FATA Timeline - 2008
Security forces (SFs) killed five
suspected militants in the Laddah area of South Waziristan after
four paramilitary soldiers were abducted in the area. Troops also
fired artillery and mortar shells from Tiarza and Shakai forts
on militants’ positions.
Two persons were killed and five
injured on the 11th consecutive day of sectarian clashes
in the Kurram Agency of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas
(FATA). A peace Jirga (council) that arrived from Hangu
continued talks with the rival groups in an attempt to strike
a truce but no progress was made.
At least 27 militants were killed
in two days of clashes in South Waziristan, a military official
said. The clashes broke out after pro-Taliban militants abducted
four Pakistan soldiers in South Waziristan on January 1, the official
said. "Five militants were killed yesterday and 22 overnight,"
At least 11 more persons, including
seven non local Taliban, have died and 13 persons injured during
the on-going sectarian clashes in the Kurram Agency while clashes
continued for the 12th conservative day. The curfew
imposed on November 16, 2007 has reportedly not been relaxed so
far, owing to which routine life has been paralysed in the entire
Agency. The main Tull and Parachinar highway has been closed for
the last 48 days due to which edible items and medicines are not
available in Kurram Agency and road links to the various tribal
areas are also disconnected. Hundreds of Pakistani families have
poured across the border into Afghanistan in recent days as clashes
between different clans continued on the 13th day in the Kurram
Agency. Six people are reported to have died and 11 inured in
the fresh clashes.
Two rockets were fired on a base
of the security forces in South Waziristan. According to residents,
the rockets landed near a fort housing troops and did not cause
any casualty. Army and paramilitary forces later carried out a
search operation and arrested five suspects.
Warplanes bombed suspected locations
of militants in South Waziristan after an intelligence report
that Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan chief Baitullah Mehsud was hiding
somewhere in the area. Locals said that two planes dropped six
bombs and attacked various areas in Tiarza, Emer Raghzai and Enzer
in Sara Rogha subdivision at about 2pm.
Three more persons were killed
as sectarian violence continued in the Kurram Agency. Clashes
were reported from the Jalmai and Meangak areas of Lower Kurram.
The non-local Taliban suffered heavy casualties in the lower parts
of the agency while the peace Jirga (council) was reportedly
facing difficulties in brokering a cease-fire.
Rival militants attacked offices
of a pro-government militant, killing nine and wounding eight
of his men. The attackers first stormed the office of Maulana
Nazir in Wana, headquarters of South Waziristan, and killed three
of his supporters and injured four others. The militants, reportedly
equipped with rockets and heavy weapons, launched another attack
on the office of Nazir’s close associate, Maulana Khanan, in Shakai
town, killing six people and injuring five others. A spokesman
for Maulana Nazir blamed Baitullah Mehsud’s supporters for the
attack and asked all Mehsud tribesmen to leave the Wazir tribe-dominated
areas to avoid bloodshed. Local people said that Nazir’s supporters
later shot dead an associate of Baitullah Mehsud and captured
four others in Wana.
Militants attacked a number of
checkpoints with heavy weapons in different areas of the Bajaur
Agency. However, no loss of life or property was reported. Checkpoints
in Khar, Siddiqabad, Inayat Kallay and Nawagai areas came under
attack from different sides. Security forces reportedly countered
the attack and fired mortar shells in the direction of the attackers.
Four paramilitary soldiers were
wounded in clashes between security forces and militants in the
Ghazi Baig area of the Mohmand Agency. An unnamed official said
that militants attacked a check-post of a paramilitary outfit,
the Mohmand Rifles, in the Ghazi Baig area, some 20km northwest
of Ghalanai, the administrative headquarters.
Militants fired two rockets on
the Police Line in Tank. However, no damage or loss of life was
A soldier was killed and three
others sustained injuries in clashes with militants in South Waziristan.
Officials said three militants and a non-combatant were also wounded
in the shelling on suspected hideouts of militants in the Spinkai
Raghzai and Chugmalai areas.
The militants abducted three security
force personnel near Mouli Khan Sarai. The paramilitary soldiers
were going from Wana to Jandola in a private car when armed men
intercepted their vehicle at Mouli Khan Sarai and took them away
to an unknown place.
Two security force personnel were
injured when two rockets hit a military post in South Waziristan.
Thousands of armed tribesmen of
South Waziristan met in Wana, vowing to organise a Lashkar
(army) to hunt down al Qaeda-linked militants blamed for killing
nine of their kinsmen on January 6.
At least 50 militants were killed
by troops during clashes that erupted when around 250-300 miscreants
concentrated and attempted to attack Ladha Fort and check post
on the night of January 9 to 10 in the Wana area of South Waziristan.
Militants bombed a music centre
by detonating an explosive device near the shop at Tank in South
Four members of a family were
wounded when mortar shells hit their house at Mamond village near
Khar of Bajaur Agency.
Militants fired three missiles
on a Mohmand Rifles camp at Yousaf Khel in Ghalanai. One militant
was injured in the incident.
A group of militants armed with
rockets and mortar shell attacked the Bajaur Scout camp at Badwal
Kot. However, no casualties were reported.
Police said that militants attacked
a garrison, the police lines and a picket with rockets and heavy
gunfire in Tank. The building of a vocational college where troops
had been stationed also came under attack. The security forces
retaliated with gunfire and the clashes went on for two hours.
A policeman, identified as Latifullah, who suffered injuries died
Two Uzbek militants were killed
when a group of them attacked the house of a pro-government tribal
elder in South Waziristan. The pre-dawn clash erupted when dozens
of miscreants launched an attack on the house of Khan Khannan
in South Waziristan district, said local administration official
Ayaz Mandokhel. Khannan’s men who were guarding the house, retaliated
and killed two Uzbek militants, he said, adding that the other
militants escaped after the clash.
In North Waziristan, militants
fired missiles at the Mana army camp in the Shawaal area, injuring
At least 23 militants and seven
soldiers were killed in fighting in the Mohmand Agency. Military
spokesman Major General Waheed Arshad said, "It was an ambush
on a paramilitary convoy." The convoy was reportedly ambushed
while traveling from Gath to Ghalanai. The Taliban spokesman Maulana
Omar, however, denied that any militants were killed, claiming
that they had killed seven soldiers and taken 17 of them as prisoners.
"Our activities will continue till an end to the military
operation in Swat and release of Lal Masjid cleric Maulana Abdul
Aziz," he stated.
Militants fired 12 rockets on
the Monrah security camp in the Dattakhel sub-division of North
Waziristan. However, no loss of life or property was reported.
Hundreds of militants captured a paramilitary
fort in South Waziristan after killing 22 soldiers and taking
several others hostage. 600 to 700 militants reportedly attacked
the fort in Sararogha, manned by the South Waziristan Scouts,
firing rockets and mortars. 38 paramilitary soldiers and six civilians
were in the fort when it came under the assault. The military
said on January 16 that 40 militants were killed in the gun battle.
Tehrik-i-Taliban spokesman Maulana Umar said that militant commander
Baitullah Mehsud had led the charge on the British-era fort. The
locals said that after capturing the compound the militants took
away weapons, communication tools and blew up the building with
explosives. According to eyewitnesses, the militants captured
several soldiers and slaughtered many of them.
The paramilitary Frontier Corps personnel claimed
that two alleged teenage suicide bombers were killed while a third
committed suicide by swallowing poisonous capsules in the Mohmand
Clashes continued in Sararogha, Ludda and another
nearby village but there were no immediate reports of casualty
Over three dozen paramilitary soldiers are reported
to have abandoned a fort in South Waziristan before it was attacked
by militants. The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan spokesman Maulana
Umar claimed that about 60 paramilitary soldiers had surrendered
without putting up resistance. He said the militants had taken
away weapons and hoisted a white flag at the compound. However,
official sources said that the Seplatoi fort in Serwakai sub-division
manned by about 40 personnel of the FC was vacated on January
16-night after reports were received that the militants were planning
to attack it. On January 17-morning, the militants took control
of the abandoned building, an unnamed official said.
Local people said the security forces had bombed
some places in the Makin area of South Waziristan on January 16-night
and January 17. A number of houses also reportedly came under
fire and one woman was killed. Seven people, including three children,
were wounded in the shelling. The militants also fired rockets
on a helipad near Jandola fort.
Troops traded fire with militants at another
fort in Ludda in South Waziristan after the Taliban fired rockets
Local Taliban militants snatched computers from
ring-tone shops in the main Landi Kotal Bazaar of Khyber Agency.
The militants had earlier warned the shopkeepers to stop downloading
ring-tones onto mobiles, terming it an "un-Islamic" practice.
Around 10 armed militants reportedly came to the bazaar and took
away computers from the ring-tone shops at around 5pm.
Thousands of people have started leaving their
homes in the militancy-hit South Waziristan. Acute shortage of
edible items is another factor behind the decision of the people
to migrate to safer places as security forces had imposed a ban
on the supply of foodstuff to the region three days ago.
Two major al Qaeda operatives in the FATA have
reportedly called upon their followers to intensify the ‘holy
war’ against security forces and to seize control of Islamabad.
"Jihad is compulsory in Pakistan as it is compulsory in Afghanistan,"
said the chief of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and Uzbek
militants in North Waziristan, Qadri Tahir Yaldeshiv, in a video
message, according to Adnkronos International. He also
urged Muslims to avenge the Lal Masjid (Red Mosque) operation
in July 2007, the German news agency said. Yaldshiv also talked
about the need for a strict Sharia law in Pakistan. He said, "Pakistan
came into being in the name of Islam, therefore Islam should be
enforced in the country."
Security forces claimed to have killed about
90 militants in two different encounters in the Ladha area of
South Waziristan. In the first incident, militants attacked a
convoy on the Jandola-Wana road in Chagmalai at 12.30pm. Troops
returned fire and between 20 and 30 assailants were killed. Four
security force personnel were injured and two vehicles were damaged.
Security forces attacked a large number of militants who had gathered
to attack the Laddah fort and killed up to 60 of them, the military
said. Military spokesman Major General Athar Abbass said "Our
soldiers have bravely guarded the Ladha Fort. They were attacked
from mountain tops but they retaliated with heavy weaponry including
artillery, killing about 90 insurgents," he stated. He added that
the SFs suffered no casualties.
Army troops recaptured the Siplatoi fort in South
Waziristan, a day after paramilitary soldiers had abandoned it.
Army and paramilitary personnel reportedly moved into the area
in three helicopters and took over the abandoned Siplatoi fort
on the Wana-Jandola road. Sources said that 22 paramilitary soldiers,
who had escaped from the Siplatoi fort on January 16-night, were
still missing. Militants claimed that some 60 soldiers had surrendered
and all of them were freed on the directives of the Taliban Shura
SFs pounded with artillery suspected militant
locations in the Mehsud area and local people had to move out
to safer places. Local people said that heavy shelling rocked
the area and several houses were hit. Two persons, including a
girl, were killed in the Makin and Spinkai Raghzai areas.
Militants fired six rockets on a military base
in the Shakai area, inhabited by the Ahmadzai Wazir tribe. However,
no casualty was reported.
SFs started search operations in the Taliban
dominated Tank city and its adjacent areas. They reportedly raided
several houses and suspected hideouts of the militants. While
more than 100 people were reportedly arrested, most of them were
released after a brief interrogation. Troops also detained 17
suspected militants who have been shifted to an undisclosed location
for further investigation.
Troops arrested 50 Islamist militants in an operation
in South Waziristan, a day after killing dozens of militants in
the area, the military said. Troops also recovered 10 bodies of
the militants from the Chaghmalai area in South Waziristan, which
witnessed a major clash on January 18 in which an estimated 30
militants were killed, chief military spokesman Major General
Athar Abbas said.
Even as troops continued targeting militants’
positions in South Waziristan, Baitullah Mehsud, chief of the
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, warned of serious repercussions if
the military operations were not stopped. His spokesman Maulana
Umar said: "The government wants to enter the Mehsud area by force.
But it must take into account the consequences of such a harsh
action." He accused the security forces (SFs) of ‘killing innocent
people’ and ‘damaging their homes’ and warned that the government
would have to "pay a heavy price".
Sources said that the SFs shelled the house of
militant leader Asmatullah Shaheen in Jandola, injuring a woman
and a child. Local people said that the building had been hit
by four artillery shells. Several houses were reportedly damaged
in attacks in Makin, Birwand, Chegmalai and Wala in the Mehsud
area. In Makin, a shell hit a house, killing a man and wounding
A jirga (council) of the Mehsud tribe
held in Tank has urged the government to free seven supporters
of Baitullah and halt the military operation. It also called for
lifting a ban on supply of food to the Mehsud area.
Police have arrested Baitullah’s close associate
Younas Mehsud. Sources said police had recovered weapons and explosive
materials from Younas who is a ‘right hand man of Baitullah Mehsud’
and brother of his spokesman, Wahab Mehsud.
The militants in North Waziristan extended until
January 27 a cease-fire that they had announced on December 17,
2007. The truce had earlier been extended until January 20. The
militants had stopped their activities on December 17 and security
forces had removed some makeshift checkpoints in the area.
Seven SF personnel and at least 37 militants
were killed in clashes in North and South Waziristan agencies,
the army said, updating an earlier toll. Five of the soldiers
and all of the militants were killed after the latter attacked
a military fort at Ladah in South Waziristan, which houses paramilitary
troops and a nearby observation post before dawn, said chief military
spokesman Major General Athar Abbas. "Through air intercepts
and our sources we have confirmation now that at least 37 militants
were killed when forces retaliated the attack in Ladah,"
In North Waziristan, two SF personnel were killed
and 10 others injured when militants fired rockets at a military
fort in Razmak. Sources said the militants attacked the Razmak
army camp, 75 kilometers south of agency headquarters Miranshah,
around 1pm. After the attack on the fort, two fighter jets bombed
mountainside villages nearby, killing one civilian. The military
spokesman, however, said jets had flown reconnaissance missions,
and no bombs were dropped. Further, a spokesman for Taliban commander
Baitullah Mehsud, Maulana Muhammad Umar, said the militants captured
13 soldiers in the action, a claim denied by the military. "We
will target sensitive installations in Islamabad, including the
headquarters of intelligence agencies, if the military does not
stop its operation," Umar said from an undisclosed location.
A spokesman for militants in North Waziristan,
Ahmadullah Ahmadi, asked the military authorities not to use bases
in their area against militants in South Waziristan. "Taliban
will withdraw from peace talks if security forces use our soil
against us," Ahmadi said. Militants in North Waziristan had
on January 21 extended a cease-fire till January 27.
Five check-posts of the Khasadar force were blown
up in Ghalanai, administrative headquarters of the Mohmand Agency
in the FATA. Suspected militants blew up the check-posts with
explosives in Wranpul, 15km from Ghalanai, Thamboo and Jan Sher
areas. Two of the pickets were completely destroyed. However,
no loss of life or injuries was reported.
A man was killed and another injured after a
suicide bomber blew himself up near a police check-post at the
confluence of Khyber Agency and Peshawar. Assistant Political
Agent Jamrud Rasool Khan told reporters that the attacker was
apparently targeting the police check-post near the Karkhano market.
However the explosion occurred before he got closer to the check-post.
A man who was standing near the blast site was killed while a
truck driver was injured.
One soldier was killed and two others were wounded
when militants attacked SFs in the Nawaz Kot area of North Waziristan.
Two SF personnel were wounded in an explosion
in Ghathundai and a convoy also came under fire near Jandola.
However, no loss of life or damage to property was reported, according
to the military.
The army sent reinforcements, for the first time
with tanks, to South Waziristan after clashes between security
forces and militants intensified in the Mehsud area. Official
sources and local people said that the infantry, backed by tanks
and heavy artillery, were seen heading towards the Spinkai Raghzai
fort from a base in the adjoining Frontier Region of Jandola.
Infantry units reportedly comprising 600 troops reached Spinkai
Raghzai from Jandola amid fierce clashes. "For the first time
the movement of battle tanks has been seen in the area," a security
official said. Sources said the troops had launched an operation
in three areas — Makin, Spinkai Raghzai and Tiarza — inhabited
by Mehsud tribesmen.
40 militants and 10 soldiers were killed and
dozens injured as the Pakistan Army, backed by tanks and gunship
helicopters, launched a major offensive against the militants
in South Waziristan. The Inter-Services Public Relations said
in a statement that troops had cleared Spinkai Raghzai, Nawazkot
and the adjoining area of Tiarza and taken over some strongholds
and hideouts of the militants. The troops arrested 30 militants
who were trying to escape during the clashes. The Tehrik-i-Taliban
Pakistan (TTP) claimed to have captured five soldiers and taken
into custody five trucks loaded with heavy arms and ammunition,
supposed to be delivered to the SFs fighting against the militants
in South Waziristan.
There were reports about heavy clashes in Torwam
near Shakai and Mohammad Nawaz Kot areas near Razmak in North
Waziristan, in which both sides suffered heavy losses. Major General
Abbas confirmed clashes in these towns where, he said, two soldiers
were killed and seven others injured, but added he did not receive
reports about casualties among the militants.
Two persons were wounded in a grenade explosion
in the Halimzai subdivision of Mohmand Agency. Eyewitnesses said
that Sher Alam and his son Wahab Khan were examining the hand
grenade, which exploded injuring both of them.
The government closed all entry and exit points
to the tribal region and banned the supply of edibles, which created
a severe shortage of foodstuff in the area.
Two soldiers were killed and seven others wounded
when militants attacked with rockets an outpost on a hill in the
Spinkai Raghzai area of South Waziristan. However, militants claimed
that five troops had been killed in the attack. Military sources
said that a convoy of security forces going to Nawazkot from Razmak
had been attacked with small arms. The troops retaliated with
artillery and mortar fire. One trooper was injured in the incident.
Two people were killed and a woman injured in
separate incidents in Bajaur Agency. Unidentified militants opened
fire towards former police personnel, Mamoor Khan, who was on
his way home from the Khar market. He died of his injuries later.
Suspected militants exploded a remote-controlled
bomb, killing a person identified as Maulana Mursalin.
Militants fired rockets at the Nawagai scouts
camp. Security forces retaliated the fire using heavy artillery,
leaving a woman injured.
An Afghan national, identified as Said Rehman
of the Kunar province, was killed allegedly for spying for the
US, by the militants in the Mohmand Agency. His body was found
in the Ata Bazaar area of Khwezai, some 30-kilometres west of
Ghalanai, headquarters of the agency. The residents said they
found a piece of paper pinned on the body, reading that the man
had been punished for spying for the US.
In Kotkai, the hometown of militant commander
Qari Hussain, the troops set up security posts and launched a
search operation targeting the militants. The troops had purged
Kotkai from the militants without facing any considerable resistance.
Unidentified militants blew up three check-posts
of the Khasadar force in Mohmand Agency. The check-posts were
located in the Sharmakhan, Darwazgai and Mamad Gat areas of the
lower subdivision Yaka Ghund. The Khasadar force and the militants
later traded fire at the Sharmakhan checkpost, but no casualties
For the first time, the militants attacked two
check-posts in the so far peaceful Orakzai Agency of the FATA,
killing three security force personnel and injuring two others.
The militants attacked Levies check-posts at Ghaljo, the headquarters
of upper Tehsil (administrative division) of the agency
with rockets at about 11 am. The unidentified militants riding
vehicles escaped after the attack.
The SFs pounded suspected hideouts of militants
allied to Baitullah Mehsud in South Waziristan. Military authorities
said gunship choppers targeted hideouts in Makin, Shabi Khel,
Srarogha, Ladha and the adjoining mountainous region. "The
troops are now in control of Spinkai Raghzai and Kotkai, which
were the strongholds of the Baitullah Mehsud-led fighters,"
said the authorities.
The Army fired mortar and artillery shells from
military camps in Razmak and Jandola on the militants’ hide-outs
in Kaza Panga, Dher Narai, Shaga, Treekh Narai, Wrasta Bazeena
and Shaktoi areas in which officials said five militants were
killed. They said intercepts from militants suggested that eight
of their colleagues were wounded.
In the Mohammad Nawaz Kot area near Makin, militants
attacked a security post manned by the Pakistan Army soldiers.
In the ensuing encounter, two soldiers died and four others were
Five civilians, including two women, were killed
when artillery shells hit their homes in Kotkai village. Residents
of Torwam also reportedly complained that SFs were targeting the
civilian population. They claimed that dozens of houses owned
by civilians were damaged in the artillery shelling.
There were reports of heavy clashes between the
two sides in various parts of the Mehsud-inhabited areas of South
Waziristan such as Makin, Ladha, Torwam and Tiarza in which military
authorities said militants suffered significant losses. Besides
gunship choppers and artillery shelling on militants’ positions,
the Army called two fighters which targeted the strongholds of
Baitullah Mehsud’s militants in the Makin and Ladha towns. Military
authorities said a number of militants were killed while their
hideouts destroyed in the bombardment.
Militants fired 35-40 rockets on the Razmak military
camp in North Waziristan which officials said resulted in serious
injuries to three soldiers.
In the Kotkai village, residents said two soldiers
were injured when fired at by militants.
Suspected militants overran a security checkpoint
in the Yakh Kandao sub-division of upper Orakzai Agency in the
FATA and set it ablaze. Suspected militants of the Tehrik-i-Taliban
also snatched weapons from the Levies personnel stationed at the
check-post at gunpoint before setting it ablaze. However, no causality
was reported in the incident. The same group of militants attacked
the rest house of the political administration nestling the Levy
check-post and set it on fire too before escaping.
The SFs were reported to have captured some of
the strategic hilltops in Angamal area which enabled them to oversee
the entire area where the military authorities believed militants
had set up their hideouts.
Military officials said 12 militants were arrested
after they were trying to flee their positions in the Tiarza area.
Amid reports of clandestine talks with the government
for durable peace, militants in North Waziristan extended their
one-sided cease-fire till February 10. The announcement was made
by militants’ spokesman in North Waziristan, Ahmadullah Ahmadi.
He called reporters from an undisclosed location and said the
Shura or council of militants, headed by ‘commander’ Maulana Hafiz
Gul Bahadur, held a crucial meeting somewhere in the region and
agreed to extend the truce, as it helped restore peace to the
militancy-hit tribal agency.
Militant ‘commander’ Maulana Faqir Muhammad was
named the ‘political face’ of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan for
the purpose of holding talks with the government and negotiate
a truce. "Ameer Baitullah Mehsud has authorised Maulvi Faqir Muhammad
to hold talks with the government on behalf of the new organisation
(formed last year)," purported Taliban spokesman Maulana Umar
told Daily Times from an undisclosed location. Faqir leads
Taliban militants in the Bajaur district of FATA, overlooking
Afghanistan’s Kunar province. The spokesman said the Taliban were
"ready for talks" with the government.
A missile apparently fired by a pilot-less plane
hit a house in a village near Mir Ali in North Waziristan, killing
15 people - 10 suspected militants, two women and three minors.
Intelligence sources said those killed also included Arab nationals
but their identity was not known. A militant source said that
five men "speaking the language of the holy Quran" were among
the dead, suggesting that Arab militants were among the victims.
The targeted house was in Khushali Torikhel,
12 kilometers south of Mir Ali town. The owner of the house, Madad
Khan, believed to be a Taliban militant, survived the attack while
his guests sleeping in the Hujra (male guesthouse) died in the
missile strike at 1:15 am, and so did two women and three minors
of his family. It was not clear where the missiles were fired
from. Residents, however, claimed that an unmanned spy plane,
of a type often used by US forces in Afghanistan, was involved
in the attack. The plane is capable of firing missiles and taking
photographs from a considerable altitude. "We recognise the sound
and shape of the American drone and two such planes have been
hovering in the sky since Monday afternoon, and people have seen
them over Mir Ali and Miranshah," said local residents.
Militants blew up a Khasadar check-post in the
Aato Khel area of Halimzai sub-division in the Mohmand Agency,
but no casualties were reported. Sources said the check-post was
located around 30 kilometers north of agency headquarters Ghalanai.
Tribesmen reaching the Tank district from the
far-off and troubled Serwakai and Tormande areas due to excessive
bombings and artillery shelling on civilian localities complained
that seven minors had died of severe cold when people were fleeing
their homes and walking through the unfrequented routes in the
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Militants reportedly fired several rockets on
the Ladha and Serwakai forts where the paramilitary Frontier Corps
and the Pakistan Army troops are based, but the soldiers remained
unhurt. Four soldiers, however, sustained injuries in the Razmak
military camp in North Waziristan, when militants allied with
Baitullah Mehsud fired 35 to 40 rockets on the base from the adjoining
People continued fleeing their homes for safe
places in Tank and Dera Ismail Khan due to bombing by the fighter
aircraft and gunship helicopters as well as artillery shelling
on the residential areas. The people have complained of shortage
of food items in the region as the government imposed a complete
ban on the supply of foodstuff to the restive region three weeks
14 people, including 10 militants, three Pakistan
Army soldiers and a civilian, were killed and several others injured
in heavy fighting and bombing by fighter aircraft in South Waziristan.
Sources said that fierce clashes continued between
the SFs and militants in parts of the Mehsud-populated areas of
South Waziristan, including Torwam, Tiarza near Shakai, Ladha,
Serwakai, Nawaz Kot and Kotkai. Militants loyal to Baitullah Mehsud
reportedly suffered significant losses when fighter aircraft targeted
their positions in the Torwam area. Around 10 militants were killed
and several others sustained injuries in the bombing.
Three Pakistan Army soldiers were killed and
four others wounded when militants attacked the troops in the
Angamal area near Razmak. The troops returned the fire which led
to a heavy shooting, resulting in the killing of three soldiers
and injuries to four others. Military officials said several militants
were also killed in the gun-battle and artillery shelling from
Razmak military camp later, but they were unaware of the exact
losses suffered by the militants. They added that 12 militants
were subsequently arrested from Tiarza.
A labourer was killed and four of his colleagues
were injured when warplanes attacked them at Gabar area, inhabited
by the Bhittani tribe near Spinkai Raghzai in Jandola, where they
were constructing a road. Two trucks parked on the site were also
destroyed in the attack. An unnamed military officer said the
pilots might have mistaken the labourers for the militants.
Army and paramilitary troops, backed by tanks,
patrolled the Darra Adam Khel town and seized arms and ammunition
in different areas. The security forces claimed to have captured
the hilltops around the town. They said that Sheraki area, considered
to be a stronghold of militants, was under curfew, although most
of the local people had left the area for safe places. During
a search operation, troops seized a truck with heavy weapons in
Zarghunkhel area, and a large quantity of arms was found in bunkers
vacated by the militants. Troops also continued to target suspected
militant locations with artillery.
Troops also continued attacks in the Tor Chappar
area near Jawaki on the fifth day of the operation in Darra Adam
Khel. The Zarghunkhel of the Afridi clan has reportedly been cleared
of the militants but troops were yet to take control of the area.
Two commanders of the militants, Tariq and Zahid,
are reported to have escaped towards Khyber Agency. Another commander,
Momin, has surrendered whereas another top militant who was holding
the Kotal hill, died in a helicopter attack.
Officials are reported to have confirmed that
72 militants had died in the five-day operation while the locals
said dozens of bodies were still lying in the mountains.
The body of a tribal elder was found in the Kong
area of Khuzai sub-division in the Mohmand Agency of FATA. Tribal
elder Muhammad Afzal, his son Syed Asghar and Malik Mir Alam were
abducted from Yakaghund by unidentified gunmen on the same day,
sources said, adding that Alam and Asghar were still missing.
Unidentified people abducted the Agency Population
and Family Planning Officer Abdul Aziz, his driver Aftab and impounded
their vehicle. Another tribal elder, Malik Nisar, was also kidnapped
from the area.
Security forces arrested a suspected militant
The bodies of 13 soldiers killed by militants
during the military’s ongoing operation in Darra Adam Khel in
the NWFP have been found, the army said. Three of the dead were
army personnel that the militants had captured, along with ammunition
and food trucks, near the Kohat Tunnel on January 24. They said
militants had abducted the remaining 10 personnel. Three bodies
could not be recognised, they added. "They [soldiers] were apparently
killed last week but their bodies were found today," a police
official told Reuters.
The ISPR said security forces were in full control
of the region and efforts were underway to open the Kohat Tunnel
for public use. No incidents of artillery, shelling or small arms
fire were reported from the region.
A convoy of more than 50 vehicles, the first
after almost six days, had civilians returning to their homes
under tight security. A similar convoy arrived in Darra town from
areas adjacent to Kohat district. Around 80 percent of the population
had reportedly evacuated the area and taken refuge in areas adjacent
to Peshawar or Kohat, following the start of the military operation
on January 25.
Two Pakistan Army soldiers were killed and several
others sustained serious injuries on when militants from adjacent
South Waziristan fired 40-50 rockets on the Razmak Military Camp
in North Waziristan. The militants fired these rockets on the
military base from their hideouts in Mamu Ghar, Spin Kamar and
Khumata in Makin.
Heavy fighting continued between the SFs and
the Baitullah Mehsud-led militants in South Waziristan where troops
targeted three vehicles carrying militants, killing an unspecified
number of them. Clashes were reported from Kaniguram, Nawaz Kot,
Kotkai, Ladha and Torwam near Tiarza. In Kaniguram town, tribal
sources said three residents were injured when some houses were
damaged in the artillery shelling. Most of the residents of the
town had already left their homes and shifted to Tank and Dera
Ismail Khan due to the fighting. The troops, after capturing Kotkai,
the hometown of militants' commander Qari Hussain, known for beheading
his opponents, moved towards the Inzar area. The soldiers, during
their movement, reportedly did not face any major resistance from
the militants and set up checkpoints in Inzar village.
Militants retrieved and buried the bodies of
12 foreigners who had been killed in a missile attack on a residential
compound in the Khushali Toorikhel area of North Waziristan on
January 28-night. Local people said the identity of the militants
killed in the attack remained unknown but according to unconfirmed
reports seven of them were Arabs while the other five were central
Senior al Qaeda commander Abu Laith Al-Libi has
been killed in Pakistan, CNN quoted "a knowledgeable Western official
and an unnamed military official" as saying. The 41-year-old Libyan
was active in operational planning and training, and according
to the US official, "not far below the importance of the top two
al Qaeda leaders" – Osama bin Laden and Ayman Al-Zawahiri. He
was placed on the US military’s most wanted list in 2006, behind
Laden, Zawahiri and Taliban leader Mullah Omar.
A Website used by militant groups carried a statement
in the name of Al-Fajr, al Qaeda’s media wing, saying "he was
martyred with a group of his brothers in the land of Muslim Pakistan."
The statement was referring to a missile strike at Khushali Torikhel
in North Waziristan on January 28. 10 militants, two women and
three minors had died in the missile strike. However, a US military
official with the Combined Joint Task Force-82, the anti-terror
unit responsible for searching Libi in Afghanistan, told CNN he
had no information on Al-Libi’s death, but added that CJTF-82
did not collect information from outside of Afghanistan and would
be informed of targeted operations only "if the Pakistani military
share that with us". AP said Pakistan’s Interior Ministry officials
did not confirm Al-Libi’s death and were "still trying to gather
details on the missile strike." Pakistani Interior Ministry spokesman
Brigadier Javed Cheema told AFP that "We have no information of
At least six persons, including five security
personnel, were killed and eight others were injured when a suicide
bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into a security check post
at Kajhori near Miranshah of North Waziristan. "It was a suicide
attack on a security check post in which three tribal policemen
and two paramilitary soldiers [died]," military spokesman Maj.
