World – Ariana News Bringing Afghan News to the World Mon, 15 Oct 2018 15:54:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Rohani Accuses U.S. of Seeking Regime Change in Iran Sun, 14 Oct 2018 14:18:16 +0000 Iranian president Hassan Rohani accuses the U.S. of using psychological and economic warfare against his country, saying the United States is seeking regime change in Tehran.

“In the past 40 years there has not been a more spiteful team than the current U.S. government team toward Iran, Iranians and the Islamic Republic,” Rohani said in a speech broadcast on state TV. 

Tensions have increased between Iran and America after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from a multi-lateral agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme in May.

“Reducing the legitimacy of the system is their final goal. When they say getting rid of, regime change in their own words, how does regime change happen? Through reducing legitimacy. Otherwise, a regime doesn’t change,” Rohani said during his speech.

The United States also reimposed sanctions against Iran, with a second round targeting Iran’s oil sector due to take effect on November 5.

Russia, India Agreed to Cooperate in Fight Against Terrorism Sat, 06 Oct 2018 13:13:37 +0000 India and Russia have denounced terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and reiterated the need to combat the menace with the decisive and collective response without any double standards. 

According to a joint statement in unequivocal terms, “The Sides agreed to converge their efforts to eradicate terrorist networks, their sources of financing, arms and fighters supply channels, to counter terrorist ideology, propaganda and recruitment. The Sides condemned all kinds of state support to terrorists including cross-border terrorism and providing safe havens to terrorists and their network.”

“Recognizing the importance of adopting the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism, pending in the United Nations, to become part of the international law, both Sides called upon the international community to make sincere efforts towards its early conclusion. ?? address the threats of chemical and biological terrorism, the Sides supported and emphasized the need for launching multilateral negotiations at the Conference on Disarmament on an international convention for the suppression of acts of chemical and biological terrorism,” the Joint Statement further noted.

In an indirect reference to Pak-sponsored terror in Afghanistan, India and Russia called upon the international community to join efforts to thwart any external interference in Afghanistan, to restore its economy, contribute to sustaining peace and security, economic and political development of a stable, secure, united, prosperous and independent Afghanistan.

The two Sides will direct their activity to launch joint development and capacity building projects in Afghanistan.

Trump: I Told Saudi King He Wouldn’t Last Without U.S. Support Wed, 03 Oct 2018 12:12:44 +0000

U.S. President Donald Trump has made an undiplomatic remark about close ally Saudi Arabia, saying he warned Saudi Arabia’s King Salman he would not last in power “for two weeks” without the backing of the U.S. military.

“We protect Saudi Arabia. Would you say they’re rich. And I love the King, King Salman. But I said ‘King – we’re protecting you – you might not be there for two weeks without us – you have to pay for your military,’” Trump said to cheers at a rally in Southaven, Mississippi.

Despite the harsh words, the Trump administration has had a close relationship with Saudi Arabia, which it views as a bulwark against Iran’s ambitions in the region.

Trump made Saudi Arabia his first stop on his maiden international trip as president last year.

Trump called King Salman on Saturday and they discussed efforts being made to maintain supplies to ensure oil market stability and global economic growth, according to Saudi state news agency SPA.

Saudi Arabia is the world’s top oil exporter and the de facto leader of OPEC, which has been criticized by Trump for high oil prices.

Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly in New York last month, Trump said OPEC members were “as usual ripping off the rest of the world.”

“We defend many of these nations for nothing, and then they take advantage of us by giving us high oil prices. Not good. We want them to stop raising prices, we want them to start lowering prices,” Trump said.

He has also pressed other U.S. allies, such as Japan, South Korea and Germany, to take more of the financial burden of their defense.

By Reuters

Qureshi Admits Pakistani Army Played Double Game in Region Sun, 30 Sep 2018 14:27:53 +0000 In an interview to a foreign news channel, Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has clarified Islamabad’s policy regarding Afghanistan.

In response to the claims that some of Pakistani army and intelligence ISI were playing a double game, helping Taliban and Osama Bin Laden, the foreign minister said, “They were helping their own country (and were trying to) overcome a situation which was not of their own making,” he said.

