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  1. The students were critically injured when they were hit by the bus while trying to cross the road. They have been shifted to the hospital for treatment-Geo News JARANWALA: A group of students on Tuesday set on fire the bus of a private company after it ran over and injured three of their classmates, police said. Rescue and police officials have doused the fire. The students were injured when they were hit by the bus while trying to cross the road. They were shifted to the hospital in critical condition. The driver of the bus managed to flee after the accident. In a similar case in September in Faisalabad, school students turned into a violent mob after a public bus ran over and killed their classmate in a traffic accident on Sargodha Road. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/7b5e507da409490f98c64172215c2168.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MS85LzIwMTggNzozNDowMyBBTSZoYXNoX3ZhbHVlPWhBbUs2TWF1VXVUNkRmQS84QzcwcFE9PSZ2YWxpZG1pbnV0ZXM9NjAmaWQ9MQ== style=center]
  2. Peruvian emergency workers on Wednesday said they had recovered 50 bodies -- six of them children -- from a horrific bus crash over a cliff north of the capital Lima. Photo: AFP LIMA: Peruvian emergency workers on Wednesday said they had recovered 50 bodies -- six of them children -- from a horrific bus crash over a cliff north of the capital Lima. The coach had plunged around 100 meters (330 feet) over a seaside cliff in Peru on Tuesday after a collision with a truck on a precarious stretch known as the "devil´s curve." It had been travelling from Huacho, 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of the capital, to Lima with 55 passengers registered and two crew on board. The vehicle landed upside down on rocks at the edge of the sea. "We have finished the painful task of recovering the bodies. Fifty bodies have been recovered from the accident," the regional head of Lima´s health service, Felic Palomo, told radio station RPP. "They have been identified by their next of kin," he said. The latest toll was higher than the 48 deaths previously given by the interior ministry. Efforts to get at the bodies were suspended Tuesday night because the tide had risen and reached the bus, the police said. More than 200 workers from the police, army and navy took part in the rescue and recovery effort. A police helicopter had to winch some rescue workers to the wreck of the blue bus while others made the precarious journey down on foot with the assistance of ropes. Crews were still at the scene to ascertain whether any more bodies remained in the crushed bus. There were six survivors, all injured. But most on board perished. One passenger, Maximo Jimenez, 24, saved himself by jumping through a window on the bus just as he saw it careen off the road. He suffered a broken arm and took himself to the hospital in a taxi, according to doctors who treated him. Perilous road Dino Escudero, head of the traffic police, told reporters that a crane was being brought in to haul up the wrecked bus. Other officials said that would permit an inspection to see if anyone had been crushed underneath. "Hopefully there will be no other bodies," said a police commander, Victor Rucoba. President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski wrote on Twitter that "it is very painful to suffer an accident of this magnitude." He expressed his sympathies with the relatives of those killed. Maria Elena Aguilar, director of Alcides Carrion Hospital in El Callao, said her facility received five patients with multiple injuries. The accident took place on a coastal highway about 45 kilometers north of the capital Lima, said Colonel Dino Escudero, head of the police highway patrol division. The Pasamayo highway on which the tragedy occurred is only used by trucks and buses, as cars travel a different route. It is a dangerous sea-hugging road where fog is frequent and high humidity can make the roadway slippery. The bus driver had a lot of experience and was working with an assistant, said Luis Martinez, a representative of Transportes San Martin de Porres, which owned the bus. Martinez could not confirm whether the driver had been killed or injured, but added that the bus underwent a mechanical check before leaving Huacho. More than 2,600 people died in traffic accidents in Peru in 2016, according to the latest available official figures.
