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Monday, 09 April 2012 17:34

Quetta: firing incident claims six lives

Monday 09 April 2012,

QUETTA: Six people were killed while two others sustained injuries in a firing incident on Prince Road ,Quetta, Pakistan Monday, Geo news reported.

Eyewitness accounts state that people riding on two motorcycles opened fire on people sitting outside a show shop located on Prince Road.

According to initial reports the target of the attack was members of the Hazara community.

 

Saturday 07 April 2012,

(BNA),

 

SKARDU: An avalanche smashed into a Pakistan Army camp Saturday burying at least 100 soldiers including a colonel at Gayari sector near the Siachen Glacier.

Troops with sniffer dogs, aided by helicopters, were frantically trying to find signs of life in the snow after the avalanche engulfed the remote camp in mountainous Gayari, Siachen.

A team of doctors and paramedics has also been rushed to the high-altitude region, which suffers extreme weather conditions - temperatures on the strategic Siachen glacier plummet to minus 70 degrees Celsius (minus 94F).

"More than 100 soldiers of NLI (Northern Light Infantry) including a colonel were trapped when the avalanche hit a military camp," army spokesman Major General Athar Abbas told.

"The rescue mission is continuing and rescuers are trying to rescue the soldiers."

Harsh weather and the high altitude claims many more lives than actual fighting over Siachen.

A military statement said the avalanche struck early on Saturday morning, raising the possibility that soldiers were asleep at the time.

"Around 100 persons of army came under a snow slide early this morning in Gayari sector near Skardu," it said.

"Rescue efforts are on. Sniffing dogs, helicopters and troops on ground are employed on rescue efforts."

ISPR has said that it was in process of releasing the names of the trapped soldiers shortly.

Friday 06 April 2012,

Kabul, (BNA) ,

KANDAHAR: Seven people were burnt to death in southern Afghanistan on Friday when a fuel tanker supplying a NATO base crashed and set their vehicle on fire.

Both the security chief of Panjwayi district in Kandahar and the provincial

police chief said there was no insurgent activity at the time, but residents

told  press the tanker was attacked by Taliban using rocket-propelled grenades.

killing spree in the same district on March 11.

Sardar Mohammad, Panjwayi's security chief, told: "A fuel tanker supplying fuel for ISAF overturned and caught fire, and simultaneously a civilian minivan was passing nearby also set ablaze."

Seven people were killed and three others injured, he said, who were taken to hospital.

Kandahar police chief Abdul Raziq confirmed the death toll,: "This fuel tanker was coming from the city of Kandahar to Panjwayi district at high speed.

"On its way this tanker overturned and caught fire," he said. "A civilian minivan was passing on the way and the vehicle was also set ablaze."

Friday, 06 April 2012 17:52

Quetta: JUP leader gunned down in Saryab

Friday 06 April 2012,

 (BNA) ,

 

QUETTA: Unknown gunmen on Friday killed Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan (JUP) provincial leader Maulana Mohammad Qasim in Saryab.

According to police, the JUP Balochistan chief was killed when gunmen opened fire at his house. He was severely wounded and rushed to hospital but he succumbed to his injuries before reaching there.

The attackers successfully fled from the scene, Pak  police told.

His body was shifted to Civil Hospital while investigations were kicked off.

The supporters of JUP protested the killing of Maulana Mohammad Qasim at Saryab Road

Friday 06 April 2012,

VANCOUVER: A product from fir trees and yeast may soon replace ambergris, a kind of whale barf, to make expensive perfume, scientists said Thursday.

For centuries, perfume makers have prized ambergris for its ability to prevent scent from dissipating.

The wax-like substance is secreted by sperm whales to protect their digestive systems from sharp objects. When the animals vomit, the ambergis reacts with salty ocean water and eventually washes ashore in chunks that can look like rocks.

Featured in Herman Melville's novel "Moby Dick," it is a stuff of legend that still garners small fortunes for those who find it on the shores of the Atlantic, Pacific and Caribbean.

Scientists have long sought alternatives for industrial uses because ambergris is rare, costly at $10,000 a kilogram, and could "be a factor in whale hunting," Joerg Bohlmann, a professor at the University of British Columbia, told.

Bohlmann says cis-abienol, a component of sage and fir trees, can serve the same purpose as ambergris in scented products - but until now isolating it from the rest of the sage or fir plant has been difficult.

"We've now discovered that a gene from balsam fir is much more efficient at producing such natural compounds, which could make production of this bio-product less expensive and more sustainable," Bohlmann said in a statement.

Friday, 06 April 2012 17:23

Suicide bomber kills Afghan peace envoy

Friday 06 April 2012,

Kabul, (BNA) ,

A suicide bomber assassinated an Afghan peace envoy and former mujahedeen commander on Friday, along with his son in an eastern region close to the Pakistan border.

