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As Pakistanis, we have a lot to be proud of and one by one, every piece of our national pride and identity has been targeted and systematically destroyed By Aarzoo Naeem Chaudhry

National Symbols Destroyed

National Symbols Destroyed

By Aarzoo Naeem Chaudhry

“Remember, we are in a state of war,” my father keeps telling me whenever I get emotional over the terror attacks in Pakistan. Even though it is hard to believe, what he says to me because it does not feel like a war in the real sense, but that is just what it is. We are living in the constant terror of bomb blasts and attacks. Living in Lahore, I have heard bombs go off and even though I have not been an eyewitness, the proximity of the blasts is terrifying.

Our Citizens, a symbol of true Pakistan Destroyed

There has been a sharp rise in violence since 2007, during which Benazir Bhutto, an eminent politician and former Prime Minister was also murdered. Hundreds of innocent people dead, more injured and the whole country in a state of absolute fear. It just makes you wonder who these people are; young, brainwashed minds blowing themselves up, murdering innocent people because they will find themselves a place in heaven assured by the devil himself. These terrorists plan, kill and murder in the most brutal way and that too in the name of God! They’re definitely not Muslims. They are pathetic excuse for human beings who traffic in children, using them to destroy innocent human beings; they are weak, despicable creatures and cowards.

Our Masajid and religious leaders, a symbol of our Faith Destroyed

It is infuriating to hear terrorism associated with Islam or Pakistan! These terrorists have no identity, they have no religion. Let’s leave Pakistan and Islam out of it. Islam is a religion of peace and Pakistan is not about terror, blood, and war. Pakistan has become the target of terrorism and it is our people who have been dying on the streets, in their homes, in the mosques for this ‘war on terror;’ a war that is not even ours, a war that we never wanted, a war that we had nothing to do with. However, the main issue here is that even though Pakistan may have become a dangerous place to live in, we have a lot to be proud of and one by one, every piece of our pride and identity has been targeted and systematically destroyed.

Targeting mosques is again symbolic of the cowardly state of mind of those who murder innocent children and adults. Those clerics and Islamic scholars who are pro-Pakistan and anti-terrorism have been martyred. A young student from my university was killed in the Jamia Naeemia bomb blast recently and when I saw his pictures on display on the bulletin boards, it made me shiver. This was someone I had seen, alive and well a few days ago, who had now been viciously blown up for no purpose.

Swat Valley, our symbol of Tourism Destroyed

Since the Lal Masjid episode, terror attacks have penetrated more and more into other parts of Pakistan. The beautiful northern areas famous for scenic beauty and hospitality have become battlegrounds. Hotels like PC and Marriott have become a favorite target, making Pakistan an inhospitable and dangerous place especially for foreigners.

Security forces (Police, FIA, ISI), our symbol of Security Destroyed

They have gone all bonkers on the police especially and the ISI and FIA have been targeted repeatedly. The security forces represent a sense of safety and protection for the citizens of any country and by targeting them they try to shake the sense of security amongst the people. If those who protect us are not safe from bomb blasts and such, doesn’t Pakistan automatically become the most dangerous place on earth in most minds?

Team sports – Cricket, a popular symbol of our national pride destroyed

Even cricket was targeted –this is truly mind boggling for me. Why would these terrorists attack a cricket team?! What does it mean to them? Obviously a tarnished image of Pakistan and of course, because cricket is something every Pakistani takes a lot of pride in and identifies with. Right, after the attack people started murmuring that cricket in Pakistan was dead and we did in fact face drastic consequences (the ICC not allowing matches to take place in Pakistan). Even though we have proved the world wrong by winning the Twenty20 World Cup, the future of playing international cricket on Pakistani soil is still not certain.

Schools, a symbol of hope for the next generation destroyed

So what’s with the destruction of academic institutions? Why are they bent on destroying schools and colleges? Bomb threats have become the norm. Apparently, girl schools were a favorite target in the recent past. Most school bombings were in the NWFP and adjoining Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) after midnight. There were no casualties according to news reports, however, the publicity they generated from destroying this symbol obviously planted and reinforced the idea in most minds that our faith and society is gender biased and therefore unfair, primitive and backward.

Performing Arts, a symbol of art and culture destroyed

Bomb blasts rocked Rafi Peer Performing Arts Festival in Lahore (November 2008), it was another hit at our national identity. Rafi Peer PAF has become a trademark of the arts and culture segment of our society as they put up the largest international performing arts festival in Pakistan, where they thoroughly promote the Pakistani culture through music, film, drama and puppetry. Another target was the Al-Falah theatre complex, where they claimed that ‘immoral’ activities took place.

Tombs of revered dead, a symbol of our past and rich history destroyed

What was behind the destruction of a tomb though? On March 5, 2009, the mausoleum of a 17th century Sufi poet revered in both Pakistan and Afghanistan for his mystical verse was destroyed, apparently because women visited the shrine. The tomb was of Abdul Rehman, commonly known as Rehman Baba. The structure of the shrine was badly damaged but there were no casualties as reported by Dawn.

Have they killed Pakistan’s national identity yet?

There is never any purpose in madness except to propagate madness. What we are going through is bizarre and it’s as crazy as it gets. But, this too will pass and we will build a better Pakistan, reconstruct our lives because no matter what happens Pakistan is our land, it is the land our ancestors fought for, died for and we will not let their sacrifices go to the dogs.

Remember, we are in a state of war –

‘Not the first murder nor the last

Again and again a repetition of the past

Since the very first day same story

Young ones, old ones, some glory

How can it be, has the whole world turned blind?

Or is it just ’cause it’s only affecting my kind!

If these walls could speak,

Imagine what would they say

For me in this path that I walk on

There’s only one way

Bullets may kill, bones may break

Still I throw stones like David before me and I say

You, you’re not aware

That we’re aware

Of  your despair

Your nightmares will end

This I promise, I promise

….’

lyrics: Isam Bachiri, Waqas Qadri, R. Lenny Martinez, Sami Yusuf, Bara Kherigi

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Valuemag august 2009, print edition 13 - national symbols destroyed

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This article was originally published in the print edition of Valuemag,  August 2009, issue 13.

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Fareeha Qayoom
Fareeha Qayoom
Publisher and editor-in-chief of Tkfr.com and former print editions of The Knit-Xtyle Fashion Review (tkfr), a trade newsletter for the textile and apparel industry of Pakistan. In short, Publisher, editor, and a blogger. In addition, she has served as Managing Editor of MIT Technology Review Pakistan, print and web editions (2015-16). Total of 7 editions were published under her leadership by ITU, Punjab's first public technology university under the license of MIT Technology Review (USA). She has also managed Value Mag in the same capacity, a real estate and lifestyle magazine for Value TV - 2008-9. Published freelancer for The News on Sunday 1994-96. Fareeha has over 21 years of solid management experience – of managing brands (like Harley Davidson, Munsingwear, Chaps, Chaps Ralph Lauren etc.,), Retailers (like Target, Mervyns, Kohl's, Marks and Spencer etc.,), customers (VPs, Product Managers, Unit Managers, and Buyers), and products (apparel - woven, knits, men's, women's, children's, Print and online publishing units), projects, teams, and processes, information, content, and data, staff, vendors, and time. Versatile and adaptable with international exposure, communication and language skills (oral and written), and a consistent track record of achieving company targets and objectives, plus a MA in Political Science from Punjab University, a MSc in Economics from La Salle University, Louisiana, USA, and a BA in Economics from Kinnaird College for Women.

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    In a statement issued in Washington, the secretary said she was shocked and saddened by the attack, which claimed the lives of dozens of innocent Pakistanis.

    “The extremists have shown that they respect neither human dignity nor the fundamental religious values of Pakistani society,” she said.

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    He warned that Sunni Tehreek would block all the main highways of the country in a next step, if the government did not arrest the terrorists involved in the attack on Data Darbar.

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    Thursday, 15 Jul, 2010

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    He said the bomb had been planted at a general store in the area where a Juma bazaar was held every week.

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    Mehmood said Christians and Muslims have a long history of living together in Faisalabad.

    Faisalabad is Pakistan’s third-largest city, with some 2.2 million inhabitants.

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    http://tribune.com.pk/story/30061/karachi%E2%80%99s-killing-fields-2/

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  24. Unidentified gunmen kill KP information minister’s son
    Saturday, 24 Jul, 2010

    NOWSHERA: Unidentified gunmen have shot dead the son of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain.

    Initial reports suggest that the 25-year-old Mian Rashid Hussain was killed while on a walk with a friend near Nowshera. He was the only son of Mian Iftikhar Hussain.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/provinces/06-unidentified-gunmen-kill-kp-info-ministers-son-rs-01

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  25. Taliban claim responsibility for killing minister’s son
    By Waseem Ahmad Shah
    Monday, 26 Jul, 2010

    PESHAWAR: The proscribed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the killing of Mian Rashid Hussain, the only son of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain.

    Pabbi police registered an FIR against three attackers on the basis of a statement of Mian Amjad, a relative of the minister who was injured in the attack. He is admitted to the Lady Reading Hospital. He said two of the attackers sported beard and one was clean shaven.

    Mian Rashid, meanwhile, was laid to rest in his ancestral graveyard in Pabbi amid tight security. A large number of police and Frontier Constabulary personnel were deployed for the occasion.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/taliban-claim-responsibility-for-killing-ministers-son-670

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  26. Interfaith harmony vital to curb extremism
    Staff Report

    ISLAMABAD: The participants of a seminar on Sunday urged all patriotic citizens and leaders belonging to various faiths to join hands for interfaith harmony in order to defeat the anti-state elements.

