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Several prisoners jailed for petty crimes have been released by the federal government ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr. In Faisalabad, 199 prisoners were released from all three jails in the city. Jail sources said that 182 prisoners were released from District Jail, 14 from Central Jail and three inmates from Borstal Jail.

Two Rangers personnel were killed in a densely populated area of Landhi here on Sunday evening. According to police and rescue sources, two Rangers personnel became victim of indiscriminate firing when they were heading towards a nearby market from their check-post to buy foodstuffs for Iftar.
One person was killed and 13 others received injuries in an explosion here in Qandhari Bazaar area of the provincial capital on Sunday evening. According to the police, the blast occurred outside a shop as people were busy in shopping for Eid. As a result, one person was killed and 13 others suffered wounds.
Security forces in a raid at a house in Dera Bugti recovered 10 kilograms of explosive material and detonators and foiled a major terrorism bid. Security sources said the material was to be used by the miscreants in blasting Sui gas installations. No one could be arrested as miscreants left the house before arrival of the raiding party.
Muttahida Qaumi Movement's Rabita Committee has condemned the brutal murders in Gulshan-e-Iqbal 13-D, saying that a banned jihadi outfit was involved in killing of two innocent people. In a statement, Rabita Committee claimed that the outfit was trying to occupy a mosque in the area to use it for its terrorist activities.
Islamabad Police have busted a gang of car thieves and recovered stolen car besides getting clue about vehicles stolen by gangsters and later selling them in various areas, a police spokesman said on Sunday.
A ban on pillion riding has once again been imposed in Karachi from Sunday in view of security threats. A notification issued by Home department stated that the ban on pillion riding would remain in force till midnight of August 1.


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