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Rains in Lahore, Islamabad trigger flooding alert

Rains in Lahore, Islamabad trigger flooding alert

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Rains in Lahore, Islamabad trigger flooding alert

Heavy rain lashed Lahore and its adjoining areas in early hours of Saturday.

The showers made the weather somewhat pleasant but disrupted the power supply leading to agonising experience for people in many areas. Low-lying areas turned puddles.

The Met office forecast more rain in the city during the next 24 hours (Saturday-Sunday).

On Friday, Islamabad and Rawalpindi also had downpour, triggering warning of urban flooding.
The district administration issued an alert and directed rescue teams to be on their toes for quick response in case of any emergency.

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Earlier, a brief spell of rain in several parts of Lahore and adjoining areas provided relief to the weather-beaten people. It proclaimed the onset of monsoon.

Rain – light to moderate – was reported from Lakshmi Chowk, Shimla Pahari, Davies Road, The Mall, Chowburji, Mozang, Ferozepur Road and Ichhra.

People rejoiced at the showers of relief which brought the temperature down and mitigated sultry conditions.

The Met office said Friday’s temperature in Lahore would hover around 30 degrees Celsius – a drastic cut from the dreaded 40s which stretches human endurance to its limits. It was same on Saturday, with forecast of more rains.

The weather monitor recorded 18-kilometre an hour wind speed and 70pc humidity.
The rain, as usual, had its downside. Some of the areas, residential and commercial, faced electricity breakdown or erratic supply.

A few days earlier, rain and wind made weather pleasant in several parts of Karachi which has been reeling under intense heat for quite some time. It also rained in Umarkot and Tharparkar.

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The country has been in the grip of hot and sultry weather conditions, with temperatures soaring past 45 degrees Celsius in most parts.

Back then the Met department forecast rains in parts of the country from June 26 to July 1.

IMPENDING FLASH FLOODS, URBAN FLOODING

As the rains proclaim the onset of monsoon, the PMD has warned that torrential rains may cause flash floods, urban flooding and landslides in the vulnerable areas from July 5 to 7.

Torrential rains will cause flash floods in drains or streams of Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Murree, Galliyat, Mansehra, Kohistan, Abbottabad, Dir, Swat, Kashmir and hill torrents of Dera Ghazi Khan, it says.

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Downpours, officials say, may cause urban flooding in Lahore, Sialkot, Gujranwala, Narowal, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad and Peshawar during the period.

Landslides may disrupt traffic at the vulnerable points of hilly areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Murree, Galliyat, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

According to the synoptic situation, strong monsoon currents from Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal are penetrating upper and central parts of the country. A westerly wave is also affecting upper parts of the country.

WHERE WILL IT RAIN?

Rain-wind/thundershower with isolated heavy falls is expected in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Potohar region, Islamabad, upper/central Punjab, northeast Balochistan and Kashmir.

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Rain-wind/thundershower is also likely at isolated places in Gilgit-Baltistan and Punjab.

During the last 24 hours (Thursday), hot and humid weather prevailed over most parts of the country. However, rain-wind/thundershower occurred in Islamabad, Pothohar region, northeast Punjab, upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir, and Barkhan.

NDMA ADVISORY

The National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) of NDMA forecast rains and floods in many areas of the country.
According to a report, in case of possible release of water from India, the flow of water in the rivers is likely to rise further.

It also issued a warning to the public to avoid crossing flooded areas, while tourists and travellers in particular should be watchful.

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FLOOD ALERT

The Flood Forecasting Division (FFD) on Wednesday reported that a medium to high level flood was expected in rivers Jhelum, Chenab and Kabul from July 4 to 7.

According to the FFD, the river Kabul at Nowshera was in medium flood whereas all the major rivers were flowing below low flood level.

It added that flows were also likely to increase in the drains of Ravi and Chenab. “Urban flooding risk persists in Lahore, Sialkot, Gujranwala, Narowal, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad and Peshawar,” says FFD. 

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NAB probes Imran Khan, Bushra Bibi in new Toshakhana reference

NAB probes Imran Khan, Bushra Bibi in new Toshakhana reference

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The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) team, headed by Deputy Director Mustansar Imam Shah probed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan and his spouse Bushra Bibi in the new Toshakhana reference at Adiala Jail.

