Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency » Asia The largest news and information source in Afghanistan Fri, 29 May 2015 19:24:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Pakistan asks Afghanistan for TTP leader Mullah Fazlullah Thu, 28 May 2015 10:32:58 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Mullah Fazlullah 2Pakistan once again asked Afghanistan for Mullah Fazlullah, the leader of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), who has announced war against the government of Pakistan.

Rehman Malik, chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Interior made the call on Afghanistan on Thursday. “Please hand over the chief killer of Pakistanis to us,” he said.

Mullah Fazlullah was lastly seen in a jungle area in a video released by TTP in December 2014.

Although, Pakistan believes that Mullah Fazlullah is hiding in Afghanistan but there is no confirmation from Afghan government.

TTP has carried out several deadly attacks in parts of Pakistan under the leadership of Mullah Fazlullah who also goes by his nickname “Radio Mullah”.

One attack was carried out on a military-run school in December 2014 leaving more than 140 people were killed, most of them school children.

Mullah Fazlullah in the video claimed responsibility for the attack and threatened that next attack will make this attack forgotten.

Mullah Fazlullah was appointed new leader for TTP after its then chief Hakimullah Mehsud was killed in a US drone strike in North Waziristan in 2013.

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Pakistan says nuclear program is in safe hands Thu, 28 May 2015 08:13:32 +0000 Read the full article...]]> MamnoonAfter Islamic State announced last week that they are closer to buy nuclear weapon from Pakistan, Mamnoon Hussain the Pakistani present says that his country’s nuclear program is in safe hands.

He said that nuclear assets are the guarantee of Pakistan’s defense.

He expressed these comments on the eve of Pakistan’s Yaum-e-Takbeer which marks the anniversary of the country’s nuclear test.

Pakistan for the first time conducted a nuclear test on May 28, 1998 after which every year the country is celebrating May 28 as Yaum-e-Takbeer which means “The day of greatness”.

The claim of buying nuclear weapon from Pakistan was published by the Islamic State’s magazine Dabiq last week.

ISIS also said they would smuggle the nuclear weapon to the United States after it is received from Pakistan.

Dabiq propagated that ISIS has billions of dollars in bank and that the group would buy nuclear weapons through weapon dealers and corrupted government officials in Pakistan.

Some ex-TTP commanders have been watched in a video announcing allegiance to the terrorist group of Islamic State or ISIS.

The commanders were saying that their emir is Islamic State’s leader Abu Bakar Al-Baghdadi and will obey by his orders.

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Indian heat wave death toll passes 1,400 Thu, 28 May 2015 06:18:38 +0000 Read the full article...]]> India heatwaveThe death toll from the heat wave in India has passed 1,400 as the sunstroke still continues.

Most of the death toll has been reported from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states with more than 1,000 people lost lives only in Andhra Pradesh since May 18 due to the intense heat.

Most of the deaths in this province homeless people who are sleeping on the streets, laborers and elderly aged people.

In Andhra Pradesh, government issued warning through local TV channels and radios urging people to stay indoors especial between noon and 4 PM and in Telangana government was working with welfare organizations to provide drinking water to those in need through village councils.

People hit by sunstroke rush to local hospitals in order to get medical assistance.

Hospital staff at All India Institute of Medical Sciences which is one of  the largest public hospitals in Delhi, wrapped patients in wet sheets in order to bring down their body temperature.

In the hard hit areas people are bathing three or four times a day and walk with their clothes wet in order to coup with killing heat.

In some areas the highest temperature was recorded as high as 116 degrees on Wednesday.

Government has issued warnings for people to stay indoors as the heat is touching its peak.

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Three police officers gunned down in early-morning attack in Pakistan Wed, 27 May 2015 06:14:08 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistani policeThree police officers have been gunned down by unidentified gunmen in early-morning attack in Pakistan.

According to reports sub-inspector Sikandar and constables Ashraf and Asif were still on their night shift duty when unidentified gunmen opened fire on them in Aziz Abad area of Pakistan’s business hub of Karachi early on Wednesday morning.

All three police officers died on the spot while a fourth one sustained injuries.

Reports also suggest the attackers were four people who came on two motorbikes and after spraying bullets on police van with their 9mm pistols runaway from the area.

No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but security forces cordoned off the area following the incident and launched an investigation into it.

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Pakistani president’s son escaped life attempt in Balochistan Mon, 25 May 2015 10:41:13 +0000 Read the full article...]]> HabThe son of Pakistani president Mamnoon Hussian’s son has escaped a life attempt in Baluchistan province.

A motorcycle, laden with explosives, was parked on the way of Salman, son of Pakistan’s president but he escaped unharmed from the explosion in Hub District last night.

Bashir Borohi the police chief of Hub District said that including five body guards of Salman, 15 people were wounded in the explosion.

He said the blast was carried out through a remote control which also shattered windows of nearby house and damaged public property in the area.

Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) which is fighting the government of Pakistan for separating Baluchistan has claimed responsibility for the attack saying that the target was Mamnoon Hussain’s son.

BLA threatens to continue the fight until the separation of Balochistan from Pakistan.

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Kidnappers release video of abducted Chinese tourist in Pakistan Sun, 24 May 2015 11:43:35 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Chinese kidnapped in Pakistan

Mashal Radio that is related to Azadi Radio has received a video from the kidnappers of a Chinese tourist in Pakistan.

The video is sent to Mashal Radio today from an undisclosed location by a Saiful Asad who identifies himself spokesman for Jaish Al-Hadid “Contingent of Steel,”

The video purportedly shows the Chinese man Hong Xudong who was kidnapped by gunmen in May 2014.

Xudong who is seen alone in the video asks his government and International community to release him from the custody of Taliban.

He criticizes the government of Pakistan for not trying to secure his release.

He says that he does not believe in China-Pakistan friendship. He further says that Pakistan is only friend with money.

Xudong is looking scared in the video who says that Taliban have told him if their demands are not met he will be killed.

