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  1. BANGALORE: India´s top journalists have accused a state parliament of "a gross misuse of powers and privilege" by ordering that two editors be arrested for allegedly defaming local lawmakers. Police in India´s southern Karnataka state said the editors -- both from tabloid newspapers in the capital Bangalore -- had evaded authorities since the state assembly issued an order for their arrest last week. The allegations were first levelled against the editors in 2014, but the assembly only voted last week to pursue the charges. A warrant was issued for the two journalists last week for "breach of privilege and criticising lawmakers", S.D Sharanappa, deputy commissioner of police in Bangalore, told AFP. The editors could face a year in prison and a 10,000 rupee ($155) fine. The Editors Guild of India in a statement Sunday said the order violated the constitution and fundamental tenets of freedom of speech. "It is also a gross misuse of powers and privileges of a state legislature. The guild urges the Karnataka assembly to withdraw its resolution without delay," the statement added. The Committee to Protect Journalists, a global press rights group, in August last year said that successive local and national governments had failed to promote freedom of press in the world´s biggest democracy. "(Case studies) show how small-town journalists face greater risk in their reporting... and how India´s culture of impunity is leaving the country´s press vulnerable to threats and attacks," the committee said in a report. In 2015, India was rated as the deadliest country in Asia for journalists by Paris-based Reporters Without Borders.
  2. KARACHI: Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Omar Shahid said on Thursday that the arrest of the escaped prisoners is the topmost task for the police. The SSP CTD in a press conference called the escape of the two prisoners a dangerous thing. The two were members of banned militant outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) and managed to escape Karachi?s Central Jail on June 15. SSP Omar Shahid said that his department has expressed reservations over the jail?s security earlier too. He said that it would be requested to transfer the cases of the dangerous terrorists to military courts. The role of the central jail?s administration would also be investigated, said SSP CTD Shahid. He further said that more prisoners would be made a part of the investigation process regarding the prison break. The two under-trial prisoners, Sheikh Muhammad Arif Firon and Ahmed Khan Arif Manako, were present in the jail?s judicial complex for a hearing when they managed to escape, said an official. Karachi prison break: Suspects used main gate, not boundary wall to escape, says CTD AIG Sanaullah Abbasi questions why two LeJ suspects were brought to court when judge was off Following their escape, 12 police personnel, including the jail superintendent and his deputy, were arrested at the behest of the Sindh law and prisons minister. A case was also registered against them in the New Town Police Station. The two suspects who escaped, Sheikh Muhammad and Ahmed Khan Arif Manako, were arrested by the CTD in 2013 over their involvement in dozens of targeted killings.
  3. Police said they arrested a man outside London's Paddington Station on Monday but added that the incident was not terrorism-related, a few hours after a van ploughed into worshippers near a mosque in the British capital. "Officers have arrested a man outside Paddington for public disorder and possessing an offensive weapon. The incident is not terror related," British Transport Police said in a statement. Video footage posted on Twitter showed officers restraining a shirtless man outside the station before taking him away. Police have said the earlier attack at the mosque, which injured 10 people, appeared to be a terrorism-incident which would make it the fourth such attack in three months in Britain.
  4. File KARACHI: Police rounded up more than 45 suspects, said to be involved in different crimes, in multiple raids in Karachi late Wednesday, they said. The law enforcers conducted search operations in various areas of Karachi late this night and apprehended 45 suspects. At least nine suspects were arrested from the areas of Madina Colony, Saeedabad and Manghopir. Two muggers were apprehended from Tower, police said. According to police, suspects were involved in burglary of shops. In another raid in Soldier Bazar, police detained ten suspects. Officials said they were verifying identities of arrested suspects and looking for any criminal record.
  5. British police investigating last weekend's deadly attacks on London Bridge said they arrested a 19-year-old man in east London on Sunday. The Metropolitan Police, in a statement posted on its website, said the man was taken into custody at a south London police station and was being detained under the Terrorism Act. Six other men are in custody in connection with last Saturday's incident in which eight people were killed and 50 injured after three militants drove into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed people.
  6. Flowers are laid by an officer from Police Scotland outside the Church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, ahead of the funeral of Manchester bomb victim Eilidh MacLeod, in Castlebay on the island of Barra, in Scotland June 5, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Milligan/Pool British police arrested two 20-year-old men in Manchester on Wednesday in connection with last month's suicide bombing that killed 22 children and adults attending a concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande, police said on Wednesday. One was arrested overnight when police searched an address in the city, while the other presented himself voluntarily at a police station. In total, 21 people have been arrested so far in the investigation pertaining to the suicide bombing. Twelve were released without charge and nine remain in custody. The released ones included a teenage boy and a woman arrested in the week ended May 29. Manchester attack probe: 16 people in detention Police make fresh arrest over Manchester bombing Manchester Arena blast: How it happened? Follow how the blast took place and the then-updates, directly from Manchester On the other hand, bomber Salman Abedi's father and brother are also in detention in Libya. Abedi had reportedly returned from Libya only a few days before the attack that left 22 people dead, including seven children under 18. However, police are still trying to establish the extent of his wider network.
