Bahawalpur: Six people were killed and three injured in Ahmadpur East in a firing incident on Saturday.
According to police, one Irshad Ghallu -- a murder convict -- was going home after getting released from Central Jail Bahawalpur when unknown miscreants on motorcycles opened fire at his van near Ubqari Haweli.
As a result, Irshad, Shahid, Waris, Nawaz, Saeed and Akmal died while Ajmal, Iqbal and Aziz got injured. Police reached the site of incident and found four dead and five injured.
The injured were rushed to Tehsil Headquarters Hospital Ahmadpur East where two of
them succumbed to injuries.
The incident was allegedly the result of an old enmity. Police were investigating the incident and filed the case.
Inspector General of Punjab police Rao Sardar Ali Khan also took notice of the incident and sought a report from RPO Bahawalpur.
The IG said special teams should be formed for the arrest of the accused involved in the incident and all available resources should be utilized for the speedy arrest of the ruthless accused.
NA passes election amendment bill; scraps electronic voting
Law Minister rejected the impression that the amendment is aimed at depriving overseas Pakistanis of their right to vote.
Islamabad: The National Assembly on Thursday passed "The Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2022" to conduct pilot projects in bye-elections before using I-Voting and Electronic Voting Machines in the general elections.
Speaking on the occasion in the House, the Law Minister Azam Nazeer Tarar rejected the impression that the amendment is aimed at depriving overseas Pakistanis of their right to vote.
He said overseas Pakistanis are precious asset of the country and the government does not believe in snatching their right to vote.
Regarding use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM), the Law Minister said we are not against use of technology, but we have concerns about misuse of technology as Results Transmission System had failed in last general elections to favour a particular political party.
He said the Election Commission of Pakistan had also expressed its inability to hold elections through I-Voting and EVMs in a short span of time and without proper homework.
He said two amendments are being brought to revive the Elections Act 2017, enabling the ECP to ensure free, fair, and transparent elections.
Under the amendment in Section 94 of the Election Act, 2017, the Commission may conduct pilot projects for voting by Overseas Pakistanis in bye-elections to ascertain the technical efficacy, secrecy, security, and financial feasibility of such voting and shall share the results with the government, which shall, within 15 days from the commencement of a session of a House after the receipt of the report, lay the same before both Houses of the Parliament.
Under Amendment in Section 103 of the Election Act, 2017, the ECP may conduct pilot projects for utilization of EVMs and biometric verification system in the bye-elections.
Opposition Leader in the National Assembly, Raja Riaz Ahmed has said the Assembly should complete its tenure and elections should be held on time.
Responding to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif's remarks, he assured that the opposition will play its positive and constructive role in running affairs of the House.
Earlier, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, while speaking on the floor of the House, congratulated Raja Riaz Ahmed for becoming Leader of the Opposition.
He assured the Leader of the Opposition of his government's full cooperation in running business of the House in an amicable manner.
The Prime Minister said the treasury benches will pay utmost attention to the speech of the Leader of the Opposition by burying the bad traditions of the past.
Responding to a Calling Attention Notice, Minister of State for Interior, Abdul Rehman Khan Kanju assured the House to make every possible effort for the maintenance of government accommodations in Sector G-6 and F-6 of Islamabad.
Interior Minister responds to Imran Khan's six-day ultimatum to government
"Police did not even fire a single rubber bullet"
Islamabad: Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah on Thursday responded to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan's six-day ultimatum to the government to dissolve assemblies and announce elections.
According to details, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said that people have outrightly rejected PTI's march of chaos and anarchy. “Imran Niazi reneged on his promise with the Supreme Court to hold a rally at a designated place, and he broke his word by announcing to march towards D-Chowk”
In a statement, he said PTI Chairman Imran Khan, in complete violation of the Supreme Court's orders, entered Islamabad's D Chowk.
The Minister said PTI's armed protesters kept on burning and destroying public properties the whole last night.
He said police did not even fire a single rubber bullet, but eighteen police and Rangers personnel got injured in the turmoil created by PTI hooligans.
Paying rich tribute to the police and Rangers, the Interior Minister said security forces will continue protecting the lives and properties of the people.
It is pertinent to remember that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has called off his most anticipated long march, giving a six-day ultimatum to the government to dissolve assemblies and announce elections.
While addressing the participants of the ‘Azadi March’ at Jinnah Avenue, Imran Khan said he had reached Islamabad after 30 hours of traveling from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK).
He warned the government that if an announcement of elections will not be made, he will return to Islamabad-- demanding assemblies be dissolved forthwith.
Khan and the top party leaders left the container soon after the speech while the party workers managed to enter the Red Zone despite heavy security.
Before the arrival of PTI Chairman Imran Khan at the designated area, the PTI MNAs and workers gathered at D-Chowk where a clash broke out between them and anti-riot police and law-enforcement agencies.
Police baton-charged and tear-gased the protesters.
The D-Chowk turned into a battlefield between the Islamabad police and the PTI leaders and activists on early Thursday.
PTI MNA Zartaj Gul got fainted. Many women and children got affected by tear gas shelling.
Some officials of police and Rangers also suffered injuries in the clashes. The protesters set some trees and vehicles ablaze.
In a statement released on Twitter, the police noted that when the fire brigade doused the blazes, the protestors once again set fire the Express Chowrangi on fire.
Since being removed from power through a no-confidence vote in April, the cricketer-turned-politician heaped pressure on Pakistan's fragile new coalition rulers by staging mass rallies, touting a claim he was turned out from office in a "foreign conspiracy".
In a centerpiece showdown with his rivals, Khan had called for supporters of his party to gather in Islamabad and stage a sit-in until fresh elections are called.
The government headed by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has pledged to stop the convoy from entering the city, calling the rally an attempt to "divide the nation and promote chaos".
All major roads surrounding Islamabad, where a heavy security presence is in place, were blocked off with shipping containers while entry and exit points of major nearby cities were also cut off.
Sporadic clashes broke out between police and protesters who have tried to clear the roads, with tear gas fired in several cities.
Khan joined the march in dramatic fashion, arriving in a helicopter that touched down on a motorway clogged with supporters outside the city of Mardan.
The convoy later crossed a bridge that straddles PTI-run Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and government-run Punjab province, where shipping containers blocking the route were pushed to the side of the road by protesters.
Earlier, soldiers were deployed at the Prime Minister's Office and the Parliament to avoid any untoward incident in the wake of PTI's long march and the presence of charged workers.
"Pakistan Army has been called in for the security of government’s offices located in the Red Zone," the notification read.
As the situation turned chaotic after the police clashed with the PTI workers ahead of former Prime Minister Imran Khan's political rally in Islamabad, the government has sought the help of the army to control the situation.
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The Punjab School Education department announces two-month vacations
Lahore: The Punjab government issued notification of summer vacations for school kids on Thursday.
All state and private schools will observe a two-month summer vacation from the beginning of next month.
The vacataions for private and public schools will begin on June 1 and continue till July 31, the Punjab School Education Department said in the notification.
The notication has also advised private schools to spare students at 11am from May 27 to May 31 in the wake of ongoing heatwave.
Similarly, summer vacation in all public and private educational institutions in Sindh will be observed from June 1 to July 31.
Public and private educational institutes in Balochistan's summer zone districts are observing summer vacation from May 15 to July 31.
In Khyber Pakhthunkhwa, summer vacation in the summer zone would be observed from June 1 to August 14 and in the winter zone from July 1 to July 31.
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