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PAK in Constant Conflict

Three policemen were killed and one wounded in a gun attack on a checkpost in Quetta’s Saryab Road area on Sunday, Balochistan Deputy Inspector General Police Abdul Razzaq confirmed the news.

The DIGP said four unidentified assailants riding two motorcycles opened fire on a checkpost in the Chakki Shahwani area. One policeman was killed on the spot and two others wounded, police sources said.

The injured were rushed to the hospital where two of the police officers succumbed to their wounds.

The gunmen fled following the attack, the sources said, adding that the shooting appeared to be an incident of targeted killing.

Security was tightened following the attack and all exit and entry points to the city were secured, the DIGP said.

Saryab road is considered to be one of the sensitive areas of Quetta. Militants have been targeting security forces in the area for almost a decade.

Balochistan has experienced violence and targeted killings for over a decade.

 

 

 

PAKISTAN: DEATH FOR BLASPHEMY ON FACEBOOK

A Pakistani man has been sentenced to death for committing blasphemy on Facebook, the first of its kind onsocial media.

 Judge Shabbir Ahmad Awan handed down the verdict in Bahawalpur, finding Taimoor Raza guilty of insulting the prophet Mohammed, prosecutor Shafiq Qureshi said.

Raza had a Facebook argument about Islam with someone who turned out to be a counter-terrorism department official, defence lawyer Rana Fida Hussain said.

The official brought charges against Raza based on the comments made on the social networking site.

Hussain said his client was innocent and that he would appeal the conviction.

Blasphemy is a sensitive charge in conservative Muslim Pakistan, where even unproven allegations can trigger mob lynchings and violence.

A young boy was killed and five others were wounded last month when a mob attacked a police station in an attempt to lynch a Hindu man charged with blasphemy for allegedly posting an incendiary image on social media.

Millions of Pakistanis have been receiving text messages from the government warning them against sharing “blasphemous” content online, a move rights activists said would encourage more vigilante attacks.

 

 

Pakistan’s ISI Behind Appointment of New ISIS Chief in Afghanistan: Uzbekistani.

In a letter obtained by the Associated Press in Uzbekistan, ISIS leader Moawiya Uzbekistani has said that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Afghanistan, declares their opposition regarding the appointment of a Pakistani national, Sheikh Aslam Farooqi, as the new leader of the group in Afghanistan. He said that, the appointment of Farooqi is an attempt by the Pakistani military intelligence, Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) to defame the organisation. He also said “Even if this information is not true, then also we don’t accept it, because we all fight for Allah and his religion,” He has also warned regarding against “infidels, intelligence services and the deceitful” acting from “behind the scenes”.

 

 

Qatari Delegation Arrives in Lahore

A five-member delegation of Qatari Royals led by Qatari Emir’s secretary Abdul Hadi Mana Al Hajri has arrived at Punjab Capital city of Lahore, on an unannounced visit to Pakistan. The nature of the Qatari delegation is likely to discuss the Qatar crisis and the role of Qatari prince in Panama Papers probe. However, the Foreign Office has totally denied arranging such visit.

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