|Taliban: Claims about death of Al Qaeda leader in Helmand are false|
Truth of the matter remains that the said operation in Musa Kala district only caused heavy civilian losses and tens of ordinary civilian Afghans including those participating in a wedding ceremony were martyred and .
The enemy is trying to use such claims to conceal the crime it perpetrated in Musa Kala.
Spokesman of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
Qari Muhammad Yousuf Ahmadi
|4 policemen gunned down in Karachi's SITE area during iftar|
|[DAWN] Four were in 's SITE area on Friday in what appeared to be an incident of , officials told Dawn.|
SITE Station House Officer (SHO) Rana Maqsood said the were having iftar at a hotel located between Siemens Chowk and Habib Bank Chowrangi when three unidentified persons on two s opened fire on them.
The ─ Assitant Sub-Inspector Muhammad Yousuf, and police constables Shabir, Khalid and Israr ─ while the suspects managed to escape.
Maqsood initially claimed that the assailants belonged to a "defunct terrorist organization".
Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) official Raja Umer Khattab told Dawn that a new organization called the Jamaat-ul- Pakistain had for the attack on the in pamphlets dropped at the site of the shooting.
Members of the outfit had doubled back to the after the attack and dropped pamphlets claiming responsibility for the attack, Khattab said.
Khattab said that the organization was "newly established" and had previously for the murder of a retired army officer in Karachi.
|Campaign against 'radical' seminaries going nowhere|
|[DAWN] Three months after the unveiling of the National Action Plan (NAP) and more than two months after Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan's disclosure that perhaps 10 per cent of all madressahs were involved in terrorism, it appears that no government agency is ready to own the drive to identify these seminaries.|
While the relevant officials in National Counter Terrorism Authority (Nacta) and the interior ministry declined to comment on the issue officially, a senior Nacta official told Dawn off the record that the Ministry of Religious Affairs was the lead coordination agency for this effort.
Similarly, an official from the interior ministry, who too was only willing to comment on condition of anonymity, said that the interior secretary had asked the religious affairs secretary to coordinate with seminaries over three matters.
"These three matters are source of financing and especially foreign funding, madressah registration and monitoring," he added.
Whether or not the government is willing to acknowledge this officially, it cannot be denied that on the face of it, the only government department which has been involved in negotiating with the seminaries publicly is the religious affairs department.
Just a religious matter?
Religious Affairs Minister Sardar Muhammad Yousuf said that his ministry was focused on reforming the religious sector, streamlining madressah registration and facilitating the seminaries.
Officially, there is no news of the interior ministry or any of its departments having met representatives from the madressahs.
This means that government efforts vis-à-vis the seminaries are no different from past measures.
"We have held the meeting of the Madressah Education Board after 11 years and there is a proposal to establish an Islamic Education Commission on the lines of the HEC," the minister said, adding, "These steps will correct the flaws in madressahs."
Though the minister refused to explain what exactly he meant by "flaws", he was adamant that the Ministry of Religious Affairs had nothing to do with terrorism or checking foreign funding to seminaries.
In his media statement on December 21, 2014 the interior minister had said, "Some 90 per cent of madressahs have no connection to terrorism -- based on intelligence reports."
By saying so, he implied that at least 10 per cent did have such links, which is the reason madressah reform was a major objective in the 20-point NAP.
A month later, on January 18, 2015, he reiterated, "The religious institutions are requested to cooperate with the government to identify potential terrorists."
|World urged to declare rape, molestation in Held Kashmir a war crime|
"Expeditious justice should be delivered to the women who were subjected to rape and molestation by the armed forces operating in Jammu since 1990 and guilty forces should be awarded exemplary punishment," the amalgam leaders including Mustaq-ul-Islam, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Shabir Ahmad Dar and Muhammad Iqbal Mir, in a joint statement on the International Women's Day Sunday, adding that all the pending cases of rape and molestation should be adjudicated at the earliest and guilty awarded punishment.
|Christian Couple Burned Alive For Blasphemy In Pakistan|
|[BREITBART] A Christian couple, 35-year-old Shahzad Masih and his 31-year-old wife Shama Bibi, were burned to death Tuesday morning by a mob in the south of Lahore (Punjab province), accused of committing blasphemy for allegedly burning pages of the Qur'an.|
The two, who worked in a clay-baking factory, were kidnapped on November 2 and held hostage for two days inside the factory. On Tuesday morning at 7:00 a.m. the two were beaten and then pushed into the brick kiln. Shama was pregnant.
