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Balochistan Home Minister to step down

F.P. Report

QUETTA: Balochistan Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti has decided to resign within the next 24 hours.

A source privy to the developments told private Tv channel that the provincial minister is likely to submit his resignation in the next 24 hours in the backdrop of a no-confidence motion moved against Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri.

The move came after 14 provincial lawmakers decided to take measure against Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri.

The motion, which was submitted by Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo and Syed Agha Raza, was signed by a total of 14 parliamentarians.

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Karachi: Killing, extortion decreased in 2017

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Incidents of extortion and murders in Karachi have decreased during 2017 when compare the Citizens-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) data of same period a year earlier.

According to CPLC date available with The Frontier Post as many as 381 people have been killed in Karachi during 2017 whereas 471 people were murdered during twelve months of 2016.

Similarly the acts of extortion have also decreased. According to figures provided by CPLC, as many as 103 incident of extortion were reported in 2016 whereas better law enforcing brought the figure down to 64 in 2017.

The incidents of bank heist have also dropped down from 12 in 2016 to only 8 during year 2017, according to CPLC figures.

The law enforcers have recovered 855 mobile phones, 4,474 two wheelers and 483 four wheelers in 2017 whereas no such recovery has been shown during the year 2016.

Although the incident of four wheelers’ snatching and theft and snatching of two wheelers and theft of mobile decreased, the theft of two wheelers have increased.

According to report, there had been a significant decrease in bomb-blast related terrorist activities, kidnapping for ransom and money extortion cases, which the law enforcers attribute to the ongoing operation in the metropolis since 2013.

Data collected by police from the Citizens-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) showed an increase in the theft of two-wheelers to 23,190 this year, as compared to 22,535 in 2016 thus registering an increase of 2.91pc. However, snatching of two-wheelers on gunpoint decreased to 2,280 this year as compared to 2,516 in 2016 showing a fall of 9.38pc.

As per the data, a total of 211 four-wheelers were snatched at gunpoint in 2017 as against 230 cars snatched in 2016, registering a decrease of 8.26pc. Moreover, theft of cars depicted a fall of 23.92pc last year. Some 1,183 four-wheelers were stolen as compared to 1,555 cars stolen in 2016.

Barring an increase in mobile phone snatchings and theft of two-wheelers, the city police data demonstrated that the ongoing targeted operation in Karachi had left a significant impact on four major crimes — targeting killings, terrorism (bomb blasts), kidnapping for ransom and extortion.

The city police chief believed that most of the street crimes were carried out during traffic jams between 5pm to 11pm, mostly by people living in adjoining slum areas.

He said police was facing shortage of resources as several areas/spots had been identified for installation of CCTVs recently but the police, so far, could install only two CCTVs one at the Submarine roundabout in Punjab Colony and the other at Tipu Sultan Road that too, with the assistance of the citizens.

Besides, 22 CCTVs had been put in place by Ismailis, Bohras and businessmen as part of their neighborhood watch, hence lowering the crime there.

Mushtaq Mahar said that there was also the manpower scarcity besides the resource shortage.

Recalling security cover to polio workers every month, he said that around 8000 to 9000 security personnel carried out their duties to provide protection to polio workers. Besides, as many as 17 mega events were handled and peacefully guarded by police round the year.

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Trump uninformed regarding Afghanistan condition: Imran

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairperson Imran Khan has said that US President Donald Trump is unaware of the conditions in Afghanistan and addint that this is the reason why he discouraged leaders from fighting someone else’s war.

Imran Khan was speaking to media persons outside anti-terrorism court on Tuesday. He said that recent statements of US President clearly showed that we need to end someone else’s war and concentrate our own interest.

Now they are blaming us despite that we lost thousands of our soldiers and civilians and billions dollar loss, US leveling baseless allegations which shows the worth of Pakistan US relationship, Imran added.

Imran also lashed out at his political opponent Nawaz Sharif, and said: “Nawaz keeps saying that he was disqualified on the basis of iqama. His FZE company was non-operational, it was being used to send Pakistan’s money abroad. This was just another way of laundering money.”

On the must-speculated visit of Sharif brothers to Saudi Arabia, Imran remarked that the “two brothers should be ashamed of themselves. They have approached another country to hide their theft.”

They are approaching external forces just to save themselves, Imran alleged.


