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Pakistan Timeline - 2014

Date

Incidents

January 01

At least three people were killed and 30 injured in a suicide attack targeting Shia pilgrims in Akhtarabad area of Balochistan's provincial capital Quetta. Police said a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into the bus carrying Shia pilgrims who were coming from Iran to Quetta.

PTI protests that had blocked the NATO supplies has almost come to an unannounced end. The party has wound up four out of five protest camps set up in Nowshera, Dera Ismail Khan and Kohat Districts and at Peshawar Motorway Toll Plaza. The Imran Khan's party officially denies it and insists it is as committed as it was in disallowing NATO supplies through Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. However, ground reality at the site of the lone sit-in is not what Khan claims.

The Special Court constituted to try former President General Pervez Musharraf for treason ordered him to appear for the hearing of the case on January 3, 2013. The bench initiated the hearing without Musharraf's presence and while ordering for his production in court also warned of issuing a ruling in case he failed to appear in the court for the next hearing.

The authorities concerned decided to further enhance security for Musharraf as he could not appear before the Special Court after a kilogram of explosive material was recovered and defused near his Chak Shahzad farmhouse residence in Islamabad. Around 1600 police and Rangers personnel would provide security to him from his farmhouse resident to Special Court on January 2, 2013.

Federal Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan asked 'some' TTP factions opposing the peace process to grow out of their mindset and respond positively to the gestures of both the Government and the entire political leadership of the country. Expressing the Government's resolve to establish peace in the affected areas through talks with the TTP during a meeting with JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman who called on him, the Minister said that the Government was sincerely pursuing the path of dialogue. "It is incumbent upon the other side to react positively," Nisar said.

MWM and SIC opposed the proposed talks between the Government and TTP. SIC Chairman Sahibzada Hamid Raza, MWM Secretary for Political Affairs Syed Nasir Abbas Sherazi and Voice of Shuhada-e-Pakistan spokesperson Senator Faisal Raza Abidi expressed their opposition to the talks while addressing a joint press conference at the MWM office. The MWM and SIC central leadership claimed that they would not allow the Government to hold talks with the terrorists at the cost of the Constitution.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that he planned to strengthen the NSC and make it an institutionalised forum with the power to take relevant decisions. In the past, he said, stakeholders spoke differently, but now everyone should come and speak at this forum and then implement decisions taken there. He said that the Government was moving in accordance with decisions taken by an all-party conference about a peace initiative. The best option is to achieve peace through talks. But "when we start dialogue, drones derail everything", he added.

January 2

Three alleged gangsters, identified as Attaullah (35), Adil Khattak (30) and Hamid alias Mota (36), were shot dead during an ambush by a rival group in Ibrahim Hyderi's Ilyas Goth area in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

Two alleged militants of the TTP were killed in an encounter with the Rangers in Manghopir. An unnamed Rangers official claimed that both the suspects were affiliated with the Wali-ur-Rehman group of the TTP. "One of them was their explosives expert."

Two dead bodies were found near the Tonga stand on Tannery Road in Lyari Town.

One person identified as Tahir Siddiqui (28), was shot dead by unidentified assailants near Naseerabad on Sharea Pakistan.

A Policeman, identified as Azizul Allah, was killed and three others were injured in a remote-controlled blast in the Tank town of Tank District.

A girl's school was partially damaged in an explosion in the Dhub Banda area of Charsadda city in Charsadda District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

A doctor, identified as Dr Ahmad Zia, was abducted by unidentified militants in the Peshawar.

SFs foiled a terrorism bid by recovering and defusing an anti-tank mine concealed in a handcart in the Sakarosare area of Taal tehsil in the Hangu city of Hangu District.

Pakistan Army carried out search operation for more than 16 hours in the Peshawar Central Prison after receiving information that some militants had passed on suicide jackets to TTP prisoners in the jail.

January 3

Two ASWJ cadres, including Secretary General Mufti Muneer Muavia and his colleague Qari Asad Mehmood were killed in an attack in Islamabad.

IHC directed the Government to provide a bulletproof car to former SC Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, saying even those who violated the Constitution were being given foolproof security. Justice Shoukat Siddiqui of the IHC issued the directive while hearing a plea filed by former Rawalpindi High Court Bar Association President Sheikh Ahsanuddin for providing security to justice Chaudhry.

IGFC Balochistan Major General Mohammad Ejaz Shahid said that 60 to 70 Farari camps, or insurgent camps, were operating in the province. However, he added that it was difficult to crack down on these camps because they keep changing location according to the weather.

January 4

At least three Shia men were killed and four others were injured in an incident of firing by armed assailants Maskan Chowrangi in Gulshan-i-Iqbal area of Karachi.

Two brothers, also seminary students, identified as Abid Mavia (25) and Sajid Mavia (28), were shot dead by unidentified assailants on Rashid Minhas Road within the jurisdiction of Jauharabad Police Station.

Two Policemen were killed and another was injured in an armed attack within the precincts of Peerabad locality in Orangi Town.

A Policeman, identified as Mohsin (37), was shot dead in Shahnawaz Shar Goth area within the precincts of Sacchal Police Station in Gulshan Town.

An unidentified person was killed by unidentified assailants in Pak Colony area of SITE Town.

A peanut seller, identified as Syed (40) was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Hyderi area of North Nazimabad Town.

An unidentified dead body of was found dead from Link Road of Gulshan-e-Hadeed within the remits of Shah Latif Police Station.

Two persons were killed and nine others were injured in a blast in Bakhtiarabad area of Sibi town of the same District. The bomb was attached to a motorcycle and detonated by remote control.

Four persons, including the advisor to the Balochistan Chief Minister Majid Abro, were injured in bomb attacks in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan.

Quetta Police Chief Abdul Razaq Cheema claimed that Police has arrested four UBA militants and seized a huge cache of bomb-making material from their possession in Bakra Mandi area of Quetta. CCPO Cheema said that the accused have confessed of carrying out 15 terrorists acts in 2012-13 in which 12 persons were killed and dozens others were injured.

January 5

Unidentified armed assailants hurled a hand grenade at the shop of ANP leader Abdul Razzak Buneri and also opened fire in Madina Colony of Baldia Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, killing two Policemen identified as Abdul Raheem and Khan Muhammad.

Two persons, identified as Ameer Bukhsh (65) and Shafi Muhammad (60), were shot dead and another was injured in Mawach Goth in the precincts of Mochko Police Station.

A senior worker of the PTI, identified as Qari Jaffar, was shot dead by unidentified assailants in SITE Town.

A worker of the PML-F, identified as Nazar Shaikh, was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Surjani area of Gadap Town.

A prayer leader of Masjid-e-Khizrul Islam was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Baldia Town.

A factory owner, Muhammad Iqbal, was shot dead while he was on his way on a car in Qasba Colony of SITE Town.

A person, identified as Muneeb Ahmad was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Ashfaq Colony of Kiamari Town.

One Asif, who had sustained injuries during an attack on a police van in Pirabad locality, succumbed to the injuries.

Rangers and Police claimed to have arrested over two and a half dozen suspects during separate targeted raids and operation across the Karachi.

Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon said that the targeted operation in Karachi will continue till the elimination of criminals and terrorists.

LEAs recovered three dead bodies from Killi Maryam in Qamarud Din Karez area of Zhob District in Balochistan.

The house of a Policeman was partially damaged when it was targeted with an IED in the limits of Kaki Police Station of Bannu District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Police recovered explosives in the limits of Mandani Police Station of Charsadda District.

According to PIPS Security Report 2013, A downward trend in the number of overall incidents of violence, which had started in 2010 and continued in the two subsequent years, could not persist in 2013. According to the report, militant, nationalist insurgent and violent sectarian groups carried out a total of 1,717 terrorist attacks across Pakistan in 2013, claiming the lives of 2,451 people and causing injuries to another 5,438.

The President of the MWM Rajanpur District, identified as Doctor Azhar Hussain (59), was shot dead by unidentified armed assailants in a sectarian attack at his residence in the District. Hussain was a doctor by profession.

January 6

At least nine persons, including three suspected militants and three children, were killed and several others were wounded in a bomb blast targeting the house of tribal elder Hakeem Khan Akakhel in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency in FATA.

A passerby, identified as Hussain Turi, was injured in roadside bomb explosion in Pewar area of Kurram Agency. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Two people, including a woman, were killed while Police constable Farzand Ali and FC official Gula Khan were injured when unidentified militants opened fire at them in a market in Matani area of Peshawar in KP.

Frontier Constabulary official, identified as Wahid Mir, was killed and three other FC personnel were injured during a routine patrol in a roadside bomb explosion in Regi Lalma Housing Scheme area in Peshawar. “Being close to Khyber Agency, the area provides militants a golden opportunity to escape to the tribal areas safely after such attacks,” said a Police official.

A Police constable, identified as Manfarullah, was shot dead outside City Hospital on Kohat Road in Peshawar.

A teenage boy, identified as Aitazaz Hassan (14), was killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a Government school Ibrahimzai area of Hangu District.

An activist of the MQM, identified as Shahid Sheikh, was killed in a targeted attack on M.A. Jinnah Road near Jama Masjid in Jamshed Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

Unidentified militants attacked the office of LDA at Civic Centre in Gulshan Town and set the office furniture on fire.

Law enforces during their ongoing drive against criminals and gangsters claimed to have arrested 94 suspects during separate targeted raids and operations across Karachi. In the first incident, Karachi Police claimed to have detained around 69 suspects during 73 raids and three encounters in different parts of the city.  In addition, Pakistan Rangers Sindh claimed to have arrested 25 criminals during separate targeted raids conducted in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town, Korangi Town, Landhi Town, New Karachi Town, Gadap Town, North Nazimabad Town and other areas.

Pakistan Rangers, Sindh prepared an elaborate security plan to meet any eventuality during the forthcoming Chup Tazia and 12th Rabi-ul-Awal celebrations.  

Security Agencies claimed that they have arrested a key suspect, identified as Rahim Khan, from Federal Capital Islamabad for his involvement in the June 22, 2013 Nanga Parbat attack on 10 foreigners in Diamer District of Gilgit Baltistan.

A Policeman was injured when armed assailants hurled a hand grenade at Satellite Town Police Station in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan.  

Terming reports about presence of Afghan Taliban as baseless and far from reality, Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti said that there is no Taliban Shura in Quetta. “No sign of Afghan Taliban factor in the province,” he said, adding that foreign hands were involved in the prevailing unrest in Balochistan. The Home Minister’s statement has come two days after the foreign press reported the killing of two Taliban leaders in Quetta.  “I have no information about the killing of Taliban leaders,” Bugti said.

The Special Court trying Pervez Musharraf again exempted him from personal appearance for a day and summoned a medical certificate from the AFIC. Pervez Musharraf failed to appear before the special court for the fourth time in a row.  Special Prosecutor Muhammad Akram Sheikh, stressing the court to issue non-bailable arrest warrants, said the accused was flouting the orders of the august court.PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain presented himself for trial under Article 6 of the constitution for having supported Musharraf’s decision to proclaim the state of emergency on November 3, 2007.

January 7

At least six dead bodies were found near the Sufi shrine of shrine of Ayub Shah Bukhari in Gulshan-e-Maymar area of Gadap Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.  Two of the victims were beheaded, while the rest had their throats slit, said a Policeman. The Police found a bloodstained knife and note, written by TTP, which read, “Stop visiting shrines — from the Pakistani Taliban”. “People visiting shrines will meet the same fate,” the note read.  

Two security guards, identified as Muhammad Shafiq (40) and Dilshad Ansari (27), posted at United Bank Limited in Korangi Town were killed, while three people, including Branch Manager, cashier and another employee sustained injuries when six masked robbers opened fire at them and looted around PKR 1.7 million.

An unidentified Police Officer was killed in firing incident in Pak Colony area of SITE Town.

Another unidentified man was shot dead in Quaidabad area of Bin Qasim Town.

An unidentified dead body was recovered near Malir checkpost in Malir Town.

Police arrested a target killer from Musharraf Colony in Baldia Town and recovered two Kalashnikovs, two hand-grenades and two home-made bombs from his possession. Police alleged that the arrested suspect was wanted in the killings of 28 people and that he hailed from a political party.

A FC official and a Policeman were killed while one FC sustained injuries during an exchange of fire in Chatkan Bazaar of Panjgur District.

Unidentified militants shot dead a former Naib Nazim of Union Council Shahdara, identified as Shah Zaman, at his shop in Mingora city of Swat District in KP.

A proclaimed offender, identified as Aalam Khan, was killed in Musazai village while 45 suspects were arrested in a search operation conducted within the jurisdiction of Badhaber and Bhanamari Police Stations in Peshawar.

A grocery shop was destroyed in an explosion near the house of levies official Major Rekhmeen at Bahadur Bandha in Hangu District. However, no casualties were reported.  Rekhmeen said that he had not been threatened by anyone, but militant groups kept on issuing warnings to Security Force officials to quit their jobs immediately or face the consequences.  

A low-intensity bomb blast occurred in front of the house of Dr Razaullah in Saro Village of Shabqadar tehsil in Charsadda District. However, no casualty was reported.

The NAB got 14 days physical remand of two accused after arresting them for alleged involvement in the multi-billion scam concerning the procurement of weapons and vehicles for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police.  The NAB officials produced Raza Ali Khan, said to be related to former Chief Minister Ameer Haider Hoti, and the latter’s un-notified special adviser on police affairs Niaz Ali Shah, and sought their 14 days physical remand.   The NAB special prosecutor Lajbar Khan informed the bench that the accused had played a vital role in the scam.

At least seven people were injured in an explosion in Sadda Bazaar of lower Kurram Agency in FATA.

Saudi Arabia made it clear that it has nothing to do with former President General Pervez Musharraf’s high treason case and Riyadh does not want to interfere in internal matters of Pakistan. Saudi Foeign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal denied he had brought any message for the Pakistan Government with regard to Musharraf’s trial. “Musharraf’s trial is an internal matter of Pakistan,” Prince Saud said.

The US Department of State declared Qari Saifullah, a Quetta-based Taliban ‘commander’, a specially designated global terrorist. Qari Saifullah is the Taliban’s shadow ‘deputy governor’ and an operational ‘commander’ in Zabul province of Afghanistan, but the designation identifies him as a resident of Quetta.

Pakistan is planning to enlist Saudi Arabia’s help in brokering a peace deal with the TTP in its quest for peace in the long term. According to the initial report,  when Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al Faisal meets Pakistani officials during his two-day visit beginning on January 6, 2013, one of the key agenda items would be to explore the possibility of Riyadh’s role in the Government’s peacemaking efforts. Both JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman as well as Maulana Sami-ul-Haq, who is known as the father of the Afghan Taliban, are considered close to the Saudi rulers, and are intensifying efforts to bring the TTP to the negotiating table as most of the militants have studied at their seminaries.

January 8

At least 10 militants and three SFs were killed when militants attacked Green Ridge check post in Ladha subdivision South Waziristan Agency of FATA. The military claimed “inflicting heavy casualties to the militants.”

Lyari remained tensed as Lyari gangster Abdul Jabbar alias Jabbar Jhengu and his companion Abdul Ghani were killed in a road accident in the Bella area of Balochistan on January 7, 2014. However, Jhengu’s comrades claimed that they do not believe he was killed in a road accident. “Jhengu’s killing was pre-planned,” one of his associates said, adding, “The law enforcers are behind his killing. They abducted him and then killed them in this way.”

Police released sketches of two suspects it believes were involved in the January 7, 2014 slaughter of six men at a shrine in Gulshan-e-Maymar area of Gadap Town.

HRCP strongly condemned the killing of six men at a shrine in Karachi and demanded meaningful steps to put an end to killing of citizens by the extremists. HRCP Chairperson Zohra Yusuf said in a statement that the brutal killing of six young devotees in Karachi apparently for visiting a shrine was a proof that staying alive in Pakistan today was a privilege reserved for those who unthinkingly and without question comply with the whims of cold-blooded killers who are religious fanatics.            

At least one Policeman was killed and another was injured when unidentified militants opened fire on two Policemen deputed at a checkpost on Canal Road in University Town of provincial capital Peshawar.

SHO of Bhana Mari Police Station, identified as Hameed Khan, and two of his bodyguards were injured when unidentified militants opened fire on their vehicle within the limit of Paharipura Police Station in Peshawar.

LeJ claimed responsibility for the January 6, 2014 suicide blast in Ibrahimzai area of Hangu District. Ibrahimzai is a Shia-dominated area of Hangu District.

A College Professor and a Shia religious leader, identified as Nazir Hussain Imrani, was shot at and critically injured by unidentified assailants in a targeted sectarian attack in Dhoke Kashmirian area of Rawalpindi District. Imrani was an imam of Qasr-e-Sajjad Imambargah in Iqbal Town and a Professor at Government Hashmat Ali College.

A source in Balochistan Home and Tribal Affairs Department said that the Commission on enforced disappearances has received 209 cases of missing Baloch political workers from Balochistan. He said that 61 missing persons have been recovered and 24 mutilated dead bodies found in different parts of Balochistan up till now.  He said 44 cases of missing persons were disposed off following lack of required documents. Apart from this, 144 cases of missing persons were under trial before Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Adviser to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz during a book launch at the Institute of Strategic Study in Islamabad said that America is fighting the “wrong war with wrong methods against the wrong people”. Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan has been protesting against the drone attacks at all levels, as these are un-productive and violate Pakistan’s sovereignty.

January 9

CID of Karachi Police claimed killing a trio of TTP militants in Manghopir area of Gadap Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. "The Policemen, who busted a terrorist hideout in Manghopir area, following a promising lead, were met with heavy armed resistance", said Chaudhry Aslam, a senior CID official.  

Three Policemen, CID SP Chaudhry Aslam Khan was killed and 10 others were injured when a suicide bomber smashed his car into Aslam’s convoy near Essa Nagri at the Lyari Expressway. Two others were identified as Farhan (27) and Kamran (34). TTP claimed responsibility for the attack. TTP Mohmand Chapter ‘spokesperson’, Sajjad Mohmand said that the group has carried out a “successful” attack to take revenge for several Taliban members killed by the Police.

AIG of Police Sindh Shahid Hayat said that targeted operation against the anti-social elements would continue to maintain peace in Karachi.

PTI Chief Imran Khan reiterated his stance of negotiating with TTP following the killing of SP CID Chaudhry Aslam Khan in Karachi, which was claimed by the terrorist group. While condemning the attack he said that prevailing violence and killings in the country would not end without pulling out from ‘someone else’s war’. “Dialogue is a better option than fighting against Taliban.” “At least those (Taliban) groups which are ready to negotiate peace should be contacted for talks,” he said.

The three-judge Special Court led by Justice Faisal Arab in a hard-hitting order summoned former President General Pervez Musharraf on January 16, 2014. Musharraf had been excused from court three times for health reasons.

January 10

Three TTP militants were killed in an alleged Police encounter within the jurisdiction of Mauripur Police Station in Musharraf Colony of Baldia Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. The dead were identified as Mirza Ali (45), allegedly the TTP Amir for Ittehad Town; Sher Muhammad (35), allegedly the TTP Amir for Landhi Town, and Amanullah (22).

Three people, including prayer leader Maulana Iqrar and two students of the seminary, identified as Salahuddin (16), and Naseer (17), were injured in a bomb blast at the rooftop of Jannat Masjid (mosque) in Gulshan-e-Ghazi area of Al-Falah Society in Malir Town.  

Two people, including ANP leader Aziz Khan, was injured when his house in Future Colony of Quaidabad area in Bin Qasim Town was attacked with a hand grenade. Quaidabad Police said that Khan blamed extortionists for the attack as he failed to pay an amount of PKR 5 million. 

Two Police Officers were injured when unidentified militants hurled a hand grenade at a Police mobile in Karachi. The Police retaliated and injure done of the attackers.

An alleged suicide bomber who detonated his explosive-laden vehicle to target SP CID Chauhdry Aslam on January 9, 2013, was identified as Naeemullah (26), a resident of Banaras Colony in SITE Town.

Unidentified militants shot dead two workers at Ghazi Shah Baba Shrine in Mardan District of KP.

One militant was killed when unidentified militants attacked the Manzoor Shaheed checkpost in the limits of Badbher Police Station near Matani area in Peshawar. The militant was killed in retaliatory firing by the Security Forces.

Two passengers were killed when unidentified armed assailants opened fire at a passenger van in the Dukki tehsil of Loralai District of Balochistan.  No outfit claimed of responsibility for the attack.

Unidentified militants blew up a gas pipeline in Dera Murad Jamali area of Naseerabad District suspending gas supply to many districts.

Abductors released the eight coalminers abducted from Harnai District on December 25, 2013. Sajjad Gul Kakar, a levies official, said, "Miners are back and they are safe.” He, however, declined to comment on the ransom amount paid to the kidnappers for release of the coal miners.

Hearing the high treason case against former President General Pervez Musharraf, the Special Court stated that the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) is applicable in this matter. The applicability of CrPC will allow the court to issue an arrest warrant against the accused (Musharraf) over his non-appearance before it. One member of the defence team said that Musharraf would not appear before the court on January 16, 2014 and another medical report might be furnished regarding his inability to appear before the court.  

The Government’s non-compliance of its December 10, 2013 order to produce 35 missing persons, led the Supreme Court to order the Secretary to the Prime Minister Javed Aslam to bring the matter into the notice of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.   In its December 10 order, the apex court said the army authorities had taken away 35 internees from the Malakand internment centre, but only seven of them were produced before the court. It ordered action against the authorities concerned in the case involving non-compliance of the verdict.  The court directed the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister to submit by January 17, 2014 their replies explaining reasons why the December 10, 2013 judgment had not been complied with.

January 11

Anti-Terrorism Court-II adjourned the hearing of March 16, 2014, Arshad Pappu murder case till January 29, 2014 after investigation officer failed to produce witnesses in the court. All accused nominated in the murder cases of Arshad Pappu were produced in an APC before ATC-II Judge under tight security.

January 12

Five persons, including three Policemen and two security guards were killed in an IED blast targeting the convoy of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s senior aide Amir Muqam in Shangla District of KP. Muqam was unhurt.

Unidentified militants opened fire on ANP leader Mian Mushtaq’s vehicle in Badhpir area of Peshawar, killing three people including him.

Unidentified militants opened fire in Dashti Bazaar area of Turbat District in Balochistan and killed two people.  Imam Bakhsh, a police officer said, "Both victims were dead on the spot".  

Unidentified militants shot dead a levies constable, identified as Murad Bakhsh, in Mand Soro area of Kech District. The militants took away the weapon of the constable after killing him.

