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.
The CTD conducted an operation near general bus
stand in Gujranwala town of same District in Punjab and arrested
a suspected terrorist allegedly belonging to the Islamic State.
The CTD spokesperson informed media that explosive material, detonators
and other ammunition was also seized from the arrested suspect.
He further said that the suspect was planning to target sensitive
installations in Gujranwala.
The Lahore Police have finalised a four-tier security
plan for Youm-e-Ali (AS). Under the plan, more than 7,000 Security
Force personnel would provide a security cover to the main mourning
procession. A number of CCTV cameras have also been installed
on sensitive points across the city, while a police van equipped
with latest technology will also monitor police activity.
Pakistan Rangers Punjab foiled a major terror
bid in Dera Ghazi Khan District of Punjab, killing two militants
who were planning a terrorist activity on Youm-e-Ali processions
on June 17. According to ISPR statement, the Pakistan Rangers
Punjab launched intelligence based operation in Dera Ghazi Khan
as part of Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad and during exchange of fire
two terrorists were killed.
Pakistan Rangers (Punjab) and the CTD of Punjab
Police claimed to have arrested 23 members of banned outfits in
joint operations in various areas of the Punjab. Officials of
the law enforcement agencies also recovered a huge quantity of
illegal weapons, ammunition and bulletproof jackets from their
possession. The suspects were allegedly involved in facilitating
terrorists. According to a news release, Pakistan Rangers (Punjab)
and CTD jointly carried out operations in tehsils Kharian and
Sarai Alamgir of Gujrat District. The agencies searched houses
in both tehsils and arrested 20 suspects said to be involved in
facilitating terrorists. They also recovered a huge cache of arms,
ammunition and bulletproof jackets. The suspects were later shifted
to undisclosed locations for interrogation. The joint operations
were part of Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad, which was launched on February
22 after a string of terrorist attacks across the country.
The CTD arrested three TTP cadres from Bahawalpur
whom they claimed were plotting an attack in the city on Eid.
They also recovered explosives and suicide jackets from their
possession. A CTD spokesman claimed that acting on a tip-off that
the TTP was planning to attack a sensitive installation in Bahawalpur,
a local CTD team conducted a raid at around 1:30pm at a house
near Quaid Colony and arrested three suspects belonging to the
TTP. Terrorists were identified as Gohar Ali, Muhammad Yousaf
and Zamurad Khan.
||The Pakistan Rangers (Punjab),
along with the CTD of Police and intelligence agencies, arrested
seven suspects from the Mandi Bahauddin and Nilore areas of Islamabad.
The ISPR press release said the raids were part of Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad.
||SF arrested five facilitators
of terrorists during a joint search operation in areas along river
in Mandi Bahauddin area of Rawalpindi in Punjab. ISPR statement
said that automatic weapons and explosives were also recovered from
the arrested facilitators. The search operation was carried out
as part of the ongoing Operation Radd-ul- Fasaad, the statement
A report of the PILDAT shared at a public forum
has stated that terrorist activities in Punjab have declined by
33 per cent. Punjab has apparently improved its performance in
the implementation of the NAP during first quarter (January-March)
of 2017 as compared to performance in previous two years (2015-2016),
said the report. The report records a decrease of 33 per cent
in terrorism incidents in Punjab during the period under review.
"Punjab had witnessed 12 major terrorist attacks during 2015-2016,
bringing the average to 1.5 during each quarter compared to one
terrorist incidence during the first quarter of 2017." It added,
"Of the 15 points pertaining to the performance of Punjab on the
implementation of the NAP, the first quarter of 2017 has recorded
upward progress on the implementation of points No 3, 6, 7, 9,
10, 14, 15 in Punjab." The remaining eight points reflect unchanged
implementation levels that do not reflect a regression on status
of implementation of NAP in Punjab during the first quarter of
2017, it said.
Four militants were arrested in separate raids
by SFs from Gujranwala and Dera Ghazi Khan District of Punjab.
The first joint intelligence based operation was conducted in
Dera Ghazi Khan by Pakistan Rangers Punjab, Police and intelligence
agencies. Two militants were arrested along with cache of arms
and ammunition. The ISPR press statement said the weapons and
ammunition was being transported for terrorist activities in major
cities of Punjab and Sindh.
The Punjab CTD conducted an operation on an intelligence
report in Gujranwala and arrested two militants. The arrested
terrorists were identified as Muhammad Sufiyan and Zaheerud Din,"
the CTD said. CTD officials said that explosives, detonators and
weapons were seized from the arrested terrorists.
