Archive for September, 2010

Religious Educational Institutions in Pak are getting dangerous day by day.

September 16, 2010

Arms cache seized from Madrassa

By Atif Raza || Daily Times, Pakistan

Thursday, 16 Sep, 2010 | Shawwal 06, 1431

KARACHI: The Anti-Violent Crime Cell (AVCC) and Citizens-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) recovered heavy weapons including explosive materials from a madrassa (religious seminary) and a house in Liaquatabad while arresting three alleged culprits in joint raids on Wednesday.

At a press conference in the AVCC office, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police (Investigation) Iftikhar Hussain Tarar disclosed that CPLC team headed by its chief Ahmed Chinoye and AVCC team headed by SSP Usman Ghani in a joint operation raided a house near Sindhi Hotel and Madrassa-e-Arabia Faizanul Quran in Liaquatabad and recovered a huge quantity of illegal weapons. Three accused were also arrested who were identified as Shafiqullah, son of Shafiullah, and brothers Noman and Faizan, sons of Mohammad Yaseen, the DIG added.

Tarar claimed the police have recovered a light machine gun, a rocket launcher, one 7mm rifle, one submachine gun, a 12-bore repeater, one .44-bore rifle, one 30-bore pistol, a 9mm pistol, 1,000 bullets, 5 boxes of explosive materials, 8 boxes of wires and religious literature. Meanwhile, three motorcycles and a car were also recovered from the possession of the suspects.

The suspects were involved in the kidnapping of Hanif Memon on August 27, who was released on September 1 after a ransom amount of around Rs 750,000 was paid to the kidnappers, the DIG informed.

He said under section 365/A, FIR No 547/2010 was registered at the Aziz Bhatti police station, while during investigation, two hideouts of the alleged kidnappers were located in the Liaqatabad area, adding that the police team raided and arrested the said accused. Two accused identified as Imran Yaseen and Amanullah managed to escape, he added.

Initial interrogation has revealed that the arrested accused were not affiliated with any political or militant groups but the seized arms cache reflected that the accused might be associated with a terrorist group, Tarar remarked.

CPLC Chief Ahmed Chinoye, Special Investigation Unit SSP Raja Umar Khattab, AVCC SSP Usman Ghani and other AVCC and CPLC officials were also present at the press conference.

Source Courtesy : Daily Times (Pak).

Five militant groups banned in Balochistan || Two killed in an explosion at Karachi

September 8, 2010

Interior Minister Rehman Malik. — Photo by AFP

Pak Govt bans five militant groups in Balochistan

Wed, 08 Sep, 2010 | Ramazan 28, 1431

QUETTA: Pakistan announced a ban on five militant groups operating in the restive southwest and froze their assets on Wednesday, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said.

Violence has surged this year in Balochistan, which borders Afghanistan and Iran and is rife with separatist unrest as well as militancy and sectarian violence.

“Today five of them have been proscribed. They will not be allowed to undertake any activity, their offices will be closed and action will be taken against their office bearers,” Malik told reporters.

“Their bank accounts have also been seized,” said Malik, speaking in Quetta, where a suicide bomber killed 59 people on Friday at a Shia Muslim rally.

The banned groups are the Balochistan Republican Army, Baloch Liberation Front, Balochistan Liberation United Front, Baloch Defaee Tanzeem and Lashkar-e-Balochistan, Malik said.

Malik said any organisation using the terms “liberation”, “military” or “Lashkar” (army) in Balochistan would also face a ban.

The interior minister also announced that the federal government had given Balochistan’s Chief Minister the authority to award police powers to the Frontier Constabulary (FC) to tackle the province’s law and order situation.

Malik said every law enforcement action in the province will be led by the police, adding that this involves targeted action based on intelligence inputs.

He said police and FC will gather the intelligence in this regard and denied saying that there would be a Swat-style operation in the province.—AFP/DawnNews

Alertpak says :But it is not clear that how the same “liberation”, “military” or “Lashkar” (army) names will be tagged with other Pak Terrorists Groups in other provinces in Pakistan ?

