Islamabad, Dec 12 (IANS) Two Pakistani soldiers were killed and two were injured Wednesday when unidentified militants fired at an army vehicle in the country’s northwest tribal region, media reports said.
Official sources told Urdu TV channel Dawn that the gunmen opened fire at a vehicle used by a military-run construction company, the Frontier Works Organization, in Miran Shah area of North Waziristan.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Following the incident, the administration of North Waziristan imposed curfew in the area.
Islamabad, Dec 12 (IANS) At least two policemen were killed and eight people injured Wednesday in a blast that rocked a restaurant in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi, media reports said.
The blast occurred around 5.30 p.m. outside the restaurant in Landhi area, Xinhua reported citing Dunya TV.
Witnesses told local media the bomb may have been detonated by remote control.
At least two of the injured are in critical condition.
The restaurant and two motorbikes were destroyed in the blast while several nearby shops were damaged.
Iqbal Mahmood, additional inspector general of Sindh Police, earlier said that over 100 policemen have been killed in attacks in Karachi this year.
Islamabad, Dec 12 (IANS) A policeman and a doctor were among six people gunned down in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi, a media report said Wednesday.
Other victims of Tuesday’s violence included Syed Bahawal Shah and his son Baqar Shah, both employees of the Customs Department. They were shot dead in Sherpao Colony of the city.
Two others, Abdul Ghaffar and Sohail, were killed in Metroville area, Geo News reported.
Police officer Mukhtiar Ghuman was gunned down in Ittehad area while he was on his way to a police station on his motorbike.
Gunmen also targeted doctor Zubair at his clinic in Zia colony.
Islamabad, Dec 10 (IANS) Eight people, including three policemen, were killed Monday in a brazen attack by Islamists on a police station in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
The police station is located 15 km from Bannu city, Geo News reported.
The militants lobbed grenades and opened fire, killing five people who had just offered prayers.
Police said four of the attackers were also killed in a counter-attack while a search was on for another man.
Islamabad, Dec 10 (IANS) Faction and sub-factions within militant forces are battling each other and opening up “new threats and new risks of even greater violence”, said a Pakistani daily Monday.
An editorial in the News International said it was a fallacy to think of the militant forces who command the north of Pakistan as a homogenous force.
“Of late, it is becoming clearer that they are in fact divided into factions and sub-factions, some quite bitterly opposed to each other. This opens up new threats and new risks of even greater violence as a result of infighting,” it said.
The daily cited the example of the narrow escape of Mullah Nazir, a powerful militant commander, who faced an assassination bid by a suicide bomber in South Waziristan.
Nazir, closely linked to the North Waziristan Gul Bahadur group and also the Haqqani network, believes the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), commanded by Hakimullah Mehsud was responsible for the attack.
“Tribal tensions are also involved…Similar differences are thought to have led to the attack, apparently by the TTP, on a convoy of former Jamaat-e-Islami leader, Qazi Hussain Ahmed, in the Mohmand Agency,” said the editorial.
The daily said that right now “the divides we are seeing opens up more dangers, and it is important that as a nation we recognise that all militant forces are essentially dangerous, and threaten to add further dimensions of violence to the country”.
“But it must be explored whether these divisions in militant ranks open up any window of opportunity for our security establishment for talks to negotiate peace and make allies. With the violence in Balochistan and Karachi; an economy that is hardly stable; and threats of terrorist attacks already a reality, Pakistan cannot afford more chaos as a result of differences within these militant groups,” it added.
Islamabad, Dec 9 (IANS) A three-member Cuban band has enthralled visitors in Islamabad’s Nysa Lounge with a hearty mix of jazz and Caribbean rhythms.
A3′s trombone player Ariel Perez, Ana Maria Califf on the Yamaha keyboard and Alberto Batista on drums were a unique company, the Dawn reported Sunday.
Cuban Ambassador Zenen Buerjo was among the guests at the lounge Saturday and was delighted to see young Pakistanis appreciate the jazz band.
“This is the start of a very good musical relationship between the peoples of the two countries,” the ambassador said.
Islamabad, Dec 9 (IANS) A huge cache of arms and ammunition was seized from a truck during a police raid in Pakistan’s Peshawar city, the Dawn reported Sunday.
An alleged arms smuggler was also arrested in Saturday’s raid in Bana Mani area. A total of 143 shotguns and 39 pistols of different kinds were among the items seized. The weapons were destined for Afghanistan.
Islamabad, Dec 9 (IANS) A burglar jumped to his death from a fourth-floor apartment in Karachi when police raided the place.
The incident took place in Gulistan-i-Jauhar area of Karachi Friday. Three of his accomplices were arrested, the Dawn reported Sunday.
Zaheer Khan was wanted in several cases of robberies in the city, police said.
Islamabad, Dec 9 (IANS) At least four people died in a US drone strike in Pakistan Sunday.
Four missiles were fired at a militant hideout in Tibbi village in North Waziristan, killing the four, Xinhua reported.
Islamabad, Dec 9 (IANS) Islamabad Saturday dismissed Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s allegation that the assassination bid on Afghan intelligence chief was planned in Pakistan’s Quetta city, Xinhua reported.
Assadullah Khalid, head of Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) and a confidant of Karzai, was injured in Thursday’s attack in a guest house of the spy agency in Kabul.
Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in revenge for the recent execution of several Taliban prisoners, saying the attacker posed as a peace messenger.
On Saturday, Karzai, however, ruled out the possibility of Taliban’s involvement in the attack, saying it was impossible for Taliban to carry out what he described as a “complicated attack”.
He alleged that the attack was planned by Pakistan-based militants and called for investigation to ascertain the attackers.
Pakistan, however, asked Kabul to share intelligence with Pakistan instead of levelling charges.
“Before levelling charges the Afghan government would do well if they shared information or evidence with the government of Pakistan that they might have with regard to the cowardly attack on the head of NDS.
“They would also do well by ordering an investigation into any lapses in the security arrangements around the NDS chief,” Pakistan’s foreign ministry said.
Islamabad, Dec 7 (IANS) At least six people were killed and many others injured in separate incidents of firing in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi Friday, Xinhua reported.
Three bodies were found in another area in gunny sacks.
The violence broke out early morning when two people were gunned down in the city’s Haji Camp area, stirring tension. Later, two bodies with prominent torture marks were found in Nazimabad area.
Two men were killed and several others injured in other incidents of firing by unidentified motorcyclists in two other areas of the city.
Earlier in the day, three bodies were recoverd from Garden area in gunny sacks and bore fresh wounds.
Islamabad, Dec 7 (IANS) Pakistan has asked the US to find alternatives to drone strikes for the purpose of eliminating terrorists.
Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, during a meeting with US Ambassador Richard Olson Thursday, briefed him on how counter-productive the drone ofensive was. He told the US envoy that “alternative means to eliminate terrorists” needed to be found out, Dawn reported.
The courtesy call turned out to be Olson’s tryst with protests over drone attacks because of the early morning US strike on a militant hideout in North Waziristan that left four people dead, the report added.
Pakistan and the US have long been negotiating what is often referred to as “mutually acceptable solution” to drone attacks.
The US views drones as a crucial weapon in its war against terrorists.