M. M. ALAM
KARACHI: Following the disclosure that some of the militants killed in June 2014 Airport attack belonged to this Metropolis, ten bodies were exhumed from the Edhi Graveyard for collection of DNA samples here in Mowaach Goth on Tuesday (22 Nov.).
Health officials carried out the 5-hour-long operation under the supervision of (1) Judicial Magistrate Malir.
It is pertinent to mention here that earlier it was assumed that all the Karachi Airport attackers were foreigners. But recently arrested militants belonging to banned outfits like LeJ have disclosed that many of those terrorists were homegrown activists.
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Bodies of Karachi airport attackers to be exhumed today for DNA
KARACHI: On the directives of a legal court, a medical board will exhume and examine bodies of ten attackers involved in Karachi airport attack that took place two years ago in June 2014.
The medical board, under the supervision of a judicial officer, will disinter the bodies buried at the Mowachh Goth graveyard today (Tuesday).
The decision followed after a judicial magistrate in Karachi directed the health authorities to constitute a medical board since police moved court for the exhumation of the bodies for DNA testing.
The four-member medical team will collect samples for DNA tests to establish the identity of the killed assailants.
A medical team comprising 10 to 15 members will collect samples for DNA tests to establish the identity of the killed assailants in the presence of the judicial magistrate.
According to an official of the medical board, the decision was taken as the previous samples obtained by the police investigators had not been secured properly.
Around 10 militants, armed with automatic weapons, grenades and a rocket launcher stormed Karachi airport in June, 2014, killing 26 people, including personnel of the Airport Security Force, police and Rangers at the Hajj terminal of the airport.
They were later killed in the hours-long gun battle with army commandos and personnel of other security forces. The outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan reportedly claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.
“The bodies of the unidentified attackers, whose origin had been presumed as Central Asian, were buried after their DNA samples had been collected by police investigators for identification purpose. The samples were sent for examination to the forensic laboratory in Islamabad, but the forensic experts later claimed that the samples were lost because they had not been ‘secured’ properly,” said sources in the police.
Three militants linked to Lashkar-i-Jhangvi (Naeem Bukhari group) are facing trial before an anti-terrorism court for allegedly providing logistic support, funds and weapons to the attackers.
During the interrogation, one militant Ishaq alias Bobby told police that his brother-in-law, Majid, and his friend, Hisham, were killed in the airport attack
Raja Umer Khattab, officer of the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of police told media that LJ suspects Majid and Hisham were allegedly involved in 28 high-profile murder cases including Qawwal Ajmad Sabri and security personnel killing.
Civil society pays rich tribute to Jam Saqi!
KARACHI: Arts Council was the venue where senior political and socialist leaders, civil society, human and labor rights activists converged today to pay tribute to late comrade Jam Saqi at a reference.
Speaking on the occasion former chairman Senate Raza Rabbani lauded the role of Jam Saqi. He said that the establishment was trying to abolish 18th Amendment. He paid tribute to all political leaders who got passed the 18th Amendment: “Don’t open this Pandora’s box. Don’t add new factor of terrorism to already beleaguered society in Pakistan,” he remarked.
According to Raza Rabbani any judicial or military martial law will be harmful to the country as in the past all dictatorships had bad effects on Pakistan. Main Raza Rabbani pointed out that despite the fact education and health are provincial subjects, the federal government does not allow the provinces to make change in curriculum.
Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo observed that Jam Saqi remained committed to the democracy. Shah Mohammad Shah held that Jam Saqi remained committed to rights of poor’s and he was a true Democratic leader. Rasheed A. Razvi said Jam was a beacon of light for students, labor and political workers.
Dr. Riaz Shaikh said Jam Saqi had spent his entire life for poor people and struggled for unity of the nation. Terming Jam Saqi a man of principles Zahida Hina stated that he even resigned from Communist Party. He continued his struggle for people, he joined PPP but he was not satisfied with the party. In last days he was inclined to mysticism.
Cricket legend Sir Viv Richards welcomed by Administrator DHA Kr. Brig. Shahid Hasan Ali at Moin Khan Academy
KARACHI: Sir Viv Richards, legendary West Indian cricket star, who is presently coaching the Quetta Gladiators, was welcomed by Administrator DHA Brigadier Shahid Hasan Ali here at Moin Khan Academy on the occasion of Pakistan Resolution Day.
