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  1. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/c9bd9ee2e16e2f28b049a095352cddf8.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9My8xNC8yMDE4IDQ6NDc6NDUgUE0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1xUm4zT0ZyQytWUjRCcHpNSkFXVEh3PT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] LAHORE: At least four police personnel and two citizens were martyred in an explosion in the Raiwind area of Lahore on Wednesday evening, confirmed CCPO Lahore. More than a dozen other people were injured in the explosion. The explosion took place close to a police checkpost, near the vehicle of a deputy superintendent of police. Rescue officials said the injured were being shifted to the hospital. According to police sources, the explosion appeared to be a targeted attack on law enforcement personnel. Police officials added that it was unclear if the blast was of a planted device or if it was a suicide attack. A motorcycle near the blast site had been completely destroyed. A photo from the location where the explosion took place. Following the explosion, a large number of law-enforcement personnel and rescue services reached the spot. Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif condemned the blast and has sought a report from IG Punjab police. He also instructed the concerned authorities to provide the best possible medical care and treatment to the injured. ?This is a developing story and will be updated as further reports are received.
  2. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/6292f6afb4e5998527e37529e00e0f1b.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Mi8yOC8yMDE4IDM6Mzc6MjUgUE0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT03a0hPN0dacll5ZWxuUGNoTzVQWlVBPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] QUETTA: A suicide attack targetting a camp of the Frontier Corps (FC) and Levies martyred at least four security personnel on Tuesday evening, said security sources. The attack also injured at least six FC personnel deployed at the installation. The explosion took place in Nauhisar area on the outskirts of the provincial capital. Two policemen martyred in attack on DSP's vehicle in Quetta DSP Hameedullah Dasti's vehicle was ambushed on Samungli Road; officer, driver remained unhurt The area was cordoned off by security forces after the attack and the injured were shifted to nearby medical facilities for treatment. Earlier today, two policemen were martyred in a targetted attack on the convoy of a police officer. The vehicle of DSP Hameedullah Dasti was attacked on Samungli Road by unidentified attackers from two sides. Frequent attacks Police and security officials are often targetted in the Balochistan capital. Four security personnel were martyred on Feb 14 when they were attacked near the city's Sariab Road area. Police said unidentified attackers, riding a motorcycle, targetted a motorcycle patrol of the Frontier Corps (FC) while it was on routine duty along a railway track. On January 28, a policeman was killed in Quetta's Hazarganji area in a targetted attack while on January 18, two Balochistan Constabulary officials were killed in Quetta. Similarly, a police constable was shot dead by unidentified attackers on the city's Raisani Road on January 16. A day earlier, on Jan 15, five Pakistan Army soldiers were killed in Kech, Balochistan when their vehicle turned turtle after it was fired at. On Jan 9, four Balochistan Constabulary personnel were among six killed in a suicide attack near the Balochistan Assembly. Meanwhile, on Jan 2, at least five people, including two FC personnel, were injured as a result of a gun and bomb attack on a check post in the Baleli area of the provincial capital, said security sources. This is a developing story and more details would be provided as received.
  3. Sindh Inspector General AD Khawaja addressing the passing out parade of the Eaglet Course in Karachi on Thursday, February 22, 2018. Photo: Geo News KARACHI: Sindh's Inspector General of Police (IGP) AD Khawaja on Thursday stressed that the police force should use its powers to crack down on terrorists. "Police personnel are not anyone's private employees," Khawaja said while addressing the passing out parade of the Eaglet Course in Karachi. "They should use the powers vested in them by the government to crack down on terrorists." Discussing the extra-judicial killing of Waziristan-native Naqeebullah Mehsud in a 'police encounter' in the metropolis, the provincial police chief reiterated that the deceased was an innocent citizen. "The police personnel involved in the Naqeebullah murder case will be punished like [ordinary] criminals," he said. 'Comprehensive strategy necessary to end street crime' Khawaja, in his address, stated that a comprehensive strategy to completely eliminate street crime from Karachi was required. "How can a population of over 20 million people in the city be possibly monitored through only 2,500 cameras," he said, adding that the police force had managed to apprehend 200 street criminals in a span of 15 days. 'Illegally appointed personnel terminated' The Sindh IGP told the passing out parade ceremony that the illegally appointed police personnel were terminated, in an attempt to improve the law enforcement force's performance. "Despite giving numerous chances, the terminated personnel's performance was not up to the mark," he said. "However, 500 constables have been re-inducted."
