M. M. ALAM
KARACHI: Grace Shelton, the Consul General of US, has handed over six armored personnel vehicles (APVs) worth Rs.150m to the Baluchistan police officials here at an event today.
Speaking on the occasion Consul General said: “The recent targeted killings of Baluchistan police officers shows just how dangerous policing can be in Baluchistan and how we cannot rest in determining ways to keep law enforcement officers safe.
“The United States Government hopes these vehicles and the other protective equipment can help protect these brave officers while they continue to fight crime and terrorism.”
The vehicles were built by the American company Lenco and were designed specifically for the rough terrain of Baluchistan and easy maintenance locally.
In addition to the APVs, the United States recently donated 4,000 bullet resistant vests, mine and explosives detectors, bomb suits, and bomb blankets. The total donation was in excess of US$7m.
PS: The United States Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs works in more than 90 countries to help countries combat crime and corruption, counter drug-related offences, improve police institutions, and promote laws and court systems that are fair and accountable.
5 hurt as law enforcers’ vehicle bombed in Chaman!
CHAMAN: At least five people were wounded – two gravely – when a remote-control IED planted on a motorcycle was detonated targeting a patrolling vehicle carrying members of the law-enforcement personnel here today.
According to details unidentified miscreants also opened fire at the vehicle following the explosion. The wounded are being treated at Civil Hospital.
A huge fire erupted in nearby shops following the blast the damaged at least ten shops. Rescue teams and a contingent of security forces reached the blast site and began the rescue operation.
Four police men among five injured in Khaliqabad attack
QUETTA: At least five persons including four police personnel were injured in an exchange of firing between police and proclaimed offenders near Salarzai near Manguchar area of Kalat district today.
According to police, following on a tip-off, a police party conducted a raid at a place where the proclaimed offenders opened fire at them. Four police personnel including Inspector Asif Rasheed, Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Khair Muhammad, ASI Mehran, Constable Haji Khan, Constable Amir Bakhsh and one citizen Abdul Qayum received injuries during heavy exchange of firing.
The injured were shifted to nearby hospital for medical aids. No arrest was reported so far. Police cordoned off the entire area and started a search to trace out the suspects.
15 laborers stuck as oil tanker catches fire in Gadani
GADANI: 15 laborers got stuck as fire erupted due to flying sparks produced during welding works in an oil tanker at shipbreaking yard here today.
According to details, the dismantling of oil tankers was being carried out despite a ban on such activity imposed due to an inferno that claimed 26 lives back in November 2016.
Relevant pieces published earlier:
Rs. 18 million has been given to the heirs of the nine workers who lost their lives when an inferno engulfed a parked ship at Gadani Ship-breaking Yard on November 1, 2016. Conspicuous among others there were MPA Upper Dir Sahibzada Sanaullah and representatives of Gadani Ship-breaking yard. It is pertinent to mention here that nine out of 29 who were burnt to death on 1st November were from Lower and Upper Dir. Heir of each victim got a cheque of rupees two million (of which Baluchistan Govt. has chipped-in half a million rupees while Ship-Breakers paid 1.5million). (Published on 22nd January 2017).
Fire engulfed the same out-of-service LPG ship (owned by Rizwan Diwan Farooqi – former chairman Ship-breaking Yard Association – parked at plot No. 60) this morning, that caught fire last December too.
However, due to a swift operation carried out by firefighters, flames were doused and fifty-five workers were rescued.
Gadani Ship-Breaking Yard Plot 60 fire under control: All workers safe!
GADANI: Inferno, that has engulfed a ship parked here at the Ship-Breaking Yard’s Plot 60 Thursday (December 22), has been contained.
Rescue teams have evacuated all the laborers from the burning vessel.
Inferno engulfs another ship at Gadani: Déjà-vu for Les Miserables!
GADANI: While the exact number of laborers who died in the unused oil-tanker fire in Gadani-Ship breaking yard on November 26 is not known yet, another fire broke out today (Thursday, December 22nd) in a ship with a number of unknown workers trapped inside.
Relatives of the trapped laborers are in a state of grave panic fearing a rerun of last month’s hellhole scenario.
Laborers want judicial commission formed as death toll rises to 26 in Gadani ship-breaking blast
KARACHI: A judicial commission should be constituted under a Sindh High Court (SHC) judge to investigate the deadly oil tanker blast at the Gadani ship-breaking yard, demanded workers after the death toll from the explosion and fire has risen to 26. A local government official Zulfiqar Hashmi on Monday said that six more wounded from the Gadani shipyard have died.“One person died at home after being discharged from hospital while five others expired in hospital,” he said.
Laborers, during a protest on Sunday, demanded that the shipowner, contractors, and heads of government watchdog institutions should be arrested and tried for their negligence towards the laborers’ lives and environment. The ship-breaking workers urged the government and their employers to compensate each of their dead comrades with Rs.3 million as financial support for their families and give Rs.500,000 to each of the injured workers. Meanwhile, all activities at the ship-breaking yard in Gadani have been banned and a probe is underway.A high-level committee formed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to investigate the causes of the fire held its first meeting in Karachi Saturday and said it would finalize a report within a week.
Eleven dead, dozens injured as oil tanker explodes at Gadani ship-breaking yard
GADANI: At least eleven laborers were killed and more than 70 others injured in an explosion that occurred during work on an unused oil tanker in the Gadani ship-breaking yard, police said on Tuesday.According to a senior police official, over 100 people were working on the ship at the time of the blast.
“The workers died in a series of explosions occurred in the oil tanker due to gas welding work,” said the Deputy Superintendent of Police Hub.“About eight explosions have occurred, and more explosions are feared,” he added.The whereabouts of at least 20 other workers remain unknown. Some workers remain trapped inside the ship, whereas others who were able to exit the ship from above threw themselves into the sea. Rescue workers from Karachi and Hub area of Balochistan rushed to the scene. However, only a single fire engine was present at the time that remained unsuccessful in putting out the fire.The ship-breaking yard is the world’s third largest ship breaking yard located across a 10 km long beachfront at Gadani, about 50 kilometers northwest of Karachi.