Silent Night: Canadian Pharmacy Chain Pulls the Plug on Christmas Music After Complaints

If you’ve been around any mall, café or even a radio dial in the month of December, the holiday tunes are sure to be pumping forth from the nearest speaker. One Canadian drugstore got so many complaints that they've muted the Christmas music.

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‘Tis the season to be jolly — but when does that season start, exactly? If you’ve been around any mall, café or even a radio dial in the month of December (and increasingly, November), you’re sure to hear a holiday tune or two. And the Christmas spirit seems to be arriving earlier and earlier each year.

Canadian pharmacy Shoppers Drug Mart, the most popular drugstore chain in the Great White North, was among those retailers who sought to boost Christmas cheer just as soon as Halloween was over. On Nov. 1, the music systems at the chain’s 1,100 stores geared up for the holidays, swapping Bieber and Beyonce for Frosty and Rudolph. Two days later, though, the normal tunes were back. So what changed? The store says it received enough complaints about their seasonal music that they decided to pull the plug.

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Shoppers Drug Mart posted on Facebook last week that the company would be silencing Christmas music for the time being. “Hi everyone, due to recent complaints around the Christmas music being played in stores we want to advise you that as of midnight EST tonight, all Christmas music will be suspended until further notice,” the post read.

The holiday season tends to come a bit earlier to Canada than it does to the United States, where a late-November Thanksgiving holiday serves as a useful firebreak midway between Halloween and Christmas. But Canada celebrates Turkey Day in early October, leaving no natural barrier between trick-or-treat season and caroling season.

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The chain’s Facebook announcement attracted thousands of comments from readers both pro- and anti-Xmas songs. “Starting this music so early takes the sacredness and meaning out of what should be such a beautiful season,” one commenter wrote. Others have threatened to never shop at the store again because of the chain’s cheerless attitude. Regardless of their beliefs, many simply thanked Shoppers Drug Mart for listening to customer demands.

While the chain may be silencing the music for now, they’re still advertising the holidays heavily on their website. Shoppers Drug Mart hasn’t announced when the carols will return, but customers have asked that it stay silent at least until after Remembrance Day on Nov. 11, which honors the country’s war veterans. Others have suggested rebooting the Christmas cheer sound effects as soon as the calendar flips into December.

All told, there is a season for the fa-la-la-ing and rum-pum-pum-pum-ing – but it’s probably not quite yet.

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Anyone else remotely interested in news from Pakistan...................?

Thought not.

