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PAKISTANI FORCES KILL THREE TERRORISTS IN PUNJAB

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Feb 18 (NNN-PPI) – Pakistani security forces have killed three terrorists, in eastern Punjab province, in an anti-terror operation, the military said, Saturday.

An army statement said that, two paramilitary soldiers were also injured, during the exchange of fire, in Dera Ghazi Khan district, of the province.

The paramilitary troops, along with the Elite Police and intelligence agencies, conducted an intelligence-based operation, on a tip about the presence of the terrorists.

A statement from the army’s media wing, Inter-Services Public Relations, said that, weapons and ammunition were also recovered in the operation, which was part of the major offensive, “Radd ul Fasaad” (reject discord, in English), according to the statement.

The major operation was launched in Feb last year, to “eliminate the menace of terrorism from the country,” which, mainly targets sleeping cells of the militants, their supporters and financiers. NNN,PPI.

Source: Nam New Network

Pakistan Sentences Serial Killer To Death

A court in Pakistan on February 17 sentenced a serial killer to death after finding him guilty of killing eight children, including a 7-year-old girl whose rape and murder sparked national outrage.

Police found Zainab Ansari’s body in a garbage dumpster in Kasur district near the eastern city of Lahore in mid-January, four days after she was reported missing.

Police investigators said later that they had matched DNA from eight girls’ bodies, including Zainab’s, with the convicted killer, Imran Ali, 24.

Hundreds of residents protested after Zainab’s body was found, and two were killed when police fired shots to disperse them.

There have been complaints of a number of missing children in the same district of Kasur since 2015 when authorities uncovered what they said was a pedophile ring linked to a prominent local family.

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Work on Thakot-Havelian Motorway in full swing

Construction work on Thakot-Havelian Motorway is in full swing and the 118 kilometre project would be completed by February 2020.

National Highway Authority Spokesman Kashif Zaman in an interview today said that the motorway was part in early harvest Project category of Pakistan Economic Corridor .

He said that around 15 km of this project from Havelian onwards will be opened for traffic by May this year.

The stretch of motorway from Havelian passes through Abbottabad, Mansehra and Shinkiari, ending at Thakot.

It will have five tunnels -two at Abbotabad, one each at Battal, Karmong and Mansehra.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Kabul Suicide Car Bomb Kills 95, Wounds More Than 160

ISLAMABAD A suicide car bomb Saturday ripped through a crowded area outside a government building in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing at least 95 people and wounding more than 163 others.

The Health Ministry confirmed the casualty toll.

Thick, dark smoke could be seen rising into the sky from the central part of the capital following the explosion near the old Afghan Interior Ministry building, witnesses said. An Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman, Nasrat Rahimi, said the bomber used an explosives-filled ambulance to carry out the attack in an area where civilians had gathered in large numbers.

The Taliban instantly took responsibility for plotting the attack. A spokesman for the insurgent group said the target was a crowd of personnel with the Afghan security force.

Reaction

The White House released a statement later Saturday condemning the attack.

“This murderous attack renews our resolve and that of our Afghan partners. The Taliban’s cruelty will not prevail.The United States is committed to a secure Afghanistan that is free from terrorists who would target Americans, our allies, and anyone who does not share their wicked ideology,” the statement said.

The U.S. State Department also released a statement, saying, “The Taliban’s use of an ambulance as a weapon to target civilians represents inhumane disregard for the people of Afghanistan and all those working to bring peace to the country, and is a violation of the most basic international norms. We commend all the emergency services personnel for their courageous actions in responding to this terrorist attack.”

Both statements said all countries who support Afghanistan should take “decisive action” to stop the Taliban and terror groups who support them.

The United Sates envoy in Afghanistan denounced the attack as “senseless and cowardly.”

Our thoughts are with the victims and their families. My government and I stand with the brave people of Afghanistan, an official statement quoted U.S. Ambassador to Kabul John Bass as saying.

Tadamichi Yamamoto, head of the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, also condemned the attack, calling it “nothing short of an atrocity, and those who have organized and enabled it must be brought to justice and held to account.”

Pakistan denounces bombing

Neighboring Pakistan, accused of sheltering the Taliban, also condemned the deadly bombing as a “dastardly terrorist attack” and sympathized the families of the victims.

“No cause or ends justify acts of terrorism against innocent people. We emphasize the need for concerted efforts and effective cooperation among the states to eradicate the scourge of terrorism,” said a Foreign Ministry statement in Islamabad.

Pakistan denies allegations it is allowing insurgents group to use its soil for violence in Afghanistan.

The deadly bombing came a week after five heavily armed Taliban suicide bombers stormed Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel in a highly secured part of the city. The raid killed at least 22 people, including 14 foreigners. At least four Americans were among the dead.

Back-to-back attacks in heavily guarded parts of the city have raised severe criticism of the authorities for failing to prevent the violence.

“Over the years — this area has been attacked by suicide bombers … constant intelligence and security failures, which should not be acceptable by any stretch of imagination. A national debate must start on how we can get this right,” Bilal Sarwary, senior Afghan journalist, wrote on his official Twitter account.

Saturday’s blast came just hours after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-filled car outside a military base in the restive southern province of Helmand. The explosion in the Nad Ali district wounded at least six government forces, officials said.

Source: Voice of America

Sindh Assembly passes resolution against Imran, Rasheed

Sindh Assembly on Monday passed a resolution against PTI Chairman Imran Khan and Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rasheed for derogatory remarks against Parliament at a recent public meeting in Lahore.

The resolution was presented by PPP member Ghazala Siyal as the privilege motion and was later changed into resolution. MQM member Zafar Kamali also presented a resolution against the PTI chief.

Speaking on the occasion, Senior Minister Nisar Khuhro and MPA Taimur Talpur strongly condemned the remarks of both the leaders.

The members also demanded apology from both the leaders for their offensive remarks against the parliament.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have close brotherly relations: Zubair

The newly appointed Consul General of Saudi Arabia Ubaidullah Al-Harbi called on Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair in Karachi today (Tuesday).

During the meeting, matters relating to bilateral trade, investment opportunities in Sindh and other matters of mutual interest were discussed.

Talking to the Consul General, the Governor said that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have close brotherly relations and Saudi Arabia helped Pakistan in its difficult times.

The Governor said that enhancement in Pak-Saudi economic relations is the need of hour and invited Saudi investors to take benefit of the investment opportunities available here.

Speaking on the occasion, the Saudi Consul General said that his country will continue cooperation for the development of the province.

Meanwhile, talking to the Vice Chancellor Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto University of Law the Governor assured government’s each and every possible assistance for the construction and development of the University.

On the occasion, Vice Chancellor of the University apprised the Governor of issues of the University and construction work.

Source: Radio Pakistan