The polio worker's house was set
ablaze by militants in Khattakmela area of Kurram Agency. Official
sources said that unidentified militants burned down the house
of polio worker Muhammad Wazir, who performs duties as a polio
At least 31 militants have been
killed and scores of others injured as jet fighters targeted militants
hideouts in Koki Khel area of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency of
FATA. According to an ISPR statement, "Four terrorist hideouts
and a suicide bomber training centre were destroyed. 31 terrorists
including some suicide bombers were killed".
A US drone strike at Wacha Basti
village near Alwara Mandi in Dattakhel of NWA killed eight militants
and injured two others. Sources said that the drone targeted a
compound belonging to an Uzbek 'commander' of the Tehreek-e-Taliban
Pakistan's Hafiz Gul Bahadur group.
A bomb targeting Shias at a volleyball
match killed at least four persons and injured eight at the Hussaini
ground in the Kalaya area of Orakzai Agency. The Hussaini ground
is owned by the local Shia community.
A polio worker, identified as
Sanab Gul, was injured in a remote-controlled IED blast in Chamarkand
area of Safi tehsil in Mohmand Agency of FATA.
A BDS was injured while defusing
a bomb in Soran area of Bezai tehsil in Mohmand Agency.
SFs launched a search operation
in Shah Kas area of Khyber Agency after receiving reports regarding
the presence of elements involved in terror activities. Local
administration and SFs cordoned off the area and imposed a curfew
during the operation.
Three bullet riddled bodies were
found at a graveyard in Qandhari area of Safi tehsil in Mohmand
Agency of FATA. The political administration shifted the bodies,
which were yet to be identified, to Ghalanai Headquarters.
Two TI members were killed during
a clash between LI and TI in Tirah valley area of Khyber Agency.
SFs razed the houses of suspected
militants and their supporters in Damadaola area of Bajaur Agency.
Sources say that during the pre-dawn operation was initiated by
SFs after imposing a limited curfew in Damadola area. The sources
further said that the miscreants who once had sheltered or been
supporting local and al Qaeda-led militants are being targeted
and added that the search operation was still underway.
Twelve militants were killed in
shelling by gunship helicopters of the Army while four terrorist
hideouts were also destroyed in Mama Ziarat and Khadarkhel areas
of Datta Khel tehsil in NWA in FATA. Seven vehicles of militants
were also destroyed in the action.
Four SF personnel were killed
and two others injured in an IED explosion apparently targeting
the vehicle of SFs in Lower Kurram Agency of FATA. According to
security officials, three FC personnel and one Levies Force personal
lost their lives in the blast. The vehicle of the SFs struck the
IED planted alongside a road in Shabak area of Lower Kurram Agency.
At least seven LI militants were
killed and several others injured in explosions at a terrorist
centre in the Sipah area of Khyber Agency in FATA. According to
sources, a landmine detonated inside the militant camp in Sipah
area, killing four suspected terrorists. As the insurgents were
trying to move the bodies, security forces fired mortar shells
at the building, killing another three militants.
Six militants were killed in an
exchange of fire with SFs in Dattakhel tehsil of NWA. Official
sources said that the clash took place in Dattakhel where militants
offered resistance during operation of the security forces. In
cross-firing, which continued for more than an hour, six extremists
were killed while others fled away.
Four soldiers were killed and
two others sustained injuries in a roadside blast when the soldiers
were on a routine patrol in the Bashak area Orakzai Agency.
One soldier was killed and five
others injured in a rocket attack on a mosque of military centre
in Kalaya area of Orakzai Agency. The militants fired two rockets
at mosque in the Military Headquarters when Friday prayer was
underway. Rockets were fired from mountains of Akkakhel side.
The slain Orakzai Scouts soldier was identified as Munawar Shah
and those injured as Naib Subedars Mehmood Khan, Azizur Rehman,
Hawaldar Zawan Shah, sepoys Kashif Ahmed and Farmanullah sustained
Two security personnel were killed
and three others injured when the SFs vehicle hit a roadside land
mine near the Nawab Shaheed check-post in Kurram Agency of FATA.
