Saturday, June 15, 2013
DAWN.COMAt least eleven women were killed on Saturday when bomb ripped through a bus inside the Women University campus in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan. Less than an hour later, sounds of explosions and firing spread panic and chaos through the Bolan Medical Complex where most of the wounded had been taken. At least three explosions and constant gunfire were being heard from inside the hospital, where police sources reported eight gunmen had taken positions restricting security personnel from entering the premises of the complex. According to the latest reports, three soldiers were also said to have been lost their lives in the still continuing gun-battle between security forces and the militants. Capital City Police Officer Mir Zubair Mehmood confirmed Deputy Commissioner Abdul Mansoor Khan, who was wounded earlier, was also killed by shots to the head and chest. A journalist from a local television news channel was also wounded with a bullet to his leg. A DawnNews correspondent reporting from the hospital confirmed the second blast occurred inside the emergency ward of the hospital. The nature of the blasts at the hospital and the extent of the resulting damage were still unclear. Several people, including journalists and relatives of dozens wounded in the bus blast, were stranded inside the hospital, with reports of up to eight gunmen inside the premises. Frontier Corps and security personnel were still unable to enter the hospital premises, where exchange of gunfire and explosions were still being heard at frequent intervals. The exact number of casualties so far was unclear, but at least 12 people have been killed in the attacks in the Balochistan capital. Capital City Police Officer Mir Zubair Mehmood confirmed reporters that the first bomb went off inside the bus at Quetta’s Sardar Bahadur Khan Women University, killing eleven women. “The bomb exploded just when female teachers and students gathered inside the bus around 3 pm to proceed for Quetta city from the university,” he said. The CCPO said that most of the victims were female teachers and students. He said the bus caught fire after the powerful blast. Mehmood said all of the wounded were rushed for medical treatment to Bolan Medical Complex Hospital, where an emergency had been imposed. Earlier on Saturday, militants attacked the Quaid-e-Azam residency in Ziarat with hand grenades, destroying the historical monument where the founder of Pakistan Mohammad Ali Jinnah spent his last days. A policeman was killed in the attack on the Jinnah’s monumental residency. Officials had confirmed that most of the old memorials inside the monument were destroyed, with historic photographs of the founder burnt to the ground in the resulting fire. No group has so far claimed responsibility for any of the attacks on Saturday.
PAKISTAN TODAYAt least five to seven militants have occupied Bolan Medical College in Quetta. Special commandos launched an operation in the premises, where heavy firing is being reported. According to latest reports, DCO Quetta Abdul Mansoor Kakar succumbed to the injuries he received in the exchange of firing. Assistant Commissioner Anwer Shar has been injured. Hospital staff and relatives of doctors are being held hostage. - See more at: http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2013/06/15/news/national/militants-occupy-bolan-medical-college-hospital-commandos-launch-operation/#sthash.qG4owKST.dpuf
By:MALIK SIRAJ AKBARIn the most unprecedented assault on a Pakistani national monument in Balochistan, unidentified persons on Saturday night attacked the Quaid-e-Azam Residency in Ziarat, the last resting place of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the country’s founder. Most parts of the historic building, the furniture, historic photographs and other important items were also destroyed.
Malala Yousafzai:Last year an extremist tried to kill her on her way back from school. She was treated in the UK where she now lives, studies, and endeavors for freedom.
DAWN.COMThe OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has awarded its annual award for 2013 to Malala Yousufzai in recognition of her “fearless struggle to uphold the right of girls to education”.
http://www.niticentral.com/Militants on Saturday attacked a historic 121-year-old building in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan Province that was used by the country’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah, killing a policeman and causing extensive damage to the structure. The militants targeted the Quaid-e-Azam Residency in Ziarat, a holiday resort located about 120 km from the provincial capital of Quetta, at 1.15 am. They planted and set off four bombs and then opened fire.
Daily timesThe Supreme Court on Friday questioned the recent hike in the prices of petroleum products through implementation of the hiked general sales tax without the approval of parliament. Although the court did not issue a stay order over the hike in petroleum prices but it observed that parliament had not yet approved the finance bill, therefore, it was not possible to implement the tax on petroleum products. The court also directed attorney general of Pakistan to seek instructions from the authorities concerned on the issue and assist it on June 18. The court warned that it may suspend FBR’s notification regarding one percent increase in sales tax without parliament’s approval. A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry heard a suo motu case pertaining to recent hike in petroleum prices. The newly elected government has proposed one percent increase in sales tax in the budget. The chief justice took suo motu notice of the issue on a note of the court registrar and issued notices to attorney general and other concerned and also sought a copy of the notification from the authorities concerned. The chief justice further stated that the government has the powers to implement the tax but at the same time it does not have the authority to start collecting GST before the approval of finance bill. The bench observed that the bill was yet to be approved by parliament and observed that the people were suffering from this increase. While addressing the attorney general, Justice Iftikhar stated that the budget been neither been approved nor signed by the president then on what grounds has the government started collecting increased sales tax. The chief justice further said that the finance minister, while presenting the budget before the National Assembly, had just proposed one percent increase in sales tax. Appearing on notice, Attorney General Munir A Malik submitted that nothing could be done without the approval of parliament and as such the tax can also not be imposed without its approval. The attorney general also read out the Provisional Collection Taxes Act 1931 and contended that the recent increase in the sales tax was made under the said Act, adding that it was meant for controlling hoarding. However, the chief justice said that hoarding itself is a crime and both the federal and provincials government failed to control it. Attorney General Malik contended that the previous government had done the same. The chief justice however, said that whatever had been done was illegal and the authorities should recover the amount. “Why you are sucking the blood of the people, it seems that the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) is not aware of the parliamentary system,” the chief justice remarked, adding that prices of daily-use items have shot up abruptly across the country. During the hearing, Salman Akram Raja, counsel for Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA), produced before the court the declaration and notification pertaining to the recent hike in petroleum prices, while a copy of the finance bill was also presented before the court by the FBR. The chief justice told the counsel for OGRA that increase in sales tax could not be made without amending the relevant Act. He further said that tax can be collected only in accordance with law. “Prima facie, whatever was done was totally illegal,” he remarked, adding that by doing so an extra burden was placed on the shoulders of the masses. Meanwhile, Justice Ejaz Ahmed Chaudhry observed that people hoard goods when prices come down and later sell them on higher prices. He further said that it is difficult to reduce prices once they have been raised. The OGRA counsel contended that the authority has issued a notification regarding increase in CNG and kerosene oil prices and imposed sales tax on CNG. The hearing of the case has been adjourned until June 18.
The Express TribuneThe Punjab Teachers Union (PTU) and the All Pakistan Clerks Association (APCA) have strongly reacted to the federal budget announced on Wednesday. They say the new budget has provided no relief to government employees.