  3. The accident took place on a coastal highway about 45 kilometers north of the capital Lima. Photo: AFP LIMA: A bus plunged over a seaside cliff in Peru on Tuesday, killing at least 48 people after a collision with a truck on a precarious stretch known as the "devil´s curve," officials said. The bus was travelling from Huacho, 130 kilometers (81 miles) north of the capital, to Lima with 55 passengers and two crew on board when it went off the road about midday. It plunged 100 meters (330 feet) and landed upside down on rocks at the edge of the sea. The incident "left at least 48 victims" dead, the statement posted on the Interior Ministry´s website said, revising an earlier toll of 36. Efforts to recover bodies from the overturned vehicle were suspended at nightfall because the tide had risen and reached the bus, the police said. A police helicopter had winched some rescue workers to the wreck of the blue bus while others made the precarious journey down on foot with the assistance of ropes. The navy sent a patrol boat to assist the rescuers trying to get everyone out before the tide came in. There were several survivors, although most on board the bus perished. Maria Elena Aguilar, director of Alcides Carrion Hospital in El Callao, said her facility received five patients with multiple injuries. One other survivor was taken to a different hospital. The accident took place on a coastal highway about 45 kilometers north of the capital Lima, said Colonel Dino Escudero, head of the police highway patrol division. The Pasamayo highway on which the tragedy occurred is only used by trucks and buses, as cars travel a different route. It is a dangerous sea-hugging road where fog is frequent and high humidity can make the roadway slippery. The bus driver had a lot of experience and was working with an assistant, said Luis Martinez, a representative of Transportes San Martin de Porres, which owned the bus. Martinez could not confirm whether the driver had been killed or injured, but added that the bus underwent a mechanical check before leaving Huacho. More than 2,500 people died in traffic accidents in Peru in 2016, according to official figures.
  4. MOSCOW: At least four people were killed after a city bus ploughed into a pedestrian underpass in western Moscow on Monday, traffic police said. "A bus drove into a pedestrian underpass," a traffic police spokesman, Andrei Kolesnikov, told AFP, giving the death toll. This is a developing story and will be updated as more information is received.
  5. File photo of a jeepney bus like that which crashed MANILA: Twenty pilgrims were killed Monday in a head-on bus collision while travelling to Christmas Day mass in the northern Philippines, police said. A small bus taking an extended family to a dawn church service crashed into a larger bus in the town of Agoo, 200 kilometres (125 miles) north of Manila, killing 20 on board, Agoo police said. The nine other occupants of the small bus were injured, as were 15 travelling on the bigger bus, police said. "They were trying to catch a mass in Manaoag," police officer Vanessa Abubo told AFP, referring to a nearby town with a famous Catholic church. The centuries-old Our Lady of Manaoag church is a popular pilgrimage site in the mainly Catholic nation, featuring an icon of the Virgin Mary which the faithful say performs miracles. Agoo police chief Roy Villanueva told Manila radio station DZMM by telephone that the smaller vehicle had left its lane to overtake a third vehicle. Authorities are investigating whether the driver, who Abubo said was among those killed, had fallen asleep or was under the influence, Villanueva added.
  6. NEW DELHI: At least 32 people were killed on Saturday when their bus swerved off a bridge and plunged 30 metres onto a riverbed in the western Indian state of Rajasthan, police said. Local television footage showed rescue workers in waist deep water pulling bodies from the bus, which was half submerged in the river Banas some 160 kilometres from the state capital Jaipur. "We have retrieved 32 bodies from the bus and shifted the injured to the hospital," district magistrate Kailash Chand Verma told AFP. He said emergency workers equipped with steel cutters rushed to the scene of the accident to rescue those trapped inside the bus. Authorities had yet to confirm the cause of the crash, but survivors said the driver lost control while trying to overtake another vehicle. India has some of the world´s deadliest roads. More than 150,000 people are killed each year with most accidents blamed on poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving. Rajasthan, known as the desert state, is popular with both international and domestic tourists drawn to its palaces and desert forts.
  7. The ill-fated bus was carrying more than 40 passengers and was headed to Rajanpur from Lahore MULTAN: At least 11 people were killed and 28 others injured after a passenger bus collided with a trailer at M4 motorway near Khanewal due to heavy fog early Thursday, rescue sources said. The bus was carrying more than 40 passengers and was headed to Rajanpur from Lahore, when it collided with a trailer and overturned in reduced visibility brought on by the fog, the sources said. Police and rescue workers shifted the bodies and the injured to Nishtar Hospital Multan. Heavy fog continues to prevail in Pakpattan, Kabeerwala, Kamalia, Mian Chunnu and surrounding areas, resulting in a drop in visibility. Authorities warn against speeding in foggy conditions and advise drivers to switch on fog lights to avoid any untoward incident.
