Chinese consulate assault ordered by RAW, planned in Afghanistan — police chief 

In this file photo, paramilitary soldiers and police officers gather outside, after an attack on the Chinese consulate, where blasts and shots were heard, in Karachi, Pakistan Nov, 23, 2018. (REUTERS)
Updated 11 January 2019
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Chinese consulate assault ordered by RAW, planned in Afghanistan — police chief 

  • Alleges five militants involved in November attack arrested today
  • Attack planned by separatist group’s head of planning and training

KARACHI: An attack by a Pakistani separatist group on the Chinese consulate in Karachi in November last year was planned in Afghanistan on the orders of India’s main spy agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), a senior police official in the port city said on Friday.
Three attackers stormed the Chinese consulate in Karachi on November 23, killing four people. Security forces killed the three attackers who were carrying explosives.
“The terrorists arrested during a joint operation by the Special Security Unit (SSU) and intelligence agencies today morning have divulged that the plan to carry out terrorist attack on the Chinese consulate was prepared in Afghanistan at the behest of RAW,” Additional Inspector General Police Dr. Amir Ahmed Shaikh told Arab News.

A statement by police in Karachi issued on Friday, January 11, 2019, alleging that the attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi last November was planned in Afghanistan on the orders of India's main spy agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).

Earlier, while briefing media at his office, Shaikh had said the SSU and intelligence agencies had conducted a joint raid early on Friday in the Sadiq Baloch Goth area on the outskirts of Karachi and arrested five militants associated with the Baloch Liberation Army, who he said were planning a major attack.
“Law enforcement agencies thwarted the attack,” Shaikh told reporters, giving the names of the militants and saying a huge cache of arms and ammunition was recovered from their custody. 
He alleged that during interrogation, the arrested militants had revealed that the attack on the Chinese consulate was planned by BLA’s head of planning and training, Aslam alias Acho and Basheer Zeb, the incumbent commander of the BLA, on the orders of the Indian spy agency. The reconnaissance was conducted in Aigust 2018 by Razzaq, one of the militants killed during the attack, explosives were provided by Arif alias Nadir, while Aslam Mugheri had helped the attackers obtain fake identity cards.
“Mugheri is an important commander of BLA and a close aide of Aslam Acho, who had been involved in the entire planning,” Shaikh said.
The Baloch Liberation Army is a separatist group that opposes projects linked to China’s Belt and Road infrastructure initiative in the resource-rich Baluchistan province. The group confirmed the death of Aslam Baloch and five others in a statement last month. 


Malala urges G20 to boost funds for girls’ schooling

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Malala urges G20 to boost funds for girls’ schooling

  • Malala became a global symbol for girls’ education
  • She is the youngest-ever person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014

TOKYO: Nobel Peace Prize-winner Malala Yousafzai Friday urged Japan and its fellow Group of 20 nations to pledge new funding for educating girls at June’s G20 summit, hosted by the Japanese.
Speaking alongside Shinzo Abe, the celebrated Pakistani education activist told Japan’s Prime Minister about “the importance of investing in girls now for future economic growth and global stability.”
“As the chair of this year’s G20, I hope Prime Minister Abe in Japan will lead on girls’ education and encourage all leaders to commit to new funding to prepare girls for the future of work,” she told reporters.
“I hope he can use his G20 presidency to help my sisters in Japan, G20 countries and around the world to reach their full potential because the world works better when girls go to school.”
Malala became a global symbol for girls’ education and human rights after a gunman boarded her school bus in October 2012, asked “Who is Malala?” and shot her.
After medical treatment in the UK, she continued her vocal advocacy and became the youngest-ever person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.