According to Sardar Mushtaq Gill, a lawyer and defender who visited the scene of the event, the supposed blasphemy occurred upon the recent death of the Shahzad's father. Two days ago, Shama was cleaning her father-in-law's house, and in the process burned some personal items and papers that seemed useless. A man saw what she was doing and spread the word in the surrounding villages that the papers she burned included pages of the Koran. A mob of over 100 people formed, and took the couple hostage, finally executing them Tuesday.
Emaneul Sarfraz, a relative of couple, offered a slightly different version of the events. According to Sarfraz, his cousin Shahzad and his wife Shama had been working in the kiln of Muhammad Yousuf Gujjar.
"The couple along with their four children wanted to leave the kiln as Yousuf was not paying their remuneration. He demanded Rs 5,00,000 from them, if they wanted to quit."
"Two days ago, after an exchange of words Yousuf locked the couple along with their children in a room," Sarfraz said. After two local mosques announced the alleged blasphemy, "a large number of s led by area s reached the kiln and dragged the couple out of the room after breaking into it. They first tortured them and then threw them in the kiln," he said.
According to another report, as the Christian couple was burning and protesting their innocence, the mob was shouting "Allah hu Akbar," "death to blasphemers," and "kill the infidel Christians," at which Christian residents nearby fled from their homes to safety.
The same report claims that it was the owner of the brick Kiln factory, Yousaf Gujjar, and his manager who instigated s of nearby villages to punish Shahzad and Shama after a employee complained of them burning of pages of the Qur'an.
The police, alerted by other Christians, came to the scene, substantiated the death and brought in 35 people for questioning.
A local official Bin-Yameen confirmed that "a mob attacked a Christian couple after accusing them of desecration of the holy Koran and later burnt their bodies at a brick kiln where they worked."
Dr. Nazir Bhatti, president of the Pakistain Christian Congress, said in a statement that Pak blasphemy laws are a license for s to kill Christians. "Blasphemy laws are only legislated to target religious minorities in Pakistain," Bhatti said.
Gill called the act "barbaric and inhumane," calling for the whole world to "strongly condemn this incident, which shows the increased danger for Christians in Pakistain." A simple accusation "is sufficient to be victims of lynching. We'll see if anyone is punished for this murder," he said.
According to AFP, Punjab Chief Minister has established a three-member committee to investigate the killings and has ordered the police to reinforce security in Christian neighborhoods in the province.
|Imambargah attacks leave three dead, spark outrage|
|[Pak Daily Times] At least three people were killed early on Saturday when opened fire on two in Gujranwala, sparking protests from mourners and enraged members of the Shia community.|
According to police reports, the first incident took place close to dawn when unidentified opened fire as Muhammad Yousuf, the prayer leader of the Qasr-e-Abu Talib Imambargah in Mominpura area, had just finished leading Fajr prayers. Yousuf and another person present at the mosque .
A short while later, entered the Qasr-e-Zainabiya Imambargah in Shahrukh Colony located a short distance from the first mosque and opened indiscriminate firing, killing worshiper Syed Javed on the spot.
According to initial investigation reports by police, the attackers had come on s and managed to escape. A witness told a local TV channel that the used a silencer-fitted pistol.
A police officer said the attacks appeared to be sectarian in nature.
Gujranwala RPO Syed Akhtar Bharwana said police could not rule out involvement of the same group in both incidents. Police and other law enforcement agencies reached the spots, cordoned off the entire area and started a search operation.
