FATA Timeline - 2015
The polio worker's house was set
ablaze by militants in Khattakmela area of Kurram Agency. Official
sources said that unidentified militants burned down the house
of polio worker Muhammad Wazir, who performs duties as a polio
At least 31 militants have been
killed and scores of others injured as jet fighters targeted militants
hideouts in Koki Khel area of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency of
FATA. According to an ISPR statement, "Four terrorist hideouts
and a suicide bomber training centre were destroyed. 31 terrorists
including some suicide bombers were killed".
A US drone strike at Wacha Basti
village near Alwara Mandi in Dattakhel of NWA killed eight militants
and injured two others. Sources said that the drone targeted a
compound belonging to an Uzbek 'commander' of the Tehreek-e-Taliban
Pakistan's Hafiz Gul Bahadur group.
A bomb targeting Shias at a volleyball
match killed at least four persons and injured eight at the Hussaini
ground in the Kalaya area of Orakzai Agency. The Hussaini ground
is owned by the local Shia community.
A polio worker, identified as
Sanab Gul, was injured in a remote-controlled IED blast in Chamarkand
area of Safi tehsil in Mohmand Agency of FATA.
A BDS was injured while defusing
a bomb in Soran area of Bezai tehsil in Mohmand Agency.
SFs launched a search operation
in Shah Kas area of Khyber Agency after receiving reports regarding
the presence of elements involved in terror activities. Local
administration and SFs cordoned off the area and imposed a curfew
during the operation.
Three bullet riddled bodies were
found at a graveyard in Qandhari area of Safi tehsil in Mohmand
Agency of FATA. The political administration shifted the bodies,
which were yet to be identified, to Ghalanai Headquarters.
Two TI members were killed during
a clash between LI and TI in Tirah valley area of Khyber Agency.
SFs razed the houses of suspected
militants and their supporters in Damadaola area of Bajaur Agency.
Sources say that during the pre-dawn operation was initiated by
SFs after imposing a limited curfew in Damadola area. The sources
further said that the miscreants who once had sheltered or been
supporting local and al Qaeda-led militants are being targeted
and added that the search operation was still underway.
Twelve militants were killed in
shelling by gunship helicopters of the Army while four terrorist
hideouts were also destroyed in Mama Ziarat and Khadarkhel areas
of Datta Khel tehsil in NWA in FATA. Seven vehicles of militants
were also destroyed in the action.
Four SF personnel were killed
and two others injured in an IED explosion apparently targeting
the vehicle of SFs in Lower Kurram Agency of FATA. According to
security officials, three FC personnel and one Levies Force personal
lost their lives in the blast. The vehicle of the SFs struck the
IED planted alongside a road in Shabak area of Lower Kurram Agency.
At least seven LI militants were
killed and several others injured in explosions at a terrorist
centre in the Sipah area of Khyber Agency in FATA. According to
sources, a landmine detonated inside the militant camp in Sipah
area, killing four suspected terrorists. As the insurgents were
trying to move the bodies, security forces fired mortar shells
at the building, killing another three militants.
Six militants were killed in an
exchange of fire with SFs in Dattakhel tehsil of NWA. Official
sources said that the clash took place in Dattakhel where militants
offered resistance during operation of the security forces. In
cross-firing, which continued for more than an hour, six extremists
were killed while others fled away.
Four soldiers were killed and
two others sustained injuries in a roadside blast when the soldiers
were on a routine patrol in the Bashak area Orakzai Agency.
One soldier was killed and five
others injured in a rocket attack on a mosque of military centre
in Kalaya area of Orakzai Agency. The militants fired two rockets
at mosque in the Military Headquarters when Friday prayer was
underway. Rockets were fired from mountains of Akkakhel side.
The slain Orakzai Scouts soldier was identified as Munawar Shah
and those injured as Naib Subedars Mehmood Khan, Azizur Rehman,
Hawaldar Zawan Shah, sepoys Kashif Ahmed and Farmanullah sustained
Two security personnel were killed
and three others injured when the SFs vehicle hit a roadside land
mine near the Nawab Shaheed check-post in Kurram Agency of FATA.
At least seven militants were
killed while four others were injured in a US drone strike near
the Pak-Afghan border in Wacha Dara area of Ladha tehsil in South
Waziristan Agency of FATA. Two of the dead militants are reported
to be of Uzbek origin. Intelligence sources say that the US drone
fired two missiles on a compound in Wacha Dara area located near
the Pak-Afghan border between Makeen and Shawal.
DG ISPR Major General Asim Saleem
Bajwa while addressing a think-tank of the Royal United Services
Institute (USI) in UK said that Security Forces have killed 2,000
militants in North Waziristan Agency of FATA in the ongoing Operation
Zarb-e-Azb. He also said that 200 soldiers had been killed during
the operation, and 800 others had sustained injuries. He reiterated
the army's resolve to ensure writ of the state in Bajaur and North
Waziristan Agencies at all costs by wiping out militants. The
DG ISPR said that effective military operations are under way
to purge the areas of terrorists.
At least seven militants and three
soldiers were killed during a clash in Banda area of Salarzai
town in Bajaur Agency of FATA. Security sources said heavy exchange
of fire took place during an operation to clear suspected militants
from the mountainous Banda area along the Afghan border.
The TTP 'spokesperson' Muhammad
Khorasani claimed responsibility for attack. Khorasani said the
TTP fighters "killed six soldiers including a captain," adding,
"We lost only one fighter." "The fighting continued since morning
until afternoon." he added.
At least five militants were
killed when a US drone fired two missiles at a compound in Shahi
Khel neighbourhood of Shawal in North Waziristan Agency.
