Srinagar, Oct 9: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) on Tuesday termed the surfacing of names of pro-Indian politicians, top police officials and bureaucrats in the infamous sex case as an eye opener for the international community.
In a statement issued from Maqbool Manzil here, a JKLF spokesman said, "Involvement of pro-Indian politicians in the sex scandal has exposed their tall claims about they representing the people of Kashmir."
He said, "These people are a blot on the face of democracy."
The spokesman said, "The international community should take the cognizance of the fact that whoever represents India here leaves no stone unturned to exploit the Kashmiris." (GKNN)
Sarfaraz Khan for Assembly dissolution
Srinagar, Oct 9: In the wake of recent disclosures in the infamous sex scandal involving some ministers, bureaucrats and senior police officials, former minister and legislator Muhammad Sarfaraz Khan has demanded dissolution of Assembly.
In a statement, Sarfaraz said had Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led coalition government last year exposed the accused in the sexual exploitation of girls scandal, it would have assumed horrendous and shameful proportions.
"Kashmiris are fed up by daily reports about involvement of ministers and police officers in the shameful crime. Strong resentment is brewing among the people against the government for failing to take action against accused. The assembly should be immediately dissolved so that people would get a change to select their own government," the statement said.
BBC to cut down more than 2000 jobs
London, Oct 9: The BBC is going to downsize at least 12 per cent of its workforce, leaving more than 2000 people jobless, a report said today.
The decision was made following the bulk of losses in the factual programming that the company had to bear. The total number of job losses could approach 2,800 as the BBC Director General Mark Thompson attempts to plug a two billion pounds budget shortfall.
A Senior staff had been told redundancies will top the 2,000 mark, with one person ''familiar with the situation'' saying it could be closer to 3,000, Financial Times reported.
Thompson is bidding to seek cuts amounting to 6 per cent of the corporation's annual three billion pounds budget for each of the next five years.
He will outline his plans to the BBC Trust on October 17, with an announcement to staff expected on the following day. (UNI)
20 injured in Peshawar bomb blast
Pehshawar: A homemade bomb ripped through a music shop in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday injuring 20 people, police and hospital officials said.
The blast happened in the Musafir CD Centre located in the basement of a busy shopping centre in the city, police and local shopkeepers said. The roof of the shop collapsed in the bombing, Peshawar police chief Abdul Majeed Marwat said.
A doctor at a nearby hospital said 20 people were injured, five of them seriously. "No one has died," doctor Ruhul Amin said.