FATA Timeline - 2014
At least nine persons, including
three suspected militants and three children, were killed and
several others were wounded in a bomb blast targeting the house
of tribal elder Hakeem Khan Akakhel in Tirah Valley of Khyber
A passerby, identified as Hussain
Turi, was injured in roadside bomb explosion in Pewar area of
Kurram Agency in FATA. No group claimed responsibility for the
At least seven people were injured
in an explosion in Sadda Bazaar of lower Kurram Agency.
At least 10 militants and three
SFs were killed when militants attacked Green Ridge check post
in Ladha subdivision South Waziristan Agency. The military claimed
"inflicting heavy casualties to the militants."
At least two volunteers of Amn
committee lost their lives in a bomb blast in Zakhakhel Bazaar
of Landi Kotal tehsil in Khyber Agency of FATA. Sources said the
volunteers, whose identity could not be ascertained, were killed
when a planted explosive device went off in the area. The explosion
also damaged nearby shops.
A Khasadar Force personnel killed
while two others injured in a bomb blast near the vehicle of Khasadar
Force in Zakhakhel area of Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency of FATA.
A bomb planted by unidentified
militants at an unpaved road to target FC troopers supplying rations
at check posts went off in the Landikotal tehsil of Khyber Agency.
No loss of life was reported.
Two FC officials were injured
when an IED went off at a roadside in the Ghari Gal area of Mamond
tehsil in the Bajaur Agency of FATA. Political administration
official from Mamond, Abdul Haseeb Khan, said he was informed
by a tribesman around 12:30pm about a canister spotted on the
roadside in Ghari Gal area of Mamond. Consequently, FC officials
rushed to the site along with a BDS unit and defused the five-kilogramme
explosive device. The official added that while the bomb was being
defused, another IED planted nearby was detonated by militants
through a remote control, injuring two FC officials while destroying
their vehicle completely.
Army helicopters pounded several
militant hideouts in Mir Ali area of North Waziristan Agency in
FATA killing at least 24 persons and injuring 15 others. Fear
and panic gripped the area after the overnight blitz after which
locals began to migrate out of the volatile area to safer places.
At least 12 suspected militants
were killed when fighter jets bombed their hideouts in the Inzar
Kor area of Kukikhel in Khyber Agency of FATA. A security official
claimed that four militant hideouts were flattened in the blitz.
SFs claimed to have killed about
32 militants in Tora Waila, Darota area of Kukikhel in Tirah Valley
of Khyber Agency in FATA. Unconfirmed reports said that the 'chief'
of the TTP Orakzai Chapter, Hafiz Saeed, was among those killed
in the strikes.
Security officials on January
22 confirmed that the leader of the TTP's Supreme Shura, Asmat
Shaheen Bittani, and 'master trainer' of suicide bombers, Wali
Mohammad, as well as dozens of foreign fighters were amongst those
killed in air strikes in NWA on the night of January 20, 2014.
A senior security official said that that most of those killed
in the offensive were foreign fighters, including 33 Uzbeks and
Soon after the military operation
Maulana Sami-ul-Haq who has close ties to the Taliban said that
he would no longer act as a government-backed peace broker with
the militants after airstrikes killed 40 people in a tribal District.
"The Government does not seem serious and concerned. I had requested
them to avoid a military operation and use of force but yesterday
it started bombing in North Waziristan and tribal areas," Haq,
who is also chief of his own faction of the religious JUI-S party,
said in a statement. "Both sides (Taliban and government) are
in a state of war. Innocent citizens and soldiers are dying,"
he said in the statement.
A cleric, identified as Maulana
Qazi Azizullah Athar, was shot dead in front of Committee Bagh
near DHQ Hospital in FR Tank.
Thousands of people have fled
their homes in North Waziristan Agency of FATA fearing a military
offensive against Taliban insurgents is imminent, residents and
officials said. Residents said some 1,500 families or about 13,000
people left their villages around the towns of Mir Ali and Miranshah,
to migrate to relatively safe areas outside the tribal areas in
Bannu, Dera Ismail Khan and Peshawar. The exodus began last week
when Pakistan Air Force fighter jets bombarded the area following
a series of militant attacks on Security Forces and civilians
which killed more than 100 people in a week. "Around 1,500 families
and up to 13,000 people have left several villages in North Waziristan,"
Rafiullah, 25, a resident of Mosaki village in Mir Ali told by
phone. "People are unable to find houses to go in Bannu, so many
women, children and old men are lying out in the open. Many others
have gone to Peshawar and Dera Ismail Khan Districts to find some
shelter," he said.
A woman was killed and her two
daughters were injured when two landmine explosions occurred in
the Sarsarang area of Upper Kurram Agency of FATA.
Thousands of villagers have fled
their homes in North Waziristan Agency, fearing a major military
operation by armed forces after they said dozens of people had
been killed in air strikes targeting Taliban militants on January
21, 2014. Fearing another offensive by armed forces, a wave of
refugees left the region to take shelter in schools, private homes
and veterinary clinics in areas FR Bannu and FR Dera Ismail Khan
on the edge of the tribal belt. A senior official in Bannu said
23,000 refugees had fled to the town.
PM Nawaz Sharif during a meeting
with COAS General Raheel Sharif said that no decision on launching
an offensive in NWA FATA would be taken without consensus of all
stakeholders and any such decision would be taken in the best
national interest. Sources said the Prime Minister exchanged views
with the COAS on matters of national security, future course of
action over dialogue with the Taliban, Karachi operation, missing
persons and other issues.
JUI-S chief Maulana Sami-ul-Haq
opposed a military operation against the Taliban and said the
government "does not seem serious for dialogue with the Taliban".
A military operation never resolves problems but it multiplies
them, he said. He said that dialogue with the Taliban was the
only way to restore peace in the country, adding that Nawaz Sharif
has apparently been stopped from holding talks with the TTP.
Two children were killed when
a toy bomb they were playing with accidently exploded in the Zakhakhel
Bazaar area of Landikotal tehsil in Khyber Agency of FATA.
Two children were killed when
a mortar shell went off in Tabay area of Zakhakhel Bazaar in Landikotal
tehsil of Khyber Agency in FATA.
The political administration during
a search operation recovered four abducted persons, identified
as Haji Sabz Ali, Syed Zaman, Rogh Muhammad and Qari Shad and
arrested two alleged abductors in Prang Ghar area in Mohmand Agency.
A soldier of the FC, identified
as Shana Gul, was shot dead by unidentified motorcyclists in Ghundi
area in the Jamrud tehsil of the Khyber Agency in FATA in the
night. The sources said that Shana Gul was going home after buying
grocery from a local shop when unidentified motorcyclists opened
fire on him, leaving him dead.
Three soldiers were injured in
a roadside blast at Kharsar area in Ladha subdivision in South
Waziristan Agency. The sources said that a convoy of the SFs was
on its way to Asman Manza when an explosive device planted by
unidentified militants on the roadside at Kharsar went off and
caused injuries to three soldiers.
No loss of life was reported in
two roadside bomb attacks on the SFs' convoys in different parts
of North Waziristan Agency. The sources said that unidentified
miscreants had planted explosives along the roadside in Khar Qamar
area in Dattakhel tehsil and another on the Miranshah-Dattakhel
road. The explosives went off when the convoys of the SFs were
passing through these areas.
The SFs also defused a roadside
bomb in Mir Ali tehsil of North Waziristan Agency.
The political administration of
Jamrud tehsil of Khyber Agency placed a ban on display of weapons
in Jamrud Bazaar and directed tribesmen to form a committee to
curb law and order. Addressing Kokikhel, Mullagori and Jhandakhel
tribesmen at Jamrud Jirga Hall, Khyber Agency Political Agent
Shahab Ali Shah said the ban is unprecedented in the tribal areas,
but was a necessity as Government officials were relentlessly
being targeted in the sub-division despite tribes' assurances
of ensuring peace in their areas.
Two persons, identified as Syed
Wajid Hussain and Syed Iftikhar Hussain, sustained injuries in
a bomb blast in Ali Shari area of Kurram Agency in FATA.
A 12-year-old boy, identified
as Syed Razi Shah, was injured in an explosion in Ali Shari area
of Kurram Agency.
A local Taliban 'commander', Shafiq,
and three of his bodyguards were killed when unidentified assailants
opened fire on their vehicle on Miranshah-Mir Ali road in the
Pir Kallay area of NWA in FATA. Further details regarding the
incident were not available as the access of media in the region
is restricted due to security worries and Government restrictions.
Four tribesmen were killed by
unidentified militants in the Norak area of Mir Ali tehsil in
NWA. An official of the political administration said the incident
occurred around 6:30pm when four tribesmen, whose identity could
not be ascertained, were sitting at a roadside near their houses
A JeM militant, identified as
Mast Gul, who escaped after Charari Sharief gunfight near Srinagar
in Jammu and Kashmir in 1995, was seen with TTP militant at a
press conference in North Waziristan Agency of FATA. Not long
after JeM 'chief' Maulana Masood Azhar addressed a rally in Muzaffarabad
(Pakistan occupied Kashmir) by telephone, Mast Gul, surfaced at
the press conference.
Six soldiers and one officer were
injured in two acts of terrorism in the Dattakhel area of NWA
in FATA. Sources said that an improvised explosive device exploded
near a military truck in Dattakhel near Afghan border, injuring
six soldiers. The truck, part of a convoy, was destroyed in the
Three personnel of Khasadar Force
escorting polio workers were injured when an improvised explosive
device planted by suspected militants along a road went off in
the Khugakhel area of Landi Kotal tehsil (revenue unit) in Khyber
Agency. The Khasadar team later defused an explosive device in
the same area.
Militants opened fire at a security
picket in the Khar Kamar area of Dattakhel subdivision. One officer
Five persons were killed when
unidentified militants opened fire at a van near Dattakhel town
in North Waziristan Agency in the night. According to reports,
the five persons whose identity could not be ascertained were
going to Shawal from Dattakhel when gunmen opened fire on their
van near Dattakhel bazaar.
The TTP claimed to have killed
23 FC personnel kidnapped in June 14, 2010 from Shoonkri Post
of Mohmand Agency in FATA. According to reports, the TTP Mohmand
Agency 'spokesman', Omar Khurasani said that the kidnapped FC
personnel were killed as revenge because the Government was continuously
killing their men in different parts of the country, including
Karachi, Peshawar and Swabi. He said if the Government does not
stop killing the TTP supporters, they would also continue to kill
Security Forces' personnel.
After the TTP claim, it was decided
that the Government committee and TTP negotiators will not be
meeting on February 17. Senior journalist Rahimullah Yousafzai,
who is one of the members of the Government committee, said it
was necessary to discuss the killings with the Government before
the state committee meets TTP negotiators. TTP also confirmed
that the meeting, which was scheduled to take place at 11am today,
will not be held.
A soldier, Mehrab, was killed
in an attack by unidentified militants on a SFs checkpost in Ladha
area of South Waziristan Agency in the night around 11:00pm.
Six members of an anti-polio team
were abducted by unidentified militants in the Pang area of the
FR Tank in FATA. Assistant Political Agent, FR Tank, Khalid Mehmood
Marwat, said the team, including Dr Khandad, in-charge of the
Union Council Siddiqullah, driver Kalim, three Levies personnel,
Lance Naik Daulat Khan, Sepoy Amanullah and Sepoy Minhas. He said
the team members were kidnapped at 3 pm when they were on their
way back after finishing the task.
An Army Major, Jahanzaib, and
three militants were killed in an exchange of fire in FR Peshawar
of FATA. "(The) exchange of fire continues," the ISPR said in
At least 35 militants were killed
as fighter jets targeted suspected insurgent hideouts in Dattakhel,
Shawal and Mir Ali tehsils (revenue unit) of the North Waziristan
Agency of FATA. The bombardment comes a day after TTP said a ceasefire
can be negotiated upon if the Army stopped targeting its members.
Other military sources said that the militants involved in the
Peshawar cinema blast (February 10) and killing of an Army officer
(February 18) in frontier region Peshawar two days ago were targeted
in their hideouts situated in Khyber Agency. In the second attack,
around seven militants were killed. IED making factories and prepared
explosives were also destroyed in the strikes.
After being convinced by the top
Army leadership, PM Nawaz Sharif gave a go ahead for the airstrikes.
High level civil military consultations continued for three days
which culminated on these strikes. Army Chief, General Raheel
Sharif and intelligence heads briefed the PM over rapid developments
in the tribal areas and also shared images of militant hideouts
procured through their own spy drones. Authorisation of the PM
was sought for more strikes at other locations, which according
to the sources has been granted.
Federal Minister for Information
and Broadcasting, Pervaiz Rasheed, on February 20 said the TTP
in unequivocal terms commented "If you talk with us, we will respond
with greater enthusiasm. But, if you would strike once, we would
strike twice". Pervaiz Rasheed said in a statement, soon after
the Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhary Nisar announced that
PM Nawaz Sharif in consultation with the military leadership has
linked the peace talks to a halt to the bloodshed.
Referring to the talks with the
TTP, Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhary Nisar said, "Dialogue
and violence cannot take place side by side. The military has
been asked to retaliate in self-defence, which is their right.
This [self-defence] is the right of the armed forces, which cannot
be taken away from them," he said. Members of the government's
peace committee were also consulted in this regard, the interior
minister added. "We have burnt the midnight oil," he said, explaining
how the Government had worked overtime on how to resolve the issue.
JeI Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief and
member of the TTP talks committee Mohammad Ibrahim on February
20 condemned the shelling in North Waziristan Agency and Khyber
Agency and described it as an action against innocent citizens.
In a statement issued by the JeI, he said that the air strikes
would further complicate the situation, adding that the ultimate
sufferers would be the innocent people because random firing and
shelling could never prove useful for restoration of peace.
Earlier on February 19, TTP granted
the authority to JUI-S Chief Maulana Samiul Haq decide on ceasefire
between the Government and the TTP. Haq is heading the TTP intermediary
committee. The JUI-S central information secretary said that if
there was a consensus between the Government peace talks committee
and Haq, then a ceasefire can be announced between the two sides.
At least 38 militants, including
key commanders, were killed in early morning air strikes the Ghaibi
Nika area of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency of FATA. Six hideouts
were also destroyed. Security sources said that fighter jets bombed
the hideouts as well as landmine-making factories in the Ghaibi
Nika area where mostly militants from LI group are based. Factories
and several stockpiles of explosives were also destroyed in the
A Government official, Sadif Hussain
Tori, a technician at a Government veterinary hospital, was abducted
by unidentified militants from Alizai tehsil of Kurram Agency.
