Archive for March, 2011

Fourteen troops killed in Khyber Agency ambush. The militant group is still unrecognized.

March 28, 2011

Militants attacked security forces in the area of Akakhel, said official sources.—AP/File photo

Fourteen troops killed in Khyber Agency ambush

PESHAWAR, Monday 28th March 2011 | Rabi-us-Sani 23, 1432: Pakistan security forces suffered heavy causalities on Monday night when 14 of their soldiers were killed during a militants’ ambush in the Khyber Agency, DawnNews reported.

Official sources said that the militants attacked security forces in the area of Akakhel and 14 soldiers, including a captain and colonel, died when a mortar shell landed near them.

Security forces had been conducting an operation in the area for the past several days and had arrested a number of rebels, sources added.

Dozen killed in Friday (25th March 2011) peace by the Islamists in Pakistan. Eight in Kurram and Four in Karachi.

March 25, 2011

The area of Kurram district in Peshawar has a history of sectarian clashes between Pakistan's majority Sunni Muslims and minority Shias. — Photo by AFP

Gunmen kill eight Shi’ites in Pakistan

  • From:AFP
  • March 25, 2011 10:11PM

EIGHT people were killed and five wounded today when gunmen opened fire on two vehicles carrying Shi’ite Muslims in Pakistan’s lawless tribal region in suspected sectarian violence, officials said.

The vehicles were ambushed in Bagan town of Kurram district, near the Afghan border, and the victims “were all Shi’ite Muslims”, a security official said.

The area has a history of sectarian clashes between Pakistan’s majority Sunni Muslims and minority Shi’ites.

Local administration official Fazal Hussain told AFP the Shi’ites were heading in a three-vehicle caravan from the northwestern city of Parachinar to Peshawar, the capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

“The attackers came in two vehicles. They opened fire and fled, leaving eight people dead, including a woman and a child,” he said.

Khalid Umarzai, another senior administrative official, confirmed the incident and said the attackers also kidnapped over 20 Shi’ites travelling in three coaches before fleeing.

Entrenched militants oppose jobs and education for women in the deeply conservative tribal region of Kurram, which has for five years been a flashpoint for violence between Shi’ite and Sunni communities.

Shi’ites account for some 20 per cent of Pakistan’s mostly Sunni Muslim population of 160 million.

More than 4,000 people have died in outbreaks of sectarian violence between the groups since the late 1980s. (eNewsdotComau)

Another four killed in Karachi violence

 

A bullet-riddled body of a youth was recovered from under a bridge in the city’s Karimabad area. The victim was identified as one Adnan. - Dawn File Photo

KARACHI, Friday 25th March 2011 | Rabi-us-Sani 19, 1432: At least four people were killed in Karachi on Friday as incidents of target killings continued in the city by unidentified gunmen, DawnNews reported.

The number of targeted killings in the city has risen to 166 in the month of March, DawnNews reported.

A bullet-riddled body of a youth was recovered from under a bridge in the city’s Karimabad area. The victim was identified as one Adnan.

In another incident, an unknown motorcyclist shot dead one Abdul Sattar in the Liaquatabad area. Moreover, the body of an unidentified man was recovered from a playground in Landhi’s sector 36-G.

Courtesy : NewsdotComau | Dawn | AFP | Agencies.

An authenticated Quran burning in a Florida Church makes Jamaat-ud-Dawah to kill the burners with a reward of 10 crore

March 23, 2011

Koran burnt in Florida church

GAINESVILLE, Florida (AFP), Mon Mar 21, 12:59 am ET – A controversial US evangelical preacher oversaw the burning of a copy of the Koran in a small Florida church after finding the Muslim holy book “guilty” of crimes.

The burning was carried out by pastor Wayne Sapp under the supervision of Terry Jones, who last September drew sweeping condemnation over his plan to ignite a pile of Korans on the anniversary of September 11, 2001 attacks.

Sunday’s event was presented as a trial of the book in which the Koran was found “guilty” and “executed.”

