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November 06

Renowned Shia scholar Allama Mirza Yousuf Hussain was taken into illegal custody without any charge in the wee hours of Sunday as undeclared crackdown on peaceful and patriot Pakistani Shia Muslims continued unabated.

Law enforcement agencies officials raided his house near Jamey Masjid Noor-e-Eeman in Nazimabad district central of Karachi violating the sanctity of privacy of house and family members. He is head of All Pakistan Shia Action Committee and Friday prayer leader of Jamey Masjid Noor-e-Eeman as well. 

Mirza Yousuf Hussain is a senior Shia cleric and known as the most respected Shia notable among the government and security quarters since he represents Shiites at security-related meetings with the security officials. 



November 06

Former Senator belonging to Pakistan People’s Party Faisal Raza Abidi was arrested in the wee hours of Saturday as heavy contingents of the police and rangers conducted raid in New Rizvia Society to nab him.

Charges against him were not yet disclosed by the law enforcement agencies hence his arrest has been depicted as illegal custody. He is an outspoken Shia Muslim politician who remained vocal against the violent extremists of the banned Deobandi outfits such as proscribed ASWJ/Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Taliban etc. He also denounced Lal Masjid cleric for his pro-Taliban stance alongside support to the violence against innocent Muslims. 

Abidi remained active advocating the military operation against the terrorists and also held many programs to highlight the sacrifices of martyrs of armed forces. He condemned the takfirism of the Taliban and ASWJ who were involved in massacre of army public schoolchildren and female teachers. 

He tendered resignation as PPP’s senator because his party failed to advocate the ideology of its founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto who always defended the oppressed segments of Pakistani society. He was a close aide of former president Asif Zardari. 


Four killed in firing at religious gathering in Karachi's Nazimabad

October 30

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Four family members were reportedly killed on Saturday and many others injured when unidentified assailants opened fire at a religious gathering in Karachi's Nazimabad area.

The dead and injured were taken to nearby Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.

"Four men were brought dead to the hospital while a woman was brought with fatal injuries," said Dr Rohina Hassan, the additional police surgeon at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.

According to details, the attackers entered the camp set up for majlis outside the residence of a police official and opened fire at the participants.

The majlis was being held in a street adjacent to the police station in Nazimabad no. 4 area beside Larosh restaurant.


'Afghan Girl' Arrested on Charges of Using Fraudulent ID

October 29

Sharbat Gula—the woman behind one of the world's most iconic photographs—could be sentenced to several years in prison.

The “Afghan Girl” who graced an iconic cover of National Geographicmagazine in 1985 has been arrested in Pakistan on charges of being in the country illegally with allegedly false documents.

Sharbat Gula was 12 years old when she was photographed by Steve McCurry in a refugee camp in Pakistan, in December 1984. The haunting image of the green-eyed girl became an international symbol of refugees and of political and social unrest in the region. It has been widely reproduced, making her one of the most recognizable non-celebrity faces of the 20th century.

The image took on new immediacy when McCurry found Gula again in 2002, and the world learned of how much she had changed and endured over the ensuing years. (See photos of that meeting.)


61 killed, at least 165 injured as militants storm police training centre in Quetta

October 25

QUETTA: At least 61 security personnel were killed, and 165 others were injured as terrorists stormed a police training centre near Quetta late Monday night.

Three terrorists entered the New Sariab Police Training College, some 13 kilometres away from Quetta city. They headed straight for the hostel where police recruits were sleeping.

Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti told reporters assembled at the site early Tuesday that the sprawling compound had been attacked by three militants equipped with suicide jackets, revising down an earlier estimate of “five to six” assailants.

“They first targeted the watch tower sentry, and after exchanging fire killed him and were able to enter the academy grounds,” he said. “At least 20 were killed but this figure isn’t final – we’ll confirm it in the morning,” he said.

He added, “Frontier Corps’ Quick Responce Force (QRF) wing responded along with Anti-Terrorist Force (ATF) and [Pakistan Army’s] Light Commando Battallion…one terrorist was killed while two of them exploded”.


