FATA Timeline - 2016
Security Forces have established
new check posts in areas of Bajaur Agency in FATA along the Pakistan-Afghanistan
border to boost security and stop militants from entering through
the porous boundary. While briefing the media, Bajaur Scouts Commandant
Colonel Nair Zaman said these check posts have been set up in
Mamond, Salarzai and other areas along the border. The step has
been taken to boost security as militants in Afghanistan would
enter Bajaur and attack locals, pro-Government elders and security
forces. "We have also succeeded in finding militants' weapons
dump with the help of locals."
Four tribesmen, including a tribal
elder Malik Wali Khan Mehsud, were shot dead by unidentified militants
in Shaktoi area of Ladha tehsil in SWA of FATA. Two other tribesmen
were identified as Malik Akbar Khan Mehsud and Jawad Mehsud. The
third remained unidentified. No outfit claimed responsibility
for the attack, but residents claimed that commander Said Khan
alias Sajna, who is affiliated TTP, had warned the IDPs a few
days ago not to return to their homes, otherwise they themselves
would be responsible for consequences.
Two soldiers were injured in
a roadside blast at Shaheedano Dand in Kurram Agency.
At least 38 terrorists were killed
and five others were injured in fresh air strikes on militant
hideouts in Meezar and Sherani areas along the Afghanistan border
in NWA of FATA. A large number of local and foreign militants
were killed in air strikes, said ISPR. Those killed include 15
militants of Uzbek origin associated with Islamic Movement of
Uzbekistan, the officials said. Five hideouts and three explosive-laden
vehicles were also destroyed in the air strikes, the officials
Pro-Government Tribal Chief Wali
Jan Mehsud escaped a roadside bomb blast near Moley Khan Sarai
in SWA. Security Forces said that Mehsud was on way to Shahur
High School when a remote-controlled bomb went off at a roadside
near Moley Khan Sarai. The blast slightly damaged the car of Mehsud.
At least five suspected militants
were killed in a US drone strike carried out in Mangroti area
in North Waziristan Agency of FATA. This was the second US drone
strike of the day in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region.
As many as ten oil tankers carrying
fuel supplies to NATO forces in Afghanistan reached Torkham border
in Khyber Agency of FATA amid tight security, resuming the service
over a year after its suspension. Officials at Torkham while requesting
anonymity said the tankers with no apparent NATO related marking
on them reached the border at around midday and were later parked
near the crossing point for necessary checking.
At least 79 militants, including
three commanders, given up their armed struggle against the state
after a successful operation carried out by Security Forces in
Miranshah of NWA in FATA.
Ministry of States and Frontier
Regions has facilitated the return of 447,544 registered families
of IDP, NADRA report said. NADRA has so far verified 447,544 IDPs,
out of which 265,214 have returned, while 182,330 remain. As per
agency-wise updates till January 2, in Khyber Agency 91,689 IDPs
were verified by NADRA, of which 73,767 returned, and 17,922 remain,
in NWA 104,002 IDPs have been verified of which 33,725 returned
and 70,277 remain, while in SWA the number of NADRA-verified IDPs
is 71,124, of which 13,997 have returned and 57,127 remain.
Similarly, NADRA has verified
35,823 IDPs of Orakzai Agency, of which the number of registered
returnees was 16,102 and 19,721 remain. For Kurram Agency the
number of NADRA-verified IDPs was 33,024 of which 16,117 registered
have returned and 16,907 remain. For Frontier Region Tank 2,228
have been verified by NADRA, with 1,852 registered returnees.
