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FATA Timeline - 2016

January 4

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."

January 7

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.

January 8

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 added.

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.

January 9

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.

January 11

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.

January 15

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 family.

January 19

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.

January 20

SFs killed nine terrorists in air raids in Khyber Agency of FATA.

January 21

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.

January 24

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.

January 26

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.

January 29

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.

January 30

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.

February 15

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 of FATA.

At least one soldier was killed and four others were injured by an IED near Talai village in Wana town of South Waziristan Agency.

February 17

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 in FATA.

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.

February 18

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.

February 19

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 targets.

February 21

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.

February 22

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.

February 23

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.

February 24

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.

February 27

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.

February 29

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.

March 1

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.

March 9

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 operations."

March 10

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.

March 11

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."

March 17

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.

March 21

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.

March 22

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.

March 26

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.

March 30

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 TTP.

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.

April 3

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.

April 7

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.

April 11

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]."

April 16

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.

April 17

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.

April 18

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.

April 19

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 control."

April 20

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.

April 23

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.

April 24

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 Agency.

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.

April 29

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.

May 3

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.

May 16

At least four soldiers were injured in a roadside bomb blast in Sandana area, near Nari Baba locality of Bazaar Zakhakhel in Khyber Agency.

Seven FDA workers kidnapped in South Waziristan Agency were freed a political agent Zafrul Islam said, after Government representatives detained 22 local villagers under "collective responsibility". "They are safe and sound and now I am taking them to South Waziristan's headquarters, Wana," Islam said.

May 20

Brigadier Shabbir Narejo of the Pakistan Army said that it had cleared the last militant stronghold in the Shawal Valley of North Waziristan Agency after a three-month long operation. "We have cleared the Shawal valley completely of militants," said the Brigadier. "There were up to 2,000 trained militants in the valley, but we surprised them by launching the operation in the peak of winter in minus 12 degrees Celsius," he said, adding that that six soldiers and up to 120 militants died in the fighting.

May 21

ISPR said that Pakistan has handed over the Angoor Adda check post in South Waziristan Agency of FATA to Afghan Security Forces to strengthen the relations with Afghanistan. DG ISPR General Asim Bajwa tweeted "This gesture will act as a catalyst and is envisioned to bring momentum for establishing peace and stability along the Pak-Afghan Border."

May 26

At least three suspected militants were killed and four others injured during an exchange of fire with SFs personnel near Pak-Afghan border in Shawal valley of North Waziristan Agency in FATA.

May 27

Four suspected Afghan terrorists were killed in a clash with SFs in Khwezai tehsil of Mohmand Agency in FATA. "Terrorists attacked a security check post in Khwezai area, which borders Afghanistan," said a security official. The security official added all four terrorists were killed in retaliatory action by SFs.

May 31

Two soldiers embraced martyrdom and three others injured in two different incidents of bomb blasts triggered through remote-controlled devices in Mohmand Agency of FATA. The first incident occurred at Baizai area close to Pak-Afghan border, the IED planted close to a check post exploded, martyring two soldiers of FC. The forces cordoned off the entire area and started combing operation to nab the culprits. In another incident, three soldiers sustained minor wounds as the vehicle of FWO hit a planted IED on Peshawar-Ghalani road in Mohmand Agency.

June 7

Two security guards of pro-government tribal elder Malik Ayaz Khan, identified as Amjad Khan and Siraj Khan, were killed while another, identified as Ibrahim Khan, was injured in an IED attack in Ziarat area of Safi tehsil in Mohmand Agency of FATA. Khan escaped the attack unhurt.

June 8

The local administration along with Haleemzai tribal elders demolished over 12 houses of suspected militants during a search operation in Haleemzai tehsil of Mohmand Agency in FATA. According to details, the houses of wanted militants Aman, Aziz, Yasir, Ziarat Shah, Adil Bacha, Adnan, Munsif, Yaseen, Ameen Taj and Pir Zada and Mian Shakir were demolished. The demolition operation was conducted MianGan, Shanikhel, Sami khel, Khwa-jawas and Durbakhel areas of the Agency. An official of the political administration said that they conducted the operation with the help of tribal elders of Haleemzai. They demolished houses of suspected militants with explosive materials.

