Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency » Asia The largest news and information source in Afghanistan Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:07:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Heavy rainfall in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 39 people dead, hundreds wounded Mon, 27 Apr 2015 04:22:47 +0000 Read the full article...]]> PakistanAt least 39 people have been killed and more than 200 others in parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan due to heavy rainfall and windstorm.

Most of the deaths are reported from Akbar Poora, Nawshehra, Charsada, Badhni and Badho areas out of Peshawar city where a number of clay houses and walls collapsed.

Children and women are among the victims who are shifted to different hospitals in Peshawar.

Emergency has been announced in the hospitals where the health condition of some of the wounded is announced worrying.

Rescue operation is hampering due to non-stop torrential rain. Rescuers feared the death toll could rise.

Warning has been issued that the rainfall and windstorm could get heavier.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister who is on a visit to UK has expressed deep sorrow over the loss of lives and properties.

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Four people killed, 18 wounded in explosion in Pakistan Sun, 26 Apr 2015 09:10:11 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan explosionFour people were killed and 18 others wounded after a bomb placed in a motorcycle went off on a roadside in Baluchistan Province of Pakistan on Sunday morning.

Officials say that the motorcycle was parked near a busy vegetable market on Chakar Khan Road in Sibi District and exploded as a huge crowd of people arrived at the market to buy vegetable.

Eyewitnesses say explosion occurred when people were busy shopping.

Nearby buildings and shops were also damaged in the explosion.

Hospital sources in Sibi have announced two of the 18 people wounded in the explosion being in critical condition.

Anwar Khetran, the District Police Officer (DPO) says that the target of the explosion is not known but an investigation is initiated into the incident.

He said: “Target of the blast is yet to be confirmed,”

No group has claimed responsibility for the explosion.

Baluchistan province located in the southwestern part of the country is gripped with low-intensity insurgency by separatists who want autonomy from Islamabad.

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Indian woman with 7-foot-long hair eyes Guinness World Record Sun, 26 Apr 2015 07:17:28 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Indian womanA woman in Allahabad city of northern Uttar Pradesh state of India eyes Guinness World Record for hair her extreme length of hair for which she holds the country’s top record.

The 37-year-old Smita Srivastava was given the record for the longest hair in India by the Limca Book of Records besides she holds several other awards.

Ms Srivastava who become somewhat of a local celebrity, says she does not intend to rest on her laurels. “My life is a busy life. My hair length is 7 feet,” she was quoted as saying in a report by the Mail Online.

“I have won many awards and I am a record holder in the Limca Book of Records and I am planning to attempt a record for the Guinness Book of Records,” she added.

She said “Whenever I go out shopping to the market people admire me and they come and talk to me, asking me how I have such long hair.”

“Women and kids come and touch my hair thinking that it’s fake hair,” Ms Srivastava said, adding that ‘But after realizing it is original hair, they say “you are lucky” and that my hair is “so good and long.”

China’s Xie Qiuping is currently holding the Guinness World Record since 2004. Her hair was measured at 18ft 5.54in (5.627m) and has been steadily growing since 1973.

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Baby born with eight limbs being worshiped in India Sat, 25 Apr 2015 12:48:23 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Indian boy editedA baby has been born with eight limbs in Giridih district of Jharkhand state, eastern India.

Thousands of Hindu devotees have flocked the small town of Dmri-Isri and more are coming to see the baby of whom the warship is already started as Hindu god Ganesha.

Ganesha is widely-worshiped got by Hindus devotees who is symbolized as a four-armed elephant.

Hindu religion devotees believe the baby is a reincarnation of their god Ganesha and they are celebrating the arrival of the baby.

Baby delivery with multiple limbs is not new in India but this child has attracted extra attention due to his striking appearance.

He looks like two babies in one as a result of his underdeveloped co-joined twin still being attached to him.

Kuntalesh Pandey, a Hindu devotee who is among the thousands arrived from long distance at the town of Dmri-Isri to see the baby said: “When a friend first sent me a picture I wrote it off as photoshopped but when he confirmed that it is real I came to see the baby straight away.”

Sarita Devi, a Nurse at the hospital said “We are taking great care of the baby.”

The health condition of Ureda Khatun who is the mother of the baby — not named yet – is unknown.

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Strong earthquake struck Nepal, tremors felt in Pakistan and India Sat, 25 Apr 2015 08:42:49 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Nepal-treatmentA strong earthquake has struck Nepal but tremors also felt Pakistan and India on Saturday morning.

The earthquake is reported to be 7.9 magnitudes on the Richter scale with its epicenter in Nepal.

There has been damages and casualties due the earthquake in Katmandu, capital of Nepal but a complete report is not yet issued.

However, heavy damages to property is witnessed in Katmandu including the collapse of the 9-story historic tower of Dharahara which relates back to 19th century. Fears that people might have been trapped.

A child lost his life after a statue fall over him in a park outside Kathmandu.

Kathmandu airport shut down following the earthquake.

Emergency treatment centers have been established in Kathmandu and in surrounding areas.

The earthquake was also felt in India’s Delhi, Kucknow, Kolkata and parts of northern India but yet no report of damages or casualties has been released.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that they are working on reaching out to those affected in India and Nepal.

“We are in the process of finding more information and are working to reach out to those affected, both at home and in Nepal.” he has tweeted.

Mr. Modi has called a high-level emergency meeting over the earthquake.

The earthquake was also felt in Peshawar and other cities of Pakistan but report of possible damages or casualties is not yet released.

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Obama’s grandmother cried after performing Umrah Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:48:29 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Obama GrandmaSara Omar, paternal grandmother to U.S. President Barack Obama cried after performing Umrah, Arabic language Akhbar reported on Wednesday.

According to Akhbar, Sara Omar performed Umrah and then visited an exhibition about the life of Prophet Mohammad (s.a.a.w) in Makkah.

Akhbar adds that Obama’s grandmother said during the exhibition that this is a good example of teaching moderate Islam and cried.

“I am very happy to visit this exhibition, which is a good example for the propagation of Islam in a modern way, supported by scientific and authentic documents”.

Barack Obama’s grandmother comes from Kenya where militants using the name of Islam massacred 148 people during a single attack at a university earlier this month.

Sara Omar is accompanied by her son and grandson Sayed and Mousa Obama to Saudi Arabia.

Barack Obama is a Christian, his mother Ann Dunham was Christian and his father Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. was Muslim-turned-atheist from Kenya.

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22 militants killed in fresh aerial strikes in North Waziristan Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:57:33 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan's Air Attacks22 insurgents were after Pakistani fighter jets targeted their hideouts ahead of Datta Khil area in North Waziristan last night, a statement issued Wednesday by Pakistani military’s Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) states.

The aerial strike is part of the ongoing Pakistani military offensive against Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other militants hiding in Waziristan and other tribal areas.

According to a separate report seven Pakistani soldiers were wounded in an armed attack by TTP militants at their check point in Lara area of South Waziristan.

Officials said eight militants were also killed during the gun battle.

TTP has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Waziristan is reportedly the stronghold of Pakistani Taliban, Al Qaeda, Uzbek and some other militant groups.

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57 Afghan nationals arrested in Pakistan Wed, 22 Apr 2015 05:07:47 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Peshawar policePolice in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province have conducted fresh raids in which they have arrested 57 Afghans.

Pakistani media reports that these Afghans were arrested for not having legal travelling documents.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province is located on the border with Afghanistan where millions of Afghans crossed the border to escape the war. Hundreds of other crosses the border on daily basis either for treatment or visiting their relatives residing in Pakistan.

Afghan refugees returning from Pakistan say that police would harass and arrest Afghans for petty charges and snatch their money.

A delegation from Afghanistan’s Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation is reportedly visiting Pakistan in about two weeks to discuss with Pakistani officials the release of Afghans arrested on petty charges.

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Pakistan executed 17 more death row convicts Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:20:19 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan-executionPakistan executed 17 more death row convicts in different jails amid tight security on Tuesday.

The executions were carried out in Sialkot, Gujranwala, Lahore, Mach, Multan, Gujrat and Fasalabad.

Two convicts were hanged in District Jail Sialkot, three were hanged in Central Jail Gujranwala, three were hanged in District Jail Faisalabad and the rest were hanged in other jails.

Most of the 17 hanged to death today were convicted of serious crimes like murders.

According to reports Pakistan has executed 75 death row convicts after lifting the moratorium on death row in December last year.

The moratorium was lifted after a deadly attack at a military-run school on Warsak Road of Peshawar which left around 250 people killed and wounded, most of them school children.

Human Rights organizations condemn Pakistan for resuming the executions.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Pakistan Mon, 20 Apr 2015 06:41:17 +0000 Read the full article...]]> pak-china-890x395Chinese President Xi Jinping left Beijing and arrived in Pakistan on Monday morning on an official visit at the request of Pakistan’s President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif.

Xi Jinping is accompanied by his wife Peng Liyuan and other high ranking government official in this visit.

Pakistan’s President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, Finance Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar and other high ranking government officials, military commanders and politicians gave him a warmed welcome after he landed in Nur Khan air base in Islamabad.

Chinese President will address a joint session of parliament tomorrow and also receive Pakistan’s highest civil award, the Nishan-e-Pakistan during his visit

Chinese delegation is expecting to discuss investment, security and other regional issues with Pakistani officials during the visit.

Before his visit Xi Jinping called for enhancing cooperation with Pakistan in various sectors including shaping a general framework for bilateral ties and bilateral economic corridor.

Tight security measures have been taken in Islamabad.

The visit of a Chinese President to Pakistan is happening after nine years.

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Rescue operation for more than 600 migrants ongoing at Mediterranean Sea Sun, 19 Apr 2015 13:05:00 +0000 Read the full article...]]> SeaA boat packed with up to 700 migrants capsized in international waters south of Italy’s Sicily iland on Saturday night.

The Italian news agency ANSA states that the vessel was reported to be sinking and a Portuguese merchant ship transiting from the area rushed to the site to try to rescue the migrants.

According to ANSA the ship was able to rescue 28 migrants but then the boat capsized drowning hundreds of others in the water.

Although a solid number of the migrants on board is still being questioned but ANSA states that the boat may have held up to 700 passengers.

24 bodies have been recovered as the search-and-rescue operation has been launched in the area including craft, Italian guard ship, various merchant vessels and forces.

A spokesman for Italian coastguard said that now it is a search-and-rescue operation but in time it will be only search for bodies.

“At the moment, this is still a search and rescue operation, but in time it will be a search [for bodies] only” he said.

Mark Micallef who is a journalist from Southern European island country of Malta told BBC that such incidents are not ‘uncommon’ in the Mediterranean Sea.

He said: “We have seen this sort of scenario happen all over again, where a boat gets capsized right at the moment of rescue”.

“This is part of the problem: merchant vessels… ill equipped to do rescues, are being tasked to do a job they’re not designed for” he added.

According to a recent report by UNHCR some 3,500 people lost their lives in Mediterranean Sea in fail attempts to cross into EU from its southern borders last year.

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Indian boy born with upside-down head should be allowed to die Sat, 18 Apr 2015 18:49:20 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Indian boy1A 12-year-old boy, Mahendra Ahirwar, from Madhya Pradesh in central India, suffers from a rare condition that his head hangs at a 180-degree angle.

The parents of the young boy have admitted they would rather he died than continue to suffer as Mahendra’s neck is constantly bent and he is restricted to a sitting position, unable to stand or walk, because of his weak backbone.

Mahendra needs help when eating and going to the toilet as he can just about crawl is forced to sit in the corner of the room for a whole day.

His parents, Mukesh Ahirwar, 40 and Sumitra Ahirwar, 35, who work as labourers, said they have contacted more than 50 doctors across the country but none have been able to diagnose their son’s condition.

“I cannot see him suffer anymore. Watching his life is devastating,” his mother Sumitr Ahirwar said.

Mrs. Ahirwar said “I have to carry him like a baby everywhere but he is 12-years-old, how will I carry him when he grows even older? “

“If doctors cannot treat my son it is better that God takes him,” she added.

The local residents have disturbingly blamed Mahendra’s condition on Mukesh’s past sins and believe he is to blame for his son’s disability.

“They say I must have committed some terrible sins and this is why he is suffering. It’s awful,” said Mahendra’s father who is a construction worker with only earning around Rs200 a day.

With India’s premier hospital and All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi remaining incapable to determine a diagnosis for the child, Mr. and Mrs. Ahirwar made a devastating decision to stop taking Mahendra to the doctors.

However, Mr. Ahirwar is still hoping for a miracle. He added: “I still have so many hopes and dreams for him. I want to see him go to school and play with other kids,” he said.

“I want to see him living a normal life and I am hoping that my wish will be fulfilled one day,” Mr. Ahirwar added.

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US national wounded in Pakistan in apparent ISIS attack Fri, 17 Apr 2015 03:51:49 +0000 Read the full article...]]> USA US national was shot and wounded by a group of gunmen who claimed to be ISIS fighters in Pakistan’s business hub of Karachi on Thursday.

Debra Lobo, 55, was living in Karachi with her Pakistani husband and was the vice-principle of Jinnah Medical and Dental College.

According to police four attackers riding on motorbikes shot indiscriminate fire at Lobo on Shaheed-e-Millat Road after she left college and was heading home.

Assailants escaped from the area following the attack but left a note in Urdu and English languages in which they have claimed to be ISIS.

The leaflet states that the attack was carried out to avenge the killing of five of their companions in Karachi.

The leaflet is titled “We will burn America” and call themselves supporters of Daulah Al-Islamiyyah which is the Arabic name for Islamic State. It further reads “We shall lie in wait until we ambush you and kill you wherever you may be until we confine and besiege you in America,”

This is first time pro-ISIS militants claim responsibility of an attack that is confirmed by Pakistani officials.

A video has emerged in the past showing a group of ex-TTP members announcing allegiance with ISIS in Pakistan.

Debra Lobo sustained injuries to her head and should but hospital sources have announced her out of danger.

Debra Lobo’s family back in the US says that she grew up in California and had moved to Pakistan over 25 years before.

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Saudi Arabia asks Pakistan to join coalition against Huthis Wed, 15 Apr 2015 09:49:37 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Saudi ArabiaSaleh bin Abdul-Aziz Al ash-Sheikh, Saudi Arabia’s Minister on Religious Affairs who is currently in Pakistan has asked Islamabad to join the Arab nation coalition against Huthis in Yemen.

Sheikh Saleh says he is optimistic that Pakistan will send it troops to take part in the coalition which is formed to fight Huthis in Yemen.

Pakistan’s parliament recently voted for not involving militarily in Yemen’s crisis. Legislators said that Pakistan will take the role of a mediator and try to solve the matter through dialogues. But Sheikh Saleh says those who think about mediation in Yemen conflict are wrong and should review their statements.

