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FATA Timeline - 2015

January 3

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 worker.

January 4

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.

January 5

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.

January 6

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.

January 7

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.

January 8

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.

January 9

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 wounds.

January 13

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.

January 15

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.

January 16

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.

January 19

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.

January 21

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 level.

January 23

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.

January 25

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.

January 26

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 the operation.

January 27

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, sources said.

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.

January 28

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.

February 2 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.
February 3

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.

February 4 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.
February 7

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.

February 8

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.

February 9

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.

February 10

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.

February 11

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."

February 12

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.

February 14

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.

February 15

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 the house.

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.

February 20

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.

February 22

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 and Abrar.

February 23

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.

February 24

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.

February 26

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 not proved.

March 2

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 staff.

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 infrastructure.

March 3

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.

March 8

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.

March 12

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 of JuA.

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.

March 13

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.

March 14

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.

March 15

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 activities.

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 return.

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. 


Source:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.

 

 

 

 

 
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