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Pak Brigadier among 22 killed in Khyber militant attack

February 12, 2010

Rescue workers busy in their work after the suicide explosion at Zairdand area in Jamrud. – Photo by APP.

Brigadier among 22 killed in Khyber attack

By Ibrahim Shinwari ||Thursday, 11 Feb, 2010||Safar 27, 1431

LANDI KOTAL: The focus of intense fighting between security forces and Taliban suddenly shifted to Khyber Agency on Wednesday when 15 security personnel, a brigadier and a pilot among them, and seven civilians lost their lives in a gun attack, a suicide bombing and a helicopter crash.

The brigadier was killed and two other officers, a major and a lieutenant, were injured when Taliban insurgents ambushed an army rescue party searching for bodies of the pilot and a gunner of a helicopter gunship which had crashed in the Tirah valley.

Names of the brigadier and the injured major and lieutenant could not be ascertained.

In the suicide attack on a Khasadar patrol vehicle in Jamrud tehsil, 11 Khasadars, a captain and seven civilians were killed and 11 people were injured.

The powerful blast destroyed the vehicle on the main Peshawar-Torkham road near a police checkpoint.

Three other vehicles were heavily damaged by flying shrapnel. The shoes and slippers of the victims were scattered across the blood-spattered road.

Jamrud’s Assistant Political Agent Rehan Khattak confirmed that 11 Khasadar personnel, an officer identified as Captain Salim and seven civilians, three tribal elders among them, had died in the attack.

The army was deployed in Tirah before the invasion of Afghanistan by US-led allied forces.

The valley is a stronghold of local and foreign terrorists and security forces have been trying to flush them out of the area.

The sources said that the army team led by the brigadier was going to the area where the military helicopter gunship had crashed in Nangrosa area because of a technical fault.

Army officer Col Nadeem told Dawn that the helicopter had crashed in Nangrosa locality because of bad weather. It was on a routine surveillance in the area.

Rahat Gul, an official of the Khyber Political Administration, told Dawn that people who died in the suicide bombing included Zarmat Khan, a line officer of Jamrud subdivision.

It is a crowded place because of its proximity with Peshawar’s Karkhano market with a large number of shops dealing in foreign goods.

Local resident Irfan Afridi said he had seen a man running towards the Khasadar vehicle and then he heard a huge blast. The vehicle, with some 15 Khasadar personnel, was on a routine patrol.

Line Officer Zarmat Khan and six other Khasadar personnel died on the spot, said Taimour Khan, another witness.

The injured included journalist Amjad Khan whose condition was said to be stable.

There was no claim of responsibility but Taliban and Al Qaeda-linked insurgents have killed around 3,000 people in bomb attacks across Pakistan since July 2007.

Courtesy : Dawn, APP & Agencies.

A funeral of Islamiyat in Pakistan:: Fragmented & false brotherhood in Islam

February 6, 2010

Pakistanis attend a funeral prayer of the victims of Friday’s bombing in Karachi, Pakistan on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010. – AP

Thousands attend funeral as death toll rises to 31

Saturday, 06 Feb, 2010||Safar 21, 1431

KARACHI: Thousands of people Saturday attended the funeral of 14 people killed in Friday’s double  bomb attack in Karachi, as the death toll from the assault rose overnight to 31.

“Six more people died overnight, raising the death toll to 31,” provincial government spokesman Jameel Soomro told AFP.

He said at least 170 wounded people were being treated at various hospitals around Karachi.

At a funeral Saturday for some of those killed, thousands of mourners beat their chests and cried loudly as the bodies of 14 victims were brought to a Karachi sports field.

Pakistani TV channels broadcast live footage from the venue, showing men and women clad in black and carrying black flags, beating their chests and chanting slogans of “Ya Hussein, Ya Hussein.”

“More than 10,000 people attended the funeral of the 14 deceased,” said a local police official, Javed Mehr, who was deployed at the ground.

Mehr told AFP that “the entire area was sealed off by police and paramilitary rangers to avoid any untoward incident.”

