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May 25, 2016

Taliban leader \’likely killed\’ in U.S air strike

Taliban leader ‘likely killed’ in U.S air strike

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A statement from Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security is the first confirmation that Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour is officially dead. The Afghan Taliban leadership council met on Sunday to discuss succession after US drone strikes in Pakistan targeted and killed the leader late on Friday night (local time). This was also confirmed by Reuters on Monday, who cited two Taliban sources.

On Saturday, the US officials reported that Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was targeted and killed. The strikes took place in a remote area of Pakistan that borders Afghanistan.

If confirmed, the death could have major ramifications on the terrorist organisation, with many experts suggesting that such a move could further stall the on-going peace talks between the Taliban and the US.

A Pentagon spokesperson Peter Cook confirmed in a statement that the attack had taken place but refused to speculate on Mansour’s fate. In the statement, Cook said “(Mansour) has been the leader of the Taliban and actively involved with planning attacks against facilities in Kabul and across Afghanistan, presenting a threat to Afghan civilians and security forces, our personnel, and Coalition partner”.

Mansour was appointed as leader of the terrorist organisation in July 2015 after revelations surfaced that the group founder Mullah Omar had been dead for over two years.

Mr. Cook said officials were still in the process of assessing results and more information would be provided when it comes to hand.


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March 28, 2016

Bomb explosion in Lahore kills more than 65 on Easter

Bomb explosion in Lahore kills more than 65 on Easter

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A suicide bombing killed more than 65 people, by varying reports, in Lahore, Pakistan, yesterday evening in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park. More than 280 people were injured. Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a Taliban-offshoot group, claimed the responsibility of the bombing which detonated just a few feet away from the swing-set.

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Cquote1.svg When the blast occurred, the flames were so high they reached above the trees and I saw bodies flying in the air. Cquote2.svg

—Hasan Imran, eye-witness

The claimant group said the bombing targeted the Christian minority in the nation. Ehansullah Ehsan told The Express Tribune, a Pakistani newspaper, “We claim responsibility for the attack on Christians as they were celebrating Easter“.

A 30-year-old eye-witness Hasan Imran said, in remarks to Reuters, “When the blast occurred, the flames were so high they reached above the trees and I saw bodies flying in the air.” The country has had continuing problems with the Taliban. In 2014, more than 140 people were killed in a Peshawar school attack.

After the incident, White House National Security Council spokesman Ned Price in a statement said “The United States stands with the people and government of Pakistan at this difficult hour. We will continue to work with our partners in Pakistan and across the region […] to root out the scourge of terrorism”. Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolence to Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif by telephoning him; and said “The coward terrorists attacked children and women […] It’s condemnable to attack innocent children and women. We are with Pakistani nation at [this] time”.

Reuters reported hundreds of citizens donated blood for the needy. Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif announced three-day mourning.

Facebook added the security check for people to mark themselves safe after the incident.


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Bomb explosion in Lahore kills 69 on Easter

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A suicide bombing killed more than 65 people in Lahore city of Pakistan, yesterday evening in Gulshan–e–Iqbal park. More than 280 people are injured by it. Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a member of Taliban claimed the responsibility of the bombing which detonated just a few feets away from the swing-set.

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Cquote1.svg When the blast occurred, the flames were so high they reached above the trees and I saw bodies flying in the air. Cquote2.svg

—Hasan Imran, eye-witness

The bombing was to target the Christian minority in the nation. Ehansullah Ehsan told Tribune, a Pakistani news agency that “We claim responsibility for the attack on Christians as they were celebrating Easter”. State of emergency was declared in the city.

A 30-year-old eye-witness Hasan Imran said, “When the blast occurred, the flames were so high they reached above the trees and I saw bodies flying in the air.” The country is in continuous threat of Taliban. In 2014, 140 children were killed in the Peshawar school attacks.

After the incident, White House National Security Council spokesman Ned Price, in a statement said “The United States stands with the people and government of Pakistan at this difficult hour. We will continue to work with our partners in Pakistan and across the region … to root out the scourge of terrorism”. Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolence to Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif by telephoning him and said “The coward terrorists attacked children and women […] It’s condemnable to attack innocent children and women. We are with Pakistani nation at the time of this grief moment.”

Reuters reported that hundreds of citizen went and donated blood for the needy. Punjab minister Shehbaz Sharif announced three-day mourning.

Facebook added the security check for people to mark them safe.


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February 7, 2016

Pakistani motorbike suicide bomber kills at least eight, injures at least twenty

Pakistani motorbike suicide bomber kills at least eight, injures at least twenty

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

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Yesterday, a suicide bomber on a motorbike killed eight and injures 20 in Pakistan.

The suicide bombing attack took place on Saturday evening outside a district court in Quetta, Pakistan, said a Quetta police official confirmed.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack according to Mohammad Khurrassani.

A 12 year old girl was among the deaths.

A motorcycle with explosives rammed into a Pakistani security forces vehicle.

The blast shattered glass in homes and buildings in Quetta.

A doctor at a local hospital says at least five people were hurt seriously.


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December 25, 2015

India\’s Modi To Make Surprise Visit To Pakistan

India’s Modi to make surprise visit to Pakistan

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Friday, December 25, 2015

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on Afghanistan official visit today. Suddenly before leaving the Kabul Airport, Modi Tweeted “‘I’m Looking Forward to Meet Pakistan counterpart PM Nawaz Sharif at Lahore today afternoon”.

