Bomb attack on Peshawar election office leaves 3 dead

PESHAWAR: Three people were killed and 19 other injured in a bomb blast at an election office in Maqsoodabad area, Peshawar on Sunday.

The device exploded outside the election office of independent candidate Nasir Khan, in Maqsoodabad, Landai Sarak in the jurisdiction of Khazana police station. Khan is contesting elections from the constituency of NA-46 and has previously served as a senator.

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India helping Nitaqat-hit expats

Saudi Arabia and India have agreed to set up a joint panel “to evolve mechanism” for addressing problems faced by Indian workers hit by the Nitaqat scheme in Saudi Arabia.

The first meeting of the joint panel, which will also discuss ways and means to maximize the availability of alternative jobs for affected workers, will be held in Riyadh on Wednesday.

Addressing a press conference after holding talks with Minister of Labor Adel Fakeih in Jeddah yesterday, Indian Minister of Overseas Affairs Vayalar Ravi, said: “The Indian side has conveyed its concerns to the Saudi officials, who have assured all possible support.”

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Iran ready to host meet on Syria

Tehran : Iran is ready to host the next meeting of the quartet group on Syria set to begin in near future, the country’s foreign minister Ali-Akbar Salehi has said.

Salehi, during a joint press conference with visiting Guinea- Bissau’s foreign minister, here Sunday said that he had contacted his counterparts in the group — foreign ministers of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey — to speed up diplomatic efforts to find a solution to the Syrian crisis, Xinhua reported.

“A foreign ministerial meeting was decided to be held in near future and we voiced our preparedness to host the meeting,” Salehi said.

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PML-N member dies in scuffle with PPP workers

DADU: At least one person died in a fight between workers of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) in Dadu on Sunday, reported Express News.

According to initial reports, the fight broke out over an issue of putting up party banners and flags in an area.

The brawl led to an exchange of fire between the two parties, resulting in the death of one person belonging to the PML-N.

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Blast in Peshawar kills six

PESHAWAR: At least five people were killed and dozens, including a policeman and a boy, were injured in a blast which took place at Peshawar’s university road on Monday morning, DawnNews reported.

According to sources, suspected militants aimed at targeting a police mobile van in the capital of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

The explosion also hit a passenger bus which was moving along the police mobile.

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PPP seen only in ads: Nawaz

MURREE: PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif has said PPP now exists only in newspaper and TV advertisements because of the flawed and anti-people policies of its government.

“The party adhered to the policies of Musharraf and as a result the country is facing the darkest hour of its history,” he said while addressing an election meeting of his party on the Mall Road here on Sunday.

He said President Asif Zardari complained of criticism against him but how could he be praised for his ‘corruption and bad governance’.

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PPP willing to offer PM slot to Imran: Wattoo

OKARA: While Imran Khan is drawing huge crowds on his campaign trail, a senior leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) predicts that his party and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) could form the next coalition government at the centre. He also foresees the PPP and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz as coalition partners in Punjab.

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