Pakistan Timeline - 2017
Source:Compiled from news reports
and are provisional.
Police arrested at least three
terrorists and seized explosives from their custody during an
action in SITE Town area of Karachi, the provincial capital
of Sindh. The SSP of West Zone, Nasir Aftab said in a joint
action, launched by Police and personnel of an intelligence
agency, three terrorists affiliated to a banned outfit were
apprehended and recovered explosive material and detonators
from their possession.
Pakistan lashed out at India,
saying that New Delhi had “deployed” terrorism as an instrument
of state policy in the garb of denouncing terrorism. India,
it added, was involved in perpetrating, sponsoring, supporting
and financing terrorism. The remarks came in a statement that
Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria issued in response to
queries regarding reports about the failure of an Indian move
in the United Nations sanctions committee.
The number of target killings
in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, have significantly
decreased by 253 percent during 2016, as compared to 2015, while
the menace of extortions have slashed by 36 percent during the
same period, the annual report of Sindh Police said. However,
Police in the report have claimed that the number of target
killings has reduced because of the good performance of the
Police while the report has not mentioned the achievement of
Sindh Rangers' Karachi operation continued for the past three
Meanwhile, the Sindh Police’s
Counter-Terrorism Department is planning to deradicalise and
rehabilitate an estimated 300 militants held in different jails
of the province with the help of qualified psychologists, said
Additional Inspector General of the CTD, Dr Sanaullah Abbasi.
Under the proposed initiative, the CTD would conduct psychological
profiling of the arrested militants to ascertain the possible
factors, leading to militancy as a move to rehabilitate them.
“The CTD Sindh has taken an initiative to create psychological
profiles of arrested militants in the province,” said Dr Sanaullah
Abbasi. He said a unit of the CTD Sindh had been deputed to
go to jails to create such profiles along the lines of a proforma
created by the NACTA to better identify the factors that lead
to radicalisation of young men. The CTD chief said the unit
concerned had around 15 police personnel, who would collect
data about the imprisoned militants in Karachi and other parts
of Sindh. Dr Abbasi said that there were 250 to 300 militants
in different prisons of the province.
Six FCB officials were injured
after their vehicle came under attack near Western Bypass in
Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. The personnel
were en route to firing range of the training camp when terrorists
attacked the van with a remote-controlled bomb. The injured
officials are Subedar Muhammad Shafi, Hawaldar Awalur Rehman,
Naik Latif, Sepoys Saif, Raza Rehman and Qaim Khan. According
to the Bomb Disposal Squad, eight to ten Kg explosives were
used in the bombing.
The CTD officials of Hazara
Division arrested two TTP terrorists, Muhammad Nawaz alias Abrash
and Azizullah alias Hazaza, from Batagaram District of KP. Both
the terrorists are said to have received militant training in
Kunar area in Afghanistan. Nawaz and Azizullah were involved
in a number of terrorism incidents in the past and were also
found plotting an attack in the Batagaram region at the time
of their arrest. CTD officials said the two men revealed major
terrorism plots in Batagaram District during their initial interrogation.
A video clip of DPO Batagaram was also recovered from their
Deaths linked to violence in
the country decreased significantly in 2016, dropping 45 percent
compared with the previous year, CRSS report said. Some 2,610
people lost their lives due to violence during the period compared
with 4,647 in 2015. "There was nearly a 45 percent reduction
in the number of violence-related fatalities in 2016, which
continued the trend of reduction from 2014," the report
said. "In fact, since 2014, there has been an overall reduction
of nearly 66 percent." December was the least violent month
for the country during the year. Two provinces - Punjab and
Balochistan - had a marginal increase in violence during 2016.
Balochistan suffered the most fatalities as violence-related
deaths rose from 719 in 2015 to 798 last year, an upsurge of
nearly 10 percent, followed by Punjab, which lost 424 people
during 2016 - the highest number of fatalities in the province
during the last four years. Both provinces were the targets
of suicide attacks that increased the casualty count. Balochistan
had three suicide attacks, leaving 186 dead, while Punjab had
one suicide attack at a park crowded with families on Easter
Sunday, killing 75, including many children.
Three persons, including a Sub-Inspector,
were killed in firing incidents at various parts of Karachi,
the provincial capital of Sindh.
A SI of Police Iqbal Mehmood,
probing some targeted killing cases was shot dead and two others
injured in the night when unidentified assailants opened fire
at them on main Rashid Minhas Road in Gulistan-i-Jauhar Town
of Karachi. DSP Shara-i-Faisal Ali Anwar Soomro said that assailants
were chasing SI Iqbal Mehmood who was riding a bike along with
his friend Waseem. "As they disembarked from their motorbike
to purchase some items from a vendor near Lal Flats, gunmen
travelling in a car opened fire on them and fled," he said.
Mahmood's friend Waseem and a passerby teenager Hafeez Ullah
sustained bullet wounds in the incident. The deceased SI Iqbal
Mehmood was posted at investigation section of Ferozabad Police
Station. Investigators collected three spent bullet casings
fired from a 9mm pistol from the crime scene.
One person, identified as Rizwan,
who worked as a Police informer against drug peddlers, was shot
dead in a firing incident in Korangi Industrial Area under Korangi
Town of Karachi. SSP Nauman Siddiqui said that the Police had
arrested the killer and recovered weapons from him.
A civilian was shot dead in
a target-killing incident at Jamshed Road near Pardah Park in
Jamshed Town area of Karachi.
Unidentified militants shot
dead two people in Jinnah Town of Quetta, the provincial capital
of Balochistan. According to Police, both victims were going
somewhere when the assailants riding a motorcycle opened fire
on them. Both the men died on the spot.
FCB neutralised a 10 kilograms
bomb in the Chithar area of Nasirabad District.
At least four suspected militants
were killed during an exchange of fire with SFs in Uch and other
areas of Naseerabad District in Balochistan. A security officer
said that SFs conducted a search operation in Uch and other
areas of Naseerabad District. Five militants were also arrested.
Moreover, nine sanctuaries of militants were demolished by security
Unidentified assailants shot
and injured five Hazara Shias in a suspected sectarian attack
community on Spiny Road in the Qila Mubarak area of Quetta,
the provincial capital of Balochistan. DIG, Quetta, Razzak Cheema
said that the incident is a targeted attack when five individuals
were travelling in a taxi
At least one civilian was killed
and two Policemen injured in two separate attacks in North Nazimabad
area of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Police constable
Muhammad Iqbal was injured when unidentified assailants lobbed
a hand grenade at Taimuria Police Station in North Nazimabad.
Later, 25-year-old Ali Imran was shot dead when unidentified
assailants opened fire at Five Star Chowrangi in the same area.
Bashir, a traffic police official, was also injured in the firing
The Military Courts - to try
civilians on terrorism charges - will expire today at midnight
(Night between Friday & Saturday) after which all the terrorism
cases against civilian suspects will be transferred to the ATC.
The 21st Constitutional Amendment, which had paved the way for
setting up the military courts for two years, will become ineffective
on January 07. Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali
Khan said, “The military courts were set up for two years with
the consensus of all the political parties. Any extension in
these courts is not being considered.” He said ATCs will take
up all such cases after expiry of the military courts after
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 them.
A human rights activist, Civil
Progressive Alliance Pakistan (CPAP) president Samar Abbas (40)
has gone missing from the federal capital Islamabad. Mr. Abbas
is an activist based in Karachi who belongs to various forums
that have been raising their voice voicing against atrocities
committed against minority groups in the country.
Earlier, Social media activists
Waqas Goraya and Asim Saeed disappeared from Lahore on January
4, Ahmed Raza Naseer went missing from Sheikhupura on January
7 while Salman Haider vanished from Islamabad’s Bani Gala area
on January 6.
The Sindh CTD Transnational
Terrorism Intelligence Group in-charge Raja Umer Khattab said
that there might be surge in sectarian violence in city if LEAs
don’t chalk out a strategy to clamp down on sleeper cells. The
sleeper cells of AQIS and the LeJ are believed to be involved
in the recent attacks on Policemen and there might be a surge
in sectarian violence in the coming days, Raja Umer Khattab
said. “In the past AQIS has used homemade bombs containing ball
bearings in the Taimuria Police Station a Russian-made grenade
was used, something that is new,” Raja Umer Khattab added. “AQIS
primarily used handmade bombs. They had started off by making
ball bombs and IEDs. The use of a grenade now suggests that
sleeper cells of these terrorist outfits are now active and
their members possess new kinds of weapons and explosives,”
Raja Umer Khattab added further.
The BDU neutralised a 10 kilograms
bomb in Karkhano Market of Peshawar, the provincial capital
of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Police said it was a remote-controlled
Bannu Special Police Unit arrested
three suspected TTP terrorists from the Chando Khel area of
Lakki Marwat District. Police recovered a Kalashnikov rifle,
three grenades, an anti-personnel mine, explosives and 30 bore
pistols. The terrorists were identified as Waliullah, Amanullah
and Ravib. The arrested militants were involved in target killing,
extortion and attacking law enforcers. The arrested persons
also stole the rifle of police official Ali Badshah after killing
The Balochistan High Court issued
bailable arrest warrants for former President General (Retired)
Pervez Musharraf in JWP leader Nawab Akbar Bugti's murder case.
A divisional bench of BHC passed this order during hearing of
a review petition challenging acquittal of the former president
by Anti-Terrorism Court. Former Balochistan chief minister and
governor Nawab Akbar Bugti was killed in Dera Bugti District
on August 26, 2006.
The CPLC in its report has identified
sixty 'hot spots' in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh,
where the street criminals operate the most and incidents of
snatchings take place. These areas including PIDC, Tariq Road,
Sakhi Hassan, Hassan Square, Bahadurabad, Aisha Manzil and the
NIPA Chowrangi which are high-risk areas and even some areas
in city's posh localities such as Defence and Clifton make it
to the list. The CPLC report further states that in 2016, 19,336
incidents of mobile snatching were reported which is an increase
of 38 percent as compared to 2015. "Besides mobile snatching,
around 22,358 motorcycles were snatched, which is 24 percent
more as compared to 2015," stated the report. However,
CPLC has claimed that car theft and its snatching incidents
have reduced substantially in Karachi during 2016. All this
is despite the passage of more than three years of Karachi operation,
which is claimed to be successful by the Rangers and the provincial
government adds the news report.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar
Ali Khan stunned the entire opposition in the Senate by stating
that “banned sectarian organisations could not be equated with
other banned terrorist organisations”. The Interior Minister
gave the remarks to justify his meeting with Ahmed Ludhianvi,
the chief of banned sectarian organisation ASWJ.
Unidentified assailants killed
a Police constable, Khalid Shaikh (30), near his house on Jamshed
Road in the Soldier Bazaar area of Karachi, provincial capital
JI ameer (chief), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,
Mushtaq Ahmad called for merger of FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
and also stated that the people of the FATA were deprived of
basic and democratic rights for the last seven decades, reports
The News. Mushtaq Ahmed also rejected the FCR, saying it was
a black law. “If no solid steps were taken for the merger of
the FATA with KP and uplift of the tribal areas, we will have
no other option but to march on Islamabad,” he said. Mushtaq
Ahmad asked the Government to announce PKR 1,000 billion uplift
package for the tribal areas.
Earlier, JUI-F leaders on January
8 rejected the federal government’s plan to merge FATA with
KP and threatened to launch a protest movement if any changes
were ‘imposed’ on the tribal people. “We request the federal
government, especially the prime minister, to stop implementation
of the reforms until every stockholder is taken on board, otherwise
the JUI-F would start an agitation campaign across FATA,” threatened
Abdul Shakoor, head (FATA) JUI-F.
Unidentified assailants shot
dead a journalist, Muhammad Jan (37), in Kalat town of same
District in Balochistan. Muhammad Jan, who worked for local
Urdu language daily newspaper ‘Qudrat’, was shot dead while
he was on his way home on a motorcycle. “Two attackers on motorcycle
opened fire on him, using a pistol and killing him on the spot,”
Senior Police Officer Muhammad Ali said.
The FO rejected allegations
of terrorist safe havens in the FATA, saying Pakistan does not
allow its territory to be used for attacks against any other
country. Responding to queries during the weekly news briefing,
FO Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said Afghanistan was infested
with a number of terrorist organisations due to its instability.
This, he added, created space for terrorist elements such as
Haqqani network's leadership, TTP, Daesh, and al Qaeda, among
other terrorist organisations. "It is, therefore, not appropriate
to blame others for the adversities due to the deteriorating
security situation in Afghanistan. The oft repeated claims regarding
safe havens are, therefore, more of a rhetoric than anything
else," the spokesperson maintained.
The Federal Government claimed
that it has been spending an additional PKR 250 billion annually
on security since the launch of Operation Zarb-e-Azb and that
it cannot sustain the burden alone, but the two big provinces
have already refused to share the cost. In a position paper
it has sent to the four federating units to convince them to
pay for security, the NFC Secretariat claimed that security-related
additional spending stood at PKR 732.4 billion since June 2014.