  7. NEW DELHI: Indian police said Wednesday they have arrested one of three men accused of gang-raping a woman and tossing her baby from a moving auto rickshaw, killing the infant. Police released sketches of the three men -- including the rickshaw driver -- late Tuesday after registering a case of murder and gang-rape following the alleged attack last month in Gurgaon, on the outskirts of New Delhi. "We have made one arrest, yes. As far as the two others are concerned, a team is after them and we will arrest them very soon," Gurgaon´s commissioner of police Sandeep Khirwar told AFP. In her complaint to police, the woman said she got into the auto rickshaw with her nine-month-old daughter around midnight on May 29 to go to her parents´ home in Gurgaon in northern Haryana state. There were two men already in the rickshaw who started to harass her as soon as she got in and the three sexually assaulted her for several hours before dumping her by a roadside, according to her complaint. After being released from her ordeal the woman went back to look for her baby, who had died of head injuries, and took her to hospital on the subway, Khirwar said. India has a gruesome record on rape, with the capital New Delhi alone registering 2,199 rape cases in 2015 -- an average of six a day, according to most recent official figures. Nearly 40,000 rape cases are reported every year but the real number is thought to be much higher, with victims wary of how their complaints will be dealt with or the social stigma attached to *** crimes. India strengthened its laws on sexual violence after the fatal gang rape of a Delhi student in 2012 caused global outrage, but attacks on women are still widespread.
  8. KARACHI: The police arrested two suspected target killers in a raid conducted in Karachi?s Orangi Town on Monday. The arrested suspects confessed to killing 16 people, SP Orangi Town Abid Ali said. ?The suspects belong to Muttahida Qaumi Movement ?London. Suspects also confessed to firing at and injuring a Rangers officer, according to the police. In a separate operation conducted in near Paposh?s Khilafat Chowk, the authorities apprehended three suspects, including a drug peddler and fugitive. A wanted criminal was arrested from Mominabad and weapons were recovered, the police said. The police also raided a gambling den in Orangi town?s Pakistan Bazaar. ?11 gamblers were detained; mobile phones and cash were recovered from arrested suspects,? SP Orangi Town said.
  9. [embed_video1 url= style=center] LONDON: British police arrested 12 people Sunday in connection with the attacks in London that left seven people dead, after raiding several addresses in Barking, a suburb to the east of the capital. "The investigation into last night´s horrific attack in London is progressing rapidly as the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) continue to piece together exactly what occurred," the force said in a statement. It added that "a number of addresses" in Barking were still being searched. Four women wearing Islamic veils over their faces were seen being led away by police by an AFP photographer, although it was not clear whether they were among those arrested. There were several police vehicles outside a block of flats that had been cordoned off. Sky News had previously reported the arrest of four men following a raid by armed police at 7:00 am (0600 GMT), as well as one woman who was then released. Three men rammed a van through crowds of pedestrians on London Bridge on Saturday, before attacking revellers with knives, leaving seven people dead and 48 in hospital. The assailants were shot dead at the scene, although police are still seeking to establish whether they had accomplices. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick earlier told reporters: "We believe the threat that they posed was neutralised. "Of course it´s a very complex and confused scene, and a confused series of events. "So it´s important that we first of all make sure there is no one else outstanding. We don´t believe there is, but we must make absolutely certain of that. "We have a very large investigation ongoing, and we will be seeking to establish whether anyone else was working with or assisting in any way or helping in the planning of this attack." At least 48 people were injured in the attack, the third to hit Britain in less than three months and occurring days ahead of a snap parliamentary election on Thursday. Police shot dead the three male assailants in the Borough Market area near the bridge within eight minutes of receiving the first emergency call shortly after 10 p.m. local time geo_embedgallery The attack came just five days ahead of a general election and just minutes after the end of the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Juventus in an area teeming with bars where many fans were watching the football on television. Britain is on high alert only 12 days after a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a concert in Manchester, north-west England and ahead of Thursday´s general election, in which security is a major theme. It is the latest in a string of attacks to hit Europe, including in Paris, Berlin and Saint Petersburg. Witnesses described the van speeding into several pedestrians on London Bridge and then one or more knife-wielding men sprinting towards bars packed with revellers enjoying a Saturday night out. One witness described seeing five assailants and several people said they were locked inside pubs and restaurants by police and had to come out with their hands on their heads. Italian photographer Gabriele Sciotto, who was watching the Champions League final at the Wheatsheaf pub in Borough Market, said he saw three men shot just outside the pub. In his picture, a man wearing combat trousers, with a shaved head and what looked like a belt with canisters attached to it could be seen on the ground with two more bodies behind him. Police responded rapidly with dozens of emergency vehicles