Balochistan Timeline - 2015
A FC official was killed and three
others injured after their vehicle was bombed at the Harnae Phatak
close to Police Line in Sibi town of same District in Balochistan
in the morning. According to police officials, unidentified militants
attached an IED to a tree near a graveyard close to Police Line.
The militants detonated the IED by a remote device when FC vehicle
passed by the area. As a result of the explosion, FC solider Mohammed
Luqman died on the spot while three other personnel sustained
A suspected TTP militant, involved
in the attack on a Levies Thana in Zhob District, was killed in
an exchange of fire with Security Forces. Official sources said
that a group of armed militants attacked the Levies Thana in Murgha
Kibzai area of Zhob District and ransacked it before setting it
on fire. The attackers were fleeing when FC troops reached there
and opened fire on them. In the heavy exchange of fire, one attacker
FC personnel arrested a militant
'commander' and recovered arms and ammunition from his possession
from Barkhan District.
The FC claimed to have killed
four suspected militants in the Naal area of Khuzdar District.
One FC trooper was also killed during an exchange of fire with
suspected militants. FC's spokesman (Balochistan) said several
suspected militants were also arrested during the operation. The
forces also seized weapons and arms from the possession of militants
during the action.
Law Enforcement Agencies, including
Police, FC, Balochistan Levies and Intelligence Agencies in a
joint raid launched a crackdown against stores openly selling
hate literature and materials allegedly promoting militancy in
Kuchlak area of Quetta. At least 40 shopkeepers were detained
in Quetta for interrogation, while dozens were arrested from other
parts of the Province during the raids.
FC and paramilitary force foiled
a major terror bid in Sibi District by defusing an IED planted
in a motorcycle parked on the road where a procession in connection
with Eid Milad-un-Nabi (Prophet's birth anniversary) was scheduled
to pass. According to sources in FC, militants had planted four
kilogram of explosives in the motorcycle to target the procession.
"Major terror bid was foiled prior to the arrival of procession,"
One FC soldier was injured during
an exchange of fire with the militants in Ziarat District. Later,
the SFs arrested two TTP militants and recovered a huge cache
of arms and ammunition from their possession. "The arrested militants
belong to TTP," sources claimed.
| January 5
An unidentified man was killed
in a bomb blast in Musa Colony on Sariab Road in Quetta. Imran
Qureshi, the SP Sariab said, "The blast has severely damaged
the dead person’s face."
TTP militants abducted nine people,
including four Government Officials, in two separate incidents
from Zhob District. In the first incident, militants intercepted
a Zhob-bound passenger bus coming from Quetta and took away five
people with them. Sources said the kidnappers checked national
identity cards of the passengers and separated five people, including
four Government Officials and a student of Bolan Medical College,
from the others. In the second incident of kidnapping, the militants
abducted four other people, who were travelling to Quetta from
Balochistan Home Minister Mir
Sarfaraz Bugti said that eight militants, including a 'commander'
of a banned outfit, were killed and 15 others were detained while
two camps were busted in week-long operations launched in Panjgur
and Kalat Districts of the province. Search is also in progress
in Zhob and its adjoining areas to trace nine people who were
kidnapped by unidentified armed assailants in Zhob District. “There
is zero-tolerance towards terrorism, and stern action would be
taken against all R&AW and NDS funded armed Lashkars,” said
Mir Sarfaraz Bugti.
| January 7
Unidentified assailants shot dead
four labourers while leaving another injured on the Qambarani
Road in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. Several
people including Afghan nationals were arrested in a search operation
by law enforcing agencies in Quetta.
Two Levies personnel were killed
and five others sustained injuries when unidentified assailants
attack the paramilitary force vehicle in Jhao tehsil in Awaran
The bullet-riddled body of an
officer of Pakistan Air Force, Liaquat Ali Khan, was found near
a village in Qila Saifullah District. The officer was kidnapped
along with four other people on January 4 from an area between
Quetta and Zhob when they were coming from Islamabad in a rented
car. The body with bullet wounds in the head was thrown on a road.
The PAF officer Liaquat Ali Khan belongs to Talagang area in Punjab.
The TTP claimed responsibility for killing the officer and kidnapping
nine people in Qila Saifullah District.
| January 9
At least three soldiers of FC
were killed and five others sustained injuries when their convoy
came under gun and rocket attack in a remote hilly area of Santsar
in Gwadar District of Balochistan. A security convoy was on its
routine patrolling in Santsar area when unidentified militants,
armed with rockets and sophisticated weapons, attacked the military
Unidentified militants blew up
railway track with explosive material in Jaffarabad town of same
District, suspending the train services. According to FC sources,
some unidentified militants planted explosive device at railway
track which went off with big bang, due to which a deep crater
was developed by destroying the tracked.
| January 11
An employee of the FWO was injured
in a blast in Tajaban area of Kech District in Balochistan. Security
officials said the blast occurred near a vehicle of FWO personnel
when they were working on the under-construction Gwadar-Turbat-Reto-Dero
One person sustained injuries
in a landmine blast in Jori area of Dera Bugti District. As per
details, the blast took place when one farmer, who was watering
the fields, put unconsciously his foot on the landmine injuring
A remote-controlled bomb was planted
to target a police mobile at Mustang Road in Quetta, the provincial
capital of Balochistan. However, no human loss was reported as
a result of the explosion.
