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At least 14 killed, 52 wounded in suicide blast at Mardan district courts

September 02

PESHAWAR: The Pakistani Taliban faction Jamaat-ur-Ahrar on Friday claimed responsibility for a suicide attack at Mardan’s district courts in which at least 14 people were killed and 52 others injured.

Six lawyers and two policemen were among the dead. The attack is the second in the space of hours in the region.

“First there was a small blast followed by a big blast,”chief rescue officer in Mardan Haris Habib said, adding that, “So far we recovered 14 bodies of the lawyers, police personnel and civilians.”

The attacker lobbed a hand grenade at the entrance of the court before exploding himself at the main gate of Mardan district courts, DPO Mardan told The Express Tribune.

Five killed in Peshawar Christian Colony attack; one civilian among dead

Meanwhile, police officials confirmed that the suicide bomber had between seven and eight kilogrammes of explosives on his body.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Friday’s latest bombing would “not shatter our unflinching resolve in our war against terrorism”. 

63 dead as blast hits Quetta Civil Hospital after lawyer's killing

August 08

QUETTA: A suicide bomber targeted the emergency services ward at Quetta’s Civil Hospital Monday, killing at least 63 people and leaving scores injured.

Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) splinter group, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA), has claimed responsibility for the bombing which occurred at the gates of the building housing the emergency ward.

The bomber struck soon after dozens of lawyers gathered at the hospital following the killing of the Balochistan Bar Association President, who was shot dead this morning.

“The blast took place after a number of lawyers and some journalists had gathered at the hospital following the death of the president of the Balochistan Bar Association in a separate shooting incident this morning," said Balochistan Home Secretary Akbar Harifal.

What we know so far

  • Loud explosion inside Quetta's Civil Hospital
  • At least 63 people killed, many injured
  • Attack may have been carried out by suicide bomber
  • Blast followed killing of senior lawyer in Quetta
  • CM Balochistan says RAW behind terrorism in Quetta
  • Cameramen from DawnNews and Aaj TV were also killed in the explosion.



Samia was killed for religious conversion, claims husband

July 29

JEHLUM – The husband of the28-year old British-Pakistani woman, Samia Shahid, who was previously reported to have been killed on the pretext of honor, may have been murdered for converting to the Shia faith before wedding her current husband, which irked her parents.

This was claimed by Shahid’s husband, Kazam.

Kazam and Samia, both British-Pakistani dual citizens, had been married for two years and were living in Dubai, police told AFP, adding that it was Shahid’s second marriage.


Qandeel Baloch strangled to death by brother in suspected honour killing

July 18

MULTAN: Internet sensation Qandeel Baloch was murdered by her brother in Multan on Saturday.

“Qandeel was killed by her brother over honour in Green Town area,” the area’s Regional Police Officer Sultan Azam told The Express Tribune. “It appears that she was strangled to death.”

The 25-year-old social media starlet’s parents, who have been taken into custody, confirmed she was strangled to death last night.

“Wasim, 30, killed her last night following an argument,” her parents said. He was arrested by Multan police Saturday night.

Her parents arrived at the Nishtar Hospital and collected her body on Sunday morning.

Her body will be transferred to Dera Ghazi Khan for the funeral.
Late Saturday evening, Multan police managed to arrest Waseem, who confessed of killing his sister Qandeel Baloch.


Why is Pakistan allowing an imam to call for jihad against our Shia community?

July 14

Immediately after the news of the suicide attack on Masjid-e-Nabwi was released on various TV channels, a local imam of the masjid next to my house thronged to the mike and made a thorny speech against Iran and Shias around the world.

The infamous Jamia Masjid Abu Bakar Siddique also has several posters of banned outfits such as Jamaatul Dawa pasted outside its walls. The speech was full of controversies, conspiracies and hatred – and called to capsize the entire population of a minority Muslim sect in Pakistan.

His open call for the Shia genocide was based on his logic that the suicide bomber in Madina was an Iranian sponsored Shia militant. He said that the Shia community has been trying to take over KSA for decades but have failed to do so. However, it turned out later that the suicide bomber in Jeddah hailed from India and his name was Fayyaz Kaghazi.

But the Imam of the masjid never took back his statement, and did exactly the opposite of what the Holy Quran says about spreading misinformation.


10 Abdul Sattar Edhi quotes that will leave you inspired for life

July 09

Even a single word uttered by Abdul Sattar Edhi used to make a huge impact on people; that was the stature of Pakistan’s greatest philanthropist.


