Roadside bomb kills one near Pakistani capital

Pakistani investigators examine the site of bomb explosion in Rawalpindi on Dec. 4, 2020. (AP)
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Updated 04 December 2020

Roadside bomb kills one near Pakistani capital

  • Rawalpindi police confirmed the blast was from a device planted on the side of the road
  • No one immediately claimed responsibility for the explosion

ISLAMABAD: A roadside bomb exploded near a busy bus terminal in the Pakistani garrison city of Rawalpindi on Friday, killing at least one person and wounding seven others, police said.

Initially, police said the bomb was planted in an auto-rickshaw, but a Rawalpindi police statement later confirmed the blast was from a device planted on the side of the road.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the explosion. Pakistani TV stations and videos on social media showed a burned-out rikshaw surrounded by police and emergency services.

The Pakistani military’s headquarters and the offices of the country's spy agencies are located in Rawalpindi, about 15 kilometers south of the capital Islamabad. 

In June, a similar roadside bomb attack struck a crowded bazaar in Rawalpindi, killing at least one and wounding 15.

Pakistan has witnessed scores of militant attacks on security forces in recent years.

In October, a powerful bomb blast ripped through an Islamic seminary on the outskirts of the northwestern city of Peshawar, killing at least eight students and wounding 136 others.


Pakistan ready to tap into Kuwait's skilled labor market — envoy

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Pakistan ready to tap into Kuwait's skilled labor market — envoy

  • Pakistan committed to provide skilled labor to Kuwait in line with its Vision 2035 to diversify economy and strengthen relations with Asia
  • Pakistanis make up one of the largest groups of foreigners living and working in Kuwait

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is ready to provide skilled workers to Kuwait's labor market, the Pakistani ambassador to the Gulf country said on Thursday, after a meeting with a top official of the Kuwaiti Public Authority for Manpower.
Ambassador Syed Sajjad Haider and Pakistan’s deputy head of mission, Tahreem Ilyas, met with Public Authority for Manpower director general Ahmad Al-Mousa to discuss issues related to Pakistani workers in Kuwait.
"Pakistan is ready to provide experienced and skilled manpower according to the demands of the Kuwaiti labor market," Ambassador Haider said, as quoted in a report by Kuwait Times, which was shared by the Pakistani embassy on social media.

He also expressed hope that the number of Pakistani workers in Kuwait would increase in the future.
In October, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s special assistant on overseas Pakistanis, Zulfikar Bukhari, said that Pakistan was committed to the development of Kuwait and would provide skilled workforce in multiple sectors aligned with Kuwait’s Vision 2035 to diversify the economy away from oil and strengthen relations with Asia.
Pakistanis make up one of the largest groups of foreigners living and working in Kuwait.