Unidentified militants shot dead
an official of the Levies Force, Khaliq Jan, in Mamond tehsil
of Bajaur Agency in FATA. Sources said that Khaliq Jan was on
his way home in Sarki Joharh when unidentified militants opened
fire on him, leaving him dead on the spot. The assailants managed
to escape from the scene.
Operation Commander Hangu and
Orakzai Agency Brigadier Muhammad Jilani said that the SFs had
cleared 50 percent area of Orakzai Agency from militants. Brigadier
Muhammad Jilani said the return process of the IDPs to their native
areas would be started once the area was cleared of militants.
The Minister for State and Frontier
Regions Lieutenant General (retired) Abdul Qadir Baloch said a
strategy was being formulated by the Government to create job
opportunities for IDPs in North and South Waziristan agencies
because until a few years ago most people there knew only about
weapons' manufacturing and related business activities.
The JI Amir Sirajul Haq has demanded
of the Government to declare the FATA as a separate province so
that its people could get their due rights. The JI chief said
that nearly 10 million tribal Pakhtuns had still been living without
basic facilities. He demanded of the Government to declare FATA
as a separate province and Peshawar as a brave city, and elevate
the status of Army Public School, Peshawar, to the university
Kidnappers freed four people in
Zarmilan area of South Waziristan Agency in FATA who were abducted
along with 10 others from Killa Saifullah District of Balochistan
on January 4. The captors had killed an official of the Pakistan
Air Force who was among the kidnapped and had freed two hostages.
Three people were still in the kidnappers' custody.
At least 35 suspected militants,
an unspecified number of foreigners among them, were killed when
military planes shelled their hideouts in North Waziristan Agency.
According to the ISPR, the air strikes were conducted in Dattakhel
tehsil. Officials said that over 1,200 suspected militants had
been killed since the Army launched Operation Zarb-i-Azb in North
Waziristan in June 2014. The administration had lifted curfew
from the area after 20 days on January 23.
Eight suspected militants, including
key commanders of various outfits, were killed and several others
sustained injuries when jet fighters of PAF blitzed their positions
in various areas including Speen Drand, Tor Darra, Tarkhu Kas
in Kukikhel, Nakai and other areas in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency
in FATA. Several hideouts of militants were also destroyed in
At least 53 militants, including
12 foreigners, were killed when jet fighters of PAF conducted
aerial strike on militants' hideout in Kharh Tangi area of Dattakhel
tehsil in North Waziristan Agency of FATA. Six hideouts, an ammunition
dump and seven explosives-laden vehicles were destroyed," said
an ISPR statement. Most of the foreigners killed were Uzbeks,
military sources said.
In another strike in the same
area later, 23 militants were killed, the ISPR claimed. Since
the area is off-limits to journalists, it is difficult to independently
verify the number and identity of the dead. The jets continued
shelling for about one hour, inflicting heavy losses on the militants,
16 militants were killed and 12
others injured when PAF planes pounded their hideouts in Therkho
Kas, Wacha Wana, Sra Vella and Nakai areas of Tirah valley in
Khyber Agency. The officials claimed that those killed belonged
to the outlawed TTP and LI. Six militant hideouts were destroyed
in the strikes.
KP Governor Sardar Mahtab Ahmad
Khan said the repatriation of the people displaced from Bara of
Khyber Agency would begin after February 15 as most parts of the
tehsil had been cleared from militants. He also said PKR 850 million
had been released for the restoration of electric supply and rehabilitation
of schools, health units, roads and streets in Shalobar area ahead
of the return of local displaced tribesmen.
Earlier, the IDPs of Khyber Agency
on January 26 staged a sit-in outside the Governor's House on
Sher Shah Soori Road in Peshawar to demand end to military operation
in their area, a comprehensive financial package, early repatriation,
and the opening of Bara Bazaar. They warned they won't return
to their homes until security was provided to them, their destroyed
houses were rebuilt, and local schools, hospitals, Government
offices and Bara Bazaar were reopened.
At least seven militants were
killed and one other was injured in a US drone strike in the Shawal
area of North Waziristan Agency in FATA. Intelligence sources
said the US drone fired two missiles on a compound and a vehicle
on the border of North and South Waziristan Agency in Shawal valley.
The identity of the militants is yet to be ascertained.
||At least three peace volunteers
were killed while two others were injured in a bomb blast in Nari
Baba area of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency of FATA. Official sources
say that the blast occurred in one of the pickets of the Tauheedul
Islam Peace Committee members. The sources say that the casualties
occurred in what is believed to have been a remote-controlled blast.
At least four soldiers were killed
in an explosion targeting a convoy of Security Forces in Warmagai
area of Kurram Agency in FATA. Following the blast, SF and militants
also clashed in Warmagai area, killing two TTP militants, including
one key 'commander', Gul, and his accomplice.
Five TI activists were killed
in an IED in Naray Baba area of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency.
LI claimed responsibility for the attack.
||At least 25 militants
were killed in air strikes in the Sanzila area of South Waziristan
Agency in FATA as part of a major offensive against the TTP and
other insurgents. "In precise aerial strikes, 25 terrorists were
killed and seven hideouts were destroyed", the ISPR said in a statement.
At least seven militants were
killed in a clash with SFs in Mohmand Agency in the FATA. According
to a statement by the ISPR, seven militants were killed by SFs
in a clash that erupted after the militants were intercepted by
the forces. The bodies were handed over to the administration
for further investigation.
Six unidentified bodies were
recovered from Yaka Ghund area in Mohmand Agency. According to
tribal sources, the bodies were found in the Umar Banda area.
Officials believe that the bodies might be of militants killed
in clashes with SFs.
