billion America provides Egypt, E.U. membership promised incalculably greater rewards to Turkey. Indeed, if the E.U. had offered Turkey only what Egypt receives from Washington, the Turkish Army might still be running the country. However great its hegemony may have once been in the Middle East, America no longer enjoys a strategic monopsony. Today, there are other buyers of Egyptian cooperation who can outbid the United States. Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia together have pledged $12 billion to Egypt’s junta, and they have done so without the conditions that Congress places on American-appropriated funds. Of course, the White House could still do something symbolic, cutting off aid to assuage America’s moral critics. But presumably Mr. Obama hasn’t done this for two reasons. The first is to avoid making the United States the center of the story. If America cut all aid tomorrow, the Obama administration would be accused by all sides of undermining the country’s security and meddling in its affairs. Egypt’s current political crisis dates back to the 1930s, and it is one that Egyptians need to resolve themselves, without the distraction of American involvement. And since cutting aid is unlikely to work in any case, staking American prestige on such a doubtful outcome would be imprudent. The second is that as violence and repression in Egypt deepen, the White House will ultimately be compelled to respond, even if its options are at best symbolic and, at worst, counterproductive. Proponents of punitive action are correct to argue that the biggest threat America can wield is a cutoff of military aid. But this must be held in reserve for when things inevitably get worse. In the interim, canceling a joint military exercise with Egypt was the tactically sensible thing to do. Having fired this warning shot, the administration still has at least one round of ammunition remaining. Egypt’s nightmare will not disappear overnight; Washington needs to keep dry what little powder it has left.
New York lawmakers adopted a draft law aimed at increasing the minimum wage up to $ 9 an hour earlier this year. But experts estimate family of four needs at least $11 to live above the poverty line. In Congress, 92% of Democrats and 62% of Republicans support the wage increase. However the increase of minimum payment would also have some very negative side effects. A higher minimum wage would mean higher prices at retail stores and restaurants. It would also prompt corporations to continue replacing American workers with foreign employees or with technology. The VoR spoke with Bill Schmick - an investment adviser representative with Berkshire Money Management - an asset management and advisory company in Massachusetts. Is it true that raising the minimum legal wage would somehow fuel inflation? Is there such a risk? No, I don’t really think that raising the minimum wage will fuel inflation. Inflation right now in the US is low, it is so low in fact that the Federal Reserve Bank continues to monitor it and worries somewhat that it would decline further. So, no. And raising the minimum wage wouldn’t affect that many Americans. I would estimate 3-5% of Americans are receiving the minimum wage now. So, I don’t think that raising it would have any problem with inflation. As far as I know many argue higher minimum wage would undercut America’s competitiveness and kill jobs. Others object that arguing that the current minimum wage is already undercut America’s competitiveness by reducing the quality of the country’s labor force. So, where do you stand in this dispute? Let’s face it, minimum wages are basically domestic service jobs in the US. You cannot export those jobs because those jobs are at McDonalds and places like that. So, those jobs are here to stay, and either Americans are going to have those jobs or other immigrants will take those jobs but it won’t threaten America by exporting jobs anywhere, if you can understand what I am saying. You can’t buy a Burger King from China, it won’t work. So, a lot of the arguments on what a minimum wage will do in the US, the negatives of it are misplaced at best. The argument that corporations will hire less people if we raise the minimum wage, it really does apply especially if the economy starts to grow. Corporations say that now if the economy begins to grow, you are going to need more and more service jobs, it won’t matter if the minimum wage goes from 7 to 10 dollars, they are still going to hire those people because you have to remember who has those minimum wage jobs. Over 50% of people that have those minimum wage jobs are teenagers or spouses who are already employed. And that is increasing further. Yes, there is a significant minority of people who definitely do need those minimum wage jobs just to take care of their families, a lot of them would be single mothers that are forced to work but need more flexible hours. So, my belief is this – that the minimum wage should be raised because the income inequality issue in the US has become so severe between the haves and the have-nots, corporations aren’t going to voluntarily raise the income level of Americans, in fact they will continue to keep it down. So, if it takes the federal rule of the state government to raise the minimum wage, even though it won’t have a large impact, it will narrow the income inequality gap in America which continues to expand. Read more: http://voiceofrussia.com/2013_08_20/Raising-minimum-wage-will-not-fuel-inflation-expert-7944/
http://www.pajhwok.com/Afghanistan's Independence Day was celebrated at a hotel in Islamabad, with senior Pakistani officials attending the function, a spokesman for the Afghan embassy said on Tuesday. Former King Ghazi Amanullah achieved independence from Great Britain 94 years ago, though Afghanistan has never been a British colony. Zardasht Shams, a spokesman for the Afghan embassy, told Pajhwok Afghan News Ambassador Omar Daudzai, Pakistan's States and Frontier Regions Minister Abdul Qadir Baloch, parliamentarians and diplomats attended the event. National anthems of the two countries were played and a cake cut to mark the day, Shams said, adding a number of Pakhtun nationalist leaders and Pakistani politicians participated in the function. Prominent among the participants were Mahmood Khan Achakzai, Abdur Rahim Mandokhel, Afzal Khan Lala, ex-interior minister Aftab Sherpao, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Mushahid Hussain and Shahzada Adnan Aurangzeb. Apart from Afghan students, Qutbuddin Hilal, a member of the Gulbadin Hekmatyar-led Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan also took part in the function, arranged by the Afghan embassy.
