Posts Tagged ‘ Pakistan ’

Kashmir: Three Indian troops killed in attack on army base

November 29, 2016
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The Express Tribune [Pakistan]    

"Armed militants stormed a major Indian army base near the Pakistani border early Tuesday, killing three soldiers. Police said four militants had also been killed in a stand-off with security forces inside the command centre in Indian-occupied Kashmir that lasted most of the day. It was the most audacious attack on an Indian military base since September, when 19 soldiers were killed in an assault." (11/29/16)

http://tribune.com.pk/story/1247754/two-indian-soldiers-killed-attack-army-base/  

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Kashmir: Three Indian soldiers killed near frontier with Pakistan

November 22, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Three Indian soldiers were killed Tuesday along the highly militarized de facto border that divides the disputed region of Kashmir between India and Pakistan, army officials said. Army spokesman Col. Rajesh Kalia said the attackers also mutilated the body of one soldier in Machil sector in Indian-controlled Kashmir. 'Retribution will be heavy for this cowardly act,' he said. Kalia did not specify if the attack was carried out by Pakistani soldiers or rebels fighting since 1989 against Indian rule in the region." (11/22/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/3-indian-soldiers-killed-near-kashmir-frontier-with-pakistan/2016/11/22/2282a8ec-b0aa-11e6-bc2d-19b3d759cfe7_story.html  

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Pakistan: At least 25 killed in explosion at Sufi shrine

November 12, 2016
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CBC News [Canadian state media]    

"An explosion at a Muslim shrine in southwestern Pakistan killed at least 25 people and wounded dozens of others, local officials said. Hashim Ghalzai, a local district commissioner, told Reuters that the death toll was an initial report, and could rise further. The blast occurred at the Shah Noorani shrine, located in Baluchistan province, about 100 kilometres north of the port city of Karachi. It took place while hundreds of people were inside, said Ghalzai." (11/12/16)

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/pakistan-shrine-explosion-1.3848338  

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Pakistan: Imran Khan abandons Islamabad protest after inquiry into PM granted

November 1, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"Imran Khan has abandoned plans to bring Islamabad to a standstill after Pakistan's highest court agreed to his petition to launch an inquiry into corruption allegations against the prime minister. Khan, the leader of the Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI), had vowed to 'lock down' Pakistan's capital on Wednesday as part of his campaign against Nawaz Sharif after the leaking of the Panama Papers. He says the prime minister must explain how his children became owners or trustees of offshore companies that own expensive London property. With thousands of Khan's supporters bearing down on the capital on Tuesday, the supreme court offered a way out of the crisis, saying the PTI and the governing Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) (PML-N) had until Thursday to agree terms of reference for the judge-led inquiry or the court would decide them." (11/01/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/01/pakistan-imran-khan-abandons-islamabad-protest-corruption-inquiry-granted-prime-minister  

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India-Pakistan border firing kills 19 people amid rising tensions over Kashmir

November 1, 2016
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Sky News [UK]    

"At least 19 people have been killed in recent firing between India and Pakistan across the disputed border in Kashmir. The two nuclear-armed powers have been ratcheting up shelling and small-arms fire for weeks, with each accusing the other of violating a 2003 ceasefire. ... Two of the three wars between India and Pakistan since partition and independence from Britain in 1947 have been fought over Kashmir." (11/01/16)

http://news.sky.com/story/india-pakistan-border-firing-kills-19-people-amid-rising-tensions-over-kashmir-10640542  

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India: Regime claims Pakistani diplomat arrested at Delhi zoo was spy ring kingpin

October 27, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"India says it will expel a Pakistani diplomat it accuses of being the “kingpin” of a spy ring, after his arrest on Wednesday outside the gates of the Delhi zoo, where police allege he was planning to meet Indian contacts he had recruited. ... Police said the official, named as Mehmood Akhtar, and two Indians also arrested were carrying forged documents, lists of army officers stationed at the India-Pakistan border and maps showing Indian troop deployments. Akhtar, who reportedly worked in the visa section of Pakistan’s high commission, has been released by police in line with agreements on diplomatic immunity, but has been declared persona non grata." (10/27/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/27/india-to-expel-pakistani-diplomat-arrested-outside-delhi-zoo  

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Pakistan: Quetta police academy attacked, 200 cadets rescued

