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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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95% of sectarian violence worldwide focused on Shias only, reveals report

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September 24



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Govt axes 'uncomfortable' Atif Mian from economic council in turnaround

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September 09

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-led federal government has asked noted economist Atif Mian to step down from the prime minister-led Economic Advisory Council (EAC), Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Friday.

“The government has decided to withdraw Atif Mian’s nomination. We aspire to forge ahead with the cooperation of all stakeholders. This includes people from all socio-economic backgrounds and religious scholars. A single appointment cannot be allowed to hold this hostage.”

“(Prime Minister) Imran Khan draws inspiration from the first Islamic state of Madina. His cabinet members are lovers of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Belief in the finality of prophethood constitutes an integral part of their confession. The government’s recent diplomatic victory over the Netherlands caricature contest is representative of this.”

 

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Ahmedi worship place burnt down, 30 injured in Faisalabad

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August 26

FAISALABAD: At least 30 people, including six belonging to Ahmadiyya community, were injured and Ahmedis’ place of worship was set on fire after a petty dispute was blown out of proportion into a violent clash in Faisalabad’s Ghaseetpura area on the second day of Eid.



According to an FIR registered on behalf of the state at police station concerned, the dispute took place at 7:30pm between a group of youth over a chicken belonging to an Ahmedi ran over by a person from another group.



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Execution of the civil rights activist Esraa-al-Gamgham

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August 24

TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - The Thefreethoughts Twitter account and other Saudi sources said the female, named as Esra al-Ghamgam, was executed on the prosecutor’s orders on Sunday.

It shared a video showing an executioner fixing her in a recumbent position on the ground before decapitating her with a sword as security forces stood by. 

Ghamgham was detained alongside her husband Seyyed Musa Ja’afar Hashem during a security raid on their house in the mainly Shia region of Qatif in Eastern Province on December 8, 2015.


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Sindhi artist Qutub Rind killed for alleged blasphemy, family claims

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August 06

LAHORE: Family of a Sindhi artist Qutub Rind has claimed that he was killed under “false charges of blasphemy” a few days back in Lahore.

Qutub Rind’s uncle, Gul Beg Rind, told Pakistan Today that Rind, a National College of Art (NCA) graduate, along with his two children came to Lahore on July 17 for an art show.

“Qutub had rented out an apartment and had an altercation with the landlord that day,” he said.

“Later at night, the landlord along with two accomplices came to the house and broke Rind’s arms, legs and then pushed him from the third floor of the building,” he added.

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12 schools burnt down overnight in Gilgit-Baltistan's Diamer district

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August 03

Unidentified assailants burned down at least 12 schools in Gilgit-Baltistan's Diamer district late on Thursday night and fled, causing panic among residents, locals and police said.


Diamer Superintendent Police (SP) Ajmal told Dawn that police had so far received information that 12 schools ─ at least half of which are girls-only schools ─ had been set on fire overnight. He said that in some cases, books had also been thrown outside the schools and set alight.

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32 killed from blast near polling station in Quetta

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July 26

QUETTA (Dunya News) - At least 32 people including the Station House Officer (SHO) were killed and dozens wounded in a blast near Tameer-i-Nau polling station in Quetta on Wednesday.

According to details, the suspected suicide attack occurred near eastern bypass. DIG Quetta Abdur Razzaq Cheema remained safe in the attack. 

"The bomber was trying to enter the polling station. When police tried to stop him he blew himself up," a local administration official in Quetta, Hashim Ghilzai, told AFP.

 

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Rare secular candidate in Pakistan hounded by angry mobs

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July 25

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - It began with a audience members asking Pakistani parliamentary candidate Jibran Nasir to declare his religion at a public forum, a request he politely refused on the grounds it is irrelevant.



Jibran Nasir, a human rights lawyer and independent candidate for general election, gestures as he speaks at his office in Karachi, Pakistan July 23, 2018. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

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Finally, a civilised politician

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July 25

Jibran Nasir has refrained from slinging insults and abuse at his opponents. He has also not used the religion card like many other politicians



Election campaigns in the developing world remain fraught with mudslinging, street metaphors and insults. It is this kind of behaviour from politicians which demoralises youngsters who aspire to become politicians. Luckily, Pakistan has found a decent future leader in Jibran Nasir.

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