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2,090 people killed in sectarian violence since 2008, Senate told

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ISLAMABAD:The Senate was informed on Wednesday that the government is taking measures to address sectarian violence in the country and legislation is also being tabled in this regard.
Minister of State for Interior Balighur Rehman told the House during question hour that 2,090 people have been killed in sectarian attacks since 2008. He said 173 people have been convicted in these sectarian attacks and killings.

He said 104 people were killed in Punjab in these incidents while 252 in Sindh, 22 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 737 in Balochistan, 867 in FATA, 103 in Gilgit Baltistan and five people were killed in Islamabad.



To a question, the minister said that the government is taking steps to control cybercrime in the country. He said Prevention of Cyber Crime Act has been prepared and submitted to the cabinet for approval. He said that it would be introduced in the House shortly and would address all the issues related to cybercrime.

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Deadly blast strikes Pakistan's Quetta

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August 12

Explosion near site of independence day celebrations claims at least 15 lives in main city of Balochistan province.

A blast in the Pakistani city of Quetta in Balochistan province has killed at least 15 people and injured 32 others, reports say, in an incident blamed by the military on "terrorists".



Saturday's explosion targeted a military truck, killing eight soldiers and seven civilians, who were nearby, the Pakistan's military said in a statement.

President Mamnoon Hussain condemned the attack, saying "Our resolve won't succumb to any challenge".

The military said an incendiary explosive was used causing fire in vehicles parked near the area.

The blast occurred near a stadium where celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of Pakistan's independence were under way.

"We can now confirm that 15 people have died in the explosion today. At least 32 others are wounded," Balochistan home minister Sarfraz Bugti told AFP, adding that a rescue operation was still underway.

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DSP among two traffic police officials gunned down in Karachi

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August 12

KARACHI – At least two traffic police officials, including a deputy superintendent of police, were gunned down on Friday in Azizabad area of Karachi, local media reported.

 

As per reports, unknown assailants opened fire on a police mobile in which DSP traffic Azizabad, Hanif Khan was traveling to Gulshan Iqbal from Federal B Area.

During the firing, the driver of the police mobile, Sultan and DSP were hit by bullets that caused their death. The bodies have been shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.

According to DIG West Zulfiqar Larak, the martyred DSP passed through this area daily.


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Bomb rips through fruit truck in Lahore; 45 injured

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August 08

LAHORE: At least 45 people were injured in an explosion in a fruit truck stationed in a parking lot on Band Road on Monday night.


The blast occurred at around 8:50pm. Apart from the injuries, dozens of vehicles were damaged and the roof of a building caved in, while the windows of many buildings in a 500-metre radius of the blast had also shattered.

Incidentally, Nawaz Sharif’s cancelled Sunday rally was scheduled to pass through the same road.

Imtiaz Ahmad, who lives across the bridge from where the blast occurred, said he was at home with his family when the incident occurred. “Everything around me started shaking so forcefully that I thought it was an earthquake,” he said.

 

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26 killed, over 56 wounded in suicide blast near Lahore's Arfa technology park

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July 24

LAHORE (Web Desk/AFP) – A suicide blast in Sabzi Mandi near Arfa Software Technology Park on Monday claimed lives of nine police among 26 persons and left over 56 wounded.


Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Operations Wing of Punjab Police Dr Haider Ashraf confirmed in a media talk that it was a suicide blast. Preliminary probe suggested that at least nine to 11 kilograms of explosives were used in the attack.

Banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility of the attack.



06:45pm: Details of the wounded and killed, compiled by the Government of Punjab

 

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People of gilgit are much civilised as compared to other parts of the country

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July 22

In the footages below a mini truck tipped over in a populated area of Gilgit city. The truck was containing cans of cooking oil. You will see no one stealing the oil cans and the cans are there on the road side. 
This is Gilgiltbaltistan for you people. The land of warriors and hospitality. The model society.

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Four Hazaras shot dead as vehicle targeted in Mastung

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July 19

QUETTA: At least four people belonging to the Hazara community were shot dead and one other was injured as unidentified gunmen opened fire on their vehicle near Balochistan’s Mastung district on Wednesday.

 

The men sprayed bullets at the vehicle of the family travelling to Karachi as they passed through Choto, a town some 40 kilometres south of Quetta.

“Four people of a family, including a woman, were killed and another man wounded when gunmen fired with automatic weapons on their car as it slowed down on a speed bump,” local police station chief Abdul Qudoos said. “It is a sectarian killing as the family had no enemy.”


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Ayatollah Sistani: silent force behind ISIS defeat

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July 19

Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al Abadi announced the “collapse of the terrorist state of falsehood and terrorism,” on Monday June 10th. Iraq is celebrating the victory over the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as it claims Mosul from the self-styled caliphate after months of brutal war and destruction. Previously, Abadi announced “the end of the state-let of ISIS,” when the symbolic al Nuri Mosque in Mosul — from where ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi announced the caliphate — was liberated by Iraqi security forces.

 

However, he did not just thank the security forces, but also acknowledged the contribution of Shia Grand Ayatollah Ali al Sistani in the fight to defeat ISIS. He thanked Sistani for his historic religious decree (fatwa) to fight the enemy, which according to Abadi, mobilised Iraqis to rally behind the army in its fight against ISIS.

“Citizens who are able to bear arms and fight terrorists, defending their country and their people and their holy places, should volunteer and join the security forces to achieve this holy purpose.” This decree was read by Sistani’s representative in a Friday sermon in Karbala in June 2014. Thousands of Iraqis followed the call and volunteered to fight. Within two days of the decree, an umbrella organisation al Hashd al Sha’abi was formed by the Iraq’s ministry of interior on June 15th, 2014. It was created to stop the advancing ISIS and participate in the counteroffensive. Hashd played an instrumental role in defeating ISIS and liberating several towns from western al Anbar province to the northern town of Baiji and now Mosul.


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Situationer: Don't look now, it's Parachinar

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July 01

WHEN a sea of 5,000 men send out a sonic wave of “YA ALI!” something stops in the blood. Speaker after speaker calls on them. They call back. Again and again and again and again. And each time it is a decibel higher.

This was the dharna in Parachinar, a place that was impossible to fathom, right at the tip of Pakistan, a mere hour away from Kabul, which is so close pregnant women prefer the obgyn Dr Zainab Ashiq here. The ground beneath your feet doesn’t feel like Fata, that Fata you had so many strange ideas about.



A group of us arrived on Wednesday: social activist Jibran Nasir, Elaj Trust’s Dr Talha Rehman, development worker Meena Gabeena and Saad Edhi with three ambulances. When we crossed into Kurram Agency, there was no new country to arrive in. A sign greeted us: Eid Mubarak, no firing.

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Gen Bajwa orders inquiry against FC for opening fire on civilians in Parachinar

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June 30

Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa lamented the firing incident on protesters in Parachinar by Frontier Constabulary personnel last week, which had resulted in the death of four civilians, and said an inquiry has been initiated and that “those responsible shall not be spared”.


According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations on Friday, Gen Bajwa said that the FC Commandant in Parachinar has already been changed following the firing incident by "FC troops while handling the post-blast mob situation."

"Notwithstanding the irreparable loss, four shaheeds and injured due to the firing have been given separate compensation by the FC," the army chief was quoted as saying.

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