Category Archives: International Press Releases

Terrorist killed in police clash in Swabi

A terrorist was killed in an armed clash with police in Swabi on Tuesday.

According to the provincial Counter Terrorism Department, a police official was also injured in the encounter.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Bridge collapse leaves 22 dead in Italy

In Italy, at least twenty two people have been killed when a bridge collapsed in Genoa port city.

According to Italian police, the bridge collapsed during torrential rainfall.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Pakistan Swears In Newly-Elected Parliament

Members of Pakistan’s newly-elected parliament have been sworn in following general elections last month that were marred by allegations of fraud.

The lawmakers took the oath at a ceremony in the National Assembly on August 13.

An election for a speaker and their deputy is scheduled for later this week, after which the 342-seat assembly will vote on the new prime minister.

The July 25 national elections gave victory to the Pakistan Tehrik-e Insaf (PTI) party, knocking former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz from power.

The PTI did not win enough parliamentary seats to form a government, but the party claims it has enough support to form a coalition, and its leader Imran Khan is expected to become the next head of government.

Supporters of the country’s opposition political parties have rallied to protestwhat they claim were fraud and voting irregularities in the elections, directly blaming the country’s powerful military.

The army, which has ruled Pakistan for about half the time since its formation in 1947, denied it intervened to help Kahn take power. Khan, a cricket star turned politician, has vowed to investigate the allegations once he takes office.

A monitoring team from the European Union has said the election results “overall” were “credible,” although they did criticize the campaign, saying it was marred by intimidation of some candidates, an effort to undermine the former ruling party, and media self-censorship.

Violence that led to at least 31 deaths was also reported on election day.

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At Least Seven Dead In Pakistan Mine Blast; More Casualties Feared

At least seven miners have been killed and six others were missing and feared dead after an explosion ripped apart a coal mine in the southwestern Pakistani province of Balochistan, reports say.

The blast occurred on August 12 in the village of Sanjdi, some 50 kilometers east of Quetta, the provincial capital.

The cause for the blast remained unclear.

Police initially said it was a methane gas explosion, but later reports said the mine caved in after the miners used dynamite during an excavation.

Provincial chief mines inspector Muhammad Iftikhar said rescue teams were still working to find the miners who remain trapped, but do not expect to find them alive.

The number of miners involved has differed in several Pakistani news reports.

The country has suffered many coal-mine disasters, a situation that critics have blamed on poor safety measures.

In May, at least 23 miners were killed in accidents triggered by a methane gas explosion at a coal mine in western Pakistan.

A cave-in at a mine in Marwaarh, east of Quetta, killed 16 miners. Seven more were killed in a landslide at another mine nearby.

The Pakistan Central Mines Labor Federation has said that an average of 200 miners a year die in accidents.

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Jordan: 4 killed in police raid on house sheltering militants

In Jordan, four people have been killed during a police raid on a house sheltering militants suspected of being behind a bomb attack on a police van.

A government spokesman said that three suspects have also been arrested in the operation. (Reuters)

Source: Radio Pakistan

Four killed in Ziarat firing incident

Four persons have been killed and four others injured in an exchange of fire between two groups over a land dispute in Asghara area of Sinjavi in Ziarat district tonight.

According to Levies sources, the injured have been referred to Quetta for medical treatment where condition of two of the injured is stated to be critical.

Tension still prevails in the area and the district administration has sought FC assistance to overcome the situation.

Source: Radio Pakistan