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Unbowed Hazaras refuse to bury dead

Dawn Report

KARACHI, Feb 18: Anger and outrage replaced shock and grief as tens of thousands of people took to the streets across the country on Monday to protest over the mass killing of Shia Hazaras in the suicide attack in Quetta three days ago...

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Protest strike, blasts in Karachi

By Our Staff Reporter

KARACHI, Feb 18: A complete strike was observed in the city and other parts of Sindh on Monday on a call given by the Shia Ulema Council and Majlis Wahdat-i-Muslimeen in protest against the Quetta carnage, with closure of markets, educational institutions and suspension of legal proceedings in courts.

The protest, which was backed by traders, lawyers, transporters and several political parties, including the Sunni Ittehad Council and Jamiat-i-Ulema Islam-F, resulted in disrupting road, rail and air traffic as sit-ins were organised at a number of places across the province...

China given contract to operate Gwadar port

By Syed Irfan Raza

ISLAMABAD, Feb 18: The government on Monday formally awarded a multi-billion dollars contract for construction and operation of Gwadar Port to China with the hope that the port’s development would open up new vistas of progress in Pakistan, particularly Balochistan.

Under the contract, the port which will remain the property of Pakistan will be operated by the state-run Chinese firm — China Overseas Port Holding Company (COPHC). Earlier, the contract was given to the Port of Singapore Authority (PSA)...

SC takes notice of killings

By Nasir Iqbal

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court took suo motu notice on Monday of unabated killings of the Shia Hazara community in Quetta and termed the gruesome incidents a critical moment in the history of Pakistan.

Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry ordered to summon Attorney General Irfan Qadir and Advocate General of Balochistan Amanullah Kinrani to appear before a three-judge bench of the court on Tuesday...

India can divert only minimum water from Kishanganga: tribunal

By Mubarak Zeb Khan

ISLAMABAD, Feb 18: In a partial award announced in the Kishanganga dispute, the Hague-based Court of Arbitration allowed India on Monday to divert only a minimum flow of water from Neelum/Kishanganga River for power generation.

The Indian government had sought full diversion of the river water, but the court determined that India was under an obligation to construct and operate the Kishanganga Hydroelectric Plant (HEP) in such a way as to maintain a minimum flow of water in the river at a rate to be determined by the court in its final award...

Six killed in attack on agency official

By Ali Hazrat Bacha

PESHAWAR, Feb 18: Four security personnel and two civilians were killed and 14 others injured when two militants wearing suicide jackets opened indiscriminate fire before blowing themselves up at the offices of Khyber agency’s political agent in the cantonment area on Monday.

Assistant Political Agent Khalid Mumtaz Kundi was among the injured and was taken to the Combined Military Hospital. The other injured were taken to Lady Reading and Khyber Teaching hospitals...

Will fight terrorists to any extent, Raja tells NA

By Raja Asghar

ISLAMABAD, Feb 18: Amid nationwide mourning over the massacre of Hazara Shias in Quetta, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf assured an outraged parliament on Monday that his government would “go to every possible extent” to fight terrorists for which he called for “collective wisdom and collective action”.

While the Hazara community in Quetta still refused to bury people killed in Saturday’s terrorist bombing, angry lawmakers agitated in both houses of parliament against the second such sectarian carnage in 40 days, while some opposition parties staged protest walkouts, but the prime minister spoke only in the National Assembly at the start of the likely last session of its five-year term...

Manifold attacks on Shias: Imran condemns Lashkar-i-Jhangvi

By Khawar Ghumman & Bakhtawar Mian

ISLAMABAD, Feb 18: Breaking his silence against religious militant organisations, Pakistan Therik-i-Insaaf chief Imran Khan severely criticised the banned Lashkar-i-Jhangvi (LJ) on Monday for the senseless killing of Shia Hazaras in Quetta.

“I am on behalf of my party condemning the LJ by name for committing crime against humanity in the name of Islam. You (LJ) people are committing genocide of Shia community and, by doing so, bringing bad name to Islam,” Mr Khan said at press conference which was attended by Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Javed Hashmi, Dr Arif Alvi and other leaders of the party...

Magsi wants people’s rights protected

By Our Staff Correspondent

QUETTA, Feb 18: Governor of Balochistan Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi has said that rights and interests of the people of the province must be protected in any agreement with foreign companies and countries for exploration and development of natural resources.

In a statement on the handing over of Gwadar Port to a Chinese firm, he said it should be ensured that the first to benefit from exploitation of natural resources by foreign companies would be the people of Balochistan who were owners of the resources...

Ministry warns of severe energy crisis

By Khaleeq Kiani

ISLAMABAD, Feb 18: Warning of a severe energy crisis in summer, the Ministry of Water and Power has informed a special sub-committee of parliament that energy crisis has become a national security issue that should be given the kind of attention the country’s security demands.

At a meeting of the committee here on Monday, the ministry conceded that despite injection of huge funds the performance of power sector had not improved...

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