Three members of the pro-government
peace committee, TI, were killed and five others sustained injuries
in an explosion in Nari Baba area of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency
of FATA. The LI militants had planted an explosive device in one
of the abandoned houses and the explosion occurred in one of the
rooms. The LI claimed responsibility for the blast.
Unidentified militants blew up
Government Girls Middle School in Bezot area of Orakzai Agency.
"Two rooms and verandah of the school were destroyed and the boundary
wall was damaged in the explosion which took place at 6am," an
official of the political administration said. Agency Education
Officer Habibullah confirmed that the primary section of the school
was destroyed by two remote-controlled blasts. Habibullah added
that 141 schools had been destroyed in Orakzai Agency out of which
38 schools had been reconstructed while 106 needed reconstruction
on emergency basis.
At least 13 suspected militants
were killed and their seven hideouts destroyed when the PAF fighter
jets pounded Tor Darra, Sur Kas, Wachy Wanay, Dua Toey, Sra Khawra
and Sra Wela areas of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency of FATA.
Four peace body members sustained
injuries in a roadside blast in Shandara area of Baizai subdivision
in Mohmand Agency. The sources said that militants had planted
an IED at a roadside in Shandara area and triggered the explosion
when the pro-government peace committee members were patrolling
the area. "The militant triggered the explosion when a local peace
body head Malik Sanobar Essakhel along with his brother and two
volunteers were patrolling the area," official sources said.
A government-run community health
centre was blown up in the Shal Kor area of Yakaghund tehsil
in Mohmand Agency of FATA. Agency Surgeon Dr Niaz Afridi confirmed
the incident and said that total 17 health centres had been blown
up by militants in Mohmand tribal region.
The Government extended the purview
of the recently amended Pakistan Army Act to the FATA for the
setting up of military courts there. President Mamnoon Hussain
approved a summary permitting the Government to establish military
courts in FATA. An official statement issued by the Presidency
said: "On a summary initiated by States and Frontier Regions Division,
the president has approved the prime minister's advice for extension
of Pakistan Army (Amendment) Act, 2015 (Act No-II of 2015) to
FATA in terms of Article 247 of the Constitution of Pakistan."
Seven suspected militants were
killed and 15 others were injured in PAF air strikes on militant
hideouts in Dwa Thoe, Sarrai, Sheikh Kot, Tor Darra, Nangrosa
and Speen Drand areas of Tirah valley in Khyber Agency of FATA.
15 militants were killed and a
soldier sustained injuries in a clash near the Pakistan-Afghanistan
border in the Kurram Agency of FATA. Afghan militants equipped
with heavy weapons intruded into Pakistani territory close to
the Pakistan-Afghanistan border and stormed the security post
near the border in Kurram Agency. A soldier, whose identity could
not be ascertained, sustained injuries in the attack, while 15
militants were killed in the retaliatory fire.
A woman was killed and 14 others,
including children, were injured in a blast in Gula Jan area of
Pir Qayyum village in Kurram Agency of FATA. Official sources
said that the blast occurred when a toy-like bomb exploded in
Unidentified militants opened
fire at a vehicle carrying a team of polio workers in Lowi Shalman
area of Landi Kotal tehsil Khyber Agency, killing the driver and
leaving one polio volunteer injured. According to security officials,
the polio workers were being driven to a session in the morning
when they came under attack. Subsequently, the driver of the vehicle
Ziarat Gul was killed and a polio worker was injured.
SFs have started preparations
to launch a crackdown against militants in Akakhel and Qalanaga
areas of Bara tehsil. The administration has ordered locals to
vacate the area by 6 pm today (February 16). Action will be taken
against those violating the orders.
The Minister for SAFRON and Frontier
Regions Lieutenant-General (retired) Abdul Qadir Baloch said that
the Government believes that the operation Zarb-e-Azb operation
will be completed by the end of the year and after that a 'mini-Marshall
plan' will be launched for socio-economic progress of the people
of the FATA. "The era of the Taliban or terrorists will end in
Fata and there will be complete peace in the entire tribal areas
by the end of this year," Abdul Qadir Baloch said. Baloch said
he could say this only about cleansing FATA of terrorists and
not about other parts of the country.
At least five militants and an
Army Officer were killed and a soldier was injured when fighting
erupted during a cordon-and-search operation in Dattakhel area
in North Waziristan Agency of FATA. According to a statement by
the ISPR two of the dead militants were foreigners.
Three militants were killed in
a clash with Security Forces in Patala area of Kurram Agency.
Two Khassadar personnel were injured
when a bomb went off near a checkpost in the Jamrud tehsil of
the Khyber Agency in FATA. Those injured were identified Shoaib
Federal Defence Minister Khawaja
Muhammad Asif said that operation Zarb- Azb was launched to flush
out terrorists and maintain peace in the country. "Foreign elements
are involved in spreading terrorism. Temperature on eastern border
and working boundary had been increased with pre-plan mission.
"We are raising voice at international forum about incidents of
terrorism and involvement of a neighboring country in such activities",
Khawaja Muhammad Asif said. Pakistan is fully capable to eliminate
the menace of terrorism from this area, he added. "We cannot rule
out India's involvement or support to Taliban who are spreading
terrorism and disturbing peace of Pakistan", he added further.
The Commandant of the Khyber Rifles,
Colonel Tariq Hafeez, said that Khyber-2 operation against TTP
and other terrorist groups hiding in different parts of the Tirah
valley of Khyber Agency in FATA would begin next month. Colonel
Tariq Hafeez pledged that SFs would now reclaim all areas at present
under the control of several outlawed militant groups in Khyber
Agency and FATA. "We will not spare anyone and will go after them
no matter where they are hiding and will smash their operational
structure to reduce their striking capability," he said.
