Senior lawyer assassinated in Pakistan

Karachi : A senior lawyer from the minority Shia sect, who was also the counsel for many activists of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) party, was shot dead in Pakistan's financial capital Karachi on Wednesday.

Police and emergency teams reached the spot of the shooting and the area was cordoned off as a probe was launched into the assassination, Dawn reported.

The reason for the attack, however, is unclear.

Two injured in bomb explosion in Meghalaya

Shillong : Two people were injured on Monday morning after militants hurled a crude bomb at a petrol pump in Meghalaya's West Khasi Hills district, police said.

The incident occurred at around 6.15 a.m. when unidentified Garo militants lobbed the crude bomb at the Indian Oil petrol pump injuring two workers - Amresh Kumar and Mejentis Sangma.

"Two petrol pump workers were injured in the bomb attack. They have been rushed to hospital and their health condition is stated to be stable," Sylvester Nongtynger, the district police chief of West Khasi Hills, told IANS.

Terror attack planned for Pakistan Day foiled: Police

Islamabad : Police Sunday said they have foiled a terrorist attack that aimed to the strike the Pakistan Day parade on March 23, media reports said.

Police sources said that two suspected terrorists were arrested during recent raids and confessed to planning an attack, Dawn News reported.

They said the men were arrested from Ghouri Town here in connection with the attack on the Qasar-e-Sakina Imambargah which occurred on February 19.

Lakhvi leads luxurious life in Pakistani jail

Islamabad : Mumbai terror attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi has been living a luxurious life in a jail in Pakistan's Rawalpindi city, with access to mobile phones and internet and receiving scores of visitors every day.

Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operations commander Lakhvi is one of the main suspects behind the 2008 Mumbai attacks in which over 160 people lost their lives.

​Ban RSS, VHP, demand Maharashtra orgs

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Aurangabad (Maharashtra): Amidst growing religious intolerance in the country and violence directed towards minorities, two lesser known organisations have demanded a ban on communal outfits, including the RSS and the VHP.

Members of Lok Vikas Party and Christian Kruti Samiti (Christian Action Committee) staged a protest shouting slogans against radical outfits that “are suppressing minorities and vandalizing churches in the country” on Tuesday.

Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind Maha unit demands protection for its president, lawyer defending terror accused

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Jalna (Maharashtra): The city unit of Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind (Maharashtra) has demanded the state government to provide security to its state president Maulana Nadeem Siddiqui and one of its senior criminal lawyers Tahur Pathan.

Tayyab Bapu Deshmukh, secretary of Jalna unit of Jamiat, on Tuesday sent a memorandum of demand to Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis through the city collector demanding protection for the duo on the basis of continuous threats received by them.

18 killed in another Afghanistan avalanche

Kabul : At least 18 people were killed and 10 wounded after an avalanche hit a village in the northern Afghan province of Badakhshan, the latest in a string of casualties caused by natural disasters within the past few days, authorities said Thursday.

"Locals uncovered 18 bodies and rescued 10 wounded people after the avalanche struck parts of Tang Shewa village in Mahmay district in the wee hours of Thursday," Sayyed Abdullah Dehqan, head of the provincial disaster management authority, told Xinhua news agency.

Gangster Abu Salem gets life imprisonment

Mumbai : Gangster Abu Salem was slapped with life imprisonment for killing Mumbai builder Pradeep Jain in March 1995 by a court here Wednesday.

Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said that besides Salem, his associate and co-accused Mehndi Hasan, was also given life imprisonment in the sensational case.

Extradited from Portugal 10 years ago, Salem has also been fined Rs.200,000 by the Special TADA Court.

CRPF trooper killed, 8 wounded in Bihar blast

Patna : A CRPF trooper was killed while eight were wounded in a blast triggered by Maoists Tuesday evening in Bihar's Gaya district, an officer said.

The blast took place when the paramilitary personnel were patrolling in Domaria in Gaya district, around 120 km from state capital Patna, said an officer of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

The condition of three of the injured is serious, the officer said.

Blast in Pakistan kills one

Islamabad : At least one person was killed and seven injured in an explosion in Pakistan Tuesday.

Explosives planted on a bicycle on Mall Road in Chaman in Balochistan province detonated with a huge bang, Dawn reported.

The intensity of the blast destroyed four vehicles parked in the vicinity and also damaged more than a dozen shops.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing.

The blast comes two days after an explosion in the same area killed a child and wounded nine others.