Archive for May, 2010

Hindus, Christians or Ahamadis not the factor, Minorities are being finished totally in Pakistan. Declare Pakistan as a Barbaric State.

May 28, 2010
Commandos take up position at one of two worship places stormed by gunmen in Lahore.—AFP

Fanatic Muslims target Lahore’s Ahmadi worshippers in Mosque on Friday; 80 dead, 100 injured.

Fri, 28 May, 2010 | Jumadi-us-Sani 13, 1431

LAHORE: Gunmen attacked worshippers from the Ahmadi community in two worship places of Lahore on Friday, taking hostages and killing at least 80 people, officials said.

The gunmen opened fire shortly after Friday prayers and threw what could have been grenades at two Ahmadi worship places in residential neighbourhoods in Pakistan’s cultural capital.

Sajjad Bhutta, deputy commissioner of Lahore, said at least 80 people had been killed in the twin attacks on worship places in Garhi Shahu and Model Town. A total of 100 were injured.

The death toll at Garhi Shahu was higher, Bhutta said, because three attackers blew themselves up with suicide vests packed with explosives when police tried to enter the building.

Police are still searching the area as two attackers were still at large.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani strongly condemned the attacks, expressing “deep sorrow and grief over the loss of precious lives”.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said the incidents would generate greater resolve to combat extremism.

“It’s a reminder to the nation that Pakistan will achieve its destiny only after we get rid of the worst type of extremism and fundamentalism,” he told a news conference. “The entire nation will fight this evil.”

He said one attacker had been arrested. Police in Model Town confirmed one gunmen had been arrested and another killed.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but suspicion quickly fell on the Pakistani Taliban.

“It’s too early to say who is behind these attacks,” said a Lahore-based security official. “But my guess is that like most other attacks, there would be some link to the Taliban or their associated militants.”

Punjab’s Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said the arrested attacker was a teenage Pashtun. This, he said, indicated a link to the tribal area of Waziristan and strongly hinted at a Taliban link.

“The prayer leader was giving a sermon when we heard firing and blasts. Everybody stood up and then two gunmen barged into the place of worship and sprayed bullets,” Fateh Sharif, a 19-year-old student, told Reuters from Model Town.

“They had long beards. They were carrying rucksacks.” Bhutta said a suicide vest laden with explosives was recovered from the Model Town worship place, where some attackers escaped. One fired at a television van before the area was made safe.

“He was young, clean-shaven. He sprayed bullets at our van while fleeing the scene,” Rabia Mehmood, a reporter told Reuters.

ATTACKS LAUNCHED AFTER PRAYERS

Witnesses said the assaults were launched shortly after prayers.

“I saw some gunmen run towards the Ahmadis’ place of worship and then I heard blasts and gunfire,” Mohammad Nawaz, a resident, told Reuters.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) said it had warned of threats against the Ahmadi community centre in Lahore for more than a year and demanded “foolproof security and protection” from the government.

It expressed concern over “the increasing sectarian dimension” of militancy in Pakistan, which it called “a big security threat to the entire society”.

Friday’s shootings were the worst attacks in Pakistan since March 12 suicide attacks seconds apart killed 57 people in Lahore while targeting the Pakistani military.

Nine attacks have now killed more than 220 people in Lahore over the past year, a historical city, playground for the elite and home to many top brass in Pakistan military and intelligence establishment.

The United States on Friday also condemned the deadly attack in Lahore. “We condemn this brutal violence against innocent people. We also condemn the targeting and violence against any religious group, in this case the Ahmadi community,” State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters. —Agencies

Hindus, Christians or Ahamadis are not the factors. Minorities are being finished totally in Pakistan. The eye-washing statement made by US condemning the present attack on Ahmadis can not refrain US from enhancing the budget to prompt Pakistan against India or anybody coming under the classification of Kaffirs. Rather an authoritative support in America may help the fanatics to build a colosal Mosque near Ground-Zero. No Fatwa from Deoband or Al Harmain or from any place contained any meaning that Islamic Jihad is different from Terrorism. Islam is the Green Book of the Fanatic Jihadis. Islam is against Peace. Islam is inhuman. Simply Barbaric Terrorism.  Declare Pakistan as a Barbaric State.

