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Over 9,000 ‘hate preachers’ arrested under NAP

By Zahid Gishkori in The Express Tribune, Oct 23, 2015.
ISLAMABAD: Some 9,400 firebrand speakers and clerics have been arrested on charges of fanning the flames of sectarian hate as the government stepped up efforts to curb strife as part of the National Action Plan (NAP).

“All of them were found involved in fuelling sectarianism in the name of religion,” an official tasked with monitoring the progress of the action plan told The Express Tribune.

Law enforcement agencies have registered 9,689 cases against ‘hate preachers’ under the law that has banned hate speeches and misuse of loudspeakers.

Police have also arrested 9,354 religious leaders and clerics under the Anti-Terrorism Act and the Pakistan Penal Code.

Moreover, the home departments of all the provinces have barred 1,345 firebrand speakers belonging to different schools of thought from making speeches on Muharram 8, 9 and 10.

There is zero tolerance for hate spe....... Read more

October 23, 2015   No Comments

Five arrested LeJ militants brought from Dubai

By IMRAN GABOL in Dawn, October 23, 2015

LAHORE: A militant allegedly involved in over two dozen terrorist attacks and his four accomplices were brought to Pakistan from Dubai on Thursday.

The suspects arrested in Dubai with the help of Interpol are believed to be involved in targeted killing of 12 people and the Mominpura massacre in Lahore.

The Punjab government had announced Rs2.5 million head money for Haroon Rasheed Bhatti, a proclaimed offender and founding member of the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ). He was a close aide of Malik Ishaq, the former chief of LeJ.

He is said to be involved in a massacre in Mominpura, Lahore, that left 25 people dead and more than 50 injured.

He is also believed to be behind the killing of DSP Tariq Kambo and his guard, Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat leader Maulana Shamsur Rehman Moavia, Dr Shabihul Hassan, advocate Shakir Ali Rizvi, bank manager Syed Waqar Haider and Dr Qaiser Abbas.

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October 23, 2015   No Comments

Suicide blast outside imambargah in Bolan district kills 10: Dawn, Oct 23, 2015

QUETTA: A suicide attacker blew himself outside an imambargah in Bolan’s Goth Chalghari area on Thursday, killing at least 10 people and injuring many others, DawnNews reported.

“At least 10 people were killed and 12 others were wounded after a suicide bomber blew himself up at an imambargah,” said Balochistan Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti.

Local administration official Mohammad Waseem confirmed the attack and death toll.

Bugti said there were six children between 10 and 12 years old among the dead and that some women had also died. He added that the death toll may rise.

Waseem said the suspected suicide bomber appeared to be about 18 years old and was wearing a woman’s burqa.

Rescue workers and people of the area faced difficulties in shifting the injured to any hospital.

There is reportedly only one basic health unit in the vicinity, that too without a qualified doctor and proper health facilities.

More than a dozen people we....... Read more

October 23, 2015   No Comments

Houses of over 20 ‘militants’ destroyed in Mohmand: Dawn, Oct 23, 2015

GHALANAI: Political administration, security forces and local elders in a joint search operation demolished houses of 26 suspected militants in Dawezai area of Pandiali tehsil of Mohmand tribal region on Wednesday.

According to a statement issued by the agency administration, suspected militants targeted security forces and tribal people with improvised explosive devices in Dawezai area during the last two months.

Two volunteers of peace committees were killed in those blasts, the statement said, adding subversive acts were aimed at triggering panic and fear among the local tribal people.

During the joint search operation, security forces along with administration and elders of Dawezai, Utmanzai demolished 26 houses of suspected militants in the area.

Tribal elders had decided to take stern action against those tribesmen, who were sheltering anti-state elements in the area.

They said that terrorism was an issue for both the tribesmen and government so....... Read more

October 23, 2015   No Comments

Blasts in Bannu damage school, jeweller’s house: Dawn, Oct 23, 2015

BANNU: A girls high school and house of a local jeweller were partially damaged when improvised explosive devices (IEDs) planted by unknown miscreants near these buildings went off here on Thursday.

Unknown miscreants planted an explosive device near the building of government girls high school in Mandozai area of Sorani, which exploded with a bang, damaging the school building partially. The gate and boundary wall of the school was destroyed.

The bomb disposal unit in another case defused an IED planted by miscreants near a government girls primary school in the populated area of Fatmakhel. The miscreants also planted an IED near the house of a jeweller, Sirajuddin, in the jurisdiction of Miryan police station which exploded. The main gate and boundary wall of the house was damaged in the blast.

Local residents said that the miscreants had demanded extortion money from the jeweller. They said that it was the second IED blast near his house. In yet another incident....... Read more

October 23, 2015   No Comments

Militants find breeding grounds in Pak universities

By Faraz Khan in The Express Tribune, Oct 23rd, 2015.
KARACHI: The arrest of Szabist professor Muhammad Owais Raheel for his alleged links with a banned terror outfit sent shockwaves among the academia in Karachi.

