Two Policemen were killed when
unidentified armed assailants opened fire at a Police check post
in Bibi Nanai area of Sariab Road in provincial capital Quetta.
"Armed assailants opened fire at Sariab road," said
a police official.
Unidentified militants abducted
six locals while they on their way to Gandoi area of Sui tehsil
in Dera Bugti District. No group has claimed responsibility for
SFs arrested four TTP militants
during a raid in Gawal Ismailzai area of Zhob District. The spokesman
for the FC Khan Wasey said that weapons were also recovered from
their possession. Wasay alleged the weapons were being smuggled
into interior Balochistan for use in subversive activities.
The FC arrested three suspects
from Mangochar area of Kalat District. Wasey said that that weapons
and explosives were also recovered from their possession.
Two Police personnel, Constable
Mushtaq and constable Wajid, were shot dead by unidentified assailants
outside a mosque in Multani Mohala of Quetta, the provincial capital
of Balochistan. The assailants managed to flee the scene of crime.
Unidentified assailants shot dead
a senior Afghan Taliban ‘commander’, Maulvi Muhammad Alam, in
Kuchlak area of Quetta. Maulvi Muhammad Alam, loyal commander
to Taliban supremo Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, was shot dead, Taliban
leaders said on the condition of anonymity, as they were not authorised
to speak to the media. “I can confirm that Maulvi Muhammad Alam
has been killed.
Two Coast Guard personnel were
killed and three others were wounded when their vehicle hit a
landmine in Kaldan area of Jewni tehsil in Gwadar District.
SFS claimed to have foiled a major
bid of terrorism by seizing weapons and arresting a suspected
militant from Dera Murad Jamali area of Naseerabad District.
SFs launched a search operation
in various parts of provincial capital Quetta, including Kasi
Road, Balochi street, and arrested 25 suspects. “25 suspects were
arrested from various parts of Quetta,” said an unnamed police
Seven Afghan nationals were abducted
and two others were injured in an exchange of fire with kidnappers
in Talab area of Taftan in Chagai District. Taftan Assistant Commissioner
Murad Kasi said, “It is not known who was behind the kidnapping
of the Afghan nationals.”
The shop owner of an officially
sanctioned wine shop, identified as Moti Ram, was injured when
unidentified militants lobbed a hand grenade at the shop located
on Muneer Mengal Road in provincial capital Quetta.
Frontier Corps on the basis of
intelligence reports arrested a TTP militant during a raid in
Chanjan area of Killa Saifullah District.
The ATC allowed CTD to detain
an al Qaeda suspect, identified as Abdur Raqeeb, for 30 days for
questioning. The department told the judge that they have credible
information about suspect that he is involved in providing financial
assistance to terrorists and in other offences came within the
ambit of ATA. Raqeeb, alleged to be Hyderabad's Ameer of al Qaeda,
was picked up in a targeted operation in PIB colony of Gulshan
Town on January 8, 2016.
Police registered a terrorism
case against leaders of the Tanzeemat-e-Ahle Sunnat, an alliance
of several religious parties of the Barelvi school of thought,
for allegedly inciting people to violence against the state and
its institutions by raising the case of Malik Mumtaz Qadri, the
self-confessed and convicted killer of Punjab Governor Salman
Taseer, during a rally in Nishtar Park located in Soldier Bazar
of Jamshed Town on January 10, 2016. At the January 10 event,
speakers demanded a fresh trial of Mumtaz Qadri by the Federal
Shariat Court, termed the death sentence handed down to him ‘un-Islamic’
and warned that they could go to any extent if the Government
failed to change its attitude.
A labourer was killed when unidentified
militants opened fire at a FWO Camp in Hoshap area of Turbat District.
Unidentified militants opened
fire at a FWO vehicle that was carrying officials, injuring at
least five personnel in Turbat District.
At least 15 people, among them
13 Police personnel, a FC soldier and a civilian, were killed
while 25 others were injured when suicide bomber blew himself
up near a Government health centre in Satellite Town area of Quetta.
Earlier, it was reported that 14 persons were killed in the attack.
TTP and JuI claimed responsibility for the attack. TTP spokesman
Muhammad Khurasani sent an email to journalists, claiming responsibility
of the suicide attack. But Azam Tariq, a spokesman for the JuI,
made a similar claim and said the attack had been carried out
by his group to avenge the act of torturing the people in custody.
SFs claimed to have killed at
least three militants during a search operation in Sami and Tabjan
areas of Kech District. A spokesman for the FC Khan Waey said
that the militants were allegedly involved in attacks at the FWO.
Weapons and ammunition were also seized by the SFs.
FC personnel also foiled major
terror bid by defusing three IED in Solani area of Kech District.
The FC spokesman said that the militants had planted the IEDs
to target SFs and FWO workers in the area.
A parked vehicle was damaged in
a blast in Pir Koh area of Dera Bugti District in Balochistan.
According to Levies sources, Unidentified militants had planted
improvised explosive devices in a vehicle and had parked it near
a house that went off. A vehicle was damaged in the blast while
no loss of life was reported.
Three bullet-riddled dead bodies
were recovered from Gorkop area of Kech District. The dead bodies
were identified as those of Noshad alias Nodo, Abdul Ghani and
Maqsood. "All victims received multiple bullet wounds,"
Levies sources said.
SFs foiled a major terror bid
on a roadside in Sui tehsil of Dera Bugti District, defusing an
IED weighing around 17 kilogram. Khan Wasey, spokesman for the
Frontier Corps said, "Miscreants wanted to target security
forces through the IED."
SFs arrested three TTP militants
from Nassai area of Qilla Saifullah District.
SFs arrested a TTP militant during
a raid in Karbala village of Pishin District.
Six FC personnel were killed and
one was injured in an IED blast near FC's Margat Checkpoint in
provincial capital Quetta. No outfit claimed responsibility for
An ATC in Quetta acquitted former
President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf in the case of the
murder of JWP leader Nawab Akbar Bugti who was killed on August
26, 2006 in a military operation in Dera Bugti District. The court
also acquitted former Federal Home Minister Aftab Khan Sherpao,
and former Provincial Home Minister Shoaib Nosherwani. During
the hearing, the court also rejected the request by Nawabzada
Jamil Akbar Bugti, son of Akbar Bugti, to order exhumation of
his father's body to ensure the body buried in Dera Bugti was
that of his late father.
At least five BLA militants, including
'commander' Suhbat Baloch, were killed during a raid in BLA hideout
in Chapar area of Barkhan District. Three BLA militants were arrested.
"The arrested persons have been shifted to an undisclosed location
for interrogation," FC spokesman said. Two persons kidnapped six
months ago were also recovered from the hideout where Light Machine
Guns, AK-47 assault rifles and anti-Pakistan seditious material
were also found.
FC detained 16 suspects in Turbat
District, Panjgur District and Sui area of Dera Bugti District
At least six militants were killed
while a soldier embraced martyrdom and two other injured during
a search operation in Mashkey area of Awaran District in Balochistan.
Balochistan Home Minister Mir
Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti narrowly escaped an attempt on his life when
his convoy hit a roadside bomb in Baker tehsil of Dera Bugti District.