October 25, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"A Pakistani police training academy in Quetta was attacked Monday and an unknown number of cadets were taken hostage, according to officials. About 500 cadets live in a hostel at the academy. Five or six 'terrorists entered the training school and (went) straight to the hostel where they took cadets hostage,' the Pakistani army said in a statement. It was unclear how many students were being held. 'The military has been deployed to the location,' the army said. Two hundred cadets were rescued Monday night, according to Sarfaraz Bugti, home minister of Balochistan province." (10/24/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/24/world/pakistan-police-academy-attack/  

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Pakistan: Regime bans journalist from leaving country

October 11, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"A leading Pakistani journalist has been banned from leaving the country after writing a column that exposed significant rifts between the civilian government and the military. The report, written by journalist Cyril Almeida for the 'The Daily Dawn' -- one of Pakistan's leading English language papers -- on October 6, said the civilian government had clashed with military chiefs over the issue of homegrown militancy in Pakistan. Almeida, who was attempting to fly out on a holiday on Monday evening was informed that he had been placed on the Pakistan's Exit Control List, which prevented him from leaving the country." (10/11/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/11/middleeast/pakistan-journalist-exit-control-list/  

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Pakistan: Indian army claims “surgical strikes” on militants

September 29, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"The Indian military said it carried out 'surgical strikes' Thursday to stop planned attacks by suspected militants in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir. The Pakistani military said two of its soldiers were killed and nine were wounded. It denied there had been any 'surgical strikes.' ... 'There had been cross border fire initiated and conducted by India which is (an) existential phenomenon. Pakistani troops befittingly responded to Indian unprovoked firing,' the Pakistani military said in a statement. 'The notion of surgical strike linked to alleged terrorists' bases is an illusion being deliberately generated by India to create false effects,' it said. The incident comes after an attack on an Indian army base in Kashmir on Sept. 18 killed 18 soldiers. India blames Pakistan." (09/29/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/09/29/indian-army-claims-surgical-strikes-militants/91258062/  

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India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan pull out of SAARC Summit

September 28, 2016
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India Today [India]    

"Apart from India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan have also pulled out of the SAARC Summit in Islamabad in November, indirectly blaming Pakistan for creating an environment which is not right for the successful holding of the meet, resulting in its collapse. Amidst heightened tension with Pakistan over Uri terror attack in which 18 jawans were killed, India had announced its decision of pulling out of the Summit late last night citing increased 'cross-border' attacks." (09/28/16)

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/afghanistan-bangladesh-and-bhutan-pull-out-of-saarc-summit/1/775290.html  

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Pakistan: Three regime troops gunned down in Peshawar attack

September 18, 2016
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The Express Tribune [Pakistan]    

"Three army men were gunned down on Sunday in the outskirts of Peshawar in what appeared to be a targeted attack. 'Three soldiers have been shot dead in Landy Sarak in Khazana area,' SP Shaukat Khan told The Express Tribune. 'The men, believed to be working at a mess, were travelling in a white Suzuki Bolan when they were targeted by armed motorcyclists,' he said." (09/18/16)

http://tribune.com.pk/story/1183704/three-soldiers-gunned-peshawar-attack/  

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Pakistan: 13 injured in Eid bombings

September 13, 2016
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NDTV [India]    

"At least 13 people, including five policemen, were today injured in two separate suicide bombings during Eid prayers targeting minority Shias in Pakistan's relatively peaceful southern Sindh province. Four suicide attackers infiltrated Shikarpur district's Khanpur tehsil, 470 kilometres north of Karachi, police said. Two of the attackers targeted an Eid prayer ground where one assailant blew himself up, injuring 10 people, two of whom were policemen. The other attacker fled, they said. Two other suicide bombers targeted a Shia mosque but they were stopped at the entrance by policemen, which led to one of the attackers to blow himself up while the other was arrested." (09/13/16)

http://www.ndtv.com/world-news/13-injured-in-eid-bombings-in-pakistan-1458092  

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Pakistan: Regime charges exiled political leader with treason

August 23, 2016
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Channel News Asia [Singapore]    

"Pakistani police charged the exiled leader of an influential political party with treason and inciting terrorism Tuesday (Aug 23), accusing him of provoking violence at a protest a day earlier in Karachi. Altaf Hussain, leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) which rules Karachi, Pakistan's biggest city, was accused with a dozen other party leaders of raising anti-Pakistan slogans at the demonstration Monday. MQM activists clashed with police and ransacked a private television station in the southern port city leaving at least one man dead and seven others injured. The violence erupted soon after Hussain gave a telephone address to supporters from London in which he castigated the media for not giving due coverage of his workers." (08/23/16)

