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Balochistan Timeline - 2015



January 1

A FC official was killed and three others injured after their vehicle was bombed at the Harnae Phatak close to Police Line in Sibi town of same District in Balochistan in the morning. According to police officials, unidentified militants attached an IED to a tree near a graveyard close to Police Line. The militants detonated the IED by a remote device when FC vehicle passed by the area. As a result of the explosion, FC solider Mohammed Luqman died on the spot while three other personnel sustained wounds.

A suspected TTP militant, involved in the attack on a Levies Thana in Zhob District, was killed in an exchange of fire with Security Forces. Official sources said that a group of armed militants attacked the Levies Thana in Murgha Kibzai area of Zhob District and ransacked it before setting it on fire. The attackers were fleeing when FC troops reached there and opened fire on them. In the heavy exchange of fire, one attacker died.

FC personnel arrested a militant 'commander' and recovered arms and ammunition from his possession from Barkhan District.

January 2

The FC claimed to have killed four suspected militants in the Naal area of Khuzdar District. One FC trooper was also killed during an exchange of fire with suspected militants. FC's spokesman (Balochistan) said several suspected militants were also arrested during the operation. The forces also seized weapons and arms from the possession of militants during the action.

January 3

Law Enforcement Agencies, including Police, FC, Balochistan Levies and Intelligence Agencies in a joint raid launched a crackdown against stores openly selling hate literature and materials allegedly promoting militancy in Kuchlak area of Quetta. At least 40 shopkeepers were detained in Quetta for interrogation, while dozens were arrested from other parts of the Province during the raids.

January 4

FC and paramilitary force foiled a major terror bid in Sibi District by defusing an IED planted in a motorcycle parked on the road where a procession in connection with Eid Milad-un-Nabi (Prophet's birth anniversary) was scheduled to pass. According to sources in FC, militants had planted four kilogram of explosives in the motorcycle to target the procession. "Major terror bid was foiled prior to the arrival of procession," they said.

One FC soldier was injured during an exchange of fire with the militants in Ziarat District. Later, the SFs arrested two TTP militants and recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition from their possession. "The arrested militants belong to TTP," sources claimed.

January 5

An unidentified man was killed in a bomb blast in Musa Colony on Sariab Road in Quetta. Imran Qureshi, the SP Sariab said, "The blast has severely damaged the dead person’s face."

TTP militants abducted nine people, including four Government Officials, in two separate incidents from Zhob District. In the first incident, militants intercepted a Zhob-bound passenger bus coming from Quetta and took away five people with them. Sources said the kidnappers checked national identity cards of the passengers and separated five people, including four Government Officials and a student of Bolan Medical College, from the others. In the second incident of kidnapping, the militants abducted four other people, who were travelling to Quetta from Islamabad.

Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti said that eight militants, including a 'commander' of a banned outfit, were killed and 15 others were detained while two camps were busted in week-long operations launched in Panjgur and Kalat Districts of the province. Search is also in progress in Zhob and its adjoining areas to trace nine people who were kidnapped by unidentified armed assailants in Zhob District. “There is zero-tolerance towards terrorism, and stern action would be taken against all R&AW and NDS funded armed Lashkars,” said Mir Sarfaraz Bugti.

January 7

Unidentified assailants shot dead four labourers while leaving another injured on the Qambarani Road in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. Several people including Afghan nationals were arrested in a search operation by law enforcing agencies in Quetta.

Two Levies personnel were killed and five others sustained injuries when unidentified assailants attack the paramilitary force vehicle in Jhao tehsil in Awaran District.

The bullet-riddled body of an officer of Pakistan Air Force, Liaquat Ali Khan, was found near a village in Qila Saifullah District. The officer was kidnapped along with four other people on January 4 from an area between Quetta and Zhob when they were coming from Islamabad in a rented car. The body with bullet wounds in the head was thrown on a road. The PAF officer Liaquat Ali Khan belongs to Talagang area in Punjab. The TTP claimed responsibility for killing the officer and kidnapping nine people in Qila Saifullah District.

January 9

At least three soldiers of FC were killed and five others sustained injuries when their convoy came under gun and rocket attack in a remote hilly area of Santsar in Gwadar District of Balochistan. A security convoy was on its routine patrolling in Santsar area when unidentified militants, armed with rockets and sophisticated weapons, attacked the military vehicles.

Unidentified militants blew up railway track with explosive material in Jaffarabad town of same District, suspending the train services. According to FC sources, some unidentified militants planted explosive device at railway track which went off with big bang, due to which a deep crater was developed by destroying the tracked.

January 11

An employee of the FWO was injured in a blast in Tajaban area of Kech District in Balochistan. Security officials said the blast occurred near a vehicle of FWO personnel when they were working on the under-construction Gwadar-Turbat-Reto-Dero national highway.

One person sustained injuries in a landmine blast in Jori area of Dera Bugti District. As per details, the blast took place when one farmer, who was watering the fields, put unconsciously his foot on the landmine injuring him.

A remote-controlled bomb was planted to target a police mobile at Mustang Road in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. However, no human loss was reported as a result of the explosion.

Unidentified assailants abducted two trader brothers in Guldar Baghicha near Chaman area of Killa Saifullah District. According to Levies force, the victims were on way to their shop from house in a vehicle when some armed men intercepted them. They took away them along with their vehicle to an unidentified destination on gunpoint.

SFs detained at least nine suspects including one suicide attacker and three members of TTP Swat group in Quetta. According to the sources, SFs on a tip off, raided three different areas of Quetta and taken as many as nine suspects into custody.

January 12

Seven personnel of the FC were killed and one injured when militants attacked a checkpost of the SFs in the Mekhtar area of Loralai District in Balochistan. The FC officials said that around 40 militants armed with automatic weapons attacked the FC checkpost. As a result, all the eight personnel of the force sustained multiple bullet injuries and seven of them died on the spot. The FC personnel launched a counter attack, killing one attacker and injuring many others.

The Supreme Court directed the Federal Government to come up with details in 10 days about the number of missing persons in the country. The directive was issued by a two-judge bench headed by Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja which had taken up an application of Nasrullah Baloch, Chairman of the Voice of Baloch Missing Persons, seeking an order for his protection. During the hearing, Mr Baloch alleged that the mutilated bodies found in different areas of Balochistan were buried within two or three days instead of handing them over to the families. The identity of these defaced bodies, he said, remained a mystery and even their relatives would not recognise them if handed over.

He regretted that there was no mortuary to preserve such bodies and said that earlier the Bolan Medical Complex in Quetta had such a facility but it had been closed down. The court asked the advocate general of Balochistan to submit a report on the procedure of handing over such bodies to the families and the number of hospitals and mortuaries functioning in the province. The other three provinces have also been directed to submit similar reports. Describing the enforced disappearances as a national issue, Justice Khawaja said the matter must be addressed amicably. The court directed Attorney General Salman Aslam Butt to submit comprehensive data about the number of missing persons in the country.

According to media reports, the CIED was seized with 1,265 cases as of Dec 31. But the Defence of Human Rights claims that the total number of cases of missing persons is 5,149 and 252 of them surfaced in 2014 alone.

January 14

Quetta ATC, headed by judge Aftab Ahmed Lone, indicted former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf and two other nominated accused in the Nawab Akbar Bugti murder case of August 26, 2006. The other two indicted by the Court include former Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao and Home Minister Mir Shoaib Nosherwani.

Ahmed Khan Sherpao and Shoaib Nosherwani were present in the court during the hearing while counsel for Pervez Musharraf presented an application for his exemption from appearance on health grounds. The judge remarked that the exemption from appearance before the court could only be granted after examination of the former president by a medical board. The court expressed resentment over the non-constitution of the medical board and summoned the Director General, health, Balochistan, at the next hearing of the case on February 4, 2015.

January 15

Chief of BNP-M, Sardar Akhtar Mengal said that extremism was being promoted in Baloch society to weaken Baloch nationalists. "Extremists are penetrating in a tolerant Baloch society," Mengal said. He said new shadowy extremist organisations were surfacing in the Province to undermine the Baloch political and democratic movement.

January 16

Police rescued five abducted foreigners and arrested two kidnappers during search operations in Satellite Town and overseas colony area of Turbat District. Imran Qureshi, the DPO said that the foreigners include three Yemenis and two Tanzanian nationals. He further stated that weapons were also recovered from the possession of the kidnappers.

January 18

SFs arrested two militants, identified as Maulavi Shah Wali and Hafiz Naimatullah, during a raid in Jangle Pir Alizai area in Qilla Abdullah District.

