Militants release eight kidnapped employees of Gomal Zam Dam Project

PESHAWAR: The eight kidnapped officials of Gomal Zam Dam Project were Saturday released by the kidnappers without any pre-conditions after remaining in captivity for two years, official sources told APP.
According to official sources the kidnappees were handed over to local administration on the border of South and North Waziristan.
The officials were working on the Gomal Zam dam project when they were kidnapped two years ago, adding that the tribal elders in South Waziristan played an important role in securing safe release of the officials.
The project workers released included Sub-Divisional Officer Shahid Ali Khan, Sub-Engineer Sanaullah, four security personnel and two other staffers. They were kidnapped on August 15, 2012 while they were travelling to Tank from the dam site in South Waziristan.
The Gomal Zam Dam was inaugurated in South Waziristan by Water and Power Minister Khawaja Asif, along with the US Ambassador Richard Olson and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) governor Shaukatullah Khan the other day. Governor KP Shaukatullah Khan said in a statement that it was a big achievement for the government.
A month after their kidnapping, a faction of the banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) released a video of the abducted employees pleading to the government to fulfill the militants' demands and arrange for their safe release.
The release took place in South Waziristan region on Saturday after successful negotiations between a tribal jirga and the militants. - APP

Polling for 4 seats in Bannu, Khuzdar, S. Waziristan underway

BANNU/KHUZDAR: Polling at 13 polling stations for four seats of national and provincial assemblies in Bannu, Khuzdar and South Waziristan underway to continue until 5.00 P. M. on Tuesday, FP News desk reported.

On May 11 general elections, voting on three polling stations of Bannu PK-71 and on four polling stations of Bannu PK-72 was deferred due to some irregularities and re-polling is being held today on the directive of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

PK-71 total number of polling stations in the constituency counts at 60 and Pk-72 at 68.

Re-polling is underway on two polling stations of Khuzdar NA-269, as due to the absences of polling staff on these stations on May 11 voting had not taken place. Number of registered voters on both the polling stations of NA-269 tally at 1200.

While in South Waziristan, re-polling on four polling stations of the constituency NA-41 is also underway. Re-polling is being held on these four polling stations on complaints of alleged irregularities.

Pakistan Army and Khasadar Force are performing the security duties on this occasion, sources said.

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