June 12

A Pakistani soldier was injured during a cross-border firing incident between Afghan and Pakistani forces at Shamshad Mountain near Torkham border crossing in Khyber Agency of FATA. The forces exchanged fire over the contentious fencing issue. "Afghan Security forces resorted to unprovoked firing on Pakistani side at Torkham Gate. A Pakistani soldier was injured due to Afghan firing," said the ISPR statement.

June 13

16 Pakistani citizens and six SFs were injured in the cross-border firing between Pakistani and Afghan SFs in Bacha Khel and other areas adjacent to Torkham border crossing in Khyber Agency of FATA. A curfew is also in effect between Torkham and Landikotal bazaar as the area falls within range of mortar shells, said security officials. Nearly 200 families were evacuated to Landikotal. The clashes have halted for now, with armoured vehicles standing face-to-face at the border.

June 14

Tensions mounted at the Torkham border crossing as exchange of fire between Pakistani and Afghan security forces continued on June 14, resulting in injuries to two more Frontier Corps personnel. Major Jawad Ali Changezi, who was injured in the border violence on June 13, succumbed to his injuries at the CMH in Peshawar. The death of the army officer is likely to ratchet up tension between the two neighbouring countries, who sources said were beefing up troop numbers on either side.

Tensions mounted at the Torkham border crossing as exchange of fire between Pakistani and Afghan security forces continued on June 14, resulting in injuries to two more Frontier Corps personnel. Major Jawad Ali Changezi, who was injured in the border violence on June 13, succumbed to his injuries at the CMH in Peshawar. The death of the army officer is likely to ratchet up tension between the two neighbouring countries, who sources said were beefing up troop numbers on either side.

The CoAS General Raheel Sharif said that terrorists will not be allowed to stage a comeback in the tribal regions as he reassured tribesmen that the "army will not go back until the job is fully done". "Our focus within Fata (Federally Administered Tribal Areas) will now be on more efficient border management to prevent cross-border movement. For enduring stability, IBOs [intelligence-based operations] and combing operations will continue with same vigor across the country," General Raheel said during a visit to forward locations in North and South Waziristan agencies.

The Army Chief spent the whole day with tribesmen and troops busy in the consolidation phase of Operation Zarb-e-Azb which was launched in mid-June 2014 to indiscriminately flush out local terrorists and their foreign cohorts. The army chief was given a detailed briefing on ongoing operations and rehabilitation work and its effects on the social landscape of the area, according to a statement issued by the ISPR.

President Mamnoon Hussain while talking to MNA Muhammad Nazir Khan said that North Waziristan Agency including Shawal Valley had been completely cleared of terrorists and peace was restored due to sustained operations of the army. The President said that the repatriation and rehabilitation of IDPs was being carried out on priority.

June 15

The ISPR DG Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa said that 490 soldiers of the Pakistan Army have died in the line of duty during Operation Zarb-i-Azb and work is still left to do - including improving the border management mechanism with Afghanistan as well as clearing restive pockets in areas of Swat. The ISPR DG Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa was addressing a press conference on the two-year anniversary of Operation Zarb-i-Azb and presented major achievements of the operation so far - listing progress made on various fronts. Bajwa said some 3,600 square kilometres were cleared initially in the operation, which has gone up 4,304 sq km in the FATA and North Waziristan, adding that 992 hideouts have been destroyed thus far, with 253 tons of explosives seized. "There was recruitment going on in North Waziristan, suicide jackets were spreading throughout the country. That has been controlled. There are just the last few pockets remaining in the Shawal valley," said Bajwa. ISPR DG Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa made it clear that Pakistan would not stop construction of a check-post at the Torkham border crossing, as it was 37 metres inside the Pakistani territory. Bajwa said that AFGHAN government's objections to the check-post were totally unjustified. He said that ISAF and the Afghan Government were informed before the operation that terrorists might flee to Afghanistan, but they did not man the border to help the Pakistan Army catch or kill the fleeing terrorists. He said that Afghanistan could not take a stand on Torkham because it was in Pakistan. He said that Pakistan would never give up construction of the check-post at Torkham because it was its right.