Soon after the incidents, mourners and relatives carried the bodies of to the main Alam Chowk bypass on GT Road and blocked the road in protest. The enraged protesters also burnt tyres and against the government. Shops, markets and other business activities were closed after the protests.
President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister have condemned the firing incidents.
Sympathising with the bereaved families, the prime minister in a statement prayed to God to grant the departed souls eternal peace and give courage to their families to bear the irreparable loss with fortitude.
The prime minister also assured the victim families that the culprits would be and brought to justice.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has ordered an inquiry into the incidents of firing, said Punjab Environment Minister Col (r) Shuja Khanzada. He said that those involved in the incidents would be punished.
The minister added that that the chief minister, Punjab cabinet and all parliamentarians strongly condemned this incident and equally share the grief of Shias. Addressing a meeting at Commissioner's Office in Gujranwala, Shuja Khanzada said that police and law enforcement agencies have been further activated and on the orders of chief minister, security of mosques, Imambargahs and worship places of non- s has been intensified throughout the province.
He said that after the tragic incidents of Gujranwala, reservations have increased and a comprehensive strategy has been evolved to overcome it.
"Enemy wants to create anarchy and chaos in our country," he said and stressed the need for unity at every level for foiling nefarious designs of outlaws.
The minister also appealed to people to remain peaceful and promote unity in their ranks.
"We are all Paks and we will have to sacrifice our personal interests over collective interests by promoting religious harmony for the solidarity of the country."
|Three guards killed in botched cash van raid|
|[Dawn] Three private security guards were during an armed attack by on their cash van in an Orangi Town area on Monday, police said.|
They said that the security guards resisted the robbery attempt to an extent that they laid down their lives and forced nearly one dozen to run away only with Rs400,000 out of around Rs8 million in the cash van.
They said that the cash van of the Phoenix Securities was returning from the Aligarh Market branch of the MCB when around a dozen armed riders intercepted it.
DSP Zahid Hussain Siddiqi said that the van was carrying some Rs8 million. Initially four youngsters on two s intercepted the van, but when the firing began, their aides on two or three bikes emerged there, he added.
He said that an exchange of gunfire took place between the security guards and the . The intense firing sowed fear and panic in the densely populated neighbourhood.
Witnesses said that they saw people running for cover and traders pulling down shutters.
By the time the guns fell silent, a heavy contingent of police backed by the Rangers reached the scene and found all three guards -- Amanullah, Ghulam Muhammad and Irfan Khan -- badly .
"The guards were shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where they died," said the area DSP. "The van was later examined and it was found that over Rs400,000 are missing from the total cash that suggested that the managed to take away some cash."
The were also armed with explosives and while fleeing they threw 'explosive-packed tennis balls' to harass people who gathered there.
"The caused injuries to three people, including two children. They were identified as 50-year-old Muhammad Yousuf, 10-year-old Shumail and eight-year-old Rehan," added DSP Siddiqi.
No case was registered at the Orangi Town till late in the night and the officials said that they were gathering facts and collecting evidence before lodging an FIR.
|ASWJ cleric among seven shot dead in city|
|[Dawn] Seven men, including a prayer leader associated with the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ),|
The false nose and mustache name of Sipah-e-Sahaba...
were in different parts of the city since Friday, police and hospital sources said on Saturday.
They said that Noorul Bashar, 28, was the prayer leader of the Muhammedia Islamia Masjid in Orangi Town and a resident of nearby Bengali Para.
The police said that the victim along with two others was sitting near a cigarette cabin when two motorcyclists opened fire on them.
They said that the prayer leader died instantly and two others, Maulana Saleem Ullah and Shoaib, sustained bullet wounds.
The body was shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where medico-legal sources said that the victim was shot in the head from a very close range as the bullet went through his skull.
The were later shifted to the Liaquat National Hospital where they were stated to be in a stable condition.
A for the ASWJ stated that the victim was also a local leader of the party, while Maulana Saleem Ullah was a member of mosque committee.
