Punjab Timeline- 2017
The CTD killed six suspected terrorists
during an encounter on Faisalabad Bypass Road in Faisalabad District
of Punjab. According to CTD Sheikhupura sources, the CTD Lahore
on January 6 arrested two terrorists identified as Saadullah Khan
and Jahanzeb Khan - allegedly involved in Gulshan Iqbal Park Lahore
suicide blast. As per the details, the CTD Lahore team was taking
the arrested terrorists to Kot Pindi Daas to arrest other terrorists
when their alleged accomplices attacked the team and got released
Saadullah Khan and Jahanzeb Khan. The incident led to a cross
firing between Police party and suspected terrorists. Resultantly,
six terrorists were killed while three others managed to escape.
The CTD also recovered three motorcycles, Kalashnikovs, pistol,
bullets and a huge cache of explosives and hand grenades from
The CTD personnel shot dead four suspected militants
belonging to a banned outfit near the Sheikhupura Bypass in Sheikhupura
District of Punjab in the wee hours. CTD officials claimed that
they had been tipped off by intelligence sources regarding the
presence of the suspected terrorists. Upon reaching the place,
an armed conflict initiated between the CTD officials and the
suspected militants. Four alleged terrorists were gunned down
by CTD while three managed to flee. Police managed to recover
arms, ammunition and explosive material from the suspected militants.
The CTD arrested two LeJ militants during raided
on a house on Airport Road near railway line in Bahawalpur District
of Punjab around 3pm. A CTD spokesman said they received information
about the presence of 'terrorists' planning to attack some installation
in Bahawalpur. A CTD team raided the house on Airport Road and
arrested two LeJ militants, identified as Khalid Mahmood and Sajjad.
Explosive material and two live grenades were recovered from their
An ATC of Bahawalpur District in Punjab jailed
two militant for 45 years for carrying explosives and illegal
weapons. According to details, Riaz and Peerakh were found guilty
of carrying explosives and illegal in the Kot Sabzal Police Station
in 2014. After hearing arguments, ATC Judge Khalid Arshad sentenced
them to 45 years. The court also ordered to confiscate their property
and imposed Rs 500,000 fine each.
The Punjab Home Department issued a warning against
possible terrorist attacks in Lahore, the provincial capital of
Punjab. According to the notification, TTP trained boys aged about
10 to 12 years are currently in and around major cities of the
country including Punjab. Upon investigation an arrested little
boy revealed that he was tasked to attack an educational institute
close to Abdali Chowk in Lahore. The warning also instructed further
security for important installations and called for an immediate
meeting of the District Intelligence Committee.
The Punjab Government giving a clean chit to all
educational institutes - including 15,000 madrassas - has declared
that no seminary or public and private institute is involved in
teaching hate material to students. During the Punjab Assembly
session, Law Minister Rana Sanaullah while commenting on a resolution
moved by a treasury member Ms Hina Pervez Butt informed the House
that the PML-N-led Punjab Government had registered all 15,000
madrassas, including 532 existing in 'Gray Areas' of the province.
Rana Sanaullah confirmed that as many as 1.1 million students
were enrolled in madrassas in which around 0.4 million students
are enjoying boarding facilities, while 1300 students belong to
At least 14 persons were killed and 85 injured
when a suicide bomber struck around 6pm outside the Punjab Assembly
on Mall Road of Lahore, the provincial capital of Punjab, during
a protest. IGP Punjab Mushtaq Ahmad Sukhera confirmed that six
Police officials were among the dead, including two senior officers.
DIG, Traffic, Lahore Captain (retd) Ahmad Mobin and SSP, Operations,
Zahid Gondal of Punjab Police were among those killed in the attack.
Hours earlier, DIG Mobin had been seen on television, mediating
with the protesters gathered at the site. A large group of chemists
and pharmaceutical manufacturers were gathered in front of the
provincial assembly to protest a Government crackdown against
the sale of illegal drugs. There was a significant presence of
law enforcers in the area while the protest was ongoing. "The
suicide attacker was on foot," CTD Chief Dr Mohammad Iqbal said.
The JuA faction of TTP claimed responsibility for the attack.
