Balochistan Timeline - 2018
Eight persons, including three
Security Officials, were injured in two separate explosions in
Chaman District of Balochistan. The first explosion took place
near an under-construction building on Chaman’s Mall Road injuring
two persons. Second explosion targeted a Police Check Post in
the same area and injured six persons, including three Security
The report compiled by the Pakistan
Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS) shows that
terrorists carried out 23 suicide attacks in different parts of
the country in 2017, whereas 2016 and 2015 had witnessed 17 and
18 such incidents, respectively.
1,387 people, including 585 civilians,
555 militants and 247 SFs personnel, were killed and 1,965 people,
including 1,580 civilians, were injured in militancy-related incidents,
including militant attacks and SFs actions. Militants carried
out at least 420 attacks in which 912 people, including 584 civilians,
225 SFs personnel and 103 militants, were killed and 1,877 injured.
SFs conducted 522 operations in which left 475 people, including
452 militants and 22 SFs personnel, dead and 88 people injured.
SFs also arrested 1,760 suspected militants during 2017.
The year 2017 saw the highest
number of militant attacks in Balochistan where 183 militant attacks
took place in which 308 people, including 208 civilians and 84
SFs personnel, were killed and 572 people suffered injuries. The
province remained target of a variety of militant groups, including
sub-nationalist militants, sectarian and international militant
groups. Overall 43pc of the total militant attacks in the country
were recorded in Balochistan and 10 out of 23 suicide attacks
(43pc) took place in the province. SFs conducted 134 operations
against militants in Balochistan in which 112 militants were killed
and 657 arrested.
102 militant attacks were recorded
in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in which 339 people,
including 206 civilians, 65 SFs and 68 militants, were killed
and 858 people, including 629 civilians, suffered injuries. As
many as 58 security operations were reported from FATA in which
84 militants and five SFs were killed. SFs also arrested at least
79 suspects from FATA.
SFs conducted at least four actions
in Azad Kashmir in which 12 suspected militants were arrested.
Fourteen suspected militants were arrested from Gilgit-Baltistan
region in two Sfs actions while four suspects were arrested in
three actions in Islamabad.
KP witnessed significant improvement
in security situation as all indicators saw negative trends. There
was 40pc decline in the number of militant attacks and 47pc decline
in the number of deaths in the province. A total of 75 militant
attacks were recorded in KP in which 92 people, including 43 civilians,
34 SFs personnel and 15 militants, were killed while 175 people,
including 136 civilians, were injured. KP saw the second highest
number of suicide attacks during the year as at least six suicide
attacks were reported from the province. In 2016, five suicide
attacks took place in the province. SFs conducted at least 103
actions against militants in which 543 suspects were arrested
and 41 killed during 2017.
Sindh saw a 40pc decrease in militant
attacks, but with 84pc increase in the number of deaths during
2017. Militants carried out 40 attacks in the province killing
112 people, including 92 civilians and 17 SFs personnel. Another
303 people were injured in these attacks. The province saw one
suicide attack during 2017. SFs conducted at least 98 actions
against militants in which 110 suspects were killed and 153 arrested.
Punjab witnessed seven per cent
increase in militant attacks, but there was 37pc decline in deaths.
During the year, 15 militant attacks took place in the province
in which 59 people, including 34 civilians and 24 SFs personnel,
were killed and 208 people, all of them civilians, suffered injuries.
The province also witnessed three suicide bombings one more than
2016. SFs conducted 119 operations against militants in the province
in which 105 militants were killed and 298 arrested.
Two militant attacks were reported
from Azad Jammu and Kashmir in which one civilian died and five
were injured. Three violent militant activities of low intensity
were reported from Islamabad in which one person lost his life.
No violent militant activity was reported from Gilgit-Baltistan
Two militants were killed and
twelve FC Personnel injured in a suicide attack involving explosion
followed by firing near an FC check post in the Baleli area of
Eight militants among fifteen
suspects were arrested by FC Balochistan from Districts of Zhob,
Sibbi, Nasirabad (Dera Murad Jamali), Bolan (Mach), and Quetta
(Killi Ismail). 70 kilograms of explosive, weapons and ammunition
and communication equipment were also recovered.