SFs arrested two suspected militants from Killi Tekhdar area of Chaman town and recovered weapons from their possession.

Police detained 31 suspects during various raids in Quetta. Police said hate materials and CDs were recovered from their possession.

Balochistan Chief Secretary Saifullah Chathha while presiding over a meeting in Quetta asked officials to ensure construction of boundary walls and foolproof security at all schools in the Province as part of the National Action Plan against terrorists. He ordered officials of Law-Enforcement Agencies and educational institutions to jointly evolve a security plan for safety and protection of schools, colleges and universities. The meeting decided that boundary walls would be built and protective wires installed at all schools, besides deploying security guards at every educational institution.

January 19

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while addressing the inaugural session of Balochistan Development Forum organised by the Balochistan Chief Minister's Policy Reform Unit (CMPRU) in Islamabad said that the Government will cleanse Balochistan, KP and FATA of terrorists.

He said owing to neglect in the past, Balochistan lagged behind in socioeconomic development and stressed that both Federal and Provincial Governments were now taking measures to ensure growth and peaceful environment in the Province. He said that the development of Balochistan was close to his heart, and despite constraints, the Federal Government provided substantial resources to supplement the efforts of the Provincial Government to address the needs of its people.

The political leaders and experts at the forum were unanimous in seeking autonomy for Balochistan and ownership over resources of the Province. Speaker Balochistan Assembly Jan Jamali urged Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Malik Baloch to assert Provincial autonomy under the 18th Amendment to push the agenda for inclusive development of the Province and its inhabitant.

January 23

Unidentified miscreants blew up an 18-inch gas pipeline near Dera Murad Jamali in Naseerabad District. The explosion caused suspension of gas supply from Sui to Uch Power Plant.

Unidentified militants blew up a 6-inch gas pipeline in Sohbatpur area of Jaffarabad District suspending gas supply to different villages. No outfit claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Rawalpindi-bound Jaffar Express escaped a bomb blast in the 13 Mile area of provincial capital Quetta. However, no casualties were reported.

January 24

On intelligence report about the presence of TTP militants in the area the SFs conducted a raid in Harnai District of Balochistan and arrested three TTP militants, including a 'commander'. SFs also recovered arms and ammunition from the possession of militants.

January 26

Five persons, including a retired Police SI Muhammad Salleh Shah, were killed and one sustained injuries when in a Chithar-bound pickup that was coming from Dera Murad Jamali stumbled over a landmine in the Soonwah area of Naseerabad District.

Quetta Police recovered 50,000 rounds of different caliber weapons, which had been stolen from the arsenal depot of Balochistan Constabulary, during raids in Shaldara and Pashtunabad areas of the provincial capital. “The recovered ammunitions had been stolen from the arsenal depot of Balochistan Constabulary in connivance with Police officials some days back,” Police sources said.

Balochistan Government during a high-level meeting of security officials finalised 54 terrorism cases for trial by military courts that have been set up under the 21st Cons­titution Amendment. Home Secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani said that of the 54 cases selected, 19 related to the banned TTP, 18 to LeJ and 17 to Sipah-e-Muhammad. The Provincial apex committee, which is responsible for implementation of the NAP against terrorism, will forward the cases to the Federal Government for a final decision. Balochistan IG Mohammad Amlish Khan said that 168 accused had been nominated in the 54 cases 88 of them were under arrest and 80 absconding.

January 28

A senior official of the Balochistan Levies said that a group of 25-30 militants stormed a check post of the Levies force in Qila Saifullah District and fled with five official rifles, three motorbikes, five bulletproof jackets and a walkie-talkie.

A death row prisoner, identified as Rameez Raja, who had escaped during the Bannu jailbreak on April 15, 2012, was re-arrested during a raid by Hub Police in Lasbela District. Raja, originally a resident of Kohat District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, was awarded death penalty in July 2012, for murdering his relative.

Five abducted coalminers, who had been kidnapped on January 27, 2015, from Sorenge area in Quetta were rescued. The five abducted coalminers were identified as Lal Muhammad, Noor Muhammad, Sale Muhammad, Rahman Gul and Sanaullah.

January 30

An alleged suicide bomber was killed during an exchange of fire with SFs in Maikhtar area of Loralai District. According to sources, SFs conducted an operation in the area. The militants resisted the SFs and one alleged suicide bomber blew himself up during a shoot out that lasted for an hour. Another militant fled from the spot.

SFs foiled a major terror bid by seizing an explosive-laden vehicle in Panjpai area of Quetta. The SFs also apprehended an alleged suicide bomber along with the explosive-laden vehicle. He said 200 bombs were recovered from the explosive-laden vehicle during the raid.

Intelligence Agencies and Anti-Terrorist Forces personnel arrested a TTP 'commander' from Pishin District. The SFs recovered weapons from their possession.

FC personnel recovered arms and ammunition from an Alto car in Gulistan area of Killa Abdullah District.

January 31

Two Police personnel were killed and another was injured when a convoy of DPO Khuzdar came under gun and rocket attack by militants in Pasni area of Gwadar District. However, DPO Khuzdar Asghar Ali Yusufzai, who was traveling with his family, escaped unhurt in the attack and was safe.

As part of an ongoing crackdown against militants from banned organisations in Balochistan, Police and ATC personnel have arrested 260 suspects from different parts of Quetta. Police sources told that raids were conducted in Sariab Road, Brewery Road, Satellite Town and other parts of Quetta. Arms and ammunition were also recovered from the possession of the suspects who have been shifted to different Police Stations in Quetta for interrogation.

February 1

A landmine explosion killed a military officer and injured two personnel in Chathar area of Naseerabad District in Balochistan. Police sources said the military officer who was killed in the blast was identified as a FC captain. Police sources said FC personnel were on routine patrol when their vehicle hit by a landmine.

The bullet-riddled body of a missing man was found in the Sonari Mat area of Dera Bugti District. An official of Dera Bugti Levies said the body was dumped in a desolated place. The body was identified as Barfi, son of Noor Khan. “The victim had been missing for one-and-a-half years from Sui,” the Levies official said.

A 24-inch gas pipeline was blown up in the Dera Bugti District, disrupting gas supply to the Sui compressor plant from the Pir Koh purification plant. According to Levies official in Dera Bugti, militants placed explosive materials along the gas pipeline.

A dozen militants belonging to the Marri tribe laid down their arms and surrendered before Security Forces in Kohlu District. “Twelve militants laid down their arms in the presence of Provincial Minister for Energy and Irrigation Jangayz Marri and Commandant Mewand Rifles Masroorur Rehman,” a statement issued by FC Balochistan said. It added that all 12 of them had been involved in anti-state activities. According to the FC Balochistan spokesman, the militants, while laying down their arms, promised not to support any anti-state elements and vowed to live a peaceful life as law-abiding citizens of Pakistan.

February 2

An employee of the QESCO grid station was killed when unidentified opened fire at the grid station in Gwadar bazaar of Gwadar District.

Unidentified militants abducted five employees of irrigation department, including the sub-engineer, from Shadi Core area of Makran Division. Police said the employees were engaged in the construction of the dam when they were kidnapped by the militants. BRA 'spokesman' Sarbaz Baloch claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.

A Hindu doctor, Dr Manoj Kumar, was released on February 2 by abductors in Hazar Ganji area of Quetta after the payment of PKR 14 million as ransom on February 1, 2015. Dr Kumar had been abducted from Industrial Police Station area of Quetta on December 2, 2014.

February 3

Unidentified militants killed the BNP-M member and newly elected Chairman of a Union Council, Nasir Hassan, in Gwadar District.

Police claimed to have seized 205 kilograms of explosive material and said that a major terror attack was prevented.

Unknown assailants set Ghausia Alia shrine on fire in Mach area of Bolan District. According to Police, two rooms of the shrine were destroyed and all religious books turned to ashes. The shrine was built in 1948 in memory of Pir Tahir Al Gilani al-Baghdadi, who migrated from Baghdad (Iraq) and settled in Mach.

The JASP condemned the incident and held demonstrations in Quetta and Mach. While addressing the protesters in Quetta, JASP leaders Mufti Mohammad Sajid Qadri, Qari Noor Mohammad and Allama Ghazi Kamal called for extending the Zarb-e-Azb military operation to entire country.

February 4

A Policeman, identified as Zaiullah, guarding polio volunteers was killed and one child was injured when unidentified militants opened fire at the polio team on Sirki Road in Quetta.

An ATC in Quetta accepted the application of former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf with regards to exemption from appearance in court in a case pertaining to the August 26, 2006, murder of former Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti. The court, however, expressed anger over the performance of Director General Balochistan Naseer Baloch with regards to his slow progress on submitting Musharraf's medical report. It subsequently adjourned the hearing of the case to February 25, 2015.

