Pakistan State Times English News Blog Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:55:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 RAWALPINDI: Contract signs between Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works and M/S SYNCROLIFT Norway in the presence Rana Tanveer Hussain Federal Minister for Defence Production at MoDP. Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:55:29 +0000

29 dead as car bomb hits bank in southern Afghanistan Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:47:08 +0000 LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan: At least 29 people were killed Thursday when a powerful car bomb struck a bank in Afghanistan’s Lashkar Gah city as people were queueing to withdraw salaries, the latest bloody attack during the holy month of Ramazan.

Sixty wounded people were rushed to hospital after the bombing at New Kabul Bank which upturned vehicles, left the area littered with charred debris, and sent a plume of smoke into the sky.

No group has claimed responsibility for the brazen attack, but it comes as the Taliban ramp up their nationwide spring offensive despite government calls for a ceasefire during Ramazan.

The bomb tore through a queue of civilians and government employees who had lined up outside the bank to collect their salaries ahead of the Eid holidays marking the end of Ramazan.

“At least 29 people were killed and 60 others wounded in today’s bombing,” Mullah Dad Tabidar, head of Bost government hospital, told AFP as bloodied victims were rushed in on makeshift stretchers.

Tabidar said civilians and policemen were among the fatalities, warning that the toll could rise further.

In a similar attack in February, at least six people were killed when a Taliban bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into Afghan soldiers who had queued outside a bank in Lashkar Gah to collect their salaries.

For years Helmand province, of which Lashkar Gah is the capital, was the centrepiece of the Western military intervention in Afghanistan, but it has recently slipped deeper into a quagmire of instability.

The Taliban effectively control or contest 10 of the 14 districts in Helmand, blighted by a huge opium harvest that helps fund the insurgency, and have repeatedly threatened to seize Lashkar Gah.

Intensified fighting last year forced thousands of people to flee to Lashkar Gah from neighbouring districts.

Since they launched their spring offensive in late April, the Taliban have been mounting lethal assaults on the Afghan army and police outposts in Helmand.

Washington is soon expected to announce an increase in the US military deployment to bolster Afghan forces as they struggle to contain the insurgency. American military commanders in Afghanistan have requested thousands of extra boots on the ground.

US troops in Afghanistan now number about 8,400, and there are another 5,000 from NATO allies, a far cry from the US presence of more than 100,000 six years ago. They mainly serve as trainers and advisers.

Pentagon chief Jim Mattis this month acknowledged that America still is “not winning” in Afghanistan nearly 16 years after the US-led invasion toppled the Taliban regime.

Mattis said he will present a new US military strategy for Afghanistan, along with adjusted troop numbers, in the coming weeks to US President Donald Trump. The Afghan conflict is the longest in American history, with US-led forces at war since the Taliban regime was ousted in 2001.–Agencies


Alleged terrorists who facilitated prisoners’ escape from Central Jail identified Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:38:22 +0000 KARACHI: As many as four alleged terrorists who assisted prisoners’ escape from Karachi’s Central Jail have been identified Thursday.

Sources told that workers of banned outfit Hafiz Qasim and Sarmad along with two others facilitated Sheikh Muhammad alias Firon and Ahmad Khan alias Munna to run from the jail.

The security officials have launched an interrogation from the culprits.

Law enforcement agencies launched an operation and recovered branded clothes, exercise machines, mineral water, additional fans, and prohibited items including drugs after thoroughly checking barracks of the prisoners.

Earlier, initial report exposed that the suspects escaped with the assistance of jail officials. Additional Inspector General said that no one can climb the wall of the jail due to its height.

At least 12 officials of Central Jail, including jail superintendent and deputy superintendent, were taken into custody on the directives of Sindh Law Minister in connection with the case.–Agencies


Street crimes unacceptable, warns IG Sindh Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:37:54 +0000 KARACHI: A meeting held in Karachi being chaired by IG Sindh A D Khawaja was attended by all the DIGs, SSPs, DSPs, and SHOs of Karachi police range.

During the meeting, IG Sindh let it be known that the street crimes are totally unacceptable and that a crackdown should be lauched against street crimes, betting and drug centres, and Iranian petrol. A D Khawaja warned by letting it be known that the action would be taken against officers who do not perform despite the issuance of warning against them.

IG Sindh also expressed that those who do not perform would have to go home. He also urged the officers to work on the cases of officers being killed by the hands of terrorists and that the ones who are injured by the terrorists should be admitted to hospitals.

IG Sindh also had separate meetings with officers and warned all the station in-charges against whom complaints were made by the agencies. –Agencies


Pakistan condemns bomb blast in Helmand Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:35:42 +0000 ISLAMABAD: Pakistan strongly condemned the car bomb explosion close to the Kabul Bank branch in Lashkargah city (Helmand province) of Afghanistan earlier Thursday, resulting in the loss of many innocent lives and injuries to many more.

