FATA Timeline - 2014
At least nine persons, including
three suspected militants and three children, were killed and
several others were wounded in a bomb blast targeting the house
of tribal elder Hakeem Khan Akakhel in Tirah Valley of Khyber
A passerby, identified as Hussain
Turi, was injured in roadside bomb explosion in Pewar area of
Kurram Agency in FATA. No group claimed responsibility for the
At least seven people were injured
in an explosion in Sadda Bazaar of lower Kurram Agency.
At least 10 militants and three
SFs were killed when militants attacked Green Ridge check post
in Ladha subdivision South Waziristan Agency. The military claimed
"inflicting heavy casualties to the militants."
At least two volunteers of Amn
committee lost their lives in a bomb blast in Zakhakhel Bazaar
of Landi Kotal tehsil in Khyber Agency of FATA. Sources said the
volunteers, whose identity could not be ascertained, were killed
when a planted explosive device went off in the area. The explosion
also damaged nearby shops.
A Khasadar Force personnel killed
while two others injured in a bomb blast near the vehicle of Khasadar
Force in Zakhakhel area of Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency of FATA.
A bomb planted by unidentified
militants at an unpaved road to target FC troopers supplying rations
at check posts went off in the Landikotal tehsil of Khyber Agency.
No loss of life was reported.
Two FC officials were injured
when an IED went off at a roadside in the Ghari Gal area of Mamond
tehsil in the Bajaur Agency of FATA. Political administration
official from Mamond, Abdul Haseeb Khan, said he was informed
by a tribesman around 12:30pm about a canister spotted on the
roadside in Ghari Gal area of Mamond. Consequently, FC officials
rushed to the site along with a BDS unit and defused the five-kilogramme
explosive device. The official added that while the bomb was being
defused, another IED planted nearby was detonated by militants
through a remote control, injuring two FC officials while destroying
their vehicle completely.
Army helicopters pounded several
militant hideouts in Mir Ali area of North Waziristan Agency in
FATA killing at least 24 persons and injuring 15 others. Fear
and panic gripped the area after the overnight blitz after which
locals began to migrate out of the volatile area to safer places.
At least 12 suspected militants
were killed when fighter jets bombed their hideouts in the Inzar
Kor area of Kukikhel in Khyber Agency of FATA. A security official
claimed that four militant hideouts were flattened in the blitz.
SFs claimed to have killed about
32 militants in Tora Waila, Darota area of Kukikhel in Tirah Valley
of Khyber Agency in FATA. Unconfirmed reports said that the 'chief'
of the TTP Orakzai Chapter, Hafiz Saeed, was among those killed
in the strikes.
Security officials on January
22 confirmed that the leader of the TTP's Supreme Shura, Asmat
Shaheen Bittani, and 'master trainer' of suicide bombers, Wali
Mohammad, as well as dozens of foreign fighters were amongst those
killed in air strikes in NWA on the night of January 20, 2014.
A senior security official said that that most of those killed
in the offensive were foreign fighters, including 33 Uzbeks and
Soon after the military operation
Maulana Sami-ul-Haq who has close ties to the Taliban said that
he would no longer act as a government-backed peace broker with
the militants after airstrikes killed 40 people in a tribal District.
"The Government does not seem serious and concerned. I had requested
them to avoid a military operation and use of force but yesterday
it started bombing in North Waziristan and tribal areas," Haq,
who is also chief of his own faction of the religious JUI-S party,
said in a statement. "Both sides (Taliban and government) are
in a state of war. Innocent citizens and soldiers are dying,"
he said in the statement.
A cleric, identified as Maulana
Qazi Azizullah Athar, was shot dead in front of Committee Bagh
near DHQ Hospital in FR Tank.
