Security forces on Sunday nabbed a high-profile terrorist during a raid in Karachi, recovering weapons from his possession as well. The accused belongs to the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which has been notorious for various high-profile terrorist attacks in the country. Ilyas had joined the TTP in 2012, and after committing terrorist attacks in Karachi, had fled abroad. During interrogation, he revealed some details about his accomplices, and the police are now conducting raids to apprehend them. It is worth mentioning here that the government had been negotiating with the TTP – the organisation Ilyas belongs to – put an end to the cross-border attacks from Afghanistan.
June 20, 2022 07:23 UTC
On Saturday, reports emerged that the Afghan Taliban has expressed optimism that the talks between the TTP and Pakistan government could succeed, in addition to the fact that an indefinite ceasefire has been agreed upon. Certain demands have been tabled by the TTP that cannot be accepted keeping in mind the national interests of the country and its citizens. The potential release of prisoners should also be made conditional upon the disbanding and liquidation of the TTP and facilitated through rehabilitation and reintegration programs. The government should also take advantage of the fact that families of TTP members are eager to be repatriated back to Pakistan. A deal in Pakistan’s interest will ensure that there is a complete disbandment and demilitarisation of the TTP.
June 20, 2022 04:54 UTC
Despite being bitten by the culture of denialism, the boundless compassion, patience, and optimism have become lifelong companions of the employees of the Punjab Emergency Service. Today, Rescue 1122 has become the nation’s most trustworthy trademark. Rationally, emergency workers are the everyday heroes who run towards danger when we need them the most in challenging times. Although the Punjab Emergency Service is overstretched yet its staff is working vigorously to keep us safe, protected, and healthy. We can already see that there is a powerful public narrative about the Emergency Service Rescue 1122 that is often overlooked.
June 20, 2022 04:12 UTC
KARACHI – The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of Sindh police arrested a ‘most wanted’ terrorist of the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Karachi, the security agency said in a news release on Sunday. The most wanted terrorist had been hiding in Saudi Arabia, the statement said. In a statement, the military’s media affairs wing had said that the militants had been actively involved in terrorist activities in the area. Meanwhile, on May 31, the government of Pakistan and TTP agreed on an indefinite ceasefire to find an end to the nearly two decades of militancy in the tribal border region. The previous PTI government and the TTP had agreed to a month-long ceasefire to hold talks last year.
June 19, 2022 23:51 UTC
The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of Sindh police arrested a “most wanted” terrorist of the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Karachi, the security agency said in a news release on Sunday. Illegal weapons and ammunition were also seized from his possession, the CTD said. The most wanted terrorist had been hiding in Saudi Arabia, the statement said. In a statement, the military’s media affairs wing had said that the militants had been actively involved in terrorist activities in the area. The previous PTI government and the TTP had agreed to a month-long ceasefire to hold talks last year.
June 19, 2022 21:41 UTC
LAHORE – The Pakistan People’s Party Central Punjab will organise a ‘Jashn-e-Benazir’ programme to celebrate the 69th birth anniversary of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto Shaheed on June 20. PPP sources said on Saturday that the ceremony would be held at the Punjab Art and Culture Complex 1, Gaddafi Stadium. , here while Punjab Senior Minister Syed Hassan Murtaza would be the chief guest at the ceremony. Students from Azad Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan, Punjab, Sindh, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan would present a performance on the slogan of ‘Benazir Charon Soobon Ki Zanjeer’. A special poetry contest would also be held while the PPP minority wing would present a skit to pay tribute to BB Shaheed.
June 19, 2022 20:20 UTC
Former prime minister and PTI Chairman Imran has said that the country’s economic and political situation will “further deteriorate” if early elections are not held and added that the coalition government led by the PML-N is “burying all institutions”. A number of big screens were installed at major protest venues across the country to show the former premier's address. “Time was not ripe for ‘conspiracy’ to succeed as it would adversely impact the economy of the country,” Imran said he had told the neutral when he was the prime minister. I invite trade unions, professionals, doctors, engineers, clerks, and government workers to take to the streets,” the former prime minister had said in a recorded video message on Thursday. 'Imran’s inflation protest is against his own flawed policies’Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice-President Maryam Nawaz lashed out at former prime minister Imran Khan for holding protest against the incumbent government, blaming his previous regime’s “flawed policies” for runaway inflation.
