Archive for February, 2010

Twin Islamic bombings devastate Bannu Police Lines by killing 15

February 12, 2010

A motor cyclist carries an official injured by the suspected suicide bombing in Bannu on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010. – Photo by AP.

Twin bombings devastate Bannu killing 15

By Zulfiqar Ali ||Friday, 12 Feb, 2010||Safar 27, 1431

PESHAWAR: Fifteen people, seven policemen among them, were killed and 25 others wounded in Bannu on Thursday evening when two suspected suicide bombs ripped through Police Lines.

District Police Officer Iqbal Marwat received serious injuries in the second attack and was stated to be in critical condition.

The Medical Superintendent of district headquarters hospital, Bannu, Dr Hafeezullah Khan, said that Mr Marwat and two other seriously wounded persons had been shifted to the Combined Military Hospital, Bannu.

He said four bodies kept in the hospital could not be identified.

Official sources said that even as the bodies and the wounded were being evacuated from the scene, the second bomber blew himself up, causing more casualties.

A senior officer told Dawn that roll call was in progress at the Police Lines when the first attacker detonated explosives strapped to his body. Mr Marwat rushed to the scene to oversee the rescue work when the second bomber struck, he added.

However, a source at the office of the Bannu Division Commissioner said that causes of the blasts had yet to be ascertained.

“It will be premature to say whether it was a suicide attack,” he said.

Police and security forces sealed the city adjoining North Waziristan tribal region. Bannu district has been under night-time curfew for the past few months.

The wounded were taken to the city’s district headquarters hospital.

Agencies add:

There were scenes of panic in the hospital as doctors struggled to cope with the number of victims.

Another 25 people were brought in wounded, including two children, and four of the wounded are in a critical condition, he added.

“There were two blasts. The first one was near the gate. The second was a suicide attack. We have confirmed reports it was a suicide attack,” said Sardar Abbas, the city’s senior administrator.

Militants have carried out numerous attacks on security forces over the past several years. On Wednesday, a suicide bomber killed 12 security personnel and seven civilians in the Khyber tribal region near the Afghan border.

A group of militants attacked soldiers leading a rescue team to the site of a crashed military Cobra helicopter in the same district, killing a brigadier and wounding two other officers.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for Thursday’s attacks, which were carried out by attackers on foot, but suspicion is likely to fall on Taliban.

The suicide bombings came amid growing certainty that the militant group’s top commander, Hakimullah Mehsud, died from wounds sustained in a US missile strike in mid-January. Taliban have denied he is dead, but failed to offer proof that he is alive. Right >>Dead Hakimullah Mehsud Khan, the Great Taliban. Pic from Google image.

Pak Brigadier among 22 killed in Khyber militant attack

February 12, 2010

Rescue workers busy in their work after the suicide explosion at Zairdand area in Jamrud. – Photo by APP.

Brigadier among 22 killed in Khyber attack

By Ibrahim Shinwari ||Thursday, 11 Feb, 2010||Safar 27, 1431

LANDI KOTAL: The focus of intense fighting between security forces and Taliban suddenly shifted to Khyber Agency on Wednesday when 15 security personnel, a brigadier and a pilot among them, and seven civilians lost their lives in a gun attack, a suicide bombing and a helicopter crash.

The brigadier was killed and two other officers, a major and a lieutenant, were injured when Taliban insurgents ambushed an army rescue party searching for bodies of the pilot and a gunner of a helicopter gunship which had crashed in the Tirah valley.

Names of the brigadier and the injured major and lieutenant could not be ascertained.

In the suicide attack on a Khasadar patrol vehicle in Jamrud tehsil, 11 Khasadars, a captain and seven civilians were killed and 11 people were injured.

The powerful blast destroyed the vehicle on the main Peshawar-Torkham road near a police checkpoint.

Three other vehicles were heavily damaged by flying shrapnel. The shoes and slippers of the victims were scattered across the blood-spattered road.

Jamrud’s Assistant Political Agent Rehan Khattak confirmed that 11 Khasadar personnel, an officer identified as Captain Salim and seven civilians, three tribal elders among them, had died in the attack.

The army was deployed in Tirah before the invasion of Afghanistan by US-led allied forces.

The valley is a stronghold of local and foreign terrorists and security forces have been trying to flush them out of the area.