Advocate Sohail Rajput, counsel of Nawabzada Jamil Akbar Bugti, confronted Musharraf's lawyer Akhtar Shah outside the court and said that the latter was ready to fly to Saudi Arabia which required travelling for four hours, but he was reluctant to travel for one hour to arrive in Quetta. "Musharraf is deliberately not appearing in the court," Rajput said.

February 6

Unidentified militants blew up two power pylons of 220 KVA transmission lines in Chatter area of Dera Murad Jamali in Naseerabad District. No outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.

Militants abducted six officials of PTCL from Gawal area of Killa Saifullah District. They abductees were identified as Engineer Haji Asad, SDO Muhammad Ashraf, Muhammad Nabi, Sajjad Beg and two others.

Five employees of a private company working on the reconstruction of Shadi Kour dam near Pasni in Gwadar District were released in Blangur area of the District. They were abducted on February 2, 2015. BRA had claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.

February 7

Unidentified militants blew up a railway track in the Bakhtiarabad area of Sibi District. Levies' sources said that a two-feet track was damaged when an IED was detonated, suspending train services between Balochistan and other parts of the country.

February 10

At least 15 BLF militants and a FC official were killed in a gun battle in Basima area of Kharan District. According to details SFs had launched a search operation in Khori village of Basima area when a group of militants hiding inside a bunker suddenly started firing at them.

Three unidentified militants were killed when the FC opened fire during an operation in Shadikor area of Gwadar District.

FC personnel arrested four suspects accused of having links with a banned organisation during search operations for the recovery of kidnapped employees of PTCL in Killi Sharna, Killi Ghat and Gawal Ismailzai areas of Zhob District. SFs recovered 24 rifles with bullets, an SMG with ammunition and other weapons from their possession.

Balochistan Interior Secretary said that 54 cases have been forwarded to Federal Ministry of Interior for hearing in the military courts. According to a statement issued here, Interior Secretary Balochistan Akbar Hussain Durrani said the Interior Ministry will forward the cases to military courts for hearing after carrying out scrutiny.

February 13

Three polio workers and two Levies officials were abducted from Murgha Kibzai area in Zhob District. "The families lost contact with the polio workers since this morning," a levies official who requested anonymity said. It is feared that the missing persons were picked up by militants, he added.

February 14

As many as 17 Districts of the Province, including parts of Quetta, plunged into darkness after militants blew up two pylons of a power transmission line in Chatter area of Naseerabad District. Sarbaz Baloch, a 'spokesman' for BRA claimed responsibility for the attack.

February 15

At least two people were killed when unidentified armed assailants opened fire at a hotel on Mastung Road in Quetta. According to local Police, one of the victims has been identified as Ghulam Sarwar, while the identity of the other one is yet to be ascertained.

Two suspected militants blew themselves up during a search operation for the recovery of kidnapped polio workers and levies personnel in Margha Kibzai area of Zhob District. Three polio workers and two levies men went missing on February 13, 2015 from Zhob District.

A key 'commander' of LeJ, identified as Usman Saifullah Kurd, and his companion were killed while two FC personnel were injured in a raid conducted by FC in Sariab area of Quetta. A third of their accomplice was arrested unhurt. Kurd had been convicted by an Anti-Terror Court in 2003 for masterminding two sectarian attacks in Quetta. He had escaped from the high security Quetta cantonment jail in 2008, following which the Government imposed a bounty of PKR 2.5 million on him. According to security sources, Kurd was believed to be the mastermind of the January 31, 2015, Shikarpur Imambargah attack in Sindh. Intelligence sources also said that he had close contacts to both al Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban.

Chief Justice of the Balochistan High Court Justice Muhammad Noor Meskanzai escaped an IED attack in Reko Sultan Golai area of Nushki District. "No one was hurt in the explosion nor was any damage reported," said Nushki Deputy Commissioner Qudos Mengal. No outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.

February 16

A 24-inch diameter gas pipeline was blown up by unidentified militants in Peshbogi area of Dera Bugti District in Balochistan.

February 17

Four dead bodies, including that of two missing Levies personnel, were found in Zhob District. According to Levies sources, two bodies were identified as that of Levies officials and one was identified as the driver of the polio team. One dead body is yet to be identified, the sources added. Three polio workers and two Levies personnel were kidnapped on February 13, 2015, from Murgha Kibzai area of Zhob District.

Balochistan Government postponed the anti-polio campaign in Quetta, Zhob, Sherani and Sibi Districts of the Province due to looming security threats, according to an unnamed Health Department Officer.

February 18

Three terrorists and one FC soldier were killed in an exchange of fire during an encounter in Panjgur District. One FC soldier was wounded.

Unidentified militants blew up a water pipeline in Toba Nokahai area of Zahein Loti in Dera Bugti District, suspending water supply to many areas.

SFs arrested 21 suspects from various areas of the Province.

LEAs recovered five PTCL employees during a search operation in Kanu area of Zhob District. Local LEA sources said that the recovered PTCL employees had been kidnapped a week ago from Murgha Kibzai area of Zhob district by unidentified armed militants. They were identified as Sajjad Baig, Muhammad Tahir, Muhammad Nabi, Asad Khan and Muhammad Abbas.

February 19

A landmine explosion killed two people and injured two others in Chahtar area of Naseerabad District.

SFs conducted a raid and arrested eight suspected militants in Sibi District. According to FC spokesman, SFs recovered 24kgs explosives and other weapons from their possession.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced PKR 5 billion development package for Quetta and said that funds should be spent on building roads, improving sanitary system and cleaning the city. Funds to the tune PKR 30 billion would be given for the purpose and international donors would be asked for assistance, he added.

At least 234 madrassas in Balochistan are being funded by 'brotherly' Muslim countries, said Home Department officials tasked with investigating religious seminaries in Province. "We have collected enough evidence against 234 madrassas accused of receiving financial assistance from foreign countries," an unnamed senior official said, adding, "The list (of these seminaries) has been shared with relevant agencies and departments (the Federal Investigative Agency and State Bank of Pakistan) so that their accounts can be scrutinized and the sources of their funding traced." "But the list will go on," he added.

When contacted, Balochistan Home Secretary Akbar Khan Durrani confirmed that various cases have been forwarded to agencies concerned for further investigation, but did not specify the number of madrassas against whom evidence of foreign funding has been collected. However, he revealed that more than 3,000 of the Province's 5,441 madrassas are not registered. "Some 5,330 of the 129, 997students that study in seminaries in Balochistan are foreigners, mostly of Afghan descent," said Durrani.

A member of the team conducting the surbeillance of madrassas in Balochistan revealed the names of seminaries in Quetta and Nushki Districts which were receiving financial assistance from Saudi Arabia, Behrain and Iran. These, he said, include Mataul Uloom, Arbia Maftaul Uloom, Anwar-e-Sahaba, Gold Masjid, Dunya Arbia, Jamia Uloom and many others.

February 21

An abductor was killed while a Sikh trader, identified as Munish Singh, was recovered during a raid in Aamri area of the Chagai District. Three of his accomplices were arrested. Singh was kidnapped from Dalbandin area of Chagai District two months ago.

February 22

A child was killed and nine others were injured in a bomb explosion on at Rush Bazaar located on Taj Road in Chaman town of Qilla Abdullah District. DPO Chaman Asad Khan said that a remote controlled bomb fixed to a vehicle parked near a temple exploded.

An eight-inch diameter gas pipeline was blown up by unidentified militants near the Pir Koh area of Dera Bugti District. According to Police, the terrorists had planted an IED near the gas pipeline which exploded, suspending the gas supply to the area.

A four-inch diameter water supply pipeline was also blown up in the Nokani area of Dera Bugti District.

The Nawab Bugti Express narrowly escaped a bomb blast targeting a railway track in Jaffarabad District.

Law Enforcement Agencies recovered arms, including three SMG, two Kalashnikovs, four pistols, two short guns and 250 magazines from Bonistan area of Panjgur District.

February 24

At least one person was killed and seven others injured in an explosion on the Mall Road in Chaman town of Qilla Abdullah District. No outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.

February 27

Some 53 suspects, among them 43 Afghan nationals, were arrested during a search operation carried out jointly by Police and Frontier Corps personnel in Killi Kheezi and Darwashabad areas of Quetta. Official sources said the FC and Police personnel raided various places on the outskirts of Quetta and rounded up 53 suspects. Afghan nationals were living without legal documents, police said.