He said that the ASWJ would observe a protest day on Sunday.
MQM man killed
A young man was killed and his brother in an attack on them on Jahangir Road within the remit of the Jamshed Quarters .
The police said Sharafat Ali and Mubarak Ali, sons of Shabaan Ali, were at an air-conditioner and refrigerator repair shop where two motorcyclists came and sprayed them with bullets.
They said that Sharafat died instantly and his younger brother sustained critical bullet wounds.
The body and the were shifted to the Civil Hospital where sources said that deceased sustained four bullets and his brother sustained three bullet wounds.
The police said that they had collected 18 spent bullet casings from the spot.
They said that the two brothers, residents of PIB Colony, were employed in the Metropolitan Corporation and they worked part time at the repair shop.
The two brothers were stated to be affiliated with the
Killings in Orangi
A 23-year-old man was in Orangi Town within the remit of the Iqbal Market .
The police said that the victim, Waqar Ahmed aka Vicky,
Vicky? I used to date a girl named Vicky in high school. Ahhh, Vicky! How sweet she was! Nobody filled a sweater quite like Vicky. I don't think this is the same Vicky, though.
son of Syed Nisar Ahmed, was affiliated with a banned religious outfit. He was a tailor by profession.
They said that the victim was targeted by two motorcyclists who rode away after their swift operation.
A 28-year-old man was within the remit of the same . The victim was identified as Shabbir Ahmed, who was targeted near his house at Islam Nagar.
The police said that two motorcyclists killed the young man who dealt in shopping bags.
Man in F. B. Area
Motorcyclists a 30-year-old man, Waseem Zafar, in Block 11 of Federal B. Area within the remit of the Gulberg .
Witnesses said that the victim was sitting with his friends near his house when attackers opened fire on him. They said that one of the attackers also stabbed the victim when he fell down after being shot.
The police said that he was a former worker of a political party.
'Gangster' killed in attack
A 32-year-old man, who had recently come out of jail after serving over a two-and-half-year term, was near Al-Makka hotel at Secor 5-B in Surjani Town.
The police said that Mirza Sabir Baig, son of Mirza Saleem Baig, was talking to someone on his cellular phone when two s targeted him.
They said that the attackers rode away after their swift operation and the victim died before he could be shifted to hospital.
The police said that the man was involved in several criminal cases including murder.
They said that the victim was apparently killed by his gangland opponents.
Youth by fleeing
A 25-year-old man was killed when one of the fleeing robbers opened fire in Federal B. Area.
The police said that two robbers were decamping with the booty after looting a fresh milk shop at Samanabad when people caught hold of one of them.
They said that the one of them opened fire and a bullet hit Muhammad Yousuf son of Illahi, who died instantly.
Onlookers and passers-by became enraged and brutally tortured the captured suspect who was later taken into custody by the police.
The police said that the victim ran a tyre mending shop in front of the robbed milk shop and he was shot when he attempted to grab one of the fleeing dacoits.
The suspect was identified as Amir, hailing from Punjab.
In Surjani Town, the body of a 30-year-old man was found in the bushes at a desolate place near Northern Bypass within the remit of the Surjani Town .
The police shifted the body to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where he was identified as Adnan, son of Haji Akram, hailing from
Medico-legal sources said that the young man was strangled.
The police suspected personal enmity as a likely motive for the murder.
A 25-year-old woman was found strangled in her house in Sector 11-B of North .
The victim was identified as Sonia, wife of Muhammed Nawaz.
Her body was shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where medico-legal sources said that the woman was strangulated and her body also bore marks of torture.They said that the post-mortem report was reserved.
The police said that the body was later handed over to the victim's family, who would contact them after burial for lodging an FIR.
The body of a young man was found in the underground water tank of an under-construction building near Makki Masjid.
The Nabi Bux police shifted the body to the Civil Hospital and later moved to the Edhi's morgue at Sohrab Goth as the victim remained unidentified.
