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 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
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,"
A US drone strike killed at least
four TTP militants in Shawal valley of North Waziristan Agency
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
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 officials.
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
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
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.
A soldier sustained injuries in
a roadside blast in the Ghongat Jowar area of Safi tehsil in Mohmand
Agency of FATA. Sources said that militants had planted an IED
on a roadside in the Ghongat Jowar area. The militants triggered
the explosion when a patrolling vehicle of SFs was passing through
the area. A soldier Izharullah sustained injuries in the blast.
A Khassadar Force official sustained
injuries in a roadside blast in Mandato Koty area of Jamrud tehsil
in Khyber Agency. Sources said that unidentified persons had planted
a bomb in Mandato Koty, which went off when the Khassadar official,
identified as Shakeel Khan, was on his way to Sakhipul checkpost
SFs repulsed an attack on the
Nawa Pass security checkpost in Chamarkand tehsil of Bajaur Agency.
Sources said the militants based in Kunar province of Afghanistan
attacked the Nawa Pass security checkpost early in the day. They
said that the personnel of the SFs returned the fire and forced
the militants to escape. However, there were no reports about
any casualty in the attack.
Twenty-seven militants were killed
in air strikes and a search operation in North and South Waziristan
Agencies of FATA. The ISPR said 22 militants were killed and their
sanctuaries destroyed when fighter aircraft pounded their positions
in Khar Tangi and Lowra Mandi areas of Dattakhel area in NWA.
In a cordon and search operation, five terrorists were killed
by SFs in the Shakto area of SWA.
The border authorities recovered
a huge cache of explosive material from a truck at Torkham border
in Khyber Agency. An official said that a trailer truck (12481-KBL)
was on the way to Afghanistan from Pakistan carrying cement bags.
He said the Khasadars during routine checking recovered 720 pieces
of detonators, 110 kilograms potassium and hundreds of metres
of wire from the truck.
Twenty terrorists, including three
suicide bombers, were killed when PAF fighter aircrafts targeted
their hideouts in Kukikhel, Sepah and Kamarkhel areas of Tirah
Valley in Khyber Agency of FATA. The ISPR through a statement
said that several hideouts, ammunition and ration depots were
also destroyed in the aerial blitz.
Nine suspected militants were
killed in air strikes in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency in FATA.
An ISPR statement said jets bombed hideouts of the TTP, and LI
in Kanu Gharaibi, Pathai, Baagh, Rajgal, Jhrandy and Nakai areas
of Kukikhel and Malakdin Khel. The ISPR claimed that nine militants
affiliated with the TTP and LI were killed in the air strikes
and five of their hideouts destroyed. However, LI spokesman Salahuddin
Ayubi in a telephonic conversation with journalists rejected the
SFs arrested 12 suspects during
a house-to-house search in Ghundi area of Jamrud tehsil of Khyber
Agency in FATA. Officials said the detainees were suspected of
having links with some banned organisations.
The COAS, General
Raheel Sharif while addressing a gathering of army officers in
the Bahawalpur Cantonment said that stability was returning to
the country due to the ongoing military operation Zarb-e-Azb in
North Waziristan Agency and surrounding areas of FATA. “A peaceful
environment in and around Pakistan is our top priority,” Director
General ISPR quoted the army chief as saying on social networking
site Twitter. The Army Chief said the enemy forces could not take
Pakistan army’s focus away from targeting terrorism in the FATA,
adding that Security Forces were breaking linkage of terrorists
in the rest of the country. “No challenge is insurmountable. Let’s
take Pakistan forward. Our greatest asset, the youth, must be
encouraged and honed," he said.
Security Forces took
control of the entire Sipah and Akkakhel areas in Tirah Valley
of Khyber Agency in FATA after flushing out LI from these areas.
Official sources said that the control of Sipah and Akkakhel was
so far the biggest achievement of SFs during the ongoing Khyber
II military operation against joint forces of LI, TTP and JuA.