Hong Xudong was abducted  in Daraban area on the outskirts of Dera Ismail Khan district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on May 19, 2014.

Jaish Al-Hadid that claims to have the Chinese hostage seems to be a new name within the militant groups in Pakistan.

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Pakistan struggling with fake degrees scandal Sat, 23 May 2015 17:23:03 +0000 Read the full article...]]> pakistan fake degreesPakistani media have been going through a frenzy, a New York Times expose alleged Axact an information technology company have been producing fake degrees on a worldwide scale.

The government of Pakistan have initiated their investigation after the allegations and have promised to resolve the issue as soon as possible. The allegation is of a global concern and devalues higher education all together.

Axact, also owns BOL tv network which is enduring criticisms. A few of the top journalists have resigned as a result of the scandal.

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said Saturday that the government will seek international assistance to investigate the scandal.

Khan further added that Pakistan’s Interior Ministry will also write letters in the coming days to seek assistance from FBI and Interpol regarding the issue.

According to Khan the government is expecting to conclude an initial inquiry into the company Axact within the next 10 days.

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39 students wounded after school roof collapsed in Pakistan Sat, 23 May 2015 09:49:24 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan school roof collapse39 students sustained injuries after the roof of their school collapsed in Punjab province of Pakistan on Saturday.

The incident spread panic in the area and parents of the students immediately rushed to the school. Security officials and emergency rescue teams also arrived and removed students to a safer location.

Some victims were treated at the spot but some others were transferred to Nishtar Hospital for severe wounds.

Security officers arrested the principle of the school after he was accused for being the cause of the tragic incident in Multan.

Parents of the school children and local residents blamed principle of the school for constructing shops next to the school building which caused the incident.

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Witch doctor forces 2-day-old baby to walk in India Sat, 23 May 2015 08:16:42 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Witch doctor IndiaA shocking video of a newborn baby sparked rage among the local residents after it was widely shared which purportedly shows the baby is grabbed by the neck and forced to walk by a witch doctor.

The video emerged from a rural Indian village and was widely shared and shown to Morigoan police.

Filmed by a villager present during the ritual in the state of Assam, the video shows the witch doctor believed to be in her 50s, holding the baby by the neck and making him take several steps in front of a crowd of people.

The baby was reportedly suffering from high fever since his birth and was taken to the witch doctor by his parents.

India’s NDTV reported that the child is in hospital and he is recovering now but the witch doctor was arrested by police.

Another was also arrested and is in judicial custody with the witch doctor. He [the newborn] was suffering from fever, but now the baby is healthy. We must overhaul our post natal care system, have directed officials to launch a vigorous campaign,” said Rakesh Kumar, a senior official in Morigaon.

He also warned mothers in rural areas of the country to avoid seeking help from witch doctors.

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ISIS claim responsibility for Saudi suicide attack that left 21 dead Sat, 23 May 2015 05:16:07 +0000 Read the full article...]]> SaudiIslamic State which also widely known as ISIS has claimed responsibility for the suicide attack in Saudi Arabia that left 21 people dead on Friday.

Islamic State has issued a statement in Arabic language as well as a photograph of a person they claim was the suicide bomber who carried out the attack in Al-Qadeeh village of Qatif, a predominantly Shi’ite province.

The attack took place while around 150 Shi’ite Muslims were gathered to offer Friday prayers in the local mosque.

Photographs published on social media showed bodies covered in sheets and laid out on the floor and victims covered with blood were being taken away on stretchers.

SPA, the Saudi state news agency confirmed the suicide blast in a local mosque of eastern Qatif province.

Interior Ministry of Saudi issuing a statement stated that the bomber had hidden his suicide vest under his clothes and exploded as Muslims were offering prayers.

SPA is quoting the Interior Ministry officials as saying that government will put all efforts to arrest those involved in the suicide attack in Qatif.

“Security authorities will spare no effort in the pursuit of all those involved in this terrorist crime.”, the official is quoted as saying.

The province has been witnessing rising tensions between Shi’ite residents and Sunni tribes as well as the central government.

]]> 0 Popular India TV face ‘Baa’ Sudha Shivpuri passes away Wed, 20 May 2015 09:11:17 +0000 Read the full article...]]> baamainIndia’s popular television face Sudha Shivpuri who also became popular in Afghanistan for her role of ‘Baa’ in ‘Kyuki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’ drama serial has passed away.

According to reports, the 77-year-old TV actress passed away this morning due to unwell health condition.

The Hindustan Times newspaper reported that Shivpuri was keeping unwell since 2013 following a stroke on Dec 2, 2013, which affected her basic motor skills.

The report further added that stayed at the hospital for almost six months after the stroke.

Shivpuri also appeared in several movies including Insaaf Ka Tarazu, Hamari Bahu Alka, Sawan Ko Aane Do, Sun Meri Laila, Burning Train, Vidhaata and Maya Memsaab.

Married to Bollywood veteran Om ShivpuriShe made her film debut with Basu Chatterjee’s Swami in 1977 but the big break in her TV career was marked Ekta Kapoor’s Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu thi in 2000.

ast rites will be performed at around 2.30 pm at a crematorium in Oshiwara, reportedly.

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13 suspected militants killed in military airstrike in North Waziristan Wed, 20 May 2015 07:45:18 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan airstrike in North Waziristan13 suspected insurgents have been killed Pakistani military’s fresh warplanes bombardment in North Waziristan.

Pakistani Army’s media wing, Inter-Services Public Relation (ISPR) says that war jets bombed insurgent hideouts in Dattakhil area of North Waziristan on Wednesday morning.

13 militants were reportedly killed and their hideouts destroyed in the bombardment.

Pakistani military began a sweeping operation against militants in Waziristan in June 2014 after peace talks with TTP collapsed and a deadly terrorist attack carried out at Karachi airport in which around 30 people killed.

Pakistan claims to have broken the backbone of the militants groups with killing thousands of their fighters and destroying their places of escape.

