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  • US drone strike kills 4 in SWA

    Dated: 2014-10-31

    BARMAL: In a targeted attack in South Waziristan, American drones fired two missiles, killing four people on Thursday morning.

    The drones targeted a house in the Barmal area of South Waziristan.

    For the first six months of 2014, US had halted drone strikes in Pakistan as the government engaged in ultimately fruitless peace talks with the insurgents.

    However, the strikes restarted on June 11, just four days before the military announced Operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan along the Afghan border.

    There has been at least 14 drone attacks, including today’s, in Pakistan so far this year.

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  • Pakistan condemns US drone attack in SWA (Detailed)

    Dated: 2014-10-31

    Islamabad: Pakistan has condemns the US drone strike that took place at Azam Warsak, South Waziristan Agency on Thursday.

    At her weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said Pakistan has consistently maintained that such strikes are a violation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

    Pakistan is itself taking decisive action against terrorist elements and, therefore, believes that such strikes are unnecessary and need to be stopped, she added.

    To a question she said that drone strikes and their impact is a subject that is part of talking points in engagements with the US from the head of Government level to the working level. Naturally, the United States has its own position which is not backed by international law and the international public opi More details

  • Cyclone starts to weaken; unlikely to hit Pakistani coastal line

    Dated: 2014-10-31

    Karachi: Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) said on Thursday that the Nilofar cyclone has started weakening and is unlikely make landfall in coastal areas of Pakistan.

    The cyclonic storm in the Arabian Sea is expected to move towards Indian coastal belt after reaching at a distance of 250 kilometers from Karachi this evening. It will further die down afterwards, the PMD said.

    However, the cyclone will cause rain/thundershowers coupled with gusty winds in Karachi, Thatta, Badin districts and coastal areas of Balochistan from Thursday night to Friday, the weather department said.

    According to PMD, the cyclone is presently located about 600 kilometer south-west of Karachi and likely to hit Indian Gujarat state.

    Earlier, the PMD had forecasted that the cyclone may hit Pakistan’s coastal belt, prompting authorities to put relevant departments on ‘high alert’,

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  • Army continues relief operation in Thar

    Dated: 2014-10-31

    Rawalpindi: Pakistan army continues to be of service to the famine struck lives in Tharparkar, Sindh, military media wing said here on Thursday.

    According to statement of the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), 12.8 ton ration has been distributed among the affectees in Changra, Rattan Jauter, Islam Kot, Sindhar, Diplo, Mithi, Khinser and Dhunai whereas food packages have been distributed in the far flung areas through two helicopters.

    4 medical camps have also been installed for drought struck people at Chachro, Khensar, Diplo and Dhanai facilitating 1,443 patients till now.

    “Army troops have been mobilized to the draught hit areas of Tharparkar last night. 4 x companies have been moved from Karachi to help their brethren in distress in Chahro, Dali and Mithi. 4 x ration distribution points have been established at Khinser, Ch

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  • “Political Nilofar” to hit the country: says JI chief

    Dated: 2014-10-31

    Quetta: Amir Jamaat-e-Islami Sirajul Haq Thursday said the country was facing threats from ‘political Nilofar’ along with the real tropical cyclone heading towards the country.

    Talking to media at Quetta Airport, he said the situation developed in the wake of sit-ins was challenge for both – the government and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.

    He repeated that threat of Martial Law has been diverted as political Jirga has played a positive role in the scenario.

    He said that it was not sit-in but bad governance which damaged the economy of the country.

    He appealed to both the sides to resolve their differences through dialogue. He also condemned the suicide attack on Maulana Fazl ur Rehman and asked the government to describe why such incidents were occurring.

    He regretted that promises made to people of Balochistan by previous governments’ were still not fulfilled.

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  • Gullu Butt sentenced to 11 years in prison

    Dated: 2014-10-31

    LAHORE: Gullu Butt, the notorious character of Model Town incident, was sentenced to 11 years and three months in jail and fined Rs1.1 million for vandalizing public properties in Lahore.

    Contrary to his expectations, a local anti-terrorist court announced its decision after hearing a case pertaining to the June 2014 violence which left at least 14 people dead following a clash between supporters of Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri’s Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and police.

    Gullu Butt, who shot to notoriety overnight after leading a large contingent of rampaging cops, was caught on TV cameras when smashing window panes of cars on the day when Model Town incident occurred.

    Butt had pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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  • Special cabinet meeting today

    Dated: 2014-10-31

    ISLAMABAD: A special meeting of the federal cabinet is being held in Islamabad on Friday (today).

    Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will chair the meeting. Audit report of the inflated electricity bills will be presented before the cabinet.

    It will also review performance of three ministries including Pakistan Railways, Planning and Development and Petroleum.