Unidentified assailants abducted
two trader brothers in Guldar Baghicha near Chaman area of Killa
Saifullah District. According to Levies force, the victims were
on way to their shop from house in a vehicle when some armed men
intercepted them. They took away them along with their vehicle
to an unidentified destination on gunpoint.
SFs detained at least nine suspects
including one suicide attacker and three members of TTP Swat group
in Quetta. According to the sources, SFs on a tip off, raided
three different areas of Quetta and taken as many as nine suspects
Seven personnel of the FC were killed and one
injured when militants attacked a checkpost of the SFs in the
Mekhtar area of Loralai District in Balochistan. The FC officials
said that around 40 militants armed with automatic weapons attacked
the FC checkpost. As a result, all the eight personnel of the
force sustained multiple bullet injuries and seven of them died
on the spot. The FC personnel launched a counter attack, killing
one attacker and injuring many others.
The Supreme Court directed the Federal Government
to come up with details in 10 days about the number of missing
persons in the country. The directive was issued by a two-judge
bench headed by Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja which had taken up an
application of Nasrullah Baloch, Chairman of the Voice of Baloch
Missing Persons, seeking an order for his protection. During the
hearing, Mr Baloch alleged that the mutilated bodies found in
different areas of Balochistan were buried within two or three
days instead of handing them over to the families. The identity
of these defaced bodies, he said, remained a mystery and even
their relatives would not recognise them if handed over.
He regretted that there was no mortuary to preserve
such bodies and said that earlier the Bolan Medical Complex in
Quetta had such a facility but it had been closed down. The court
asked the advocate general of Balochistan to submit a report on
the procedure of handing over such bodies to the families and
the number of hospitals and mortuaries functioning in the province.
The other three provinces have also been directed to submit similar
reports. Describing the enforced disappearances as a national
issue, Justice Khawaja said the matter must be addressed amicably.
The court directed Attorney General Salman Aslam Butt to submit
comprehensive data about the number of missing persons in the
According to media reports, the CIED was seized
with 1,265 cases as of Dec 31. But the Defence of Human Rights
claims that the total number of cases of missing persons is 5,149
and 252 of them surfaced in 2014 alone.
Quetta ATC, headed by judge Aftab Ahmed Lone,
indicted former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf and
two other nominated accused in the Nawab Akbar Bugti murder case
of August 26, 2006. The other two indicted by the Court include
former Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao and Home Minister
Mir Shoaib Nosherwani.
Ahmed Khan Sherpao and Shoaib Nosherwani were
present in the court during the hearing while counsel for Pervez
Musharraf presented an application for his exemption from appearance
on health grounds. The judge remarked that the exemption from
appearance before the court could only be granted after examination
of the former president by a medical board. The court expressed
resentment over the non-constitution of the medical board and
summoned the Director General, health, Balochistan, at the next
hearing of the case on February 4, 2015.
Chief of BNP-M, Sardar Akhtar Mengal said that
extremism was being promoted in Baloch society to weaken Baloch
nationalists. "Extremists are penetrating in a tolerant Baloch
society," Mengal said. He said new shadowy extremist organisations
were surfacing in the Province to undermine the Baloch political
and democratic movement.
Police rescued five abducted foreigners and arrested
two kidnappers during search operations in Satellite Town and
overseas colony area of Turbat District. Imran Qureshi, the DPO
said that the foreigners include three Yemenis and two Tanzanian
nationals. He further stated that weapons were also recovered
from the possession of the kidnappers.
SFs arrested two militants, identified as Maulavi
Shah Wali and Hafiz Naimatullah, during a raid in Jangle Pir Alizai
area in Qilla Abdullah District.
SFs arrested two suspected militants from Killi
Tekhdar area of Chaman town and recovered weapons from their possession.
Police detained 31 suspects during various raids
in Quetta. Police said hate materials and CDs were recovered from
Balochistan Chief Secretary Saifullah Chathha
while presiding over a meeting in Quetta asked officials to ensure
construction of boundary walls and foolproof security at all schools
in the Province as part of the National Action Plan against terrorists.
He ordered officials of Law-Enforcement Agencies and educational
institutions to jointly evolve a security plan for safety and
protection of schools, colleges and universities. The meeting
decided that boundary walls would be built and protective wires
installed at all schools, besides deploying security guards at
every educational institution.
Source:Compiled from news reports and