Qureshi referred to America’s links with Afghan freedom fighters during the 1980s, when Washington backed a Mujahedeen insurgency against the Soviet occupation forces. “Who were these people? Who supported them? Who trained them? We forget history and at times we overlook that friends change,” he complained.

“People that you supported, some of the people, were called extremists. Weren’t they invited to the US? Weren’t they entertained in the White House? So, friends change. Circumstances change. We were just defending and protecting ourselves,” he said.

Qureshi also said Pakistan wants to play a positive role in Afghanistan, but it is not only responsibility that has to be shared with others.

Qureshi, however, expressed concerns that the Taliban are regaining foothold in Afghanistan.

“I think they also do realize that things have changed within Afghanistan over the last 17 years and they cannot just run over and get to Kabul and take of the country. There is new realization everywhere. Pakistan’s foreign minister asserted. “I think the Afghan government also recognizes and realizes that there are areas where Taliban have amounts of influence. They are at districts that they control. There is a new realization that is in the making that is let’s give peace a chance and let’s give dialogue, reconciliation a chance.”

Meanwhile, the Afghan government calls for Islamabad’s cooperation in fight against terrorism and the peace process.

“We expect Pakistan to cooperate with us in fight against terrorism,” Najib Danish, the Ministry of Interior spokesperson added.

This comes as Islamabad is scheduled to hold a meeting between the religious scholars of Afghanistan and Pakistan in the near future.

Trump, Rouhani Exchange Threats at UN General Assembly Wed, 26 Sep 2018 12:17:35 +0000 U.S. President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani have exchanged taunts and threats at the United Nations General Assembly during which they made powerful claims about each other in front of World leaders.

Trump used his annual address to the United Nations to attack Iran’s “corrupt dictatorship,” praise last year’s bogeyman North Korea and lay down a defiant message that he will reject globalism and protect American interests.

But much of his 35-minute address was aimed squarely at Iran, which the United States accuses of harbouring nuclear ambitions and fomenting instability in the Middle East through its support for militant groups in Syria, Lebanon and Yemen.

“Iran’s leaders sow chaos, death and destruction,” Trump told the gathering in the green-marbled hall. “They do not respect their neighbours or borders or the sovereign rights of nations.”

Hassan Rouhani has delivered an explosive speech at the UN General Assembly and severely criticized Trump’s policies, claiming they resemble “a Nazi disposition” and added his country opposes to the US President’s “bullying”.

President Rouhani said: “It is unfortunate that we are witnessing rulers in the world who think they can secure their interests better or at least in the short-term ride public sentiments and gain popular support through the foment of extremists, nationalism and racism.

“And through xenophobic tendencies resembling a Nazi disposition as well as through the trampling of global rules and undermining international institutions.”

Tensions between the US and Iran have soared since Trump, an outspoken critic of Tehran, took office last January.

24 Killed in Attack on Iranian Military Parade Sat, 22 Sep 2018 11:40:31 +0000 At least 24 people were killed and 53 others injured in an attack on a military parade in Iran’s southwestern city of Ahvaz on Saturday, Iran’s state news IRNA said.

The dead and wounded were both military personnel and civilians including a journalist who were watching the parade, IRNA added.

“Terrorists began shooting from a long distance while inside the park, at the armed forces as well as civilians watching the parade,” Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarch, a spokesman for the Iranian armed forces told MEHR, another Iranian news agency.

Three of the attackers were gunned down during clashes with the security forces and one other arrested, news agencies reported.

“The terrorists disguised as Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and Basiji (volunteer) forces opened fire to the authority and people from behind the stand during the parade,” Governor of Khuzestan Gholam-Reza Shariati said, according to IRNA.

IRGC spokesman Ramezan Sharif said the attackers were affiliated with a terrorist group supported by Saudi Arabia, Press TV said. “The individuals who fired at the people and the armed forces during the parade are connected to the al-Ahvaziya group which is fed by Saudi Arabia,” Sharif said. Saudi Arabia has yet to respond to the allegations.