Gen. Athar Abbas said. Meanwhile, the local administration sources
said that 19 people including nine Frontier Corps soldiers died
in the attack. They said a number of Khasadars (tribal policemen)
and civilians were also killed. Security forces fired artillery
shells at several hilltops after the attack, they added.
Two soldiers were wounded when a bomb targeting
a security convoy was exploded near Wana town in South Waziristan.
Several computers were destroyed
in a bomb explosion at the Khyber Agency Headquarters Hospital
in Landi Kotal. Tribal authorities said the bomb exploded at 3:15pm
(PST) inside the office of accountant attached to the office of
the medical superintendent. However, no casualties were reported.
Two persons, identified as Arab
Din and Amin Jan were killed and another, Baz Mohammad, was injured
when a bomb exploded at a storehouse of scrap metal in the Shahkas
area of Khyber Agency.
A grenade explosion killed a 7-year
old child, Jehanzaib, who was playing with it at his house in
the Shati Kor locality of Gandab area in the Mohmand Agency.
Police arrested a suicide bomber,
identified as Muhammad Ibrahim, a 20-year old Afghan national,
from the Shahkas area of Jamrud administrative division in the
Khyber Agency and recovered an explosive jacket, wire and fuses
from his possession.
At least 10 people were killed
and 13 others sustained injuries when a teenaged suicide bomber
blew himself up amidst a gathering of the Awami National Party
(ANP) and tribal Lashkar (force) at Mirali in North Waziristan.
President of the North Waziristan chapter of the ANP, Haji Anwar
Shah, was among the dead. Witnesses said that a suicide bomber
blew himself up when the party workers reached Eedak village where
armed men of the tribal Lashkar were manning a checkpoint set
up on the main Bannu-Miramshah road to search vehicles carrying
goods to Afghanistan.
Pakistan’s Ambassador to Afghanistan
Tariq Azizuddin was abducted along with his bodyguard and driver
in the Jamrud sub-district of Khyber Agency. "He is missing
and we believe that he has been kidnapped," a security official
said. A political administration official in Jamrud confirmed
the incident, but said that the administration had no prior information
about his visit. "We had no prior information of his travel.
The ambassador would never inform us whenever he traveled to or
from Afghanistan," said deputy administrator of Landi Kotal
Ahmad Khan Orakzai.
The Bajaur Agency Scouts Fort
in the Mamoond sub-division of Bajaur Agency was attacked with
small mortar gun shells and rockets. The military said 10 rockets
landed in the area. However, no loss of life or property was reported.
Pakistan's Election Commission
postponed elections in a constituency in the Waziristan region
due to the law and order situation in the area. Election Commission
Secretary Kanwar Dilshad said in a statement that the polls to
the NA-42 constituency in Waziristan had been postponed until
further orders. This was done after reports received from the
Secretary of the FATA said the law and order situation in South
Waziristan was not conducive to holding elections.
A roadside bomb struck a SFs vehicle
in Mamoond in the Bajaur Agency, killing three SF personnel, including
Major Farhan, and injuring two others. The SF personnel were going
from the Katkot Fort to Khar when their vehicle was targeted with
a remote-controlled bomb on Tarkho bridge.
Unidentified militants fired two
missiles on the Miranshah army camp, but no casualties were reported.
The local Taliban in Bajaur Agency
assured a jirga (council) in Mamoond that they would suspend
their activities during the elections and would not attack SFs
on February 17 and 18.
A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden
car into the election office of an independent candidate in Parachinar
city of FATA, killing at least 47 persons, including six children,
and injuring 109 others. According to eyewitness, the bomber hit
the election office of independent candidate for NA-37 Kurram
Agency, Syed Riaz Hussain Shah, where a large number of people
The EC announced that it had postponed
the February 18 polls in NA-37 Parachinar. EC Secretary Kanwar
Dilshad told Geo Television that the general elections
had been delayed after the provincial government requested the
centre to do so in view of the volatile security situation that
had gripped the area after the suicide blast.
The Wazir and Daur tribes reached
an "agreement" with the North Waziristan political administration
against "extremism" and "terrorism". "The
political administration of North Waziristan and all sub-tribes
and clans of Wazir and Daur tribes have agreed to jointly struggle
against extremism and terrorism throughout the agency," a
press release from Governor’s House said. "The agreement
was signed in Miranshah (headquarters of North Waziristan),"
it said. The press release, however, gave no details of the agreement.
Polling was held peacefully in
the FATA although there were apprehensions that militants might
try to obstruct the electoral process. A large number of tribesmen
are reported to have exercised their right to vote. For the first
time in region’s history, women were seen casting vote at many
polling stations in Wana, the regional headquarters of South Waziristan.
Women were also allowed to vote for the first time in the Yakaghund
and Landi Kotal areas. The overall atmosphere in Waziristan was
Four tribesmen were injured in
the Ghulam Khan area of North Waziristan in a mortar attack from
Afghanistan. Sources said that 40 mortar shells fired from the
Afghan side landed in the Pakistani territory. One shell hit a
mud-house in the Ghulam Khan area, causing injuries to four tribesmen.
In the FATA, six constituencies
out of a total of 12 have been officially announced. Elections
in two of the constituencies were postponed. As all the candidates
in the region contested the elections as independent candidates,
no political parties won any inroads in the region.
Paramilitary soldiers shot dead
a suspect when he attacked a security check post in Miranshah
in North Waziristan. Witnesses said that the unidentified man
was attempting to advance towards the check-post and when the
soldiers asked him to stop for a body search, he did not stop
and lobbed a grenade at the post after coming closer, adding that
the soldiers opened fire on the man.
Interior Minister Hamid Nawaz
Khan said that a tribal militant commander and mastermind of two
suicide attacks on the former interior minister Aftab Ahmad Khan
Sherpao and killer of a serving Intelligence Bureau (IB) official
was killed in an encounter with security forces on February 26.
"Abdul Siar, head of Siar group in the Tribal Areas, was killed
on Tuesday in an encounter between security agencies and his men
between Charsada and Mohmand Agency," Hamid told reporters. Nawaz
said almost 116 innocent people had died in various terrorist
attacks by Siar and his men in various parts of the country. He
said security forces had also arrested two of Siar’s men during
Unidentified militants bombed
the Dir-Doni-One check-post in Miranshah in North Waziristan.
However, no casualties were reported.
At least 10 suspected militants
were killed in a missile strike on a house in South Waziristan.
The dead were believed to be of Pakistani and foreign origins,
residents and officials said. The attack occurred at approximately
2AM (PST) in Kaloosha village, 10 kilometers west of Wana, headquarters
of South Waziristan.
A civilian and a soldier were
killed and 23 persons, including eight security force personnel,
injured when a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car
into a security forces vehicle in the Jardar area of Bajaur Agency.
An Afghan national was killed
in North Waziristan on charges of spying for the United States.
Local people said that the Afghan national, identified as Dewana,
had been abducted from the Saidgai area near the Afghanistan border
a day earlier.
Five militants were killed in
a clash with the SFs at the Nakai check-post in the Mohmand Agency.
An official said that SFs had stopped a car at the check-post,
about 12 km north of Ghalanai, the Agency’s headquarters, and
told its five occupants that they needed to be frisked, but the
latter refused. The militants subsequently tried to escape and
in the ensuing encounter, SF personnel fired a rocket on the car,
killing the five.
Police recovered a cache of explosives
from a truck in the Yaka Ghund area of Ghalanai, headquarters
of Mohmand Agency, and arrested two persons on charges of smuggling
the contraband. The seizure included 36,000 detonators, 1,000
safety fuses and 140 cartons of explosives.
Security forces backed by helicopter
gun-ships pounded suspected militant positions in the Mohmand
Agency, killing one person and injuring two women and four children.
Officials said the action followed a militant attack on Khasadar
posts early in the morning in Lakaro, 24km north of Ghalanai,
headquarters of the Mohmand Agency. The helicopters bombed suspected
hideouts and paramilitary forces shelled the area from their bases
in Yousaf Khel and Mamad Gat. A checkpoint of paramilitary forces
in Darwazgai was also attacked but no casualty was reported.
The Taliban in Mohmand Agency
said that they were attacking security forces to avenge the killing
of five of their men a week ago. On March 4, security forces had
killed five militants after firing rockets at the Nahaqqi check-post
in the Agency. The newly appointed Tehreek-e-Taliban Mohmand Agency
spokesman, Dr Asad, said, "The Taliban will continue to attack
security forces in the agency until and unless security forces
end operations in Swat and Waziristan Agency." He, however,
denied that the Taliban had blown up Khasadar check-posts in the
Agency, saying the government was responsible for the attacks.
Unidentified militants abducted
tribal leader Ilyas Khan in Ghalanai. However, Taliban spokesman
Dr Asad denied their involvement in the incident.
11 people, including two women,
were killed and over a dozen injured in fighting between the security
forces and tribal militants in the Nawagai sub-division of Bajaur
Agency. The fighting erupted after militants attacked the paramilitary
FC personnel, who were fetching water from a nearby stream. A
paramilitary soldier was injured in the improvised explosive device
attack, and this was followed by a heavy gun-battle between the
two sides for several hours. 11 people were reported killed so
far in the shelling while over a dozen injured.
Four women and two children were
killed when artillery shells fired from the Afghan side of the
border hit a number of houses in the Tangri area of North Waziristan.
Local people said that the area came under fire after a security
camp in Afghanistan’s Khost province adjacent to North Waziristan
had been attacked by some people.
Armed militants of the local Taliban
have started patrolling the streets of Bajaur at the request of
the local shopkeepers to stop the ever increasing crime rate.
Eyewitnesses have reported that in Inayat Kali, a popular market,
militants could be seen guarding it. The president of Inayat Kali
Association Shah Mahmood said the crime rate in the area had increased
and the government was unable to handle the situation. The shopkeepers
subsequently decided to arrange their own security and requested
the local Taliban who agreed to perform the duty.
A civilian, Mehmood Masoozai,
was killed in a bomb blast in the Terak village of Kurram Agency.
The bullet-riddled body of a tribesman
was found in the Dosali area of North Waziristan. A note found
on the body said he had been executed because he was a US spy.
Local people said that the man from the Mehsud area of South Waziristan
had been abducted about three days ago by unidentified people.
At least five persons, including
four tribesmen and one Taliban, were killed and another seven
wounded, including five Taliban, as two rival groups exchanged
fire during a local jirga in the Mir Ali subdivision of North
At least 20 people were killed
as several missiles hit a house in South Waziristan. Seven missiles
landed on the house of Noorullah in Toog village, located four
kilometres south of Wana, the headquarters of South Waziristan.
Local journalist Sailab Mehsud said 20 people were killed and
five others wounded in the missile attack. He said all those who
died were Arabs and Turkmen, who had gathered at the house when
the attack occurred.
A spokesman for Baitullah Mehsud
warned of fresh attacks if the government did not stop military
operation in the region. Maulana Umar described suicide attacks
in Lahore and Islamabad as a reaction to the ongoing army operation
in the area and said that security forces should halt the operation.
Taliban militants blew up four
Khasadar Force check-posts and a female vocational centre in the
Mohmand Agency of FATA. No loss of life was reported in the incidents.
A bomb planted on the Landi Kotal-Peshawar
GT Road near Takia Zakha Khel village in the Khyber Agency exploded,
destroying an oil tanker. The oil tanker was carrying oil for
the NATO and ISAF forces in Afghanistan.
A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden
car into a military vehicle in front of the brigade headquarters
at Zari Noor in South Waziristan, killing five soldiers and injuring
11 others. A man claiming to be a spokesman for the pro-government
militant commander Maulana Nazir claimed responsibility for the
attack. It is for the first time that Maulana Nazir’s group has
claimed responsibility for a suicide attack.
At least three nomads are feared
to have been killed after some rockets fired from the Afghan territory,
hit a makeshift house near the Angoor Adda in South Waziristan.
Pro-Taliban militants attacked
check-posts manned by the Bajaur Scouts and Bajaur Levies in the
in Rehmanabad, Sadiqabad and Shende Mor area of Bajaur Agency.
"The crossfire lasted for an hour, but no loss of life was
reported from either side," a source said.
Two persons were killed and 50
others injured when six bomb blasts ripped through two parking
lots, and destroyed 40 oil tankers in the Khyber Agency. The tankers
were carrying fuel for NATO forces in Afghanistan, and were parked
in the Bacha Mina area near the Torkham Border crossing. Each
oil tanker carried around 45,000 litres of fuel, sources said.
Militants fired a series of rockets
at a hospital in Ghalanai, headquarters of the Mohmand Agency,
damaging the hospital building, and disrupting the supply of electricity
and water. However, no loss of life or injuries was reported.
Asad, the purported spokesman of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan
(TTP), Mohmand Agency, told Daily Times that the TTP was
not involved in the attack.
Militants fired rockets and mortars
at the Chargo check-post in Salarzai. However, no one was hurt,
the area’s political administration said. Security forces launched
a retaliatory action in the direction of the attack, it said.
No one claimed responsibility for the attack.
A civilian, identified as Abdul
Ghani, died in a landmine blast in the Salarzai administrative
division of Bajaur Agency.
Militants accused an Afghan citizen
of spying for the US, and shot him dead late on March 24 in the
Ahmed Khel area of North Waziristan. Abdullah Jan, a resident
of the Afghan province of Paktia, was shot in the head on the
Miranshah-Dattakhel road. Locals found the body with a note which
stated that "all US agents will meet the same fate". Residents
said the man had been abducted last week from Miranshah bazaar.
Seven people, including two women,
were killed and two others sustained injuries when gunmen ambushed
a Government ambulance in the Lower Kurram region. The ambulance
was going to Peshawar from Parachinar when it came under attack
at the Chappari check-post.
Militants attacked a security
check-post in the Bajaur Agency, although no casualties were reported.
The Sadiqabad Phatak check-post, around four kilometers from the
agency headquarters at Khar, was attacked with rocket launchers.
Security forces retaliated against the attack.
A missile allegedly fired from
across the Pakistan-Afghanistan border destroyed the office of
Mullah Nazeer, a pro-government Taliban leader, in Wana in South
Waziristan. It was the second missile attack on Nazeer's office
in Wana, the headquarters of South Waziristan, in a fortnight.
The office building was destroyed by the blast but there was no
loss of life. However, officials of the political administration
said the explosion was caused by a time-bomb planted by unknown
people at the office of Nazeer.
A suspected militant was killed
in an exchange of fire with the SFs at a checkpoint near Tank
in South Waziristan. Police said that the clash occurred at the
Luqman checkpoint on the Tank-Jandola road at about 12 noon.
A man and a woman were stoned
to death by militants in the Khwezai-Baezai area of Mohmand Agency
after a ‘qazi court’ (Islamic court) found them guilty
of adultery. This is the first incident of Rajam (stoning
to death) carried out in FATA. Earlier, couples found guilty of
adultery by militants or tribesmen were executed by firing squads.
Suspected militants fired three
rockets at the Inayat Killay Scouts fort in the Bajaur Agency,
although no casualties were reported.
A bomb exploded near the Agency
headquarters at Khar, but there were no casualties.
Unidentified armed men killed
militant commander Maulana Matiur Rehman in the Ladha sub-division
of South Waziristan.
The Taliban are reportedly negotiating
with the Ahmedzai Wazir tribes the return of former militant commanders
and their foreign fighters to Wana after they were evicted in
an operation in 2007. "However, we have told the Taliban that
the former commanders are welcome to return, but they cannot bring
Uzbek or other foreign militants back to Wana or surrounding areas,"
said a tribal elder who was part of the jirga. The Taliban leadership
had invited influential Ahmedzai Wazir elders to a jirga in Wana
on March 31 to discuss possible permission for the return of ex-militant
commanders along with foreigners who fled when local Taliban leader
Maulana Nazir led a campaign against foreign militants, especially
Sectarian violence broke out between
Shia and Sunni sects in three villages of Kurram Agency after
a bomb exploded at Khurmana Pul, killing three people and injuring
22 others. A 16-member jirga (council) consisting of elders
of the two sects intervened and brokered a truce between the warring
groups in the villages of Khwar Kalay, Balish Khel and Sangeena,
in the presence of political administration officials.
Unidentified miscreants attacked
the Dhand check-post in Mohmand Agency. The miscreants fired several
rockets from the surrounding hills at the check-post, housing
paramilitary troops. Troops of the Mohmand Rifles and Khasadar
forces retaliated with rockets and large machineguns. However,
no causality was reported.
Unidentified terrorists blew up
six shops, including two selling CD (compact disk), at Khar, headquarters
of the Bajaur Agency. However, no loss of life or injuries was
Unidentified people triggered
an explosive device near a girls’ school at Jamrud sub-division
in the Khyber Agency. While the boundary wall of the building
was destroyed, no loss of life or injuries was reported.
Militants are reported to have
fired a series of rockets at the Karia check-post, around five
kilometers south of Ghalanai, headquarters of the Mohmand Agency.
Security forces retaliated against the attack and fired rounds
of heavy artillery at the militants. However, there were no reports
of casualties on either side.
Unidentified men fired a rocket
on a Khasadar (tribal police) check-post in the Ghazi Baig area
of Mohmand Agency. However, no loss of life or damage was reported.
A man was killed and six others
sustained injuries as sectarian clashes in the Kurram Agency for
the fifth consecutive day.
A mortar shell hit the Awami Market
in the Chinar Chowk of Kurram Agency, killing two people and injuring
Sectarian clashes continued in
various parts of the Kurram Agency for the seventh consecutive
day. Both sects reportedly used heavy weapons in Balish Khel and
Khar Kalay, wounding several people. In an attempt to stop the
fighting, security forces used heavy artillery and fired upon
hilltop positions of both sects, resulting in the death of one
Haji Masood Khan. One of the shells hit the house of Haji Banaat
Khan, a prominent tribal leader of the Sadda area, killing his
13-year-old son, Kausar. The shelling also injured his two nephews,
Yousuf Khan and Naseeb Khan.
Eight people were killed and 10
others injured in fresh violence between rival groups of the Kurram
Agency, raising the death toll of the past eight days in the area
to 35. Five tribesmen — Qadir Gul, Hamid Hussain, Rafique, Taib
Khan and Abdul Hanan — were killed, and 10 injured, during a clash
in the Marro Khel area of Lower Kurram Agency. Similarly, three
people were shot dead by armed rival groups in the areas of Balishkhel,
Sadda, Karman, Para Chamkani, Pewar and Teri Mengal.
Three dead bodies of security
force personnel, who were reported ‘lost’ during a military operation
earlier this year in South Waziristan, were found.
The death toll in the ongoing
sectarian violence rose to 48 as seven more persons were killed
and 16 others sustained injuries in Parachinar, the headquarters
of Kurram Agency. Five people were killed when a mortar shell
hit a trench in Parachamkani and one each was killed in the Balashkhel
and Sadda areas.
A cease-fire was enforced in the
Balishkhel, Sadda, Khwar Killay and Sangeena areas of the Kurram
Agency after 11 days of sectarian violence, which left over 50
people dead and more than 100 wounded. Officials said the two
factions had agreed to a cease-fire and vacate hilltops in the
troubled areas of the Kurram Agency bordering Afghanistan. However,
sources said sporadic clashes continued in Parachamkani and Kirman,
and Pewar and Tangi areas on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
At least one person was killed and six others injured in clashes.
A two-day ‘Ghazi Islam Conference’
organized by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) began in the
Mohmand Agency at the mausoleum of Haji Sahib Turangzai. Local
ulema (religious scholars), Taliban leaders and delegations
from the Tank and Swat districts of the NWFP, and the North and
South Waziristan, Kurram Agency, Orakzai Agency and Bajaur Agency
participated in the conference. However, the media has been prevented
from reporting their names.
At least 20 persons were killed
as fighting erupted between activists of the militant group Lashkar-e-Islam
and Kooki Khel tribesmen of the Khyber Agency.
The Lashkar-e-Islam chief, Mangal
Bagh, has said that his outfit is fighting against terrorism,
crime and gambling and has 180000 volunteers in the Khyber Agency.
Mangal Bagh also claimed that his outfit had no contacts with
al Qaeda and any other organisation.
Suspected militants shot dead
a female health worker stationed at a clinic in the Baytha area
of Safi sub-division in the Mohmand Agency. Eyewitnesses blamed
the local Taliban for the killing of Nihar Begum.
Two students were killed when
suspected militants opened fire at Alizai in the Kurram Agency.
Security forces near Parachinar
allegedly killed two youngsters in the Kurram Agency.
The Lashkar-e-Islam ended clashes
with the Kooki Khel tribe in the Jamrud subdivision of Khyber
Agency after the tribe accepted the militant group’s demands to
end illegal businesses. The Peshawar-Torkham Highway was opened
for traffic after five days of closure due to fighting between
the two sides. Suspected militants released 16 security force
personnel who were abducted during the clashes.
Militants of Bajaur Agency offered
shelter to Osama bin Laden and Mullah Mohammad Omar, should they
ask for it. Militant commander Maulana Faqir Mohammad also offered
a general amnesty to all their opponents, except alleged US spies
and those involved in adultery, and announced the formation of
various committees for settling people's conflicts.
Local Taliban in South Waziristan
Agency publicly ‘executed’ three people who had allegedly killed
a teenager, Intezar Mehsud. The deceased, identified as Janan
Mehsud, Farooq Wazir and an Afghan national, had allegedly murdered
the boy who belonged to the Bandkhel tribe, after robbing him
of PKR 60,000. The local Taliban held an investigation and subsequently
executed the ‘criminals’ at Makeen Ada, report said. Laddha Assistant
Political Agent Yayha Wazir confirmed the incident.
In Miranshah Bazaar, the Taliban
paraded two alleged thieves through the bazaar in a pick-up truck
after painting their faces black and shaving their heads.
A FC soldier died and another
sustained injuries in an exchange of fire between Pakistani security
forces and the Afghan army "due to a misunderstanding"
at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border at Nawa Pass in the Bajaur
Agency. Up to 10 militants of a group which attacked the Afghan
check-post and caused the "misunderstanding" were also
killed in the clash. A press release issued by the ISPR said that
militants had attacked the Daud Qilla check-post in Afghanistan.
The Afghan army started firing in the direction of Pakistani forces
with heavy weapons and Pakistani troops reportedly retaliated
and the exchange of fire continued for some time. The ISPR said
the exchange of fire occurred due to a "misunderstanding"
between the Afghan troops and the FC personnel.
Two workers of a NGO were abducted
from the Karapa area of Ghalanai, headquarters of the Mohmand
Agency. Officials said that Noorul Haq, logistics officer of Save
the Children, and his driver Amir Mohammad were going from the
agency headquarters hospital in Ghalanai to Peshawar. The NGO
is running a family health project in Mohmand Agency for training
women doctors and paramedics and is also providing life-saving
drugs for children.
The leader of TTP, Baitullah Mehsud,
has ordered his militants to "immediately cease their activities"
in the FATA and NWFP. "Baitullah Mehsud has issued directives
to all his comrades that in order to restore peace in the region,
they should cease their activities forthwith both in the tribal
region as well as the settled districts of the NWFP," said
a pamphlet released on April 23. "He has warned that his
directives should be complied with and those violating them will
be publicly punished," it said. A spokesman for Baitullah
confirmed the contents of the pamphlet circulated in South Waziristan
in FATA and the adjoining districts of Tank and Dera Ismail Khan
in the NWFP. A 15-point draft agreement, to be signed between
the Mehsud tribe of South Waziristan and the local political administration,
calls for an end to militancy, exchange of prisoners, withdrawal
of the military and resolution of issues in accordance with local
customs and the Frontier Crimes Regulation.
Militants shot dead a man, identified
as Gul Zali Khan, near Miranshah in North Waziristan for "spying
for the United States". Locals found the bullet-riddled body the
victim hailing from Birmal village along with a note that read,
"This man has met his fate because he was spying for the American
and Afghan forces and giving them help". He was reportedly abducted
from a bus stop last week just outside Miranshah by the militants.
Three Taliban militants and four
suspected criminals were killed and several others, including
women and children, injured in a clash in the Dadukhel area of
the Mohmand Agency.
A man was executed in public by
Taliban militants in the Rahim Korona area of the Mohmand Agency.
The Taliban had ‘sentenced’ Zaiver Khan to death after finding
him guilty of hijacking vehicles and killing a number of people.
The execution was carried out in a field where a large number
of militants had gathered around. With the execution, the death
toll in the ongoing clashes between the local militants and tribesmen
rose to 13. Three militants, three children and a woman were among
Pro-Taliban militants beheaded
a police officer in South Waziristan after accusing him of spying
for the security forces. The body of 35-year-old Shaukat Khan
was found in a field at Dabar village a day after he was abducted
by gunmen, reported senior police officer Mumtaz Zarin. A note
found near the body reportedly said he was involved in the killing
of warlord Nek Muhammad in a suspected US missile strike in June
2004 in the region. "He had admitted his role in providing intelligence
to the authorities... We have repeatedly said we will teach such
people a lesson", the note said.
If the Government does not remove
all military check-posts from the Mohmand Agency in FATA within
three days, the Taliban will not accept any peace agreement with
the Government, militants’ spokesman Asad warned. He told Daily
Times by telephone that if the Government did not remove the
check-posts, the Taliban would destroy them themselves. He also
warned all criminals, including murderers, proclaimed offenders
and robbers, to immediately leave the Agency or be prepared to
face judgement in accordance with Islamic laws.
Suspected militants abducted three
Government employees in the Mohmand Agency. The employees – two
drivers and a clerk – were commuting to work from Yaka Ghund to
Ghallanai when their vehicle was ambushed.
A suicide bomber blew himself
up in a madrassa (seminary) in the Khyber Agency injuring
at least 18 people in an apparent attempt to assassinate Haji
Namdar, chief of a religio-militant organisation the Amar Bil
Maroof Wa Nahi Anil Munkar (Promotion of Virtue and Suppression
of Vice). Namdar escaped unhurt in the attack. The suicide bomber,
aged between 15 and 18, blew himself up as he approached Namdar
at the madrassa in Takya.
A bomb blast damaged an oil tanker
and injured a passerby woman in the Sultankhel area of Landi Kotal.
On the appeal of a tribal jirga
(council), militants in the Mohmand Agency extended their
deadline till May 3-evening for removing all roadside checkpoints
in the region. However, the deadline given to criminals, car-lifters,
kidnappers and other anti-social elements expired on May 1-evening
and militants announced to launch a crackdown against them.
The Hakeemullah Group, a militant
organisation associated with Taliban commander Baitullah Mehsud,
claimed responsibility for the suicide attack on a madrassa
(seminary) in the Khyber Agency on May 1. Sources said the
Hakeemullah Group had told the organisation that the suicide attack
on its chief Namdar was "the result of its links with the
Government and the expulsion of Hakeemullah Group by the Amar
Bil Maroof Wa Nahi Anil Munkar at the behest of the Government."
The sources said Namdar "held the Hakeemullah Group responsible
for all the mess in the Khyber Agency."
The head of the US armed forces
warned that militants hiding in the FATA pose a direct threat
to the United States and other Western nations. Al Qaeda and the
Taliban are using the area to regroup and "I believe they
are preparing to launch attacks against the US and Western interests,"
said Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen.
A bomb exploded at Akbar Shaheed
market in FATA, destroying three shops and partially damaging
eight others. However, no loss of life or damage to property was
Following successful talks with
the political administration, the local Taliban in the Mohmand
Agency released four employees of two NGOs. Noorul Haq and Ameer
Muhammad Khan of the Save the Children and Sher Muhammad Khan
and Namdar, drivers with the Community Motivation and Development
Organisation, were abducted on April 23.
Pamphlets were dropped in several
schools in the Mohmand Agency, warning teaching staff against
their absence from duties. The pamphlets threatened strict action
against those found absent from their duties. Most teachers reportedly
do not attend schools citing poor law and order.
An army official was injured when
the Baitullah Mehsud-led Taliban militants launched their first
attack on the army after peace talks in South Waziristan failed.
Security forces shelled various suspected positions in the Jandola
and Manzai areas after the attack. However, no causalities were
reported. According to the local administration, the Taliban attacked
a Baloch Regiment patrolling team in the Sankai Raghzai area at
about 12pm, wounding an army official. However, a spokesman for
the TTP alleged that the first shot had been fired by the troops.
"The army attacked the Taliban first and they (militants)
returned fire in self-defence," Maulana Umar told Dawn.
Militants attacked the Pewar village
in Kurram Agency "to disturb the law and order situation
in the agency", official sources said. They said that both
light and heavy weapons were used in the attack, adding that no
casualties were reported.
The TTP has banned musical alerts
on mobile phones in the FATA. Geo News reported quoted
a TTP spokesman as saying that TTP deputy chief Maulana Faqir
Muhammad had banned playing music in vehicles as well as on cellular
phones. He said that violators would be punished according to
the Shariah (Islamic law).
Troops blocked the main road leading
to the South Waziristan in a confrontation with al Qaeda-linked
militants who operate in the region. The blockade of the road
leading to South Waziristan on the Afghan border came after militants
loyal to Baitullah Mehsud, chief of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan,
set up check-posts on the road to exert control over the region.
"The road is blocked to put pressure on the militants to remove
the check-posts," said an intelligence official based in the area.
Hundreds of trucks and cars were backed up along the road from
the town of Tank in the NWFP, residents said.
The political administration in
Bajaur Agency launched a crackdown on the Salarzai tribe and arrested
over 50 people under the collective responsibility clause of the
Frontier Crimes Regulation. The administration also impounded
10 vehicles. The crackdown was launched after militants attacked
a convoy of the Bajaur Scouts going to Latai Post from Khar and
took 20 paramilitary soldiers hostage and snatched two vehicles
and weapons from them on May 8. Sources said the militants later
set the soldiers free but did not return the vehicles and weapons.
A policeman was killed and two
other persons, including a minor girl, sustained injuries when
suspected militants fired rockets at various checkpoints of the
Bajaur Scouts and Levies at Khar in the Bajaur Agency. Fighting
continued for nearly three hours after the attacks check-posts
in Raghgan Dag, Haji Long Chowk, Badan Kot, and Inayat Qilla.
Security officer Mohibullah Khan was killed and another, Khitab
Khan, was injured. A 10-year-old girl was also injured when a
shell hit a house in the Raghgan area.
Elsewhere in the Bajaur Agency,
suspected militants shot dead a Levies trooper near Khar. Afzal
Khan was returning home after work when he was attacked by masked
militants in the Dor Mandal area.