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ISLAMABAD - Islamabad this week will hold three-day talks with Kabul on achieving peace in Afghanistan, while Pakistan’s envoy to the war-torn country said they hope to persuade Afghan insurgent groups to pursue peace but worry opposition from anti-Taliban groups could mar their efforts.A delegation of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council led by Chairman Salahuddin Rabbani, a son of late Burhanuddin Rabbani, will arrive in Islamabad today (Monday), to meet President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf.“Mr Rabbani was invited by Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar to visit Pakistan to hold talks with the relevant authorities with regard to peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan,” a foreign ministry statement said on Sunday.The delegation, which will also hold talks with the foreign minister and the military leadership, is expected to give Islamabad a road map of how it wants its influential neighbour to help end the war with the Taliban.Similar talks were derailed last year in September with the assassination of Burhanuddin Rabbani, the former head of the High Peace Council, by a suicide bomber who purported to be a Taliban peace envoy. Afghan officials lashed out at Islamabad over the killing, saying it was planned in Pakistan and carried out by a Pakistani with a bomb in his turban.Pakistan denied the charges and blamed Afghan refugees living in Pakistan for the murder. The Afghan government later named Rabbani’s son, Salahuddin, as the new chief peace envoy. Efforts to end the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan have gained a new urgency with US-led Nato forces due to draw combat troops out of the country by the end of 2014.Speaking just ahead of the expected visit of Afghan peace council, Islamabad’s ambassador to Kabul Muhammad Sadiq said on Sunday that Pakistan hopes to persuade Afghan insurgent groups, including the lethal Haqqani network, to pursue peace but he expressed fears that resistance from political factions opposed to the Taliban could undermine reconciliation efforts.In an interview, the envoy said: “The prime minister of Pakistan had appealed to all insurgent groups to engage in negotiations,” said Sadiq. “We will encourage all insurgents. We will encourage the entire armed opposition of Afghanistan to participate in peace negotiations with the Afghan government.”He also suggested US efforts would be better directed at engaging insurgent groups – rather than attempting to defeat them by launching military strikes against their leaders. “Afghans are much more united in wanting to join the reconciliation process than they were two years ago,” he said.“But still there are very important people who fought against the Taliban and are not still ready to talk and negotiate with the Taliban. And we are working with them.” Sadiq was referring to former members of the Northern Alliance, which toppled the Taliban in 2001 with US backing. Some now occupy government positions or are in the opposition.President Hamid Karzai set up the High Peace Council comprising members of diverse Afghan ethnic and political groups to try to ease mistrust between the Taliban and its traditional enemies and forge a peace deal. The task has gained urgency as most Nato combat troops prepare to withdraw at the end of 2014 and hand over security to Afghan government forces.Lack of progress has fuelled fears of a civil war and some Afghans worry the Taliban will try and seize power again if no comprehensive political settlement is reached before then. Afghanistan’s government has failed to secure direct talks with the Taliban and no significant progress is expected before 2014, a senior Afghan official closely involved with reconciliation efforts told Reuters on Friday.Afghan officials have often seen Pakistan as a reluctant partner in attempts to broker talks, saying Islamabad is long on promises and short on action. Kabul also accuses Pakistan’s spy agency of using groups like the Haqqani network as proxies to counter the influence of rival India in Afghanistan. Islamabad, which has a long history of ties to Afghan militant groups, denies the allegations.The Haqqani faction, allied with the Taliban and allegedly operating on northwest Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan, is seen as the most dangerous Afghan militant group, blamed for high-profile attacks in Kabul and other cities.Afghanistan said in August it believed a top commander of the group, Badruddin Haqqani, had been killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan. Pakistan has resisted US pressure to pursue the Haqqanis – seen as the most implacable US foe in Afghanistan – arguing that negotiations stand a better chance of delivering stability.“I think normally with insurgents one thing is very clear – that deaths have not weakened them because they replace commanders very quickly. They’re able to replace them in a day or so,” said Sadiq, suggesting the Americans should have learned from the Russian experience in Afghanistan in the 1980s. “They have people. By killing their people you cannot weaken them. The Soviets killed 1 million, 2 million people. It didn’t weaken the insurgency against them.”Afghanistan is known to want access to Taliban leaders belonging to the so-called Quetta Shura, or council, named after the Pakistani city where they are believed to be based, an issue the peace council is likely to raise.An official with the council said it would also be pushing Islamabad to repatriate Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban’s former second in command, in detention in Pakistan. Afghan officials believe Baradar could serve as an effective conduit for negotiations with Taliban leaders if sent to Kabul. An Afghan official told Reuters that Pakistan had promised to hand over Baradar in September.Pakistan denies giving sanctuary to insurgents and says no Taliban leaders are in Quetta. Asked what Pakistan would be willing to do to push the struggling reconciliation process forward, Sadiq said: “Expectations should be reasonable about what we can do because Pakistan and Taliban are not one party. We don’t control them, we don’t give them weapons, we do not give money to them.”Sadiq said Afghanistan should strive to make sure any government that runs the country should include all ethnic groups and parties to preclude any repeat of past turmoil. “A representative government will automatically help in reducing the insurgency, reducing the tension among ethnicities, it will go a long way in preventing a civil war.”

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KarachiThe Coordination Committee of the MQM has announced that its referendum scheduled to be held on November 14 has been postponed in deference to the month of Muharram.The decision was taken in a joint meeting of the committee in London and Pakistan on Saturday. Altaf Hussain, founder of the MQM, endorsed the decision. The meeting noted that MQM leaders, elected representatives and other office-bearers would be busy in meeting religious scholars in order to ensure sectarian harmony during Muharram.Taking stock of all the aspects, the Coordination Committee unanimously decided to postpone the referendum.noor Alam

