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FATA Timeline - 2017

January 11

JI ameer (chief), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mushtaq Ahmad called for merger of FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and also stated that the people of the FATA were deprived of basic and democratic rights for the last seven decades, reports The News. Mushtaq Ahmed also rejected the FCR, saying it was a black law. "If no solid steps were taken for the merger of the FATA with KP and uplift of the tribal areas, we will have no other option but to march on Islamabad," he said. Mushtaq Ahmad asked the Government to announce PKR 1,000 billion uplift package for the tribal areas.

Earlier, JUI-F leaders on January 8 rejected the federal government's plan to merge FATA with KP and threatened to launch a protest movement if any changes were 'imposed' on the tribal people. "We request the federal government, especially the prime minister, to stop implementation of the reforms until every stockholder is taken on board, otherwise the JUI-F would start an agitation campaign across FATA," threatened Abdul Shakoor, head (FATA) JUI-F.

January 13

The FO rejected allegations of terrorist safe havens in the FATA, saying Pakistan does not allow its territory to be used for attacks against any other country. Responding to queries during the weekly news briefing, FO Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said Afghanistan was infested with a number of terrorist organisations due to its instability. This, he added, created space for terrorist elements such as Haqqani network's leadership, TTP, Daesh, and al Qaeda, among other terrorist organisations. "It is, therefore, not appropriate to blame others for the adversities due to the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan. The oft repeated claims regarding safe havens are, therefore, more of a rhetoric than anything else," the spokesperson maintained.

January 11

JI ameer (chief), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mushtaq Ahmad called for merger of FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and also stated that the people of the FATA were deprived of basic and democratic rights for the last seven decades, reports The News. Mushtaq Ahmed also rejected the FCR, saying it was a black law. "If no solid steps were taken for the merger of the FATA with KP and uplift of the tribal areas, we will have no other option but to march on Islamabad," he said. Mushtaq Ahmad asked the Government to announce PKR 1,000 billion uplift package for the tribal areas.

Earlier, JUI-F leaders on January 8 rejected the federal government's plan to merge FATA with KP and threatened to launch a protest movement if any changes were 'imposed' on the tribal people. "We request the federal government, especially the prime minister, to stop implementation of the reforms until every stockholder is taken on board, otherwise the JUI-F would start an agitation campaign across FATA," threatened Abdul Shakoor, head (FATA) JUI-F.

January 13

The FO rejected allegations of terrorist safe havens in the FATA, saying Pakistan does not allow its territory to be used for attacks against any other country. Responding to queries during the weekly news briefing, FO Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said Afghanistan was infested with a number of terrorist organisations due to its instability. This, he added, created space for terrorist elements such as Haqqani network's leadership, TTP, Daesh, and al Qaeda, among other terrorist organisations. "It is, therefore, not appropriate to blame others for the adversities due to the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan. The oft repeated claims regarding safe havens are, therefore, more of a rhetoric than anything else," the spokesperson maintained.

January 21

At least 25 people were killed and more than 87 others were injured in a bomb blast at the Sabzi Mandi (vegetable market) area of Parachinar in Kurram Agency of FATA in the morning. A statement issued by the ISPR said IED blast took place at 08:50am. Government official Shahid Khan said the explosion took place when the market was crowded with retailers buying fruits and vegetables. In a text message sent to journalists, the al-Alami (International) faction of LeJ claimed that it, along with the TTP splinter Shehryar Mehsud group, carried out the attack. The Shehryar Mehsud group did not independently claim the bombing.

January 22

The COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa said terrorists would not be allowed to derail the stability of FATA. According to a statement issued by ISPR Director General Major General Asif Ghafoor, General Qamar Javed Bajwa said this during his visit to Parachinar and Peshawar. The COAS was given a detailed briefing on January 21's bombing in Parachinar. General Bajwa lauded the support of tribal people in combating terrorism and acknowledged their sacrifices for peace. He said that with their support the Army, FC and other law enforcers have done a great job in stabilising the area and terrorists will fail to derail it. The COAS lauded their efforts in maintaining tribal and sectarian harmony which is source of national integration. He said, "Pakistan belongs to all of us without any religious, provincial, tribal, linguistic, ethnic, sectarian or any other discrimination."

