KABUL: Flames could be seen coming out of the 4th floor of Intercontinental Hotel here as an attack is being carried out by four gunmen and four suicide bombers presently.
According to a source in the National Directorate of Security the fourth floor had been set on fire by the attackers.
Till filing of this piece five people were confirmed dead and eight injured. Afghan LEAs had claimed to have rescued about a hundred hostages.
Sources privy to Newspakistan.tv have informed that the siege still continues.
It is pertinent to mention here that in its 18th January, 2018 tweet US State Department had issued a security alert stating that extremist groups might be planning an attack against hotels in Kabul:
Security Alert for #Kabul, #Afghanistan: reports that extremist groups may be planning an attack against hotels in Kabul, such as the Hotel Baron near Hamid Karzai Int'l Airport. Review suggested actions in attached image. For more information, visit: https://t.co/vxivPWIHOP pic.twitter.com/CrCIpXbC2e
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) January 18, 2018
Readers may recall that seven Taliban militants stormed the very hotel in the month of June, 2011 killing ten of its occupants. All the attackers were also gunned down (File Photo).
Nawaz – disqualified under Articles 62 and 63 – cannot serve as PML-N head: SC
ISLAMABAD: Three-judge SC bench in a verdict on petitions (filed by PTI, AML, PPP & others) challenging Election Act 2017 has said here today that an individual disqualified under Articles 62 and 63 cannot serve as party head.
Since all the decisions taken by Sharif have been declared null and void, the PML-N will have to give fresh names of candidates for the Senate elections scheduled to be held on 3rd day of March, 2018).
It is pertinent to mention here that, after Nawaz Sharif was disqualified by the SC from holding a public office, passage of the said Act had earlier enabled Nawaz Sharif to regain his lost position as PML-N head.
Undaunted by the SC decision Maryam Nawaz Sharif took to the twitter to buck-up Sharifs followers:
شیرو۔۔ گبھرانا نہیں!
یہ زیادتیاں نواز شریف/مسلم لیگ ن کو اور اوپر لے کر جائیں گی انشاءالّلہ۔ یاد رکھنا، ظلم جب حد سے بڑھتا ہے تو مٹ جاتا ہے!
— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) February 21, 2018
Many are wondering about the fate of NA-154 (Lodhran-1) by-elections!
RELEVANT PIECES PUBLISHED EARLIER
Lawyer shoots two other lawyers down before a Lahore DJ court, CJ of LHC calls security huddle!
LAHORE: CJ of LHC has called a security meeting today following a shooting incident here that resulted into the death of two lawyers.
According to details – unable to take pressure due to a property dispute – a lawyer named Kashif Rajput gunned opponent lawyers Rana Nadeem and Rana Owais down outside a SJ court. Killer lawyer has been taken into custody.
Meanwhile, taking notice of the horrid occurrence CJ has called a security meeting at 3PM today to examine the security lapses. Moreover, during the meeting IGP Punjab and CCPO Lahore will brief senior legal fraternity about the state of affairs.
Zainab Murder Case: Pedophile Serial Killer Imran Ali handed 4 death sentences!
LAHORE (Kot Lakpat Jail): ATC-I here today has handed the pedophile serial killer Imran Ali four death sentences, one life term (in addition to seven-year incarceration) and over Rs. three million fine u/s 7 ATA for raping and murdering six-year-old Zainab Amin in Kasur.
Trial court – that was given seven days for completion of the trial by LHC – concluded hearing and handed over the conviction within four days that is reckoned the swiftest case ever to be decided in Pakistan.
It is pertinent to mention here while prosecution, in addition to the DNA and polygraph tests, had produced over fifty-six witnesses against the convict, after his confession the defense lawyer opted to quit saying that his conscience did not allow him to defend a killer. The convict can challenge the conviction within fifteen days.