and authorities led shell-shocked members of the public away from the scene. The three suspects were shot by armed police within eight minutes of the first call to the emergency services. The attack had harrowing echoes of an attack on London´s Westminster Bridge when 52-year-old British Khalid Masood rammed his car into pedestrians before crashing into the barriers surrounding parliament and then stabbing a police officer to death. US President Donald Trump offered his help, tweeting "WE ARE WITH YOU. GOD BLESS!" French President Emmanuel Macron said France was "more than ever at Britain´s side." US pop star Ariana Grande, whose concert in Manchester was the scene of last week´s fatal terror attack, tweeted: "Praying for London". ´Her throat had been cut´ Witnesses on London Bridge reported seeing a van mounting the pavement and hitting pedestrians. "There was a van that crashed into the fences on London Bridge. And then there was a man with a knife, he was running. He came down the stairs and went to the bar," Dee, 26, who was visibly in shock and declined to give her last name, told AFP. BBC reporter Holly Jones, who was on London Bridge at the time of the incident, said she saw a van driven by a man travelling "at about 50 miles (80 kilometres) an hour". Alex Shellum at the Mudlark pub near the scene of the attack said a woman had come into the bar "bleeding heavily from the neck". "It appeared that her throat had been cut," he told the BBC. ´Large blade´ Another witness, who gave his name as Alessandro, also told BBC radio that he saw a van strike several people on London Bridge. "I saw this van going left and right, left and right, trying to catch as many people as he could. And people just tried to get out of the way of the van. "Then I tried to help people, wounded people." Husband and wife Ben and Natalie told BBC radio they were outside Borough Market when they witnessed a stabbing. Ben said: "We saw people running away and then I saw a man in red with a large blade, at a guess 10 inches (25 centimetres) long, stabbing a man, about three times. "It looked like the man had been trying to intervene, but there wasn´t much he could do. He was being stabbed quite coldly and he slumped to the ground." Ben said the man then walked towards another pub. He said they saw a metal chair being thrown towards the man. "Then we heard three gunshots, definitely gunshots, and we ran." Germany ´resolutely at Britain´s side´ after attack: Merkel Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday that Germany was "resolutely at Britain´s side" after the attack in London that left six people dead and almost 50 injured. "Today we are united across borders in horror and mourning, but also in determination," Merkel said in a statement. "For Germany, I reiterate that in the fight against all forms of terrorism, we are resolutely at Britain´s side." French people among London attack casualties: French presidency French people are among the casualties from the London attack which left six dead and nearly 50 wounded, the Elysee Palace said on Sunday without giving further details. "France is doing everything it can to help," the presidency said in a statement, adding that security would be tightened for expatriates voting in London Sunday in the upcoming French parliamentary election. UK Conservatives suspend election campaign after London attack Britain´s ruling Conservatives said Sunday they were suspending their campaign for Thursday´s general election after six people died in a suspected terror attack in London. "The Conservative party will not be campaigning nationally today. We will review as the day goes on and as more details of the attack emerge," a spokesman told AFP. More parties are likely to follow suit. We stand in solidarity with the people and government of UK: PM Nawaz Sharif Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif strongly condemned the terrorist attack in London resulting in loss of precious lives and injuries to many. In a statement denouncing the terrorist attack on Sunday, the Prime Minister said we [the people of Pakistan] stand in solidarity with the people and government of United Kingdom. He expressed condolences to the bereaved families and prayed for early recovery of the injured. In a statement on Sunday, the Foreign Office spokesperson said the people and government of Pakistan stand in solidarity with the United Kingdom and its people in this hour of grief. He reiterated Pakistan?s stance that terrorism is a global menace and as a common challenge it needs to be tackled with collective effort and cooperation. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan took to Twitter to condemn the terrorist attack. Additional input from Web Desk
  10. Bereaved protesters surround an ambulance with the deceased's body. UMERKOT: The main accused in the case in which sewer cleaner Irfan Maseeh died due to the negligence of the doctors of Civil Hospital Umerkot has been arrested by the police. Umerkot police told that the accused Dr Jaam Kunbhar has been arrested while raids were being conducted to arrest the other two doctors ?Dr Yousuf and Dr Allah Dad Rathore? involved in the incident. The case was registered under section 319, 34 PPC against six suspects including three doctors on behalf of the father of the Irfan Maseeh. Lying in a corner of Civil Hospital Umerkot, sewer cleaner Irfan Maseeh kept gasping for breath, his family members pleaded with the hospital staff to treat him, but the senior doctor at the facility refused to touch his sludge-covered body as he was "fasting". "Dr Yousuf said he would not touch Irfan's dirty body until it was cleaned because he was fasting," the deceased's brother Pervaiz Maseeh told "I cleaned his body, after which an oxygen pump was sent for Irfan, but that was empty." The doctor's negligent response to the emergency situation and lack of facilities at the hospital, left Irfan to succumb to death. Irfan had dived down to clean a manhole Thursday