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Balochistan Timeline - 2017

Date

Incidents

January 2

Six FCB officials were injured after their vehicle came under attack near Western Bypass in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. The personnel were en route to firing range of the training camp when terrorists attacked the van with a remote-controlled bomb. The injured officials are Subedar Muhammad Shafi, Hawaldar Awalur Rehman, Naik Latif, Sepoys Saif, Raza Rehman and Qaim Khan. According to the Bomb Disposal Squad, eight to ten Kg explosives were used in the bombing.

January 5

Unidentified militants shot dead two people in Jinnah Town of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. According to Police, both victims were going somewhere when the assailants riding a motorcycle opened fire on them. Both the men died on the spot.

FCB neutralised a 10 kilograms bomb in the Chithar area of Nasirabad District.

January 6

At least four suspected militants were killed during an exchange of fire with SFs in Uch and other areas of Naseerabad District in Balochistan. A security officer said that SFs conducted a search operation in Uch and other areas of Naseerabad District. Five militants were also arrested. Moreover, nine sanctuaries of militants were demolished by security personnel.

Unidentified assailants shot and injured five Hazara Shias in a suspected sectarian attack community on Spiny Road in the Qila Mubarak area of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. DIG, Quetta, Razzak Cheema said that the incident is a targeted attack when five individuals were travelling in a taxi

January 9

The Balochistan High Court issued bailable arrest warrants for former President General (Retired) Pervez Musharraf in JWP leader Nawab Akbar Bugti's murder case. A divisional bench of BHC passed this order during hearing of a review petition challenging acquittal of the former president by Anti-Terrorism Court. Former Balochistan chief minister and governor Nawab Akbar Bugti was killed in Dera Bugti District on August 26, 2006.

January 12

Unidentified assailants shot dead a journalist, Muhammad Jan (37), in Kalat town of same District in Balochistan. Muhammad Jan, who worked for local Urdu language daily newspaper 'Qudrat', was shot dead while he was on his way home on a motorcycle. "Two attackers on motorcycle opened fire on him, using a pistol and killing him on the spot," Senior Police Officer Muhammad Ali said.

January 15

Three Policemen were injured when unidentified militants attacked the convoy of a Qatari prince in Musakhel District of Balochistan in the evening. Security sources said that the militants opened indiscriminate fire on the convoy, as a result of which District Police Officer Majeed Dasti and two other security officials received bullet wounds. The Qatari prince remained unharmed in the attack, said Senior District Administration official Mohammad Yasir.

January 16

Unidentified militants killed two Police officials in different areas of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. Militants opened fire at a Police constable in the Killi Deba area of Quetta, killing him on the spot. In another incident, militants opened fire near the Passport Office area and killed another Police official on duty. The attackers managed to escape from the scene in both cases, with Police officials terming the incidents as acts of target killings.

January 19

Two SF personnel were killed after unidentified militants opened fire on them in Kohlu area of Balochistan. The deceased were identified as constable Shero and Khawand Bukhsh. The militants managed to flee the scene.

January 22

Unidentified assailants opened fire and killed two persons in Satellite Town area of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. Police officials said the gunmen were on a motorcycle when they opened fire and critically injured two tribal locals. The injured were rushed to the Civil Hospital in Quetta but they succumbed to their injuries. The motive behind the attack remains to be ascertained. The assailants escaped unhurt from the crime scene.

January 23

At least eight security personnel were injured when their convoy comes under militant ambush in Gichak area of Panjgur District in Balochistan. "The security personnel were moving through the district's mountainous Gichak area to conduct a raid against miscreants when they were fired upon," said a security official. No arrests were reported after the incident. There was no claim of responsibility for the attack.

January 28

Two Policemen, including an inspector, were shot dead while another official received bullet injuries in Wapda road area of Dera Murad Jamali District in Balochistan in the evening. Police officials said that unidentified militants opened fire at a Police mobile in Wapda road area, killing Inspector Hidayatullah Kolachi on the spot. His gunman succumbed to his injuries on the way to a nearby hospital. The assailants escaped unhurt from the spot.

