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Karachi – One of the four accused arrested in connection to Safoora bus massacre has confessed to the murder of social activist Sabeen Mahmud.

It was announced by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah in a press-conference on Wednesday.

Sindh CM said police had arrested four suspects following the massacre of 46 Shias by armed assistants near Safoora Goth on May 14 and recovered seven 9mm pistols, three AK-47s, five grenades and a huge cache of explosive material from their possession.

He said during the investigation, one of the suspects named Saad Aziz confessed to killing of T2F director Sabeen, American professor Debra Lobo and several other high-profile figures in Karachi.

The suspect also confessed to carrying out attacks on police mobiles in different areas of metropolis.

Shah said that Aziz is an engineering student in a renowned university.

The suspect also revealed that the plan of Safora massacre was chalked out in Nawabshah while his group is comprised of 35 members, Shah added.

Sindh CM said the group is also involved in spreading terrorism related literature, brainwashing the people and providing them training to carry out terror attacks.

Islamabad/Rawalpindi/Karachi – The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Tuesday conducted raids on Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Karachi offices of software company Axact and arrested its 45 employees, besides seizing laptops, computers, data storage devices and other records.

The move came after Federal Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan ordered FIA to investigate a report published by New York Times which alleged the Karachi-based company of making millions of dollars by selling fake degrees of across the globe and immediately present a report in regard.

The Securities and Exchange Commission has summoned a report of Axact’s local and overseas transitions.

Director FIA Tahir Tanvir told media that both of Axact’s offices in Rawalpindi have been sealed.

He said 28 people taken into the custody including its regional director Colonel. (retd) Tahir Jameel during the raid who have been shifted to FIA’s cyber-crime wing office in Islamabad for interrogation. The arrested employees also include females.

FIA officials also seized 40 computers, hard disks, voice call recorders and other electronic equipment and documents belonging to the company. The seven-member team also attained a complete list of IT firm’s all employees during the raid.

In Karachi, two teams of FIA’s cooperate and cybercrimes cell conducted separate raid on Axact’s headquarters under the supervision of FIA Deputy Director Kamran Attaullah Karachi Circle and seized its important record including two servers.

During the raid, FIA teams recorded the statements of company’s high-level officers including HR Manager.

The FIA officials also summoned Axact’s Chief Executive Shoaib Sheikh but they were informed that he is not in the city at present. A notice has been issued to Sheikh to appear before FIA’s corporate cell.

The FIA officials also sealed the IT department of Axact’s headquarters during the raid.

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Jakarta – Indonesia’s Ambassador to Pakistan Burhan Muhammad passed away in a Singapore hospital on Tuesday, eleven days after he was critically injured in crashing of Pakistan Army’s helicopter in Gilgit’s Naltar town.

The envoy had suffered around 75% burns when army’s MI-17 helicopter, wherein he was travelling along with other foreign envoys on May 8, crashed into a school building Naltar area of Gilgit because of a technical fault and caught fire.

The incident left seven people dead, including Muhammad’s wife Listyawati Hery.

The ambassadors of Philippines and Norway, wife of Malaysian ambassador, two pilots and a technician were among others died in the crash, which also left 11 people injured.

Foreign dignitaries’ trip to Giligt-Baltistan was primarily organized for tourism purposes but they were also expected to attend inauguration of a ski resort chairlift in Naltar and hold meeting with the high-ups of local government.

Muhammad’s was flown for treatment to Singapore on May 12. The ambassador’s condition somewhat improved following a surgery, however, he remained in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) until his death at 00:50 local time today.

His body will be brought to Indonesia today evening.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed grief over Muhammad’s death.

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Karachi — The Apex Committee of Sindh has decided to take stringent action against the criminal elements and outlawed outfits in Karachi without any discrimination.

The special meeting of apex committee was held at Corps headquarters here on Thursday, a day after unidentified gunmen shot dead 45 people belonging to Ismaili community in a bus attack near Safora Chowk.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif chaired the meeting, which was attended by Director General Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt. General RIzwan Akhtar, Director General Military Intelligence, Corps Commander Karachi Lt General Naveed Mukhtar, Director-General Sindh Rangers Major General Bilal Akbar, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Sindh Governor Dr. Ishratul Ebad Khan, Sindh Chief Secretary Siddique Memon, Home Secretary Mukhtar Sumroo and Inspector-General Sindh Police Ghulam Hyder Jamali.