This includes PKR 283 billion allocations for the financial
year 2016-17. “Since 2014-15 alone, when new security operations
started, the federal government has been spending some PKR 300
billion specifically for meeting the expenditures related to
security, rehabilitation and capacity-building of security forces
to meet the challenges of law and order,” the finance ministry
Three Policemen were injured
when unidentified militants attacked the convoy of a Qatari
prince in Musakhel District of Balochistan in the evening. Security
sources said that the militants opened indiscriminate fire on
the convoy, as a result of which District Police Officer Majeed
Dasti and two other security officials received bullet wounds.
The Qatari prince remained unharmed in the attack, said Senior
District Administration official Mohammad Yasir.
Army and LEAs carried out joint
combing operations in Shaheen town, Warsak Road, Dalazak and
Pakka Ghulam areas of Peshawar, the provincial capital of KP,
in the evening. According to ISPR, during the combing operation
58 suspects were apprehended including five Afghan nationals.
Huge cache of arms, ammunition and drugs were recovered during
Unidentified militants killed
two Police officials in different areas of Quetta, the provincial
capital of Balochistan. Militants opened fire at a Police constable
in the Killi Deba area of Quetta, killing him on the spot. In
another incident, militants opened fire near the Passport Office
area and killed another Police official on duty. The attackers
managed to escape from the scene in both cases, with Police
officials terming the incidents as acts of target killings.
The special policing powers
granted to Pakistan Rangers, Sindh, by the Provincial Government
under Anti-Terrorism Act of 1997 to carry out raids and arrest
suspects ended. The Government had extended the Rangers' Policing
powers on October 18, 2016, for 90 days thus entitling them
to carry out raids, snap checking and arresting the people in
the provincial capital only. Sindh Government, however, had
not issued any official statement in connection with extension
of the powers by the end of the day.
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.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad
Ali Shah approved the summary extending Rangers' special powers
in Karachi for 90 days. The special powers will grant Rangers
special Policing powers in the metropolis. The summary to extend
the powers of the paramilitary force had been sent to Syed Murad
Ali Shah by the Home Minister.
The Rangers were given extension
last on October 16, 2016 by Murad Ali Shah. Under the Anti-Terrorism
Act of 1997, Rangers have been granted special powers to raid
and take into custody suspects.
JuD has filed a petition in
the Islamabad High Court seeking the removal of its name from
the watch list under Schedule 2 of the ATA 1997. Raja Rizwan
Abbasi filed JuD’s petition before the IHC. JuD is alleged to
be an incarnation of the banned LeT and was placed on the watchlist
in December 2008.
Police recovered four dead bodies
from an empty plot in Steel Town area of Karachi, the provincial
capital of Sindh. Malir Town SSP Rao Anwar claimed that the
four victims had been shot to death adding that the corpses
bore torture marks.
Two SF personnel were killed
after unidentified militants opened fire on them in Kohlu area
of Balochistan. The deceased were identified as constable Shero
and Khawand Bukhsh. The militants managed to flee the scene.
The Senate (The upper
house of Parliament) was told that certain foreign intelligence
agencies funded [militant] groups in Pakistan to destabilise
it. Answering a question about major sources of funding being
used in acts of terrorism in the country, Minister of State
for Interior Baleeghur Rahman said it was difficult to pinpoint
with 100 per cent accuracy the sources of terrorism funding.
But some of the generally perceived sources include extortion
and funding by foreign intelligence agencies. He said that militants
were known to extort money from drug dealers and producers operating
in the areas straddling the Pakistan-Afghan border. Giving details
of the investigations being conducted to collect information
about terrorism funding, he said 844 such cases were under investigation,
including 498 registered under the Foreign Exchange Regulation
Act, 230 under anti-money laundering law and 116 cases of suspicious
transactions reported by the financial monitoring unit of the
State Bank of Pakistan (SBP).
The CoAS General Qamar Javed
Bajwa met leaders from the business and trader communities and
assured them of continuation of the security operation in Karachi,
the statement released by the ISPR said. "The Karachi operation
will continue till the elimination of crime in the city,"
said Army chief. He added that all possible measures will be
taken to restore peace in Karachi, and said that the strategy
for Karachi would remain the same and there would be no change
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad
Ali Shah said that his Government would never allow terrorists
and religious fanatics to play with the lives of innocent people
even if the Federal Government refuses to cooperate with it.
This he said while presiding over the Sindh cabinet meeting
here at the Sindh Secretariat. Briefing the cabinet on the response
of Ministry of Interior to ban 94 madrassa's allegedly involved
in promoting terrorism, the Chief Minister said that in the
Apex committee the list of the madrassa's was presented. The
Committee was told that 94 madrassa's were involved in terrorist
activities. They had presented solid evidences gathered from
the terrorists arrested by Law Enforcement Agencies and they
had revealed startling disclosures against the said madrassa's.
At least 25 people were killed
and more than 87 others were injured in a bomb blast at the
Sabzi Mandi (vegetable market) area of Parachinar in Kurram
Agency of FATA in the morning. A statement issued by the ISPR
said IED blast took place at 08:50am. Government official Shahid
Khan said the explosion took place when the market was crowded
with retailers buying fruits and vegetables. In a text message
sent to journalists, the al-Alami (International) faction of
LeJ claimed that it, along with the TTP splinter Shehryar Mehsud
group, carried out the attack. The Shehryar Mehsud group did
not independently claim the bombing.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor,
Engr Iqbal Zafar Jhagra strongly condemned the bomb blast and
said "We will continue our struggle till eliminating the
last terrorist from FATA". The terrorist, he added, could
never deter our courage, since we are determined to follow them
to the extreme extent. He further directed the political administration
to expeditiously complete relief activities and no effort should
be spared in ensuring best ever treatment facilities to the
The number of Pakistanis under
detention in Saudi Arab jails on terror charges reached 69 with
the arrest of a woman in Jeddah’s Al-Naseem District during
a security operation. According to a report in Saudi newspaper
Arab News, Fatima Ramadan Balochi Murad was arrested along with
her Saudi husband from an apartment in Al-Naseem District by
security agencies after a tip-off. A recent statement issued
by the Interior Ministry through its Tawasul (communications)
portal said that 5,085 terror suspects from 40 countries are
in detention in five intelligence prisons in the Kingdom.
Unidentified assailants opened
fire and killed two persons in Satellite Town area of Quetta,
the provincial capital of Balochistan. Police officials said
the gunmen were on a motorcycle when they opened fire and critically
injured two tribal locals. The injured were rushed to the Civil
Hospital in Quetta but they succumbed to their injuries. The
motive behind the attack remains to be ascertained. The assailants
escaped unhurt from the crime scene.
The COAS General Qamar Javed
Bajwa said terrorists would not be allowed to derail the stability
of FATA. According to a statement issued by ISPR Director General
Major General Asif Ghafoor, General Qamar Javed Bajwa said this
during his visit to Parachinar and Peshawar. The COAS was given
a detailed briefing on January 21’s bombing in Parachinar. General
Bajwa lauded the support of tribal people in combating terrorism
and acknowledged their sacrifices for peace. He said that with
their support the Army, FC and other law enforcers have done
a great job in stabilising the area and terrorists will fail
to derail it. The COAS lauded their efforts in maintaining tribal
and sectarian harmony which is source of national integration.
He said, "Pakistan belongs to all of us without any religious,
provincial, tribal, linguistic, ethnic, sectarian or any other
At least eight security personnel
were injured when their convoy comes under militant ambush in
Gichak area of Panjgur District in Balochistan. "The security
personnel were moving through the district's mountainous Gichak
area to conduct a raid against miscreants when they were fired
upon," said a security official. No arrests were reported
after the incident. There was no claim of responsibility for
The Police recovered two suicide
jackets from Abu Bakar mosque under the Paharipura Police Station,
on the outskirt of Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa. However, no arrests were made. An official at the
Paharipura Police Station said that acting on a tip-off Police
personnel checked Abu Bakar mosque near Benazir Hospital along
the motorway. He said the cops recovered two suicide jackets
containing about five kilogramme explosives from the room of
the prayer leader of the mosque. However, the prayer leader
was not present in the room at the time of the raid.
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 possession.
A Shia man, Mohammed Kazim Raza
(39), was gunned down in suspected sectarian attack in Gulistan-i-Jauhar
area of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, in the night.
“It appeared to be a targeted killing incident linked with sectarianism,”
said Superintendent Police Dr. Fahad Ahmed.
Authorities arrested eight more
suspects in connection with the Parachinar market bomb blast
in Kurram Agency of FATA on January 21, as the number of detained
persons reached 15. Officials said that investigations were
underway from different angles to arrest the elements involved
in the blast. After the explosion, the administration took into
custody seven people who were being interrogated. Sources said
most of the arrested persons were daily wagers who were present
at the spot during auction of vegetables in the morning.
The CTD claimed to have arrested
a would-be suicide bomber and another militant, associated with
a banned outfit, who were allegedly involved in major terrorist
acts in urban and rural Sindh and operating their networks in
four major cities of the province besides Jaffarabad District
of Balochistan. In a targeted raid conducted in the Manghopir
area of Karachi, the CTD team detained the two suspects, Shaukat
(would-be suicide bomber) and Abdul Ghani, and seized explosive
material, a suicide jacket, a hand grenade and two pistols from
their custody. “The held militants, who belonged to the Brohi
tribe and were trained in Balochistan, were operating terror
networks in Sukkur, Shikarpur, Jacobabad and Sanghar districts
in Sindh and Jaffarabad district in Balochistan,” said Sindh
CTD chief Dr Sanaullah Abbasi.
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
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
Two Policemen, including an
inspector, were shot dead while another official received bullet
injuries in Wapda road area of Dera Murad Jamali District in
Balochistan in the evening. Police officials said that unidentified
militants opened fire at a Police mobile in Wapda road area,
killing Inspector Hidayatullah Kolachi on the spot. His gunman
succumbed to his injuries on the way to a nearby hospital. The
assailants escaped unhurt from the spot.
A Pakistan Army soldier, Waqas,
who was critically injured in a cross-border terrorist attack
in Khyber Agency of FATA, succumbed to his injuries. "Terrorists
fired from across the border on a Pakistani post in Khyber Agency
critically injuring Sepoy Waqas performing duty at the border
post," read a statement issued by the ISPR.
At least nine people, including
three FC personnel, were injured in a blast on Charsadda road
of Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. A
contingent of FC personnel was on its way from Mohmand Agency
to Peshawar when their vehicle was targeted through a bomb planted
on the roadside on Charsadda road, SSP Operations Sajjad Khan
said. As a result of the explosion, six civilians and three
security men sustained injuries. There has been no claim of
responsibility for the blast.
The Punjab Government issued
orders to place JuD chief Hafiz Saeed under house arrest. The
Government launched a crackdown against JuD and a heavy contingent
of Police was deployed around the JuD headquarter and offices
in Muridke and Lahore. “A large police team arrived (at JuD
headquarters) and told us that Hafiz would be placed under house
arrest,” said the secretary of information for JuD, Nadeem Awan.
Awan said the Police told them they had an arrest warrant for
Saeed and five others at JuD headquarters.
Hafiz Saeed was reportedly present
at the Qudsia Mosque located in Chauburji area of Lahore. Contingents
of Police and other law-enforcing agencies reached the area
and surrounded the premises, sources said. Police sources further
informed that Saeed will be shifted to his residence in the
Johar Town area of the provincial capital, Lahore, which will
then be declared as a sub-jail. Saeed has been detained under
Section 11-EEE (1) of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1977, a notification
issued by the Interior Ministry said. Meanwhile, the District
intelligence committee has suggested it to the Government to
put the JuD chief’s name in fourth schedule. Moreover, national
flags have been hoisted at the JuD offices in Lahore, instead
of party flags, on the directives of provincial home department,
it added. The provincial authorities have also started to remove
the banners of JuD from the roads of Lahore.
The ISPR Director General Major
General Asif Ghafoor said JuD chief Hafiz Saeed's house arrest
is a State decision in the best national interest. Sending a
clear message to India, he said whether it is cold start or
any other doctrine, Pakistan is ready to respond with full strength.
Major General Asif Ghafoor said the successes of Army and other
law enforcers in the war on terror has made Pakistan safer than
2008. To a question about the JuD chief's house arrest, he said
that the state took this policy decision in national interest.
He denied any foreign pressure behind the move.
Sindh Rangers claimed to have
killed notorious Lyari gang war commander Noor Muhammad alias
Baba Ladla in a shootout in Lyari Town area of Karachi, the
provincial capital of Sindh. Two of Baba Ladla’s close associates,
Sikandar alias Sikko and Mohammad Yaseen alias Mama, were also
killed in the encounter. During the operation, Head Constable
Fayyaz and Constable Tufail were also killed. One Kalashnikov,
a 9mm pistol, a 9mm mouser and a hand grenade were also recovered
from their possession. The “most wanted” suspects were involved
in numerous terrorist incidents, said Rangers in a press release.