At least 26 persons, including nine Policemen,
were killed and 56 others injured in a suicide blast near the
Arfa Karim IT Tower on the Ferozepur Road of Lahore, the provincial
capital of Punjab, in the afternoon. The suicide attack was carried
out during the demolition of the old fruit and vegetable market.
The suicide bomber was aged between 16 to 18 years, apparently
riding a bike, reached the spot where the Police were standing
guard to avert any retaliation from the owners of the buildings
being demolished for a park. The bomber - carrying a suicide jacket
weighing at least 12 kilogrammes of explosives, including ball
bearings - triggered the button at 3:55pm. The impact of the blast
was so huge that it shook the Arfa Karim Tower like an earthquake
as ball bearings shattered a number of windowpanes. Three bikes
and a car were damaged in the blast. The incident occurred just
a few meters away from 180-H Model Town - the Chief Minister's
camp office, exposing the so-called combing search operations
and maintenance of law and order in the provincial metropolis.
TTP claimed responsibility for the attack.
The ISPR said at least 19 suspects were arrested
during joint search operations in different areas of Punjab. According
to the statement issued by ISPR, the joint search operations were
conducted by Punjab Rangers, Police and intelligence agencies.
Operations were conducted in Dera Ghazi Khan, Rojhan, Lahore,
Narowal, Rawalpindi and Attock. Nineteen suspects were apprehended
while cache of weapons and ammunition were also recovered.
The Punjab CTD shot dead three TTP militants during
a raid at University Road of Gujrat Town in same District of Punjab.
According to CTD's spokesperson, Police, on a tip-off, conducted
a raid and killed three militants after a heavy exchange of fire,
while three others managed to escape. CTD has recovered four detonators
and other explosive materials from the custody of the slain militants.
The CTD killed four TTP militants in an encounter
near Sagian Bridge in Lahore, the provincial capital of Punjab.
According to CTD, Police were deployed at all entry and exit points
of Punjab's capital as the threats of more attacks were looming
after a blast early on the day, when the cops approached a vehicle
to search, the militants in that vehicle restored to firing. CTD
police effectively responded and in retaliation four of them got
killed, while three others managed to escape the scene having
an advantage of darkness, spokesperson of CTD added. CTD recovered
a cache of arms and ammunition from the custody of the slain militants.
One person was killed and 37 others were injured
in a truck bomb that ripped through Bund Road area of Lahore.
As per details, the explosive material was planted inside a truck
which was loaded with fruit. It is yet to ascertain that how and
when the truck arrived in the area. According to eyewitnesses,
it was a powerful blast which damaged, partially or heavily, more
than 100 vehicles, such as cars, mini-trucks and motorcycles parked
at the stand. A large number of people in the area came out on
roads after the explosion. The blast was heard in several areas
of the city in the radius of four to five kilometres of the site.
The high voltage wires (132kV) from Saggian Grid Station were
also damaged leaving the area in darkness.
One ISI personnel was shot dead by unidentified
assailants in Cantonment Bazaar of Multan District in Punjab.
Mahar Muhammad Yasir Manzoor was riding a motorcycle in Cantonment
bazaar when the assailants on a vehicle shot at and killed him
in a drive-by shooting with pistols at 8:37am. The deceased official
was the resident of Maisli area in Vehari District.
SFs arrested seven TTP militants and 20 Afghan
suspects during various operations conducted over the last 72
hours in Punjab, ISPR said. The statement adds the search operations
had been carried out jointly by Punjab Rangers, Police and intelligence
agencies in Attock, Dera Ghazi Khan and Lahore. Explosive material
and weapons had also been recovered from the militants affiliated
with the TTP.
Punjab Police successfully recovered the seven
Policemen, who were kidnapped by a group of bandits from the Kacha
area of Rajanpur District, in an operation after a heavy exchange
of fire. According to details, Police launched an operation on
the directives of Punjab CM Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif for safe recovery
of the kidnapped Policemen at the earliest and successfully recovered
them after heavy exchange of fire. The kidnappers managed to escape
due to the advantage of darkness. Seven Policemen, included Luqman,
Zeeshan, Sabir, Shakir, Jamshed, Safdar and Muzammil, were on
their way to a picket of Nabi Shah on a boat were abducted by
15 dacoits from the riverine area of River Indus in the limits
of Bangla Ichha Police Station on August 20. Rajanpur DPO Attiq
Tahir said that the head of Patt gang Attaullah was involved in
the incident who escaped during the operation.
At least 13 suspected persons were arrested on
September 2 during a joint IBO in Punjab, an ISPR statement said.
