Posts Tagged ‘ Pakistan ’

Pakistan: Suicide bombing kills 17

March 7, 2016
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Business Standard [India]    

"At least 17 people were killed on Monday when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden vest in Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, police said. A Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) factional group Jamatul Ahrar, in an emailed statement, claimed responsibility for the attack, terming it as a 'revenge of the hanging of Mumtaz Qadri,' killer of former Punjab governor Salman Taseer. The blast in Charsadda district of the province left over 30 people injured. Two policemen and a woman were among the 17 dead." (03/07/16)

http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/17-killed-in-pakistan-suicide-bombing-116030700530_1.html  

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Pakistan: 100,000 attend funeral of bodyguard executed for killing governor

March 1, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"An estimated crowd of more than 100,000 people have attended the funeral of Mumtaz Qadri, in a massive show of support for the convicted murderer of a leading politician who had criticised Pakistan's blasphemy laws. The vast gathering on Tuesday centred on Liaquat Park in Rawalpindi, where a succession of clerics made fiery speeches bitterly condemning the government for giving the go-ahead for Monday's execution of Qadri, a former police bodyguard who became a hero to many of his countrymen after he shot and killed Salmaan Taseer, the governor of Punjab province, in 2011." (03/01/16)

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/01/funeral-pakistani-mumtaz-qadri-executed-salmaan-taseer  

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Pakistan: Eight dead after explosive-laden motorcycle rams regime forces’ vehicle

February 7, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"A man rammed his explosive-laden motorcycle into a Pakistani security forces' vehicle, setting off a blast that killed at least eight people and injured about 20 others, officials said. The suicide attack took place Saturday evening outside a district court in Quetta, which is in southwestern Pakistan's Balochistan province, said Quetta police official Syed Imtiaz Shah. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement released Saturday through the group's spokesman Mohammad Khurrassani." (02/06/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/06/asia/pakistan-suicide-attack/  

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Pakistan: At least 20 dead in Taliban attack on university

January 20, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"At least 20 people are dead and several wounded after Taliban gunmen climbed over the wall into a university in northwest Pakistan Wednesday and began firing indiscriminately, according to witnesses and Pakistani officials. Four gunmen were killed." (01/20/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/01/20/pakistan-university-attack/79046258/  

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Pakistan: Suicide blast kills at least ten

January 19, 2016
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Al Jazeera Al Jazeera America    

"A suicide bomber detonated his explosives close to a police checkpoint in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing at least 10 people and wounding more than 20, officials said. The bomber rammed his motorcycle into a police vehicle next to the roadside checkpoint in the Jamrud area on the edge of Pakistan's volatile Federally Administered Tribal Areas, local government official Munir Khan told Reuters." (01/19/16)

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2016/1/19/bomb-blast-peshawar.html  

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Pakistan: Musharraf acquitted in murder case

January 18, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"A court acquitted former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf Monday in a murder case involving the killing of a separatist leader, Akbar Bugti, who had died in a 2006 military operation in Baluchistan province, lawyers said. An anti-terrorism court announced the verdict in the southwestern city of Quetta, Baluchistan's provincial capital. The court accepted the defense's argument that Musharraf had nothing to do with the killing, said his lawyer Akhtar Shah." (01/18/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/ex-pakistani-president-musharraf-acquitted-in-murder-case/2016/01/18/99ce0cca-bdda-11e5-98c8-7fab78677d51_story.html  

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Afghanistan: Islamic State reportedly behind deadly attack on Pakistani consulate

January 13, 2016
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CBS News CBS News    

"Seven members of the Afghan security forces were killed Wednesday after unidentified gunmen attacked the Pakistani consulate in a volatile eastern province, an official said on Wednesday. Attaullah Khyogani, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, said another seven security forces personnel were injured in during the attack, which began when a suicide bomber detonated explosives outside the consulate in the provincial capital Jalalabad. ... According to the French news agency AFP, ISIS claimed responsibility for Wednesday's attack." (01/13/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/afghanistan-security-forces-killed-isis-attack-pakistani-consulate-nangarhar/  

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Pakistan: Blast near polio centre kills 14

January 13, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"At least 14 people have been killed in a blast outside a polio vaccination centre in the south-western Pakistani city of Quetta, officials say. Many of the casualties are thought to have been police guarding the clinic. Armed guards are routine for polio workers in Pakistan, who have been the target of many deadly attacks by Islamist militants in recent years." (01/13/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35299597  

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Pakistan: Bombing at market kills 18

December 14, 2015
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CBS News CBS News    