  4. Intezar. Photo: File KARACHI: The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) team ? formed to probe Intezar?s murder ? has completed its investigation, confirming that police personnel Daniyal and Bilal were directly involved in the killing. Intezar Ahmed was killed after the police's Anti Car Lifting Cell (ACLC) officials opened fire on his car on Khayaban-e-Ittehad on January 14. However, police officials said, solid proof has not been found against Muqaddas Haider, who was serving as the ACLC SSP when the incident took place. The murdered youth?s father believes the evidence of his son?s murder has been destroyed. SSP ACLC removed from post following Intezar?s killing Officials booked in the case were deployed for the SSP?s security Addressing a news conference in Karachi a day earlier, Ishtiaq said a joint investigation team was made over the case but it was suspended and a new one was not formed despite an assurance by Senate's Standing Committee on Human Rights. CCTV footage The CCTV footage of Intezar's murder first surfaced on January 28 ? two weeks after police allegedly shot him dead in Karachi. It showed the 19-year-old's car being intercepted by another one from the front, while a third vehicle and a motorcycle also arrive at the scene, stopping to the left of his car. Apart from these, another motorcycle stays at a little distance to the right side of Intezar's car. Shortly after the 19-year-old's vehicle is signalled to go, it is shot at from the back, the footage revealed. The plain-clothed personnel riding the second motorbike and positioned to the right also fire shots at Intezar's vehicle. The cideo also showed that none of the police personnel at the spot is uniformed.
  5. Officials of Pakistan Army. Photo: AFP/File TANK: Two armed forces personnel were martyred in a terrorist attack in North Waziristan Agency, sources informed on Wednesday. Sources said a vehicle of the Pakistan Army was targeted in a rocket attack in Mir Ali Tehsil of the agency, resulting in the deaths of two army officials. The Pakistan Army launched Operation Zarb-e-Azb in June 2014 to clear the agency, the only remaining stronghold of militants. Since then, the area has been cleared of militants except for sporadic terrorist and cross-border attacks.
  6. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/86d821dc845cf2f42c3d2d4c2fe7be16.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Mi80LzIwMTggMTI6NTY6MDcgUE0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1laSsvQ0JRRVJ1QWZtMHhlTkVTMzFRPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff ( COAS ) General Qamar Javed Bajwa attended the funeral prayers of 11 security personnel, including an officer, martyred in a suicide attack on Saturday. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, Commander Peshawar Corps and other senior civil and military officials were also present at the prayers held in Peshawar. General Bajwa later visited the CMH Hospital in the provincial capital to meet those injured in the incident. Swat suicide attack A suicide attack targetted at an Army unit in Swat's tehsil Kabal on Saturday evening claimed lives of 11 security personnel and left 13 others injured. The attacker had targetted the sports area of the armed forces' unit in the Shareefabad area of the tehsil. A large contingent of security personnel had secured the area after the attack and started an initial investigation into the blast. Government sources had said rescue teams reached the area and shifted the injured to a hospital in Saidu Sharif. Earlier in December, security forces conducted an intelligence-based operation in Swat's Jahan Abad area and killed two wanted terrorists. The operation was conducted after intelligence agencies received accurate information regarding movement of terrorists, who were crossing over from Afghanistan and entering Swat valley. Operations in the valley Swat in northwest Pakistan referred to by some as the ?Switzerland of Pakistan?, is known for its stunning natural beauty. The valley was briefly controlled by the Taliban between 2007 and 2009. The armed forces have carried a series of military operations against local and foreign terrorists in the scenic Swat valley. Operation Rah-e-Haq was launched thrice in the valley and Shangla district in 2007, 2008, and 2009 respectively. The army advanced toward Mingora, the largest city in the valley after it launched the Swat Operation, also known as Operation Rah-e-Rast, in May 2009.