At least seven militants were
killed while four others were injured in a US drone strike near
the Pak-Afghan border in Wacha Dara area of Ladha tehsil in South
Waziristan Agency of FATA. Two of the dead militants are reported
to be of Uzbek origin. Intelligence sources say that the US drone
fired two missiles on a compound in Wacha Dara area located near
the Pak-Afghan border between Makeen and Shawal.
DG ISPR Major General Asim Saleem
Bajwa while addressing a think-tank of the Royal United Services
Institute (USI) in UK said that Security Forces have killed 2,000
militants in North Waziristan Agency of FATA in the ongoing Operation
Zarb-e-Azb. He also said that 200 soldiers had been killed during
the operation, and 800 others had sustained injuries. He reiterated
the army's resolve to ensure writ of the state in Bajaur and North
Waziristan Agencies at all costs by wiping out militants. The
DG ISPR said that effective military operations are under way
to purge the areas of terrorists.
At least seven militants and three
soldiers were killed during a clash in Banda area of Salarzai
town in Bajaur Agency of FATA. Security sources said heavy exchange
of fire took place during an operation to clear suspected militants
from the mountainous Banda area along the Afghan border.
The TTP 'spokesperson' Muhammad
Khorasani claimed responsibility for attack. Khorasani said the
TTP fighters "killed six soldiers including a captain," adding,
"We lost only one fighter." "The fighting continued since morning
until afternoon." he added.
At least five militants were
killed when a US drone fired two missiles at a compound in Shahi
Khel neighbourhood of Shawal in North Waziristan Agency.
Unidentified militants shot dead
an official of the Levies Force, Khaliq Jan, in Mamond tehsil
of Bajaur Agency in FATA. Sources said that Khaliq Jan was on
his way home in Sarki Joharh when unidentified militants opened
fire on him, leaving him dead on the spot. The assailants managed
to escape from the scene.
Operation Commander Hangu and
Orakzai Agency Brigadier Muhammad Jilani said that the SFs had
cleared 50 percent area of Orakzai Agency from militants. Brigadier
Muhammad Jilani said the return process of the IDPs to their native
areas would be started once the area was cleared of militants.
The Minister for State and Frontier
Regions Lieutenant General (retired) Abdul Qadir Baloch said a
strategy was being formulated by the Government to create job
opportunities for IDPs in North and South Waziristan agencies
because until a few years ago most people there knew only about
weapons' manufacturing and related business activities.
The JI Amir Sirajul Haq has demanded
of the Government to declare the FATA as a separate province so
that its people could get their due rights. The JI chief said
that nearly 10 million tribal Pakhtuns had still been living without
basic facilities. He demanded of the Government to declare FATA
as a separate province and Peshawar as a brave city, and elevate
the status of Army Public School, Peshawar, to the university
Kidnappers freed four people in
Zarmilan area of South Waziristan Agency in FATA who were abducted
along with 10 others from Killa Saifullah District of Balochistan
on January 4. The captors had killed an official of the Pakistan
Air Force who was among the kidnapped and had freed two hostages.
Three people were still in the kidnappers' custody.
At least 35 suspected militants,
an unspecified number of foreigners among them, were killed when
military planes shelled their hideouts in North Waziristan Agency.
According to the ISPR, the air strikes were conducted in Dattakhel
tehsil. Officials said that over 1,200 suspected militants had
been killed since the Army launched Operation Zarb-i-Azb in North
Waziristan in June 2014. The administration had lifted curfew
from the area after 20 days on January 23.
Eight suspected militants, including
key commanders of various outfits, were killed and several others
sustained injuries when jet fighters of PAF blitzed their positions
in various areas including Speen Drand, Tor Darra, Tarkhu Kas
in Kukikhel, Nakai and other areas in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency
in FATA. Several hideouts of militants were also destroyed in
At least 53 militants, including
12 foreigners, were killed when jet fighters of PAF conducted
aerial strike on militants' hideout in Kharh Tangi area of Dattakhel
tehsil in North Waziristan Agency of FATA. Six hideouts, an ammunition
dump and seven explosives-laden vehicles were destroyed," said
an ISPR statement. Most of the foreigners killed were Uzbeks,
military sources said.