The data further revealed that for Bajaur the number of NADRA
verified IDPs was 72,895 and all of them were returned while for
Mohmand the number of NADRA verified IDPs was 36,759 and all of
them were returned to their respective agency. The long-awaited
return of TDPs of FATA was initiated in March 2015 and till date
around 90,000 NADRA-verified families have been processed with
cellular companies for provision of Transport Grant at the rate
of Rs 10,000 and Return Cash Grant at the rate of Rs 25,000 per
Twelve persons, including a journalist,
were killed while 39 others sustained injuries when a suicide
bomber targeted the tribal Khassadar force in the Karkhano Market
of Khyber Agency in FATA. The incident occurred hardly 30 metres
from the Karkhano checkpost, the entry-point to Peshawar from
Khyber Agency. The security sources said the bomber parked his
motorbike and walked towards the Line Officer Nawab Shah of the
Khassadar Force and his Khassadar Force and his guards. "The bomber
detonated his explosives vest. The car of the Line Officer and
another vehicle caught fire while the roof of a nearby shop caved
in after the blast," said an official. Those killed in the blast
included Line Officer Nawab Shah and Mehboob Shah Afridi, president
of the Tribal Union of Journalists, Khyber Agency chapter, who
was talking to him at the time of explosion. Others who lost their
lives were Gul Sahib, Raziq Khan and Waris Khan, all members of
the Khassadar force, and civilians Taimur Khan, Mubarak Shah,
Malik Khan, Mohammadullah, Ashfaq Khan and the wife of one Shoaib.
A child was also among the dead. Meanwhile, the TTP claimed responsibility
for the attack.
SFs killed nine terrorists in
air raids in Khyber Agency of FATA.
Four civilians died and two others
received injuries when one of six rockets fired from the Afghan
side of the border hit a shop in Angoor Adda in South Waziristan
Agency of FATA. According to officials, four of the rockets fired
at about 2pm landed in open fields while two hit the market. The
political authorities in Bajaur Agency claimed to have completed
the long-awaited documentation of the religious seminaries operating
in the region in order to ensure better education and facilities
there. Sources in the political administration said that important
data of all the religious seminaries operating in the agency had
been collected during the process, which continued for over a
year. The sources said a joint committee of local administration
and various religious organisations carried out the task, adding
heads of seminaries showed full cooperation with the administration
in the documentation process.
At least 17 terrorists were killed
in aerial raids conducted by the SFs in Shawal and Dattakhel areas
of North Waziristan Agency in North Waziristan Agency of FATA.
The body of a khasadar official
was found in Safi tehsil of Mohmand Agency in FATA, after he was
abducted in the night of January 23. An official of the political
administration confirmed Rehmatullah, a resident of Alingar in
Safi, had been murdered and his body dumped. His body was found
in a search operation. The slain khasadar officer was the son
of a former peace committee leader, Saifur Rehman.
The dead body of a polio worker,
identified as Shah Faisal, who had gone missing from Jamrud tehsil
of Khyber Agency in FATA on January 27, 2016, was found in Regi
area of provincial capital Peshawar. Political Tehsildar at Jamrud,
Asmatullah Wazir, said that Shah was a contractual employee with
the Health Department.
The local administration along
with tribal elders demolished 12 houses of suspected militants
during a search operation in the Haleemzai tehsil of Mohmand Agency
in FATA. Political Naib Tehsildar Mehmood Shah said that the local
administration conducted the operation in Ghalanai Mian Gan, Adin
Khel and other villages of the tehsil. The militants, whose houses
were demolished, were identified as Sheraz, Mohammad Shah, Haroon,
Aziz, Adnan, Ziarat Shah, Sazono, Ibrahim, Yasir, Akhtar Ali,
Khatir and Subhan. Earlier, the local administration had handed
over a list of 22 wanted militants to the Haleemzai elders to
demolish their houses. An official statement said the administration
conducted the operation with the help of Haleemzai elders.
At least nine militants, belonging
TTP and LI, were killed and five others were injured in air strikes
in Rajgal and Kukikhel areas of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency
At least one soldier was killed
and four others were injured by an IED near Talai village in Wana
town of South Waziristan Agency.
At least five Khasadar force officials
were killed when unidentified militants attacked a Khasadar check
post at Mohmand-Peshawar Highway in Pandyali area of Mohmand Agency
Unidentified militants killed
two Khasadars near sub-divisional headquarter Ekka Ghund in Darwazgai
area near Mohmand-Charsadda border in lower Mohmand Agency. Following
the attacks, the solar tube-well in Darwazgai was also set on
fire, soon after which the attackers fled from the scene.
Two personnel of the Khasadar
force were killed in Machni area of Mohmand Agency in FATA. The
incident occurred late in the night when the deceased personnel
Taj Ali and Bilal were on duty at a solar tubewell in the area.
