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