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Pakistan Timeline - Year 2003

January 1

Anti-terrorism court in Lahore grants bail to Al Qaeda suspect and medical practitioner Ahmad Javed Khawaja, and his brother Ahmad Naveed Khawaja.

January 2

Afghan border authorities seize 330 rockets being smuggled into the eastern province of Nangarhar from Pakistan.

January 3

Al Badr Mujahideen claims formation of suicide squad to target the police chief of the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir.

January 6 Media report says the authorities have handed over 443 suspected Al Qaeda operatives to the US till date.
January 9 Law-enforcement agencies, assisted by US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) sleuths, arrest seven members of a family and two Arab Al Qaeda operatives following a raid at the house of a woman leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami, in Karachi. Seven family members are released later.
January 10 An unspecified number of Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives are scattered across the country, says Naseer Ahmed Ruhi, former member of the Taliban militia.
January 12 A suspected Al Qaeda operative is arrested from his residence in Baghgai village, approximately 15km away from Wana, in Peshawar.
January 13 Authorities in Karachi announce the arrest of an Australian Al Qaeda operative. He was reportedly arrested at the international airport in Karachi on January 4.
January 14 Lashkar-e-Jabbar (LJ) asks all non-Muslim doctors working in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir to leave the State within 10 days. A poster bearing the signature of the group is discovered at an unnamed hospital in the State capital Srinagar.
January 15 Two MQM-A activists, including a unit in-charge, are killed and another injured by two unidentified assailants within the precincts of Jauharabad Police Station, in Karachi.
January 16 Authorities accompanied by FBI agents raid at least three madrassas (seminaries) in the federal capital Islamabad looking for Al Qaeda and Taliban suspects.
January 17 FBI agents assisted by local security agencies arrest four foreign Al Qaeda suspects in Karachi.

January 22

Four members of an outlawed group arrested in a raid in Daroghawala area of Lahore for suspected links to the Al Qaeda.

January 23

Anti-Taliban Afghan writer, Fazal Wahab, living as a refugee in Swat, North West Frontier Province shot dead along with two other persons.

US Ambassador in Pakistan, Nancy Powell, says Pakistan must ensure that its pledges are implemented to prevent infiltration of terrorists across the Line of Control (LoC) and end the "use of Pakistan as a platform for terrorism".

January 28

Medical practitioner Ahmed Khawaja and his brother, a Canadian national, accused of having links with the Al Qaeda, are formally charged at a Lahore anti-terrorism court on charges of harbouring Al Qaeda operatives, attempted murder and illegal weapons possession.

Police in Dera Ismail Khan arrest 21 activists of Jamiaat-ul-Ansaar, including the district chief, from its office at Tank Adda.

January 29

28 Pakistanis are arrested from an apartment in central Naples in Italy for suspected links to the Al Qaeda.

January 30

21 arrested terrorists of Jamiaat-ul-Ansaar released following North West Frontier Province (NWFP) Chief Minister Akram Khan Durrani’s expression of displeasure at their detention.

January 31

Unidentified assailants kill a prayer leader and a worshipper and injure two others after opening indiscriminate fire inside a mosque in Faisalabad.

February 3

One person is killed and three others injured after an explosive-laden motorcycle blows up in the Clifton area of Karachi.

February 4

Russia outlaws three Pakistan-based terrorist groups, the Lashkar-e-Toiba, Jamaat-e-Islam and Hizbul Tahri al Islami.

February 6

A religious preacher is killed by two unidentified assailants in front of a mosque in the Jauharabad area of Karachi.

February 7

Pakistani government lodges a protest with Indian government by summoning its Acting High Commissioner Sudhir Vyas to Foreign Office against what it describes as "ridiculous and baseless" allegations against its Acting High Commissioner Jalil Abbas Jilani, in New Delhi.

Federal government informs Lahore High Court that it considers Al Qaeda a terrorist organisation in accordance with United Nations Security Council resolutions and anyone who harbours its members is breaking the law.

