(PARIS, France.) JUST IN: An 11th century chapel was tagged in Fabrègues (Hérault) on Monday April 26, Le Figaro learned on Thursday April 29. The graffiti appears to represent the flag of Pakistan #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.03: “It was tagged Monday evening and I was informed on Tuesday afternoon. I immediately alerted the gendarmerie and the prefect. I filed a complaint,” the mayor (without title) of the town, Jacques Martinier, stated to Le Figaro.

France: Pakistani flag painted on wall of 11th-century chapel: Hérault: an 11th century chapel tagged in Fabrègues,” translated from “Hérault : une chapelle du XIe siècle taguée à Fabrègues,” by Guillaume Poingt, Le Figaro, April 29, 2021:

“I think it is linked to Macron’s speech on Samuel Paty and the cartoons, there had been demonstrations in Pakistan,” recalls the mayor. “It is a building located on a high point, far from the city center. Those who did this could have come from anywhere,” continues the elected official, who sees it as “a symbolic act.”

The damage was initially revealed on Facebook by Fabrice Thiry, representative of East Hérault for the National Gathering, before being relayed by MEP Gilbert Collard on Twitter.

After the intervention of the municipal services of Fabrègues, the tag on the religious building was partially erased this Friday. An investigation by the Saint-Jean-de-Védas gendarmerie is underway to try to identify the perpetrators.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: May.03: 2021:

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(BERLIN, Germany.) JUST IN: An intellegence report says Iran, Syria & Pakistan are producing weapons of mass destruction according to the Jerusalem Post #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.02: A German intelligence agency for the state of Bavaria said last week in its new report that the Islamic Republic of Iran has not ceased its drive to obtain weapons of mass destruction during 2020.” Iran has never slowed down, and no deal will stop it:

German intelligence: Iran, Syria, and Pakistan are producing weapons of mass destruction: The Jerusalem Post reviewed the 380-page intelligence document which contains 28 references to the Islamic Republic. The report lists additional threats to Bavaria’s democracy.

“Iran still seeks mass destruction weapons – German intelligence report,” by Benjamin Weinthal, Jerusalem Post, April 28, 2021:

The German intelligence agency for the state of Bavaria said last week in its new report that the Islamic Republic of Iran has not ceased its drive to obtain weapons of mass destruction during 2020.

“Proliferation-relevant states like Iran, North Korea, Syria and Pakistan are making efforts to expand their conventional arsenal of weapons through the production or constant modernization of weapons of mass destruction,” wrote the Bavarian Office for the Protection of the Constitution, the formal name for the domestic intelligence agency.

“In order to obtain the necessary know-how and corresponding components, these states are trying to establish business contacts to companies in high-technology countries like Germany,” said the Bavarian intelligence report in its section on weapons of mass destruction.

The German agency is the rough equivalent of the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency).

The intelligence report defines proliferation as “the unauthorized spread of atomic, biological, chemical weapons of mass destruction or the products used for their manufacture as well as the corresponding weapon carrier systems, including the necessary know-how.”

With respect to the section of the report on the Islamic Republic’s espionage activities, the intelligence document stated that “Germany remains in the focus of intelligence activities. This includes information from foreign and security policy as well as business and science. An additional focus [of Iran’s intelligence services] is the observation of, and fight against, opposition groups domestically and abroad.”

Hezbollah, the Iranian regime’s chief strategic ally in the Middle East, has 30 members in Bavaria….

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: May.02: 2021:

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(IRAQ) #Yazidi Auctions Report: #IslamicState in Iraq and the Levant) is still holding and selling captive women as slaves, and now some of these slave sales are being carried out on the dark web.” #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.25: Pakistani rape gangs in Britain are an extension of such practice:

Iraq: ‘#AceNewsServices posted about these acts and sex slaves of the Islamic State were being auctioned off in Saudi Arabia, and the practice goes far beyond Saudi Arabia’

Slave auctions have been going on in the Middle East and Africa for thousands of years. Despite energetic anti-slavery campaigns by European nations in the 19th and 20th centuries, slavery persists in parts of the Middle East and Africa:

“Murphy’s Law: ISIL Slaving Survives”, Strategy Page, April 17, 2021:

ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) is still holding and selling captive Iraqi Yazidi women as slaves, and now some of these slave sales are being carried out on the dark web. These are internet sites that are deliberately kept from being found and listed by Internet search engines, like Google. All manner of secretive business takes place on the dark web, much of it of a criminal nature. Access to dark web sites is difficult to obtain, but once the web ID is known the owners and users can sometimes be tracked down. At the very least the server (hard drive holding the web site data and connected to the web) can be seized or forced to disconnect because it is now known. Dark web sites are used by smugglers, especially people smugglers who are moving or literally selling captive women. In one early 2021 incident Turkish police were notified that a seven-year-old Yazidi girl was being offered for sale. Families often continue searching for enslaved children and have found that dark web auction sites will often offer women or girls. The slavers don’t care if kin of their captive made the highest bid just to get a child or young girl back. In this case the relatives contacted Turkish police to assist, fearing that they might robbed by the kidnappers when they went to deliver the money and get the girl. Police staked out the pickup location and arrested the Iraqi men who had captured the girl and brought her to Turkey to sell her for a higher price via a dark web auction.