  7. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/dbe1af3c3be5b3b9c007a5721c470eef.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Mi8zLzIwMTggNDo1ODo1NCBQTSZoYXNoX3ZhbHVlPTcrY2dSRkxOVmxwdEFjTkRoVnBMd1E9PSZ2YWxpZG1pbnV0ZXM9NjAmaWQ9MQ== style=center] SWAT: At least 11 security personnel, including an officer, were martyred in Swat's tehsil Kabal on Saturday evening when a suicide attacker targetted an Army unit, said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). Those martyred include seven personnel who were critically injured in the attack. The attack on the Army unit also injured 13 other security personnel. The Army's media wing added that the attacker targetted the sports area of the armed forces' unit. The explosion took place in the Shareefabad area of the tehsil. A large contingent of security personnel secured the area after the attack and started an initial investigation into the blast. Government sources said rescue teams reached the area and shifted the injured to a hospital in Saidu Sharif. Earlier in December, security forces conducted an intelligence-based operation in Swat's Jahan Abad area and killed two wanted terrorists. The operation was conducted after intelligence agencies received accurate information regarding movement of terrorists, who were crossing over from Afghanistan and entering Swat valley. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi strongly condemned the suicide attack in Swat. In a statement on Saturday, he prayed for martyrs and the early recovery of injured. He also commiserated with the bereaved families. He added that the coward enemy cannot fight with Pakistan's valiant soldiers and such cowardly acts cannot deter the country's resolve for the elimination of terrorism. Prime Minister Abbasi said the war against terrorism will continue till the elimination of the last terrorist from Pakistan. Swat in northwest Pakistan referred to by some as the ?Switzerland of Pakistan?, is known for its stunning natural beauty. The valley was briefly controlled by the Taliban between 2007 and 2009. The armed forces have carried a series of military operations against local and foreign terrorists in the scenic Swat valley. Operation Rah-e-Haq was launched thrice in the valley and Shangla district in 2007, 2008, and 2009 respectively. The army advanced toward Mingora, the largest city in the valley after it launched the Swat Operation, also known as Operation Rah-e-Rast, in May 2009.
  8. KARACHI: A Rangers personnel was martyred and a police officer wounded over resistance during a robbery attempt Monday night in the city's Landhi 89 locale, Geo News reported, citing a spokesperson for Rangers. The incident ? which took place at 9:45 PM ? resulted in two gunmen being arrested and their weapons seized, the spokesperson added. Abdul Rauf ? the Rangers personnel who was martyred ? and police officer Umar Wahid, his friend who was wounded, were travelling together on a motorcycle when the incident happened. The Rangers personnel was being moved to the hospital but succumbed to his injuries on the way. The spokesperson explained that Rauf was a resident of Landhi and was on a leave before his martyrdom. His body will be sent to his family home following an investigation, he added. Among the arrestees are suspects Imran and Shabbir, the spokesperson added.
  9. The injured was shifted to a nearby hospital for immediate treatment. Photo: File QUETTA: Two Balochistan Constabulary personnel were martyred and one injured in Quetta at Double Road on Thursday, confirmed SSP Operations. The injured was shifted to a nearby hospital for immediate treatment. Police has reached the crime site and sealed it to collect the pieces of evidence. On Jan 2, at least five people, including two FC personnel, were injured as a result of a gun and bomb attack on a check post in the Baleli area of the provincial capital on Tuesday evening, said security sources. Retaliatory fire after the attack killed two terrorists. Three civilians are also among the injured. The Baleli area is on the outskirts of Quetta. Police officials said firing was heard in the area following the explosion and a cordon was established as security forces initiated a search operation. Bomb Disposal Squad said that eight to ten kilogrammes of explosives were used in the attack, with the squad adding that the area was cleared. Rescue services shifted the injured to CMH Quetta for medical treatment. Earlier in December, mere days before the Christian community were to celebrate Christmas, nine people were killed and more than 50 injured after terrorists attacked the Bethel Memorial Church in Quetta. Two terrorists, wearing suicide belts, had stormed the church. One of the attackers was shot dead while the other blew himself outside the church's hall.
  10. The deceased include Constable Zakir, Lance Naik Masood, sepoy Farhanullah, sepoy Shehbaz and sepoy Masood-File Photo QUETTA: Five security personnel were martyred when their vehicle was fired at and then overturned in the Shapak area of Kech district in Balochistan. According to Levies officials, six other personnel were injured in the incident. The deceased include Constable Zakir, Lance Naik Masood, sepoy Farhanullah, sepoy Shehbaz and sepoy Masood. Militancy in the province has claimed the lives of many security forces officials, which routinely come under attack. Six, including four security personnel, martyred in Quetta suicide bombing 17 others injured after bomber targets police truck, just 300 metres from the Balochistan Assembly At least six persons, including four Balochistan Constabulary personnel, were martyred and 17 others injured on January 10 in a suicide bombing near the Balochistan Assembly building in Quetta, police said. The attacker blew himself up close to a police truck near GPO Chowk on Zarghoon Road, located in the provincial capital's high-security Red Zone just 300 metres from the provincial assembly building.
