Police seize pricey ancient Gandhara antiquities
Pieces were sold to Europe
Staff ReporterKarachi —Authorities in Karachi seized dozens of precious antiqui-ties dating from ancient Gandhara civilisation, illegally dug from the country’s restive northwest, media reports quoted officials having said on Friday. The haul included statues of Buddha, life-sized idols, bronze artefacts, utensils and decorative plaques, Qasim Ali Qasim, director of Sindh prov-ince archaeology department, told a foreign news agency.
Police intercepted a flatbed truck in Karachi and found the antiquities from the 2,000-year-old civilisation hidden under plastic and wooden items, officials said.
Pak, India not to indulge in unprovoked firing: JS
new delhi—The border forces of two nations have issued a joint statement (JS) promising not to indulge in unprovoked firing.
The statement came after a marathon four-day meeting of the Border Security Force and the Pakistan Rangers here.
Addressing a joint press conference, BSF Director General U K Bansal and chief of Pakistan Rangers Major General Rizwan Akhtar said both the forces will work to ensure that such ceasefire violations do not take place along the border.
Reopened supply routes to save $100m per month: US
Washington—Pakistan’s decision to reopen ground supply routes on its border with Afghanistan will allow the Defense Department to save tens of millions of dollars transporting material in and out of Afghanistan, a senior Pentagon spokesman told reporters here on Friday. Navy Capt. John Kirby said officials estimate that use of the reopened routes will save $70 million to $100 million per month.
Resume duties at once, LHC order to doctors
Lahore — Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday ordered striking doctors to join their duties in emergencies immediately. The court expressed displeasure over the strike being staged by the Young Doctors Association (YDA) and issued summons for its leadership.
Lahore High Court while hearing a petition against the ongoing strike of young doctors in Punjab’s public hospitals, ordered the protesting doctors to resume their services in the emergency wards by 9:00am on Saturday. Lawyer Azhar Siddique had submitted an application in Lahore High Court requesting the court to order protesting doctors to resume their duties.