The Minister Mir Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti was on an official visit
to his hometown in Baker tehsil. However, no casualties were reported
in the blast. It exploded moments after Bugti's vehicle crossed
the site. One vehicle in the convoy was partially damaged as a
result of the blast. No group has so far claimed responsibility.
Balochistan Government decided
to establish a special force to be deployed at university campuses
across the Province. "The new force would be subservient to vice
chancellors," said Balochistan Home Secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani.
He further said that the administrative powers over the force
would be with Police. Durrani said 60 personnel will be deployed
at each university, adding that the force will be well equipped.
FC killed four suspected militants
in an exchange of fire during search operation in Winder area
of Lasbela District. FC Spokesman Khan Wasey said that SF also
recovered weapons from their possession, adding that the suspects
were involved in carrying out bomb blasts, kidnapping-for-ransom
and attacks on SFs in the Province.
SFs killed two militants in Pasni
area of Gwadar District. Illegal arms and ammunition were also
recovered. The militants were identified as Mohammad Younus Kolanchi
and Mohammad Hanif Kolanchi. "Their accomplices managed to escape,"
a police official said.
The FIA arrested two suspects,
identified as Asmatullah and Muhammad Ramzan, for selling and
possessing Afghan SIM cards in Chaman town of Qilla Abdullah District.
"FIA also recovered a large number of Afghan SIM cards from the
possession of the accused, the duo were shifted to FIA's Chaman
centre for interrogation," said an unnamed official.
SFs arrested four suspects, demolished
three hideouts of terrorists, and recovered arms and ammunition
from Harnai District. Khan Wasey, the spokesman for Frontier Corps,
said that 500 kilograms of explosives, four IEDs, one hand grenade,
and a number of other weapons were recovered during the raid.
Four Policemen were killed when
TTP militants open fired at them while they were sitting inside
a mini gas station situated on Munir Mengal Road in Satellite
Town of provincial capital Quetta. TTP spokesperson Mohammad Khorasani
said, "The TTP's special unit STF's commandos successfully carried
out the attack at a police mobile at Quetta's Satellite Town.
The commandos disappeared after the attack".
Two bogies of the Jaffar Express
were partially damaged in an explosion near railway tracks in
Mithri area of Sibi District. However, no casualties were reported.
Two suspected militants were killed
in an exchange of fire with SFs in Mastung District late. Official
sources said that unidentified assailants attacked a convoy of
SFs in the Kanak area of the District. They fired rockets and
shots. SF personnel in the convoy retaliated and the exchange
of fire continued for about three hours.
Six soldiers of Pakistan Army
and a child were injured as a suicide bomber blew himself near
Cantt area of Zhob District. The attacker attempted to enter Cantt
area when the Friday prayers were underway, said Provincial Home
Secretary Akber Hussain Durrani. TTP-Mehsud faction claimed responsibility
for the attack. The spokesman Azam Masood called Radio Free Europe
Mashal correspondent in Dera Ismail Khan District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
and claimed responsibility for the attack.
The Government of Balochistan
during a meeting held with Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri in the
chair pledged that the responsibility of providing security to
people would be fulfilled at all costs and actions against terrorists
and anti-social elements and their facilitators would continue
to purge the province of all terrorists. He decided to pursue
a `tit-for-tat policy' to deal with terrorists and their facilitators
to ensure fool-proof security in the Province. There was consensus
among participants that terrorist attacks on police and other
security personnel were a reaction to successful anti-terror operations
being carried out by law enforcement agencies.
Dr Manan Baloch, a senior leader
of the BLF, and four other suspected militants were killed in
an encounter with SFs in Mastung District of Balochistan. Addressing
a press conference at the Chief Minister Secretariat in Quetta,
Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti said Manan headed
the BNM, an organisation supporting militants. Bugti said SFs
conducted a search operation in Killi Datu area of Mastung during
which an exchange of fire took place between the SF personnel
and militants hiding in a house. He said Manan and four other
men were allegedly involved in subversive activities, including
attacks on law enforcement agencies.
||Three madrassas were raided
and sealed over alleged involvement in 'suspicious' and 'illegal'
activities in Eastern Bypass area of provincial capital Quetta.
The sealed seminaries include Madrassah Hussainia, Madrassah Taleemul
Quran and Madrassah Abu Bakar Siddique. The raiding party also detained
four clerics, identified as Qari Saifur Rehman, Surat Shah, Habibullah,
and Qari Wali, for interrogation. Police said that the madrassas
were sealed under the National Action Plan.
Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab
Sanaullah Khan Zehri during the concluding session of a two-day
seminar on Prospects of Peace and Prosperity in Balochistan once
again invited self-exiled Baloch leaders to the negotiating table
for resolving their issues. He said that the Government was ready
to hold dialogue with the estranged leaders within the constitutional
framework. "I empower Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed to approach
self-exiled angry leaders and initiate talks with them," Zehri
said, adding that he believed negotiations, and not bullet, was
the solution to the concerns of disgruntled Baloch leaders.
The COAS General Raheel Sharif
said that Balochistan has become a hotbed of proxy wars for regional
and global grand strategy by many powers. "This is a battle that
we all are fighting, and we shall continue to fight, till peace
prevails across the width and breadth of the Province," General
Raheel said, adding that Pakistan Army, Frontier Corps, Police,
Coast Guards, Levies and above all, the people of Balochistan,
have defended the integrity of Pakistan with unflinching resolve
for which they deserve special appreciation.
Three militants were killed when
a suicide bomber detonated the explosives he was wearing, killing
himself and two accomplices, in Giddir area of Kalat District.
Three FC personnel were injured. According to official sources,
FC personnel on a tip-off about the entry of an explosive-laden
pick-up in Giddir area launched a search operation. They spotted
a suspected vehicle carrying three persons and tried to stop it.
In retaliation, the suicide bomber detonated the bomb.
At least 12 persons, including
four FC officials, were killed and another 38 persons injured
in a suicide blast near the District courts in Quetta. According
to report, the attacker targeted a security vehicle close to Liaquat
Park. Heavy firing was also heard in the area following explosion.
Three Policemen were reportedly injured in the attack. Balochistan
Home Secretary Akbar Durrani said that a biker collided with the
FC car that caused a massive explosion. Several cars including
FC truck and motorcycles were completely destroyed in the attack.
A splinter group of the outlawed TTP claimed responsibility for
the attack in an e-mail sent to local media. However, the name
of the group is not mentioned by the local media.
FC personnel killed two TTP militants
during an encounter on Sariab Road in provincial capital Quetta.
Police detained 35 suspects during
raids on Sariab Road and in surrounding areas.
According to official documents,
some 625 militants have already surrendered before the state in
the past six months started under the reconciliation process of
NAP. Negotiations are currently under way with 125 insurgents
in Balochistan over their possible surrender of weapons. Militants
who give up violence have been offered cash support and jobs to
help them lead a violence-free life. Balochistan Home Secretary
Akbar Durrani said that the Provincial Government was committed
to its reconciliation policy and the militants who have already
surrendered were being rehabilitated. Under the scheme, each pardoned
militant would be awarded PKR 500,000 in installments besides
getting the compensation for his guns.
Unidentified militant shot dead
six people after barging into a house in Bonistan area of Panjgur
District. The victims were identified as Muhammad Ismail, Noor
Shoaib, Muhammad Nazar, Momin Ghulam Jan and Islamil.
