Shootout in northwest Pakistan kills policeman, 5 militants

Police say the suspects also threw grenades, which killed an officer. This file photo (AP)
Updated 16 April 2019
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Shootout in northwest Pakistan kills policeman, 5 militants

  • Security forces conducted intelligence based raid on militants' hideout
  • Operation continues as forces try to enter the basement of the compound

PESHAWAR: Pakistani authorities say a raid by security forces on a militant hideout in the northwestern city of Peshawar triggered a 15-hour shootout in which a police officer and at least five suspected militants were killed.

Shaukat Yousafzai, a government spokesman in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, said police and commandos surrounded a home in the city on Monday night, acting on intelligence about planned attacks.
He says the suspects were asked to surrender but instead, they opened fire on the security forces. Police say the suspects also threw grenades, which killed an officer.
The operation is ongoing and the security forces are trying to get into the basement of the house, where one or two more suspects might be hiding.
Peshawar is the provincial capital in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which borders Afghanistan.


Pakistani naval chief, UAE counterpart discuss maritime cooperation in Dubai

Updated 22 July 2019
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Pakistani naval chief, UAE counterpart discuss maritime cooperation in Dubai

  • Pakistan’s navy chief also met with the UAE army chief for talks
  • Admiral Abbasi will visit UAE Navy Units

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, held a meeting with the United Arab Emirates Navy chief and discussed cooperation in maritime affairs at Dubai Naval Headquarters on an official visit to the UAE, Pakistan Navy media wing said on Monday.
On Sunday, Admiral Abbasi held talks with UAE army chief and under-secretary of the defence ministry.
“On the second leg of visit he (Admiral Abbasi) will visit different units of UAE Navy,” Pakistan Navy said and added that the visit would “improve bilateral ties specially in the file of maritime affairs.”
Pakistan and UAE navies have maintained close relations over the decades and Pakistan Navy collaborates with its UAE counterparts on various professional issues including training exercises, provision of trained manpower and port visits by fleet units in line with their long-standing collaboration.
In February, a Pakistan Navy flotilla comprising navy ships TARIQ and HIMMAT visited Abu Dhabi to participate in a leading trade show, the International Defence Exhibition/ Naval Defence Exhibition.
In the same month, both navies conducted bilateral exercises aimed at enhancing interoperability between them.
“During two days exercise, a number of evolutions pertaining to Maritime Security Operations, Search and Rescue, maneuvering drills, Maritime Infrastructure Protection, Communication, and Warfare related exercise were undertaken,” Pakistan Navy had said after the joint exercise.