June 19, 2022 20:15 UTC
KARACHI: The Sindh Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) on Sunday claimed to have arrested a “most wanted” terrorist of the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) from Karachi. According to the department, following a tip-off, the CTD and Rangers conducted a joint operation near Naurus Chowrangi in the SITE area. During the raid, the CTD arrested a man identified as Muhammad Ilyas along with illegal weapons and ammunition. In a statement, the CTD informed that the arrested accused was the most wanted terrorist of the banned outfit who had been hiding in Saudi Arabia. During preliminary investigation, the suspect confessed to investigators that he, along with his accomplices, had killed Sher Ahmed Khan in SITE area in 2013.
June 19, 2022 20:05 UTC
Rangers and the counter-terrorism department (CTD) in a joint operation on Sunday arrested a major Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader from the SITE area. According to details, one of the most wanted TTP leaders Muhammad Ilyas has been arrested in a joint operation by Rangers and CTD in Noras chorangi. A CTD spokesperson told that arms and ammunition have been confiscated from Ilyas, who is a close alliance of TTP leader Qari Shakirullah. The detained Muhammad Ilyas confessed to killing Sher Ahmed in the SITE area of Karachi in 2013. Ilaya shad joined the TTP’ Umer Mansoor group in 2012, and is being interrogated for numerous other cases too, the CTD spokesperson said.
June 19, 2022 13:34 UTC
AJK President Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry has asked the recently formed Defence Committee to redouble its efforts to secure early release of Yasin Malik who was convicted after sham trial by an Indian court recently. Speaking on the occasion the president said that all possible efforts should be made for the early release of Yasin Malik. He said that the JKLF chairman Yasin Malik was convicted after a sham trial by an Indian court. The unjust sentence awarded to Yasin Malik, he said, was in blatant violation of norms of justice. Meanwhile, President Azad Jammu and Kashmir Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry also visited various departments at the university of Lincoln.
June 19, 2022 06:44 UTC
KARACHI: In a major breakthrough, the Afghan Taliban on Saturday confirmed that the Pakistani government and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have reached an agreement on an “indefinite” ceasefire during ongoing peace talks in Kabul. Our greatest desire and effort is to bring about long-term peace and reconciliation between the two sides,” Mujahid, who also serves as the interim Taliban administration’s spokesman, stated. The Taliban spokesman also confirmed that a delegation of Pakistani tribal leaders recently visited Kabul in connection with the ongoing peace talks. The report deemed the TTP demands unviable since they would amount to ceding constitutional sovereignty in these regions to the militant network. The report also suggested that Pakistan “capitalise on internal pressures” within the TTP to repatriate their families who are currently displaced in Afghanistan.
June 19, 2022 04:26 UTC
For that, I will have to take readers to the unfolding of a Cold War 3 (assuming Cold War 1 was about USSR-US rivalry and Cold War 2 is about US-China rivalry). A Cold War 3 overlaps the Cold War 2 and although the US fights it with multiple objectives, its core political objective is to isolate Russia. “Either you can be a colony or you can be sovereign,” says Russian President Vladimir Putin. President Joe Biden claims that all those countries that support the Russian war in Ukraine stand on the wrong side of history. But please in the words of President Putin “don’t be a colony, be a sovereign nation”.
June 19, 2022 03:59 UTC
A procedural on-site visit is to follow, after which we will officially be off the grey list. After October, we will no longer be under intense scrutiny in terms of action on anti-terror financing and anti-money laundering directives. This means that diplomatic outreach is just as important as the legwork involved in implementation and action. It is important to remember that our removal from the grey list does not imply that all of our economic woes have been addressed; far from it. But this is not something that will result in an automatic improvement of living standards or the general public.
June 19, 2022 00:55 UTC
Pakistan on Saturday condemned the terrorist attack on a Sikh temple in Kabul that resulted in the loss of two lives, terming the acts of terrorism on religious places "utterly repugnant". In a statement issued today, the Foreign Office noted that the attack resulted in the loss of precious lives and injuries to many others while causing destruction of property. "Pakistan is seriously concerned at the recent spate of terrorist attacks on places of worship in Afghanistan," the communiqué released by the foreign office maintained. The foreign office reiterated Pakistan's condemnation of terrorism in all forms and manifestations. An attack at another temple in Kabul in 2020 that killed 25 was claimed by Islamic State.
June 18, 2022 23:51 UTC
KABUL – Afghan Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid has said that the negotiations between the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Pakistan’s government have concluded two days back in Kabul. The Afghan Taliban official said that his side played the role of a mediator. He assured that in case the negotiations between the TTP and Pakistan fail, then the Taliban would not allow the Afghan soil to be used for attacks against Pakistan. It is not directly affiliated with the Afghan Taliban but pledges allegiance to them. Mujahid noted that the TTP has announced an indefinite ceasefire and since then the attacks in the country have been halted.
June 18, 2022 22:08 UTC