Two soldiers martyred in South Waziristan attack

SARAROGHA: Two soldiers were martyred after terrorists attacked security forces in the Sararogha area of South Waziristan District.


According to the statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) today, the Pakistani troops had promptly responded to the terrorists that had fired at the security forces in Sararogha, South Waziristan District. But during the intense exchange of fire, two soldiers were martyred while fighting gallantly, the military s media wing said.


The martyred soldiers were identified as 26-year-old Lance Naik Umar Ali Khan, a resident of Bannu, and 23-year-old Sepoy Muhammad Siraj ud Din, a resident of Dera Ismail Khan. The ISPR said that area clearance is underway to eliminate any terrorists found in the are”. Pakistan Army is determined to eliminate the menace of terrorism and such sacrifices of our brave soldiers further strengthen our resolve, said the ISPR.

Sindh to issue separate income support cards for minorities

LARKANA: Sindh Minister for Minorities Affairs Giyanoo Mal alias Gianchand Essrani said on Tuesday that the provincial government is considering issuing a dedicated Benazir Income Support Minorities Card to provide financial support to the deserving people from minorities communities.


Speaking at a seminar on “Promoting Interfaith Harmony in Sindh” jointly organized by the provincial department of Minorities Affairs, Government of Sindh and The Knowledge Forum at a local hotel he said the provincial government is already providing financial support and scholarship to students from minorities.


Representatives from the religious minorities urged the provincial government to get passed the forced conversion bill from Sindh Assembly as the cases are increasing in the interior of Sindh. The minorities communities deplored that the previous bill on forced conversion was sent back by the former Governor to the Sindh Assembly. Since then the bill was not again present in the house, they added.


Sindh Minister for Minorities Affairs Giyanoo Mal alias Gianchand Essrani said that PPP leadership is giving top priority to the solution of minorities’ problems. He assured that the bill would be taken up and the PPP government would present it soon.


In his presentation, Pirphulal Satiyani said according to 2017 Census only 4 per cent population of Pakistan belongs to other religions including Hindus, Christians Parsis, Buddhists, Ba’hais and Sikhs.


According to him the minorities communities are facing discrimination in every aspect of life including bonded labour, economic exploitation, discrimination in jobs, poor implementation of 50 percent job quota and attacks on Religious places.


He said despite the fact a separate Hindu Marriage Law is passed but no marriage is registered under the law. Senator Krishna Kolhi underlined the need for promoting interfaith harmony in society. Bishop of Sindh and Balochistan Bishop Fredrick John, a representative of Parsi community Ms. Tushna Patel, Kalpina Devi, advocate, Kamla Bheel and others also spoke.


Imran, his entire cabinet members will be arrested soon, tells Maryam

ISLMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PMLN) vice president Maryam Nawaz while lashing out at Imran Khan on Tuesday said that Imran s former cabinet will be arrested soon.


While addressing Imran Khan on the social networking site Twitter, she wrote that Tousha Khan [Imran Khan] said that current government’s 60% of the cabinet is on bail. But listen carefully, very soon your entire former cabinet including you will be arrested and no one will give them bail. She further added that we were caught in false cases and revenge while your cases will be based on serious crimes and irrefutable evidence.


KU van blast: CM visits Chinese CG to express solidarity

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, just after receiving the report of the blast in a van at Karachi University, which claimed four lives, including three Chinese faculty members, visited Chinese Consulate to express sorrow and grief with the Chinese Consul General Mr Li Bijian.


The Chief Minister shared the details of the incident with the Consul General and said the incident would be investigated properly. Mr Shah assured the consul general that the culprits would be brought to book.


The CM said that the partnership of China in the overall development of Pakistan, particularly of Sindh, was important and such incidents could not affect the strong relationship between the two nations. He expressed his condolences with the families of the Chinese nationals who lost their lives in the blast.


Shah told the consul general that his government would make all the arrangements to send the dead bodies to China for which he needed consulates guidance.


