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ASF recovers one kg ice heroin from a passenger at Islamabad airport

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: The Airport Security Force (ASF) officials recovered one kilogram ice heroin from a passenger at Benazir Bhutto International Airport on Thursday.

As per details, the passenger was travelling to Saudi Arabia and ASF officials checked the luggage of suspected passenger and recovered one kilogram ice heroin which was hidden in the passenger luggage.

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MQM-L activists confess to killing people political opponent

F.P. Report

KARACHI: A political worker of Mutahida Qaumi Movement-London (MQM-L) confessed of killing the political opponents, this was revealed in report which was published in the local media.

The MQM-L arrested worker identified as Saleem Chaudhry, told the officials that he used to killing the people with the axe brutally after kidnapping them. He added that he received commands from the party’s torture Cell to kidnap an activist identified as Azad Hasan from orange town and then I killed him with axe and his buried his bodies parts on a hilltop. He also told the officials that he was assisted by a man identified as Iqbal in killing the people.

He also informed that Noorud Din, Hayat, Kamran, Asif Bhayya and a few others were also involved in the killings. The investigative report said that the suspects named 22 of their accomplices to law enforcement personnel.

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Pak-China joint international air exercise ‘Shaheen-VI’ concludes

ISLAMABAD (APP): The Joint International Air Exercise “Shaheen-VI” conducted between Pakistan Air Force and People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) culminated at Korla Air Base of China.

Air Vice Marshal Haseeb Paracha, Air Officer Commanding, Southern Air Command was the chief guest at the closing ceremony.

Lt Gen Zhan Shunhou, Air Commander of Western Theater Command, PLAAF was also present at the occasion. A PAF delegation also witnessed the exercise on the last day and participated in the closing ceremony along with high ranking Chinese officials.

In the three weeks duration Air Exercise, PAF and PLAAF contingents participated with modern fighter Jets and support elements. During the exercise, Air Vice Marshal Haseeb Paracha also flew a mission in a J-11 fighter aircraft of People’s Liberation Army Air Force.

This exercise would further strengthen the working relationship between both the Air Forces. PAF regularly undertakes similar operational exercises both inland and abroad to remain abreast of the modern air warfare mechanics and share experiences among air and ground crew.

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Satisfied over Ishaq Dar’s indictment: PTI’s Fawad Chaudhry

ISLAMABAD (NNI): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry expressed satisfaction over the indictment of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar during a news conference on Wednesday.

While addressing media in the federal capital, Fawad said Dar could not handle the current financial situation of the country and was of the opinion that Dar should step down from his position as a finance minister.

Dar was indicted earlier in the day by the accountability court hearing the Supreme Court-directed corruption reference against him.

The incumbent finance minister denied all charges and vowed to prove his innocence in court.

The National Accountability Bureau submitted a list of 28 witnesses, which it will begin to produce in court at the next hearing on October 4.

Dar reached the court a little before 9am amid tight security arrangements and faced trouble getting into the court complex owing to the huge crowd.

Nawaz might leave country soon: Fawad

While speaking about Maryam Nawaz’s tweet, Fawad said the social media posts made it apparent that Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif will soon leave for London.

Earlier in the day, Maryam tweeted an update on her mother’s ailment, stating Kulsoom Nawaz was taken to the hospital where doctors were trying to stabilise her condition.

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Official in-charge of security would offer prayers with Daniel pearl killer

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Police official, who was in-charge of security of accused of terrorism, was tasked to offer prayers along with Ahmed Omar Shaikh, the convicted murderer of Denial Pearl, paving ways for escape of the two hardened terrorists of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, reveals internal probe report of the jail department.

The two under-trial prisoners, Sheikh Mohammad alias Firon and Ahmed Khan alias Manako, were present in the jail’s judicial complex for a hearing when they managed to escape, reports issued earlier say.

An Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police, Mohammad Faroosh, was tasked to offer prayers with Ahmed Omar Shaikh, convict in murder case of American journalist, Daniel Pearl, which paved ways for escape of two Lashkar-e-Jhangvi terrorists, the report reads, adding the same ASI was responsible for the security of inmates, who would be brought to anti-terrorism court and was also responsibility for ensure that inmates are produced before the courts according to the cause list.

The report by DIG Prison Pervez Chandio the concerned officer was tasked by “someone” to offer Zuhar prayers with Ahmed Omar Shaikh due to which he would have to leave his sensitive job for two hours, daily.

According to reports, Ahmed Omar Shaikh, who had requested for companion to offer prayers with Jama’at had himself selected for the joint prayers. According to the report, on the day when jailbreak happened Faroosh had gone in the cell of Shaikh and when the prisoners came back were already numbered. According to report the murderer of Daniel Pearl has been given three inmates as Mushaqati (laborers).

Meanwhile, according to reports the Law enforcement agencies have taken into custody two terror convicts during a raid at Karachi Central Jail who were recruiting inmates for the Islamic States.