  11. SSP South Javed Akbar had said that 15 bullet cases of 9mm were recovered from the crime scene. Photo: Geo News screen grab1 KARACHI: Eight police personnel who allegedly shot dead a young man in Karachi?s Defence area late Saturday night will appear before the court today (Monday). Nineteen-year-old Intezar Ahmed was killed after shots were fired at his car. The police had earlier maintained that the youth was killed in firing by unidentified assailants on motorcycles. However, it was later disclosed that the Anti-Car Lifting Cell officials opened fire at Ahmed's car after he failed to stop his vehicle despite their instructions. "There was deployment of the Anti-Car Lifting Cell there. They [ACLC personnel] opened fire on the car, which hit them. We are looking into this matter," DIG Saqib Ismail told reporters outside the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre on Sunday. Two more personnel of Anti-Car Lifting Cell had surrendered themselves for involvement in the case Sunday night. According to the police, the two personnel had donned plain clothes while conducting snap checking alongside other officials. The eyewitnesses claimed that these two personnel had fired at the youth?s car. SSP South Javed Akbar had said that 15 bullet cases of 9mm were recovered from the crime scene, adding that a girl was also with the deceased, who fled after the incident. Parents appeal to CJP, COAS for justice Intezar's family appealed to the chief justice of Pakistan and the chief of army staff for justice on Sunday. Speaking to the media at a press conference, the counsel for the victim's family Mohammad Asif said the boy was in a conscious state until a few hours before the incident and was at a friend?s house. "There was a clear intention to kill," said the lawyer, explaining that bullet holes in the car show the police aimed to kill and not stop him. He also complained that 3-4 hours after the incident, no police officer recorded the parents' statements. Police kill youth in Karachi: Family appeals to CJP, COAS for justice Police had earlier maintained that the boy was killed in firing by unidentified assailants on motorcycles Speaking to the media, Intezar's father said: "I want justice, I want the killers of my son". Expressing zero faith in the police, he said he only trusts the chief justice of Pakistan and army chief to deliver justice. The victim's parents informed the media that their son, an only child, was 19 years old and studying at a university in Malaysia after completing his O and A levels from City School, Darakshan. Intezar had come to Pakistan for his winter break on November 29, they informed further.
  12. At least six persons, including four Balochistan Constabulary personnel, were martyred and 17 others injured Tuesday when a suspected suicide blast rocked Quetta's Zarghoon road near the Balochistan Assembly building. Photo: Geo News Local leaders took to social media to condemn a terrorist attack that martyred at least six persons, including four Balochistan Constabulary personnel. At least 17 others were injured on Tuesday when a suspected suicide blast rocked Quetta's Zarghoon road near the Balochistan Assembly building. geo_embedgallery Photos: Geo News The explosion took place near a police truck parked close to GPO Chowk on Zarghoon Road, located in the city's high-security Red Zone, around 300 metres from the provincial assembly building. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi strongly condemned the attack and said that acts of cowardice cannot affect the nation's resolve in the war against terrorism. He expressed deep regret at the loss of lives in the incident. Abbasi offered condolences to the families of the martyred security personnel and prayed for the departed souls. The prime minister also offered prayers for the speedy recovery of the victims injured in the terrorist attack. PML-N president Nawaz Sharif PML-N president Nawaz Sharif strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Quetta. He paid homage to the martyrs and said that the armed forces, police, and law enforcement agencies have always shown courage and bravery. Nawaz offered his sympathies to the families of the victims and prayed for the departed souls and speedy recovery of the injured. PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz Sharif ?Tragic news from Quetta. May Allah have mercy on the dead & injured & their families. Allah Pakistan ki khair kerna. Ameen.? PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari ?Cowardly attack will not weaken the resolve of Pakistani nation and law enforcing agencies to fight the menace of terrorism in the county. He said that all these valiant policemen are heroes of the nation.? PSP Chairman Mustafa Kamal ?Strongly condemn the attack on security personnel bus onQuetta?s Zarghoon Road.? ?Cowardly acts like these won't affect the spirit of the Pakistani nation. The entire nation along with law enforcement agencies is united in the war against terrorism.? AML President Sheikh Rashid "Extremely sad news #Quetta." MNA Syed Ali Raza Abidi ?As there is no provincial Government in Balochistan #Quetta bleeds. Expect emergency to be imposed until the new cabinet takes oath.? Balochistan MPA Sarfraz Bugti ?The latest terror attack in #Quetta by terrorists is an attempt to portray #Balochistan negatively amidst Chief Minister's resignation. Fight against terrorism will continue despite the change of government in the province. #Pakistan? PTI leader Shireen Mazari ?Quetta's law and security personnel again the target of another terrorist attack - a suicide bomber targeted a Balochistan Constabulary truck. 5 martyred. Truly sad but question is how it happened in Red Zone very close to Prov Assembly.? PTI leader Jahangir Khan Tareen ?Strongly condemn by the horrific bomb blast outside Balochistan Assembly, resulting in invaluable life loss. May Allah give patience to the families of deceased & quick recovery to those who're injured.? PTI leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi ?Strongly condemn the loss of precious lives in the cowardly Bomb attack near Balochistan Assembly, Quetta. Thoughts and prayers with victims & families.?
