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Pakistan: Suicide Bomber Targets Punjab Home Minister Shuja Khanzada, Police said the blast appeared to be a large bomb, and it had caused the roof to cave in as Khanzada held meetings with supporters in his hometown of Attock. Khanzada is reportedly trapped under the rubble along with 24 other people as the entire structure of his office building collapsed.
“There were between 20 and 30 people present when the blast took place,” district information officer Shahzad Niaz told Reuters. “The roof collapsed.”
Rescue workers at the scene said six bodies had been recovered so far. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
“As per initial reports Shuja Khanzada is critically injured and still trapped under debris,” Punjab Home Department Secretary Azam Suleman told The Express Tribune.
According to initial reports, a suicide bomber entered Khanzada’s political office and blew himself up. The provincial home minister was addressing a dispute between two parties at the time.
“From the evidence available, it seems that it was a suicide blast,” Shuja Khanzada’s son said, according to Express News. Further, Khanzada’s nephew has appealed to Pakistan Army to help with rescue efforts.
Police and rescue teams have reached the site and rescue efforts are underway. An emergency has been declared in hospitals in the twin cities. Further, Inter Services Public Relations said, “Pakistan Army’s special urban search and rescue teams have reached the blast site.”
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar has directed for provision of helicopter from the Interior Ministry for shifting the injured on emergency basis. Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has taken notice of the blast and DPO Attock has reached the site.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the blast at Khanzada’s residence and called for immediate rescue measures and medical aid for the injured.
Pakistan Independence Day 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted Pakistan on its Independence Day, notwithstanding the chill between the two countries in the wake of recent attacks in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir.
Here is what the PM tweeted:
Greetings & good wishes to the people of Pakistan on their Independence Day.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 14, 2015
His greetings come in the midst of chill between the two countries in the wake of terror attacks at Gurdaspur in Punjab and Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir. The terrorists, who struck at these two places, had infiltrated from Pakistan. One of the terrorists was caught alive in the Udhampur attack.
The relations between the two countries suffered another blow recently with Pakistan refusing to invite Jammu and Kashmir assembly speaker to a conference of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, in protest to which India decided to boycott the meet to be held in Islamabad from September 30 to October 8.
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Army Chief Witnesses Exercise Between Pakistan And China, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif today witnessed a joint Field Training exercise of Pakistan and China Special Forces at Headquarters Special Services Group near Cherat.
According to ISPR, three weeks long joint military training exercise Warrior-2014 focused on the joint anti-terrorism training of the special operation forces of Pakistan and China.
COAS congratulated the participants of both armies for successful completion of their joint training exercise and appreciated their high state of morale, courage and professionalism.
Such joint training exercises have immensely helped to enhance the Professional skills and operational preparedness of both the Armies against terrorism, COAS added.
He reiterated that China and Pakistan had special military relations.
Later talking to Special Services Group (SSG), Sharif commended their outstanding performance, particularly in Operation Zarb-e-Azb. He vowed that with such high quality, professionally skilled troops, Pakistan Army would root out all terrorists from their hideouts.
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Political leaders condole Pagara’s departure, The death of PML-Functional chief Pir Pagara has received messages of condolence from almost all the political parties as well as other social groups across the country, Geo News reported.
President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani, PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf leaders Imran Khan & Khurshid Qusoori, PML-Q’s Chaudhry brothers, Pakistan Awami Tehrik’s Allama Tahir-ul-Qadri, Jamaat-e-Islami’s Munnawar Hassan, and many other prominent leaders have expressed a deep sense of sorrow and grief over the leader’s death in separate messages.
In his message, Nawaz said the country “has lost an experienced politician”. Similarly, Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad also expressed deep sorrow over the death of the Pir Pagara.
Pakistan Drone Airstrike, A spokesman for Pakistani Taliban denied on Sunday an announcement earlier by the deputy head of the militant group that he was in peace talks with the competing claims are government.The a clear sign of divisions within the movement, which could make it more difficult for Islamabad to reach an agreement to end the violent insurgency gripping the country – even if, perhaps, easier to remove it militarily.
The Pakistani government said that during this time the United States struck an air base that was used by U.S. drones. Islamabad had ordered the Americans in retaliation for U.S. air strikes last month, who accidentally killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.
Pakistan’s conflict with his branch of the Taliban is closely linked to the American-led war in Afghanistan. After informal cease-fire have made it easier for Afghan militants sheltered by their Pakistani counterparts to attack U.S. forces across the border.