As karachiites were given access to the legend, people – particularly children – grasped at the occasion to get themselves photographed with the legend and get his autographs.
This is an encouraging sign for Port City where peace is returning after a prolonged episode of lawlessness. With the holding of PSL final here Karachi has manifested its fortitude to regain its title City of Lights.
(VIDEO AND TEXT) French CG Didier Talpain may organise a musical event for charity!
M. M. ALAM
KARACHI: Venue was the patio of French Cultural Centre (Alliance Française de Karachi – AFK) where francophiles converged to celebrate Soiree Franco-Swiss. Director AFK Monsieur Gilles Pascal invited the Consul General of Switzerland Monsieur Philippe Crevoisier with whom the evening of the film was organized to speak on the occasion.
Swiss diplomat said: ” Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen. The colleagues of the counselor corps, the friends of the French Language. It is a great pleasure for Switzerland and me to be here as guest of Alliance Française tonight. Thank you very much to Alliance for allowing us to collaborate on this movie evening.
“Before speaking on the movie I just wanted to let you know to remind you what is francophone and what is francophonie week every year we celebrate this event along francophonie. French is a language; it became francophonie through the cooperating of all the countries and affiliated countries who became member of the International Organization of the Francophonie in 1970.
“Now-a-days this International organization has 84 members. French is spoken by 275 million people around the world. This makes it one of the biggest linguistic areas around the world.
“We are very happy every year to celebrate this francophonie. For Switzerland francophonie is a special matter because we have three official languages in Switzerland. We are happy to celebrate francophonie in March. We are happy to celebrate German language as well in the year as well as the Italian Language. But tonight we are speaking about the French Language.
About the movie I can tell you it is French-Swiss collaboration. This movie is an animated movie which was nominated for an Oscar two years ago (I believe): did not win the Oscar but it is very interesting movie even if we would consider
Addressing the ladies and gentlemen in the audience newly arrived Consul General of France Monsieur Didier Talpain highlighted the importance of French Language.
Later animated movie Ma vie de Courgette was screened.
Speaking exclusively to Newspaksitan.tv (official partner BBCNEWS) Consul General of France Monsieur Didier Talpain said:
Importance of Francophonie Day:
This is something important. Because this is the moment where we celebrate this community, you know, of francophonie people. Which are of course the people being linked by language. But I think…even by more things. I mean by common vision, pluralism, importance of human rights and all these kind of things. Which is why we every year make a sort of celebration all over the world.
French is spoken in how many countries?
…globally 84 countries, or let’s say regions … if I’m not wrong 274 million people are French speakers all over the world, over the 5 continents.
You have recently been posted at Karachi:
I just arrived 3 weeks ago to Pakistan. I’m a professional diplomat. I’m not a specialist (not yet) of Asia. I’m a specialist of Central Europe because I was posted a few times in Central Europe.
But for this new post I’ve decided to do something different…I’m specialized in… cultural things as well because I’m a man of culture.
Please tell our audience about yourself
I’m from Eastern France. I was born near the Swiss-German border…I spent my youth there, let’s say.
But before my arrival I was working in the opposite path I mean Western France. A city called Nord, I just arrived from Nord…I’ve been posted in France that’s why I’ve arrived from Nord.
And before, you know because of the specialty of Central Europe I was posted in Poland, in Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria and in Greece.
What do you plan to do during your tenure here?
Oh my plans. You know the first thing is to learn, to see how things in the city are. People are very friendly, and this is my first comment in three weeks.
Then we’ll see, as it is my job, to develop the Franco-Pakistani links you know in every matter especially business. But not only in just that because there are already a lot of French firms with business in Pakistan. I mean in the region of Karachi. I’m responsible for Sindh and Balochistan.
So we’ll try to improve this and maybe as well as you told me, as well as you proposed to me your idea a few minutes ago. A bit of French culture…
You are also a conductor of classical music?
… I make studies…with my normal studies in political, economics, etc. I make studies of music and I’m currently a conductor specializing in classical music of course in opera…I like opera a lot. I used to conduct in many cities in many operas, in the world. This is my favorite thing … the last recording and concert I made two months ago was a piano concerto…
Would you like to organize a musical event for charity?
Yes it’s a very good idea; I hope we’ll see with Gilles Pascal the new director of Alliance and with our friends from the other Embassies. We deal with culture as well, what we can do, how we can promote this. …but probably yes!