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Senior Pakistani police officer gunned down in Peshawar Wed, 20 May 2015 06:33:57 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistani policeA senior police officer was gunned down by unidentified gunmen in Peshawar, provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Wednesday morning.

Bahadur Khan, the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of Peshawar’s Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) was on his way to drop off his daughter to school when unidentified gunmen riding on a motorbike sprayed bullets on his vehicle in Gulbahar area.

Bahadur Khan’s daughter remained unharmed but he sustained serious injuries in the attack and breathed last on way to the Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) in Peshawar.

Soon after the attack security forces cordoned off the area but attackers had managed to flee.

Police say DSP Bahadur Khan was receiving threats before he was gunned down on Wednesday.

Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Mohammad Khorasani the group’s spokesman said that the attack was carried out by their Special Task Force.

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Four militants killed in drone strike in North Waziristan Tue, 19 May 2015 08:25:58 +0000 Read the full article...]]> DroneFour militants have been killed and several others wounded after a drone targeted a militant hideout in North Waziristan tribal built which borders Afghanistan.

Local media reports that the UAV fired two missiles at a house in Shawal area of North Waziristan which caused heavy casulaties to insurgetns and destroyed the coumpound.

It comes only a day after Pakistan’s foreign ministry again asked that these strikes need to be stopped.

In a statement Pakistan’s foreign office stateted that this is “clear violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

The statement further stated that these attacks create security concerns in the area at the time Pakistani military is conducting Operation Zarb-i-Azab in the area.

“These generate distrust among the local populace at a time when Operation Zarb-e-Azab is moving ahead decisively,” the statemed added.

But these air strikes have killed several key members of Al-Qaeda, Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other militant groups in the area.

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Raped Indian nurse dies 42 years after spending in coma Mon, 18 May 2015 17:49:49 +0000 Read the full article...]]> raped Indian nurse dies after 42 years in comaThe Indian authorities said Monday that a Mumbai nurse died after spending 42 years in a vegetative state following a sexual assault while she was working in a hospital.

The 67-year-old nurse, Aruna Shanbaug, was raped in Mumbai in 1973 where she suffered severe brain damage when she was sodomized and strangled with a metal chain.

The perpetrator was a hospital worker who left her for 11 hours in the basement of the hospital after sexually assaulting her.

He served seven years in prison after being convicted of robbery and attempted murder.

“She was recovering and all her other medical parameters were fine. Today she suffered a sudden attack and could not be saved,” Dr. Ahmad Pazare, head of medicine at Mumbai’s King Edward Memorial hospital (KEM), told the Indian Express.

She was reportedly suffering from pneumonia for the past week and later suffered a cardiac arrest.

Shanbaug began working as a junior nurse at Mumbai’s King Edward Memorial hospital (KEM) and was 25=year-old when she was assaulted.

She became the face of the debate on euthanasia in India in March 2011 after the country’s Supreme Court rejected a petition filed by the writer Pinki Virani that sought permission for a “mercy killing.”

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Drone strike kills six militants in North Waziristan Sun, 17 May 2015 05:07:12 +0000 Read the full article...]]> DroneA US-drone strike has killed six foreign and local militants in Pakistan’s troubled tribal area of North Waziristan.

The drone reportedly fired two missiles at a compound belonging to militants in Shawal area of North Waziristan late Saturday afternoon.

Most of those killed in the attack are reported to be foreigners.

Waziristan is allegedly the home for several militant groups including Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) – the primary militant organization fighting with the government of Pakistan, Al-Qaeda, Uzbek and other insurgent groups.

Based on the reports published in Pakistani media, these militant groups have lost several key commanders in the air strikes carried out by drone. Several others among more than 2,000 insurgents have been in Pakistani military operation Zarb-i-Azb started in June 2014.

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Indonesia urged to stop virginity tests for army recruits Thu, 14 May 2015 18:49:18 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Indonesia virginity testsThe Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on Indonesia’s military to drop a “discriminatory and invasive” virginity tests for female military recruits.

According to HRW the painful “two-finger” virginity test is given early in the recruitment process to determine if the woman’s hymen is still intact.

However, the Indonesia’s military has said the tests are given with an aim to stop immoral women from entering the armed forces.

Fuad Basya, spokesman for Indonesia’s military, told the Guardian “We need to examine the mentality of these applicants. If they are no longer virgins, if they are naughty, it means their mentality is not good.”

He said the test has been carried out “for a long time” and that it can determine whether the women have “accidentally” lost their virginity or were sexually active.

According to Basya those who failed the test are not eligible to join the military. “We will continue to carry out the test because to be a military person, the most important thing is your mentality. Physical and intellectual requirements are secondary,” he added.

In the meantime, the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) also expressed concerns regarding the tests.

Ahead of a conference on military medicine in Bali, Indonesia, the IRCT described the testing as “a gross violation of women’s rights and one that may amount to ill-treatment and torture under international law”.

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Squeezed Pak Taliban Tries To Unite the House Thu, 14 May 2015 11:26:26 +0000 Read the full article...]]>  Pakistani-Talib12493By Manish Rai

After Pakistan Army launched operation Khyber II in the tribal region as a part of its stepped-up efforts since a militant attack in Dec 2014 killed 150 people, mostly children, at Peshawar’s Army Public School. Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is being squeezed out in their former tribal strongholds. Since the beginning of operation Zarb-i-Azb of Pak Army after the Karachi airport attack last year TTP militants have fled to other tribal regions, including to Khyber and its Tirah Valley that borders Afghanistan. They appear to be moving across the border and seem to operate from both sides of the Durand Line. But situation drastically changed after the recent very effective Khyber II operation in which most of the hideouts in the strongholds have been lost by the militants and now there been squeezed from all the sides by the Pakistan security forces. TTP, which once has presence across the country and currently resisting Pakistani troops in the volatile tribal regions on the border with Afghanistan is rapidly loosing ground and facing an existential threat. In the recent months after the attack on the Peshawar, the Pakistan government has upped the ante against the TTP and its allied militant organizations. The military has destroyed all the command and control centers of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan. Now to put the effective resistance front against the security forces and to show its strength. TTP leadership has initiated the efforts to unite the various factions which break away after the leadership and ethnic dispute.

