Rains, floods continue to play havoc; 78 killed
Army called in for rescue
Sharafat Kazmi/Amanullah KhanIslamabad/Karachi—At least 78 people died and dozens were injured as torrential rains and flash floods wreaked havoc in Pakistan over the past three days, a government spokesman said Monday.
Heavy monsoon rains which began falling last week destroyed more than 1,600 houses while damaging a further 5,000, a spokesman for the country s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said.
Suicide blast in Parachinar leaves 15 dead, 50 injured
Peshawar—Parachinar, the headquarters of Kurram agency was rocked by a powerful suicide explosion which left at least 15 people dead and over fifty others seriously injured Monday morning . A number of wounded persons admitted to different hospitals of the town, were stated to be in precarious condition and the death toll is feared to go higher. More than thirty shops were destroyed in the blast that also caused damage to many buildings.
64th death anniversary of Quaid today
Islamabad—The 64th death anniversary of Father of the Nation Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah will be observed on Tuesday (today). Special prayers will be offered in mosques for the departed soul of Quaid.
Quran and Fateha Khawani will be held at the mausoleum of the Quaid in Karachi. Radio Pakistan will air special programmes to pay homage to the great leader.
Russia to help Pak in Bhasha Dam project
Islamabad—The meeting of Pakistan-Russia joint Ministerial commission concluded in Islamabad Monday with both sides signing on a joint declaration.
According to the agreement‚ the two countries agreed to cooperate in the sectors of energy‚ communications‚ agriculture and education.
Pakistan and Russia have agreed to work with each other in curbing the drug trade. Russia will cooperate in building Bhasha and Munda dams.
Moscow has also expressed interest in KASA 1000 and Turkmenistan‚ Afghanistan‚ Pakistan‚ India gas pipeline projects.