Two militants were killed by SFs
in Nawa Killi near Quetta. Police said that they were attempting
to arrest the accomplices of an arrested suspect who was in the
vehicle with the SFs in order to help in identifying the suspects.
Security officials (unnamed) said, “However, the suspect’s accomplices
opened fire in a bid to help their detained friend escape. In
the resulting exchange, one of the attackers, as well as the under-arrest
suspect, were killed. Two terrorists, however, escaped from the
Armed assailants killed a Policeman
belonging to the Rapid Response Group (RRG) and injured another
near Sariab Flyover in Quetta. The deceased was identified as
RRG Constable Muhammad Alam.
FC Balochistan recovered IEDs,
arms and ammunition during an IBO in Mastung District. “Through
an IBO [intelligence based operation] in Mastung based on lead
from apprehended suspects, [FC] recovered cache of arms, ammunition
and explosives including sniper rifles, grenade and IEDs hidden
in caves for a major terrorist activity,” the ISPR said in a statement.
TTP and its associated outfits
remain the most potent threat followed by nationalist insurgent
groups despite a 16 per cent decline in militant attacks in 2017,
said a security report issued by PIPS. The report mentioned that
IS footprint was increasing in Balochistan, FATA and Northern
Sindh, and were carrying out deadly attacks. The report said that
militant, nationalist and violent sectarian groups carried out,
in all, 370 terrorist attacks in 64 districts of Pakistan during
the year 2017, including 24 suicide and gun-and-suicide coordinated
attacks, killing 815 people, besides injuring 1,736. These attacks
posted a 16 per cent decrease from the total in 2016; and the
number of people killed also dropped by 10 per cent.
Of these attacks, as many as 213,
or 58 per cent, were perpetrated by TTP , its splinter groups,
mainly JuA and other militant groups with similar objectives such
as local Taliban groups, killing 186 people. Nationalist insurgent
groups, mostly in Balochistan and a few in Sindh, carried out
138 attacks, or 37 per cent of the total, killing 140 people.
As many as 19 terrorist attacks were sectarian, which killed 71
people and inflicted injuries on 97 others, according to the report.
It also noted that compared to 2016, a significant surge of 131
per cent was witnessed during 2017 in cross-border attacks from
Pakistan’s borders with Afghanistan, India and Iran. A total of
171 cross-border attacks claimed 188 lives and injured 348 others.
SFs and LEA killed a total of
524 militants in 2017, as against 809 in 2016, in 75 military
operations as well as 68 armed clashes and encounters with the
militants reported from across the four provinces and FATA. According
to the report, some new challenges raised their heads, including
emergence of self-radicalised individuals and small terrorist
cells, growing incidence of religious extremism including on educational
campuses, and, most importantly, increasing footprints of IS in
parts of the country and convergence of its fighters in Afghanistan
near Pakistani border. In 2017, IS and its local affiliates claimed
6 major attacks, killing 153 people.
Three militants were arrested
by FC Balochistan during IBOs conducted under Operation Radd-ul-Fassad
in Dhadar and Mastung Districts, states ISPR. Cache of arms and
ammunition including IEDs, hand grenade, detonators and communication
equipment were also recovered.
Seven people, including five Policemen,
were killed and 16 others, including eight Policemen, injured
in a suicide blast by a TTP militant near GPO Chowk on Zarghoon
Road of Quetta. The suicide bomber targeted the Police contingent
returning from duty at the Provincial Assembly building and rammed
into the parked Police truck. IG of Balochistan Police Moazzam
Jah Ansari said that he could "tell in advance" that
the suicide bomber must have come from across the Afghanistan
Muhammad Bakhsh alias Jaggo a
former militant ‘commander’ belonging to BLF was killed by militants
in the Nasirabad area of Turbat town in Kech District. According
to Levies Officials, Jaggo was an important ‘commander ‘of BLF,
however, differences cropped up between him and the BLF leadership
after the killing of National Party leader Mola Bakhsh Dashti
in an attack. Jaggo then left the BLF and formed his own militant
group. Three years ago, he abandoned militancy and surrendered
to the Government.
US State Department updated its
threat assessment for Pakistan; Balochistan, KP, FATA and PoK
were placed in the “do not travel” category due to militancy.
One health worker was killed by
unidentified militants Alikhel area of Qila Saifullah District.
Source:Compiled from news reports and