An Assistant Professor of Balochistan
University, identified as Para Din, was shot at and injured when
unidentified armed assailants opened fire on his vehicle in the
Almo Chowk area of Quetta. No outfit claimed responsibility for
The SFs to have killed 10 suspected
militants during a targeted operation in Sibi District of Balochistan.
The security personnel reportedly conducted an operation in Sangaan
area of Sibi district and apprehended 12 suspected militants following
an exchange of fire in which 10 suspects were killed. An official
informed that SFs also demolished three sanctuaries being operated
by militants in Sangaan.
The Spokesman for Balochistan
Government, Anwar ul Haq Kakar, told that a key commander of BLA
Aslam Acho was reportedly killed by SFs in Sibi.
At least three persons of the
Marri tribe were killed and four others were injured in a firing
incident in provincial capital Quetta. The victims were identified
as Marri tribal leader Mozai Mari and his two sons.
Three security personnel were
killed and two others were injured when militants launched an
attack on a Levies check-post in Kahan area of Kohlu District.
After the attack, Security Forces launched a search operation.
Law Enforcement Agencies shot
dead four militants who were seen planting an IED in the Abdul
Rehman Zai area of Gulistan town of Qilla Abdullah District. "A
large quantity of arms and explosives were also confiscated from
At least three bullet-riddled
dead bodies were recovered from Shakha Dara area of Chaman town.
Another bullet-riddled dead body
was recovered in Toba Achakzai area of Qilla Abdullah District.
Two people were shot dead when
unidentified militants opened fire at them in the Dilsora Karez
area of Chaman town. No outfit claimed responsibility for the
FC troops foiled an act of terror
in Dera Murad Jamali city of Naseerabad District. The militants
were planning to use the IED weighing 8 kilograms against the
security forces guarding gas pipelines.
FC arrested four alleged militants
and recovered arms from their possession in Mastung area of same
District in Balochistan. According to an FC spokesman, acting
on a tip off, FC personnel carried out a search operation in the
area and apprehended four alleged militants.
Unidentified militants hurled
a grenade at the building of the District Education Office in
Gwadar District. However, no casualties were reported.
Levies force recovered three unidentified
dead bodies from Mashkay area of Awaran District.
FC detained three alleged militants
and recovered arms from their possession during a search operation
in Wahdat Colony area of provincial capital Quetta. The recovered
arms included nine pistols, thee shotguns and two rifles.
Unidentified armed assailants
targeted the convoy of Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti
in Dera Bugti District. However, he escaped the attack. The attackers
managed to flee.
Security Forces killed four suspected
militants during an exchange of fire in Kohlu District. The spokesman
for Frontier Constabulary, Khan Wasey, said the miscreants killed
in Kohlu district belonged to an outlawed militant organisation
operating in the area. He said that five sanctuaries were also
demolished during the search operation and a cache of arms and
ammunition was also recovered from their possession.
Three suspects, including a key
'commander' of the BRA, were killed and two others were injured
in Kech District. Wasey said that the SFs recovered weapons from
their possession. The spokesman further said the militants were
involved in killings of labourers working at Shadi Kor Dam.
An ASI, identified as Syed Ali
Ahmed, was killed when unidentified militants opened fire at a
Police checkpoint near Kili Ghirsheenan in Pishin District. "Another
constable of the check-post retaliated and fired several shots
at the attackers, but they managed to escape," Police said. No
outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.
The law enforcement agencies recovered
Shahbaz Taseer, the abducted son of former Punjab Governor Salmaan
Taseer, from Kuchlak town near Quetta, the provincial capital
of Balochistan, five years after he was kidnapped by unidentified
gunmen from Lahore. A statement released by the ISPR confirmed
that the intelligence agencies have recovered Shahbaz Taseer from
an area near Kuchlak. Shahbaz was kidnapped from Lahore on August
26, 2011 near his company's head office few months after the assassination
of his father. A senior police official confirmed that Shahbaz
was recovered during a raid jointly conducted by the Counter-Terrorism
Department and intelligence agencies near Quetta. Quoting a Frontier
Corps officer, a TV channel confirmed the development. "An intelligence-based
operation was conducted by FC and police, resulting in his (Shahbaz)
Eight BLA militants, including
'commander' Aslam Achou alias Merick Baloch, were killed in an
exchange of fire during an encounter with Security Forces in the
Sangan area of Sibi District. Two FC personnel were also killed
during the gun battle. A spokesman for the Balochistan Government,
Anwar-ul-Haque Kakar, said that the BLA 'commander' Aslam Achou
alias Merick Baloch was an Afghan Tajik.
LEAs arrested 14 Afghan Taliban
militants during a raid from a compound in Pashtoonabad area in
provincial capital Quetta. "It is premature to say something about
the arrest of any high profile leader among them", the official
said. Sleeping bags, boots and administrative objects were also
recovered from their possession.
SFs arrested a suspected person
in an action in Gul Kach area of Zhob and recovered arms from
his possession. According to reports, SFs seized five grenades,
walkie-talkie and hundreds of rounds from his possession.
Five militants were killed and
one arrested during a security operation carried out by FC along
with other law enforcement agencies in Dera Bugti District of
Balochistan. An FC spokesman said that on a tip-off, FC teams
along with other law enforcement agencies raided a place in Dera
Bugti. Exchange of fire took place between FC personnel and the
armed men, he said adding "five militants were killed and one
arrested in Dera Bugti operation. He said that the militants killed
in the operation were involved in attacks on security forces,
damaging gas pipelines, extortion and kidnapping for ransom. The
militants belonged to a banned militant organisation, Baloch Republican
Army; he said adding that the camps of the militants were also
destroyed while further probe is underway.
A Police head constable, identified
as Muhammad Sarwar, and a private security guard Abdul Qayyum,
were killed during a bank robbery in Kuchlak town of Quetta, the
provincial capital of Sindh. At least three other security guards
and a civilian were injured in the shootout. The robbers looted
PKR 4 million.
While addressing a press conference
at the Karachi Press Club BRP Ailaaf Baloch and Afshan Baloch
said that more than 70 members of the party had been missing for
several months and emphasised that the situation in Balochistan
could only be normalised if aspirations of Baloch people were
kept supreme. They urged the authorities concerned to give their
right arm to solve the simmering problem in Balochistan.
They recalled that Balochistan
had plenty of natural resources, yet its people were unable to
have clean drinking water, education and healthcare facilities.
They pointed out that giving Baloch people their rights on a priority
basis would be a huge step. They said the BRP had been raising
its voice for the recovery of its members who, they claimed, were
victims of enforced disappearances.
Balochistan Home Department announced
head money for 99 militants, ranging between PKR 500,000 and PKR
15 million. CM Nawab Sanaullah Zehri vowed ‘not to pardon’ people
involved in terrorist activities. The militants belong to the
BLA, BRA, BLF, BRG and LeB.
But the names of Nawabzada Brahamdagh
Bugti, Nawabzada Hairbyar Marri, Nawabzada Mehran Marri and Mir
Javed Mengal, who are accused of instigating terrorist activities
in Balochistan, have not been included in the list. The CM said
that it was not clear whether the BLF chief (Dr Allah Nazar) was
dead or alive. However his name has been included in the list.