The forces also pressed
their ground advance towards the TTP-controlled Kukikhel areas
in the valley with fierce ground battles in Dwa Thoe and Zarmanza
areas of Kukikhel, Garhai of Kamar Khel, Jabbar Mela of Qambar
Khel and Nakai area of Malakdin Khel. “The fall of Kukikhel is
a matter of time now because the area has been encircled from
almost all sides and militants were seen fleeing the area,” security
LI 'spokesman' Salahuddin
Ayoubi said over phone from an undisclosed location that the loss
of Akkakhel and Sipah was a ‘tactical retreat’ and they would
soon retake the area with support of TTP and JuA militants. He
said the Lashkar had killed nine soldiers and injured 11 during
ground battle in the Dwa Thoe area, but the claim could not be
Five soldiers, a
captain among them, and 27 militants were killed in clashes in
Tirah valley of Khyber Agency in FATA. According to security sources,
soldiers were entering militants’ strongholds when an intense
ground battle took place. The officer who had lost his life in
the line of duty was identified as captain Ajmal. With ground
offensives continuing in parts of Tirah valley for the fourth
consecutive day, SFs entered Garhi Kamar Khel, Nakai Malikdin
Khel, Zarmanza in Sikandar Khel and Dwa Thoe, Tangu, Mehraban
Kalay, Khaeyst, Tharkho Kas, Mailu, Thor Darra and Malakabad localities
in Kukikhel area. All these areas had been under the control of
Tariq Afridi group of the banned TTP since 2010.
Five militants were
killed and several others injured in clashes in Tor Darra area
of Jamrud tehsil in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency in FATA. Official
sources said the militants attacked a convoy of SFs when they
were advancing in Tor Darra. The SFs retaliated, killing five
militants and injuring several others.
A peace committee
member was killed in an IED blast in Nawagai tehsil of Bajaur
Agency. Khalid Khan, son of Nawagai Aman Committee Amir Guldad
Khan, was hit by the IED planted on the roadside around 20 metres
from his residence. The JuA a faction of the TTP claimed responsibility
for the killing.
bombed militant hideouts in North Waziristan and Khyber agencies
of FATA, killing 44 suspected militants, among them many foreigners.
In a statement, the ISPR said that precision strikes were carried
out in the Dattakhel area of North Waziristan and Tirah valley
of the Khyber Agency. Sixteen militants were killed in strikes
on hideouts in the Dattakhel area, it said. Many foreigners were
among the dead. In air strikes carried out in Tirah valley by
fighter jets and helicopter gunships, 28 suspected militants were
killed and many others injured, the ISPR said. A number of militant
sanctuaries in Rajgul and Kando Gharebi areas of Kukikhel territory,
under the control of Taliban since 2009, were destroyed in the
A security force
official was killed and four others were injured when unidentified
militants opened fire on the Sra Rogha check post in South Waziristan
Agency of FATA.
At least four security
force personnel were injured when a security vehicle hit a landmine
in Spinwam area of North Waziristan Agency. The injured were identified
as Shahzad, Naek Babar, Saifullah and Jamal Din.
A security official
was injured when a rocket fired from an undisclosed location hit
a check post in Khamrang area of Wana in South Waziristan Agency.
SFs started a search operation in the area.
A security assessment
report by the PICSS claims that SFs have been proactive during
the January-March 2015 quarter, mounting 312 actions against insurgents,
while the latter carried out 232 militant activities. Altogether
944 people were killed and another 619 wounded in the violent
incidents. SFs arrested 1,646 suspected militants in the operations,
while the militants kidnapped 49 people during the quarter.
claim that most areas of North Waziristan Agency have been cleared
of the militants, yet return process of the IDPs to the conflict
stricken tribal area is going at a snail’s pace. Officials said
that only 230 displaced families had returned to their native
area in some pockets of North Waziristan since the repatriation
program was launched on March 31, 2015. An official dealing with
the return process of IDPs in FATA said that the unregistered
families had also gone back to their homes. He admitted that the
return of IDPs to North Waziristan was going very slow as compared
to that of Khyber Agency.
One person lost his life while
three others sustained injuries in a terrorist attack at a school
ground when a football match was going on in Alizai area of Kurram
Agency in FATA. Security Forces sprung to action and killed one
suicide bomber while another bomber blew himself up. Where the
incident happened is a Shia-dominated area. Two Police official
were also among the injured.