The participants of meeting reviewed overall security situation in Karachi, Safora massacre, National Action Plan and Karachi operation.

The meeting decided to extend the scope of search operations to suburban areas of Karachi and to make the process of checking on exit and entry points of city more effective.

The apex committee also expressed resolve that indiscriminate action will be taken against the criminal elements irrespective of their political, linguistic, sectarian and religious affiliations.

The meeting agreed to take effective measures to make the process of appointments of law-enforcing officials in Sindh transparent and merit-based for long term sustainability of targeted operation against miscreants.

The session also agreed to enhance cooperation between the institutions and to make effective intelligence-based operations. A sub intelligence committee would be also formed up for this

The meeting also decided that all the financing channels of terrorists will be traced and weeded out.

The participants also agreed to hold the session of apex committee on weekly basis.

On the occasion, Army Chief expressed concern over Safora massacre and emphasized on the need of effective measures to prevent such incidents.

He said that Pakistan Army will not hesitate from rendering any sacrifice to protect the people and its borders. He said the terrorists and their abettors will not be tolerated at any cost.

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Aizaz Chaudhry

Islamabad – Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry has accused India’s spy agency RAW of creating unrest in Pakistan, saying the issue has been repeatedly taken up with the Indian government.

Addressing a seminar here on Thursday, the foreign secretary said two culprits arrested from Karachi recently have revealed that they received training from RAW.

He said some militant groups are yet active in the country who carried out terror attacks with the backing of RAW.

He said Pakistan has repeatedly provided evidence of spy agency’s involvement to the Indian government.

The foreign secretary said the investigation of the massacre of 45 people belonging to Ismali community in Karachi on Wednesday is underway and if India’s spy agency found to be behind the attack, the issue will be taken up on all international forums.

Aizaz CHudhary said Pakistan is fighting war against terrorism from fifteen years and India should refrain from interfering in it.

He said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also clarified in his recent visit to Afghanistan that the Afghan soil should not be used against Pakistan.

He said Pakistan is a responsible nuclear state and is benefitting from modern technology in the atomic sector.

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Karachi – At least 41 people including sixteen women were killed and 25 others injured when eight unidentified assailants on four motorcycles opened fire on a bus belonging to Ismaili community in Safora Chowrangi area here on Wednesday morning.

According to media reports, the assistants first targeted driver as soon as the bus reached near Memon Medical Center before entering in the vehicle and opening indiscriminate fire on passengers.

Resultantly, seven people were killed on the spot while 59 sustained injuries. The assailants managed to flee after bloodbath.

Heavy contingents of police and Rangers paramilitary forces reached the site following the attack, cordoned-off the area and launched investigation.

Rescue teams shifted the injured to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where 37 more people succumbed to their wounds.

Several of the injured are yet said to be in extremely critical condition and casualty toll is likely to climb.

Police sources said that the assailants used 9mm pistols and Kalashnikovs in the attack.

Police has also found pamphlets containing militant content at the scene.

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Karachi – Saulat Mirza, the murderer of former Karachi Electric Supply Corporation (KESC) Managing Director Shahid Hamid, was executed at Mach jail in wee hours of Tuesday.

The ex-Muttahdia Qaumi Movement (MQM) worker was send to gallows at 4:30am.

Yesterday, the jail authorities had arranged the farewell meeting between Mirza and his family.

Following the meeting Mirza’s wife Nighat Malik and other relatives returned to Karachi while three of his nephews were present in Mach jail to receive his body.

Prior to the execution, Mirza’s medical check-up was conducted in the death cell.

He was executed in the supervision of judicial magistrate Hidayatullah while high-ranking jail officials were also present on the occasion.

Stringent security arrangements were made inside and outside the Mach jail before Mirza’s execution.

Following the execution, Mirza’s body was handed over to his nephews, who shifted it to Edhi cold storage in Quetta via ambulance.

His body will be brought to Karachi today afternoon through a Pakistan International Airline (PIA) flight.

Mirza was sentenced to death by an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in 1999 after he was found guilty of killing then KESC Managing Director Shahid Hamid along with his driver Ashraf Brohi in July 1997 and his guard Khan Akbar.

