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Special Assistant To KP Caretaker Chief Minister Malik Mehr Elahi Assumes Charge Of Labour Dept Portfolio

Special Assistant to KP Caretaker Chief Minister Malik Mehr Elahi on Wednesday has assumed charge of the portfolio of Labour Department

PESHAWAR: Special Assistant to KP Caretaker Chief Minister Malik Mehr Elahi on Wednesday has assumed charge of the portfolio of Labour Department, said a notification issued by Establishment Division here on Wednesday.


92 Deaths in Horrific Mosque Attack at Peshawar Police Lines: Shocking New Reality Facing Pakistan.

The death toll from the attack on a mosque in Peshawar’s Police Lines area a day earlier rose to 92 on Tuesday after more bodies were recovered from the attack site, a spokesperson for the Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) confirmed.

On Friday, 59 people, mostly police officials, were martyred and over 150 were injured after an explosion ripped through a mosque in Peshawar’s Red Zone area.

The outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack. It later distanced itself from it.

In a statement issued today, LRH spokesperson Muhammad Asim said that all the deceased persons have been identified, while 57 of those injured are receiving treatment at the facility.

He added that a total of 158 injured people were brought to the hospital on Monday and most of them had been sent back home after medical aid.

Meanwhile, Rescue 1122 spokesperson Bilal Faizi said that a rescue operation at the blast site was underway for the past 18 hours.

“This morning we are going to remove the last part of the collapsed roof so we can recover more bodies, but we are not hopeful of reaching any survivors,” he said.

On the other hand, Peshawar police chief Muhammad Ijaz Khan said that more than 90 percent of the victims were policemen, between 300 and 400 of whom had gathered in the compound’s mosque for prayers.

Wajahat Ali, a 23-year-old police constable who survived, said that he had lost all hopes for survival. “I remained trapped under the rubble with a dead body over me for seven hours,” he told AFP from the LRH on Tuesday.

The nature of the blast yet to be determined

A police report issued after the attack, a copy of which is available with, said the explosion occurred inside the main hall of a mosque — which has a capacity of 300 to 350 men — located in the Police Lines area.

The locality comprises headquarters of the Capital City Police, Frontier Reserve Police, Elite Police Force, Counter Terrorism Department, Tele Communication Branch, RRF and SCU, etc, it stated.

The statement said that the blast caused the roof of the mosque to collapse and a rescue operation was underway by the Pakistan Army and Rescue 1122, for retrieval of casualties.

“A severed head has been recovered from inside the debris. The use of explosives in the incident has been confirmed, while other factors are being evaluated to confirm the nature of the blast,” it said.

The report added that suicide bombing could not be “ruled out” and investigation by various teams was underway.

Funeral prayers for police martyrs offered

Separately, funeral prayers for six policemen, including deputy superintendent of police Arab Nawaz and Ismatullah, were offered earlier today at the Police Lines area.

On Monday night, collective funeral prayers for 27 police martyrs were offered in Peshawar’s Police Lines area with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police Chief Mauzzam Jah Ansari, army officers, and officials of civil administration in attendance.

After the prayers, the coffins of the martyrs — lined in a row and draped with the national flag — were sent to their hometowns for burial with official protocol.

Speaking on the occasion, KP IGP Mauzzam Jah Ansari said that the KP police were always ready to sacrifice their lives for the protection of people’s lives and property.

“As the head of this force, I salute the police officials who lost their lives in the deadly blast. These martyrs are our real heroes and their sacrifices will not be in vain,” he said, adding that the bereaved families would not be abandoned and their welfare would be the “prime responsibility” of the KP police.

Day of mourning in KP

On Monday evening, Mohammad Azam Khan, Caretaker Chief Minister of KP, declared a day of grieving throughout the province to honour the victims of the most severe attack of the year.

Remarking on the mourning, Khan stated the nation’s flag will be at half-mast in unison everywhere in the province. Moreover, he assured the bereaved families that the government will not abandon them during these trying times resulting from the awful incident.

Rabbani demands a parliamentary inquiry into TTP’s ‘rehabilitation’ policy

PPP Senator Raza Rabbani on Tuesday demanded a parliamentary inquiry into the previous government’s “rehabilitation policy” of the proscribed TTP.

