Terrorists strike again - Suicide bomber attacks military van kills 41 people - injures 60

2009-10-13 14:10:05 (GMT) (Caymanmama.com - Pakistan News News)

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Latest Pakistan news of October 13, 2009 in passing

Suicide bomber attacks military trucks patrolling in Shangla - 41 killed, 60 injured
Released of 100 militants was sought by the terrorists who took over Army Headquarters
Hafiz Saeed - Chief of Jammat -ud-Dawa - under house arrest - cases lodged against him dismissed by Lahore High Court
Stock market reacts to increased militant activities - crashes by 126 points
Islamic banking licenses to be issued by State Bank of Pakistan

Suicide bomber attacks military trucks patrolling in Shangla - 41 killed, 60 injured

Alpuri - Shangla (Pakistan) (Dawn.com): Military trucks were targeted once again by the militants in Shangle District. The militants just two days after attacking the General Head Quarters Rawalpindi launched attack on the military trucks patrolling the area. A teenaged suicide bomber detonated the bombs in his vest when he came close to the trucks, resultantly killed 4 soldiers, 3 policemen and the residents in the area.

The militants have stepped up their activities after the renewed pledge by the military and Pakistan government officials to carry out an operation against the terrorists in South Waziristan.

Released of 100 militants was sought by the terrorists who took over Army Headquarters

Islamabad (Dawn.com): The Pakistan Army Spokesman, General Athar Abbas, spoke to the media about the siege of Army headquarters by the militants. He told the press that about 10 gunmen took over the headquarters demanding the release of 100 militants. They had taken 42 people (army men) hostage. He said, ‘They had a long list of terrorists who had been apprehended. The main demand was the release of terrorists including high-profile ones. It included over 100 names, from all the groups, all the terrorists across the board.’

The Taliban’s Pakistan wing claimed the responsibility of the attack at the Army headquarters. The Taliban spokesman, Azam Tariq informed an AFP reporter that, ‘We claim responsibility for the attack on GHQ. It was carried out by our Punjab branch… We have the capability to strike at any place in Pakistan.’ ‘As long as Pakistan continues its operation against the Taliban, we will also keep continuing such attacks.’

Hafiz Saeed - Chief of Jammat -ud-Dawa - under house arrest - cases lodged against him dismissed by Lahore High Court

Lahore (Dawn.com) Much to India’s frustration, who seeks trial and detention of Hafiz Saeed and claims his involvement in Mumbai attacks, the Lahore High Court has dismissed the petitions filed against him, dropped all the cases. However, Hafiz Saeed would remain under house arrest.

Stock market reacts to increased militant activities - crashes by 126 points

Karachi (Dawn.com): The stock market reacted the militant’s activities of attacking the army headquarters and than the suicide bomb attack in Shangla. The foreign investors instantly withdrew their holdings and the local investors too followed suit. The stocks fell across the board by 126 points that brought the KSE-100 index to 9,642.56 points

Islamic banking licenses to be issued by State Bank of Pakistan

Dubai (Dawn.com): The State Bank of Pakistan’s former director of Islamic Banking, mentioned that the central bank of Pakistan would be issuing licenses to Gulf based Islamic banks. The move will be to target the growth of Islamic Banking by 12% by the year 2012. He told Reuters that, ‘New licenses will be issued. There is a strong possibility that an Islamic banking license for the Gulf will be issued next year.’ ‘I can tell you there is at least one license in the pipeline. The Middle East is the region where people still have money and are looking for places to invest. There are some investor groups in the Gulf that are looking at Pakistan for establishing an Islamic bank.’

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