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Landslide kills six labourers near Sargodha

F.P. Report

SARGODHA: As many as six labourers were killed while on duty in the surrounding areas of Sargodha on Wednesday.

Rescue officials said a total of eight labourers working on a stone crushing site were buried under a landslide.

Rescue officials reached the site after being informed of the incident and retrieved six bodies and two injured with the help of heavy machinery.

The injured labourers, said to be in a critical state, have been shifted to a hospital for treatment.

According to eye-witnesses, the incident occurred when the labourers began climbing up a mountain using ropes so they could place explosives for blasting.

However, before they could reach their designated position, a landslide occurred, taking the labourers with them.

Sources said that in the last 15 days, nine people have died in the area in similar accidents.

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Traffic plan for Muharram 8, 9, and 10 released for Karachi

F.P. Report

KARACHI: The Traffic police has released the traffic plan for 8, 9, and 10 Muharramul Haram that set the alternative routes during the processions.

According to plan the traffic coming from Nazimabad will be diverted to Soldier Bazar, traffic coming from Liaqatabad will be diverted from Teen Hutti to Marton Road.

The traffic coming from National Highway will allow to flow till Rashid Minhas Road and traffic from Shahrah-e-Quadain will stop at Society office.

The traffic Passes through Saddar will not allow to come at Pridi street during the procession. The traffic coming form MA Jinnah Road and Court Road will not be allowed to come at Fresco Chowk.

The traffic coming from Keamari will be diverted to Sherry Jinnah Colony.


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Barring media from coverage of Dar’s case ‘illegal’: Babar Awan

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Babar Awan on Wednesday said that barring media from covering Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar’s indictment in National Accountability Bureau (NAB) reference is ‘illegal’.

Talking to media outside Supreme Court, Awan said that media coverage cannot be impeded until a written order is issued for in-camera trial which is itself a violation of Article-19 A.

He maintained that bringing the suspect from the judges gate amounts to ‘contempt of court’. “Another accused was also brought in the court a day before in full protocol,” he said while referring to Nawaz Sharif.

He notified that the authorities barred media from coverage instead of making the security fool-proof. The accountability court has indicted Ishaq Dar in connection with a reference filed by the NAB against him for possessing assets beyond known sources of income, and adjourned the hearing till October 4.

The verdict was announced by Judge Muhammad Bashir who also read the charge-sheet. Ishaq Dar has been ordered to ensure his presence during the next hearing. The finance minister denied all charges that have been leveled against him terming them false, and submitted surety bonds worth five million rupees as per directions of the court.

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One martyred, three injured in Indian firing across LoC

RAWALPINDI (Monitoring Desk): Indian troops once again resorted to unprovoked firing across the Line of Control (LoC) in Nikiyal Sector, killing one civilian and injuring four others.

According to a statement by army’s media wing, the Inter Services Public Relations, a civilian embraced martyrdom while four, including three women, were injured.

The Pakistan Army responded effectively, according to the statement, and inflicted casualties and heavy losses on the Indian posts from where the firing originated.

The army said the Indian forces deliberately targetted the civil population with heavy weapons, including mortars and anti-tank guided missiles.

The deceased was identified as 22-year-old Muhammad Raziq, son of Abdul Khaliq and a resident of Balakot.

The injured were identified as Irum Kauser and Ghulam Fatima of Balakot, Kalsoom Begum of Panjni village and Ahsan Kareem of Datot village. Ahsan is said to be 14 years old.

On Saturday, a girl was martyred and two children injured due to unprovoked firing by the Indian army in the Nakyal Sector of the LoC.

The Indian army targeted a village with the use of “small arms and mortars” and, as a result, Tashiba was martyred, while two other persons, including the deceased’s sister, were left wounded.

22-year-old Tashiba — the daughter of Muhammad Iqbal — and her sister Aneeqa, 18, both hail from Balakot village. Last week, the Indian army violated the ceasefire between the two countries and killed six innocent civilians in Sialkot.