    In a resolution passed unanimously, they condemned the prevalent terrorists activities, against the non-Muslims in particular, and called upon the authorities to nip this trend in the bud to protect the rights of minorities all over the country.

    Ministry of Minorities Affairs in collaboration with The Interfaith Council for Peace and Harmony (ICPH) organised the conference titled ‘National Interfaith Peace Conference’ at a local hotel to promote interfaith coexistence.
    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\07\26\story_26-7-2010_pg11_2

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  27. Target killings continue as six more dead
    By: Mansoor Khan | Published: July 26, 2010

    KARACHI – Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik, apparently, seemed to have failed to put an end to the politically-motivated target killings as the death toll rose to 18 during the last 48 hours here on Sunday.
    According to reports, Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik arrived in Karachi on Saturday in a bid to resolve the dispute between the two rival political parties – the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and the Awami National Party (ANP) but all these efforts made by the Minister proved ineffective as both the parties continued putting the blame on each other.
    As may as six people were gunned down after the meetings of the Federal Minister with the political parties. The victims who were killed on ethnic basis included two activists of ANP and one of the MQM.
    The first incident took place near Madni Masjid in Nayabad area in the Baghdadi Police precincts.
    The police said that 30-year-old Javaid, son of Noor Muha-mmad, a resident of Khada market Kharader and his friend Sahib Ali Khan, 28, hail from Buner, were standing on a roadside when two culprits, riding a motorcycle arrived and sprayed them with bullets. Resultantly both of them sustained severe bullets wounds and were rushed to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) where doctors pronounced them dead.

    http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Regional/Karachi/26-Jul-2010/Target-killings-continue-as-six-more-dead

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  28. 26 July 2010 Last updated at 14:10 GMT
    Pakistan suicide bomber targets mourners

    A suicide bomb near Peshawar has killed seven people near a gathering mourning a cabinet minister’s son murdered in a suspected Taliban attack, police say.

    About 20 people were also injured when the bomber struck on foot near the home of Provincial Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain in the town of Pabbi.

    Three policemen and four civilians died. The minister was not among the mourners.

    The Taliban told the BBC they killed his 28-year-old only son two days ago.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-10762468

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  29. Suicide blast kills seven in Pakistan
    Published: July 26, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, July 26 (UPI) — A suicide attack near a Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial leader’s home in the town of Pabbi Monday killed seven people and injured 20, Pakistani officials said.

    CNN reported hospital official Sehrab Khan said on Pakistani television that seven people died and 20 were injured.

    http://www.upi.com/Top_News/International/2010/07/26/Suicide-blast-kills-seven-in-Pakistan/UPI-31911280147217/

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  30. Targeting civilians
    Dawn Editorial
    Wednesday, 28 Jul, 2010

    Monday’s suicide attack in Peshawar near the home of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Iftikhar Hussain comes on the heels of the gunning down of his only son, Mian Rashid Hussain, outside his house in Pabbi.

    The tragedies are further evidence of the fact that, increasingly, it is innocent civilians who find themselves in the cross-hairs of the terrorists. The deadly attack on Mian Rashid Hussain left another person injured while the suicide bombing, which appears to have targeted the mourners who had gathered at the minister’s house, left at least eight people dead, among them two children and three policemen. Responsibility for the suicide attack was claimed by the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan. The group had also claimed responsibility for the fatal attack on the son of the ANP minister who has been amongst the most outspoken voices in the campaign against terrorism.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/editorial/19-targeting-civilians-870-07

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  31. MQM Sindh Assembly MPA Raza Haider shot dead
    Monday, 02 Aug, 2010

    KARACHI: MQM Sindh Assembly MPA Raza Haider was assassinated along with his bodyguards while attending a funeral in Karachi’s Nazimabad No. 2 area on Monday, Dawn.com reported.

    Initial reports suggest that he was rushed to Abbasi Shaheed hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

    Unidentified gunmen on motorcycles were reported to be responsible for the killing.

    The MQM leader was elected as an MPA from the PS-94 constituency in Karachi’s Orangi Town Area. Mr. Haider was a member of the Sindh Assembly and was associated with the MQM for the past 26 years.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/mqm-sindh-assembly-mpa-raza-haider-shot-dead-jd-01

    Eight more gunned down in Karachi
    By Azfar-ul-Ashfaque
    Monday, 02 Aug, 2010
    KARACHI: At least eight people, including an activist of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and two Awami National Party workers, were gunned down in separate incidents of targeted killings as the violence that had erupted on Saturday following an arson attack on an MQM office spread to other parts of the defunct East and West districts of the city on Sunday.

    Tension prevailed in parts of Orangi Town amid rattle of gunfire and spread to Shah Faisal Colony, Model Colony and adjoining areas of Malir where businesses were closed following the targeted killing of the MQM worker in Azeempura within the remit of the Al-Falah police station on Sunday evening.

    Police said the MQM worker, Jamil Khanzada, was targeted shortly after he had visited the Azeempura graveyard in the evening.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/local/anp%2C-mqm-workers-among-eight-gunned-down-280

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  32. MP’s assassination sparks violence in Karachi
    By South Asia correspondent Sally Sara
    Updated 42 minutes ago

    More than 30 people have been killed after the assassination of a Pakistani politician in the southern city of Karachi.

    Provincial Member of Parliament Raza Haider was shot dead at a mosque.

    News of his assassination triggered violence in several neighbourhoods across the city.

    Residents took cover as rival political activists opened fire.

    Several buildings and vehicles were also set alight.

    Mr Haider was a prominent member of the MQM party and his supporters blame opposing groups for the killing.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/08/03/2972372.htm?section=justin

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  33. 45 die in revenge attacks in Pakistan’s Karachi
    By ASHRAF KHAN (AP) – 36 minutes ago
    KARACHI, Pakistan — Gunmen killed at least 45 people in Pakistan’s largest city after the assassination of a prominent lawmaker set off a cycle of revenge attacks, officials said Tuesday. Dozens of vehicles and shops were set ablaze as security forces struggled to regain control of Karachi.
    Schools were closed and most business ground to a halt Tuesday in the southern city of more than 16 million, Pakistan’s main commercial hub. While a thriving trading center, Karachi has a history of political, ethnic and religious violence and has long been a hide-out for al-Qaida and Taliban militants.
    The latest unrest came after Raza Haider, a provincial lawmaker, was shot dead along with his bodyguard in a mosque while preparing to offer prayers Monday in Nazimabad area.
    Haider was a member of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, the political party that runs the city and represents mainly descendants of Urdu-speaking migrants from India who settled in Pakistan when it was created in 1947.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hkiMxbHNH0BqgpWA2ZG6VD6wVTmAD9HBUKTG0

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  34. Pakistan’s Karachi shut after 45 killed in clashes

    By Faisal Aziz and Sahar Ahmed

    KARACHI | Tue Aug 3, 2010 12:33pm EDT

    KARACHI (Reuters) – Clashes that killed at least 45 people overnight in Karachi scared residents off its streets on Tuesday as Pakistan’s largest city was on alert for more violence after the shooting of a leader in a dominant political party.

    Officials said more than 100 people were wounded and dozens of vehicles and shops torched by mobs who took to the streets after Raza Haider, a member of the provincial Sindh Assembly from the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), was gunned down on Monday along with his bodyguard while attending a funeral.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6720H820100803?feedType=nl&feedName=ustopnewsearly

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  35. Time to act
    Dawn Editorial
    Wednesday, 04 Aug, 2010

    Is the current wave of violence in Karachi a precursor to a bigger conflict in the nation’s biggest city and virtually only port? The assassination of MPA Raza Haider, the regularity with which targeted killings have been taking place, attacks on some MQM offices and retaliatory attacks on ANP supporters tend to confirm this suspicion.

    We know, of course, no single factor can be cited as the cause of Karachi’s misery. There are mafias which use political parties as a cover to advance their criminal aims — like land grabbing, widespread extortion rackets, drug smuggling and the gun trade, which runs all the way from Afghanistan to Karachi. All ‘targeted killings’ do not necessarily have a political motive, but such murders give political elements enough ammunition to blame their rivals for the deaths. The motive behind MPA Haider’s assassination and the killers’ identity have yet to be established. Interior Minister Rehman Malik suspects that the Sipah-i-Sahaba is behind the crime, while some quarters in the Muttahida were quick to blame the ANP, which not only denied the charge but expressed regrets over Mr Haider’s murder and alleged that some of its own members had been killed in retaliation for the crime in the Nazimabad mosque.

    We are now confronted with a harsh reality: some hidden but powerful forces seem determined to ignite trouble on a wide scale and throw Karachi into a conflict reminiscent perhaps of the massacres that traumatised this city in the ’80s. The fact that the current wave of killings has both ethnic and sectarian overtones shows some forces are using all options available to push Karachi into a state of anarchy unprecedented in its history.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/editorial/19-time-to-act-480-hh-09

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  36. Karachi target killing continues; four more dead
    Wednesday, 04 Aug, 2010

    KARACHI: Despite peace calls made by the political leaders, incidents of target killing continued in Karachi on the third consecutive day as four more people were shot dead in the early hours of Wednesday.

    Sources said that unknown assailants killed four people in Altaf Town of the Korangi area after confirming their identity.

    The attackers were accompanied by a man for identification purpose.