Four suspected BLA militants were
killed and a senior leader of a banned organisation was injured
in an encounter with SF personnel in Chattar area of Nasirabad
District. The injured militant leader and 13 other suspected militants
were taken into custody. According to official sources, personnel
of Frontier Corps launched a search operation in the area close
to Dera Bugti and Lehri Districts after a tip-off about the presence
At least 12 suspected militants,
including two BLA 'commanders', identified as Jamir and Baloch
Khan, were killed in an exchange of fire during an operation with
FC personnel in Nasau area of Kohlu District. The FC recovered
large cache of arms and ammunition from their possession. "Exchange
of fire is still underway".
Brother of Lyari gangster Arshad
Pappu, was arrested in Hub tehsil of Lasbela District. He was
identified as Hamid alias Aamir. Security Forces recovered a large
quantity of illegal weapons.
Six men who had been missing returned
home in Kech District. They were identified as Waris Silani, Ajmal
Ali, Master Irshad Silani, Naveed Ahmed, Jamil Ahmed and Akhtar
Balochistan Home Minister Mir
Sarfaraz Bugti said Operation Zarb-e-Azab was bearing fruit and
Balochistan soon would become a completely peaceful region. He
was addressing a ceremony held in connection with Yaum-e-Shuhada.
Southern Command Commander Lieutenant General Aamir Riaz, Advisor
to Chief Minister on Information Sardar Raza Muhammad Baraich,
Home Secretary Cap (retd) Akbar Hussain Durrani, Balochistan Frontier
Corps IG Major General Sher Afgun, Police IG Ahsan Mehboob and
senior officials were present. The Minister said the Government
and Security Forces have been taking practical measures to root
out terrorism from Balochistan on permanent basis, adding that
the sacrifices of martyrs would not go waste.
11 Uzbeks were detained during
a raid as by FC and intelligence agencies personnel in Nushki
A man was arrested on suspicion
of having links with a banned outfit in Nushki District.
FC troops recovered 5 kilograms
of explosive material from Goth Hazaro area of Sui in Dera Bugti
SFs have killed 92 militants,
including a key 'commander', and have conducted 417 targeted operations
in the province during the last four months, said Balochistan
Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti. "Security forces in the province
have also seized more than 10,000 kilograms of explosives and
other arms and ammunition," said Bugti. He added that during the
last four months, 22 FC personnel have been killed and 65 others
have been injured.
Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab
Sanaullah Zehri during a session of Balochistan Assembly denied
that military operation is being carried out in any part of the
Province by the Federal Government and said that SFs under the
Provincial Government were only conducting targeted operations
wherever required. "The Provincial Government itself is conducting
operations against terrorists," he said.
The Inspector General FC Balochistan
Major General Sher Afgun said Indian spy agency RAW and Afghan
intelligence agencies were involved in militancy and terrorism
in the province. Talking to media, he said Indian consulates in
Afghanistan are involved in random acts of terrorism in Balochistan.
He said security situation has improved in the province as a result
of targeted operations. He said the enemy was traced out and defeated
due to good interaction and cooperation of people with security
forces. He said that peace has been restored and now there is
no "No Go Area" in Balochistan.
In a joint operation, conducted
by Army, Rangers and Police, as many as 25 suspected terrorists,
were detained from 34/2L (Balochan wali) village in Okara District
and illegal weapons recovered from their possession. The weapons
recovered included three Kalashnikoves, 3 8MM rifles, two 303
bore rifles, one 30 bore pistol and 1000 bullets. Besides, five
motorcycles and cell phones were also seized.
Two passengers of Quetta-bound
Jaffar Express were killed and five others were injured when a
bomb hit at a railway track near Mithri area of Sibi District.
"It was an IED which was detonated by a remote control. The blast
blew up a major portion of the track," Railway Police said.
SFs claimed to have killed 15
militants during a raid in Johan area of Kalat District in Balochistan.
Two SFs were injured in the operation. The SFs recovered a large
cache of arms and ammunition, and destroyed two sanctuaries used
by the militants, said Government spokesperson Anwarul Haq Kakar.
SFs claimed to have killed 34
suspected militants, including a key 'commander' in Kalat District
of Balochistan. One SF official was killed while two others sustained
injuries during the exchange of fire. Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti
in a press conference said "A key militant commander, Abdul Nabi
Bangulzai, was also among the dead. Abdul Nabi was involved in
the assassination of Balochistan High Court Justice Nawaz Marri
in 2000." The operation was launched by personnel of SF and intelligence
agencies against elements involved in target killings and bombings
in the Johan area of Kalat District. SFs also recovered a large
amount of arms and ammunition from the militants, and Bugti added
that those killed were also involved in attacking passengers in
the Mastung area of the Province.
Three abductors were killed and
one abducted child was rescued in a Police encounter in the Eastern
Bypass area of the provincial capital Quetta. The kidnapped boy
was identified as Aimal Khan (12). The Quetta Deputy Inspector
General of Police, Syed Imtiaz Shah said that the kidnappers had
demanded PKR 200,000 as ransom for the release of Aimal. According
to details, Police raided a house in the Rind Garh area of Eastern
Bypass area. During the raid, the kidnappers opened fire on police,
triggering a heavy exchange of gunfire which continued for an
hour. "The kidnappers were using an Afghan SIM for calling parents
of the kidnapped boy," Shah said, adding that the kidnappers had
links with criminals in Afghanistan. The kidnappers killed in
the encounter were identified as Ghulam Ahmed, Fazlur Rehman and
Concerned over reports of an increase
in civilian casualties from the Johan area of Kalat District and
the Isplingi area of Mastung District allegedly as a result of
an operation by Security Forces, chairperson of the HRCP Zohra
Yusuf said that the authorities needed to ensure excessive force
was not being used, as it would further alienate the people of
Balochistan. The recent increase in casualties from these two
areas being reported at the Quetta's Civil Hospital has become
a cause of concern for the HRCP whose representatives say it is
difficult to identify those getting killed in the military operation
due to its inaccessibility to rights activists.
Yusuf said that 27 bodies were
brought to the Civil Hospital in Quetta over the past few days
that she said was alarming. "Since the areas mentioned are inaccessible
to journalists and activists, it is difficult to identify the
dead. But, according to our activists who spoke to the people
in the surrounding areas of Quetta, these are civilian casualties,"
FC and sensitive agencies in their
joint action in Panjgur District arrested a militant 'commander'.
Huge arms and ammunition were also recovered from his possession,
which included seven LMGs, seven rocket launchers, seven RPG-7,
three SMGs, three hand grenades and thousands of bullets. According
to sources, arms and ammunition were brought through N-85 Highway
As many as 144 Baloch militants
laid down their arms by accepting Government's amnesty scheme
in Khuzdar District of Balochistan. Four commanders of different
militant organizations were also among the militants to give up
arms. "We will fulfill all the promises we have made to the militants
who have surrendered," said Commissioner of Kalat District in
Balochistan. The government has promised financial assistance
to youths who laid down weapons and abandoned violence against
Unidentified armed men shot dead
National Party leader Mir Ghulam Hussain Sarpara in the Gardigap
area of Mastung District in Balochistan Province. According to
Levies Force, Sarpara was fired at by the attackers riding on
a motorcycle at his agriculture land in Gardigap area. The assailants
managed to escape from the scene.
