Security Forces have established
new check posts in areas of Bajaur Agency in FATA along the Pakistan-Afghanistan
border to boost security and stop militants from entering through
the porous boundary. While briefing the media, Bajaur Scouts Commandant
Colonel Nair Zaman said these check posts have been set up in
Mamond, Salarzai and other areas along the border. The step has
been taken to boost security as militants in Afghanistan would
enter Bajaur and attack locals, pro-Government elders and security
forces. "We have also succeeded in finding militants' weapons
dump with the help of locals."
Four tribesmen, including a tribal
elder Malik Wali Khan Mehsud, were shot dead by unidentified militants
in Shaktoi area of Ladha tehsil in SWA of FATA. Two other tribesmen
were identified as Malik Akbar Khan Mehsud and Jawad Mehsud. The
third remained unidentified. No outfit claimed responsibility
for the attack, but residents claimed that commander Said Khan
alias Sajna, who is affiliated TTP, had warned the IDPs a few
days ago not to return to their homes, otherwise they themselves
would be responsible for consequences.
Two soldiers were injured in
a roadside blast at Shaheedano Dand in Kurram Agency.
At least 38 terrorists were killed
and five others were injured in fresh air strikes on militant
hideouts in Meezar and Sherani areas along the Afghanistan border
in NWA of FATA. A large number of local and foreign militants
were killed in air strikes, said ISPR. Those killed include 15
militants of Uzbek origin associated with Islamic Movement of
Uzbekistan, the officials said. Five hideouts and three explosive-laden
vehicles were also destroyed in the air strikes, the officials
Pro-Government Tribal Chief Wali
Jan Mehsud escaped a roadside bomb blast near Moley Khan Sarai
in SWA. Security Forces said that Mehsud was on way to Shahur
High School when a remote-controlled bomb went off at a roadside
near Moley Khan Sarai. The blast slightly damaged the car of Mehsud.
At least five suspected militants
were killed in a US drone strike carried out in Mangroti area
in North Waziristan Agency of FATA. This was the second US drone
strike of the day in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region.
As many as ten oil tankers carrying
fuel supplies to NATO forces in Afghanistan reached Torkham border
in Khyber Agency of FATA amid tight security, resuming the service
over a year after its suspension. Officials at Torkham while requesting
anonymity said the tankers with no apparent NATO related marking
on them reached the border at around midday and were later parked
near the crossing point for necessary checking.
At least 79 militants, including
three commanders, given up their armed struggle against the state
after a successful operation carried out by Security Forces in
Miranshah of NWA in FATA.
Ministry of States and Frontier
Regions has facilitated the return of 447,544 registered families
of IDP, NADRA report said. NADRA has so far verified 447,544 IDPs,
out of which 265,214 have returned, while 182,330 remain. As per
agency-wise updates till January 2, in Khyber Agency 91,689 IDPs
were verified by NADRA, of which 73,767 returned, and 17,922 remain,
in NWA 104,002 IDPs have been verified of which 33,725 returned
and 70,277 remain, while in SWA the number of NADRA-verified IDPs
is 71,124, of which 13,997 have returned and 57,127 remain.
Similarly, NADRA has verified
35,823 IDPs of Orakzai Agency, of which the number of registered
returnees was 16,102 and 19,721 remain. For Kurram Agency the
number of NADRA-verified IDPs was 33,024 of which 16,117 registered
have returned and 16,907 remain. For Frontier Region Tank 2,228
have been verified by NADRA, with 1,852 registered returnees.
The data further revealed that for Bajaur the number of NADRA
verified IDPs was 72,895 and all of them were returned while for
Mohmand the number of NADRA verified IDPs was 36,759 and all of
them were returned to their respective agency. The long-awaited
return of TDPs of FATA was initiated in March 2015 and till date
around 90,000 NADRA-verified families have been processed with
cellular companies for provision of Transport Grant at the rate
of Rs 10,000 and Return Cash Grant at the rate of Rs 25,000 per
Twelve persons, including a journalist,
were killed while 39 others sustained injuries when a suicide
bomber targeted the tribal Khassadar force in the Karkhano Market
of Khyber Agency in FATA. The incident occurred hardly 30 metres
from the Karkhano checkpost, the entry-point to Peshawar from
Khyber Agency. The security sources said the bomber parked his
motorbike and walked towards the Line Officer Nawab Shah of the
Khassadar Force and his Khassadar Force and his guards. "The bomber
detonated his explosives vest. The car of the Line Officer and
another vehicle caught fire while the roof of a nearby shop caved
in after the blast," said an official. Those killed in the blast
included Line Officer Nawab Shah and Mehboob Shah Afridi, president
of the Tribal Union of Journalists, Khyber Agency chapter, who
was talking to him at the time of explosion. Others who lost their
lives were Gul Sahib, Raziq Khan and Waris Khan, all members of
the Khassadar force, and civilians Taimur Khan, Mubarak Shah,
Malik Khan, Mohammadullah, Ashfaq Khan and the wife of one Shoaib.
A child was also among the dead. Meanwhile, the TTP claimed responsibility
for the attack.
SFs killed nine terrorists in
air raids in Khyber Agency of FATA.
Four civilians died and two others
received injuries when one of six rockets fired from the Afghan
side of the border hit a shop in Angoor Adda in South Waziristan
Agency of FATA. According to officials, four of the rockets fired
at about 2pm landed in open fields while two hit the market. The
political authorities in Bajaur Agency claimed to have completed
the long-awaited documentation of the religious seminaries operating
in the region in order to ensure better education and facilities
there. Sources in the political administration said that important
data of all the religious seminaries operating in the agency had
been collected during the process, which continued for over a
year. The sources said a joint committee of local administration
and various religious organisations carried out the task, adding
heads of seminaries showed full cooperation with the administration
in the documentation process.
At least 17 terrorists were killed
in aerial raids conducted by the SFs in Shawal and Dattakhel areas
of North Waziristan Agency in North Waziristan Agency of FATA.