Police and paramilitary rangers patrolled streets and sensitive areas and Mehr said security had been stepped up at all hospitals and sensitive areas around Karachi, which has been swept by political violence in recent months.

Most shops in the sprawling city of 18 million people were closed and public transport was off the roads as several thousand mourners gathered at funerals of some of the victims of the two bombs.

Paramilitary spokesman Maj. Aurang Zeb said security forces were on maximum alert at the funeral in the Malir area of the city.

The first attack on Friday killed 12 Shias, followed hours later by a blast at a hospital where the wounded were being treated which killed 13 people.

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Karachi violence claims 3; hurts 7

January 21, 2010

Karachi violence claims 3; hurts 7

Updated at: 0830 PST, Thursday, January 21, 2010|| The International News Source.


A fireman extinguishes fire on a building which was set ablaze by an angry mob in Karachi. File Photo.

KARACHI: At least 3 persons were shot dead while another 7 sustained injuries cum an activist of political party in incidents of shooting occurred in separate parts of metropolis including Gulishtan-e-Johar, Landhi, Zaman Town and Malir localities from late Wednesday to Thursday, Geo news reported.

A total of 6 vehicles including a rickshaw were torched amid violence in Gulistan-e-Johar area alone.

According to details, the violence erupted when some unknown miscreants opened fire on the office of a construction company located in Block 19 of Gulistan-e-Johar, killing two persons namely Zareen Khan and Wali Muhammad.

Later, some other law offenders shot injured two persons near Johar Chaowrangi area who were rushed to hospital for medical attainment, sources said.

Six vehicles including a rickshaw were set ablaze near Perfume Chowke in Block 18 of Gulistan-e-Johar area, sending the entire locality in panic and terror while all the petrol pumps, shops, transport and daily routine hustle and bustle had come to halt due to fierce violence.

Many innocent citizens were robbed of their mobile phones, money and many other valuables as the traffic had clogged in Shorab Goth locality in reaction of Gulitan-e-Johar violence, affectees said.

Two persons received bullet injuries in Malir locality, but the unknown attackers succeeded to flee the scene, police said.

Three more persons were injured in firing incident in others parts of Karachi including Shah Faisal Coloney, Landhi Sherpao Colony while one among injured identified as 25-year-old Aasif who later succumbed to injuries at hospital.

Police, later on the day, claimed to have deployed heavy contingents of police parties in Shah Faisal Colony, Hassan Square, Sohrab Goath, Abul Hassan Asfahani Road, Landhi and Gulistan-e-Johar.

A market set on fire in retaliation for a suicide blast in Karachi. Photograph: Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images

Pakistani Violence Sum-up for 2009 by Guardian.

Pakistan suffers record number of deaths due to militant violence

3,021 people killed in terrorist attacks in 2009 – a 48% rise, according to Islamabad think-tank

A record number of Pakistani civilians and security forces died in militant violence last year as the country reeled from an onslaught of Taliban suicide bombings that propelled it into the ranks of the world’s most perilous places.

Pakistan saw 3,021 deaths in terrorist attacks in in 2009, up 48% on the year before, according to a new report by the Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS), an Islamabad-based defence thinktank. Researchers counted a total of 12,600 violent deaths across the country in 2009, 14 times more than in 2006.

At least half of the dead were militants who were killed in US drone strikes or, mostly, sweeping army offensives against their mountain strongholds of Swat and South Waziristan along the Afghan border. Another 2,000 or so Pakistanis died in bloodshed unrelated to militancy: political clashes, tribal feuds and border skirmishes.

In comparison just over 2,000 civilians were killed in war-torn Afghanistan during the first ten months of 2009, according to the UN. In Iraq 4,500 civilians were killed during the year, said Iraq Body Count, an independent monitoring organisation.

The high militant death toll in Pakistan was driven by the army operations, although battlefield casualty figures are notoriously difficult to confirm. The army dislodged the Taliban from their Swat stronghold but failed to capture the local leader, Maulana Fazlullah, who reportedly slipped into Afghanistan.