Sheikh Saleh in an explosive interview with Pakistan’s Geo News which is going to be aired this evening has claimed that Houthi rebels were carrying out massacres in Yemen and that Saudi Arabia only decided to attack them as a result.

Sheikh Saleh has also blamed Iran for spreading an atmosphere of lawlessness and instability in Syria and Iraq and now wants to do the same in Yemen.

“Iran spread an atmosphere of lawlessness and instability in these countries and for that it will have to be accounted for,” Sheikh is quoted by Geo News as saying.

But he says that they will do whatever to stop “Iranian intrusion”.

Internal pressure on Pakistan’s Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif was further fueled when a Pakistani delegation visited Saudi Arabia to discuss their part in Yemen conflict. After wide spread demonstrations in parts of Pakistan its parliament rejected Saudi Arabia’s request.

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Japanese woman attacks husband with sharp knife for leaving “terrible smell” in toilet Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:03:10 +0000 Read the full article...]]> knifeA wife in Japan has attacked her husband with a sharp knife for leaving terrible smell in toilet, Japan’s Jiji Press and police in Tokyo reported Monday.

Emi Mamiya, 29, says there was a “terrible smell” in the toilet after her husband used it.

“The toilet stinks so much that the child cannot even use it,” Jiji Press quotes Mamiya as saying.

Jiji Press reports that Mamiya’s anger was further grown after her husband tried to assist their 3 year old son use the toilet without washing his hands first.

Police arrested Mamiya for attempted murder of her husband.  The husband did not lose life but sustained injuries to his face during the attack.

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15 suspected militants including Al-Qaeda commanders killed in Pakistan Mon, 13 Apr 2015 07:08:21 +0000 Read the full article...]]> PakistanPakistan’s security forces have acted on tip-offs killing 15 militants including two commanders of Al-Qaeda in Baluchistan province and Karachi financial hub.

Security forces say a raid was conducted on Monday morning in Kech District of Baluchistan province leaving 13 militants killed including those behind the Saturday‘s attack in Turbat that left 20 labourers killed and three others wounded.

 A group of militants early on Saturday morning stormed the camp of construction workers who were building a bridge for Sohrab Dam and escaped on their motorbikes after killing 20 labourers and leaving three others wounded in their attack.

Also, security forces conducted a separate raid in Orangi Town area of Pakistan’s financial hub Karachi earlier this morning.

Officials say five militants including two commanders of Al-Qaeda were killed during the raid.

The Al-Qaeda commanders killed during the raid are identified as Ebrahim alias Owais and Noor-ul-Hasan alias Hashim who was Al-Qaeda commander for Karachi.

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Al-Qaeda confirms top leaders killed in Pakistan Sun, 12 Apr 2015 12:31:51 +0000 Read the full article...]]> DroneAl-Qaeda has confirmed that two of the group’s leaders have been killed in separate US drone strikes in tribal areas in Pakistan.

Usama Mahmood who is identified as the spokesman of the group confirms in an audio message that two of the group’s leaders were killed in separate drone strikes earlier this year in Pakistan.

Mahmood identifies the killed leaders as deputy chief Raja Suleman alias Ahmad Farooq and Hidayatullah alias Qari Imran, in charge of the group’s Afghan affairs. He said that Qari Imran was killed in a drone strike on 5 January and later another strike killed Ahmad Farooq.

The spokesman further says that Ahmad Farooq was graduated from the International Islamic University of Islamabad and Qari Imran was Panjab province.

Ayman Al-zawahiri who took the lead of Al-Qaeda terrorist network after Osama Bin Laden was killed in May 2011 announced a branch in Indian Subcontinent in September.

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Drone strike killed four militants in South Waziristan Sun, 12 Apr 2015 11:02:09 +0000 Read the full article...]]> DroneFour militants were killed after a drone strike hit a hideout in Sahawal area of South Waziristan on Sunday.

According to reports two missiles were fired at the hideout leaving four members of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) killed.

This was the first drone attack in Pakistan since the beginning of this month.

South Waziristan is one of Pakistan’s seventh tribal districts which is reportedly a hideout to local and foreign insurgents including Al Qaeda.

Pakistani forces have launched large-scale operations in tribal built against the insurgents who have threatened to continue their fight against the current government in Pakistan.

Pakistani forces have said that they have broken the back bone of the insurgents in during these operations by killing thousands of their fighters and destroying their hideouts.

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Pakistan accused India in labourers attack Sun, 12 Apr 2015 10:24:16 +0000 Read the full article...]]> PakistanPakistan has accused India for being involved in recent attack that left 20 labourers killed and three others wounded in Baluchistan province.

Mir Sarfaraz Bhugti, Home Minister of Baluchistan province says that India’s intelligence agency “Research and Analysis Wing (RAW)” was behind the attack.

Early on Saturday morning a group of gunmen attacked a camp of labourers in Kech District of Baluchistan province who were building a bridge for Sohrab Dam and escaped on their motorbikes following the attack.

Although, there is no claim of responsibility for the attack but Baluchistan’s Home Minister points to India and says that India is supporting militant groups in the area.

India has not yet shown reaction to the accusations but both neighboring and rival countries have a history of blaming each others.

Soldiers of both countries have also exchanged fresh fire along the joint border in Kashimir, Pakistani media reported on Sunday.

According to Pakistani media Indian bullets stopped after Pakistani forces responded to them.

A 12 years old boy has sustained injuries in Pakistan due to the fire, Pakistani media reports.

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Man killed over not using “gifted mat” for prayers in India Sun, 12 Apr 2015 08:49:23 +0000 Read the full article...]]> India hospitalA man was beaten to death by his relatives in India for not using a “gifted mat” during prayers in Welcome area of North East Delhi, police said on Saturday.

Local residents told police that Hanif along with his wife Feroza, son Laiq and relative Taju went to Mansoob Khan’s house after getting to know that he is not using the mat during prayers which was gifted to him by Hanif.

Residents say after a brief argument Hanif with the help of his family attacked Mansoob Khan, 42, and when Khan’s brothers got involved they were also beaten.

Mansoob Khan with two of his brothers Sultan and Mukhtar were taken to Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital in wounded condition for treatment where Mansoob Khan died of his wounds.

All the accused have been arrested by police.

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UAE slams Pakistan’s vote over Yemen crisis Sat, 11 Apr 2015 11:05:51 +0000 Read the full article...]]> UAEAfter Pakistan’s parliament passed a resolution recently for staying neutral in the increasing crisis in Yemen, Dr Anwar Mohammad Gardash Al Awadhi – UAE’s Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs — has said that the decision will bear unwanted consequences.

Al Awadhi warned that Pakistan will pay “heavy price” for “ambiguous stand” towards Yemen crisis.

Al Awadhi said that the symbolize resolution means Iran is more important to Pakistan than Gulf countries. “Tehran seems to be more important to Islamabad and Ankara than the Gulf countries,” he said.

Al Awadhi added that “The vague and contradictory stands of Pakistan and Turkey are an absolute proof that Arab security — from Libya to Yemen — is the responsibility of none but Arab countries,”

He said that the Arabian Gulf is on a dangerous confrontation for its security and it is the time that distinguishes the real ally from the allies of media and statements.

“The Arabian Gulf is in a dangerous confrontation, its strategic security is on the edge, and the moment of truth distinguishes between the real ally and the ally of media and statements,”

Saudi Arabia requested its long-standing ally Pakistan for military support in its fight against Huthis in Yemen but Pakistan’s parliament on Friday passed a resolution that its country will stay neutral.

UAE and Pakistan have deepened economic relations and if the current differences increase it can have a bad impact on Pakistan’s economy.

Dr Anwar Mohammad Gardash Al Awadhi “Though our economic and investment assets are inevitable, political support is missing at critical moments.”

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The Rising Persia Sat, 11 Apr 2015 07:11:15 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Iran FlagBy Manish Rai

Persia officially the Islamic Republic of Iran home to one of the world’s oldest civilization is showing the signs of emergence as the regional power after the signing of tentative nuclear deal with P5+1 countries. A final agreement to contain Iran’s nuclear ambitions is slated to be drawn up by the end of June this year. For years, talks between Iran and the six world powers had been in a deadlock because of concerns over the possible military dimensions of the Iranian nuclear programme. But what has changed the stand of the world power towards Iran that is the Iran’s growing influence in the region which can be felt in major capitals across the region Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut and Sanaa. Not many countries have come out of the Middle East’s recent upheaval unscathed. And even fewer have seen their fortunes rise. But one country Iran has seen its influence and power grow, while its neighbours battle to keep their states from disintegrating. Iran is still facing economic sanctions over its controversial nuclear programme which are really bleeding its economy in spite of this the country has seen its influence and power grow, while its neighbours struggling hard to manage their states. With the post-Arab spring chaos in the Middle East and the re-emergence of Iran as a stable and key political player in this crisis-torn region, the United States and European countries finally realised that the only way to manage the complexity of the Middle Eastern geopolitics was to engage Iran in international diplomacy.

Let’s see what made Iran an oasis of stability in the world’s highly destabilize region. They are numbers of reasons for that like- plenty of natural resources, developed industrial sector, and qualified human resource.  First if we talk about the natural resources of Iran it has largest natural gas reserves in the world, third-largest proven oil reserves in the world, the most zinc in the world, plus copper, iron, lead and coal. Secondly Iran has well-developed industry compared to its Middle East neighbours, including auto and cement plants, food production and telecom. Moreover Iran possesses a highly skilled, well-educated, highly literate population and it’s more than 75 million consumers, many of them middle class make it a very attractive market as well. In addition to these Iran has made the investments in its infrastructure sector despite a faltering domestic economy, weakening currency and increasingly punitive international sanctions. The country is aiming to strengthen its petro-chemical industry and instead of exporting oil and natural gas in their crude forms, they want to be one of the leading chemical producers in the world. All these characteristics of Iran make it very hard to ignore and isolate at least in the region. Now Iran find itself near to fulfilment of its lofty aspiration to be a top ten economy over the next couple of decades. It’s a truth that if Iran does eventually emerge from decades of economic sanctions originally dating to the Iranian Revolution in 1979, and significantly expanded by the U.N. in 2006, it could become a regional economic powerhouse.

Not only the economic potential of Iran made it hard to ignore by west but itsmilitary might also made it a major geo-political player. Iran is increasing its military presence in the Middle East, raising a lot of questions about its ambitions. So what is Iran’s military reach? Let’s see- In Iraq, the Quds Force is fighting alongside Shia Iraqi militias and the Iraqi Army, and 30,000 soldiers and advisors are reportedly operating in a number of Iraqi cities. Across the border in Syria, Iran has supported the Syrian government of President Assad. It is estimated up to 10,000 Iranian operatives are in Syria and that support has come with $15 billion in financial aid, according to Syria’s minister of finance and economy, Ibrahim Miro. In Lebanon Shia militia Hezbollah is backed by Iran which is a significant political and military force there, and in Yemen, Houthi fighters backed by Iran have taken over many cities, including the capital Sanaa. Iran navy has a good presence in the Gulf of Aden and Hormuz which are major shipping route for Oil. Recently Iran increased its presence by sending its 34th fleet of the Iranian Navy for the Gulf of Aden and Bab al-Mandab Strait. Iran has the largest and most diverse arsenal of ballistic missiles in the Middle East just after Israel.

Iranians for long have lived with the pain of having great potential, but being largely shut out of the global economy. There has been layer upon layer of sanctions applied on Iran but now Iranians especially the young ones want themselves reintegrated into the global economy but without compromising their national integrity and pride. Iran is a significant national state with a historic culture, a fierce national identity, and a relatively youthful, educated population; its re-emergence as a global partner would be a consequential event. But For Iran to be a valuable member of the international community, the prerequisite is that it accepts restraint on its ability to destabilize the Middle East and challenge the broader international order. Iran has to understand that to gain the stature of a responsible regional power it has to help stabilize the region in whatever form it emerges after this period of readjustment and realignment.

(Author is a columnist for Middle-East and Af-Pak region and Editor of geo-political news agency Viewsaroundcan be reached at

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India buys 36 Rafale fighter jets from France Sat, 11 Apr 2015 06:06:52 +0000 Read the full article...]]> IndiaIndia will by 36 Rafale fighter jets which is equipped with a wide range of weapons from France. The cost is estimated to be worthed around 4.2 US dollars.

Indian premier Narendra Modi announced on Friday that he has order France to supply them with 36 Rafale fighter jets.

While talking to a joint news conference at Elysee Palace Narendra Modi said: “I asked the president Hollande to supply us with 36 Rafale jet fighter planes, the ready-to-fly models,”

“France has always been a reliable supplier for India from jet fighters to submarines,” Modi said,

French President Francois Hollande said the deal took both countries “into a new gear.”

The discussion initially began in 2012 for buying Rafale 126 fighters jets from France to replace some of the ageing fleet of India’s air force but the discussion is still ongoing to get all 126 fighters jets.

The announcement comes days after India’s rival Pakistan received an OK from United States for purchasing 15 Viper attack helicopters.

Some Indian defense analyzers believe that India needs to replace its ageing air force fleet in the face of opposing neighbors.

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20 labourers gunned down in Pakistan Sat, 11 Apr 2015 04:31:32 +0000 Read the full article...]]> BODIESUnidentified gunmen have gunned down 20 labourers of a construction company in Baluchistan province of Pakistan.

Officials say the attack took place early in the morning on Saturday at the time the labourers were sleeping.

Kech District officials say gunmen who were riding on motorbikes opened indiscriminately fires at the labourers in the camp and ran away at their motorbikes.

Labourers were living at the camp and building a bride at Sohrab Dam in Turbat city’s Gordan area, Kech District.

Three persons wounded in the attack that were rushed to District Headquarter Hospital for medical treatment.

Security forces arrived at the camp but assailants had already escaped from the area on their motorcycles.

Kech commissioner told reporters that the attack took place at about 01:30 AM.

Mumtaz Ali, Deputy Commissioner of Kech District told reporters that the ones killed include 16 people from Panjab and four others from Sindh province.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but Imran Quraishi, District Police Officer, believes that it was targeted killing.

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Soldier killed in Saudi-Pakistan military exercise Thu, 09 Apr 2015 05:58:23 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????One soldier was killed and three others wounded in a joint Saudi Arabia-Pakistan military exercise in southern Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, state media reported.

According to Saudi Press Agency (SPA) the incident took place during live-ammunition shooting which is ongoing at a training field.

“a non-commissioned officer has died and three other officers have sustained injuries during live-ammunition shooting related to the Saudi-Pakistani Al-Samsam 5, currently taking place at a training field, in the North of Baha Region.”, SPA reported.

Those wounded are reported to be in stable condition.

SPA did not release details about the nationality of the killed and wounded soldiers.

It is yet unknown whether the joint military exercise was being conducted for the fight against Huthis in Yemen or not but Saudi Arabia has asked Pakistan for ground troops.