At least 12 militants, including
some foreigners, were killed in a suspected United States missile
strike on two houses in the Damadola area of Bajaur Agency. Two
missiles, apparently fired by a US drone aircraft, demolished
a house and a compound used by suspected al Qaeda militants, an
unnamed official said. Taliban spokesman Maulana Omar said that
‘commander’ Maulana Obaidullah’s house had been targeted. He said
most of the house’s residents, including women and children, were
killed. He said the Taliban believed that the US army had initiated
the attack to undermine peace efforts, adding, "We will avenge
this but will continue talks with the Government." However,
military spokesman Major General Athar Abbas said that there was
no army in the area and he had no knowledge of any missile strike.
A civilian was killed in firing
by security forces in the Nawagai sub-division of Bajaur Agency.
Troops reportedly opened fire on suspected militants, killing
a civilian, identified as Ali Muhammad.
A man accused of spying for the
United States was abducted and later killed in Mirali in North
Waziristan. The beheaded body of Feroz Khan was found in Mubarak
Shahi. He belonged to the Khushali Toorikhel tribe of North Waziristan.
The Pakistan Army exchanged prisoners
with the local Taliban in South and North Waziristan, as the military
began to readjust its positions in the Mehsud areas to facilitate
the return of displaced families. "Twelve security personnel
— five army jawans and seven Frontier Corps personnel — were swapped
for over 30 Taliban prisoners," military spokesman Major
General Athar Abbas said. He also said the army had started readjusting
troop positions close to the populated areas to facilitate the
return of displaced families. He stated that the troop readjustment
was in no way a withdrawal from the area.
The NATO announced a sharp increase
in insurgent attacks in east Afghanistan and raised concerns that
it was partly due to pacts between Pakistan and the militants
in tribal areas on its side of the border. The number of violent
incidents in the Afghan east stood last month at 50 per cent above
the same time last year, an alliance spokesman said. The violence
there was close to a peak reached last August, he added. "The
concern is that the deals struck by the Pakistan Government and
extremist groups in tribal areas may be allowing them to have
a safe haven," spokesman James Appathurai told a regular
briefing after a meeting of alliance ambassadors.
A soldier was killed and another
sustained injuries in the Spinka Raghda area after a roadside
bomb exploded when a patrol team of soldiers passed by the area.
Differences among the local Taliban
militants left one of their leader dead at the Baghzai village
in Lower Kurram in the Kurram Agency. The political administration
said a local Taliban leader Nawab Khan was killed by his associates
due to differences among them.
Militants released six soldiers,
bringing to 18 the number of soldiers released by them under a
prisoner swap agreement between militant leader Baitullah Mehsud
and the Government. The soldiers were handed over to security
forces in the Shawal Fort area of South Waziristan, by Taliban’s
local commander identified as Dr Jan.
Authorities found the beheaded
body of a paramilitary soldier in the Bajaur Agency, close to
where a United States missile strike left at least 20 people dead
on May 14. A note left on the body of soldier Aftab Gul in the
Pusht Bazaar Salarzai area read that the beheading was retaliation
for the US bombing of Damadola. The note, signed by the Tehreek-e-Taliban
Pakistan, also warned tribal elders that they could face similar
action if they co-operated with authorities.
A civilian was killed and his
associate sustained injuries in a remote-controlled bomb blast
in the Mamirogha Manzar village in North Waziristan.
A landmine exploded near an army
camp in Miranshah, headquarters of North Waziristan, without causing
Pakistan "disagreed" with the
United States intelligence assessment that al Qaeda is using the
FATA to plot attacks on the US as Operation Zalzala continues
in South Waziristan. "No Pashtun is a terrorist," 14 Division
GOC Major General Tariq Khan told journalists while showing them
the forward positions of the army in a former stronghold of Baitullah
Mehsud. Disagreeing with the US allegation that the Pakistan Army
was being lenient with al Qaeda and the Taliban, he said "I would
disagree with the US claims of [us] being soft on militants."
Three civilians were killed and
two others sustained injuries when an improvised explosive device
exploded outside a mosque in the Dabar area of Khar, headquarters
of Bajaur Agency.
The military has reportedly started
looking for evidence to confirm the death of Qari Hussain, the
Taliban’s chief ideologue and principal suicide bombing trainer,
after intercepting militant communications saying Hussain was
‘killed in Operation Zalzala. "We have picked up intercepts
of militants saying Qari Hussain has been killed in the operation,"
said senior army commanders who led Operation Zalzala in
South Waziristan. Qari Hussain, a Mehsud tribesman affiliated
with a banned militant/sectarian group, is known for running Baitullah
Mehsud-led Taliban suicide bombing training centres.
A militant outfit in the Bajaur
Agency of the FATA has announced separation from the TTP and said
that it would not become part of any peace deal between the Government
and the local Taliban. The splinter group named Jaishul Islam
decided that it would not take part in peace talks with the Government
unless security forces halt action in Darra Adamkhel in the NWFP
and other parts of the country. The group leader, Qari Saifullah,
told journalists that they did not agree with the policy of TTP
headed by Baitullah Mehsud to strike a peace deal with the Government.
He said that on the one hand Government had started negotiations
with the Taliban while on the other operations had been launched
in Darra Adamkhel.
Four relatives of two parliamentarians
from the FATA were killed in an ambush in the Jamrud sub-division
of Khyber Agency. The attack left MNA Noorul Haq Qadri’s brother
Hamayun Khan, uncle Hafiz Abdul Aleem and brother-in-law Bacha
Jan, and Senator Hafiz Abdul Malik’s son Hafiz Nooruddin dead,
Security forces and local Taliban
militants traded fire in the Mamadgut area of Mohmand Agency,
according to a local Taliban spokesman. However, no casualties
The federal cabinet said that
it would not engage in talks with extremists and terrorists and
decided to pay compensation to the people affected by military
operations and militancy in the FATA, especially South Waziristan.
Presided over by Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani, a cabinet
meeting declared that peace talks were being held only with ‘peaceful
tribesmen’ and there would be no deal with militant and extremist
outfits who challenged the Government’s writ.
Suspected militants shot dead
a correspondent of a private TV channel in the Bajaur Agency.
Witnesses said that five gunmen shot dead Mohammad Ibrahim Khan,
a correspondent for the Express television channel and Daily
Express, near Inayat Kali while he was going to his village
from Mamond sub-division on a motorcycle. Sources said that Ibrahim
had interviewed Maulana Umar, spokesman for the Tehrik-i-Taliban
Pakistan, early in the morning.
Militants killed an Afghan citizen
for allegedly spying for the US. Locals found the body of Gul
Payu, a resident of Khost, Afghanistan, on the Tall-Mirali Road.
A note written in Pashto and found near the body read that Gul
was a US spy and that anyone involved in spying would meet the
A bomb struck a vehicle carrying
civilians in the Khyber Agency, killing one person and injuring
three others, local official Ghulam Habib told AFP.
An al Qaeda figure killed in a
United States air strike in Bajaur Agency on May 14 is believed
to have been an Algerian allegedly involved in training militants
and plotting attacks against the West, officials told Los Angeles
Times on May 23. They said the Algerian, known by the nickname
Abu Sulayman Jazairi, apparently died in the aerial strike that
killed 14 people and destroyed a compound near the Damadola village.
An improvised explosive device
exploded in the Salarzai sub-division of the Bajaur Agency, without
causing any casualties.
Eight persons were killed and
13 others sustained injuries in the Orakzai Agency when militants
of the Lashkar-e-Islam and Ansar-ul-Islam, the two rival groups
of Khyber Agency clashed. Activists of the AI led by Mahboobul
Haq and LI of Mangal Bagh are reported to have clashed in the
Kata Pana area of Orakzai Agency. Two vehicles were damaged in
the gun-battle and Utmankhel tribesmen captured two vehicles of
the Mangal Bagh group. Sources said that the Mangal Bagh group
which was operating in the Bara and Jamrud sub-division of the
Khyber Agency had now extended its activities to the Orakzai region.
Eight militants were killed and
four others sustained injuries when a vehicle loaded with ammunition
blew up in the Salarzai sub-division of Bajaur Agency. Assistant
Political Agent Muhammad Iqbal Khattak said that the vehicle carrying
explosives was going from Bajaur to Jandol in the Upper Dir district.
Four persons were who were traveling
to Sadda were abducted and later shot dead in Zeeran.
Two persons from the Toori tribe
at Zeeran in the Upper Kurram area were killed in Peshu Khawr
of Kurram Agency. Local sources said that the killings were in
retaliation to the killing of four persons on May 29.
A bomb exploded in a vehicle owned
by the Taliban in the Mamad Ghat area of the Mohmand Agency, killing
at least three militants and a bystander while injuring three
Militants blew up a security check-post
in a timed explosion in Miranshah, headquarters of North Waziristan.
However, no casualties were reported. Sources said this was the
first incident after the Government and the TTP signed a peace
agreement which had not yet been made public.
Talks between TTP chief Baitullah
Mehsud and the Government have reportedly been suspended and the
former is of the view that the US pressure has forced the authorities
to go slow on finalising the proposed peace accord. "We are still
in contact with each other, but signing of the peace agreement
may take some time as the government is under tremendous pressure
from Americans and other Western powers," said a senior Taliban
commander and close aide of Baitullah Mehsud.
Three persons were killed in the
Balyameen area of the Lower Kurram Agency when unidentified militants
opened fire on a vehicle. The vehicle was travelling to Balyameen
from Anzari when gunmen opened fire, killing Sajid Hussain and
his driver Ahmed Gul on the spot while another unidentified man
died soon after.
Two people were injured when a
remote-controlled bomb exploded in a village five kilometres from
Miranshah city in North Waziristan.
An unmanned US drone is suspected
to have fired a missile in the Suran and Sheikh Baba areas in
the Mohmand Agency, an unnamed Government official confirmed.
The Director General of ISPR, Major Gen Ather Abbas, however denied
any such incident.
Also in Mohmand Agency, Pakistani
security forces and Afghan National Army troops exchanged fire.
Afghan forces attempted to set up a check post in the disputed
Suran area, report said. US helicopters were seen flying in the
area following the exchange of fire.
Unidentified militants kidnapped
and killed a woman from Inayat village in Khar, headquarters of
Bajaur Agency suspecting her to be an American spy. The body of
the unidentified woman was found dumped besides a road near Khar.
A note was found with the body, reading, "She was killed
because she was an American spy and a prostitute and those found
involved in such activities will face the same fate."
Unidentified militants killed
a former government official, Namoos Khan and injured his brother
Kawos Khan at Manudara village in the Salalzai area of Bajaur
Two persons were killed and two
others sustained injuries when Taliban and local people exchanged
fire at Mulla Gori under Jamrod tehsil (administrative division)
of Khyber Agency in the FATA.
Jamaat-e-Islami leaders of Bajaur
Agency said that 10 million tribal people would avenge June 10
bombing of Mohmand Agency by US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
Militants shot dead five tribesmen,
including a pro-government tribal elder, Malik Zahideen, near
Miranshah in North Waziristan of FATA. Malik Zahideen was travelling
from Miranshah to his native Behramand village along with his
two brothers and two nephews when four militants intercepted their
vehicle near Kharseen, killing all five. The unidentified militants
later managed to escape. Militants shot dead the tribesmen suspecting
they were spying for foreign forces in Afghanistan, a local official
The Wazir tribesmen of the Mir
Ali area disconnected power supply to North and South Waziristan
due to an ongoing dispute among them. According to the channel,
the tribesmen cut off the transmission line supplying electricity
to North and South Waziristan, suspending power supply in both
The NWFP Governor Owais Ahmad
Ghani has said that the Government will continue its dialogue
with militants in the FATA despite ‘enormous’ international pressure,
adding, "The NWFP government’s peace agreement with militants
in Swat is yielding positive results and that is why the federal
government is going to make a peace deal with FATA militants."
Concerning US and Afghanistan worries on Pakistani peace talks
with militants, Ghani said peace in FATA could not be restored
within days, adding that peace deals required some time in order
to yield positive results.
Three persons were killed and
eight others injured in a mortar attack and firing incident in
village Shalozan of Kurram Agency. The dead were identified as
Syed Younis Hussain, Hasmat Ali and Tajdar. Official sources said
that the armed supporters of Mengal tribes allegedly fired mortar
shells and opened indiscriminate fire on the positions of rivals
from the Bangesh tribe. The Bangesh tribesmen also retaliated
and reportedly injured two men of the Mengal tribe.
Militants belonging to a Sunni
group ambushed a food convoy killing four persons and subsequently
set ablaze three trucks loaded with goods at Kurram agency. Militants
used heavy weapons including, rocket launchers and AK-47 assault
rifles, in the ambush. Meanwhile, security forces, backed by helicopter
gunship, retaliated killing five militants in region.
Five people were killed and nine
others injured in an exchange of fire between two religious groups
in the Teerah Valley of Khyber Agency. The Ansarul Islam (AI)
said it took into custody 30 people belonging to its rival group
Lashkar-e-Islam (LI). AI said the five people killed in the fighting
belonged to LI and 30 LI men were taken into custody, adding that
its shura (council) would decide their fate. Meanwhile,
LI refuted AI’s claims saying that the houses of AI activists
Qayyum and Jumma Baz were razed to the ground during the fighting
and several important posts were captured. However, LI confirmed
the death of two of its men in the fighting.
At least 15 militants were dead
and dozens injured in a clash between two militant groups, Lashkar-i-Islam
and Ansarul Islam, in the Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency. The violence
began on June 21 when militants belonging to Lashkar-i-Islam leader
Mangal Bagh attacked a stronghold of the Ansarul Islam, led by
Ustad Mehboob. The two sides used mortars and rocket-propelled
grenades during the clash.
Taliban in the Mohmand Agency
have warned women to either wear burqas or face punishment.
The Taliban, through posters pasted in various places of the Agency,
has also asked women not to work in the fields and prohibited
them from attending marriage ceremonies and visiting doctors and
markets without a male escort.
12 persons were killed in the
continuing clash between the Lashkar-i-Islam and Ansarul Islam
in the Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency. Meanwhile, local tribes
on the same day brokered a temporary cease-fire between the two
Gunmen shot dead eight members
from a Shia tribe in the Kurram Agency.
Militants loyal to the Taliban
commander Baitullah Mehsud captured Jandola town in South Waziristan
after a gun-battle with pro-government tribesmen in which six
persons, including four tribesmen and two militants, were killed.
Meanwhile, a Taliban spokesman said nine people, including seven
tribesmen, had been killed and the Taliban had abducted 10 pro-government
Militants released four people,
including a Frontier Constabulary official, in the Mohmand Agency.
Taliban militants began withdrawing
from Jandola in FATA, a government and a security official said.
"The situation has improved. There has been no untoward incident
today and they’re moving out," said Barkatullah, the top Government
officer in the region. An unnamed security official said the militants
were pulling out after a Government threat to launch an offensive
against them. Meanwhile, according to APP a representative Jirga
(council) has been constituted to end the three-day standoff,
Eight persons were killed and
five others injured as clashes between two groups in the Tirah
area of Khyber Agency in the FATA. The report said that the groups
were using mortar guns, small missiles, rockets and other heavy
arms in the fight.
Local Taliban in the Bajaur Agency
of FATA publicly executed two Afghans after accusing them of spying
for the United States forces suspected of launching a missile
strike on the region in May. One of the men was stabbed to death
and then beheaded, while the second was shot with an assault rifle.
"They were spies. Whoever spies for the Americans will meet the
same fate," Wali Rehman, a Taliban leader said. He also said that
the two persons have provided names of some more spies and he
would kill all those involved in the attack.
Taliban commander Baitullah Mehsud
suspended peace talks with the Government, when troops launched
an offensive against militants in the Khyber Agency of FATA. "We
are suspending peace talks with the government because the government
is constantly using force against us," Mehsud told AFP by
satellite telephone. "The government is not showing any seriousness
and is using force against us. But if the government takes any
military action we are also ready for martyrdom," he added.
Soldiers backed by armoured vehicles
retook control of Bara town in the Khyber Agency of the FATA and
prepared to advance to other areas in the district, including
the Tirah Valley. An unnamed official said that the LI chief Mangal
Bagh had moved to the remote Tirah Valley before the launch of
the military operations. The second day of the NWFP Government’s
operations ended without any resistance, as the paramilitary FC
troops continued their advance into the tribal region near Peshawar.
In Bara, Bagh had directed his supporters against fighting Government
forces. The 5,000-troop contingent of FC soldiers that launched
the operation on June 28 was supplemented with a fresh deployment
of 400 troops and 20 vehicles on June 29.
Local official Muhammad Siddiq
Khan said the FC had also encountered no resistance as it moved
into areas outside Bara. Muhammad Ilyas, a bodyguard of Mangal
Bagh, confirmed that the LI cadres had been strictly directed
against fighting Government troops by "amir sahib".
During the operation’s second day, security forces razed several
buildings, including the Mehboob Markaz, the Tayab, Misri and
Gud Malang centres and a private jail. A security official said
that soldiers also blew up a building belonging to the Taliban-linked
group AI. However, FATA Additional Secretary Habibullah Khan declined
to comment on the target of the operation. "This operation
is not against a particular individual or group," he told
Foreign elements hailing from
Central Asian Republics (CAR) are disturbing peace in the FATA,
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said. Addressing a press conference
in Lahore, Gilani said that the foreign militants from CAR are
behind the current unrest and spike in violence in the FATA. Dismissing
foreign pressure and involvement in the crackdown on militants
in the FATA, he said that this is a provincial matter and the
federal Government acts on the invitation and advice of the province.
The prime minister also said that the NWFP Government had concluded
a peace agreement with tribal chiefs but they violated the agreement
by hanging people publicly, kidnapping members of minority and
by setting girls’ schools on fire. "No government can afford
a parallel government and we will never compromise the country’s
sovereignty, dignity and self-respect," Gilani said. He stated
that the Government was adopting a three-pronged strategy to counter
militancy in the FATA: political dialogue, development in the
region and use of force as a last resort.
Seven tribesmen were killed and
nine others sustained injuries in a blast at the base camp of
a banned outfit in the Bar Qambarkhel area of Bara sub-division
in Khyber Agency. A blast that some locals believed to be a missile
attack on the house of one Hakim Khan killed seven tribesmen and
injured nine others. The building was being used as a base camp
by the Amr Bilmaroof wa Nahi Anil Munkar group of Haji Namdar.
The political authorities in Khyber Agency, however, said the
blast was not linked to the military operation, claiming that
it probably occurred when explosives stored in the building went
off. A spokesman for the Tehreek-e-Taliban, however, termed it
a rocket attack carried out by a US drone.
More contingents of the Frontier
Corps arrived in Bara and were deployed in the Shalobar, Qambarkhel
and other areas.
Tribesmen took 30 paramilitary
soldiers hostage in the Piwar area of Kurram Agency. The tribesmen
suspected that some of the persons wearing FC uniform belonged
to their rival Mangal tribe. Political Agent Azam Khan said that
a jirga (council) had been sent to the area to secure release
of the soldiers.
The Taliban have threatened four
journalists in South Waziristan to give up their profession or
face the consequences.
The Ministry of Interior said
that the operation launched in the Khyber Agency of FATA would
continue till its objectives were achieved. It also announced
a ban on three groups operating in the region for their involvement
in criminal activities. "Lashkar-i-lslam of Mangal Bagh, Ansar-ul-lslam
of Mahboob-ul-Haque and the Haji Namdar group have been banned
under the Anti-Terrorist Act and a notification to this effect
has been issued," sources at the interior ministry said.
Two groups of local Taliban in
Waziristan have joined hands to fight against the NATO troops
in Afghanistan. The Mulla Nazir group of South Waziristan and
Hafiz Gul Bahadur group of North Waziristan agreed to jointly
fight the NATO troops in Afghanistan. They nominated Hafiz Gul
Bahadur as the joint ameer (chief) and Mufti Abu Haroon as spokesman
for the Taliban militants.
Security forces continued their
attacks on militant hideouts in the Khyber tribal region, dismantled
two centres of extremist groups and arrested 24 suspects.
Lashkar-i-Islam chief Mangal Bagh
is reported to have contacted the political authorities and expressed
willingness to resolve the issue through dialogue.
14 SF personnel, who were abducted
the Jamrud sub-division of Khyber Agency a few days ago, were
set free. They were abducted from check-posts on the main Peshawar-Torkham
Clashes between rival religious
groups continued in the remote Tirah Valley of the Khyber Agency.
44 people have lost their lives in the gun-battles between the
activists of LeI and Ansarul Islam over the past 10 days.
Two people were killed and two
others sustained injuries when a missile fired from Afghanistan
landed near a border post in the Bajaur Agency. It was not clear
if Taliban militants in Afghanistan or international forces fighting
them had launched the missile. An Afghan refugee and a local resident
were killed, and two others including a security official and
a taxi driver were injured, he said.
Security forces continued their
military operations at Bara in the Khyber Agency and rural areas
of Peshawar, capital of the NWFP, arresting 69 alleged militants,
including a top militant commander. The arrested commander was
identified as Amal Khan of the Lashkar-e-Islam. Authorities claimed
he was arrested in Mandikas area along with his 10 companions
when he was allegedly transporting ammunition to the Tirah Valley.
"A total of 87 militants have been arrested during the five days
of operation Siraat-e-Mustaqeem," said an official communication.
Five people were killed and several
others injured in fresh clashes between LI and AI in the Tirah
Valley of Khyber Agency. According to locals, clashes have continued
for 13 day and both groups have occupied strategic positions in
the mountains of Tirah Valley and are attacking each other with
heavy ordinance. They said that over 80 people had been killed
on both sides since the start of the clashes and the political
administration had not been able to stop the fighting.
Militants abducted two FC drivers
who were taking food supplies in two mini trucks for FC personnel
deployed in North Waziristan. They were en route from Miranshah
to Dattakhel and were abducted at Kharkamar at around 2 pm (PST).
The TTP Mohmand Agency chapter
ordered women in the agency to observe purdah (veil) and
announced a penalty for the male relatives of women in breach
of the order. The TTP spokesman Asad told reporters that the orders
had been issued by the TTP Mohmand Agency commander Omar Khalid.
The TTP also claimed responsibility for the abduction of three
locals – Meherban, Momin and Mumtaz – from the Qilagai area of
Lakro tehsil in the agency.
Taliban abducted two journalists
and a local who entered a militant stronghold in the Mohmand Agency.
The militants detained freelance reporter Pir Zubair Shah Wazir
and photographer Akhtar Soomro in Ziarat village.
The offensive in Khyber Agency
will continue until the writ of the government is restored in
the region, said NWFP Governor Owais Ahmed Ghani.
The government suspended its security
operation against suspected militants and criminals in the Khyber
Agency for 36 hours to allow Afridi tribesmen to meet Mangal Bagh
and conduct peace talks. "The operation has been suspended until
Saturday morning on the request of the tribal jirga and we have
relaxed the curfew in Bara to facilitate locals," Khyber Agency
Chief Administrator Tariq Hayat Khan said. He said that Afridi
elders had approached him on July 3 and offered to conduct negotiations
with Lashkar-e-Islam chief Mangal Bagh to help restore peace in
the area. Khan said the government had provided the jirga members
with a list of demands for Bagh, adding that these included surrender
of all weapons along with a guarantee that Bagh would not challenge
the state’s writ. He also said security forces had destroyed 16
militant compounds during the past six days of the operation,
adding that they had also identified 14 other such compounds.
SFs suspended a crackdown against
militants for 36 hours in the Khyber Agency bordering Afghanistan
to allow local elders to negotiate with them. The crackdown code
named "Sirat-e-Mustaqeem" (Righteous Path) had been launched on
An 18-member jirga (council)
met Lashkar-e-Islam chief Mangal Bagh at Tirah Valley in the Khyber
Agency to discuss measures to end fighting in the region between
rival militant groups. During the parleys, Bagh demanded that
the Government should call off the military operation.
Two more persons were killed in
clashes between cadres of Lashkar-e-Islam and Ansar-ul-Islam,
taking the toll in recent fighting between the groups to 91.
The TTP has reportedly established
Sharia courts in the Bajaur Agency and a large number of
people are using them to get disputes resolved, instead of waiting
for action by the tribal administration. The courts have been
functioning in the Sewai area, about 20kms northwest of the agency
headquarters of Khar, for a couple of weeks. "We have set
up the courts in accordance with people’s wishes," said Taliban
spokesman Maulvi Umar, adding that people was fed up with the
previous legal system.
The three organisations that were
running parallel governments in the Khyber Agency have been disbanded,
bringing normalcy to the area, Adviser to the Prime Minister on
Interior Affairs, Rehman Malik, said.
A Pakistani paramilitary soldier
was injured when attackers from within Afghanistan shot at the
Chartanna check-post in the Mohmand Agency. The security forces
reportedly returned fire but the attackers escaped.
The local Taliban and tribal elders
decided at a meeting to expel Uzbek militants and their local
collaborators from the areas of Ahmadzai Wazir tribe in South
Waziristan. The meeting in Wana was attended by about 500 elders
and chieftans and representatives of the Taliban Shoora (executive
council) from North Waziristan. "The grand jirga [council]
of the Ahmedzai Wazirs has approved the agreement between [Ahmedzai
Wazir chief] Maulvi Nazir and [Utmanzai Wazir chief] Mullah Gul
Bahadar, allowing the two leaders to forge a unity against Mehsud,"
a tribal elder told Daily Times.
Unidentified militants killed five security force
personnel and injured three others while attacking their vehicle
in the Bara sub-division of Khyber Agency. There were unconfirmed
reports about the death of a militant in retaliatory fire, whose
body was taken away by the militants.
The local Taliban took possession
of two girls’ primary schools in the Charmang area of Nawagai
sub-division in the Bajaur Agency and announced the conversion
of these schools into madrassas (seminaries). The Taliban
captured Government Girls Primary School Manugi and Government
Girls Primary School Azghar Charmang.
A bomb blast in a residential
area of the agency headquarters in Bajaur partially damaged a
house. There were no reports of any casualties.
The political administration and Lashkar-i-Islam
(LI) signed an agreement making it binding on the banned group
to accept the Government’s writ in the Bara subdivision of Khyber
Agency. The agreement signed by officials of the political administration
and six elders of the Afridi tribe prohibits the movement of supporters
of the group in Bara town and display of weapons. The group’s
chief Mangal Bagh and his men will not attack security forces
and Government installations. Haji Shaukat Khan, a member of the
jirga (council) which negotiated the agreement, told Dawn that
security forces would stop the operation in the area and return
to the barracks. He said all the people detained during the operation
would be released on July 9.
A landmine exploded at the Sateen
Camp area in Kurram Agency, killing a man and injuring another.
Unidentified people blew up a
CD shop and two centres believed to be drug dens in the Landi
Kotal area of Khyber Agency.
Two bombs exploded in two shops
in Landi Kotal. There were no casualties reported. A third bomb,
which was found by children in the area, was defused safely.
At least seven people were killed and 12 others
were wounded in three separate landmine explosions in different
parts of Kurram Agency. According to the Assistant Political Agent
of Lower Kurram, three people were killed and six others injured
when a vehicle carrying vegetables struck a landmine in Arawali
village. Four people were killed and five others wounded when
a tractor trolley struck a landmine in the Kach area, he added.
Similarly, one person sustained injuries when he passed over a
landmine in the Magnek village.
Clashes between the two rival
groups, the Mangal Bagh-led Lashkar-e-Islam and the Mehboob-led
Ansarul Islam, in the remote Tirah Valley of the Khyber Agency
continued. There were reports that at least three persons were
killed and nine others injured in the fresh clash between the
two groups. Two of the killed were Lashkar activists, who allegedly
attacked the Ansar's base in the Malikdin Khel area of the valley,
while six of the group's men sustained bullet injuries.
The body of a doctor killed by
suspected militants was found in the Dosli sub-division of North
Waziristan. Identified as Dr Farrukh Aftab, a resident of Islamabad,
officials said that the man had been shot four times in the chest.
A note pinned to his body read: "He [Dr Farrukh Aftab] was
opposing Islam and jihad, and he was a supporter of European countries.
He was working for NGOs." It is yet unknown whether the man
was seized while visiting the region, or abducted from Islamabad
and brought to Waziristan.
Militants fired three rockets
at the house of a Bajaur Levies trooper, Sahibzada, in the Salarzai
sub-division of Bajaur Agency in FATA, killing his 15-year-old
daughter Salma Jan and injuring his other two children, daughter
Sana and son Samar Gul.
Eleven persons, including nine Pakistani soldiers
and two civilians, were wounded when two NATO warplanes attacked
Angoor Adda, a village on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in South
Waziristan, on the night between July 10 and 11. Official and
local residents said several bombs fell inside the Pakistani territory
and hit the border towns of Zayara Leeta and Musa Neeka areas
near Angoor Adda. Sources said a joint post of the Pakistan Army
and paramilitary Frontier Corps on the border also came under
attack, injuring nine soldiers. Two local tribesmen living in
Angoor Adda also sustained injuries in the attack.
Seven people, including two women, were killed
and four others injured in clashes between the Lashkar-e-Islam
(LI) and Ansar-ul-Islam in the Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency.
The militants groups exchanged heavy fire, although a Jirga
(council) of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam led by Shujaul Malik
was due on July 12 in the valley to defuse the tension in the
Six persons were killed and 10 others sustained
injuries in fresh clashes between the two warring groups of the
Mangal Bagh-led Lashkar-e-Islam and the Mahoob-led Ansar-ul-Islam
in the Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency. Activists of the two groups
clashed in the Bar Shalobar area and exchanged gunfire, resulting
in the death of six persons.
Militants beheaded a man in North
Waziristan alleging that he was spying for the US. Locals found
the beheaded body of Muhammad Ghani, a resident of Bannu, at Kharqamar,
45 kilometers west of Miranshah, headquarters of North Waziristan.
Eyewitnesses said a note found near the body read: "He was a US
spy and anyone found involved in spying for Americans will meet
the same fate."
Armed militants abducted four persons from different
areas of the Kurram Agency.
The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan has set up Qazi courts
in four places in the Mohmand Agency in the FATA. Taliban spokesman
Assad told Dawn that the Qazi courts had been set up to
settle disputes in accordance with the Shariah (Islamic
law). He said that Mohammad Ziad had been appointed the chief
Qazi and other Qazis would be named later. He stated that the
courts had been established in Pandialai, Khwezai, Lakaro and
Seven persons were killed and
five others injured in clashes between the Lashkar-e-Islam and
the Ansar-ul-Islam militant groups in the Tirah Valley of Khyber
A militant was killed and three
others sustained injuries in a clash between two rival groups
in the Khalodag village of Mohmand Agency over the occupation
of a madrassa (seminary). Sources said that the clash started
when the Shah Sahib militant group tried to take control of a
madrassa in Khalodag village from the Commander Umer Khalid
militant group. Mamor, a militant, was reportedly killed in the
ensuing clash and Mansoor, Fayaz and Ayaz were wounded.
The NATO-led troops in Afghanistan
used attack helicopters and artillery to fire into Pakistan after
coming under rocket attacks from the Pakistani side of the border,
the alliance force said. The counter-attack on July 15 was launched
from Afghanistan’s Paktika province, which adjoins Pakistan’s
Despite a cease-fire brokered
by two senior Afghan Taliban commanders on July 17, fighting between
two rival militant groups continued on July 18 in which more than
50 militants were killed and dozens injured in the Mohmand Agency.