Armed militants snatched weapons from levies personnel in Panjgur District.  A levies official, on condition of anonymity, said that more than two dozen armed militants stormed a check post and snatched weapons from levies men.  "I have no information about the exact number of levies men," he said, adding that the levies men did not resist the attackers.  The militants managed to escape after the attack and there was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Police and ATF conducted a raid at the private jail of JUI-F member and former Provincial Minister Education and Member of Balochistan Assembly, Sardar Abdul Rehman Khetran and rescued seven abducted people, including two women and three children in Barkhan District.  Police also arrested six suspects and recovered arms and ammunition from their possession.

A gangster, identified as Mulla Nisar, was killed in clashes between rival groups and hand grenade attack in Jhat Pat market, Rangewara and Kalakot areas of Lyari Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

An unidentified dead body was recovered from Mewashah graveyard in SITE Town. The victim was subjected to torture before killed.

Law enforcers arrested 160 suspects, including members of banned outfit, target killers and gangsters in the ongoing-targeted operation across the city.

Federal Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan stated that negotiations with the TTP were the Government’s top priority and serious efforts are being made in this regard, but warned that the militants unwilling to hold talks will be dealt with sternly. The Interior Minister called upon the Taliban factions opposing the peace process to grow out of their mindset and respond positively to the gestures of the Government. “I urge Taliban groups who are refusing to hold dialogue that the path of Islam is the path of welfare and peace, and not of bullet,” Nisar said. He said that both talks and military operation against the Taliban are difficult tasks, as they are not a party or force which is in front of us.

A tortured and bullet-riddled dead body of a boy (10) was found in Turbat District. According to sources, the victim’s elder brother is a campaigner for the Baloch separatist movement. A BSO-A spokesperson accused Security Agencies of being behind the incident. However, Security Agencies denied charges of their involvement in any illegal detention or dumping of bodies.

January 13

Two suspected gangsters were shot dead and four others were wounded when unidentified militants opened fire at two gangsters near Zonal office within the jurisdiction of Chakiwara Police Station in Lyari Town. Tension prevailed in Lyari Town.

A woman, identified as Gulshan Bibi, was shot dead for her alleged links with Baba Ladla group in Shah Baig Lane within the precincts of Baghdadi Police Station in Lyari Town. She is accused of being an informer for Baba Ladla group.     

A Police Inspector, identified as Mohammad Iqbal alias Bijju, was shot dead at his son's hardware shop in MPR Colony within the limits of Orangi Town Police Station in Orangi Town. According to officials, the Iqbal was involved in investigating extortion cases.

Four people were injured at Jumma Shah Plot when gangsters of two rival groups fired RPGs in Lyari Town. Routine and commercial activities were suspended in Lyari following the cross firing. The Rangers were unable to curtail firing. 

Police arrested 29 suspects during raids in different areas of the city and confiscated weapons, stolen goods and drugs. Under the supervision of Superintendent of Police Kiamari, 29 suspected criminals were arrested in Shershah, Mauripur, Machchar Colony, Sultanabad, Mawach Goth areas of Karachi. 

A large quantity of anti-Pakistan literature as well as maps of a separate Balochistan were recovered during a raid of Attashad Degree College in Turbat District. A Baloch student had reportedly taken over a hostel in the college and a FC spokesperson claimed he was brainwashing students to conduct acts of terrorism in the country.

The recovered material included separatist leaflets, banners and posters. The books include Nehru and Gandhi’s biographies as well as books about Baloch separation. The books were printed in Karachi and neighbouring countries. The FC had conducted the raid after receiving a tip about the operation. No arrests were made and the student in question fled before the FC arrived.

In Swabi District, an official of the intelligence agencies, Amjad, was shot dead in Swabi bus stand area where he was on duty.

BDS thwarted an attempt of terrorism by defusing a 20kg bomb planted in congested Bana Mari area of Peshawar. According to BDS official Shafqat Malik, passers-by spotted the explosive device in Bana Mari area and informed Police.

A remote-controlled explosion occurred in Sulemankhel area of Badbher area in Peshawar where the funeral prayer of slain ANP leader Mian Mushtaq Ahmed was scheduled to be held, leaving one Policeman injured. 

The BDU thwarted an attempt of terrorism by defusing a 20 kilogram of bomb planted in the Bana Mari area of Peshawar.

The NASC on Interior and Narcotics Control approved a draft of the Anti-Terrorism (Amendment) Ordinance 2013, with some members expressing reservations and writing dissenting notes. The Committee, however, did not approve the Protection of Pakistan Ordinance 2013 which was termed by some members ‘a black law’ and similar to the Indian law called Protection of Terrorism Act (POTA) 2002.

Some members of the committee, including Arif Alvi of the PTI and Nabeel Gabol of MQM, strongly opposed the PPO 2013 and wrote dissenting notes on the ATO 2013. “Under the proposed PPO bill presented by the Government no-one can raise his/her voice against any act of the Government,” said Mr Gabol. 

“The main objective of discussing the Anti-terrorism (Amendment) Ordinance, 2013, bill was to take effective measures to protect life and property of the people in the face of increasing acts of terrorism in the country,” the head of the committee MNA Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan said.

The KP Assembly unanimously passed a resolution asking the Federal Government to direct the Federal Minister of Interior to give the assembly a briefing about measures and progress on policy aimed at eradication of terrorism in the country. The resolution was jointly moved by MPA both from treasury and opposition benches.

According to a report, titled, ‘Drone Wars Pakistan: Analysis,’  compiled by the think tank New America Foundation, at least 370 US drone strikes have occurred in Pakistan since 2004. The report also gives a breakdown of the number of casualties of the drone strikes. The year in which the most number of people who were killed in the strikes is 2010. There is a downward trend of the drone strikes since 2010. The total number of people who were killed in these strikes is between 2,080-3,428 people. Of these, 1,623-2,787 are reportedly militants and 258 – 307 civilians. The highest number of drone strikes occurred in North Waziristan Agency (267 out of the 370).

The report further states that there were fewer number of drone strikes during former US President George W Bush’s term, as compared to the current administration of President Barack Obama. The number of strikes for 2013 is 26.

January 14

Police found four unidentified men's bodies near a riverbank in the Amagarh area of Nowshera District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Unidentified militants shot the four and dumped their bodies in the Amagarh area, Police said.

One Policeman was killed whereas another sustained injury when an explosion took place in Regi Model Town area of Peshawar (Peshawar District), the provincial capital of KP.

A bomb explosion took place near a Police van, injuring seven Policemen on Rohri road near the Kolachi tehsil area of Dera Ismail Khan District. The bomb was remotely detonated. The SHO of Kolachi Police Station was among those injured in the blast.

The Federal Ministry of Interior informed Sindh Government that MQM leaders are on the hit list of terrorists and, therefore, appropriate security measures should be made. A special communiqué sent to Sindh Government, the Federal Ministry of Interior has expressed fear that extremist might target MQM leaders.

The Director General Rangers Major General Rizwan Akhter expressed concern over the news circulating in the media regarding high-level postings in the Police department, and said that the Rangers wanted that present Police setup in the city should continue for a year.

January 15

Two Policemen were shot dead in a firing incident near Police post situated at Gulberg area within the limits of Yousuf Plaza Police Station in Karachi (Karachi District), the provincial capital of Sindh. Police said the incident took place when unidentified armed riders arrived at the Police post and opened fire on the cops.

The law enforcement personnel also killed two alleged gangsters during an encounter in Lyari area.

A traffic police warden was gunned down near Matric Board office within the jurisdiction of North Nazimabad Police Station. Police said that unidentified armed men riding on two motorbikes waylaid their target, Mehmood Raza, son of Manaan halaak and shot him dead.

Lyari remain tensed as an armed clash occurred between rival groups of gangsters of the area. Two gangsters were killed in a joint encounter of police and rangers in the same locality. Police sources said that the clash started at Jhat Phat Market, Lyari between the members of Baba Ladla Group and defunct PAC over the dispute of extortion money collection from vendors of the area.

Police and Rangers conducted a targeted operation against criminals involved in the clash, where gangsters group resorted to fire on the law enforcers’ vans near Khada Market area. In retaliation by the LEAs, two gangsters were killed in the alleged joint encounter while three were apprehended in the operation.

Police conducted another raid at the CHK and arrested injured gangsters and shifted them to an undisclosed location.

The decomposed bodies of a young boy and a girl were found from a water tank of empty plot Sector 16-A, Orangi Town within the vicinity of Pakistan Bazaar Police Station.

A bullet-riddled body of a man was found from garbage dump in Gulistan Society within the limits of Chakiwara Police Station in Lyari Town.

The Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar vowed to continue the targeted operation in Karachi against criminals. At a meeting with members of the KCCI, he shrugged off the rumours about halting the operation in Karachi.

Three suspected militants were killed while five others arrested by the SFs during a search operation in Zaidi area of Khuzdar District in Balochistan. Deputy Commissioner Syed Abdul Waheed Shah said that the security forces and Levies force had been conducting a joint search operation in Zaidi area when armed men opened fire on them.

Supreme Court directed the Government of Balochistan to ensure security to the doctors’ community in the province. A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Nasir ul Mulk and comprising Justice Saqib Nisar and Justice Ameer Hani Muslim heard the Balochistan law and order situation and missing persons’ case. The court directed Nasruallah Baloch, Chairman Voice of Missing Persons, Balochistan to appear before the court on the next date of hearing, stating as to whether he wanted to proceed further with the instant case or not. 

The Balochistan Government has approached all political forces in the province for an all parties’ conference which is likely to be held at the end of January in Quetta, a provincial Government spokesperson said. The APC was scheduled to be held in December, 2013 but could not take place due to the local Government elections in the province.

At least two volunteers of Amn committee lost their lives in a bomb blast in Zakhakhel Bazaar of Landi Kotal tehsil in Khyber Agency of FATA.

The PM Nawaz Sharif said it was not imperative that only the Government will hold talks with the TTP, and it will welcome Imran Khan, Maulana Samiul Haq, Munawar Hassan and others if they can make progress in this regard. Speaking to Saleem Safi, the host of the Geo News programme ‘Jirga’, which is to be telecast today (January 16), the PM said he will contact other leaders, including Imran Khan, over the issue of talks with the TTP.

PM Nawaz Sharif, during his visit to Swat, approved in principle and announced a brigade-level cantonment for Swat and Malakand. The PM gave the approval during a briefing given to him. He also lauded the role played by the Pakistan Army in restoring peace and stability in the area.

January 16

At least ten people were killed and more than 60 others were injured in the evening when a bomb exploded at a Tablighi Markaz (religious centre) on Pajaggi Road in Peshawar (Peshawar District), the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Eyewitnesses said the bomb exploded at Tablighi Markaz run by the Tableeghi Jamaat, just before Maghrib prayers.

Bomb disposal experts defused a bomb planted outside a Tablighi Markaz mosque in Nowshera, around the same time the bomb exploded in the Peshawar.

Eight Policemen sustained injuries in two blasts in Daowat area of Chakisar tehsil in Shangla District.

Police defused four hand-grenades in Mustaffaabad forests area under Gomal University Police Station in Dera Ismail Khan town of same District. Sources said unidentified persons had planted four hand grenades in bucket in Mustaffaabad forests area.

Two Policemen, identified as Head Constable Mohammad Javed (40), and Constable Asif Khan (30), were killed and two persons, including Constable Saleem (28), and a passerby, identified as Khano Ada (40), were injured in an armed attacked on the Police van near Shafiq Mor within the jurisdiction of New Karachi Police Station in Gulberg Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

A man, identified as Syed Junaid Akhtar (43), was shot dead on Manghopir Road within the precincts of SITE-A Police Station in SITE Town.

An officer of a spy agency, identified as Captain Ehtesham Haider, was injured in a targeted armed attack near Jauhar roundabout within the limits of Shahrah-e-Faisal Police Station in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town.                                     

Police claimed to have arrested around 85 suspects during 94 separate targeted raids and seven encounters conducted across the city. According to Sindh Police spokesman, those detained include 25 absconders, 19 drug peddlers, four robbers, one terrorist, two target killers and two extortionists, while 27 have been arrested for possession of illicit weapons.

A Khasadar Force personnel killed while two others injured in a bomb blast near the vehicle of Khasadar Force in Zakhakhel area of Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency of FATA.

PM Nawaz Sharif directed the authorities that the Karachi operation should continue at all costs till the restoration of peace in the city. While talking to the Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan at the PM House, Nawaz Sharif observed that the targeted operation in Karachi was fruitful in restoring peace in Karachi.

The Government will provide resources needed for continuation of the operation and next phase would be conducted in accordance to the plan. It is understood that the two have also discussed the situation arising due to difference of opinion between the civil administration and authorities carrying out the operation.

Pakistani media professionals are vowing to maintain a free press in the face of the TTP's recent threats against them, and the country is calling for broad support of the media, given their key role in the war against terrorism. "Several journalists have lost their lives for the truth," KP Inspector General of Police Nasir Khan Durrani said.

"The media have to convey a true picture to the masses," Peshawar-based senior journalist and Khyber Union of Journalists (KhUJ) President Nisar Mehmood told Central Asia Online. "No doubt journalists, particularly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa [KP] and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas [FATA], are facing death threats, but still we have to depict a true picture of society and convey the truth," he said.

Federal Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan while addressing 170 senior civil and military officers participating in the National Security and War Course at the National Defence University in Islamabad said that the National Security Policy was in final stages of formation which will help the Government in effectively combating militancy and eradicating extremism in Pakistan.

The Minister said that enemy of the country was vague and divided, adding that the security policy is proactive in nature which will address the problems being faced by Pakistan. He said the new security policy will have three components covert, strategic, and operational.

The Interior Minister said that the Government has again started the process of dialogue with the militants. He said the Government wants a durable solution to eradicate terrorism from the country and the use of force will only be the last resort.

January 17

Three people, including Mufti Usman Yar, the Secretary General of JUI-S, were killed when unidentified militants opened fire on a car near Awami Markaz in Shahra-e-Faisal Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. The other two killed were his driver and a personal guard.

TTP militants killed three Express News staffers, including a technician, guard and driver, by opening fire on a DSNG vehicle near Matric Board Office in North Nazimabad Town. TTP Karachi Chapter ‘spokesman’ Sajjad Mohmand claimed responsibility for the attack.

A roadside vendor, identified as Shafi Muhammad (50), was shot dead in a targeted attack near Fancy Bakery on Tannery Road in Lyari Town.

A “wanted criminal”, identified as Ashraf Khan, was shot dead near the Paposh Nagar graveyard in Nazimabad Town. Investigators claimed Khan was affiliated with a political party and was wanted by the police in a number of cases. 

Security was put on high alert at Central Jail in view of the risk of terrorist attack. According to the Police, heavy contingent of Police and Rangers have been deployed at the jail while the roads around the jail have been closed for traffic.

A report by the HRCP stated that the year 2013 was the deadliest one for Karachi so far with as many as 3,251 fatalities. The city has seen a sharp increase in killings in the past few years with 1,981 people killed in 2010, 2,382 killed in 2011 and 3,105 killed in 2012. Of the entire year, August was the bloodiest month with 334 killings or deaths.

Four people were killed and 65 others were injured when Khushaal Khan Khattak Express passenger train carrying around 400 passengers derailed following a bomb explosion on its tracks in Omar Kot area of Rojhan sub-district in Rajanpur District. The train was en route to Karachi in Sindh from Peshawar in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. BRA claimed responsibility for the attack.

PTI chief Imran Khan expressed his reluctance to hold peace talks with TTP saying he lacks authority to do so. Speaking at a press conference, Khan said he cannot hold talks with TTP as neither his party is in power at the centre nor he has any authority over the services.

January 18

Three persons were killed when unidentified assailants opened fire on a car carrying ASWJ leader at Noori Gate in Sargodha area of same District. According to Police, the incident occurred at Noori Gate in Sargodha when ASWJ Deputy Chief of Punjab chapter Maulana Abdul Hameed Khalid along with others was on his way from Bhakkar District to attend the hearing at an anti-terrorism court in Sargodha.

A man who was injured during a shooting incident in the Gulbahar area of Liaquatabad Town succumbed to his injuries.

Six people were injured in a hand grenade attack in the Khadda market area of Lyari Town.

Two persons were killed and another was injured when unidentified assailants opened fire at a car showroom on GT Road in Shaidu area of Nowshera District.

A bomb planted by unidentified militants at an unpaved road to target FC troopers supplying rations at check posts went off in the Landikotal tehsil of Khyber Agency. No loss of life was reported.

The Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan said that despite the complexity of missing person’s cases, the Government, through court orders, has ensured at least 1,270 of them reached their homes. Another 1,086 have been identified at notified internment centres in KP and the FATA. Some 3,033 people have been traced to various locations in the region.

Justice Khan said that the Human Rights Directorate set up by him for those who cannot afford to hire a lawyer, has received more than 9,000 cases so far. Of these 7,000 were decided instantly, with the aggrieved getting justice in less than 72 hours.

January 19

At least 20 soldiers were killed and another 30 were injured when a bomb ripped through a military convoy in the Bannu Town (Bannu District) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at 8:45 am. “A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device caused the blast,” a senior military official said. The convoy was about to leave for the Razmak town in North Waziristan Agency of FATA when the blast hit one of the civilian vehicles hired to move troops. The TTP ‘spokesman’ Shahidullah Shahid claiming responsibility, said, “It was part of our fight against a secular system. We will carry out more such attacks in future.” He added that the TTP were seeking revenge for the deaths of their former ‘chief’ Hakimullah Mehsud and ‘deputy chief’ Waliur Rehman – both killed in US drone attacks.

A Police Constable, identified as Noman Ahmed (26), was killed while two passers-by and an ASI, identified as Sohail, were injured in an armed attack targeting the Police van near Dow Medical College in the Arambagh area of Saddar Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

An unidentified dead body of an old man was found from Mureed Jhokiyo Goth, within the jurisdiction of Steel Town Police Station area in Malir Town.

Rangers claimed to have detained at least 20 suspects belonging to TTP during a targeted raid conducted at Kunwari Colony area of Manghopir in the Gadap Town. The third phase of the operation is against banned outfits' militants, target killers, terrorists, extortionists and others criminals. Kunwari Colony area of Manghopir is said to be a stronghold of TTP, and a number of TTP militants operate from there to carry out terror activities across the city.

Two FC officials were injured when an IED went off at a roadside in the Ghari Gal area of Mamond tehsil in the Bajaur Agency of FATA. Political administration official from Mamond, Abdul Haseeb Khan, said he was informed by a tribesman around 12:30pm about a canister spotted on the roadside in Ghari Gal area of Mamond.

Two people, including the driver and cleaner of a NATO container carrying equipment for troops in Afghanistan, were injured when unidentified militants opened fire at the NATO container in the Choto area of Mastung District. No outfit has claimed responsibility for the attack.

TTP ‘spokesman’ Shahidullah Shahid said that TTP were ready for a “meaningful dialogue”. However, the militant group asked the Government to “prove its authority and sincerity with dialogue process”. In a letter issued to the media on January 19 the TTP also said, “TTP wants to give clear-cut message to people of Pakistan that our war is for implementation of Sharia’h and we will never give up principles of Sharia’h.”

Chairman of PTI, Imran Khan, held Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, responsible for the terrorist attacks on Security Forces of Pakistan, and said, "Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman or Sami-ul-Haq alone cannot get the Taliban peace talks off the ground. The Prime Minister should take the lead in this regard”. He said that if he were the Prime Minister he would be spearheading the peace talks. "Had I been Nawaz Sharif, I would have taken the charge long ago", said Khan.

January 20

Army helicopters pounded several militant hideouts in Mir Ali area of North Waziristan Agency in FATA killing at least 24 persons and injuring 15 others. Fear and panic gripped the area after the overnight blitz after which locals began to migrate out of the volatile area to safer places.

A TTP suicide bomber killed 13 persons, including eight soldiers and three children, and wounded 29 others in Royal Artillery Bazaar close to General Headquarters in Rawalpindi District. An Army statement said, "13 persons including eight security forces personnel, three schoolchildren and two civilians embraced shahadat while 29 were injured in this cowardly act of terror." TTP 'spokesman' Shahidullah Shahid claimed responsibility for the attack as payback for a deadly military raid on the Lal Masjid in Islamabad in 2007. "It was carried by one of our suicide bombers to take revenge for the Red Mosque massacre," he said, adding, "We will continue our struggle against the secular system."

Police arrested four suspected TTP militants during a raid in a house located in Tarnol area of Islamabad and seized a huge quantity of explosives from them. Police also seized more than 130 kilogram of explosives. The terrorists were shifted them to an undisclosed location for interrogation.

At least two persons were killed when a roadside remote-controlled explosion occurred in Loni area of Kolachi tehsil in Dera Ismail Khan District of KP. The deceased persons were identified as Zainullah and Shamsur Rahman. Following the explosion, a tip-off was received regarding more bombs in the area. The BDS team personnel reached the site of explosion and defused four bombs. Meanwhile, security personnel cordoned off the area and a probe into the incident went underway.

Unidentified assailants killed a Shia Muslim scholar Allama Alim Al-Musvi who was walking to the mosque in Kissa Khwani market of Peshawar, the provincial capital of KP. "Two gunmen opened fire on the scholar and escaped in the narrow streets when he came out of his house and walked towards the mosque," local Police official Fazal Jan said. Al-Musvi was a locally respected scholar and used to deliver sermons at special Shia gatherings, he added.

The death toll in January 19's attack on a military convoy in the Bannu Town (Bannu District) at 8:45 am rose to 26 as six more soldiers succumbed to their injuries at hospitals. 20 soldiers were killed and another 30 were injured when a bomb ripped through a military convoy as their convoy was about to leave for the Razmak town in North Waziristan Agency of FATA.

At least two persons were reportedly injured when an explosion took place in Kala Dher area of Charsadda District. According to the police, explosive materials were concealed in a pile of gravel at a roadside on Mardan Road which blew up, creating a loud explosion. Police said two cars were passing by at the time of explosion and the intensity of the blast smashed their windows.

Two persons, identified as Aqil Shah and Kamil Khan, were arrested by Anti-Terrorist Squad from Mattani area of Peshawar and taken to an undisclosed location for further investigation. Official sources said that they were detained because of their alleged links with militants. "These people have been arrested for their alleged links with militants and it is not the first time members from their families were picked up," said an official. "Previously, Shah's father and brother were arrested by Security Forces. They were released after eight months of captivity."

A house was partially damaged when a rocket was fired in its direction in Masho Khel village of Peshawar in the night. Police said the artillery rocket was fired from several kilometers away near Khyber Agency in FATA. It struck Murad Khan's house and damaged the boundary wall. Police said no loss of life was reported.