Recently three jihadist groups, including one led by a key commander who has served as a senior leader in al Qaeda and the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, have united with the Pakistan Taliban. The merger is part of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan’s efforts to rebuild itself, likely with the guidance of al Qaeda. The merger is part of TTP’s attempt to rebuild its shattered image in the wake of the ongoing military operations. After the killing of Hakeemullah Mehshud the Taliban appointed Mullah Fazlullah to lead the TTP, but multiple factions were unhappy with the choice and split, including two Mehsud factions in North and South Waziristan, and a large branch led by Omar Khalid Khorasani. But Omar Khalid Khorasani’s faction (Jamaat-ul Ahrar) and Lashkar-e-Islam of Mangal Bagh joined the TTP early last month as part of the effort to mend the rift between the jihadist groups. The decision of merger was taken at a meeting attended by Mulla Fazlullah, Omar Khalid Khurasani and Mangal Bagh. The head of the new set-up was yet to be named. It worth noting that Taliban and Lashkar-e-Islam, led by Mangal Bagh, are allied to each other from long but not they formally coming toghter and making combined command structure, pooled resources, fighting force. TTP is also now trying hard to make good relation with its previous affiliates like- Harkatul Jihad Al Islami, Qari Saifullah Akhtar Group, Tehrik-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi, Tehrik-e-Taliban Punjab, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, and some Chechen and German-Turk groups. All these efforts are being done because of the need of the hour. Now the TTP core organization is not a big group with its cadre at most at 5,000 to 7,000 which was about 25,000 to 30,000 when it was united under the strong leadership of Baitullah and Hakeemullah Mehshud.

The recent regrouping of various TTP factions suggests efforts may be underway for broader cooperation and moreover TTP wants to be in the limelight and it is trying to send a message of its presence through the media. The ongoing military operations have forced them to adopt such tactics just to show their power. In fact, these groups have broadly lost their ability to conduct major terrorist activities solely on their own and are on the run. But according to some senior security analysts the developments of regrouping was of little significance in the prevailing situation as it may be just a propaganda tool rather than a major game changing alignment. The next few months will be critical in determining whether this new tactic of TTP is effective against the security forces operations or a simple name change for some existing groups, or as a new, unifying umbrella. But one thing which is emerging is that Al-Qaeda is playing a major role in all these patch up activities. Al Qaeda and the TTP have had a close working relationship since the latter was formed in December 2007. The Pakistan Taliban has provided shelter for al Qaeda in Pakistan’s tribal areas, while al Qaeda has provided military expertise and access to global donors. Seeing TTP fighting for its survival Al-Qaeda has come for its rescue and the inspirational source of TTP that is Afghan Taliban has turned a blind eye on all this episode in fear of annoying Pak Army and ISI. Al- Qaeda is acting as the interlocutor and meditator for the regrouping. And one thing is certain that closer to Al Qaeda than to Afghan Taliban, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan is a formidable challenge for Islamabad and the region.

(Author is a columnist for Middle-East and Af-Pak region and Editor of a geo-political news agency Views Around can be reached at Mr Farman Nawaz Columnist from Bannu, Pakistan provided inputs for the article.)

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Islamabad says Kabul should prevent RAW from using its territory against Pakistan Thu, 14 May 2015 09:40:54 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan spokesmanAfter the deadly Karachi attack that left more than 40 people killed, Pakistan once again accused the Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) for creating unrest in Pakistan.

Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry on Thursday said that two perpetrators arrested in Karachi were trained by the spy agency.

He said Pakistan will take up the issue on all international forums if RAW was found to be behind yesterday’s massacre in Karachi.

In the meantime, Qazi Khalilullah the spokesman for Islamabad’s Foreign Office said that Afghanistan should not let RAW use its territory against Pakistan.

He said it is against the bilateral relation agreement between the two countries. But Afghan leaders have repeatedly said that Kabul is not allowing anyone use its territory against others.

A group of about six assailants attacked a civilian bus in Karachi, Pakistan’s business hub, yesterday and killed 43 people belonging to Ismailia community on the spot. Three more succumbed to their wounds, raising the death toll to 46.

Attackers escaped from the scene but left a leaflet linking the attack to Daesh the Arabic name for ISIS.

Also, media received a statement in Arabic language in which the attack is identified to be the act of Daesh.

Ahmad Marwat identifying himself the spokesman for Jundullah, a TTP splinter group which also has contacts with Al-Qaeda, also claimed responsibility for the attack yesterday.

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Pakistan’s Sindh province observing “day of mourning” over 45 deaths Thu, 14 May 2015 06:27:35 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan attackThe local government in Pakistan’s Sindh province announced Thursday as the “day of mourning” across the province over the militant attack in Karachi that left 45 people killed on Wednesday.

Sindh’s Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon announced on Wednesday that the government made the decision to officially observed mourning across the province on Thursday.

Memon said the terrorists involved in the attack would be dragged to justice.

Altaf Hussain head of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), a powerful political party in Pakistan, has condemned security forces for not searching Madrasas (seminaries) who according to him are training militants.

45 people were killed and more than 20 others wounded after gunmen attacked a civilian bus carrying mostly members of the Ismaili community on Wednesday in Karachi.

Following the attack leaflets were found in Safora Chowrangi area linking the attack to ISIS and later media received a statement stating that the attack was carried out by Daesh Arabic name for ISIS.

The attack is also claimed by a Ahmad Marwat who identified himself spokesman for the militant group of Jundullah, a TTP splinter group which also has contacts with Al-Qaeda.

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Dozens killed in Philippine factory fire Thu, 14 May 2015 05:24:03 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Factory fire (2)45 people were confirmed killed as of Thursday morning in a fire that broke out in a rubber slipper factory in northern Philippine.

