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Deadly blast strikes Pakistan's Quetta

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.

DSP among two traffic police officials gunned down in Karachi

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.

Bomb rips through fruit truck in Lahore; 45 injured

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.


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

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


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

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.

Four Hazaras shot dead as vehicle targeted in Mastung

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.”

Ayatollah Sistani: silent force behind ISIS defeat

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.

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

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.

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

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.

‘Toy’ bomb kills six children in South Waziristan: officials

PESHAWAR: A bomb resembling a toy killed at least six children Sunday in South Waziristan tribal area bordering Afghanistan, officials said.

The bomb exploded while the children were playing with it in Speenmark village in the South Waziristan tribal district.

“Six children aged between six to 12 years, all boys, were killed by a toy bomb and two others wounded critically,” a local government official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Another local security official confirmed the incident and casualties.

The origin of the bomb was unclear.

Dozens of children, mostly in northwest Pakistan, have lost their lives in the past when playing with “toys” that turned out to be explosive devices.

Bahawalpur: Tragedy as nearly 150 burnt alive in oil tanker explosion

BAHAWALPUR: At least 149 people were burnt alive and dozens injured when an oil tanker caught fire and exploded near Bahawalpur where a large number of people had gathered to collect petrol from the overturned tanker, rescue services said.

According to details, people from nearby areas were collecting fuel from the oil tanker which had skidded off the national highway and overturned in Ahmed Pur Sharqia on Sunday morning. A large number of motorcycles and vehicles can be seen burnt in the huge fire.

The injured were moved to Bahawalpur Victoria Hospital and other health facilities. The death toll may rise as the affected are said to be in critical condition.

The police said that oil tanker carrying 50,000 liters of oil was on its way from Karachi to Lahore when it slipped from road and overturned in Kachi Pul area, some eight kilometers off Ahmedpur Sharqia city.

Shangla police apprehends five suspects for raping, murdering girl

SHANGLA: Police on Thursday claimed that they had arrested five suspects wanted for the rape and murder of a six-year-old girl.


The girl had been raped before being brutally murdered in Besham village of Shing on Tuesday.

According to the police, Madiha Tariq was heading to a Madrassa on Tuesday morning when a suspect allegedly took her to his house where she was raped and then strangled her to death.

Her body was then wrapped in a bags and dumped in the street.

A complaint lodged for the murder stated that her body was found in the street. A subsequent medical examination confirmed that she had been sexually assaulted before being killed.

Four policemen martyred in Karachi gun attack

KARACHI: Gunmen on motorcycles shot dead four policemen who were breaking fast at a roadside restaurant in the SITE area of Karachi on Friday – hours after suicide and bomb attacks claimed at least 47 lives in Quetta and Parachinar.

Pamphlets of a hitherto unknown militant organisation, Ansar al Sharia Pakistan, were found at the crime scene, leading investigators to believe the group carried out the deadly shooting.

“The policemen were having Iftari at a roadside restaurant near Habib Bank Chowrangi when the terrorists targeted them,” said District West SSP Nasir Aftab. “All of them were shot in the head from a close range – and they died instantly.”

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MPA’s vehicle hit Police Constable

QUETTA: A Police Constable died after Pashtoonkhuwa Mili Awami Party PK MAP legislator and Chairman of Public Accounts Committee Majeed Achakzai’s vehicle hit him at Shaheed Fayaz Sunbel Chowk on Tuesday night.

QUETTA: A Police Constable died after Pashtoonkhuwa Mili Awami Party PK MAP legislator and Chairman of Public Accounts Committee Majeed Achakzai’s vehicle hit him at Shaheed Fayaz Sunbel Chowk on Tuesday night.

According to Police, traffic Police Constable Haji Atta was busy in performing his duties at Shaheed Fayaz Sunbel Chowk when Majeed Achakzai accelerated his vehicle over him.

“The injured Constable was taken to Civil Hospital but succumbed to his injuries while in-way to the Trauma Center.” Police added.


Suicide car blast kills at least 13 in Quetta

QUETTA: A suicide car bomber killed at least thirteen people, including seven police officers, in an attack near a checkpoint in the volatile city of Quetta on Friday, officials said.

