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Pakistani provincial minister killed in suicide attack

پاکستانی صوبہ پنجاب کے وزیر داخلہ شجاع خانزادہ کے ڈیرے پر اتوار کے روز ہونے والے ایک بم حملے میں خانزادہ سمیت کم از کم دس افراد جاں بحق ہو گئے ہیں۔ خانزادہ کی ہلاکت کی تصدیق ڈسٹرکٹ ایمرجنسی آفیسر ڈاکٹر اشفاق نے بھی کر دی ہے۔ اطلاعات کے مطابق اس بم دھماکے سے ڈیرے کی یہ عمارت مکمل طور پر تباہ ہو گئی، جب کہ 20 افراد اس کے ملبے تلے دفن ہو گئے۔ یہ بھی بتایا گیا ہے کہ اٹک میں وزیر داخلہ کے اس ڈیرے پر یہ حملہ ایک ایسے وقت پر کیا گیا جب وہاں 20 تا 30 افراد موجود تھے۔ ریسکیو ورکرز کے مطابق اب تک دس افراد کی لاشیں برآمد کی جا چکی ہیں۔

A suicide bomber has killed a Pakistani provincial minister and at least nine other people. Shuja Khanzada was very active in crackdowns on militants and Taliban insurgents. Shuja Khanzada, Home Minister of Punjab, was killed after the blast brought down the roof of a building where he was holding a meeting in Shadi Khan in the Attock district, local officials ... Read More »

Pakistan: At least four civilians dead “due to Indian unprovoked firing”

India and Pakistan exchanged gunfire and mortar bombs along their disputed frontier, killing at least four civilians. They were killed "due to Indian unprovoked firing", Pakistani military said in statements. Pakistan said at least four of its civilians were killed and five were wounded in artillery fire that struck villages Thursday near the border with India, blaming the archrival neighbor for the casualties. The Pakistani civilians were killed "due to Indian unprovoked firing", the Pakistani military said in statements on the clashes. India said a women on its side of the frontier was killed in Pakistani firing the previous day. Islamabad summoned India's diplomatic envoy to its Foreign Office and protested over the incident, as well as over what it described as a violation of its airspace the day before. The Pakistani military claimed to have shot down an Indian spy drone on Wednesday. A photograph released by the military appeared to show a small, unarmed commercially available model. India rejected the allegations, saying none of its drones "crossed into the Pakistani side."

India and Pakistan exchanged gunfire and mortar bombs along their disputed frontier, killing at least four civilians. They were killed “due to Indian unprovoked firing”, Pakistani military said in statements. Pakistan said at least four of its civilians were killed and five were wounded in artillery fire that struck villages Thursday near the border with India, blaming the archrival neighbor ... Read More »

Modi, Sharif in rare talks at BRICS summit

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accepted an invitation to make his first official visit to rival Pakistan next year. He and his counterpart Nawaz Sharif announced the move at the BRICS summit in Russia. Indian broadcaster NDTV said Sharif and Modi held talks, focused on the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks, for an hour on Friday on the fringe of the summit in Ufa, Russia. It said India had agreed to send more evidential voice recordings against suspects held in Pakistan for their alleged roles in the attacks on Mumbai, India's commercial hub. In the past, Pakistan has reacted to Indian accusations of being slow to prosecute the alleged mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi by saying India had failed to submit strong evidence. Officials at the summit said voice samples of suspects who gave instructions from Pakistan on the phone to the 10 terrorists who fanned across Mumbai would be sent to Pakistan, NDTV said. The 2008 Mumbai attacks claimed 166 lives. Encounter on fringe of summit The Press Trust of India news agency said the two leaders' encounter - their first in over a year - occurred during a dinner hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin at the summit of the BRICS group of emerging powers. Modi and Sharif first met in May last year (pictured above) when the Pakistani leader attended Modi's swearing-in ceremony. Relations between the nuclear-armed neighbors had also remained cool over border skirmishes in the disputed Kashmir region. Sniper kills Indian soldier India's army said a Pakistani sniper shot dead an Indian border guard at Baramulla in northern Kashmir on Thursday. Another soldier was killed as Indian forces retaliated, said Vishwa Bandhu, a spokesman for India's Border Security Force. Earlier this week, the two countries had exchanged fire at a border segment near the Pakistani city of Sialkot. India has long accused Pakistan of arming and training Kashmiri insurgents. Pakistan has denied such charges. Since independence from British rule in 1947, India and Pakistan have fought three wars, two of them over the mostly Muslim-region of Kashmir.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accepted an invitation to make his first official visit to rival Pakistan next year. He and his counterpart Nawaz Sharif announced the move at the BRICS summit in Russia. Indian broadcaster NDTV said Sharif and Modi held talks, focused on the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks, for an hour on Friday on the fringe of ... Read More »

Can the high-level talks lead to peace in Afghanistan?

