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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.

May 24

One militant killed and two SFs personnel sustained injures in an exchange of firing in Kalat town of same District in Balochistan. Sources said the SFs raided a hideout in Kalat where the suspected terrorists opened fire at the raiding party, leaving two SF personnel injured. The SFs retaliated and gunned down one of the militant.

A Chinese couple was kidnapped from the Jinnah Town area of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, in the afternoon. According to Police, unknown abductors had forced the two foreigners into a vehicle at gunpoint and driven away. "A Chinese couple was kidnapped from the neighbourhood of Jinnah town in Quetta today. The couple was running a Chinese language centre," Acting Deputy Inspector General Police Aitzaz Goraya said.

One TTP leader, Saeed Ahmed Badani, describe as the "mastermind" behind three major attacks in Baluchistan was arrested from an unidentified location of Quetta. The arrested militant, Saeed Ahmed Badani, was among the planners of three attacks in 2016 that killed more than 180 people, the Provincial Government spokesman, Anwar ul Haq Kakar, said. "He was involved with a team in all the attacks, but I can describe him as a mastermind, because he was the lynchpin in providing targets and facilitating suicide bombers," Kakar added.

May 27

A mortar shell fired from Iranian side of the border in Balochistan killed a civilian, identified as Khuda-e-Rahim, in Panjgur area in the morning. The mortar shell landed on a vehicle in Panjgur, killing the man and caused extensive damage nearby, District Commissioner Abdul Jabbar has confirmed.

FC raided hideouts of a banned outfit and recovered a cache of arms and ammunition in Arjun Nala and Darenjan Nala areas of Dera Bugti District. The recovered weapons included RPG launcher with five RPG-7 rounds, four mortar shells, two land mines, four grenades, 170 pressure buttons and other equipment that was stashed for subversive activities.

May 29

DSP Umer Ur Rehman was killed and another Police officer injured following a firing incident in Quetta's Huddah area. The injured sub-inspector, identified as Bilal Shams, was the nephew of the deceased DSP. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

June 2

11 Chinese nationals living in the Jinnah Town of the Quetta city have been shifted to Karachi for their departure to China. This follows the abduction of two Chinese nationals from the same locality on May 24 the duo's fate remains unknown.

June 3

SFs killed at least 12 suspected IS militants after three days of search operation to recover abducted Chinese nationals in Mastung District of Balochistan. "Some 12-13 IS commanders have been killed after intense gun-battles and the area was cleared late Saturday," a senior security official said, but added that the Chinese pair were not recovered from the scene despite the presence of the vehicle used in their kidnapping nearby. The Chinese couple was abducted from the Jinnah Town area of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, in the afternoon of May 24.

June 4

A man and his younger sister belonging to the Shia Hazara community were shot dead in the Spiny Road area of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. The siblings, identified as Shakeel Ahmed and Hawa Bibi, were going to Marriabad from Hazara Town on a motorbike when they came under fire near Killi Tirkha. They suffered serious injuries and died while being taken to the hospital by the Police.

SFs recovered a cache of weapons from an alleged terrorist hideout in Sken Nullah Darango area of Kohlu District. According to a statement issued by ISPR, an IBO was conducted in Sken Nullah Darango, on the alleged hideouts of BLA. "A large cache of weapons, ammunition, and explosives including guns, rocket launchers, anti-personal mines, detonators and communication equipment recovered from the hideout," read the ISPR statement.

June 8

IS claimed of killing two Chinese nationals who were abducted on May 24 in Balochistan. The claim, by the IS news agency Amaq, came hours after the Pakistani Army announced it had carried out a successful operation against IS-affiliated militants in the same region. "Islamic State fighters killed two Chinese people they had been holding in Baluchistan province, south-west Pakistan," Amaq said. The Chinese couples were studying Urdu in Quetta, where they reportedly also ran a Mandarin language course. They were kidnapped in late May by men wearing police uniforms.