Pakistan has not yet announced of sending its ground troops to assist Saudi Arabi in the fight.

Saudi began striking Huthi positions in Yemen on March 26 this year.

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Pakistan investigating the killing of eight Iranian soldiers Wed, 08 Apr 2015 12:16:39 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Tasnem-Aslam-FOSpokeswoman for Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that there security agencies are investigating the incident and have also asked Iran to pass any evidence they have.

“The concerned security agencies of Pakistan are actively investigating this incident, which took place on Iran’s territory, and have asked Iranian authorities to share with us any evidence they have,” Tasnim Aslam says in a statement issued to the media.

She adds that if the culprits have crossed into Pakistan after committing the crime they will be detained and brought to justice.

“In case the culprits have crossed over to Pakistan after committing the crime on Iran’s soil, they will be apprehended and brought to justice,” she adds.

The eight Iranian border guards were killed on Monday during a gun battle with unidentified gunmen in Negur area of Sistan-Baluchistan province which is on the border with Pakistan.

Ali Asghar Mirshekari, the deputy governor of Sistan-Baluchistan province said that the assailants crossed into Pakistan following the attack.

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Two Saudi soldiers killed in Riyadh Wed, 08 Apr 2015 11:20:04 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Riyadh01Saudi Arabia’s official news agency Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reports that two soldiers after coming under the fire of unidentified gunmen east of Riyadh early on Wednesday morning.

According to SPA the soldiers were doing their usual patrol when unknown gunmen who were riding in a vehicle opened fire at them leaving Thamer Amran al-Mutairi and Abdulmohsen Khalaf al-Mutairi killed.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but Saudi Arabia is leading a coalition against Huthis in neighboring Yemen.

After receiving a request for support from Yemen’s government, Saudi Arabia started bombing Huthis positions in Yemen about two weeks before.

Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkey have also announced their support to Saudi Arabia in Yemen crisis.

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ISIS launches English language news bulletins on its Iraqi broadcast service Wed, 08 Apr 2015 07:41:42 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISISThe Islamic State has launched English-language radio news bulletins on its Al-Bayan radio network discussing suicide bombings and assassination.

The militant group’s English bulletin launched Tuesday and promoted via social media.

The host provided an overview of ISIS’s activities in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.

The speaker also gave details about a range of other topics including the alleged death of one of their commanders in Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, capital of Syria.

The news bulletins on Al-bayan radio goes over the day’s events in Arabic, Russian and now in English language for about 10 minutes.

Al-bayan radio also recruits people for ISIS.

The group was already operation online magazine publishing information about their activities on monthly basis.

ISIS that controls huge swathes of land in Iraq and Syria is becoming increasingly active in Libya.

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US Okays $952M sale of attack helicopters, missiles to Pakistan Wed, 08 Apr 2015 05:27:15 +0000 Read the full article...]]> attack helicopterState Department has okayed $952M sale of attack helicopters, air-to-surface missiles and other forms of military assistance, as per a deal that will be implemented over a period of 5 ½ years.

Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) from the United States Department of Defense states in a statement that “The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Pakistan for AH-1Z Viper Attack Helicopters and AGM-114R Hellfire II Missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $952 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.”

DSCA further states that the proposed sale of 15 Viper helicopters and weapon systems which includes 1,000 Hellfire missiles, engines, computers, radar and targeting technology, navigations and communications systems will provide Pakistan with military capabilities in support of its counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations in South Asia.

According to DSCA this proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a country vital to U.S. foreign policy and national security goals in South Asia.

Pakistan is battling militants mostly in its mountainous tribal built of Waziristan and other adjourning areas and the 15 Viper attack helicopters with having the ability to operate high altitude would be useful for their operations.

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Mass graves containing up to 1,700 bodies unearthed in Iraq Tue, 07 Apr 2015 11:57:53 +0000 Read the full article...]]> IraqIraqi officials have unearthed mass graves near the site of a massacre of Iraqi soldiers manning a former U.S. military base. The mass graves are believed to have up to 1,700 bodies who were massacred after ISIS captured Tikrit last summer. Tikrit was re-captured from ISIS by the government forces about week ago.

Health officials could not control their tears after they made the discovery. Khalid al-Atbi, an Iraqi health official, who is working with the forensic team sifting through the graves, said “It was a heartbreaking scene. We couldn’t prevent ourselves from breaking down in tears.”

He added “What savage barbarian could kill 1,700 persons in cold blood?”

Al-Atbi said “We dug up the first mass grave site today. Until now we found at least 20 bodies.”

A reporter from Baghdad said on Tuesday “The graves are in different areas close to the city of Tikrit, re-taken from ISIS last week.

“Iraqi state television is broadcasting scenes of officials uncovering bodies buried since the recruits were rounded up and killed in June last year. Many relatives of the soldiers are also looking on.

“A survivor of the attack said that ISIS were supported by Sunni local people in their attack on the mostly Shiite soldiers. The area remains fraught, with many Sunni residents afraid of revenge attacks by Shiite-dominated forces who now have the upper hand again.”

Photos and video footages emerged in the past showed the brutal massacre of hundreds of people by ISIS.

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Eight Iranian border guards killed near Pakistan border Tue, 07 Apr 2015 10:06:40 +0000 Read the full article...]]> An Iranian border guard looks through aEight Iranian border guards have been killed during a gun battle with unidentified insurgents near the border with Pakistan, Iranian media reports.

IRNA, Iran’s state media reports that a clash erupted between border guards and militants in Negur town of Sistan-Baluchistan province on Monday.

Ali Asghar Mirshekari, the deputy governor of Sistan-Baluchistan province is cited by IRNA as saying that the insurgents had entered to Negur through Pakistani border.

Mirshekari asked Pakistan to arrest the surviving attackers who according to him fled back to Pakistan after the attack.

Sistan-Baluchistan province of Iran on the border with Pakistan has seen frequent clashes between border guards and militants in the past who according to Iranian officials come from Pakistan.

14 Iranian borders guards were killed in a single clash with militants in 2013.

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UN appeal to save Palestinian refugees trapped in Yarmouk, Syria Mon, 06 Apr 2015 10:01:05 +0000 Read the full article...]]> YarmoukThe United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has called on all armed actors to cease hostilities and withdraw from civilian populated areas for the safety and protection of civilians.

“Never has the hour been more desperate in the Palestine refugee camp of Yarmouk, in Damascus. As the fighting intensifies, UNRWA strongly appeals to all armed actors to cease hostilities that place civilians in acute danger and to withdraw immediately from civilian populated areas.” the statement states.
The call comes at time ISIS claimed to have taken full control of Yarmouk in a new video. ISIS positions are under constant airstrikes by the US-led coalition that is formed against the militant group.

UNFWA calls on all parties to abide by their obligations under international law to protect civilians.

“We demand that all parties exercise maximum restraint and abide by their obligations under international law to protect civilians. In addition, we demand humanitarian access and the establishment of secure conditions under which we can deliver life-saving humanitarian assistance and  that enable civilians to be evacuated.” The statement further states.

According to UNRWA fighting has been intensifying in Yarmouk where some 18,000 people have been trapped.

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Six people died trying to save one person in China Mon, 06 Apr 2015 09:51:15 +0000 Read the full article...]]> china-HospitalSix people have died for saving one person in southern China, officials said Monday.

According to local officials of Shantou city in Guangdong province a 17-year-old girl fell into a reservoir and several of her relatives dove into the water to save her.

Officials say although none of these people were good swimmers but they regardless endanger their lives to save the girl on Sunday.

Officials add that all seven people died in the water including the girl’s parents and two other teenagers who aged 13 and 15.

The girl was washing up after a graveside ceremony honoring deceased relatives which is commemorated every year as Qingming Festival or Tomb-Sweeping Day holiday.

Qingming is a traditional festival in China which is organized every year on April 4 or 5 in connection with Chinese ancestral veneration and thet ending of family graves.

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7-year-old boy raped and set on fire by two youths in India Sun, 05 Apr 2015 17:43:45 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Boy raped in IndiaA minor Indian boy was raped and set on fire by two youths at Padmanagar in Bhiwandi town on Saturday, police officials said.

The incident reportedly took place on Saturday when the 7-year-old boy went to buy some food and was abducted by the two unidentified youths.

Inspect RS Sasthe quoted by the local newspapers said the boy was taken to an isolated place where he was sodomised, and was set on fire after the he resisted.

Sasthe further added that the boy somehow managed to escape and has suffered 30 percent burn injuries.

He said the boy is being treated at the Thane Civil hospital and efforts are on to identify and nab the two perpetrators.

According to the inspector a case has been registered under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 377 (sodomy) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.

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Man killed 10 relatives for rejecting marriage proposal in Pakistan Sun, 05 Apr 2015 07:26:20 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan

A man has killed 10 members of his uncle’s family in Pakistan after they rejected his marriage proposal.

The incident took place over night in Chaharsada area of Khayber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, local TV channels reported on Sunday.

According to reports the man went to his uncle Jamal’s house during night with a weapon and sprayed bullets on the family killing ten people on the spot. The accused then escaped to an unknown location, according to police.

The dead include man, his eight children and his wife who have been shifted to Tehsil Headquarters Hospital Tangi for postmortem.

Police say they are looking for Gul Ahmad the suspect who also had previous criminal cases.

As per police statements Gul Ahmad had killed his father, brother, and sister-in-law in past.

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Yemen Crisis: Pakistan, Turkey to support Saudi Arabia Sat, 04 Apr 2015 04:57:37 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan TukeyPakistan and Turkey have decided to stand by Saudi Arabia over the crisis in Yemen.

Both Pakistan and Turkey have shown serious concern over the crisis in Yemen. Premiers of both countries have said that they are in contact with Saudi Arabia and are ready to play their role for the peace and stability of the region.

“We must make all possible efforts to resolve this issue,” Mohammad Nawaz Sharif told reporters on Friday.

Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan after meeting with his Turkish counterpart told reporters that they have also decided to stand by Riyadh in the time of need for its security and territorial integrity.

“We have agreed to extend all possible support for the defence of Saudi Arabia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Mohammad Nawaz Sharif told reporters.

The decision of Pakistan and Turkey standing by Saudi Arabia over the crisis in Yemen was taken during the one day visit of Pakistan’s Premier Mohammad Nawaz Sharif to Turkey on Friday.

After receiving a request for support from Yemen’s government, Saudi Arabia started bombing Huthis positions in Yemen about ten days before.

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Military court sentences six people to death Pakistan Thu, 02 Apr 2015 16:41:40 +0000 Read the full article...]]> A hangman's noose on black backgroundPakistan’s military court that is formed against terrorism has confirmed the death sentence to six prisoners who are identified as “hardcore terrorists”, according to a statement issued on Thursday by Pakistani military’s media wing, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).

A tweet on Thursday from ISPR director general Asim Bajwa read “#Mil Courts:Army Chief confirms death sentence of 6 hard core terrorists tried by the recently established mil courts-1/2”

In another tweet Bajwa says that the prisoners were involved in heinous acts of terror, manslaughter and suicide bombing but they have the right to appeal.

#Mil Court:Were involved in heinous act of terror,men slaughter,suicide bombing,loss f life&property.Have Right to appeal 2 court of appeal2”, The tweet red.

The military court was set up for terror suspects in December last year after a deadly attack on a military run-school in Peshawar that left at least 150 people killed and over 130 others injured.

But the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) criticizes.

Zohra Yousuf, HRCP chairperson said in a statement “The commission is dismayed that all political parties supported this unfortunate decision, although some had earlier expressed reservations. HRCP has a number of concerns over this move,”

Since the military court was established in December 2014 more than 50 people have been executed so far.

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World’s oldest person dies at the age of 117 in Japan Wed, 01 Apr 2015 07:50:00 +0000 Read the full article...]]> world's oldest person diesA Japanese woman who was recognized as the world’s oldest person by Guinness World Records, died at the age of 117 from heart failure.

Misao Okawa was born in on 5th March 1898 in the city of Osaka and died in the same city in a nursing home, an official at the nursing home said.

The offficials further added Misao was praised by nurising home workers afor achieving a long and healthyt life.

“She went so peacefully, as if she had just fallen asleep. We miss her a lot,” said Tomohiro Okada, an official at an Osaka nursing home.

Ms Okawa celebrated her 117th birthday earlier this month where she had said that 117 years did not seem such a long time.

She had also revealed the reasons behind her long life and said at least eight hours of sleep a night and eating her favourite food – sushi, were key in achieving a long and healthy life.

The world’s oldest person is believed to be a US woman who is 116-year-old and is in Arkansas state of the United States.

The woman has been identified as Gertrude Weaver by the Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group, which keeps records of super-centenarians.

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Airstrike kills 40 people at camp for displaced in Yemen Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:43:55 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Yemen 3According to local reports at least 40 people were killed at a camp for displaced people in northern Yemen by an air strike believed to be from a Saudi Arabia jet fighter.

Humanitarian aid workers liked to International Organization for Migrants said 40 people were killed and 200 wounded in the airstrike in northern Yemen on Monday.

According to Reuters, Yemen’s State news agency Saba which is now controlled by Huthis, broadcasted images of five dead children on a blood-streaked floor, it claims died in the attack.

Medecins Sans Frontieres said 34 injured were brought into a hospital it supports in Haradh and 29 people were dead on arrival.

MSF operational manager for Yemen Pablo Marco said “People in Al Mazraq camp have been living in very harsh conditions … and now they have suffered the consequences of an air strike on the camp.”

However, The Saudi Arabian military says it is seeking clarification of the incident in Mazraq. Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri said “It could have been that the fighter jets replied to fire, and we cannot confirm that it was a refugee camp. We will ask the Yemeni official agencies to confirm that.”

Saudi Arabia began airstrikes on neighboring Yemen on March 25 aimed at hitting Huthi positions. The airstrike started after Saudi Arabia received a request from Yemeni government due to the advancement of Huthis.

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TTP claim responsibility for killing Pakistan’s Army colonel Mon, 30 Mar 2015 11:57:29 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Peshawar attackTehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), main armed group fighting the government in Pakistan, has claimed responsibility for killing Lieutenant Colonel Tahir Azim in Peshawar.

Mohammad Khorasani, TTP spokesman on Monday emailed a statement to media in which he has accepted responsibility for yesterday’s attack in Phase III area of Peshawar.

Lieutenant Colonel Tahir Azim whose duty station was in Panjab province had recently come to Peshawar to attend a wedding but was killed during an ambush.

Imran a police officer told reporters at the attack sight that two gunmen were waiting for his return from the mosque.

“Colonel Tahir was on his way home from offering prayers in the mosque when he came under the attack” he said.

He further said that the attackers had setup an ambush for colonel Tahir who fled the area after the attack.

Imran added that colonel Tahir was seriously wounded following the attack who letter succumbed to his injuries.

