PAKISTAN: ‘ Gunmen disguised as security officers attack passenger bus ‘

FEATURED UPDATE:PAKISTAN:(Quetta) May.30: Gunmen disguised as Pakistan security force members attacked a passenger bus travelling between Quetta and Karachi.

Fifteen to 20 armed men approached the bus in pickup trucks, according to the country’s foreign minister. They kidnapped some 35 passengers, 22 of whom were later found dead. Seven of the attackers were killed in a security operation.

No group has claimed responsibility so far, but the region of Baluchistan has been plagued by separatist violence and attacks by Islamist terrorists and militants.

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' Militants Blow-Up Gas Pipeline in Balochistan's Dera Bugti District '

#AceWorldNews – QUETTA: – July 12 – Militants blown up a gas pipeline Saturday morning in Balochistan’s Dera Bugti district, a security official said.

The official who denied to be named told Dawn by telephone that militants had planted explosive materials close to a gas pipeline in Dera Bugti’s Pir Koh area. "The explosive material went off with a big bang", he said.

The blast damaged a 16-inch gas pipeline. The official stated that the blast caused suspension of gas supply to gas purification plant.

Frontier Corps and levies personnel reached the spot and started investigation into the incident. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

However, the official suspects Baloch insurgents could be behind the incident. Militants in Dera Bugti have been targeting vital national installation and security forces for last decade.

Shyed Ali Shah @ Dawn News Agency

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` Marking Press Freedom Day as Journalists Marched the Roads of Quetta to Mourn Killings of Colleagues ‘

#AceNewsServices – QUETTA – May 02 – To mark the World Press Freedom Day, journalists marched on the roads of Quetta to mourn the killings of colleagues and voice for freedom of speech and expression on Saturday.

The members of Balochistan Union of Journalists (BUJ) staged a protest rally outside the Quetta Press Club to mark the International Press Freedom Day.

The journalists were carrying placards and banners inscribed with slogans demanding the arrest of journalists’ killers and compensation to the affected families.

The BUJ demanded functioning of the judicial commission already formed by Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch to probe the killings of journalists in Balochistan, Pakistan’s volatile and least developed province.

“We want the commission to probe the murder of our colleagues,” Shehzada Zulfiqar, a senior official of the BUJ told Dawn.com.

More than 30 journalists have been killed in Quetta and other troubled parts of Balochistan during last more than seven years.

“The murderers are still at large, despite our repeated appeals,” Zulfiqar said.

The protesters chanted full-throated slogans for freedom of expression and speech and demanded an end to impunity in the province, plagued by violent attacks by militants.

The rally turned into a protest demonstration outside Quetta Press Club where senior journalists addressed the protesting media men. They lashed out at law enforcers for their inability to bring the perpetrators of journalists’ killings to book.

“We stand for freedom of expression, despite all odds,” Khaliq Baloch, the Secretary General of QPC said.

Apart from working journalists, a large number of hawkers also participated in the rally to mark the International Press Freedom Day.

The journalists demanded protection and expressed concerned voice over increasing polarisation in the media.

“We will not bow down our heads before any pressure,” Khudai Noor Nasar, a young journalist who works for Radio Mashaal told Dawn.com.

Nasar urged upon the journalists to bury their hatchet and struggle for common cause of freedom of expression and speech.

Balochistan is considered to be the most dangerous province in Pakistan for journalists.

With New York size population of 8 million people, more than 30 journalists have lost their lives in their struggle to inform, educate the people about the unfolding stories in Pakistan’s geographically largest province.

DAWN – PAKISTAN NEWS – AGENCIES

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` Pakistan’s Increased Violence against Security Forces has Taken its Toll on Innocent Civilian’s ‘

#AceNewsServices – ISLAMABAD – April 25 – A bomb targeting security forces killed three people and wounded 25 others in Pakistan’s south-west, officials said.

The bomb, which was rigged to a bicycle, exploded near a group of soldiers and police patrolling in a vehicle in Quetta, capital of Balochistan province.

“At least three people including two policemen were killed and 25 others wounded in the blast,” Samiullah Soomro, a senior local police official, told AFP news agency.

He said eight of the wounded, including six policemen and two Frontier Constabulary officials, were in a critical condition.