The body of a khasadar official
was found in Safi tehsil of Mohmand Agency in FATA, after he was
abducted in the night of January 23. An official of the political
administration confirmed Rehmatullah, a resident of Alingar in
Safi, had been murdered and his body dumped. His body was found
in a search operation. The slain khasadar officer was the son
of a former peace committee leader, Saifur Rehman.
The dead body of a polio worker,
identified as Shah Faisal, who had gone missing from Jamrud tehsil
of Khyber Agency in FATA on January 27, 2016, was found in Regi
area of provincial capital Peshawar. Political Tehsildar at Jamrud,
Asmatullah Wazir, said that Shah was a contractual employee with
the Health Department.
The local administration along
with tribal elders demolished 12 houses of suspected militants
during a search operation in the Haleemzai tehsil of Mohmand Agency
in FATA. Political Naib Tehsildar Mehmood Shah said that the local
administration conducted the operation in Ghalanai Mian Gan, Adin
Khel and other villages of the tehsil. The militants, whose houses
were demolished, were identified as Sheraz, Mohammad Shah, Haroon,
Aziz, Adnan, Ziarat Shah, Sazono, Ibrahim, Yasir, Akhtar Ali,
Khatir and Subhan. Earlier, the local administration had handed
over a list of 22 wanted militants to the Haleemzai elders to
demolish their houses. An official statement said the administration
conducted the operation with the help of Haleemzai elders.
At least nine militants, belonging
TTP and LI, were killed and five others were injured in air strikes
in Rajgal and Kukikhel areas of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency
At least one soldier was killed
and four others were injured by an IED near Talai village in Wana
town of South Waziristan Agency.
At least five Khasadar force officials
were killed when unidentified militants attacked a Khasadar check
post at Mohmand-Peshawar Highway in Pandyali area of Mohmand Agency
Unidentified militants killed
two Khasadars near sub-divisional headquarter Ekka Ghund in Darwazgai
area near Mohmand-Charsadda border in lower Mohmand Agency. Following
the attacks, the solar tube-well in Darwazgai was also set on
fire, soon after which the attackers fled from the scene.
Two personnel of the Khasadar
force were killed in Machni area of Mohmand Agency in FATA. The
incident occurred late in the night when the deceased personnel
Taj Ali and Bilal were on duty at a solar tubewell in the area.
The JuA, a faction of TTP, claimed
responsibility for the February 17 attack on Khasadar force at
a security checkpost in Karapa area of Pandyali tehsil in Mohmand
Agency in which seven personnel were killed.
At least five militants were killed
during search operation, conducted by SFs in Karapa area of Pandyali
tehsil in Mohmand Agency of FATA. The security personnel also
seized explosive material from their possession.
Afghan religious scholar Abdul
Haleem was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Sultan Khel
area of Khyber Agency. According to SFs, unidentified attackers
opened fire on Afghan religious scholar leaving him seriously
injured and was rushed to hospital where he could not succumb
to his injuries.
Militants blew up part of a newly
constructed Government school in the Tiarza tehsil area of South
Waziristan Agency. A splinter group of the TTP, Sajna group, claimed
responsibility for the attack. "We have blown up the school because
it was a government installation," said Azam Tariq, a spokesman
of the group, warning the group would continue to attack government
Three civilians were killed and
one injured when an IED blew up their car in Navi Mandi area of
Data Khel tehsil in South Waziristan Agency of FATA. The four
were returned IDPs traveling to Bannu to retrieve their belongings.
A drone strike, targeting suspected
militant hideouts in the Shahidano Dhand area of Lower Kurram
Agency, wounded one unidentified suspected militant. The drone
fired four missiles at militant hideouts, as a result of which,
one militant was injured and three hideouts were destroyed.
SFs arrested several suspects
and seized a huge cache of arms when they enforced curfew and
carried out a search operation in Mohmand Agency. The curfew was
clamped and the search operation was started early in the day.
During the search operation, several persons who couldn't prove
their identification were detained. Their identity wasn't revealed
by the authorities. The troops also recovered arms from their
possession. The detained men were shifted to another, undisclosed
place for interrogation.
An indefinite dusk-to-dawn curfew
was imposed across Mohmand Agency as SFs stepped up operations
in the region.
Twenty-four militants were reportedly
killed in airstrikes by the PAF jet fighters in the Dattakhel
subdivision of NWA in FATA. Security officials said the aircraft
started bombing the suspected militant positions early in the
day, destroying eight sanctuaries in the remote and mountainous
Shawal Valley of the Dattakhel subdivision near the Afghan border.
The sources said that some of the sanctuaries established by the
militants in Alwara, Khar Tangi and Maizar areas of Dattakhel
were targeted by the airstrikes.
15 militants were killed and eight
of their hideouts destroyed near the Pak-Afghan border area after
cross-border mortar shelling targeted a security checkpost in
the Alwara Mandi, Khar-Tangi and Maizer areas of Kurram Agency.
An IED explosion injured seven
FC personnel in Tayarza tehsil of SWA. The FC vehicle was on routine
patrolling of the area when it came under attack.
At least five FC personnel were
wounded in an IED blast near a security check post in Wana town
of SWA. FC vehicle was on routine patrol when the IED, planted
along the roadside, exploded.
The CoAS, General Raheel Sharif
directed the military commanders to begin the last phase of Operation
Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan Agency.
At least 19 suspected militants
were killed and four security forces personnel, including a captain,
lost their lives during a gunbattle near the Pak-Afghan border
in Mangroti area in Shawal valley of NWA in FATA. The ground forces
surrounded a group of fleeing militants in Mangroti area killed
19 of them during an intense exchange of fire, the army's media
wing, ISPR, said in a statement. The ISPR said that the deceased
security personnel have been identified as Capt Umair, Havaldar
Hakim, Sepoy Hameed and Sepoy Rashid. On February 24, Pakistan
Army launched its final phase of Operation Zarb-e-Azb to go after
the terrorists still holed up in the strategic valley.
