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


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.


At least 8 martyred, several injured in Raiwind suicide blast on police check post

March 15

At least eight persons, including five policemen, lost their lives and 20 others were injured in a suicide attack which targeted a police check post in Raiwind on the outskirts of Lahore.


Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Operations Dr Haider Ashraf confirmed that it was a suicide blast which ripped through a police check post located on Raiwind Road leading towards the ground where ijtima (congregation) of Tableeghi Jamaat is held.

The police camp was set up for the security of an ongoing congregation of Tableeghi Jamaat.

The senior police official said initial reports suggest that a motorcycle was used to carry out the suicide attack, adding that investigations were underway out to identify and locate the accomplices of the alleged suicide attacker.


Two policemen martyred as DSP's car comes under attack in Quetta

February 28

QUETTA: Two policemen were martyred when Deputy Superintendent of Police Hameedullah Dasti’s car came under heavy firing by unknown assailants on Sumungli Road in Quetta early Wednesday morning.

“DSP Dasti remained safe in the attack,” confirmed Balochistan police.

The deceased were identified as Muhammad Thair and Ayoub shah

According to the police, DSP Dasti was on his way to the office when his vehicle came under attack.

Four FC men martyred in Quetta attack

“The attackers were already present on Sumungli Road when the DSP’s car reached the spot,” added the police.


FIA officials forced me to have sex with main blasphemy accused, claims injured suspect

February 26

LAHORE: A suspect in a blasphemy case, who jumped from the fourth floor of the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) Punjab headquarters building during investigation on Friday evening, has made harrowing revelations in a video statement on Saturday, claiming that he was forced to jump after the FIA investigators first tortured him and later coerced him into having sex with his cousin, Patras Masih, the main accused.

A police team had handed over primary accused Patras, 18, to the FIA’s cybercrime wing on Friday afternoon for interrogation. The FIA had also summoned Sajid Masih, 24, to the headquarters for questioning after Patras said during investigation that he had shared the sacrilegious image with his cousin on Facebook.

Earlier this week, an FIR [First Information Report] was registered with the Shahdara Town Police Station under Section 295-C of the blasphemy law against Patras. The complainant Hafiz Muhammad Awais had alleged that Patras had posted a sacrilegious photo on Jan 16, 2018, on a Facebook group named “Paaglon Ki Basti”.



Karachi school for street children receives threats, given two-day deadline

February 24

KARACHI: The administration of a street school in Karachi educating underprivileged children for free claims it is receiving threats to close down by an official of a government-backed public sector organisation. 

Syeda Anfas Ali Shah Zaidi, who has been running the Footpath school near the Abdullah Shah Ghazi shrine in Clifton for the past three years, accused the Sindh Education Foundation managing director Naheed Durrani of making the alleged threats, asking them to close down the school within two days.

Speaking to Geo News on Tuesday, Zaidi said an initial meeting was held with the SEF official in which she claims she was addressed in an inappropriate tone.

“The way we are running the school, the entire world is watching,” said Anfas.

The school's students have refused to be moved to any other institution, she said.


Senior lawyer and social activist Asma Jahangir passes away

February 11

Senior lawyer and social activist Asma Jahangir has passed away due to cardiac arrest. 

She as among the senior advocates in Pakistan and she co-founded Human Rights of Commission of Pakistan.

According to media reports, she was also suffering from cancer and remained under treatment for years. She was rushed to hospital after falling ill but passed away. 

"Unfortunately we have lost her," Hina Jilani, also a prominent rights activist, told AFP.

Jahangir's supporters and former opponents alike took to social media to offer their condolences and expressed shock at the news of her death.



February 08

Notorious takfiri terrorists of banned terrorist outfit ASWJ/LeJ shot martyred another Shia Muslim in Dera Ismail Khan making this district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa an abattoir where they slaughter innocent human beings.

Iftikhar Hussain was a trader and had a dairy shop. He was shot dead in Mohallah Qasaban. His maternal uncle was also martyred by terrorists. 

Takfiri terrorists have intensified their campaign aimed at Shia genocide in Dera Ismail Khan where they had earlier killed a custodian of an Imam Bargah namely Motiullah. Prior to that, they shot dead a Shia youth. 

KY province is ruled by PTI government that has formed an alliance with pro-Taliban JUI-S chief Samiul Haq who is an ally of banned ASWJ in so-called Difa-e-Pakistan Council. It seems the terrorists not has got free hand to continue Shia genocide in Dera Ismail Khan.


Swat: 11 Pakistan Army soldiers including officer embrace martyrdom, 13 injured

February 04

SWAT: 11 Pakistan Army soldiers were martyred in a terrorists’ attack on army unit sports area in district Swat on Sunday. 13 were also injured in the ghastly attack. 

According to ISPR, the attack occurred in Kabal town of Swat district, nearly 10 kilometres from Mingora city, where a suicide bomber blew himself up near military unit sports area.

Among the martyred include Captain Jahanzaib, who succumbed to his wounds when the suicide bomber struck.


Levies man shot dead in Quetta

January 31

QUETTA: A Levies Force personnel was shot dead by some unidentified armed assailants at Qambarani Road near Sariab area, here on Tuesday.

According to police sources, the Levies Force official Muhammad Ismail s/o Muhammad Akbar resident of Mastung was near Sharif Abad, Qambarani Road when some unknown armed assailants riding a motorbike opened fire at him and fled away from the scene. As a result, he died on the spot.

The body of the deceased was shifted to Sheikh Zahid Hospital for medico- legal formalities.

The police cordoned of the entire area and started efforts to trace out suspects. Further investigations were underway.



Girl killed for refusing marriage proposal

January 29

KOHAT: A medical student Aasma Rani  has been  killed by a man  after she rejected his marriage proposal in Kohat.

According to police, Mujahidullah Afridi shot dead Aasma Rani, a third-year MBBS student, for refusing to marry him. The accused shot her thrice on Saturday after she stepped out of a rickshaw with her sister-in-law. Soon after the incident,  the girl was rushed to the medical facility where she succumbed to her wounds on Sunday evening.


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