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Pakistan: Fundamentalist Reactions after Taliban take over in Afghanistan

Monday 16 August 2021, by siawi3


Police on alert after Afghan youth gather in Islamabad’s F-9 Park

The Newspaper’s Staff Reporter

Published August 16, 2021 - Updated about 14 hours ago

The image shows Islamabad’s F-9 park. — APP/File

RAWALPINDI: Police were put on alert after receiving information that some individuals were displaying Afghanistan’s national flag and chanting slogans in F-9 Park and other areas of Islamabad on Sunday.

Later, five individuals were picked from different parts of the capital but no case was registered against them.

The police recovered an Afghan citizen card from one of the boys in F-9 Park who belonged to the Paktia province of Afghanistan. However, the other individuals managed to escape.

According to sources, eight to 10 young men holding the Afghan flags were seen chanting slogans in F-9 Park.

On seeing the Afghan boys about to clash with some locals, a police official approached them. However, the Afghan youth managed to escape.

After the police were alerted, five individuals were picked up from Aabpara, Shalimar and Margalla police areas. However, no case was registered against them. Two weeks ago, a group of individuals were also seen flying Afghanistan’s national flag as well as that of the Taliban in Lake View Park.

Published in Dawn, August 16th, 2021



12 killed in grenade attack on mini-truck in Karachi

Imtiaz Ali

Published August 15, 2021 - Updated a day ago

Photo: Police officers and members of the Crime Scene Investigation Unit survey the site and collect evidence after several people were killed when an open truck was targeted in a grenade attack in Karachi’s Baldia area on Saturday. — Reuters

KARACHI: Twelve members of an extended family, all women and young boys, lost their lives and several others suffered burn injuries in a grenade attack on a mini-truck on the outskirts of the city on Saturday night.

A senior police officer, who did not wish to be named, told Dawn that it was an act of terrorism.

He said personnel from the Bomb Disposal Squad had found the lever of the grenade [at the crime scene] and confirmed that a Russian-made device had been used in the attack.

The incident occurred in the Baldia area within the limits of the Madina Colony police station.

“We are investigating the incident from different angles to ascertain whether the perpetrators were terrorists from some ethnic group or an extremist group,” said the official.

Police term it an act of terrorism

Karachi police chief Imran Yaqoob Minhas told the media that the aspect of personal enmity was also being probed as all victims came from the same family. The family originally hailed from Swat.

Local police and the Counter-Terrorism Department are both investigating the incident.

Senior CTD official Raja Umer Khattab, who examined the spot, said initial probe revealed that the attackers were riding a motorcycle and that the grenade had exploded before falling into vehicle.

Karachi South Zone DIG Javed Akbar Riaz told Dawn that the truck was carrying 20 to 25 people who were returning from a marriage ceremony.

Keamari SSP Fida Husain Janwari said the driver had picked up the family from Pareshan Chowk in Baldia.

“We received 10 bodies — six women and four children — at Dr Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital,” said Additional Police Surgeon Dr Qarar Abbasi. He said around an equal number of the injured, including women and children, had also been brought to the hospital.

Two of the injured died during treatment, said Dr Abbasi.

Edhi Foundation spokesperson and an official of Chhipa rescue service said at least 10 people were injured in the explosion.

Administrator of Karachi Barrister Murtaza Wahab while taking notice of the incident issued directives for proper medical treatment of the injured.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah issued directives for taking care of the families of the victims.

The deceased were identified as Mrs Shaheen Khan, 45; her daughter Nusrat, 25; Sufiyan Shamsheer, 13; his brother Hammad, 11; Usman Khan, 15; Ms Aqsa Sher Ali, 25; Mrs Sharafat Meraj Khan, Mrs Malkiat, 50, Mrs Saleema, 47, one-year-old Zoyan Izhar; Salman, 12; and Mrs Sadaqat Dildar, 40.

Published in Dawn, August 15th, 2021