  13. QUETTA: At least two FC personnel were martyred as a result of a gun and bomb attack on a check post in the Baleli area of the provincial capital on Tuesday evening, said security sources. Retaliatory fire after the attack killed two terrorists. Five people, including two FC personnel, were injured in the attack. Police officials said firing was heard in the area following the explosion and security forces reached the site of the incident Security forces also established a cordon around the area and rescue services started shifting the injured to medical facilities. The injured were shifted to CMH Quetta for medical treatment. This is a breaking story and will be updated accordingly.
  14. A scene of the incident CHAMAN: Around eight people, including police and Levies officials, were injured on Monday morning in back to back bomb blasts on Chaman?s Mall Road. According to the police, the first blast occurred near the office of the Special Branch on Mall Road in which one person was injured. In the second blast, which occurred near a police picket, around seven people were injured, including three police and Levies officials. The Mall Road has been closed for traffic after the bombing The injured have been shifted to a hospital. A police vehicle, motorcycle and rickshaw were damaged in the blast. Law enforcement agencies reached the site after the blast and began a search operation. The Mall Road has been closed for traffic and further investigations are under way. The exact nature of the blasts has yet to be ascertained. This is a developing story and will be updated as reports come in.
  15. DERA ISMAIL KHAN: At least four people, including three security forces personnel, were injured in a remote controlled blast in Dera Ismail Khan on Tuesday morning, Geo News reported. According to police sources, the blast took place near Loni check post in Dera Ismail Khan. This is a developing story. More details will be added when received
  16. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/2b3a01928afb86ddf89aeccaaa0fc09f.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTEvMjMvMjAxNyAzOjM1OjM0IFBNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9WlpzbnVCVWRIV0hKUnFkNFUvNFhZdz09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] ISLAMABAD: As the protest at Faizabad Interchange enters the third week, the government has been spending approximately Rs10 million daily on the deployment of security personnel, sources informed Geo News on Thursday. The recurring protests and sit-ins in the federal capital have indebted the Islamabad Police so much so that it has become difficult to feed the personnel deployed for security around Faizabad Interchange. The administration appears unable to maintain security presence around the vicinity after the contractors, who up till now had been supplying food on credit, have declined to facilitate any more requests sans payment, sources added. Routine life in the 'twin cities' remains greatly disrupted as protesters, belonging to a religious group, continue blockade of the Interchange, despite a notice by the Supreme Court. The protest has resulted in severe problems for residents, who face traffic jams and mobility issues on a daily basis. At least two casualties due to ambulances being unable to cross the protesters have also been reported. Islamabad administration decides to close streetlights on Faizabad interchange Administration also discussed the hardships being faced by the citizens of the twin cities Authorities have acquired services of 3000 personnel from the Frontier Constabulary (FC), 4000 from Punjab Police and 1000 Azad Kashmir Police for deployment around Faizabad sit-in, they said. The expense for providing food to these personnel is over Rs2.5 million daily, sources said. The expense for 200 rented containers and vehicles, and fueling remains apart. On the other hand, the Ministry of Finance has also not released an additional grant for the past sit-ins, documents available with Geo News suggest. There had been continuous expenditures on different protests and sit-ins from September 7 to November 22. The security for Jamaat-e-Islami's protest on September 8 cost Rs12.6 million, documents suggest. Similarly, the sit-in by Sunni Tehreek, which began on September 24 and lasted for eight days, coost Rs23.5 million.