The statement adds that Punjab Rangers and Police conducted the
first operation in Dera Ghazi Khan District and arrested seven
key facilitators wanted for extortion and other criminal activities
in Punjab and Balochistan. In a separate operation in Lahore,
Rangers, police and intelligence personnel took six suspects,
including two unregistered Afghan nationals, into custody. Weapons
and ammunition were also seized from the suspects, it added.
Punjab Government opposed the release of mastermind
of Mumbai terror attack and chief of JuD, Hafiz Saeed, informing
the Lahore High Court that freeing the cleric from house arrest
is likely to create unrest in the province. Punjab Home Department
submitted a written reply in the court during the hearing of an
appeal for Saeed's release, stating that he was put under house
arrest under the anti-terrorism laws to stop him from collecting
funds - which is a violation of various resolutions of the United
Nations. A K Khokar, Saeed's counsel, argued in court that his
client's detention was illegal and baseless, thus the order of
keeping him under house arrest be immediately withdrawn. "The
defendant was put under house arrest after the US threatened to
cut Pakistan's aid, it was done without any cases being registered
against him," Khokhar told the court. The judges, however, pointed
out to Saeed's lawyer that he had not mentioned about US's alleged
pressure in the case. They said that the defendant's application
is based on a news clipping. Punjab's home department, however,
pointed out that various cases were registered against members
of JuD for collecting hides during the three days of Eid-ul-Azha
in contempt of the ministry's orders. "Cases were also registered
against the party for collecting funds in contempt of the provincial
ministry's orders," the reply said. The court asked Khokhar to
come up with more argument in the next hearing and adjourned the
case until September 15.
Two terrorists belonging to LeJ were killed in
an encounter with the CTD officials at Chak 83/M area of Jalalpur
Pirwala tehsil in Multan District. One of the deceased
militants was identified as Ijaz Asghar. The CTD personnel recovered
three hand grenades, a rifle and a pistol from the scene.
SFs foiled a plot to target Punjab Chief Minister
Shahbaz Sharif and arrested a suspected terrorist with a suicide
jacket. Security sources on an intelligence tip identified a 'terrorist'
serving as a driver in a house located in Block H of Model Town
Pakistan Rangers Punjab and Police carried out
patrolling/flag marches in important areas of major cities in
Punjab. The ISPR said that extensive intelligence based operations
were carried out in Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Multan, DG Khan, Lahore,
Sialkot, Bahawalnagar, Bahawalpur and Rahim Yar Khan. During these
operations, 27 suspects were arrested and a cache of illegal weapons
was seized. The CTD arrested four suspected terrorists from Multan,
seizing a sizeable quantity of arms and explosives from them.
The CTD conducted a raid on a tip-off and arrested four activists
of banned outfit, who were identified as Nasir, Ali, Tahir and
Shafqat. The CTD also claimed to have seized six hand grenades,
two pistols, one IED, two kilogrammes of explosives, three-meter
detonating cord, eight-meter safety, and 10 detonators from the
The CTD shot dead two suspected militant at Sher
Shah Bund area of Multan District in Punjab. According to CTD,
they, on tip-off, carried out a raid in Sher Shah Bund area about
the presence of terrorists linked to the banned outfit, as the
cops approached their hideout they restored to firing. In retaliation
two of the terrorists got killed. However, three other managed
to escape taking the advantage of darkness. Explosive material
and sophisticated weapons were recovered from the possession of
Punjab Government withdrew terrorism charges against
JuD chief Hafiz Saeed and his group, paving way for the possible
release. A Punjab Government official told a review board of Supreme
Court on October 14 that the provincial government did not include
charges of terrorism in the new order for Hafiz Saeed and his
aides. Authorities had earlier detained Saeed under ATA. Saeed's
lawyer A.K. Dogar had urged the court to order the release of
Saeed and his four aides since they are no longer under ATA. The
Lahore High Court is expected to decide his application in the
coming week after Justice Muzahir Naqvi asked the Government to
file charges against Saeed. He had warned the Government earlier
this week that Saeed would be freed unless evidence was presented
against the JuD leader.
An official of the Punjab Home Department told
a provincial review board comprising judges of the Lahore High
Court that keeping JuD's chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed and his four
aides under detention was critical for the maintenance of law
and order. The board was hearing a Punjab Government application
seeking extension in the detention of Saeed and his four aides.
The official said that the Ministries of Interior and Foreign
Affairs had ample material to justify detention of the JuD leaders.
He said the UN had banned the JuD and its leaders had been detained
on direction of the Federal Government.
A provincial review board comprising judges of
the Lahore High Court approved one-month extension in detention
of JuD chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed but turned down a Government
request for extending detention of four other leaders of the organisation.
