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2,090 people killed in sectarian violence since 2008, Senate told


ISLAMABAD:The Senate was informed on Wednesday that the government is taking measures to address sectarian violence in the country and legislation is also being tabled in this regard.
Minister of State for Interior Balighur Rehman told the House during question hour that 2,090 people have been killed in sectarian attacks since 2008. He said 173 people have been convicted in these sectarian attacks and killings.

He said 104 people were killed in Punjab in these incidents while 252 in Sindh, 22 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 737 in Balochistan, 867 in FATA, 103 in Gilgit Baltistan and five people were killed in Islamabad.

To a question, the minister said that the government is taking steps to control cybercrime in the country. He said Prevention of Cyber Crime Act has been prepared and submitted to the cabinet for approval. He said that it would be introduced in the House shortly and would address all the issues related to cybercrime.


APS mastermind claims Bacha Khan University attack, 21 killed

January 20

PESHAWAR: Unidentified gunmen entered Bacha Khan University in Khyber Pakhtunkha’s Charsadda town Wednesday and opened fire on students and faculty members as they gathered at the school for a poetry recital to commemorate the death anniversary of the activist and leader whom the school is named after.

However, a spokesperson from the TTP, Mohammad Khorasani, issued a conflicting statement shortly after Mansoor's claim, in which Khorasani condemned the attack, terming it "against Shariah".

Khorasani also warned that those "using the naming of TTP will be brought to justice".

As the military announced the end of the clearance operation, mass casualties were feared in the attack reminiscent of the deadly December 2014 terrorist attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar which left over 140 dead — most of them students.

Sources added that the four attackers were wearing suicide vests but were killed by security forces' before they could detonate their explosives.

Key updates:

  • Police confirm 21 dead

  • Military says 4 attackers killed, gunfire over

  • Armed assailants scaled university walls and opened fire

  • Multiple blasts were heard along with continuous heavy gunfire

  • 3,000 students enrolled at university

University premises secured

Military spokesperson Lt.Gen Asim Bajwa stated that the university premises has been cleared and four attackers have been killed. Security personnel, including Special Services Group (SSG) personnel were tasked with clearing the university premises and and securing the civilians inside.

The terrorists gave stiff resistance to security forces as they engaged in an operation to clear the school over several hours. Intelligence sources said eight to 10 terrorists were inside the university, adding that they were between 18 and 25 years old, were wearing civilian clothes and had their faces covered.

Snipers had taken position around the premises, with monitoring being provided by aerial assets.

Security forces also cordoned off a one-storey house, situated around a kilometre from the university's boundary wall, where three terrorists were believed to be holed up. It was later declared clear by military personnel.

The families of students lined up outside the school. Most of the boys belonged to Dir, Hangu and other parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.Journalists and all other non-essential personnel were asked to stay back in order to not interfere with the ongoing security operation. Up to 20 ambulances entered the university to rescue the injured.

The families of students lined up outside the school. Most of the boys belonged to Dir, Hangu and other parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.Journalists and all other non-essential personnel were asked to stay back in order to not interfere with the ongoing security operation. Up to 20 ambulances entered the university to rescue the injured.


Sheikh Nimr about the reason for execution

January 05


Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr: Saudi Arabia executes top Shia cleric

January 03

Saudi Arabia has executed the prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, the interior ministry said.

He was among 47 people put to death after being convicted of terrorism offences, it said in a statement.

Sheikh Nimr was a vocal supporter of the mass anti-government protests that erupted in Eastern Province in 2011, where a Shia majority have long complained of marginalisation.

Shia-led Iran said Saudi Arabia would pay a "high price" for the execution.

A foreign ministry spokesman said Riyadh "supports terrorists... while executing and suppressing critics inside the country".

Iranian state TV reported that the Saudi charge d'affaires in Iran had been summoned to the foreign ministry.

Iran is the main regional rival of Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia.

At least one protest march was held in Qatif, in Eastern Province, where security has been raised.


At least 25 killed, 30 injured in Parachinar blast

December 13

PESHAWAR / ISLAMABAD: A bomb hidden in a bag ripped through a crowded bazaar in a mainly Shia area of northwestern tribal region Sunday, killing at least 23 people and wounding more than 30, officials said.

The death toll was expected to rise after the explosion at the Eidgah used-clothes market in Parachinar, the capital of Kurram Agency on the border with Afghanistan.

“The death toll has reached 23 as many of the critically wounded succumbed to injuries as they were being shifted to helicopters to fly them to Peshawar,” Amjad Ali Khan, the political administrator of Kurram, told AFP.


Four APS terrorists executed in Kohat

December 08

ISLAMABAD: Four terrorists involved in the Army Public School attack last year were hanged at a civil jail in Kohat on Wednesday.

The hangings were the first executions of civilians convicted by Pakistan's military courts.

A security source confirmed the execution of the four terrorists saying, “Four militants involved in the attack on Army Public School were hanged this morning in Kohat prison.”



Two Military Police officials shot dead in Karachi

December 08

KARACHI: Two Military Police (MP) official were killed on Tuesday after their vehicle was fired upon by unidentified gunmen near Tibet Centre on MA Jinnah road.

Senior medico-legal officer (MLO) Dr Nisar Shah of Civil Hospital said one of the military personnel, Rashid, was declared dead on arrival at the hospital. The second, Arshad, succumbed to his injuries while receiving treatment at the hospital.


LeJ’s Haroon Bhatti among four killed in Lahore encounter

December 08

LAHORE (Staff Report) – Punjab Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) on Thursday killed as many as four alleged terrorists including founding member of banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) Haroon Bhatti in an encounter in Badami Bagh area of Lahore.

At least three police officials also received bullets during the action.

According to a statement Haroon Bhatti, who was in custody of CTD, was brought to Badami Bagh area for identification of few militants and recovery of weapons. However armed men present at the site opened fire at police vehicles.


Factory torched in Jhelum over blasphemy allegation

December 08

GUJRAT: An enraged mob torched a place of worship of Ahmadi community in Jhelum on Saturday after setting on fire a factory late on Friday over an incident of “desecration of Holy Quran” in the factory, said to be owned by a man belonging to the community.

No casualty was reported.

Army troops have been deployed in Jhelum to assist the local administration and police in maintaining law and order. Soldiers are patrolling the city and have been deployed at the places of worship of Ahmadi community.

Earlier, the local administration and police failed to act immediately to provide security to the places of worship of the community in the wake of the torching of the factory. It was only after a place of worship was torched in Kala Gojran area that troops were deployed at other such places, particularly the community’s main place of worship in the city located in Nawan Mohallah.

The local people have claimed to have taken possession of the place of worship in Kala Gojran and converted it into a mosque. They have displayed a board inscribed with “Masjid Allah Wali” outside the place.


Rangers, police recover weapons buried in Karachi cemetery

September 04

KARACHI: Rangers and police personnel in a joint operation recovered arms from a graveyard in Khajji ground of the metropolis on Friday.
Rangers and police carried out an operation in Rizvia society on information provided by detained suspect Fariduddin Abbasi, a former employee of Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.




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