June 18

Pakistan-Afghanistan border at Torkham (FATA) reopened for trade and visitors after Kabul and Islamabad reached an agreement, following six days of cross-border tension. After the lifting of curfew, people are being thoroughly checked and those with complete travelling documentation are being allowed to enter Pakistan at Torkham. "To reopen the pass there were central and regional level negotiations," said Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for Afghanistan's Nangarhar Provincial Governor.

The new gate which Pakistan set up on its side of the border has been named after Major Jawad Ali, who killed in cross-border firing on June 14, 2016 at Torkham. Officials in Pakistan maintained that the gate was being put up to prevent the flow of visitors from Afghanistan into Pakistan without complete documents.

June 19

Three boys sustained injuries when a landmine went off in Atmar Khel area of Baizai tehsil in Mohmand Agency of FATA. The landmine was planted by unknown persons at a place used by the people for taking rest underneath trees in Atmar Khel area. Security sources identified the victims as Arif Khan (18), Noor Ullah (10), and his brother Abdullah (11), who were playing when the blast struck.

Six key commanders of TTP, including the brother and uncle of the slain TTP leader Hakimullah Mehsud, surrendered to the law enforcement agencies in Upper Kurram Agency after they pledged to denounce militancy and live peacefully. However, according to the sources, who wished not to be named, the surrender had taken place in Kurram Agency a few days ago where Hakimullah Mehsud's brother Ijaz Mehsud and uncle, Khair Mohammad Mehsud, had presented themselves before the law enforcement agencies. They were later shifted to security forces' fort in Tall area of Hangu District in KP.

The IDPs belonging to different localities of Khyber Agency refused to go back to their homes unless the Government provides them basic facilities. They have been sitting at a protest camp along the Sher Shah Suri Road of Peshawar, the provincial capital of KP for past 34 days in favour of their demands. Talking to Dawn on Saturday, Haji Iqbal Afridi said the tribal people had left their homes in a hurry, but now everything was missing and the buildings were badly damaged. "There are still over a number of areas like Ghulam Ali, Nahqai, Sukht, Amidi, Garhi where operation against terrorists is still going on and in the prevailing situation no one can return home," Mr Afridi made clear.

June 23

Political Agent Khyber Agency Khalid Mehmood said that peace has been restored in militancy-hit areas in Bara and Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency while the Government has launched development projects in health, roads and education sectors. Mehmood said that the top priority of the political administration was to serve the masses in the affected militancy-hit areas. "I directed all the field-officers of the political administration to solve the problems of the tribesmen on their door-step and resolve the issue in days, not months," he added.

June 24

The SFs repulsed an attack on their check posts in border areas of Nawagai tehsil in Bajaur Agency of FATA by militants from Kunar province of Afghanistan. "At least two militants were injured as security forces successfully repulsed the cross-border attack in several areas of Nawagai in the small hours of Friday," security officials said.

June 26

Two shops were destroyed when an explosive device planted in the Kamar Sar bazaar in Loi Mamond tehsil in Bajaur Agency of FATA went off at night. Official sources said that unidentified persons had planted explosives at the Kamar Sar cloth market in Loi Mamond, which went off at 1am. As a result, two shops were completely destroyed while six others were damaged. The political administration officials defused another bomb at the market and arrested the watchman of the bazaar.