February 10

Iranian forces fired four mortar shells across the border into Balochistan's Panjgur District. Deputy Commissioner Panjgur Habibur Rehman claimed Iranian forces fired four mortar shells into Parom area 'without any justification and provocation'. "We have not received any report about any human loss", he added.

February 11

Provincial Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti stated that India was using Afghanistan's soil to destabilise Balochistan. Speaking at a seminar at University of Karachi, Sarfraz Bugti said, Security Forces and the youth of Balochistan brought peace in the province, adding that rate of crime in Balochistan is much lower as compared to Karachi and Faisalabad. A handful (100-200) of miscreants are trying to sabotage CPEC, he added.

February 13

Two BDS officials were killed and 11 others injured in a roadside blast near the Sariab Bridge of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. Police said that explosives were found planted near the Sariab Bridge after which BDS was called in. However, the blast occurred while BDS personnel were defusing explosives.

February 16

Three Army personnel were killed when an IED, targeting an Army convoy, exploded in Awaran town of same District in Balochistan. The killed were identified as Captain Taha, Sepoy Kamran Satti and Sepoy Mehtar Jan. Two other soldiers were also injured in the attack.

February 17

The FC arrested 20 suspects during a search operation in the Nushki area of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan.

February 19

SFs killed a militant in an encounter and seized arms during a search operation at Darakhshan near Eastern Bypass area of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. According to a spokesman of SFs, following a tip off, security forces carried out a search operation in the area while suspect opened fire on them. The suspect was killed in retaliation by SFs. Arms were also recovered from his hideout.

Balochistan Government has prepared a new security plan for Quetta in the wake of recent wave of terrorism in the country. Official sources said on February 19 that under the security plan jointly prepared by Police, Frontier Corps and other security agencies, profiling of houses in the provincial capital will be carried out to track down the elements working as facilitators of banned outfits. There will be a ban on residing in mosques, seminaries, schools and Government buildings which are required to get themselves registered with the Police Station concerned. Registration of tenants has been made mandatory. Legal action will be taken if they fail to do so. Under the plan, the hosts will have to inform a committee to be formed by the area police station about the visit of guests.

February 22 Police neutralised 14 bombs, weighing 50 kilograms, placed in ghee tins planted in a park on University Road of Loralai town of same District in Balochistan. Locals discovered the bombs and informed Police. BDS personnel later neutralised al the bombs.
February 23

SFs in Balochistan claimed to killed 470 suspected militants, associated with various militant outfits, in the previous two years under the NAP. During the time period, over 100 militants were also injured in exchange of fire with SFs in Quetta and other parts of the province. "Most of miscreants were killed during IBOs belonged to sectarian outfits," said Anwarul Haq Kakar, the spokesperson for the Provincial Government. The FC, Police, Levies and intelligence agencies conducted a total of 5,640 IBOs in the Province, added the spokesperson. More than 20,000 suspected militants were arrested in the Province.

February 26

Balochistan's Minister for Home and Tribal Affairs, Sarfaraz Bugti, said that thousands of Afghan Taliban were still studying in seminaries across the province. "There are many seminaries where Afghan Taliban are studying, and many are owned by the Afghan Taliban group," Bugti said. Amin-ul-Hasnat Shah, the Minister of State for Religious Affairs, said that funds for most of these Madrassas originate abroad, mostly in Arab countries. "The government is monitoring the money trail and how this money is spent and utilised by the Madrassas. We want to ensure that these funds are not used for any suspicious activity or to promote extremism through Islamic seminaries in Pakistan." Shah said the Government "has pledged to reform these Madrassas through registration and change of syllabus" and it was determined to "keep an eye on any extremism-related activities or links in these Madrassas."

February 28

At least three FC personnel and one civilian were injured in an IED blast on Sariab Road of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. The bomb, which was planted on the roadside, targeted an FC vehicle while it was on patrol. The explosion left the vehicle partially damaged.