Sadif Hussain Tori was on his way home when militants intercepted
his vehicle and abducted him.
The residents near the Pak-Afghan
border have started migrating to safer places in fear of a possible
military operation in NWA. People from Seegi, Ghulam Khan, Mandi
and Datta Khel tehsil are leaving their homes. People belonging
to Mir Ali are also shifting to Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Karak and
Peshawar of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa due to persisting fears of a widespread
bloodshed between militants and Pakistan Army.
Amidst growing chatter of a military
operation in NWA, security sources on February said the task of
purging the area of all violent groups could be over in a "matter
of weeks." "It would take the military four to six weeks to clear
the agency of fighters," security sources said, insisting that
it was not difficult for Pakistan Army to re-establish the writ
of the Government in NWA. The officials also quashed the impression
that the operation had only 40% chance of success, as claimed
by some politicians in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Asmatullah Shaheen Bhittani, a
senior 'commander' of TTP and supporter of peace talks with the
Government, was killed along with his three colleagues in Darga
Mandi village near Miranshah in North Waziristan Agency. TTP sources
said Asmatullah Shaheen was coming to Miranshah in a car along
with three other militants when another vehicle coming from the
border area with Afghanistan overtook them and armed men sitting
in it opened fire from AK-47 (Kalashnikov) assault rifles at them.
Pakistani fighter jets and gunship
helicopters bombarded hideouts of TTP militants in the North and
South Waziristan Agencies FATA killing at least 30 militants.
"The death toll from the air strikes has risen to 30," a security
official told, updating the earlier death toll of 27. "Fifteen
were killed in the South Waziristan side of the border, while
15 were killed in North Waziristan." The attacks were the fourth
in a series of air strikes by the PAF since February 20.
The former administrator of Tehsil
Headquarters Hospital, Mir Ali was abducted from North Waziristan
Agency of FATA while he was heading home in Hisokhel from work
in the evening.
At least three militants were
killed and three others were injured in an exchange of fire between
security officials and militants in Shalobar area of Khyber Agency
Several suspected militants were
feared dead on morning when helicopter gunships attacked their
hideouts in the mountainous area of Zarkani Luni and adjoining
areas in FR Dera Ismail Khan bordering South Waziristan Agency.
However, there was no formal confirmation of the shelling from
Promising minimum possible collateral
damage, the Government said that surgical airstrikes against hideouts
of militants will continue in FATA. No military operation was
going on in FATA and only targeted action was being carried out.
About 20,000 people, mostly women
and children, have been displaced during the Army operation against
the TTP in North Waziristan Agency of FATA and the United Nations
is ready to help them. UN Secretary General's Spokesman Martin
Nesriky told reporters at a briefing.
12 Security Force personals (Khyber
Khasadar Force), who were providing security to a polio team,
were killed in two separate blasts in the Lashora area of Jamrud
tehsil in Khyber Agency of FATA. A child was also killed in the
firing by the militants after the blasts.
In response to the militant attack
on a polio team in the Lashora area of Jamrud tehsil in FATA which
left at least 13 persons dead on March 1, Security Forces launched
an assault on March 2-morning on militant hideouts in Kalanga
and surrounding areas of Bara tehsil and killed five militants.
Security sources confirmed that gunship helicopters struck the
Ayubi Markaz of Mullah Tamanchey involved in the attack on polio
Two SF personnel were killed and
seven others were injured when a remote-controlled IED targeted
a SFs' vehicle at Sadukhel area of Landi Kotal tehsil in Khyber
Agency of FATA. According to sources, a convoy of FC personnel
was travelling from Landi Kotal tehsil to Jamrud.
The members of eight tribes from
Orakzai Agency held a Grand Jirga to welcome the announcement
of a ceasefire from the TTP. They demanded the TTP should also
include tribal elders in its negotiation committee. The jirga
was led by tribal elder Malik Hafiz Habib Noor, Malik Jan and
Malik Muhammad Rahman.
Two persons were killed when unidentified
gunmen attacked four vehicles carrying NATO supplies for Afghanistan
in the Jamrud area of Khyber Agency in FATA. "The four containers
were on their way to Afghanistan when four gunmen riding two motorbikes
opened fire at them in Jamrud, killing two helpers and wounding
one driver and one helper," a senior local administration official,
Jehangir Azam Wazir, said.
Two bullet riddle dead bodies
in gunny sacks were recovered from the Shah Kas area in Jamrud
Al Qaeda continues to operate
from FATA, Commander of the USCentral Command General Lloyd J.
Austin said on March 6 in his testimony before House Armed Services
Committee while adding that the long-lasting tensions between
India and Pakistan over Kashmir are a threat to regional stability.
"Long-standing tensions between Pakistan and India also threaten
regional stability as both states have substantial military forces
arrayed along their borders and the disputed Kashmir LoC," General
He said that the US faced a host
of challenges in Pakistan that have long hindered the efforts
of the Pakistan Government to fight terrorism and America's ability
to provide needed assistance. "Central to Pakistan's struggles
is its poor economy and burgeoning 'youth bulge'. Given these
conditions, radicalism is on the rise in settled areas and threatens
increased militant activity and insurgency in parts of Pakistan
where the sway of the state traditionally has been the strongest,"
he said, adding, "At the same time, terrorist attacks and ethno-sectarian
violence threaten the Government's tenuous control over some areas.
Further compounding these internal challenges are Pakistan's strained
relationships with its neighbours".
A three-day anti-polio drive started
across the FATA except in North and South Waziristan Agencies
and parts of adjoining FR Bannu due to a TTP ban. The drive targets
about 713,051 children below five years of age. Meanwhile, in
Mohmand Agency, the campaign will begin on March 11, while it
was deferred till March 17 in Khyber Agency due to an ongoing
Army action against militants there. Secretary social sector FATA
Captain (retired) Sardar Mohammad Abbas inaugurated the campaign
by administering oral polio vaccine to children at the FATA Secretariat.
According to a press release,
the vaccinators will not visit the areas where militants had banned
drops due to threats. A total of 2,324 mobile, 245 fixed and 72
transit teams comprising volunteers and vaccinators would administer
drops to targeted children in the tribal areas under strict security
arrangements, said the press release. FATA recorded 24 polio cases
of the nationwide 27 cases in 2014. Of them, 21 are from North
Waziristan and one from South Waziristan while three children
are from whole of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In 2013, FATA accounted
for 67 polio cases of the total 93 recorded in Pakistan. North
Waziristan again recorded the highest number of 36 cases followed
by Khyber with 20 and South Waziristan one, as children couldn't
be vaccinated due to a ban slapped by TTP in June 2012.
Unidentified assailants shot dead
four people, including three militants, in Miranshah Bazaar of
North Waziristan Agency in FATA. "Several gunmen opened fire on
a vehicle in Miranshah Bazaar, killing four people," a senior
security official said. He said the gunmen also fired rockets
at the vehicle, adding "those killed in the attack included three
militants and a passerby".
Five people, including four children
and a woman, were wounded in a bomb blast outside their house
at Ghandi village near Jamrud town in Khyber Agency of FATA.
Bajaur Levies Force defused an
IED planted along a road in Kharyan area of Nawagai tehsil in
Bajaur Agency. The officials said that the personnel of the BDS
rushed to the site after receiving information from the locals,
and the bomb was safely defused.
At least six persons were killed
in the morning when a mortar shell exploded in a house in the
Shawal tehsil of the North Waziristan Agency in FATA. The dead
in the incident included four women, a man and a child.
A NATO container was destroyed
in rocket attack by unidentified militants in Shagai area of the
Khyber Agency in FATA. No casualties were reported in the incident.
At least three persons were injured
in a blast in the Landi Kotal Bazaar of the Khyber Agency in FATA.
According to Khasadar officials, the injured in the attack were
the members of a religious group named as Tawheed ul Islam.
Direct peace talks were held between
the Government and the TTP in Orakzai Agency of FATA. The talks
were mainly focused on an extension in the ceasefire and release
of non-combatant detainees. The face-to-face meeting lasting seven
hours was held in the Bilandkhel area in Spin Thall in the Orakzai
Agency near the boundary with North Waziristan and the Kurram
A convoy of SFs escaped two explosions
caused by remote-controlled devices on the Miranshah-Dattakhel
Road in NWA of FATA. However, the blasts caused no human or property
losses as the convoy of the SFs had passed the targeted area shortly
before the explosions.
A driver, Syed Ajmal Hussain,
was critically injured in a roadside blast in Parachinar, headquarters
of Kurram Agency, in FATA. Sources said that Syed Ajmal Hussain
was going to his village in a vehicle when a roadside explosive
device planted by suspected militants near a checkpoint went off.
The Government has claimed a modest
increase in the boys' and girls' literacy rate in the FATA. "Literacy
rate for girls stands at a modest 10.5 per cent compared to 36.66
per cent for boys despite considerable expenditure incurred by
the FATA Secretariat to improve education statistics in the area,"
said a handout while quoting an official document. Earlier, the
girls' and boys' literacy rate was three per cent and 29.51 per
According to the handout, Kurram
Agency tops other tribal agencies in the girls' enrolment as 21.3
per cent girls have been enrolled there followed by Khyber Agency
with 16.13 per cent such enrolment. Giving agency-wise breakup
of the girls' enrolment, the handout said the FATA Education Atlas
2011-12 reported that the proportion of girls enrolled in educational
institutions stood at 7.5 per cent in South Waziristan, 4.26 per
cent in North Waziristan Agency, 21.03 per cent in Kurram Agency,
4.7 per cent in Bajaur Agency, 5.72 per cent in Mohmand Agency,
5.15 per cent in Orakzai Agency and 16.13 per cent in Khyber Agency.
The proportion stands at 5.88
per cent in FR Dera Ismail Khan, 1.81 per cent in FR Lakki Marwat,
2.28 per cent in FR Tank, 1.07 per cent in FR Bannu, 24.09 per
cent in FR Kohat and 16.66 per cent in FR Peshawar. According
to the handout, around 124,424 girls are enrolled in 1,551 primary
schools, 19,614 girls in 158 middle schools, 13,837 girls in 42
high schools and 1,134 girls in five higher secondary schools
in FATA. It said the recent militant activities and poor law and
order situation in tribal areas had badly hampered the girls'
education in the region but the government was taking steps to
provide education across FATA.
At least 23 mortar shells fired
from Afghanistan fell into North Waziristan Agency of FATA. The
mortar shells landed into Ghulam Khan and Bagi Dar areas of North
Waziristan. No casualties or loss of life was reported due to
the targeted areas being uninhabited.
Non-vaccination of children in
the FATA could spoil the anti-polio initiative in KP. The immunisation
of children through Sehat Ka Insaf programme can't protect children
against poliovirus for long as far as children in FATA would stay
without oral polio vaccine. Two new cases, one each from North
Waziristan Agency and Bannu, were recorded on April 2, bringing
the total number of nationwide cases to 41. This also worried
the authorities in KP, who are carrying out immunisation campaigns.
According to the National Institute
of Health, Islamabad, Pakistan had recorded only six polio cases
till this date in 2013 against 41 this year, which reflects an
increase of 900 per cent. Children in KP will remain at risk of
polio despite immunisation till the Government makes arrangements
to administer OPV to children in North Waziristan and Khyber Agency.
The rapid increase in polio cases in 2014 poses a serious challenge
to the health authorities and the UN agencies engaged in immunisation
campaigns. Of the country's total tally so far this year (2014),
FATA has 33 polio cases, KP six and Sindh one.
The authorities started repatriating
people of Ali Sherzai tribe to their native area in the Kurram
Agency of FATA. Kurram Agency political agent Riaz Mahsud said
that 55,000 tribal people had been displaced in June 2010 following
a military operation to cleanse the area of militants. He said,
"So far 7,500 people have been sent to their area and the rest
would be repatriated over the next couple of weeks...We intend
to complete the process by April 24". He added the returnees were
being provided free transportation and food for six months, although
the area had been cleared of militants. It was because of hectic
efforts made by the FATA administration that PKR five million
had been arranged for the purpose.
At least four TTP militants, including
a local 'commander' of the Hakimullah Mehsud group, identified
as Kashed Khan Mehsud were killed and another was injured in Shaktoi
area of South Waziristan Agency in FATA. According to local sources
the fatalities were a result of a clash occurred between Khan
Said alias Sajna and Wali-ur-Rehman groups of the TTP. However,
Taliban sources have yet not confirmed the deaths.
The official sources stated that
unidentified militants attacked a car in the Shaktoi area, killing
four people and injuring another.
At least 14 TTP militants were
killed in clashes between two factions of the militant outfit
in South Waziristan Agency of FATA. According to Police and militant
sources, a total of 34 people have been killed since fighting
broke out April 6, 2014 in South Waziristan Agency between supporters
of Khan Said Sajna and followers of the slain leader Hakimullah
According to militant sources,
the differences emerged after Khan Said Sajna, a senior 'commander',
was rejected for leadership of the TTP umbrella group, after its
former leader Hakimullah Mehsud was killed in a US drone strike
on November 1, 2013.
"At least 12 people have been
killed in a firefight between militant groups in the Shaktai area
of South Waziristan. The fighting still goes on," added a security
official in Miranshah town of North Waziristan Agency. Sources
from both militant groups confirmed the clashes and death toll.
An unnamed senior TTP 'commander'
said that efforts were being made to resolve differences between
the Sajna and Hakimullah Mehsud groups but the former refused
to reach any agreement. "There are always differences among the
people. There are fights also, some people fight for money, some
for other interests", he added.
Nine more Persons were killed
in a fourth day of fighting between two feuding factions of the
TTP in South Waziristan Agency of FATA. A total of 43 people have
now died in clashes which erupted on April 6 between supporters
of Khan Said Sajna and followers of the late Hakimullah Mehsud
group. Both factions are part of the TTP umbrella group, which
has been waging a bloody seven-year insurgency against the State.
Unidentified militants killed
the driver of a NATO container near Jamrud Bypass in Jamrud town
of Khyber Agency in FATA while it was carrying supplies for NATO
troops stationed in Afghanistan. Ali Sher, a local administration
official, confirmed the incident. A convoy of seven oil tankers
was on its way to Afghanistan, according to security officials.
