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Islamabad: Pakistani security forces have killed 1,114 terrorists since the launch of an anti-terror campaign following the deadly December 16 attack on an army-run school in Peshawar, Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Monday. Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the Army Public School attack that killed 150 people, nearly almost all school children.

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The interior minister told a news conference here after a cabinet meeting that 885 terrorists have been arrested during the nine-month period. The cabinet meeting presided over by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also reviewed progress in the anti-terror National Security Plan (NAP) since the school attack. He said a large number of intelligence-based operations have been conducted in urban areas after the military operation in North Waziristan tribal region in June last year. He said a substantial decrease in terror incidents has been witnessed across the country since the Waziristan operation. The minister said the port city of Karachi has also witnessed improvement in law and order after the launch of operations by the paramilitary forces and the police last year.

He said the government has banned 60 militant groups and has placed their nearly 8,000 members under observation. The minister said nine military courts are working in the country to try terrorists and more such courts for their speedy trial will be established as the Supreme Court has accorded legal cover to them. Nisar told reporters that 500 armed insurgents in southwestern Balochistan province have surrendered to the security forces under an amnesty plan.

(IANS)

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Nawaz Sharif Denied Assistant, Told to Maintain Jail Room Himself

The prisons chief said Sharif's case was highly sensitive due to which he was not allowed to go outside his barracks in the prison

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Ousted Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif appears with his daughter Maryam at a news conference at a hotel in London, Britain, July 11, 2018.

Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, lodged in the city’s Kot Lakhpat Jail, has been denied an orderly and told to clean his prison room himself.

The Punjab province government on Wednesday said it could not provide a prisoner to the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) leader who could serve as his “orderly” and that he would have to maintain his room on his own, Dawn newspaper reported on Thursday.

Inspector General of Prisons Shahid Saleem Beg said that Sharif was asked to maintain his room to serve the seven-year “rigorous” imprisonment handed down to him in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills/Hill Metal Establishment corruption on December 24.

A petition was submitted in the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday to register a treason case against ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif following his controversial remarks on 2008 Mumbai attacks.
Sharif denied assistant, told to maintain jail room himself. IANS

The National Accountability Bureau, Pakistan’s anti-corruption body, while sentencing Sharif had ruled that Al-Azizia Steel Mills — a Saudi Arabian firm carrying the name of his son — belonged to the former Prime Minister, who was unable to demonstrate how the project was funded.

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The three-time Premier was provided with a “B-class” room in the Kot Lakhpat Jail with a TV set, bed, blanket, heater, a chair and table. The prisons chief said Sharif’s case was highly sensitive due to which he was not allowed to go outside his barracks in the prison.

He said Sharif’s “rigour had been kept within his barracks”. However, he later clarified to Dawn that Sharif had not been put to any rigour and that they were sensitive to how Sharif was treated because the country’s reputation was at stake. (IANS)