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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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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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ANP leader Haroon Bilour among 14 martyred in Peshawar suicide blast

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July 11

PESHAWAR: A suicide blast claimed at least 14 lives, including that of Awami National Party (ANP) leader Haroon Bilour, and wounded dozens of others late Tuesday when a bomber struck a corner meeting here.

The explosion occurred in Yakatoot neighbourhood moments after Bilour arrived at the venue, near the stage, to address supporters at the meeting as welcoming party members and admirers engaged in a display of fireworks.

The late ANP candidate was set to contest the July 25 elections from Peshawar's PK-78 constituency.

At least 65 other people were wounded in the explosion, and 15 of those were in a critical condition, according to hospital sources. 

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which marks the first major pre-election instance of violence. Live television footage showed volunteers and police rushing the wounded to hospital.


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Setting A Magnificent Example Of Empowerment – Meet Basheeran

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July 03

Setting A Magnificent Example Of Empowerment – Meet Basheeran, Hyderabad’s Only Female Taxi Driver

The kindest smile on her face, bravery brimming in her eyes and determined to give misogyny a run for its life – meet 67 years old Basheeran Bibi, Hyderabad’s only female taxi driver.


Basheeran got married in her teens and was gifted with an extremely strong and supportive husband. He was a policeman and owned a taxi, that he drove in free time to meet the ends. However, he was a man who believed that role of women extends beyond the kitchen.

Despite Basheeran’s lack of interest, her husband insisted that she learns how to drive. He gave her lessons so she is self-sustainable in his absence.




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Govt lifts ban on ASWJ, unfreezes assets of its chief Ahmed Ludhianvi

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June 29

ISLAMABAD: In a shocking development, the government has ordered to unfreeze assets of Maulana Ahmed Ludhianvi and removed a ban on his Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) movement.

The National Counter-Terrorism Authority (NACTA) issued on Wednesday a notification in this connection on the recommendations of the Punjab home department.

Ludhianvi is the chief of ASWJ, a proscribed sectarian extremist group, formerly known as Sipah-e-Sahaba. He became the head of ASWJ after the death of Ali Sher Haidri in a 2009 ambush.

Pakistan enacts ambitious reforms to comply with FATF

Ludhianvi, who is also the Joint Secretary of Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC), is now allowed to operate his bank accounts which were frozen on the recommendation of Punjab home department.

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Girl, 18, shot dead in street by security guard 'after refusing his marriage proposal'

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June 23

A teenager was shot dead in the street after rejecting a man who wanted to marry her, prosecutors in Pakistan believe.

Mehwish Arshad, 18, died as a result of the attack in Faisalabad, which was caught in deeply upsetting CCTV footage.



A former colleague has been arrested on suspicion of her murder.The clip shows Mehwish, a bus hostess, being confronted by a man on a flight of stairs.

He was also seen manhandling her while holding her at gunpoint.

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First-ever’ sports festival held for transgender community in Peshawar

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May 30

While all credit goes to KP government for organizing sports festival for #transgender community, trans people have also proved that they just need equality, not opportunity. They will create opportunities for themselves.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCj7ocQcu3k

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Two soldiers martyred, three injured in North Waziristan Agency: ISPR

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May 30

RAWALPINDI: Two soldiers were martyred and three injured after a security forces vehicle struck an IED in North Waziristan Agency, said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).



The improvised explosive device (IED) was planted on the track by terrorists near Datakhel.

Soldiers Lance Naik Momin Ali and Sepoy Saleem were martyred. The injured were evacuated to CMH Peshawar, said the military's media wing.

 

 

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Sikh rights activist gunned down in Peshawar

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May 30

A renowned Sikh religious leader and rights activist was gunned down on the outskirts of Peshawar on Tuesday.



52-year-old Charnjit Singh was gunned down inside his shop in Scheme Chowk area.

“An attacker shot Singh inside his shop and escaped afterwards,” superintendent police Saddar Shaukat Khan told The Express Tribune. “He died on the spot.”

It was not clear whether it was a target killing incident or a result of personal enmity.

 

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At least 65 dead from heatstroke in Karachi: Edhi

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May 22

As temperatures soar, at least 65 people have died in different areas of Karachi from heatstroke, Faisal Edhi of the Edhi Foundation told DawnNews TV on Monday.


According to Faisal, 114 bodies were brought to the Edhi Foundation's morgues in Karachi's Korangi and Sohrab Goth areas in the past three days, out of which at least 65 had died from heatstroke. Most of the citizens who died from heatstroke were residents of Landhi and Korangi, Faisal said.

He added that most heatstroke victims had died at their home. The ages of people who succumbed to the ongoing heatwave in Karachi varied from six to 78 years, he said.

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