Seven people killed in Karachi violence

KARACHI: At least seven people have been shot dead and several others injured in a firing incident in Karachi.

According to the police, violence erupted after the body of an MQM worker packed in a gunny bag was found in Chakiwara area of Lyari.

A senior police official told DawnNews that Lyari gangsters are trying create friction between the Baloch and Urdu speaking communities and the main agenda of the violence to sow their influence in the area.

Police said gangsters opened fire in the Ranchore Line, Lyari and other areas of the city.

According to security force the situation is now under control and they are patrolling the affected areas.

After the violence a restaurant was torched in Goli Maar area of the city.

Prime Minister Gilani has taken serious notice of target killing and directed immediate inquiry and arrest of culprits. -DawnNews


CM announces Rs500,000 for each blast martyr family

ISLAMABAD: Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah Monday announced a sum of Rs500,000 for the heirs of each martyred and Rs100,000 each for the injured of the suicide attack on the Ashura procession in Karachi and also their complete free treatment.

Talking to a private television news channel, he strongly condemned the inhuman act and sympathised with the heirs of the martyred and prayed for their departed souls.

He also prayed for the early recovery of the injured and directed the concerned authorities to ensure quality treatment to the wounded.

He urged the people to remain peaceful as creating an adverse law and order situation was tantamount to fulfilling the evil designs of the terrorists.—APP

Altaf Hussian appeals for calm after terror attack

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Chief Altaf Hussain on Monday strongly condemned the attack on the main procession of the Ashura near Light House in Karachi.

Talking to a private television channel via telephone from London, Altaf Hussain appealed to the people to remain peaceful and maintain unity.

He also appealed to the masses to keep a vigilant eye on strangers and miscreants in their respective areas in the city.

The MQM chief called upon the Sindh Government to take concrete measures to foil attempts to disturb the peace of the city.

Altaf Hussain called upon people to maintain inter-faith harmony among them and prove their unity.

He also condoled with the families of the people who died in the blast and prayed for their departed souls and to grant courage to the bereaved families to bear the loss.—APP

Karachi, interior Sindh in grip of heatwave, loadshedding

KARACHI: Severe heatwave accompanied by loadshedding has gripped interior Sindh and Karachi over the last three days, affecting social and business life.

The people have been compelled to stay home, while the number of students in schools and colleges across the province has also declined. The patients in the hospitals are also facing torments due to heatwave plus loadshedding.

Furthermore, major cities in Sindh including Sukkur, Hyderabad, Larkana, Khairpur, Nawabshah and Karachi have been hit by water shortages in warm weather due to load shedding.

The number of gastro and diarrhea patients is also rising in this summer season. Nawabshah have been the worst affected district throughout Sindh, enduring three consecutive days of temperatures reaching above 41 degrees centigrade, while the temperature in Karachi struck 41 degrees centigrade on Monday.

Due to heatwave and load shedding, people have been compelled to pass sleepless nights. The HESCO and Wapda are carrying out over six to eight hours load shedding in interior Sindh, while citizens in Karachi have been forced to endure power outages carried out by KESC for over six-hours on daily basis.

The students appearing in the ongoing examinations being held across Sindh are also facing problems due to warm weather and load shedding.

ECP be consulted about interim govt

KARACHI: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has dispatched a 40-page report to Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani comprising proposed reforms for the next General Election.

This was announced by the ECP Secretary General Kanwar Muhammad Dilshad at a press conference here on Sunday.

He said: “We have proposed the government to consult the election commission about formation of interim government in the report.”

Dilshad said that caretaker prime minister and ministers would not be eligible to contest the polls according to the proposed reforms.
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One dies, four hurt in Karachi road mishaps

KARACHI: Reckless driving claimed life of young woman, while four others sustained injuries in different road incidents on Saturday.

A 20-year-old Rozina died when a dumper hit her in Orangi Town No 1 in the jurisdiction of Orangi Town Police Station. Police arrested driver, impounded the dumper and registered the case.

Separately, a 35- year-old motorcyclist Shahdab was hit by unknown taxi at Bilal Colony in North Karachi. The victim was rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where his condition was termed precarious.

In third incident, one Abdul Shakoor, 35, Samia, 28 and Ameera, 10 were seriously hit by unknown car at Shahra-e-Faisal near Awami Markaz.

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Bullish trend prevails in KSE

KARACHI: Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) witnessed bullish trend as benchmark 100-Index gained more than 100 points to cross 6000 points psychological barrier during trading.

According to sources, positive trends are witnessed during trading and KSE-100 index crossed 6000 points after gaining more than 75 points.

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Bullish trend continues at KSE, Index crosses 6000 points

KARACHI: The bullish trend continued today as the Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) has witnessed this morning a gain of more than 100 points in Index-100 during trading this morning after which it has crossed 6000-point psychological barrier.

An increase in the activity and volume of trade was also witnessed yesterday as the chemicals and banking sectors were prominent.

According to stock analysts, the increase in the investors’ confidence was mainly due to the encouraging results of trading in various companies.

Besides, the reports of the peace agreements in northern areas have also made a positive impact.

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Sri Lankan team postpones practice session

KARACHI: The Sri Lankan cricket team has postponed its practice session scheduled to be held at the National Stadium today while the Pakistan team will practice in afternoon.

The Sri Lankans while postponing their practice session preferred to go to the Karachi Golf Club where they are enjoying golf at themoment.

Meanwhile, Pakistani cricketers will go on practice at the National Stadium where Ahmed Shahzad will also join the training camp.

Ahmed Shahzad, who was earlier not among the 22 probable players, has succeeded in getting the attention of the selectors by hitting a brilliant 146 in the recent two-day practice match against the touring Sri Lankan team.

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