Col Hafeez said that with the
arrest of 25 hardcore terrorists, SFs had achieved much of the
objectives of the Khyber-1 operation. He said that SFs were now
determined to annihilate all anti-state elements operating on
Pakistan's soil. Referring to escape of some leaders of Bara-based
outlawed groups to Afghanistan, he said that those who were not
sincere to their own motherland could not be sincere to anyone.
A jirga of Sipah tribe of Bara
tehsil in Khyber Agency of FATA handed over 15 wanted tribesmen
to political administration under the policy of the Government
to clear the area of militants and restore lasting peace there.
A similar number of wanted men out of the total 102 had surrendered
to the administration few days ago. So far, 30 wanted men have
surrendered to the administration. The Khasadar Force took the
surrendered men into their custody and shifted them to an unspecified
location for interrogation. The jirga was held at Khyber House.
Some participants of the jirga
said that almost all the 15 persons, who offered voluntary arrest,
were innocent and had no association with either LI or any other
militant group. They said that the administration assured them
of 'fair treatment' of the arrested suspects during the interrogation
and said that they would be set free if charges against them were
The FATA FDMA decided to tentatively
send back families of the IDPs from 29 villages of NWA and Bara
tehsil of Khyber Agency by the end of this month. However, officials
associated with the repatriation program are still skeptical about
the dates announced. Moreover, the UN, one of the main stakeholders,
has not yet been given permission by the UN Department of Safety
and Security and has sought more time to seek a NoC from its headquarters
in New York, as North Waziristan remains a "no-go area" for its
The FDMA DG briefed officials
about the situation in North Waziristan and March 31, 2015, was
decided as a tentative date to send back people from 29 villages
of Mir Ali subdivision of the Agency. Around 12,000 to 13,000
registered families from these villages will be sent back in Phase
1 of the repatriation process from an embarkation point set up
at Mirzail check post in FR Bannu.
An unnamed senior official said,
"The task seems to be a tough one, based mostly on wishes and
prayers," said the official, adding there will be difficulties
during the process, mostly security-related. "There is a plan,
but the situation is not entirely feasible for its implementation."
According to the official, the FDMA will provide transport grants
of PKR 10,000 to each family through mobile SIMs as well as repatriation
cash grant of PKR 25,000 through ATM cards. Moreover, UNICEF will
hand out hygiene kits among the returning families and the World
Food Program will provide six months of ration. However, what
remains a major concern for the returning families is the destroyed
Pakistan's military leadership
reviewed prevalent internal and external security situation of
the country including progress of ongoing operation Zarb-e-Azb
at the 180th Corps Commanders' Conference, held at General Headquarters
in Rawalpindi and chaired by CoAS General Raheel Sharif. The meeting
dwelt at length on various professional matters. The participants
also under took a comprehensive review of operational preparedness
besides prevalent internal and external security situation of
the country including progress of ongoing operation Zarb-e- Azb.
The FDMA began registering about
3,000 displaced families to be sent back to parts of South Waziristan
Agency. The authority's coordinator, Omar Mehsud, said the return
journeys of the families would begin on March 16 after completion
of the registration process. A facilitation desk has been set
up in the office of the political agent in Tank where those wishing
to return are being registered. He said the registration process
would continue for three days and families hailing from Sarwakai
and Sararogha tehsils, adjacent to Frontier Region Tank, would
be sent back to their homes.
The authority in collaboration
with political administration has identified six villages in Sarwakai
and 10 villages in Sararogha where these 3,000 families of Mehsud
tribe would be rehabilitated. Around 70,000 families of Mehsud
tribe were forced to leave their homes when Security Forces launched
Operation Rah-e-Nijat against the TTP in June, 2009. However,
a large part of the region dominated by the Mehsud tribe is still
considered as a conflict zone, which is delaying the return of
IDPs to those areas. Displaced families have been residing in
Dera Ismail Khan and Tank Districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa but
a large number of them have also moved to Karachi and Hyderabad.
The COAS, General Raheel Sharif,
said fleeing terrorists will be chased and eliminated as there
was no place for them to hide now. The Army Chief reaffirmed the
commitment to eliminate all terrorists and rid Pakistan of all
types of terrorism. The COAS, who along with Chief of the Air
Staff, Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, visited the North
Waziristan Agency in FATA and said that the ongoing Operation
Zarb-e-Azb would not stop till the job was finished.
They reviewed the progress of
the Operation Zarb-e-Azb and future operational plans besides
meeting troops, Director General ISPR Major General Asim Saleem
Bajwa tweeted on the social media. During the briefing, they were
informed that a new level of unity had been achieved during the
Operation Zarb-e-Azb while efficacy of air power with ground operations
was appreciated. Terrorists are being chased and hit and there
was no place for them to hide, they were told. The COAS directed
all the commanders and civil agencies to prepare a plan for dignified
return of IDPs. The return will commence on March 17 from the
SWA and on March 31 from the NWA.
The LI led by Mangal Bagh has
merged itself into the TTP under a reorganization planned by militants.
According to a statement issued by JuA 'spokesman' Ehsanullah
Ehsan, the reorganized TTP would consist of members of his group,
LI and the remaining of the TTP. The head of the new set-up was
yet to be named, he added. The TTP disintegrated last year after
a group led by Omar Khalid Khurasani based in Mohmand Agency revolted
against Mullah Fazlullah and formed his own faction with the name
Ehsanullah Ehsan congratulated
what he called "Mujahideen of Pakistan" on the unification of
militant groups. He said the decision was taken at a meeting attended
by Mullah Fazlullah, Omar Khalid Khurasani and Mangal Bagh. Ehsan
said an organising committee had been formed to constitute a central
supreme Shura and an organising body. Militants announced the
unification at a time when SFs are making significant gains against
them in military operations in North Waziristan and Khyber Agency
which were once considered their strong bastions.