This was the second target killing of high profile people by TTP in Peshawar this month.

On March 18, TTP killed Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz’s (PML-N) Peshawar chapter President Haji Sardar Khan in Yakatoot area.

TTP had threatened more attacks.

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Yemen Caught Up In Regional Power Play Sun, 29 Mar 2015 04:42:20 +0000 Read the full article...]]> By Manish Rai

Yemen 1The ongoing conflict in Yemen is quickly devolving into a wider regional conflagration, pitting Shiite Iran and an allied Houthi militant group against Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Arab states that came together to launch airstrikes on those Houthi militants. The airstrikes by Saudi Arabia against Iran-backed Shiite rebels in turbulent Yemen have added a regional dimension to the conflict in the Arab world’s poorest country. The country plunged further into chaos with Abed Raboo Mansour Hadi, its internationally recognized president, had fled the country. All of this violence and instabilityis occurring within a larger regional frame in which arch-rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia are sparring over their interests in the country. The regional brinksmanship, with all its inherent dangers, is being played out as Yemen disintegrates into a series of shifting power blocs split between duelling presidents and a trio of militant groups. After consolidated their gains in Sanaa, Houthi Shia militia is now advancing south in a bid to takeover the rest of the country. The Houthis, who are a Zaydi-Shi’a group and receive some support from Iran, have been aided in all of this by former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was forced to step down in February 2012 after 33 years in power. The Houthis decision to stage an offensive into the south is likely to further inflame tensions between the two regions north and south. There is high possibility that as soon as the Houthis declare victory, then the real fighting will start, which is guerrilla resistance across the south.Yemen 2

Iran’s government is widely believed to be providing support to the Houthi rebels, though the extent of that support is unclear. Yemeni and Western officials say their intelligence indicates Iran has been training the fighters as well as sending them weapons and cash. Reuters cited one senior Iranian official as admitting this was indeed the case, although the Houthis themselves deny they are receiving Iranian help. It is highly speculated that the Quds Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards for the last four years have been smuggling weapons to the Houthis, as well as providing expert military training, with the result that the Shia Houthi militia finally succeeded in seizing control of the capital Sana’a last year, forcing the Western-backed president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, to seek refuge in Aden. The prospect of growing Iranian influence in Yemen has deeply worried Saudi Arabia, Iran’s great regional rival and Yemen’s neighbour. So after realising that Iranian backed militia is closer to take full control of the country Saudis reacted with airstrikes against Houthis. The strikes were a startling turn of events that came as the Houthis, in control of Yemen’s capital for months, barreled south toward the coastal city of Aden, seizing an air base along the way that was evacuated by U.S. Special Operations forces­.

The Saudis have certainly proved adept at protecting their interests against Iranian incursions in the past as well. When Iran tried to provoke Shia dissidents in the tiny Gulf state of Bahrain to overthrow the kingdom’s Sunni monarchy, the Saudi military quickly intervened to crush the protest movement. Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies fear that the Shiite advance in Yemen is putting that strategic country on the southern Saudi borders into the control of Iran. The Houthis and Iran both deny Tehran is arming the rebels. Still, a direct air route recently opened from Tehran to Sanaa, which has been held by the Houthis since September, officially to being aid and medical supplies. Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and his allies say the heavy air traffic along the route is delivering Iranian weapons. But with Hadi driven out, there isn’t a clear front line for international intervention to support. Any intervention would likely be in the name of restoring Hadi but doing so with airstrikes alone would be a difficult task. So Egypt and Saudi Arabia were considering an intervention on the ground, aimed at giving the president Hadi a secure foothold to return to the country, while backing Sunni tribesmen to fight against Shiite rebels and their allies. It is belived that ground deployment by troops from Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other allies would come after airstrikes have weakened Houthi-Saleh forces sufficiently.

But there is no guarantee that the Saudi-led military alliance will win a quick and clean victory in Yemen or that its intervention will demonstrate the strength and competence that it hopes will deter Iran. A Saudi failure, stalemate or escalation could boost Arab anxieties over Iran or spark wider clashes across the region. Iran, for its part, may not sacrifice its Houthi chip quite so easily it may be tempted, instead, to suck the Saudis deeper into a costly Yemeni quagmire. We’re not going to be able to see any stabilization in Yemen unless the Saudis and the Iranians find a way to be able to talk to each other, rather than to fight each other through proxies. It should be clear to all major powers that they have to sit across the table in order to be able to find a new equilibrium in the region through diplomatic means, rather than thinking that it can be achieved through military means. Unless the Saudi-led intervention transitions rapidly from military strikes to inclusive diplomacy and governance, Yemen will face further destruction, decay and radicalization, adding to an already formidable array of challenges from the presence of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and ISIL to impoverishment and environmental degradation. Even if the regional contest playing out in Yemen can ultimately be managed by the external stakeholders, it is likely to come at the expense of the long-suffering Yemeni people.

(Author is a columnist for Middle-East and Af-Pak region and Editor of geo-political news agency Views Around can be reached at

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Afghan students in India sought punishment for Farkhunda’s killers Sat, 28 Mar 2015 06:04:51 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghan students studying at Jamia Millia Islamia University in India has asked the National Unity Government to drag those behind Farkhuna’s killing and punish them for their evil act.2

Students also performed the tragic incident in the University by copying the details of the brutally beating and killing of Farkhunda.

The drama made eyes of most of the audiences full of tears.1

Farkhunad, 27, an Afghan girl was cruelly beaten to death by angry mob after she was wrongfully accused of burning a copy of the holy Quran and her body was set ablaze.

The killing was largely condemned in Afghanistan and abroad which also sparked vast demonstrations in Afghanistan.

Thousands of Kabul residents took to the streets seeking “Justice for Farkhunda”.

Also, in Herat, Balkh, Kundoz and other parts of the country also people staged protests against the killing and asked government to punish those responsible.

More than 20 people have been arrested by the security agencies in connection to the killing.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer of the government Abdullah Abdullah have said that justice will be applied.

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10 Hindu pilgrims killed, dozens wounded in stampeded in Bangladesh Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:50:10 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Astami snan-bg20130418094307Ten Hindu pilgrims were killed and dozens of others wounded when a stampede occurred during a religious gathering outside Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh on Friday.

Local police Chief Nazrul Islam told reporters that the stampede occurred on the banks of the Brahmaputra River, where hundreds of thousands of pilgrims had converge for ritual bathing during an annual Hindu festival.

Police Inspector Nasir Ahmed said three men and seven women were among those killed in the stamplede.

“We are investigating what triggered the stampede, but it seems that the tragedy was due to an unusually high number of pilgrims,” he said.

Nasir Ahmed feared a rise in the number of those killing and wounded. He said “The stampede involved a huge number of people as thousands of shoes could still be seen on the road an hour after it happened,”

The cause of the stampede is still under investigation.

The bathing ritual resumed after the stampede was controlled by the security forces.

Astami Snan festival in Narayanganj district of Bangladesh which Hindus consider holy draws hundreds of thousands of Hindu devotees from Bangladesh and neighboring India and Nepal every year.

Majority of Bangladesh’s 160 million people are Muslims but Hindus account 10 percent of the country’s population.

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7 Pakistani policemen killed, 13 wounded in separate attacks Fri, 27 Mar 2015 06:29:53 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistani policeSeven policemen have been killed and 13 wounded in separate attacks in Pakistan.

According to reports two policemen were killed and 13 others wounded in explosion at a bus carrying policemen in Pakistan’s Karachi city on Friday morning.

Security officials said that the explosive materials were placed in a motorcycle which was parked at the side of the road.

All of the victims of the explosion belong to Sindh Police’s Special Security Unit (SSU).

A high ranking police officer Malir confirmed to reporters that the target of the blast was SSU bus.

Doctors in Jinnah hospital where the victims of Quaidabad area explosion have been taken for treatment say one wounded policeman is in critical condition.

Police have been targeted in this explosion in Karachi only a night after five policemen were killed during an armed attack in Baluchistan’s Loralai district.

A group of armed gunmen attacked a police vehicle in Loralai’s Chichloo area during patrol leaving five policemen killed.

Law enforcement officials arrived at the scene following the attack but attackers had already fled from the area.

Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the explosion in Karachi but there is no claim of responsibility for the attack in Baluchistan.

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Australia beat India by 95 runs in CWC 2015 2nd semi-final Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:07:51 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Australia beat indiaAustralia beat India by 95 runs in Cricket World Cup 2015 second semi-final at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday.

Australia won the toss and chose to bat first making 328 runs out of 50 Overs with seven players out.

Steve Smith made the highest score for Australia leading his team to play in final with New Zealand on Sunday.

He made 105 runs with two sixes and 11 fours.

India needed 329 runs to win the semi-final from Australia but it was unable to reach the target.

All players of the Indian cricket team were out by making 233 runs in 46 Overs.

The final is scheduled to be played between Australia and New Zealand the two host countries of the Cricket World Cup 2015 in Melbourne, Australia on March 29.

Both host countries have already played a match in this World Cup where Australia was defeated by just one wicket.

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Man killed, body burnt in Pakistan Thu, 26 Mar 2015 06:51:36 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistani police at crime sceneA man was killed and his body was burned inside his house in Panjab province of Pakistan.

Police who discovered the body from a house in Pakpattan district in the morning say that more likely the incident has taken place the previous night.

Police investigation suggests that the person might have been sleeping when he is attacked and killed inside his house.

According to local residents Riaz did not have personal enmity but had suspected members of local council for a robbery at his shop.

The dead-body was sent for post-mortem examination and police are conducting further interrogation.

Pakpattan is one of the ancient cities in Panjab province of Pakistan. It is well-known by the shrine of Baba Fareed where people from long distance come to pray for health, solve problems and good fortune.

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80 terrorists, 7 Pakistani soldiers killed Sun, 22 Mar 2015 07:03:11 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan airstrike in North WaziristanPakistani forces have killed 80 terrorists in fresh military actions in the tribal area of Khayber agency.

Pakistan’s security officials say terrorist bases were also targeted in the Operation Khaber-2 and now terrorists are escaping to the borders areas.

Seven soldiers were also killed in the operation, authorities confirm.

Operation Khayber-2 was launched in October 2014 to clear targeted areas of militants in the tribal built.

Pakistani officials claim killing hundreds of militants during Operation Khayber-2 so far and say that it will continue until the elimination of all militants from these areas.

The operation was launch four months later from Operation Zarb-e-Azab which was launched mainly in Waziristan.

More than 2000 militants including foreign insurgents have been killed in Operation Zarb-e-Azb so far, according to Pakistan’s Inter Services Public Relations which provides information about the ongoing operations in Pakistan.

Pakistan began to take strict actions against insurgents in its territory after peace talks with them did not give a positive result and then terrorists attacked Karachi airport leaving at least 29 people killed.

The attack was claimed by Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Pakistan’s main armed opponent group who conducted other deadly attacks in Pakistan following the one on Karachi airport.

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34 people killed, 150 injured in Indian train derailment Fri, 20 Mar 2015 15:29:12 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????At least 34 people were killed and 150 others were injured after a train derailed in India on Friday.

The train was traveling from Dehradun, capital of Uttarakhand state, to Varanasi city of Uttar Pradesh when it derailed more than halfway along the route, near Bachhrawan village in Uttar Pradesh (UP) state.

UP Minister Manoj Kumar Pandey said that 34 persons were announced dead following the incident.

“The death toll has mounted to 34. While 30 persons died in Rae Bareli, four were declared brought dead in Lucknow,” he said.

Officials feared the death toll could rise as the health condition of some of the ones wounded was announced being critical.

The real cause for the derailment of the engine and two adjoining coaches of the Dehradun-Varanasi Janata Express is still being investigated but officials believed it was caused by break failure as the train overshot an intended stop.

Indian Premier Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the incident.

“PM has expressed grief on the loss of lives in the train accident in UP and has wished the injured a speedy recovery,” the official twitter account handled by his office states.

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Yemen suicide bombings: Death toll reached to 77 Fri, 20 Mar 2015 14:14:46 +0000 Read the full article...]]> yemenThe death toll from today’s triple suicide bombings in Yemen has reached to 77 people and more than 150 others are wounded.

The suicide attackers were among the prayers and detonated their explosives during the Friday prayers in the areas controlled by Shia Huthies.

One attack was carried out at Al-Hashahush in the northern part of capital Sanaa while two others were carried out inside Al Badr mosque in the southern part of the capital Sanaa.

Eyewitnesses said one attack took place inside the mosque while the other one took place at the gate as people were running out of the mosque following the first attack.

No group has claimed responsibility for today’s attacks but Huthies are in fight with Hadi loyalists and Al Qaeda’s Yemen branch AQAP.

Today’s attacks were the deadliest at Huthies following the January car bombing in which at least 39 people were killed and dozen others wounded.

The attack took place at an academy in Sanaa where Huthies were lined up to register.
Al Qaeda’s Yemen branch AQAP was blamed for the attack.

Due to the raising clashes in Yemen the United States and some other countries, mainly European, have suspended their diplomatic operations.

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2 killed, 20 injured in explosion during Friday prayers in Pakistan Fri, 20 Mar 2015 12:21:23 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Blast 2Two people were killed and twenty others were injured after an explosion took place during Friday prayers in Pakistan.

Deputy Inspector General (DIG) police Abdul Khaliq Shaikh says that the bomb was placed on a motorbike which was parked at the gate of Saleh mosque in Arambagh area of Karachi city.

He said it was a time bomb which detonated during Friday prayers at the mosque of Bohra community-related to Shia Muslims.

Including children 20 people were injured in the explosion and two others were killed, officials and hospital sources confirmed.

At least two persons injured in the explosion are reportedly in critical condition.
No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had claimed responsibility for last month’s attack at a Shia mosque in Peshawar that left 20 people killed and 65 others wounded.

Mohammad Khorasani, spokesman for TTP called it a revenge for one of their fighters who was executed by the government of Pakistan.

Mohammad Khorasani had threatened more attacks.

Pakistan in the wake of a TTP attack on a military-run school in Peshawar lifted the moratorium on death penalty and since then the government has executed at least 50 people.

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UN: Pakistan should immediately stop executions Fri, 20 Mar 2015 07:05:30 +0000 Read the full article...]]> UNThe United Nations has called on Pakistani authorities to immediately restore the moratorium on death penalty which is against the international law.

“The UN in Pakistan urges the Government to reinstate its moratorium as soon as possible. We stand ready to support it in doing so and to assist in strengthening the existing justice system if so requested,” The United Nations stated in a statement.

The statement adds the United Nations appreciate the need for effective counter-terrorism measures to protect people but such actions must be proportionate in a democratic way and in accordance with Human rights and international law.

“While we appreciate the need for effective counter- terrorism measures to protect people, including children, such action must strengthen human rights and be proportionate and necessary in a democratic society,”, the statement adds.