This is simply a matter of persecution of Balooch People who wants autonomy within Pakistan. Balooch are not Talibans. Then why this discrimination upon Balooch people ??

Explosion near hub-chowki in Karachi on 8th Sept. 2010. – AP Photo

Two killed in an explosion near Hub chowki

No Peace in Ramazan

Wed, 08 Sep, 2010 | Ramazan 28, 1431

KARACHI: In an explosion near Rind market in Hub chowki on Wednesday, two people died while eight were injured.

The injured were shifted to Hub civil hospital immediately where two of the injured succumbed to their injuries.

Those severely injured were shifted to a hospital in Karachi. Few of the injured were sent home after treatment.

The nature of the explosion has not been determined yet. – Dawn News

Alertpak says : No Peace in Ramazan.

Courtesy : AP, AFP and Dawn.

Blast targeting Kohat police colony kills 21 in the final days of Ramazan

September 7, 2010

Burning in the Islamic Peace : A man with burn injury by an explosion as admitted at a local hospital in Kohat.—AP

Car bomb kills 21 near police complex in Kohat

Tue, 07 Sep, 2010 | Ramazan 27, 1431

KOHAT: Twenty-one people were killed and 70 wounded in a bomb attack targeting police residential quarters in Kohat on Tuesday, Geo News reported Tuesday.

“Twenty-one people have been killed and 70 wounded, and there were women and children among the injured,” a senior police official said.

“It was a big explosion. I am on site and can see the smoke. Several people have been wounded,” he said.

“It was a car bomb blast, we are investigating whether the car was parked or was exploded by a suicide bomber,” Khalid Khan, Commissioner Kohat said.

Rescue workers were facing difficulties as electricity was suspended after the blast.

The law enforcement personnel have cordoned off entire area. Police said a nearby police residential complex had also been severely damaged and houses had collapsed, trapping several people in the rubble.

Police said it was a bomb blast but they were investigating whether a suicide bomber had targeted the area or someone had planted a bomb.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik strongly condemned the Kohat bomb blast and sought an inquiry report from the Inspector General Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Police.

President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani have strongly condemned the bomb blast in Kohat and termed it as the most heinous crime against innocent civilians on the sacred day of 27th Ramazan.

Militants have launched a series of attacks in the past week as Muslims mark the final days of the holy month of Ramazan.

Courtesy : Dawn, The International News, AP and Agencies

At least 19 killed including 2 children, 34 injured in Lakki Marwat suicide attack in the month of Ramazan

September 6, 2010

Nineteen killed, thirty four injured in Lakki Marwat blast

| Mon, 06 Sep, 2010 | Ramazan 26, 1431 |

PESHAWAR: A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into a police station in the southern city of Lakki Marwat, 162 km of the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Monday morning, killing 19 people, among them nine policemen, a senior police official said.

The 19 people including children and nine policemen have been killed and thirty nine others sustained serious injuries as a result of suicide bomb attack at a police station in Laki Marwat city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa here on Monday (06-09-10). A suicide bomber rammed his car into a police station in Laki Marwat on Monday killing at least 19 people, police said. Nearly 100 people were killed last week in suicide bombings on processions of minority Shi’ite Muslims in Lahore and Quetta.
“It goes to show that the terrorists have no creed except bloodshed and chaos, and are desperately carrying out their agenda regardless of the precarious conditions,” Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani told a meeting of provincial officials.
“I want to stress today that we shall never let their nefarious designs succeed and will eliminate them.”
The latest attack which took place in the town of Lakki Marwat. The bomber struck a school van before hitting the rear wall of the police station. “Nineteen people have been killed. There are nine policemen and two children among the dead,” the Information Minister of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, Mian Iftikhar Hussain, told Reuters. Hussain said 34 people, including 20 policemen, were wounded. Militants have frequently carried out attacks in Lakki Marwat. Earlier this year, a suicide bomber blew himself up in an SUV at a volleyball game, killing nearly 100 people in a village near the town in one of the deadliest attacks in the country. The TTP claimed responsibility for last week’s attacks in Lahore and Quetta.
Government was severely criticised for its slow response to the floods and could face riots or unrest of it does not ease growing anger, analysts say. It must also find ways to prevent an economic meltdown.
“We will have to re-prioritize our economic goals and drastically cut-down expenditures,” said Gilani.