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KarachiMany politicians, female social activists and journalists gathered at the provincial assembly on Saturday to express solidarity with a teenage activist for whom the UN had declared November 10 as “Malala Day”.Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban on October 9 for advocating girls’ right to education in Swat valley and is currently recovering at a UK hospital.Speaking at the ceremony, provincial assembly speaker Nisar Ahmed Khuhro said Yousafzai played a significant role in the promotion of girls’ education. “Malala’s outlook will help bring about an educational improvement in the country.”Khuhro believed that slain Pakistan People’s Party chairperson Benazir Bhutto had also inducted the same thinking and outlook into the politics of the country. “Malala raised her voice for the promotion of education, which will be strengthened to defeat extremism in the country.”He maintained that the government was giving special attention to the promotion of education, be it Swat or other areas.Eminent writer Fatima Surayya Bajia said Yousafzai’s mindset would help eradicate extremism and terrorism from the country. “This outlook will also help promote education.”Later, children presented tableaus to show solidarity with Yousafzai’s cause.South Asian Free Media Association representatives Amir Mehmood and Jabbar Khattak and journalists Khurshid Haider, Najia Ash’ar, Gareeda Farooqui, Baber Ayaz, Imtiaz Faran, Abdul Razzak Sarohi, Kashif Shah and Ghulam Nabi Chandio also attended the function. At conclusion of the programme, the participants staged a rally.MQM salutes ‘icon of peace’Scores of children jammed the narrow street that leads to Mutahida Quami Movement’s headquarters Nine Zero to observe International Malala Day.“She is an icon of peace and she defines everything that MQM as a party stands for,” said Senator Nasrin Jalil, a senior leader of the party.“International Malala Day is being celebrated globally and with the world community, the MQM is also observing the little girls’ courage, who bravely stood against the Taliban. We salute her for standing for what is right,” she added.The MQM leadership reiterated that unlike any other political leader in the country, party chief Altaf Hussian raised his voice years ago about the rising threat of Talibanisation in the country and today the world was witnessing what Pakistan was going through.Little children as young as five years old, accompanied by their mothers, came to attend the occasion. To express their solidarity with Yousafzai by lighting candles for her speedy recovery the children were busy helping one another. Eight-year-old Saima said, “Malala is like my sister. I pray that she gets well soon.”“Such events are important. We need to instill the values in our children that Malala stands for, only then can we drive this national forward,” said Wasey Jalil, another MQM representative.Senior MQM leader Reza Haroon appealed to the international community to save children like Malala, who were faced with barbaric forces like the extremist Taliban bent on destroying the dreams of young girls, who aspired to become something in life.“I would take this opportunity to appeal to the national community that like it gathered in the case of Malala Yousafzai, the world community should come forward and remove the hurdle faced by girls like Malala in any part of the world and make their dreams possible.”The children also held pictures of the activist from Swat.PTI supports Malala’s causeThe Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) endorsed UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s statement that Malala Yousufzai was a “global symbol” for every girl’s right to education.In a statement, the PTI said the outpouring of sympathy for Yousafzai and the abhorrence over the cowardly act demonstrate the determination of the Pakistani society to not allow a handful of radicalised elements to dictate their agenda.The party said it supported the aim to establish a safe and productive environment in which girls could flourish and this would only be achieved through global commitments, civil society movements, legislation and individual initiatives. It added that Pakistan must accelerate progress and dedicate resources for enabling girls to claim their rights and realise their full potential.ANP praises MalalaPresident of the Awami National Party (ANP) Sindh Senator Shahi Syed said Yousafzai was the nation’s bravest daughter, who fought against terrorists and united the whole country against elements of terrorism.Praising Malala, he said, this young girl had given a new and positive outlook to the factors struggling to establish peace and prosperity in Pakistan. She has set an example by taking a stance against these terrorists and their heinous activities. The sacrifices made in the process of establishing peace would guarantee our youth’s bright future, he further said.Senator Syed thanked the UN for announcing November 10 as ‘Malala Day’ to honour the young activist advocating for girls’ education.According to Syed, after the attack on Malala, hatred against terrorists had increased while people realised the need for peace in the country.

