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Quick response from security forces save Quetta from APS like tragedy
A man carries a girl as he runs out with others after gunmen attacked the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Quetta, December 17, 2017. REUTERS

QUETTA: Had the police not responded to the reports of militant attack on Bethel Memorial Methodist Church on Quetta’s Zarghoon road, the death toll could have been much higher as hundreds of people were inside the church.

At least eight people were killed and over 30 wounded when two suicide bombers attacked the church during a Sunday service, just over a week before Christmas, police said.

Officials said security forces intercepted and shot one bomber outside but the second attacker managed to reach the church´s main door where he blew himself up.

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Saving a dreadful attack from happening when some 400 Christians were offering their Sunday prayers at the Church, security officials neutralized the attackers at the entrance, said IG Balochistan Moazzam Jah. Had the bomber managed to escape inside, massive casualties would have been reported otherwise, he noted.

However, LEAs quick-thinking and adequate retaliatory response not only helped in escorting children and their families outside the Church hall, but also made the attack unsuccessful by barricading the main entrance.

Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa praised the effective and prompt response undertaken by the security forces.

"The terrorists had weapons and it seems they wanted to take hostages inside the church. The police and FC guards present stopped this from happening," stated Mir Sarfraz Bugti, Home Minister – Balochistan.

Bugti further posted on Twitter that it took a total of 16 minutes only to complete the operation led by CCPO, IGP Balochistan and DC Quetta.

Pictures showcasing security forces helping people to flee from sight safely bear witness of the swiftness in response and intelligence, which actually prevented a huge attack that could have claimed innocent lives.

JI's Siraj says Al-Quds not to become Israeli capital until Muslims are alive on earth

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KARACHI: Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Surajul Haq said on Sunday that Al-Quds would not become capital of Israel until the Muslims are alive on the earth, terming 2018 as a freedom year for Palestine and Kashmir.

Addressing the “Al-Quds Million March” organised by JI to express solidarity with the people of Palestine here, Sirajul Haq said that the Muslim Ummah needs a courageous leadership for the independence of Palestine and Kashmir. Muslims leaders are asleep but the Ummah is awake.

He said that it was a conspiracy of the enemy to divide the Ummah on sectarian and ethnic lines. He called upon the Muslim world to forge unity in their ranks to save Al-Quds.

Strongly condemning the Quetta church attack in which eight people were killed, the JI chief said that India was behind the attack. He went on to say that India, the US and Israel had formed a troika against Pakistan. 

He said the recently formed Islamic military alliance should be given an agenda and Al-Quds must be on top of its priority list.

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Gen Bajwa to brief Senate on national security

ISLAMABAD: Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa will brief the Senate in an in-camera meeting of the Committee of the Whole House over national security paradigm and emerging geopolitical situation in the region.

The briefing would be held on Tuesday morning, according to the notification issued by the Senate Secretariat.

The Director General Military Operation will accompany the army chief.

The meeting has been arranged on a motion moved by the Leader of the House "To prepare policy guidelines in the light of emerging regional realities and the role of United States", the notification read.

COAS Gen Bajwa will also brief the lawmakers on his recently concluded Iran visit and Pakistan's role in the Saudi-led Islamic Military Alliance.


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Kashmiris paid unprecedented sacrifices for Kashmir cause
Srinagar, December 17 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League (JKPL), Mukhtar Ahmad Waza has said that the people of Kashmir have paid unprecedented sacrifices for cause of freedom from India.
Thousands attend funeral of martyred civilian
Srinagar, December 17 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani has slammed the puppet administration for imposing restrictions in the territory
Tributes paid to APS martyrs
Islamabad, December 17 (KMS): A function was held at National Press Club, Islamabad, to pay tributes to the martyrs of Army Public School, Peshawar.
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