Two killed in Quetta rickshaw blast, Several females and children seriously injured.

May 26, 2010

People standing near vehicles burning after a bomb blast in Quetta. –AP (File Photo)

At least two killed and 14 injured in Quetta blast

Monday, 24 May, 2010|| Quetta || Pakistan|| The International News Pakistan

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

By Muhammad Ejaz Khan

QUETTA: Two persons were killed and 14 others, including three females and seven children, were injured — some of them seriously — in a powerful bomb explosion in a rickshaw parked on the Airport Road here on Monday.

Police said the explosives device, presumably planted in the rickshaw parked near the offices of the National Highway Authority (NHA), went off with a big bang at 7:10 pm. It caused injuries to some 14 people present there as the splinters of the device hurt them. The Edhi ambulances and some private vehicles carried the injured to the Civil Hospital. Two of the injured succumbed to their injuries before they were provided any medical aid. While others, including three females and seven children, were admitted to the hospital, where the condition of some of them is stated to be precarious.

On being informed, the police and the Frontier Corps (FC) reached the spot and cordoned off the area. The nature of the explosion could not be ascertained immediately. Further investigations are under way. A large number of people and relatives of the injured reached the hospital soon after the incident.

Meanwhile, Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani strongly condemned the blast and the loss of lives. He ordered an inquiry into the incident. The chief minister asked the authorities concerned to provide all possible health facilities to the injured.

Death toll in Karachi target killings reaches 28 :: Islamists’ instigation suspected.

May 20, 2010

A plain-clothes policeman fires a tear gas shell towards demonstrators during a protest against alleged target killings in Karachi.—AFP

KARACHI: The toll in the ongoing target killings rose to 28 on Thursday as eight more people became victims in different parts of Karachi. Reports said that five vehicles were also torched.

Agha Shahi, President ANP Sindh, said that some hidden hands are orchestrating the incidents of violence in a systematic way.

Addressing a press conference, he regretted that culprits involved in the incidents of target killings have never been arrested.—Agencies

Police officers check documents on the killings near a body at a mortuary in Karachi.—AP/File

Karachi Target killing claims 18 lives; hurts 21: police

Thu, 20 May, 2010 | Jumadi-us-Sani 05, 1431

KARACHI: Eighteen people became victims in renewed start of target killings in the city on Wednesday.

Police said the incidents of target killings took place in Sir Syed Town, Kuti Pahari, North Karachi, Abul Ispahani road and other areas.

Meanwhile, President Awami National Party Shahi Syed, heading a delegation, called on Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah to discuss the issue of target killings.

The chief minister took strict notice of the killings started during the last 24 hours and called for effective steps to maintain law and order.

He assured the ANP delegation that killers involved in target killings would soon be arrested and awarded exemplary punishment.

He directed the law enforcing organisations and administration to bring the criminals to book.

The news.com.pk reports that the number of deaths in separate incidents of target killing in capital city Karachi has mounted to 18 while as many as another 21 sustained injuries, Geo reported Wednesday.

A total of four vehicles were torched in reaction of target killing incidents, witnesses said.

Markets and shops were closed early in the city on account of target killing reports.

According to police, armed men barged into a shop and opened firing, killing some persons and injuring three others. They were rushed to the Jinnah Hospital.

A severely bruised and bullet-riddled body of an identified man was found dumped near Katti Pahari area in North Nazimabad area.

In another incident, unknown gunmen shot and killed one person near Qaba Morr in Orangi Town. While two persons sustained injuries.

One person was killed in Landhi Town.

In different acts of violence, four persons were gunned down in Shah Faisal Colony, Gulistan-e-Johar and Sir Syed Town.

Karachi is now under the insurgent threat perceptions. Concerned opined a suspected instigation of  rebellion Islamist groups are leading towards a civil war like situation in Pakistan.