January 28

Authorities arrested eight more suspects in connection with the Parachinar market bomb blast in Kurram Agency of FATA on January 21, as the number of detained persons reached 15. Officials said that investigations were underway from different angles to arrest the elements involved in the blast. After the explosion, the administration took into custody seven people who were being interrogated. Sources said most of the arrested persons were daily wagers who were present at the spot during auction of vegetables in the morning.

January 30

A Pakistan Army soldier, Waqas, who was critically injured in a cross-border terrorist attack in Khyber Agency of FATA, succumbed to his injuries. "Terrorists fired from across the border on a Pakistani post in Khyber Agency critically injuring Sepoy Waqas performing duty at the border post," read a statement issued by the ISPR.

February 6

A grand jirga of elders from Khyber Agency was held in Jamrud town, opposing the proposed merger of the FATA with KP. Jirga participants urged the Government instead to form an independent FATA Legislative Council or announce a separate province status for the tribal areas. Malik Ghaffar Khan Afridi, a tribal elder, said that the merger of FATA with KP was unacceptable to tribal people. He said the proposed legislative council should be formed to legislate for the tribal region in line with the local social, political and traditions. The elder believed that the FATA reforms proposed by the government committee went against tribal customs and traditions. He said legislation and policies on Fata should be made in light of local traditions and customs. Malik Ghaffar Khan Afridi opposed the extension of the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and high courts to FATA, saying local residents knew very well how to resolve their issues through a jirga system.

February 9

Five persons, including four children, were injured in a roadside bomb blast in Arang tehsil of Bajaur Agency in FATA. The bomb was detonated through a remote control device.

February 10

Two militants killed and three others injured when Army repulsed militant attack from Afghanistan on two Pakistan Army checkposts in the Ulai area of Baizai tehsil in Mohmand Agency of FATA in the night. The Army's media wing, ISPR said that Pakistan Army effectively responded to the fire, rendering it ineffective. Soon after the incident, militants fled back to Afghanistan, ISPR added. The JuA faction of TTP stated that it lost two cadres while three others were injured after they launched an overnight attack on a Pakistani checkpost.

February 13

Three FCB personnel were killed in an IED blast in Khan Kot Zarmina area of Toe Khula tehsil in SWA of FATA. The FCB personnel were on a cordon and search operation on motorbikes in Khan Kot Zarmina area when the planted IED went off.

February 15

Three Levies personnel and two civilians were killed while eight others injured in twin suicide attacks in Ghalanai Tehsil of Mohmand Agency in FATA. Two suicide bombers tried to enter a compound of the local political administration. When stopped, one of the attackers blew himself up outside the entrance, a senior official said. "The other attacker was shot down by Levies officials who were on guard," the official added.

Following suicide attack, FC launched search operation in Sheikh Banda area and killed five militants. An encounter took place between militants and FC personnel during the search raid, the FC spokesman said. As a consequence, five militants were gunned down. The deceases could not be immediately identified.

February 16

Two personnel of the FC were injured when suspected militants attacked a post along the Pak-Afghan border in Khyber Agency of FATA. Troops "effectively responded" to the attack carried out by militants from the Afghan side of the border, the ISPR statement said. According to the ISPR, there are reports of a "few" militants killed in the ensuing exchange of fire.

February 17

SFs sources said four key militant commanders were killed in Mumazo area of Lower Orakzai Agency where a search and strike operation was conducted. The forces seized suicide jackets and arms from the location. In another encounter in Lower Kurram Agency, security forces intercepted two terrorists who were planting an IED on roadside and after exchange of firing, both were killed.

Six terrorists were killed and 10 of their hideouts were destroyed during airstrikes near Pak-Afghan border in Khyber Agency. At least 10 hideouts of the terrorists were also destroyed.