February 8

In a retaliatory move linked to the expulsion in Delhi of its Acting High Commissioner Jalil Abbas Jilani, Pakistan orders the expulsion of India's Acting High Commissioner Sudhir Vyas and four non-diplomatic staffers from the country.

February 12

An Court in Italy orders the release of 28 Pakistanis arrested in central Naples on January 29, 2003, for suspected links to the Al Qaeda.

February 15

Three security force personnel and a civilian are injured in a landmine blast in Chamlang area of Quetta.

February 16

Former Legislator and MQM-A central leader Khalid bin Waleed is shot dead and his associate and official gunman injured by an unidentified assailant in North Nazimabad area, Karachi.

February 22

Nine persons are shot dead and seven more wounded in an attack by unidentified armed men outside a mosque in Rafah- i-Aam Society, Karachi.

February 24

Three persons, including two Frontier Corps officers, are injured in a landmine explosion in Chamalang area, Kohlu district, Baluchistan.

February 27

Three persons are killed in suspected sectarian violence in Karachi.

February 28

Two policemen guarding the United States (US) Consulate in Karachi, Sindh, are killed and five others injured by an unidentified gunman.

March 1

Three Al Qaeda terrorists, including suspected the mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, is arrested in Rawalpindi.

March 4

Federal Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed says that, after concluding interrogations, Pakistan has handed over to US authorities Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, top Al Qaeda operative.

March 7

An SSP activist is killed in North Karachi area, under Khwaja Ajmer Nagri police station-limits, in Sindh Province.

March 9

Three persons, including an Iraqi and two Afghans, are arrested in Hyderabad, Sindh, for suspected Al Qaeda links.

March 12

Sindh Police chief Syed Kamal Shah says that an LeJ terrorist arrested on March 7 has confessed to his involvement in the massacre of nine Shias at a mosque in Karachi on February 22.

March 17

Two suspected Al Qaeda operatives of Arab origin are arrested from the campus of Peshawar's main university.

March 18

Two Al Qaeda suspects are arrested following a raid on an Afghan refugee camp in Jalozai Peshawar.

March 28

Fifteen members of the proscribed Tehreek-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi (TNSM), including some leaders, are released from the central prison in Dera Ismail Khan.

April 1

Pakistani authorities claim they have arrested Shabbir Ahmed alias Fauji, acting chief of the proscribed Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, in Sameejabad locality of Multan. Ahmed, carrying a head money of Rs one million, is accused of involvement in the killing of several minority Muslim Shias.

Two terrorists accused of killing 11 French naval engineers and two Pakistanis in a suicide bomb attack at Sheraton Hotel, Karachi, on May 8, 2002, plead "not guilty", even as an the Anti-terrorism Court formally indicts them.

April 2

Police in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) claim they have arrested 14 Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) terrorists. The arrests were made on April 1 in Muzaffarabad, a week after some HM cadres blamed their chief, Syed Salahuddin, for the death of former 'chief commander of operations' Abdul Majeed Dar, splitting the group into two rival factions.

April 3

Two suspected Al Qaeda operatives--identified as Abdullah and Abdul Karim--are arrested in Peshawar.

April 4

Two unidentified gunmen in Khawaja Ajmer Nagri area, Karachi, kill a doctor in a suspected sectarian attack.

April 7

Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) appoints Shoaib Ahmed as the new ‘chief commander’ for the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) in place of Fayaz Ahmed alias Shamas Bhai, who was killed in an encounter in Khazanbal, Pulwama district of J&K on April 6.

April 11

Anti-Terrorism court in Karachi awards death sentence to a LeJ activist, Faisal alias Pehlwan, for assassinating Sunni Tehrik chief Saleem Qadri and four others in the Baldia Town on May 18, 2001.

Australia proscribes Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ).

April 12

An Anti-terrorism Court in Lahore trying medical practitioner Ahmad Javed Khwaja and his brother Ahmad Naveed Khwaja, for their alleged links with the Al Qaeda refuse a prosecution plea to incorporate charges relating to their Al Qaeda links.