February 28

The FC recovered and diffused a 7- kg bomb installed near a gas pipeline in Peer Sehwari area of Dera Bugti District. According to the FC officials, SFs patrolling the area recovered bomb planted near an 8-inch gas pipeline and foiled a terror bid.

SFs arrested a key Jundullah militant, Abdul Salam Regi, from Lak Pass area of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, on the morning. Security sources said Regi was planning to launch suicide attacks in Balochistan and Iran.

March 1

Two Afghan Police personnel were killed in a militant attack in Chaman area of Qilla Abdullah District in Balochistan. A senior administration officer in Chaman, who declined to be named, said that six militants on three motorcycles opened fire at the vehicle of Afghan Policemen in Chaman's Bypass area. The assailants sped away on their motorcycles after the strike. The Afghan cops, who belonged to Helmand province of Afghanistan, were en route to Quetta for medical treatment when the attack took place.

Two militants were killed during an exchange of fire with SFs in the Lehri tehsil near Sibi town of Same District. According to a FC spokesman, militants opened fire at the patrolling party of SFs, wounding four personnel. SFs resorted to retaliatory firing in which two militants were killed. Weapons were recovered from the possession of militants.

Unidentified militants blew up two gas pipelines in Pir Koh and Loti area of Dera Bugti District. Explosives placed under a pipeline supplying gas to a purification plant from well number 10 of Pir Koh gas field were detonated by remote control. A separate pipeline supplying gas to the Loti purification plant from well No 12 was also blown up by saboteurs.

March 3

Unidentified militants opened indiscriminate fire at the DPO Sherani Muhammad Shakir's vehicle in Spira Ragha area of Loralai District, killing three Policemen and injuring the DPO. No outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.

SF conducted a search operation and arrested eight suspected militants from Uch area of Naseerabad District. The SFs recovered arms and ammunition from their possession. The spokesman for FC said that the militants were involved in attacks on SFs and vital national installations in the area.

FC conducted a search operation and arrested four suspects from Mughtian area of Pishin District. SFs recovered four Kalashnikov's from their possession.

SFs foiled a terror bid by defusing a landmine in Kohlu District.

March 4

A gas pipeline was blown up in Zainkoh area of Loti in Dera Bugti District. According to Levies sources, an explosive device was detonated under the pipeline, suspending gas supply to a purification plant from well No-7. "A several feet long portion of the 18-inch diameter pipeline was destroyed," the sources said.

March 6

Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti while addressing a press conference at Frontier Corps Madadgar Centre at Khoila Pathak said that SF foiled a bid to sabotage the Pakistan Day celebrations and arrested three suspects, recovering a huge cache of arms from their custody from Hazar Ganji area of Provincial capital Quetta and from Chaman area of Qilla Abdullah District. The Balochistan Home Minister said that following a tip-off the forces launched a search operation in the said areas and recovered the arms and explosive material. "We arrested three militants from Chaman, possibly having links with TTP, and some from Hazar Ganji area of the provincial capital, having links with the banned religious and nationalist organisations," he said.

Bugti said militants are working for other countries and involved in the killing of innocent people. He said they were planning to execute an attack on March 23, 2015, but the SFs arrested them after successful operations. Many militants, he claimed, have moved to the tribal areas of Balochistan, especially the Pashtun belt after the operation Zarb-e-Azab against militants' hideouts in North Waziristan, adding that however there would not be any place for them to hide.

March 8

The FC Balochistan detained three suspected militants and recovered weapons from their possession during a search operation in parts of Dera Bugti District.

March 9

Two Policemen, identified as ASI Sultan Muhammad and constable Ejaz Ahmed, were killed by unidentified militants while patrolling a neighourhood in Batao area of Nushki District.

A woman, identified as Shahari Sawali (70), was killed in IED explosion on main Oshab Road in Turbat District. No outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.

March 10

Two persons, identified as Nasir Baloch and Saddam Sudeer Baloch, died in Police custody under mysterious circumstances in Turbat District. According to a senior official the suspects were arrested on the night of March 9, 2015 form Sangani Sar area of the District. They had been locked up inside the guard room, not the legal or authorized detention place. Nasir Baloch hailed from Panjgur District while Saddam Sudeer Baloch hailed from Turbat District.

Unidentified armed militants opened fire at an unidentified Levies official in Maizai Addah area of Quilla Abdullah District, killing him on the spot.

A Levies Constable, identified as Amanullah, was shot dead by unidentified militants in Sanjavi area of Ziarat District. The attackers managed to escape unhurt from the spot. No outfit claimed responsibility for the two attacks.

March 11

SFs claimed to have killed seven militants during a search operation in the Pir Koh area of Dera Bugti District. FC spokesman said that seven militants involved in blowing up gas pipelines and targeting SF were killed during the operation. The SFs also recovered rocket launchers, IED, bombs and other weapons were from their possession.

March 12

Six BRA terrorists were killed and a huge quantity of arms and ammunition was recovered on the second day of the operation carried out by the FC in Pir Koh area of Dera Bugti District. Around 1,000 troops backed by helicopters took part in the operation. "Security forces have killed at least 13 militants who were hiding in the gas field when they refused to surrender," said a FC spokesman Manzoor Ahmed. There was no loss on security forces side, he added.

Provincial Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti said the militants were members of the BRA. "We have evidence that they were members of the BRA and were terrorists," he said, adding, "We took this action for peace in the region and we will act against the miscreants wherever we get information about them."

March 16

Two persons, a father and his son, were shot dead by unidentified assailants on Kasi Road of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. According to Police, unidentified assailants barged into a home on Kasi Road and fired a volley of bullets which left two persons dead instantly. The deceased were identified as Muhammad Umar and Muhammad Jameel. The assailants managed to flee after the incident.

March 18

The FC Balochistan arrested six terrorists during search operation carried out in Eastern Bypass area of provincial capital Quetta. A spokesman for FC said that the FC recovered weapons and explosives from Sakran area. "Following a tip-off, FC conducted raid in Sakran area and recovered weapons and explosives including 10 automatic weapons, rifles and three kilogram of explosives," he said.

He further said that FC defused IED in Sui area of Dera Bugti District and Loralai District. "Terrorists had planted IED weighing 12 kilogram in Sui and two IEDs in Loralai to carryout sabotage act," he said, adding however, FC teams defused them.

March 20

Two officials of Balochistan Levies, identified as Athaur Rehman and Hazoor Baksh, were killed and four others were wounded after a convoy of Abdul Razzaq Dilwary, the Deputy Commissioner of Kharan, was attacked by unidentified militants in Racheel area of Kharan District. One of the militants was killed in retaliatory firing while others fled from the scene. According to an official of Balochistan Levies, Deputy Commissioner Abdul Razzaq Dilwary along his Levies guards was on their way to raid a criminal hideout in the Racheel area.

March 22

Unidentified militants blew up a 14-inch-diameter gas pipeline in Dera Allah Yar city of Jaffarabad District.

Corps Commander Southern Command Lieutenant General Nasir Khan Janjua while addressing a gathering on the inauguration of Balochistan Sports Festival urged the estranged Baloch youth to avoid taking up arms and adopt the path of peace. He added that the Baloch are already independent and asked which independence they were fighting for. He said we should say goodbye to a fight that has taken birth from sectarianism, and the menace of terrorism would be rooted out from Balochistan and the country.

Unidentified militants set on fire five oil tankers in Kirdi Gap area of Mastung District and also kidnapped four drivers before fleeing from the scene. The sources added that the tankers were carrying fuel from Karachi for the Saindak Project in Chagai District of the Province. The tankers caught fire as the gunfire ignited the fuel payload, following which the militants picked up four drivers and fled to an undisclosed location in the mountainous region. No outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.

March 24

Six militants and one FC soldier were killed while several others were injured in an exchange of fire that occurred during a search operation in Mashkay area of Awaran District. FC spokesman said that the militants were involved in attacking Security Forces civilians and also kidnapping-for-ransom. He said that FC recovered arms and ammunition and communication devices from their possession.

Eight BRA militants, including their leader Shekh alias Chala Resh, surrendered in the presence of Commandant of Mawand Rifles Colonel Masroor-ur Rehman and tribal elders in Mawand area of Kohlu District.

March 26

At least four Policemen, including the SHO of Rara Sham Police Station, identified as Tahir Shah, were killed when unidentified militants opened indiscriminate fire and also hurled a hand grenade at a Police check post in Mekhtar area of Loralai District. No outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.

A member of the Levies force, Jalil Ahmed, was kidnapped in Nasarabad area of Kech District. Jalil was going home when unidentified militants took him away.