At least 10 militants were killed
in the ongoing infighting in the TTP in Shawal tehsil of Miranshah
in North Waziristan Agency of FATA. A local security official
said that fighting erupted in the night of April 11 when militants
belonging to Wali-ur-Rahman Group ambushed a vehicle carrying
members of the Hakimullah Group close to the border of North and
South Waziristan. All those inside were killed, while the attackers
fled the scene. The official confirmed that the dead militants
belonged to the Hakimullah Group, which is led by Shehryar Mehsud.
Several militants (unspecified
numbers) were killed in infighting between two factions of TTP
in South Waziristan Agency. The cause of clash is said to be over
interference in matters inside one another's domains. The fighters
from both sides have been launching attacks in the areas of Shawal,
Shaktoi, Makin and Tank with heavy ammunition and artillery in
an attempt to destroy one another's sanctuaries. Moreover, the
internal strife between the two groups is now spilling onto other
areas of the region. The clash has led to over 30 deaths since
its first day on April 6, 2014. The clashes erupted between supporters
of Khan Said Sajna and followers of the late Hakimullah Mehsud
According to independent sources,
at least 43 militants from both factions have been killed in clashes
which erupted on April 6, 2014 in South Waziristan Agency and
later escalated to neighbouring North Waziristan Agency and Tank
District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Three Haqqani Network militants
were killed and two wounded when a vehicle hit a roadside bomb
in the Dattakhel area of North Waziristan Agency. A local security
official said that the dead belonged to the Haqqani Network and
were en route to Dattakhel in a four-wheeler when an IED exploded.
A source identified one of the dead victims as Sher Amanullah,
a 'commander' of the Haqqani Network based in North Waziristan
Nearly 108 tribesmen from Khyber,
Kurram and Orakzai agencies, who were kidnapped on April 12 from
Haider Kandao Drugs Fair in Khyber Agency of FATA by unidentified
militants, were set free. 15 tribesmen belonging to the Qamber
Khel tribe from Tirah Valley, who have been associated with AI
in the past, have yet to be released.
At least two people were injured
when unidentified militants attacked a NATO supply convoy on the
Pakistan-Afghanistan Highway in Jamrud tehsil of Khyber Agency
in FATA. According to official sources, militants fired two rockets
on the trucks and used heavy machine guns and rifles to target
the supply convoy. Security Forces and militants also exchanged
gunfire for half an hour following which the militants managed
The split faction of TTP in Orakzai
Agency, known as TTI alias Orakzai Freedom Movement, and led by
Hafiz Saeed, on April 14 claimed to have abducted tribesmen from
Tirah Valley for their involvement in illegal and un-Islamic activities
on April 12, 2014. The outfit said that they have released all
the abductees from the Orakzai Khyber Agency border but ten of
them are still held captive by them.
A pamphlet attributed to the
Afghan Taliban and distributed in parts of North Waziristan Agency
on April 14 confirmed serious differences among the TTP factions
and the infighting which has left a number of militants killed
on both sides. The Pashto language Pamphlet, with letter head
of Afghan Taliban's 'chief' Mullah Umar, has not only mentioned
the conflict among the Mehsud Taliban groups which forms major
part of TTP but also appealed to the local tribesmen to pray and
resolve the conflict.
The pamphlet also appealed to
the Taliban groups to play their role in defusing the tension
and stopping the infighting between Hakimullah Mehsud group led
by Shehryar Mehsud and Khan Said Sajna group, affiliated earlier
to Wali-ur-Rehman Mehsud group. The authenticity of the letter,
however, could not be verified from the Afghan Taliban.
A SF official was injured when
an IED exploded on Ghulam Khan Road near Saidgee checkpost near
Miranshah, the headquarters of North Waziristan Agency of FATA.
Security personnel cordoned off the area and started looking for
the suspects. The search continued for about 30 minutes during
helicopter gunships attacked suspected militant hideouts.
No group claimed responsibility
for the blast which took place at a time when the Shura of the
TTP was meeting to decide the future of peace talks. A Taliban
leader said it appeared that some unscrupulous elements were trying
to create a misunderstanding between the SFs and the Taliban to
derail the peace process.
Gunship helicopters of the Pakistan
Army pounded the hideouts of militants in the mountain ranges
of Shankrabi in FR Peshawar. "These are highly wooded mountains
where there is no human habitation and militants have hideouts
in these ranges," said an official of the political administration.
"We can see them bombing their targets in these hills but can't
say anything about the militant casualties," said a local elder,
adding that in some areas large contingents of the Army had taken
positions on mountain tops but there was no attack by foot soldiers.
There is no official word from the ISPR about the operation.
A leader of the TTP Karachi Chapter,
Haji Dawood, said that a delegation of senior Taliban 'commanders'
would soon visit Afghanistan to meet TTP chief Maulana Fazlullah
to seek his directive about the infighting between the Mehsud
Taliban groups. He said the Shura took the decision after three
days of deliberations. He said the infighting between the groups
of Sheryar Mehsud and Khan Said alias Sajna was an urgent issue
for the Shura which decided to refer the matter to Maulana Fazlullah.
He said the delegation would put forward opinions of both groups
and the decision of the TTP 'chief' would be acceptable to them.
Unidentified militants opened
fire at a polio team in Ghareza area of Jamrud tehsil in Khyber
Agency of FATA. However, no casualty was reported. Later, the
political administration imposed a ban on motorcycle riding across
the tehsil and residents were warned of strict action in case
Militants launched a major attack
on a SFs' fort in the Landikotal area of the Khyber Agency. The
attack came one day after TTP revoked its 40-day-long ceasefire.
Official sources said that the militants had fired bullet rounds
and mortars from the adjoining mountains at a weapons depot situated
inside the fort that is controlled by the SFs. The residents heard
several explosions caused by the exchange of fire between the
militants and the SFs. Some of the locals added that they had
seen flames rising high from the fort.
According to sources, some unspecified
numbers of suicide bombers were reported to be among the attackers.
The SFs also returned the fire and targeted the militants' positions
with mortars and artillery rounds. The extent of material damage
and the number of casualties could not be ascertained due to a
lack of access to the area. No official version of the incident
has been issued so far.
were killed and more than a dozen injured in air strikes by the
PAF fighter aircraft in Bara and Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency
of FATA. The sources said fighter aircraft bombarded the suspected
positions of TTP in Wache Wanay, Sra Vela, Dwatoi and Tordarra
in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency. The jets also targeted some
hideouts of the TTP in Spera Dam area of Bara tehsil (revenue
unit). 10 hideouts of militants were destroyed in the bombardment.
The official sources said the dead militants belonged to Orakzai
Agency and Darra Adamkhel of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
At least three soldiers
were killed and three others sustained injuries in an IED explosion
in the Bobar area of South Waziristan Agency in FATA. "At least
three security forces personnel, including an officer embraced
shahadat (martyrdom) and three others sustained critical injuries
after an improvised explosive device planted by terrorists along
the road went off," the military said in a statement.
One TuI peace committee
member was killed and three others were injured in a bomb blast
in Zakhakhel area of Landi Kotal tehsil in Khyber Agency. Official
sources say that the vehicle of TuI peace committee activists
was targeted in Zakhakhel area destroying the vehicle completely.
The peace committee holds LI militant group responsible for the
After threats from
the LI, scores of Afghan and Zakhakhel tribesmen from Bara area
of Khyber Agency started shifting to safer places. Tribal and
the official sources confirmed that the Mangal Bagh-led LI had
warned Afghan refugees and the Zakhakhel Shinwari tribes, a sub-tribe
of the Afridi's, living in the area to announce allegiance to
the Lashkar or leave Bara where the banned group is still known
to have stronghold. Most of these people were settled in Akakhel,
Sipah, Malikdinkhel and Shalobar areas in Khyber region who were
given the deadline of April 27, 4 pm to take either of the options
as their decision.
The Federal Government
directed the PTA to curtail the operations of Afghan cellular
phones in FATA and parts of KP because of security issues. Informed
sources said that more than 40,000 SIMs of Afghan mobile telephone
companies were operating inside Pakistani territory and using
international roaming services. Apart from this, the SIMs also
works on their local Afghan networks in certain regions of FATA
which are close to the Afghan border. It was revealed that the
Afghan SIMs have been used in many kidnapping-for-ransom cases
"PTA has been directed
to curtail these operations," said Federal Minister for Interior
Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, adding, "During December 2013, around
17,000 Afghan SIMs were recovered by FIA after a raid on an illegal
VoIP set-up in Peshawar". He confirmed that Afghan cellular SIMs
were being used inside Pakistani territory and were suspected
of being used in serious crimes such as extortion threats, illegal
VoIP activity and by terrorist networks for communication.
Six persons were injured when
a NATO container was attacked by unidentified militants on the
Pak-Afghan Highway in the Khyber Agency. The two nearby vehicles
were also damaged as a result of the incident.
KP Governor Sardar Mahtab Ahmad
Khan during his first visit after assuming his office to Sadda
in Kurram Agency of FATA said that repatriation of all internally
displaced tribal families will be his top priority for normalisation
of the region. "Whether it is a single family or in hundreds,
it is a humanitarian problem and we are fully conscious of the
difficulties with which they are faced," he said.
The Governor said the day was
not far away when they all would be able to live normal life in
their homes. "It will also be my utmost effort to ensure equal
treatment to all the affected people of Kurram Agency as far as
provision of compensation is concerned," he said, adding, "It
is the earnest desire of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif too to witness
the people of FATA living normal life. I am here to evaluate the
situation on ground".
Three militants were killed and
two FC officials injured in an encounter in Khujal Khel area of
Landikotal tehsil in Khyber Agency of FATA. A SFs official said
that after receiving intelligence reports, an operation was carried
out around midnight in Khujal Khel when SFs came under fire. A
cache of explosives was also recovered from the militants' hideout.
According to the official, the slain militants were wanted for
the attack in April, 2014 on the Landikotal cantonment.
Army helicopters and artillery
attacked militants' hideouts in the Bobar area of South Waziristan
Agency. According to sources, three helicopters carried out the
attack on the hideouts from 3 pm to 4 pm. However, SFs did not
confirm the attack till late April 28-midnight. Sources said SFs
also used artillery to shell the area from Mir Ali and Sara Rogha
camps at 6 pm. No casualty was reported from the remote area where
the media has no access. Tribal people said several hideouts had
been destroyed by the shelling.
Six persons abducted during a
vaccination drive on February 17, 2014, from Peeng area of FR
Tank in FATA were set free. An official of FR Tank's political
administration said that Khan Dad Dawar, a polio circle officer,
and his colleague Sadiq Khan were kidnapped during a vaccination
drive along with their driver and three levies personnel providing
security. The official said their release materialised after a
jirga comprising local tribal elders succeeded in negotiations
with the captors. Queries as to whether a ransom was paid for
their release were not answered by the official.
TTP claims that SFs have launched
an operation in South Waziristan Agency and fighting has been
ongoing for the last two days. "The security forces are using
helicopter gunships and heavy artillery to target TTP positions
in the Bobar area," TTP Political Shura member Azam Tariq Mehsud
told journalists by the phone from an undisclosed location. He
claimed that the SFs have suffered heavy casualties in the fighting.
The claim, however, could not be verified independently because
the area is inaccessible to journalists.
An influential pro-Government
tribal elder, Malik Qader Khan, and his two guards were killed
in an attack near Miranshah in North Waziristan Agency of FATA.
Officials said one of the attackers was also killed in retaliatory
fire by Qader Khan's gunmen. Officials said Qader Khan was travelling
from Miranshah to Bannu when assailants in a non-customs paid
car opened fire on his vehicle at the Chashma Bridge on the main
Miranshah-Bannu road. Qader Khan was going to his village when
he came under attack. Malik Qader Khan was known as chief of Waziristan
and he had served as a peace committee's member. He was one of
the signatories to a peace agreement between the Government and
local TTP in 2007.
Two schools, one girls primary
school while the other one was for boys, were blown up in the
Drwazgai area of Mohmand Agency. However, no loss of life was
reported in the assault. The school building was damaged as a
result of the blast.
A local TTP 'commander', Irfan
Mehsud, and six other militants were killed in a fighting with
SFs in the Babor Mountains of Ladha sub-division in South Waziristan
Agency of FATA. Irfan Mehsud is said to be the son of Azam Tariq
Mehsud, a key member of the Political Shura of the TTP. He is
also said to be the 'spokesperson' of TTP's South Waziristan chapter.
Two tribesmen were injured when
an IED was blown up using a remote control in Sadda area of Kurram
Agency. An official of the political administration said the IED,
planted on a roadside, exploded near Sadda Bazaar, injuring two
tribesmen who were on their way to the market.
Firing from Afghanistan side of
border killed one Pakistani security person at the Pak-Afghan
border area near Bajaur Agency, statement issued by the ISPR said.
It was not clear whether the cross-border firing was conducted
by Afghan security personnel or militants. "We don't have more
information yet. We can only confirm that a security official
was killed because of firing across the border in Bajaur region,"
said a senior military official when contacted for details.
Firing from Afghanistan side of
border killed one Pakistani security person at the Pak-Afghan
border area near Bajaur Agency, statement issued by the ISPR said.
It was not clear whether the cross-border firing was conducted
by Afghan security personnel or militants. "We don't have more
information yet. We can only confirm that a security official
was killed because of firing across the border in Bajaur region,"
said a senior military official when contacted for details.
SFs recovered 40 suicide vests
at the Torkham border which were being smuggled into Pakistan
from Afghanistan. Official sources said the suicide jackets did
not contain any explosives, but were being transported to Pakistan
with the intention of being used for suicide missions. The sources
said that this was going to be done with the aid of local operators
who were to fill the jackets with explosives.
Two people, including the driver,
identified as Tariq, and the cleaner Rehman Ali, of a NATO truck
carrying goods for the NATO forces in Afghanistan were killed
and two others were injured when unidentified armed assailants
opened fire on the vehicles near Wazir Dhand area in Jamrud tehsil
of Khyber Agency in FATA. There were reports that two truckers
were also missing after the attack and were feared to have been
kidnapped by the militants.
FDMA Director General Arshad Khan
said that they would start rehabilitation process of 7,706 IDPs
of Bagh Maidan area of Tirah valley from May 7, 2014. He said
that some 3, 42,000 people belonging to the Khyber Agency were
displaced and of them 1, 65, 000 IDPs were rehabilitated and the
remaining would also return home gradually.