April 13

Foreign Office dismisses as baseless the remarks made by Zalmay Khalilzad, US Special Envoy for Afghanistan, on the regrouping of Taliban in the country.

April 14

Two of the five terrorists accused in the US Consulate bomb attack case are held guilty and sentenced to death by an Anti-Terrorism Court in Karachi.

April 17

Richard Haas, a senior US State Department official says, Washington has been unable to persuade Pakistan to "stop cross-border terrorism" against India.

April 18

Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Jamali welcomes Indian Premier Vajpayee’s offers of talks on the Kashmir issue.

April 20

Maulana Azam Tariq, SSP chief, says that he and his followers had formed a new party to work for the "enforcement of Islamic edicts" in Pakistan. He said the new group is called Millat-e-Islamia (MeI) and said it wanted to bring about an Islamic revolution.

April 22

120 rockets, five missiles and other weapons were recovered from the border town of Miranshah, 280km southwest of Peshawar.

April 23

United Jehad Council accuses India of using "chemical weapons" in Jammu and Kashmir.

April 24

Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah says front ranking Taliban leaders wanted for crimes in Afghanistan are believed to be hiding in Pakistan.

April 26

An Anti-terrorism court in Karachi sentences to death Akram Lahori, LeJ chief, and his two associates on three counts of sectarian murders.

April 28

Prime Minister Zafarullah Khan Jamali in a telephonic conversation with Indian Premier Atal Behari Vajpayee offers to visit India for holding a dialogue. He also extends an invitation to Vajpayee to visit Pakistan at the latter’s convenience.

April 30

Eleven Al Qaeda suspects, including three Arabs, are arrested from different parts of Karachi.
USA designates Al Badr, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen and Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan as terrorist organisations.

May 2

Pakistani authorities hand over three Arab Al Qaeda suspects, including prime suspect in the October 2000-USS Cole bombing, Waleed Muhammad Bin Attash alias Khalid Al-Attash, to US officials.

May 3

Police in Karachi arrest two Egyptian Al Qaeda suspects from Surjani Town and seize three AK-47 assault rifles, two TT pistols, two satellite phones, some transmitters and refined explosives from their possession.

May 6

Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali announces the restoration of diplomatic ties with India.
A minor bomb explosion is reported from outside a Christian hospital near Peshawar. However, there were no casualties in the explosion.

May 7

State Bank of Pakistan informs that it has frozen the accounts of a Kuwaiti aid organisation, Lajnah al-Dawah al-Islamia, over suspected links to the Al Qaeda network.

May 8

Police in Karachi arrest a Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) terrorist who is suspected to be involved in the parcel bomb blasts, which occurred in three government offices on October 16, 2002.
The visiting US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said at a press conference in Islamabad that infiltration into the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir had decreased.

May 9

At least 12 terrorists are injured in an armed clash between the supporters of Syed Salahuddin and Abdul Majid Dar factions of the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) in Jabbar camp in the Muzaffarabad area of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).

May 10

Approximately 11 persons are injured when an explosive device went off inside a Kandiaro-bound passenger bus at Pathan Colony, Hyderabad.

May 13

A powerful bomb explosion occurs outside the Christian Memorial School in the Bannu district on May 13. However, no causalities were reported.

May 14

Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) government announces a ban on the entry of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar into the region.

May 15

Five persons are injured during serial bomb blasts at 21 British and US gas stations in Karachi.

Maulana Masood Azhar, chief of the outlawed Jaish-e-Mohammed, arrives in Kotli in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) despite a ban on his entry.

One person is killed and 11 others injured when members of two religious sects opened fire on each other in the Jaranwala area of Faisalabad.

May 17

An activist of the proscribed Sunni group, Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP), is shot dead by unidentified assailants when he was returning to his residence at an unnamed place in Multan.