morning when he fell unconscious after inhaling poisonous gases trapped inside, Pervaiz said. He added, one after another two more men jumped inside to save those trapped, but all fell unconscious due to the same reason. Pervaiz had reached the site after people in the area informed him of the incident. "When they were eventually taken out, I put Irfan on my back and rushed him to the hospital," the bereaved brother said. "A rickshaw driver stopped us on the way and gave us his vehicle to carry Irfan to the hospital as quickly as possible." But he could not be saved despite all the efforts people around him made to resuscitate him. Protest carried out after Irfan Maseeh's death. The death of Irfan due to the negligence of doctor enraged the family members who started protesting with his body. Umerkot SSP Usman Bajwa speaks to one of Irfan's family members. "No one had come to share our loss or express solidarity with us," Pervaiz said. "But Umerkot SSP Usman Bajwa visited us a while back, promising that the responsible doctor would be taken to task and complete investigation would be carried out in the case." Home Minister Sindh Suhail Anwar Sial has taken notice of the incident. This was not the first death caused by the negligence of staff at Civil Hospital Umerkot, said Pervaiz. "A similar incident took place in 2014 when a sewage cleaner, struggling for life, was referred to Hyderabad for treatment as the facility in Umerkot was not equipped to treat him."
  11. British police said they had arrested two men on Saturday as they stepped up their efforts to capture a suspected network behind the suicide bomber who killed 22 people in Manchester earlier this week. The arrests were among a total of 13 that have been made in recent days. Officers used a controlled explosion to gain entry to the address in the north of the city where the latest arrests were made. Detectives are now questioning 11 men over the attack by Salman Abedi at a pop concert in Manchester on Monday. Earlier, a 44-year-old man was arrested in connection with the suicide attack on a concert in Manchester. According to Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, "immense" progress had been made in the investigation into Salman Abedi, who killed 22 people, seven of them children, at a pop concert in Manchester on May 22. "They're very significant, these arrests. We're very happy we've got our hands around some of the key players that we are concerned about. But as I say, there is still a little bit more to do," Rowley told broadcasters. Since the attack, police backed up by the army have been patrolling cities and trains. The interior minister, Amber Rudd, said the official threat risk remained at its highest level, "critical", meaning another attack is expected imminently. Hospitals have been warned to be ready. However, Security Minister Ben Wallace said there was no evidence of a specific threat over Britain's holiday weekend, when major events will take place including Saturday's soccer FA Cup final in London, where extra armed officers will be on duty. As campaigning for a national election on June 8 resumed after it was suspended following the attack, the opposition Labour Party, emboldened by its rise in opinion polls, charged that Britain's foreign policy had increased the risk of attacks. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also chided Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May for cutting spending on policing. "We must be brave enough to admit the 'war on terror' is not working," he said. May hit back. "Jeremy Corbyn has said that terror attacks are our own fault," she said. "I want to make one thing very clear to Jeremy Corbyn and to you, and it is that there can never, ever be an excuse for terrorism." She was speaking to reporters at a summit of Group of Seven leaders in Sicily where she won support for action to prevent militants from using the internet to spread propaganda.
  12. Balloons released in the air after a vigil for victims of the Manchester concert attack. Photo: Reuters A 44-year-old man was arrested in connection with the suicide attack on a concert in Manchester. According to Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, "immense" progress had been made in the investigation into Salman Abedi, who killed 22 people, seven of them children, at a pop concert in Manchester on May 22. "They're very significant, these arrests. We're very happy we've got our hands around some of the key players that we are concerned about. But as I say, there is still a little bit more to do," Rowley told broadcasters. Since the attack, police backed up by the army have been patrolling cities and trains. The interior minister, Amber Rudd, said the official threat risk remained at its highest level, "critical", meaning another attack is expected imminently. Hospitals have been warned to be ready. However, Security Minister Ben Wallace said there was no evidence of a specific threat over Britain's holiday weekend, when major events will take place including Saturday's soccer FA Cup final in London, where extra armed officers will be on duty. As campaigning for a national election on June 8 resumed after it was suspended following the attack, the opposition Labour Party, emboldened by its rise in opinion polls, charged that Britain's foreign policy had increased the risk of attacks. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also chided Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May for cutting spending on policing. "We must be brave enough to admit the 'war on terror' is not working," he said. May hit back. "Jeremy Corbyn has said that terror attacks are our own fault," she said. "I want to make one thing very clear to Jeremy Corbyn and to you, and it is that there can never, ever be an excuse for terrorism." She was speaking to reporters at a summit of Group of Seven leaders in Sicily where she won support for action to prevent militants from using the internet to spread propaganda.