Three unidentified dead bodies were found near Baba Wilayat Shah Shrine located within the vicinity of Sharafi Goth Police Station in Baldia Town. Police said the victims were first kidnapped.

A worker of PPP, identified as Noor Khan (32), was shot dead in MPR Colony of Orangi Town.

A man, identified as Mohammad Saleem (35), was shot dead in Daryabad area within the precincts of Kalri Police Station in Lyari Town. Police said the deceased had no affiliation with any political party or gang.

An ASI, identified as Kamran Naqvi (40), was shot dead in Chakra within the jurisdiction of Zaman Town Police Station in Korangi Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

One official was wounded when unidentified militants hurled a cracker on a Ranger's vehicle in Nusrat Bhutto Colony of Manghopir in North Nazimabad Town. Later, Rangers launched a grand targeted operation in Manghopir locality and detained around 20 suspects, which included four TTP militants.

At least three armed bandits robbed PKR 270,000 from a branch of private bank in Gol Market area of North Nazimabad Town. Police, while quoting initial investigation, said that they suspect the involvement of security guards and a cashier in the bank heist. "We are sure the guards and one of the cashiers helped robbers to loot the booty from the bank," claimed SHO Ejaz Lodhi.

Unidentified militants blew up a 16-inch diameter gas pipeline in Pir Koh area of Dera Bugti District.

A clear divide between the liberal and conservative elements was witnessed in the Senate during a debate on two major attacks on SFs by the TTP over the past two days and functioning of the Council of Islamic Ideology. Senators from the PPP, ANP and the MQM lashed out at the Government for its inaction and asked it to order an Army operation against TTP in the wake of terror attacks on SFs in Bannu and Rawalpindi.

Pakistan expressed disappointment over the Consolidated Appropriations Bill 2014 approved by the US Congress, which links USD 33 million in assistance to Doctor Shakil Afridi's detention. According to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the Government said that Dr Afridi's case was sub-judice and that he remains entitled to due process under the law.

The Consolidated Appropriations Bill 2014, approved by US Congress, was signed into law by US President Barack Obama on January 17, 2014. As an omnibus legislation, it contains respective Appropriation Bills for all Government Departments, including the Department of Defence and the Department of State. The State Department will now undertake the process of making allocations, including those for Pakistan.

January 21

At least 24 Shia pilgrims returning from Iran were killed and 40 others were injured in a bomb attack targeting their bus in the Khusak area of Kanak in Mastung District. Local Government official Shafqat Shahwani said that 51 passengers had been on board at the time of the blast and that nine passengers were still unaccounted for.

Three abductors were killed while three people, including a Police Official, one ATF official and one passerby, were injured in an operation near Sariab Road in Quetta. CCPO Abdul Razzak Cheema said, "We don't know who the kidnappers are as yet, investigation is still ongoing on."

At least 12 suspected militants were killed when fighter jets bombed their hideouts in the Inzar Kor area of Kukikhel in Khyber Agency of FATA. A security official claimed that four militant hideouts were flattened in the blitz.

Six Police officers and a 13-year-old student were killed and nine others injured in a bomb blast near a police mobile in Sardheri Bazaar of Charsadda Town (Charsadda District) in KP. There were eight police officers in the mobile at the time of the blast. The Police officers were on their way to provide security to a polio team. The explosive material was planted in a bicycle which exploded when the Police mobile passed by it.

One polio campaigner was killed when unidentified motorcycle-bourne assailants opened fire in Sher Garh area of Mansehra (Mansehra District).

Feeling the growing pressure from the sympathisers of those affected by the crippling polio disease, the TTP has officially distanced itself from some of the recent attacks on polio vaccinators in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Karachi, saying it has nothing to do with these killings. TTP 'spokesperson' Ehsanullah Ehsan said that the militant outfit was "in principle" not targeting polio workers.

Three anti-polio workers were shot dead when unidentified militants opened fire on them in Qayyumabad area of Korangi Town. The attacks came just days after the World Health Organisation warned that Peshawar was the world's "largest reservoir" of the polio virus.

Two alleged gangsters, identified as Jan Mohammad alias Janu and Jawad alias Current, were killed during an encounter with the Police near Phool Chowk area of Kharadar in Saddar Town.

ASWJ leader Maulana Zarin escaped an attack by unidentified militants in Labour Colony of Landhi Town.

Rangers recovered a hostage, identified as Qamar Mehmood, during a raid in Kunwari Colony of Manghopir area in Gadap Town and arrested at least nine suspects. Qamar was abducted on January 20, 2014 from Kati Pahari area in Orangi Town.

Law enforcers claimed to have arrested around 126 criminals during separate targeted raids and operations conducted across Karachi. In the first raid, Pakistan Rangers Sindh arrested around 19 suspects, including gangsters and militants, during separate targeted raids conducted in Kunwari Colony, Sherpao Colony, Federal B Area, Rozi Goth, Mehmodabad, Manghopir, Kalakot, Gul Goth, Khokrapar and Bahadarabad. Weapons of different calibres were also recovered from their custody.

On the direction of military officials the Rawalpindi Cantonment Board decided to permanently close the RA Bazaar Road, where several military installations, including GHQ, National Logistics Cell (NLC), Canteen Stores Department (CSD) head office, Military Intelligence office and residences of military officers, are located, while security was also put on high alert in the twin cities.

In 2012 on the direction of military authorities RCB had closed this link road for public traffic but due to resistance it was compelled to take back its decision. RCB Cantonment Executive Officer Rana Manzoor Ahmad Khan said that due to the prevailing law and order situation and threat of terror attacks the road has been closed. He said public would not have to face any inconvenience as there are alternative roads for traffic.

SFs are also trying to ensure the safety of various installations in Islamabad, like the Diplomatic Enclave, Parliament House, and have sought the assistance of other Law Enforcement Agencies in this regard. SSP Islamabad Muhammad Rizwan directed all SPs, SDPOs and SHOs to ensure strict checking at all entry and exit points and keep a close watch on suspicious persons.

The National Assembly's Standing Committee on Interior approved the PPO Bill. A meeting of the Committee, presided over by its chairman Rana Shamin Ahmed, approved the bill with majority votes. Some of the members gave dissenting notes, saying the bill, presented by the Government to enable it to effectively tackle the issue of terrorism, could be misused against innocent people and political parties.

The ordinance empowers Police and Security Agencies to arrest anybody on the basis of 'credible' information that he/she is involved in anti-state activities, terrorism and treason. However, the term 'credible information' has not been defined in the bill. The PPO allows anybody to file an appeal in the Supreme Court within 15 days of his arrest.

The PPO protects victims of terrorism, assault, kidnapping-for-ransom, personnel of armed forces and law enforcement agencies, parliamentarians, media persons, members of judiciary and executives, important personalities, foreign officials and visitors, official guests, tourists, internationally protected persons, social welfare workers, health personnel, aid workers and volunteers but it does not provide protection to witnesses in terrorism cases.

January 22

SFs claimed to have killed about 32 militants in Tora Waila, Darota area of Kukikhel in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency in FATA. Unconfirmed reports said that the 'chief' of the TTP Orakzai Chapter, Hafiz Saeed, was among those killed in the strikes.

Security officials on January 22 confirmed that the leader of the TTP's Supreme Shura, Asmat Shaheen Bittani, and 'master trainer' of suicide bombers, Wali Mohammad, as well as dozens of foreign fighters were amongst those killed in air strikes in NWA on the night of January 20, 2014. A senior security official said that that most of those killed in the offensive were foreign fighters, including 33 Uzbeks and 3 Germans.

Soon after the military operation Maulana Sami-ul-Haq who has close ties to the Taliban said that he would no longer act as a government-backed peace broker with the militants after airstrikes killed 40 people in a tribal District.

At least five people, including a woman, identified as Raquiya (35), her son and a relative, were killed and several others were injured in a grenade attack during a clash between gangsters near Juna Masjid in Zikri Mohalla of Lyari Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

Four unidentified dead bodies were found an empty plot near Link Road, within the jurisdiction of Memon Goth Police Station in Bin Qasim Town. SHO Naeem Khan said all the four victims were clad in shalwar kameez, and appeared to be young while one of them was believed to be in his 50s, he added.

SI of Police, identified as Nazeer Khaskheli, was killed in a targeted attack near Shama Shopping Centre in Shah Faisal Colony of Shah Faisal Town.

An unidentified man was shot dead and several people, including women and children were reportedly injured because of firing in Lyari Town.

A man, identified Bashir Ishaq (40), was shot dead in Rabbani Mohalla in Frontier Colony within the precincts of Peerabad Police Station in SITE Town. Police said the deceased was hailing from Swat and had arrived in a city a couple of days ago.

A old man, identified as Azad Gul (60), was killed and a rickshaw driver, identified as Hameed Gul (24), was injured in an armed attack in Gulshan-e-Bunair area within the vicinity of Quaidabad Police Station in Landhi Town. Police said the deceased hailed from Bajaur Agency and lived in Gulshan-e-Buner area.

A man, identified as Zar Lal (30), was shot dead in Siddiq-e-Akbar Colony within the limits of Iqbal Market Police Station in Orangi Town.

A suspected gangster was killed in an incident of firing within the limits of Chakiwara Police Station in Jhat Pat market of Lyari Town. An extra contingent of law enforcers including Police and Rangers was unable to control the situation and to take any reliable action against the gangster groups.

A Lyari gangster, identified as Behram, affiliated with Waliullah Lakho group was killed in an alleged encounter during a targeted operation conducted by Police and Rangers at Super Highway. Police officer said that the encounter took place when they along with the Rangers conducted a joint raid on a tip-off about criminal's hideout.

In the same area, SIU Police claimed to have killed an alleged criminal, identified as Gulab Jatoi, during an encounter. According to SIU officials, the raid was conducted on a tip-off at the criminals' hideaway near Super Highway.

At least eight persons, including seven Levies personnel and one militant were killed, while ten others, including a Spanish tourist, were injured when a militant kidnapping bid was foiled in Darin Garh area of Koshak in Mastung District.

A militant and a Levies official were killed during an operation launched by SFs, including Police, Levies and Frontier Corps in Darin Garh area.

Armed militants torched one NATO container carrying equipment in the Western Bypass area of Quetta. A police official who requested anonymity said that the militants opened fire at the NATO container which was on its way from Kandahar in Afghanistan to Port Qasim in Karachi (Sindh). However, the driver and cleaner managed to escape unhurt.

Unidentified militants opened fire at an anti-polio team in Bukhari Muhalla area of Sibi District. However, no casualties were reported. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for either of the attacks.

A cleric, identified as Maulana Qazi Azizullah Athar, was shot dead in front of Committee Bagh near DHQ Hospital in FR Tank.

A Sikh, identified as Bhagwan Singh, was shot dead by unidentified militants while he was on his way home in Tangi Bazaar area of Charsadda District. Tangi Police Official Noorullah said that Singh owned a medicine shop in the bazaar for many years and had no dispute with anyone.

Two people, including an anti-polio lady health supervisor and her driver were injured when unidentified militants attacked the anti-polio team in Bahal area of Bhakkar District.

The Sabzi Mandi Police claimed to have arrested two extortionists, identified as Asif Khan and Dost Muhammad, and recovered extorted money from them. A police team headed by Industrial Area SP Muhammad Hassan Iqbal arrested both of them for extorting money from traders.

FC IG Major General Ejaz Shahid while briefing the Senate's Standing Committee said that 360 paramilitary personnel were martyred in Balochistan since 2007. IG FC said those fighting with Security Forces should not be called as 'enraged elements' but as 'militants'. Major General Ejaz Shahid said the FC arrested a politician from Quetta and recovered 1.5 tones of explosive material.

He further warned the Government that lack of equipment and scarcity of funds may deal a devastating blow to his force's fight against separatists in Balochistan. "We are struggling to establish the writ of the government along Balochistan's western border. We are quite far away from even playing the national anthem in state-run schools in Panjgur, Turbat [Kech] and adjacent cities in Makran Division," he said.

January 23

At least six persons were killed and eight injured when a bomb exploded in a vehicle at a car workshop near Scheme Chowk area of Peshawar, the provincial capital of KP.

BDS defused a five-kilogram bomb planted near an under-construction flyover on Charsadda road of Peshawar. A Police source said that the BDS was called in after information of a bomb was received.

The driver of Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre ambulance service, identified as Muhammad Ali (30), was killed and the patient in the ambulance, identified as Waseem Abbas, suffered gunshots in a targeted attack near the Federal Urdu University in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town campus in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

A Bohra community member, identified as Mufasil Zohaib (35), was shot dead at his stationery shop at Jhatpat Market in Lyari Town.

Two Policemen, identified as Constables Rab Nawaz (35), and Abdul Hafeez (28), were injured when an IED exploded near a mobile van of the Jamshed Quarters Police Station in Lasbela Morr of Jamshed Town. BDS officials said that the IED had been hidden in the ground.

Two Policemen, identified as Constables Rab Nawaz (35), and Abdul Hafeez (28), were injured when an IED exploded near a mobile van of the Jamshed Quarters Police Station in Lasbela Morr of Jamshed Town. BDS officials said that the IED had been hidden in the ground.

Karachi Police and personnel from the CID arrested 93 suspects during raids conducted in different areas of the city on June 23. According to a statement issued, Police arrested 93 suspects, including 25 absconders and three robbers, during 104 raids and eight encounters.

A court in Rawalpindi sentenced a self-proclaimed prophet to death on January 23 after convicting him of blasphemy. Additional District and Sessions judge Naveed Iqbal also imposed a fine of PKR 1 million on Mohammad Asghar, a 65-year-old British national.

The section reads: "Whoever by words, either spoken or written, or by visible representation or by any imputation, innuendo, or insinuation, directly or indirectly, defiles the sacred name of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, shall be punished with death or imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable to fine."

After killing thousands of members of various state organs, as well as others, the violent TTP has decided to extend its war by declaring the country's media as "party" to the conflict. For the first time since its inception in 2005, the outfit has not only issued a fatwa (religious edict) against the media but has also prepared a media hit-list - a copy of which is available with Dawn.

"Murjif is someone who engages in propaganda against Muslims during a war between Islam and disbelief," explains Sheikh Khalid Haqqani, 'deputy chief' of the TTP and one of the main authors of this fatwa. "Muqatil is someone who incites disbelievers and their allies to act against Muslims while the third category includes those who corrupt Muslim society through different means such as replacing the Islamic ideology with secular ideologies." "The media has continuously been lying about us and about our objectives," Haqqani added.

The Government has decided in principle to launch a military operation against anti-State groups and the PM will announce the operation in the next session of parliament. The decision was taken during a high-level meeting, chaired by PM Nawaz Sharif, on internal security following a wave of deadly bombings in the country.

President Mamnoon Hussain has summoned the National Assembly's eighth session on January 27. According to officials, the Government is likely to promulgate the Protection of Pakistan (Amendment) Ordinance 2014 and debate options for dealing with the threat of militancy.

US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard G Olson said that United States will be supportive of Pakistan whatever course of action it takes against the Taliban and other terrorist groups. Olson said it was the internal matter of Pakistan whether to take military action against the Taliban or to hold peace talks with them.

Officials used a secret counterterrorism fund to buy wedding gifts, luxury carpets and gold jewellery for relatives of Ministers and visiting dignitaries, according to documents seen by AFP. The revelations cast a spotlight on high-level corruption in Pakistan as the impoverished but nuclear-armed country battles a surge in Taliban violence. The NCMC received some 425 million rupees (USD 4.3 million) from Government coffers from 2009-2013, according to files obtained by Umar Cheema, an investigative journalist for Daily News, and seen by AFP. During that time the Federal Minister of Interior was headed by Rehman Malik, a flamboyant loyalist of former President Asif Ali Zardari's PPP.

Many of the documents deal with payments to intelligence sources, routine maintenance of vehicles and overtime for employees. But the files also include receipts for gifts for US and British embassy officials, as well as flowers and sweets for journalists. One receipt for 70,000 rupees (USD 700) is itemized as a "Pair of wrist watches for marriage of nephew of minister for interior".

Islamabad ATC, hearing the case of seven men, including LeT 'commander' Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, charged with involvement in the Mumbai attacks has adjourned the hearing till January 29. According to court sources, a banker of Muslim Commercial Bank Gujranwala District, some 80 km from Lahore, testified in the Islamabad anti-terrorism court on January 22 declaring that one of the accused had made transactions.

A three-judge Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja suggested setting up of a fund for assisting the needy whose near and dear ones have gone missing and they appear in courts regularly to pursue their cases.

The suggestion came during the proceedings of a missing person's case instituted on the application of one Saadia Bibi whose husband Khawar Mehmood went missing from Fort Abbas in Bahawalnagar District of Punjab on June 26, 2013.

Pakistan ruled out the possibility of releasing Doctor Shakil Afridi, who had helped the CIA in tracking down slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden at the request of the US. "There is no possibility of Dr Shakil Afridi's release at the US' request. The matter is sub judice," said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Tasnim Aslam. Her reaction came in response to a recent move by US Congress withholding USD33 million aid for Pakistan until the release of Afridi. "If the courts exonerate him, that would be a different matter. But he has been convicted and the review process is taking place," she said.

In response to a question, Tasnim said that Pakistan might raise the issue of linking aid with Afridi's release at the upcoming ministerial level strategic dialogue scheduled to take place in Washington next week. "This issue [of Afridi] could be taken up in the context of the linkage that has been made between the allocation of USD33 million with Dr Shakil Afridi's detention," she said.

A spokesman of the Government said that Maulana Sami-ul-Haq, the head of JUI-S, had not been given any "specific mission" by the Government regarding measures to address the issue of terrorism. He said, "Instead, he was asked in general to use his good offices and cooperation in this regard". He dispelled the impression created by the Maulana that the Government had not paid heed to him. "Even three weeks after the meeting, he did not inform (the Government) about any progress," the spokesman added.

The Prime Minister's House also clarified that the Government had not tasked the JUI-S chief with initiating dialogue process with TTP. The statement issued by the Prime Minister's House denied that the prime minister had assigned the Maulana any task to initiate dialogue with Taliban militants.

Sami-ul-Haq on January 22, 2014 announced that he was dissociating himself from the proposed peace talks between TTP and the Government, saying the Centre was not serious in holding dialogue. He said that the Prime Minister had assigned him the task of initiating talks with Taliban and the process of dialogue had begun on January 1, 2014.

January 24

District President of PPP, identified as Mujeebur Rehman (50), was shot dead in a targeted attack near Banaras Chowk in Peerabad locality of Orangi Town in provincial capital Karachi.

A torture-marked unidentified dead body of a man was found from Supper Highway within the limits of Gadap City Police Station in Gadap Town. Police while quoting initial investigation said that unidentified assailants kidnapped the victim and later threw his body after torturing him to death.

Lyari gangster, identified as Akbar Baloch alias Dada, was killed in retaliatory firing during encounter with law enforcers in Nawlane area of Kalakot in Lyari Town. However, the remaining suspects managed to escape. Police claimed to have recovered a Kalashnikov and hand grenade from his possession. According to SHO Shahjahan Baloch the gangster was wanted in 26 cases including target killings of Policemen, extortion and kidnapping-for-ransom.

A Policeman, identified as Kashif, and three passersby were injured when unidentified militants hurled a hand grenade at Civic Centre within the vicinity of Aziz Bhatti Police Station in Guslahn-e-Iqbal Town.

At least 23 crackers attacks were reported in different parts of the province, including Hyderabad, Dadu, Larkana, Jamshoro and Karachi Districts soon after the Sindh's nationalist party, JSMM, gave a strike call across Sindh for January 25, 2014 (today) against the recent statement of MQM Chief Altaf Hussain over partition of Sindh. At least seven attacks were carried out in Hyderabad, eight in Jamshoro, three in Dadu, two in Matiari District and three in Karachi. However, no injuries were reported in any of the attacks.

The Hyderabad and Jamshoro Police claimed to have arrested four suspects of JSMM. According to Hyderabad SSP Syed Irfan Bahadur, a party activist Kamran Bughio was arrested along with a cracker and a pamphlet. Jamshoro SSP Syed Wasee Hyder also claimed that three suspects had been arrested - two from Jamshoro's Kotri town and the third one, Mukhtiar laghari, from Sehwan.

A District Security Branch official, identified as Muhammad Sabir, was shot dead by unidentified assailants while he was travelling on Swabi-Mardan Road in Swabi District.

A Medical Officer at Gandaf Basic Health Unit, identified as Doctor Yar Muhammad, was shot dead by unidentified militants at his private clinic in Topi Bazaar of Swabi District.

The office of the Expanded Programme for Immunisation and three rooms of a dental block in the District Headquarters Hospital were destroyed in a bomb explosion in Swabi District. The Police believe that unidentified militants detonated the bomb which was kept inside the DHQ hospital.

PDMA chief Tahir Orakzai said that at least six thousand families have moved out of North Waziristan Agency of FATA after the Government forces began retaliating to the recent militant attacks on national security installations.

At least six people were injured when a bomb targeting the van of FC exploded near a petrol pump on Sariab Road in Quetta, provincial capital of Balochistan. According to the sources, the SFs vehicle remained undamaged while glasses of nearby shops smashed as a result of the blast.

SFs detained at least 25 suspects during a full scale operation in Kanak and Derringer areas of Mastung District. The operation was by SFs, which included personnel from the FC, Police, the ATF, Levies and recruits from Balochistan Constabulary.

Officials said that Pakistan suspended buses carrying Shia Muslim pilgrims from travelling through Balochistan Province to neighbouring Iran due to security concerns. "We have temporarily suspended the movement of buses on the highway until the security situation improves," a senior official of the Provincial Government said.

A high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and attended by Army Chief General Raheel Sharif and other senior officials discussed and decided that the Government is all set to launch a ground offensive in North Waziristan Agency in FATA.

One official, who asked to remain anonymous, disclosed that there was a 'greater realisation' among all stakeholders that certain groups will never enter into dialogue and will have to be dealt with the use of force. Sources said the decision to initiate a ground offensive in March is believed to be taken on account of the challenge posed by the harsh winter in North Waziristan to security personnel operating in the Agency.

"We [the army] have the capacity and the will to eliminate all such groups which are not willing to reconcile," said the official. One retired officer, who is still closely connected with the security establishment, said the Haqqanis by now probably understand that the operation in North Waziristan is inevitable. "The Haqqanis have strongholds in Afghanistan's three provinces and they will definitely move out of North Waziristan before the start of any operation," the retired Army Officer said.

The US Secretary of Defence signed an authorisation for the payment of USD 352 million to Pakistan under Coalition Support Fund.

US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson‚ during his meeting with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in Islamabad‚ said the Congress has been notified and the amount is expected to be released to Pakistan by February 6, 2014.