  8. MEXICO CITY: The driver of a tour bus that crashed on Tuesday on a quiet road in Mexico?s Yucatan Peninsula, killing 12 people, may have lost control after one of the front tires exploded, the local police chief said. The bus was carrying 31 passengers, including citizens of the United States, Brazil, Canada and Sweden, on a trip to Mayan ruins when it crashed and flipped over, authorities said. Most of those aboard were travellers on Royal Caribbean cruise ships. ?It seems a front tire of the bus exploded, making it lose control and leave the asphalt,? Carlos Briceno Villagomez, head of the police in the municipality of Bacalar, told Mexican TV network Televisa on Tuesday night. The government of Quintana Roo state said it was investigating the cause of the accident, which happened on a flat stretch of road and did not appear to involve another vehicle. The driver was injured and has been arrested. A Mexican tour guide was among those killed. A local civil protection official said authorities were also investigating whether human error contributed to the accident. The US State Department confirmed on Wednesday that multiple American citizens had died in the crash. Mexican authorities said eight US citizens died. ?We can confirm the deaths of multiple U.S. citizens in #Mexico bus accident, and several injuries. We express our heartfelt condolences to those affected by this tragedy,? State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a post on Twitter. One Canadian died in the crash and three others were injured, a spokesman for Canada?s Global Affairs department said. Two Swedish citizens died and two others were injured, Mexican authorities said. A child was among the dead. Quintana Roo is one of three states on Mexico?s Yucatan Peninsula, a major tourist destination.
  9. A bus carrying tourists from US cruise ships to an archaeological site in Mexico crashed Tuesday after running off the road. MEXICO CITY: A bus carrying tourists from US cruise ships to an archaeological site in Mexico crashed Tuesday after running off the road, killing at least 12 people including several foreigners, state authorities said. The crash, which left another 18 injured, happened on a highway in the state of Quintana Roo, located on the eastern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula and well known as home to the Caribbean resort city of Cancun. The dead and injured included "citizens of the United States, Sweden and Brazil," a brief statement said without further information on numbers from each country, or their ages. The bus was carrying 31 passengers on a straight stretch of road with little traffic. The cause of the accident was not immediately known. Twenty-three of the passengers had arrived on the ships Celebrity Equinox and Serenade of the Seas, cruise owner Royal Caribbean Cruises told AFP. Mexican authorities said that they did not have further details of the nationalities of those killed. A civil defence source told AFP privately however that most of the dead were Americans. Among the injured were eight Americans, three Brazilian and two Swedes, the source added. The bus was headed for a resort town called Mahahual that features archaeological ruins. Quintana Roo is the Mexican state that receives the greatest number of international visitors, with many headed for Cancun´s beaches and legendary Maya ruins.
  10. Thai police personnel inpects a torched bus in the southern province of Yala, Thailand December 17, 2017. REUTERS BANGKOK: Armed insurgents stopped and torched a Bangkok-bound passenger bus on a highway in southern Thailand on Sunday, police said. All 14 passengers, as well as the bus driver and his assistance, survived the attack, although their luggage were burned with the bus. The attack occurred in Yala, one of the predominantly ethnic Malay provinces in the south where a separatist insurgency has dragged on for more than a decade. More than 6,500 people have been killed since 2004. Police said at least 10 gunmen were involved in the latest attack. They all escaped, blocking the road with tree trunks and nails to thwart any pursuers. An army spokesman was not available for comment. As with most violence in Thailand?s deep south, there was no claim of responsibility. The insurgents are fighting for secession from predominantly Buddhist Thailand. Thailand?s military government has, since 2015, held talks brokered by Malaysia, aim at ending the violence. The process, which aim to established a ?safety-zone? as a confidence-building measure by early next year, has been stalled.
  11. At least four children were killed and seven people were seriously injured on Thursday after a train crashed into a school bus at a level crossing in southern France, police sources said. The bus, which was carrying mainly junior high school students, was struck by the train in Millas about 18 kilometres west (11 miles) of the city of Perpignan, close to the Spanish border. A rescue operation was under way. The head of security for the Pyrenees area, where the collision took place, confirmed the accident involving a train travelling west from Perpignan to the town of Villefranche de Conflent. The bus was transporting mainly junior high-school students. The BFMTV channel said it was struck in the rear. President Emmanuel Macron in a tweet wrote: "All my thoughts for the victims of this terrible accident involving a school bus, as well as their families. The state is fully mobilised to help them." Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne were on their way to the scene from a meeting in the south-central city of Cahors. "It's a terrible event," Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said, expressing "profound sadness".
  12. File photo/Reuters PARIS: A train collided with a school bus outside the town of Perpignan in southern France on Thursday and emergency services were at the scene, a local official said. ?All emergency services have been mobilized and a crisis coordination unit set up,? an official at the local Millas townhall told Reuters. There was no immediate word on casualties. The Pyrenees-Orientales prefect confirmed the accident in a statement on Twitter.