Reports reveal that up to 30 prisoners were recruited from inside the jail premises by the banned organization. Of the 30 prisoners recruited into Daesh, 12 have been released on bail and their whereabouts are unknown, added sources.

Law enforcement agencies have raided the residences of the Daesh recruits released on bail but have not been able to trace the missing individuals. This is not the first instance of militant or criminal activity surfacing from within the jail premises.

Earlier, a report by the Counter-Terrorism Department has revealed that terrorists imprisoned at Central Jail Karachi had access to the prison’s record room and sensitive document. The report has come months after the escape of two high-profile terrorists affiliated with the proscribed Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.

The two under-trial prisoners, Sheikh Mohammad alias Firon and Ahmed Khan alias Manako, were present in the jail’s judicial complex for a hearing when they managed to escape, an official had said.

A report by security officials, prepared after the jailbreak, had stated that prisoners belonging to banned outfits are virtually running the Karachi Central Jail and managing their network from behind bars without any fear or repercussions.

The report had added that prison officials have no power or control over certain dangerous prisoners, who openly hurl threats at the officials. The CTD had then said that the two LeJ terrorists escaped to Afghanistan after breaking out of Karachi jail in June. The CTD had also informed that the suspects fled to Afghanistan through the Chaman border in Balochistan.

As many as twelve police personnel, including the jail superintendent and deputy jail superintendent, were arrested at the behest of Sindh law and prisons minister after the jailbreak.


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NA body told steps being taken to improve PIA’s performance

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: The Pakistan International Airline (PIA) has prepared a new business plan to improve its service delivery and revenue and started implementation of this new multi-tier and profitability driven business model.

The national flag carrier’s CEO, Dr Musharraf Rasool Cyan, give these information at a briefing to the National Assembly’s Standing Committee here at PIA’s head office on Wednesday.

The PIA’s CEO briefed the NA panel about the current position of the implementation of this new business model, which will encompass features about full service, low cost/high baggage, Hajj/Umrah and religious movements as well as group tours and charter business.

Dr. Musharraf Rasool Cyan said other measures to improve the financial

position of the airliner include route rationalization, which includes capacity addition on profitable routes and closing non-viable routes. Improving customer experience and satisfaction, restructuring of sales and marketing and complete digital transformation are also part of this newly adopted business model, he added.

The Chairman Standing Committee, Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan and other members including Sardar Mansab Ali Dogar, Malik Ibrar Ahmad, Chaudhry Khalid Javaid Warraich, Sardar Muhammad irfan Dogar, Parveen Masood Bhatti, Nighat Parveen Mir, Shahnaz Saleem, Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Farhana Qamar, Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, Pir Shafqat Hussain Shah Jilani, Abdul Hakeem Baloch, Asad Umar, Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Moulivi Agha Muhammad and Syed Ali Raza Abidi also attended the meeting.

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Battalion raised protection of Gwadar Port becomes operational

Security of Gwadar port has become vital to CPEC project, says Pakistan Naval chief

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Ground Breaking Ceremony of the new building for 3rd Force Protection Battalion of Pakistan Navy was held at Gwadar. Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah was the Chief Guest of the ceremony. Upon his arrival he was received by Commander Coast, Rear Admiral Abdul Aleem.

The 3rd Force Protection Battalion is an operational segment of Pak Marines and was raised in March 2013 for protection of Gwadar Port as well as offshore infrastructure including sensitive installations in the city and at coastal belt.

The Battalion is capable of conducting Anti Amphibious Operations, Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief Operations in its Area of Responsibility. In addition to 3rd FP Battalion, Pakistan Navy has also raised the Task Force 88 in December 2016 for seaward security of Gwadar Port and the approaches.

The viability and assured dividends of CPEC related projects are intrinsically linked with the security of maritime domain. In this regard, ensuring maritime security remains an important responsibility of Pakistan Navy which is set to grow in the coming years. Accordingly, Pakistan Navy is gearing up to meet this challenge.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief of the Naval Staff said that the importance in terms of security of entire coast in general and Gwadar port in particular has been increased manifold due to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.

He reaffirmed commitment of Pakistan Navy to provide infallible security to the vital PN assets and installations along the western coast and as well as maritime components of CPEC.

During his visit to the installations of Pakistan Navy at Coastal belt of Balochistan, the Admiral had meetings with the officers and sailors of Pakistan Navy deployed at Gwadar and Ormara and highly lauded their high morale and dedication in defence of maritime frontiers of Pakistan.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by notables of local community, a large number of Naval personnel and representatives from sister services.

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CJ takes notice of acquisition of Hindu burial land

Naimat Khan

ISLAMABAD/KARACHI: Chief Justice of Pakistan Mr. Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Wednesday took notice of acquisition of land of Cremation ground of Hindu Community at Karachi.

