Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency » Asia The largest news and information source in Afghanistan Fri, 03 Jul 2015 10:28:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Robot kills man in Germany Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:55:00 +0000 Read the full article...]]> auto_factory_robots_apA robot has killed a man at one of the Germany’s Volkswagen production plants, officials said on Wednesday.

Reports suggest that the 22-year-old man was crushed against a metal plate by the robot.

Heiko Hillwig, spokesman for VW said that the man was part of a team that was setting up the stationary robot at the production plant in Baunatal, about 100 kilometers away from the capital city Frankfurt.

He said the robot grabbed the man and crashed him against a metal plate after which he died on Monday.

Hillwing insisted that the robot did not suffer a technical issue and that the initial investigation revealed human error behind the tragic incident.

Another contractor was present when the incident took place but he survived unharmed.

According to Hillwinng the robot was programmed to perform various tasks in the assembly process of the Auto parts.

As further investigation is underway, DPA the German news agency reports that the prosecutors are mulling  charges over the death but they still haven’t been able to figure out whom to charge.

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Sediqi: Eight Pakistani soldiers killed in clash with Afghan forces after violating border in Paktika Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:44:11 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan border

Pakistan once again violated border in Afghanistan’s Paktika province, prompting deadly clash with Afghan forces.

Officials say eight Pakistani soldiers were killed in a clash with Afghan forces during a clash erupted after border violation in Paktika province.

Spokesmen from the three security agencies of Afghanistan, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Defense and National Directorate of Security (NDS) told a news conference in Kabul that the skirmish occurred in Barmal District late last night.

Sediq Sediqi, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior said that Pakistani soldiers wanted to establish military installations inside Afghanistan but Afghan forces attempted to prevent them from border violation.

He added that the dispute was followed by a deadly clash between the two sides leaving eight Pakistani soldiers killed.

The spokesman said that one Afghan soldier also embraced martyrdom while defending his country.

This is not the first time Pakistan tried to violate border and occupy Afghan land. In several occasions they have tried to establish their military installations inside Afghan territory but Afghan forces have prevented them.

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Former ISI Chief: Osama bin Laden died a natural death in 2005 Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:50:32 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Gen-Hamid-GulThe former chief of Pakistan’s spy agency Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt. General (retd) Hameed Gul claims that Osama bin Laden was not killed by U.S. Navy Seal in Abbotabad.

He has told a renowned Pakistani journalist Saleem Safi that the founder and former leader of Al-Qaeda died because a natural death in 2005.

“In my opinion Osama was not there (Abbottabad). He died a natural death in 2005,” he told Safi during an interview for Geo News.

The news comes about fours years after U.S. reported that its Navy SEAL killed the Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a raid on his compound in the garrison city of Abbotabad in Pakistan.

U.S. military said that after the killing bin Laden’s body was flown to Afghanistan for identification and then burried in sea withen 24 hours.

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Pakistan rejects allegations of involvement in attack on Afghan Parliament Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:06:35 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan sPakistan has rejected the allegations that its intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was involved in recent attack on Afghan Parliament in Kabul.

Qazi Khalilullah, spokesman for Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said that Pakistan is a well-wisher of Afghanistan and committed to its good neighborly relations.

“Pakistan is a well-wisher of Afghanistan and we are committed to good neighborly relations and commitment to our relations with Afghanistan,” he told media on Thursday.

Afghanistan’s spy agency the National Directorate of Security (NDS) had stated that Monday’s attack on Afghan Parliament was orchestrated together by Pakistan’s ISI and Haqani terrorist network in Peshawar city, the provincial capital of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Haseeb Sediqi, NDS spokesman on Wednesday said that Mawlawi Shireen the military commander of Haqani Network masterminded the attack and Bilal who is an officer of Pakistan’s ISI provided financial and logistical support for it. He further said 7.5 Pakistani Rupees were spent on the attack.

The attack which was winded up by an Afghan National Army soldier alone took place on Monday morning when the nominated defense minister Masoum Stanikzai was about to show up at the parliament session.

One attacker carried out a suicide car bomb detonation at the gate of the parliament and other militants planned to enter to the parliament.

An Afghan National Army officer took the position and killed six militants one by one as they were showing up at the entrance.

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Pakistan heat wave death toll climbs to 1,000 Thu, 25 Jun 2015 10:11:50 +0000 Read the full article...]]> KARACHI, PAKISTAN - JUNE 24: Pakistani men carryrelatives shift a heatstroke victim to a hospital in Karachi, Pakistan on June 24, 2015. More than 1,000 people have been killed over five days by a searing heatwave in Pakistan, with the worst effects in the country's commercial capital Karachi. (Photo by Sabir Mazhar /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)


The death toll from heat wave in Pakistan’s Sindh province has claimed to 1,000 since Saturday.

More than 300 deaths were rerecorded on Tuesday alone and 229 others on Wednesday.

The hard hit area in Sindh province is its provincial capital Karachi where 950 deaths have been recorded and dozens of others in other parts of the province.

Pakistan’s Dawn news agency quoting an unnamed official as saying that over 40,000 people had suffered from the harsh weather in Sindh province out of which more than 10,000 have lost their lives.

“More than 1,000 of the 40,000 heatstroke victims have died since Saturday evening, of which 950 deaths were reported in Karachi alone,” The official is quoted as saying.

The news agency further states that the weather condition in the province is getting better and that the number of the fatalities is also going down.

In the meantime, Pakistan’s Met department forecast sandstorm for Karachi today.

Dr. Mohammad Hanif from Met department has said that the sandstorm is expected in the evening.

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Russia very concerned over militants influence in Afghanistan Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:19:17 +0000 Read the full article...]]> putinRussian President Vladimir Putin has expressed serious concern over the influence of the militant groups in Afghanistan.

Putin in a meeting with Afghanistan’s former president Hamid Karzai has said that the sharp rise in Taliban attacks after NATO ended its combat role and that activities of the so-called Islamic State group are more worrying.

“We are witnessing processes that cause serious concern…Taliban is actively spreading its influence, controlling a large part of [Afghan] territory, many border crossing points. What is more worrying, however, is the fact that the so-called Islamic State organization is working more and more actively in Afghanistan, feeling more comfortable there,” Putin said.

