Human Rights Monitor

Country Summary
Pakistan had another violent year in 2013. Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League won parliamentary elections in May and Sharif became prime minister in June. The elections were marred by a bombing and targeted killing campaign by the Taliban and their affiliates to sabotage the elections. The new government replaced the Pakistan People’s Party-led government, in office since 2008. The constitutional transfer of power from one civilian government to another was the first in Pakistan’s history.

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Fresh violence claims 16 lives in Karachi
A fresh wave of sectarian and ethnic killings claimed 16 more lives in the city on Saturday. Twelve men from Deoband school of thought and three MQM activists were among the dead.
In one of the incidents, unidentified men barged into Taqwa Mosque in Gulberg and shot injured two members – Qari Asif and Qari Shakirullah – of the mosque committee. The injured were rushed to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) where doctors pronounced them dead.
Separately, three more Deobandis were shot dead in Sector 5C-4, North Karachi
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Four bodies found in Mohmand
Four bodies were found in Mohmand tribal district with no clear motives of the killing, security sources said on Saturday.
Four bodies, including that of a father and son, were found in Yakha Ghund area of Mohmand tribal district late on Friday, while the fifth body was found in Budhani area of Peshawar on Saturday, sources told Daily Times requesting anonymity.
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Landikotal explosion injures two
A bomb exploded in Landikotal bazaar on Saturday leaving two people with minor injuries, witnesses said. The explosion took place near a cell phone market and the press club, which smashed the glasses of a nearby shop.
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Four killed in separate incidents
At least four people, including a woman, were killed in separate incidents across the city on Saturday. In the first incident, a father of three children was killed in Sabzazar police precincts.
The deceased, identified as Zahid Hussain, was on his way in a car when Zahid Sunyara, who had recently come out from jail, approached him along with his accomplices and shot and wounded him.
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3 killed, three injured in Khuzdar firing
At least three people were killed and three others injured in an exchange of fire on Sunday. Police said that the exchange of fire took place between two groups over an old enmity in Ornach area.
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Quetta bomb attack kills one, injures 12: Officials
A civilian was killed and 12 others including three children injured when a car bomb targeted a paramilitary convoy Tuesday in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, officials said.
The explosives-packed car went off after vehicles of the paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) passed, FC spokesman Murtaza Baig told AFP.
“The militants targeted two vehicles of FC but the remote-control device exploded after our convoy had passed the parked car,” he said.
Police and security forces are frequently attacked in the insurgency-plagued Balochistan province, of which Quetta is the capital.
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Sectarian violence: Three Hazara men shot dead
Three persons belonging to the Hazara community were gunned down on Arbab Karam Khan Road on Thursday. According to the police, the victims were going in a rickshaw when unknown armed men riding a motorcycle opened fire on them near the Farooq Flour Mills in the limits of the Saryab Police Station
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Human Rights First condemns arrest of 11-year-old blasphemy accused girl
Human Rights First (HRF), an American organisation for human rights, has condemned the recent arrest of the 11-year-old Christian girl in Pakistan who has been accused of blasphemy for allegedly burning a Noorani Quaida.
“This case is outrageous and should refocus the world’s attention on the abuse of blasphemy laws around the globe,” said Human Rights First’s Joelle Fiss
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Blasphemy-accused girl: US find case 'deeply disturbing'
US State Department says the case of an 11-year-old girl arrested in Pakistan on charges of blasphemy is “deeply disturbing.
According to a transcript of the press briefing, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said that they are calling on the Pakistani government to have the investigation into the matter in a transparent way.
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Backlash fear prompts Christian families to flee
Amid reports of many Christian families fleeing the town near the federal capital in fear of a backlash, President Asif Ali Zardari on Sunday sought a detailed report on the arrest of an 11-year-old Christian girl on blasphemy charges.
Rifta Masih – who suffers from Down’s syndrome – was jailed by the police in Meharabadi village, near Islamabad, on Saturday after being severely beaten up by locals, for allegedly burning 10 pages of the Noorani Qaida.
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Police remove Quranic verses from Ahmadi graves to 'avert clashes'
A heavy police contingent on Friday, on the demand of a banned organisation, removed Quranic verses and religious texts written on tombstones of Ahmadi graves to save the area from clashes on religious grounds.
An application was moved to the area police of Uncha Mangat claiming Kassoki villagers’ demands of the removal of Quranic verses and religious text from Ahmadi graves in the graveyard on Hafizabad-Sheikhupura Road.
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Girl school blown up in South Waziristan
The Government Higher Secondary School for girls located in Dab Kot village, South Waziristan was blown up when explosive materials planted near the building detonated on Monday, a political administration confirmed to The Express Tribune.
The bombs, placed at three different places close to the school building, exploded and damaged classrooms, porch and boundary wall of the school building, the official added.
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2 killed in reaction to Shia killings in Gilgit: Sources
Two truck drivers were killed in Nagar’s Chalt valley of Gilgit-Baltistan in reaction to the massacre of 19 Shia passengers, sources told The Express Tribune by phone from Gilgit. One of the victims was identified as Muhammad Ishaque from Mohmand Agency.
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Time for govt to act against jihadi outfits collecting donations
The scene wasn`t much different from last year a horde of beggars lining up along the entry and exit gates of Bagh-I-Naran, women clad in burgas and men spreading out their chadors and shawls asking for alms. Some of these faces are recognisable. This is commonplace and not restricted to Eid days only.
What also were not unusual groups of jihadi organisations, seeking donations to help wage `jihad` against the United States in Afghanistan. Jamaat-ud Da`wa and Al-Badr Mujahideen activists holding printed material handouts and banners were using megaphones to attract attention and donors.
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Two killed in a family feud
Two people of a family, including a woman, were killed in the district over land dispute, while nine were injured in four separate incidents on Sunday.
According to police, a man and his female relative suffered serious injuries after two groups traded fire over a land dispute in Khurram area.
The woman, Gul Naz Begum, later died, while the other injured, Salman, was admitted to the Tehsil Headquarters Hospital, Banda Daud Shah in critical condition.
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Four killed, 23 injured as van overturns
Four people were killed and 23 others, including women and children, injured in a road accident on Tando Allahyar bypass on Sunday.
The deceased and the injured were travelling in an overcrowded van going to Mirpurkhas from here. The driver lost control of the van due to speeding and the van overturned.
Three of the deceased were identified as Sarfaraz Sehto, Sanwal Brohl and Shafi Shah.
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Memoirs of a Hindu girl
I grew up in fear – every face around me depicted nothing but fear. I am sure that the first expression on my parent’s face on my birth as a female child born to Hindu parents living in Kandhkot would have been that of fear also. Why did I bring so much fear into the lives of my parents? I grew up always wondering what is it about me that continue to terrify. But I always drew a blank. How naïve I was.
Before I knew it, the time to attend school had arrived. School was comfortable; however, there were times when I felt like an outsider, finding it difficult to gel in with rest of the majority. Perhaps the snide remarks and incidents of discrimination led me to believe that I am not one of ‘them’. Of those incidents, I still vividly remember no one eating with me and refusing to sip from the cup I drank from.
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Two killed in festive firing
Celebratory firing here on Saturday night resulted in killing of two people and injuries to five others.
The district Ruet-i-Hilal committee announced at 9.30pm that Shawwal moon had been sighted and there would be Eidul Fitr on Sunday.
Soon after the announcement firing erupted throughout the district. The police had appealed to the people that they should avoid resorting to firing in the air on the eve of Eid.
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Operation completed at Kamra base, all 8 militants killed
The valiant personnel of Pakistan Air Force and SSG Commandoes of Pak Army have completed the operation against the attackers at Kamra air base in which all eight militants have been killed while search for more miscreants is still underway in the surrounding area of the facility, sources said Thursday.
According to PAF spokesman, seven to eight militants stormed into PAF Base Minhas and in a two-way clash all eight were killed while one body of a suicide bomber, a foreigner, strapped with explosives has been found close to the impact area. One security man was also martyred in the attack.
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Protection of life and property of minorities demanded
The people from Hindu and Christian communities and the civil society members staged demonstration outside Karachi Press Club on Tuesday demanding protection to life and property of minorities, treating them as equal citizens of Pakistan and stopping kidnapping and forced conversion of Hindu girls in Sindh.
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Woman among two killed in Manshera
A man and woman were shot dead in two separate incidents in Manshera on Tuesday.
Police said Mohammad Shafiq, a mechanic, was shot dead by unidentified people outside main bus terminal early on Tuesday when he was returning home from his workshop.
They said the mechanic suffered multiple bullet injuries and died on the way to the hospital.
The body was later handed over to the mechanic’s family after autopsy at King Abdullah Teaching Hospital.
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Boy killed in car crash
A young boy was killed when a speeding car crashed over him while bathing in a canal at Jano area of Khwazakhela tehsil of Swat, police said on Tuesday.
The car driven by a teenaged boy went out of the driver’s control and fell into a canal in Kachi Gram village. A 14-year-old boy, who was bathing along with his friends in the canal, was critically injured after being hit by the falling vehicle. He later succumbed to his injuries.—
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Activist of MQM-H, two ST men killed in city
Two workers of the Sunni Tehrik and an activist of the Mohajir Qaumi Movement (Haqiqi) were among five persons gunned down in the city on Tuesday.
Police said five persons were wounded when assailants riding a motorcycle opened fire on a camp set up by the ST in Baldia Town within the remit of the Saeedabad police station early in the morning. The suspects escaped after the shooting, they added.
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Settling scores: Taliban on a killing spree in Karachi
Karachi, it seems, didn’t turn out to be a safe retreat for pro-government Pashtun leaders seeking to escape the vengeful Taliban in Swat and tribal areas – refugee-militants have begun targeting Awami National Party workers in the metropolis.
The most recent attack was on ANP Sindh central working committee member Amir Sardar, who hailed from Thana, Malakand.
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School bombed in Shabqadar
A private school was damaged when militants detonated explosives planted close to its boundary wall in the Saeedabad area in Shabqadar on Wednesday.
“The boundary wall and a classroom of Doaba School System was partially damaged and the windowpanes were smashed due to the blast,” SHO Zaman, told The Express Tribune. “The anti-literacy militants had used a low intensity bomb that went off at night when the area was deserted,” he said.
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Quetta Blast: One killed, eight injured
A private security guard was killed and eight others sustained serious injuries when explosives planted in a hotel on Joint Road in Quetta exploded on Wednesday night.
According to police, miscreants had planted explosives beneath a table in Mir hotel. People were busy eating and some youngsters were playing cards when the blast occurred.
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Two bodies found in Peshawar
The police on Wednesday recovered two bullet-riddled bodies packed in gunny bags in Sarband area. According to details, locals spotted two bodies in Sarband area and informed the police. The police reached the scene and shifted the bodies to a nearby hospital for post-mortem
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School blown up in Mardan
Unidentified miscreants blew up the building of a government school at Katbano village in Mardan District. According to the local police, some miscreants had attached explosives to the building of the school and detonated it with a remote control.
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Two killed in Balochistan
Two people, including a woman, were killed and another wounded in two separate incidents of firing in Hub and Mashkel parts of Balochistan, on Wednesday. In the first incident, unidentified armed men riding a motorbike opened fire in Jam Colony in Hub. Resultantly a man identified as Ramzan suffered bullet wounds and died on the spot.
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Four die in violence, mishap in metropolis
Four persons, including a Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader, died in separate violent incidents and a mishap that took place in the metropolis here on Wednesday.
A former PPP Keamari Town Nazim and PS-89 General Secretary Zulfiqar Younus succumbed to his injuries while being treated in a local hospital.
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Sectarian killing sparks violence in Gulbahar
After a few weeks’ lull, the scourge of sectarianism returned to the city late on Tuesday night when a man was shot dead in Gulbahar, police said
“A bullet lodged in the victim’s head caused his instant death, they added.
Soon after the killing, violence erupted in the adjoining localities, where shops were forced to close and firing was resorted to. One of the four people injured in different incidents of firing died in hospital
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Deadly bomb rocks Shias bus in Karachi; two killed, 18 injured
Two people lost their lives and 18 others sustained injuries on Friday after a roadside bomb went off when participants were on their way to Youm-e-Quds rally near Safari Park on University Road.
Deputy Inspector General (East) Shahid Hayat said that the bombing occurred at around 3:15pm when a vehicle JA-8210 carrying a large number of participants reached near the park. As a result, 20 people received injuries.
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Abducted doctor returns home
Kidnapped psychiatrist Dr Ghulam Rasool reached home on Friday night after 17 days of abduction. Unidentified persons kidnapped him on August 1 from Brewery Road at gunpoint. His abduction had seriously outraged the doctors and triggered a series of protests and demonstrations by the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) in the province. According to sources, Dr Rasool reached home safe late Friday night.
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Nine, including three MQM activists, killed in violence, target killing in Karachi
Nine people, including three activists of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), were killed in unabated wave of violence and target killing in city on Friday.
In the first incident, an activist of MQM was shot dead while other sympathisers were injured near Siddique-e-Akbar Mosque, Nagan Chowrangi within the limits of New Karachi police station. SHO Ashraf Gujjar said that the two armed motorcyclist reached near Siddique-e-Akbar Mosque and opened targeted firing, resultantly three people, including Adeel, Faisal and Adnan, received bullet injuries.
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HRCP condemns Shia killings
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Friday condemned Thursday’s killing of 25 Shias from Gilgit-Baltistan and target killing of another three Shias in Quetta. In a meeting, the commission said, “The HRCP is appalled that terrorists have once again succeeded in targeting without any difficulty Shia Muslims on their way to Gilgit-Baltistan.
Thursday’s attack was similar to the one carried out in Kohistan in February in more than one respect.
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Two more killed as violence continues to grip Balochistan
Two people were killed and two others wounded in separate incidents of firing in Quetta and Surab, on Friday.
In the first incident, unidentified armed men opened indiscriminate fire on a shop located in Irrigation Colony, Sariad Road, and managed to flee from the scene.
Resultantly, one person identified as Noor Khan was killed on the spot while two others sustained injuries.
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Five killed in Quetta suicide bombing: Official
A suicide bomber blew up his explosive-laden car at a check post in Quetta overnight killing five people including three soldiers, an official said Saturday. Troops from the paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) stopped a Toyota car for a security check in Quetta when it entered the city late Friday, FC spokesman Murtaza Baig said. They were questioning the driver when he detonated himself, killing three FC soldiers and two officials of the military intelligence,
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Three gunned down in Quetta
Three people were killed in a firing incident on Arbab Karam Khan Road in Quetta on Thursday. According to a police official, unknown armed men opened fire near a flour mill in the area, killing three. The dead were shifted to a local hospital.
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Two policemen killed in Balochistan
At least three people, including an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) and constable, were killed while six others sustained injuries in an attack on a police van on Wednesday, some 500 kilometers from the provincial capital. District Police Officer (DPO) Noor Ahmed Rind told The Express Tribune that a Balochistan Constabulary vehicle was transporting department salaries from Uthal to Awaran when unidentified assailants ambushed the van in the Berat area of Awaran District.
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Al Quds rally participants attacked: Two killed in Karachi blast
At least two people were killed and 12 others injured when a bomb exploded near Safari Park on the city’s busy University Road on Friday.
Police sources said about 2 kgs of explosives had been planted near the KESC substation to target a bus carrying people going to attend the Al Quds Day rally. The bus coming from Karachi University carried mainly students belonging to the Imamia Students Organisation.The bus, a car and some motorbikes were part of a small caravan going to the Numaish area for the rally.DIG East Shahid Hayat said the car bore the brunt of the blast when the explosives were detonated by remote control.