Police and Paramilitary forces tightened the security and vigilance in and out  around Karachi.

Courtesy: —DawnNews/APP/Agencies.

Bomb blast killed atleast 12 in Dera Ismail Khan including one woman and a girl child

May 18, 2010

A policeman surveys the site of a suicide bomb attack in Dera Ismail Khan May 18, 2010. – Reuters

Bomb blast kills 12 in Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan

 Tue, 18 May, 2010 || Jumadi-us-Sani 04, 1431 || DawnNews

MIRAMSHAH: A bomb planted on a bicycle killed 12 people in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, targeting police in the latest assault on security forces battling Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked militants.

At least one woman and a six-year-old girl were among nine civilians killed when the bomb exploded as a senior police officer drove through the outskirts of Dera Ismail Khan, officials said.

“We have received 12 dead bodies and 10 injured,” said Doctor Nasir Malik Akhtar, head of the casualty department at Dera Ismail Khan hospital, where he said medical staff had declared a state of emergency to cope with the victims.

Three policemen, including an officer named Iqbal Khan who led a particularly active drive against the Taliban, were killed in the attack.

Doctor Qibla Khan Mehsud said a couple and their six-year-old daughter were killed. “They appeared to be pedestrians,” he told AFP.

The Pakistani Taliban, which the United States accused of being involved in a failed plot to blow up Times Square in New York earlier this month, claimed responsibility for the attack.

“Iqbal Khan was so active against the Taliban. We planted that bomb and claim responsibility for this attack,” Azam Tariq, the main spokesman for Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) told AFP by telephone.

“We will target all such people. These sorts of policemen are on our hit list,” he said, speaking from an undisclosed location.

Police in Dera Ismail Khan said Khan recovered a stash of arms, ammunition, mortar shells and a suicide vest from a forest in the district in March.

“He also arrested several militants from his area,” Rahmatullah Khan, a police official in Dera Ismail Khan told AFP by telephone.

“We think this was the basic reason that he was targeted,” Khan said.

Courtesy: AFP, Reuters and DawnNews.

37 passengers including women and children kidnapped by Islamic Militants in Pakistan

May 16, 2010
Pakistani government officials have accused Pakistani Taliban militants of carrying out kidnappings after coming under pressure from security crackdowns in Kurrum and other areas. – (File Photo)

Militants kidnap 37 passengers in Hangu

By Syed Hassan Mahmood, DawnNews|| Sunday, 16 May, 2010

KALAYA: Militants ambushed a convoy being escorted by security forces and kidnapped 37 passengers, women and children among them, in Toor Ghar area of Hangu district on Saturday. Two international news agencies, however, put the number of the kidnapped at 60.

According to officials, the convoy carrying passengers and goods was going from Peshawar to Parachinar, the Kurram Agency’s administrative headquarters, when it came under attack on the Thall-Parachinar road near a checkpoint manned by Levies and Frontier Corps.

An official said the attackers first punctured the tyres of some vehicles and then took the passengers hostage. He said the kidnapped persons hailed from upper and lower Kurram.

A police official in Thall tehsil, however, expressed ignorance about the kidnapping of passengers.

Kurram has been cut off from the rest of the country and by road travel from Kurram to Peshawar is not possible without an escort of security personnel. For the last three years travel between the two places is being done via Afghanistan.

The incident took place at a time when efforts were underway to restore peace in the area.

Militants frequently attack convoys in Toor Ghar range, a hilly track between Thall and Chappari. The area is part of the Hangu district and has become a stronghold of militants.

Over 150 passengers have been killed and more than 200 wounded in bomb blasts and ambushes in Toor Ghar since the administration partially opened the main road to traffic.

Agencies add:

The militants were dressed as policemen and first seized a vehicle belonging to the government power utility in the Kurram region and kidnapped four people travelling inside. The vehicle was set on fire.

Shortly afterwards, they seized several other vehicles and kidnapped 60 people.

Officials initially said 30 people were kidnapped, but later said 57 people had been taken from the convoy.

“The militants were posing as policemen and wearing police uniforms,” said Mir Chaman, a senior police official in the nearby town of Thall.