The CTD of both Sindh and Balochistan Police decided to launch a "joint operation" in parts of the country's largest province where the intelligence wings of the law-enforcement agency had identified "hideouts" of suspects allegedly involved in recent terrorist attacks in Sindh. High officials flew from Karachi to Quetta, where a meeting of the CTD from both provinces was scheduled. After hours of deliberations and presentations, the Sindh Police authorities finally convinced their counterparts about the presence of the hideouts of some banned militant outfits in Balochistan which were used by terrorists for the recent attacks in Sindh. "It was a formal meeting after our earlier correspondence and intelligence-sharing," said Chief of the Sindh Police's CTD Additional IG Sanaullah Abbasi. "We showed them not only the findings of a JIT (joint interrogation team) report about high-profile militants but also data and reports of our intelligence units that strengthened our case. The Balochistan authorities agreed to cooperate with us and move with Sindh police in pursuit of these hideouts," he added.

March 2

One militant was killed and 12 others arrested during a search operation by FC and intelligence Agencies in Andoor area of Ketch District in Balochistan. One FC soldier was injured due to exchange of fire with terrorists and a cache of arms and ammunition was recovered during the operations.

March 4

The FC personnel recovered cache of arms and ammunitions from a terrorist hideout in Chot Camp area of Kahan tehsil in Kohlu District of Balochistan. The recovered cache of arms and ammunition included weapons of various calibers besides 4900 SMG rounds, 453 x 12.7 mm gun rounds, 140 AGL rounds, and 24 Hand Grenades.

March 6

An attempt to blow up the Quetta-bound Jaffar Express was foiled when security personnel defused a bomb planted at a railway track near the Mangoli area in Nasirabad District of Balochistan. According to official sources, all train services were suspended between Quetta and Sukkur as the BDS was not available in Dera Murad Jamali. The BDS team was summoned to the site from Sibi. Police said the saboteurs had planned to blow up the train by remote control. The Jaffar Express coming from Rawalpindi was the target as it was scheduled to reach Mangoli after 15 minutes, said a senior Police Officer, adding that the train was stopped at the Dera Allah Yar station.

`March 7

A soldier was killed when a patrol vehicle hit an IED planted on a roadside in Awaran area of same District in Balochistan. Sources said that unidentified militants had planted an IED on the roadside which they detonated with a remote control device while targeting the security vehicle.

March 9

Unnamed Officials involved in anti terrorist operations have revealed that LeJ, a proscribed organization, particularly active in the port city of Karachi (provincial capital of Sindh) and Quetta (provincial capital of Baluchistan). The Organization is still the prime target of LEA for its close liaison with banned JuA. Most of the organization's activists have gone underground to escape arrests. The officials claim that LeJ's almost 90 percent network has been disabled by eliminating its top leadership. According to the officials, LeJ ties with ISIS surfaced last year when terrorists attacked the Police academy in Quetta in October. The group is active in Karachi and Quetta with two deferent off-shoot groups namely the Naeem Bukhari Group in Karachi and LeJ Al-Alami in Quetta.

March 14

Suspected militants abducted three Government schoolteachers in Giskhor area of Awaran District in Balochistan in the evening. Levis official Muhammad Jan said that militants abducted three teachers as they were returning from a training session facilitated by the PBS for the upcoming national census in Giskhor area. Jan identified the abducted teachers as Rashid Ali, Elahi Bakhsh and Rasool Bakhsh. The men are part of a team in the District that will collect data for the census.

Balochistan higher education secretary Abdullah Jan was abducted from Wahdat Colony of Brewery Road area in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. Jan's son Mohammad Attiuqe said his father was on his way to work when unidentified assailants in a white Toyota Vitz kidnapped him near his house in Wahdat Colony. Jan was kidnapped along with his driver. However, the abductors released the driver near Sabzal Road area and drove off an unknown location, said DIG Quetta Abdul Razzaq Chema. No group has claimed responsibility for the abduction so far.

March 18

SFs foiled a terror bid by seizing a significant quantity of arms and explosives in Kohlu District of Balochistan Province. "The FC and personnel of intelligence agency conducted a raid and recovered 28 kilograms of explosives, six rockets and other weapons," said a security official. The official added that the compound which was raided belonged to "miscreants of an outlawed militant organisation". No arrest was made during the raid.

FC forces and personnel of an intelligence agency arrested four suspected militants during a raid in Smungli area of Quetta. SFs claimed to have recovered five SMGs, three rockets and other weapons from their possession.