June 29

Two former members of peace committee, identified as Khyal Badshah and Fazal Wahid, were injured in an IED attack in Dawizai area of Lower Mohmand Agency in FATA. Badshah is the brother of a political administration official of lower Mohmand Agency and a local tribal elder, Malik Ibrahim, who also confirmed the incident.

June 30

The SFs defused three IEDs in Inayat Killay area of Bajaur agency in FATA. Sources said that unidentified miscreants planted three remote controlled bombs at various points on a road in Inayat Killay. The bomb disposal squad defused the IEDs and saved the area from a devastating terror plot. Later, the SFs started a search operation in the adjoining areas and arrested two suspects.

July 11

Two suspected militants were killed in a remote-controlled IED attack on Dherakai-Pashat road in Salarazai tehsil of the Bajaur Agency in FATA.

July 12

The Kurram Agency PPP President Hamid Hussain Toori was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Parachinar town of Kurram Agency in FATA. The motive behind the target killing is yet to be ascertained as the assassinated leader of the PPP had no enmity with anyone.

For the last few months, the FATA have been at relative peace. Incidents of violence have seen a noticeable decline with the exception of one region - Mohmand Agency. At least 11 incidents have taken place in the area during May and most of them were related to terrorism. IED planted by the roadside have been a nightmare for locals and law-enforcement agencies. In comparison, the rest of the tribal belt has witnessed a period of calm as such incidents decreased by a whopping 48%. In the more than eight IED attacks in May, three of the devices were defused.

July 15

Campaigners and families, who lost their loved ones in US covert drone strikes in Pakistan, have rejected the figures on drone strike casualties in Pakistan. Shahzad Akbar, a senior lawyer, who is leading a legal battle for the civilians killed in the US drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal regions, says the data collected from the media reports and people on the ground put the civilian death toll at over 3,000 against 116 as claimed by the US. Akbar mentioned a 2013 court's judgment in the Peshawar in which the judge mentioned deaths of 1,490 civilians in the US drone attacks in Waziristan Agency of FATA.

Akbar mentioned at least three US drone strikes that killed many civilians, including nearly 80 children in an attack on a religious school in the Bajaur Agency in October 2006, 60 in an attack on a funeral in South Waziristan Agency in June 2009, and 40 in a drone strike on a Jirga or assembly of tribal elders in North Waziristan Agency in March 2011. "These are just a few of the major US drone strikes which killed hundreds of civilians, including children. So I would say that the latest White House figure of up to 116 civilian casualties is ridiculous and just a political gimmick," said Akbar.

July 18

The FATA tribunal, comprising chairman Sange Marjan Khan and members Hus­sainzada Khan and Atif Nazir, received the record of the Dr Shakil Afridi case and fixed August 23, 2016, for arguments on his petition challenging the upholding of his conviction by an appellate forum for having links with militant outfits. For the past two years, the petition of Dr Afridi, who was arrested in May 2011 on suspicion of helping the American CIA track down the then al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden has been lingering mostly because of the unavailability of the relevant record. Following repeated noti­ces by the three-member tribunal, which is the third and final judicial forum under the FCR, the record was finally produced by the Tribal Administration of Khyber Agency.

July 20

The third phase of the repatriation of IDPs from SWA of FATA displaced due to operation Zarb-e-Azb began. A total of 373 families were returned to their native areas in Sararogha tehsil of SWA on the first day of the process. Political Agent South Waziristan Zafar Islam Khattak and Colonel Imran of the Pakistan Army saw off the IDPs at the camp.

August 1

The reconstruction and rehabilitation process of 80 per cent of the 183 schools destroyed by militants in Khyber Agency of FATA has been completed, an Education department official said. Khyber Agency Education Officer Abdur Rashid informed that the terrorists had destroyed 183 schools in the agency, including 153 schools in Bara tehsil alone. These schools included 94 schools that were completely raised to the ground. He said that Government had completed construction work on 80 per cent schools but education department of the agency was yet to take charge of the school and let them open for learning. "However, alternate places have been managed to keep the education activities alive in the area and let students undertake their learning activities," Abdur Rashid added.