The hostages in the Kurram region included women and children, though it was not clear how many, Mr Mir said.

Details of the kidnapping were sketchy and Mr Mir said police were trying to trace and recover the hostages, who were all believed to be Pakistanis.

Robberies and kidnapping for ransom are common in the militant stronghold of Kurram, which borders Afghanistan and the Orakzai Agency.

Government officials in Kurram confirmed the incident and said efforts were under way to recover the kidnapped people.

A large number of militants, officials say, have fled to Kurram and neighbouring regions after the military launched a major operation in South Waziristan in October last year. The militants have carried out a wave of suicide and bomb attacks in tribal areas, killing hundreds of people.

However reports came in that erlier 50 hostages on Saturday from Pashtun tribal region of Kurram area are freed now by Govt. initiatives. Read details in…….>> Militants free 50 hostages kidnapped on Saturday

Courtesy : Dawn and Agencies.

Hardliner Islamists Warn Pakistan School Girls not to wear Western Clothes

May 16, 2010

 A student shows the threat letters sent by the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan at Girls High School in Kali Shekhan, Quetta. — Photo by Online

Balochistan schools receive TTP’s threatening letters

Sun, 16 May, 2010 | Jumadi-us-Sani 01, 1431

QUETTA: A number of schools, including at least two girls’ schools, have closed down in Quetta after threatening letters were received by their managements.

Security was also beefed up in parts of the provincial capital and in Mastung.

Some of the letters threatened that if purdah was not observed in schools, then teachers and administrative heads will have to bear the consequences.

Similar letters threatening against wearing ‘western’ clothes were also sent to schools in Mastung.

The letters warned the school managements with the presence of informants among the students and the staffers and threatened severe consequences in case of non-compliance.

The letters, sent by Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan’s Balochistan chapter, created a sense of fear and panic among the students and teachers.  

Courtesy : DawnNews and Agencies.

Highest ever ground kidnapping by the Islamists in Pakistan at a time.

May 15, 2010

Government officials in Kurram confirmed the incident and said efforts were under way to recover the kidnapped people. — Photo by Reuters

Islamic Militants kidnap 60 in Kurram tribal in northwestern region of Pakistan

Sat, 15 May, 2010 | Jumadi-ul-Awwal 30, 1431

PARACHINAR: Some suspected militants dressed as policemen kidnapped about 60 people in troubled northwestern Pakistan near the Afghan border on Saturday, government and police officials said.

Heavily armed militants first seized a vehicle belonging to the government power utility in the Kurram region and kidnapped four people travelling inside. The vehicle was set on fire.

Shortly afterwards, several vehicles were seized from a convoy of civilians travelling to Parachinar, the main city in Kurram.

Officials initially said 30 people were kidnapped but later said 57 people had been taken from the convoy.

“The militants were posing as policemen and wearing police uniforms,” said Mir Chaman, a senior police official in the nearby town of Thal.

Government officials in Kurram confirmed the incident and said efforts were under way to recover the kidnapped people.

The Pakistani military has mounted offensives against militants in their strongholds in the northwest over the past year, largely clearing several areas, killing hundreds of militants and destroying their bases.

A large number of militants, officials say, have fled to Kurram and neighbouring regions after the military launched a major operation against them in their South Waziristan bastion near the Afghan border in mid-October last year.

Security forces have intensified air strikes on militant targets in Kurram and adjoining areas in recent weeks.

The militants have shown resilience and carried out a wave of suicide and bomb attacks, mainly in the northwest, killing hundreds of people.

Now it is believed that the kidnapper Islamist group will bargain with the Local Govt. to free other militants already put into jail for years. The militants will kill these abducted tribal men one after another if their ( militant’s) demands are not fulfilled. The situation is not under the control as the police told the reporters.

Input and Courtesy : Reuters and Agencies.

Tortured Hindu Minorities in Pakistan :: The Cruel Face of Islam.

May 11, 2010
Students recite lines at a Madrassa in Pakistan to learn persecution upon non-muslims. -File Photo.