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KarachiIdentifying good governance, educational progress - especially of girls - and agricultural uplift as the key factors in the development of the Indian state of Bihar, its chief minister has said Sindh could reap similar benefits by learning from these experiences.“It all started seven years ago when efforts were made to ensure all-round development [in Bihar], which was a challenge and also an opportunity,” Nitish Kumar said at a seminar on “Experience-Sharing by Sindh and Bihar” at the Sindh Chief Minister’s House on Saturday.“Focusing on a ‘growth with justice’ paradigm, we made manifold achievements across different sectors including governance, law and order, human resource developments, infrastructure and agriculture.”Kumar went on to present detailed reports on the development and progress in Bihar and the resulting prosperity there.He pointed out that human development, particularly education for girls, and the agricultural sector were given top priority in the state’s policies.Visa regimeThe Bihar chief minister called for softening the visa regime between India and Pakistan as part of the larger efforts to bring the people of the two countries closer.“There is a need to promote the atmosphere of mutual understanding, brotherhood and peace in India and Pakistan for progress, prosperity and development in the region”He noted that Pakistan and India shared a common history and heritage and their bilateral relations were witnessing an all-round progress.“When a large part of the world was uninhabited, the thriving civilisation of Mohenjodaro and Harappa was shining in the Indus and Ganges basins. The educational centres of Taxila and Nalanda spread knowledge to the mankind.”Kumar said he had brought good wishes for the people of Pakistan. He expressed his firm belief that both India and Pakistan would benefit if they worked together in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility.He also invited Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and the province’s legislators to visit Bihar.Progress in SindhSpeaking on the occasion, the Sindh chief minister said the passage of the 18th Constitutional Amendment had resolved many issues and the provinces were now empowered.“The government is focusing on poverty, health and education.”He said the media and the judiciary in the country were independent and despite the energy crisis, unemployment and other problems, the Sindh government had promptly evolved a strategy for their solutions.“So far, 56,000 acres have been distributed among landless female peasants and hospitals at the district and taluka levels have been renovated.”Shah added that new universities and colleges had been set up and Rs42 billion spent on the construction of flyovers, roads etc in Karachi.“Reverse osmosis plants have been installed across the province for the provision of clean water. More than 0.1 million unemployed youth have been provided jobs on merit.”He added that over 0.2 million youngsters had been trained in various trades.The Sindh chief minister also highlighted the successes achieved through the Sindh Revenue Board and the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Youth Development Programme.He appointed out that interest-free loans were provided to 34,000 families as part of the poverty alleviation efforts.Shah hoped that the governments of Sindh and Bihar would benefit from each other’s experiences.Law and orderNoting that there was a law and order problem in the province, the Sindh chief minister said the provincial government had accepted the challenge and was trying to defeat the extremism “imported from Afghanistan and other neighbouring areas”.“Pakistan cooperated with the international community and as a result, it is facing hardships in the shape of terrorist attacks.”He asked the media to avoid sensational reporting and only highlight facts in the interest of the country.“Thousands of people are coming to Karachi every day and foreign investors are investing billions of dollars for the development of the Thar coal project. This is clear proof that the law and order situation in the province is not so bad.”Visit to Mazar-e-QuaidEarlier in the day, the Bihar chief minister, accompanied by the members of the Sindh cabinet, visited the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.Kumar also visited the Sindh Assembly building and met its speaker, Nisar Ahmed Khuhro.

