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From ISIS to ISK: Why is ISIS and LeJ nexus dangerous for Pakistan?

1397/3/4 | 04:43
  The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), has had an ISIS-K or ISK faction since January 2015 signifying the Islamic State of Khurasan, camped in an area encompassing the Af-Pak border. The faction’s first attack in Pakistan was the Safoora Chowrangi massacre of Ismailis in Karachi in May 2015. In the three years since, ISK has found vacuums in both Afghan and Pakistani territories. A UN report said that attacks in Afghanistan attributed to the Islamic State doubled in 2017. ...

Quetta Operations: Pakistan COAS takes the fight of Hazaras

1397/2/30 | 04:43
Army Chief, Gen Bajwa is a man of his word. He assured the Hazara of Quetta earlier this month that the security apparatus would take severe action against all militant groups targeting this ethnic and religious minority.   This is to be welcomed. Naturally it is regrettable that Military Intelligence officer Col Sohail Abid died during the counter-terror offensive. Indeed, Hazara activists took to social media to join others to praise his bravery, while condemning the loss of life.   Having said that, the Pakistani state must take ...

At least 23 miners killed, several injured as two coal mines collapse in Balochistan

1397/2/16 | 04:43
  At least 23 miners were killed and several trapped on Saturday after two separate coal mines collapsed in Balochistan, rescue officials said fearing the casualty toll could rise. A total of 16 person were trapped after a gas explosion in Pir Ismail, Marwar (45 km from Quetta) at around noon. Their bodies were later recovered after hours-long rescue operation. The Quetta deputy commissioner, Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) rescue team, local labourers, the inspector mines, Frontier Corps (FC) personnel and District Administration ...

For the first time: Senate offers fateha for Shia Hazara martyrs of Quetta

1397/2/14 | 04:43
  Senate, the upper house of Pakistan’s bicameral Parliament offered Fateha for the departed souls of Hazara community persons martyred in terrorist attacks in Quetta.   Senate Chairman Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani asked Leader of the House in Senate Raja Zafarul Haq to lead Fateha. Sanjrani also hails from Balochistan province where Persian-speaking Hazara Shia Pakistanis have fallen victim to takfiri terrorist attacks. ...

Can COAS avoid Hazara's Genocide?

1397/2/13 | 04:43
  The COAS swooped in to Quetta. There, he met the Hazara; who had, since the end of last week, been protesting the continued targeted attacks suffered by their community. Indeed, the latter insisted on not making do with civilian leaders alone but had sat it out, quite literally, for Gen Bajwa. And though it paid off in the short-term, much more needs to be done. But for now the group has agreed to come off the streets and put an end to street agitation; which was in reality anything but. All the Hazara are demanding is the right to life ...

Hazara Killings: Can CJP turn the history?

1397/2/12 | 04:43
  Leaders of the Shia Hazara community agreed to call off their protest over the recent spate of targeted killings in the city after a meeting with Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday night. Gen Bajwa arrived in the city late Tuesday evening and held a meeting with representatives of the Hazara community that has been hit badly by incidents of targeted killing in the city. According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), representatives shared their concerns about target killing of the community with the ...

Shia Muslims may expand Quetta protest against genocide to entire Pakistan

1397/2/11 | 04:43
  After having been dismayed and discouraged by the inaction against the terrorists involved in Shia genocide, Shia parties leaderships and religious scholars have come under immense pressure from people to give a call for countrywide sit-in campaign to expand the Quetta protest to entire Pakistan.   Leading Shia party Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen has setup three sit-in camps in Quetta including one outside provincial legislature where an incumbent minister belonging to the MWM himself leads the protesters. They are registering protest ...

Who Cares for Hazaras?

1397/2/10 | 04:43
  When the minorities of a multi-ethnic nation state are routinely persecuted by ruthless coercion and violence in the face of a callous establishment that perpetuates the status quo by remaining silent on the issue, not only has the state failed in protecting its citizens, it has become complicit in the persecution by not addressing the matter.   The latest attack on the Hazara community in Quetta comes third in the series of horrifying attacks this month on the persecuted minority in which two members of the Shia Hazara community ...

Who cares for Hazara's hunger strike?