He said the people would be provided
ration for six months and on their return they would get non-food
items and shelter kits. The IDPs, he said, were supposed to return
earlier but rains and dilapidated roads were main hurdle in their
return. The government would also pay PKR 25,000 to each family
in addition to house subsidy after disaster assessment, he said.
He added the remaining IDPs would also return homes till July
2014 as the situation improved.
At least 13 militants were killed
as infighting between rival TTP groups restarted in Shawal tehsil
of North Waziristan Agency of FATA. Official and tribal sources
confirmed that clashes started between Shehryar Mehsud and Khan
Said alias Sajna. According to official sources, the infighting
between the two groups has claimed more than 50 lives during the
last few weeks. Sources said that the death toll is likely to
According to details, the rival
factions have accused each other of grabbing power in order to
control South Waziristan's Mehsud tribal area. Sajna had been
considered the right hand man of Waliur Rehman, whereas Shehryar
was a confidant of Hakimullah Mehsud. Their slain leaders were
reportedly at loggerheads after the death of TTP founder Baitullah
Two people belonging to TI group
were killed, while three others sustained injuries when a remote
controlled device exploded in the Zakhakhel Bazaar of Landikotal
in Khyber Agency.
Two militants belonging to TTP
Punjab chapter were killed and one person was injured when a bomb
exploded in Miranshah bazaar of North Waziristan Agency. Intelligence
sources confirmed the identity of the victims.
Five militants were killed and
three injured as clashes between two factions of TTP continued
in Shawal area of NWA in FATA. As reported earlier, 13 militants
were killed in the fighting that erupted between the groups led
by Shehryar Khan and Khan Said alias Sajna in Shawal, a mountainous
area near Afghan border on May 6. The militants killed on May
6 were from the Shehryar group. Rockets and mortars were used
in the fighting.
A militant was killed when a bomb
he was attempting to plant at Shalobar peace committee's compound
in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency exploded prematurely.
A FC official was shot dead and
another injured when unidentified motorcycle borne assailants
opened fire on then at Ashna Market in Ghundai area of Jamrud
tehsil in Khyber Agency.
The main gate of the residence
of Saeed Torkhel was destroyed in an explosion around 3am in Ghreza
area of Jamrud tehsil in Khyber Agency. The explosion also damaged
the boundary wall.
One soldier was killed when a
water fetching party of the SFs reached near Whol Top area along
the Pak-Afghan border in Mohmand Agency of FATA where it struck
An Afghan National Army official
was arrested near the Pak-Afghan Torkham border in Khyber Agency
after he crossed into Pakistan without any valid documentation.
SFs shifted him to jail for further investigation.
In a bid to reconcile the two
warring factions of TTP, the group's central leadership appointed
Khalid Sheikh Haqqani as the new 'interim chief' of the SWA. A
source within TTP said the move aims at ending the ongoing conflict
between TTP Hakimullah group led by Shehryar Mehsud and Waliur
Rahman group led by Khan Syed alias Sajna. According to the source,
the TTP 'central chief' Fazlullah has send Khalid Sheikh Haqqani
as the new interim chief and directed both Sajna and Shehryar
to come to the negotiating table to resolve the issue. The source
further said Haqqani had taken over and the main shura of the
TTP would now decide about the new chief for South Waziristan.
He said a new chief, to be appointed within two months, will be
accepted by both the groups. "Fazlullah has warned members of
both the groups that if any member acted against the other group,
he would have to face severe consequences," he added. However,
Sajna's spokesperson Azam Tariq refuted the report and said no
one was appointed as chief of SWA.
At least five militants were killed
and three others were injured as rival TTP militants, belonging
to Shehryar Mehsud and Khan "Sajna" Said factions, clashed in
Shawal area of North Waziristan Agency in FATA.
A senior leader of the group revealed
that Khan Said alias Sajna refused to accept his dismissal as
head of the militant group's South Waziristan Chapter. "Sajna
was removed last week through a special order by the respected
Ameer," a Taliban leader said on the condition of anonymity, adding,
"The Taliban leadership council had also endorsed the decision,"
Safi peace committee leader Subidar
Safi's nephew Jahangir Khan was killed and his driver was injured
in an IED blast in Safi tehsil of Mohmand Agency. TTP Mohmand
Agency Chapter spokesperson Omar Khurasani claimed responsibility
for the attack. Later, a search operation was launched and 20
suspects were arrested.
One Khasadar Force personnel was
killed and five others were injured in two landmine blasts at
Safi Tehsil of Mohmand Agency in FATA.
Seven persons were injured in
a roadside explosion in Rashakai area of Khar Tehsil of Bajaur
The KP Governor Sardar Mehtab
Ahmad Khan set up another FATA FRC to frame strategic objectives
for the volatile tribal areas for the next 25 years. The five-member
commission comprising retired civil and military officers, a former
provincial minister and a serving civil officer has been asked
to produce a comprehensive report within 10 months. The successive
Governors had formed several commissions and task forces for the
purpose but administrative and legal reforms are missing in FATA.
Former Chief Secretary Ejaz Qureshi has been appointed Chairman
of the FRC, whose other members are Lieutenant-General (retired)
Syed Sabahat Hussain, former bureaucrat Mir Laiq Shah, former
Provincial Minister Mossarat Qadeem, who runs an NGO, and Additional
Secretary to the Governor Muddassir Riaz Malik.
The commission may corporate another
member with the approval of the Governor, said a notification.
The body will submit short and long term reforms initiatives to
the governor for his approval. Mandate of the FRC is to formulate
and propose strategic objectives, strategic policies and action
plans which will be submitted to the Governor for approval. The
FRC will overview the implementation of the reform initiatives
and propose "mid-course corrections" as and when required. The
commission has been given 18 Terms of Reference (ToRs) and will
develop strategic and detailed action plans for realizing strategic
objectives of reforms agenda in different sectors including economic
At least 60 militants including
foreign fighters were killed when Air Force warplanes bombarded
militant hideouts in Mir Ali and other areas of North Waziristan
Agency in FATA in the early hours.
At least 15 persons including,
11 militants and SF personnel were killed during a clash in Mir
Following massive airstrikes,
TTP militants met at an undisclosed location to reconsider a non-aggression
treaty with the Government. Ahmadullah Ahmadi , a 'spokesman'
of Hafiz Gul Bahadur group of TTP condemned the airstrikes and
said the group "cannot remain silent over bombardment on people,"
calling it a clear atrocity on the civilians. He said that the
Shura has convened this important meeting to assess the situation
and hinted that the peace accord with the Government might get
revoked. The spokesman warned that the Government would be responsible
for any destruction in case it did not stop the military offensive.
||Several hideouts of militants
in Machis Camp, Kharwani and Mir Ali areas of NWA in FATA were neutralized
as troops, backed by artillery and helicopter gunships, resumed
their retaliatory action against TTP militants for the second consecutive
day. The latest action came a day after air strikes and ground fighting
killed at least 71 suspected militants and four security officials
in the same area. Thousands of people have started fleeing towards
Bannu in the wake of the attack, local residents and officials said.
However, it was not clear how many people were killed in May 22's
Four suspected militants were
killed and several others were injured when SFs intensified military
action in the Machis Camp area of North Waziristan Agency. The
SFs neutralized militant bases in the area while artillery and
jet fighters struck another insurgent base in Sokhel Wazir. Later,
the SFs arrested five militants from the Machis Camp area. The
death toll rose to 79 since the operation began on May 21, 2014.
At least 75 militants and four SFs have been killed so far.
At least eight militants, including
a 'commander' and two SF personnel were killed in the evening,
in a clash in Landi Kotal tehsil in Khyber Agency of FATA, after
a security vehicle was ambushed by the militants. "Two soldiers
embraced shahadat (martyrdom) and three others injured this evening
in an exchange of fire with terrorists in Landikotal, Khyber,"
said an Pakistan Army's ISPR, statement issued to media. "Eight
terrorists including one of their commanders were killed in exchange
of fire," it added. Pakistani military sources said that the FC
vehicle was targeted near Hamza Baba Chowk by militants, killing
two personnel and injuring the third. The SFs repulsed the attack
killing eight attackers including a commander. A militant was
arrested in wounded condition.
At least six SF personnel were
killed and three injured in an IED blast in Mohmand Agency. The
blast took place in the Shati Kandao area of Pandyali tehsil of
the agency. Confirming the explosion, political administration
official and security forces sources said that an IED, planted
on the roadside, exploded when a vehicle of the SFs was passing
Five militants were killed in
a clash with SFs in the Manro Jangal area near the Pak-Afghan
border in Bajaur Agency of FATA. The sources said the militants
operating from Afghanistan fired at a check-post of security forces
in Manro Jangal and caused injuries to five security personnel.
The sources said the soldiers manning the checkpost returned the
fire and killed five militants, including three 'commanders'.
Five dead bodies were discovered
in Uthmanzai area in the Pandyali tehsil of the Mohmand Agency
in FATA. The bodies were discovered in the Uthmanzai area where
a recent surprise attack on the SFs left six soldiers dead on
May 24. All of the deceased appeared to have been shot dead, however,
this could not be independently verified, official sources added.
The area is under curfew and the bodies could not be identified
as a result.
Panicked by the ongoing military
action in North Waziristan Agency, the tribal people have preferred
to take refuge in neighbouring Afghanistan instead of shifting
to settled areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. According to reports,
many families have migrated to Khost and Paktika provinces of
Afghanistan from different areas of the volatile tribal region.
Eid Mohammad Khan, a local tribesman, said that many foreigners
also moved to Afghanistan from Waziristan before the launch of
At least six militants were killed
and seven others sustained injuries in a fierce clash between
rival factions of TTP at Taunda Darra in Shawal tehsil of NWA
in FATA. The Hakimullah faction is led by Shehryar Mehsud while
the Wali-ur-Rahman Group is under Khan Said alias Sajna.
Four persons including Levies
Force official were killed in a sectarian attack as militants
attacked a convoy of Sipah Tribe, a predominant Shia clan returning
from a funeral in Lal Pura area of Orakzai Agency in FATA. Tehsildar
Lower Orakzai Agency, Sher Bahadar Khan said that a terrorist
has also been gunned down while at least five others managed to
escape the site.
Three security officials were
killed while two others were injured in an IED explosion in Seen
Tanga Towda Chena area of Frontier Region Bannu in the morning.
The security officials were patrolling in the area when an IED
device planted by unknown militants went off at around 10:30am.
The deceased security officials were identified as Nasir Ali,
Jaffar and Frontier Crops official Muzafar while the injured include
Captain Obaid and Sepoy Safarash.
Three soldiers were killed and
another two wounded in a roadside IED blast near Miranshah in
North Waziristan Agency. The incident took place when a patrolling
team was inspecting the Bannu-Miranshah road to build a military
check post when they stepped on an IED.
The TTP North Waziristan chapter
led by Hafiz Gul Bahadar formally revoked the peace accord with
the Government, a pamphlet distributed by the group in the area
said. The faction, as the pamphlet sent to media by Bahadur's
'spokesman' Ahmadullah Ahmadi said, is now preparing to fight
against what it said was the Security Forces' planned operation,
giving locals time until June 10, 2014 to leave the area and move
At least 16 militants were killed
as SFs backed by gunship helicopters thwarted a cross border militant
attack on a checkpost situated on Nao Top in Bajaur Agency. During
the gun battle and airstrikes, one soldier was killed and two
were critically injured.
The attack came a day after the
Shura Mujahideen Waziristan group, led by Hafiz Gul Bahadur, in
North Waziristan Agency asked local residents to move to safe
locations close to the Afghan border to avoid being caught in
crossfire in the event of a military operation in the area. A
pamphlet issued by the group alleged that the Government had practically
revoked an agreement with them without making any announcement
to the effect, by attacking 'innocent people' and destroying property.
Two soldiers were injured in a
roadside blast in Dawezai area in Pandyali tehsil of Mohmand Agency
in FATA. The sources said the SFs were carrying out a search operation
in Shish Mahal Mamazi in Dawezai when landmines planted on the
roadside went off. As a result, two soldiers Shoaib Khan and Mustafa
Eight persons were killed and
seven others, including a woman and two children sustained injuries,
in a roadside bomb explosion in Khumasa area in Kurram Agency
of FATA. Assistant Political Agent Maqsoodul Hassan said that
a van carrying passengers was heading to Parachinar from central
parts of Kurram Agency when it hit an IED in Khumasa area. The
dead included Janan, Taj Muhammad, Sanaullah, Said Imran, Abid
Rehman, Abdul Qayyum, Said Anwar and Ibrahim.
Four soldiers were killed and
four others sustained injuries when Afghanistan-based militants
carried out suicide attack targeting SFs' check posts on Manro
Zangal and Makha Top in the Mamond tehsil of Bajaur Agency in
FATA. The sources said the militants attacked the check posts
in Manro Zangal and Makha Top with heavy weaponry at 4am. "Two
soldiers were killed and three others sustained injuries in the
attack in Manro Zangal while two soldiers were killed and another
sustained injuries in an attack on a checkpost in Makha Top,"
an official said. Official sources claimed several militants were
killed in the retaliatory fire by the soldiers manning the check
posts. The TTP has claimed responsibility for the suicide attack.
A senior 'commander' of TTP, Ashiqullah
Mehsud along with two other militants, was killed in the armed
clash of two groups of TTP in Mir Ali area of North Waziristan
Agency in FATA. The sources said that Ashiqullah was sitting with
some members of the TTP when he was assaulted by the unidentified
assailants who escaped in a car after firing. Mehsud was considered
the master trainer of suicide bombing after Qari Hussain Mehsud
who was the top expert and the inventor of suicide blasts.
Fresh clashes between the TTP
and a breakaway faction killed at least seven militants in the
Wacha Mela area of North Waziristan Agency in FATA. "The fresh
clashes left seven militants dead, five of them belonging to Hakimullah
group," a local intelligence official said.
A landmine explosion in the Nawagai
area of Bajaur Agency left one security official dead and two
others injured on the morning. The explosion occurred near the
vehicle of the security officials, which was reportedly the target
of the attack.
Two soldiers were killed in separate
bomb blasts in Bara Kamangara area and also near a Pakistani post
on Pak-Afghan border respectively in Bajaur Agency of FATA.