Putin has also said that the Islamic State, Daesh, is currently operating in 25 provinces of Afghanistan out of 34.

Afghanistan’s ex-president Hamid Karzai has also said that the Islamic State or Daesh is not only a serious threat for Afghanistan but for the entire region.

Fighters operating under the name of Daesh in Afghanistan are said to be the former members of the Taliban group who not only have separated ways with Taliban.

But some analyzers believe Daesh could be proved more dangerous than Taliban since they have already adopted the brutal ways of killing from their affiliates in Iraq and Syria.

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Devastating heat waves kill 140 people in Sindh, Pakistan Mon, 22 Jun 2015 05:34:09 +0000 Read the full article...]]> PakistanDevastating heat waves have claimed at least 140 lives in Sindh province of Pakistan.

Most of them lost lives in Karachi, the provincial capital and the largest city in Pakistan, where the temperature had reached to 44.8 degrees Celsius on Saturday. According to CNN, this is the highest temperature recorded in the country in past 15 years.

Doctors at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC) in Karachi say that because of the heat strokes 85 people were brought in either dead or died in the hospital.

“Thirty people were brought dead while another 55, who were in critical condition, died in the hospital during treatment,” Dr Seemin Jamali, joint executive director of JPMC, told Pakistan’s Dawn news agency.

Jamali says that the patients were brought into the hospital with severe fever and in unconscious condition.

“They were brought to the hospital unconscious, suffering from high grade fever with pulse hardly visible and blood pressure barely noticeable,” the official is further quoted by Dawn.

Dozens of others were announced dead at other hospitals in the province.

As the heat waves will continue for the coming few days and doctors at JPMC say that more patients are coming in, the death toll is feared to rise.

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Pakistan starts registering unregistered Afghan refugees next month Sat, 20 Jun 2015 06:36:48 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Afghan refugees

The registration of unregistered Afghan refugees in Pakistan is scheduled to begin on 25 July and expected to complete by January 2016.

Currently there are approximately 10,00000 Afghan refugees, most of them in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, who do not have proper documentation to stay in Pakistan.

The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) in Pakistan has been tasked to complete the registration in six months after it starts on 25 July but this period can be extended if the number of unregistered Afghan refugees proceed the estimated 10,00000.

NADRA will set up 21 registration centers across Pakistan with 11 only in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where the majority of Afghan refugees live. After the registration completes the newly registered Afghan refugees will receive refugee cards in about a month and a half.

Pakistan warn if Afghan refugees do not register during this period they will be dealt with according to the law.

Pakistan is also housing about 16,00000 registered Afghan refugees that are issued the necessary documentation legalizing their stay in Pakistan.

Pakistan first started registering Afghan refugees in 2006 when they were given legal status to reside in Pakistan for three years but these cards were renewed in 2012 and 2014. Their renewed cards will expire in December this year.

However, a meeting is expected to take place among Afghanistan, Pakistan and UNHCR to discuss the fate of these refugees since their cards are going to be expired after six months.

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China bans Ramazan fasting in Xinjiang “Muslim-dominated region” Thu, 18 Jun 2015 10:31:24 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ChinaChina has banned Ramazan fasting in its Uighur Muslim-dominated region of Xinjiang.

Authorities have issued a notice to students, teachers and civil servants in Xinjiang region not to practice fasting during the month of Ramazan.

Restaurants have also received orders to remain open as normal.

“Food service workplaces will operate normal hours during Ramadan,” a notice posted on the website of Food and Drug Administration in Jinghe County stated last week.

Bole County Muslims are told not to engage in fasting during the month of Ramazan.

“During Ramadan do not engage in fasting, vigils or other religious activities,” another post reading on a local government website.

Rights Groups in the region of Uighur criticizing the restrictions say it adds up to the ethnic tension that leave hundreds of people killed every year.

Dilxat Rexit, a spokesman for the exiled World Uyghur Congress says that such will only lead to instability in the region. “Policies that prohibit religious fasting is a provocation and will only lead to instability and conflict,” he said.

China’s restrictions on Muslim religious practices have been widely condemned by Rights Groups.

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9 killed at U.S. church shooting Thu, 18 Jun 2015 04:23:18 +0000 Read the full article...]]> usSeveral people have been killed and wounded in a shooting spree in the U.S. state of Carolina.

The suspect is believed to be between 20 to 21 years old white man who opened fire at the prayers at the historic black church of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in the city of Charleston, south Carolina around 9pm Wednesday evening.

Officials close to the investigation say the attack left several fatalities inside the church and some of the dead bodies were not yet identified.

A man matching the description of the suspect has been taken into custody.

“Apparently the person just entered the church and opened fire. That part has not been fully articulated on what happened yet … they are still looking for the suspect,” a local pastor Thomas Dixon is quoted by CNN as saying.

Police confirmed the death of nine people in the incident.

At the evening of every Wednesday, heavy crowd gather at the historic church, that played an important part in South Carolina’s history including the slavery era and the civil rights movement, to attend the Bible study in its basement.

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Former Turkish President Suleyman Demirel dies at 90 Wed, 17 Jun 2015 05:42:55 +0000 Read the full article...]]> TurkFormer Turkish President Suleyman Demirel, who was twice toppled by the military during seven stints at the head of government died early on Wednesday, hospital and Turkish media reported.

Aylin Cesur his personal doctor announced the death of Demirel at the hospital. He said “Our respected president who has left indelible traces from the water we drink, to the electricity we use, from the schools we study at, to these hospitals, the damns and the airports has passed away,”

Suleman Demirel was born to a farming family in the western Isparta province of Turkey in November 1924 and breathed last at the 90 at Guven Hospital in Ankara where he was undergoing treatment for a respiratory tract infection.

Demirel began his political career after the 1960 military coup that deposed the government of Adnan Menderes. Menderes was later executed along with two of his cabinet members.

Demirel served seven times as the Prime Minister of Turkey from 1960s to 1990s and was President from 1993 to 2000.

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10-year-old boy fined PKR 700,000 over extra-marital affair in Pakistan Tue, 16 Jun 2015 17:38:42 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan jirgaA 10-year-old boy was fined PKR 700,000 by a tribal court (jirga) after he was convicted of having an ‘extra-marital affair’ with a girl.

The youngster was reportedly tried by the tribal court after his alleged affair with the girl between two communities known as Bakhrani and Banglani.