A Balochi poet, identified as Ali Kamshan, who was abducted from Pasni area of Gwadar District on March 3, 2015, returned home. It not clear yet whether Ali's family has paid ransom for his release.

A schoolteacher, identified as Mohammad Shahdad, who was abducted on March 22, 2015, returned home in Turbat District. Shahdad had been missing for four days from Turbat.

March 27

Police arrested a terror suspect, identified as Saurat Khan Marri, accused of involving in several terrorism incidents in Quetta, including the November 11, 2014, bomb blast targeting the vehicle of an ATC judge Nazeer Ahmed Langove, from Hazar Ganji area in Quetta. "He belongs to a banned militant outfit," said Quetta CCPO Razzaq Cheema. Police also recovered two mortar shells, hand grenades, land mines and other weapons from his possession.

March 29

SFs killed five militants and injured six others in Mastung District in Balochistan in the morning. Frontier Corps Spokesman Khan Wasey said that the terrorists were involved in attacks on SFs and had recently torched five oil tankers carrying fuel for the Saindak project in the Chaghai District. The terrorists belonged to a banned separatist outfit, he added.

March 30

A tribal elder along with his guard was shot dead while his two other gunmen sustained injuries in a firing attack in the Kechi Baig area of Sariab in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. According to SHO of Kechi Baig, Ashiq Khattak, unidentified assailants riding on a motorbike opened indiscriminate firing on a vehicle in Kechi Baig and fled from the scene. "As result of the intense firing Mir Zahir Rind and his Levis guard Abdul Malik Rind were killed on the spot and his two other guards sustained serious bullet injuries," the SHO added.

Unidentified assailants shot dead two persons, Muhammad Waleed and Wash Dil, in the Daramkol Baidarg area of the Turbat District. According to police sources, the victims were on their way when armed assailants riding a motorbike opened fire on them and fled. Both of them died on the spot.

A FC head clerk, Abdul Rasheed, was shot dead by unidentified assailants in village Kotla in Turbat District. According to the DSP, Sulman Khan, unidentified assailants entered Abdul Rasheed's house, shot him dead and injured his son Faizan.

The Levies Force recovered the body of a man from the Spain Tangi area of Harnai District. According to Levies sources, on a tip off, a Levies force team reached the site and took the body into custody which was dumped after killing by unidentified men. The body was identified as Wazir Khan, s/o Yaar Muhammad.

April 1

Four bullet-riddled dead bodies were found in Goorbrath area along the border of Nushki and Kalat Districts. "The bodies bore multiple bullet injuries," the Assistant Commissioner of Nushki said. He said one of the dead was identified as Amir Jamaldini of Gharibabad locality near Nushki town. The other bodies could not be identified.

April 3

Six militants were killed and two SF personnel were injured in an exchange of fire which took place during a search operation launched by SFs to rescue nine abducted Government officials in Ziarat District. The dead included two suicide bombers who blew themselves up when SFs surrounded them, said Frontier Corps spokesman Khan Wasey.

April 5

According to the spokesman for FC Khan Wasey, SFs and Intelligence Agency personnel foiled a terror bid by arresting seven terrorists, including four suicide bombers, during a raid in Kuchlak area of provincial capital Quetta. "The terrorists were planning a major terror strike in Quetta," said Wasey adding that the arrested men belonged a banned militant outfit. The suspects were shifted to an unknown location for interrogation. Most of the terrorists belonged to the volatile tribal belt, the FC spokesman said. He added that four suicide jackets were also recovered from the possession of the suspects.

SFs arrested four militants from Kharotabad area and also recovered arms and ammunition from their possession.

The BRP said that the four bullet-riddled dead bodies found in Goorbrath area of Nushki District on April 1, 2015, were of missing persons allegedly killed by SFs. BRP spokesman Sher Mohammad Bugti said in a statement that the four had gone missing four months ago and the SFs after killing them left their bodies in a deserted place.

April 8

A death row convict, Amir Hamza, was hanged to death in Machh Jail of Bolan District, in the first execution carried out in the province in seven years. According to prison authorities, Amir murdered a person over a trivial matter in 1995. An Additional Sessions Judge in Sibi had issued the verdict of Hamza'z capital punishment in 2004. President Mamnoon Hussain on March 30, 2015, dismissed his plea for pardon.

Five suspected militants were arrested by FC personnel during a search operation in Karta area of Bolan District.

Two suspects were arrested during a search operation in Ghori area of Lehri District in Naseerabad Division. A large number of weapons and ammunition were also seized.

A spokesman for the FC, Balochistan, claimed that seven BRA militants surrendered and handed over their weapons to security personnel in Sui area of Dera Bugti District. He said the militants who handed over themselves to law enforcement agencies promised that they would not take up arms anymore and would live peacefully. FC Inspector General Major General Sher Afgun welcomed the decision of the militants who surrendered and said the Government and FC would help all those who would lay down their weapons.

April 10

At least 20 labourers, including 16 from Punjab and four from Hyderabad District in Sindh, were killed and three others were injured when unidentified militants opened fire on a labour camp in Gagdan area of Turbat District.

Spokesperson for FC Khan Wasey claimed that three BLA militants, including the alleged mastermind behind the on June 15, 2013, attack on Quaid-e-Azam's Ziarat Residency in Ziarat District, identified as Mehmood alias Mama, was killed in a targeted raid carried out by the FC personnel in Mach area of Bolan District. The accused was also involved in ethnic killing in the province, he added. FC also recovered arms and ammunition from their possession.

The Quetta Police claimed to have foiled a terrorism bid by seizing 100 kilogram of explosives during a raid in Hazar Ganji area the provincial capital. "Terrorists had dumped explosive material at an empty place," said Razaq Cheema, the CCPO Quetta.

FC arrested a BLA militant with hate material in Panjgur District.

FC Balochistan on April 10 arrested a mastermind of weapon making and confiscated arms and ammunitions from a compound in Dera Murad Jamali area of Naseerabad District. "One Anti-Aircraft Gun, 22 SMGs, 2 G-3 rifles, 10 double barrel rifles, one rocket launcher with 7 rockets and 2500 different types of rounds have been seized," said FC official.

Acting on a tip-off, FC raided a compound at Mir Ali area of Zhob District and seized heavy cache of arms and ammunitions. "During the raid 6 sophisticated weapons with 459 rounds and three pistols were recovered from inside the compound while no arrest was made during the raid," said FC spokesperson.

April 12

A suspected Baloch militant was killed and another was injured in an exchange of fire with FC in Uch area of Sui in Dera Bugti District. According to details, militants attacked a convoy when it was passing through Uch on its way to Sui. The FC troops returned fire and the shootout continued for some time. "One militant of the banned Baloch outfit was killed and another was injured," an FC spokesman said, adding that the injured militant fled. He said the attackers were on a motorcycle which had been seized along with some automatic weapons, including a rocket launcher.

Police registered a case against the 'chief' of BLF, Dr Allah Nazar, and its 'spokesman' Gohram Baloch for April 10, 2015, massacre of 20 construction workers Turbat in District. Police said the FIR had been registered against the BLF leaders on an application of a labourer, Allah Dina, who was injured in the gun attack.

April 13

At least 13 BLF militants, including one key militant 'commander' Hayat, were killed in a joint raid by FC personnel and Intelligence Agencies, in Gogdan area of Turbat District. The dead militants were involved in April 10, 2015, massacre of 20 Punjabi and Sindhi construction workers. Spokesperson FC Khan Wasey said that another key militant 'commander' Zareef was arrested during the operations. Wasey said several miscreants were injured in the operation. According to security officials, Levies and Police personnel were also called over in wake of the encounter.

April 15

Four unidentified militants abducted the MNCH Programme and Official Coordinator of the Balochistan Health Department Dr Amir Baksh at gunpoint from Sohrab Road in provincial capital Quetta while he was on his way to the health office from his home on Brewery Road. The doctor hails from Turbat District and had been working on child and maternal health in Balochistan.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met Army chief General Raheel Sharif to discuss national security and the law and order situation of Quetta. Sources privy to the development revealed that Operation Zarb-e-Azb might be expanded to Balochistan to fight against Baloch insurgents as well. The army launched Operation Zarb-e-Azb against militants in North Waziristan Agency of FATA in June 2014.

April 16

Three persons, including two women, of the same family were killed when unidentified militants opened indiscriminate fire at a vehicle Qamaruddin Karez area of Zhob District.

A soldier, identified as Sepoy Mohammad Yousuf, was killed and two others were injured in a rocket attack on an under-construction check post of FC in the Tasp area of Panjgur District. "Three rockets were fired from an unknown location which landed and exploded near the check post in Tasp," FC spokesman Khan Wassy said. No outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.

