Four, including three Chinese, killed in KU suicide blast

 

KARACHI: Four people, including three Chinese nationals, were killed and two others injured as a van caught fire after suicide blast near Confucius Institute at University of Karachi on Tuesday.

 

According to a report, Chinese teachers were coming from hostel to the Department of Confucious Studies in a van when the blast took place. The van caught after the explosion near the Confucius Institute, a non-profit institute teaching Chinese language to local pupils. As a result, four people, including three Chinese, were killed and two others injured.

 

Three Chinese victims were identified as Confucius Institute Director Huang Guiping, Ding Mupeng, and Chen Sa while a Pakistani national, driver Khalid, was also among the dead. The injured were Wang Yuqing and Hamid.

 

The explosion took place at the van’s right side where a woman suicide bomber was seen waiting for the van, said police. Police and rescue officials rushed to the scene and shifted the injured to a local hospital.

 

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah today visited Chinese Consulate to express sorrow and grief with the Chinese Consul General Mr Li Bijian.

 

Mr Shah assured the consul general that the culprits would be brought to book. 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.

 

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.

 

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

 

Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) Sindh in charge, Raja Umar Khattab said that the blast that targeted a van carrying Chinese nationals to Karachi University’s Confucius Institute was a suicide attack, carried out by a woman.

 

According to ARY News, in-charge CTD Raja Umar Khattab said the explosives used in the blast were not locally made. A schoolbag like a device was made and was attached with a bag of a suicide bomber woman, he added.

 

Maryam’s passport plea: 3rd LHC bench dissolved after judges declines to hear the case

LAHORE: Two two-judge benches of the Lahore High Court (LHC), which were formed to hear the petition of PML-N Vice-President Maryam Nawaz regarding her passport, were dissolved in one day, here on Tuesday.

 

Firstly, the two-judge bench, headed by Justice Ali Baqir Najfi and comprising of Justice Farooq Haider, was dissolved early today when Justice Haider recused himself from hearing the case. The case then was referred to the LHC chief justice for constitution of a new bench which he did. The new two-member bench was led also by Justice Ali Baqir Najfi and the other judge on the bench was Justice Asjad Javed Gharal was due to take up the case later Tuesday but Justice Gharal also declined to hear the petition.

 

The benches were supposed to hear Maryam Nawaz’s petition regarding retrieval of her passport so that she could go to Saudi Arabia for the performance of Umrah. Ahsan Bhoon Advocate appeared before the court on behalf on Maryam Nawaz. But the benches could not hear the case when Justice Haider and Justice Gharal recused themselves from the hearing.

 

Earlier, on April 21, a two-judge bench headed by Justice Syed Abbas Ali Rizvi of the Lahore High Court could not be able to hear Maryam’s case as the bench was dissolved when Justice Anwaarul Haq Pannu recused himself from hearing the case. Maryam Nawaz has approached the Lahore High Court for permission to go for Umrah.

 

Maryam Nawaz in her petition stated that she had surrendered her passport to the LHC, adding: “I want to go to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah but cannot do so because my passport is surrendered at the LHC.” She pleaded with the court to allow her once to go for Umrah and issue orders for temporarily returning her passport.

 

Nine tailors arrested for violating rate list

PESHAWAR: The district administration Mardan Tuesday claimed to have arrested nine tailors and sealed their shops for violating the prescribed rate list.

 

Acting on the deluge of public complaints about overcharging, Assistant Commissioner Mardan paid a surprise visit to the markets on the directives of Deputy Commissioner Habibullah Arif and inspected rates at different tailors’ shops.

 

During the inspection, immediate action was taken against the lawbreakers for exorbitant prices. The DC has asked tailors of the district to follow the prescribed rate list and instructed the officials concerned to take strict action against the violators.

Khushhali Bank empowers women thru skill training

KARACHI: Khushhali Microfinance Bank Limited (KMBL) in collaboration with the Institute of Rural Management (IRM) has successfully completed the skill development program for women from Rawalpindi’s marginalized communities. The aim of the program was to empower women through skill-based learning and financial literacy programs so they play an active role in the community.

 

According to a statement issued on Tuesday, the training program included a tailoring and beautician course for the women. KMBL also provided sewing machines and makeup kits in an effort to encourage and support them in launching their own businesses. A financial literacy session was also conducted to impart knowledge and understanding of financial concepts along with banking products and services.

 

Training was also carried out to develop skills and attitudes toward budgeting, savings, investment, debt management, financial negotiation as well as rights and obligations. Participants shared at the end of the training programme that they had begun significant earnings and were supporting their families.

 

President and CEO of Khushhali Microfinance Bank – Mr. Ghalib Nishtar stated that: “Skill-based training programs are a progressive step towards empowering underprivileged women to be independent and generate sufficient incomes to support their families. I would like to thank the Institute of Rural Management for joining us in this great initiative. We will continue to work alongside local partners to provide women with the necessary support and foster environments where they can contribute alongside men.”

 

Through customized products, education, vocational training, and entrepreneurship support, KMBL equips women with the knowledge, skills and resources to break into the formal economy. Khushhali Microfinance Bank Limited is offering Khushhali Niswan, a series of products and services to help women to initiate enterprises and sustain their businesses.

 

Man killed over land dispute

KHANEWAL: A man was killed by his relative over a land issue in Chak 169/10-R within Sader Police jurisdiction on Tuesday.

 

According to police sources, Muhammad Imran had a land dispute with his relatives namely Amean and Tahir. On the day of incident, Amean and Tahir exchanged harsh words with Muhammad Imran and opened fired, killing him on the spot.

 

Rescue 1122 and concerned police after getting information about the incident reached the spot shifted the body to (DHQ) hospital for autopsy. The police registered a case against nominate accused under section 302 and started investigation.

Four, including three Chinese, killed in KU blast

KARACHI: Four people, including three Chinese nationals, were killed and two others injured as a van caught fire after explosion near Confucius Institute at University of Karachi on Tuesday.

 

According to a report, Chinese teachers were coming from hostel to the Department of Confucius Studies in a van when the blast took place. The van caught after the explosion near the Confucius Institute, a non-profit institute teaching Chinese language to local pupils. As a result, four people, including three Chinese, were killed and two others injured.

 

Three Chinese victims were identified as Confucius Institute Director Huang Guiping, Ding Mupeng, and Chen Sa while a Pakistani national, driver Khalid, was also among the dead. The injured were Wang Yuqing and Hamid. The explosion took place at the van’s right side. Police and rescue officials rushed to the scene and shifted the injured to a local hospital.

 

The Sindh chief minister has taken a notice of the incident and directed the authorities to conduct rescue operation and ensure probe into the incident. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has expressed concern over the blast. He also prayed for the early recovery of the injured.

ANF foils bid to smuggle 39.6kg hashish

Pishin: ANF Intelligence and ANF, Quetta claimed to have foiled the bid to smuggle 39.600 kilogram hashish in an operation conducted in Khanozai area of district Pishin in Balochistan province on Tuesday. Two women of inter-provincial gang were also arrested during the operation.

 

According to a statement issued by the spokesman for ANF, Quetta, Anti-Narcotics Force (Intelligence) and Anti-Narcotics Force, Quetta seized 39.600 kilogram hashish from the possession of two ladies namely Meher Mehwes, resident of Pishin and Rehana Yasmin, resident of Rahim Yar Khan, Punjab during search operation in a passenger bus in Khanozai area of district Pishin. Case against the alleged accused, who intended to smuggle hashish from Pishin to Rahim Yar Khan, was lodged under anti-drug act. Further investigation was being conducted by the concerned authorities.