Air Force jets pounded militants'
hideouts in the in the Maizer area of the Dattakhel tehsil in
NWA and killed at least 15 TTP militants. "As many as four hideouts
were destroyed in the strikes this morning. Among the 15 killed
militants six were Uzbeks," a security official in the area said.
SFs killed 12 militants, including
a TTP-Shehryar faction 'commander' Hezbollah, in Shawal Valley
of North Waziristan Agency in FATA. Officials said that ground
troops were advancing into the militants' strongholds and had
captured Kund Ghar and Jung Top.
Two USAID officials were killed
and two others, including a tehsildar, sustained injuries when
an IED exploded in Ambar tehsil of Mohmand Agency in FATA. According
to the political administration officials, tehsildar Faramosh
Khan was on an anti-poppy drive in Ambar tehsil area along with
Anti-Narcotics Force officials and USAID campaigners when an IED
device planted on the roadside exploded. TTP-JuA, claimed responsibility
for the attack.
Activists of various religious
organisations and religio-political parties staged protest rallies
across FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa against the execution of Malik
Mumtaz Qadri for killing Punjab Governor Salman Taseer. The cadres
of ASWJ and Pasban Pakistan Town-I gathered near the Peshawar
Press Club to record protest over the hanging. The speakers alleged
that the Government executed Mumtaz Qadri to appease the United
States and other imperialistic powers.
At least 21 militants were killed
in fresh airstrikes and ground operations in the Shawal Valley
of NWA in FATA where the military is conducting the last phase
of Operation Zarb-e-Azb. The military claims to have gained control
of strategic positions along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in
the snow-covered mountainous regions of NWA. Administration officials
said the air raids targeted hideouts of militants while ground
troops were going ahead with a cleansing operation in the area.
Chief military spokesman Lieutenant General Asim Saleem Bajwa
wrote on Twitter that helicopter gunships carried out the strikes,
which began Monday night and continued into Tuesday. "Operations
continue as important heights and passes along the Pak-Afghan
border are secured. The valley's sanitisation [is] in progress,"
he wrote on the micro-blogging website. "Ground forces continue
their hunt for fleeing terrorists through chase, cordon and search
Unidentified militants kidnapped
eight FDA employees while they were heading to inspect an under
construction dam in Toi Khula area of SWA. "Gunmen kidnapped these
eight men when they were heading to the dam site," said Islam.
No outfit claimed responsibility for the abduction.
Authorities arrested 22 tribesmen
in SWA of FATA in a "collective responsibility" punishment a day
after eight government officials were kidnapped. Eight officials
of the FDA, were kidnapped in South Waziristan on March 10, 2016.
"We have arrested 22 tribesmen to put pressure for the release
of the eight FDA officials as the kidnapping took place in their
area and it is their collective responsibility to help authorities
in the recovery," Masood Khan, a political officer, said.
The political administration of
SWA has given 24 hours to the Suleman Khel and Dottani tribes
to rescue nine workers. An unnamed official said that action would
be taken under the FCR if the tribes failed to recover the abducted
individuals. "If the deadline expires [without the rescue of kidnapped
men], the political administration will launch a crackdown against
both tribes," the official said, adding, "They will not be issued
CNICs (Computerized National Identity Card's) and their domiciles
will be suspended. Their business centres will also be shut down."
At least five terrorists were
killed in an exchange of fire when militants besieged a security
check post in Dara Darmodrab area of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency
of FATA. The ISPR confirmed the incident.
A soldier of the Bajaur Scouts
was killed when unidentified militants across the border attacked
a check post with automatic weapons in Ghakhi Pass in Mamond tehsil
of Bajaur Agency in FATA.
President Mamnoon Hussain during
his visit in Wana, the headquarters of South Waziristan Agency
said that Pakistan's armed forces were fighting a decisive war
against terrorism in the tribal areas as. "Anti-state elements
are out to weaken the country through subversive activities but
their evil designs are being foiled by the armed forces," he said.
Chief of Army Staff General Raheel
Sharif said tribal elders in North Waziristan Agency in FATA were
"happy" with improved security and peace and had requested the
army to stay in the area till the process of reconstruction and
resettlement was completed. On a visit to the tribal agency where
the Army has been conducting an air and ground offensive against
outlawed militants since June 2014, General Raheel claimed "good
progress had been made in the Shawal operation." The Army chief
also attended the earth breaking ceremony of a sports complex
in the agency. He said tribal people in the area were "keen to
resume a productive life," said Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa,
head of the ISPR. Bajwa quoted the army chief as saying the "farthest
edges of the agency [North Waziristan] were now being cleared"
and that around "650 square kilometres had already been cleared
in the final phase so far." The ISPR chief said General Raheel
had also directed to ensure complete return of all TDPs by the
end of 2016.
A polio worker and supervisor
in EPI, identified as Akhtar Khan, was shot dead by an unidentified
militant in his private clinic in Khuga Khel area of Khyber Agency
in FATA. LI claimed responsibility for killing the EPI supervisor
over telephone from an Afghan mobile number. The LI spokesman,
however, did not specify as to why an EPI worker was targeted.
Later, the Khasadar officials
said that they took a local resident into custody after a son
of the deceased polio worker told officials that he saw the a
man, identified as Hayatullah, entering his father's clinic and
later heard gunshots being fired there. The officials took the
suspect in custody for interrogation.
Seven houses of alleged militants
and their facilitators were razed to the ground by a lashkar from
Ahmedzai Wazir tribe in different areas of Wana town in SWA of
FATA. The houses of Ghulam Jan and his relatives were demolished
in Shalam Dana and those of Toor Hafiz and Wari Khan in Shin Warsak.
The houses of Gul Mir in Tiarza and Sattar Khan and his cousin
in Samar Bagh were also razed to the ground. The accused terrorists
belonged to the Hakimullah and Maulvi Nazir groups of the banned
According to sources, the decision
to demolish the houses was taken by a 120-member jirga after "proofs"
of the suspects' involvement in terrorist activities were obtained
through an investigation.