Abdul Razzaq Cheema, director general of police in Balochistan province, told Reuters it appeared the bomber had detonated a car packed with explosives.

He said 15 people had been wounded.

Several dead bodies were brought to the Civil Hospital in Quetta, with many injured in critical condition.

The blast took place near IG Police office in a busy cantonment area where government offices and a girls college are located. The formidable blast threw the organs of human beings all around.

Baluchistan government spokesman Anwar ul Haq Kakar said the blast happened when police officers stopped a car to search it near a checkpoint.

The area is usually constantly supervised with heavy presence of security personnel.

At least 30 dead, 100 injured in twin explosions in Parachinar

At least 30 people were killed and over 100 injured, with fears of casualties rising, after two subsequent explosions hit a densely populated area of Kurram Agency's Parachinar city Friday evening.

The death toll was confirmed by hospital sources, who warned that the number of casualties may rise.

Parachinar District General Hospital Medical Superintendent Sabir Hussain appealed to the public for help, saying that the hospital is not equipped to handle the large number of casualties.

This is the second major bomb attack today. Early morning, at least 13 people ─ including seven policeman ─ lost their lives, while 19 others were injured in a suicide blast that shook Shuhada Chowk in Quetta's Gulistan Road area.

Local political administration officials said the twin blasts occurred in the Turi Market near Tal Adda, where a bus terminal is also located.

The second explosion targeted rescuers and bystanders who rushed to aid those who had been hurt in the first blast.

The nature of the explosions has not been ascertained as yet.

Shia Hazara siblings gunned down in Quetta

QUETTA: A man and his young sister belonging to the Shia Hazara community were gunned down in the Spiny Road area on Sunday, police said.

The siblings were going to Marriabad from Hazara Town on a motorbike when they came under fire near Killi Tirkha. They suffered serious injuries and died while being taken to the hospital by the police.

“The victims received bullets to their head,” hospital sources said.

Police quoted the area people as saying they did not hear any gunshots, implying the assailants had used silencer-fitted weapons. “We saw a man and a woman travelling on a motorbike suddenly fell on the road and were bleeding,” police said, quoting eyewitness.


Over 100 injured as TV show stage collapses

ISLAMABAD: Over 100 people were injured in an accident on Friday night during the recording of a television show, police and rescue workers was not just stage. It was the seating arrangement which got broken and people sitting on the seats were became victim .

The private TV channel show, hosted by a woman anchor, was under way in Bahria Enclave, a housing society of Bahria Town, in the Nilor area when the stage on which a number of people were sitting collapsed.

Over 100 people suffered fractures, wounds and bruises. Some of the injured were stuck under the wreckage of the stage, the sources said, adding that all the wounded were shifted to hospital.

A police official told Dawn on condition of anonymity that the injured were taken to Polyclinic and Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences.

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Hindu temple vandalised in Pakistan

A Pakistani Hindu devotee wearing a religious headband and her child are seen inside a bus before leaving for homage to Hinglaj Mata Temple in Balochistan, outside the Shri Swaminarayan Temple in Karachi in this April 28, 2017 photo. Pakistani Hindus constitute approximately 2% of the country’s population.

Broken idols found in sewer line, case of blasphemy and terrorism filed against 3 persons.

A Hindu temple in Pakistan has been vandalised in the southern Sindh province and a case of blasphemy and terrorism has been registered against three unidentified persons, police said on Saturday.

Police said idols of deities were damaged and some of the broken parts were found in a nearby sewerage line. The incident occurred yesterday in Thatta district’s Gharo town.

A case of blasphemy and terrorism has been registered.

Police also registered a FIR against three persons for desecrating the deities, Dawn reported.

“Investigation is going on but so far no arrests have been made,” police officer Fida Hussain Mastoi said.

Six children among 10 dead in Kurram Agency blast

KURRAM AGENCY – In a tragic turn of events, at least ten people, including six children, were killed while another thirteen were left injured as an improvised explosive device exploded in Godar area of the Kurram agency, Tuesday morning.

According to the political administration of the area, an improvised explosive device (IED) buried on the roadside was hit by a van that was heading to Sadda from Godar.

The injured were shifted to Sadda hospital and security forces have launched a search operation in the area.

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