The jury deliberated for about eight minutes. The book, which had been soaking for an hour in kerosene, was put in a metal tray in the center of the church, and Sapp started the fire with a barbecue lighter.

The book burned for around 10 minutes while some onlookers posed for photos.

Jones had drawn trenchant condemnation from many people, including US President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, over his plan to burn the Muslim holy book in September.

He did not carry out his plan then and vowed he never would, saying he had made his point.

Really Quran is burning !!! Dove World Outreach Center (Florida Church ) 'executes' the Quran.

But this time, he said he had been “trying to give the Muslim world an opportunity to defend their book,” but did not receive any answer.

He said he felt that he couldn’t have a real trial without a real punishment.

The event was open to the public, but fewer than 30 people attended.

Life in the normally quiet city of Gainesville is centered around the University of Florida. And while there were public protests against Jones’ 9/11 activities, this event was largely ignored.

Jadwiga Schatz, who came to show support for Jones, expressed concern that Islam was growing in Europe.

“These people, for me, are like monsters,” she said. “I hate these people.”

Jones said he considered this event a success.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” he said. (etYahooNews)

JuD announces Rs 10 crore for killing US pastor over Quran burning

Prestige of Quran and Punishment to Kaffir

ISLAMABAD |PTI| Mar 22, 2011, 08.38pm IST: The Jamaat-ud-Dawah today announced a reward of Rs 10 crore for anyone who kills American pastor Terry Jones, one of the two preachers who oversaw the burning of the Quran in the US on Sunday.

The reward was announced by senior JuD leader Amir Hamza, a close aide of the group’s chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, while chairing a meeting of the Tehrik Hurmat-e-Rasool.

Leaders of dozens of religious groups attended the meeting held in Lahore.

The meeting also decided to organise a protest against the desecration of the Quran on Friday.

Rallies will be held in cities and towns across Pakistan, said a statement issued the religious groups.

A demonstration will also be held in Lahore on Wednesday.

The religious groups asked traders, lawyers, students, members of civil society organisations and farmers to join the protests.

The meeting claimed “Crusaders and Zionists” were openly committing blasphemous acts under the supervision of the US administration and the Pope following “their defeat in Afghanistan and Iraq“.

Pakistani agitators respond to the Florida Quran burning

The silence of Muslim rulers is unfortunate and Muslims “must adopt the way of jihad against blasphemous acts by Zionists”, the statement said.

The US administration and army and the Pope are patronising those who published blasphemous cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, the statement said.

They are “destroying world peace” and these acts are the hurting the sentiments of Muslims, it said.

Islamic countries should quit the UN if it fails to stop such acts and Muslims should give a befitting reply to people like Terry Jones so that they do not commit such acts in future, the statement said.

The religious groups also decided to convene meeting of the heads of political and religious parties to frame a “policy to be presented to the world leaders”.

The Pakistan government strongly condemned the desecration of the Quran by two American pastors, describing it as a “despicable act” aimed at provoking “dissent and discord among communities and people across the world”.

The American pastors burnt the Quran on Sunday after the holy book was found “guilty” during a “trial” at a church in Florida. (et TimesofIndia)

Related reading : $2.2 million fatwa on Terry Jones after Quran burning

Repercussion of Quran Burning in Pakistan : Two Christians gunned down by armed Muslims outside Church in Pakistan

Courtesy : Yahoo News | Times of India | Seattle pi | Asia News it.

One killed and eleven injured in mine and improvised bomb blast in North West Pakistan

March 23, 2011

Militants in Pakistan’s northwest often target police and other law enforcement agencies. — Photo by Reuters

Bomb blasts kill one, wound 11 in northwest Pakistan

PESHAWAR: Mine and bomb attacks targeting police in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday (23/03/2011) killed one person and wounded 11, including nine officers, police said.

One person was killed in a landmine blast in the Adezai area of Peshawar on Wednesday.

