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Quetta, March 05, 2017: A residence in Alandoor area of Buleda, Balochistan was invaded by Pakistan forces. It has been reported that two people have been killed and the rest five have been abducted.

The house was known to be of Abdul Khaliq, a civilian. The attack was unexpected because of which Abdul Khaliq and his daughter-in-law Fatima Baloch were killed on the spot whereas several other people were injured, mentioned balochwarna.com.

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Fatima Baloch pleaded the Pakistani force to spare her life and not attack her home but was shot in the head right away. It is learned that she was pregnant and even coaxed about the same.

After shooting Fatima Baloch, the Pakistan forces opened aimless firing and shelling at the house due to which Abdul Khaliq also died instantly.

At least five people were arrested and taken to discreet locations.There have been similar cases in the vicinity where Pakistan forced looted and burned the houses to ashes.

– prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram, Twitter: @Nainamishr94

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USA: Everything you want to know about Security Clearance; Find out here!

A security clearance allows a person access to classified national security information or restricted areas.

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Former CIA Director John O. Brennan speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, March 11, 2014. President Donald Trump revoked Brennan's security clearance Wednesday. VOA
Former CIA Director John O. Brennan speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, March 11, 2014. President Donald Trump revoked Brennan's security clearance Wednesday. VOA

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan. We take a look at what that means.

What is a security clearance?

A security clearance allows a person access to classified national security information or restricted areas after completion of a background check. The clearance by itself does not guarantee unlimited access. The agency seeking the clearance must determine what specific area of information the person needs to access.

What are the different levels of security clearance?

There are three levels: Confidential, secret and top secret. Security clearances don’t expire. But, top secret clearances are reinvestigated every five years, secret clearances every 10 years and confidential clearances every 15 years.

All federal agencies follow a list of 13 potential justifications for revoking or denying a clearance. VOA
All federal agencies follow a list of 13 potential justifications for revoking or denying a clearance. VOA

Who has security clearances?

According to a Government Accountability Office report released last year, about 4.2 million people had a security clearance as of 2015, they included military personnel, civil servants, and government contractors.

Why does one need a security clearance in retirement?

Retired senior intelligence officials and military officers need their security clearances in case they are called to consult on sensitive issues.

Also Read: Governments Across The World Request Apple for 30,000 Device Information

Can the president revoke a security clearance?

Apparently. But there is no precedent for a president revoking someone’s security clearance. A security clearance is usually revoked by the agency that sought it for an employee or contractor. All federal agencies follow a list of 13 potential justifications for revoking or denying a clearance, which can include criminal acts, lack of allegiance to the United States, behavior or situation that could compromise an individual and security violations. (VOA)

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