Posts Tagged ‘ Pakistan ’

Report: Obama gave CIA “secret waiver” for Pakistan drone killings

April 28, 2015
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Indian Express [India]    

"President Barack Obama tightened rules for the US' drone programme but secretly approved a waiver giving CIA more flexibility in Pakistan than anywhere else to strike suspected militants, a media report has said. Obama tightened the rules for the US drone programme in 2013 to reduce the risk of civilian casualties but secretly exempted the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from carrying out adequate intelligence-gathering missions in Pakistan before conducting drone strikes, The Wall Street Journal reported. Obama, in his directive, stated that proposed targets should pose an imminent threat to the US but the waiver exempted the CIA from this standard in Pakistan." (04/27/15)

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White House: Two hostages accidentally killed in drone strike

April 24, 2015
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USA Today    

"President Obama expressed 'grief and condolences' Thursday for a drone strike against suspected terrorists that accidentally killed two hostages. Obama said he took full responsibility for the operation and apologized to the families of the hostages. 'I profoundly regret what happened,' he said. The two Western hostages -- one American, one Italian -- were killed during a drone strike this year that targeted members of al-Qaeda, the White House said." [editor's note: By "taking full responsibility," I assume he doesn't mean turning himself in, confessing, and pleading guilty to multiple counts of terrorism and murder. He just means he's saying the words "I take full responsibility" - TLK] (04/23/15)

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Italy: Police seek 18 terror suspects, two former bin Laden guards

April 24, 2015
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Fox News    

"Italian police said Friday they were making arrests of 18 alleged Islamic extremists, including two purported body guards for Usama bin Laden, who allegedly staged attacks in Pakistan and sought to topple the Pakistani government. Anti-terror police in Sardinia said they were executing arrest warrants for 18 suspects. Police said some were responsible for 'numerous bloody acts of terrorism in Pakistan,' including the deadly October 2009 explosion in a Peshawar market that killed more than 100 people." (04/24/15)

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Kashmir: Five killed in attack on police station

March 20, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Militants attacked a police station in Indian-administered Kashmir, killing three people in the first major attack since a new coalition government took over power in the state this month. The two attackers were killed after a gun battle that lasted four hours, officials said. Nine others, including a senior police official, were injured in the attack." (03/20/15)

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Pakistan: At least 34 killed in Tirah air strikes

March 18, 2015
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Dawn [Pakistan]    

"At least 34 suspected militants were killed in airstrikes conducted by military jets in Khyber tribal regions Tirah Valley area, according to a statement issued by the army on Wednesday. Pakistan Air Force jets bombed several suspected militant hideouts in the remote Tirah Valley area of Khyber tribal region, an army statement said." (03/19/15)

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Pakistan: Regime kills 12 prisoners

March 17, 2015
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The News International [Pakistan]    

Pakistan executed 12 death row prisoners early Tuesday morning, the latest executions since the government lifted a moratorium on the death penalty for all capital crimes. The executions were among 14 death sentences scheduled to be carried out on Tuesday at different jails in Karachi, Multan, Jhang, Gujranwala, Mianwali, Faisalad and Rawalpindi." (03/17/15)

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Pakistan: 14 killed, 70 injured as blasts target Lahore churches

March 16, 2015
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The News International [Pakistan]    

"Twin blasts targeted the Roman Catholic Church and Christ Church during Sunday mass in Youhanabad area of the provincial capital, killing 14 people including two policemen and injuring at least 70 others. According to initial reports, two suicide bombers attacked the churches located in the Christian locality. Eye witnesses told Geo News that a man blew himself up outside one of the churches as a police guard stopped him from entering, while the other blast took place inside the church during Sunday mass. However, police have yet to confirm the nature of the blast. Two suspected men were caught from the venue but the enraged mob burnt them alive after subjecting them to severe torture in the presence of police." (03/15/15)

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Pakistan: Court orders alleged Mumbai mastermind released

March 13, 2015
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"Pakistan's highest court Friday ordered the release of Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the alleged mastermind behind the Mumbai attacks, calling his detention illegal. Lakhvi, a top leader of the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba, was not present at Friday's court proceeding. The terror attacks in India left more than 160 people dead in November 2008." (03/13/15)

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Pakistan: Court upholds death sentence for governor’s killer

March 9, 2015
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Houston Chronicle Houston Chronicle    

