Archive for November, 2010

No matter, this is happened in the Religious Land Of Peace. So What !!

November 28, 2010

Nearly 1,200 women killed, 321 were raped and 194 gang raped in Pakistan in 2010: Report

…………IANS, Nov 26, 2010, 11.01am IST|| TOI

ISLAMABAD: Of the 1,195 women murdered in Pakistan this year, 98 were killed after being raped, says a report by the country’s first helpline for women and children.

The Madadgaar helpline released a report in Karachi Thursday on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Geo News reported Friday.

The report was compiled from news reports published in the mainstream Pakistani media.

The increasing number of incidents of violence against women is a “blemish on the face of our society and seriously hamper the efforts for empowerment of women and gender equality in Pakistan”, said Madadgaar’s project coordinator and president of the Lawyers for Human Rights and Legal Aid (LHRLA), Zia Ahmed Awan.

He said it was “sad” that reports of violence against women have come from all parts of the country. This should be a wake-up call for the government.

The report further said that 321 were raped and 194 gang raped in Pakistan in 2010. a total of 1,091 were tortured, 126 were burnt, 383 were kidnapped, 316 were tortured by police and 491 committed suicide.

A total of 4,870 cases of violence against women were registered by police, while the total number of cases reported since the year 2000 came up to 79,909.

Awan said over 2,400 cases were reported from Punjab, 1,070 from Sindh, 998 from Khyber-Pakhtunkhuwa and 313 from Balochistan. The number of cases were less in Khyber-Pakhtunkhuwa and Balochistan provinces because of a strong tribal culture and lack of access to the media.

The UN General Assembly has designated Nov 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Curtesy : TOI

Eid-ul-Adha. Allah ho Akbar. Peace be upon the brutally slaughtered animals also.

November 20, 2010

First ever woman sentenced to death under blasphemy law in Pakistan

November 12, 2010

Christian woman sentenced to death in blasphemy case

LAHORE: A Christian mother of five has been sentenced to death for blasphemy, the first such conviction of a woman, sparking protests from rights groups on Thursday.

Asia Bibi, 45, was handed down the death sentence by a court in Nankana district in central Punjab on Monday.

Pakistan has yet to execute anyone for blasphemy. Ms Asia’s case dates back to June 2009 when she was asked to fetch water while out working in the fields. But a group of Muslim women labourers objected, saying that as a non-Muslim she should not touch the water bowl.

A few days later the women went to a local cleric and alleged that Ms Asia made derogatory remarks about the Prophet (peace be upon him). The cleric went to police, who opened an investigation.

Ms Asia was arrested in Ittanwalai village and prosecuted under Section 295-C of the PPC, which carries the death penalty.

Husband Ashiq Masih, 51, said he would appeal her death sentence.

Human rights activists want the controversial legislation repealed, saying it was exploited for personal enmity and encourages extremism.

“The blasphemy law is absolutely obscene and it needs to be repealed in totality,” Human Rights Watch spokesman Ali Dayan Hasan said. —AFP

Courtesy : Dawn.com & AFP.

Friday blast again rocks Karachi. 17 killed, 100 injured, mosque badly damaged. Arrest of banned Lashkar-i-Jhangvi militants may cause revenge.

November 12, 2010

Bomb and gun attack rocks Karachi: Tehrik-i-Taliban claims responsibility

Friday 12th November 2010 | Zilhaj 5, 1431 

KARACHI: At least 17 people were killed and over 100 injured in a massive bombing that was preceded by a shootout and grenade attack at the Crime Investigation Department (CID) offices in Civil Lines on Thursday night.

Among the dead was a woman from an adjoining neighbourhood, policemen posted in the CID and some personnel of the Frontier Constabulary deployed at a security post at the entrance of the offices located on the Beaumont Road.

The blast took place at around 8.20pm in what is supposed to be a most secure area of the city, at a walking distance from the Chief Minister’s House and two five-star hotels located on the Club Road.

Sindh Home Minister Zulfiqar Mirza, who was among the first to reach the scene, said that the blast bore resemblance to Islamabad’s Marriott hotel blast of 2008.

Soon after the blast, the banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility.

“Five or six attackers took out the guards present at the main entrance of the CID offices. One of them went inside the raised barrier and opened the gate. Meanwhile, policemen who were in the building opened retaliatory fire and the attackers rammed an explosives-laden truck of medium size into the second gate of the building,” a CID official told Dawn.

The structure, especially residential quarters located across the road and around the CID offices, were also razed to the ground by the impact of the blast, killing and wounding many residents.

The blast left a crater over 15 feet deep and 30 feet across.

“I ran for safety inside the offices after hearing what appeared to be a shootout between two sides. It lasted 10 to 15 minutes, during which a small explosion also took place, and was followed by a massive blast”, said Abdul Razzaq, a labourer who was doing a paint job at the home of SP Naeem Shaikh, which caved in after the explosion.

A mosque located inside the premises of the offices was badly damaged.

An official of the Special Investigation Group (SIG) said the quantity of explosives used in the blast was less than that used in the blast in Islamabad on Sept 20, 2008, but more than the Lahore blast of May 27 last year.

