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Saturday July 11, 2015

QUETTA (BNA) Nine people were killed in two separate incidents in Balochistan's Turbat area Friday.
A Levies official told Dawn.com via telephone that armed men opened fire on a vehicle in Nasirabad area of Turbat, killing six people including commander of a banned militant group Fazal-e-Haider.
Others killed in the firing incident were identified as Ubaid alias Mout, Bahar, Waheed, Haroon and one unknown person.
The assailants sped away in their vehicles after the attack, Levies said, while the dead bodies were shifted to Civil Hospital Turbat for postmortem.
Levies and police officials reached the spot as investigation into the incident began. All six deceased received multiple bullet wounds, a Levies official said, adding that panic prevailed in the area after the incident.
Levies also found three dead bodies in Turbat's Hoshap area Friday. Locals had spotted the dead bodies and informed Levies about them. The dead bodies that were also shifted to Civil Hospital Turbat are yet to be identified, Levies said.
All victims in the second incident also received multiple bullet injuries, security personnel added.
 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
ISLAMABAD (BNA) Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday announced the commencement of construction on two motorways connecting Pakistan with Termez in Central Asia.
The PM told the National Assembly that the Gwadar-Termez motorway will connect Gwadar to Central Asia, as Termez lies between Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan.
Addressing members of the National Assembly from Balochistan, he said: "I want to tell them that from Gwadar, this 650 kilometre road which meets Chaman will be complete by 2016. The western route will also be completed."
The route from Termez to Mazar-i-Sharif, which will go onto Kandahar and then Chaman, is being developed.
He said that interior Balochistan will be 'open' as a result of these projects, saying "Quetta will be joined to the rest of the country by road".
He said that the motorway from Peshawar to Torkham on to Jalalabad was also under construction and would be completed very soon.
The route goes on to connect with Kabul, Mazar-i-Sharif and Termez, so Pakistan would have two routes to access Central Asia.
The PM said the government was undertaking "a very large project for roads and communication in Pakistan", adding that the project which will cost hundreds of billions this year and the next would connect the whole country and each province to one another. He said the project was "for the unity and integration of Pakistan, to end differences inside Pakistan".
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The prime minister also promised at least Rs22.5bn in development funds for projects in Karachi.
The Green Line project, which Nawaz Sharif said would cost at least Rs20-25 billion, "will be funded 100 per cent by the government", while a Rs2bn grant has been released for the K4 water supply project for Karachi.
The premier said "[Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah] will keep Rs2.5bn for the [K4] project. I said the federal government will match the amount with a grant. We have already released Rs2bn of the Rs2.5bn grant for the project."
Speaking about the Green Line project, he said: "The Green Line is a present to the people of Karachi and Sindh. We have set aside and released Rs5bn for the Green Line."
He said that although both projects are the responsibility of the Sindh government, the federal government would also contribute to these.
"This is the duty of the provincial government," he said, referring to the Green Line. "The Lahore Metro Bus was built through provincial government funds. The Islamabad-Rawalpindi Metro was paid for by the Punjab government and the federal government [which paid for the Islamabad part]. But the federal government is paying for this project."
Nawaz Sharif also said that work on the Karachi-Hyderabad Motorway was under way and that the project should be complete by the middle of 2017. The motorway would connect both Karachi and Hyderabad to Lahore.

Monday, June 15, 2015
MULTAN (BNA): A double murder convict was hanged in Central Jail on Monday morning.
According to details, Khizar Hayat had murdered his father-in-law and brother-in-law in 1997.
He was executed by the jail authorities after a local court issued his death warrants.
The government has decided to put a moratorium on executions during the month of Ramzan that will start this month.

Saturday, June 14, 2015
QUETTA (BNA) At least five men were killed in different incidents in several areas of Quetta on Saturday.
Two men were killed when unidentified militants opened fire at a barber shop in Quetta’s Mano Jan area.
Police sources told DawnNews that two masked assailants opened fire at a barber shop in Mano Jan area of Quetta and killed two persons. Both of the victims were brothers, the source added.
The attackers escaped unhurt from the spot.
Security and emergency teams reached the attack site. The bodies were shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta for medico-legal formalities.
In another incident two people were shot dead by unidentified attackers on Quetta’s Double Road area. A huge contingent of security personnel reached the site after the attacks and cordoned off the area as a probe into the incident.
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Another person was gunned down near the Eastern Bypass area in Quetta.
Police officials termed the incidents as acts of targeted killing.
These incidents come two days after the militants killed four policemen in Quetta’s Pashtoonabad area.
Suspects arrested
Police and other law enforcement agencies have launched a crackdown against target killers in the provincial capital city and conducted several raids in Pashtoonabad, Mehmoodabad and other areas of Quetta during which 243 suspects were arrested.
The detained men were shifted to an undisclosed location for interrogation.
Police also claimed the recovery of weapons and ammunition from the possession of some of the arrested men.
Quetta and other parts of Balochistan have recently seen sharp rise in acts of targeted killings.

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