KP to get Nasir Durrani as new IGP

ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to appoint Nasir Khan Durrani, PSP officer of BS-21, as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Inspector General of Police (IGP) with immediate effect, reliable source told ‘The News’.

The KP government requested the federal government to transfer the services of Nasir Khan Durrani to the province, the sources said and added that the request was accepted by the federal government and a summary with three names had been forwarded to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for the final approval, while the Punjab government agreed to surrender the services of the officer.

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KP govt announces three days mourning

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government has announced three days mourning to express solidarity with their Christian brethren over the Kohati church blast, said a spokesman for the government here Sunday evening.

The national flag would fly half mast over all the principal buildings in the provincial capital.

The tragic blast at a church in interior city killed 70 people and injured over 130.

The Christian community all over the country took out protest rallies and resorted to violence to condemn this inhuman act.
Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has strongly condemned the suicide attacks on a church at Kohati Gate Peshawar on Sunday and termed the attacks as crime against humanity. He has ordered a full fledged probe into the tragic incident and to bring the perpetrators to justice.

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Six killed in US drone strike in North Waziristan

MIRANSHAH/ SM report: At least six people were killed in a US drone strike on a suspected militant compound in North Waziristan on Sunday, officials said. The attack took place in Shawal, about 55 kilometres west of Miranshah. "US drones fired four missiles into a militant compound. At least six militants were killed and three others were wounded," a security official told AFP.

A second security official confirmed the attack and death toll.
The officials said the identities of those killed were not yet clear.
Meanwhile the government of Pakistan has strongly condemned the US drone strike.
The Foreign Office spokesman in a statement said these unilateral strikes are a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty and territorial integrity. Pakistan has repeatedly emphasized the importance of bringing an immediate end to drone strikes.
The government has consistently maintained that drone strikes are counter-productive‚ entail loss of innocent civilian lives and have human rights and humanitarian implications. Such strikes also set dangerous precedents in the inter-state relations. The spokesman said 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.

Carnage at church after Sunday mass

PESHAWAR/ Dawn Report, Sept 22: The capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was shaken once again by a heinous attack on churchgoers on Sunday morning.

As the besieged city and its inhabitants dealt with death, tragedy and mayhem, the rest of the country began to rally around to condemn the inhuman act that took 78 lives.

The day began quietly in the city and the churchgoers gathered at the historic church at Kohati Gate in a busy commercial-cum-residential area of the city.

Before the clock struck 12, the peace of the church and the city was cruelly interrupted as two suicide bombers blew themselves up on the church premises, killing 78 people and injuring another 120. Thirty-four women and seven children were among the dead. Seventeen injured are reported to be in critical condition.

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Imran asks why do terrorist attacks occur when dialogue is on the table

– says attack should not be politicised
Statesman Report
PESHAWAR: Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf Chairman Imran Khan expressed sorrow over the deadly suicide bombing at the All Saints Church that claimed the lives of dozens of people.
"These terrorists cannot be termed humans" Imran said.
Speaking at a press conference in Peshawar, Imran condemned those who "were painting the attack in a political light."
The PTI-led KP government has come under heavy criticism for its inability to deliver on its election slogan of change in the province. Sunday's attack on the Christian community was cited as a failure of the PTI by some members of civil society and political parties on both social media and traditional media.
The PTI chairman said the agreement to proceed with dialogue rather than operations against the militants was agreed upon by all parties at the All Parties Conference.
Pointing towards a possible conspiracy, he questioned why attacks like the one on the church occur whenever talk of dialogue progresses. He also pointed out that a US drone attack was carried out the same day, yet did not highlight how this was connected to the Peshawar attack.
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