Slave auctions have been going on in the Middle East and Africa for thousands of years. Despite energetic anti-slavery campaigns by European nations in the 19th and 20th centuries, slavery persists in parts of the Middle East and Africa.

Islamic conservatives are responsible for most of the surviving slavery and they are now assisted by criminal gangs that specialize in moving illegal migrants to Western countries. Some of these migrants are enslaved women being sold into prostitution….

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Apr.25: 2021;

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(QUETTA) JUST IN: A powerful bomb exploded in the parking area of a luxury hotel in the south-western Pakistani city capital of the province of Balochistan, late on Wednesday night (local time), killing at least four people and wounding at least 11 others, police said #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.22: The Chinese ambassador Nong Rong was staying at the hotel but wasn’t there when the bomb went off:

‘Pakistan bombing narrowly misses Chinese ambassador: Pakistan’s Interior Minister told local TV channel ARY News this was a big blast and the Chinese ambassador was also staying at this hotel, but he wasn’t there at the time; he was out at a function’

Posted 10h ago

Key points:

  • China’s ambassador to Pakistan had been staying at the hotel, but it’s not clear if he was the target
  • The Pakistan Taliban claimed responsibility hours afterward, but authorities are still investigating who is behind it
  • Balochistan is home to Gwadar Port, considered the flagship project of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor under the Belt and Road Initiative
A car park is shown aflame, and police and a soldier are seen at the blast site.
Police and a paramilitary soldier are seen after an explosion at a luxury hotel in Quetta.(Reuters: Stringer)

Mr Rong had earlier in the day met provincial Chief Minister Jam Kamal in the city, according to a tweet from the provincial government spokesman.

Provincial Home Minister Ziaullah Lango told reporters he’d spoken with Mr Rong since the explosion.

“I just met him. He is in high spirits,” adding the envoy would complete his visit to Quetta on Thursday.

The province of Balochistan, of which Quetta is the capital, hosts the newly expanded Gwadar deepwater port that is key to a planned $65 billion investment in China’s Belt and Road Initiative economic corridor.

It was not clear whether the envoy or members of his delegation were a target of the attack, but Chinese nationals and their interests in the region have been attacked before by Taliban militants and nationalist insurgents.

Hours after the attack, the Pakistani Taliban in a statement claimed responsibility, saying it was a suicide attack.

The Pakistani Taliban is a separate insurgent group from the Afghan Taliban.

A man comforts another mourning the death of a relative at a hospital in Quetta after the explosion.
A man comforts another mourning the death of a relative at a hospital in Quetta after the explosion.(Reuters: Stringer)

Authorities are investigating to determine whether it was a suicide attack.

It was unclear who was behind the attack since no-one immediately claimed responsibility.

South-western Balochistan province is the scene of a long-running insurgency by secessionist groups like the Balochistan Liberation Front and the Balochistan Liberation Army.

They have for decades staged attacks to press their demands for independence. The Pakistani Taliban and Islamic State group also have a presence there. 

Pakistan’s Interior Minister Mr Ahmed quickly blamed neighbouring India for the hotel bombing, although he provided no evidence to back up the allegation.

He told a Pakistani Geo news channel that Pakistan had only one enemy and it was neighbouring India, which he alleged was behind the bombing.

The hotel is frequented by foreigners as it is the city’s only luxury hotel and is considered safe.

Reuters/AP/AFP

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Apr.22: 2021:

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(PAKISTAN) JUST IN: Women’s March Report: Politicians and rights activists say organisers are being threatened with dangerous blasphemy accusations by religious conservatives #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.11: Blasphemy accusations have resulted in killings in the past, and human rights activists believe that these allegations have created a widespread climate of fear, especially for women’s rights advocates:

Pakistan: Women’s rights activists face new allegations of blasphemy: While organizers of Pakistan’s Women’s Marchhave long been the subject of threats and criticism, allegations of blasphemy could put women’s rights activists in a new kind of danger.

Activists dance at a Women's Day rally in Islamabad

“Pakistan is not a democratic state but a religious state where clerics wield a lot of influence,” Mehdi Hassan, a former chairperson of Pakistan’s Human Rights Commission, told DW.

