PESHAWAR: Four policemen were killed when suspected militants attacked a checkpoint in the limits of Paharipura police station here on Sunday evening. Officials said that the policemen were manning the checkpoint when armed motorcyclists opened firing on them. Four policemen sustained critical injuries in the attack, they added. `We rushed them to Lady Reading Hospital but they could not survive,` officials said. Dawn, The Express Tribune, The News, The Nation, The Frontier Post.
PESHAWAR: One jihadi outfit by the name of Ansarul Mujahideen has accepted the responsibility of yesterday’s gunning down the four policemen at the check post on Dala Zack Road here, Local TV reported. Ansarul Mujahideen spokesman Abu Baseer told Local TV from some unknown place that their Razakars (volunteers) had attacked the police checkpost killing four policemen on Dala Zack Road yesterday here. The spokesman warned that such activities would continue until the drone strikes were halted. The Frontier Post.
PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has launched a grand operation against illegal Afghan refugees across the province. All arrangements have been made to deport illegal Afghanis from the country in the light of decisions of provincial cabinet under eyeing the threat of terrorism. In initial phase of operation 300 illegal Afghan immigrants have been arrested and they will be deported from Pak-Afghan Torkhum border on Monday. The Frontier Post.
ISLAMABAD: Leaders of the Punjabi Taliban and Junood-e-Hafsa Asmatullah Moavia in his new message to the media has said that they cannot ignore the appeal of Ulema and the government should take an initiative for talks. He said that talks are possible with the government on the basis of principles. Moavia said talks could be held if the government resolves all those problems which are the cause of conflict. The News.
PESHAWAR/ISLAMABAD :The leader of Punjabi Taliban and Junood-e-Hafsa, Asmatullah Moavia, in his new message to the media, has said talks are possible with the government on the basis of principles. Moavia said talks could be held if the government solved all the problems which were the cause of conflict. He said: “If the government reviews its foreign policy which revolves around the US and abolishes all laws against Islam, rapprochement can be made quite easily.” The Nation.
PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Inspector General of Police, Nasir Khan Durrani, said that the process for constitution of anti-terrorism force would be initiated within few days. Talking to reporters here on Sunday, the IGP KPK said that they are giving final shape to salient features for the constitution of proposed anti-terrorism force in the province. He informed that more than 1,500 personnel would be inducted in the force, including 1,000 from existing elite force. The Nation.
KABUL: The Afghan Taliban has split, with the formation of an extremist faction opposed to peace talks, an Afghan newspaper reported. According to ‘Hasht-e-Subh’, the newly-formed “Mahaz Fedai Tahrik Islami Afghanistan,” had claimed responsibility for killing Logar province Governor Arsala Jamal on the first day of Eidul Azha festival. The News.
WASHINGTON: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif arrived here on Sunday for what diplomatic sources termed “serious talks on hard issues” with President Barack Obama and to seek a boost in trade with the US, as his four-and-a-half-month old government strives to turn around Pakistan’s shattered economy. The News, The Nation.
LONDON: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that drone attacks violate the sovereignty of Pakistan and that the issue will be raised during his visit to the United States. The Frontier Post.
DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan said Saturday that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should play a leading role in the elimination of terrorism and success of the dialogue process. The Frontier Post.
LANDI KOTAL: The Fata Disaster Management Authority has extended the last date of first phase of Tirah return plan for internally displaced persons till November 5 as their return would resume on Tuesday (October 22). The FDMA had earlier fixed Oct 15 for the completion of first phase that started on Sept 15. The process was suspended on Oct 14 due to Eid holidays. The FDMA officials said that they wanted maximum number of TirahIDPs to return to their homes. They said that owing to the requests by interested families the last date had been extended till Nov 5. Dawn.
PESHAWAR:THE killing of Israrullah Gandapur in a suicide bomb attack on October 16 has made Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf`s job to tame and reign in Taliban a bit more difficult in more than one respect. The party has lost one of the few parliamentarians in its ranks who, in their own right, represent a distinctive mix of parliamentary experience and political promise for future. Including him, PTI has lost three members of the provincial assembly to terrorist attacks in less than six months after the May 11 elections. His death shows a trend: all the three MPAs won the May 11 elections as independent candidates and joined PTI after it emerged on the provincial political scene as the largest party after the last held elections. Dawn.
GHALANAI: The dilapidated condition of BajaurPeshawar road and absence of a bridge on it over a nullah have been inconveniencing motorists. Residents of Haleemzai, Safi and Khewazai demanded of the concerned authorities to renovate the road and construct a bridge on Chanda Khawar watercourse. They said due to absence of bridge on the nullah motorists faced problems when the stream flooded during rains. They said portion of the road from Yousafkhel to Ghalanai was littered with potholes which had further widened during recent rains.
Furthermore, they said construction material lying along the footpaths and lack of parking space in markets located along the road also caused traffic jams. Dawn.
RAWALPINDI: Security was tightened around the Federal Government Girls High School, R.A. Bazaar, after a threatening letter sent by the outlawed Tehrik-iTaliban Pakistan (TTP) warned that the institution should be closed otherwise it would be blown up. Dawn.
LANDI KOTAL(INP): Death toll into tribal groups clash in Khyber Agency mounted to six as two more injured people expired. According to Assistant Political Agent Tayyeb Abdullah, armed men of two rival tribes hailing from Ashkhel area of tehsil Landi Kotal of Khyber Agency clashed over land dispute on October 18. The Frontier Post.