August 9

Two soldiers were killed in an IED explosion in the border area of Nawagai tehsil in Bajaur Agency of FATA. According to officials, Havildars Khurshid and Mushtaq were taking water to their post on mules from a nearby place when an IED planted along the way went off. The bomb was detonated by a remote control.

August 12

The SFs arrested four suspected suicide bombers from Shaks area of Jamrud tehsil in Khyber Agency of FATA and also recovered five suicide bomb vests from them.

August 16

The SFs killed at least 15 militants and injured more than a dozen during air strikes carried out in Sattar Killay, Kharaiba and Rajgal - the remote areas of Kuki Khel in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency in FATA. Official sources said that during the operation, five militant strongholds were destroyed.

An ISPR statement said the operation was launched "to reinforce troop deployment in Rajgal Valley to effectively check and guard against" movement across the porous border in Khyber Agency. The operation targets "movement on high mountains and all-weather passes in Khyber Agency", the statement said. After security forces' operations in Khyber Agency, most of the militants, including those affiliated with the TTP and Bara-based LI, had fled and reportedly taken refuge in Tirah.

August 18

At least 11 militants were killed in a joint aerial and ground operation Babar Kachkol, Toor Sapar and adjoining areas of Khyber Agency in FATA. According to ISPR statement, eight militant hideouts were also destroyed during the operation.

August 19

A security official was killed and a civilian was injured in a remote-controlled bomb blast in Salarazai area of Bajaur Agency in FATA.

Two soldiers, identified as Ghulam Yasin and Sajid, were injured when unidentified militants opened fire from across the border at troops in Jungle area of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency.

August 22

SFs are consolidating their positions after securing key mountainous passes in the Rajgal Valley of Khyber Agency in FATA in what is being described as a major success in the ongoing operation Khyber-III that was launched on August 16, 2016, as part of the military's efforts to check the movement of terrorists along the porous border between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

According to ISPR statement, "Security Forces have occupied passes and are now consolidating their positions up in high mountains in Rajgal." It further added, "During search in Damo Drub [area] huge cache of arms and ammunition, including improvised explosive devices, were recovered." At least 40 terrorists have been killed and 21 wounded in air and ground actions since the start of the operation, according to the ISPR. "In the treacherous terrain of Rajgal, 43 terrorist hideouts have also been decimated."

August 24

Elders of tribal areas at a Loya Jirga organised by PTI tribal belt chapter at the Peshawar Press Club urged the Government to take steps for complete abolishment of the Frontier Crime Regulations and merge the FATA into KP. Dost Muhammad Mehsood, PTI chief organiser FATA said that tribesmen had rendered sacrifices for the sake of durable peace in the country and millions of tribal people had become IDPs. He said that there was no need of a referendum on the issue of FATA. He added that more than 75 per cent Pashtun people were living in Hazara division therefore Hazaris should not have any reservation on merging of FATA into KP. "We are Pakistani people according to the 1973 Constitution of Pakistan then why a separate law is imposed on tribal people. If FCR is a good law then why not it implement into the rest of the country" he asked.

August 25

During a detailed news briefing at the Foreign Office, Prime Minister's Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said that the Government has proposed a plan to replace the FCR in the FATA with a new Tribal Areas Rewaj Act. "Today I met Senate chairperson and speaker of the National Assembly, and now the reforms will be debated in Parliament," he said. Aziz heads a committee, constituted by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in November 2015, to work out a viable reform package to integrate FATA into the mainstream.

Aziz said that they had devised a five-year transition period so that tribes can work with jirgas and rewaj (cultural dispute resolution) systems. Under the proposed reforms, the existing FCR will be repealed in favour of the jirga and rewaj systems under the new Tribal Areas Rewaj Act - to be introduced in phases in the areas where it is convenient. "You cannot change the customary way of justice easily, so it will continue to function along with the newly introduced justice system," Aziz said, adding that under the rewaj, people can lodge appeals with the formal justice system.