According to a report by Pakistan’s Dawn News, the trial of the youngster, identified as Taimoor Banglani, was held in in Nihal Bakhrani village near Tangwani town of Kandhkot-Kashmore district.

Headed by a tribal elder, Jehangir Banglani, the special tribunal convicted the youngster of of having an extramarital affair with a girl belonging to a Bakhrani family.

The penalty was awarded after the tribal elder, along with his aides, heard arguments from both sides following the submission of the issue by the aggrieved side to the special tribunal.

The Banglani family was ordered to pay a fine of Rs700,000, the report said, adding that the guilty side paid Rs50,000 on the spot and undertook to pay off the remaining fine money within three months.

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Iran launches official dating website to encourage millions of singles to marry Mon, 15 Jun 2015 19:00:28 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Iran dating websiteAmid fears that the birth rates could fall, the government of Iran has launched an official dating website in a bid to encourage millions of singles to marry.

Speaking during a ceremony to launch the website, Iran’s deputy minister of youth affairs and sports, Mahmoud Golzari, said “We have high demand for marriage and 11 million bachelors who are increasing every day.”

Gulzari further added “This is a significant issue for the ruling system.”

The website will be monitored by a board of mediators who will match the applicants, taking into account criteria such as background, age, education and wealth.

“The matchmaking website you are seeing today is not a website for introducing boys and girls to each other,” Gulzari said, adding that the website was not a dating portal.

Iran’s population is estimated to be around 80 million and the officials fear that that an aging population could one day overwhelm its social programs.

This comes as the authorities managed to curb population growth earlier by implementing successful policies, but the government is encouraging young people to marry and have more children now.

The government has also stopped providing free contraception and funding vasectomies, while state-sanctioned sermons have encouraged larger families.

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Pakistan vows to either arrest or eliminate TTP leadership as military operation is about to end in North Waziristan Sun, 14 Jun 2015 08:49:21 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Asim BajwaPakistan has vowed to either arrest or eliminate the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leaders as the military operation Zarb-i-Azab is about to end in North Waziristan.

Major General Asim Bajwa from Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Pakistani military’s media wing, says that only few of the militant hideouts along the border with Afghanistan are remaining which will be destroyed in these last steps of the operation.

“The operation has moved to last few pockets close to Pakistan, Afghanistan border and so far 2,763 terrorists have been killed,” Major General Bajwa said.

Talking to Pakistan’s ARY News, Major General Bajwa said that the leadership of TTP is hiding inside Afghanistan, noting that it would be either be arrested or eliminated.

“It’s now no more easy for militants to carry out foul plays,” he said.

Pakistan began an large-scale military operation after peace talks with TTP failed about a year ago in North Waziristan.

Pakistan claim to have killed 2,763 militants during the military operation Zarb-i-Azab. However, the claim could not be independently verified as the mountainous areas are off-limits to media representatives.

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Undeclared Division of Syria Sun, 14 Jun 2015 07:13:11 +0000 Read the full article...]]> By Manish Rai

Weakened by years of war, Syria’s government appears ready for the country’s de facto partition, defending strategically important areas and leaving much of the country to rebels and jihadists.


The strategy was in evidence recently with the Syrian army’s retreat from the ancient central city of Palmyra after an advance by the Islamic State group. It seemed that the division of Syria is inevitable or it’s actually has happened. What is happening is not only the end of Bashar al-Assad regime but the demise of Syria. Not only is Assad’s fate hard to predict; it is also unclear whether Syria will live to celebrate its 100th birthday in 1918. Assad’s shift to a defensive posture, and his apparent willingness to break up Syria, may be attributed to the dwindling forces available to the regime. Under a divided Syria, Damascus government plans to devote its military resources to defending the strategically important territory and core area under its control. The consistent advances of extremist organizations in Syria have now pushed embattled President Bashar Al Assad to the point where military pressure on his regime is the heaviest since the beginning of the civil war, four years ago. The Syrian army today has become a praetorian guard that is charged with protecting the regime’s strongholds and not the whole country.

 The regime wants to control the coast, the two central cities of Hama and Homs and the capital Damascus and may be major portion of once a commercial hub of Syria Aleppo. The red lines for the authorities are the Damascus-Beirut highway and the Damascus-Homs highway, as well as the coast, with cities like Latakia and Tartus. Syria essentially breaks up into a set of de facto mini-states:-

1) Alawite state, run by the Assad regime and defended by the Syrian army and its National Defence Force militias, would emerge on the Mediterranean coast with control of Damascus; it also would likely control a corridor from Damascus to the Alawite provinces on the Mediterranean coast, perhaps including parts or all of the cities of Homs and Hama.

2) A Kurdish state let would emerge in the far northeast. Defended by Kurdish militias.

3) Moderate Sunni Islamist entity would control much of southern Syria, including some of the eastern Damascus suburbs and most of the area between Damascus and the Golan Heights. This entity would also control parts of the area along the Lebanese border and most of Homs province. This may be run by moderate rebels.

4) Salafi-jihadist emirate, run by ISIS (with some areas controlled by the al Qaeda–affiliated al-Nusrah Front), would occupy most of northern Syria (including eastern parts of Aleppo) and virtually all of Ar Raqqah and Dayr Az Zawr provinces in eastern Syria.

 Let’s see the division of Syria according to its demography. Syria’s 22 million people today (many of whom have become refugees in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon), are a collection of communities under the control of armed militias. The majority of Syrians, about 12 million (60 percent of Syria), are Sunni Muslims and still subject to the rule of Assad. But from among them arose the main rebel groups led by the Nusra Front and Islamic State which are aiming to establish an Islamic government based on the version of the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria. Another Sunni Muslim community, some two million Kurds, are concentrated in north-eastern Syria, where they fight against the rebels of the Islamic State. The Alawites, who originate from Shia Islam, make up three million people and are concentrated in northwest Syria and coast. Its members, form the backbone of the Syrian army and government backed militias are staunch supporters of Assad regime since the ascension of Hafez al-Assad 45 years ago. Their Shiite background ties them to the Shiite regional power, Iran, and the Shiite community in Lebanon – that country’s largest. The control by Assad and his Alawites also relies on other minority communities, namely the Christians (nearly three million), and close to one million Druze who are concentrated in southern Syria. Syria, then, is being distributed among the various players. The Alawite regime gets the northern coastal strip with connections to its allies, the Shiites and Hezbollah in Lebanon; the Kurds get an independent entity in the northeast, with connections to the Kurdish communities in Iraq and Turkey; the Druze in the south get a measure of autonomy; the Christians are leaving the country in growing numbers.