Thousands of people have fled
their homes in North Waziristan Agency of FATA fearing a military
offensive against Taliban insurgents is imminent, residents and
officials said. Residents said some 1,500 families or about 13,000
people left their villages around the towns of Mir Ali and Miranshah,
to migrate to relatively safe areas outside the tribal areas in
Bannu, Dera Ismail Khan and Peshawar. The exodus began last week
when Pakistan Air Force fighter jets bombarded the area following
a series of militant attacks on Security Forces and civilians
which killed more than 100 people in a week. "Around 1,500 families
and up to 13,000 people have left several villages in North Waziristan,"
Rafiullah, 25, a resident of Mosaki village in Mir Ali told by
phone. "People are unable to find houses to go in Bannu, so many
women, children and old men are lying out in the open. Many others
have gone to Peshawar and Dera Ismail Khan Districts to find some
shelter," he said.
A woman was killed and her two
daughters were injured when two landmine explosions occurred in
the Sarsarang area of Upper Kurram Agency of FATA.
Thousands of villagers have fled
their homes in North Waziristan Agency, fearing a major military
operation by armed forces after they said dozens of people had
been killed in air strikes targeting Taliban militants on January
21, 2014. Fearing another offensive by armed forces, a wave of
refugees left the region to take shelter in schools, private homes
and veterinary clinics in areas FR Bannu and FR Dera Ismail Khan
on the edge of the tribal belt. A senior official in Bannu said
23,000 refugees had fled to the town.
PM Nawaz Sharif during a meeting
with COAS General Raheel Sharif said that no decision on launching
an offensive in NWA FATA would be taken without consensus of all
stakeholders and any such decision would be taken in the best
national interest. Sources said the Prime Minister exchanged views
with the COAS on matters of national security, future course of
action over dialogue with the Taliban, Karachi operation, missing
persons and other issues.
JUI-S chief Maulana Sami-ul-Haq
opposed a military operation against the Taliban and said the
government "does not seem serious for dialogue with the Taliban".
A military operation never resolves problems but it multiplies
them, he said. He said that dialogue with the Taliban was the
only way to restore peace in the country, adding that Nawaz Sharif
has apparently been stopped from holding talks with the TTP.
Two children were killed when
a toy bomb they were playing with accidently exploded in the Zakhakhel
Bazaar area of Landikotal tehsil in Khyber Agency of FATA.
Two children were killed when
a mortar shell went off in Tabay area of Zakhakhel Bazaar in Landikotal
tehsil of Khyber Agency in FATA.
The political administration during
a search operation recovered four abducted persons, identified
as Haji Sabz Ali, Syed Zaman, Rogh Muhammad and Qari Shad and
arrested two alleged abductors in Prang Ghar area in Mohmand Agency.
A soldier of the FC, identified
as Shana Gul, was shot dead by unidentified motorcyclists in Ghundi
area in the Jamrud tehsil of the Khyber Agency in FATA in the
night. The sources said that Shana Gul was going home after buying
grocery from a local shop when unidentified motorcyclists opened
fire on him, leaving him dead.
Three soldiers were injured in
a roadside blast at Kharsar area in Ladha subdivision in South
Waziristan Agency. The sources said that a convoy of the SFs was
on its way to Asman Manza when an explosive device planted by
unidentified militants on the roadside at Kharsar went off and
caused injuries to three soldiers.
No loss of life was reported in
two roadside bomb attacks on the SFs' convoys in different parts
of North Waziristan Agency. The sources said that unidentified
miscreants had planted explosives along the roadside in Khar Qamar
area in Dattakhel tehsil and another on the Miranshah-Dattakhel
road. The explosives went off when the convoys of the SFs were
passing through these areas.
The SFs also defused a roadside
bomb in Mir Ali tehsil of North Waziristan Agency.
The political administration of
Jamrud tehsil of Khyber Agency placed a ban on display of weapons
in Jamrud Bazaar and directed tribesmen to form a committee to
curb law and order. Addressing Kokikhel, Mullagori and Jhandakhel
tribesmen at Jamrud Jirga Hall, Khyber Agency Political Agent
Shahab Ali Shah said the ban is unprecedented in the tribal areas,
but was a necessity as Government officials were relentlessly
being targeted in the sub-division despite tribes' assurances
of ensuring peace in their areas.