A grand jirga of the Bar Qambarkhel
tribe in Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency formed a 50-member peace
body called Amn Sharishta. MNA Nasir Khan Afridi presided over
the jirga. A large number of tribal elders attended the event
at Khyber House in Peshawar. Speaking on the occasion, the MNA
said the peace body would strive to bring peace and cooperate
with political administration and security forces in the restoration
of peace in the area. “We want to curb militancy and rid the tribesmen
of this menace,” the MNA added.
A peace committee member, Zawar
Hussain, was killed as an improvised explosive device went off
in Alingar area under Safi tehsil of Mohmand Agency in FATA.
An unnamed senior Army Officer
said that the military has destroyed all the command and control
centres of TTP in Darra Adamkhel in Kohat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
and adjoining Orakzai Agency of Federally Administered Tribal
Areas. He said that the law and order situation had gradually
improved during the last few years and it was much better these
days. He said that there was negligible threat to the public and
Six people, including a pro-government
tribal elder, identified as Malak Muhammad Jan, was killed in
a remote-controlled IED blast in Bar Kamar area of Mamond tehsil
in Bajaur Agency of FATA. Muhammad Jan was on his way to the Har
area when the IED exploded.
Three security personnel were
killed when TTP militants attacked a security check post in Mashpangai
area of Shakai tehsil in South Waziristan Agency of FATA. Five
militants were also killed in retaliatory firing. However, TTP-Mehsud
faction 'spokesman' Azam Tariq claimed that the bodies of the
three security personnel killed in the clash were in their custody.
Denying the SF claims, he said that only one Talib, identified
as Abid, had been injured in the attack.
Four people, including three children
and wife of Gul Toor Saidgai, were killed when a stray shell hit
his house in Dabbar area of North Waziristan Agency.
At least 29 surrendered militants
were set free after completing vocational training at Navi Saha,
an internment centre, in Bajaur Agency. Commandant Bajaur Scouts
Colonel Amir Ali said different vocational skills were imparted
to the former militants during the 10-week-long training. He said
peace and Government writ were fully restored across the Agency
as the force had eliminated militants in the region.
Air Force aerial strikes killed
at least 17 militants in the areas bordering Afghanistan in the
Wareka Mandi area of Shawal tehsil in North Waziristan Agency
of FATA. “The air force jets pounded the areas close to the Afghan
border in thick forests and killed at least 17 militants. Three
compounds and five vehicles were also destroyed in the action,”
an unnamed security official said. The official said that the
killed militants included Uzbek and Afghan nationals and cadres
of the TTP.
TTP militants attacked a group
of youths celebrating their victory in a cricket match in Karikote
village near Wana town of South Waziristan Agency, killing one
of them and injuring five. Witnesses said by phone that some of
the youths were beating drums after winning a cricket match in
Karikote when followers of TTP leader Ainullah arrived there and
ordered them to stop their celebration. When the boys refused
to obey them, a scuffle ensued, during which the militants opened
fire at spectators. Marka (16) was killed and five other people
were severely injured.
Two rooms of Ghazi Baba shrine
in Arang in Uthmankhel tehsil of Bajaur Agency were destroyed
when an explosive planted by unidentified militants went off in
the morning. However, no casualties have been reported.
A US drone strike killed six suspected
militants and injured another two in Shawal Valley of North Waziristan
Agency in FATA. Sources said that the drone fired two missiles
into a compound in the valley close to the Pakistan-Afghanistan
border, killing six militants, most of them were foreigners. The
number of casualties was set to rise, sources added.
At least six suspected
militants were killed while two others were injured in a US drone
strike on a militant hideout in the Zoye Narye area of Shawal
tehsil in North Waziristan Agency.
At least 13 suspected
militants were killed during airstrikes conducted by Army fighter
jets in the Dattakhel area of North Waziristan Agency. According
to a statement issued by the ISPR, five hideouts of the militants
were also destroyed.
At least 16 militants,
including four foreign militants, were killed during airstrikes
by SFs in Dattakhel area of North Waziristan Agency. SFs also
destroyed their five hideouts.