June 11

Three Balochistan Constabulary personnel were killed and one wounded in a gun attack on a checkpost in the Chakki Shahwani area of Sariab road in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. Balochistan Deputy Inspector General Police Abdul Razzaq Cheema said four unidentified assailants riding two motorcycles opened fire on a checkpost in the Chakki Shahwani area. The slain personnel were identified as Ashiq Ali, Mehboob Ali and Ghulam Mustafa.

Three SF personnel were injured after an IED seemingly targeted their vehicle in the Johan area of Kalat District. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

June 12

FC personnel killed two BLA militants during an IBO operation in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. The ISPR press release said the militants were killed after they were tracked down by the FC personnel and a gun battle ensued between the two parties.

Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar said that two Chinese nationals abducted from Quetta on May 24 were involved in preaching instead of business activities - their declared purpose for visiting. Lee Zing Yang (24), and Meng Li Si (26), were abducted from Jinnah Town of Quetta on May 24 and later murdered by the militant Islamic State on June 8. After the briefing, the Interior Minister ordered an initial review, followed by regulation and the streamlining of the visa process to avoid the misuse of business visas by foreign nationals.

June 13

Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti dispelled "the impression of the presence of IS in Balochistan" and said that the crackdown against terrorist is in full swing under Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad. During a press conference at Madadgar Centre of FC, Bugti rejected the existence of the IS in Balochistan, adding that the terror organisation was making efforts to strengthen its base in the entire country, but the Government and the military had expressed their strongest resolve to block its entry into Balochistan.

June 14

SFs killed two BLA 'commanders', identified as Nazar Mohammad alias Beerbak and Mohammad Jan alias Chota, in an operation in the Leela area of the provincial capital Quetta. The two BLA 'commanders' were said to be involved in 17 bomb blasts and different incidents of target killing. SFs claimed to have tracked down their links to training camps in Afghanistan.

SFs claimed to have gunned down an alleged terrorist in Quetta.

June 18

A rocket hit the gate of the residence of Sardar Akhtar Mengal, president of the BNP, in his native town of Wadh in Khuzdar District of Balochistan. Official sources said the rocket was fired in the early hours from an unknown place, damaging the main gate of the house badly. Sardar Attaullah Mengal and Sardar Akhtar Mengal were not in the house when the attack took place. "The rocket landed and exploded at the main gate of the house," Abdullah Baloch, the SHO of Wadh, said, adding that no casualty took place in the explosion.

Iranian BSF fired several mortar shells into Pakistani territory, at least one of which exploded in the Prom area of Panjgur District. Official sources said the shells were fired in the early hours of the day and landed close to the border. The mortar shell that exploded in Prom had landed in an uninhabited area, causing no casualty and loss of property.

June 19

Two Navy sailors were shot dead and three others were wounded when their vehicle was ambushed by four assailants on two motorbikes in the Jiwani area of Gwadar District in Balochistan. The sailors were transporting iftar items during a routine run from Jiwani town when their vehicle came under attack. There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

June 20

An unmanned Iranian drone allegedly on a spying mission was shot down by a PAF JF-17 Thunder fighter jet in the Parom area of Panjgur District in Balochistan. The officials said the unmanned aircraft was shot down by a JF-17 in the Parom area after it ventured "deep inside Pakistani airspace" on a spying mission. They spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorised to speak to media. SFs took custody of the debris after discovering the wreckage on Monday, but it is still unclear when the drone was shot down.

June 23

Seven Policemen were among 13 killed and 20 others injured in a suicide attack near the office of Balochistan Police Chief on Gulistan Road of Quetta, the provincial capital. BDS confirmed that the explosives were planted in a vehicle. The Police said that the bomber blew up the vehicle after he was stopped by the law enforcement personnel for screening as he was mysteriously taking rounds in the area. "The blast took place near the IGP office (Inspector General of Police) and itīs possible the assailants were trying to enter the (army) cantonment which is close by," Provincial Government Spokesman Anwar ul-Haq Kakar said. Two outfits said they had carried out the attack - JuA, a splinter group of TTP and the Islamic State.