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pakistan-charges-exiled/3067714.html  

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Pakistan: Suicide bombing at hospital kills at least 63

August 8, 2016
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New York Post New York Post    

"A suicide bomber killed at least 63 people and wounded dozens in an attack that struck a gathering of Pakistani lawyers on the grounds of a government-run hospital in the southwestern city of Quetta on Monday, police and doctors said. Witnesses described horrifying scenes of bodies being scattered about and the wounded screaming out and crying for help. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the blast." (08/08/16)

http://nypost.com/2016/08/08/suicide-bombing-at-pakistani-hospital-kills-at-least-63/  

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Pakistan: Police say Qandeel Baloch’s brother must face punishment

July 19, 2016
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Time    

"Police have ruled out the possibility that Pakistani model and social media star Qandeel Baloch's brother, who murdered her on July 15, can evade punishment for the crime under a sharia-inspired law that allows victims' family members to forgive killers. ... Under a controversial Pakistani law, a victim's family is permitted to forgive the killer, which often leads to cases being settled with a payment of 'blood money.' This route is frequently used in cases of so-called 'honor' killing -- where a woman is murdered for breaching patriarchal strictures, for example by marrying a man of her own choosing. According to Pakistan's Human Rights Commission, 1,096 women were killed in this way last year, although cases are likely underreported. An anti-honor killing law is currently pending parliamentary approval." (07/19/16)

http://time.com/4412057/pakistan-qandeel-baloch-honor-killing-murder/  

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Pakistan: Model’s brother says he murdered her for “honor”

July 17, 2016
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Fox News    

"The brother of slain Pakistani model Qandeel Baloch on Sunday confessed to strangling her to death for 'family honor' because she posted 'shameful' pictures on Facebook. Baloch, who had become a social media celebrity in recent months, stirred controversy by posting pictures online taken with a prominent Muslim cleric. She was found dead on Saturday at her family home in the central city of Multan. Police arrested her brother, Waseem Azeem, and presented him before the media in Multan, where he confessed to killing her." (07/17/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/07/17/pakistani-models-brother-says-killed-her-for-honor.html  

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Afghan, Pakistani forces clash along border, killing three

June 14, 2016
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The Sun Daily [Malaysia]    

"Afghan and Pakistani forces clashed in an escalation of tensions between the neighbouring countries, killing at least three people and forcing the closure of the main border crossing, officials said Tuesday. The fighting erupted along the Torkham border on Sunday night and continued erratically over the next two days, apparently after Afghan forces objected to the construction of a gate on the Pakistani side." (06/14/16)

http://www.thesundaily.my/news/1838651  

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Pakistan: Kazmi handed 16-year jail term in Hajj corruption case

June 4, 2016
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The Express Tribune [Pakistan]    

"A special court hearing the Hajj corruption case has sentenced former religious affairs minister Hamid Saeed Kazmi to 16 years in prison. His two ministry lieutenants have been also jailed for massive irregularities during Hajj operations between 2009 and 2012. ... According to the charge-sheet, the men were indicted for fraud, cheating, misuse of authority and causing losses to the exchequer and the public at large. The men were also accused of hiring a substandard building on an exorbitant rent for housing the pilgrims in Makkah and receiving kickbacks as well." (06/04/16)

http://tribune.com.pk/story/1115956/hajj-corruption-case-ex-minister-hamid-kazmi-handed-16-year-jail-term/  

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Pakistan: Bomb blast near university in Balochistan kills two policemen

May 10, 2016
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Firstpost [India]    

"At least two policemen were killed and five others injured on Tuesday in a bomb blast targeting a traffic police post in Pakistan's restive Balochistan province. The explosion occurred near the Balochistan University in provincial capital Quetta. Baluchistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti said that a traffic police post was the target of the bombing." (05/10/16)

http://www.firstpost.com/world/bomb-blast-near-university-in-balochistan-kills-two-policemen-2774544.html?utm_source=FP_CAT_LATEST_NEWS  

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Pakistan: Girl burned to death for helping friend elope

May 5, 2016
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CBS News CBS News    

