Balochistan Timeline - 2018
Eight persons, including three
Security Officials, were injured in two separate explosions in
Chaman District of Balochistan. The first explosion took place
near an under-construction building on Chaman’s Mall Road injuring
two persons. Second explosion targeted a Police Check Post in
the same area and injured six persons, including three Security
The report compiled by the Pakistan
Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS) shows that
terrorists carried out 23 suicide attacks in different parts of
the country in 2017, whereas 2016 and 2015 had witnessed 17 and
18 such incidents, respectively.
1,387 people, including 585 civilians,
555 militants and 247 SFs personnel, were killed and 1,965 people,
including 1,580 civilians, were injured in militancy-related incidents,
including militant attacks and SFs actions. Militants carried
out at least 420 attacks in which 912 people, including 584 civilians,
225 SFs personnel and 103 militants, were killed and 1,877 injured.
SFs conducted 522 operations in which left 475 people, including
452 militants and 22 SFs personnel, dead and 88 people injured.
SFs also arrested 1,760 suspected militants during 2017.
The year 2017 saw the highest
number of militant attacks in Balochistan where 183 militant attacks
took place in which 308 people, including 208 civilians and 84
SFs personnel, were killed and 572 people suffered injuries. The
province remained target of a variety of militant groups, including
sub-nationalist militants, sectarian and international militant
groups. Overall 43pc of the total militant attacks in the country
were recorded in Balochistan and 10 out of 23 suicide attacks
(43pc) took place in the province. SFs conducted 134 operations
against militants in Balochistan in which 112 militants were killed
and 657 arrested.
102 militant attacks were recorded
in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in which 339 people,
including 206 civilians, 65 SFs and 68 militants, were killed
and 858 people, including 629 civilians, suffered injuries. As
many as 58 security operations were reported from FATA in which
84 militants and five SFs were killed. SFs also arrested at least
79 suspects from FATA.
SFs conducted at least four actions
in Azad Kashmir in which 12 suspected militants were arrested.
Fourteen suspected militants were arrested from Gilgit-Baltistan
region in two Sfs actions while four suspects were arrested in
three actions in Islamabad.
KP witnessed significant improvement
in security situation as all indicators saw negative trends. There
was 40pc decline in the number of militant attacks and 47pc decline
in the number of deaths in the province. A total of 75 militant
attacks were recorded in KP in which 92 people, including 43 civilians,
34 SFs personnel and 15 militants, were killed while 175 people,
including 136 civilians, were injured. KP saw the second highest
number of suicide attacks during the year as at least six suicide
attacks were reported from the province. In 2016, five suicide
attacks took place in the province. SFs conducted at least 103
actions against militants in which 543 suspects were arrested
and 41 killed during 2017.
Sindh saw a 40pc decrease in militant
attacks, but with 84pc increase in the number of deaths during
2017. Militants carried out 40 attacks in the province killing
112 people, including 92 civilians and 17 SFs personnel. Another
303 people were injured in these attacks. The province saw one
suicide attack during 2017. SFs conducted at least 98 actions
against militants in which 110 suspects were killed and 153 arrested.
Punjab witnessed seven per cent
increase in militant attacks, but there was 37pc decline in deaths.
During the year, 15 militant attacks took place in the province
in which 59 people, including 34 civilians and 24 SFs personnel,
were killed and 208 people, all of them civilians, suffered injuries.
The province also witnessed three suicide bombings one more than
2016. SFs conducted 119 operations against militants in the province
in which 105 militants were killed and 298 arrested.
Two militant attacks were reported
from Azad Jammu and Kashmir in which one civilian died and five
were injured. Three violent militant activities of low intensity
were reported from Islamabad in which one person lost his life.
No violent militant activity was reported from Gilgit-Baltistan
Two militants were killed and
twelve FC Personnel injured in a suicide attack involving explosion
followed by firing near an FC check post in the Baleli area of
Eight militants among fifteen
suspects were arrested by FC Balochistan from Districts of Zhob,
Sibbi, Nasirabad (Dera Murad Jamali), Bolan (Mach), and Quetta
(Killi Ismail). 70 kilograms of explosive, weapons and ammunition
and communication equipment were also recovered.