In October the army moved into South Waziristan, capturing roads and towns but not the militant leadership, which is thought to have moved into North Waziristan, a hornet’s nest of militancy, where speculation is growing that the army will open a third front.

The army has failed to stop the suicide attacks, which surged by one third to 87 bombings that killed 1,300 people and injured 3,600. PIPS researcher Abdul Basit said the militants were using “innovative tactics” such as targeted assassinations, kidnapping and the use of sophisticated bomb materials. “This year they were more technologically savvy,” he said.

The strife is frazzling public opinion. A recent Gallup poll found that four-fifths of Pakistanis feel unsafe in public. “Life has completely changed for everyone,” said Ali Mustafa, a doctor whose best friend was gunned down during a “swarm” attack on a Rawalpindi mosque in December.

The new year started as badly as the last one ended: a Taliban suicide attack on a volleyball match near South Waziristan on January 1 killed over 90 people. In recent days, Karachi has been wrenched by a spate of politically driven killings, unlinked to Taliban militancy, that have killed about 40 people.

Imtiaz Gul, author of a book on militancy, said that although only a small number of al-Qaida fighters were hiding in Pakistan, the group provided the inspiration for much for the mayhem. “What we see in this region right now is a fusion of interests and ideologies,” he said. “Al-Qaida is connecting people.”

The tight bond between homegrown and foreign militants was underscored at the weekend when a video emerged showing the Taliban leader, Hakimullah Mehsud, sitting beside Humam Khalil Abu Mulal al-Balawi, the Jordanian suicide bomber who killed seven CIA operatives at a base in southern Afghanistan on December 30.

Pakistan has become a magnet for aspiring jihadis across the world, partly thanks to the power of the internet. Yesterday five young American Muslims went on trial in the eastern city of Sargodha. They are accused of coming to the country to try and plot terrorist attacks. The men deny the charges.

Courtesy : The International News Pakistan, The Guardian London, Google, Reuters and Others.

Friday suicide attacks kills 47 in Pakistan on New Year day. Great Talibani style to start with a new year. At Least 10 minors were killed in the blasts.

January 1, 2010

Agencies || Friday, January 01, 2010, Muharram 14, 1431 A.H at 1949 hrs || Source:Indian Express, Times Now & Others.

In a bloody start to the new year, Pakistan on Friday witnessed a major terror attack when a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into the wall of a playground in the country’s northwest killing 27 people and injuring several others. At least 9 minors were killed in this incident as believed.

In a separate attack, a tribal elder associated with an anti-Taliban militia and five others were killed when the vehicle they were travelling in was targeted with a roadside bomb in the restive Bajaur region.

Tribal elder Malik Gul Shah Ali Khan and five others, including a minor boy, died when the vehicle was targeted with a remote controlled bomb in Salarzai sub-division of Bajaur Agency this morning, officials of the local administration said.

The suicide attack occurred at Shah Hasankhel village, located 25 km from Lakki Marwat in the southern part of the North West Frontier Province.

About 50 people were watching a volleyball game between two local teams when the bomber struck the playground’s wall with his vehicle.

State-run PTV reported that 27 people were killed while police officials said several others were injured.

Several houses collapsed due to the powerful explosion and some people were buried in the rubble.

Officials said the death toll could rise.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack but police officials said they suspected the Taliban were behind the assault as local residents had cooperated with security forces during a recent operation against militants.

District police chief Ayub Khan said residents of Shah Hasankhel and members of a pro-government militia had expelled militants from the area with the help of security forces.

The village was earlier considered a stronghold of the Taliban.

Today’s attack was the latest in a series of devastating suicide bombings across Pakistan that has killed over 500 people since October last year.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani condemned the attack and said such terrorist acts would not weaken his government’s resolve to fight terrorism till it is completely eliminated.

In Hangu district of the North West Frontier Province, two militants were killed while planting a bomb, police said.

The militants were planting the bomb beside a road when it went off with a loud bang. Both men were killed instantly. Police took their bodies into custody.