June 25

Unidentified militants attacked a checkpost of FC in Wadh town of Khuzdar District in Balochistan. Foiling the attack, the SFs arrested two of the attackers.

June 27

A high value BLA militant, identified as Abdul Rasool alias Ustad/Borjon/Boss, along with his group surrendered to SFs, ISPR statement said. The militant group also surrendered their group's weapons and ammunition. The ISPR said Abdul Rasool was involved in terrorist activities in Pasni, Kolanch, Dashat and Mand areas of Balochistan.

June 30

SFs foiled an attempt to blow up the Rawalpindi-bound Jaffar Express passenger train by defusing a 15kg bomb planted at the main railway line near Mach area of Bolan District in Balochistan. Pakistan Railway officials said that some gangmen were checking the main railway line before the arrival of Jaffar Express in Mach when they found a suspected bag. They said SF personnel and Railway Police were immediately informed about the suspected bag. A 15 kilograms bomb was planted to target the Rawalpindi-bound train. BDS personnel rushed to the area and defused the bomb after finding it in the suspected bag.

July 2

One SF personnel was injured when their convoy comes under militants' ambush in the Balnigwar area of Kech District in Balochistan. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

SFs arrested eight militants from the Kohlu area of Balochistan.

July 5

One person was killed and seven others were injured when unidentified assailants ambushed vehicle of a Member of the MPA Manzoor Khan Kakar at Manan Chowk in Quetta, provincial capital of Balochistan. Quetta Deputy Inspector General of Police said that MPA was not present in the vehicle at the time of the attack but his brother was travelling in the vehicle along with his guards.

July 5

Malik Naveed Dehwar, a main leader of the BNP-M, and three others were killed in two gun attacks on Arbab Karam Khan road of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. Police said that Malik Naveed Dehwar was passing through Arbab Karam Khan road along with his guard and another person when four men on two motorcycles opened fire on the vehicle from two sides. In his 30s, Mr Dehwar hailed from Mastung. He was a member of the BNP-M's central council. In 2013, he contested the election from the National Assembly's Mastung-Kalat constituency on a BNP-M ticket, but lost.

Two persons were shot dead in the Chashma Auchuzai area on the outskirts of Quetta. Amil Khan Kakar, son of prominent Pashtu poet, writer and educationist Wali Muhammad Siyal, was sitting in his farm with his watchman when armed men appeared and attacked them. Both Kakar and the watchman, whose name could not be ascertained, died on the spot.

Police and SFs launched a crackdown in Quetta and adjoining areas, arresting 98 suspects after the killing incidents over a 24-hour period. There has been no claim of responsibility for the killings as yet. "Police and Frontier Corps conducted a search operation in Killi Ismail and adjoining areas and detained 98 suspects in connection with recent targeted killings," DIG Razzaq Cheema said.

July 10

The DPO of Qilla Abdullah, Sajid Khan Mohmand, and his security guard and driver were killed and over 10 other people, including five Police personnel, injured in a suicide blast in the border town of Chaman in Qilla Abdullah District of Balochistan. Sources said that DPO Sajid Khan Mohmand with his team was on an inspection of the Eidgah area of Boghara road when the suicide bomber riding a motorcycle blew himself up after hitting his vehicle. Sources said Sajid Khan Mohmand died on the spot as the suicide bomber hit the vehicle on the side where he was sitting. The TTP claimed responsibility for the attack.

July 13

The SP, Mubarak Shah, and three of his Police guards were shot dead when the motorcycles bourne militants opened indiscriminate fire at the Police mobile while it was patrolling in Killi Deba area of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. Senior Police Official Abdul Razzaq Cheema said the attackers opened fire from different directions, killing Quaidabad SP Mubarak Shah and his three Police guards, adding that militants managed to escape from the crime scene. The banned TTP had claimed responsibility for the attack.

