KOHAT: Two salesmen were injured, one of them seriously, in a grenade attack on a filling station on Rawalpindi Road here on Wednesday.

Saddar police SHO Jamshed Khan said CCTV cameras installed on the road on which the petrol pump was located had been removed before the attack.

He said Ziaullah Khan and Hussain Shah sustained splinter wounds in the blast. The latter was badly hurt and was admitted to the KDA Teaching Hospital, he added.

The filling station staff said they did not see anybody throwing grenade and just heard a huge blast.

PROTEST: Residents of KDA Township on Wednesday staged a protest against the prolonged electricity loadshedding.

Speaking to the protesters, president of a local welfare organisation, Noor Islam claimed illegal connections had been given from the grid meant for the town to people in Ustarzai and other areas on the Hangu Road.

He said burden of theft in those areas was being put on the residents of the township in the shape of excessive outages.

TAX HOUSE BUILDING OPENS: Member Inland Revenue (operations), Federal Board of Revenue, Qaiser Iqbal on Wednesday inaugurating the new building of the tax house.

On the occasion, he said the regional commissioner, DI Khan, had been empowered to hear the tax appeals of people.

The office-bearers of Kohat Chamber of Commerce and Industry asked the FBR member to announce amnesty for the overseas Pakistanis, who were sending their money through non-banking channels like hundi. They also called for two-year tax exemption for the local industrialists.

POLICE DEPLOYMENT: Kohat deputy commissioner Furqan Ashraf on Wednesday called 1,500 extra policemen from other districts to strengthen the existing deployments in the district to provide foolproof security to imambargahs and mourners’ processions in the district.

He said 3,500 personnel had already been deployed in the district.

Addressing a press conference at his office, he said the army would also provide security cover to deal with any untoward incident.

He said vehicles with tinted glass and pillion-riding had also been banned.

JIRGA: Commandant Thall Scouts Colonel Khurram, while addressing a Shia-Sunni jirga in Hangu on Wednesday urged the elders to fail the nefarious designs of the anti-state elements wanting to ignite sectarian strife.

The jirga held at the FC House was also attended by deputy commissioner Rafique Khan and district police officer Asif Bahadar.

Published in Dawn, August 4th, 2022

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