“Baba Ladla was wanted in more than 74 crimes by police,” added
the press release further. The Sindh government had placed a
head money of PKR Three million on Baba Ladla in 2012.
The press release also revealed
that Baba Ladla had, with the help of Uzair Baloch, committed
the murders of Shera Pathan, Arshad Pappu and Yasir Arafat.
It also stated that in March 2013, Baba Ladla had kidnapped
a group of Muhajirs and murdered them. The Rangers press release
also claimed the other gangster gunned down in the operation,
Sikander alias Siku, was wanted in more than 15 crimes by Police.
Sikander was described by Rangers as a close aide of Baba Ladla
and also his facilitator. In April 2012, Sikander had committed
the murder of Station House Officer (SHO) Fawad Khan while in
the same year he had also killed Constable Asif, according to
the press release. In 2013, he had tortured and subsequently
killed two other men. Sikander had also been involved in the
sale and purchase of illegal weapons.
Security Forces killed a TTP
militant and arrested eight other suspects during an exchange
of fire in the Luni Jungle area under Kulachi tehsil
in Dera Ismail Khan District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Three Army
personnel - Major Abbas, Captain Omer and Naik Adnan - were
injured during a 'routine sanitisation operation', the ISPR
said in a statement.
The Federal Ministry of Interior
placed names of JuD Chief Hafiz Saeed Ahmed and 37 other individuals
on the ECL. All 30 people who are put on ECL are affiliated
with JuD or LeT. The decision to place Hafiz Saeed on ECL was
taken two days after JuD chief and four others were put under
house arrest. The Interior Ministry has forwarded a letter to
all Provincial Governments and the Federal Investigation Agency,
which included names of Hafiz Saeed and 37 other individuals
placed on the ECL. On January 31, the Federal Ministry of Interior
placed FIF and JUD on the Watch List and listed these organizations
in the Second Schedule of the ATA 1997 (as amended).
Police arrested a man, Kashif
Hanif (29), whose name appears on the Fourth Schedule of the
ATA and is said to have links to the so-called 'Tehreek-e-Taliban
Kashmir' (TTK) from Datot village on the outskirts of Rawalakot
in PoK. Hanif is suspected of involvement in nine acts of terrorism,
the SSP in Poonch Mir Abid said. These acts included a suicide
attack on an Army vehicle near Dothan village in January 2010,
in which some Army soldiers were injured. He is also suspected
of being involved in the planting of a bomb outside a hotel
in Rawalakot in September 2010 which killed the bomber was killed
and injured a citizen. Hanif has also allegedly been involved
in other attacks on military vehicles and installations. SSP
Abid said that the accused was wanted since 2010 by five Police
Stations of Bagh, Poonch and Sudhnoti Districts for masterminding
and executing different subversive activities. The SSP said
that the accused belonged to the group of Nazirul Islam alias
Shamil Khan who was the first head of the so-called 'TTK' after
defecting from Asmatullah Muavia.
Police stopped JuD from holding
a ‘multiparty conference’ (MPC) on Kashmir issue at the press
club in Hyderabad city of Sindh reportedly after receiving ‘orders’
from high-ups in the wake of house arrest of JuD chief Hafiz
Mohammad Saeed. JuD leaders decided to cancel the conference
and disperse peacefully. Later, they informed media persons
through an SMS that the MPC had to be cancelled because of some
‘unavoidable circumstances’. A heavy contingent of Police had
sealed the road with barbed wire outside the press club. JuD
Sindh emir Faisal Nadeem said the MPC was not organised by JuD
only, it was held by Tehreek-i-Azadi Kashmir, a platform founded
by JuD and other parties to discuss Kashmir’s freedom movement.
A grand jirga of elders from
Khyber Agency was held in Jamrud town, opposing the proposed
merger of the FATA with KP. Jirga participants urged the Government
instead to form an independent FATA Legislative Council or announce
a separate province status for the tribal areas. Malik Ghaffar
Khan Afridi, a tribal elder, said that the merger of FATA with
KP was unacceptable to tribal people. He said the proposed legislative
council should be formed to legislate for the tribal region
in line with the local social, political and traditions. The
elder believed that the FATA reforms proposed by the government
committee went against tribal customs and traditions. He said
legislation and policies on Fata should be made in light of
local traditions and customs. Malik Ghaffar Khan Afridi opposed
the extension of the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and high
courts to FATA, saying local residents knew very well how to
resolve their issues through a jirga system.
At least two Policemen were
injured, in an explosion, at the main gate of Mandan Police
Station in Bannu District of KP. The blast was caused when a
suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into the entrance
gate of the Police Station. The main gate of the Police Station
was completely destroyed due to explosion while the building
was partially damaged. The injured Policemen were shifted to
a nearby hospital.
Pakistan handed over four suspected
cadres of Afghanistan chapter of IS to Kabul as ‘a gesture of
goodwill’. The four were paraded before journalists at the Michni
checkpoint before being handed over to Afghan officials at the
Torkham border crossing in Khyber Agency of FATA. Landi Kotal
Assistant Political Agent Niaz Mohammad told reporters that
Javed Khan, Safiullah, Talmeen Khan and Niamatullah, all hailing
from Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, had been arrested by
intelligence agencies in Peshawar after they received information
about the militants’ presence in the city.
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 foreign countries.
AJK Police announced the arrest
of three men suspected of facilitating a suicide attack on a
Muharram procession in Mirpura village of Neelum Valley in Muzaffarabad
in December 27, 2009. The arrests were made from three different
places in Muzaffarabad in the evening of February 7. The men
arrested have been identified as Malik Mohammad Ashfaq from
Sarriyan District, Muhammad Khaqan Awan from Hattian Bala District
and Umer Farooq Shah from Athmuqam District in Neelum Valley.
The attack left at 15 parsons, including two Policemen, dead
and more than 100 injured. ASP Asif Durrani said that the men
were suspected of providing accommodation and transportation
to the attackers.
Almost 248 Police officials
who took part in 1992 and 1996 Karachi operations were killed
however, so far only six killers of these cops have been convicted.
A total of 378 accused were arrested. Challans submitted in
121 cases out of which in six cases killers have been convicted
whereas a total of 55 accused acquitted and the remaining 60
are still under trial. Official statistics show that from 1995
till 2016, almost 1,488 Policemen were killed in the Karachi
Range. Although, the most number of Police officials – 261 —
were killed in 1995 yet otherwise 2012, 2013 and 2014 were the
worst years for the Karachi Police with 123, 165 and 136 killings
The ongoing Rangers’ led operation
appears to have been a blessing even for the Karachi Police
as killings of Police officials in the city had drastically
reduced in 2015 and 2016. In 2016, only 29 Policemen were killed
whereas this figure was 67 in 2015. The official data shows
that a total of 261 Policemen were killed in 1995 58 were murdered
in 1996 74 in 1997 97 in 1998 59 in 1999 49 in 2000 58 in 2001
14 in 2002 19 in 2003 23 in 2004 24 in 2005 40 in 2006 51 in
2007 48 in 2008 41 in 2009 49 in 2010 53 in 2011 123 in 2012
165 in 2013 136 in 2014 67 in 2015 and 29 in 2016.
Outside Karachi in Sindh, Larkana
appears to be the most dangerous place for Policemen from 2001
till 2016. Each year’s number of Policemen killed in Larkana
District during the period (from 2001 till 2016) is 8 7 17 1
6 4 11 21 13 13 13 8 13 20 10 9 and 5 respectively. These figures
show that the most difficult time for the Larkana Police has
been from 2007 to 2014 — the period during which the killing
of policemen remained high. Otherwise, in the Hyderabad District,
the Police had a bad time really in 2014 when a total of 27
Police officials got killed.
Six militants were killed in
a shoot out with Police during a raid on a chicken farm off
Superhighway near the Baqai Medical University in Gadap town
of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. SSP Malir Rao Anwar
Ahmed said that the six militants belonged to AQIS and TTP,
and were involved in targeting law enforcement personnel. One
of the militant was also involved in the Peshawar Army Public
School attack. An ID card was found from his pocket, but the
investigators are trying to verify his identity as the card
he was carrying may have been faked. Another militant Ibrahim
Haydri had allegedly been wanted by Police for his involvement
in grenade attacks and firing on various Police officials in
different areas of Karachi. "Haydri and the other militants
were responsible for the death of around 25 Police personnel,"
the Rao Anwar Ahmed alleged.
Five persons, including four
children, were injured in a roadside bomb blast in Arang tehsil
of Bajaur Agency in FATA. The bomb was detonated through a remote
Two militants killed and three
others injured when Army repulsed militant attack from Afghanistan
on two Pakistan Army checkposts in the Ulai area of Baizai tehsil
in Mohmand Agency of FATA in the night. The Army’s media wing,
ISPR said that Pakistan Army effectively responded to the fire,
rendering it ineffective. Soon after the incident, militants
fled back to Afghanistan, ISPR added. The JuA faction of TTP
stated that it lost two cadres while three others were injured
after they launched an overnight attack on a Pakistani checkpost.
Iranian forces fired four mortar
shells across the border into Balochistan's Panjgur District.
Deputy Commissioner Panjgur Habibur Rehman claimed Iranian forces
fired four mortar shells into Parom area 'without any justification
and provocation'. "We have not received any report about
any human loss", he added.
Provincial Home Minister Sarfraz
Bugti stated that India was using Afghanistan’s soil to destabilise
Balochistan. Speaking at a seminar at University of Karachi,
Sarfraz Bugti said, Security Forces and the youth of Balochistan
brought peace in the province, adding that rate of crime in
Balochistan is much lower as compared to Karachi and Faisalabad.
A handful (100-200) of miscreants are trying to sabotage CPEC,
Two children were killed and
another critically wounded in an accidental grenade explosion
in Buner of Swat District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The children
of a shepherd family were playing when they found the hand grenade
and accidentally set it off, local government official Zariful
Maani. The two brothers, aged nine and 10, died, while their
seven-year-old female cousin is in critical condition.
An employee of Samaa TV was
killed evening when unidentified assailants opened fire on a
Samaa TV DSNG van at KDA Chowrangi near Dolmen Mall in North
Nazimabad of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. An assistant
cameraman, Taimur, received a bullet wound to the head and was
rushed to the nearby Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where he succumbed
to his injuries. The media van was in the area to cover an earlier
incident, a cracker attack on a Police vehicle, when it was
attacked. “Our team members along with the DSNG had gone there
to cover the cracker attack on the police vehicle when they
came under attack,” said Samaa TV's Director News, Farhan Malik.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Central, Muqaddas Haider
said the same suspects might be involved in both the incidents
and added the cracker attack on the police vehicle did not cause
any damage. “It appears that the suspects attacked the Police
mobile with a cracker to attract media's attention and when
the Samaa team arrived, they chased and attacked it,” added
In an effort to promote its
ideology and update supporters about its latest actions in the
country, the TTP has brought out a high gloss, Vogue-style magazine.
The first issue of ‘Mujjallah’ magazine was published in November
2016 and reportedly distributed in Pakistan sometime in December
2016. The inaugural issue had 56 pages. The second issue printed
a couple of weeks ago is slicker and thicker and has more pages
than the first one. The paper quality of the magazine is at
par with that of Vogue, besides having fine printing quality.
The cover carries bulletins of the banned outfit’s activities
in Pakistan and also features reports on how to make bombs and
other explosives. Some experts who have known about the operations
of organisation like TTP stated that the magazine has been modeled
after ISIS publications which were available in Arabic and Urdu
among other languages.
While declining to be named,
they said, the magazine is being printed in Afghanistan, most
likely in Jalalabad, and allegedly distributed throughout Pakistan
amongst hardcore followers and also has a limited circulation
in Afghanistan. Judging from the kind of language used in the
magazine, the articles and features were probably written by
non-native Urdu speakers, possibly Arabic-speaking people. The
articles have not been attributed to anyone. Since TTP has lost
ground in Pakistan, the magazine is most likely an attempt to
spread its propaganda. It may also be an effort to defame the
country, they added. To illustrate their point, they said that
when TTP held a strong position in Pakistan it had never attempted
to bring out such a magazine but now after it had lost ground
such a publication was released.
The ISAF Commander General John
Nicholson (Jr.) said TTP provides the core fighting group for
the militant IS group as TTP militants in Orakzai Agency of
FATA en masse joined the relatively new terrorist group. General
John Nicholson (Jr.) appeared before the US Senate Armed Services
Committee this week to brief American lawmakers on the current
situation in Afghanistan. He told the panel that the IS, which
in Afghanistan was called the Islam State Khorasan Province,
comprised fighters mainly from existing militant groups in Afghanistan
and Pakistan. Primarily, their membership had come from the
TTP, which was a Pakistan-based opponent of the Pakistan regime,
he said. The general said TTP militants in Orakzai Agency had,
en masse, joined the IS-Khorasan and formed the initial group
of fighters who then moved into Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province,
spreading out to about 11 Districts initially. “So, the majority
of the fighters in the IS right now came from the TTP and joined
the banner of the IS,” he added.