 We have to recognize that Syria is now a broken, fragmented, divided state. It is going to a very long time and a hell of a job for Syrians to put their country back together, even if Assad goes. Syria must be preserved so that it can once again be a state for all of its citizens, however distant that prospect. In terms of sheer devastation, Syria today is worse off than Germany at the end of World War II. An UN-backed treaty similar to the Taif Agreement that ended Lebanon’s civil war could be way to again reunite the Syria. In this type of arrangement meditated by the United Nations. A democratic form of government should have representations from Syria’s many communities and preoccupied with its own internal security and national character.


(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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Pakistan halting executions for Ramazan Sun, 14 Jun 2015 04:23:17 +0000 Read the full article...]]> hangingPakistan has decided to halt executing death row convicts during the holy month of Ramazan.

In Pakistan a directive has been issued to all provincial administrations demanding officials not to hang any one for 30 days beginning with the start of the holy month of Ramazan.

Provincial officials have been also directed not to hang anyone during public holidays of Eid and Youm-e-Ashura.

A senior officials from the Ministry of Interior says that this is tradition in Pakistan not to hang death row convicts during Ramazan, Eid and Youm-e-Ashura.

“It’s part of our Islamic tradition that we never hang prisoners in the aforesaid days. We do not issue notifications, but the tradition is observed in Ramazan and other public holidays,” the unnamed official is quoted by Pakistan’s The Express Tribune media outlet as saying.

Pakistan lifted the death penalty on convicted criminals in the after month of a deadly militant attack on a military-run school in Peshawar that left at least 141 people killed and over 130 others wounded, most of them school children late last year.

Since the moratorium was lifted, Pakistan has executed at least 152 death row convicts. The executions have been international condemned.

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ISIS and Pakistan flags waved in capital of India’s Jammu and Kashmir Sat, 13 Jun 2015 10:08:05 +0000 Read the full article...]]> isis flag in Indian KashmirThe black flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group was waved along with the Pakistani flag in Srinagar, the capital city of India’s Jammu and Kashmir.

According to reports, the flags were waved by some youths during a protest rally in the old city on Friday afternoon.

Reports from Kupwara in north Kashmir said Pakistani flags were hoisted at some places there too after the Friday prayers, according to the sources quoted by Indian Express newspaper.

Youths waving ISIS flags during the protests have been rare and this is the first time ISIS flags were hoisted in this year. Earlier, the Indian army said ISIS flags were hoisted at “five instances” in the last year in the valley .

“Last year, there were five instances when we saw the flags (IS) on display at different places, on four occasions in Srinagar and one occasion at Shopian,” General Officer Commanding (GoC), 15 Corps, Lt Gen. Subrata Saha had said.

According to the eyewitnesses in the area, clashes also broke out between the security forces and protesters soon after the Friday prayers ended at Jamia Masjid in the old city.

SSP Srinagar Amit Kumar, said “Yes, a flag was hoisted by some youth inside the premises of Jamia Masjid and we are checking the video footage to identify which flag it was.”

“The youth who waved the flag immediately left the spot. We have registered an FIR and are investigating,” Kumar added.

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Non-security related incidents claimed 28 lives in India, over 100 others hospitalized Sat, 13 Jun 2015 07:28:04 +0000 Read the full article...]]> INDIA-CRASH28 people have been killed and over 100 others wounded in two separate non-security incidents in India.

22 people were killed when a passenger bus veered of the road and plunged into a river in the southeastern part of the country earlier on Saturday morning.

“a group of people were returning from Tirupati after visiting the temple. The vehicle driver appeared to have lost control and hit a wall of the bridge and fell off into Gaodavari River,” an unnamed police officer is quoted by India’s Press Trust of India.

Women and children are among those killed. Only a 12-year-old boy has survived in the accident who was hospitalized for care.

Also, five people died and over 100 others hospitalized after a leakage happened in a tanker of ammonia gas in India’s Punjab province this morning.

Officials say those killed had inhaled large amount of the hazardous gas but those hospitalized have been complaining breath problems.

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Expulsion of Save the Children: U.S. concerned over aid activities in Pakistan Sat, 13 Jun 2015 06:23:59 +0000 Read the full article...]]> PakistanThe United States has expressed concern over the aid activities in Pakistan after the country’s government shut down office of the Save the Children, an aid organization serving in Pakistan for the past 35 years.

American officials say that several international aid organizations had expressed difficulties during their operation in Pakistan before Save the Children was ordered to leave.

John Kirby, spokesman for the State Department is quoted by AFP as saying that such moves will have negative impacts on international efforts in Pakistan. “This has had a significant negative impact on international partner efforts to support government of Pakistan priorities,” he is quoted as saying.

However, Pakistani officials claim that some of the non-governmental organizations are working against the national interests of Pakistan.

Chaudry Nisar Ali Khan, Interior Minister of Pakistan says that any NGO acting against the national interests of Pakistan would not be allowed to continue operating in his country.

In the meantime, Rehman Malik the former Interior Minister of Pakistan says that there are two embassies in Pakistan who are tapping phone calls. However, Malik did not mention any countries name while talking to Senate Standing Committee on Interior on Friday.

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Armed teacher accidentally kills student in Pakistan Fri, 12 Jun 2015 15:20:19 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Pakistani teacherAn armed teacher in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province has accidentally killed his student in a school where teachers are given weapons to fight with militants in case of attack until security forces arrive.

Maaz Ali a 12 year-old student of a private school in Mangora area of Swat District was walking through the corridor of the school when his teacher unintentionally pulled the trigger and shot him dead on Thursday.

Police said Majid Rahim the teacher was cleaning his firearm in the staffroom when he accidentally pulled the trigger and killed Maaz Ali who was passing in front of the weapon.

Nasir Bacha, a police officer said “We have taken the accused, Majid Rahim, into custody and a case is being lodged against him for unintentional murder.”

This is the first incident of accidental killing of a student by a teacher in Pakistan after schoolteachers were issued weapons and given required training to assist in saving students in case of militant attack until security forces arrive.

The decision was taken after a deadly attack at a military-run school in Peshawar that left at least 141 people dead and more than 130 wounded, most of them school children in December last year.

However, the decision of arming teachers has been widely criticized in Pakistan. Critics say that keeping more guns in schools would not reduce but will increase risk for students.

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Osama Bin Laden’s porn collection will remain classified: CIA Fri, 12 Jun 2015 14:47:45 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Osama bin LadenThe external intelligence service of the U.S. Government – Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has rejected to disclose information on former al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden’s pornographic collection.

David Covucci, blogger for BroBible, filed a Freedom of Information Act request to the CIA to try and get his hands on the pornographic collection after it was reported that bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad contained a “fairly extensive” stash of naughty goods.

The Reuters news agency reported back in 2011 that officials were unsure about the precise location where the material was found or who might have been viewing it. But the stash consisted of “modern electronically recorded video.”

In response to BroBile blogger’s response, CIA wrote “With regard to the pornographic material Osama bin Laden had in his possession at the time of his death, responsive records, should they exist, would be contained in operational files.”

“To the extent that this material exists, the CIA would be prohibited” by federal law, “from mailing obscene matter,” CIA’s information office Michael Lavergne went on to say.

The Freedom of Information Act, enacted in 1966, essentially allows any U.S. citizen to petition the government for official information.

Bin Laden was reportedly cut off from al-Qaeda at the time of his killing and was not running the terrorist group.

In an article for the London Review of Books, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Seymour Heresh, wrote earlier in May this year that Pakistanis had been essentially holding bin Laden captive at the Abbottabad compound for years and his location was disclosed by a Pakistani intelligence official who tipped off American operatives hoping to claim the $25million bounty on the terror leader – not from interrogation of an al-Qaeda courier.

He was shot dead during a raid conducted by US commandos in May 2011 in the garrison city of Abbottabad.

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Four policemen gunned down in drive-by shooting in Pakistan’s Baluchistan Thu, 11 Jun 2015 09:06:41 +0000 Read the full article...]]> pakistani-police-jpg20150606135311Four policemen have been killed in a drive-by shooting in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province, officials said.

Security officials in Quetta say that the assailants used motorbikes in today’s attack.

Aitzaz Goraya, a senior police officer said that the attackers sprayed on a patrolling police vehicle and managed to escape from the area before other security personnel arrived at the site in Pashtoonabad area.

No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but a group of Baluch separatists have been fighting the government for autonomy.

This was second attack on police in Pakistan today.

A suicide attacker riding on motorbike targeted the vehicle of a senior police officer in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Hayatabad area this morning leaving a policeman killed on the spot and seven others including three policemen wounded. One policeman later succumbed to his injuries.

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

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Suicide attack at senior police officer left one killed, seven wounded in Pakistan Thu, 11 Jun 2015 06:13:12 +0000 Read the full article...]]> PeshawarA suicide attacker targeted the vehicle of a senior police officer in Khyper Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan leaving one policeman killed and seven others wounded Thursday morning.

Security sources say that the suicide attacker was riding on a motorcycle who targeted the vehicle of  Hayatabad’s Phase five area Deputy Commandant of Frontier Reserve Police (FRP) Malik Tariq in Hayatabad’s Phase 5 area.

The vehicle was completely destroyed, one policeman was killed and including three policemen seven people sustained injuries who have been taken to Hayatabad Medical Complex in Peshawar for treatment.

Those wounded include Malik Tariq who is reported to be in critical condition along with another soldier.

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

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Almost 600 bodies exhumed from a Daesh carnage site in Iraq Thu, 11 Jun 2015 05:40:56 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISIS carnageIraqi government has exhumed almost 600 bodies from an IS or Daesh carnage site near the city of Tikrit, 140 kilometers northwest of Baghdad.

It is believed that these people were executed in groups by the militants related to IS after they seized the Iraqi military training camp of Speicher in June 2014.

AFP news agency is quoting Mohammed al-Bayati, Iraq’s Human Rights Minister as saying that the remains of 597 were exhumed from this site.

“The remains of 597 Speicher martyrs have been exhumed,” Mohammad al-Bayati is quoted as telling reporters in Baghdad on Wednesday.

As per the picutres and footage released by the terrorist group and information released to media hundreds of unarmed young cadets were captured and massacred after the Spechier military base was seized by the militants in June 2014.

The photos and footage showed militants executing them in groups and some others were pushed into Tigris river.

Over 1,500 people mostly Shiites were executed by the militants which is worst massacre committed by Daesh.

The city of Tikrit was taken back from IS affiliates after about 10 months in April this year.

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Militants target Egypt’s ancient temple, two attackers killed Wed, 10 Jun 2015 11:26:17 +0000 Read the full article...]]> EgyptAt least three attackers armed with weapons and suicide vests targeted Karnak temple in Egypt’s ancient city of Luxor, about 300 miles south of Cairo on Wednesday. ancient

The country’s Interior Ministry said that two attackers were killed and another wounded in the failed “terrorist attack”.

MENA, a state-run news agency in Egypt said that the terrorists tried to reach out to a tourist bus but the security forces fired at them.

It said at least one attacker was able to break the barricades and blasted his explosives inside the temple.

Four people were reportedly wounded in the attack but they were not tourists.

Officials say those wounded comprised two Egyptian shop owners and two policemen.

No group had claimed responsibility for the attack until this report was filed but Ansar Bayt Al-Maqadas group that has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State has carried out several attacks in Egypt in the past.

Karnak temple in Luxor which is thousands of years old attracts millions of tourists every year.

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Fight between Pakistani suicide bombers results into blast leaving both dead Wed, 10 Jun 2015 10:12:02 +0000 Read the full article...]]> fight between pak suicide bombersTwo would-be suicide bombers were killed in an explosion in Pakistan with reports suggesting the blast was triggered due to a fight between the two men.

According to reports, the incident took place recently in the city of Sargodha in Punjab province near the Khayam Chowk roundabout.

Eyewitnesses in the are where the incident took place said the two men were having a conversation which quickly turned into an argument and then a fight.

Sargodha police’s Saqib Manan confirmed that two would-be suicide bombers were killed in a premature explosion but he said it was too early to make any further comments about the incident

Manan quoted by ARY News suggested divine intervention may have saved the city from a big loss. “The Almighty has saved the city from a big loss,” he said.

He also added that no one else was hurt during the incident and emergency services were called to the scene and the area was cordoned off.

Several suspects were also arrested following a raid by the security forces on homes of the two would-be suicide bombers.

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Seven Pakististani soldiers killed in suicide bombing in North Waziristan Mon, 08 Jun 2015 07:55:29 +0000 Read the full article...]]> soldiers (2)Seven Pakistani soldiers were killed after an insurgent detonated his explosives in North Waziristan.

Pakistani military’s media wing Inter Services Public Relations said in a statement that a fierce fighting erupted between soldiers and militants in which 19 militants were killed late last night.

“19 terrorists were killed, including 5 of their commanders, in an intense exchange of fire with security forces last night in an uncleared pocket along the North Waziristan-Afghan border,” the statement stated.

When soldiers followed and surrounded the militants one of them detonated the explosive materials attached to his body killing seven soldiers including five officers.

 It is yet uncertain as what group the militants belonged to bu Waziristan is considered a hub for local and foreign militants in Pakistan.

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Malaysia blames naked tourists for earthquake which killed 13 people Mon, 08 Jun 2015 06:27:24 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Malaysia naked touristsA group of western tourists have been blamed for a deadly earthquake in Malaysia after they stripped naked at the peak of Mount Kinabalu last month.

The tourists were also banned from leaving Malaysia after they were accused of ‘disrespecting the mountain’ that could have caused the devastating earthquake that killed at least 13 people.

The earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale struck Sabah’s west coast on Friday, causing landslides on Mount Kinabalu.

The Malaysian Tourist Minister quoted by Digital Journal has said the tourists are being detained in the country for ‘disrespecting the mountain’.

Deputy Chief Minister of the Sabah region, Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan said “Whether other people believe this or not, it’s what we Sabahans believe.”

“When the earthquake happened, it’s like a confirmation of our beliefs,” Kitingan said, adding that “There is almost certainly a connection. We have to take this as a reminder that local beliefs and customs are not to be disrespected.”

According to reports Mount Kinabalu in Borneo is held as sacred by the local Sabahan people and there will be appeasement ceremony to the mountain after the search for missing people has been concluded.

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Five Hazaras shot dead in Baluchistan Mon, 08 Jun 2015 04:12:01 +0000 Read the full article...]]> killedUnidentified gunmen have shot dead five Hazaras in Quetta the provincial capital of Pakistan’s Baluchistan province.

Officials say gunmen who were riding on two motorbikes opened indiscriminate fire at Hazaras infront of two teashops near Meezan Chowk in Quetta late Sunday.

Four people died on the spot while a fifth one died of his injuries in the hospital.

Security forces arrived at the scene and cordoned off the area but the attackers had already fled the area but five suspects were arrested.

Following the attack markets in Quetta’s Meezan Chowk were closed and about five hundred people mostly from Hazara community staged protest against the killing and sought government to arrest the culprits.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif strongly condemned the attack. He has orderred security agencies to arrest those behind the attack.

No group had claimed responsibility for the attack by the time this report was filed.

Attacks on Hazaras mostly Shias are in the raise in Pakistan fearing sectarian conflicts in the country.

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U.S. drone strike kills eight militants in North Waziristan Sat, 06 Jun 2015 11:27:49 +0000 Read the full article...]]> DroneA drone strike has killed eight militants in North Waziristan, tribal built in Pakistan.

According to local media reports the drone fired missiles at a compound in Shawal area of North Waziristan leaving eight insurgents killed and several others wounded on Saturday.

North Waziristan being one of the seven semi-automous bribal areas in Pakistan has been a strong hideout for local and foreign militant groups like Al-Qaeda for over a decade.

Although, the United States drone strikes are not popular but it has killed several key leaders of the local and foreign insurgent groups.

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Unknown gunmen shot dead four policemen in Pakistan’s Baluchistan Sat, 06 Jun 2015 06:02:25 +0000 Read the full article...]]> PoliceUnidentified gunmen have shot dead four policemen in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province, officials confirm.

Security officials say police were on routine patrol when unidentified gunmen opened indiscriminate fire at their vehicle in Pashtoonabad area of Quetta, capital city of the province, on Saturday morning.

Police say three soldiers were killed on the spot while the fourth one died of his wounds on way to the hospital.

 Officials say it is yet not clear as who the gunmen were but they escaped following the attack.

No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) has carried out several attacks in Baluchistan during the one month period.

Baloch Republican Army is fighting with the government of Pakistan for the separation of Baluchistan province.

Pakistani premier Mohammad Nawaz Sharif has expressed grief over the killing.

Due to deteriorating security situation in Baluchistan, the central government is planning a large-scale military operation in this province.

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Taliban members jailed for shooting Malala ‘secretly freed’ in Pakistan Fri, 05 Jun 2015 09:00:25 +0000 Read the full article...]]> 1Malala-Yousafzai-1At least eight of the ten members of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have been secretly released from prison after they were jailed for the attempted murder of children education activist Malala Yousufzai.

According to a report by Daily Mirror, the militants were freed ‘quietly, to avoid a media fuss’.

“The trial had ­absolutely no credibility as nobody was there to witness it but a public prosecutor, a judge, the army and the accused,” a security official speaking on the condition of anonymity said.

The source further added “This was a tactic to get the media ­pressure away from the Malala case because the whole world wanted ­convictions for the crime.”

“But the truth is that, whether these acquitted men were involved or not in the Malala shooting, the public has been lied to,” the official said, adding that “Ten men are not behind bars for the crime, as the Pakistani authorities would have us believe. That is a big lie.”

The police chief of Swat Valley, Azaad Khan and the Pakistan High Commission in London also confirmed only two men are still in jail over the attempted assassination which shook the world.

“The claims of 10 being imprisoned were due to a misunderstanding and it being misreported at the time,” the High Commission said, adding that there “not adequate evidence”.

Malala was shot in October 2012 in Swat Valley after she spoke out against the regime and oppression of women. She was only 14-year-old when the Taliban militants attempted to murder her.

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Rebels kill 20 soldiers in northeastern India Thu, 04 Jun 2015 11:12:57 +0000 Read the full article...]]> India

20 soldiers have been killed and 16 others wounded in a militant attack in northeastern India.

According to local media reports rebels had established an ambush for Army personnel in Chandel District of Manipur state this morning.

Police say 6 Dogra Army convoy was heading from towards Imphal, capital of Manipur state when it came under attack at around 08:30 am this morning.

Three of those wounded are announced to be in critical condition.

Sources have told local media that there were about 50 gunmen armed with heavy and light weapons and explosive devices who launched the attack on military convoy. Sources have added that the insurgents later set the military vehicles ablaze.

Indian premier Narendra Modi has expressed deep sorrow over the loss of lives.

“Today’s mindless attack in Manipur is very distressing. I bow to each and every soldier who has sacrificed his life for the Nation.” Narendra Modi tweeted after the attack.

No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but India’s NDTV news reports that security agencies suspect Naga group NSCN(K) or the United National Liberation Front of Manipur, or UNLF.

India’s Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar said those behind the attack will be brought to justice.

“Those who committed the cowardly act will be brought to book,” he is quoted by NDTV as saying.

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At least 78 killed in Ghana petrol station explosion Thu, 04 Jun 2015 10:33:44 +0000 Read the full article...]]> GhanaAt least 78 people lost their lives after an explosion occurred in a petrol station in Ghana’s capital Accra, officials said on Thursday.

The explosion took place in Goil filling station where a huge crowd of people was taking shelter because of the torrential rainfall around the city.

Ghana’s Fire Service said that they the rescue operation was not called off due to which a solid number cannot be announced.

“We are still trying to salvage the site of the accident before we can come out with an accurate figure,” Billy Anaglate a spokesman for the service is quoted by AP as saying.

Local national televisions while publishing the graphics of the night explosion on Thursday said that several dead bodies were still being trapped under the remains.

“We must allow the Fire Service and National Disaster Management Organisation to work to find trapped bodies at the scene of explosion,” Cephas Arthur, Police Public Affairs Officer is quoted by the news agency as saying.

The cause of the explosion is yet to be ascertained.

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Pakistan suffered over $100 billion losses in war on terror Wed, 03 Jun 2015 04:36:04 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Nawaz-SharifPakistan has suffered over $100 billion losses during the war on terror.

Mohammad Nawaz Sharif the Pakistani premier while talking to all-Parties conference in Quetta, provincial capital of Baluchistan province where insurgency is in the raise, said that his country has incurred $110 billion in the war on terror but he noted that “we are determined to eliminate terrorism and extremism from our country”.

Nawaz Sharif further that thousands of civilians have also lost lives during this war but it has eliminated terrorists and their sanctuaries destroyed in FATA.

“Officers and soldiers of our army sacrificed their lives in the war on terror and thousands of civilians also lost their lives. But now the terrorists have left the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and their hideouts and sanctuaries have been destroyed,” he said.

During a report presented at the National Assembly in Pakistan in December 2014 it was stated that 50,000 people had lasted lives during the 10 years of war on terror.

More than 28,000 people were also reported wounded.

“More than 28, 561 people sustained injuries in various blasts in the past five years,” Parliamentary Secretary for Interior Maryam Aurangzeb said.

Pakistan joined the United States in the war when Taliban’s government was toppled in Afghanistan in 2001 and still continues.

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Pakistani senator announces bounty for arresting Indian PM Modi Tue, 02 Jun 2015 07:37:45 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Siraj-ul-Haq2Sirajul Haq, a Pakistani senator and chief of Jamaat-i-Islami, a strong political party, announced bounty for arresting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

While talking to a gathering in Pakistan administered Kashmir, Sirajulhaq said that whoever arrests Narendra Modi will receive a reward of one billion Pakistani Rupees.

Sirajul Haq said India has failed to arrest Sayed Salahuddin, the chief of Hizbul Mujahideen – a separatist group in Kashmir designated a terrorist organization by India – even after putting a reward for his arrest. He said I announce bounty on Modi’s arrest.

“I want to say to Modi that you and your agents cannot arrest Salahuddin. And you say whoever will arrest Salahuddin, we will give him Rs 50 crore. I too say that whoever arrests Modi, we will give him Rs1 billion,” Siraj is quoted by Pakistan’s Dawn news as saying.

Siraj accused Narendra Modi for killing civilians in Kashmir and criticized his government for not acting against it.

Pakistan and India have a history of blaming each other for supporting militant organizations for own advantages.

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Gay boy raped by his own mother in India to cure his homosexuality Tue, 02 Jun 2015 07:17:53 +0000 Read the full article...]]> A teenager gay boy was raped by his own mother in India in a misguided attempt to cure him of homosexuality, it has been reported.

The incident has reportedly taken place in Bangalore where the teen boy was forced by family members to have sex with his mother.

According to an Indian LBGT organization, some parents are even encouraging cousins, brothers and even mothers to rape their children amid frustration to have straight children.

There are also reports that a young lesbian was raped by her cousin in a bid to cure her homosexuality through ‘corrective rape’.

Statistics by  Crisis intervention team of LGBT Collective in Telangana shows there have been 15 instances of ‘corrective rapes’ that have been reported in the group in the last five years.

“We are sure there are many more cases, but they go unreported,” Vyjayanti Mogli, a member of crisis intervention told The Times of India.

He said “We came across such cases not because they reported the rape, but because they sought help to flee their homes.”

According to Vyjayanti “Victims find it traumatising to speak of their brothers/ cousins turning rapists and prefer to delete the incident from their memories and cut off ties with their families. Which is why such cases almost never get reported.”

In the meantime, Gay sex is punishable with up to ten years in prison in India, meaning families feel they have little choice but to carry out the ‘corrective rapes’.

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U.S. drone strike kills four insurgents in North Waziristan Tue, 02 Jun 2015 04:40:55 +0000 Read the full article...]]> DroneU.S. unmanned aircraft has killed four insurgents in a strike in troubled North Waziristan.

According to local media report the drone targeted a vehicle in which the militants were traveling in Shawal area late Monday.

The nationalities of those killed is yet to be ascertained but foreign militant groups such as Al-Qaeda is also hiding in Waziristan among local rebels.

Although majority of Pakistanis oppose these strikes but several key commanders of outlawed groups have been killed in these operations.

Pakistani military is also conducting large-scale operation against these militants groups in Pakistan. Pakistan claim killing thousands of rebels in these operation and breaking the backbone of the militants groups since the operation started in June last year.

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Election victory celebrations attacked in Pakistan leaving 12 dead Mon, 01 Jun 2015 09:56:09 +0000 Read the full article...]]> kp12 people have been killed and 19 others wounded during two separate attacks on election candidates in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.

The first incident occurred in Kari Haidar area of Tank district last night where assailants first hurled a hand grenade and then opened fire at the crowd gathered to celebrate the victory of their candidate in local bodies’ election.

Eight people were killed and nine others wounded in this attack.

The second incident took place in Kohat District where gunmen attacked another gathering of celebration. Four people were killed and 10 others wounded in this attack.

No group has immediately claimed responsibility of the attacks.

Pakistanis on Saturday casted their votes to elect 41,762 candidates in the local bodies’ election for which 84,420 people had registered in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

The process largely went peacefully but in some areas election-related violence left 10 people killed and several others wounded.

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Jeans-wearing women reason behind earthquakes: Maulana Fazlur Rehman Sun, 31 May 2015 17:46:00 +0000 Read the full article...]]> Fazlur RehmanA prominent Pakistani political leader and religious cleric Maulana Fazlur Rehman has blamed women wearing jeans for causing earthquakes, inflation and other disasters, it has been reported.

The remarks by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islami Fazl (JUI-F) Chief were reportedly made during a press conference in Islamabad – the capital city of Pakistan following Friday prayers.

“From earthquakes to inflation all kinds of disasters are caused by the immodesty of women. A woman that is not covered like a sack of flour is a walking and talking weapon of mass destruction for her state. And Pakistan has a multitude of such nuclear missiles in all its major cities,” Fazl quoted by Khabaristan Times said.

The newspaper appears to be a satirical on some posts with the website’s tagline saying ‘telling it almost like it never is’.

While blaming the jeans wearing women for the Baluchistan crisis, lack of energy supply and the deteriorating security situation in Pakistan, he called on country’s security forces to launch a military operation against the so-called ‘immodest women’.

He was also reported to have asked the Pakistani prime minister and head of the army to declare war on such women.

“If you wrap up these women in sacks and keep them stored in your houses, do you think the Taliban brothers would attack Pakistan? That’s what they want, Shariah left, right and centre and women inside houses living in their sacks. And once Allah stops delivering His wrath via the Taliban the economy would automatically improve through foreign investment, which in turn would improve the energy situation. Every problem’s solution lies in taking care of the women,” Fazl added.

In parts of his remarks he said Taliban were not Pakistan’s enemy and the forces needed to target the real enemies of Pakistan, the newspaper reported.

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ISIS kidnaps 500 children in Iraq Sun, 31 May 2015 11:39:31 +0000 Read the full article...]]> ISISIS militant group which is also known by its Arabic name Daesh has kidnapped 500 children in separate attacks in Iraq and taken them to their bases in Iraq and Syria, local officials say.

According to officials the children were abducted from Anbar and Diyala province.

Farhan Mohammad, a member of the Provincial Council of Anbar province said that the militant group kidnapped 400 children only from his province.

“Daesh has kidnapped at least 400 children in the western province of Anbar, and taken them to their bases in Iraq, and Syria,” he said.

Farhan Mohammad added that the abductions continued for over a week in the towns of Rawa, Ar Rutba, Anah and Al-Qaim.

He cautioned that the militants group is recruiting children in the area they control for suicide and other terrorist attacks.

General Kasim Al-Saidi the police chief of Diyala province says that 100 children abducted in his province

He said “Daesh has recruited about 100 children under the age of 16. They are going to brainwash these kids into being suicide bombers.”

He also warned that ISIS would give military training to these children and use them in attacks.

Images have emerged in the past allegedly showing Daesh-run military training camps for children.

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Pakistani pigeon jailed in India on spying suspicion Sat, 30 May 2015 04:33:33 +0000 Read the full article...]]> India-Pakistan-Spy-PigeonA pigeon has been jailed in India on suspicion of spying after it crossed border from Pakistan and was captured with a mysterious stamped message on its tail.

Though the stamping of the birds could be normal for those who are keeping and breeding birds but the authorities were alarmed after wire-like object was on its body.

The pigeon was reportedly discovered by a young boy on Wednesday after it landed in Manwal village, around two and a half miles from the Pakistan border.

A part of the message was in Urdu, but the numbers appeared to be that of a landline telephone in Pakistan’s Narowal district, according to Times of India newspaper.

The 14-year-old boy took the pigeon to the nearest police station and the cops then took the bird to a veterinary hospital in Pathankot for an X-ray which did not throw up any clues.

Pathankot senior superintendent of police (SSP) Rakesh Kaushal said “Nothing adverse has been found, but we have kept the bird in our custody.”

He said “This is a rare instance of a bird from Pakistan being spotted here. We have caught a few spies here. The area is sensitive, given its proximity to Jammu, where infiltration is quite common.”

The bird was termed a “suspected spy” by cops at Bamiyal police post by Cops at Bamiyal police post.

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Three days of mourning after 19 people gunned down in Baluchistan Sat, 30 May 2015 04:00:52 +0000 Read the full article...]]> BaluchistanPakistan’s Baluchistan province is observing three days of mourning after unidentified gunmen gunned down 19 people last night.

Unknown gunmen stopped two passenger buses heading towards Karachi from Baluchistan and after checking their identification cards took hostage about 25 of them.

Officials say gunmen later shot dead 19 of them and still holding about six others.

The incident took place in Mastung district and officials say the kidnappers have taken the hostages to nearby mountains where security forces have launched an operation to recover them.

The driver of one of the buses who received wounds in the attack said that the gunmen signaled him to stop and when he did not stop then culprits fired on him.

Including labourers and traders, there were more than 25 passengers in these buses but the kidnappers have separated the group after checking their documents.

Those not harmed say the kidnappers were between 15-20 people and were wearing military suits.

The bodies of the nineteen people killed have been received by the security forces and transferred to hospital to ascertain their identity.

No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

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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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