At least 48 TTP and LI militants
were killed and several others sustained injuries when PAF fighter
aircraft targeted their hideouts in Kukikhel area of Tirah Valley
in Khyber Agency of FATA. The sources said that Khajuri, Akakhel,
Shalobar, Malikdinkhel, Kamarkhel, Qambarkhel and Sepah areas
in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency had been cleared of militants.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor
Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Abbasi unveiled a programme for the return
of IDPs of three tribal agencies. The programme will be implemented
from March 16. Governor Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Abbasi said in the
first phase 40,500 families would go back to SWA, Khyber Agency
and NWA. The Government would pay Rs 25,000 in cash and Rs 10,000
as transportation cost to each household. He said payment of cash
grant to over 300,000 displaced families and compensation for
damaged houses required PKR 80 billion, adding that some foreign
donors had shown willingness to contribute in this regard.
Sardar Mehtab termed the dislocation
of a large number of people from FATA "a great human tragedy."
According to the breakdown, 2,500 families will return to Sarwakai
and Sararogha tehsils of SWA, 20,000 to Bara tehsil of Khyber
Agency and 18,000 to Mir Ali tehsil of NWA. Repatriation to SWA
will start on March 16, to Khyber on March 20 and to NWA on March
31. Villages and tehsils, where displaced families would return,
have been identified. The Governor said 29 such villages in Mir
Ali and Akakhel tribe- dominated area in Bara tehsil had been
identified for the return process.
The NADRA has verified 310,729
IDP families from FATA. After the launch of the Operation Zarb-e-Azb,
101,788 families had left NWA and 86,107 had shifted from Khyber
Agency in 2014. As many as 66,978 families had moved from SWA
in 2009 and since then they are waiting for return to their homes.
In reply to a question, the Governor said around 125,000 people
of NWA had taken refuge in Afghanistan but most of them had returned
to Pakistan via Kurram Agency. The authorities are facilitating
tribal people coming back from Afghanistan.
Thirteen dead bodies of tribesmen
were found in the deserted mountains of the Shaktai area of South
Waziristan Agency in FATA. Sources said that the bodies were found
by local people in the past couple of days. Malak Saeed Anwar
Mahsud told Dawn by phone from Shaktai that the deceased hailed
from Mandaw village and belonged to Abdalai and Jalalkhel clans
of the Mahsud tribe. 17 tribesmen of Mandaw village had been missing
after a search operation conducted by SFs from February 12-15
in the Shaktai area. Four of them were still missing.
| March 16
The Pakistan Army said that the
writ of the Government has been established in Bara area of Khyber
Agency in FATA and announced a successful conclusion of the Operation
Khyber-I. Brigadier Zahid Khan, in-charge of the military operation
in Bara, in a media briefing at the Bara Training Centre announced
a successful end of the operation. He said that during the third
phase of Operation Khyber-I, areas of Akakhel Jhansi, Dojangi
and Gandawa have been cleared of militants. He said that over
100 militants were killed during the operation, while around 450
terrorists have been arrested for their involvement in anti-state
The process of return of the IDPs
of SWA started with giving a send-off to 200 families on the first
day at Kor Qilla area of Tank District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The political administration and Army had made foolproof security
arrangements on the occasion where media was briefed with regard
to issues pertaining repatriation and rehabilitation of the displaced
populace of SWA. Besides the Army, the political administration
in collaboration with the FDMA is facilitating the TDPs on their
| March 18
At least 44 militants were killed
and several others sustained injuries when PAF fighter aircraft
pounded their hideouts in Kukikhel, Kamarkhel and Sepah areas
of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency of FATA. Official sources said
that fighter aircraft targeted the hideouts of TTP and LI militants.
A spokesman for the LI, Salahuddin
Ayubi, admitted that there was a heavy bombardment by the air
force in Tirah Valley. However, he maintained that the LI had
taken protective measures and none of its fighters was harmed
in the air strikes. He also claimed that the LI and its new allies
from the TTP and Jamaatul Ahrar had sent their men to Peshawar,
Lahore, Karachi and other cities to carry out suicide bombings
and other attacks to avenge the ongoing military operations in
Khyber Agency and North Waziristan Agency.
An anti-polio worker was killed
and another sustained injuries when gunmen opened fire on them
in Kamangara area of Nawagai tehsil in Bajaur Agency. The source
said that a worker identified as Roohullah was killed while Arifullah
sustained injuries. The TTP claimed responsibility for the attack.
| March 19
Twenty militants were killed and
five others sustained injuries when the Army helicopters targeted
their hideouts in Sandapal, Takhtakai and Nari Baba areas of Tirah
Valley in Khyber Agency of FATA. The sources said gunship helicopters
targeted the hideouts of the TTP and LI. The sources said SFs
continued advancement to the Upper Tirah Valley and occupied the
main Markaz of the militants in Shalobar and Zakhakhel areas.
The sources added that SFs had also taken the control of Kamarkhel
and Kukikhel areas.
| March 20
Four militants were killed while
several others were injured in aerial operation by SFs in Singar
post near Tirah valley area of Khyber Agency in FATA.
An official of the paramilitary
forces was killed and 10 others sustained injuries in a remote
controlled bomb blast in the Mangrosa area of Tirah Valley in
Khyber Agency. The sources said that the incident took place after
suspected militants opened fire n a convoy of SFs heading towards
the mountainous sanctuaries of militants. The SFs entered a house
after firing wherein the already planted explosives went off.
