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  1. A large number of weapons and explosives were recovered in the operation conducted in the Kahan area, including 181 RPG rockets and 172 fuses KOHLU: Levies forces and intelligences agencies averted a major terror bid in the Kohlu district of Balochistan and recovered a huge cache of weapons stashed away at a secret hideout. A large number of weapons and explosives were recovered in the operation conducted in the Kahan area, including 181 RPG rockets and 172 RPG fuses, Deputy Commissioner Kohlu Agha Naveed said in a press conference. Security forces also recovered a MMRR 75 gun and 80 rounds. Leas recovered a large cache of weapons and explosives A number of such operations have been conducted in the province rife with violence. On November 5, the Frontier Corps (FC) Balochistan and intelligence agencies recovered a heavy cache of arms and ammunition in an intelligence-based operation (IBO) in Balochistan, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) department had said. [embed_video1 url= style=center] The IBO, conducted in Channah Nullah and Chatthar area near Dera Murad Jamali, was part of the ongoing Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad that was launched this year on February 22. FC Balochistan thwart terror bid in the province: ISPR A heavy cache of arms and ammunition was recovered in an intelligence-based operation In another operation in October, the FC Balochistan foiled a major terror bid by recovering 1,300 kilograms of ammunition in search operations conducted in a number of areas across the province. The operation was conducted in Kohlu, Ghazi Nullah and Naseerabad.
  2. Nobel laureate and social activist Malala Yousafzai condemned the terror attack in Peshawar on Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH). The activist wrote on Twitter: ?When you pick up a gun in the name of Islam and kill innocent people, you are not a Muslim anymore. Strongly condemn the brutal attack in Peshawar killing innocent people on #EidMiladunNabi (PBUH) - a holy day for Muslims.? Photo credit: Malala Yousafzai Twitter Nine people were martyred and more than 30 injured after terrorists attacked the student hostel inside the Directorate of Agriculture Extension on University Road, Peshawar early Friday morning. The security forces later managed to kill all the terrorists after a gunfight which lasted over an hour. SSP Operations Sajjad Khan told Geo News that five attackers wearing suicide jackets reached the compound in a rickshaw. They were said to be wearing burqas in the rickshaw so as to avoid detection. Nine martyred, 30 injured in attack on Agriculture Directorate in Peshawar The injured include security personnel, students, a security guard, and a reporter The police official said the attackers' first target was the security guard of the premises, following which they made their way inside towards the students' hostel of the Agriculture Training Institute. "They could have wreaked havoc but the police and army successfully neutralised the threat," he said further. Later, army spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor praised the police performance during the operation. Speaking to a private news channel, Maj Gen Ghafoor said the terrorists were in contact with their partners in Afghanistan throughout the attack.
  3. It's been 9 years, Kasab has met his fate but the chills of that dark day can still be felt in the hearts of everyone, specially the ones who lost, survived and endured the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. The terrorists were caught but what about the terror of loss that was left behind? 9 years down the line, the nation condemns and mourns that black day. On the ninth anniversary of the Mumbai terror attacks, we mourn with the families that lost their dear ones. And we recall with gratitude the security personnel who gave their lives in the battle against evil #PresidentKovind — President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) November 26, 2017 My respectful homage to all who fell to the bullets of terrorists in Mumbai on this day. Let us vow to be prepared to defeat any such attempt in future. — Vijay Kumar Singh (@Gen_VKSingh) November 26, 2017 Every story from that day sent chills down the spines of everyone who was listening to them. Some heroes were martyred, some heroes died at the cruel hand of bullets. One such brave story is that of Praveen Teotia, an ex-marine commando who fought with bravery that dreadful day. He was the pointman and led the group that day inside the hotel. The brave commando survived four bullet shots that went through his jacket. © Twitter 5 surgeries later, he was left with a damaged ear and a gunshot wound on his chest. Praveen wears his bravery like a badge and didn't let life take its toll on him. He has participated in over a dozen marathons. The gunshots that were fired that day echo in the lives of all those who lost someone. Twiterr is a mutual prayer ground right now and people are recalling the horrific day while remembering our heroes. Salute To The Bravehearts Who Selflessly Sacrificed Their Lives In The Service Of Motherland. ð®ð³ð®ð³ Never Forget Never Forgive !!!#MumbaiTerrorAttack #MumbaiAttack — Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) November 26, 2017 Never forget. Never forgive. #MumbaiTerrorAttack — Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) November 26, 2017 #MumbaiAttacks We have learned a lot from that day..26/11 Now,We are much stronger than before On its 9th anniversary I salute to those who laid down their lives not only the policemen or commandos, bt also the people of our country ð#JaiHind #MumbaiTerrorAttack — sparkle seeker ð (@Modifiedwave) November 26, 2017 We pray for peace and love for everyone.
  4. CHARSADDA: Police foiled a major terror bid in Charsadda after they seized huge cache of explosives and apprehended five suspected terrorists. The raid was conducted in Shabqadar tehsil of Charsadda district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The law enforcers recovered 40 kilograms of explosive material, 7 mortar shells, 5 remote-controlled receivers, 10 hand grenades, 13 detonators and IEDs buried in a graveyard in Shabqadar, according to Station House Officer (SHO) Mohammad Arif. Five suspected terrorists linked with outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Bajaur group were also apprehended during the raid. Police said they were interrogating the arrested suspects.
