Pak Scan

Lahore blasts toll rises to 37, Shias mourn

Thousands of Shia Muslims on Thursday took out a procession to mourn the victims of the triple bombings that rocked Lahore on Wednesday, even as the death toll from the brazen attacks rose to 37. Provincial authorities on Thursday announced that the paramilitary Pakistan Rangers will remain deployed in Lahore till September 15 to maintain law and order. Prominent Shia leader Allama Abbas Kamali, the head of the Jafriya Alliance, announced a three-day period of mourning. All courts and major markets remained closed to protest the death of innocent people.

US offers $5 mn for Taliban heads Mehsud, Rehman

The US has offered rewards of up to $5 million each for information on location of top two leaders of Tehreek-e-Taliban Hakimullah Mehsud and Wali Ur Rehman. The announcement came soon after the group was declared as foreign terrorist outfit by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "Under their direction, the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan launched a suicide bombing at a US military base in Afghanistan, attacked the US Consulate in Peshawar, and planned the failed bombing in Times Square," said Robert Hartung, of the Threat Investigations and Analysis Directorate in Bureau of Diplomatic Security.

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