In fresh ceasefire violations, Pakistani troops on Tuesday opened fire from automatic weapons and mortars in Hamirpur and Mendhar along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, drawing retaliation from Indian troops. The Pakistani troops targeted the battalion in Hamirpur on Tuesday morning, sparking an exchange of fire, a Defence Ministry spokesman said. The Pakistani Army also fired at Indian forward posts with automatic weapons along the LoC in Mendhar sub-sector in Poonch district. Pakistani troops had on Monday fired in the same area, leading to exchanges between the two sides. Pakistani troops had earlier fired heavily on Indian posts in Hamirpur and Balakote border belts along the LoC in Poonch and also pounded civilian areas in Mankote and Mendhar belts. This year, there have been 82 violations by Pakistan till August. From August 6, there has been increase in frequency with 24 violations taking place including the tragedy in which five soldiers were killed in Poonch by Pakistani troops.
A man drives in a vehicle with black windows. Enters the most secured area of the country. No one stops him. Then a PPP Jiyala shows bravery. Now all are saying that PPP had nothing to do with it. Sure it is his personal heroics but he is groomed and is PPP worker. If a PPP Jiyala does something wrong, then it is PPP culture. If PPP secures Karachi, then it is Naseer ullah Babar ( I admire him a lot and he never took sole credit) and Suddle DESPITE PPP. As long as Swat operation was not going well initially, it was PPP govt.’s fault. When it was successful, it was army’s success. Initially Balochistan was calming down. Then Gen Kayani and GHQ were heroes. Now it was PPP govt.’s fault. If there are no measles vaccines available in Punjab, it is bureaucracy’s fault malign the good name of PMLN. If water is accumulated in Karachi after rains, there will be 50 TV programs. Now in Lahore, sab ki maaN mar gai hai. Is there any difference how we treated League and Bhashani before? - See more at: http://lubpak.com/archives/281573#sthash.YDjZK2dL.dpuf
The emperor without his clothes; Government of the Mandate made to look foolish, in full view of a bemused and disbelieving nation; a lone gunslinger, with wife and children, at the centre of it all; and the government’s talk champion, undisputed in his field, Nisar Ali Khan, otherwise holding forth on everything from foreign policy to the state of the nation, missing from the scene of this heady performance. Not only not to be seen but, amazingly, not even to be heard. This drama – for once the word drama not out of place – goes on and on, for more than five hours…the setting, Jinnah Avenue in Islamabad but the audience, prime-time audience too, the entire nation, the government’s role throughout outstripping the bounds of the serious and becoming wild comedy. And if this wasn’t hilarious enough, into the TV frames walks Zamurrad Khan, patting the kids and, using this as a feint, lunging at the gunman, Sikander. Shots are heard and it’s all over. From the government’s point of view not only is this the wrong end to the drama, this is rubbing it in, because Zamurrad’s pedigree is all wrong. He, the St George to the rescue, instant hero hailed as a hero across the nation, is from the hated, discredited, not-to-be-mentioned PPP. If a script had to go wrong it couldn’t get more wrong than this. This is adding insult to injury.
The Express TribuneWhat was once considered a Karachi problem has quietly crept into other parts of the country, including Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and the tribal belt, where it’s eating up already-fractured businesses.
Awami National Party (ANP) chief Asfandyar Wali Khan on Monday said since PTI chief Imran Khan has been keeping his silence over the deteriorating law and order situation, therefore he will face a historic defeat in the August 22 by-polls. Addressing a public gathering at Nishtar Hall in Peshawar, he said in the aftermath of Bannu jailbreak, Imran Khan had said that ANP lost the right to rule the province. “What does Imran have to say now about his right to rule the province after D I Khan jailbreak,” he questioned. The ANP chief said despite the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf government was informed 48 hours prior to the attack, it failed to prevent it. “The PTI chairman has advised his party leaders to not use a word of condemnation in statements issued after every terrorist attack,” he claimed. People of the province were deceived with slogan of a “new Pakistan,” said Asfandyar. “Is this the new Pakistan where ministers are afraid of attending funerals of even their colleagues in the provincial assembly,” he added. Speaking about the slain ANP leader and senior KP minister Bashir Ahmed Bilour, who was killed in a suicide attack in December last year, he said that Bashir Bilour was a brave man and never bowed down to the terrorist threats. “People of Peshawar should honour the sacrifices of Bashir Ahmed Bilour and vote for his brother Ghulam Ahmed Bilour in the upcoming by-election,” he appealed the masses. Asfandyar Wali said that Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl and ANP would jointly defeat the opponents in the August 22 by-polls and the PTI will face a stunning defeat in every district of the province. Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, the ANP candidate for NA-1 Peshawar, said that all the promises of the PTI were a mere drama therefore Pakhtun people will now vote for him. Mian Iftikhar Hussain, Abdur Rauf Jan of JUI-F and Zulfiqar Afghani of PPP also addressed the gathering.
Pakistan’s former president, Pervez Musharraf, has been charged with the murder of former premier Benazir Bhutto in 2007. The ex-military leader has denied all the charges set against him. "He was charged with murder, criminal conspiracy for murder and facilitation for murder," public prosecutor Chaudhry Azhar told AFP at the anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi hearing the case. Opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was killed in December 2007 during a political rally in the city of Rawalpindi by a suicide bomber. The judge ruled that Musharraf was complicit in her murder because he did not provide adequate security during the rally. General Musharraf, who ruled Pakistan from 1999-2008, refrained from making any comments following his indictment. The case has been adjourned until August 27. The hearing was held in a special anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi close to the capital Islamabad. Security was stepped up for the hearing with hundreds of police deployed along the road leading to the courthouse and on the rooftops after Musharraf’s lawyers warned of threats to the former leader’s life.