"At least 18 people were killed and more than 40 wounded on Sunday in a powerful bomb blast in a remote town near Pakistan's border with Afghanistan, just days ahead of Wednesday's upcoming first anniversary of a December 2014 Taliban attack on a school in the northern city of Peshawar. Although no one claimed responsibility, a senior Pakistani intelligence official who spoke to CBS News on condition of anonymity said 'early signs suggest the attack was linked to the Taliban.' There are unconfirmed reports in Pakistani media of two Taliban suspects being arrested after the attack from Parachinar, the town where the blast took place." (12/13/15)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/bombing-pakistan-market-kills-many-school-attack-anniversary-taliban/  

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BlackBerry to quit Pakistan over government surveillance demands

November 30, 2015
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Computer World    

"BlackBerry has decided not to operate in Pakistan after Dec. 30, rather than let the local government intercept communications on its enterprise services. The Pakistani government wanted the ability to monitor all BlackBerry Enterprise Service traffic in the country, including every BES email and BES BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) message, BlackBerry's Chief Operating Officer Marty Beard wrote in a blog post on Monday. ... 'We do not support 'back doors' granting open access to our customers' information and have never done this anywhere in the world,' Beard wrote." (11/30/15)

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3009994/data-privacy/blackberry-to-quit-pakistan-over-government-surveillance-demands.html  

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The sorry tale of the PECB, Pakistan’s terrible electronic crime bill

November 24, 2015
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Electronic Frontier Foundation Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Nighat Dad  

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a government, in the wake of a national security crisis -- or hostage to the perceived threat of one -- will pursue and in many cases enact legislation that is claimed to protect its citizens from danger, actual or otherwise. These security laws often include wide-ranging provisions that do anything but protect their citizens' rights or their safety. We have seen this happen time and time again, from the America's PATRIOT Act to Canada's C-51. The latest wave of statements by politicians after the Paris bombing implies we will see more of the same very soon. Not keen to be left out, Pakistan has now joined the ranks of countries using 'cybercrime' and terrorism to rewrite the protections for their nationals' privacy and right to free expression." (11/23/15)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/11/sorry-tale-pecb-pakistans-terrible-electronic-crime-bill  

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Pakistan: Suicide bomber kills at least ten at Shiite mosque

October 22, 2015
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Yahoo! News Yahoo! News    

"A suicide bomber blew himself up in a mosque killing at least 10 Shiite minority Muslims, including six children, and wounded 12 others in a remote southwestern Pakistani town on Thursday, officials said. The attack took place as Shiites gathered at the mosque to observe the holy month of Moharram in the town of Chalgari in restive Baluchistan, some 170 kilometres (105 miles) southeast of the provincial capital, Quetta." (10/22/15)

http://news.yahoo.com/pakistan-suicide-bomber-kills-least-10-shiite-mosque-152937147.html  

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Pakistan: Court postpones killing of paralyzed prisoner

September 22, 2015
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RTT News    

"A last minute order by a Pakistani court has temporarily halted the hanging of a paraplegic man who developed tubercular meningitis while on death row. Abdul Basit, who is paralyzed from the waist down, was convicted of murder six years ago but has always maintained his innocence. ... magistrate ordered that the execution be postponed as the 43-year-old convict could not be hanged in compliance with the jail manual because he is in a wheelchair." (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o2tpd2a  

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Pakistan: Regime claims home-grown drone killed three suspected militants

September 8, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"An unmanned Pakistani aircraft killed three suspected terrorists Monday, marking the first time that the country’s military has used drone technology on the battlefield, officials said. In March, Pakistan's military declared that it had successfully armed an indigenously produced drone, which it calls the Burraq, with a laser-guided missile. But the weapon had not been used in combat until now, officials said." (09/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pcdhnov  

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Pakistan: Gunmen attack small airport, kill two engineers

August 30, 2015
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Reuters    

"Gunmen stormed a remote airport in troubled southwestern Pakistan before dawn on Sunday, killing two engineers and destroying the facility's radar system, authorities said. No militant group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack on Jewani airport in Balochistan province, which is fighting separatist insurgents as well as various other militants. About a dozen armed men on motorcycles were involved in the attack, said provincial government spokesman Jan Muhammad Buledi." (08/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ofkddq2  

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Pakistan: Military court sentences six to death in school massacre

August 14, 2015
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Firstpost [India]    

"A secret military court in Pakistan sentenced six men to death after convicting them of involvement in the Taliban massacre of 134 children at an army-run school in Peshawar, the military said on Thursday. The sentences are the first known convictions for the December massacre in the northwestern city after parliament in January approved military courts to try accused militants. The government argued civilians were afraid to convict them." (08/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q3hvw4w  

