Mother, daughter polio workers shot dead in Quetta

QUETTA: A mother and her daughter who were taking part in an anti-polio campaign in the south-western city of Quetta were shot dead by the motorcycle riding gunmen on Zarghoon Road Thursday.

According to police, the deceased polio workers were performing their duty when assailants riding a motorbike opened fire upon them and fled away from the scene. As a result, both the workers were killed on the spot.

The bodies of deceased were shifted to Bolan Medical Complex (BMC) hospital for medico- legal formalities.

The polio workers were identified as Sakeena and Rizwana. The bodies were handed over to the heirs after completion of medico- legal formalities.

Following the incident, law enforcement agencies reached the site and cordoned off the entire area and launched search to arrest outlaws.

The attack took place when hundreds of polio teams were vaccinating children to save them from the crippling disease. Polio campaign has been stopped in Shalkot area, while the vaccination drive is underway in other parts of the city.

Acting DIG Aitzaz Goraya informed media that evidence has been collected from the crime scene. He assured that culprits will be arrested soon.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility of the attack.

Chief Minister Balochistan Mir Abdul Qadus Bizenjo has strongly condemned the killing of two female polio workers, who were killed while performing their duties in Bareech Town near Hazargunj Fruit Market here.

He termed the attack as an cowardice act and terrorism. He said “an attack on those working to serve the people is an attack on humanity”. CM further said that the terrorists have no religion.

Bizenjo directed IG Balochistan to utilize all available resources to apprehend the culprits involved in the attack. He also instructed the police chief to provide maximum security to the polio workers.

Pak’s Champions Trophy victory against India declared ICC ‘Moment of the Year’

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It was Pakistan’s first ICC trophy since 2009.

Medium-fast bowler Hasan Ali was named ICC’s Emerging Player of the Year. His 3 for 19 played a vital role in Pakistan’s Champions Trophy win against India.

On the other hand, Afghanistan’s spin sensation Rashid Khan grabbed ICC Associate Cricketer of the Year silverware.

Indian captain Virat Kohli took the top honours at the ICC Awards 2017, clinching the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy after being adjudged the ICC Cricketer of the Year and ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year. He was also named captain of both the Test as well as the ODI team of the year.

Meanwhile, Australian Test captain Steve Smith has been awarded ICC Test Cricketer of the Year.