Oct 102017
 
Four Dead After Gunbattle In Indian Kashmir

Two Indian Air Force commandos and two suspected militants have been killed during a gunbattle in Indian-administered Kashmir, the army says.The fighting started when soldiers searching for militants surrounded a neighborhood in the northern town of Hajin on October 10.The deaths came two days after a leader of the banned militant group Jaish-e Mohammad, known as Khalid, was killed in a shoot-out with government forces in Kashmir.The Pakistani national was accused of organizing a series of suicide attacks across the Indian-administered region that Pakistan also claims.The Himalayan territory has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule in 1947 but both countries claim it in full.Copyright (c) 2015. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036. Click for detailed story

Oct 102017
 
FIFA Suspends Pakistan Football Federation

FIFA says Pakistan’s Football Federation (PFF) has been suspended for “third-party interference.”Zurich-based FIFA said on October 11 that the PFF offices and its accounts remained in control of a court-appointed administrator, violating the global soccer governing body’s rules on independence.Following FIFA’s decision, Pakistan’s national and club teams are banned from international competition with immediate effect.The suspension will be lifted once the PFF resumes control of its offices and accounts.Pakistan’s national team is scheduled to play in the South Asian Football Federation Cup, hosted by Bangladesh, in September 2018. Copyright (c) 2015. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036. Click for detailed story

Oct 062017
 
Death Toll Rises To 24 In Pakistan Shrine Suicide Bombing

Pakistani police say the death toll from a suicide bombing at a Sufi shrine in the country’s southwest has increased to 24 after four victims died at a hospital overnight.The attack took place on October 5 in the Jhal Magsi district, which is located about 300 kilometers east of Quetta, the capital of Balochistan Province.Senior police officer Mohammad Iqbal said on October 7 that more than 20 victims were still receiving treatment, some of them with critical injuries.The extremist Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for the attack.The attack followed a bombing on the same shrine in 2005 that killed 35 people.In February, IS militants claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a Sufi shrine in Sindh Province in which 88 people were killed.Sufism is a branch of Islam that espouses a mystical, inner belief and incorporates music in its worship. It has been rejected as heretical by IS militants and other extremists, who hold a fundamentalist view of Islam.Copyright (c) 2015. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036. Click for detailed story

Oct 062017
 
At Least 14 Dead In Road Accident In Pakistan

At least 14 people were killed and 27 were injured in a collision between a passenger van and a bus in southwestern Pakistan on October 7.The bus was carrying university students from Quetta to a nearby picnic spot in Mastung district.Local officials said the accident took place near Quetta in Balochistan Province after the driver of the van lost control due to speeding and collided with the bus coming from the opposite direction.Sameen Khan, the deputy director of student affairs at Balochistan University’s Information Technology, Engineering, and Management Sciences told RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal that the victims, which included children, were all in the passenger van while students and staff on the bus only suffered injuries.Copyright (c) 2015. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036. Click for detailed story

Aug 082017
 
Four Troops Killed During Operation In Northern Pakistan

Pakistan’s military says an army major and three other officers have been killed in a shoot-out with militants in the country’s tribal region bordering Afghanistan.In a statement, the military said one militant blew himself up and another was shot and killed in the early August 9 raid on a home in the Sherotkai area of the Lower Dir tribal region.Up to nine more troops were wounded in the operation, and one suspected militant was captured, the statement said. The statement provided no additional details and only said the raid foiled a possible major militant attack.The latest troop casualties came weeks after the army launched an operation against militants in another tribal region in the northwest to prevent insurgents from carrying out cross-border attacks in Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan.Copyright (c) 2015. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036. Click for detailed story

Aug 072017
 
Four Troops Killed During Operation In Northern Pakistan

Pakistan’s military says an army major and three other officers have been killed in a shoot-out with militants in the country’s tribal region bordering Afghanistan.In a statement, the military said one militant blew himself up and another was shot and killed in the early August 9 raid on a home in the Sherotkai area of the Lower Dir tribal region.Up to nine more troops were wounded in the operation, and one suspected militant was captured, the statement said. The statement provided no additional details and only said the raid foiled a possible major militant attack.The latest troop casualties came weeks after the army launched an operation against militants in another tribal region in the northwest to prevent insurgents from carrying out cross-border attacks in Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan.Copyright (c) 2015. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036. Click for detailed story

Jul 122017
 
Gunmen Kill Four Police In Pakistan’s Quetta

Four police officers have been shot dead in the city of Quetta by unknown assailants, officials say.Police sources told RFE/RL that the attack happened on July 13 in the Deeba area of the city. One police officer was also injured.One of the victims was identified as Senior Police Superintendent Mubarak Shah.The Jamat ul-Ahrar, a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack in an e-mail sent to RFE/RL.Police have launched a search for the perpetrators.Police officer Sajid Khan Mohmand was killed in a suicide attack in the border city of Chaman on July 10.Copyright (c) 2015. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036. Click for detailed story

Jun 202017
 
Officials: Pakistan Air Force Shoots Down Iranian Drone

Pakistani officials say an air force jet has shot down an unmanned Iranian drone that was “deep inside the Pakistani airspace.”Pakistani media quoted two unnamed officials on June 20 as saying the unmanned aircraft was shot down in the Panjgur district of southwestern Balochistan Province over the weekend.The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.Iran in recent months has expressed concern over militants operating along the Pakistani border.In May, Iran’s army chief warned that Tehran was willing to strike militant bases inside Pakistan if Islamabad did not confront Sunni insurgents who carry out cross-border attacks. The remarks drew a strong protest from Islamabad.Copyright (c) 2015. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036. Click for detailed story

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