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
Three FCB personnel were killed in an IED blast
in Khan Kot Zarmina area of Toe Khula tehsil in SWA of FATA.
The FCB personnel were on a cordon and search operation on motorbikes
in Khan Kot Zarmina area when the planted IED went off.
Two BDS officials were killed and 11 others
injured in a roadside blast near the Sariab Bridge of Quetta,
the provincial capital of Balochistan. Police said that explosives
were found planted near the Sariab Bridge after which BDS was
called in. However, the blast occurred while BDS personnel were
Two BDS officials were killed and 11 others
injured in a roadside blast near the Sariab Bridge of Quetta,
the provincial capital of Balochistan. Police said that explosives
were found planted near the Sariab Bridge after which BDS was
called in. However, the blast occurred while BDS personnel were
The TTP-JuA claimed that the previous Operation
Saut-al-Raad (Sound of Thunder), which was aimed at hit and
run tactics, had achieved its targets and that now it was time
to launch big operations. TTP-JuA has already started this by
launching big scale attacks on three Pakistan Army check posts
in Baizai (border area with Afghanistan) simultaneously claiming
to have inflicted heavy losses onto the Pakistan Army, while
conceding that two of its fighters were killed and three injured.
Police sources, talking to Pakistan Today, revealed that law
enforcement agencies are now expecting some large scale attacks
in Mohmand Agency, Bajaur Agency and Peshawar on the LEAs while
sectarian minorities will be targeted too. Shia community-dominated
areas in KP/FATA and Quetta in Balochistan will be likely targets
of these attacks.
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
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.
Three Levies personnel and two civilians were
killed while eight others injured in twin suicide attacks in
Ghalanai Tehsil of Mohmand Agency in FATA. Two suicide bombers
tried to enter a compound of the local political administration.
When stopped, one of the attackers blew himself up outside the
entrance, a senior official said. "The other attacker was shot
down by Levies officials who were on guard," the official added.
Following suicide attack, FC launched search
operation in Sheikh Banda area and killed five militants. An
encounter took place between militants and FC personnel during
the search raid, the FC spokesman said. As a consequence, five
militants were gunned down. The deceases could not be immediately
The Driver of the civil judge vehicle was killed
when a motorcycle bourne suicide bomber rammed his bike into
the vehicle in Hayatabad area of Peshawar, the provincial capital
of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Civil Judge Asif Jadoon and three female
judges of the lower judiciary were travelling in an official
car in Phase 5 area when an attacker on a motorcycle struck
the front of the vehicle and exploded, killing the driver and
injuring the four judges. A total of six persons were injured
in the explosion. The TTP claimed responsibility for the attack.
"About 15 kg of explosive was used in the suicide bomb," said
Peshawar Police Chief Tahir Khan.
An official from the MoFA met Afghan Deputy
Head of Mission Syed Abdul Nasir Yousafi in Islamabad to address
militant attacks in Pakistan by JuA, an offshoot of TTP, operating
in Afghanistan, said the press release of MoFA. UN&EC Additional
Secretary Tasnim Aslam raised the "grave concern [Pakistan has]
about the continuing terrorist attacks on Pakistani soil by
the terrorist outfit JuA [operating] from its sanctuaries inside
Afghanistan," the release read. Aslam also informed Yousafi
that Afghan authorities had been informed "earlier" about "actionable
intelligence" where Pakistan pressed Afghanistan "to take urgent
measures to eliminate the terrorists and their sanctuaries,
financiers and [facilitators] operating from its territory,"
the statement read.
At least 88 people were killed when a suicide
bomber attacked the crowded Sufi shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar
in Sehwan Sharif town of Jamshoro District in Sindh, injuring
at least 343 others. The blast took place inside the premises
of the shrine as a dhamaal was taking place, with a large number
of women and children said to be among the casualties. Devotees
throng the shrine of the revered Sufi saint every Thursday to
participate in a dhamaal and prayers. The Assistant Superintendent
of Police in Sehwan said a suicide bomber entered the shrine
through its Golden gate. The attacker blew himself up after
throwing a grenade, which failed to explode, he added. The ISIS
claimed responsibility for the attack through Amaq, the group's
affiliated news agency.
Four Policemen and a passerby were killed when
their vehicle was attacked by unidentified militants in Mission
Mor area of Dera Ismail Khan town in the same District of KP.
The van was stationed at a filling station as part of its normal
patrol duty when it was attacked by unidentified militants,
said District Emergency Officer Imran Khan. The victims were
identified as Assistant Sub-Inspector Rehmatullah, Constable
Iqbal, Constable Irshad and a passerby Fazal. The driver of
the vehicle sustained serious bullet wounds and was rushed to
hospital by rescue officials, but he later succumbed to his
injuries during treatment.
Three Army personnel were killed when an IED,
targeting an Army convoy, exploded in Awaran town of same District
in Balochistan. The killed were identified as Captain Taha,
Sepoy Kamran Satti and Sepoy Mehtar Jan. Two other soldiers
were also injured in the attack.
Two personnel of the FC were injured when suspected
militants attacked a post along the Pak-Afghan border in Khyber
Agency of FATA. Troops "effectively responded" to the attack
carried out by militants from the Afghan side of the border,
the ISPR statement said. According to the ISPR, there are reports
of a "few" militants killed in the ensuing exchange of fire.
Pakistan summoned officials of the Afghanistan
embassy to the GHQ in Rawalpindi to lodge protest against the
use of Afghan soil by terrorists to carry out attacks in Pakistan.
The Afghan officials were handed over a list of 76 "most wanted"
terrorists by the Pakistan Army, ISPR DG Major General Asif
Ghafoor said in a Tweet. Afghanistan was asked to either take
"immediate action" against the named terrorists or hand them
over to Pakistan, he said. The move comes two days after a senior
Afghan diplomat was summoned to the Foreign Office in Islamabad
to receive protest over the use of territory of his country
for launching terrorist attacks in Pakistan. The Afghan diplomat
was given a demarche containing details of the recent terrorist
attacks and supporting information.
The Government has sought a three-year extension
in the term of military courts, read a document obtained by
Dawn. The Government has formulated a draft to carry out legal
amendments that aim to extend the tenure of military courts
- they had ceased to function after expiry of tenure earlier
this year. A meeting of parliamentary leaders was convened by
the Government in which it distributed the copy of draft among
the attendees a copy of the draft is also available with Dawn.
According to the new definition of 'terrorist', revealed in
the new draft, now anyone can be termed a terrorist regardless
of the matter that whether he is motivated by religion or not.
Around 100 terrorists were killed while a sizeable
number of others were apprehended during last 24 hours in intelligence-based
and combing operations by security agencies in parts of the
country including Punjab. As per orders of COAS General Qamar
Javed Bajwa, response to recent terror incidents is in progress
across country, ISPR said in a press release. "IBOs and combing
operations are in progress across the country including Punjab.
No cross border/unauthorised entry will be allowed to Pakistan
from Afghanistan. Security forces have been given special orders
in this regard to have strict watch all along the border," it
At least 18 alleged terrorists were killed in
a raid carried out in Ziarat Mai Garhi, Manghopir area of Karachi,
the provincial capital of Sindh, said a spokesman of Pakistan
Rangers Sindh. Arms and ammunition was also seized from the
possession of the alleged terrorists said to be affiliated with
a proscribed organisation.
At least 17 terrorists including four key militant
commanders were killed in various search operations in Peshawar,
Hangu, Orakzai, Khyber and Kurram Agencies. SFs sources said
four key militant commanders were killed in Mumazo area of Lower
Orakzai Agency where a search and strike operation was conducted.
The forces seized suicide jackets and arms from the location.
In another encounter in Lower Kurram Agency, security forces
intercepted two terrorists who were planting an IED on roadside
and after exchange of firing, both were killed. In Tora Wari
area of Hangu, the forces killed two terrorists while their
Six terrorists were killed and 10 of their hideouts
were destroyed during airstrikes near Pak-Afghan border in Khyber
Agency. At least 10 hideouts of the terrorists were also destroyed.
In Peshawar, the security forces conducted a
search operation in Regi area of Peshawar and killed three terrorists,
said local police said.
The FC arrested 20 suspects during a search
operation in the Nushki area of Quetta, the provincial capital
While the ISPR press release gives details about
the killing of above 35 militants, rest of the killing remains
Police killed nine TTP militants including would-be
suicide bombers during exchange of fire near Super Highway in
Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. SSP Malir Rao Anwar
said the terrorists were planning to attack Rangers Headquarters
in Karachi. He said Police carried out raid at the alleged residence
of father-in-law of TTP Karachi chapter Amir, where the militants
resorted to fire on the arriving police party. In retaliatory
fire, nine militants including suicide bombers were killed.
The Pakistan Army targeted militant hideouts
across the Afghan border, killing several militants including
a top commander of JuA, an offshoot of the TTP. Nature of the
attacks and areas targeted by the Pakistani military were not
immediately known. However, the TV channel said the terrorist
sanctuaries were located across the Mohmand Agency and Khyber
Agency of FATA. The strikes were carried out hours after the
Army summoned Afghan diplomats to GQH in Rawalpindi and handed
over a list of terrorists involved in staging attacks inside
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.
As many as 26000 combing operations were conducted
and 198 hardcore terrorists and 217 facilitators nabbed while
2.3 million persons were questioned since December 17, 2014
to February 14, 2017 under NAP introduced with consensus among
all the political parties of the country. According to a comprehensive
report presented to PM Nawaz Sharif about implementation of
NAP to curb terrorism in Pakistan, some 20467 operations were
conducted in Lahore where 1.3 million persons were asked questions
during investigation. Similarly, 5784 operations were carried
out in Sheikhupura during this period and 151825 persons were
questioned on the basis of suspicion and intelligence reports.
In all, 1275 cases were registered on alleged involvement in
terror related activities.
In Gujranwala division a total of 6865 operations
were conducted and 88815 persons were subjected to questioning
while 1514 cases were registered on various counts. Some 1305
cases were registered under Foreign Act and lethal weapons were
recovered from 9662 persons during general hold-ups. A total
of 7437 cases were registered on display of weapons and licenses
of 38 Kalashnikovs, 63 rifles, 71 guns and 83 pistols were suspended.
The Police have registered 13975 cases for violation of Sound
System Regulation Ordinance and 260 under MPO 1960.
NACTA has made considerable progress in drafting
a robust national narrative on terrorism and extremism. The
first ever NISP has been formulated to protect Pakistan's national
interests by addressing critical security issues. Initially,
the combing operations were thoroughly conducted in various
districts including Rajanpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Layyah, Muzaffargarh,
Multan, Bahawalpur, Jhang, Rahim Yar Khan, Bhakkar, Bahawalnagar,
Rawalpindi, Lahore, Okara, Jaffarabad, Nasirabad, Dera Bugti,
Qila Abdullah, Kohlu, Khuzdar, Ghotki, Shikarpur, Kashmore,
Jacobabad, Naushehro Feroze, Karachi, Kohat, Karak, Tank, Kohistan
and FATA. There is a marked and undeniable reduction in sectarian
violence across Pakistan while not completely eliminated this
level of mitigation is a positive sign.
Eleven suspected militants allegedly attempting
to enter Pakistan from Afghanistan were killed in a clash with
SFs in Sapperkot and Para Chamkani area of Kurram Agency in
FATA. Two Kurram militia members were also injured in the gun
battle between SFs and the militants. The terrorists were trying
to enter Kurram Agency via Khyber Agency from Afghanistan when
they were intercepted by the security forces and heavy exchange
of fire took place.
ISPR claimed that numerous militants were killed
when Pakistan Air Force fighter jets pounded militants hideouts
who were regrouping in Wucha Bibi area, an Afghan bordering
strip in North Waziristan Agency. However, the ISPR press release
did not mention the number of militants killed in the arial
Seven militants were killed and one rangers
personnel received injuries during a targeted operation between
Pakistan Rangers Sindh and militants in Shah Latif Town of Karachi,
the provincial capital of Sindh. A spokesman for the Pakistan
Rangers Sindh revealed that the rangers launched a targeted
operation after receiving intelligence reports about the possible
presence of terrorists in the area. The forces were shot at
by the terrorists and returned fire resulting in the death of
seven members of the banned terrorist outfit, some of the terrorists
managed to flee from their hideout using the dark as cover,
while Police called in backup and cordoned off the area until
the terrorists were found. One ranger's personnel also received
injuries in this incident. A large number of arms and ammunitions
were also recovered from the hideout and it was revealed that
the terrorists were planning a terrorist activity of substantial
scale in the area.