Maulavi Mohammad Hashem Munib, the head of the High Peace Council in Kunar province, was the target, said provincial police chief Ewaz Mohammad Nazari.

"He was on his way home from Friday prayers when he was attacked by a suicide attacker," he told.

One witness said that both Munib and the attacker had been torn to pieces, with body parts littering the scene.

The national head of the High Peace Council, former Afghan president Professor  Burhanuddin Rabbani, was assassinated last year by a purported Taliban envoy who hid a bomb in his turban.

Munib was himself a former senior commander of Hezb-i Islami, one of the Afghan mujahedeen groups that fought Soviet troops in the 1980s

 

Thursday 05 April 2012,

Kabul, (BNA),

President Hamid Karzai met Audronius Azubalis, the Foreign Minister of Lithuania yesterday .

Both sides discussed issues of mutual interest including the progress made in Afghanistan within the past years and the transition of security responsibilities to the Afghan security forces.

Describing the progresses in Afghanistan as positive, Foreign Minister Azubalis said that he had visited Afghanistan several times but has seen more progress in his last visit to the country.

President Karzai thanked Lithuania for its military and civilian assistances to Afghanistan and appreciated the role by the Lithuanian forces in ensuring security in Ghor province.

In the attendance to the meeting also were Deputy Foreign Minister of Political Affairs, Jawed Ludin; National Security Advisor to the President , Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta and Presidential Chief of Staff, Abdul Karim Khuram

Thursday 05 April  2012,

Kabul , (BNA) ,

- President Hamid Karzai and Pakistan Prime Minister, Yousuf Raza Gilani held a telephone conversation this afternoon that mostly focused on Pakistan’s support and cooperation in the Afghan peace process.

President Karzai once again thanked PM Gilani for the very good discussions that the Afghan delegation had during their recent visit to Islamabad. The President referred to the discussions as productive and said “good decisions were made” there and underlined that it was important that those decisions be translated into action.

The President also informed the PM that the discussions recently held in Tajikistan with President Zardari in the sideline of the RECCA Summit and the Nauroz celebrations were fruitful and stated that it was a good news to see the meeting of the Core Group (Afghanistan, the US and Pakistan ) resumed with their fifth meeting in Dushanbe.

Prime Minister Gilani reaffirmed his government’s commitment to the decisions made during President Karzai’s recent trip to Islamabad and said Pakistan will continue to cooperate in the Afghanistan Peace Process.

President Karzai also invited Prime Minister Gilani to visit Afghanistan at his earliest convenience

Wednesday, 04 April 2012 15:30

US put $10m bounty on Hafiz Saeed

 

Wednesday 04 March 2012,

 

WASHINGTON: The United States has put up a $10 million reward to help arrest Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, suspected of masterminding two attacks on India's financial capital and its parliament.

The offer comes at a time of heightened tension between Washington and Pakistan and increased pressure on Pakistan to take action against the former Arabic scholar, who has recently addressed rallies despite an Interpol warrant against him.

India has long called for Saeed's arrest and said the bounty - one of the highest on offer - was a sign the United States understood its security concerns. Only last week Saeed evaded police to address an anti-US rally in Islamabad.

"India welcomes this new initiative of the government of the United States," External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna said on Tuesday.

"In recent years, India and the United States have moved much closer than ever before in our common endeavour of fighting terrorists."

The United States only offers a $10 million reward for three other people it suspects of terrorism, with a single reward of up to $25 million for Egyptian-born Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Saeed, 61, is suspected of masterminding numerous terrorist attacks, including the November 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Poor train commuters, foreigners and some of India's wealthy business elite were killed by 10 gunmen in a three-day rampage through some of Mumbai's best-known landmarks, including two luxury hotels and a Jewish centre. A total of 166 people died, including six U.S. citizens.

In the 1990s, he founded Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), or the Army of the Pure, one of the largest and best-funded militant organizations in South Asia. He abandoned its leadership after India blamed it and another militant group for an attack on the Indian parliament in December 2001.

Saeed, released from prison by a Pakistani court in 2010, now heads a Muslim charity that the United Nations says is a front for the militant group.

Admiral Robert Willard, the head of the United States military's Pacific Command, last year expressed concern over the expanding reach of LeT, saying it was no longer solely focused on India, or even in South Asia.

Wednesday, 04 April 2012 15:27

6 NATO troops killed iin Afghanistan

Wednesday 04 March 2012,

Kabul, (BNA)-

 KABUL: six international troops were killed in separate insurgency incidents in Afghanistan in the NATO-led coalition force said.

The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said  three soldier killed in Faryab Provence blast  in the north ,one service member was killed by an improvised explosive device in the south of the country, one by a similar blast in the east and one by an insurgent attack in the east.

All sex incidents happened on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the last statement released on Wednesday. They did not give further details.