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Pakistan: Regime employees kill inmate

August 3, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Pakistan has [killed] Shafqat Hussain, convicted of killing a child in 2004, despite appeals from international human rights groups. His lawyers say he was 14 when found guilty and his confession was extracted by torture, but officials say there is no proof he was a minor when convicted. He was hanged shortly before dawn at a jail in Karachi and allowed to meet his family one last time before midnight." (08/04/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33767835  

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US: Sanctions on Iran-Pakistan pipeline remain

August 3, 2015
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Pakistan Today [Pakistan]    

"The Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project will not yet benefit from the nuclear agreement that may ease economic sanctions on Tehran, says the US State Department. On July 14, the United States and five other world powers signed a deal with Iran, which would end international economic sanctions on Tehran if it abandoned its nuclear weapons programme, claimed local media sources. ... [US] State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the lifting of sanctions for commercial deals with Iran had not started yet." [editor's note: And we can be pretty sure that the US will fake up SOME reason to stop the pipeline - TLK] (08/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nekkqqw  

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Pakistan: Panel finds no fraud in 2013 election

July 24, 2015
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Express Tribune [Pakistan]    

"Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Thursday that the findings of the judicial commission into rigging and vote fraud allegations in the 2013 elections have vindicated the mandate of his party. The remarks came in a televised address following the release of a 237-page report by the three-member commission that gave a clean chit to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)." (07/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pxy5zlr  

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Pakistan: US drone terrorists kill four

June 1, 2015
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New Kerala [India]    

"A US pilotless aircraft fired two missiles on a car believed to be carrying suspected militants in North Waziristan, a semi-autonomous region along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, Xinhua reported, citing Geo TV. Identities of the dead insurgents have not been determined yet. The drone kept on hovering over the area before and after the strike, causing panic among local residents." (06/01/15)

http://www.newkerala.com/news/2015/fullnews-67298.html  

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The new China-Pakistan economic corridor

May 26, 2015
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Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Jack Enright  

"China and Pakistan signed a $46 billion deal last month that would improve trade between the two countries and make China an increasingly important player in the Middle East. Following discussions between the two countries last November, China opted to invest in several projects in Pakistan to improve its currently intermittent power grid with new power plants. It will also build highways, an airport, and oil pipelines to better connect the two countries." (05/25/15)

http://bit.ly/1erYbYl  

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Pakistan: ISI officer who dropped dime on bin Laden identified

May 14, 2015
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Zee News [India]    

"In the aftermath of US journalist Seymour Hersh's explosive revelations on 2011 US raid, reports in Pakistani media have made public the name of the intelligence officer who informed the CIA about the secret hideout of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad. According to a report in the Pakistani news site, the News Intenational, journalist Aamir Mir has revealed that the Pakistani walk-in who sold the crucial Osama secret to the CIA for $25 millions was a retired ISI officer named Brigadier Usman Khalid." (05/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/modkdpp  

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Pakistan: At least 45 killed in Karachi bus attack

May 13, 2015
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The News International [Pakistan]    

"At least 45 people were killed and several injured after gunmen opened fire on a bus of the Ismaili community in Safoora Chowrangi area of Karachi. Between 60 and 65 people were riding in the overloaded bus, which belonged to the Ismaili community. The bus was traveling towards Aisha Manzil when it was attacked, police said." (05/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/l23x9lm  

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Pakistan: Helicopter crash kills foreign envoys

May 8, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"The ambassadors of Norway and the Philippines are among at least six people killed in a helicopter crash in northern Pakistan, the army says. The military helicopter crashed during an emergency landing in the mountainous Gilgit-Baltistan territory. The wives of the Indonesian and Malaysian envoys and two Pakistan Army pilots also died in the crash. They were travelling to attend the opening of a tourism project in Gilgit. The cause of the crash is unclear." (05/08/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32653359  

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Pakistan: Malala attackers jailed for life

April 30, 2015
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Newsweek Pakistan [Pakistan]    

"An Anti-Terrorism Court in Pakistan on Thursday sentenced 10 men to life imprisonment for attempting to kill Nobel-prize winning teenage activist Malala Yousafzai in 2012, officials said, though the chief suspect remains at large. Pakistani Taliban militants boarded the teenager’s school bus and shot her in the head in October 2012 for her outspoken views on girls' education, in an attack that also wounded two of her friends and shocked the world. Yousafzai, now 17, survived and in October last year became the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in history for her courageous and determined fight for all children to have the right to go to school." (04/30/15)

http://newsweekpakistan.com/malala-attackers-jailed-for-life/  

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