Two militants were killed by SFs
in Nawa Killi near Quetta. Police said that they were attempting
to arrest the accomplices of an arrested suspect who was in the
vehicle with the SFs in order to help in identifying the suspects.
Security officials (unnamed) said, “However, the suspect’s accomplices
opened fire in a bid to help their detained friend escape. In
the resulting exchange, one of the attackers, as well as the under-arrest
suspect, were killed. Two terrorists, however, escaped from the
Armed assailants killed a Policeman
belonging to the Rapid Response Group (RRG) and injured another
near Sariab Flyover in Quetta. The deceased was identified as
RRG Constable Muhammad Alam.
FC Balochistan recovered IEDs,
arms and ammunition during an IBO in Mastung District. “Through
an IBO [intelligence based operation] in Mastung based on lead
from apprehended suspects, [FC] recovered cache of arms, ammunition
and explosives including sniper rifles, grenade and IEDs hidden
in caves for a major terrorist activity,” the ISPR said in a statement.
TTP and its associated outfits
remain the most potent threat followed by nationalist insurgent
groups despite a 16 per cent decline in militant attacks in 2017,
said a security report issued by PIPS. The report mentioned that
IS footprint was increasing in Balochistan, FATA and Northern
Sindh, and were carrying out deadly attacks. The report said that
militant, nationalist and violent sectarian groups carried out,
in all, 370 terrorist attacks in 64 districts of Pakistan during
the year 2017, including 24 suicide and gun-and-suicide coordinated
attacks, killing 815 people, besides injuring 1,736. These attacks
posted a 16 per cent decrease from the total in 2016; and the
number of people killed also dropped by 10 per cent.
Of these attacks, as many as 213,
or 58 per cent, were perpetrated by TTP , its splinter groups,
mainly JuA and other militant groups with similar objectives such
as local Taliban groups, killing 186 people. Nationalist insurgent
groups, mostly in Balochistan and a few in Sindh, carried out
138 attacks, or 37 per cent of the total, killing 140 people.
As many as 19 terrorist attacks were sectarian, which killed 71
people and inflicted injuries on 97 others, according to the report.
It also noted that compared to 2016, a significant surge of 131
per cent was witnessed during 2017 in cross-border attacks from
Pakistan’s borders with Afghanistan, India and Iran. A total of
171 cross-border attacks claimed 188 lives and injured 348 others.
SFs and LEA killed a total of
524 militants in 2017, as against 809 in 2016, in 75 military
operations as well as 68 armed clashes and encounters with the
militants reported from across the four provinces and FATA. According
to the report, some new challenges raised their heads, including
emergence of self-radicalised individuals and small terrorist
cells, growing incidence of religious extremism including on educational
campuses, and, most importantly, increasing footprints of IS in
parts of the country and convergence of its fighters in Afghanistan
near Pakistani border. In 2017, IS and its local affiliates claimed
6 major attacks, killing 153 people.
Three militants were arrested
by FC Balochistan during IBOs conducted under Operation Radd-ul-Fassad
in Dhadar and Mastung Districts, states ISPR. Cache of arms and
ammunition including IEDs, hand grenade, detonators and communication
equipment were also recovered.
Seven people, including five Policemen,
were killed and 16 others, including eight Policemen, injured
in a suicide blast by a TTP militant near GPO Chowk on Zarghoon
Road of Quetta. The suicide bomber targeted the Police contingent
returning from duty at the Provincial Assembly building and rammed
into the parked Police truck. IG of Balochistan Police Moazzam
Jah Ansari said that he could "tell in advance" that
the suicide bomber must have come from across the Afghanistan
Muhammad Bakhsh alias Jaggo a
former militant ‘commander’ belonging to BLF was killed by militants
in the Nasirabad area of Turbat town in Kech District. According
to Levies Officials, Jaggo was an important ‘commander ‘of BLF,
however, differences cropped up between him and the BLF leadership
after the killing of National Party leader Mola Bakhsh Dashti
in an attack. Jaggo then left the BLF and formed his own militant
group. Three years ago, he abandoned militancy and surrendered
to the Government.
