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PTI’s Gandapur killed in suicide attack!

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DERA ISMAIL KHAN: PTI candidate Ikramullah Gandapur – who was contesting elections on provincial assembly seat from the constituency of PK-99 – died here at Combined Military Hospital where he was taken in critical condition after he was gravely injured in a suicide blast at Kulachi area today. 

According to details, Gandapur was on his way back home after addressing a corner meeting when the attacker detonated near his vehicle killing the driver, seriously injuring Gandapur, two policemen escorting him and a passerby. Ikramullah Khan Gandapur was shifted to Combined Military Hospital in critical condition and other injured were taken to District Headquarter Hospital here.

PTI Chief Imran Khan, who took to the Twitter early today to condemn the attack on Gandapur, later expressed his grief on learning about his demise: “Saddened to learn that Ikram Gandapur succumbed to his injuries. My prayers go to his family. May Allah give them the strength to bear this loss.”

Governor Khyber Pakthunkwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra strongly condemned suicide blast on Ikramullah Gandapur. In a condolence message, he expressed grief over the death of Ikram Gandapur and expressed solidarity with the bereaved families. He also prayed for the early recovery of the injured persons.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa while commenting on the tragedy expressed his grief. Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Major General Asif Ghafoor took to the tweet to convey the COAS message: “We have lost another patriotic political leader who are being targeted by enemies of peace & democratic process. We stay determined & steadfast. Blood of our martyrs shall not go waste, IA (Insha Allah)”.

Caretaker Minister for Interior Muhammad Azam Khan has strongly condemned suicide blast on Ikramullah Gandapur and vowed to ensure holding of peaceful elections. In a condolence message issued here Sunday, the minister expressed grief over the death of Ikram Ullah Gandapur and offered condolence with the bereaved families. He said our enemies wanted to destabilize Pakistan through terrorism. However, he said that the Pakistani nation would foil all such conspiracies with forging unity among their ranks.

 Body parts of the suicide bomber’s body were collected from the site for forensic tests. PTI chief Imran Khan took to the twitter to condemn the attack: “Strongly condemn the cowardly terrorist attack against Ikram(ullah) Khan Gandapur and his convoy today. May Allah grant Ikram and the other injured a speedy recovery”.When contacted, the area police claimed that though LEAs had already informed Gandapur apropos death threats to him, he opted to move sans informing the authorities that have assigned thirteen gunmen for his security. Gandapur held the portfolio of agriculture and livestock minister in PTI’s last government.

Israrullah GandapurReaders may recall that Ikramullah’s brother Israrullah Gandapur (PTI Minister for Law, Parliamentary Affairs, and Human Rights) too was bombed to death along with seven others while he was greeting people during Eid-ul-Azha in October 2013.

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Others too took to the twitter to condemn the attack: 

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This is a developing story. 

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Fake ‘amil’ makes brothers bury their sister alive!

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Fake 'Amil' makes brothers bury their sister alive

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TAXILA: On the instructions of a fake faith-healer two brothers killed their mentally sick sister in order to get the house rid of evil. 

Shabana, 38, and a resident of Banni Mohallah near Christian Hospital had not been seen since 4th of Dec. Her elder brother, Mohammad Imran, who lives separately, lodged a complaint with the police about his sister’s unexplained disappearance. On Friday, the victim’s mother called her brother, Abdul Lateef, saying she had been locked in a room by her two sons, Mohammad Farhan and Mohammad Kamran, and that she had managed to break out of the room.

Abdul Lateef came to his sister’s aid and also informed his nephew, Mohammad Imran. The victim’s mother told her brother and son that her daughter had been buried alive in the well in the house. Imran then informed the local police about the crime. Rescue 1122 was called to retrieve the body but the operation was abandoned when the oxygen supply was exhausted and it got dark.

Rescue 1122 officer Adeel Ahmed said the operation will resume on Saturday after more oxygen cylinders are brought in. Investigation Officer Assistant Sub-Inspector Mohammad Shahzad told media persons that both the suspects were taken into custody. He said the two brothers had confessed to killing their sister on the directives of the local spiritual healer, who had told them that evil forces have descended on her which also affected their family. The spiritual healer had advised they kill her in order to rid the family of evil forces.

A case will be registered against the suspects after the body is recovered. Another case in which a lack of knowledge destroys a life, even consultation with an amateur in the medical field could have prevented such a tragedy.

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4th Anniversary of Army Public School (APS)

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PESHAWAR: The nation will be observing 4th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the Army Public School Peshawar on Sunday.
Six terrorists stormed APS School on the same day four years ago and opened indiscriminate firing killing 147 students and teachers of the school.
Special functions have been arranged at APS schools and other educational institutions to pay homage to martyrs of APS school tragedy.
Similar, functions will be held in other parts of the country including candle vigil light in the memory of martyr students.

Candles were lit in the memory of martyrs of Army Public School (APS) Peshawar, outside DC Complex in Faisalabad today. Speaking on the occasion, the DC said the APS tragedy was the worst example of barbarism. He said sacrifices of the martyrs would be remembered for long. He said a site outside the DC Complex had been fixed where people could place flowers and lit candles for APS martyrs. Later, Fateha was also offered.

President of ANP Asfanyar Wali Khan Saturday emphasized on full implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP) drafted in the wake of APS carnage on December 16, 2014, that united the entire nation on the platform against terrorism. On the eve of the fifth anniversary of APC massacre, the ANP Chief argued that though some points of the NAP have been followed by the provinces and the federal government majority of the points yet to be implemented. To avoid APS like carnage, Asfandyar Wali said: “we have to bring the factors behind the national tragedy before of the nation”.  The notion of good and bad Taliban has to be abandoned and initiation of across the board action against the banned outfit was need of the hour to get rid of terrorism, he added. NAP is the best option available with us to overcome the problem of terrorism on sound footings, he added.  The atmosphere of trust and confidence is being built due to temporary peace in the region, therefore, we have to benefit from it an otherwise big danger in the shape of Daesh was looming large in the region which is being funded by forty countries. The philosophy of non-violence of Khudai Khidmatgar Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan also known as Baacha Khan has to be followed in letter and spirit for achieving the desired goal of peace in the region.

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‘Teacher’ who asked pupil to wash his car, suspended!

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FAISALABAD: AC Tandlianwala today suspended a schoolteacher on the charge of forcing a pupil to wash his car.
Spokesman of the education department said that the AC  paid a surprise visit to Govt High School for Boys Chak No.455 and found Ali Hasnain, a student of second grade cleaning a car and washing its tyres. After interrogation, it transpired that schoolteacher Rizwan had asked the minor student to wash his car.
Taking serious notice, the AC Tandlianwala immediately suspended the schoolteacher Rizwan and censured the headmaster Muhammad Iqbal Khan. Further departmental action was underway.

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