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26 killed, over 56 wounded in suicide blast near Lahore's Arfa technology park

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July 24

LAHORE (Web Desk/AFP) – A suicide blast in Sabzi Mandi near Arfa Software Technology Park on Monday claimed lives of nine police among 26 persons and left over 56 wounded.


Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Operations Wing of Punjab Police Dr Haider Ashraf confirmed in a media talk that it was a suicide blast. Preliminary probe suggested that at least nine to 11 kilograms of explosives were used in the attack.

Banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility of the attack.



06:45pm: Details of the wounded and killed, compiled by the Government of Punjab

 

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People of gilgit are much civilised as compared to other parts of the country

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July 22

In the footages below a mini truck tipped over in a populated area of Gilgit city. The truck was containing cans of cooking oil. You will see no one stealing the oil cans and the cans are there on the road side. 
This is Gilgiltbaltistan for you people. The land of warriors and hospitality. The model society.

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Four Hazaras shot dead as vehicle targeted in Mastung

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July 19

QUETTA: At least four people belonging to the Hazara community were shot dead and one other was injured as unidentified gunmen opened fire on their vehicle near Balochistan’s Mastung district on Wednesday.

 

The men sprayed bullets at the vehicle of the family travelling to Karachi as they passed through Choto, a town some 40 kilometres south of Quetta.

“Four people of a family, including a woman, were killed and another man wounded when gunmen fired with automatic weapons on their car as it slowed down on a speed bump,” local police station chief Abdul Qudoos said. “It is a sectarian killing as the family had no enemy.”


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Ayatollah Sistani: silent force behind ISIS defeat

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July 19

Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al Abadi announced the “collapse of the terrorist state of falsehood and terrorism,” on Monday June 10th. Iraq is celebrating the victory over the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as it claims Mosul from the self-styled caliphate after months of brutal war and destruction. Previously, Abadi announced “the end of the state-let of ISIS,” when the symbolic al Nuri Mosque in Mosul — from where ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi announced the caliphate — was liberated by Iraqi security forces.

 

However, he did not just thank the security forces, but also acknowledged the contribution of Shia Grand Ayatollah Ali al Sistani in the fight to defeat ISIS. He thanked Sistani for his historic religious decree (fatwa) to fight the enemy, which according to Abadi, mobilised Iraqis to rally behind the army in its fight against ISIS.

“Citizens who are able to bear arms and fight terrorists, defending their country and their people and their holy places, should volunteer and join the security forces to achieve this holy purpose.” This decree was read by Sistani’s representative in a Friday sermon in Karbala in June 2014. Thousands of Iraqis followed the call and volunteered to fight. Within two days of the decree, an umbrella organisation al Hashd al Sha’abi was formed by the Iraq’s ministry of interior on June 15th, 2014. It was created to stop the advancing ISIS and participate in the counteroffensive. Hashd played an instrumental role in defeating ISIS and liberating several towns from western al Anbar province to the northern town of Baiji and now Mosul.


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Situationer: Don't look now, it's Parachinar

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July 01

WHEN a sea of 5,000 men send out a sonic wave of “YA ALI!” something stops in the blood. Speaker after speaker calls on them. They call back. Again and again and again and again. And each time it is a decibel higher.

This was the dharna in Parachinar, a place that was impossible to fathom, right at the tip of Pakistan, a mere hour away from Kabul, which is so close pregnant women prefer the obgyn Dr Zainab Ashiq here. The ground beneath your feet doesn’t feel like Fata, that Fata you had so many strange ideas about.



A group of us arrived on Wednesday: social activist Jibran Nasir, Elaj Trust’s Dr Talha Rehman, development worker Meena Gabeena and Saad Edhi with three ambulances. When we crossed into Kurram Agency, there was no new country to arrive in. A sign greeted us: Eid Mubarak, no firing.

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Gen Bajwa orders inquiry against FC for opening fire on civilians in Parachinar

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June 30

Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa lamented the firing incident on protesters in Parachinar by Frontier Constabulary personnel last week, which had resulted in the death of four civilians, and said an inquiry has been initiated and that “those responsible shall not be spared”.


According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations on Friday, Gen Bajwa said that the FC Commandant in Parachinar has already been changed following the firing incident by "FC troops while handling the post-blast mob situation."

"Notwithstanding the irreparable loss, four shaheeds and injured due to the firing have been given separate compensation by the FC," the army chief was quoted as saying.

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‘Toy’ bomb kills six children in South Waziristan: officials

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June 26

PESHAWAR: A bomb resembling a toy killed at least six children Sunday in South Waziristan tribal area bordering Afghanistan, officials said.

The bomb exploded while the children were playing with it in Speenmark village in the South Waziristan tribal district.

“Six children aged between six to 12 years, all boys, were killed by a toy bomb and two others wounded critically,” a local government official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Another local security official confirmed the incident and casualties.

The origin of the bomb was unclear.

Dozens of children, mostly in northwest Pakistan, have lost their lives in the past when playing with “toys” that turned out to be explosive devices.


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Bahawalpur: Tragedy as nearly 150 burnt alive in oil tanker explosion

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June 25

BAHAWALPUR: At least 149 people were burnt alive and dozens injured when an oil tanker caught fire and exploded near Bahawalpur where a large number of people had gathered to collect petrol from the overturned tanker, rescue services said.

According to details, people from nearby areas were collecting fuel from the oil tanker which had skidded off the national highway and overturned in Ahmed Pur Sharqia on Sunday morning. A large number of motorcycles and vehicles can be seen burnt in the huge fire.

The injured were moved to Bahawalpur Victoria Hospital and other health facilities. The death toll may rise as the affected are said to be in critical condition.

The police said that oil tanker carrying 50,000 liters of oil was on its way from Karachi to Lahore when it slipped from road and overturned in Kachi Pul area, some eight kilometers off Ahmedpur Sharqia city.

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Shangla police apprehends five suspects for raping, murdering girl

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June 23

SHANGLA: Police on Thursday claimed that they had arrested five suspects wanted for the rape and murder of a six-year-old girl.

 

The girl had been raped before being brutally murdered in Besham village of Shing on Tuesday.

According to the police, Madiha Tariq was heading to a Madrassa on Tuesday morning when a suspect allegedly took her to his house where she was raped and then strangled her to death.

Her body was then wrapped in a bags and dumped in the street.

A complaint lodged for the murder stated that her body was found in the street. A subsequent medical examination confirmed that she had been sexually assaulted before being killed.
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Four policemen martyred in Karachi gun attack

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June 23

KARACHI: Gunmen on motorcycles shot dead four policemen who were breaking fast at a roadside restaurant in the SITE area of Karachi on Friday – hours after suicide and bomb attacks claimed at least 47 lives in Quetta and Parachinar.

Pamphlets of a hitherto unknown militant organisation, Ansar al Sharia Pakistan, were found at the crime scene, leading investigators to believe the group carried out the deadly shooting.

“The policemen were having Iftari at a roadside restaurant near Habib Bank Chowrangi when the terrorists targeted them,” said District West SSP Nasir Aftab. “All of them were shot in the head from a close range – and they died instantly.”




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