"A Pakistani court on Monday upheld the death sentence for a former police commando convicted of killing a provincial governor he had accused of blasphemy but threw out terrorism charges against him. As a member of the Elite Police Force, Mumtaz Qadri was supposed to be protecting Gov. Salman Taseer in 2011 when he shot and killed him in an upscale neighborhood in the capital, Islamabad. Qadri's defense was that Taseer opposed Pakistan's so-called 'blasphemy laws' by supporting a Christian woman charged with allegedly desecrating Islam's holy book, the Quran." (03/09/15)

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Pakistan: Taliban attack on police HQ kills six

February 17, 2015
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Reuters    

"A Taliban suicide bomber on Tuesday killed six people and himself in a brazen attack on police headquarters in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore, in what militants called a revenge bid for the recent hangings of colleagues. It was the third in a series of high-profile attacks in the last month triggered by a government decision in December to begin hanging those convicted of terror attacks, reversing an informal six-year moratorium on the death penalty." (02/17/15)

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Pakistan: Taliban attack Shia mosque in Peshawar

February 13, 2015
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"Taliban militants have attacked worshippers at a Shia mosque in the Pakistani city of Peshawar with guns and grenades, killing at least 19. Police killed one of the militants in a gunfight around the mosque, in the wealthy Hayatabad district. Another of the militants blew himself up with a suicide vest, and a third was arrested, police said. Two weeks ago, another attack on a Shia mosque Sindh province's Shikarpur district left more than 60 people dead." (02/13/15)

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India: Police shoot, kill Kashmir protester

February 9, 2015
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NDTV [India]    

"One man was killed and another injured in police firing during protests in Baramulla in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday. The police allegedly opened fire during clashes with protesters marking the death of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, who was hanged on February 9, 2013." (02/09/15)

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Pakistan: Regime halts killing of man convicted at 14

January 6, 2015
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"For the second time in as many years, Shafqat Hussain was told to prepare for execution. But growing outcry over the death sentence handed down to the then-14-year-old whose body still bears scars from torture may have earned Hussain a second last-minute reprieve. Hussain was arrested in 2004 at the age of 14, and convicted by a Pakistani anti-terrorism court of kidnapping and killing a child -- charges later reduced to involuntary manslaughter. Rights groups say that Hussain was innocent and that his 'confession' came after nine days o[f] torture by electrocutions, beatings and more." (01/06/15)

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Pakistan: US drone strike kills six

January 4, 2015
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Reuters    

"A U.S. drone strike killed at least six suspected militants in northwest Pakistan on Sunday, four intelligence officials said, as Pakistani officials debated plans to strengthen a crack down on the Taliban insurgency. The strike hit two compounds in Lawara Mandi, North Waziristan, near the border with Afghanistan, the officials said. They said between six and nine suspected militants had been killed." (01/04/15)

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Pakistan: Regime troops kill 55 near Afghan border

December 27, 2014
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Hindustan Times [India]    

"At least 55 militants were killed in airstrikes and a gun battle with ground forces in Pakistan's troubled northwest where the military launched a major offensive this year, officials said Saturday. The army intensified its offensive after the massacre of 150 people in a school in Peshawar this month, a carnage which Pakistan described as its own 'mini 9/11' and a game-changer in the fight against extremism. Troops raided a militant hideout late Friday in an area adjoining Orakzai and Khyber tribal districts -- near the Afghan border -- where the insurgents had gathered for a meeting, the military said in a statement." (12/27/14)

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Pakistan: US drone terrorists kill seven

December 26, 2014
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The Independent [UK]    

"Seven suspected Taliban militants have been killed in two US drone strikes in Pakistan, according to officials -- while security forces may also have killed the man who allegedly planned the recent murderous attack on a school. The early-morning attacks took place in North Waziristan, near the Afghan border, hitting compounds belonging to the Punjabi Taliban and some Uzbek fighters." (12/26/14)

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Pakistan: Regime announces plans to kill 500 after Taliban school attack

December 23, 2014
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The Telegraph [UK]    

"Pakistan announced on Monday that it planned to [kill] an estimated 500 Islamist terrorists in the coming days as part of a 'decisive war' against the Taliban in response to the massacre of 133 children at a school last week. After the Peshawar school attack, Nawaz Sharif, the prime minister, ended the six-year moratorium on the death penalty, reinstating it for terrorism-related cases. ... Earlier Nisar Ali Khan, his interior minister, confirmed that hundred of convicted terrorists will face the gallows in the next few weeks." (12/22/14)

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Pakistan: Taliban storm school, killing at least 126