Muharram sabeels: Quenching the thirst of generations of faithfuls

October 06

The first 10 days of Muharram are a busy time for Nasir Ali and his friends, who run pillar to post working tirelessly to give picture-perfect touches to their beloved project—a thriving Sabeel in Karachi's bustling neighborhood Soldier Bazaar.

Apparently, it's a modest setup: few tables lined up on the footpath adjacent to Mehfil-e-Shahe Khorasan and covered with yards of plain black sheets, tents wrapped around to provide makeshift walls and ceiling, a couple of heavy duty energy savers and you have a temporary oasis running.

But Nasir and company rejoice in the fact that their small effort serves a big cause. "We set up this Sabeel remembering the thirst of Imam Hussain and for serving humanity. Imam Hussain and his followers didn't get water, but we want to make sure that no one goes thirsty at least in these 10 days."

This indeed is a task easier said than done, but for this group of dedicated friends, this is one mission they strive every yard to accomplish. Their activities start at seven in the evening and stretch to as late as midnight.


Four Hazara women killed as gunmen open fire on Quetta bus

October 05

QUETTA: At least four women belonging to the ethnic Hazara Shia community were killed and one injured when unidentified assailants opened fire on a bus on Kirani road near Pud Gali Chowk area of the provincial capital on Tuesday evening.

"The bus was stopped and the women were shot because of their ethnicity," said provincial government's spokesman Anwarul Haq Kakar.

A senior police official also confirmed to Dawn.com that the deceased women belonged to the ethnic Hazara Shia minority community and were allegedly targeted due to their sect.

"It was a public transport bus and had eight women on board, out of which five were hit during the attack," said DIG Operations of Quetta police.

Police officials said the bus was travelling to Hazara Town when it was attacked by unidentified assailants.



Two Policemen Shot Dead In Peshawar, Kohat

September 30

PESHAWAR - As many as two policemen were killed in two separate incidents in Peshawar and Kohat on Wednesday, police said.

As per details, a police party raided a house to arrest an absconder in the jurisdiction of Khazana Police Station.

However, the criminal opened firing at police as a result of which a policeman identified as Abdul Akbar was killed on the spot, while the absconder escaped from the scene unhurt.

Police launched a search operation in the area; however, no arrest was made in this regard.

Similarly, in district Kohat, unidentified gunmen shot dead a policeman Ali Raza, who was guarding an Imam Bargah.



At least 24 killed in suicide blast at Mohmand Agency mosque during Friday prayers

September 17

PESHAWAR: A suicide bomber targeted a mosque in Mohmand Agency's Anbar tehsil during Friday prayers, leaving at least 24 people dead and 31 others injured, official of the political administration said.

Assistant Political Agent Naveed Akbar told DawnNews that the injured had been transported to hospitals in Bajaur Agency, Charsadda and Peshawar for treatment.

The bombing took place in the village of Butmaina in the Mohmand tribal district bordering Afghanistan, where the army has been fighting against Taliban militants.

Akbar said that the bomber came in as Friday prayers were in progress and blew himself up in the main hall. A curfew was later imposed in the area.

Another local government official confirmed the information.

Shireen Zada, a resident who had prayed at another mosque, said he heard the blast as he was walking home.

“I rushed to the spot and when I went inside the hall there was blood and human remains everywhere and people crying out,” he said.

“I brought my pick-up truck, loaded three wounded and drove them to the hospital in Khar,” Shireen Zada said, referring to the nearest town.



At least 13 injured as police foil suicide blasts targeting Eid prayers in Shikarpur

September 13

SHIKARPUR: At least 13 people, including five cops, were injured as police foiled two separate suicide blasts during Eid prayers in Shikarpur's Khanpur tehsil on Monday.

Police sources said four suicide attackers infiltrated Khanpur during Eid prayers.

Two of the attackers targeted an Eid prayer ground where one assailant blew himself up, injuring 10 people, two of whom were policemen. The other attacker fled, police sources said.

Two other attackers targeted an imambargah but were stopped by police at the entrance on account of appearing suspicious. One of the attackers blew himself up after he was stopped by guards for a search, whereas the other was arrested, police said.



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