Mirza’s previous scheduled execution on March 19 was deferred a few hours before after he made startling disclosures in a video, claiming that he killed KESC MD on MQM chief Altaf Hussain’s order.

Later, Sindh Home Department had also constituted a Joint Investigation Team on federal government’s directives which grilled Mirza regarding his claims.

An ATC in Karachi had issued fresh death warrant for Mirza on May 2.

Mirza had filed a petition seeking deferment of his execution and reopening Shahid Hamid murder case, however, it was dismissed by Sindh High Court (SHC).

 

 

 

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Khawaja Saad Rafqiue

Islamabad – The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday suspended an election tribunal decision pertaining to alleged rigging in NA-125.

Last week, an Election Tribunal had declared polls in NA-125 null and void and ordered re-polling in Lahore Cantt constituency.

Ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) Khawaja Saad Rafique was declared winner from the constituency in May 2013 general elections with 123,416 votes while Pakistan Tehreek-e-insaf’s (PTI) Hamid Khan Advocate had finished as runners-up after bagging 84,495 votes.

Tribunal had observed said that massive irregularities were found during inspection of NA-125’s polling record and ordered Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to hold re-polling in the constituency within 60 days.

Rafique had challenged tribunal’s decision in Supreme Court.

A three-member bench headed by Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali took up PML-N leader’s petition today.

Issuing an interim order after the initial hearing, the apex court suspended tribunal’s verdict and summoned all record from the election tribunal and adjourned the hearing for four weeks.

The bench also reinstated Rafique to his post as Federal Minister for Railway.

Rafique, in his appeal, had stated that tribunal’s has not levelled nay allegation on him and that his voters were punished for the fault of returning officers (ROs) and polling staff.

He had made ECP, NADRA, Hamid Khan and other concerned authorities parties in his appeal.

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Gilgit — Six people including ambassadors of Philippines and Norway were killed when a Pakistan Army Helicopter crashed in Gilgit on Friday.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Filipino envoy Domingo D Lucenario Jr, Norwegian ambassador Leif H Larsen, wives of Indonesian and Malaysian envoys and two pilots were killed while 11 others including the Dutch and Polish ambassadors sustained injuries when the helicopter crashed into a school building Naltar area of Gilgit.

The ill-fated helicopter was carrying 17 people, including 11 foreigners. Two other helicopters carrying 40 people made safe landing.

The helicopter caught fire after the incident. The reason of crash is yet to be ascertained. Rescue teams arrived at the site and shifted the injured to a military hospital.

During the trip, which was organized for tourism purposes, the ambassadors were expected to hold meetings with the high-ups of Gilgit-Baltistan including Chief Minister Sher Jahan Mir.

The ambassadors were also due to attend an inauguration ceremony during Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Gilgit, which he called off in the wake of incident.

The premier has expressed grief over loss of previous lives and extended condolence to their families.

Federal Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan has also expressed sorrow over the incident and directed the health authorities to provide best possible medical facilities to the injured.

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Raheel Sharif

Rawalpindi – The top military brass has taken serious notice of Indian intelligence agency RAW’s involvement the whipping up terrorism in Pakistan.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif chaired the Corps Commanders Conference at General Headquarters here on Tuesday.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the conference reviewed the progress of Operations Zarb-e-Azb and Khyber-I in the tribal region and intelligence-based operations against terrorists across the country.

The participants of conference also reviewed overall internal and external security situation of the country. Army’s professional affairs also came under discussion during the meeting.

Speaking to the forum, COAS said that the operation against terrorists and criminal elements is being carried out apolitically and indiscriminately and it is aimed at establishment of peace in the country.

Army chief said that operation Zarb-e-Azb, which is overwhelmingly backed by the entire nation, has wreaked significant damage on the militants.

General Raheel directed the concerned to continue targeting insurgents hiding in remote areas of FATA and accelerate intelligence-based operations against terrorists, criminals and their facilitators in the urban areas for sustainable peace in the country.

He said that terrorists and extremists have martyred thousands of Pakistanis including children and terror-free Pakistan is now a national resolve.

General Raheel said Pakistan’s brave armed forces and law enforcement agencies have tendered myriad sacrifices against in the fight against misguided and criminal elements to give a better and peaceful future to next generation.

He said these sacrifices won’t go in vain and this war would be taken to its logical conclusion.

The Army chief said honour and dignity of Pakistan, its people and brave armed forces will be protected at all costs.