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Waqas Bashir wanted in a Race Course police robbery case

Congratulations to SP Pothohar Syed Ali’s SHO Race Course and Police Team

No criminal can escape the grip of law, action against criminals involved in serious cases will continue.SP Pothohar Syed Ali said.

Two ‘Indian spies’ arrested in Gilgit-Baltistan after crossing LoC

GILGIT: Security forces arrested two Indian spies from an area along the Line of Control (LoC) and handed them over to the Gilgit-Baltistan police on Friday.

Indian currency, identify cards and other documents have been seized from arrested spies.

Gilgit SSP Raja Mirza Hassan produced the alleged spies before the media at a press conference. He said the duo belonged to India-occupied Kashmir and had been forcibly sent to Pakistan for spying. They were arrested soon after they crossed the LoC in Gilgit-Baltistan.

The detained Indian spies introduced themselves as Noor Mohammad Wani and Feroze Ahmed Lone, residents of Achora village in tehsil Gurez of Bandipur district, India-occupied Kashmir. They said they had to enter Pakistan after being coerced by Indian army officers.

Kashmiri duo confesses to have been used by Indian intelligence officials

They said the Indians had scared and tortured them to force them to work for them against Pakistan.

Lone told media persons that since 2011, he had been earning his livelihood as a labourer after completing graduation. “In 2014, I met Noor Mohammad in Gurez area through a third person named Rauf. Later Rauf arranged our meeting with some Indian intelligence officials,” Lone said.

“The officials convinced us to work for them and told us that we will go to Pakistan by crossing LoC. We were not ready to work for them but they threatened us that if we did not do so, they will kill us and our families,” Lone said.

“If we go to Pakistan, the Indians said, they will financially help our families,” he said. “Then we became ready to work for them. They gave us Rs100,000 and said that we would be paid Rs1 million after completing our mission.”

Lone said Indian intelligence officials told them to cross the LoC on the pretext of looking for their lost cattle. “After gaining confidence of Pakistani security forces, we were asked to monitor their movements secretly and share information through WhatsApp,” he added.

The other suspected Indian spy, Wani, said he belonged to a poor family and appealed to the government of Pakistan and the United Nations to release them.

Admins in Attock, Taxila launch anti-dengue campaign

TAXILA: Amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, the administrations in Taxila city and Attock district have prepared plans to cope with the possible spread of dengue.

In Attock, deputy commissioner Ali Annan Qammar directed implementation of Anti Dengue Micro Plan in letter and spirit and said regular surveillance would be carried out to eliminate the larva breeding sites.

He issued these directions while chairing a meeting held to review the implementation of anti-dengue measures. The meeting was attended by officials from the local administration, health, education and public health departments.

Mr Qammar said dengue issue should not be neglected due to the coronavirus outbreak. He said strict action would be taken against those showing negligence during indoor and outdoor surveillance in the anti-dengue campaign.

He asked for keeping surveillance teams mobilised and said their performance should be checked regularly.

The DC stressed the need to compile dengue-related data. He also highlighted the need to ensure effective monitoring through door-to-door surveillance. He directed all concerned departments to keep a close liaison with each other to completely wipe out dengue next year. He said water tanks, disposal stations and other installations of public health engineering should be supervised to eradicate the possible breeding sites of dengue larvae. He said that stagnant water should be removed immediately.

Meanwhile, an anti-dengue drive initiated by the district administration is in full swing under which surveillance is being carried out at various areas of Taxila and Wah.

Assistant Commissioner Mian Mohammad Faheem visited various areas where he checked the field staff working in streets for indoor surveillance.

He observed the attendance and performance of the dengue squad deputed on the field duty in the area. For making better arrangements to prevent dengue, it was necessary for the public to cooperate with the administration and field staff, he said and added that prevailing weather was suitable for the breeding of dengue larvae and there was a need to combat it on an emergency basis.

“To control the spread of dengue fever, indoor and outdoor surveillance has started in the areas where most patients had been reported last year.”

