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November 25, 2015

Pakistani female fighter pilot Marium Mukhtiar dies in jet crash

Pakistani female fighter pilot Marium Mukhtiar dies in jet crash

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Marium Mukhtiar yesterday became the first Pakistani female fighter pilot to die on duty when a jet aircraft crashed near Kundian, in Punjab’s Mianwali district.

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The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) said Flying Officer Mukhtiar and male colleague Squadron Leader Saqib Abbasi faced a “serious in-flight emergency” while training in an F7-PG fighter. After taking evasive action to avoid a residential area the pilots were left with insufficient altitude to safely eject. Both ejected and were injured; Mukhtiar died in hospital whilst Abbasi sustained minor injuries.

The PAF said Mukhtiar “embraced shahadat [martyrdom] and became the first lady pilot from PAF to attain this great honour,” crediting Abbasi’s survival as possibly down to his escaping several seconds prior to Mukhtiar. The duo “handled the serious emergency with professionalism and courage and tried to save the ill-fated aircraft till the very last minute,” according to the PAF.

The PAF estimates it has around 30 female fighter pilots. The force began recruiting women in 2003 and in 2006 the nation’s first seven female fighter pilots began service.



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October 27, 2015

Magnitude 7.5 earthquake hits Afghanistan

Magnitude 7.5 earthquake hits Afghanistan

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Early yesterday afternoon local time, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit Afghanistan, Pakistan and North India, with its epicenter in the Hindu Kush mountain range which stretches from Afghanistan to North Pakistan, causing damage to life and buildings. A Wikinews correspondent felt the shock waves in Behror, Rajasthan at 2:50 PM IST (0920 UTC).

Hundreds of people died in this disaster. The death toll is highest in Pakistan. Pakistani officials yesterday afternoon declared over 145 people were found dead. United States Geological Survey reported the earthquake occurred at 212km depth due to reverse faulting. Twelve students died in the rush due to trembles, in an Afghani girls’ school in Takhar, near Badakhshan. Two elderly women in Kashmir died due to heart attack. Some people in Pakistan died by crushing by roof collapse.

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Indian states Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi National Capital Region were affected. Srinagar experienced a power cutoff after the earthquake.

During yesterday afternoon, Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi communicated with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, volunteering help. He also tweeted “Heard about strong earthquake in Afghanistan-Pakistan region whose tremors have been felt in parts of India. I pray for everyone’s safety.”

Yesterday evening, Pervez Rashid, Pakistani Information Minister, declared Pakistan would not ask for help for resources and rescue work and thanked India for offering help. “We have enough resources to handle the situation. Our top priority is to help those affected because of the earthquake”.

As of earlier today, officials in Pakistan and Afghanistan came up with statistics of 237 deaths in Pakistan and a total rising to 311.

Almost a decade ago, this region suffered an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.6.

Effects in Behror and nearby areas[]

A Wikinews correspondent reports the tremors were felt in Behror, Rajasthan at 2:50 PM IST. In the boys hostel on NIIT University, the students felt the vibrations of cupboards, tables and beds which lasted over a minute. Nobody was harmed because of the shock-waves, but many students came out of their rooms, asking others whether they felt the vibrations or not.

Our correspondent contacted other students in affected areas of India. According to one student the projectors used for delivering lectures in BITS Pilani university in Pilani, Rajasthan started shaking. The students asked the professor to cancel the lecture. A first year B. Tech student said he was in the library, listening to music, when suddenly everyone ran out. Later, when he got out of the library, he came to know it was an earthquake.

Students in ITM Gurgaon in Gurgaon, Haryana were asked to shelter themselves in an open space of the sports ground and return after few minutes. Many of the students left for their home.



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October 26, 2015

Afghanistan hit by magnitude 7.5 earthquake

Afghanistan hit by magnitude 7.5 earthquake

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Yesterday, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake on the Richter scale hit Afghanistan, Pakistan and North India at 1:30 AFT, 2:09 PKT and 2:49 IST. Epicenter of earthquake was in the Hindu Kush mountain range; that stretches from Afghanistan to North Pakistan. The tremors lasted for a couple of minutes causing damage to life and buildings. The shock waves were felt in Behror, Rajasthan at 2:50 PM IST.

