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Karachi Airport attackers’ bodies exhumed for DNA samples: Probe to establish links to banned outfits in city!

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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

Bodies of Karachi airport attackers to be exhumed today for DNA

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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.

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Bodies of the airport attackers at a hospital in Karachi

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.

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An Airport Security Force (ASF) soldier (L) leads a colleague on a stretcher, who was wounded in an attack at Jinnah International Airport, outside Jinnah hospital in Karachi June 9, 2014.

An Airport Security Force (ASF) soldier (L) leads a colleague on a stretcher, who was wounded in an attack at Jinnah International Airport, outside Jinnah hospital in Karachi June 9, 2014.

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.

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Over 100 Pakistani students to study in USA (Text and Video)

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KARACHI: A pre-departure orientation ceremony of over 100 students who will begin their graduate and undergraduate programs in the United States was hosted by United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan on Monday 17th of July here at Avari Towers.

Susan Ross, Cultural Attache of the Consulate General of USA in Karachi addressed the parents and students who have got admissions in bachelor, masters and Ph.D. programs in the universities including Dartmouth College, University of Texas Arlington, Boston University, New York University, University of Houston, Washington State UniversitySusan Ross stated: “I’m really pleased to be here, I really really like these kinds of events because I know that everyone in the room (as has been mentioned before) had to work really hard to get to this point. So I would re-iterate the congratulations toward you and commend you for your accomplishments and were really here to wish you well. Some of us will be participating in your breakout sessions and your activities this evening. I also wanted to commend you for your courage. It’s not easy to leave your home and go somewhere very unfamiliar very different from where you used to be. And to embark on your course of study and path that will take you and a direction that is yet unknown so from the US Consulate to you congratulations to you and go forth with our admiration and support.” etcJanan Ali Mirza, who is going to the University of Central Florida said:“I’m currently a pre-engineering student and I’m going to the state of Florida in the University of Central Florida to continue mechanical engineering. I went to Mama Parsi Girl’s Secondary School and then I went to Agha Khan higher secondary school and now I’m going to the US for my education my visa is for 5 years. I intend to study there for 4 years and then for some experience. And then I tend to come back and to work over here. I already have a scholarship but it’s not too much so I plan on increasing that scholarship by improving my grades more and more. (What a student should do to get scholarship/admission at an American University?) Okay, first of all, you need to plan exactly what you want to study. And then you need to decide a state where you want to study where its best according to your major. And then you just research and research and apply according to what you can afford and what you want to do.”

Izan Ahmed who will be studying at the Grinnell College said: “I’m going to Grinnell College in Iowa… and… I’ll be leaving next month. I did my O Levels from Indus Academy and A levels from Nixor College and I applied through there. I’m going to be studying math, chemistry and physics and maybe computer science I’m not sure, I’m going to decide that later. I do have a (70%) scholarship at Grinnell College. I’d just advise that you should start early and not like waiting for the last moment. And for example, if you’re writing the essays for the colleges just start like 5 to 6 months early.  Because that’s what I regret doing and you’re going to like to cramp up in the end. And just prepare for your SAT as well from really early. And yeah you’ll do a great job and extracurricular just be a part of that, be a part of the sports team or debate team it’s going to help you out”.According to details, overall 150 pupils from across the country secured admissions for their higher education in the US. As compared to 2017, this year the number of students has augmented by 14.7 percent. It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan-United States governments had formed USEF (P) back in 1950. USEF-P is guided by a bi-national commission composed of an equal number of Pakistanis and Americans, with the chair alternating each year between a Pakistani and an American. Advisers at USEF centers assist students with researching choices and preparing for standardized tests, applying and securing admission, financing education, preparing for and securing the U.S. student visa.

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PS: The United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) helps Pakistani students achieve their dreams of U.S. higher education through its scholarship programs and free advising services. The orientation sessions include practical student information for an international program of study in the United States to maximize the takeaways from such potentially life-changing experiences. The sessions are designed to help ensure that Pakistani students fully benefit from their travel and study abroad experience. Topics covered include travel documentation, campus life, academics, U.S. society, and culture. The goal of all USEFP programs is to help Pakistanis learn more about the U.S. and to help Americans learn more about Pakistan and its people.

 

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Naval Chief chairs Bahria University’s board meeting

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ISLAMABAD: Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi Monday chaired the 39th meeting of the Board of Governors (BoGs) of Bahria University.
A detailed briefing was given to the board on the progress of various ongoing projects, with special reference to growth in academic disciplines, infrastructure enhancement and budget etc, a press release said.
The Naval Chief appreciated the efforts of the university for focusing on students grooming through academic teachings and its core values of integrity, creativity, and excellence.
He also appreciated the academic benchmarks being raised in the university aligned with its strategic vision and mission.
The Board of Governors also welcomed the newly appointed Rector Vice Admiral (R) Muhammad Shafiq HI (M) in his first meeting and extended their best wishes for his vision of achieving excellence in education and research.

 

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Askari Park ride falls killing a 9-year-old girl, injuring 18

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KARACHI: A girl child named Kashaf Samad (d/o Abdul Samad) died when a joy-ride at the Amusement Park (situated at PIB Colony Area) fell today. 18 others crushed underneath the structure had been taken to medical facilities. 

According to details the Askari Amusement Park was inaugurated on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr and ever since no maintenance was carried out hence the accident occurred due to a faulty bolt. Mayor Karachi, caretaker chief minister and the Governor of Sindh took notice of the tragic incidence in the Park that has been sealed. 

Commenting on the tragedy former Mayor of Karachi Dr. Farooq Sattar held that such parks should not be run on a commercial basis. Commissioner Karachi also visited the site to inspect the fallen structure. 

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