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.
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.
HUB – At least 62 people were killed and 102 were injured injured after a bomb went off in the crowded Shah Noorani Shrine in Hub town of Balochistan’s Lasbela District on Saturday evening.
Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti confirmed over 50 deaths in the incident.
The militant Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for the attack, according to international news agencies.
Teams of medics and paramedics from Pakistan Army’s Medical Corps and Pakistan Rangers Sindh reached the site of explosion, and gave first aid to the injured. After preliminary medical attention, the injured were referred to nearby hospitals in Hub, Khuzdar and Lasbella.
Rescue teams reached the scene after six hours.
Details coming from local TV reports suggest the blast occurred near the courtyard at the shrine where devotees were performing Dhamal on Saturday.
According to senior Edhi official in Khuzdar district, at the time of the blast, there were at least 500 people gathered at the spot to view the performance.
Rescue teams reached the scene and started shifting the injured to nearby hospitals. A control room was also established in Quetta to coordinate rescue efforts.
Activists of ASWJ started straight firing during the Police collision with protesters and with full support of 'The State Police' at Malir 15, November 07, 2016 (Monday). as demonstrators call for the release of Faisal Raza Abidi, Maulana Mirza Yousaf Hussain and Allama Iqbal Ahmad Rizvi at National Highway Malir-15.
A high-level cabinet meeting in Karachi was briefed on the law and order situation in the metropolis, as police on Monday claimed important arrests were made during a targeted operation last night against "criminals involved in sectarianism and other heinous crimes".
Negotiations between police and the protesters was unsuccessful, as protesters were insistent upon the fulfillment of their one-point agenda, whereas police had adopted the stance that legal proceedings must be completed before any workers were released.
Intermittent skirmishes between police and protesters resulted in tear gas shelling and aerial firing in an attempt to disperse the protesters. Protesters resorted to stone pelting against the police.
In what appeared the worst sort of victimization of a political opponent, Pakistan Peoples Party’s Sindh Government is trying its best to implicate former PPP Senator Faisal Raza Abidi in a double murder case ignoring the fact that Abidi was longtime close-aide of former President Asif Zardari and a sworn supporter of operation against terrorists of banned outfits.
Jamshed Quarters SP Tahir Noorani said Abidi was taken into custody in connection with the killing of two men who belonged to the Tableeghi Jamaat in Patel Para area of the metropolis a day earlier. Abidi is now in custody of the police investigation department for interrogation, the police official said.
Shia parties and leaders have turned down the argument as the weakest and illogical to blame a respected Shia notable who defended the martyrs of Pakistan who fell victims to the takfiris of banned outfits in all over Pakistan.
The murders happened yesterday as armed pillion riders shot the two men dead near the Fatima Bai Hospital and rode away. A spokesman of the outlawed Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) had yesterday claimed that the two victims were their supporters, however, the area SHO said the men killed hailed from Khuzdar and were associated with the Tableeghi Jamaat and not the proscribed ASWJ.
Renowned Shia scholar Allama Mirza Yousuf Hussain was taken into illegal custody without any charge in the wee hours of Sunday as undeclared crackdown on peaceful and patriot Pakistani Shia Muslims continued unabated.
Law enforcement agencies officials raided his house near Jamey Masjid Noor-e-Eeman in Nazimabad district central of Karachi violating the sanctity of privacy of house and family members. He is head of All Pakistan Shia Action Committee and Friday prayer leader of Jamey Masjid Noor-e-Eeman as well.
Mirza Yousuf Hussain is a senior Shia cleric and known as the most respected Shia notable among the government and security quarters since he represents Shiites at security-related meetings with the security officials.
Former Senator belonging to Pakistan People’s Party Faisal Raza Abidi was arrested in the wee hours of Saturday as heavy contingents of the police and rangers conducted raid in New Rizvia Society to nab him.
Charges against him were not yet disclosed by the law enforcement agencies hence his arrest has been depicted as illegal custody. He is an outspoken Shia Muslim politician who remained vocal against the violent extremists of the banned Deobandi outfits such as proscribed ASWJ/Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Taliban etc. He also denounced Lal Masjid cleric for his pro-Taliban stance alongside support to the violence against innocent Muslims.
Abidi remained active advocating the military operation against the terrorists and also held many programs to highlight the sacrifices of martyrs of armed forces. He condemned the takfirism of the Taliban and ASWJ who were involved in massacre of army public schoolchildren and female teachers.
He tendered resignation as PPP’s senator because his party failed to advocate the ideology of its founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto who always defended the oppressed segments of Pakistani society. He was a close aide of former president Asif Zardari.
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Four family members were reportedly killed on Saturday and many others injured when unidentified assailants opened fire at a religious gathering in Karachi's Nazimabad area.
The dead and injured were taken to nearby Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.
"Four men were brought dead to the hospital while a woman was brought with fatal injuries," said Dr Rohina Hassan, the additional police surgeon at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.
According to details, the attackers entered the camp set up for majlis outside the residence of a police official and opened fire at the participants.
The majlis was being held in a street adjacent to the police station in Nazimabad no. 4 area beside Larosh restaurant.
Sharbat Gula—the woman behind one of the world's most iconic photographs—could be sentenced to several years in prison.
The “Afghan Girl” who graced an iconic cover of National Geographicmagazine in 1985 has been arrested in Pakistan on charges of being in the country illegally with allegedly false documents.
Sharbat Gula was 12 years old when she was photographed by Steve McCurry in a refugee camp in Pakistan, in December 1984. The haunting image of the green-eyed girl became an international symbol of refugees and of political and social unrest in the region. It has been widely reproduced, making her one of the most recognizable non-celebrity faces of the 20th century.
The image took on new immediacy when McCurry found Gula again in 2002, and the world learned of how much she had changed and endured over the ensuing years. (See photos of that meeting.)
QUETTA: At least 61 security personnel were killed, and 165 others were injured as terrorists stormed a police training centre near Quetta late Monday night.
Three terrorists entered the New Sariab Police Training College, some 13 kilometres away from Quetta city. They headed straight for the hostel where police recruits were sleeping.
Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti told reporters assembled at the site early Tuesday that the sprawling compound had been attacked by three militants equipped with suicide jackets, revising down an earlier estimate of “five to six” assailants.
“They first targeted the watch tower sentry, and after exchanging fire killed him and were able to enter the academy grounds,” he said. “At least 20 were killed but this figure isn’t final – we’ll confirm it in the morning,” he said.
He added, “Frontier Corps’ Quick Responce Force (QRF) wing responded along with Anti-Terrorist Force (ATF) and [Pakistan Army’s] Light Commando Battallion…one terrorist was killed while two of them exploded”.