1397/2/9 | 04:43
  Angered at the killing of two Hazara men on Saturday, the members of persecuted Hazara community are staging a protest in Quetta against the unabated killings of the community. Led by Social activist Jalila Haider, the hunger strike of Hazara community members outside Quetta Press Club entered into its second day on Sunday. The protesters criticised the law enforcement and security agencies for their inaction and failure to prevent Hazaras from being murdered in the city. The members of Hazara community demanded that Army Chief Gen ...

Quetta bloodbath: Is Takfiri Hizb-ul-Ahrar is still active?

1397/2/6 | 04:43
  At least six security personnel were killed and more injured in a vehicle bombing and a double suicide attack by militants. It should be shocking that not only are militants able to penetrate Quetta seemingly at will but that they are also capable of launching coordinated attacks which involve multiple attackers. However, the regularity with which Quetta is struck by militants suggests that the government and the security and intelligence apparatus do not have the capacity to secure Quetta, let alone the rest of the violence-hit province. ...

At least 6 policemen martyred in suicide attack targeting police van in Quetta

1397/2/4 | 04:43
  At least six policemen were martyred and seven others were injured when a suicide bomber targeted a police van on Airport Road in Quetta Today evening, military's media wing said. Two suicide bombers also tried to attack a Frontier Corps (FC) checkpost in Quetta's Mian Ghundi area, however, the FC personnel killed the attackers following an exchange of fire before they could explode their suicide vests, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. The Medical Superintendent of Civil Hospital Quetta, Dr Kamran, confirmed the casualties. Police ...

Eight killed in attack on Quetta's Bethel Memorial Methodist Church

1396/9/26 | 04:43
At least Eight people were killed and two critically injured in a gun and bomb attack on the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church on Quetta's Zarghoon Road on today afternoon, Balochistan's Inspector General Moazzam Ansari and Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti confirmed to DawnNews. All casualties were shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta. Hospital sources said they received four bodies and around 20 injured, including women and children. Two of the injured were said to be in critical condition. One was later reported to have passed away. The church is ...

Terror in Quetta:  Why State failed to protect AIG Hamid Shakeel?

1396/8/20 | 04:43
  Three policemen including Additional Inspector General (AIG) Telecommunications Hamid Shakeel have become victims of the latest terror attack that struck Quetta on Thursday.   The martyred AIG had served as the Investigations and Operations DIG in the city and was reportedly on the hit list of sectarian militants since long.   There seems to be no respite in sight for Quetta as the city continues to witness terrorist attacks despite claims by the security forces and law enforcers that the terrorists are ‘on the run’.     Who ...

AIG Hamid Shakeel martyred in Quetta Blast

1396/8/18 | 04:43
  Additional Inspector General (AIG) Telecommunications Hamid Shakeel and two other police officials were martyred in a suicide attack on Thursday morning in Quetta, according to police officials. The blast targeted senior police official Hamid Shakeel who was leaving his residence and was passing near Chaman Housing Scheme at the time, police said. Senior Superintendent Police Naseebullah told DawnNews that the blast was a suicide attack. The injured have been admitted to Civil Hospital Quetta for treatment, where emergency has been ...

AIG among 6 injured in Quetta blast, 2 killed

1396/8/18 | 04:43
  At least two person was killed and six others injured as a senior police official in Quetta was targeted in a blast on Thursday, police sources told DawnNews. According to sources, the blast targeted Additional Inspector General (AIG) Telecommunications Hamid Shakil who was leaving his residence and was passing near Chaman Housing Scheme at the time. The AIG is among the wounded. The injured have been admitted to Civil Hospital Quetta for treatment, where emergency has been imposed. The nature of the blast has not been confirmed by ...

Hazaras: The Rohingyas of Pakistan?

1396/8/12 | 04:43
  Last week, when I was planning a trip to Quetta for training, Mujeeb Hashmi, a friend from work, asked me to wear shalwar kameez, not only to the airport but also whenever I went out and about in the city.   Hashmi, being a veteran filmmaker, has been to almost every habitable area of Pakistan – so I had to pay heed. He also warned me to be wary of certain localities within the city such as Hazara Town and Alamdar Road, given the violence witnessed by the city in the past.   He was right.   Quetta made a great ...

Quetta blast: An endless agony

1396/7/28 | 04:43
  At least six police commandos and a civilian were martyred and 22 others sustained injuries when an explosives-laden vehicle rammed into a security forces convoy on the Quetta-Sibi Highway on Wednesday morning.     The attack on the law-enforcement personnel took place some 14 kilometres outside the Balochistan capital, Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri said.       While it remains true that not every attack can be prevented and even the most honest and well-meaning of policies will not lead to an immediate ...