  13. KARACHI: At least seven people were arrested by paramilitary forces in raids in different areas of the metropolis on Friday, informed Rangers spokesperson. The spokesperson claimed that the suspects were involved in a number of crimes; further adding that from the Preddy area, an activist of MQM-London Muhammad Danish Akhtar was arrested on the charges of target killing, extortion, and other crimes. A dacoit named Asif has also been arrested from Saudabad. Two suspects, Syed Ali and Sheeraz, have also been arrested in raids conducted at Gulberg, Lyari and Saudabad on the charges of mobile snatching and other crimes. Two unregistered Afghan nationals and a drug peddler Jangi Baloch have also been nabbed from Lyari. Illegal weapons and narcotics were recovered from the latter. The Rangers spokesperson informed that the suspects have been handed over to police for legal action.
  14. Motorbike and scooter riders hold a flag in St Ann's Square to pay their respect for the victims of the Manchester Arena attack in central Manchester. Photo: REUTERS British police arrested a man on Friday in the suburb of Moss Side, the tenth person to be taken into custody in connection with Monday night's Manchester attack. Eight men are in custody now after a man and a woman were released without charge, Greater Manchester police said in a tweet. Moreover, cases were also registered against four suspects over charges of terrorism. A suicide bomber killed at least 22 people in a packed concert hall in Manchester, in what British Prime Minister Theresa May called a sickening act targeting children and young people. Manchester terror attack: What we know Here is what we know so far about the terror attack, the deadliest in Britain since 2005 UK election campaign resumes after Manchester attack The two main parties will restart their national campaigns on Friday
  15. Police identified 22-year-old Salman Abedi as the suspected suicide bomber who detonated bombs as throngs of teenagers poured out of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. Image: AFP MANCHESTER: British police said on Wednesday they had arrested a seventh person in connection with Monday's suicide bombing in Manchester that left 22 people dead, following searches at an address in Nuneaton in Warwickshire, central England. "As it stands, six men and one woman have been arrested in conjunction with the investigation and remain in custody for questioning," the police statement mentioned. This arrest, however, marks the first one made outside the Manchester area. A few hours ago, British police had arrested a woman, consequent to searches in the city's northern parts, which brought the total number of arrests to five men and one woman. In a statement, police explained, "These searches are connected to Monday's horrific attack on the Manchester Arena, but this is a fast-moving investigation and we are keeping an open mind at this stage." Earlier, the BBC reported that armed police had made the arrest during a raid on a block of flats. 'A network that we are investigating' Earlier arrests, made in Manchester and Tripoli arrests on Wednesday, were focused on tracking down a network of accomplices who authorities fear could strike again. Manchester police made four new arrests and searched an address in the city centre. A source said British investigators were hunting for anyone who may have helped build the suicide bomb and could be ready to kill again. "I think it's very clear that this is a network that we are investigating," police chief Ian Hopkins said outside Manchester police headquarters. "And as I've said, it continues at a pace. There's extensive investigations going on and activity taking place across Greater Manchester as we speak." 22-year-old, British-born Abedi blew himself up on Monday night at the Manchester Arena indoor venue at the end of a concert by US pop singer Ariana Grande attended by thousands of children and teenagers. A graphic showing where the blast hit in Manchester. Courtesy: Reuters Police in Tripoli arrested a brother of Abedi and his father. A spokesman for the local counter-terrorism force said younger brother Hashem Abedi was arrested on suspicion of links with Daesh and was suspected of planning to carry out an attack in the Libyan capital. A man arrested on Tuesday was reported by British and US media to be Abedi's other brother. Earlier, interior minister Amber Rudd said the bomber had recently returned from Libya. Her French counterpart Gerard Collomb said he had links with Daesh and had probably visited Syria as well. The Manchester bombing has raised concern across Europe. Cities, including Paris, Nice, Brussels, St Petersburg, Berlin, and London, have suffered militant attacks in the last two years. Britain's official terror threat level was raised to "critical", the highest level, late on Tuesday, meaning an attack was expected imminently. Nevertheless, with just over two weeks to go until the national election, Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives and political parties said they would resume campaigning in the coming days. Soldiers on the streets The Manchester bombing was the deadliest attack in Britain since July 2005, when four British Muslim suicide bombers killed 52 people in coordinated attacks on London's transport network. Rudd said up to 3,800 soldiers could be deployed on Britain's streets, taking on guard duties to free up police to focus on patrols and investigation. An initial deployment of 984 had been ordered, first in London and then elsewhere. Soldiers were seen at the Houses of Parliament, May's Downing Street residence and the London police headquarters in New Scotland Yard. A source close to the investigation into the bombing told Reuters that the focus was on whether Abedi had received help in putting together the bomb and where it had been done. The bomb used in the attack appeared to contain carefully packed shrapnel and have a powerful, high-velocity charge, according to leaked photographs from the investigation published by the New York Times. The BBC reported that security services thought the bomb was too sophisticated for Abedi to have built by himself. Police arrested three people in South Manchester and another in Wigan, a town 17 miles to the west of the city on Wednesday. They said they were assessing a package carried by the man in Wigan. Police also said that they had searched an address in central Manchester as part of the investigation. 