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  • NA Secretariat writes letter to ECP over resignation issue

    Dated: 2014-10-31

    ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Secretariat has informed the Election Commission of Pakistan that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) parliamentarians are avoiding verification of their resignations.

    Joint Secretary National Assembly Muhammad Mushtaq issued a circular in the name of Masood Ahmed Malik, Director General Elections of the ECP, informing the commission that the PTI parliamentarians are not verifying their resignations before Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq.

    The NA Secretariat said members of the PTI whose resignations were received in the Secretariat have avoided coming forward to verify the genuineness and voluntary nature of their resignations in terms of rule 43 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007.

    However, the resignations of the PTI parliamentarians were not attached with the letter.

    The election commission had sent a

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  • KP Speaker walks out after pandemonium in assembly

    Dated: 2014-10-31

    PESHAWAR: Speaker Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly had to walk away from his seat following remarks of an MPA which led to a pandemonium in the house.

    Speaker Asad Qaiser left the assembly hall when MPA Maulana Lutf-ur-Rehman issued derogatory remarks against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) sit-in and the way ‘women were made to dance’ during the demonstrations in Islamabad.

    His remarks led to a ruckus in the assembly and the situation almost led to an exchange of blows between fuming MPAs.

    PTI MPA Shah Farman traded barbs with Nighat Orakzai after which he stood up in a fit of anger and started walking towards her. Other MPAs immediately jumped to action and stopped Shah Farman from moving ahead.

    Witnessing the situation as it unfolded, Speaker KPK chose to stand up and take a walk out of the assembly hall.

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  • Emergency response centres set up

    Dated: 2014-10-31

    KARACHI: All arrangements are in place to deal with any eventuality in view of the tropical cyclone “Nilofar” that is moving towards Sindh coast through Arabian sea.

    Our Karachi correspondent reports that emergency response centres have been established at Hawksbay, Mubarak Village and old Clifton in Karachi.

    Two shelter centres have been established at Manora and Kimari by the Karachi Port Trust to help the needy people.

    The federal, provincial as well as district government machinery has been put on high alert.