BNP-M said that Baloch are neither traitors nor Indian agents and urged media to bring to light the woes of Balochistan. BNP-M Vice President Abdul Wali Kakar asked the media to visit interior parts of Balochistan. He regretted that a wrong image of Balochistan was being portrayed, and media was barred on the pretext of security issues. As a result, Balochistan does not get its due rights in the country's media, he added. He was speaking to the Biennial Delegates Meeting of Pakistan Union of Journalists. He stressed upon the media to help the Baloch get their due rights. Balochistan was craving for its basic human rights, including the availability of pure drinking water, health and education, he added. It was best opportunity to discuss the issues of Balochistan in front of journalists, hailing from various parts of the country.

March 22

A government girl's school in Qila Abdulla town of same District in Balochistan was damaged when an IED placed near its wall went off. Levies officials said that unidentified men had planted the remote-controlled device along the school's wall which exploded with a big bang. The blast shattered windowpanes of the institution, nearby houses and shops. No casualty was reported.

March 26

FC personnel averted a possible terrorist attack by diffusing an IED on Turbat-Dasht road in Turbat District of Balochistan. The ISPR said that the FC, as part of Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad, recovered and defused an IED planted on Turbat-Dasht road.

April 5

Unidentified gunmen shot dead four laborers in Kharan District of Balochistan. Police and paramilitary personnel reached the area and took the bodies to DHQ Hospital. The deceased were identified as Ghulam Mustafa, Naizi Sohrab Shah and Sajid, who hailed from Sindh. The men were working on a road project under the CPEC.

April 9

The Army seized an explosive laden vehicle near Chaman town of Killa Abdullah District in Balochistan and arrested two suspected persons, a statement issued by the ISPR said. According to the ISPR, 80 kilograms explosive material was fitted in the vehicle that was prepared in Kandahar and brought in Pakistan to use it in a terror attack. The ISPR said the vehicle was seized in an operation that was carried on the basis of intelligence reports.

April 12

At least three persons were injured in a blast on Airport road in Gwadar town in same District. Police sources said that the IED was planted in a motorcycle parked on the side of a road.

April 21

Around 500 militants belonging to different banned Baloch militant organisations including 12 'commanders' and 16 'sub-commanders' surrendered themselves at a ceremony held on the lawns of the Balochistan Assembly in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. The militants announced that they had abandoned the armed struggle against the Government and would join mainstream politics. The militants belonged to the Baloch Republican Army BRA, BLA, Lashkar-i-Balochistan and some other Baloch militant groups.

April 23

An improvised explosive device hit a FC vehicle near the Turbat town in Kech District of Balochistan killing four soldiers and wounding three others.

April 26

The military claimed that SFs have thwarted a terror bid in the Zhob District of Balochistan. "The Frontier Constabulary, Balochistan, seized a huge cache of explosives and ammunition during a raid on a compound," the military's media wing said in a statement.

April 27

Five terrorists were killed during an intelligence-based operation in the Gawak area of Mand in Kech District in Balochistan. Two FC officials were also injured in the operation. Deputy Commissioner Kech Sirmad Ali Khan claimed they were involved in a series of terrorist activities in the area.

April 30

A suspected militant, Habibullah, was killed in an exchange of fire with Security Forces in Pasni town of Balochistan. According to Levies officials, security personnel launched a search operation in the Kolanch area after receiving information about the presence of militants there. 'Heavy exchange of fire took place in the area, resulting in the killing of an armed militant,' they claimed.

May 2

At least three FC personnel were injured as a bomb went off during a search operation in Kech area of same District in Balochistan. The injured were rushed to a nearby hospital where they were stated to be in a stable condition.

An IED explosion was reported from Dera Bugti District. No casualty was reported from that incident.

May 5

At least 12 persons - 10 civilians and one sepoy each from the Pakistan Army and the FC - lost their lives and around 40 others were injured in firing and shelling after Afghan forces attacked FC personnel guarding the staff conducting census in Kali Luqman and Kali Jahangir areas of Chaman tehsil in Qilla Abdullah District of Balochistan. The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) press release tweeted by its Director General (DG) Major General Asif stated, "Afghan border police opened fire on FC troops detailed for security of census in a village along Chaman border… Since 30th April, Afghan Border Police had been creating hurdles in conduct of census in divided villages of Killi Luqman and Killi Jahangir in Charnan area on Pakistani side of the border. This was done despite the fact that Afghan authorities had been informed well in advance and coordination was carried out through diplomatic and military channels for conduct of census."

