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 Tuesday, April 12, 2011
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PHC orders release of two terror suspects
By our correspondent
PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Monday ordered the release of two suspected militants charged with attack on anti-militant Adezai Qaumi Lashkar, in which two members of the Lashkar and a seven-year-old boy were killed in Matani village.
A single PHC bench headed by Justice Dost Muhammad Khan issued release order of Basit and Fakhar Alam and directed them to furnish surety of two personal bail bonds worth Rs300,000 each. When the bench started hearing, the petitioner’s lawyer, Aminur Rehman, contended that after the killing of two Lashkar members in a roadside bomb blast, one of the Lashkar elders, Hussain Zada, charged 18 persons including his two clients in the attack.
The counsel submitted that the petitioners were only charged on the statement of the Lashkar chief and there was no evidence against them. He said there was only allegation against the petitioners that they had joined a militant group in the area.

Book Fair concludes
By our correspondent
LAHORE: The five-day 25th Lahore International Book Fair 2011 concluded at the Lahore Expo Centre, Johar Town, here on Monday. Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khosa was the chief guest at the concluding ceremony of the fair. The governor visited different stalls and appreciated the efforts of the organisers for successfully organising the book fair and providing healthy and positive activities to people. During the five days, thousands of people from different walks of life visited the book fair and explored the world of books presented by over 160 local and foreign publishers, who had set up stalls there. A number of educational organisations and companies, dealing in educational and stationery items, were also part of the book fair.

Bid to bomb residence of JI leader foiled
By Yousaf Ali
PESHAWAR: Police foiled an apparent bomb attack on former Member of the National Assembly from Peshawar and provincial secretary general of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Shabbir Ahmad Khan, by defusing explosives planted outside his residence in the Zaryab Colony here Monday morning. Officials of the bomb disposal unit were called to check the bag. They found explosives weighing six kilograms had been packed in plastic, the official informed. He said the BDU official defused the explosives. A BDU official said that it was a remote-controlled device. He opined that it was powerful device that could have caused serious losses.

Four killed in Torghar accident
By our correspondent
MANSEHRA: Four persons were killed and eight others sustained injuries when a passenger vehicle plunged into a river in Torghar on Monday. Police said the vehicle was on its way to Thakot when its driver lost control over the steering while negotiating a sharp turn. The local people rushed to the scene and fished out the bodies and shifted the injured to the District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ), Battagram. The deceased were identified as Jano Nawab, Gul Aman, Lazak Khan and Mohammad Nasar, 10. The injured included Mustafa Khan, Hussain Afzal, Mohammad Hussain, Torlala, Fazal Manan and Mohammad Amir. A doctor at the DHQ told reporters that three of the injured were referred to the Ayub Medical Complex in Abbottabad because of their critical condition.

Abducted person killed in NWA
By our correspondent
GHALLANAI: The body of one of the eight persons, kidnapped by unidentified persons a week ago, was found on the bank of the River Kabul in Mohmand Agency on Monday, official and tribal sources said. The sources said that eight persons were kidnapped from Dadokhel locality in Michini in lower part of Mohmand Agency. The body of one of the kidnapped person, Alam, son of Musa, was found on the bank of River Kabul. The official sources said that these persons were kidnapped over some monetary dispute. However, locals said that they were kidnapped after they refused to pay extortion to criminals operating in the area. Meanwhile, official sources said that military action was continuing in Badmanai, Mithai, Suran Darra and Sheikh Baba areas of Safi and Baizai Tehsils of the Mohmand tribal region.

Bhutto’s trial audio record sought
By our correspondent
LAHORE: The Law Ministry has moved another application to the registrar of the Lahore High Court to provide a copy of the audio record of the trial of former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Arif Chaudhry advocate, consultant of the ministry, also sought the copy of the original FIR of the case. The registrar has taken no action on the application so far. A handout, however, said that as per the index sheet of the case, attested copies of all records pertaining to the FIR (No.402) of 1974 had already been provided to the Law Ministry. There was no mentioning of any audio record in the index sheet and no such record was available in the record room, it said, adding that the copy of the said FIR was not legible, however, its better copy might be provided.

Dacoits loot Rs3.3m from Pindi bank
By our correspondent
RAWALPINDI: Daring dacoits on Monday looted a bank at Kashmiri Bazaar in broad daylight, taking away cash of over 3.3 million rupees after confining the staff members to a room, police said. DSP (City) Sabar Nadeem, when contacted, said that two dacoits equipped with automatic weapons entered the Habib Bank, Kashmiri Bazaar Branch, at about 1.30pm, a few minutes before the break time, overpowered the bank guard and disarmed him. The DSP said that the gunmen held the staff members at gunpoint and confined them to a room, adding that they took away Rs3.3 million. The Ganjmandi police have taken up the case and detained some staff members and bank gaurd for questioning.

Blast victim dies at hospital
By our correspondent
CHARSADDA: A youth injured in a suicide blast in Timergara succumbed to injuries at the Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) in Peshawar. Seven people, including a pro-government Lashkar chief, were killed and 18 others sustained injuries in a suicide attack in Jandol Munda in Timergara on April 4. Shakirullah, resident of Charsadda, was among the injured. He was taken to the District Headquarters Hospital from where he was shifted to the LRH because of his critical condition.

Militants blow up electricity towers
By our correspondent
GHALLANAI: Militants blew up two electricity towers in Safi Tehsil of Mohmand Agency on Monday, local sources said. The sources said that militants had planted explosives at the towers and triggered the explosions with a remote-controlled device. As a result of the explosion, both the towers were destroyed, disrupting the power supply to many areas in Safi Tehsil.