“Hurling allegations of blasphemy amounts to jeopardizing the lives of people here. We fear that the lives of women activists are in danger because there are so many extremists out there in the streets who could target them at any time.”

“At least seven people have been killed just because of blasphemy allegations. Therefore, it is important that the government provides them [the activists] with protection.”

Feminist Pakistani filmmaker rebels against tradition

Who is threatening activists in Pakistan?

At least two local courts — one in the northwestern city of Peshawar and another in the southern port city of Karachi — have asked police to register cases against organizers of the march, alleging violations of blasphemy and other laws. A petition seeking to ban the annual gathering has also been lodged with the Islamabad High Court.

Lahore-based activist Shazia Khan said friends and relatives have pressured them to maintain a low profile following the accusations and legal cases.

“Hatemongers and misogynistic media personalities have been spewing venom against us, jeopardizing the lives of women in a country where people are killed merely due to false accusations of blasphemy,” said Khan.

Khan believes it is difficult to say who is behind these threats and litigation.

“However, the individuals and organizations that are issuing threats or registering cases are believed to have worked for the intelligence agencies in the past, or to have their support.”

“All the videos and posters have been fabricated or doctored. There is no truth to these accusations,” prominent activist Farzana Bari told DW.

Organizers of the march have also written an open letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan in order to draw his attention to the threats.

Pakistan’s first transgender madrasa

Why is Women’s March targeted?

Some prominent right-wing TV anchors and media personalities have also spoken out against the leaders of the march, accusing them of spreading Western culture.

“Blasphemous slogans were used during the Women’s March,” Ibrar Hussain, who filed a case against the activists, with a local court in Peshawar, told DW.

“I went to a police station to register a case, but my application was rejected, so I approached the court and now the court has ordered the police to register a blasphemy case,” said Hussain.

Meanwhile, Hafiz Ihtisham, who is associated with Islamabad’s “Red Mosque,” told DW that “blasphemy” was committed against “holy personalities.”

“Religious personalities were also insulted,” he said. “I approached the court, seeking an action against the organizers of the march, and a permanent ban on the event. I have also requested that the court probe the funding sources of the NGOs that hold the event,” he added.

Although Women’s Day is celebrated in Pakistan on March 8 every year, it has assumed a greater significance since the Women’s March was launched in 2018 by the Women Democratic Front and the left-wing Awami Workers Party.

Sexual harassment forces Pakistani entertainers to create own #MeToo movement

The event has triggered a debate over women’s rights in Pakistan, where thousands of cases of honor killings, domestic violence, sexual assaults and harassment against women are reported each year.

Women are also widely discriminated against in workplaces, political institutions and social gatherings. In particular, the march’s slogan, “my body, my control”  earned the ire of conservative elements of society.

Taliban issues threats

This year, even the terrorist outfit Tehreek Taliban Pakistan publicly threatened the organizers on Twitter, much to the alarm of women’s rights activists.

The tweet said, “Fix your ways. There are still many young Muslims here who know how to protect Islam and the boundaries set by Allah.”

Yasmin Lehri, a female politician and leader of the National Party, believes that women could also be harmed while attending court hearings. Lehri said that the government should provide full protection to women’s rights activists and look into the accusations before registering the cases, due to the dangers posed to those attending the hearings.

However, despite the dangers, government officials have said the march organizers should face the charges.

“This is really very disturbing … All possible methods should be employed to probe these accusations,” said Lehri. “And if the videos and posters turn out to be fake, then those who leveled the accusations must be brought to justice.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Apr.11: 2021:

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(VIRIGINIA) Justice Dept Report: Indictment returned today charging a citizen of Pakistan for allegedly leading a scheme to smuggle undocumented individuals into the United States from Pakistan and Afghanistan #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.08: Khan allegedly led a global human smuggling operation that used fraudulent documents and international travel routes to facilitate the entry of unauthorized individuals into the United States,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Raj Parekh for the Eastern District of Virginia. “We are committed to holding accountable those who seek personal monetary gain by compromising and undermining the integrity of the immigration process.”

Pakistani National Indicted & Sanctioned for Human Smuggling Conspiracy: ‘ According to court documents, between January 2015 and December 2020, Abid Ali Khan, 40, allegedly organized, led, and worked, with others in his Pakistan-based smuggling network to facilitate the travel of undocumented individuals to the United States.

Khan allegedly disregarded the fact that the individuals did not have prior authorization to enter the United States and that their entry into the United States would be illegal. Khan also allegedly encouraged, induced, and brought undocumented individuals to the United States for commercial advantage and financial gain’

“Abid Ali Khan is alleged to have organized and led an international organization that, in exchange for monetary payment, facilitated the illegal smuggling of individuals through various countries to the United States,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “As this case demonstrates, the department continues to identify and prosecute those who seek to profit from conduct that undermines our system of legal immigration and imperils the lives of those being smuggled, often under dangerous conditions.”

Treasury Building Engraving

U.S. Department of the Treasury 

Office of Public Affairs

Press Release:            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      April 7, 2021

Contact:                     Treasury Public Affairs, press@treasury.gov

Treasury Sanctions Pakistan-based Transnational Human Smuggling Organization Involved in Smuggling Migrants to the United States

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Pakistani national Abid Ali Khan and the Abid Ali Khan Transnational Criminal Organization (TCO) pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13581, “Blocking Property of Transnational Criminal Organizations,” as amended. The Abid Ali Khan TCO is a human smuggling organization based in Nowshera, Pakistan, that has facilitated the unlawful smuggling of foreign nationals, including foreign nationals who may pose a national security risk to the United States or its interests, into the United States using various travel routes through Latin America since at least 2015. Additionally, OFAC designated three individuals and one entity associated with the Abid Ali Khan TCO.

“Treasury’s designation of this human smuggling organization as a significant Transnational Criminal Organization is an important step, taken alongside our partners, towards disrupting Abid Ali Khan operations based in Pakistan and around the world,” said Andrea Gacki, Director of the Office of the Foreign Assets Control. “The Abid Ali Khan TCO should not be allowed to prey on the vulnerable and take advantage of the U.S. financial system.”

Today’s action was conducted in close coordination with Homeland Security Investigations’ (HSI) Miami Field Office, the Department of Justice Criminal Division’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, the HSI Human Smuggling Unit, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s National Targeting Center, under the Extraterritorial Criminal Travel Strike Force program, along with the U.S. Northern Command, U.S. Southern Command, and other U.S. government partners.

“Abid Ali Kahn allegedly organized and leads a widespread smuggling organization that facilitates the illegal smuggling of individuals through various countries and to the United States,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “This case is another example of the department’s continued work to prosecute those who seek to profit from thwarting our system of legal immigration, jeopardizing our national security, and imperiling the lives of the persons being smuggled under dangerous conditions.”

“Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Miami is committed to prosecuting individuals who pose a threat to national security and our critical infrastructure, including exploiting our global financial systems through their smuggling networks,” said HSI Miami Special Agent in Charge Anthony Salisbury. “A recent HSI-led investigation revealed the Pakistani-based Abid Khan human smuggling network, operating in the Middle East and South America, is exploiting systemic vulnerabilities in order to move people with nefarious motivations into the United States and elsewhere.”

Human smuggling is a profitable business. Based on migrants’ accounts of how much they paid smugglers, media reports have estimated Latin American smuggling networks generate at least $150 million and as much as $350 million a year — not counting payments to corrupt officials, local agents, or others on the U.S.–Mexico border who exploit the desperation of migrants. For the individuals who engage in this business, the safety and security of their clients matter far less than the profit they can make, and an untold number of migrants make the dangerous decision to embark on an irregular migration journey based on smugglers’ misrepresentations about U.S. border policy.

Pakistani national Abid Ali Khan (Khan) is the leader of the Abid Ali Khan TCO, a prolific human smuggling organization based in Nowshera, Pakistan. Khan and members of his TCO operate a global network of human smugglers that are responsible for the international smuggling of migrants into the United States. Khan and members of his TCO coordinate the smuggling of foreign nationals to the United States for an average cost of approximately the equivalent of $20,000 USD per individual; this sum includes, but is not limited to, fees to procure fraudulent or counterfeit documents, make payoffs to corrupt officials, secure lodging along smuggling route, and provide payments to facilitators in various countries. Abid Ali Khan TCO often provides travelers with fraudulently obtained passports from different countries to facilitate his clients’ global movement and smuggling to the United States. The Abid Ali Khan TCO frequently utilizes a common route of travel that begins in Pakistan or Afghanistan, transiting through certain South and Central American countries before arriving at the southern border of the United States.

OFAC is also designating three Khan associates for having materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, or for having acted or having purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, the Abid Ali Khan TCO. Afghan national Redi Hussein Khal Gul serves as Khan’s secretary, performing functions that include, but are not limited to, initial contact with clients, travel facilitation, and obtaining fraudulent documents for the migrants. Pakistani national Shakeel Karim is an employee of Khan and uses Friends Travel Inn PVT LTD to coordinate travel for migrants. Pakistani national Mohammed Choudry Ikram Waraich serves as Khan’s contact in the Middle East and facilitates travel into the United States. All three individuals are linked to the procurement or use of fraudulent documents for travel or asylum applications, which can significantly impair appropriate immigration vetting processes.