  17. CHARSADDA: A traffic in-charge was shot and critically injured by excise personnel in Charsadda on Saturday. The traffic in-charge was shifted to Lady Reading Hospital for immediate medical treatment. According to reports, the excise personnel opened fire on the sub-inspector after he refused to stop his car on their direction. Earlier, on Jan 2017, a police official was killed near his house in Muslimabad as unknown men opened fire at him. In the same year in March, unidentified men opened fire on a police mobile in Tahkal, Peshawar, killing one police officer. According to police, unidentified men on a motorcycle opened fire on police mobile, resulting in the death of a police officer, while two police officers sustained injuries. One of the assailants was killed during a retaliatory fire by police, while the other escaped on motorcycle, said police.
  18. Russian President Vladimir Putin - File photo XIAMEN, China: Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened Tuesday to expel up to 155 more US diplomatic personnel from his country as the diplomatic feud between Washington and Moscow rumbled on. "We reserve the right to make a decision on how many American diplomats there are in Moscow. But we will not do that for the moment," Putin told a press conference after a summit of BRICS nations in southern China. Moscow had previously ordered the US to reduce its diplomatic presence to 455 people by September 1, the same number that Russia has in the US. That number, however, includes 155 people who work for Russia's diplomatic mission to the UN in New York, Putin said, meaning his country could further cut the number of US diplomats to 300: "It´s 455 minus 155." On Saturday Russia was forced to vacate its consulate in San Francisco and two diplomatic buildings in New York and Washington after the US ordered the move, the latest twist in a lengthy feud. Russia demanded Sunday that the US rethink its shuttering of Moscow´s diplomatic premises, insisting that Washington bore sole responsibility for worsening ties after the "hostile act".
  19. Anyone with a love of travel and in a salaried job knows the pain of saving money for a holiday. You watch all those stunning travel pictures your friends keep sharing with ‘YOLO' hashtags and wonder how they manage the expense. When we were kids, the only time we got to check in to places (and not even on Facebook) were the customary annual trips our parents took us to. Well, looks like all that is going to change as Air India has just offered a massive discount for students, senior citizens and army personnel. The airline is offering a 50 percent discount on air tickets to the three categories. The official Twitter account of Air India posted the offer: #AIUpdate: Effective #today avail 50% #discount on #Students along with #ArmedForces #SeniorCitizens Pl visit https://t.co/T1SVjRluZv #FlyAI pic.twitter.com/n29xNWsyB5 — Air India (@airindiain) September 1, 2017 The offer starts from September 1 and is subject to availability of seats, as mentioned in the tweet. We anticipate a crazy rush for air tickets on the site, fingers crossed. There is no mention of a last date for the discount, so we are assuming it's open ended right now, but since offers as good as this one often run out of resources soon enough, we wouldn't bet on this being a long-term thing. Also, the discount is on base fare of domestic economy class, so it's not for a Zindagi-Na-Milegi-Dobara-Euro trip. It's more like a Yeh-Jawani-Hai-Deewani-holiday thing, but hey no one's complaining. *Cough* Goa *cough* © Viacom 18 Motion Pictures If, like us, you're wondering if college students are eligible, let us tell you they totally are. Any student between the age of 12 to 26 and enrolled in a full-time course at an educational organization “recognized/aided by/ affiliated to a central or State educational board” is eligible. Picture this: a family with 2 senior citizens, 2 students, and 2 adults working in the Armed Forces. That's a bonus holiday right there!
  20. QUETTA: Three Frontier Corps personnel were martyred while three others were injured in an attack in Balochistan's Panjgur on Monday, security sources said. According to security sources, armed men attacked an FC convoy in the Murghab area of Panjgur district. Subsequently, three soldiers were martyred while three others got injured. The injured were shifted to the hospital for medical treatment, reported Radio Pakistan. The attack was condemned by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. In a statement, he expressed profound grief over the loss of precious lives and has directed that best medical assistance is provided to the injured. In July, unidentified persons attacked the convoy of Balochistan Health Minister Rehmat Saleh Baloch near Prom area of Panjgur. However, the minister and his aides remained unhurt. The minister's convoy was en route to Prom area when it was targetted.