Throughout his life, Edhi sahab set examples for the world to follow through his actions. In fact, more work and less talk remained his principle till the very end.

Although there’s no dearth of great quotes by perhaps the greatest Pakistani who ever lived, we share with you ten which we believe will leave you inspired for the rest of your lives.

1. “My religion is humanitarianism, which is the basis of every religion in the world.”


Abdul Sattar Edhi – our own Abou Ben Adhem

July 09

 KARACHI: ABOU BEN ADHEM (may his tribe increase!)

Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace,

And saw—within the moonlight in his room,

Making it rich and like a lily in bloom—

An angel, writing in a book of gold.

Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold,

And to the presence in the room he said,

‘What writest thou?’—The vision raised its head,

And, with a look made of all sweet accord,

Answered, ‘The names of those who love the Lord.’

‘And is mine one?’ said Abou. ‘Nay, not so,’

Replied the angel. Abou spoke more low,

But cheerly still, and said, ‘I pray thee, then,

Write me as one that loves his fellow men.’

The angel wrote and vanished. The next night

It came again with a great wakening light,

And showed the names whom love of God had blessed,

And lo! Ben Adhem’s name led all the rest.

Abdul Sattar Edhi was our Abou Ben Adhem.

For more than loving and worshipping God, the country’s greatest humanitarian, loved God’s creations –human beings.

Edhi is a man who devoted more than 60 years of his life to sleepless nights and stale bread breakfasts, helping the poorest of the poor. He bathed mentally challenged, picked up the rotten, buried the abandoned, and reached out to victims of natural calamities, violence and disaster.



Qawwal Amjad Sabri killed in Karachi gun attack

June 22

KARACHI: Renowned Qawwal Amjad Sabri was shot dead in Karachi Wednesday afternoon, after unknown assailants fired at his vehicle in the city's Liaquatabad area.

Additional Inspector General Mushtaq Mehar told Dawn that two men riding a motorcycle fired shots at the car, terming the incident as “targeted killing.” He said the motive of the killing is unknown as of now.

Sabri, 45, and an associate were travelling in a car in Liaquatabad 10 area, when unidentified gunmen fired at their vehicle, critically injuring him. The two were shifted to Abbasi Shaheed hospital immediately, where Sabri succumbed to his injuries.

"Two riders used 30-bore pistols to shoot Sabri five times, the bullet to the head took the qawwal's life. The attackers took the Hassan Square route to escape," said DIG West.

"We have cordoned off the area and will arrest the culprits using all our resources," added the DIG.

Police officials recovered five 30-bore casings from the scene of the attack, which have been sent for forensics.


Water shortages hit Karachi's poorest

June 21

Waiting up all night for water that’s only turned on for two hours at a time, once every two weeks.

That’s what Karachi’s poorest face – while its richest citizens have full swimming pools and drink only bottled water.

The Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders said on Sunday that water scarcity in Karachi had reached new heights and it could damage the national economy.

The government should take immediate steps as the concerned departments have failed to fulfill half of the water requirement of the city, it said.

Karachi needs 110 billion gallon water daily but it is getting 45 billion gallons which is insufficient, said Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders patron Shahid Rasheed Butt.

The highly influential tanker mafia is the major beneficiary of the intensified water crisis in the economic and financial capital of Pakistan, he added.

Shahid Rasheed Butt said the industrialists of Karachi are forced to pay around Rs 4 billion to tanker mafia to keep their units running while shortage of water has taken toll on textile and value-added industry.



This guy saved 70 people in Orlando shootings. His name is Imran Yousuf

June 19

While one man went on a killing-spree at Orlando’s gay nightclub, there was another present that night who came to the rescue of the unsuspecting people and succeeded in saving dozens.

Imran Yousuf, a bouncer at the Pulse nightclub, knew something was horribly wrong when he heard the crack of gunfire. A Marine, who had served in Afghanistan, Yousuf’s training quickly kicked over.

Orlando shooter was regular at gay nightclub he rampaged.

“The initial one was three or four” shots, said Yousuf, a sergeant who left the Marine Corps last month. “That was a shock. Three or four shots go off, and you could tell it was a high-caliber [weapon]. Everyone froze. I’m here in the back, and I saw people start pouring into the back hallway, and they just sardine-pack everyone.”

Speaking to CBS, the 24-year-old said he knew there was a door behind the panicked crowd, but people were too overwhelmed to unlatch it. “And I’m screaming, ‘Open the door! Open the door!’ ” Yousuf said. “And no one is moving because they are scared.”


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