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Ahmedi worship place burnt down, 30 injured in Faisalabad

FAISALABAD: At least 30 people, including six belonging to Ahmadiyya community, were injured and Ahmedis’ place of worship was set on fire after a petty dispute was blown out of proportion into a violent clash in Faisalabad’s Ghaseetpura area on the second day of Eid.



According to an FIR registered on behalf of the state at police station concerned, the dispute took place at 7:30pm between a group of youth over a chicken belonging to an Ahmedi ran over by a person from another group.




Sindhi artist Qutub Rind killed for alleged blasphemy, family claims

LAHORE: Family of a Sindhi artist Qutub Rind has claimed that he was killed under “false charges of blasphemy” a few days back in Lahore.

Qutub Rind’s uncle, Gul Beg Rind, told Pakistan Today that Rind, a National College of Art (NCA) graduate, along with his two children came to Lahore on July 17 for an art show.

“Qutub had rented out an apartment and had an altercation with the landlord that day,” he said.

“Later at night, the landlord along with two accomplices came to the house and broke Rind’s arms, legs and then pushed him from the third floor of the building,” he added.


PTI's Ikramullah Khan Gandapur martyred in DI Khan suicide blast

DI KHAN: Sardar Ikramullah Gandapur, a former minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate was killed in a suicide attack in Dera Ismail Khan on Sunday.

This is the third in a string of brazen attacks targeting politicians with Siraj Raisani of the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) and Haroon Bilour of Awami National Party (ANP) having also been slain in the recent past.

Gandapur, a former provincial minister for agriculture, was contesting the polls on the PK-99 seat in Dera Ismail Khan, Kolachi.“They attacked it [Gandapur’s convoy] en route to a corner meeting,” the district’s DPO Zahoor Afridi said.


ANP leader Haroon Bilour among 14 martyred in Peshawar suicide blast

PESHAWAR: A suicide blast claimed at least 14 lives, including that of Awami National Party (ANP) leader Haroon Bilour, and wounded dozens of others late Tuesday when a bomber struck a corner meeting here.

The explosion occurred in Yakatoot neighbourhood moments after Bilour arrived at the venue, near the stage, to address supporters at the meeting as welcoming party members and admirers engaged in a display of fireworks.

The late ANP candidate was set to contest the July 25 elections from Peshawar's PK-78 constituency.

At least 65 other people were wounded in the explosion, and 15 of those were in a critical condition, according to hospital sources. 

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which marks the first major pre-election instance of violence. Live television footage showed volunteers and police rushing the wounded to hospital.



Setting A Magnificent Example Of Empowerment – Meet Basheeran

Setting A Magnificent Example Of Empowerment – Meet Basheeran, Hyderabad’s Only Female Taxi Driver

The kindest smile on her face, bravery brimming in her eyes and determined to give misogyny a run for its life – meet 67 years old Basheeran Bibi, Hyderabad’s only female taxi driver.


Basheeran got married in her teens and was gifted with an extremely strong and supportive husband. He was a policeman and owned a taxi, that he drove in free time to meet the ends. However, he was a man who believed that role of women extends beyond the kitchen.

Despite Basheeran’s lack of interest, her husband insisted that she learns how to drive. He gave her lessons so she is self-sustainable in his absence.





Govt lifts ban on ASWJ, unfreezes assets of its chief Ahmed Ludhianvi

ISLAMABAD: In a shocking development, the government has ordered to unfreeze assets of Maulana Ahmed Ludhianvi and removed a ban on his Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) movement.

The National Counter-Terrorism Authority (NACTA) issued on Wednesday a notification in this connection on the recommendations of the Punjab home department.

Ludhianvi is the chief of ASWJ, a proscribed sectarian extremist group, formerly known as Sipah-e-Sahaba. He became the head of ASWJ after the death of Ali Sher Haidri in a 2009 ambush.

Pakistan enacts ambitious reforms to comply with FATF

Ludhianvi, who is also the Joint Secretary of Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC), is now allowed to operate his bank accounts which were frozen on the recommendation of Punjab home department.


Girl, 18, shot dead in street by security guard 'after refusing his marriage proposal'

A teenager was shot dead in the street after rejecting a man who wanted to marry her, prosecutors in Pakistan believe.

Mehwish Arshad, 18, died as a result of the attack in Faisalabad, which was caught in deeply upsetting CCTV footage.



A former colleague has been arrested on suspicion of her murder.The clip shows Mehwish, a bus hostess, being confronted by a man on a flight of stairs.

He was also seen manhandling her while holding her at gunpoint.