Meanwhile, at least eight militants were killed in US drone attacks in the troubled North Waziristan tribal region, a Taliban stronghold.

A missile fired by a drone struck a vehicle near Navana village in Mirali sub-division this morning, killing three militants.

Five militants were killed last night when a drone fired two missiles at a compound at Machikhel village in Mirali.

It is reported that at least ten minors are killed in the first Friday Islamic attacks in Pakistan in the very start of  the year 2010.

Eidul Azha not mere a sacrifice of an animal:: Sacrifice the dearest to Almighty, Sacrifice the animality within…

November 27, 2009

Preparations for Eidul Azha

A vendor displaying sacrificial animals to attract the customers in Rawalpindi.–APP Photo

Muslims across the world are preparing to celebrate the annual festival of Eidul Azha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, which marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca and in commemoration of Prophet Abraham’s readiness to sacrifice his son to show obedience to God. Sacrifice commonly known as ‘Qurbani’, means slaughter of a permissible animal generally goats, sheep, rams, cows and camels in the name of God on the 10th, 11th or 12th of the Islamic month of Zil Hijjah.

Gunmen open fire on army vehicle in Islamabad

October 27, 2009

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Tuesday, 27 Oct, 2009 || http://www.dawn.com

ISLAMABAD: Gunmen riding a motorbike Tuesday sprayed bullets into the car of an army brigadier in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad for a second time in less than a week, police said.

No one was hurt in the morning attack in the busy I-9 residential neighbourhood and the gunmen fled, police officer Khurshid Khan told AFP.

‘Two gunmen on a motorcycle sprayed bullets on the car of Brigadier Waqar Ahmed but he, his mother and his driver were unhurt,’ said Khan.

Tensions are high in Islamabad following a spike in attacks blamed on Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked extremists which has left nearly 200 people dead this month in the frontline state in the US-led war on terror.

On Thursday, gunmen attacked an army jeep in Islamabad, killing a brigadier on leave from a UN peacekeeping mission in Sudan and his driver.

The military has been embarrassed by a series of recent attacks, including an audacious assault this month on the army headquarters in Rawalpindi claimed by the Tehreek-e-Taliban in Pakistan (TTP) movement.

Pakistan has vowed to crush the network, pressing an 11-day ground and air offensive targeting TTP in their South Waziristan stronghold along the Afghan border where Al-Qaeda is accused of plotting attacks on the West.— AFP

Balochistan education minister gunned down

October 26, 2009

Balcoh minister murder FIR lodged against unnamed offenders

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Updated at: 1100 PST, Monday, October 26, 2009

QUETTA: The funeral prayer of slain education minister of Balochistan Shafiq Ahmed Khan will be said in Eid Gah located on Taloghi Road here at 2:30pm today and he will be laid to rest in his native Kasi graveyard, meanwhile, police claimed to have lodged the FIR of his murder case against unidentified assailants in Quaidabad police station, Geo news reported on Monday.

According to details, Baloch education minister and PPP leader Shafiq Ahmed Khan was gunned down by unknown culprits outside his home on Sunday afternoon.

Police sources said the case against unknown murderers was registered on complain of his brother Tahir Mehmood here in Quaidabad police station late on Sunday night.

Provincial home minister told Geo news, following the brutal murder of education minister, the security measures, all across province particularly in provincial capital Quetta, have been beefed up, meanwhile, four top-level teams have kicked off investigation into tragedy.

Anjuman of Balochistan Traders (ABT) has called for observance of complete shutter down strike to express protest and condolence with family of deceased minister which will be jointly backed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, sources said.

Also, city nazim Quetta has announced closure of all district government’s offices throughout city to express condolence over minister’s murder, sources added.

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Mourners comfort each other at the house of slain Balochistan Education Minister Shafiq Ahmed Khan in Quetta. – Photo by AFP.

QUETTA: Balochistan’s Education Minister Shafiq Ahmed Khan was shot dead in front of his house here on Sunday. One of his close relatives was injured in the attack. Mr Khan, 55, belonged to the PPP.