February 19

Eleven suspected militants allegedly attempting to enter Pakistan from Afghanistan were killed in a clash with SFs in Sapperkot and Para Chamkani area of Kurram Agency in FATA. Two Kurram militia members were also injured in the gun battle between SFs and the militants. The terrorists were trying to enter Kurram Agency via Khyber Agency from Afghanistan when they were intercepted by the security forces and heavy exchange of fire took place.

ISPR claimed that numerous militants were killed when Pakistan Air Force fighter jets pounded militants hideouts who were regrouping in Wucha Bibi area, an Afghan bordering strip in North Waziristan Agency. However, the ISPR press release did not mention the number of militants killed in the arial bombardment.

February 20

Army claimed to have conducted and intelligence based operation in Frontier Region Tank of FATA, killing four suspected militants. The ISPR released a statement in this regard, saying the operation was reportedly carried out against Asmatullah Shaheen Bhittani Group of TTP. The ISPR claimed that the suspects killed in the military operation were allegedly high-profile terrorists including the son of former TTP shura member Asmatullah Shaheen. The identities of those killed in the military operation, as provided by the ISPR, are Commander Zaman alias Toofan, Naib Commander Umar s/o Asmatullah Shaheen, Commander Wasiullah and Commander Zulam alias Zulmat. Asmatullah Shaheen was killed by another TTP faction due to an internal rift during 2014. The group was allegedly involved in target killings, extortion and kidnapping for ransom in Dera Ismail Khan, Tank and surrounding areas.

February 21

The FCB and the FATA political administration razed the house of the suspected facilitator of the Lahore blast and arrested his father and two brothers from Bajaur Agency. The measures were taken in accordance with the FCR territorial responsibility clause, which states that for any mishap, the administration can take the community or family members of the perpetrator to task and punish them under a collective responsibility clause. The suspect was arrested after video evidence placed him in the area of the blast, walking along with the suspected suicide bomber that blew himself on Mall Road near the Punjab Assembly amid a protest. In his confessional statement, shared by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in a media briefing on February 17, the suspect had said he hailed from a remote village in the Bajaur Agency.

February 22

Five militants were killed when Air Force targeted their hideouts along Pak-Afghan border in the Rajgal area of Khyber Agency in FATA.

A tribesman, identified as Bahadur Khan, was killed in a roadside bomb blast in Dawizai area of Pandyali tehsil in Mohmand Agency.

February 24

A suspected terrorist was arrested and weapons were seized during an intelligence-based operation carried out by the FC in Garhi and Kandi Mashti areas of Kurram Agency in FATA. As many as 10 Rocket Propelled Grenade-7 gun along with six chargers, one grenade launcher, a heavy machinegun with 115 rounds, a spare barrel of heavy machinegun, one 12-bore rifle along with 18 rounds, three .303 rifles along with 520 rounds, six submachine guns, magazines along with 120 rounds and two binoculars were seized during the operation.

February 26

A soldier was injured as terrorists from across the border opened fire at a check post in Mangrotai area of South Waziristan Agency in the evening.

March 1

The cadres of Islamic State or Daesh hide among the general population, using small businesses as a cover, said a Police official under the condition of anonymity. The official under the condition of anonymity said that their approach differs from the TTP, whose cadres used to openly establish camps in parts of FATA and even in the settled areas of KP. They are highly experienced in sabotage and concealment" since most cadres had previously belonged to the TTP, he added. "These people hide among the (general) population and we have solid evidence suggesting that they engage in small businesses such as fruit vendors, plying pushcarts, using it as a cover, avoiding suspicion … Their strategy is mostly successful," he said, adding that these people rent houses and move frequently to avoid detection. "All new recruits are sent to Afghanistan … Once people know that you are fighting in Afghanistan, chances are that no policeman or anyone else will touch you simply because you are (among) 'good Taliban'," he maintained.

March 2

Four militants and two Army personnel, Lieutenant Khawar and Naik Shehzad, were killed in an exchange of fire during an intelligence-based operation conducted by SFs in the Jani Khel area of FR Bannu in FATA, ISPR statement said.