Two rival militant groups – the Baitullah Mehsud-led Tehrik-e-Taliban
Pakistan and Commander Shah Khalid-led militants which is considered
as pro-government — have been fighting for the past three days
for the control of the Mohmand Agency.
Suspected militants three persons
in the Karwan Manza area of South Waziristan on suspicion of them
spying for the US. A note, written in Pashto, was also found near
the bodies, accusing the dead of spying for the United States.
It warned that other "US spies" would face the same fate.
Unidentified militants shot dead
a madrassa (seminary) head in the Mir Ali subdivision of
North Waziristan. The attackers shot at Maulana Abdullah while
he was standing in front of his seminary before escaping.
A man died in a bomb blast in
the Khyber Agency’s Bara division. But unconfirmed reports put
the death toll at over five. The bomb exploded in a cave in the
Tindi area, 18 kilometers from Bara. Sources said the bomb was
kept in a store of the banned militant outfit Lashkar-e-Islam.
Taliban militants broke windows
and punctured the tyres of 22-wheeler trucks loaded with goods
for NATO forces in Afghanistan. Armed squads of the Taliban stopped
a convoy of trailers carrying goods for NATO forces at the Landikotal
bypass and damaged their windows using guns and punctured their
tyres with iron bars. Unidentified militants had earlier distributed
pamphlets warning transporters against taking any goods to NATO
forces in Afghanistan. The transporters were threatened that they
would be killed and their villages and vehicles set ablaze if
they ignored the warning.
Nine persons were killed and 10
injured in clashes between the Lashkar-e-Islam and Ansar-ul-Islam
in the remote Tirah area of Khyber Agency. Sources said the clashes
occurred in the Daki, Sangar and Inqilab Morcha areas.
Four members of a rival militant
group, taken hostage by the Taliban, were executed by their captors
in the Mohmand Agency. The commander of the rival group, Shah
Khalid, and his deputy Qari Ubaidullah, are among the dead. The
Taliban said that 118 other captives belonging to the Shah group
would be penalised ‘in accordance with the Sharia law’. Sources
said that both the commanders were shot dead by Taliban at 10am
following a verdict of the local Shura (executive council)
held at an unspecified location.
Taliban militants shot dead two
Afghan men in North Waziristan after accusing them of spying for
the United States forces in Afghanistan. A note left on the bodies
in the border village of Lowara Mandi indicated that the two men
were spying for the US forces, an official said, AFP reported.
"All those spying for the US will suffer the same fate,"
it said. A source identified the slain Afghans as Muhammad Anwar
and his son Gul Nawaz Khan.
Malak Shahjehan Khan, a prominent
pro-government tribal leader and chief of the Mamond tribe, was
killed and three other people were injured in an ambush near Shandi
More, about one kilometer from Khar, headquarters of the Bajaur
Agency. Malak Shahjehan and tribal leader Malak Mohammad Ayaz
were reportedly going to Peshawar to attend a meeting with Prime
Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani.
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan
(TTP) Mohmand Agency commander Omar Khalid said that he has ‘arrested’
80 activists of the Shah Sahib group, along with two intelligence
personnel. Speaking to reporters from an undisclosed location,
he said that the Taliban would reveal the identities of the intelligence
personnel to the media after they had completed their investigation.
He said that the Mohmand Agency Taliban had suspended their peace
talks with the Government, adding that they would cease their
attacks on officials when the Government stopped arresting their
people at check-posts.
The Khasadar Force foiled a terrorism
bid by seizing an explosive-laden vehicle traveling from Khyber
Agency’s Jamrud sub-division to Peshawar, capital of the NWFP.
Mangal Bagh, chief of the banned
Lashkar-e-Islam in the Khyber Agency, escaped an attempt on his
life after three persons armed with remote controlled bombs were
intercepted by his personal guards. Khalid Khan, a local LI commander
at Bara division, said three persons managed to reach very close
to Mangal Bagh in the disguise of being part of a special squad
Two mortar shells fired from across
the border in Afghanistan hit a house in the Bajaur Agency causing
injuries to a tribesman. Bajaur Agency political administration
officials said that two mortar shells fired from across the border
at 1pm (PST) hit Islam Gul’s house in Charmang Hashim, 40 kilometers
from Khar, the headquarters of Bajaur Agency.
Unidentified militants attacked
the Bajaur Levies check-post at Rarang, 30 kilometers from Khar,
and abducted Levies officer Hayatullah.
Armed supporters of Tehreek Islami
Khyber, a new militant group, led by Gul Rehman Afridi raided
the Landikotal headquarters hospital in Khyber Agency and called
for the immediate removal of the "corrupt" medical superintendent,
Dr Zar Alam Shinwari.
Taliban militants took control
of three security posts abandoned by the paramilitary forces along
the Afghan border in the Bajaur Agency. Sources said that the
Bajaur Scouts had vacated the posts in Kaga Pass, Da Mangi Pass
and Laiti in the Mammond division. An unnamed official said that
the posts were located in areas which had no strategic importance
and that logistically it was difficult to maintain these posts.
Paramilitary soldiers moved out of the area and the Taliban immediately
took over the posts and reportedly deployed their men.
Two persons, including a minor
boy, sustained injuries as a watchman of oil tankers and suspected
Taliban militants traded heavy gunfire in the Sultankhel area
of Landikotal division in the Khyber Agency. The incident occurred
when the militants entered a private parking lot to dynamite the
empty oil tankers. On resistance by the watchman, Zamoor Afridi,
militants opened fire on him which was retaliated by the family
members of the watchman from nearby houses. Consequently, a 12-year
old child of the watchman and an alleged Taliban militant, Mujeer,
sustained injuries. Later, the injured militant was handed over
to the political administration.
Hafiz Gul Bahadur was unanimously
reappointed the Taliban chief in North Waziristan. A decision
to this effect was made at a meeting of the local Taliban, which
was held at Razmak, 75 kilometers south of Miranshah. Over 800
Taliban militants attended the meeting, which was presided over
by Bahadur, who hails from the Ahmadzai Wazir tribe. He accused
the Government and security agencies of creating rifts among various
militant groups to weaken what he said ‘their movement against
imperialist forces’, according to Dawn.
The Taliban have reportedly directed
the traders living on both sides of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border
to terminate cross-border trade. Taliban distributed pamphlets
among the traders living on both sides of the Durand Line, warning
them of ending trade across the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. The
pamphlets warned the traders of loss, if they continued to trade
after the declaration.
A missile apparently fired from
a Predator drone killed at least six persons in a compound in
South Waziristan near the Afghan border. An unnamed security official
said the strike might have killed a senior al Qaeda trainer known
for his expertise in explosives and chemicals. "Our report suggests
that the missile strike might have killed Abu Khabab Al Misri,
an Egyptian. But it remains unconfirmed," the official said. A
resident of Wana said two missiles struck a seminary and an adjoining
compound in the Zyara Leetha area of Azam Warsak early in the
morning, killing six people and wounding a woman and her two children.
55-year-old Midhat Mursi As-Sayid Umar alias Abu Khabab was considered
to be an expert in conventional explosives and some western media
reports said he headed a project named Al Zabadi, or ‘curdled
milk’, for making chemical and biological weapons. The US had
offered a $5 million reward on information leading to his capture.
Militants executed a man in the
Mohmand Agency for allegedly spying for the United States. Locals
found the body of 60-year old Ibrahim at Kundao in the Ambaar
Sarlara division and a note written in Urdu and Pushto near the
body, which read that the deceased was spying for America. Ibrahim
was a resident of Ghabri in the Bajaur Agency.
Militants set off explosives and
damaged the Government Boys Primary School in Bad Siah. However,
no loss of life or injuries was reported.
The Taliban took over a Pakistan
Television booster in the Barang division of Bajaur Agency.
The Taliban in the Bajaur Agency
has split into two factions after infighting between two militant
organisations in the Mohmand Agency led to the killing of eight
members of one group on July 18. Pro-Baitullah Mehsud Taliban
leader Umer Khalid killed eight members from the Shah Sahib militant
group, including its chief and deputy chief, on July 18. "We,
four commanders, are resigning from the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan
(TTP) over the killing of mujahideen in Mohmand Agency," Salar
Masood, a spokesman for the four commanders, told Daily Times
on July 28. "We will form our own group – Tehreek-e-Taliban
Al Jihad – to continue jihad against the United States," Masood
said on the phone from an undisclosed location in Bajaur. Maulvi
Munir, Dr Abdul Wahab and Maulvi Abdul Hameed are the three other
commanders who left the TTP.
Security forces targeted Taliban
positions after militants seized a Pakistan Television booster
in the Bajaur Agency. Bajaur Scouts troops used artillery to bomb
a hilltop in the Koi Sar area where armed Taliban militants had
taken control of the booster. The Taliban withdrew after the artillery
shelling, the authorities said. Armed militants had taken control
of the booster in Bajaur on July 28.
Senior leaders of the Tehrik-e-Taliban
Pakistan (TTP) in Bajaur Agency denied any differences in the
Taliban ranks, and said they had no disagreement with TTP chief
Baitullah Mehsud and Maulana Faqeer Muhammad. Addressing a press
conference, the four senior TTP leaders in Bajaur Agency –Abdul
Wahab, Maulvi Abdul Hameed, Commander Hamza and Maulvi Muhammad
Munir – said they had no differences with the TTP chief or other
leaders and strongly condemned media reports about differences
Militants shot dead an Afghan
woman accused of being a US spy in North Waziristan, and dumped
her body in a sewer, a witness and intelligence officials said.
The body of Gulzada Bibi, a woman in her mid-thirties, was found
with three bullet wounds in her chest near Degan village, some
35 km west of Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan.
Mortar shells and rockets fired
from across the Afghan side of the border landed in the Spin Wam
area of North Waziristan. Local people said that seven rockets
and nine mortar shells landed in the area, but did not cause any
The Taliban militants re-occupied
a PTV booster and a Levies check post in the Barang sub-division
of the Bajaur Agency. According to Aaj TV, security forces
had earlier taken control of the booster compound and the check
post vacated by Taliban but on July 30 the Taliban regained control.
Militants holding talks with a
tribal jirga (council) in the Orakzai Agency released two
hostages they had kidnapped along with eight officers of the Water
Management Board on June 30. The militants, who are still holding
23 persons captive, have demanded release of their seven commanders
and withdrawal of troops from the area in return for their freedom.
The two hostages released on July 30 were identified as Jan Akbar
and Abdul Wahab.
Unidentified militants kidnapped
four employees of the Khushhali Bank from the bank’s premises
in Lower Aurakzai Agency. Armed militants entered the bank situated
near Kalaya, kidnapped branch manager Mohammad Jenan and three
staff members at gunpoint, and shifted them to an undisclosed
Militants kidnapped two Bajaur
Levies soldiers at the Jar check-post, 12 kilometers from the
Bajaur Agency headquarters in Khar. 35 armed insurgents reportedly
stormed the roadside check-post and abducted the two soldiers,
Associated Press quoted local commander Major Fazle Rabi as saying.
An Afghan national was killed
on charges of spying for America in the Bajaur Agency. Local people
said that the Afghan national identified as Mohammad Qasim was
shot dead in the Tangi area of Bajaur Agency. He was accused of
spying for USA. No group has claimed responsibility for the killing.
The Taliban in Mohmand Agency
released six members of Lashkar-e-Toiba’s Shah Group following
a jirga (council). A jirga led by Harkat-ul-Mujahideen
(HuM) chief Fazlur Rehman Khalil is reportedly in Mohmand Agency
for talks with the Taliban leadership.
At least nine Pakistan Army soldiers
were injured when a military convoy hit an improvised explosive
device planted on the roadside at Tanai near Wana in South Waziristan.
The troops were en route to Wana, regional headquarters of South
Waziristan, from Dera Ismail Khan in the NWFP.
A paramilitary soldier was killed
in a clash between local Taliban militants and Arang tribesmen
in the Uthmankhel area of Bajaur Agency. Sources said that the
Taliban had occupied a levies check-post and the tribe asked them
to vacate it and leave the area. In the ensuing gun-battle, a
trooper of the Levies was killed. The local Taliban had reportedly
occupied two other check-posts in the area some time ago but later
Unidentified militants attacked
military installations in South Waziristan with rockets. Officials
said that they fired four rockets in Wana in which one rocket
hit an electricity transformer inside Zyari Noor military camp,
causing power suspension to the camp. Two other rockets fell near
the building of the political administration but did not cause
any human or material loss. Similarly, four rockets were fired
at the paramilitary Frontier Corps fort Sarakanda near Angoor
Adda. The sources said two rockets fell on the helipad while two
others landed near Kutchery building.
Suspected militants opened fire
on a military post near Khamrang and injured a soldier.
Highly-motivated ‘boys and girls’
are eager to mount suicide attacks all over the country, including
Karachi, targeting high-profile Government functionaries, according
to the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Addressing a press conference
in Anayat Kalley in the Bajaur Agency, the TTP deputy chief Maulana
Faqir Mohammad and spokesman Maulvi Omar said that a ‘Fidayeen
Squad’, comprising 10- to 20-year-old boys and girls, was ready
to carry out the attacks if the Government did not immediately
stop the operation in Swat in the NWFP and did not reverse its
decision to launch military operation in other tribal areas.
Four persons were killed when
clashes resumed between the Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) and the Ansar-ul-Islam
(AI) after two weeks of lull in the remote Tirah valley of the
Khyber Agency. "Four fighters of LI were killed and several injured
in the attack," sources said, adding the group was also forced
to vacate a post in Sandapal area. A leader of the AI, Qari Ezatullah,
claimed that five men of the rival group were killed and 12 ‘seized’
while three important posts were also captured in the fighting.
However, LI spokesman Misri Khan said three cadres of his organisation
were killed and one post was captured by the rival group.
Frontier Corps and Bajaur Levies
personnel, backed by gunship helicopters, launched an operation
against the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)-linked militants in
the Bajaur Agency. Official sources said that gunship helicopters
targeted suspected hideouts and locations of the militants led
by TTP deputy chief, Maulana Faqir Mohammad, at Loisam area in
Nawagai town. There were also reports of casualties suffered by
the two sides in the fighting.
A new Taliban group in Waziristan
claimed responsibility for the missile attacks and bomb blasts
in South Waziristan a day earlier. Led by its commander Hafiz
Gul Bahadar, the Taliban Ittehad said that they were responsible
for firing missiles on three locations the previous day. Taliban
Ittehad spokesman Ahmadullah Ahmadi said that they would retaliate
against any attack by the Government. Another commander Abdul
Khaliq Haqqani said that he had prepared a group of suicide bombers
to be used against the Government.
Hundreds of Taliban militants
attacked a security check-post near the Afghan border late on
August 6, sparking fierce clashes in which up to 10 soldiers and
25 militants were killed, officials said on August 7. The security
forces (SFs) had deployed a large force at Loyesam, 12 kilometers
from Khar, headquarters of the Bajaur Agency, in a bid to reclaim
important nearby Taliban strongholds. A Frontier Corps officer
told AFP that 300-400 militants armed with AK-47 assault rifles,
rocket launchers and grenades, participated in the attack.
Five troops were killed and several
others injured when three roadside bombs hit a convoy of the SFs
near Rashakai area, some 8kms from Khar in Bajaur.
A soldier was killed and two others
sustained injuries when their vehicle going to Khar from Lowi
Sam hit a bomb detonated by remote control in the Tang Khatha
Three paramilitary soldiers were
wounded when another convoy was attacked in the Kamar Sur area
of Mamond sub-division. The Jaish-i-Islami, a banned outfit, has
claimed responsibility for the attack.
Militants attacked a security
check-post in the Umari area. It had reportedly been recaptured
by the SFs on August 6.
Thousands of people are reported
to have left their homes in Peora, Lowi Khwar, Tangi, Inzaree,
Khazana and moved to the Anbar area of Mohmand Agency. People
are also migrating from Mamond area to Munda and Jandol in Dir
More than 70 Taliban militants
were killed and 60 others sustained injuries in a gun-battle between
militants and the SFs in the Bajaur Agency. Seven paramilitary
troops also died in clashes near the Afghan border, as helicopter
gun-ships and mortars targeted militants’ hideouts in the Rashakai
and Tank Khata areas. "Intense firing again started at 8am at
Loisam, Omari and Nawagai areas where a large number of armed
Taliban are attacking security forces," an unnamed security official
Militants beheaded two men and
shot dead another in Bajaur Agency after accusing them of spying
on them. The bodies of three men were found dumped by a road at
Kayrala village, with notes saying, "These people were spying
on Taliban," said a local Government official. Witnesses said
that two had their heads severed and the third was killed by a
At least 10 people were killed
and 17 others sustained injuries as clashes between the Lashkar-e-Islam
and its rival Ansar-ul-Islam continued for the second day in the
Bilyamen area of Lower Kurram.
Paramilitary troops retreated
from the Loyesam area of Bajaur Agency, three days after an attempt
to recapture the Taliban stronghold near the Afghan border. Loyesam
lies on the strategically important road leading towards Peshawar,
capital of the NWFP. About 200 Frontier Corps (FC) troops were
deployed on August 6 to set up check-posts near the Afghan border,
prompting "tough resistance" from the militants. A press statement
from the FC headquarters in Peshawar said six soldiers were killed
and 15 injured after the paramilitary troops broke a Taliban siege
and reached Khar, the agency headquarters.
At least seven persons were killed
and more than 20 injured in fighting between the militants and
SFs in the Bajaur Agency, as Taliban occupied a 15-kilometre stretch
of land from agency headquarters Khar to the Jaar area. Fighter
aircraft and helicopter gun-ships targeted militant hideouts in
the agency after paramilitary troops withdrew from the Taliban
stronghold of Loyesam following three days of fierce clashes.
Two helicopters and two fighter jets targeted Taliban hideouts
in Loyesam, Bando, Rashakai, Tang, Jaar, Haji Lawang, Yousafabad
and Charmang areas until 4pm (PST). Approximately 40 houses were
destroyed during the bombing. Taliban militants reportedly attacked
the bombers with anti-aircraft guns in the Carela and Tang Khata
Militants have warned petrol pump-owners
in the FATA to desist from transportation of fuel to Afghanistan
and sell only the oil supplied by the Government-owned Pakistan
State Oil. After threats, several outlets have reportedly stopped
sale of oil supplied by multinational oil companies, while the
rest were weighing options either to close their pumps or to contact
the PSO for further supply, or to switch over to other businesses,
sources said. "We have been receiving threats from the Taliban
to stop selling oil supplied by the multinational oil companies
and sell only the supplies of the Pakistan State Oil," said the
manager of a petrol pump, selling oil of a multinational oil firm
in the Khyber Agency. A letter received by several petrol stations
in various agencies of the FATA had warned them to close these
establishments owned by multinational companies. The letter said
that in case of failure on the part of the pump-owners to comply
with the warning, their pumps would be set ablaze and they would
Security forces killed approximately
50 Taliban militants in fresh clashes in the Bajaur Agency, taking
the death toll to nearly 160 in five days of fighting. "Helicopter
gun-ships pounded positions of the militants in Bajaur and killed
about 50 of them," an unnamed security official told Reuters.
"Some of the bombs dropped by jets on suspected militants’ hideouts
in Tauheedabad and Damadola villages also hit many houses killing
six civilians and wounding 12 others," the security official told
AFP. Civilian casualties were also reported in the Charmang
area of Bajaur and the Manja area of Khar. According to The
News, at least 13 members of a family, including women and
children, were killed as a result of bombing at an unnamed village
in the Bajaur Agency.
The militants beheaded two men
for "spying" on them and shot dead a pro-government leader in
A senior al Qaeda operative and
17 other militants were killed and several others sustained injuries
when low-flying helicopters bombed their positions in the Bajaur
Agency. Sources said Abu Saeed al-Masri alias Mustafa Mohammad
Ahmad was killed in the air strike. The Egyptian-born Abu Saeed
was reported to be a senior member of the Majlis-i-Shura and financial
chief of al Qaeda. They said that Cobra helicopters precisely
targeted militants’ positions in Shahnari, Haji Lawang, Ragha
Dagg and Takht areas where security forces had been using air
power since August 8. The helicopters attacked militants’ hideouts
in Shahnari, killing 13 Taliban militants. They also hit four
vehicles in Takht, killing five militants and injuring three others.
Militants fired rockets on a van
carrying a displaced family in Gardai area. A man and his wife
were killed and their three children were wounded.
Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft
and military gunship helicopters continued targeting suspected
hideouts of militants in the Bajaur Agency, killing 21 more people,
including three civilians, and injuring several others. Official
and tribal sources said that fighter aircraft and the Pakistan
Army Cobra gunship choppers heavily bombarded suspected militant
positions and hideouts in various parts of Bajaur Agency, including
Pashat, Naraza and Mulla Said Banda in Salarzai sub-division and
Inam Khwaro and Damadola in the Mamond sub-division. The officials
claimed 12 militants were killed in the air strikes. In Jar Kalley
of Utmankhel sub-division, a group of militants sitting on the
roadside to target the troops through IEDs were targeted by gunship
choppers that killed six militants. In Pashat village, three tribesmen,
including an elder, were killed when his house came under attack
from a warplane.
12 militants, including three
Turkmen, some Arabs and Waziri tribal fighters, were killed and
several others injured when an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) fired
four Hellfire missiles on Shnawana village in South Waziristan
(SW), along the border with Afghanistan on August 12-night.
A doctor held hostage reportedly
by pro-Taliban militants in his house was killed along with his
eight captors when a mortar shell hit the house in the Haji Lawang
area in Bajaur Agency. Security forces hit the house of Dr Bawar
on August 12-night, killing him and the eight militants who had
forced him to stay in the house and treat their injured comrades.
Dr Bawar who worked in the Bajaur Agency headquarters hospital
in Khar was alone in his house after sending his family to another
area because of bombings carried out by the security forces.
SFs clashed with militants in
the nearby Jandola region in South Waziristan. Officials said
that two militants of the Baitullah Mehsud group were killed in
the clashes. The clashes followed an attack by militants on a
vehicle of the security forces in the Kirri area on August 12.
One soldier was killed and five others were wounded in the attack.
The paramilitary Frontier Corps
(FC) vacated Bajaur's biggest FC post at Sadeeqabad near Khar.
Sources close to the militants said the Taliban sent a delegation
to Tableeghi Markaz in Sadeeqabad and gave them a letter in which
they urged the Ulema (religious scholars) and local traders
to ask the FC officials to vacate the Sadeeqabad post or they
would attack the post and then they would not be responsible if
the local people and business community suffered human or material
losses. Residents of Sadeeqabad village said the militants later
reached there and started patrolling the streets.
The head of a banned militant
group in the Khyber Agency was shot dead. Amr Bil Maroof Wa Nahi
Anil Munkar chief Haji Namdar was delivering his routine sermon
for his FM radio channel from a mosque in Bar Kambarkhel when
an unidentified man shot and killed him. The attacker was later
captured by Namdar’s supporters. The executive body of the vigilante
organisation named Haji Hukam Khan as the new chief of the group.
Amid reports of the killing of
prominent militant Taliban commander Maulana Faqir Mohammad in
Bajaur Agency, the SFs intensified the ongoing military operation
against the militants in the area, killing 33 more Taliban militants.
Military officials in Bajaur said two vehicles carrying important
Taliban commanders, including their regional chief Maulana Faqir
Mohammad and his close associates, were targeted in Damadola.
"Two vehicles carrying senior Taliban commander Maulana Faqir
Mohammad and his close aides were targeted by two gunship choppers.
But I am not sure whether he (Maulana Faqir) died in the attack
or not," said a senior military official. 11 militants were
reportedly killed in this attack. Taliban spokesman Maulvi Omar
confirmed the air attack on a double-cabin pick-up truck of Maulana
Faqir, saying the vehicle was badly damaged. However, he said
Faqir Mohammad remained unscathed in the attack, as he had just
alighted from the vehicle.
Similarly, four gunship helicopters
continued targeting militants’ suspected hideouts in their strongholds
in Seway, Mamond, Mulla Said Banda, and Utmankhel sub-division.
According to military officials, 22 suspected militants were killed
and several others injured when gunship choppers targeted a Madrassa
(seminary) run by chief of the Bajaur Agency unit of Tehreek-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi
(TNSM) and Taliban commander Maulana Mohammad Munir at Seway in
Mamond sub-division. Officials said the militants were using the
seminary, built in the middle of orchards, as their hideout. However,
there was no information on whether Maulana Munir, who is head
of transport wing of the Taliban militants in Bajaur, was killed
in the attack or not.
People in Bajaur said 10 people
were killed when artillery shells hit two houses in the Kass and
Sheenkotai areas of Mamond sub-division late on August 13-night,
Dawn reported. Four houses were damaged in Kass, 30kms
northeast of Khar, headquarters of Bajaur Agency.
The bullet-riddled body of a pro-government
tribesman was found in Umari.
In addition, a Government primary
school for boys was blown up in Mian Kalay, near Mohmand Agency.
Military authorities issued a
warning to civilians in Taliban-dominated areas in Bajaur to move
to safe places. Witnesses said people in droves were fleeing areas
considered to be strongholds of the militants in Mohmand Agency,
near its boundary with Bajaur, and heading towards Peshawar, Charsadda
and some safe locations in the tribal area. Pamphlets were dropped
from helicopters in Khar, asking people to vacate the areas where
militants were hiding and not to travel after sunset and warning
that they could be attacked if the instructions were not followed.
At least 35 persons were killed
when helicopter gun-ships attacked militants in several areas
of the Bajaur Agency. Sources said the militants’ headquarters
at Savei in the Mamond sub-division was heavily bombed, killing
11 people. The building housed a so-called ‘Sharia court,’ a private
jail and a store of weapons and ammunition. In another attack,
the office of the local Taliban in a seminary was hit. The Taliban
had installed an FM radio station at the seminary run by Maulvi
Muneer. Witnesses said that militants attacked helicopters with
anti-aircraft guns in Saddiqabad near Khar. At least five of the
assailants were killed when the helicopters retaliated. In Mamond,
at least 10 militants were killed and 12 others wounded.
Political authorities said about
3,000 displaced families had left the area and crossed the Thoorghundai
The SFs hit two vehicles in the
Salarzai area of Bajaur Agency, killing 14 militants. Three children
were killed when a mortar shell missed its target and hit a house
in the Cheengai village in Damadola. Meanwhile, gunship choppers
targeted hideouts and locations of the militants in the Loisam
and Mamond areas. The SFs in Khar, headquarters of Bajaur Agency,
also fired artillery and mortar shells on suspected locations
of the Taliban. Sources said two militants were killed when a
mortar shell hit a roadside post manned by the armed Taliban at
Lagharay in Mamond sub-division. Similarly, two unidentified bodies
were recovered from the main road in Utmankhel.
Seven suspected militants were
killed when artillery shells were fired on their position on Khaza
Ghar mountains in Mamond. Militants had reportedly taken refuge
in caves and bunkers in the mountain and were using the route
for crossing into the adjoining Dir district from the Bajaur Agency.
The house of Assistant Political
Agent for the Frontier Region, Abdul Hamid Jan, was destroyed
in the shelling by the SFs in Tauheedabad area.
The residence and seminary of
Maulvi Niamatullah was bombed in the Salarzai area.
Military authorities and the Taliban
militants disagreed with the figures given by Rahman Malik in
his press briefing in Peshawar about the casualties of militants
in the military campaign in Bajaur. Malik had claimed that 461
militants had so far been killed in the military action. Military
officials, while quoting intercepted messages, said 165 militants
had been killed in the ongoing operation. Taliban spokesman Maulvi
Omar also denied losses of their people at such a large scale
in the air strikes and artillery shelling.
Four militants were killed when
three Pakistan Army gunship helicopters targeted Taliban militants
in the Bajaur Agency. Military sources said two militants riding
a motorcycle in Inayat Killay Bypass Road were targeted by the
military chopper and killed on the spot. In the same area, local
tribal sources said military choppers hit a petrol pump and razed
it to the ground. Military authorities suspected that militants
operating in the adjoining Mamond and Inayat Killay were getting
fuel from the petrol pump. Similarly, military sources said two
militants were killed when a chopper fired on Haji Lawang bridge
in the Utmankhel sub-division.
Militants beheaded a man accused
of spying for the United States-led NATO forces late on August
16 in Shawaal, 70 kilometers from Miranshah in North Waziristan.
The beheaded body of 40-year-old Said Munir, a resident of Zoee
Saidgi, was found on August 17. Locals also found a note pinned
to the body, which read that Munir had been spying for NATO forces.
A house was targeted in Badano
village where militants had hidden vehicles they had snatched
from the security forces. They claimed that four to six vehicles
were destroyed in the strikes on the house.
Gunship choppers bombed militants’
suspected hideouts in other small villages of Mamond sub-division
and Mulla Said Banda and Pashat in the Salarzai sub-division.
Seven persons, including two children,
were killed and nine others sustained injuries when gunship helicopters
attacked suspected militant positions in the Jar, Mulla Kali,
Haji Lawang, Banda, Salarzai and Damadola areas of Bajaur Agency.
The helicopters reportedly hit the house of one Pinda Khan in
Nawagai near the Afghan border, killing the two children. Local
people said that five other people were killed in the attack.
They also said that a local militant commander had also been killed,
but it was not confirmed by independent sources.
25 militants and five soldiers
were killed in clashes following a Taliban attack on a scouts’
camp in the Bajaur Agency. Three civilians were killed in air
strikes, sources said. Assistant Political Agent Mohammad Jamil
said that militants attacked the Bajaur Scouts camp in Nawagai
area at about 11pm on August 18 and the heavy exchange of fire
continued till 4am the next day. He said 15 militants and five
soldiers were killed while three soldiers sustained injuries.
However, local people said that 25 militants had been killed.
The militants are reported to
have attacked security forces in Inayet Kali, but there was no
Helicopters continued to attack
militants’ positions in different parts of the region. Witnesses
said that three villagers were killed in the air attacks. The
helicopters also hit the house of Taliban spokesman Maulvi Umar
in the Mamond area. The house was destroyed but there was no report
of any casualty.
The number of displaced people
of Bajaur Agency has gone up to over 250,000 and the Government
has sought help from non-governmental organisations in relief
and rehabilitation work. Prime Minister’s Adviser on Interior
Affairs Rehman Malik told representatives of 39 international
and local NGOs in Islamabad that the Government was providing
shelter, food and medicines to the displaced people but its resources
were not adequate to alleviate their suffering.
Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft
and Army gunship helicopters continued bombing suspected militant
hideouts in the Bajaur Agency, killing three more persons and
destroying a number of houses.
In addition, 14 militants were
killed when the security forces repulsed a Taliban attack.
SFs fired artillery and mortar
shells from the Bajaur Scouts headquarters in Khar towards suspected
Taliban positions in Nawagai, Mamond and Salarzai. Artillery and
mortar shelling was also directed at Inayet Kali. However, there
were no details about the losses suffered by the militants.
