WASHINGTON: In its first action against an entire religious seminary, the United States on Tuesday designated a Pakistani madressah a foreign terrorist outfit for training religious militants. The US Department of Treasury identified the madressah as Jamia Taleemul-Quran-wal-H adith, Peshawar, and said it was training Al Qaeda, Lashkare-Taiba and the Taliban terrorists. Dawn, The News, The Express Tribune, The Frontier Post, The Nation.
UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations human rights chief has urged the United States and Israel to clarify the legal basis for the use of armed drones in Pakistan, Yemen and Gaza. The Security Council met today to hold an open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict. The Frontier Post.
ISLAMABAD: Fears of an impending terrorist attack finally forced the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday to postpone by-elections in a National Assembly constituency (NA-25) in Dera Ismail Khan, informed sources told Dawn. They said a sizable Taliban presence in the wake of the jailbreak in D.I. Khan last month warranted bolstering of the security arrangements. Dawn, The Express Tribune, The Frontier Post, The Nation.
PESHAWAR: A woman was gunned down by her brothers over unknown reasons in Afghan Colony area here on Tuesday. The deceased was identifled as Shahjehana, wife of Sufald Gul. Abdul Rehman, son of the deceased woman, told Faqirabad police that the killers, Gulzar and Nazirullah, residents of Ghari Shehdad, Warsak Road, were brothers of her mother. Dawn.
PESHAWAR: The hate material, being displayed and sold on footpaths of every major city, should be banned immediately, said participants of an international workshop. The two-day workshop titled `Modern research methodology in Islamic and Arabic studies` was held at summer campus of University of Peshawar, Bara Gali, said a press release. Dawn.
LANDI KOTAL: The tribal elders, political leaders and members of civil society in Khyber Agency have termed the Monday`s speech of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif a big disappointment as there was no mention of tribal areas in his 55-minute speech to the nation. Dawn, The Frontier Post.
PESHAWAR: ANP candidate for NA-1 (Peshawar-I) Ghulam Ahmed Bilour on Tuesday accused the PTI of using government machinery in the polls set for tomorrow (Thursday. “The provincial government is all set to rig the by-polls by using government machinery. The News.
PESHAWAR: Reacting to the speech of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, the Pakistani Taliban on Tuesday said they were also willing to talk to the government, but warned of heavy bloodshed in case the government used force against them. “We watched Mian Nawaz Sharif while addressing the nation on TV channels. The News.
PESHAWAR: In a serious setback to the government’s efforts to eradicate poliovirus from the country, 14 suspected cases were reported in North Waziristan Agency and Frontier Region Bannu on Tuesday. Stool samples of the children were sent to the National Institute of Health (NIH) in Islamabad for confirmation. The Express Tribune.
HANGU: A suspected militant was arrested after he opened fire at security forces and police officials during their visit to sensitive polling stations in Hangu on Tuesday. District Police Officer (DPO) Hangu Sajjad Khan said security officials along with the police were visiting the Togh Sarao polling station when the incident occurred. The Express Tribune.
MIRANSHAH: Students of Government Degree College Mirali North Waziristan protested against nonpayment of scholarships and lack of facilities on Tuesday morning. The infuriated students blocked main Bannu Miranshah highway for all sorts of vehicles for more than two hours and were demanding that the authorities accept their demands without further delay. The Frontier Post.