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Gilgit mourns victims of sectarian violence
A pall of gloom descended on the capital city of Gilgit-Baltistan on Friday over the Manshera sectarian violence in which 20 people were shot dead.
On Thursday, terrorists ambushed four buses in the Babusar Top area of Manshera, pulled out passengers and shot dead 20 people from the Shia community.In major parts of Gilgit city, shops were closed and traffic remained thin.Ulema in their Jumatul Wida sermons condemned violence and said murderers couldn’t be Muslims as Islam didn’t allow its followers to kill people.
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Young man killed in sectarian attack
A young man was gunned down in what police described as a sectarian attack carried out in the Gulbahar area on Friday.
The police said armed motorcyclists targeted Abbas Haider, 20, in Firdous Colony.The victim, an electrician, was shot in the head.
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Two MQM activists gunned down
Two workers of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, a cable operator and a hairdresser were among five persons killed in separate acts of violence in the city on Friday.
An activist of the MQM was killed by assailants in Makhdoom Shah Colony in Orangi Town Sector 11½.
The victim was identified as Farhan Gilani, 30. He was wounded and being driven to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital when he died. A large number of MQM workers reached ASH on learning about the killing
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Five FC men killed in Quetta suicide blast
Five men of the Frontier Corps were killed and three others injured in a suicide car bomb blast in Quetta late on Friday night.
Official sources said they had been tipped off that an explosive-laden car was headed towards the city.
The FC and other law-enforcement agencies went on high alert after the tip-off.
After Friday midnight, a car was flagged at a checkpost on Qambrani Road, but its driver tried to speed away. Law-enforcement personnel chased the vehicle and fired at its tyres.
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Renewed wave of violence kills three more in Karachi
At least three people, including a political activist and Moazzin of a mosque, were killed in separate incidents of firing on Saturday night, officials said.
The renewed wave of violence has claimed 14 lives mostly on sectarian grounds since Friday night.A Muttahida Qaumi Movement worker was gunned down in Orangi Town minutes after he left his home for a nearby market. Police said armed men on a motorbike opened fire at 30-year-old Afzal Manzoor near Mansoor Nagar.
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Three drivers kidnapped
At least three truck drivers were kidnapped from Karachi-Quetta highway in Khuzdar area on Saturday. Police sources said a convoy of trucks was on its way to the provincial capital when some armed men in a vehicle intercepted them in Khuzdar area.
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Blast in Peshawar; no lives lost
A roadside blast damaged a private clinic in Peshawar, police said on Thursday. According to police officials, the blast occurred on Kohat Road near Sikkim Chowk. No loss of life was reported. The blast damaged the private clinic’s pharmacy and smashed its windows.
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Two killed in city violence
Two men were shot dead in separate incidents that took place in the city here on Thursday.
A youngster was shot dead in Orangi Town No 13 within the limits of Pak Colony police station. An official informed that 19-year-old Adil, alias Babloo, son of Anwar Hussain was shot dead by unidentified gunmen. The body was shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for autopsy.
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Suspected kidnapping: Teen Hindu converts, marries 
A teenage Hindu girl, MK, has converted to Islam and married a man identified as Ghulam Murtaza Channo, her parents informed Jacobabad SSP Muhammad Younis Chandio late Thursday evening. 
The family had thought that she had been kidnapped five days ago. SSP Chandio met her father, Riwatt Mal alias Beebo, and Uncle Sanjay Singh, and Hindu Panchayat President Babo Mahesh Lakhani at Janta Hall on Thursday. He informed them that the couple appeared in the Sindh High Court in Sukkur in the morning and demanded protection.
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The Condemned: A documentary on Ahmadi persecution 
‘The condemned’ is an endeavor to capture the persecution faced by the minority Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan – from their eyes.
The short documentary is a collection of testimonies in which those Ahmadis who have faced persecution narrate the target killings of loved ones, discrimination at the hands of fellow students and what it is like to live in jail as a blasphemy convict.
A town called Rabwah 
Rabwah, is a town of District Jhang with the highest population of Ahmadis in Pakistan. The town is also home to some who have been convicted of blasphemy and under the anti-Ahmadi Ordinance of 1984, making them prisoners in this town.
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Two women assaulted
Two women in the city were sexually assaulted near Rawat, police said on Thursday.
A group of nine persons were involved in abducting the two women at gunpoint. One of the victims was a kidney patient.
The two women belonged to Dhoke Chaudhrian. While waiting for a wagon at a bus stop, on Tuesday at 6:30 pm, a white Suzuki van, registration number DNU-53 stopped nearby.
One of the victims said: “After negotiating fare with the driver we got into the vehicle in which four passengers were already sitting.”
She said after that the van driver turned towards Islamabad highway — instead of going straight towards Mandra, she tried shouting to attract attention but in vain.
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Murders of women on rise; 432 killed in six months
Increasing cases of murders of women and girls in Pakistan has fully exposed the gender vulnerability in Pakistan, as 432 women have been killed in the first six months of the current year, said president Lawyers for Human Rights and Legal Aid (LHRLA) ZiaAwan. 
He said the growing gender discrimination and violation of women rights has created an alarming situation in Pakistan.
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Two bodies recovered from Peshawar
Police on Sunday recovered two bodies from the Chamkani Police Stations’s Mera Kachuri area. Police sources said the bodies, which had torture marks on them, were of a father and son belonging to the Orakzai tribal region, where government forces are carrying out an operation against Taliban militants.
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One killed, 4 injured in Dera Bugti, Barkhan blasts
A man was killed and four others critically injured in two separate bomb blasts in Dera Bugti and Barkhan districts of Balochistan on Sunday.
According to sources, a security vehicle in Dera Bugti hit a landmine laid by unidentified people. Resultantly, the vehicle’s driver, Sajjad, was killed and another security official, Gul Rehman, received serious wounds. The dead and injured were moved to hospital. 
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Five gunned down in city
Five people, including a policeman and an activist each of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Sunni Tehreek (ST), were killed in separate incidents of target killing and violence that took place in the metropolis on Sunday.
In the first incident, an ST worker was shot dead at Power House Chowrangi, New Karachi within the precincts of New Karachi police station. An official informed that victim Muhammad Arif, 29, son of Abdul Hameed was headed towards home when unidentified pillion riders intercepted his motorcycle and killed him.
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ST man shot dead in New Karachi
An activist of the Sunni Tehreek was gunned down in a New Karachi locality on Sunday. Police said Mohammad Arif, 30, was passing through the area near Power House Chowrangi on his motorcycle within the remit of the Bilal Colony police station when armed men targeted him.
The victim suffered multiple bullet wounds and was rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where he died during treatment.
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Asma raps Hindus` migration
Human Rights activist Asma Jehangir has expressed concern over reported migration of Hindu families to India. In a statement on Friday, she said Hindus, Sikhs and Christians living here are Pakistanis. The government should come up with a positive solution to the issue. She said those doing politics in the name of religion should be condemned.
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HRCP concerned at minorities` migration
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan on Friday expressed alarm and outrage at the continued exodus of religious minorities from Sindh and Balochistan and said the state had consistently failed to allay the concerns of these communities despite repeated reminders by the civil society.
The commission said in a statement: `The state of anger and panic caused by the reports that several hundred Hindu citizens from Sindh and Balochistan were migrating to India has subsided somewhat after the disclosure that they were on a pilgrimage. Most of them said they would return to Pakistan while some said they might not.
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Six of a family gunned down
Six members of a family, including four brothers, were shot dead outside their homes in Gulistan Colony after Thursday midnight.
The mass murder took place not far from the city`s biggest public park, Ayub Park, located close to the official residences of high ranking army officers.
Shortly after the firing, contingents of Elite Force and intelligence officials arrived at the scene and cordoned off the area.
The crime scene was being guarded by the police who had set up a picket at the end of the street where the killings took place.
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Teenager shoots uncle dead
A teenage boy shot dead his uncle over a property dispute inside the Hangu courts on Saturday.
The police said both 12year-old Ijaz and his uncle Abdullah ran a property dispute. They had come to the courts for hearing of the case.
Soon after appearing before the court, Ijaz pulled out a pistol and killed Abdullah inside the premises of courts. Both the victim and the accused belonged to Naway Kalay area of Kohat.
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Kidnapped doctor, son return home
A doctor and his son, who were kidnapped on July 25, have reached home on Friday, according to his colleagues and police. Dr Rafiq Memon of Hyderabad police hospital and his son Shafiq Memon were kidnapped from the Bhit Shah area. Later their car was found abandoned in the jurisdiction of Hatri police station, Hyderabad.
He has reached home and I have spoken to him briefly because he was tired,` said Dr Ziauddin Anwar Memon, Medical Superintendent of the hospital. He said he could not obtain details of his return.
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115 more Hindus cross into India
At least 115 more Hindu pilgrims from Sindh have left for India en route Wagah on Saturday, a private TV channel reported. According to the report, the pilgrims said that they would return to their homeland next month after performing religious rites in India. All those who were leaving for India through Wagah Border said, “We are Pakistanis and will remain so – Pakistan is our motherland and no one goes away leaving his mother
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Two Amn Lashkar members killed in Khyber
Terrorists of a banned outfit shot dead two activists of Amn Lashkar (peace militia) in Bara Tehsil of Khyber Agency, officials said on Saturday. According to sources, an armed clash occurred between a banned terrorist outfit and Amn Lashkar when the terrorist outfit attacked the Amn Lashkar’s compound.
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Five more killed in Karachi violence
Five more people were shot dead in separate acts of violence in different parts of the metropolis on Saturday. A teenager was gunned down outside his house at Orangi Town within the jurisdiction of Pirabad police station. Official said that Bilal, son of Liaquat, was sitting outside his house when two armed pillion riders shot him thrice and escaped, resultantly he died instantly.
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Religious minorities voice concerns on their day
Government institutions and dignitaries celebrated National Minorities Day on Saturday, but the members of communities marked the day as a ‘black day’.
Several events, seminars and protest gatherings were arranged across the provincial metropolis by members of various religious minorities as well as the government sponsored minority forums.
Human Rights Focus, Christian National Party and Hindu Sudhar Sabha held a press conference in which Naveed Walters, Joseph Francis and Amarnath Randhawa said that today was National Minorities Day and it was celebrated under the government supervision, which gave the impression to the world that the minorities in Pakistan were enjoying all rights
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Two die in Karachi violence
Two people were killed and five others injured in separate incidents in the city on Saturday, officials said. 
In Mahmoodabad, two groups exchanged fire over a dispute involving setting up of stalls in an Eid Bazaar. Police said the dispute between the two groups of traders had started about a week ago.
“On Friday night, they had a brief clash in which firearms were used,” said an official at the Mehmoodabad police station. “Today (Saturday) it got worse as the renewed fighting left a fruit vendor, Qadeer, dead and three others, including two brothers, injured.”
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Two women killed, three children injured
Two women were shot dead and three children injured in an armed attack in their house in Walio Khoso village near Mehar on Wednesday. 
Eight armed men entered the house of Abid Hussain Khoso and opened indiscriminate fire, killing his wife Seema, 40, and mother Sadori, 60, and injuring his sons Sajid, 10, Danyal, 9, and Sabir, 8.
Police took the bodies to Khairpur Nathan Shah taluka hospital and, after post-mortem, handed them over to relatives. The injured children were taken to a Larkana hospital.
Police have registered an FIR against Ali Sher, Sadar, Abbas, Saddam, Yasin, Aijaz and two unidentified accused on the complaint of Huzoor Bux Khoso, brother of Abid Hussain. The residents of the village held a demonstration on Mehar-Thareri Mohabbat road, demanding arrest of the accused. They said that police had failed to restore peace in the village where 15 people had been killed in armed clashes between two groups of Khoso tribe over the past 10 years. A 55-year-old woman was stabbed to death by her husband here on Tuesday night.
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3 women, girl, boy kidnapped
An ongoing enmity between Solangis and Lasharis resulted in the kidnapping of three women, a girl and a boy from Godi village near Karampur, Kandhkot-Kashmore district, on Wednesday.
According to sources Madam Lashari w/o Hidayatullah Lashari, Ameeri w/o Nasrullah Lashari, Fareeda w/o Nanoo, Zainab d/o Mehmood Lashari and Ahsan s/o Hidayatullah had been kidnapped to avenge abduction of two young Solangi girls Najma and Hazrai on Tuesday evening from the same village.SHO of Karampur police station told journalists that police were conducting raids for safe recovery of all kidnapped people.
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Nurses ‘poisoning’: Christians call for inquiry 
Christian leaders have called for an impartial inquiry into the alleged poisoning of nine nurses at a government-run hospital. 
Nine Christian trainee nurses at the Civil Hospital Karachi fell ill Sunday night allegedly after drinking poisoned tea prepared at their hostel. They were claimed to have been deliberately poisoned because of their faith.
Parliamentarian Saleem Khokhar, while speaking to The Express Tribune, called on the government and the police to launch a joint investigation to find out the actual cause of poisoning. While rumours initially floated that the poisoning took place as the nurses were drinking tea when their Muslim colleagues were fasting, Khokhar ruled that out, saying that the incident took place late night when everyone had broken their fast.
Condemning the incident, Christian leader Michael Javed went a step ahead and asked for a judicial investigation.
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Balochistan poetess, lecturer receives life threats 
 Renowned Balochistan poetess and lecturer at Sardar Bhadur Khan Women University, Nusheen Qambrani, came under attack by unknown armed men on Qambrani Road late last night who threatened to kidnap and kill her daughter, the police confirmed. 
Qambrani told the media that for the last four days, unknown men in a car bearing no number plate had been visiting her house when she was present.
“They threatened my domestic workers and my family, and said that they wanted to kill me,” Qambrani said, adding that she does not know who the men were or what they wanted
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Targeted: Policeman killed in Quetta bomb attack 
A police official died and three others were injured when a police vehicle on patrol was attacked with a remote controlled bomb on Qambrani Road in Quetta on Thursday. Talking to The Express Tribune, police official Sikandar Tareen said that unknown persons planted an explosive device on the roadside and detonated it, using a remote control device, as soon as a police mobile on patrol duty passed by. The explosion damaged the vehicle while injuring four police personnel inside the vehicle. The injured police personnel were moved to the nearby Bolan Medical College Teaching Hospital where one of the policemen, Mohammad Talah, was pronounced dead on arrival.
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Balochistan violence: Two siblings among five killed in Naseerabad 
Five people, among them two women, were killed in separate incidents of violence in Naseerabad district on Sunday.
Three people were killed when two sub-clans of Bhangar tribe clashed within the limits of Chattar police station, Naseerabad, according to the police. The dead included two brothers – Fateh Muhammad and Baqa Muhammad.
Police reached the site when fighting died down. They shifted the bodies to a nearby hospital for medico-legal formalities. The corpses were later handed over to heirs for burial.
Police said the clash was triggered by a dispute over a piece of farmland.
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Terrorists blow up Govt School in Peshawar
Unidentified terrorists blew up a government school with explosives late on Tuesday night. According to details, anti-literacy terrorists had planted explosives on the boundary wall of government boys primary school located in Badhber area of Peshawar, which exploded late on night. The school building was destroyed due to the blast but no causality or injury was reported as the building was vacant at the time of blast and also situated away from residential area.
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Woman among two killed in separate incidents
 A woman among two people was killed in separate acts of violence in the city on Wednesday. A woman was found shot dead at her house at Lasi Goth, Sohrab Goth, within the limits of Sohrab Goth police station. According to police, the deceased was later identified as Razia, 42, wife of Akram. She was shot once in her house. The police have yet to ascertain the motive behind the incident. Meanwhile, bullet-riddled body of a man, packed in a gunny bag, was found from an abandoned place at Jamshed Road within the precincts of Jamshed Quarter police station.
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Two found shot dead 
Two persons were found shot dead in different parts of the city on Wednesday morning, said police.
They said the body of a young man stuffed in a gunny bag was found on Jahangir Road. The body bore serious torture marks and a gunshot wound in the head, they added.
