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January 16, 2012
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January 16, 2012

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Burney condemns Khanpur blast
KARACHI: Ansar Burney Trust International chairman Ansar Burney has strongly condemned the bomb blast at Chehlum procession in Khanpur on Sunday, says a press release. Burney expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of life of the innocent people. He said Islam is not the name of different sects rather it is the religion of peace. He said the Punjab government should arrest the culprits and give them exemplary punishment. He said those who spread hypocrisy and hate on the name of Islam are the enemies of humanity. He urged the people to remain calm and peaceful.

Low gas pressure worsens weather woes in Lahore
By our correspondent
LAHORE: Amid chilly weather, gas pressure at homes, hotels and restaurants continues to be very low, making normal life extremely difficult.Despite launching a dormant gas field by Prime Minister Gilani a few days back, there is no real improvement in supply of gas to the system of the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd (SNGPL). In majority of homes, gas water-geysers and heaters are completely inoperative due to low pressure of gas. So much so that cooking has become impossible. “I cannot make tea for my family due to low gas pressure,” said a housewife residing in Tariq Blcok, New Garden Town. Not only domestic consumers but commercial consumers are also facing troubles due to low gas pressure.

Three Iranian border guards deported
QUETTA: Pakistan deported three Iranian border guards on Sunday after they were pardoned in court by the family of a man killed in a cross-border attack, officials said. The three guards were arrested on January 2 in south-western Balochistan province along the Iranian border after they allegedly crossed the frontier and shot at a car, killing one Pakistani national. “The three personnel of Iranian border security force have been deported after a court ordered their release,” Saeed Ahmad Jamali, Deputy Commissioner of Washuk district told AFP.

They had already been charged with the murder of the Pakistani man following a written complaint from the father of the victim. But on Saturday the parents of the victim pardoned the three guards in court, and the court ordered their release, Jamali said.

Blankets distributed among Afghan refugees
By our correspondent
PESHAWAR: A Saudi Arabia-backed relief agency distributed blankets among the Afghan refugees and poor Pakistanis here on Sunday. An official of the relief body Fazlullah Sahibzada told the AIP that 1,297 blankets were distributed among 438 Afghan refugees and needy Pakistani citizens in Peshawar. In-charge of the emergency assistance of the relief agency, Prof Mehmoodul Haq Ahadi said the government of Saudi Arabia would continue its assistance to the poor people.

Chehlum processions taken out amid tight security
By our correspondent
SUKKUR: The Chehlum of the martyrs of Karbala was observed in Sukkur, Khairpur, Shikarpur, Ghotki, Naushahroferoz and other cities amid tight security. Police beefed up security measures following the blast in the Chehlum procession in Rahimyar Khan. Procession routes were completely sealed off with barbed wires and police and rangers strictly banned pillion riding. Closed-circuit cameras were installed around the city for strict vigilance. Rangers and Police Jawans surrounded the processions.

Five die in Pishin accident
PISHIN: At least four children and a woman were killed when a Kili Nali-bound van fell into a ditch on Sunday.According to police, the vehicle with two women, a man and five children on board was on its way to Kili Nali when it skidded off the road and fell into a ditch in the Bagarzai area. Four children and a woman died on the spot while other occupants of the vehicle, including a man, a woman and a child, were rescued by the local administration officials, who reached the site soon after the accident. The dead and the injured were moved to a nearby hospital.

‘JUI-F not to support any undemocratic move’
By our correspondent
TAKHTBHAI: Islamic Ideology Council Chairman and Chief of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Balochistan chapter, Maulana Muhammad Khan Sherani on Sunday said that his party would not support any undemocratic move to topple the government. Speaking at the Darul Uloom Islamia Jamhooria in Takhtbhai in Mardan district, he said that clash between the national institutions was not in the national interest. He added that his party would not become part of efforts to destabilise the government through unconstitutional means.

Three killed in road accident
By our correspondent
MANSEHRA: Three persons were killed and eight others sustained critical injuries when a passenger vehicle plunged into a ravine in Allai area here Sunday. The pickup vehicle carrying passengers was on way to Rashang from Allai when the driver lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a sharp turn. The police said the vehicle skidded off the road and plunged into a ravine. As a result, Ali Akbar and Fazal Naveer died on the spot while Taj Naveer succumbed to her injuries on the way to hospital.

Six killed, 18 hurt in Sargodha accident
SARGODHA: Six people were killed while 18 others injured in a collision among three vehicles in the Saddar police jurisdiction on Sunday.A van was going to the Urs of Atta Ullah Shah in Gujranwala from Khushab when two trucks, in an attempt to overtake, collided with it near Chak 33 Phatak, Ajnala Road. Resultantly, five people including driver Nazir Ahmad, Hafiz Muhammad Nadeem, Zainul Abidin, Muhammad Ramazan and Zafar Iqbal died on the spot.

Tribesmen hurt in Usta Muhammad clash
USTA MUHAMMAD: Three tribesmen were injured in an exchange of fire over a petty issue here on Sunday. Local police said the incident took place after an exchange of hot words between the members of the two tribal groups. The injured were identified as Khair Mohammad, Jan Mohammad and Naveed Ahmed and were shifted to nearby hospital. Their condition is stated to be out of danger. The police registered a case and started investigation

Two killed in Jacobabad house collapse
By our correspondent
SUKKUR: Two persons, including a girl, were killed and at 10 others injured when a two-storey building collapsed in Jacobabad on Sunday. According to the police, a double-storey building of a house, belonging to one Papu Chandio, in the Luhari area of Jacobabad, suddenly collapsed. Police and volunteers rushed to the scene to rescue the victims. After the hectic efforts which continued for three hours, the rescue team managed to take out nine people from the rubble. The body of a child, identified as Huma Chandio, was also found from the rubble. Hospital sources told The News that three seriously injured women were shifted to Larkana. However, a woman succumbed to her injuries.

Woman killed over Karo-Kari in Ghotki
By our correspondent
SUKKUR: A man killed his wife over Karo-Kari in Ghotki on Sunday. According to the police, accused Nasrullah Soomro, resident of village Bahadur Soomro in the limits of Serhad police station, shot his wife Maryam dead, alleging her of maintaining illicit relations with a man. Police shifted the body to a hospital for post-mortem. However, no arrest was reported till the filing of this report.

Man killed in Shikarpur clash
By our correspondent
SUKKUR: A man was killed in a clash between two tribes in Garhi Yaseen on Sunday. Police said the clash between the Marfani and Jaffri tribes resulted into the death of one Azad Marfani. Police shifted the body to a hospital, besides setting up of a temporary checkpoint to avoid any untoward incident.

Arms seized in Tirah valley
By our correspondent
BARA: The Zakhakhel tribal Lashkar seized a huge cache of arms from a house in Shankhel area in Tirah valley of Khyber agency on Sunday, local sources said. The sources said that on a tip off the volunteers of the Zakhakhel Lashkar raided a house in Shankhel bordering Sepah area in Tirah valley and recovered 1,500 rockets, 1,200 hand grenades and seven rocket launchers.


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