The sources said that the army team led by the brigadier was going to the area where the military helicopter gunship had crashed in Nangrosa area because of a technical fault.

Army officer Col Nadeem told Dawn that the helicopter had crashed in Nangrosa locality because of bad weather. It was on a routine surveillance in the area.

Rahat Gul, an official of the Khyber Political Administration, told Dawn that people who died in the suicide bombing included Zarmat Khan, a line officer of Jamrud subdivision.

It is a crowded place because of its proximity with Peshawar’s Karkhano market with a large number of shops dealing in foreign goods.

Local resident Irfan Afridi said he had seen a man running towards the Khasadar vehicle and then he heard a huge blast. The vehicle, with some 15 Khasadar personnel, was on a routine patrol.

Line Officer Zarmat Khan and six other Khasadar personnel died on the spot, said Taimour Khan, another witness.

The injured included journalist Amjad Khan whose condition was said to be stable.

There was no claim of responsibility but Taliban and Al Qaeda-linked insurgents have killed around 3,000 people in bomb attacks across Pakistan since July 2007.

Courtesy : Dawn, APP & Agencies.

No ‘blasphemy law revision’ can save the Hindu minority in Pakistan. Hindus will be fossilized in some next years in Pakistan. Muslims are the Killers of Hindus in Pakistan.

February 8, 2010

Christians pray during a rally to condemn attacks on fellows Christians, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009 in Karachi, Pakistan. — AP Photo

Minority affairs’ minister sees blasphemy law revision this year

Sunday, 07 Feb, 2010||Safar 23, 1431|| Read Original in Dawn

WASHINGTON: Pakistan plans within this year to revise its laws against blasphemy, which have long been criticised as a way to abuse minorities, a government minister said.

Shahbaz Bhatti, minister for minority affairs, said religious reconciliation was a little-noticed priority for President Asif Ali Zardari’s civilian government in Pakistan, which lies on the frontline of the US-led war against extremism.

Bhatti, a long-time Roman Catholic activist whose position was given full cabinet status for the first time, said he was speaking with political parties to present revisions to the blasphemy law by the end of 2010.

“This is a democratic government which has a commitment to repeal all the discriminatory laws affecting the rights of minorities,” Bhatti told AFP in an interview in Washington.

“We are using military action to fight terrorism and we are using economic opportunities, but another thing which is important is that we are pursuing interfaith harmony,” he said.

Bhatti said that while he did not envision an immediate repeal of blasphemy laws, the revision would require judges to investigate cases before they are registered — creating oversight of the police, who are often accused of abuse.

The revised law would also assign punishment equivalent to that under the blasphemy laws for anyone who makes a false complaint, he said.

Bhatti was in Washington to attend the National Prayer Breakfast, an annual Christian-organised gathering drawing national leaders. He also met with US lawmakers, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom and Richard Holbrooke, the US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Pakistan’s law against blaspheming Islam carries the death penalty. While no one has ever been sent to the gallows for the crime, activists say the law is used to exploit others out of personal enmity or business disputes.

In June last year, blasphemy allegations led to mob violence against Christians in Punjab that caused hundreds to flee, according to the US State Department’s annual report on religious freedom around the world.

The report said there was particular discrimination against the Ahmadiya community, which Pakistan considers non-Muslim as adherents do not believe Mohammed was the last prophet.

In another incident in September, a 25-year-old Christian jailed on blasphemy allegations died in prison. Activists suspected he was tortured, but authorities said he committed suicide.

Pakistan, founded in 1947 as a Muslim homeland during the bloody partition of British India, is overwhelmingly Muslim. Religious minorities however form some five per cent of the population, according to government figures.

Among Muslims, strong tensions also persist between the majority Sunni and the minority Shia sects. Bombings on Friday killed 33 people in Karachi, including an attack near a bus carrying people to a Shia procession.

In UN bodies, Pakistan has butted heads with Western democracies by sponsoring resolutions on fighting “religious defamation.”

But Bhatti vowed to make progress at home.

In December, the government launched a drive to set up more than 120 “district interfaith harmony committees” around Pakistan to help resolve conflicts surrounded minorities.

Bhatti said he has personally visited religious communities around the country including more than 30 madrassas, or Islamic schools, to encourage tolerance.

