Daily Archives: July 13, 2017

4 Policemen Killed in Terrorist Attack in Southwest Pakistan

ISLAMABAD � Four policemen were shot and killed Thursday in southwest Pakistan by a group of Islamic militants.

A spokesman for the Baluchistan provincial government says the policemen were on a routine patrol in the capital city, Quetta,when the gunmen intercepted their vehicle and sprayed it with bullets before fleeing the scene. The dead officers included police Superintendent Mubarak Shah.

A breakaway faction of the Pakistani Taliban calling itself Jamaatul Ahrar has claimed responsibility for the attack. Additionally, Islamic State, through its global mouthpiece, the Amaq News Agency, is now also claiming responsibility for Thursday’s attack on police in Quetta.

The United Nations earlier this week designated Jamaatul Ahrar a global terrorist organization, saying the group operates out of neighboring Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province.

A suicide bomber riding a motorbike on Monday blew himself up near a police vehicle in the town of Chaman, near the Afghan border, killing the district police chief and two others. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for that attack.

Source: Voice of America

President for ethical, moral reformation of prisoners

President Mamnoon Hussain

Wednesday underscored the need for ethical and moral

reformation of the prisoners to control crime rate besides,

making prisoners an effective part of the society.

The president said this during presentation of a report

by the Prison Reforms Committee under the auspices of the

Federal Ombudsman Secretariat here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, a press release said.

He stressed that reforms in the jail system were

inevitable in this regard.

He noted that in the modern world, prison reforms had

been introduced in the light of Islamic teachings and prisons

had been turned into reforms centers.

He said the basic purpose of the punishment was to

change their mindset through better treatment and training.

Being a political worker, he himself experienced

imprisonment and personally observed conditions of prisoners,

the president added.

He further said in jails, prisoners were not

only subjected to physical punishment but also their self-

respect was hurt.

Such acts leave debilitating impact on their psyche

which created feelings of revenge among them against their own

enemies and the whole society, he observed.

The president said such punishments were of no use which

resulted in the alienation of a certain segment of society

from the mainstream and instead of being beneficial, it

actually became counter-productive.

He also noted that the modern concept of incarceration

and prisons was based upon spiritual and physical health

improvement of the prisoners.

He said Zakat could also be used to secure

release of prisoners who failed to pay their fines.

He also commended the efforts of the well off segment of

society for ameliorating the condition of prisoners and said

that such charity would promote goodwill in society.

Federal Ombudsman Salman Faruqui, Head of the Prison

Reforms Committee, Ejaz Ahmed Qureshi, former secretary

information Syed Anwar Mehmood, Chairperson of NCHD Senator

Razina Alam Khan, Chairman Higher Education Commission Dr

Mukhtar Ahmed, Vice Chancellor of Allama Iqbal Open University

Dr Shahid Siddiqui, Executive Director of COMSATS Dr S M

Junaid Zaidi, prominent industrialist Sardar Yasin Malik,

Patron in Chief of Pakistan Sweet Homes Zammurd Khan, Managing

Director National Book Foundation Dr Inam ul Haq Javeid and

many other prominent social and industrialist personalities

attended the event.

Source: Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage

Gunmen Kill Four Police In Pakistan’s Quetta

Four police officers have been shot dead in the city of Quetta by unknown assailants, officials say.

Police sources told RFE/RL that the attack happened on July 13 in the Deeba area of the city. One police officer was also injured.

One of the victims was identified as Senior Police Superintendent Mubarak Shah.

The Jamat ul-Ahrar, a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack in an e-mail sent to RFE/RL.

Police have launched a search for the perpetrators.

Police officer Sajid Khan Mohmand was killed in a suicide attack in the border city of Chaman on July 10.

Copyright (c) 2015. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036.

4 Policemen Killed in Terrorist Attack in Southwest Pakistan

ISLAMABAD � Four policemen were shot and killed Thursday in southwest Pakistan by a group of Islamic militants.

A spokesman for the Baluchistan provincial government says the policemen were on a routine patrol in the capital city, Quetta,when the gunmen intercepted their vehicle and sprayed it with bullets before fleeing the scene. The dead officers included police Superintendent Mubarak Shah.

A breakaway faction of the Pakistani Taliban calling itself Jamaatul Ahrar has claimed responsibility for the attack. Additionally, Islamic State, through its global mouthpiece, the Amaq News Agency, is now also claiming responsibility for Thursday’s attack on police in Quetta.

The United Nations earlier this week designated Jamaatul Ahrar a global terrorist organization, saying the group operates out of neighboring Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province.

A suicide bomber riding a motorbike on Monday blew himself up near a police vehicle in the town of Chaman, near the Afghan border, killing the district police chief and two others. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for that attack.

