BANGUI (Central African Republic): A Burundian soldier in the UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) was killed late Sunday in a clash in the center of the country, UN sources said.
The fighting occurred in the town of Bambari, according to UN sources there and in the capital Bangui. A CAR soldier was also injured. The death came a week after a Tanzanian peacekeeper was killed and seven others were wounded when their patrol was ambushed in the village of Dilapoko in the southwest Mambere-Kadei prefecture.
The UN force, known by its French acronym of MINUSCA, has been in CAR since April 2014, tasked with assisting to stabilize the country after a brutal sectarian-tinged civil conflict that France helped to dampen. It is one of the UN’s biggest peacekeeping operations and currently has 11,000 troops and 2,000 police in a complement of nearly 13,500 people.
However, the mission is struggling to contain militias who control most of the country’s territory and often violently fight each other. Five UN troops have now been killed in the CAR this year. Sunday’s attack was carried out by a group that calls itself the Union for Peace in CAR (UPC), a gendarmerie official said in Bambari, adding that several militiamen were killed during the three-hour gunfight.
A piece published earlier: Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations (UN) Maleeha Lodhi said on Friday that Pakistan’s commitment to UN Peacekeeping remains strong, consistent and unstinting. Addressing the meeting of the recent Leaders Summit on Peacekeeping in New York, Lodhi said: “Additional Pakistan Army units are ready for deployment to UN peacekeeping missions around the world.” Lodhi said that Pakistan is the top contributor to the UN’s peacekeeping mission and more than 7,000 uniformed personnel from Pakistan are serving in seven peacekeeping missions. She said that Pakistan wants UN to gear up its support mechanism for speedy deployment of selected units to UN missions. Earlier, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon lauded Pakistani peacekeepers for their service under the UN flag in hot spots around the world, saying they had made the valuable contribution in maintaining peace as also helping communities suffering from war. (Published on 18th June 2016)
CJP takes suo moto notice of murder of mother, daughter in Jahania
ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar Sunday taken Suo Moto notice of alleged murder of mother and daughter in Jahania.
The notice was taken on footage viral on social media that women were allegedly murdered by their opponents when they (mother and daughter) were returning after attending the court. Taking notice of the issue, the Chief Justice has directed IGP Punjab to submit a report within three days.
SC summons health minister: ventilators
LAHORE: The Supreme Court on Saturday summoned Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid, MD Punjab Procurement Regulatory Authority Shahid Hussain and others for Dec 22 to sort out problems being faced in the purchase of ventilators for government hospitals.
The bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar passed the orders while hearing a suo moto notice regarding government hospitals conditions.
During the proceedings, the provincial health department officials apprised that ventilators could not be purchased for government hospitals due to various technical problems in the purchase process.
At this, the bench observed that it was an important equipment but despite passage of one-year period, it could not be purchased. The bench adjourning further hearing till December 22 summoned provincial health minister, MD PPRA and others for resolving problems being faced in the process.
The health officials also apprised the court about various steps taken to improve the conditions of the hospitals.
Meanwhile, the bench observed that civil courts would decide the claims of property retrieved from the land grabber Mansha Ali Khokhar, alias Mansha Bomb while hearing a suo moto case regarding encroachments by him.
Earlier, the court was apprised that 15 claimants had approached for land retrieved from Mansha Bomb.
Moreover, the bench adjourned the hearing of United Christian Hospital revival case till Dec 22.
Dr. Jawwad Sajid, a member of the committee formed for the revival of the hospital, apprised the bench about various developments in this regard.
1,54,458 FIRs computerized in province
PESHAWAR: The digitization FIRs is in full swing and so far 1,54,458 FIRs have been computerized throughout the province during the current year.
The spokesperson today said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police has prepared a central database for the record of all police stations FIRs.
Direct access to the FIR is via data of a concerned person i.e CNIC mobile phone and house address. According to detail Peshawar district police showed excellence performance during the current year by digitizing 28,520 FIRs followed by Mardan of 18,185 FIRs, Charsadda 7,525, Nowshera 4,484, Swabi 6,699, Swat 14,608 Buner 9,324, Shangla 3,638, Dir Lower 6,808, Dir Upper 2,760, Chitral 3,073, Abbottabad 7,478, Haripur 4,731, Mansehra 4,581, Battagram 582, Kohistan Lower 432, Kohistan Upper 503, Torghar 156, Kohat 6,882, Hangu 2,687, Karak 3,102, Bannu 70,23, Lakki Marwat 2,940, DIKhan 6,358 and Tank 1,379.
All records of the criminal have been centralized with the online computer record and access to all policed stations of the province effective and result oriented action is being taken against the outlaws instantly.
Now the accused cannot evade from the police action. Complete file record against the accused is available in this computerized system. All police action and court proceeding in the case are being registered in the online system.
After registration of FIR in any police station, one copy is sent to the computer cell for digitization.