Pakistan has executed at least 50 people after reinstating the death penalty in the wake of deadly Peshawar attack last December.

The deadly Peshawar attack which left at least 150 people killed and more than 130 injure, most of them school children, emotionalized the government and civilians which resulted in reinstating the death row.

There are currently around 8, 000 people on death row in Pakistan.

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9 more executions in Pakistan Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:00:11 +0000 Read the full article...]]> hangPakistan on Wednesday hang to death nine more terrorist convicts a day after executing 12 persons.

This is the largest number of people executed in a single day since the moratorium was lifted in last December in the wake of a deadly Peshawar school attack.

The execution took place in separate jails across the country.

Two convicts were executed in Jhang District Jail, one in Attock Jail, one in Kot Lkhpat Jail and five more in other jails.

There are currently more than 8, 000 people on death row in Pakistan among whom one is Shafaqat Hussain who was arrested at the age of 14 and sentenced to death by a court.

Shafaqat Hussain is allegedly for kidnapping and killing a seven years old boy but reports indicate that he was severely tortured in the custody to confess to the crime.

Shafaqat Hussain is scheduled to be executed tomorrow but his mother Makhni Begum and sister Samira Bibi on Wednesday appealed to the government, judiciary and Human Rights Organizations to save Shafaqat Hussain from execution.

They told a news conference that Shafaqat Hussain was innocent and he was tortured to confess to the crime that he had not committed.

His mother said that the court had sentenced him to death when he was minor but according to the law, a minor cannot be sentenced to death.

Human Rights Watch has asked Pakistan to immediately halt the execution but Pakistani authorities have not yet responded to the call.

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Alleged child offender’s execution tomorrow in Pakistan Wed, 18 Mar 2015 04:50:38 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Shafaqat HussainShafaqat Hussain was arrested when he was 14 years old, under Pakistan’s legal age of adulthood, for allegedly kidnapping and killing a seven years old boy, an allegation which reports indicate confessed by him after severe torture in the custody.

His family says police in Karachi tortured him for nine days; he was tied up, beaten, burnt with cigarettes, electrocuted, removed three of his finger nails during the interrogation and was told that he would never escape the torture until he confess to the crime.

Last December Hussain’s eldest brother, Manzoor, told reporters “When I asked him about torture in custody,” Shafqat “started shivering and wet his pants. He put both his hands on his head and starting crying, saying, ‘Don’t ask, I can’t tell you what they did.”

According to some media reports Shafaqat Hussain was given electric shorts to his genitals.

Shafaqat Hussain after spending ten years in prison is scheduled to be executed tomorrow  beside condemnation of the decision by Human Rights Organizations.

On March 14 Human Rights Watch issued a statement strictly asking Pakistan not to execute child offenders. The statement was subjected as “Pakistan: Don’t Execute Child Offender”

Phelim Kine, Human Rights Watch Deputy for Asia had stated in the statement that executing child offender is violation of basic decency and international law.

The quote on the Human Rights Watch statement stated “Executing child offenders is a barbarous violation of basic decency and international law,”

“Sending someone to the gallows for an alleged crime committed as a child shows the Pakistani government’s disregard for children’s rights.” Second quote from Phelim Kine stated in the statement.

Kine asked Pakistani authorities to stay committed to the commitment of Human and Childern Rights. “Above all, Pakistan’s government should reaffirm its commitments to fundamental human rights and the rights of children by explicitly rejecting the odious practice of executing child offenders.” Kine stated in the statement.

Pakistan lifted the moratorium on death penalty after a deadly attack at a military-run school in Peshawar that left at least 150 people killed and more than 130 injured, most of them school children.

Since the moratorium is lifted Pakistan has executed at least 39 people and there are more than 8, 000 other people on death row.

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Toy bomb kills children in Pakistan Tue, 17 Mar 2015 07:45:00 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Toy bombA toy bomb has killed two children and wounded three others after it exploded inside a house in Khayber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan,

Security officials say that the toy bomb went off on Tuesday morning as a child was playing with it.

According to the officials two children and an older man were killed in the explosion and three other kids wounded.

A member of the family who survived told reporters that the toy bomb was brought from outside by a child which exploded as the child was playing with it.

He said that he lost three family members in the explosion and three others wounded who are now battling for their lives in the hospital.

He did not know who had brought the toy bomb and left it in front of the 1st door of his house but police have started an investigation into the case.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is the most restive province within the four provinces of Pakistan.

Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and its splinter groups are active in parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

They have carried out several deadly attacks in the province. One attack that was carried out at a military-run school in the capital Peshawar in December last year, left at least 150 people killed and more that 130 wounded, most of them school children.

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Global Teacher Prize winner donates $1m Mon, 16 Mar 2015 04:41:42 +0000 Read the full article...]]> NancieYesterday Varkey Foundation announced Nancie Atwell, an American teacher, the winner of the $1m Global Teacher Prize but she said she is going to donate amount to a school she founded.

Sooner after the announcement came Nancie Atwell from the northeastern United States said “I’m honored to accept this award, especially so in the company of these extraordinary teachers,”

Nancie Atwell has been teaching since 1973. She says she is going to donate the $1m prize to  Center for Teaching and Learning.

Nancie Atwell has written numerous book with most of them on education methods. More than 500, 000 copies of her one book whish titled “In the Middle “ has been sold.

The book was released in 1987.

“I’ve learned, and I’m still learning, how to make a school a place of happiness and wisdom for my students and myself,” Atwell said during her acceptance speech. “I love the challenges. I love my teaching life.”

Varkey Foundation says she was recognized for her activities of teaching, reading and writing.

Sunny Varkey, founder of the Varkey Foundation said “not only about money, it’s also about unearthing thousands of stories of inspiration”

The Global Teacher Prize is supported by Varkey GEMS Foundation, a Dubai-based welfare organization that is training and funding teachers and also providing 140,000 students in more than 150 countries with private education.

Azizullah Royesh, an Afghan teacher made it to the top-10 teachers out of 5, 000 nominees for the award but he did not win the prize.

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Twin blasts rock Lahore city in Pakistan, 14 killed, 64 injured Sun, 15 Mar 2015 07:21:56 +0000 Read the full article...]]> PakistanTow simultaneous blasts rocked Lahor city of Pakistan on Sunday.

Local TV channels reported that 14 people have been killed and 64 others injured.

Initial investigation suggest that one of the two blasts was a suicide attack on a church in Youhanabad area of the city where hundreds of Christians had gathered for Sunday services.

Soldiers are also reportedly among the casualties.

Those wounded have been rushed to the General Hospital Lahore where some of them were announced to be in critical condition.

Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) splinter group Jamaatu-l-Aharar have claimed responsibility of the attack.

A spokesman of Jamaat-l-Ahrar group has messaged media and stated that “Aafia Siddiqui Brigade” was assigned for the attack. Aafia Seddqui is a Pakistani national is sentenced for 86 years in prison in the U.S.

TTP splinter group Jamaat-l-Ahrar spokesman has also said that the attack was a warning to the rulers that they have reached Lahore.

Following the explosions all the churches and mosques in Panjab province have been put on high alert in wake of possible threats.

Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, other government and political leaders have strongly condemned the attack.

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Immediately halt child execution: HRW to Pakistan Sun, 15 Mar 2015 05:18:15 +0000 Read the full article...]]> HRWThe Human Rights Watch (HRW) says an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has approved the execution of a child which is barbaric.

HRW issuing a statement has sought Pakistan to immediately halt the execution of the child which according to the HWR is scheduled for March 19, 2015.

According to the statement Shafaqat Hussain has been charged by court of allegedly kidnapping and killing seven years old boy.

The statement states that there are allegations that security forces have tortured Shafaqat Hussain a 14 or 15 years old boy for confessing to the crime.

Phelim Kine, the deputy director in Human Rights Watch’s Asia Division says that executing children is barbaric and against the international law. “Executing child offenders is a barbarous violation of basic decency and international law,” he has stated in the statement.

Kine calls on Pakistan’s president Mamnoon Hussain to prevent the serious Human rights violation.

“Pakistan’s president should immediately commute Shafqat Hussein’s execution and prevent a serious human rights violation,” Kine is quoted in the statement.

Phelim Kine in anotherr quotes says that Pakistan should reaffirm its commitments for human right and children rights.

“Above all, Pakistan’s government should reaffirm its commitments to fundamental human rights and the rights of children by explicitly rejecting the odious practice of executing child offenders.”

After the deadly Peshawar attack on a military-run school in Warsak Road area that left nearly three hundred people killed or injured, most of them school children, Pakistan lifted the moratorium death penalty.

Pakistan has executed at least 24 convicts since lifting the moratorium in the wake of December 16, 2014 Peshawar attack that was claimed by Tehreek-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

TTP in a message to the media said that the attack was carried out to revenge of the death of their people who have been killed in military operations.

Pakistani forces began Operation Zarb-i-Azab in Waziristan and adjourning areas against insurgent groups after the peace the failure of peace talks with Taliban and a deadly attack on Karachi air port which left nearly 30 people dead.

Pakistani officials claim killing dozens of insurgents during Operation Zarb-i-Azab since it began in June 2014.

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ISIS child carries out execution Wed, 11 Mar 2015 04:19:25 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????A video has been published online purportedly showing an Islamic State child fighter executing a man they accused of being an infiltrated spy for Israel within their ranks.

In the video the child is seeing shooting the man in the head who was kneeling in front of him, after the man fell down, the boy shoot his dead body four more times.

The boy in the video does not look above 12 years of age. IS had previously released a video of a training camp purportedly showing children under training.

Islamic State claim Mohammad Said Ismail Musalam joined their ranks to spy for Israel but the man’s father says his son wanted to return home which was not acceptable for the Islamic State militants.

Islamic State states in their online message that Mohammad Said Ismail Musalam was spying on IS and other Palastanians within their ranks for the Israel intelligence.

But Musalam’s father had told AFP news agency last month that his son was innocent. “My son is innocent; IS accused him of working for Mossad because he tried to run away,” the father was quoted by AFP as saying.

The video went wire late yesterday but the authenticity of the video is not yet confirmed.

Islamic State has executed own fighters in the past who wanted to leave their ranks and rejoin with their families.

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More time requested for Afghan refugees in Pakistan: Pakistani media Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:56:59 +0000 Read the full article...]]> KPKThe Express Tribune, a Pakistani media outlet states that the Afghan delegation who is currently in Pakistan discussing the fate of Afghan refugees with Pakistani authorities has requested more time for Afghan refugees in Pakistan.

The Express Tribune has quoted Maulvi Shahzada Shahid who is part of the Afghan delegation as saying that they have requested the extension of the time of the registered refugees and the allowance of the unregistered refugees in Pakistan.

“We are asking for an extension in the duration of the stay of the registered refugees whose PoR cards will be expired in 2015, and documentation of all unregistered Afghans,” Maulvi Shahzada Shahid was quoted as saying.

“The reality is that all refugees cannot return home, and if they stay in a vague status then it will be a matter of concern for the government of Pakistan and the refugees,” Shahid has told The Express Tribune.

During the visit Afghan delegation also met with the governor, chief minister and other high ranking officials of Khayber Pakhtunkhwa province where most of the Afghan refugees are based and discussed in details with them about the matter of the refugees.

The Express Tribune quotes Shahid as saying that both sides agreed on cooperation for a solution to the problem.

“Both sides agreed the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan jointly work for the solution to the problems of the refugees,” he told the paper.

On Sunday the Afghan delegation that is led by Sayed Husain Alemi Balkhi, Minister of Refugees and Repatriation arrived in Pakistan and currently busy with Pakistani authorities on the fate of nearly three million Afghan refugees residing in Pakistan.

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ISIS creates own version of facebook, Khelafabook Tue, 10 Mar 2015 10:29:01 +0000 Read the full article...]]> khelafabook

The supporters of the Islamic State have created their own version of facebook which is named Khelafabook.

Khelafabook has looks similar to facebook with a blue background and photograph of the world in the background of the page and their logos on it.

Khelafabook also has a portion on the front of the page just like facebook. It has a place to log in as normal users and a form for new users to sign up.

Khelafabook is created by the Islamic State supporters to communicate with each other in face they are banned on other social networks like facebook and twitter.

Thousands of accounts suspected of having links to ISIS or other insurgent groups have already been blocked on facebook and twitter.

The site is registered by a person from the city of Musal, now in the hands of Islamic State, in Iraq but the person has registered his country as the Islamic State and home country Egypt.

Khelafabook reportedly had services in many languages.

The site is reportedly hosted by an American company GoDaddy, one of the larger companies of web hosting in the US.

Khelafabook is now not accessible and it is yet unknown who might have blocked it.

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Pakistan claims new missile can hit every corner of India Tue, 10 Mar 2015 07:32:46 +0000 Read the full article...]]> PakMissilePakistan claims that Shaheen-III missile can hit every corner of India and also some other countries in the Middle East including Afghanistan, Iran, Kazakhistan, Uzbekistan and Turkemistan.

Washington post has published a report in which a retired commander of Pakistan’s air force is quoted as saying that the missile test fire sends a loud message to India.

Shahid Latif is quoted as saying “Now, India doesn’t have its safe havens anymore,” another quote states “It’s all a reaction to India, which has now gone even for tests of extra-regional missiles. . . . It sends a loud message: If you hurt us, we are going to hurt you back.”

According to Pakistan’s military sources Shaheen-III missile can reach a range of 1, 700 miles when fired.

Pakistan before Shaheen-III had tried Shaheen-I and Shaheen-II but those can hit a shorter range than Shaheen-III.

The missile was test fired at Arabian Sea on Monday which according to Pakistan’s military sources was a successful test-fire.

Pakistan and India after their partition in 1947 have fought four wars with the main cause for three of the wars were the disputed area of Kashmir in which both sides suffered heavy casualties.

During the last few months, soldiers from both sides exchanged fire with each other at the Line of Control (LOC), drawn dividing Kashmir into two territories for Pakistan and India, where at least 20 people killed from both sides.

Both sides blamed each other for beginning the skirmishes along the LOC and threatened each other with heavy responses.

But the leaders of both countries are now evolved in talking to solve problems through dialogues.

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Afghan policemen martyred in Pakistan: Pakistani news agency Dawn Mon, 02 Mar 2015 04:08:48 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghan cops killed in Pakistan 02March2015Dawn, Pakistan’s reliable news agency, have published a report stating that two Afghan policemen have been martyred in Pakistan.

According to the news agency the incident took place in Qallah Abdullah District of Balochistan Province on Sunday.

Dawn states that a number of unidentified gunmen riding on a motorbike opened fired at the policemen in Chaman area, capital of Qallah Abdullah District, and fled the area after the attack.

Dawn adds that the policemen were on their way to Quetta, the capital of Balochistan Province, for treatment when the incident happened.