  21. A military personnel on patrol in Afghanistan WELLINGTON: Just days after the United States said it would increase troop numbers in Afghanistan and ask its allies to do the same, New Zealand on Friday announced an extra three non-combat military personnel, boosting its military commitment to 13. US President Donald Trump on Monday unveiled his strategy to end the conflict in Afghanistan, committing the United States to an open-ended conflict and signaling he would dispatch more troops to America?s longest war. US officials have said Trump had signed off on plans to send about 4,000 more US troops to add to the roughly 8,400 now deployed in Afghanistan. US Defense Secretary James Mattis has since said exact troop numbers are yet to be decided. Trump said he would ask coalition allies to support his new strategy, with additional troops and funding, to end the 16-year conflict. New Zealand Defence Minister Mark Mitchell?s announcement boosting the country?s Kabul-based troops to 13 follows a request for NATO (National Atlantic Treaty Organization) to send more troops to Afghanistan earlier this year. New Zealand has had troops in Afghanistan since 2001. Its presence has been decreasing since 2013 but it has kept some personnel on the ground to train local officers. ?New Zealand will continue to stand alongside our partners in supporting stability in Afghanistan and countering the threat of international terrorism,? said Mitchell. Prime Minister Bill English said the government has ruled out making a decision on sending combat troops to Afghanistan before New Zealand's election on Sept. 23. Opposition leader Jacinda Ardern told local media this week she would not back sending troops to Afghanistan at the moment but was not privy to intelligence such decisions were based on.
  22. QUETTA: Two Frontier Corps (FC) personnel were martyred when their check-post was attacked in Turbat area of Balochistan on Wednesday. Security officials said three FC personnel were also injured in the attack, adding that the attackers fled as FC personnel returned fire following the assault. The injured were shifted to a hospital for treatment. Following the incident, authorities launched a search operation to look for the attackers. The FC, a paramilitary force, is deployed across the restive Balochistan province and is responsible for internal security as well as protection of the border with Iran and Afghanistan. Four FC soldiers martyred in IED blast in Turbat The incident occurred in Gawak area in Turbat when the vehicle was on routine patrolling FC repulses attack in Zhob, kills four 'terrorists' Suspected terrorists attacked Shoaib Nikka post in Zhob with machine guns and rockets late last night, the ISPR said
  23. QUETTA: An explosion targeting a security forces vehicle in Balochistan's Harnai district martyred four security personnel and injured four on Monday. The explosion destroyed the vehicle and martyred four security personnel, said Tehsildar Mank Khan. He added that the explosion was done via remote control. The injured were transferred to Civil Hospital Khost, added the tehsildar. The area was cordoned off after the explosion by security forces and a search operation was launched. Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Zehri condemned the blast and instructed authorities to bring the perpetrators to book. The blast came two days after an Army truck was targeted in Quetta?s Pishin Stop area. The attack had martyred at least 15 people, including security personnel.
  24. File KABUL: A Taliban suicide bomber attacked a convoy of foreign forces in Afghanistan late Thursday, killing one NATO soldier and wounding six other personnel, the coalition said. "The patrol was conducting a partnered mission with the Afghan National Army when a personnel-borne IED (improvised explosive device) detonated," in Qarabagh district in Kabul province," NATO said in a statement. The Taliban quickly claimed the attack on social media and in Whatsapp messages to journalists. Qarabagh district is located 50 kilometres north of the capital Kabul and is near Bagram Airbase, the largest American base in Afghanistan. "One Resolute Support Soldier was killed and six personnel (five troops and one interpreter) were wounded Thursday evening when their patrol was attacked by a suicide bomber," Nato said referring to the name of its Afghan mission. "The RS personnel who were wounded are being treated at the U.S. military hospital at Bagram Airfield. All of the wounded are listed in stable condition," it added. The nationality of the dead soldier and injured was not immediately known. Civilians were also reported to have been wounded in the nighttime attack. "#Afghanistan explosion in Qarabagh district, 12 wounded brought to our #Kabul hospital so far," tweeted an Italian-run hospital in the capital which specialises in dealing with victims of bombings. The attack came a day after a Taliban suicide bomber killed two US soldiers in Afghanistan´s restive southern province of Kandahar when he rammed a vehicle filled with explosives into a convoy of foreign forces.
