Attack on DPO office in Kohat kills 2 cops

KOHAT: At least two policemen were killed and several persons injured during an attack at the District Police Officer's (DPO) office in Kohat on Monday.
Security sources said that militants hurled a hand-grenade at the DPO's office in Kohat after which an exchange of fire took place between policemen and the attackers. 
Two policemen and as many militants were killed whereas seven persons were injured in the attack. 
"We have defused the jackets being worn by militants killed in attack on DPO Kohat office," informed Incharge BDU KP, AIG Shafqat Malik.
Talking to APP, Shafqat Malik said both the militants failed to blow up their jackets and were killed by security forces at the DPO office.
Apart from suicide jackets, several hand grenades were also neutralised, Malik added. He said the premises have been cleared by the BDU and now is opened for general public.
He also informed that one of the attackers was disguised as female by wearing a burqa.
However, the security forces have succeeded in foiling the attempt and killed the suicide attackers before they had blown up their explosive packed jackets. - INP/APP

Ahmad Faraz’s fifth death anniversary observed

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LAHORE: The fifth death anniversary of KPK origin legendary Urdu poet Ahmed Faraz was observed across the country on Sunday.

Syed Ahmad Shah, famous with his pen name Faraz is considered one of the greatest modern Urdu poets. He died on August 25, 2008. Ahmad Faraz was born in Kohat district of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa to Syed Muhammad Shah Barq. Faraz holds a unique position as one of the best poets of current times, with a fine but simple style of writing.

Ethnically a Hindko speaking Pashtoon, Ahmed Faraz studied Persian and Urdu at Peshawar University, where he later became a lecturer. During Zia-ul-Haq's regime, Faraz went into self-imposed exile after he was arrested for reciting certain poems at a mushaira criticizing the military rule. He stayed in Britain, Canada and Europe for six years before returning to Pakistan. On his return he was appointed Chairman Academy of Letters.

Later, he was made chairperson of the National Book Foundation for several years. Ahmed Faraz was awarded with numerous national and international awards. He was awarded Hilal-e-Imtiaz in 2004 in recognition of his literary achievements. He returned the award in 2006 after becoming disenchanted with the government and its policies.

 

Ahmed Faraz remembered

ISLAMABAD (APP): Famous urdu poet Ahmed Faraz remembered on August 25 (today) on his fifth death anniversary by literary circles across the country. Ahmad Faraz was born in Kohat on January 14, 1931. Faraz holds a unique position as one of the best poets of modern times, with a fine but simple style of writing. He stayed for six years in Britain, Canada and other European countries. Upon his return to Pakistan, he was initially appointed chairman of Academy of Letters and later chairperson of the Islamabad-based National Book Foundation for several years. He was awarded with numerous national and international awards. He was awarded the Hilal-e-Imtiaz in 2004, Sitara-e-Imtiaz and after his death Hilal-e-Pakistan by the government in recognition of his literary achievements.

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