PM Imran Khan Offers Citizenship for Afghans Born in Pakistan Mon, 17 Sep 2018 11:45:48 +0000

Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday pledged to offer Pakistani citizenship to Afghans born in his country, according to local media reports.

Imran Khan said that the government will issue national identity cards and passports to immigrants from Bangladesh and Afghanistan. He made the remarks during his maiden visit to Karachi city on Sunday.

 “Afghans whose children have been raised and born in Pakistan will be granted citizenship inshallah (God willing) because this is the established practice in countries around the world. You get an American passport if you are born in America,” Khan said who took office last month.

The Pakistani PM said that the identity crisis of thousands of Bengali and Afghan immigrants is pushing them to crime.

“Terrorism and target killing has declined in Karachi but there is a major reason behind the street crimes. It is an underclass. They are illiterate and jobless. They are the Bengalis and Afghans who are living in Pakistan.”

“These immigrants have lived here for decades, their children were born here, but they don’t have identity cards and passports,” he said as cited by Pakistan’s Samaa TV.

This comes as according to the United Nations refugee agency there are 2.7 million Afghans, including 1.5 million registered as refugees, in Pakistan. Most of the displaced families have fled decades of conflict, poverty and economic hardship in war-weary Afghanistan.

Survey reports by the United Nations, meanwhile show, at least 60 percent of Afghan refugees were either born in Pakistan or were minors when their parents migrated to the country.

Pakistan Elects New President from Ruling Party Tue, 04 Sep 2018 15:07:56 +0000

Pakistan lawmakers elected Arif Alvi from Prime Minister Imran Khan’s party to take charge as Pakistan’s 13th President.

Arif Alvi will replace President Mamnoon Hussain, who completes his five-year term on September 9. Pakistan’s elections oversight body is expected to certify the result on Wednesday.

The president is elected by lawmakers from the National Assembly, the Senate and four provincial assemblies.

According to local media reports, Alvi received 353 electoral votes, Fazlur Rehman 184 and Aitzaz Ahsan 123 votes. 

Expressing gratitude for all those who voted for him, the newly-elected Pakistan president said: “I have nothing in this, my affiliates made me contest the election.”

Pentagon Cancels $300 Million Military Aid to Pakistan Sun, 02 Sep 2018 11:44:43 +0000 The U.S. military says it has decided to cancel $300 million in aid to Pakistan that had been suspended due to Islamabad’s perceived lack of action against militants.

The Trump administration says Islamabad is granting safe haven to insurgents who are waging a 17-year-old war in neighboring Afghanistan, a charge Pakistan denies.

“Due to a lack of Pakistani decisive actions in support of the South Asia Strategy, the remaining $300m was reprogrammed,” Pentagon spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Kone Faulkner said on Saturday.

Faulkner said the Pentagon aimed to spend the $300 million on “other urgent priorities” if approved by Congress.

He said another $500 million in CSF was stripped by Congress from Pakistan earlier this year, to bring the total withheld to $800 million.

In the meantime, the spokesman of the Ministry of Interior (MoI) Najibullah Danish said, “Cutting the aids can be a pressure on Pakistani government to close terrorist safe havens and stop supporting terrorism. Our demand and expectations are that the terrorist hideouts should be closed in Pakistan and the country honestly cooperate in fight against terrorism.”

Afghan security institutions stress on more pressures of the International Community to Pakistan. They are said to believe that the Haqqani network and the Afghan Taliban are training and equipping in Pakistan’s soil.

“There are different ways, if the United States wants to press Pakistan. One of them is the military option that destroys those centers that the armed oppositions of the Afghan government are training, equipping and supporting in them,” Aminullah Shariq, political analyst added.

The announcement comes just days before US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is due to visit Pakistan to meet the country’s new prime minister, Imran Khan.

In January, the US government announced it was cutting almost all security aid to the country.

There was no immediate comment from Pakistan on the latest funding cut.