The death toll is expected to rise as 26 people are still missing in the gutted building of the Kentex Manufacturing Corp. factory.

 Valenzuela city Mayor Rex Gatchalian hoped that some of the 26 people missing would have gotten out.

“The city government is still praying and hoping that the 26, some of them, must have gotten out earlier in the morning and had gone to relatives and have not logged on at city hall. So we are still hoping that the number 26 will still go down,” he said.

But Dionesio Candido, whose kin are among the ones missing, said iron grills reinforced with fencing wire covered windows on the second floor and even cats could not escape.

Candido said that he was given permission by authorities to enter into the building where he saw several dead bodies pile up on each other.

Initial reports suggest the fire was caused by sparks from welding work being done at the factory. The fire triggered an explosion of the chemicals available at the factory for making slippers which spread the fire to all over the factory.

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North Korea executed its defense minister on treason charges Wed, 13 May 2015 05:44:51 +0000 Read the full article...]]> North-Korea-executes-defense-chief-Hyon-Yong-cholNorth Korea has publicly executed its defense minister Hyon Yong Chol on treason charges.

Yonhap, a South Korean media outlet citing Seoul’s National Intelligence Services reported on Wednesday that Yong Chol was executed by firing-squad with an anti-aircraft gun in front of hundreds of people.

The execution comes after South Korea’s spy agency said late last month that Kim ordered the execution of 15 senior officials this year as penalty for challenging his authority.
Michael Madden, an expert on the North Korean leadership and contributor to the 38 North think tank said that “North Korean internal politics is very volatile these days,”
He said “Internally, there does not seem to be any respect for Kim Jong Un within the core and middle levels of the North Korean leadership,”
“There is no clear or present danger to Kim Jong Un’s leadership or stability in North Korea, but if this continues to happen into next year, then we would seriously have to start looking at a contingency plan for the Korean peninsula” Madden said.

Kim Jong Un had executed his uncle, Jang Song Thaek on treason charges in 2013.

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Nepal hit by another deadly earthquake Tue, 12 May 2015 07:40:14 +0000 Read the full article...]]> nepal quake29 people have been confirmed dead and more than 900 others wounded in the fresh earthquake in Nepal.

Several tall buildings were destroyed in the strong earthquake on Tuesday.

The earthquake is measured 7.4 magnitude on Richter scale. It tremors were also felt in India which has reportedly claimed one life in Sambhal district of Uttar Pradesh.

]]> 0 15 people killed, 20 others wounded in “bus-crash incident” in Kashmir Mon, 11 May 2015 11:32:35 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Kashmir15 people were killed and 20 others wounded after a passenger bus they were travelling in veered off a mountain road in and rolled down into a deep gorge in Indian administered Kashmir on Monday.

Officials say the driver probably lost control of the bus which caused the tragic incident took place in Udhampur District.

Yasha Mudgal the Deputy Commissioner of Udhampur told the Press Trust of India that choppers have been requested to air left those critically wounded.

“The injured are being hospitalized and choppers have been requisitioned to airlift the critically injured people to Government Medical College (GMC) hospital in Jammu from Mantalie belt of Udhampur,”

She feared that the casualties may rise since six wounded are in critical condition.

“Fifteen people have died and 20 others are injured. Six people are in critical condition,” she added

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47 people killed over land dispute in Pakistan Sun, 10 May 2015 06:02:16 +0000 Read the full article...]]> North Waziristan47 people have been killed and 25 others wounded over land dispute in Pakistan’s tribal area of North Waziristan.

Reports indicate that the clash erupted between the tribes of Pepali Kabul khil and Mada Khil over the ownership of a mountain on Friday.

The gun battle in which heavy and light weapons were being used had already left 47 people killed and 25 others wounded by Saturday but it continued till Sunday.

Reports suggest that both sides have been fighting for the ownership of the mountain from the past three years and numerous Jirgas were organized to find solution to the dispute but did not have positive result.

The situation this time has become tenser because some of the peace makers have moved out of the area.

Pakistani media reports that local administration is not granting permission to the tribesmen for taking the casualties to Peshawar for treatment so they are making arrangements to take them to Afghanistan.

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300 villagers kidnapped in India Sat, 09 May 2015 07:58:06 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Indian forcesReports suggest that some 300-400 villagers have been kidnapped by rebels from Chhattisgarh state of India.

The villagers of Marenga village of Sukma District had reportedly supported the construction of a bridge near their village which was opposed by Maoist rebels.

Harish Rathod, Sukma Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) says the abduction was carried out by Maoist rebels.

He said “Hundreds of Maoists came to Marenga village in the wee hours on Saturday and forcibly took away all the male villagers along with them. Some villagers from neighbouring villages were also abducted,”

According to Indian media reports Maoist rebels might have taken these villagers deep into the forest of Chindgad block of Sukma.

The kidnapping took place ahead of Indian premier Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit to Sukma’s neighboring Dantewada District to inaugurate two development projects.

Maoist rebels are fighting aiming to over through the government in India.

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Norwegian, Philippine ambassadors killed in Pakistani helicopter crash Sat, 09 May 2015 06:42:49 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistani-helicopterPakistani officials confirm that four diplomats were among seven people killed in yesterday’s helicopter crash in Gilgit region.

Asim Bajwa the Director General of Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), Pakistani Army’s media wing, says that Philippine Ambassador Domingo Lucenario, Norwegian Ambassador Leif Larsen and the wives of the ambassadors of Indonesia and Malaysia Heri Listyawati Burhan Muhammad and Habibah Mahmud were among the seven people killed in the crash.

Asim Bajwa said in a tweet that the three others killed are two pilots and a crew member.

Mohammad Khorasani, spokesman of Pakistani Taliban claimed in an email that the helicopter was shot down by them.

Mohammad Khorasani has written in the statement that “Nawaz Sharif and his allies are our prime targets,” but Army rejects the claim.