Following the suicide attack on the Mall road
of Lahore, Punjab's law enforcement agencies have launched a province-wide
crackdown on militant outfits. The Provincial Intelligence Centre
of the Punjab Home Department has issued a letter directing police
high-ups to beef up security in different cities of the province.
The letter has been circulated among the Divisional Commissioners,
RPOs, CCPO of Lahore, Deputy Commissioners, CPO and District Police
officers. An officer privy to the development told Dawn that the
crackdown was ordered on the basis of intelligence reports suggesting
that militants might have planned similar attacks in other cities.
The Home Department has directed law enforcement agencies to ensure
extreme vigilance and heightened security.
The CTD killed at least six suspected JuA militants
in an operation in Chak 10-R 98 area of Khanewal District in Punjab.
Four suspects managed to flee during the operation. The operation
was carried out on a tip off regarding presence of militants in
the area. JuA is an offshoot of TTP, which is responsible for
the suicide blast in Lahore that killed 14 persons including two
senior police officials on February 13.
The Punjab Government has included names of JuD
chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed and one of his close aides, Qazi Kashif,
in the fourth schedule of the ATA. Hafiz Saeed's name has also
been put on the exit control list. A senior police officer privy
to the development told Dawn that the CTD had added their names
to the list of the 1,450 'fourth schedulers' on an order of the
Federal Interior Ministry.
Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif, while addressing a press
conference in Lahore, claimed that the suspects involved in planning
and carrying out the February 13 suicide bombing on a protest
at Mall road of Lahore. During the conference, CM Sharif also
announced the arrest of an alleged facilitator of the attacker,
who he said belonged to Bajaur Agency of FATA. The suspect's confessional
statement was aired during the briefing. The suspect introduced
himself as Anwar-ul-Haq, and said he hailed from a remote village
in Bajaur Agency. "I was associated with Jamaat-ul-Ahrar and they
trained me," said the suspect, adding that he has visited Afghanistan
around 15 to 20 times.
The CTD killed five JuA militants in a shootout
in Dera Sami Patti area of Chubara tehsil in Layyah District of
Punjab. Three suspects managed to flee during the operation that
was carried out on a tip off. Arms, ammunition and maps were recovered
from the possession of the suspects.
The CTD in an operation arrested an alleged terrorist,
Muhammad Jafar, belonging to a defunct organisation and recovered
two kilogrammes of explosive material from a house near Sufi Mor
on Jhang-Chiniot Road in Muzaffargarh District of Punjab.
Police arrested 21 suspects during house-to-house
search operation, launched in Muzaffargarh. Accompanying law enforcers,
the Police team encircled various areas of the District early
morning and blocked traffic on road passing through the area.
Police combed the areas and made biometric verifications of 1,200
people with the arrest of 21 suspects.
12 suspects were arrested after Police conducted
search operations in separate areas of Lahore, the provincial
capital of Punjab. The operations were conducted in Sher Shah
Colony, Chong and Raiwind road and nearby areas, and resident's
identities were scrutinised.
Punjab Government during a provincial apex committee
meeting chaired by Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif decided to seek support
from the Rangers to combat terrorism in Punjab days after the
Mall Road suicide attack in Lahore that killed at least 15 people
and wounded 85 others. The details regarding the nature and extent
of support to be provided by the Rangers will be finalised later,
according to a statement released by the Punjab Government.
||The Federal Government
had approved a request forwarded by the Government of Punjab for
the deployment of Rangers personnel in the province. The decision
was taken by Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan during
a high-level meeting attended by National Security Adviser Nasir
Khan Janjua, Federal Secretary Interior Arif Ahmad Khan, Punjab
Chief Secretary Zahid Saeed and other officials of the Punjab Government.
Punjab had requested the Federal Government to deploy over 2,000
Rangers personnel in the province, who would be given policing powers
to conduct IBOs against militants, wherever required and with full
authority. The Rangers will 'assist' Punjab Police and law enforcement
agencies in their fight against terror for a period of 60 days,
initial reports suggested.
