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  • At least 60 killed in blast at Shikarpur imambargah

    Dated: 2015-01-31

    The imambargah is located in Shikarpur's Lakhi Dar area and the explosion occurred just after Friday prayers.

    A number of victims were trapped under debris after the roof of the imambargah collapsed due to the intensive blast. Many of the casualties were shifted to hospital in Sukkur and Larkana districts of Sindh

    Police said it was a suicide blast that occurred inside central imambarghah located in Lakhi Dar area of the city during Friday prayers.

    Television footage of the aftermath showed chaotic rescue scenes as people piled the wounded into cars, motorbikes and rickshaws to take them for treatment from narrow streets of the congested area.

    Majlis Wahdatul Muslimeen (MWM) central leader Allama Mohammed Amin Shaheedi announced three days mourning, describing the incident a failure of the govern

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  • More rains, snowfall likely next week

    Dated: 2015-01-31

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Meteorological Department has forecast very cold and dry weather in most parts of the country during next 24 hours, with more rains/snowfall next week.

    The PMD says continental air is prevailing over most parts of the country. A fresh western disturbance is likely to approach north western parts of Balochistan on Saturday (night) and likely to persist during next three to four days.

    It said very cold and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country. Frost would occur in Islamabad and Potohar region (Rawalpindi, Attock, Chakwal).

    The Met Office has predicted more rains with snowfall over the hills in upper parts of the country and Balochistan from Sunday to Tuesday (1st to 3rd Feb).

    It said Murree/Gallyat, Parachinar, Malakand division, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir may receive good snowfall in the brief snowfall spell.

    Coldest pla

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  • Nawaz orders judicial inquiry into MQM worker killing

    Dated: 2015-01-31

    KARACHI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday issued directives for the creation of a judicial commission within a week's time to probe into the killing of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) worker Sohail Ahmed.

    The premier arrived in Karachi Friday to discuss the ongoing targeted operation against criminals by police and Rangers in the city. He was accompanied by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.

    Chairing a high-level meeting on the security situation of Karachi, Prime Minister Nawaz assured the MQM that the commission would investigate into the killing in a fair manner.

    Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah were attending the meeting which is being held at Governor House Sindh.

    During meeting, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah told the Prime Minister that swift implementation of National Action Plan against terr

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  • MWM announces 3-day mourning over Shikarpur blast

    Dated: 2015-01-31

    SHIKARPUR: As condemnations poured in over a deadly suicide blast in Shikarpur, Majlis-e-Wahdatul Muslimeen (MWM) announced a three-day mourning.

    The bomb blast ripped through an imambargah in Shikarpur town of Sindh, killing over 30 people and wounding more than 70 others in the deadly attack.

    Police said a suicide bomber attacked as worshippers attended Friday prayers in the town.

    MWM’s Allama Nasir Abbas announced the mourning and condemned the blast in a statement.

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  • Efforts afoot for Taliban, Kabul peace deal

    Dated: 2015-01-31

    ISLAMABAD: In wake of the drawdown of foreign troops, efforts are afoot to convince Afghan Taliban for reaching some peace deal with Kabul before end of this year.

    Though, the Taliban on Friday denied of holding any direct Talks with Afghan government, yet, they never rebuffed efforts and contacts of the neighboring countries and other players with them. “No negotiation (with Afghan government) process is going on in Dubai,” the Afghan Taliban Spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid said in an e-mail to this scribe. 

    Nevertheless, on visit of a Taliban delegation to China, the spokesman clarified that several countries have proposed to play a role in solution to the problems. “The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan respects all these efforts but has not finalised any decision,” he added.

    Two weeks ago, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said that China su

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  • NA session summoned on Monday

    Dated: 2015-01-31

    Islamabad: Acting Speaker of National Assembly Murtaza Javid Abbasi has summoned the session of the National Assembly on February 2 (Monday at 4:00p.m.

    He has summoned the National Assembly Session in exercise of powers conferred by clause (3) of Article 54 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. More details

  • Imran to file petition in ECP against poll rigging

    Dated: 2015-01-31

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan has annouced to file petition in Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday.

    He stated that he would hold a meeting with Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice Sardar Raza Khan and would convey his reservations over election tribunals and riggings in last year’s general elections.

    Addressing a news conference in Islamabad, he said that the government has proved its incompetence by establishing military courts in the country. He demanded the government reduce petrol prices by 20 to take it to Rs 58 per litre, adding that the government earned as much as 300 billion rupees from masses.

    Iman Khan said the line losses have been increased from 13% to 18% and public is paying for it, adding that no relief of petrolium products is being extended to masses.

    He stated t

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  • Altaf Hussain University founded in Hyderabad

    Dated: 2015-01-31

    HYDERABAD: The foundation stone for the landmark Altaf Hussain University was laid down here on Friday.

    Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan and property mogul and the founder of Bahria Town housing society Malik Riaz jointly laid the foundation-stone in a ceremony held in Hyderabad.

    Addressing the ceremony via phone from London, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain said the doors of the varsity were open to all and not just Mohajirs (Urdu-speaking migrants). Hussain said his more than half a century old dream had finally been fulfilled.

    "Hats off to Malik Riaz and Co-chairman Pakistan People's Party Asif Ali for being instrumental in getting this educational project off the ground," the MQM leader said speaking his heart out.

    Adding to his statement he nonetheless said that thou

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  • Major terror bid foiled in Quetta

    Dated: 2015-01-31

    QUETTA: Security forces on Friday morning foiled a major terror bid by seizing an explosive-laden vehicle in Quetta's Panjpai area.

    A security official on condition of anonymity told a private news channel that forces also apprehended an alleged suicide bomber along with the explosive-laden vehicle.

    He said 200 bombs were recovered from the explosive-laden vehicle during the raid.

    "Forces acted quickly and did not face any resistance," he said, adding that the explosive-laden vehicle was being brought to Quetta to carry out a major act of terrorism.

    Intelligence agencies and anti-terrorist forces personnel also picked up a suspected Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commander from Balochistan's Pishin area on Friday morning.

    Security sources said one low-level TTP militant was also arrested during the operation and force

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  • KP govt refers 423 cases for trial by military courts

    Dated: 2015-01-31

    PESHAWAR: Authorities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Friday referred a list of terror suspects to the federal government for trial by military courts.

    The 45-page report contains 423 cases of terror suspects for trial by military courts, which also includes the name of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Mullah Fazlullah, reported a private TV channel.

    Peshawar has the highest number of cases — 116 — to be tried by military courts, whereas the remaining 307 cases are from other areas of the province. Most of the terror suspects were charged for attacks on security forces, government buildings, state installations and killing of civilians.

    Tehreek Nifaz-i-Shariah Mohammadi (TNSM) chief Sufi Mohammad and Maulvi Faqeer are among other high profile suspects on the list.

    A few of the terror suspects are awaiting trial in jail, while many

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