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April 25, 2023: National Current Affairs MCQs
1. Blast at Swat police station claims 12 lives
• At least a dozen people, including police officials, lost their lives in a powerful explosion inside the Kabal police station late on April 24, 2023 evening.
• According to hospital sources, at least 57 people including three civilians sustained injuries in the blast.
• The explosion that rocked the police station, which reportedly occurred on the premises of the Counter Terrorism Department office, came hours after a raid by the CTD in Lakki Marwat resulted in the killing of three suspected militants.
• District Police Officer Swat Shafiullah stated that the blast took place at about 8:20pm inside the police station
2. PM to consult allies again ahead of negotiations with PTI
• A meeting of the heads of the ruling parties will be held tomorrow (April 26, 2023) to discuss the possibility of talks with the PTI, as well as to chalk out a `strategy to counter` the Supreme Court order pertaining to polls in Punjab.
• The huddle, summoned by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on April 26 the same day as the ruling parties` slated meeting with the PTI in light of an apex court directive apparently comes as a follow-up to a meeting held earlier, where the coalition parties had met to discuss the same issue.
• The meeting will also take stock of the political situation in light of the SC verdict that had directed the ECP to conduct elections in Punjab on May 14
3. 500 Pakistanis reach Sudan port, will be evacuated to Jeddah, says FO
• With the situation in the violence-hit Sudan getting precarious by the day and evacuations picking pace, the Foreign Office on April 24, 2023 announced that the first batch of 500 Pakistanis have reached the country`s port safely for their onward to Saudi Arabia through sea.
• The FO`s statement follows an announcement by Saudi Arabia`s Embassy in Islamabad on Sunday, saying 91 people from various countries, including Pakistan, have been evacuated from Sudan.
• Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has been personally monitoring for the last 72 hours the emergency plan for the evacuation of Pakistani nationals, APP quoted the PM Office as saying in a statement
4. Explosive arms killed over 700 civilians in 2022: report
• Pakistan experienced the highest number of civilian casualties due to use of explosive weapons in 2022, says a report by Action on Armed Violence (AOAV), a London-based charity, recording 721 civilian casualties due to use of explosive weapons in 126 incidents in the country.
• This marked a 62 per cent increase from 445 civilian casualties recorded across 100 incidents in 2021, says the Explosive Violence Monitor 2022. Moreover, it means the rate of civilian harm per incident increased from 4.5 to
5.7, according to the report which was released on Monday.
• Most notably, incidents of explosive weapon use by non-state actors rose by 31pc last year, from 71 to 93 incidents, and civilian casualties of such attacks rose by 47pc from 376 to 554
5. Wapda restores Neelum-Jhelum hydropower project on Eid
• Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) claims to have restored a 150-foot-long stretch of the tunnel collapse, removing blockage in the tailrace tunnel of the 969MW Neelum-Jhelum hydropower project on Eid.
• However, power generation from the project is likely to resume from end of July, as sought by the authorities concerned, Dawn has learnt.
• `A significant development at the blockade in tail race tunnel of the project has been achieved on Eid day, as tunnel collapse of 150-ft length has been restored. Restoration works are continuing during Eid holidays,` said a spokesman for Wapda in a statement issued on April 24, 2023
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