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President for ethical, moral reformation of prisoners

July 13, 2017 |

President Mamnoon HussainWednesday underscored the need for ethical and moralreformation of the prisoners to control crime rate besides,making prisoners an effective part of the society.The president said this during presentation of a reportby the Pris…

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4 Policemen Killed in Terrorist Attack in Southwest Pakistan

July 13, 2017 |

ISLAMABAD � Four policemen were shot and killed Thursday in southwest Pakistan by a group of Islamic militants.

A spokesman for the Baluchistan provincial government says the policemen were on a routine patrol in the capital city, Quetta,when the gunmen intercepted their vehicle and sprayed it with bullets before fleeing the scene. The dead officers included police Superintendent Mubarak Shah.

A breakaway faction of the Pakistani Taliban calling itself Jamaatul Ahrar has claimed responsibility for the attack. Additionally, Islamic State, through its global mouthpiece, the Amaq News Agency, is now also claiming responsibility for Thursday’s attack on police in Quetta.

The United Nations earlier this week designated Jamaatul Ahrar a global terrorist organization, saying the group operates out of neighboring Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province.

A suicide bomber riding a motorbike on Monday blew himself up near a police vehicle in the town of Chaman, near the Afghan border, killing the district police chief and two others. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for that attack.

Source: Voice of America

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President for ethical, moral reformation of prisoners

July 13, 2017 |

President Mamnoon HussainWednesday underscored the need for ethical and moralreformation of the prisoners to control crime rate besides,making prisoners an effective part of the society.The president said this during presentation of a reportby the Pris…

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Gunmen Kill Four Police In Pakistan’s Quetta

July 13, 2017 |

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…

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American, Afghan Forces Intensify Anti-IS Fight in Afghanistan

July 13, 2017 |

WASHINGTON/NANGARHAR, AFGHANISTAN � As the Islamic State terror group loses ground in Iraq and Syria, U.S. and Afghan forces are stepping up their attacks on the group’s offshoot in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province.

The U.S. military, in coordination with Afghan security forces, are pounding IS hideouts in Achin, Haskamena and Kot districts with rockets being fired from Jalalabad airfield where U.S. troops are stationed.

The terror group has been active in the eastern region of the country for almost two years.

U.S and Afghan security forces have been conducting ground and air operations against IS militants in the Nangarhar for some time now. The rocket attacks, however, indicate an intensification in the war against IS in the country.

Attaullah Khogyani, Nangarhar provincial government spokesperson told VOA that the rocket attacks on IS hideouts are conducted based on intelligence provided by the Afghan security agencies.

He added that the rocket attacks have targeted key IS members, killing several of them.

Rocket attacks more accurate

Local residents in areas under IS control echo Khogyani’s account and have welcomed the move, saying rocket attacks are more accurate and effective. Ground operations by Afghan security forces, they say, result in civilian casualties at times.

Waliullah, a local resident in Deh Bala district said rockets have targeted IS positions only, without causing harm to the civilians in the area.

Airstrikes and ground operations have caused civilian casualties. Rockets fired from the city (U.S. military base) are accurate and do not target civilians, Waliullah told VOA’s Afghan service.

U.S. and Afghan security forces have been engaged in joint- counterterrorism operations against IS militants in Nangarhar and neighboring Kunar province.

Drone strike a success

Earlier this year, U.S military and Afghan government promised to eliminate IS in Afghanistan by the end of 2017. Hundreds of IS fighters, including several senior commanders have been killed in recent months.

A suspected U.S. drone strike late Tuesday reportedly targeted a gathering of IS militants in Kunar province, killing 11 fighters, including four key IS commanders.

Pentagon did not immediately confirm Tuesday’s drone strike.

The IS terror group has been active in several districts in Nangarhar province. Recently, it has expanded to neighboring mountainous Kunar and Nuristan provinces as well, which share a border with Pakistan, to establish a persistent presence there.

Militant leaders killed

IS has drawn the majority of its members from the Pakistani Taliban fighters, some former Afghan Taliban, and other militants from varied nationalities, including militants from India, Iran, Russia and central Asian neighbors.

In May, the terror group lost Sheikh Abdul Hasib, its leader in Afghanistan. Hasib was killed in a joint U.S. Afghan forces raid in eastern Nangarhar.

His predecessor and founder of IS’s branch in Afghanistan, Hafiz Saeed Khan � a former Pakistani Taliban commander � was also killed in a U.S. drone strike in July of 2016.

Source: Voice of America

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4 Policemen Killed in Terrorist Attack in Southwest Pakistan

July 13, 2017 |

ISLAMABAD � Four policemen were shot and killed Thursday in southwest Pakistan by a group of Islamic militants.

A spokesman for the Baluchistan provincial government says the policemen were on a routine patrol in the capital city, Quetta,when the gunmen intercepted their vehicle and sprayed it with bullets before fleeing the scene. The dead officers included police Superintendent Mubarak Shah.

A breakaway faction of the Pakistani Taliban calling itself Jamaatul Ahrar has claimed responsibility for the attack. Additionally, Islamic State, through its global mouthpiece, the Amaq News Agency, is now also claiming responsibility for Thursday’s attack on police in Quetta.

The United Nations earlier this week designated Jamaatul Ahrar a global terrorist organization, saying the group operates out of neighboring Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province.

A suicide bomber riding a motorbike on Monday blew himself up near a police vehicle in the town of Chaman, near the Afghan border, killing the district police chief and two others. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for that attack.

Source: Voice of America

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Pakistan Issues Flash Flood Warning as Monsoon Rains Kill 7

July 13, 2017 |

ISLAMABAD � Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority has issued a flash flood warning after monsoon rains lashed various parts of the country, killing at least seven people.

In a statement, the agency asked authorities to remain vigilant as more rains are expected Thursday.

The deaths were reported in the past 24 hours in various parts of Pakistan, the agency says.

As many as 53 people have been killed because of flash floods and rain-related incidents since June 26.

Flash floods commonly occur during South Asia’s summer monsoon season, which ends in September.

Source: Voice of America

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