U.S. Seeks ‘Decisive Action’ against Terrorists Operating in Pakistan Fri, 24 Aug 2018 13:16:39 +0000

The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called on Pakistan to take “decisive action” against all terrorists operating in the country.

Pompeo has made remarks in a phone call with new Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, the U.S. Department of State said in a statement on Thursday.

The U.S. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in the statement that Pompeo, in his conversation with Imran Khan, also spoke about Pakistan’s “vital” role in promoting the peace process in Afghanistan.

“Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and wished him success. Secretary Pompeo expressed his willingness to work with the new government towards a productive bilateral relationship,” she said in the statement. “Secretary Pompeo raised the importance of Pakistan taking decisive action against all terrorists operating in Pakistan and its vital role in promoting the Afghan peace process.”

Following the issue, Pakistan’s Foreign Office Spokesman Mohammad Faisal in a tweet said that his country has taken strong exception to the “factually incorrect” statement the United States State Department issued on a telephone call between U.S. Secretary of and Imran Khan.

“There was no mention at all in the conversation about terrorists operating in Pakistan. This should be immediately corrected,” he tweeted. 

However, Nauert said the U.S. government stands by its statement. She described the call as “good” and said Pompeo expressed willingness to work with Imran Khan toward a “productive bilateral relationship”.

This comes as some Pakistani media have  reported that Pompeo is likely to visit Islamabad on September 5, to hold talks with leader of the Pakistan’s new administration.

Cricket Star Imran Khan Wins Pakistan Election But Needs Coalition Fri, 27 Jul 2018 10:58:06 +0000

Official results show cricket star Imran Khan won in Pakistan’s polls but he will have to seek out allies to form a coalition government,  Associated Press reported.

After a tediously slow count, Pakistan election officials Friday announced Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party won 109 of the 269 seats being contested in the National Assembly.

The election Wednesday gave his nearest rival, Shahbaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League 63 seats. Sharif who heads the party of jailed ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif has rejected the results charging widespread fraud and manipulation.

Khan declared his victory on Thursday and dismissed the allegations of fraud calling it the most transparent election in Pakistan’s history.

Third place went to the left of center Pakistan People’s party with 39 seats. Results from 20 seats were still being counted.

On Thursday, in his first speech after declaring victory, Khan talked about Pakistan’s relations with its neighbors including Afghanistan and India. He said Afghanistan has suffered tremendously due to war and violence over the past few decades and that Pakistan is ready to cooperate in ensuring peace in the war-weary country.  
“We want to work in every possible way to ensure peace in Afghanistan. I would love an open border system like the EU with Afghanistan. Afghanistan is that neighbour of ours that has seen the most human misery and damage in the name of wars. The people of Afghanistan need peace, and Pakistan wants peace in Afghanistan,” he said as cited by Geo News. 

Recep Tayyip Erdogan Re-Elected As Turkish President Mon, 25 Jun 2018 05:20:06 +0000 Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won a new five-year term after securing outright victory in the first round of a presidential poll.

Election authority chief Sadi Guven said the president “received the absolute majority of all valid votes”.

Erdogan had declared himself the winner before the official results were announced. But the opposition cried foul, claiming that state media and the election commission had manipulated the results and saying it was too early to be sure of the outcome.

With his victory, Erdogan will gain sweeping new powers when he resumes office. He narrowly won a referendum last year to transform the country’s parliamentary system to a powerful executive presidency, in what his critics called a blatant power grab.

There were another four candidates on the presidential ballot, none of whom appears to have won more than 8.4% of the vote.

Modi, Putin Agree to Work Together in Afghanistan Thu, 24 May 2018 09:57:08 +0000

India and Russia have agreed to work jointly on possibly a development project in Afghanistan, an Indian newspaper reported Thursday.

The agreement comes during six hours of one-on-one conversation between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi earlier this week.

According to the Indian Express, Modi proposed the idea for the joint project in Afghanistan, which Putin readily accepted.

 “Unlike in Wuhan, where Xi had proposed the Afghanistan project, here Modi took the initiative with Russia,” a source was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

This also comes after the informal summit in Wuhan, China, where Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping decided to work on a project in Afghanistan after four hours of conversation.

Trump to Meet North Korea’s Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore Thu, 10 May 2018 15:24:18 +0000

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore for a first ever summit between the leaders of the two countries.

“The highly anticipated meeting between Kim Jong Un and myself will take place in Singapore on June 12th. We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!” Trump said on Twitter.

The two leaders are expected to discuss North Korea’s nuclear weapons development and testing program, which has deepened long-seated tensions between Washington and Pyongyang.

Trump’s announcement came just hours after three Americans who had been held prisoner in North Korea arrived at a U.S. military base outside Washington, having been released by Kim.

Trump said on their arrival that he believed Kim wanted to bring North Korea “into the real world” and had high hopes for their planned meeting, which would be the first between a serving U.S. president and a North Korean leader.

“I think we have a very good chance of doing something very meaningful,” Trump said. “My proudest achievement will be – this is part of it – when we denuclearize that entire peninsula.”

Reuters reported. 

Russian FM Proposes Trilateral Meeting With U.S. Amid Heightening Tensions Wed, 28 Mar 2018 07:08:10 +0000

Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister  proposed  holding a trilateral meeting with U.S. and Afghanistan to President Ghani on the side line of Tashkent Conference, according to the Presidential Palace or Arg.

The statement which was issued yesterday, March 27, also said that President Ghani accepted Lavrov’s proposal.

“President Ghani welcomed Minister Lavrov’s proposal for convening a trilateral meeting and suggested the meeting be held through the prescribed channel”, the statement reads.

The proposal of holding a trilateral meeting between Russia, the United States, and Afghanistan comes amid heightening tensions between Moscow and Western Allies over poisoning of an ex-Russian Spy in a UK cathedral town.

In the meantime, Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of Tashkent conference, also expressed serious concern over Daesh presence in northern parts of Afghanistan which is a threat t the country.

“We cannot solve the global problem without a global response. Afghanistan is a global issue. We see the drug trafficking has increased in the last ten to twelve years. The attempts of IS after they failed in Syria and northern parts of Afghanistan are now to threaten Russia. Our purpose is to have dialogue with US on the issue,” Lavrov said.

The Afghan government also considered the joint cooperation of Russia and U.S. an essential element for providing peace in the country.

“Afghanistan should be a cooperation framework between Russia and U.S. . We hope both countries work together for the peace and stability in Afghanistan,” said Salahuddin Rabani, acting foreign minister.

Western countries including U.S. have expelled over 100 Russian diplomats in response to the nerve attack what they say Moscow is behind that.

Particularly, the U.S. has expelled 60 Russian diplomats in response to the nerve attack.

On the other hand, Russia has been repeatedly accused of supporting and arming the Taliban militant group by U.S. Officials including Gen. Nicholson, Commander of Resolute Support Mission and U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

U.S. Representatives Publicly Voice “Idle Gossips”, Says Russia Sun, 25 Mar 2018 06:02:03 +0000

The embassy of Russian Federation in Kabul issuing a statement has strongly reacted against recent remarks made by Gen. Nicholson and stated that the U.S. government officials are constantly allowing themselves to publicly voice “idle gossips”.

“we have taken note of new statements of Gen. John W. Nicholson, the Commander of the Resolute Support Mission and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, regarding the alleged Russian support to the Taliban in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. It’s worth reminding to high-ranking officials that such serious allegations should be backed up by irrefutable evidence,” the statement issued by the Russian Embassy in Kabul said.

The Russian mission further described Gen. Nicholson’s allegations as “absolutely baseless” and appeals U.S. officials not to talk “nonsense”.

It also expressed surprise regarding the content of an article which was recently published on the website of American CBS News.

The news agency published an article on Wednesday, March 21, titled “U.S. Says Russian support for Taliban hurts peace process in Afghanistan” in which the author stated that Russia allegedly shares some intelligence data with the Taliban.

The Embassy described such articles as “propaganda tricks” saying that they are designed and aimed at discrediting Russia’s foreign policy.

It further notes that those who are really responsible for the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan are trying to put the burden of guilt for their failures on Russia and damage the Russian-Afghan relations.