January 25

At least 12 persons were killed in separate incidents in Karachi (Karachi District), the provincial capital of Sindh. Unidentified assailants, riding motorcycles, attacked a Police van near Afaq House in Landhi town with a hand grenade and opened fire on the other. The attacks left six Policemen injured who later succumbed to the injuries at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre.

A worker of the PPP and a boy were shot dead near Sindhi Hotel in the Liaquatabad Police Station.

An ASI, identified as Sabir Ali, was shot dead in Taiser Town in the jurisdiction of Surjani Town Police Station.

An activist of MQM was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Orangi Town.

Two dead bodies were found from near Rasbella Bridge in the Gulbahar Police Station.

Four militants were killed and seven others arrested by the Balochistan FC during a search operation in Shabood area of Panjgur District. A huge cache of weapons, abducted children and weapons were also recovered from the custody of militants.

January 26

Around 25 dead bodies were found buried in the Totak area of Khuzdar District in Balochistan. Digging is under way to locate more bodies, according to Deputy Commissioner Abdul Waheed Shah. He said that the bodies were dumped in different areas.

Two bullet-riddled bodies of two men were found in Basima area of Washuk District. Bodies were shifted to the hospital for autopsy and identification," Levies officials said, adding that the victims were 25 to 30 years old.

A gas pipeline was blown up in Dera Bugti District disrupting the gas-supply to the Sui plant from well number 15 in Pir Koh gas field. A Levies official said that unidentified miscreants had planted an explosive device on the 16 inch-diameter pipeline in Pir Koh gas field.

Six children were killed and one injured while playing with a hand grenade in Babar Mela area of Hangu town (Hangu District) in KP. The children, aged seven to 12, were playing near their house in the town of Hangu when the grenade exploded, local Police Chief Iftikhar Ahmed said.

Unidentified assailants shot dead a member of the peace body at Rang Mohalla area of Swat District. The sources said the member, Salman Khan, was on his way home when unidentified assailants opened fire on him at Rang Mohalla, killing him on the spot.

Also in the Swat District, Police arrested three militants and recovered arms from them in the Barikot tehsil. Sources said that after receiving information, a Police party of the Barikot Police Station raided some houses at Kota Abuha village and arrested three militants identified as Asghar Khan, Fazal Rabi and Akbar Ali.

Two unidentified militants shot dead a Policeman standing guard outside a Hindu temple in Jhanda Bazar area of Peshawar, the provincial capital of KP, and fled the scene on a motorcycle.

Unidentified assailants hurled a hand-grenade into a house at Wanda Khaliq Shah in the limits of Bandkoorai Police Station in Dera Ismail Khan town of same District. However, it caused no casualty.

The Police arrested 11 suspected persons in a search operation in Dera Ismail Khan town. The sources said a Police team led by Assistant Superintendent of Police Sadiq Hussain Baloch launched a search operation at Dera town and arrested 11 suspected persons, whose identity could not be ascertained. The Police recovered arms, including two guns, pistol and several cartridges, from their possession.

The anti-polio campaign in KP has been postponed due to security concerns, officials said. According to reports, the campaign, which was postponed after attacks on polio worker, will start from next Sunday (February 2).

Following serious threats to the immunisation workers, around 3,500 Policemen will be deployed during coming campaign in Peshawar as part of unprecedented security to be provided to the volunteers. "There will be 3,000 to 3,500 Policemen deployed during each immunisation campaign," CCPO Ijaz Ahmad said.

Two suspected persons were shot dead by Kotwali CIA in an alleged encounter in the Shadbagh area of Lahore, the provincial capital of Punjab.

At least 82 suspects were arrested during the continuing targeted action in Karachi (Karachi District), the provincial capital of Sindh. According to officials, Police conducted a raid in different parts of Landhi after the killing of six police officials in the area and arrested 26 suspects.

The Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah said that Pakistan Protection Ordinance is to curb the terrorists and to control the miscreants who believe in creating chaos and fear among the masses through crackers and hand grenades.

The TTP 'spokesman' Shahidullah Shahid said that it once again offers 'serious' and 'meaningful' dialogue to the Government. The TTP, however, demanded that the Government ensure a "conducive environment" for talks. In a statement, TTP 'spokesman' Shahidullah Shahid expressed TTP's desire to hold "serious and meaningful talks" with the Government.

The President Mamnoon Hussain said the Army is fully ready for an operation against the terrorists, and only awaiting a green signal from the Government. Talking to a senior journalist, the President regretted obduracy on TTP's part which, he said, had hampered the Government's sincere efforts for dialogue.

KP CM Pervez Khattak said his party would oppose a military operation if the Government failed to implement the resolution of the All-Party Conference regarding talks with militants.

JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has called upon the Government to stop using force against militants and hold negotiations for restoring peace in the country. Addressing a large public meeting in Hashtnagri on the G.T. Road on January 26, the Maulana said his party set up a Fata jirga which could play an effective role if all other efforts for peace in KP and the tribal region failed.

Thousands of people have fled their homes in North Waziristan Agency of FATA fearing a military offensive against Taliban insurgents is imminent, residents and officials said. Residents said some 1,500 families or about 13,000 people left their villages around the towns of Mir Ali and Miranshah, to migrate to relatively safe areas outside the tribal areas in Bannu, Dera Ismail Khan and Peshawar.

January 27

A Policeman was killed and four others were injured when an explosion targeted a Police vehicle in the Gomal area of Tank District in KP. Tank Police Control said the Police mobile van was targeted with a remote controlled IED and the vehicle was badly damaged. SHO Gomal Police Station Jameel Khan was killed by the explosion, officials said. Police said the injured Policemen were Shafiullah, Asmatullah, Irfan, and driver Allauddin.

Unidentified militants attacked the house of Senator Saleh Shah Qureshi of the JUI-F in Gomal area. However, there was no loss of life.

The bodies of three persons were found in Badhaber area on the outskirts of Peshawar, the capital of KP. Police officials said the victims were affiliated with Mian Mushtaq, an ANP leader who was gunned down in the same locality a couple of weeks ago.

The officials warned that the TTP may be planning attacks on tourists in Chitral District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan. "The Interior Ministry has officially informed Gilgit-Baltistan that the Pakistani Taliban can strike the region," a senior official of the Gilgit Baltistan administration said on condition of anonymity.

Two brothers affiliated with PTI, identified as Mohammad Ibrahim and Mohammad Riaz, were shot dead during a robbery in Qasba Colony within the precincts of Peerabad Police Station in SITE Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

An alleged criminal, identified as Tahir Mehmood Khokhar alias Pappu, was killed while two Rangers personnel, identified as Rashid and Zaheer, and two passersby, Abu Zar and Altaf were wounded during an encounter in their hideout in Karnal Basti area of Old Sabzi Mandi within the limits of PIB Colony Police Station in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town.

A former assistant producer at Samaa TV, identified as Syed Mohammad Arif Rizvi, was picked up by Rangers on January 20, 2014, and his family is still looking for his whereabouts.

Law enforcers claimed to have detained around 101 criminals during 98 raids and eleven encounters across Karachi. According to the officials nine dacoits, 36 suspects under Arm Ordinance, seven under Narcotics Act, 12 absconders and 35 others criminals were among the detainees. Weapons and drugs were also recovered from their possession.

A Policeman was killed and four others were injured when an explosion targeted a Police vehicle in the Gomal area of Tank District in KP. Tank Police Control said the Police mobile van was targeted with a remote controlled IED and the vehicle was badly damaged. SHO Gomal Police Station Jameel Khan was killed by the explosion, officials said. Police said the injured Policemen were Shafiullah, Asmatullah, Irfan, and driver Allauddin.

Unidentified militants attacked the house of Senator Saleh Shah Qureshi of the JUI-F in Gomal area. However, there was no loss of life.

The bodies of three persons were found in Badhaber area on the outskirts of Peshawar, the capital of KP. Police officials said the victims were affiliated with Mian Mushtaq, an ANP leader who was gunned down in the same locality a couple of weeks ago. Sources said that some unidentified persons, dressed up in security personnel uniforms, had picked the three men from their homes. The men were later found shot dead with their hands and feet tied with ropes.

The Rawalpindi Police claimed to have arrested 34 Afghan nationals under Section 14 of the Foreign Act during search operations, while 12 other suspects were also arrested. According to a Rawalpindi Police Spokesman, the search operations were conducted on the special directives of RPO, Akhtar Umar Hayat against Afghan nationals residing illegally in the city. The operations were conducted in different areas of the city under the supervision of Senior Superintendent Police (operations).

The officials warned that the TTP may be planning attacks on tourists in Chitral District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan. "The Interior Ministry has officially informed Gilgit-Baltistan that the Pakistani Taliban can strike the region," a senior official of the Gilgit Baltistan administration said on condition of anonymity. "The Interior Ministry has warned of suicide bombings and attacks on tourists in the region." Another official, also speaking anonymously, confirmed the warning. Police in Gilgit Baltistan said they were not aware of any specific threat by the Pakistani Taliban but were remaining vigilant. "We have enhanced security as part of a routine exercise, keeping in mind the latest bout of violence throughout the country," the Deputy Chief of Gilgit Baltistan Police, Sher Ali said.

In the trial of former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf, the prosecution rejected Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology's medical report as hypothetical, inconclusive and unsatisfactory. "The report contains conjectures and hypothetical situations, which are inapplicable to the accused and as such do not deserve a serious consideration," said the prosecution in its written objection.

It said the Special Court had directed the constitution of a medical board comprising senior doctors of the AFIC to verify Musharraf's state of health in light of his continuous non-appearance before this Special court. "The instant medical report, with respect to any outcomes, is virtually a duplication of the previous medical report dated January 7, 2014. The findings of the medical report are inconclusive and deliberately vague," it said.

It further said that the court did not gain anything from this second medical report. "Rather the time of the court had recklessly been wasted at the cost of the reputation of a premier institution of cardiac disease," it added. "Even if the accused needs medical supervision that does not render him unable to make attendance before this Special Court and it is now manifest that the accused is prolonging stay in hospital in order to evade the judicial process," it added.

Federal Minister for Interior, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan apprised the National Assembly that the Government was decisively consulting all stakeholders including the politicians and security agencies to heed afresh offer of dialogue from TTP. "As the nation seemed to be forging unity on the issue of terrorism, they once again showed willingness for dialogue. We will have to decide as how to move forward. But for this, we should set aside our political motives and associations," he said.

The PTI Chief Imran Khan extended support to the Government on countering terrorism but demanded repeatedly to take all political forces in the country into confidence on the progress. "I second the stance of Chaudhry Nisar. His sincerity to resolve the issue is above board. Terrorism has been swelling over last nine years and it is a complicated issue," he said in National Assembly in response to the Interior Minister's speech.

TTP 'spokesman' Shahidullah Shahid stressed the need for taking serious steps instead of indulging in politics of allegations and deceit. In a statement, the TTP spokesman warned that the country could descend into severe chaos in case wars continued to be waged against tribes. He regretted that similar to the previous regimes the incumbent Government also used the option of negotiations as a weapon for war.

PM Nawaz Sharif said that we have to rebuild the image of Pakistan as a peace-loving country and this can be achieved only through hard work and combined efforts of all the stakeholders, including parliamentarians, civil society, executive, judiciary and defence forces. Prime Minister Nawaz said that the Government would take every possible step to bring peace and stability in the country to save the future generations. "Without eliminating terrorism and extremism, we cannot place Pakistan on fast track of development," the PM said.

PM Nawaz Sharif said that we have to rebuild the image of Pakistan as a peace-loving country and this can be achieved only through hard work and combined efforts of all the stakeholders, including parliamentarians, civil society, executive, judiciary and defence forces. Prime Minister Nawaz said that the Government would take every possible step to bring peace and stability in the country to save the future generations. "Without eliminating terrorism and extremism, we cannot place Pakistan on fast track of development," the PM said.

US Secretary of State John Kerry told Pakistan it had the potential to become a future economic tiger as he backed reforms and inclusion of women and minorities. The US and Pakistan were meeting for the first time since October 2010 for their "strategic dialogue."

January 28

Police defused a half-kilogram bomb in the Bhana Mari area of Peshawar, provincial capital of KP. According to the Police, the bomb was installed near the Ghazi Baba shrine next to a house. The BDS said a timer was fitted with the bomb.

A woman was killed and her two daughters were injured when two landmine explosions occurred in the Sarsarang area of Upper Kurram Agency of FATA.

Thousands of villagers have fled their homes in North Waziristan Agency, fearing a major military operation by armed forces after they said dozens of people had been killed in air strikes targeting Taliban militants on January 21, 2014. Fearing another offensive by armed forces, a wave of refugees left the region to take shelter in schools, private homes and veterinary clinics in areas FR Bannu and FR Dera Ismail Khan on the edge of the tribal belt.

Police killed a suspect, who was allegedly involved in murders and extortion, during an encounter at Sukhia Ground in Old Sabzi mandi area of Jamshed Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

Rangers' personnel conducted a targeted operation in different areas of Karachi and arrested 29 suspects, including Lyari gang-war elements and criminals affiliated with political groups as well as members of defunct groups involved in heinous crimes.

Police defused a half-kilogram bomb in the Bhana Mari area of Peshawar, provincial capital of KP. According to the Police, the bomb was installed near the Ghazi Baba shrine next to a house. The BDS said a timer was fitted with the bomb.

Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani said that it was clear from the Supreme Court's July 31, 2009, verdict that the constitution was violated by imposition of emergency on November 3, 2007. A 14-member larger Supreme Court bench, headed by the Chief Justice, was hearing the review petition filed by former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf against the Supreme Court verdict which maintained the sacking of superior court judges and other actions taken by him, under imposition of emergency, null and void.

People like the late al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden do not die but stay alive in the hearts of people, stated JeI Ameer Syed Munawar Hasan in Islamabad. Hasan added that death of the al Qaeda leader was considered a big victory for 60 per cent of the countries around the world, but the US is afraid that bin Laden will come back alive after the withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan.

PM Nawaz Sharif during a meeting with COAS General Raheel Sharif said that no decision on launching an offensive in NWA FATA would be taken without consensus of all stakeholders and any such decision would be taken in the best national interest. Sources said the Prime Minister exchanged views with the COAS on matters of national security, future course of action over dialogue with the Taliban, Karachi operation, missing persons and other issues. Nawaz Sharif said, "Cancer of terrorism needs to be treated before it eats up our country". He said that no concession would be given to those who challenge the writ of the state and are creating lawlessness in the country.

JUI-S chief Maulana Sami-ul-Haq opposed a military operation against the Taliban and said the government "does not seem serious for dialogue with the Taliban". A military operation never resolves problems but it multiplies them, he said. He said that dialogue with the Taliban was the only way to restore peace in the country, adding that Nawaz Sharif has apparently been stopped from holding talks with the TTP.

January 29

Unidentified militants killed a journalist, Bakht Taj Yousafzai, affiliated with a Mardan District Newspaper, in Bakhshali village of Mardan District. Yousafzai was abducted while he was travelling to a pharmacy. Police found his body dumped near a canal in the village.

Unidentified persons fired two rockets at the Miran Sugar Mills in Dera Ismail Khan town (Dera Ismail Khan District) in the night. Sources said that unidentified persons had been demanding extortion money from the owner. It was reportedly the second attack at the sugar mills.

The KP Government approved two draft ordinances to check the movement of suspected militants, according to an official statement. In view of the repeated incidents of terrorism in the province, the provincial Government has laid down certain rules for guests in hotels and in private residences, the statement said.

Five persons were killed in simultaneous attacks in the North Nazimabad Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Two Rangers and the security guard of a nearby telephone exchange were killed while two passersby were wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the main entrance of the Headquarters of Pakistan Rangers Sacchal Wing.

A bomb, planted by the roadside under the Nazimabad No 7 flyover, exploded but resulted in no casualties. However, 15 minutes later, as Rangers and Police personnel were collecting evidence from the site, the second bomb exploded. One Ranger was killed while four other Rangers, a Policeman, rescue worker and bystander were injured in the blast.

TTP 'spokesman' Shahidullah Shahid claimed responsibility for the attacks.

At least 16 people, including a local leader of the ANP, were injured in a series of three explosions that took place in the Mohammadpur area of Qasba Colony in SITE Town. Police sources said that Mohammad Ali, a local ANP, appeared to have been the target of the attack and that the incident seemed to be a result of personal enmity. However, other angles are to be investigated.

Orangi Town Pilot Project's head on research and training, Saleem Alimuddin, was injured after his car came under a bomb attack in the Peerabad area of Orangi Town. He was returning home from his office when unidentified militants hurled a low intensity IED at his car near Pashtun Bazaar in Peerabad. This was the third attack on officials associated with the OPP.

Shia leader and a member of the Jamia Ali Akbar Trust, identified as Ghulam Mustafa, was shot dead by unidentified militants near his house in the Khanpur area of Rahim Yar Khan District. He was accompanied by his friend Kafayatullah, who remained unharmed. The incident was followed by several protest rallies organised by members of the Shia community.

Unidentified militants killed a journalist, Bakht Taj Yousafzai, affiliated with a Mardan District Newspaper, in Bakhshali village of Mardan District. Yousafzai was abducted while he was travelling to a pharmacy. Police found his body dumped near a canal in the village.

Unidentified persons fired two rockets at the Miran Sugar Mills in Dera Ismail Khan town (Dera Ismail Khan District) in the night. Sources said that unidentified persons had been demanding extortion money from the owner. It was reportedly the second attack at the sugar mills.

The KP Government approved two draft ordinances to check the movement of suspected militants, according to an official statement. In view of the repeated incidents of terrorism in the province, the provincial Government has laid down certain rules for guests in hotels and in private residences, the statement said. Chief Minister Pervez Khattak signed the KP Hotel Restriction (security) Ordinance 2014 and KP Rent Restriction (security) Ordinance 2014 and sent them to Governor Shaukatullah Khan for formal issuance and promulgation.

Militants blew up two gas pipelines in the Pir Koh area and near the Loti gas field in Dera Bugti District, suspending gas supply from well no 41 and 3 respectively. BRA claimed responsibilities for the attacks.

Balochistan High Court gave an order allowing JWP's provincial chief Shahzain Bugti to go to Dera Bugti. "The Government of Dr Abdul Malik Baloch had ordered law-enforcement agencies to provide foolproof security to the convoy and allow it to enter Dera Bugti safely," a senior official said.

The administration of an oil refinery in Rawalpindi District of Punjab has received a threatening letter from terrorist outfit demanding USD five million as Bhatta, the intelligence agency sources said. The terrorists asked the administration of the oil refinery to pay the amount within three days otherwise the refinery would be blown up, the sources maintained.

Sharifuddin Pirzada, former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf's leading counsel in the review petition against the Supreme Court's July 31, 2009, judgment, said that ex-Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry's hostility towards Musharraf influenced July 31, 2009, judgment against Musharraf. "There was hostility between General Musharraf and former Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry. The judge who influenced others was chief justice Chaudhry," he added.

PM Nawaz Sharif announced a new four-member non-political team to help Government in its efforts for peace with TTP. "Entire nation will stand by Government if it decides to eliminate terrorists by force, I know it. However, we want to give peace another chance since offer of talks has come from the other side," the PM told the National Assembly. The committee announced by the PM comprises his Adviser on National Affairs Irfan Siddiqui, Major (retired) Aamir, senior journalist Rahimullah Yousafzai and former ambassador to Afghanistan Rustam Shah Mohmand - two journalists, one former intelligence man and a former diplomat.

Welcoming Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's decision to form a four-member committee for talks, TTP 'spokesperson' Shahidullah Shahid said that the peace can be achieved if dialogue is carried out in every sense of the word, avoiding blame games and politics of deception. He reiterated that the TTP had always wanted to resolve disputes through dialogue.

US President Barack Obama has declared that he has imposed "prudent limits" on the use of drones that target militants in Pakistan's tribal areas. Obama linked the use of drones to America's efforts to "actively and aggressively pursue terrorist networks" but said that the time had come for reviewing the policies that began after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the US soil. He also outlined his plan to wind down the war in Afghanistan by removing most troops and completing the mission by the end of this year.

A BBC report named two men allegedly involved in senior MQM leader Imran Farooq's murder on September 16, 2010. The report revealed information about their stay in the UK. The British media also claimed that the UK prosecutors have demanded of the Pakistani Government to trace the men. However, later, news channels reported that Karachi City Police Chief Shahid Hayat said the Police do not have any record of the arrest of the two suspects.

January 30

Two persons, Rashid (11) and Tufail (20), were shot dead at Urmar area of Peshawar (Peshawar District), the provincial capital of KP. Police said unknown motorcyclists opened fire on Rashid and Tufail, when they were going for treatment to a private clinic at Urmar area.

A Policeman, Head Constable Muhammad Tahir, who had sustained injuries in an attack in Khazana area of Peshawar on January 29, succumbed to his injuries.

Two unidentified men were killed in an incident of firing on Superhighway in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

Caretaker, identified as Akbar Hussain (30) of an Imambargah, was shot dead when unidentified militants opened fire at him in Ajmer Nagri area of North Karachi in New Karachi Town.

One Mansoor Ali, was killed when unidentified armed assailants opened fire at him in Gulshan-e-Bihar Colony area of Orangi Town.

Unidentified assailants shot dead an unidentified man at Northern Bypass in Manghopir area of Gadap Town.

Two children were killed when a toy bomb they were playing with accidently exploded in the Zakhakhel Bazaar area of Landikotal tehsil in Khyber Agency of FATA.

Two persons, Rashid (11) and Tufail (20), were shot dead at Urmar area of Peshawar (Peshawar District), the provincial capital of KP. Police said unknown motorcyclists opened fire on Rashid and Tufail, when they were going for treatment to a private clinic at Urmar area.

A Policeman, Head Constable Muhammad Tahir, who had sustained injuries in an attack in Khazana area of Peshawar on January 29, succumbed to his injuries.

A house was partially damaged in an explosion at Mohallah Sakligaranwali in Dera Ismail Khan town. However, it caused no loss of life. Lodging a case with the City Police Station, owner of the house, Yasir Abbas said unidentified persons were demanding PKR three million through telephone. "I flatly refused to pay the extortion and the accused triggered an explosion beside my house when I woke up for Fajr (Morning) prayer," he added.

A person was killed and 12 others were injured when a bomb explosion occurred destroying a pickup truck at a petrol pump in Naseerabad District. "A pickup was waiting in a queue for its turn to fill petrol at a pump when suddenly a bomb exploded in it," local Police Official Jan Muhammad said.

Unidentified militants shot dead a worker, identified as Bakht Muhammad of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party, while he was on his way to home with his colleague on the Bypass Road area of Qilla Abdullah District. However, his friend remained unhurt.