'Proper respects to those lost' Grande was scheduled to perform two shows at London's O2 arena this week, but the singer's representative said on Wednesday she was suspending her tour to assess the situation and to "pay our proper respects to those lost". Chelsea soccer club said it had cancelled a victory parade that had been scheduled to take place on Sunday to celebrate its Premier League title. Several high-profile sporting events are coming up in Britain, including the soccer FA Cup final at London's Wembley Stadium and the English rugby club competition final at Twickenham on Saturday and the UEFA Champions League final at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on June 3. US leaks 'irritating' Rudd also scolded US officials for leaking details about the investigation into the Manchester attack before British authorities were ready to go public. The New York Times later published detailed photographs of the suspected remnants of the bomb. The interior minister was asked by the BBC about the fact that information about Abedi, including his name, had come out of the United States before it was cleared by British authorities. "The British police have been very clear that they want to control the flow of information in order to protect operational integrity, the element of surprise, so it is irritating if it gets released from other sources, and I have been very clear with our friends that should not happen again." Victims to be named in 4-5 days Greater Manchester Police said they were now confident they knew the identity of all the people who lost their lives and had made contact with all the families. They said they would formally name the victims after forensic post-mortems, which would take four or five days. The 22 victims in Manchester included an eight-year-old girl, several teenage girls, a 28-year-old man, and a Polish couple who had come to collect their daughters. The bombing also left 64 people wounded, of whom 20 were receiving critical care for highly traumatic injuries to major organs and to limbs, a health official said.
  16. KARACHI: Three people, including a woman, were killed in firing incidents late Tuesday night, while alleged target killer Asif and seven others were arrested during numerous raids and search operations conducted by police in various areas here, Geo News reported. Operations were carried out in Karachi’s North Nazimabad, Liaquatabad, Baldia's Ittehad Town, Orangi Town, with police recovering weapons, drugs, and stolen goods from some of these areas. During the police’s crackdown on criminal elements in Baldia’s Ittehad Town, three suspects – Amin, Muhammad Arif, and Noor Muhammad – were taken into custody. Weapons and contraband were recovered from the arrestees, who were reportedly involved in various crimes. —This is a developing story. Stay tuned for updates.
  17. KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court (ATC), on Tuesday, ordered Director General Rangers to arrest and present Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) - Pakistan leader, Farooq Sattar and others in court till May 31. The court issued orders to DG Rangers, Muhammad Saeed, to present MQM leaders Farooq Sattar, Amir Khan, and other on-the-run accused in the incendiary speech case that involved attacking media houses in Karachi. The directives were issued today after the police failed to arrest and present the accused in court. The self-exiled MQM leader, in his speech to participants of a hunger strike outside Karachi Press Club on August 22, had incited party workers to take to the streets, ransack media houses and vandalise property. At least one person died and eight others were injured in the ensuing violence. Read more: Non-bailable arrest warrants for Farooq Sattar, MQM founder issued On May 4, the Sindh High Court approved the bail of 10 accused, including MQM leader Gulfaraz Khattak, in the incendiary speech case. The court ordered the defendants to submit Rs 200,000 each as bail bond. Read more: SHC approves bail of 10 accused in MQM founder incendiary speech case The special public prosecutor stated that the accused individuals attacked media houses following the vitriolic speech by the MQM founder.
  18. ISLAMABAD: I want justice for all the Mashal’s in Pakistan. It will be good for our country and politicians if the seeds of justice are planted; our image abroad will also improve this way. This was stated by Iqbal Khan, father of Mashal Khan, the Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan, student who was brutally killed by a mob over blasphemy allegations on campus on April 13. “My demand from day one has been that my son Mashal who was murdered cannot return, but there should be justice for others like him,” said the slain father's student outside the Supreme Court on Friday. Iqbal also demanded that after [police] action against those who incited the violence on that fateful day, those who facilitated the gruesome incident should also be brought to book. “The university administration should also be questioned [over the incident],” he urged. Iqbal was also thankful to the Chief Justice of Pakistan for taking a suo motu notice of the incident. The total number of arrested suspects in the case now stands at 49. Last week, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police approached the Federal Investigation Agency to put the name of the main accused in the case, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf tehsil councillor Arif, on the Exit Control List. Arif is reportedly on the run and police are searching for him.
