FATA Timeline - 2014
At least nine persons, including
three suspected militants and three children, were killed and
several others were wounded in a bomb blast targeting the house
of tribal elder Hakeem Khan Akakhel in Tirah Valley of Khyber
A passerby, identified as Hussain
Turi, was injured in roadside bomb explosion in Pewar area of
Kurram Agency in FATA. No group claimed responsibility for the
At least seven people were injured
in an explosion in Sadda Bazaar of lower Kurram Agency.
At least 10 militants and three
SFs were killed when militants attacked Green Ridge check post
in Ladha subdivision South Waziristan Agency. The military claimed
"inflicting heavy casualties to the militants."
At least two volunteers of Amn
committee lost their lives in a bomb blast in Zakhakhel Bazaar
of Landi Kotal tehsil in Khyber Agency of FATA. Sources said the
volunteers, whose identity could not be ascertained, were killed
when a planted explosive device went off in the area. The explosion
also damaged nearby shops.
A Khasadar Force personnel killed
while two others injured in a bomb blast near the vehicle of Khasadar
Force in Zakhakhel area of Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency of FATA.
A bomb planted by unidentified
militants at an unpaved road to target FC troopers supplying rations
at check posts went off in the Landikotal tehsil of Khyber Agency.
No loss of life was reported.
Two FC officials were injured
when an IED went off at a roadside in the Ghari Gal area of Mamond
tehsil in the Bajaur Agency of FATA. Political administration
official from Mamond, Abdul Haseeb Khan, said he was informed
by a tribesman around 12:30pm about a canister spotted on the
roadside in Ghari Gal area of Mamond. Consequently, FC officials
rushed to the site along with a BDS unit and defused the five-kilogramme
explosive device. The official added that while the bomb was being
defused, another IED planted nearby was detonated by militants
through a remote control, injuring two FC officials while destroying
their vehicle completely.
Army helicopters pounded several
militant hideouts in Mir Ali area of North Waziristan Agency in
FATA killing at least 24 persons and injuring 15 others. Fear
and panic gripped the area after the overnight blitz after which
locals began to migrate out of the volatile area to safer places.
At least 12 suspected militants
were killed when fighter jets bombed their hideouts in the Inzar
Kor area of Kukikhel in Khyber Agency of FATA. A security official
claimed that four militant hideouts were flattened in the blitz.
SFs claimed to have killed about
32 militants in Tora Waila, Darota area of Kukikhel in Tirah Valley
of Khyber Agency in FATA. Unconfirmed reports said that the 'chief'
of the TTP Orakzai Chapter, Hafiz Saeed, was among those killed
in the strikes.
Security officials on January
22 confirmed that the leader of the TTP's Supreme Shura, Asmat
Shaheen Bittani, and 'master trainer' of suicide bombers, Wali
Mohammad, as well as dozens of foreign fighters were amongst those
killed in air strikes in NWA on the night of January 20, 2014.
A senior security official said that that most of those killed
in the offensive were foreign fighters, including 33 Uzbeks and
Soon after the military operation
Maulana Sami-ul-Haq who has close ties to the Taliban said that
he would no longer act as a government-backed peace broker with
the militants after airstrikes killed 40 people in a tribal District.
"The Government does not seem serious and concerned. I had requested
them to avoid a military operation and use of force but yesterday
it started bombing in North Waziristan and tribal areas," Haq,
who is also chief of his own faction of the religious JUI-S party,
said in a statement. "Both sides (Taliban and government) are
in a state of war. Innocent citizens and soldiers are dying,"
he said in the statement.
A cleric, identified as Maulana
Qazi Azizullah Athar, was shot dead in front of Committee Bagh
near DHQ Hospital in FR Tank.
Thousands of people have fled
their homes in North Waziristan Agency of FATA fearing a military
offensive against Taliban insurgents is imminent, residents and
officials said. Residents said some 1,500 families or about 13,000
people left their villages around the towns of Mir Ali and Miranshah,
to migrate to relatively safe areas outside the tribal areas in
Bannu, Dera Ismail Khan and Peshawar. The exodus began last week
when Pakistan Air Force fighter jets bombarded the area following
a series of militant attacks on Security Forces and civilians
which killed more than 100 people in a week. "Around 1,500 families
and up to 13,000 people have left several villages in North Waziristan,"
Rafiullah, 25, a resident of Mosaki village in Mir Ali told by
phone. "People are unable to find houses to go in Bannu, so many
women, children and old men are lying out in the open. Many others
have gone to Peshawar and Dera Ismail Khan Districts to find some
shelter," he said.