پاکستانی وزارت خارجہ کی جانب سے جاری کردہ ایک بیان میں کہا گیا ہے کہ افغان حکام اور طالبان کے درمیان ایک روزہ بات چیت پاکستانی سیاحتی علاقے مری میں ہوئی۔ اس ملاقات میں فریقین نے ماہ رمضان کے بعد دوبارہ ملنے پر اتفاق کیا ہے۔ وزارت خارجہ کے مطابق یہ ملاقات منگل کے روز ہوئی، جس میں چین اور امریکا کے وفود نے بھی شرکت کی۔ بیان میں کہا گیا ہے کہ اس اجلاس میں فریقین کی جانب سے افغانستان میں قیام امن اور مفاہمتی عمل پر اتفاق ظاہر کیا گیا ہے۔

Afghan officials and Taliban representatives have met in Islamabad for talks. But experts say such negotiations can only lead to peace if those involved are recognized by the Taliban leadership. An Afghan government delegation met with Taliban representatives on Tuesday, July 8, in Pakistan following a series of informal talks between the two warring sides in various countries. The meeting, ... Read More »

Deadliest, week-long Pakistan heatwave kills 1,233 in Karachi

Tens of thousands of people have been treated for heatstroke in Pakistan's southern port of Karachi. The heatwave, the worst on record, has already killed 1,233 people, local authorities say. About 65,000 heatstroke patients have been treated by doctors at Karachi's hospitals since June 20 according to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority. The heatwave has affected Sindh province, of which Karachi is the capital. Temperatures have reached 45 degrees Celsius (113 degress Fahrenheit). Operations director Nazar Mohammad Bozdar said that 1,923 patients with heat-related ailments were still being treated. There have been power outages and many people have spent nights outdoors in cooler air. "The government quickly responded by making arrangements for the treatment of heatstroke patients and the situation has improved now," he said. Pakistan's deadliest heatwave on record has taken place at the same time as the holy month of Ramadan, when the Muslim community fast from dawn to dusk. Salma Kausar Ali of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation said that temperatures in Pakistan's most populated city have started to come down, towards 36 and 37 degrees Celsius. There are 20 million people living in Karachi. Kausar Ali said that most of the victims of the heatwave were people aged more than 60 years or people who worked out of doors.

Tens of thousands of people have been treated for heatstroke in Pakistan’s southern port of Karachi. The heatwave, the worst on record, has already killed 1,233 people, local authorities say. About 65,000 heatstroke patients have been treated by doctors at Karachi’s hospitals since June 20 according to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority. The heatwave has affected Sindh province, of which ... Read More »

Gunmen attack bus, kill over 40 Shiites in Pakistan’s Karachi

More than 40 Shiite Muslims have been killed in Karachi after attackers opened fire on a bus they were traveling in. This is the latest in a series of attacks on minorities in Pakistan. At least 43 people belonging to the minority Ismaili Shiite community were killed after six gunmen riding motorcycles opened fire on a bus in Pakistan's southern city Karachi. At least 16 women were among the dead and 13 other passengers were wounded as the bus made its way to a mosque in the commercial hub, police said. "Six terrorists came on three motorcycles, they entered the bus and began firing indiscriminately. They used 9mm pistols and all those killed and injured were hit by the 9mm pistols," Ghulam Hyder Jamali, police chief of Sindh province, told journalists. The Jundullah group, affiliated to the Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack. "These killed people were Ismaili and we consider them kafir [heretics]. We had four attackers. In the coming days we will attack Ismailis, Shiites and Christians," Reuters news agency quoted Jundullah spokesman Ahmed Marwat as saying. The Sindh province administration condemned the attack. "They were innocent people," Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah said, adding that his government felt "very sorry for this ghastly act." Attacks on minorities rise Terror strikes on minorities have increased since Islamabad stepped up its efforts against militants after terrorists brutally gunned down over 150 people, mostly children, in a Peshawar school. Over 1,000 Shiites have been killed in targeted attacks in the past two years. The biggest attack this year was in January, when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a mosque in the northern Shikarpur district, killing over 60. At least 20 people were killed in February in yet another Shiite mosque attack in Peshawar. Shiites make up 20 percent of the population in Pakistan, which is a Sunni majority country. The Ismaili Shiites follow their spiritual leader, Prince Karim Aga Khan, who is a globally renowned philanthropist and business magnate. However, the Ismailis, together with other Shiite groups like the Bohri Muslims, are often attacked by the Taliban and affiliated groups, who consider them as heretics.

