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.
Punjab's Home Minister Shuja Khanzada has been killed in a suicide attack in the Pakistani province, police say.
Twelve other people died in the attack at Mr Khanzada's office in District Attock, about 80km (50 miles) north-west of the capital, Islamabad.
Mr Khanzada was seen as the man in charge of the anti-terror campaign in Pakistan's biggest province.
A Sunni militant group with ties to al-Qaeda has said it ordered the attack.
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi said it was in response to last month's killing of its leader, Malik Ishaq.
Dozens of people were buried alive in the blast, as Shahzeb Jillani reports.
Shuja Khanzada is the most senior Pakistani politician to have been killed by militants this year.
The minister's death is being seen as a significant blow to Pakistan's recent gains in the fight against militancy and extremism, says the BBC's Shahzeb Jillani in Islamabad.
Our correspondent says questions are being asked about his security as the home minister had reported threats made against him.
Mr Khanzada was meeting supporters in his hometown of Attock when a large bomb exploded, causing the roof to cave in, trapping dozens under the rubble.
LAHORE: Malik Ishaq, chief of banned sectarian outfit Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, his two sons Usman and Haq Nawaz, and 11 attackers were killed in an alleged exchange of fire with police personnel late on Tuesday night.
At least six policemen were injured in the alleged encounter.
Ishaq and his sons were arrested by the Counter-Terrorism Department a week ago. Following their recent arrest, the police had interrogated them and had subsequently taken them to Shahwala in Punjab's Muzaffargarh district to aid the police in recovering weapons and explosives, sources in the CTD said.
The encounter appears to have taken place as militants attacked security forces and tried to free Ishaq who was killed in the ensuing exchange of fire, security sources say.
A spokesman for CTD Multan said Ishaq, his two sons, one Ghulam Rasool Shah and two other accused, all from Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, were taken to Muzaffargarh by the counter-terrorism department to aid in the recovery of arms and explosives.
The spokesman said that when the police party was returning after making the recovery, it was attacked by some 12 to 15 gunmen who succeeded in freeing Ishaq, his sons and the other accused and fleeing away on motorcycles.
The militants were met with by SHO CTD police station who had quickly been informed about the attack on the police party and was travelling on the route that the militants had taken, the spokesman said, adding that that’s how the encounter ensued.
The SHO challenged the militants, resulting in the encounter in which six police personnel sustained injuries, the spokesman said. They were shifted to the district headquarters hospital.
KARACHI: On behalf of President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Corps Commander Lieutenant General Naveed Mukhtar conferred awards upon various military officers, Junior Commissioned Officers and soldiers in a ceremony at Malir Cantt on Wednesday.
Salute to our brave patriotic Pakistani Brother!
There is nothing like the pure love of One's Country!
The awards were conferred on outstanding military service and gallantry action in operations. The recipients of Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Military) are Brigadier (retired) Muhammad Rashid Butt, Brigadier Imran Ul Haq, Brigadier Muhammad Naseer Raja, Colonel Syed Afzal Haider Shah, Colonel Meer Khursheed Ali and Colonel Imran Asghar.
The recipients of Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Military) are Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Mumtaz Awan, Lieutenant Colonel Arshad Iqbal, Lieutenant Colonel Sher Muhammad, Lieutenant Colonel Waqas Aslam Malik, Lieutenant Colonel Arshad Munir Malik, Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Shahid Kamal, Lieutenant Colonel Shahid Sultan, Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Afzal, Lieutenant Colonel Rizwan Ahmed, Lieutenant Colonel Hamid Afzal, Lieutenant Colonel Nabi Bux, Lieutenant Colonel Mufti Tausif Ur Rehman, Lieutenant Colonel Mrs Kausar Habib, Lieutenant Colonel Saeeda Naweed, Lieutenant Colonel Zahid Hussain, Lieutenant Colonel Ahmed Ali, Lieutenant Colonel Ali Zaman, Lieutenant Colonel Aamir Umar, Major Saeed Ahmed Jokhio, Major Ashraf Haider, Major Saif Riaz Chaddher, Major Ghulam Mustafa and Major Ashfaq Hussain Humayun.
Haroon Javed Masih embraced martyrdom on May 1st 2015 in Tirah Valley Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He was a Christian soldier in the Pakistan Army.
Haroon was fighting Taliban in Kurram and Orakzai agencies of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
The whole nation salutes this Christian hero who sacrificed his while protecting the nation against terrorists. The Pakistani Christian Community appreciates the efforts of this youth who sacrificed his life for our motherland.
Once again, it is Quetta and the Shia blood. Only a few days ago, on 1 July 2015, three Saraiki / Punjabi Shias were target killed in this city by the ASWJ terrorists led by Ramzan Mengal Deobandi. Their murder was largely obfuscated in Pakistani and international media.
Today (6 July 2015), the same group of the ISIS-affiliated Takfiri Deobandi assassins (ASWJ aka SSP) has killed another four Shia Muslims, of Hazara background, in the same city.
Names of the deceased are: Naimatullah (father), Fatima (mother), and two sons, Hassan and Shabbir
They were shot dead at the Passport Office in Quetta, not very far from a Rnagers checkpost. Yes, the same Rangers who openly and shamelessly support Ramzan Mengal Deobandi, the provincial head of the proscribed terror outfit ASWJ and the mastermind of Shia genocide in that region.
