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HYDERABAD: Police has been put on high alert while additional force is being deputed at corner meetings and public meetings of the contesting candidates in the district.
This was stated by Senior Superintendent of Police Rai Aijaz Ahmed while talking to media men here.  He said during election campaign Code of Conduct would be strictly implemented. He said the police was acting on removal of banners, panaflex and political party flags installed at government buildings and poles. Additional police force was deployed at different parts of the district following the incident of Peshawar blast, he added.
He said that installation of CCTV Cameras at the polling stations was in progress to keep a vigil on the anti-social elements.  He vowed to provide required security for the safety of leaders of political parties. The SSP said that police contingents posted for security at different houses and individuals was withdrawn and 300 jawans are being posted at different police stations of the district. He said the security provided to political parties houses individuals were withdrawn a month back on the directives of Supreme Court of Pakistan. However, according to law, security has been provided at the residence of former President Asif Ali Zardari. He informed that police was ordered to register FIR against political parties using high volume speakers for announcement and songs. He said there is no restriction on hoisting party flags at vehicles. He said all the Station House Officers of the district have been transferred from the police station to maintain the impartiality of police while police officials are directed to remain impartial in supporting any political party.

A relevant piece published earlier:  Banned militant outfit TTP has today claimed responsibility for the suicide attack carried out on ANP leader Barrister Haroon Bilour. People of every walk of life including senior politicians and civil society have strongly condemned the suicide attack on ANP corner meeting in Peshawar last night and termed it cowardice act of terrorism.  Chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan, Chairman Pakistan Peoples’ Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari , President Pakistan Muslim League-N Shehbaz Sharif, ANP Chief Asfandyar Wali Khan, Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair, former Chief Minister KP Pervez Khattak and others leaders have strongly condemned the suicide attack in Peshawar that killed at least 20 people including ANP leader Haroon Bilour and injuring 66 others.
In separate tweet and condolence messages, PTI Chief Imran Khan expressed sorrow over the death of ANP leader Haroon Bilour and other ANP workers in the blast and expressed sympathies with members of the victims’ families.  He called for the provision of foolproof security to all political leaders and candidates during their election campaigns. PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has also expressed sorrow over the martyrdom of Haroon Bilour and others workers of ANP. Bilawal Bhutto said terror attack on pro-democracy individuals was a conspiracy. PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif also grieved over the death of Haroon Bilour and strongly condemned this barbaric act of terrorism. “Bilour family has suffered the worst terrorist violence and rendered great sacrifices for the country,” he noted. Bashir Bilour Shaheed was a brave leader who was martyred in similar terrorists attack six years ago and the sacrifices of Haroon Bilour would not go waste, he said. Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) chief Mustafa Kamal said those elements, who had cloured their hands with the blood of innocents people in Peshawar, did not deserve mercy. He called the authorities for bringing the perpetrators of Peshawar blast to justice. Cricket star Shahid Afridi also denounced the blast and termed Haroon Bilour was a brave son of a brave father whose sacrifice will not go waste. ANP senior leader Mian Iftikhar Hussain has strongly condemned the attack on ANP rally and termed it an attempt to derailing democratic system in the country. He said ANP will fully participate in the election despite the attack. Ex-Finance Minister Miftah Ismail, PTI leaders Asad Umar, Ali Haider Zaidi, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Faisal Vowda, Firdus Asiq Awani, former Federal Minister Rehman Malik, ANP leader Wajid Ali Khan have grieved over the death of Haroon Bilour and others ANP workers in the blast. A suicide bomber attacked a corner meeting in the Yakatoot area of Peshawar this evening killing twelve including the ANP candidate Barrister Haroon Bilour and injuring 65.  According to details the suicide bomber was present in the corner meeting and detonated 8kgs Trinitrotoluene near Haroon Bilour (contesting the election from PK-87 on ANP’s ticket) during a display of fireworks. He was taken to Lady Reading Hospital where he was announced dead on arrival.  Bilour family had confirmed the death of Haroon Bilour in the explosion. Injured, that include Danyal Bilour teenaged son of deceased Haroon Bilour, have been taken to Lady Reading Hospital.  It is pertinent to mention here that his father Bashir Ahmed Balour (Senior Provincial Minister) too was killed back in 2012 by a Pakistani Taliban suicide bomber during an ANP meeting in Dhaki Nal Bandi Area near Qissa Khawani Bazar of Peshawar. Taliban believe that secular parties like ANP support the ‘War on Terror’. 

Prime Minister Justice (Retd) Nasir-ul-Mulk Tuesday strongly condemned the bomb blast in Peshawar, which caused loss of precious human lives and injuries.  Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sardar Muhammad Raza condemning the attack held: “This shows the weakness of our security institutions and a conspiracy against transparent elections.” Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has strongly condemned the bomb blast at an election rally ANP at Yakatott Area, Peshawar in which senior leader of ANP Barrister Haroon Bilour and others lost their lives. In his statement, the Speaker termed it a barbaric and shameful act of terrorism and expressed heartfelt grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives. He said that the elements involved in such activities were the enemies of the humanity and wanted to sabotage the democratic process in the country. He said that such shameful acts could not deter firm resolve against terrorism. He called upon the authorities for bringing the perpetrators of Peshawar blast to justice. He sympathized with bereaved families and prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the souls of martyred in eternal peace. He also prayed for early recovery of injured. Caretaker Chief Minister (CM) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Dost Muhammad Khan has said that all those elements responsible for suicide attack on Awami National Party (ANP) rally in Peshawar will be brought to justice. He said that a detailed investigation would be carried out to know if there was any security’s lapse. The CM said through such cowardice acts, the resolve of the nation could not be shaken in the fight against terrorism. He expressed these views after an emergency meeting about law and order situation following the blast. The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary, IGP KP besides other senior officials of Police and other departments. The CM directed the authorities concerned to examine all aspects of the blast so that perpetrators could be unmasked before the nation. He said holding of a free and transparent election is the prime responsibility of the caretaker government and every possible step will be taken to achieve this objective. Meanwhile, a five-member cabinet delegation of the caretaker government of KP visited the residence of Shaheed Haroon Bilour and expressed condolence with members of the bereaved family.  The caretaker ministers include Zafar Iqbal Bangash, Fazl Elahi, Asadullah  Chamakani and Muhammad Rashid Khan and expressed grief, sorrow over the death of Haroon Bilour. They prayed for the rest of the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear this loss with patience. The Minister also prayed for early recovery of the blast’s injured and directed hospitals administration to provide best medical facilities to the victims.

