‘Mother-daughter duo’ workers of polio team gunned down in Quetta


An attack on those working to serve the people is an attack on humanity: Bizenjo

By Kaleem Kakar

QUETTA: Four persons were gunned down and at least one person injured in two seperate deadly incidents in Quetta yesterday. According to the reports female members of a polio team were gunned down by unidentified attackers in Quetta yesterday. Police said unknown miscreants opened fire on the polio team in the Shalkot area, killing a mother-daughter duo in what law enforcers believe is a targeted attack. The assailants escaped unhurt from the site of the attack, police said, as a heavy contingent of law enforcers and Frontier Corps (FC) reached the area.

Chief Minister Balochistan, Mir Abdul Qudus Bizenjo condemned the attack on the polio team. Calling the attack an act of cowardice and terrorism, Bizenjo said, “an attack on those working to serve the people is an attack on humanity.”

“Those who make innocent people a target of terror are enemies of humanity and deserve the worst punishment,” he added further.

He called for strict security to be provided to the polio workers in the province and told IG Police that all resources should be used to arrest the assailants.

Two Balochistan Constabulary men namely Ilyas and Shaukat were killed and another official, Javed, was injured in an ambush by militants in Double Road area of Quetta. The martyred and injured security personnel were shifted to a nearby medical facility. Law enforcement agencies cordoned off the area and launched a search operation to trace the attackers.

SSP Operations informed that the officials, part of the Rapid Response Force, were deployed at a flyover on Quetta’s Double Road for security duty.

While they were changing their uniforms, the attackers, riding a motorcycle, opened fire on them, injuring all three, and sped away.

The SSP said this is the second incident targeting police in three days in Quetta.

Taking notice of the incident, Governor Balochistan Mohammad Khan Achakzai strongly condemned the killing of the personnel. A police constable was shot dead by unidentified attackers on the city’s Raisani Road on January 16.

A day earlier, on Jan 15, five Pakistan Army soldiers were killed in Kech, Balochistan when their vehicle turned turtle after it was fired at.

On Jan 9, four Balochistan Constabulary personnel were among six killed in a suicide attack near the Balochistan Assembly.  On Jan 2, at least five people, including two FC personnel, were injured as a result of a gun and bomb attack on a check post in the Baleli area of the provincial capital, said security sources.

Bilawal Bhutto will start elections campaign from Hub City

By Mehmood Laango

HUB CITY: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will be addressing in the historic public meeting to be held on January 20 in Hub City.

According to the sources, he will be starting his campaign for upcoming elections. Key political figures from all across Balochistan including Lasbela will annouce their joining in PPP in the same public meeting.

Jam Mir Ghulam Qadir stadium is finalized for the meeting. Several welcome camps are being set up not only in the Hub City but also in Bela and Winder. District administration has arranged for the fool proof security arrangements all across the city.

Lasbela police also released a traffic plan before the arrival of Chairman PPP and others accompained.

According to SSP Lasbela, Abdul Rauf Bireech  RCD Highway and its surroundings will be considered as sensitive zone and traffic flow (to and from) Karachi will be diverted to the other routes.

Leader PPP Saeed Ghani yesterday visited Jam Mir Ghulam Qadir stadium and shows satisfaction with the arrangements made for the meeting.

While talking to the media representatives he said that PPP is the only party which fought for the rule of democracy and also for basic human rights.

He added that Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will be starting his campaign for upcoming elections in Balochistan.

Provincial President Ali Madad Jatak, President District Lasbela Sharif Palari, Haji Anwer Ronjhovo and others were also present during the visit.

Commander Southern Command calls on CM Balochistan

From Our Correspondent

QUETTA: Commander Southern Command Lieutenant General Asim Saleem Bajwa called on Chief Minister Balochistan Abdul Quddus Bizenjo here yesterday.