  13. Picture from GN4GN.COM NEW YORK: An explosion has been reported in the neighbourhood of Manhattan. According to ABC News, police sources say a possible pipe bomb detonated in a passageway below ground at the Port Authority. New York Police confirmed that one person has been taken into custody but has not confirmed what kind of explosive device was used. Police further confirmed that only the suspect was injured and subway trains are bypassing the Port Authority station. Traffic has been suspended in the area and is being diverted away from the area. US President Donald Trump has been briefed on the explosion in New York City, said the White House. Earlier, the New York Police Department (NYPD), said it was responding to reports of an explosion of unknown origin at 42nd Street and 8th Avenue. This is a developing story and will be updated as further details are available.
  14. The double-decker bus will pass through Main Boulevard, Jail Road, Ring Road and GT Road before reaching the border (Photo:File) The government of Punjab has announced to start a double-decker bus service for Lahore which would travel to Wagah. The bus service to Wagah is a first by the province. The first bus will travel to the India-Pakistan border on December 9 carrying passengers interested in seeing the Wagah border parade. Another bus will travel from Qaddafi Stadium Terminal daily at 2:30pm and will return at the terminal at 6pm. The double-decker bus will pass through Main Boulevard, Jail Road, Ring Road and GT Road before reaching the border. The bus has a capacity for 60 passengers and another bus could be added to the service if the demand increases, said Punjab tourism department manager operations.
  15. KARACHI: A six-year-old child was killed and her father critically injured as a speedy bus crashed into a motorcycle at the metropolis's MA Jinnah Road on early Friday morning. In reaction to the incident, the agitated local bystanders torched two buses. Reportedly, two buses were racing on MA Jinnah road leading towards Numaish, when one of the buses crashed with the motorcycle. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/1222cd65fb6e805841bdfd18c0437bf6.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTEvMjQvMjAxNyA0OjQxOjE0IEFNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9VVNGWE52ckJIelB0KzluU042bEdYQT09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] The crowd refused to let members of rescue forces and fire brigades pass through and douse the flames. According to police sources, the body of the child and injured father were immediately shifted to a nearby hospital for medico-legal tests and treatment respectively. The driver of the bus managed to flee from the site of the incident.
  16. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/39ebceea6e0ac5957d1a8582859477c4.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTEvMjIvMjAxNyAzOjI4OjEzIFBNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9WVIvbjBkWjRnN2ttUGRreDg4MUdrQT09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] KARACHI: Governor Sindh Mohammad Zubair said on Wednesday the delay in completion of Green Line bus project in Karachi is due to the provincial government, however, added the project would become operational by May, next year. The statement was made as the Sindh governor interacted with newsmen during his visit to Karachi's Hyderi area, where he reviewed progress of work on the project. Zubair said Karachi used to be considered as one of the most dangerous cities in the world. "The megapolis has witnessed a miraculous change over the last four years, with major crimes eliminated from the city." He said Rangers performed brilliantly in the city and the purpose to have the paramilitary force in the megapolis is to not allow the law and order situation to deteriorate again, and for the people to remain satisfied. The Sindh governor further said a major chunk of the Karachi package has been allocated for the city's infrastructure. He said the Green Line bus service would be operational by April or May, 2018.
  17. CHAKWAL: Twelve people were killed after a bus fell off a bridge in Dhok Pathan area in Talagang on Wednesday, Geo News reported. The bus was on its way to Lahore?s Raiwind from Kohat, said the rescue sources. The deceased were rushed to a nearby hospital, the rescue sources informed. On August 3, two schoolgirls died and seven others were injured when a school bus carrying children met with an accident on Mianwali Talagang road, rescue and hospital sources said. One of the children died on the spot, while another schoolgirl succumbed to her injuries later in the hospital. Among others injured were three children, two women and a man. The injured were taken to Tehsil Headquarter Talagang, rescue sources stated. Earlier in May, at least four schoolchildren and a driver were killed and eight children critically injured when a speeding oil tanker had crushed a school van in Multan.