December 16, 2014
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"The Taliban stormed a military-run school in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday and gunned down at least 126 people, most of them children, in one of the country's deadliest attacks in recent weeks. Hours after the attack, the Pakistani military was still exchanging gunfire with the militants inside the Army Public School and Degree College, in the violence-plagued city of Peshawar, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) from the country's capital, Islamabad. Two explosions were also heard. By 3 p.m. Tuesday, it was unclear how many of the hundreds of students were still inside the school." (12/16/14)

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Kashmir: Seventeen killed in gun battle

December 5, 2014
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ABC News    

"Militants in disputed Kashmir attacked an Indian army camp Friday, triggering a fierce gunbattle that left 11 Indian troops and six suspected assailants dead, officials said. An army officer told The Associated Press the rebels hurled grenades and fired automatic rifles as they tried to enter an artillery unit of the camp in the Uri region before dawn. Some succeded while firing widly, officials said. The sprawling camp, also the regional headquarters of the army's artillery regiment, is near the heavily militarized line of control that divides the Himalayan region into an Indian-administered portion and a Pakistan-controlled side." (12/05/14)

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Pakistan: Three women among four anti-polio workers gunned down in Quetta

November 27, 2014
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Daily Times [Pakistan]    

"At least four volunteers of an anti-polio campaign -- women and a young man, were shot dead and three other women workers wounded in a targeted attack on the vehicle of anti-polio campaigners in Eastern Bypass area, an outskirt of Quetta, on Wednesday. The campaign was suspended in the area after the incident. The attackers opened fire after polio workers introduced themselves." (11/27/14)

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Pakistan: Six killed in 500th US drone strike

November 24, 2014
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Antiwar.com    

"A US drone destroyed a house in Mada Khel village of North Waziristan [Friday], killing six people and wounding three others. None of the slain were identified, but all were labeled 'suspects.' If that story sounds awfully familiar, it’s because it is. Today’s attack marks the 500th confirmed US drone strike outside of actual warzones, with just about 10 years worth of strikes." (11/21/14)

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Pakistan: Four sentenced to death for “honor killing”

November 20, 2014
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Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]    

"Four relatives of a pregnant woman who bludgeoned her to death outside one of Pakistan's top courts were sentenced to death on Wednesday for the crime, their defence lawyer said. The 25-year-old's family attacked her because they objected to her marriage. Farzana Iqbal's murder in May this year briefly focused attention on Pakistan's epidemic of violence against women. Her father, brother, cousin, and another relative were all sentenced to death and a $US1000 ($1157.28) fine, said defence lawyer Mansoor Afridi. Another cousin was sentenced to 10 years in prison and also fined $US1000 ($1157.28)." (11/20/14)

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Pakistan: Wagah suicide blast kills at least 60

November 2, 2014
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Daily Times [Pakistan]    

"At least 60 persons including women, children and paramilitary troops were killed and over 80 injured in deadly suicide attack in front of a roadside restaurant in Wagha [sic] Border market on Sunday evening. ... Banned organisation Jundullah has claimed the responsibility of attack. Punjab Police Inspector General Mushtaq Sukhera said that a suicide bomber aged between 18 to 20 years blew him when hundreds of people including women and children were dispersing after witnessing flag lowering ceremony at Wagah border." (11/02/14)

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Pakistan: Twelve killed in Baluchistan attacks

October 23, 2014
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Belfast Telegraph [occupied Ireland]    

"Attacks in Pakistan's troubled south-western province of Baluchistan, including an assault on the country's beleaguered minority Shiites Muslims and a suicide bombing targeting a pro-Taliban cleric, have killed 12 people on Thursday. ... The Taliban have been waging a war against the state there in a bid to topple the government and impose their harsh brand of Islamic law, and have killed thousands of Pakistanis over the last decade. Baluchistan is home to Baluch separatist and nationalist groups that have been fighting for autonomy and a greater share of revenues from the region's natural resources." (10/23/14)

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Pakistan: Afghan shell kills Bajaur tribesman

October 22, 2014
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The Nation [Pakistan]    

"A tribesman was killed and two others injured when mortar shells fired from Kunar province of Afghanistan hit a border village of Pakistan’s Nawagi tehsil in Bajaur Agency on Tuesday morning. Officials of the political administration confirmed the incident that two mortar shells fired by unidentified militants from across the border landed in remote area of Babara Charmang, 43 kilometers north west of Khar, the headquarters of Bajaur Agency." (10/22/14)

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