First-ever’ sports festival held for transgender community in Peshawar

While all credit goes to KP government for organizing sports festival for #transgender community, trans people have also proved that they just need equality, not opportunity. They will create opportunities for themselves.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCj7ocQcu3k


Two soldiers martyred, three injured in North Waziristan Agency: ISPR

RAWALPINDI: Two soldiers were martyred and three injured after a security forces vehicle struck an IED in North Waziristan Agency, said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).



The improvised explosive device (IED) was planted on the track by terrorists near Datakhel.

Soldiers Lance Naik Momin Ali and Sepoy Saleem were martyred. The injured were evacuated to CMH Peshawar, said the military's media wing.

 

 


Sikh rights activist gunned down in Peshawar

A renowned Sikh religious leader and rights activist was gunned down on the outskirts of Peshawar on Tuesday.



52-year-old Charnjit Singh was gunned down inside his shop in Scheme Chowk area.

“An attacker shot Singh inside his shop and escaped afterwards,” superintendent police Saddar Shaukat Khan told The Express Tribune. “He died on the spot.”

It was not clear whether it was a target killing incident or a result of personal enmity.

 


At least 65 dead from heatstroke in Karachi: Edhi

As temperatures soar, at least 65 people have died in different areas of Karachi from heatstroke, Faisal Edhi of the Edhi Foundation told DawnNews TV on Monday.


According to Faisal, 114 bodies were brought to the Edhi Foundation's morgues in Karachi's Korangi and Sohrab Goth areas in the past three days, out of which at least 65 had died from heatstroke. Most of the citizens who died from heatstroke were residents of Landhi and Korangi, Faisal said.

He added that most heatstroke victims had died at their home. The ages of people who succumbed to the ongoing heatwave in Karachi varied from six to 78 years, he said.


5 'Afghan' suicide bombers killed in abortive attack on Quetta FC centre

Five suicide bombers were killed while four Frontier Corps (FC) personnel sustained wounds in an abortive attack on FC Madadgar Centre in Quetta on Thursday evening.

“Security forces failed terrorist attempt to attack FC Help Centre Quetta,” said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in a statement.

“An explosive and ammunition laden vehicle with 5 SBs [suicide bombers] tried to enter help centre,” the military’s media wing added. “Vigilant FC soldiers fired at terrorists and stopped their entry. All terrorists killed.” It added that “all SBs [were] apparently Afghani.”


LeJ Balochistan chief, two would-be suicide bombers killed in Balochistan operation

QUETTA: Security forces on Thursday killed the Balochistan chief of proscribed Lashkar-e-Jhangvi during an intelligence-based operation in the Killi Almas area of Balochistan, said a statement from the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).




A Pakistan Army officer, Colonel Sohail Abid, was martyred during the operation and four other soldiers were injured during the security operation.

The operation was conducted on intelligence obtained from a high-value terrorist arrested earlier by security forces. Intelligence pointed to the presence of the LeJ chief and presence of suicide bombers at the terrorist hideout.

 


Madrassa teacher arrested for sexually abusing girls in Karachi

KARACHI: Police on Wednesday arrested a madrassa teacher for sexually abusing at least 10 young girls in Korangi area of Karachi.

According to ARY News correspondent, the man named Alam Ghouri sexually abused at least 10 girls aged between five and 14 and filmed the act on his cellphone camera.

Alam was arrested after an area resident lodged a First Information Report (FIR) with police claiming that four years ago, Alam Ghouri not only raped his daughter but filmed the act.

The complainant claimed that her daughter was 14 when the incident occurred and now the accused is blackmailing him with the video.


Man shot dead in suspected sectarian crime

KARACHI: A man was gunned down in Karachi by armed assailants on Thursday afternoon after his car came under attack.

The incident took place near Safoora Chowrangi. According to the initial investigation of police, the unknown men who were pillion riders attacked the vehicle and shot indiscriminately resulting in three injured, including one minor.

One of the three, a 70-year-old resident of New Rizvia Society, succumbed to injuries and died. His body was shifted to Jinnah Post-Graduate Medical Centre. The other two injured survived and are currently under medical treatment.

Sachal police SHO Shakir Ali told that the attackers escaped after the incident.

 


SHO killed in police encounter near Kohat

KOHAT: Station House Officer (SHO) Astarzai Police Station Abbas Ali was killed during a shootout with bandits near Kohat on Tuesday, according to reports.


The encounter with the alleged kidnappers took place near the Bilitang area of the district, officials told the media. One of the kidnappers was also killed in the exchange of fire.

A large contingent of law enforcement personnel have surrounded the area, and the District Police Officer Abbas Majeed has also reached the area

 


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

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

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

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

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.





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