Sources said the landmine was planted near Maryamzai area of Matni. The explosion killed one and injured another person.

In the first attack a donkey cart went over a mine buried by the roadside on the outskirts of Peshawar, police said.

“Both the donkey cart owner and donkey were killed. Basically the mine was planted to target police,” Kalam Khan, a senior police official, told AFP.

A Van was patrolling the Doabad area of Hangu when it was blown up by an IED. PHOTO: FILE

In the second incident a remote control bomb hit a police patrol pick-up, injuring 11, in the village of Darsamand, in Hangu district.

“Nine policemen and two passers-by were wounded in this bomb blast. Taliban militants are responsible for this attack,” Abdur Rashid Khan, district police chief told AFP by telephone.

Hangu lies 150 kilometres south of Peshawar and has a history of sectarian clashes between Pakistan’s majority Sunni Muslims and minority Shias.

The area borders the tribal regions of Kurram and Orakzai, where entrenched militants oppose jobs and education for women.

Militants in Pakistan’s northwest often target police and other law enforcement agencies and are engaged in a campaign of violence against security forces in the country.

The bombings have been blamed on terror networks linked to the Taliban and al Qaeda.

More than 4,000 have died in suicide and bomb attacks across Pakistan since 2007.

Courtesy : Dawn | The Express Tribune | AFP | Agencies.

Pakistani Jirga declares War against America over Drone attack upon terrorist camps in Waziristan

March 22, 2011

Jirga Leaders launched War against America over Drone attack in North Waziristan

Pakistanis declare WAR against United State of America (USA)

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PESHAWAR:  A grand jirga of tribal elders from North Waziristan Agency on Friday said that they would wage jihad against America to avenge those killed in drone attacks.

A US drone attack killed at least 40 people, most of them tribal elders, in Datta Khel tehsil, North Waziristan on Thursday. Pakistan’s top leadership, including the army chief, have already condemned the attack.

Malik Jalal Sarhadi Qatkhel, head of the North Waziristan Peace Committee, told reporters at the Peshawar Press Club that the tribes would wage a jihad against the US as well as Pakistanis who are helping them carry out the Predator drone strikes. He said that they had allowed their youths to carry out suicide attacks against the Americans.

The tribal elder claimed that there were no al Qaeda or Taliban members in North Waziristan, or the rest of the tribal areas, and that children, women and the elderly were being massacred instead.

“There is no al Qaeda and Taliban presence in North Waziristan, while the Americans themselves have acknowledged that around 70 per cent of Afghanistan is under the control of militants,” Qatkhel said.

“Unlike [those] who pardoned the killer of two Pakistanis for dollars, we will take revenge for our dead and the world will see it.”

 

Sometimes Drone attacks on Militant hide outs cause irreparable loss to the civilians

He said that they would avenge the killing “even if it takes a hundred years” and so they were announcing jihad against America and its allies in Pakistan.

He said the media had been presenting the wrong information about militants. He said reports of foreign militants dying in Predator strikes were false and mostly innocent tribesmen were being killed in such attacks.

“We have valid evidence and those who claim deaths of foreign militants in these attacks should show us or the media. The latest attack which killed tribal elders shows us this reality of tribesmen being massacred,” he said.

Other tribal elders of the jirga including Malik Faridullah Saifli Kabal Khel, Malik Daaraz Mada Khel Wazir and Nek Daraz Khan were also present on the occasion.

Meanwhile, the top US general in Afghanistan said Friday it was “hugely important” that Pakistani forces take action against militants in North Waziristan.

General David Petraeus, commander of the NATO-led force in the Afghanistan war, credited Islamabad with battling insurgents elsewhere but said the campaign needed to move to North Waziristan, where, he said, members of the al Qaeda and Haqqani networks are based.

“The fact is that it’s hugely important that there’s a campaign in northern Waziristan that is putting enormous pressure on the al Qaeda sanctuaries there,” Petraeus said at a conference in Washington.

