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.
At least seven people were killed and 17 wounded in a bomb blast at a market in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore, government officials said.
The bombing ripped through a building that was under construction at a commercial market in the affluent Defence area, replete with upmarket boutiques and cafes as well as an academy for the international hair salon Toni & Guy.
"It was a bomb attack," Nayab Haider, a spokesman for the provincial Punjab police said. "It was a planted explosive device. We do not yet know if it was a timed device or remote detonated."
No group has immediately claimed the attack.
Television footage showed a smouldering building and several crumpled cars with their windows blown out.
"My God, my God, I saw so many bodies," Imtiaz Ali, a barber in the Toni & Guy salon, told the AFP news agency. "When I came out I first just saw smoke and dust ... Bikes upturned. Cars destroyed. My own colleague's car windows blown out. My clients' cars blown out. I was close to fainting."
HYDERABAD: In a startling disclosure, body parts of some of those killed in the attack on Lal Shahbaz Qalandar’s shrine in Sehwan were allegedly found dumped in the garbage on Saturday.
A few parts of limbs of those deceased were found, causing an outrage among the residents and social media users. At least 88 people were killed when a suicide bomber struck the shrine on Thursday.
Social media questions PPP govt’s inadequacy after Sehwan blast
The authorities allegedly removed the body parts, which also included few bunches of hair. “We sent our staff to the site but found nothing,” claimed municipal official Syed Asif Shah while talking to The Express Tribune. However, the official, believed to be under pressure, suspended two of his sanitary assistants.
DADU: At least 72 people were killed and scores of others were wounded when a suicide bomber struck Lal Shahbaz Qalandar Shrine in Sehwan Sharif on Thursday, officials said.
Children and women were among the victims. The death toll is feared to go up as many of the injured are in critical condition.
Senior police officer Shabbir Sethar told Reuters from a local hospital that the death toll was likely to rise.
"At least 72 are dead and over 150 have been injured," Sethar said by telephone
The explosion took place at the spot where the dhamaal (Sufi ritual) was being performed, within the premises of the shrine.
At the time of the blast, there were thousands of people gathered at the spot to view the performance. The sufi shrine is frequented by thousands of devotees and pilgrims on a daily basis.
According to reports reaching here, more than 100 people, including children and women, have been injured in the suicide blast.
The explosion was heard far and wide in Sehwan Sharif town.
LAHORE: At least 13 people, including senior police officers, were martyred Monday when a suicide bomber hit close to the Punjab Assembly in Lahore when hundreds of demonstrators had gathered for a protest, officials said.
The powerful explosion also left dozens injured, with reports of more than 60 wounded being treated at different hospitals in the eastern city of Lahore.
According to hospital officials, as many as 46 injured were brought to the Mayo hospital, while 28 injured were being treated at Mayo hospital.
According to Inspector General Punjab Police, 13 people were martyred in the suicide bombing. Deputy Commissioner Lahore confirmed that at least 73 people had been injured in the blast.
Red alert in federal capital
Meanwhile, police said that security has been put on red alert in Islamabad.
The Inspector-General of Police Islamabad issued directives for the red alert, following which all routes going in and coming out of the federal capital were being strictly monitored.
Hina Shahnawaz, a young woman of 27, from Kohaat an m.phil degree holder, the only bread winner of her family was shot dead on the eve of February 6th. She took 4 bullets in her heart and the real agony was that the gun-holder was not a stranger behind the mask but it was her very own paternal brother who was so emasculated by her ability to sustain her family that he could not bear her existence that he had to murder his own blood.
A few years ago, Hina started a job as her father was fighting with cancer and being the only well-read member of the family she took the responsibility. Her father died and after few month, her brother was murdered in a petty fight. His widow and two children now became her responsibility.
The Hussains are one of many families in mourning after Saturday's bomb attack in the city of Parachinar in north-west Pakistan.
One of the poorest in the area, the family depends on wages earned by Jamil Hussain, a labourer in Karachi, and his 15-year-old son, Sabil Hussain, who works at a poultry shop in Parachinar.
Sabil's younger brother, Altaf, 12, takes a handcart to the city's vegetable market each morning which he hires to traders who buy vegetables at auction and need to move them to their shops.
DILAWAR HUSSAIN Eight-year-old Zain was waiting for his brother when the bomb went off
Until last Saturday, his eight-year-old brother, Zain Haider, used to go with him to the market to scavenge leftover vegetables for the family kitchen.
On Saturday, while Zain was stuffing the vegetable waste into a shopping bag, Altaf was asked by a trader to cart his merchandise and he told Zain to wait for him there.
Five Shia Muslims were wounded in a terrorist attack on a taxi in Quetta today (Friday). Deobandi terrorists of banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, its mother wing ASWJ (Ramzan Mengal and Shafi Mengal Groups) and Jundulla always remained involved in such terrorist attacks on innocent Muslims in Quetta.
Shia Hazara Muslims were going to somewhere riding a taxi. Takfiri terrorists ambushed them on Spinni Road in Quetta. As a result, five Shia Muslims were injured.
Shia parties and leaders have condemned the targeted attack on Shia Muslims in Quetta. They demanded stern action against the banned terrorist outfits.
A Muslim mob armed with guns and rocks attacked a Mosque in central Pakistan on Monday.
The mob which numbered over 1,000 was part of a procession celebrating the birthday of the Islamic prophet Muhammad when itit attacked the minority Ahmadiyya community’s Mosque in Dulmial village, Chakwal. Around 40 worshippers who were present in the Mosque locked themselves in as the mob opened fire and hurled rocks.
After gaining control of the Mosque, the attackers burnt property inside the building, including carpets. They also washed the building to bring it “under the influence of Islam.”
A spokesperson for Ahmadiyya Muslim Community claimed that one Ahmadi was killed in the incident, but was unable to identify the dead.
The Government of Punjab said it was “following up” on the “Chakwal incident”.
The Sindh Assembly on Thursday adopted a bill against forceful religious conversions.
The bill recommends a five year punishment for perpetrators, whereas facilitators of forceful religious conversions will be handed a three year sentence.
The Sindh Criminal Law (Protection of Minorities) Bill, 2015, was proposed by the PML-F's Nand Kumar Goklani.
Under the newly passed bill, forcibly converting a minor is also a punishable offence.
Adults will be given 21 days to consider their decision to convert.
The South Asia Partnership-Pakistan (SAP-PK) released a report in collaboration with the Aurat Foundation in July 2015 stating that at least 1,000 girls are forcibly converted to Islam in Pakistan every year.
The report defined a forced conversion as when a person or persons use any sort of pressure, force, duress or threat, whether physical, emotional or psychological, to make another person adopt another religion.
Goklani, speaking to Dawn.com, said the bill was first introduced in the assembly in Dec 2015. "I asked the assembly to take it up today or I would protest," he said.
"There is a need for this bill because forced conversions happen here," he said.