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In this Attock village, home is where the cave is

NIKKO, HASSAN ABDAL: Bomb-proof, earthquake-resistant and cheap: thousands of people are choosing to hunker down in caves northwest of Islamabad, snapping up the hobbit-like homes amid a nationwide housing shortage. Located around 60 kilometres (40 miles) from Islamabad, nearly 3,000 people live in caves in the village of Hasan Abdal, - a city in Attock district, according to councilor Haji Abdul Rasheed -- whose own home is among the dwellings carved into the rugged, earthen hillside embankments. Rasheed's spartan…

PML-N leader Sheikh Aftab escapes unhurt in gun attack

ATTOCK: Gunshots were fired at former Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Sheikh Aftab’s car here on Monday night. He luckily escaped unhurt in the gun attack, ARY News reported. According to police, unidentified assailants opened fire at the car of the PML-N leader within the limits of City police station here as he was going back home after attending a rally in connection with the election campaign near Kamra. He, however, remained unhurt. The PML-N leader, who is…

Nawaz Sharif just revealed who was behind his ouster, says Maryam

ATTOCK: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Maryam Nawaz on Wednesday said that her father, deposed premier Nawaz Sharif, through his recent presser, has just answered his 'Mujhay Kyun Nikala' question, ARY News reported.  Addressing party workers and supporters in Attock, Maryam Nawaz said that her father in his explosive press conference earlier in the day, revealed nothing new but just narrated some facts behind his ouster and disqualification. "Aaj Nawaz Sharif Ne Bata Dia K Mujhay Kyun Nikala or Kis Ne…

Imran welcomes Attock’s Major Tahir group to PTI

ATTOCK: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan on Monday welcomed Attock's influential political group of Major Tahir on joining the PTI, ARY New reported. "I congratulate and welcome Major Tahir group on joining the PTI," he said while addressing a large public gathering in Attock. He said only those were joining PTI who could serve masses. People only remembered the ones who served and worked for them , he said adding that Pakistanis won’t allow looters to loot anymore. Read More: Imran challenges law…

Police thwart terror plot in Attock, seize explosives from vehicle

ATTOCK: Punjab Police prevented a major terrorist attempt in Attock city of Punjab by seizing an explosive-laden vehicle and arresting the motorist from G.T Road, ARY News reported on Friday. The vehicle was coming from Peshawar via G.T Road when the police personnel intercepted it on suspicion during a routine snap checking, police officials said. The motorist has been identified as Adil hailing from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), police said. Police claimed to have recovered 23 kilogrammes of explosive, 500 detonators,…

Imran, Nawaz have no real agenda, both just greedy for power: Bilawal

FATEHJANG: Pakistan People’s Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Saturday said that neither ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif nor Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan have any real agenda or manifesto, and both are instead just greedy for power.  "Pakistan is facing internal and external problems, instead the leaders are only greedy for power,” he said while addressing a public gathering in Attock district taking frequent swipes at both his political adversaries Imran Khan and Nawaz Sharif. “Imran Khan…

Seven TTP terrorists arrested in IBOs across Punjab

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Rangers Punjab along with police and intelligence agencies on Wednesday conducted intelligence-based operations in several cities of Punjab including Attock, D.G. Khan and Lahore and arrested seven suspected TTP terrorists.  According to the Inter-Services Public Relations, seven TTP terrorists and twenty Afghan suspects were apprehended during the last seventy-two hours, along with a large quantity of explosive, illegal automatic weapons and ammunition. The terrorists are reportedly affiliated…

Nine burnt to death in passenger van fire near Islamabad

ATTOCK: At least nine people were burnt to death and four others wounded when a passenger van caught fire after colliding with a truck in Hasan Abdal city of the Punjab province on Sunday morning, ARY News reported. Police and rescue sources said the accident occurred near Abbottabad Chowk which resulted in the death of at least nine people while four others sustained burn injuries. They said the collision between the two vehicle damaged roadside gas pipeline, igniting fire which engulfed the vehicles in seconds.…

Sohail Aman lauds establishment of aviation city for self-reliance defense

ATTOCK: Foundation stone of aviation city at Aeronautical Complex in Kamra – also known as aviation city – has been laid by Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman and Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal, ARY News reported on Thursday. Speaking on the occasion, Air Chief Sohail Aman described the establishment of the aviation city as an important step towards achieving self-reliance in defense production. He said it is also an important lead towards production of fifth generation fighter jets in the country. He said the aviation city…

Oil tanker overturns in Attock, halts traffic movement

ATTOCK: An oil tanker, reportedly carrying as much as 50,000 litres of oil, overturned while taking a turn on Khor road here causing fuel leakage, ARY News reported on Sunday.  Acting swiftly, the rescue teams reached the spot and sealed the road for traffic movement in a bid to avoid any untoward incident. The tanker was travelling from Kohat to Khor when it turned turtle causing oil leakage from it. The authorities concerned have cordoned off the venue. ALSO READ: Death toll from Bahawalpur inferno reaches 197 This…