|Quetta observes shutter-down strike to protest blast|
29 June 2012
QUETTA: The city wore a deserted look after Hazara Democratic Party (HDP) called to observe a complete shutter-down strike Friday to condemn the target killings and Hazar Gunji bomb blast in Quetta, Geo News reported.
All the business activities in different areas including Alamdar Road, Hazara Town, Toghi Road, Gulistan Road, Liaquat Bazaar, Bacha Khan Chowk and in adjoining areas were suspended while traffic was also thin on the roads.
While announcing to support today’s strike, different politico-religious parties including Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) strongly condemned the Hazar Gunji blast and demanded the government to provide security to the general public or else step down.
On Thursday, a powerful remote-controlled car-bomb targeting a bus full of pilgrims claimed the lives of 13 people, including a cop, and injured 30 others in the Hazar Gunji area.
Police officials said a passenger bus, escorted by a police van, carrying 40 pilgrims, was on its way from the Pak-Iran border at Taftan to Quetta. When the bus reached the Hazar Gunji area in the outskirts of the provincial capital, it was targeted by a remote-controlled car-bomb.
The blast was so powerful that the bus turned into an unrecognizable wreck of metal and all 40 pilgrims and four policemen - in a patrolling vehicle escorting the passenger bus - were hit.
Reports suggested that unidentified terrorists had parked a car loaded with explosives at Hazar Gunji. As the bus carrying the pilgrims approached the site at around 6:00pm, the explosive device went off with a big bang.
|See Also in Political News|
|Re-polling for 4 seats in Bannu, Khuzdar, S. Waziristan underway|
21 May 2013
BANNU/KHUZDAR: Polling at 13 polling stations for four seats of national and provincial assemblies in Bannu, Khuzdar and South Waziristan underway to continue until 5.00 P. M. on Tuesday, Geo News reported.
On May 11 general elections, voting on three polling stations of Bannu PK-71 and on four polling stations of Bannu PK-72 was deferred due to some irregularities and re-polling is being held today on the directive of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
PK-71 total number of polling ... Full Story
|51 dead as massive tornado roars through US suburb|
21 May 2013
MOORE: A tornado of rare power roared through an Oklahoma City suburb, killing at least 51, flattening neighborhoods with winds up to 200 mph (320 kilometers) and destroying at least one school. Officials said children were among the dead.
The death toll was expected to rise, an Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office spokeswoman said. Rescuers swarmed the debris as darkness fell. More than 140 people were being treated at hospitals, including about 70 children. Some were in critical condition.
... Full Story
|Power supply to Lahore drops below half of its demand|
21 May 2013
LAHORE: Power supply to Lahore has dropped below half of its requirement and many of the areas have plunged into darkness for several hours.
According to Water and Power Ministry, it has started receiving furnace oil after which the situation would get better today.
LESCO official said that it is getting only 1700MW power supply against the demand of 4200 MW.
The official said that Ali Raza Abad, Valencia, Harbanspura, Batapur, Sabzazar, Awan Town, Thokar Niaz Baig, Chah Miran and ... Full Story