A US drone strike killed two suspected militants in a border village along Pak-Afghan border in Kurram Agency. One official from local Administration said that the missile struck two men riding a motorcycle. It was not clear who was being targeted. There had been no drone strike by the US in Pakistan since May 21, 2016.This was one of the longest periods that no US drone attack had taken place in Pakistan.

March 5

At least 10 militants and five soldiers were killed during a clash when militants lunched a cross-border attack on three Pakistani border posts along the Pak-Afghan border area in Mohmand Agency of FATA in the night. The ISPR press release said that five soldiers of the Pakistan Army and more than 10 suspected militants were reportedly killed in the attack. The slain soldiers were identified as Naik Sanaullah, Naik Safdar, Sepoy Altaf, Sepoy Nek Mohammad and Sepoy Anwar.

March 1

The cadres of Islamic State or Daesh hide among the general population, using small businesses as a cover, said a Police official under the condition of anonymity. The official under the condition of anonymity said that their approach differs from the TTP, whose cadres used to openly establish camps in parts of FATA and even in the settled areas of KP. They are highly experienced in sabotage and concealment" since most cadres had previously belonged to the TTP, he added. "These people hide among the (general) population and we have solid evidence suggesting that they engage in small businesses such as fruit vendors, plying pushcarts, using it as a cover, avoiding suspicion … Their strategy is mostly successful," he said, adding that these people rent houses and move frequently to avoid detection. "All new recruits are sent to Afghanistan … Once people know that you are fighting in Afghanistan, chances are that no policeman or anyone else will touch you simply because you are (among) 'good Taliban'," he maintained.

March 2

Four militants and two Army personnel, Lieutenant Khawar and Naik Shehzad, were killed in an exchange of fire during an intelligence-based operation conducted by SFs in the Jani Khel area of FR Bannu in FATA, ISPR statement said.

A US drone strike killed two suspected militants in a border village along Pak-Afghan border in Kurram Agency. One official from local Administration said that the missile struck two men riding a motorcycle. It was not clear who was being targeted. There had been no drone strike by the US in Pakistan since May 21, 2016.This was one of the longest periods that no US drone attack had taken place in Pakistan.

March 5

At least 10 militants and five soldiers were killed during a clash when militants lunched a cross-border attack on three Pakistani border posts along the Pak-Afghan border area in Mohmand Agency of FATA in the night. The ISPR press release said that five soldiers of the Pakistan Army and more than 10 suspected militants were reportedly killed in the attack. The slain soldiers were identified as Naik Sanaullah, Naik Safdar, Sepoy Altaf, Sepoy Nek Mohammad and Sepoy Anwar.

March 17

Two personnel of the FC were killed when suspected militants from across the Pakistan-Afghanistan border reportedly attempted to attack a check post in Khyber Agency in the FATA. Pakistani troops "effectively responded", as a result of which six militants were killed during the exchange of fire, the ISPR was quoted as saying.

March 22

Five militants, including a high-profile TTP militant, identified as Duran, were killed in an intelligence-based operation carried out by SFs in Mirak village of Kalaya tehsil in Orakzai Agency of FATA. An ISPR press release said two FC personnel also laid down their lives in the exchange of fire that ensued during the operation. The deceased were identified as Major Mudassar and Sepoy Mateeullah.

Two Levies personnel were killed and three others injured when a roadside bomb struck their vehicle at Angoor Adda area of South Waziristan Agency. The vehicle was also badly damaged in the explosion.

March 26

SFs recovered a cache of arms and ammunition during a raid on a house in Karram village in Mizer Valley area of NWA in FATA. The recovered arms included rockets of various types, seven rocket-propelled grenades launchers, and anti-tank bullets. The security source, however, declined to say if anyone was arrested during the raid.

March 31

At least 24 persons were killed and another 100 injured in a suicide attack on an Imambargah in the Noor market area of Parachinar town in Kurram Agency of FATA. Sources said the explosion took place as people gathered for Friday prayers near the women´s entrance of Imambargah. A witness said security personnel at the Imambargah were checking devotees when an unidentified person parked a car next to the building, which then exploded. TTP's faction JuA claimed responsibility for the attack. The blast was part of its operation Ghazi and Shias were the targets, the outfit said in a statement sent to the media.