Geo News received a video of January 22, 2014 attack on Levies force, escorting Spanish cyclist in Darin Garh area of Mastung District. The video shows Levies personnel engaged in firing with militants. It also shows occurring of the blast during the attack.

PM Nawaz Sharif directed the authorities to form a committee for initiating reconciliation process and negotiations with disgruntled Baloch nationalists. He said the committee should be constituted in consultation with the political leadership of Balochistan to initiate peace dialogue with the nationalists as part of the reconciliation process. He said that both civil and military leadership would play a joint role and evolve a comprehensive strategy to restore peace in Balochistan. He also underlined the need for offering job opportunities to angry Baloch youth, besides launching mega development projects to remove the sense of deprivation among people.

The Supreme Court rejected former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf's review petition against its July 31, 2009 judgment which had declared the November 3, 2007 emergency and Provisional Constitutional Order unconstitutional. Dismissing Musharraf's review petition, a 14-member larger bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, said that the reasons of the short order would be recorded later as the court finds that the review petition filed by Musharraf is time-barred and the precedents extinguishable.

The Government told the National Assembly that Pakistan's armed forces would not lower their guard against terrorism and would continue their "high alert" despite a new move for dialogue with Taliban militants. The assurance came from Minister of State for Interior Mohammad Balighur Rehman who said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's announcement of giving the militants "another chance" to a peaceful settlement did not mean that "our forces will become negligent of their mission" and "move back". "That will not happen" and the forces would maintain their "high alert", he said.

Nawaz Sharif gave guidelines for holding negotiations to the four-member committee formed to facilitate talks with TTP militants. The first meeting of the committee, chaired by Sharif, discussed in detail the framework and strategy for the talks. Nawaz Sharif had only one precondition for talks, that there should be no terrorist attacks during negotiations.

TTP 'spokesman' Shahidullah Shahid said that their objective is enforcement of Sharia'h in the country. He said what mattered was enforcement of Sharia'h, "whether through peace or war". He expressed satisfaction over the formation of a four-member team by the Government for talks. He said that a session of the central Shura of the TTP had been in progress since January 29, 2014, on the Government's offer.

PM Nawaz Sharif urged the civil and military leadership to devise a joint strategy to ensure durable peace in Balochistan. During his visit to Corps Headquarters in Quetta Cantonment, he said SFs were playing a commendable role for securing peace and tranquility in the province. He called upon the military and civil leadership to adopt a collective approach in this regard.

CoAS, General Raheel Sharif, Balochistan CM Abdul Malik Baloch, Balochistan Governor Mohammad Khan Achakzai, Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Federal Minister for SAFRON General (retired) Abdul Qadir Baloch were present on the occasion. Southern Command Commander Lieutenant General Nasser Khan Janjua gave a detailed briefing to the prime minister on the overall law and order situation in Balochistan.

Nawaz laid a wreath at the Yadgaar-e-Shuhada to acknowledge the contribution of the martyrs of Army, FC and Police. Addressing the provincial assembly members, he said, "The federal government has already allocated funds amounting to PKR 8 billion for completion of Gwadar-Rato Dero and Khuzdar-Naag highways," he said, adding that work on these projects would be launched soon and completed within a year.

CoAS General Raheel Sharif said that the Pakistan Army would provide maximum assistance in enhancing the capacity of Balochistan Police to ensure peace in the province. General Sharif said another three courses would be run by the Pakistan Army this year for Police and Balochistan Constabulary. Southern Command Commander Lieutenant General Nasir Khan Janjua and other senior officers were also present on the occasion.

Earlier in 2013, Pakistan Army provided 5,000 weapons and 500,000 rounds of ammunition to Balochistan Police besides imparting training to 200 policemen to enhance their capacity in anti-terrorism. The trained force now comprises Anti-Terrorist Force Balochistan, which has displayed good performance in the last few months after the training.

Newly appointed British High Commissioner to Pakistan Philip Barton described terrorism a big challenge for Pakistan and pledged to work jointly with the militancy-torn country to cope with the challenge. The British envoy also pointed at 'weak' judicial system in Pakistan which is often exploited by the terrorist elements to skip the clutches of law. "We are helping Pakistan to make its judicial system effective so that arrested terrorists get convicted," Barton commented. He also outlined his agenda during the expected three-year stay in Pakistan.

January 31

Unidentified assailants killed one person, identified as Professor Azhar Ali Zaidi and injured his wife near the Aysha Manzil area of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

Unknown persons fatally shot ASI, Manzoor in Orangi Town.

Assailants also killed Maulana Akbar Hussain, a prayer leader, in the Manghopir area, and Ikram, a rickshaw driver, near in Orangi Town-12.

The driver of a NATO oil tanker, Syed Nabi Shah, was shot dead by unidentified assailants riding on motorcycles at Bhirya on the Indus Highway in Sukkur town (Sukkur District).

A local leader of ANP, Noor Mohammad, survived a bomb attack in SITE area.

Two people were injured when unidentified persons threw explosives on a Police mobile, busy near Sohrab Goth within the limits of Federal B Industrial Area.

Two people were injured when unidentified persons threw explosives on a Police mobile, busy near Sohrab Goth within the limits of Federal B Industrial Area.

Around 150 people lost their lives in Karachi, due to violence in January, 2014. Karachi remained unstable due to targeted operation with political and religious killings of different people and bomb attacks by extremists and extortionists.

Three FC personnel were killed and four others sustained injuries in a roadside IED explosion near Awaran town (Awaran District) of Balochistan. "The FC vehicle was on a routine patrol from Awaran to Lasbela on the national highway when it was hit by an IED planted by miscreants," Frontier Corps Spokesperson Mohammed Wasay said. The BLF claimed responsibility for the attack.

Two children were killed when a mortar shell went off in Tabay area of Zakhakhel Bazaar in Landikotal tehsil of Khyber Agency in FATA.

The political administration during a search operation recovered four abducted persons, identified as Haji Sabz Ali, Syed Zaman, Rogh Muhammad and Qari Shad and arrested two alleged abductors in Prang Ghar area in Mohmand Agency.

February 1

Four militants were killed in an encounter with the Police during a search operation in Yar Hussain area of Swabi District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Police also claimed to have recovered weapons and explosives after the encounter.

Two Policemen were injured when unidentified motorcycle-mounted attackers hurled a hand grenade at the main gate of Peerabad Police Station located in Orangi Town of Karachi (Karachi District). According to officials, unknown miscreants riding on two motorbikes lobbed a hand grenade at the gate of the Police Station and fled the scene after abandoning their vehicles and weapons.

Police officials in the Federal Capital Islamabad confirmed to have received a bailable arrest warrant for former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf and said the warrant might be served on February 3. A Special Court constituted to try Musharraf for high treason had issued a warrant on January 31, 2014. The court had also ordered the Islamabad Police to submit a compliance report to the court on February 7, 2014. Since the start of the trial, Musharraf has not appeared before the court. The proceedings against him started in December 2013.

Inspector General of Islamabad Police Sikandar Hayat said that Police have received the bailable arrest warrant from the court. Hayat said a Police officer from the force will now serve the warrant to Musharraf. "He will be given two options: either to be arrested or to submit a surety bond for his bail," the Police Chief said. The bond set by the Special Court for Musharraf's pre-arrest bail is PKR 2.5 million.

February 2

At least five persons were killed and 30 others injured in the night when unidentified attackers hurled two grenades at Picture House cinema on Cinema Road near Qissa Khwani Bazaar in Peshawar (Peshawar District), the provincial capital of KP. Police said the attack on the Picture House cinema took place as some 90 people were watching a late night show of the film 'Ziddi Pakhtun'. "At least four people have been killed and 31 injured.

SFs arrested two militants, Zakirullah and Faiz, during a raid in Mardan town (Mardan District). The officials said the raid was conducted on confirmed intelligence reports that the suspected terrorists were planning suicide attacks inside Mardan. Suicide jackets and explosives were recovered from the possession of arrested militants.

A woman, identified as Zulekha (25r), was killed and a man, identified as Sohail (30), was injured during an armed clash between two rival groups in Moosa Lane area of Baghdadi in Lyari Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

A man, identified Mohammad Tanveer (26), was shot dead within the jurisdiction of Mominabad Police Station in Orangi Town. SHO Ahmed Butt said that the victim was a factory worker and hailed from Mansehra District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Pakistan Rangers Sindh claimed to have detained around 23 suspects including suspected militants and gangsters during a targeted operation in Gulshan-e-Ghazi area of Baldia Town. Rangers also recovered weapons from their possession.

The 18-inch-diameter pipeline, supplying gas to Uch power plant, was blown up in Allawariya village of Dera Murad Jamali in Naseerabad District, suspending gas supply to Uch power plant.

Thousands of IDPs, including women and children, who had migrated to Sindh and Punjab because of a military operation in Dera Bugti nine years ago, are waiting at Doli check post and Kashmore District for the Government permission to return home. Having started their journey back home on January 17, 2014 they were stopped at Kashmore District on January 18, 2014. Security officials said they could move ahead only after getting themselves registered.

A massive rally organised in PoK by the banned outfit JeM led by Masood Azhar "raises questions about the state's policy towards militancy", a media report said. About 10,000 people attended the rally organised in PoK capital Muzaffarabad by JeM to launch a book authored by Mohammad Afzal Guru, who was executed on February 9, 2013, for his role in the December 31, 2001, attack on the Indian parliament.

TTP offered to provide security and protection to members of the negotiating committees in areas under its control. In a statement issued to the media TTP 'spokesman' Shahidullah Shahid said the political Shura of Taliban would guide the five-member committee nominated by it. He said that Taliban sincerely wanted peace talks with the Government.

The committee comprises Maulana Sami-ul-Haq, PTI chairman Imran Khan, Lal Masjid Khateeb Maulana Abdul Aziz, Jama'at-e-Islami's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief Prof Muhammad Ibrahim and former MPA Mufti Kifayatullah of the JUI-F.

Federal Minister for Interior Nisar Ali Khan termed Taliban's announcement of dialogue committee a positive development, but said it still needs to be explained what is the mandate and powers of the committee and to what extent the Taliban would follow its decisions. In a statement, the Minister said that there were still some issues which needed to be explained before the dialogue starts formally.

A soldier of the FC, identified as Shana Gul, was shot dead by unidentified motorcyclists in Ghundi area in the Jamrud tehsil of the Khyber Agency in FATA in the night. The sources said that Shana Gul was going home after buying grocery from a local shop when unidentified motorcyclists opened fire on him, leaving him dead.

A four-year-old boy was reported abducted from Samanabad area of Lahore District. Police said that the kidnappers have demanded PKR 500,000 from the family of the child. The father of the abducted boy Shakeel Siddiqui said that his son was playing in front of the house when he was kidnapped.

February 3

Four Police Officers were killed when unidentified militants attacked their vehicle in Ibrahim Hyderi area of Bin Qasim Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

Two suspected TTP militants were shot dead in an encounter in Allahu Akbar Colony of Baldia Town. 

The Anti-Terrorist Wing of CID arrested LeJ militant, identified as Nadeem Iqbal, from North Karachi Town. ATW Chief Mohammed Fayyaz Khan said that the CID Police came under fire in North Karachi and after a shootout Iqbal was arrested.

CID published the picture of the most wanted TTP militant, Azizullah alias Shamzai. According to CID officials, Azizullah is involved in more than 30 cases of target killings of Policemen and bomb attacks. The officials also said that they have been raiding different areas for the arrest of Shamzai and his companions Qari Shakir and Waqeel. CID has also appealed to the Provincial Government to set reward money for the arrest of Shamzai.

Three soldiers were injured in a roadside blast at Kharsar area in Ladha subdivision in South Waziristan Agency. The sources said that a convoy of the SFs was on its way to Asman Manza when an explosive device planted by unidentified militants on the roadside at Kharsar went off and caused injuries to three soldiers.

No loss of life was reported in two roadside bomb attacks on the SFs’ convoys in different parts of North Waziristan Agency. The sources said that unidentified miscreants had planted explosives along the roadside in Khar Qamar area in Dattakhel tehsil and another on the Miranshah-Dattakhel road.

The SFs also defused a roadside bomb in Mir Ali tehsil of North Waziristan Agency.

The political administration of Jamrud tehsil of Khyber Agency placed a ban on display of weapons in Jamrud Bazaar and directed tribesmen to form a committee to curb law and order. Addressing Kokikhel, Mullagori and Jhandakhel tribesmen at Jamrud Jirga Hall, Khyber Agency Political Agent Shahab Ali Shah said the ban is unprecedented in the tribal areas, but was a necessity as Government officials were relentlessly being targeted in the sub-division despite tribes’ assurances of ensuring peace in their areas.

Former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf was served with an arrest warrant at the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology in Rawalpindi District of Punjab, two days after they were issued by a Special Court, formed for his trial. A Special Court constituted to try Musharraf for high treason had issued a warrant, carrying a bail bond of PKR 2.5 million.

The expenditure on his security has crossed the PKR100 million thresholds in just nine months. Over 400 Police and Rangers personnel are guarding him. Police sources say that the extraordinary security given to a single person has taken a heavy toll on the overall performance of the Islamabad Police, which is facing an acute shortage of security staff.

PTI Chairperson Imran Khan will not formally be a part of the TTP peace talks, the party’s Core Committee decided.  However, Rustam Shah Mohmand will represent PTI in the talks. Though Imran Khan won’t be a part of the talks, it was announced that the KP Government will provide full cooperation in carrying out the talks peacefully.

JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that JUI-F will not be part of negotiations with the TTP. JUI-F will support the Government’s effort to establish peace, and if the Government wants the party’s cooperation they will cooperate depending on the need and the situation, he said in his press conference. 

TTP regretted the decision of Imran Khan and JUI-F leader Mufti Kifayatullah to disassociate themselves from the five-member committee it had nominated for talks with the Government. TTP ‘spokesman’ Shahidullah Shahid said over phone from an unspecified location, “We regret the decision of PTI and JUI leaderships about distancing their representatives from the proposed peace talks.”

TTP ‘spokesman’ said that two more names of senior journalist Orya Maqbool Jan and Investigation Editor, The News International, Ansar Abbasi are likely to be finalized soon for its committee tasked to hold talks with the four-member Government-appointed panel, reported The News. He said the names are still being reviewed for nomination.                                            

To this, Ansar Abbasi said he had never had any contact with the Taliban over his becoming part of the talk process. However, he said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had sought his advice in connection with the dialogue and also offered him to join the Government-appointed panel.

PM Nawaz Sharif expressed optimism about the outcome of peace talks with the TTP. “I will personally supervise the talks process, while Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali will assist me,” said the. He added, “It is my utmost desire that the committees formed by the government and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan make headway in the talks.”

President Mamnoon Hussain expressed the hope that dialogue with TTP would start soon as the entire nation was looking towards holding of successful and meaningful talks to ensure lasting peace and security in the country.

Federal Minister of Information Pervaiz Rasheed said that no conditions have so far been set by TTP. Rasheed said both sides have expressed good intentions about talks and hoped that as a result of this Pakistan would become a safe and secure place. He said the PM was overseeing the process of peace and dialogue himself.

The PM Nawaz Sharif and Army Chief General Raheel Sharif exchanged views on the security situation and peace talks with militants. The meeting took place as the teams nominated by the Government and the TTP prepared for the talks.

Federal Minister of Interior, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan told the American Ambassador to Pakistan, Richard Olson that Pakistan’s interests in regional security in the post-2014 scenario must be respected. In a statement the Minister and the American Ambassador discussed issues pertaining to bilateral relations with particular reference to the security situation in the region and review of the recently concluded strategic dialogue.

February 4

At least nine people were killed and over 40, including children and women, were injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a restaurant in the Koocha Risaldar area of Qissa Khawani Bazaar in Peshawar, the provincial capital of KP. 

Unidentified militants shot dead the Provincial President of a Shia organization, Tehreek-Nifaz-e-Fiqah Jafria (TNFJ-Mousavi Group), Syed Asghar Ali Shah (75), in a targeted attack in the Donga Gali near Kohati locality Peshawar.

Two unidentified militants shot dead one Kashif Ali Shah near a local market in the limits of the Cantonment Area in Bannu District.

Unidentified militants shot dead one Naseem Gul in the limits of Domail Police Station in Bannu District.

Two blasts were carried out near Miran Sugar Mills in the Dera Ismail Khan District. However, no casualties were reported.   

Government Primary School in Kanr Colony in the Shabqadar tehsil (revenue unit) of Charsadda District was blown up. However, no casualties were reported.

A Government Girls Primary School at Norar village in the limits of Miryan Police Station in Bannu District was blown up. However, no casualties were reported.

Three unidentified armed assailants opened fire at a Police check post in the Juhi area of Dadu in Sukkur District, killing one Police Officer, identified as Younus Shahani, and injuring another. The incident took place when there were three Police officers on duty at the checkpoint.

A bomb blast on a railway track, ten kilometers outside Ghagar Phatak of provincial capital Sind, Karachi (Karachi District), derailed at least 10 bogeys of the Shalimar Night Coach Express leaving one child dead and at least 20 people injured. A passenger said that they were travelling to Lahore (Punjab) from Karachi.

In an exchange of fire, Rangers killed a suspect in the Mujahid Colony area of North Nazimabad Town in Karachi District. According to officials, two suspects on a motorcycle, who were signalled to stop by Rangers personnel positioned at a nearby check post, started firing at the check post. In retaliation, Rangers personnel also fired, killing one suspect on the spot while his companion managed to escape.

A man, identified as Zulfiqar Jafer, was injured in a ball bomb hurled by unidentified militants on Manghopir Road within the precincts of Orangi Town Police Station. The injured person was receiving threats from extortionists, said Police, adding that assailants attacked on him over refusal to pay the extortion money.

Unidentified militants lobbed a cracker bomb at an oil shop in Qasba Colony area within the jurisdiction of Peerabad Police Station in Orangi Town. However, no casualties were reported in the attack. Police said that the incident occurred over refusal to pay extortion money, however further investigations are underway.

Two persons, identified as Syed Wajid Hussain and Syed Iftikhar Hussain, sustained injuries in a bomb blast in Ali Shari area of Kurram Agency in FATA.

A 12-year-old boy, identified as Syed Razi Shah, was injured in an explosion in Ali Shari area of Kurram Agency.

Pakistan’s former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf “intends” to appear before a Special Court set to try him for high treason, his spokesman Raza Bukhari said, after speculation he could escape trial by going abroad for medical treatment.

According to the press statement, Musharraf wrote on the bail bond “I do not recognize the authority of this special treason court, but I am complying for the greater good of the rule of law.” He said, “It is extremely relevant to note the formation, composition, jurisdiction, impartiality, independence and lawful authority of the special treason court is itself under question and under review in superior courts of Pakistan.”

Former United Kingdom Independence Party Commonwealth spokesperson Mujeebur Rehman Bhutto (35) admitted to being the leader of a kidnapping gang in Pakistan. He confessed to being the ‘boss’ of the gang in order to avoid the risk of being deported to Pakistan and being given the death penalty. He made his confession in 2005 at a UK court and was given a seven-year-sentence.

The planned peace talks with TTP stumbled as they began, with Government negotiators missing a preliminary meeting citing doubts over the militants’ team. Teams representing the Taliban and Government had been due to gather in Islamabad at 2:00 p.m. on February 4 to chart a “roadmap” for talks. But the Government delegation did not show up.

The head of the TTP team, Maulana Sami-ul-Haq, accused the Government of not taking the talks seriously. “Today it has been exposed how serious the Government is about talks,” Haq said, adding, “They are making a joke of talks and joking with the nation. On one side they are saying they are talking to the Taliban and on the other side they are making joke of these talks.”

The TTP’s ‘spokesman’ Shahidullah Shahid said that Haq and his two colleagues had their blessing. “The three-member committee is final now and we have our full confidence in it to hold talks,” he said.

February 5

A local Taliban ‘commander’, Shafiq, and three of his bodyguards were killed when unidentified assailants opened fire on their vehicle on Miranshah-Mir Ali road in the Pir Kallay area of NWA in FATA. Further details regarding the incident were not available as the access of media in the region is restricted due to security worries and Government restrictions.

Four tribesmen were killed by unidentified militants in the Norak area of Mir Ali tehsil in NWA. An official of the political administration said the incident occurred around 6:30pm when four tribesmen, whose identity could not be ascertained, were sitting at a roadside near their houses in Norak.

A JeM militant, identified as Mast Gul, who escaped after Charari Sharief gunfight near Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir in 1995, was seen with TTP militant at a press conference in North Waziristan Agency of FATA, according to The Hindu. Not long after JeM ‘chief’ Maulana Masood Azhar addressed a rally in Muzaffarabad (Pakistan occupied Kashmir) by telephone, Mast Gul, surfaced at the press conference.

Police claimed to have killed an alleged criminal, identified as Javed alias Bakri, during an encounter in New Karachi Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Police also claimed to have recovered a TT pistol and motorbike from his possession.

ASWJ President of District Malir Mohyuddin Shah was injured in a firing incident in the Landhi area of Landhi Town. 

Police claimed to have recovered weapons from Taiser Town near Northern Bypass within the limits of Surjani Police Station in Malir Town. According to Police officials the recovery was made when locals informed Police about some abandoned bags in the area.

BRA claimed responsibility for the February 4, 2014, bomb explosion targeting Lahore-bound Shalimar Express at the main railway track near Karachi. BRA ‘spokesman’ Sarbaz Baloch informed the media in Quetta, “It was a reaction to the killing of political activists and dumping their bodies in Tootak area of Khuzdar District.”

A suspected TTP ‘commander’, identified as Shakir Bhittani along with an Aman committee member, Wahid Jan, were killed during a clash in Kari Hyder Khel village of Tank District in KP in the night. A SF official was also injured in the incident. SFs and Aman committee members carried out a joint raid on the house of Bhittani, who opened fire after seeing his house surrounded. A firefight ensued in which Bhittani and Wahid Jan, were killed. Bhittani was said to be associated with the Bahawal Khan Bhittani faction of TTP, linked with the Haqqani network.

A revenue official, Sohail Ahmad, was allegedly abducted by unidentified militants in Rodi Khel area of Tank District in the night.

A TTP militant, Mufti Hasaan Swati, claiming to be the Peshawar District ‘chief’ of the outfit has accepted responsibility for February 4-evening’s suicide attack at a restaurant in the Koocha Risaldar area of Qissa Khawani Bazaar in Peshawar, the provincial capital of KP. Mufti Hasaan Swati said that the bombing had been carried out to avenge an attack on a seminary in Rawalpindi in November 2013.

