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Nowshera mosque (Sufi Shrine) bombing ‘kills ten’ in Friday Prayer

March 4, 2011

People gather after the bomb blast at the shrine in Nowshera. PHOTO: AFP

Terror strikes Pak mosque at Friday prayers; 10 killed

Peshawar, March 4, 2011

A heavy explosion took place in a mosque in the NW region, damaged the local houses also. — Photo by Reuters

The blast took place near the mosque in Nowshera’s Akbarpura area when food was being distributed to the poor after midday Friday prayers, a Reuters report said.

A shrine is also situated near the mosque.

Ten worshippers, including a child, were killed and 30 others injured when a powerful bomb blast ripped through a mosque within a Sufi shrine at Nowshera in northwest Pakistan today.

The explosion targeted the mosque inside Akhun Punjo Baba mazar (shrine) in Akbarpura area of Nowshera, about 15 km from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa capital Peshawar.

Scores of people were offering Friday prayers at the mosque while hundreds had gathered to take food from a ‘langar’ or community kitchen. Ten worshippers, including a child, were killed, the police said.

The blast ripped through the mosque just after prayers - Photo BBC

At least 30 others were injured and the condition of eight was described by the officials as serious.

The injured were taken to hospitals in Nowshera, Pubbi and Peshawar. A witness told Geo News channel that the blast occurred just after the prayers ended. “The blast occurred within the mosque,” he said.

He estimated that over 1,000 persons were present in the shrine. No group has claimed responsibility for the blast. The explosion was heard from several kilometres away.

Reports said the blast was caused by a remote controlled bomb hidden in a cupboard within the mosque.

Footage on television showed caps and shoes strewn within the mosque. Windows were blown out by the blast, which also caused extensive damage to the walls of the mosque.

Witnesses said many worshippers were hit by shrapnel. They added that there was almost no security at the shrine complex.

The Pakistani Taliban are opposed to the practice of worshipping at Sufi shrines and consider it “un-Islamic”. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for several recent attacks on Sufi shrines in cities across Pakistan, including Lahore and Karachi.

President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani condemned the bomb blast in the mosque.

In a message, Zardari described the attack as an “abhorrent act” and said its perpetrators were the enemies of Islam.

“The government would continue to take a firm stand against extremist and terrorist elements across the country and would not be cowed down by such acts of violence,” he said. Nowshera has been targeted by militants in the past too.

On June 12, 2009, at least six persons were killed and over 90 injured when a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden truck into a mosque within an army supply depot in the city. — PTI & Agencies.

Blast outside police post kills 7 in Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A powerful explosion targeting police in Pakistan‘s troubled northwest killed three officers and four civilians Thursday (3rd March,2011) police said.

The attack happened in the Hangu area, just outside the tribal regions along the Afghan border where al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters have long operated, said senior police official Rasheed Khan. It underscored the continued strength of the militants, despite army operations against them.

The bomb was hidden in a vehicle in a residential area where a small police station was located. It went off as a police vehicle carrying officers drove by, Khan said. The blast also wounded 30 people and damaged around a dozen houses, he said.

The U.S. has pressed Pakistan to eliminate hide-outs used by Islamist insurgents, saying they threaten not only American and NATO troops in Afghanistan but also the stability of nuclear-armed Pakistan itself.

But even as Pakistan has carried out some operations against militants, it has found itself challenged on other fronts that threaten to bring down the weak civilian government, notably a struggling economy.

After months of delaying it, the government this week raised fuel prices 9.9% because of spikes in international markets spurred by strife in the Middle East and North Africa.

The price increase has angered opposition parties and even some allies of the ruling party, who have urged the government to reverse the hike. Earlier this year, the ruling party narrowly avoided a collapse of its governing coalition over another attempted fuel price hike.

Public transportation workers in the southern port city of Karachi went on strike over fuel prices Thursday. The strike crippled much of the city, which is Pakistan’s most populous with 18 million people as well as its main economic hub. Many schools were closed.

Irshad Bukhari, the president of the Karachi Transport Union, said more than 25,000 buses and other vehicles stayed off the roads. Millions of commuters could not travel as a result, he said, expressing confidence they supported the strikers.

