http://tribune.com.pk/story/315712/honour-killings-in-sukkur-a-separate-graveyard-for-the-dishonourable-ones/In Sukkur, a separate graveyard for the ‘dishonourable’ ones
SUKKUR: For some of the deceased in Sindh, there are no prayers for a peaceful afterlife and no on comes to put flowers on their graves. Those slain for honour are not spared even in death.
There is a separate graveyard for those killed under the pretext of karo-kari (honour killing) called ‘karan jo qabrustan’ (graveyard for the dishonoured) near Daharki. At this graveyard, built by the Shar clan, people are buried without last rites and men guard the graves so nobody can visit them and offer Fateha. Even in death, the punishment continues.
http://www.thecommentator.com/article/782/the_rise_of_atheism_in_pakistanAn increasing number of young Pakistani’s are adopting Atheism and openly questioning the existence of a God. Many analysts have attributed this trend to the rise of Islamist militancy in Pakistan as well as access to social media and other technological tools that allow people to share and explore new ideas.
A Facebook group called ‘Pakistani Atheists and Agnostics’ was launched a few months ago and has already attracted over 800 members. I caught up with the founder of this group, a young Pakistani Technologist operating under the pseudonym ‘Hazrat Nakhuda’, in order to discuss this new phenomenon.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/story/2012-01-11/pakistan-government/52494792/1Pakistan army warns of consequences to leader's accusation
ISLAMABAD (AP) – Pakistan's military warned Wednesday of "grievous consequences" for the country after the prime minister accused the army chief of violating the constitution, adding to a sense of crisis that some believe could end in the ouster of government.
Tensions between the army and the government of President Asif Ali Zardari have soared since a scandal involving a memo sent to Washington asking for its help in reining in the army broke late last year. The memo outraged the army, [...]
An army statement said those allegations had "very serious ramifications with potentially grievous consequences for the country." It did not elaborate.
http://www.telegraaf.nl/buitenland/11306881/__Bloedbad_door_vlag_Pakistan__.htmlBloedbad bij sjiitische processie Pakistan
LAHORE - Een explosie bij een sjiitische processie in het Pakistaanse district Rahim Yar Khan heeft zondag 16 levens gekost. Circa 20 mensen raakten gewond, aldus de politie.
De oorzaak van de ontploffing is nog niet duidelijk. Mogelijk heeft een hoge vlag een stroomkabel geraakt, waardoor volgens een agent een transformatorhuisje ontplofte. Een andere politieagent zei dat de explosie het gevolg kan zijn geweest van een zelfmoordaanslag. In Pakistan zijn meerdere bomaanslagen gepleegd op sjiieten.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16742832Pakistan heart drugs: Lahore death toll reaches 100
The deaths, which span a three-week period, are linked to a batch of faulty drugs given to up to 40,000 cardiac patients at a government-run hospital.
Another 250 people remain in hospital while an investigation into the situation gets under way.[...]
Officials said one or more of at least six drugs - all manufactured by little-known local firms and purchased by the Institute of Cardiology for heart patients - may be responsible.
Officials of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) told a court in Lahore on Wednesday that the drugs did not carry dates of manufacture and expiry.
The court has remanded in custody three people who own pharmaceutical firms which supplied the drugs to the Institute of Cardiology. The owners of two other companies are being sought..
http://www.volkskrant.nl/vk/nl/2668/Buitenland/article/detail/3151360/2012/02/02/Pakistaanse-presentatrice-ontslagen-om-live-betutteling.dhtmlPakistaanse presentatrice ontslagen om live-betutteling
Een jong koppel zit op een bankje in het park, en praat met elkaar. Op het moment dat ze dichter tegen elkaar aanschuiven, komt er een vrouw op hen af, die hen ondervraagt over hun relatie. Zijn ze getrouwd? Weten hun ouders dat ze hier zijn? Waarom houden ze elkaars hand vast in de openbare ruimte?
Vrouwen die een soort informele politie vormen in het puriteinse Pakistan, is niets nieuws, maar na de uitzending ventileerde de Pakistaanse liberale elite zijn woede over het gedrag van Maya Khan op sociale media. Hierna werd het onderwerp opgepikt door de engelstalige Pakistaanse media en was er een schandaal geboren.
Het grootste deel van Pakistan is diep conservatief, en zal zijn dochter streng veroordelen als ze ooit wordt gezien met een man die geen broer of echtgenoot van haar is. De vrees voor eremoorden is groot - en reëel. De uitzending van Maya Khan was dan ook niet alleen betuttelend, maar zelfs onverantwoord, zo luidt de kritiek. Sommige Pakistaanse meisjes kunnen beter niet live op televisie betrapt worden met een vreemde jongen.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16901719Pakistan building collapses, trapping many in Lahore
A factory building has collapsed in the Pakistani city of Lahore with many people, including women and children, feared trapped, officials say.
