PESHAWAR: Thirty-seven persons have been arrested in village Mandani, in Tangi area of Charsadda tehsil, following yesterday’s [July 3] armed clash over the dispute arising from the execution of the Court decree with regard to the possession of a piece of land. They have been charged ... under Martial Law Regulation No. 16-A. Official sources said here today [July 4] that nine weapons, including pistols, rifles and guns were also seized from them.

Meanwhile, Mr Sajjadul Hassan, Deputy Commissioner, and Mr Mansoor Ahmed, Senior Superintendent of Police, visited the scene of the clash today, and assured the execution of the Court decree. — Agencies

US initiative for Suez Canal

[Meanwhile, as reported by agencies in Washington,] ...Mr Donald Bergus, Senior US diplomat in Cairo ... and Mr Michael Sterner, State Department’s chief specialist in Egyptian affairs, will inform the UAR of the latest US thinking on how to resolve the Suez Canal issue.

… UAR and Israel are far apart on terms for an Israeli pullback from the eastern edge of the Canal and a reopening of the waterway as a first step to an overall settlement. The UAR Government is insisting on reoccupying areas in the Sinai with troops after the Israelis withdraw. Israel is making it a condition of withdrawal that UAR forces do not cross the Canal, which has been the dividing line between the two armies since the 1967 war.

68 die in plane crash

[Agencies add from Tokyo,] A Japanese airliner that disappeared early on Saturday night [July 3] was found smashed on a mountain side today [July 4] and Police said none of the 68 persons onboard survived. Rescuers counted 21 bodies after the wreckage was found on the upper slope of the 2297-foot Mount Ebeshi, nearly 24 hours after the plane disappeared while trying to land at Kakodate, 9.3 miles south-east of the mountain, Police said.

Pollution resolution

[Agencies add from Stockholm,] An international agreement to ban dumping of poisonous and radioactive substances in the sea was recommended by a conference of parliamentarians.... Organised under the auspices of the Council of Europe, the four-day conference was attended by 500 parliamentarians.

The conference appealed to Governments to take urgent measures to improve environmental hygiene by combating contamination of foods, inadequate housing, uncontrolled accumulation of wastes and various forms of pollution. Resolutions warned against the tendency towards excessive concentrations of people in large apartment buildings and proposed recycling and reuse of water.

The files for July 1946 and the first 10 days of August 1946 are missing from our archives. The ‘Seventy-five years ago’ section will resume from Aug 11.

Published in Dawn, July 5th, 2021

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