August 28

A shopkeeper, identified as Shamshad, was shot dead while he was sleeping outside his shop in Chanda bazaar of Halimzai tehsil in Mohmand Agency of FATA. The accused was identified as Saddam, an off-duty Levies official.

August 30

The CTD foiled a terror bid by arresting militant and recovering explosives from a house on Samana Road in Orakzai Agency of FATA. The arrested militant was identified as Abdul Rehman, a resident of Landikotal tehsil in Khyber Agency. According to sources, the explosives included a locally-made bomb, three kilograms of ball-bearings and hand-grenade. The CTD personnel raided the house after receiving a tip-off about the presence of a suspect along with explosives. Rehman confessed planning attack on Security Forces.

September 4

Two personnel of the BDS were killed when two IEDs hit a BDS and local Khasadar force team in Koz Chamarkand area of Safi tehsil in Mohmand Agency of FATA. A security official confirmed that a BDS team of MR 203 Wing was on routine patrol when an IED planted by militants blew up, killing Zarbad Shah Khattak. Another IED exploded in Nawapas area near the Pak-Afghan border. Khasadar force Hawaldar Nabi received critical injuries in the explosion and died on way to hospital. JuA, the splinter group of TTP claimed responsibility of both the attacks.

One security personnel was killed and another injured in a mine blast in Chamar Kand area of Mohmand Agency.

SFs arrested four suspected facilitators from Corona area of Mohmand Agency who were suspected to be involved in the terrorist attack targeting Christian Colony in the Warsak Dam area of Peshawar, the provincial capital of KP, in the morning of September 2. SFs arrested the accused in a search operation in Corona area as they made headway into investigations on Mardan and Christian Colony attacks. The arrested include Shahid, Aijaz, Ziaur Rehman and Zia.

September 7

Four passers-by sustained injuries in an IED blast in Rustam Bazaar in South Waziristan Agency of FATA. According to official sources, the militants had planted the explosive device near the wall of a medical store. The owner of the medical shop, Naik Muhammad, was the resident of FR Bannu.

Shafqat Malik, AIG of the BDS, said that IEDs have become the most common weapon to be used by militants in KP and FATA. Around 70 per cent of terrorist attacks in KP have involved the use of IEDs, he said, informing that 5,228 incidents of IED blasts took place from 2009 to 2015 in the Province. Another 210 cases have already been recorded this year. Malik further suggested, "The government needs to establish an inspectorate to keep a check on factories that are using explosive material for commercial purposes".

September 8

A woman was killed when unidentified militants hurled hand grenade and opened fire at the house of a pro-government tribal elder Malik Nasir Khan in Shah Alam Sali area of Michni in Lower Mohmand Agency of FATA. An official of political administration said that the house had also been attacked in the past but the occupants escaped unhurt.

Unidentified armed assailants shot dead the son of a renowned leader, Malik Zebur Rehman, in Jamrud tehsil of Khyber Agency. Four Khasadar officials were also injured in the attack. The security officials arrested four suspects from the area after the incident.

September 9 At least nine suspected terrorists were killed in air strikes in Kukikhel area of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency of FATA. Military officials said two hideouts were also destroyed in the airstrikes.
September 15

The CoAS General Raheel Sharif made it clear that the Army would not leave the FATA without bringing peace, completing rehabilitation and transferring administrative control to an institutionalised mechanism. He was addressing the elders of Bajaur Agency and soldiers during his visit to the area.

September 16

A suicide bomber killed at least 36 people and wounded more than 37 others as they attended Friday prayers at a mosque in Pekhan Killay area of Anbar tehsil in Mohmand Agency of FATA. JuA, breakaway faction of TTP, claimed responsibility of the attack.