The Frontier Corps (FC) killed
about 15 Taliban militants in the Kurram Agency. The FC was directed
to launch the operation after all efforts for a cease-fire between
the warring factions in the Agency failed, said a press release
issued by the Interior Ministry in Islamabad. The statement said
a jirga (council) from Hangu was dispatched to Kurram Agency
to establish a truce between the warring factions. However, both
sides violated the cease-fire and the FC was directed to establish
the writ of the Government. The press release said that on August
19-night, between 300 to 400 Taliban militants attacked an FC
post at Matak. The troops repelled the attack, inflicting heavy
casualties on the militants.
12 persons, most of them alleged
foreign fighters, were killed and five others sustained injuries
when a US Predator fired two Hellfire missiles on a house in the
Zari Noor village of South Waziristan. Military Spokesman Major
General Athar Abbas confirmed the incident but said he would not
confirm whether it was a missile or rocket attack. He said he
had heard that 8-12 people had been killed in the explosions.
The military spokesman, however, denied reports that a US Predator
had fired Hellfire missiles on the Pakistani territory.
An Afghan national was killed
for his alleged ‘spying’ for American forces while a kidnapped
non-commissioned officer of security forces was set free in the
Mohmand Agency. The Afghan national, identified as Abdul Qayyum,
was shot dead by Taliban militants in the border village Kodakhel
on the charges that he was spying for the US and its allied forces
in Afghanistan. A note found with his body said that those spying
for American forces would meet the same fate. Further, the militants
also freed a security forces officer, identified as Khalilur Rehman,
who was kidnapped from the area in January 2008.
Four Taliban militants were killed
and another was injured in a clash between tribesmen and militants
in Khyber Agency’s Bara sub-division. The clash, in which heavy
weapons were used, erupted when the tribesmen tried to stop a
car carrying Taliban militants in the Malik Dinkhel area. The
militants opened fire at the tribesmen, who retaliated with rocket
fire and killed four militants and injured another.
Sixteen more people, including
10 militants and six civilians, were killed in mortar and artillery
shelling by the security forces in the Bajaur Agency.
The paramilitary Bajaur Scouts
shelled militant locations in their strongholds - Mamond and Salarzai
subdivisions - inflicting heavy losses on the Taliban. Two militants
were killed at Safarey village when a house they were staying
in was hit by an artillery shell. Sources from the militant stronghold
in Mamond said that forces from the Bajaur Scouts headquarters
in Khar continuously fired mortar and artillery shells on Mulla
Said Banda, Safarey, Katkay, Bandaray and adjoining small villages
reportedly inhabited by the militants. Several houses were damaged
in the overnight shelling.
The paramilitary forces fired
artillery shells at militant hideouts in various parts of Salarzai,
killing five militants.
Four persons - two women and two
children - were killed in Mulla Said Banda in artillery shelling,
causing damage to several houses.
Five persons, including three
Taliban militants and two children, died in artillery firing on
Kach village of Salarzai.
The deputy chief of the Tehrik-e-Taliban
Pakistan (TTP), Maulana Faqir Mohammad, offered to stop fighting
if the security forces halted bombing and mortar and artillery
shelling on residential areas of the tribal region.
A civilian was killed and eight
others sustained injuries when SFs targeted the hideouts of suspected
Taliban militants in the Haji Lawang area of Bajaur Agency. Locals
said that some houses were destroyed and others damaged in heavy
shelling by the security forces on the 17th day of
Official sources in Wana, headquarters
of South Waziristan, said militants loyal to Maulvi Nazir fired
rockets at the Tiarzah Fort injuring a paramilitary soldier. Seven
militants were reportedly wounded when security forces retaliated,
local administration officials said. The attack on the fort came
hours after NATO forces – in an operation co-ordinated with Pakistani
forces – "fired multiple artillery rounds into Pakistan," the
International Security Assistance Force statement said.
Five members of a family were
killed and six wounded when a mortar shell hit a residential compound
near Khar in the Bajaur Agency. Local people said the shell fired
by security forces landed in the house of one Qasim Jan at about
2:30 pm. The attack triggered fear among people and tribesmen
again started vacating their houses. Some families had recently
returned to their homes. Officials said that over 200,000 people
had been displaced because of the conflict in Bajaur. The International
Committee of the Red Cross has said that about 14,000 displaced
people have moved from the agency to Afghanistan’s Kunar province.
The Taliban militants killed two
tribesmen for allegedly spying for the United States in North
Waziristan. "They were working as ‘spies’ for America,"
a letter found with the two bullet-ridden bodies read. Residents
said the bodies were found early on August 23 near a roadside
in Dosali sub-division, 40 kilometers south of Miranshah.
Militants belonging to the pro-government
Taliban commander Maulvi Nazeer clashed with the SFs in South
Waziristan (SW) and five militants were killed and two sustained
injuries. Three SF personnel were also injured in these clashes
even as the fighting spread to Dray Nishtar, Sholam, Dana and
Patay and the two sides used mortars guns, rocket-launchers and
other heavy weapons.
Reports said the SFs fired artillery
shells at the militants’ positions in Dana, 10 kilometers west
of Wana, the headquarters of SW. They were retaliating against
the militants, who in the early hours of August 24 attacked a
post of the paramilitary Frontier Corps in Zam Cheena, 25 kilometers
west of Wana, with rocket-launchers and other sophisticated weapons
and caused injuries to three soldiers.
The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan
(TTP) announced a cease-fire in Bajaur Agency "after a request
from tribal elders" and said they would initiate a dialogue with
the Government. "We have directed our militants to stop attacks
against the government and security forces in Bajaur from today,"
Maulvi Omar, TTP spokesman told AFP. He said, "The jirga
(elders’ council) insisted that Taliban should stop fighting
in the interest of the people of Bajaur." The jirga has "assured"
the Taliban that troops will also suspend shelling and bombing
raids in the area, he added. "We are ready for talks with the
Government and the truce is an important development towards dialogue,"
Gunship helicopters killed five
militants while shelling militant hideouts in the Bajaur Agency
near the Afghan border. "Helicopters gunships shelled militant
hideouts in several villages in Bajaur Agency, which left five
militants killed and 10 injured," an unnamed security official
The local Taliban led by pro-government
militant commander Maulvi Nazir announced a unilateral cease-fire
after fierce clashes with security forces in South Waziristan.
Militant sources said a Jirga (council) of Ahmadzai Wazir
tribal elders held an emergency meeting with Political Agent Syed
Shahab Ali Shah and informed him of the frequent violation of
Pakistan's airspace by the US spy planes and carrying out air
strikes in the Agency, killing innocent tribesmen in the name
of al Qaeda. The Jirga assured the Political Agent of their
co-operation in maintaining law and order in the area and convinced
the official that in future Ahmadzai Wazir tribesmen would refrain
from attacking the security forces.
Troops killed at least 50 militants,
including some foreign fighters, in the Bajaur Agency. SFs targeted
militants holed up in a health centre, killing 30 of them and
wounding many more, military spokesman Major Murad Khan told AP.
In another clash, helicopter gun-ships
and aircraft targeted militant hideouts in the Loyesam, Charmang
and Ghonday areas of agency headquarters Khar, and Rahgan, Aupusht
and Dherai area of Salarzai sub-division, killing eight militants
and injuring 12 others.
23 Taliban militants and two soldiers
were killed, while 20 militants and seven soldiers were injured
after clashes broke out in different areas of South Waziristan.
Sources said that the Taliban attacked a check-post in Tiarza,
three kilometers off Wana on August 26-night. The security forces
(SFs) countered the attack, killing 11 militants and injuring
20 others. Fierce fighting between the two sides reportedly continued
throughout August 27. Two soldiers were killed and seven others
sustained injuries when the Taliban attacked three army vehicles
near Wana bazaar in the evening. Fighting was intensified in different
areas after the attack on the army convoy. Sources added that
12 more militants were killed in the clashes. Further, a woman
and a man were killed after a mortar shell hit their house.
Ahmadullah Ahmadi, a spokesman
for the militant group of Hafiz Gul Bahadar and Maulvi Nazir,
said that the Taliban had declared a unilateral cease-fire till
August 30 in the tribal area. He said that they would not violate
the truce without provocation.
SFs killed five militants in fresh
attacks on suspected locations in the Salarzai sub-division of
Bajaur Agency. The SFs targeted locations in the Derakai, Raghagan,
Ghakhay and Chawatra localities of Salarzai, killing the five
militants. Sources said tribesmen killed a militant and captured
five others in the Pashat area.
Four mortar shells hit the house
of an Afghan national Sherin in the Siddiqabad area, killing his
In Siddiqabad, the militants blew
up a middle school for girls.
A missile fired from a United
States drone injured a woman and three children in South Waziristan
late on August 27-night, officials and residents told Daily
Times on August 28. The US missile struck the backyard of
the house of Sardali Khan in the Ganghikhel area, injuring four
members of his family.
Three suspected militants were
killed and seven others sustained injuries when SFs backed by
artillery and helicopter gun-ships targeted the Malkana, Chothra,
Ghakhi and Berakai areas in Bajaur Agency with mortar and canon
At least five militants were killed
and four others were injured in a missile strike on a house in
South Waziristan. The missile, which targeted the house of Noor
Khan Wazir, is said to have been fired from an aircraft. Reports
indicated that at least two foreigners were among the dead. The
area is considered to be the stronghold of pro-government warlord
Maulvi Nazeer, who had expelled Uzbek militants from there following
several days of fierce battle in 2007.
A house came under attack in South
Waziristan and four persons, including two Canadians of Arab origin,
The military operation in the
FATA will be suspended on August 31 in view of the holy month
of Ramazan, said Interior Adviser Rehman Malik. But he said the
military would respond ‘with full force’ if it were attacked.
"It is not a ceasefire… If they fire a single bullet we will
respond with 10 bullets," he said while talking to reporters
Six people were killed and eight
others sustained injuries in a missile attack on a residential
compound in Ghundi village of North Waziristan. It was not clear
if the missile had been fired from a US drone, but some local
people reported seeing an unmanned aircraft flying over the area.
According to AFP, most of the dead were foreign militants,
including Arabs and Uzbeks. This was the fourth missile attack
in the tribal region during August.
Militants killed a watchman of
the local Intelligence Bureau office. Sher Baz Khan, an Afghan
national, had been abducted from outside the office in Miranshah
on August 29 and his body was found on the Razmak-Eisha road the
A joint operation by the Frontier
Corps and the Khasadars forced the Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) chief
Mangal Bagh to leave Landi Kotal. The political administration
had given a deadline to the LI to vacate the area by 11am on August
31. The authorities closed the road leading to Torkham and imposed
a curfew in Jamrud. Bagh reportedly fled for Gagrina in Bazaar
Zakhakhel an hour before the operation.
Eight persons were killed when
mortar shells hit a house in the Inayet Kali area of Bajaur despite
a cease-fire announced by the Government on August 31-night.
A tribal lashkar (army) formed
to end militancy in Kurram Agency re-took Char Dewal and Jalmai
villages, strongholds of the Taliban, while six militants were
killed and 26 injured in fresh clashes.
A lashkar (army) of the Salarzai
tribe set ablaze 18 houses of suspected militants as it intensified
its campaign in the area.
A tribal lashkar (army) is reported
to have shot dead six Taliban militants in fresh clashes in various
parts of the Kurram Agency in the FATA.
A retired schoolteacher was shot
dead in the Koza Banda area of Kabal sub-division.
A suspected militant was wounded
in a missile attack in the Charkhel area of North Waziristan.
The tribal lashkar torched five
houses to punish tribesmen for providing refuge to Taliban militants
at Salarzai in the Bajaur Agency.
At least 20 people, most of them
women and children, were killed in an assault by US-led coalition
forces on a village near the Afghan border.
At least four militants were killed
and several others injured in attacks by security forces (SFs)
on their hideouts in Bajaur Agency.
The violence and shelling have
again forced local people to leave Damadola, Dabbar and Badano
and shift to Sadiqabad, Anayat Kalley, Khar and other adjacent
A lashkar (army) formed by the
Salarzai tribe continued attacks on hideouts of militants.
At least seven Khassadars (tribal
police force) were kidnapped by unidentified gunmen from Ziarey
check-post in the Khyber Agency.
Afghan intelligence claimed, it
had arrested a Pakistan national who said he was paid by his country’s
intelligence agency to help abduct a Japanese aid worker who was
later shot dead.
Six people, including two suspected
Arab nationals and four Dawar tribal militants, were killed and
four others injured in yet another missile strike by a US Predator
on Achar Khel village near Miranshah in North Waziristan.
Five soldiers were injured in
an attack by militants in the Bajaur Agency of the FATA.
SFs targeted suspected hideouts
of the militants in parts of the Mamoond sub-division. However,
no reports of casualty were available.
Four children were among six civilians
killed in a suspected missile attack from an unmanned United States
spy plane on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in North Waziristan.
Security forces continued targeting
militants’ positions in different areas of the Mamond and Salarzai
areas of Bajaur Agency killing two suspects and injuring five
Pakistan stopped supplies to the
United States and NATO forces in Afghanistan through its western
Torkham border, citing security concerns.
The coalition forces also get
supplies through the Chaman border in Balochistan, but the bulk
of the supplies goes through Torkham – a shorter route for Kabul
where the US and NATO forces are based.
Tribesmen used a machine gun to
fire at a low-flying pilotless US aircraft above North Waziristan.
However, the aircraft was not hit. The tribesmen said that NATO
missile attacks from Afghanistan always followed drone flights.
Violations of Pakistan’s airspace by US drones have reportedly
increased in the last six months.
Suspected US drones hit the house
and seminary of former Taliban commander Maulvi Jalaluddin Haqqani
in the Dandi Derpakhel area of North Waziristan killing 23 persons,
including three Arab and two Azerbaijani nationals among them.
A woman and two children died
on the same day when a mortar shell hit their house in Shago area
Several suspected Taliban hideouts
were destroyed as security forces re-established their posts in
Khar, the headquarters of Bajaur Agency, in the Federally Administered
Tribal Areas (FATA). Taliban hideouts were destroyed in Khar and
Siddiq Abad areas.
Pakistan reopened supply lines
to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces in Afghanistan,
after the road through the Khyber Pass was blocked, days after
a raid by the US commandos on a Pakistani village.
30 Taliban militants were killed
when the troops backed by tanks and heavy artillery attacked the
militants in the Rashakai area of Bajaur Agency in FATA said a
Frontier Constabulary statement.
A Jirga (tribal council) vowed
to keep terrorists out of the Salarzai tehsil (revenue division).
The Salarzai tribe jirga renewed its pledge "to stand by the government"
as it announced new sanctions against people supporting militancy
in their areas.
The missile strike in North Waziristan
in the FATA was carried out by the Central Intelligence Agency,
claimed two unnamed US officials. Unnamed Pakistani intelligence
officials told Associated Press that the four foreigners killed
in the strike were Abu Qasim, Abu Musa, Abu Hamza and Abu Haris.
However, a Pakistani army spokesman, Maj Murad Khan, said that
the military had no information about the identity of the men
killed in the ‘explosions’.
Militants fired rockets at military
camps in the Mir Ali and Miranshah areas. However, no loss of
life or damages to the property was reported.
Militants in North Waziristan
have threatened to target girls’ schools and government offices
unless madrassas destroyed in military operations were reconstructed.
The US military will revise its
strategy for Afghanistan to include militant ‘safe havens’ in
Pakistan in its area of concern, the Chairman of the US Joint
Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen said.
A cease-fire between two sects
in the Kurram Agency in FATA was holding, as security forces took
positions on both side of the divide.
Elders from the Bangash tribe
told reporters that they had vacated all their positions and hoisted
A Washington Post report said
that missile attacks by the US drones in Pakistan have tripled
in 2008 after ‘frustrated’ US and Pakistani officials decided
to change tactics in the war on terror. Pakistani officials have
reported 11 such strikes in FATA this year, the report said, compared
with three in 2007.
The US National Intelligence Council
(NIC) warned the Bush administration in August that a decision
to launch ground attacks inside Pakistan could further destabilise
the Pakistani government and the military. Security analysts believe
if US commando raids continue beyond a few months they could provoke
large-scale defections from the Pakistani Army serving in FATA.
At least 100 militants, most of
them foreigners, were killed and around 25 others injured in the
continued military offensive in the Bajaur Agency of FATA. "Eighty
to 100 militants were killed in Bajaur today. Most of them are
foreigners," an unnamed official said. The casualties were reported
in Loyesam, Tangkhata, Rashakai, Khazana and Banda areas following
air strikes, artillery and mortar fires, adds Reuters. Several
militant hideouts were also destroyed in the offensive. Taliban’s
main office in Inayat Killi, nine kilometres off Khar, was also
targeted in an air strike while 200 shops in a commercial market
were destroyed. The whole market was in flames following the attack,
causing damage worth millions of rupees.
Five people, including four militants,
were killed and seven others injured in clashes between rival
tribes in the Kurram Agency of FATA.
Taliban militants shot dead three
pro-government tribesmen accusing the victims of spying against
them, officials said.
An anti-terrorism court (ATC)
granted bail to three Taliban militants whose release was one
of the local Taliban’s key demands from the government since they
were arrested in July.
At least 85 heavily armed terrorists
were killed in an air and land offensive in Bajaur Agency in the
Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), a Frontier Corps’
(FC) statement said.
A missile from a suspected United
States drone killed 14 people when it hit a house in the outskirts
of Miranshah in North Waziristan tribal area in the Federally
Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). It was the fourth such strike
in a week.
At least 60 militants were killed
and 25 injured during clashes with security forces (SFs) in Bajaur
Agency in FATA. Six terrorists were killed and five others injured
when a helicopter gunship attacked the vehicle carrying them to
Mohmand Agency. However, a military spokesman, Major Murad Khan,
told the Associate Press, "We killed 72 militants, while eight
of our soldiers have died in Bajaur since Wednesday." The sources
said security forces attacked the Loyesam, Tangkhata, Rashakai,
Khazana, Banda, Glukas, Baichina and Kerala areas of Khar Tehsil
(administrative unit) with heavy artillery, tanks, gunship helicopters
and fighter jets, destroying "several" terrorists’ hideouts.
Four people, including three militants,
were killed and six others wounded in clashes between warring
tribes in the Kurram Agency in FATA.
The SFs are preparing for an advance
towards terrorist strongholds in Nawagai and Chamrkand Tehsils
after having captured "the most important" terrorist stronghold
of Loyesam. The terrorists, sources said, are resisting the forces’
advance towards the central areas of Loyesam.
Three missiles fired from Afghanistan
landed in the Suran Darra area of Mohmand Agency in FATA.
At least 30 terrorists were killed
and several others injured during military action in the Bajaur
Agency of FATA.
Unidentified terrorists killed
a man in the North Waziristan, accusing him of spying on them
for the United States (US).
Clashes between rival tribesmen
continued in various parts of the Kurram Agency in FATA, leaving
one person dead and five others injured, an unnamed political
administration official said.
US military strikes at Taliban
and al Qaeda targets inside Pakistan are risky but necessary and
were long overdue.
Helicopter gun ships and fighter
jets killed 24 Taliban militants in raids on their hideouts in
Bajaur Agency in FATA.
Two United States (US) military
helicopters turned back to Afghanistan from the border after shots
were fired from the ground, but there were conflicting accounts
of the incident.
Troops have been deployed in trenches
vacated by warring tribes in the Kurram Agency in FATA, political
Security forces arrested a Taliban
commander, Abdul Rashid, at the Ghalani check post in the Halimzai
Tehisl (administrative unit) of Mohmand Agency in FATA.
Ten Taliban militants were killed
and several others injured when Pakistan Army helicopter gunship
and fighter jets fired shells at militant hideouts in Bajaur Agency
in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
At least 19 Taliban militants
were killed in the ongoing military operation in different areas
of Bajaur Agency in FATA.
A United States missile strike
on a compound used by militants in South Waziristan in FATA killed
at least six people and wounded three others.
One person was killed and five
others injured in clashes between two warring tribes in the Kurram
The telephone and mobile phone
services have been suspended to the area as some miscreants had
detonated the telephone exchange in the Sadda area a few days
The security forces (SFs) took
control of the vacated Koza Bandai area of Swat in the FATA. Taliban
had vacated the area after an agreement with the local peace committee
on September 15-16.
14 people were killed and 26 others
injured in clashes between the warring tribes of the Kurram Agency
in FATA. The clashes have intensified in the Pewar, Pewar Tangi,
Mangak and Arwali areas of Kurram despite deployment of security
forces in the area.
Local Taliban have evicted around
200 shia families from the Aurakzai Agency who have resettled
The security forces (SFs) killed
at least eight Taliban militants and injured several others in
an attack on Taliban strongholds in Bajaur Agency in the FATA.
Their command and control system was also destroyed.
Three out of seven people killed
in US drone attack on the Baghar village of South Waziristan Agency
included two Arabs, one of them a senior al-Qaeda commander, and
one hailing from the Punjab Province. The two Arabs were identified
as Jiran, the al-Qaeda commander, and Sabri while the name of
the militant commander from the Punjab could not be ascertained.
An unnamed senior militant commander, said all the three men were
sitting in a vehicle parked in front of a mud-built house in Baghar
village near Angoor Adda when two US drones fired four Hellfire
missiles, killing them and four others staying in the house. He
said Jiran was appointed as al-Qaeda’s operational commander for
a particular region in Afghanistan following the death of senior
al-Qaeda commander Abu Imam while fighting the US forces near
Bagram in Afghanistan three months ago. "Jiran was a senior operational
commander and was mostly living in the border areas between Afghanistan
and Pakistan. He used to change his locations due to continuous
surveillance by the US spy planes on the border villages," said
the tribal militant commander.
At least 20 people were killed
and 18 others sustained serious injuries in clashes between the
Toori and Mangal tribes in the Kurram Agency of FATA. The clashes
between the two rival tribes have been continuing for the seventh
straight week, with both sides using heavy automatic weaponry.
Local residents were facing food shortages due to the closure
of several highways for the last year. Electricity supplies to
the area had been cut off for the last six weeks.
The helicopters flew over Mamoond
Tehsil (administrative unit) in the Bajaur Agency in the FATA
and shelled the Damadola area. Fighter aircraft also flew over
the area and bombed suspected Taliban hideouts. However, no casualties
The security forces (SFs) gained
total control of Siddiqabad, Toheedabad, Rehman Baba, Shandai
Mor, Faja, Sabu Kalay, Yousufabad, Sharpana, Nawidand, Shomlo
Qila and Mamizo areas of Khar Tehsil. They have also established
check posts in the area and are patrolling the roads.
The SFs captured at least four
Taliban militants after in a clash in the Loyesam area.
The United States (US) drones
continued their flights over various areas of North and South
Waziristan in the FATA, creating panic and fear among the locals.
The US spy planes were seen flying over Ghulam Khan, Hamzoni,
Ditta Khel and Mir Ali areas of North Waziristan and Angoor Adda
and Mateen areas of South Waziristan.
Preliminary investigation suggests
there was a strong connection with South Waziristan Agency regarding
the Islamabad blast. The six-wheeler dumper used in the attack
carried 600-kilogram’s of RDX and TNT explosives, along with splinters,
mortars, artillery rounds, mines and aluminum powder – which caused
the fire. The hotel was not the intended target. 53 people, including
four foreigners, had been killed in the attack and 266, including
13 foreigners, had been injured.
The Prime Minister Syed Yousuf
Raza Gilani said that terrorists had intended to target Parliament
and the Prime Minister House where key figures of the country
were present after attending a joint parliamentary session.
The federal government says it
will intensify operations in FATA, with more security personnel
set to be committed to the fight for a large operation which is
to begin sometime in the next 48 hours. The operation in Swat,
Bajaur and other tribal agencies will continue. After a brief
consultation between the prime minister, the adviser on interior
and other security officials, it was decided not to show any sign
of weakness in the operation against the militants. The intensity
of the crackdown against the banned organizations will be increased.
Afghan Consul-General in Peshawar,
Abdul Khaliq Farahi, was abducted and his driver was shot dead
for resisting the assailants.
Pakistani troops reportedly fired
at two US gunship helicopters that intruded into the Lowara Mandi
area of the North Waziristan Agency (NWA), forcing them to fly
back to Afghanistan.
Security forces killed at least
10 militants in Bajaur Agency.
Foreign al Qaeda and Taliban fighters
are ‘infiltrating’ into Bajaur from Afghanistan to join their
colleagues in the crucial battle for survival in the face of an
all-out military action. Foreign militants are leading the fight
against the army. The army action is beyond the local combatants’
capacity and they need hardened and well-trained foreign militants.
The foreign Taliban and al Qaeda – Arabs, Chechens, Uzbeks and
Afghans – are being led by an Afghan commander, Qari Ziaur Rehman.
The army undertook a leading role
in the operation from September 1, after paramilitary forces made
a failed attempt to take over Loyesam from the militants on August
6. Since then, 80 percent areas of Utmankhel, Salarzai and Khar
tehsils have been ‘cleared of militants’. However, Nawagai and
Mamoond tehsils have not yet been secured against the militants.
Three persons, including two women,
were killed in a mortar attack on the Pewar village of Kurram
Agency in the FATA. The Mengal tribesmen allegedly fired four
mortar shells at a house in the Pewar village that belonged to
a Toori tribesman, killing three people.
25 Taliban militants and seven
soldiers were killed during fierce fighting in different areas
of Bajaur Agency in the FATA. Troops used heavy artillery, fighter
jets and helicopter gun ships to target Taliban positions in the
Loyesam, Rashakai, Tang Khata, Gang, Tangi, Shnikot, Bai Cheena
and Kosar areas. After the armed clashes in the Rashakai area,
helicopters and fighter jets hit the area. Taliban hideouts in
Gulani were bombed and security forces took control of Machni
and Rashkai areas. Several Taliban bunkers were also destroyed
in the operation. The troops recovered arms and ammunition from
several compounds they searched in the Tang Khata, Rashakai and
Two volunteers of a tribal lashkar
were killed and seven others injured when their vehicle hit a
roadside landmine in the Ghakhi area of Salarzai tehsil (revenue
Tribal elders, clerics and Taliban
militants publicly uted four criminals in Wana in South Waziristan
for allegedly committing murder. The Taliban blindfolded the four
(alleged) criminals before allowing people to shoot them.
At least three people were killed
when a shell hit their vehicle as security forces (SFs) and Taliban
militants clashed in the Karapa area of Mohmand Agency in the
Five clerics were wounded in separate
attacks in North Waziristan in FATA. Maulvi Ahmed Zaman was wounded
in a bomb blast near his home in Miranshah while four other clerics
were wounded when unidentified assailants opened fire on them
near Mir Ali town. No group has claimed responsibility for the
At least 16 Taliban militants
and two civilians were killed when army helicopter gun ships attacked
Taliban hideouts in the Bajaur Agency of FATA. Helicopter gunships
pounded positions of militants in the Damadola, Shinkot areas
from morning until evening, killing 16 Taliban and wounding 20
others, most of them civilians. Two civilians were also killed
in the shelling.
Meanwhile, an Utmankhel tribe
Jirga (council) decided to take action against the Taliban and
their backers in the area. Thousands of Salarzai tribesmen announced
to launch an operation against the Taliban on the fourth day after
Eid. The Salarzai tribesmen torched the houses of 18 people accused
of helping or sheltering the Taliban. Around 234 families left
the agency in the wake of the military operation against the Taliban.
Suspected Taliban militants killed
one person and abducted another from the Jamia Azizia mosque in
the Khyber Agency of FATA. Roz Khan, who had dedicated the land
for the mosque, was killed and a cleric was abducted in the attack.
Witnesses said the Taliban sprayed the sides of the mosque with
A 3,000-strong armed tribal lashkar
forced Taliban out of the Malagori area near Jamrud. A spokesman
for the lashkar told reporters that around 150 Taliban had fled
the area. Taliban vacated the area to avoid clashes with the lashkar.
Subsequently, the lashkar torched Taliban bases and centers in
the Tortopay and Zag Gujjar Dand areas.
The Government Girls School and
College in Jamrud received threatening letters from the Taliban.
The letters warned girl students not to attend school and asked
the parents not to send their daughters to college, threatening
them of dire consequences otherwise.
At least three persons were injured
when a hand grenade went off in the Maro Khel area of Kurram Lower
in the FATA. According to the political officials, three tribesmen
sustained injuries when a hand grenade blasted in the restive
agency. The clashes between the warring tribes in Kurram Agency
have halted as peace negotiators started discussing peace in Peshawar.
In the Angoor Adda area of South
Waziristan Agency, unidentified militants abducted a contractor
and his driver. Political administration officials identified
the contractor as Muhammad Sadiq and his driver as Ali Muhammad.
14 militants were killed and 20
others injured when security forces, backed by helicopter gun
ships and artillery, pounded suspected militant positions in the
Bajaur Agency of FATA. Militants had attacked a security check
post in the Tang Khatta, about nine kilometers from Khar, early
in the morning. Security forces retuned fire and a gun battle
that continued for about five hours killed seven militants while
injuring several others.
Also, helicopters shelled militant
hideouts in the Tang Khatta, Damadola, Rashakai, Bicheena and
Banda areas, killing another seven militants.
The situation in Bajaur Agency
will be stabilised within two months, the Frontier Corps (FC)
chief in the region said on September 26. "My timeframe for Bajaur
is anything from between one-and-a-half to two months to bring
about stability," FC Inspector General Maj Gen Tariq Khan told
reporters. He informed that the troops had killed more than 1,000
Taliban and injured 2,000 others since the offensive began in
early August and that five top al Qaeda and Taliban commanders
were among those killed in the month-long operation. He said they
included four foreigners. They were Egyptian Abu Saeed Al-Masri,
Arab Abu Suleiman, Uzbek Mullah Mansoor, and an Afghan commander
called Manaras. The fifth was a son of Faqir Mohammad, the top
Taliban commander in the region. Faqir himself was believed to
be injured. Some 63 troops had died and 212 were injured in the
operation so far, Khan further said. Khan estimated 65 percent
of the Taliban problem would be eliminated if they were defeated
in Bajaur, describing the region as a ‘centre of gravity’ for
the Taliban. "If they lose here, they’ve lost almost everything,"
he said. Khan also showed reporters photos of tunnel systems and
trenches, suggesting the Taliban were well established in the
region that is considered a likely hiding place for top al Qaeda
leaders including Osama Bin Laden. He put the Taliban’s strength
at around 2,000, including Afghans, Uzbeks and Arabs as well as
Pakistani Taliban. He said the Taliban’s fighting strength had
not gone down appreciably despite heavy casualties due to reinforcements
coming in from the northwest as well as Afghanistan. "I personally
feel that trained squads have been moved in," Khan said.
A local tribesman was killed and
four Taliban militants were injured during a clash in the Shakai
area of South Waziristan Agency in FATA.
The security forces killed at
least 16 Taliban militants after coming under attack at Bajaur
Agency in FATA. Taliban attacked three military posts near Khar
on September 27 -night. But soldiers repulsed them with artillery
and mortar fire. He added that helicopter gunships and fighter
jets bombed Taliban positions in three villages in the district.
