Lastnight World: ‘Osama raid did not get Zardari nod’

Lastnight World: ‘Osama raid did not get Zardari nod’

‘Osama raid did not get Zardari nod’

32 die as 6 dozen tornadoes hit US

CHICAGO: Rescue workers searched for survivors Saturday after more than six dozen tornadoes tore across the central United States,killing at least 32 people and wiping out whole communities. Funnel clouds descended on five states,as the death toll in Indiana alone reached 13 Friday,officials said.

Suicide bombers hit Yemen army camp

SANAA: A Yemeni security official says two suicide bombers have struck an army camp in a central town,killing one and wounding three soldiers. The official says the attackers drove a truck into a Republican Guard camp in the town of Bayda,120 kilometers south of the capital Sanaa early on Saturday.

Indian-origin teen charged in bombing

NEW YORK: A 19-year old Indian-origin boy has been arrested and charged in connection with the firebombing of two synagogues in January in New Jersey. Aakash Dalal’s has been charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated arson,bias intimidation and criminal mischief.

Palestinians to give Israelis deadline


JERICHO: Palestinian officials say they’ll give a deadline to Israel to accept ground rules for negotiations,and suggest that a ‘no’ will allow them to shelve Mideast talks until it does. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is to spell out the requirements to Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu,said Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki.

Japan PM admits Fukushima ‘failure’

TOKYO: Japan’s prime minister acknowledged on Saturday that the government failed in its response to last year’s earthquake and tsunami,being too slow in relaying key information and believing too much in “a myth of safety” about nuclear power. “We can no longer make the excuse that what was unpredictable and outside our imagination has happened,” Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said.

‘Afridi being dealt with as per law’

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani doctor,who was arrested for helping the CIA in its hunt for Osama bin Laden,is being dealt with according to the country’s laws,Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit has said. Pakistan expects other countries to respect its legal process in the case of Shakil Afridi,Basit said. His remarks Friday came in the wake of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s comments that there was no basis for the detention of Afridi by Pakistani authorities.

Senior Pak leader escapes suicide attack

PESHAWAR: Police say a suicide bomber targeted the convoy of a senior politician in northwest Pakistan,wounding at least three people but leaving the politician unharmed. Police officer Nisar Khan says former interior minister Aftab Khan Sherpao was not injured. Sherpao supervised operations against the Pakistani Taliban during the tenure of former President Pervez Musharraf. The Taliban vowed to kill him,and he has been the target of at least two bomb attacks in recent years.

President’s sister defeated

Parvin Ahmadinejad,a younger sister of the president,was defeated by a conservative rival in their hometown of Garmsar. Gholam Ali Haddad Adel,whose daughter is married to Khamenei’s son,was leading in Tehran,followed by other Khamenei loyalists.

‘Osama raid did not get Zardari nod’

Reports that President Asif Ali Zardari had told army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani that the US operation against Osama bin Laden was carried out with his approval are “absolutely untrue and unfounded”,presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar said Saturday.

“A section of the media has carried reports implying that President Asif Ali Zardari had through a phone call,on the night of the May 2 raid on Osama bin Laden,informed the army chief that the operation had been conducted with his approval,” Babar said in a statement. These reports are “absolutely untrue and unfounded”,he said.

The media had quoted American businessman Mansoor Ijaz,the main accuser in the memo scandal,as saying that Zardari had advance information of the Abbotabad raid which killed Osama.