Zahid bin Maqsood, a senior local administration official, also confirmed the incident and casualties.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

A powerful bomb exploded Friday in an up-scale residential area of southern Pakistan, killing at least four people, authorities said.

The attack in the neighbourhood of Clifton in Karachi, the capital of southern Sindh province, also wounded 25 people.

The bomb badly damaged several vehicles and a nearby multi-story building.

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` United Baloch Army Separatist Group claims `Responsibility ' for ` Rawalpindi Train ' Explosion in Quetta '

#AceNewsServices – ISLAMABAD/QUETTA – April 09 – (DAWN) – United Baloch Army (UBA) – a separatist militant outfit in Balochistan – has claimed responsibility of the deadly terrorist attack in Sabzi Mandi area of the capital city that killed at least 24 people and wounded more than 115 on Wednesday.

Speaking to media representatives over telephone, spokesman for UBA Mureed Baloch said the rebel Baloch group has carried out the attack in retaliation to military’s ongoing operation in Balochistan’s Kalat district.

The United Baloch Army had also claimed responsibility of deadly train attack in Sibi yesterday. At least 17 people, two women and four children among them, burned to death and over 45 were injured in a powerful explosion in a carriage of a Rawalpindi-bound train at the Sibi station on Tuesday.

Acting Inspector General of Islamabad police, Khalid Khattak, said that at least two dozen people had died and more than a hundred wounded in today’s place early morning explosion in Islamabad’s vegetable market.

Police and rescue teams rushed to the site of the incident after the explosion occurred.

Initial reports suggest that the explosive material was planted inside a box containing fruits.

Police said that a remote controlled bomb containing five kilograms of explosive material was used in the blast.

Ace Related News – April 08 – 10.32 GMT – #AceWorldNews – QUETTA – April 08 – (DWN) – A blast in a train at Balochistan’s Sibi railway station on Tuesday killed at least four persons and wounded several others, DawnNews reported.http://wp.me/p165ui-4Hf

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` Secret Agencies `Alert Police ‘ that `Militants Opposed ‘ to `Tehrik-i-Taliban Peace Talks’ are `Planning ‘ Terrorist Attacks ‘

#AceNewsServices – ISLAMABAD – April 09 – (DAWN) – Secret agencies have alerted the police that militants opposed to the government-Tehrik-i-Taliban peace talks are planning terrorist activities in Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta, according to police and interior ministry officials.

They did not know when the malignant elements would strike, but the officials confided to Dawn that a new group, Ansarul Hind, would claim responsibility for the attacks.

Their intelligence sources, who raised the alert on April 3, said the TTP leadership had wished its informal affiliates to create the so far unheard of group.

Despite the possibility that the TTP sympathisers may be trying to pressurise the government by raising the threat of terrorist attacks in the three cities, the authorities took the threat seriously, police sources said.

“Although peace talks are in progress, we are taking necessary measures to counter terrorism in the cities,” said one official.

“Law enforcing agencies will be the main target of the terrorists, and in the case of their failure, any other official installation or public place.”

“TTP will choose the targets and the informal groups under its umbrella will provide support to the Ansarul Hind activists with weapons and other materials,” he added.

Security sources say the scenario looks similar to the terrorist attacks that quickly followed the announcement of a month-long ceasefire by the TTP last month. The most audacious of them was the bomb-and-gun attack on the district courts complex in Islamabad on March 3, which was claimed by Ahararul Hind group.

That group was heard of for the first time on February 9 when it sent emails to media outlets that it shared the ideology of the TTP but opposed it negotiating peace with the Pakistan government.

Its ownership of the March 3 attack gave rise to speculation that the Ahrarul Hind was affiliated with the Al Qaeda.

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` Political and Religious Leaders have Urged the Government and Taliban in Peace Talks to include ANP Leader ‘

#AceWorldNews – QUETTA – April 08 – (DWN) – Political and religious leaders have urged the committees representing the government and the Taliban in peace talks to include the name of ANP leader Arbab Zahir Kasi in the list of people the shura of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan is being asked to release.

Speaking at press conference here on Monday, they said Mr Kasi should not be ignored when the government and the TTP exchanged captives.