Trump Replaces National Security Adviser HR McMaster with John Bolton Fri, 23 Mar 2018 07:33:39 +0000 U.S. President Donald Trump has named John R. Bolton, a former American ambassador to the United Nations as his third national security adviser and ousted HR McMaster.

Mr Trump tweeted to thank Gen McMaster, saying he had done an “outstanding job & will always remain my friend”.

Mr Bolton, who has backed attacking North Korea and Iran, told Fox News his job would be to ensure the president has “the full range of options”.

Gen McMaster is the latest high-profile departure from the White House.

Last week, Mr Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson by a tweet, replacing him with former CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

Trump Plans to Dismiss H.R. McMaster; White House Denies Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:11:28 +0000 Reports in U.S. media about President Donald Trump’s plans to fire National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster have prompted the White House to issue a denial.

President Trump is not ready to oust his National Security Adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster, the White House said, even though Trump has been telling people around him that he intends to do so soon.

On Thursday evening the Washington Post cited five people with knowledge of the president’s plans who said it may take time to line up a successor and allow the three-star Army general to save face by getting a new job.

Hours after both reports came out, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders dismissed them, saying that “contrary to reports” McMaster and Trump “have a good working relationship and there are no changes at the NSC [National Security Council.]”

On Tuesday, the President Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and told reporters at the White House he was near having his ideal team.

“I’m really at a point where we’re getting very close to having the Cabinet and other things that I want,” Trump told reporters on the South Lawn on Tuesday, moments after announcing Tillerson’s firing.

“There will always be change, but very little,” Trump said, without providing further details.

U.S. General McMaster was appointed in February last year following the resignation of Michael Flynn, who has since pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian government.

Trump Fires Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State Tue, 13 Mar 2018 14:08:56 +0000

U.S. President Donald Trump has sacked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, replacing him with the director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo.

“Mike Pompeo, director of the CIA, will become our new secretary of state. He will do a fantastic job,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday. “Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service!” the president added.

A senior White House official told the BBC about the timing of the announcement: “The president wanted to make sure to have his new team in place in advance of the upcoming talks with North Korea and various ongoing trade negotiations.”

Speaking to reporters outside the White House on Tuesday, Trump said his differences with Tillerson came down to personal “chemistry”.

“We got along actually quite well, but we disagreed on things,” said the president.

“When you look at the Iran deal, I think it’s terrible. I guess he thought it was OK.

“I wanted to either break it or do something and he felt a little bit differently, so we were not really thinking the same.

“With Mike, Mike Pompeo, we have a very similar thought process. I think it’s going to go very well.

“Rex is a very good man I like Rex a lot.”

It is unclear what the secretary of state’s exit means for other top Cabinet officials. Tillerson, Defense Secretary James Mattis and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin reportedly forged a “suicide pact” in which the others would resign if Trump tried to remove one of them.

 Shoe Thrown at Ex-Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif in Lahore Sun, 11 Mar 2018 12:49:36 +0000

Two men lobbed shoes at former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday while he was about to begin addressing a gathering in Lahore City, the capital of Punjab province. 

The incident happened during Nawaz’s visit to Jamia Naeemia seminary in Garhi Shahu, when he was about to address the participants of the event. In unusual occurrences, an audience member threw a shoe which hit the former Pakistani PM on his chest after which he climbed the stage and shouted a slogan while standing in front of Nawaz Sharif.

Sharif remained unhurt, but the attacker was detained by the seminary’s administration and later handed over to the police, Geo News reported.

However, Sharif managed to address the audience later on. He praised seminary’s leader, Mufti Naeem, before ending his speech and departing. 

Talking to Geo News, senior journalist Sohail Warraich, who was at the event, said the attacker was chanting slogans in favour of a religious party which carried out a prolonged protest against the government in Islamabad last year for the ruling party’s role in amending the Finality of Prophethood oath of lawmakers. 

This comes a day after a man was taken into police custody after he threw ink at Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif during his speech at the ruling Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz convention in Sialkot of Punjab.