  5. German police on Tuesday arrested six Syrian refugees suspected of preparing a terror attack. Photo: AFP file FRANKFURT: German police on Tuesday arrested six Syrian refugees suspected of preparing a terror attack, prosecutors said. The suspects, aged 20 to 28, were detained in dawn raids that saw some 500 police officers swoop on residences in the cities of Kassel, Essen, Hanover and Leipzig. The men are accused of belonging to ?the foreign terrorist group?, Christian Hartwig, a spokesman for the Frankfurt prosecutor?s office, said in a statement. ?The accused are also suspected of preparing an attack on a public target in Germany using weapons or explosives,? Hartwig said. The investigators believe the men had not yet finalised their attack plan, he added. The suspects arrived in Germany between December 2014 and September 2015 at the height of Europe?s migrant crisis. Prosecutors declined to give further details about the case, saying the inquiry was still ongoing. German security forces have been on high alert to the threat of terrorist attacks, particularly after a truck rampage claimed by terrorist killed 12 people in Berlin last December. Last month, police arrested a 19-year-old Syrian suspected of preparing a terrorist attack in the country using ?powerful explosives?. Domestic security officials estimate there are some 10,000 radical terrorists in Germany, with roughly 1,600 among them suspected of being capable of violence.
  6. WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Monday declared North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism, returning Kim Jong-Un's nuclear-armed pariah regime to a short blacklist of targeted US foes. "Should have happened a long time ago. Should have happened years ago," Trump declared, announcing the designation at the start of a White House cabinet meeting. North Korea is already under a wide array of United States and United Nations sanctions, and the terror designation will not have much immediate economic impact in itself. But US officials see the designation - lifted by then-president George W. Bush in 2008 - as a way of ratcheting up the pressure on Pyongyang and especially on other states that may be failing to fully enforce the sanctions already in place. "In addition to threatening the world by nuclear devastation, North Korea repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism including assassinations on foreign soil," Trump said. In February, Kim's potential rival and elder brother Kim Jong-Nam died after he was sprayed with a nerve agent in Kuala Lumpur airport, in an assassination blamed on Pyongyang. "As we take this action today, our thoughts turn to Otto Warmbier and others affected by North Korean oppression," Trump continued, underlining the legal case for the designation. US student Warmbier died this year aged only 22 after he was repatriated from detention in North Korea already in a coma. US officials allege he was tortured in custody. Trump warned that, in addition to the terror designation, Washington is preparing yet another round of sanctions to force Pyongyang to give up its nuclear missile program. "The Treasury Department will be announcing an additional sanction - and a large one - on North Korea," he said. "This will be going on over the next two weeks and it will be the highest level of sanctions," he warned. "The North Korean regime must be lawful and end its unlawful nuclear ballistic missile development and cease all support for international terrorism, which it is not doing." The White House has declared it will not tolerate Kim´s regime testing or deploying an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to US cities. Experts believe Pyongyang is within months of such a threshold, having carried out six nuclear tests since 2006 and test-fired several types of missiles, including multi-stage rockets. Kim's government insists it will defy international sanctions to develop a capability it believes is essential to defending itself from the threat of US and South Korean invasion. Washington is also pressuring the North´s key trade partner and traditional ally China to turn up the sanctions pressure and force Kim to come to the table to discuss his disarmament.
  7. US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan (L) meets with Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour (unseen) at the foreign ministry headquarters in the capital Khartoum, Sudan, November 16, 2017. AFP/Ebrahim Hamid KHARTOUM: The United States is prepared to hold talks on removing Sudan from its blacklist of "state sponsors of terrorism", a senior US official said here on Thursday. Sudan, meanwhile, said it was ready to cut ties with North Korea in a sign of goodwill towards Washington. US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan said that given the "positive" steps taken by Sudan since last year, Washington was prepared to discuss removing Sudan from the blacklist, which also includes Iran and Syria. "We are prepared to continue discussions with the government of Sudan on this issue ... and to engage with them on all that would be required to have them removed from the list of state sponsors of terrorism," Sullivan told foreign media journalists based in Khartoum. Sullivan is the highest-ranking official from US President Donald Trump's administration to visit Khartoum since Washington lifted its 20-year-old trade embargo on October 12. He is on a two-day visit aimed also at discussing human rights and religious freedoms in the African country. Sullivan held talks with Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour and said Washington was looking forward to "expanding" ties with Khartoum. Ghandour said lifting the sanctions was a "crucial step" to improving ties with Washington and, assured Sullivan that Sudan would break ties with North Korea. "We are also committed to having no trade