One policeman martyred, 4 others injured in explosion at Quetta’s Double Road

QUETTA: At least one policeman was martyred and four others sustained injuries in an explosion in Quetta’s Double Road area on Tuesday evening, The target of the blast was a police mobile, police sources said.

According to police sources, the attack was carried out through an improvised explosive device (IED) that was fitted in a motorcycle near the police van.

News footage showed a blaze erupted at the site of the explosion after the loud blast.

The deceased was identified as a member of the police Rapid Response Force.

Prince William, Kate Middleton meet President Alvi, PM Imran in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad on Tuesday as part of their ongoing tour of the country.

The royal couple were greeted by the prime minister at PM Office and met President Alvi at Aiwan-e-Sadr. The Duke of Cambridge thanked the president for the warm welcome and hospitality extended to him and his entourage. The royal couple also appreciated the initiatives undertaken by the Government of Pakistan to combat climate change and to alleviate poverty.

The couple — who are the first royals to officially visit Pakistan since Prince Charles and his wife Camilla visited the region in 2006 — were received by the premier at the Prime Minister House, where lunch was hosted in honor of the guests.

William’s late mother, Diana, was a friend of the prime minister and visited Pakistan twice — 1996 and 1997 — to help raise awareness and funds for the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital.

Prior to meeting the prime minister, the couple was welcomed by President Arif Alvi and his wife Samina Arif at Aiwan-i-Sadr.

The royal couple was accompanied by Thomas Drew, the British High Commissioner to Pakistan; Simon Case, the Principal Private Secretary to the Duke; and Christian Jones, the Communications Secretary to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. During the meeting, President Alvi lauded their role in the social sector.

For the meeting with President Alvi and PM Imran, Kate Middleton opted for white trousers by Maheen Khan paired with a bright green tunic by Catherine Walker. She accessorized the dress with a scarf by Satrangi and earrings by Zeen.

Blast in Quetta martyrs one policeman wounds several others

QUETTA: A blast took place on Tuesday at Quetta’s Double Road, taking the life of one policeman and wounding 10 others, according to police.

Police said that the blast happened near a police mobile on the road.

According to rescue sources, the blast caused four vehicles to catch fire, adding that it has been brought under control.

The civil hospital Quetta administration said that all the injured has been shifted to the hospital. The blast caused damage to a rickshaw and five motorcycles as well.

On Sept 26, at least three policemen were injured in a blast in the Eastern Bypass area of Quetta.

According to security officials, unknown miscreants attempted to target police patrolling vehicle near Eastern Bypass in the provincial capital of Balochistan that left three security men wounded.

25 dog-bite cases reported from Karachi in a single day

KARACHI: The number of dog -bite cases in  Karachi has alarmingly increased with over 25 patients, most of them suffering from rabies, brought to the city’s hospitals

Surprisingly, more than 25 dog-bite cases,  among them 12 from Liaqatabad alone, were reported to major city hospitals in a single day amid a shortage of anti-rabies vaccine.

Around 23 people were reportedly brought to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) on Monday for treatment for dog bites, according to  RMO Dr. Jahnzaib.

“12 people were brought from only Liaqatabad alone,” said the doctor. More than 13 other patients were rushed to the medical facility from other parts of the city, he added.

Dr. Jahnzaib said there was no anti-rabies vaccine available in the hospital, adding that the people bought it from outside for the treatment of their loved ones.

Hospitals in the entire province have been facing an acute shortage of anti-rabies vaccine amid a growing population of stray dogs and non-existence of facilities in the rural parts of Sindh to face the challenge.

People are demanding the authorities ensure the availability of anti-rabies vaccination in all major hospitals in the city and take concrete steps for the prevention of the menaces and control of the population of stray dogs in the metropolis and rural areas of the province.

A Rabies Encephalitis is a dog-borne viral illness caused mostly by the biting of stray dogs, and if ARV is not administered to the affected person along with immunoglobulin, the patient suffers a miserable death due to hydrophobia and other complications of the disease.