The JuA, a faction of TTP, claimed
responsibility for the February 17 attack on Khasadar force at
a security checkpost in Karapa area of Pandyali tehsil in Mohmand
Agency in which seven personnel were killed.
At least five militants were killed
during search operation, conducted by SFs in Karapa area of Pandyali
tehsil in Mohmand Agency of FATA. The security personnel also
seized explosive material from their possession.
Afghan religious scholar Abdul
Haleem was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Sultan Khel
area of Khyber Agency. According to SFs, unidentified attackers
opened fire on Afghan religious scholar leaving him seriously
injured and was rushed to hospital where he could not succumb
to his injuries.
Militants blew up part of a newly
constructed Government school in the Tiarza tehsil area of South
Waziristan Agency. A splinter group of the TTP, Sajna group, claimed
responsibility for the attack. "We have blown up the school because
it was a government installation," said Azam Tariq, a spokesman
of the group, warning the group would continue to attack government
Three civilians were killed and
one injured when an IED blew up their car in Navi Mandi area of
Data Khel tehsil in South Waziristan Agency of FATA. The four
were returned IDPs traveling to Bannu to retrieve their belongings.
A drone strike, targeting suspected
militant hideouts in the Shahidano Dhand area of Lower Kurram
Agency, wounded one unidentified suspected militant. The drone
fired four missiles at militant hideouts, as a result of which,
one militant was injured and three hideouts were destroyed.
SFs arrested several suspects
and seized a huge cache of arms when they enforced curfew and
carried out a search operation in Mohmand Agency. The curfew was
clamped and the search operation was started early in the day.
During the search operation, several persons who couldn't prove
their identification were detained. Their identity wasn't revealed
by the authorities. The troops also recovered arms from their
possession. The detained men were shifted to another, undisclosed
place for interrogation.
An indefinite dusk-to-dawn curfew
was imposed across Mohmand Agency as SFs stepped up operations
in the region.
Twenty-four militants were reportedly
killed in airstrikes by the PAF jet fighters in the Dattakhel
subdivision of NWA in FATA. Security officials said the aircraft
started bombing the suspected militant positions early in the
day, destroying eight sanctuaries in the remote and mountainous
Shawal Valley of the Dattakhel subdivision near the Afghan border.
The sources said that some of the sanctuaries established by the
militants in Alwara, Khar Tangi and Maizar areas of Dattakhel
were targeted by the airstrikes.
15 militants were killed and eight
of their hideouts destroyed near the Pak-Afghan border area after
cross-border mortar shelling targeted a security checkpost in
the Alwara Mandi, Khar-Tangi and Maizer areas of Kurram Agency.
An IED explosion injured seven
FC personnel in Tayarza tehsil of SWA. The FC vehicle was on routine
patrolling of the area when it came under attack.
At least five FC personnel were
wounded in an IED blast near a security check post in Wana town
of SWA. FC vehicle was on routine patrol when the IED, planted
along the roadside, exploded.
The CoAS, General Raheel Sharif
directed the military commanders to begin the last phase of Operation
Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan Agency.
At least 19 suspected militants
were killed and four security forces personnel, including a captain,
lost their lives during a gunbattle near the Pak-Afghan border
in Mangroti area in Shawal valley of NWA in FATA. The ground forces
surrounded a group of fleeing militants in Mangroti area killed
19 of them during an intense exchange of fire, the army's media
wing, ISPR, said in a statement. The ISPR said that the deceased
security personnel have been identified as Capt Umair, Havaldar
Hakim, Sepoy Hameed and Sepoy Rashid. On February 24, Pakistan
Army launched its final phase of Operation Zarb-e-Azb to go after
the terrorists still holed up in the strategic valley.
Air Force jets pounded militants'
hideouts in the in the Maizer area of the Dattakhel tehsil in
NWA and killed at least 15 TTP militants. "As many as four hideouts
were destroyed in the strikes this morning. Among the 15 killed
militants six were Uzbeks," a security official in the area said.
SFs killed 12 militants, including
a TTP-Shehryar faction 'commander' Hezbollah, in Shawal Valley
of North Waziristan Agency in FATA. Officials said that ground
troops were advancing into the militants' strongholds and had
captured Kund Ghar and Jung Top.