Medico-legal sources said that the victim was clad in shalwar-qameez and he appeared to be in his mid-20s.
|Tribunal set for under custody killings of Christian brothers|
|[Dawn] The Government of Punjab has set a tribunal to investigate the killings of two Christian brothers.|
Muhammad Yousuf, a judge of Labour Court 4 has been appointed to probe the killings.
One member tribunal will start to investigate the matter on 2nd August and will submit final report to the provincial government in 15 days.
Both brothers were arrested in a blasphemy case and killed in police custody when unknown gunmen opened fire on them.
|[Bangla Daily Star] Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed was re-elected the secretary general of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami yesterday while the party's six assistant secretary generals and three nayeb-e-ameers were also re-elected. |
Two nayeb-e-ameers and one assistant secretary general were however elected for the first time.
Majlish-e-Sura, the highest policymaking body of the party, elected the top officials in a daylong meeting held in its central office in Moghbazar of the capital.
Last month, 25,000 members of the party had re-elected Motiur Rahman Nizami their ameer or the chief through a direct election, who yesterday took the oath of office in front of the Majlish-e-Sura.
Jamaat Publicity Secretary Tasnim Alam told The Daily Star that the meetings of Majlish-e-Sura are equivalent to the national councils of other political parties.
Addressing 232 Sura members, re-elected Jamaat chief Nizami yesterday alleged that the Awami League government's initiative to try war criminals is a part of its design to rout out Islam from the country.
The chief of the Islamist party, that had opposed the country's birth and its liberation war, however said his party is 'determined to safeguard the country's independence and sovereignty', which according to him are endangered now.
Nizami, who was a minister during the last BNP-Jamaat-led four-party alliance regime, said the incumbent government's initiative to wipeout Islam from the country's education policy, scrapping of the fifth amendment to the constitution, and its efforts to reinstate the 1972 constitution are parts of its conspiracy against Islam.
About the proposed trials of war criminals, Nizami said, "The government is engaged in a conspiracy to destroy Islamist forces through its fresh initiative to try war criminals, which is an already settled issue."
"The present government also wants to rout out religion from the country through reinstating the 1972 constitution," he alleged.
The day long meeting of Majlish-e-Sura presided by Nizami also discussed the party's strategy for the coming days.
The three re-elected nayeb-e-ameers are Abul Kalam Muhammad Yousuf, Maqbul Ahmad, and AKM Nazir Ahmad while Muhammad Abdus Subhan, and Delwar Hossain Saydee were elected to the post for the first time, according to a media release.
The re-elected assistant secretaries general are Muhammad Kamaruzzaman, Abdul Quader Molla, ATM Azharul Islam, Mohammad Abu Taher, Mujibur Rahman, and Barrister Abdur Razzaq, while Shafiqur Rahman was elected to the post for the first time.
The Majlish-e-Sura also elected 52 members of the central working committee and 15 members of the executive committee.
|3 dozen killed in Afghanistan|
|New attacks linked to a spreading Taliban-led insurgency killed around three dozen people including seven civilians and seven policemen over the weekend, authorities said on Sunday.|
Taliban also ambushed a convoy of police, the Afghan army and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) personnel in the same province on Saturday, an army spokesman said. "Two policemen and six Taliban were killed in the firefight after the attack and nine Taliban were wounded," said the spokesman, Abdul Basir Ghori. In southeastern Ghazni province, a vehicle carrying shopkeepers returning to their district on Saturday after purchasing goods hit a roadside bomb, a local official said.
Five people, including the driver, were killed, said Muhammad Yousuf Siraji, adding security forces had been the intended target. In Andar on Sunday, Taliban attacked a logistics convoy and killed an Afghan guard, provincial spokesman Ismail Jehangir said.