Quetta Suicide attack: Seven including five police man martyred

1396/7/26 | 04:43
  At least seven people, including five policemen, were martyred as an explosion ripped through a police truck  in Quetta.   Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesperson Muhammad Kharasani claimed responsibility of the attack, saying they had targetted Frontier Corps (FC). Security forces said at least 22, including 15 policemen, were also injured in the attack. “It was a suicide explosion,” police sources told The Express Tribune.  The truck was carrying police recruits, five of whom were martyred, along with two passers-by on ...

Fear and loathing returns for Quetta’s Hazara community

1396/7/25 | 04:43
  And when you can’t hide – you run. This is the main reason why Shia Hazara businessmen, professionals and students from Quetta are leaving for Pakistan’s big cities: Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Rawalpindi.     In the sea of people that make up a large city, a Hazara becomes just another face in the crowd. The luxury of anonymity is something they do not have in their native Quetta.   Three Hazaras among five dead in gun attack on Quetta van   As Quetta’s security situation shows few signs of improving ...

Hazara Genocide: The mote in our eyes , the wool in our ears

1396/7/18 | 04:43
  At least three members of the ethnic Hazara community and two other Shias were killed, while one other was seriously injured on Quetta's Kasi road on Monday morning as unidentified armed men opened fire at their vehicle, police said.     Balochistan has been experiencing incidents of violence and targeted killings since more than a decade. More than 1,400 incidents targeting the minority Shia and Hazara community have taken place in the province during the past 15 years.   While sectarian terrorism in Balochistan ...

Hazara killings: A passive genocide

1396/6/22 | 04:43
  Four people belonging to the Hazara community were killed and two others severely injured in an attack by armed men in the Kuchlak area couple of days ago.   A 12-year-old boy was among the victims, while two women travelling with them remained unhurt as they were sitting in a vehicle when the attackers opened fire on the men who were standing outside.     According to officials, eight members of the Hazara Shia community were coming to Quetta from Chaman town on the Afghan border. They stopped their vehicle near a ...

Threat and intimidations: US turns Pakistan into another North Korea

1396/6/7 | 04:43
Days after the White House accused Pakistan of continuing to harbor terrorists on its soil, the top US commander in Afghanistan claimed that the United States “knows the Afghan Taliban leadership is in Quetta and Peshawar”.       The allegation elicited a sharp reaction from Islamabad, which has been fuming over the US president’s harsh remarks, with top government ministers calling upon the US to stop blaming Pakistan for its failure in Afghanistan.   In sharp response the Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal told ...

Another indirect warning: Can US attack Pakistan?

1396/6/6 | 04:43
  Gen John W. Nicholson, the top United States commander in Afghanistan, claimed on Saturday that the US was aware of Afghan Taliban leadership's presence in Peshawar and Quetta, adding that the military would continue to put pressure on Taliban sanctuaries inside and outside Afghanistan.     Trump, in his first address as the commander-in-chief, called for greater troop deployment and Indian involvement in Afghanistan while lambasting Pakistan for offering safe havens to “agents of chaos”.     According to ...

Quetta blast: Why Pakistan failed to completely annihilate terrorism?

1396/5/24 | 04:43
In the latest attack in Quetta at least 15 people died including 8 army men. A suicide bomber rammed his explosives laden bicycle into the military truck. In an earlier attack in June, 13 people ─ including seven policeman ─ lost their lives.   The terrorists are being forced out of their remaining hideouts. The latest operation is being conducted in Rajgal valley along the Pak-Afghan border in Khyber Agency. Reacting like an injured beast the terrorists are attacking ferociously wherever they find an opportunity created by laxity ...

Explosion in Quetta's Pishin Stop area; at least 18 dead, 30 injured

1396/5/21 | 04:43
[caption id="attachment_49178" align="alignnone" width="1460"] Pakistani run away from the site of a blast shortly after a car explosion in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013.[/caption] An explosion near Quetta's Pishin Stop  claimed at least 18 lives and left at least 30 injured. An emergency has been declared in the city following the blast which occurred in a high-security zone near an FC hostel. The nature of the explosion could not be immediately ascertained; however, eyewitnesses said the explosion had occurred near a security ...