According to hand out, they exchanged views about provincial security and programs for development of Balochistan. Chief Minister appreciated the role of Pakistan Army and security forces in restoring peace and paid tribute to martyred security forces officials who had laid down their lives for the country.

He also lauded the role of Pakistan Army which had helped people of Awaran district in reconstruction after the earthquake.

The Commander Southern Command assured the Chief Minister Balochistan that Pakistan Army would continue cooperation with provincial government in completion of ongoing development projects on time, which were started for maintaining peace, prosperity and progress of the province.

He said on completion these projects would provide job opportunities and will improve living standard of local people.

Govt decides to place Tahirul Qadri on ECL: sources

From Our Correspondent

ISLAMABAD: A high-level meeting led by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has taken a decision to place the name of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri on the exit control list (ECL).

During the meeting, cases pending against Dr Qadri were discussed. The meeting was attended by Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif and adviser to the prime minister on finance Miftah Ismail.

Qadri is nominated in several cases of terrorism related to the violence during the 2014 dharna (sit-in) in Islamabad.

The cases are ongoing in an anti-terrorism court in Islamabad where Qadri has been declared a proclaimed offender due to his continuous absence.

Graft trial Court orders NAB to produce witnesses against Dar in next hearing

from Muneer Malik

ISLAMABAD: As the Islamabad High Court (IHC) has ended its stay on accountability proceedings against defunct Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, an accountability court here on Thursday resumed the hearing of graft reference against him filed by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in compliance with the Supreme Court’s July 28 verdict.

In a brief hearing today, Judge Mohammad Bashir asked NAB prosecutor Imran Shafique to summon four prosecution witnesses in the next hearing.

To which, Shafique informed the judge that the statements of as many as 10 witnesses have been documented out of 28.

The judge then sought reply from NAB prosecutor to a plea submitted by Dar, seeking reopening of frozen bank accounts of his charity Hajvery Trust. Later, the hearing was adjourned till January 24.

Earlier, the IHC had restrained the accountability court from proceeding against the former finance minister till further orders.

The restraining order had come on a petition filed by Dar challenging the trial court’s order that declared him a proclaimed offender over his perpetual absence from the trial proceedings in the assets reference.

On Wednesday, the IHC permitted the accountability court to resume ex parte proceedings against Dar after discarding his plea to suspend his declaration as proclaimed offender by the accountability court in the graft reference.

A two-judge bench of IHC, comprising Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Miangul Hasan Aurangzeb, heard the plea

During the court proceedings, Justice Athar Minaullah said the country has reliable medical facilities and skillful cardiologists. He asked whether Ishaq Dar does not have faith in the local doctors.

‘Collaboration for Social Change’


By Rafay Siddiqui

KARACHI: Chairman OPEN Karachi and CEO Dr. Essa Laboratory and Diagnosis Centers Dr. Farhan Essa Abdullah will be hosting a Networking Dinner today at NJV high School. OPEN Karachi, NJV High School and Akhuwat foundation will be signing a MoU of “Collaboration for Social Change”. NJV High School will also launch its Alumni Network and Endowment Fund in the program.

Minister for Education & Literacy Sindh Mr. Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar will be the Chief guest. Director Akhuwat foundation Mr. Nazir Tunio, President OPEN Karachi Mr. Zakiuddin Ahmed will be addressing to the guests. Program will be held at NJV High School.

CJP expresses concerns on unavailability of health facilities across country

ISLAMABAD: The Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar has expressed concerns over the unavailability of health facilities in the country.

The Supreme Court Chief Justice met the adhoc body of Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PMDC) on Thursday to discuss the medical facilities and services for health in the country. He showed concerns on why the people are not getting proper health facilities for their survival.

He stated that the purpose of adhoc body of PMDC is to ensure merit, transparency and medical education. He directed the committee to fulfill its responsibilities without adhering to any external pressure.

The adhoc body members and Justice Nisar discussed medical facilities in the government hospitals across the country.