Levies personnel recovered three
bullet-riddled dead bodies from Hoshab area of Kech District.
An unnamed Levies official said that the victims were laborers
and were killed in an act of target killing.
Under the political reconciliation
scheme launched in Balochistan, 1,025 militants, belonging to
various outfits, have surrendered before the Provincial Government
during the past year, said Secretary Home and Tribal Affairs,
Akbar Hussain Durrani. Among the surrendered militants are a dozen
key militant 'commanders', who have laid down their arms before
provincial officials. "Those who surrendered under the reconciliation
police were paid a sum of Rs0.5 million," he said.
"A total of 2622 IBOs were carried
out during the last year, during which 12,234 criminals and miscreants
were arrested," said Durrani, referring to the operations carried
out after the implementation of the NAP. The Home Secretary added
that 323 criminals and miscreants were killed in skirmishes with
security forces, with 72 other injured in the gunfights.
At least three people were killed
in a landmine explosion in Hamzani village of Sui tehsil in Dera
Bugti District of Balochistan. Levies sources said, the incident
took place when three people who were traveling on tractor hit
the roadside bomb. In the explosion, all the three died on the
Two BRA militants were killed
and another was wounded in an operation carried out by SFs after
receiving information about their presence by the Intelligence
Agency in Prome area of in Panjgur District. Arms and ammunition,
including three Kalashnikovs, five 7mm rifles, hundreds of live
rounds and two pistols and wireless sets and motorcycles were
seized from the camp which was destroyed by SFs.
A man, identified as Bahram Khan,
and his son, Muhammad Siddique, were killed in a landmine blast
in Lehri area of Sibi District.
Five Police personnel were injured in an IED blast
in Eastern Bypass area of provincial capital Quetta. No outfit
claimed responsibility for the attack.
Frontier Corps recovered a huge cache of arms
and ammunition from the hideouts of BLA militants during a raid
in Kodan area of Kohlu District.
A 'commander' of the BLA, identified as Ahmed
Nawaz, surrendered before the Frontier Constabulary, the civil
administration and the local elders in Kharan District. According
to FC spokesman Nawaz laid down his arms before the security agencies,
wrapped himself in the national flag and sung national anthem.
Four levies personnel, who were kidnapped by militants
from Gaishkoor area of provincial capital Quetta on an unspecified
date, were recovered from the outskirts of Awaran District. The
levies officials were identified as Sher Muhammad, Abdul Malik,
Saeed and Allah Bakhsh.
Five personnel of Balochistan Constabulary were
injured in a bomb blast, which targeted their mobile van at Eastern
bypass area in Quetta.
Two Policemen were killed and five persons, including
three Policemen, were injured in an explosion outside the gate
of Balochistan University in Quetta.
Three Government officials and a contractor were
kidnapped from Dasht area of Kech (Turbat) District. According
to sources, Fida Ahmed, a Sub-Divisional Officer in the Road and
Building Department, and Mohammad Ibrahim and Rahim Jan, sub-engineers
of the Irrigation Department, accompanied by contractor Mehboob
Dasht, were returning to Turbat after inspecting development projects
in a nearby area. When they reached Dasht, unidentified militants
intercepted them and took them away.
FC Balochistan seized huge cache of explosives
and weapons from the hideout of militants in Shayban area of Dalbandin
in Chagai District. FC spokesman said that the militants had planned
to use the explosives against SFs adding that there sabotage plot
was timely foiled.
A Balochistan Constabulary personnel was killed
and four others injured in a remote-controlled bomb blast in Eastern
Bypass area of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan.
FCB and intelligence agencies foiled a major terror
bid and seized a huge cache of weapons, explosives and ammunition
during a joint search operation in the Panjgur District.
Provincial Education Department Secretary Education
Saboor Kakar that as part of the NAP, Balochistan Government has
decided to register all madrassas in the Province with the Education
Department. The Provincial Government has constituted a four member
High Level Committee to review the registration process and perform
legislation for the proposed amendment in the Societies Registration
Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was
killed in a United States (US) drone strike in Kuchaki area of
Naushki District, over 200 kilometers off Quetta. According to
sources, Mansour entered Pakistan from Iran at Zero Point in Taftan,
a town in Chagai District, which shares border with Iran, and
hit by US drone while traveling in a rented car to take him to
Quetta. The crime scene is identified as Kuchaki in Nushki District.
The driver, identified as Muhammad Wali, who also died in the
attack, was a civilian who worked for a local rental company.
The son of Provincial Local Government Minister,
Sardar Mustafa Khan Tareen, was abducted by unidentified militants
from the Cadet College area of Pishin District.
At least five people were killed when militants
opened fire at their vehicle in Mand area of Kech District. No
outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.
An IED blast killed two Policemen and wounded
six others in a roadside attack in the Spiny road area of Quetta,
the provincial capital Balochistan, in the evening. A Police contingent
patrolling the area was targeted with an IED, police official
said. "Four police officials and three passers-by were injured
in the blast, which also damaged the police vehicle." The injured
were taken to Civil Hospital Quetta, where two police officials
succumbed to their injuries and were pronounced dead.
The bodies of two missing Government officials
were found in Turbat District. Five officials of the Irrigation
and Communication Department were abducted by unidentified militants
in Dasht area of Turbat on May 21, 2016. Three dead bodies have
been recovered during a search operation while two other officials
are still missing.
Two SF personnel were killed in an IED blast in
Awaran District in Balochistan. Official sources said that personnel
of the FC were checking the Jhaho area in the district to clear
it of landmines when an IED exploded near an FC vehicle. Following
the blast, armed men opened fire, they added. "Two soldiers of
the Frontier Corps lost their lives and three others were seriously
wounded in the blast," a spokesman for the FC said. He also confirmed
firing after the blast. The sources said that the FC men were
the target of the IED, which was exploded by a remote control.
Bullet-riddled bodies of two more government employees,
who had been abducted along with their three colleagues two weeks
back from the Dashat area of Kech District, were found in the
mountainous Saijee area. Official sources in Gwadar said that
the SFs found the bodies and shifted them to a Turbat hospital.
The victims were identified as Fida Ahmed and Muhammad Ibrahim.
Hospital sources said that they were shot in the head and chest.
Earlier, the bodies of three other missing Government officials
in Turbat District on May 26.
FC claimed to have killed three suspected militants,
including an alleged 'commander' of the BRA, and arrested their
two accomplices during a search operation in Barkhan District.
A spokesman for the FC said that armed militants opened fire on
SF personnel when they were searching an area in Barkhan. The
FC men returned fire. A heavy exchange of gunfire continued for
some hours and when the guns fell silent three militants were
killed. "Three militants including a commander of the banned Baloch
Republican Army have been killed," the FC spokesman said, adding
that two suspected militants were also arrested and arms and ammunition
was also recovered.
Unidentified militants blew up a portion of a
gas pipeline in the Pir Koh area of Dera Bugti District, suspending
supply from well No 10 to the Sui gas plant. No outfit claimed
responsibility for the attack.