Source: Voice of America

American, Afghan Forces Intensify Anti-IS Fight in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON/NANGARHAR, AFGHANISTAN � As the Islamic State terror group loses ground in Iraq and Syria, U.S. and Afghan forces are stepping up their attacks on the group’s offshoot in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province.

The U.S. military, in coordination with Afghan security forces, are pounding IS hideouts in Achin, Haskamena and Kot districts with rockets being fired from Jalalabad airfield where U.S. troops are stationed.

The terror group has been active in the eastern region of the country for almost two years.

U.S and Afghan security forces have been conducting ground and air operations against IS militants in the Nangarhar for some time now. The rocket attacks, however, indicate an intensification in the war against IS in the country.

Attaullah Khogyani, Nangarhar provincial government spokesperson told VOA that the rocket attacks on IS hideouts are conducted based on intelligence provided by the Afghan security agencies.

He added that the rocket attacks have targeted key IS members, killing several of them.

Rocket attacks more accurate

Local residents in areas under IS control echo Khogyani’s account and have welcomed the move, saying rocket attacks are more accurate and effective. Ground operations by Afghan security forces, they say, result in civilian casualties at times.

Waliullah, a local resident in Deh Bala district said rockets have targeted IS positions only, without causing harm to the civilians in the area.

Airstrikes and ground operations have caused civilian casualties. Rockets fired from the city (U.S. military base) are accurate and do not target civilians, Waliullah told VOA’s Afghan service.

U.S. and Afghan security forces have been engaged in joint- counterterrorism operations against IS militants in Nangarhar and neighboring Kunar province.

Drone strike a success

Earlier this year, U.S military and Afghan government promised to eliminate IS in Afghanistan by the end of 2017. Hundreds of IS fighters, including several senior commanders have been killed in recent months.

A suspected U.S. drone strike late Tuesday reportedly targeted a gathering of IS militants in Kunar province, killing 11 fighters, including four key IS commanders.

Pentagon did not immediately confirm Tuesday’s drone strike.

The IS terror group has been active in several districts in Nangarhar province. Recently, it has expanded to neighboring mountainous Kunar and Nuristan provinces as well, which share a border with Pakistan, to establish a persistent presence there.

Militant leaders killed

IS has drawn the majority of its members from the Pakistani Taliban fighters, some former Afghan Taliban, and other militants from varied nationalities, including militants from India, Iran, Russia and central Asian neighbors.

In May, the terror group lost Sheikh Abdul Hasib, its leader in Afghanistan. Hasib was killed in a joint U.S. Afghan forces raid in eastern Nangarhar.

His predecessor and founder of IS’s branch in Afghanistan, Hafiz Saeed Khan � a former Pakistani Taliban commander � was also killed in a U.S. drone strike in July of 2016.

Source: Voice of America

President for ethical, moral reformation of prisoners

President Mamnoon Hussain

Wednesday underscored the need for ethical and moral

reformation of the prisoners to control crime rate besides,

making prisoners an effective part of the society.

The president said this during presentation of a report

by the Prison Reforms Committee under the auspices of the

Federal Ombudsman Secretariat here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, a press release said.

He stressed that reforms in the jail system were

inevitable in this regard.

He noted that in the modern world, prison reforms had

been introduced in the light of Islamic teachings and prisons

had been turned into reforms centers.

He said the basic purpose of the punishment was to

change their mindset through better treatment and training.

Being a political worker, he himself experienced

imprisonment and personally observed conditions of prisoners,

the president added.

He further said in jails, prisoners were not

only subjected to physical punishment but also their self-

respect was hurt.

Such acts leave debilitating impact on their psyche

which created feelings of revenge among them against their own

enemies and the whole society, he observed.

The president said such punishments were of no use which

resulted in the alienation of a certain segment of society

from the mainstream and instead of being beneficial, it

actually became counter-productive.

He also noted that the modern concept of incarceration

and prisons was based upon spiritual and physical health

improvement of the prisoners.

He said Zakat could also be used to secure

release of prisoners who failed to pay their fines.

He also commended the efforts of the well off segment of

society for ameliorating the condition of prisoners and said

that such charity would promote goodwill in society.

Federal Ombudsman Salman Faruqui, Head of the Prison

Reforms Committee, Ejaz Ahmed Qureshi, former secretary

information Syed Anwar Mehmood, Chairperson of NCHD Senator

Razina Alam Khan, Chairman Higher Education Commission Dr

Mukhtar Ahmed, Vice Chancellor of Allama Iqbal Open University

Dr Shahid Siddiqui, Executive Director of COMSATS Dr S M

Junaid Zaidi, prominent industrialist Sardar Yasin Malik,

Patron in Chief of Pakistan Sweet Homes Zammurd Khan, Managing

Director National Book Foundation Dr Inam ul Haq Javeid and

many other prominent social and industrialist personalities

attended the event.

Source: Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage