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87 arrested as security tightened all oer KP following threats

Report in The News, September 2, 2017
PESHAWAR: The police along with Pakistan Army soldiers recovered on Friday a huge quantity of ammunition and explosives during a major intelligence-based operation in villages close to the boundary with Khyber Agency.

Around 450 police officers and constables and 120 soldiers of the army took part in the operation conducted in Shahgai, Mian Morcha, Sufaid Sang, Bachi Koroona and other villages that border Khyber Agency and are close to Mohmand Agency as well.

Lady police, experts of the bomb disposal unit and canine unit also took part in the operation.

“As many as 87 criminals and suspects were rounded up while 27 rocket shells, 17 hand grenades, 16 Kalashnikovs, 28 pistols, 18 rifles and thousands of rounds were recovered during the operation,” Senior Superintendent of Police Operations Sajjad Khan told a press conference after the operation.

He added that those arrested during the action included terrorists as well as facilitators of the terrorist attacks.

Hundreds of houses were searched during the operation on the night between Thursday and Friday. The SSP added that people of the area cooperated with the law-enforcement agencies during the action. He added that such actions would continue in other areas.

Sajjad Khan added that security had been increased in trade centres, cattle markets and worship places for peaceful observance of Eidul Azha. He added that all the cops in rural, suburban and urban areas had been alerted.

Security has been upgraded all over Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for peaceful observance of Eidul Azha after serious threats of terrorist attacks.

Search and strike operations along with troops of the Pakistan Army were accelerated and security posts at entry points to the cities were further strengthened.

Some high-profile individuals have also been directed to remain mostly indoors and restrict movement due to serious threats to their lives, including politicians, former ministers and others.

A number of senior politicians and government functionaries were attacked by terrorists during and after Eid prayers since a large number of people visit them for Eid greetings.

The Inspector General of Police, Salahuddin Mahsud, and all the regional and district police officers visited the urban and rural parts of KP to review security arrangements ahead of Eid. New posts were erected at entry points to Peshawar and other cities to keep a check on all those entering the urban areas.https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/227633-87-arrested-as-security-tightened-all-over-KP-following-threats

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Three killed in Mohmand Agency roadside explosion

By Shakirullah in The News, September 2, 2017
GHALLANAI: Three persons including a pro-government peace body member were killed and two others sustained injuries in a roadside blast in Anbar tehsil in Mohmand Agency, official sources said on Friday.

The sources said that Malik Mir Rehman, member of the anti-militants peace organization and influential tribal elder, and others were on way for Eidul Azha prayers when they were targetted with a roadside bomb in Shati Mena in Anbar tehsil.

Malik Mir Rehman, his son and another person identified as Kachay Khan were killed on the spot while two other persons sustained injuries.

The officials of the political administration reached the site soon after the blast and shifted the injured to hospitals in Peshawar.

The security forces cordoned off the area and launched a search operation in a bid to nab the attackers and their accomplices. However, no arrest was made till filing of the report.

One of Malik Mir Rehman’s sons was killed in a bomb blast during the Friday prayers in September last year. www.thenews.com.pk/print/227644-Three-killed-in-Mohmand-Agency-roadside-explosion

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Is Punjab incapable of solving overcrowding problem in jails?

By Hasnaat Malik in the Express Tribune, September 2, 2017
ISLAMABAD: Even after a passage of seven years, the Punjab government has not been able to solve the overcrowding problem in its jails.

The Punjab jails are still overcrowded by 57 per cent despite a reduction of 82 per cent in the number of prisoners over the last seven years, says a report submitted by Inspector General of Prisons Punjab Mian Farooq Nazir in the Supreme Court in a suo motu case regarding the miserable condition of jails.

More than half of the total jails in Punjab are still overcrowded as cells built for 50 inmates are crammed with up to 90 of them, the report added.

The report claims that the total housing capacity of 40 prisons in Punjab is around 30,331 inmates against the existing 47,674.

To reduce the overcrowding in prisons, the report revealed that the government of Punjab is constructing new jails and expanding the existing ones, adding that during the financial years, 2014-16, nine new prisons with an accumulative capacity of 7,186 inmates had been constructed and made functional.

The report stated, “Overcrowding during the years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 had been 139 per cent, 148 per cent, 132 per cent, 126 per cent, 129 per cent, 84 per cent, 65 per cent and 57 per cent, respectively. On account of the continuous efforts of the government, overcrowding has been brought down to 57 percent.”

The provincial government will construct three new prisons with a housing capacity of 2,768 inmates and a cost of Rs3,427.085 million, it added.

The report stated that 54 family rooms, with attached kitchens and washrooms, each in central jails in Lahore, Multan and Faisalabad have been constructed, where convicts sentenced to long-term imprisonment (exceeding five years) will stay with their spouses and children for three days after every quarter.

“The standing operating procedures for family rooms are being finalised and will be operational shortly,” the report stated.

The report informed the Supreme Court that since 2011, some 23,556 prisoners appeared in different examinations concerning formal and informal education, wherein 8,324 passed those examinations, adding that on this account, 1,793 inmates were awarded remissions in their sentences.

Likewise since 2012, a total number of 1,788 destitute inmates, lacking financial resources to pay the outstanding fines, had been released from prisons on the payment of fine amounting to Rs53.27 million by the government.

Regarding female prisoners, the report says that 913 female prisoners of all categories are confined in women jail in Multan. Recreational facilities and education are provided to the children accompanying the female inmates who are under six years of age.

