Tag: Violence

100,000 flee Libya to escape violence, says UNHCR

GENEVA - The UN refugee agency said Sunday that about 100,000 foreign migrants, mainly Egyptians and Tunisians, have fled Libya to neighbouring countries during the past week of turmoil.
"UNHCR emergency teams are working with Tunisian and Egyptian authorities and NGOs (non governmental organisations) to support the migrants," officer of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said in a statement. The Red Crescent said the migrants entered at the Ras Jedir post on Saturday.

Lorgat flays ticket violence

BANGALORE - International Cricket Council chief executive Haroon Lorgat on Saturday condemned the violent scenes amid the World Cup ticket fiasco which saw desperate fans baton-charged by police. Lorgat, keen to rescue what has quickly become a public relations disaster, also apologised for a system that has left thousands of fans with no hope of seeing marquee matches. The controversy over ticket distribution and availability, especially at Bangalore, where India play England on

Violence against women continues

ISLAMABAD - Punjab stood first in violence against women in 2010 registering 5492 of the total 8000 incidents reported through out the Pakistan during the same year. This was revealed in a report highlighting the situation of violence against women in Pakistan in 2010 released by the Aurat Foundation and Violence against Women watch Group here on Thursday.
Titled the "3rd Annual Statistics of Violence against Women," the report splits offences reported from all over Pakistan and

Gold above $1,400 as Mid East violence spreads

LONDON - Gold prices rose above $1,400 an ounce on Monday for the first time in nearly seven weeks as violence flared in North Africa and the Middle East, boosting interest in the precious metal as a haven from risk. Tensions have spread across the regions from Egypt and Tunisia, where protests have unseated leaders over the past month or so, threatening the grip of long-entrenched autocratic leaders elsewhere.
Spot gold rose as high as $1,403.38 an ounce and was bid at $1,402.80

APWA hosts a seminar on ‘Violence against Women’

FAISALABAD - All Pakistan Women Association (APWA) Faisalabad Chapter hosted a seminar titled "Violence against Women" in coordination with a non governmental organisation (NGO) 'Women Crisis Centre' (WCC) to have an in-depth analysis of women's sufferings at the hands of their male counter parts.
The seminar held at the APWA building outside Karkhana Bazar was attended by the APWA executive board members, WCC members, women rights' campaigners and a large number of women from

Outlawed ETA group forms new party, rejects violence

MADRID - The outlawed political wing of armed Basque separatist fighters ETA announced on Monday its rebirth as a new party that rejects violence and intends to contest elections. Batasuna has been ruled illegal since 2003 because of its links to ETA, whose bloody battle for a Basque homeland independent of Spain has been blamed for 829 deaths in more than four decades.
The outlawed party has previously said it opposes violence without actually condemning ETA's violent past. The

ActionAid worried by rising hunger, violence in flood-hit areas

ISLAMABAD - International anti-poverty agency ActionAid has raised concerns about growing hunger, food insecurity and gender-based violence in Pakistan's flood affected areas.
According to a press release issued on Saturday, ActionAid Pakistan 's country representative Jemal Ahmed said, "Through our close interaction with flood affected communities, we are much concerned about growing incidents of violence against women, including harassment and domestic violence.

‘PML-N knows Karachi violence perpetrators’

BADIN - The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz knows who the perpetrators of the current wave of assassinations in Karachi, party chief Nawaz Sharif said on Monday.
"We will not allow public mandate to be ambushed at any cost," Nawaz said, adding that time had come to leave party politics and talk about Pakistan. "The government must expose the faces of these culprits," he said.
"Politics for someone's own interests is sinful, but the politics the PML-N practices is for the sake

ANP, MQM activists among eight killed in Karachi violence

KARACHI - Eight people, including three ANP activists and two MQM activists, were killed in separate incidents of violence in Karachi on Wednesday.
The three ANP activists were gunned down after a clash with the Muttahida Organising Committee, a sister wing of the MQM, in Bhittaiabad. Khayal Wazir was shot dead by unidentified gunmen near the ANP Ward in Bhittaiabad.
Within 10 minutes of the incident, another ANP activist, identified as Saleem Durrani, was shot dead while