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20 people injured in attack on BAP office

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QUETTA: At least 20 persons were injured when some unknown men threw a hand grenade at Balochistan Awami Party’s (BAP) election office in Dalbandin area of Chaghi district on Sunday evening.
According to police sources, unidentified men riding a motorbike hurled a hand grenade at an election office of BAP which went off, leaving 20 workers of BAP injured on the spot, in Killi Khuda-e-Raheem area.
Police reached the site and shifted the injured to a nearby hospital for medical aid.
Four of the injured were being shifted to Quetta Civil hospital in view of their critical condition. Law enforcement agencies reached the site, cordoned off the entire area and started an investigation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Suicide attack at Kabul airport leaves 14 dead, 60 wounded

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KABUL: A suicide bomber killed at least 14 people and wounded 60 at the entrance to Kabul international airport on Sunday, officials said, as scores gathered to welcome home Afghan Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum from exile.
Senior government officials, political leaders, and supporters were leaving the airport after greeting the powerful ethnic Uzbek leader and former warlord when the explosion happened.
“This is the first time I have seen a suicide attack,” one witness told the Media. “People were collecting human flesh with their hands,” he said, shaking as he spoke. “What is going on in Afghanistan?”
Dostum, clad in a Western suit and sunglasses and traveling in an armored vehicle, was unharmed, said his spokesman Bashir Ahmad Tayanj.
Kabul Police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai said 14 people had been killed and 60 wounded, adding that nine members of the security forces and traffic police were among the dead.
The suicide bomber was on foot, interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said, adding that civilians, including a child, and security force members were among the casualties.
Dostum, who is linked to a catalog of human rights abuses in Afghanistan, was mobbed like a celebrity as he left the chartered plane from Turkey, where he has lived since May 2017.
His return, which has been the subject of much speculation, comes amid violent protests in several provinces across northern Afghanistan, his traditional power base.
Thousands of Dostum’s supporters have taken to the streets in recent weeks, shuttering election and government offices and blocking sections of highways to demand the release of a pro-government militia leader and call for Dostum’s return.
Expectations of the return did little to quell the unrest, with protesters vowing Sunday to continue demonstrating until the burly leader of the Uzbek ethnic minority tells them otherwise.
“We don’t trust the government. We will continue our protests unless General Dostum tells us to stop,” Ehsanullah Qowanch, a protest leader in Faryab province, told the Media. 
Qowanch also repeated calls for the release of Nezamuddin Qaisari – a district police chief and Dostum’s provincial representative in Faryab – whose arrest earlier this month ignited the protests.
Another protester, Massoud Khan, said: “We have been on the streets for 20 days now. We are not going to stop our protests unless our demands are met.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PESHAWAR: Chairman Qaumi Watan Party Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao condemned the suicide blast in Dera Ismail Khan Tuesday which claimed PTI candidate for KP assembly and former provincial minister Ikram Ullah Gandapur and injured five others.
He expressed his deepest sorrows and condolences over the martyrdom of the PTI leader Ikram Ullah Gandapur. He said this while addressing a public meeting in Kanewar Tehsil Tangi District Charsadda in connection of election 2018 campaign Sunday.
QWP chief said that terrorism had played havoc with the lives of the people in KP. He said it was the time that the government should devise a strategy to effectively tackle the menace.
Condemning the sorrowful incident, he said that with the martyrdom people had lost a good political figure in the province. Expressing his heartfelt sympathies with the families of the deceased and wounded people said Sherpao.
He said that maintaining law and order situation and holding free and fair elections are the two key responsibilities of caretaker governments. He lamented that they did not fully act upon their duties to
eradicate the number of serious incidents.
“It is need of the hour that all the political parties and stakeholders should jointly work to take a unified stand against terrorists in order to restore peace to ensure the safety of lives and properties of the
people” he added.
He has expressed his concern over the recent terrorist incidents and said that it was the time that the caretaker government should take effective steps to control the menace of terrorism and ensure the protection of the politicians to provide them a peaceful environment for smooth election campaigns and gave way to holding of transparent elections.
He said that Pakhtuns had rendered numerous sacrifices in the war against terrorism both of lives and material but unfortunately no reward was paid to them for their sacrifices in the center which further increased the sense of growing deprivation among them.
He said that QWP will leave no stone unturned to address the grievances of the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said that KP needed an honest leadership for its welfare that could steer the province out of the existing problems. Sherpao expressed his grave concern over the unannounced and excessive load shedding in parts of KP. He said in extremely hot weather electricity outrages made the lives of the people miserable.
He expressed his firm conviction that Qaumi Watan Party will fight for the rights of Pakhtuns and will raise voice against the exploitation of the people of his province on every platform. He said that QWP will emerge the only representative of Pakhtuns in the general elections of 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

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