A high-value terrorist Mehmoodul Hassan alias Khwaja Madni and his accomplice from the TTP' Sajna group were killed in an operation by SFs in Jandola area of SWA, the ISPR statement said. The SFs personnel recovered weapons and ammunitions from the terrorists' hideout.

April 2

Unidentified militants fired four missiles from Afghanistan into Kurram Agency of FATA. A spokesperson for the local administration said that the missiles had been fired from Afghanistan's Paktia province and did not cause any loss of life. One missile struck a shop in the Shingak area, another landed near a mosque, and two others in a graveyard at Kachkina.

April 4

The ISPR claimed that eight JuA militants had surrendered before the Army in Mohmand Agency of FATA. In a statement issued by the ISPR, the Army said the militants who surrendered include Akbar, Gull, Siraj and five of their accomplices.

April 18

The SF seized a huge cache of arms and ammunition during an operation in Kurram Agency of FATA, officials. Political Officer Shahid Ali Khan and Commandant, Kurram Militia, Colonel Umar Malik told reporters that seven rocket launchers, 24 rocket shells, two anti-aircraft guns, 50 hand-grenades and 400 mortar shells were also seized in the operation. The officials said that the densely populated area of the town had been declared 'red zone' on the requests of tribal elders and traders. About 24 kilometer trench had been dug around the town, they said, adding, the trench had disrupted movement through unfrequented routes. The officials said that the trench would be made a ring road in future. They also announced that motorcycles and other vehicles' entry into 'red zone' had been banned.

April 21

A child was killed and two persons were injured in a roadside bomb blast in Shinkoot area of Bajaur Agency in the FATA on. Officials said Gul Mast Khan, a local resident, along with his children was coming home from a nearby mosque after offering Friday prayers when a remote-controlled bomb placed along the link road went off. A child identified as Marwan died on the spot while his father and other child, Farmanullah, received serious injuries in the blast. No one claimed responsibility for the blast.

April 23

A khasadar, local Policeman, was killed while another was seriously injured when an IED planted along a road hit their motorcycle in Alingar area of Mohmand Agency in FATA. An official said that the deceased, Iqbal Khan, along with another khasadar was patrolling the area when their motorbike was hit by an IED. He died on the spot while his colleague received injuries.

April 24

At least 15 people, including five woman and four children, were killed and nine others sustained injuries when a passenger van hit a landmine in the Godar area of Kurram Agency. Sources said that the passenger van was en route to Sadda from Godar when it hit a landmine in Pato Kot village. Injured people included four Khasadar census workers who were scheduled to carry out the activity in the far-flung areas of the agency.

April 26

At least six suspected militants were killed and as many were injured when jets pounded their hideouts in the Tirah valley of Khyber Agency in FATA. Security sources said that warplanes destroyed at least two hideouts of the TTP. One of the hideouts - located in the Rajgal area of Tirah right on the border with Afghanistan - was used by terrorists as an ammunition dump, they revealed.

April 27

A suspected US drone strike on a house in the Lawara Mandi area of North Waziristan Agency of FATA killed at least seven militants, security officials said. "There are two militant commanders, Abdul Rehman and Akhtar Mohammad among the dead," an unnamed intelligence official said. "We have received reports of a drone attack in North Waziristan in which some seven militants have been killed," an unnamed security official said. Local intelligence officials said drones were seen in the area before two missiles hit a house in Lawara Mandi area, believed to be used by the TTP. Officials said the missiles could have been fired by US drones, but declined to confirm the origin of the strike.

A terrorist plot was foiled by the Frontier Constabulary in Bar Qambar Khel Bara in the Khyber Agency. During the operation, two terrorists, Shahid and Abdul Raziq, who were planning a major terrorist attack based on foreign directives, were arrested, the ISPR revealed. A large quantity of explosives was also recovered from the terrorists.