Two persons, identified as Syed
Wajid Hussain and Syed Iftikhar Hussain, sustained injuries in
a bomb blast in Ali Shari area of Kurram Agency in FATA.
A 12-year-old boy, identified
as Syed Razi Shah, was injured in an explosion in Ali Shari area
of Kurram Agency.
A local Taliban 'commander', Shafiq,
and three of his bodyguards were killed when unidentified assailants
opened fire on their vehicle on Miranshah-Mir Ali road in the
Pir Kallay area of NWA in FATA. Further details regarding the
incident were not available as the access of media in the region
is restricted due to security worries and Government restrictions.
Four tribesmen were killed by
unidentified militants in the Norak area of Mir Ali tehsil in
NWA. An official of the political administration said the incident
occurred around 6:30pm when four tribesmen, whose identity could
not be ascertained, were sitting at a roadside near their houses
A JeM militant, identified as
Mast Gul, who escaped after Charari Sharief gunfight near Srinagar
in Jammu and Kashmir in 1995, was seen with TTP militant at a
press conference in North Waziristan Agency of FATA. Not long
after JeM 'chief' Maulana Masood Azhar addressed a rally in Muzaffarabad
(Pakistan occupied Kashmir) by telephone, Mast Gul, surfaced at
the press conference.
Six soldiers and one officer were
injured in two acts of terrorism in the Dattakhel area of NWA
in FATA. Sources said that an improvised explosive device exploded
near a military truck in Dattakhel near Afghan border, injuring
six soldiers. The truck, part of a convoy, was destroyed in the
Three personnel of Khasadar Force
escorting polio workers were injured when an improvised explosive
device planted by suspected militants along a road went off in
the Khugakhel area of Landi Kotal tehsil (revenue unit) in Khyber
Agency. The Khasadar team later defused an explosive device in
the same area.
Militants opened fire at a security
picket in the Khar Kamar area of Dattakhel subdivision. One officer
Five persons were killed when
unidentified militants opened fire at a van near Dattakhel town
in North Waziristan Agency in the night. According to reports,
the five persons whose identity could not be ascertained were
going to Shawal from Dattakhel when gunmen opened fire on their
van near Dattakhel bazaar.
The TTP claimed to have killed
23 FC personnel kidnapped in June 14, 2010 from Shoonkri Post
of Mohmand Agency in FATA. According to reports, the TTP Mohmand
Agency 'spokesman', Omar Khurasani said that the kidnapped FC
personnel were killed as revenge because the Government was continuously
killing their men in different parts of the country, including
Karachi, Peshawar and Swabi. He said if the Government does not
stop killing the TTP supporters, they would also continue to kill
Security Forces' personnel.
After the TTP claim, it was decided
that the Government committee and TTP negotiators will not be
meeting on February 17. Senior journalist Rahimullah Yousafzai,
who is one of the members of the Government committee, said it
was necessary to discuss the killings with the Government before
the state committee meets TTP negotiators. TTP also confirmed
that the meeting, which was scheduled to take place at 11am today,
will not be held.
A soldier, Mehrab, was killed
in an attack by unidentified militants on a SFs checkpost in Ladha
area of South Waziristan Agency in the night around 11:00pm.
Six members of an anti-polio team
were abducted by unidentified militants in the Pang area of the
FR Tank in FATA. Assistant Political Agent, FR Tank, Khalid Mehmood
Marwat, said the team, including Dr Khandad, in-charge of the
Union Council Siddiqullah, driver Kalim, three Levies personnel,
Lance Naik Daulat Khan, Sepoy Amanullah and Sepoy Minhas. He said
the team members were kidnapped at 3 pm when they were on their
way back after finishing the task.