May 7

The Army said it had killed more than 50 Afghan soldiers in a clash on the Chaman border crossing in Qilla Abdullah District of Balochistan on May 5. The skirmish took place on May 5 at the Chaman border that divides the Balochistan province and Afghanistan's southern Kandahar, as officials were carrying out a census in the area. At least 12 persons - 10 civilians and one sepoy each from the Pakistan Army and the FC - lost their lives and around 40 others were injured in firing and shelling by Afghan forces in Kali Luqman and Kali Jahangir areas. "We are not pleased to tell you that five Afghan check posts were completely destroyed -- more than 50 of their soldiers were killed and over 100 were wounded," FC Major General Nadeem Ahmed said. "We are not happy for their losses but we were forced to retaliate," he said. Afghanistan quickly denied the claim. "Very false claims by a Pakistani Frontier Corps that as many as 50 Afghan soldiers lost their lives in Pak (Pakistan) retaliation; totally rejected," tweeted Sediq Sediqqi, a Afghan Government spokesman.

May 12

At least 27 people were killed and 40 others, including Senate Deputy Chairman Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, suffered injuries in a suicide attack on his convoy in the Mastung town of same District in Balochistan. Maulana Haideri is also General Secretary of the JuI-F. The target of the attack was Maulana Haideri - who hails from Kalat - as motorcycle bourne suicide bomber rammed the motorcycle into the vehicle in which the Maulana was travelling on the Quetta-Karachi National Highway. Maulana Haideri had just left a seminary after attending a graduation ceremony and offering Friday prayers. A witness said the blast took place when Maulana Haideri was moving to the place where lunch was to be served to the guests of the graduation ceremony.

The bulletproof vehicle of Maulana Haideri was severely damaged in the explosion. The deceased included Maulana Hafiz Qudratullah, Naib emir of Quetta district chapter of the JUI-F Iftikhar Mughal, director staff of the Senate Maulana Haideri's driver, Abdul Waheed, an official of the Anti-Terrorism Force and seven volunteers of the JUI-F who were escorting Maulana Haideri as guards. The victims included Mohammad Adil, Mohammad Imran, Abdul Ghaffar, Zahoor Ahmed and Abdul Karim. Several bodies have not been identified. A young girl, a child and a Mastung-based journalist, Abdul Hanan, were among the wounded.

Daesh (the Islamist State, formerly Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham) claimed responsibility for the attack through a statement posted on the website of its propaganda agency Amaq.

May 13

At least 10 labourers were killed and two others injured when motorcycle bourne unidentified assailants opened fire at the construction site in Pishgan area Gwadar town in Balochistan. "All the labourers were shot at close range," said Senior Levies Official Muhammad Zareef. The slain labourers belonged to Naushahro Feroze District of Sindh. BLA claimed responsibility of attack.

May 15

At least four FC personnel were injured when their vehicle hit an IED in Splingi area of Mastung District in Balochistan. No one claimed the responsibility for the attack.

May 19

Unidentified militants shot dead three labourers and injured another in Hoshab town of Turbat District in Balochistan. They were making a trip to a marketplace in Hoshab to buy daily supplies when suspected militants shot at them and fled, said Frontier Corps official. The slain labourers were part of a team working in coastal Makran division on a major highway linking the port-city of Gwadar to the provincial capital of Quetta, said Sarmad Saleem, a regional official.

As part of the ongoing reconciliation process, 26 militants belonging to various militant groups surrendered their weapons to authorities in Khuzdar District of Balochistan. The militants surrendered at a ceremony organised at the Kalat Scouts campus in Khuzdar.

May 21

Mortar shells fired by the Iranian border forces landed and exploded in a border village of Pakistan in Chagai District of Balochistan. However, no casualty or damage to property was reported as no house was hit by the shells. "Five mortar shells fired from Iranian side early in the morning landed in Talap village," Taftan Assistant Commissioner Zafar Kubdani said.


Source:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.

 

 

 

 

 
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