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Key suspect in Sehwan shrine blast remanded in CTD custody

KARACHI: The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of Sindh police on Friday obtained five-day physical remand of a key suspect involved in the terrorist attack on the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan. On Feb 16 this year, more than seventy-six people were killed and over 250 others were wounded when a suicide bomb ripped through the crowded shrine of the revered Sufi saint. The investigation officer presented suspect Nadir Ali Jakhrani before the monitoring judge of anti-terrorism courts for physical remand in a…

Imran barred from entering shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar

SEHWAN: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan was on Sunday barred from entering the shrine of Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan Sharif. The PTI chairman visited the shrine to pay his respects after addressing a successful public gathering in the city. PTI Sindh spokesman Jamal Siddiqui said that the door of the shrine was opened despite their strong insistence, while police officials said that they received order to close the shrine. Imran Khan returned after visiting the shrine. The spokesman said…

Bilawal says polarized world needs mystic language of Sufism

KARACHI: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Friday said the world needs the universal language of Sufism more than ever to unite us as it gets increasingly polarized. Addressing the International Sufi Conference organised by Sindh Culture Department, the PPP chairman said Sindh is known as the land of Sufis, and the Bhutto family unsurprisingly also belonged to this land. “Sindh is known as the land of the Sufis. From Lal Shahbaz Qalander to Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, Sachal Sarmast and Shah…

Police announce Rs5 million reward for arrest of Sehwan attack facilitators

KARACHI: Sindh police have announced five million rupees reward for any information leading to the arrest of the facilitators of the attack at the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan on Feb 16. Police have said to have identified two facilitators who conducted a recce outside the shrine prior to the attack. They were identified after combing through hours of closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage from the shrine. Additional Inspector General Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) Sanaullah Abbasi made the…

CM Murad admits lack of security arrangements at Sehwan shrine

SEHWAN: Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah on Sunday admitted over the lack of security arrangements and police presence at the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar resulting in the terror attack.   The chief minister speaking to media during a visit to the shrine said that it was not the appropriate time for blaming each other, but rather to stand united against the terrorists. “This is not the right time to rub salt in the wounds of the victims,” he said. Murad said that it was wrongly reported that there was no hospital…

CM Sindh calls for ‘result-oriented’ action against terror facilitators

KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah on Saturday called for result-oriented progress to apprehend the facilitators of the terror attack at the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, ARY News reported. The chief minister was presiding over a high-level meeting attended by the top bureaucratic and police hierarchy including the Chief Secretary, Inspector General Sindh and Additional IG counter-terrorism department (CTD). "The cries of the victims are still in the heart and mind of their families," said the chief…

Devotees’ say ‘no’ to terror with defiant dhamaal

SEHWAN: The devotees of the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar answered the attackers with valiant defiance in the form of resuming Sufi ritual of dhamaal at the shrine on Friday, a day after a suicide attack ripped through devotees the worst attack on a shrine in Pakistan. Around 88 people were killed and several dozens were injured in the worst suicide attack on a Sufi shrine in the country. The devotees of the shrine next morning rushed in the shrine. The shrine's caretaker defiantly rang its bell, a daily ritual that…

Police resorts to aerial firing to disperse angry protesters in Sehwan

SEHWAN: Police on Friday resorted to aerial firing and shelling to disperse angry protesters in Sehwan after the attack at the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, ARY News reported.  The protesters staged a sit-in outside the office of the Deputy Superintendent  Police (DSP) while some attempted to enter it. They wielded sticks and chanted slogans against the police. Afterwards, a heavy police contingent was deployed to disperse them lead to aerial firing and shelling. The enraged protests later attacked and set a police…

Three pilgrims killed as Sehwan bound bus overturns

MULTAN: Three pilgrims were killed when a bus overturned at National Highway as it was heading towards Sehwan for the Urs of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, ARY News reports. Thirty five others were also wounded in the road accident in which three people are said to be in critical condition. The critically wounded were taken to Nawabshah Hospital whereas the rest of the injured were brought to Naushehro Feroz Hospital for treatment. According to the doctors, their condition is out of danger.