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Security forces kill two terrorists in North Waziristan shootout

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Security forces kill two terrorists in North Waziristan shootout

 Security forces killed two terrorists during a gun battle in North Waziristan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the military’s media wing said in a statement on Friday.

The Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said the intense exchange of fire took place between the security forces and terrorists in Esham where two militants were killed. The ISPR further said the killed terrorists were involved in attacks on security forces. Weapons and ammunition were recovered from their possession, it added.

The Pakistan Army has reaffirmed its resolve to weed out terrorism from the country. It is recalled that Pakistan has sacrificed more than 87,000 lives, including personnel of armed forces, police and citizens, in fight against terrorism.

On Monday, more than 100 people, most of them police officials, were martyred and many others injured in a terrorist attack on a mosque in the Peshawar Police Lines, making it one of the deadliest attacks on security forces in the country. A suicide bomber, who managed to enter the red zone in the guise of a police official, blew himself up in the mosque. The blast was so powerful that a part of the mosque caved in, trapping several people under the rubble.

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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa caretaker Chief Minister Azam Khan formed a joint investigation team (JIT) to probe the incident.  

On Jan 31, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Syed Asim Munir presided over the 255th Corps Commanders’ Conference held at the General Headquarters (GHQ). The top commanders of the Pakistan Army paid rich tributes to the martyrs of the mosque blast and vowed that the perpetrators would be brought to exemplary justice.

On the occasion, the COAS emphasised that such immoral and cowardly acts could not shake the resolve of the nation but rather reinvigorate their determination to succeed in the ongoing war against terror with zero tolerance for any terrorist entity.

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4.3 magnitude earthquake jolts parts of Punjab

4.3 magnitude earthquake jolts parts of Punjab

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4.3 magnitude earthquake jolts parts of Punjab

An earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale struck various parts of Punjab including Lahore on Monday 

People came out of their homes in panic and started reciting verses from the Holy Quran. No loss of life and property was reported in any part of Punjab. 

According to the National Seismic Monitoring Centre, Islamabad, the epicentre of the earthquake was located five kilometres south of Sheikhupura at the depth of 45 kilometres.

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Pakistan Army shoots down Indian quadcopter on LoC

Pakistan Army shoots down Indian quadcopter on LoC

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Pakistan Army has shot down a spy quadcopter of Indian Army on the Line of Control (LoC).

According to a statement issued by the Public Relations Department of the Pakistan Army (ISPR), on Monday, an Indian Air Force quadcopter spying on Pakistan was shot down.

The ISPR said that the army has found the downed quadcopter inside Pakistani territory.

It may be recalled that it is the fifth anniversary of Operation Swift Retort today. On February 27, 2019, the Pakistan Air Force shot down Indian fighter planes that violated Pakistani airspace. 

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PTI founder, Bushra Bibi indicted in 190m pound case

PTI founder, Bushra Bibi indicted in 190m pound case

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PTI founder, Bushra Bibi indicted in 190m pound case

 An accountability court indicted the PTI founder and his wife Bushra Bibi in the ill-famous 190 million pound case – also previously known as Al-Qadir Trust case – as the judge, Nasir Javed Rana, held hearing at the Adiala jail.

All the cases involving the former PTI chairman are being heard at the jail premises – where he is imprisoned – because of the security threats, for which Bushra Bibi was shifted from her Bani Gala residence where she is serving her sentences in two cases – Toshakhana and illegal/un-Islamic marriage.

Meanwhile, her husband has so far been convicted in three cases – cipher, Toshakhana and illegal/un-Islamic marriage.

During the proceedings, the two accused pleaded not guilty, as the judge adjourned proceedings till March 6 while also summoning five witnesses to record their statements on next hearing.

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However, the accountability court accepted two pleas filed by the PTI founder, requesting permission for an appointment with his dentist and general physician.

Previously, the indictment had been postponed on several occasions due to the absence of Mohammad Bashir – the accountability court judge who is set to retire on March 14 and has applied for leave preparatory to retirement (LPR).

However, the law ministry last week appointed District and Sessions Judge Rana as an Accountability Court No 1 Islamabad judge to replace Bashir who went on leave on deputation for a period of three years. 

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