Woman killed, 5 injured as US embassy vehicle collides with car in Islamabad

Woman killed, 5 injured as US embassy vehicle collides with car in Islamabad
A woman was killed and five others sustained injuries when a vehicle of the United States embassy collided with a car in Islamabad on Sunday, police said.

The accident took place near Faisal Avenue Chowk on Margalla Road when the US embassy vehicle, a Toyota Land Cruiser, collided with the car coming from the other direction. The incident reportedly occurred due to one of the vehicles breaking the signal.

The injured and the dead were shifted to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims), where the deceased woman was identified as Nazia Bibi. According to a police spokesperson, a minor girl who was injured in the accident is in critical condition.

Police said the US embassy vehicle was being driven by a Pakistani driver named Amjad Zaman; it wasn’t immediately clear if there were other people in the car. Margalla police arrested the driver and registered a first information report (FIR) of the incident.

Police also seized the US embassy vehicle involved in the accident.

“Action will be taken against the suspects as per the law,” the Islamabad police spokesperson said.

According to the FIR registered on a complaint of deceased Nazia Bibi’s son, Usama Khaliq, the family was travelling to a funeral in its native village of Kohala Haripur when it met with the accident.

Usama, who was not in the car, stated in the FIR that when his family members reached Faisal Avenue Chowk in the Suzuki Khyber car at around 10:15am today, a white Land Cruiser coming from the F-10 sector towards F-7 hit the car “with extreme carelessness and at high speed”.

As a result, the occupants of the car including both of Usama’s parents, cousin Shakeel (who was driving the car), his wife Nabila, and their two children sustained serious injuries, the FIR said. Usama’s mother later succumbed to her injuries on the spot.

The complainant sought legal action against the Land Cruiser’s driver, saying the incident had occurred due to the latter’s negligence.

Diplomatic accidents

In recent years, several traffic accidents involving vehicles of the US embassy and consulates have taken place in various cities.

In April 2018, a motorcyclist in Islamabad was killed after being hit by a vehicle driven by the military attaché at the US embassy in the capital.

In February 2013, an administrative assistant at the US embassy hit two motorcyclists with his Land Cruiser near Kohsar Complex at Margalla Avenue. A man was killed and another was injured in the accident.

In July 2010, a US embassy officer attached to the embassy’s Force Protection Department hit and killed a young man riding a motorcycle on the 7th Avenue.

In 2011, a Central Investigation Agency contractor, Raymond Davis, caused outrage throughout the country after he killed two Pakistani citizens when he hit a motorcycle in Lahore. The incident had strained ties between Pakistan and the US. Davis was led out of the country after blood money was paid to the families of the victims.

Muslims and other minorities are being targeted in India: Firdous Awan

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting, Firdous Ashiq Awan
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting, Firdous Ashiq Awan, on Sunday slammed the Indian government over the continuation of barbarism in occupied Jammu and Kashmir amid curfew on its so-called Republic Day.

Firdous Ashiq Awan, while addressing a press conference in Sialkot today, said Muslims and other minorities are being targeted in India, whereas, helpless people in IOJK are becoming victims of its state terrorism.

She said the Indian claims of being a secular state have been fully exposed around the world as it is a fascist government influenced by Nazism is ruling the country.

“Pakistani nation is standing side-by-side with Kashmiris on Kashmir Solidarity Day. Educated segments of the Indian society are now protesting against the illegal moves of Indian PM Narendra Modi. The day is near when each Indian citizen will show dissociation with the policy of state terrorism by the extremist and anti-peace government,” she said.

“Indian government will have to adopt a clear stance for providing the legal rights of Kashmiris.”

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According to Kashmir Media Service, Kashmiris are observing Indian Republic Day today on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) and across the world against India’s continued denial of Kashmiris’ right to self-determination.Call for the observance of the Black Day has been given by the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, and other Hurriyat leaders and organizations including Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat forum. The day is marked with a complete strike in occupied Kashmir and anti-India demonstrations and rallies in world capitals.