“People respond to our strike call because it is not only the transporters’ problem but also the people who have to bear the cost of higher fares,” he said.

Courtesy : Reuters || AFP || AP || PTI || Agencies.

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

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 : & AFP.

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.

Prominent Religious scholar shot dead with three other close associates in Karachi.

March 12, 2010

People gather around the ambulances carrying the bodies of slain religious leader Mufti Saeed Jalalpuri and companions, who were killed in the overnight gun attack, at a hospital in Karachi on March 12, 2010. – Photo by AFP.

Panic in Karachi after murder of religious scholar

Friday, 12 Mar, 2010||Rabi-ul-Awwal 25, 1431

KARACHI: Panic gripped the city when a senior cleric of a religious organisation, his son and two associates were gunned down on Thursday night.

In another attack earlier in the day, another prominent cleric, Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Nadeem, was wounded and his son was killed. Police said that Mufti Saeed Ahmed Jalalpuri of Aalmi Tahaffuz-i-Khatm-i-Nabuat, his son Huzaifa Jalalpuri and close associates Fakheruz Zaman and Abdul Rehman were returning from Jamia Masjid Khatman-un-Nabi on Metrovill Road in Gulshan-i-Iqbal area when four to five gunmen on motorcycles sprayed their car with bullets.

Police found the casing of spent bullets of 9mm pistol at the scene. Gulshan-e-Iqbal SP Javed Meher said the attackers had opened fire from two directions.

“The assailants appeared to be waiting at a place for the cleric and ambushed the car when it reached there,” a police officer said.

They were taken to Patel Hospital where Mufti Saeed and his son were pronounced dead while their associates died some time later.

Tension gripped the area after the incident and unknown people started firing in the air, forcing shops to close. A large number of people and students of a seminary gathered at the hospital.

The bodies were later taken to the Aalmi Tahaffuz-i-Khatm-i-Nabuat in Gurumandir.

In the morning, Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Nadeem, a central leader of Ahl-i-Sunnat Wal Jamaat (formerly Sipah-i-Sahaba Pakistan), was injured in what appeared to be an assassination attempt in the city’s Nazimabad area.

The attack, however, claimed the life of his youngest son. Maulana’s two other sons and a security guard and a driver were injured.

Police said that Maulana Nadeem and his two sons, Rashid Nadeem and Zubair Nadeem, were going in their car to the city courts for a hearing of cases registered against them on August 17 last year during disturbances which followed the killing in Khairpur of Maulana Ali Sher Hydari, chief of the defunct Sipah-i-Sahaba.

When the car was near Annu Bhai Park, two men on a motorcycle opened fire. Maulana’s younger son Mauvia Nadeem, 25, who was following the car on a motorcycle suffered fatal bullet wounds, Liaquatabad SP Abdul Hameed Khosa told Dawn.

The injured were taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. Additional Police Surgeon Dr Liaquat Memon said that one of the injured had been brought dead to the hospital.

Maulana Nadeem received two bullets in his right and left hands and one in the abdomen. Mauvia suffered multiple bullet wounds in the head and torso and died on the spot.

Maulana Aurengzeb Farooqi, the organisation’s Karachi president, told Dawn that funeral prayers of Mauvia Nadeem would be offered outside the Chief Minister’s House on Friday.

Courtesy : DawnNews & AFP.

Lesson of intolerance in Pak educational curriculum : How the anti-Indian, inhumane venom are injected in the student minds.

February 22, 2010

Many public-school students in Thoha Bahadur, Pakistan, use old textbooks with xenophobic passages. Scholars blame government underfunding. (Jan. 15, 2010) ||RICK WESTHEAD/TORONTO STAR

Public schools not always tolerant in Pakistan

The Star finds incendiary passages common in outdated textbooks studied by Pakistan’s secular students

By Rick Westhead South Asia Bureau||Sunday 21 Feb 2010

THOHA BAHADUR, PAKISTAN–When towns and villages in a stretch of verdant Punjabi farmland had the chance to have cable TV installed in every home earlier this year, most jumped at the offer.