US officials have long urged Pakistan to crack down on militants in North Waziristan but the country’s military commanders have said their forces are already stretched.

“They have lost thousands of soldiers and thousands of civilians in a very impressive counter insurgency campaign to clear Swat Valley and the other areas” in Khyber and South Waziristan, Petraeus said. WITH ADDITIONAL INPUT FROM AFP

Courtesy : Lahore Times | AFP | Agencies.

 

Karachi to Quetta, Pak Govt failured to give security to civilians and tame terrorist outfits.

March 22, 2011

Gunmen kill 11 road workers in Gwadar

Four attackers hit the camp of road construction workers before fleeing on motorbikes, said a government official.—AFP/File photo
QUETTA|| Dawn News || 21-03-2011 : A security official says gunmen have attacked a camp for road construction workers in an area of Balochistan where rebels are active, killing 11 people.

Azittalah said the attack late Monday took place close to the port town of Gwadar.

Azittalah, who heads a tribal security force, says four attackers hit the camp before fleeing on motorbikes.

Azittalah, who goes by a single name, did not identify the victims, though many laborers in Balochistan are settlers.

Karachi death toll climbs to 18 as terror returns


Sattar blames Mirza for crisis

by Nasir Mahmood in Pak Observer

Karachi—At least six more people, most of them political workers, were shot dead on Sunday in ongoing violence spree in the city, bringing the dead toll in politically-motivated killings to 18 in past 24 hours yesterday.
According to details, some 6 people were reportedly killed in the mega city within one hour in separate incidents. The unrest gripped Kharadar, Lyari, Orangi Town, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Liaqat Abad, Burns Road and others areas of the city after a week-long incidents of shootout.
Three policemen were targeted by miscreants in the city as police force and law enforcement agencies seemed to be helpless before the ghost attackers who easily targeted people and fled the scene successfully.
On Sunday, unknown attackers riding a bike opened fire on two people in Kharadar area, killing one of them on the spot while the other died on way to hospital.
A MQM worker, Shehzad was gunned down near Mosmiat area at Gulistan-e-Johar. In the same area, police found dead body of a man from a nullah. He was not identified.
Meanwhile, in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, two people were killed and at least four injured when unidentified armed men targeted them on a shop.
In another incident, unknown bikers hurled a hand grenade on local office of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement at Aram Bagh area, but it did not explode. Police said the grenade was defused.

An outer Karachi after severe violence

MQM has blamed criminal elements of People’s Aman Committee for targeting its workers, alleging Pakistan People’s Party for backing the group.
PPP’s Sindh Home Minister had initially announced his support for the group, before Sindh government’s decision to close all the offices of the organization in the province following President Asif Ali Zardari’s high-level talks with MQM leadership.
According to more details: In Teen Hatti area, an exchange of fire between protestors and the Rangers resulted in the killing of a youth named Danish.
Armed men opened fire and injured six people near Disco Bakery in Gulshan-e-Iqbal. Two of the wounded later died while the other four were stated to be in critical condition. Two MQM workers were gunned down in Agra Taj Colony and Gulbahar. Another political worker who got injured earlier in Gulastan-e-Jauhar succumbed to his injures. A body was also recovered from the same area.
In another incident, a policeman named Arshad Kundi was murdered in Sohrab Goth and a tent-house owner was shot dead on Burns Road. Bomb Disposal Squad defused a hand grenade found near Aaram Bagh mosque in the same locality. In Surjani Town and Mehmoodabad, two people were gunned down.
Angry mobs, while protesting against target killings and extortion, burned tyres and blocked main arteries in Liaqatabad, Burns Road, Nazimabad, Lasbela Chowk and other areas.
Miscreants torched three vehicles including two buses in Gulastan-e-Jauhar, Gulshan-e–Iqbal and Orangi Town.
MQM leader Farooq Sattar has urged President Zardari to take notice of the fresh wave of killings in the city. He held Sindh Home Minister Zulfiqar Mirza responsible for the wave of violence in the city, but said he was not directly involved in the unrest.
Talking to media persons, MQM leader Waseem Aftab urged Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry to take suo motu notice of the Karachi killings.