It seemed that the victim was kidnapped and killed somewhere else and his body was dumped at a deserted place, said an official at the Jamshed Quarters police station. The police shifted the body to the Civil Hospital Karachi where the victim was identified as 32-year-old Shoaib, son of Haroon.SDPO Qaiser Ali Shah said that the victim was a resident of Ranchhore Lane and used to work at the canteen of a private university.
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Lawyer kills sister in courtroom
A lawyer opened fire on his 20-year-old sister in a courtroom on Wednesday. The woman died on way to hospital while her husband remained unhurt and disappeared from the place. 
According to sources, Javed Iqbal had shot dead Raheela Sheikh for marrying against her family’s wishes.
Justice Shahid Anwar Bajwa and Justice Azizur Rehman of the Sindh High Court’s Hyderabad bench had just entered the room when the incident took place.
Raheela and Zulfikar Sehto had married in a Hyderabad court after the woman’s family turned down the marriage proposal. Javed Iqbal, soon after their marriage, had filed a kidnapping case on June 30 at a police station in Naushahro Feroze district.
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Fruit market blasts leave 20 injured
Two explosive devices went off in Badami Bagh’s fruit market on Wednesday night, injuring 20 people, three of them critically. 
Witnesses and police said the blasts took place after a gap of a few minutes and the second one was of higher intensity. Some vendors and customers were present in the market at the time of blasts which triggered panic in the area. Mohammad Habibur Rehman, the provincial police chief, linked the blasts with the killing of a terrorist in police action in Dera Ghazi Khan District on Wednesday. District Coordination Officer Noor ul Amen Mengal told reporters at the crime scene there was no firing after the blast occurred.
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Prominent psychiatrist kidnapped
Prominent psychiatrist and senior professor of Bolan Medical College Dr Ghulam Rasool was kidnapped in broad daylight from the Brewery road area on Wednesday, two days after a kidnapped senior surgeon of the same college Dr Din Mohammad Bangulzai had been released. 
Dr Bangulzai had been kidnapped by a gang from Mastung area a week ago.
Sources said that Dr Ghulam Rasool was going to his clinic in Killi Ibrahimzai when four men intercepted his car, pulled him out, forced him to sit in their car and sped away.
“Some armed men have kidnapped senior psychiatrist Dr Ghulam Rasool. The gang may have kidnapped the senior doctor for ransom,” police sources said, adding that two weeks ago a group of armed men had barged into Dr Ghulam Rasool’s home and robbed gold and cash worth millions of rupees
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Three soldiers among nine injured in Peshawar blast
Three soldiers including an officer were injured among nine as militants targeted a Frontier Corps (FC) vehicle in Peshawar’s Gulabadad area on main Jamrud Road on Wednesday morning, officials said.
Superintendent of Police, Shabih Hussain, told media that in all nine people have been injured in the blast which targeted the security forces vehicle.
At least three kilograms of home-made IED had been used to target the FC pick-up. The blast was of low intensity and operated by remote control,” he added.
FC spokesman Major Fazl confirmed that three of their men, including a captain, had been injured in the explosion.
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Robber among four killed in separate incidents
An alleged robber was killed by Ghalib Market police in an encounter, while three more people were killed in different incidents in the provincial metropolis on Tuesday.
The first incident took place in Ghalib Market police area where two robbers snatched a motorcycle from one Arshad and fled from the scene. Meanwhile, the policemen performing duty at a picket near Gunda Nallah Road signalled the riders to stop for checking who sped away by firing shots at the police. 
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Two killed in Quetta 
At least two people lost their lives in separate incidents of firing in Quetta, on Tuesday.
According to police, armed men opened indiscriminate fire on Asadullah, a shopkeeper in Suranj Ganj Bazaar, in broad daylight and fled from the scene after committing the crime. Consequently, he sustained critical injuries and died on the spot. Police said that the victim was resident of Pishin and the motive behind his killing could be an old family feud. 
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2 injured in Bajour Agency blast
Two tribesmen sustained critical wounds when a roadside bomb went off in Mamond Tehsil of Bajour Agency on Tuesday. According to officials, the bomb was planted on roadside in village Gardi Bagh, and was detonated by miscreants with a remote control.
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Turbat blast kills three security officials
Three Balochistan Constabulary personnel were killed and 12 others injured in a remote-controlled blast in the Saami area of Turbat district on Tuesday.
Kech Assistant Commissioner Abdul Razzaq Sasoli told the Daily Times that two trucks of the Balochistan Constabulary were on their way to Turbat from Quetta when they were hit by a remote-controlled blast. “At least three personnel were killed on the spot and 12 others sustained injuries,” he said, adding that the bomb was planted on the roadside.
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Woman murdered
A woman was axed to death allegedly by her husband over a domestic issue in Papnalch village near Ladheywala Warraich on Monday.
Manzooran, a mother of seven, went to fields to serve her husband Karam Din with food. They had a row there over a domestic issue and enraged Din attacked her with an axe. She died at the scene and Din fled.
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Trader, suspected robber killed in crossfire
A trader and another man were killed and two others injured in an exchange of fire in an alleged thoroughfare robbery in Shamnagar in Sanda police remits on Monday.
The incident happened when four suspected robbers held the trader and his guard and cashier and looted cash, police said quoting the family of the trader.
The robbery victims alleged that the suspects also looted Rs3.4 million, while police claimed the cash was not taken away.
Police said that Madina Traders` manager Samdhani Butt, 35, of Gulshan Ravi, was traveling with his cashier Musharraf and guard Zaman in his car to a bank when four car riders approached them on Shamnagar Road and tried to loot cash.Butt and his guard resisted the gunmen and both sides exchanged fire which left four injured, including a suspected robber.
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Landlord accused of kidnapping farmers
Men, woman and children of the farmer community staged a sit-in outside the press club here on Monday in protest against a landlord of Khipro in Sanghar for keeping farm workers in bondage.
A relative of farmers, Badal Bheel, alleged that Haji Nabi Bux had kidnapped 28 farmers and kept them in illegal confinement for three months. They said they had filed a case in court three months ago which ordered police to recover the farmers and take action against the landlord. Police raided the farmland two months ago and released 23 farmers, but five farmers were shifted by the landlord before the raid and they are still missing.
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CID constable killed in Baghdadi Man, nephew shot dead in Lyari gang warfare
Two men were gunned down in Jehanabad within the remit of the Pak Colony police station on Monday.
It was suspected that the killings were in retaliation for Saturday`s killing of Johar Magsi, a suspected gangster targeted in the same area, SSP-West Amir Farooqui said. Police said the two men, killed at around 7am, were identified as Abdul Aleem, 54, and his nephew Liaquat Ali, 30.
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3 more killed by outlawed gang, 3 die in separate incidents
Four more people, including a policeman, were victimised by target killing incidents while two robbers were shot dead here in the metropolis on Monday.
In the fist incident, at least two members belonging to Lashari gang were allegedly killed by armed gangsters from banned People’s Amn Committee (PAC) in a house situated in Jehanabad within the precincts of Pak Colony police station.
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Four killed for ‘honour’ in Bahawalnagar
A man with the help of his two sons allegedly killed his wife, two daughters and another person, and injured three others in the name of honour in Basti Sardar Akuka, Dunga Bunga, late Sunday night. 
According to the police, Muhammad Hanif suspected that his wife and daughters had illicit relations with their neighbour Muhammad Afzal. Accompanied by his sons Ahmed Ali and Hakim Ali, Muhammad Hanif slit the throats of his wife Sharifan and daughters Pathani and Reshman.
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NATO tanker driver killed in Jamrud
A NATO container driver was killed in firing by unidentified militants in Tedi Bazaar area of Jamrud, officials and local sources said on Monday.
The NATO container was heading towards the Torkham border, after clearance from the Jamrud NLC terminal, when it was intercepted by unidentified motorcyclists, sources said.
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Two friends killed in Metroville
Two young friends were shot dead late Wednesday night within the remit of the Site-B police station in Metroville No 2, said police. 
The police quoted the victims’ families as saying that Rasheed Akbar, 22, and Shahnawaz Baloch, 23, were returning home after shopping when they were sprayed with bullets.
Both the men sustained multiple gunshot wounds and died before they could be taken to a health facility, the officials said.
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Three injured in fruit market blasts dead
Three victims of Wednesday night’s fruit market bomb blasts succumbed to their injuries on Thursday, while another two were still in critical condition. A case has been registered against unidentified persons in the twin bomb blasts that occurred in the market on Ravi Road. The case was registered on the complaint of Ravi Road Police SHO Irshad. 
The deceased were identified as Waqas, 24, a resident of Jiya Mosa Shahdara, Saleem Khan from Peshawar; and Sohail Khan from Kamoke. Police handed over the bodies to their heirs after postmortems
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Three killed in Karachi violence
KARACHI: Three people, including a eunuch, were killed in separate acts of violence here in the metropolis on Thursday.
Two men were shot dead in Baldia Town No 2, within the precincts of SITE B police station. An official informed that 23-year-old Muhammad Rasheed and 28-year-old Shahnawaz were sitting near their houses, when armed pillion riders shot them multiple times. They were rushed to the Civil Hospital Karachi where both victims succumbed to their injuries.
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Eight injured in Hub bombing 
QUETTA: At least eight people got injured in a bomb blast in Hub industrial town on Thursday. Police sources told APP that unidentified terrorists had kept an explosive devise which caused a blast at a cold drink and pan shop. "As a result of explosion, eight persons have been injured," police said, adding that the wounded were shifted to Jam Ghulam Qadir Hospital. The police have cordoned off the area to trace the suspects. Further probe was underway.
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Two shot dead
Two persons from rival groups were shot dead at Ghareebabad (Chaklala) on Friday night. 
Preliminary police report suggested the Raja Kaleem and Sardar Rashid had a brawl over some petty issue which was later resolved.
However, sometimes before Iftar, Raja Kaleem along with his friends came to Raja Safdar’s house and attacked Sardar Rashid killing him on the spot.
In retaliation, Raja Kaleem was also shot and injured by his rivals.
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Two injured 
Two people received serious injuries on Friday when a home-made explosive went off in Mali Bhag area on McChongey Road. Law enforcement personnel rushed to the scene soon after the incident and shifted the wounded to hospital. 
The police said that unidentified men had planted an explosive device and as a result two persons received serious injuries. 
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Blast at fireworks warehouse kills 2, injures 9
At least two people were killed and nine others were injured whereas many more were buried beneath rubble when a blast ripped through a fireworks warehouse in the Hussain Aghahi area of the city, causing the building and other structures nearby to slowly collapse, Express News reported on Saturday. 
Explosions continued in the building, causing a steady fire due to chemicals stored there.
At least eight people were reportedly present in the building at the time of the explosion. Rescue teams reached the scene and began efforts to extract people buried under the rubble whereas firefighters attempted to put out the fire caused by the explosion.
A heavy contingent of police also reached the scene and began efforts to evacuate nearby buildings that were at risk of collapsing.
The injured were shifted to Nishtar Hospital.
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Four bodies found, 38 men caught in raids
Four bodies were found in the city on Friday in Lyari and Dalmia areas. 
The bodies of two young men were found from Ahmed Shah Bukhari Road in Lyari. According to the police, the bodies were stuffed inside gunny bags and the youths’ hands and legs were tied with rope. They had also been tortured before being executed. They were kidnapped on Thursday morning when they were on their way to work.
The bodies were taken to Civil hospital and the victims were identified as 17-year-old Ali Haider and 21-year-old Farhan. They were residents of Ranchore Lane and were in the imitation jewellery business. A case has been registered against unidentified men by Farhan’s father.
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Boycott: Doctors protest abduction of another colleague
The return of a kidnapped doctor had hardly normalised the situation in city’s hospitals before another doctor was kidnapped on Wednesday, August 1. 
Doctors across Quetta protested against the latest abduction of a psychologist from Bolan Medical College Teaching Hospital, Dr Ghulam Rasool Kakar, boycotting the out-patient departments (OPDs) in both state-run and private hospitals on Thursday.
Kakar was abducted from the Brewery Road area.
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Two killed in train, road mishaps
Two persons were killed and four others, including children, sustained injuries in train and road accidents in the city on Saturday.
The Mughalpura Railway police said that 16-year-old Salman Javed of Katchi Abadi Racecourse was killed and his fellows Ahad, 10, Zaman, 9, and another were injured after they were struck by a moving engine near the Dharampura railway crossing.
Police said the victims were returning after taking a bath in the city canal. Quoting the engine driver, police said the victims didn`t leave the railway track despite being warned with repeated horns. Rescue 1122 ambulances shifted the injured to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.
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Cylinder blast kills 3 in Bajaur
Three persons were killed and three others received serious injuries in a cylinder blast in an ice factory near the busy Khar market in Bajaur Agency on Saturday.
Workers in the ice factory were busy in their routine work when a powerful explosion rocked the factory, Shahid Khan, an eyewitness, told Dawn. The residents of the area said that shopkeepers and personnel of Bajaur Levies rushed to the site soon after the blast and started rescue activities. Imran, Rahmat Ali and Sadam Khan were killed on the spot in the blast, they added.-
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Doctor among three killed
QUETTA, Aug 4: Three people, including a cleric and a doctor, were killed in different areas of Balochistan on Saturday.
According to police sources, armed men on a motorbike opened fire on Maulvi Abdul Aleem when he was going home in Killi Saeed area of Mastung district. Maulvi Aleem was Imam at a mosque in Mastung.
A doctor was killed by armed men in Awaran area. No details were available in this regard.
A driver of a NATO truck was killed in Khuzdar district. Police said that armed men opened fire on a truck in Wadh area when the driver was going to Karachi after unloading Nato goods in Afghanistan. The deceased was identified as Zakria.
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Six more fall prey to target killing, violence
Six more people were killed in separate incidents of violence and target killing in the metropolis on Saturday. An associate of Rehman Dakait gang, Johar Magsi, was killed near his house in Magsi Mohalla, Jehanabad within the precincts of Pak Colony police station. An official informed that Magsi was sitting near his house when unidentified pillion riders shot him multiple times
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Kalat shuts over kidnapping of three Hindus traders
A complete shutter-down strike was observed in Kalat District on Saturday against the kidnapping of three Hindu traders. The infuriated protesters blocked the Karachi-Quetta Regional Cooperation for Development (RCD) Highway for several hours in Kalat, and condemned the kidnapping of the traders. 
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Three rockets fired into Quetta
As many as three rockets were fired on Saturday from an unknown place. According to police, first rocket landed on Spiny Road, second on the Benazir Flyover and the third on the roof of a hotel, adjacent to the Quetta Press Club. No casualties were reported. 
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4 NGO workers released after a year
Four members of a non-governmental organization, the Balochistan Rural Support Programme (BRSP), were released by kidnappers on Saturday. Balochistan Home Secretary Nasibullah Bazai confirmed that the kidnappers had released the four workers, “who are now in Islamabad and may reach Quetta on Sunday (today)”. 
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Police arrest Taliban planning attacks in Multan
Pakistani police said on Saturday that they had arrested five Taliban militants who were planning "terror attacks" in Multan and other towns in the region. "The terrorists belonging to Noor Gul group of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were arrested on an intelligence tip-off," city police chief Amir Zulfiqar said. 
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Fireworks blast kills seven in Multan
Seven people lost their lives on Saturday after a blast occurred at a fireworks factory at densely populated Hussain Agahi Chowk in the Kup police precincts.
Three people were killed on the spot and another 20, including women and children, received burn injuries. Rescue and relief teams rushed to the scene and shifted the injured to Nishtar Hospital
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Girl kidnapped in broad daylight
A four-year-old girl was kidnapped by two unidentified persons from outside her house in Shahzad Town on Sunday, police and the family of the missing girl said. 
Four-year-old, Hamail Najeeb walked out of her house after finding the main door open, but shortly afterwards, she went missing.
A lady doctor who lives in the neighborhood noticed from the terrace of her house that two unidentified motorbike riders were taking away the little girl but she realized that something was terribly wrong. Later she informed the police.
The incident came to light after the girl’s mother noticed that her loved one was missing as the main gate of the house was open.
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Explosion kills five in Khyber
Five militants, including a key commander, were killed in a roadside bomb blast in the northwestern tribal region of Khyber on Monday, Dawn News reported. 
A locally manufactured bomb was used in the blast that took place in the Bara area of Khyber, government sources told Dawn News.
Also in Bara, a mortar shell fell on a house, injuring six people.
Khyber is among Pakistan’s seven tribal districts near the Afghan border which are rife with homegrown insurgents and are alleged to be strongholds of Taliban and al Qaeda operatives.
Militants have killed more than 4,800 people across Pakistan since July 2007.
