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Suicide car blast kills at least 13 in Quetta

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June 23

QUETTA: A suicide car bomber killed at least thirteen people, including seven police officers, in an attack near a checkpoint in the volatile city of Quetta on Friday, officials said.


Abdul Razzaq Cheema, director general of police in Balochistan province, told Reuters it appeared the bomber had detonated a car packed with explosives.

He said 15 people had been wounded.

Several dead bodies were brought to the Civil Hospital in Quetta, with many injured in critical condition.

The blast took place near IG Police office in a busy cantonment area where government offices and a girls college are located. The formidable blast threw the organs of human beings all around.

Baluchistan government spokesman Anwar ul Haq Kakar said the blast happened when police officers stopped a car to search it near a checkpoint.



The area is usually constantly supervised with heavy presence of security personnel.


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At least 30 dead, 100 injured in twin explosions in Parachinar

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June 23

At least 30 people were killed and over 100 injured, with fears of casualties rising, after two subsequent explosions hit a densely populated area of Kurram Agency's Parachinar city Friday evening.

The death toll was confirmed by hospital sources, who warned that the number of casualties may rise.

Parachinar District General Hospital Medical Superintendent Sabir Hussain appealed to the public for help, saying that the hospital is not equipped to handle the large number of casualties.

This is the second major bomb attack today. Early morning, at least 13 people ─ including seven policeman ─ lost their lives, while 19 others were injured in a suicide blast that shook Shuhada Chowk in Quetta's Gulistan Road area.

Local political administration officials said the twin blasts occurred in the Turi Market near Tal Adda, where a bus terminal is also located.

The second explosion targeted rescuers and bystanders who rushed to aid those who had been hurt in the first blast.

The nature of the explosions has not been ascertained as yet.

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Shia Hazara siblings gunned down in Quetta

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June 09

QUETTA: A man and his young sister belonging to the Shia Hazara community were gunned down in the Spiny Road area on Sunday, police said.

The siblings were going to Marriabad from Hazara Town on a motorbike when they came under fire near Killi Tirkha. They suffered serious injuries and died while being taken to the hospital by the police.

“The victims received bullets to their head,” hospital sources said.

Police quoted the area people as saying they did not hear any gunshots, implying the assailants had used silencer-fitted weapons. “We saw a man and a woman travelling on a motorbike suddenly fell on the road and were bleeding,” police said, quoting eyewitness.

 

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Over 100 injured as TV show stage collapses

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May 08

ISLAMABAD: Over 100 people were injured in an accident on Friday night during the recording of a television show, police and rescue workers said.it was not just stage. It was the seating arrangement which got broken and people sitting on the seats were became victim .

The private TV channel show, hosted by a woman anchor, was under way in Bahria Enclave, a housing society of Bahria Town, in the Nilor area when the stage on which a number of people were sitting collapsed.



Over 100 people suffered fractures, wounds and bruises. Some of the injured were stuck under the wreckage of the stage, the sources said, adding that all the wounded were shifted to hospital.

A police official told Dawn on condition of anonymity that the injured were taken to Polyclinic and Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences.

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Hindu temple vandalised in Pakistan

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April 29

A Pakistani Hindu devotee wearing a religious headband and her child are seen inside a bus before leaving for homage to Hinglaj Mata Temple in Balochistan, outside the Shri Swaminarayan Temple in Karachi in this April 28, 2017 photo. Pakistani Hindus constitute approximately 2% of the country’s population.

Broken idols found in sewer line, case of blasphemy and terrorism filed against 3 persons.

A Hindu temple in Pakistan has been vandalised in the southern Sindh province and a case of blasphemy and terrorism has been registered against three unidentified persons, police said on Saturday.

Police said idols of deities were damaged and some of the broken parts were found in a nearby sewerage line. The incident occurred yesterday in Thatta district’s Gharo town.

A case of blasphemy and terrorism has been registered.

Police also registered a FIR against three persons for desecrating the deities, Dawn reported.

“Investigation is going on but so far no arrests have been made,” police officer Fida Hussain Mastoi said.

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Six children among 10 dead in Kurram Agency blast

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April 26

KURRAM AGENCY – In a tragic turn of events, at least ten people, including six children, were killed while another thirteen were left injured as an improvised explosive device exploded in Godar area of the Kurram agency, Tuesday morning.