In addition to the national security concerns, the practice of smuggling-for-profit and the facilitation of fraudulent documentation undermines the credibility of the U.S. asylum system, damaging public confidence in the vetting process, and jeopardizing access to protection for vulnerable persons fleeing conflict, famine, and persecution.

As a result of today’s action, all assets of Abid Ali Khan the Abid Ali Khan TCO, and the three individuals named above, that are in the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons must be blocked and reported to OFAC. OFAC’s regulations generally prohibit all dealings by U.S. persons or within (or transiting) the United States that involve any property or interests in property of Abid Ali Khan, the Abid Ali Khan TCO, or any other blocked or designated persons.

Click here to view more information on the persons designated today.

Click here to view the human smuggling network chart on the individuals designated today.

“Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Miami is committed to prosecuting individuals who pose a threat to national security and our critical infrastructure, including exploiting our global financial systems through their smuggling networks,” said Special Agent in Charge Anthony Salisbury of HSI Miami. “A recent HSI-led investigation revealed the Pakistani-based Abid Khan human smuggling network, operating in the Middle East and southwest Asia, is allegedly exploiting systemic vulnerabilities in order to move people into the United States and elsewhere.”

“This outcome is a result of the outstanding dedication and commitment by case agents and the effective partnership between HSI and the Justice Department’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section, including significant contributions made by CBP’s Counter Networks Division, members of the HSI Human Smuggling Unit  and other partners,” said Chief Ramon Romo of the HSI Human Smuggling Unit. “Their collaborative efforts make our country a safer place.”

Khan allegedly accepted payment in exchange for planning and coordinating the international travel for foreign nationals to travel from Pakistan through multiple countries, to include Brazil and the United States, allegedly offered or provided false documents for foreign nationals to use for travel through multiple countries, and allegedly instructed foreign nationals that his co-conspirators would facilitate various parts of the travel between Pakistan and the United States.

In addition to the criminal charges filed against Khan, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced today that it has designated Khan, the Khan Transnational Criminal Organization (TCO), and several other members of his smuggling network in connection with their involvement in a global network of human smugglers and the smuggling of undocumented noncitizens to the United States. The Treasury Department’s sanctions require the blocking and reporting of all assets held by Khan, his associates, and the Khan TCO in the U.S., or in the possession and control of U.S. persons. The sanctions also prohibit all dealings by U.S. persons, or persons within (or transiting) the United States, that involve any property or interests of Khan, his associates or the Khan TCO.

The Department of Justice recognizes OFAC’s efforts to help stop Khan and his network from allegedly continuing to smuggle persons to the United States.

The case is being investigated by HSI Miami, with assistance from the HSI Human Smuggling Unit; U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Department of Homeland Security Homeland Identities, Targeting, and Exploitation Center (HITEC); HSI Biometric Identification Transnational Migration Alert Program; HSI Attaché Panama; and HSI Attaché Brasilia.

The investigation is being conducted under the Extraterritorial Criminal Travel Strike Force (ECT) program, a joint partnership between the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and HSI. The ECT program focuses on human smuggling networks that may present national security or public safety risks, or present grave humanitarian concerns. ECT has dedicated investigative, intelligence, and prosecutorial resources. ECT coordinates and receives assistance from other U.S. government agencies and foreign law enforcement authorities.

The case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorney Jay A. Bauer of the Criminal Division’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Ron Walutes of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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(PAKISTAN) JUST IN: On March 27, an over 100-year-old Hindu temple was attacked in Rawalpindi, by a group of unidentified people according to OpIndia #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.03: As per the police complaint, the incident took place at the Purana Qila area of the city. Around 10 to 15 people stormed into the temple premises at around 7:30 PM. They damaged the main door and another door at the upper storey:

Pakistan: Unidentified people attack a 100-year-old Hindu temple days after temple bells rang for first time in 74 years: ‘ This applies to the ringing of bells at Hindu temples as well as the international media in India and claim they are victims of persecution because of the Citizenship Amendment Act, which offers refuge to non-Muslims persecuted in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh.

“Pakistan: 100-year-old Hindu temple attacked in Rawalpindi, where only recently, temple bells had been sounded after 74 long years,” OpIndia, March 29, 2021:

The temple was undergoing renovation from last month, and on March 26, the temple bells rang for the first time in 74 years in front of the potrait of Maa Durga. Rawalpindi Police has registered a case against unidentified miscreants for the incident.

According to Pakistani daily Dawn, the complaint was registered at Banni Police Station by Syed Raza Abbas Zaidi, security officer of the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB), Northern Zone. In his complaint, he said that the construction and renovation work on the temple had been going for the last month. He further added that 10 to 15 people stormed the temple at around 7:30 and damaged the temple premises. Legal action against the miscreants was sought in the complaint.