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Peshawar blast damages govt vehicle 
Unidentified terrorists detonated a remote-controlled bomb at Nasir Bagh area on Sunday, however, no casualty has been reported, police said. The roadside bomb exploded when vehicle of Livestock and Dairy Development came near it. The vehicle was badly damaged.
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Policemen suspended for parading people naked
Four Pakistani policemen have been suspended after allegedly parading a man and two women naked in Gambat, Sindh, police officials said on Sunday. It was unclear why the three were naked while being escorted to the police station on July 28. arresting them. The trios were already naked when police raided Mallah's home, he said. 
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Gilgit bus attack kills two
Two passengers were killed and four others injured in a hand grenade attack on a passenger bus near Meenawar on Sunday.
According to police sources, unidentified armed men attacked the bus with a grenade, which killed two and injured four others. 
Police and local relief teams reached the site of the incident and shifted the dead and injured to the district headquarters hospital.
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Two children among four killed in Quetta blast
Four people, including a woman and two children, were killed and twelve others critically injured when an explosives-laden car parked in a house in the Faizabad area exploded.
According to police, around 80 kg explosive material was used in the blast that created panic in the entire area. The blast was so powerful that it was heard around four kilometres away and smashed windowpanes of the nearby buildings.
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Violence 24/7: MQM and ANP workers among nine killed in city 
Four  people, with two activists from the Awami National Party (ANP) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) each were gunned down on Tuesday.
An area leader of the ANP, 40-yar-old Fazal Ameen, was killed in a drive-by shooting in Sherpao Colony while he was filling up his car’s radiator. He was shot multiple times and died on the spot. According to SHO Amanullah Marwat, Ameen was involved in the cargo business and no case has yet been registered for his killing
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Karachi violence: At least 19 killed within 24 hours
As the spate of unrest continues in the city, at least 18 people  have been killed within 24 hours due to firing and other incidences of violence, Express News reported on Sunday. 
A political activist was shot dead by unknown armed men in the New Karachi area, while a body of another activist was found in the Shirin Jinnah Colony. 
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Bomb kills eight in Orakzai Agency: Official 
A bomb ripped through a vehicle in Sepoy village in Orakzai Agency on Wednesday, killing eight civilians including two children, officials said.
The bomb exploded in Sepoy village, said senior administration official Zakir Hussain.
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Infant died five minutes after burial, autopsy shows
The post-mortem report of a two-day-old girl has confirmed that she was buried alive and died five or more minutes later due to suffocation. The autopsy was conducted by Dr Muhammad Tariq and Dr Rubeena from the Kacha Khu rural health centre.
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Backlash: UN polio doctor shot in Karachi 
The threats against critical polio vaccination drives may have been for militant-infested tribal areas in north-western parts of the country – but they seem to have played out in none other than Pakistan’s commercial hub, Karachi.
Assailants opened fire at a United Nations vehicle in Karachi on Tuesday, wounding a foreign doctor working on a three-day polio vaccination campaign, and a driver, officials said.
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HRCP calls on political parties to protect democracy
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), on Tuesday, expressed serious concerns at the looming dangers for the democratic dispensation in the country and called upon the political parties to realise their responsibility to avert the threats to democracy.
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Shia Action Committee rally
Unidentified men torch three vehicles
Hide and seek continued for hours between protesters and police near Numaish Chowrangi here on Tuesday, as unidentified men torched three vehicles. A heavy contingent of police tried to stop the participants of the rally arranged by Shia Action Committee (SAC), as they tried to march towards Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) office along Shahrah-e-Faisal against the ban on a watchdog website, shiakilling.com. 
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Eight, including three political party activists, gunned down in Karachi
Violence continued in the city on Tuesday, as eight more people, including an activist each of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Awami National Party (ANP) and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), were gunned down in separate acts of target killing.
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Four killed in Balochistan 
At least four people were killed, while a Levies Force official was injured, in separate firing incidents in Quetta, Mastung and Turbat areas of Balochistan on Tuesday. In the first incident at least two people were gunned down and a Balochistan Levies Force official sustained injuries in a firing incident on Sibi Road area of Mastung district. 
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Four injured in hand grenade attack
Unidentified pillion riders on Wednesday threw a hand grenade on a cement shop in Block-16, FB Area, injuring four workers. The injured were shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where doctors termed their condition stable
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One killed, nine injured in blasts
A man was killed and nine others, including two Rangers personnel, were injured in separate incidents. An improvised explosive device (IED) blast took place near Namak Bank in Buffer Zone
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11 more fall prey to Karachi target killing
Eleven more people, including a cop and a Sunni Tehreek (ST) activist, fell prey to ongoing wave of target killing and other violent incidents in the city on Wednesday.
A policeman was gunned down and other injured at Bismillah Hotel, Manghopir, within the precincts of Pak Colony police station
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Security forces kill six terrorists in Chitral
At least six terrorists were killed when security forces in Chitral retaliated to a terrorist attack on Wednesday. According to initial reports, the terrorists were from Afghanistan and had attacked the Gambhir and Arandu security checkposts in Chitral district
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Taliban bomb attack destroys 22 NATO supply trucks
Taliban bomb attack on Wednesday destroyed 22 fuel tankers carrying supplies for NATO forces in Afghanistan, local officials said, as 12 Afghan soldiers and two NATO troops died in escalating insurgent attacks.
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Removal of ban on Shia websites ordered
Taking notice of the Shia Action Committee’s protest against a ban on their websites, Adviser to Prime Minister on Interior Rehman Malik directed the authorities concerned to restore the websites and remove objectionable material from the web pages immediately.
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Peshawar blast injures 
A roadside bomb on Thursday injured four people, including a woman, near the Peshawar toll plaza on motorway, rescue sources said.
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Five more slain in Karachi target killing
Five more people fell prey to ongoing target killing and violence in the city on Friday. A trader was shot dead in Banaras within the precincts of Orangi Town police station.
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Violence complicated Balochistan situation
National Party (NP) chief Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has said that paramilitary operations, rampant corruption and recovery of decomposed bodies of Baloch youth have further complicated the situation in Balochistan.
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Murder of anti-polio worker shocks WHO, UNICEF
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have expressed deep sorrow and concern over the murder of a polio eradication team member, Muhammad Ishaq, in Gadap Town, Karachi
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Dir blast claims three lives
At least three people were killed and another seven were injured in a remote-controlled blast in Daug Darra, officials said on Saturday. The bodies and the injured were shifted to the District Headquarters Hospital
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2 injured in land mine blast
At least two people were injured in a land mine blast in RD 238 area in Sohbatpur Tehsil of Jaffarabad District on Sunday
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Surgeon doctor kidnapped from Mustang
A surgeon of Bolan Medical Collage (BMC), Dr Din Muhammad Bangulzai, was kidnapped in Ganji Dori area of Mustang district on Sunday night.
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Discrimination: Islamabad assailed over abuse of minority rights
The US State Department’s annual International Religious Freedom report for 2011 says that there have been instances in which law enforcement personnel in Pakistan have reportedly abused religious minorities while in police custody. 
The report, which highlights the state of religious freedom in several countries, says that some government practices in Pakistan have limited the freedom of religion, particularly in the case of religious minorities.
“Abuses under the blasphemy law and other discriminatory laws continued; the government did not take adequate measures to prevent these incidents or reform the laws to prevent abuse. Since the government rarely investigated or prosecuted the perpetrators of increased extremist attacks on religious minorities and members of the Muslim majority promoting tolerance, the climate of impunity continued.” The executive summary of the report said that there was an increase in intolerance and violence against minorities and those Muslims promoting tolerance. “There were reports of societal abuses or discrimination based on religious affiliation, belief, or practice.”
The report highlights that many hesitated to speak out in favour of religious tolerance in light of the killings of Salman Taseer, the Governor of Punjab, and Shahbaz Bhatti, the Federal Minister for Minorities.
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Three killed
Three persons were killed in Rawalpindi and Islamabad on Tuesday, police said. 
Two persons were shot dead over property dispute in Ram Dev village of Chontra.
Mohammad Zaman, 55, and his relative Ameer Sultan, 50, were running a dispute over land with Mansoor, Tauseef and Rafaqat.
A man was killed after being hit by a vehicle in capital’s rural area, police said.
Kareem Nawaz, 36, was injured when a pick-up hit him as he was crossing the road in Sara-i-Karboza.
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Seven unidentified Turbat massacre victims buried
While the bodies of 11 victims of the Turbat massacre were identified and claimed by their relatives, the remaining seven remained unclaimed and were buried after being kept in the Edhi morgue for a week, it emerged on Tuesday.
Eighteen illegal migrants were shot dead and two others wounded in a targeted attack in the Dasht area, nearly 20 kilometers from the Iranian border, on July 7.
Hailing from Punjab, they were dropped in Shooli Jam Bazaar in the Dasht area by a passenger bus from Karachi. They were waiting for some vehicle to cross the border through a difficult and illegal route to reach Iran for better economic prospects when they were targeted.
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Two Rangers men killed in Orangi
Two Rangers men were gunned down by assailants in Orangi Town late on Tuesday night.
Police said the killing took place at a restaurant in Aligarh Colony near Banaras Chowk, where sub-inspectors Bahadur and Noorullah were sitting in plain clothes when two gunmen on a motorcycle targeted them and rode away.
The police said the SIs belonged to the intelligence  arm — field security wing — of the Rangers.
The victims were rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where they were pronounced dead on arrival.
Senior Rangers and police officials reached the hospital following the incident
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PAF man kidnapped from highway
An official of Pakistan Air Force was kidnapped from National Highway near Doulatpur on Tuesday.
Flight Lieutenant Waqas Akhtar and his friend Army Captain Bilal Rasheed were going to Rawalpindi from Karachi in a car. When they reached near Doulatpur bypass, four armed men intercepted the car.
They took away Waqas Akhtar in the car but Capt Rasheed escaped and reached Doulatpur police station. He informed the police about the incident.
Later, police recovered the car from Moro, SSP Nisar Ahmed Channa of Shaheed Benazirabad district told journalist. He said that police were making efforts to recover Mr Akhtar
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MQM activist, constable shot dead in Karachi
An activist of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and constable of Excise and Taxation Department were killed in separate target killing incidents here on Tuesday.
MQM activist was killed at Chand Bibi Road, Bohra Pir, within the precincts of Eidgah police station. An official informed that Noor Mohammad alias Bengali, 35, son of Tayyab, was shot and killed by unidentified culprits while he stood outside his house. DSP Zahid Hussain said that the victim was associated with MQM unit-29. His body was shifted to the Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) for medico-legal formalities. Separately, constable of the Excise and Taxation Department was shot dead at Guru Mandir Chowrangi within the jurisdiction of Jamshed Quarters police station
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Police station in Quetta targeted
Unidentified masked armed men, riding on a motorbike, attacked Sariab Police Station with hand grenades on Tuesday. However, no casualties were reported in the attack. According to the sources, some unidentified men, riding on a motorbike, lobbed two hand grenades at the Sariab Police Station. The police station gate and building were badly damaged, however no causalities were reported, sources said.
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Two injured in Quetta firing incidents
A police guard, Ghulam Mohyuddin, at the residence of Balochistan information minister was injured due to firing by unidentified armed assailants on Tuesday. The injured was shifted to hospital where his condition is stated to be out of danger. Police registered a case against unidentified attackers. Separately, unidentified armed men fired at and injured a man when he resisted to their bid to snatch his bike on Spiny Road area of the provincial capital on Tuesday. Police said that Muhammad Ashraf, resident of Faisal Town riding his motorcycle, was on his way when unidentified gunmen intercepted him and tried to snatch his bike on gunpoint.
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Four injured in Balochistan explosions
A young boy and three others were wounded in two separate explosions in Panjgur and Dalbandin towns of Balochistan, on Tuesday. According to police sources, unidentified armed men lobbed a hand grenade at a house in Panjgur town, and injured three people. The injured were identified as Abdul Ghani, Muktiar Ahmed and Shamsuddin. The accused fled the scene after committing the crime. Police rushed to the site after the blast and moved the injured to a nearby hospital for treatment.
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Traders worried on extortion, abduction and killing
The traders, while showing grave concern over the increasing number of extortion activities, incidents of dacoities, target killing and traders’ abduction in Lahore, Punjab and all over the country have said police has failed to provide security to the business community.
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2 killed, one escapes in Quetta
Two people were killed in separate incidents in Kalat and Barkhan districts, while a woman kidnapped from Punjab succeeded to flee from the captivity of her kidnappers, on Monday. 
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Two injured in Karachi blast near Chinese consulate
A Rangers official and a security guard were injured when a vehicle parked near the Chinese consulate in the Clifton area was blown up on Monday.
The area where the blast took place is crammed with embassies and consulates, where security is always on alert
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Domestic violence against women increased in 2011
The number of reported cases of domestic violence against women in Pakistan witnessed a rising trend in 2011, and innumerable more unreported incidents and cases; yet the state has consistently refused to give legal recognition to this serious and deep-rooted issue. 
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3 killed in separate acts of violence
Three people, including a volunteer of Saylnai Welfare Trust (SWT), were gunned down in the separate acts of violence here on Tuesday.
A man was stabbed to death near Metroville, SITE, within the jurisdiction of SITE A police station.
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Hand grenade attack on hotel leaves five injured
Unidentified pillion riders, on Tuesday hurdled grenade at a tea hotel situated in Faqeer Colony, which left five men injured.
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Seven militants killed in Orakzai Agency
At least seven militants were killed and several others injured when security forces pounded hideouts of the insurgents in Upper Orakzai Agency on Tuesday
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Shia official shot, injured in Quetta
The Deputy Director Schools, Abrar Hussain Ahmed, got seriously injured when unidentified persons fired at him. In a crossfire, Ahmed’s guard killed one attacker, however, others escaped.
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Toy bomb injures seven kids in Darra Adam Khel
At least seven children were wounded in a toy bomb blast in Darra Adam Khel, a small town near Kohat city in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on Tuesday, officials said
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Gunmen kill NATO truck driver in Jamrud
Unidentified gunmen attacked NATO supplies in Jamrud on Tuesday, killing a truck driver and wounding a conductor
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Sherpao’s office attacked
PESHAWAR: Pakistan People's Party-Sherpao (PPP-S) President Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao, on Tuesday, narrowly escaped a terrorist attack when unidentified men hurled a hand grenade at his office in Hayatabad, leaving one injured.
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No compulsion in religion’: ‘One should be able to choose their religion’
A Christian couple from Ichhra has been on the run for six years after facing threats from Muslim neighbours who would not let them revert to Christianity after embracing Islam. 
Imran James and Nazia Masih had ‘embraced’ Islam on April 27, 2006, taking on the Muslim names Sameer Ali and Ayesha Bibi respectively but later reverted to Christianity. James explained to The Tribune in June that in converting they had only wanted to get married. He said, “[We] embraced Islam only to protect ourselves from any legal action [that my wife’s family might have taken]. I was never serious about practicing.”
The nikah took place on May 10 the same year. One of the formal witnesses was James’ Muslim friend, Muhammad Atique – according to James, has been threatening them on learning that they have reverted to Christianity.
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Bajaur Agency bomb blast kills 8, injures 15
At least eight people were killed and 15 others were injured in a bomb blast at a local market in the Salarzai district, Express News reported on Thursday. 
The injured were shifted to Pusht Headquarters Hospital whereas police and security forces cordoned off the area.