A cracker blast injured 24 persons in the jurisdiction
of Makki Shah Police Station in Hyderabad District, ahead of
a strike called by the banned JSMM against the CPEC. Initial
reports suggested that the cracker was lobbed from Sakhi Abdul
Wahab Shah Jillani flyover on a road where shops of second-hand
clothes and shoes are located.
SFs arrested the alleged facilitator of Lal
Shahbaz Qalandar suicide bomber from the outskirts of Khairpur
town in the same District. Sources said the alleged facilitator,
during initial interrogation, has revealed that Hafeez Birohi
group of Shikarpur is involved in Sehwan Sharif bombing. Hafeez
Birohi group, who was previously affiliated to LeJ, has been
associated with ISIS now. The same group was also involved in
Shikarpur bombings. The suicide bomber was Afghan national and
the suicide vest was also prepared in Shikarpur, the investigation
further revealed. Sources said the car used to target ISI headquarters
in Sukkur was also prepared in Shikarpur.
Sindh security establishment has proposed to
the Government that a dedicated force be raised to keep an eye
on its border with Balochistan after it was found that the suspects
involved in the recent terrorist attacks here had come from
the neighbouring province, said officials. This proposal was
discussed at multiple meetings held between the security officials
and top administrative authorities, including Chief Minister
Syed Murad Ali Shah, after the suicide attack on Lal Shahbaz
Qalandar's shrine in Sehwan.
Investigations into the recent terrorism activities
convinced the relevant authorities that their planners, handlers
and perpetrators had come from the neighbouring province. "A
similar thought or proposal emerged in October last year as
well after it was found that the suspects involved in two terrorists
attacks in Shikarpur in September 2015 had come from Balochistan,"
said a senior official. "The findings pushed the Sindh authorities
to take up the matter with their Balochistan counterparts and
tighten security along the border and as the first step they
deployed policemen at key border points," he said, adding that
the Sindh government then had deployed a total of 400 policemen
on its side of the border.
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
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.
SFs killed a militant in an encounter and seized
arms during a search operation at Darakhshan near Eastern Bypass
area of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. According
to a spokesman of SFs, following a tip off, security forces
carried out a search operation in the area while suspect opened
fire on them. The suspect was killed in retaliation by SFs.
Arms were also recovered from his hideout.
Balochistan Government has prepared a new security
plan for Quetta in the wake of recent wave of terrorism in the
country. Official sources said on February 19 that under the
security plan jointly prepared by Police, Frontier Corps and
other security agencies, profiling of houses in the provincial
capital will be carried out to track down the elements working
as facilitators of banned outfits. There will be a ban on residing
in mosques, seminaries, schools and Government buildings which
are required to get themselves registered with the Police Station
concerned. Registration of tenants has been made mandatory.
Legal action will be taken if they fail to do so. Under the
plan, the hosts will have to inform a committee to be formed
by the area police station about the visit of guests.
A special task force has been constituted to
provide better security to judges of the superior courts in
the wake of successive attacks against judicial officers during
the recent spate of terrorist attacks in the country. The task
force was recently notified by the Federal Ministry of Interior,
which also constituted a three-member committee that will provide
recommendations on how to better protect judges. NPB Director
Syed Kaleem Imam will head the three-member committee, formed
by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to give recommendations
on how to improve the security of judges. Islamabad Inspector
General Tariq Masood Yasin and NACTA Director General Umar Sheikh
are also members of the body, which has been given 15 days to
complete its task.
Army claimed to have conducted and intelligence
based operation in Frontier Region Tank of FATA, killing four
suspected militants. The ISPR released a statement in this regard,
saying the operation was reportedly carried out against Asmatullah
Shaheen Bhittani Group of TTP. The ISPR claimed that the suspects
killed in the military operation were allegedly high-profile
terrorists including the son of former TTP shura member Asmatullah
Shaheen. The identities of those killed in the military operation,
as provided by the ISPR, are Commander Zaman alias Toofan, Naib
Commander Umar s/o Asmatullah Shaheen, Commander Wasiullah and
Commander Zulam alias Zulmat. Asmatullah Shaheen was killed
by another TTP faction due to an internal rift during 2014.
The group was allegedly involved in target killings, extortion
and kidnapping for ransom in Dera Ismail Khan, Tank and surrounding
CoAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa said that Pakistan
and Afghanistan will fight their "common enemy" of terrorism
together, the ISPR statement said. Chairing a high-level security
meeting at the GHQ, he said enhanced security measures taken
along the Pak-Afghan border are to fight the common enemy, which
includes "terrorists of all hues and colour". The Army Chief
issued directions for more effective coordination between Pakistani
and Afghan officials to curb cross-border movement of terrorists.
General Bajwa "also welcomed proposals from Afghan authorities
to take forward the mutual coordination for result oriented
efforts against terrorism".
The Finance Minister Ishaq Dar informed the
Senate that the Army had been empowered to act against terrorists
across the border after obtaining concrete evidence that Afghanistan
soil had been used to launch recent acts of terrorism in the
country. February 20's session focused on several important
issues including the current law and order situation and the
exclusion of senators from consultations on the revival of powers
of military courts to try civilians. While responding to various
points of public importance, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said
the prime minister had authorised the Army to take out terrorists
wherever they might be.
At least seven persons, including a lawyer and
an eight-year-old boy, were killed and as many as 25 others
were injured when three terrorists wearing suicide vests attacked
the session's court in Tangi tehsil of Charsadda District in
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The attack begun at around 11:40am when
the terrorists opened indiscriminate fire, using automatic weapons
and hurled grenades at the security officials, in an attempt
to enter the court. The gunfire was immediately followed by
explosions of hand grenades, one of which exploded at the entrance,
while another went off near the bar room where a number of lawyers
were reportedly present at that time. However, timely action
by Policemen stationed at the session's court prevented the
attackers from entering the premises, as they gunned down two
attackers and the third one blew himself up after failing to
enter the building. Charsadda DPO Sohail Khalid informed the
media that all the three attackers had been killed in retaliatory
fire. Charsadda Assistant Commissioner Inayatullah Khan said
that the injured included six Policemen who confronted the terrorists
in a gun battle that lasted for at least 14 minutes.
In a statement, JuA, the offshoot of TTP claimed
responsibility for the attack and said it was a continuation
of Operation Ghazi, which they had initiated against Pakistan.
The group released details of two of the attackers - Abdul Basit
of Mohmand Agency in FATA and Khairullah of Kunduz province
Unidentified assailants lobbed a hand grenade
at a residential building in Lyari town of Karachi, leaving
one woman injured. Police said 30-year-old Gul Nisa was injured
when two men riding a motorbike hurled a hand grenade at the
entrance of a building in Afshani Gali and sped away.
Pakistan Rangers Sindh recovered a cache of
arms from Landhi area Karachi. A Rangers communication said
that a raid was conducted on an intelligence tip off that some
miscreants belonging to MQM-London had hidden arms and ammunition
with the intention of committing sabotage. It said that Rangers
took prompt action and during search recovered arms and ammunition
hidden on the rooftop. This consisted of weapons and ammunition
including six Kalashnikovs, five magazines, one rifle of 8 mm,
two 7mm rifles, one repeater, five pistols of 30 bore, and 554
The FCB and the FATA political administration
razed the house of the suspected facilitator of the Lahore blast
and arrested his father and two brothers from Bajaur Agency.
The measures were taken in accordance with the FCR territorial
responsibility clause, which states that for any mishap, the
administration can take the community or family members of the
perpetrator to task and punish them under a collective responsibility
clause. The suspect was arrested after video evidence placed
him in the area of the blast, walking along with the suspected
suicide bomber that blew himself on Mall Road near the Punjab
Assembly amid a protest. In his confessional statement, shared
by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in a media briefing
on February 17, the suspect had said he hailed from a remote
village in the Bajaur Agency.
The Government has released an amount of PKR
1.4 billion for NACTA, State Minister for Interior Baligh-ur-Rehman
told a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Interior
and Narcotics Control. He claimed that serious steps were being
taken to strengthen NACTA in order to effectively counter the
challenge of terrorism. He added that the government has released
PKR 1.4 billion out of the PKR 1.8 billion allocated for NACTA
and two buildings have been provided for its use.
Police shot dead eight terrorists including
a key militant figure affiliated with a banned organization
during a raid on Bakrapeeri Road in Karachi, the provincial
capital of Sindh. According to SSP Malir Rao Anwar, the suspected
terrorists were killed during the raid on a tip off regarding
presence of Gul Zaman, Amir of a proscribed outfit. He said
the terrorists were planning to carry out an act of terrorism
Five militants were killed when Air Force targeted
their hideouts along Pak-Afghan border in the Rajgal area of
Khyber Agency in FATA.
A tribesman, identified as Bahadur Khan, was
killed in a roadside bomb blast in Dawizai area of Pandyali
tehsil in Mohmand Agency.
Police neutralised 14 bombs, weighing 50 kilograms,
placed in ghee tins planted in a park on University Road of
Loralai town of same District in Balochistan. Locals discovered
the bombs and informed Police. BDS personnel later neutralised
al the bombs.
Pakistan Army launched 'Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad'
across the country, said ISPR. Radd-ul-Fasaad - which translates
roughly to 'elimination of discord' - will aim at indiscriminately
eliminating the "residual/latent threat of terrorism", consolidating
the gains made in other military operations, and further ensuring
the security of Pakistan's borders, read the statement. The
announcement followed a meeting in Lahore between Chief of Armed
Staff Qamar Javed Bajwa, the corps commanders of Punjab, the
Director General of Pakistan Rangers Punjab, and the heads of
intelligence agencies. Pakistan Air Force, Pakistan Navy, Civil
Armed Forces and other security and LEAs will actively participate
in and 'intimately support' the armed forces' efforts to eliminate
the menace of terrorism from the country, the statement added.
"The effort entails conduct of Broad Spectrum Security / Counter-Terrorism
(CT) operations by Rangers in Punjab, continuation of ongoing
operations across the country, and focus on more effective border
security management," the ISPR said. "Countrywide de-weaponisation
and explosive control are additional cardinals of the effort.
Pursuance of National Action Plan will be the hallmark of this
operation," it added.
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.
According to report compiled by the Inspector
General of Sindh Police, a significant decline in the number
of targeted killings in Karachi has been witnessed in 2016 as
compared to 2015 showing 72 per cent drop. The report said that
the Police recorded 45 targeted killings in the city last year,
which it described as a huge as compared to 159 such killings
in 2015. The report discussing crime and militancy in Sindh,
however, does not show any visible improvement vis-a-vis incidents
of terrorism. It shows six terrorist incidents last year while
seven such incidents occurred in 2015. Some 188 cases of extortion
were registered last year which were 27pc less than 256 such
cases in 2015.
Police shot dead two IS militants, identified
as Saifullah and Haneef, in Manghopir area Karachi, the provincial
capital of Sindh. According to sources, Police came under attack
when it raided their hideout. One policeman received injuries
during the gun battle while both the militants were killed and
their accomplices managed to flee the scene. SSP, West Zone,
Nasir Aftab said they found a hit list that included names of
Police officers and other Government officials on the laptop.
The Sindh Home Department issued a notification
that contained certain areas of Karachi which could be on the
terrorists' agenda next. According to details, a notification
by the Sindh Home Department stated that Sindh High Court, Empress
Market, Sindh Assembly, Zainab Market, markets located at M.A.
Jinnah Road and the restaurants located at Do Darya, could next
be targeted by militants.
SFs in Balochistan claimed to killed 470 suspected
militants, associated with various militant outfits, in the
previous two years under the NAP. During the time period, over
100 militants were also injured in exchange of fire with SFs
in Quetta and other parts of the province. "Most of miscreants
were killed during IBOs belonged to sectarian outfits," said
Anwarul Haq Kakar, the spokesperson for the Provincial Government.
The FC, Police, Levies and intelligence agencies conducted a
total of 5,640 IBOs in the Province, added the spokesperson.
More than 20,000 suspected militants were arrested in the Province.
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 CTD claimed thwarting a terrorism bid after
arresting an Afghan national named Naimatullah from the Achini
Khwar area of Peshawar, the provincial capital of KP. "This
man, Naimatullah alias Fidai alias Umair is an Afghan national,
currently residing in the Yakatoot area. He was arrested in
Achini Khwar area … He was trying to enter the city with explosives,"
a CTD official said.
A cache of arms and ammunition was recovered
during a raid on a house in the New City Homes locality by a
team of Chamkani Police. SSP Sajjad Khan said that the house
of Ayub, who is a resident of Lakki Marwat, was raided after
an informant forwarded the information, adding that 24 shotguns,
21 pistols and 7,100 cartridges were seized.