Hindu Girl Held in Madrassa and Forced to Convert to Islam

By Antony Thomas ||The Chakra News

Islamabad, Pakistan (CHAKRA), Tuesday, May 11th, 2010( This report is published on the basis of news received late) – A Punjabi Hindu girl from Pakistan has been kidnapped and is being held in a madrassa where she is being forced to convert to Islam.  This has been brought to attention by leading Pakistani activist Ansar Burney. 

Burney’s rights organization has learned that 15-year-old, Gajri who is daughter of Meghna Ram was abducted from her home in Katchi Mandi on December 29th 2009 by a nearby Muslim neighbour.  This took place in the Liaquatpur in the Rahim Yar Khan District.

According to Burney, Gajri’s parents later found out that she was being held in a madrassa where she has been forcefully married off to someone in addition to being forced to convert to Islam.

The local administrator of the madrassa is refusing to speak to anyone regarding the abduction and Gajri is not being allowed to leave the madrassa resulting in not being able to speak to her parents or family members.

Burney, a former human rights activist openly condemned the forceful act of conversion in addition to the kidnapping.  He has demanded her immediate release.

“Pakistan is a state party to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which oblige authorities to protect religious minorities under international law,” he said.

After Gajri disappeared on December 21st from southern Punjab, on December 26th the local police station received a letter from the madrassa administrator stating that Gajri had embraced Islam and had married her neighbour Mohammed Salim.  However, the letter was not enclosed with a marriage certificate.

The police failed to immediately inform Gajri’s parents of the letter they had received even though her parents had attempted to file a report when she first went missing.  The parents were discouraged from filing a report, according to Burney.

After feeling helpless, Gajri’s parent’s went to Ramesh Jay Pal, the vice president of the National Peace Committee For Interfaith Harmony, asking him for his advice on the matter.

With Pal’s help, Gajri’s parents met the priest, Maulana Abdul Hafeez, in charge of Darul-Uloom Madrassa in Khanpur.  He told them that their daughter had embraced Islam and that she was not allowed to meet her parents.

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Courtesy : The Chakra News.

Islam endorsing terror? Pakistani Ulema and Alem’s Islam is not detached from Terrorism.

May 10, 2010

Some ulema suggest the government’s ‘pro-America’ foreign policy justifies the militants’ war against it. — Photo by AFP

Ulema and terrorism

By Muhammad Ali Siddiqi ||Jumadi-ul-Awwal 25, 1431, Monday, 10 May, 2010

Ulema and Alem’s Islam not detached from Terrorism. The proceedings at the Deobandi ulema’s recent conference in Lahore must be studied less for its expected refusal to condemn suicide bombings and more for the insight it gives into the psyche of a large section of our powerful ulema community.Of equal significance are the fissures that came to the fore between hardliners and harder-liners. Evidently, the latter carried the day.

It was gratifying that at least some ulema — among them Maulana Samiul Haq — were cognisant of the negative impact which acts of terrorism were having not on the nation but on the Deobandi image.

While the delegates did indeed plead with the militants to adopt peaceful and democratic means for the establishment of Sharia in Pakistan, a majority of the ulema, according to Nasir Jamal’s reportage (Dawn, May 2), said terrorism would continue to haunt Pakistan as long as “factors and causes” responsible for it continued. What was mind-boggling, however, was the principle some ulema propounded to establish a link between terrorism and government policies.

Briefly, the ulema at the Lahore moot said that the government’s foreign policy was pro-America, and this obedience to commands from Washington in their opinion was the reason behind the militants’ war against the government. That this war against the government and the army translates itself into a war on the state of Pakistan itself was an issue into which the ulema chose not go.

If one were to accept resort to terrorism as a justifiable means for registering dissent against government policies, then every country in this world must be ravaged by terrorism, because there is no government on the surface of the earth whose policies do not have critics. Let us, for instance, see the situation in two of Pakistan’s neighbours — Iran and India — where government policies have diehard foes.