Five militants and
one soldier, Sepoy Waqas, were killed in a clash after militants
attacked a military check post in the Garwaee area of Dattakhel
tehsil in North Waziristan Agency. Security officials said five
militants were also killed in the clash after the attack on the
Three security personnel
were killed in a blast in an IED explosion in Dattakhel area of
North Waziristan Agency. According to a security source, the security
troops were on a routine patrol when a roadside IED hit their
Three TTP militants
were killed while others managed to escape after during an exchange
of fire with SFs in South Waziristan Agency. Arms were recovered
from their possession. The killed terrorists were stated to be
hailing from Tank District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
One FC soldier was
killed when militants from Kunar Province in Afghanistan attacked
a check post in Mamond tehsil of Bajaur Agency. The militants
escaped after SFs returned fire.
Four people were injured when
unidentified militants targeted the vehicle of former senator
Malik Abdul Wahid with IEDs in Landi Jor area of Mohmand Agency.
However, the senator escaped unhurt.
Two people were injured when unidentified
militants targeted the vehicle of the former chief of Safi Amn
Committee Malik Subedar Safi with a remote controlled device in
Ziarat Khwar area in Safi tehsil of Mohmand Agency. However,
Safi escaped the blast while two of his companions Javed and Shoaib
were injured. Ehsanullah Ehsan , the 'spokesperson' JuA, claimed
responsibility for both the attacks.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during
a meeting with CoAS General Raheel Sharif in Islamabad gave the
go-ahead to extend Operation Zarb-e-Azb into Shawal Valley of
North Waziristan Agency in FATA. "All financial issues related
to the new military offence in Shawal Valley will be incorporated
in the upcoming budget," an unnamed official source said." Further
the sources added that Pakistan Army has cleared Tirah Valley
from terrorists through military operations and the next step
is to clear Shawal Valley.
At least five SF personnel were
seriously injured in a blast that occurred while they attempted
to defuse an IED in Babara Chaharmang area of Nawagai sub division
in Bajaur Agency.
At least eight SF personnel sustained
injuries in an IED blast that occurred in Safi tehsil of Mohmand
Another one security official
was injured in second IED explosion in the same area. Two militant
hideouts were destroyed in the Halemzai tehsil of Mohmand Agency
during an operation in the area.
Five militants and two SF personnel
were killed, while one SF was injured in a clash in Ghulam Khan
area of NWA. According to reports, a group of terrorists ambushed
a SFs vehicle, opening fire on the patrolling party and killing
two of them. Five militants were also killed in retaliation by
At least 13 militants were killed
in a clash with SFs in Sawkai area of Dattakhel tehsil
in North Waziristan Agency. According to sources, militants attacked
a bunker of SFs in the area. SFs returned fire and the exchange
of fire killed 13 militants.
Six militants were killed when
a US drone fired two missiles and hit a double cabin pickup truck
in Zwe Karba area of Shawal Valley in NWA. "The double cabin pickup
truck carrying some militants had just entered the compound when
it came under attack. Six militants in the pickup truck died on
the spot," an unnamed security official based said.
At least three political administration
officials, including Farooq Wazir and his two associates, were
killed in a remote-controlled bomb blast while they were travelling
in Raghzai area of South Waziristan Agency.
Elsewhere in the Agency, two bullet-riddled
dead bodies were found in Angor Adda bazaar. A note found on the
bodies said they had been killed for spying against the Taliban.
Two SF personnel, identified as
Naveed and Mukhtiar, were injured when a check post in Ziaratkai
area of Shakai tehsil in SWA was attacked by rockets fired from
an unspecified location.
At least nine militants were killed
and 13 others were injured in an air strike in Dattakhel area
of North Waziristan Agency.
Three militants and one SF were
killed in an exchange of fire at a check post that was attacked
by militants in FR Bannu. The security forces cordoned off the
area after the assault and started a search operation.
At least eight terrorists were
killed and five others were injured in an air strike by Security
Forces in Shawal area of North Waziristan Agency.
At least nine suspected militants
were killed in a US drone strike in Shawal Valley area of North
Waziristan Agency. According to sources, the drones fired two
missiles, killing at least nine militants and all killed in the
incident were associated with the Afghan Taliban.
