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Karachi Airport attackers’ bodies exhumed for DNA samples: Probe to establish links to banned outfits in city!

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KARACHI: Following the disclosure that some of the militants killed in June 2014 Airport attack belonged to this Metropolis, ten bodies were exhumed from the Edhi Graveyard for collection of DNA samples here in Mowaach Goth on Tuesday (22 Nov.).

Health officials carried out the 5-hour-long operation under the supervision of  (1) Judicial Magistrate Malir.

It is pertinent to mention here that earlier it was assumed that all the Karachi Airport attackers were foreigners. But recently arrested militants belonging to banned outfits like LeJ have disclosed that many of those terrorists were homegrown activists.

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KARACHI: On the directives of a legal court, a medical board will exhume and examine bodies of ten attackers involved in Karachi airport attack that took place two years ago in June 2014.

The medical board, under the supervision of a judicial officer, will disinter the bodies buried at the Mowachh Goth graveyard today (Tuesday).

The decision followed after a judicial magistrate in Karachi directed the health authorities to constitute a medical board since police moved court for the exhumation of the bodies for DNA testing.

The four-member medical team will collect samples for DNA tests to establish the identity of the killed assailants.

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Bodies of the airport attackers at a hospital in Karachi

A medical team comprising 10 to 15 members will collect samples for DNA tests to establish the identity of the killed assailants in the presence of the judicial magistrate.

According to an official of the medical board, the decision was taken as the previous samples obtained by the police investigators had not been secured properly.

Around 10 militants, armed with automatic weapons, grenades and a rocket launcher stormed Karachi airport in June, 2014, killing 26 people, including personnel of the Airport Security Force, police and Rangers at the Hajj terminal of the airport.

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An Airport Security Force (ASF) soldier (L) leads a colleague on a stretcher, who was wounded in an attack at Jinnah International Airport, outside Jinnah hospital in Karachi June 9, 2014.

An Airport Security Force (ASF) soldier (L) leads a colleague on a stretcher, who was wounded in an attack at Jinnah International Airport, outside Jinnah hospital in Karachi June 9, 2014.

They were later killed in the hours-long gun battle with army commandos and personnel of other security forces. The outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan reportedly claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.

“The bodies of the unidentified attackers, whose origin had been presumed as Central Asian, were buried after their DNA samples had been collected by police investigators for identification purpose. The samples were sent for examination to the forensic laboratory in Islamabad, but the forensic experts later claimed that the samples were lost because they had not been ‘secured’ properly,” said sources in the police.

Three militants linked to Lashkar-i-Jhangvi (Naeem Bukhari group) are facing trial before an anti-terrorism court for allegedly providing logistic support, funds and weapons to the attackers.

During the interrogation, one militant Ishaq alias Bobby told police that his brother-in-law, Majid, and his friend, Hisham, were killed in the airport attack

Raja Umer Khattab, officer of the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of police told media that LJ suspects Majid and Hisham were allegedly involved in 28 high-profile murder cases including Qawwal Ajmad Sabri and security personnel killing.

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Growers demand implementation of court’s decisions for payment of sugarcane price

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KARACHI: Sindh’s sugarcane growers’ organizations on Tuesday decried over double jeopardy with them as on one hand they are unable to get appropriate rates of their products from sugar mills and on the other hand there is shortage of irrigation water, which has caused them huge financial losses.

Addressing a joint press conference at Karachi Press Club (KPC), the representatives of five growers’ organisations including Sindh Agriculture Research Council, Farmers Organisation Council, Sindh Abadgar Association, Tail Abadgar Association and Hari Abadgar Ittehad urged the Cane Commissioner of government of Sindh to implement the Sindh High Court’s orders regarding sugar mills’ payment to growers.

“We have faced financial hardships due to non payments or low rates delayed payments by sugar mills. Another problems is we are unable to sow next crop due to shortage of irrigation water at the tail-end,” said Ali Palh, a representative of the growers.

Civil society’s leaders Karamat Ali, Qazi Khizar and Shaikh Majeed were also present during the press conference. They also supported the demands of the growers.

Palh said Sindh government had issued a notification, fixing the price of sugarcane at Rs. 182 per maund, but mills refused to start the crushing. Later Sindh High Court fixed the rate at Rs. 172 and then Rs. 160 per maund but even those verdicts were also not implemented. Due to adamant attitude of the sugar mills, the growers are facing hardships. Protests marches, hunger strikes and sit-ins are held across the province, but our problem is not solved.

