Landslide engulfs Pakistani bus with workers, killing 8

In this file photo, Pakistani men stand next to the wreckage of a passenger bus after it collided with an oil tanker, in Kohat on August 4, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 15 January 2019

Landslide engulfs Pakistani bus with workers, killing 8

  • Rescuers managed to retrieve all the bodies
  • Rains and snowfall often cause landslides in Pakistan mountainous terrains

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani police say a landslide triggered by this week’s rains engulfed a bus carrying workers on a dam project in the northwest, killing eight people.
Regional police chief Raja Abdul Saboor says the incident took place on a hilly road late on Monday. He says rescuers managed to retrieve all the bodies.
The bus was taking workers to their homes from the site of Dasu Dam being built on the Indus River in Kohistan district. Police say there are no survivors but locals fear one or two people are still missing.
Rains and snowfall often cause landslides and flash floods in northern Pakistan where millions live in mountainous areas.
Kohistan is located about 200 kilometers, or 120 miles, north of Mansehra, an impoverished but scenic district in the Pakhtunkhwa province.


Makkah governor, Pakistan’s consul general discuss Hajj arrangements

Updated 05 February 2020

Makkah governor, Pakistan’s consul general discuss Hajj arrangements

  • Majid presented a painting of Islamabad’s Faisal Mosque, named after King Faisal, to the Makkah governor
  • Prince Khaled welcomed the consul general and recalled fond memories of his visit to Pakistan many years ago

MAKKAH: Khalid Majid, consul general of Pakistan in Jeddah, recently paid a courtesy call to Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal.
Majid expressed his gratitude for the facilities extended to the Pakistani mission as well as to the Pakistani community in the Kingdom.
Prince Khaled welcomed the consul general and recalled fond memories of his visit to Pakistan many years ago, and acknowledged the cordial relations between the two countries.
Issues related to the Pakistani community and upcoming Hajj arrangements were also discussed. The consul general extended an invitation to Prince Khaled to visit Pakistan at his earliest convenience, which was accepted.
Majid presented a painting of Islamabad’s Faisal Mosque, named after King Faisal, to the Makkah governor.