Since the last phase of Operation
Zarb-e-Azb kicked off in February 27, at least 252 militants have
been killed and 160 severely injured, while SFs have cleared 640
square kilometres of so far uncontrolled area in Shawal Valley
of NWA in FATA, the ISPR said in a statement. Major terrorist
hubs in Mana, Gurbaz, Lataka, Inzarkas and Magrotai areas have
been cleared of militants, the ISPR said. "The battle to clear
the last pocket close to the Pak-Afghan border continues," it
said, adding that all heights over 9,000 feet have been cleared.
"Terrorists' hideouts were destroyed, a cache of arms and ammunition
seized and there was virtually no communication infrastructure
remaining in the Shawal area once the operation was launched in
February this year," the statement said.
SFs repulsed an attack on a checkpost
in the Mangora Sar area on the Pak-Afghan border in Kurram Agency
of FATA, killing around 18 militants in the subsequent clash.
Sources said that a group of 50-60 militants stormed a security
checkpost in the Mangora Sar area with heavy arms early in the
day. The SF personnel manning the checkpost returned the fire
and 18 militants were killed in the ensuing gunbattle. Six militants
were also injured in the clash which continued for quite some
time. The SFs forced the militants to retreat, leaving behind
their weapons and ammunition. However, they said the fleeing militants
took along their injured accomplices.
The FDMA will begin the third
phase of the return of internally displaced persons to five FATA
agencies. An official concerned said that around 84,553 displaced
families would go back to their homes in the third phase to be
completed by the end of August. He said under the plan, the authority
was starting the programme of the IDPs' return to Orakzai Agency
from April 11 and that 15,553 families would be facilitated to
go back to their homes. The official said 22,000 families would
be repatriated to North Waziristan, 30,000 families to South Waziristan,
12,000 families to Kurram and 5,000 families to Khyber Agency.
At least nine terrorists were killed in military
air strikes in Barmand area of North Waziristan Agency in FATA.
The process to repatriate displaced families to
SWA in FATA started amid protests by journalists against how they
were treated during the recent visit of Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra.
The repatriation will continue till May 14, 2016. Officials said
that at least 100 families were repatriated to Manzakai, Raghzai
and Kat Kai villages on the first day. Around 20 hubs (points)
have been set up at the camp for the verification of the displaced
families. They added in the first phase, at least 7,348 families
will be repatriated to 39 villages of SWA.
Each family was provided PKR 25,000 as well as
PKR 10,000 for transportation and other costs. They were also
provided with six months of ration to help them settle in their
native villages. When contacted, a member of a displaced family
Haji Muhammad informed, "Though, I don't know the condition of
my house, I am happy to go back after seven years." He added,
"We faced a difficult time as IDPs and were living in a rented
house. Now, I want to [go back]."
The guard of a pro-government Lashkar leader,
Bilal Afridi, was killed when a suicide bomber attacked the hujra
of Said Jamal in the Kharko Sarhgi area in the Zakhakhel tehsil
of Khyber Agency in FATA in the night.
The Levies forces and political administration
officials averted a major disaster by defusing improvised explosive
devices and rockets that were rigged to blow Usmania Plaza, located
in Kurmi Bazaar area of Parachinar in Kurram Agency.
The Army declared operation in Shawal area of
North Waziristan Agency in FATA successful and started clearing
improvised explosive devices and other unexploded ordnance in
the area. The ISPR said in a statement that Army Chief General
Raheel Sharif visited the embattled area near the Afghan border
and he was briefed by formation commanders about operational gains
achieved so far. More than 800 kilometers area has been secured
in Shawal and heavy casualties have been inflicted on terrorists
since the start of the last phase of Operation Zarb-i-Azb in February,
it said. A security official said the ongoing phase of the operation
had been accomplished successfully and troops were holding all
important locations near the border.
Terrorists have been driven out of their last
bastion in NWA of FATA, the military said, announcing the completion
of the final phase of Zarb-e-Azb operation and launching of "combing
operations" in areas other than FATA.
The CoAS General Raheel Sharif emphasised on
consolidating the gains and resettling the TDPs in their areas
to the best of our abilities, the ISPR said in a statement. He
called for breaking the nexus between terrorists and their facilitators
sitting outside the tribal areas. General Raheel ordered large-scale
"combing operations" immediately to seek out terrorists, their
sleeper cells and facilitators in areas other than the FATA, and
to enhance the reach of the Law Enforcement Agencies. An unnamed
senior security official said that large-scale force would be
sent to the areas with the presence of terrorists and their facilitators.
"This will be applicable to the whole of Pakistan," he added.
"The areas not accessible to the Police would be brought under
The alliance of the political parties in NWA urged
the Government to expedite the return of the displaced tribes
and ensure completion of the rehabilitation process before Ramazan.
Chairman of the alliance, Malik Akbar Khan representing the represents
the Qaumi Watan Party said that the Security Forces had been making
tall claims about clearing North Waziristan. However, he said
the Government was showing lethargy in the rehabilitation process.
He demanded the Government to ensure provision of basic facilities
to the affected tribal people before their return to native towns.
The educational institutions and hospitals should
be reopened and staff and facilities made available there, he
added. The tribesman asked the government to conduct proper survey
of the damages caused during the prolonged military operation
and substantial compensation should be given to the affected people.
At least 12 militants were killed and two SF personnel
injured in a clash along Pak-Afghan border when unidentified militants
attacked a security check post in Baizai area of Mohmand Agency
in FATA in the night. The check post came under attack once again
April 24-morning, this time with heavy weapons, the officials
said. "Both attacks were successfully repulsed. The militants
faced heavy casualties," one security official added.
One FC official was killed and another one was
injured an IED blast near a FC bomb-disposal unit which was patrolling
the Soran area of Baizai in Mohmand Agency. The IED was possibly
planted by the militants while they were retreating following
the attack on the Baizai security check post.
