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Authorities in Pakistan Claim Islamic State (IS) Terrorist Group’s Recruitment Cell Busted in Lahore

The detainees were recruiting young men to send them illegally to Syria via Afghanistan and Iran, the two immediate neighbors of Pakistan sharing long porous frontiers

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FILE - Pakistani suspects allegedly associated with the Islamic State group, wait to appear in an anti-terrorism court in Gujranwala, Pakistan, Dec. 29, 2015. On Thursday, authorities in Pakistan announced they captured a group of eight militants operating a recruitment cell. VOA
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Authorities in Pakistan say they have captured a group of eight militants operating a recruitment cell in the country at the behest of the Syrian-based Islamic State terrorist group.

Counterterrorism forces in an overnight operation arrested the men in Lahore, the second-largest Pakistani city and capital of the populous Punjab province, said an official announcement Thursday.

It added that authorities also seized mobile phones, laptops and IS propaganda material.

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The detainees were recruiting young men to send them illegally to Syria via Afghanistan and Iran, the two immediate neighbors of Pakistan sharing long porous frontiers.

FILE _ Pakistani students shout slogans against the Islamic State group holding a banner that reads "down with Islamic State rally," in Islamabad, Nov. 20, 2014. VOA
FILE _ Pakistani students shout slogans against the Islamic State group holding a banner that reads “down with Islamic State rally,” in Islamabad, Nov. 20, 2014. VOA

The counterterrorism department says the suspects have told interrogators they have already dispatched an unspecified number of fighters and were readying to send a fresh group.

Pakistani officials say that they have arrested hundreds of IS operatives from different cities within the past two years, but they insist the Middle Eastern group has no organized presence in Pakistan.

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IS claimed responsibility for last week’s bomb blast at a Sufi shrine in a remote district in Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province. The violence left more than 50 people dead and wounded scores of others.

In late October, three IS suicide bombers raided a police training center in Quetta, the provincial capital, killing at least 60 recruits and wounding more than 100 more.

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IS launched its operation in the region in early 2015 after establishing bases in remote eastern border areas of Afghanistan.

The group calls Afghanistan, Pakistan and parts of Iran as its so-called Islamic State of Khorasan Province and allegedly take orders from leaders in Syria. (VOA)

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Veteran Actress Shabana Azmi Wants To Get Rid of Dependene on Mobile Phones

She reveals her husband Javed Akhtar is far more dependent on the mobile phone than she

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Veteran actress Shabana Azmi, who will turn a year older on September 18, says that she wants to get rid of her dependence on the mobile phone.

She is currently in Karjat shooting for “The Moghuls”, a web series for Hotstar produced by Nikkhil Advani.

The Internet is a fascinating web for Shabana Azmi.

“This is the first web series (for Hotstar) that I am doing. The reach of the medium is tremendous. ‘The Moghuls’ is an adaptation of Alex Rutherford’s historical book. It deals with Moghul history all the way from Babur to Aurangzeb,” said Shabana.

What fascinated Shabana Azmi was the space and attention given to the women figures from Moghul history.

 

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The Internet is a fascinating web for Shabana Azmi. Flickr

She feels women have been treated with scant attention by Moghul historians.

“I mean, everyone knows Mumtaz Mahal because Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal for her. But what was she really like? I play Babur’s grandmother Esan Daulat. Not much is known about her. But she was the power behind the throne. When Babur was 12, she made sure he was crowned emperor.”

Shabana enjoys the freedom offered by the web. “One can tell a story as elaborately as one wants. Though Esan Daulat is little-known outside the domain of history books my character is done at length. I am shooting for 40 days for ‘The Moghuls’.”

So Shabana would be celebrating her birthday on the sets of “The Moghuls”. Any birthday thoughts?

“Yes, to get rid of my dependence on the mobile phone. My phone has just crashed. And I feel no anxiety about losing my numbers. On the contrary, it is extremely liberating to not have to depend constantly on the phone.

Shabana Azmi
Shabana Azmi.

“So yes, this birthday I’d like to return to basic face-to-face conversations with people whom I care for.”

She reveals her husband Javed Akhtar is far more dependent on the mobile phone than she.

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“He says my mobile phone is the most immobile phone in the world because I never take it with me. He watches a lot of shows on his phone.” (IANS)