One person is killed and five others injured during an explosion at a house in Hajira town, approximately 145 kilometers south of Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).

May 19

A member of the Muttahida Quomi Movement – Altaf Hussain (MQM-A) and his nephew are shot dead by unidentified assailants near the Gulberg area in Karachi.

May 20

Interior Minister Faisal Saleh Hayat denies having any authority to ban terrorist groups not operating within Pakistan. He clarifies in Islamabad that "The government has not banned the Hizbul Mujahideen [HM], as it has no presence in Pakistan."

May 21

Police said in Islamabad that they had booked two Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) terrorists for carrying arms in public in defiance of a ban.

May 23

A young boy is killed and eight others, including Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) (Operations) Karachi, Tariq Jamil, are injured when two sectarian groups clashed near the Godhra Colony area, under the jurisdiction of New Karachi Industrial Area.

May 24

A Muttahida Quomi Movement-Haqiqi (MQM-H) activist is abducted and later shot dead in the Liaqatabad area of Karachi.

May 27

Anti-Terrorism court in Lahore acquitts medical practitioner Dr Ahmad Javed Khawaja and his chartered accountant brother Ahmad Naveed Khawaja of the charges of firing on a police party and possessing illegal arms and passports of four foreign nationals.

May 28

Crime Investigation Department of Karachi police arrests three terrorists of the proscribed Sunni group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and recover an unspecified quantity of weapons and a motorcycle allegedly used by their leader Asif Ramzi, who died in a blast on December 19, 2002.

May 29

Qari Abdul Hayee, acting chief of LeJ, is arrested during a surprise raid conducted at Basti Allah Buksh in Sher Sultan, Muzaffargarh district.

May 30

Local administration in Peshawar stops Maulana Masood Azhar, JeM chief, from addressing a "Deefa-e-Islam" conference at the Peshawar Press Club. However, he is allowed to lay the foundation stone of Hanan bin Salma Centre at Chamkani and address the people at Speen Jamaat.

May 31

Five persons are in a bomb explosion in a passenger bus at Sabzi Mandi Chowk in Hyderabad on May 31.

June 1

Daily Times reports that Pakistan's security agencies are hunting for an Afghan national Hamdullah, popularly known as Mufti Inaam, who was the head of the intelligence agency under the erstwhile Taliban regime and has close contacts with Osama bin Laden.

June 2

North West Frontier Province (NWFP) Provincial Assembly passes the Shariat Bill that would make the province the first in Pakistan to be run according to the teachings of the Holy Quraan.
Senior Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) leader Maulana Samiul Haq claims in Lahore "Osama Bin Laden and Mullah Omar are alive and safe, and operating in Afghanistan against American forces."

June 4

Michael Evanoff, a US Embassy official in Islamabad terms Pakistan as "the epicenter of terrorism".

June 8

In a sectarian attack, 13 trainee police personnel belonging to the local Hazara community of the Shia sect are killed and eight others injured at Sariab Road in Quetta.

June 11

Two unidentified assailants kill Abdul Raziq Khan, a leader of the Pakistan Muslim League (Quaid-e-Azam) and former Speaker of the Sindh Assembly and his driver at Altaf Hussain Road in Karachi.

June 12

An activist of the proscribed Sunni group Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) is shot dead near his residence in Karachi by three unidentified terrorists.
A retired civil engineer from the Shia community is killed in the Nazimabad area of Karachi.
A former terrorist of the outlawed Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) is shot dead by two unidentified assailants in Sector 5-L, New Karachi police jurisdiction, Karachi.

June 14

Police in Karachi arrest five terrorists allegedly involved in planning strikes on US and other foreign establishments in the city.

June 17

President Musharraf while rejecting Indian allegations of cross-border terrorism claims in London that, "It's simply not true. It's my word against theirs. There is nothing happening on the Line of Control (LoC). Now let us not be blackmailed on this issue by the Indian side… Whatever is happening is indigenous."

Security agencies arrest an Arab national along with three Afghans suspected of having links with the Al Qaeda from Peshawar.