Acting on a tip-off, FC carried out a search operation on the outskirts of Sibi District and arrested 10 suspects and recovered six automatic weapons from their possession. The detained persons were accused of blowing up railway lines, planting IEDs and attacking security forces and public transport.

In another search operation in Harnai District, FC arrested four suspects involved in extortion from coalmine contractors and truck drivers.

The leader of the VBMP Abdul Qadeer Baloch, also known as Mama Qadeer, during a press conference at the Karachi Press Club in Karachi claimed that five of the 13 suspected militants killed by SFs on April 13, 2015, and accused of having been involved in the murder of 20 labourers in Turbat District on April 10, 2015, had been missing for the past few months. Mama Qadeer said it was not the first time that SFs had come up with such a claim after killing people in custody. "At least five of those 13 men killed were missing for the past few months," he said, adding, "They all were picked up from different areas of Turbat District. Their families had reasons to believe that they were in custody of agencies."

He said the names of the five young men were registered with his group as 'missing Baloch persons' and that institutions concerned as well as some human rights' organisations were aware of their enforced disappearance. He further said that for a couple of years security agencies had been killing people in their custody after every attack carried out by militant groups. He said the situation in Balochistan was constantly deteriorating and both the Federal and Provincial Governments were appeared helpless in resolving the issue of missing persons.

April 20

Airport Security Force thwarted terrorists attack on Air Traffic Control Radar of Pasni airport in Gwadar District. ASF spokesman Abbas Memon said the terrorists launched attack on the radar in organized manner, however, the ASF personnel foiled the assault. He said, "All the installations of the Pasni radar were safe." He further said no loss of life was reported. Deputy Commissioner Gwadar Abdul Hameed said terrorists shot fire on the radar 8 kilometers far from the location and managed to flee after exchange of fire with law enforcement agencies.

April 21

Six suspected militants and two soldiers were killed in three clashes between Security Forces and militants in different areas of Balochistan. Three suspects were arrested and a huge quantity of arms and ammunition was seized by paramilitary troops.

Official sources said that a security convoy was going from Mashkay to Jahoo area of Awaran District when it came under fire. SFs fired back and the gun battle, which lasted for several hours, left four militants dead.

In a clash in Zarin Bug area in Kech District, two SFs personnel and a suspected militant were killed. A spokesman for the Frontier Corps said that troops chased the perpetrators of April 19's rocket attack on an air traffic control station in the Pasni area of Gwadar and surrounded them in Zarin Bug, 80km from Gwadar. In a heavy exchange of fire between FC troops and militants in the mountainous area, one militant and two soldiers were killed and two militants were arrested, the FC spokesman said.

FC troops killed one militant and arrested another in an encounter in the mountainous area of Aghbarg in Ziarat District. "The troops launched a search operation for militants belonging to a banned religious extremist organisation who were involved in attacking the vehicle of the district police officer of Sherani in Loralai area and killing three policemen in March," the spokesman said.

April 22

An ATC in Quetta declared 16 suspects of the Quaid-e-Azam residency attack case as fugitives. Quaid-e-Azam's residency in Ziarat was damaged by explosives and was set ablaze on June 15, 2013 whereas one Police official was also killed during the attack. According to reports, the hearing was headed by Judge Nauroz Khan in which the statement of the investigating officer was recorded. The court ordered to advertise the names of the suspects in three newspapers. The suspects include Herbiar Murree, Haleem Murree, Dar Muhammad Murree, Jamal Shah, Geo Murree, Abdul Pukar, Aslam alias Achu, Saifullah alias Saifu, Bairak, Rehman Gull, Abdul Sattar Murree, Ganbu Murree, Jabal Murree, Taio Murree, Umar Mannu and Baju Murree. The hearing of the case was adjourned till April 27.

April 26

Four persons were killed and 20 others were injured in a bomb blast near the vegetable market on the Chakkar Khan Road in Sibi town of same District in Balochistan. DPO Anwar Khetran said unidentified militants had attached an explosive device to a motorcycle which went off when the market was full of buyers. The blast left at least four people dead and 20 others injured. Shops and vehicles around the blast site sustained damage.

April 27

At least three Shia Hazaras were shot dead in a targeted attack at local bus stop in Satellite Town area of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. SHO Raja Qayyum said that three people, belonging to the Hazara community were sitting beside a tree outside the bus stop when unidentified assailants, riding a motorcycle, opened fire at them. As a result, two of them were killed on the spot, another was seriously injured, and later died in the hospital. The deceased were identified as Mirza Hussain, Asadullah and Mohammad Ali. They were waiting to buy a ticket for Makran bound bus at the terminal.

April 29

FC arrested four suspects, including one "most wanted" terrorist during a search operation in Ghahi Khan Chowk near Sariab Road in provincial capital Quetta.

FC officials upon receiving intelligence reports arrested three suspected militants in Pasni area of Gwadar District. Further investigation is underway.

April 30

An unnamed top security official said that the Federal Government is seeking to approach five countries and the UN for the extradition of top Baloch insurgents accused of fomenting unrest in Balochistan, as the security agencies have identified 161 training camps of insurgents, nearly two dozen of them are believed to be located in Afghanistan and two in Iran. "We are taking up the issue of Baloch insurgents with five countries [India, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Iran and Afghanistan]," said the official, adding that Dr Allah Nazar, Hyrbyair Marri, Brahamdagh Bugti, Javed Mengal and some other wanted insurgents are commanding their fighters in the province.

He further said, "The Afghan Government has assured Pakistan its full support to stop Baloch insurgents from operating from its soil," adding, "Pakistan is considering taking up the issue of Indian involvement in Balochistan unrest at the United Nations." The official also said that the Government has requested Iran through its Deputy Foreign Minister Hassan Qashqavi to make maximum efforts to block the influence of some Baloch separatists operating from Iranian soil.

"We have expanded the military operation in Balochistan," the official said, adding that the paramilitary Frontier Corps is assisting the military in targeted operations against separatists.

According to details, Hyrbyair Marri, the head of the BLA, has been living in self-exile in the UK where he has been granted political asylum. Brahamdagh Bugti, the founder of the BRA, has been living in Switzerland seeking political asylum.

May 1

A man has reportedly been killed in a landmine blast in Qamaruddin Karez area of Zhob District in Balochistan. Levies said that unidentified men had planted the landmine in Qamaruddin Karez area which exploded when a passer-by hit it, resulting in his instant death.

May 6

Lasbela Police arrested a militant belonging to LeJ, identified as Alam Ziab, during a raid in Lasbela University in Lasbela District. “Acting on a tip-off, the police raided a room at Lasbela University and arrested Alam Zaib — he was a student there,” DPO Bashir Ahmed said, adding, “The militant belong to a banned organisation Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and was involved in the killing of eight Police personnel and bomb blasts.” The DSP added that the militant had a PKR 3 million bounty on his head.

An Iranian national, identified as Muhammad Ameer, kidnapped three years ago was recovered from Dalbandin area of Chagai District. “Muhammad Ameer had been missing for the past three years from his native town of Isfahan,” District Police Officer Chagai Mubarak Shah said, adding there were reports that the kidnappers had kept the Iranian somewhere in Chagai District. Police raided a place on the outskirts of Dalbandin town upon information about the presence of the Iranian national and recovered him. No arrest could be made as the abductors escaped before the raid.

May 8

FC conducted multiple raids in different areas of the Province and arrested a number of suspected militants, including three members of UBA. According to details, in one of these raids carried out in Mangochar area of Kalat District the FC personnel arrested three UBA militants and shifted them to an undisclosed location for further investigation.”

Elsewhere in Lehri area of Zhob District, the paramilitary force recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition while arresting two suspected terrorists. “At least seven rocket launchers, 14 improvised explosive devices, 12 anti-personnel mines, six bombs, two SMGs with 13 magazines, three hand-grenades, 80 detonator wires, a telescope and a Motorola cell phone were recovered,” said the FC official. He said the force also defused 26 bombs on the spot.

The FC also arrested four militants from Goth Hamzani, Goth Doda and Tibba areas of Sohbatpur District (earlier a town in Jaffarabad District).

In another raid, the law enforcing agency arrested two terrorists from Killi Thratta area of Pishin District.

The FC also took into custody two Iranian citizens, who were trying to enter into Pakistan in Panjgur District. “Both Iranians were trying to enter Pakistan without legal travel documents when FC soldiers spotted and arrested them,” said an official.

