The Pakistani Taliban today claimed responsibility for shooting down a military helicopter, killing six people including the Norwegian and Philippine envoys, and said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was their target.
“The helicopter was shot down by an anti-aircraft missile, killing pilots and many foreign ambassadors,” an Urdu-language statement emailed by their main spokesman Muhammad Khorasani said.
The helicopter was one of three carrying a delegation of envoys to inspect projects on a three-day trip to the Gilgit-Baltistan territory where they were set to meet with Prime Minister Sharif.
Pakistan today came out against the plan of establishing special towns or zones for Kashmiri pandits in Kashmir.
The country’s Foreign Office Spokesperson, Tasnim Aslam, at her weekly news briefing in Islamabad said any effort to establish special towns or zones to change the demographic make up of the territory will be in violation of UN resolutions.
“Jammu and Kashmir is a disputed territory and the United Nations Security Council in its resolutions has clearly pronounced the status of the territory,. The people of Jammu and Kashmir are also resisting the resettlement plans,” she said.
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A Pakistani private guard, Tuesday shot and killed himself in front of the U.S. Consulate in the eastern city of Lahore, Associated Press reported.
Senior police officer Safdar Raza Kazmi said the guard shot himself with his own gun during business hours Tuesday at the consulate.
Officer said that he was transported to a hospital, where he told officers before his death that he shot himself because of his “uneasy relations with his family.”