Asim Bajwa said that the crash apparently caused by a technical fault.

Six Pakistani and 11 foreigners were on board at the time MI-17 helicopter crashed into a school in Gilgit leaving seven killed and the remaining passengers wounded.

Indonesian ambassador to Pakistan, Burhan Muhammad was among the ones wounded in the incident.

The helicopter was one of the few flying Pakistani officials including Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif and foreign diplomats to an inauguration ceremony in Gilgit region.

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Salman Khan to stay out of jail as high court suspends prison sentence Fri, 08 May 2015 17:02:41 +0000 Read the full article...]]> salman khan convictedThe famous Bollywood film star Salman Khan will not be jailed for now as the high court in the Indian city of Mumbai suspended the 5-year imprisonment for a 2002 hit-run conviction.

It was expected that the star would be jailed today after he was convicted by a lower court of culpable homicide on Wednesday.

Khan was found guilty of killing Noorullah Khan by driving over him and was sentenced to five years in prison.

At least four others were also injured in the incident which took place on the night of 22 September 2002 after Salman rammed his Toyota Land Cruiser on the pavement of the American Express bakery in Bandra.

However, he returned home on an extended interim bail after furnishing a bail bond of Rs 30,000 as directed by Justice Abhay Thipsay and completing all other formalities.

Thipsay quoted by Hindustan Times said it would be proper to suspend the sentence during the pendency of the convict’s appeal as it raised “arguable points needing consideration”.

Khan had argued during his trial that he was not behind the wheel when the incident took place. A final appeal hearing into the case is due in the month of July.

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Two foreigners including four killed in helicopter crash in Pakistan Fri, 08 May 2015 08:12:55 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistani helicopterFive people including three foreigners were killed after a Pakistani Army helicopter crashed in Naltar Valley of Gilgit-Baltistan region.

Asim Bajwa the Director General of Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), Pakistani Army’s media wing, confirmed the crash in a tweet. “One MI-17 helicopter out of 3 carrying visitors had a crash landing at Naltar.

Six Pakistani and 11 foreigners were onboard when the helicopter crashed.

Asim Bajwa said two Pakistani pilots and 2-3 foreigners comprised those killed in the crash. Soon after the crash Rescue crews arrived at the site and transported the victims to a nearby treatment center. Three wounded people are announced to be in critical condition.

Reports suggest that the helicopter was assigned for the security of Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif who was scheduled the area to attend an inauguration ceremony.

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Pakistan receives US-military equipment used in Afghanistan and Iraq Thu, 07 May 2015 05:36:10 +0000 Read the full article...]]> PakistanThe United States has handed over hundreds of its military equipment including aircraft, trainer jets and armoured vehicles to Pakistan.

According to US Congress’s Congressional Research Service the equipment were previously used by American forces in Afghanistan and Iraq.

As per a report published by Pakistan’s Dawn news agency the equipment handed over include 14 combat aircraft, 59 military trainer jets and 374 armoured vehicles.

After the United States started pulling out troops from Afghanistan it offered some military equipment to its allies including Afghanistan and Pakistan to use them in battle against terrorism in the region.

These weapons are classified under “Excessive Defence Articles”, i.e. equipment used by the US forces, which can be supplied to allied nations at withdrawal instead of shipping them back to the United States.

Afghan parliament members had previously requested that the United States should leave all of its military-equipment in Afghanistan which is used by their soldiers here.

Afghan MPs reasoned that Afghan security forces need to be well equipped in order to overcome the challenges especially at the time foreign troops are leaving the country.

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Afghan investors given deadline to leave UAE Wed, 06 May 2015 04:12:22 +0000 Read the full article...]]> UAEUnited Arab Emirate (UAE) has reportedly cancelled the work permits and visas of about 600 Afghan investors and issued them notices to close their businesses and leave the country within two weeks.

Afghan government confirms the mass-expulsion issue of the Afghan investors from the UAE.

Ahmad Shakib Mustaghni, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that government has acknowledged that a large number of Afghan investor are being told to wind up their businesses and leave UAE. He said government is working on the issue to try to find out resolve the issue with UAE officials.

Mustaghni added that for this purpose a government delegation is scheduled to visit UAE to discuss the matter and find solution for it.

No reason has been given for the decision. Thousands of Afghans have set up businesses in the UAE with billions of dollars of investment.

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Al-Qaeda accuses Indian PM for conspiracies against Muslims Tue, 05 May 2015 08:23:28 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Indian PMAl-Qaeda’s branch of Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) in a video has blamed Indian Prime Minister for conspiracies against Muslims.

Maulana Asim Umar has said that a war has been initiated through the utterance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi against Muslims.

The video released by Al-Qaeda’s media wing As-Sahab on May two is titled “‘From France to Bangladesh: The Dust Will Never Settle Down” which mentions Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in war against Muslims.

AQIS’s chief, Indian-born Maulana Asim Umar says in the video “through World Bank and IMF policies, drone attacks, satanic conspiracy of Kerry-Lugar bill, Charlie Hebdo’s writings, UN charter, official sermons by muftis and Narendra Modi’s speeches which call for Muslims to be burnt alive- this is the same war.”

However, analyzers believe by sending out such a message AQIS wants to attract attention.

Umar is believed to be from northern part of India who migrated to Pakistan in early nineties.

AQIS under the leadership of Umar has claimed responsibility for the assassination of several secular writers and intellectuals in Pakistan and Bangladesh, including Avijit Roy, a Bangladeshi-American activist who was killed in Dhaka in February.

The authenticity of the video released on May 2 is not ascertained yet.

AQIS was announced by the Al-Qaeda leader Ayaman Al-Zawahiri last year.

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Hidden bomb kills two thieves in Pakistan Tue, 05 May 2015 05:27:39 +0000 Read the full article...]]> NDSTwo thieves were killed and four others wounded after a bomb hidden under the household items exploded on them in Pakistan.

The incident took place in a house of tribal Orakzai Agency on Monday.

