At least seven people were killed and 17 wounded in a bomb blast at a market in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore, government officials said.
The bombing ripped through a building that was under construction at a commercial market in the affluent Defence area, replete with upmarket boutiques and cafes as well as an academy for the international hair salon Toni & Guy.
"It was a bomb attack," Nayab Haider, a spokesman for the provincial Punjab police said. "It was a planted explosive device. We do not yet know if it was a timed device or remote detonated."
No group has immediately claimed the attack.
Television footage showed a smouldering building and several crumpled cars with their windows blown out.
"My God, my God, I saw so many bodies," Imtiaz Ali, a barber in the Toni & Guy salon, told the AFP news agency. "When I came out I first just saw smoke and dust ... Bikes upturned. Cars destroyed. My own colleague's car windows blown out. My clients' cars blown out. I was close to fainting."
HYDERABAD: In a startling disclosure, body parts of some of those killed in the attack on Lal Shahbaz Qalandar’s shrine in Sehwan were allegedly found dumped in the garbage on Saturday.
A few parts of limbs of those deceased were found, causing an outrage among the residents and social media users. At least 88 people were killed when a suicide bomber struck the shrine on Thursday.
Social media questions PPP govt’s inadequacy after Sehwan blastThe authorities allegedly removed the body parts, which also included few bunches of hair. “We sent our staff to the site but found nothing,” claimed municipal official Syed Asif Shah while talking to The Express Tribune. However, the official, believed to be under pressure, suspended two of his sanitary assistants.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
#NaiyerZaidi, former VP #HabibBank #Zurich, was one of the victims of terrorists attack on Majlis in #Karachi #HeartWrenching #ShiaGenocide
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.
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.)
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”.
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.
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.
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.