  18. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/1f574f1e94806daa7c22d51d19485b83.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTEvNC8yMDE3IDk6NTQ6NTAgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1TVjJoTnNXdFVLbW1jendSaW4rN1FBPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] LAHORE: A Pakistan International Airline?s Rahim Yar Khan-bound flight from Abu Dhabi landed at Lahore on Saturday reportedly due to bad weather, the airline staffers have offered passengers to facilitate them by taking them to their desired destination from a bus. However, the passengers have turned down the PIA?s offer and refused to leave the plane. According to reports, reacting over the passengers? refusal, the airline staffers switched off plane?s air conditioning system, resulting in suffocation in the plane, in which minors are also present. Reportedly, the pilot has refused to take the plane to Rahim Yar Khan because of the low visibility due to smog. The approximate time distance from Lahore to Rahim Yar Khan is eight-to-nine hours on drive. The passengers maintain that at least the national airline should drop them at Multan Airport, in view of its proximity with Rahim Yar Khan.
  19. This photograph taken on October 8, 2017 shows bus driver Meher Muhammad Khalil, who drove the Sri Lankan cricket team to safety when it came under a gun and grenade attack by militants in March 2009, preparing to start his shift at a bus terminal in Lahore/AFP LAHORE: Driver Meher Mohammad Khalil, who became a hero when he whisked Sri Lankan cricket team to safety under militant fire in 2009, has been invited by the Pakistan Cricket Board to attend the historic T20 match at Gaddafi Stadium today. The 43-year old will also meet Sri Lanka Cricket officials and PCB chairman Najam Sethi during the occasion. The PCB made the announcement on Twitter. ?Mehar Khalil has been invited for the match today. He will also meet Sri Lankan officials and Chairman PCB,? the board?s media wing posted. Eight years after the tragedy that drove away international cricket from Pakistan, Khalil welcomed Sri Lanka back for Pakistan´s first cricket match against a top international team since the attack. In an interview earlier to Geo.tv, he recounted the tragic moments from March 3, 2009 when the bus he was driving carrying Sri Lankan team, came under attack by militants on way to Gaddafi Stadium. ?I don?t know what gave me the courage to do what I did,? he said about that fateful day. ?I saved many lives today, but I may have also saved the honour of my country.? Hero bus driver hopes to attend Pakistan-Sri Lanka T20 In 2009, few knew his name, and even fewer could have predicted his courage His heroic efforts were recognised by the Sri Lankan government, which invited him as a state guest for 10 days. At a special ceremony in Colombo, the then-Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara thanked Khalil: ?His courage, selflessness and quick thinking enabled many of us to see another day. We will always have a special place for you in our hearts." Khalil moved to South Africa with his family after the attack, but relocated to Lahore in 2013 where he once more drives a bus in the city.
  20. A general view of a dirt road to Lo Manthang in Upper Mustang, Nepal on June 14, 2016. Photo: AFP/file KATHMANDU: At least 31 people, including 11 children, died when an overcrowded bus swerved off the road and plunged into a river in central Nepal on Saturday, police said. The bus skidded off the road in Dhading district, approximately 80 kilometres (50 miles) west of the capital Kathmandu, early morning and plunged into the Trishuli River. The death toll rose to 31 late afternoon after more bodies were recovered from the river, Police Inspector Barun Bahadur Singh, who is at the scene of the accident, confirmed. Local TV footage showed rescue workers pulling the dead and injured from the water, while soldiers in boats scoured the river for the missing. At least 16 injured passengers were taken to local hospitals, police said. "The number of missing is still unknown as the bus had no record of the total number of passengers," district police chief Dhruba Raj Raut told AFP. Authorities are yet to confirm the cause of the crash, but local media quoted passengers saying that the driver may have been drunk. Police Inspector Singh told AFP that the driver was injured in the accident and is thought to have fled after freeing himself from the wreckage of the bus. "The driver of the bus is suspected of running away right after the incident and we have expedited the search operation in the nearby areas," he said. Deadly crashes are relatively common in the impoverished Himalayan nation because of poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.
  21. German state-owned rail company Deutsche Bahn unveiled its first-ever driverless bus Wednesday, saying the shuttle will bring passengers through a picturesque spa town to the train station. The test route for the self-driving machine is in Bad Birnbach, set in the rolling hills of the southeastern state Bavaria not far from the Czech and Austrian borders. Made by French startup EasyMile, the 12-person bus will offer free rides on an eight-minute route linking the baths, the town centre and the station, Deutsche Bahn (DB) said in a statement. "We´ve just driven autonomously into a new era of transport," DB boss Richard Lutz, who rode along on the first trip, said in a statement. The rail operator has launched a subsidiary dubbed Ioki to test future modes of transport, focussing especially on electric-powered mobility. From 2018, the new buses will operate on test routes in several German towns, including the country´s second-largest city Hamburg. DB hopes that in the future they will operate like a private car service, picking up passengers from home on demand and bringing them to the station -- picking up others with the same destination along the way. Across the Americas, Asia and Europe, a number of cities -- including Paris, Lyon, Las Vegas and Dubai -- are already experimenting on a small scale with autonomous vehicles complementing public transport systems.