Another 2 Shia Muslims were injured in another attack.
Previously, on June 7, atleast five people belonging to the Hazara Shia community were gunned down on Quetta’s Circular Road near Meezan Chowk. Armed ASWJ terrorists on two motorcycles had opened indiscriminate fire on the victims outside a tea shop.
Banned terrorist group ASWJ openly holds rallies in Quetta and other areas of Balochistan where they spew hatred against Shia Muslims, yet the assailants are ‘unknown’ as per Pakistani media and establishment.
KARACHI: Gunmen on motorcycles boarded a bus and opened fire on commuters belonging to the Ismaili community in Karachi on Wednesday, killing at least 43, police said, in the latest attack directed against religious minorities this year.
The pink bus was pockmarked with bullet holes and blood saturated the seats and dripped out of the doors on to the concrete.
Police Superintendent Najib Khan told Reuters there were six gunmen and that all the passengers were Ismailis.
Militant group Jundullah, which has attacked minorities before, claimed responsibility. The group has links with the Taliban and pledged allegiance to Islamic State in November.
At least 43 people had been killed and 13 wounded, provincial police chief Ghulam Haider Jamali told media.
Outside the hospital where the wounded were taken, and where the bus was parked, scores of grim-faced young men formed a human chain to block everyone but families and doctors.
Uzma Alkarim, a member of the Ismaili community, said the bus took commuters to work every day. The Ismailis had faced threats before, she said.
“Around six months ago, our community elders had alerted us to be careful because of security threats but things had calmed down recently,” she said.
Peshawar: April 21, 2015. (PCP) Farid Jani is on run to save his life after attack by Muslim extremists and threats to kill him and his family. He is in hiding with his family away from his native city.
According to information’s of Pakistan Christian Post, Farid Jani was distributing Christian religious books in front of gate of St. Augustine’s Church in city of Kohat city after Sunday Services on April 19, 2015, when some Muslim bearded men approached him and started beating him. The attackers shouted “Why you spreading teachings of infidel Christians to Muslims” “You infidels are liable to beheading” on which Farid Jani ran in Church compound to save his life and escaped from climbing back wall of Church compound while Muslim attackers set on fire Christian religious tracts and books snatched from him.
The Muslim attackers gathered more people and mob reached my home but when found that Farid Jani has not reached home, they looted and destroyed furniture in rooms and books. Before leaving they threatened parents of Farid Jani that if he did not stop my religious activities they would burn whole house and kill all members of family.
International media is eyeing the Christians of Pakistan and have predicted that Pakistani Christians are likely to face a new wave of violence in times to come.
The Christian community in Pakistan itself feels exposed to radical Islamist ideologies that are prevailing in the nation. These reports are surfacing after the recent death of Nauman Masih and a fresh wave of violence targeting Christian children by Muslim hardliners.
Ranked third on the Global Terrorism Index (GTI) by the Institute for Economics and Peace, Pakistan is a known hub of extremism. More often than not, Christ-followers and other religious minorities serve as an easy target for jihadist wrath.
However, terrorists are not the only ones are attacking the Christians living in Pakistan but, mainstream residents, as well as the police, are taking an attitude against Christians that is full of animosity and hostility,” says Forgotten Missionaries International (FMI) Executive International Director, Bruce Allen.
Senior CBN blogger Gary Lane also expressed his fears by saying, “More acts of violence and intimidation against Pakistan’s small Christian minority are expected in the days ahead. Keep praying that God will protect them, and give them the courage and strength to endure this recent wave of persecution.”
Young Christian boy Nouman Masih who was burned alive by 2 unknown man on last Friday. He was 55% burned, today he passed away.
Another addition to the deadly atrocities Christians in Pakistan face. This one comes due to proclamation of faith in Jesus Christ. Nouman Masih, the 14 year old boy who was burnt alive because of his faith, died today in Lahore.
Nouman had suffered 55% burns after kerosene oil was thrown all over him and he was set alight by two men who inquired him of his religion. Nouman faced this attempt of hatred bravely was attempted to be rescued by two local men. This shows the hatred that is still breeding amongst our country men. Days after the public lynching Lahore Police raided every house of Youhanabad and rounded more than 400 Christian youth by breaking doors of Christian homes or climbing boundary walls in middle of night.
Unfortunately young Nouman could not survive his wounds and lost the battle of life today. Proclamation of his faith proved fatal for him. Local Christians say that they have been living under fear because of the hatred against them. Upon becoming stable, he had been question on the hospital bed by the police as a FIR was lodged.
Chief Minsiter Shahbaz Sharif had taken notice of this act of brutality and had commanded the immediate arrest of the two men involved in it. A special medical team had also been formed for the treatment of Nouman. Member Punjab assembly Shahzad Munshi reached the hospital upon news of Noumans death. Pastor Anwar Fazal has met the family and demanded that the culprits be immediately punished. The question that looms large over all of us is till when will this lawlessness prevail and till when will this fire keep on eating the innocent?