The children above six years of age are shifted to SOS village for further education. Moreover, at the central jail in Rawalpindi, education up to primary level is being provided to the children confined along with their mothers with the cooperation of non-governmental organisations like Women Aid Trust Islamabad and Khubaib Foundation Islamabad, it added.

Presently, 601 juvenile prisoners of all categories are confined in the jails of Punjab. Two special jails for keeping juvenile prisoners are functioning in Bahawalpur and Faisalabad, the report further stated.

Likewise, the report stated that presently 4,346 prisoners on death row are confined in Punjab jails on the orders of the high court, adding that they have been permitted to occupy the courtyard for strolling an hour each.

Regarding the prisoners with mental illness, the report says that currently, 57 certified prisoners with mental illness are confined inside the Punjab jails, adding that 27 of them are presently admitted in DHQ hospitals/Punjab Institute of Mental Health Lahore and others for psychiatric treatment.

The report says that the Punjab government, under the chief minister’s special initiative for prisons reforms, has constructed 4,508 toilets in different prisons in the province for inmates. Likewise, the government has provided uniform and bedding for all inmates, adding that since 2012, more than 116,230 blankets had been provided to them through indigenous production in prison industry as well as through assistance from philanthropists. Cots had been provided to all female and juvenile inmates in the prisons.

It is also submitted that in pursuance of the direction of the Supreme Court, the government has evolved a monitoring framework, wherein 10 different forums are monitoring the functioning of prisons.

The report concluded that even the judges of high court, district and sessions judges, officers of inspectorate of prisons, home department, health department and others regularly conduct inspection of Punjab prisons and submit their necessary report to the home department. https://tribune.com.pk/story/1497196/punjab-incapable-solving-overcrowding-problem-jails/

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Attack on Khawaja Izhar attempt to create unrest in Karachi: Sindh IGP

Report in The Express Tribune online, September 3, 2017
News Desk: The attempt on Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Khawaja Izharul Hasan’s life was a conspiracy to push Karachi into the flames of unrest, Sindh police chief AD Khawaja said on Sunday.

Speaking to reporters in Karachi, IGP Khawaja said the investigation into the attack was yielding positive results but more time was needed for a thorough probe.

Izhar escaped an attempt on his life in Buffer Zone on Saturday. He was returning from Eid prayers when some men ambushed his vehicle. A policeman and a child was martyred in the attack. One of the assailants was also shot dead.

The Sindh police chief said after the MQM had split, the leaders of Pakistan faction had been warned of the dangers it might face. He added that speculating on who was behind the attack would, however, just hamper the investigation.

Police have registered an FIR of the attack under the Anti-Terrorism Act, according to Express News. Taimooria police station SHO Jamal Laghari filed the case under Section 302, 324 and 353 of the act, which deal with murder, attempt to murder and encounter with police.

More cell phone footage of the aftermath of the gun attack has surfaced which shows people thrashing one of the suspects while police were nowhere in sight and the target killer had been shot in the head. After the video emerged, Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal took notice and ordered a report into the incident.

According to the CTD, three attackers on as many motorcycles ambushed Izhar’s car. His police guard fired back and gunned down one of them.

The dead shooter has been identified as Hassaan, who was an engineer. Police have detained his father and other family members.

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MQM-P’s Khawaja Izhar escapes assassination bid in Karachi

By Faraz Khan in The Express Tribune, September 2, 2017
KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Khawaja Izharul Hasan on Saturday escaped an assassination attempt in which two people, including a policeman, were killed and many others injured.

According to Express News, the leader of the opposition in Sindh Assembly was going home after offering Eidul Azhar prayers when two suspected attackers ambushed his vehicle in Bufferzone area of the metropolis.

While Khawaja Izhar remained unharmed in the incident, an attacker was killed during the retaliatory fire by one of the guards of the MQM-P lawmaker.

The bodies and the injured have been shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital whereas law enforcers have recovered as many as 27 bullet casings of 9mm pistol, SSP Central Pir Muhammad Shah said. Shah said the attackers came in police uniforms so they were able to pass through various check points unhindered.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, Sindh IG Allah Dino Khwaja said one of the attackers was killed during an exchange of fire with the police near Taimooria.

MQM leader Farooq Sattar condemned the shooting and criticised federal and provincial governments for not providing adequate security to opposition politicians despite threats from banned sectarian militant outfits.

“I strongly condemn this attack on Khawaja Izharul Hassan,” Farooq said. “My party colleagues and myself are facing threats from banned sectarian militant outfits and other organisations but federal and provincial governments have failed to provide us adequate security.”

Farooq Sattar said that three attackers were at the corner of the street of Izhar’s house and had covered their faces with helmets. He, alongwith Izhar and other party members, visited the home of the boy who was killed in the attack to pay condolences.

Nadeem Nusrat condemned involving MQM-London in an attack on Izhar without proper investigations.

Stressing that the Sindh government was aware of its duties, Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal expressed his dismay on blaming the government for insufficient security.

The home minister announced that the Sindh government will give Rs 10 million in compensation to the martyred police officer’s family. He added that the family of the deceased will continue to receive salary until the date of his retirement and assured them to induct two men from their household into the Sindh police. He further added that the government would bear all costs of the treatment of those injured.

Meanwhile, another party leader Faisal Sabzwari confirmed the assassination attempt on Khawaja Izhar, saying the suspects were wearing police uniforms. https://tribune.com.pk/story/1497241/mqm-ps-khawaja-izhar-escapes-assassination-bid-karachi/

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