or military relations with North Korea and hope that the Korean Peninsula remains free of nuclear weapons," he told Sullivan. Khartoum, the foreign minister stressed, was committed to respecting all resolutions passed by the UN Security Council against North Korea. Sullivan said addressing Washington's concerns over ties between Khartoum and Pyongyang had been a key purpose of his visit to Sudan. Human rights concerns "We were gratified to hear today from senior government leaders that I met with that the government of Sudan will cut all of its ties with the DPRK," Sullivan said. "That's an important step in the relationship between the United States and Sudan." Sudan and North Korea have had no diplomatic relations for years, but rights groups allege that the two have engaged in military ties. Sullivan said Khartoum's record of human rights and religious freedom was also a concern to Washington. "We have ... impressed on the government how important it is for the United States for there to be substantial progress on those human rights," he said. Rights groups have accused Sudan's security forces of arbitrarily detaining journalists, opposition politicians, and human rights defenders. Sudan's powerful National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) often confiscate entire print-runs of newspapers without giving a reason, particularly when they publish articles opposing government policies. "Ever since the significantly Christian South Sudan gained its independence from Sudan in 2011, the Sudanese government has focused greater attention on reducing the number of churches and their activities in Sudan," John Prendergast of the Washington-based campaign group Enough Project wrote days before the lifting of the sanctions. Khartoum insists that Sudan upholds human rights and religious freedom, which it says is exemplified by several churches existing next to mosques. Sullivan said Washington was keen for "expanding" its ties with Khartoum even as some concerns still remained about Sudan's alleged links with militant groups like Palestinian Hamas and Lebanon's Hezbollah. Washington had imposed financial sanctions on Khartoum in 1997 for its alleged support for Islamist militant groups. Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden used to live in Sudan between 1992 and 1996. After decades of strained diplomatic relations, ties between Washington and Khartoum improved under the presidency of Barack Obama, later resulting in the lifting of sanctions by Trump ? his successor. Washington and Khartoum is a "relation in transition", said Sullivan. "Our ultimate goal is to work with the government here to create a peaceful, stable, prosperous Sudan that would benefit the entire region."
  8. Sindh Rangers. Photo: File ROHRI: The Sindh Rangers said on Friday that three terrorists were killed in a shootout in Rohri while they were attempting to target an imambargah. A spokesperson of the paramilitary force said the attackers did not stop when signaled to at a checkpoint, adding that an exchange of fire ensued in which the three suspects were killed. The spokesperson said further that two suspects attempted to blow up their suicide vests but were shot dead before they could explode. The official said the target of the suspects was Bab-e-Karbala Imamargah. An investigation is under way to determine the identities of the suspects, said the official, adding that they appear to be members of a banned militant outfit. He said further that follow-up action will be taken against the outfit once investigations are complete. Strict security arrangements are in place across the country, with mobile phone services suspended in many areas, due to the Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA).
  9. RAWALPINDI: Frontier Corps and intelligence personnel o Thursday conducted an intelligence-based operation in the Zhob district of Balochistan, said a statement from the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) A prepared improvised explosive device, planted in a motorcycle, was recovered during the operation. The IED was hidden in a storm drain and covered with bushes, added ISPR. Pakistan had launched a nationwide military operation 'Radd-ul-Fasaad' in February 2017, which was based on broad-spectrum security and counter-terrorism operations in Punjab, and continuation of ongoing operations across the country.
  10. The Frontier Corps (FC) Balochistan and intelligence agencies on Sunday recovered a heavy cache of arms and ammunition in an intelligence-based operation (IBO) in Balochistan. Photo: ISPR RAWALPINDI: The Frontier Corps (FC) Balochistan and intelligence agencies on Sunday recovered a heavy cache of arms and ammunition in an intelligence-based operation (IBO) in Balochistan, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) department said. The IBO, conducted in Channah Nullah and Chatthar area near Dera Murad Jamali, was part of the ongoing Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad that was launched this year on February 22. geo_embedgallery Law enforcement agencies recovered 850 kilograms of black Explosives, 252 grenades, 236 grenade fuses, ammunition for machine guns, and a sniper rifle, the military?s media wing said. FC Balochistan foil major terror bid: ISPR In a statement issued by the military's media wing, it said that the recovered ammunition was planned to be used in terror strikes across the province The FC Balochistan foiled a major terror bid last month by recovering 1,300 kilograms of ammunition in search operations conducted in a number of areas across the province. The operation was conducted in Kohlu, Ghazi Nullah and Naseerabad. A statement issued by the ISPR said that the recovered ammunition was intended for use in terror strikes in the province. SMG, rockets, grenades, and maps of sensitive sites were also recovered by the security officials.