Condemning the Peshawar bombing in a Senate session, he stressed that Pakistan needed to review the causes of the rise in terrorism. “The TTP’s rehabilitation policy, which was initiated by the [previous] government, is the foundation of this.”

After the fall of the US-supported Ashraf Ghani government in Afghanistan in 2021, the Afghan Taliban facilitated peace talks between the government and the TTP.

While negotiations with the banned group reportedly began in October 2021 under the PTI government’s watch, the process continued in fits and starts when the Shehbaz Sharif government took over.

In response, the banned outfit declared a ceasefire and stopped its attacks on security forces, extending the truce in May. The government had also sent delegations of tribal elders and ulema to Kabul in order to persuade the TTP to end its activities and surrender its weapons.

The months-long negotiations, however, remained inconclusive and ultimately ended in November last year. Major sticking points included the TTP’s demands to roll back the merger of the erstwhile tribal areas with KP, release hardened terrorists, as well as the group’s refusal to lay down their arms. These were obvious red lines the state could not let the militants cross.

Addressing the upper house of Parliament today, Rabbani recalled that when the Taliban returned to Afghanistan, some thousands of people with weapons were allowed to enter Pakistan.

“It was said that they are good Taliban and they will work according to the law and Constitution […] it was said they will be rehabilitated,” he said.

The senator pointed out that neither the public nor Parliament was taken into confidence over the matter. “Even at that time, Parliament had said that a joint session should be called and all these things should be presented before it so that the public’s opinion could be brought forward.”

Rabbani went on to say that permission was also not taken from the National Security Committee, instead, it was just told that negotiations with the TTP were underway.

“The negotiations were outsourced to a jirga. PPP and ANP had strong reservations about them,” he said, demanding that a parliamentary inquiry should be conducted into the matter.

The senator also said that the terrorism policy should be discussed in the joint sitting of the Parliament on Feb 8.

“All the stakeholders and political parties should be called to the Parliament for a dialogue. This is the question of life and death but parties are busy in doing politics,” he added.

Sherry calls for the implementation of NAP

In a series of tweets on Tuesday morning, Climate Change Minister and PPP leader Sherry Rehman called for the swift implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP) and national unity.

“The nation, all political parties, and every partner should stand united in the fight against terrorism. The country cannot afford further division and terrorism,” she said.

Rehman said that terrorists got a chance to reorganize due to the “unclear policy of the previous government”.

“Now Imran Khan is saying that his government wanted to resettle the Taliban in KP. Such irresponsible statements are an attempt to create a soft corner in terrorist organizations,” she said, adding that the PPP had serious concerns over the new wave of terrorism before the elections.

Earlier this month, the PTI chief had said that his governm­ent had planned to resettle banned TTP fighters in Pakistan’s tribal districts with the help of the Afghan Taliban, but the plan hit a snag owing to the non-cooperation of provinces.

“The gov­­e­r­n­ment had planned to relocate at least 5,000 TTP fighters and their family members which amount to about 35,000,” he had revealed in a virtual seminar, adding that the plan did not materialize as provinces refused to foot the bill.

Surge in terrorism

Over the past few months, the law and order situation in the country has worsened, with terrorist groups executing attacks with near impunity across the country.

Since the talks with the TTP broke down in November, the militant group has intensified its attacks, particularly targeting the police in KP and areas bordering Afghanistan. Insurgents in Balochistan have also stepped up their violent activities and formalised a nexus with the outlawed TTP.

On January 22, a police vehicle narrowly escaped a bomb blast in Peshawar’s Badaber area. A day earlier, a policeman was martyred and two others were injured when unidentified assailants attacked a police post in Dheri Zardad locality of Charsadda.

On January 14, a deputy superintendent and two constables were martyred when militants, armed with automatic assault weapons, targeted the Sarband police station on the outskirts of the province’s capital, Peshawar late at night.

With additional input from APP, AFP

Local body elections declared unconstitutional in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The court gave a brief verdict on the petition filed for local body elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. A three-member larger bench of the Peshawar High Court declared the election unconstitutional on an impartial basis.

He directed the Election Commission to hold Mohalla and Town Council elections as per party policy. The Peshawar High Court also directed the Election Commission to take necessary steps to hold elections on behalf of political parties.