The relatives of a taxi driver, who was killed
in the US drone strike targeting Afghan Taliban leader Mullah
Akhtar Mansour in Nushki District, have registered a case against
US officials for the killing. "I seek justice in this case. Legal
action should be taken against all those US officials responsible
for killing my innocent brother in a drone strike near Nushki,"
read a statement in the FIR lodged by Muhammad Qasim, the brother
of the deceased Muhammad Azam at Nushki Police Station.
A Police SI, identified as Mukhtihar Mulgani,
was shot dead on Sabzal Road in provincial capital Quetta. No
outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.
The FIA arrested a retired Deputy Superintendent
of DC office Killa Abdullah, identified as Sher Ali, who allegedly
certified the local certificate for slain Afghan Taliban leader
Mulla Akhtar Mansour under the fake identity of Wali Muhammad.
Ali was arrested from his home in Khanozai area of the Pishin
District. "We have initiated an investigation into the issuance
of the certificate," an FIA official said. Around four government
officials have been arrested for issuing the CNIC, passport and
local certificate to Mullah Mansoor. The former Deputy Commissioner
of the Pishin District, Hafeez Tahir, is also under investigation
by FIA authorities.
Four suspected militants were killed and two Police
personnel sustained injuries in a gun battle between SFs and the
militants on Quetta-Mastung road in New Sariab area of Quetta,
the provincial capital of Balochistan, in the evening. The Police
sources said that Police personnel signalled to a motorcycle to
stop on Quetta-Mastung road near Sheikh Zaid Hospital in New Sariab
area of the provincial capital who opened fire at the police van,
leaving two personnel injured. The police and other law enforcement
agencies chased the armed men and found them in an orchard, where
a gun battle took place between the armed men and the law enforcement
personnel, the police officials said. The exchange of fire resulted
in killing of four militants while two of their accomplices managed
to flee the scene.
Home Minister, Balochistan, Mir Sarfaraz Bugti
briefed the legislators during the requisitioned session of the
Provincial Assembly about the non-involvement of the state institutions
in abduction of people. He further established that banned militant
organisations were abducting people to mint money in order to
strengthen themselves. He also said that Taliban militants were
trying to make their roots in Quetta and added that "our security
forces would foil their designs in this regard. The government
and security forces are able to deal with kidnappers and militants
Unidentified militants blew up a portion of the
railway track, a two-feet portion of the track, in an IED attack
in Kolpur area of Bakhtiarabad in Bolan District of Balochistan.
A school building was partly damaged in a bomb
blast in Dera Allah Yar town of Jaffarabad District in Balochistan.
According to Police, unidentified miscreants had planted explosive
devises in an under constructing school building which went off.
The building was partly damaged in the blast. However, no loss
of life was reported.
Two workers were killed and other two were injured
when unidentified armed assailants opened fire at them while they
were working at Manjho Shori Police Station in Naseerabad District
The principal of University Law College Quetta,
identified as Barrister Amanullah Achakzai, was shot dead by unidentified
militants on Spiny Road in provincial capital Quetta.
One suspected militant was killed when he blew
himself up during an exchange of fire with SFs in Kakhao area
of Zhob District in Balochistan. SFs also arrested two militants
during the operation. The spokesperson for FC, Khan Wasey said
that a huge cache of arms and ammunition was recovered from the
possession of militants, adding that they were planning a major
terror activity in the area.
Unidentified militants abducted two coalminers,
identified as Muhammad Imran and Bakht Nabi, in Killi Juma Khan
near Mach area of Bolan District.
Unidentified militants abducted two coalminers,
identified as Muhammad Imran and Bakht Nabi, in Killi Juma Khan
near Mach area of Bolan District.
At least 15 families escaped their hometown over
the last few days in Dasht area of Kech District and moved to
Karachi (Sindh) because of clashes between Security Forces and
insurgents. A majority of them have settled in Orangi Town, Sabzi
Mandi and Federal B Area of Gulberg Town. Four of families moved
to Hyderabad District and Kotri area of Jamshoro District.
Police claimed to have killed five suspects, including
four militants and one Afghan Intelligence Agency spy, during
an exchange of fire with SFs in Chashma Achozai area of Quetta,
the provincial capital of Balochistan. One constable was injured.
The militants had opened fire at a patrolling Police van. Police
personnel retaliated and five suspected militants were killed
during the exchange of fire. Four of the dead militants were identified
as Najeeb, Aijaz, Yousaf and Abdul Khaliq. Police recovered weapons
from the compound that included Kalashnikovs, rocket-launchers,
pistols, bombs and explosives.
The Counter Terrorism Department with the assistance
of Intelligence Agencies arrested a militant 'commander', identified
as Khaliq Dad, during an operation in Nawakali area of provincial
capital Quetta. The Government had placed PKR 1 million as head
money. Weapons were also seized from his possession.
Two children, identified as Ejaz and Ayesha, were
killed in a landmine explosion in Goth Eid Muhammad Bugti area
of Sohbatpur District.
A local peace force member, identified as Shambani,
was killed when he stepped on a landmine while searching for militants
in the Loti area of Dera Bugti District. The militants had attacked
the tribal force a few days ago and also kidnapped a member while
injuring others. The peace force launched a rescue operation when
the landmine blast took place.
Five militants were killed in an operation in
Mashkay area of Awaran District. SFs claim to have recovered a
sizeable amount of arms and ammunition from their possession.
Forces also recovered anti-state literature and laptops from their
A Police Sub-Inspector was killed and six other
Policemen were injured, in a bomb blast inside a Police Station
in Nothal area of Naseerabad District.
US Embassy in Islamabad in a statement posted
on the website advised its citizens to remain vigilant and avoid
travelling to Quetta due to a "heightened threat in and around
the city". "The Consulate General wishes to advise US citizens
about a heightened threat level in the near term affecting Pakistani
government and military installations, hotels, and western interests
in and around the city of Quetta," said of statement. "US citizens
are reminded that there is an active travel warning for Pakistan
issued on April 7, 2016, and the worldwide caution, issued March
3, 2016," it added.
At least three people were killed and 32 others
were injured in an IED attack on the Airport Road in provincial
capital Quetta. No outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.
Three dead bodies, identified as that of Inayatullah,
Abdul Waheed and Mohammad Aslam, were recovered from Dasht area
of Balnigore in Kech District.
An unidentified dead body was recovered from
Cheetkan area of Panjgur District. Some sources alleged that the
bodies were of the men who had surrendered themselves to the authorities
after denouncing militancy a few months ago. They said the militants
had kidnapped them about two months ago and now their bodies had
BRA militant 'commander', identified as Sakhirdar
alias Toofan, along with two of his fighters, surrendered to Frontier
Corps in Gwadar District.
BLA ' commander', identified as Ganhoor Khan,
surrendered to Security Forces in Kohlu District.
SFs destroyed five militant hideouts during a
search operation in Dera Bugti District.
At least four Policemen were shot dead in two
separate targeted attacks in Quetta, the provincial capital of
Balochistan. Two Policemen, identified as Constable Faiz Muhammad
and driver Nameed, were killed when unidentified armed assailants
opened fire at the Police vehicle in Quetta. No group claimed
responsibility for attack.
Two Policemen, identified as driver Muhammad Ali
and guard Muhammad Ayub, were killed when unidentified militants
opened fire at a Police mobile van near Hazara Ganj area of Quetta.
