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.
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.