Hundreds of people died in this disaster. The quake measured about 4.8 in magnitude in Pakistan, and death toll is highest in Pakistan. Pakistani officials declared over 145 people were found dead. United States Geological Survey confirmed that the earthquake occurred at a depth of 212km due to reverse faulting. Twelve students died in the rush due to trembles, in an Afghani girls’ school in Takhar, Badakhshan. An elderly woman in Kashmir died due to heart attack. Some people in Pakistan died by crushing by roof collapse.

The Map of the disaster
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Indian states Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Uttrakhand and Delhi National Capital Region were affected. Srinagar experienced a power cutoff after the earthquake. Delhi Metro service was stopped when the tremor effects were felt.

That evening, Pervez Rashid, Pakistani Information Minister declared that Pakistan would not ask for help for resources and rescue work and thanked India for offering help. “We have enough resources to handle the situation. Our top priority is to help those affected because of the earthquake.”

At 11:30 PM PKT, Pakistani officials came up with statistics of 228 deaths, with the total rising to 263. Earlier, Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi communicated with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, volunteering help. He also tweeted “Heard about strong earthquake in Afghanistan-Pakistan region whose tremors have been felt in parts of India. I pray for everyone’s safety.”

Almost a decade ago, this region suffered an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.6.

Effects in Behror[]

A Wikinewsie reports the tremors were felt at 2:50 PM IST. In the boys hostel on NIIT University, the students felt the vibrations of cupboards, tables and beds which lasted over a minute. Nobody was harmed because of the shock-waves, but many students came out of their rooms, asking others weather they felt the vibrations or not.



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June 29, 2012

Raja Pervaiz Ashraf faces new challenges in first week of premiership

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, the recently-appointed Prime Minister of Pakistan, chaired his first cabinet meeting as premier Tuesday, using it to discuss ongoing power supply problems. The new PM is also coming under pressure from the Supreme Court to reopen a corruption probe into the President.

During the meeting, Ashraf directed the Ministry of Water and Power to recover outstanding dues pertaining to WAPDA from all federal and provincial government departments. He assured the cabinet that the current power cuts being enforced in the country would be taken to a manageable level within a time span of three months.

Following the disqualification of Yousaf Raza Gillani from premiership by the Supreme Court of Pakistan over a contempt of court conviction, Ashraf was appointed as the new Prime Minister of Pakistan in a National Assembly session. Gillani had been discharged from office for failing to open investigations over fraud and corruption charges associated with President Asif Ali Zardari.

Wednesday, just days into his first week in office, the Supreme Court has asked Ashraf to reopen corruption cases against President Zardari, a request which was previously placed upon Ashraf’s predecessor Gillani. The court has requested Ashraf’s response by July 12. The three-judge bench said it expected Ashraf would comply. However, Ashraf had earlier maintained the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) had decided not to open the cases and commented that his stance on the issue was the same as Gillani’s. According to the PPP, the judiciary has not acted impartially in the matter.

Raja Pervez Ashraf was born in 1950 in the town of Sanghar in Sindh, where he was brought up. He graduated from the University of Sindh and was involved in agriculture before entering the field of politics. He is originally from Gujar Khan, a small town located in Rawalpindi district in northern Punjab province. Ashraf enjoys the reputation of being regarded as a senior politician of the PPP in the Rawalpindi region.

Prior to being elected as Prime Minister, Ashraf was the federal minister for Water and Power. His term in office oversaw a collapse and inefficiency in the country’s electricity supplies, for which he has been criticized. He has earned the nickname “Raja Rental” due to allegations of his involvement in receiving kickbacks from private rental power plants.

In his first address to the parliament as Prime Minister, Ashraf said “We are standing at a critical juncture. We can either move forward or lapse backward.” Within 24 hours of being elected into office, Ashraf convened a meeting to resolve and discuss the ongoing energy crisis in the country and directed the Ministry of Petroleum to ensure the supply of 28,000 tonnes of fuel daily to power plants, so as to add 1200 mega watts to the national grid system.



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June 23, 2012

Raja Pervaiz Ashraf appointed as new Prime Minister of Pakistan

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Following the disqualification of Yousaf Raza Gillani from premiership by the Supreme Court of Pakistan over a contempt of court conviction, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf has been appointed as the new Prime Minister of Pakistan. Gillani has been discharged from office for failing to open investigations over fraud and corruption charges associated with President Asif Ali Zardari.

Raja Pervez Ashraf was born in 1950 in the town of Sanghar in Sindh, where was brought up. He graduated from the University of Sindh and was involved in agriculture before entering the field of politics. He is originally from Gujar Khan, a small town located in Rawalpindi district in northern Punjab province. Ashraf enjoys the reputation of being regarded as a senior politician of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) in the Rawalpindi region.