  11. Pakistan's permanent representative to the United Nationa, Maleeha Lodhi. Photo: File NEW YORK: Brushing aside misperceptions about Pakistan not doing enough to combat terrorism, Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi has said Islamabad's firm commitment to wipe out the scourge has brought about the destruction of many terrorist groups, including al-Qaeda. "The decimation, for example, of al-Qaeda in our region is entirely due to Pakistan?s efforts, of course in cooperation with other countries, but fundamentally, it has been Pakistan's effort," Lodhi, permanent representative of Pakistan to the United Nations, said in an exclusive interview with Imapctmania, an online American magazine, which features people who make a cultural, social and economic impact. Responding to a question, she said Pakistan has lost tens of thousands of lives, of military and law-enforcement personnel and of civilians in the fight against terrorism. "This is such a hot-button issue and rightly so," the Pakistani envoy noted. "Because as an international community we feel threatened by the men of violence, and we witness violence all over the world, therefore it?s important for people to understand Pakistan?s contribution, commitment and sacrifices in battle." Another misconception about Pakistan, she pointed out, was that it is a very a backward country. "But this is a country, which has made extraordinary progress in terms of having the first elected female prime minister of any Muslim nation, first female speaker of the Parliament and first female governor of a central bank, much before the United States had," she said. "We?re a young nation, but with an ancient civilisation," Lodhi said, acknowledging that Pakistan needs to make greater efforts to project its profile. "We come from a very old civilszation, and we?re very proud of that," she said. "I think that?s hard for us to get across sometimes, because people tend to see us as a country which is only 70 years old rather than a civilisation with roots that go back three millennia." In that sense Pakistan is not just a nation state but a civilisation state, she added. Lodhi said Pakistan was now increasingly safe and secure. "Just go there and see for yourself ... what we as a nation are all about and how our aspirations are the same as the aspirations of the American people. We aspire to the same things as you do. "We are all part of the human family although we may be divided into nations," she said, citing a Quranic verse. About Pakistan's recent election to the UN Human Rights Council, Lodhi said it reflects the country's strong commitment to upholding human rights, both nationally and internationally, adding it has signed several treaties and covenants on human rights. She said no country's human rights situation was perfect. "There is no country in the world that can say, 'We have it all right'. It?s always a work in progress. And for us too in Pakistan, but our commitment to upholding human rights in our own country is very much there," Lodhi said. "There are several areas where, obviously, we need to do more work because of the challenges. There are social attitudes that we need to deal with. But the fact that we are now in the council is a vote of confidence in our commitment." Noting that Lodhi has served as Pakistan?s ambassador to the US twice and as high commissioner to Britain, the interviewer asked what had surprised her in these "esteemed" posts. "It has been a journey of learning," she said. "I don?t think there?s a single issue that surprised me, but in a way, you?re surprised everyday by what you still need to learn. I came to diplomacy from journalism and academia; many of the skills that I learned were very useful for me in my third profession," she said. "Whether you?re teaching a university class, a journalist developing sources, or a diplomat trying to win hearts and minds , it requires 'people skills'. The most fundamental aspect of which is the ability to listen to others. This skill helps us forge the kind of relationships that are necessary to move forward..." When asked about her role at the United Nations, the ambassador said, "It?s quintessentially a mission of ensuring that what your country seeks in the international community, in the world and its interests, are understood. And, therefore, you have to appeal to multiple audiences. "The fundamental job of a diplomat is to win hearts and minds, and win hearts and minds for a purpose." About her being the first woman in Asia to be the editor of a national daily newspaper, and her effort to encourage more women, Lodhi said widespread education was needed, certainly in Pakistan. "Education is the most empowering vehicle through which women can play a more active role."
  12. NEW YORK: A pickup driver ploughed a truck into cyclists and pedestrians in New York on Tuesday, killing eight people in the first deadly "act of terror" in the city since September 11, 2001. Vehicles have previously been used as weapons of terror, often by supporters of Daesh, attacking nations in the US-led coalition fighting the militants in Iraq and Syria. Barcelona´s Las Ramblas Fifteen people were killed in the carnage On August 17, a driver deliberately runs a van into crowds on Barcelona´s popular Las Ramblas Boulevard, in what police say is a "terrorist attack". It is followed hours later by a car attack in the seaside resort town of Cambrils. Fifteen people are killed in the carnage. All members of the terror cell behind the attacks are either killed or arrested by Spanish police. Charlottesville A woman was killed and others injured when a car rammed, deliberately according to eyewitnesses, into a crowd of counter-protesters On August 12, at a far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, a 32-year-old woman is killed and others injured when a car rammed, deliberately according to eyewitnesses, into a crowd of counter-protesters. London targeted On March 22, 2017, a 52-year-old British convert to Islam, Khalid Masood, mows down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge near parliament and stabs a policeman, killing five people and injuring around 50 before being shot dead by police. The attack is claimed by Daesh. On June 3, the British capital is hit again when three attackers strike pedestrians with a van and go on a stabbing spree wearing fake suicide vests in bars in the London Bridge area. Eight people are killed before the assailants are shot dead by police. The attack is also claimed by Daesh. On June 19, a van drives into a crowd of Muslim worshippers near a mosque in London´s Finsbury Park area. One man dies and another 11 people are injured. A 47-year-old man is arrested and charged with terrorism-related murder and attempted murder. Nice attack, Champs-Elysees hit A Tunisian, ploughed a 19-tonne truck into a Bastille Day crowd, killing 86 people on the famous beachfront avenue On July 14, 2016, Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, a 31-year-old Tunisian, ploughs a 19-tonne truck into a Bastille Day crowd, killing 86 people on the famous beachfront avenue. Daesh later claims Bouhlel as one of its followers. On June 19, 2017, Adam Dzaziri, a 31-year-old who had sworn allegiance to the Daesh, is killed when he rams a car loaded with guns and a gas canister into a police van on Paris´s Champs-Elysees. No one else is injured. On August 19, 2017, a 36-year-old Algerian man, named as Hamou B., drives a BMW into a group of soldiers outside a barracks in the western Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret, injuring six. After a car chase, police shoot and wound the suspect. Stockholm shopping street An Uzbek national, Rakhmat Akilov, 39, confessed to using a stolen beer truck to mow down pedestrians on Stockholm´s busiest shopping street An April 7, 2017, a truck attack in the Swedish capital kills five people, including an 11-year-old Swedish girl, a Briton, and one Belgian. Fifteen others are injured. An Uzbek national, Rakhmat Akilov, 39, confesses to using a stolen beer truck to mow down pedestrians on Stockholm´s busiest shopping street Drottninggatan. According to Uzbek police, he had tried to join IS in 2015. Berlin Christmas market Tunisian national hijacked a truck and slams into a crowd of people at a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 On December 19, 2016, Tunisian national Anis Amri, 24, hijacks a truck and slams into a crowd of people at a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 and injuring 48. Amri is shot dead by Italian police in Milan four days later after travelling through several European countries. Daesh claims responsibility.
