May 01

Altaf, Zardari discuss problems faced by PPP, MQM, ANP during election campaign

Zardari AltafIslamabad: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain on Monday contacted President Asif Ali Zardari over telephone and discussed the current situation face by the top secular parties of the country during their election campaign.

The MQM chief conveyed the difficulties faced by the MQM, Awami National Party (ANP) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) during their election campaigns amid bombings and attacks on their election rallies and offices.

Altaf Hussain said that they will not be deterred by the attacks and will continue to organise political activities despite threats.

The MQM chief and Asif Ali Zardari also agreed over curbing the terrorism and increasing contacts in future to eliminate the threat.

Jul 13

ANP leader among 6 killed in Quetta blast

QUETTA: Six people including an Awami National Party (ANP) leader were killed while ten others were injured when a blast occurred at Kuchlak Bazaar of Quetta Friday morning, Geo News reported.ANP leader among 6 killed in Quetta blast

According to police, a blast occurred at Kuchlak Bazaar near the venue of an ANP rally and was followed by intense firing that killed four people including an ANP leader Malik Qasim and an eight-year-old boy.

Ten people including ANP’s provincial president Aurangzaib Kasi and his wife were also injured in the blast.

Security forces cordoned off the area while rescue teams shifted the injured and bodies to Civil Hospital and CMH, Quetta.

Two vehicles were also damaged in the explosion while seven kilograms of explosives were used in the blast that were fitted in a bicycle, bomb disposal squad said.

Several political parties condemned the blast and demanded immediate action against the perpetrators.

Apr 23

PPP, MQM, ANP involved in extortion: Malik

Karachi: Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the Pakistan People’sParty (PPP),the Awami National Party (ANP) and some other parties were involved in the extortion in Karachi.Rahman Malik
He was speaking to media at the Jinnah International Airport, Karachi, on Monday.

Replying a query regarding law and order situation in Karachi, the minister said that arms were being smuggled in the city through Hub area.

Malik criticized the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz for opposing composition of probe body formed to investigate deadly air crash that killed 127 people near Islamabad.

The minister said that opposition leader Chaduhry Nisar Ali Khan was raising objection due to inclusion of a PCO judge in probe committee but there weer several PCO judges working in the country.

He said that the Bhoja Airline was awarded license during Nawaz Sharfi government.

Malik said that Air Blue was owned by a PML-N member Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

He said that investigation report into Air Blue crash was made public and it would be made again.