Courtesy : Dawn | Pak Observer | AFP | Agencies.

Ethnic violence continues unabated in Karachi; 12 more killed

March 21, 2011

Karachi hit by fresh wave of killings,arson

KARACHI, 2oth March 2011 : Demonstrations were held in different areas of Karachi on Sunday in protest against a new wave of killings across the city, mainly on political and ethnic grounds, claiming over a dozen lives on Sunday.

The protesters turned violent at a few places where exchanges of fire between armed men and law-enforcement personnel left one person dead. Three vehicles were set on fire.

The protests began when dozens of people, including Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) workers, staged a sit-in for about half an hour on Shahrah-i-Pakistan near Liaquatabad during the funeral of Shahzad Hussain, a party activists killed on Sunday. They set tyres on fire and chanted slogans against the killing and the ‘extortion mafia’.

Violence intensified when armed men opened fire near Teen Hatti Bridge, prompting law-enforcement personnel to act.

“There was a group of armed youngsters who were firing shots into the air and attacked a Rangers vehicle parked there,” Jamshed Town SSP Amir Farooqi said.

 

Desolated roadways in Karachi with heavy police patrolling. Photo - The International News.

“The firing elicited retaliation from the law-enforcers that left a man dead, but it’s not yet clear whose bullet had hit him,” he added.

There was no official version from the Sindh Rangers on the incident.

Demonstrations were also held in Gulshan-i-Iqbal, Burns Road and Federal B. Area.

Parts of Gulistan-i-Jauhar, Qasba Colony, Nazimabad, Lyari, Kharadar and Site areas were paralysed by incidents of intense gunfire.

A passenger coach was set on fire in Nazimabad and a truck and a bus in Safoora Goth near Gulistan-i-Jauhar.

By the time a ministerial committee of the PPP and MQM decided to meet to discuss the incidents of violence, the guns had fallen silent, although tension and fear kept the residents of the strife-hit areas indoors and business suspended.

Despite repeated attempts, the newly-appointed city police chief Saud Mirza avoided to say anything about the situation.

Sindh Home Minister’s Adviser Sharfuddin Memon said a meeting of the ministerial committee had been called to discuss the Karachi situation and law-enforcement agencies had been placed on high alert.

He said suggestions from leaders from both sides always helped to stem violence. “We have seen that workers from all parties have been targeted in recent killings.”

He said a positive result of law-enforcement measures would be evident soon.

Mr Memon said the Rangers had special powers and its action had always proved effective in such situations.

Courtesy : All sources and Agencies.

Violence broadened in Karachi, Islamists gaining advantages.

March 20, 2011

Supporters thronged in front of PPP office at Karachi after a blast of hand grenade on Saturday afternoon on 19th March, 2011.

Six killed in Karachi violence

KARACHI: Six people were killed and four others, including a child, were injured in firing and a grenade attack in different areas of the city on Saturday (19/03/2011).

Unknown armed men gunned down one political worker and severely injured another in Taj Colony.

Four people, including a child, were injured when miscreants hurdled a hand grenade at the office of PPP leader Habib Jan in the area of Nanakwara of Liyari.

Police patrolling increased to check the violence in Karachi

Jan strongly condemned the incident and demanded the arrest of the culprits.

Meanwhile, Sindh Home Minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza took serious notice of the attack and directed the CCPO Karachi to probe into the matter and submit an inquiry report.

Two people were murdered in Surjani Town while armed motorcyclists opened fire on a car in Liyari’s Dhobi Ghat area, killing two brothers Saleem Qureshi and Naeem and injuring their friend. (nDawnNews)

Earlier the news came in as :

Four injured in grenade attack at PPP office

KARACHI: At least four workers of Pakistan People’s Party were injured when unidentified persons hurled a hand grenade at PPP office in Lyari town on Saturday afternoon.