A woman was killed and her two
daughters were injured when two landmine explosions occurred in
the Sarsarang area of Upper Kurram Agency of FATA.
Thousands of villagers have fled
their homes in North Waziristan Agency, fearing a major military
operation by armed forces after they said dozens of people had
been killed in air strikes targeting Taliban militants on January
21, 2014. Fearing another offensive by armed forces, a wave of
refugees left the region to take shelter in schools, private homes
and veterinary clinics in areas FR Bannu and FR Dera Ismail Khan
on the edge of the tribal belt. A senior official in Bannu said
23,000 refugees had fled to the town.
PM Nawaz Sharif during a meeting
with COAS General Raheel Sharif said that no decision on launching
an offensive in NWA FATA would be taken without consensus of all
stakeholders and any such decision would be taken in the best
national interest. Sources said the Prime Minister exchanged views
with the COAS on matters of national security, future course of
action over dialogue with the Taliban, Karachi operation, missing
persons and other issues.
JUI-S chief Maulana Sami-ul-Haq
opposed a military operation against the Taliban and said the
government "does not seem serious for dialogue with the Taliban".
A military operation never resolves problems but it multiplies
them, he said. He said that dialogue with the Taliban was the
only way to restore peace in the country, adding that Nawaz Sharif
has apparently been stopped from holding talks with the TTP.
Two children were killed when
a toy bomb they were playing with accidently exploded in the Zakhakhel
Bazaar area of Landikotal tehsil in Khyber Agency of FATA.
Two children were killed when
a mortar shell went off in Tabay area of Zakhakhel Bazaar in Landikotal
tehsil of Khyber Agency in FATA.
The political administration during
a search operation recovered four abducted persons, identified
as Haji Sabz Ali, Syed Zaman, Rogh Muhammad and Qari Shad and
arrested two alleged abductors in Prang Ghar area in Mohmand Agency.
A soldier of the FC, identified
as Shana Gul, was shot dead by unidentified motorcyclists in Ghundi
area in the Jamrud tehsil of the Khyber Agency in FATA in the
night. The sources said that Shana Gul was going home after buying
grocery from a local shop when unidentified motorcyclists opened
fire on him, leaving him dead.
Three soldiers were injured in
a roadside blast at Kharsar area in Ladha subdivision in South
Waziristan Agency. The sources said that a convoy of the SFs was
on its way to Asman Manza when an explosive device planted by
unidentified militants on the roadside at Kharsar went off and
caused injuries to three soldiers.
No loss of life was reported in
two roadside bomb attacks on the SFs' convoys in different parts
of North Waziristan Agency. The sources said that unidentified
miscreants had planted explosives along the roadside in Khar Qamar
area in Dattakhel tehsil and another on the Miranshah-Dattakhel
road. The explosives went off when the convoys of the SFs were
passing through these areas.
The SFs also defused a roadside
bomb in Mir Ali tehsil of North Waziristan Agency.
The political administration of
Jamrud tehsil of Khyber Agency placed a ban on display of weapons
in Jamrud Bazaar and directed tribesmen to form a committee to
curb law and order. Addressing Kokikhel, Mullagori and Jhandakhel
tribesmen at Jamrud Jirga Hall, Khyber Agency Political Agent
Shahab Ali Shah said the ban is unprecedented in the tribal areas,
but was a necessity as Government officials were relentlessly
being targeted in the sub-division despite tribes' assurances
of ensuring peace in their areas.
Two persons, identified as Syed
Wajid Hussain and Syed Iftikhar Hussain, sustained injuries in
a bomb blast in Ali Shari area of Kurram Agency in FATA.
A 12-year-old boy, identified
as Syed Razi Shah, was injured in an explosion in Ali Shari area
of Kurram Agency.
A local Taliban 'commander', Shafiq,
and three of his bodyguards were killed when unidentified assailants
opened fire on their vehicle on Miranshah-Mir Ali road in the
Pir Kallay area of NWA in FATA. Further details regarding the
incident were not available as the access of media in the region
is restricted due to security worries and Government restrictions.
Four tribesmen were killed by
unidentified militants in the Norak area of Mir Ali tehsil in
NWA. An official of the political administration said the incident
occurred around 6:30pm when four tribesmen, whose identity could
not be ascertained, were sitting at a roadside near their houses
A JeM militant, identified as
Mast Gul, who escaped after Charari Sharief gunfight near Srinagar
in Jammu and Kashmir in 1995, was seen with TTP militant at a
press conference in North Waziristan Agency of FATA. Not long
after JeM 'chief' Maulana Masood Azhar addressed a rally in Muzaffarabad
(Pakistan occupied Kashmir) by telephone, Mast Gul, surfaced at
the press conference.