Deputy Chief of Mohmand Agency administration Naveed Akbar said that the bomber came in as Friday prayers were in progress, and blew himself up in the main hall. "The suicide bomber was in a crowded mosque, he shouted 'Allahu Akbar' (God is greatest) and then there was a huge blast," Naveed Akbar said.

September 22

Unidentified persons set on fire the house of an IDP, Khan Badshah, in Takhtakai area of Tirah valley in Khyber Agency of FATA. The tribesmen had left the area after the SFs launched operations against the militants in Bara and Tirah valley in 2014.

The elders of the Zaoddin Zakhakhel and Storikhel tribes asked the Government to provide facilities to the displaced persons returning to Tirah valley in Khyber Agency. They said that the infrastructure was destroyed after the SFs launched Operation Khyber-1 in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency after the tribal people vacated their houses. "We left behind everything in our houses when the security forces carried out the military operations against Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) and Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Tirah," Hakim Khan Afridi, an elder of the Zaoddin Zakhakhel tribe said.

September 23

SF personnel repulsed two attacks on security checkposts in the Sheikh Baba area of Mohmand Agency and Nawa Pass security post in Bajaur Agency in FATA by suspected militants from across the Pak-Afghan border. SFs repulsed both attacks by retaliating quickly. No casualties were reported on either side of the border. The JuA militant group claimed responsibility for the attacks.

September 26

One Fazal Manan, the younger brother of Malik Taj Khan, a well-known pro-Government tribal elder, was killed in a roadside bomb blast in the Tarkhoo area of Mamond tehsil in Bajaur Agency of FATA in the evening. Officials quoted eyewitnesses as saying that Fazal Manan along with his driver was walking on the road, when an explosive device placed along the road went off. According to the officials, the bomb was detonated by remote control. Manan died on the spot while his companion, Alam Gul, received serious injuries in the blast.

Pakistani troops deployed at the Salala Post in Mohmand Agency returned fire after coming under attack by suspected militants based in Afghanistan. Official sources said the Pakistani soldiers didn't suffer any losses or damage to property.

September 27

A soldier, identified as Muhammad Rehman (22), was killed during a military action against militants in Wana town of SWA in FATA.

October 4

A tribesman, identified as Shamsul Haq, was killed, while another man, identified as Noor Khan, sustained injuries in an IED blast in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency in FATA.

October 10

Seven suspected militants were killed in air strikes carried out by Pakistan Air Force jets in the Tirah valley area of Khyber Agency in FATA. Security officials said three hideouts were also destroyed during the airstrikes. The details of the strikes could not be independently verified as access of media personnel is restricted in the region. These areas have also been considered home to religious extremist organizations including Al Qaeda and the TTP.

October 16

Two security personnel were killed and another one was injured in firing from across the Afghan border in Angor Adda area of South Waziristan Agency in FATA. Sources said that unidentified assailants targeted a check-post at Angor Adda from the Birmal area in Paktika province of Afghanistan at 9:46am with light and heavy weapons. Two security personnel, Idrees Khan and Arshad, were killed and Naek Saeed was injured. The deceased belonged to the 56th Punjab Regiment.

October 18

A tribesman, identified as Muhammad Janan, was killed while his friend was injured in a landmine blast in Jaar area of Kurram Agency in FATA.

According to a statement issued by the ISPR, the fourth phase of the return and rehabilitation process of the people displaced from South Waziristan Agency will commence on October 19. The statement further said that 81 villages of Ladha, Makeen, Sararogha, Sarwakai and Tiarza tehsils will be rehabilitated during the phase that will continue till December 6, 2016.

October 26

A polio worker, identified as Fazal Amin, was shot dead by unidentified militants in Jamrud tehsil of Khyber Agency in FATA.

November 1

A militant, identified as Noor Mohammad alias Noray, was killed in a clash with SFs in Maki Khel area of Jamrud tehsil in Khyber Agency of FATA.

Army Major, identified as Major Imran, was killed and six other soldiers were injured in an IED explosion in South Waziristan Agency. According to ISPR, around 490 soldiers and 3,500 militants have been killed so far in FATA in Operation Zarb-e-Azab.