  22. It was a mystery that had police puzzled for a while: a rash of thefts reported by passengers who had taken the 75-minute bus trip between Paris and Beauvais airport. An eagle-eyed driver has been credited with helping crack the case last week after he spotted a suspicious suitcase being loaded onto his bus as he prepared to drive from Paris to the airport, a hub for low-cost airlines. Acting on his tip-off about a large brown bag that appeared to be moving on its own, police at Beauvais pounced on a Romanian man who picked up the suitcase and a smaller black rucksack as he arrived. After arresting him, detectives found an accomplice hidden inside the case who, once alone in the baggage hold during the trip, would pull a strap to unzip himself and then begin his thieving. "In the black bag we found two laptops, money and various objects of value," a police source told AFP on condition of anonymity. Both men, aged around 40, were from Romania and had criminal records for theft. The man inside the suitcase received an eight-month prison sentence on Monday when he appeared in court, while the other man was given a one-year prison sentence because of his more serious criminal record, prosecutor Florent Boura said.
  23. PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak on Thursday inaugurated Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project, which will be completed over the next six months. The chief minister performed the groundbreaking of the project, which he said would facilitate 400,000 passengers daily. Addressing the ceremony on the occasion, he said the Asian Development Bank provided resources for the BRT project, which is estimated to cost Rs48 billion. "We promised to provide best means of transportation to the people and the project will be completed in six months," Khattak said, claiming the project is "cheaper than similar projects undertaken by other provinces." He said his government has allocated Rs1 billion to compensate citizens affected from the project. "The project will earn enough to pay back loans," the chief minister said, lamenting that corruption was widespread and provincial institutions were damaged during past tenures. "We streamlined the institutions." He said his party has been transforming Peshawar into a "city of flowers" and bringing the change promised by PTI chief Imran Khan in the province.
  24. This photograph taken on October 8, 2017 shows bus driver Meher Muhammad Khalil, who drove the Sri Lankan cricket team to safety when it came under a gun and grenade attack by militants in March 2009, preparing to start his shift at a bus terminal in Lahore/AFP LAHORE: Driver Meher Muhammad Khalil became a hero when militants attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team bus on a busy street in Lahore in 2009, holding his nerve under gunfire to whisk them to safety. Eight years later he is ready to welcome Sri Lanka back for Pakistan´s first cricket match against a top international team since that terrible day. The bus ambush, in which eight people were killed and eight wounded, including seven Sri Lankan players, drove cricket and most other international sports from Pakistan for years. But security has now improved, and Sri Lanka agreed Monday to go ahead with its visit to Pakistan next week for a T20 match in Lahore, despite fears expressed by some players. Khalil says the hype surrounding Sri Lanka´s return has sharpened his memories of the assault on the morning of March 3, 2009 as he drove the team to Gaddafi Stadium. Two elite police vehicles were in front of the bus as he eased on to Liberty roundabout in the heart of Lahore when Pakistani Taliban militants opened fire, spraying bullets along the convoy. Members of the media gathered around the bus, which carried the Sri Lankan cricket team, parked outside the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore/REUTERS "First I thought it was fireworks for our guest team," he told AFP, standing in the street where the ambush began. "Then a man came in front of me (and) fired straight at me with a Kalashnikov... I realised, it´s not fireworks." The militants shot the drivers first, he said, killing the two in the lead vehicles on the spot. Khalil saw their vehicles skid one to the left and one to the right, opening a path down the centre -- and then he hit the accelerator. "They fired intensely on the vehicle, and also lobbed a hand grenade and fired a rocket," he said, but both missed. Fled the country He does not remember hitting the brakes, he said, until he had driven the bus right inside Gaddafi Stadium. A security cordon was thrown up and he and the players stayed there until a military helicopter airlifted them right out from its grassy pitch. In the harrowing aftermath, Khalil was awarded medals and given cash prizes from grateful Pakistani and Sri Lankan officials. But Pakistan´s security continued to deteriorate, and the Taliban kept gaining ground. Khalil´s newfound VIP status just made him a target, he feared, and by the end of the year he had fled