Land reforms still a dream in Pakistan

PESHAWAR: Pakistan is facing acute rural poverty and food insecurity as its massive rural population comprises mostly of landless labour without proper legal coverage, says a new report released by Society for Conservation and Protection of Environment (SCOPE) on Tuesday.
The report said that the country’s political and administrative system is dominated by powerful feudal lords, who have been dodging past efforts of land reforms. “Due to Corporate Agriculture Farming (CAF) policy, the dangers of large scale land grabbing and eviction of small and landless farmers loom over the heads of poor small and landless farmers. “

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Three burn patients of church blast shifted to PIMS Islamabad

PESHAWAR: Minister for Health, Shaukat Ali Yousafzai visited the Khyber Teaching Hospital and Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar on Tuesday where he personally inquired about the health of bomb blast victims (Kohati Gate Church) Peshawar and shifted three burn patients including 4 years old Mehak Bibi D/O Imtiaz Riaz Kohati Gate Peshawar, 8 years old Arslan Masih S/O Tariq Masih of Ghareeb Abad Peshawar and Simran D/O Anwar of Namak Mandi Peshawar immediately to PIMS Hospital Islamabad for specialized treatment of burn. The patients were sent in fully equipped ambulances along with the specialized nursing staff of Khyber Teaching Hospital.
Provincial Minister assured patients would be provided free treatment facilities of PIMS, which is approved by the Chief Minister Pervez Khattak.

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Atmosphere of gloom and grief prevails in City on 3rd day of church blast

PESHAWAR: An atmosphere of gloom, grief and tension continued to prevail in Peshawar city on Tuesday, the third day of gruesome church blast killing of 83 people and injuries to over 100.
All Saints Church at Kohati Gate, which was damaged in Sunday’s suicide bombing, was reopened for religious services of Christian community after repair work here on Tuesday.
The district administration after completing cleanliness work in the affected church built in 19th Century, reopened it for religious services of Christians where emotional scenes of sobbing and weeping was witnessed.

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FIA starts probe of church attack

PESHAWAR: A Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) team has arrived in Peshawar from Islamabad to start its investigation into the twin suicide blasts that killed more than 80 Christian worshippers.
The team will collect evidence from the blast site and inspect the church building and its surroundings.
According to initial investigation, each of the bombers carried at least six kilogrammes of high explosives in his suicide vest. "Ball bearings were also used in the devices to maximise casualties," Additional AIG (Special Branch) and head of the Bomb Disposal Squad Shafqat Malik said.
"We found the skull of one bomber soon after the explosions, while the second head was found on the rooftop of the church," he added.
Two attackers struck at the end of Sunday Mass at All Saints Church in Peshawar on September 22.
The bombers entered the church through the main gate which was reopened for the Sunday Mass after almost three years of closure. Police also found a 9mm pistol at the site which substantiated some witnesses' account that the attackers fired gunshots and lobbed a hand grenade to engage the police guards at the church.
As the death toll from the blasts mounted to 83, the intensity of protests escalated - with the enormity of the tragedy sinking in more deeply into the national psyche. - Agencies

Peshawar church toll rises to 83

PESHAWAR: The death toll from the suicide bombings at a church on Sunday has risen to 83 after two more injured succumbed to their injuries. Earlier, 81 victims of the tragedy were laid to rest in graveyards across Peshawar.

A four-member committee had been constituted to probe the deadly bombing and a new security plan has been prepared for the protection of minorities.

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