The TTP’s ‘central spokesman’ Shahidullah Shahid had earlier stated that his group had nothing to do with the attack. Nine people were killed and over 40, including children and women, were injured in this sectarian attack.

There is no chance of peace in Pakistan until the Government embraces Sharia and US-led forces withdraw completely from Afghanistan, said negotiators representing TTP. Maulana Sami-ul-Haq, the head of the TTP’s three-man talks team, said there could be “no peace” in the region while there were still US troops across the border.

Another TTP negotiator Maulana Abdul Aziz, said, “Without Sharia law, the Taliban won’t accept (the talks) even one percent. If some factions accept it, then the others won’t accept it. Their real agenda is Sharia. All secular courts based on the common law system be abolished. I don’t think the Government will accept this but they should, because war isn’t the way forward.” 

The head of the caretaker committee of the TTP, Qari Shakil, said that the roads were too hazardous and a helicopter should be used to protect the dialogue committee from any danger. "I do not want any force to harm them on their way or any kind of delay to take place in the holding of dialogue", he said.

The committees constituted by the Government and Taliban agreed to hold talks within 72 hours in Islamabad and the clauses for the talks would be finalized. The Government sources revealed that both sides would give a written guarantee that they would not resort to any kind of violence against each other until something conclusive comes out of the peace process.

PM Nawaz Sharif reiterated Pakistan’s firm support to the people of J&K in their ‘legitimate struggle’ for their inalienable right to self-determination. Addressing the legislative assembly of Pakistan occupied Kashmir on Kashmir Solidarity Day, he stated, “The peaceful people of Jammu and Kashmir continue to suffer. Not only the right to self-determination is being denied to them but they are also being subjected to the worst kind of human rights abuses, violence and suppression.

The United States has cut back sharply on drone strikes in Pakistan after the Islamabad Government asked for restraint while it seeks peace talks with the TTP. The Washington Post quoted a US official as saying, “That’s what they asked for, and we didn’t tell them no.”

February 6

A man, identified as Anwar Ali, was shot dead in Frontier Colony within the jurisdiction of Peerabad Police Station in SITE Town. 

One unidentified bullet-riddled dead body was found within the vicinity of Zaman Town Police Station. 

Another bullet-riddled dead body was found from within the limits of Jackson Police Station.                         

BDS defused a bomb at the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board Head Office in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town. 

BDS defused a bomb in the SITE area. The SITE area bomb was found in a bottle on a footpath near Habib Bank Chowrangi. According to BDS, 10 kilograms of explosives were used in the bomb.                       

Pakistan Rangers Sindh during search operation in Garden East Lyari Nazimabad Usmanabad Quaidabad and Paposh Nagar areas arrested 12 suspects. According to the Rangers sources a criminal identified as Irfan Baloch was also arrested from Lyari Town.

A gas pipeline was blown in Dera Allahyar area of Jaffarabad District, disrupting gas supply to Sohbatpur.

The Obama administration, under pressure from Congress to act against Pakistan-based insurgents blamed for fuelling violence in Afghanistan, moved on January 5 to freeze the assets of three suspected members linked to the Haqqani Network.

US citizens are also barred from doing business with the three men. “Today’s action underscores our resolve to continue targeting any potential means of support for the Haqqanis,” David Cohen, a senior Treasury official, said in the statement.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasneem Aslam, said Pakistan wants complete halt of US drone attacks instead decrease in the frequency. She said Pakistan’s stance on drone attacks is they are unacceptable, kill innocent people and violate the country’s sovereignty.

The Government and TTP committees, in their first meeting, expressed the resolve to continue dialogue and vowed that the violent acts of the recent past would not hamper the peace process. The Government-nominated committee consists of Irfan Siddiqui, Rahimullah Yousafzai, Rustam Shah Mohmand and Major (retired) Amir, while Maulana Samiul Haq-chief of JUI-S Maulana Abdul Aziz-chief cleric of Lal Masjid and Ibrahim are members of the committee announced by the TTP.

Addressing a joint press conference at KP House, Irfan Siddiqui and Maulana Samiul Haq said the committees agreed that both sides should stop giving statements against each other and the process of talks should not be long, as the nation is hoping for good news.

The US designated LeJ ‘chief’ Malik Ishaq in its list of most wanted international terrorists. “The Department of State has designated Malik Ishaq as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224,” said a statement issued by the US State Department. The US Government also decided to keep his outfit on the international terrorist organisation list.

American citizens and companies are now prohibited for engaging in transactions with Ishaq after the announcement. The US authorities can now act in freezing all his financial assets and properties in the US as well, said the statement. “The Department took these actions in consultation with the Departments of Justice and Treasury,” the press release added.

February 7

At least 15 persons were injured when unidentified militants opened fire at two passenger buses in Kashmore District. According to details, the militants had attacked the buses with the intention of looting the passengers.

BDS defused a two kilogram bomb planted outside the house of a local leader of the ANP in the Baldia Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

Four hundred Rangers personnel of the ATS during a targeted operation arrested many suspects from the Hasan Noman Colony in Sohrab Goth area of Gadap Town. According to the Rangers spokesman, in the operation the entry and exit routes were sealed off. The spokesman added that during the operation, a huge quantity of arms and drugs were also recovered from the possession of the suspects.

Five officials were injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up during a search operation jointly launched by Police and Intelligence Agencies in Khanewal District. Two of his accomplices were also arrested. According to reports, three alleged militants opened fire and hurled a hand grenade as law enforcers tried to stop a car. One of them traveling in the car blew himself up, injuring five officials.

The Special Court trying former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf for treason has given him until February 18, 2014 to appear before the court or a non-bailable arrest warrant could be issued against him. On January 31, 2014 the three-judge court headed by Justice Faisal Arab had issued a bailable warrant for Musharraf’s arrest due to his persistent reluctance to face the treason charges and ordered him to appear on February 7, 2014.

Justice Faisal granted Musharraf 10 more days on the personal assurance of Anwar Mansoor, one of the members of the defence team, who assured the bench that his client would appear on February 18.

TTP said that the negotiations with the Government will be aimed at imposing Sharia in the country. Shahidullah Shahid, the central ‘spokesman’ for the TTP, told media from an undisclosed location that they had fought for Sharia. He said that had any other law except Sharia been acceptable to TTP, they would not have waged war.

Maulana Abdul Aziz, one of the TTP intermediaries, has refused to attend future meetings with Government negotiators until the implementation of Sharia law is on the agenda. “I’ll remain part of this [Taliban intermediary] committee — but, yes, I will not sit for future talks until my demands are met,” Aziz told journalists in Islamabad on February 7 after a meeting of his Shura in Lal Masjid.

PTI Chairperson Imran Khan told Bloomberg that the peace negotiations between the Government and the TTP will probably fail and a resulting military operation would lead to more violence.

The Sindh Assembly passed the Sindh Emergency Procurement Bill, 2014 on a temporary basis for the period of one year, allowing law enforcers to bypass normal authorities in emergency situations. The Sindh Emergency Procurement Bill, 2014 was not on the order of the day however; during the proceedings Sindh Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Dr Sikandar Mandhro moved supplementary agenda and sought permission from the chair to table the Sindh Emergency Procurement Bill, 2014 for urgent introduction and consideration.

MQM lawmakers supported the spirit of the bill, but they also demanded some means of ensuring transparency in emergency procurement for Police and other law enforcing agencies. It was also suggested to form a committee of MPAs to ensure transparency and fair deal in this regard.

February 8

Three persons were killed and several others injured in a fresh spate of violence in different areas of Karachi city. Police said unidentified gunmen shot dead a person in Baghdadi area of Lyari. Further, a body, wrapped in a gunny bag, was also recovered from Lee Market. Police said that the deceased was kidnapped and then killed, adding that his body was dumped in Lee Market. In a separate incident, rescue personnel also found the body of a newborn in Korangi area. Security personnel also arrested 23 suspects, including two foreigners, during a search operation and recovered weapons and drugs.

Firing incidents continued across Karachi resulting in injuries to more than 10 persons. Rangers arrested eight suspects, including two foreigners, and recovered weapons from them during a search operation in Patel Para. The arrested suspects included six members of Lyari gang war.

The shrine of a popular Sufi poet of Balochistan, Mast Twakali, was set on fire by unidentified militants in Mawand area of Kohlu District. However, no casualties were reported. Kohlu’s Deputy Commissioner Ejaz Haider said that after the incident Levies personnel launched a search operation in Tomboo tehsil of Kohlu District and took five suspects into custody.

As many as 79 Police Officers and troopers were killed in the wake of the ongoing operation against criminals and terrorists in Karachi. In September 2013, when the operation was launched, 15 Police men were killed and further 12 were killed in October, 11 each in November and December, 25 in January 2014 while during February until now, 5 died at the hands of the outlaws and terrorists. In a report, submitted by the Police Department to Inspector General of Police, Sindh, Shahid Nadeem Baloch, on the performance of Karachi District Police and CID, it was said that during this period 10,254 raids and 804 encounters, a total of 131 miscreants were killed while 15,671 were arrested.

February 9

Unidentified armed militants attacked the house of a pro-government tribal elder, Gazeen Khan Bugti, killing him and eight members of his family, including three women, three children and two adult males, in Dera Bugti District. Provincial Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti said that the members of the peace committee retaliated and killed two of the attackers and wounded three others. The Minister said that it was BRA that had attacked Khan’s house.

Unidentified militants set a NATO container-carrying truck on fire while it was on its way from Karachi (Sindh) to Chaman town in Qilla Abdullah District, killing two persons, including the driver of the vehicle in Sibi District. The firing also caused the truck to catch fire which partially damaged the container.

Unidentified militants opened fire on a Quetta-bound private container in Dhadar area of Bolan District, killing two people, including the driver Shamsullah and another man, identified as Lal Muhammad.

At least nine people, including an infant, were killed and 10 others were injured when unidentified militants opened fire on a shrine of Meharban Ali Shah alias Jalali Baba in Saeedabad area of Baldia Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Police said the attackers also hurled a grenade before firing at the people with automatic weapons.

A prayer leader, identified as Nadeem Qadri (38), was shot dead in a targeted attack while he was returning after evening prayer at a mosque in Raees Amrohi Colony in Orangi Town.

BRA militant outfit bombed three main gas pipelines in Rahim Yar Khan District, killing a woman. "In a major terror hit, BLA blew up three major gas arteries late on Sunday night in Yousafabad area, which sparked so big a fire that it engulfed the populated area located nearby", officials said.

According to sources, the pipelines, carrying highly inflammable methane also called natural gas, burst into a massive ball of fire after the blasts. "The blasts triggered an inferno that covered the nearby fields, while Basti Afzal Hamid Khumbara was evacuated immediately", the sources added. The rescue sources say a woman was killed in the blaze.

The BDS defused a remote-controlled IED planted near Chatochok in Pishtakhara village in Sarband area of Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. AIG of Peshawar's BDS, Shafqat Malik, said that information was received of a suspicious item on the roadside in Chatochok.

The “political Shura” and negotiations committee of the TTP met at an undisclosed location in North Waziristan Agency for the second consecutive day and produced as many as fifteen demands to be put forward to the Government’s negotiation committee. TTP Shura had been meeting since February 8 under its Deputy Ameer, Sheikh Khalid Haqqani. Professor Muhammad Ibrahim Khan and Maulana Yousuf Shah who are in Waziristan for a meeting with the TTP Shura are likely to convey these points to the committee formed by the Government for mediation.

The TTP commanders and the members of their committee formed to holds talks with the Government kept changing the venue of their meeting amid continued flights of unmanned US drones in the tribal area. The committee members had reached North Waziristan in a military helicopter to apprise the TTP’s political Shura of the demands put forth by the committee representing the Government.

The Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that any external attempt to sabotage the dialogue process will be considered as hostility against Pakistan. According to sources, the Interior Minister was speaking to Maulana Samiul Haq, leader of the TTP committee for peace talks.

Amidst the ongoing unrest in the country, the Government is all set to place administrative control of the premier counter-terrorism body under its newly established National Security Division (NSD) in an effort to stem the tide of violence. Senior officials familiar with the development told The Express Tribune that the counter-terrorism Rapid Deployment Force will also function along with the National Counter-Terrorism Authority (NACTA) under the NSD.

February 10

Four women were killed and three others were injured in a suicide blast near a house in the Essa Khel Garhi area of Peshawar (Peshawar District), the provincial capital of KP.

Unidentified motorcyclists shot dead three school teachers in the Kach Banda area of Hangu District when they were on their way home following school duty. 

Unidentified assailants shot dead a former US consulate employee, Faisal Saeed, in Peshawar.

Three people were killed in the Malir Town of Karachi (Karachi District), the provincial capital of Sindh.  Police said that two extortionists came to the meat market at Malir 15 and demanded money from a shopkeeper, who refused to pay and instead opened fire on the extortionists. During the exchange of fire from both sides, an extortionist died on the spot while two passers-by, identified as Karim and Haji Noor Mohammad, were also killed in the incident. The other extortionist fled from the incident site.  

One Abdul Samad Tabani (35) was killed when unidentified armed extortionists opened fire at a rickshaw at the mobile market in Saddar Town. 

Unidentified armed assailants opened fire in Khada Market of Lyari Town, killing one Raheel (25). 

Unidentified militants hurled a hand grenade in the Sher Shah area of Kiamari Town, injuring two people, identified as Fahim and Jan Mohammad.

A man, identified as Ali (35), was shot at and injured by unidentified armed assailants in the Gulistan-e-Jauhar area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town. 

Police claimed to have arrested 61 accused, including eight absconders and an extortionist, and recovered arms and drugs from their possession during 82 raids.

At least 19 FC personnel were injured when a bomb exploded while their vehicles passed through the Sibi and Tali areas of Sibi District. “An IED was used to target the convoy and it was detonated with remote control,” the sources said. Azad Baloch, a spokesman for BLA claiming responsibility for the attack said that 10 security personnel had been killed and 17 injured in the attack, but FC and Provincial Government sources denied the BLA claim.

Six soldiers and one officer were injured in two acts of terrorism in the Dattakhel area of NWA in FATA. Sources said that an improvised explosive device exploded near a military truck in Dattakhel near Afghan border, injuring six soldiers. The truck, part of a convoy, was destroyed in the blast. 

Three personnel of Khasadar Force escorting polio workers were injured when an improvised explosive device planted by suspected militants along a road went off in the Khugakhel area of Landi Kotal tehsil (revenue unit) in Khyber Agency. The Khasadar team later defused an explosive device in the same area. 

Militants opened fire at a security picket in the Khar Kamar area of Dattakhel subdivision. One officer was injured. 

An anti-drone campaigner, Kareem Khan, from North Waziristan Agency of FATA, has “disappeared” from Rawalpindi District in Punjab on February 5, 2014, days before he was due to testify before European Parliaments, his lawyer Shahzad Akbar said, accusing the country's Intelligence Agencies of illegal kidnapping.

Kareem Khan’s brother and teenage son were killed in a drone attack in December 2009.

The TTP sees no urgency to reach an agreement with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Government, Maulana Abdul Aziz, one of the three negotiators representing the TTP, said. In an interview at his Islamabad seminary, where some 1,300 female students are studying, Aziz said, “You should know that at the moment they (TTP) have at least 400 to 500 female suicide bombers in Waziristan and other tribal areas”.

The political Shura of the TTP said that it gave a “positive response” to the Government’s list of demands, which had been handed over to it by the Taliban team during a meeting at an undisclosed location in North Waziristan Agency of FATA.

Parliamentarians in the Senate strongly reacted to the TTP’s stance of not holding peace talks under the constitution of Pakistan. Opposition senators claimed that it was decided that there would be no terrorist activities during peace negotiations but the recent incidents clearly revealed that “third forces” are involved in such acts.

February 11

At least 13 persons were killed and 19 others injured when three back-to-back explosions occurred inside Shama Cinema in Bacha Khan Chowk area of Peshawar (Peshawar District), the provincial capital of KP. CCPO, Ejaz Ahmed said three grenades were used and up to 80 people were in the cinema at the time of the explosions. The blast at the cinema came 11 days after a similar attack at Picture House Cinema situated in Kabuli Bazaar area of Peshawar.

Nine persons were killed after unidentified assailants attacked a house by opening fire and hurling hand grenades in Badhaber area of Peshawar. 

Three suspected militants were killed in an explosion in the Bacha Khan locality of Kolachi area in Dera Ismail Khan District. The suspects were reportedly planting explosive material on the side of a road when the explosives accidentally detonated, killing all of them on the spot.

A Policeman was killed and another was injured when a polio immunisation team was attacked in Purwa tehsil of Dera Ismail Khan District. The two Policemen were assigned to provide security to the vaccination team working in Purwa tehsil. 

SFs arrested key local militant ‘commander’ Umarzada alias Dildar from the Galiga area of Matta tehsil in Swat District. 13 detonators and 15 cartridges were recovered from Dildar’s possession. The militant commander’s father Bacha Gul was already in Police custody.

SFs arrested 27 suspects and recovered arms and ammunition from their possession along with a vehicle with forged documents from Sarband area of Peshawar.

Two alleged criminals, identified as Atif (20), and Akram (25), were shot dead in an encounter with Rangers in Nawa Lane area of Lyari Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

An unidentified man was killed by unidentified armed assailants near Gazi Town graveyard in Malir Town.

Unidentified militants opened fire in Bihar Colony area of Lyari Town.

MQM accused Police of extra-judicial killings. MQM’s Haider Abbas Rizvi claimed that a party worker, Muhammad Adil, died of Police torture on February 10, 2014, adding that 45 other workers are still missing. “We don’t know where are they, no one knows about them. Police is involved in torturing and disappearance of our workers,” he accused.

The Islamabad High Court referred to the District and Sessions judge of Islamabad a case relating to registration of a FIR against CIA Station Chief Jonathan Banks over the death of two tribesmen in a US drone attack in 2009.  The directive was issued by Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the IHC on a petition filed by Karim Khan, a native of NWA in FATA.

Khan has been allegedly picked up by security agencies from Rawalpindi District of Punjab. He was making preparations to go to Brussels (Belgium) to narrate his ordeal before the European Parliament on February 15, 2014. A petition against the disappearance of Khan has been filed by his brother-in-law in the Lahore High Court’s Rawalpindi bench. Justice Malik Shahzad Ahmad Khan will take up the petition on February 12.

The committees, formed by the Government and the TTP to broker a peace pact between the two sides, held an informal meeting at an undisclosed location in Islamabad. During the meeting, agenda for February 12, 2014’s formal meeting was discussed, said a press release issued after the meeting. Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Affairs, Irfan Siddqui, who is coordinator of the Government committee, said that response from the TTP Political Shura over the Government’s conditions was ‘satisfactory.’

JUI-S Chief Maulana Sami-ul-Haq, who is a member of the committee nominated by the TTP, said that Taliban’s demands were placed in front of Government negotiators, adding that attempts at a ceasefire would be made in the first stage of dialogue. The meeting was held after Professor Ibrahim and Maulana Yousuf Shah returned from North Waziristan Agency after meeting with the TTP’s political Shura and receiving their response regarding the demands of the Government.

US Ambassador Richard Olson in a meeting with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar revealed that the US has released second tranche of USD 352 million out of a total of USD 1.4 billion CSF that Pakistan is budgeted to receive during the current fiscal year. According to Finance Ministry, the Ambassador assured the Financial Minister that the remaining amount will be disbursed soon. The money that the country spends on defense and logistics while rendering services in global war against terrorism is later on disbursed by the US under the CSF.

US released the second tranche after Pakistan repaid 27th installment of USD147 million to IMF as per the arranged programme. The releases were on account of expenses that Pakistan incurred during the period of January-March 2013. For the current fiscal year, Pakistan has budgeted USD 1.4 billion on account of CSF disbursements.

February 12

Two unidentified dead bodies bearing torture marks were recovered from Memon Goth area of Malir Town.

Two suspects were killed in an exchange of fire between Police personnel and Lyari gangsters in Salar Goth area of Malir Town. Police also recovered two hand grenades from their possession.

Rangers arrested 41 suspects during a targeted operation in Pathan Colony area of SITE Town.

At least 40 medical practitioners of Karachi have received threatening emails from certain extortion mafias demanding hefty protection money, claimed Dr. Idrees Adhi, President of the Pakistan Medical Association Karachi Chapter. “Our community is under immense pressure. We are frightened because of threats against the backdrop of the killing of some of our colleagues in the recent past,” said Dr. Adhi.

TTP announced an ‘armed struggle’ against an indigenous tribe-Kalash and Ismaili Shias in Chitral Valley of Chitral District, calling on Sunnis to support their cause in a video released. A charitable organisation headed by the Aga Khan, the Ismailis’ spiritual leader, is singled out for condemnation. “The Aga Khan Foundation is running 16 schools and 16 colleges and hostels where young men and women are given free education and brainwashed to keep them away from Islam,” the narrator says.

The narrator warns the Kalash, who are thought to number only 3,500, to convert to Islam or face death. “By the grace of Allah, an increasing number of people from the Kalash tribe are embracing Islam and we want to make it clear to the Kalash tribe that they will be eliminated along with their protectors, the Western agents if they don’t embrace Islam,” he says. The video also accuses international NGOs of creating an “Israel” like state in Chitral by attempting to protect the Kalash culture and take people away from Islam, and vows to foil their plans.

A report by the Committee to Protect Journalists said that at least five journalists were reported to be killed for their work in Pakistan in 2013. According to the report, Pakistan was ranked as the fourth most dangerous country, behind countries such as Syria, Iraq and Egypt in terms of journalists killed. Earlier in 2012, seven journalists were killed for their work in Pakistan.

February 13

At least 13 Policemen were killed and 58 others were injured in a suicide blast targeting a bus carrying 50 Police officers near the gate of Razzakabad Police Training Center in Shah Latif Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. TTP claimed responsibility for the suicide attack Claiming responsibility for the “revenge” attack, the TTP said the suicide bombing was in retaliation for the killing of their militants by Law-Enforcement Agencies in Karachi, Swabi (Swabi District of KP) and Peshawar (provincial capital of KP).

TTP ‘spokesman’ Shahidullah Shahid said, “We carried out the attack against the Police because they are killing our people”. “Our defensive war will continue until an agreement is reached on a ceasefire” between negotiation teams representing the Government and the Taliban.

At least four suspected militants were killed during an operation conducted by SFs in Chap Garh area of Dera Bugti District. Moreover, weapons, ammunition and bombs to blow up railway tracks were also recovered from their possession.

Gunmen in Tump town of Kech District snatched the Deputy Commissioner and the Assistant Commissioner of Kech District after overpowering their subordinates. According to Provincial Home Secretary, Adil Gilani, gunmen overpowered at least 18 staff and security personnel accompanying the two officials and ordered the convoy to follow them. No group has so far claimed responsibility of the incident.