May 1

Successfully foiling attacks on two check posts of Army from across the border, SFs killed three terrorists and injured several others in South Waziristan Agency of FATA. ISPR said Army troops valiantly repulsed the attack, killing three 'terrorists' and injuring a number of others in an "intense exchange of fire".

May 2

Two soldiers were killed in a militant attack on a security check post in the Maidan area of Tirah valley in Khyber Agency of FATA in the evening. Official sources said that a group of unidentified militants attacked a check post killing two troops. They said that the attackers managed to flee after the incident taking cover of the darkness.

May 9

SFs recovered anti-tank mines, suicide jackets, IEDs and explosive cylinder during intelligence-based operations conducted in the Khyber and South Waziristan agencies of FATA. According to an ISPR statement, these operations were conducted under the ongoing Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad.

May 12

Two FCB soldiers were injured in cross-border firing in Kurram Agency of FATA from Khost province of Afghanistan. The attack took place as FCB personnel were undertaking construction of a wall along the border on the Pakistani side, the sources said, adding that they returned fire across the border.

SFs foiled a major terror bid near the Pak-Afghan border in Kurram Agency. According to Assistant Political Agent Shahid Ali Khan, SFs fired at an explosive-laden vehicle entering Pakistan from the Paktia province of Afghanistan as they suspected it to be a potential threat. The shots fired at the vehicle detonated the explosives in the van, which, according to Khan, was to be used in a major terror plot in Parachinar.

May 14

A political secretary and his security guard were shot dead by unidentified assailants in Walicheena area of Kurram Agency in FATA. The secretary, Sarfraz Hussain and his guard were travelling in a vehicle in Walicheena area when the suspects opened fire and killed them on the spot.

May 19

PAF fighter jets pounded several militant hideouts in Rajgal area of Khyber Agency in FATA. According to security sources, PAF F-16 aircraft carried out an airstrike in Rajgal area and destroyed three militant hideouts. The sources further said that suspected terrorists are likely to have been killed in the bombing.

A curfew has been imposed in Mohmand Agency after information was received that six suicide bombers had entered the Agency. The curfew was imposed as a preventative measure, Political administration official said, adding that the agency has been at security risk for quite some time now. Law enforcement personnel said they had been instructed to shoot if they saw anything suspicious. Educational institutions, offices and market places were closed down after the curfew was imposed and a blanket ban was placed on any social activity.

May 22

Five people, including one levies personnel, were killed in a remote-controlled bomb blast in Akakhel area of Tirah valley in FATA. Those killed in the blast included, head of the peace committee, Zarwali Khan and committee members Noor Khan, Hameed Khan and Amir Nawaz were amongst those killed in the bombing. Abdul Manan, a levies officer was also killed in the incident.

May 24

The US drone attack killed three militants, including a key TTP commander, Abdullah Kashmiri, in an unspecified place close to Afghanistan border North Waziristan Agency of FATA.

May 28

More than 5,700 people, including paramilitary force officials, have lost their lives in FATA in terrorist attacks during the last six years, Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) figure revealed. The SAFRON revealed this figure during the recently-concluded 42nd session of the National Assembly in a written response to a query by lawmaker Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan of the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party. According to surveys conducted by the Ministry to assess losses sustained as a result of the ongoing war on terrorism, 5,740 people have been killed in the last six years and an estimated 80,000 houses damaged of which the Government had validated 22,471 for compensation. 50,000 killed, USD 80 billion loss incurred in war on terror, NA told. The Ministry informed lawmakers that 234 levies, 174 khasadars and 5332 civilians were killed in terrorist attacks in FATA and 6,427 others injured. The SAFRON Ministry further added that PKR 3.04 billion had been spent under the PKR 3.56 billion Shuhada package which the Government had earmarked.

June 14

CoAS General Qamar Bajwa has said that mainstreaming of the FATA is essential for enduring peace and stability in the region. "Our focus now is to transform our operational achievements in FATA into enduring peace and stability for which early mainstreaming of FATA through reforms is essential," the CoAS was quoted as saying by the ISPR. "Pakistan Army fully supports all efforts towards that end," the CoAS added.


Source:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.

 

 

 

 

 
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