Published in Dawn, June 13th, 2020

Seattle mayor tells Trump to ‘go back to bunker’

SEATTLE: Seattle’s mayor told Donald Trump to “Go back to your bunker” on Thursday, escalating a spat after the president threatened to intervene over a police-free autonomous zone protesters have set up in the western US city.

The reference to a “bunker” was a nod to reports Trump was rushed by Secret Service agents to a secure area in the White House as demonstrations against racism and police brutality sparked by the death of George Floyd reached the president’s residence.

Trump sparked the spat when he threatened to intervene in the neighborhood in Seattle dubbed “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone,” or CHAZ, which was agreed upon by demonstrators and the city’s police department.

“Take back your city NOW. If you don’t do it, I will,” Trump warned mayor Jenny Durkan and Washington state governor Jay Inslee — both Democrats — in a tweet late on Wednesday, calling the protesters “domestic terrorists” who have taken over Seattle.

“This is not a game. These ugly Anarchists must be stooped (sic) IMMEDIATELY. MOVE FAST,” he continued in another tweet.

Mayor Jenny Durkan replied, urging Trump to “make us all safe. Go back to your bunker”, with Inslee joining in the Twitter mockery of Trump.

“A man who is totally incapable of governing should stay out of Washington state’s business. ‘Stoop’ tweeting,” Inslee wrote.

Protests have taken place across the country following the death of Floyd, an unarmed black man killed in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25.

Officials in Seattle have denied reports that leftwing activists are behind the setting up of the autonomous zone.

In the CHAZ area on Thursday there were tents with supplies for volunteer medics as well as free gourmet food donated by local restaurants, along with fruit, snacks, and water bottles for the taking.

The sunny afternoon gathering had a relaxed air, with people of all ages, including mothers with children, milling around the car-free streets.

At one point a crowd locked arms and prevented two police officers from reaching a boarded up police station in the area. The officers failed to break in when they tried to enter through a different road.

The scene here is peaceful as hell,” said a demonstrator who identified herself as Jahtia B.

An African-American demonstrator, Rich Brown, said he was scared on Sunday when police used tear gas and flash bang grenades in an attempt to clear the area.

“Today I feel supported, welcomed,” he said. “We’re able to speak, it’s what we’ve been wanting to do this whole time, without intimidation, without fear.”

Published in Dawn, June 13th, 2020

‘Huge surplus’ employees in Railways irk CJP

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday highlighted the need for overhauling the Pakistan Railways (PR) while regretting that the organisation could not properly function with huge surplus employees who were incompetent and insincere to their institution.

“Complete overhauling of the Railways is required,” observed Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed while heading a two-judge Supreme Court bench that had taken up a case regarding regularisation of around 76,000 employees of the PR.

The chief justice also referred to the repeated occurrence of train accidents in which not only a number of innocent lives had been lost but the PR also had to suffer huge financial losses.

Secretary asked to submit report on operations in a month

The PR was continuously running into losses but the incompetent employees would never let the department to go into profit, the chief justice said, adding that everybody knew about the state of affairs in the railways since it was not a secret to anybody.

Declaring his explanation unsatisfactory, the apex court directed the railways secretary to submit a report on the operations and employees of the PR within a month.

The chief justice told the railways secretary that he was unable to run the PR, adding that a train or aircraft accident was not a joke. “The railway system has become corrupt entirely,” the chief justice regretted.

The court also highlighted the need for initiating an overhauling of the PR through a reform process to weed out incompetent and surplus employees.

It had become the order of the day that every week an incident occurred, the chief justice observed, recalling how six months ago a major accident took place in which a number of passengers died but no report on it had come to light so far. Similarly another accident a week ago had caused heavy financial losses to the Railways, the chief justice observed.

In its order, the chief justice said that the railways could not properly work with 76,000 employees who were not only incompetent but also insincere to their department.

Published in Dawn,