Six soldiers and one officer were
injured in two acts of terrorism in the Dattakhel area of NWA
in FATA. Sources said that an improvised explosive device exploded
near a military truck in Dattakhel near Afghan border, injuring
six soldiers. The truck, part of a convoy, was destroyed in the
Three personnel of Khasadar Force
escorting polio workers were injured when an improvised explosive
device planted by suspected militants along a road went off in
the Khugakhel area of Landi Kotal tehsil (revenue unit) in Khyber
Agency. The Khasadar team later defused an explosive device in
the same area.
Militants opened fire at a security
picket in the Khar Kamar area of Dattakhel subdivision. One officer
Five persons were killed when
unidentified militants opened fire at a van near Dattakhel town
in North Waziristan Agency in the night. According to reports,
the five persons whose identity could not be ascertained were
going to Shawal from Dattakhel when gunmen opened fire on their
van near Dattakhel bazaar.
The TTP claimed to have killed
23 FC personnel kidnapped in June 14, 2010 from Shoonkri Post
of Mohmand Agency in FATA. According to reports, the TTP Mohmand
Agency 'spokesman', Omar Khurasani said that the kidnapped FC
personnel were killed as revenge because the Government was continuously
killing their men in different parts of the country, including
Karachi, Peshawar and Swabi. He said if the Government does not
stop killing the TTP supporters, they would also continue to kill
Security Forces' personnel.
After the TTP claim, it was decided
that the Government committee and TTP negotiators will not be
meeting on February 17. Senior journalist Rahimullah Yousafzai,
who is one of the members of the Government committee, said it
was necessary to discuss the killings with the Government before
the state committee meets TTP negotiators. TTP also confirmed
that the meeting, which was scheduled to take place at 11am today,
will not be held.
A soldier, Mehrab, was killed
in an attack by unidentified militants on a SFs checkpost in Ladha
area of South Waziristan Agency in the night around 11:00pm.
Six members of an anti-polio team
were abducted by unidentified militants in the Pang area of the
FR Tank in FATA. Assistant Political Agent, FR Tank, Khalid Mehmood
Marwat, said the team, including Dr Khandad, in-charge of the
Union Council Siddiqullah, driver Kalim, three Levies personnel,
Lance Naik Daulat Khan, Sepoy Amanullah and Sepoy Minhas. He said
the team members were kidnapped at 3 pm when they were on their
way back after finishing the task.
An Army Major, Jahanzaib, and
three militants were killed in an exchange of fire in FR Peshawar
of FATA. "(The) exchange of fire continues," the ISPR said in
At least 35 militants were killed
as fighter jets targeted suspected insurgent hideouts in Dattakhel,
Shawal and Mir Ali tehsils (revenue unit) of the North Waziristan
Agency of FATA. The bombardment comes a day after TTP said a ceasefire
can be negotiated upon if the Army stopped targeting its members.
Other military sources said that the militants involved in the
Peshawar cinema blast (February 10) and killing of an Army officer
(February 18) in frontier region Peshawar two days ago were targeted
in their hideouts situated in Khyber Agency. In the second attack,
around seven militants were killed. IED making factories and prepared
explosives were also destroyed in the strikes.
After being convinced by the top
Army leadership, PM Nawaz Sharif gave a go ahead for the airstrikes.
High level civil military consultations continued for three days
which culminated on these strikes. Army Chief, General Raheel
Sharif and intelligence heads briefed the PM over rapid developments
in the tribal areas and also shared images of militant hideouts
procured through their own spy drones. Authorisation of the PM
was sought for more strikes at other locations, which according
to the sources has been granted.
Federal Minister for Information
and Broadcasting, Pervaiz Rasheed, on February 20 said the TTP
in unequivocal terms commented "If you talk with us, we will respond
with greater enthusiasm. But, if you would strike once, we would
strike twice". Pervaiz Rasheed said in a statement, soon after
the Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhary Nisar announced that
PM Nawaz Sharif in consultation with the military leadership has
linked the peace talks to a halt to the bloodshed.
Referring to the talks with the
TTP, Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhary Nisar said, "Dialogue
and violence cannot take place side by side. The military has
been asked to retaliate in self-defence, which is their right.
This [self-defence] is the right of the armed forces, which cannot
be taken away from them," he said. Members of the government's
peace committee were also consulted in this regard, the interior
minister added. "We have burnt the midnight oil," he said, explaining
how the Government had worked overtime on how to resolve the issue.
