Suspected militants kill 4 police in Pakistan

Pakistani police. (AFP)
Updated 12 February 2019
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Suspected militants kill 4 police in Pakistan

  • Two police officers were also wounded
  • Attack comes two weeks after gunmen stormed a police station in Balochistan

PESHAWAR: Pakistani police say suspected militants killed four officers after opening fire on a police vehicle in the northwestern town of Dera Ismail Khan.
Local police official Mohammad Javed says another two police officers were wounded in Tuesday’s attack.
No group immediately claimed responsibility, but suspicion fell on Pakistani militants who have claimed previous attacks across the country.
Dera Ismail Khan is in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province bordering Afghanistan. The Pakistani Taliban and other militant groups have long operated it the porous border region.
The latest attack comes two weeks after gunmen stormed a police station, killing eight police officers and a civilian in the southwestern province of Baluchistan. Four militants were also killed in the attack.


Pakistan student kills professor over mixed reception

Updated 20 March 2019
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Pakistan student kills professor over mixed reception

  • The student accused his teacher of “spreading obscenity”
  • The professor was stabbed in his head and stomach

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani student was arrested Wednesday after stabbing his professor to death for organizing a mixed-gender reception at a government college, police said.

Associate professor Khalid Hameed was killed Wednesday on the campus of Sadiq Egerton College in the southern city of Bahawalpur, a local police official told AFP.

"The professor had organized a gender mix reception for the new students and the event was supposed to take place tomorrow, on Thursday," he said.

According to the report registered with the police, a copy of which was seen by AFP, the student had shouted that he killed the professor because he was "spreading obscenity."

"The gender mix reception is against the teachings of Islam and I had warned him to stop it," he was quoted as saying in the report filed with the police.

The professor's son Waleed Khan, who was with him at the time of the incident, said the student was waiting for his father.

"As my father was about to step into his office, the guy attacked him with a knife, hitting him at his head and stomach," he told AFP.

"My father then fell down and I rushed to him, the student held his knife and started shouting 'I have killed him, I had told him that a gender mix reception is against Islam'," he said.

"We took him to hospital but he had already died," he said.

He said the student dropped his knife and the guards arrested him.

The Punjab provincial government said on Twitter that the student had been arrested and the chief minister had sought a report from the police.

Mixed-gender events are not uncommon in Pakistan's educational institutions but they come with more restrictions in government-owned colleges than in private ones.

Recently, a government university in Punjab issued a dress code barring female students from wearing tops with a deep neckline, sleeveless shirts, tights, skinny jeans or capri pants.

In many government universities there is a ban on students sitting as "couples" and "inappropriate" interaction between male and female students.