  13. A UK man who was preparing a bomb in Britain was helped by a pharmacist he met through an online dating site. Photo: AFP file. LONDON: A UK man who was preparing a bomb in Britain was helped by a pharmacist he met through an online dating site, a prosecutor said at their trial on Monday. Munir Mohammed met Rowaida El-Hassan on a dating site, where her profile said she was seeking a "very simple, honest and straightforward man who fears God before anything else." The pair, both of Sudanese origin, allegedly "rapidly formed emotional attachment and a shared ideology," according to prosecutor Anne Whyte. "This is a case which reflects the age in which we live. It demonstrates the relative ease with which acts of terrorism can be prepared, thanks to the internet. "The prosecution allege that Munir Mohammed had resolved upon a lone wolf attack and that Rowaida El-Hassan was aware of his engagement with such a plan," Whyte said. At the time of his arrest, Mohammed allegedly had two of the three ingredients needed for a bomb as well as instruction manuals on how to prepare explosives, mobile phone detonators and ricin. Mohammed, 36, and El-Hassan, 33, are accused of preparing terrorist acts between November 2015 and December 2016. Both deny the charge. "El-Hassan had a professional knowledge of chemicals because of her professional training and qualifications," Whyte said. "She assisted Mohammed by providing him with information about chemical components required for bomb-making and how to source them and she assisted his online research about the manufacture of ricin using castor beans.
  14. The UK and Pakistan Army chiefs along with senior officials at GHQ, Oct 13, 2017. Photo: ISPR RAWALPINDI: UK Army Chief of General Staff (CGS) General Sir Nicholas Patrick Carter called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday. The UK CGS arrived in Pakistan today on a two-day official visit. The two army chiefs discussed matters of mutual interest, including the strengthening of bilateral security and defence cooperation between the two armies during the meeting, according to the Inter Services Public Relations. The visiting dignitary acknowledged Pakistan Army's achievements in the fight against terrorism and continued efforts for peace and stability in the region, according to the Pakistan Army's statement. He said that the UK greatly appreciates Pakistan?s sacrifices in this regard, the ISPR added. The chiefs and senior officials of the two armies also held a meeting, where the Pakistan Army's director general of military operations gave a briefing to the visiting delegation. Earlier on arrival at GHQ, General Carter laid a floral wreath at the Marytrs' Monument. "A smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Army presented the guard of honour to the visiting dignitary," the ISPR stated further. The visiting dignitary will address participants of the National Security and War Course later today.
  15. [embed_video1 url= style=center] Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Sunday said that Pakistan and the United States are 'engaged' and 'partners' in the war against terrorism. "US officials have appreciated Pakistan's stance on Afghanistan during [high-level] meetings," Abbasi said, adding that he did not observe a 'threatening' undertone during his meetings with US representatives. The context of US officials' statements in Congress or other forums should be understood, the premier stressed during an interview on Geo News' programme Naya Pakistan. "My meetings with US officials, including a brief one with US President Donald Trump, and Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif's meetings with the US Secretary of State [Rex Tillerson] did not have any threatening undertone," Abbasi insisted. He added that the Pak-US relationship is not based on the Afghan-issue only, adding that the two countries share 70-year old diplomatic and military ties. Responding to a question if Pakistan can expect positive development from visits of US officials including Tillerson and US Secretary of Defence James Mattis, Abbasi said that both countries will present their stances on different matters and try to reach a middle ground on differing opinions.
  16. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Sunday said that Pakistan and the United States are 'engaged' and 'partners' in the war against terrorism. "US officials have appreciated Pakistan's stance on Afghanistan during [high-level] meetings," Abbasi said, adding that he did not observe a 'threatening' undertone during his meetings with US representatives. The context of US officials' statements in Congress or other forums should be understood, the premier stressed during an interview on Geo News' programme Naya Pakistan. "My meetings with US officials, including a brief one with US President Donald Trump, and Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif's meetings with the US Secretary of State [Rex Tillerson] did not have any threatening undertone," Abbasi insisted.