The CTD conducted an operation in which six militants
were killed in the Patti Sultan Mahmood area of Muzaffargarh District
of Punjab. During the operation, three militants managed to escape.
Five hand grenades, four rifles, three pistols and other weapons
were recovered from the slain militants.
The Punjab Rangers have conducted over 200 search
operations in various areas of Punjab including Karor, Layyah
and Rawalpindi as Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad (Elimination of discord)
continued across the country, ISPR statement said. According to
the statement, suspected houses, Madrassas and shops were searched
in the areas mentioned above.
One inspector was killed and a DSP was injured
in an encounter with terrorists in Harrapa village of Sahiwal
District in Punjab. According to CTD officials, in the shoot-out
two terrorists were also injured, around four others were arrested
and explosive material was recovered. The two other terrorists
escaped from the site.
Three personnel of Punjab CIA were injured in
a drive-by shooting incident near Lady Willingdon Hospital in
Lahore, the provincial capital of Punjab. The assailants managed
to flee after targeting Police officers. Police sources said that
all three Police officers who are posted at Ghaziabad CIA were
dressed in plain clothes and were returning home after performing
Three militants convicted by military courts were
executed in the wee hour at Sahiwal District prison of Punjab,
ISPR press release. According to the ISPR, the militants were
involved in committing heinous offences relating to terrorism,
including attacks on armed forces and law enforcement agencies.
Sharing details of the executed convicts, ISPR said that two of
the convicts - Said Zaman Khan and Muhammad Zeeshan - were cadres
of HuJI. While the third convict was cadres of the Tehreek-e-Taliban
Pakistan TTP. During its two-year constitutional life, the military
courts, set up to try civilians charged with terrorism after the
carnage at the Army Public School in Peshawar in December 16,
2014, have convicted 274 accused. Of them 161 were awarded death
sentence and 113 prison terms, mostly life imprisonment. Out of
161 death sentences, 21 have been executed so far.
At least 19 suspects were arrested during joint
search operations in various parts of Punjab. According to ISPR,
the joint search and intelligence based operations were conducted
by Punjab Rangers, Police and intelligence agencies in Rawalpindi,
Islamabad, Attock, Sialkot, Lahore and Kasur as part of Operation
Radd-ul-Fasaad. At least 19 suspects were apprehended. Weapons,
ammunition, laptops, currency, sectarian hate material and foreign
passports were also seized.
Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad is successfully continuing
across the country as at least 20 insurgents including a Ferrari
commander surrendered to Pakistan Rangers Punjab, ISPR statement
said. The erstwhile militants said they were funded by Indian
spy agency RAW through Brahamdagh Bugti who leads the BRP. Apologising
for their past which was awash with terror activities in Balochistan,
the surrendering insurgents said they were kept misinformed and
fed with negative narrative over the decades, the ISPR statement
The Airport Security Force (ASF) foiled a suspected
terror bid at the Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore,
the provincial capital of Punjab, by confiscating a cache of weapons
and ammunition. A vehicle was stopped and searched by the ASF
personnel at the airport check post and during a routine inspection
a weapon and a large cache of ammunition was found in the vehicle,
the ASF officials said. The ASF confiscated a .223 bore rifle,
seven magazines, and dozens of bullets from the vehicle.
Five militants, affiliated to al Qaeda and TTP
outfits, were killed by the CTD during an encounter in Kanja area
of Gujrat District in Punjab. The CTD sources said the militants
were planning to target secret installations in Gujrat and Kharian.
Weapons and explosives were recovered from the possession of slain
A prominent local leader of the Ahmadi community
and a relative of Nobel laureate Abdus Salam was shot dead in
Nankana Sahib town of Punjab in the morning in an attack claimed
by the banned LeJ. Advocate Malik Saleem Latif, a leader of the
Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya in Nankana Sahib, was on his way to a local
court on a motorbike along with his son, Advocate Farhan, when
Latif was targeted and shot at by "unidentified attackers". "Saleem
Latif was spreading Ahmadi beliefs in the region," the LeJ said
in a statement claiming the attack. "Around 1,700 advertisements
were published against the Ahmadiyya community in local and national
newspapers in 2016," said Saleem Uddin, a spokesman for the community.