Thousands of Charmang tribesmen
following in the footsteps of Salarzai and Utmankhel tribes announced
the formation of a grand 'laskhar' to launch massive crackdown
against militants in the Agency and vowed to fight shoulder-to-shoulder
with the Pakistan Army. The decision of forming the national laskhar
was taken during a jirga (council) held at Khar which was attended
by large number of Charmang tribesmen and elders of Bajaur. "Any
person found guilty of giving shelter to Taliban fighters in their
areas or homes would be severely punished and their houses would
be burnt down," the jirga said. The Charmang tribes have announced
to launch the campaign from the Fourth Day of Eidul Fitr.
Four Taliban militants were killed
and two others were wounded in the shelling of a vehicle at Mamoond
town, when tribesmen backed by Army helicopter gunships fought
the Taliban at Bajaur Agency in the FATA. Troops killed another
five Taliban militants after they launched an attack on a military
checkpost in the same town, leading to a gun battle that lasted
nearly an hour, the official said. A tribal lashkar killed two
Taliban militants and captured another in Lower Kurram, following
the abduction of a tribal elder.
The helicopter gunships destroyed
explosive-laden vehicles of Taliban militants at a basic health
unit. The local administration said the Taliban subsequently blew
up two security checkposts and a bridge in retaliation to the
vehicle attack on September 29. The report added that the latest
clash broke out in Mulla Saib Dara village, when a 6,000-strong
tribal lashkar tried to set ablaze houses and hideouts of Taliban
militants. "Fighting is going on and to help us, the army sent
some gunships which fired at the Taliban, killing several of them,"
tribal elder Malik Younus told Reuters. He said his men would
battle the Taliban until they were cleared from the region. "It’s
now clear to everybody that we can’t tolerate lawlessness in our
land. Everyone has to obey our tribal rules and they can’t make
our land a hub of terrorism," Younus added.
Further, residents said government
helicopters dropped leaflets in various parts of the agency calling
for the support. Meanwhile a Taliban spokesman, Maulvi Omar, said
over telephone from an undisclosed location, "There is no revolt
against the Taliban," Reuters reported. "It’s government propaganda.
Nobody dares stand up against the Taliban," Omar added. He said
the Taliban had killed 15 tribesmen in the clash over the past
two days. Associated Press of Pakistan reports that following
the Salarzai and Charmang tribes, the Utman Khel tribe declared
to form a lashkar against the Taliban after Eid.
At least 13 more militants were
killed and ten others injured when a Qaumi lashkar (army) of the
Salarzai tribe launched an operation against the militants in
the Salarzai tehsil (revenue division). A member of the lashkar
told local journalists that operations were launched in Dara,
Mullah Syed and Banda areas of the tehsil wherein various hideouts
of militants were razed to ground. An elder of the tribe was also
killed in the operation. As reported earlier, the Qaumi lashkar
of Salarzai tribe announced to fully support the security forces
in their hot pursuit against the militants in Bajaur Agency.
Five people had been killed in
a US strike, eight kilometres south of the town of Mir Ali. Reports
said that a US pilot less drone fired two missiles at a house
in the area.
Troops backed by artillery killed
25 Taliban militants in the Bajaur Agency in FATA. Gun battles
erupted overnight and continued until late night after militants
attacked security check posts in four villages, an unnamed security
official told AFP, adding, "there were fierce clashes and we have
reports of 25 militants being killed" in the villages of Rashakai,
Tang Khata, Bai Cheena and Khazana.
The local government has ordered
Afghan refugees in Bajaur to leave the area within three days.
There are an estimated 70,000 Afghan refugees in Bajaur, who have
been living there since the late 1970s after fleeing the Soviet
invasion of Afghanistan.
A tribal lashkar (army) of the
Peroz Khel tribe ‘arrested’ at least 18 pro-Taliban militants,
including four suspected suicide attackers, and ‘seized’ two explosive-laden
vehicles at Goin area in the Orakzai Agency. According to officials
of the political administration, the militants were ‘arrested’
during the ongoing operation against pro-Taliban militants in
the Orakzai Agency. The lashkar also recovered two explosive-laden
vehicles and large quantity of weapons and ammunition, including
four suicide jackets, from their possession. The tribal lashkar
of Peroz khel tribe had established blockades in different points
of the agency and captured important hill tops in a bid to resist
the militants' movement in the area. The lashkar and security
forces also exchanged fire with the militants on October 1-night.
United States air strikes on three
villages in North Waziristan in FATA killed at least 20 people.
Intelligence officials said a pilot less drone aircraft launched
an attack on the Mohammad Khel village, 30-kilometres west of
Miranshah, at around 9:30pm (PST).
Pakistani intelligence officials
reported another US air strike on Datta Khel village, situated
closer to the border with Afghanistan, in which at least three
persons were killed.
Taliban militants abducted a trooper
in the Bara tehsil (revenue division) of Khyber Agency in the
FATA. Subedar Daulat Khan was on his way home from Bara along
with his family members when he was abducted by masked men, who
forced him to stop his car.
Volunteers of the Salarzai tribe
set ablaze eight Taliban houses in the Aundai area of Bajaur Agency.
Taliban militants attacked the lashkar (army) and three Taliban
militants were killed in the exchange of fire.
The residents of Mamoond have
also decided to form a lashkar to combat the Taliban. The decision
was taken during a meeting of tribal elders. Another meeting of
tribal leaders would be held on October 5 to devise a strategy
The Afghan refugees started leaving
Bajaur Agency following a three-day deadline given by the local
administration for them to vacate the agency, locals said.
Tribesmen in the Mir Ali sub-division
fired rockets at two drones that crossed into Pakistan. The two
drones entered Pakistani airspace from the Afghan side in Mir
Ali sub-division, located 23-kilometers east of Miranshah, locals
said. The spy planes returned as locals fired rockets at them.
However, no casualty was reported.
At least five Taliban militants
were killed when security forces targeted suspected Taliban hideouts
in the Bajaur Agency of FATA with heavy artillery and helicopter
gunships. Eight Taliban were also injured in the operation at
Tang Khata, Rashakai, Khazana, Kausar and Shinkot. The APP, however,
quoted a Frontier Corps (FC) press release as saying that six
Taliban wearing the FC uniform were killed in the Khazana area.
Seven people were injured when
a remote controlled bomb exploded at the hujra (guesthouse) of
a tribal elder in the Pusht area of Salarzai tehsil (revenue division).
The bomb was placed in a plastic bag at the main entrance leading
to the hujra of former parliamentarian Shahabuddin Khan.
Five persons were killed and three
others injured after clashes between tribal rivals in the North
Waziristan Agency of FATA.
Six militants were killed in a
fierce clash with the Frontier Corps (FC) in the Khazana area
of Bajaur Agency in the FATA. In a statement issued in Peshawar,
FC authorities said that the militants "wearing militia uniforms"
had occupied a house.
The security forces (SFs) backed
by tanks and artillery advanced towards Lowi Sam, a militant stronghold
after destroying their sanctuaries and consolidating their position
in the Rashakai area. Sources said that troops had established
several checkpoints and cleared one and a half kilometre stretch
between Rashakai and Lowi Sam of mines and other types of explosives.
Militants’ positions in other areas were also attacked. The sources
also said that the militants were firing on troops from their
positions. Several rocket-propelled grenade launchers and pistols
and Afghan currency notes were seized during a mop-up operation.
An official said that 25 Afghans
had been arrested while a large number of Afghans had left the
Two more tribes in the FATA formed
militias on to take action against Taliban and several others
assured the government of their support in its efforts to restore
peace in the Tribal Areas. Hundreds of armed men from Mamoond
tribe of the Bajaur Agency burned the houses of several Taliban
including a commander. Elders of the tribe said their men would
continue action against the Taliban until peace was restored in
In Khyber Agency, 30 elders representing
Shinwari tribes participated in a jirga (council) and decided
to raise a 300-strong ‘Qaumi Lashkar’ (national militia) against
the Taliban. But elder Haji Gulab Shinwari denied an armed group
had been formed, insisting a committee would ‘handle law and order’.
APP said the jirga made it compulsory for each tribe to contribute
at least 10 volunteers to the militia. A jirga of the Khyber Zakha
Khel tribe also decided to set up a militia against Taliban. "For
now, a 20-member committee will monitor the situation and take
timely decisions," said Shakir Khan Afridi, an elder. Local volunteers
had earlier helped restore the government’s writ in the Salarzai,
Otmankhel, Barang and Khar areas.
A press release by the FATA Secretariat’s
media cell said tribal elders from the Khyber, Bajaur, Mohmand
and Orakzai agencies and the Frontier Regions had assured the
government of support against the Taliban in separate jirgas.
The Salarzai, Mamoond and Utman Khel tribes of Bajaur Agency,
Mullagori, Zakha Khel and Adam Khel Afridis of Khyber Agency and
the Kohat Frontier Region, and the Ali Khel tribe of Orakzai Agency
had formed lashkars against the Taliban, the statement said. The
Koki Khel tribe in Khyber Agency however declined to form a militia
against the Taliban. Its head, Attaullah Jan Koki Khel, told a
jirga raising militias was ‘American policy’.
Pilot less aircraft continued
their flights over Miranshah in the North Waziristan Agency of
FATA as tribesmen fired rockets to target them as they entered
Pakistan’s airspace. According to locals, the tribesmen fired
without success on the drones when they attempted to fly at low
altitude in various areas of the agency. Earlier, on October 5,
the tribesmen in the Mir Ali sub-division had also fired rockets
at two drones that had crossed into Pakistan airspace from Afghanistan.
At least 20 Taliban militants,
including eight foreigners, were killed when helicopter gun ships
hit their hideouts in the Badaan area of Mamoond tehsil (revenue
division) in the Bajaur Agency of FATA. The sources said the Tehreek-e-Taliban
Pakistan’s (TTP) spokesman Maulvi Omar’s house was also destroyed
in the action.
The Taliban militants blew up
three houses with explosives in the Tauheed area of Khar.
The Utmankhel and Mandal tribes
of Bajaur Agency have convened jirgas (councils) on October 9
to make decisions regarding law and order in the agency. Elders
of the two tribes have announced support for the security forces’
strict action against the Taliban. In the jirgas, the tribesmen
will also form local peace committees to monitor the activities
of the Taliban. The committees will take action against the Taliban
through armed tribal lashkars (army).
A pilot less drones from Afghanistan
violated Pakistani airspace, and flew over various areas of Mohmand
Agency, locals said. They said two drones flew over the Sheikh
Baba, Soraan Darra, Mamadgut, Chamar Kund, Aleengaar, Khazina,
Sagi, Duazai and Qandaro areas of the agency in the morning. The
locals said unmanned aircraft had been flying over the agency
for the past 10 days.
At least eight persons, include
seven Taliban militants and a local tribesman, were killed when
the local Toori tribesmen and security forces (SFs) clashed with
the Taliban militants in the Kurram Agency of FATA.
A suspected suicide attacker missed
his target of approaching oil tankers that ostensibly supply to
the international forces in Afghanistan, near the Michni post
in Landi Kotal. Nearby trucks, however, were damaged.
At least seven people, including
three foreigners, were killed in a missile attack by a suspected
United States (US) drone, 20-kilometres east of Miranshah in the
North Waziristan Agency of FATA.
Five persons, including three
suspected militants and two women, were killed and several others
sustained injuries in continued shelling by gunship helicopters
on suspected positions of Taliban militants in the Mamond sub-division
of the Bajaur Agency in FATA.
In the Mandal area of Salarzai
tehsil (revenue division), a tribal lashkar (army) comprising
thousands of armed tribesmen announced a crackdown against militants
in their area from October 10.
At least 40 persons were killed
and around 90 others wounded when a suicide bomber in an explosives-laden
vehicle set off an explosion in an anti-Taliban jirga (council)
of the Ali Khel tribe in the Khadezai area of Upper Orakzai Agency
in the FATA.
13 militants were killed in a
clash with a tribal lashkar in the Charmang area of Bajaur Agency
in the FATA. Five militants were also killed in an air strike
carried out by security forces in the Mamound area.
The Taliban militants beheaded
four elders from the Charmang tribe after they had attended a
pro-government jirga (council).
Four Taliban militants were killed
when security forces neutralised their hideouts in the Rashakai,
Tang Khata, Khazana and Kauser areas of Bajaur.
A jirga in Bajaur Agency ruled
it was necessary to act against the Taliban. An emergency meeting
was held in Chaarmang at the hujra (guest house) of Mohammad Rehman.
The meeting ruled tribesmen would take action against foreigners
and local militants, and raise a lashkar for this purpose. After
the meeting, orders were given to set ablaze the houses of Taliban.
The death toll in the Orakzai
suicide blast of October 10 increased to 85, while 200 persons
were reported injured.
A suspected US missile strike
killed four people while the ISAF claimed it had killed five Taliban
militants inside Pakistan.
Tribesmen exchanged fire with
the Taliban militants and demolished their houses in retaliation
of the suicide attack.
The Taliban militants released
11 government officials in the Orakzai Agency. The freed officials
included Frontier Constabulary personnel, police cadets and Kohat
Tribesmen in the Charmang area
of Bajaur Agency in the FATA accelerated their action against
the local Taliban after the recovery of the beheaded dead bodies
of four tribal elders in the area. They were beheaded on October
10. The victims were volunteers in an anti-Taliban tribal lashkar
Security forces said they have
killed 27 Taliban militants in an air strike in the Orakzai Agency
Troops and helicopter gun ships
killed at least 24 Taliban militants in the Bajaur Agency of the
20 Taliban militants and three
lashkar (army) men were killed and several others injured when
fierce fighting erupted between volunteers of the armed tribal
force and the Taliban militants in the Charmang area of Nawagai
tehsil (revenue division) in the Khar sub-division of Bajaur Agency
in the FATA.
Four Taliban militants and two
locals were also killed in an exchange of fire between a tribal
lashkar (militia) and the Taliban.
A missile strike killed at least
four people at Miranshah in the North Waziristan Agency of FATA,
Four tribesmen were killed in
clashes between the Taliban militants and a tribal lashkar in
the Kotkai village near Charmang area, Reuters quoted another
government official as saying. He said several Taliban militants
were also killed, but was unsure of the number.
The lashkar torched seven houses
of militants in different areas of Charmang. In retaliation, the
militants also set on fire three houses of lashkar elders, destroying
Tribal lashkars in the Mamond
tehsil and Mandal area of Salarzai sub-division also continued
operation against the militants in their respective areas. They
destroyed several houses of suspected militants by setting them
Relations between the Ali Khel
and Mamuzai tribes have worsened following a suicide attack targeting
an anti-Taliban jirga (council) of the Ali Khel tribe on October
10.The Ali Khel tribe is against the Taliban, while the Mamuzai
tribe does not openly oppose the Taliban in the area, local sources
A jirga (council) held in Charmang
decided to expedite action against the militants and miscreants.
The jirga resolved that the tribesmen would extend full support
to the security forces in the ongoing operation against the militants.
Local Taliban set free three abducted
cadets of the Police Training College (PTC) Hangu. The PTC sources
confirmed the cadets’ release. Around 30 PTC cadets were abducted
from Khyber Agency in FATA a month back when they were on their
way to Hangu.
At least 28 Taliban militants
and a tribesman were killed in the latest clashes in the Bajaur
Agency of FATA. Jets and helicopters killed 16 Taliban in Bajaur,
while artillery and mortars overnight killed 10 others.
The SFs targeted suspected Taliban
hideouts in various areas of Bajaur Agency, killing 14 Taliban
and wounding several others. The SFs used jet aircraft, helicopter
gun ships and heavy artillery to destroy Taliban hideouts in the
Rashkai, Tang Khatta, Tangi, Chinar and Kotki areas of the agency.
Two more Taliban militants and a tribesman were killed in a separate
incident in the same agency.
At least three people were killed
while three others were injured when unidentified assailants opened
firing on a van in the Sanbaga area of Orakzai Agency. The van
was going from Daburi to Ghiljo when it came under attack.
The Bajaur political administration
arrested 100 people of the Mamoond tribe for not taking action
against Taliban militants.
The political administration continued
its crackdown on Taliban and Afghan refugees, arresting 16 people,
including some refugees.
The beheaded body of Frontier
Corps personnel, identified as Raj Wali, was found in the Sirchinai
area of Kabal tehsil (revenue division). He had been abducted
by Taliban three days ago. Taliban spokesman Muslim Khan accepted
responsibility for his murder.
The militants blew up a high school
in the Fazalabad area of Kanju town.
Five mortars fired from across
the Afghan border landed in the Bangi Dar area of the North Waziristan
Agency in FATA. No damage was reported in the area, which is 30-kilometres
northeast of Miranshah.
American spy planes had flown
over the Ghulam Khan Border area of the agency.
Security forces (SFs) pounded
Taliban hideouts in the Bajaur Agency of FATA killing at least
16 Taliban militants. Troops fired artillery and mortars onto
hideouts of Taliban in Loyesam, Rashakai, Chinar and Babra areas,
killing 10 and wounding eight others. Six other Taliban militants
were killed by helicopter gun ships in the same area.
By clamping curfew in Khar, headquarters
of Bajaur Agency, the SFs have started preparations for decisive
action against Taliban
The SFs and political administration
of Bajaur Agency destroyed the houses of two important Taliban
commanders in Khar and Yousaf Abad. They used dynamite to blow
up the house of Commander Iqbal at Khar and the house of Commander
Liaqat Yousaf at Yousaf Abad.
A tribal lashkar (militia) in
Charmang refused to co-operate with the SFs in operating against
Taliban. Lashkar took the stance that the government did not co-operate
with them. The lashkar had torched eight Taliban hideouts over
the last five days.
The security forces (SFs) killed
seven militants in the daylong shelling by artillery and gunship
helicopters in different parts of the Bajaur Agency in FATA. Local
sources said that the SFs pounded suspected hideouts of militants
in the Charmang, Barbra and Chenar areas of the Nawagai tehsil
(revenue division) throughout the day, killing seven of them.
Several other militants were injured and their hideouts destroyed
in the attacks, the sources added.
Volunteers of the tribal lashkar
(militia) and officials of the political administration set ablaze
three houses of local commanders of militants in the Tauheedabad
area, 10-kilometres from Khar. In retaliation, around 20 armed
militants destroyed the houses of two tribesmen in the Inayat
Kellay area. The sources said owners of the houses were brothers
and were serving in the Bajaur Levies Force.
A suspected US drone fired two
missiles into South Waziristan, killing five people, including
at least one foreigner, security officials said. "Two missiles
were fired, completely destroying the house. Reports confirm five
dead. There was no immediate confirmation of the strike from the
Pakistani military or from the US-led coalition in neighbouring
A missile attack reportedly by
a drone on a car and residential compounds in the Sam area of
South Waziristan in FATA killed two foreigners. Three missiles
fired by the Predator drone at around noon struck the car and
three houses in the predominantly Mehsud area.
In North Waziristan in FATA, unidentified
assailants beheaded an Afghan refugee and his body was found on
a road near Miranshah. A note pinned to the body signed ‘mujahideen’
alleged he was a United States spy.
Taliban militants fired at a military
helicopter in the Muhammad Gat area of Safi tehsil (revenue division)
in the Mohmand Agency of FATA, but there were no casualties. The
attack followed a gun battle in the Sagai area. The Taliban fled
after troops stationed at the security forces base camp in Muhammad
Seven Afghan suspects were arrested
in the agency during a search operation.
The political administration banned
government officials from entering the agency because of abduction
The insurgency based in Pakistan’s
FATA is intensifying, a soon-to-be completed US intelligence assessment.
The security forces launched an
offensive against the Taliban militants in the Bajaur Agency of
FATA, killing 12 militants. Backed by helicopter gun ships, artillery
and jet fighters, the troops launched the operation in the Loyesam
13 Taliban militants were killed
in attacks by the security forces (SFs) on Taliban positions in
the Bajaur Agency of FATA. The SFs continued targeting Taliban
posts with heavy artillery and fighter jets in the Zor Bandar,
Loyesam, Charmang, Kohi and Babara areas of the agency, killing
13 and destroying several Taliban hideouts.
The SFs reportedly completed preparations
for a massive operation against Taliban in the Charmang and Mamoond
areas. The troops have also started advancing towards the Loyesam,
Zor Bandar and Tangi areas of Khar tehsil (revenue division) of
Seven Taliban militants were killed
when jets bombed suspected Taliban hideouts in the Loyesam, Zorbandar,
Sar Lara and Enzara areas of Khar tehsil (revenue division) and
Sawai, Tangai, Dabara and Zarnawoo areas of Mohaman tehsil in
the Bajaur Agency of FATA.
Three Taliban militants were killed
in other parts of Bajaur when they tried to attack security posts.
A woman was killed and another
injured in a bombing in the Qambarkhel area of Bara tehsil (revenue
division) of Khyber Agency in FATA.
Four tribes joined hands to fight
Taliban and al Qaeda in their areas in Orakzai Agency of FATA.
The Ali Khel, Mullah Khel, Mushti and Shekhan tribes demolished
Taliban hideouts and ‘asked them to leave’. Taliban left to take
refuge in the Mamozai area where their headquarters are located.
Elders of Mamozai tribe held a secret meeting, it said, to plan
a strategy against them.
15 Taliban militants were killed
as security forces used heavy artillery, fighter jets and helicopter
gun ships to target suspected Taliban hide-outs in the Bajaur
Agency of FATA. After the attacks in the Chinar, Charmang, Kohi,
Babra, Zorbandar, Hashim and Loyesam areas of the tribal region,
helicopters ped pamphlets asking tribesmen to support the Government
against Taliban. Government troops now control Salarzai and Utman
Khel tehsils (revenue divisions) and parts of Khar.
About 300 elders from the Salarzai
tribe vowed to resist Taliban in their areas during a grand jirga
(council) held in Bajaur. The elders said they would fight Taliban
for Pakistan’s sake and would not allow them to re-enter their
land. They asked the Government to launch development and welfare
projects in the area to win more tribesmen over.
Helicopter gunships and fighter
jets pounded Taliban hideouts in the Bajaur Agency of FATA, killing
11 Taliban militants and wounding 10 others. Security officials
said important Taliban positions were destroyed in the attacks
in the Chinar, Charmang, Kohi, Babara and Hashim areas of Nowagai
tehsil (revenue division).
A Salarzai grand jirga (council)
held at a government school in Pusht decided it would expel anyone
harbouring Taliban militants from the agency, burn their houses
and fine them PKR 2 million. Elders of the Banda and Ghundai tribes
backed the decision.
State media said law and order
in most areas of Bajaur Agency had improved. All the business
centres, government offices and educational institutions remained
open in district headquarters Khar, Salarzai tehsil and Atmankhel
The ANP asked the militants to
directly approach the Government if they were ‘sincere’ in talks
for establishment of peace and give up issuing press statements.
"They are welcome for dialogues. They must approach us if they
are really sincere in talking peace," ANP provincial president
Afrasiab Khattak told reporters "They aren’t sincere in talks
for peace but want to get the sympathies of the people by issuing
statements wherein they offer talks for peace," said Khattak.
Establishment of peace was of prime significance in the region,
he said, adding that the sanctuaries of militants inside the FATA
had volcanic effects on both sides of the border in Pakistan and
Afghanistan. "The militants’ attempts to set up a parallel government
could not be materialised and the elected government would spare
no effort to defend the lives and properties of the people," he
Security forces backed by helicopter
gun ships and jet fighters targeted suspected Taliban hideouts
in the Nawagai and Mamond tehsils (revenue divisions) of Bajaur
Agency in FATA, killing more than 12 Taliban militants and injuring
10. Several Taliban dens in the Charmang, Chinar and Zorbandar
areas of the agency were also destroyed.
At least four Taliban militants
were killed in a clash with the security forces (SFs) in Khyber
Agency. One Frontier Constabulary soldier was also injured. The
SFs also arrested seven Taliban militants from the Shah Kas area.
A Salarzai tribal militia set
ablaze 12 houses that they said belonged to Taliban commanders.
The houses were located in the Banda and Ghundai areas of Salarzai
Two Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) militants
were killed in a clash with the security forces in the Khyber
Agency of FATA, when they were stopped at the BC-1 checkpoint
while on their way from Jamrud to Bara tehsil (revenue division).
Two children passing by were also killed in the crossfire.
Troops arrested six LI militants,
including top Mangal Bagh commander, Mullah Abdur Rahim, in a
raid on the house of Jamrud-based trader Haji Aqil Khan. Jamrud
political official, Fida Bangash, said he had warned Haji Aqil
against inviting LI men to Jamrud.
Security forces carried out ground
and air strikes in the Bajaur Agency of FATA, killing at least
35 Taliban militants. Jet fighters continued targeting suspected
Taliban hideouts in the Loyesam and Charmang areas, killing eight
associates of Taliban commander Maulvi Omer in an attack on a
hideout in Badan.
Taliban militants killed at least
eight pro-government Ferozkhel tribal elders in an ambush in the
Orakzai Agency of FATA. The victims were returning from a jirga
(council) to discuss strategies for combating Taliban in the agency
when their vehicle was stopped in the Babraki Ziarat area on the
Suspected US drones fired missiles
into a madrassa (seminary) set up by veteran pro-Taliban commander,
Jalaluddin Haqqani, killing eight people and wounding six others,
near Miranshah in the North Waziristan Agency of FATA.
16 Taliban militants had been
made hostage and two killed in recent clashes with the Ferozkhel
tribal militia. Taliban so far have not accepted responsibility
for the attack.
A Salarzai tribal militia set
ablaze houses of Taliban militants, including Commander Qari Gulrez.
The tribe has also banned the entry of relatives of Taliban militants
in the areas it controls and has said it would expel, fine, and
burn houses of those who sheltered Taliban.
The political administration destroyed
the house of an unidentified Taliban commander in the Sidiqabad
The curfew was imposed in the
Sadiqabad, Sunday Morr and Nawakaly areas of the agency headquarters
In Khyber Agency, Taliban took
control of a check post at Sahi Pull in the Jamrud tehsil (revenue
division) and abducted five persons, including a policeman.
Frontier Corps Inspector General
Maj Gen Tariq Khan has alleged that Taliban militants are infiltrating
from Afghanistan into Pakistan to help those battling security
forces in Bajaur Agency.
SFs targeted suspected Taliban
hideouts in various areas of Bajaur Agency in the FATA, killing
12 Taliban militants and wounding many others. Sources said the
SFs backed by tanks and helicopter gun ships pounded Taliban positions
in the Charmang, Chinar, Kohi and Banda areas of Nawagai tehsil
(revenue division) and Zobandar and Anzrai areas in the Khar tehsil.
The SFs also advanced in the Zoband and Luijor areas of Khar tehsil
and strengthened their positions, the sources said, adding, the
forces destroyed a number of underground bunkers of the Taliban
in these areas. Jet aircraft also bombed Taliban hideouts in the
Shinkot area of the agency.
Taliban militants beheaded two
men in the North Waziristan Agency of FATA after accusing them
of spying for neighbouring Afghanistan. The bodies of the men
were found dumped near a road in Azam Warsak. Their killers left
a note in Pashto language claiming that the slain men, who were
abducted five days ago, had confessed to being spies, said a local
administration official. "During interrogation they told
us that they had come after taking money from Afghanistan for
espionage. They also disclosed the names of some of their colleagues,"
the official quoted the note as saying.
A grand jirga (council) of Mamoond
tribes’ elders was in progress at Badaan till the reports came
in. The aim of the jirga is to extend full co-operation to the
SFs to restore the government’s writ in the area.
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan
spokesman, Maulvi Umar, had been killed when an air strike in
the Budano area of Bajaur Agency in the FATA.
The security forces have killed
1,500 Taliban militants during the Bajaur operation so far and
regained complete control of strategic towns including Loyesam,
military officials said at a media briefing. 95 civilians and
73 troops were also killed during the operation codenamed "Sherdill",
Frontier Corps Inspector General Maj Gen Tariq Khan and ISPR Director
General Maj Gen Athar Abbas told reporters. They said 950 Taliban
militants had also been arrested during the operation that began
in August, 2008, including 300 foreign terrorists mainly from
Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan. Soldiers fought a fierce
battle with the well-prepared Taliban militants battling hard
from networks of tunnels and fortified compounds especially in
the Tang Khata, Rashkai, Khazana and Loyesam, they said. "No
other agency has been prepared for a battle like this," Gen
Tariq Khan said. "The worst is over . . . I think we’ve turned
the corner." But he added that the operation "could
go for several months before the area is completely cleared of
militants". Gen Athar Abbas said Taliban had set up a ‘parallel
system of administration’ in the Mamund, Charmang and Salarzai
tehsils (revenue division). He said they were attacking security
forces, had set up parallel courts beheading people in public,
granting business licences and collecting taxes. They had killed
12 tribal elders in 2008 by August.
At least 11 people, seven of them
Frontier Corps personnel and three Khasadars, were killed and
five injured in a suicide attack in the Mohmand Agency of FATA.
The channel quoted sources as saying that a suicide bomber rammed
his explosives-laden car into the Naqi check post, killing the
10 SF personnel and a technician. Talking to the channel, Mohmand
Agency Assistant Political Agent Saeed Ahmad Jan, however, denied
that anybody had died, saying that the attack had only injured
nine SF personnel.
Political authorities in Mohmand
Agency have rejected a grand tribal jirga’s (council) offer to
mediate between the authorities and the local Taliban militants
for attaining peace in the area. According to the channel, the
authorities said that security operations would continue until
the area was cleared of the Taliban.
The Taliban militants attacked
a security post on the outskirts of Khar, headquarters Bajaur
Agency in the FATA. Troops retaliated, killing six Taliban.
Five more militants were killed
when troops attacked a suspected Taliban base in the Charmang
The elders from Salarzai tribes
said that there should be no dialogue with the Taliban, as they
are extremists killing innocent people. Addressing a press conference,
the Salarzai elders claimed that some political parties were criticising
tribal lashkars (militias) without any justification, while it
was only because of these armed tribesmen that the Taliban had
fled the agency. Major (r) Malik Karim Khan, defended the decision
to raise tribal lashkars, as ‘the Taliban are killing innocent
people’. He said a tribal lashkar had become a necessity for the
Salarzai tribes to defend themselves.
At least seven persons were killed
when the suspected US drones fired missiles into an alleged Taliban
compound near Wana at South Waziristan in FATA. "Initial
reports say at least seven people were killed in the missile strike,
which destroyed the premises," one senior security official
told AFP. There was no immediate confirmation of the strike from
the military or from the US-led coalition in Afghanistan. The
attack was the 12th such incident in the past 10 weeks, all of
which were blamed on US-led coalition forces or Central Intelligence
Agency (CIA) drones based in Afghanistan.
Unidentified militants killed
an elder of the Kookikhel tribe in the Jamrud tehsil (revenue
division) of Khyber Agency in the FATA.
Four Taliban militants were killed
in fighting with the security forces in the Bajaur Agency of FATA.
The SFs injured three Taliban
militants and arrested five others after an hour-long gun battle
in the Mohmand Agency of FATA. Major Farooq told the media at
the Mohmand Rifles’ headquarters in Ghalanai that they had information
that a group of militants was heading towards security camps in
Khanch and Yousufkhel areas to carry out an assault on the posts.
