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

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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.

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Cleric arrested for alleged sexual assault of 14-year-old in Karachi

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January 15

KARACHI: Police have arrested a seminary teacher for allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old student in the city’s Gulistan-e-Johar locality.

 



The minor boy informed police that the cleric, Qari Muhammad Saleem sexually assaulted him on Friday night inside the seminary, which prompted the police to conduct a raid and apprehend the accused.

A medical examination confirmed the sexual assault, after which a case was registered against the cleric, police said.

Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal has taken notice of the incident, seeking a detailed inquiry report from East Deputy Inspector General of Police, The Newsreported.

 

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Rape and murder dominate land of Bulleh Shah

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January 14

LAHORE: Kasur —the city mostly known and visited for the shrine of Baba Bulleh Shah — has been in the news for all the wrong reasons since January 2017.



In the year between the gang rape of a Christian woman and the murder of seven-year-old Zainab, there have been at least 12 cases of sexual assault in the city.

Parents are now scared for the safety and wellbeing of their sons and daughters who themselves are hesitant to step out of the house.

Children are insecure in Punjab: Pervaiz Ashraf

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Four TTP terrorists killed in encounter with Karachi police

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January 13

Four terrorists have been gunned down in an encounter with the police near Shah Latif Town in Karachi.



According to Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Malir Rao Anwar, police officials raided a house near Shah Latif Town after receiving a tip-off from intelligence agencies regarding their presence in the area.

Four al Qaeda terrorists killed in encounter with Karachi police

The terrorists opened fire on law enforcement officers upon seeing them and were killed in the shootout which followed.

 

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School guard allegedly assaults 5-year-old girl in Karachi

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January 12

KARACHI: In another shocking incident, a five-year-old student was allegedly assaulted by the guard at her school, SM Grammar School, in the Ibrahim Hyderi neighbourhood of Karachi.


Sources told The Express Tribune that the minor was assaulted in the premises of the school located near Benazir Chowk.

As news of the incident spread like wildfire on Friday, angry residents of the locality surrounded the school and protested.

According to Express News, the violent crowd locked the staff of the school in the staffroom and chanted slogans against the school administration. In a bid to deal with any untoward incident, a heavy contingent of police and Rangers was later called in.

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Zainab murder: Riots in Pakistan's Kasur after child rape and killing

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January 11

Two protesters have died in rioting over the latest in a series of child murders in the Pakistani city of Kasur.

The body of six-year-old Zainab was found in a rubbish dump on Tuesday, several days after she went missing. She had been raped and strangled.

Angry demonstrators say the authorities are doing little to stem the spate of abductions, sexual assaults and killings.

Police in Kasur say there have been 12 similar murders in the past two years.

They say five of them are linked to one suspect who is being hunted by hundreds of officers and DNA samples have been taken from 90 possible suspects.

 

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Another girl found dead after sexual assault in Punjab

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January 11

SARGODHA: A day after body of Zainab was found in Kasur, another girl was found dead in Punjab’s Sargodha district. She was allegedly raped before murder, police said.

According to our correspondent, the body was recovered from Tasawarabad area of Sargodha’s tehsil Bhalwal.

The victim was identified as 15-year-old girl Sajida. Her father told police that she had gone missing this morning, adding that the girl had been sexually assaulted and killed.

 

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At least 8 dead, 16 injured in blast, gun attack on Quetta church

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December 17
At least eight people, including a woman, were killed in a blast and 16 others injured at a Catholic church in Quetta city after which law enforcers have been dispatched to the area.
 
Inital reports say that four terrorists attacked the church located on Quetta’a Zarghoon Road.

Balochistan’s home minister says that apparently the attack targeted the church where prayers of Christian community were being held.

According to Quetta Deputy Commissioner Farukh Atiq, at least five people lost their lives while 16 others have been injured during attack on the church.

Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti said that a suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance gate of the church when stopped by the security guards while another one managed to get inside.
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Nine dead as gunmen storm hostel of Peshawar’s Agricultural Training Institute

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December 01

Nine people were killed and 37 injured as at least three terrorists dressed in burkas stormed the hostel of Peshawar's Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) on Friday morning.

The attack was claimed by the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan. Both police and military officials said the attackers had been coordinating with handlers based in Afghanistan.

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3 dead, 9 injured in clash between religious groups in Khairpur, Sindh

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December 01

Three people were killed and nine injured in a violent confrontation between Deobandi and Barelvi religious groups in Jani Burira village in Sindh's Khairpur district on Thursday.



Participants in a rally clashed with participants of another rally, held to mark Eid Miladun Nabi, at the Ameer Shah Chowk, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Azfar Maheser told DawnNews.

The deceased and the injured were shifted to a local hospital. Those killed in the incident were identified as Mushtaq Ahmed, Abdul Latif and Zulfiqar Buriro.


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