HT Image
HT Image

What bin Laden's death has done to Pakistan ?

Pakistan has seen a dramatic increase in the scale and number of militant attacks since Osama bin Laden was killed by US forces in a garrison town this month.
By HT Correspondent | Reuters, Pakistan
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2011 11:46 AM IST

Pakistan has seen a dramatic increase in the scale and number of militant attacks since Osama bin Laden was killed by US forces in a garrison town this month.

On Wednesday, militants drove a car packed with explosives into a police station in the northwestern city of Peshawar, killing at least two people and wounding 20. The police station was razed to the ground.

Here's a timeline of attacks since the killing of the al Qaeda leader on May 2, which militants have vowed to avenge.

May 13: Two suicide bombers attacked a Frontier Corps training academy in Charsadda, north-west Pakistan, killing 98 people, most of them cadets boarding buses for home. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility, saying it was to avenge the death of bin laden.

May 16: Gunmen on motorcycles shot and killed a Saudi diplomat in the southern city of Karachi. The shooting came days after unidentified attackers threw two hand grenades at the Saudi consulate in Pakistan's commercial hub.

No one was hurt in that attack. Nobody claimed responsibility for the attack, but al Qaeda has long waged a bloody campaign to topple the royal family and the government in Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of its leader bin Laden.

May 18: More than 70 militants armed with rockets and mortars attacked a security post on the outskirts of Peshawar, triggering a four-hour gun battle in which 17 people, 15 of them insurgents, were killed. Nobody claimed responsibility for that attack.

The same day, suspected Sunni militants gunned down four Shi'ite Muslims in the southwestern city of Quetta which security officials said was aimed at whipping up sectarian conflict to further destabilise the country following the death of bin Laden.

May 20: Pakistan's Taliban attacked a US consulate convoy in the volatile northwestern city of Peshawar, killing one Pakistani and wounding 12. Two US nationals were among the wounded with minor injuries.

May 21: At least 16 people were killed in Pakistan's Khyber tribal region after a bomb hit a truck carrying fuel for NATO forces in Afghanistan. The Taliban claimed the responsibility. Sixteen NATO fuel trucks were attacked and set on fire a day earlier in the same region.

May 22: A team of heavily armed insurgents stormed a Pakistani navy base in Karachi, setting off a 16 hour battle in which 10 military personnel were killed and two US supplied surveillance aircraft destroyed.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, the biggest on a military installation since a 2009 raid on the military headquarters in Rawalpindi when they held several senior and junior officers hostage.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
app
Close
A file photo shows the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt as it is moored pier side at Naval Base Guam on May 15, 2020. A US aircraft carrier group sailed into the South China Sea on a so-called "freedom of navigation" exercise, the first routine operation in the region under new President Joe Biden. Led by the USS Theodore Roosevelt, the carrier strike group entered the area on January 23, 2021, the US Indo-Pacific Command said, the same day Taiwan reported multiple Chinese jets and bombers had flown into its air defense zone. (AFP)
A file photo shows the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt as it is moored pier side at Naval Base Guam on May 15, 2020. A US aircraft carrier group sailed into the South China Sea on a so-called "freedom of navigation" exercise, the first routine operation in the region under new President Joe Biden. Led by the USS Theodore Roosevelt, the carrier strike group entered the area on January 23, 2021, the US Indo-Pacific Command said, the same day Taiwan reported multiple Chinese jets and bombers had flown into its air defense zone. (AFP)

China deploys warships in South China Sea after US aircraft carrier sails by

By Sutirtho Patranobis
PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 03:38 PM IST
Three of China’s front-line docking ships, comprising the Wuzhishan, Changbaishan and Kunlunshan of the southern theatre navy, started an exercise focusing on actual combat training and beach landing exercises in the SCS, a state media report said
Close
“I have every confidence we will get our deliveries as scheduled,” Nadhim Zahawi told LBC Radio on Tuesday. “Vaccine nationalism is the wrong way to go.”(via REUTERS)
“I have every confidence we will get our deliveries as scheduled,” Nadhim Zahawi told LBC Radio on Tuesday. “Vaccine nationalism is the wrong way to go.”(via REUTERS)