Pakistan marks grim Eid after heavy death toll in oil tanker inferno, Parachinar and Quetta blast

1396/4/5 | 04:43
Pakistan began Eid in mourning Monday as the death toll in an oil tanker explosion rose to 153, with scores injured after they were caught in a fireball while scooping up spilled fuel.   Dozens of relatives were waiting outside hospitals in Bahawalpur, the nearest major city, to claim the bodies of their loved ones as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived early Monday to visit victims after cutting short a visit to London. The explosion ignited early Sunday as crowds ignored warnings to stay away from the tanker which had overturned on a main ...

Pakistan under attack: Multiple attacks before eid leave country mourning

1396/4/3 | 04:43
Bombs targeted civilians and security personnel in Parachi­nar and Quetta on Friday, leaving at least 54 people dead and over 120 injured.   Most casualties happened in Parachinar — 41 dead and about 100 wounded — because a second bomb was detonated when people gathered at the place where the first explosion had occurred to carry out the rescue work. While no group claimed responsibility for the twin attacks in Parachinar, two outfits said they had carried out the suicide car bomb blast in Quetta — Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a splinter ...

Second blast in a day: Parachinar blast death toll mounts to 30

1396/4/2 | 04:43
  At least 30 people are feared dead and over 50 injured after two subsequent explosions hit a densely populated area of Kurram Agency's Parachinar city Friday evening, local political administration officials told media.   This is the second major bombing incident reported in the country on the same day. Early morning, at least 15 people ─ including seven policeman ─ lost their lives, while 19 others were injured in a suicide blast that shook Shuhada Chowk in Quetta's Gulistan Road area.   Rescue operations are currently ...

15 killed in blast on Quetta's Gulistan road

1396/4/2 | 04:43
At least 15 people ─ including five policeman ─ lost their lives, while 21 others were injured as a blast shook Shuhada Chowk in Quetta's affluent Gulistan Road area today. The injured were moved to Quetta's Civil Hospital, where an emergency was declared. Security was tightened across the city following the attack. According to DawnNews, the blast occurred close to Inspector General of Police Ehsan Mehboob's office. The blast was powerful enough that it was heard across the city, shattering windows of nearby buildings, said police spokesman ...

Hazara Genocide: The blood on State’s hands

1396/3/20 | 04:43
  The silent killing of Hazaras is once again on cards. The persecuted Hazara-Shia community of Quetta came under attack once again few days back. Three people including a policeman were killed when gunmen opened fire on them.      Just because large-scale terrorist attacks against this persecuted minority, such as the ones that took place back in 2003 and that prompted mass protests, have, for the time being halted, doesn’t mean that things have changed for the better.       Problematic is the way in which the ...

Rise of ISIS: How Pakistan’s faulty policies on Takfiri terrorist group strengthen ISIS in Pakistan?

1396/3/17 | 04:43
  The country has been assured again and again by Ch Nisar that the organisation calling itself IS had no existence in Pakistan.   It must have come as a rude shock to many to learn that that network not only exists in the country but is also responsible for kidnapping a Chinese couple who were teaching Mandarin in Quetta.   This is, in fact, the latest dastardly act committed by the terrorist network. Ch Nisar needs to realise that a state of denial on his part can create serious problems for the country.   Pursuing a ...

Mastung blast: JUI-F reaps what it sowed

1396/2/23 | 04:43
At least 25 people have been killed and over 40 others injured in an explosion in Balochistan's Mastung district, which is around an hour's drive from the provincial capital, Quetta.     The bombing took place near a local seminary shortly after Friday prayers.Deputy Chairman Senate Abdul Ghafoor Haideri's convoy was hit in the attack. The explosion occurred right as Haideri's convoy was exiting the seminary.     A Senate director staff, Iftikhar Mughal, was reportedly killed in the attack. It is unclear whether ...

Plight of Pilgrims: State apathy towards shia community in Pakistan

1395/12/29 | 04:43
  To register protest against the non-provision of security escort to their motorcade for last 10 days, stuck Shia pilgrims have threatened to begin march on foot to Quetta from Taftan border on their own.     The pilgrims who had returned from pilgrimage of Iraq and Iran via Taftan border of Pakistan, 10 days ago, were not allowed to leave the border area because of what they were told the security threat.     Last night, the pilgrims staged protest outside Pakistan House on Taftan border town and threatened to ...

Has Fazal ur Rehman lost his mind?