Officials say a group of robbers sneaked into an empty house in Zub Darra area and while collecting the luggage from the house a bomb that was hidden under the household items exploded leaving two of them killed and four others wounded.

An official from the political administration said that the wounded thieves have been taken by their comrades but the two dead bodies were left at the house.

Security forces have taken the dead bodies into custody and trying to identify them.

According to Pakistani media reports thieves from neighboring areas would usually go to Zub Darra for robbery but this family might have decided to teach a lesson to the robbers.

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Iran bans “devil worshipping” haircuts Mon, 04 May 2015 16:18:00 +0000 Read the full article...]]> IranIran banned spiky and unorthodox nature of hairstyles saying that they imply the worship of devil.

The modern day haircuts have become fashionable among all categories of Iranian youths but authorities look at them as not being in accordance with Islamic values, copied from the West.

Mustafa Govahi, the head of Iran’s Barbers Union is cited by ISNA news agency as saying that “Devil worshipping hairstyles are now forbidden.”

He says those barbers who continue “devil shipping” haircuts in their shops will lose their licences and or violate the Islamic system’s regulations they will be dealt with in accordance to the law.

“Any shop that cuts hair in the devil worshipping style will be harshly dealt with and their licence revoked,” he is quoted as saying.

Officials say Tattoos, plucking of eyebrows and solarium treatments have also been outlawed and violation in these regards will also not be accepted.

Mustafa Govahi accused some barbers for offering the jagged haircuts but he said those are “not licenced” and will be dealt with in according to the Islamic system’s regulations.

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Eight Indian soldiers killed, four missing in rebel attack Mon, 04 May 2015 06:03:33 +0000 Read the full article...]]> India-NagalandEight Indian police were killed and four others went missing after rebels ambushed them in north-eastern Nagaland State on Sunday.

Officials say militants triggered a powerful explosion and then fired heavy and light weapons at the soldiers at Changlang Su area in Mon District where they went to get water.

LL Doungel the police chief for Nagaland province said “Eight Assam Rifles troopers were killed and six others injured in the attack. Four troopers are reported missing.”

Two of the six wounded soldiers admitted to hospital are reported to be in critical condition.

Doungel said that they are looking for the culprits. “An operation has been launched in and around the area,” he said.

A security official said that militants also used rocket propelled grenades (RPGs) in the attack.

The rebels who belong to Naga tribe are fighting government from the past 58 years for an independent homeland for their tribe.

Several ceasefires were set between government and rebels but repeatedly broken in the past.

Naga tribe mainly lives in the north-eastern states of Nagaland, Assam, Manipur and Arunachal.

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Seven policemen kidnapped in Pakistan Sun, 03 May 2015 05:16:48 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistani policeSeven policemen have been kidnapped during an attack at their checkpoint in Panjab province of Pakistan.

The attack took place in Rahim Yar Khan City of Panjab province this morning. Gunmen stormed by security check post and kidnapped seven policemen including an officer.

Five abductees are identified as Arif Shah, Mohammad Asif, Mumtaz, Mohammad Tahir and Zia-ur-Rahman.

No group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.

This story will be updated as more details come available.

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12 militants killed in fresh air strike in Pakistan Sat, 02 May 2015 08:58:24 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan airstrike in North WaziristanPakistani forces have killed 12 militants in fresh air strike in Khyber agency, bordering Pakistan.

Pakistani officials say that the fighter jets targetted two militant hideouts in Konda Gharibi and Kach Kol areas of Khyber agency last night.

Officials add that 12 militants were killed and both militant hideouts destroyed in the air strike.

Khyber is one of the seventh semi-autonomous regions in Pakistan where large-scale military operation against the militant groups has been initiated.

Khyber agency is reportedly the stronghold of Lashkar-e-Islam which is led by Mangal Bagh Afridi. The group is believed to have thousands of fighters with reports that it has emerged to Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

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Anti-aircraft guns used to execute victims in North Korea Fri, 01 May 2015 11:06:42 +0000 Read the full article...]]> North Korea uses anti-aircraft guns to execute people

The authorities in North Korea have been accused of horrific public execution of the accuseds using high-impact guns normally deployed to shoot down military planes.

According to the satellite images which have emerged recently shows at least six anti-aircraft guns were used to execute the group of people.

A US-based image interpretation company – AllSource Analysis, Inc. and Committee for Human Rights in North Korea have released the pictures.

According to reports, the pictures were taken on October 7, 2014, from above the Kanggon Military Training Area, some 15 miles north of Pyongyang.

The analysts have identified six ZPU-4 anti-aircraft guns lined up in front of a viewing area on a small-arms firing range.


Behind the weapons are what appear to be a line of troops or equipment, while parked nearby are a number of military trucks, a large trailer and a bus.

The executive directo fo Human Rights in North Kore, Greg Scarlatiou, said in a statement the bus indicates that senior officers or VIPs were on hand to witness what was happening.

About 100 feet down the firing range, and throwing distinct shadows, are a line of what appear to be people.

Scarlatiou said “The most plausible explanation of the scene … is a gruesome public execution. Anyone who has witnessed the damage one single US .50 calibre round does to the human body will shudder just trying to imagine a battery of 24 heavy machine guns being fired at human beings.”

“Bodies would be nearly pulverised”, he said, adding that “The gut-wrenching viciousness of such an act would make ‘cruel and unusual punishment’ sound like a gross understatement”.

The images are released a day after South Korean intelligence said the reclusive leader has ordered the execution of 15 people this year – including several top officials.

They included two vice ministers and a number of people executed by firing squad on spying charges.

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Pakistani forces arrest two Afghans on terrorism charges Fri, 01 May 2015 07:38:43 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistani policePakistan’s security forces have arrested two Afghans on terrorism charges in Peshawar.

Pakistani media reported on Friday that security forces recovered more than 300 kilograms of explosive materials from the house of the arrested Afghans.