Therefore, while the U.S. has pushed for peace talks between the Afghan branch of the Taliban in Kabul, the possibility of similar talks between Islamabad and the Pakistani branch could affect Stoke in Washington.
From the perspective of Islamabad, the rise of anger against the Americans increases the incentive to enter into an agreement with the Taliban, like many leaders of the conflict on their government’s alliance with Washington.
However, the government’s ability to negotiate with the underground movement activists are much more complicated by the Taliban command structure disorder and the difficulty is if the commanders who say they are willing to make peace that have authority over the field.
Maulvi Faqir Mohammed, who was recognized by activists and officials such as deputy chief of the Pakistani Taliban said Saturday that the group was in negotiations with the government. Mohammed, the first commander called to confirm the talks said a deal to end the country’s brutal four-year insurrection was within striking distance.
Ehsanullah Ehsan spokesman denied the claims of Mohammed, saying that there would be no negotiations until the government imposed Islamic law, or sharia, in the country. The group says it wants to install an Islamic extremist regime.
Ehsan has repeatedly over the last six months has rejected reports of peace talks with militant commanders and anonymous intelligence officials.
“The talks with a handful of people with the government can not be regarded as the talk of the Taliban,” Ehsan The Associated Press by telephone from an undisclosed location.
The group, which is closely allied with al Qaeda, was behind much of the violence tearing Pakistan on the 4 1 / 2 years. At least 35,000 people were killed in suicide bombings, insurgent attacks and other attacks of the army.
But military operations and U.S. drone strikes have weakened the Pakistani Taliban, which has splintered into more than 100 small factions, according to security officials, analysts and tribal insurgents from the heart.
Main area of ??the Taliban, deputy commander of the forces of Mohammed was the Bajur tribal area along the Afghan border, but would have fled to Afghanistan in recent years to escape military operations. It has long been identified as the leader of the Pakistani Taliban in the Bajur and said an agreement with the government there could be a “model” for the rest of the border region.
But another commander, Mullah Dadullah, has also now claims to be the leader of the Taliban in Bajur. Dadullah contacted the AP on Sunday and denied the group, also known as the Tehrik-e-Taliban, or TTP, was negotiating with the government.
“As a responsible leader of the TTP Bajur, I am categorically saying there are no ongoing talks between the government and the Tehrik-e-Taliban in Bajur or central level,” said Dadullah, also speaking an undisclosed location.
Ehsan, the spokesman said Dadullah, rather than Muhammad was the leader of the Pakistani Taliban in the Bajur.
Despite recording the Taliban of indiscriminate violence, largely directed against civilians, it is political and public support for peace talks. In September, the weak civilian government announced it was ready to “Give Peace a Chance” with the militants, to comply with the Islamic right-wing parties and their supporters.
Activist government negotiations could strain already tense relations between Pakistan and the United States
Ties suffered a severe blow when NATO airstrikes killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in the army two positions along the Afghan border on November 26. Pakistan has responded by closing its border with Afghanistan to supply NATO and to boycott an international conference aimed at stabilizing Afghanistan.
He also gave the U.S. until December 11 to release an air base used by U.S. drones in the southwestern province of Baluchistan.
The Pakistani military said the last flight carrying U.S. personnel and equipment left Shamsi, Sunday, and the base was taken over by the army.
The U.S. ambassador had said before the United States would do all he could to evacuate the base prior to maturity. A representative of the U.S. Embassy could not be reached for comment Sunday.
Shamsi cancellation is not expected a significant reduction in drone attacks in Pakistan. The U.S. military has used drones in the service which took off from Afghanistan to the border region, and then could not make it back to base because of mechanical difficulties or weather.
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Wife Cooks Husband Pakistan, A Pakistani woman has been detained on suspicion of killing her husband, cutting him and trying to cook the pieces, police in Karachi said Friday.Zainab Bibi, 32, was arrested in connection with the murder of her Tuesday husband Ahmad Abbas, police said.
His 22 years old nephew, Zaheer Ahmed, is accused of stabbing to death helped Abbas Bibi and sculpt his body into small pieces.
Police said she wanted to cook parts of her husband’s body so that it can dispose of it without getting caught.
Neighbours raised the alarm when they detect a foul odor in the neighborhood, police said.
Pakistan domestic satellite channel ARY News spoke to Bibi in the police station where she is detained in the southern city of Karachi.
In an interview broadcast Thursday night, she claimed to have killed her husband because he wanted a physical relationship with their daughter – and said she does not regret her actions.
“I killed my husband before daring to touch my daughter,” she said ARY News.