At least 30 injured in grenade attack in Pakistan at Kashmir rally

Police officers guard at the cordoned site after, according to police, a grenade attack was carried out on a rally by the supporters of religious and political party Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) to mark the "Day of Exploitation in Kashmir," in Karachi on Aug. 5, 2020. (REUTERS)
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Updated 05 August 2020

At least 30 injured in grenade attack in Pakistan at Kashmir rally

  • The attack was claimed by Sindhudesh Revolutionary Army, a separatist outfit that has become active in the past months
  • Organized by Jamaat-e-Islami, a religious right party, the rally was called off after the attack

KARACHI: At least 30 people were injured in a grenade attack on a rally in Karachi on Wednesday, as Pakistan marked the first anniversary of India’s revocation of Kashmir’s semi-autonomy.
The wounded were rushed to different hospitals, where one was in a critical condition, an official from the provincial health department said.
“A grenade was lobbed in the rally, causing several casualties,” Karachi police chief Ghulam Nabi Memon told Reuters.
The attack was claimed by Sindhudesh Revolutionary Army, a separatist outfit that has become active in the past months.
In June, four people were killed including two soldiers in three consecutive explosions claimed by the SRA.
The group wants Sindh province, of which Karachi is the capital, to break from the Pakistani federation. It has also announced its alliance with the Balochistan Liberation Army, a militant group fighting for greater autonomy for the Balochistan region in southwestern Pakistan.
The attack took place as similar rallies were held across the country. The Karachi rally, organized by Jamaat-e-Islami, a religious right party, was called off after the attack.
Last August, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government stripped Jammu and Kashmir — India’s only Muslim-majority state — of its special rights and split it into two federally administered territories.
The government said the change was necessary to develop the revolt-torn region and integrate it with the rest of India, but it infuriated many Kashmiris as well as neighboring Pakistan.
Kashmir is claimed in full by India and Pakistan, which have gone to war twice over it, and both rule parts of it.
Indian authorities deployed troops and curbed public movement on Wednesday to stop potential protests in Kashmir.


Twelve Afghan women die in Jalalabad stampede collecting tokens for Pakistani visas 

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Twelve Afghan women die in Jalalabad stampede collecting tokens for Pakistani visas 

  • Last month, Pakistan approved a new visa policy for Afghan citizens, including student, business and health visas
  • Pakistan’s consulates and embassy in Afghanistan were closed for seven months due to coronavirus but consular services resumed recently

KABUL: At least 12 elderly Afghan women were killed and more than a dozen men and women were injured in a stampede on Wednesday at a stadium where thousands had gathered to receive tokens for Pakistani visas, an official said. 

The stampede took place in Jalalabad, the provincial capital of eastern Nangarhar near the border with Pakistan, said Attaullah Khogyani, the spokesperson for the governor of Nangahar. Many of those injured were women, he said. 

People had gathered at the stadium to collect tokens that would be used to apply for visas to Pakistan. 

“There were many thousands of people and due to the rush, this tragic incident happened,” the spokesperson added.

Pakistan’s consulates and embassy in Afghanistan were closed for over seven months due to the coronavirus pandemic but consular services resumed around ten days ago. 

Last month, Pakistan approved a new visa policy for Afghan citizens, including students and businessmen, as well as a new health visa.

“Cabinet has approved new Visa Policy for Afghan citizens,” prime minister Imran Khan’s special representative for Afghanistan, Mohammad Sadiq, had said in a tweet. “Acquiring visas will be easy for Afghan visitors with multiple entry visit visas and long-term business, investment and student visas. A new category of health visa is also introduced which will be issued on border.”