x

Like our Facebook Page

   
Early Times Newspaper Jammu, Leading Newspaper Jammu
 
Breaking News :   Former Army General cannot become JK Governor! | Minister 'reconciles' with PDP, goes active in Kashmir | PSUs face huge losses, political appointees reap benefits of power | Adjustment of three Engineer friends from one division to another raises eyebrows | Aadhar card making employee 'beaten' byMLA Nowshera, shifted to hospital | Amnesty to stone-pelters: BJP unhappy | Abrupt withdrawal of 'live' package for incentives major jolt to industry sector | PDD doesn't know how to distribute 792 MWs of additional power in JK | BGSU students dishonour national anthem, locals aghast | Farooq doesn't know what he says | 3-day long training on Early Childhood Education concludes | Shiksha Niketan holds debate competition | Lawrence Public School celebrates Annual day | RM Public School organises various activities | DPS won medals in district badminton championship | Mount Litera Zee School Tarore organizes seminar | SKUAST Jammu organizes Fresher's Day | Farooq roars about tampering with Article 370 | CONFRONT THIS AIR | Smart condo conundrum: Talk to your home and your appliances! | 82MM Mortar shell found in Ramgarh | GDC Udhampur organizes Career Counselling Programme | Quiz Competition GenQuiz-2k17 organized | Appointment of Jammu and Kashmir interlocutor shows Centre's intent to engage | Centre to reimburse Jammu and Kashmir govt for relief to those affected in cross-border firing | VVIPs delayed her flight, doctor shouts at minister, then breaks down | HC asks JKSRTC to vacate its office within three months | More flights from state to smaller towns on the anvil under UDAN | Union Cabinet approves revision of salaries of SC, High Court judges | Efforts being taken up to bring Kashmiri youth back to the right path' | Those with guns will be given answers in same language: Dy CM | Redouble efforts to fill vacancies: Mehbooba to SSB, PSC | Aadhar card making employee 'beaten' byMLA Nowshera, shifted to hospital | Bizarre! PDP legislator hikes OPD Ticket cost at Sub-district hospital Kokernag | KVK trains Agriculture Extension Officers on Climate Smart Agriculture | Sanjeevani Sharda Kendra organises "Shardhanjali Samaroh" for Guru Tegh Bahadur | BSF School shines in sports, literary activities | Jammu lads shine at Nat'l games in Haryana | IPTA holds multilingual mushaira | Hindi debate competition held | All-out operation in Kashmir to continue | Govt fails to build requisite infrastructure for improvisation of power in JK | DIET Banihal organizes programme on disaster management | Online quiz competition organized | Applications being transferred unnecessarily | SKUAST-J organizes agricultural workshop at Bhaderwah | J&K Bank conducts awareness camp-cum-workshop | MP approaches Centre to seek transfer of 'defiant' SHO | Association of Industries discusses issues arisen after implementation of GST | Anganwari workers, helpers without salary for last 8 months | JKRTTF appreciates ZEO’s decision | Corrupt MS gets prime position yet again | DBA Doda opposes premature inauguration of District Court Complex | Gaddi Sippi association grieves demise of Jaryal | Members of Unemployed Engineers condemn CVPP | DB dismisses Criminal Acquittal appeal, acquitted accused from offence under NDPS | HC rejects claim petition seeking compensation for damaged house by devastating floods | J-K Govt urges Centre to sanction chopper services | Centre's amnesty to free 4,500 youth caught in Kashmir's stone-pelting protests | HC grants pre arrest bail to ex Principal of GDC Udhampur for offences corruption | DB directs ERA to submit project report on constrution of Fly-over from Shakuntla-Janipur | Man gets lifer for stabbing teacher to death | Militant killed, solider martyred; two others injured in Keran sector | Court issues notice to SSP Crime for explaining why contempt shall not be framed | Sub-Zero Temp in Kashmir, Leh Coldest | Mahajan hails Centre's initiatives on J&K | One way traffic to ply on Mughal road | Power shut down | Rajiv Gandhi Panchayati Raj Sangathan opposes indirect elections of sarpanches | Problems of Gujjar Bakerwals different from other communities: Hakla | J&K sets Jan 18 as deadline for moving to PAO system | Middle School Pothi awaits upgradation since independence | Village Mir remains cut off due to landslide | PS Gursai mentions temporary No on its vehicle | Extend support to Panthers to claim back Dogra rule: Harsh | DGPC castigates Punjab police for 'harassing' Jammu youth | 9000 Kgs of Polythene seized at Toll Post Lakhanpur | Unattended Bhalla roads dotted with potholes, awaits renovation | Thieves run away with ATM in Shopian: Police | Residents of Bhalessa stage protest, demand hill district status | Back Issues  
 
news details
Pakistan shuts Torkham border crossing with Afghanistan after Islamic State-claimed bomb kills 70 at Sufi shrine in Sehwan
2/17/2017 11:33:40 AM


