The Pakistani Taliban are at it again, this time for the bloody attacks on Karachi’s airport that killed least 24 people, including 10 members of their organization.
Surprisingly the 25-year-old pregnant woman who was beaten to death by her family for marrying against the family’s wishes was not the worst thing to happen in Pakistan this month. Never one to be outdone by angry family members throwing bricks at a pregnant woman in the name of “honor”, the Pakistani Taliban decided to step up their game and attack the country体彩手机在线怎么下载’s busiest airport.
On Sunday night, Taliban militants launched a violent assault on the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi complete with rocket-launchers, suicide vests, and grenades. Gunmen disguised as police guards stormed the international terminal, set off explosions and opened fire with machine-guns and rocket launchers, triggering a gun battle with police.
“They were well-trained. Their plan was very well thought out,” Qaim Ali Shah, chief minister of Sindh province, said.
Well not that well-trained… At the end of the six-hour assault, all ten attackers were dead and no planes had been hijacked.
After Pakistani officials reclaimed control of the airport, the Pakistani Taliban was quick to claim responsibility for the attack.
A spokesman for the group, Shahidullah Shahid, said the aim of Monday’s assault had been to hijack an aircraft, and was “a message to the Pakistan government that we are still alive to react over the killings of innocent people in bomb attacks on their villages”.
Needless to say, the prospects for continued government-led peace talks with the Taliban are not looking so hot.
After Pakistan’s troubled police force failed to spot 6 foot 5 Osama bin Laden hiding in their backyard, they’re determined not to let any more criminal masterminds get away – especially not Musa Khan, a 9-month-old baby boy, who has been .
Musa Kahn was charged alongside four adults in connection with a violent protest in a Lahore slum back in February. During the protest, slum residents threw stones at gas-company workers attempting to disconnect households that didn’t pay up. The police subsequently charged the entire family, including Musa, with attempted murder.
The ridiculousness of the case became apparent when the child was required to appear in court. Forced to make an appearance and record his thumbprint (since he couldn’t actually sign his release papers), the baby screamed and cried, and required a milk bottle to calm him down.
“He does not even know how to pick up his milk bottle properly—how can he stone the police?” .
The baby’s official charge is attempting “to murder with intention or knowledge” and if convicted, Musa may face a maximum of 10 years in prison, with even stricter penalties if a judge determines that the crime was done in “the name or on the pretext of honour.” However, the child’s lawyer has argued that children under the age of 7 cannot be prosecuted under Pakistani law.
But Musa’s family is playing it safe and has whisked the child off into hiding until the case blows over. The boy’s grandfather revealed that he had sent the child 200 kilometres away to Faisalabad “for protection” against the “vindictive” police. Except it’s not really ‘going into hiding’ if you tell everyone where he was sent…
I’m not sure what’s more shocking – that Pakistani police see no problem in prosecuting a 9-month-old baby or that Pakistan has access to nuclear weapons.
When Osama bin Laden was discovered to be hiding in a three-story house less than a mile away from a Military Academy in Abbottabad, Pakistan and not some hidden cave in the mountains, everyone thought either Pakistan must have known about it or Pakistani intelligence is… less than intelligent.
Pakistan has long denied they knew about Osama’s whereabouts and the U.S. has corroborated this story. But , Carlotta Gall, who spent more than a decade reporting from Afghanistan and Pakistan for the Times, suggests otherwise. Apparently documents collected from Osama bin Laden’s house in Pakistan and the word of an anonymous Pakistani official both contradict the official story from Pakistan and the U.S. that Pakistani military officials were unaware that Osama bin Laden was living in Abbottabad. According to the report, the chief of Pakistan’s intelligence service, Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha, “knew of Osama’s whereabouts,” according to its source, and the U.S. has “direct evidence” that Pasha knew where bin Laden was.
Carlotta Gall says that documents from bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound contained correspondence between the terrorist and other militant leaders, indicating they were protected by Pakistan’s intelligence service. Bin Laden often traveled in convoys in plain sight to visit fellow terrorists and he was “always knowingly waved through any security checkpoints.”
The U.S. still maintains that Pakistan had no idea where bin Laden was hiding out.
“AS US officials have said, we have no reason to believe that anyone in the highest levels of the government knew about the location of bin Laden. That continues to be true,” when asked about the news report.
Pakistan would have made an official response too, but Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is currently dealing with a . After finding the remains of a peacock and a very full cat on the lawn of his residence, Sharif interrogated the 21 officers guarding his 体彩手机在线怎么下载. 18 were cleared of any wrongdoing but three were suspended for negligence (aka not stopping the cat from eating his peacock). You know what… maybe they didn’t know about Osama bin Laden after all. Too many peacock crises to deal with.
A 15-year-old Pakistani boy is being hailed a hero after he tackled a suicide bomber – blowing himself up but saving his school.
On Monday, ninth grader Aitzaz Hasan and his friends spotted a very suspicious looking man wearing a suicide vest hanging around outside of their school in Ibrahimzai, a Shia-dominated region of Hangu, in north-western Pakistan. Aitzaz and his cousin, Musadiq Ali Bangash, became increasingly suspicious of the stranger, who was attempting to pass himself off as a student by wearing a school uniform over his suicide vest.
Despite warnings from the others students to ignore him, Aitzaz confronted the stranger, hoping to stop him from blowing up the school. The confrontation led to a scuffle, which led to the suicide bomber panicking, which then led to the pre-mature detonation of the bomb.
Both Aitzaz and the bomber died at the scene. Although the blast injured two people, the school’s nearly 2,000 students were spared.
“My cousin sacrificed his life saving his school and hundreds of students and school fellows,” his cousin Mudassar Hassan Bangish said.
“The suicide bomber wanted to destroy the school and school students. It was my cousin who stopped him from this…destruction.”
Aitzaz’s family is devasted by the news but are also proud of Aitzaz’s actions.
“My son made his mother cry, but saved hundreds of mothers from crying for their children,” Mujahid Ali, Aitzaz’s father told reporters.
Meanwhile, Pakistanis everywhere are urging the government to give Aitzaz some kind of award to recognize his bravery. Move over Malala – there’s a new Pakistani teenage hero!