A pro-government peace committee
member, Malik Inayat Khan was killed in a roadside blast in Ambar
tehsil of Mohmand Agency in FATA. Sources said Malik Inayat Khan,
was on way to the bazaar in Ambar tehsil when his bike was targeted
with an IED. While he was killed, another person sustained injuries
in the explosion. The TTP, Mohmand chapter, claimed responsibility
for the blast.
| June 9
At least three Paramilitary soldiers
and a child were killed and many others injured in a suicide attack
near Boya checkpost on Datta Khel road in NWA. ISPR confirmed
that at least four people including three soldiers and a child
were killed in the vehicle bound suicide attack on the security
checkpost. A statement issued to the media further said that at
least 12 people including two women have also been injured in
Hafiz Gul Bahadur group of TTP
in NWA extended cease-fire till June 20, 2014. Following massive
airstrikes by Pakistani jet fighters that killed at least 60 militants
in NWA in May, TTP commanders met to reconsider a non-aggression
treaty with the Government. The TTP group later warned the tribesmen
to flee the area by June 10 and also warned to take up arms against
the Pakistani SFs. The statement came days after tribal elders
from NWA were asked by Governor of KP, Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan
Abbasi and Corps Commander Peshawar Lieutenant General Khalid
Rabbani to oust foreign militants from their area.
Earlier, NWA tribal elders on
June 6 agreed to help the Government evict foreign fighters from
their agency within 15 days. The agreement is being hailed as
a triumph for KP authorities, with officials expressing their
determination to crush terrorism with the local tribes' help.
"We will stand by the tribes to restore the writ of the state
and rehabilitate ... the agency as we did in Swat and the rest
of FATA," Lieutenant General Khalid Rabbani said at the June
6 meeting. A 59-member tribal delegation, led by Atmanzai Wazir,
assured KP Governor of the tribal elders' commitment to restore
peace in the agency.
| June 10
25 militants were killed and another
15 wounded in air strikes by fighter aircraft in Tirah Valley
of Khyber Agency in FATA.
The Governor of KP Sardar Mehtab
Ahmed Khan Abbasi announced a PKR 3.5 billion uplift package for
the Tirah Valley, which had remained out of the administrative
writ of the Government since the establishment of Pakistan. The
Governor visited the valley which had been a safe haven for militant
outfits. The Governor said it is time for action, adding that
no one should be allowed to challenge the writ of the Government
and vowed to end terrorism with the support of tribesmen.
TTP Shura asked foreign militants
and supporters of the TTP to either live peacefully or leave North
Waziristan Agency. The Shura, headed by 'commander' Hafiz Gul
Bahadur, which met at an unspecified location, gave the ultimatum
in view of a 15-day deadline recently given by the Government
to elders of Uthmanzai tribe to flush miscreants, including foreigners,
out of the area or face action. The Shura had held a meeting with
a tribal jirga led by Haji Sher Mohammad on June 9.
| June 11
Six suspected militants were killed
in the US drone attack in the area considered a stronghold for
the al Qaeda-linked Haqqani network in Dargah Mandi village in
NWA. “Four of them were Uzbeks and two were Punjabi Taliban,”
said an intelligence official in Miranshah. Officials said militants
had parked their pick-up truck against the outer wall of the compound.
“Both compound and truck were completely destroyed. Local informers
told us that both are still on fire,” he added.
A pro-Government tribal elder
and chief of peace committee, Malak Juma Gul and his son were
killed and two others wounded when suspected militants opened
fire on them when they were offering prayers in a mosque in Kitkoot
area of Mamond tehsil in the Bajaur Agency in the evening. Political
administration officials confirmed the incident and said that
Gul and his son were killed on the spot while two other worshipers
Shakirullah and Samiullah were injured.
A little known al Qaeda Taliban
Tanzeem claimed killing 25 NATO soldiers in Afghanistan. Talking
to reporters by phone from an undisclosed location, Yousaf Raza
Mujahid, 'chief' of the al Qaeda-Taliban Tanzeem, Mohmand and
Bajaur chapter, said that his group had killed 25 NATO soldiers
to avenge the killing of 11 militants in a prison in Afghanistan.
They were killed in the border area in Afghanistan adjacent to
Bajaur Agency. He warned Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistan
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to stop actions against the Taliban
or else revenge attacks would launched against them.
The Khyber Agency-based, LI, asked
owners and principals of private schools in Bara to make Quran
recitation compulsory for students and adopt uniform education
system. On the call of LI 'commander' Qandahar Zakhakhel, around
300 teachers, principals and owners of the private schools gathered
in Mandi Kas area of Bara, the sources added. Addressing the gathering,
Zakhakhel said the LI had received complaints of overcharging
by private schools. He also asked the management of private schools
to adopt uniform system of education and reduce their fees. He
said reciting the holy Quran should be atop the schools’ curricula.
| June 12
A US drone fired eight missiles
in Dandy Darpakhel area of NWA that killed at least 10 militants
while four others were wounded. According to locals, at least
four different compounds and a pick-up truck were targeted in
the second drone attack.
Over 6,000 people from Ahmedzai
Wazir and other clans have taken refuge in Khost province of Afghanistan’s
in the aftermath of the recent targeted military action, suggesting
the NWA tribesmen consider the neighbouring country safer than
their own. “Keeping in view the long stay and plight of thousands
of IDPs of FATA in and off relief camps, I have made my mind to
take my family to Afghanistan instead of keeping them in grimy
tents in the adjacent Bannu District,” said a tribal elder from
Miranshah. Several families have already crossed over to Afghanistan
due to uncertainty. Afghan official says 6,642 reach Khost from
NWA, ready to welcome more IDPs from other tribal agencies, including
South Waziristan, Orakzai, Kurram and Khyber, have been living
in awful conditions in and off camps for seven years. Over 160,000
displaced families from FATA have been registered in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The TTP North Waziristan chapter
chief Hafiz Gul Bahadur has already asked the local residents
to move to areas close to Afghan border instead of proceeding
to relief camps in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. When contacted, an official
of the Afghan Government confirmed the arrival of 6,642 people,
including 1,492 children from North Waziristan Agency in Khost
province, where, he said, basic facilities have been provided
The chief of JeI-F, Maulana Fazlur
Rehman, said that the decision to launch a full-fledged operation
in NWA had been taken and feared that action would start soon.
He expressed dismay that all his efforts for bringing peace in
the country had gone down the drain. He said that he had been
extremely disappointed with the situation in the country.
Two top Government officials told
Reuters that the two drone strikes on June 11-12 in North Waziristan
Agency of FATA were carried out as a coordinated “joint Pakistan-US
operation”. A Reuters report said: “Two top government officials
said Pakistan had given the Americans ‘express approval’ for the
latest strikes — the first time Pakistan has admitted to such
cooperation.” “Baseless” was the one word comment when a correspondent
for The News contacted the Foreign Office after Reuters released
this report. “The attacks were launched with the express approval
of the Pakistan Government and Army,” said a top Government official,
requesting not to be named as he was not authorised to discuss
the issue with the media.
The FO spokesperson Tasnim Aslam
did not confirm the pre-dawn strikes in North Waziristan as drone
attacks, but said that Pakistan’s position on drones is clear.
During a briefing of the Foreign Office, she said that the facts
surrounding the attack are being determined. “The nature of the
attacks is being ascertained,” she said, without clarifying whether
the strike was carried out by a US drone or Pakistani military
machinery. “Pakistan’s position on drone attacks is clear.”
| June 13
At least one Policeman was killed
and two FC men were injured when an explosion occurred in Salarzai
area of Bajaur Agency in FATA. The explosive material was planted
along a roadside which blew up resulting in casualties.
One peace committee member, identified
as Rafiq Khan Orakzai was killed in an explosion apparently due
to a remote controlled blast in Bara Qamberabad area of Khyber
SFs and militants clashed in Bakarabad
area of the Khyber Agency during a search operation. No further
report was available.
Curfew has been imposed on main
Pak-Afghan Highway from Jamrud to Torkham apparently due to a
cleanup operation launched by SFs. The military sources said that
SFs were carrying out sanitization of the area along Jamrud -
Torkham Road in Khyber Agency that was why curfew has been imposed
and it would remain closed until 5 pm.
The Washington has launched renewed
efforts to pressurize Pakistan for a military operation in NWA
and now much depends on the Pakistani civilian and military top
leadership to respond to the demand, which would have an extremely
seriously fallout for Pakistan. The recent move by US Congress
to link military assistance to Pakistan in the next fiscal year
with military operations in North Waziristan is seen as a frustrated
effort by Washington to do what Pakistan has been successfully
resisting for the last several years. Although, neither the Government
nor the military has as yet shown any reaction on this move from
the US, the PTI chief Imran Khan has strongly condemned this and
called it a US effort to bribe Pakistan to launch military operation
Reiterating his party’s stance
on peace talks with militants, PTI Chief Imran Khan said that
an offensive in North Waziristan would unite militant forces against
the Pakistani state. "Conducting such a military operation
when most of the groups in NWA want talks is suicidal," Imran
said in a statement, adding that most groups in North Waziristan
desire peace talks with the Government.
The elders of the Uthmanzai Wazir
tribe and a militants’ council plan to meet at Miranshah in NWA
on June 14 to discuss a 15-day deadline given by the Government
to local tribes for flushing out militants from the area. According
to sources, a jirga led by Haji Sher Mohammad and TTP NWA chapter
'chief' Hafiz Gul Bahadur will meet at an undisclosed place to
discuss the situation amidst an exodus of non-combatants from
the area during the past couple of days. The Government had given
the 15-day deadline to a jirga which visited Peshawar on June
6 and met the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor and Peshawar Corps Commander.
Foreign militants are quietly
slipping away from NWA ahead of military operation. The exodus
began in late May after Pakistani air strikes, AFP reported locals
as saying, but it has been hastened by the recent Karachi airport
attack. As pressure builds for a fuller response to the airport
assault, residents and officials in NWA's main town of Miranshah
said the majority of foreign and local fighters had already left.
"Most of them have gone deep into the mountains toward the
Afghan border," a senior security official told AFP.
| June 14
Three mortar shells were fired
from Afghanistan which fell in Lowai Shalman area of the Landikotal
tehsil of the Khyber Agency near the Pak-Afghan border. No casualty
has been reported in the incident.
| June 15
At least 105 militants were killed
in NWA of FATA as Pakistan Army lunched aerial as well as ground
offensive during the operation Zarb-e-Azb (sharp and cutting).
The Pakistan Army on June 15 launched
a comprehensive operation against foreign and local terrorists
who were hiding in sanctuaries in NWA. “The operation had been
named Zarb-e-Azb,” said an ISPR) statement. “Using North Waziristan
as a base, these terrorists had waged a war against the state
of Pakistan and had been disrupting our national life in all its
dimensions, stunting our economic growth and causing enormous
loss of life and property… They had also paralysed life within
the agency and had perpetually terrorized the entire peace loving
and patriotic local population,” the ISPR statement quoted DG
ISPR Major General Asim Bajwa as saying.
The commencement of the military
operation was welcomed by most major political parties and PM
Nawaz Sharif is expected to take Parliament into confidence over
the operation on June 16. According to sources in the PM Office,
Sharif will be attending Monday’s session at the National Assembly,
where he is expected to make a policy statement over Operation
The TTP said they will give a
tough reply to the operation. In a statement, the TTP ‘spokesman’
Shahidullah Shahid said they were keeping an account of the ‘dozens
of innocent people’ killed in Sunday’s (June 15) military strikes.
Shahid said they had not closed the doors of dialogue with the
Government and were still ready for meaningful talks. However,
he insisted that the Government should adopt a serious approach
to revive the process.
Fresh clashes between rival factions
of TTP left seven dead in the Shawal tehsil of NWA in FATA. Two
persons were also injured in the militant infighting. Officials
and tribals confirmed that the clashes erupted between Shehryar
Mehsud and Khan Said alias Sajna. Over the last two months, the
infighting within TTP factions has left over 100 dead and many
The brother of a militant ‘commander’,
who was kidnapped a few days ago, was found dead near a petrol
pump in the Akakhel area of Khyber Agency. The sources said that
Khyal Mohammad, who was the brother of ‘commander’ of TI, had
been reportedly kidnapped by another militant group a few days
back. His throat-slit body was found with a note, saying those
who didn’t back Kandahar, a local ‘commander’ of the LI, would
meet the same fate.
The volunteers of Lashkar and
Security Forces launched a search operation in Nakhtar, Lagharai,
Katkot, Ghakhi, Khorchai, Tarkho, Gawati and other border villages
in Mamond tehsil of Bajaur Agency.
At least 140 militants were killed
in NWA of FATA as Pakistan Army lunched aerial as well as ground
offensive during the Operation Zarb-e-Azb (sharp and cutting).
27 militants were killed in fresh
bombings by jet fighters that targeted militant hideouts in Shawal
area of NWA in FATA. At least six militant hideouts were destroyed
in the attack.
Six soldiers were killed while
3 others were injured due to IED explosion between Afghan border
and Ghulam khan in NWA.
Seven militants were killed in
exchange of fire when trying to flee from cordoned off area in
NWA. Two soldiers were also killed.
Three militants were killed by
SFs while the militants were laying IEDs in the area close to
Miranshah. One soldier was also sustained injuries.
PM Nawaz Sharif, during a speech
delivered in the National Assembly justified Government's decision
to initiate a full-scale operation in NWA and said that Operation
Zarb-e-Azb would continue until terrorism is eliminated
from the country.
The COAS, General Raheel Sharif
reiterated that all terrorists along with their sanctuaries will
be eliminated without any discrimination. "The operation is not
targeted against our valiant tribes of NWA but against those terrorists
who are holed up in the agency and have picked up arms against
the state of Pakistan," the Army Chief said during his visit to
the Corps Headquarters in Peshawar of KP.
Opposition legislators in the
Upper House of Parliament on June 16 extended full support to
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the military operation in NWA.
But they asked for special arrangements for the IDPs of the areas
concerned. "The opposition supports the military operation launched
in NWA and stands fully behind the government," opposition leader
Aitzaz Ahsan told the House after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's
address to the Senate over the start of a full-fledged military
operation in NWA. The entire House supported the military operation.