Akram Khan Durrani of JUI-F, Inayatullah Khan of Jamaat-e-Islami and Mushtaq Ahmad Khan, Khushdal Khan and Hamitullah Mayar have filed petitions against the local body elections. The court granted the petition in part.

State local government elections may be postponed following a court ruling.

According to Election Commission sources, the calendar will be affected after the decision to hold local government elections according to the contest. The Election Commission contacted the state government after the court decision, and the state government asked for time to discuss the court decision. The ECP said it would decide on the election calendar after consulting the government.

In this regard, Minister of State Kamran Bangash said that the next course of action was decided in the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday keeping in view the situation arising out of the Local Government Act, Election Commission and Supreme Court decisions. 

In addition, the government has restored local government accounting under the Local Government Act 2013. Following the instructions of Secretary Local Government Noorul Amin Mengal, guidelines for accounting operations have been issued to the CEO.

According to a local government spokesman, the competent authority will be responsible for transferring funds from the account established under the 2019 Act to the account created under the 2013 Act. Existing funds in your account will be transferred by cross check.

Local government revenue, PFC shares and taxes should all be transferred immediately to the bank account established in 2013. No more transactions can be made with bank accounts established under the Local Government Act 2019.

Employees’ salaries, pensions, electricity bills, petrol and other expenses will continue to be paid. Officers have been assigned direct debit responsibilities. According to the guidelines issued, local agencies can manage and manage finances without any hassle.

Visit of Friends|| Sarri || Haripur.

A gathering of Taxila’s political, social, and legal community in the village of Sarri on the outskirts of Haripur, entertaining guests with indigenous food.

Dassi chicken, mustard greens, lassi, butter, Afghani spinach, vegetable rice as well as seasonal Orange, red blood, and shakkri were served to the guests.

Member Punjab Assembly and Parliamentary Secretary. Malik TaimoorMasood Akbar, Leading Lawyer and Former President Bar Malik Sajjad Hussain Advocate, Syed Shahzada Imran Haider Naqvi, Advocate Mir Nasir Bilal, Member Cantt Board Malik Ehtesham Iqbal, Director Punjab Colleges Bawa Usman Gul, Leading Lawyer Asif Mukhtiar Butt, Syed Waqas Ali Naqvi Advocate, Bilal Ashraf Khan, Wasim Raza, Naveed Ashraf Khan, Malik Rafat Khan participated. On this occasion, political, social, and regional issues were discussed.

In the end, The historic period of the presidency of renowned lawyer Malik Sajjad Hussain Advocate, the wedding of Syed Waqas Ali Naqvi was celebrated.

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2 soldiers martyred, 2 terrorists killed in North Waziristan

North Waziristan: Two security personnel were martyred and two others were injured, while two terrorists were also killed in three separate incidents in North Waziristan tribal district on Saturday.

Local sources said the first incident happened in Garyum area of tehsil Dosali in which two soldiers, including an officer, were martyred in a clash with terrorists. The martyred soldiers were identified as Captain Sabih and Sepoy Naveed.

The bodies of the fallen soldiers were shifted to hospital, while a search operation was launched in the area by the security forces.

Another clash happened in Mir Ali tehsil where two security personnel were injured and two terrorists were killed. The sources said the clash happened in Inayat Kot, Salam Kot and Khushali areas. The injured soldiers were identified as Sepoys Muhammad Sharif and Zaheer.

Two terrorists, including a commander, were also killed in the clash. The bodies of the slain terrorists were taken into custody by the security forces and the injured soldiers were shifted to hospital. A search operation was also launched in the entire area by the security forces after the incident.

The third incident also happened in Mir Ali where a vehicle of the security forces came under bomb attack.

Sources said the security forces vehicle was attacked with a remote control explosive device at Bypass Road near Kot Abdul Manan. No casualty happened in the incident. The security forces launched search operation in the area. However, there was no word about any arrest.

Militants were driven out from the tribal districts in military operations, but still terrorists sometimes attack the security forces from their leftover hideouts. The security forces also conduct intelligence-based operations after receiving credible information about presence of militants to ward off any threat of future attacks.

On June 11, security personnel were martyred in firing by unknown miscreants in Mir Ali sub-division. A security check post was also blown up in the same area in a separate attack.

The firing incident and attack on check post happened a day after two soldiers were martyred and four others were injured in a remote control bomb blast on the security forces in Miranshah.