Temple was infested with encroachments

Before the construction and renovation work could have begun, the administration had to remove encroachments in the premises. As per reports, the encroachment mafia had occupied the surrounding of the temple and established kiosks and shops. There were people living inside the temple premises for years. The district administration had removed the encroachments with the help of the Police.

On March 24, some encroachments were found in front of the temple that was removed. Earlier, the encroachment mafia had occupied the surroundings of the temple for a long time by constructing shops and kiosks. The district administration assisted by the Police recently removed all encroachments.

Security increased at the administrator of the temple

Om Prakash, the administrator of the temple, confirmed that attack on the temple. He said as soon as he received the information about the incident, he reached the temple with Police personnel. The Police brought the situation under control. The Police have increased security at the temple and Om Prakash’s house….

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Apr.03: 2021:

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(PAKISTAN) JUST IN: Hindhu journalist has been killed after he reported on a story that exposed the conversion of young Hindhu girls according to the Times of India #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.23: Information by TOI reported says that Ajay was killed on the insistence of a local Muslim politician of Sindh who has not only lend his support to the Islamic clerics having a major role in the conversion of Hindu girls to Islam but also provides shelter to them since Ajay had been exposing their deeds.’ said a source. ‘We believe that the said politician had orchestrated his murder,’ the source said.”

Pakistan: Hindu journalist who exposed Muslim clerics involved in conversion of Hindu girls is shot dead: ‘A 31-year-old journalist belonging to the minority Hindu community of Pakistan was shot dead by some unidentified assailants on Wednesday (17 March) in Sindh province’ The Times of India reports: “’

“Pakistani Journalist Ajay Lalwani, Who Exposed Islamic Clerics Involved In Conversion Of Hindu Girls, Shot Dead In Sindh,” Swarajya, March 20, 2021:

Ajay Lalvani who was a reporter with a private Royal News TV channel and an Urdu language newspaper Daily Puchano died on Thursday (18 March) after he sustained bullet injuries in stomach, arm and knee.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Mar.23: 2021:

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(MULTAN, Pakistan) JUST IN: Five members of a Hindu family were found dead with their throats slit with some sharp-edged weapon in their house in Abu Dhabi Colony, Chak No 135-P, 15-kilometre away from Rahim Yar Khan city, on Friday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.07: The police claimed the killer was the family head, Ram Chand, who slit throats of his wife, three children over suspicion that his wife had illicit relations:

Five-member Hindu family found slaughtered in their house: ‘Police have recovered murder weapons including a knife and an axe & four members of the Hindu family including a boy, two girls and their mother were slaughtered in mysterious circumstances’

Those murdered were identified as 12-year-old Prem Kumar, 10-year-old Anjali and four-year-old Aneeqa. Their mother was identified as Lakshmi Mai. Ram Chand was also found in critical condition, who later succumbed to his wounds at Shaikh Zayed Hospital, police said: The complainant, Terath Ram, a brother of Lakshmi Mai, lodged his complaint stating that his brother-in-law, Ram Chand, slit throats of his family members over suspicions: Family sources said Lakshmi Mai used to tease her husband often with complains of lack of financial resources to spend a reasonable life:

Social activist Birbal Das in Rahim Yar Khan told The News Ram Chand was a Meghwal Hindu and he was 35-36 years old. He was running a tailoring shop for a long time. He was a peaceful man and living a happy life, and the incident was quite shocking for everyone.

South Punjab Additional Inspector General Police Capt (retd) Zafar Iqbal ordered for speedy investigation into the killings and sought detailed report from the police concerned.

The Rahim Yar Khan police submitted an initial report, claiming that the family head had slit throats of all his family members and himself. Rahim Yar Khan Airport Police Station registered the FIR No 41/21 and launched an investigation.

Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar took notice of the incident and directed the authorities concerned to arrest the culprits at the earliest.

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(ISLAMABAD, Pakistan.) The US is suspending security assistance to Pakistan over what it says is a failure by the country to adequately crack down on terror groups after ‘ First Tri-Lateral ‘ meeting between Pakistan & China to include Afghanistan in 57-billion Economic Corridor (CPEC) agreed #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Jan.05: Top Islamabad officials have warned President Donald Trump against endangering US-Pakistan cooperation in Afghanistan, promising a “cold-blooded” response to Washington’s proposed aid cut to the South Asian nation #AceNewsDesk reports