The SFs and political administration
demolished eight houses of militants and tribes people in Nawagai
tehsil of Bajaur Agency. The sources said the action was taken
under collective responsibility section of the FCR.
The repatriation of TDPs from
Bara tehsil has started on March 20 as 56 families returned to
their homes in the Akkakhel area of Khyber Agency. The decision
of returning of Bara’s displaced population has been taken after
better law and order situation in the area in the wake of ongoing
military operation Khyber-I in the Agency, said Khyber Agency
Political Agent Shahab Ali Shah. Shah said that about 86,000 affected
families will be repatriated to their native lands after Khyber-I
military operation in Khyber Agency.
| March 21
As many as 80 militants have been
killed and 100 others injured in on-going Khyber Operation, said
DG, ISPR, Major General Asim Bajwa. He said terrorists are being
rooted out as the army continues its campaign “Operation Khyber-2”
in Khyber Agency in FATA. ISPR DG Bajwa said seven security officials
also lost their lives during the operation in which the forces
are marching towards the areas located near Afghan border. The
Major General expressed the army’s resolve to continue the operation
until the terrorism is wiped out.
| March 22
Twenty-four militants were killed
and five others sustained injuries when Pakistan Air Force fighter
aircraft pounded the TTP and LI hideouts in Dars Jumaat, Sandana,
Takhtakai and Khyber Sangar in Tirah Valley area of Khyber Agency
in FATA. The sources said that five hideouts of the militants
were destroyed in the bombardment.
Three persons of a family, including
a minor, were killed when a mortar shell fell on a house in Malikdinkhel
area of Tirah valley in Khyber Agency. Sources said that the SFs
and militants were exchanging heavy fire in Tirah valley when
a mortar shell fell on the house of Inzar Gul in Malikdinkhel
area. Three persons, including Inzar Gul’s father, mother and
his daughter, were killed on the spot.
The COAS, General Raheel Sharif,
reiterated that military operations would continue at all costs
to clear all the urban centres and rural areas of terrorists so
as to ensure peace and prosperity in the country. The Army chief
expressed this resolve during his visit to the corps headquarters
where he was briefed on security in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa/FATA, Operation
Zarb-e-Azb and the ongoing military operation in the Khyber Agency,
which is making a steady progress, said Director General ISPR
Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa in his tweet. General Raheel said
the ongoing military operations will continue to their logical
conclusion and the terrorists squeezed in isolated pockets would
be targeted with precision.
Eleven militants were killed as
SFs claimed more gains in Tirah Valley areas of Khyber Agency
in FATA. Officials claimed that SFs took complete control of the
Mazatal area and advanced into Toor Dara, Sandana and Khyber Sungar
as fighting between militants and SFs continued. Sources said
that military planes and helicopter gunships pounded suspected
positions in the areas.
The Army took control of the Mastol
Pass that links the Khyber Agency to Afghanistan and has been
used by terrorists for movement to Afghanistan. The Director General
ISPR, Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa, said that the Mastol Pass
had been seized by the Pakistani forces and now our forces were
tightening the noose against the terrorists. He said that significant
effects were achieved by the air strikes on Sunday night targeting
the terrorists in an area close to the Afghan border.
At least 15 militants were killed
and several others sustained injuries when PAF fighter aircraft
bombed the sanctuaries of the TTP and LI militants in Wacha Wona,
Surkas, Seekhkot and other areas in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency
in FATA. Sources said that five foreigners, including Uzbeks and
Tajiks, were among the 15 militants who were killed in the air
strikes. The sources claimed several militants were injured and
five of their hideouts were destroyed in the attacks.
The FATA Secretariat began providing
compensation to the people whose houses have been in use by the
SFs for last several years. About 88 people of Khar tehsil in
Bajaur Agency, whose houses have been occupied by SFs since 2010,
received cheques of over PKR 6.3 million. Bajaur Assistant Political
Agent Sohil Ahmed Khan distributed cheques among the house owners.
Speaking on the occasion, he said that the administration was
aware about the problems of the militancy affected people and
was committed to providing financial support to them.
Some 203 IDPs returned in a convoy
to their homes in Lower Madijan and Shin Warsak areas of South
Waziristan Agency. According to the political administration,
at least 1,300 families have so far resettled into their homes
in Sarakai tehsil since a new phase of repatriation began on March
A Division Bench of the Peshawar
High Court, comprising Chief Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel and
Justice Abdul Latif Khan, disposed of cases of the eight missing
persons, who were shifted to various internment centres located
in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA, as they were declared to be hardcore
militants. The decision was taken after receiving the reports
about their alleged involvement in terror activities. During hearing
of 13 missing person's cases, Additional Advocate General Waqar
Ahmad Khan submitted the oversight board's reports about the eight
missing persons. The law officer informed the bench that as per
the reports, eight internees had been declared black or hardcore
militants as they were found involved in the terrorist activities.
At least 30 militants were killed
and several others sustained injuries when PAF fighter aircraft
and helicopters pounded the bunkers of the TTP and LI militants
in Kukikhel, Sepah, Kamarkhel and Shalobar areas in Tirah Valley
of Khyber Agency in FATA. "Many hideouts of the militants and
two arms depots also came under bombardment," said the ISPR. According
to some reports, the LI 'spokesman', Salahuddin Ayubi, was also
killed in the air strikes.
16 militants were killed in military
action after a soldier was killed in a roadside blast in the Shabak
area of Kurram Agency. The sources said that the soldier, identified
as Bilal Mohmand, was killed when a vehicle of SFs was targeted
with an IED in Shabak area. SFs cordoned off the area after the
incident and launched a massive search operation along the border
with Afghanistan. 16 militants were killed in the artillery shelling
on the hideouts of militants in the area.