The Police claimed to have foiled a major terror bid and arrested two suspected militants, identified as Daud Khan of Mardan District (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) and Hassan Khan alias Lehsan of Bajaur Agency (FATA) during a raid at a house in Ittefaq Colony in Tarnol area of Islamabad. The Police team also recovered explosives, detonators and detonating cord from them.

Irfan Siddiqui, coordinator of the committee formed by the Government to hold talks with the TTP, said that they had told the Taliban committee through a letter that terror activities will adversely affect the atmosphere needed for negotiations. Earlier, the Taliban committee complained that they had not received the letter sent by the Government committee. However, the letter was faxed to the Taliban committee and Maulana Yousuf Shah had received it.

TTP’s political Shura agreed to directly meet the Government talks committee in Islamabad on February 14, 2014. Sources said the Government negotiators would meet the Shura either at the end of this week or at the start of next week. The meeting will most likely be held in North Waziristan Agency of FATA but the exact location is not known as yet. The main agenda will likely be regarding a ceasefire which the TTP and Government Committees said was important as any activity from either side could potentially harm peace efforts.

February 14

Four people were injured when a suicide bomber attacked the patrolling vehicle of Rangers’ Sector Commander, Brigadier Basit, in Qayyumabad area of Korangi Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

CID arrested three suspects, identified as Junaid Alam, Armaan and Hassan, belonging to of al Qaeda affiliated outfit Ashaab. The CID also recovered explosive material and a large quantity of ammunition from their possession. CID anti-terrorism cell in-charge, Raja Umar Khattab said that the suspects were active at the University of Karachi and other private universities of Karachi from where the group recruits religiously-inclined students. The group, whose chief is currently in Waziristan, carries out its activities in Karachi, Khattab said, adding that the arrested men did not employ mobile phones in their operations.

The team of six persons that went for the rescue of two senior government officials, who were earlier kidnapped on February 13, 2014 by unidentified militants from Tump town of Kech District, were also abducted from Gomazai in Turbat District. The recovery team was headed by Assistant Commissioner, Dasht Naeem Ghichki and comprised two Tehsildar and three Levies’ personnel. BLF had claimed responsibility for the February 13 incident.

The Balochistan Government contacted BLF to secure the release of its abducted officers. “Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch wants to avoid an operation by Security Forces,” Provincial Government Spokesperson Jan Buledi said. “Our priority is to secure the release of the kidnapped officials through peaceful negotiations,” he said, adding, “The use of force will be the last option.”

Pakistan anti-drone campaigner, Karim Khan, who had disappeared from Rawalpindi District on February 5, 2014 was rescued. Karim Khan whose brother and teenage son were killed in a December 2009 drone attack had disappeared days before he was due to testify before European parliamentarians.

The Government and TTP negotiators, expressed concern over a wave of deadly attacks in the country, agreeing that both militants and SFs should refrain from actions which undermine ongoing peace efforts. “Both the committees expressed deep grief and regret over anti-peace activities and declared that such incidents would have a negative impact on the peace efforts,” a joint statement said after Government and Taliban committees meeting.

“Referring to the recent incident in Karachi, the Government committee adopted the stance that it would become difficult to continue the peace talks when anti-peace activities continue,” it said. “Therefore the Taliban must be asked to make an announcement that they are stopping all kinds of anti-peace activities and implementation of this announcement should be ensured,” the statement quoted the Government side as saying. It said that the Taliban committee “agreed” to the demand and asked the Government to also make an announcement that it will not take any action which would create unrest. “For lasting peace no side should use force,” the statement quoted the Taliban side as saying.

The Taliban committee and TTP ‘spokesman’ Shahidullah Shahid made telephonic contact during the meeting of committees. According to reports, the Taliban committee apprised Shahidullah of the demand of Government committee for ceasefire.  Shahidullah also said he would apprise the Taliban Shura (council) of this demand and would get back to the committee.

February 15

Five persons were killed when unidentified militants opened fire at a van near Dattakhel town in North Waziristan Agency in the night. According to reports, the five persons whose identity could not be ascertained were going to Shawal from Dattakhel when gunmen opened fire on their van near Dattakhel bazaar.

Four persons, including a supporter of the MQM, were killed in different parts of Karachi city (Karachi District). A young man identified as Arif Hanif (30), who had gone missing a couple of days back, was found shot dead in Manghopir. He was blindfolded and trussed up before being killed. The MQM, in a statement issued to the media later, claimed that he was their supporter. Meanwhile, two unidentified young men who looked Pashtuns were found shot dead in Memon Goth. Four spent bullet casings fired from 9mm pistol were also found at the crime-scene. The Memon Goth Police said the victims, in their mid-20s, had long beards. Separately, a vendor identified as Tanveer (50) was gunned down by assailants in Ranchhore Line Area. Police said that Tanveer was returning home with a pushcart when assailants attacked him and fled.

At least five people were injured in two successive bomb blasts near Mominabad Police Station in Orangi Town. According to Police sources, the first attack was by a hand grenade hurled at a street vendor near the police station while the second explosion which occurred within a few minutes was by a bomb planted at a taxi-stand.

Unidentified militants blew up a Government high school in Tora Warai area of Hangu District. According to Police, explosive material was planted in three classrooms of the school which went off with a loud noise.  The attack also left the school's watchman injured.

Unidentified persons attacked an Imambargah in Kuchi bazaar area of old Peshawar city with a hand grenade, damaging the place. No loss of life was reported, but caretaker of the Imambargah was wounded in the attack.

February 16

The TTP claimed to have killed 23 FC personnel kidnapped in June 14, 2010 from Shoonkri Post of Mohmand Agency in FATA. According to reports, the TTP Mohmand Agency ‘spokesman’, Omar Khurasani said that the kidnapped FC personnel were killed as revenge because the Government was continuously killing their men in different parts of the country, including Karachi, Peshawar and Swabi. He said if the Government does not stop killing the TTP supporters, they would also continue to kill Security Forces’ personnel.

After the TTP claim, it was decided that the Government committee and TTP negotiators will not be meeting on February 17. Senior journalist Rahimullah Yousafzai, who is one of the members of the Government committee, said it was necessary to discuss the killings with the Government before the state committee meets TTP negotiators. TTP also confirmed that the meeting, which was scheduled to take place at 11am today, will not be held.

At least six people, including four children, were killed and more than 35 were injured when two coaches of the Peshawar-bound Khushhal Khan Khattak Express derailed after a bomb attack on the tracks near a canal in Thull town of Jacobabad District.

Rangers shot dead five alleged terrorists in shootouts near Afghan Basti in Sohrab Goth area of Gadap Town and in Ittehad Town of Baldia Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. A Rangers spokesperson said that two terrorists attacked a vehicle of the Paramilitary Force on Super Highway near Afghan Basti. In the ensuing gun battle, Rangers killed the two militants.

The Paramilitary Force conducted a search operation in Mohammad Khan Colony, Ittehad Town, during which they were attacked. The terrorist fired gunshots at the soldiers and also attacked with a grenade injuring one of them. Three terrorists were killed in the encounter.

Baba Ladla group gangsters shot dead gangster Anees Memon (24), who was affiliated with the Uzair Baloch gang in the Kameela stop locality in Lyari Town.

An unidentified Uzair Balcoh gangster was found in the bushes near the Mewa Shah graveyard in Pak Colony area of SITE Town. According to residents of the locality, gangsters from the Baba Ladla group had brought the victim to the locality on a motorcycle and then shot him dead.

One Kamran Baloch (34), was shot dead by unidentified gangsters while he was passing through Jhat Pat Market in Lyari Town. Police said the victim was affiliated with the Uzair Baloch gang and was also related to notorious gangster Rehman Dakait.

One Taj Muhammad (60), was shot dead outside his house in Umer Marvi Goth area of Shah Latif Town. 

An unidentified dead body of a man was found in Gulshan-e-Buner area of Landhi Town.

Rangers arrested 21 suspected criminals in raids conducted in several parts of the city, including Baghdadi, Chakiwara and Noor Muhammad Goth.  The paramilitary force seized 54 weapons in the raids.

A local tribal elder, identified as Bashir Ahmed Zarakzai, and a minor girl, identified as Robina, were killed and six others were injured in an exchange of fire at the house of Sardar Inayatullah Zehri in Zehri Ghat village in Khuzdar District.  According to the FC sources, the raid was carried out to capture some criminals. A tribal elder of Zehri, Mir Batay Khan Zarakzai, alleged that Security Forces, supported by some tribal elders, had attacked the house of Sardar Inayatullah Zehri, adding that innocent people were killed and injured in the firing.

A bomb killed at least one Policeman and wounded another during a vaccination campaign for polio and other diseases among children in Budhni area on the outskirts of Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. “The police team was being deployed in Budhni area before the start of the campaign when a remote controlled bomb exploded near their van, killing one police official and wounding another one,” local senior administration official Zaheerul Islam said. According to the World Health Organisation, Pakistan recorded 91 cases of polio last year, up from 58 in 2012. The World Health Organisation has warned that Peshawar was the world’s “largest reservoir” of polio.

The TTP sought written assurances from the Government regarding end to actions against the Taliban, prior to any ceasefire. Sources close to the official committee have disclosed that the TTP has serious reservations over Government’s actions against the TTP in all major cities of the country. The group has sought written guarantees from the Pakistan Army, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif and Federal Minister Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and has warned that it would not stop its actions unless actions against it are stopped.

TTP political shura has decided in principle to hold a ceasefire and the announcement in this regard is expected in the next 24 hours. According to sources, TTP political shura held a meeting on February 16 to deliberate on the Government’s demand for the ceasefire. In the meeting, sources said, the Taliban shura agreed to observe a ceasefire, which is expected to be declared within the next 24 hours. The sources further said that the TTP Shura has demanded withdrawal of Army from North Waziristan besides release of their non-combatant companions.

Terrorist outfits in Pakistan like the TTP are increasingly using social media networks, including Twitter and Facebook to spread their propaganda and as a means of intimidation.  A number of Twitter accounts allegedly managed by members of the banned TTP have emerged, on which they post messages and engage in dialogue with their followers. Facebook pages are used to upload statements and videos. 

February 17

A former Minister of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Abdul Raqeeb, who was in favour of peace talks with the Kabul Government, was shot dead in Nasir Bagh Road of Tehkal in Peshawar (Peshawar District), the provincial capital of KP. He was a commander during the Afghan jihad against the Soviets and a minister for refugee affairs during the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. In Peshawar, he taught at his own seminary, Madrassa Munbahul Uloom located on Nasir Bagh Road in Tehkal.

13 children were among 15 persons injured in an explosion outside a private school in Dhab area of Karak District. Police said the explosive material was placed outside the private school's gate in Dhab.

An explosion in a three-star hotel in Namak Mandi area of Karak Town left its guard, Allah Baksh injured. The blast occurred on the first floor of hotel near the lobby.

An alleged militant, Jalat Khan was arrested in Kurrum Par area in the limits of Dadiwala Police Station in Lakki Marwat District. The Police had been after the militant for various cases since 1988.

Two employees of a media house, identified as driver Abdus Sattar and guard Rasool Bux, were injured Nawa-e-Waqt Group when two unidentified militants hurled a hand-made bomb at the gate of The Business Recorder office near Guru Mandir Chowrangi in Jamshed Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

Another home-made bomb was hurled at the office of the Nawa-e-Waqt Group on M.A Jinnah Road in Jamshed Town.

A soldier, Mehrab, was killed in an attack by unidentified militants on a SFs checkpost in Ladha area of South Waziristan Agency in the night around 11:00pm.

Six members of an anti-polio team were abducted by unidentified militants in the Pang area of the FR Tank in FATA. Assistant Political Agent, FR Tank, Khalid Mehmood Marwat, said the team, including Dr Khandad, in-charge of the Union Council Siddiqullah, driver Kalim, three Levies personnel, Lance Naik Daulat Khan, Sepoy Amanullah and Sepoy Minhas. He said the team members were kidnapped at 3 pm when they were on their way back after finishing the task.

The peace talks with TTP broke down following execution of 23 FC soldiers by Mohmand Agency Chapter of TTP. The four-member government negotiating committee cancelled a scheduled visit to Akora Khattak for a meeting with the TTP committee.

The 'spokesman' of the TTP Shahidullah Shahid said that the Taliban in Mohmand Agency might have avenged the killing of their colleagues. Shahid said custodial killings could further complicate the dialogue process. He alleged that 23 people who were in Government custody had been killed over the past three days 16 in Nowshera District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and seven in Karachi (Sindh).

A letter posted on the social media, by 'chief' of Mohmand Agency chapter of TTP, Umar Khalid Khurasani claimed that the soldiers had been slain to avenge what he called killing of their fighters in custody in several parts of the country. The security official rejected the claim by TTP, termed the allegation unfounded and baseless.

Umar Khalid Khurasani, is a journalist-turned-jihadi 'commander' whose declared objectives as a staunch follower of Osama bin Laden are to overthrow the Government of Pakistan, impose Sharia, seize nuclear weapons and wage jihad until the Caliphate is established, reported The News quoting journalist Amir Mir.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the killing of FC by terrorists and termed it a "heinous and brutal" act. He said the incident would have a negative impact on the talks process, initiated for a peaceful resolution of the issue.

Army described the killing of 23 FC soldiers, a "blatant" and "highly provocative" act of terrorism. "The martyrdom of security officials is a blatant act of terrorism. It's highly condemnable and provocative," a security official said on condition of anonymity.

The Opposition leader in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah on February 17 said it is high time to take a firm decision regarding the talks with the Taliban because they are continuously attacking citizens, civilians and damaging public installations. Shah criticised the Taliban for continuously attacking security personnel despite being in dialogue with the Government.

The Barrack Obama administration is making contingency plans to use air bases in Central Asia to conduct drone missile attacks in northwest Pakistan in case the US is forced to withdraw all forces from Afghanistan at the end of 2014. A report in the Los Angeles Times by Ken Dilanian said even if alternative bases are secured, the officials said, the CIA's capability to gather sufficient intelligence to find al Qaeda operatives and quickly launch drone missiles at specific targets in Pakistan's mountainous tribal region will be greatly diminished if the spy agency loses its drone bases in Afghanistan.

According to current and former officers, CIA analysts operating from fortified outposts near the Pakistani border evaluate electronic intelligence, while case officers meet sources who help them identify targets. They pay people to place GPS trackers on cars or buildings to help guide the drone-launched missiles.

February 18

Police recovered four dead bodies from Surjani Town area of Gadap Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Three of the victims were identified as Sami-ul-Haq, Hafeez, and Muhammad Faisal, while the fourth dead body could not be identified. All four were affiliated with an unspecified banned outfit.

Two people were shot dead by unidentified armed assailants in Orangi Town.

A man was shot dead in Gulistan-e-Johar area of Gulshan Town.

An unidentified man was shot dead by militants in Mehran Town area of Korangi Town.

An unidentified bullet-riddled dead body was found in Shah Faisal Town.

Rangers and Police arrested 23 suspects during targeted operations in various areas, including Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Dhobi Ghat, Faqeer Goth, Kausar Town, Frontier Colony, Qayumabad, Gulshan-e-Buner, Shanti Nagar and Lyari Town. According to a Rangers spokesman, a large amount of arms and ammunition was also recovered from the suspects.

An ATC remanded in Police custody two TTP militants, identified as Muhammad Kashif and Muhammad Irfan, over charges of demanding extortion and issuing life threats. They were remanded in Police custody till March 4, 2014. The Taliban-linked accused face charges of demanding extortion of PKR 200,000 from a woman and threatening to kill her son in case she failed to pay the money.

An Army Major, Jahanzaib, and three militants were killed in an exchange of fire in FR Peshawar of FATA. "(The) exchange of fire continues," the ISPR said in a statement.

Unidentified militants on a motorcycle fired on a vehicle being used by French aid organisation Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development at Jarma near Kohat town of same District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, injuring the driver. There were two staff members, both Pakistanis, in the vehicle.

Former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf was not indicted despite his appearance in the Special Court for the hearing of treason case. Instead, the Special Court issued a short order stating that the former President would face indictment upon his second appearance in court and that he would soon be ordered to appear in court again. The hearing was postponed till February 19, 2014 (today). Musharraf's advocate Ahmed Raza Kasuri stated that a decision will be made on February 21, 2014, about whether Musharraf should be tried by a military court or a civil court.

The coordinator of TTP-appointed negotiation committee, Yousuf Shah, cautioned that there could be a surge in acts of violence in case peace negotiations were not held. "The Government committee does not appear to be serious in holding the talks," he said, adding, 'the violent acts may witness a surge in case the dialogue was not held'. "If the Government and Taliban committees remained at distance, it could lead to an increase in the acts of terror," he cautioned.

The TTP claimed that it is serious about peace talks with the Government. TTP 'spokesman' Shahidullah Shahid said the Taliban leadership was in constant contact with all factions on the issue of ceasefire and a decision in this respect would be taken soon. He said all Taliban factions unanimously backed the dialogue process and there would be no problem in implementing TTP's decisions, including the issue of ceasefire, claiming the TTP practised Sharia'h and any decision endorsed by the chief of the Tehreek was final and obligatory for all factions to abide by.

PM Nawaz Sharif chaired a meeting of the Government's committee formed to hold talks with negotiators representing the TTP, during which the committee expressed its inability to carry forward peace talks. The committee said the talks could not progress without any solid steps and also asked the TTP to unconditionally cease all violent activities without any delay.

The Government mediators demanded a ceasefire from the Taliban before they resumed peace talks as another two soldiers were killed in separate attacks.

February 19

A bomb blast targeting the residence of former KP Minister Haji Javed in Javed Town in Peshawar, the provincial capital of KP, was reported. However, no casualty was reported.

Two people were killed and two others were injured when a 36-inch gas pipeline of the Qadirpur gas field exploded in the Mir Kosh area of Ghotki District. The deceased were identified as security guards of the gas pipeline.

An IED bomb was defused by the BDS near Naurus Chowrangi in SITE Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

Police claimed to have arrested 93 suspects in 81 raids and recovered arms and narcotics from their possession. According to a Karachi Police report, a total of 93 criminals were arrested during raids and six encounters in various areas of the city. One accused was held in a murder case, one in extortion case, three in kidnapping-for-ransom cases, four for their involvement in robberies, 15 under the Arms Ordinance, 19 under the Narcotics Act, and 34 in miscellaneous cases, said a Police spokesman.

The VMBP head, Mama Qadeer Baloch, and his Long March from Quetta (Balochistan) to Islamabad (Punjab) has been threatened. Mama Qadeer has received a threatening telephone call from an unlisted number informing him of the decision to prevent the marchers from entering Rawalpindi and Islamabad and warning them that they will not be allowed to present their demands to the UN.

The march was undertaken to demand accountability for the 18000 missing persons from Balochistan, which VMBP organisation has documented.

Islamabad is under severe threat of terrorism from TTP, LeJ and al Qaeda, a report of the Interior Ministry presented in the Standing Committee of National Assembly on Interior revealed. According to the report, Islamabad is the most dangerous city as the "sleeper cell" of banned TTP, LeJ and al Qaeda are posing a grave threat to the security of the city. In Punjab, LeJ and TTP were the most dangerous groups and in Sindh, the presence of LeJ, al Qaeda militants and target killers was reported.

About the security situation in PoK, the Interior Ministry said certain evidences have 'proved' that India was involved in the deteriorating law and order situation in the region. It revealed that illegal weapons and terrorists were penetrating Pakistan through its western and eastern borders.

At least 460 people have been killed in terrorist attacks across the country since the Government held an APC on September 10, 2013, to mull ways and means to end bloodshed in the country, an unnamed security official said. "The dead include 308 civilians, 114 military personnel and 38 Policemen," the official said. He said that some 1,264 people were injured in the terrorist attacks by TTP in the same period. "The injured include 684 civilians, 531 military personnel and 49 Policemen," he added.

The TTP offered to observe a ceasefire to allow the resumption of stalled peace talks provided Security Forces stop killing and arresting them. "We are ready for the ceasefire if the government assures us that bodies of our colleagues will not be found in gunny bags and they will not be killed in encounters and arrested in raids," TTP 'spokesman' Shahidullah Shahid said. "The Government has killed more than 60 TTP cadres since the start of the peace talks, in Karachi and the rest of Pakistan, under a secret operation codenamed Operation Root Out," Shahid said. "The killings of soldiers in Mohmand were in response to the onslaught on TTP cadres by Security Forces during the talks between Government and TTP committees," he added.

Government mediators suspended negotiations on February 17 just weeks after they were announced following weekend claims by a TTP faction that it killed 23 kidnapped FC soldiers. The mediators set a ceasefire as a precondition for another round of talks. The reconciliation effort was launched on January 29.

Government mediators suspended negotiations on February 17 just weeks after they were announced following weekend claims by a TTP faction that it killed 23 kidnapped FC soldiers. The mediators set a ceasefire as a precondition for another round of talks. The reconciliation effort was launched on January 29.

The US said that it would continue its security assistance to Pakistan in order to keep bilateral relations on "solid footing". The commitment was conveyed by US CentCom Commander General Lloyd J. Austin III to his Pakistani interlocutors. The CentCom commander was quoted by the Defence Ministry as having told the defence secretary that "continued support in training, education and CSF will act as tools necessary to keep relations on solid footing".

According to the US Embassy, in his meetings General Austin "reaffirmed the importance of the US-Pakistani security relationship to regional stability and agreed to continue to work together in order to build a stronger partnership and further common objectives". He told the defence secretary that US viewed Pakistan as a "vital partner for regional security" and praised Pakistan's role in facilitating the drawdown of US and ISAF forces from Afghanistan.

February 20

At least 35 militants were killed as fighter jets targeted suspected insurgent hideouts in Dattakhel, Shawal and Mir Ali tehsils (revenue unit) of the North Waziristan Agency of FATA. The bombardment comes a day after TTP said a ceasefire can be negotiated upon if the Army stopped targeting its members. Other military sources said that the in second attack, militants involved in the Peshawar cinema blast (February 10) and killing of an Army officer (February 18) in frontier region Peshawar two days ago were targeted in their hideouts situated in Khyber Agency. Around seven militants were killed. IED making factories and prepared explosives were also destroyed in the strikes.

After being convinced by the top Army leadership, PM Nawaz Sharif gave a go ahead for the airstrikes. High level civil military consultations continued for three days which culminated on these strikes. Army Chief, General Raheel Sharif and intelligence heads briefed the PM over rapid developments in the tribal areas and also shared images of militant hideouts procured through their own spy drones. Authorisation of the PM was sought for more strikes at other locations, which according to the sources has been granted.

