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

M. M. ALAM

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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Bodies of Karachi airport attackers to be exhumed today for DNA

Bodies of Karachi airport attackers to be exhumed today for DNA

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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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Seven more corpses found at Pakistan airport after Taliban attack

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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We welcome Saudi Envoy H.E. Rear Admiral (R) Nawaf Saeed Almalki to Pakistan: Nazir Ahmed, CEO Royal Group

Interview by M. M. ALAM

 

KARACHI: Nazir Ahmed CEO Royal Group of Companies (that enjoys reputation of being one of the leading tour operators in Pakistan) has appreciated the measures taken by newly arrived Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia H. E. Rear Admiral (R) Nawaf Saeed Almalki.

H. E. Rear Admiral (R) Nawaf Saeed Almalki, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Thanking for the exceptional cooperation extended by the Consul General Muhammad Abdullah Abdul Daim vis-à-vis Hajj/Umra/Employment visas and other issues, Nazir Ahmed said that right from the beginning Saudi Consulate has been facilitating Pakistani citizens, going out of the way.

KARACHI: H. E. Muhammad Abdullah Abdul Daim Consul General of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia here snapped with Mr, Nazir Ahmed CEO Royal Group of Companies.  

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Harboring on the subject Nazir Ahmed quoted the efficient way crisis apropos backlog of 35,000 Umra visas was handled recently. As soon as the visa stickers were received the Consul General, taking personal interest, made sure that 33,000 visas were delivered within 48 hours enabling pilgrims perform Umra during the holy month: “This year (1438/2017) too there was a visa sticker problem. H. E. the Consul General has taken personal interest and got them from Saudi Arabia within 2 days. Saudi and Pakistani staff worked 24/7 on Saturday & Sunday to issue 18000 visas to private tour operators with booked flights”.

Express gratitude to the Consul General Muhammad Abdullah Abdul Daim [on behalf of Hajj Organizers Association of Pakistan (HOAP) and Pakistan Overseas Employment Promoters Association (POEPA)] Nazir Ahmed hoped that the cherished partnership will grow further. Nazir Ahmed further informed that the Consulate and Embassy had entertained all the new licenses issued regarding their registration. 

Answering to a query apropos the instigation of Royal Group of Companies, CEO Nazir Ahmed told that he, along with his brother Usman Ahmed had commenced a joint venture as ticketing agent and travel/tour (including Umra) operators some three decades ago. Later they obtained Overseas Employment Promoters License and also undertook Hajj operations.

Some seventeen years ago Nazir Ahmed started his own business under the banner of Royal Air Travels and Tours. He further told that today his overseas employment business Airview Associates (https://www.newspakistan.tv/airview-associates-flying-wings-success-brotherly-collaboration-saudi-consulate-karachi/) was amongst one of the top manpower exporters in Pakistan, particularly for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

When private hajj operation started in 2005, Nazir Ahmed got his company registered with Ministry of Religious Affairs. And the business grew to the extent that now they are considered as country’s one of the leading Hajj Operators offering economy as well as 5-star VVIP packages.

Nazir Ahmed lauded the efficiency and teamwork of staff that contributed towards enterprise’s success. His four sons [Shehzad Nazir (MD), Ejaz Nazir (Director Admin & HR), Sajjad Nazir (Director Sales & Marketing), Imtiaz Nazir (CFO)] are also involved in the business. Sajjad, who is permanently based in Saudi Arabia, looks after the Hajj/Umra-related arrangements. 

Head office of Royal Group of Companies is located in Karachi at Khayabaan-e-Ittehad (Jami Commercial). Being GSA of PIA, Shaheen Air, SereneAir and Air Blue, their main office also offers round the clock ticketing service. Then there are other offices too in various locales of the country.

Nazir Ahmed, while suggesting abolishment of government Hajj Schemes, noted that 107,000 Hajjis availing this service, get into trouble. Further elaborating he said that private tour operator makes sure that atleast four of his staff members accompany each batch of 100 Hajjis. This way all the problems are handled efficiently. Hence the Saudi Government as well its Ministry of Religious Affairs are content with the private arrangement that distinguishes itself as one of the top three best such services in the world.

On the contrary, Nazir Ahmed told, Government lacked personnel making it impossible to assign adequate escorts with each batch of hundred Hajjis.  Moreover, the exchequer is overburdened due to staff’s travel, board and lodging: “Performing Hajj is a hard task. In search of cost-cutting, Hajj pilgrims end-up suffering from hardships (including going astray while voyaging between sacred places) instead of concentrating on worship itself”, Nazir Ahmed concluded.

 

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(VIDEO AND TEXT) Karachiites welcome Gilles Pascal new Director AFK!

M. M. ALAM

Karachiites welcome Monsieur Gilles Pascal, the new Director of Alliance Française de Karachi (French Cultural Centre).

Principally a teacher by training Gilles has commenced his career in 1982 as director of French schools in Nigeria and China.

Then he went to France where he served as a teacher and pedagogic advisor from 1988 to 2009.

Till 2011 he was posted as pedagogic adviser in Mayotte.

2011 to 2013 Gilles served as director of the Masters Training Department, University Centre of Mayotte.

Before coming to Pakistan Gilles Pascal served as director Alliance Française de Fianarantsao (Madagascar for four years).

Answering  to Newspakistan.tv (Official Partner BBCNEWS) queries he told:

Q) Normally what is the duration of (an AF) director’s tenure?

A) I came to Karachi a few days ago and as a rule I am here for four years. Earlier I was associated with Alliance Française at Madagascar.

Q) Is this the first time you have come to Pakistan?

A) Yes this is my first visit to Pakistan and Karachi, (though) I have worked in (the neighboring) China.

Q) Why did you opt for Pakistan?

A) Pakistan was proposed (as a post by the authorities) to me and I accepted it. The Karachi post interested me because I knew the Alliance Française here is very active. Then I know how rich the cultural heritage of Karachi is.

Q) What you plan to do here during your four-year tenure?

A) Besides culture, the foremost mission of Alliance Française is to propagate francophonie (- the French language). Since basically I am trained as a teacher it is a great pleasure to work with Pakistani teachers. To serve all those who wish to learn French.

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PML (F)’s MPA Nand Kumar Golkani gets over Rs. 1.5 crores from Sindh Govt. for his daughter’s treatment!

NEWSPAKISTAN.TV REPORT

KARACHI: Sindh Government on Finance Department’s advice (U.O No. FDB&E-1/1467/2017 dated 09.08.2017) has sanctioned release of Rs. 1,55,63,737/- as financial assistance, on medical grounds, to Sanghar’s Nand Kumar Goklani, MPA & Parliamentary Leader, PML-F, Sindh Provincial Assembly, on account of medical treatment of his daughter, Ms. Komal (who is suffering from ‘complicated congenital heart problem’).

According to order the amount has been placed at the disposal of Secretary Health Government of Sindh, for disbursement to Nand Kumar Goklani, subject to fulfillment of all codal formalities during the financial year 2017-18.

The order further endorses that the funds have been sanctioned out of budgetary provision kept in BE 2017-18 under the Head of Account ‘SC-21108-grants 107101-Relief Measures-KQ0055-Grants to Others in Sindh-A05214-Discretionary Grant-03-Grants for Chief Minister’s Directives”.

The expenditure will be debitable to the same head of account.

The Order is duly signed by Dr. Fazullah Pechuho, Secretary to Govt of Sindh.

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