1395/12/18 | 04:43
  JUI-F leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman has come out with a queer demand – hand over governance to his party, as this is the only way out to eliminate corruption. Speaking at Ulema convention in Quetta, he said Panama Leaks revealed offshore companies of many people but JUI-F has none.   Maulana Fazlur Rehman is a seasoned politician and has been playing his role in national politics and affairs. His party also had an opportunity to rule KP and remained coalition partner both at the Centre and in Balochistan.   However, the party ...

Lahore blast: Has Pakistan broken back bone of Terrorists?

1395/11/28 | 04:43
    Pakistan had been enjoying a period of calm with a drop in terrorist attacks as well as optimistic outlooks for economic and social development. It was the turn of the worst yesterday when a bomb blast ripped right through the heart of Lahore, and hours later there was a blast in Quetta as well. There was confusion as there always is, about the purpose of the attack. Was it to derail CPEC, payback for military operations against terrorists? Was it to scare the police, or was it to derail plans to host the PSL tournament final? ...

Quetta incident: How Ch.Nisar is trying to undermine a terror report?

1395/11/21 | 04:43
  [caption id="attachment_41367" align="alignnone" width="810"] Interior Minister Ch. Nisar Ali Khan addressing a Press Briefing at NADRA Headquarters, Islamabad on May 27, 2016.[/caption]   The Interior Ministry has now produced what amounts to a 64 page rebuttal to Quetta report, and a request that some parts of the wording of the report be expunged.   Both the Interior Ministry and its Minister came in for particularly sharp criticism which the minister has condemned since, saying he was unfairly pilloried and misrepresented.     The ...

ASWJ cheated Islamabad administration for Takfiri gathering

1395/11/20 | 04:43
  Pakistan’s interior ministry has submitted a comprehensive reply with the Supreme Court regarding the judicial commission inquiry report on Quetta terrorism incidents, yesterday, in which it clarified that banned terror outfit ASWJ was not issued any permission to hold public meeting in Islamabad last year but a local cleric was issued the NOC for it.     This response too gives birth to another question: what sort of action has so far been taken against that local cleric for seeking permission on behalf of banned terrorist ...

Quetta Incident report: Some key questions to Pakistan’s defiant interior minister?

1395/11/19 | 04:43
  Since publication of Quetta incident report, the Interior Minister has spent a considerable amount of time and effort trying to refute the claims made therein.    The Minister claims that the ATA does not prohibit pubic functionaries from meeting individuals who are on the Fourth Schedule, in case they are seeking lawful redressal of their grievances.   Sounds great! Would the worthy Minister also clarify whether he intends to make Punjab House premises available for all criminals and murders to express their grievances? ...

A half hearted war on terror: A case of banned organizations in Pakistan:

1395/10/19 | 04:43
  The Quetta Inquiry Commission set up under Justice Faiz Esa to investigate the August 8 Quetta attack has not just investigated the attack but has gone a step further and has highlighted the loopholes present in our counter terrorism narrative and the National Action Plan.       The commission’s report specifically requires hate material publication to be restricted and media personnel propagating the views of proscribed organisations to be prosecuted.     Amongst these recommendations, the commission also ...

National inaction plan: The blood on the hands of Ch.Nisar

1395/9/29 | 04:43
    The APS massacre has become part of bitter memories. NAP was the reflection of a collective pledge that state and society would not repeat past mistakes.      Just a day before the APS anniversary, the judicial commission probing the Aug 8 Quetta hospital bombing put forth its findings, reminding us that old habits die hard. The Quetta hospital bombing was no less a tragedy than the APS one, but state institutions reacted differently.     The Quetta commission has suggested “NAP should be made into a ...

Violence against disabled:  An act more than condemnable

1395/8/27 | 04:43
  Police officials reportedly manhandled and dragged disabled persons to clear the route for a government official during a protest demonstration in the Hockey Chowk area of Quetta. The disabled persons were demanding the provincial government to ensure implementation of disabled persons quota in government services and were also demanding a special package for them.“Four to five of our colleagues were injured by the police,” said Izatullah, the head of voice for disabled person in Balochistan. He added the police dragged him on the road ...

Protecting the protectors: A fool proof security plan

1395/8/18 | 04:43
Following the recent terrorists attack in Police Training College, Quetta, Punjab Inspector General of Police Mushtaq Ahmad Sukhera has ordered four layers of security for all police training colleges and centers. He also directed the police officials to conduct regular combing operations around these training institutes. On October 24, at least 63 security personnel were martyred when terrorists stormed the Police Training College, Quetta. While chairing a meeting held at the Central Police Office on Friday to review security arrangements of police ...