Officials said the blast at the three-storey building could have been caused by a gas explosion.
Estimates of the number of people trapped range from 15 to about 60.
http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=13437Muslim extremists raid Pakistani Protestant church
Several members of a Pakistani Protestant congregation were seriously injured when a Muslim mob attacked the church, in the latest of a long series of violent assaults on the country’s religious minority.
Grace Ministry Church in Faisalabad was a target because of complaints that its members were trying to convert Muslims to Christianity. A dozen armed men participated in the attack on the church. One member of the congregation was critically injured by gunfire; another was beaten and pushed off a roof.
http://britishpakistanichristian.blogspot.com/2012/02/christian-teacher-accused-of-blasphemy.htmlChristian teacher accused of blasphemy in Lahore
Lahore (AsiaNews) - After Asia Bibi, another Christian woman has been targeted by Muslim fundamentalists because of allegations of blasphemy. Saira Khokhar, who teaches at the City Foundation School in Lahore, is accused of burning a copy of the Qur'an. However, the case is still shrouded in mystery.
Police took Ms Khokhar into custody and launched an informal investigation. No First Information Report (FIR) has been filed yet, but Christian activists and organisation along with the special adviser to the prime minister on minority affairs, Paul Bhatti, are closely monitoring developments to ensure her safety and rights.
Local sources told AsiaNews that at 9 am a mob from a village not far from the school burst into the building accusing Saira Khokhar of burning Islam's holy book. The school is run by a Christian NGO, City Foundation. The attackers seized the woman but police prevented them from taking her away.
The local police chief took the Christian teacher into custody to examine whether the case warranted a First Information Report.
http://www.chron.com/news/article/Hogs-going-wild-in-Pakistani-capital-3360408.phpHogs going wild in Pakistani capital
With a police officer wounded and the presidential palace breached, the Pakistani capital has launched a fresh offensive against a uniquely feared enemy in the Muslim country — the city's ever expanding population of wild boar.
Each night, packs of the hairy beasts emerge from Islamabad's river beds, parks and scrubland to rifle through the overflowing rubbish bins of its mostly wealthy residents and growing number of restaurants.
The animals can weigh up to 180 to 220 pounds (80 kilograms to 100 kilograms) and have razor sharp teeth. Adult males come armed with upward curving tusks. While they scurry off at the site of humans, they charge when cornered, alarmed or wounded and are a major cause of traffic accidents in the city.
http://tribune.com.pk/story/342027/banned-drinks-no-shezan-pepsi-at-punjab-university/Banned drinks: No Shezan, Pepsi at Punjab University
LAHORE: “Coca Cola converted to Islam a year or two back apparently, but not the other beverages, well not yet”, says Khalid* laughing. “Shezan is manufactured by Ahmadis so we can neither sell the beverage nor their jams, and Pepsi is still a Jewish drink, so it is banned.”
The IJT, the student wing of the Jamat-e-Islami is known to interfere in the management of not just students affairs at Punjab University but the faculty as well. One duty the IJT assumes as its own is to control what is sold, where and to whom. Their control of such matters ensures that even while discussing regulations forced by the IJT on canteens, Khalid was scared of being seen speaking to this scribe or being overheard commenting against the IJT.
Aside from banning beverages, the IJT also plays the role of moral police at PU. The reason why Muhammad Aslam* had to stop selling shawarmas at his tuck shop was because the IJT told him that “too many male and female students hang out” outside his shop and eating this food item was their excuse. Aslam, who has been running the tuck shop at PU’s new campus for 12 years says he could sense an ultimatum when given one from the IJT.
Given that he had been roughed up and had his shop closed down on more than one occasion, Aslam was forced to stop sale of shawarmas. Aslam claims that the reason he was targeted was because he asked members of the Jamiat cabinet to return Rs 18,000 which they owed him.
http://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2012/02/28/gewapende-mannen-in-pakistan-openen-vuur-op-bus-18-doden/Gewapende mannen in Pakistan openen vuur op bus – 18 doden
In het noordwesten van Pakistan is een passagiersbus onder vuur genomen. Daarbij zijn achttien mensen gedood. Dat meldt de Pakistaanse politie.
Het gaat waarschijnlijk om sektarisch geweld, vertelt een politiewoordvoerder:
“Alle mensen aan boord waren shi’ieten, en momenteel lijkt het erop alsof ze het doelwit werden van gewapende mannen van de plaatselijke soennitische gemeenschap.”