The details of the unplanned and surprised meet up have worked out, Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman Qazi Khalilullah told state television for confirmation.After Modi’s visits, he will be the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Pakistan since 2004. Pakistan has too been confirmed Modi visit to the Heart city of Pakistan Lahore, where he will meet Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif on his birthday. Appreciation from Indian Foriegn Minister also tweeted ” “That’s like a statesman,” “One should have such relations with the neighbors,”.

Heavy security arrangements have made around the Lahore city and Airport for security measures. The relations between India and Pakistan have witnessed some positive developments after chill for few months. This meeting will be the background of previous Nawaz Modi meetings. Mr. Modi arrived around 4:30 p.m. and stopped for a couple of hours at Mr. Sharif’s sprawling estate on the outskirts of Lahore. The U.S. too welcomed this visit. “Better relations between neighbors Pakistan and India will benefit the people of the entire region,” said State Department spokesman John Kirby.



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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.

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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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September 16, 2015

Kuwaiti court sentences seven to death for June mosque bombing

Kuwaiti court sentences seven to death for June mosque bombing

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A court in Kuwait yesterday sentenced fifteen people for involvement in June’s bombing of the Imam Sadiq Mosque. Seven were sentenced to death.

The suicide attack in Kuwait City killed 26 and injured 227. The trial of seven women and 22 men before Judge Mohammad al-Duaij produced fourteen acquittals. All those sentenced to death were men; prison terms from two to fifteen years were imposed on the remaining convicts. A number were tried in absentia.

Sunni militants Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attack. IS view Shi’ites as enemies. Conducted in the Shi’ite mosque during Friday prayers, the attack came during Ramadan. IS hold a large swathe of Iraq and Syria. Sunnis and Shi’ites live together peacefully in Kuwait. It was amongst the worst attacks to hit the nation in decades.

The accused include Kuwaiti, Saudi, and Pakistani citizens, as well as stateless individuals. Abdul Rahman Sabah Saud, stateless, admitted driving bomber Fahad Suleiman Abdulmohsen al-Gabbaa, Saudi, to the mosque. Saud, also accused of handling explosives, denied intending to harm any people.

Cquote1.svg The court draws attention to the dangers of this extremist ideology Cquote2.svg

—Judge Mohammad al-Duaij

Judge al-Duaij found Fahad Farraj Muhareb to be an IS leader and sentenced him to death. Muhareb and Saud are in Kuwaiti custody. Saudi brothers Mohammad and Majed al-Zahrani, who have been detained in their homeland but were tried in absentia, were held to have transported the explosives used out of Saudi Arabia. Two stateless men convicted of being IS soldiers and a man whose identity is unclear were also sentenced to death in their absence.

Of the eight given prison terms, three were men and five women. They were convicted of offences such as assisting the attack, training IS fighters, and withholding knowledge about the bombing. The death row convicts faced more serious charges such as premeditated murder.

Appeals are possible. The prosecution had sought death sentences for eleven defendents.

Amnesty International acknowledged the bombing was “an utterly heinous and callous criminal act” but said the death sentences are “misguided” and “must be overturned”. The group, which is categorically opposed to the death penalty, said Kuwait conducted five executions in 2013 and none at all last year.

Judge al-Duaij said in delivering his judgement “The court draws attention to the dangers of this extremist ideology that resorts to terrorism for its implementation.”



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December 18, 2014

Nation mourns, world condemns Taliban attack on Pakistan army school

Nation mourns, world condemns Taliban attack on Pakistan army school

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In the wake of Tuesday’s high-school attack by the Pakistani Taliban (TTK) on an army public school, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced a three-day period of official mourning. In addition to condemnation from world leaders — who include UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, and Deputy director David Griffiths of Amnesty International — news agency Reuters are reporting the Afghan Taliban have also issued a statement condemning the attack.

The statement carried by Reuters, claiming to be from Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, reads: “The intentional killing of innocent people, children and women are against the basics of Islam and this criteria has to be considered by every Islamic party and government.” Tuesday’s attack on the Army Public School in Pakistan‘s north-western city of Peshawar claimed the lives of 132 children, and nine staff from the school.

Official reports, following police and military action against the attackers, insist seven people took part in the school attack; although a statement, issued by the TTK, insists there were only six, their targets being older pupils. The attack began in the mid morning local time, with the assailants observed entering the compound wearing suicide vests. Shortly thereafter, shots were heard with survivors reporting the gunmen were shooting people indiscriminately, going from classroom to classroom, killing teachers and students as they found them.

The massacre sparked a public outcry, both national and international; which, press speculate, led to the TTK stressing the intent to only target older students at the army school.

Turkey announced one day of national mourning. Described as impossible to justify and “blood-curdling” by the UN Secretary-General, EU Parliamentary President Schulz labelled the attack “abominable and cowardly [demonstrating] the inhuman attitude of the Taliban, their inhuman ideology, their remorseless fanaticism”, and Indian Nobel Prize-winner Kailash Satyarthi, condemned the attackers as “enemies of Allah” and stated: “The militants, be they Taliban or any other militants, who kill children, are the enemies of humanity. This attack is a blot on humanity”.

In addition to a three-day period of national mourning, President Sharif reintroduced Pakistan’s death penalty.



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