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KARACHI: Less than 24 hours after the Sindh government announced a ban on pillion riding in the city, terrorists on motorcycles wreaked havoc in the city on Saturday, killing 15 people, including five students of a Madrassah and an activist of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), in separate incidents.Five of those killed were students of the Jamia Ahsanul Uloom situated in Block 2 of Gulshan-e-Iqbal.They were identified as Habib Ahmed, 22, Mohibullah, 25, Khalid, Mohammed Imran, Shams Rehman and Hakeem.Eleven others, mostly students of the same Jamia, sustained injuries in the attack.The students came under attack when they were having tea on Saturday evening at the Quetta Shandar Hotel just across from the Jamia Ahsanul Uloom.Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) of Gulshan Division Farhat Kamal confirmed that the deceased and the injured were students of the Jamia Ahsanul Uloom.He said that the students had been having tea as per their daily routine when six to seven men riding on three motorcycles appeared, opened fire on them and fled.Soon after the firing incident, other students of the Madrassah rushed to the spot and took their fellow students to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, Rab Medical Centre, Patel Hospital and the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital in private vehicles and ambulances. Other people also helped the students shift the victims to these hospitals.SDPO Kamal said that the police had surveyed the crime scene to avert loss of evidence. They found more than 25 spent bullet shells of 9mm pistols from the scene of the crime. According to the witnesses, the terrorists were wearing jeans and shirts.The deceased had died at different hospitals, and their bodies were later sent to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre.Police termed the attack a targeted one, saying that the main target of the terrorists had been the students of the Madrassah.They said that it seemed that some banned outfit had been behind the attack with the motive to ignite sectarian tension in the city. Most of the students killed had come to the city from upcountry to acquire Islamic learning.The MLO of JPMC, Kaleem Sheikh, said that the hospital had received six bodies and six injured. He added that the youngsters had received multiple bullet wounds in their upper torso.Tension gripped the area after the terrorist attack and some people resorted to aerial firing. Students and administrators of the Madrassah came out onto the streets and protested against the killings.In another incident of targeted killnig, Mohammed Irfan, area president of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) of North Nazimabad, was shot near the Board Office Chowarngi in North Nazimabad.SP of North Nazimabad Division, Khurram Waris, said that Irfan, a resident of Mujahid Colony in North Nazimabad, had been on his way home on Saturday evening when two armed men riding a motorcycle opened fire on him and fled.Mohammed Irfan was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where he breathed his last. The deceased had received four bullet wounds in his upper torso. Police found spent bullets of 9mm pistol from the scene of the crime.Investigators termed the murder of Irfan as part of the wave of target killings in the city.Activists and leaders of the ASWJ staged a protest demonstration at the hospital and accused a rival group of having murdered their worker.In yet another incident of targeted killing, two journalists of a weekly magazine, Rohshan Dia, Azam Kamal and Tariq, were shot near Saifee College in Block F of North Nazimabad.SP Waris said that Azam had been a reporter while Tariq was the editor of the magazine.They had gone to the North Nazimabad area to see someone when unidentified armed men riding on a motorcycle opened fire on them.The injured were taken to the ASH where both succumbed to their injuries. Both the deceased had received three bullet wounds each. The criminals had used a 9mm pistol in the offence. Azam was a resident of Bengali Para while Tariq of Buffer Zone.Four unidentified men riding on motorcycles killed Akhtar Ali, 32, at a Paan cabin in Jumma Goth of Ibrahim Hyderi area. SDPO Chanzeb Khan of Sukhan Division said that Ali was a resident of the area and a tailor by profession. He was moved to the JPMC where he was pronounced dead. The deceased had received four bullet wounds in his upper torso.Investigators termed the attack on Ali as part of target killings and added that he was also a supporter of a political party.In reaction to the murder of Akhtar Ali, activists of a political party launched a protest during which some armed miscreants resorted to aerial firing. They also torched three cabins in Jumma Goth.Later contingents of the police and Rangers entered the disturbed area and brought the situation under control.Mohammed Taufeeq, 25, was shot by armed men in Taimuria police remits.The incident happened on Saturday night near the Haroon Shopping Centre, Buffer Zone, Taimuria. SHO Ijaz Lodhi of Taimuria Police Station said that unidentified armed men open fire on a funeral procession which was heading towards an Imambargah. Some bullets hit Taufeeq who was heading for his home in his Mehran car.People at the scene shifted the injured to ASH where he succumbed to his injuries. SHO Lodhi said that Taufeeq was a resident of Block L of North Nazimabad.In the Awami Colony area, unidentified men shot Mashooq Ali, 19, on Saturday afternoon.SHO Hatim Marwat of Awami Colony police station said that Mashooq, who was from Sanghar, had been working in Karachi as a generator operator in Rajput Centre in Korangi 6.He was present at the above place along with his friend Talha when three armed men entered the market to rob people. When Mashooq tried to overpower them, the suspects opened fire due to which Mashooq and Talha got injured. They were taken to the JPMC where Mashooq breathed his last. The deceased had received bullet wounds in his chest.Late on Saturday night armed men shot Mohammed Saleem, 45. Police said that the deceased was a resident of Korangi and a tailor by profession.He was present in Mohammedi Market in Khokharapar No 1 when two armed men riding on a motorcycle opened fire on him, injured him and fled.The injured was taken to the JPMC where he breathed his last.Investigators termed the murder of Saleem as a targetted killing and added that he was a former worker of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement.Waqar Ahmed Afridi, 19, was gunned down in Sachal police remits. The incident happened in Ali Town, Sachal. Police said that the deceased was a resident of the same area and was present outside his house when armed men on a motorcycle, shot and killed him and fled.His body was shifted to the JPMC for postmortem. Investigators said that it was to early to speculate on the motive behind the murder of Waqar as they were investigating the matter from the point of view of target killing as well as personal enmity.In a late night attack in the Sharifabad area, armed men killed one Umer and injured four others, including one Asad, son of Qamar Abbas (a slain deputy director of the Intelligence Bureau).SHO of Sharifabad police station, Nadeem Khan, said that Umer and Asad, along with their friends, had been sitting near PWB Apartments in F.C. Area late on Saturday night when four armed men riding on two motorcycles opened fire on them. The injured were taken to the ASH where the condition of Asad was stated to be critical. The attack seemed to be a part of target killing, but other aspects were also being investigated.