But elders in this village of 7,000 a few hours south of Islamabad said no. They weren’t interested in watching death and despair play out on 24-hour news channels.

So it’s interesting to hear how students in this village of wheat and rice farmers perceive their country and its neighbours. Most everything they’ve learned comes courtesy of textbooks and teachers.

On a recent afternoon, one of the 250 students who attend one of Thoha Bahadur’s public schools, shared his views about India, Pakistan’s neighbour and archrival.

What’s good about India?

“Its natural minerals,” said 12-year-old Ashir Hussain.

What’s bad? “The way they have stolen Kashmir from us. It’s their wrongdoing that they are there. They are our enemy.”

Asked why he believes this, he cites his teachers and textbooks.

Hussain’s attitude highlights a protracted debate in Pakistan over how religious extremists are made.

While some political leaders here and abroad have ratcheted up warnings about madrassas, charging the religious schools fuel Islamic militancy and stoke hatred for the west, some scholars say the real problem is Pakistan’s underfunded public schools and their often incendiary textbooks.

Consider Hussain’s sixth-grade Punjab provincial textbook called “Social Studies 6.”

In one chapter it explains the forefathers of Hinduism “were fond of gambling, drinking and dancing … the foundation of Hindu set up was based on injustice and cruelty.”

Another textbook used by students throughout Punjab, Pakistan’s most populous state, is called “Social Studies for Class V.” It begins: “Islam gives women a high position of respect whereas Hinduism gives a very low place to women.” The same book outlines the concept of jihad.

Texts for older students offer more of the same.

“Social Studies for Class VIII” describes how during the 19th century, “the Hindu racists were not only against Muslims but also against all other minorities …” The book charges Hindus and Sikhs practised ethnic cleansing during partition in 1947 when India and Pakistan were carved out of British India and became independent states.

While the Pakistani Ministry of Education in 2006 said it would remove some of the incendiary language, several educational experts say that hasn’t happened.

A researcher in Islamabad with the Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Ahmad Salim says he’s been battling the government over textbooks for years.

Sitting on a bright orange couch in his living room in a quiet residential neighbourhood of Pakistan’s capital, Salim said he’s collected evidence that shows public-school texts are littered with anti-India, xenophobic passages that promote contempt for non-Muslims.

“It’s supposed to be that schools are liberal and secular,” he said. “We used to say religion has nothing to do with the state and education.”

But that ideology began to change in 1971, he said, when Pakistan battled an uprising in East Pakistan. Pakistan lost – thanks in part to India’s decision to send in troops – and the territory became independent Bangladesh. From that point on, textbooks began dropping references to non-Muslim historical characters, promoting heroes of Islam and excoriating India.

Nearly 40 years on, the curriculum remains controversial and even as the government promises change, some experts say the pledge rings hollow.

Dr. Haroona Jatoi, a former official with the education ministry who was in charge of Pakistan’s public-school curriculum, said ministry officials aren’t interested in modernizing. “The textbook boards are a group of conservatives,” she said. “They couldn’t care less about gender issues. They want to promote Islam in a rigid way.”

For instance, Jatoi said the textbook board recently told the World Bank and other funding agencies that a section quoting Surah At-Tawba, a section of the Qur’an, had been removed from ninth- and tenth-grade textbooks.

“Fight against those who believe not in Allah nor the last day,” the Qur’an reads. Of Jews and Christians, it adds, “Allah’s curse be on them; how they are deluded away from the truth!”

“They said it was removed, but really it was just moved to Grade 11 and 12 books,” Jatoi said.

Aurangzeb Rehman, the education ministry’s policy and planning advisor, declined to comment while a ministry spokesperson didn’t return repeated calls.

One of the hurdles educators face is simply keeping pace with Pakistan’s surging population.

When the country was carved out of British India in 1947, it had roughly the same population as Iran, said Abid Qayyum Sulehri, an Islamabad economist.

Today, Iran has 66 million citizens to Pakistan’s 171 million. “That’s a huge issue,” Sulehri said. “Iran has a successful family planning program. We don’t.”