TI report doesn’t imply corruption increase in Pakistan in the year 2019

 Transparency International’s report
Amid the opposition’s severe criticism of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in the wake of Transparency International’s report on Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2019, the global anti-corruption watchdog on Sunday clarified the report doesn’t imply that corruption increased in Pakistan in the year 2019.

The report had ranked Pakistan 117 out of 180 countries on the CPI 2019 as the country slipped three spots from the previous year’s place.

Head of the watchdog’s Pakistan chapter Sohail Muzaffar said the CPI 2019 doesn’t say corruption increased in Pakistan in 2019.

He said the report is based mainly on data collected in the previous PML-N term from 2017 onwards. Muzaffar said at least eight sources were utilised for compiling the report, adding Pakistan’s falling one point below the 2018 score doesn’t point to increase or decrease in corruption in the year 2019.

Politicos and media misinterpreted the report as some politicians and TV channels went ahead to tarnish the country’s image, he said, lauding the incumbent government’s steps to cleanse the Augean stables.

Sohail Muzaffar lauding the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) efforts to combat white-collar crime.

KP Govt removed three ministers from their positions: notification issued

KP Govt removed three ministers from their positions
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government has removed its three ministers from their positions who were allegedly the masterminds of ‘a pressure group’, on Sunday.

The notification stated the removal of three ministers including Muhammad Atif Khan, Shahram Khan Tarakai and Shakeel Ahmed.

It is pertinent to mention here that Muhammad Atif Khan was performing duties as KP minister for tourism, sports, culture and youth affairs. Shahram Khan Tarakai was KP minister for Health and Information Technology (IT) and Shakeel Ahmed was minister for revenue and estate.

Sources told that the three ministers were allegedly acting as the masterminds of ‘a pressure group’ against the provincial government led by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

KP information minister Shaukat Yousafzai said the leaders had opposed the policies set by the government and involved in the grouping for a long time. He added the ministers had been given warnings many times and the matter was also raised before the Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Yousafzai said the government has taken the final decision today after the ministers did not accept to following the policies. He further said the ministers were only removed from their position so far while the ruling political party will take the next decision regarding their membership later.

PM Imran, Usman Buzdar are not going anywhere: Sheikh Rashid declared

Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad
While the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) efforts to pacify its disgruntled allies have borne no fruit yet, Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad on Sunday shot down rumours of an in-house change in the Centre as well as Punjab.

“Prime Minister Imran Khan and Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar are not going anywhere,” he declared while talking to media in Rawalpindi.

Sheikh Rasheed said good news will emanate from Lahore following Prime Minister Khan’s visit to the provincial capital.

“There is no threat to the government as rumours are being spread,” he stressed.

The minister assured that inflation would be brought under control under PM Khan’s leadership.

He said he would hold a historic rally in the city after fulfilling the promises he had made to the people.

Sheikh Rasheed said the government is committed to defeating corrupt mafia which is the biggest impediment to the country’s progress.

Talking about the CPEC projects in the country, the minister said no power can manipulate the mega project and completion of the ML-1 project is the mission of his life.

Sheikh Rasheed also vowed to ensure early completion of a woman university in Rawalpindi with support of the Punjab government.

Kashmiris across the globe observing Indian Republic Day, as Black Day

Kashmiris are observing Indian Republic Day, today, as Black Day
Kashmiris on both sides of the line of control and across the globe are observing Indian Republic Day, today, as Black Day in protest against the continued denial of their just right to self-determination.

The day will be marked with a complete strike and protests in occupied Kashmir and anti-India demonstrations and rallies in world capitals.

This year, Kashmiris are observing the black day at the time when Modi-led Indian government scrapped special status of the internationally-acknowledged disputed territory.

It has also usurped the fundamental rights of the citizens through massive deployment of its military and prolonged curfew and communication blackout, Radio Pakistan reported.