November 7

A soldier died and two others suffered injuries when an Army patrolling jeep drove over a landmine in the Maidan area of Tirah valley in Khyber Agency of FATA. According to officials, a group of soldiers was on a routine patrol in the Maidan area when the landmine exploded. Soldier Jahangir died while Aqeel and Liaqat were injured.

November 15

CoAS General Raheel Sharif during his visit to North and South Waziristan said that the army has made considerable gains in operations against terrorists and "we have reached close to our objective of total elimination of terrorism from our soil". "We will give a secure and prosperous Pakistan to our future generations," he said. The army chief was given a briefing on the progress of stabilisation operations, return of the TDPs and development work in the FATA. As part of a comprehensive rehab and reconstruction effort, significant rehab projects were commissioned.

November 16

At least five tribesmen, who are members of the peace committee, were shot dead by unidentified militants in the Kamar Khel area of Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency of FATA. An official of the political administration said that the targeted persons belonged to Zakha Khel tribe, and were on their way back from Tirah Valley when attacked. The militants managed to flee without being noticed.

November 19

Peshawar Corps Commander Lieutenant General Hidayatur Rehman said that militancy has been successfully eliminated from the FATA. "The Frontier Corps (FC) has played a tremendous role in eliminating militancy in FATA and settled areas of the country and establishing the writ of the government in tribal areas," Rehman said. He also said that but there are still safe havens for terrorists across the border in Afghanistan and from these safe havens militants have been known to launch attacks in Pakistan.

November 22

A Khasadar force official sustained injuries in an IED bombing in Safi Tehsil of Mohmand Agency in FATA, official sources said. They said militants had planted the explosives in the fields in the Alingar area of Safi Tehsil. They said the explosives went off as the Khasadar personnel were moving through the fields.

November 23

One Khasadar official was killed in a landmine blast at Karkanai in the Safi tehsil area of Mohmand Agency in FATA. The sources said that suspected militants had planted an explosive device near a checkpoint in Karkanai.

SFs recovered a huge cache of mortar shells during a search operation in central parts of Kurram Agency, official sources said. The SFs launched a search operation in Jamal Mela and Zaya Syeed and recovered mortar shells and other explosive material.

November 25

Militants blew up a Government primary school for boys in Safi tehsil of Mohmand Agency in the intervening night. "The school was reconstructed in 2012-13 after it was destroyed in 2009-10 by miscreants," assistant agency education officer Abdul Sattar Khan said, adding a total of 75 children were enrolled in it. JuA, a breakaway faction of the TTP claimed responsibility for the blast. In a statement issued to media outlets, its 'spokesman' Ehsanullah Ehsan said, "Our Mujahideen razed a government school in Koz Chamarkand, and also separately injured a levies man in a mine blast in Pandyali tehsil." He said such attacks would continue in future too till enforcement of Islamic system in Pakistan. A total of 127 schools have been destroyed in Mohmand Agency - out of which some 64 were located in tehsil Safi.

November 26

At least four militants were killed in retaliatory fire by the SFs when they (militants) launched a suicide attack on a camp of the Mohmand Rifles Headquarters at Ghalanai in Mohmand Agency of FATA. Two soldiers of the FC were killed in the attack, Director General of ISPR Asim Bajwa said on Twitter. At least 14 FC men were injured in the attack, security sources said. According to security sources, militants attacked the FC camp inside the agency headquarters at 6:20am [PST]. A heavy exchange of fire ensued between the militants and soldiers, until all attackers were killed.

November 27

Terrorism-stricken parts of the FATA require special attention of the government for their development but they appear to be the least priority of the authorities concerned. This is the gist of a special report by a sub-committee of the Senate's Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions released on November 25. FATA people were initially tormented by terrorism and now by a step-motherly attitude of the government, the report said.

Source:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.





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