http://ift.tt/2CIz3wX A senior Pakistani senator expressed disappointment Friday at the U.S. decision to suspend military aid, saying it will be detrimental to bilateral relations, while the government itself said it was too early to gauge the effects of the decision………..Nuzhat Sadiq, the chairwoman of the foreign affairs committee in the upper house of parliament, said Islamabad can manage without the United States as it did in the 1990s, but would prefer to move the troubled relationship forward.“What the U.S. is doing now is not good for its policy against terrorism and for a lasting peace in this region,” she said, adding that Pakistan has always “played a vital role in the war on terror.”……….The State Department’s declaration on Thursday lambasted Pakistan for failing to take “decisive action” against Taliban militants targeting U.S. personnel in neighbouring Afghanistan. U.S. officials have long complained that Pakistan tolerates or even encourages extremists, charges denied by Islamabad.A statement issued by Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry nearly 24 hours after the announced suspension of military aid said it’s too early to tell what impact the U.S. decision will have on counter-terrorism initiatives in the region. But it said the war on terror, which is entering its 17th year, has cost Pakistan over $120 billion……….The statement said Pakistan’s cooperation had helped “decimate” al-Qaida and drive other militant groups out of the lawless regions along the border…………Another statement on Friday rejected the U.S. decision to add Pakistan to a special watch list for violations of religious freedom, pursuant to 2016 legislation. That step does not carry any serious consequences………The Foreign Ministry said the designation is not based on “objective criteria.”Pakistan has recently begun constructing dozens of security posts along the border with Afghanistan as well as a fence to curtail cross-border movement. Afghanistan, which does not recognise the international border between the two countries, has objected to those moves……..The Foreign Ministry statement blamed Afghanistan for much of the unrest, saying it should accelerate efforts to repatriate the more than 1 million Afghan refugees in Pakistan and curb the runaway opium production that finances the Taliban and other armed groups……….Mohammed Amir Rana, director of the independent Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies, said that both Pakistan and the United States “need to realistically review their relationship and scale down expectation of each other.”“Pakistan cannot put all its eggs in the China basket,” he added, referring to the billions of dollars China is investing in Pakistan on a major transportation and power grid.Rana said the U.S. needs Pakistan if it wants to find a peaceful end to decades of turmoil, and if it wants to navigate the changing circumstances in neighbouring Iran, which has seen anti-government protests in recent days.The U.S. mission in Afghanistan is heavily reliant on supply corridors that run through Pakistan……….Dozens of Pakistanis meanwhile took part in protests against the United States in a number of cities……..In some places, the protesters set fire to portraits of President Donald Trump, but there were no reports of violence ………..Pakistan holds emergency National Security Council meeting after Trump tweets that the country gives the US “nothing but lies & deceithttp://bitly.com/2CtCSVN http://pic.twitter.com/CPxfMEqOSECNN News January 2, 2018 …..The US is suspending security assistance to Pakistan over what it says is a failure by the country to adequately crack down on terror groups http://cnn.it/2EZ529Q pic.twitter.com/yhgfnSnFt0 but real reason is here: First trilateral talks of FMs of China, Afghanistan and Pakistan being held in Beijing to discuss development, connectivity, security and counter-terrorism.— All India Radio News December 26, 2017 ……..Wang: China and Pakistan want to cooperate over Afghanistan and in the future, we want to link #Afghanistan to China – through the #Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).— TOLOnews reports …..China and Pakistan are looking to include Afghanistan in their $57-billion economic corridor https://t.co/1szqhQ8yXV RT December 26, 2017

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LAHORE: ‘ India releases 16-pakistani prisoners as reciprocal gesture after 16-fishermen released ‘

#AceNewsReport – LAHORE: Aug.08: India released 16 Pakistani prisoners including nine fishermen on Saturday as a reciprocal gesture five days after Pakistan freed 163 Indian fishermen.

According to a statement by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, 16 Pakistani prisoners, whose nationality has been confirmed by Pakistani authorities, are being repatriated to Pakistan via Wagah border.

The statement added that the cases against nine Pakistani fishermen have been withdrawn.

The confirmation of the release came from the Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi, which said that a total of nine fishermen detained at a prison in the Indian state of Gujarat for more than two years have been released.

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PAKISTAN: ‘ Earthquake 5.3 hits Khuzdar in Balochistan ‘

#AceNewsReport – PAKISTAN:Aug.03: A 5.3-magnitude earthquake hit Pakistan on Monday, TASS reported, citing meteorological officials.

The epicenter was 70km southwest of Khuzdar in the Balochistan province, and the depth was 10km. No damage was immediately reported.

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INDIA:’ Accuses Pakistan of Killing one of its soldiers near Kashmir border ‘

#AceNewsReport – INDIA:July.31: India on Thursday accused Pakistan of killing one of its soldiers near the de-facto border that divides Kashmir between the two states, AFP said.

Defacto border with Kashmir

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Pakistani troops opened “unprovoked fire” Wednesday evening targeting Indian positions in Poonch sector along the Line of Control, according to Colonel S. D. Goswami, a spokesman for the Indian army.
“Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire again during which our soldier was injured who died later,” he said. A border ceasefire agreement was signed in 2003.

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PAKISTAN: ‘ US Embassy employee shot Dead in Islamabad ‘

#AceWorldNews – PAKISTAN:July.26: Police in Islamabad have identified a man who died of gunshot wounds as Pakistani citizen Iqbal Baig, who they say worked for the US Drug Enforcement Agency, reports AP.

The motive for the attack remains unclear. The US contractor’s body was found at his home, where he is believed to have been killed early on Sunday morning. US Embassy security officials have already visited the crime scene.

Baig belonged to a Shiite minority sect known as the Ismaili. In Sunni-dominated Pakistan, the Shia often become victims of Islamic extremists, who regard them as heretics.

In May, some 50 Ismaili were shot dead by gunmen in the country’s southern port city of Karachi.

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DERA KHAN: ‘ At least 12-Suspected Militants & 4-Security Personnel Killed – Reports ‘

#AceNewsReport – DERA KHAN:July.05: At least 12 suspected militants and four security personnel were killed in an exchange of fire in Data Khel area of North Waziristan tribal region, according to an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement.

The statement added that the militants fled from the scene leaving behind the bodies of three of their colleagues.

The details could not be independently verified.

North Waziristan is one of the seven regions in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) governed by tribal laws which is situated along the Pak-Afghan border and is rife with Taliban militant activity.

The Pakistan Army launched Zarb-i-Azb, a comprehensive operation in North Waziristan tribal region last summer to drive out Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other extremist militants who launch attacks on government and civilian targets, a week after the brazen insurgent attack on the country’s busiest airport in Karachi.

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@AceNewsServices Indian Fishermen released from Karachi Jail

#AceNewsReport – PAKISTAN:June.18: Pakistan on Thursday released 113 Indian fishermen, AFP reported. The fishermen, who had been kept in a Karachi jail for nine months to a year, were put on a train bound for the eastern border city of Lahore.

The release of the Indian fishermen followed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s phone call to his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, on Tuesday.

India’s leader offered best wishes to his counterpart on the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and announced the release of the detained fishermen in an apparent move to ease bilateral tensions.

Fishermen are frequently arrested by both India and Pakistan because the maritime border between the two countries in the Arabian Sea is poorly defined.

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KABUL: ‘ Bomb explodes in offices of Afghan News agency ‘

#AceNewsReport – KABUL:June.11: A bomb exploded at an office of Afghanistan’s main news agency Pajhwok on Thursday, wounding two people, Reuters said.

No group has claimed responsibility for the blast in the eastern province of Nangarhar. Militants have issued threats to the agency in the past, editor-in-chief, Danish Karokhil, said.

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WARZIRISTAN: ‘ Suicide Attack Kills Seven Soldiers on Afghan/Pakistan Border ‘

#AceNewsReport – WAZIRISTAN:June.08: A suicide attack has killed seven Pakistani soldiers in a restive northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, Pakistan’s military said Monday.

 The incident happened in North Waziristan on Sunday night, where the military has been fighting militants since June last year. “When being chased and cordoned, a terrorist exploded his suicide jacket,” the military said in a statement.

The blast triggered a gun battle between militants and troops in which 19 insurgents were killed, AFP reported.

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PAKISTAN: ‘ US Drone Attack Kills Suspected Taliban Militants ‘

#AceNewsReport – PAKISTAN:June.06: A number of suspected Taliban militants were killed Saturday in a US drone attack in Pakistan’s North Waziristan region, which borders on Afghanistan, local media reported.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The US drones fired two missiles targeting a house which was said to be used as a hideout by the Taliban, the Pakistani Dawn newspaper reported citing unnamed sources.

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PAKISTAN: ‘ NINETEENTH MAN EXECUTE & FIVE MORE ARRESTED OVER INVOLVEMENT IN PESHAWAR MASSACRE ‘

#AceWorldNews – Update: PAKISTAN: Jan.17:The nineteenth sectarian militant has been executed in Pakistan, as the country continues to deal out justice in the aftermath of the tragic school massacre last month, after lifting a moratorium on death penalties.

The Saturday hanging comes after first being cancelled, but with court later rejecting a pardon offered by the victim’s family, according to officials RT News reported. 

Afghan security services also arrested another five men in connection with the massacre at a Pakistan military school last month that killed 150 people, most of them children, officials said Saturday.

The men, all foreigners, helped support the Dec. 16 assault by the Taliban at the Army Public School and College in the city of Peshawar, the three Afghan officials told The Associated Press.

They said the men were arrested in recent weeks near Afghanistan’s eastern border with Pakistan.

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