Corruption at higher level blocks foreign investment: Imran

MINGORA: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan has said that a country cannot see progress and development if its prime minister is involved in corruption which, at higher level, blocks foreign investment.

Addressing the inaugural ceremony of the Malam Jabba chairlift in Swat on Thursday, he said corruption committed in the Nandipur power project was greater than the collective theft and corruption done in the whole country.

“Corruption at the lower level only harms people, but corruption at the higher level destroys the country. That’s why the PTI is launching a campaign against corruption at the higher level on Sept 3 from Lahore,” he said, adding that the campaign was not against any political party, but for the survival of the country.


KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and PTI chief inaugurate the chairlift project


The PTI chief said that with the re-establishment of the chairlift, which was destroyed by the Taliban in 2008, Malam Jabba would become more developed and beautiful where tourism would flourish.

He said the country’s biggest issue was unemployment and investment was needed to create job opportunities.

“Foreign investment comes only when the governance system works properly,” he said, but regretted that corruption had blocked the foreign investment in the country. “When investment is stopped, there is no employment opportunity, so we have to eliminate corruption and improve governance”.

Mr Khan said tourism was a major industry in KP which could create employment for youth. He said Pakistan was the most beautiful country in the world where tourism could play a major role in generating income for local people.

KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and Mr Khan inaugurated the chairlift project. Addressing the gath­ering, Mr Khattak prais­ed the Samson Group for completing the project before the deadline.

Govt made Rs100bn from POL tax hike: Khurshid

ISLAMABAD: Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah has alleged that the government has collected Rs100 billion from the public in just one year by increasing taxes on petroleum products.

Speaking to reporters at his Parliament House chamber here on Thursday, Mr Shah said the government was wrongly taking credit of not increasing oil prices in five months, saying that the rulers had increased taxes when the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority recommended decrease in the prices.

The opposition leader said that acting like a “businessman”, the government had increased the tax on petroleum products from 17 to 20 per cent. “Instead of providing relief to the masses, the government has put burden of taxes on their shoulders,” he said, terming it a “fraud” with the nation.

He also alleged that for the first time in the country’s history, the rulers had obtained such big loans in just one year.

Responding to a question, he said if the government opposed the opposition’s bill on the Panama commission, then the joint opposition would devise a common strategy and force the rulers to present themselves for accountability.

In reply to another question, he said the opposition could think of launching a protest movement against the government.

Relatives of APS victims barred from Red Zone

ISLAMABAD: Around 60 protesters, including parents of children killed in the Dec 2014 Army Public School massacre in Peshawar, arrived in the capital on Thursday, but were not allowed to enter the high-security Red Zone.

The protesters were angry because the commitments made to them had not been honoured, and planned to register their protest by demonstrating outside parliament. However, the group was stopped at a picket at Khayaban-i-Suharwardy, Gul Sher – one of the grieving parents – told Dawn.

This did not go down well with the protesters, who chanted slogans against the government and threatened to self-immolate if anyone tried to stop them from meeting the prime minister.

Shortly afterwards, the Red Zone was partially sealed and senior police officers and administration officials reached the scene to negotiate with the protesters.

The protesters were taken to the Islamabad Chief Commissioner’s office for further talks, but to no avail. The protesters insisted on speaking only to the prime minister, saying they had reservations with the government’s failure to order a judicial inquiry into the incident, as announced by the president.

After making no headway, the protesters headed to Kashmir Highway and staged a sit-in near Zero Point.

Here, they were met by CADD Minister Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, who assured them they would be allowed to meet the PM next week and persuaded them to call off their protest.

Attack on Peshawar’s Christian Colony: Civilian killed, all terrorists dead

PESHAWAR: At least one civilian and four suicide bombers were killed after terrorists attacked Peshawar’s Christian Colony on Friday morning and exchanged fire with security forces, security sources said.

The Jamaatul Ahrar militant group claimed the attack.

Director General Inter-Services Public Relations Asim Bajwa confirmed “all four suicide bombers were killed” and a clearance operation is underway.

Firing reportedly began around 6am, when terrorists attacked the colony, security sources told DawnNews. The gunmen were wearing suicide jackets, the sources said.

Two of the attackers detonated their suicide jackets, and two others were killed by security forces, the sources said.

Peshawar has suffered numerous terrorist attacks but it was not immediately clear who was behind today’s assault. The city suffered its worst terror attack in December 2014 when Taliban gunmen massacred more than 150 people, most of them children, at an army-run school.

But recently there had been a lull in violence. The last deadly attack in the city came in March this year when a bomb ripped through a bus carrying government employees, killing 15.

Christian Colony is situated on the outskirts of Peshawar near the borders of Khyber Agency and Mohmand Agency. Situated close by are an FC training centre, a cadet college, and an Army Public School.

These installations were initially the target of the attack, security agency sources told DawnNews, but since security forces had already received intelligence and were alert to the threat, the terrorists moved in to attack the Christian Colony instead, they said.

A watchman in the colony was the first to fire at the terrorists, they said.

The area, which is situated near the Pak-Afghan border, is susceptible to cross-border movement of terrorists. Tehreek-i-Taliban splinter group Jamaatul Ahrar has a presence in the area, the sources said.

The attack on Christian Colony comes barely a day after Director-General (DG) Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Asim Bajwa gave an exhaustive rundown of progress made against militants in the country’s northwestern region in Operation Zarb-i-Azb which was launched in June 2014.

He highlighted that Pakistan had suffered a cumulative loss of $106.98 billion in the war on terror between 2001 and 2015. “We are not doing it for anyone but ourselves,” he stressed.

He said 3,500 terrorists had been eliminated during the course of Operation Zarb-i-Azb, while 2,272 soldiers were and 537 personnel had embraced martyrdom, including 18 officers, 35 junior commissioned officers and 484 soldiers.


This is a developing story that is being updated as the situation evolves. Initial reports in the media can sometimes be inaccurate. We will strive to ensure timeliness and accuracy by relying on credible sources such as concerned, qualified authorities and our staff reporters.

At least 10 killed in suicide blast at Mardan courthouse

PESHAWAR: At least 10 people were killed and 41 others injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up near the entrance of Mardan’s district and sessions court on Friday District Nazim Himayatullah told Media.

The suicide blast comes just hours after gunmen attacked Peshawar’s Christian Colony.

Map showing the site of the attack.
Map showing the site of the attack.

District Police Officer Mardan said the attacker detonated a hand grenade before exploding his suicide vest.

Rescue 1122 sources confirmed eight people were killed, of which at least one was a police officer.

An emergency has been imposed at hospitals in the area.

The attack comes barely a day after Director-General (DG) Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Asim Bajwa gave an exhaustive rundown of progress made against militants in the country’s northwestern region in Operation Zarb-i-Azb which was launched in June 2014.

He highlighted that Pakistan had suffered a cumulative loss of $106.98 billion in the war on terror between 2001 and 2015. “We are not doing it for anyone but ourselves,” he stressed.

He said 3,500 terrorists had been eliminated during the course of Operation Zarb-i-Azb, while 2,272 soldiers were and 537 personnel had embraced martyrdom, including 18 officers, 35 junior commissioned officers and 484 soldiers.


This is a developing story that is being updated as the situation evolves. Initial reports in the media can sometimes be inaccurate. We will strive to ensure timeliness and accuracy by relying on credible sources such as qualified authorities and our staff reporters.