At least 19 militants, including
five 'commanders', were killed in an encounter when SFs chased
them after they attacked a checkpoint of the forces and killed
seven soldiers in Dattakhel area of NWA in FATA. An unnamed tribal
source said that one of the militants wearing an explosives-filled
jacket blew himself up and caused destruction at the military
checkpoint. He said SFs retaliated, started a search operation
and reportedly clashed with the militants, killing 19 of them.
"When being chased and cordoned off, one of the terrorists exploded
his suicide jacket and killed seven soldiers," said the ISPR statement.
No outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.
At least 12 suspected militants
were killed during airstrikes in Khyber Agency of FATA.
A wanted terrorist by the name
of Haji Ilyas Gul was killed during an intelligence based operation
in the Spin Khawra area of North Waziristan Agency in FATA. According
to the ISPR, four of Gul's accomplices, who were involved in various
terrorist activities, were also killed in the operation.
At least 10 militants were killed
during a search operation by SFs in Dattakhel area of North Waziristan
Agency in FATA. According to statement issued by the ISPR, the
operation was conducted in Dattakhel area close to Pak-Afghan
border in North Waziristan. The information could not be independently
verified since access to journalists is severely restricted in
At least 25 militants, including
their key 'commander', were killed in an exchange of fire with
SFs after a check post attack in the Shawal area of North Waziristan
Agency in FATA. According to media reports, militants attacked
a check post of SFs in Shawal area, leading to an exchange of
fire that killed 25 terrorists. SFs said key hideouts of militants
have been captured and a huge cache of arms had been seized.
Two civilians, identified as Dinar
Gul and Gul Abbas, were killed and four others, including two
border security personnel, were injured in a bomb blast at Torkham
border gate in Landikotal tehsil of Khyber Agency. The sources
said a blast took place when an Afghan national along with a pushcart
loaded with quilts entered Pakistan from across the border. According
to an eyewitness that a bomb had been concealed under the quilts
that were being smuggled from Afghanistan to Pakistan.
20 unidentified militants were
killed in airstrikes conducted at a place near Dattakhel area
in North Waziristan near Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
Director General of the ISPR Major
General Asim Bajwa issued a statement in which he said that so
far 2,763 suspected terrorists have been killed in the Zarb-i-Azb
operation in North Waziristan. It added that 837 hideouts have
been destroyed and 253 tons of explosives have been recovered.
In addition, 18,087 weapons including HMGs, LMGs, sniper rifles,
rocket launchers and AK-47 rifles had been recovered during the
past one year. He said that militant strongholds, communications
infra-structure and sanctuaries were cleared on a large scale
in the FATA, including North Waziristan and Khyber agencies. He
said that thousands of suspected terrorists and their abettors
had been apprehended whereas '218 hardcore terrorists' were killed
in around 9,000 intelligence-based-operations. Major General Bajwa
added that 347 military personnel had also lost their lives during
the operation. The press release further stated that Army is finalizing
plans to launch the final phase of Operation Zarb-i-Azb in mid-July
to flush out Taliban terrorists from their remaining strongholds
along the border with Afghanistan.
The operation Pakistan launched
against the militants in NWA of FATA has “absolutely” eliminated
extremist safe havens in Miranshah and Mir Ali areas, said an
unnamed US official in an interview to The Washington Post. He
said that terrorist safe havens in North Waziristan were “real
fundamental concerns for us, the Afghans, and also Pakistanis
in recent years.” The unnamed official noted that some of these
militants had dispersed around Pakistan. They were continuing
to plan attacks against not only Pakistanis, but also against
Afghans, Americans and others inside Afghanistan from their new
hideouts, he said, adding, “And it is going to take a sustained
effort to make sure these groups don’t reconstitute in the cleared
However, the Under Secretary of
State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah
Sewall warned that military operation alone would not end terrorism.
In a statement issued by the State Department, she urged the international
community also to address the “grievances and motives that propel
individuals, and in some cases, communities to join or align with
An Afghan soldier who was critically
injured during an encounter with militants 0.6km from Bajaur Agency
on Afghan soil was rescued by the Pakistan Army. According to
the ISPR, the soldier was rescued on the behest of the Afghan
authorities and was admitted in Khar Hospital of Bajaur Agency.