Police and ambulance services said that the injured have been shifted to Civil Hospital.

Police said that they are investigating the attack on PPP office in Kumarwara area-(APP). (eTheNewsInternationalPak)

Courtesy : Sources.

Christian Minorities are persecuted heavily in Pakistan.

March 19, 2011

A tale of two Pakistanis: The Muslim woman on the left was welcomed
as an immigrant to America 10 years ago, but is complaining of
emotional trauma from having been bumped from an airline flight.
The Christian on the right still lives as a minority in Pakistan and
is just happy to be home after having been chained to a tree,
gang-raped, and ordered to embrace Islam by her kidnappers.

Did Muslim officials conspire against ‘raped’ Christian nurse to deprive her of justice?

By Jawad Mazhar || Christian News Today || Published on 19th March, 2011.

KARACHI, PAKISTAN — A huge controversy has broken out in Pakistan over the case of Magdalene Ashraf, a 23-year-old third-year Christian student nurse at the Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre in Karachi, who was allegedly raped by a doctor on July 15, 2010.

Magdalene is the daughter of Ashraf Masih, a poor Christian, who is said to have “dreamed of a good future” for his daughter after her graduation, but then all came crashing down after the alleged rape.

Instead of a rape charge, a case of simple assault was made by the police against Dr. Abdul Jabbar Memon, which falls under section 324 of the country’s Penal Code.

ANS has discovered from an informant who asked not to be named for security reasons, that a “renowned Pakistani hospital” run by the state, had allegedly declared, in its medical examination report, that a semen specimen sent to them was “not that” of the alleged rapist of the virgin Christian trainee nurse, thus depriving her of “justice in this case.”

The informant then alleged, that staff there conspired together and allegedly declared that the specimen sent to them was not that of the main accused doctor, nor of any of his “accomplices” whom it was claimed had raped the Christian nurse and thus deprived this “hapless and impoverished Christian trainee nurse of justice.”

According to our informant, the Christian trainee nurse was allegedly seduced and taken to the doctors’ mess led by a Muslim nurse and then subjected to “immense physical, mental and sexual assault” by the doctor and two other Muslim men.

According to reports obtained later that night, she was found lying on ground “nearly dead” and “drenched in blood” and taken to the hospital for treatment for her “critical condition.”  Read details here….

Other News : Christian Woman Freed from Muslim Kidnappers in Pakistan

Courtesy : ChristianNewsToday || TheReligionOfPeace || TheChristianPost

Bomb Blasts by Baloch Republican Army at Naseerabad killed four in Balochistan

March 17, 2011

he separatist Baloch Republican Army claimed responsibility for the attack in Naseerabad. — Photo by AP

Balochistan kills four in Balochistan

QUETTA: Two separate bomb attacks on paramilitary convoys in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province on Thursday (17th March 2011) killed four people including three soldiers, officials said.

The separatist Baloch Republican Army claimed responsibility for the first attack, in which a remotely-detonated roadside bomb hit a convoy in Naseerabad district, 430 kilometres southeast of Quetta.

“Two soldiers and a passer-by were killed and seven others were wounded. One vehicle was also badly damaged,” Abdul Jabbar Jatoi, a senior administrative official told AFP.

A second bomb, planted in a car and also detonated remotely, went off later in the outskirts of Quetta, killing another soldier and wounding three others, police said.

“One soldier died in hospital, three others are under medical treatment,” Hasan Buzdar, a police official in Quetta told AFP.

An official of the Paramilitary Frontier Corps in Quetta confirmed the incidents.

Balochistan, which borders Afghanistan and Iran, has seen a surge in violence recently, with the province suffering from a separatist insurgency, sectarian violence and Taliban militants.

Hundreds of people have died since militants rose up in 2004 demanding political autonomy and a greater share of profits from the region’s natural oil, gas and mineral resources.

Courtesy : Dawn and AP.