According to a foreign office statement, issued here, the people and government of Pakistan extended their heartfelt sympathies and deepest condolences to the government and the people of Afghanistan and the bereaved families.


Mayor Karachi visits different areas to review development work Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:35:26 +0000 KARACHI: Mayor Karachi, Wasim Akhtar paid a surprise visit to different parts of Karachi on Wednesday night.

Wasim Akhtar during his visit to various parts of the city reviewed progress on the ongoing development work in the areas and issued some instructions.

Mayor Karachi also examined the material used in construction of the road and directed the contactors to complete the construction work as soon as possible.–Agencies


Kim Kardashian said to have hired surrogate for third baby Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:34:49 +0000 Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s family may be growing, according to reports on Wednesday that the celebrity couple have hired a surrogate to carry their third child after a doctor advised the reality star against another high-risk pregnancy.

People Magazine and E! News, citing unidentified sources, said the couple had hired a surrogate, and said they had agreed to pay the surrogate more than $113,000 to carry a child.

It was not clear whether the surrogate was already pregnant. Kardashian’s representative did not respond to a request for comment.

Kardashian, 36, has two children with rapper West and has spoken openly about her medical struggles during her pregnancies with daughter North, born in 2013, and son Saint, born in 2015, on her E! reality show “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”

In a recent episode, Kardashian spoke about considering surrogacy for future children with West.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s family may be growing, according to reports on Wednesday that the celebrity couple have hired a surrogate to carry their third child after a doctor advised the reality star against another high-risk pregnancy.

People Magazine and E! News, citing unidentified sources, said the couple had hired a surrogate, and said they had agreed to pay the surrogate more than $113,000 to carry a child.–Agencies


Interior Ministry allows 73 INGOs to operate in Pakistan Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:32:33 +0000 ISLAMABAD: In the ongoing process of registration of INGOs, the Interior Ministry has so far granted approval to 73 INGOs allowing them to operate in  country and undertake various socio-economic projects.

As many as 23 INGOs have been refused permission in view of their past performance and projects or due to certain activities falling outside their domain and stated purpose of their organization.

The decision was taken during high level meeting chaired by Interior Minister Ch. Nisar Ali Khan here on Thursday at Interior Ministry.

Cases of 20 INGOs have been deferred and would be decided later on, said a press release. The meeting convened especially to finalize the process of registration of the INGOs was attended among others by Secretary Interior, Advocate General, Chairman NADRA, Acting DG FIA and senior officials of Ministry, NADRA and FIA.

The Interior Minister appreciated the efforts of INGO Committee of the Ministry and concerned NADRA officials for their tireless efforts to complete the registration process which has taken place for the first time in history of the country, the Minister added.

Ch Nisar said that the registration of the INGOs was critical vis-a-vis security of the state. He said that framing rules for the INGOs and registering them for the first time was a significant achievement which would not only bring transparency in the entire system of working of various INGOs in the country but would also strengthen partnership between the government and the non-governmental sector putting this equation on solid foundation of trust and spirit to complement each other.

The Minister also appreciated the role of INGOs towards making the registration process a success.

Nisar directed the Ministry that those INGOs who could not secure approval during the registration process should be given right to make appeal before the Ministry.

It was decided that details of approved and non-approved INGOs along with their past projects would be placed on Ministry’s website after finalization. In another significant development regarding FIA’s efforts to arrest Most Wanted Human Traffickers , it was informed during the meeting that on the Minister’s directions, FIA with the help of NADRA, had developed a system for the processing of information received from multitude sources regarding the MWTs and had also put in place a mechanism for real-time information sharing with the relevant stakeholders and its field units.–APP


Raveeta Meghwar sent to Darul Amman for one day Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:31:19 +0000 HYDERABAD: The Sindh High Court – circuit bench has sent Hindu girl Raveeta Meghwar to Darul Amman for one day and fixed hearing of the case on June 23 to record her statement again.

Raveeta’s father Satram Meghwar maintains that her daughter was forced to convert to Islam.

She was produced before before the bench of Justice Salahuddin Panhwar.–Agencies


6 dead, five wounded in Indus Highway accident Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:30:57 +0000 BANNU: Six persons were reported dead and five wounded in a road accident on Indus Highway on Thursday as a high-sped trailer rammed a passenger van.

Reportedly, bodies and the injured passengers were shifted to Khalifa Gul Nawaz Hospital.

Traffic flow was interrupted on the highway after the accident however, police cleared the road to ensure smooth flow.

According to the police, speeding was the cause of the deadly traffic accident.