Dawn further states that no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

According to Dawn the Afghan policemen, originally from southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, were moved to District Headquarters Hospital for postmortem following the attack.

Afghan government has not commented on the report yet.

Pakistan which shares a long border with Afghanistan, compare to Afghanistan has better medical system.
Afghans usually go to Pakistan for treatment when there is a serious sickness. But usually they get harassed by the police in Pakistan or face security issues like the one happened on Sunday.

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ISIS kidnap 90 Christians in Syria Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:38:24 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISISIslamic States militants have kidnapped at least 90 Syrian Christians from rural villages in north-eastern region of war-torn Syria.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Tuesday that the abduction took place west of Hasaka, the capital city of Al-Hasakah Governorate.

British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that the abduction occurred after Islamic States militants attacked villages during predawn.

The area where the kidnapping took place is inhabited by Assyrian Christian minority, the area borders territory of Iraq that is controlled by Islamic States militants.

Islamic States militants killed at least 500 Yazidis including women and children across the border in Iraq in 2014.

Mohammed Shia al-Sudani, Iraq’s Human Rights Minister said some of the women and children were even buried alive.

The genocide took place in Sajr, an area inhabited by Yazidis, after it was seized by the Islamic States militants in 2014.

Soon after the genocide the United States formed an international coalition, comprised from around 40 countries, in September 2014 to fight the terrorist group.

The coalition is since then conducting air strikes on ISIS targets in Syria which has caused high casualties to the terrorist group.

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Reuters bureau chief dies in Islamabad Tue, 24 Feb 2015 06:42:44 +0000 Read the full article...]]> reutersMaria Golovanina, 34, who was the bureau chief of Reuters, an international news agency, for Afghanistan and Pakistan died in Islamabad on Monday.

Maria was taken to a hospital in Islamabad, capital of Pakistan, after being found unconscious. Kulsum International Hospital announced her dead after doctors could not save her.

The real cause of her death is not announced yet but a report will be presented after her post mortem.

Originally from Russia, Maria could fluently speak Russian and Japanese beside English and worked with Reuters for more than a decade.

Maria joined Rueters news agency in Tokyo in 2001 and then served in London, Moscow, Iraq, a short period in Afghanistan in 2009 and other places before becoming bureau chief for Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2013.

Katharine Houreld, correspondent of Reuters in Afghanistan and Pakistan said “She was a great boss; warm, with a big heart and someone who really care,”

“All of us at Reuters mourn the untimely death of our beloved colleague Maria. She was one of our finest journalists, combining fearlessness with an upbeat enthusiasm that inspired confidence, respect and affection from everyone around her. She will be deeply missed.” Said Reuters Editor In Chief Stephen Adler.

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10 people burnt alive as van caught fire in Pakistan Mon, 23 Feb 2015 08:56:20 +0000 Read the full article...]]> van burned10 people have burnt alive after the van they were travelling in gutted fire due to an explosion in its gas cylinder in Pakistan.

The incident took place in Karachi, the business hub of Pakistan late last night where a number of other people also sustained injuries.

Officials said most of the bodies could not be identified as they are completely burned and the only way to identify them is through DNA tests.

Officials added that the driver of the van is among the ones killed.

Witnesses said that the only passengers who saved their lives were the ones setting close to the doors and windows but they also sustained injuries while jumping from the van.

Nine passengers injured in the incident were shifted to Jinnah Hospital in Karachi city for treatment, officials said.

The rescue operation was jointly conducted by locals and Pakistan’s motorway police.

Officials said that the van was converted to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), a more risky alternative for Petrol and Diesel.

In Pakistan and Afghanistan it is cheaper to use CNG for vehicles than Petrol and Diesel.

Such like incidents have also happened in Afghanistan.

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Mock funeral ceremony held for Pakistani cricket team Sun, 22 Feb 2015 17:25:45 +0000 Read the full article...]]> cricket cricket funeral PakistanA mock funeral was organized by fans of Pakistan’s national cricket team following a record-shattering World Cup defeat at the hands of the West Indies.

Replete with a coffin with several cricket bats placed over it the symbolic funeral procession was organized by the residents of Multan city which is the hometown of some of the top Pakistan cricketers including former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq.

The mock funeral participants also on fire an effigy of the former chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board and presently on its board of governors, Najam Sethi.

One of the protesters said on a television channel “We have taken out this mock funeral because millions of cricket fans stayed up all night and prayed for success of the cricket team. But the team let us down so badly.”

Another participant Shama Bibi quoted by AFP said “This time we were really hoping for Pakistan to win. We don’t want to watch this anymore.”

The Pakistani national cricket team faced a defeat by 150 runs during their second match in ICC cricket World Cup.

Chasing a target of 310 runs Pakistan gave up its first four wickets for just one run – the worst start in one-day international history.

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Barack Obama – Road To 2016 Sun, 22 Feb 2015 05:56:37 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Obama and ModiAuthor: S.Mubashir Noor

Pakistan should start praying for a Republican win in the next US Presidential Elections. In his last year or so in charge, President Obama’s priorities are legacy building, and the 2016 Democratic defense of the White House. His snubbing Pakistan on this latest Southeast Asia trip is ominous.

From now till election day, whatever Obama says or does is less about him, and more about how his party wants to run the race. Hillary Clinton is the likely Democratic nominee, and Obama owes her husband Bill his second term in office.

Former President Clinton’s humdinger of a speech, at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, tore the Romney-Ryan ticket to shreds. Afterwards, Republican strategist Alex Castellanos said on CNN, “This convention is done. This will be the moment that probably reelected Barack Obama.”

In an interview with India Today before his visit, Obama gushed about how “the stars are aligned” for both India and the US to become “true global partners.” His tone became solemn however when adding “safe havens within Pakistan are not acceptable and that those behind the Mumbai terrorist attack must face justice.”

Clearly the US now views India as a mature global player, while Pakistan remains the problem child. Obama even compared 9/11 New York to 26/11 Mumbai, citing the commitment of both countries to preserve their way of life. No hats were tipped to acknowledge the thousands of civilian and military casualties in Pakistan, for a war essentially concocted in the Pentagon.

Responding to a White House press conference question about Obama ignoring Pakistan, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes stated “frankly, that’s in the interest of all the three countries.” How is slighting the foot-soldiers in their global war on terror in their best interest, one wonders? That said, how do you ‘do more’ with the morale tank on empty?

Obama’s been on a roll since 2014. After five indifferent years as top dog, he finally got his act together. Oil prices dropped to $2 a gallon for the first time since the 2008 financial crises. Similarly unemployment figures fell below 6%, a full year faster than the GOP’s economic pontiff, Ronald Reagan.

The stock markets also rebounded to post all-time highs, boosting the working American’s nest-egg. With key economic indicators peaking at the right time, the Democrats look good for reelection.

On the foreign policy front, Obama worked two magic acts to help Hillary out. First, he ‘magically’ made Pakistan & Afghanistan start working together to route the Taliban. Two neighbors locked in an endless game of ‘chicken’ somehow saw the bigger picture. Teddy Roosevelt’s ‘big stick’ no doubt proved persuasive.

A Hillary Clinton seriously scarred by the Ben Ghazi blowback, can ill-afford another national security gaffe on her watch. To become President, she needs focus on the Clinton brand, not her failings as Secretary Of State.

Furthermore, Obama ‘magically’ undercut the 2016 Republican dream-ticket, by normalizing relations with Cuba. This firmly puts the Cuban-American voting bloc in the blue column. Coincidentally, 70% of these voters live in Florida, home to both Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio. Both are the GOP’s pride and joy, and neither will have it easy carrying their home state, a litmus test for winning nationwide.

Goodwill from this act is also likely to solidify the national Latino vote. Traditionally Democrat, its the fastest growing demographic in the US due to high birth and migration rates. Hillary needs them to win or compete in three major races; California, Texas and Florida. Obama won Florida by a razor thin margin in 2012, he’s set Hillary up to do better.

If elected, Hillary Clinton, forced to resign as Secretary of State after Ben Ghazi, will be out for blood. Pakistan, accused of serial two-facedness, is the convenient whipping boy. Obama has set her narrative in motion, and a lot more admonishment is in store should she become President.

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Jundullah claim responsibility for recent Pakistan attack Thu, 19 Feb 2015 05:07:01 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ???????????????A spokesman Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) splinter group Jundullah called media and claimed responsibility for last night’s attack in Rawalpindi that left at least three people killed and ten others wounded, most of the wounded are reportedly in critical condition.

Jundullah spokesman has also said that the attack in a serious was to revenge the Pakistani military operation Zarb-e-Azab in North Waziristan tribal belt.

Asghar Askari, a religious leader in Pakistan who is also the leader of Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen blamed the government for supporting terrorism.

He said “This is a terrorist government. We have been collecting corpses because of them.”

The attack took place at the entrance of imambargah in Qasr-e-Sakeena area of Rawalpendi, located 14 kilometers south of Islamabad, capital of Pakistan.

According the security officials a suicide attacker planned to enter into the imambargah where Shia Muslims had gathered but detonated his explosive at the entrance after he was stopped.

This was 2nd attack on Shia Muslims in Pakistan since.

On Friday insurgents attacked an Imambargah in Hayatabad area of Peshawar and killed 21 people had gathered to offer Friday prayers.

55 others were also wounded in the attack, carried out by five-six insurgents from Jundullah group, the group who claimed responsibility for last night’s attack.

]]> 0 Eight people killed in explosion in Pakistan Tue, 17 Feb 2015 08:55:55 +0000 Read the full article...]]> PakistanEight people have been killed and over a dozen others wounded in a powerful explosion in Lahor city of Pakistan.

The explosion took place near Police Lines in Qala Gujir Sing area of the city this afternoon.

Several vehicles parked at the site also gutted following the explosion.

Officials imposed emergency in the city hospitals following the explosion.

Inspector-general of Punjab Mushtaq Ahmad Sukhara told reporters that it was a suicide attack.

He added “Intelligence information was received that suicide attackers may carry out attacks in Lahore or elsewhere in Punjab”.

Pakistan’s President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif have condemned the attack.

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a militant group that separated from Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in August 2014 has claimed responsibility for the attack.

This attack happens days after a deadly attack of Taliban in Peshawar city of Pakistan that left 21 people killed and over 50 others injured.

On Friday a group of five-six insurgents armed with weapons and bombs attacked an Imambargah in Hayatabad area of Peshawar city at the time hundreds of people had gathered to offer Friday prayers.

Officials said that 21 people were killed and 55 others injured during the arm and bomb attack.

The responsibility of the attack was claimed by Jundullah, a Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) splinter group.

TTP splinter group Jundullah had threatened more attacks.

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India beats Pakistan in Cricket World Cup 2015 Sun, 15 Feb 2015 11:32:55 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ????????

Indian National Cricket Team beat Pakistan National Cricket Team in Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2015 by 76 runs in Adelaide, Australia on Sunday.

On coming to the ground both of the rivals tossed to start the Cricket World Cup 2015 4th match with India winning the toss and choosing to bat 1st.

Indian National Cricket team was able to make 300 scores in 50 overs with the loss of seven wickets.

India’s Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina and Shikhar Dhawan made the highest scores for India.

Virat Kohli made 107 runs, Suresh Raina made 74 runs and Shikhar Dhawan made 73.

Virat Kohli was the only one who hit a century in this 4th Cricket World Cup 2015 match.

Pakistan was required to make 301 runs to win the match but failed to hit the target.

Pakistan made 224 runs with all players out in 47 overs.

In Pakistan side Msbah-ul-Haq and Ahmad Shehzad made the highest scores.

Msbah-ul-Haq made 76 and Ahmad Shehzad 47.

This was the 6th time Pakistan faced India in the Cricket World Cup since 1992. India has won all Cricket World Cup matches played with Pakistan since 1992.

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Imams forced to dance in the street in China Thu, 12 Feb 2015 08:37:37 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Imams forced to dance in ChinaThe government of China has reportedly forced Muslim imams to dance in the street in a move which is seen as yet another crackdown on religious freedoms.

According to a report published World Bulletin on Monday, the incident took place in Xinjiang district which is inhabited mostly by the Muslims.

The imams were also forced to swear to an oath that they will not teach religion to children as well telling them that prayer is harmful to the soul.

The newspaper citing reports by the statement media reportd that the imams were also forced to chant out slogans such as ‘peace of the country gives peace to the soul”.

In the meantime, the public servants are forced to brandish the slogan that “our income comes from the CKP not from Allah”.

Female teachers were instructed to teach children to stay away from religious education and made to swear an oath that they will keep children away from religion, the report added.

According to reports, around 13.4 million Muslims are residing in Xinjiang which has a population of around 22 million.

The province has witnessed a wave of deadly clashes that Beijing often describes as Islamic terrorism where Beijing launched a so-called “people’s war on terror” in May.

The operation was launched in the wake of a market bombing in Urumqi in which 31 people were killed.

However, the experts believe that violence in the province is often caused due to ethnic tensions boiling over between the two groups.

Xinjiang is home to the Uighurs, a largely Muslim, Turkic-speaking group as well as a growing number of Han Chinese migrants who have poured into the region which borders Pakistan, Afghanistan and Kazakhstan.

In the meantime, human rights groups accuse the government of systematically violating the Uighurs’ right to freedom of worship and say the Communist Party’s hard-line policies on religion are only serving to further radicalise Muslim youth.

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Afghanistan face defeat in 2015 CWC warm-up match against India Tue, 10 Feb 2015 03:43:30 +0000 Read the full article...]]> crick

Afghanistan has faced defeat in the 2015 Cricket World Cup warm-up match against India.

The match started at about 08:00 AM (Afghanistan time) Tuesday morning in Australia.

India won the toss and chose to bat 1st.

Playing 50 overs, India made 364 runs with losing four wickets.

The target set by India to Afghanistan was 365 to win the friendly match.

Afghanistan could not reach the target and loss the match with the difference of 153 runs.

Afghanistan made 219 runs in 50 overs with the loss of eight wickets.

This match was played in Australia where Afghanistan’s National Cricket Team has gone to play in 2015 Cricket World Cup.

Afghanistan National Cricket Team had its 1st warm-up match with Australia where they were able to beat Australian team and win the friendly match.

Afghanistan before going to Australia played four friendly matches with Ireland and  Scotland in United Arab Emirates (UAE) where they won two matches but were defeated in two others.

Afghanistan National Cricket Team is scheduled to play their 1st match for 2015 Cricket Word Cup against Bangladesh on February 18.

This will be the 1st time Afghanistan is playing in the Cricket World Cup.

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Baby girl born ‘pregnant’ with twins in Hong Kong Tue, 10 Feb 2015 02:54:03 +0000 Read the full article...]]> baby girl born pregnant in Hong KongA newborn baby girl in Hong Kong was found to have been born ‘pregnant’ after doctors removed two fetuses from the abdomen of the baby, according to a newly released study report.