    The dead were looked like labourers, said sources.—DawnNews

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/metropolitan/12-four+shot+dead+in+karachi+target+killing–bi-02

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  37. Karachi violence claims six more lives
    By Our Staff Reporter
    Wednesday, 04 Aug, 2010

    KARACHI: The death toll from violence triggered by Monday’s murder of Syed Raza Haider, a senior leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and member of the Sindh Assembly, rose to 54 after six more people were killed on Tuesday. More than 130 were injured, officials said.

    After a brief lull in violence arson attacks and intense firing resumed and within an hour four people were killed in Orangi Town and two in Charpai Gali.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/19-karachi-violence-claims-6-more-lives-480-hh-02

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  38. Pakistani Taliban claims responsibility for death of paramilitary force chief

    By Griff Witte and Haq Nawaz Khan
    Washington Post Foreign Service
    Wednesday, August 4, 2010; 10:45 AM

    ISLAMABAD — A Pakistani paramilitary commander who had been a close U.S. ally in the fight against extremist groups was assassinated Wednesday afternoon by a suicide bomber in the regional capital of Peshawar, police officials said.

    The death of Sifwat Ghayur, the head of the Frontier Constabulary, represents a setback for Pakistani government efforts to curtail militant activity in the country’s northwest. It also leaves the Frontier Constabulary without its leader at a time when the United States is pouring money into programs to train and equip the force.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/04/AR2010080401085.html?wpisrc=nl_pmheadline

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  39. Six wounded in mosque attack in violent Karachi

    By Faisal Aziz

    KARACHI | Wed Aug 4, 2010 2:35pm EDT

    KARACHI (Reuters) – Six people were wounded when unidentified attackers hurled a grenade at a Karachi mosque during evening prayers on Wednesday, police said.

    The attack, on top of the violent deaths of more than 12 people on Tuesday night, deepened fears of instability in Pakistan’s commercial hub.

    Police and officials said a total of 70 people had been killed since Monday, following the assassination of Raza Haider, a lawmaker in the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), the dominant political party in the city.

    The government blamed Taliban insurgents and the banned militant group Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) for his killing.

    Some analysts said persistent violence could damage the already struggling economy. Karachi is home to the country’s main port, the central bank and the stock exchange, and home to some 18 million people.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6720H820100804?feedType=nl&feedName=ustopnewsearly

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  40. Mosque in Karachi attacked, toll rises to 76
    By Imran Ayub
    Thursday, 05 Aug, 2010

    KARACHI: A hand-grenade attack inside a North Nazimabad mosque during prayers on Wednesday night left five people injured as the daylong violence which included arson attacks and incidents of firing claimed at least 22 more lives, raising the death toll to 76 in three days.

    Police said at least two men in shirts and jeans and wearing helmets stopped their motorbike at the Sawari Masjid and Madressah Shams-ul-Uloom in Block N of North Nazimabad and one of them entered the premises.

    “The Isha prayers were in progress when he hurled a hand grenade which exploded in the middle of the third row,” said an official at the Taimuria police station.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/metropolitan/06-six-wounded-in-mosque-attack-in-karachi-rs-05

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  41. MPA’s death probe points to sectarian motive
    By S. Raza Hassan
    Thursday, 05 Aug, 2010

    KARACHI: The investigations into the killing of a Sindh assembly member of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and his police guard by assailants on Monday have inched forward with the ballistic examination results suggesting that the weapon used in the killing of Syed Raza Haider had also been used in an earlier sectarian killing, it has emerged.

    Elected from a constituency of Orangi Town, Syed Raza Haider with his guard Khalid Khan was gunned down inside a mosque in Nazimabad No 2 by unknown assailants on Monday evening there. The MPA had gone to attend the funeral of the mother of his long-time friend Malik Aslam Zaman.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/local/mpas-death-probe-points-to-sectarian-motive-580

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  42. Shoot-on-sight orders fail to stem violence
    By Imran Ayub
    Saturday, 07 Aug, 2010

    KARACHI: Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s shoot-on-sight orders given to the Rangers and meetings with rival political parties persuading them to help establish peace in the city failed to bear fruit as six more people were gunned down and properties destroyed on Friday in the raging violence.

    As the city’s southern district was under serious watch of the police, Rangers and other law-enforcement agencies due to the prime minister’s presence in the city, gunmen in the western and eastern districts of the provincial capital faced little challenge in executing their job.

    Though fear gripped the hearts of a majority of the Karachiites, it failed to inspire the authorities to take effective measures to remove this feeling.

    In a media address at the Central Police Office, the interior minister with top police officials and Sindh home minister Zulfiqar Mirza heralded the return of peace to the city and harmony among the political forces.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/metropolitan/04-karachi-killings-82-qs-06

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  43. Sectarian Clashes Surge in a City in Pakistan’s Heartland

    By SALMAN MASOOD
    Published: August 7, 2010

    FAISALABAD, Pakistan — This industrial city, famous for its textile exports, has lately become renowned as the center of a new wave of sectarian violence that has gripped Pakistan as militancy and extremism have taken firm root here in central Punjab Province.

    Last month, violent clashes broke out between Muslims and Christians after two Christian brothers — Rashid and Sajid Emanuel — were shot dead outside the district courthouse after showing up to face charges of blasphemy.

    Immediately, there were fears of rioters’ setting fire to the Christian neighborhood where the brothers had lived, Warispura, a poor suburb with about 100,000 people — as they had done in a similar episode last year in a district nearby.

    Blasphemy is a capital crime in Pakistan, and rights activists say the allegations are usually spurious and used to settle personal vendettas or to score political points.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/08/world/asia/08faisalabad.html?src=mv

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  44. Peace will return to Karachi: Rehman Malik
    Sunday, 08 Aug, 2010

    KARACHI: Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Sunday that the violence in Karachi will be contained and the situation will become peaceful soon.

    Malik spoke to the media while taking a tour of the flood affected areas in Sindh with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/03-peace-will-return-to-karachi-rehman-malik-ss-03

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  45. Should the army be called into Karachi?
    If no one knows who is responsible for target killings, how come such killings stop when all political parties gather at Rehman Malik’s table? The trend is that as long as there is peace among the parties, there are no target killings but as soon as political relations worsen, residents of the city pay the price. Is calling the army in, the only option left?

    On his TV show Friday evening, Frontline’s host Kamran Shahid of Express News asked political figures this question.

    While Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazal’s (JUI-F) Senator Azam Swati supported army intervention, Awami National Party’s (ANP) Bashir Bilour insisted on political negotiations. Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) Sharmila Farooqi saw no harm in calling in the army but felt that target killings were essentially a political issue. Jamaat-e-Islami’s (JI) Sirajul Haq went all out to blame the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) for the unrest.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/37062/should-the-army-be-called-into-karachi/

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  46. Silence is not an option
    By Kamran Shafi
    Tuesday, 10 Aug, 2010

    Enough is bloody enough! Enough of deafening silence as our people, women, men and children, are mercilessly killed and maimed and widowed and orphaned by cold-blooded murderers and their handlers and motivators.

    How many more Safwat Ghayyurs and Mushtaq Baigs and Faisal Alvis and Malik Saads and Abid Alis and Khan Raziqs will have to die before those who are equipped and paid to prevent, or at the very least anticipate attacks such as those that killed these fine men, will begin to do their jobs? Whilst I have started this piece with the mention of officers in the service of Pakistan, I am by no means making light of the deaths of thousands of nameless innocents such as the women and children in Meena Bazaar, Peshawar, or the hungry poor at Data Darbar, Lahore.

    It is time that all of us Pakistanis stood up and loudly asked the establishment a raft of hard, even unpalatable to it, questions and demand answers. We must ask why it is that not a single suicide-jacket maker has been apprehended and prosecuted in all the years that these beasts have been going about their ghastly business. We must ask why not even one explosives supplier has been caught and brought before a court of law. We must ask why not one, just one, motivator has been exposed and locked up so that he may not spread his poison any more.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/columnists/21-kamran-shafi-silence-is-not-an-option-080-sk-04

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  47. ‘More than 1,000 killed in seven months in Karachi’
    KARACHI: Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Karachi Waseem Ahmed on Thursday revealed that more than 1,000 people were killed during the last seven months in the city, DawnNews reported.

    Ahmed said that out of the 1,000 more than 200 were victims of target killings. Police had succeeded in arresting several culprits involved in the killings, he added.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/metropolitan/12-more+than+1000+killed+in+last+seven+months,+says+karachi+ccpo–bi-07

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  48. Gunmen Kill 16 in Southwest Pakistan

    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Published: August 14, 2010

    QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Gunmen shot nonethnic Baluchis traveling on a bus and painting a house in two attacks in southwestern Pakistan on Saturday, killing 16 people and wounding eight, the police said.

    The attacks are likely to add to ethnic tensions in Baluchistan Province, where a nationalist movement led by armed ethnic Baluch groups has long sought greater provincial autonomy from the central government.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/15/world/asia/15beluchi.html

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  49. Baloch killings
    Dawn Editorial
    Monday, 16 Aug, 2010

    The killing of 16 Punjabi ‘settlers’ in Balochistan in two separate incidents on Saturday is a grim reminder that the low-level insurgency in the province is nowhere near an end.

