Suicide bomb near Peshawar kills 10, wounds 30

PESHAWAR: At least 10 people have been killed and more than 30 others injured after a suicide attacker blew himself up in a local live stock market located in the Matani area of Peshawar, DawnNews reported.

According to the DCO Peshawar Sahibzada Anees, Union Council Nazim Adazai Abdul Malik was amongst the dead. Malik had been responsible for raising a militia against Taliban rebels.

He added that of the injured, nine were listed as being in critical condition.

Hospital officials say they have shifted at least 10 injured to the surgical ward while some of them are undergoing surgery in the operation theater.

Officials added that the rest of the injured are being admitted at the trauma room while have discharged six injured after initial treatment.— DawnNews


Judges’ restoration to burry doctrine of necessity: Iftikhar

PESHAWAR: NWFP Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain said Monday that restoration of deposed judges by the democratic forces would bury the doctrine of necessity once for all.

In a statement issued here, Hussain welcomed the Prime Minister’s move to reinstate deposed judges and termed it a wise decision.

He said that the decision had prevented the country from a major crisis and now the government could focus the progress and prosperity of the country.

The minister hoped that the doctrine of necessity would be buried once for all.

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Machni under indefinite curfew, operation begins

PESHAWAR: Khasadar Force seven personnel’s bodies found in Aisha Corona area of Tehsil Shabqadar have been shifted to the Shabqadar Civil Hospital, while an indefinite curfew has been clamped by the security forces kicking off operation.

Sources said that the bodies of the seven personnel of Khasadar Force, which were recovered this morning in Aisha Corona, have been shifted to the Shabqadar Civil Hospital, while the post mortem was underway, which on completion would be sent to Tehsil Yakaghond of Mohmand Agency by handing over the bodies to the Jirga constituted of tribal elders.

On the other hand, security forces have clamped an indefinite curfew in Machni and stated search operation against the militants, while in this process a commander Raheel’s house was demolished and other hideouts were being targeted.

Yesterday, seven personnel of Khasadar Force were killed in an ambush on their convoy in Banglo area of Tehsil Yakaghond of Mohamand Agency and later the extremists had kidnapped several Khasadars.

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Blast damages NATO oil tanker in Pakistan: official

PESHAWAR: One person was killed and two wounded in northwest Pakistan on Saturday when a bomb exploded near a fuel tanker destined for NATO forces in Afghanistan, an official said.

The remote-controlled bomb was planted on the main highway linking Peshawar city with the Torkham border crossing, local official Fazle Akbar told by telephone.

The blast partially damaged the oil tanker, but its driver escaped injuries, Akbar said, adding a passer-by was killed and two local men were injured. A security official also confirmed the incident but gave no casualty figure.

The explosion occurred in the troubled tribal district of Khyber, where Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked insurgents have carried out a series of attacks on NATO vehicles and terminals outside the northwestern city of Peshawar.

The NATO and US-led forces in landlocked Afghanistan are hugely dependent on Pakistan for their supplies and equipment, around 80 percent of which are transported through the neighbouring country. Militants earlier this month blew up a key bridge on the main supply route for NATO forces and torched several trucks bringing goods from the southern port of Karachi for forces battling a Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan.

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Deposed CJ reaches Peshawar

PESHAWAR: The deposed Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry arrived here on Wednesday to address lawyers’ convention.

The deposed chief justice was accorded a very warm welcome by Peshawar District Bar members. Foolproof security arrangements have been made in and around Peshawar High Court (PHC) building where Justice Iftikhar would address the convention.

The deposed CJ would return Islamabad tonight after meeting with lawyers. Meanwhile, lawyer leadership has decided to visit colleges and universities across Pakistan so as to attract more support for lawyers’ long march. A delegation of lawyers would also meet business community leaders in Rawalpindi on Thursday.

Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry is accompanied by Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) president Ali Ahmed Kurd, Aitzaz Ahsan, Hamid Ali Khan, Athar Minallah and other lawyer leaders in Peshawar.

Political parties have set up camps in the city and activists of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Muslim League (N) are present in deposed CJ’s convoy.

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Govt claims breakthrough in Shariah regulation in Swat

PESHAWAR: Information Minister NWFP, Mian Iftikhar Hussain has said that headway has been made towards implementation of Shariah regulation in Swat valley.

He said the government is in contact with Maulana Sufi in this regard.

Mian Iftikhar Hussain said the NWFP Chief Minister Amir Haider Hoti has convened an important meeting for February 16 in which, he said, key decision are expected to be made.

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Security beefed up in Peshawar ahead of President’s visit

PESHAWAR: Security has been put on high alert before arrival of President Asif Ali Zardari in the city.

According to reports, strict security arrangements have been put in place while the area from Peshawar Air Base to Governor House has also been sealed. While helicopters are doing the aerial surveillance.

A large number of police and security personnel have been deployed at all exit and entrance points into the city to prevent any untoward incident.

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Shelling kills 20 militants in Khyber Agency

PESHAWAR: Security forces backed by gunship helicopters and artillery bombed militants’ key positions in Khyber Agency, killing at least 20 militants.

Agency’s Political Agent Tariq Hayat Khan told Geo news that gunship helicopters had carried out two attacks on suspected militants’ hideouts situated near border area of Cherai.

At least 20 militants were killed in the attacks, he said, adding that four vehicles, arms’ arsenal and a center were too destroyed in the bombardment.

Khan further told that vehicle used in a suicide attack on Taidi Bazar of Jamrod was also sent from the same hideouts destroyed in shelling today.

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52 militants killed in FC shelling in Khyber Agency

PESHAWAR: At least 52 militants were killed and several others injured after security forces backed by gunship helicopters bombed militants’ key positions along border areas of Khyber and Orakzai Agencies on Friday.

According to Geo news, Frontier Corps personnel, after receiving a tip-off, fired shells at militants’ hideouts in Cherai Feroz area. Militants’ five hideouts and eight vehicles were destroyed in shelling.

Earlier, cache of arms, a center and four vehicles were destroyed in the attack.

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President Zardari chairs high-level meeting in Peshawar

PESHAWAR: President Asif Ali Zardari arrived Friday on a maiden two-day visit to Peshawar.

According to sources, President Zardari is presiding over a briefing at the Governor House about overall security situation in Fata and NWFP. Governor Owais Ahmed Ghani, Chief Minister Amir Haider Hoti and other officials are also present on this occasion.

While Interior Adviser Rehman Malik, Federal Minister Sherry Rehman, Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, Arbab Alamgir and other top officials are also attending the briefing.

Earlier, the President was received by the governor and the chief minister at the Governor House.

Strict security armaments have been made in the city to prevent any untoward incident.

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