More than 40 Shiite Muslims have been killed in Karachi after attackers opened fire on a bus they were traveling in. This is the latest in a series of attacks on minorities in Pakistan. At least 43 people belonging to the minority Ismaili Shiite community were killed after six gunmen riding motorcycles opened fire on a bus in Pakistan’s southern ... Read More »

Pakistan, India to play six full series

LAHORE: Pakistan confirmed on Wednesday it had agreed to play six full series of cricket against India with official backing, the first since the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks suspended play between the teams. Pakistan is expected to host four of the matches over the next eight years, after its cricket board said it had signed a memorandum of understanding with India on the issue, and pending a legal agreement. "The Future Tours Program (FTP) for Pakistan between 2015 and 2023 will have six tours with India, four of which will be hosted by Pakistan," Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief operating officer Subhan Ahmed told AFP. Reports had been circulating since last month that a full series would be played between the two nations as early as next year after the PCB conditionally agreed to a reorganisation of the game's administration, the International Cricket Council (ICC), which will give India a bigger say in its governance. India suspended all bilateral series with Pakistan in the wake of the 2008 attacks, which New Delhi blamed on militants based across the border. The Pakistan team did tour India for a short limited over series in December 2012-January 2013 but a full series was not agreed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Ahmad said the six tours would involve "14 Tests, 30 one-days and 12 T20s". The PCB expected the tours to be written into legally binding agreements "as soon as possible," he added. The PCB wanted the first of the series to be played on home ground but if the security situation was not conducive to it the match will be played in the United Arab Emirates. Pakistan have not hosted any international cricket since terrorist attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus in March 2009. If the series goes ahead it will mark the biggest success for Pakistan in recent years after a prolonged isolation at the international level due to security fears. Pakistan last played a full series in India in 2007 while India last toured Pakistan in 2006. The cricket matches between Pakistan and India are widely seen as the most sought after in cricket globally, with billions watching them on television around the world.AFP

LAHORE: Pakistan confirmed on Wednesday it had agreed to play six full series of cricket against India with official backing, the first since the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks suspended play between the teams. Pakistan is expected to host four of the matches over the next eight years, after its cricket board said it had signed a memorandum of understanding with ... Read More »

Pakistan, India cricket series likely

According to sources a full series has been agreed between the 2 nations in 2015. Pakistan will be the host of this series. Sources also revealed that both the cricket boards have agreed that Pakistan would tour India in 2017.

According to sources a full series has been agreed between the 2 nations in 2015. Pakistan will be the host of this series. Sources also revealed that both the cricket boards have agreed that Pakistan would tour India in 2017. Read More »

Pakistan, Sri Lanka play final of Asia Cup today

Sri Lanka beat Pakistan in the opening match of the tournament while Pakistan beat India, Afghansitan and Bangladesh. Squads Pakistan Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Abdur Rehman, Ahmed Shehzad, Anwar Ali, Bilawal Bhatti, Fawad Alam, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Talha, Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi, Sharjeel Khan, Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal (wk), Umar Gul Sri Lanka Angelo Mathews (capt), Dinesh Chandimal (vice- capt),Lasith Malinga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Kumar Sangakkara(wk), Mahela Jayawardena, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Chaturanga De Silva, Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis, Ashan Priyanjan.

Sri Lanka beat Pakistan in the opening match of the tournament while Pakistan beat India, Afghansitan and Bangladesh. Squads Pakistan Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Abdur Rehman, Ahmed Shehzad, Anwar Ali, Bilawal Bhatti, Fawad Alam, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Talha, Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi, Sharjeel Khan, Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal (wk), Umar Gul Sri Lanka Angelo Mathews (capt), Dinesh Chandimal (vice- capt),Lasith ... Read More »

Pakistan, Sri Lanka 3rd ODI clash today

The ODI series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka is interestingly levelled at 1-1 after the visitors won a tense second game by two wickets with just two balls remaining. The match will start at 4pm (PST). Squads: Pakistan (from): Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Mohammad Hafeez, Sharjeel Khan, Ahmed Shehzad, Sohaib Maqsood, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur ... Read More »

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