While he said he met a positive reception, Bhatti was under no illusions about his safety, saying he has faced death threats.

“When I started this struggle I said that I would not compromise on the principle of religious freedom and human equality,” he said.

“These principles are the nucleus of my life. I will live for them and I will die for them.”

#Alertpak# says : From the above it is difficult to know the peril in which the Hindu minorities are dying day by day without any notice of anybody. The political rulers of Pakistan, administrative authorities, police, judiciary, human rights watch –  nobody care for this unwanted race in Pakistan. The downfall of  16% Hindus in 1947 in  the lowest of 1.86% now a days speaks only a ghastly ethnic cleansing and unbearable persecution upon the Hindu minority in Pakistan by the majority Muslims. The Hindu race in Pakistan will be fossilized in some next years. The questioned “blasphemy law revision” may save the minority Christian in Pakistan as they have strong organisation of their own with an international support of the global Christian community. But there is no international Hindu community to spare a single word or give a support in favour of the dying Hindu race in Pakistan. The so-called Hindu leaders of India are interested in bogus Rama temple in Ayodhya, but they are not interested to save the followers of Rama in Pakistan. And some paper organisation of Hindus under different signboards in Pakistan wait for some Govt recognitions or grants for personal benefit. What a tragedy of Pakistani Hindu Minorities for ever.

Video of Taliban flogging men and boy found in Pakistan

February 8, 2010

Pakistan: New Video of Taliban Supremacist Whipping Boy, Man in Street

ISLAMABAD, Feb 5: Taliban flog two men and a teenage boy in a video that has emerged from the Orakzai Agency, showing the hold of militants in the area despite army offensives and intensified US missile strikes.

The video was shot on a mobile phone on Feb 3 and passed to a local journalist.

A tribal elder who provided the clip said it was taken in Mamozai area and requested anonymity out of fear for his life.

Using a piece of rope or leather, a militant repeatedly strikes a man who wears trousers but no shirt, and who looks to be covered in dirt or soot.

The man at times has to be restrained. He falls to the ground repeatedly, but is hauled back up during the beating.

The tribal elder said the man was being punished for allegedly “working against the Taliban” by speaking out against them.

More reports of the supremacist hate and violence from the Taliban in Pakistan reported from Associated Press today.

AP reports: “The tribal elder who provided the footage said the man was being punished for allegedly “working against the Taliban” by speaking out against the militants. The second victim appears to be a teenage boy, who the tribal elder said was being blamed for not growing a beard. The third victim was said to be punished for not praying.”
– “A crowd of men and boys watched the beatings, mostly in silence.”

Pakistan: Clip from Video of Islamic Supremacist Taliban Beating Child (Photo: MSNBC)
Pakistan: Clip from Video of Islamic Supremacist Taliban Beating Child (Photo: MSNBC)

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AP also reports: “The video was shot on a mobile phone on Feb. 3 and passed to a local journalist who occasionally provides video to Associated Press Television News. The man who provided the clip said it was taken in the Mamozai area of the Orakzai tribal region, though there was no way of verifying that because travel there is dangerous for outsiders. The tribal elder requested anonymity out of fear for his life.”
– “The Taliban are known to beat people in areas they control if they are suspected of criminal acts, spying or violating the militants’ ultra-strict interpretation of Islamic law. People accused of serious crimes are often reportedly killed.”

The second victim appears to be a teenage boy who the elder said was being blamed for not growing a beard. The third victim was said to be punished for not praying.A crowd of men and boys watched the beatings, mostly in silence.

As the audience rise to leave, a man announces that an “old man with white beard” is to be detained for five days and “if he improves” during his detention the militants would take another look at his case. His crime was not announced.

The tribal elder identified the militant doing the beating as Mullah Toofan, believed to be a local Taliban commander.—AP

A funeral of Islamiyat in Pakistan:: Fragmented & false brotherhood in Islam

February 6, 2010

Pakistanis attend a funeral prayer of the victims of Friday’s bombing in Karachi, Pakistan on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010. – AP

Thousands attend funeral as death toll rises to 31

Saturday, 06 Feb, 2010||Safar 21, 1431

KARACHI: Thousands of people Saturday attended the funeral of 14 people killed in Friday’s double  bomb attack in Karachi, as the death toll from the assault rose overnight to 31.