Prior to being elected as Prime Minister, Ashraf was the federal minister for Water and Power Development. His term in office oversaw a collapse and inefficiency in the country’s electricity supplies, for which he has been criticized. He has earned the nickname “Raja Rental” due to allegations of his involvement in receiving kickbacks from private rental power plants. Ashraf won enough votes in the National Assembly of Pakistan to become eligible for the office of premiership. It has been predicted that following his appointment, Ashraf will have to face the same challenges by the judiciary which his predecessor faced, namely to pursue corruption cases against the President. However, many political commentators have expressed skepticism that Ashraf, a staunch PPP loyalist, would open cases against Zardari.

In his first televised address to the parliament as Prime Minister, Ashraf said “We are standing at a critical juncture. We can either move forward or lapse backward.” Within 24 hours of being elected into office, Ashraf convened a meeting to resolve and discuss the ongoing energy crisis in the country and directed the Ministry of Petroleum to ensure the supply of 28,000 tonnes of fuel daily to power plants, so as to add 1200 mega watts to the national grid system. He chaired the first cabinet meeting on 26 June 2012, in which he directed the Ministry of Water and Power to “recover outstanding dues of WAPDA from all federal and provincial government departments.” He assured the cabinet that the current power cuts being enforced would be taken to a manageable level within three months.

On 27 June, just days into his first week in office, the Supreme Court of Pakistan asked Ashraf to reopen cases against President Zardari, as predicted. The court has asked Ashraf to respond by 12 July. A three judge bench said it expected the new premier would act on the directives given by the court. However, Ashraf maintained shortly afterwards that the PPP had decided not to open the cases and commented that his stance on the issue was no different to that of Gillani previously. The PPP has said that the judiciary has not acted impartial into the cases.



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January 16, 2012

Dozens killed, injured after blast hits Shias in Punjab, Pakistan

Dozens killed, injured after blast hits Shias in Punjab, Pakistan

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Monday, January 16, 2012

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A powerful bomb blast on a Shia procession in Khanpur, Punjab killed 20 people and injured 30 yesterday. Those responsible for the blast are unknown, although Sunni militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has been mentioned.

According to a police statement to Reuters, the bomb was detonated by remote control near an electric pole as the procession advanced towards the hussainia. Eye witnesses told that the loud explosion caused people to run away haphazardly. One of the witnesses, Imran Iqbal, apprised, “Debris was everywhere, and a cloud of dust engulfed us. Many people died on the spot.” The wounded were rushed to local hospitals in Khanpur and Rahim Yar Khan.

The people were processioning to mark the holy day of Arba’een.



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March 17, 2011

CIA contractor released from Pakistan

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CIA contractor released from Pakistan

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

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—George Little, CIA official

Raymond Davis, a contractor for the CIA, has been released from Pakistan after a ruling by a Pakistani court. He was detained after killing two citizens carrying weapons on January 27, 2011. Davis was freed after agreements to pay “blood money” as compensation for the two lives were handled.

Blood money, defined as compensation paid by a murderer, is required under Islamic law. CIA official George Little said, “When issues arise, it’s our standing practice to work through them. That’s the sign of a healthy partnership—one that’s vital to both countries.” John Kerry, a Massachusetts senator, said, “This was a very important and necessary step for both of our countries to be able to maintain our relationship.”

After the ruling, a group of protestors demonstrated against the release in Lahore, Pakistan, and the United States government flew Davis out of the country. Asad Manzoor Butt, the attorney for the victims, said that the money was paid after hours of discussion with Americans.

According to a US official, the Justice Department will investigate the incident. Anonymous sources said that Pakistan’s government footed the bill, although the United States may be required to pay them back. He reportedly shot the two armed men as they attempted to steal from him in Lahore. Davis was accused of two accounts of murder and carrying unlawful weapons; the trial took place early Wednesday. The presence of international operatives in Pakistan has angered many citizens, resulting in protests around the country in the past weeks.

United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in Cairo, Egypt that the U.S. did not pay the compensation. After being asked by reporters who or what paid the families of the victims, she responded, “The families of the victims pardoned Mr. Davis and we’re grateful for their decision.”