According to media reports the arrest was made in Sethi Town area of Peshawar, provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Although Afghan government has not yet commented on the report but Afghan refugees returning to their home land say they were facing hard time in Pakistan.

According to some of the refugees returned to the border province of eastern Nangarhar, Pakistan’s security agencies would arrest Afghan refugees, snatch their money and put them in jails on terrorism charges without proof.

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Miracle survivals after Nepal’s earthquake kills over 6,000 people Fri, 01 May 2015 05:27:43 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Nepal miracle survivals

A five-month-old infant is among six people who survived miraculously from a deadly earthquake in Nepal which left over 6,000 dead.

The infant Sonit Awal was located under a collapsed house in Bhaktapur by a team of search-and-rescue workers from Nepal’s Army on Sunday with the help of a fiber-optic camera.

He was rescued by the team after carefully moving bricks one by one from the debris before reaching him.

Krishna Chandra Paudel, in charge of a relief center in Bhaktapur, said the infant was treated for only minor injuries at the local hospital.

Elsewhere, a 15-year-old boy was rescued and was pulled out alive nearly five days after the devastating incident and was treated for only minor injuries.

The teenager Pemba Tamang was rescued by Nepal’s armed police and a group of rescue specialists from France with the help excavators.

Another 26-year-old man was pullout of debris on Tuesday night after more than 80 hours tapped beneath concrete slabs in a collapsed flophouse in Katmandu.

An 11-year-old girl was also rescued from the remains of her house by Nepal’s army nearly 70 hours after the temblor on Tuesday night in Bhaktapur.

The Nepal’s army and residents also rescued two elderly women in their 70s from the Shiv Dunga neighborhood of the Katmandu Valley on Wednesday night from the debris of an apartment building.

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25 Islamic State fighters killed in blast of their own explosives in Syria Thu, 30 Apr 2015 06:35:49 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Syria25 fighters from the militant group of Islamic State were killed after a strong blast occurred in their explosive manufacturing plant in Syria on Wednesday.

Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) which provides information about the ongoing war in Syria is reporting that the IS explosives factory was destroyed in the explosion.

“A strong explosion took place this evening in an IS explosives factory in the town of Al-Mayadeen in the province of Deir Ezzor,”, SOHR report states.

The report adds that “Several other explosions followed, shaking the whole town. Twenty-five ISIS fighters were killed, around 20 others were injured.”

Most parts of Deir Ezzor province in Syria are in the hands of self proclaimed Islamic State.

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Saudi TV says Iran seized US cargo ship Tue, 28 Apr 2015 15:47:56 +0000 Read the full article...]]> gulfIranian forces have seized an American cargo ship with 34 sailors on board in the Gulf, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV reported on Tuesday.

The ship was directed to the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas on the southern coast, the Arabian TV added.

Iranian forces also fired on the ship before it was directed to Bandar Abbas, the channel said. Though, there is no report whether the shots hit anyone on the ship or not.

There are no immediate comments from Iranian or US authorities on the report.

The news comes as relationship between the two countries is repairing. The Relationship had been damaged due to Iran’s nuclear program.

But recently Iran Okayed to reach an agreement with the US and other world powers at the end of June over the decades long issue.

Iranian leader argue that they will not accept an agreement if all sanctions applied to Iran are not lifted.

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ISIS execute five journalists in Libya Tue, 28 Apr 2015 06:09:20 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISISISIS or Islamic State militants have beheaded five journalists in eastern part of Libya.

Faraj Al-Barasi, an army commander in eastern Libya says that the bodies of the five journalists kidnapped by ISIS awhile back were found in the city of Bayda on Monday.
“Five bodies with slit throats were found today in the Green Mountain forests,” Barrasi told Reuters.

However, Al-Barasi did not say when the journalists were killed.

The five journalists, one Egyptian and four Libyans working for Barqa TV went missing in August last year after leaving the inauguration ceremony of the country’s parliament.

International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), a Brussels-based organization supporting press freedom reports that the group was abducted at an ISIS checkpoint and beheaded recently.
IFJ president Jim Boumelha said “We are deeply shocked by this brutal slaughter,”

“ISaims to horrify but we can only feel great sorrow and further resolve to see the killers held responsible for their crimes.”
Islamic State is taking the advantage of the vacuum created by infighting in Libya.

 ISIS recently released a video purportedly showing the killing of 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya.

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Earthquake struck parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:26:54 +0000 Read the full article...]]> quakeA moderate earthquake recorded 5.5 magnitudes by Richter scale struck parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan this morning.

The tremor jolted provincial capital Peshawar, Swat, Malakand, Shangla, Dir Bala, Lower Dir and surrounding areas.

According to Pakistan’s Meteorological Department the epicenter of the earthquake was the mountain range of Hinjukosh near the border with Tajikistan at a depth of 144 kilometers.

The jolt triggered panic and people went out of their homes. No loss of live or property has been reported yet.

A 7.7 magnitude earthquake killed about 500 people in southwestern Baluchistan province in 2013.

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Nepal earthquake death toll passes 3,600 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:11:28 +0000 Read the full article...]]> NepalDeath toll from the strong earthquake in Nepal has passed 3, 600 as hundreds of others are still missing and rescuers are searching for them under the debris of devastated buildings.

Police have confirmed the death of 3,617 but fear the number could go higher.

People are in desperate need of emergency assistance as several villages in the Districts and mountainous regions have not yet received assistance.

Udav Prashad Timalsina, a top official from Gorkha district says he is aware of villages struck by earthquake where villagers are still looking for assistance.

“There are people who are not getting food and shelter. I’ve had reports of villages where 70 percent of the houses have been destroyed,” he said.

Number of the casualties went even higher when Saturday’s earthquake of 7.9 was followed by strong aftershocks, one of them was 6.7 on Sunday.

61 people have been killed in India and 20 others in Tibet due to the tremors of earthquake.

India and Pakistan are among the countries that have sent humanitarian assistance to the broken economy country.

Afghan government has expressed deep grief over the loss of lives and properties in Nepal.

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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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