The JuA, a splinter group of the TTP, claimed
responsibility for the attacks on SFs in Baizai area of Mohmand
Afghanistan officials accused Pakistani forces
of shelling a border post in Goshta District of Nangarhar Province
and claimed an Afghan soldier was killed in the alleged attack.
President Mamnoon Hussain while talking to the
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra said that the Zarb-e-Azb
operation was progressing successfully and would continue till
complete elimination of the last terrorist. The President said
that the government was committed to bring FATA at par with other
areas of the country by completing ongoing development projects
and providing socio-economic amenities to improve the standard
of life of the people.
The Federal Government decided to give the status
of town and municipal committee to all the tehsils and agency
headquarters of the FATA in order to ensure provision of better
civic facilities to the people there. The meeting was informed
that 23 tehsils and Agency headquarters had been identified to
be elevated to town level.
The return process of the displaced families continued
on the fourth day as 300 more displaced families returned to their
native villages in upper parts of Orakzai Agency. Talking to reporters,
Assistant Political Agent Iqbal Wazir said that 300 more families
were sent back to their homes in Ismailzai tehsil on fourth day
of the return process, which started on April 30.
At least four soldiers were injured in a roadside
bomb blast in Sandana area, near Nari Baba locality of Bazaar
Zakhakhel in Khyber Agency.
Seven FDA workers kidnapped in South Waziristan
Agency were freed a political agent Zafrul Islam said, after Government
representatives detained 22 local villagers under "collective
responsibility". "They are safe and sound and now I am taking
them to South Waziristan's headquarters, Wana," Islam said.
Brigadier Shabbir Narejo of the Pakistan Army
said that it had cleared the last militant stronghold in the Shawal
Valley of North Waziristan Agency after a three-month long operation.
"We have cleared the Shawal valley completely of militants," said
the Brigadier. "There were up to 2,000 trained militants in the
valley, but we surprised them by launching the operation in the
peak of winter in minus 12 degrees Celsius," he said, adding that
that six soldiers and up to 120 militants died in the fighting.
ISPR said that Pakistan has handed over the Angoor
Adda check post in South Waziristan Agency of FATA to Afghan Security
Forces to strengthen the relations with Afghanistan. DG ISPR General
Asim Bajwa tweeted "This gesture will act as a catalyst and is
envisioned to bring momentum for establishing peace and stability
along the Pak-Afghan Border."
At least three suspected militants were killed
and four others injured during an exchange of fire with SFs personnel
near Pak-Afghan border in Shawal valley of North Waziristan Agency
Four suspected Afghan terrorists were killed in
a clash with SFs in Khwezai tehsil of Mohmand Agency in FATA.
"Terrorists attacked a security check post in Khwezai area, which
borders Afghanistan," said a security official. The security official
added all four terrorists were killed in retaliatory action by
Two soldiers embraced martyrdom and three others
injured in two different incidents of bomb blasts triggered through
remote-controlled devices in Mohmand Agency of FATA. The first
incident occurred at Baizai area close to Pak-Afghan border, the
IED planted close to a check post exploded, martyring two soldiers
of FC. The forces cordoned off the entire area and started combing
operation to nab the culprits. In another incident, three soldiers
sustained minor wounds as the vehicle of FWO hit a planted IED
on Peshawar-Ghalani road in Mohmand Agency.
Two security guards of pro-government tribal elder
Malik Ayaz Khan, identified as Amjad Khan and Siraj Khan, were
killed while another, identified as Ibrahim Khan, was injured
in an IED attack in Ziarat area of Safi tehsil in Mohmand Agency
of FATA. Khan escaped the attack unhurt.
The local administration along with Haleemzai
tribal elders demolished over 12 houses of suspected militants
during a search operation in Haleemzai tehsil of Mohmand Agency
in FATA. According to details, the houses of wanted militants
Aman, Aziz, Yasir, Ziarat Shah, Adil Bacha, Adnan, Munsif, Yaseen,
Ameen Taj and Pir Zada and Mian Shakir were demolished. The demolition
operation was conducted MianGan, Shanikhel, Sami khel, Khwa-jawas
and Durbakhel areas of the Agency. An official of the political
administration said that they conducted the operation with the
help of tribal elders of Haleemzai. They demolished houses of
suspected militants with explosive materials.
A Pakistani soldier was injured during a cross-border
firing incident between Afghan and Pakistani forces at Shamshad
Mountain near Torkham border crossing in Khyber Agency of FATA.
The forces exchanged fire over the contentious fencing issue.
"Afghan Security forces resorted to unprovoked firing on Pakistani
side at Torkham Gate. A Pakistani soldier was injured due to Afghan
firing," said the ISPR statement.
16 Pakistani citizens and six SFs were injured
in the cross-border firing between Pakistani and Afghan SFs in
Bacha Khel and other areas adjacent to Torkham border crossing
in Khyber Agency of FATA. A curfew is also in effect between Torkham
and Landikotal bazaar as the area falls within range of mortar
shells, said security officials. Nearly 200 families were evacuated
to Landikotal. The clashes have halted for now, with armoured
vehicles standing face-to-face at the border.
Tensions mounted at the Torkham border crossing
as exchange of fire between Pakistani and Afghan security forces
continued on June 14, resulting in injuries to two more Frontier
Corps personnel. Major Jawad Ali Changezi, who was injured in
the border violence on June 13, succumbed to his injuries at the
CMH in Peshawar. The death of the army officer is likely to ratchet
up tension between the two neighbouring countries, who sources
said were beefing up troop numbers on either side.
Tensions mounted at the Torkham border crossing
as exchange of fire between Pakistani and Afghan security forces
continued on June 14, resulting in injuries to two more Frontier
Corps personnel. Major Jawad Ali Changezi, who was injured in
the border violence on June 13, succumbed to his injuries at the
CMH in Peshawar. The death of the army officer is likely to ratchet
up tension between the two neighbouring countries, who sources
said were beefing up troop numbers on either side.