Three militants were killed in an encounter with Police and SFs in Essa Nagri area of Quetta. Police officials said that militants opened fire on a Police patrolling party in the area. In response, the Policemen engaged the suspected terrorists, whereas, a heavy contingent of Police and other law enforcement agencies immediately reached the spot. After the encounter, the three suspected terrorists were found killed, said Police officials. A cache of arms and ammunition, including five-kilogram of exclusive material were recovered from the possession of the slain militants.

July 15

Four militants were killed during an exchange of fire with the FC troops in the night after they attacked the Shoaib Nikka post in the Qamar din Kerez area of Zhob District in Balochistan. According to the ISPR, the militants fired rockets and used machine guns during the attack on Shoaib Nikka post. The FC troops, however, foiled the attack, killing four terrorists.

July 19

At least four persons belonging to the ethnic Hazara Shia community were shot dead when unidentified assailants opened fire on their vehicle on the main RCD highway in Mastung town in the same District of Balochistan. A woman is among the slain victims. The assailants managed to escape after carrying out the attack.

July 22

Two FC personnel were killed by unidentified assailants on the RCD Highway in Chaghi District in Balochistan. The two soldiers were patrolling the highway on a motorcycle in the Killi Dawoodabad area when assailants opened fire on them and fled, the Levies sources said. A search operation was launched in the area following the attack. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack

July 26

Balochistan's higher education secretary, Abdullah Jan, who was abducted from Quetta on March 15, 2017, returned home in the evening. Unidentified gunmen had picked the official up from Sabzal Road area of Quetta at gunpoint when he was on his way to work. He was kidnapped when the 6th national census was underway throughout the country and a large number of Government employees, including those from the education department, were participating in the process. "My father has safely reached home," Attique Khan, Jan's son, said. He said his father's physical condition was not good. It is not yet apparent whether the official was recovered by Security Forces in an operation, or set free after payment of ransom. No group claimed the responsibility for his abduction.

July 29

At least four people were killed and five others sustained injuries in an explosion in Chedgi area of Panjgur District in Balochistan. The nature of the blast could not be ascertained yet.

July 30

Four militants were killed in an exchange of fire in Gishkur area of Awaran District in Balochistan. According to Balochistan Levies sources, an exchange of fire took place between SFs and the militants in Gishkur area. Four militants were killed as a result.

Police and SFs arrested 12 suspects following raids carried out as part of Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad in different parts of Balochistan. Eleven of them were arrested during a joint operation conducted by FC Balochistan and local Police in the Killi Deba area of Quetta, the ISPR said in a statement. According to the ISPR, the joint Police-FC 'sanitisation' operation was launched in parts of Quetta late July 28-night in view of the recent spate of target killings and bombings in the provincial capital. "More than 3,000 security personnel and 208 teams - also comprising 208 women personnel - are participating in the operation," Quetta FC Commander Brigadier Khalid Baig said. More than 190 weapons, along with caches of ammunition, were also seized during the Killi Deba raid, ISPR added.

Another wanted terrorist suspect was apprehended in an IBO in Killa Abdullah District. According to reports, FC troops and intelligence officials arrested a 'notorious terrorist' belonging to a banned organisation from the Killi Segi area of Killa Abdullah. Rocket launchers and other weapons were also recovered during the operation.

July 31

The ISPR said that SFs have foiled a major sabotage attempt by recovering two thousand kilograms of explosive materials from a vehicle during a raid at Spain Taiza area of Qilla Abdullah District in Balochistan. According to ISPR, on a tip-off, SFs conducted a raid at Spain Taiza area and apprehended two terrorists who were carrying a huge quantity of explosive materials in their vehicle to carry out sabotage activities in the province which was averted due to timely operation of the law enforcement agencies.