More than 20 million students attend public schools in Pakistan, compared with the 1.5 million who go to madrassas. Yet instead of buttressing social programs such as education, Pakistan still pumps roughly one-third of its $29 billion (U.S.) budget into the military.

And as the country’s security situation deteriorates, even more money is being re-allocated to the military, Sulehri said, noting Pakistan now spends less than 2 per cent of its GDP on education.

Textbooks are supposed to be issued by provincial boards each year, but several schools visited by the Star were using undated battered texts full of hand-written notes and torn pages.

In Thoha Bahadur, a teacher said he couldn’t recall the last time textbooks were replaced.

“We have 250 students and we get 50,000 rupees ($621) a year from the government,” he said. “It all goes to maintenance.”

Courtesy : Toronto Star.

Minorities in Pakistan are forced to give Jazai or Islamic Tax. Denial means Capital Punishment.

February 21, 2010

A large number of Sikhs have migrated from Orakzai after being threatened by Hakimullah Mehsud led militants. —AP

Pakistan Taliban kidnap, behead two Sikhs

Two Sikhs who were kidnapped over a month back have been beheaded by the Pakistani Taliban in the country’s restive tribal belt.

Some more members of the minority community are still in the custody of the (^ Pic. from JIhad News ^) rebels.

The body of Jaspal Singh was found in the Khyber tribal region, located a short distance from Peshawar, while the body of Mahal Singh was found in the Aurakzai Agency, sources told PTI on Sunday.

Sources said the Sikhs were kidnapped from the Bara area of Khyber Agency by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan. They were kidnapped 34 days ago and the Taliban had demanded Rs 30 million as ransom. Two of the Sikhs were beheaded after the expiry of the deadline for the ransom payment, sources said.

Militants in Orakzai and Tirah Valley have been charging the non-Muslim residents Jazai or Islamic Tax on the pretext of providing security to them and their business in the area.

A large number of Sikhs have migrated from Orakzai after being threatened by Hakimullah Mehsud led militants.

The kidnapping occurred in an area where there the government has virtually no control and the militants are in a dominant position, sources said.

And Islamic intolerance in Pakistan has already finished the Hindu-Sikh minorities in the country strangling  their number in 1.86% from a sizeable number of 16% of Hindu-Sikh community even in 1950.

Courtesy : Hindustan Times/ AP/Others.

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)
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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

This is why Swiss ban on Mosque Minarets. World doesn’t want to have Friday blasts and genocides under any Minaret. Friday Blast in Rawalpindi Mosque.

December 4, 2009

At least 35 dead as militants strike Rawalpindi under Mosque Minaret. Again Islam ghastly took lives of  Muslims in prayer on Friday. Oh! what a religion of Allah and his Prophet (Peace be upon Him) !!!!!!! And come to destroy all our Peace !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Traffic police remove a vehicle (L) as soldiers take up position outside a besieged mosque in Rawalpindi on December 4, 2009. — AFP

RAWALPINDI,Friday, 04 Dec, 2009 : At least 35 people were killed Friday when suicide bombers stormed a packed mosque in Rawalpindi, firing on worshippers and detonating explosives, officials said.

The brazen raid by at least three attackers came as people gathered for Friday prayers in the city adjoining the capital Islamabad. Rawalpindi is also home to the military headquarters and is a frequent target of Taliban attacks.

Army spokesman Major General Athar Abbas told AFP that between three and five gunmen launched a strike on the mosque frequented by military officers.

The area was cordoned off as soldiers searched for more attackers.

‘ They exploded bombs inside the mosque,’ he told News Agencies. ‘They opened fire on the worshippers. Thirty-five people were killed and 50 were injured. There is no hostage situation. Two terrorists have been killed.’

Witnesses reported at least five blasts, while Interior Minister Rehman Malik told a private television channel that the bombers disguised themselves as worshippers before launching their attack.

‘There were two suicide bombers and the roof of the mosque collapsed…they are taking revenge for the Pakistan army’s successful operations in Swat and Waziristan regions,’ Malik said.

Pakistan is in the grip of a fierce insurgency, with more than 2,570 people killed in attacks in the last two-and-a-half years.