“Six more people died overnight, raising the death toll to 31,” provincial government spokesman Jameel Soomro told AFP.

He said at least 170 wounded people were being treated at various hospitals around Karachi.

At a funeral Saturday for some of those killed, thousands of mourners beat their chests and cried loudly as the bodies of 14 victims were brought to a Karachi sports field.

Pakistani TV channels broadcast live footage from the venue, showing men and women clad in black and carrying black flags, beating their chests and chanting slogans of “Ya Hussein, Ya Hussein.”

“More than 10,000 people attended the funeral of the 14 deceased,” said a local police official, Javed Mehr, who was deployed at the ground.

Mehr told AFP that “the entire area was sealed off by police and paramilitary rangers to avoid any untoward incident.”

Police and paramilitary rangers patrolled streets and sensitive areas and Mehr said security had been stepped up at all hospitals and sensitive areas around Karachi, which has been swept by political violence in recent months.

Most shops in the sprawling city of 18 million people were closed and public transport was off the roads as several thousand mourners gathered at funerals of some of the victims of the two bombs.

Paramilitary spokesman Maj. Aurang Zeb said security forces were on maximum alert at the funeral in the Malir area of the city.

The first attack on Friday killed 12 Shias, followed hours later by a blast at a hospital where the wounded were being treated which killed 13 people.

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Children, Women, Aged killed in twin blast in Karachi. Shia mourners under attack of Sunni militants. Hospital under Attack, 25 killed 100 injured.

February 6, 2010

Pakistani volunteers search a damaged bus after a motorcycle bomb attack in Karachi on February 5, 2010. – AFP

Ashura carnage revisits Karachi :: Karachi bleeds after twin bomb blasts

by  M Rahaman||Saturday, 06 Feb, 2010||Safar 21, 1431

KARACHI –  A tragic twin blasts powerfully wreaked Karachi on Friday, targeting a bus first and then a hospital where casualties were rushed for treatment, killing 25 people, including women and children, and injuring scores of others in the second assault on Shia mourners in this mega City in weeks. It is a very clear fact the Sunni militants attacked the Shiite mourners to quench their thirst for Islamic blood. The Islamic militants are not satisfied with the Kaffir blood any more.

On Friday – the very pious prayer day for both the Shia and Sunni Muslims, an explosion in Karachi targeted Shia mourners on their way to a Chehlum procession. A second blast hit the main public hospital where causalities from the first blast were being taken. According to agencies, the latest death toll is 25, while nearly 100 people were wounded in the twin blasts. These attacks come just a month after a blast killed more than 30 people during an Ashura procession in the city on December 28,2009.

There were conflicting reports about the nature of the blasts as bomb disposal squad officials claiming these were suicide attacks while Interior Minister Rehman Malik said it did not appear so. He said investigation was under way to establish the nature of the blasts, reported a private TV channel.
The first blast occurred on Nursery Bridge near FTC building at 3 pm where a bomber, as per the bomb disposal squad officials, rammed his motorcycle into a bus carrying 40 mourners who were going to join Chehlum procession on MA Jinnah Road.

As a result, 13 people including women and children were killed and dozens injured. Parts of the destroyed motorcycle were found near the partially damaged bus. The blast was so intense that windowpanes of nearby buildings were broken.  Phase …….. (1) of current Islamic Peace process.
The victims of the bus blast were taken to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) where the second blast occurred at 4:55 pm in the parking area of the hospital emergency, killing 12 people. Phase …….. (2) of current Islamic Peace process.

Police high-ups remained tight-lipped and they have not officially spoken a word about the nature of the blasts. Sources in the bomb disposal squad said that a man riding a motorbike was wearing a suicide jacket that contained 15kg to 20kg explosives.
About the preliminary investigation, SP Mazhar Mashwani of Crime Investigation Department (CID), when contacted, said that the engine and chassis numbers of the motorcycles used in the blasts were tempered with while parts of the motorcycles have been taken from the crime scenes for the chemical examination. BDS official Munir Sheikh said that the attacks were carried out by suicide bombers on motorcycles. Body parts of the alleged bombers were found from the spots, he said and added that 15kg to 20 kg explosives were used in the first blast while around 10kg explosives were used in the second blast.

