Last update: Thu, 27 Oct 2016 07pm

General News: Pakistan


Militants wearing suicide vests stormed a police academy in Quetta overnight, killing 61 people, mostly police cadets and recruits, and waging a ferocious gun battle with troops that lasted into early hours Tuesday. The four-hour siege - one of the deadliest attacks on Pakistan's security forces in recent years - also wounded 123, mainly police trainees but also some paramilitary troops, according to Wasay Khan, a spokesman for the elite Frontier Corps. Some of the wounded were reported to be in critical condition.
Militant group Islamic State said on Tuesday that fighters loyal to its movement attacked a police training college in Quetta in a raid that officials said killed 59 people and wounded more than 100. Pakistani authorities have blamed another militant group, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), for the late-Monday siege, though the Islamic State claim included photographs of three alleged attackers.
World community on Tuesday strongly condemned the terrorist attack on police training center in Quetta and reiterated to work closely with Pakistan against the menace of terrorism. According to message issued by the Press and Information Office of the Russian President Vladimir Putin and received through Pakistan's Ambassador in Moscow Qazi Khalilullah, the Russian President condoled with victim families of the Quetta terrorist attack.
Spokesper-son of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development also condemned the attack, saying "France condemns the attack of last night in Quetta (Balochistan) against the Police Training Centre, the provisional toll reported sixty dead and many dozens injured". "In these tragic circumstances, France presents its condolences to the families of victims. France recalls its commitment and stands with the Pakistani authorities in front of terrorism", the statement added.
A day after Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz confirmed Pakistan's participation in next month's Heart of Asia and Istanbul Process ministerial meeting in Amritsar, India, a marked division between parliamentary parties on the country's participation in the meeting has emerged. In an anecdotal survey conducted by Business Recorder the day after the Quetta massacre that left more than 60 dead coupled with escalation at Line of Control (LoC) and Working Boundary, political parties particularly Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) argued in favour of skipping the meeting in India.
Japan is shocked and saddened by the terrorist attacks which caused numerous deaths and injuries at Police College in Quetta. It was stated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, in a statement issued on Tuesday. Japan prays for the victims and expresses its condolences to the bereaved families. Japan also prays those injured for the earliest recovery, the statement said.
Prime Minister's Special Envoy on Kashmir Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh MNA has said that Pakistan is a peace-loving country and desires peace in the region for stability, well-being and alleviation of poverty but he regretted that India continues to sponsor state terrorism in Pakistan and in Indian Held Kashmir. According to a message received from London, Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh was addressing British Parliamentarians, businessmen and representatives of the civil society here on Sunday.