Suicide bombs and attacks have intensified this year as the military pursues offensives against Taliban strongholds across the lawless northwest.

An AFP reporter at the scene said that security forces had set up a secure perimeter around the site, with helicopters circling overhead and security forces preparing to enter the area to flush out any remaining militants.

Abdul Waheed, an official at a nearby traffic police office, said their building was shaken by a huge blast at around noon.

‘We rushed out and saw that the blast was inside the mosque. A few moments later five more blasts were heard,’ Waheed told AFP.

‘According to our estimate, some people had attacked the mosque and a few of them were hiding in a different area of Parade Lane,’ Waheed said, referring to the area where the mosque is located.

Another eye witness, Ishtiaq, told a private television station that he was inside the mosque when he heard several blasts.

‘There were about 200 or 300 worshippers in the hall. Army officials mostly offer their Friday prayers in this mosque,’ he said.

In October, militants stormed the army headquarters in Rawalpindi, sparking a day-long siege which left 22 people dead.

A suspected Taliban suicide attack on a mosque near Pakistan’s army headquarters killed at least 40 people and wounded dozens of others today.

It was the latest in a wave by Islamist insurgents that has left more than 400 dead in Pakistan since October, and a bloody reminder of the resilience of militant networks despite army offensives in the regions bordering Afghanistan.

At least four attackers took part in the assault inside a heavily fortified area in the garrison city of Rawalpindi just a few miles from the capital Islamabad.

Two of the militants entered the mosque, which had up to 200 worshippers inside, while others ran into buildings nearby. Security forces exchanged fire with the assailants for an hour before they blew themselves up.

Nasir Ali Sheikh saw the attackers as he walked to the mosque to pray. He said they were dressed in traditional Pakistani clothing of loose pants and a long tunic and carried hand grenades, automatic weapons and ammunition belts slung around their shoulders.

“They were killing people like animals,” he said. “I couldn’t understand what was happening.”

The mosque’s walls and prayer mats were covered in blood and shattered glass littered the floor.

The attack was the third in Rawalpindi in the last two months. In the most high-profile incident, a team attacked the army headquarters on October 10 and held dozens hostage in a 22-hour stand-off that left nine militants and 14 other people dead.

Today’s attack began when several gunmen staged an explosion to break through a checkpoint close to the mosque.

Two of them were able to enter the mosque and sprayed the congregation with gunfire and grenades.

Violence in Pakistan has escalated since the army launched an offensive in mid-October against Taliban in the north-western tribal area of South Waziristan near the Afghan border.

Soldiers have pushed deep into what was a militant stronghold, but many insurgents appear to have fled.

16 children among 40 martyred in Pindi mosque attack

RAWALPINDI: At least 40 people have been martyred, including 16 children, and over 80 others injured in a terrorist attack at Parade Lane mosque in Rawalpindi.

DG ISPR has put the death toll to 35 including six officers, three policemen and 16 children. While four terrorists were also killed in the retaliatory attacks.

The fire and hand grenade attack in Rawalpindi mosque left 40 people martyred and 83 others injured, RPO Rawalpindi Aslam Tarin confirmed.

According to police sources, terrorists riding on a silver-colored car entered Parade Line area at 1pm on Friday. They entered the colony by using a ladder with the boundary wall. As soon as the Friday prayers began, they barged into the mosque and hurled hand grenades at the people followed by indiscriminate firing. Immediately after this, they blew themselves up with explosives, killing 40 people, including 16 children, and injuring 8others.

The injured were rushed to Military Hospital, CMH Hospital and GHQ Hospital.

Security forces, after receiving reports about the attack, cordoned off the area and killed the four attackers. During this, military helicopters hovered over the area.

Security forces also seized a car from the site of attack, which is suspected to have been used by the terrorists.

A portion of the mosque caved in as a result of the attack.

A former vice army chief General (retd.) Muhammad Yousuf is also among the dead. He sustained injuries in his arm. While a serving Major General was among the martyrs.

Courtesy : Dawn. AFP. AP, The International News,  Aworldnews.