    Several points need to be made here. First, why have the provincial government and the security forces failed to provide protection to inter-city buses travelling to and from Balochistan? Ten people lost their lives in a cold-blooded attack — passengers from Lahore were pulled off a Quetta-bound bus and sprayed with bullets — that was entirely preventable had there been some kind of security measures in place. To be sure, it is impossible to provide water-tight security anywhere, least of all in a place like Balochistan. However, the attack on the bus was neither unexpected nor unusual. Better security for the inter-city buses is a must and is not something beyond the capacity of the authorities.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/editorial/19-baloch-killings-680-hh-13

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  50. Militants, police clash in Peshawar, Khyber
    Wednesday, 18 Aug, 2010

    PESHAWAR: Militants attacked police posts in Pakistan’s northwest and killed two civilians active in an anti-Taliban militia, police said Wednesday.

    A group of militants first killed two members of a militia in the Adezai area of Peshawar as they headed to pray at a mosque late Tuesday, said Liaqat Ali Khan, Peshawar police chief.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/04-peshawar-khyber-militants-attack-qs-04

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  51. ANP leader shot dead; violence grips Karachi
    Friday, 20 Aug, 2010

    KARACHI: Karachi descended into a fresh spate of violence on Thursday after at least eight people were killed, 20 others injured and 12 vehicles set ablaze by unknown people in different parts of the city after the killing of an Awami National Party leader and his co-worker at the Quaid-i-Azam International Airport.

    The provincial security-in-charge of the Awami National Party (ANP), Obaidullah Yousafzai, 52, and his colleague Saleem Akhtar were shot dead by unknown assailants near PIA cargo terminal at Quaid-i-Azam International Airport on Thursday.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/metropolitan/04-anp-ubaidullah-yusufzai-dead-qs-12

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  52. 12 killed in Karachi violence after assassination of ANP leader
    RECORDER REPORT
    KARACHI (August 20 2010): Twelve people were killed and 14 vehicles set on fire in various parts of Karachi after the killing of ANP leader on Thursday. The acts of violence led to the closure of business centres and markets in many parts of the city. Armed miscreants also forcibly closed shops and pelted the passing vehicles with stones in various localities.
    http://www.brecorder.com/index.php?id=1093818&currPageNo=1&query=&search=&term=&supDate=

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  53. Planet Karachi
    Dawn Editorial
    Saturday, 21 Aug, 2010

    Is Karachi located on a different planet? Does it operate within some dreadful other-world dimension that is simply impossible to comprehend?

    On Thursday the city again descended into anarchy after the murder of a senior leader of the ANP’s Karachi chapter. Several people lost their lives, vehicles were torched, tyres were burnt and, given the level of intimidation, shopkeepers had no option but to pull down their shutters. True, Karachi is no stranger to such mayhem and its residents have tragically come to expect that violence will flare up from time to time. But this latest round of murder and arson needs to be seen in an entirely different context.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/editorial/planet-karachi-180

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  54. Blast kills six anti-Taliban fighters in Mohmand
    Saturday, 21 Aug, 2010

    PESHAWAR: A bomb blast killed six anti-Taliban militia fighters in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal belt on Saturday and wounded five others, officials said.

    The remote controlled attack hit a checkpoint manned by volunteers from an anti-Taliban militia in Mohmand, a tribal district close to the Afghan border and some 80 kilometres from Peshawar, an official said.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/04-mohmand-blast-six-killed-qs-05

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  55. Terrorists attack Wana seminary, Kurram jirga
    Dawn Report
    Tuesday, 24 Aug, 2010

    WANA / PARACHINAR: Thirty-two people, a former parliamentarian among them, were killed and at least 42 others injured in two terrorist attacks in tribal areas on Monday.

    In the South Waziristan town of Wana, a suicide bomber blew himself up at the seminary of Maulana Noor Mohammad, former MNA of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (Fazl) from Fata, killing the cleric and 24 others, local people said.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/seven-people-killed-in-explosion-near-mosque-in-wanna-bazaar-jd-03

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  56. Brother of ANP leader shot dead in Karachi
    By Imran Ayub
    Tuesday, 24 Aug, 2010

    KARACHI: A brother of a senior leader of Awami National Party and MNA from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was gunned down here on Monday.

    Police and party sources said that 55-year-old Asif Jan was going home from his office in the Civic Centre when his car was intercepted near a petrol pump by two gunmen who fired four shots.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/08-brother-of-anp-leader-shot-dead-in-karachi-ts-02

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  57. Two drone attacks in N. Waziristan; 12 dead
    By Our Correspondent
    Tuesday, 24 Aug, 2010

    MIRAMSHAH: At least 12 people, four women among them, were killed and 15 others injured in two drone strikes in parts of the North Waziristan tribal region on Monday.

    A US drone fired three missiles on a suspected compound in Dandy Derpakhel area. The missiles also hit a house adjacent to the compound, killing three men and four women and injuring 15 others.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/provinces/06-suspect-us-drone-attack-in-north-waziristan-rs-02

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  58. Taliban kill three members of lashkar in Peshawar
    By Ali Hazrat Bacha
    Monday, 23 Aug, 2010

    PESHAWAR: At least three members of the anti-Taliban Adezai Qaumi Lashkar were killed and 11 people were injured when a blast rocked the Matni bazaar near Peshawar on Monday evening.

    The bazaar is near Darra Adamkhel along the Peshawar-Kohat road, about 25km from the provincial capital. A few days ago, police had defused a 15kg bomb in the same area.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/08-blast-in-peshawar-targets-peace-jirga-ts-03

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  59. MQM chief’s remarks
    Dawn Editorial
    Tuesday, 24 Aug, 2010

    Viewed from any angle, the comments made on Sunday by MQM chief Altaf Hussain are deeply disturbing. Usually, the MQM never tires of pointing out its secular, democratic credentials at every turn, positioning itself as the last line of defence against religious extremists and at the vanguard of the fight against a landed aristocracy that exercises outsized influence over the national political set-up.

    However, reconciling the party’s avowed positions with Mr Hussain’s latest comments is well nigh impossible. It is a sad reality here that military interventions have never taken place in a vacuum, with sections of the political spectrum invariably playing the role of cheerleaders and enablers.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/editorial/mqm-chiefs-remarks-480

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  60. comment: Coming full circle: violence in Karachi
    By Cyril Almeida
    Wednesday, 25 Aug, 2010

    KARACHI: The spate of ‘target killings’ in the city is a political problem that shows every sign of worsening in the weeks and months ahead. In the first two weeks of August alone, over 140 people were killed in tit-for-tat violence following the killing of an MQM MPA and an ANP politician.

    In a series of conversations with Dawn, politicians, senior security officials and analysts attempted to explain why, in their view, violence has swelled in Karachi this year. Given the nature of the issue, most requested their names be withheld.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/coming-full-circle-violence-in-karachi-580

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  61. Shoot-on-sight order in Gilgit after heavy firing
    By Our Correspondent
    Thursday, 26 Aug, 2010

    GILGIT: A shoot-on-sight order was issued after two rival groups resorted to heavy aerial firing soon after Iftar near Yadgar Chowk here on Wednesday, police said.

    Two people were gunned down in the same area on Tuesday. Sources said that paramilitary troops and police came to the area only after the shootout subsided.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/shootonsight-order-in-gilgit-after-heavy-firing-680

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  62. Sunni Tehrik worker shot dead in Karachi
    By Our Staff Reporter
    Thursday, 26 Aug, 2010

    KARACHI: A young activist of the Sunni Tehrik was gunned down in Lines Area in the early hours of Wednesday, police and party sources said.

    A Sunni Tehrik spokesman said that the party had reasons to believe that activists of a political party were involved in the targeted killing of 28-year-old Qasim Qadri, who was the ST’s joint unit-in-charge of Lines Area.

    “Qasim Qadri was returning home after taking part in a fundraising campaign for flood-affected people when he was attacked by gunmen riding a motorbike near Khudadad Colony,” said an official at the Jamshed Quarters police station.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/local/st-worker-shot-dead-680

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  63. MQM workers booked for killing ANP leader in Karachi
    Wednesday, 25 Aug, 2010

    KARACHI: Four workers of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and their two aides have been booked for the targeted killings of an Awami National Party leader and his colleague last week, police officials said.

    The provincial security-in-charge of the ANP, Obaidullah Yousafzai, 52, and his colleague Saleem Akhtar were shot dead near the PIA cargo terminal at Quaid-i-Azam International Airport on Aug 19.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/local/mqm-workers-booked-for-killing-anp-leader-580

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  64. Muttahida man, CID official shot dead in Korangi
    By Our Staff Reporter
    Wednesday, 25 Aug, 2010

    KARACHI: A young activist of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and a head constable associated with the crime investigation department of police were gunned down in separate incidents in Korangi on Tuesday, police said.

    The police said that the 35-year-old MQM activist, Mohammad Yaqoob, was targeted in Ali Akbar Shah Goth, Korangi, in the early hours of Tuesday. He worked as a night watchman in the commercial area of the locality, they added.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/local/muttahida-man,-cid-official-shot-dead-in-korangi-580

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  65. Tension increases between PPP and MQM: DawnNews
    Tuesday, 24 Aug, 2010

    KARACHI: After MQM chief Altaf Hussain’s statement calling for military intervention in the country’s politics and increase in target killings in Karachi, the drift between PPP and MQM has reportedly increased.