25 kilogrammes of explosives, 34 hand-grenades
and prima cord were seized during a raid jointly conducted by
personnel of Police and intelligence agencies on a house in
Shahpoor. SSP (Operations) Sajjad Khan told reporters at Chamkani
police station that the seized material was going to be used
in an attack on Peshawar.
110 suspects were arrested by law enforcement
agencies late in the night as Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad
(elimination of discord) continued at Lahore, Islamabad, Sialkot
and Peshawar. Reports suggest that Islamabad Police apprehended
43 suspects which included four Afghan nationals from various
bus stops and stations. While search operations in Lahore's
Punjab University hostels and other areas of the city resulted
in the arrests of seven. An operation in Sialkot's Hajipura
area resulted in the detention of ten 10 suspects while Peshawar
police have claimed to have arrested 50 people from various
parts of the city.
Investigators probing the attack on the shrine
of Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, detained four people suspected
of facilitating the attack during raids conducted in different
parts of Sindh, including Shikarpur. Source said that the suspects
were affiliated with Hafeez Brohi and Abdullah Brohi, who were
part of a banned sectarian outfit and were involved in various
terrorist activities, particularly facilitating terrorists and
suicide bombers. "Hafeez and Abdullah Brohi are on the wanted
list since they have been involved in terror activities including
bombings in Shikarpur and Sukkur," said CTD in-charge Raja Omar
A suspected terrorist was arrested and weapons
were seized during an intelligence-based operation carried out
by the FC in Garhi and Kandi Mashti areas of Kurram Agency in
FATA. As many as 10 Rocket Propelled Grenade-7 gun along with
six chargers, one grenade launcher, a heavy machinegun with
115 rounds, a spare barrel of heavy machinegun, one 12-bore
rifle along with 18 rounds, three .303 rifles along with 520
rounds, six submachine guns, magazines along with 120 rounds
and two binoculars were seized during the operation.
Three persons belonging to the Shia community
were gunned downed under Paroa Police Station area in Dera Ismail
Khan District of KP.
A soldier was injured as terrorists from across
the border opened fire at a check post in Mangrotai area of
South Waziristan Agency in the evening.
A soldier was injured as terrorists from across
the border opened fire at a check post in Mangrotai area of
South Waziristan Agency in the evening.
Balochistan's Minister for Home and Tribal Affairs,
Sarfaraz Bugti, said that thousands of Afghan Taliban were still
studying in seminaries across the province. "There are many
seminaries where Afghan Taliban are studying, and many are owned
by the Afghan Taliban group," Bugti said. Amin-ul-Hasnat Shah,
the Minister of State for Religious Affairs, said that funds
for most of these Madrassas originate abroad, mostly in Arab
countries. "The government is monitoring the money trail and
how this money is spent and utilised by the Madrassas. We want
to ensure that these funds are not used for any suspicious activity
or to promote extremism through Islamic seminaries in Pakistan."
Shah said the Government "has pledged to reform these Madrassas
through registration and change of syllabus" and it was determined
to "keep an eye on any extremism-related activities or links
in these Madrassas."
At least three FC personnel and one civilian
were injured in an IED blast on Sariab Road of Quetta, the provincial
capital of Balochistan. The bomb, which was planted on the roadside,
targeted an FC vehicle while it was on patrol. The explosion
left the vehicle partially damaged.
Army said that recently launched Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad
(elimination of discord) also envisages a countrywide 'de-weaponisation'
campaign. But no timeline can be given for the completion of
Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad, said Major General Asif Ghafoor, the
Director General of the ISPR. Speaking in a television interview,
Major General Ghafoor said the very name of the operation was
self-explanatory. "It is aimed at eliminating the elements creating
disorder and mischief, whether they are in or outside the country,"
About the objectives of Radd-ul-Fasaad, he said
all previous operations were primarily aimed at decimating hideouts
of terrorists in different areas and restoring the writ of the
state there. "And the main objective of Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad
is to consolidate the gains of the previous operations," he
added. "This operation seeks to smoke out facilitators of terrorists
inside the country." "The operation also envisages a de-weaponisation
campaign," he said but refused to give a timeline for its completion.
The CTD of both Sindh and Balochistan Police
decided to launch a "joint operation" in parts of the country's
largest province where the intelligence wings of the law-enforcement
agency had identified "hideouts" of suspects allegedly involved
in recent terrorist attacks in Sindh. High officials flew from
Karachi to Quetta, where a meeting of the CTD from both provinces
was scheduled. After hours of deliberations and presentations,
the Sindh Police authorities finally convinced their counterparts
about the presence of the hideouts of some banned militant outfits
in Balochistan which were used by terrorists for the recent
attacks in Sindh. "It was a formal meeting after our earlier
correspondence and intelligence-sharing," said Chief of the
Sindh Police's CTD Additional IG Sanaullah Abbasi. "We showed
them not only the findings of a JIT (joint interrogation team)
report about high-profile militants but also data and reports
of our intelligence units that strengthened our case. The Balochistan
authorities agreed to cooperate with us and move with Sindh
police in pursuit of these hideouts," he added.
The cadres of Islamic State or Daesh hide among
the general population, using small businesses as a cover, said
a Police official under the condition of anonymity. The official
under the condition of anonymity said that their approach differs
from the TTP, whose cadres used to openly establish camps in
parts of FATA and even in the settled areas of KP. They are
highly experienced in sabotage and concealment" since most cadres
had previously belonged to the TTP, he added. "These people
hide among the (general) population and we have solid evidence
suggesting that they engage in small businesses such as fruit
vendors, plying pushcarts, using it as a cover, avoiding suspicion
… Their strategy is mostly successful," he said, adding that
these people rent houses and move frequently to avoid detection.
"All new recruits are sent to Afghanistan … Once people know
that you are fighting in Afghanistan, chances are that no policeman
or anyone else will touch you simply because you are (among)
'good Taliban'," he maintained.
Four militants and two Army personnel, Lieutenant
Khawar and Naik Shehzad, were killed in an exchange of fire
during an intelligence-based operation conducted by SFs in the
Jani Khel area of FR Bannu in FATA, ISPR statement said.
A US drone strike killed two suspected militants
in a border village along Pak-Afghan border in Kurram Agency.
One official from local Administration said that the missile
struck two men riding a motorcycle. It was not clear who was
being targeted. There had been no drone strike by the US in
Pakistan since May 21, 2016.This was one of the longest periods
that no US drone attack had taken place in Pakistan.
One militant was killed and 12 others arrested
during a search operation by FC and intelligence Agencies in
Andoor area of Ketch District in Balochistan. One FC soldier
was injured due to exchange of fire with terrorists and a cache
of arms and ammunition was recovered during the operations.
Unidentified gunmen killed a lawyer, identified
as Mohammed Jan Gigyani apparently in a targeted shooting near
the Afghanistan border in Shabqadar in Charsadda District in
the KP. According to a Police officer, two gunmen on a motorcycle
opened fire on Mohammed Jan Gigyani while he was driving his
car. He said Gigyani was critically wounded and died en route
to a hospital. He added that Gigyani was a prominent lawyer
affiliated with Aftab Ahmed Khan's Qaumi QWP.
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.
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.
At least 10 militants and five soldiers were
killed during a clash when militants lunched a cross-border
attack on three Pakistani border posts along the Pak-Afghan
border area in Mohmand Agency of FATA in the night. The ISPR
press release said that five soldiers of the Pakistan Army and
more than 10 suspected militants were reportedly killed in the
attack. The slain soldiers were identified as Naik Sanaullah,
Naik Safdar, Sepoy Altaf, Sepoy Nek Mohammad and Sepoy Anwar.
One militant was killed and four others arrested
during a raid by CTD personnel in Korangi Town area of Karachi,
the provincial capital of Sindh. According to CTD official,
Raja Umar Khattab, the terrorist killed by forces was identified
as Dildaar alias Chacha, who was reportedly an expert in making
explosives. He said that the detainees had been planning a terrorist
attack when their hideout was raided. A large amount of explosive
material, detonators and weapons were recovered from the site.
An attempt to blow up the Quetta-bound Jaffar
Express was foiled when security personnel defused a bomb planted
at a railway track near the Mangoli area in Nasirabad District
of Balochistan. According to official sources, all train services
were suspended between Quetta and Sukkur as the BDS was not
available in Dera Murad Jamali. The BDS team was summoned to
the site from Sibi. Police said the saboteurs had planned to
blow up the train by remote control. The Jaffar Express coming
from Rawalpindi was the target as it was scheduled to reach
Mangoli after 15 minutes, said a senior Police Officer, adding
that the train was stopped at the Dera Allah Yar station.
Five militants and two Army personnel, including
one Captain Junaid, were killed during an intelligence-based
operation against suspected terrorists in Malikabad area of
Swabi District KP. "[The] five terrorists who were killed [...]
were planning to target educational institutions and judicial
complexes," Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a
statement. Three of the terrorists had been identified, while
the remaining two were "probably Afghans". At least one of the
identified militants was a cadre of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan
(TTP), added ISPR.
A soldier was killed when a patrol vehicle hit
an IED planted on a roadside in Awaran area of same District
in Balochistan. Sources said that unidentified militants had
planted an IED on the roadside which they detonated with a remote
control device while targeting the security vehicle.
10 militants were killed when SFs stormed a
compound in a nearby village of Malikabad area in Swabi District
of KP. Earlier the day, five militants and two Army personnel,
including one Captain Junaid, were killed during an intelligence-based
operation against suspected terrorists in Malikabad area.
Five hardcore terrorists were executed at District
jail of Kohat, the statement issued by the ISPR said. The convicts
were tried by military courts, the ISPR said. These terrorists
include Shoukat Ali s/o Abdul Jabbar, Imdad Ullah s/o Abdul
Wajid, Sabir Shah s/o Syed Ahmed Shah, Khandan s/o Dost Muhammad
Khan and Anwar Ali s/o Fazal Ghani, ISPR added.
Police recovered an anti-tank mine and arrested
six suspected persons during a search operation in Injeer Khwar
area of Hangu District. DPO Ihsanullah Khan said that the Police
was informed about an explosive device planted in Injeer Khwar
area. He said that they called in the officials of the BDS who
recovered and defused the explosive device weighing up to three
kilogram. He said that the police conducted a search operation
in Doaba and surrounding localities and arrested six suspected
persons. He said the Police also recovered a Kalashnikov, a
rifle, two pistols and several cartridges from the arrested
Unnamed Officials involved in anti terrorist
operations have revealed that LeJ, a proscribed organization,
particularly active in the port city of Karachi (provincial
capital of Sindh) and Quetta (provincial capital of Baluchistan).
The Organization is still the prime target of LEA for its close
liaison with banned JuA. Most of the organization's activists
have gone underground to escape arrests. The officials claim
that LeJ's almost 90 percent network has been disabled by eliminating
its top leadership. According to the officials, LeJ ties with
ISIS surfaced last year when terrorists attacked the Police
academy in Quetta in October. The group is active in Karachi
and Quetta with two deferent off-shoot groups namely the Naeem
Bukhari Group in Karachi and LeJ Al-Alami in Quetta.
PM Nawaz Sharif, during his visit to the Lahore
based Jamia Naeemia, asked Islamic clerics to reject in forceful
terms all the religious decrees that incite violence in the
name of Islam. "Hate is being spread in the name of religion
and it is the duty of the Ulema to free it from hate and violence.
One way of doing that is to reject all those fatwas that incite
violence, [and] only the Ulema can do it," said the PM Nawaz
Sharif. He promised that the "few remaining militants" would
not be spared. The government, he said, had brought the political
leadership, the army, the police and other law enforcement agencies
on the same page as far as dealing with terrorism and terrorists
was concerned. "Peace is not far off, especially if the Ulema
extend a helping hand," PM Nawaz Sharif said, adding that religious
scholars should play a proactive role in building an alternative
narrative of Islam that promoted peace and harmony. The religion
has been held hostage by hate-mongers, he said.
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 their duty.
Suspected militants abducted three Government
schoolteachers in Giskhor area of Awaran District in Balochistan
in the evening. Levis official Muhammad Jan said that militants
abducted three teachers as they were returning from a training
session facilitated by the PBS for the upcoming national census
in Giskhor area. Jan identified the abducted teachers as Rashid
Ali, Elahi Bakhsh and Rasool Bakhsh. The men are part of a team
in the District that will collect data for the census.
Balochistan higher education secretary Abdullah
Jan was abducted from Wahdat Colony of Brewery Road area in
Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. Jan's son Mohammad
Attiuqe said his father was on his way to work when unidentified
assailants in a white Toyota Vitz kidnapped him near his house
in Wahdat Colony. Jan was kidnapped along with his driver. However,
the abductors released the driver near Sabzal Road area and
drove off an unknown location, said DIG Quetta Abdul Razzaq
Chema. No group has claimed responsibility for the abduction
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 six militants were killed during a
search operation in the Mosal Kor village of Michini area in
Peshawar, the provincial capital of KP. FC spokesperson said
that the SFs carried out a search operation in the Mosal Kor
area when terrorists opened fire on the personnel. Six militants
were killed in the retaliatory fire. SFs recovered a cache of
arms and explosive from the possession of slain militants.