There was utter chaos at the scene of explosion on the Mohtarma Laig Begum Road which leads to the Justice Nizam Flyover just off Shahrae Faisal. The blast occurred at around 3:00 pm when an explosives-laden motorcycle reportedly hit a passenger bus carrying participants of the Anjumane Azaraan (Shia participants marking the Chehlum of Imam Hussain, a significant religious occasion). As police and Rangers took up positions to secure the area in the aftermath, a large number of Shia mourners reached the spot from M.A. Jinnah road where the main procession was taking place and started raising slogans against the authorities. The mourners, however, remained peaceful and there were no reports of rioting or looting.

Although eyewitnesses were unanimous in their view that explosives were mounted on a motorcycle which struck the bus as it passed by, some said they saw a bike rider chasing the bus which exploded on striking it. It was evident that the bus bore the brunt of the first attack and most casualties were the passengers sitting inside. However, the bus did not go up in flames. The steel structure was bent from many places outside and the glass windows were shattered. All that was left inside were bloodied slippers, shirt pieces and symbols of the Shia religious procession like small knives, the panja (hand palm sign) and cloth inscribed with verses.

About 100 meters away from the bus, a shop was partially damaged. It was there that Abbas was sitting by the roadside crying hysterically. “I was in the second bus coming right behind the one which was hit by the blast. My elder brother was on that bus…I think he’s dead,” he said.

The dead and injured were shifted to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), which is only a few minutes away from the site of the first blast. Head of Emergency Unit, Dr. Seemi Jamali, confirmed that 12 people arrived dead, while over 50 persons were being treated for injuries.

At the hospital, in a repeat of the Ashura tragedy, enraged mourners marched into the emergency room chanting ‘Labaik Ya Hussain’ (I am here, Imam Hussain). They surrounded the dead bodies and beat their chests angrily.

A doctor on duty at the resuscitation unit informed that most of the injured had suffered bomb pellet wounds on the head, chest and limbs. There were no gunshot wounds.

Many of the injured were not in a position to talk. Most had just a name tag slip pasted on their sheets as doctors pierced drips into their arms and people thronged their beds hoping they were not their dear ones.

Middle-aged Zahoor was one such victim who was calling out in pain the names of his family members. Blood was still dripping out of Qaiser Abbas’s head and fingers. “I was in the bus,” was all he could utter when asked about the incident. Kazim, a young child of about six years, was crying for his mother. His face was bruised by shrapnel.

Thirty-year-old Ali Abbas was inconsolable. “I can’t find two of my brothers, Ahmed Abbas (23) and Nayyar Abbas (20). Both of them were on the bus.” Only a few minutes later, he was told that Ahmed was dead.

Asghar Ali, a man in his late twenties, was devastated. He was screaming in tears in a corner of the room where the dead bodies were kept. “My whole family has died today,” he said. “My paternal uncle, nephew and cousin are all among the dead,” he said, adding that their names were Anjum, Ali Raza and Qadir.

As tempers flared inside the unit, some doctors were scolded by the enraged people for not treating their injured quickly or adequately. “The people inside should understand that they are hampering our rescue efforts by barging in like this,” said one visibly harassed female doctor.

The philanthropist, Abdus Sattar Edhi, also reached JPMC to oversee the rescue efforts of his team of paramedics and ambulance drivers. He too tried to pacify the mourners, but in vain. “Why don’t our people understand that by coming in an emergency room like this, it becomes all the more difficult for doctors to save the lives of their loved ones. It is also not safe,” Edhi said.

Minutes later the second blast took place outside the main entrance of the emergency room. Paramedics were shifting the injured inside the hospital when the explosion took place just across the gate near an Edhi booth and ladies toilet. Ambulances and some motorcycles were places outside at the time of the incident. At least five people died on the spot, while at least a dozen others, including paramedics suffered injuries.

Mehmood, a paramedic for the CHIPPA service, had an emotional breakdown after the second blast. “My friend (and paramedic) had just crossed over to the ambulance parked on the other side when the blast took place. I wish it was me and not him. Why did they target us? We were just helping out others,” he cried.

Shahnawaz, a paramedic, said he carried the dead body of a teen-aged boy from the second blast site towards Civil Hospital (CH).