    Reports put by federal agencies to the government shows that individuals involved in recent target killings in Karachi are directly or indirectly connected to the MQM.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/metropolitan/06-tension-increases-between-ppp-and-mqm-rs-03

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  66. Police say exchange of fire erupts in NW Pakistan
    By RIAZ KHAN (AP) – 51 minutes ago
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A heavy exchange of fire erupted Saturday at an office of security forces in northwest Pakistan, but the motive behind the attack was not immediately clear, police said.
    Police official Dost Mohammed said it was unclear who fired at the office of the security forces in Peshawar, the capital of troubled Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province where militants often target police and security forces. Troops immediately surrounded the area were responding to the attack, he said.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hkiMxbHNH0BqgpWA2ZG6VD6wVTmAD9HS92700

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  67. Five killed in U.S. strike in Pakistan – officials
    Sat Aug 28, 2010 12:18am EDT

    PARACHINAR, Pakistan, Aug 28 (Reuters) – U.S. drone aircraft have attacked suspected militants in northwest Pakistan, near the border with Afghanistan, killing five people, Pakistani officials said on Saturday.
    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSSGE67R00D

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  68. 249 fell victim to targeted killings in seven months
    By S. Raza Hassan
    Monday, 30 Aug, 2010

    KARACHI: As many as 249 people fell victim to targeted killings during the period from Jan 1 to Aug 6 in different parts of the city, police department statistics show.

    People from a wide cross section of society have been targeted in the shootings which show that different forces are pursuing their deadly agendas.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/local/249-fell-victim-to-targeted-killings-in-seven-months-080

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  69. Five militants killed in Khyber operation
    Dawn Report
    Tuesday, 31 Aug, 2010

    LANDI KOTAL: Five militants were killed and three security personnel received injuries during an operation in Kalakhel area of Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency, officials said.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/local/peshawar/five-militants-killed-in-khyber-operation-180

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  70. Triple terror blasts in Lahore leave 27 dead
    By Muhammad Faisal Ali
    Thursday, 02 Sep, 2010

    LAHORE: At least 27 people were killed and more than 200 injured in three bomb attacks near Karbala Gamay Shah on a procession taken out on Wednesday to mark the anniversary of martyrdom of Hazrat Ali (RA). A child was among the dead.

    Reacting violently to the explosions, people in the procession attacked a police building, set public property on fire and fought with riot police for more than an hour.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/06-religious-procession-attacked-in-lahore-triple-terror-blasts-leave-27-dead-290-rs-02

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  71. US charges Pakistani Taliban leader in CIA killings
    Wednesday, 01 Sep, 2010

    WASHINGTON: US prosecutors have charged the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud, for the plot that killed seven CIA employees at an American base in Afghanistan last December, the US Justice Department said on Wednesday.

    Mehsud was charged with conspiracy to kill Americans overseas and conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/12-us+charges+pakistani+taliban+leader+in+cia+killings–bi-06

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  72. Firing at religious procession in Karachi, four injured
    Wednesday, 01 Sep, 2010

    KARACHI: Four people were injured on Wednesday, as unknown gunmen opened fire at a religious procession in Karachi.

    The firing was reported near the Empress Market area during a religious procession on Yaum-i-Ali.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/metropolitan/07-firing-at-religious-procession-in-karachi-four-injured-ha-11

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  73. Bomb Blasts Kill 28, Injure 200 in Pakistan
    By Sonya Bryskine
    Epoch Times Staff

    Three bombs exploded in the center of Pakistan’s second largest city, Lahore, on Wednesday, killing at least 28 people and injuring 200.

    The attacks were carried out during a traditional mourning procession by Shi’ite Muslims, a minority group in Pakistan, according to The Associated Press.

    http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/42017/

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  74. Suicide Bombers in Pakistan Kill Dozens of Shiites
    By WAQAR GILLANI and SALMAN MASOOD
    Published: September 1, 2010

    LAHORE, Pakistan — Three suicide bombers struck a procession of Shiite Muslim worshipers on Wednesday here in eastern Pakistan, killing at least 25 people and touching off violent clashes between local police forces and mourners and protesters infuriated by the attack.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/02/world/asia/02pstan.html?src=mv

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  75. 3 bomb blasts at Shiite procession in Pakistan kill at least 28, injure 200
    The attacks occur during a march by the religious minority through the streets of Lahore in a traditional mourning ceremony honoring a holy figure. Sunni Muslim groups have frequently targeted Pakistan’s Shiites.

    By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
    September 2, 2010

    Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan — Three bomb blasts tore through a Shiite Muslim procession Wednesday in Pakistan’s second-largest city, Lahore, killing at least 28 people and wounding 200 others, authorities said.

    The attacks occurred as thousands of Shiites marched through Lahore’s streets in a traditional mourning procession for Imam Ali, one of Shiite Islam’s most revered figures. No one claimed responsibility for the blasts, but Sunni Muslim militant groups have frequently targeted Pakistan’s Shiite minority.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-pakistan-bombings-20100902,0,2681369.story

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  76. Pak istan militants kill 35 despite floods
    By BABAR DOGAR (AP) – 1 hour ago
    LAHORE, Pakistan — The triple bombing of a rel gious procession in Pakistan adds to the strains on a government already struggling with devastating floods and shows that Islamist militants are back in business despite the natural disaster.
    The death toll in the blasts rose to 35 on Thurs day, with about 250 injured, govern ment offi cial Saj jad Bhutta said.
    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hkiMxbHNH0BqgpWA2ZG6VD6wVTmAD9HVIPOG0

    Death toll from Lahore bombings rises to to 31
    Thursday, 02 Sep, 2010
    LAHORE: The death toll from three suicide bombings in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore rose to 31 on Thursday as six people succumbed to their injuries, a rescue official said.

    Three suicide bombers targeted a Shia mourning procession near Karbala Gamay Shah, made up of thousands of people on Wednesday at the moment of the breaking of the fast in the holy month of Ramazan.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/06-religious-procession-attacked-in-lahore-triple-terror-blasts-leave-27-dead-290-rs-02

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  77. Explosion strikes near police mobile in Peshawar
    Friday, 03 Sep, 2010

    PESHAWAR: Police say a roadside bomb near a police van killed a police officer and wounded three others.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/metropolitan/03-bomb-blast-strikes-ring-road-in-peshawar-ss-03

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  78. Taliban claim responsibility for Lahore attacks
    Friday, 03 Sep, 2010

    DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Pakistan’s Taliban on Friday took responsibility for triple bombings at a Shia Muslim procession in the city of Lahore that killed 33 people.

    Wednesday’s blasts in the eastern city was the first major militant attack in Pakistan since floods waters tore through the country over the past month.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/03-taliban-claim-responsibility-for-lahore-attacks-ss-02

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  79. Suicide blast takes place near Meezan Chowk in Quetta
    Friday, 03 Sep, 2010

    QUETTA: A suicide attack took place on Friday at an Al-Quds rally at Meezan Chowk in Quetta.

    Local television reports stated that several people are feared dead and injured. DawnNews cameraman Fateh Shakir was also wounded in the explosion.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/metropolitan/03-blast-near-meezan-chowk-in-quetta-ss-09

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  80. Attack on Ahmedi worship place in Mardan kills one
    Friday, 03 Sep, 2010

    PESHAWAR: A suicide attack on an Ahmedi worship place killed at least one person and wounded several others in northwest Pakistan on Friday, police said.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/03-two-injured-in-explosion-in-mardan-ss-08

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  81. Sanaullah blames federal govt for non-cooperation
    Thursday, 02 Sep, 2010

    LAHORE: After an attack on a religious procession in Lahore, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah on Thursday once again blamed the federal government for non-cooperation in fight against terrorism.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/12-sanaullah+blames+federal+govt+for+non-cooperation–bi-06

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  82. Suicide bomber strikes Al Quds rally; at least 56 killed
    By Saleem Shahid
    Saturday, 04 Sep, 2010

    QUETTA: At least 56 people were killed and about 160 others injured here on Friday when a suicide bomber struck a procession brought out to mark the Al Quds day. The bomber blew himself up when the rally, organised by the Imamia Students Organisation, reached Meezan Chowk.

    Soon after the blast some armed men in the procession started firing into the air, triggering chaos and panic. People fled or lay on the ground to avoid the gunfire.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/suicide-bomber-strikes-al-quds-rally-at-least-56-killed,-160-injured-carnage-in-quetta-balochistan-bans-religious-processions-490

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  83. Attack on Ahmedi place of worship in Mardan
    Saturday, 04 Sep, 2010

    MARDAN: A suicide bomber blew himself up at the main gate of an Ahmedi place of worship in Muslimabad area during the Friday congregation.

    A man was killed and three people injured. DPO Wakif Khan told journalists that a boy, who appeared to be about 16 years old, detonated the explosives he was wearing when he was intercepted.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/ahmedis-attacked-in-mardan-490

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  84. Taliban say their bomber attacked Quetta rally
    Friday, 03 Sep, 2010

    DERA ISMAIL KHAN: The Pakistani Taliban have claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed at least 50 Shia Muslims in Quetta on Friday.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/12-taliban+say+their+bomber+attack+quetta+rally–bi-03

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  85. Toll from Quetta blast rises to 65
    Saturday, 04 Sep, 2010

    QUETTA: The death toll from a suicide attack on a Shia Muslim procession rose from 56 to 65 overnight as critically wounded people died in hospital, police said.

    Police official Mohammed Sultan said Saturday that about 150 people were wounded and some remain critical after the attack claimed by the Pakistani Taliban in the southwestern city of Quetta. A triple suicide attack Wednesday night killed 35 people at a Shia procession in Lahore.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/metropolitan/04-quetta-blast-toll-rises-qs-03

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  86. Militants stoking sectarian rift: Rehman Malik
    Saturday, 04 Sep, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Pro-Taliban Pakistani militants are trying to fuel a sectarian rift, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Saturday, as a new wave of violence piled pressure on a government already struggling with a flood crisis.