Two USAID officials were killed
and two others, including a tehsildar, sustained injuries when
an IED exploded in Ambar tehsil of Mohmand Agency in FATA. According
to the political administration officials, tehsildar Faramosh
Khan was on an anti-poppy drive in Ambar tehsil area along with
Anti-Narcotics Force officials and USAID campaigners when an IED
device planted on the roadside exploded. TTP-JuA, claimed responsibility
for the attack.
Activists of various religious
organisations and religio-political parties staged protest rallies
across FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa against the execution of Malik
Mumtaz Qadri for killing Punjab Governor Salman Taseer. The cadres
of ASWJ and Pasban Pakistan Town-I gathered near the Peshawar
Press Club to record protest over the hanging. The speakers alleged
that the Government executed Mumtaz Qadri to appease the United
States and other imperialistic powers.
At least 21 militants were killed
in fresh airstrikes and ground operations in the Shawal Valley
of NWA in FATA where the military is conducting the last phase
of Operation Zarb-e-Azb. The military claims to have gained control
of strategic positions along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in
the snow-covered mountainous regions of NWA. Administration officials
said the air raids targeted hideouts of militants while ground
troops were going ahead with a cleansing operation in the area.
Chief military spokesman Lieutenant General Asim Saleem Bajwa
wrote on Twitter that helicopter gunships carried out the strikes,
which began Monday night and continued into Tuesday. "Operations
continue as important heights and passes along the Pak-Afghan
border are secured. The valley's sanitisation [is] in progress,"
he wrote on the micro-blogging website. "Ground forces continue
their hunt for fleeing terrorists through chase, cordon and search
Unidentified militants kidnapped
eight FDA employees while they were heading to inspect an under
construction dam in Toi Khula area of SWA. "Gunmen kidnapped these
eight men when they were heading to the dam site," said Islam.
No outfit claimed responsibility for the abduction.
Authorities arrested 22 tribesmen
in SWA of FATA in a "collective responsibility" punishment a day
after eight government officials were kidnapped. Eight officials
of the FDA, were kidnapped in South Waziristan on March 10, 2016.
"We have arrested 22 tribesmen to put pressure for the release
of the eight FDA officials as the kidnapping took place in their
area and it is their collective responsibility to help authorities
in the recovery," Masood Khan, a political officer, said.
The political administration of
SWA has given 24 hours to the Suleman Khel and Dottani tribes
to rescue nine workers. An unnamed official said that action would
be taken under the FCR if the tribes failed to recover the abducted
individuals. "If the deadline expires [without the rescue of kidnapped
men], the political administration will launch a crackdown against
both tribes," the official said, adding, "They will not be issued
CNICs (Computerized National Identity Card's) and their domiciles
will be suspended. Their business centres will also be shut down."
At least five terrorists were
killed in an exchange of fire when militants besieged a security
check post in Dara Darmodrab area of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency
of FATA. The ISPR confirmed the incident.
A soldier of the Bajaur Scouts
was killed when unidentified militants across the border attacked
a check post with automatic weapons in Ghakhi Pass in Mamond tehsil
of Bajaur Agency in FATA.
President Mamnoon Hussain during
his visit in Wana, the headquarters of South Waziristan Agency
said that Pakistan's armed forces were fighting a decisive war
against terrorism in the tribal areas as. "Anti-state elements
are out to weaken the country through subversive activities but
their evil designs are being foiled by the armed forces," he said.
Chief of Army Staff General Raheel
Sharif said tribal elders in North Waziristan Agency in FATA were
"happy" with improved security and peace and had requested the
army to stay in the area till the process of reconstruction and
resettlement was completed. On a visit to the tribal agency where
the Army has been conducting an air and ground offensive against
outlawed militants since June 2014, General Raheel claimed "good
progress had been made in the Shawal operation." The Army chief
also attended the earth breaking ceremony of a sports complex
in the agency. He said tribal people in the area were "keen to
resume a productive life," said Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa,
head of the ISPR. Bajwa quoted the army chief as saying the "farthest
edges of the agency [North Waziristan] were now being cleared"
and that around "650 square kilometres had already been cleared
in the final phase so far." The ISPR chief said General Raheel
had also directed to ensure complete return of all TDPs by the
end of 2016.