"There is no check on hate mongering and if the situation remains
the same then the killing of Ahmadis will also continue," he added.
Six people, including four Army soldiers and an
off-duty Air Force airman, lost their lives after a suicide bomber
targeted a census team in Lahore's Bedian Road area. At least
19 others were injured in the attack, according to the provincial
Government. The TTP claimed the attack. The injured were shifted
to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) and General Hospital.
At least three of the injured were said to be in critical condition.
One, identified as Lance Naik Irshad, lost his life while undergoing
The CTD of Punjab killed 10 JuA militants in the
night at Manawan area of Lahore, the provincial capital of Punjab.
The CTD said the terrorists killed in the 'encounter' were involved
in Mall Road suicide attack. Days after the attack, CTD personnel
had apprehended alleged facilitator Anwarul Haq. The law enforcers,
on Haq's pointation, had also arrested his other accomplices.
The sources said the CTD was taking the arrested facilitators
to Manawan for recovery of explosives when their accomplices ambushed
the team. In the retaliatory fire, 10 militants were killed including
the facilitators of the attack.
One veterinary doctor Prof. Dr. Ashfaq Ahmed (68)
who belongs to Ahmadi community was shot dead in a sectarian target
killing in the Sabzazar area of Lahore. The doctor was being driven
by his grandson when a motorcyclist pulled up next to their car
and fired at point-blank range, killing him on the spot. His grandson,
Shahzeb, remained unhurt, while the attacker, who was wearing
a helmet, fled the scene. Prof Dr Ashfaq Ahmed had retired as
a professor from Lahore University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences.
Salim Uddin, a spokesperson for the Jamaat-i-Ahmadiyya Pakistan,
condemned the attack and protested that the doctor was targeted
because of his faith. "In a span of 10 days, this has been the
second killing of an Ahmadi. There is a campaign of hate against
the Ahmadiyya community and as a cost, innocent people are killed.
On the one hand, the government boasts about the Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad
and on the other, people are being killed along religious lines
in broad daylight," read an excerpt from a press release issued
by the Anjum-i-Ahmadiyya Pakistan.
Five terrorists and Pakistan Ranger Punjab personnel
killed during an IBO in Chhera Thal area of Dera Ghazi Khan District
of Punjab. According to the ISPR, in sequel to Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad,
Pakistan Rangers Punjab started special IBO in the area of Chhera
Thal, 40 kilometres South West of Fort Manro, in the early hours
and was continuing till the mid day. During trade of fire, Sepoy
Kamran was killed while Deputy Superintendent Rangers Haroon got
Two "hardcore terrorists" tried by Military Courts
were hanged in a high security prison in Sahiwal District. The
ISPR statement said the two convicts were awarded the capital
punishment for offences related to terrorism, including the killing
of civilians, attacking armed forces and law enforcement agencies,
and assaults on polio vaccination teams and employees of an NGO.
The hanged militants were identified as Muhammad Shahid Omar,
who was an active member of TTP, and Fazl-i-Haq, an active member
of the TTP, who was also accused of kidnapping and amputating
the hands of four Police officials.
Seven JuA militants were arrested by the CTD at
Severra Chowk in Multan town of same District. According to the
CTD spokesperson, the militants were stationed at Severra Chowk
and were caught with hand grenades and heavy explosives in their
possession. The CTD had received information that the militants
were planning to attack vital installations within the city, after
which they conducted a raid near Severra Chowk, the spokesperson
A raid conducted by CTD officials in Gujranwala
town resulted in the arrest of two suspected terrorists who belong
to proscribed organisations. The raid was conducted after the
law enforcement agency received information that the pair was
planning to attack sensitive installations within the vicinity
of Sialkot. During the raid, the CTD team recovered explosive
material and detonation equipment from their possession.
One militant was killed and three of his accomplices
apprehended during combing operation in Factory Area of Lahore.
According to Police, the terrorists opened fire on the security
personnel during joint combing operation in the area and in the
ensuing gunfight, a terrorist was killed and three security personnel
sustained injuries. Three militants were arrested by the law enforcers.