The report released in the Hong Kong Medical Journal earlier this month stated that tests were performed on the newborn when a pair of tumors were detected in her abdomen and doctors determined the growths were actually “absorbed” siblings.

Each of the two structures found in the girl contained intestines, an umbilical cord, a rib cage, a spine, and “primitive” brain matter which was between the girl’s liver and left kidney.

They are believed to have grown to between 8 and 10 weeks before being absorbed into the girl’s body, ABC news reported.

Dr. Yu Kai-man, a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology at Queen Elizabeth Hospital said he condition is known as “fetus-in-fetu” and occurs about once in every 500,000 births, with fewer than 200 cases reported in literature.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified the condition as a type of cancer known as a mature teratoma, according to the doctors but the cause is still unknown.

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Jordan in harsh response to ISIS Thu, 05 Feb 2015 06:03:10 +0000 Read the full article...]]> King-Abdullah-II-of-Jorda-008Jordan’s king Abdullah II has vowed harsh response to Islamic States of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) after the killing of his pilot by the militant group.

King Abullah said the blood of Moaz al-Kassasbeh will not be in vain and the response of the government of Jordan and its army will be harsh.

Jordan is among the over 40 countries coalition that is being led by the US against ISIL.

King Abdullah II says his country will increase its role in the coalition against ISIL.

ISIL which is also known as ISIS or DAESH this week burned a Jordanian pilot alive after he was captured during air operations by the groups fighters close to Raqqa city in Syria.

Jordan in its first response yesterday hanged two of the ISIS prisoners including Sajida Al-Rishawi who was captured in November 2005 after a failed suicide attack in Amman.

Al-Rishawi along with her husband went to a hotel in Amman where a wedding party was organized.

Her husband was able to carry out the suicide attack which killed 38 people but her suicide vest failed to explode and she was arrested.

Four ISIS prisoners are still in jail in Jordan who the Jordanian government has pledged to execute.

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Imran Khan’s wife to join film industry in Pakistan Wed, 04 Feb 2015 12:05:16 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Imran KhanReham Khan who recently married Imran Khan Pakistan’s cricketer-turned politician has announced that she is going to join the film industry in Pakistan.

According to Pakistan’s Express News Reham Khan has decided to make and produce Pashto and Urdu movies.

Reham Khan born on 3 April 1973 was a BBC weather girl and after three children from ex-husband, who was also her 1st cousin, recently married Imran Khan.

Imran Khan also has two children from his previous wife.

Rumors went viral last month about the secret wedding of Imran Khan with Reham Khan but a week later they publicly announced to be Husband and wife.

They organized a Nikkah ceremony at Imran Khan’s resident in Bani Galal of Islamabad and later arranged a very low-key wedding due to the tragic incident of Peshawar.

On December 16, 2014 when Peshawar attack took place there was a vast sit-in by thousands of Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) faction in Islamabad against the government in Pakistan.

But after Peshawar’s attack that left nearly 150 killed and more than 130 injured, most of them school children, Imran Khan announced the end of his sit-in to pay respect to the students killed in the attack.

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Jordan executed ISIS prisoners after ISIS burned Jordanian pilot alive Wed, 04 Feb 2015 04:20:55 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Al-Rishawi

Jordanian officials announced this morning that they have executed two Islamic States of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) prisoners.

Sajida al-Rishawi and Ziad al-Karbouli are the two ISIL prisoners who were announced to have been executed.

Thousands had gathered in Amman after Tuesday’s video in which a Jordanian pilot was shown burning alive by ISIL, asking government to immediately kill the arrested members of the militant group.

ISIL which also goes by ISIS or its Arabic name DAESH yesterday released a video showing a Jordanian pilot who was captured by them being burnt alive.

Lieutenant Moaz Al-Kasasbeh, 26, was detained by ISIS in December last year after the fighter jet he was flying went down near Raqqa city in Syria.

Jordanian officials said that the fighter jet crashed but ISIS claimed they had shot the fighter jet which was taking part in the air operations against the militant group.

As retaliation of the brutal killing of a Jordanian pilot by ISIS, the government of Jordan announced to execute six members of the terrorist group arrested.

Sajida Al-Rishawi who is among the two ISIS members executed was arrested for a failed suicide attack in November 2005.

Al-Rishawi along with her husband went to a hotel in Amman where a wedding party was organized.

Her husband was able to carry out the suicide attack which killed 38 people but her suicide vest failed to explode and she was arrested.

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Explosion in Pakistan leaves 4 soldiers killed Tue, 03 Feb 2015 10:16:29 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan Army convoyFour Pakistani soldiers were killed and two others wounded after their vehicle ran over a landmine in Pakistan’s semi-autonomous tribal belt on Tuesday.

Pakistan’s security officials say that an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded in the Warmagai area of Lower Kuram agency as a security forces convoy was passing through the area this afternoon.

Security officials add that the vehicle was completely destroyed in the explosion leaving four soldiers dead and two others seriously wounded.

Pakistan’s armed opponent group, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the attack.

This explosion takes places as Pakistan has expanded its military operations against insurgents in its territory including Kurram agency where there is reportedly a vast presence of TTP and foreign fighters.

Pakistan enlarged its military operation against insurgents after a deadly attack at a military-run school in Peshawar that left at least 141 killed and more than 130 injured, most of them school children in December 2014.

Some of the wounded students and school staff later succumbed to injuries bringing up the death toll to at least 150 people.

TTP who claimed responsibility for the attack threatened to continue fighting against Pakistani military and the current government in Pakistan.

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NATO-Afghanistan commander discussing border security with Pakistan Tue, 03 Feb 2015 08:44:31 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Campbell and Raheel SharifNATO commander for Afghanistan General John F. Campbell is in Pakistan discussing Afghanistan-Pakistan border security.

General Campbell arrived in Pakistan’s Rawalpindi city yesterday and met with Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif and some other high ranking officials.

According to Pakistan’s Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) both commanders had a meeting in Pakistan’s General Headquarters.

ISPR statement adds that General John F. Campbell and General Raheel met discussed regional security, specifically the security at the joint border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

After Peshawar’s deadly school attack on December 16 last year, this is the 2nd visit of General Campbell to Pakistan.

In his last visit Afghanistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Shir Mohammad Karimi also accompanied him where they had important meetings with Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif in December 2014.

An agreement of sharing intelligence information along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan was reached during this visit.

In the meetings they also agreed that commanders from Afghanistan and Pakistan will begin meeting each other for coordination of border security.

Since General Campbell and General Karimi’s visit to Pakistan, commanders of Afghanistan and Pakistan have began meeting each other and the security at the joint border has also gotten better.


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Egypt Court announced death sentences to 183 Muslim Brotherhood devotees Mon, 02 Feb 2015 11:07:07 +0000 Read the full article...]]> EgyptOn Monday a court in Egypt announced death sentences to 183 devotees of Muslim Brotherhood accused of playing a role in the killing of 16 policemen in 2013.

These policemen were killed during an attack at a police station in Kardasa area near Egypt’s capital Cairo in August 2013.

The attack took place while vast protests were ongoing in Egypt over the ousting of President Mohammad Morsi from power by the military.

In July 2013, Egyptians against the Presidency of Mohammad Morsi staged protests after which the military got involved and announced the end of Mohammad Morsi’s Presidency.

Abdul Fatah Al-Sisi who is now the President of Egypt was then the Army chief who led the coup against Mohammad Morsi.

After the topple of Mohammad Morsi the Chief Justice of the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt Adly Mansour was announced as the intern president of Egypt who led the country until June 2014.

Following the topple Mohammad Morsi was under house arrest and then put in jail along with thousands of his Muslim Brotherhood supporters who staged vast protests following the topple of Mohammad Morsi.

Hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters have received death sentences since then but none taken place yet.

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54 killed, over 60 injured as heavy explosion rocks Pakistan Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:54:27 +0000 Read the full article...]]> explosion in PakistanA heavy explosion rocked shikarpur district in Sindh province of Pakistan on Friday afternoon leaving at least 54 people dead and 60 others injured.

According to the local security officials the incident took place inside a central imambargah at Lakhi Dr area after Friday prayers.

Preliminary reports suggest a suicide bomber detonated his explosives among the prayers attendants.

The officials further added that several others have been trapped under the debris after the roof of the imambargah collapsed due to the explosion.

There are fears that the death toll could rise as a number of the injured individuals are in critical condition, the officials added.

According to reports the Jundullah militants group has claimed responsibility behind the incident.  Jundullah a splinter group of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which last year pledged support for the Islamic State group based in Syria and Iraq.

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Pakistan kills 92 insurgents including foreign fighters Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:34:54 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan airstrike in North WaziristanInter Services Public Relations (ISPR), Pakistani Army’s media information source says that they have killed 92 insurgents and destroyed their six hideouts in fresh air strikes in North Waziristan and Khyber Agency.

ISPR states that 76 insurgents were killed in Datakhil area of North Waziristan and 16 others in Khyber Agency.

According to ISPR information, 12 foreign fighters were among the ones killed.

Pakistan widened its offensive against insurgents after a warning issued by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader Mullah Fazlullah of carrying out more attacks like the one on a school in Peshawar that left over 250 people killed or injured, most of them school children.

On December 16 2014 a group of 6-7 gunmen stormed a school in Warsak Road area of Peshawar and sprayed bullets on school children, leaving 141 killed and over 130 injured.

Few of the slain were school staff and the remaining were all school children.

Mullah Fazlullah after the attack issued a video justifying the attack.

He said the school was indeed a training camp for Pakistan Army where they were raising soldiers to fight with them.

He further said in his video message that his fighters only killed the ones over 18 who along the military could join the fight against Taliban. He warned to kill the sons of Pakistani military personnel who have turned eighteen where ever they find them.

Pakistan-Teachers receiving weapon trainingSince the school attack last month, Pakistan issued weapons to school teachers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province which is a primary target for Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

Hundreds of teachers both male and female have received weapon training and more are either under the training or scheduled to be trained.

After the threats of more attacks on schools the daughter of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif and some other high ranking government officials discharged their children from schools in Pakistan.

Reports surfaced that they were planning to send their kids abroad the country to study.

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35 insurgents including foreign fighters killed in North Waziristan Mon, 26 Jan 2015 04:18:36 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan airstrike in North WaziristanPakistan’s military officials say to have killed 35 insurgents in fresh air strikes in North Waziristan.

A statement issued by Pakistani military’s media office states their air force carried out several air strikes on militant centers and hide outs in Dadakhil area of North Waziristan late yesterday.

As a result of which 35 insurgents including several foreign fighters were killed and their centers and hide outs were destroyed, the statement adds.

The statement does not give details about the nationalities of the foreign fighters killed but foreign fighters hiding in North Waziristan are reportedly most of them Arabs, Uzbek and Chechens.

Pakistan started large scale operations against militants in North Waziristan and adjourning areas in June 2014 after their peace talks failed and then Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) with the assistance of Uzbek fighters carried out a massive attack on Karachi airport in Pakistan’s business hub Karachi.

The attack left at least 28 people dead.

Since June 2014 Pakistan claim to have killed more than 2, 000 militants and breaking back bone of terrorists hiding in Pakistan.

This operation was taken more serious after another deadly attack by TTP in Pakistan.

The attack in Peshawar left at least 141 people killed and more than 130 injured, most of them school children.

On 16 December 2014 a group of six-seven TTP fighters stormed a school in Warsak Road area of Peshawar and sprayed bullets on school children leaving 141 killed and over 130 others injured.

At least eight wounded people including school children and school staff died of wounds in the hospitals.

A TTP spokesman later contacted media and claimed responsibility for the attack.

The spokesman claimed that the attack was revenge for their people killed in North Waziristan in Pakistani military operations.

TTP chief Mullah Fazlullah in a video later said that children killed in Peshawar attack were of military personnel who were under training to join Pakistani military against them.

Mullah Fazlullah threatened will target sons of military personnel above eighteen years of old wherever they are found.

He also said that if military finds chance they can do the same to him.

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Pakistan fire shells on India ahead of Obama’s visit Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:48:11 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Obama and PM ModiIndian officials say Pakistani forces fired shells on India hours before US President Barak Obama’s was scheduled to arrive.

Indian officials say their soldiers retaliated to the unprovoked fire and the exchange of fire continued for little while in Kashmir but there was no loss of life.

Pakistani officials confirmed the skirmish.

Pakistani forces say the fires were retaliation to the rounds received from across the border.

Although Pakistani and Indian forces occasionally exchange gunfire along the border in Kashmir but there were no reports of such an event in at least last two weeks.

US President Barak Obama on Sunday arrived in India for a three days visit to discuss terrorism, enhance economic cooperation and trade.

Reuters reports that US President Barak Obama ahead of his arrival to India supported India’s quest to have a permanent seat at the UN Security Council.

President Barak Obama was given a warm welcome By India’s premier Narendra Modi in New Delhi upon his arrival.

President Obama is now busy in meetings with Indian officials.

He will leave India on Tuesday for Saudi Arabia to pay tribute to Saudi nation for the death of King Abdullah Abdulaziz Al Saud.

King Abdullah Abdulaziz Al Saud passed away at the age of 90 on Friday.

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Barak Obama arrives in India for a three day visit Sun, 25 Jan 2015 05:26:22 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Barak Obama in India2US President Barak Obama landed in New Delhi, capital city of India on Sunday morning for a three days visit to meet Indian officials on various topics.

Indian media reports that both leaders will talk about the militant hide outs in India’s neighboring Pakistan and its threats.

Yesterday British based Telegraph reported US President Barak Obama giving a strait warning to Pakistan to close terrorist save havens.

Reuters reports that President Barak Obama has also supported India’s quest for a permanent seat on UN Security Council.

President Barak Obama is scheduled to be the chief guest at India’s Republic Day parade tomorrow.

Both leaders are also expected to talk on various topics including nuclear deal, enhancing ties, economic cooperation, strengthening trade and climate changes.

Tight security measurements were taken in New Delhi ahead of Obama’s visit.

President Barak Obama will leave India on Tuesday for Saudi Arabia to pay tribute to Saudi nation for the death of late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud who died at the age of 90 on Friday.

He will also meet Saudi Arabia’s new King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud who took office after the death of his half-brother King Abdullah.

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ISIS warns to kill Japanese hostages if ransom not paid Tue, 20 Jan 2015 07:10:11 +0000 Read the full article...]]> IS ThreatIslamic States of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS/IS/DAESH) in a new video threatens to kill two Japanese hostages if ransom is not paid.

In the video the group has asked for $200 million in exchange for the release of these hostages.

Two men are shown standing on their knees in the video whom DAESH claims to be Japanese hostages in their custody.

A man is seen holding a knife in his hands who is standing behind the hostages and threatens to kill these hostages if ransom is not paid in three days.