At least 25 foreign and local
terrorists were killed in aerial strikes in Hasokhel area of NWA
in FATA. Six militants' hideouts including a training camp and
an IED factory were destroyed. An ISPR statement said the operation
is progressing as per plan. The cordon around all terrorists'
hideouts including in the town of Mir Ali and Miranshah has been
further tightened and reinforced.
15 militants were killed in Zartatangi
mountain heights in the east of Miranshah by Army gunship. It
was one of the main communication centers of terrorists.
Eight Uzbek militants were killed
around Miranshah while planting IEDs on the road Miranshah-Mir
Cordoned off in areas housing
terrorists in NWA continues. Continuous terrorists attempt to
flee from area have been foiled.
Six militants were killed in a
US drone strike in the early hours in Dargah Mandi village of
Miranshah tehsil in NWA. Intelligence sources said six missiles
fired by a drone hit a compound and a vehicle in Dargah Mandi
village. The identities of those killed in the strikes have not
yet been ascertained.
The SFs took control of border
areas of Mamond tehsil in Bajaur Agency hoisting Pakistani flag
in the areas after almost a decade. Official sources said that
the SFs have set up posts in the border areas while locals have
also expressed their support for the Army.
The KP CM Pervez Khattak said
the province had received 70,000 people displaced by the military
operation in North Waziristan Agency. He said his Government had
released PKR 350 million, the Federal Government PKR 500 million
and the FATA Disaster Management Authority PKR 100 million for
handling the crisis of displacement. Khattak also said the Government
had pitched 1,000 tents in FR Bannu and provided electricity,
water and other facilities. He said intelligence agencies warned
that keeping IDPs in schools would not be safe that led the Government
to set up tent camps, but he hastened to say that his administration
was ready to open schools for displaced people if the need was
The Balochistan Government deployed
more Frontier Corps troops in the area connecting the province
with South Waziristan to check the influx of people fleeing North
Waziristan where the military has launched an operation against
militants. A meeting held at Quetta, provincial capital of Balochistan
and presided over by CM Malik Baloch discussed the possibility
of terrorist attacks in the province and measures to cope with
the threat. It revised a security plan for the provincial capital
and other towns in the province.
At least 12 militants, including
foreigners, were killed when the Army's Cobra gunship helicopters
pounded three militant hideouts in Qutub Khel area on the outskirts
of Miranshah, administrative headquarters NWA. It was an integrated
action by cobra gunships, artillery and snipers. While the Operation
Zarb-e-Azb progresses as per plan, militants inside cordoned area
are making desperate attempts to flee from area. 6 attempts were
foiled last night. Three locals who did not have any identity
proof were apprehended while trying to flee from the cordon.
Around 164,000 IDPs who fled from
the conflict zone of NWA reached Bannu in KP. While a top Government
official confirmed the arrival of 164,000 refugees in Bannu, political
sources in FATA said that several thousand residents of NWA have
opted to leave for Afghanistan's province of Khost in search of
shelter. According to eye witnesses, refugees arriving in Bannu
are greeted by a plethora of problems ranging from lack of transport
to shortage of food and medicine and rude attitude of law enforcing
agencies. "Several thousand vehicles carrying displaced people
could be seen crawling from Mir Ali to Bannu. The journey which
normally takes one and half hour is taking 12 to 15 hours today
owing to crowded roads and increased number of check-posts," said
Liaqat Ali, a local resident of Bannu.
232 militants and eight SFs personnel
were killed since the start of Operation Zarb-e-Azb. SFs have
destroyed 20 militant hideouts, including two major terrorist
communication centres and a bomb-making factory. The number of
civilians fleeing an expected ground offensive passed 200,000.
Nearly 150,000 people have left NWA on the Afghan border this
week after the military launched a long-awaited assault against
At least 20 militants were killed
in targeted strikes by jet aircrafts in Hassu Khel in NWA. Three
militant hideouts were destroyed in the attacks.
10 militants were killed and six
others injured in air strikes in Malikdinkhel area of Bara tehsil
in Khyber Agency in the early morning. Official sources said that
the militants had occupied a Government school in Malikdinkhel
area which was targeted by the gunship helicopters in an attempt
to destroy it.
10 militants and two soldiers
were killed during an exchange of fire while militants were trying
to flee cordoned off area in Spinwam of NWA in the night.
Over 100 ulema from various schools
of thought declared Operation Arab-e-Azb, the ongoing military
operation against terrorists and militants in NWA, as Jihad. The
meeting of ulema, which was organised by the Sunni Ulema Board,
in its decree referring to the verse No 33 of Surah-e-Almaidah
of the holy Quran, which says: "Crushing of the attempts to disrupt
peaceful atmosphere in a Muslim state is jihad." The decree said
the nation was bound to support the ongoing operation in North
Waziristan Agency and the people opposing the operation were rebels
as per Islamic Shariah. It added that the state had the right
to deal rebels with iron hands as the militants had murdered hundreds
of innocent people and targeted various schools, shrines, hospitals,
and innocent people. Islam, it said, did not allow individual
A total of 31,264 families, or
394,319 individuals, have been registered at the Registration
Point of PDMA at Saidgai checkpost in Bannu District of KP. The
IDPs have also brought along with them a large number of livestock.
According to chief secretary of the Control Room at the PDMA the
number of displaced persons of North Waziristan Agency has reached
31,264 families or 394,319 individuals. Furthermore, in Bannu
District, a relief camp has been established which would work
under the PDMA and will support the district administration in
the relief activities. The Provincial Government has released
PKR 349 million to PDMA for establishment of camps in Bannu city,
however, in the wake of the ongoing military operation, a decision
was taken by the Federal Government to establish camps inside
frontier regions which fall within the jurisdiction of FATA administration.
The PTI chairman Imran Khan said
the military should temporarily halt bombardments in areas of
North Waziristan Agency where the civilian population has not
been evacuated. "The operation should not be conducted in villagers
where women and children are present as they are currently stranded,"
Imran said. He also said that according to information available
with the party, militancy will spread to areas bordering Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa in the wake of the operation and that the police and
security should be beefed up. He urged the Federal Government
to meet with the Provincial Government and chalk out a plan to
facilitate the influx of IDPs as well as growing security concerns.
At least 15 militants were killed
in the air strikes on eight hideouts in Mir Ali area of NWA in
FATA in the early hours. The ISPR statement said tunnels were
spotted in the area that came under attack by the aircraft. However,
it didn't mention the name of the village or the area in Mir Ali.
The Government so far registered
435,429 IDPs affected due to the ongoing operation in NWA with
the help of the NADRA. According to the latest official data available
on June 23, the Government registered 35,381 families including
114,596 males, 137,301 females and 183,532 children. Consistent
to the earlier instructions, Government assigned the task to the
SAFRON to make necessary rehabilitation arrangement of IDPs. However,
this time the government decided to engage the NDMA too in the
process which is in line with the mandate of the organisation.
Upon instructions the NDMA now engaged with the Ministry of SAFRON,
Federally Administrative Tribal Areas Disaster Management Authority,
Provincial Disaster Management Authority of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,
Pakistan Army, Civil Administration and other partners to coordinate
and implement the plan for efficient management of all IDPs' issues.
At least 47 militants were killed
and about 23 hideouts were destroyed in the ongoing operation
by SFs in Khyber Agency and NWA of FATA. Military sources said
the hideouts of TTP militants were targeted in the aerial strikes
in NWA as part of Zarb-e-Azb operation, whereas the hideouts of
LI militants were separately targeted in Khyber Agency. The terrorists'
death toll in the ongoing military action so far is said to have
Three persons, including two soldiers
and one civilian were killed in a suicide bombing in NWA.
On June 24, the Government sent
a letter requesting the humanitarian community to extend humanitarian
assistance to the newly displaced IDPs from NWA, in addition to
the already displaced 930,000 people. According to the OCHA update,
the Federal Government has announced USD five million, the KP
Government USD 3.5 million and the Punjab Government USD five
million for IDPs support. The donors have committed USD 14.5 million
in support of the over 455,000 people displaced from NWA as of
The fighter aircraft PAF continued
pounding hideouts of alleged militants in the Mir Ali subdivision
of NWA in FATA, killing 13 militants. The aircraft had struck
five sanctuaries of militants in Mir Ali, where the militants
were still hiding, despite the fact that local residents had already
vacated their houses and villages.
12 militants surrendered to the
SFs in NWA. The identities of the surrendered militants are yet
to be disclosed by SFs.
At least five militants were killed
and six hideouts were destroyed as the Pakistan Army continued
its assault in the ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Azb in NWA of FATA.
Four militants and three khasadar
officials were killed in a clash between SFs and militants in
the Sur Qamar area of Jamrud tehsil in Khyber Agency.
President Mamnoon Hussain said
the Government and Armed Forces are fully determined for the complete
elimination of terrorism from the country and the whole nation
stands united to support the action against terrorist elements.
"Despite enormity of challenges, the nation and Armed forces have
stood together and made invaluable sacrifices for the country,"
the President said.
Terming the Operation Zarb-e-Azb
as war for the survival of Pakistan, the Pakistan Army on June
26 pledged to tackle all terrorists, including the Haqqani Network.
DG of ISPR Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa said 327 hardcore terrorists
had been killed while 45 hideouts of terrorists were destroyed
in the North Waziristan Agency during the ongoing operation launched
on June 15. He said 19 terrorists surrendered before the security
personnel. He also said 10 soldiers laid down their lives while
seven were injured in the line of duty.
The UNHCR Bo Schack said that
thousands of displaced Pakistanis arrived in Afghanistan from
NWA needing urgent humanitarian assistance. The military operation
has forced about 65,000 individuals from 9,200 families to seek
refuge in Khost Province, living there with their relatives and
friends, while a number of others are inhabiting makeshift camps
in Gurboz District, Bo Schack said, adding that more than 2,000
families travelled to Paktika Province.
11 militants were killed when
PAF Jet aircrafts targeted six confirmed militants' hideouts on
the outskirts of Mir Ali in NWA of FATA in the evening.
TTP 'commander' of Miranshah,
Commander Umer was killed by Security Forces on the outskirts
of Miranshah in the night.
One prominent al Qaeda 'commander'
has been arrested while trying to flee from surrounded area in
NWA. Initial interrogation shows him as an explosive, IED, suicide
Three militants were arrested
by SFs while they were trying to escape from war hit zone of FATA
to Punjab by crossing Indus River near Mianwali. All crossing
places along the River are currently manned to seal any escape
for the militants.
Pledging full support to the IDPs
from NWA, PM Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said that new houses would
be constructed on the return of the IDPs. Addressing the IDPs
in the Bakkakhel area in Frontier Region Bannu, he said, "If required,
billions would be spent for the rehabilitation of the NWA's displaced
Seven militants were killed when
militant's concentrations were targeted by integrated fire of
Artillery, Tanks and Heavy weapons outside Miranshah in North
Waziristan Agency in the early morning.
A Government Primary School for
girls was blown up in Ekka Ghund Tehsil of Mohmand Agency. However,
no causality was reported.
Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad
Asif said that the operation in North Waziristan will be continued
till complete elimination of terrorists.
The ISPR statement said that 15
militants were killed in exchange of fire with the troops during
house-to-house search operation in Miranshah, the headquarters
of NWA, of FATA. The Army's infantry troops and SSG conducted
door-to-door searches in Miranshah town to ensure that the civilian
population had evacuated the area. Troops have recovered underground
tunnels and IEDs making factories inside the so far cleared area.
Three soldiers got injured in exchange of fire.
Artillery, tanks and other heavy
weapons were used in the action against militants. Since start
of Operation Zarb-e-Azb on 15 June, 376 militants have been killed
while 19 have surrendered to the SFs. 61 militant Hideouts have
been destroyed in the operation during last 15 days. 17 Soldiers
have died in the ongoing Operation.
Two security officers were killed
and another injured when unidentified militants ambushed a security
convoy near Ippi village in Mir Ali tehsil of NWA in FATA. The
security convoy was travelling from a Khajuri check-post to Miranshah.
The attackers managed to escape.
Army unearthed landmines manufacturing
factory in Miranshah during ground operation. At least 225 cylinders
filled with explosive material weighing from 80 to 100 kilogram
have also been seized from the factory. One hundred and fifty
incomplete cylinders meant for manufacturing landmines, 10 anti-tank
landmines, 700 pipes filled with explosive material, and equipment
for physical training and welding were also seized.
Defence Minister Khawaja Asif
said that several TTP ‘commanders’ were entrapped in the NWA.
“They are locked in the security forces trap and they don’t know
where to go,” the Minister said, adding that the security commanders
were regularly updating Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Operation
Zarb-e-Azb’s progress. “There would be a remarkable improvement
in the security environment once the terrorists are wiped out
from the NWA. They (TTP) have to pay for what they have done to
the people of Pakistan.”
The monthly security report of
the Conflict Monitoring Centre (CMC) said that militants’ activities
have drastically decreased after the launch of Operation Zarb-e-Azb,
not only in FATA/KP but also in Balochistan. According to the
CMC statistics, SFs conducted 127 actions across Pakistan (including
those conducted under the NWA operation) in which 517 suspected
militants were killed, 25 others injured and 1,167 suspects arrested.
Severity of the security forces’ actions can be gauged from the
fact that the number of deaths has witnessed an almost 189pc increase
as compared to the previous month. Over 251 pc increase in the
number of arrests clearly suggests that security forces have also
tightened the noose around the neck of the militants in various
parts of the country and arrested many of their operatives as
well as supporters while making an effective use of intelligence.
Assigning political ownership
to the ongoing military Operation ‘Zarb-e-Azb’ in the NWA to weed
out terrorists from the soil of Pakistan, Prime Minister Nawaz
Sharif stated that Pakistan will enforce its writ in the tribal
areas. He stated afterwards that the decision pertaining to the
Operation ‘Zarb-e-Azb’ was taken after careful deliberations and
weighing all options. He further said that all the foreign fighters
and local terrorists would be wiped out without any exception
and no sanctuary would be spared by the Armed Forces.
Prime Minister Nawaz is personally
committed to the operation. He vowed that “as the full-fledged
offensive has now started, victory and ultimate success is the
only option now.” “We have planned for the extensive development
of tribal areas after the successful operation,” assured the Prime
10 militants were killed when
military helicopters pounded militant’s compounds as part of the
Operation Zarb-e-Azb in the Khar Warsak area, 12 kilometers north
of Miranshah, the main town in NWA of FATA. Nearly 500,000 people
have fled the offensive in NWA, which is aimed at wiping out longstanding
militant strongholds in the area, which borders Afghanistan.
