Fictitious Militant Group Again Takes Credit for Attack Upon Another Peshawar Police Station

[This shady newcomer group is credited with destroying the Pearl Continental Hotel In Peshawar in 2009, destroying a known CIA meeting place.  They are tied to the Baitullah Mehsud terrorists and take claim for many of the murders also claimed by TTP.  They are more than likely a generic label, used to cover acts of irregular warfare by legitimate outside Special Forces, as well as actions by the Pak ISI.]

Suicide attack on Peshawar police station leaves four dead

Policemen take position during a militant attack on a police station in Peshawar on February 24, 2012. PHOTO: AFP

PESHAWAR: In yet another brazen militant attack on a police station, three suicide bombers killed four policemen and injured another six during early hours of Friday.

Three suicide bombers barged into the C-Division police station (Kotwali Police Station), which is located in the heart of Peshawar city in a congested locality, with the intention of taking over.

The Abdullah Azzam Brigade has claimed responsibility for the attack. Spokesman Abu Zarar Said, speaking from an unknown location, said that the attack was a reaction to the killing of a top militant leader, Badar Mansoor, in a drone strike in Waziristan.

Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Imtiaz Altaf told reporters that the militants hurled hand grenades at the security men on the gates which triggered a crossfire.

He added that the policemen promptly responded to the attack and the bombers had “no other option left but to explode themselves.”

CCPO Altaf term the incident as a “backlash against the operations carried out by the security forces on the militant havens.”

The Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) spokesperson told The Express Tribune that eight injured were brought to the hospital, out of which two expired at the hospital.

The deceased were identified as Sub-Inspector Munawar, ASI Dawai and Constable Falak Naz.

MS LRH Rahim Jan Afridi told The Express Tribune that the condition of two of the injured admitted at the hospital is crticial.

Residents of the area told The Express Tribune that they had heard three minor blasts followed by a huge explosion. Immediately after the incident, intense firing engulfed the area and after sometime two major explosions took place.

The C-Division police station is one of the largest in the city. Home to hundreds of new recruits, it not only serves as barracks for the police personnel but also has an office of the Special Branch and other police officers including the residential quarters of the police attached to it.

The attack on the police station comes only a day after a car bomb attack left 13 dead and 37 injured at a bus stand on Kohat Road in Peshawar.

One injured in blast near Ring Road

In a separate incident, one person was injured when a bomb went off in the Afridi Garh area near Ring Road.

Initial reports stated that the bomb had been planted on the roadside near a police picket and had been detonated using a remote control.

Rescue officials and the Bomb Disposal Squad were dispatched to the site immediately after the incident.

The injured was shifted to Lady Reading Hospital.

Manmohan Charges Western NGOs Unduly Influence Unthinking Classes To Fear Nuke Power and GM Food

Manmohan criticises NGOs for protests in Kudankulam

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“The thinking segment of our population certainly is supportive of nuclear energy,” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said expressing displeasure over protests against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project. File photo
The Hindu“The thinking segment of our population certainly is supportive of nuclear energy,” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said expressing displeasure over protests against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project. File photo

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has criticised non-governmental organisations that receive support from abroad for stalling the use of genetic engineering in agriculture and leading protests against the Kudankulam nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu.

In an interview published in the latest issue of journal Science, Dr. Singh pointed to the potential of biotechnology, saying “in due course of time we must make use of genetic engineering technologies to increase the productivity of our agriculture.”

But controversies had arisen. “There are NGOs, often funded from the United States and the Scandinavian countries, which are not fully appreciative of the development challenges that our country faces.”

Then, referring to the protests at Kudankulam, he said: “the atomic energy programme has got into difficulties because these NGOs, mostly I think based in the United States, don’t appreciate need for our country to increase the energy supply.”

Asked whether nuclear power had a role in India despite the Fukushima disaster in Japan, he said, “Yes, where India is concerned, yes. The thinking segment of our population certainly is supportive of nuclear energy.”

On investment in R&D, he reiterated the view that such spending should be raised from about 1per cent of the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) to about 2 per cent. Public sector spending on research as a proportion of the GDP was “roughly the same” as that of other developing countries. “It is the private sector in our country which has to do a lot more.”

Over the next five years, the effort would be to gradually increase the proportion of money spent on R&D and at the same time “create a system of incentives which will induce the private sector to increase their spending on science and technology.”

To a question whether India was competing with China, he said the two countries were at a stage of development where both had to compete and cooperate.