  19. The police arrested three people in Kanpur suspected of illegal betting on cricket matches, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said on Thursday, a day after the city hosted its first Indian Premier League (IPL) game of the season. "The Anti Corruption Unit of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been tracking activities of certain individuals, as a result of which, three suspects were arrested," BCCI said in a statement. "Following this operation, the Uttar Pradesh Police Crime Branch could successfully foil the alleged betting attempts of the accused. Kanpur's Green Park Stadium on Wednesday hosted the Delhi Daredevils who defeated Gujarat Lions by two wickets. The same venue is also scheduled to host the final game of the season between defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad and the Lions on May 13. Betting controversies have blighted the lucrative Twenty20 league in recent years with former Indian paceman Shanthakumaran Sreesanth handed a life ban by the BCCI for involvement in a spot-fixing scandal in the 2013 season. The Chennai and Rajasthan franchises were also subsequently suspended from the IPL for two years after key officials from both teams were found guilty of illegal betting.
  20. JACOBABAD: Police rounded up three suspected terrorists involved in a number of bomb blasts and seized explosives from them in Jacobabad late Tuesday, officials said. Police, together with intelligence personnel, conducted a raid near Taja Shakh on link road connecting Jacobabad with Osta Muhammad, Balochistan. The snoop, which came as part of operation Raddul Fasaad, was carried out on an intelligence tip-off. Subsequently, three suspected terrorists were apprehended, with nearly 3kilogram explosives seized from them. The identities of the suspects have not yet been revealed. They have reportedly confessed to their involvement in a blast on railway track near Noor Wah Pul on February 2, 2015. The suspects also confessed having carried out another blast near District Prison Jacobabad.
  21. After pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, Umair Hamid, a vice president of Axact, faces between 63 and 78 months in US prison, along with a fine of more than $11 million. A study of court documents by Dawn reveals details of the sting operation that led to the arrest of Hamid and confirmed his ties to Axact and its owner Shoaib Sheikh in connection with an international "diploma mill" scheme. Hamid, 31, was arrested by FBI agents outside a house in the town of Independence, Kentucky, on December 19, 2016. On his way to the Campbell County Jail, a little more than 10 miles to the north, the questions by the FBI agents began to take a more serious turn. The agents named specific persons and asked Hamid whether he knew them, and if so, in what capacity. They started with Brett Loebel, who had been dodging allegations of selling diplomas and degrees from fake universities since the late 1990s at least. Loebel and Axact had been competitors in the mid-2000s, but eventually learned to work together, Hamid told the FBI. Asked if he knew Uzma Shaheen and Zubair Syed, Hamid said he did, adding that they were relatives of Shoaib Sheikh who had been using them “since the beginning to open bank accounts”. The indictment against Hamid was filed on January 18 and aimed at a network of individuals beyond Hamid. “From at least in or about 2006,” the indictment opened, “up to and including in or about December 2016, Umair Hamid…the defendant, and others known and unknown, operated a massive education ‘diploma mill’ through a Pakistani company, Axact, that has held itself out as one of the world’s leading information technology providers.” Wherever Hamid’s name is mentioned, the indictment also goes on to refer to other “co-conspirators, known and unknown”, stressing the point that Hamid did not act alone. Hamid is scheduled to be sentenced on July 21, 2017. Read the full press release by the US Department of Justice Hamid’s Role in the scheme Hamid served as Axact’s “Assistant Vice President of International Relations.” Among other things, Hamid made various false and fraudulent representations to consumers in order to sell fake diplomas. Hamid controlled websites of purported “schools” that (1) falsely represented that consumers who “enrolled” with the schools by paying tuition fees would receive online instruction and coursework, (2) sold bogus academic “accreditations” in exchange for additional fees, (3) falsely represented that the schools had been certified or accredited by various educational organizations, and (4) falsely represented that the schools’ degrees were valid and accepted by employers, including in the United States. As a further part of the scheme, Hamid and a co-conspirator (1) opened bank accounts in the United States in the names of shell entities, effectively controlled by Hamid, that received funds transferred by consumers in exchange for fake diplomas, (2) transferred funds from those bank accounts to bank accounts associated with other entities located elsewhere in the United States and abroad, at the direction of Hamid, and (3) opened and operated an account to collect and distribute consumer funds obtained in connection with their fraudulent scheme. In May 2015, Axact was shut down by Pakistani law enforcement, and certain individuals associated with Axact were prosecuted in Pakistan. Nevertheless, after May 2015, Hamid resumed his fraudulent business of selling fake diplomas to consumers in the United States for upfront fees based upon false and fraudulent representations. Most recently, Hamid travelled to the United States in 2016 in order to open a bank account used to collect money from defrauded consumers. The Axact scheme Hamid, using the aliases “Shah Khan” and the “Shah,” and others made misrepresentations to individuals across the world, including throughout the United States and in the Southern District of New York, in order to dupe these individuals into enrolling in supposed high schools, colleges, and other educational institutions. Consumers paid upfront fees to Hamid and his co-conspirators, believing that in return they would be enrolled in real educational courses and, eventually, receive legitimate degrees. Instead, after paying the upfront fees, consumers did not receive any legitimate instruction and were provided fake and worthless diplomas. Axact promoted and claimed to have an affiliation with approximately 350 fictitious high schools and universities, which Axact advertised online to consumers as genuine schools. During certain time periods since 2014, Axact received approximately 5,000 phone calls per day from individuals seeking to purchase Axact products or enroll in educational institutions supposedly affiliated with Axact. Axact, through Hamid and his co-conspirators, falsely “accredited” purported colleges and other educational institutions by arranging to have diplomas from these phony educational institutions affixed with fake stamps supposedly bearing the seal and signature of the US Secretary of State, as well as various state agencies and federal and state officials.
