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September 3, 2010

Lahore suicide blasts

National

September 3, 2010

PESHAWAR: Lawmakers in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on Thursday condemned the suicide attacks on a procession in Lahore and termed it a conspiracy to trigger sectarian clashes.
Expressing shock and sorrow over the killing of innocent citizens and extending sympathies with the members of bereaved families, they urged the government to unveil the hidden hands behind these conspiracies. An MPA from Kohat, Syed Qalb-e-Hasan, observed that the conspirators wanted to pit Muslims against each other to weaken Pakistan. He said such elements were the enemies of Islam and Pakistan.
PML-Q deputy parliamentary leader Nighat Orakzai condemned the suicide attacks in Lahore, suggesting to the government to expose the hidden hands behind the conspiracies against the country.
The members also continued discussion on the recent devastating floods that killed thousands, displaced millions and destroyed the entire infrastructure and economy. Sher Shah, an ANP legislator from Swat, said the floods had played havoc with the infrastructure in the district. He said 36 schools had been destroyed in the flood in Swat and demanded immediate reconstruction of the educational institutions. He also called for the rehabilitation of all damaged bridges and roads in the district.
Provincial Minister for Environment Wajid Ali Khan said the devastating floods were a result of the global warming that even affected dry zones of the province. He rejected the impression that the flood was the result of the heavy deforestation in the province. He said that out of total 4 per cent forests of the country, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has 17 per cent forests.
Said Rahim advocate, an ANP MPA from Buner, said seven people were killed and standing crops on thousands of acres of land were destroyed due to hailstorms in his constituency. He called for the payment of compensation to the growers forthwith.Naseer Mohammad Khan of the JUI-F said floods and torrential rains had inflicted heavy losses in

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