2 Pakistan nuclear officials kidnapped
Two officials of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) were among eight people who have been kidnapped by unidentified gunmen from a troubled northwestern area near the Afghan border.
"The PAEC officials Ziaullah and Bisaat Khan were kidnapped yesterday by unidentified armed men in Sheikh Badin area adjacent to the Lakki Marwat and Dera Ismail Khan districts," said local police chief Akbar Nasir.
Both officials were technicians and were on a routine visit to conduct a geological survey for mineral exploration in the mountainous area. The other abducted men include their driver Safdar and five locals.
The abduction of the PAEC officials came on the same day as the disappearance of Pakistan's ambassador to Afghanistan, Tariq Azeezuddin, who was on his way from the northwestern city of Peshawar to the Afghan capital Kabul.
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World leaders expressed their shock and grief at the attack on Midnight's Children author Salman Rushdie who was brutally stabbed by a man at an event in New York on Friday. The 75-year-old Booker Prize laureate is currently on a ventilator battling for his life. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the incident, calling it an attack on his freedom of expression.
The attacker of Salman Rushdie has been identified as 24-year-old Hadi Matar who is from New Jersey. Shortly after Salman Rushdie arrived at the stage to deliver his speech, Hadi Matar attacked him at least once in the neck and at least once in the abdomen, police said. Hadi Matar had a pass to attend the lecture. Some reports claimed that Hadi Matar had sympathies towards the Iranian government that had called for Rushdie's death.
US lawmakers on Friday adopted President Joe Biden's sprawling climate, tax and health care plan -- a major win for the veteran Democrat that includes the biggest ever American investment in the battle against global warming. Passage in the House of Representatives along strict party lines came after approval of the bill in the Senate by a razor-thin margin, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote.
Author Salman Rushdie will likely lose an eye and suffered severed nerves in an arm and damage to his liver after he was stabbed on Friday, his agent said, adding that Rushdie was on a ventilator. "The news is not good. Salman will likely lose one eye; the nerves in his arm were severed; and his liver was stabbed and damaged," Andrew Wylie said in a written statement.