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KARACHI: Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah met Governor Ishratul Ebad on Sunday night to discuss law and order situation in the city.According to the sources, the governor on the occasion directed the relevant officials to take immediate steps to stop ongoing violence in the metropolis.He also directed the law enforcement agencies to increase their patrolling in the sensitive areas of Karachi.

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KARACHI – If President Zardari, Prime Minister Pervaiz Ashraf and Interior Minister Rehman Malik were unable to rein in terrorists, they must take call of their conscience and step down, Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain said Sunday while condemning the murder of his party leader, Jalilur Rehman, in Hyderabad on Saturday night. “They should resign if they are so helpless against the terror-mongers”, the MQM chief said in a statement. He called on the authorities to arrest the killers of party’s Hyderabad sector-B joint incharge and former Hyderabad city nazim forthwith. He also demanded of them to go after those who killed the Bohri and Hindu people in cold blood and make them an example for others.He termed such acts of violence a grotesque conspiracy to add to the anarchy the metropolis was sliding into for quite sometime now. Altaf also exhorted the government to step up security of the citizens and human rights activists. The MQM Coordination Committee also condemned the killing of senior party worker Jalilur Rehman. It demanded the government to take immediate action against the killers.

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KARACHI – No less than 20 people, including six seminary students and two journalists, were killed and many others wounded in a deadly day of violence in the country’s financial hub on Saturday, as law-enforcement agencies depressingly failed to step up their presence in many ‘troubled’ neighbourhoods, among them North Nazimabad, where a suicide bomber had rammed a truck laden with explosives into the headquarters of Pakistan Rangers two days ago.According to security officials, eight of these 20 people were shot dead within half an hour in the evening in two attacks alone.In the worst incident in Gulshan-e-Iqbal area, unidentified gunmen killed six seminary students. Investigators said they were sitting at a tea stall in Block-2 close to their seminary, Jamia Arabia Ahsanul Uloom, when four attackers, riding on a motorbike, appeared on the scene and opened fire on them. Besides the students, said the police officials, four others present there, to have tea, received fatal gunshot wounds. Identified as Abdul Khaliq, M Imran, Abdul Rehman, Habibullah, Muhibullah and Hakeem Saeed, the students, aging between 25 and 30, succumbed to their injuries at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC). They all hailed from Balochistan. The deadly shooting triggered panic in the area, forcing commercial and non-commercial activities to close. The Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat, to which the students were associated, strongly condemned the killings. No case was registered till the filing of this report.In North Nazimabad area, two journalists were mowed down by an unidentified bike-borne attacker. The incident took place near the Safi College. Identified as Syed Tariq Hussain and Aslam Raja, the victims used to work for a weekly. According to police officials, the two journalists were heading somewhere on a motorbike, when the gunman sprayed them with bullets, and fled. A police party rushed and ferried them to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where doctors pronounced them as brought dead. Later, the bodies were handed over to the heirs. The motive behind the dual murder could not be ascertained (until the filing of this report).Also in North Nazimabad, an Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat activist was shot dead near KDA Square. Ifran Jamshed was going somewhere on his motorbike, when unidentified attackers opened fire on him, wounding him fatally. He was rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where doctors pronounced him as brought dead.A PPP worker was killed in an attack outside his residence in Jumma Goth of Korangi area. Akhtar Hussain Kamlati, 18, son of Mohammad Hussain Kamlati, was targeted by a bike-borne armed duo. He sustained multiple bullets and died on the spot. The body was shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for autopsy, and later handed over to the heirs. Police officials suspected that he might have been killed over personal enmity.In Korangi No 6, unidentified armed miscreants killed a young man, namely Mashooq Ali, 18, son of Zafar Ali, and wounded another, namely Talha, 19, son of Taj Mohammad. The attackers, believably