The notice was taken on an application of Shri Ram Nath Maharaj belonging to Hindu Community stating therein that Government of Sindh acquired land of Cremation of Hindu Community for construction of Lyari Express in the year 2008.

In lieu of that neither alternative land has yet been allotted to Hindu Community nor any compensation is awarded, despite laps of 9 years, while, Hindu Community is facing difficulties due to non-availability of Cremation ground.

Taking notice of the issue, the Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan has directed Chief Secretary, Government of Sindh for an early action and to submit a detailed report within two weeks.

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CM urges agricultural dept to reduce middlemen role

Naimat Khan

KARACH: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, while taking serious note of sky-rocketing prices of tomato, onion and others vegetables, has directed agriculture department to intervene into market by reducing the role of middlemen and control the prices.

In a statement issued from CM House says that the chief minister has said that the price of tomato has reached to Rs250 per kg. It is beyond the approach of poor people. “I feel it is an artificial price hike created by hoarders,” he said.

The chief minister directed Minister for Agriculture & Home Sohail Anwar Siyal to personally inquire into the matter and intervene in the vegetable market where middlemen have played havoc with the prices and are minting money.

He said that Thatta and Sujawal districts produce early tomato crops, therefore necessary arrangements be made to bring tomato of Thatta and Sujawal to the market of Karachi. “It seems as if the middlemen have also purchased the Tomato crop in Thatta and Sujawal districts but this must be stopped, he said.

The chief minister also urged the agriculture department to take necessary measures to regulate the price of others vegetables which are the only source of food for the poor people. The commissioners, deputy commissioners and market committees must play their roles to control artificial price hike, he issued the directives. He ordered the arrest of hoarders and those who have created artificial price hike of tomato and vegetables.

Meanwhile, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has directed Transport Department to conduct Environment Assessment of BRT Blue Line so that the project could be started through Public Private Partnership (PPP).

This he said while presiding over a meeting on BRT Blue Line here at the CM House on Wednesday. The meeting was attended by Minister Transport Syed nasir Shah, Chairman P&D Mohammad Waseem, Principal Secretary to CM Sohail Rajput, Secretary Finance Hassan Naqvi, Secretary Transport Saeed Awan, DG Mass Transit Mohammad Athar and various others.

The BRT was initially planned to be about 48 km long and had been aligned from Gurumandir to Bahria Town via Tinhatti, Liquatabad No.10, Shahrah-e-Pakistan, Sohrab Goth and M-9 and additionally connecting Jinnah International Airport via M.M. Alam Road to Bahria Town. As per plan, the BRT Blue Line would share the route with BRT Green Line from Gurumandir to Merewether Tower.

While the various BRT projects have been taken up, the Government of Sindh has received an unsolicited proposal for development of BUS Rapid Transit System Blue Line convertible to MRT in line with the JICA’s recommendations in Public Private Partnership Mode. The Unsolicited Proposal comprised of concept design of BRT Blue Line, technical details, project cost summaries, financing plan and financial model.

The Sindh government has appointed an advisory consortium to validate the revised concept paper. The overall route and infrastructure of the BRT Blue Line, and accordingly the financial and legal structure of the project have been changed based on the meetings held under the chairmanship of the chief minister. According to the evaluation done by the consultants, airport link is to be deferred and BRT buses will be running in mixed traffic on M-9.

Now, Transport & Mass Transit Department (TMTD) has taken approval from the Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah to develop the infrastructure component in traditional mode and developed PC-1 for the same. Following the submission of PC-1, the Technical Committee reviewed the document and suggested modification. Subsequently, the modified PC-1 of Rs18 Billion was sent to P&D Department by addressing the observations highlighted by Technical Committee.

Recently, TMTD has received an Unsolicited Proposal in August 2017 from consortium of EA Consulting for development of Infrastructure for 9.8 km under PPP mode. The chief minister directed the P&D and TMTD to submit their detailed recommendations and arrange briefing so that it could be taken up.

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No allegation of misuse of power: against Dar : Talal Chaudhry

ISLAMABAD (APP): Minister of the state for interior Talal Chaudhary has claimed that there is not a single allegation of misuse of powers against Finance Minister (FM) Ishaq Dar.

“ there is no allegation of misuse of power against Finance Minister and his party would have no objection if National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had filed reference against Dar under law and according to the rules but here one –sided proceedings is going on”, he said this while talking to a private TV channel here Wednesday. He said first of all we have to see under what law or on whose orders NAB has framed reference against Dar.

He went on to say that in Pakistan what offences have been committed by politicians that they are sent to Attock jail sometimes or they are exiled some times adding the way of PCO should be closed once for all. Replying a question, Chaudhry said we have always extended our support as per the directives of court because our party believes in rule of law and constitution.

He further said that the incident of media torture occurred on video making while inquiry is underway on matter as security outside court is the responsibility of Islamabad Administration.