FATA Timeline - 2016
Security Forces have established
new check posts in areas of Bajaur Agency in FATA along the Pakistan-Afghanistan
border to boost security and stop militants from entering through
the porous boundary. While briefing the media, Bajaur Scouts Commandant
Colonel Nair Zaman said these check posts have been set up in
Mamond, Salarzai and other areas along the border. The step has
been taken to boost security as militants in Afghanistan would
enter Bajaur and attack locals, pro-Government elders and security
forces. "We have also succeeded in finding militants' weapons
dump with the help of locals."
Four tribesmen, including a tribal elder Malik
Wali Khan Mehsud, were shot dead by unidentified militants in
Shaktoi area of Ladha tehsil in SWA of FATA. Two other tribesmen
were identified as Malik Akbar Khan Mehsud and Jawad Mehsud. The
third remained unidentified. No outfit claimed responsibility
for the attack, but residents claimed that commander Said Khan
alias Sajna, who is affiliated TTP, had warned the IDPs a few
days ago not to return to their homes, otherwise they themselves
would be responsible for consequences.
Two soldiers were injured in a roadside blast
at Shaheedano Dand in Kurram Agency.
At least 38 terrorists were killed and five others
were injured in fresh air strikes on militant hideouts in Meezar
and Sherani areas along the Afghanistan border in NWA of FATA.
A large number of local and foreign militants were killed in air
strikes, said ISPR. Those killed include 15 militants of Uzbek
origin associated with Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, the officials
said. Five hideouts and three explosive-laden vehicles were also
destroyed in the air strikes, the officials added.
Pro-Government Tribal Chief Wali Jan Mehsud escaped
a roadside bomb blast near Moley Khan Sarai in SWA. Security Forces
said that Mehsud was on way to Shahur High School when a remote-controlled
bomb went off at a roadside near Moley Khan Sarai. The blast slightly
damaged the car of Mehsud.
At least five suspected militants were killed
in a US drone strike carried out in Mangroti area in North Waziristan
Agency of FATA. This was the second US drone strike of the day
in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region.
As many as ten oil tankers carrying fuel supplies
to NATO forces in Afghanistan reached Torkham border in Khyber
Agency of FATA amid tight security, resuming the service over
a year after its suspension. Officials at Torkham while requesting
anonymity said the tankers with no apparent NATO related marking
on them reached the border at around midday and were later parked
near the crossing point for necessary checking.
At least 79 militants, including three commanders,
given up their armed struggle against the state after a successful
operation carried out by Security Forces in Miranshah of NWA in
Ministry of States and Frontier Regions has facilitated
the return of 447,544 registered families of IDP, NADRA report
said. NADRA has so far verified 447,544 IDPs, out of which 265,214
have returned, while 182,330 remain. As per agency-wise updates
till January 2, in Khyber Agency 91,689 IDPs were verified by
NADRA, of which 73,767 returned, and 17,922 remain, in NWA 104,002
IDPs have been verified of which 33,725 returned and 70,277 remain,
while in SWA the number of NADRA-verified IDPs is 71,124, of which
13,997 have returned and 57,127 remain.
Similarly, NADRA has verified 35,823 IDPs of
Orakzai Agency, of which the number of registered returnees was
16,102 and 19,721 remain. For Kurram Agency the number of NADRA-verified
IDPs was 33,024 of which 16,117 registered have returned and 16,907
remain. For Frontier Region Tank 2,228 have been verified by NADRA,
with 1,852 registered returnees. The data further revealed that
for Bajaur the number of NADRA verified IDPs was 72,895 and all
of them were returned while for Mohmand the number of NADRA verified
IDPs was 36,759 and all of them were returned to their respective
agency. The long-awaited return of TDPs of FATA was initiated
in March 2015 and till date around 90,000 NADRA-verified families
have been processed with cellular companies for provision of Transport
Grant at the rate of Rs 10,000 and Return Cash Grant at the rate
of Rs 25,000 per family.
Twelve persons, including a journalist, were killed
while 39 others sustained injuries when a suicide bomber targeted
the tribal Khassadar force in the Karkhano Market of Khyber Agency
in FATA. The incident occurred hardly 30 metres from the Karkhano
checkpost, the entry-point to Peshawar from Khyber Agency. The
security sources said the bomber parked his motorbike and walked
towards the Line Officer Nawab Shah of the Khassadar Force and
his Khassadar Force and his guards. "The bomber detonated his
explosives vest. The car of the Line Officer and another vehicle
caught fire while the roof of a nearby shop caved in after the
blast," said an official. Those killed in the blast included Line
Officer Nawab Shah and Mehboob Shah Afridi, president of the Tribal
Union of Journalists, Khyber Agency chapter, who was talking to
him at the time of explosion. Others who lost their lives were
Gul Sahib, Raziq Khan and Waris Khan, all members of the Khassadar
force, and civilians Taimur Khan, Mubarak Shah, Malik Khan, Mohammadullah,
Ashfaq Khan and the wife of one Shoaib. A child was also among
the dead. Meanwhile, the TTP claimed responsibility for the attack.
SFs killed nine terrorists in air raids in Khyber
Agency of FATA.
Four civilians died and two others received injuries
when one of six rockets fired from the Afghan side of the border
hit a shop in Angoor Adda in South Waziristan Agency of FATA.
According to officials, four of the rockets fired at about 2pm
landed in open fields while two hit the market. The political
authorities in Bajaur Agency claimed to have completed the long-awaited
documentation of the religious seminaries operating in the region
in order to ensure better education and facilities there. Sources
in the political administration said that important data of all
the religious seminaries operating in the agency had been collected
during the process, which continued for over a year. The sources
said a joint committee of local administration and various religious
organisations carried out the task, adding heads of seminaries
showed full cooperation with the administration in the documentation
At least 17 terrorists were killed in aerial raids
conducted by the SFs in Shawal and Dattakhel areas of North Waziristan
Agency in North Waziristan Agency of FATA.
The body of a khasadar official was found in Safi
tehsil of Mohmand Agency in FATA, after he was abducted in the
night of January 23. An official of the political administration
confirmed Rehmatullah, a resident of Alingar in Safi, had been
murdered and his body dumped. His body was found in a search operation.
The slain khasadar officer was the son of a former peace committee
leader, Saifur Rehman.
The dead body of a polio worker, identified as
Shah Faisal, who had gone missing from Jamrud tehsil of Khyber
Agency in FATA on January 27, 2016, was found in Regi area of
provincial capital Peshawar. Political Tehsildar at Jamrud, Asmatullah
Wazir, said that Shah was a contractual employee with the Health
The local administration along with tribal elders
demolished 12 houses of suspected militants during a search operation
in the Haleemzai tehsil of Mohmand Agency in FATA. Political Naib
Tehsildar Mehmood Shah said that the local administration conducted
the operation in Ghalanai Mian Gan, Adin Khel and other villages
of the tehsil. The militants, whose houses were demolished, were
identified as Sheraz, Mohammad Shah, Haroon, Aziz, Adnan, Ziarat
Shah, Sazono, Ibrahim, Yasir, Akhtar Ali, Khatir and Subhan. Earlier,
the local administration had handed over a list of 22 wanted militants
to the Haleemzai elders to demolish their houses. An official
statement said the administration conducted the operation with
the help of Haleemzai elders.
Source:Compiled from news reports
and are provisional.