Army claims that three more IED
making factories with large quantity of explosives, anti-tank
mines, a suicide bomber training center, a media facility and
a rocket cache were recovered from the cleared area in NWA during
the military offensive. A spokesman for the ISPR said that Operation
was progressing successfully as planned as six IEDs attached with
four computers in a ready position were also recovered from a
private hotel in the area. “Forces are making swift progress in
NWA as forces are hitting and shelling militant hubs and hide
outs,” he said. Sources said sniffer dogs are also being used
in the cleared areas to find hidden explosives.
Former DG ISPR Major General (retired)
Athar Abbas demanded that the military should give access to the
media to such areas which have been ‘cleared’ by the troops, reports
Defence Minister, Khawaja Muhammad
Asif said that terrorists will be chased and eliminated in all
parts of the country. Khawaja Asif said civilian and military
leaders were on the same page regarding the ongoing operation
in the NWA. “The operation will continue till the elimination
of last terrorist. The Parliament, Government and the military
are on the same page,” said the Minister.
Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhry
Nisar Ali Khan said that the military operation in NWA should
not be made controversial. The Minister said the Army was fighting
the war against terrorism to secure the future of Pakistan and
unnecessary comments on the decision of the military leadership
could create confusion and make the situation tense.
Six bullet-riddled dead bodies
were recovered from the Hurmaz village in Mir Ali area of NWA
in FATA. Official sources said unidentified assailants had shot
dead six persons and placed their bodies on a road in the Hurmaz
Unidentified militants fired six
rockets at the camp of the Security Forces in Mir Ali on the night.
The rockets were reportedly fired from somewhere in Spalga but
didn’t cause any loss.
About 40 percent area of Miranshah,
the main town of the NWA in FATA, has been cleared from terrorists
during the ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Azb. A military official told
that 40 percent area had been cleared in Miranshah. However, he
did not give any deadline for the completion of the ground operation
in the area. The Army is facing some firing incidents, rocket
attacks and explosives, but so far it has not faced any major
resistance during the operation.
At least five suspected militants
were killed and five militant hideouts were destroyed as jet fighters
pounded parts of the NWA in FATA. Most of the militants killed
in the strikes were reportedly Uzbeks.
Hundreds of TTP militants rushed
to disguise themselves, cut hair and beards to escape operation
in NWA of FATA. Azam Khan was one of the top barbers in Miranshah
town said his business boomed in the month leading up to the Army
assault as the militants sought to shed their distinctive long-haired,
bearded look. “I have trimmed the hair and beards of more than
700 local and Uzbek militants ahead of the security forces’ operation,”
he said while.
Even Uzbeks and Tajiks with little
knowledge of the local language came to him asking him to shave
their beards to nothing so they could go to Islamabad. “Knowing
little Pashto, they used to utter four words: ‘mulgari (friend),
machine, zero, Islamabad’,” added Azam Khan.
During the three weeks of Operation
'Zarb-e-Azb' by SFs in the NWA, 400 terrorists were killed, while
20 soldiers of Pakistan Army were also killed, Defence Minister
Khwaja Asif. In an interview to The Wall Street Journal, Defence
Minister Khwaja Asif said that he could not give a time-frame
for ending the operation. He added that they would not rest till
the elimination of every terrorist from the country. Khwaja Asif
added that they would try to complete the operation as soon as
possible. He made it clear that the operation in the NWA would
continue till the elimination of terrorism, militancy and insurgency.
He further said that the government would take central political
organisations into confidence for eradication of terrorism and
timely rehabilitation and return of the IDPs. He stressed the
media to play a key role in this regard.
Khwaja Asif said that "We will
eliminate all sorts of terrorists from our area without any exception.
If there are exceptions made, then the purpose of this operation
will be defeated. It has to be without making any differentiation
between our Taliban and their Taliban, or good Taliban and bad
Taliban." About the past Afghan and US allegations, Khawaja Asif
insisted that Pakistan had changed its policy. "They are all bad
Taliban. There are no more good Taliban. "If we have to get rid
of these people, we have to get rid of them in totality, because
this is something plaguing this area for three decades. Both sides
of the Durand line, Pakistan and Afghanistan, we are in dire trouble,"
Army Chief General Raheel Sharif
said terrorists will be chased till their total elimination. He
told the troops in North Waziristan to "eliminate all local and
foreign terrorists and their sanctuaries" in the tribal region.
Sharif visited the troops on the frontlines for the first time
since the launch of a major offensive against the terrorist groups
in North Waziristan. Talking to the troops in the middle of the
operation in Miranshah, the headquarters of NWA, General Raheel
lauded them for their courage, dedication and high state of morale
and expressed his satisfaction over the progress achieved so far
since the start of the operation. "He (General Raheel) commended
the entire chain of command for their determined efforts in planning,
preparation, mobilisation and execution of the operation," an
Army statement said. "Alluding to the end objective, the chief
of the army staff affirmed that terrorists will be chased and
hunted down across the country till their final elimination."
At least 13 militants were killed
when the Air Force fighter jets pounded seven suspected hideouts
of militants in the Degan village of North Waziristan Agency in
FATA. The ISPR issued a brief statement to the media about the
latest air strikes in the Degan village, which had been attacked
earlier as well. The press release didn't provide further details
about the air strikes and the identity of the slain militants.
Degan is located in the Dattakhel tehsil, near the Afghan border,
and is considered a stronghold of the North Waziristan based Hafiz
Gul Bahadur group.
The Government has so far registered
around 751,986 IDPs moved out from North Waziristan Agency due
to the ongoing operation against terrorists. Final figures would
be available after the verification from NADRA to cut any duplication
depriving the deserving IDPs of their plight. Besides Bannu District,
Internally Displaced Persons from NWA have moved to Dera Ismail
Khan District, Lakki Marwat District, Karak District, Hangu District
while seven percent moved to areas all over the country.
NADRA had established four registration
points including Sports Complex Bannu, Government College Mamash
Khel, Teacher training Institute Ghoria Wala and Durrani college.
Four mobile vans are also providing registration facilities to
IDPs. Two distribution points have also been established at Dera
Ismail Khan and Lakki Marwat. Around 82 families consisting of
575 individuals entered Kurram Agency via Khost Afghanistan from
North Waziristan Agency. Around 736 families consisting of 9,440
individual IDPs of NWA have passed District Kohat and migrate
to other districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab. Around 2791
IDPs individuals have arrived in Karak District and accommodated.
Around 772 families have reached District Hangu via Kurram Bridge
Thall out of which 402 families have migrated to other Districts
while 370 families have been accommodated in Hangu District.
At least 11 militants were killed
when Air Force jets pounded militant hideouts in the Zoi Darasaidgi
and Shawal tehsil areas of NWA in FATA. Three militant hideouts
were also destroyed in the aerial bombardment.
More than 800,000 people have
fled in the Operation Zarb-e-Azb against the TTP in NWA of FATA,
FDMA officials said. Tens of thousands of families have left the
North Waziristan tribal area for the nearby town of Bannu. Hundreds
more have moved further afield to the towns of Lakki Marwat, Karak
and Dera Ismail Khan since the attacks began in mid-June. Officials
from the FDMA said they were checking registrations for duplicates,
meaning the figure may come down. The military is using troops,
tanks and jets in NWA and has vowed to wipe out strongholds which
insurgents have used to mount countless deadly attacks in recent
years. "Some 833,274 people or 66,726 migrating families from
North Waziristan were registered in cities of Bannu and Peshawar
until Tuesday evening," Arshad Khan, FDMA Director General said.
Khan said 361,459 of the displaced were children and 248,633 women.
While Pakistan has not made a
fresh request to the UN and the rest of the international community
for the provision of assistance to the IDPs of NWA, it has requested
the world body to extend its ongoing operations in the north-west
to facilitate the IDPs. In this regard, the SAFRON has written
a letter to the OCHA, requesting the UN humanitarian agency to
extend its humanitarian assistance already being provided to the
930,000 IDPs of the previous emergencies to the NWA IDPs, it has
been learnt. Responding to the request, the UN has extended its
humanitarian operations for the NWA IDPs, with three UN agencies
WFP, WHO and UNHCR mainly engaged in the provision of humanitarian
assistance to the IDPs in Bannu, Dera Ismail Khan, Kohat and other
Six unidentified militants were
killed in a US drone missile strike in Doga Madakhel village of
Dattakhel tehsil in North Waziristan Agency of FATA. "The drone
fired four missiles and hit a mud-built house in the Doga Madakhel
village of Dattakhel tehsil. Six people, all believed to be militants,
were killed in the drone attack," a security official said.
The Director General of ISPR Major
General Asim Bajwa said that the tribesmen of North Waziristan
Agency will never allow the terrorists to return to the area.
On his Twitter account, he said the state too will never allow
the terrorists to return to North Waziristan.
Unidentified militants set ablaze
three vehicles of the Frontier Works Organisation in the Shagaye
area of Jamrud tehsil in Khyber Agency. Official sources said
the vehicles set alight were meant for a road construction project
in the agency. Sources added that two vehicles were completely
destroyed while one was partially damaged.
Army captured a top TTP ‘commander’,
Adnan Rashid, in the Wana area of South Waziristan Agency. Adnan
Rashid was living with his family in the mountainous region bordering
Afghanistan, the officials said. He was injured in a shootout
during his arrest.
||Militants attacked a security
checkpost along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in Mamond area of
Bajaur Agency in FATA in the early hours, killing three Security
Force personnel including a captain. Official sources say that militants
from across the border in Kunar province of Afghanistan attacked
the security check-post. The attack also injured two other persons.
At least 13 militants were killed
when Army jets and artillery pounded alleged militant hideouts
in Mosaki area, 25 kilometers (15 miles) east of Miranshah, the
main town of NWA in FATA. Six terrorist hideouts and a huge ammunition
cache were destroyed and at least 13 militants, most of them Uzbeks,
were killed, a security official said.
The Government is assisting IDPs
under a comprehensive plan to ensure their better look after at
the camps and their rehabilitation in NWA when Operation Zarb-e-Azb
is over. According to the official data, the Federal Government
has so far released around PKR 8 billion for the IDPs while PKR
358.236 million has already been distributed among 29,853 families.
So far, 929,859 IDPs belonging to 80,302 families have been registered.
The Federal Government also announced the donation of one-day
salary of its employees to the IDPs amounting to 200 million rupees.
An agreement has been signed between a cellular company and the
Fata Disaster Management Authority for further distribution of
cash among the IDPs in a transparent and efficient manner.
Militants distributed a pamphlet
in parts of Khyber Agency warning the Khasadar Force, security
personnel and Government officials to give up their jobs or else
they would be targeted. According to locals, the pamphlet was
distributed by Jaish-i-Khorasan outfit.
| July 14
Fighter jets struck militant hideouts
around the Mir Ali tehsil of NWA in FATA in the earlier hours
of killing five militants. Official sources said that a number
of terrorist sanctuaries were destroyed in the raids and also
stated that a huge quantity of arms and ammunition has been destroyed
in the strikes. They added that at least five bases have been
Punjab CM Mian Shahbaz Sharif
said that fight against terrorists will continue till elimination
of the last militant in the country. Addressing a tribal jirga
of North Waziristan Agency at Bannu, he said that disaster in
North Waziristan would be turned into an opportunity that would
lay foundation for economic revolution in the tribal areas.
Shahbaz Sharif said that after
Operation Zarb-e-Azb, the IDPs from NWA should not consider themselves
abandoned as the Government would utilise all available resources
to help them. He added that the Government could start health
and education programmes and create job opportunities after defeating
the terrorists across the country.
The Director General FDMA Arshad
Khan said that the authority has been actively supporting the
IDPs from the very outset. Talking to a private news channel,
he said that free transport was provided to those who were unable
to travel on foot. He said that they distributed about 400 million
rupees among some 30,000 displaced families.
Political and military authorities
have decided to launch a targeted operation in Mamond tehsil of
Bajaur Agency in FATA. The decision has been taken in view of
intelligence reports that militants are present in the area, according
to the Assistant Political Agent of Nawagai subdivision, Shah
Naseem Khan. Another official, however, said that the decision
to launch a targeted operation was prompted by July 11 killing
of three security personnel in a cross border attack claimed by
| July 15
11 militants and five soldiers
were killed and eight others were injured in two separate encounters
with the militants in the ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Azb in NWA.
In an exchange of fire with terrorists in and around the Mir Ali
area, two soldiers, including an officer Captain Akash Rabbani,
were killed and two others sustained injuries. Four terrorists
were also killed in the exchange of fire.
The military have already announced
that they had taken control of two major towns, Mir Ali and Miranshah,
and expelled the militants from these areas without facing any
A woman was killed and four other
persons injured in a hand grenade attack on a house in the Sheikh
Baba area of Safi tehsil in Mohmand Agency.
The DG of FDMA Arshad Khan has
been removed from his position for failing to provide adequate
facilities to IDPs. The DG has been removed from his post in light
of numerous complaints from IDPs regarding inadequate facilities
and poor living conditions in the camps set up for them.
| July 16
SF killed 35 militants who were
trying to escape from the remote mountainous Shawal Valley in
NWA of FATA. Security official said those killed in air strikes
by the Pakistan Air Force jet fighters included members from the
TTP, Uzbeks, Chechens and Arabs.
At least 20 suspected militants
were killed when US drone fired missiles on a compound in Saidgai
area of Dattakhel in NWA.
The CoAS General Raheel Sharif
briefed PM Nawaz Sharif on the ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Azb. Speaking
on the occasion, PM said the Government would provide all resources
for the resettlement and rehabilitation of the IDPs, according
to a statement issued by the PM House.
| July 18
At least eight paramilitary soldiers
were killed and three others were injured as militants mounted
an assault on a FC check-post at Ghundi area of Jamrud tehsil
in Khyber Agency of FATA. The sources said that four militants
were also killed when the forces returned fire while three others
| July 19
A US drone strike targeting a
TTP compound killed 11 militants in Mada Khel suburb of Dattakhel
town in NWA of FATA. "The drone fired eight missiles on the
compound around 2:00am (2100 GMT) on Saturday killing eleven members
of the Punjabi faction of the TTP," a senior security official
said. The official said the dead included two "important"
‘commanders’ of the TTP, but he refused to reveal their identities.
| July 20
28 local and foreign militants
were killed in air strikes when fighter aircraft hit hideouts
in the Shawal Valley of NWA in FATA. The fighter aircraft pounded
six separate hideouts of the militants in the forest-covered Shawal
Valley, a mountainous area that divides NWA and South Waziristan.