Protest rallies and demonstrations will be held across the world including Pakistan and Azad Kashmir.

Meanwhile, India’s Republic Day has brought more miseries to the already besieged people as Indian troops have intensified checking and frisking in Srinagar city and other parts of the occupied Kashmir in the name of so-called security measures.

This year, the observance of the Black Day is also aimed at registering protest against the continued lockdown of occupied Kashmir imposed by India since 5th August last year.

The Hurriyat leaders in their statements and messages said that India is not a real democratic country as it has been suppressing the Kashmiris’ voice through military might for the past over seven decades.

They said India has no right to celebrate its Republic Day in Kashmir as it occupied the territory against the will of the Kashmiri people.

Meanwhile, as the Kashmir valley remained under strict military lockdown on 174th straight day, today.

The occupation authorities have taken strict measures in the name of so-called security across the territory, especially in Srinagar.

Fascist policies of Modi biggest threat to peace: PM Imran Khan

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Prime Minister Imran Khan has said the world is now acknowledging the anti-democratic and fascist ideology being imposed in occupied Kashmir and in India.

In a tweet on Saturday, he said the fascist policies of Modi is the biggest threat to regional peace and stability.

He pointed out that already eight million Kashmiris and Muslims in India are suffering because of Modi’s fascist policies.

The world is now acknowledging the anti-democratic and fascist ideology being imposed in IOJK and in India.

This is the biggest threat to regional peace and stability.

Already 8 million Kashmiris & Muslims in India are suffering because of Modi’s fascist policies.

The Prime Minister, in his twitter account, has also shared the cover page of the weekly magazine ‘The Economist’ which states how Modi is endangering the world’s biggest democracy.

The London based magazine in its cover page has also given the title of ‘Intolerant India’.

Punjab govt decides to adopt Zainab Alert Bill in province

Punjab govt decides to adopt Zainab Alert Bill in province
The Punjab government has decided in principle to adopt Zainab Alert Bill to ensure safety and wellbeing of children in the province.

This was announced by Chief Minister Usman Buzdar in a tweet on Saturday.

He said child abuse cases are always traumatic to hear and are the government’s biggest concern.

The chief minister said: “This is another leap in our mission of providing our children with safest possible environment.”

Solidarity Day: PM Imran urges nation to come out on streets on February 5

PM Imran urges nation to come out on streets on February 5
Prime Minister Imran Khan has urged Pakistanis, both at home and abroad, to come out on February 5 in support of the eight million Kashmiris.

In a tweet message, he said Kashmiris have been besieged by nine hundred thousand soldiers of India’s fascist Modi regime for almost six months.

Meanwhile, the government is launching a comprehensive campaign from today marked by rallies, seminars and exhibitions to highlight the Kashmir dispute globally.

A media campaign will be launched in both print and electronic media to highlight the deteriorating human rights situation in the Indian Occupied Kashmir.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the federal ministers have been assigned different tasks to make the campaign successful by mobilizing masses on the issue.

Mustafa Kamal speaks out against division of Sindh in Larkana rally

Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) chief Syed Mustafa Kamal
Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) chief Syed Mustafa Kamal said that no one could divide Sindh, lashing out at the federal and Sindh government for neglecting masses.

The former Karachi mayor was speaking to a PSP rally in PPP’s stronghold Larkana where he criticised those who talked about dividing Sindh into two parts.

“Sindh can never be divided,” he said, saying that those who were using the “Sindh card” were doing so for their benefit. He thanked Sindhis for welcoming Mohajirs who had migrated to Pakistan at the time of partition.

“I’m not saying this [thanking Sindhis] only because I am in Larkana,” he said. “I have been stating the same in front of Mohajirs as well that Sindhis welcomed us with open arms and treated us like brothers.”

Lashing out at the government, Kamal advised PM Imran and his cabinet to refrain from using the Riyasat-e-Madinah name for their political purposes. He accused the federal government of making laws for only Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where the PTI was in power.