US State Department updated its
threat assessment for Pakistan; Balochistan, KP, FATA and PoK
were placed in the “do not travel” category due to militancy.
One health worker was killed by
unidentified militants Alikhel area of Qila Saifullah District.
Five FC Personnel were killed and six others injured
in an ambush by militants in Shapok area of Kech District in Balochistan.
According to (unnamed) Officials two FC vehicles, transporting
Soldiers from Panjgur to Turban in Balochistan, were attacked
with automatic weapons when they were crossing the mountainous
area of Shapok. Turbat Assistant Commissioner Dr Jamil Baloch
said that "as a result of the firing and overturning of the vehicles,
five FC personnel got martyred and six others sustained injured".
The deceased were identified as Havaldar Zakir, Lance Naik Masood,
Sepoy Shahbaz Qasir, Sepoy Farmanullah and Sepoy Masood while
the injured included Havaldar Qambar, Asadullah, Sohail, Muhammad
Bilal, Muhammad Hanif and Shafqatullah.
Two Balochistan Constabulary personnel, identified
as Ilyas and Shaukat, were shot dead while another one, identified
as Javed, sustain injury when unidentified militants attacked
them on Double Road area of Quetta, the provincial capital of
Balochistan. The personnel were reportedly deployed at a flyover
in the area for security duty.
Unidentified militants shot dead a Police constable,
identified as Naseer Ahmed, while was going to report for duty
on the Raisani Road area of Quetta. However, the attackers managed
to escape from the spot after the attack.
Two Policemen among three people were injured
in a hand grenade attack on a vehicle in Chaman town of Killa
Abdullah District. Police said that unidentified assailants hurled
hand grenade at a vehicle near Edhi police picket in Chaman. The
attack partially damaged the vehicle, besides injuring three people,
including two Policemen. The assailants fled the scene after the
Police foiled a major terror bid as it recovered
two bomb planted by the roadside in Quetta, which were defused
by the BDS. According to details, a remote control bomb, weighing
four to five kilogrammes, was planted by some unidentified miscreants
in a cycle in Shafi Colony near Sariab Road, which was defused.
Two female polio vaccination workers were killed
when their team comes under the fire of unidentified assailants
in the Shalkot area of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan.
"Sakina Bibi and her daughter Rizwana Bibi (12) were killed by
unknown assailants," spokesman of Emergency Operation Centre for
Polio Eradication Balochistan Muhammad Zafar said.
SFs apprehended eight terrorists and seized weapons
from their possession in different areas of Balochistan. According
to ISPR, FC Balochistan conducted IBOs in Gulistan, Pishin, Kanack,
Dera Bugti, Uch, Sambaza Dera Murad Jamali and Sibbi and arrested
eight terrorists including an illegal Afghan national. The FC
personnel recovered weapons and ammunition including IEDs, rockets,
fuses, grenades, mortars and explosives from their possession.
Former SHO of Airport Police Station Fazlur Rehman
Kakar was shot dead in a targeted attack in Yat Road area of Quetta,
the provincial capital of Balochistan. According to Police, Fazlur
Rehman Kakar was sitting outside his car showroom on Yat Road
when unidentified assailants shot him dead. Kakar was dismissed
as the Airport SHO after the May 17, 2011 Kharotabad incident
in which four Russians and one Tajik nationals were killed. These
five foreigners were shot dead after they allegedly failed to
stop at a Police checkpoint. The victims included three women,
including a pregnant one. Several high-profile inquiries were
conducted into the incident to ascertain the role of the FC and
Police. As a result of the judicial inquiry by Justice Hashim
Khan Kakar, Quetta CCPO Daud Junejo, FC's Colonel Faisal Shehzad,
SHO Fazlur Rehman Kakar and ASI Raza Khan were held responsible.
