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LAHORE: The railway operation has been hugely affected as railway officials indicated that there was “no oil” to carry out railway operations. On Friday, many trains were reported not to initiate their journey towards their destination.

“There is no diesel within the Loco shed and 40,000 liters of oil were purchased yesterday from the open market to run the railway operation,” railway officials reported. They further added that the oil has now finished and rail transport would not be able to operate until more oil is received or purchased.

“The oil that is due to arrive from Karachi is still on its way,” added the officials.

Due to oil unavailability, Jaffer Express scheduled for Quetta, was unable to operate whilst the Karachi Express was only given the oil to travel till Rohri.

Officials further added that Rawalpindi Night coach and Khyber Mail also did not operate due to the unavailability of oil.

A halt to the railway operations has severely affected commuting within the country. People have been seen sitting helplessly at different platforms hoping to reach their destinations.

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Karachi: Awami National Party Sindh president Senator Shahi Syed has refused to meet Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, .

Syed said he refused to meet the prime minister as he had not accepted his invitation of visiting ANP headquarters.

“We are also government’s ally and we should also be given importance, he refused to visit and i refused to meet him as we are in no need to have a meeting with prime minister,” he said

Syed was angry PM’s plan of visiting the Muttahida Qaumi Movment (MQM) headquarters Nine Zero. The report said the prime minister would visit Pakistan Muslim League-Functional headquarters Kingri House and the Nine Zero while he had invited the ANP Sindh president to meet him in the Kingri House.

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Image shows a young man, who is bleeding apparently due to gunshot wounds, runing for his life after unknown assailants opened fire at a rally in Karachi on May 22, 2012. The HRCP said last year a total of 1,715 people were killed in violent flare-ups in the city plagued by ethnic and politically-linked bloodshed.

KARACHI: Ethnic, sectarian and politically-linked violence in Pakistan’s financial capital Karachi has killed at least 740 people so far this year, a human rights organisation said Tuesday.

Parts of the port city have become battlegrounds, with authorities unable to prevent violence blamed on activists from political parties representing rival ethnic groups.

“About 740 people have been the victims of violent shootings in the last five months,” Zohra Yusuf, chair of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), told AFP.

The HRCP said last year a total of 1,715 people were killed in violent flare-ups in the city, which is Pakistan’s biggest with an estimated population of 17 million.

The attacks often lead to punishing financial losses for Pakistan’s economy as swathes of Karachi go into lockdown, with residents fleeing the violence and shops and markets closing.

“People are being killed with impunity by various ethnic groups while the government, it seems, has little control to put an end to it,” Yusuf said.

The figures include the assassination of 107 political activists, while the rest of the victims were people with no political affiliations, HRCP said.

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Peshawar: Senior leader of the Awami National Party (ANP) and federal minister for railway Gulam Ahmed Bilour has said that US agent Dr Shakil Afridi should be awarded if the killing of al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was in the interest of Pakistan.

He said that Afridi should be awarded instead of sentencing if bin Laden’s killing was in the interest of Pakistan.

“US has no right to interfere on the issue,” he said and added Dr Afridi was liable to punishment if bin Laden’s killing inflicted harm to the country.

The minister was talking to media on Sunday.

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Railways Minister Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour

LAHORE – Railways Minister Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour has suggested a European Union-like confederation among Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, which according to him, will help eradicate terrorism, poverty and unemployment from the region.“The confederation between these countries will promote business activities, peace and brotherhood,” added ANP central leader, while addressing a press conference at the Railways Headquarters on Tuesday.Bilour, earlier, chaired the Railways Board of Directors’ meeting on the agenda of reconstruction of the public utility. Sources said the meeting remained inconclusive as some members severely opposed reconstruction of the cash-strapped department, especially at a time when it was already facing multi-dimensional problems.“I know media and some powerful segments of the society will oppose my proposal, but they will realise after sometime that co-existence and good relation among the countries are the guarantee of peace in the war-torn region. I presenting the proposal in the good of the people,” said the passionate follower of late Abdul Ghaffar Khan (Bacha Khan).He maintained that Pakistan had been subjected to all sorts of terrorism, militancy, extremism and sectarianism during the past three decades, but no solution had been given to resolve the problems.He said many people were raising slogans of peace, but did not have courage to propose confederation of Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Afghanistan for making concerted effort to eradicate poverty, unemployment, terrorism and extremism in the region.Talking about the Railways, he said the tender for 150 locomotives would be opened on June 4, but it would take approximately two years for the completion of the whole process. Had this process been completed in 2007, situation would have been different today, he regretted.According to Bilour, the Railways’ deficit had been increasing, but the government was unwilling to provide financial support to the organisation. “Acute shortage of engines is a huge hurdle in the way of progress. Without getting 400 locomotives, the Railways cannot survive,” he made it clear.He said the government had not given a single penny out of the promised amount of Rs 5 billion and Rs 11 billion to the department. Despite this, he added, the Planning and Development Division had now approved seven projects sent by Ministry of Railways, which would be helpful for minimising the difficulties.Sharing the details of the ventures, Bilour said the Railways would purchase 40 power vans and 500 new wagons besides reconditioning 27 locomotives. A 12 km track would also be laid from Chaman to Spin Buldik, he told the reporters.He said the matter of the default of the Business Express had been referred to the ECC.To a question, the minister said he was supporting the ruling of National Assembly Speaker Fehmida Mirza in the prime minister conviction case, adding that the decision was according to the will and wish of the people of Pakistan.

 

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Peshawar: vehicle of senior Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bashir Bilour was attacked by a mob during a protest against loadshedding.

Clashes erupted between the demonstrators and police following the attack. According to reports, the minister remained safe in the attack.

Prolonged outages and government’s failure to overcome them stirred country-wide protests that now seem to be turning violent.

The Awami National Party, to whom Mr Bilour belongs, has been supporting the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) in every thin and think without keeping in view political implications. The ANP also supported Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, who has been defying the Supreme Court orders.

Political analysts say the ANP would have to face consequences for supporting the corrupt government.

 

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