The Police presented Saeed and his aides Qazi Kashif Niaz, Prof.
Zafar Iqbal, Abdul Rehman Abid and Abdullah Ubaid before the board
amid strict security. Senior officials from Ministries of Interior
and Foreign Affairs along with Government's law officers also
appeared and assisted the board's members during in-camera proceedings.
The board comprises Justice Muhammad Yawar Ali, Justice Abdul
Sami Khan and Justice Alia Neelum. After hearing the Government
authorities and lawyers, the board approved extension in the detention
period of Hafiz Saeed for one month but refused to extend detention
of other four JuD leaders. They would stand freed on October 26
when their detention period expires. The Punjab Government had
detained the JuD leaders under the Maintenance of Pubic Order
as recommended by the Federal Government.
Missing journalist Zeenat Shahzadi who went missing
more than two years ago returned home safe and sound - much to
the surprise of the family. Zeenat Shahzadi, who was affiliated
with a private TV channel, went missing on August 19, 2015 while
travelling to her office in an auto-rickshaw in Lahore. According
to witnesses, Shahzadi had been whisked away by gunmen riding
in two cars who intercepted the three-wheeler she was travelling
in. The Express Tribune called up Shahzadi's mother for her reaction
but could not get through. "I've spoken to Shahzadi's mother and
she has confirmed that her daughter has returned home," IA Rehman,
veteran Human Rights campaigner and former chairperson Human Rights
Commission of Pakistan said. However, Rehman wouldn't say who
had recovered Shahzadi and how. "The good news is that she is
back at her home. Details of her recovery will trickle in," he
said. Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal, President of the Commission
of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances, told the BBC that Shahzadi
had been recovered from an area on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border
on Thursday night. "Non-state actors and anti-state agencies had
abducted her and she has been recovered from their custody," Iqbal
added. "Tribal elders from Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
played a role in her recovery."
The CTD arrested two militants and seized explosive
material from their possession near the Central Imambargah (Shia
place of worship) located in Fawara Chowk in Hafizabad city of
Punjab Rangers with Police and Intelligence Agencies
conducted operations, patrolling and snap checking in Dera Ghazi
Khan, Attock, Islamabad and Lahore. Sixteen militants, facilitators
and smugglers were arrested; also a number of weapons and explosives
were recovered from them.
The Attorney-General for Pakistan Ashtar Ausaf
Ali, presented 'sensitive' documents before a judge of the Lahore
High Court in his chamber to defend detention of Jama'at-ud-Dawa
(JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed.
Unidentified motorcycle borne assailants killed
two Pakistani employees of Turkish waste management company, Albayrak,
and injured one other in the firing in Rawalpindi city.
NACTA responsible for countering internal terrorism
has asked the Home Department to enhance security for the detained
perpetrator of Mumbai terror attacks Hafiz Saeed leader of JuD
, claiming that a "foreign spy agency" was planning to kill him
through members of a banned militant outfit. Saeed is currently
being kept at his residence+, 116-E, in Johar town, Lahore in
Punjab. NACTA has sent a letter to Lahore-based Home Department
Punjab, claiming that a foreign spy agency had paid Rs 80 million
to two activists of a proscribed militant group to kill Saeed,
suggesting the Home Department to ensure strict security measures
in the surroundings of Saeed's Lahore residence, which has been
declared a prison for him by the Punjab's Government.
The Punjab Government has removed the names of
MPA Masroor Nawaz Jhangvi and 300 others from the Fourth Schedule,
a list of terror suspects on the recommendation of a committee
responsible for maintaining the list. MPA Masroor, after his victory
in the PP-78 Jhang-II by-poll in 2016, had joined the JUI-F after
objections were raised over his affiliation with the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba
(renamed Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat). His name was placed in the Fourth
Schedule of the ATA 1997 on May 9, 2014.
Authorities have issued a terror alert for the
Punjab Province. Officials said that Political Administration
and Security Agencies issued a 'Red alert' after receiving reports
about a suicide bomber identified as Talha, member of a banned
militant group, JuA, who walked with a limp as he had lost a leg
in an IED explosion. The militant has sneaked into Kurram Agency
from Khost province of Afghanistan.
Punjab Rangers arrested four suspected militants
belonging to the banned TTP in an IBO in Dera Ghazi Khan District
in Punjab. The militants were allegedly involved in killing of
Police officials in KP and Punjab, said a statement issued by
ISPR. Automatic weapons including grenades were also recovered
from the militants during the raid.
Lahore High Court, adjourned hearing of a petition
of JuD 'chief' Hafiz Saeed against his detention to wait for a
decision on the matter by a PRB.
Source:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.