As many as 25 militants including
three key commanders were killed in clashes with SFs in Shawal
tehsil area of North Waziristan Agency in FATA. Sources said the
ground operation was carried out in Shawal area where three militant
commanders of the TTP were also eliminated. The three commanders
were identified as Amirullah, Fatehullah and Yasin.
Unidentified militants blew up
a primary school for boys in Mamond tehsil of Bajaur Agency in
FATA. However, no casualty was reported.
The vehicle of a local administration
official, who went to investigate the bombing of the school, was
also targeted with an IED, said unnamed officials.
At least 20 militants, including
key 'commanders', were killed and 18 others were wounded when
Pakistani jet fighters pounded the hideouts of TTP and LI militants
in Kukikhel area of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency of FATA.
The CoAS General Raheel Sharif
said that all terrorists and their facilitators, abettors and
financiers will soon be apprehended and brought to justice. He
said terrorists’ strongholds in Khyber Agency had been reduced
and now the fight was in progress in the remaining few pockets,
close to the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. The noose, he added,
had been tightened around terrorists and they would not be allowed
to regroup. The Army Chief said the area where the operation was
being carried out was heavily infested with IEDs, mostly of foreign
make. He also visited the DRC in Bara tehsil of the Agency where
the militants, who had surrendered in Operation Khyber-1, are
being provided education and vocational training, adds The News.
While talking to the troops in
the Agency he vowed that with unflinching national resolve and
clear direction, the armed forces will accomplish their end objective
of a terror free Pakistan.
The military operations in the
tribal regions [North Waziristan Agency and Khyber Agency of FATA]
are targeting all militant groups, including the Haqqani Network,
an unnamed security official clarified on June 21 in response
to a US State Department annual report, titled, Country Reports
on Terrorism 2014 released on June 19, 2015, which suggested that
certain terrorist outfits were spared by the offensives. “It is
not true that we have spared the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani
Network. We have stated time and again that our operation is against
all groups without any discrimination,” said the official.
In its annual report the US State
Department acknowledged that the ongoing military offensives in
North Waziristan Agency and Khyber Agency had severely dented
al Qaeda’s presence in South Asia. “Al Qaeda’s presence in the
[South Asia] region continued to face pressure from international,
Afghan and Pakistani forces, and Pakistan’s ongoing offensive
in North Waziristan Agency [has] further degraded the group’s
freedom to operate,” the report stated. Further, the report said
that while operations carried out by Pakistan’s military and security
forces disrupted the actions of many militant outfits in the country,
groups like the Afghan Taliban, the Haqqani Network and LeT were
spared by the offensive.
In an email sent to the media
on June 21 a 'spokesman' for AQIS, Usama Mahmood, claimed that
the US national Warren Weinstein who had embraced Islam and was
renamed as Chacha Ishaq (Uncle Ishaq) was killed in a US fired
drone strike in Shawal Valley of North Waziristan Agency on January
14, 2015. He claimed that Warren Weinstein had embraced Islam
while in captivity. “His new name was Ishaq. The “al-Qaeda in
the Sub-Continent” fighters affectionately called him Chacha or
uncle. Those who used to keep him in custody became his protectors
after he converted to Islam and started loving him. They used
to treat him like an elder and would happily fulfill all his requirements,”
the spokesman claimed in the statement.
Two security personnel were killed
and two others were injured in a landmine explosion in Kurram
Agency of FATA. Officials said that militants had planted explosives
on a track used by security officers to provide water to a nearby
check post near Oarmagai. After the blast, the militants opened
fire at the vehicle, which was destroyed.
The Khasadar force seized a stash
of explosives during a raid on a factory in Shakas near Jamrud
tehsil of Khyber Agency.
Air strikes killed at least 20
militants in the areas close to Pak-Afghan border in the Shawal
Valley area of North Waziristan Agency in FATA. The deeply forested
ravines are a smuggling route between Pakistan and neighbouring
Afghanistan, and are dotted with terrorist bases used as launch
pads for attacks on Pakistani forces.
