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Pakistan minister: Supporters of terrorists live among us

Islamabad : Pakistan's Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Sunday said every citizen was required to be vigilant as "the sympathisers and supporters of these terrorists live among us".

"To fight terror, every Pakistani citizen has to play their part," Dawn online quoted Khan as saying at a press conference here as he urged all citizens to be vigilant with regard to the terror threat.

He welcomed the "strong condemnation of the terrorists by the country's Ulema", adding that "madrassas must not become a hot bed of extremism".

Jordan hangs 11 murder convicts

Amman : Jordan executed 11 men convicted of murder Sunday, ending an eight-year ban on death penalty in the country, media reported.

"Eleven criminals convicted in different cases of murder were executed at dawn," the state-run Petra news agency quoted the Jordanian interior ministry as saying, according to Xinhua. All those convicted were Jordanians.

There have been several calls recently in Jordan to lift the ban on death penalty to put an end to increasing crime.

Arrest warrant for Khaleda Zia's former secretary

Dhaka : A Bangladesh court Sunday issued arrest warrants against 11 people, including Khaleda Zia's former political secretary Harris Chowdhury, in the murder case of former finance minister Shah A.M.S. Kibria, a media report said.

The arrest warrants were issued by Habiganj Senior Judicial Magistrate Rashid Ahmed Miron, reported.

Pakistan needs paradigm shift to battle terror: expert

Islamabad : Pakistan must dump its policy of using the Taliban and other militants against its foes and the paradigm shift should include an overhaul of its education policy, a Pakistani expert says.

"Momentary deviation from the long-held-dear policy of using the jihadi and Taliban outfits will never work," Zubair Torwali, head of a civil body dealing with education and development, said in the Daily Times Sunday.

"Neither does the short-lasting outrage work without a change in this security thinking," he said.

Pakistan refuses to learn despite Peshawar: academic

Islamabad : Despite the Peshawar massacre, the Pakistani government and military refuse to recognize the root causes of terrorism, an academic said in comments published Sunday.

Hassan Javid also warned in The Nation that attempts to deploy terrorist proxies in Jammu and Kashmir and Afghanistan would only backfire.

"It is increasingly clear that ... the government and military establishment are refusing to engage with the root causes of militancy and terrorism in Pakistan," said Javid, a professor of political science at the Lahore University of Management Sciences.

OIC plans peace conference in Peshawar

Islamabad : The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is planning to hold a peace conference in Peshawar to adopt a joint strategy against terrorism, media reported Sunday.

The announcement in the regard was made by OIC secretary general Iyad Amin Madani during a meeting with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak Saturday, Dawn online reported.

Peshawar students battle shock, trauma

Islamabad : Five days after terrorists massacred over 140 students and teachers in a Peshawar school, the Pakistani city remains in a state of shock.

The worst hit are obviously the students -- those who survived the bloodbath at the Army Public School and even pupils in schools elsewhere in Peshawar, the Dwwn newspaper reported Sunday.

Parents of students in the city are equally distraught.

“I have been seeing images of black shoes and pointed guns in my dreams," the daily quoted Arsalan Khan, a 14-year-old at the Army Public School, as saying.

Pakistan varsity shut after threats

Islamabad : The Quaid-i-Azam University here, one of the largest in Pakistan, has been closed for an indefinite period, apparently following threats, the Dawn newspaper reported Sunday.

A number of universities in Islamabad have already announced an unusual one-week break from Dec 22.

These include the International Islamic University Islamabad, the National University of Science and Technology, the Bahria University and the National University of Modern Languages, the daily said.

Pakistan executes four terror convicts

Islamabad : Four convicts, involved in an attack on former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf 11 years ago, were hanged to death Sunday at a district jail in Faisalabad following approval by the government to implement executions in terrorism-related cases.

Zubair Ahmed, Rasheed Qureshi, Ghulam Sarwar Bhatti and Russian citizen Akhlaque Ahmed were shifted from the central jail in Faisalabad to another district jail late Saturday to be hanged, Dawn online reported.

The family members were allowed to meet the convicts before the hanging.

Iran urged to let Afghans seek refugee status

Beirut : Iran’s announcement that it will grant a six-month visa extension to 450,000 Afghans is a helpful move to prevent their imminent deportation, Human Rights Watch said Sunday.

But the visa-extension plan is no substitute for an asylum system that will allow newly arriving Afghans to lodge refugee claims, the US rights body said.

An Iranian foreign ministry official described the visa extension plan as a reflection of Iran’s “brotherly relations” with Afghanistan.