An Army Major, Jahanzaib, and
three militants were killed in an exchange of fire in FR Peshawar
of FATA. "(The) exchange of fire continues," the ISPR said in
At least 35 militants were killed
as fighter jets targeted suspected insurgent hideouts in Dattakhel,
Shawal and Mir Ali tehsils (revenue unit) of the North Waziristan
Agency of FATA. The bombardment comes a day after TTP said a ceasefire
can be negotiated upon if the Army stopped targeting its members.
Other military sources said that the militants involved in the
Peshawar cinema blast (February 10) and killing of an Army officer
(February 18) in frontier region Peshawar two days ago were targeted
in their hideouts situated in Khyber Agency. In the second attack,
around seven militants were killed. IED making factories and prepared
explosives were also destroyed in the strikes.
After being convinced by the top
Army leadership, PM Nawaz Sharif gave a go ahead for the airstrikes.
High level civil military consultations continued for three days
which culminated on these strikes. Army Chief, General Raheel
Sharif and intelligence heads briefed the PM over rapid developments
in the tribal areas and also shared images of militant hideouts
procured through their own spy drones. Authorisation of the PM
was sought for more strikes at other locations, which according
to the sources has been granted.
Federal Minister for Information
and Broadcasting, Pervaiz Rasheed, on February 20 said the TTP
in unequivocal terms commented "If you talk with us, we will respond
with greater enthusiasm. But, if you would strike once, we would
strike twice". Pervaiz Rasheed said in a statement, soon after
the Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhary Nisar announced that
PM Nawaz Sharif in consultation with the military leadership has
linked the peace talks to a halt to the bloodshed.
Referring to the talks with the
TTP, Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhary Nisar said, "Dialogue
and violence cannot take place side by side. The military has
been asked to retaliate in self-defence, which is their right.
This [self-defence] is the right of the armed forces, which cannot
be taken away from them," he said. Members of the government's
peace committee were also consulted in this regard, the interior
minister added. "We have burnt the midnight oil," he said, explaining
how the Government had worked overtime on how to resolve the issue.
JeI Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief and
member of the TTP talks committee Mohammad Ibrahim on February
20 condemned the shelling in North Waziristan Agency and Khyber
Agency and described it as an action against innocent citizens.
In a statement issued by the JeI, he said that the air strikes
would further complicate the situation, adding that the ultimate
sufferers would be the innocent people because random firing and
shelling could never prove useful for restoration of peace.
Earlier on February 19, TTP granted
the authority to JUI-S Chief Maulana Samiul Haq decide on ceasefire
between the Government and the TTP. Haq is heading the TTP intermediary
committee. The JUI-S central information secretary said that if
there was a consensus between the Government peace talks committee
and Haq, then a ceasefire can be announced between the two sides.
At least 38 militants, including
key commanders, were killed in early morning air strikes the Ghaibi
Nika area of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency of FATA. Six hideouts
were also destroyed. Security sources said that fighter jets bombed
the hideouts as well as landmine-making factories in the Ghaibi
Nika area where mostly militants from LI group are based. Factories
and several stockpiles of explosives were also destroyed in the
A Government official, Sadif Hussain
Tori, a technician at a Government veterinary hospital, was abducted
by unidentified militants from Alizai tehsil of Kurram Agency.
Sadif Hussain Tori was on his way home when militants intercepted
his vehicle and abducted him.
The residents near the Pak-Afghan
border have started migrating to safer places in fear of a possible
military operation in NWA. People from Seegi, Ghulam Khan, Mandi
and Datta Khel tehsil are leaving their homes. People belonging
to Mir Ali are also shifting to Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Karak and
Peshawar of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa due to persisting fears of a widespread
bloodshed between militants and Pakistan Army.