Further on the same day, 14 more
militants were killed in the air strikes in the areas on the side
of Khyber Agency.
At least two security personnel
were injured in a gun and rocket attack from Afghan SFs at a security
checkpost in the Angoor Adda area of South Waziristan Agency in
FATA. According to the ISPR, Afghan SFs fired an RPG-7 rocket
and few rounds of small arms at the security and the Pakistani
troops retaliated and targeted positions where the fire was coming
Unidentified people have torched
about 40 houses in the Tirah valley of Khyber Agency. "Who torched
the houses after the militants were flushed out of various areas
of Tirah including Takhtakai, Tora Lagada, Nari Baba and once
the government had restored its writ?" asked an elder Haji Normat
Khan while talking to reporters. He said about 40 houses of Kamarkhel
tribe were set on fire at night by unknown people in Takhtakai
and Tora Lagada during recent weeks. He added that the tribesmen
had vacated their houses when the SFs launched Operations Khyber-1
and Khyber-2 against the LI and TTP in Tirah valley.
The long-awaited repatriation
process of IDP started when 93 families were sent back to their
native areas in NWA. "The families repatriated on the first day
comprise around 450 individuals, mostly women and children," Mir
Ali Assistant Political Agent Zaheeruddin said. Since most of
the displaced people belonging to Eidak are living in Baran camp
on the outskirts of Bannu, the area was bustling as families prepared
to board buses for what a return journey which was a long time
coming. Trucks had been arranged to transport the belongings of
The TTP claimed responsibility
for the killing of Malik Said Agha Jan, a member of the peace
committee in Bajaur Agency of FATA who was targeted by armed men.
Talking to reporters on phone from an unspecified location, TTP
spokesman Mohammad Khorasani said Malik Said Agha Jan was on their
hit list because of his support of the Government against TTP.
He said they would continue to attack the tribal elders who motivated
people against the TTP. "We have list of all the local committees'
members who are motivating the local people to fight against Taliban
and we will target them one by one," said Khorasani.
The Army has successfully brought
to a close a massive offensive in Khyber Agency of FATA, effectively
flushing out militants and blocking their crossing points on borders
with Afghanistan. The Army formally brought Operation Khyber-II
to a close on June 15, significantly enough, on the first anniversary
of Operation Zarb-i-Azb in North Waziristan Agency.
Four days later, Army Chief General
Raheel Sharif visited the troops in Tirah to take stock of the
military offensive and the gains made in the nearly three and
a half month long operation. The military had gained control of
strategically important areas, depriving TTP and LI of space in
one of their toughest strongholds in the tribal regions. The military,
the sources said, had also taken physical control of the three
passes from Afghanistan into Tirah - Mzatal, Kandao Gharibi and
Dramudrad situated at 7,300 to 9,300 feet altitude above the sea
Two of the passes have been physically
taken over by the military, while the third is under direct fire
power, thus putting an end to any movement through that pass.
But the success did not come easily. The military lost more than
50 men, including officers, in the second phase of Operation Khyber,
while another 100 or so were wounded. "It was not easy," a security
official said, requesting he not be named. "The area was heavily
mined," he said. "There were mines every 15 metres. The mining
was done professionally."
12 militants and four soldiers
killed were killed in Dattakhel area of North Waziristan Agency
in FATA. Four soldiers were killed and eight others sustained
injuries when their vehicle ran over an IED in the Dattakhel area.
SFs launched a search operation in which they had killed 12 militants.
The ISPR confirmed the loss of four soldiers in the attack. The
TTP claimed responsibility for the attack. The TTP 'spokesman',
Muhammad Khurasani, told reporters in a phone call from an undisclosed
location that their cadres had planted the IED to hit the military
convoy. He claimed nine soldiers were killed in the attack. There
was no independent confirmation of these claims.
Militants opened fire on a security
checkpoint in the Ladha subdivision of South Waziristan Agency,
killing two soldiers and injuring three others. Azam Tariq, spokesman
for a splinter group of the TTP led by Khan Said Sajna, claimed
responsibility for the attack.