A suicide vest, detonators and weapons were seized from the site
where exchange of fire took place
At least nine militants and three Pakistan Rangers
personnel were killed during an exchange of fire in Basti Dadwani
near Choti Zareen area of Dera Ghazi Khan. The ISPR said "9-10
hardcore terrorists" affiliated with the TTP were killed during
the joint security operation launched by Rangers, intelligence
agencies and CTD personnel near Choti Zareen area. Among the slain
militants included Muhammad Asghar Dadwani alias Ustad
Gorchani and Muhammad Naeem alias Waqas Dadwani. The Punjab
Rangers personnel slain in the shootout were identified as Havildar
Asif, Sepoy Aftab and Sepoy Azizullah. Two soldiers also sustained
One militant was killed and three of his accomplices
apprehended during combing operation in Factory Area of Lahore,
the provincial capital of Punjab. According to Police, the terrorists
opened fire on the security personnel during joint combing operation
in the area and in the ensuing gunfight, a terrorist was killed
and three security personnel sustained injuries. Three militants
were arrested by the law enforcers. A suicide vest, detonators
and weapons were seized from the site where exchange of fire took
Two suspects, identified as Ramzan Khan and an
Afghan national, were taken into custody from Cantonment area
of Lahore city. The arrested due is suspected to be involved in
Bedian Road, Lahore terror incident.
The LEA apprehended two suspects from Bhatta Chowk
of Lahore city. The duo was arrested for their involvement in
Charing Cross incident.
LEA arrested a terrorist, identified as Omar alias
Sufiyan, at Saddar area of Ghazi Road in Lahore city. He is said
to be close aide of militant and proclaimed offender Azeem aka
Naureen Leghari, the wife of militant Ali Tariq
who was killed in an encounter in Lahore in Punjab in the night
of April 14, had allegedly joined the militant Islamic State (IS)
in Syria. According to sources, the woman had physically taken
part in the encounter and had engaged police personnel for about
an hour. Naureen Leghari, who was arrested during the encounter,
had married her husband after leaving her home and joining the
militants. Sources said that Leghari had allegedly visited Syria
to join IS after leaving her home in February. She had also received
training in Syria for using weapons, they said. She returned home
to Lahore three weeks ago and was being tracked by security personnel.
Naureen Leghari was a medical student of the Liaquat
University of Medical and Health Sciences in Jamshoro, Sindh.
She had reportedly been contacted by militants through social
Lahore Police also arrested Hafeez, the owner
of the house where the encounter took place, and a property dealer,
Ayub, and were conducting raids to arrest Azeem, a facilitator
of the militants who is said to be a leader of the IS. The law
enforcement agencies had announced PKR 1 million head money for
The Security Forces in Lahore also arrested four
people suspected of being linked with the IS network in the city.
The CTD of Punjab Police killed eight militants
by busting a 'big' cell of the TTP in the Narang area of Sheikhupura
District of Punjab. Two CTD officials were injured in the shootout,
a handout issued by the department's spokesman said. The killed
militants had planned to carry out a major terrorist plan in Lahore
in the near future, the CTD said. The CTD team also recovered
weapons and explosives from the possession of the militants including
more than three kilogrammes of explosives, prima cord, three Kalashnikov
rifles, five pistols and ammunition.
A total of 113 most-wanted terrorists hail from
various districts of Punjab revealed a Ministry of Interior and
Narcotics Control report. According to the document, 19 most-wanted
terrorists hail from Lahore. Eight most-wanted militants belong
each to Sargodha and Faisalabad districts. Rawalpindi, a city
located next to the federal capital, is also the residential address
of six-most wanted terrorists in the list. Likewise, five militants
each hail from districts of Rahimyar Khan, Sheikhupura, Bhakkar,
Multan and Attock districts. The document revealed that no wanted
terrorist belonged to Sialkot, Jhelum, Hafizabad, Vehari, Narowal,
Okara, Chiniot, and Rajanpur. However, some suspected militants
from these districts have been added to the schedule four of the
Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.