But Sify News Repoted :

Nine students among 19 killed in Pakistan suicide blast

Courtesy : The Nation, Dawn, Sify & Agencies.

Holy Friday blast upon Shia Muslim at Quetta glorifies Ramadan in Pakistan

September 4, 2010

Blast on Friday Ramadan In Pakistan || Toll from Quetta blast rises to 65

Sat, 04 Sep, 2010 | Ramazan 24, 1431

At least 65 people have been killed as a result of a suicide bombing targeting a Shia Muslim rally in Pakistan’s southwest city of Quetta on Friday September 3, the latest in a string of sectarian attacks. Police said the bomber was among the 450-strong crowd and detonated himself upon reaching the city’s main square, triggering chaotic scenes, with people setting fires as others fled or lay on the ground.–AFP & Reuters Photos.

QUETTA: The death toll from a suicide attack on a Shia Muslim procession rose from 56 to 65 overnight as critically wounded people died in hospital, police said.

Police official Mohammed Sultan said Saturday that about 150 people were wounded and some remain critical after the attack claimed by the Pakistani Taliban in the southwestern city of Quetta. A triple suicide attack Wednesday night killed 35 people at a Shia procession in Lahore.

Leaders of the minority sect called a general strike in Quetta and all schools are closed for a day in mourning, police said.

Pakistan’s government is struggling to deal both with massive flooding and the incessant militant violence aimed at overthrowing the administration. — AP


CNN Reports : Death toll from Pakistan suicide bombing rises to 73 : [See Some Video after clicking here].

Courtesy : AP. AFP, Rueters, CNN and Dawn.

Sign of Islamic Peace during Ramazan in Pakistan. 31 killed and 281 injured in Lahore Triple Blast.

September 2, 2010

A man reacts over explosions as protesters burn vehicles in Lahore, Pakistan on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010. – AP

Lahore mourns triple bombing as death toll rises

Thu, 02 Sep, 2010 | Ramazan 22, 1431

LAHORE: The death toll from suicide attacks that targeted a busy procession in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore rose to 31 on Thursday as six people succumbed to their injuries, officials said.

Three suicide bombers targeted a Shia mourning procession made up of thousands of people on Wednesday at the moment of the breaking of the fast in the holy month of Ramazan, wounding hundreds.

It was the first major attack in Pakistan since devastating floods engulfed a fifth of the volatile country over the past month in its worst disaster yet.

“Thirty-one people have died and a total of 281 were injured,” Fahim Jehanzeb, a spokesman for Lahore’s rescue agency told AFP, adding that he feared more would die from their injuries.

Sajjad Bhutta, a senior local administration official, also confirmed the new death toll.

A mass funeral was hastily arranged for later in the day with police and paramilitary providing tight security, while local authorities announced a day of mourning with all public and private institutions closed.

An AFP reporter said that all markets were closed and the roads were quiet on Thursday, after the attacks provoked an outpouring of fury in the city a night earlier, with mourners trying to torch a nearby police station.

Police fired tear gas to force back the surging crowd as furious mourners beat the bodies of the suicide bombers with sticks and shoes, while others beat their own heads and chests at the site of the attacks in frustration.

The emotional crowd chanted slogans against the police and the provincial government over their failure to protect the Shia procession, an AFP correspondent on the scene said.

Lahore, a city of eight million, has been increasingly subject to Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked attacks in a nationwide bombing campaign that has killed more than 3,600 people in three years.

The procession hit by the blasts was being held to mark the anniversary of the martyrdom of Hazarat Ali, who is revered by Shia Muslims and is the son-in-law of the Prophet Mohammed.

Shias account for around 20 per cent of Pakistan’s mostly Sunni Muslim population of 160 million.

Religious violence in Pakistan, mostly between Sunni and Shiite groups, has killed more than 4,000 people in the past decade, and it is not the first time Lahore has seen bombers target religious gatherings.  – AFP

Courtesy : AFP, AP and Dawn.