  17. QUETTA: FC Balochistan on Saturday recovered 1,300 kg ammunition in search operations conducted in a number of areas across the province under Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad, ISPR said in a statement. The operation was conducted in Kohlu, Ghazi Nullah and Naseerabad. In a statement issued by the military's media wing, it said that the recovered ammunition was intended for use in terror strikes in the province. SMG, rockets, grenades, and maps of sensitive sites were also recovered by the security officials. Earlier, FC Balochistan in an operation in Dera Bugti and Kohlu areas killed four terrorists during a shootout. In the operation, several militant hideouts were also destroyed, according to the ISPR. The suspected terrorists were involved in attacks on security forces and miscreant activities. The ISPR said that mines, explosive material and tools of communication were also recovered during the raid.
  18. Saiful Maluk lake. Photo: Bloomberg As security improves, annual tourist arrivals to Pakistan have more than tripled since 2013 to 1.75 million last year, while domestic travellers have increased to 38.3 million, according to the state-owned Pakistan Tourism Development Corp (PTDC). Over the same period, foreign tourist arrivals in India jumped from 6.97 million in 2013 to 8.8 million in 2016, government figures show, reported Bloomberg. The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) puts the total contribution of tourism to Pakistan?s economy at $19.4 billion last year. In ten years, the WTTC expects that to rise to $36.1 billion. The managing director of Wild Frontiers Adventure Travel Ltd., Jonny Bealby, a London-based operator that has run trips to Pakistan for two decades, said his tours to the South Asian nation are up 60 percent from last year. ?The roads have improved immeasurably reducing journey times,?? Bealby said. Since the 2014 massacre of more than 100 children at a military school, the army has neutered some insurgent groups. Swat Valley has witnessed a surge in tourism. An 80 percent increase in hotel bookings was observed last year, according to a Pakistani accommodation booking website. Many Pakistanis want to travel, but going abroad is difficult, said Jovago Asia?s CEO Nadine Malik.
  19. [embed_video1 url= style=center] RAWALPINDI: Security forces in Balochistan on Saturday averted a possible attack on a Muharram procession in Quetta, said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). FC Balochistan recovered a car prepared as an improvised explosive device (IED) from the Pishin district of the Balochistan. ISPR added that the "mastermind and his two accomplices were arrested". In Punjab, Rangers along with police carried out patrolling and flag marches in important areas of major cities, while the quick reaction forces have been deployed near sensitive areas. Extensive intelligence-based operations (IBOs) are being carried out in Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Multan, DG Khan, Lahore, Sialkot, Bahawalnagar, Bahawalpur and Rahim Yar Khan, said ISPR. During these operations, 27 suspects were apprehended and a cache of illegal weapons recovered.
  20. KARACHI: Rangers arrested an alleged terrorist during a search operation on Friday, according to the spokesperson of Pakistan Rangers Sindh. The suspect, identified as Maheem Khan, son of Sher Khan, has been a part of Lashkar-e-Balochistan since 2012, informed the spokesperson. Khan has been wanted in many cases of terrorism. He was involved in the attack on a vehicle of irrigation department near Hub in 2014. Moreover, he was also one of the orchestrators of a bomb blast near a cement factory in Hub, said the spokesperson. In July 2016, the suspect carried out a grenade attack on a police van in Galaxy Town. Moreover, he was also part of another grenade attack on an under-construction building on Bawany Road. The attack occurred on January 15. On April 15, Khan set on fire the car of a private university student, the spokesperson added. Arms, ammunition, bullets and explosives material have also been seized from the suspect?s possession. Two suspects dead, 25 others apprehended during raids in Karachi One suspect was killed Thursday night during a police encounter as he attempted to rob citizens in Orangi Town's Sector 9E area Moreover, an alleged criminal was shot dead, another succumbed to injuries following his arrest, and 15 others detained during various search operations being carried out early Friday morning in different localities of Karachi, Geo News reported. One suspect was killed Thursday night during a police encounter as he attempted to rob citizens in Orangi Town's Sector 9E area, police officials said.
  21. LONDON: Some of the four alleged members of a banned British neo-Nazi group arrested on Tuesday for terror offences are serving soldiers, Britain´s defence ministry said. National Action became the first far-right group to be outlawed by the government in December last year, six months after the assassination of lawmaker Jo Cox by a far-right sympathiser. The four suspects are being held "on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism," British police said in a statement. Authorities did not name the four but said they were aged between 22 and 32 and came from Birmingham, Ipswich and Northampton in England and Powys in Wales. "The arrests were pre-planned and intelligence-led; there was no threat to the public´s safety," the statement said, adding that raids were also being carried out on "a number of properties". The ministry of defence later said that some of the suspects were serving soldiers, but did not reveal how many. "We can confirm that a number of serving members of the Army have been arrested under the Terrorism Act for being associated with a proscribed far right group," it said in a statement. "These arrests are the consequence of a Home Office Police Force led operation supported by the Army," it added. Cox, an MP from the main opposition Labour party, was shot and stabbed to death in her constituency by far-right nationalist Thomas Mair in June 2016. Mair shouted "Britain first!" as he killed her. National Action, which had praised Mair´s actions, was banned in December of the same year. At the time, Interior Minister Amber Rudd branded the organisation as "racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic". In June this year, van driver Darren Osborne allegedly mowed down Muslim worshippers near a London mosque, leaving one person dead. Prosecutors said Osborne was "motivated by extreme political views and a personal hatred of Muslims". He is currently in custody awaiting trial.