August 6

FC personnel shot dead four hardcore terrorists as the cops conducted intelligence based raids at Dera Bugti and Kohlu areas of Balochistan under Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad. According to ISPR, FC carried out raids on a tip-off in Dera Bugti and Kohlu areas, after a heavy exchange of fire FC killed four terrorists, involved in attacks on SFs and other sabotage activities in the province. FC has dismantled several hideouts of the terrorists and recovered cache of mines, explosive material and tools of communication during the raids.

Two major commanders belonging to the banned BLF along with four other suspected militants surrendered before SFs at Gwadar. The commanders, who were identified as Hali alias Jahaz and Rafiq alias Aamir and four other militants, handed over their weapons to Colonel Ali Saeed and other officials of the Frontier Corps in a ceremony held at Gwadar. "We have decided to end our armed struggle against the state and join mainstream politics to serve our people who are facing difficulties due to the war-like situation in our area," Rafiq alias Aamir said while handing over his weapons to the security officials.

August 12

At least 15 people, among them eight soldiers, were killed and 40 others injured when a suicide bomber targeted a military truck near the Pishin bus stop in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. "A man riding a motorbike came close to the army truck and blew himself up," an official of the Bomb Disposal Squad said. "We can now confirm that 15 people have died in the explosion today. At least 32 others are wounded," Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti said following the suspected suicide blast, which reportedly targeted a vehicle carrying military personnel. The deceased include members of the armed forces and civilians, said the provincial Home Minister. The ISPR said it was an attack on an "on duty military vehicle". It said that terrorists had used "incendiary explosives" due to which many vehicles in the affected area caught fire. About the death toll, the ISPR confirmed that 15 people, including seven civilians, were martyred in the attack and 25 others, including 15 civilians, wounded.

August 14

Eight FC personnel were killed in IED blast in Khost area of Harnai District in Balochistan. FC personnel were patrolling between Shahrag and Khost areas when their vehicle hit an IED planted on their route. The BLA has claimed responsibility for the blast. "The BLA has carried out a remote-controlled blast, which caused the death [martyrdom] of eight soldiers," BLA spokesman Jeiand Baloch claimed in a statement received by some media men through email.

August 18

As part of the ongoing political reconciliation in Balochistan, 22 more suspected militants including a commander of the BLA surrendered before the SFs in a ceremony held at FC Madadgar Headquarters in Quetta. According to the statement issued by the ISPR, the surrender was a part of the larger political reconciliation process in Balochistan which has led to many militants surrendering recently.

Reviewing law and order situation in the wake of recent terror attacks in Balochistan, the province's apex committee decided to further intensify efforts to take targeted action against the terrorists and their facilitators including those providing them shelter in the province. The meeting, held at the Chief Minister Secretariat, took place in the backdrop of August 12 suicide attack in Quetta and August 14 blast in Harnai, in which scores of people including 16 security officials were martyred.

August 20

Three Punjabi labourers, who were abducted by unidentified miscreants four days ago, were found dead in Hoshab area of Kech District in Balochistan. These labourers, who belong to Rahim Yar Khan District of Punjab, were working on a development project in the area. The bodies were found with multiple bullet injuries. There was no claim of responsibility for the killing.

August 27

Two militants were killed and two of their facilitators arrested by FC during IBOs in Kahan, Chattar, and Uch areas of Dera Bugti District in Balochistan. According to an ISPR statement, four terrorist camps were also destroyed in the operations conducted under the Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad.

FC personnel foiled a terrorist activity in IBO by busting a network of terrorists and their facilitators in Turbat District. A cache of arms and ammunition, being transported to carry out terrorist activity in Turbat, was recovered from the possession of the facilitators.

August 30

Twelve cadres of the BRA surrendered to SFs in Nushki District of Balochistan. A statement issued by ISPR said "Those surrendered included two mid-tier militants identified as Wali Khan and Karghani."


Source:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.

 

 

 

 

 
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