Blast in Quetta leaves four cops dead
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.
Pakistani security officials examine the site of a bomb blast in Quetta on Monday night.