Although IS have executed hostages in the past but a ransom demand for release of hostages seems to be a new trend in their strategies.

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Newborn baby mysteriously catches fire in India Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:25:46 +0000 Read the full article...]]> rahulbaby_660_081013061337A mysterious case has been reported in Viluppuram district at Tamil Nadu state of India a newborn baby who is mysteriously catching fire.

According to the local media reports, the 10-day-old baby boy is currently being tested by the doctors in Kilpauk Meical College and Hospital (KMCH) in Chennai.

The mother of the baby has said her child caught fire and his feet burst into flames last Thursday when he only six day old.

A four-member special committee headed by KMC dean Dr N Gunasekaran, and comprise chief pediatrician Dr Sathya Moorthy, chief plastic surgeon Dr Nirmala Ponnambalam and chief psychiatrist Dr Raja Rathinam was formed by the state governmnet to investigate the mysterious case.

The KMCH dean Dr Gunasekaran has said they have conducted blood, creatinine and electrolyte tests immediately after the infant was admitted, and the results were normal.

“The child suffered burns on the legs. Today morning, the wound swab culture was sent for tests to detect bacterial infection if any. The results will be known after 48 hours,” Gunasekaran quoted by The Indian Express said.

This comes as a 3-month-old baby belonging to the same family was also admitted to the hospital in August 2013 where doctors conducted a series of tests.

According to the results of the tests, the baby had not caught fire mysteriously which raised concerns at that time that the baby may have been abused by relatives or burnt in an accidental fire.

In the meantime, the doctors have said they will on Monday discuss about further investigations and study the latest case in-depth.

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4 insurgents killed in US drone strike in NW Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:31:12 +0000 Read the full article...]]> DronePakistan’s local media reports that a US drone strike killed four suspected militants North Waziristan on Monday.

As per the information published by Pakistan’s local media the drone targeted a compound of suspected militants in Shahikhel area of North Waziristan leaving four suspected insurgents killed on the spot.

Previous reports published indicate that US drone strikes have killed several high ranking Al-Qaeda leaders and foreign fighters beside local insurgents in North Waziristan in the past.

However, these strikes are not largely popular in Pakistan.

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No terror attack during Obama’s visit to India, US warns Pakistan Mon, 19 Jan 2015 07:54:16 +0000 Read the full article...]]> obama_modi_4The United States has asked Pakistan to make sure there is no cross-border terror incident during President Barack Obama’s visit to India later this month, according to local media reports.

Washington has also reportedly warned Islamabad of “consequences” if any such attack is traced.

Obama is expected to arrive in India on January 25 and will be the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations on January 26.

The local newspapers have also reported that New Delhi is also expected to hold crucial talks over Afghanistan with the US President.

According to the reports the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold talks on various issues with President Obama, including the possible rise of ISIS, the Al-Qaeda adn also the sudden surge in activity by Pakistan.

Sources told One India newspaper last week that Afghanistan will be a very vital issue during the talks between the two leaders.

Sources further added that the issue of Taliban Supreme Leader Mullah Mohammad Omar who is kept in a safe house by Pakistan is also in the agenda as the Prime Minister’s think tank is gearing itself up to discuss a host of issues.

Other issues included in the agenda are heightened Pakistan activity in Afghanistan as India has seen Pakistan increasing funding and providing weapons and also aiding the Taliban with strategic planning.

Enhancing trade relations specifically in energy sector and natural resources of Afghanistan, training the Afghan police and cooperation to curb drug trafficking would also be discussed, according to the paper.

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Fierce fighting between Yemeni forces and Houthi rebels Mon, 19 Jan 2015 05:38:49 +0000 Read the full article...]]> yemeni-shia-houthi-rebels-seize-the-control-arman-city-aFierce fighting erupted between the guards of Yemen’s presidential palace and Houthi fighters in the capital Sanaa on Monday.

A report about the casualties was not issued until the writing of this story.

Huthis who claim to be fighting for their rights are blamed for a proxy war in Yemen for Iran.

They seized most parts of the capital Sanaa in September.

They are also blamed for abduction of Chief of Army Staff of Yemen’s president in Hada area of the city which has a strong presence of Huthi fighters.

Ahmed Awab Bin Mubarak was kidnapped along with two of his guards on Saturday.

War engulfed in larger flames in Yemen after vast protests forced President Ali Abdull Saleh to step down in 2011.

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3 Muslims killed in Muslim-Hindu violence in India Mon, 19 Jan 2015 04:19:11 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Burned villageThree Muslims have been burned to death after Hindus burned their Houses in India.

The violence occurred in Muzaffarpur area of Bihar state on Sunday after Hindus found dead body of a Hindu boy who went missing over a week ago.

Hindus blamed Muslims for the killing as the boy was friendly with a Muslim girl in their village.

Security forces arrested 14 people in connection to the violence occurred in Azizpur village.

On Sunday after a crowd of angry Hindus attacked the village and started to burn huts, most of the villagers escaped.

A spokesman for Bihar police says at the time of the violence they were unable to enter the village for several hours but by the time they entered the village everything was burned.

He said that the situation is now under control.

]]> 0 Yemeni Chief of Army Staff kidnapped Sat, 17 Jan 2015 12:25:42 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Yemen's chief of Army StaffUnidentified gunmen have kidnapped the Chief of Army Staff of Yemen in Yemen’s capital Sanaa.

Officials say Ahmed Awab bin Mubarak and two of his guards were abducted at an insurgent check point in Hada area on Saturday.

Until writing this story, no group had claimed responsibility for the kidnapping but officials suspect Shia Houthi militiamen are behind the abduction.

Most of the capital Sanaa is in the hands of Shia Huthi militiamen.

Ahmed Awab bin Mubarak was nominated by the president for the post of prime minister in 2014 but was largely opposed by the Shia Huthis.

Yemen’s current instability occurred in 2011 following a large scale demonstrations that forced president Ali Abdulla Saleh to resign from his post.

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Pakistan arrest Afghan Taliban who opposed ISIS Sat, 17 Jan 2015 07:59:04 +0000 Read the full article...]]> paksitani police 9

Killid Radio reports that two Afghan Taliban commanders who had opposed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) or (DAESH) in Logar province have been arrested by Pakistan.

Killid Radio quotes the police chief of Logar province Abdul Hakim Ishaqzai as saying that after the Afghan Taliban commanders opposed DAESH flag in Charkh district they were called to go to Pakistan and put in jail upon their arrival.

Killid Radio further quotes the police chief as saying that these commanders had fought with the supporters of DAESH in their area.

Before Logar, officials in Helmand, Zabul and Farah provinces reported the existence of DAESH supporters in their provinces.

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Gunmen attack another school in Pakistan Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:49:08 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistani Police

Reports suggest that gunmen have attacked another school in Swabi area of Khayber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province of Pakistan.

The attack took place this morning.

Police officer of Swabi area confirming the attack says gunmen opened fire at the school but escaped after a retaliation of fire by the watchmen.

According to the police officer no one was killed or injured in the attack.

Following the attack parents of the students arrived and took their children back home.

This comes after Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) threatened to carry out more attacks against Pakistani forces and their sons who are over eighteen wherever they find them even in schools.

Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah in a recent video claimed that they had told fighters to kill children of soldiers who are above eighteen in a recent attack at a military-run school in Peshawar.

The attack left at least 141 dead and over 130 injured, most of them school children.

Attackers who were wearing military uniform entered a military-run school in Warsak Road are of KPK’s main city of Peshawar and sprayed bullets on school children on December 16, 2014.

The responsibility of the attack was claimed by TTP.

A TTP spokesman told media that the attack was a revenge for their people killed in Pakistani Army operation in North Waziristan.

TTP leader Mullah Fazlullah by issuing a video recently threatened to continue his war against the current government of Pakistan and its forces.

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Drone strike kills 6 insurgents in North Waziristan Thu, 15 Jan 2015 06:48:39 +0000 Read the full article...]]> DroneA US drone strike killed six suspected militants in the North Waziristan on Thursday.

According to Pakistani Media, the drone targeted a militant position in North Waziristan’s Shawal area.

North Waziristan is reportedly a hideout to local and foreign fighters.

Pakistani forces have started a mass operation against the insurgent in North Waziristan and adjacent areas since June 2014.

Pakistan claim to have killed over 2, 000 local and foreign insurgents in this operation and have confiscated large amount of explosives, weapons and ammunition.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif says insurgents have been weakened due to the ongoing military offensive against them in North Waziristan.

Mohammad Nawaz Sharif also says that the military operation will continue until the elimination of terrorists.

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Pakistani premier’s granddaughter discharged from school in Pakistan Tue, 13 Jan 2015 09:52:47 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan-Maryam NawazPakistani premier Mohammad Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz has discharged her daughter from school in Pakistan.

According to Pakistan’s Express News, Maryam Nawaz has said that she is not afraid and she loves other kids like her own kids.

She said that her daughter will study in Pakistan like other kids but at this time discharging her from school was necessary for the security of other school children.

She rejected the reports that she is sending her daughter to London for study.

This comes after Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan vowed more Peshawar like attacks in Pakistan.

Peshawar attack that took place on 16 December 2014 left more than 140 killed most of them school kids.

A group of gunmen attacked a military-run school in Warsak Raod area of Peshawr on 16 December 2014 and sprayed bullets on school children.

After leaving more than 140 killed and around 130 injured, the attackers were killed in the explosions of their own explosives and by the security forces.

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Military Operation in NW Significant: Kerry Tue, 13 Jan 2015 07:52:37 +0000 Read the full article...]]> John Kerry with PM Nawaz Sharif 2John Kerry, U.S Secretary of State, on his two days visit to Pakistan praised the military operation in North Waziristan.

John Kerry arrived in Pakistan on Monday and so far has met Pakistan’s premier Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister Sartaj Aziz and Army Chief General Rahil Sharif beside some other high ranking Pakistani officials.

Kerry asked Pakistani side to continue the fight against terrorism and extremism with no distinction.

Delegation accompanying Kerry to Pakistan has said that Washington wants more serious efforts against Taliban, Haqani Network and other armed militant groups in both the neighboring countries.

Delegation says these terrorist groups pose threat not only to Pakistan and Afghanistan but also to the interests of the United States.

Washington plans to provide $250 million assistance for those internally displaced due to the military operations in Pakistan.

Pakistan following the failure of peace talks with Taliban launched a military offensive against them in North Waziristan and adjacent areas in June 2014 causing heavy casualties to them.

According to Pakistani officials more than 2, 000 insurgents have been killed since the operation began.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry also commended Pakistan for reopening of Peshawar school that was cloase after a deadly Taliban attack leaving more than 140 people killed most of them school children.

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Through Afghanistan, India involved in activities in Pakistan: Sartaj Aziz Mon, 12 Jan 2015 08:42:26 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ????????????Sartaj Aziz, National Security Advisor to Pakistan’s Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif says activities taking place in Pakistan from Afghanistan, India is involved in it.

Sartaj Aziz has told Dawn News, a Pakistani Media, in an interview that both the neighboring countries have promised not to let each other’s territory used against the other.

He has told Dawn News that the previous policies applied by Pakistan did not have a positive impact on the national security.

According to the paper Aziz has said that for the national interests, the current governments decided not interfere in other countries, rather than that, Pakistan will try to make good relationship with neighbors.

Sartaj Aziz according to the paper has said that when India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi took office he told Pakistan to forget Kashmir for good relations with India, he said but Pakistan rejected the call.

India wants negotiations with Pakistan based on their interest but Pakistan cannot accept that, Sartaj Aziz was quoted by the paper as saying.

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Pakistani man beheaded in a video released by Taliban and ISIS Sun, 11 Jan 2015 09:16:51 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistani man beheadedThe former Pakistani Taliban leaders who have announced their allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISSI) on Saturday released a video purportedly showing the beheading of a man whom they identify as a Pakistani military soldier.

According to the SITE Inteligence Group, the video was released by ISIS on Twitter and Jihadi forums, showing the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP’s) former spokesman Shahidullah Shahid along with dozens of other militants in a wooded area.

SITE Intelligence Group is a US-based terrorism monitor which offers a variety of services to assist in monitoring and understanding jihadist news and trends.

The video released on Saturday also purports to show militant leaders who identify themselves as from Afghanistan and Pakistan pledging their support to the Islamic State group.

This comes as the residents of soutehrn Helmand province of Afghanistan have said that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has started operations in this province.

According to the local resients the group is led by a local commander identified as Abdul Rauf are operting in Zamin Dawar area of Sangin and also parts of Kajaki district.

The security institutions in Afghanistan have not independently confirmed the operations of ISIS in Afghanistan. However, insurgents belonging to a faction of the Hezb-e-Islami led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar said earlier in September last year that they consider to join the Islamic State militants who are currently fighting in Syria and Iraq.

This comes as a notorious anti-government armed militant commander who is believed to have links with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), was also arrested by Afghan security forces in Paktia province earlier in December last year.

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57 killed in traffic accident in Pakistan Sun, 11 Jan 2015 05:49:36 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan Bus CrashA traffic accident has left 57 people killed and 10 others wounded in Pakistan.

The accident took place in Pakistan’s Sindh province between a passenger bus and a fuel tanker.

Officials say after the accident both vehicle gutted leaving 57 people dead on the spot and 10 others wounded.

Hospital sources say the wounded are also in critical condition.

Due to the heavy burns, it is difficult to identify many of the dead bodies.

The accident took place in Sindh province close to the provincial capital last night.

According to the officials the accident was the result of the negligence of the fuel tanker’s driver.

]]> 0 Pakistani father kills his 5 kids to gain magic powers Sat, 10 Jan 2015 05:50:58 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistani manA Pakistani father-of-six, practicing black magic, allegedly killed his five children by strangling them to death believing that it would endow him with magical powers.

According to the Pakisani police officials, the incident took place on Thursday overnight in the village of Saeed Khan, some 230 kilometers (140 miles) north of the city of Karachi.

The victims included two girls and three boys, aged between three and 13.

Police officer Qamaruddin Rahimo told AFP that the perpetrator has been identified as Ali Nawaz Leghari who is around 40 year old.

“The man’s financial condition was bad but he was also learning black magic and it seems that he made the sacrifice to excel in the craft,” Rahimo added.

He also added that the Leghari had attempted to poison the family’s dinner but was spotted by his wife, resulting in a bitter quarrel.

The provincial police chief Amjad Sheikh confirmed that Leghari was undertaking a 40-day spiritual journey, known as a ‘Chilla’ prescribed to him by a pir (living saint) that he hoped would teach him the art of alchemy.

According to the police officials, the eldest of the six children survived as he had left the home with his mother who had gone to her parents house after the fight.

A search operation has also been launched to detain a a black magic practitioner whom Leghari used to visit frequently for help as he was in bad financial condition.

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