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GILGIT: The mountainous Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) region with clean air as compared to many other places of the country, has changed in recent years with an influx of non-custom paid (NCP) cars in the region. Such is their impact that traffic jams on the narrow two-lane thoroughfares of Gilgit, the capital of G-B, have become a regular sight. According to government data, there are around 40,000 cars in the 10 districts of the region. Moreover, there are at least 5,500 NCP cars, which have been smuggled into the region through Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa via Karakoram highway. To make matters worse, thousands of vehicles from other parts of the country come during the tourist season in the summer. “Think Gilgit, and images of fresh springs, glaciers and snow-capped peaks come to mind,” says Ismail Khan, a resident of Gilgit. “But that’s not the case anymore. Noise and air pollution has left its marks everywhere,” the 45-year-old said. The situation is likely to compound when the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) becomes fully operational. Many believe that the convoys of cargo trucks undertaking the 450-kilometre journey through G-B will ruin the natural beauty of the region in addition to adding to the vehicular load on the already congested…

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has shed light on the decision of the purchase of an air defence missile system from Israel as part of a plan to protect India from enemy aircraft. India will recieve the Medium Range Surface to Air Defence Missile (MR-SAM) system from Israel at a cost of Rs 17,000 crore. As part of its plan, the Army will induct more than five regiments of MR-SAM, which will have 40 firing units and over 200 missiles. "In a meeting of the cabinet committee on security headed by the Prime Minister, the proposal for procuring the MR-SAM air defence system for the Army was approved," as quoted by the Indian media. The MR-SAM system, jointly developed by DRDO and Israeli Aircraft Industry, reportedly can shoot down enemy aircraft between 50 to 70 km range. "The delivery of the first system for the Army units will begin within 72 months of the signing of the contract and they would be ready for deployment in field areas by the year 2023,".  India and Israel are both developing similar systems for the Air Force and the Navy.  

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shahryar Khan on Friday said both the suspended players, Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif, admitted in their official statements that they had met bookies. The PCB chairman, who appeared before a session of the Senate Standing Committee on Inter-Provincial Coordination chaired by Senator Mushahidullah, said Islamabad United players Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif and Mohammad Irfan met the bookie named Yousuf during the Pakistan Super League but did not inform the PCB’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU). According to Shahryar Khan, the evidence gathered by the ACU shows that Sharjeel followed through on his agreement with the bookie in Islamabad United’s opening match in PSL. Latif was willing to do the same but he did not play that match. Mohammad Irfan, however, did not pay attention to the bookie’s instructions but he still did not notify the board, due to which the pacer is still under investigation, Khan elaborated. Nasir Jamshed arranged meeting with bookie The PCB chairman informed the committee that bookies do not approach players directly. They either make contacts with the players’ relatives or former players who can get them in touch with their intended targets. “The bookie Yousuf met Nasir Jamshed, and both of…

KARACHI: A terrorist was arrested from Shikarpur during a search operation on Friday. According to initial reports, the terrorist wanted to target important places in Shikarpur. An explosive jacket and material, along with maps, were also seized from his possession. He has been handed to the counter-terrorism department.  

KARACHI: The investigation authorities have sought help from the Federal Investigation Agency to determine where the suicide bomber of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine had come from and ascertain identity. According to sources privy to the investigation Abdullah Brohi, of the Hafeez Brohi group, brings terrorists to Pakistan while Maulvi Naseer provides them safe spots as hideouts. Moreover, footage from the CCTV camera installed at the Afghan border has been obtained to identify the terrorist.  Investigations have also revealed an unusual similarity between the Sehwan incident and blast at Shah Noorani shrine in Khuzdar district of Balochistan. It has been found out at due to search operations throughout the country terrorist organisations had changed their strategy by dividing the provinces among themselves to target. For instance, two groups wanted to target Sindh and Balochistan while two others wanted to wreak havoc in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The blast that took place at the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar on February 16 claimed at least 88 lives and injured over 300 others. The explosion had taken place at a time when the shrine was crowded with people. Initial investigation reports had suggested the suicide bomber could be a woman as the attacker was…

PESHAWAR: A suspected terrorist was intercepted and arrested when he was trying to take explosive material from Khyber Agency to Yakatoot area of Peshawar. The counter-terrorism department personnel made the arrest near Ring Road from Achini Khor Friday morning.   He was shifted to an undisclosed location for investigation.  Although raids and search operations have been taking place in Peshawar since quite some time, the security measures have been tightened post blasts in in the city and adjoining tribal areas.  Following a string of terrorist attacks in the country, the Pakistan Army supported by all Law Enforcement Agencies have launched Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad against the remnants of terrorists in the country. Through increased vigilance multiple terrorists have been apprehended or killed in operations across the country. 

QUETTA: Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad to eliminate the residual and latent threat of terrorism in the country continues with full force nationwide. While multiple terrorists have been killed many terrorist attacks have also been foiled. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) wing of the Pakistan Army, security forces carried out an operation on actionable intelligence regarding the presence of the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar’s Wahab Zakhbeel group in the Lora Lai area. In the operation in Shah Karez near Lora Lai security forces recovered 23 explosive mines foiling a major terrorist bid. The ISPR claims the mines were to be used to carry out attacks against law enforcement agencies and to target university students.  

RAWALPINDI:  Pakistan Army on Thursday conducted targeted strikes across the Afghan border killing two high-profile terrorists affiliated with Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, according to security sources. Those killed included Wajihullah alias Ahrar, who was sponsored by Indian intelligence agency R&AW for terrorist activities in Pakistan, security sources said. He was mastermind of recent suicide attack in Lahore and earlier incidents in Punjab, they added. Another key figure, Hikmat alias Qari Zubair, was in-charge of terrorist transit camp in Afghanistan and coordinator with a hostile intelligence agency for terrorist operation in Pakistan, sources said.  

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) served show cause notices on 29 satellite television news channels on Thursday for telecasting news of a bomb blast in Gulberg locality of Lahore without verification. The PEMRA had given 7 days to the management of the channels in question to reply to the notice. Following a deadly blast in a shopping centre in Defence area of Lahore, news broke about a second explosion in Gulberg, but this turned out to be a hoax. The channels issued show cause notices include ARY News, Khyber News, 92 News, Dunya News, Samaa TV, Geo News, Metro One News, Awaz, Jaag, Abb Tak, Roze News, Dawn News, Mehran, Kohinoor, 7 News, Lahore News, Neo News, Capital TV, Bol News, Such News, Sindh TV News, Channel 5, Din News, Express News, Waqt News, KTN, News One, 24 News and K-21. – APP  

KARACHI:  Sindh Police claimed to have killed two terrorists belonging to banned Daesh (ISIS) group in an encounter in Karachi on Thursday night. Officials said the encounter took place at Mangophir area where two terrorists were gunned down amid encounter with the law-enforcing personnel. Police claimed that the terrorists, identified as Saifullah and Hanif, were high-profile and associated with banned Daesh. Arms, ammunition and laptops were recovered from their possession while police have launched investigations. After a recent spike in terrorism in Pakistan, law enforcement officials are in hunt for suspects and militants across the country and especially in metropolis. Pakistan has intensified its operation near the border area of Afghanistan. Pak-Afghan border has also been sealed at Torkham following the attack on Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine that took over 80 lives. Earlier, according to the ISPR, the army killed more than 100 suspected militants in intelligence-based operations carried out by security forces across the country, including Punjab.  

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