The CoAS General Raheel Sharif said that terrorists
will not be allowed to stage a comeback in the tribal regions
as he reassured tribesmen that the "army will not go back until
the job is fully done". "Our focus within Fata (Federally Administered
Tribal Areas) will now be on more efficient border management
to prevent cross-border movement. For enduring stability, IBOs
[intelligence-based operations] and combing operations will continue
with same vigor across the country," General Raheel said during
a visit to forward locations in North and South Waziristan agencies.
The Army Chief spent the whole day with tribesmen
and troops busy in the consolidation phase of Operation Zarb-e-Azb
which was launched in mid-June 2014 to indiscriminately flush
out local terrorists and their foreign cohorts. The army chief
was given a detailed briefing on ongoing operations and rehabilitation
work and its effects on the social landscape of the area, according
to a statement issued by the ISPR.
President Mamnoon Hussain while talking to MNA
Muhammad Nazir Khan said that North Waziristan Agency including
Shawal Valley had been completely cleared of terrorists and peace
was restored due to sustained operations of the army. The President
said that the repatriation and rehabilitation of IDPs was being
carried out on priority.
The ISPR DG Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa said
that 490 soldiers of the Pakistan Army have died in the line of
duty during Operation Zarb-i-Azb and work is still left to do
- including improving the border management mechanism with Afghanistan
as well as clearing restive pockets in areas of Swat. The ISPR
DG Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa was addressing a press conference
on the two-year anniversary of Operation Zarb-i-Azb and presented
major achievements of the operation so far - listing progress
made on various fronts. Bajwa said some 3,600 square kilometres
were cleared initially in the operation, which has gone up 4,304
sq km in the FATA and North Waziristan, adding that 992 hideouts
have been destroyed thus far, with 253 tons of explosives seized.
"There was recruitment going on in North Waziristan, suicide jackets
were spreading throughout the country. That has been controlled.
There are just the last few pockets remaining in the Shawal valley,"
said Bajwa. ISPR DG Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa made it clear
that Pakistan would not stop construction of a check-post at the
Torkham border crossing, as it was 37 metres inside the Pakistani
territory. Bajwa said that AFGHAN government's objections to the
check-post were totally unjustified. He said that ISAF and the
Afghan Government were informed before the operation that terrorists
might flee to Afghanistan, but they did not man the border to
help the Pakistan Army catch or kill the fleeing terrorists. He
said that Afghanistan could not take a stand on Torkham because
it was in Pakistan. He said that Pakistan would never give up
construction of the check-post at Torkham because it was its right.
Pakistan-Afghanistan border at Torkham (FATA)
reopened for trade and visitors after Kabul and Islamabad reached
an agreement, following six days of cross-border tension. After
the lifting of curfew, people are being thoroughly checked and
those with complete travelling documentation are being allowed
to enter Pakistan at Torkham. "To reopen the pass there were central
and regional level negotiations," said Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman
for Afghanistan's Nangarhar Provincial Governor.
The new gate which Pakistan set up on its side
of the border has been named after Major Jawad Ali, who killed
in cross-border firing on June 14, 2016 at Torkham. Officials
in Pakistan maintained that the gate was being put up to prevent
the flow of visitors from Afghanistan into Pakistan without complete
Three boys sustained injuries when a landmine
went off in Atmar Khel area of Baizai tehsil in Mohmand Agency
of FATA. The landmine was planted by unknown persons at a place
used by the people for taking rest underneath trees in Atmar Khel
area. Security sources identified the victims as Arif Khan (18),
Noor Ullah (10), and his brother Abdullah (11), who were playing
when the blast struck.
Six key commanders of TTP, including the brother
and uncle of the slain TTP leader Hakimullah Mehsud, surrendered
to the law enforcement agencies in Upper Kurram Agency after they
pledged to denounce militancy and live peacefully. However, according
to the sources, who wished not to be named, the surrender had
taken place in Kurram Agency a few days ago where Hakimullah Mehsud's
brother Ijaz Mehsud and uncle, Khair Mohammad Mehsud, had presented
themselves before the law enforcement agencies. They were later
shifted to security forces' fort in Tall area of Hangu District
The IDPs belonging to different localities of
Khyber Agency refused to go back to their homes unless the Government
provides them basic facilities. They have been sitting at a protest
camp along the Sher Shah Suri Road of Peshawar, the provincial
capital of KP for past 34 days in favour of their demands. Talking
to Dawn on Saturday, Haji Iqbal Afridi said the tribal people
had left their homes in a hurry, but now everything was missing
and the buildings were badly damaged. "There are still over a
number of areas like Ghulam Ali, Nahqai, Sukht, Amidi, Garhi where
operation against terrorists is still going on and in the prevailing
situation no one can return home," Mr Afridi made clear.
Political Agent Khyber Agency Khalid Mehmood said
that peace has been restored in militancy-hit areas in Bara and
Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency while the Government has launched
development projects in health, roads and education sectors. Mehmood
said that the top priority of the political administration was
to serve the masses in the affected militancy-hit areas. "I directed
all the field-officers of the political administration to solve
the problems of the tribesmen on their door-step and resolve the
issue in days, not months," he added.
The SFs repulsed an attack on their check posts
in border areas of Nawagai tehsil in Bajaur Agency of FATA by
militants from Kunar province of Afghanistan. "At least two militants
were injured as security forces successfully repulsed the cross-border
attack in several areas of Nawagai in the small hours of Friday,"
security officials said.
Two shops were destroyed when an explosive device
planted in the Kamar Sar bazaar in Loi Mamond tehsil in Bajaur
Agency of FATA went off at night. Official sources said that unidentified
persons had planted explosives at the Kamar Sar cloth market in
Loi Mamond, which went off at 1am. As a result, two shops were
completely destroyed while six others were damaged. The political
administration officials defused another bomb at the market and
arrested the watchman of the bazaar.