"Pakistani police say they have arrested 13 members of a local tribal council who strangled a local girl and set her body on fire for helping one of her friends elope. Khurram Rasheed, police chief for the northern district of Abbottabad, said Thursday that the charred body of 17-year-old Ambreen Riasat was found in a burned van in the tourist resort of Donga Gali on April 29." (05/05/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/pakistan-arrests-13-for-strangling-burning-girl-for-honor/  

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Pakistan: Regime bans rallies in Islamabad ahead of PTI foundation day

April 12, 2016
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The News International [Pakistan]    

"Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Monday said the government would not allow any political party or group to hold rallies at capital's D-Chowk and F-9 park and would establish its writ, days before Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's foundation day rally scheduled to be held on April 24. ... The minister said Islamabad protests in 2014 caused Rs1 billion losses to national exchequer, urging the political parties to hold their rallies in other cities instead of the federal capital where blockades and suspension of mobile phone services cause inconvenience." (04/11/16)

http://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/111884-Govt-bans-rallies-in-Islambad-ahead-of-PTI-foundation-day  

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India: Swarup stung over US statement at nuclear summit

April 5, 2016
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Firstpost [India]    

"[Indian Ministry of External Affairs] spokesman Vikas Swarup reacted sharply on Monday to President Obama's advise to India and Pakistan at the end of the recent Nuclear Security Summit. Obama wanted to 'see progress in Pakistan and India, that subcontinent, making sure that as they develop military doctrines, that they are not continually moving in the wrong direction.' 'Yes, we have seen those remarks,' Swarup said. 'There seems to be a lack of understanding of India's defence posture. Conventionally, India has never initiated military action against any neighbour. We also have a no-first use nuclear weapons policy,' he added." [editor's note: Swarup seems to have forgotten Junagadh. And Hyderabad. And Siachen. And so on - TLK] (04/05/16)

http://www.firstpost.com/world/india-stung-over-us-statement-at-nuclear-summit-but-obamas-concern-is-understandable-2713498.html  

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Don’t forget Lahore

March 31, 2016
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Gracy Olmstead The American Conservative
by Gracy Olmstead  

"[I]t often seems that the U.S. does not respond with the same gravity to atrocities that happen in non-Western countries. We change our profile pictures and update our statuses for Paris, but it barely registers in our news feed reading when similar -- or worse -- things happen in other countries. Yet it also seems that some particular details from the Sunday blast should have caught the attention of the media with greater speed and alarm than they did: the people killed in Pakistan on Sunday were mainly women and children, and mainly Christian. They were celebrating Easter together. The bomb was set off near a playground area. At least 29 children were killed -- almost equal to the entire death toll of the Brussels attacks. Honestly, I wonder whether I would have even noticed the news headlines about the bombing, if it wasn’t for Facebook’s mistaken safety check that it sent to my phone." (03/30/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/olmstead/dont-forget-lahore/  

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Pope urges Pakistan to protect Christians after Lahore bombing

March 30, 2016
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Newsweek    

"Pope Francis has called on Pakistan to protect Christians and the country’s other religious minorities after a Taliban faction targeted worshippers celebrating Easter. The Argentine pontiff denounced the 'vile and senseless' suicide bombing in a public park in Lahore on Sunday, in which at least 70 people were killed, in an address to the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square on Monday. Francis appealed to the Pakistani 'civil authorities and all community leaders ... to do everything possible to ensure the security and serenity of the population, particularly the most vulnerable religious minorities.'" (03/30/16)

http://www.newsweek.com/pope-francis-pakistan-easter-attack-taliban-442008  

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Pakistan: Court lifts travel ban on Musharraf

March 17, 2016
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Business Standard [India]    

"In a relief to Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan's Supreme Court today rejected the government's plea to continue a travel ban on the former military ruler who is facing trial in a number of cases, including for high treason. The court ruled that there was no legal bar on foreign travel by 72-year-old Musharraf unless he is stopped by the federal government. ... The issue of Musharraf's foreign travel arose when the government launched a high treason case against him in 2013 for suspending the constitution in 2007. The government in April, 2014 banned Musharraf's foreign travels but the Sindh High Court in Karachi rejected the ban in a decision in June, 2014, which was challenged by the government in the Supreme Court." (03/16/16)

http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/pak-court-lifts-travel-ban-on-musharraf-116031600765_1.html  

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