June 25

Visiting Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf reportedly assures US President George W Bush that he will make a hundred per cent effort to end cross-border terrorism against India. "Musharraf has committed to a hundred per cent effort at trying to end cross-border incidents", a senior Bush administration official said while briefing reporters on the talks the two leaders held at Camp David on June 24.

June 27

Eight alleged LeT cadres, accused of planning terrorist acts in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir, are arrested during a series of raids around the US Federal Capital of Washington, the US Justice Department said in a statement. Three other persons, reportedly living in Saudi Arabia, were also named in a 42-count Justice Department indictment.

June 28

A 41-count Federal Grand Jury indictment is turned against 11 LeT terrorists who have been charged with conspiracy to "prepare for and engage in violent jehad" against foreign targets in Kashmir, Philippines and Chechnya. The 11 include eight persons arrested by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania on June 27 and three others believed to be in Saudi Arabia.

June 30

An Anti-Terrorism court in Karachi sentences three terrorists of the proscribed Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) to death on each of three counts for killing 11 French naval engineers and two others in a suicide car bomb attack near the Sheraton Hotel on May 8, 2002.

July 1

Abdul Jabbar, former ‘supreme commander’ of the JeM, is reportedly arrested in Midhranjha, a town near Sargodha, for his alleged involvement in two terrorist attacks on Christian targets during year 2002.

July 4

At least 53 persons are killed and 57 others injured as three armed terrorists, including a suspected suicide bomber, attack a Shiite Muslim mosque in Quetta, capital of the Southwestern Baluchistan province, during the Friday prayers.

July 5

Police in Lahore arrest seven LeJ terrorists from a house in the Ghaziabad area on suspicion that they were involved in the July 4-Quetta massacre.

July 6

Police in Quetta detain 19 suspects for interrogation in connection with the July 4 massacre at a mosque in which 53 persons were killed.

July 7

President of the Baluchistan Shiite Conference, Syed Ashraf Zaidi, claims that the Al Qaeda was responsible for the July 4 attack on a mosque in Quetta in which 53 persons were killed.