A jirga of tribal elders expressed
reservations over the draft of an agreement provided to them by
the political administration in NWA of FATA, proposing several
restrictions as well as responsibilities for them for maintaining
peace in the once militants-dominated tribal Agency. The administration
is seeking an undertaking from local tribes to ensure peace in
the area. Sources said that the elders were told in categorical
terms that return to their respective areas was condition to signing
of the deal and furnishing the undertakings by them. The eight-page
draft agreement handed over to all the tribes in NWA describes
the roles of the Government and the people to put brake on resurgent
of militancy in the region.
At least fifteen suspected militants
were killed and four soldiers injured in a clash in Tirah Valley
area in Khyber Agency of the FATA. According to the ISPR, approximately
30-35 militants attacked a SFs check post in Mastak area, but
attack was foiled through "effective retaliation". Troops deployed
at the post surrounded the attackers, in an intense gun battle,
15 terrorists were killed and the attack was repulsed, the ISPR
said. It said the attackers left the bodies of 10 of their companions
which the army took into its custody, along with their weapons.
In the opening day of the repatriation
process, some 219 IDPs, banded together in 62 families, returned
to their homes in NWA from various parts of Bannu. Carrying ATM
cards entitling them to PKR 10,000 for transportation and PKR
25,000 for repatriation costs, the families boarded 40 buses and
trucks along with their belongings. All the IDPs belonged to the
Shameeri area of NWA. Brisk arrangements on the part of civil
and military administration were made for ensuring safe repatriation.
A medical camp was established with Dr Hamidur Rahman as its chief
whereas children below five years were given polio drops and some
tribesmen were provided other medicines.
The 12th phase of repatriation
of IDPs to SWA was completed. At least 630 families were sent
back home in the final leg. Between March 16 and March 31, a total
of 4,800 families were repatriated. The families have returned
to 14 villages of Sarwakai and Sararogha tehsil of SWA. Kur Qila,
the SFs check post where IDPs return from, was under strict monitoring
by the law enforcement agencies. Political and military officials
were also present on the occasion.
At least two SFs personnel were
killed when an IED went off in Narai Baba area of Tirah Valley
in Khyber Agency of FATA.
The Helicopter gunships conducted
several air sorties, as part of the ongoing Khyber-II operation,
killing at least five suspected LeI militants and destroying hideouts
in Nangrosa, Spin Drand and Thor Khel areas of Sipah of Tirah
valley in Khyber Agency in FATA in the morning. The aerial attacks
were aimed at flushing out militants from the valley.
At least two Pakistani soldiers
were killed when an IED went off near a military vehicle in Nanno
area of South Waziristan. A local 'spokesman' for the banned TTP,
Azam Tariq Mahsud, claimed responsibility for the attack.
At least 16 people including 12
militants and four soldiers were killed during fierce fighting
in Utmela area of the Orakzai Agency in FATA. Four SFs personnel
also sustained injuries in the fight. According to details, a
convoy of SFs was patrolling in Utmela area when clash erupted.
10 militants were killed and several
others injured when fighter jets bombed their hideouts in Dwa
Toi and Takhtakai areas of Kukikhel in Khyber Agency.
Two TTP militants, including commander Mullakhel,
were killed in an inter-group clash with unidentified militants
in Tor Thoot area of Kurram Agency in FATA. The attackers fled
after killing the militants.
A Levies Official, identified as Sultan Bakht,
was killed in a targeted IED blast while he was on his way to
Government High School in Badan area of Mamond in Bajaur Agency.
Later, the political administration searched the area and arrested
nine suspects under the Frontier Crimes Regulation. TTP claimed
responsibility for the attack, revealing that it had appointed
a new head and 'deputy' head for its Bajaur Chapter.
Authorities in Pakistan launched on the FATA Sustainable
Return and Rehabilitation Strategy amid pledges of financial support.
It was jointly launched by the Federal Ministry for States and
Frontier Regions (SAFRON) and FATA development authority in Islamabad.
The strategy that the Government was launching refers to the PKR
75.4 billion that are to be spent on helping people affected by
the Government's war against the Taliban and other militants to
return to their homes in the tribal areas.
The participants insisted that the government
had developed a strategy that involved political, constitutional
and administrative reforms in FATA to help ensure that the hard-fought
peace is sustainable. However, they failed to present any actual
strategy that involved such measures. "The state has to figure
out a multi-pronged strategy for a sustainable development in
the tribal areas," said Governor Abbasi.
A TTP militant was killed in an exchange of fire
with Security Forces in Faridi area of FR Peshawar in FATA.
In a series of tweets posted on his official Twitter
account, Director General of ISPR Major General Asim Bajwa outlined
Pakistan Army's successes in Operation Zarb-i-Azb, revealing that
263 terrorists have been killed so far in Tirah Valley of Khyber
Agency. The ISPR spokesman tweeted that the information was given
in a briefing to Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif during
his visit to frontline troops amidst the ongoing operation in
Khyber Agency. He reviewed phenomenal progress so far made in
eliminating terrorists. Bajwa said terrorist strongholds in the
region have been reduced and no escapes have been allowed in this
operation. The Army Chief was also informed that the area is infested
with IEDs which are mostly foreign made. He was also told that
392 IEDs have been neutralised by special engineers, whereas 35
soldiers have embraced martyrdom since the start of Operation
At least 16 suspected militants were killed and
at least 10 others were injured when helicopter gunships pounded
militant hideouts in Kandaw and Kandu Ghaibi areas of Kukikhel
in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency in FATA.
