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Taliban Saturday disclosed that their senior commander, Gul Hasan Afghani, has been killed in clashes with the security forces in North Waziristan tribal region. "Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan conveys a good news to Muslims in Pakistan and Afghanistan with courage and proud that Commander Hasan was martyred in clashes with Pakistan Army at Boya area of North Waziristan two days ago," the TTP spokesman, Shahidullah Shahid said.

A powerful bomb left at least six people wounded in Quetta on Saturday night, a private TV channel reported. "The improvised explosive device was planted on a bicycle parked on Samungly Pnaj Futtee (5-feet) road. It went off with a loud bang injuring at least half a dozen bystanders", Superintendent of Police Saddar (area) told Samaa. According to sources, so loud was the explosion that windowpanes of many nearby buildings were completely shattered. The bomb disposal squad has been called in to clear the area. Rescue sources said that the injured were shifted to the nearest hospital.
At least three militants and one security official were killed in clashes in North Waziristan Agency on Saturday. According to ISPR, clashes between the security forces and militants started during clearing operation near Boya area of North Waziristan Agency. The security forces were clearing in South East of the Boya. Three militants were killed in the clashes, the ISPR said adding that one Naib Subaidar of the Pakistan army also embraced martyrdom in the clashes.
Pakistan has said it appreciated China's support for the country's quest to become member of the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation (SCO) as the group has agreed to expand its membership. Earlier, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said his country welcomed and supported India and Pakistan to become new formal members of the SCO at the earliest possible date. The agreement on new members came in a legal document passed at the 14th SCO summit, held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, last Friday.
Ambassador of France to Pakistan, Philippe Thiébaud, conferred the prestigious French award of the "Order of Arts and Letters" (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) on Intizar Hussain, a renowned Pakistani Urdu fiction writer at a local hotel on Saturday. Intizar Hussain, who is recognised as a living-legend in Pakistan, on the occasion, thanked the French government for bestowing this award upon him.
A 6-member Parliamentary Delegation headed by Speaker, National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq embarked on a three-day official visit to Bahrain from 20 to 22 September on the invitation of Speaker of Bahrain. The Parliamentary delegation accompanying Sardar Ayaz Sadiq comprise of Convenor of Pak-Bahrain Parliamentary Friendship Group Pir Shafqat Hussain Shah Jillani, Rehan Hashmi, Muhammad Jamal Ud Din, Ms Parveen Masood Bhatti and Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqoob, MNAs.
Huriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwiaz Umar Farooq has said that bias approach was adopted by the media in covering the recent floods in occupied Kashmir. "They claim that one lakh people were rescued by the government but the fact remains that youth risked their lives every day during floods to rescue people including tourists during the worst hit floods," Mirwaiz said while taking dig at the New Delhi based TV channels.
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