Currently, the sugar mills are purchasing sugarcane at a rate of Rs. 80 and 90 through their agents. They have stopped directly purchasing sugarcane from growers. The mills have stopped issuing the “Supply Indents” to the growers, they just issue simple chits, in which rates or weights are not written, he added.

Palh said the federal government is providing a subsidy of Rs. 20 billion to sugar mills, which is directly paid to them but they refuse to provide benefit to growers. “We demand the subsidy amount should be directly paid to sugarcane growers,” he added.

He said everyone knows the sugar mills in Sindh are mostly owned by the families of ruling political party, therefore, the provincial government is reluctant to provide any support or relief to the growers.

Talking about the problems of shortage of irrigation water at the tail end of the irrigation system in Sindh, Javed Junejo of Farmers Organisation Council said that small growers are unable to cultivate crops due to acute shortage of irrigation water in canals in Sindh. Even we are unable to receive water for drinking purposes, he added.

He recalled that the Supreme Court of Pakistan, in 2013, had ordered to cancel all water courses, which were getting water directly from the canals, but the Sindh government has not implemented that verdict.

The growers organizations had organized a three-day hunger strike outside Karachi Press Club for their demands and the speakers regretted that the provincial government has not taken any notice of their protests.

They expressed thanks to the civil society activists for extending their support to growers.

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Russian CG to Karachi Dr. Aleksandr G. Khozin observes Diplomats Day!

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KARACHI: Consul General of Russian Federation Dr. Aleksandr G. Khozin and Mrs. Valentina G. Kuznetsova welcomed crème de la crème of the Metropolis at a reception hosted at the Consulate General here to observe the Diplomats Day.

Speaking on the occasion Dr. Aleksandr G. Khozin spoke about the first landmark bilateral act of the 9th century – the agreement on peace and love of 1860 within Byzantine Empire – as a result of which Russia was first internationally acknowledged.

“In the year of 1720 Peter the Great recognized Ambassadors Department and in 1802 a full-fledged Ministry of Foreign Affairs was formed under Emperor Alexander the 1st”.

He told that the Russian Foreign Service groomed talented diplomats who laid down the main principles and techniques of Russian diplomacy which later continued to develop and improve.

The Russian diplomat went on to state: “On this day we recall our colleagues who fell on the battlefield in the Great Patriotic WW-II who died in their line of duty like as you may well remember Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov who was outrageously assassinated during his speech at the Center of Modern Art in Ankara in December 2016.

“We salute the prominent Russian diplomats and our veterans who have worked until now to lay the basis of successful modern policy.

“We also pay tribute to the active diplomats who have proved, by their work and high professionalism, that diplomacy is one of the most important tools for safeguarding national interests”.

Dr. Aleksandr G. Khozin snapped engrossed in a conversation with the PPPP leader Nisar Ahmad Khuhro!Consul General of Russian Federation poses for the lens flanked with the Editor Newspakistan.tv (official partner BBCNEWS) M. M. Alam and  Acting Consul General of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Hamidullah Tarin. 

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(VIDEO AND TEXT) 9th Karachi Literature Festival!

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KARACHI: Literati from all over the Metropolis converged at creek-side Beach Luxury Hotel where 9th edition of 3-day Karachi Literature Festival commenced on Friday 9th of February. 

The event opened with welcome speech by Managing Director Oxford University Press Ameena Saiyid (OBE). Besides diplomats (including American, German, French, British, Indian and Italian) a number of prominent speakers addressed the ladies and gentlemen in the audience.

Ameena Saiyid while talking to Newspakistan.tv (Official Partner BBCNEWS) has told that literary giants from all over Pakistan and eight other countries were participating in the festival. 

Terming KLF as the mother of all fests Ameena Saiyid pointed out that towards the naissance of such events and music/film/theatre festivals in other cities. Noorul Huda Shah held that Literature, culture and art were necessary to keep nations alive. Consul General of USA Grace Shelton maintained that connections and new ideas were generated during the festival that serves to inspire the minds of writers, scholars and academics and artists. Grace Shelton noted that KLF was Metropolis’ most anticipated cultural event. Deputy High Commissioner of UK Elin Burns noted that through the rich literature of Pakistan KLF showcased both talent and diversity. German Consul-General Rainer Schmiedchen stated that his countrymen were proud to be associated with the KLF, which was the nicest annual intellectuals’ gathering in Pakistan.  

 

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