Amidst growing chatter of a military
operation in NWA, security sources on February said the task of
purging the area of all violent groups could be over in a "matter
of weeks." "It would take the military four to six weeks to clear
the agency of fighters," security sources said, insisting that
it was not difficult for Pakistan Army to re-establish the writ
of the Government in NWA. The officials also quashed the impression
that the operation had only 40% chance of success, as claimed
by some politicians in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Asmatullah Shaheen Bhittani, a
senior 'commander' of TTP and supporter of peace talks with the
Government, was killed along with his three colleagues in Darga
Mandi village near Miranshah in North Waziristan Agency. TTP sources
said Asmatullah Shaheen was coming to Miranshah in a car along
with three other militants when another vehicle coming from the
border area with Afghanistan overtook them and armed men sitting
in it opened fire from AK-47 (Kalashnikov) assault rifles at them.
Pakistani fighter jets and gunship
helicopters bombarded hideouts of TTP militants in the North and
South Waziristan Agencies FATA killing at least 30 militants.
"The death toll from the air strikes has risen to 30," a security
official told, updating the earlier death toll of 27. "Fifteen
were killed in the South Waziristan side of the border, while
15 were killed in North Waziristan." The attacks were the fourth
in a series of air strikes by the PAF since February 20.
The former administrator of Tehsil
Headquarters Hospital, Mir Ali was abducted from North Waziristan
Agency of FATA while he was heading home in Hisokhel from work
in the evening.
At least three militants were
killed and three others were injured in an exchange of fire between
security officials and militants in Shalobar area of Khyber Agency
Several suspected militants were
feared dead on morning when helicopter gunships attacked their
hideouts in the mountainous area of Zarkani Luni and adjoining
areas in FR Dera Ismail Khan bordering South Waziristan Agency.
However, there was no formal confirmation of the shelling from
Promising minimum possible collateral
damage, the Government said that surgical airstrikes against hideouts
of militants will continue in FATA. No military operation was
going on in FATA and only targeted action was being carried out.
About 20,000 people, mostly women
and children, have been displaced during the Army operation against
the TTP in North Waziristan Agency of FATA and the United Nations
is ready to help them. UN Secretary General's Spokesman Martin
Nesriky told reporters at a briefing.
12 Security Force personals (Khyber
Khasadar Force), who were providing security to a polio team,
were killed in two separate blasts in the Lashora area of Jamrud
tehsil in Khyber Agency of FATA. A child was also killed in the
firing by the militants after the blasts.
In response to the militant attack
on a polio team in the Lashora area of Jamrud tehsil in FATA which
left at least 13 persons dead on March 1, Security Forces launched
an assault on March 2-morning on militant hideouts in Kalanga
and surrounding areas of Bara tehsil and killed five militants.
Security sources confirmed that gunship helicopters struck the
Ayubi Markaz of Mullah Tamanchey involved in the attack on polio
Two SF personnel were killed and
seven others were injured when a remote-controlled IED targeted
a SFs' vehicle at Sadukhel area of Landi Kotal tehsil in Khyber
Agency of FATA. According to sources, a convoy of FC personnel
was travelling from Landi Kotal tehsil to Jamrud.
The members of eight tribes from
Orakzai Agency held a Grand Jirga to welcome the announcement
of a ceasefire from the TTP. They demanded the TTP should also
include tribal elders in its negotiation committee. The jirga
was led by tribal elder Malik Hafiz Habib Noor, Malik Jan and
Malik Muhammad Rahman.
Two persons were killed when unidentified
gunmen attacked four vehicles carrying NATO supplies for Afghanistan
in the Jamrud area of Khyber Agency in FATA. "The four containers
were on their way to Afghanistan when four gunmen riding two motorbikes
opened fire at them in Jamrud, killing two helpers and wounding
one driver and one helper," a senior local administration official,
Jehangir Azam Wazir, said.
Two bullet riddle dead bodies
in gunny sacks were recovered from the Shah Kas area in Jamrud
Al Qaeda continues to operate
from FATA, Commander of the USCentral Command General Lloyd J.
