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Groups of Taliban fighters are spilling out of the tribal belt in northwestern Pakistan into the region’s largest city, Peshawar, where they are increasingly showing their presence through a campaign of intimidation and violence, according to residents, the police and city officials.

While Taliban violence has declined across Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province this year, officials say, rates have increased in Peshawar, where militants have stepped up attacks aimed at the police, extortion demands, sectarian killings and kidnappings.

For all that, the militants do not pose an immediate threat to the overall control of the city, and the police say they have foiled many potential attacks. But the increased Taliban presence does signal a further advance for the militants, who have also become a more muscular presence this year in Karachi, the country’s most populous city.

Targeted attack: Taliban gun down senior tribal journalist in Charsadda

PESHAWAR: Taliban militants have gunned down senior tribal journalist  Mukarram Khan Atif in the Shabqadar area of Charsadda district on  Tuesday. Atif, who hailed from the Mohmand tribal agency, had relocated  to Charsadda recently after he received threats from Taliban militants.

Station House Officer (SHO) Janzada Khan told The Express Tribune that Atif had been shot by gunmen while he was praying in a mosque. “He  [Atif] was in the middle of his prayers when the men fired at him  thrice, one of the bullets pierced his body and injured the Imam  (prayers leader) also,” said Janzada.
After the attack, he was shifted to the Lady Reading Hospital in  Peshawar where he was pronounced dead. Medics confirmed that Atif had  received bullet injuries in his head.
Nasruminallah, the injured prayers leader, was also shifted to the  hospital for treatment. During his 15-year career, Atif worked for  several media organisations. Currently, he was working as correspondent  for a Pakistani TV channel in Mohmand Agency and as a stringer for Voice  of America (VOA)’s Pashto service ‘Deewa Radio’. He also remained  President of the Mohmand Agency Press Club.
The banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility  for Atif’s murder.  “We have been warning him to stop his propaganda  against us in the foreign media. He did not include our version in his  stories,” TTP spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan said in telephone calls to  Peshawar-based journalists.
He warned that the TTP has several more mediapersons on their hit-list.
Journalist bodies strongly condemned the killing of Atif and urged the government to take strict action against the killers.
President, PM condemn 
President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani have  condemned the killing of tribal journalist Mukurram Khan Atif.
In a message, the president offered his condolences to the bereaved  family. He prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal  peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable  loss with fortitude.
The prime minister also offered condolences to the family and  directed the authorities concerned to apprehend the perpetrators of this  heinous crime and bring them to justice.
He said the nation was united against the forces of terrorism and  militancy and such cowardly acts would not deter the people from  defeating the enemies of religion and humanity. (With additional inputs  from APP)

Targeted attack: Taliban gun down senior tribal journalist in Charsadda

PESHAWAR: Taliban militants have gunned down senior tribal journalist Mukarram Khan Atif in the Shabqadar area of Charsadda district on Tuesday. Atif, who hailed from the Mohmand tribal agency, had relocated to Charsadda recently after he received threats from Taliban militants.

Station House Officer (SHO) Janzada Khan told The Express Tribune that Atif had been shot by gunmen while he was praying in a mosque. “He [Atif] was in the middle of his prayers when the men fired at him thrice, one of the bullets pierced his body and injured the Imam (prayers leader) also,” said Janzada.

After the attack, he was shifted to the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar where he was pronounced dead. Medics confirmed that Atif had received bullet injuries in his head.

Nasruminallah, the injured prayers leader, was also shifted to the hospital for treatment. During his 15-year career, Atif worked for several media organisations. Currently, he was working as correspondent for a Pakistani TV channel in Mohmand Agency and as a stringer for Voice of America (VOA)’s Pashto service ‘Deewa Radio’. He also remained President of the Mohmand Agency Press Club.

The banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for Atif’s murder.  “We have been warning him to stop his propaganda against us in the foreign media. He did not include our version in his stories,” TTP spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan said in telephone calls to Peshawar-based journalists.

He warned that the TTP has several more mediapersons on their hit-list.

Journalist bodies strongly condemned the killing of Atif and urged the government to take strict action against the killers.

President, PM condemn

President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani have condemned the killing of tribal journalist Mukurram Khan Atif.

In a message, the president offered his condolences to the bereaved family. He prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with fortitude.

The prime minister also offered condolences to the family and directed the authorities concerned to apprehend the perpetrators of this heinous crime and bring them to justice.

