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Suicide blast, Cycle bomb, Road side attack… all rocks Pakistan in favour of Jihad. Play the killing of men.

June 13, 2011

Suicide blast near Islamabad bank kills at least one

Pakistani security personnel cordon off the scene of a suicide bomb attack on a bank building in Islamabad on June 13, 2011. – AFP

ISLAMABAD: A suicide bomber blew himself up at a busy market in the Pakistani capital on Monday, killing at least one person in the first bombing in Islamabad in over a year and a half, police said. Details in >>>>

Quetta blast wounds at least three

Policemen at the site of an attack in Quetta. — Photo by AFP/File

QUETTA: At least three people were wounded in a blast in Quetta on Monday, DawnNews reported.

The blast occurred near Quetta’s Police Lines area.

The wounded were shifted to the Civil Hospital in the city.

Police said the bomb was planted in a cycle. — DawnNews

Bomb attack kills three soldiers in South Waziristan

Taliban and al Qaeda-linked militants attack frequently across north-western Pakistan and the lawless tribal belt on the Afghan border. — Dawn File photo

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: A roadside bomb struck a military convoy in Pakistan’s South Waziristan tribal area near the Afghan border, killing three soldiers, intelligence officials said.

The officials said Monday’s attack in the Ladha area of South Waziristan also wounded four soldiers. The bomb was detonated by remote control and destroyed one military vehicle.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to talk to the media.

South Waziristan was the main sanctuary for the Pakistani Taliban before the military launched a large ground offensive in October 2009. But attacks against security forces have continued in the area.

Courtesy : Dawn, AP, AFP and Agencies.

American-Pakistani plotter of 26/11 Mumbai Mayhem remorses for the bloody attacks.

May 27, 2011

Mumbai plotter no longer proud of attacks: court

AFP | CHICAGO: An American-Pakistani who helped plot the deadly 2008 Mumbai attacks came close Thursday to expressing remorse for the bloody strikes in which 166 people were killed and hundreds more wounded.

David Coleman Headley, who has admitted 12 terror charges arising out of the attacks on India’s financial capital, said during the Chicago trial of his friend, Tahawwur Hussain Rana, that he was no longer proud of the attacks.

Towards the end of nearly three hours of cross examination, defense attorney Patrick Blegen asked Headley: “You were proud of it (the attacks) then? Yes,” Headley replied.
“Are you still proud of it today?” Blegen asked.

“No,” Headley replied without a moment’s hesitation.

There was no explanation as to why he felt differently now, as the hearing then adjourned until Tuesday after a long holiday weekend in the United States.

Rana is accused of providing Headley with a cover and acting as a messenger, with prosecutors alleging he played a behind-the-scenes logistical role in both the 2008 Mumbai attacks and another abortive plan to strike Copenhagen.

Rana, a Canadian-Pakistani and Chicago businessman, has denied all charges, and his defense argues that he was duped by his friend, whom he had met in military school.

The Mumbai attacks left 166 people dead and more than 300 wounded after coordinated strikes on high-profile targets by 10 heavily armed Islamist extremists.

A twice convicted drug dealer, Headley formally admitted to the charges in March 2010 after prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty or to allow him to be extradited to India, Pakistan or Denmark on related charges.

The Mumbai attacks stalled a fragile four-year peace process between India and Pakistan, two South Asian neighbors and nuclear-armed rivals, which was only resumed in February.

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.

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

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

Read this also : Striking at Karachi’s soul

Read more here : Lashkar-i-Jhangvi behind Karachi attack: Malik

Watch the catastrophe : Karachi: The morning after

 Courtesy : Dawn, Reuters & Agencies.

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June 11, 2010

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

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

Militants kidnap 37 passengers in Hangu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Agencies add:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy : Dawn and Agencies.

41 Pakistanis Killed, 64 Injured in Twin Blasts in Kohat

April 22, 2010

Local residents survey the damages of the police station after the suicide bombing in Kohat on Sunday, April 18, 2010. – Photo by AP.

Death toll from NW Pakistan blasts rises to 41

ISLAMABAD, April 17, 2010 (Xinhua) —

At least 41 people were killed in twin bomb blasts at an Internally Displaced Persons’ camp in Kohat in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday, officials said.

Local officials told Xinhua that the death toll could rise as more than a dozen of the rest 64 injured people are in critical condition.

Earlier in the day a bomb went off at the registration point and the second blast occurred ten minutes later when people rushed to the scene to rescue.

The blasts took place when food relief were being distributed to the displaced people who fled from a military operation in Orakzai tribal region, police said.

Gunshots were heard soon after the blasts, witnesses said.

Pakistani police commandos and people gather near the shoes and clothing of victims at the site of suicide bombing in Kacha Puka area near Kohat.—AP

The private channel SAMAA TV lost its correspondent Azmat Ali Khan in the explosions.

No group claimed responsibility for the attacks but Taliban are blamed for such attacks.

Taliban claim responsibility for Karak suicide attack

February 28, 2010

Officials visit a police station attacked by an alleged suicide bomber in Karak.—AP

MIRAMSHAH: The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility on Sunday for a suicide attack on a police station in Karak that killed 4 people including two policemen.

In addition to the dead, more than two dozen people were wounded, most of them police officers, when an attacker detonated a pick-up van on Saturday at the gate of the main police station in Karak.

“We have done this,” Taliban spokesman Azam Tariq told AFP by telephone from an undisclosed location.

“Both the police and army are equal for us. Both are our enemies. They are responsible for the cruelties on us. We will carry out more such attacks against police.”

Karak lies 150 kilometres (94 miles) southeast of Peshawar, the capital of North-West Frontier Province.

The Taliban have claimed and been blamed for most of the bomb and suicide attacks to have taken place in Pakistan. Such attacks have killed more than 3,000 people since July 2007.