Austin said on March 6 in his testimony before House Armed Services
Committee while adding that the long-lasting tensions between
India and Pakistan over Kashmir are a threat to regional stability.
"Long-standing tensions between Pakistan and India also threaten
regional stability as both states have substantial military forces
arrayed along their borders and the disputed Kashmir LoC," General
He said that the US faced a host
of challenges in Pakistan that have long hindered the efforts
of the Pakistan Government to fight terrorism and America's ability
to provide needed assistance. "Central to Pakistan's struggles
is its poor economy and burgeoning 'youth bulge'. Given these
conditions, radicalism is on the rise in settled areas and threatens
increased militant activity and insurgency in parts of Pakistan
where the sway of the state traditionally has been the strongest,"
he said, adding, "At the same time, terrorist attacks and ethno-sectarian
violence threaten the Government's tenuous control over some areas.
Further compounding these internal challenges are Pakistan's strained
relationships with its neighbours".
A three-day anti-polio drive started
across the FATA except in North and South Waziristan Agencies
and parts of adjoining FR Bannu due to a TTP ban. The drive targets
about 713,051 children below five years of age. Meanwhile, in
Mohmand Agency, the campaign will begin on March 11, while it
was deferred till March 17 in Khyber Agency due to an ongoing
Army action against militants there. Secretary social sector FATA
Captain (retired) Sardar Mohammad Abbas inaugurated the campaign
by administering oral polio vaccine to children at the FATA Secretariat.
According to a press release,
the vaccinators will not visit the areas where militants had banned
drops due to threats. A total of 2,324 mobile, 245 fixed and 72
transit teams comprising volunteers and vaccinators would administer
drops to targeted children in the tribal areas under strict security
arrangements, said the press release. FATA recorded 24 polio cases
of the nationwide 27 cases in 2014. Of them, 21 are from North
Waziristan and one from South Waziristan while three children
are from whole of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In 2013, FATA accounted
for 67 polio cases of the total 93 recorded in Pakistan. North
Waziristan again recorded the highest number of 36 cases followed
by Khyber with 20 and South Waziristan one, as children couldn't
be vaccinated due to a ban slapped by TTP in June 2012.
Unidentified assailants shot dead
four people, including three militants, in Miranshah Bazaar of
North Waziristan Agency in FATA. "Several gunmen opened fire on
a vehicle in Miranshah Bazaar, killing four people," a senior
security official said. He said the gunmen also fired rockets
at the vehicle, adding "those killed in the attack included three
militants and a passerby".
Five people, including four children
and a woman, were wounded in a bomb blast outside their house
at Ghandi village near Jamrud town in Khyber Agency of FATA.
Bajaur Levies Force defused an
IED planted along a road in Kharyan area of Nawagai tehsil in
Bajaur Agency. The officials said that the personnel of the BDS
rushed to the site after receiving information from the locals,
and the bomb was safely defused.
At least six persons were killed
in the morning when a mortar shell exploded in a house in the
Shawal tehsil of the North Waziristan Agency in FATA. The dead
in the incident included four women, a man and a child.
A NATO container was destroyed
in rocket attack by unidentified militants in Shagai area of the
Khyber Agency in FATA. No casualties were reported in the incident.
At least three persons were injured
in a blast in the Landi Kotal Bazaar of the Khyber Agency in FATA.
According to Khasadar officials, the injured in the attack were
the members of a religious group named as Tawheed ul Islam.
Direct peace talks were held between
the Government and the TTP in Orakzai Agency of FATA. The talks
were mainly focused on an extension in the ceasefire and release
of non-combatant detainees. The face-to-face meeting lasting seven
hours was held in the Bilandkhel area in Spin Thall in the Orakzai
Agency near the boundary with North Waziristan and the Kurram
A convoy of SFs escaped two explosions
caused by remote-controlled devices on the Miranshah-Dattakhel
Road in NWA of FATA. However, the blasts caused no human or property
losses as the convoy of the SFs had passed the targeted area shortly
before the explosions.
