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Country mourns over 130 dead in terror attacks

KARACHI: The country is observing a day of national mourning to express solidarity with the victim families of the recent terror attacks in Peshawar, Bannu and Mastung. Caretaker Prime Minister Justice (retd) Nasirul Mulk announced one day official mourning to mourn the deaths of over 130 people killed in the blasts targeting election-related activities. The national flag is flying at half mast on all government buildings in Islamabad and the provincial capitals. Balochistan Government has also announced to observe…

Zardari condemns terror attacks in Mastung, Bannu

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari has strongly condemned the terror attacks in Mastung and Bannu. In a statement, the former president condemned the attack in which Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) candidate Nawabzada Siraj Raisani, his son and dozens of other political workers were killed and several others were injured. At least 72 people were killed and 120 were injured in the attack during a campaign rally in Mastung. Raisani was campaigning for PB-35 in upcoming general elections.…

CEC seeks report from KP CM, IG on Bannu blast

ISLAMABAD: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice (retd) Muhammad Raza Khan on Friday sought a report from the caretaker Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister and inspector general of police on a terrorist attack on former federal minister Akram Khan Durrani’s convoy in Bannu.  At least four people were killed while over a dozen others suffered injuries when a remote-controlled bomb hit the convoy of the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA) candidate in a Bannu neighborhood on Friday morning. He, however, remained safe in the…

Bomb attack near MMA candidate’s convoy in Bannu, four killed

BANNU: A bomb ripped through the convoy of Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA) candidate Akram Khan Durrani in a Bannu neighborhood this morning. He, however, escaped unhurt while four people were killed and 14 others injured in attack, ARY News reported. Police said former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister Akram Durrani’s cavalcade was attacked in Haved neighborhood of the city. He remained safe while four people were killed and 14 others suffered serious wounds in the attack. The deceased and injured were shifted to…

MMA candidate among seven injured in Bannu roadside blast

BANNU: At least seven people including Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA) candidate were injured when his convoy came under bomb attack in Bannu, ARY News reported. The blast took place in Takhti Khel area in Bannu district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Seven people including the election candidate were injured in a remote controlled blast. Malik Shireen, who is the contesting for PK-89 constituency, was on his way to political gathering with his supporters when a blast hit his convoy. According to police, the explosive device…

97-year-old woman to contest polls against Imran Khan

BANNU: Dressed in an old white kameez shalwar, Hazrat Bibi, a 97-year-old woman, on Monday submitted nomination papers for NA-35 constituency for upcoming general elections.  Hazrat Bibi's move means she will be contesting elections against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan. The senior citizen, who also filed nomination papers for PK-89, has dared to contest against political heavy weights five times in the past. According to ARY News correspondent Ehsanullah Khattak, the woman, a peasant by…

One policeman dead, 10 injured in Bannu blast

BANNU: A policeman was martyred while ten other people suffered injuries when a remote-controlled bomb went off near Bannu’s General Bus Stand on Friday. According to rescue and police sources, the remote-controlled blast targeted a police van, killing at least one policeman while injuring 10 other people. The explosion also caused damage to the vehicles parked close to the site of the blast. Following the explosion, a strong contingent of security forces swarmed the spot, cordoning it off to collect evidence. A…

KP govt holds open court sessions to ‘address’ public grievances

BANNU: In an unprecedented move, Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Ali Asghar held an open court (Khuli Kacheri) session in Bannu city to hear the issues faced by members of religious minorities. DC Bannu along with other officials held a session with local representatives of religious minorities’ communities. A church priest, Father Shakeel Jan, represented the Christian community, while Rakesh represented the religious Hindu community. A large number of women from both religious communities also attended the session.…

Three security personnel hurt in Bannu blast

BANNU: At least three security personnel were wounded when a bomb went off near their vehicle in Bannu district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Sunday. Police said the explosive material planted in a motorcycle parked along the road exploded as the vehicle of the security personnel came close to it. As a result of the blast, three security personnel were wounded, who were later shifted to a nearby hospital for medical attendance. After being informed of the blast, a contingent of police personnel arrived at the…

Govt approves Rs5.2 billion for extension of Baran Dam in Bannu

ISLAMABAD: The federal government has approved Rs5.2 billion for the extension of Baran Dam in Bannu district. Official sources said that the project will be completed within three years. The dam will bring thousands acres of barren land under cultivation in the area and will also serve as a tourist spot. Earlier this week, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had directed the Ministry of Water Resources to expedite efforts for construction of Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand dams. Presiding over a meeting in Islamabad, he…