He estimated about 1,000kgs of explosives were packed into the truck.

He said the vehicle used in the attack could carry a maximum of 2,000kgs of load, but the explosives must have been camouflaged.

SSP Raja Umar Khattab, citing initial information, said the attackers had used a Shezore pick-up.

He said there was no restriction on movement of such truck at the place because a multi-storey building was being constructed in front of the CID offices.

A CID officer, who didn’t want to be named, said a lock-up had been damaged, but there was no suspect in it at the time.

Saddar SSP Javed Akbar Riaz told Dawn that the attackers might have used the M.T. Khan Road and turned towards the Beaumont Road leading to the CID offices, to avoid the PIDC traffic signal.

CCTV footage from cameras installed at the traffic intersection was being analysed to spot any suspect vehicle, the officer said.

Investigators also found a chassis number, of a pick-up, from the scene. Two bodies were recovered from the debris several hours after the blast when heavy machinery was employed.

The shockwave created by the explosion was so severe that the Met Office recorded a jolt measuring 1.3 on the Richter scale at 8.20pm.

Only a day earlier, the CID had disclosed the arrest of seven militants belonging to the banned Lashkar-i-Jhangvi.

“The men were involved in the murder of several Shia doctors in the city,” SSP Aslam Khan told journalists.

Citing initial interrogation of the suspects, he said they were planning to carry out bombings on a procession of the community in the city.

Karachi has seen a number of attacks since a Muharram procession was bombed on Dec 28 last year.

Another team of the CID police had also arrested a wanted militant in the city. Iqbal Khan is said to hail from Bajaur, where he was affiliated with the TTP.

Police officials said he was involved in the killings of security personnel and the bombing of army convoys in the tribal region.

Karachi blast highlights dangers for police investigator

Friday 12th November 2010 | Zilhaj 5, 1431

KARACHI: Staring blankly at what used to be his office, the plain-clothed police investigator recalled how he had worked long hours there trying to track down some of Pakistan’s most dangerous militants.

The office was flattened in a suspected Pakistani Taliban suicide car bombing on Thursday at the compound of the Crime Investigation Department (CID), which focuses on apprehending militants who are bent on toppling Pakistan’s U.S.-backed government.

“I arrested members of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi,” said the investigator, who looked lost, his AK-47 rifle slung over his shoulder.

LeJ is one of Pakistan’s most violent anti-Shi’ite groups and part of an al Qaeda-linked nexus of militants. They include the Pakistani Taliban, which claimed responsibility for the attack, which killed 15 people and wounded 100, and threatened more bloodshed.

The explosion left a crater about 40 feet (12 metres) across and 12 feet (four metres) deep in front of the gutted building in Pakistan’s financial capital and biggest city, where senior militants were held and interrogated.

The police investigator pointed out one of the rooms which held militants. It was reduced to broken concrete slabs and twisted metal.

Parts of nearby buildings collapsed in the attack, which took place metres from the provincial chief minister’s house in a central district known as the “red zone” because of its high security status. The U.S. Consulate and five-star hotels are nearby.

A security guard knelt in the rubble and sifted through a pile of bullet casings. Police said the militants first opened fire, as they sometimes do during such attacks.

Official documents were strewn across the rubble.

Security officers and rescue workers tried to steady themselves over shaky chunks of cement as they searched furiously for possible survivors. A pair of sandals raised hope, but to no avail.

A few feet away a group of security officers grunted as they pushed away a huge block of cement. “Allah-u-Akbar” (“God is Great”), they shouted, hopeful they had found a survivor.

But a few minutes later the body of a paramilitary soldier, his face covered in dust, was carried away on a stretcher. – Reuters

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 Courtesy : Dawn, Reuters & Agencies.

Suicide bomb attack on Friday prayer kills at least 50, hurt 100 in Darra Adam Khel Mosque

November 5, 2010

  • A local official said 11 children were among the dead
  • The roof of the mosque collapsed with the force of the explosion

At least 50 killed in blast in Darra Adam Khel

Friday 5th November 2010 | Ziqa’ad 27, 1431|| Source : Dawn News, AFP.

PESHAWAR: A suicide bomb tore through a Pakistani mosque during weekly prayers on Friday, killing 50 people and bringing down the roof, trapping victims under pulverised rubble.

The attack in the volatile northwest was the deadliest in two months. Dozens of people were critically wounded and officials feared the toll could rise.

The carnage wrought havoc in Akhurwall village, part of the semi-tribal northwest area of Darra Adam Khel about 140 kilometres west of the Pakistani capital Islamabad.

A local official said 11 children were among the dead and television footage showed villagers digging graves within hours of the attack, determined to bury the dead in keeping with Muslim custom before nightfall.

Although there was no immediate claim of responsibility, a local elder blamed the Taliban and suggested that the bombers could have been targeting members of a pro-government militia set up to thwart the extremists.

“The number of dead is 50 now. There is a possibility it might rise further,” local administration official Gul Jamal Khan told AFP.

“The number of wounded is more than 100. The dead include 11 children. Some of the bodies are beyond recognition.”

