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October 31, 2010

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October 31, 2010

1,100 kicks with one leg in 30 minutes
Bureau report
PESHAWAR: A Pakistani martial arts instructor Ahmed Hussain set a world record in martial arts Saturday as he struck 1,110 kicks in 30 minutes without a break using only one leg. The record was set at the event arranged in the press club by Pakistan Sports Welfare Association, Peshawar, to break two world records in martial arts kicks by using one leg. Ahmed Hussain, 30, at a crowded ceremony broke two world records in the martial arts kicks. First, he broke his own previous world record of 144 martial arts kicks of one minute and struck 146 kicks in one minute using one leg. The martial arts kicker now broke the world record and struck 1,110 kicks in 30 minutes. Talking to reporters, he said he would send videos of his martial arts kicks to officials of Guinness World Records and hoped he would get these two world records for Pakistan.

Final notice issued to illegal bus stands owners
Our correspondent
BANNU: District Police Officer Muhammad Sajjad Saturday issued final notices to the owners of illegal bus stands in Bannu, warning them to legalise their stands or face
action. Talking to journalists at his office, the DPO said that growing population in the area had been contributing to traffic problems and scores of illegal bus stands had added to those problems. He said that following the directives of the Deputy Inspector General Muhammad Iftikhar the police force had provided traffic facilities for the public and formed a special monitoring cell to monitor daily activities of the traffic police. He warned the owners of the buses to remove the extra seats from the vehicles or else face fine. He also urged the public to cooperate with the traffic police and follow the traffic rules and regulations.

2 die in Lakki festive firing
Our correspondent
LAKKI MARWAT: Two persons were killed and four others sustained injuries in festive firing in Baqerkhel area of Tajori town, police

said on Saturday. The sources said a musical concert was in progress in a hujra in connection with wedding of Hazratullah when some participants fired shots into the air, leaving Fida Muhammad dead on the spot and five others injured. The injured Shahidullah, Irfanullah, Ghazi Marjan and Naikam Khan were rushed to a nearby hospital where one of them succumbed to his injuries.

Grandson of MPA kidnapped
Our correspondent
MANSEHRA: Grandson of MPA Habibur Rehman Tanoli was kidnapped from Abbottabad, family sources said on Saturday. Mohammad Talal, 19, had gone to Abbottabad from Mansehra along with his father Assad Aurangzeb and mother Ghazala Habib on Friday evening. “After the medical check-up of his mother, he went to meet one of his friends and the kidnappers intercepted his vehicle near Sathi Mosque, bundled him into their vehicle and fled the scene,” the sources said. Mohammad Talal, 19, is the grandson of the MPA Habibur Rehman Tanoli. When contacted, Assad Aurangzeb said that first information report of the incident had been lodged with Mirpur Police Station in Abbottabad. He said the kidnappers had not established contact with him or any other family member yet.

2 killed in road accident
Our correspondent
CHARSADDA: Two persons were killed and another injured in a road accident near Rashakai Inter-change on Motorway Saturday, official sources said. The sources said that a pickup carrying meat collided with a truck near Rashakai Inter-change, leaving two persons dead on the spot while driver of the pickup sustained critical injuries. The dead were identified as Nizam, son of Waheedullah, and Muhammad Azam, son of Firdaus Khan, residents of Charsadda.

Four militants held in Nowshera
Mushtaq Paracha
NOWSHERA: Police and intelligence agencies in a joint action arrested an important commander of Swat Taliban and his three associates during a raid on a house in Nowshera Kalan early Saturday, official sources told The News. Taking action on a tip-off, the Nowshera Kalan Police and the sleuths of intelligence agencies raided a house and hauled up Saeedullah, a commander of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Swat chapter, and his three associates Shahid, Ibrahim, and Suleman. The sources said the commander and his associates were shifted to a secret place for interrogation soon after their arrest. The militants had rented a house in Nowshera Kalan and were living there for some time. The sources added that the militants were involved in attacks on government installations, police and security forces and their names included in the list of most wanted insurgents. Saeedullah carries Rs3 million head money and his name had also been published in newspapers’ advertisement sponsored by the Khyber Pakh-tunkhwa government.

‘Work on Diamer-Bhasha dam to start soon’
Our correspondent
MARDAN: Federal Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervez Ashraf Saturday said that work on Diamer-Bhasha dam would be launched next month. Raja said this while talking to reporters here after offering fateha for the soul of the son of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Saranjam Khan. Raja said the government was taking steps to address the issue of loadshedding and rental power projects were hired to facilitate the people. “Efforts are being made to reduce the shortage of electricity by checking power pilferage,” he added. Justifying the recent hike in electricity price, he said the production cost of electricity was high owing to which the government was compelled to raise its price. He said if the government withdrew Rs250 billion as subsidy on electricity the amount could be spent on initiating development projects in the country which would raise the standard of living of commoners.



Pakistan Movement veteran passes away
Bureau report
PESHAWAR: Veteran of the Pakistan Movement and a Pakistan Muslim League worker Abdur Rauf Seemab passed away after a protracted illness on Saturday. He was 86. His funeral prayer was offered in Qissa Khwani and he was laid to rest in his ancestral graveyard. A large number of relatives, friends and well-wishers attended his funeral. He is survived by five daughters. The deceased played affective role in the Pakistan Movement and also met Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah a number of times. He joined the Muslim League and remained loyal to the party to the last.

Bajaur militants’ hideouts targeted
Our correspondent
KHAR: Several hideouts and underground bunkers of militants were destroyed when gunship helicopters carried out shelling in Salarzai subdivision in Bajaur Agency on Saturday, official sources said. The sources said the gunship choppers bombed the militant hideouts and destroyed several of them in Mandal area of Salarzai tehsil. Some of the underground bunkers were also shelled. The forces, the sources added, carried out search operation in Fajja, Shago and Sheikh Baba areas and arrested several suspected persons. Meanwhile, the forces established checkposts in the mountainous Agra locality in Mamond.

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