Ten killed as truck rams into school van in Layyah


LAYYAH: At least ten people including seven children, two teachers and driver were killed when a truck hit school van in Punjab’s Layyah city.

The tragic incident occurred due to dense fog on Fatehpur Road. Twelve injured schoolchildren were immediately shifted to Trauma Centre in Fatehpur Hospital. Dense fog blanketed different parts of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) disrupting routine life on Friday morning.

Traffic police has advised people to avoid unnecessary travelling amid heavy fog and instructed the drivers to use fog lights besides reducing speeds and maintain the safe distance in unfavourable weather conditions. Pakistan has an appalling record of fatal traffic accidents due to poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.

Youth killed in another brazen police shooting in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: In yet another incident of gross firing incident by policemen, a youth was shot down while a girl who was on board in the same car along with him escaped unhurt. police personnel beckoned a car to pull over at a security picket in an upscale Sector-I-10 of the federal capital; however, the car moved on past the picket.

On this, the policemen opened fire at the car, killing a youth on the spot. However, the girl remained safe. Following the gunfire, the policemen fled the scene. The incident took place in the limits of Sabzi Mandi police station where cop Sami in concert with his fellow policemen, opened the fire. The personnel belong to Eagle Squad.

The deceased youth has been identified as Taimur Riyaz and the girl as Maheen. Body has been shifted to PIMS hospital and the girl to police station. The deceased belong to Mardan and Maheed to Lahore.

22 tonnes of coal for Sahiwal power plant ‘disappears’ from train


LAHORE: Railway authorities have formed a three-member team to probe the whereabouts of 22 tonnes of coal that went missing from a hopper wagon in Sahiwal. On the indication of Chinese officials, the concerning department has launched an investigation into the matter.

According to details, a train having 22 tonnes of coal on each of 18 hopper wagons left for Sahiwal from Karachi on Sunday. The train stopped at various stations but the workers didn’t get to know about the disappearance of 22 tonnes coal from one hopper wagon.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Pakistan Railways has advised the officials to hold strict monitoring of the trains and increase police security. According to the spokesman, it was likely that the coal had fallen off a hopper wagon or someone mistakenly burned it. These trains can unload in 30 seconds due to hydraulic system but the Pakistani authorities have to design a special locking device to avoid such incidents in future. Moreover, the investigation team has been directed to submit report as early as possible.

Boat with over 25 on board capsizes in Ravi


LAHORE: A boat with at least 25 people aboard capsized in Punjab’s Ravi River near Nankana Sahib. Rescue work is underway to recover those drowned. According to our correspondent, the incident occurred at Syed Wala area near Nankana Sahib where an overloaded boat carrying more than 25 people sunk. Locals, police and rescue teams reached the scene to rescue the boat passenger. Reports said at least 25 people drowned, with several rescued and many still missing. There was no confirmed figure available about casualties as rescue was underway in an area where people often use boats to travel from one shore to another.

Pakistan’s resolve never to relent in its moral, political and diplomatic support to the people of Kashmir for the peaceful settlement of the Kashmir dispute.


ISLAMABAD: The Embassy of Pakistan at Washington D.C in USA organized a Seminar to observe the Kashmir Solidarity Day, and to express solidarity and support for the people of Jammu and Kashmir and to highlight the Kashmir issue. Prominent members of Pakistani American and Kashmiri-American communities participated in the seminar. Professor Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Planning, Development and Reform was the Chief Guest on the occasion, says a press release received here today from Washington D.C.

Professor Ahsan Iqbal in his remarks assured the Kashmiri diaspora of Pakistan’s unwavering commitment to the Kashmir cause. The Minister underscored that the present government has succeeded in an economic turnaround in a short span of three years, making Pakistan stronger. A strong Pakistan can effectively project the cause of Kashmir. He reiterated Pakistan’s resolve never to relent in its moral, political and diplomatic support to the people of Kashmir for the peaceful settlement of the Kashmir dispute.

Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani in his comments pointed out the new generation of Kashmiris has risen spontaneously against India’s illegal occupation and they are not deterred by Indian brutalities. He hoped that the sacrifices of Kashmiris for their right of self determination will bear fruit. The international community must demand that India deliver on the commitments on plebiscite to the UN and the World .

Ambassador Taouqir Hussain, Professor at John Hopkins University and Kashmiri-American leaders Prof. Dr. Imtiaz Khan of George Washington University and Dr. Akram Dar of Kashmiri American Council highlighted various dimensions of the Jammu and Kashmir issue, the legitimate struggle of the oppressed people for their right to self determination and the human rights violations committed by India in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. They decried the apathy of international community on the plight of Kashmiris who have been subjected to Indian subjugation for three generations.

The leaders and representatives of Kashmiri community expressed appreciation for the commitment of the Government of Pakistan to resolving the Jammu and Kashmir issue.