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  • LAHORE: Activists of World Pasban Khatm-e-Nabowat hold a demonstration in support of their demands outside Lahore High Court.
  • KARACHI: A view of the smoke rising from a factory which caught fire in Federal B Area.
  • KARACHI: Firefighters extinguishing fire whichh erupted in a factory in Federal B Area.
  • KARACHI: Firefighters extinguishing fire whichh erupted in a factory in Federal B Area.
  • KARACHI: Firefighters extinguishing fire whichh erupted in a factory in Federal B Area.
  • KARACHI: Policemen asking the visitors to move away from Sea View before the arrival of Ocean Storm Nilofer, in Karachi.
  • KARACHI: A large number of people came to sea view despite Section 144 due to Ocean Storm Nilofer, in Karachi.
  • KARACHI: Policemen asking the visitors to move away from Sea View before the arrival of Ocean Storm Nilofer, in Karachi.
  • KARACHI: Policemen asking the visitors to move away from Sea View before the arrival of Ocean Storm Nilofer, in Karachi.
  • QUETTA: Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfraz Bugti speaks during a press conference in Quetta.
  • QUETTA: FC soldiers showing weapons and amunition recovered in different raids in the province.
  • LAHORE: People buying warm clothes from Landa Bazaar at Bohrwala Chowk.
  • LAHORE: People buying warm clothes from Landa Bazaar at Bohrwala Chowk.
  • KARACHI: The boats of the fishermen are seen anchored due to Ocean storm, Nilofer.
  • ABBOTTABAD: Ameer Jamat Islami Pakistan Siraj Ul Haq, Collecting Donation during Donner Conference in Abbottabad.
  • DERAALLAHYAR: Deputy Commissioner Suhbatpur Mir Aslam Raisani chairing a meeting to review the security arrangements in Muharram.
  • ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of Argentine Rodolfo Martin Saravia handing over water purification tablets to Patron in Chief Aims Development Organization & Former Deputy Speaker National Assembly Faisal Karim Kundi, for the Internally Displaced Persons, during a ceremony in Islamabad.
  • ABBOTTABAD: Medical Workers examining the dead body of Unknown Women, Who Killed during road accident in Abbottabad. Several People Killed & many others Injured while Passenger Coaster fell in Deep Valley.
  • DERAGHAZIKHAN: Allama Syed Muhammad Taqi Naqvi speaks during Majlis-e-Uza, at Imam Bargah Rizvia, in DG Khan.
  • RAWALPINDI: Workers preparing quilts near Banni Chowk as they are in high demand in the winter season.
  • RAWALPINDI: Workers preparing quilts near Banni Chowk as they are in high demand in the winter season.
  • RAWALPINDI: Venders selling fish near Banni Chowk as it is in high demand in the winter season.
  • RAWALPINDI: Venders selling fish near Banni Chowk as it is in high demand in the winter season.
  • BANNU: IDPs from North Waziristan Agency, standing in a queue outside Free Medical Camp organized by Imran Khan Foundation.
  • FAISALABAD: People visiting the stalls during Science Exhibition at a local school in Faisalabad.
  • FAISALABAD: People visiting the stalls during Science Exhibition at a local school in Faisalabad.
  • HYDERABAD: Bomb Disposal Squad officials stand outside Special Branch after leaving their work as protest against death of Saleem Vistro due to negligence and unsupportive behavior of police officials and department.
  • HYDERABAD: BDS In-charge Hyderabad Fakhar ul Husnain talking to newsmen after resigning from his job as protest against death of Saleem Vistro due to negligence and unsupportive behavior of police officials and department.
  • HYDERABAD: Vendor selling Drums
  • HYDERABAD: A labor removing huge billboard as security measures due to storm
  • HYDERABAD: Heavy Clouds seen on the sky in Hyderabad, weather has changed due to Storm
  • HYDERABAD: Work charge and Casual employees of OGDCL hold a protest rally against torture on their fellows by Islamabad police and proposal of privatization of OGDCL, outside HPC.
  • HYDERABAD: Relatives and fellows of Sub Inspector Bomb Disposal Squad Saleem Vistro attending his funeral ceremony at police headquarter Hyderabad, Saleem was seriously injured while defusing recovered bombs in Tando Allahyar.
  • HYDERABAD: Relatives and fellows of Sub Inspector Bomb Disposal Squad Saleem Vistro attending his funeral ceremony at police headquarter Hyderabad, Saleem was seriously injured while defusing recovered bombs in Tando Allahyar.
  • HYDERABAD: Residents of Qasimabad hold a protest against Qasimabad police, outside HPC.
  • HYDERABAD: Devotees preparing food for presenting as
  • ISLAMABAD: A beautiful view of the sunset seen from Islamabad.
  • ISLAMABAD: Analyst Humayun Gohar speaks during a seminar on Role of Media in Pakistan at a local hotel.
  • ISLAMABAD: Analyst Humayun Gohar posing for a group photo with the participants of a seminar on Role of Media in Pakistan at a local hotel.
  • BAHAWALPUR: Vice President PFUJ Ameen Abbasi speaks during a meeting of PFUJ in Bahawalpur.
  • KARACHI: A view of the clouds and dust in the city, marking the arrival of Cyclone Neelofar.
  • KARACHI: Dr Masood Hameed speaks during a press conference regarding World Obesity Day, at Karachi Press Club.
  • KARACHI: People drinking water from a Sabeel set up in connection to Muharram, at Paan Mandi.
  • KARACHI: Warning sign has been displayed at Sea View due to cyclone Nilofer in the Arabian Sea.
  • KARACHI: A gril is seen holding a mobile phone at sea side in Du Darya where people are coming to see waves rising by cyclone Nilofer.
  • KARACHI: Workers removing frames of signboards from poles at Sea View due to cyclone Nilofer in the Arabian Sea.
  • KARACHI: People who are going to Sea View to see cyclone Nilofer, seen stuck in traffic jam due to closing of roads.
  • KARACHI: Traffic passing by signboard removed from M. A. Jinnah Road due approaching of cyclone Nilofer in the Arabian Sea.
