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Pro-govt tribal elder shot dead in Khyber

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In a shocking development, a pro-government tribal elder was gunned down in a crowded marketplace in Khyber tribal district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) on Wednesday.

Police told The Express Tribune that in the crowded Qamaber Khel Bazaar unidentified men opened fire at the motorcar of Munsif Khan who was traveling with his nephew Qadir. A passerby was also injured in the firing.

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“All three of them were left critically injured in the attack and were rushed to hospital where Haji Munsif and the passerby Lal Muhammad succumbed to their injuries,” said an official of police, adding that the injured Qadir was under treatment in critical condition at a private hospital of Peshawar.

The attackers followed them in a black motorcar, fired at them and then managed to escape after committing the crime taking full advantage of the confusion and stampede caused by the intense firing.

He said that Haji Munsif survived several attempts at his life in the past too and was apparently on the hit list of militants.

In one attack recently, his driver was killed but he luckily escaped unhurt.

The 48-year-old Munsif Khan worked as a journalist for several years and remained affiliated with several Peshawar-based Urdu newspapers initially.

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Later he became a political activist by joining the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). In 2015 Munsif Khan joined Pakistan Tehree-e-Insaf (PTI) and was still its ardent member in the district.

Munsif was seriously injured in a bomb blast in 2010 when his car hit a landmine by the roadside. He lost one leg in the attack but recovered.

“Haji Munsif was an active member of Amar Bil Maroof organization founded by his relative Haji Namdar in Khyber in 2005. This outfit was considered pro-government and didn’t allow TTP to operate in the area for which Namdar paid the price with his life.

Haji Namdar was shot dead in an attack claimed by TTP outside his madrassah. Later the outfit was dissolved when government banned all organizations,” said a local resident, adding that on Wednesday a large Jirga of all clans of Khyber was held on Ring Road in Khyber and Haji Munsif attended it too.

“The main agenda of the Jirga was to work for the peace in the district and block the return of militancy. On his way back his vehicle was ambushed by miscreants who escaped after the successful attack,” he said, adding that Munsif was considered very active in the area and was an influential man.

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The attack caused widespread panic among the local residents as militants have allegedly returned to the area and there are reports that they patrol some areas after nightfall.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 22nd, 2022.



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Two soldiers martyred in North Waziristan IED blast: ISPR

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Two soldiers of Pakistan Army embraced martyrdom in an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion in general area Esham of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s North Waziristan district on Saturday, the military said. 

Naib Subedar Javed Iqbal, a 42-year-old resident of Attock and Naik Hussain Ahmed, a 38 years old resident of Okara embraced shahadat (martyrdom) in the incident, military’s media wing, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), said in a statement.

Clearance of the area is being carried out to eliminate any terrorists in the area, it added.

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Last week, a Pakistan Army soldier embraced martyrdom while thwarting a terrorist attack from Afghanistan in bordering Dwatoi area of North Waziristan district.

Also read: Solider martyred in cross-border terrorist attack from Afghanistan

According to ISPR, on September 19, the terrorists from inside Afghanistan opened fire on the Pakistani troops in general area Dwatoi, which was responded in a befitting manner. Quoting credible intelligence reports, the military’s media wing said terrorists suffered heavy casualties.

The Pakistan Army, the ISPR said, was determined to defend the country’s borders against the menace of terrorism and “such sacrifices of our brave soldiers further strengthen our resolve”.



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Constable martyred, 2 police posts attacked

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Both terrorists and law enforcement agencies had a field day across Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) on Friday as two police posts were attacked in Swat and Lakki Marwat and one constable was shot dead in Kohat district.

Three terrorists were killed in encounters by Counter Terrorism Department (CTD), police and security forces in Swat and Lakki Marwat operations.

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A police constable was shot dead around midnight in Kohat’s Gumbat area who was on his way home from duty.

“Constable Saifullah was currently posted at district security branch of police and after completion of duty he was on his way home when unidentified men opened fire at him, killing him on the spot,” said a police official while talking to The Express Tribune.

The official said that the slain policeman was the son of former district nazim Kohat Dilbar Khan Advocate and was from a very influential family.

“He was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival,” he said, adding that it was clearly a case of terrorism.

The deceased left behind a widow, two sons and two daughters.

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The last rites of the police constable were offered at Kohat Police Lines after which the coffin was sent to the deceased’s ancestral graveyard for burial.

Three terrorists killed

In Tang Darra of Lakki Marwat district two terrorists were killed in an intelligence based operation in the mountainous region.

Police and security forces conducted an IBO after receiving information about a camp of militants in the mountains. Terrorists offered stiff resistance and two of them were killed in the exchange of fire. The rest managed to escape.

The operation was started on Thursday evening and continued till Friday morning. One suspected militant was also arrested.

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In Swat CTD claimed thwarting a terrorism plot and killing one terrorist.

CTD and police conducted a search operation in Maglor area of the district. During the IBO operation terrorists fired at police vehicles and one of them was killed in return fire. The terrorist was later identified as Adil Zeb resident of Manglor. Police claimed that he was involved in IED attack at peace committee member Idrees Khan and targeted attack at Shirin Khan. One terrorist managed to escape in injured condition.

Police stations attacked

In a more brazen move, militants attacked a police station and threw three hand grenades at it in Lakki Marwat. Police, however, responded with agility and the attackers were forced to flee.

There was no loss of life in the attack.

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In a separate incident in Swat, terrorists attacked the residential quarters of DSP Saidu Sharif but the attack was repulsed and the attackers escaped under the cover of darkness.

All the three incidents caused widespread panic in the area.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 24th, 2022.



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Ayub Teaching Hospital gets digital X-ray machine

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ABBOTTABAD:

A modern digital X-ray machine worth Rs5 million was installed in the emergency department of Ayub Teaching Hospital (ATH) Abbottabad on Thursday.

This facility will be useful not only for the people of the Hazara division but also for patients coming from Gilgit and Azad Kashmir.

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Three Computed Radiography (CR) systems were purchased for the Radiology Department of the hospital, one of these were installed in ATH emergency, while the remaining two CRs will be installed in the main radiology department. This would save the patients the trouble of having to go to the second floor to get their X-rays done.

With the addition of the three CR systems, all the departments would be shifted to a digital X-ray facility. The Board of Governors of Ayub Medical Institution has also approved the installation of more modern machines for the improvement of the hospital and to ensure better facilities for the patients. Through this advanced digital X-ray machine, the entire body will be scanned. However, the X-ray would be taken only of the required part.

Wild boars destroy crops

The people of Qalandar Abad were gripped with panic as they found wild boars in their villages during broad daylight. Standing maze crops in the villages of Banda Peer Khan, Kareem Abad, Maira Batang, Kaloor, Chuntry, Tarhanna, Boji and Mary Pattyan were destroyed by the animals.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 23rd, 2022.

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