They asked the government’s committee to demand release of Mr Kasi along with Ali Haider Gilani, son of former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani; Shahbaz Taseer, son of slain governor of Punjab Salmaan Taseer; and Professor Ajmal Khan.

They said a delegation comprising leaders of different political and religious parties would take up the issue with President Mamnoon Hussain during his visit to Quetta on Wednesday.

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` Anti-Terrorism-Court has Ordered `Perez Musharraf ‘ to Appear before April 21 or lose his Right to Bail ‘

#AceWorldNews – QUETTA – April 08 – (DWN) – An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Quetta has ordered former military ruler Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf to appear before it on April 21 in a case relating to the murder of Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Bugti.

ATC Quetta 1 Judge Tariq Ahmed Kasi directed the former military dictator to appear before the court otherwise his bail would be cancelled.

“The court will issue arrest warrants against him if he fails to appear before it,” counsel of Nawabzada Jamil Akbar Bugti, Sohail Rajput, told reporters while quoting the remarks of the judge during the hearing.

Meanwhile, former federal interior minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao and former home minister Balochistan Mir Shoaib Nowsherwani appeared before the court in relation to the case.

The court ordered both former ministers to reappear before it on April 21st.

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` Train is set on fire by explosion on the `Rawalpindi-Jaffer ' Express Killing at least Four People '

#AceWorldNews – QUETTA – April 08 – (DWN) – A blast in a train at Balochistan’s Sibi railway station on Tuesday killed at least four persons and wounded several others, DawnNews reported.

The blast set the train on fire and completely destroyed one bogie.

Emergency and rescue teams reached the site and began shifting the casualties to Civil Hospital Sibi.

The victims included women and children.

The explosion occurred in the Rawalpindi-bound Jaffar express when it reached Sibi from Quetta. .

Representatives of law enforcement agencies reported that, according to preliminary data, the explosives were delivered into the train car soon after the train arrived in Sibi. A local police officer noted that the train came 10 minutes earlier than scheduled.

Following the blast, fire emerged, and the train car, where the explosion occurred, completely burned out, while another three cars were damaged by the fire.

The circumstances of the incident, as well as the information on the number of victims, are being specified.

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Pakistan: ` Two Passenger Vans Rammed an `Oil Tanker ‘ Killing 40 people and Injuring many More ‘

#AceWorldNews – ISLAMABAD, March 22 – At least 40 people were killed and many others injured when two passenger vans rammed into an oil tanker in south-western Pakistan on Saturday morning, local media reported.

Capital TV said that the accident happened when two passenger vans with over 100 people on board collided with an oil tanker near Gadani checkpost in Hub district in Balochistan province.

Eyewitnesses said that a passenger van hit the oil tanker coming from opposite direction on RCD highway, while another bus that was following the tanker also hit it due to over-speeding.

The oil tanker exploded sparking huge fire that engulfed both vans.

Police said that one of the buses was on its way to the southern port city of Karachi while the other was heading to Quetta city.

The injured people were admitted to Jam Ghulam Qadir hospital where several of them were said to be in critical condition.

Hospital sources said that the bodies were completely burnt and could not be identified.

Both Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President Mamnoon Hussain expressed sorrow over the loss of lives.

Xinhua News Agency – India News and Media Sources

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` Attacks in Pakistani cities of `Peshawar and Quetta ‘ kill a total of 19 people trying to hammer out ceasefire ‘

#AceWorldNews Attacks in the volatile Pakistani cities of Peshawar and Quetta killed a total of 19 people on Friday, Reuters reported.

In Peshawar, a suicide bomber blew himself up in front of a police vehicle, killing at least nine bystanders.

In Quetta, at least 10 people were killed when a motorcycle laden with explosives blew up near a college in the city center.

The attacks came as the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif tries to engage Pakistani Taliban militants in talks to hammer out a permanent ceasefire agreement.

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EU to begin talks with Cuba on cooperation accord

The EU will agree the next month to deepen relations with Cuba in the most significant overture to the communist island since the bloc lifted diplomatic sanctions in 2008, Reuters reported, citing its sources. On February 10, foreign ministers from EU countries will give the go-ahead to launch talks with Havana on a special cooperation accord. The pact, aimed at increasing trade, investment and dialogue on human rights, could be agreed by the end of 2015. “Cuba wants capital and the EU wants influence,” said one source involved in the talks.