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Police official killed in blast

By Munawer Azeem || www.dawn.com
Sunday, 25 Oct, 2009 | 04:24 AM PST

ISLAMABAD, Oct 24: A Motorway Police officer died when terrorists riding a car blew up explosives on the M2 close to the Lillah Interchange near Kalar Kahar.

Officials were not sure whether the blast was caused by explosives planted in the vehicle or a terrorist wearing a suicide jacket.

Police said that they had prior information about two suspicious vehicles travelling on the Motorway.

Courtsey: The News || Dawn

Suicide blasts at Islamabad’s Islamic university kill fifteen. Educational Origin of Dreadful Islam attacked by its by-product Islamic Terrorism.

October 20, 2009

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Twin blasts kill 15, injure 10 at Islamabad university campus -ANI  click here to read…..

Twin blasts in Islamabad university; 7 killed, 40 hurt

ISLAMABAD: A double suicide bombing at Islamabad’s International Islamic University on Tuesday killed up to seven people, including the two bombers, an administration official said.islamicuniblast_AFP608

‘Seven people, including two suicide bombers are dead, and 29 injured in the two attacks. Among the dead is one female,’ a senior administration official, Rana Akbar Hayat told AFP at the scene of the attack.

Police investigators confirmed that both were suicide attacks.

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Speaking at the capital’s main hospital, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said there were six dead — two suicide bombers, two men and two women.

blast316The police arrested a suspect from the site of the blast.

The university is located in Islamabad’s sector H-11.

Eyewitnesses told DawnNews that there were between three to four thousand students present at the time of the blasts and that one bomb exploded inside a classroom.

The blasts occurred within a span of one minute at two campuses of the university.

Earlier in the day two bombs were defused at a girls’ school in Peshawar.

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No Lashkar, JuD militant in Pak’s most wanted terrorists’ list :: Lashkar & JuD Leaders are Ideals of the Pak Nation

September 2, 2009

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No Lashkar, JuD militant in Pak’s most wanted terrorists list

ISLAMABAD: No militant belonging to Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists list.

JuD chief Hafiz Saeed along with other top LeT commanders has been accused of masterminding the deadly Mumbai terror attacks on November 26, 2008, in which 179 people were killed.

According to well-placed Interior Ministry sources in Islamabad, Pakistan’s top ten most wanted terrorists belong to six militant and sectarian organisations linked to al-Qaeda and the Taliban who are still at large and adamant to pursue their Jehadi agenda. M_Id_104449_Hakimullah_Mehsud

Four of the ten wanted militants are affiliated with the TTP; two belong to the LeJ while one each is associated with the TNSM, the JeM, the HuJI and the LeI.

Hakimullah Mehsud, who has become Pak Taliban Leader after death of Baitullah Mehsud, ranks No 2 in the most wanted list.

They include Maulana Fazlullah of the Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi (TNSM), Hakimullah Mehsud, Qari Hussain Mehsud, Maulvi Faqeer Mohammad and Waliur Rehman of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Matiur Rehman and Qari Zafar of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), Maulana Ilyas Kashmiri of the Harkatul Jehadul Islami (HUJI), Rashid Rauf of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and Mangal Bagh of the Lashkar-e-Islami (LeI).  or its charity organisation, Jamaat-ud-Daawa, has been in included in the Pakistan’s top 10 most wanted .

  With Baitullah Mehsud already killed, Maulana Fazlullah has become No 1 most wanted terrorist. Hakimullah Mehsud, a close confidant of Baitullah Mehsud, is the new chief of the TTP ranks No 2 in the most wanted list, ‘The News’ reported.

Another close aide of Baitullah, Qari Hussain Mehsud ranks No 3. The No 4 in the most wanted list is Ilyas Kashmiri, the chief of the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir chapter of al-Qaeda-linked Jehadi organisation Harkatul Jehadul Islami (HUJI).
At No 5 in the most wanted list is Rashid Rauf, an alleged al-Qaeda linked British national of the Pakistani origin, who is wanted by Pakistani and Britain for being a central figure in an August 2006 plot to blow up some US-bound trans-Atlantic airplanes.