The nature of the blast and its intensity is unknown although there is specualation that it was either an improvised explosive device (IED) or a remote controlled blast.
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Under constitution: Minorities are deemed less preferred citizens, says jurist
While urging national cohesion, Justice (retd) Rana Bhagwandas, a former senior-most judge of the Supreme Court, called for a resolution to the decades-long controversy surrounding the electoral system for minorities. 
He also stated that the Constitution deemed minorities in the country “less preferred citizens”.
In his keynote speech at a seminar entitled, “Electoral system with reference to non-Muslims of Pakistan,” the revered jurist gave a historical and legal perspective on the electoral system for non-Muslim lawmakers.
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Two coal miners killed 
Two miners lost their lives on Wednesday, due to leakage of a toxic gas in a coalmine of Surange, Balochistan. According to the official sources, the victims were identified as Abdul Gani and Mesri Khan, who were working in a private coal mine, when poisonous gas filled the mine, causing their death. Meanwhile, rescue teams rushed to the spot soon after the incident and retrieved the bodies from coal mine. The bodies were shifted to the Quetta Civil Hospital
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Student ends life after family taunts
Fed up with repeated taunts of his family members, a college student committed suicide after obtaining low marks in his first year examinations of Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Peshawar. 
Sources said that Salman Shah, son of Attique Shah of Bahlolah, Khanmai area, consumed pesticides after his family members repeatedly taunted him over his low marks in the intermediate examinations.
They claimed that Mr Shah’s elder brothers, including Shoaib, Zohaib and Mursalin, even expelled him from the house after announcement of the results on July 25, 2012
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Four more killed in city
Four more people, including an eunuch, were killed in separate acts of violence in city on Friday.
Police found tortured body of an eunuch from Qayyumabad within the limits of Korangi Industrial Area police station. An official said Samuel Maseeh, 50, son of Siraj Maseeh, was tortured to death by unidentified culprits. He was living alone at a house. Police said accomplices might have killed him over a petty issue. The body was shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for an autopsy.
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One injured in Quetta cracker blast 
Despite the stringent security measures and deployment of Special Forces at mosques and other places of worship in the provincial capital, a cracker exploded on the first Friday of Ramazan, injuring a man and calling into question the security measures of the administration
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Six children die of measles in Mohmand
Six children died and several others were hospitalized as measles broke out in remote areas of Ambar Tehsil of Mohmand tribal region.
In the Loya Shah village of Ambar Tehsil, 60km from agency headquarters Ghalanai, two children of Maulana Mohammad Khan fell victim to the deadly disease, as the epidemic attainedalarming proportions, a local Mushtaq told Dawn on phone.
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Three found dead 
Two persons were murdered in different areas, and a man committed suicide here on Saturday, police said. In the first incident, a man was gunned down by unknown assailants, who were lying in wait for him, in a rural area bordering the capital. The victim M.B., 38 was on his way home, near Haji Camp, where some people all of a sudden started firing indiscriminately at him, when he came within range. As a result he fell on the road and the attackers escaped from the spot.
Later the police were informed, who reached the spot and shifted him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
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Violence in Karachi claims two more lives 
Two people were killed in separate acts of violence here on Saturday.
A man was shot dead at Hazara Chowk, SITE area within the precincts of Mominabad police station. A police official said Shahzad, 28, son of Abdul Sattar, was shot multiple times by unidentified pillion riders. As a result, he died instantly. His body was brought to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) for an autopsy. SHO Nasir Mehmood said that initial course of investigation suggested that the man was killed over a personal enmity.
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Terrorists attack girls’ school in Swabi
Unidentified terrorists attacked a girls’ school in Sodher area with hand grenades late on Friday. According to details, unidentified terrorists hurled two hand grenades in the girls’ school in Sodher area in the jurisdictions of Shah Mansoor Police Station. The school building was partially damaged. No loss of life was reported as no one was present in the school at the time of the attack.
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3 Hindus kidnapped in Kalat
Three young Hindu traders were kidnapped from Jiwa intersection area of Tehsil Surab, Kalat District, some 140 kilometres from the provincial capital, on Friday night. According to sources, the Hindu traders were on their way from Khuzdar to Kalat in a passenger wagon when some unidentified armed men intercepted their van at Jiwa Intersection area of Tehsil Surab. The Hindu traders were kidnapped and taken to an undisclosed place. They were identified as Denesh Kumar, Santosh Kumar and Rathan Kumar. 
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Gunmen open fire on Quetta shop, Hazara doctor killed
Unidentified gunmen, riding a motorbike, opened fire on a veterinary store at Quary Road on Saturday, killing a veterinary doctor belonging to the Hazara community. The doctor, identified as Dr Noor Ali, died on the spot. The assailants managed to escape the crime scene. Police rushed to the site soon after the incident and cordoned off the area. The deceased was shifted to the Civil Hospital for autopsy
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Three killed, 24 arrested as Karachi violence continues
KARACHI: As the spate of unrest continues in the city, at least three people were killed due to incidences of violence while 24 were arrested, Express News reported on Sunday. 
Two people, including a woman, were killed in Gadap Town and Orangi Town.
A body of a young man was found in a gunny bag from the Aram Bagh area.
According to East Zone DIG Captain (retd) Tahir Naveed, around 24 people were arrested during police operations in several areas of the city.
Earlier, four people were killed on July 28 and three bodies were found in gunny bags.
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Three women among five killed in Chitral incidents
CHITRAL, July 29: Five persons, including three women, were killed in different incidents here on Sunday. 
Two out of the three women committed suicide in different areas of the district while the third one was electrocuted.
Police said that Taj Bibi, a resident of Charun Oveer village, committed suicide by jumping into the Chitral River. Her body was recovered from the river near Chitral town.
In another incident, Khalida Fana, a student of Booni College, hanged herself to death. The reason behind the suicide could not be ascertained immediately.
In Mastuj town, a woman was electrocuted when she accidentally touched a power line while working in her garden.
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Two ‘outlaws’ gunned down near police picket
Police claimed to have gunned down two alleged criminals in a ‘shootout’ in D-Block, Phase V of Defence Housing Authority, early Sunday. 
Police said they seized a motorcycle and two pistols with live rounds from the spot and despatched the bodies for autopsy.
Cantonment SP (Operations) Maroof Safdar Wahla told Dawn the Defence B policemen present at a picket signaled four suspicious men riding two motorcycles to stop for checking around 3am.
The bikers, instead of stopping at the picket, opened fire on police, damaging a police vehicle parked nearby. They tried to escape while firing at policemen who gave them a chase and resorted to retaliatory fire.
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Three of a family among 10 killed
A couple and their nephew were shot dead inside their home in Korangi at Iftar on Sunday, taking the death toll in the city since late Saturday night to 10, police said. 
As Shamsul Hasan, 55, his wife Rasheeda, 50, and their nephew Zeeshan, 22, broke their fast after dusk, gunmen entered their house situated near the mobile market in Sector 35-D, Korangi 4, and opened fire on them, said a duty officer of the Awami Colony police station.
The three family members had been shot multiple times, he said, adding that police investigators later found more than a dozen spent bullet casings at the crime scene.
The official said the couple had sustained gunshot wounds to their chest and abdomen, while their nephew had been shot to the head.
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2 policemen among five killed in Quetta
Two policemen and three other people were gunned down in different areas of Quetta on Sunday night. 
According to police, Jalaluddin Qadri and Mohib Ali Qadri were shot dead by men on motorcycles on Sabzal Road when they were going home. Police took the bodies to the Bolan Medical College Hospital.
About half an hour later, men on motorcycles opened fire on a general store on Arbab Karam Khan Road, killing its owner Saddam Hussain Khilji.
In another incident, armed men on a motorbike attacked a police van patrolling the area during Taraveeh prayers, killing constables Muhammad Sadiq and Muhammad Asif.
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Blast outside movie shop; one injured 
MANSEHRA: At least one person was injured in a low-intensity blast outside a movie shop in Manshera District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Sunday. Officials said that the shop was partially damaged in the blast. Due to probable presence of more explosives outside the shop, they had also called the Bomb Disposal Squad from Abbottabad, officials added. Police said that the blast was apparently a conspiracy to create chaos among the people.
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Five fall prey to Quetta violence
QUETTA: Five people, including two policemen, were killed in various incidents of firing within an hour in different areas of the provincial capital on Sunday night.
According to police sources, in the first incident, unidentified armed men opened indiscriminate fire in Pood-gili Chowk, wounding two people seriously. The injured were being shifted to hospital but they succumbed to their injuries before reaching hospital. The victims were identified as Jalalud Din and Muhibullah. The second incident took place at Arbab Karam Khan Road when three armed men entered into a shop with sophisticated weapons and opened fire, targeting an inmate, Sadam Hussain Khilji, who died on the spot after receiving critical wounds.
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Fire kills four guests at live Ramadan TV show 
Four television guests were killed during a live Ramadan broadcast in Pakistan on Monday, when fire gutted a studio in the eastern city of Lahore, police said. 
An electricity short circuit sparked an inferno at the Koh-e-Noor channel building at 3:46 am as the programme, Sehri Transmission, was being aired.
“At least four local guests, who were participating in a religious programme, were killed and nine others wounded in the fire,” local police official Omar Farooq told AFP.
Transmission was cut when the fire began.
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Three killed in violent incidents
KARACHI: Three people, including a policeman, were killed in separate acts of violence that took place in the metropolis here on Monday.
A policeman was killed in Metroville, SITE within the precincts of SITE A police station. An official said that the victim, later identified as Sikandar, 46, son of Mir Hussain, was targeted by unidentified pillion riders while on his way for prayer. Body was shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed  Hospital for autopsy.
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Abducted doctor returns home 
The abducted senior surgeon Dr Din Muhammad Baloch, kidnapped eight days ago, reached home safely in Mastung district, on Monday evening. He was released by his kidnappers on RCD Road, Mastung, near Lake Pass.
An armed group abducted Baloch while he was traveling from Mastung to Quetta. His captors had demanded Rs 8 million from his family, which kept refusing to pay. The family sources denied paying a single penny to the abductors and gave all credit to tribal elders of the area for Baloch’s release.
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Gunmen kill 4 in Mardan 
MARDAN: Unidentified gunmen opened fire on a jeep and killed four persons in the limits of Sahro Shah Police Station in Takht Bhai. The local people informed police that four bodies were lying in the jeep in the agricultural fields near Shah Noor Bridge. Police reached the spot and recovered fours bodies from the jeep. The deceased were identified as Murad Ali, Raza Khan and Zabta Din, residents of Nowshera, while the identity of the fourth person could not be ascertained. 
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Pakistan’s blasphemy laws ‘restrict religious liberty’: US
WASHINGTON: The United States on Monday took aim at Pakistan for using blasphemy law to “restrict religious liberty”.
In its first report on religious freedoms since the start of the Arab spring uprisings, the US State Department warned, "In times of transition, the situation of religious minorities in these societies comes to the forefront."
The report also said some countries, such as Indonesia and Saudi Arabia, were using blasphemy laws to “constrain the rights of religious minorities and limit freedom of expression”.
"Some members of society who have long been oppressed seek greater freedom and respect for their rights while others fear change. Those differing aspirations can exacerbate existing tensions," it warned.
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Balochistan unrest: PML-N leader, truck driver, settler shot dead 
Three people – a leader of PML-N, a settler and a trucker – were killed in various districts of Balochistan on Sunday. According to police, PML-N leader Ameenullah Zehri was critically wounded when unidentified men opened fire on him in the Zehri tehsil of Khuzdar district. 
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At least 19 killed within 24 hours.
As the spate of unrest continues in the city, at least 18 people have been killed within 24 hours due to firing and other incidences of violence, Express News reported on Sunday. 
A political activist was shot dead by unknown armed men in the New Karachi area, while a body of another activist was found in the Shirin Jinnah Colony. Two others, also belonging to a political party, were injured in Korangi.
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2 PPP activists, PTI worker among five killed in city
KARACHI: At least five men, including two activists of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and a worker of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) were killed in separate acts of violence here in the city on Sunday.
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Three shot dead in various parts of Balochistan
QUETTA: Three people, including a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader, were killed in Khuzdar, Gwadar and Mastung districts on Sunday. According to police, unidentified armed men opened  
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Mortar bomb kills mother, 3 children
PESHAWAR: A stray mortar bomb smashed through a house in a Sheikhan village, a suburb of Peshawar close to the Khyber tribal district, killing three children and their mother and injuring their father, police said.  
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Seven coal miners found dead 
Balochistan Levies found bodies of the seven missing coal miners in Degari area, some 28 kilometres from the provincial capital on Thursday morning. 
The miners were kidnapped on July 7 in the Sorange area, 25 kilometres from Quetta.
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Balochistan unrest: Imambargah leader among two slaughtered near Quetta
Two bodies, including that of a Shias Imambargah leader, have been recovered from the main Gundi area near Quetta on Wednesday. 
According to reports, the police were informed that some bodies were lying in a mountainous area nearby. A police party rushed to the spot and cordoned off the area upon finding them.
The bodies were then shifted to the Bolan Medical Teaching Hospital for autopsy.
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Excavation of Ahmadi grave could spark clash’
Claiming of constant discrimination and threats to their lives, the Ahmadiyya community in Faisalabad has one more thing to worry about: resting in peace. 
The Ahmadiyya community has called upon government functionaries as well as police authorities to help avert a possible clash which could erupt if the grave of an Ahmadi is excavated from a Muslim cemetery in the jurisdiction of the Jaranwala police station 
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Police demolish Ahmadi worship place minarets in Kharian
Six minarets of an Ahmadi place of worship, Baitul Hamd, were demolished by the Kharian city police Tuesday night.
The demolition took place on the application of Saqib Shakeel Ghazi, Syed Iftikhar Kazmi and others from the Barelvi religious organization called Tehreek-e-Tahaffuz-e-Islam. It had been filed to the Kharian police station.
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Why are our female MPs against women’s rights? 
A couple of days ago, Kashmala Tariq shut down the reproductive bill, on the basis of religion, stating that it was an issue of ‘sensitive’ nature. Now, either our MPs don’t know what reproductive rights include or they don’t care to develop enough grey matter to analyse and have proper debates
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Gunmen kills nine personnel in Lahore raid: police
Gunmen on Thursday shot dead nine police and prison staff, and wounded ten others after storming a building in Ichhra where they were sleeping, police said. Gunmen on Thursday shot dead nine police and prison staff, and wounded ten others after storming a building in Ichhra where they were sleeping, police said.
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Eight killed in AJ Kashmir
MIRPUR: Eight persons were gunned down in an ambush, allegedly by a rival group over a decades-old enmity, in the remote village of Garhoon in Samahni valley of Bhimbher district, Azad Jammu & Kashmir on Wednesday. According to police sources, those shot included three real brothers and their father, who were identified as Raja Goher Mumtaz Khan, Raja Ejaz Mumtaz Khan, Raja Shehzad Mumtaz Khan, Raja Mumtaz, Raja Bilal, Raja Shamrais, Raja Amjad and Raja Nomi. 
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Three political activists, minor killed in Karachi 
Three political activists and a minor killed in lat night firing on Wednesday.
Two activists of the Awami National Party (ANP) were killed at Nazimabad No 2 within the limits of Nazimabad Police Station. DSP Shahid Abbas said that the deceased cousins Fazal Kareem and Malang Khan were having food in a hotel where unidentified armed pillion riders opened fire on them.
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Another polio case reported in Quetta
Another case of polio has been reported from Sabzal Road area of Muslimabad near Zakiri Masjid in Quetta, raising the number of affected children to three this year. The UNICEF media officer, Massoma Qurban, told Daily Times that the victim was 23-month-old Mehrma, a resident of Sabzal Road, one of the largest slum localities in Quetta.
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HRCP laments rising violence across country
LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Wednesday said the increasing incidents of wanton violence and bloodshed across the country not only exposed a propensity by all concerned to resort to violence at the slightest excuse but also a consistent failure of the state to address inclination towards violence and to bring the perpetrators to justice.