Cleric who supported the Afghan Taliban has been shot dead in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta,08:51

Gunmen shoot dead influential pro-Taliban cleric in Pakistan

An influential cleric who supported the Afghan Taliban has been shot dead in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, officials said Thursday. “Two unknown gunmen on a motorcycle” shot dead Maulana Abdullah Zakiri as he was on his way to a mosque Wednesday night,” senior police official Abdul Razzaq told AFP. Zakiri had lived in Quetta for a long time and had no known disputes with anyone. However, his family has accused Afghan intelligence services of his murder.

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Egypt to receive up to $4bn more aid from Saudi Arabia – report

Saudi Arabia is expected to give Egypt up to $4 billion in additional aid in the form of central bank deposits and petroleum products, Reuters said. State-run Egyptian newspaper Al Ahram reported Thursday that the package would be worked out during a visit next week to Riyadh by Egypt’s interim prime minister, Hazem el-Beblawi. Funds from Gulf Arab states have kept Egypt’s economy afloat during the recent political turmoil, which has hit investment and tourism hard.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Thursday that his country will accept the most vulnerable Syrian refugees07:49

UK to accept vulnerable Syrian refugees – Hague

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Thursday that his country will accept the most vulnerable Syrian refugees this year. Hague said in the Philippine capital, Manila, that the details were still being worked out, did not specify a number of the refugees, AP reported. However, he said that Britain would prioritize displaced Syrians who have been exposed to the horrors of the conflict, including victims of sexual violence.

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Bangladesh court sentences top Islamist, 13 others to death for arms smuggling

A Bangladesh court on Thursday sentenced 14 people to death over an arms smuggling racket 10 years ago, AFP reported. Those convicted include the leader of the country’s largest Islamist party, the Jamaat-e-Islami party. “The judge sentenced 14 people including Motiur Rahman Nizami, to death on smuggling charges,”prosecutor Kamal Uddin Ahmed said.

10 killed as mob attacks India village in land dispute06:52

10 killed as mob attacks India village in land dispute

A mob armed with shotguns attacked a remote village in northeast India, killing at least 10 people in a land dispute, police said Thursday. The attackers fired indiscriminately Wednesday evening in Chauldhua village in the densely forested area in northern Assam state, AP reported, citing witnesses. The gunmen came from neighboring Arunachal Pradesh state, police said. The dispute dates back to 1987, when Arunachal Pradesh state was created and the village was declared to be in Assam.

Suicide car bomber kills 2 officers in east Afghanistan06:21

Suicide car bomber kills 2 officers in east Afghanistan

A suicide car bomber has attacked a police facility in the country’s east, killing two officers, AP reported. The attacker targeted a police and intelligence compound in the Nangarhar province’s Pachir Wagam district early on Thursday morning, said Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, a spokesman in the province. Three members of the security forces were injured in the attack. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in an emailed statement.

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​Johansson breaks with humanitarian group Oxfam over Israeli settlement boycott

Actress Scarlett Johansson has decided to end her eight-year tenure as ambassador for Oxfam International, a prominent group fighting against poverty and injustice, saying she does not endorse the group’s boycott of Israeli settlements in occupied territories. Oxfam opposes all trade with the settlements, saying their existence is illegal and violates Palestinians’ rights. Johansson recently came under fire for signing on as the first global brand ambassador of SodaStream, a company maintaining a large factory in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank.

​Latin America and Caribbean to become ‘zone of peace’01:27

​Latin America and Caribbean to become ‘zone of peace’

The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States bloc has signed a resolution declaring the region a “zone of peace”. The 33 nations thus pledged to resolve regional disputes without the use of force in respect to another. The measure was approved on the final day of a summit of Western Hemisphere nations, minus the United States and Canada.

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​EU agrees on accord to normalize relations with Cuba – source

EU states have agreed on the “whole package” for a new accord with Cuba aimed at normalizing relations with the communist state and encourage reforms and strengthen the human rights in the country, an EU source told AFP. The text of the agreement will be discussed among EU foreign Ministers next month. The bloc suspended ties with Cuba in 2003 after a crackdown on 75 dissidents, which have all now been released from jail.

 

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