Seven TTP militants were killed and two others
were injured in other air strikes in Mehraban Kalley, Thor Darra
and Wochay Wany areas of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency. The air
strikes destroyed four sanctuaries of TTP militants, officials
At least 20 JuA militants were killed as SFs foiled
their move to enter Pakistan from Afghanistan side in the Shunkrai
area of Mohmand Agency in FATA in the night. According to sources,
a group of terrorists tried to sneak into the Pakistani territory
at about 01:30am. The Pakistani troops spotted the move and surrounded
them. An intense exchange of fire took place for about an hour
during which 20 terrorists were killed. The bodies of the killed
terrorists are in the custody of SFs. Meanwhile, Ehsanullah Ehsan,
the 'spokesman' for the militant group JuA, denied that any clash
had taken place at the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. "There was
no such clash. We believe our colleagues in the custody of the
Government were brought there and shot dead. It has happened in
the past also but we would avenge the killings," he stressed.
A US drone strike killed at least four TTP militants
in Shawal valley of North Waziristan Agency in FATA.
At least 10 militants were killed when military
planes pounded their hideouts in Chappar Mushti, Toorsimth, Daran
Shiekhan, Ovt Mela and Zaffar Ghari of Orakzai Agency in FATA.
Five militant hideouts were destroyed.
Two soldiers lost their lives in a roadside blast
in Spinwam area of NWA. The sources said that a convoy of soldiers
was going from Spinwam to Mir Ali when an IED went off near one
of the vehicles. Two soldiers received severe injuries and died
on the spot.
A timely action by the political administration
foiled a terrorism attempt in Mandori area of Kurram Agency. Sources
said that two IEDs had been planted by unidentified people to
blow up a suspension bridge in the area. After receiving information
about the IEDs, officials of the political administration called
the personnel of bomb disposal unit who defused the devices. According
to the bomb disposal personnel, the IEDs carried 10kg of explosives.
Five militants were killed when gunship helicopters
pounded their hideouts in Kasha, Shakar Tangi, Safial Darra and
other areas of Orakzai Agency in FATA on the second consecutive
day. "Five militants were killed and two of their hideouts destroyed
on the second day of the offensive," an official source said.
In what is seen as an effort to re-establish its
writ, the Government is calling an end to peace militias along
the Pak-Afghan border area of Mohmand Agency. Instead in a first,
it will be deploying at least 200 levies and khasadar officers
in Baizai subdivision, an important border area. A Grand Jirga
of Khawazai and Baizai tribes was held on April 14 at the newly-established
Baizai sub-divisional headquarters. Political Agent Waqar Ali
Khan addressed the Jirga, which was also attended by high-ranking
military officials stationed in the area as well as senior administration
At least 10 terrorists were killed and another
six were arrested in a pre-dawn crackdown in Sheikhan area of
Orakzai Agency in Federally Administered Tribal Areas. At least
12 hideouts of the militants were destroyed and a huge quantity
of weapons and ammunition was seized.
Islamic State (IS, also known as Islamic State
in Iraq and Syria / ISIS) ''commander-designate'' for Pakistan,
Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, was killed with two others in a bomb explosion
in the Toor Dara area of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency. Khyber
Agency officials said the militants were planting or manufacturing
an IED when it exploded, killing the all three of them on the
spot. According to details, Saeed hailed from the Orakzai Agency
and was among five leading TTP 'commanders' who announced their
disassociation from the outfit in October 2014. Later, they swore
allegiance to IS under the leadership of Shahidullah Shahid. The
IS high-command through a message circulated by Shahid had declared
Saeed as the IS 'chief' for Pakistan. However, Shahid is believed
to be the real chief with Saeed serving as his dummy.
A key leader of Haqqani Network, identified as
Farooq, was killed and nine militants were arrested during a clash
with SFs in Sra Kanda area of Birmal tehsil near Wana in NWA.
However, one suspect managed to escape. According to Intelligence
sources, 11 Haqqani Network militants were going to Wana via Shawal
in a pick-up. When the militants reached near a security check-post
in Sra Kanda, an exchange of fire took place between them and
security personnel, killing Farooq, a key figure of the Haqqani
Network and brother of senior militant leaders Sangeen and Bilal
Zadran. The arrested militants were identified as Israr Ahmed,
Rahim Gul, Abid, Mohsin, Gul Mohammad, Amirullah, Azbullah and
Khan Zali Khan. The sources said that a huge cache of arms was
recovered from their possession and their pick-up was impounded.
SFs successfully repulsed a militant attack on
Ghakhi, a Pakistani border post, in Bajaur Agency. An insider
confirmed the attack, claiming that militants from the Kunar Province
Afghanistan attacked with heavy weapons. The soldiers responded
to the gunfire forcing the militants to flee.
Eight militants were killed when gunship helicopters
shelled their hideouts in Kasha, Babo Tang Killay, Drand Sheikhan
and Ahat Mela area of Orakzai Agency in FATA. "The gunship helicopters
targeted three militant hideouts in the central parts of the Orakzai
Agency. Eight militants were killed in the shelling," an official
source said. Security Forces claimed that two commanders were
among the dead. However, they didn't disclose the identities of
the slain commanders.
One of the top commanders of the Haqqani Network
was among six militants killed during clashes with the SFs in
the Beermal area of South Waziristan Agency in FATA. The law enforcement
personnel also arrested nine militants while one managed to escape
in the hills. The commander of the Haqqani Network was identified
as Farooq Zadran who was killed in Beermal, the border area between
North and South Waziristan Agency.
At least five militants have been killed and three
security personnel injured during clashes between SFs and militants
in the area of Nangrosa Sipah of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency.
Source:Compiled from news reports
and are provisional.