Mr Shah convey the condolence messages of PPPP President Asif Zardari and Chairman Bilawal Bhutto to the Chinese Consul General. He said that they have condemned the incident in strong words.


The CM told the Chinese Consul General that Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif talked to him on telephone and got details of the incident. He has also condemned the incident and expressed his solidarity with the aggrieved families of Chinese nationals killed in the incident.


Chinese Consul General Mr Li Bijian thanked the chief minister for his visit and said he was in contact with the families of three Chinese nationals killed in the blast. “Whatever decision is taken in respect of shifting the dead bodies back to China would be informed to the Sindh government,” Mr Li Bijian said.


Earlier, Inspector General of Police Mushtaq Maher told the chief minister that at about 14:30 hrs a blast took place in a van near Commerce Dept of Karachi university. “Initial report indicates four casualties which include Chinese nationals.”


The chief minister has directed IG Police to conduct a security audit of Chinese nationals living in Sindh under CPEC and non-CPEC related projects and report him.

Azad Kashmir PM calls on CM Balochistan

QUETTA: Sardar Tanveer Ilyas Khan, Prime Minister, Azad Kashmir, called on Chief Minister Balochistan, Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo at Chief Minister’s Secretariat, according to a statement issued by Chief Minister’s Secretariat on Tuesday.


Felicitating the newly elected Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir, he said that the people of Balochistan support the independence movement of the people of Kashmir. Announcing increase in the special seats for Kashmiri students in Bolan Medical College, Quetta, he said that problems of Kashmiris living in Balochistan would be solved on priority basis. On the occasion, Provincial Ministers Mir Naseebullah Marri, Tariq Magsi, Muhammad Khan Lehri and others were also present.


PTI stages protest in Islamabad against ECP

ISLAMABAD: On the call of its chief Imran Khan, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf workers held protest against the Election Commission of Pakistan in Islamabad.


Former interior minister Sheikh Rashid and former science and technology minister Shibli Faraz, Andaleeb Abbas and Nafeesa Khattak also participated in the protest outside the office of Pakistan Election Commission, Islamabad.


The charged workers who thronged the ECP office raised vociferous slogans against the commission and the incumbent government with Sh Rashid drumming about holding early vote in a menacing tone waring bloodshed if their vote call was not heeded.

Gastro emerges in Naundero region

NAUNDERO: Gastrointestinal patients increase after an increase in heat intensity, with more than 30 patients registering at 100-bed Government Hospital OPD daily in Naundero here on Tuesday.


The patients with acute heat and gastro-intensive complaints are being treated at the hospital or emergency patients are referred to the Chandka Medical College Hospital (CMCH) for further management which is 22 kilometres away from here. A heat stroke ward was also created for the patients affected patients. The doctors appealed to the public to avoid the use of open food items to protect children and themselves from the heat.


The gastro-spread in Naundero and the surrounding areas has been steadily rising since the weather department issued a severe summer heat warning, causing 4 gastroenteritis patients at the Government Hospital to be admitted to the hospital. Three patients were shifted to CMCH for further treatment and 23 patients were provided treatment. The admissions included 3 children namely Minhal, Osama and Yasra, while Shabana, 30, was admitted to the hospital due to intensity of gastroenteritis.


Medical Superintendent Dr. Ghazanfar Khokhar, who was present at the hospital, said that after the Meteorological Department issued the alert, a heat stroke ward was established in the hospital and medicines were given to the patients due to the intense heat. Dr. Ayaz Shaikh, paediatrician, said that children trade open objects such as watermelons, apricots, snowflakes, Kulfi, etc., on which bees attack, and their germs attack and infect infants. To protect those who are exposed, they should be prevented from using open food, he added.


Dr Zulfiqar Junejo said parents should refrain from sending children out because children also suffer from gastro-intestinal tract, which requires maximum caution. Dr Junejo further said that doctors have appealed to the public to keep them out of the house and to prevent the children from going out unnecessarily and to avoid using open food items.