  22. KARACHI: Rangers on Friday rounded up a kidnapper in Karachi and freed a man taken hostage by him and his accomplices, the paramilitary force said in a statement. According to Rangers, the kidnapper, Mohammad Naeem Khan, along with accomplices, had kidnapped Murad Khan, the owner of Mubarak Hotel from the area of Azizabad, on April 18. The suspects kept the man hostage inside a residential building in the city’s Keamari area and demanded Rs2.2 million ransom from his family. Upon receiving the complaint, Rangers, using technical monitoring and ground surveillance, took action and arrested the kidnapper. A first information report (FIR) against Naeem Khan, for the kidnapping of Murad Khan, has been registered at Jackson police station. The suspect has been handed over to police for further interrogation.
  23. KARACHI: The police arrested 15 suspects during raids conducted in Paposh Nagar and Madina Colony in Karachi on Monday. Terrorists opened fire on a police official's house in Garden Headquarter. However, no casualties were reported. According to the police official Hasnain, the attackers were in a government license-plate car. The case was registered in Nabi Baksh Police Station. Read more: Female prisoner caught escaping Karachi’s Central Jail In a separate operation in the Docks vicinity, Kalari police arrested 13 gamblers and seized 13 mobiles and Rs. 59,000 from Khan Badshah AKA Khani's gambling den. The police arrested a suspect accused of drug peddling and street crimes from Baldia Town. Earlier on April 30, a female prisoner was caught during an attempt to escape the Central Jail. Read more: Drunk police volunteer tramples three of a family under his car in Karachi The female prisoner climbed the jail’s wall, located in PIB Colony. The prisoner was attempting to climb the wires around the jail’s boundary when the area's residents informed authorities and she was apprehended soon after.
  24. MARDAN: An employee of Abdul Wali Khan University, wanted for inciting the mob to murder Mashal Khan over unfounded blasphemy allegations, has been arrested, Mardan police said on Sunday. The latest arrest of AWKUM employee, identified as Bilal Baksh, has taken the tally of total suspects in police custody to 34. According to Mardan DPO Mian Saeed, Bilal, a computer operator at the university, shouted slogans calling for the murder of Mashal Khan and incited the mob, which was beginning to gather around Mashal, to carry out the horrific lynching. On Saturday, police arrested another suspect, a student named Amir, from Tangi tehsil in Charsadda. The suspect was identified in the lynching video that surfaced soon after the horrific killing of Mashal at the hands of the violent mob. Read more: Two new videos of Mardan lynching case surface Amir was reportedly a close friend of the main suspect Wajahat, who confessed to the crime before a magistrate in Mardan on April 17 and said he acted on the directions of some employees of the university administration. Read more: Mashal lynching suspect confesses, says he acted on university admin’s directions Mashal Khan, who was a student of journalism at AWKUM, was lynched by an enraged mob at university premises on April 13 which had accused him of blasphemy.
  25. QUETTA: Over 30 suspects were arrested in operations carried out by the Frontier Corps (FC) and intelligence agencies in Panjgur town of Makran division and Quetta, an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said on Saturday. Raids were conducted on reports of presence of terrorists in the areas of Panjgur and Margat, Quetta, the statement said. The Law Enforcement Agencies destroyed three terrorist hideouts in Margat and arrested three suspects. Three kilogrammes of explosive material, detonators, communication equipment and other destructive material were also seized, the ISPR said. In a search operation conducted in the Gachak area of Panjgur, LEAs arrested 30 suspects belonging to a banned organisation. Two SMGs and several rounds were recovered from suspects, the statement said. According to the ISPR, investigation from suspects is under way.