Paramedics lamented the fact that the route to the CH was blocked by the police for security reasons for the Chehlum procession and they were not let in despite the second blast that took place at Jinnah. “The police should have opened up at least one route so that the ambulances could reach Civil in the shortest time possible. But they didn’t listen to us. We instead had to go all the way up to Tower and go through narrow streets to reach the hospital. I think some of the injured from the second would have succumbed to their injuries because of this reason alone.

Three dead bodies were brought to the CH till the filing of this report. Security was significantly beefed up at the hospital this time around and no one, including media persons were allowed inside the emergency unit. A bomb found in Jinnah Hospital defused later.

Dr Shafiq-ur-Rahman informed on the phone that he was treating three critically injured patients in his operation theatre. He said most of the victims had wounds on their chest and that his team was trying their best to save them.

The Muslims cannot settle their dispute among the Shia and Sunni, but they claim the International brotherhood between the humanity. All these are bogus claims so far, as the Islamist of Pakistan and other places show their ugly nature of  brutality to kill the opposition so cruelly that made the Doctrine of Islam as enshrined in Koran is nothing but  a “SATANIC VERSES” again and again. These are the present stories of Karachi, Pakistan, Somalia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Yemen and other parts of the world infected with acute Islamities.

Three-day mourning: A spokesman for the Sindh education minister announced that schools and colleges in the province would remain open on Saturday. Separately, the president and the prime minister also condemned the blast as the ANP and the MQM announced three days of mourning.

Shia strike: According to a private TV channel, the Jaafria Alliance would go on complete strike in Karachi today (Saturday) to protest against the blasts. The alliance has also given the government a 48-hour deadline to take action against those responsible.

In addition, the media reported that transporters and businessmen in Karachi would suspend their activities today in protest at the attacks. The US embassy in Islamabad also condemned the terrorist attacks.

Courtesy : Dawn, The International News, Daily Times, APP, Reuters, AFP & Others.

No one can believe the death of Hakimullah without evidence.

February 4, 2010

“Finish All Kaffirs from this World” : Trigger Happy Hakimullah Mhesud Gazi.

Mehsud likely dead, but no proof: US official

2240 PST, Thursday, February 04, 2010 ||Safar 19, 1431 A.H

WASHINGTON: Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan leader Hakimullah Mehsud was likely killed in US missile strikes but there was still no definitive evidence that he was dead, a US defense official told a foreign new agency on Thursday.

“There’s a good likelihood that he’s dead,” said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity. But final confirmation would have to wait “until a body pops up, or photographic evidence or reliable witnesses” verify reports.

US missile attacks have repeatedly targeted Mehsud, the head of Pakistan’s most powerful Taliban faction and involved in a December suicide attack on the CIA in Afghanistan, the deadliest attack on the US spy agency in 26 years.

Speculation about his death has mounted since a January 14 US drone strike in the Taliban stronghold of North Waziristan, near the Afghan border, but Mehsud purportedly released two audio statements denying his demise.

On January 17, a day after Mehsud’s last statement, a US drone carried out another attack that officials said also targeted the militant leader. A US counter-terrorism official said rumors were taking root because Mehsud had been out of view.

Hakimullah Mehsud, right, holds a rocket launcher with his comrades in Sararogha.—File photo by AP

US confirms Hakimullah’s death

By Correspondent Dawn News ||Friday, 05 Feb, 2010||Safar 20, 1431

WASHINGTON: US counter-terrorism officials are now confirming that Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud is dead, the US media reported on Thursday.

Both CNN and Fox News quoted senior US intelligence officials as saying that Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan chief was killed in a drone attack last month.

Fox News noted that this was so far the strongest signal that Washington had offered about Hakimullah’s fate.

Meanwhile, CNN reported that Afghan Taliban commander Sirajuddin Haqqani was the target of the heaviest US drone strikes in North Waziristan earlier this week, but he might just have escaped the assault.

A commander of the Haqqani group told CNN that “Siraj was in the area but had left moments before the strike”.

The TV network said the reported strike on Tuesday night were unusual for the relatively high number of missiles fired — at least 19 — and for the high death toll.

Neither Pakistan nor the US has officially confirmed the death of Hakimullah, who commands an Al Qaeda-allied movement that is blamed for scores of suicide bombings and is suspected in a deadly attack on a CIA base in Afghanistan late last year.

