Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Hangu massacre first shock for new KP governor


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

ISLAMABAD: The massacre of 11 unarmed civilians on board a Parachinar-bound van by militants in Hangu district on Sunday is the first major tragic incident after Barrister Masood Kausar took charge as the KP governor early last month.

Parachinar is the headquarters of Kurram Agency, where over 0.5 million people are under siege for the last almost four years at the hands of militants dubbed by media as the Taliban. The only major link between the rest of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and the agency is Tall Road, which is under the control of armed elements and even the FC has not been able to provide foolproof security to convoys.

Legislators from the agency had high hopes there would be significant improvement in the situation, being referred to as a major humanitarian crisis, after Barrister Masood became the governor of the province, the worst affected by terrorist acts in recent years. "I have met the governor and apprised him of the scenario, particularly the seething humanitarian issues in the wake of long-continuing shortage of lifesaving drugs, essential day-to-day items such as flour, sugar and spices since long. More alarmingly, routine life is totally crippled...even it is not safe for schoolchildren to go out," remarked Sajid Hussain Turi, while talking to The News here, following his return from Peshawar, where he called on the governor a day after the tragic incident in Hangu.

SOURCE: http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=36278&Cat=2&dt=3/15/2011


FC soldier, child killed in rocket attack

MIRAMSHAH: A Frontier Corps (FC) soldier and a child were killed on Monday in a rocket attack on the Razmak military camp in Mir Ali subdivision. Security officials said the rockets were fired from the mountains of the neighbouring South Waziristan tribal region.

One rocket landed in the military camp and exploded, killing a soldier of the Shawal Rifles, a wing of the paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC). The soldier was identified as Lance Naik Mohammad Ali.

Security forces later started artillery shelling on the suspected hideouts of the militants in the mountains. There was no report of loss of life or damage to property in the shelling. Our Parachinar correspondent adds: The body of Mohammad Ali Turi, son of Hasan Ali Turi, was flown to Parachinar in a military helicopter from Razmak and laid to rest at his ancestral graveyard in Pewar village with full military honours

SOURCE: http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=36270&Cat=2&dt=3/15/2011