  • KARACHI: People face inconvenience due to sewerage water accumulated at the site of construction of sewerage line which is facing delay in its completion near boundary wall of Garden Headquarter.
  • KARACHI: Motorists passing by open manhole which can cause accident on main road of Guru Mandir area.
  • KARACHI: Workers removing panaflex of signboards due to approching wings of cyclone Nilofer in the Arabian Sea.
  • ISLAMABAD: Leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Ghulam Sarwar Khan addressing a press conference at PTI Central Secretariat.
  • KARACHI: Men sharpening chains used by Shiite Mulims during processions of Muharramul Haram, at Sadaat Colony.
  • KARACHI: Scouts frisking mourners coming to participate in Ashra Muharram at Ancholi Society.
  • KARACHI: Ranger person standing alert to avert any untoward incident while mourners arrive to participate in Ashra Muharram at Ancholi Society.
  • KARACHI: Allama Talib Johri speaks during fifth Majlis of Ashra Muharramul Haram at Nishter Park.
  • KARACHI: Ranger personnel standing near ambulance carrying body of their colleague, Asghar Shah, who was martyred during rangers encounter with suspects of Gang War in Lyari.
  • KARACHI: Ranger personnel standing outside Civil Hospital after their colleague, Asghar Shah, was martyred during rangers encounter with suspects of Gang War in Lyari.
  • RAWALPINDI: Lawyers of Peoples Lawyers Forum stage a protest against tumult during Kashmir Rally in London.
  • RAWALPINDI: Former MNA Malik Shakeel Awan enquiring about the health of dengue patients during his visit to Benazir Bhutto Hospital.
  • RAWALPINDI: Pir Azmat Ullah Sultan, Allama Arif Wahidi, Director Khana-e-Farhang Muhammad Akberi, Allama Haider Alvi and others sitting during a ceremony during which the teachings of Imam Hussain (AS) and Wahdat Islami Majlis were discussed at Khana-e-Farhang Iran Satellite Town.
  • LAHORE: An elderly daily wage worker sitting at roadside as he waits for employer in the provincial capital.
  • LAHORE: President Shia Ulema Council Punjab Allama Mazhar Abbas Alvi addressing a press conference regarding Muharramul Haram at Lahore Press Club.
  • LAHORE: Hafiz Liaquat Ali Zia speaks during a seminar organized by Interfaith Harmony for Peace Foundation at a local hotel.
  • PESHAWAR: Man selling boild eggs and chicken soup at Khyber Bazaar as demand increased due to cold weather in the provincial capital.
  • PESHAWAR: Shiite Muslims self flagellate during a procession of fifth Muharramul Haram which was produced from Imambargah Sakhi Munawar Shah in Gulbahar.
  • PESHAWAR: Shiite Muslims hold Alams during a procession of fifth Muharramul Haram which was produced from Imambargah Sakhi Munawar Shah in Gulbahar.
  • PESHAWAR: Security personnel seen alert at their check post during a procession of fifth Muharramul Haram which was produced from Imambargah Sakhi Munawar Shah in Gulbahar.
  • SUKKUR: Shiite Muslims self flagellate during a procession of fifth Muharramul Haram which was produced from Purana Sukkur Lal Makan.
  • SUKKUR: Shiite Muslims seen around Tazia during a procession of fifth Muharramul Haram which was produced from Purana Sukkur Lal Makan.
  • LAHORE: Shiite Muslims hold Zuljinah on fifth Muharramul Haram in Gawal Mandi.
  • LAHORE: Central leader of ISO Ahsan Naqvi addressing a press conference at Lahore Press Club.
  • ABBOTTABAD: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Finance Muzaffar Syed and others sitting during Educational Festival held at Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education.
  • ISLAMABAD: Activists of PTI seen during a demonstration in the capital.
  • KARACHI: Speaker Sindh Assembly Agha Siraj Durrani laying Chaddar on the grave of Hazrat Abdullah Shah Ghazi (RA).
  • KARACHI: Workers of KMC use heavy machine to clean nullah at the side of Maripur Road due to possible rain due to cyclone Nilofer.
  • HANGU: Security personnel checking vehicles and frisking passengers at a check post in District Hangu.
  • HANGU: Security personnel check vehicles and frisk passengers at a check post in District Hangu.
  • PESHAWAR: Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif enquring about well being of an injured of operation Khyber-2 during his visit to CMH Peshawar late last night.
  • ISLAMABAD: Quaid-e-Millat-e-Jaffariya Agha Syed Hamid Ali Shah Moosavi meeting with a delegation of Ulema.
  • KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah talking to media persons during his visit to Sea View.
  • KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah is warmly welcomed by the people at Sea View during his visit to inspect precautionary measures for cyclone Nilofer.
  • KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah presiding over meeting to review the performance of Sindh Cities Improvement Programme (SCIP) at CM House.
  • CHINIOT: Passengers’ van seen in fire which erupted due to short circuit on Faisalabad Road. Three persons lost their lives and ten sustaind serious injuries in the incident.
  • CHINIOT: Firefighters extinguish fire which erupted in passengers’ van due to short circuit on Faisalabad Road. Three persons lost their lives and ten sustaind serious injuries in the incident.
  • KARACHI: A view of rickshaw which was burnt due to gas cylinder blast in the area of Purani Sabzi Mandi. Two persons sustained injuries in the incident.
  • TAMEWALI: Pakistan army soldiers seen during war exercise which was witnessed by Corp Commander Bahawalpur Lt. General Javeed Iqbal.
  • KARACHI: Bomb Disposal Squad team looking for evidences from the site of blast of hand grenade which targeted Sabeel at Imambargah near Kamran Chorangi, Gulistan-e-Johar.
  • KARACHI: People look at rickshaw which caught fire due to gas cylinder blast in the area of Purani Sabzi Mandi. Two persons sustained injuries in the incident.