MIRANSHAH: Military authorities on Thursday said 33 militants were killed in two days of clashes between the security forces and militants in the militancy-plagued North Waziristan Agency. They said 23 militants were killed earlier on Wednesday night during a clash after the militants attacked a roadside military checkpoint in the Khajori area of Mir Ali subdivision. The News, The Express Tribune, The Dawn, The Frontier Post, Daily Mashriq.
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Thursday chaired a high-level meeting in which the situation arising out of the suicide attack on an army checkpost in North Waziristan was discussed. The meeting was a follow-up deliberation of the session of the National Security Committee of the Cabinet in which the Taliban reaction on the government offer of dialogue as the first option was discussed at length and the new strategy was also devised. The News, The Frontier Post.
PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Thursday issued show-cause notice to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to explain the reasons for the non-implementation of its verdict on the US drone strikes in Pakistan. A two-member bench comprising Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan and Justice NisarHussain Khan directed the secretary Foreign Affairs to submit detailed reply at the next hearing of the case. The News, The Express Tribune.
NOWSHERA: JamiatUlema-e-Islam-Sami (JUI-S) and Defence of Pakistan Council chief Maulana Sami ul Haq Thursday said that anti-polio drops were not un-Islamic as all the religious scholars in the subcontinent have unanimously supported the anti-polio drives. The News.
PESHAWAR: The traders of the provincial capital have asked the government to provide them security, curb kidnappings for ransom and pay compensation to the Qissa Khwani blast victims. During a press conference at the Peshawar Press Club on Thursday, President of Press and Publishers Association ZafarKhattak said that almost two months have passed but victims of the QissaKhwani blast have not been compensated. He said that due to international pressure, victims of the All Saints Church blasts were compensated immediately but the poor traders of QissaKhwani Bazaar were still deprived of their right. The News, The Express Tribune.
WASHINGTON: A proposed new US law threatens to squeeze aid to Pakistan if Nato supply routes are blocked or interrupted, Dawn News reported on Friday. US National DefenceAuthorisation Bill of 2014 also requires a certification from US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel saying that Pakistan is taking appropriate actions against terrorists along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. The Express Tribune, The Dawn.
BARA: After almost four years, Bara-Sheikhan Road was reopened by the political administration of Khyber Agency which also lifted curfew from certain areas of Bara tehsil. The official said in September 2009, an indefinite curfew was imposed in most areas of Bara after which security forces launched an operation against militants. The Express Tribune.
JAMRUD: A man was killed by unidentified assailants in NayeAbadi area of Jamrud tehsil in Khyber Agency on Thursday morning. An official of the political administration said the incident occurred when Fazal Amin, a resident of Jamrud Bazaar, was returning home in his car after dropping his children to school. The Express Tribune.
PESHAWAR: Tribal leaders of Pakistan Tehreek-iInsaf have vowed to continue blockade of Nato supplies till stoppage of drone attacks, as innocent people, including women and children, are being killed in these strikes in the tribal areas. The Dawn.
PESHAWAR: Suspected militants hurled a hand grenade at a mosque in the suburban area of Peshawar on Thursday evening, police said. They said that two motorcyclists hurled a hand grenade at a mosque in MeraKachori area in the limits of Badhber police station at about 7pm and managed to escape. The Dawn, The Frontier Post.
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has been threatened by militants after criticising attacks on polio vaccination teams, his party said Thursday. Khan on Wednesday declared polio workers as soldiers of Islam and said those attacking them were not doing any justice to humanity, Islam or Pakistanis. The Frontier Post.