Three English players from Quetta Gladiators bow out of PSL final in Lahore

Three English players of the Quetta Gladiators — Kevin Pietersen, Tymal Mills and Luke Wright —announced on Wednesday that they will not be participating in the Pakistan Supe
r League (PSL) final to be played in Lahore on March 5.

Luke Wright said in a tweet that he has a “young family” and for him the game was not “worth the risk”. “It’s with a heavy heart I will not be coming to Lahore,” he tweeted

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Pietersen bid goodbye to Dubai, saying he would be returning to his family in London.

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Mills too said in a Twitter note that he would not be attending the final match.

61 killed, at least 165 injured as militants storm police training centre in Quetta

61 killed, at least 165 injured as militants storm police training centre in Quetta

QUETTA: 

At least 61 security personnel were killed, and 165 others were injured as terrorists stormed a police training centre near Quetta late Monday night.

Three terrorists entered the New Sariab Police Training College, some 13 kilometres away from Quetta city. They headed straight for the hostel where police recruits were sleeping.

Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti told reporters assembled at the site early Tuesday that the sprawling compound had been attacked by three militants equipped with suicide jackets, revising down an earlier estimate of “five to six” assailants.

“They first targeted the watch tower sentry, and after exchanging fire killed him and were able to enter the academy grounds,” he said. “At least 20 were killed but this figure isn’t final – we’ll confirm it in the morning,” he said.

He added, “Frontier Corps’ Quick Responce Force (QRF) wing responded along with Anti-Terrorist Force (ATF) and [Pakistan Army’s] Light Commando Battallion…one terrorist was killed while two of them exploded”.

Militants no longer operating from Pakistan, says Nisar

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif attended on Tuesday a high-level meeting on security at the Governor House in Quetta.

Having neutralised one suicide bomber, the two cornered the second bomber, helping large number of police recruits escape till the attacker exploded himself. Captain Roohallah has been awarded Tamgha-e-Jurat, while Naib Subedar Ali Tamgha-e-Basalat.

TTP Hakimullah group claims responsibility

A hitherto unheard of group calling itself the Tehreek-e-Taliban Karachi made a claim of responsibility at 10:20am, sending an email to journalists saying four suicide attackers had carried out the attack.

The message said the assault was to avenge the alleged killing of its men in police custody and threatened more attacks to come.

However, the spokesperson for the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Mohammad Khorasani, said the group has not received any information from its militants regarding the attack.

The Hakimullah group says four of its militants took part in the attack. The group occasionally claims responsibility for attacks; but there are serious doubts about the ability of the group to carry out major attacks. Its members are based in Afghanistan’s eastern Paktika province which borders Pakistan.

Islamic State claims attack

Militant group Islamic State on Tuesday claimed responsibility for the attack, which was carried out by “Islamic State fighters”, the group’sAmaq news agency said.

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In August, Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack on a gathering of mourners at a hospital in Quetta that killed 70 people. But that attack was also claimed by Pakistani Taliban faction Jamaat-ur-Ahrar.

Terrorists belonged to Lashkar-e-Jhangvi

Major Gen Sher Afgan, chief of the paramilitary Frontier Corps in Balochistan, which led the counter-operation, said “the attack was over in around three hours after we arrived.”

He added that the militants belonged to the Al-Alimi faction of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militant group – which is affiliated with the Pakistani Taliban. “They were in communication with operatives in Afghanistan,” he said.

Perspective: Praying for the well-being of humanity | Sania Saeed

Perspective: Praying for the well-being of humanity | Sania Saeed

Imagine going to your local hospital. Generally, it is seen as a beneficent place of caring and compassion, a place to recover and be doted upon by dedicated professionals. However, on August 8, for over 70 individuals, their hospital became a place of horror. These people were killed, while another 200 were injured, in a meticulously planned attack where terrorists carried out a suicide attack at the local hospital in Quetta, Pakistan.

As a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, I condemn the horrific acts of ISIS/ISIL. It is our belief that not only Islam, but no true religion, whatever its name, can sanction violence and bloodshed of innocent people in the name of God. Terrorists may use religious or political labels, but no one should be deceived by their wily ways and treacherous guiles; their only goal is to create chaos and fear. They have nothing to do with religion, and have unfortunately hijacked mine. The word Islam itself means peace. In the Holy Quran it says, “to kill even one innocent person is to kill all of mankind” (5:32). Therefore, no murder can ever be justified under any circumstances; the members of ISIS are defaming Islam in one of the worst ways possible.

We all as moral members of society should unite against their appalling actions. Only through conformity to Divine laws can we hope to achieve the ideal of a secure world free of terrorism.

I express my heartfelt condolences to the families of those innocent people who lost their lives in the hospital suicide bomb attack in Quetta, Pakistan. I pray for mankind that may everyone acquire a love for the well-being of humanity.

Source/Credit: New Haven Register

42 dead as blast hits Quetta Civil Hospital after lawyer’s killing

42 dead as blast hits Quetta Civil Hospital after lawyer’s killing

QUETTA: At least 42 people were killed following a loud explosion inside the Civil Hospital here on Monday, police said. Over 30 people have been injured in the attack.

“The blast occurred after a number of lawyers and some journalists had gathered at the hospital following the death of the president of the Balochistan Bar Association in a separate shooting incident early this morning,” said Balochistan Home Secretary Akbar Harifal.

It is suspected that the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber, Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti told DawnNews.

Source/Credit: Dawn