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One killed as bomb hits SUPARCO bus in Karachi 
A passerby was killed while 27 others injured when a roadside bomb struck the contract vehicle of Pakistan Space & Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) here at the Mawach Goth on Wednesday
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Four shot dead in metropolis
KARACHI: Four people, including a Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) activist and two minors, were killed in separate acts of violence in the metropolis on Sunday.
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Killings, kidnappings rock Balochistan
QUETTA: The ongoing wave of violence continues unabated across Balochistan as a number of people were killed, kidnapped and bullet-riddled bodies found in different parts of the province on Tuesday.
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Three die in different mishaps
KARACHI: Three people were killed in separate incidents here on Tuesday. Reckless driving killed husband and injured wife in Mauripur within the limits of Mauripur police station
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Five more fall prey to ongoing wave of violence in city
KARACHI: Five people, including father and son, fell prey to ongoing wave of violence in metropolis here on Tuesday.

Father and son were killed while other family member was injured at Keamari area within the precincts of Jackson police station.
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HRCP welcomes Justice Ibrahim’s appointment as CEC
LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has welcomed the selection of Justice (r) Fakhruddin G Ibrahim as the new chief election commissioner (CEC) following parliamentary consensus, and hoped that under his leadership the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) would work independently for holding free, fair and democratic elections.
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Pakistan and its minorities

