Blast in Quetta leaves four cops dead

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Four po­lice were killed and eleven peo­ple wounded when mil­i­tants det­o­nated a bomb hid­den un­der a mo­tor­bike in the city of Quetta, po­lice said on Mon­day night.

The Pak­istani Tal­iban claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack. Two po­lice were among the wounded, se­nior po­lice of­fi­cial Abdul Razaq Cheema told AFP. “Two of the in­jured are crit­i­cal,” he added.

The bike was parked out­side a mosque where po­lice per­son­nel were posted in Quetta, the cap­i­tal of Balochis­tan prov­ince.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors worked at the scene, plac­ing ev­i­dence mark­ers around a car, one door of which was open and shred­ded.

The at­tack came two days af­ter Baloch sep­a­ratists at­tacked a lux­ury ho­tel in the prov­ince’s sec­ond city, Gwadar, where de­vel­op­ment of a port is the flag­ship project of a multi­bil­lion dol­lar Chi­nese in­fra­struc­ture ini­tia­tive in Pak­istan. Five peo­ple in­clud­ing a sol­dier died in the ho­tel at­tack, which also left all three mil­i­tants dead.

US HASN’T IM­POSED VISA RE­STRIC­TIONS: QURESHI

Pak­istan foreign min­is­ter Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the US hasn’t im­posed any visa re­stric­tions on Pak­istan, Ra­dio Pak­istan re­ported.

Qureshi was brief­ing a ses­sion of the par­lia­ment’s stand­ing com­mit­tee on foreign af­fairs in Is­lam­abad on Tues­day.

PAK­ISTAN UN­VEILS NEW TAX SCHEMES

Pak­istan has un­veiled a new scheme for those who don’t pay taxes, urg­ing peo­ple to de­clare their as­sets and pay a 4% tax on them be­fore June 30 to avoid ar­rest and con­fis­ca­tion.

The mea­sure comes days af­ter Is­lam­abad reached a deal with the IMF for a $6 bil­lion bailout.

AFP

Pak­istani se­cu­rity of­fi­cials ex­am­ine the site of a bomb blast in Quetta on Mon­day night.

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