Gunmen kill senior police official in northwest Pakistan

In this file photo, police and rescue personnel inspect a vehicle damaged by a suicide bomber which killed a senior Pakistani police official on his way to work in Peshawar, Pakistan November 24, 2017. (File/ REUTERS)
Updated 14 November 2019

Gunmen kill senior police official in northwest Pakistan

  • The slain officer had led several raids on militant hideouts in recent years
  • The attack occurred in the outskirts of Peshawar city, which has witnessed dozens of militant attacks in recent years

PESHAWAR: Pakistani police say gunmen opened fire on a police vehicle, killing a senior counter-terrorism officer and wounding his driver and a passer-by before fleeing the scene.
Police chief Zahur Babar Afridi in northwestern city of Peshawar says deputy superintendent of police, Ghani Khan, was killed in Thursday’s attack, which occurred on the city outskirts.
No one immediately claimed responsibility and the motive behind the attack was unclear. However, the slain officer had led several raids on militant hideouts in recent years.
Peshawar is the provincial capital in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which borders Afghanistan, and which has witnessed dozens of militant attacks in recent years, most claimed by the Pakistani Taliban.


Wet weather delays resumption of Pakistan vs Sri Lanka test

Updated 38 min 16 sec ago

Wet weather delays resumption of Pakistan vs Sri Lanka test

  • Overnight rain left plenty of water on the covers at the Pindi Cricket Stadium
  • The possibility of play before lunch on Saturday looks unlikely

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan: Rain for the third consecutive day has delayed the resumption of the first test in Pakistan in 10 years.
Overnight rain left plenty of water on the covers at the Pindi Cricket Stadium and the outfield is also soggy.
The ground staff is busy in clearing water off the covers, but its still quite heavily overcast and the possibility of play before lunch on Saturday looks unlikely.
Sri Lanka, which last played a test in Pakistan in 2009, is 282-6 in its first innings with Dhananjaya de Silva unbeaten on 87 and Dilruwan Perera not out on 6.
So far only 91.5 overs of play has been possible in the first test of the two-match series which is part of ICC’s World Test Championship.
The wet weather in the northern city of Pakistan has badly affected the revival of test cricket in Pakistan for over a decade. Rawalpindi last hosted a test match in 2004 when India beat Pakistan by an innings margin.
Sri Lanka was the last team to play a test match in Pakistan, when terrorists attacked the touring team’s bus in Lahore in March 2009. The ambush killed eight people and left several Sri Lankan players and officials injured.
In the interim, Pakistan has played its home test matches on neutral territory, mostly in the United Arab Emirates.