JeI Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief and
member of the TTP talks committee Mohammad Ibrahim on February
20 condemned the shelling in North Waziristan Agency and Khyber
Agency and described it as an action against innocent citizens.
In a statement issued by the JeI, he said that the air strikes
would further complicate the situation, adding that the ultimate
sufferers would be the innocent people because random firing and
shelling could never prove useful for restoration of peace.
Earlier on February 19, TTP granted
the authority to JUI-S Chief Maulana Samiul Haq decide on ceasefire
between the Government and the TTP. Haq is heading the TTP intermediary
committee. The JUI-S central information secretary said that if
there was a consensus between the Government peace talks committee
and Haq, then a ceasefire can be announced between the two sides.
At least 38 militants, including
key commanders, were killed in early morning air strikes the Ghaibi
Nika area of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency of FATA. Six hideouts
were also destroyed. Security sources said that fighter jets bombed
the hideouts as well as landmine-making factories in the Ghaibi
Nika area where mostly militants from LI group are based. Factories
and several stockpiles of explosives were also destroyed in the
A Government official, Sadif Hussain
Tori, a technician at a Government veterinary hospital, was abducted
by unidentified militants from Alizai tehsil of Kurram Agency.
Sadif Hussain Tori was on his way home when militants intercepted
his vehicle and abducted him.
The residents near the Pak-Afghan
border have started migrating to safer places in fear of a possible
military operation in NWA. People from Seegi, Ghulam Khan, Mandi
and Datta Khel tehsil are leaving their homes. People belonging
to Mir Ali are also shifting to Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Karak and
Peshawar of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa due to persisting fears of a widespread
bloodshed between militants and Pakistan Army.
Amidst growing chatter of a military
operation in NWA, security sources on February said the task of
purging the area of all violent groups could be over in a "matter
of weeks." "It would take the military four to six weeks to clear
the agency of fighters," security sources said, insisting that
it was not difficult for Pakistan Army to re-establish the writ
of the Government in NWA. The officials also quashed the impression
that the operation had only 40% chance of success, as claimed
by some politicians in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Asmatullah Shaheen Bhittani, a senior 'commander'
of TTP and supporter of peace talks with the Government, was killed
along with his three colleagues in Darga Mandi village near Miranshah
in North Waziristan Agency. TTP sources said Asmatullah Shaheen
was coming to Miranshah in a car along with three other militants
when another vehicle coming from the border area with Afghanistan
overtook them and armed men sitting in it opened fire from AK-47
(Kalashnikov) assault rifles at them.
Pakistani fighter jets and gunship helicopters
bombarded hideouts of TTP militants in the North and South Waziristan
Agencies FATA killing at least 30 militants. "The death toll from
the air strikes has risen to 30," a security official told, updating
the earlier death toll of 27. "Fifteen were killed in the South
Waziristan side of the border, while 15 were killed in North Waziristan."
The attacks were the fourth in a series of air strikes by the
PAF since February 20.
The former administrator of Tehsil Headquarters
Hospital, Mir Ali was abducted from North Waziristan Agency of
FATA while he was heading home in Hisokhel from work in the evening.
At least three militants were killed and three
others were injured in an exchange of fire between security officials
and militants in Shalobar area of Khyber Agency of FATA.
Several suspected militants were feared dead on
morning when helicopter gunships attacked their hideouts in the
mountainous area of Zarkani Luni and adjoining areas in FR Dera
Ismail Khan bordering South Waziristan Agency. However, there
was no formal confirmation of the shelling from the administration.
Promising minimum possible collateral damage,
the Government said that surgical airstrikes against hideouts
of militants will continue in FATA. No military operation was
going on in FATA and only targeted action was being carried out.
About 20,000 people, mostly women and children,
have been displaced during the Army operation against the TTP
in North Waziristan Agency of FATA and the United Nations is ready
to help them. UN Secretary General's Spokesman Martin Nesriky
told reporters at a briefing.
12 Security Force personals (Khyber Khasadar Force),
who were providing security to a polio team, were killed in two
separate blasts in the Lashora area of Jamrud tehsil in Khyber
Agency of FATA. A child was also killed in the firing by the militants
after the blasts.
In response to the militant attack on a polio
team in the Lashora area of Jamrud tehsil in FATA which left at
least 13 persons dead on March 1, Security Forces launched an
assault on March 2-morning on militant hideouts in Kalanga and
surrounding areas of Bara tehsil and killed five militants. Security
sources confirmed that gunship helicopters struck the Ayubi Markaz
of Mullah Tamanchey involved in the attack on polio workers.
Source:Compiled from news reports
and are provisional.