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  • 8 Ansarul Sharia Pakistan militants killed in 'encounter' in Karachi

    According to a Rangers press release, the operation was carried out on the basis of technical intelligence and evidence after receiving a tip-off about the presence of Ansarul Sharia Pakistan (ASP) terrorists in the area...

    Explore: The rise and ‘fall’ of Ansarul Sharia PakistanAccording to the Rangers press release, a heavy exchange of fire took place during the raid, in which five of the terrorists died on the spot...

  • The rise and ‘fall’ of Ansarul Sharia Pakistan

    KARACHI: Just a few months after coming into the limelight, the Al Qaeda-inspired militant group An­sarul Sharia Pakistan (ASP) comprising hardly 10 fighters has been busted with almost all its members taken into custody and being interrogated, sources confirmed to Dawn on Friday...

    In Karachi their activities were noticed for the first time in April when they claimed the responsibility for killing a retired colonel in the Baloch...

  • Pakistan approves sharia advisory board for Islamic finance

    ISLAMABAD: Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) has approved a four-member sharia advisory board to oversee Islamic financial products in the country, as the regulator looks to address credibility concerns which still haunt the industry...

    “It is expected that the new board will be instrumental in harmonising the sharia-related business, operations and structure of the instruments of the Islamic capital market,” the...

  • Lal Masjid cleric asks SC to ‘impose’ Sharia

    ISLAMABAD: Maulana Abdul Aziz, former khateeb of the Lal Masjid, has made no secret of his vision regarding the complete enforcement of Sharia in the country...

    After failing to whip up a popular movement that would demand the imposition of Sharia law, the cleric turned to the Supreme Court on Thursday, submitting a petition asking the government to furnish reports listing the steps taken in this regard...

  • Families get bodies of two Ansarul Sharia militants for burial

    KARACHI: Bodies of two of the eight suspected Ansarul Sharia militants killed in an alleged encounter were received by their relatives on Monday...

    The law enforcers claimed that they were involved in an assassination bid on Leader of the Opposition in the Sindh Assembly Khwaja Izharul Hasan as well as targeted killing of retired and serving officials of the law enforcement agencies...

  • Ansarul Sharia to be banned soon, says Ahsan Iqbal

    Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Wednesday revealed that the government has decided to place a ban on militant group Ansarul Sharia Pakistan (ASP)...

    "ASP has been linked to the attack on MQM-P leader Khawaja Izharul Hassan which took place on the first day of Eidul Azha in Karachi...

  • NBP to disburse Sharia-compliant youth loans

    KARACHI: National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) will re-launch the business loan scheme under the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme next month under the Islamic mode of financing, NBP President Saeed Ahmad said while speaking to journalists at the bank’s head office on Friday...

  • Pro-Muslim rallies outnumber anti-Sharia protests

    WASHINGTON: Scores of pro-Muslim rallies were held across the United States this weekend to counter anti-Sharia protests held on Saturday...

    ”A group called ACT for America organised anti-Sharia rallies in about two dozen cities and 20 states this weekend to protest what they claimed were “traditional Muslim practices, such as oppression of women, honour killings, homophobic violence, female genital mutilation and other abuses...

  • Israel names its first woman judge for Sharia court

    TEL AVIV: Israel appointed its first woman judge in its sharia court system on Tuesday, a move hailed as historic...

    Hana Khatib, an attorney from the northern town of Tamra, was selected by a justice committee, alongside three men, to become a Qazi (judge for religious matters) in courts that rule on personal law for Muslims inside Israel...

  • Sharia court dispenses ‘justice’ in Lahore

    LAHORE: In a manifestation of people’s growing distrust in conventional judicial system and mounting influence of religious organisations in society, Jamatud Dawa (JuD) has set up ‘Darul Qaza Sharia’ in the provincial metropolis to dispense ‘justice’ among people in light of Sharia laws, Dawn has learnt...

    A legal expert Dawn talked to said this is in sheer violation of the Constitution of Pakistan...

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