States making big mistake in backing terrorism: Iran

Tehran : Countries supporting terrorism in the Middle East have made a "big mistake", says Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, Press TV reported.

"The states that back terrorist groups have made a big mistake and will face problems" because of that, Larijani said in a meeting with Syrian Prime Minister Wael Nader al-Halqi in the Syrian capital Damascus Sunday.

The top parliamentarian termed the issues of terrorism in Syria and Iraq a "regional problem".

Four Taliban militants arrested in Pakistan

Islamabad : Four Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan militants were arrested Monday from Balochistan province, media reported.

According to official sources, security forces conducted a raid in Kuchlak area of Quetta city, during which they arrested the militants, including a key commander, Dawn online reported.

Heavy weapons were recovered from their possession, sources said.

28 militants killed in Afghanistan

Kabul : At least 28 militants have been killed in Afghanistan, the defence ministry said Monday.

"The Afghan army carried out several clean-up operations in Helmand, Paktika and Kunar provinces for the past one day, killing 28 Taliban militants, including an insurgent local commander," Xinhua reported citing a defence ministry statement.

It said that five soldiers also lost their lives as a result of the heavy weapons firing and bomb attacks by militants.

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.

Two Bodo insurgents killed, 10 crude bombs found

Guwahati : Two Bodo insurgents were killed and a huge cache of arms was recovered from them Sunday, while information revealed by a man arrested over his links to jihadi ooperatives led to the discovery of 10 crude bombs in Assam, police said.

The two cadres of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) faction opposed to peace talks were killed in Chirang district - a part of the troubled Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD).

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.

Three killed in Manipur blast

Imphal : Three people were killed and four others injured when a powerful blast rocked Manipur's capital city Imphal Sunday, police said.

"An IED (improvised explosive device) that was planted by the roadside near Khuyathong area, close to Imphal market, exploded at 6 a.m., killing three migrant labourers on the spot and injuring four others," a police official said.

He said the labourers, all non-Manipuris, gathered for tea in Khuyathong, which is about one km from Imphal city police station, when the blast took place.

Over 300 terror suspects held in Islamabad

Islamabad : Over 300 terror suspects, including some foreigners, have been nabbed by security agencies in Pakistan's capital city during joint operations, a media report said Sunday.

Six teams of sniffer dogs, armed personnel carriers, bomb disposal squads and commandos participated in the operations, carried out across Islamabad in the light of intelligence inputs about militant threats, Dawn reported.

The swoops, carried out by the police, Pakistan Rangers, and intelligence agencies Saturday, also led to the recovery of arms and ammunition.

Fascist war against humanity

By Vidya Bhushan Rawat,

The slaughtering of over 140 children by the Pakistani Taliban is a grim reminder of how religious rights have no faith in democracy and its order. That they can kill anyone at their own will and the authorities are left to react once they have done their ‘duty’ shows how powerful have they become so far. Further, this reflects that the war on terror has failed on all counts. Just a day before this incident, we saw the infamous Sydney siege where a gunman kept hostage to so many visitors of the café keeping the authorities guessing his motives and resulting in killings of a few of the hostages. The killing spree of the gangs and thugs in the name of religion continues world-over and it is a matter of great concern as at the end of the day as it is the common person who is becoming the victim of their hate mission.