A polio worker and supervisor
in EPI, identified as Akhtar Khan, was shot dead by an unidentified
militant in his private clinic in Khuga Khel area of Khyber Agency
in FATA. LI claimed responsibility for killing the EPI supervisor
over telephone from an Afghan mobile number. The LI spokesman,
however, did not specify as to why an EPI worker was targeted.
Later, the Khasadar officials
said that they took a local resident into custody after a son
of the deceased polio worker told officials that he saw the a
man, identified as Hayatullah, entering his father's clinic and
later heard gunshots being fired there. The officials took the
suspect in custody for interrogation.
Seven houses of alleged militants
and their facilitators were razed to the ground by a lashkar from
Ahmedzai Wazir tribe in different areas of Wana town in SWA of
FATA. The houses of Ghulam Jan and his relatives were demolished
in Shalam Dana and those of Toor Hafiz and Wari Khan in Shin Warsak.
The houses of Gul Mir in Tiarza and Sattar Khan and his cousin
in Samar Bagh were also razed to the ground. The accused terrorists
belonged to the Hakimullah and Maulvi Nazir groups of the banned
According to sources, the decision
to demolish the houses was taken by a 120-member jirga after "proofs"
of the suspects' involvement in terrorist activities were obtained
through an investigation.
Since the last phase of Operation
Zarb-e-Azb kicked off in February 27, at least 252 militants have
been killed and 160 severely injured, while SFs have cleared 640
square kilometres of so far uncontrolled area in Shawal Valley
of NWA in FATA, the ISPR said in a statement. Major terrorist
hubs in Mana, Gurbaz, Lataka, Inzarkas and Magrotai areas have
been cleared of militants, the ISPR said. "The battle to clear
the last pocket close to the Pak-Afghan border continues," it
said, adding that all heights over 9,000 feet have been cleared.
"Terrorists' hideouts were destroyed, a cache of arms and ammunition
seized and there was virtually no communication infrastructure
remaining in the Shawal area once the operation was launched in
February this year," the statement said.
SFs repulsed an attack on a checkpost
in the Mangora Sar area on the Pak-Afghan border in Kurram Agency
of FATA, killing around 18 militants in the subsequent clash.
Sources said that a group of 50-60 militants stormed a security
checkpost in the Mangora Sar area with heavy arms early in the
day. The SF personnel manning the checkpost returned the fire
and 18 militants were killed in the ensuing gunbattle. Six militants
were also injured in the clash which continued for quite some
time. The SFs forced the militants to retreat, leaving behind
their weapons and ammunition. However, they said the fleeing militants
took along their injured accomplices.
The FDMA will begin the third
phase of the return of internally displaced persons to five FATA
agencies. An official concerned said that around 84,553 displaced
families would go back to their homes in the third phase to be
completed by the end of August. He said under the plan, the authority
was starting the programme of the IDPs' return to Orakzai Agency
from April 11 and that 15,553 families would be facilitated to
go back to their homes. The official said 22,000 families would
be repatriated to North Waziristan, 30,000 families to South Waziristan,
12,000 families to Kurram and 5,000 families to Khyber Agency.
At least nine terrorists were killed in military
air strikes in Barmand area of North Waziristan Agency in FATA.
The process to repatriate displaced families to
SWA in FATA started amid protests by journalists against how they
were treated during the recent visit of Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra.
The repatriation will continue till May 14, 2016. Officials said
that at least 100 families were repatriated to Manzakai, Raghzai
and Kat Kai villages on the first day. Around 20 hubs (points)
have been set up at the camp for the verification of the displaced
families. They added in the first phase, at least 7,348 families
will be repatriated to 39 villages of SWA.
Each family was provided PKR 25,000 as well as
PKR 10,000 for transportation and other costs. They were also
provided with six months of ration to help them settle in their
native villages. When contacted, a member of a displaced family
Haji Muhammad informed, "Though, I don't know the condition of
my house, I am happy to go back after seven years." He added,
"We faced a difficult time as IDPs and were living in a rented
house. Now, I want to [go back]."
The guard of a pro-government Lashkar leader,
Bilal Afridi, was killed when a suicide bomber attacked the hujra
of Said Jamal in the Kharko Sarhgi area in the Zakhakhel tehsil
of Khyber Agency in FATA in the night.