July 10 Two persons are killed and an unspecified number of them injured in a bomb explosion outside the Crown Plaza building in the eastern part of Karachi.
July 15 Suspected Al Qaeda terrorist, Adil Al-Jazeeri, arrested in June 2003, is handed over to American authorities in Peshawar.
July 16 At least 11 persons are injured in a bomb blast at the Liaquat University Hospital in Hyderabad.
Proscribed Sunni group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claims responsibility for the July 4-Quetta mosque attack in which at least 53 persons were killed.
July 17 A former Taliban 'commander', Zainuddin Achakzai, is reportedly shot dead by unidentified assailants in the Pashtoonabad area on the outskirts of Quetta.
July 27 Nine persons, including some military police personnel, are injured during a bomb blast at the main Miranshah bazaar.
July 28 Three persons, including a woman, are killed and four others sustain injuries during a bomb explosion in the Saidgai village of North Waziristan Agency along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
August 3 One person is killed and another injured in a bomb explosion in the Dera Ismail Khan district, reportedly hours before the arrival of North West Frontier Province (NWFP) Chief Minister Akram Khan Durrani.
August 4 Sindh High Court sets aside an order of the State Bank of Pakistan under which accounts of the Al-Rashid Trust with the Habib Bank Ltd were frozen on grounds that the ART was funding Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups.
August 6 Shabir Choudhury, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) leader, accuses the Pakistan Government of denying basic human rights to the people in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) during his address at the 55th session of the United Nations sub-commission on the promotion and protection of human rights.
August 8 US authorities charge Uzair Paracha, a Pakistani national, with conspiring to provide financial and other assistance to the Al Qaeda.
August 12 President Pervez Musharraf offers an immediate cease-fire along the LoC and also indicates his willingness to 'facilitate' it in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir if India reciprocates by releasing Kashmiri prisoners, allowing free movement of Kashmiri leaders and reducing security forces' deployment.
August 19 In a suspected targeted sectarian killing, Dr. Shoaib Siddiqui, administrator of the Liaquat National Hospital, is shot dead by two armed assailants near the hospital premises in Karachi.
August 27 Buner Police arrests at least ten terrorists affiliated to the proscribed Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) after a clash between two groups of the outfit over an internal dispute near Ghaurghushti Town in Peshawar.
August 30 While acknowledging the killing of its 'operational chief' Gazi Baba alias Shahnawaz Khan during an encounter on August 30, the Jaish-e-Mohammed appoints Sahrai Baba in his place. Pakistani Urdu daily Jung quots Jaish 'deputy supreme commander' Wali Hasan as saying that Abu Dajana has been appointed as Sahrai's deputy in Jammu and Kashmir.
August 31 Unidentified assailants shoot at and injure a prominent former Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) 'commander', Haroon Khan aka Major Mast Gul, near his residence in the Khwaja Town area of Peshawar.
September 2 Eight persons, including two activists of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Altaf Hussain (MQM-A), are shot dead by unidentified terrorists in two separate attacks in the Liaquatabad and Azizabad areas of Karachi.
September 4 In a suspected sectarian incident, two unidentified assailants kill Javed Hussain Dogar, a Shia religious leader, at the People's Colony area in Lahore.
September 11 On the eve of the second anniversary of 9/11, fugitive Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri is quoted as saying in media reports that Pakistanis should revolt against President Pervez Musharraf. In an audiotape aired by Qatar's Al-Jazeera television, he said, "We ask our Muslim brethren in Pakistan: until when will you put up with the traitor Musharraf, who sold the Muslims' blood in Afghanistan and handed over the Arab mujahideen to crusader America?"
Five Pakistan-based terrorist groups, including the Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Toiba, which were proscribed by President Pervez Musharraf on January 12, 2002, are currently functioning openly under changed identities, according to the Herald. Four of Pakistan's top sectarian outfits have effectively regrouped and are operating their respective networks as openly as before though under different names, it said.
September 12 President Pervez Musharraf says in an interview to the BBC that reports of Al Qaeda and Taliban terrorists finding sympathy in Pakistan and using it as a base for launching attacks in Afghanistan were "partially true".
Islamist separatists in China's Muslim northwest are securing assistance from international terrorists, including instruction in "several training camps in Pakistan," claims Wang Lequan, the region's Communist Party secretary.
