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Four killed in Dera Bugti shootout

Crime
Dera Bugti: Four people, including a woman, a child and an attacker, were killed in a shootout inside a house in Dera Bugti on Saturday. According to rescue sources, unidentified gunmen attacked a house in Shahi Pat area of Dera Bugti and shot dead three inhabitants including a woman and a child. One of the attackers was also killed in the retaliatory fire. Law-enforcement personnel shifted the bodies to a local hospital. They also cordoned off the whole area to hunt down the attackers. A mourning atmosphere prevailed in the region.

CTD Punjab claims arresting five TTP terrorists

National
Gujranwala: Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) Punjab on Saturday claimed to have arrested five TTP terrorists in intelligence-based operations. The CTD Punjab revealed the arrest of five terrorists identified as Inamul Haq, Maskeenullah, Wahid Khan, Sher Naqeeb and Shah Wali. They all belonged to Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). The CTD officials said they have also recovered explosive material, weapons and suicide vests from terrorists’ possession. Four cases have been registered against the terror suspects and they were shifted to an unknown place for interrogation, the officials added. On the direction of the Punjab IGP, 526 combing operations have been conducted during a week in which 130 suspects have been arrested and 21,227 people were quizzed. Gujranwala and Sahiwal have bee...

Flour prices rise to alarming level in Balochistan

Metropolitan Cities
Quetta: Flour shortage continues in Balochistan, as the 20kg price of flour has reached Rs 2,800, according to a report on Saturday. As per details, the prices of flour have skyrocketed in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan while the commodity was not available in most shops across the province. The 20kg flour bag is being sold for Rs 2,800 now, which was Rs 2,300, a week ago in the province. Flour shortage has also hit the Quetta utility stores despite the government’s subsidized flour scheme. The flour mills association said that 25 thousand bags are required for 18 flour mills daily in Quetta. They urged the government to arrange 9 to 10 lac four bags on daily basis. The mills associations further said flour will disappear from the market in few days, if wheat was not provided to ...

Two children die of gas suffocation near Swabi

District
Swabi: Two children died and four other family members fainted due to gas suffocation near Swabi on Saturday. According to rescue sources, the head of the family Naveed, his wife, two daughters and two sons were asleep in the room of their house with the gas heater on in Kotha area of Topi in Swabi when two children died of gas suffocation while four others fainted. The deceased boys were identified as 13-year-old Ahmad Umar and three-year-old Hasnain Umar. Due to gas outage in the night the heat went off but as the supply resumed the gas filled the room. Rescue 1122 Swabi personnel discovered all the family members in a serious condition and rushed them to Bacha Khan Medical Complex.

PM expresses grief over death of Secretary Kashmir and GB Affairs Sher Alam

National
Islamabad: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has expressed deep sorrow and grief over the death of federal secretary Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan (GB) Affairs Sher Alam Mehsud. In his condolence message on Saturday, he said Sher Alam Mehsud was one of the best officers of federal bureaucracy. He said after his death, Pakistan civil service has lost a worthy officer. Meanwhile, Advisor on Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Qamar Zaman Kaira also expressed sorrow over the death of the federal secretary. He said Sher Alam Mehsud was an honest and committed officer.

UN News Urdu version will expand world body’s outreach: Envoy

National
Islamabad: Welcoming the United Nations on launching the Urdu version of UN News, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations Ambassador Munir Akram has said the launch of the UN Version of Urdu News will expand the UN’s outreach to a wide range of Urdu speaking audience and promote the diversity of its communications in multiplicity of languages. In a statement, Ambassador Munir Akram also deeply appreciated the Department of Global Communication for supporting Pakistan’s pioneering efforts towards promoting multilingualism and the diversity of UN's communities in order to maximize UN's noble objectives and priorities all across the world especially those related to human rights, climate change and development. According to 2022 estimates by Ethnologue, Urdu is the 10th-...