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QWP leader demands compensation for flood victims

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PESHAWAR:

Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Chairman Sikandar Hayat Khan Sherpao on Monday asked the government to declare the floodstricken districts in the province ‘calamity-hit’ and compensate the people for losses.

Speaking at a press conference at Watan Kor, he said that the flash floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains caused human and material losses in various parts of the province. Sherpao said that the floods damaged standing crops, roads, bridges, houses and other infrastructure in Mardan, Charsadda, Swabi, Dera Ismail Khan, Tank, Chitral and other districts in K-P. However, he said, neither the chief minister nor the provincial ministers bothered to visit the floodhit areas to assess the damage and provide relief to the people.

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He expressed grief over the loss of precious lives during the rainrelated incidents and asked the government to announce a comprehensive compensation package for the affectees. Sherpao condemned the use of teargas and batons against peaceful protesters in Dera Ismail Khan. He added that the flow of water was diverted to save certain villages from floods in DI Khan, which prompted the local people to stage a protest.

He further said that three protesters were injured in the use of force. Expressing concern over the worsening law and order in various parts of the province, the QWP leader said that the incidents of targeted killings were taking place in North Waziristan, Khyber, Dera Ismail Khan, Peshawar and other places in the province. He said that 50 cops from the KP Police were martyred since January this year, urging the government to take steps to prevent targeted killings or else the situation would take a turn for the worse.



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Taliban cleric killed in blast in Kabul

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KABUL/
PESHAWAR:

A prominent Taliban cleric, Sheikh Rahimullah Haqqani, was killed in an attack in a seminary in Kabul when the attacker detonated explosives hidden in a plastic artificial leg on Thursday, according to officials and Taliban sources.

“Very sadly informed that respected cleric (Sheikh Rahimullah Haqqani) was martyred in a cowardly attack by enemies,” said Bilal Karimi, a spokesperson for the Taliban administration.

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It was not immediately clear who was behind the blast.

Four Taliban sources told Reuters the attacker was someone who had previously lost his leg and had hidden the explosives in a plastic artificial leg.

“We are investigating who this … person was and who had brought him to this important place to enter the personal office of Sheikh Rahimullah Haqqani. It’s a very huge loss for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan,” said one senior Taliban official of the interior ministry, referring to the group’s name for its administration.

Haqqani was a prominent cleric in the Taliban who had survived previous attacks, including a large blast in the northern Pakistani city of Peshawar in 2020 claimed by the Dai’sh that killed at least seven people.

The Taliban say they have restored security since they took over as foreign forces withdrew almost a year ago. However, regular attacks, many of them claimed by Dai’sh, have taken place in recent months, often targeting religious and ethnic minorities as well as Taliban leaders.

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Motion on lawlessness submitted

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PESHAWAR/
TIMARGARA:

Member Provincial Assembly (MPA) from PK-12 Dir Upper and senior Jammat-e-Islami (JI) leader Inayatullah Khan has submitted an adjournment motion against the increasing lawlessness in Lower Dir district as well as Malakand region in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Assembly.

“The law and order situation in the former Fata, Swat and Malakand Division is deteriorating causing unrest among the locals so I submit this motion,” says the written application submitted to the speaker.

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“Lawlessness has once again returned to these districts evident from the target killings as well as kidnaping of police officials and broad daylight attack at MPA Liaqat Ali in which four innocent people lost their lives, resulting in panic and unrest among the local population naturally,” says the motion.

He requested the speaker that his adjournment motion should be accepted for a debate so that the facts about Malakand Division and other districts could be brought before the public.

Protests against law and order situation

Widespread protests continued on the third consecutive day across Lower Dir district against the return of militants to the area as participants demanded of the government to maintain law and order situation in the region and take strict action against the insurgents.

The entire district has been in the grip of fears that militancy will return to the region after the deadly attack at PTI MPA Liaqat Ali which left four people dead including a brother and nephew of the MPA and two of his police guards. Liaqat Ali himself was critically injured in the attack.

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Rumours are abound that MPA Liaqat was targeted when he refused to pay extortion to militants despite the fact that there is no confirmation from the family.

Soon after the attack on Monday Awami National Party (ANP) staged a protest against the increasing lawlessness in the district and demanded of the police, government and security forces to take steps to maintain law and order in the entire region.

On Tuesday workers of all political parties brought out processions. The criticized the return of militants to the region and blamed that government was not taking serious steps to control the situation.

Thousands of people attended these protests.

On Wednesday another large protest was held in Timargara in which thousands of local residents participated.

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The protesters said that the kidnaping of four policemen in Matta Swat was not a good omen for the entire region.

They blamed that the area had been handed over to militants after a deal which is not acceptable to them.

“We will not accept the handing over of the region to militants so that they could impose their own rule and extract money from the locals,” said a local elder on the condition of anonymity.

He said that no one will be allowed to do deadly experiments on this soil.

“Militants are roaming freely in the hills creating unrest among the locals as well as administration. They have sent a group to Swat and another one to Buner. These militants are fully armed,” he said, adding that chief minister was silent on all these developments in his home district of Swat.

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Published in The Express Tribune, August 11th, 2022.



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Three teenage friends shot dead in Swabi

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SWABI:

In a shocking development, three teenage friends were put to death by unidentified persons whose bodies were found in a graveyard in Swabi on Monday.

Police told The Express Tribune that in Jalsai village in Chota Lahore three youngsters were found shot. Complainant Fazal Ghani lodged an FIR with Lahore police station, stating that on Monday morning he was informed that his 19-year-old son Shah Swar was lying dead in Shaheed Baba graveyard in Jalsai village.

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“When I reached there I found him dead along with 18-year-old Murad and Waqar. All of them were friends and residents of Jalsai village. They had been shot. I don’t know who killed them as they had no personal enmity with anyone,” he said.

Police said that local residents spotted the bodies of three youngsters in the graveyard and police shifted them to Bacha Khan Medical Complex (BKMC) for autopsy.

An investigation team was formed to look into the case.

“These boys always stayed together and they had no family or personal feud. This is a mysterious and blind murder case at the moment but with the passage of time we are hopeful that this case will be solved,” said an official of the local police station, adding that the mobile numbers of the three had been obtained and police was working on it.



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