According to the political administration of the area, an improvised explosive device (IED) buried on the roadside was hit by a van that was heading to Sadda from Godar.

The injured were shifted to Sadda hospital and security forces have launched a search operation in the area.


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Mardan university student accused of blasphemy beaten to death on campus

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April 16
  • This time it is Mishal Khan A journalism student was shot dead and by a large vigilante mob comprising fellow students at the Abdul Wali Khan University (AWKU) in Pakistan’s Mardan town, tomorrow it could be a student of Karachi University, then Punjab University and then maybe a student from one of the students in Balochistan.

 

  • No leader of Pakistan has ever cared to ask our Pakistani youths abroad, “why have you left Pakistan?”. Almost every famous personalities in Pakistan (Imran Khan, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Nawaz Sharif, Pervez Musharraf, etc) know the reason behind our youths wanting to leave the country. The young generation are willing to give any amount of money to an agent of their choice and prays to God….basically anything to get a visa.

 

  • As published by Sheharyar Ali of The Express Tribune in 2016, Ammad Zafar of Karachi University public administration department has said that around 48.7% of youths in Karachi are wanting to leave the country. Mishal Khan’s story is not just murder but it represents the negativity in Pakistan which has became part of our culture. The name Pakistan literally means “The Land of the Pure” which has become a joke now. Anyone educated is told to be witin the red circle…if anyone tries to step out of it, they are threatened to be killed. Take Malala Yousufzai for example. Nobody has the right to live if they question the law or speaks out for others. The simplest way to silence a person is by death.

 

         Mashal Khan with his medals and trophy

 

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Blast outside imambargah in Parachinar kills 23, injures 100

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March 31
  • Jamaat-ul-Ahrar claims responsibility for attack targeting Shias
  • PM says war to continue till complete annihilation of terrorists
  • Locals complain officials, law enforcers reached blast site too late
  • Three killed as law enforcers use force on protesting tribesmen

At least 23 people were killed and over 100 wounded in a car bomb explosion outside an imambargah in Parachinar – the headquarters of Kurram Agency – on Friday morning, officials said.

The explosion in the remote area bordering Afghanistan occurred as people gathered for Friday prayers near the women’s entrance of a Shia mosque.

A witness said security personnel at the imambargah were frisking devotees when an unidentified person parked a car next to the building, which then exploded.



“The attack took place in a busy area and a women’s mosque appears to be the target,” said a parliamentarian from Parachinar, Sajid Hussain.

Government administrator Zahid Hussain confirmed that Shias were apparently the target of the attack.

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a splinter group of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), claimed the responsibility for the attack through a video message.

Ikramullah Khan, the local political agent, confirmed the death toll of the blast that took place in the crowded Noor market. The marketplace is a busy area and has several shops. It is also near one of the main imambargahs.

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Blast hits Lahore Defence area market

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February 23

At least seven people were killed and 17 wounded in a bomb blast at a market in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore, government officials said.

The bombing ripped through a building that was under construction at a commercial market in the affluent Defence area, replete with upmarket boutiques and cafes as well as an academy for the international hair salon Toni & Guy.

"It was a bomb attack," Nayab Haider, a spokesman for the provincial Punjab police said. "It was a planted explosive device. We do not yet know if it was a timed device or remote detonated."

No group has immediately claimed the attack.

Television footage showed a smouldering building and several crumpled cars with their windows blown out.

"My God, my God, I saw so many bodies," Imtiaz Ali, a barber in the Toni & Guy salon, told the AFP news agency. "When I came out I first just saw smoke and dust ... Bikes upturned. Cars destroyed. My own colleague's car windows blown out. My clients' cars blown out. I was close to fainting."

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Body parts of Sehwan terror victims found dumped in garbage

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February 19

HYDERABAD: In a startling disclosure, body parts of some of those killed in the attack on Lal Shahbaz Qalandar’s shrine in Sehwan were allegedly found dumped in the garbage on Saturday.

A few parts of limbs of those deceased were found, causing an outrage among the residents and social media users. At least 88 people were killed when a suicide bomber struck the shrine on Thursday.




Social media questions PPP govt’s inadequacy after Sehwan blast

The authorities allegedly removed the body parts, which also included few bunches of hair. “We sent our staff to the site but found nothing,” claimed municipal official Syed Asif Shah while talking to The Express Tribune. However, the official, believed to be under pressure, suspended two of his sanitary assistants.
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