The SFs launched a search operation and after an hour-long gun
battle, four militants were arrested, who were identified as Usman,
Mohamamd Zaman, Bilal and Mosa Khan, he added. He said the accused
militants were Pakistani nationals, adding that five others militants
managed to escape. He claimed that three militants were also wounded
in the clash, while three Kalashnikov rifles, hand-grenades, cell
phones and thousands of cartridges were seized from their possession.
The SFs arrested a key local militant
commander, Qari Jamal at Krapa check post near Pindyali.
Local Taliban in the Orakzai Agency
of FATA have agreed to lay down arms, demolish training camps
and expel foreign fighters, including Uzbeks and Arabs, from their
respective areas. A Mamozai tribal elder told Dawn that local
Taliban could stay in the area if they gave assurance of good
Frontier Constabulary (FC) personnel
killed five Taliban militants in the Lakaro tehsil (revenue division)
of Mohmand Agency in the FATA.
A suspected Taliban militant was
killed and another sustained injuries in firing by the FC personnel
in the Safi tehsil. FC personnel stopped a vehicle at Darwazgai
check post for breaking the curfew and ordered the three men sitting
in it to raise their hands. The FC personnel opened fire when
they refused to comply, killing one while injuring another. One
Taliban militant managed to escape.
Unidentified militants abducted
five pro-government triabl chiefs from the Anbar tehsil.
400 volunteers had reportedly
started patrolling in Aurakzai Agency to prevent Taliban activities.
Local Taliban in the Mamoond tehsil
(revenue division) of Bajaur Agency in the FATA surrendered to
a jirga (council) and assured it they would not provide shelter
to foreigners. The Taliban also announced to halt actions against
the government and said anyone found sheltering foreigners would
be fined PKR 1 million. The tribal elders decided to torch the
houses sheltering foreigners, confiscate properties of those providing
shelter, and expel them from the area.
Security forces in Mohmand Agency
of FATA killed five Taliban militants and captured an explosives
expert known to have links with Afghan insurgents. One Taliban
was killed and another was wounded in a shootout with troops,
who chased their vehicle when they refused to stop at a check
post. Four other Taliban arrived in a jeep to rescue the injured,
but security forces attacked the vehicle, killing all of them.
The alleged explosives expert was identified as Pakistani Taliban
commander Imran alias Mansoor.
Two persons were killed and another
injured when a shell accidentally hit a house in the Bai Cheena
area of Khar tehsil (revenue division) in the Bajaur Agency of
The SFs continued operation against
the Taliban militants in the Agency and pounded suspected hideouts
in Mamoond, Nawagai and Khar tehsils. The SFs have strengthened
their position in Loyesam and surrounding areas of Khar.
The Pakistani officials deported
17 Afghan nationals at Torkham border and arrested 25 Uzbek nationals
travelling without valid documents.
The Tribal volunteers positioned
on mountains in North and South Waziristan agencies opened fire
on suspected US drones flying over the. Tribesmen said the spy
planes escaped the firing as they were flying at a high altitude.
The drones continued flying over the two agencies throughout the
20 Arab fighters of the al Qaeda
were killed when two suspected US missiles struck a pick-up truck
and a house west of Mir Ali in the North Waziristan of FATA. Security
officials said Abu Akash al-Iraqi, an ageing Al Qaeda leader,
was suspected to be killed in the attack. He was living in the
house rented from a local, Amanullah.
At least 12 suspected Taliban
militants were killed when two missiles were fired by a suspected
US drone at a hideout near Wana in the South Waziristan of FATA.
An unnamed senior security official said that top Taliban commander
Mullah Nazir was also wounded in the strike.
Six persons were killed and five
others, including two women and three children, injured in the
shelling by fighter planes in Sapri area of the Mamond tehsil
(revenue divisions) in the Bajaur Agency of FATA. An official
of the security forces said that fighter planes targeted the positions
of militants in the mountains of Nawagai and Mamond tehsils.
Security forces claimed to have
captured a strategically important mountain in Dabar area of the
Mamond tehsil, which militants previously used for targeting the
security forces. An official of the security forces said they
demolished several bunkers in the mountain. The volunteers of
the Mamond tribal lashkar (militia) captured the headquarters
of the militants in Sewai area of the Mamond tehsil and deployed
several of their colleagues there. They also arrested four important
commanders of the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
The spokesperson for the TTP,
Maulvi Omer, said their offer of negotiations with the government
was still valid, while the security forces continued shelling
towards the hideouts of militants in Sheenkot and Mandal areas
of the Khar tehsil. Maulvi Omer, talking to reporters by telephone
for the first time since the start of the operation in August,
once again offered the government to settle the dispute through
negotiations. "We will not refuse to talk to the government,"
Omer said, adding that the use of force was no solution to the
dispute. Omer said the TTP had not offered resistance to the security
forces in Mamond tehsil, one of the strongholds of militants in
the Bajaur Agency.
Four persons were killed and three
others sustained injuries during an attack by the Taliban militants
in Daboori area of upper Orakzai Agency in FATA. The retaliatory
fire killed a militant and injured another.
At least Eight Taliban militants
were killed and 10 others injured as helicopter gunships of the
security forces targeted Taliban positions in the Damadola and
Mataro Sha areas under Mamoond tehsil (revenue division) of Bajaur
Agency in the FATA. The volunteers from the Mamoond tribe reportedly
captured several check posts abandoned by the Taliban in different
A suicide car bomber rammed his
vehicle into a checkpoint near the main gate of the Zalai Fort
in South Waziristan FATA, killing eight paramilitary troopers.
The Army’s top spokesman Major General Athar Abbas said, "We
have confirmed reports of eight deaths." Four persons were
also wounded in the attack. The Zalai Fort was reportedly located
20 kilometres outside Wana, the headquarters of South Waziristan
Agency. The troops were washing their vehicles when the suicide
attacker came, two intelligence officials said. They described
the explosion as ‘large’ and said it destroyed the checkpoint
and damaged the front wall of the fort.
Three Taliban militants were killed
and four others injured in a military operation in Bajaur Agency
FATA. Several Taliban hideouts were also reportedly destroyed
in air strikes and artillery shelling.
Kohat police arrested 43 foreign
nationals who had entered Pakistan at Torkham border and had no
legal travelling documents.
Three missiles were fired in the
Angoor Adda area of South Waziristan in FATA from Afghanistan.
However, no loss of life was reported.
18 Taliban militants were killed
in SF operations in the Bajaur Agency of FATA. Four Taliban militants
were killed in artillery shelling in different areas of Mamond
tehsil (revenue division) in the morning, while 14 Taliban militants
were killed in bombing by jet fighters in the afternoon, officials
In Khar, the agency headquarters,
a grand jirga (council) of tribal elders decided to take strict
action against those found involved in anti-State activities.
They said the houses of those found sheltering the Taliban would
be set ablaze and they would be expelled from the area. The jirga
decided to impose a fine of PKR Two million on those who sheltered
the Taliban in their areas. The jirga members assured the government
of their full co-operation, and said they would fight alongside
the SFs for restoration of peace in the agency. The jirga members
expressed satisfaction over the restoration of the government’s
writ in many areas of Salarzai tehsil. They asked the tribesmen
to continue co-operation with the government to ensure lasting
peace in the agency.
Two persons were kidnapped while
three trucks packed with wheat bags were commandeered in the Jamrud
tehsil (revenue division) of Khyber Agency in the FATA. Sources
said unidentified militants abducted two persons, whose identity
could not be ascertained, from Teidi Bazaar on Pak-Afghan Highway
in Jamrud tehsil. It was reported that the victims were riding
a car when the kidnappers opened fire on the car puncturing the
tyre. The kidnappers took the victims to an undisclosed location
but so far no group has claimed responsibility for the incident.
In another incident, some unidentified
militants lifted three trucks loaded with wheat bags being transported
to Afghanistan under the World Food Programme (WFP) near Sur Kamar
area of Jamrud tehsil. It was reported that the miscreants handed
back the two empty trucks along with a loaded one to the political
administration after holding successful talks.
A suspected US drone was seen
flying at low altitude over several areas of North Waziristan
Agency in the FATA, spreading panic among the people. Locals said
drones that fly low usually fire missiles. But, the white-coloured
spy plane did not fire. Speaking at an emergency news conference
following drone flights in the area, local elders asked the government
to stop US attacks in the agency. They said the violation of Pakistani
airspace by US spy planes was a threat to the country’s security.
The elders asked the government to take practical steps instead
of lodging protests with the US. The elders said if the attacks
were not stopped, the tribesmen would join the Taliban to fight
against US and NATO forces in Afghanistan. They asked the government
to ensure the joint resolution passed after an in-camera briefing
to parliamentarians is implemented.
The political administration of
Orakzai Agency in the FATA arrested at least 20 tribesmen, including
men of the Rabia Khel and Asa Khel tribes, accused of involvement
in the abduction of six people, including two security force personnel,
on November 1. The political administration said it would continue
action against the tribes until the recovery of the abducted people.
Five Taliban militants were killed
and several others sustained injuries in artillery fire and bombing
by jet planes on suspected Taliban hideouts in the Bajaur Agency.
Jet fighters targeted Taliban positions in the Dama Dola area
of Mamoond tehsil (revenue division). Troops backed by
artillery and mortars also targeted suspected hideouts in several
other areas of Bajaur.
The lashkar (militia) of
Barozai tribe in Ward Mamond continued its drive against the militants.
The chief of lashkar, Haji Rahmatullah, told journalists
that more than 12 villages had been cleared of the militants during
the past few weeks. He said most of the militants were either
killed or injured during the drive, adding that the remaining
fled to mountainous areas along the Afghan border. He said that
tribal forces would continue to chase the militants till their
complete elimination from the tribal region. He said that movement
of militants had been confined to some of their hideouts after
the lashkar established check posts being manned by volunteers.
Unidentified militants shot dead
a tribal elder in the Orakzai Agency.
Government aircrafts dropped pamphlets
over Mohmand Agency to announce the proscription of Tehreek-e
11 Taliban militants were killed
in bombing by jet fighters and artillery shelling in different
areas of Bajaur Agency. The SFs targeted Gat Agra, Damadola and
Janzai areas of Mamoond tehsil (revenue division) and destroyed
several Taliban hideouts.
The tribal militia in Mamoond
and Salarzai tehsils continued its operation against the
A tribesman was killed and another
was injured when their tractor hit a roadside landmine at Taida
village in the Kurram Agency.
Militants shot dead a hostage
in the Qandaro area of Mohmand Agency. Officials said Amir Taj,
a former official of the political administration, had been abducted
along with six tribal elders a few days back. Militants had accused
them of supporting the Government.
Tension gripped Mohmand Agency
after tribesmen interpreted an appeal by the Government to expel
militants and vacate houses as an indication of an impending military
action. An exodus started from Anbar subdivision and people headed
towards Peshawar, Mardan and other areas.
22 tribesmen were killed and 45
others injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a Salarzai
jirga (council) in the Bajaur Agency. The blast targeted
a lashkar (militia) in the Batmalani, about 40-kilometres
northeast of agency headquarters Khar. "Two to three hundred
members of the lashkar were finalising their strategy after
demolishing houses of Taliban when the blast occurred," said
local police official Fazal-e-Rabi. Among the dead were lashkar
head Malak Fazal Karim and his aides Malak Wazir Khan and
Malak Sakhi. Meanwhile, a man claiming to be a member of a previously
unheard-of ‘Karwan-e-Nematullah’ accepted responsibility for the
attack in telephone calls to journalists.
19 Taliban militants were killed
as fighter jets and helicopter gun ships targeted suspected hideouts
in the Mamoond and Nawagai tehsils (revenue division).
Officials said the dead include Taliban commander Wali Rehman
who was known to shelter foreign al Qaeda militants.
An unnamed Frontier Constabulary
official said the house of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) deputy
commander Maulvi Faqir Muhammad was destroyed in an air strike
in Damadola, adding, a major Taliban ammunition dump was also
destroyed in the raid.
At least 20 Taliban militants
were killed and 10 others injured at Bajaur Agency. Helicopter
gunships and fighter jets targeted Taliban hideouts in the Mamoond
and Nawagai areas as SFs increased aerial strikes in the agency.
Troops hit Taliban hideouts in Damadola, Seweai, Sparay, Kharkay,
Shinkot areas of Mamoond revenue division and Charmang and Zoorband
areas of Nawagai. Meanwhile, Reuters reported that 30 Taliban
militants were killed while 15 underground bunkers were destroyed.
The jets also bombed the Aareb area of Mamoond tehsil targeting
the house of Jaish-e-Islami leader Wali Rehman. Sources said six
members of Rehman's family were killed.
13 persons were killed as suspected
US drones fired two missiles at a house in Kamshaam in Razmak
tehsil (revenue division) of North Waziristan. The house
belonged to a tribesman, Ghani Gul. Latifur Rehman, a senior Government
official in the region, told Reuters the missiles hit a
Two schoolboys, Zahoor and Sultan,
were injured in a landmine explosion in the Warsak village of
16 Taliban militants were killed
as SFs continued targeting Taliban positions with fighter jets
and helicopters in the Bajaur Agency. Officials said the areas
targeted included Sapri, Banda, Khakai, Damadola and Sewai of
Mamoond revenue division, and six bases and an arms depot were
also destroyed in the offensive.
Unidentified assailants fired
two rockets at a security post in the Serai area – four kilometres
from Khar – but there were no casualties.
NATO jets bombed Tirah Valley
in the Khyber Agency, killing eight members of a banned outfit
– Amar Bil Maroof – and injuring three. Amar Bil Maroof spokesman
Munsif Afridi confirmed that those killed were members of his
group. He said that 10 Afghan soldiers had been killed in a gun
battle with his group at the Torkham border earlier in the day.
Six Taliban militants were killed
in the Sewai and Damadola areas of Bajaur Agency when jets bombarded
Taliban hideouts. The SFs also targeted Taliban positions in the
Zorbandar and Sabagi areas of Khar, but there were no casualties.
In the Salarzai area, a bomb blast
killed one man and destroyed a guest house.
A remote-controlled bomb injured
four people in Mamoond.
12 Taliban commanders surrendered
to the political administration at a jirga (council) of
the Otmankhel tribes held in Khar. They assured the jirga and
the political authorities that they would not side with the Taliban
in future. Salarzai and Mamoond tribes also held separate anti-Taliban
jirgas in Bajaur.
The Taliban spokesman Muslim Khan
said an abducted Chinese engineer would be set free when the authorities
released all 50 militants on a list given to Malakand Deputy Inspector
General Tanveerul Haq Sipra. He also demanded the release of another
25 Taliban militants in exchange for three kidnapped policemen.
SFs retrieved 15 trucks that had
been hijacked by the Taliban earlier in the day while en route
to Afghanistan to deliver goods to US-led coalition forces. The
trucks were seized at four places along a road leading to the
Afghan border at Jamrud in the Khyber Agency. "About 60 masked
gunmen popped up on the road and took away the trucks. Not a single
shot was fired. A military offensive followed the hijacking, with
two gunship helicopters targeting Godar, Saurkamar and Varmado
Mela areas of Jamrud. At least two Taliban fighters were killed
in the operation. "We have successfully recovered all the
trucks ... two militants were killed and five wounded in the operation,"
a news agency quoted official Rahat Khan as saying. But doctors
told that those killed in the operation were civilians – including
a 12-year-old boy. They said that six civilians had also been
injured, and most of them were children.
The Khyber Agency Tehreek-e-Taliban
Pakistan (TTP) Chief Mustafa Kamal has warned that the group would
attack the Peshawar airport if the military operation is not stopped.
He said his group would not ‘forgive’ the assistant political
agents of Khyber.
Seven Taliban militants were killed
as troops targeted their hideouts in Bajaur Agency. SFs targeted
Taliban positions with helicopters, jet fighters and heavy artillery
in the Nawagai and Mamoond tehsils (revenue division).
Artillery shells also hit civilian areas, but there were no reports
Three persons were killed during
a clash in the Kas Ghundi locality of Machni in Khyber Agency.
The clash ensued after suspected Taliban militants set ablaze
a truck carrying a US military jeep to Karachi near the Machni
In Mohmand Agency, Taliban militants
freed four of the seven tribal elders they had abducted a week
Suspected Taliban militants fired
at a bus in Orakzai Agency, killing one passenger and injuring
nine others. The Kohat-bound vehicle carried passengers from the
Feroz Khel tribes who are in a conflict with the local Taliban
over the expulsion of foreign Taliban militants.
Three missiles landed near a house
in the Goteen area. The house was destroyed but no casualties
In Shaho Khail, unidentified militants
abducted a tribesman.
Suspected Taliban militants blew
up a Khasadar (tribal police) check post, located near the Jamrud
Bazaar in Jamrud tehsil (revenue division) of Khyber Agency.
The explosion did not result in any casualty.
SFs stationed at Warsak Camp fired
artillery shells at suspected Taliban hideouts in the Shanoghundo
area of Mohmand Agency. No casualties were reported.
Security forces arrested 25 Afghan
nationals from different areas of Bajaur. The three-day official
deadline for Afghans to leave Bajaur had expired. Earlier, the
administration had given a deadline in September to all Afghans
to leave the area or face deportation.
The Mohmand agency political administration
warned the tribes of imminent military operation if they did not
sever ties with local and foreign Taliban militants.
SFs continued their attacks on
suspected Taliban hideouts in the Shnow Ghundo, Spray, Juma Khan
Koroona, Kas Koroona and Mullah Ghani Baba areas in Machni. Details
of Taliban casualties were not available.
Six suspected militants were arrested
in the Kashmir Koor area following a raid on a house in the Haleemzai
revenue division. Nine more suspects were arrested from the Machni
The Taliban in Machni claimed
responsibility for the November 12 suicide attack on a security
force camp in Charsadda district in the NWFP. "We have carried
out the attack to avenge killing of innocent people by the military,"
Abid Khair Khwahee, spokesman for the Taliban in Machni area,
told reporters by telephone.
SFs, backed by helicopters and
tanks, launched an operation to flush out militants from areas
around Charsadda and Peshawar as part of a wider plan to establish
the government’s writ in Mohmand Agency of FATA. While officials
claimed that 21 militants had been killed and several others wounded
in the operation, local population put the death toll at 13 including
seven militants and six civilians. One soldier was killed and
another injured. A curfew has been clamped on parts of Charsadda,
Peshawar and Mohmand and people in large numbers are reportedly
leaving the area.
Local residents told that helicopter
gun ships carried out attacks on the Kandharo area in Saafi tehsil
(revenue division) of Mohmand, targeting a double-cabin Taliban
jeep. Three militants were killed while two others were injured.
Suspected US drones fired four
guided missiles early at a house in Aula Din Garaj Khel village
in North Waziristan, killing 12 people and injuring three others.
The targeted house, belonging to a local tribesman Ameer Gul,
was completely destroyed in the missile attack. Associated
Press reported that the 12 people killed included several
foreign fighters. According to an estimate, this missile attack
is the 38th during the tenure of the Pakistan People’s
Party Government, while a total of 36 such attacks took place
during the earlier Gen. Musharraf regime.
Six Taliban militants were killed
and several injured in shelling by helicopter gun ships and artillery
firing as security forces in Charsadda district and nearby Mohmand
Agency in the FATA, official sources said.
The ongoing military action against
Taliban continued and SFs targeted the Nawagai and Mamoond areas
destroying militant hideouts.
The Khyber Agency administration
has sent a notice to local tribal elders in Jamrud warning that
in case of a failure to expel Taliban militants from their areas,
they would have to face the consequences under the Frontier Crimes
Six Taliban militants were killed
as troops targeted Taliban hideouts in the Bajaur Agency.
A policeman was killed when a
shell landed on his house during the operation against the Taliban
A Frontier Corps trooper was killed
in the clashes in the same area.
Ten militants and two tribal elders
were killed in clashes in the Gutkai and Bandarae areas of Bajaur
Agency and six militants and two civilians were killed by security
forces’ shelling in the Mamond and Nawagai sub-divisions.
The security forces targeted suspected
positions of militants in different areas of the Mohmand Agency
and nearby villages of Shabqadar sub-division and, at least, four
persons were killed and eight others were injured in the attacks.
The SFs heavily shelled suspected
hideouts of militants in Bhaota, Mulla Khel, Yakh Dhand, Uthmanzai,
Qandaro and Qayumabad of Lakaro sub-division and Bhai Dag, Khawaizai
areas of Ambar and Pandyalai sub-divisions in Ghalanai, the agency
At least five Taliban militants
were killed when the SFs targeted their hideouts in the Bajaur
region. The five were killed in Siprai village, where the SFs
have been engaged in fierce clashes with militants for the past
At least 10 persons were killed
in clashes between the Taliban and pro-government tribal leaders
in Bajaur Agency. The Taliban on November 17 intercepted a convoy
carrying 12 pro-government elders of the Mamoond tribe, local
Government official Israr Khan told. The tribesmen opened fire
and killed three Taliban militants, including their commander,
he said. The elders later took refuge in a guesthouse belonging
to a local tribal chief, but more militants arrived, who besieged
the house and demanded the local chief hand over the elders. "They
opened fire and lobbed hand grenades inside, killing four elders
and three servants of the tribal chief," Khan said.
12 militants were killed and several
others injured when the SFs targeted their suspected hideouts
in different areas of Bajaur Agency. Sources said that the SFs,
with artillery and gunship helicopters, targeted suspected hideouts
in Damadola, Saparay and Shinkot areas of Mamond Tehsil (revenue
division) and Charmang, Zorbandar and Sagi areas of Nawagai subdivision
Khar headquarters and Torghundai camp.
The Mamond and Salarzai tribes
are reported to have announced complete support to the ongoing
military operation to flush out the militants from Bajaur and
establish the writ of the Government in the agency.
At least 24 Taliban militants,
including 11 foreigners and one local commander, were killed in
the military operation in Bajaur Agency. The foreign fighters
killed in Bajaur were suspected to be Uzbek nationals, said Frontier
Corps sources. They said the Taliban casualties came when security
forces targeted militants in the Darbari, Saparai, Gatki, Bagori
and Zorbandar areas of Mamoond and Nawagai sub-divisions.
The chief of a tribal Lashkar
(militia) and eight other persons were killed when a suicide
bomber blew himself up in a mosque in the Badan village of Bajaur
Agency. Eyewitnesses said the bomber succeeded in entering the
mosque on the premises of the house of one Malak Rehmatullah during
Maghrib prayers. Rehmatullah, a tribal chieftain and head of the
Mamond militia, and eight of his close relatives, including a
nephew, were killed.
Militants allegedly abducted 18
elders of the Parachamkani tribe from Tindo-Badam area in the
Kurram Agency. Sources said the tribes of Parachamkani and Masozai
had been clashing over a piece of land for the last six years,
which had claimed 20 lives so far. The local Taliban militants
reportedly intervened and mediated between the groups but Parachamkani
tribe did not accept the mediation. There was an Afghan camp at
Tindo area that was evacuated some six years ago and since then
four tribes, Parachamkani, Masozai, Balishkhel and Sadda Bangash,
had been claiming their ownership over the abandoned property.
22 militants were killed and five
others sustained injuries when the SFs targeted hideouts of suspected
militants in the Damadola area of Bajaur Agency. Sources said
the SFs targeted hideouts in Damadola, Tanikhwar, Sapray, Charmang,
Kotki, Zorbandar, Glokas Shenkot, Kharkay and Gutki areas of Mamond
and Nawagai sub-divisions.
The banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan
(TTP) denied its involvement in the mosque attack in the Badan
area of Mamond tehsil (revenue division) of Bajaur Agency.
Talking from an undisclosed location by phone, TTP spokesman Maulvi
Omar claimed: "Taliban cannot even think of committing such an
act in the mosque as we do not believe in assault. The TTP is
in favour of resolving issues through talks and Taliban have made
an offer of talks but the Government does not respond."
The death toll in the November
20 suicide attack on the mosque has risen to 12. "Rescue teams
found more bodies from the site of the attack late on Thursday,
rising the death toll to 12," said local administration official
Mohammad Jamil. The mosque was run by an anti-militant militia
chief, Haji Rehmatullah, who was also killed in the attack.
Taliban attacked an army convoy
in Miranshah in North Waziristan with a remote-controlled bomb,
injuring two SF personnel. The convoy was traveling from Bannu
in the NWFP to Miranshah when the bomb exploded at Pir Kali, 20
kilometers east of Miranshah on Bannu-Miranshah road.
Four Taliban militants and three
women were killed in bombing by fighter aircraft in the Bajaur
Agency. Officials said the aircraft attacked suspected hideouts
in Kas, Gatki and Kharki areas of Mamoond tehsil (revenue
British terror suspect Rashid
Rauf was among the five people killed in a US drone attack in
North Waziristan. "We have got him, but dead," an unnamed
senior intelligence official confided in Peshawar while referring
to Rashid Rauf, the suspected mastermind of a 2006 plot to blow
up trans-Atlantic airliners who was arrested in August 2006 and
escaped from police custody in December 2007. "We are investigating
at the moment, but we do not have any information," a British
Foreign Office spokesman said about Rauf’s reported death. The
government has not confirmed his killing. A Western diplomatic
source told the missile was fired from a jet across the border
in Afghanistan. Peshawar-based intelligence officials said another
al Qaeda militant Abu Zubair Al Masri was also among the dead,
adding, "He is a low-ranking Al Qaeda leader."
At least three people were injured
when a remote controlled bomb targeted a container carrying supplies
for the US-led coalition forces in Afghanistan.The bomb went off
when the vehicle – on its way to Torkham on the Pak-Afghan Highway
– reached close to the Baghiari check post near Shagai area in
the Jamrud town of Khyber Agency.
Five militants were killed and
several others sustained injuries in fresh air raids and artillery
shelling in different areas of the Bajaur Agency. Sources said
SFs, backed by jet fighters, gunship choppers and artillery, moved
towards the headquarters of Nawagai revenue division and adjoining
villages and took control of the area. The area, which was once
a stronghold of the militants in Bajaur, fell to the SFs for the
first time after the launch of ‘Operation Sher Dil’ against the
militants on August 6. The troops were establishing checkpoints
on the main Peshawar-Bajaur Road, the sources added.
The SFs targeted suspected hideouts
of militants in different areas of Pandyalai tehsil (revenue
division) in the Mohmand Agency with artillery killing five militants
and injuring an equal number of them. The SFs claimed that militants
had attacked a check-post of the Mohmand Rifles with mortar guns
which was retaliated.
In the Agency, the jirga (assembly
of elders) of Haleemzai tribe produced 17 out of the 30 suspected
persons before political authorities. Sources said the 60-member
jirga was held in Ghallanai wherein 17 suspected persons were
presented to political authorities. The political administration
pardoned the suspects after the jirga signed an agreement
with authorities that in future they would never indulge in any
militancy or criminal activities, but instead work for restoring
the peace in the area. The jirga assured that those who
violate the agreement would be punished and have to pay a fine
of PKR 1 million to the administration.
At least six Taliban militants
were killed overnight as the Pakistani Army moved in on their
hideouts in the Bajaur Agency. "Pakistani artillery pounded Taliban
hideouts and underground bunkers, killing six and injuring four
others," said local administration official Mohammad Jamil.
The residents of the Mamond subdivision
in Bajaur Agency started fleeing houses due to the fear of military
action against militants.
United States drones violated
the Pakistani airspace again and were reportedly seen conducting
surveillance flights over various areas of the North and South
Waziristan agencies. Provoked by the frequent flights by the drones
over their areas, local tribesmen opened fired on them, upon which
the spy planes returned to Afghanistan.
The Lashkar-e-Islami (LI) Amir
(chief) Mangal Bagh resigned as head of the organisation in
a meeting held at Daro Adda Akakhel in the FATA. Sources said
the meeting of LI consultative body was held at Daro Adda Akakhel
and was attended by elders and notables of the Shlobar, Malakdinkhel,
Sepah, Zakhakhel, Akakhel, Jamarkhel and Kamarkhel tribes of the
Khyber Agency. Mangal Bagh tendered his resignation, which was
accepted by the participants of the meeting and appointed unanimously
another Amir, Haji Haleem Shah, belonging to Kamarkhel tribe.
The spokesman for the organisation, Misri Gul, said according
to the LI charter, the new chief Haleem Shah would lead the organisation
for only three months.
Helicopter gunships shelled various
areas in the Safi tehsil (revenue division) in the Mohmand
Agency killing two Taliban militants and a civilian and injuring
12 others. Among the injured are four militants and eight civilians,
including a woman and a child.
Two Taliban militants were killed
and several injured in the ongoing military operation in Bajaur
Agency. The duo was killed in a clash with SF in the Tang Khatta
area. SFs also targeted Taliban positions with artillery in the
Nawagai and Khar sub-divisions.
The TTP would target President
Asif Ali Zardari and his allies for their ‘pro-American’ stance,
a regional commander told journalists in the Orakzai tribal region.
Hakeemullah Mehsud, deputy to Baitullah Mehsud, accused the ANP,
PPP and MQM of "working to break up Pakistan in collaboration
with the US". The TTP also threatened to ‘cut off’ supplies to
American forces in Afghanistan if US drone attacks did not stop.
The TTP also displayed one of the two American Humvee military
vehicles they had hijacked in Khyber Agency on November 10.
Five suspected militants were
killed when a roadside explosion destroyed their vehicle in the
Tiarza area of South Waziristan. Local people claimed that suspected
militants belonging to the TTP of Baitullah Mehsud were traveling
in a vehicle when it hit a roadside landmine at Tiarza, around
25 kilometers north of Wana. Locals suspect that relations between
the groups of Baitullah Mehsud and deceased militant commander
Abdullah Mehsud soured during last couple of days, resulting in
Three militants were killed when
the SFs attacked militant hideouts with gunship helicopters in
different areas of Bajaur Agency. Sources said SFs targeted hideouts
in the Charmang, Chamarkand and Chinar areas of Nawagai and Momand
sub-divisions. Troops also reportedly destroyed the hideouts and
bunkers of militants during the routine operation.
At least three people were killed
and two injured in a missile attack by a suspected United States
drone in the Chashma village of North Waziristan. They said that
the attack targeted the house of a local tribesman Taj Muhammad,
around two kilometers south of Miranshah. There was no immediate
information about the identity of those killed. Official sources,
however, denied reports of the suspected drone attack in North
Two persons, identified as Wahidullah
from Sadu Khel and Shafiullah from Wali Khel were killed in a
bomb blast in the Landikotal area. An unnamed government official
told that the deceased might have been carrying explosives which
exploded before they had used it. A resident said the nearby truck
stand might have been their target because trucks carrying American
consignments to Afghanistan used the stand.
SFs claimed killing nine militants
in artillery and air attacks on their hideouts in the Mamond tehsil
(revenue division) of Bajaur Agency. Four others were injured.
A 40-year old woman was killed when artillery shells reportedly
hit a civilian area. Air attacks were carried out in Kharkay,
Damadola, Gatkai, Irab, Gat Agra, Tarkho and Kass areas. Earlier
on November 29-night, the SFs targeted militants’ locations in
the Mamond and Nawagai tehsils with artillery, destroying several
bunkers. Some families were reported to be moving out of Mamond
to avoid being caught in the cross-fire.