According to jail sources, today marks the seventh day of the NAB team’s investigation at Adiala Jail and the NAB team will present a progress report on the investigation in court tomorrow.

The NAB team is working to gather information and evidence related to the case.

Sources revealed that the court has ordered the reappearance of the PTI founder and Bushra Bibi on July 22.

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It is pertinent to note that Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi are on eight-day judicial remand in new Toshakhana reference.

NAB TOSHAKHANA REFERENCE

Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi were arrested in a NAB Toshakhana reference, hours after their acquittal in the Iddah nikah case.

According to jail sources, Imran Khan and his wife were arrested for not cooperating in the inquiry.

A NAB team headed by Deputy Director Mohsin Haroon reached Adiala Jail to arrest the former prime minister and his wife in new case.

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The sources said that the new case was related to keeping and selling the ten valuable gifts which was against the law.

According to the NAB inquiry report, the PTI founder is accused of taking and selling seven precious watches which include Rolex, diamonds, and gold watches. The gifts were sold without taking ownership as per the law.

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FO strongly condemns attack on Pakistan consulate in Germany

FO strongly condemns attack on Pakistan consulate in Germany

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Pakistan has strongly condemned the attack by a gang of extremists on its consulate in Frankfurt, Germany.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the foreign office conveyed strong protest to the German government over the failure of its authorities to protect the sanctity and security of the premises of Pakistan’s consulate.

The statement mentioned the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963 under which it is the responsibility of the host government to protect the sanctity of the consular premises and ensure the security of diplomats.

The foreign office added that in yesterday’s incident, the security of Pakistan’s consulate in Frankfurt was breached, endangering the lives of its consular staff.

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It urged the German government to take immediate measures to fulfil its responsibilities under the Vienna Conventions and ensure the security of the diplomatic missions and staff of Pakistan in Germany.

Also Read: Afghan citizens attack Pakistan consulate in Germany, pull down flag

The foreign office also urged the German authorities to take immediate measures to arrest and prosecute those involved in yesterday’s incident and hold to account those responsible for the lapses in security.

The citizens of Afghanistan had pelted stones on the Pakistani consulate and pulled down flag atop the building in Germany’s city Frankfurt.

According to media, the German authorities had allowed Afghan citizens to hold a peaceful protest outside the consulate. But the protesters went berserk and tried to enter the consulate building. They also tried to set the Pakistani flag to fire.

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PTI is involved in Bannu incident, alleges Atta Tarar

PTI is involved in Bannu incident, alleges Atta Tarar

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Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Attaullah Tarar said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was involved in the Bannu incident.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad on Sunday, he said that PTI has been pursuing an agenda of creating uncertainty in the country to derail economy from the day one.

The minister said creating instability in the country is PTI’s manifesto, which is evident from the fact when its workers attacked the Pakistan Television (PTV) building in Islamabad in 2014. He said it has always promoted the politics of violence and using abusive language against opponents.

Attaullah Tarar said they always look for dead bodies to unleash propaganda against the government, police and security forces.

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He said the incidents of May 9 last year were orchestrated in search of 50 to 60 dead bodies with an aim to derail the entire system and spread anarchy in the country. He said that PTI is not a political party but a terrorist organisation.

Attaullah Tarar said that traders of Bannu had organised a peace march and some political parties, including the PTI, secretly inserted their armed goons to sabotage the event. He said those armed people opened fire, killing a citizen and injuring 22 others.

Also Read: Govt decides to ban PTI, initiate treason case against Imran Khan and Arif Alvi

The minister said now the PTI-led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government intends to conduct an inquiry of its own choice into the incident, which we reject. He questioned how you can conduct an inquiry when your own people are involved in the Bannu incident.

On Friday, public in Bannu district came out on streets, demanding peace and security against surge in terrorism.

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However, the situation escalated when clashes erupted between protesters and law-enforcement agencies as a result of which several people were injured and one died.

Tarar also refuted the reports of PTI founder Imran Khan being kept in the death cell in jail.

“He is being kept in the presidential suite with lot of facilities including separate kitchen, exercise machine and a special gallery for walk,” said Tarar.

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