Lahore suicide explosion kills at least 25
Monday, 24 July 2017: LAHORE: A suicide explosion in historical city of Lahore claimed the lives of at least 25 persons and wounded 49. The blast came in the wake of an ongoing anti-encroachment operation that was being conducted near the Arfa Kareem Tower. A building was being demolished when the incident took place. The explosion which is being termed as an attempt to target police and law enforcing officials resulted in the death of 9 police officials according to DIG Operations.
Large number of ambulance reached the scene and the wounded persons were shifted to different medical facilities for treatment of their injuries. A car and 10 motorcycles were destroyed in the explosion. An active regiment of Pakistan Army has reached the blast site. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif & Army Chief Qamar Bajwa expressed grief and sadness over the loss of lives and condemned the incident in strong words. According to a CCTV footage of the area indicated that the blast occurred at 3:55pm.
Suicide bomber strikes FC convoy’ officer martyred
July 17, 2017: According to the SP, the suicide attacker riding a motorcycle targeted the FC convoy when it was travelling from its camp in Hayatabad to the headquarters in Qila Bala Hisar. The vehicle was moving when the blast occurred, he said. According to ISPR, a motorcycle borne Sucide bomber hit FC vehicle on routine patrolling duty in Hayatabad Peshawar . Maj Jamal Sheran embraced shahadat while 4 soldiers were injured. The outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement sent to media outlets by its spokesman.
Indian firing along LoC
ISPR 20 July, 2017 : Indian unprovoked firing along LOC in Nezapir, Sabzkot and Kayani Sectors targeting Pakistan Army posts and innocent civil population. A soldier embraced shahadat, 2 critically injured. 2 civilians embraced shahadat 5 injured. Pakistan Army aggressively responded on Indian posts. Response destroyed Indian posts firing on Pakistani posts/ civilians. 5 Indian soldiers killed, many injured. Indian guns silent due to effective engagement. “Unprovoked cease fire violations shall always be responded strongly, aggressive and effectively by Pakistan Army” DG ISPR added.
PAKISTAN CHANGES TACK; SNIPERS KILL 7 SOLDIERS
By : Mohit Kandhari | Jammu
After Border Action Teams (BAT) of Pakistan Army failed to strike and inflict fatal casualties on the Indian Army, they have been bleeding Indian soldiers across the Line of Control (LoC) by resorting to ‘sniping’ a low risk high pay-off tactic employed by the enemy armies. Since July 12, seven Indian soldiers have attained martyrdom along the LoC in Keran, Poonch and Rajouri sectors. By targeting Indian soldiers in this manner, the Pakistan Army is deliberately provoking Indian Army to hit back and escalate the tension.
The current escalation was triggered after two Indian soldiers, hailing from Jammu, were targeted in Keran sector of Kupwara by the Pakistan Army on July 12 while another Indian soldier deployed at a forward post in Rajouri was targeted on July 15. In similar strikes on July 17 and 18, two more soldiers attained martyrdom. A JCO injured in heavy exchange of fire also succumbed to his fatal injuries on July 19. On July 21, another soldier was targeted by sharp shooters in Sunderbani area of Rajouri.
Commenting on the series of incidents of cross border firing, a senior security expert told The Pioneer, “Pakistan Army is known to employ all kinds of tactics available at its disposal. When they failed to penetrate deep inside Indian territory to launch BAT attacks they resorted to using snipers to avenge loss of lives of their own soldiers in retaliatory punitive strikes.”
The security expert observed sniping is a low risk high pay-off tactic and it is opportunity based. While BAT teams comprising special commandos and highly trained terrorists run the risk of getting trapped and exposed if caught alive.
Following these strikes, the Indian Army had also beefed up its defences by increasing frequency of area domination patrol making it difficult for BAT teams to strike at will. ( INDIAN DAILY )
Human& Social Activist Abdul Sattar EDHI’S FIRST DEATH ANNIVERSARY OBSERVED
By time of his death, Edhi was registered as a parent or guardian of nearly 20,000 children.
8 July ,2017: KARACHI, July 8 (APP): Quran Khawani was held at the Edhi Village here which was attended by quite a number of people including family members, area people, admirers and volunteers of the Edhi Foundation which he had established. His son Faisal Edhi and grand son Saad were among those who laid floral wreaths on the grave of the distinguished humanitarian and philanthropist who established world’s largest volunteer ambulance network. Rich tributes were paid to Abdul Sattar Edhi for his immense services for the cause of humanity. The `Langar’ was also distributed on behalf of the Edhi Foundation. Faisal Edhi said on the occasion that the mission of his distinguished father would continue with the same zeal. He stated that social work is continuing with same spirit for the past one year.
PAF’S C-130 AIRCRAFT ATTRACTS HUGE ATTENTION AT ROYAL INT’L AIR SHOW
C-130 aircraft of Pakistan Air Force became the star of the show of Royal International Air Show-2017 being held in the United Kingdom. Thousands of visitors from across the world are taking keen interest in the beautifully painted aircraft, conveying the message of Peace through its paintings and images. Various documentaries and promos on Pakistan Air Force as well as the diverse culture and rich heritage of Pakistan are also shown to the visitors.
Chinese company contracted to build Pakistan’s largest airport
People’s Daily, 11/7/2017 : China Construction Third Engineering Bureau won a 41-billion ruble (about 2.6 billion RMB) contract to engineer, procure, and construct the Allama Iqbal International Airport. It will be Pakistan’s largest airport after reconstruction, and local infrastructure will be improved too. It is the largest project that the Third Engineering Bureau has undertaken overseas, marking another important achievement in Belt and Road construction. It is not the first time that the Third Engineering Bureau has won a bid in Pakistan. Major projects, including the Karachi-Lahore Expressway between Sukker and Multan, Arfa Software Technology Park, and The Centaurus Hotel, are all projects of the Bureau.