Six including four Punjabis killed in Balochistan violence

QUETTA - Six people, including four Punjabis, were killed and two others injured in three separate incidents of target killings in Punjgoor town in Balochistan on Tuesday.
According to police, unidentified armed men stormed into an under-construction building and opened indiscriminate fire on the labourers working there, killing three including two brothers while one received injuries.
The killed, all from Punjab, were identified as Muhammad Ishaq, Muhammad Ali and Abdur

Aurat Foundation-Trocaire report on gender-based violence – Murdered, injured and raped…...

KARACHI - There has been no let-up in gender-based violence in Sindh, reveals a six-month report compiled by the Aurat Foundation (AF) in collaboration with Irish NGO Trocaire.
PML-F MPA Marvi Rashdi, AF Karachi Resident Director Mahnaz Rahman, AF representatives Shireen Aijaz and Fareeda Tahir, and others formally launched the report titled 'Policy and Data Monitor on Violence against Women' based on the period between July and December 2010, at the Karachi Press Club on

Lahore tops violence against women in Punjab

ISLAMABAD - At least 2,690 incidents of violence against women were reported in 36 districts of Punjab from January to June 2010 and Lahore took the lead with 458 such cases, said data available with Pakistan Today.
The data added that other ten districts of the Punjab where intensity of violence remained high were Faisalabad with 393 cases, Sargodha with 161, Sheikhupura 157, Rawalpindi 139, Okara 134, Kasur 116, Sialkot 114, Sahiwal 88, Gujranwala 87, Jhang 76 and Multan 71

Fazl sees conspiracy in Karachi violence

KARACHI - JUI chief Fazlur Rehman said on Saturday that the disturbance in Karachi was a conspiracy of the government to foil the planned rally and public meeting in Karachi of religious forces.
Speaking at a press conference after a meeting of Tahreek-e-Namoos Risalat, a platform comprising various religious parties, he said that the government's conspiracy will not work, and planned rally and public meeting will go ahead as planned. He also condemned to what he called a

Ouattara says rival Gbagbo ordered I Coast violence

PARIS/ABIDJAN - Ivory Coast's presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara said on Thursday he had proof his rival, Laurent Gbagbo, had instigated post-election violence and ordered foreign agents to carry out killings.
There was no immediate reaction from Gbagbo's camp but the United Nations said the confirmed death toll from the violence had risen to 210 and condemned the blocking of investigators trying to probe reports of further killings.
Ivory Coast has been in turmoil

Over 10,000 died in Afghan violence in 2010

KABUL - More than 10,000 people, about a fifth of them civilians, lost their lives in violence in Afghanistan last year, an AFP count based on official figures and an independent website tally showed on Sunday.
Afghanistan's interior ministry spokesman Zemarai Bashary revealed new figures for the number of civilians, police and militants killed in 2010 - a total of 8,560 people.
In addition, the Afghan defence ministry said that 810 Afghan soldiers died in 2010, while

Fears of sectarian violence mount in Egypt

CAIRO - Christians prayed Sunday at a church targeted by a suicide bomber who killed 21 people as Egypt pointed the finger of blame at international terrorism and fears of sectarian violence mounted.
"With our soul and our blood we will redeem the Holy Cross," the grieving congregation chanted at the Coptic Al-Qiddissin church in Alexandria at Sunday mass a day after the bombing. Bloodstains from Saturday's attack were still visible on the facade of the church where 21 people

Lebanon: a failed state poised for violence

The Guardian - Once again, Lebanon is on the brink of major social and political upheaval. Rumours of an impending armed clash between Hezbollah and the pro-western governing coalition have spread like wildfire among the Lebanese people, who are hoarding food and arms in anticipation of the worst.
On the surface of it, the current crisis revolves around a United Nations tribunal set up to investigate the 2005 assassination of prime minister Rafik Hariri in 2005. An indictment