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CHiniot: Around 200,000 cusecs of water passes through Chenab river as monsoon rains have raised water level in rivers. OnLine
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house collapsed due to heavy rains at Kamran Park, Shahdara in Lahore here on Sunday. Rescue staff reached the spot and rescued the injured - Zafar and Majeed - and shifted them to a local hospital. Showers continued in Gujranwala, Jhelum and different areas of NWA on Saturday flooding the streams and lowering the temperature. In three separate roof collapse incidents in villages Alipur Chattha, Kalaskey and Kangniwala Bypass, at least 10 persons were buried under the rubble. The locals on self help basis dug out the injured from the debris and shifted them to different hospitals of concerned areas. The injured included three children and two women. As rains continued on Sunday, Quetta, and its adjoining areas also received showers. The rain turned weather pleasant and a large number of citizens came out of their houses to enjoy the weather. According to Met Office sources, the city may also receive showers on Monday. According to meteorological department, medium-level flood occurred in Chenab at Head Marala with the discharge of over 2,00,000 cusecs of water at Head Khanki. Five villages of Hafizabad district came under water as India released water in Chenab river. Sources said that the outflow of water at Qadirabad barrage in Chenab river was 192,200 cusecs on Sunday. However, they said that the water level was falling down at Head Marala and Khanki. The villages affected by floods were Kot Saleem, Channi Gala, Nahianwala, Bari Tarar and Pir Mohammad. Local administration sources said that police, rescue 1122, concerned civil defense and other departments had been put on high alert to meet with any eventuality. They said the flood in Chanab was feared to affect 165 villages and a population of about 300,000 people. Chenab was likely to attain a level of medium to high flood within next 24 hours. The Jhelum river, too, was forecast to be in low to medium flood at Mangla. Meanwhile, the Met office has forecast rain at isolated places of Khyber Pakthunkhwa during next 24 hours. The Office said that the Monsoon currents were penetrating into most parts of the country and a shallow westerly wave was also affecting upper parts of the country and likely to persist for next 24 hours. Rain/thundershower may occur at isolated places of upper and Central Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Northeastern Balochistan, Kashmir and GilgitBaltistan in the next 24 hours. Mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the country. However, isolated rain/thundershower is likely in Malakand, Hazara divisions, northeast Balochistan, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. Scattered rain/thundershower with isolated heavy falls occurred in upper Punjab, upper and central KP, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan in the last 24 hours. Maximum rain was received by Gujranwala with 123mm followed by Lahore (city) 110, Lahore (airport) 96, Chakwal 97, Sialkot (airport) 79, M B Din 70, Jhelum 67, Kotli 45, D I Khan 49, Sialkot (city) 38, Rawalakot 26, Bhakar 21, Noorpur Thal 17, Drosh 15, Garidopatta, Zhob 12, Dir, Islamabad, 11, Astore, 10, Kalam, Hunza 9, Murree 8, Skardu 7, Gupis and Gilgit 5 mm each in the last 24 hours. Maximum temperature was recorded at Turbat with 46C and pollen count remained 22 per cubic meter.
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Malik points finger at Afghan govt for supporting Fazlullah ISLAMABAD
NTeRIOR Minister Rehman Malik on Sunday said some elements of the Afghan government were supporting Fazlullah, senior leader of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, who was fighting to topple the Pakistani government. Pakistani officials say Taliban
commander Fazlullah has been orchestrating raids on Pakistani security forces from Afghanistan, where he fled several years ago after a Pakistani army operation in his stronghold in Swat. Pakistan has repeatedly called on Afghanistan to hunt down Fazlullah, whose fighters in their hundreds cross the border, launch ambushes and attack army checkpoints. “If somebody is living in somebody’s
house and you ask him `who is giving you food, who is giving you all this shelter?’ You know he is in Afghanistan,” Malik said in an interview on Sunday. “I think some of the elements of the Afghan government there are supporters. Maybe state actors, maybe non-state actors.” “Unfortunately he is enjoying his life in Afghanistan,” said Malik. “I appeal to Afghanistan to look into it and make sure (his) peo-
ple don’t come to us.” “He is as dangerous (for Pakistan) as the Haqqanis are dangerous for Afghanistan. He is energising terrorism now. He is recruiting people, he is planning,” Malik said. Asked if Pakistan would be willing to go after the Haqqanis, Malik said: “They are not our babies, they are no longer anyone’s babies. They have become independent.”