Shafaqna Special: Quetta Attack and ISIS nightmare

1395/8/10 | 04:43
    Security forces raided a compound in Quetta and killed four militants linked to an attack on a police academy earlier in the week, officials said Friday. The raid in Quetta, was carried out late Thursday following an intelligence tip-off about the presence of fighters from the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) militant group. “A team of anti-terrorist force (ATF) raided the compound and killed four militants after an exchange of gunfire,” a senior local police official Abdullah Afridi told media. ISIS, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, and the Taliban ...

Shafaqna Special: Who is backing Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and why?

1395/8/9 | 04:43
Security forces raided a compound in Quetta and killed four militants linked to an attack on a police academy earlier in the week, officials said Friday. The raid in Quetta, was carried out late Thursday following an intelligence tip-off about the presence of fighters from the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) militant group.“A team of anti-terrorist force (ATF) raided the compound and killed four militants after an exchange of gunfire,” a senior local police official Abdullah Afridi told a foreign news agency. Speaking off the record, a police official ...

A dirty business: Political point scoring on Quetta Attack

1395/8/8 | 04:43
  PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Tuesday deplored Defence Minister Khawaja Ahmed for drawing a parallel between terrorist attacks and political protests. In a tweet hours after terrorists martyred 60 Pakistanis cadets in Quetta, Khawaja Asif took to the micro-blogging website Twitter and compared the assault with PTI’s plan to hold a protest in Islamabad on November 2. “India attacks LOC & working boundary. Quetta &Peshawar attacked frm Afghanistan. IK preparing to attack Islamabad ..Accidental coordination?,” he tweeted, ...

Quetta again: The rhetoric of security lapse

1395/8/5 | 04:43
60 young men destined to protect the city and province in the future, died unceremoniously in the night as heavily armed suicide bombers stormed Quetta Police Academy, and our thoughts and prayers are with their families. Such a state of affairs should put the government and military establishment on high alert, and looking at the flurry of activity that has followed the attack it seems that it has. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Raheel Sharif on Tuesday attended a high-level meeting on security at the governor ...

Shafaqna Special: A country vulnerable to terrorism

1395/8/5 | 04:43
  At least four terrorists targeted the Police Training Centre on Saraib Road on Mondaynight, killing at least 60 young cadets and injuring over 117 others. All three assailants, including two who had detonated their suicide vests after entering the premises, causing the majority of casualties, were killed in the prolonged action that followed this latest attack. It is quite obvious then that we have won no war. The terrorists continue to score the kind of victories only they can rejoice in. The war against terrorism is far from over no matter ...

Shafaqna Exclusive: Quetta carnage, The war is not over

1395/8/4 | 04:43
Today terrorists wreaked another havoc when they stormed a police academy in Quetta, killing at least 61 people and wounding at least 117. It is one f the  deadliest attack on a security installation in the country's history. Three gunmen burst into the sprawling academy, targeting sleeping quarters home to some 700 recruits, and sent terrified young men aged between 15 and 25 fleeing. Talking to journalists, Balochistan Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti said that three militants had targeted the guard of the hostel before entering the premises."The ...

Stranded at border: Did Govt deliberately abandon Shiite pilgrims?

1395/8/2 | 04:43
  Up to 700 Pakistani pilgrims, including a large number of women and children, are currently stranded in Iran after a travel agent failed to procure visas for the onward leg of their journey which would have taken them to Iraq. Pilgrims, intending to travel to Karbala in Iraq to observe Ashura, had booked with the Karachi-based travel company Karavan of Pride. The travel agency, located in Gulistan-e-Jauhar area of Karachi, had offered pilgrims a budget package to visit the holy sites in Iran and Iraq that would enable them to undertake ...

Rise in terror attacks: Is Pakistan failing against terrorists?

1395/7/16 | 04:43
 Terrorist attacks have been increased in Pakistan during the past one month. Seven major incidents of terrorism took place in which 30 people were killed and 37 injured. Last month in Quetta a suicide bomber targeted the emergency services ward at Quetta’s Civil Hospital Monday, killing at least 70 people and leaving scores injured. Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) splinter group, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA), has claimed responsibility for the bombing which occurred at the gates of the building housing the emergency ward. Following the successful ...