  25. WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would ban transgender people from the US military, an action appealing to some in his conservative political base but sowing confusion about the fate of thousands of transgender service members. Trump's surprise announcement, in a series of Twitter posts, drew condemnation from rights groups and some lawmakers in both parties as discrimination with purely political motives. But it was praised by conservative activists and some Republicans. Trump spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the administration has not yet decided whether transgender service members already in the military would be immediately thrown out, saying the White House and Pentagon would have to work that out. The action, reversing Democratic former President Barack Obama's policy, halted years of efforts to eliminate barriers to military service based on sexual orientation or gender identity. "After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the US Military," Trump tweeted, without naming any of the generals or experts. "Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail," added Trump, who as a presidential candidate last year vowed to fight for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. Sanders said Trump had "extensive discussions with his national security team" and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was informed after the president made the decision on Tuesday. "This was about military readiness," Sanders told a briefing. "This was about unit cohesion. This was about resources within the military, and nothing more." Some White House officials were caught by surprise. A senior administration official said Trump had been determined to act for a while, but the question was the timing, with advisers split on whether to conduct reviews before announcing the move. The Pentagon earlier referred questions about Trump's decision to the White House. The announcement at least temporarily changed the subject in Washington with Trump's administration mired in investigations into his presidential campaign's contacts with Russia and struggling to win approval of any major legislation. It was not the first time Trump has targeted transgender people since taking office in January. In February, he rescinded protections for transgender students put in place by Obama that had let them use bathrooms corresponding with their gender identity. Senate Armed Forces Committee Chairman John McCain - the most prominent veteran in Congress, who was a Navy pilot and prisoner of war during the Vietnam War - called Trump's announcement unclear and inappropriate until an ongoing Pentagon study on the issue is completed and reviewed by Mattis, the military leadership and lawmakers. Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council advocacy group, was among those praising Trump, saying that "our troops shouldn't be forced to endure hours of transgender 'sensitivity' classes and politically correct distractions." Obama's Pentagon last year announced it was ending its ban on transgender people serving openly, calling the prohibition outdated. The Defense Department had been expected to start allowing transgender people to begin enlisting this year. But Mattis on June 30 approved a six-month delay in allowing transgender recruits to join the military. 'Political Points' American Civil Liberties Union attorney Joshua Block said Trump had rejected the "basic humanity" of transgender service members. "There are no cost or military readiness drawbacks associated with allowing trans people to fight for their country," Block said. "The president is trying to score cheap political points on the backs of military personnel who have put their lives on the line for their country." Obama's defence secretary, Ash Carter, last year cited a study by the RAND Corporation think tank saying there were about 2,500 transgender active-duty service members and 1,500 reserve transgender service members. "To choose service members on other grounds than military qualifications is social policy and has no place in our military," Carter said on Wednesday, noting there were already transgender individuals serving "capably and honourably." The House of Representatives' top Democrat, Nancy Pelosi, noted that a Pentagon-commissioned study determined the cost of providing medically necessary transition-related care involving transgender service members would amount to one-100th of 1 percent of the military's healthcare budget. The study put the cost at $2.4 million to $8.4 million a year of the more than $50 billion the Defense Department spends on healthcare. "Once again, President Trump has shown his conduct is driven not by honour, decency, or national security, but by raw prejudice," Pelosi said. Sarah Warbelow of the Human Rights Campaign advocacy group said Trump's action amounted to "discrimination on the basis of *** and identity," and was open to legal challenge under the US Constitution's guarantee of equal protection under the law. US Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican whose son is transgender, said on Twitter: "No American, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity, should be prohibited from honour + privilege of serving our nation." Chelsea Manning, the transgender Army soldier who served seven years in prison for leaking classified data, said Trump's action "sounds like cowardice." Transgender celebrity Caitlyn Jenner defended "patriotic transgender Americans" in the military and asked Trump on Twitter, "What happened to your promise to fight for them?" But Vicky Hartzler, a Republican congresswoman, praised Trump for changing Obama's "costly and damaging policy." The US military's ban on gays serving openly in the armed forces ended under Obama in 2011 after Congress passed legislation in 2010 reversing a law dubbed "don't ask, don't tell" that had forced the ouster of thousands of service members and others to hide their sexual orientation. The Pentagon under Obama also opened all combat roles in the military to women. The US military at times has been in the vanguard of social progress. Trump's action came on the 69th anniversary of Democratic President Harry Truman racially integrating the armed forces, years before the 1950s and 1960s civil rights battles.