Punjab’s counterterrorism department Friday claimed to have arrested two members of the terror outfit Jamatul Ahrar during a security operation in China Scheme near Gujjarpura.  The counter terror operatives also seized hand grenades and explosives from their possession. A CTD spokesman last night said it was an intelligence-based security operation launched in the low-income neighbourhood on Friday evening.   The arrests come days before the T-20 cricket match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the Qaddafi Stadium. Security has been heightened across the metropolis with massive security sweep and large-scale deployment of police force.  The suspects were identified by police as Saeed Akbar and Muhammad Wazir. The spokesman said the suspects were preparing to launch a terror attack in Lahore in the coming days. They were shifted to a police facility for further interrogation. –Staff Reporter


Nigerian ‘mule’ caught

Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) Friday arrested a passenger for allegedly carrying heroin-filled capsules in his body at Allama Iqbal International Airport (AIIAP).  Sources said that a Nigerian national passenger Zi ba Lone was arrested and during preliminary investigation, confessed to the crime. The detainee was shifted to hospital where 100 heroin-filled capsules were retrieved from his stomach, it is learnt. A case has been registered and investigation is underway. –Staff Reporter


CPSP to send trainee docs abroad

College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan will send trainee doctors to England and Ireland for a specific period of two years. Batch of 60 trainee doctors will get specialized training at affiliated hospitals of University Hospital Birmingham including Queen Elizabeth, Heartlands, Solihall, Good Hope. Addressing the selected doctors, Regional Director CPSP Birmingham Prof Habib Ur Rehman said that Health Education England would facilitate them in getting GMC registration. He said this international program of CPSP was checking brain drain. Dr Mushtaq Ahmed, Orthopedic Surgeon form England, Prof Mahmood Ayyaz, Prof Muhammad Tayyab, Prof Khalid Masood Gondal, Prof Amir Zaman Khan, Prof Ruksana Majid and Prof Ghulam Mustafa Arrain were also present. –Staff Reporter


100pc literacy in Punjab by 2030: minister

Punjab Literacy and Nonformal Basic Education Minister Dr Farrukh Javed has said the government is struggling to make Punjab 100 percent literate province by 2030. He was addressing the concluding ceremony of five-day capacity building training of district education officers arranged by his department on Friday. Dr Farrukh Javed highlighted his government’s steps to achieve literacy targets. HED Minister Raza Ali Gillani, Literacy Secretary Dr Ismat Tahira and officials concerned attended the event. –Staff Reporter


Justice Yawar to act as LHC CJ

Senior puisne judge of the Lahore High Court, Justice Muhammad Yawar Ali on Friday took oath as the acting chief justice.  Justice Muhammad Anwarul Haq administered oath to Justice Ali at a ceremony held in judges’s lounge of the LHC. Other judges, senior lawyers and officers of the court attended the ceremony.  Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah flew to Sri Lanka to participate in a law conference of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc). –Staff Reporter


Three killed in road accident

Three people, including a woman, were wounded seriously when a speedy car overturned on Multan Road near Manga Mandi bypass Friday afternoon.  Rescue workers said the injured were shifted to the Jinnah Hospital where the condition of the woman was said to be critical. Police sources said the car upturned on the main highway soon after one of its tyres burst. In a shootout battle between two groups in Shahdara police precincts, three people were wounded.  Police said the injured identified as Amin, Yasir, Jugno were shifted to hospital with bullet injuries. The victims told the police that they were attacked by Sheikh Kashif and his accomplices during a clash erupted over renaming of a street. The police were investigating the shooting with no arrest made yet. –Staff Reporter