PESHAWAR / ISLAMABAD: A bomb hidden in a bag ripped through a crowded bazaar in a mainly Shia area of northwestern tribal region Sunday, killing at least 23 people and wounding more than 30, officials said.
The death toll was expected to rise after the explosion at the Eidgah used-clothes market in Parachinar, the capital of Kurram Agency on the border with Afghanistan.
“The death toll has reached 23 as many of the critically wounded succumbed to injuries as they were being shifted to helicopters to fly them to Peshawar,” Amjad Ali Khan, the political administrator of Kurram, told AFP.
ISLAMABAD: Four terrorists involved in the Army Public School attack last year were hanged at a civil jail in Kohat on Wednesday.
The hangings were the first executions of civilians convicted by Pakistan's military courts.
A security source confirmed the execution of the four terrorists saying, “Four militants involved in the attack on Army Public School were hanged this morning in Kohat prison.”
KARACHI: Two Military Police (MP) official were killed on Tuesday after their vehicle was fired upon by unidentified gunmen near Tibet Centre on MA Jinnah road.
Senior medico-legal officer (MLO) Dr Nisar Shah of Civil Hospital said one of the military personnel, Rashid, was declared dead on arrival at the hospital. The second, Arshad, succumbed to his injuries while receiving treatment at the hospital.
LAHORE (Staff Report) – Punjab Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) on Thursday killed as many as four alleged terrorists including founding member of banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) Haroon Bhatti in an encounter in Badami Bagh area of Lahore.
At least three police officials also received bullets during the action.
According to a statement Haroon Bhatti, who was in custody of CTD, was brought to Badami Bagh area for identification of few militants and recovery of weapons. However armed men present at the site opened fire at police vehicles.
GUJRAT: An enraged mob torched a place of worship of Ahmadi community in Jhelum on Saturday after setting on fire a factory late on Friday over an incident of “desecration of Holy Quran” in the factory, said to be owned by a man belonging to the community.
No casualty was reported.
Army troops have been deployed in Jhelum to assist the local administration and police in maintaining law and order. Soldiers are patrolling the city and have been deployed at the places of worship of Ahmadi community.
Earlier, the local administration and police failed to act immediately to provide security to the places of worship of the community in the wake of the torching of the factory. It was only after a place of worship was torched in Kala Gojran area that troops were deployed at other such places, particularly the community’s main place of worship in the city located in Nawan Mohallah.
The local people have claimed to have taken possession of the place of worship in Kala Gojran and converted it into a mosque. They have displayed a board inscribed with “Masjid Allah Wali” outside the place.
KARACHI: Rangers and police personnel in a joint operation recovered arms from a graveyard in Khajji ground of the metropolis on Friday.
Rangers and police carried out an operation in Rizvia society on information provided by detained suspect Fariduddin Abbasi, a former employee of Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.
Deputy Director Finance of Abbasi Shaheed Hospital Karachi and Senior member of Mutahida Quomi Movement’s (MQM) Dr. Fareed-ud-Din has confessed of killing injured Shias and members of different political parties by giving poisonous injections and to be involved in sexually harassing female doctors and nurses. According to the details, Deputy Director Finance of Abbasi Shaheed Hospital was presented in anti-terrorism court, by Rangers. Law officer of Rangers told the court about confessions of the terrorist.
He told that the culprit has confessed of giving poisonous injections to members of opponent political parties and Shia injured people.
It should be clear that the point was raised several times that 90% of injured Shias, who were brought to Abbasi Shaheed, have been killed by not providing proper first aid. Most of the injured people from district central and district west were brought to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital and they included Ustaad Sibt e Ja’afar, Moulana Ameeni, Saeed Haider, Adeel Abbas, Sajid and hundreds of other Shias who were brought to Abbasi Shaheed for first aid but they couldn’t survive.
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.