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Mufti Taqi Usmani escapes assassination attempt!

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Mufti Taqi Usmani escapes

KARACHI: At least three persons were shot dead in two firing incidents near National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA) Round About here today.

According to details, four gunmen on two motorcycles sprayed bullets at two Darul-Uloom Korangi vehicles harboring prominent religious scholar Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani, his wife, and two grandsons. 

While Mufti Usmani and his family members remained unhurt in the assassination attempt, his bodyguard Sanobar Khan expired in the assault. He was brought to the hospital dead and later his body was taken to Edhi Center.

A Police Constable Muhammad Farooq also lost his life while protecting Maulana Taqi Usmani and his family. Driver Amir Shahab, who sustained a number of bullet wounds, is currently in a ventilator. 

Governor Sindh, informing NPTV that Maulana was receiving threats, claimed that Police would nab the culprits today. Provincial CM taking notice of the incident ordered a profound probe. He asked the Additional IG Police to figure out whether it was an attempt to target killing. 

The investigators recovered nine bullets of 9mm-bore at the site of the attack. 

KARACHI: SP Gulshan told NPTV  that Maulana Usmani and his family were traveling in a black Civic while a Silver Corolla carrying driver and a guard was traveling behind it. 

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PM Imran Khan condemning the assassination attempt on Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani held that the attack was a serious conspiracy and every effort would  be made to expose that.  Maintained that such religious leaders were asset of the Muslim world the PM expressed grief over the lives lost in the incident. 

 

 

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Sri Lanka Easter Massacre toll rises to 310

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COLOMBO: Police spokesman here told NPTV that Easter bombings death toll has risen to 310, while five hundred got injured. 

President of Sri Lanka has given army war-time powers enabling them to arrest suspects.  It is pertinent to mention here that the forces used such authority throughout the 26-year-long civil war that ended in 2009.

It is pertinent to mention here that despite the arrest of forty suspects (including the driver of a van allegedly used by suicide bombers), an IED was found inside a vehicle near St. Anthony’s Church, here at Jampettah Road, Kochchikade yesterday (Monday 22nd April). It was disposed of by BDU via controlled explosion. 

A relevant piece published earlier:

SriLanka: 8 suicide bombings killed 210, injured 450

 

 

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Sri Lanka bomb attack victims: Pak NA observes 1-minute silence

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National Assembly session commences

ISLAMABAD: The members of National Assembly on Monday during the session at the Parliament House observed one-minute silence in memory of the citizens of Sri Lanka who lost their lives in bomb attacks.
The house also offered fateha for the departed souls of those who were martyred in two separate attacks in different parts of Balochistan recently.
Later, Speaker National Assembly announced a six-member panel of chairpersons for conducting the proceedings of the house in the absence of Speaker and Deputy Speaker.
The Speaker named MNAs Tahir Sadiq, Jaffer Khan Leghari, Khurram Dastgir, Attaullah, Naveed Qamar and Asad Mehmood as members of the panel who would chair the proceedings of the House when the Speaker and Deputy Speaker would not be present in the house.
The Speaker announced the members for the panel according to section 13(1) of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business of National Assembly 2007.

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Sri Lanka Govt.. declares state of emergency

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Sri Lanka parties file court challenge

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan authorities have ordered a state of emergency to be introduced from midnight Monday following the deadly Easter attacks, the president’s office said.
The special measures are being brought in “to allow the police and the three forces to ensure public security,” the statement said, referring to the army, navy and air force.

 

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