September 15 Declassified US intelligence documents reportedly reveal that Pakistan helped Al Qaeda terrorists launch their operations in Afghanistan in the 1990s and also clandestinely ran a major training camp used by Osama Bin Laden's network.
September 17 Twelve persons are wounded in clashes between armed villagers and unidentified terrorists in the Khoi Rata village, approximately 250 kilometers south of Muzaffarabad in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).
September 20 Security agencies reportedly raid two Madrassas (seminaries) in Karachi on and arrest 16 foreigners for suspected links to various extremist groups. The raids occurred at the Jamia Abi Bakar and Madrasa Dar-ul-Islam seminaries in the Gulshan-e-Iqbal area of Karachi. Among those arrested were 13 Malaysian, two Indonesian and a Burmese.
September 22 Media reports indicate that Gun Gun Rusman Gunawan, younger brother of Hambali, chief of the Indonesian terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyyah, was arrested from the Gulshan-e-Iqbal area in Karachi a month back.
September 24 Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, President Pervez Musharraf invites India to observe a complete cease-fire along the Line of Control (LoC).
September 27 At least 12 persons are injured when a bomb of low intensity exploded in a minibus under the Brigade police station-limits on the MA Jinnah Road in Karachi.
September 28 An activist of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement - Altaf Hussain (MQM-A) is shot dead by two unidentified assailants at Nagan Chowrangi in Karachi.
Karachi Police arrest Muhammad Aslam Jhangvi, a front ranking LeJ terrorist. Allegedly involved in the killing of 12 persons in Mailsi in year 2000, the Government had announced a reward of Rupees 3 million for his arrest.
October 2 At least 12 Al Qaeda terrorists are killed and 18 others arrested during an operation launched by the Pakistan Army in the remote South Waziristan Agency (SWA), close to the Afghanistan border. Two Pakistani soldiers were also reportedly killed and two others injured during the encounter.
Police in Hyderabad said that they had arrested five suspected Harkat-ul-Mujahideen Al-alami (HuMA) terrorists who had plotted to kill foreigners and leaders of minority communities in Pakistan.
October 3 At least six persons, including four employees of the Space and Upper Atmospheric Research Commission (SUPARCO) and one army personnel, are killed and eight persons injured in an ambush while they were going to a mosque for offering Friday prayers in the Mauripur area of Karachi.
October 4 Security agencies are reported to have dismantled a terrorist training camp in the Diamir district of the Northern Areas.
October 6 Maulana Azam Tariq, leader of the outlawed Sunni group Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) and Member of National Assembly, is assassinated along with four others in Islamabad.
October 8 The political administration of South Waziristan Agency arrests at least 24 tribesmen for sheltering Al Qaeda and Taliban operatives.US Federal prosecutors formally charge a Pakistani national with providing material support to the Al Qaeda, more than six months after his arrest in New York City.
October 11 60 persons are arrested in South Waziristan for sheltering Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives.
October 13 An MQM-A activist is shot dead by two unidentified assailants in the Sakhi Hasan chowrangi area of Karachi.
October 14 Karachi-based Al Akhtar Trust is designated as a Global Terrorist entity by the US Treasury.
October 16 The United States designates Pakistan-based Indian Mafia don Dawood Ibrahim as a global terrorist having links with the Al Qaeda and financing activities of the Lashkar-e-Toiba and other terrorist groups.
October 17 The Mujahideen have a right to cross the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir to "fight a jihad against Indian forces", claims Hafiz Saeed, chief of the Lashkar-e-Toiba, at the close of a three-day Jamaat-ud-Dawa (the new name of LeT) congregation at Pattoki in the Punjab province.
October 18 An anti-terrorism court in Karachi awards 10-year jail terms to three terrorists affiliated to the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen Al-alami (HuMA) for an attempt on the life of President Pervez Musharraf, while acquitting two co-accused in the case.
October 20 Security agencies arrest two Yemenis and a Pakistani from Faisalabad for suspected links to the Al Qaeda network.
October 21 An absconding LeJ terrorist is reported to have died after he jumped from his fifth floor flat to escape arrest in Karachi. Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Al Badr Mujahideen, are reported to have joined the United Jehad Council (UJC), a 13-member alliance of terrorist groups active in Jammu and Kashmir.
October 22 Karachi Police arrests four Lashkar-e-Jhangvi terrorists for their alleged involvement in an attack on a bus carrying employees of the Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Committee (SUPARCO) that claimed six lives on October 3 in Maripur.