A driver, Syed Ajmal Hussain, was critically injured
in a roadside blast in Parachinar, headquarters of Kurram Agency,
in FATA. Sources said that Syed Ajmal Hussain was going to his
village in a vehicle when a roadside explosive device planted
by suspected militants near a checkpoint went off.
The Government has claimed a modest increase in
the boys' and girls' literacy rate in the FATA. "Literacy rate
for girls stands at a modest 10.5 per cent compared to 36.66 per
cent for boys despite considerable expenditure incurred by the
FATA Secretariat to improve education statistics in the area,"
said a handout while quoting an official document. Earlier, the
girls' and boys' literacy rate was three per cent and 29.51 per
According to the handout, Kurram Agency tops other
tribal agencies in the girls' enrolment as 21.3 per cent girls
have been enrolled there followed by Khyber Agency with 16.13
per cent such enrolment. Giving agency-wise breakup of the girls'
enrolment, the handout said the FATA Education Atlas 2011-12 reported
that the proportion of girls enrolled in educational institutions
stood at 7.5 per cent in South Waziristan, 4.26 per cent in North
Waziristan Agency, 21.03 per cent in Kurram Agency, 4.7 per cent
in Bajaur Agency, 5.72 per cent in Mohmand Agency, 5.15 per cent
in Orakzai Agency and 16.13 per cent in Khyber Agency.
The proportion stands at 5.88 per cent in FR Dera
Ismail Khan, 1.81 per cent in FR Lakki Marwat, 2.28 per cent in
FR Tank, 1.07 per cent in FR Bannu, 24.09 per cent in FR Kohat
and 16.66 per cent in FR Peshawar. According to the handout, around
124,424 girls are enrolled in 1,551 primary schools, 19,614 girls
in 158 middle schools, 13,837 girls in 42 high schools and 1,134
girls in five higher secondary schools in FATA. It said the recent
militant activities and poor law and order situation in tribal
areas had badly hampered the girls' education in the region but
the government was taking steps to provide education across FATA.
At least 23 mortar shells fired from Afghanistan
fell into North Waziristan Agency of FATA. The mortar shells landed
into Ghulam Khan and Bagi Dar areas of North Waziristan. No casualties
or loss of life was reported due to the targeted areas being uninhabited.
Non-vaccination of children in the FATA could
spoil the anti-polio initiative in KP. The immunisation of children
through Sehat Ka Insaf programme can't protect children against
poliovirus for long as far as children in FATA would stay without
oral polio vaccine. Two new cases, one each from North Waziristan
Agency and Bannu, were recorded on April 2, bringing the total
number of nationwide cases to 41. This also worried the authorities
in KP, who are carrying out immunisation campaigns.
According to the National Institute of Health,
Islamabad, Pakistan had recorded only six polio cases till this
date in 2013 against 41 this year, which reflects an increase
of 900 per cent. Children in KP will remain at risk of polio despite
immunisation till the Government makes arrangements to administer
OPV to children in North Waziristan and Khyber Agency. The rapid
increase in polio cases in 2014 poses a serious challenge to the
health authorities and the UN agencies engaged in immunisation
campaigns. Of the country's total tally so far this year (2014),
FATA has 33 polio cases, KP six and Sindh one.
The authorities started repatriating people of
Ali Sherzai tribe to their native area in the Kurram Agency of
FATA. Kurram Agency political agent Riaz Mahsud said that 55,000
tribal people had been displaced in June 2010 following a military
operation to cleanse the area of militants. He said, "So far 7,500
people have been sent to their area and the rest would be repatriated
over the next couple of weeks...We intend to complete the process
by April 24". He added the returnees were being provided free
transportation and food for six months, although the area had
been cleared of militants. It was because of hectic efforts made
by the FATA administration that PKR five million had been arranged
for the purpose.
Source:Compiled from news reports
and are provisional.