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February 13, 2011

Pakistani court seeks Musharraf\’s arrest over Bhutto murder

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Musharraf from his time in power, before the attack

A court in Pakistan has issued an arrest warrant for exiled former President Pervez Musharraf. He is accused of involvement in the 2007 assassination of rival and ex-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto while in power.

Currently in Dubai and residing in London, UK, Musharraf has been given until February 19 to appear before Rawalpindi’s anti-terror court. If he does not, the court says it will declare him a wanted fugitive and the government has suggested Interpol could be called upon to assist with extradition.

Bhutto served from 1988–1990 and 1993–1996 as Prime Minister. In December 2007 her election motorcade was attacked using guns and a suicide bomb, killing her. Last year two senior policemen were arrested on allegations they provided insufficient protection; prosecutors say the duo claimed they removed security from Bhutto’s motorcade just before it set off from a speaking engagement in Rawalpindi on Musharraf’s orders. The attack came soon after.

Her party, the Pakistan People’s Party, won a majority in the subsequent election and her widower, Asif Ali Zardari, is the current President. In 2008, Musharraf resigned under threat of impeachment. He had seized power from elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in 1999 after a coup from his role as army chief. Growing dissatisfaction over both foreign and domestic policy led to demonstrations until he called the elections.

The ex-President’s lawyer Mohammad Saif refuted the allegations. “This is just a drama. It is all politics,” he said, adding Musharraf was innocent and would not be appearing in court. The former dictator has not commented publically but denied involvement.

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—Musharraf’s lawyer

He has not been indicted and the court says Musharraf has the chance to defend himself as it conducts preliminary hearings on the claims. His position is that the accusations are a smear campaign led by Zardari. He blamed the Pakistani Taliban for the attack at the time; they deny involvement but lead prosecutor Zulfikar Chaudhry said the Taliban was the source of information showing Musharraf was “completely involved.”

“A joint investigation team, in its report to the court, has found Musharraf guilty of being involved in the conspiracy,” said Chaudhry, who is seeking a murder trial. No extradition treaty exists with Britain, but authorities there do decide on case-by-case requests.

Prosecutors contend he was fully aware of the plot in advance. They claim a questionaire was sent to his London home and multiple attempts were made to get in touch, to no avail. Now, investigators say, no further progress can be made without Musharraf.



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July 11, 2010

Pakistani Punjab police website hacked

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An official website belonging to the Punjab Police of Pakistan was hacked on Friday, a private TV channel reported. The hackers left a message on the homepage in which they asked the Pakistani government to “stop proxy war against India.” The messages of the chief minister and provincial inspector general were also erased from the site.

Although the hackers have not been identified, Pakistani sources say the slogan left on the site points to Indian origins; cyber security experts confirmed this and added that 150 Pakistani websites were hacked in the last three days. The Punjab police website has been hacked twice recently; in one incident, the official emblem was replaced with the logo of the Indian Punjab Police.

A police spokesman stated they would take legal action against an Islamabad-based company responsible for the website’s security as well as stop the use of its services from July 31. “We are also going to give the domain hosting of the website and its maintenance, including the data update to the Punjab Information Technology Board.” The website has temporarily been shut down.



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July 3, 2010

Scores killed in bombings at Pakistani shrine

Scores killed in bombings at Pakistani shrine

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A famous Sufi shrine in Pakistan. Sufism is unique in Islam in that it preaches equality for both genders.
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At least 37 people were killed after two suicide bombings struck the Data Durbar Complex, a Sufi shrine in Lahore, the capital of Pakistan’s Punjab province.

The attacks took place during a worship service at around midnight, when several thousand people were reportedly inside. According to officials, at least 37 people were killed and around 175 injured.

Only two attackers have been confirmed as setting off bombs, although police said in the immediate aftermath of the attack that three explosions had been heard. Police have recovered the heads of two attackers, whose ages are estimated to be around 17 and 22.

Damage to the shrine was severe, as one bomb was set off in the basement of the building, and another upstairs. The courtyard was almost entirely destroyed. According to police, the bombs included ball bearings for the largest possible impact.

A witness to the explosion, security guard Mohammed Nasir, described it as “horrible,” saying that “[T]here were dead bodies all around with blood and people were crying.”

A spokesperson for the Pakistani government said that “[T]hose who still pretend that we are not a nation at war are complicit in these deaths.”

Sufism is a branch of Islam that preaches equality, unique in Islam in that women are granted access; the province of Punjab has traditionally been a cultural stronghold of Sufism in the country. It has in recent years been challenged by more hard-line forms of Islam.



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