Two former members of peace committee, identified
as Khyal Badshah and Fazal Wahid, were injured in an IED attack
in Dawizai area of Lower Mohmand Agency in FATA. Badshah is the
brother of a political administration official of lower Mohmand
Agency and a local tribal elder, Malik Ibrahim, who also confirmed
The SFs defused three IEDs in Inayat Killay area
of Bajaur agency in FATA. Sources said that unidentified miscreants
planted three remote controlled bombs at various points on a road
in Inayat Killay. The bomb disposal squad defused the IEDs and
saved the area from a devastating terror plot. Later, the SFs
started a search operation in the adjoining areas and arrested
Two suspected militants were killed in a remote-controlled
IED attack on Dherakai-Pashat road in Salarazai tehsil of the
Bajaur Agency in FATA.
The Kurram Agency PPP President Hamid Hussain
Toori was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Parachinar town
of Kurram Agency in FATA. The motive behind the target killing
is yet to be ascertained as the assassinated leader of the PPP
had no enmity with anyone.
For the last few months, the FATA have been at
relative peace. Incidents of violence have seen a noticeable decline
with the exception of one region - Mohmand Agency. At least 11
incidents have taken place in the area during May and most of
them were related to terrorism. IED planted by the roadside have
been a nightmare for locals and law-enforcement agencies. In comparison,
the rest of the tribal belt has witnessed a period of calm as
such incidents decreased by a whopping 48%. In the more than eight
IED attacks in May, three of the devices were defused.
Campaigners and families, who lost their loved
ones in US covert drone strikes in Pakistan, have rejected the
figures on drone strike casualties in Pakistan. Shahzad Akbar,
a senior lawyer, who is leading a legal battle for the civilians
killed in the US drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal regions, says
the data collected from the media reports and people on the ground
put the civilian death toll at over 3,000 against 116 as claimed
by the US. Akbar mentioned a 2013 court's judgment in the Peshawar
in which the judge mentioned deaths of 1,490 civilians in the
US drone attacks in Waziristan Agency of FATA.
Akbar mentioned at least three US drone strikes
that killed many civilians, including nearly 80 children in an
attack on a religious school in the Bajaur Agency in October 2006,
60 in an attack on a funeral in South Waziristan Agency in June
2009, and 40 in a drone strike on a Jirga or assembly of tribal
elders in North Waziristan Agency in March 2011. "These are just
a few of the major US drone strikes which killed hundreds of civilians,
including children. So I would say that the latest White House
figure of up to 116 civilian casualties is ridiculous and just
a political gimmick," said Akbar.
The FATA tribunal, comprising chairman Sange Marjan
Khan and members Hussainzada Khan and Atif Nazir, received the
record of the Dr Shakil Afridi case and fixed August 23, 2016,
for arguments on his petition challenging the upholding of his
conviction by an appellate forum for having links with militant
outfits. For the past two years, the petition of Dr Afridi, who
was arrested in May 2011 on suspicion of helping the American
CIA track down the then al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden has been
lingering mostly because of the unavailability of the relevant
record. Following repeated notices by the three-member tribunal,
which is the third and final judicial forum under the FCR, the
record was finally produced by the Tribal Administration of Khyber
The third phase of the repatriation of IDPs from
SWA of FATA displaced due to operation Zarb-e-Azb began. A total
of 373 families were returned to their native areas in Sararogha
tehsil of SWA on the first day of the process. Political Agent
South Waziristan Zafar Islam Khattak and Colonel Imran of the
Pakistan Army saw off the IDPs at the camp.
The reconstruction and rehabilitation process
of 80 per cent of the 183 schools destroyed by militants in Khyber
Agency of FATA has been completed, an Education department official
said. Khyber Agency Education Officer Abdur Rashid informed that
the terrorists had destroyed 183 schools in the agency, including
153 schools in Bara tehsil alone. These schools included 94 schools
that were completely raised to the ground. He said that Government
had completed construction work on 80 per cent schools but education
department of the agency was yet to take charge of the school
and let them open for learning. "However, alternate places have
been managed to keep the education activities alive in the area
and let students undertake their learning activities," Abdur Rashid
Two soldiers were killed in an IED explosion in
the border area of Nawagai tehsil in Bajaur Agency of FATA. According
to officials, Havildars Khurshid and Mushtaq were taking water
to their post on mules from a nearby place when an IED planted
along the way went off. The bomb was detonated by a remote control.
The SFs arrested four suspected suicide bombers
from Shaks area of Jamrud tehsil in Khyber Agency of FATA and
also recovered five suicide bomb vests from them.
The SFs killed at least 15 militants and injured
more than a dozen during air strikes carried out in Sattar Killay,
Kharaiba and Rajgal - the remote areas of Kuki Khel in Tirah Valley
of Khyber Agency in FATA. Official sources said that during the
operation, five militant strongholds were destroyed.
An ISPR statement said the operation was launched
"to reinforce troop deployment in Rajgal Valley to effectively
check and guard against" movement across the porous border in
Khyber Agency. The operation targets "movement on high mountains
and all-weather passes in Khyber Agency", the statement said.
After security forces' operations in Khyber Agency, most of the
militants, including those affiliated with the TTP and Bara-based
LI, had fled and reportedly taken refuge in Tirah.
At least 11 militants were killed in a joint aerial
and ground operation Babar Kachkol, Toor Sapar and adjoining areas
of Khyber Agency in FATA. According to ISPR statement, eight militant
hideouts were also destroyed during the operation.
A security official was killed and a civilian
was injured in a remote-controlled bomb blast in Salarazai area
of Bajaur Agency in FATA.
Two soldiers, identified as Ghulam Yasin and Sajid,
were injured when unidentified militants opened fire from across
the border at troops in Jungle area of Tirah Valley in Khyber
SFs are consolidating their positions after securing
key mountainous passes in the Rajgal Valley of Khyber Agency in
FATA in what is being described as a major success in the ongoing
operation Khyber-III that was launched on August 16, 2016, as
part of the military's efforts to check the movement of terrorists
along the porous border between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
According to ISPR statement, "Security Forces
have occupied passes and are now consolidating their positions
up in high mountains in Rajgal." It further added, "During search
in Damo Drub [area] huge cache of arms and ammunition, including
improvised explosive devices, were recovered." At least 40 terrorists
have been killed and 21 wounded in air and ground actions since
the start of the operation, according to the ISPR. "In the treacherous
terrain of Rajgal, 43 terrorist hideouts have also been decimated."
