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At least 72 killed in Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine blast

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February 16

DADU: At least 72 people were killed and scores of others were wounded when a  suicide bomber struck Lal Shahbaz Qalandar Shrine in Sehwan Sharif on Thursday, officials said.




Children and women were among the victims. The death toll is feared to go up as many of the injured are in critical condition.

Senior police officer Shabbir Sethar told Reuters from a local hospital that the death toll was likely to rise.

"At least 72 are dead and over 150 have been injured," Sethar said by telephone

The explosion took place at the spot where the dhamaal (Sufi ritual) was being performed, within the premises of the shrine.

At the time of the blast, there were thousands of people gathered at the spot to view the performance. The sufi shrine is frequented by thousands of devotees and pilgrims on a daily basis.

According to reports reaching here, more than 100 people, including children and women, have been injured in the suicide blast.



The explosion was heard far and wide in Sehwan Sharif town.

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Police officials among 13 martyred in Lahore suicide bombing

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February 13

LAHORE: At least 13 people, including senior police officers, were martyred Monday when a suicide bomber hit close to the Punjab Assembly in Lahore when hundreds of demonstrators had gathered for a protest, officials said. 

The powerful explosion also left dozens injured, with reports of more than 60 wounded being treated at different hospitals in the eastern city of Lahore.

According to hospital officials, as many as 46 injured were brought to the Mayo hospital, while 28 injured were being treated at Mayo hospital.

According to Inspector General Punjab Police, 13 people were martyred in the suicide bombing. Deputy Commissioner Lahore confirmed that at least 73 people had been injured in the blast.  

Red alert in federal capital

Meanwhile, police said that security has been put on red alert in Islamabad.

The Inspector-General of Police Islamabad issued directives for the red alert, following which all routes going in and coming out of the federal capital were being strictly monitored.

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Hina Shahnawaz shot dead on the eve of february 6th

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February 08

Hina Shahnawaz, a young woman of 27, from Kohaat an m.phil degree holder, the only bread winner of her family was shot dead on the eve of February 6th. She took 4 bullets in her heart and the real agony was that the gun-holder was not a stranger behind the mask but it was her very own paternal brother who was so emasculated by her ability to sustain her family that he could not bear her existence that he had to murder his own blood. 



A few years ago, Hina started a job as her father was fighting with cancer and being the only well-read member of the family she took the responsibility. Her father died and after few month, her brother was murdered in a petty fight. His widow and two children now became her responsibility.

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The little boy killed at the market

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January 26

The Hussains are one of many families in mourning after Saturday's bomb attack in the city of Parachinar in north-west Pakistan.

One of the poorest in the area, the family depends on wages earned by Jamil Hussain, a labourer in Karachi, and his 15-year-old son, Sabil Hussain, who works at a poultry shop in Parachinar.

Sabil's younger brother, Altaf, 12, takes a handcart to the city's vegetable market each morning which he hires to traders who buy vegetables at auction and need to move them to their shops.


DILAWAR HUSSAIN Eight-year-old Zain was waiting for his brother when the bomb went off

Until last Saturday, his eight-year-old brother, Zain Haider, used to go with him to the market to scavenge leftover vegetables for the family kitchen.

On Saturday, while Zain was stuffing the vegetable waste into a shopping bag, Altaf was asked by a trader to cart his merchandise and he told Zain to wait for him there.

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FIVE SHIA MUSLIMS INJURED IN TERRORIST ATTACK ON A TAXI IN QUETTA

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January 07

Five Shia Muslims were wounded in a terrorist attack on a taxi in Quetta today (Friday). Deobandi terrorists of banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, its mother wing ASWJ (Ramzan Mengal and Shafi Mengal Groups) and Jundulla always remained involved in such terrorist attacks on innocent Muslims in Quetta.



Shia Hazara Muslims were going to somewhere riding a taxi. Takfiri terrorists ambushed them on Spinni Road in Quetta. As a result, five Shia Muslims were injured.
Shia parties and leaders have condemned the targeted attack on Shia Muslims in Quetta. They demanded stern action against the banned terrorist outfits.

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Muslim mob attacks Mosque in Pakistan

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December 12

A Muslim mob armed with guns and rocks attacked a Mosque in central Pakistan on Monday.

The mob which numbered over 1,000 was part of a procession celebrating the birthday of the Islamic prophet Muhammad when itit attacked the minority Ahmadiyya community’s Mosque in Dulmial village, Chakwal. Around 40 worshippers who were present in the Mosque locked themselves in as the mob opened fire and hurled
rocks.



After gaining control of the Mosque, the attackers burnt property inside the building, including carpets. They also washed the building to bring it “under the influence of Islam.”

A spokesperson for Ahmadiyya Muslim Community claimed that one Ahmadi was killed in the incident, but was unable to identify the dead.

The Government of Punjab said it was “following up” on the “Chakwal incident”.




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Sindh Assembly adopts bill against forced religious conversions

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November 24

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.

 

 

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At least 62 killed, 100 injured in Shah Noorani Shrine blast in Khuzdar

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November 13

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.

 

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Activists of ASWJ started straight firing during the Police collision with protesters

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November 08

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.




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SENATOR FAISAL RAZA ABIDI BEING IMPLICATED IN FALSE CASE

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November 06

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.

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