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ICC terms MCG pitch as poor after fourth Ashes Test

F.P. Report

MELBOURNE: The International Cricket Council (ICC) showed displeasure over the Melbourne Cricket Ground pitch for the fourth Ashes Test and rated it poor as only 24 wickets fall over five days.

The criticism began after both the competing teams scored freely and Australia scored 327 and 263-4 declared in their two innings while England scored 491 in their only innings.

Match referee Ranjan Madugalle said in his report to the ICC that the bounce of the MCG pitch was medium but slow in pace and got slower as the match progressed and showing concerns of the match officials over the performance of the pitch.

Cricket Australia (CA) has two weeks to respond to the report, the sport´s governing body said in a statement.

CA Chief Executive James Sutherland said CA will strive to avoid a repeat and discuss the matter with the administrators of the ground.

The fifth Ashes Test begins in Sydney on Thursday.



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Pakistan fully capable of defending its soil: Khurram Dastagir

F.P Report

ISLAMABAD: Defense Minister Khurram Dastagir has said that Pakistan is fully capable of defending its soil and we need no one aid, Pakistan wants recognition of its sacrifices.

Dastagir said this while talking to private news channel in response to US President Donald Trump’s tweet. He added that armed forces and civilians had rendered great sacrifices in the fight against terrorism and still we were blamed for giving safe havens to terrorists which is very unfortunate.

Dastagir added that Pakistan had extended its support unconditionally for the elimination of Al-Qaeda from Afghanistan besides fighting the war against terrorism.

US need to destroy the terrorist’s havens in Afghanistan who continuing trying to attack Pakistan but trying to cover its failure they are blaming Pakistan, he added.

He made it clear that Afghanistan’s war would not be fought from the soil of Pakistan and adding that Pakistan had started fencing to secure its border. He committed that it was Pakistan’s mistake to provide bases to the US.

Dastagir further added that Pakistan could gain nothing from the US. Pakistan has had to face huge economic losses due to fighting the war against terrorism, he added.

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Balochistan lawmakers submit no-confidence motion against CM Zehri

F.P. Report

QUETTA: Members of Balochistan Assembly submitted a no-confidence motion against the Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri on Tuesday to speaker of assembly.

The no-confidence motion was submitted by Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo and Syed Agha Raza which was signed by a 14 lawmakers of Balochistan.

In the motion, the provincial lawmakers mentioned that the resolution is being moved as per “Article 136 of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, for a vote of no confidence against the Chief Minister, Government of Balochistan.”


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Shah Rukh Khan to play dwarf in upcoming “Zero”

Monitoring Desk

MUMBAI: The first teaser of Shah Rukh and Katrina Kaif starrer movie was released and after a lot of speculation the name of the film was also revealed that the movie has been titled Zero.

Badshah of Bollywood will be seen playing a dwarf in the film and the video gives a glimpse of how his character will be in the film.

The teaser is proof enough that the movie will garner a lot of attention as the release date will approach.


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Important documents destroyed in fire at law ministry’s building

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Many important documents were destroyed after a fire erupted on early Tuesday morning in the storeroom of the Ministry of Law and Justice building.

Police claimed that the fire erupted because of an electrical short-circuit however no casualty was reported in the incident.

However, it has not been ascertained which documents were destroyed in the fire.

Earlier, on September 10, 2017, a fire broke out at the Awami Markaz building in the Islamabad’s Red Zone, district government officials said. At least, two people were killed in the incident.

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Two laborers die, two injured at stone crushing site in Sargodha

F.P. Report

SARGODHA: At least two laborers were killed and two others were injured at a stone crushing site in Sargodha on Tuesday.

Private news channel reported that two laborers were crushed underneath a crusher filled with heavy stones and two others were injured.

The workers are often facing these kinds of incidents because of poor working conditions at these sites.

Many workers reportedly suffer from pulmonary problems, besides other illnesses, as workplace safety is neither practiced nor monitored at most stone crushing plants across the country.




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District police chief killed in gunmen attack

Monitoring Desk

HERAT: The district police chief was killed and other policemen were after gunmen attacked on them in Farah province of Afghanistan.

Governor’s spokesman, Muhammad Nasir Mehri told local media persons that gunmen ambushed the convoy of Pusht-e-Rod district police chief in Madagan area in which he was killed and few other troops were injured in the attack.

He added that both sides suffered casualties in the clash however he did not have accurate information in this regard.

The armed opponents have not said anything in this regard so far.