De bus was op weg van de Pakistaanse stad Rawalpindi, vlakbij de hoofdstad Islamabad, naar de noordelijke stad Gilgit. Volgens de politiefunctionarissen kwam de bus onder vuur te liggen in een gebied bewoond door twee soennitische stammen, ongeveer 165 kilometer ten noorden van Islamabad.
http://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2012/03/02/miltanten-pakistan-vallen-leger-en-elkaar-aan-meer-dan-vijftig-doden/Militanten Pakistan vallen leger en elkaar aan: meer dan vijftig doden
Bij een zelfmoordaanslag op een basis van Pakistaanse militanten in Peshawar zijn 23 mensen omgekomen. In het nabijgelegen Baraa vielen opstandelingen het leger aan waarbij 33 mensen gedood werden.
De aanslag in Peshawar is vermoedelijk uitgevoerd door een rivaliserende militie. Een commandant van de Pakistaanse Talibaan, een rivaal van de militante beweging Lashkar-e-Islam, eiste de verantwoordelijkheid uit in een telefoongesprek met persbureau AP. Beide groepen vechten om de macht in de Tirah Vallei.
Ook in Baraa, in het noord-oosten van Pakistan voerden militanten een aanval uit, maar ditmaal op soldaten bij drie checkpoints. Daarbij vielen zeker 33 doden volgens een veiligheidsfunctionaris. Het gaat om 23 militanten en tien soldaten. Het is de meest recente schermutseling in een conflict waar geen van de partijen aan de winnende hand lijkt te zijn, schrijft persbureau Reuters.
Eighteen bloodied bodies, shot Gestapo-style, lay by the roadside. Men in army uniforms had stopped four buses bound from Rawalpindi to Gilgit, demanding that all 117 persons on board alight.Those with Shia sounding names on their national identification cards were separated out. Minutes later it was all over; the earlier massacres of Hazara Shias in Mastung and Quetta had been repeated.
Having just learned of the fresh killings, I relayed the news on to colleagues and students at the cafeteria table. Some looked glumly at their plates but, a minute or two later, normal cheerful chatter resumed. What to do? With so many killings, taking things too seriously can be bad for one’s mental health.
Security forces, backed by gunship helicopters and fighter jets, Saturday pounded militants’ hideouts in Khyber Agency killing at least 39 terrorists and injuring 15 others while four troops including an officer also embraced martyrdom, officials said.
Doden door ontploffing op begrafenis Pakistan
zondag 11 maart 2012
PESHAWAR (ANP) - Zeker negen mensen zijn omgekomen toen nabij de Pakistaanse stad Peshawar een bom afging tijdens een begrafenis. Meer dan 30 mensen raakten gewond, meldde de politie
http://www.elsevier.nl/web/Artikel/3329 ... kistan.htm
Het doelwit was mogelijk Khushdil Khan, die op de begrafenis aanwezig was. Khan is de vicevoorzitter van de provinciale assemblee en leider van de Awami Nationale Partij. Zijn partij zwaait de scepter in de provincie Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. Hij bleef ongedeerd.
http://tribune.com.pk/story/350622/a-lesson-in-pedagogy-police-get-remand-of-seminary-teacher/A lesson in pedagogy: Police get remand of seminary teacher
KHANEWAL: A seminary teacher arrested for brutally beating a student was remanded into police custody for three days on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the seven-year-old child, Muhammad Tahir* was discharged from Jahanian tehsil headquarters (THQ) hospital on Thursday. He will need bed rest for three months to recover from fractures in both his arms. [...]
The complainant said his son had been beaten up with a wooden baton and then with an iron rod. He said he took the child to the hospital after he was called to the scene by some of the fellow students.
http://tribune.com.pk/story/359178/madrassa-children-severely-tortured-for-plucking-flowers/Madrassa children ‘severely’ tortured for plucking flowers
KABIRWALA: Four-year-old Aasia, five-year-old Aqsa and four-year-old Junaid were beaten with sticks and were forced to lie under the sun with three bricks placed over their chests and legs after their teacher, Qari Asghar, got to know that they had plucked flowers from the garden.
The children told The Express Tribune that they were beaten up after the bricks were placed on them.
“We were plucking flowers for our female teacher who teaches us in the morning. Qari Asghar had put his leg on my neck and then grabbed my hair and beat me up,” said Aasia.
The parents found their children nearly fainting after they were called to the madrassa by some member of the staff. They said that the children were bleeding due to the bricks.
Asghar ran away from the madrassa after the incident. However, SHO Gul Muhammad of Bara Meel Police Station said that he was arrested and will be prosecuted according to the law.
The parents took their children to the Kabirwala THQ Hospital, where Dr Saima, in the examination report, confirmed that the children were “severely tortured”.
The police, on the application of the parents, registered an FIR in 57/2012 under the sections 337 L2 and 357 L2 at the Bara Meel Police Station.
Irked by the incident, Aasia’s father Mukhtar Ahmed said that such a “brutal” person does not deserve to teach the Holy Quran.
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