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[7 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

Karachi :  The Military Intelligence (MI) has arrested two suspected members of al Qaeda in the Indian Sub-continent from Malir Garrison in the port city in the recent days, Pakistan Today has learnt reliably.
According to sources, the suspected al Qaeda members were serving as prayer leaders in two different mosques of the garrison.
The MI had previously arrested four suspects associated with al Qaeda from Malir Garrison and seized arms and ammunition and drone cameras from their possession. Per reports, three of them were serving army personnel.
The two prayer leaders arrested …

Azad Kashmir, Gilgit -Baltistan, Jammu and Kashmir, NOrthern Areas, Religious Freedom »

[26 Aug 2015 | No Comment | ]

 By Shabbir Mir in The Express Tribune,Aug 26, 2015
GILGIT: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has approved the appointment of a National Accountability Bureau judge for Gilgit-Baltistan. This has sent alarm bells ringing for those who have embezzled from the public exchequer, especially during the previous government in the region.
The establishment of NAB in the region was requested by G-B Chief Minister Hafeezur Rahman after he assumed public office to deal with the corruption cases that surfaced during the previous government.
“The office will be operational as soon as the judge takes charge,” …

Bangladesh, Featured, Health, Pakistan, Religious Freedom, SINDH, Uncategorized »

[26 Oct 2010 | One Comment | ]

Pakistan’s Interior Ministry is processing amendments in the Foreigners Act to tighten controls over alien Bengalis living illegally in the country.  Representatives of the Ministry informed the National Assembly Standing Committee on Interior that these amendments became necessary as the question of aliens involved security and economic implications.
The meeting of the Committee, held on October 18 in Islamabad, was also informed by the National Aliens Registration Authority (NARA) that over two million Bengalis were residing in Karachi alone and that over 53,000 of them had been registered.  The Committee, chaired …

Headline, Pakistan, Religious Freedom, Taliban, Talibanisation, Terrorism »

[29 May 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

Taliban gun men on Friday May 28, targeted two mosques of minority Ahmadis in Lahore and killed seventy people. At least 90 people were injured. The last major attack on Pakistan’s cultural capital took place in March when a double suicide bombing killed dozens. This was for the first time Ahmadis were attacked. Hitherto, militants were targeting Shia Muslims.
Ahmadis consider themselves Muslim and follow all Islamic rituals. But they were declared non-Muslims in Pakistan in 1974 and in 1984 they were legally barred from proselytising or identifying themselves as Muslims.
“Punjabi …

Pak Army, Pakistan, Religious Freedom, Taliban, Talibanisation, Terrorism »

[25 Apr 2010 | No Comment | ]

BY now Pakistanis are accustomed to ‘non-state actors’ — nebulous creatures that are blamed for the nation’s ills and help the government defer the burden of accountability. In a nod to these elements, we learnt this month that the violence and intolerance that permeate this country’s campuses are the work of ‘non-student elements’.
This coinage comes from the Punjab University (PU), which re-opened recently as a 19-day faculty boycott came to an end. The faculty was protesting the beating — many describe it as attempted murder — of a professor. As …

Headline, India, Pakistan, Religious Freedom, Terrorism »

[4 Mar 2010 | No Comment | ]

The kidnapping of three Sikhs and beheading of one of them in the troubled FATA has earned a bad name for the country, where the track record of treatment of minorities is already poor. According to ISPR, the military rescued two of the kidnapped Sikhs after an operation and has shifted them to safety, while some news reports suggest they escaped the Taliban captivity in the Chapri Feroz Khel area between the Orakzai and Khyber Agencies and took shelter with the security forces in Tirah Valley. Conflicting reports aside, it …

Headline, India, Pakistan, Religious Freedom, Terrorism »

[23 Feb 2010 | No Comment | ]

TAXILA, Feb 22: In the wake of law and order situation and killing of an abducted Sikh allegedly by Taliban in Khyber Agency, the authorities have cut short the visit of the Indian Sikh pilgrims from three days to one day who arrived here at Gurdwara Punja Sahib Hassanabdal to offer religious their rituals.
Earlier their stay was planned for three days from February 21 to 23 to participate in “Saka Nankana Sahib Anniversary” which is being observed for the second time after the partition of the sub-continent. Earlier they visited …

Headline, Pakistan, Religious Freedom, Terrorism »

[22 Feb 2010 | No Comment | ]

LANDI KOTAL, Feb 21: Militants have beheaded a kidnapped Sikh in Tirah valley of Khyber Agency after his relatives failed to pay ransom, according to his family.
Jaspal Singh and two other Sikhs were kidnapped from the Chora Tanga area of Tirah two weeks ago.
According to the family, the kidnappers had demanded Rs20 million by Feb 20 for Mr Jaspal’s release.
Sources said that a jirga of some local elders and relatives of the kidnapped Sikhs went to Tirah on Saturday in order to negotiate the release of the hostages, but the …

Headline, Pakistan, Religious Freedom, Terrorism »

[10 Feb 2010 | No Comment | ]

QUETTA, Feb 9: The community of Hindus in Quetta has called upon the Balochistan government to curb the rising cases of kidnapping for ransom and robbery being perpetrated against its members.
Addressing a press conference on Tuesday with Minorities Minister Basant Lal Gulshan, a leader of Quetta Hindu Panchayat, Shyam Kumar, said the deteriorating law and order situation had served to heighten the vulnerability of the community.
He said the Hindus were a peace loving community and were as patriotic as any other community.
Mr Kumar said the community had played its due …

China, Religious Freedom »

[6 Jul 2009 | No Comment | ]

BEIJING – Three civilians were killed in rioting that struck the regional capital of China’s far west Xinjiang region on Sunday.
The dead were “three ordinary people of the Han ethnic group,” killed in rioting in Urumqi that witnesses and other sources have said involved members of the Uighur ethnic minority.
More than 20 others were injured in the incident and many motor vehicles were burned.