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Militant Islam is never Islam: Mahesh Bhatt

By Subhash K Jha,

Mumbai : Bollywood filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, who maintains close cultural links with Pakistan, feels its morale has hit an all-time low with the savage killing of children in Peshawar.

On Tuesday Taliban militants attacked an army school and slaughtered 148 people including 132 children, in Pakistan's Peshawar city in retaliation to the army's operation against extremists in North Waziristan. One of the worst acts of human savagery has triggered global outrage.

Optimistic about stronger ties with Qatar: Modi

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday said he was optimistic about "stronger cooperation" with Qatar as he greeted its citizens on their National Day.

"On Qatar National Day, my greetings to the citizens of Qatar. I am very optimistic about stronger cooperation with Qatar in the coming years," he said.

Pakistan prepares to execute 55 death row inmates

Islamabad : Pakistan is preparing to execute 55 terrorist inmates on death row after the country ended the moratorium on the extreme penalty in terror-related cases.

There are at least 522 criminals sentenced to death in terror and other cases related to serious crimes in the country, including 11 who were convicted by a military court, the News International reported.

Punjab province has the highest number of death row convicts with 465, followed by Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa with 30, Sindh with 14 and Balochistan with 13.

Pakistan PM apprises president about all-party meeting

Islamabad : Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met President Mamnoon Hussain Thursday and apprised him of the decisions taken at an all-party meeting which was held in Peshawar Wednesday, The News International reported.

The prime minister and president discussed the committee formed during the all-party meeting which will comprise members of political parties, armed forces and intelligence agencies.

Headed by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, the committee will formulate a plan within seven days to tackle terrorism which would be presented before the nation.

Taliban has been attacking Pakistani schools for long

Islamabad : Although it was savagery at its worst, the Tuesday attack on a school by militants is not the first time terrorists have targeted educational institutions in Pakistan.

For long, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa - which includes Peshawar - and Fata bordering Afghanistan have witnessed militant violence targeting schools, the Pakistani media reported Thursday.

According to an International Crisis Group report, from 2009 to 2012, between 800 to 900 schools were attacked in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and tribal areas.

Pakistan PM meets air chief

Islamabad : Pakistan Air Force chief Zahid Rafiq Butt met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Thursday following the terrorist attack on an army-run school in Peshawar that left over people dead.

Professional and operational matters were discussed at the meeting, The News International reported, without giving details.

Pakistan needs leaders to battle Taliban: daily

Islamabad : Pakistan needs to do a lot more to fight terrorism but more than anything else it needs leaders who can take up the challenge, a leading newspaper said Thursday.

"Now, more than ever, the entire country has a stake in the war against an enemy that is ready to strike against us at any time," The News International said in an editorial.

"This is not a faraway war being fought against a distant enemy. The war declared on the country by the TTP (Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan) has made us all targets.

Pakistan school attack: China offers condolences, aid

Islamabad : China has offered condolences on the death of innocent people, most of them students, in a terror attack Tuesday on an army-run school in Pakistan's Peshawar city.

China also offered assistance to the victims of the Taliban attack, which left nearly 150 people dead, Xinhua reported Thursday.

Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong Wednesday extended letters of condolences to Pakistan's Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Tariq Fatemi.

IS using 'unparalleled' violence, brutality: Study

New York : The Islamic State (IS) Sunni terror group uses unparalleled violence and brutality in its quest to achieve primacy over rival Shia Muslims and facilitate restoration of an Islamic Caliphate, says a study, co-authored by two retired FBI agents.

The group uses extreme violence and brutality against anyone it perceives as a threat to its goal, said the authors, noting that gratuitous violence has become the organisation's "brand".

Peshawar attack: Vehicle owner arrested

Islamabad : The owner of the vehicle that was used by terrorists to attack a school in Pakistan's Peshawar city has been arrested, a media report said Thursday.

"He is being interrogated to determine if he had any links with terrorists," said Inspector General of Police Tahir Alam Khan.

The suspect was arrested in Islamabad Wednesday, Dawn online reported.

At least 148 people, mostly children, were killed Tuesday when militants attacked the Army Public School in Peshawar.