  22. Police officers stand guard at a police cordon next to Buckingham Palace following an incident where a man armed with a knife was arrested outside the palace following a disturbance in London on August 26, 2017. Photo: AFP LONDON: A man armed with a sword who was arrested outside Queen Elizabeth II's Buckingham Palace residence has been charged with a terror offence Thursday, London police said. Mohiussunnath Choudhury, 26, is accused of "engaging in conduct in preparation for giving effect to his intention to commit an act or acts of terrorism", Scotland Yard said in a statement. Choudhury, from Luton, north of London, was arrested outside the palace gates on Friday. Three police officers suffered minor injuries after he allegedly drove a car at officers outside Buckingham Palace and then reached for a four-foot (1.2-metre) long sword. He was charged with an offence contrary to the Terrorism Act 2006 and was due to appear in custody at London's Westminster Magistrates Court later Thursday.
  23. A Muslim man ? holding a Spanish flag and a placard reading 'I am Muslim, this criminal group does not represent us. Islam is a religion of peace and security' ? shakes the hand of a woman in Barcelona on August 26, during a march against terrorism of which the slogan was #NoTincPor (I'm Not Afraid). AFP/Pau Barrena BARCELONA: Tens of thousands of people marched through the heart of Barcelona on Saturday in a defiant display of unity against terrorism, joined by Spain's King Felipe VI ? who nonetheless was the target of jeers by Catalan separatists. The municipal police said in a Twitter post that half a million people participated in the march to commemorate last week's deadly vehicle rampage, though the figures were not confirmed by other sources. People who tended the victims of the attack were given pride of place at the front of the procession behind a large white- and-black banner that read "No tinc por" ? Catalan for "I'm not afraid". They included uniformed police officers, doctors in their white coats, firefighters wearing their helmets and residents and shop owners who rushed to help after a van struck people on the Las Ramblas boulevard, as well as taxi drivers who transported people free. "There were very difficult moments," said Montse Rovira, the city hall's head of social emergencies, who helped people who were lost or who could not find their loved ones. "No to Islamophobia" and "The best response: Peace" were among the signs on display. Marchers carried red, yellow and white flowers ? the colours of Barcelona ? as they made their way along the city's main boulevard, the Paseo de Gracia. Many also waved the red-and-yellow Catalan flag, marked with a white star, a reminder of the simmering tensions between Spain's central government and the regional separatist government of Catalonia. 'Out' The Mediterranean city has been in mourning after a driver ploughed into crowds on Las Ramblas on August 17, followed hours later by a car attack in the seaside resort town of Cambrils. Fifteen were killed in the carnage, and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy had called on Spaniards to turn out in force to show their "love" and solidarity with Catalonia. King Felipe VI marched alongside Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and representatives of all of Spain's major political parties behind the first ranks. He is the first Spanish sovereign to take part in a demonstration since the monarchy was re-established in 1975 after the death of dictator General Francisco Franco. But both the king and Rajoy were jeered as they arrived at the march by Catalan separatists, who reject the monarchy and hope to set up an independent republic. Some protesters whistled and shouted "Out" at the king. He was also loudly heckled when his image appeared on giant TV screens set up along the march route. The king and other representatives of the Spanish state were accused by some demonstrators of hypocrisy for joining the march against terror, as they have backed arms sales to countries like Saudi Arabia which some experts blame for spawning extremists. "The solution to the problem of terrorism is not more metallic walls or more police, but cutting financing to the Islamic State groups," said Josep-Anton Montfort, a 64-year-old retired translator, referring to the group that claimed responsibility for the attacks. Tearful unity Saray Gomez, an 18-year-old who works at a flower stall right next to where the van ended its murderous rampage, said it was important "to give a message of unity and peace." "And it's important to distinguish between Islam and jihadists, because Muslims are the first to be affected." Many people wiped away tears while listening to two cellists played "Cant dels ocells" (Song of the birds), a traditional Catalan melody, at the Plaza de Catalunya near the Ramblas at the end of the march. It was famously played by the cellist Pau (Pablo) Casals, an outspoken opponent of the Franco regime, at the White House in 1961. Small rallies called at the last minute were also held in cities around Spain, including Madrid, Valencia, Vigo and Ripoll, which was home to most of the suspected terrorists involved in the attacks. In a speech delivered between sobs at the rally in Ripoll and broadcast by Catalan television, Hafida Oukabir, the sister of one of the attackers who was shot dead by police, urged people to "reject the Islamist message", calling it "a perverse ideology that has no reason or explanation."