He said the nation was united against the forces of terrorism and militancy and such cowardly acts would not deter the people from defeating the enemies of religion and humanity. (With additional inputs from APP)

mehreenkasana:


Peshawar: A bomb killed at least five people and wounded 28 others at a market selling CDs

 
“We have received five bodies and 28 wounded people from the blast site,” Doctor Rahim Jan, who works at Peshawar’s main government hospital, told AFP, adding that there was one woman among the dead.
Provincial government minister Bashir Bilour confirmed the death toll and told AFP at the hospital that police had informed him that the bomb was probably planted in a motorcycle.
Peshawar police chief Imtiaz Altaf told reporters at the scene of the blast that “the target was the CD market.”
Jalalud Din, a 35-year-old lawyer, who received head injuries from the blast, said he was buying sweets for his children.
“There was a huge blast as I was buying candies for my kids. I lost consciousness after my head struck a wall,” Din said.
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Oh, Pakistan.

mehreenkasana:

Peshawar: A bomb killed at least five people and wounded 28 others at a market selling CDs

“We have received five bodies and 28 wounded people from the blast site,” Doctor Rahim Jan, who works at Peshawar’s main government hospital, told AFP, adding that there was one woman among the dead.

Provincial government minister Bashir Bilour confirmed the death toll and told AFP at the hospital that police had informed him that the bomb was probably planted in a motorcycle.

Peshawar police chief Imtiaz Altaf told reporters at the scene of the blast that “the target was the CD market.”

Jalalud Din, a 35-year-old lawyer, who received head injuries from the blast, said he was buying sweets for his children.

“There was a huge blast as I was buying candies for my kids. I lost consciousness after my head struck a wall,” Din said.

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Oh, Pakistan.

pakistank2:

PESHAWAR: Despite security threats and high inflation, shopping in the provincial metropolis has gained momentum as Eid ul Fitr approaches, with markets getting jam-packed with customers.A large number of stalls have been set up in different parts of the walled city, where hundreds of people, especially women, can be seen buying bangles, henna, bracelets, rings and other Eid items.“I came here to buy matching bangles with my Eid dress. Bangles and henna are an essential part of Eid festivities,” said Dr. Uzma, a shopper.“Women love to wear bangles and adore their hands with henna. It is not only a symbol of fashion but it is also a tradition,” she added.Wania, a teenager, said her parents had bought earrings and shoes for her. “I am very happy,” she added.Ayub Jan, a shopkeeper, said, “We have different types of bangles, including kumkum, rashmi, disco and other varieties. Most of the customers prefer to buy disco bangles as they match with their clothes.”The fervour of Eid has not only raised the sales of bangles and henna, but also greetings cards.“A large number of people greet others using mobile phones and internet, but I like to buy Eid cards for my friends as they have their own importance and charm,” said Nayab.Zainab, another shopper, said, “I came here to buy ready-made clothes as my tailor has refused to stitch my clothes because it is too late now.”Published in The Express Tribune, August 25th, 2011.

pakistank2:

PESHAWAR: Despite security threats and high inflation, shopping in the provincial metropolis has gained momentum as Eid ul Fitr approaches, with markets getting jam-packed with customers.

A large number of stalls have been set up in different parts of the walled city, where hundreds of people, especially women, can be seen buying bangles, henna, bracelets, rings and other Eid items.

“I came here to buy matching bangles with my Eid dress. Bangles and henna are an essential part of Eid festivities,” said Dr. Uzma, a shopper.

“Women love to wear bangles and adore their hands with henna. It is not only a symbol of fashion but it is also a tradition,” she added.

Wania, a teenager, said her parents had bought earrings and shoes for her. “I am very happy,” she added.

Ayub Jan, a shopkeeper, said, “We have different types of bangles, including kumkum, rashmi, disco and other varieties. Most of the customers prefer to buy disco bangles as they match with their clothes.”

The fervour of Eid has not only raised the sales of bangles and henna, but also greetings cards.

“A large number of people greet others using mobile phones and internet, but I like to buy Eid cards for my friends as they have their own importance and charm,” said Nayab.

Zainab, another shopper, said, “I came here to buy ready-made clothes as my tailor has refused to stitch my clothes because it is too late now.”

Published in The Express Tribune, August 25th, 2011.


 
PESHAWAR: A second explosion took place in Peshawar on Thursday morning, several hours after an attack on security personnel that killed five earlier this morning at the Lahori Gate.
Express 24/7 correspondent Iftikhar Firdous reported that security forces say it is possible that the second blast was carried out by two female suicide bombers aged about 16 and 17 years old.
Firdous added that the damage from the second explosion was minimal, as the vest of one of the alleged female bombers detonated while the other did not. Both alleged bombers were killed due to the explosion.
A small search operation was launched in the area after the first blast this morning.
Photo: Reuters/File.

PESHAWARA second explosion took place in Peshawar on Thursday morning, several hours after an attack on security personnel that killed five earlier this morning at the Lahori Gate.

Express 24/7 correspondent Iftikhar Firdous reported that security forces say it is possible that the second blast was carried out by two female suicide bombers aged about 16 and 17 years old.

Firdous added that the damage from the second explosion was minimal, as the vest of one of the alleged female bombers detonated while the other did not. Both alleged bombers were killed due to the explosion.

A small search operation was launched in the area after the first blast this morning.

Photo: Reuters/File.

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