    The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for bomb attacks on two Shia rallies that killed nearly 90 people in the cities of Quetta and Lahore in the past three days.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/04-militants-sectarianism-rehman-malik-qs-04

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  87. Death toll rises to 65 in attack on Pakistanis

    By ABDUL SATTAR (AP) – 40 minutes ago

    QUETTA, Pakistan — The death toll from a Pakistani Taliban suicide attack on a Shiite Muslim procession rose to 65 Saturday as critically wounded people died in hospitals, while a suspected U.S. missile strike killed seven insurgents in a restive tribal area.

    About 150 people were wounded and some remained in critical condition after the bombing Friday in the southwestern city of Quetta, police official Mohammed Sultan said.

    The attack was the second in a week against Shiites for which the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility. A triple suicide bombing Wednesday killed 35 people at a Shiite ceremony in the eastern city of Lahore.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hkiMxbHNH0BqgpWA2ZG6VD6wVTmAD9I18M900

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  88. Seventeen killed, 34 injured in Lakki Marwat explosion
    Monday, 06 Sep, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: A suicide bomber rammed his car into a police station in northwest Pakistan on Monday killing at least 17 people, police said, in the third in a string of attacks by al Qaeda- and Taliban-linked militants over the last week.

    An official said the death toll could rise as the police station had collapsed after the blast and workers were trying to rescue people trapped in the debris.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/19-explosion-in-police-station-in-lakki-marwat-hh-04

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  89. Nineteen killed in suicide bombing in Pakistan

    By Mustansar Baluch

    LAKKI MARWAT, Pakistan | Mon Sep 6, 2010 10:29am EDT

    LAKKI MARWAT, Pakistan (Reuters) – A Taliban suicide bomber rammed his car into a police station in northwest Pakistan on Monday killing at least 19 people, police said, in a new wave of attacks by al Qaeda-linked militants.

    The recent bombings end a relative lull in militant violence over the past month and turn up the heat on a government overwhelmed by devastating floods that have made millions homeless and hammered the economy.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6850AG20100906?feedType=nl&feedName=ustopnewsearly

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  90. Nineteen killed in Lakki Marwat terror attack
    By Ghulam Mursalin Marwat
    Tuesday, 07 Sep, 2010

    LAKKI MARWAT, Sept 6: A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into a police station here on Monday, killing 19 people and injuring 57.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/schoolchildren-among-19-killed-in-lakki-marwat-terror-attack-790

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  91. Blast rocks police installation in Kohat
    Tuesday, 07 Sep, 2010
    PESHAWAR: A government official says a large explosion has ripped through a police compound in Kohat.
    Khalid Omarzai, a top official in the garrison city, says the Tuesday evening blast rocked the complex housing officers’ homes, a training facility and a commercial area. He says several houses collapsed, and casualties are feared.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/provinces/12-blast+in+kohat+several+causalities+feared–bi-01

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  92. TTP says it will continue suicide attacks in Pakistan
    Tuesday, 07 Sep, 2010
    MIRAMSHAH: The Taliban said Tuesday they would continue to target Pakistani security forces with suicide attacks as they claimed responsibility for the latest blast that killed 19, its spokesman said.

    “We are targeting Pakistani security forces because the government has allowed America to launch drone attacks on us,” Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Azam Tariq told AFP by telephone.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/04-ttp-to-continue-suicide-attacks-qs-05

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  93. Violence erupts in Lines Area after killing of activist
    By Our Staff Reporter
    Tuesday, 07 Sep, 2010

    KARACHI: An office-bearer of the Ahl-i-Sunaat Wal Jamaat was shot dead by unknown assailants in the Lines Area on Monday morning, igniting violence in the area.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/local/violence-erupts-in-lines-area-after-killing-of-activist-790

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  94. Two cracker explosions in Lahore, no damage reported
    Monday, 06 Sep, 2010

    LAHORE: Two cracker explosions took place in Lahore on Monday night, spreading fear among the people in the area. No causality was reported, said police officials.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/metropolitan/12-two+cracker+explosions+in+lahore%2C+no+damage+reported–bi-05

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  95. Rally held to condemn Lahore, Quetta killings
    By A Reporter
    Monday, 06 Sep, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: A protest demonstration was held against the Lahore and Quetta killings here on Sunday.

    The protest and sit-in were held outside the National Press Club on the call of Majlis Wahdat Muslimeen (MWM) and the Imamia Student Organisation (ISO).

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/metropolitan/19-rally-held-to-condemn-lahore-quetta-killings-hh-05

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  96. Blast rocks police installation in Kohat; four killed
    Tuesday, 07 Sep, 2010

    PESHAWAR: Four people were killed and more than 20 wounded in a bomb attack targeting a police headquarters in Kohat on Tuesday, police said.

    “Four people have been killed and more than 20 wounded, and there were women and children among the injured,” senior police official Dilawar Bangash told AFP.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/provinces/12-blast+in+kohat+several+causalities+feared–bi-01

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  97. Eighteen dead in Kohat bomb attack
    Eighteen people were killed and more than 50 wounded in a bomb attack targeting a police headquarters in Kohat on Tuesday, police said.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/47626/explosion-in-kohat/

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  98. Death toll in Pakistan bomb blast rises to 16

    ISLAMABAD, Sept 7 | Tue Sep 7, 2010 12:00pm EDT

    ISLAMABAD, Sept 7 (Reuters) – At least 16 people were killed in a car bomb attack at a residential complex for police officers in the northwestern Pakistani town of Kohat on Tuesday, police said.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSSGE6860J620100907

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  99. Blast Strikes Pakistani Police Area
    By SALMAN MASOOD
    Published: September 7, 2010

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A powerful blast ripped through a residential compound for police officials and their families in Pakistan’s restive northwest on Tuesday evening, killing at least 18 people, including women and children, officials said.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/08/world/asia/08pstan.html

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  100. comment: EDITORIAL: Kohat and more
    Merciless and vengeful, the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has struck once again, this time in a police colony in Kohat. Detonating an explosives-laden pickup inside the compound, just behind the guarded police lines, the blast ripped through almost 300 buildings, including schools, markets and residential homes. The scenes were truly horrific as the majority of the 20 killed were women and children who were inside their homes during iftaar time. It is expected that the death toll will rise as there were still some people trapped under the rubble of the TTP’s latest attack.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\09\09\story_9-9-2010_pg3_1

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  101. comment: Who will stop this?
    Published: September 9, 2010
    Azam Khalil

    “Man’s inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn!”
    – Burns

    Pakistan is passing through the testing times in its history, since the country is in the midst of terror attacks and immense floods leading to large-scale devastation. The government of the day instead of reducing the problems faced by the people of Pakistan seems helpless. Hence, there is no respite for the poor people.

    http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Opinions/Columns/09-Sep-2010/Who-will-stop-this

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  102. Explosion in Quetta
    Thursday, 09 Sep, 2010
    QUETTA: A bomb exploded in Quetta’s Railway Housing Society area on Thursday, DawnNews reported.
    The explosion reportedly occurred near the residence of the provincial finance minister.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/04-quetta-blast-qs-04

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  103. Ten killed in Kurram Agency roadside blast
    Thursday, 09 Sep, 2010

    PARACHINAR: A roadside bomb killed 10 people and wounded four in Kurram tribal region on the Afghan border on Thursday, a government official told Reuters.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/19-five-killed-six-injured-in-kurram-agency-ied-blast-hh-04

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  104. Flooding hurts Pakistan terror fight: Husain Haqqani
    Thursday, 09 Sep, 2010

    WASHINGTON: Massive flooding that has submerged vast swaths of Pakistan has stretched thin the Pakistani military and will hamper its fight against terrorists, the country’s ambassador to the United States said Wednesday.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/19-flooding-hurts-pakistan-terror-fight-husain-haqqani-hh-02

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  105. Blast hits residence of Balochistan’s finance minister
    Thursday, 09 Sep, 2010

    QUETTA: At least three people were killed and six others were wounded when a car bomb exploded inside the residence of Balochistan’s provincial finance minister Asim Ali Kurd on Thursday, DawnNews reported.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/04-quetta-blast-qs-04

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  106. Intelligence failure
    Dawn Editorial
    Thursday, 09 Sep, 2010

    Two bomb blasts in two days targeting policemen and their families expose the weaknesses of our intelligence apparatus. First it was Lakki Marwat, where a suicide attacker rammed his vehicle into a police station. Then, on Tuesday, a bomb was detonated in a police residential colony in Kohat with deadly consequences. Add to this the deadly attacks on processions in Lahore and Quetta.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/editorial/intelligence-failure-990

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  107. Roadside blast kills 10 in Kurram tribal region
    Thursday, 09 Sep, 2010

    PARACHINAR: A roadside bomb killed 10 people and wounded four in Kurram tribal region on the Afghan border on Thursday, a government official told Reuters.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/19-five-killed-six-injured-in-kurram-agency-ied-blast-hh-04

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  108. Fresh wave of target killings in Karachi: five dead
    Monday, 20 Sep, 2010

    KARACHI: In a fresh wave of target killings, at least five people were gunned down in different areas of the city around midnight on Sunday.