Courtesy : The News International, DawnNews, AP,  Google & Other Agencies.

US(Christian)AID attacked by Islamic Militants as a part of Jihad:: Three school children and three American aid officials killed.

February 3, 2010

The security forces immediately sealed off the area and began evacuating the dead and wounded. — Photo by Reuters

Three School children and Three USAID officials killed in Lower Dir blast

By Ismail Khan ||Wednesday, 03 Feb, 2010||Safar 18, 1431

PESHAWAR: Three American aid officials were among six killed that included three school children when a paramilitary convoy on its way to inaugurate a school was hit by a roadside bombing in the northern Lower Dir district on Wednesday, officials said.

A security official said the three aid workers belonged to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Their names could not immediately be ascertained.

The official said a convoy escorted by the paramilitary Frontier Corps was hit by a powerful roadside bombing near the Koto village in Hajiabad in Lower Dir, killing the three aid workers and three school children.

“We can not release the identities of the aid workers”, the official said, requesting he not be named.

“It was a huge blast”, local journalist, Haroon Rashid, who accompanied the convoy and was also wounded in the explosion told Dawn.

“The army has sealed off the area and no one is being allowed to move.  I am here with wounds on my leg and arms and am waiting to be evacuated”, he said on phone from the scene of the occurrence.

The explosion left 59 others wounded including five paramilitary personnel and two local journalists. Majority of those wounded were girls from a girls’ high school situated on the main road,(pic. above Destroyed Girls’ school in Timergara, photo. Reuters) Deputy Coordination Officer, Lower Dir, Ghulam Muhammad told Dawn from the regional headquarters of Timergarah.

The security official said the group was on its way to inaugurate a primary school in Kad, Lower Dir that had been blown up by militants but was rebuilt by USAID.

The security forces immediately sealed off the area and began evacuating the dead and wounded.

“We are still receiving the wounded”, Medical Superintendent of the District headquarters Hospital, Lower Dir, Dr. Wakil Muhammad said.

Courtesy: DawnNews & Reuters.

Consecutive fifth day violence : Three more killed in Karachi

February 3, 2010

Paramilitary forces keep guard after arriving to the site of a target killing in Karachi, February 2, 2010. — Reuters

Three more killed in Karachi as violence enters fifth day

KARACHI, Wednesday, 03 Feb, 2010: A man was killed in Karachi’s Gulshan-i-Iqbal Town whereas two people were killed in the city’s Orangi Town and Qasba Colony areas. Meanwhile, a man wounded three days ago during the violence also succumbed to his injuries.

On Tuesday, at least 13 people were killed in incidents of firing in different areas of Karachi in the backdrop of the Pakistan People’s Party’s main coalition partner staging a walk out from the Sindh Assembly.

Meanwhile, the Sindh government has called upon holding a high-level meeting to review the province’s law and order situation, particularly in connection with the rising incidents of target killings in Karachi.

On Tuesday, Sindh Home Minister Zulfiqar Mirza said he would call in the army to “play its due role and take over Karachi, as a Swat-like law and order situation is developing in the provincial capital.”

Courtesy : DawnNews & Reuters.

Non-Stop Karachi Violence::Ten more killed as Karachi violence enters fourth day

February 2, 2010

Intermittent firing continued in different parts of Karachi as unknown gunmen continued to wander around unchecked. — Photo by AFP

Ten more killed as Karachi violence enters fourth day

Tuesday, 02 Feb, 2010||Safar 18, 1431

KARACHI: At least ten people were killed as violence continued unabated for the fourth consecutive day in Karachi, DawnNews reported.

The bullet ridden bodies of the deceased were found in different parts of Karachi including Mangohpir, Abdullah Colony, Orangi Town, Karimabad and Dhaka Colony.

Earlier Tuesday, another person was shot dead in the city’s Orangi Town area.

Many markets in the city’s affected areas still remained closed and public transporters were reluctant to take their vehicles to certain areas.

Meanwhile, Sindh Home Minister Zulfiqar Mirza said that the army may be called in to control the situation if required.

The minister also rejected claims that workers of one political party were being singled out by the police.

Intermittent firing continued in different parts of Karachi as unknown gunmen continued to wander around unchecked. — DawnNews

Courtesy: DawnNews & AFP.