May 9

Unidentified militants opened fire at the convoy of Adviser to Balochistan Chief Minister of Finance, Khalid Langove, in Mangochar tehsil of Kalat District. However, Langove escaped unhurt. Langove's guards retaliated after which the assailants disappeared in the area, sources said.

May 10

A suspected militant was killed and three others were arrested when Frontier Corps personnel launched a search operation in Biam Shai Nullah area of Sui in Dera Bugti District on suspicion of the presence of some militants involved in attacks on gas pipelines and Government installations. An exchange of fire took place when the security personnel raided a house. An FC spokesman said the suspected militant was killed and three men arrested at the house. They were involved in a number of subversive acts, he said, adding that illegal weapons and ammunition had also been seized.

FC personnel also conducted a raid near Sakran Road in Hub tehsil of Lasbela District and arrested four suspected militants. The FC spokesman claimed that automatic weapons had been seized from them.

May 12

A man belonging to the Hazara community was killed and five others, including two Policemen, were injured, apparently in a targeted attack at Kasi Road of Quetta, the provincial capital of the Balochistan. Police said that the Hazara community members were busy in the maintenance of a rickshaw in a shop at Kasi Road when unidentified armed men, wearing masks on their faces, opened fire on them. As a result, a man was killed and five others sustained injures. The deceased was identified as Ali Raza and the injured as Constable Abbas Awan, Sadiq Ali, Essa Mohammad, Ashraf and Safar. The attackers managed to escape following the incident.

Convicted murderer Saulat Mirza was hanged till death at Machh Jail of Bolan District. Mirza had been on death row for nearly 17 years. Sentenced to death in 1999, Mirza was initially scheduled to be executed on March 19, 2015. But in a turn of events, video footage of Mirza hurling grave allegations at MQM chief Altaf Hussain and other leaders of complicity in crime was aired on television channels just few hours before his execution on March 19. The President immediately stayed his hanging for three days after the convict sought more time to give information regarding target killers and their alleged patrons.

A few days later, Mirza's hanging was put off again as authorities wished to interrogate him for crucial details in relation to his confession. A 10-member Joint-Investigation Team later questioned Mirza over his confession and eventually concluded that his disclosures did not constitute any ‘actionable intelligence or cogent evidence’ that could help the judicial process. On May 2, 2015, the trial court issued Mirza's black warrant for a third time, scheduling his hanging for May 12.

May 13

Two kidnappers, identified as Sattar Sheikh and Latif Buriro alias Kana Buriro, were killed during Police encounter in bid to rescue abductees in Katcha area of Usta Muhammad in Jaffarabad District of Balochistan. During the encounter the Police faced resistance from the kidnappers and in the exchange of fire, two suspects were killed. The Police also arrested an injured suspect and seized two Kalashnikovs and a cache of ammunition from the possession of deceased and detained suspects.

May 14

Balochistan FC killed eight militants and arrested several others while carrying out search operations in Juhan area of Kalat District and Mastung District. Three FC personnel also received injuries during the exchange of firing. Weapons, including 12 SMGs, 20 hand grenades and 25 kilogram of explosive devices were recovered from their possession. The terrorists were involved in attacks on Security Forces and acts of sabotage in Nushki and other areas.

Two militants were killed in an encounter with the FC during a search operation in the Tasp area of Panjgur District. Two SMGs, two hand grenades, 12 magazines, a motorbike and a vehicle of FWO was recovered from their possession.

FC personnel arrested two militants following a tip off in the Saeedabad area of Ormara in Gwadar District. They also recovered arms from their possession.

May 15

Three bullet riddled dead bodies, identified as that of identified as Asim Baloch, Shahjahan and Noshad Ahmed, were recovered from Tasp area of Panjgur District in Balochistan. “All the three were shot in the head and chest,” hospital sources said.

The FC continued the search operation into its second day in Johan area of Kalat District, killing three militants and injuring six others. So far 13 militants, including a 'commander' of BRA have been killed. Two militant hideouts, three explosive-laden vehicles and four motorcycles have also been destroyed.

A man, identified as Mohammad Amjad, was shot dead when unidentified armed assailants opened fire him in Buleda area of Kech District.

Balochistan Assembly Opposition Leader Maulana Abdul Wasey, who belongs to the JUI-F, narrowly escaped a remote-controlled blast in Pishin District. No outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.

May 17

At least 20 militants, including nine 'commanders', were killed during an operation by the security agencies in the Kalat District of Balochistan. Meanwhile, a private television channel’s sources have claimed that during the operation, Security Forces had found evidence of contacts between the terrorists and the Indian intelligence agency, R&AW. “Security Forces, engaged in an extensive operation in the rugged territory, neutralised these low and high profile targets in the last 48 hours,” sources said. The FC also recovered a sizeable stash of arms and explosives. Four camps of terrorists were also destroyed during the operation. 

May 19

A militant was killed and two SF personnel were injured during a search operation carried out by FC in Aspait area of Mashky in Awaran District. SFs also recovered weapons from their possession. According to the FC spokesman, SFs carried out the search operation against the BLF.

May 20

FC killed a militant in Mashkey area of Awaran District. According to the FC spokesman, on a tip-off the force carried out the search operation in the area when one of the militants opened fire on them. He was killed as FC retaliated the firing.

A convict on death row, Muhammad Musa, was hanged till death at Mach Central Jail in Bolan District. Musa had committed a murder in 2005 in Quetta.

The FC on a tip-off conducted the search operation in an unspecified area of Turbat District and arrested two commanders of a banned outfit and recovered arms from their possession.

May 21

The CoAS General Raheel Sharif during a visit to the Command and Staff College in Quetta said that a 'favourable political atmosphere' is being built in the country following the launch of military offensive Zarb-e-Azb against terrorism in the tribal belt. He said the armed forces of the country have gained 'magnificent achievements' during Operation Zarb-e-Azb. He, however, said conventional methods of warfare and retaliation were no longer plausible for tackling threats being faced by the country.

May 22

At least one person was killed and four others were injured in a remote-controlled bomb blast targeting a FC vehicle on Qambarani Road in Quetta. BDS officials said that 100 kilograms of explosives were used in the making of the bomb.

Balochistan Police arrested the main accused involved in the on June 15, 2013, attack on Quaid-e-Azam residency in Ziarat District after carrying out a successful raid in Hazar Ganji area of Quetta. Addressing a press conference, SSP-Operations Aitzaz Ahmed Goraya said that Police arrested suspect, identified as Pukar alias Pako, who was nominated for his involvement in carrying out the attack.

FC during an operation on May 21 in Rahman Kahul area of Chaman tehsil in Qilla Abdullah District recovered explosive material, IEDs, and circuits in huge quantity, said Brigadier Tahir Mehmood while addressing a press conference in Quetta. He said that it was an achievement as the recovery pre-empted a wave of terrorism in the province.

Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti and DIG FC Brigadier Mohammad Tahir a during a news briefing at the FC Help Center in Kholia Phattack said, "Frontier Corps killed 29 militants associated with the Baloch separatist groups and the TTP, including two suicide bombers, during the search operation in the Province." They also destroyed eight insurgents' hideouts during the month-long operation, he added.

May 24

Three people were killed and over a dozen persons, which include several police officials, were injured after an IED targeting President Mamnoon Hussain's son Salman Hussian's convoy exploded outside a local restaurant in Hub city of Lasbela District. However, Salman remained unhurt in the attack.

May 25

At least three Hazara Shias were killed and nine others were injured when unidentified militants opened fire at two separate buildings on M.A. Jinnah Road in Quetta.

A local trader, identified as Anwar Ali Hazara, was shot dead by unidentified militants on Fatima Jinnah Road in Quetta. Following the attack, members of the Hazara community staged a protest against the killing.

May 26

A death row convict Ibrahim was hanged till death in Central Jail Mach in Bolan District. Ibrahim was convicted of murdering a person in 2003.

Two suspected militants were arrested in the Dasht area of the Kech District. "The militants were involved in attacks on Frontier Corps and FWO construction," FC spokesperson Khan Wassey said. He added that FC recovered automatic weapons from their possession.

Intelligence Agencies' personnel conducted a raid on Sariab Road area of Quetta and arrested a militant.

May 27

Two Shia Hazaras, identified as Mohammad Arif and Mohammad Hussain, were shot dead, while another, Mohammad Essa, was injured, when unidentified militants opened fire at their cloth shop in a shopping plaza in MeCongi road area in Quetta. No outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.

Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti said that the Government has decided to launch a grand targeted operation in the provincial capital to curb terrorism. He said that Frontier Corps, Police, Levies and other intelligence and Law Enforcement Agencies would take part in the operation.