Shahid Ullah, district administration chief of the northwestern garrison town of Kohat, said earlier that more than 40 people had been killed, but warned that the death toll was likely to rise.

“More than 70 are wounded and most of them are in a critical condition and have been taken to hospital.”

Ambulances and private volunteers rushed to take the victims to hospital in Peshawar, the main city in the northwest.

Television footage showed an elderly bearded man wearing a traditional white shalwar khamis drenched in blood limping into casualty while a woman shrieking in grief beat her hands against her head.

A private car sped up to the main Lady Reading Hospital with a volunteer sitting next to a body in the boot.

Khalid Umarzai, a regional administrator, said the bomber entered the mosque from the back during the main prayers.

“The roof of the mosque collapsed,” he told Geo television. “It was a suicide attack.”

Local tribal elder Sohbat Khan Afridi blamed the Taliban, saying Akhurwall is the home of Wali Mohammad, who formed a tribal militia in 2007 to rise up against the militants.

The Taliban and the militia, which is known locally as a lashkar, clashed repeatedly in the area but this year reached some kind of compromise in which blood money was paid to the Taliban, Afridi said.

“Taliban are believed to be involved in this attack,” he said, declining to go into further details on the alleged deal.

Umarzai suggested the attack could have been retaliation for military operations in the Darra Adam Khel area targeting militants.

“An operation is going on by the army and Frontier Corps (paramilitary) in the Darra Adam Khel area. We had been expecting such attacks.”

Around 3,800 people have been killed in suicide attacks and bombings, blamed on homegrown Taliban and other extremist networks, since government troops stormed a radical mosque in Islamabad three years ago. – AFP

Courtesy :

Important reading : Attacking shrines and the culture of peace.

by  Husham Ahmed

Plane crashes in Karachi :: Ban on carrying arms in Karachi during next 48 hours

November 5, 2010

Rescuers and airport security personnel gather at an aircraft crash site in Karachi on November 5. — Photo by AFP

Charter plane crashes in Karachi, no survivors

Source : DAWN.COM ||Friday 5th November 2010 | Ziqa’ad 27, 1431

KARACHI: A small plane with at least 21 people on board chartered to international oil company ENI crashed after taking off from the Karachi airport on Friday, killing all on board, an aviation official said.

The plane came down near the COD (Central Ordinance Depot) area of the Karachi airport, bursting into flames DawnNews reported

Pervez George, a spokesman for Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority, said the aircraft crashed near a military ordnance depot at Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport due to a technical fault soon after taking off.

He added it was en route to an oil field near Bhit Shah in Sindh province, some 190 km northeast of Karachi.

“When it took off, just after one minute, the pilot contacted the control tower saying that there was a fault in one of the engines. He was asked to return, but as it was turning back, it crashed,” George told Reuters.

He said there were 19 passengers and two crew on board. At least 12 bodies have been recovered so far. Aviation officials said there was at least one foreigner on board.

“The plane has been destroyed,” said Lt. Colonel Noor Agha, an army official supervising rescue operations.

“The dead bodies are burned beyond recognition. It could not be recognised whether they are men or women. We don’t know nationalities.”

Civil aviation officials said the small aircraft was chartered by oil company ENI, which is based in Italy. No one from the company was responding to phone calls and the nationalities of those killed were not immediately available.

Karachi is Pakistan’s business and economic capital. It is a teeming city of 16 million on the south coast with an Arabian Sea port where Nato supplies dock in preparation for travel overland to soldiers in Afghanistan.

Plane crashes are relatively rare in Pakistan, an enormous country of around 170 million people where inter-city travel is most efficient by air.

On July 28, a passenger Airbus 321 jet operated by Airblue crashed into hills of the Islamabad while coming into land after a flight from Karachi, killing 152 people on board.

Two Americans, an Austrian-born businessman, five children and two babies were among those killed in the worst aviation tragedy on Pakistani soil.

The only deadlier civilian plane crash involving a Pakistani jet occurred when a PIA Airbus A300 crashed into a cloud-covered hillside as it approached the Nepalese capital Kathmandu in 1992, killing 167 people. —Agencies

It is not known yet, wether it is a case of terroist attact or a simple accident took place unfortunately.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik. — Photo by AP

Ban on carrying arms in Karachi during next 48 hours

Source : Dawn News||Friday 5th November 2010 | Ziqa’ad 27, 1431

KARACHI: Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Friday said the demise of Imran Farooq was a national loss and that he was with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) in this tragic time.

Speaking to media representatives after a meeting to oversee the law and order situation for Imran Farooq’s funeral, he said security measures were being taken to avoid any untoward incident.

“We have two options to move Dr Farooq’s body from the airport to the graveyard. His body could be shifted via air or land but the option cannot be disclosed for the moment due to security concerns,” Malik said.

Sindh’s Interior Minister Zulfiqar Mirza was also present on the occasion.

A ban had also been imposed on carrying arms during the next 48 hours in Karachi.

Moreover, Karachi Traders Action Committee announced that all markets and commercial centres were to remain closed on Saturday and Sunday.