In August 2013, unidentified assailants shot dead ASI Raza while
he was standing outside his house in Quetta. On December 29, 2011,
Police surgeon and key witness in the incident, Dr Baqir Shah,
was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Quetta. The doctor
was previously roughed up by Police as his statement differed
from the official version of security agencies.
At least two hundred separatists' militants of
the BRP, including 15 'commanders', laid down their weapons before
Chief Minister, Abdul Quddus Bizenjo and Commander Southern Command
Lieutenant General Asim Saleem Bajwa at a ceremony held at FC
Headquarters in Turbat town in Kech District in Balochistan. The
separatists' militants announced submitting to the writ of the
State and becoming part of the national mainstream, according
to an official press release.
Pakistani PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on inaugurated
the Gwadar Economic Free Zone as part of the CPEC.
The Baloch militant organisations are no longer
a threat to the CPEC, said Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao
Jing, adding that members of banned outfits were "not true Pakistanis".
In an interview to BBC Urdu, he sounded confident that Gwadar
port would soon become one of the world's trading hubs as the
security situation in Pakistan had improved to a large extent
in the last few years. "If they [Baloch militants] are true Pakistanis,
they should work in the interest of Pakistan," he said brushing
aside their capacity of becoming a threat to China, Pakistan and
their CPEC project. Yao Jing said he was satisfied with the security
provided to about 10,000 Chinese nationals working on different
CPEC projects in Pakistan which also has some 60,000 local people
on different jobs.
An accidental hand grenade explosion in a home
in the Tusp area of Panjgur District in Balochistan killed a woman
and her daughter and injured her son. Makran Division Commissioner
Bashir Bangulzai said that the boy had found a hand grenade and
taken it home. The grenade exploded while he was playing with
it inside his house. The boy's mother and sister died in the blast,
while the injured boy was shifted to a nearby hospital for medical
At least one person was killed and seven passers-by
injured in a roadside blast in Chitkan area of Panjgur District.
Police said that unknown miscreants had planted a bomb in a motorcycle
to target a pro government tribal notable Kamran Mengal. Baloch
Liberation Front has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Balochistan CM Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo said that
because of concrete steps taken by the Government, insurgency
is on the wane in the province as militants have surrendered their
weapons and joined the mainstream to play their role in the development
of the country. Talking to a delegation of British journalists,
the chief minister said that a few elements sitting abroad had
misguided the youth of Balochistan, but now they (the youth) had
understood the designs of those people and foiled their conspiracies
by joining mainstream politics.
The FC, during ongoing Operation Raddul Fasaad,
recovered a huge cache of ammunition and weaponry from Sherani
area in Dera Murad Jamali area of the District Nasirabad. "A huge
cache of ammunition, weaponry, mobile SIMs, communication equipment
was recovered during the action. However, no arrests were made
during the process. The security forces cordoned off the area
in search of the fleeing miscreants," the ISPR, said.
At least four FC personnel were killed in a targeted
firing incident in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan.
The FC personnel were patrolling the area near Sariab road when
unidentified militants on a motorcycle opened fire at their vehicle,
critically injuring all four who later succumbed to their injuries.
Governor Balochistan Mohammad Khan Achakzai condemns the attack
and urged the LEAs arrest the culprits at the earliest.
IG of Balochistan Police Moazzam Jah Ansari has
said that a proposal of establishing a Police force, comprising
around 1,500 personnel, exclusively for security duty in the Quetta
city is under consideration. Also, the IG, Moazzam Jah Ansari
said that recently 220 personnel of the ATF had completed their
training while another badge of ATF personnel would be sent for
the specialized training soon. He said the proposal for establishing
the new force for security duty had been sent to the chief minister
Six persons were killed in an explosion occurred
inside a house in Killa Saifullah District of Balochistan. The
house collapsed as a result of the explosion and several people
were reportedly trapped under the debris.
Source:Compiled from news reports and