The six civilians who were martyred included four women whereas a total of 26 people, including 15 women and five children, were injured along the Working Boundary in Charwah and Harpal sectors.

The incident led to strong condemnation from the army as well as the civilian government and resulted in the summoning of the Indian high commissioner to the Foreign Office.

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First Test to be played tomorrow between Pak & Sri lanka

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: The first test of three match series will be started from tomorrow in Sheikh Zayed Stadium (Abu Dhabi).

Pakistan are playing the test series without the greats like Younis Khan and Misba-ul-Haq and stepping into a new Test era without retired batting greats when they take on Sri Lanka in the first Test in Abu Dhabi from Thursday.

Sarfaraz Ahmed, the Pakistani skipper said that obviously we will miss the greats like Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq as they were the back bone of the team and they proved it in any conditions.

He added that their contribution is the inspiration for the young players of the teams.


Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (capt), Azhar Ali, Shan Masood, Sami Aslam, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Usman Salahuddin, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Asghar, Bilal Asif, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas, Wahab Riaz

Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (capt), Lahiru Thirimanne (vice-capt), Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Rangana Herath, Lakshan Sandakan, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Vishwa Fernando, Lahiru Gamage

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Four security officials injured in roadside explosion in Kurram Agency

F.P. Report

KURRAM: Four security officials were injured in two roadside bomb blasts near Afghan border in Kurram Agency on Wednesday.

Political administration said that security personnel on routine patrolling in the Shorki border area of Lower Kurram when two roadside bomb blasted near the vehicle of security officials in which four officials were injured and the vehicle was badly damaged in the incident.

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Qureshi, Rasheed demands resignation of Dar

F.P. Report

LAHORE: Vice Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Shah Mehmood Qureshi has demanded resignation from the Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.

Qureshi said this while talking to journalists on Wednesday. He said that finance minister is controversial figure now and till the clearance from court he needs to resign as he is bringing bad name to the finance sector of the country.

Similarly, Awami Muslim League Chief, Sheikh Rasheed also demanded resignation of finance minister and adding that Dar is in trouble because of reference against him in the accountability court

An accountability court on Wednesday indicted Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in connection with corruption references that were filed against him by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). However, Dar denied all charges against him relating to the accumulation of assets and funds beyond known sources of income.


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NAB charges against Dar has no legal basis: Rana Sanaullah

F.P. Report

LAHORE: Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah has said that the charges filed against Ishaq Dar by National Accountability (NAB) have no legal basis and terming it a joke nothing more.

Minster said this while talking to media persons on Wednesday. Ishaq Dar was working in the private and multinational companies and received salaries in million of rupees.

Sanaullah added that in the last 70 years Supreme Court never formed Joint Investigation Team (JIT) but it was formed against Sharif family and use it as tool to disqualify Nawaz Sharif.

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Political dialogue only viable solution to Afghanistan conflict: China

Monitoring Desk

NEW York: Chinese envoy to United Nations, Wu Haitao has said that political solution in the only option to end the conflict in Afghanistan and adding that international community needs to boost its cooperation and play their role in the rehabilitation of Afghanistan.

This he said while talking to media before representing china in the UN security Council meeting. He added that for the sustainable peace in the war affected country, dialogues are the best source and all actors’ needs to be on table in the dialogue process.

Wu added that international community needs to continue to promote the realization of a broad, inclusive political settlement with Afghan leadership and Afghan ownership.

He added that international community needs to respect the will of the Afghan people to choose their political system and development path.


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20 rockets land near Kabul international airport

Monitoring Desk

KABUL: Ministry of Interior confirmed that as many as 20 rockets landed near Kabul International airport and in surrounding areas and after the attacks the authorities cancelled several flights.

Najib Danish, spokesman of Ministry of Interior (MoI) said that no causalities was reported in the attack and adding that after the attack, the gun firing was also started in the area close to the airport.