Islamabad: Pakistani politician Imran Khan, chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, shows his marked thumb after casting his vote at a polling station for the parliamentary elections in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, July 25, 2018. After an acrimonious campaign, polls opened in Pakistan on Wednesday to elect the country's third straight civilian government, a first for this majority Muslim nation that has been directly or indirectly ruled by its military for most of its 71-year history. AP/PTI(AP7_25_2018_000055B)
Islamabad: Pakistani politician Imran Khan, chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, shows his marked thumb after casting his vote at a polling station for the parliamentary elections in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, July 25, 2018. After an acrimonious campaign, polls opened in Pakistan on Wednesday to elect the country's third straight civilian government, a first for this majority Muslim nation that has been directly or indirectly ruled by its military for most of its 71-year history. AP/PTI(AP7_25_2018_000055B)

Imran to appear before anti-graft body on Tue for Rs2.1mn loss to exchequer

Islamabad : Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman and Prime Minister-in-waiting Imran Khan was on Friday summoned by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on August 7 in connection with alleged misuse of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government’s helicopters.

Imran is accused of allegedly using a Mi-17 and an Ecureuil helicopters belonging to the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for 74 hours leading to a loss of Rs 2.1 million to the national exchequer.

Geo News quoted a NAB official as saying, “Imran used two helicopters belonging to the KP government for a total of 74 hours. Statements of KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and aviation authorities in the case have been recorded.”

Imran was earlier summoned on July 18, but he failed to appear before the panel in view of elections. His lawyer had filed an appeal requesting the accountability watchdog to fix the date for case after the general election, “preferably on August 7”.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Khan’s party has been leading the provincial government since 2013.

2 poll results to be declared void

EC will declare the polls and results in two constituencies- NA-10 (Shangla) and NA-48 (North Waziristan) void due to low women voter turnout. The EC secretariat had moved a summa­ry to EC to void the polls in the two constituen­cies as the women votes were less than 10% of the total polled votes, reported the Dawn.

Twelve girls’ schools torched in Pakistan

Karachi: Twelve girls’ schools have been burnt down by unidentified persons in coordinated attacks in Pakistan’s restive Gilgit-Baltistan, triggering protest by local residents who sought safety for educational institutions which are often attacked by the militants, a media report said on Friday.

The schools in Chilas town, about 130 kms from Gilgit, were targetted late on Thursday night by unidentified men who also damaged school property across Diamer district, police said.

“Explosions were set off in two schools,” Geo News said.

Following the attacks, locals staged a protest at Siddique Akbar Chowk demanding the arrest of culprits and seeking safety for educational institutes which are often targeted by the militants, it said.

Police started a search operation in the area to arrest the perpetrators. According to the district administration, the schools were under-construction.

Girls’s schools are often attacked in the northern areas of Pakistan. In December 2011, at least two girls’ schools were damaged in low-intensity explosions in Chilas. Earlier that year, unidentified assai­la­nts had also blown up two girls’ schools.

In 2004, girls’ schools in Chilas came under a string of attacks. Nine schools of which eight were girls’ schools were attacked and destroyed in five days in the area in February.

Terrorists have also blown up educational institutions in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). —Agencies

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