In another strike in the same
area later, 23 militants were killed, the ISPR claimed. Since
the area is off-limits to journalists, it is difficult to independently
verify the number and identity of the dead. The jets continued
shelling for about one hour, inflicting heavy losses on the militants,
16 militants were killed and 12
others injured when PAF planes pounded their hideouts in Therkho
Kas, Wacha Wana, Sra Vella and Nakai areas of Tirah valley in
Khyber Agency. The officials claimed that those killed belonged
to the outlawed TTP and LI. Six militant hideouts were destroyed
in the strikes.
KP Governor Sardar Mahtab Ahmad
Khan said the repatriation of the people displaced from Bara of
Khyber Agency would begin after February 15 as most parts of the
tehsil had been cleared from militants. He also said PKR 850 million
had been released for the restoration of electric supply and rehabilitation
of schools, health units, roads and streets in Shalobar area ahead
of the return of local displaced tribesmen.
Earlier, the IDPs of Khyber Agency
on January 26 staged a sit-in outside the Governor's House on
Sher Shah Soori Road in Peshawar to demand end to military operation
in their area, a comprehensive financial package, early repatriation,
and the opening of Bara Bazaar. They warned they won't return
to their homes until security was provided to them, their destroyed
houses were rebuilt, and local schools, hospitals, Government
offices and Bara Bazaar were reopened.
At least seven militants were
killed and one other was injured in a US drone strike in the Shawal
area of North Waziristan Agency in FATA. Intelligence sources
said the US drone fired two missiles on a compound and a vehicle
on the border of North and South Waziristan Agency in Shawal valley.
The identity of the militants is yet to be ascertained.
||At least three peace volunteers
were killed while two others were injured in a bomb blast in Nari
Baba area of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency of FATA. Official sources
say that the blast occurred in one of the pickets of the Tauheedul
Islam Peace Committee members. The sources say that the casualties
occurred in what is believed to have been a remote-controlled blast.
At least four soldiers were killed
in an explosion targeting a convoy of Security Forces in Warmagai
area of Kurram Agency in FATA. Following the blast, SF and militants
also clashed in Warmagai area, killing two TTP militants, including
one key 'commander', Gul, and his accomplice.
Five TI activists were killed
in an IED in Naray Baba area of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency.
LI claimed responsibility for the attack.
||At least 25 militants
were killed in air strikes in the Sanzila area of South Waziristan
Agency in FATA as part of a major offensive against the TTP and
other insurgents. "In precise aerial strikes, 25 terrorists were
killed and seven hideouts were destroyed", the ISPR said in a statement.
At least seven militants were
killed in a clash with SFs in Mohmand Agency in the FATA. According
to a statement by the ISPR, seven militants were killed by SFs
in a clash that erupted after the militants were intercepted by
the forces. The bodies were handed over to the administration
for further investigation.
Six unidentified bodies were
recovered from Yaka Ghund area in Mohmand Agency. According to
tribal sources, the bodies were found in the Umar Banda area.
Officials believe that the bodies might be of militants killed
in clashes with SFs.
Three members of the pro-government
peace committee, TI, were killed and five others sustained injuries
in an explosion in Nari Baba area of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency
of FATA. The LI militants had planted an explosive device in one
of the abandoned houses and the explosion occurred in one of the
rooms. The LI claimed responsibility for the blast.
Unidentified militants blew up
Government Girls Middle School in Bezot area of Orakzai Agency.
"Two rooms and verandah of the school were destroyed and the boundary
wall was damaged in the explosion which took place at 6am," an
official of the political administration said. Agency Education
Officer Habibullah confirmed that the primary section of the school
was destroyed by two remote-controlled blasts. Habibullah added
that 141 schools had been destroyed in Orakzai Agency out of which
38 schools had been reconstructed while 106 needed reconstruction
on emergency basis.