The nuclear deal between America and India was first agreed upon in principle when Manmohan Singh met George Bush in July 2005. It took more than three years for the treaty to go through the various phases of America’s complex constitutional process and approval from the International Atomic Energy Agency and the nuclear suppliers’ group.

The treaty evoked opposition from key members of the Senate and House foreign relations committees, but to my knowledge no senators or congressmen or lobby groups resorted to terrorism or to threats of terrorism to express disapproval of this aspect of the Bush government’s foreign policy.

In India the treaty aroused intense opposition, not only from the traditionally anti-American parties of the Left but also from the extreme rightwing Hindu parties, including the Bharatiya Janata Party. The press was equally divided, and influential sections of the print and electronic media came out with highly technical opinions from nuclear scientists who argued that the treaty undermined India’s nuclear programme.

The opposition finally called for the Manmohan government to obtain a vote of confidence, and it goes without saying that the vote saw a phenomenon we in Pakistan are quite familiar with — MPs were bought and convicts brought from prison to cast their votes. All along the intensely emotional debate, no party or group started killing India’s own citizens and blowing up markets and schools and temples and mosques because they thought the Manmohan government had sold India to Washington or to its corporate sector.

To our west, we have a theocracy in Iran, almost as obscurantist and ruthless as Ziaul Haq’s tyranny. The clerics have imposed an ideological dictatorship on Iran, the Internet is censored, foreign channels are banned or shown selectively, there is no opposition press and even government newspapers are often banned when they deviate from the official line.

The economy is in a mess, and crude-producing Iran imports half its oil because of lack of refining capacity. The parliamentary opposition does manage to put its views across, but the real opposition has gone underground. But no opposition group has started killing Iran’s men, women and children and blowing up shopping plazas in Tehran and bombing schools in Isfahan or mosques in Mashhad because President Ahmadinejad is pursuing wrong policies.

It is, however, in Pakistan that some sections of the ulema think that killing our own people is a justified way of expressing dissent against the government’s policies.

Mind you, the government’s perceived pro-American policies do not have opponents merely in the religious right. Even liberal sections of opinion — the recently formed Workers Party Pakistan, for instance — are sharply critical of a continuation of Pervez Musharraf’s war on terror by the PPP-led government. But none of these political parties and elements has justified blasts in Moon market or the blowing up of mosques or a girls’ university to register their protest against the government’s foreign policy.

The religious touch to the ulema’s anti-Americanism is laughable. Just the other day, they were head over heels in love with America, and any opposition to the CIA’s overt and covert operations in Afghanistan was considered heresy because there existed an “indissoluble unity” among the People of the Books.

The ulema know the hurmat Islam attaches to human life. In case some of them have forgotten, the blast in the Rawalpindi Askari mosque on Dec 4 last killed, among others, 16 children.

P.S: For some mysterious reason, ideologically motivated governments, movements and individuals, whether religious or secular — Nazi, Zionist, Taliban — are singularly devoid of the milk of human kindness. The attitude of a large number of Pakistani clerics today reminds us of the Christian church’s cold-bloodedness in burning purported heretics at the stake in medieval Europe.

Courtesy : DawnNews.

Nine soldiers killed in Orakzai battle in Pakistan

May 10, 2010

Military officials described the battle near Daburi in Orakzai district as “fierce” and said two officers were among the nine who died

Tuesday, 11 May, 2010 | Jumadi-ul-Awwal 25, 1431
PESHAWAR: Pakistani military officials said nine soldiers were killed Monday in the deadliest battle to date for security forces in a nearly two-month operation against the Taliban in the tribal belt.

Military officials described the battle near Daburi in Orakzai district as “fierce” and said two officers were among the nine who died. They also told AFP that 37 militants were “reportedly” killed and many injured.

Orakzai is the latest district in northwest Pakistan’s semi-autonomous tribal area where the military has launched an operation to evict Taliban militants, under US pressure to eradicate the scourge of Islamist extremism.

Despite death tolls released by military officials, it is impossible to confirm casualty statistics independently in what is a closed military zone inaccessible to aid workers and journalists.