Islamabad: Pakistan on late Thursday shut down the Torkham border crossing with Afghanistan for an indefinite period of time after a suicide bomber attacked a crowded Sufi shrine in the southern part of the country, killing at least 70 people and wounding dozens more.
Torkham border connects Nangarhar province of Afghanistan with Pakistan`s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
It is the busiest port of entry between the two countries, serving as a major transporting, shipping, and receiving site.
In past attacks, Islamabad has accused Kabul of harbouring Pakistani militants. Kabul also regularly points the finger at Pakistan for sending militants to carry out bombings in the war-torn country.
The Islamic State group (IS) claimed the attack, the deadliest to hit Pakistan so far in 2017, in the town of Sehwan in Sindh province, some 200 kilometres (124 miles) northeast of the provincial capital Karachi.
A police source said a suicide bomber entered the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, a 13th-century Muslim saint, and blew himself up among hundreds of devotees.
The centuries-old shrine, one of the most revered in Pakistan, had been crowded on a Thursday, considered a sacred day for prayers.
Provincial health minister Sikandar Ali Mandhro said at least 70 people had died while 250 were wounded, 40 of them critically.
Images of the shrine showed blood smeared on the white floor around the grave, with debris and shoes scattered around.
Survivors and local residents, many in tears, were helping the blood-soaked wounded onto stretchers, while at Sehwan`s overcrowded medical facility the injured were being treated on floors and in corridors.
Emergency services are basic in Sehwan, with the nearest main hospital some 130 kilometres away.
"Many wounded people are in critical condition and they will be shifted to Karachi as soon as Navy helicopters and C-130 plane reach the nearest airport," Inspector General of Police for Sindh province AD Khawaja told AFP.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said an attack on Sufis was considered a "direct threat", while military chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa warned: "Each drop of (the) nation`s blood shall be revenged, and revenged immediately. No more restraint for anyone."
Sufism, a mystic Islamic order that believes in living saints, worships through music and is viewed as heretical by some hardline groups.
The Sunni jihadist IS group has targeted Sufi shrines in Pakistan previously, killing more than 50 in a bomb blast at the Shah Noorani shrine in Balochistan province in November last year.
Analysts have said IS is still scrabbling for purchase in Pakistan despite several high-profile attacks, and officials claim it is on the retreat in Afghanistan."To attack peaceful worshippers in one of their sacred spaces is shameful and cowardly," US ambassador David Hale said in a statement, while the European Union expressed its condolences to the victims.
Pakistanis vented their anger and grief on social media, with users calling the shrine a "capital of spirituality" and a "seat of interfaith harmony".
Pakistan has seen a dramatic improvement in security in the past two years, but a series of attacks this week -- most claimed by the Pakistani Taliban -- has undermined the growing sense of optimism.
Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a faction of the Pakistani Taliban, said it had carried out a suicide bombing in Lahore which killed 13 people and wounded dozens more Monday, days after the group had vowed to launch a fresh offensive. Police and troops were also hit in attacks Thursday before and after the shrine bombing. An IED struck a military convoy in Balochistan, killing three soldiers, while gunmen on motorcycles killed four policemen and a civilian in the northwestern town of Dera Ismail Khan.
Four suicide bombers had struck northwest Pakistan on Wednesday, killing six people and unnerving civilians further.
"The past few days have been hard, and my heart is with the victims. But we can`t let these events divide us, or scare us," Sharif said in his statement.
"We have faced tougher circumstances, and still persevered."
The attacks underscore Pakistan`s struggle to stamp out extremism, which was stepped up after the country`s deadliest ever attack, a Pakistani Taliban assault on a school in Peshawar in 2014 which left more than 150 people dead -- mostly children.
  Share This News with Your Friends on Social Network  
 
  Comment on this Story  
 
 
 
Early Times Android App
STOCK UPDATE
  
BSE Sensex
NSE Nifty
 
CRICKET UPDATE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
Home About Us Top Stories Local News National News Sports News Opinion Editorial ET Cetra Advertise with Us ET E-paper
 
 
J&K RELATED WEBSITES
J&K Govt. Official website
Jammu Kashmir Tourism
JKTDC
Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine Board
Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Board
Shri Shiv Khori Shrine Board
UTILITY
Train Enquiry
IRCTC
Matavaishnodevi
BSNL
Jammu Kashmir Bank
State Bank of India
PUBLIC INTEREST
Passport Department
Income Tax Department
JK CAMPA
JK GAD
IT Education
Web Site Design Services
EDUCATION
Jammu University
Jammu University Results
JKBOSE
Kashmir University
IGNOU Jammu Center
SMVDU