Four FC personnel were shot dead by unidentified
armed assailants on Double Road in provincial capital Quetta.
Deputy IG Police Chaudhary Manzoor Sarwar said the incident appeared
to be an act of targeted killing. No outfit claimed responsibility
for the attack.
FC forces killed three LeJ militants during a
crackdown in provincial capital Quetta. The crackdown was launched
following a spate of attacks targeting Security Forces. LeJ had
claimed responsibility for killing four Policemen on June 28,
2016, and four FC soldiers on June 29, 2016. "Three terrorists
belonging to LeJ have been killed in an armed clash with Frontier
Corps and intelligence personnel," said FC spokesperson Khan Wasey.
A man, identified as Basher, was shot dead by
two unidentified armed assailants while he was on his to a local
market in Dera Murad Jamali town of Naseerabad District. The assailants
fled the scene.
The mutilated body of an unidentified man was
found in the Harnai Phatak area of Sibi District in Balochistan.
The body, which was almost three days old, was lying at a roadside
when a passer-by spotted it and informed the Police.
A ban has been placed on pillion riding and display
of weapons in provincial capital Quetta under Section 144 by the
Provincial Government's Home and Tribal Affairs Department. The
decision has been taken because of a surge in incidents of targeted
killing and terrorism in the city.
Unidentified armed assailants killed three SFs
personnel in two separate incidents of violence in Mastung District
of Balochistan. Two Levies personnel were killed when attackers
opened fire at them in Al Falah Road area of Mastung city.
In another incident, armed men opened fire and
killed Head Constable Ashfaq Qazi in Killi Sheikhan area of Mastung
District. Police described the killings in Mastung as acts of
FC recovered two Kalashnikov, pistols and rounds
in Gullgach area of Zhob District in Balochistan. According to
FC spokesman, working on a tip off, FC personnel carried out a
search operation in the area and recovered two Kalashnikov, two
pistols and 2500 rounds from a house.
Four persons were injured in a bomb blast on Sariab
road of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. A senior
Police official said a bomb went off just as a vehicle of paramilitary
force passed by. According to eyewitnesses, the gun shots rang
out following the blast. However, the Police said the shots were
fired by paramilitary officials. Two motorcycles and four cars
were partially damaged.
A man, identified as Mehrab Khan, was shot dead
by unidentified assailants in Qambrani area of Quetta, the provincial
capital of Balochistan. As per reports, Mehrab Khan, a resident
of Dera Murad Jamali, was returning home when armed assailants
opened fire on him and fled. As a result, he died on the spot.
The Police and FC personnel recovered huge cache
of weapons during search operation in Kalli Shahozai area of Quetta.
According to sources, SFs conducted door-to-door search operation
and confiscated four 9-mm pistols, one 12-bore pistol, five 30-bore
pistols and several cartridges. However, no arrest was made while
the arms have been handed over to Barori Police.
SFs claimed to have killed a militant during a
security operation in Nimargh area of Kalat District in Balochistan.
Five suspected militants were also arrested during the operation,
said Khan Wasay, spokesperson for the FC. A cache of arms and
ammunition was also recovered from the possession of the miscreants,
A bomb exploded near Governor House in Gwadar
District. However, no casualties were reported.
CM Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri, while addressing
the students of Punjab educational institutions who were on a
visit to Quetta, remarked that as much as 95 percent of terrorism
had already been rooted out from Balochistan. The CM said, "Civil
and military leadership of Balochistan has the same dream of an
educated and peaceful Balochistan," further adding that the joint
efforts made by the civil and military had effectively eliminated
terrorism from Balochistan by 95 percent. "Remaining five percent
terrorism will also be eliminated soon," he added. "(Several)
armed men, who had gone to mountains, would have to join mainstream
otherwise, they would have to face stern action.
Commander Southern Command, Lieutenant General
Aamir Riaz while addressing a tribal jirga in Zhob District said
that war on terror would continue till the end of last terrorist
and called upon tribesmen to play their due role in the efforts
being made to make Balochistan, a peaceful province. The jirga
was attended by tribal chiefs and elders from Pashtoon and Baloch
Unidentified militants killed JUI-F leader Mufti
Ehtishamul Haq and his son in Tump tehsil of Kech District in
Balochistan. Levies sources said armed assailants opened fire
on the former JUI-F District Chief, killing him on the spot along
with his son.
FC personnel conducted search operations and arrested
three insurgents from the Khudabadan area of Panjgur District.
One sub-machine gun, four magazines, two rifles, two hand grenades
and an air gun were recovered from their possession.
FC personnel arrested four insurgents during a
search operation in Dadshah area of Barkhan in Kalat District
and recovered two SMGs, pistols, rifles and six magazines.
Nearly a thousand bullet-ridden corpses have been
recovered from various parts of Balochistan in the past six years,
official documents revealed, indicating a disturbing sign that
the security of the country's largest province is worsening yet
again. More than 51 percent mutilated bodies were identified as
ethnic Baloch. Official figures continued to reveal shocking figures
further as stating that 22 percent dead bodies belonged to Pashtuns
while rest of the bullet-ridden corpses either remained unidentified
or belong to Punjabis, Afghan refugees or non-Muslims. More than
940 dead bodies were recovered from various Districts of Balochistan
whereas Quetta remained the worst-hit district with 346 dead bodies
were recovered since 2010, revealed figures prepared by senior
officials assigned to swiftly execute the NAP.
The confidential data, also exclusively available
with Geo News (ASKKS Programme)/The News, further revealed that
over 112 persons were still missing in the province. With these
rights violations, official figures further shocked that over
658 innocent people lost their lives in sectarian incidents where
total 1, 837 were killed either in target killings or other disputes
after 2011 in the province. Over 3, 470 people were injured in
terror or sectarian related incidents during this period. SFs,
with help of intelligence agencies and operators of newly established
IFC recovered over 498 dead bodies of Baloch during this period
in the province which already lags behind other provinces in terms
of over nine key social indicators.
Around 159 dead bodies of Pashtuns were recovered
from various parts of the province while SFs could not identify
175 bullet-ridden corpses as their faces were completely burnt
and spoiled. The Police also recovered around 108 dead bodies
of other people where some of them were identified as Afghan refugees
and Punjabis. The report also revealed that Kalat was the second
largest District after Quetta where 268 dead bodies were recovered
by law enforcing agencies. After Quetta and Kalat, over 171 dead
bodies were recovered in this District by the Police. In terms
of worst rights violence, 2011 witnessed recovery of 203 dead
bodies, 129 in 2015, 165 in 2014, 168 in 2013, 166 in 2012, 102
in 2010 and 17 bullet-ridden bodies were recovered this year (2016).
Official data further revealed that over 2,654 intelligence based
operations were conducted by the law enforcement agencies soon
after the Army Public School massacre in December 2016.
The FC arrested four suspects with weapons and
narcotics in Kharotabad and Killi Bangulzai areas of Quetta, the
provincial capital of Balochistan. The team recovered two SMGs
and two pistols from their possession.
Another team of FC raided a place in Zhob District
and took two suspects into custody for possessing narcotics.
Police arrested three suspects and seized weapons
from their possession in Pasni, coastal area of Gwadar District.