At least 13 suspected militants
were killed and their seven hideouts destroyed when the PAF fighter
jets pounded Tor Darra, Sur Kas, Wachy Wanay, Dua Toey, Sra Khawra
and Sra Wela areas of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency of FATA.
Four peace body members sustained
injuries in a roadside blast in Shandara area of Baizai subdivision
in Mohmand Agency. The sources said that militants had planted
an IED at a roadside in Shandara area and triggered the explosion
when the pro-government peace committee members were patrolling
the area. "The militant triggered the explosion when a local peace
body head Malik Sanobar Essakhel along with his brother and two
volunteers were patrolling the area," official sources said.
A government-run community health
centre was blown up in the Shal Kor area of Yakaghund tehsil
in Mohmand Agency of FATA. Agency Surgeon Dr Niaz Afridi confirmed
the incident and said that total 17 health centres had been blown
up by militants in Mohmand tribal region.
The Government extended the purview
of the recently amended Pakistan Army Act to the FATA for the
setting up of military courts there. President Mamnoon Hussain
approved a summary permitting the Government to establish military
courts in FATA. An official statement issued by the Presidency
said: "On a summary initiated by States and Frontier Regions Division,
the president has approved the prime minister's advice for extension
of Pakistan Army (Amendment) Act, 2015 (Act No-II of 2015) to
FATA in terms of Article 247 of the Constitution of Pakistan."
Seven suspected militants were
killed and 15 others were injured in PAF air strikes on militant
hideouts in Dwa Thoe, Sarrai, Sheikh Kot, Tor Darra, Nangrosa
and Speen Drand areas of Tirah valley in Khyber Agency of FATA.
15 militants were killed and a
soldier sustained injuries in a clash near the Pakistan-Afghanistan
border in the Kurram Agency of FATA. Afghan militants equipped
with heavy weapons intruded into Pakistani territory close to
the Pakistan-Afghanistan border and stormed the security post
near the border in Kurram Agency. A soldier, whose identity could
not be ascertained, sustained injuries in the attack, while 15
militants were killed in the retaliatory fire.
A woman was killed and 14 others,
including children, were injured in a blast in Gula Jan area of
Pir Qayyum village in Kurram Agency of FATA. Official sources
said that the blast occurred when a toy-like bomb exploded in
Unidentified militants opened
fire at a vehicle carrying a team of polio workers in Lowi Shalman
area of Landi Kotal tehsil Khyber Agency, killing the driver and
leaving one polio volunteer injured. According to security officials,
the polio workers were being driven to a session in the morning
when they came under attack. Subsequently, the driver of the vehicle
Ziarat Gul was killed and a polio worker was injured.
SFs have started preparations
to launch a crackdown against militants in Akakhel and Qalanaga
areas of Bara tehsil. The administration has ordered locals to
vacate the area by 6 pm today (February 16). Action will be taken
against those violating the orders.
The Minister for SAFRON and Frontier
Regions Lieutenant-General (retired) Abdul Qadir Baloch said that
the Government believes that the operation Zarb-e-Azb operation
will be completed by the end of the year and after that a 'mini-Marshall
plan' will be launched for socio-economic progress of the people
of the FATA. "The era of the Taliban or terrorists will end in
Fata and there will be complete peace in the entire tribal areas
by the end of this year," Abdul Qadir Baloch said. Baloch said
he could say this only about cleansing FATA of terrorists and
not about other parts of the country.
At least five militants and an Army Officer were
killed and a soldier was injured when fighting erupted during
a cordon-and-search operation in Dattakhel area in North Waziristan
Agency of FATA. According to a statement by the ISPR two of the
dead militants were foreigners.
Three militants were killed in a clash with Security
Forces in Patala area of Kurram Agency.
Two Khassadar personnel were injured when a bomb
went off near a checkpost in the Jamrud tehsil of the Khyber Agency
in FATA. Those injured were identified Shoaib and Abrar.