The Levies forces and political administration
officials averted a major disaster by defusing improvised explosive
devices and rockets that were rigged to blow Usmania Plaza, located
in Kurmi Bazaar area of Parachinar in Kurram Agency.
The Army declared operation in Shawal area of
North Waziristan Agency in FATA successful and started clearing
improvised explosive devices and other unexploded ordnance in
the area. The ISPR said in a statement that Army Chief General
Raheel Sharif visited the embattled area near the Afghan border
and he was briefed by formation commanders about operational gains
achieved so far. More than 800 kilometers area has been secured
in Shawal and heavy casualties have been inflicted on terrorists
since the start of the last phase of Operation Zarb-i-Azb in February,
it said. A security official said the ongoing phase of the operation
had been accomplished successfully and troops were holding all
important locations near the border.
Terrorists have been driven out of their last
bastion in NWA of FATA, the military said, announcing the completion
of the final phase of Zarb-e-Azb operation and launching of "combing
operations" in areas other than FATA.
The CoAS General Raheel Sharif emphasised on
consolidating the gains and resettling the TDPs in their areas
to the best of our abilities, the ISPR said in a statement. He
called for breaking the nexus between terrorists and their facilitators
sitting outside the tribal areas. General Raheel ordered large-scale
"combing operations" immediately to seek out terrorists, their
sleeper cells and facilitators in areas other than the FATA, and
to enhance the reach of the Law Enforcement Agencies. An unnamed
senior security official said that large-scale force would be
sent to the areas with the presence of terrorists and their facilitators.
"This will be applicable to the whole of Pakistan," he added.
"The areas not accessible to the Police would be brought under
The alliance of the political parties in NWA urged
the Government to expedite the return of the displaced tribes
and ensure completion of the rehabilitation process before Ramazan.
Chairman of the alliance, Malik Akbar Khan representing the represents
the Qaumi Watan Party said that the Security Forces had been making
tall claims about clearing North Waziristan. However, he said
the Government was showing lethargy in the rehabilitation process.
He demanded the Government to ensure provision of basic facilities
to the affected tribal people before their return to native towns.
The educational institutions and hospitals should
be reopened and staff and facilities made available there, he
added. The tribesman asked the government to conduct proper survey
of the damages caused during the prolonged military operation
and substantial compensation should be given to the affected people.
At least 12 militants were killed and two SF personnel
injured in a clash along Pak-Afghan border when unidentified militants
attacked a security check post in Baizai area of Mohmand Agency
in FATA in the night. The check post came under attack once again
April 24-morning, this time with heavy weapons, the officials
said. "Both attacks were successfully repulsed. The militants
faced heavy casualties," one security official added.
One FC official was killed and another one was
injured an IED blast near a FC bomb-disposal unit which was patrolling
the Soran area of Baizai in Mohmand Agency. The IED was possibly
planted by the militants while they were retreating following
the attack on the Baizai security check post.
The JuA, a splinter group of the TTP, claimed
responsibility for the attacks on SFs in Baizai area of Mohmand
Afghanistan officials accused Pakistani forces
of shelling a border post in Goshta District of Nangarhar Province
and claimed an Afghan soldier was killed in the alleged attack.
President Mamnoon Hussain while talking to the
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra said that the Zarb-e-Azb
operation was progressing successfully and would continue till
complete elimination of the last terrorist. The President said
that the government was committed to bring FATA at par with other
areas of the country by completing ongoing development projects
and providing socio-economic amenities to improve the standard
of life of the people.
The Federal Government decided to give the status
of town and municipal committee to all the tehsils and agency
headquarters of the FATA in order to ensure provision of better
civic facilities to the people there. The meeting was informed
that 23 tehsils and Agency headquarters had been identified to
be elevated to town level.
The return process of the displaced families continued
on the fourth day as 300 more displaced families returned to their
native villages in upper parts of Orakzai Agency. Talking to reporters,
Assistant Political Agent Iqbal Wazir said that 300 more families
were sent back to their homes in Ismailzai tehsil on fourth day
of the return process, which started on April 30.
Source:Compiled from news reports
and are provisional.