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 Shakir.
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," she added.
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 the State.
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
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 spot.
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
A man, identified as Bahram Khan, and his son,
Muhammad Siddique, were killed in a landmine blast in Lehri area
of Sibi District.