Drone strike kills 6 in North Waziristan

MIRANSHAH: An unmanned aerial combat vehicle fired missiles near in North Waziristan killing at least six people on Sunday.
The attack took place in the Dargamandi area, seven kilometres north of Miranshah.
The area targeted by the drone is said to be the stronghold of Afghanistan's Haqqani network.
The Foreign Office strongly condemned the US drone strike. 
Foreign Office spokesman in a statement said these unilateral strikes are a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty and territorial integrity. 
He said Pakistan has repeatedly emphasised the importance of bringing an immediate end to drone strikes. 
The spokesman said the government of Pakistan has consistently maintained that drone strikes are counter-productive, entail loss of innocent civilian lives and have human rights and humanitarian implications. 
He said such strikes also set dangerous precedents in the inter-state relations. 
These drone strikes have a negative impact on the mutual desire of both countries to forge a cordial and cooperative relationship and to ensure peace and stability in the region, said the Foreign office spokesman in the statement. - Agencies

Baradar reaches Waziristan, starts peace talks with TTP

MIRANSHAH: Senior leader of Afghan Taliban Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar has reached North Waziristan Agency to facilitate negotiations between the government and the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan.
According to a private TV channel, Mullah Baradar has started holding meetings with Afghan Taliban and senior leadership of the TTP. 
Baradar is attending the meetings of Taliban Shura and trying to convince all the groups on a single point agenda of holding negotiations with the government, the channel added. 
Pakistan on Saturday released Baradar to bolster peace talks in the war-torn country.
Meanwhile, Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul said the release of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar is the first signal that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is keeping his promise made in a meeting with Afghan President Karzai a month ago. - Agencies

3 more Polio cases received from NWA

Hissam Dawar

Miranshah/FP: three more cases of polio virus have been received from Eppi area of North Waziristan. According to the inhabitants of eppi village three more cases have been received from the said area and now polio virus widely spreading. Agency surgeon Dr Jahanmir khan said polio disease now became epidemic in N.waziristan and will affect the adjacent areas like bannu,D.I khan,tank,kuram agency and orakzai agency as well. Jahanmir said one P1 case affecting thousand more children and this virus is now widely spreading as the militants have baned polio campaign from june 2012. No polio campaign have been launched in North Waziristan from last fourteen months. Locals of the area said to FP on the condition of annonimity that they are worry for their children and want to vaccinate them but un able to vaccinate children against polio virus as the head of local militants Gul Bahadar baned polio in North Waziristan. It is to be mentioned here that from last week a total of 17 new cases reported in N.waziristan and apart from these new 17 cases more than a dozen were already reported from the last two years.


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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