News from South Asia, Tuesday 28th May 2013


BBC: A Shia lawyer and his two sons were killed in a sectarian attack in Karachi. “In the Karachi incident, police said that lawyer, Kauser Saqlain, was taking two sons aged 12 and 15 to school in the morning when gunmen on a motorbike opened fire on his car.

An extremist Sunni militant group, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, said it carried out the Karachi attack
Lawyers in Karachi have strongly condemned their colleague’s murder and boycotted court proceedings.

An extremist Sunni militant group, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, has said it carried out the attack.”

Zee News: Militants have targeted a polio vaccination team in Peshawar, killing one and injuring another. “Two gunmen riding a motorcycle fired at the vaccinators at Badabher area on the outskirts of Peshawar while they were administering polio drops to children.

A female vaccinator was killed instantly, police and witnesses said. The injured woman was taken to Lady Reading Hospital, where doctors described her condition as critical.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack. Security forces cordoned off the area and launched a search operation for the gunmen.”


Pakistan Today: The Taliban have criticized a recent art project in which 10,000 pink balloons were given away in Kabul, claiming it is un-Islamic behavior. “Under the headline ‘Was it a balloon show or a mini-skirt show?’, the piece said that the conceptual artwork was a trick to promote Western values among the young Afghan volunteers who helped hand out the balloons.

‘The West is using different techniques to promote their culture in Afghanistan. Sometimes they do it in an undercover way,’ the author, Qari Habib, wrote in Pashto in the critique published on Sunday.”


Business Standard: Two men have been killed by suspected People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI) operatives in the state of Jharkhand.

“Two men were today killed by suspected People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI) ultras after branding one of them as a police informer in Khunti district, police said here.  The ultras fired indiscriminately on Bhusan Singh and Tibu Singh at Tirla village under Karra police station, killing them on the spot, Superintendent of Police M Tamilvanan told reporters.

Bhusan, a contractor, was accused of being the police informer while Tibu was sitting beside him when the extremists attacked them in the evening, he added.  PLFI is a breakaway faction of the CPI(Maoist).”

BBC News: Indian security agencies have started an investigation into Saturday’s attack by Maoist rebels in the state of Chhattisgarh.

“A six-member National Investigation Agency (NIA) team is in Darba where 24 people, including some top state politicians, were killed on Saturday. Officials said hundreds of police were scouring the forests for the rebels.

Meanwhile, the rebels said they carried out the attack to protest against the government’s ‘anti-people policies’. In a note sent to the BBC, the rebels also apologised for the death of some ‘innocent’ people in the attack. The rebels had ambushed a convoy of Congress party leaders, killing Chhattisgarh party chief Nandkumar Patel, his son, and local leader Mahendra Karma.”


Gulf News: A senior leader of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party has been jailed for inciting a riot earlier this month.

“A Dhaka court has sent a senior lawmaker of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) to jail over charges of attempts to provoke a communal riot over an Islamist group’s deadly Dhaka siege campaign earlier this month.‘Mr M.K. Anwar, MP, was sent to jail to face charges of instigating communal riots,’ a court official said hours after he surrendered before the metropolitan magistrate court on a case filed by a leader of the ruling Awami League’s volunteers’ wing.

Anwar’s lawyer Masoud Ahmad told newsmen his client appeared before the court to have a previous bail order extended but the magistrate ordered him to be sent to prison after rejecting his petition. Awami League volunteers’ wing leader Debashish Biswas filed the case against Anwar calling his statement ‘false, fabricated and derogatory’ and an attempt to ‘destroy communal harmony.’”


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