Police recovered weapons and other items which include two Kalashnikovs,
repeating rifles, other rifles, satellite phone, laptop, bullets
and two vehicles.
At least one person was killed while five others
were injured in a bomb blast at Sariab road in Quetta, the provincial
capital of Balochistan. According to the BDS, the bomb was detonated
through a remote-controlled device. Over two kilogramme of explosive
material was used in the explosive, the BDS added. Sources said
that a rickshaw driver who sustained injuries during the blast
succumbed to his wounds during treatment at a hospital.
A tribal elder, Mir Bashir Ahmed Bizenjo, was
shot dead in Hub town of Lasbela District. Unidentified assailants
barged into the house of Mr Bizenjo near Asad Chowk and opened
fire on him. He suffered multiple bullet injuries and died while
being taken to hospital. He was cousin of former Balochistan Assembly
deputy speaker Mir Abdul Qadoos Bizenjo and brother of Awaran
District Council Chairman Naseer Ahmed Bizenjo.
Two bullet-riddled dead bodies, identified as
that of Mohammad Naveed (28) and Mohammad Latif (42), were found
in the Sharak area of Kech District.
Two Hazara Shias, identified as Ghulam Nabi and
Mohammad Nabi, were killed in a targeted attack near the Government
Boys Degree College while they on their way home on Sariab Road
of provincial capital Quetta. "Gunmen on a motorcycle stopped
the rickshaw and then opened fire on them and fled the scene,"
Abdullah Jan Afridi, a senior police officer said. Both the victims
were labourers in a coalmine.
JuA, the breakaway faction of TTP claimed responsibility
for the killing. "The TTP-JuA members fired at two Shias," said
spokesperson, Ehsanullah Ehsan.
Three suspected militants were killed in an exchange
of fire with FC personnel during a search operation in Hoshab
area of Kech District. The FC personnel destroyed four hideouts
of the militants after seizing a huge quantity of arms and ammunition,
said FC spokesman Khan Wasey. The weapons seized from the hideouts
included four rifles, two sub-machineguns, three shotguns and
thousands of rounds. Anti-state literatures were also found in
Five persons, including three SF personnel, were
injured in a remote controlled IED blast that hit their vehicle
on Spiny Road in provincial capital Quetta.
Provincial Home Minister Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti
during a press conference in Quetta said that the Security Forces
arrested six militants believed to be involved in two bomb blasts.
He said that the arrests were made during raids jointly conducted
by police and personnel of intelligence agencies at two places
in the Eastern Bypass and Killi Shabo areas of Quetta. Mr Bugti
said the arrested militants belonged to the UBA and added, "They
carried out a bomb blast in a bus carrying people of the Sariab
area a few months ago, killing 11 people. "Besides, they exploded
a bomb fitted to a cycle at Almo Chowk two months ago that left
five people dead. They were also involved in other subversive
At least 74 persons were killed and over 100 others
wounded in a suicide bombing at the emergency ward of Quetta's
Civil Hospital, where scores of people had gathered to mourn the
death of BBA President Bilal Anwar Kasi in a gun attack earlier
in the day. Law enforcement officials said that the two attacks
were connected and the blast was carried out by a suicide bomber.
They said that the body of Kasi, who was shot dead by two armed
assailants, was brought to the Civil Hospital and a number of
his friends, colleagues and relatives as well as a posse of press
photographers and television cameramen also reached there as soon
as they got the news. The 55 slain lawyers include BBA's former
President Baz Muhammad Kakar; former Supreme Court Bar Association
Vice-President Syed Qahir Shah; Advocate Sangat Jamaldani, son
of Jahanzeb Jamaldani, Secretary General, BNP-M; and Advocate
Dawood Kasi, son of Former Federal Minister Dr. Abdul Malik Kasi.
Two cameramen - Shahzad Khan and Mehmood Khan- working for Aaj
TV and Dawn, respectively, were also killed.
The JuA, a splinter group of the TTP, claimed
responsibility for the targeted killing of Advocate Kasi and the
subsequent blast. JuA 'spokesman' Ehsanullah Ehsan vowed more
attacks "until the imposition of an Islamic system in Pakistan".
The IS group also claimed responsibility for the suicide attack,
Reuters quoted the IS's Amaq news agency as saying. "A martyr
from the Islamic State detonated his explosive belt at a gathering
of justice ministry employees and Pakistani policemen in...Quetta,"
the Amaq report said released from Cairo, Egypt.
Following the blast, the CoAS General Raheel
Sharif chaired a high-level security meeting and ordered the intelligence
agencies to initiate special combing operations to target those
involved in terror attacks, said a tweet by ISPR spokesperson.
The Army Chief chaired the meeting, with the Balochistan Chief
Minister, Provincial Chief Secretary and Commander Southern Command
in attendance. ISPR quoted the Army Chief as saying that after
their defeat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, terrorists are shifting their
focus to Balochistan. The attack is an attempt to undermine the
improved security situation of Balochistan, and the effort is
specially targeting the CPEC, he said. All resources will be employed
to control the situation.
The FC arrested an alleged militant and his facilitators
from Kalat and Killa Abdullah Districts of Balochistan in search
operations. According to reports, the FC personnel, acting on
a tip, carried out a search operation in Juhan area of Kalat District
and apprehended two facilitators of a militant. Meanwhile, the
militant was also arrested from Gulistan area of Killa Abdulla
District in another operation.
SFs launched a combing operation in Quetta against
banned organisations suspected of involvement in terrorist attacks.
According to official sources, the operation was carried out in
different areas of the provincial capital on the directives of
the Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif. Around 500 personnel
of the Frontier Corps, over 250 Police personnel and officials
of intelligence agencies took part in the crackdown.
Fourteen people were injured in a roadside blast
targeting a vehicle belonging to the ATF accompanying Justice
Zahoor Shahwani's vehicle on Zarghon Road of Quetta, the provincial
capital of Balochistan. Justice Zahoor Shahwani is judge of the
Federal Shariat Court. The bomb was planted along the side of
the road and exploded as the ATF's vehicle passed by. According
to rescue officials, 10 civilians and four security officials
were injured in the blast.
Four suspected militants were killed in a shootout
with SFs in the Kahan area of Kohlu District in Balochistan. The
FC action in Kohlu was part of a combing operation in Quetta and
other areas of the province launched on the directives of Chief
of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif.
Levies recovered four bullet-riddled dead bodies
from Nimargh area of Kalat District in Balochistan. All the victims
had received bullet injuries.
Security Forces claimed to have arrested 27 militants,
including nine foreigners, during a combing operation in the Kanak
area of Mastung District. Arms and ammunition were also recovered
from their possession.
SFs killed three suspected militants in an exchange
of fire during a search operation jointly launched by Police,
Frontier Corps and Intelligence Agency in Tartej area of Awaran
District in Balochistan. The militants killed were identified
as Noor Bakhsh, Shah Murad and Dildar. According to an FC spokesperson,
13 suspects were arrested in the operation launched in Kharotabad
area on the outskirts of Quetta and its surrounding areas. He
said 24 pistols and two rifles were seized from their possession.
Unidentified militants blew up an eight-inch gas
pipeline in Dera Bugti District of Balochistan, suspending gas
supply from well no.7. No outfit claimed responsibility for the