Electricity thieves thrash MEPCO staﬀ in Khanewal
Talks underway with India over Balochistan: minister
KHANEWAL: A MePCO team, including SDO, MePCO; line superintendent, two line-men and a driver were tortured by power stealing land owners in the village 169/10R. The line superintendent received severe injuries and was admitted to the district head quarter’s hospital in Khanewal. According to details a MePCO team headed by SDO. Sana Ullah, including line superintendent Farrukh Naseer Sheikh, lineman Manzoor, assistant lineman, Imran and driver Shafqat on an official vehicle, went to the village 169/10R to raid a tube well belonging to Hashmat Jahan Begum. This farm was under the cultivating possession of Rana Ghulzar Ahamad s/o Abdul Gahaffar, they were caught utilizing electricity directly instead of through meter on their tube-well. When the MePCO team began to disconnect the illegal connection, Rana Gulzar and his accomplices started torturing them with iron rods, hunters and other weapons. They stripped the line superintendent Farrukh naked, and seriously injured him. He was then shifted to the DHQ hospital in an unconscious state. STaff RepORT
KARACHI: Defense Minister Naveed Qamar on Sunday said that evidence pointing towards foreign interference in Balochistan existed and talks on the issue were underway with India, a private news channel reported. Naveed Qamar said this while addressing a press conference along with Governor Balochistan Nawabzada Zulfiqar Magsi following their meeting here at Balochistan House where Law Minister Farooq H Naek was also present. He said the Cabinet Committee on Balochistan would submit its report on daily basis on the issue, adding it was the cabinet which would decide as to who the government would in engage talks with. The defense minister said the issue of Balochistan would be resolved only through democratic and political means and that recommendations in this regard would be put forth in the next meeting of the cabinet after consulting with all the stakeholders. MOniTORing DeSk
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Hundreds of archaeological treasures looted from Afghanistan were returned to the war-torn country’s National Museum on Sunday after being recovered with the help of the British Museum. Many of the 843 artefacts were seized as they were being smuggled into Britain after some 70 percent of the museum’s contents were stolen during Afghanistan’s civil war in the early 1990s. Others were identified on the black market and acquired on behalf of the museum by private donors. The returned treasures include “exquisite examples” of the Begram Ivories, a series of decorative inlays dating back to the first century AD, the British Museum said ahead of Sunday’s handover ceremony. Among others items are a statue of Buddha from the second or third century, Bactrian Bronze Age items, Greco-Bactrian and medieval Islamic coins. Omara Khan Massoudi, director of the national museum, said some of the
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looted treasures returned objects would now go on temporary display. The Telegraph quoted him as saying, “I’m very happy to have these artefacts at the museum. It’s very important to us.” The museum– rebuilt with international aid – was largely destroyed as rival warlords unleashed artillery and rocket fire on the capital in a brutal struggle for power in the early 1990s. And the country achieved global notoriety for cultural barbarism when the Taliban regime, which came to power in 1996, blew up the famed and ancient Bamiyan Buddhas shortly before being overthrown by a US-led invasion. British Consul General in Kabul Colin Crorkin was quoted by the Telegraph as saying, “They show Afghanistan’s other face. They
British police rescue over 800 looted Afghan archaeological treasures from smugglers Returned treasures include ‘exquisite examples’ of the Begram Ivories, statue of Buddha from second or third century, medieval Islamic coins remind us that the troubles of the Taliban age and the battles against the insurgency are relatively small events in the bigger picture.” The famed and priceless 2,000 year-old Bactrian Gold collection of more than 20,000 gold ornaments, hidden by museum staff during the civil war, has been touring the world since 2006.
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The SC disqualified the former Prime Minister Yuosuf Raza Gilani for his failure to write the same letter and many legal experts believe that now that the new contempt of court law has been struck down by the apex court, Prime Minister Ashraf is likely to meet the same fate. The SC’s decision to strike down the new Contempt of Court Act 2012 has also led to the resurrection of the Contempt of Court Ordinance of 2003, the old law that was instrumental in the ouster of Yousaf Raza Gilani from his office. According to sources, the government is also mulling to move the SC with another review petition against the July 12 order of apex court in which Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf was directed to follow the judgment on the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) decision implementation case. Both review petitions are likely to be filed before August 8 when the PM is supposed to apprise the SC whether he has implemented NRO verdict or not.
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