But if one is to assume this was an isolated case, it would be far from the truth. Contrary to popular perception, these ideologues have found the perfect breeding ground to spread their ideas in reputable institutions of higher learning, police investigators have learnt.

No one at Szabist knew of Owais Raheel’s ideas

Raheel, a graduate of the NED University of Engineering and Technology and an MBA from the Institute of Business Management (IBA) was allegedly recruiting young men for the Hizbut Tahrir (HuT), a banned terror outfit. His arrest was disclosed by the Counter-Terror Department incharge, Mazhar Mashwani, at a press conference on October 6. Mashwani claimed to have arrested Raheel from Boat Basin, with a large number of ....... Read more

October 23, 2015   No Comments

Extortionists chop off victim’s ears: The Express Tribune, Oct 23, 2015

ABBOTTABAD: With varying versions of the story coming forth, a man reported four alleged extortionists chopped off both his ears. Police said on Thursday Ahsan Ali a jeweller in Haripur told them that Saqib, a resident of Jhugiyan in Abbottabad, and his accomplices had been extorting money from him for months.

On Wednesday afternoon, Ali said he was called to Abbottabad where Saqib, Salman and two unidentified persons beat him up for not bringing money they had asked for.

The accused shaved Ali’s head and chopped his ears off, police quoted the victim as saying. Ali reached Cantonment police station and filed a complaint against the four.

Ali was later hospitalised at Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Hospital Abbottabad. The police said Ali only received minor cut that could be self-inflicted. Medical Superintendent Dr Minhaj, however, said the victim’s left ear was 80% damaged while the right one was more than 50% injured.

Earlier, a teenage security guard was ar....... Read more

October 23, 2015   No Comments

Police deceive freewill couple, book man in kidnap case: Dawn, Oct 23, 2015

Police deceive freewill couple, book man in kidnap case: report in Dawn, October 23rd, 2015
BADIN: The woman who turned up at the Model police station of Badin city on Wednesday for protection after she said she embraced Islam and contracted a freewill marriage with a Muslim man earlier in the day was deceived by the police who did not produce her in court on Thursday morning as they had promised. Instead, they handed her over to her Hindu in-laws, who immediately took her to an undisclosed place.

Ms Rekha, aka Manisha, 23, left her home in Tando Bago to drop her two young children at their school situated within the town on Wednesday morning but proceeded to Badin city and appeared at the Model police station in the evening with Aftab Shar, claiming that they had just contracted a freewill marriage. The couple sought protection fearing some extreme action by her “former” husband, Mohan Lal, and his family members.

After keeping them at the police station overni....... Read more

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Taliban kill 25 militiamen loyal to first Afghan VP Gen. Dostum

Khaama Press, Aug 29 2015, 9:37 am
Kabul: The Taliban militants have killed at least 25 militiamen loyal to first vice president Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum shortly after he left northern Faryab province.

The incident took place in Khwajah Sabz Posh district after a group of the Taliban militants ambushed the militiamen while they were travelling.

The district police chief Mohammad Akbar Bashash said the militiamen were looking to travel to Astana Baba village area which fall to Taliban control yesterday.

In the meantime, a member of the provincial council Mohammad Tahir said at least 22 militiamen and 3 civilians were killed in the ambush.

Gen. Dostum arrived in Sar-e-Pul province late on Thursday afternoon after concluding a major military operation in northern Faryab province.

Gen. Dostum called on anti-government armed militants in the restive northern Sar-e-Pul province to surrender or face death upon his arrival in this provi....... Read more

August 29, 2015   No Comments

The time has come: by Ikram Sehgal in Daily Times, May 21, 2015

The writer is a defence analyst and security expert
When pushed into a corner, desperate people resort to desperate measures. In a macabre confirmation of the success of the ongoing Karachi operation, terrorists carried out a heinous attack against the Ismaili community on May 13, 2015, leaving at least 45 dead. Speaking fluent Urdu and wearing police uniforms, the attackers of the ill-fated bus left leaflets at the scene with derogatory remarks, condemning the Ismailis as “apostates”. Jundullah, which only last November announced its allegiance to Islamic State (IS), claimed responsibility for the atrocity.

Building on their phenomenal success in Swat and FATA, the armed forces turned their attention inwards, helping the law enforcement agencies target terrorists and their infrastructure, deeply embedded in the vast urban hinterlands of Pakistan. Addressing a recent seminar in Karachi, Corps Commander Karachi Lieutenant General Naveed Mukhtar said, “The Karachi oper....... Read more

May 21, 2015   No Comments