He also reported that a teacher had been murdered in the province on Saturday but it was not clear by whom. The Education Ministry said the attack was by the "enemies of education", a reference to insurgents. Also Sunday, a suicide attack on police near the eastern town of Jalalabad killed an eight-year-old child, provincial government spokesman Ahmad Zia Abdulzai said. Five more civilians and four police were wounded, he said. In Helmand province in the south, police late Saturday swooped on a group believed to be behind the killing of eight policemen two nights ago and killed five of them, provincial police said.
ISAF announced that it had called in airstrikes on the mountain hideout of a insurgent commander in the eastern province of Khost on Saturday. "Coalition forces observed and identified suspected militants gathering at this location and called for precision air strikes to eliminate the target," it said in a statement that did not say how many insurgents were killed. Deputy Interior Minister Munir Mohammad Mangal told reporters in Kabul on Sunday that 49 civilians were killed and 122 wounded in insurgent violence across the country in the past week.
Eighteen policemen and 84 Taliban were also killed, he said. Another 63 suspected insurgents were arrested, the minister said. The rebels had also planted at least 88 roadside bombs in the past week of which 42 have exploded, he said.
|Why does Zainuddin want to kill Baitullah?|
|[The News (Pak) Top Stories] The sudden projection and tall claims of an anti-Baitullah Mehsud militant leader from South Waziristan, Qari Zainuddin Mehsud, have created many questions in the diplomatic circles of Islamabad. |
In interviews to various media organisations on Thursday, Qari Zainuddin and his deputy Haji Turkistan had alleged that Baitullah was an American and Indian agent, he had killed Benazir Bhutto and that the real Jihad was going on in Afghanistan, not in Pakistan. Many diplomats contacted Foreign Office and Interior Ministry officials as well as media persons, seeking answers to their questions. Some Western diplomats were particularly confused over the claim that Baitullah was an American agent and that he had killed Benazir Bhutto. These diplomats were asking a question that if Baitullah was involved in the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, does that mean that the American authorities were also involved in the conspiracy.
An East European diplomat also asked that on one side President Asif Zardari visited the Nato headquarter in Brussels while on the same day the Pakistani establishment allowed Qari Zainuddin to speak to the media, defending Jihad against Nato troops in Afghanistan.
Qari Zainuddin had claimed in an interview that he had developed differences with Baitullah after the death of Abdullah Mahsud. However, the story of the real differences between the two is full of allegations and revelations. According to some sources very close to Qari Zainuddin, the Pakistani establishment wanted to kill Abdullah Mehsud because he was involved in the kidnapping of two Chinese engineers. The establishment hired the services of Baitullah in 2005 against Abdullah, who had spent 23 months in Guantanamo. Abdullah was finally killed on July 24, 2007 in Zhob. Close aides of Abdullah alleged that Baitullah had helped security forces in tracing him. One Masoodur Rehman Mehsud had once alleged that Baitullah had killed Abdullah. In the meantime, Baitullah killed Masoodur Rehman through a remote control bomb in South Waziristan.
He is heading the Abdullah Mahsud Group. He is a former Khasadar (member of the tribal police) and active in Shakai area of South Waziristan. He killed Yahya, the younger brother of Baitullah Mehsud, on October 27, 2008 in Bannu. In retaliation, Baitullah killed a close aide of Qari Zainuddin, Muhammad Yousuf, on October 29, 2008 in Tank area.
Zainuddin recently contacted some Mehsud tribal elders but most of them are reluctant to cooperate with him. They question that if Abdullah was killed by Pakistani security forces then why the leader of his group was cooperating with the establishment? These tribal elders see no difference between Baitullah and Zainuddin. They fear that the establishment had first used Baitullah against Abdullah, and now they were using Zainuddin against Baitullah and ultimately both of them would be killed. They also fear that Qari Hussain will replace Baitullah as the new Taliban commander.
Many Mehsud tribal elders were contacted by the political administration of South Waziristan, seeking help for Qari Zainuddin. One tribal elder had reportedly told an official of the administration: "Don't fool us. President Zardari is assuring cooperation to Nato and you are asking us to cooperate with a person who is asking us to go and fight Nato in Afghanistan".