bandits, barged into a generator shop and opened indiscriminate fire when faced with resistance. Mashooq and Talha received serious injuries and were ferried to the JMPC, where the former breathed his last. Talha was stated to be in critical condition.Another man, identified as Taufeeq Arain, was killed In North Nazimabad area. The incident took place in Shadman locality. Police officials said Arain was on his way on a car, when two armed men, riding a motorcycle, shot and killed him.In Malir area, Saleem Qureshi, 50, died when a stray bullet hit him in the head while he was seated in the rear seat of a passenger van. His body was shifted to the JPMC for autopsy and later handed over to his family.Separately, a teenager, namely Waqar Afridi, was shot dead in Ali Town. Officials of the Sacchal Police Station said the victim was standing near his residence, where two unidentified armed riders opened fire on him and fled. The body was handed over to the family after post-mortem from the ASH. The officials said the victim had involvement in various cases of robbery, and suspected that his associates might have him murdered him.Meanwhile, four bodies, riddled with bullets, were recovered from Racksar Lines area within the jurisdiction of the Pak Colony Police Station. The victims were identified as Munawar Pathan, Shahid, Babar and Qadir. Investigators suspected that unidentified culprits might have kidnapped them from somewhere, and later killed them. They said the victims belonged to a Lyari gang of Baba Ladla, suspecting that they might have been killed by rival gangster group, headed by Arslan Papu. The officials further said that although the two sides had reached an understanding over peddling of drugs in a certain area, the rivals abducted Munawar Pathan, Shahid, Babar and Qadir, and later killed them all. The bodies were shifted to the Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) for autopsy, and later handed over to the heirs.On Thursday, three paramilitary troopers were killed and 26 others, including five civilians, injured when a suicide bomber rammed a mini truck packed with explosives into the headquarters of Pakistan Rangers in North Nazimabad area.The high-intensity explosion damaged the two-storied building, a section of which later collapsed. Parts of the building had also caught fire.Witnesses said the blast was heard across a large area and images from the site showed a scene of destruction, including a building with its front ripped off. It also caused damage to the nearby buildings smashing their windows. After the bombing, Sindh Police chief Fayyaz Laghari had said tight security measures in force at the base had prevented major loss of life.The menace of sectarian and ethnic killings and incidents of targeted shootings in Karachi also seems to have taken hold of Hyderabad, the second largest city of Sindh.Two members of Dawoodi Bohra community were shot dead on Saturday night and three men belonging to an organisation of Barelvi school of thought were killed in Gari Khata area on Sunday night. Three others were injured. The deceased were identified as Shakeel, Kashif and Mustafa Kamal, the patron of Ghausia Foundation.Two unidentified armed men, both attired in shirt and trousers and one of them sporting a cap, had sprayed them with bullets in the one-room office of Ghausia Foundation, where a ‘Mehfil-i-Ghausia’ was underway.noor alam karachi pakistanLike ·

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I have to agree that the playing of Christmas music starting November 1st is just too early. Why not start December 1st?

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Sort of misleading the headline, it wasn't that people did not want Christmas music, it is that every year it is getting earlier and earlier.  I mean starting now at the beginning of November is just too much, just commercial exploitation of the season. It is wrong.

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Bunch of door knobs running the show

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This is what the World is coming too.....just like the crowds chose a criminal over Christ.........Matthew 27:15-17........15 Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to releasing to the multitude one prisoner whom they wished. 16 And at that time they had a notorious prisoner called Barabbas. 17 Therefore, when they had gathered together, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release to you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?”.............America is choosing immorality and falsehood over morality and truth, the anti-christ over Christ.....

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@PlumbLine  you religious nut jobs really fly off the handle,  this was just about starting the season too early, and there you go off on some ridiculous rant