A death row convict, Khan Mohammad, was hanged in Mach Jail of Bolan District after he was found guilty of committing the murder of his brother as well as nephew in 2004.

May 29

At least 22 people were killed and several others injured when unidentified militants opened fire at kidnapped passengers in Khad Kucha area of Mastung District. Earlier in the evening, suspected militants had abducted two passenger buses en route Karachi (Sindh) from Pishin District. DCO Mastung claimed that 15 to 20 militants had abducted around 35 passengers. Five passengers were released by militants, the Levies official said. UBA claimed responsibility for the killings. A UBA 'spokesman' Mureed Baloch said that it "is a revenge for killing of militants in Mastung and Kalat areas by security forces".

May 30

At least seven militants were killed during a search operation launched after the May 29, 2015, bus attack in Mastung District that killed 22 people. The Home Minister of Balochistan, Mir Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti confirmed that at least seven militants allegedly involved in the incident had been killed in the operation.

May 31

Commander Southern Command Lieutenant General Nasir Khan Janjua, while expressing the resolve of the political and military leadership to end terrorism said that labourers and daily wagers were gunned down and terrorists would be dragged out of their dens and eliminated.

June 1

At least nine militants were killed while two FC personnel were injured in exchange of fire in Morgan Harboi area of Kalat. The FC spokesman said those killed in the shootout were involved in May 29, 2015, Mastung carnage and they were planning to attack FC post in Harboi.

FC killed four terrorists in Panjgur District. The FC also recovered weapons from their possession.

One terrorist was killed during exchange of fire and another detained in Kohlu District. Automatic weapons were recovered from their possession.

At least 25 suspects were detained during FC and Police search operation in Kharotabad and its adjoining areas in Quetta.

June 2

PM Nawaz Sharif while addressing an all-party conference in Quetta said that foreign forces with the help of local elements have been promoting terrorism and violence in the country, reports Dawn. He said "Pakistan had suffered USD110 billion losses in the war on terror over the past few years, but we are determined to eliminate terrorism and extremism from our country."

June 3

Balochi language poet, writer and film actor, identified as Anwar Sahib Khan, was abducted along with his son, Wasim, from their home in Pasni area of Gwadar District. "Armed men on a pick-up abducted the two from their house," Police Officer Chakar Khan said. No outfit claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.

Two BLA militants, including the alleged mastermind of May 24, 2015 bomb attack on the convoy of President Mamnoon Hussain's son Salman Mamnoon, were detained by FC after an exchange of fire in Hub tehsil of Lasbela District. The mastermind was identified as Surat Jan Marri. The FC also recovered arms from their possession.

The FC detained two alleged 'commanders' of BLF in the Pasni area of Gwadar District. Hand-grenades and other weapons were also recovered from their possession.

June 4

UBA 'commander' for Kohlu, Kahan and Barkhan region, Wali Mohammad alias Haji Kalati, surrendered to authorities along with his 50 supporters in provincial capital Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. Kalati claimed that he had been fighting for independence of Balochistan since 1970 and spent 45 years on mountains.

June 5

At least nine decomposed dead bodies of militants, who were killed in a clash with SFs in Saroon area of Morgand Shekhri mountain range in Kalat District, were found in the area. The FC had claimed that its personnel killed nine suspected militants who were allegedly involved in the May 29, 2015, Mastung massacre in an operation launched in Kalat.

An unnamed senior official in Balochistan Home Department said that a joint operation by FC, Police and Levies Force was still going on in Morgand, Saroon, Harboi, Johan, Nirmak, Khisar Takht and Gishak areas of Kalat and Mastung Districts.

June 6

At least four Policemen were killed when unidentified militants opened fire at their vehicle while they were on a routine patrol on Mullah Salam Road in Pashtoonabad area of Quetta. No outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.

June 7

At least five Hazara Shias were killed when unidentified armed assailants opened fire at them in Bacha Khan Chowk area Quetta. Police sources said that the assailants managed to escape from the scene. It was an act of targeted killing, said the Police.

Quetta Police claimed to have detained 33 suspects during a search operation in Satellite Town and Pashtoonabad areas in the wake Pashtoonabad firing of Jun 6, 2015, that left four Police officials dead. Police also seized computers and others digital gadgets from the detained suspects.

June 8

Police on June 8 claimed to have arrested three suspects from their hideout in Eastern Bypass area of Quetta for their involvement in attacks on the Khalid and Samungli airbases in the provincial capital on August 15, 2014. The suspects were identified as Ali Gul alias Obaida Pathan, Rehman Wali and Zafarullah alias Muzaffar Jan. The Ghalib Mehsud faction of TTP had claimed responsibility for the attack on the two airbases.

Home Minister, Mir Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti said that the three belonged to a banned militant organisation involved in terrorist attacks across the country. He said Ali Gul and Rehman Wali carried head money of PKR 1 million and PKR 500,000, respectively, and were wanted by Police for their involvement in heinous crimes, including the airbase attacks, bomb blasts at different places and targeted killings of Policemen. Zafarullah faces charges in nine cases of murder.

June 10

The FC arrested five suspected militants including a would-be suicide bomber during raids in parts of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. A spokesman for FC here said that raids were conducted on tip-off by the intelligence organisation during which five suspected militants were arrested.

June 11

At least four Policemen, including ASI Mohammad Wazir, were killed when unidentified assailants opened fire on the Police patrolling van at Manan Chowk of Pashtunabad area in provincial capital Quetta. The three other victims were identified as constable Zahir Khan, constable Mehmood Khan and driver Kalimullah. SSP-Operation Atizaz Goraya confirmed the incident. CCPO Abdul Razzaq Cheema said, "Around four attackers were riding two motorcycles... they attacked the Police van." He added that two attacks on Police vans have been carried out in the same area within a week and with the same modus operandi.

Two unidentified mutilated dead bodies were found in Khud Kucha area of Mastung District. According to Levies officials, "The corpses were found in the mountainous area of Khud Kucha," adding that the bodies were old and beyond recognition.

June 13

Two men were killed when unidentified masked militants opened fire at a barber shop in Mano Jan area of provincial capital Quetta. Both of the victims were brothers, the source added.

Two unidentified men were shot dead by unidentified armed assailants on Double Road area in Quetta.

In another incident of target killing, an unidentified man was shot dead near the Eastern Bypass area in Quetta. Police officials termed the incidents as acts of targeted killing.

Police and other Law Enforcement Agencies launched a crackdown against target killers and conducted several raids in Pashtunabad, Mehmoodabad and other areas of Quetta during which 243 suspects were detained. The detained men were shifted to an undisclosed location for interrogation. Police also claimed the recovery of weapons and ammunition from their possession.

June 14

Militants blew up a gas pipeline in Tali Mat area of Pir Koh in Dera Bugti District. According to Levies sources, an Improvised Explosive Device was used to blow up the 24-inch-wide pipeline, suspending gas supply to Sui Purification Plant.

The 'commanders' of BLF and TLB, along with a group of 57 insurgents, laid down their arms in the presence of PML-N leader Nawab Sanaullah Zehri in Khuzdar District. According to the reports, the commander of BLF Din Jan alias Meeran and TLB leader Ubaidullah alias Beebarg laid down their arms and vowed to be a part of the national mainstream. The leaders also chanted 'Pakistan Zindabad' (Long Live Pakistan) and 'Balochistan Paindabad' (Balochistan Live Forever).

Balochistan Government extended enforcement of Section 144 for a week. According to the notification issued, the Government imposed a ban on pillion riding and display of weapons in view of increased incidents of targeted killings in the provincial capital.

June 17

Balochistan has allocated PKR 54.5 billion for next fiscal year's ADP, a rise of 7.5 per cent compared to this year's PKR 50.7 billion, the budget documents showed. The Province plans to spend 60 per cent of the ADP, which includes foreign project assistance of PKR 3.33 billion, on new projects and the rest of it on the ongoing schemes. This policy of allocating more money to new projects will increase the throw-forward of development schemes in the Province from the present PKR124.7 billion to PKR141.32 billion by the end of the next financial year.

The number of ongoing schemes in the Province is 940 and the government plans to start another 1,310 projects during 2015-16. A total of 807 projects were completed during the outgoing year. It means that it will take about seven years to complete all the projects that are being started during the next financial year if the development funds were distributed between new and old schemes in the same ratio of 60:40, the documents shows. The new provincial budget focuses more on infrastructure development, especially in the road, power and water sectors. It also focuses on schemes that are directly and indirectly linked to the CPEC, like construction of international airport in Gwadar.

Source:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.





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