UK warns EU against ‘vaccine nationalism’ in row over supplies

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 03:20 PM IST
  • The UK leads Europe in coronavirus vaccinations, with 6.6 million people -- about 10% of Britain’s population -- receiving a first dose as of Monday. There is growing anger in the EU about delivery delays from AstraZeneca Plc, which is expected to deliver fewer jabs than previously expected.
Close
Since the start of the curfew on Saturday, there has been widespread unrest in what a local police union has dubbed the worst riots in four decades.(AFP)
Since the start of the curfew on Saturday, there has been widespread unrest in what a local police union has dubbed the worst riots in four decades.(AFP)

Dutch Covid-19 riots add to political tension ahead of elections

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 03:13 PM IST
Police arrested more than 150 people after incidents in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and smaller Dutch cities on Monday, according to local media reports.
Close
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa visits the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) treatment facilities in Johannesburg, South Africa.(Reuters)
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa visits the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) treatment facilities in Johannesburg, South Africa.(Reuters)

Stop hoarding Covid vaccines, South Africa's Ramaphosa tells rich countries

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 03:01 PM IST
Ramaphosa, who currently chairs the African Union, said African countries wanted access to vaccines as quickly as other nations.
Close
It's not clear how many Signal users there are in Iran but many migrated to the app after Whatsapp updated its privacy policy in January.(Bloomberg)
It's not clear how many Signal users there are in Iran but many migrated to the app after Whatsapp updated its privacy policy in January.(Bloomberg)

Iranian users of Signal messaging service say app blocked

AP, Tehran
PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 03:00 PM IST
Users in several neighborhoods in the capital Tehran and at least three other major cities said access to the app was blocked gradually beginning in the afternoon.
Close
“The Biden administration should invest in partnerships that position the US and India to lead the next generation of technology development,” USIBC said.(Bloomberg)
“The Biden administration should invest in partnerships that position the US and India to lead the next generation of technology development,” USIBC said.(Bloomberg)

USIBC recommends big ideas to Biden administration to boost Indo-US ties

PTI, Washington
PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 02:56 PM IST
US India Business Council (USIBC) recommended to the Biden Administration to restructure the US-India Strategic Energy Dialogue and create a US-India Scholars Endowment.
Close
Former US President Donald Trump gestures as he and former first lady Melania Trump depart the White House. (Reuters)
Former US President Donald Trump gestures as he and former first lady Melania Trump depart the White House. (Reuters)

Trump opens office to ‘carry on’ his administration’s agenda

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 02:40 PM IST
According to the statement, the “office will be responsible for managing President Trump’s correspondence, public statements, appearances, and official activities to advance the interests of the United States and to carry on the agenda of the Trump administration.”
Close
China on Monday complained that the United States frequently sends aircraft and vessels into the South China Sea, through which trillion dollars in trade flow every year, to "flex its muscles" and said such actions are not conducive to peace and stability in the region(AP)
China on Monday complained that the United States frequently sends aircraft and vessels into the South China Sea, through which trillion dollars in trade flow every year, to "flex its muscles" and said such actions are not conducive to peace and stability in the region(AP)

China to conduct military drills in South China Sea amid tensions with US

Reuters, Beijing
UPDATED ON JAN 26, 2021 02:37 PM IST
A US carrier group led by the USS Theodore Roosevelt entered the South China Sea on Saturday to promote "freedom of the seas," the US military said, days after Joe Biden began his term as president.
Close
FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2021, file photo President Joe Biden waits to sign his first executive order in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Immigrant rights activists energized by a new Democratic administration and majorities on Capitol Hill are gearing up for a fresh political battle to push through a proposed bill from Biden that would open a pathway to citizenship for up to 11 million people. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)(AP)
FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2021, file photo President Joe Biden waits to sign his first executive order in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Immigrant rights activists energized by a new Democratic administration and majorities on Capitol Hill are gearing up for a fresh political battle to push through a proposed bill from Biden that would open a pathway to citizenship for up to 11 million people. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)(AP)

President Biden more bullish on vaccines, open to 1.5 million daily shot goal

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 02:35 PM IST
Biden reiterated that he believes the country is in a precarious spot and and that relief is urgently needed, even as he dismissed the possibility of embracing a scaled-down bill to secure passage faster.
Close
U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on strengthening American manufacturing with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, left, at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. President Biden will sign an executive order today to boost federal agencies' purchases of U.S. products, fulfilling a campaign pledge to lay out a "Buy American" plan. Photographer: Kevin Dietsch/UPI/Bloomberg(Bloomberg)
U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on strengthening American manufacturing with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, left, at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. President Biden will sign an executive order today to boost federal agencies' purchases of U.S. products, fulfilling a campaign pledge to lay out a "Buy American" plan. Photographer: Kevin Dietsch/UPI/Bloomberg(Bloomberg)

Under Joe Biden, China faces renewed trade pressure

AP, Washington
PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 02:31 PM IST
  • Joe Biden won’t confront Beijing right away, economists say, because he wants to focus on the coronavirus and the economy. But he looks set to renew pressure over trade and technology grievances that prompted President Donald Trump to hike tariffs on Chinese imports in 2017.
Close
Minister for Covid vaccine deployment Nadhim Zahawi speaks at the House of Commons in London, Britain January 11, 2021.(via REUTERS)
Minister for Covid vaccine deployment Nadhim Zahawi speaks at the House of Commons in London, Britain January 11, 2021.(via REUTERS)

Covid-19 vaccine supplies continue to be tight, says UK minister

Reuters, London
PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 01:33 PM IST
"Any new manufacturing process is going to have challenges, it's lumpy and bumpy, (then) it gets better, it stabilises and improves going forward," Nadhim Zahawi said.
Close
A person wearing a face mask carries street lights in the shape of Chinese lanterns ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday in Beijing, China on January 26, 2021. (REUTERS)
A person wearing a face mask carries street lights in the shape of Chinese lanterns ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday in Beijing, China on January 26, 2021. (REUTERS)

Covid-19: Chinese media float conspiracies, smear foreign vaccines

By Sutirtho Patranobis
PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 01:08 PM IST
A statement from China’s foreign ministry spokesperson to state media recently implied that the coronavirus may have emerged from a lab at Fort Detrick Army Medical Command in Maryland, US
Close
The ordinance provides 75% of new employment to local candidates for jobs having salary of less than <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>50,000 per month in privately managed companies, societies, trusts, limited liability partnership firms, partnership firms, situated in Haryana.(Representational photo)
The ordinance provides 75% of new employment to local candidates for jobs having salary of less than 50,000 per month in privately managed companies, societies, trusts, limited liability partnership firms, partnership firms, situated in Haryana.(Representational photo)

UK jobless rate rises to highest since 2016

Reuters, London
PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 01:06 PM IST
Britain went into a new Covid lockdown on Jan. 5 due to a rapidly rising death toll that is now close to 100,000, the highest in Europe.
Close
An attendee receives a nose swab as part of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) antigen rapid test before a conference held by the Institute of Policy Studies at Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre in Singapore January 25, 2021. Picture taken January 25, 2021. REUTERS/Edgar Su(REUTERS)
An attendee receives a nose swab as part of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) antigen rapid test before a conference held by the Institute of Policy Studies at Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre in Singapore January 25, 2021. Picture taken January 25, 2021. REUTERS/Edgar Su(REUTERS)

Covid-19 pandemic may take four to five years to end, says Singapore minister

PTI, Singapore
PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 11:43 AM IST
Looking ahead to the post-pandemic future, the minister said the current crisis can set the stage for a "software update" or a "reboot" of Singapore after the damage inflicted by the virus.
Close
A file photo of a Canadian flag flying in front of the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (REUTERS)
A file photo of a Canadian flag flying in front of the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (REUTERS)

Justin Trudeau’s Liberals oust Indian-Canadian MP Ramesh Sangha from party caucus

PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 11:29 AM IST
Canada’s chief government Whip Mark Holland said the Punjab-origin MP who represents the riding of Brampton Centre in the Greater Toronto Area was ejected for making “baseless and dangerous accusations against a number of his caucus colleagues”
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP