ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held consultations with the army on Tuesday over the composition of a new government team for holding direct talks with the Taliban and the overall direction of the process. `Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif chaired a high-level meeting to review the overall security situation,` the Prime Minister`s Office said about the consultative session. Dawn, The News, Daily Times.
PESHAWAR/ISLAMABAD: The head of the Mohmand Agency chapter of the outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Omar Khalid Khorasani, on Tuesday rejected the government’s concerns that former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf might be attacked by terrorists affiliated with the TTP and al-Qaeda. The News, The Frontier Post.
PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Pervez Khattak on Tuesday said the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government would allow the Pakistani Taliban to establish their office in the province if the federal government and other stakeholders felt the need to do so. The News, The Frontier Post.
ISLAMABAD: The negotiators of Tehreeki-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have not yet decided when they will meet the Taliban leadership to convey concerns expressed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with them at a meting on March 6. The government has also yet to form its new empowered committee to hold direct talks with the Taliban leadership. Dawn.
DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Gunmen killed two policemen escorting a polio vaccination team in Gandi Umar Khan area here on Tuesday. According to officials, the policemen were going home on completion of duty with the vaccination team when they were attacked. The victims, Ilyas and Idrees, were shot in the head. After the incident, security for polio vaccinators was beefed up in the town. Dawn, The News, The Frontier Post.
ISLAMABAD: The Senate was informed on Tuesday that there was no proposal under consideration about setting up of offices by the banned outfits in the country. “The issue relates to news reports. The federal government has no proposal under consideration regarding setting up of offices by banned organizations. The News.
RAWALPINDI: Two men allegedly running a militant training camp were arrested and police claimed to haveseized a laptop and some literature from their possession. Police sources said Haris Abbasi and Abdul Rehman were arrested from near the office of the Chaklala union council and booked underSection 7 of the AntiTerrorism Act. Dawn.
PESHAWAR: A man and a woman were found murdered in different areas here on Tuesday. Police said that body of an unidentified woman aged around 30 years was recovered from Sufaid Dheri. They said that she had bullet wounds on her body. Similarly, body of a man was recovered from Hashtnagri area. The deceased who was in early 30s also bore bullet wounds. Dawn.
PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa health department has asked the neighbouring Afghan government, through the Prime Minister`s Polio Cell, to carry out vaccination campaigns in the areas bordering the tribal belt of Pakistan to stop transportation of poliovirus to Peshawar. `Peshawar is home to four types of poliovirus. Dawn.
PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak on Tuesday proposed inclusion of tribal elders in the government`s team to be tasked with holding dialogue with the Taliban for restoration of peace. Talking to journalists in his chamber at the provincial assembly secretariat, the chief minister said people of Fata had been badly affected by militancy, so they deserved direct representation in the government`s new negotiation committee. Dawn.
LAKKI MARWAT: Health workers on Tuesday vaccinated children in various localities of Kurrum Par area amid tight security following local people`s assurance to cooperate with the anti-polio teams. The campaign was carried out in Wanda Shahabkhel, Kaichi Kamar, Samandi, Landiwah and other localities. Dawn.
KOHAT: The police on Tuesday averted a sabotage attempt and arrested a terrorist with explosives and batteries near Surgul here. The accused was arrested on Kamardhand road in the jurisdiction of Jarma police and shifted him to unknown place for interrogation. Dawn.
MARDAN: Former chief minister Ameer Haider Hoti said on Tuesday that the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf-led government was not capable of restoring peace in parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Dawn.
PESHAWAR: A full bench of the Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Tuesday put on notice the deputy attorney general, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa advocate general and additional chief secretary Fata for assisting the court in deciding whether the court could exercise jurisdiction in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) in different issues, including illegal detentions and services matters. Dawn.
LAHORE (NNI): Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said on Tuesday that the whole nation will be ready to fight if dialogue with Taliban failed, adding that the nation has to think whether problems will be solved post-operation. The Frontier Post.