October 29 Pakistan responds to the Indian confidence-building measures (CBMs) and hopes that discussions on the CBMs would lead New Delhi to resume a sustained and composite dialogue with Islamabad on all contentious issues, notably the Kashmir dispute. Foreign Secretary Riaz Khokhar told a press conference that Pakistan had decided to respond positively to the Indian proposals along with some of its own steps.
Two police personnel are killed and five others wounded in a bomb explosion near the Bhitai Colony Police Station in Kandhkot of Jacobabad district.
November 3 Two suspected Uzbek terrorists are killed during an encounter with Pakistani troops in the Angoor Adda area of South Waziristan Agency.
November 7 Australian Parliament passes a bill to outlaw the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba. The move to designate LeT as a terrorist outfit came after allegations that a French terror suspect deported to Paris in October 2003 had trained with the group.
November 10 Two journalists and seven police personnel are injured in three bomb blasts in the Satellite Town area of Quetta.
November 14 Abdul Qadir, a close associate of the Taliban chief Mullah Omar, is arrested from his residence at the University Town area in Peshawar.
US Ambassador Nancy Powell expresses concern over the resurfacing of banned terrorist groups Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Toiba under new names.
November 15 Federal Government proscribes three religio-political outfits under the Anti-Terrorist Act 1997. The proscribed parties/groups have been identified as Islami Tehreek-e-Pakistan (ITP - formerly known as Tehreek-e-Jaferia Pakistan [TJP]), Millat-e-Islamia Pakistan (MIP - formerly known as Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan [SSP]) and Khudamul Islam (KI - formerly known as Jaish-e-Mohammed [JeM]).
An Anti-Terrorism Court in Karachi awards death sentence to Muhammad Ajmal alias Akram Lahori, 'commander-in-chief' of the proscribed Sunni group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, and three of his associates.
November 18 MMA chief Shah Ahmad Noorani says the alliance would defy the new ban on renamed 'Jehadi' outfits and will support an outlawed Shiite group in its ranks.
November 19 The defunct Tehreek-e-Islami Pakistan (formerly known as Tehreek-e-Jaferia Pakistan [TJP]) decides to legally challenge the ban imposed on it.
November 20 The Federal Government proscribes Jamiat-ul-Ansar, Hizb-ul-Tehreer and Jamaat-ul-Furqan.
Chief of Jamaat-e-Islami in Dera Bugti, Amanullah Bugti, and his two associates are killed near Dera Bugti, approximately 340 kilometers from Quetta.
November 23 Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali announces a complete cease-fire on the Line of Control (LoC) to be effective from the last day of the holy month of Ramzan. "Our armed forces deployed on the Line of Control have been ordered to observe a complete ceasefire with effect from Eid day," said Jamali during a televised address to the nation to mark the completion of one year of his Government.
November 25 The formal cease-fire between India and Pakistan along the International Border (IB), Line of Control (LoC) and the Actual Ground Position Line (AGPL) in Jammu and Kashmir began on the midnight of November 25.
November 29 Afghan President Hamid Karzai claims that Taliban chief Mullah Mohammed Omar was seen at Quetta in Pakistan last week.
December 3 The State Bank of Pakistan orders local banks to freeze accounts of three proscribed terrorist groups: Tehrik-e-Islami Pakistan (formerly known as Tehreek-e-Jaferia Pakistan [TJP]), Millat-e-Islamia Pakistan (formerly known as Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan [SSP]) and Khuddamul Islam (formerly known as Jaish-e-Mohammed [JeM]).
December 4 Police shut down nine offices of Khuddam-ul-Islam (formerly Jaish-e-Mohammed [JeM]) and one office of the Jamaat-ul-Ansaar (formerly Harkat-ul-Mujahideen [HuM]) in Pakistan occupied AKshmir (PoK).
December 11 A terrorist of the outlawed Shia outfit, Sipah-e-Mohammed Pakistan (SMP), is hanged in the Bahawalpur New Central Jail. Shehzad Ali Khan had been given the death sentence by an Anti-Terrorist Court in 1998 for murdering a leader of a rival sectarian group in Hasilpur, Bahawalnagar, in 1997.
December 14 President Pervez Musharraf escapes an assassination attempt when an explosive device went off at the Chaklala Bridge near Jhanda Chichi in Rawalpindi approximately two minutes after the departure of his convoy.
December 21 In a suspected sectarian incident, a Superintendent of Police and his son are shot dead by unidentified assailants near the Darya Khan Bridge in Dera Ismail Khan district.
December 23 The US Secretary of State redesignates the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) as Foreign Terrorist Organizations. The initial designations of these groups in 2001 are to expire on December 26, 2003.
December 25 At least 18 persons are killed and 40 others sustain injuries during a second assassination attempt in less than two weeks on President Pervez Musharraf in the Jhanda Chichi area of Rawalpindi.

 

 

 

 

 
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