DALLAS, TEXAS: This is with reference to your editorial of July 5 titled “Non-Muslims and our textbooks”. The definition of a secular state is that the government does not interfere with people’s lives based on religion. Individual bigotry, while undesirable, may exist in a secular state. By that definition, Pakistan is clearly not a secular state. Consider the following facts which show state-level discrimination based on religion:
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Taliban execute woman accused of adultery

A man Afghan officials say is a member of the Taliban shot dead a woman accused of adultery in front of a crowd near Kabul, a video obtained by Reuters showed. 
In the three-minute video, a turban-clad man approaches a woman kneeling in the dirt and shoots her five times at close range with an automatic rifle, to cheers of jubilation from the 150 or so men watching in a village in Parwan province.
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Woman activist’s murder widely condemned 
PESHAWAR:  
Condemning the killing of veteran human rights activist Farida Afridi in the strongest words, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain on Monday described the murder as ‘anti-Islamic’. 
“Imposing death decrees on individuals such as Farida has resulted in a negative portrayal of our country as well as Islam itself,” asserted Iftikhar, while addressing a protest camp set up by the Aurat Foundation.
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The role of Christianity in creating racism 
Tracing the history of slavery, an American historian said, manipulation of religion laid the foundation of racism and slavery in the United States. 
Dr Rebecca A Goetz, an assistant professor of history at Rice University, was giving a talk on ‘How Christianity created a race in America’ on Monday, organised by the department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Lahore University of Management Sciences.
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Human rights’ report a blow to Punjab government: Memon 
KARACHI: Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon has said that the report on human rights, which stated that cases of kidnapping, criminal assault and collective rape are on the rise in Punjab, was a blow to the provincial government.
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Attack on army leaves 8 dead near Wazirabad
ISLAMABAD/LAHORE: Gunmen killed eight security personnel at an army camp near Wazirabad on Monday, officials said, hours after a protest march of the Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) passed through the area.

The encampment was attacked from a bridge over the river Chenab. Hours earlier, thousands from the DPC coalition of right-wing groups crossed the bridge on a "long march" from Lahore to Islamabad to protest against the reopening of NATO supply 
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2 children killed in Afghan suicide attack: officials
KANDAhAR: Afghan suicide bombers killed two children and wounded six others on Monday, when their explosive vests detonated prematurely as they went to attack police, an official said.
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Violence erupts in Godhra after trader shot
KARACHI: Violence erupted in Godhra Colony, Sector 11G after a trader was shot and injured here on Monday. According to police, unidentified pillion riders barged into a shop and opened indiscriminate fire, injuring the owner, Haji Zafar Iqbal. 

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Three killed four injured in Balouchistan

Three people were killed and four others were injured in separate incidents in various parts of Balochistan.

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Civil Society condemn the murder of Human Rights Activit

The civil society along with the members of the Alliance for Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (EVAWG) on Sunday expressed shock and grief over the targeted murder of Farida Afridi, a renowned human rights activist of Khyber Agency.

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Rally for the recovery of Church land/property

The Christian community residing in Sector G8/2 of the capital held a protest demonstration at PIMS Chowk on Sunday and demanded that the property of a church in the area should immediately be vacated.

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22 Journalists killed in Balouchistan

According to figures presented at the workshop, at least 22 journalists have been killed in the province during the past four years.

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Karachi violence claimed 1,257 lives in 6 months: HRCP

Despite tall claims of government and police, there is no respite in the targeted killings in Karachi, as according to the data of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), targeted killings and other crimes have claimed at least 1,257 lives in Karachi during last six months. .

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The state of human rights in Pakistan in 2011

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A banned millitant organization's terrorists attack a journalist

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16 journalists killed and 47 were injured

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Pakistan: A single mother's battle with her unborn child...

Pakistani schools teach Hindu hatred: US Commission

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Hindu Communiy threatens indefinite strike if culprits not arrested (Hafeez Tunio)

Overview of Human Rights in Pakistan 2010

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