    Police said three activists of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (formerly proscribed Sipah-i-Sahaba) came under fire in Sector 11-E of New Karachi. They were taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where they were pronounced dead.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/fresh-wave-of-target-killings-5-dead-090

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  109. comment: Death and grieving
    Basil Nabi Malik
    The sense of loss within the ranks of the MQM caused by the violent murder in London of Dr Imran Farooq is understandable, considering that he was a founding member of the party and had served it well from its inception, through its transformations, and till his demise. At this point in time, it is unknown as to why Dr Farooq was murdered. It may be a result of political victimisation, sinister plots to get rid of rogue elements, or simply a mugging gone wrong. However, nothing can be said until the investigations are complete, and as is always the case, time will tell the story that everyone is anxiously waiting to uncover.
    http://tribune.com.pk/story/52063/death-and-grieving/

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  110. Target killings, a conspiracy to malign MQM’
    KARACHI: Dr Farooq Sattar, Deputy Convenor MQM Rabita Committee lashed out at the government for its failure to prevent target killings in Karachi.

    Speaking at a press conference today (Monday) Sattar said a well-coordinated conspiracy was afoot to paint the MQM in a negative light following the killing of MQM leader Imran Farooq.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/52412/target-killings-are-a-conspiracy-to-malign-mqm/

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  111. 13 dead in Karachi violence
    Thirteen people have been killed in a fresh wave of target killings in different areas of Karachi today (Monday).

    Police say four people were killed in Malir, Korangi, North Nazimabad and New Karachi areas. Unidentified gunmen killed two political workers in Korangi Dhai Number and Yousuf Plaza areas. In another incident a religious party worker and three other people were killed in Nazimabad and New Karachi areas respectively.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/52325/seven-gunned-down-in-karachi/

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  112. ANP activist shot dead in Karachi
    Friday, 24 Sep, 2010

    KARACHI: An activist of Awami National Party was gunned down in Gulistan-i-Jauhar area of the city on Thursday night.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/anp-activist-shot-dead-490

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  113. Karachi targeted killings: CID claims arrest of ‘mastermind’
    By Our Staff Reporter
    Wednesday, 22 Sep, 2010

    KARACHI: The crime investigation department of police on Tuesday claimed to have arrested the “mastermind” behind several targeted killings, including the assassination of senior police officers, across the city.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/local/targeted-killings-cid-claims-arrest-of-mastermind-290

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  114. MQM a political group or gang of terrorists, asks intel report

    * Fact sheet says party destructive instrument in Altaf Hussain’s hands

    * Govt obligated to explain who turned Karachi into exclusive property

    Staff Report

    ISLAMABAD: Is the MQM a political group or a gang of terrorists, questions a joint investigation report prepared by intelligence and security agencies of the country into the targeted killings and lawlessness in Karachi.

    The report framed by the ISI, Interior Ministry, IB, Sindh Police, Special Branch and Pakistan Rangers in May 2009 was formally presented to the Senate chairman on Tuesday by ANP Information Secretary Zahid Khan.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\09\29\story_29-9-2010_pg7_21

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  115. Blasts kill 8 in Sufi shrine in Pakistan

    Los Angeles 10/08/2010 03:43 AM GMT (TransWorldNews)

    A Sufi shrine in Karachi, the main port city of Pakistan, was hit by a double explosion on Thursday. This may have been the handiwork of suicide bombers. The Tehreek-e-Taliban, or Movement of Taliban, is reported to have laid claim to the attack which left at least 8 dead and over 65 wounded. This is the third of such attacks on the Sufi strain of Islam in the past year.
    http://news.wooeb.com/NewsStory.aspx?id=593212&cat=5

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  116. Death toll in Karachi blast rises to 9
    By the CNN Wire Staff
    October 8, 2010 — Updated 1412 GMT (2212 HKT)

    Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) — The death toll from two blasts at a shrine in Karachi has risen to 9, officials said Friday.

    In addition, the number of those wounded in the Thursday explosions has climbed to 74, said Dr. Saghir Ahmed, the health minister for Sindh province.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/10/08/pakistan.shrine.blasts/

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  117. Security beefed up in Karachi after shrine attack
    Friday, 08 Oct, 2010

    KARACHI: Police stepped up patrols in Karachi on Friday to try and prevent renewed violence after angry mobs rampaged through the city in the aftermath of a suicide attack on a Sufi shrine that left eight dead and 65 injured.

    The attack by two suicide bombers on the shrine was a stark reminder of the threat posed by militants to Pakistan.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/metropolitan/04-shah-ghazi-attack-security-qs-04

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  118. Factbox – Pakistan commercial hub hit by violence again

    KARACHI | Sun Oct 17, 2010 7:40am EDT

    KARACHI (Reuters) – Pakistanis voted in a by-election in Karachi on Sunday, after shooting attacks killed at least 22 people in the country’s commercial hub, where ethnic and political violence has raised fears of instability.

    Following are some facts about the city:

    WHO LIVES IN KARACHI?

    * Karachi is the capital of Sindh province and has a population of around 18 million.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE69G0O120101017

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  119. Gunmen kill 29 in Pakistan’s Karachi as election held

    By Faisal Aziz

    KARACHI | Sun Oct 17, 2010 6:27pm EDT

    KARACHI (Reuters) – Gunmen shot to death at least 29 people in Pakistan’s commercial hub Karachi over the weekend, deepening tensions as a by-election was held to replace a lawmaker who was murdered in August.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE69G0BC20101017?feedType=nl&feedName=ustopnewsearly

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  120. Deadly Blast Hits Shrine in Pakistan
    By REUTERS
    Published: October 25, 2010

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) — A bomb exploded at the gate of a Sufi shrine in Pakistan’s eastern city of Pakpattan on Monday, killing at least four people, the police said.

    The explosive was planted on a motorcycle, the city police chief, Mohammad Kashif, said by telephone. The attack was the latest in the heartland province of Punjab.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/25/world/asia/25pstan.html

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  121. Bomb kills six at Sufi shrine in eastern Pakistan

    ISLAMABAD | Mon Oct 25, 2010 2:00am EDT

    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A bomb exploded at the gate of a Sufi shrine in Pakistan’s eastern city of Pak Pattan on Monday, killing six people, a city government official said.

    The explosive was planted on a motorcycle, city police chief Mohammad Kashif told Reuters by telephone.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE69O06820101025

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  122. comment: Time to come out of denial
    wajahat.latif@tribune.com.pk

    The war on terror that we have been fighting for several years now, is becoming dicier by the day. Suicide attacks and bomb blasts continue to kill people. The ‘enemy’ seems to have regrouped.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/66218/time-to-come-out-of-denial/

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  123. Suicide bombers storm Pakistan police

    Posted 1 hour 37 minutes ago

    At least four people have been killed in northern Pakistan when suicide bombers stormed a local police headquarters.

    The suicide bomber and four militants killed two guards manning the gate before rushing into the compound.

    A gunfight erupted between the attackers and the police officers.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/11/02/3054454.htm?section=justin

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  124. 2 officers killed in suicide attack at Pakistani police compound
    From Reza Sayah, CNN
    November 1, 2010 — Updated 1252 GMT (2052 HKT)

    Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) — Two police officers were killed Monday morning in a suicide attack targeting a police compound in northwest Pakistan, officials said.

    Six people were wounded during the attack, which occurred when hundreds of officers were inside the compound, police said.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/11/01/pakistan.suicide.attack/

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  125. Afghan drug money being used to destabilise Pak, Senate told
    By: Imran Mukhtar | Published: November 05, 2010
    ISLAMABAD – Legislators in the Upper House on Thursday urged the need for a strong political will while rising above party affiliations to create a consensus for devising a joint strategy to eliminate the menace of terrorism in the country.
    State Minister for Interior Tasneem Ahmed Qureshi while winding up the debate on law and order in the country, said that the terrorism was a biggest challenge for the incumbent government and there was a dire need to create a consensus that no comprise would be made on law and order in the country.
    He said that a new conspiracy was being hatched against the nation by creating sectarian violence and shrines were being attacked in a bid to create riots among different sects. “Military operation against terrorists has been conducted after taking all political parties into confidence”, he added.

    http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Politics/05-Nov-2010/Afghan-drug-money-being-used-to-destabilise-Pak-Senate-told

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  126. Attack on mosque in north-west Pakistan ‘kills 55’
    At least 55 people have been killed and nearly 100 injured in a suicide bomb attack on a mosque in north-west Pakistan, local officials say.

    The attack took place during prayers in the Darra Adam Khel area, near Pakistan’s tribal regions

    Hours later, grenades thrown into a second mosque, near Peshawar, killed at least two people, police said.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11700795

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  127. News Analysis: Killed troops buried, terror concerns rise in Pakistan
    English.news.cn 2010-11-12 23:07:10

    by Syed Moazzam Hashmi

    KARACHI, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) — The martyred eight paramilitary troops and policemen were buried on Friday with full honors amid moving scenes deep in graves, but serious concerns surfaced high up about the capability of law enforcement apparatus, which is feebly struggling to check the rising spate of terrorism in Pakistan.

    The death toll of Thursday evening’s powerful suicide vehicle bomb blast in the southern port city of Karachi was put at 20, which included five paramilitary troops and three cops, while 150 people were injured. More deaths are feared as some of the ill- fated victims of the gory terrorist attack in precarious state are struggling to survive in local hospitals.

    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/world/2010-11/12/c_13604334.htm

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  128. Pakistan’s bomb fatigue has set in
    By Imran Khan in
    * Asia
    on November 12th, 2010.