One FCB soldier was killed and another injured
in a suicide attack on an FC training centre in Shabqadar area
town of Charsadda District. The ISPR said the attack was "foiled"
and two suicide bombers were killed in retaliatory fire. FCB
Commandant Liaqat Ali Khan said that the attackers tried to
sneak into the training facility in the wee hours to cause maximum
casualties but the guards quickly responded and neutralised
the attackers. One attacker was killed by FCB personnel while
the other died after his jacket exploded when it was hit by
Two personnel of the FC were killed when suspected
militants from across the Pakistan-Afghanistan border reportedly
attempted to attack a check post in Khyber Agency in the FATA.
Pakistani troops "effectively responded", as a result of which
six militants were killed during the exchange of fire, the ISPR
was quoted as saying.
SFs foiled a terror bid by seizing a significant
quantity of arms and explosives in Kohlu District of Balochistan
Province. "The FC and personnel of intelligence agency conducted
a raid and recovered 28 kilograms of explosives, six rockets
and other weapons," said a security official. The official added
that the compound which was raided belonged to "miscreants of
an outlawed militant organisation". No arrest was made during
FC forces and personnel of an intelligence agency
arrested four suspected militants during a raid in Smungli area
of Quetta. SFs claimed to have recovered five SMGs, three rockets
and other weapons from their possession.
BNP-M said that Baloch are neither traitors
nor Indian agents and urged media to bring to light the woes
of Balochistan. BNP-M Vice President Abdul Wali Kakar asked
the media to visit interior parts of Balochistan. He regretted
that a wrong image of Balochistan was being portrayed, and media
was barred on the pretext of security issues. As a result, Balochistan
does not get its due rights in the country's media, he added.
He was speaking to the Biennial Delegates Meeting of Pakistan
Union of Journalists. He stressed upon the media to help the
Baloch get their due rights. Balochistan was craving for its
basic human rights, including the availability of pure drinking
water, health and education, he added. It was best opportunity
to discuss the issues of Balochistan in front of journalists,
hailing from various parts of the country.
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.
Qari Yaseen, wanted for involvement in attacks
on GHQ in Rawalpindi and Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore,
was killed in a US drone strike in Barmal District of Paktika
province in Afghanistan. The drone strike carried out in Barmal
targeted Yaseen and three of his accomplices who were travelling
in a vehicle. Yaseen belonged to the Lodhran District of Punjab
and was part of various terrorist attacks carried out in Pakistan.
The other attacks included those on ISI offices in Lahore and
Multan, Data Darbar, Marriott Hotel and the one in RA Bazaar,
Rawalpindi. He was also said to be a facilitator for al Qaeda
and Jundhulla in Pakistan, an expert at making bombs, including
IEDs, and a trainer for terrorists.
The Pakistan Rangers Sindh recovered a cache
of arms and ammunition during an intelligence based operation
from the storeroom of the Safari Park on the University Road
in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of
Sindh. Pakistan Rangers Sindh spokesman said weapons recovered
include rifles, SMGs, LMGs, hand grenades, snipers and large
number of bullets.
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
Violence-related incidents declined in 2016
as compared to the year before, and casualties from violence
were half the number of casualties in 2015, the CRSS annual
security report said. The report recorded a 66 per cent fall
in violence-related incidents since 2014, but noted that terrorist
groups have changed their strategy for suicide attacks and instead
of sending in one suicide bomber to a location, sent two. It
said militants, facing military operations and law enforcement,
had begun to flee the county and had devised new strategies.
The report said the targeting of geographical areas and population
centres that were less protected was unprecedented, and militants
also begun deploying a wider array of improvised explosive devices
and suicide bombers despite strong resistance from security
personnel. "Karachi has seen the most improvement, with urban
crime and target killings on the decline. Compared to 1,671
people killed in target killing incidents in 2013, 183 people
lost their lives in 2016," report states.
Five militants, including a high-profile TTP
militant, identified as Duran, were killed in an intelligence-based
operation carried out by SFs in Mirak village of Kalaya tehsil
in Orakzai Agency of FATA. An ISPR press release said two FC
personnel also laid down their lives in the exchange of fire
that ensued during the operation. The deceased were identified
as Major Mudassar and Sepoy Mateeullah.
Two Levies personnel were killed and three others
injured when a roadside bomb struck their vehicle at Angoor
Adda area of South Waziristan Agency. The vehicle was also badly
damaged in the explosion.
A portion of railway tracks damaged when an
IED went off at Misri Shah area near Rohri Railway Station in
Sukkur District of Sindh in the evening. SP Special Branch Mansoor
Mughal said that the service of Karachi-bound Shalimar Express
that passes through Rohri has been halted until the track is
repaired. According to the Bomb Disposal Squad, some 2.5 kilogrammes
of explosive material was used in the blast.
A cracker blast at the Mehrabpur Railway Station
in Naushahro Firoz District damaged a foot-long part of the
track, interrupting trains travelling up and down the tracks.
A government girl's school in Qila Abdulla town
of same District in Balochistan was damaged when an IED placed
near its wall went off. Levies officials said that unidentified
men had planted the remote-controlled device along the school's
wall which exploded with a big bang. The blast shattered windowpanes
of the institution, nearby houses and shops. No casualty was
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 US Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson warned
that the militant IS group wants to recruit young people from
Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq and has stepped up its efforts
in those places. Speaking at the 10th Global Coalition ministerial
meeting on IS in Washington, Tillerson also hinted at establishing
a safe zone in the Middle East for sheltering Syrian refugees.
"The United States will increase pressure on ISIS and al Qaeda
and will work to establish interim zones of stability, through
ceasefires, to allow refugees to return home," he said. Tillerson
said that since the United States and its allies had broken
their back in the Middle East, IS militants were moving to other
regions to recruit fighters. "Today, … Daesh (IS) is resorting
to many terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and
many other places in Europe in order to send a message that
they are still standing and they want for those young people
to go fight in its ranks," he added.
Pakistani officials have hosted seven Taliban
leaders in Islamabad to try and press them into peace talks
ahead of a multination meeting in April in Moscow, two Taliban
officials said under the condition of anonymity. The two officials,
who were familiar with the Islamabad meeting, spoke to AP on
condition of anonymity, fearing reprisals by Pakistani authorities
who have not confirmed the meeting. The Two Taliban officials
said the militant leaders used the Islamabad gathering, which
took place last week, to press their own demands, including
that Pakistan free Taliban figures from its jails. Islamabad
has been under international pressure to try and bring Taliban
leaders, who have lived in Pakistan since their rule in Afghanistan
was overthrown in the 2001 US invasion, to some form of negotiations
with Kabul. However, successive attempts have faltered and failed.
Last year Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and the United States
met to jumpstart the peace process but that effort faltered
after a series of deadly Kabul attacks that Afghanistan blamed
on militants hiding in Pakistan. China, Russia and Pakistan
are behind the initiative of the April meeting in Moscow. Afghanistan
will attend the meeting as will Iran and India. Washington has
not said whether it would attend.
SFs recovered a cache of arms and ammunition
during a raid on a house in Karram village in Mizer Valley area
of NWA in FATA. The recovered arms included rockets of various
types, seven rocket-propelled grenades launchers, and anti-tank
bullets. The security source, however, declined to say if anyone
was arrested during the raid.
FC personnel averted a possible terrorist attack
by diffusing an IED on Turbat-Dasht road in Turbat District
of Balochistan. The ISPR said that the FC, as part of Operation
Radd-ul-Fasaad, recovered and defused an IED planted on Turbat-Dasht
The Islamabad High Court stayed the extradition
of an American citizen of Pakistani origin Talha Haroon to United
States of America for allegedly planning an attack on New York
in connivance with the IS. Islamabad High Court was hearing
a petition filed by Haroon Rashid, father of the suspect.
Ahmed Ludhianvi, leader of the proscribed ASWJ,
expressed confidence that his party would be taken off the list
of banned organisations. Mr. Ludhianvi said he had held meetings
with officials and the political leadership in this regard.
He said that meeting officials or political leaders from the
centre or Punjab was a routine matter for all politicians, including
him. "I have one bone to pick with the system - whenever there
is a need to pacify enraged ASWJ workers or to negotiate with
militants, I am called in for the sake of Pakistan. But, legally,
I am a proscribed person and my party is still a banned group,"
he told journalists. He was referring to negotiations with the
militants who had attacked the GHQ in 2009. The ASWJ leader
said: "The decision-makers of the state have acknowledged my
grievances, but if they are not ready to allow us to work as
a legal entity in the country, I will not cooperate with them
in the future."
The rivalry between Afghanistan and Pakistan
has created room for terrorists of the militant IS group to
build a foothold in the region, recent US reports on the issue
point out. Last week, the United States hosted a 68-nation conference
in Washington to formulate a joint strategy for combating the
IS terrorists. In his address to the conference, US Secretary
of State Rex Tillerson not only noted the group's presence in
the Pak-Afghan region but also pointed out that the group had
carried out "many terrorist attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan".
In the region, the group is known as the Islamic State of Khorasan
(ISK) and operates from its bases in the Afghan areas along
the Pak-Afghan border. In a recent report on ISK, the Congress-funded
US Institute of Peace underlines the link between this group
and Pakistani militant organisations to show how the Afghan-Pakistan
rivalry benefited the terrorists. The USIP report quotes from
a July 2016 report by the Afghanistan Analysts Network, which
claims that Afghanistan's intelligence agency, "the National
Directorate of Security, has supported the militant organisation
Lashkar-i-Islam and elements of TTP since 2014 "with the aim
of playing these militants against Pakistan in retaliation for
Pakistan's long-time support of the Afghan Taliban." Fighters
from both groups later joined ISK.
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 militants.
At least six Ahmadis were killed in Pakistan
in 2016 because of their religious beliefs, a recent report
issued by the Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya said. Saleemuddin, the spokesperson
for the group, cited Ordinance XX which later came to be known
as the Blasphemy Law as the main reason behind targeted killings
of Ahmadis. "Since its [Ordinance XX] imposition in 1984, so
far 250 Ahmadis have been killed," he complained. Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya
said the promulgation of the ordinance endorsed political, social
and legal discrimination against Ahmadis. While news reports
of the Ahmadi community being targeted appear regularly, the
group accused the local media of holding its own biases against
Ahmadis. It also accused state institutions of not properly
investigating their killings.
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.
ISPR stated that, Tahir, a 'hardcore terrorist'
belonging to TTP and involved in the 2012 Bannu jailbreak was
executed in Kohat jail. The terrorist was tried and convicted
by a military court. In April 2012, over 200 terrorists attacked
the Central Jail in Bannu, freeing 384 prisoners in the pre-dawn
assault. The execution came two days after Senate approved the
28th Constitutional Amendment Bill, consummating the parliamentary
process to revive military courts for another two years.
A minor girl was killed and a young man wounded
in a bomb blast in Gandi Khankhel area of Lakki Marwat. A Police
official said that a girl identified as Naila Moeen (8), was
playing outside her house in the fields when she mistook a grenade
for a toy. They said that as the girl lifted the grenade it
exploded killing her on the spot. He said that a young man,
Sifatullah, was wounded in the explosion. Police later cordoned
off the area and during search found nine hand grenades from
the place of incident which were defused by officials of bomb
The Federal Government appointed Salahuddin
Khan Mehsud, as the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police chief. A notification
issued by the establishment division said that Salahuddin Khan
Mehsud, a BS-21 officer of the PSP, presently serving under
the KP Government, was transferred and posted as PPO, KP, in
his own pay and scale with immediate effect till further order.
At least 24 persons were killed and another
100 injured in a suicide attack on an Imambargah in the
Noor market area of Parachinar town in Kurram Agency of FATA.
Sources said the explosion took place as people gathered for
Friday prayers near the women´s entrance of Imambargah. A witness
said security personnel at the Imambargah were checking devotees
when an unidentified person parked a car next to the building,
which then exploded. TTP's faction JuA claimed responsibility
for the attack. The blast was part of its operation Ghazi and
Shias were the targets, the outfit said in a statement sent
to the media.
A high-value terrorist Mehmoodul Hassan alias
Khwaja Madni and his accomplice from the TTP' Sajna group were
killed in an operation by SFs in Jandola area of SWA, the ISPR
statement said. The SFs personnel recovered weapons and ammunitions
from the terrorists' hideout.
President Mamnoon Hussain gave his formal assent
to the Pakistan Army Act 2017 and the 23rd Constitutional Amendment
Bill ? the two pieces of legislation aimed at granting legal
cover to military courts. When it was tabled the 28th Constitutional
Amendment Bill was titled the 23rd Constitutional Amendment
Bill. However, it will now be called the 28th amendment bill.