The document has divided wanted-terrorists into
three categories. In the first category, there are about 22 terrorists
involved in suicide attacks. Punjab Home Department has also notified
head money of PKR 50.33 million for 73 wanted militants out of
a total 113, according to the report. Matiur Rehman from Bahawalpur
continues to lead the list with a head money of PKR 10 million.
His childhood friend Qari Ehsan (head money PKR 5 million) is
the second most wanted militant. They have been wanted since December
2013, when they orchestrated suicide attacks against the then
president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf. The first category
also included the profiles of Zubair alias Mughaira from Bahawalpur
district and Ziaur Rehman from Khanewal district. Both the militants
are wanted for attacking the ISI office in Qasim Bela, district
Multan, on December 8, 2009. Hafiz M Sohail, M Niaz and Zaheer
Ahmed from Attock have also been added to the list for their alleged
role in masterminding the suicide attack against late Punjab home
minister Shuja Khanzada. A terrorist Saad Munir from Rawalpindi
is also wanted in connection with his alleged role in the murder
of an American citizen. The second category contains the profiles
of 62 alleged Sunni militants and the third the profiles of 29
alleged Shia militants. Out of total 62 Sunni militants, nine
are from Lahore and eight from Faisalabad. Rahimyar Khan District
is home to five wanted militants, while three each are from Multan,
Mianwali, Rawalpindi and Sargodha.
The CTD got 14 day remand of three alleged terrorists
from a court in Gujranwala. The CTD team arrested Sher Khan, Khyber
Khan and Faisal Akbar during a raid at Alam Chowk in Gujranwala
on April 24 and seized explosives from them.
The JeM has started its fund raising campaign
in Punjab as the harvest season for major Rabi crops sets in.
In the latest issue of JeM's weekly online magazine (accessed
on April 25), its charity wing al-Rehmat Trust invited Ushr contributions
for supporting the "families of martyrs, detainees of Islam and
ghazis" along with the "seminaries, religious centres and the
needy". Ushr is an agricultural equivalent of Zakat, where a portion
of agricultural produce is given away as charity.
SFs recovered an enormous store of arms from a
car in Kot Pindi Das in Sheikhupura city. The Motorway Police
recovered approximately a hundred rifles, Kalashnikov rifles,
pistols, and a huge cache of bullets from a car, two suspects
have been arrested. According to Motorway Police, the accused
were transporting the arms and ammunition from Islamabad to Lahore.
The Motorway Police recovered a cache of arms
and ammunition near Pindi Das area in Sheikhupura District of
Punjab. The Police said the arms were recovered near Pindi Das
area from a car but no arrest was made as the two men travelling
in the vehicle managed to flee. Around 100 rifles, Kalashnikovs
and guns were recovered beside huge cache of cartridges, the Police
said, adding that the arms were recovered from hidden parts of
the vehicle. The Police said the arms were being brought to Lahore
from Islamabad and were supposed to be used in acts of terrorism.
A 62-year-old Ahmadi man, identified as Basharat
Ahmad, was shot dead in a suspected sectarian attack in Saddar
area of Rahim Yar Khan District in Punjab in the night. Basharat
Ahmad was on his way to his house in Green Town from a petrol
pump situated in Zahir Pir Road when unidentified assailants intercepted
him and opened fire on him. The reason behind the murder is yet
to be ascertained. However, Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya spokesperson Saleemuddin
claimed Ahmad was targeted because of his religious beliefs. "Ahmad
had no enmity and was gunned down because of the hate campaign
against Ahmadis," the spokesperson said.
SFs conducted joint operations in Lahore, Attock,
Islamabad, Sialkot, Narowal, Sheikhupura, Dera Ghazi Khan, Rahim
Yar Khan and Rajanpur cities of Punjab and recovered arms and
ammunition from several suspected persons.
The CTD of Punjab claimed to have killed four
terrorists of a banned outfit in Jahanian area of Khanewal District.
According to CTD, terrorist Usman Basra and Abdul Rehman were
hiding in a house along with their associates when the cops launched
action. Four terrorists including Usman Basra and Abdul Rehman
were killed in the gunfight with CTD personnel. The CTD officials
recovered 10 kilograms of explosives, hand grenades and other
weapons from the site of shootout.
Source:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.