Suspected militants blew the building
of the Government Boys Primary School in Kamangarah area in Nawagai
tehsil of Bajaur Agency.
The Khyber Agency political administration
in FATA granted the status of 'Lungi holder' (tribal elder) to
four representatives of minority communities, Christians and Sikhs,
living in the Agency. Officials said that it was for the first
time that minorities living in FATA were granted the status of
tribal elders, thus formally merging the community into the tribal
society. They said that those who were granted the status of 'Lungi
holder', who in local parlays are referred as 'Speen Rubay", included
All Fata Minorities Social Welfare Organisation chairman Wilson
Wazir, Jamrud church caretaker James Michael, and two representatives
from Sikh community Gormeet Singh and Narenjan Singh.
Terming the government decision
historic, Wilson Wazir expressed optimism that the move would
end discrimination between local residents and the minority community
living in tribal areas. He said that under the rules of political
administration the four minorities' Lungi holders were entitled
to all the official perks and privileges along with having authority
to stamp their attestation on all the important national documents,
including those for computerised national identity card, domicile
certificate and passport. Wilson Wazir said that earlier members
of the minorities' community would approach the local tribal elders
for attestation of national documents.
13 persons, including as many
as nine terrorists and four SFs, were killed in two separate incidents
ISPR said that the SFs conducted
operation against terrorists in Pre Ghar area bordering North
and South Waziristan agencies where clashes erupted between SFs
and the terrorists. Nine terrorists were killed in the clash.
Terrorists attacked a SF check
post in Ladha Tehsil of SWA killing four SFs and injuring three
Two soldiers, identified as Naib
Subedar Iftikhar and Lance Naik Mushtaq, were killed and five
others were injured in an IED blast in Sandana area of Tirah Valley
in Khyber Agency of FATA.
The DG ISPR Major General Asim
Saleem Bajwa said that terrorists will not be allowed to return
to the tribal areas and no agreement will be made with them in
this regard. He said that the army and the local tribesmen had
agreed that terrorists would never be allowed to come back once
the whole area was cleared of them. "The state position is very
clear that there would be no agreement with the Taliban and no
question of their return arises," he said.
He said that he cannot give a
time-frame for the operation, and said that the operation was
making substantial progress. "I cannot give a time-frame but we
are achieving our objectives. However, the understanding is to
complete the operation as soon as possible. The Operation Zarb-e-Azb
is continuing under a plan," he said. The military spokesman said
the preliminary phase of the operation in the Shawal Valley has
been completed and the next phase is being planned.
At least 14 militants were killed
in air strikes carried out by PAF in Alwara area of NWA in FATA.
ISPR statement said that some important militant 'commanders'
were among those who were killed, adding that terrorists were
seen to be dragging the bodies of some of the deceased while fleeing
DG ISPR Major General Asim Saleem
Bajwa in an interview with BBC said that the operation against
terrorists in the Khyber Agency had been completed and the Pakistan
Army also wanted to complete the Operation Zarb-e-Azb in NWA as
early as possible. He said that the first phase of the operation
against the militants in North Waziristan had also been completed
and vowed to clear Shawal from the possession of terrorists as
soon as possible.
Two persons including a woman
were injured when unidentified attackers hurled a hand grenade
at a house in Buland Khel area of Orakzai Agency in FATA. Unidentified
attackers threw a hand grenade at the house of one Islam Dar Khan.
Khan and a woman inside the house were injured in the explosion.
The injured were rushed to the local hospital.
Pamphlets bearing IS seal have
been found circulating in Inayat Kalay and areas of Mamond tehsil
of Bajaur Agency in FATA. The one-page pamphlet claims that the
extremist group, which has taken over large swathes of the territory
in Iraq and Syria, aims to carry out attacks on polio workers,
Government functionaries and anyone suspected of 'spying'. The
contents of the pamphlet carry a sectarian tone. However, the
details provided in the pamphlet trace back to neighbouring Afghanistan.
A bomb planted by roadside exploded with a big
bang in Jamrud area of Khyber Agency in FATA. However, no loss
of life was reported. According to reports, traders were busy
in opening their shops in Jamrud Bazaar when the bomb exploded.