Elders of tribal areas at a Loya Jirga organised
by PTI tribal belt chapter at the Peshawar Press Club urged the
Government to take steps for complete abolishment of the Frontier
Crime Regulations and merge the FATA into KP. Dost Muhammad Mehsood,
PTI chief organiser FATA said that tribesmen had rendered sacrifices
for the sake of durable peace in the country and millions of tribal
people had become IDPs. He said that there was no need of a referendum
on the issue of FATA. He added that more than 75 per cent Pashtun
people were living in Hazara division therefore Hazaris should
not have any reservation on merging of FATA into KP. "We are Pakistani
people according to the 1973 Constitution of Pakistan then why
a separate law is imposed on tribal people. If FCR is a good law
then why not it implement into the rest of the country" he asked.
During a detailed news briefing at the Foreign
Office, Prime Minister's Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz
said that the Government has proposed a plan to replace the FCR
in the FATA with a new Tribal Areas Rewaj Act. "Today I met Senate
chairperson and speaker of the National Assembly, and now the
reforms will be debated in Parliament," he said. Aziz heads a
committee, constituted by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in November
2015, to work out a viable reform package to integrate FATA into
Aziz said that they had devised a five-year transition
period so that tribes can work with jirgas and rewaj (cultural
dispute resolution) systems. Under the proposed reforms, the existing
FCR will be repealed in favour of the jirga and rewaj systems
under the new Tribal Areas Rewaj Act - to be introduced in phases
in the areas where it is convenient. "You cannot change the customary
way of justice easily, so it will continue to function along with
the newly introduced justice system," Aziz said, adding that under
the rewaj, people can lodge appeals with the formal justice system.
A shopkeeper, identified as Shamshad, was shot
dead while he was sleeping outside his shop in Chanda bazaar of
Halimzai tehsil in Mohmand Agency of FATA. The accused was identified
as Saddam, an off-duty Levies official.
The CTD foiled a terror bid by arresting militant
and recovering explosives from a house on Samana Road in Orakzai
Agency of FATA. The arrested militant was identified as Abdul
Rehman, a resident of Landikotal tehsil in Khyber Agency. According
to sources, the explosives included a locally-made bomb, three
kilograms of ball-bearings and hand-grenade. The CTD personnel
raided the house after receiving a tip-off about the presence
of a suspect along with explosives. Rehman confessed planning
attack on Security Forces.
Two personnel of the BDS were killed when two
IEDs hit a BDS and local Khasadar force team in Koz Chamarkand
area of Safi tehsil in Mohmand Agency of FATA. A security official
confirmed that a BDS team of MR 203 Wing was on routine patrol
when an IED planted by militants blew up, killing Zarbad Shah
Khattak. Another IED exploded in Nawapas area near the Pak-Afghan
border. Khasadar force Hawaldar Nabi received critical injuries
in the explosion and died on way to hospital. JuA, the splinter
group of TTP claimed responsibility of both the attacks.
One security personnel was killed and another
injured in a mine blast in Chamar Kand area of Mohmand Agency.
SFs arrested four suspected facilitators from
Corona area of Mohmand Agency who were suspected to be involved
in the terrorist attack targeting Christian Colony in the Warsak
Dam area of Peshawar, the provincial capital of KP, in the morning
of September 2. SFs arrested the accused in a search operation
in Corona area as they made headway into investigations on Mardan
and Christian Colony attacks. The arrested include Shahid, Aijaz,
Ziaur Rehman and Zia.
Four passers-by sustained injuries in an IED blast
in Rustam Bazaar in South Waziristan Agency of FATA. According
to official sources, the militants had planted the explosive device
near the wall of a medical store. The owner of the medical shop,
Naik Muhammad, was the resident of FR Bannu.
Shafqat Malik, AIG of the BDS, said that IEDs
have become the most common weapon to be used by militants in
KP and FATA. Around 70 per cent of terrorist attacks in KP have
involved the use of IEDs, he said, informing that 5,228 incidents
of IED blasts took place from 2009 to 2015 in the Province. Another
210 cases have already been recorded this year. Malik further
suggested, "The government needs to establish an inspectorate
to keep a check on factories that are using explosive material
for commercial purposes".
A woman was killed when unidentified militants
hurled hand grenade and opened fire at the house of a pro-government
tribal elder Malik Nasir Khan in Shah Alam Sali area of Michni
in Lower Mohmand Agency of FATA. An official of political administration
said that the house had also been attacked in the past but the
occupants escaped unhurt.
Unidentified armed assailants shot dead the son
of a renowned leader, Malik Zebur Rehman, in Jamrud tehsil of
Khyber Agency. Four Khasadar officials were also injured in the
attack. The security officials arrested four suspects from the
area after the incident.
||At least nine suspected
terrorists were killed in air strikes in Kukikhel area of Tirah
Valley in Khyber Agency of FATA. Military officials said two hideouts
were also destroyed in the airstrikes.
The CoAS General Raheel Sharif made it clear that
the Army would not leave the FATA without bringing peace, completing
rehabilitation and transferring administrative control to an institutionalised
mechanism. He was addressing the elders of Bajaur Agency and soldiers
during his visit to the area.
A suicide bomber killed at least 36 people and
wounded more than 37 others as they attended Friday prayers at
a mosque in Pekhan Killay area of Anbar tehsil in Mohmand Agency
of FATA. JuA, breakaway faction of TTP, claimed responsibility
of the attack.
Deputy Chief of Mohmand Agency administration
Naveed Akbar said that the bomber came in as Friday prayers were
in progress, and blew himself up in the main hall. "The suicide
bomber was in a crowded mosque, he shouted 'Allahu Akbar' (God
is greatest) and then there was a huge blast," Naveed Akbar said.