Pak-Afghan border shut down in Chaman

ISLAMABAD: Hundreds of trucks and other vehicles were stranded at the crossing point of Pak-Afghan friendship border in Chaman after a cross-border clash.

According to details, the Chaman border was closed in the wake of the cross-border firing that was still going on. The exchange of firing has left thousands of people stranded on both sides of the border.

Meanwhile, the federal has started considering issuing Afghan citizens cards to over 700,000 illegal Afghan nationals in the country. The government would discuss the matter with relevant stakeholders before reaching a decision.

According to the details, the federal government is considering registering illegal Afghan residents. The Afghan residents could also get facilities like opening a bank account, medical, and educational facilities.

Earlier, a total of 800,000 Afghan refugees were given Afghan Citizen cards. It is to be noted that on Friday, rangers arrested 122 Afghan citizens, who were residing illegally in Karachi. Sindh Rangers and police in their joint action rounded up 122 illegal immigrants, who were attempting to enter Sindh from Balochistan.

Fawad says country’s stability possible through elections

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Fawad Chaudhry on Sunday said that the country could be stabilized through elections, not appointments.

Speaking to the media at Zaman Park Lahore, Fawad Chaudhary criticized the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leadership over their political approach and the manner they are handling the prominent affairs related to the country.

He said that, “The Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has been in London for five days, these people are making the appointments controversial.”

Fawad added that it should not be the way these people are handling it. Stability in the country is not possible from appointments but from elections.

Arshad’s post-mortem report provided to his family

ISLAMABAD: The post-mortem report of senior Pakistani journalist and anchorperson Arshad Sharif who was murdered in Kenya has been handed over to his mother in Islamabad, it emerged Sunday.

On the other hand, the post-mortem report of Arshad Sharif has also been shared with the Kenyan authorities, the Independent Police Oversight Authority of Kenya, IG Police Kenya and the Director of Public Prosecution.

According to a media report the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has handed over the post-mortem report to his mother. FIA Senior Director Athar Waheed met Arshad Sharif’s mother. He also informed the family about the progress made so far in the case.

It was the right of Arshad Sharif’s mother to know the truth and the family has every legal right to access the post-mortem. According to the post-mortem report Arshad Sharif had torture marks on his body at the time of post-mortem in Pakistan. A copy of the report was received in Kenya through Pakistan’s official diplomatic channels.

3866 candidates submit nomination papers for Islamabad LG polls

ISLAMABAD: The submission of nomination papers for the local body elections to be held on December 31 in the federal capital Islamabad has been completed on Sunday and 3866 candidates have submitted nomination papers on a total of 1211 seats.

According to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), nomination papers of 537 candidates were submitted for 101 seats of chairman and vice chairman in local body elections in Islamabad. Besides that,1945 for 606 seats of general members, 546 female members for 202 seats and 344 candidates submitted nomination papers for 101 seats of youth members.

In addition, 348 candidates submitted nomination papers for 101 seats of Labor and farmer members, while nomination papers of 146 candidates were collected for 101 seats reserved for minorities. ECP further stated that the list of candidates will be released on November 14 and the scrutiny of nomination papers will continue till November 18.

PPF organizes workshop on Monitoring and Reporting Attacks on Journalists

ISLAMABAD: PPF organized a workshop on Monitoring and Reporting Attacks on Journalists to reduce the rate of impunity for crimes against journalists in the capital territory, Islamabad.

Implementation of the “Protection of Journalists and Media Professionals Act, 2021” and the formation of commission required under the Act was stressed during the two-day workshop organized by the Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) on 12 and 13 November 2022.

The role of journalist unions and unity among the unions were also stressed during the workshop. The workshop was organized by Pakistan Press Foundation under the project Civil Society for Independent Media and Expression (CIME) in collaboration with the European Union. The workshop aims to promote the safety of journalists by providing training on reporting and monitoring attacks on journalists in Islamabad, and on using the provisions of the recently enacted journalists safety laws.

The discussion, activities and presentation in the workshop helped the participants understand the mechanism of reporting attacks or any incident that happened with journalists. Protection of Journalists and Media Professionals Act, 2021 and Right of Access to Information Act, 2017 were discussed in detail and stressed the usage and implementation of these acts.

The participants of the workshop, who were the office-bearers of different press clubs, commended the efforts of Pakistan Press Foundation for organizing such training sessions and requested to continue similar training sessions.

Six coalminers kidnapped near Bolan

Bolan: Some unknown armed persons kidnapped six coalminers from Machh area of district Bolan, police said on Sunday.

According to police, the labourers working in three lease coalmines in Machh were going to their homes when some unidentified armed men intercepted and kidnapped them in the late night.

The kidnapped miners were identified as Sartaj, Rozimand, Barkat, Faram Uddin, Aman Ullah, and Jamal Khan. The companions of the coalminers informed the police about their snatching. Police said that they visited the coalmines where the labourers were working. They said that a CTD team from Jafarabd would help them find the kidnapped miners.

They said that four of the abducted colliers belonged to Shangla, and one each from Machh and Qila Abdullah.

ANF recovers drugs, weapons from criminals

QUETTA: Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) Sunday continued its operations against drug smuggling across the country and recovered drugs and weapons from the criminals.

In Quetta, 24 kilograms of hashish, one pistol and two magazines were recovered from an accused, a resident of Pishin. Another ANF team recovered 120 grams of ice drug from a resident of Bahria Town, Phase 7, Rawalpindi.

The ANF and the Airport Security Force (ASF) recovered 620 grams of hashish from the bag of an accused of Bannu at Lahore International Airport. The accused was going to Sharjah through PK412 flight.

Moreover, 37.18 kilograms of hashish in plastic bags were recovered from Kohat and Khyber areas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Cases were registered against the accused under the Anti-Narcotics Act and investigation was launched.