  24. Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry: Photo: File WASHINGTON: Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry said on Wednesday that there are no terror safe havens in the country. Speaking at an event, Chaudhry said that Pakistan has been paying a heavy price for instability in Afghanistan for the last 38 years. ?Peace and stability in neighbouring Afghanistan is in favour of Pakistan,? he said The ambassador said that only Afghan-led dialogue can bring peace in the neighbouring country. He added that in view of ensuring stability in the region Pakistan desires to maintain a constructive dialogue with Washington, further stating that there can be no comparison of counter-terrorism initiatives taken by Pakistan. Trump backs off Afghan withdrawal, slams Pakistan over ?terrorist safe havens? Trump warns vital aid could be cut if Pakistan does not stop Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has issued a warning that Pakistan's privileged status as a major non-NATO US ally could be in question if it continues to give safe haven to extremists. "We have some leverage," Tillerson told reporters, "in terms of aid, their status as a non-NATO alliance partner ? all of that can be put on the table." "The president has been clear that we are going to attack terrorists wherever they live," Tillerson said. "We have put people on notice that if you're providing safe haven to terrorists, be warned ? we are going to engage those providing a safe haven and ask them to change what they are doing."
  25. People display flowers and candles to pay tribute to the victims of the Barcelona and Cambrils attacks on the Rambla boulevard in Barcelona on August 22, 2017, five days after the attacks that killed 15 people. AFP/Lluis Gene MADRID: A suspected member of the terror cell that unleashed carnage in Spain last week admitted to a judge on Tuesday that the extremists had planned to hit monuments in an even bigger attack. Mohamed Houli Chemlal, 21, and three others were charged with terrorist offences over the rampages in Barcelona and a seaside resort that killed 15 people and wounded more than 100. They are the only surviving suspects from a 12-man cell whose members rammed a van into pedestrians on a tourist-packed boulevard in Barcelona on Thursday. Hours later, members of the extremist group carried out a similar attack in Cambrils further south. The four were charged with "belonging to a terrorist organisation, terror-related murder and possession of explosives", said a judicial source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Chemlal, a Spaniard, told the judge that the cell was planning "an attack on an even greater scale, targeting monuments" using bombs, according to the source. He had known of the plans for an attack "at least two months ago", he added. 'Imam wanted to blow himself up' Chemlal was injured in an accidental explosion at the group's makeshift bomb factory on Wednesday evening. One of those killed in the blast was an imam, Abdelbaki Es Satty, who is thought to have radicalised him and other young suspects. He had only survived because he was out on the porch when the blast occurred, the judicial source said. While Chemlal told the judge the imam had wanted to blow himself up, two other suspects "blamed the imam for the plot while another two denied knowing him", the source added. Earlier, police had revealed that the suspected extremists had been preparing bombs for "one or more attacks in Barcelona". Josep Lluis Trapero, head of police in Catalonia, said 120 gas canisters and traces of TATP components ? a homemade explosive that is a hallmark of Daesh that claimed the attacks ? had been found at their bomb factory. The accidental explosion in the house in Alcanar, south of Barcelona, forced the suspects to alter their plans. - Logistical support? - The suspects in court included Driss Oukabir, the older brother of Moussa who was killed by police in Cambrils on Friday along with four other suspects. Also in court were Mohamed Aallaa, one of three brothers allegedly involved, and Salh El Karib, who manages a store that allows people to make calls abroad. In court, Driss Oukabir admitted renting the van used in the Barcelona rampage, but said he did so for moving purposes. Aallaa, who owned the Audi used in Cambrils, said the car was registered under his name for insurance reasons but that his brother Said, 19, used it. Chemlal, dressed in hospital pyjamas and with his right hand bandaged, was brought in after a doctor determined he was fit for interrogation, a court spokesman told AFP. The court hearing of the four suspects caps five days of angst following the twin vehicle assaults. Spanish police shot dead Younes Abouyaaqoub, the suspected Barcelona van driver, on Monday in a dramatic end to the manhunt for the Moroccan national, who shouted "God is greatest" when he was killed. He was the last fugitive member of the cell. Besides the four men detained, the rest were killed, either by police or in the explosion in Alcanar. While Catalan police say the cell has been dismantled, investigators are trying to determine if it had logistical or other forms of support from other individuals. Questions are also arising about the group's possible international connections. Audi in Paris, imam in Belgium In Belgium, the mayor of the Vilvorde region told AFP that Satty spent time in the Brussels suburb of Machelen ? next to the city's airport ? between January and March 2016. On the other side of Brussels, the Molenbeek suburb has gained notoriety as a hotbed of international extremists after the Brussels bombings in March 2016 and the Paris attacks in November 2015. And in France, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told BFMTV that the Audi used to kill people in Cambrils had been detected by speed cameras in the Paris region while making "a very rapid return trip" days before the Spanish attacks. Collomb is due to host Spanish counterpart Juan Ignacio Zoido on Wednesday for talks due to include anti-terrorism cooperation. At least one of the suspects also spent a night in Zurich in December, according to Swiss police, who said it was too early to speculate about any connections with Switzerland. The victims of the attacks were from three dozen countries, from as far afield as Australia, China and the United States.