It was presented along with the Army Act 1952 before the Senate
earlier this week. Military courts were disbanded on January
7, 2017, after a sunset clause included in the legal provisions
under which the tribunals were established, expired.
Unidentified militants fired four missiles from
Afghanistan into Kurram Agency of FATA. A spokesperson for the
local administration said that the missiles had been fired from
Afghanistan's Paktia province and did not cause any loss of
life. One missile struck a shop in the Shingak area, another
landed near a mosque, and two others in a graveyard at Kachkina.
The ISPR claimed that eight JuA militants had
surrendered before the Army in Mohmand Agency of FATA. In a
statement issued by the ISPR, the Army said the militants who
surrendered include Akbar, Gull, Siraj and five of their accomplices.
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 Bedian Road area of Lahore
in Punjab. 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 treatment.
Unidentified gunmen shot dead four laborers
in Kharan District of Balochistan. Police and paramilitary personnel
reached the area and took the bodies to DHQ Hospital. The deceased
were identified as Ghulam Mustafa, Naizi Sohrab Shah and Sajid,
who hailed from Sindh. The men were working on a road project
under the CPEC.
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 injured.
The CTD personnel shot dead a terrorist during
snap checking at Sukkur-Shikarpur link road in Sukkur District
of Sindh in the evening. According to SP Irfan Samo, CTD personnel,
during snap checking signalled three men riding on a motorcycle
to pull over. The militants opened fire on CTD personnel that
was retaliated. One terrorist was killed, while two others managed
to flee during the encounter.
The Army seized an explosive laden vehicle near
Chaman town of Killa Abdullah District in Balochistan and arrested
two suspected persons, a statement issued by the ISPR said.
According to the ISPR, 80 kilograms explosive material was fitted
in the vehicle that was prepared in Kandahar and brought in
Pakistan to use it in a terror attack. The ISPR said the vehicle
was seized in an operation that was carried on the basis of
The CTD personnel shot dead a terrorist during
snap checking at Sukkur-Shikarpur link road in Sukkur District
of Sindh in the evening. According to SP Irfan Samo, CTD personnel,
during snap checking signalled three men riding on a motorcycle
to pull over. The militants opened fire on CTD personnel that
was retaliated. One terrorist was killed, while two others managed
to flee during the encounter.
Two "hardcore terrorists"
tried by Military Courts were hanged in a high security prison
in Sahiwal District of Punjab. 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
Seven JuA militants were arrested
by the CTD at Severra Chowk in Multan town of same District
in Punjab. 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 added.
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
Two Pakistan Rangers Sindh personnel
were killed during a raid to arrest militants trained in Syria
and Afghanistan and working for foreign intelligence agencies
were arrested from Mawaach Goth area of Karachi, the provincial
capital of Sindh. Briefing media on the raid, Rangers spokesperson
Colonel Qaisar said that they raided a militant hideout in Mawaach
Goth area on a tipoff that militants of AQIS have entered in
the metropolis for subversive activities. ‘Eight KG explosives,
one suicide vest, four ball bearing bombs and four SMGs were
seized from the suspects,’ Colonel Qaiser explained, further
adding that ‘two Rangers personnel were martyred during the
raid.’ The LEAs also recovered 360-degree images of a site were
from their possession, he said. Tahir Zaman aka Boxer
Mota was trained in Afghanistan. IED expert Nawaz joined the
AQIS group in 2012, he also provided medical services to another
terrorist, Javed Swati. The third suspect, Bilal, was a close
associate of main suspect Tahir who was involved in the Safoora
Police arrested a target killer
affiliated to MQM-L, identified as Kamran s/o Jumma Khan, from
Joharabad area of Karachi. Police said Kamran is involved in
two murder cases in Orangi Town.
At least three persons were
injured in a blast on Airport road in Gwadar town in same district
of Balochistan. Police sources said that the IED was planted
in a motorcycle parked on the side of a road.
A doctor, identified as Dr Zulfiqar,
was killed when two unidentified assailants called out him from
his house and opened fire in Kharadar area of Saddar Town in
Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Dr. Zulfiqar used
to run a clinic in Khadda Market.
A journalism student was lynched
at AWKU in Mardan District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in broad daylight
after being accused of blasphemy. The deceased was identified
as Mashal Khan, a resident of Swabi and a student at AWKU’s
Journalism and Mass Communication department. A friend of the
deceased student said that a mob attacked him before shooting
him in the head and chest. He added that the mob then continued
to beat his body with sticks.
US said that the safe havens
still exist in Pakistan for terrorist groups to operate from
and carry strikes out on Afghanistan. US State Department acting
spokesperson Mark Toner, in daily press briefing said, “We’ve
been very clear, while we understand that Pakistan has made
efforts to confront terrorism and terrorist organizations on
its own soil, that there are still what we call safe havens
that exist for terrorist groups to operate from and carry strikes
out on Afghanistan.” The spokesperson went on to say, again,
it’s in Pakistan’s interest to work with – constructively with
Afghanistan to address those security concerns.
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 place
A suspected gangster, identified
as Ghulam Nabi alias Gull, was shot dead in an ‘encounter’
in Kalakot area of Lyari town in Karachi, reports Dawn. The
Police have seized a TT pistol and a hand grenade from his custody.
The deceased was associated with the Uzair Baloch-led Lyari
gang, the Police said. “He looked after drug business in Lyari,”
an unnamed officer added.
At least nine militants and
three Pakistan Rangers (Punjab) personnel were killed during
an exchange of fire in Basti Dadwani near Choti Zareen area
of Dera Ghazi Khan in Punjab. 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 injuries.
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 Fauji.
US NSA Lt-Gen HR McMaster said
the best way for the Pakistani leaders to pursue their interest
in Afghanistan and elsewhere is through diplomacy and not through
the use of proxies that engage in violence. Gen McMaster said:
"As all of us have hoped for many, many years that the
Pakistani leaders will understand that it is in their interest
to go after these groups less selectively than they have in
the past and the best way to pursue their interest in Afghanistan
and elsewhere is through diplomacy not through the use of proxies
that engage in violence."
The DG of ISPR, Major General
Asif Ghafoor, announced that Ehsanullah Ehsan, former ‘spokesperson’
of the TTP and a senior leader of the JuA, had turned himself
in to Pakistan's security agencies. "…I want to take this
opportunity to announce that Ehsanullah Ehsan, the former spokesperson
of the TTP and a leader of the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, has turned himself
into our security agencies," he stated. In 2014, after
a split in the TTP, Ehsan had become a ‘spokesperson’ for the
JuA — what was then a newly-formed splinter group of the TTP.
Ehsan had said at the time that 70 to 80 per cent of the TTP
‘commanders’ and fighters had also joined the splinter group.
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 IS in Syria, reports Dawn on April 18. 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
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 media.
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 his arrest.
The Security Forces in Lahore
also arrested four people suspected of being linked with the
IS network in the city.
The JI has launched a mass contact
campaign in accordance with its annual action plan. A high-level
meeting to review the preparations in this regard will be held
at Mansoora on April 19, with JI Secretary General Liaqat Baloch
in the chair. The meeting will chalk out plans to mobilise the
masses through mass contact in all parts of the country to support
the JI in the next elections.
In a recent study carried out
by Sindh CTD about educated ‘hardcore militants’ in the province’s
jails, revealed that out of 500 surveyed militants, at least
64 have a Masters degree or higher,. As many as 70 militants
have a Bachelors degree and 63 have completed their matriculate
Once thriving, adventure tourism
in PoK has seen a sharp decline over the past four years. Since
2013, an additional challenge has been staring the mountaineers
attracted to the largest cluster of daunting peaks in the region.
That year terrorists killed 11 climbers at their base camp at
the foot of the mighty Nanga Parbat. According to the ACP, the
number of mountaineering expeditions daring to come for climbing
the five highest peaks - K2, Nanga Parbat, Broad Peak and Gasherbrum
I and II – has been declining. “Sadly, the disturbing trend
continues,” regrets the APC president, retired Colonel Manzoor
Hussain. “Last year some 34 expeditions came to Pakistan, compared
to nearly 70 plus groups before the incident.
The SF seized a huge cache of
arms and ammunition during an operation in Kurram Agency of
FATA, officials. Political Officer Shahid Ali Khan and Commandant,
Kurram Militia, Colonel Umar Malik told reporters that seven
rocket launchers, 24 rocket shells, two anti-aircraft guns,
50 hand-grenades and 400 mortar shells were also seized in the
operation. The officials said that the densely populated area
of the town had been declared 'red zone' on the requests of
tribal elders and traders. About 24 kilometer trench had been
dug around the town, they said, adding, the trench had disrupted
movement through unfrequented routes. The officials said that
the trench would be made a ring road in future. They also announced
that motorcycles and other vehicles' entry into 'red zone' had
Police claimed to have arrested
a target killer belonging to MQM-L from Gulberg Town in Karachi.
According to Gulberg SP Bashir Brohi, Jauharabad police arrested
Umar Farooque alias Rashid Charya alias Rashid
Kalla. Charya has been involved in at least 12 cases of target
killing and terrorism. A pistol with five bullets has been recovered
from him. "He joined Unit 131 of MQM in 1995. During the
course of interrogation he has revealed multiple terrorist activities
in Karachi," the SP said. He said further Charya attacked
Baloch Goth in 1995-96 in which five people were killed, including
his own accomplice Jameel.
An ATC in Karachi awarded 17
years’ imprisonment to two MQM-L activists each for attacking
a police mobile and possessing illegal arms. After the prosecution
proved the charges against Mohsin alias Peter and Raees
alias Kala, the court sentenced them to 17 years in prison
and imposed a fine of PKR 80,000 on each convict, observing
that they had not only targeted the police but also possessed
illegal arms. According to the prosecution, the MQM-L workers
had attacked the police mobile in Pirabad police jurisdiction
in 2011. Both were arrested after an encounter with a police
team and illegal arms were found on them.
The ISPR, press wing of Pakistani
Armed Forces, informed that Chief of Army Staff General Qamar
Javed Bajwa signed the death warrants for 30 "hardcore
terrorists" with links to the 2014 Army Public School attack.
The suspected terrorists were involved in "heinous offences,"
which included the "kidnapping and slaughtering" of
soldiers of the Frontier Constabulary and an attack on Saidu
Sharif Airport, the military's media wing said. The 'terrorists'
were also responsible for killing innocent civilians, attacking
the armed forces of Pakistan and law enforcement agencies, ISPR
The Government is planning to
extend ‘Super Tax’ for yet another year, generating PKR 30 billion
for partially meeting security establishment’s expenditures
although more than 90 per cent of the population affected by
the Operation Zarb-e-Azb have returned to their homes,.
The authorities are clearly not in a mood to withdraw the Super
Tax from next financial year 2017-18, set to start from July
this year, said officials in the FBR. They said that the FBR
proposed that in addition to extending the tax into its third
year, the government should also increase the rate of super
tax to 5 per cent for banking companies.
A child was killed and two persons
were injured in a roadside bomb blast in Shinkoot area of Bajaur
Agency in the FATA on. Officials said Gul Mast Khan, a local
resident, along with his children was coming home from a nearby
mosque after offering Friday prayers when a remote-controlled
bomb placed along the link road went off. A child identified
as Marwan died on the spot while his father and other child,
Farmanullah, received serious injuries in the blast. No one
claimed responsibility for the blast.
Around 500 militants belonging
to different banned Baloch militant organisations including
12 ‘commanders’ and 16 ‘sub-commanders’ surrendered themselves
at a ceremony held on the lawns of the Balochistan Assembly
in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. The militants
announced that they had abandoned the armed struggle against
the Government and would join mainstream politics. The militants
belonged to the Baloch Republican Army BRA, BLA, Lashkar-i-Balochistan
and some other Baloch militant groups.
16 people including women and
children were injured in Lyari Jhatpat Market of Karachi, the
provincial capital of Sindh, when a hand grenade blast took
place on. Shakir alias Shakkar, a Gang War commander
from the Baba Ladla group is reportedly behind the attack, a
source from Lyari informed.
President Mamnoon Hussain said
education is essential to address political, economic, social
and psychological factors behind terrorism and extremism. The
President said it was an important national activity that would
prove to be a message of hope, life and light, not just for
Pakistani nation, but for the entire humanity.
A khasadar, local Policeman,
was killed while another was seriously injured when an IED planted
along a road hit their motorcycle in Alingar area of Mohmand
Agency in FATA. An official said that the deceased, Iqbal Khan,
along with another khasadar was patrolling the area when their
motorbike was hit by an IED. He died on the spot while his colleague
A man was shot dead in Mansehra
District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Abdul Sattar was on his way
to Balakot from Boi area when a group of unidentified people
intercepted him near Garhihabibullah and fired at him, killing
him on the spot. Police said that assailants tortured had tortured
his brother before opening fire at him.