Unidentified assailants shot dead
two Khasadar personnel in Shahkas area in Jamrud tehsil of the
Khyber Agency. The sources said Havaldar Wahab and Khasadar Gul
Rahman were on their way in a car in Charmari Road in Shahkas
area when unidentified assailants opened fire on them, leaving
both dead on the spot.
A total of 92,702 families displaced
from NWA have been registered as the FDMA closed the registration
process on July 15, an official said. Addressing a press conference,
FDMA’s Director General Abid Majeed said the NADRA had verified
49,857 families and an amount of PKR 759 million had been distributed
among the IDPs so far while PKR 1226 million were transferred
to Askari Bank Limited for the electronic payment through Zong
The al Qaeda has confirmed that
the US drone strikes had killed six of its leaders in the Doga
Madakhel area of Dattakhel tehsil of NWA in FATA. Those killed
included Mustafa Abu Yazid, chief 'operational commander' of al
Qaeda and a close aide of Osama bin Laden, who had claimed responsibility
for the 2007 murder of Benazir Bhutto in Rawalpindi.
Pakistan assured the United States
that Islamabad was addressing the threat of terrorism through
Operation Zarb-e-Azb which will ensure that there is no discrimination
or distinction between the several terrorist groups in NWA. Voices
have been raised in Washington that the army here is giving a
safe passage to the Haqqani Network.
On the other hand, Pakistan sought
the US intervention to stop the infiltration of militants into
its territory from the Afghanistan. The US intervention was sought
during a meeting between James Dobbins and Adviser to the Prime
Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz
at the Foreign Office.
At least 20 militants were killed
and their hideouts were destroyed when fighter jets pounded sanctuaries
in the mountainous Shawal Valley of NWA in FATA. According to
military officials, local and foreign militants had established
sanctuaries in the Shawal Valley.
A soldier was killed and two others
were injured in an IED blast in Baizai tehsil of Mohmand Agency.
Two brothers identified as Fareed
Khan and Waheed Khan, were injured in a blast in Manzari Cheena
area in Baizai tehsil.
SFs arrested five suspected militants
and seized weapons from them in a search operation in the Bara
tehsil area of Khyber Agency.
SFs seized an ammunition factory,
stockpile of arms, IEDs and foreign currency during a search operation
at the Mir Ali bazaar as part of the on-going Operation Zarb-e-Azb.
So far, troops have found six IED factories in Miranshah, ISPR
A senior 'commander' of the TTP,
Amir Salam, was among five militants killed in the night in a
blast at a compound in Out Mela area of Orakzai Agency in FATA.
Two soldiers were killed after
an IED blew up near their vehicle close to the Pak-Afghan border
in the Ghulam Khan area of NWA.
The senior members of TTP rejected
media reports about the capture of bomb-maker and suicide bombers'
trainer Adnan Rasheed by the SFs. A section of the media had earlier
reported that he was the first high-profile militant commander
captured during the ongoing military offensive in North Waziristan
on June 15.
The Federal Minister for SAFRON
Lieutenant General (retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch revealed that the
military operation in NWA, Operation Zarb-e-Azb, will be concluded
within two weeks while the action in tribal areas will be completed
within a month since the troops engaged in yet another small adjoining
area of FATA.
Eight militants were killed during
ground Army operation in NWA of FATA. According to reports, five
hideouts of the militants were also destroyed in various areas
of Mir Ali sub-division. The troops have now started advancing
towards Khushali and Hasokhel area of Mir Ali to flush out terrorists.
A passenger coach driver, identified
as Aziz Khan Ghaljay was killed in an IED explosion at a roadside
in the Mirokas area of Kurram Agency. The passengers onboard,
however, remained unhurt.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said
that the Operation Zarb-e-Azb will continue till the achievement
of its objectives. He said the operation has been launched for
the elimination of terrorists and the armed forces of the country
will clear NWA in FATA of the terrorists. He further said that
the success of armed forces in the Mir Ali town is the reflection
of their strong will and determination.
A Spokesman for ISPR claimed that
70 percent of Mir Ali town in NWA and its neighbouring villages
have been cleared by the SFs. The spokesman said "Operation Zarb-i-Azb
continues to achieve its objectives and is progressing well in
North Waziristan." The spokesman further claimed that a total
of 570 terrorists have been killed since the start of Zarb-i-Azb
operation, 98 terrorist hideouts and 30 an IED factories, three
ammunition making factories and a number of suicide bomber training
centres were destroyed during the operation.
Suspected militants beheaded a
trooper, Attaullah, who was on leave, in Shingari area of Jamrud
tehsil in Khyber Agency of FATA. The sources said local tribesmen
recovered the beheaded body of Attaullah, in the seasonal stream
in Shingari area.
One Saifullah Malikdinkhel was
shot dead when unidentified assailants opened fire on him at Nullah
Yousaf Talab in Khyber Agency of FATA. He suffered severe injuries
and was shifted to a local hospital where he succumbed to his
The beheaded body of one of the
two persons, who had been kidnapped a few days ago, was found
in Orakzai Agency. Two persons had been kidnapped by unknown people
from Kacha Pakka area for ransom some time back. They added that
the kidnappers had slaughtered Rahib Ali for not paying ransom
and dumped his body at Tanbi area of Orakzai.
Two militants were killed and
another sustained injuries in a clash between two groups in Akakhel
area of Bara subdivision in Khyber Agency of FATA. The sources
said the militants affiliated with Abdul Wali and Ghulchakai-led
groups exchanged gunfire. A militant belonging to Abdul Wali Group
was killed on the spot while two militants from each group were
wounded. One of the injured militants succumbed to his injuries
One security official was killed
when militants attacked a Security Forces' check post in border
area of Ghakhai pass in Mamond tehsil of Bajaur Agency. According
to ISPR, a group of militants entered Pakistani territory from
Afghanistan's Kunar province and attacked the border post in Ghakhai
pass area. The assault was carried out using heavy weaponry, killing
one FC official.
Three suspected militants were
killed during the ongoing Zarb-e-Azb operation in the Mir Ali
tehsil of NWA in FATA. According to official sources, a huge quantity
of arms was also recovered from the killed militants.
Seven Uzbek militants and two
soldiers were killed during the ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Azb in
Data Khel area of NWA of FATA. The soldiers were identified as
Subedar Mashkoor and Lans Naik Zaheer.
During search operation an IED-making
factory has been destroyed in Mir Ali and nearby places as well
as 75 rockets and suicide vests were recovered. Operation Zarb-e-Azb
in NWA is being continued successfully as Mir Ali, Miranshah,
Boya, Degan and Baka Khel have been cleared of militants, ISPR
The majority of Government schools
and colleges formally reopened in Bajaur Agency after a gap of
one and a half months. However, several educational institutions
continue to be closed with their teachers absenting themselves
from duty. All government and private schools and colleges in
the agency were closed in June for security reasons.
At least 30 militants were killed
in airstrikes carried out by fighter jets in Dattakhel, Marsikhel
and Kamsham areas of NWA in FATA. ISPR stated that six terrorist
hideouts were destroyed in the airstrike.
At least six suspected militants
were killed and two others were injured when a drone fired two
missiles in a house in a village in Dattakhel area of NWA in FATA.
The intelligence sources add that the militants killed were foreigners.
Three militants, including two
LI militants and one TI militant were killed as the two rival
militant outfits clashed in Zakhakhel area of Tirah Valley in
Khyber Agency. Three LI militants were captured by TI militants.
The two LI militants were identified as Aqeel and Baghi.
At least 22 mortars fired from
Paktia Province in Afghanistan landed in different parts of Dattakhel
tehsil of NWA in FATA. However, no loss of life was reported.
The residents of Ediak in NWA
refused to evacuate over the imminent military offensive against
militants in the area. The refusal comes two days after the administration
served notices on hundreds of the residents of Razmak, Spinwam,
Shewa, Shawal, Eidek and adjoining areas of the tribal agency
to shift to Bannu without delay. They were even offered free transport
for Bannu. The elders of tribesmen called a jirga to decide about
the future course of action. The participants unanimously decided
not to vacate their homes but said they would continue to be in
contact with the administration on the matter.
A tribal elder, Malik Abdul Hakeem,
survived a roadside bombing in Gulu Shah area of Khar tehsil in
Bajaur Agency of FATA. Malik Abdul Hakeem was driving in the Gulu
Shah area when an IED detonated near his vehicle. However, he
remains unhurt in the incident.
At least four suspected militants
were killed when SFs opened fire on an explosives-laden vehicle
in the Fort Slope area of Bara tehsil in the Khyber Agency of
FATA. SFs signalled a suspicious vehicle which was approaching
their base, directing it to stop but opened fire on it after the
vehicle failed to accord with the directive. The vehicle was completely
destroyed in the incident. Suspects killed in the attack were
reported to be affiliated with the Gangriz Group of the TTP.
Maulvi Halim Khan has replaced
militant 'commander' Hafiz Gul Bahadar as the chief of Shura Mujahideen
NWA. According to the sources, the decision, taken in a meeting
of the group's Shura, has been supported by both the TTP and the
Afghan Taliban, though none of them has issued a formal statement
to declare support for Maulvi Halim Khan.
Over a dozen teenagers who were
being trained by militants in NWA of FATA returned to their native
village of Sheikhan on the outskirts of the provincial capital
Peshawar, on instruction from their 'trainers'. While their families
are delighted to see them, a fear lingers that the mindset of
these boys may have been changed forever. Elders told The Express
Tribune that around 25 boys, aged between 14 and 18, were taken
from the village over the last five months, leaving their families
in a state of despair. Half returned after the start of the military
operation in NWA.
At least 48 suspected militants were killed, seven
hideouts, nine vehicles and several motorcycles were destroyed
in fresh air strikes carried out by fighter jets and Cobra gunship
helicopters in the Khyber and North Waziristan Agencies of FATA.
The ISPR press release said that the airstrikes were carried out
in the Kukikhel area of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency in which
18 suspected militants and seven suspected hideouts were destroyed.
Later, 30 more suspected militants were killed, nine vehicles
and several motorcycles belonging to suspected militants were
destroyed in fresh strikes carried out by Cobra gunship helicopters
Six persons were killed when a remote-controlled
explosive device went off in the Tangi area of Salarzai tehsil
in Bajaur Agency. The deceased include three female teachers,
two children and a driver. The explosive material was planted
along a roadside in the Tangi area which exploded when the school
van was passing through it.
Two drivers, identified as Juma Khan and Mohammad
Ayaz, were killed and two cleaners, identified as Zabit Khan and
Moin Khan, were injured when Jaish-e-Khorasan (JeK) militants
attacked the oil tankers at Sur Kamar area in Jamrud tehsil of
Khyber Agency in FATA. JeK 'spokesman' told the reporters over
phone that its `fighters' had carried out the attack.
The FATA Tribunal directed the Political Agent
of Khyber Agency to produce record of Shakil Afridi's trial and
conviction for links with LI. Shakil has moved the tribunal against
the upholding of his conviction by an appellate forum of the FCR
Commissioner. The Tribunal fixed the next hearing into the petition
for September 18, 2014, after directing the political agent to
produce the record of the case.
LI militants killed a tribesman, identified as
Nek Mohammad, for spying on the outfit in Speen Drand locality
of Tirah valley in Khyber Agency. According to details, the man
was shot dead and then his body was displayed in an open area
for several hours before being handed over to his family.
The khasadar force recovered the dead body of
a man, identified as Salim Khan, dumped in a house in Pump House
locality near Ghundi in Jamrud tehsil of Khyber Agency. The officials
said that the man belonged to Sikanderkhel sub-tribe of Kukikhel.
Later in the same Agency, the administration sealed
at least 90 shops of Turkhel tribesmen over failure to check militant
attacks on NATO vehicles in Sur Kamar area of Jamrud tehsil.
The elders of NWA in FATA warned that they will
march on Islamabad and observe a protest sit-in outside Parliament
if they are forced to vacate school buildings before August 30
according to the Government's decision. NWA Peace Committee Chief
Haji Sher Mohammad told a press conference at Peshawar Press Club
that about one million people had been displaced due to military
operation in the tribal agency, but the Federal Government had
failed to provide them adequate shelter in KP.
Malik Noor Rehman said that almost 25,000 displaced
families had been accommodated in various Government schools in,
but now they had received a notice to vacate the schools before
August 30. He said that it was a great injustice with IDPs and
they could not tolerate it. He said that FDMA had set up a helpline
to solve the problems being faced by IDPs, but there was no one
to respond to the callers.
Female health workers won't take part in the three-day
anti-polio drive starting across Bajaur Agency of FATA from August
25 due to security reasons. This was informed by field supervisor
medical officer Dr Inayatur Rehman while talking to reporters
on August 22. He informed that 694 teams had been formed to vaccinate
223,286 children in the agency during the anti-polio drive.
Determined to fight terrorism and violence, a
jirga of the Salarzai tribe from Bajaur Agency vowed to continue
denying shelter to militants. The jirga reiterated its stance
against militancy to Political Agent Syed Abdul Jabbar Shah and
Commandant of Bajaur Scouts Colonel Amir Ali.
Five militants were killed and three others were
injured in a clash with a tribal militia in Dana Khola area of
Lower Orakzai Agency in FATA. The Officials said that the local
peace militia and militants exchanged fire because militants attacked
villagers residing in the area. According to sources, the militants
belonged to Momin Khan Group of Darra Adamkhel Chapter of TTP.
A former spokesman of the Lashkar-e-Islam (LI),
Zar Khan, was killed in Sipah area of Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency
The political administration of Bajaur Agency
thwarted a terrorist bid and arrested two suspected militants.
Assistant Political Agent Sohail Ahmad said levies officials stopped
a car near the Pak-Afghan border at Zalam check post and recovered
explosives from the vehicle. He added that 200-metre cables used
in remote-controlled bombs, 800 fuses and 200 kilogrammes of explosive
were recovered from the militants. Ahmad said the vehicle was
impounded and the two men in the car were shifted to an undisclosed
location for further investigation.
Source:Compiled from news reports
and are provisional.