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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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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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Young lawyer redefines what it means to be a Pakistani politician

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July 25

Jibran Nasir is changing a political discourse based on religious hatred and sectarianism as he takes a second shot at winning election

A new face is emerging in Pakistani politics and he will be tested in Wednesday’s crucial elections. After a massacre at the Army Public School in Peshawar in December 2014, considered the goriest terrorist attack in Pakistan’s violent history, 31-year-old lawyer Jibran Nasir led a massive protest against a notorious cleric.

Abdul Aziz, the Lal Masjid cleric who refused to condemn the APS attack that killed 132 children, had paid allegiance to Islamic State (ISIS). Nasir demanded his arrest for violating Section 122 of the Pakistani Penal Code.

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Justice Tahira Safdar nominated as first female chief justice in Pakistan

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July 24

LAHORE: 

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Monday nominated Justice Syeda Tahira Safdar as the Chief Justice of Balochistan High Court (BHC), paving way for her to become the first female chief justice of any court in the country.

“Madam Tahira Safdar will be the next chief justice of BHC,” he announced.




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PTI's Ikramullah Khan Gandapur martyred in DI Khan suicide blast

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July 23
DI KHAN: Sardar Ikramullah Gandapur, a former minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate was killed in a suicide attack in Dera Ismail Khan on Sunday.

This is the third in a string of brazen attacks targeting politicians with Siraj Raisani of the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) and Haroon Bilour of Awami National Party (ANP) having also been slain in the recent past.

Gandapur, a former provincial minister for agriculture, was contesting the polls on the PK-99 seat in Dera Ismail Khan, Kolachi.“They attacked it [Gandapur’s convoy] en route to a corner meeting,” the district’s DPO Zahoor Afridi said.

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BAP leader Siraj Raisani among 35 martyred in Mastung suicide blast

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July 13

QUETTA: At least 35 people, including Balochistan Awami Party leader Siraj Raisani, were martyred and dozens others injured in a suicide attack in Balochistan’s Mastung district on Friday in the third such attack on election candidates in the run up to the July 25 general elections.

Siraj was attacked during a corner meeting organised for the promotion of his candidature for the constituency of PB-35. Siraj’s death was confirmed by his brother Lashkari Raisani.

After the incident, a large contingent of security forces established a cordon around the area and the injured were shifted to nearby medical facilities for treatment.

He is also the brother of former Balochistan chief minister Mohammad Aslam Khan Raisani.

ANP leader Haroon Bilour, 12 others martyred in Peshawar suicide blast

Strongly condemning the attack, interim Chief Minister Balochistan Alauddin Murree directed deputy commissioner of Mastung to submit a report of the incident. “The attack is a conspiracy to sabotage the electoral process in the province,” he said in a statement. Murree ordered the law enforcement agencies (LEAs) to ensure those behind the attack are apprehended.

Meanwhile, President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nasirul Mulk also condemned the attack in separate statements.

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