    I first reached the bomb site as the day began to break over Karachi. Just hours earlier, a truck carrying 1000kg of explosives had destroyed almost a whole city block.

    The work of the Pakistani Taliban.

    The scene was a gruesome reminder that Pakistan teeters on the edge of collapse, perhaps saved only by the extraordinary resilience of its citizens.

    Resilience that seems to be turning to acceptance. Acceptance that bombings are now part of the country’s every day.

    My driver Maqbool actually heard the blast. Chain smoking and without a hint of nervousness, he tells me what happened.

    “The noise was like a thunderbolt going off inside my head. I was asleep kilometres away from the site, but I heard it. I thought the bomb had gone off in my street. I ran outside and only saw others as confused as me,” he recalled.

    http://blogs.aljazeera.net/asia/2010/11/12/pakistans-bomb-fatigue-has-set

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  129. Pakistan bomb shows militant reach
    By SHAKIL ADIL

    KARACHI, Pakistan

    A coordinated assault on a police compound far from Taliban and al-Qaida heartlands along the Afghan border showed the ability of militants to strike back despite being hit by U.S. drone strikes and Pakistani army operations.

    The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for Thursday night’s attack in downtown Karachi, the country’s largest city and commercial hub, according to media reports. Fifteen people were killed and more than 100 were injured in one of the first coordinated strikes against a state target in the city.

    http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9JECTKG0.htm

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  130. Pakistan second globally for ‘extreme risk’ of terrorism
    LONDON: While Somalia tops the list, Pakistan is second among 16 countries at extreme risk from terrorism according to a study published by British global risks advisory firm.

    Pakistan, where more than 2,000 people have been killed in a wave of deadly attacks by militants since 2007, moved up one place to become the country second most at risk, while neighbouring Afghanistan slipped from second place to fourth.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/77641/pakistan-ranks-second-among-countries-at-extreme-risk-from-terrorism/

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  131. 6 December 2010 Last updated at 12:56 GMT
    Pakistan suicide bomb attack kills dozens

    A suicide bomb attack in north-west Pakistan has left at least 40 people dead, local officials have said.

    The attack took place at a government compound in the Mohmand Agency as officials met anti-Taliban allies.

    Dozens of people have also been hurt in the attack, local media say.

    The area borders Afghanistan and is a stronghold of the Taliban and al-Qaeda. The military has launched offensives there but insurgent attacks continue on a regular basis.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11924584

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  132. Taliban claim responsibility for Pakistan blasts that killed 50
    By the CNN Wire Staff
    December 6, 2010 — Updated 1511 GMT (2311 HKT)

    Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) — The Taliban claimed responsibility Monday for two explosions targeting a government building in Pakistan’s tribal region, a Taliban leader said.

    The blasts killed 50 people and injured at least 70 others, according to Shamas Ul Islam, a senior government official in Mohmand Agency.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/12/06/pakistan.explosion/?hpt=T2

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  133. Pakistan haunted by unrest, violence
    12/21/2010, Zahid Hussain

    Like the previous year, terror and violence reigned in Pakistan this year with massive killings of innocent civilians in bombings across the country and a record number of US drone attacks in North West Pakistan. According to media reports, over 2,150 people, including personnel of law-enforcement agencies and armed forces were killed this year in more than 160 bomb blasts and other terrorism-related incidents across the country. On average eight lives were lost daily.

    http://www.presstv.ir/detail/156535.html

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  134. Blast kills 42 at food aid center in Pakistan
    By Haq Nawaz Khan and Karin Brulliard
    Washington Post Staff Writers
    Sunday, December 26, 2010

    PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN – A suicide bomber, possibly a woman, struck a food distribution center in Pakistan’s restive tribal belt Saturday morning, killing at least 42 people and injuring dozens.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/25/AR2010122502138.html

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  135. Female suicide bomber was behind deadly Pakistan blast, official says
    From Nasir Habib, For CNN
    December 26, 2010 — Updated 1606 GMT (0006 HKT)

    Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) — A young, female suicide bomber was behind a blast in Pakistan that killed at least 46 people and injured 105 others at a food distribution point, an official said Sunday.

    Zakir Hussain Afridi, the top government official in Bajaur Agency, Pakistan, said that the preliminary investigation into the explosion shows that a woman between the ages of 16 and 18 blew herself up. The determination was made from remains of the bomber that were recovered.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/12/26/pakistan.blast/?hpt=T1

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  136. Attacks down almost 20 percent in Pakistan

    (AP) – 4 hours ago

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — The number of suicide bombings and other attacks in Pakistan declined nearly 20 percent last year as a result of Pakistani military operations, better surveillance by law enforcement agencies and the death of key militants in U.S. drone strikes, a think tank said Sunday.

    But the militant threat remains dire, and the Pakistani government has yet to develop a comprehensive policy to eradicate Islamist militants who continue to plague the country, warned the Pak Institute for Peace Studies.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iluUDAyIp0t6PbfMMozrsYEoU-mg?docId=47f82e0cc18b4f6e8d2b2ecd7ae1b86b

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  137. Pakistan army propaganda drama set for TV

    By Khurram Shahzad (AFP) – 13 hours ago

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan’s Taliban-fighting soldiers are set for celebrity status with the launch of a multi-million-dollar glossy television drama hailing army victories over militants.

    Emotive tales of 11 “brave Pakistanis” battling an Islamist insurgency that is plaguing Pakistan and neighbouring Afghanistan, will air on the small screen in an army-funded drama that casts the anti-terror fight in a positive light.

    Focused on the heroism of soldiers fighting a key air and ground offensive in the northwestern Swat valley in 2009, one tale looks at the deeds of soldier Hawaldar Naeem Asghar who died fighting an insurgent checkpoint.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gY112wgpP9PwkqrZRR_5XwuSSVsQ?docId=CNG.599b0573f23182f2c5b69b9e599111d2.171

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  138. Pakistan Institutes Curfew in Karachi
    By ZAHID HUSSAIN

    ISLAMABAD—Pakistan on Sunday placed parts of Karachi, the country’s biggest city and financial hub, under curfew after a week of ethnic and political violence left more than 30 people dead.

    Rehman Malik, the federal interior minister, said the measure was taken to control the deteriorating law-and-order situation in strife-torn Karachi, which has a population of 18 million. Tensions heightened late Saturday after gunmen killed five people, including a senior member of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, a political party that is a key member of the coalition government in the southern province of Sindh, of which Karachi is the capital.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703551604576085763554897124.html

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  139. The unfolding war
    By Dr Akmal Hussain
    Published: March 7, 2011

    The cold-blooded assassination of Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, following that of Governor Salmaan Taseer, has made apparent the modus operandi of the Taliban and al Qaeda, in this, the latest phase of their war strategy: Target a prominent politician who explicitly opposes their extremist ideology on humanitarian grounds, pass a fatwa and then execute with telling efficiency. The objective is to demonstrate that it is the ideology of the Taliban and al Qaeda, rather than the Constitution of Pakistan, which defines what is acceptable. Equally, it is they who determine the guilt of an errant individual and the punishment to be given, rather than Pakistan’s judiciary.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/129045/the-unfolding-war/

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  140. Faisalabad carnage: Car bomb kills 25, injures over 100
    By Ijaz Ansari
    Published: March 9, 2011

    FAISALABAD:

    A car bomb exploded at a CNG station situated in front of an Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) office in Faisalabad, killing at least 25 people and wounding 130 others on Tuesday, officials said.

    Many of those hurt were trapped for hours under debris or hit by shrapnel after the blast reduced the station building to rubble, with rescue workers heaving away stones and metal to pull survivors.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/129384/blast-in-faisalabad-injures-12/

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  141. Bomber attacks funeral prayers; 20 killed
    Updated at 1147 PST Wednesday, March 09, 2011

    PESHAWAR: At least twenty people have been killed and several injured in a suicide blast during funeral prayers in Peshawar’s Adezai area, Geo News reported. Local sources said the attack killed at least twenty people and many others injured.

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=12297

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  142. Terror tactics
    Wednesday, March 09, 2011

    Faisalabad, the country’s third largest city, has faced its largest terrorist attack in many years. Up until now, the populous textile-manufacturing centre had not been hit – blasts in Punjab, for the most part, took place in Lahore or Rawalpindi that houses the military headquarters. The explosion in Faisalabad resembled those that have occurred in other places in terms of its careful planning and execution. A car packed with explosives blew up at a CNG station, killing at least 20 people and injuring around 100 others with the numbers of both dead and injured expected to rise. Gas-filled cylinders at the station exploded and the building was almost completely destroyed. It is believed government offices, a police station and an army recruitment centre in the area were the target of the militants.

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=35126&Cat=8

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  143. Suicide bomber vs suicidal state

    Mosharraf Zaidi
    Tuesday, April 05, 2011

    The reason it is fruitless to allow ideology to be the primary filter through which you see the world is simple. Ideology is complicated. It obfuscates the obvious, and invests us in the hidden. It is the foundation of conspiracy theories. We seek hidden meaning in things that have obvious implications.

    If you’re a neocon who hates Muslims, or better yet, a Muslim who hates Muslims (and Pakistan has more than its fair share of self-loathing latter-day colonists who’ll say anything to seem more Hollywood than Lady Gaga herself) then nothing suits your narrative more than the atrocities and murder that took place in Mazar-e-Sharif last week, in reaction to the burning of a Quran in Florida. Such events help perpetuate the twisted narrative of Muslims as generically rabid fanatics with no compunctions about beheading innocent people.

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=39979&Cat=9

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