The Taliban hanged and shot dead
an Afghan man in North Waziristan, accusing him of spying for
the United States, an official said. The body of Ajab Khan was
found in the agency, a local administration official told. A note
found with Khan''s body said he was killed because he was spying
for US forces.
The fighter jets and artillery
killed 15 Taliban militants in Bajaur Agency. The clashes took
place in several areas of Bajaur where troops are engaged in fighting
with the Taliban since the launch of an army operation in August
2008. Local administration official Mohammad Jamil said six militants
were killed and three others injured in artillery fire in Nawagai,
while nine were killed after fighter jets bombarded their hideouts
in Mamoond. Jamil added that a woman was also killed when a mortar
hit her house in Mamoond.
Six Taliban militants were killed
and several others injured in security forces’ operation in several
areas of Bajaur Agency. Locals said troops targeted the Kosar,
Bai Cheena, Jannat Shah and Charmang areas of Khar tehsil (revenue
division) with artillery. The six militants were reportedly killed
in the operation in Bai Cheena. The troops continued to advance
into various areas of Khar and Nawagai, which were earlier under
the Taliban control, the locals said. Officials said several areas
in Nawagai were now under the army’s control.
Three persons, including two women
of a family, died and a minor was critically injured when a shell
struck their house in lower Chinari village of Lakaro tehsil
in Mohmand Agency. SFs carried out heavy shelling on suspected
hideouts of the militants with artillery and mortar guns from
Bhai Dag and Mamad Gat camps. A man identified as Hazir Khan,
his wife and sister-in-law, were killed and a minor girl sustained
severe injuries when an artillery shell struck their house in
SFs targeted Ziarat Killay in
Khazina, Adamzai, and Alingar of Lakaro tehsil with artillery
and mortar guns, damaging several houses. However, no casualty
was reported as the residents had already left the area. The troops
are also reported to have targeted some areas of Pandyalai tehsil
with artillery from Ghalanai, the headquarters of Mohmand Agency.
SFs claimed to have arrested four
suspected persons and seized four suicide vests, arms and ammunition
when they raided the house of commander Raheel in Michni area.
The Taliban have killed a Frontier
Corps (FC) official who had been in their captivity for the last
few days, officials in Orakzai Agency said. The agency’s political
administration officials told that they found the body of FC official
Hadi Gul in a sack in the Sunpag area of upper Orakzai tehsil.
Sectarian clashes between Shia
and Sunni tribes erupted in Orakzai after a dispute over a girl.
One tribesman was injured in the clash between Bar Muhammad Khel
(Shia) and Utman Khel (Sunni) tribes, the political administration
Three persons were wounded when
a remote-controlled bomb targeting a truck carrying supplies for
United States forces in Afghanistan exploded at the Machni check-post
14 militants and seven civilians
were killed when fighter planes and gunship helicopters targeted
various areas in the Lakaro revenue division of Mohmand Agency.
Fighter planes and gunship helicopters bombed the hideouts of
militants in Ziarat mountain, Ghaziabad, Bagh hill, Bhawatha,
Shawa Farsh, Mamad Gatt, Alingar, Hazeena, Chinari and Karer areas.
A 30-member jirga (assembly
of elders) of Kamali Haleemzai tribe handed over seven of the
10 wanted accused to the political administration, who were later
bailed out for one million rupees.
SFs took control of another important
town in Bajaur Agency. According to locals, troops backed by tanks
and armoured personnel carriers secured Nawagai town, near the
Afghan border. The militants did not put up resistance and vacated
their positions before the troops’ arrival. According to sources,
militants had set up a vast network of tunnels and bunkers, as
well as ‘detention centres’, in the town.
Suspected militants abducted a
foreign NGO’s project manager and his driver in Khyber Agency.
The Jamrud Elementary College principal and a couple of doctors
were also kidnapped earlier in the day.
Six persons were killed and eight
others sustained injuries when an explosives-laden vehicle blew
up in the Kalaia area of Lower Orakzai Agency. Officials said
the suicide bomber was attempting to target a local fair, but
the vehicle blew up before reaching the site when a petrol station’s
guards started firing at it. Orakzai Political Agent Kamran Zaib
told that six people were killed and eight injured in the explosion,
but local sources put the death toll at 10, and said 15 people
Three people were killed in a
missile attack by a suspected United States drone in the Mir Ali
tehsil (revenue division) of North Waziristan. Two missiles
were fired at a house in Kateera village in Khushal Torikhel area,
around 20 kilometers south of Mir Ali, locals said. Intelligence
officials and residents said those killed in the attack were Taliban
militants. Two people were also injured in the attack.
Taliban militants shot dead a
tribesman in North Waziristan, accusing him of spying for the
United States. The body of the 30-year-old man was dumped on a
roadside in Mir Ali town. A note attached to the victim’s body
warned that anyone "found spying against Mujahideen would
face the same fate."
SFs targeted Taliban positions
in the Nawagai and Mamoond sub-divisions of Bajaur Agency. Several
Taliban hideouts were destroyed in the offensive, but no casualties
SFs neutralized a number of hideouts
of militants in the hilly areas of Nawagai and Mamond sub-divisions
in Bajaur Agency. However, no casualty was reported in the action.
A rocket fired by unidentified
miscreants on a security checkpoint in Navi Dhand area of Khar
landed near it, causing no loss of life or damage to the structure.
Suspected militants also reportedly fired several rockets on the
house of Salarzai tribal lashkar (militia) chief Malik
Munasib Khan. However, the lashkar men and security force personnel
retaliated and forced the attackers to flee the incident site.
A senior Government official and
his seven bodyguards were abducted near North Waziristan, the
region’s chief administrator said. Assistant Political Agent (APA)
Mir Ali Asmatullah Wazir was on his way home for Eid celebrations
when he was abducted in Bannu in the NWFP, Political Agent Mutahar
Zeb told. "The APA has gone missing after crossing the Kajhori
checkpoint," the crossing point into North Waziristan, Zeb said.
No group has so far claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.
Two militants were killed when
fighter jets bombed the Khazina area.
Five militants were killed and
seven others sustained injuries in an exchange of fire with the
SFs in Targhakhi area of Pandyalai tehsil (revenue division)
in the Mohmand Agency. A group of local militants attacked the
Targhakhi checkpoint in Pandyalai tehsil near Ghalanai,
the Agency headquarters, with mortar guns and other heavy weapons.
However, the SFs retaliated with artillery and mortar guns from
the Ghalanai headquarters and the Yousafkhel checkpoint, killing
five militants on the spot and injuring seven others. The houses
of Mutabar Khan and Rahmanuddin in Pandyalai were also destroyed
in the shelling.
A jirga (assembly of elders)
of Haleemzai tribe handed over seven more suspects to political
authorities, while 63 wanted persons had already surrendered.
Six suspected militants were killed
when a missile apparently fired by a US drone struck a house in
the Azam Warsak area of South Waziristan. The missile hit a house
next to a seminary, a senior security official told. Local intelligence
officials confirmed the strike, saying the missile destroyed the
house and damaged the seminary.
A Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) militant
was killed and two others were injured in an exchange of fire
between the SFs and the LI militants in Landikotal tehsil of
One militant was killed and another
wounded when local tribesmen fired at them in Nawagai sub-division
of Bajaur Agency. Sources said local tribesmen fired at the two
vehicles of militants who were attempting to enter Nawagai from
Mohmand Agency. While one of the militants was killed another
was injured. Sources added that a passer-by was also injured in
SFs continued firing artillery
shells on suspected positions of the militants at Khar, Inzari,
Doda, Nawagai, Charmang, Chinar and Tangi areas. Military authorities
said the SFs controlled some important locations at Nawagai area.
A commander was among four Taliban
militants killed during an operation in the Bajaur Agency. The
Taliban commander – identified only as Ismail – was killed in
Bajaur’s Nawagai tehsil, while three other Taliban militants
– all of them Afghan citizens – were killed in Sperai area of
Suspected Taliban militants killed
two Afghan nationals they accused of spying for US forces. The
victim’s dead bodies were found in Miranshah in North Waziristan.
A letter found nearby alleged the men gave information that aided
the US in launching missile strikes in the region.
A child was killed and six people
injured when a mortar shell hit their house in Anayat Kalay area
of Khar in Bajaur Agency. Four more children were injured when
a missile fired by the Taliban landed in a residential area of
Two persons were killed and one
injured when unidentified gunmen opened fire on the vehicle of
a tribal elder in Jamrud tehsil of Khyber Agency. Malik
Shamsheer Khan was going home after attending a jirga (assembly
of elders) of the Kokikhel tribe when gunmen riding two vehicles
opened fire on his Land Cruiser, killing his nephew Farooq and
driver Gulzar. A passer-by identified as Samiullah, an Afghan
refugee, also sustained injuries in the attack.
Two Taliban militants were killed
and four others were injured in security forces’ operation in
Bajaur Agency. The security forces targeted Taliban hideouts with
artillery and mortars in various areas of Mamoond and Nawagai
Suspected militants fired two
rockets, hitting the Bajaur Press Club and causing damage to the
club’s building. The attack did not cause any loss of life as
journalists had long stopped visiting the press club due to the
adverse security situation. The militants reportedly wanted to
target the security forces that had set up a bunker on the roof
of the press club building, which is close to the heavily-guarded
Government offices, the political agent’s office and residence
and military camp.
Two Taliban militants were killed
and three others were wounded in SFs operation in Bajaur Agency.
The duo was killed in shelling and mortar fire by helicopter gunships
in the Mamoond sub-division. Locals said gunships targeted Taliban
hideouts in various areas of Mamoond after a pause of 10 days.
The Taliban had reportedly begun digging trenches in the Tanai
and Omarai areas of Mamoond to stop the SFs advance towards their
A missile strike by suspected
United States forces killed at least two Taliban militants and
injured three others in Miranshah, headquarters of North Waziristan.
"A missile fired by US forces killed two men outside the town
of Miranshah," a security official told. Three persons were wounded
in the missile strike and it was not immediately clear if the
missile was fired from a drone or fired by US forces deployed
across the border in Afghanistan, he added. The missile struck
the house of local tribesman Ghunchagul Wazir in Tabitolkhel village
SFs killed seven militants, including
a prominent commander, when the latter attacked a checkpoint in
Safi area of the Mohmand Agency. Talking to the media, a spokesperson
for the Mohmand Rifles, a wing of paramilitary Frontier Corps,
said a group of 120 militants attacked the Darwazgai-2 check-post
with heavy weapons on the night of December 15. SFs retaliated
and targeted militants’ positions with artillery and mortar guns.
The official said seven militants, including an important commander
Zar Muhammad alias Zaray, and a trooper from the Mohmand Rifles,
Ibad Gul, were killed in an encounter that continued for three
The elders of a Jirga (council/assembly
of elders) of Dadukhel and Qasimkhel, the sub-tribes of the Tarakzai
tribe, handed over 90 suspected persons out of the total 220 to
the political administration in Yakaghund tehsil (revenue division)
of lower Mohmand Agency. Jirga members said they had renounced
militancy and would not indulge in any criminal activity in future.
A surety bond of PKR 1 million each was also furnished.
An oil tanker carrying fuel for
the NATO forces in Afghanistan was completely destroyed when militants
fired rockets on it at Landikotal in Khyber Agency. Sources said
the militants came in a double cabin pick-up and fired several
rockets at the oil tanker parked at the roadside near the Shalman
gate in Cantonment area. The tanker, which was full of GP8 fuel
and was bound for the US Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan, caught
fire and was completely destroyed. Frontier Constabulary personnel,
who were posted at the Shalman gate, opened fire on the militants
with Kalashnikov rifles but they escaped.
Unidentified militants shot dead
Haji Khattak Kokikhel, an elder of the Kokikhel tribe, in Sakhi
Pul area of Jamrud tehsil (revenue division).
The Taliban shot dead a man in
South Waziristan, accusing him of spying for the United States.
The man was identified as Ismail Khan after his bullet-riddled
body was found dumped in the middle of a road near Wana, a security
official told. "A note found on his body said all those spying
for the US will suffer the same fate," the official said,
adding the man appeared to be an Afghan national. Locals said
masked men had abducted Khan a few days ago from Wana.
The Taliban fired rockets at a
convoy of trucks taking supplies to NATO forces in Afghanistan,
killing a woman and injuring a child, officials in Jamrud tehsil
(revenue division) of Khyber Agency said. Political administration
officials said the Taliban fired three rockets from an unidentified
location at a 150-truck convoy carrying supplies for NATO forces
in Takhta Baig area of Khyber Agency. The rockets missed the convoy.
However, one of them hit the house of tribesman Gohar Khan, killing
his wife and injuring his child. The Taliban also abducted Inayatullah,
the owner of a terminal for NATO forces’ supplies and took him
to an undisclosed location, sources said. Inayatullah was abducted
from Shahkas area of Jamrud, they added.
Security Forces targeted Taliban
hideouts in various areas of Bajaur Agency. However, there were
no reports of casualties. The troops fired mortars and artillery
shells at Taliban hideouts in Bai Cheena, Kosar and Tandar Gate
One militant was killed and an
unspecified number of them were wounded during the ongoing operation
against Taliban in Bajaur Agency. Official sources said that Security
Forces backed by artillery fire, gunship helicopters and mortar
guns, targeted militants’ positions at Gangi, Damangi and Kharkay
in the Mamond sub-division and dismantled several hideouts. The
troops have reportedly made advancement in the troubled areas
of Nawagai tehsil and started patrolling.
Large areas of Bajaur and Mohmand
agencies have been cleared of ‘miscreants’ and complete Government
control would be established in the two agencies by the end of
December 2008, Frontier Corps Inspector General (IG) Major General
Tariq Khan told President Asif Ali Zardari during a briefing.
Zardari met the tribal elders for the second day, as part of a
series of consultations with politicians that an official statement
said was meant to "assess the situation in FATA from the
perspective of the elected tribal representatives and other stakeholders
responsible for peace and security in the region". Talking
to the FATA representatives, the president said a special officer
in the presidency would be deputed to liaise between tribal representatives
and the state functionaries responsible for FATA affairs, including
the governor, the interior adviser, the states and frontier regions
minister, the chief secretary, and the Frontier Corps IG. He said
that peace in FATA was the foremost priority of the Government,
which was using all available resources to bring stability to
Two drivers and a cleaner were
killed when militants opened fire on an empty oil tanker near
the Landikotal Bazaar in Khyber Agency. Sources said the oil tanker
was on its way to Khyber Walikhel after supplying oil to the US
forces in Afghanistan, when the militants attacked it with light
and automatic guns, killing driver Rehan and cleaner Shabir on
the spot. The co-driver, Wasif, also sustained bullet injuries
and was rushed to the Landikotal Civil Hospital where he succumbed
to his injuries.
SFs destroyed several Taliban
hideouts in a military operation in Bajaur Agency. Sources told
that several hideouts were destroyed in the SFs shelling in Mamoond
and Nawagai sub-divisions. However, no casualty was reported.
SFs arrested an unspecified number
of suspected people in Khar, headquarters of Bajaur Agency.
The Bajaur Agency Political Agent,
Shafirullah Khan, said that a cell to provide financial assistance
to people affected by the military operations had been established
in the Agency on the directives of the federal Government.
Unidentified gunmen abducted a
Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited employee from Kalaya
area of lower Orakzai Agency. Sources said the armed men abducted
telephone operator Zahid Khan when he came out of the Kalaya Telephone
The TTP Orakzai chapter chief
Hakimullah Mahsud enforced a ban on the movement of women in Orakzai
Agency. In his decree, Hakimullah warned tribesmen not to allow
their women to move out of their homes, otherwise, the father
or husband of the woman — caught moving outside of their homes
— would be punished.
Suspected Taliban militants abducted
at least nine tribesmen from the upper tehsil (revenue division)
of Orakzai Agency. The abducted people were members of the Shaikhan,
Ali Khel and Mushti tribes. In Landi Kotal, a NATO supplier, Mehfooz
Khan, was abducted on the Charwagzai main road while he was on
his way to Peshawar. Mehfooz – the owner of Torkham Pak Custom
Clearance Agency - had been abducted 15 years ago. Earlier in
the morning, two other people were abducted from Ghariza Jamrud
while they were travelling to Peshawar.
Six persons, including two women,
were killed and three others sustained injuries when jetfighters
targeted the Omaray area of Mamond sub-division in the Bajaur
Agency. Sources said fighter planes targeted suspected hideouts
of the militants in Omaray, killing two persons. Eyewitnesses
said a truck, parked in the main square of Omaray, came under
attack of jetfighters, killing four persons, including two women,
on the spot and injuring three others. Reports indicated that
those killed in the bombing belonged to Mamond and had shifted
to a camp in the Munda area of Dir District when the military
operation against the militants was launched in Bajaur Agency
in August 2008. The family was returning home in Mamond when the
jetfighters targeted the vehicle.
The Taliban in Mir Ali sub-division
of North Waziristan killed two Afghan refugees, accusing them
of spying for the United States. Officials said the bullet-ridden
bodies of two brothers Hasan Muhammad and Akhtar Muhammad, both
in their late forties, were found near Shirah Talla area on Mir
Ali-Tall Road. Hasan and Akhtar hailed from Khost in Afghanistan.
A letter found with the bodies said that the men were killed for
spying for the US and anyone doing so would meet the same end.
An attack by unidentified men
destroyed an oil tanker in the Bahadar Khel area of Khyber Agency.
However, no casualties were reported. The tanker was carrying
24,000 litres of fuel to a private company in Afghanistan. Sources
said the tanker was attacked with a rocket and machine guns.
SFs fired at three suspected Taliban
vehicles in the Shagai area of Jamrud in Khyber Agency. However,
no casualties were reported.
The Taliban announced imposition
of sharia (Islamic law) and to ban cutting forest trees
in several areas of Upper Orakzai Agency. Sources said the announcements
were made in sermons from mosques in Khangarpur, Ghundako, Kundi
Mushti and Qaum Aakhel areas of Orakzai Agency, adding the local
Taliban had also banned the cutting of forest trees in the agency.
The announcements directed the residents of the tribal region
to contact local Taliban centres in Ghalju and Kundi Mushti to
seek solutions to their disputes, adding all disputes would be
decided in accordance with the sharia. The sources said sharia
had also been imposed in Ghalju, Ghundki, Nawakali Khangarpura,
Amir Zai Kalay, Sultan Masay, Moorcha Ghari and Sahibzadagano
Seven suspected militants reportedly
belonging to the Punjab province were killed and several others
sustained injuries when three US spy planes fired missiles at
two vehicles and a house at Karikot, Azam Warsak and Dhog villages
of South Waziristan Agency (SWA). Officials and tribal sources
told from Wana, headquarters of SWA, that the CIA-operated spy
planes fired three missiles, two at vehicles parked at Karikot
and Azam Warsak villages, and another at a house, which did not
explode. They said the Maulana Nazeer-led Ahmadzai Wazir and Punjabi
Taliban had installed heavy weapons on both the vehicles from
which they fired at the drones in the morning. Sources close to
the militants said three militants hailing from Punjab were killed
at Karikot village where the drone fired a Hellfire missile at
a double-cabin pick-truck parked near the village. Similarly,
they said, four more suspected militants, also from Punjab, died
when their truck was hit by the pilotless spy plane. Villagers
in Wana said another missile, which the drone had fired at a home
at Dhog, could not explode.
SFs targeted Taliban positions
in the Mamoond tehsil (revenue division) of Bajaur Agency
using mortars and artillery guns, but no casualties were reported.
Official sources said the troops targeted Taliban hideouts in
various areas of the tehsil, adding the latest operation forced
a majority of the residents to move to safer areas.
Unidentified men fired three rockets
on the headquarters of Bajaur Scouts in Khar. No casualty was
reported, officials said.
Taliban spokesman Maulvi Omar
claimed that no militant was killed or injured in the jet aircraft
attack on their hideouts in Mamoond on December 21. Talking to
journalists over telephone, Omar claimed those killed and injured
The Government High School in
Pandyali in Mohmand Agency was blown up by suspected militants
who had planted an improvised explosive device in the school,
which exploded destroying the school building. Gunship helicopters
later targeted suspected militants’ hideouts in upper villages
of Panyali. However, no casualty was reported in the shelling.
A jirga (assembly of elders)
of Isakhel and Burhankhel tribes held in Yakaghund, Lower Mohmand
handed over 22 suspected people to the political administration.
The political administration has given a list of 61 wanted people
to the two tribes.
Militants publicly executed two
criminals accused of a series of murders and kidnappings for ransom
in Bara town in the Khyber Agency. The militants blindfolded the
two criminals and tied their hands behind their backs before shooting
them with rifles, an AFP photographer witnessed. Around
500 local militants and tribesmen reportedly watched the utions,
which took place after the suspects were tried in a self-styled
court headed by local militants, a local administration official
said. The official said the two men had been accused of several
crimes, but were sentenced to death after pleading guilty to the
recent murder of a taxi driver. The court allegedly authorised
the uncle and brother of the deceased to shoot the two criminals.
A trooper was killed and three
others injured when Taliban attacked a security post with rockets
in Miranshah in North Waziristan.
At least three shells fired by
NATO from Afghanistan landed in the Speen Wam area of North Waziristan.
However, there were no casualties.
An important Taliban leader was
handed over to the authorities at a jirga (assembly of
tribal elders) in Mohmand Agency.
A bomb blast was reported in the
Miranshah area of North Waziristan. However, no casualty was reported.
SFs killed four Taliban militants
in the Mamoond revenue division of Bajaur Agency. According to
a private TV channel, the SFs continued operations against the
Taliban in different areas of the tehsil. The SFs also destroyed
a number of Taliban hideouts.
A previously-unknown pro-Taliban
group, Ansar Wa Mohajir, has claimed responsibility for the December
24-bomb blast in Lahore and the earlier rocket attacks on Dera
Ismail Khan. Toofan Wazir, identifying himself as a commander
and spokesman of the group, telephoned from somewhere in North
Waziristan to claim responsibility for the two attacks. He threatened
more attacks against the Security Forces and Government installations
to avenge the two recent US missile strikes in North Waziristan
in which several militants belonging to Punjab province were killed.
According to Toofan Wazir, the US drones fired the missiles at
Pakistani targets with the agreement and co-operation of the Government
of Pakistan. He said revenge would be taken from both the Americans
and the Pakistan Government. In Pakistan, he warned, suicide bombings
would be carried out and bombs would be planted and exploded at
important Government installations.
A child was killed and nine persons
were injured when the Taliban militants fired rockets on Civil
Colony in the Khar district and Fajja village of Bajaur Agency.
SFs targeted Taliban hideouts
in the Mamoond and Khar sub-divisions, but no reports of casualties
to the Taliban were received.
Pakistan is reportedly moving
nearly 20,000 troops from the FATA to Kasur and Sialkot amid reports
of Indian troop movement and rising tensions between Islamabad
and New Delhi. An unnamed senior military official said the redeployed
14th Division would "counter any misadventure by India". "The
troops have been moved from the western border areas where the
operation [against Taliban] is not going on. But this is a limited
movement to reinforce our defence on the eastern border," the
official told. He said Pakistan Army had restricted the leaves
of its troops and officers in view of the security situation.
Four persons, including three
children, of a family were killed when a shell landed at their
house in the Bajaur Agency. The shell fired from an unidentified
location hit the house in the Mandal area of Bajaur, sources said.
The SFs and Taliban clashed in
Sakhipul area of Jamrud tehsil (revenue division) in Khyber
Agency. However, no casualties were reported.
A new extremist group by the name
of Khana Jangi (civil war) has emerged in the Bara tehsil of Khyber.
Headed by Riaz Ludhianvi, the organisation came to the surface
when it claimed abducting a local journalist Rehmatullah, who
was released after three hours in captivity. A member told reporters
over telephone that the group was against a Bara-based organisation,
adding Khana Jangi had both locals and foreigners as members,
who would conduct guerrilla activities in the country.
Three persons were killed by suspected
militants on charges of ‘spying for the United States’ forces
in Afghanistan and their bodies were thrown on the main Bannu-Miranshah
Road. The body of one of the alleged spies, 25-year-old Rahim
Gul, was found with multiple gunshot wounds and a broken arm near
a market in Miranshah, a security official told. He said the bodies
of the other two men – 22-year-old Inayatullah Khattak and 18-year-old
Shooti Bannu – were hung from a bridge in a village outside the
town of Mir Ali. He said the killers left a note with the bodies
saying, "Those spying for the US and ISI will suffer the
Four Taliban militants were injured
in the Sindukhel area of Lakroo sub-division of Mohmand Agency
in firing by the SFs.
Unidentified armed men made a
foiled attempt to blow up a bridge near Ghazi Baig.
The SFs targeted Taliban hideouts
in various areas of Mamoond tehsil (revenue division) of
Bajaur Agency, injuring four persons. In addition, armed men fired
eight rockets at the agency headquarters, Khar. However, no casualty
was reported. A house was also damaged in the shelling.
Armed men burned the houses of
eight pro-government tribal elders in Mamoond.
Three oil tankers caught fire
when a bomb reportedly planted in one of the tankers exploded
at a petrol station at the Torkham border in Khyber Agency. It
could not be ascertained whether the oil tankers were destined
for Afghanistan or had come to the petrol station.
Five militants and three civilians
were killed and several others injured when SFs targeted suspected
militant hideouts in different parts of Bajaur Agency. SFs resorted
to heavy mortar shelling after militants fired five missiles towards
Khar, regional headquarters of Bajaur Agency, from Kohi Mor and
Maram Ghundai areas. They said that three missiles landed in the
Civil Colony, one fell near a check post in Fajja and one hit
the Siddiqabad area. However, no casualty was reported in these
missile attacks. The SFs countered the attack and fired mortar
shells to target the militants’ positions. Two militants were
consequently killed and a number of hideouts destroyed in the
shelling on Kohi Mor and Maram Ghundai hills, said official sources.
They also said a mortar shell fell in the Tope area, killing three
civilians and injuring one. Officials added that three more militants
were killed when SFs retaliated to an attack on a check post in
the Zor Bandar area, about 18 kilometers from Khar.
Militants torched houses of four
elders of the tribal Lashkar (militia) in the Mamond district,
raising the number of burnt houses to 12 during the past two days.
Authorities detained 25 tribesmen
under the collective and territorial responsibility laws of the
Frontier Crime Regulation. Sources said that 15 of the arrested
men belonged to Mandal tribe and the remaining 10 to Tangi tribe
of the agency.
Pakistan suspended supplies to
more than 65,000 NATO and United States troops in Afghanistan
when SFs imposed curfew in and around Jamrud tehsil of
Khyber Agency to initiate a military operation against the Taliban.
Two militants were among five people killed in the joint operation
by military and paramilitary forces. "We have launched crackdown
against people creating disturbances, and army, paramilitary and
levy force is jointly conducting the operation," Khyber Chief
Administrator Tariq Hayat told in Peshawar. Hayat also said the
operation was targeting six Taliban-linked organizations. "This
operation will continue as long as all targets are achieved,"
he stated. According to him, the operation was aimed at putting
a stop to both attacks on NATO supply vehicles and a spate of
kidnappings for ransom in the FATA, where the Taliban and al Qaeda
are active. Troops had already seized a large quantity of arms
and ammunition in a raid on a warehouse in Jamrud, Hayat said,
adding that a complete curfew had been imposed on the area, with
paramilitary troops patrolling the streets. The early-dawn operation
followed recent Taliban activities, which attempted to cut off
supply lines to international forces in Afghanistan and threatened
Peshawar’s security. "Helicopter gunships pounded suspected hideouts
of the Taliban and their local facilitators while ground forces
with tanks and heavy artillery provided backup," residents of
Jamrud told. Troops shelled Taliban strongholds in the Ghundi,
Sakhipul, Tedi bazaar, Shah Zaman Kalay and Ghuriza areas of Jamrud.
"Five people were killed," political administration officials
said, but did not provide details. Local residents said three
civilians, including a child, were killed in an area close to
Tedi bazaar and Ghuriza by the shelling. Local residents said
the militants put up little resistance to the operation.
The US Secretary of State, Condoleezza
Rice, has said that the existence of alleged safe havens in FATA
has allowed the resurgence of the Taliban in the region. "Part
of the problem there is that nobody has been able to deal with
the sanctuary across the border in that ungoverned part of Pakistan,"
SFs demolished dozens of houses
and arrested scores of people on the second day of the military
operation in Khyber Agency's Jamrud sub division. Two army gunship
helicopters reportedly targeted militant hideouts and houses of
Kukikhel elders in Ghundi locality the entire day. Tanks and artillery
also targeted positions of suspected militant commanders in the
area. The Peshawar-Torkhum highway and Torkhum border also remained
closed for the second consecutive day. The closure of Torkhum
border has is reported to have affected supplies to NATO forces
in Afghanistan. Briefing newsmen at the Khyber House about the
operation called ‘Here I Come’, Political Agent of Khyber Agency,
Tariq Hayat Khan, claimed the SFs had so far demolished at least
19 houses of militant commanders and Kukikhel elders in the last
two days. Three civilians were killed when their home was hit
by 'mistake,' he said. SFs have demolished the houses of Malak
Attaullah Kukikhel and Senator Nasar Khan in Ghundi and Shah Kas
localities respectively. Three family members of Malak Attaullah
were among the 116 persons arrested during the operation. Tariq
Hayat said that a huge quantity of arms and ammunition had also
been recovered from the house of a militant commander Iftekhar
in Ghundi area. However, the suspect commander could not be arrested
during the operation.
Taliban militants executed a man
in the Mir Ali town of North Waziristan after accusing him of
spying for the United States. The bullet-riddled body of 28-year-old
Mohammad Nawaz was found dumped on a roadside in Mir Ali, a local
police official said. Nawaz had been abducted in November 2008
after a US missile strike near Mir Ali killed some local and foreign
militants. A note found near his body said Nawaz had been "found
guilty of spying for the US," the official said.
A Pakistan Telecommunication Company
Limited (PTCL) exchange was partially damaged in a bomb blast
in Wana, headquarters of South Waziristan. Official and tribal
sources told that the blast did not cause any human loss. They
said it was not clear whether the perpetrators of the blast wanted
to target the telephone exchange, military convoy or bunkers of
the law-enforcement agencies located near the PTCL exchange.
SFs have flushed out the Taliban
from various areas of Salarzai tehsil and Khar area of Bajaur
Agency, officials said. The areas cleared of Taliban presence
include Arrang and Barrang in Utmankhel tehsil, Roghgan and Pashat
in Salarzai tehsil and Khar area of Bajaur. In other areas, the
SFs continued targeting Taliban positions with artillery and mortars,
but there were no reports of casualties.
Militants attacked two checkpoints
of the SFs in different areas of Mohmand Agency. However, no casualty
was reported in these attacks. Sources said militants attacked
the checkpoints in Darwazgai-II of Safi tehsil and Lakaro with
mortar guns and other heavy weaponry. However, the SFs repulsed
the attack by using artillery and mortar guns from Ghallanai,
Bhai and Mamad Gat camps.