Earlier, he had taken suo moto notice of the poor condition of government-controlled hospitals across Lahore.

Meanwhile, the district administration of Chakwal submitted the report regarding Katas Raj Temples in the Supreme Court. The hearing Of Katas Raj Temples case is scheduled on January 19. —Online

‘Establishing peace would be foremost priority’: Bizenjo


From Kaleem Kakar

QUETTA: Establishing sustainable peace would be foremost priority. It is hoped that Police and law enforcement agencies would not only maintain their performance for security to life and property of people and improving law and order but improve it further.

These views were expressed by Balochistan chief Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo while speaking with IG Police Moazzam Jan Ansari here yesterday.

IG briefed him on Quetta security plan and security measures and overall law and order situation in Balochistan.

Chief Minister appreciating sacrifices of police and security institutions for establishing peace and elimination of terrorism said that it is because of their sacrifices, situation of peace is better than past in the province today.

He said still there is scope for improvement and he hoped security forces with their mutual work and cooperation of people would come out successful. They would enjoy cooperation of the government. He said peace and development are complimentary to each other.  If there is peace there will be investment, private sector would make development and development process would speed up ending unemployment.

He said he desired we should do some practical till completion of constitutional period in  improving law and order and development sector as people feel a  positive change. He directed IG Police for making compressive and effective measures for checking incidents of target killing.

Meanwhile in another meeting, Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo has said that Senators and MNA s from Balochistan would be taken into confidence over important provincial matters with Federal government so that they properly highlight these matters at the Senate and National Assembly.

He said this while speaking with JUI-F delegation which met him under the leadership of Secretary General Malik Sikandar Advocate here yesterday.

Delegation comprised Minister of State Maulana Amir Zaman, MNA Osman Badini and others. Delegation congratulated Abdul Quddus on his election as Chief Minister.

Chief Minister said that there can be far reaching impacts with uniting all political parties on single platform for resolving problems of the province. As it would strengthen joint efforts. Agreeing with Chief Minister, JUI delegation assured cooperation of its party. At their meeting immediate commencement of work on Spera Ragha-Durug-Taunsa road and Sinjavi-Lorala roads was agreed. Chief Minister assured that hurdles in the way of these projects would be removed and work on them would be started soon.

CJCSC highlights Pakistan’s counter-terror efforts at NATO session in Brussels

RAWALPINDI: Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Zubair Mahmood Hayat yesterday highlighted Pakistan’s efforts and achievements in counter-terrorism domain at a Chiefs of Staff session of NATO Military Committee in Brussels, the Inter-Services Public Relations said.

The meeting was attended by representatives of 66 NATO and partner nations, the ISPR said in a statement, at which the committee discussed peace and security-related matters. General Hayat also informed the participants about Pakistan Army’s efforts towards regional peace by means of special security measures along Pakistan-Afghanistan border, including raising of additional FC forces and fencing, the statement said.

On the sidelines of the meeting, the CJCSC met with Chairman European Union Military Committee General Kostarakos and military representatives from Australia, Turkey, Jordan, Canada and Germany, it added. —Agencies

Sindh approves life skills based education for class VI to IX

By Usman Malik

KARACHI: The Sindh government has approved life skills education to be integrated into the syllabus of secondary students (grade 6-9), the Sindh Education Department stated yesterday. The Sindh Education Department made the announcement through its official Twitter account.The department said that the life skills education is being imparted to the students of eight districts. The districts include Karachi, Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas, Umerkot, Khairpur, Nawabshah, Dadu, Shahdadkot. The government is trying to approve the subject to be included in primary classes as well ( grade 3-5). The notification stated that the provincial education department consulted with the civil society, teachers, parents and religious ulema to make the content according to the issues present in the Pakistani society. “Life skills based education content includes 19 modules which teach children to be able to protect themselves, personal hygiene, nutrition, human rights, protection from disease such as hepatitis, and that a boy and girl are equal and have equal rights.