the country, first to Morocco then to South Africa. By 2013, however, he had returned to Pakistan, and once more drives a bus in Lahore. Meher Muhammad Khalil/AFP The country´s fortunes, meanwhile, have improved, with a dramatic uptick in security in recent years. The growing confidence led to a visit by minnows Zimbabwe in 2015 -- a small step in cricket terms, but as the national anthem rang out in Gaddafi Stadium for the first time since 2009, a giant leap for home fans. It was followed by the final this March for the hugely popular Pakistan Super League, where fans held up banners proclaiming "Pakistan wins today". And last month a World XI side led by Faf du Plessis visited for three T20 matches, with the foreign players hailing the series as "more than cricket". International Cricket Council (ICC) officials acknowledged that Pakistan had made "tremendous strides", though there was still a long way to go. The T20 finale comes at the end of a series otherwise played in the United Arab Emirates, where Pakistan have held their "home" internationals since the ambush. ´You are my hero´ Sri Lanka´s return, officials hope, will represent another turning point. "See what a brave nation they are," Khalil said, his eyes glittering. "That this incident happened to them and still that team is coming to play in our country. "The whole of Pakistan should give them protocol (respect) and welcome them very warmly." Sri Lankan officials have said they agreed to the game after assessments by Sri Lankan and Pakistan authorities, independent security experts and the ICC. The country´s cricket chief, Thilanga Sumathipala, has previously appealed for an end to Pakistan´s isolation and urged other teams to come to play. Meher Muhammad Khalil/AFP Khalil, however, urged caution, calling for "foolproof security" for all foreign players in Pakistan. The Sri Lankan players had been nervous the night before the ambush, he said, describing a conversation with batsman Kumar Sangakkara that evening. "Sangakkara asked me: ´Mr. Muhammad, are we people safe in Pakistan?´" "I told him nothing will happen, and if, God forbid, something happens then thousands of people like me will sacrifice our lives for you." The next day, after their worst fears came true with Sangakkara among the wounded, he visited the Sri Lankan player in hospital. "He told me, ´You are a great man... You are my hero,´" Khalil said.
  25. Last week, two conductors ? Hafiz Usman and Akram ? were caught on camera torturing children with disabilities on a school bus. Photo: Geo News LAHORE: Child Protection and Welfare Judge Abdul Mustafa Nadeem on Wednesday approved the bail of two men who tortured special needs children. Last week, two conductors ? Hafiz Usman and Akram ? were caught on camera torturing children with disabilities on a school bus. The accused were arrested by the Ghalib Marke police and produced before the court, where both the parties informed the judge that they had reached an understanding. New video emerges of bus conductor torturing special needs children The conductor can be seen hitting and terrorising disabled children in the latest footage obtained by Geo News Magistrate of the Model Town Court had excused from the hearing of the case, citing the reason that only an additional sessions judge can hear cases pertaining to children with special needs. Caught on camera In the video, shot from inside the bus and obtained from social media, the accused can be seen physically abusing a 12-year-old child and threatening another older child with a beating when he resisted leaving his seat on the school bus. Both the victims, as well as their colleagues, are students at Gung Mahal School for the Deaf & Dumb ? a government institute in Gulberg. The child, 12, is forced to dangle from the bus' passenger support bar reportedly for some insignificant mischief, causing him to scream in fear, while Usman stands beside, laughing at the victim's agony. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/840c70ed07da0dab5f659e930c189aff.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTAvMTgvMjAxNyAxMTo0NTowMSBBTSZoYXNoX3ZhbHVlPW1GZGF6ZlpyVyt6SC9aWlBFVzVETkE9PSZ2YWxpZG1pbnV0ZXM9NjAmaWQ9MQ== style=center] As the cries for help continue, Usman can be observed inserting his finger into the child's mouth to make him gag and stop making a racket. In another shot, Usman suspends the child upside down and chortles at his terrorised face. Towards the end of the clip, Akram comes into the frame and can be seen threatening another child ? who had resisted leaving his seat in the bus and via hand gestures, promised to tell his parents about the incident ? by saying he would beat him up if the child complained. In trying to intimidate the obviously distressed child, Akram slaps him across the face. The incident of torture came to the school principal's attention, whereafter both bus conductors were suspended from duty. Earlier, police had said they would make sure the perpetrators of such inhumane activities are punished in accordance with the law.