 The No 6 most wanted terrorist is Mangal Bagh Afridi, who is the founder of the Lashkar-e-Islam, an Islamic militant group operating in Khyber Agency. Matiur Rehman alais Samad Sial, the chief operational commander of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, ranks No 7.

 Maulvi Faqir Mohammed, a member of the Mohmand tribe and the deputy commander of the TTP, ranks No 8 in the most wanted list. Waliur Rehman, the commander of the South Waziristan chapter of the TTP, has emerged as a key Jehadi figure after the death of Baitullah ranks No 9.

The No 10 in most wanted militant is Qari Mohammad Zafar, is largely believed to be the acting Ameer of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi who runs a suicide bombing squad in Pakistan.

Is TTP leader ‘Hakimullah Mehsud dead’ ?

ISLAMABAD: The security forces believe the new Taliban Commander Hakimullah Mehsud is already dead and Taliban in order to save their image are giving the impression that he is alive.
A private TV channel, citing intelligence sources, said it was Hakimullah’s brother who gave the interview to BBC some days ago.
Hakimullah Mehsud’s look-alike brother was specially summoned from Afghanistan to head the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan on a temporary basis while a decision to appoint the new chief was taken by Taliban leader Mullah Omar.
The security forces also said the Taliban declared Hakimullah Mehsud as their new chief to prove their top leadership is still alive. Sources said, the security forces are finalizing preparation to launch a massive offensive against the Taliban in South Wazirisitan.—Online. Courtsey : www.dawn.com

 

Top Baloch leader’s killing sparks riots in Pakistan

September 2, 2009

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Balochistan reels under violence

ISLAMABAD/LAHORE: A leading Baloch nationalist leader was found dead more than a week after he was abducted by armed men, triggering violent protests in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province that claimed at least two lives.

The body of Balochistan National Movement leader Rasool Baksh Mengal, which was found hanging from a tree in Lasbela district of Balochistan on Monday, bore marks of torture, reports said.

FROM QUETTA – A shutter down strike and wheel-jam was observed on Tuesday in different parts of Balochistan while angry rioters took out rallies and protested against the killing of Baloch National Movement (BNM) Central Joint Secretary Rasool Bakhsh Mengal.
The protesters torched three banks, Judicial Magistrate House, 4 vehicles, SHO’s house and ransacked offices of Qazi Court, telephone exchange in different towns of Balochistan. Over 15 women including five children were wounded due to baton-charge and tear gas shelling.protest
Rasool Bakhsh went missing on August 23 from Uthal area of Lasbela district and his body was found by police on August 31 from Bela area of the same district.
The call for the strike was given by the Baloch National Front which was also supported by all other Baloch nationalist parties.
In Quetta, main trading centers and shopping plazas remained opened and a partial wheel-jam strike was observed. However, business activities remained standstill in Baloch populated areas.
The attendance in the offices was also remained thin while educational institutes remained completely closed.
The administration had taken strict security steps to avert any untoward incident and mobile squads of police, Frontier Corps and Balochistan Constabulary continued patrolling the City.
Wheel jam strike also paralysed traffic on national highways linking Quetta with Taftan and Karachi.Unknown persons set a truck on fire and pelted vehicles with stones in different parts of Quetta while the activists of nationalist parties tied black ribbons on their arms to mourn the murder of BNM leader.
An explosive device planted outside a marriage hall at Spini Road went off with a huge bang smashing windowpanes of the building and caused damage to a electricity transformer. However, no loss of life was reported in the blast.

Mengal, a well-known human rights activist, was abducted by unidentified men on August 23. Mengal’s son had accused intelligence agencies of abducting him.

Two persons of Punjabi-origin were killed as violence broke out in various Baloch-dominated districts last evening after Mengal’s body was found. Protesters set fire to banks and government offices in Maskhy area.

Meanwhile, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Tuesday accused intelligence agencies of being behind the murder and abduction of Mengal.