Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Six cops among seven killed in Charsadda blast

Six cops among seven killed in Charsadda blast 

Six cops among seven killed in Charsadda blast CHARSADDA: Seven persons including six policemen and a school student were killed when a blast occurred near a police van in Charsadda on Wednesday morning, Geo News reported.

According to police, the blast occurred near a police mobile in Sir Dheri Bazar area of Charsadda that killed six persons including six cops and one child. Six other policemen were also injured in the explosion.

Initial investigation suggested that militants had fixed explosives in a bicycle that went off with a blast when the police mobile crossed the area and were on way from Police Lnes to provide security to anti-polio teams.

Meanwhile security forces reached the spot and cordoned off the area and started investigation.

Rescue teams shifted the bodies and injured to the Charsadda District Headquarter Hospital and Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar.

Retired generals say Guantanamo undermines US security, status

Washington: Thirty-one retired US military officers urged President Barack Obama on Tuesday to make good on his promise to close the Guantanamo prison by speeding up efforts to transfer detainees.

"We appreciate your leadership this past year in recommitting to closing Guantanamo," the former generals and admirals wrote in a letter released by Human Rights First.

"Guantanamo does not serve America’s interests. As long as it remains open, Guantanamo will undermine America’s security and status as a nation where human rights and the rule of law matter."

The signatories included a former commandant of the US Marine Corps, general Charles Krulak, the former chief of staff of the Air Force, general Merrill McPeak, and the former head of the military's Central Command which oversees forces in the Middle East, retired general Joseph Hoar.

Five years ago the same generals and admirals were on hand at the Oval Office to witness Obama sign orders to shut Guantanamo and prohibit torture in interrogations.

But the prison is still operating at the US naval base in southeast Cuba, partly because of strong opposition by some members of Congress.

Of the 779 detainees sent to the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, 155 inmates remain behind bars. Among the remaining detainees, 78 are Yemenis and 55 have been cleared for release.

Congress in December lifted some of the more cumbersome rules for transferring inmates out of Guantanamo, giving Obama more latitude.

The former officers appealed to Obama to transfer as soon as possible those inmates no longer deemed a threat and to rapidly review the status of the remaining detainees.

In the letter, the retired senior officers also voiced concern about a persistent "false" debate about the past use of torture by the Central Intelligence Agency.

The officers called on the administration to fully cooperate with the Senate Intelligence Committee to publicly release the panels' lengthy study of the CIA's detention, rendition and interrogation program after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

"Former CIA officials who authorized torture continue to defend it in books and film, and public opinion is with them, based on mythology, not fact," the letter said.

"We believe that upon reviewing the facts the American people will agree that torture was not worth it, and that we as a nation should never return to the dark side."

Lyari gangster Behram killed in Karachi operation

KARACHI: Behram, a notorious gangster, affiliated with the a Lyari gang was killed in an operation jointly conducted by the paramilitary Rangers and the police, Geo News reported Wednesday.

Police said the accused was associated with Wasiullah Lakhu group, one of the gangs operating in Lyari.

The police said that the accused was involved in various crimes.


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