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Pervaiz Rasheed, on February 20 said the TTP in unequivocal terms commented "If you talk with us, we will respond with greater enthusiasm. But, if you would strike once, we would strike twice". Pervaiz Rasheed said in a statement, soon after the Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhary Nisar announced that PM Nawaz Sharif in consultation with the military leadership has linked the peace talks to a halt to the bloodshed.

Referring to the talks with the TTP, Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhary Nisar said, "Dialogue and violence cannot take place side by side. The military has been asked to retaliate in self-defence, which is their right. This [self-defence] is the right of the armed forces, which cannot be taken away from them," he said. Members of the government's peace committee were also consulted in this regard, the interior minister added. "We have burnt the midnight oil," he said, explaining how the Government had worked overtime on how to resolve the issue.

JeI Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief and member of the TTP talks committee Mohammad Ibrahim on February 20 condemned the shelling in North Waziristan Agency and Khyber Agency and described it as an action against innocent citizens. In a statement issued by the JeI, he said that the air strikes would further complicate the situation, adding that the ultimate sufferers would be the innocent people because random firing and shelling could never prove useful for restoration of peace.

Earlier on February 19, TTP granted the authority to JUI-S Chief Maulana Samiul Haq decide on ceasefire between the Government and the TTP. Haq is heading the TTP intermediary committee. The JUI-S central information secretary said that if there was a consensus between the Government peace talks committee and Haq, then a ceasefire can be announced between the two sides.

Eight persons, including seven BLF militants and one pro-Government militia member belonging to Baloch Musala Difa Army were killed while two others were injured in a gun battle between the two in Bessema area of Washuk District. "Two armed groups opened fire at each other in the Bessema area of Washuk," Washuk Deputy Commissioner Qadir Baksh Purkani said, confirming the fatalities.

Two women were killed and another injured by militants on suspicion of indulging in immoral activity at Loralai Bazaar in Loralai town of Loralai District. The incident follows the stoning of a couple in the same area on February 15, 2014 after a cleric issued a fatwa against them on suspicion of having illicit relations.

A boy was killed in an IED blast during the preparation of the Sibi Mela near the Mir Chakar-e-Azam Stadium in Sibi District. Sibi Deputy Commissioner, Sohailur Rehman Baloch said it was an IED blast and refuted media reports that it was a suicide bombing. However, DSP Ali Nawaz said that the boy was a suicide bomber who entered into the Sibi festival hall and blew himself up missing his intended target. "The strength of blast blew body pieces of suicide bomber into the air", the DSP said.

A railway track was blown up in an IED attack in Mangoli area of Dera Murad Jamali in Naseerabad District.

A 220kV power pylon supplying electricity to districts in Punjab was blown up in Sohbatpur District. No outfit claimed responsibility for the blasts.

Unidentified militants opened indiscriminate fire on the car of Israr, a doctor, killing him and four others in the car on the spot in MPR Colony of Orangi Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. The other four victims were identified as, Razimullah (40), Jamsheed Khan (30), Iqbal Hussain (37), and Sajjad (12). ANP spokesman Abdul Malik said that Israr, Razimullah and Jamsheed were his party workers and belonged to ANP MPR Colony ward. Following the incident, at least 67 suspects, including foreigners, were arrested by the Police during a targeted operation in different areas of Karachi on February 21 (today), reported Dawn.

Two unidentified tortured dead bodies of were found from Northern Bypass on Link Road in Baldia Town.

An unidentified man was shot dead in Qaimkhani Colony of Baldia Town.

Acting on tip of a Federal Intelligence Agency and the CID Sindh Police foiled a terror attack by arresting three suspects, identified as Humayun, Saeed Ayub and Umar Farooq alias Faridullah from Mauripur area of Kiamari Town. CID officials claimed Faridullah was an expert in preparing explosive laden vehicles for carrying out terror activities. Police also seized a 100 kilogram explosion-laden vehicle from the area reportedly prepared for targeting a key political or Police figure.

28 suspects were arrested during an operation in the Sharafi Goth area of Bin Qasim Town.

Five suspects were arrested by the Police after raids in Clifton area of Saddar Town and Azizabad area of Gulberg Town.

Police arrested an alleged target killer, extortionist and gang-war suspect Amir arf Marchi from the Malir Town. He belonged to the Wasiullah Lakho group.

A survey by Geo News team has revealed that many Government-run schools in Karachi face illegal occupation of mafias. These mafias have not only occupied the school premises but converted them into retail shops, factories or razed the school buildings and built new residential apartments. The land of these schools is worth billions of rupees. The Provincial Department of Education colluded with the land grabbers and put many schools under the control of illegal occupiers.

The Police claimed the arrest of the alleged mastermind of the blasts at the Shama Cinema in the Bacha Khan Chowk area of Peshawar, the provincial capital of KP, on February 11, 2013, which killed 14 people. SSP (Operations), Najeebur Rehman said they arrested Hasan alias Israr, resident of Tirah valley in Khyber Agency in FATA, who was presently living at a place near the Bakhsho Bridge on Charsadda Road in Peshawar. He said Hasan was the mastermind of the attack on Shama Cinema and was injured in the incident.

The Police claimed the arrest of the alleged mastermind of the blasts at the Shama Cinema in the Bacha Khan Chowk area of Peshawar, the provincial capital of KP, on February 11, 2013, which killed 14 people. SSP (Operations), Najeebur Rehman said they arrested Hasan alias Israr, resident of Tirah valley in Khyber Agency in FATA, who was presently living at a place near the Bakhsho Bridge on Charsadda Road in Peshawar. He said Hasan was the mastermind of the attack on Shama Cinema and was injured in the incident.

Security has been increased at the Charsadda Sub-Jail (Charsadda District) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa amid fears of militant attacks on the detention facility. According to the reports, 97 Police and FC personnel equipped with automatic weapons have been deployed for the security while APCs have also been called in. The local administration has also made security arrangements at the Government buildings near the prison.

AAG Tariq Khokhar told the Supreme Court that another missing man Khawar Mehmood had reached home. Three others have been found detained in different internment centres, the Supreme Court was informed. The total number of people whose whereabouts have been traced during the week stands at five. According to a Punjab Police investigation report, Mehmood was allegedly picked up by the personnel of Intelligence Agencies on June 26, 2013 from a distribution company in Fortabbas area of Bahawalnagar District. The ISI and the MI had rejected the allegation and said he had never been in their custody.

His younger brother Amir Mehmood, an activist of LeT, was earlier arrested by intelligence agencies, convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. Later the Peshawar High Court acquitted Amir and since then he and his wife have been missing.

The Special Court, constituted to try former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf on high treason charges, will announce on February 21 whether it will hear the case or will he be tried by a military court under Army Act. Musharraf who appeared before the Special Court in the last hearing on February 18, 2014 avoided indictment on the request of his legal team, pleading that the jurisdiction of the Special Court should be decided first and the case be referred to a military court.

The court in its order ruled that they will first decide the application challenging the jurisdiction of this court before further proceedings. The court adjourned the hearing till February 21, ruling that the decision on the two applications, including jurisdiction of the court as well as transferring the trial to a military court, will be announced on February 21, 2014.

Sartaj Aziz, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's adviser on foreign affairs, assured India that Islamabad was looking at expediting the November 26, 2008 (26/11) Mumbai (Maharashtra) terror attacks trial and that the whole process could be brought to an end in the next two months. Sartaj, who met Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid during the SAARC Foreign Ministers' conference in Male (Maldives), also discussed various aspects of India-Pakistan ties, including NDMA for Indian goods, cross-LoC trade, the visa regime and observations of the Judicial Commission for Prisoners were also discussed during the meeting, sources said.

India in 2013 handed over five key documents running into nearly 600 pages for use in the trial so that prosecutors could proceed against the accused. The documents include a certified copy of the Indian Supreme Court's judgement on the case, depositions by two doctors -who conducted the autopsy of the nine slain terrorists- and the chief investigating officer who probed the case.

February 21

Unidentified militants hurled two cracker bombs near a house located in Jamshed Colony area of Jamshed Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. However, no casualties were reported.

The BDS defused a ten-kilogramme bomb on a railway track near Kot Mithun in Rajanpur District. Reportedly the target of the attack was a Khushal Khan Khattak Express train that was due to pass over this track.

The Special Court, constituted for trial of former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf under Article 6 (the High Treason Act) of the Constitution, summoned him on March 11, 2014 and rejected his counsel's appeal to shift the case to military court. The court also rejected the plea regarding jurisdiction of the Special Court, saying that it had complete authority to try Musharraf for high treason. The three-member bench, headed by Justice Faisal Arab, resumed hearing of the case and remarked that only the Special Court was entitled to hear the treason case, on the grounds that Musharraf retired in 2007 and he is not part of the army now so the case could not be proceeded under the Army Act. The court also observed that the Army Act of 1977 was declared null and void in 1981 by the courts therefore, under the law only the Special Court is subjected to hear the case of high treason against Musharraf, under Article 6.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif made it clear that the Government is ready to hold dialogue only with those who have respect for the Constitution and integrity of the country. "We are ready for talks for stability and peace in Pakistan but let me make it clear we are willing to hold a dialogue only with those who have regard for the Constitution and integrity of the country..." he said.

Rahimullah Yousafzai, a member of Government's committee, said that the Taliban, during the talks, did not abnegate the Constitution and had agreed to hold talks within the framework of the Constitution. He said that the Taliban later changed their view and expressed will to hold negotiation in accordance with the Quran and Sunnah. However, Yousafzai said that talks were not halted over the issue of the constitution or Quran and Sharia'h.

The TTP refused to announce a ceasefire, calling on the Government to do so first. TTP 'spokesman' Shahidullah Shahid said a ceasefire cannot be announced as the Government has been fighting against the Taliban. "We have been waging war for several years," Shahid said. "If the Government cannot negotiate a ceasefire, how can talks be held with a handful of people" Shahid questioned.

He said, "Our doors are open for talks… [but] the government needs to stop killing our comrades," the TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said in a joint news conference, alongside TTP South Waziristan Chapter leader Azam Tariq Mehsud, adding, "Since the Government started the war against us, it should declare ceasefire before asking us to do so."

A Grand jirga was organised in the wake of TTP threats to Ismaili and Kalash tribe at Bumborat in Kalash Valley of Chitral District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The meeting was presided over by Commandant Chitral Scouts Colonel Naeem Iqbal and was attended by Deputy Commissioner Chitral, Muhammad Shoaib Jadoon, District Police Officer Ghulam Hussain and Major Murtaza as well as elites from Kalash, Ismaili and Sunni Muslim communities.

In a 50-minute long video released on February 2 on the TTP media wing's website, the militants had announced an "armed struggle" against the Kalash and Ismaili Muslims. The narrator warned the Kalash, who are thought to number only 3,500, to convert to Islam or face death.

The CoAS General Raheel Sharif maintained his force was ready to counter any internal or external threat. "Let there be no doubt that Pakistan's armed force are battle hardened and fully capable to counter any internal or external threat posed to the integrity and sovereignty of our beloved country," the Army commented.

General Raheel recounted successes of the security forces in various operations against Taliban wherein several affected areas were cleared of the terrorists. "With the help of local population and support of the entire nation, security forces cleared vast areas," the Army chief said, and added that efforts and determination of all troops and law enforcement agencies were commendable. "We are fully prepared to confront any challenge in future as well," the Army chief reaffirmed.

February 22

At least nine suspected militants were killed when SFs carried out shelling on their hideouts in Thall tehsil (revenue unit) of Hangu District. "Gunship helicopters engaged the hideouts after confirmed reports of the terrorists' presence," a security official said.

Three people, including local QWP leader Adalat Khan, were killed and two others were injured in a remote-controlled explosion targeting his car in Gokand area of Buner District. No outfit claimed responsibility for the attack. A local intelligence official said that Khan had supported an anti-Taliban village militia in 2009.

Unidentified gunman shot dead a Shia leader and administrator of an Imambargah, Sher Muhammad Tori, at Gari Nawaz Khan in Kohat.

A militant was killed in Juma Khan Village of Nasir Bagh area of Peshawar (Peshawar District), the provincial capital of KP, when the explosive device he was planting at a nullah accidentally went off in the morning. Police said the man was initially mistaken to be a suicide bomber because his body was reduced to pieces. However, upon inspection of the site by the BDU, no evidence of a suicide vest was found.

The main gate of a contractor's house was damaged in a low-intensity blast in Garhi Qamaruddin on Kohat Road of Peshawar. Fortunately, no loss of life was reported in the attack.

Police have arrested 10 suspects during a targeted operation in Kanwari Colony area of Manghopir, in Gadap Town. SSP West Irfan Baloch said the operation was being carried out on a tip off about presence of criminal elements in the area. As many 100 policemen were taking part in the operation. Entry and exit points of the locality were sealed during the search.

The ISPR dismissed TTP's allegations of Security forces having the custody of women and children of TTP members. Rejecting the allegations levelled by the TTP, ISPR spokesperson said that these allegations against security forces are unsubstantiated and false, further stating that it was a baseless propaganda by the TTP.

February 23

At least 38 militants, including key commanders, were killed in early morning air strikes the Ghaibi Nika area of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency of FATA. Six hideouts were also destroyed. Security sources said that fighter jets bombed the hideouts as well as landmine-making factories in the Ghaibi Nika area where mostly militants from LI group are based. Factories and several stockpiles of explosives were also destroyed in the blitz.

A Government official, Sadif Hussain Tori, a technician at a Government veterinary hospital, was abducted by unidentified militants from Alizai tehsil of Kurram Agency. Sadif Hussain Tori was on his way home when militants intercepted his vehicle and abducted him.

The residents near the Pak-Afghan border have started migrating to safer places in fear of a possible military operation in NWA. People from Seegi, Ghulam Khan, Mandi and Datta Khel tehsil are leaving their homes. People belonging to Mir Ali are also shifting to Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Karak and Peshawar of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa due to persisting fears of a widespread bloodshed between militants and Pakistan Army.

Amidst growing chatter of a military operation in NWA, security sources on February said the task of purging the area of all violent groups could be over in a "matter of weeks." "It would take the military four to six weeks to clear the agency of fighters," security sources said, insisting that it was not difficult for Pakistan Army to re-establish the writ of the Government in NWA. The officials also quashed the impression that the operation had only 40% chance of success, as claimed by some politicians in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

At least 13 persons - among them a woman and a child - were killed and 14 others wounded in a bomb blast at the main gate of Usterzai Suzuki Stand on Hangu Road near Peshawar Chowk of Kohat town (Kohat District) in KP. The bomb which was remotely triggered was concealed in an empty crate placed near a passenger van with six persons on board. BDS official Akbar Khan told journalists that it was an improvised explosive device and weighed around five kilogrammes. Several vehicles were also damaged in the blast which took place near where key Government buildings, including Police Club, Cantonment Police Station, Girls Degree College and C&W Office, are situated.

Three unidentified men were killed and two others were injured in a firing incident in Jhatpat Market area of Lyari Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

A man, identified as Ali Yar (50),was killed and two others, identified as Ishaq (8) and Muhammad Shahid (35), were injured in a firing incident at a mosque in Peerabad area of Orangi Town. According to Police, a suspect, Waheed, was arrested after the shootout.

A man, identified as Ameer Khan (50), was found dead in Gulshan-e-Hadeed area of Bin Qasim Town.

An unidentified man was killed in a firing incident on Super Highway near New Vegetable Market.

A man, identified as Naseer (28), was shot dead by unidentified armed assailants in Banaras area of SITE Town.

One Nasir (35), was shot and injured by unidentified militants on Jamshed Road in Jamshed Town.

One Shah Nawaz (40), was injured in a firing incident by unidentified armed assailants in Nusrat Bhutto Colony of North Nazimabad Town.

One Zia (36), was injured in a firing incident in Baldia Town.

Rangers arrested 25 suspects during targeted operations in different parts of the city and recovered 42 weapons. The suspects were arrested from Bhittaiabad, Mehran Town, Bilal Colony, Gulzar Colony, Model Town, Baloch Goth, Mianwali Colony, Gulshan-e-Iqbal and Shah Faisal Town.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan will resume hearing of Karachi law and order case on February 24. The Sindh Government, the Rangers, Police and Intelligence Agencies, the PTA and the FBR will present their reports about their performance in improving the law and order situation in the metropolis in the light of Supreme Court orders issued in the last hearing on November 29, 2013.

At least five alleged militants were killed during an exchange of fire with SFs in Turbat District. A police officer, who requested anonymity, said that armed militants attacked the convoy of FC in Chah-e-Sar area of Turbat. He said the FC personnel quickly retaliated and five militants were killed on the spot. The officer stated that the FC recovered weapons from the possession of militants. He said that there were no reports of fatalities on the part of the FC.

A landmine blast killed one woman and injured seven others in Dera Bugti District. A Levies Official said on the condition of anonymity that a pick up carrying eight people, including seven women and a male, for a wedding party hit a landmine Zain Koh area of in Dera Bugti. "When the vehicle hit the land mine, there was huge blast, killing one woman on the spot", he said. No outfit claimed responsibility for the blast.

Journalists threatened to lay siege of the National Assembly and all Provincial Assemblies, if political parties failed to put forward legislation protecting the lives and jobs of media men in Pakistan before March 20, 2014. The announcement was made by PFUJ, Afzal Butt while addressing a seminar with regard to threats made against the media. According to Balochistan Union of Journalists more than 30 journalists were killed in the insurgency-hit province during the last seven years. "We will mount pressure on the rulers to protect the media in Balochistan."

February 24

Asmatullah Shaheen Bhittani, a senior 'commander' of TTP and supporter of peace talks with the Government, was killed along with his three colleagues in Darga Mandi village near Miranshah in North Waziristan Agency. TTP sources said Asmatullah Shaheen was coming to Miranshah in a car along with three other militants when another vehicle coming from the border area with Afghanistan overtook them and armed men sitting in it opened fire from AK-47 (Kalashnikov) assault rifles at them.

Two unidentified dead bodies bearing torture marks were recovered from Pak Colony near Rexer Bridge in SITE Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

An unidentified man, associated with an unspecified religious party, was killed in firing incident in Chishti Nagar of Orangi Town.

An unidentified man succumbed to his injuries after being shot by unidentified armed assailants in Orangi Town.

The Karachi ATC sentenced three accused, identified as Shujaat Ali, Shehzad Memon and Mohammad Farhan, to death for the kidnapping and murder of trader Muhammad Nawaz in 2010. They had demanded PKR 10 million in ransom and killed Nawaz despite receiving the ransom from the Nawaz's family.

A suicide bomb attack outside the Iranian consulate in Peshawar (Peshawar District), the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, killed two FC soldiers and injured ten others. The bombing took place in the upmarket University Town area of the city, where many non-government organisations are also based.

BLF militants abducted a polio worker and three Levies personnel after an armed attack on the convoy of the Deputy Commissioner of Awaran Rasheed Baloch while he was returning home after supervising an anti-polio campaign in Gishik area of Awaran District.

The SC while hearing a case related to the implementation of Supreme Court's earlier order (in 2013) over Karachi's law and order situation expressed its dissatisfaction over a report submitted by the Karachi Police and chided jail officials for installing jammers around the Central jail premises which has caused inconvenience to residents of the surrounding areas. The bench also sought a report from revenue officials by February 26, 2014 pertaining to the recovery of encroached lands in the city.

During the hearing held at the Supreme Court's Karachi Registry, AIG Karachi, Shahid Hayat, submitted before the bench a report over the performance of Police, according to which 13,000 suspects were arrested since September, 2013. The report further said that charge-sheets against 175 accused were filed in Anti-Terrorism Courts whereas charge-sheets against more than 7,000 arrested persons had been filed in Sessions Courts.

February 25

Pakistani fighter jets and gunship helicopters bombarded hideouts of TTP militants in the North and South Waziristan Agencies of FATA killing at least 30 militants. "The death toll from the air strikes has risen to 30," a security official told, updating the earlier death toll of 27. "Fifteen were killed in the South Waziristan side of the border, while 15 were killed in North Waziristan." The attacks were the fourth in a series of air strikes by the PAF since February 20.

Two unidentified men were shot dead in the Mominabad area of Iqbal Market Orangi Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

An unidentified man was killed in a shooting incident near Ath Chowk in Lyari Town.

An unidentified dead body of a man bearing torture marks was found in the Alam Pride area of North Karachi Town.

The ATC-III remanded two TTP militants, identified as Sajid Hussain and Meraj, until March 4, 2014 to Police custody in extortion case. According to the prosecution, the suspects demanded PKR 1500,000 protection money from Mohammad Akram, a trader, and extended him threats of killing in case of non-payment. The accused were arrested during a raid conducted by the Police on February 24, 2014.

The Sindh Rangers arrested 11 suspects during targeted raids in MPR Colony of Orangi Town. The Rangers also recovered 43 types of weapons including, submachine guns and mixed ammunition.

Unidentified armed assailants shot dead a man, identified as Saleh Mohammad, in the precincts of Satellite Town Police Station in Eastern Bypass area of Quetta.

Three Levies personnel and a polio worker who were abducted on February 24, 2014, from Gishik area in Awaran District were set free on the night.

Five rockets were fired in Peshawar, the provincial capital of KP, around midnight, from an undisclosed location. Police said two rockets landed inside Bacha Khan International Airport, but no damage was reported. The three other rockets hit Tehkal, Regi Model Town and University Town. However, no casualty was reported.

Three militants were arrested near Swabi Interchange in Swabi District who were attempting to target Security Forces' personnel. Official sources said three militants were preparing to launch an ambush on a Police official.

An explosion was reported at KP Chief Minister House in the Cantonment area of Peshawar, capital of the provincial, in the evening. The exact nature of the explosion has not been determined. BDS has been called to the scene. So far there have been no reports of injury or death.

Official sources disclosed that a major attack on Central Jail at Peshawar was planned to free key TTP prisoners kept there. Sources have confirmed that a group of five suicide bombers with an explosive-laden Toyota Corolla Car were dispatched to Peshawar to target Central Jail Peshawar in order to free TTP inmates held in captivity.

February 26

A man, identified as Sajawal, sustained injuries when an explosive device detonated outside the house of one Jahangir Khan, in the Ratta Amral area of Rawalpindi District. Ratta Amral Police SHO Chaudhry Zulfiaqar said that between 100 and 150 grams of explosives was used in the blast, which was later confirmed by the BDS.

An un-named security official said that Iranian border guards fired mortar shells in the Peshak area of Panjgur District. However, no casualties were reported.

Bannu, Kohat, Peshawar, Swabi and Mardan could face terrorist attacks the Police is now on high alert, said IGP Nasir Khan Durrani. According to a handout issued from the CPO, the IGP shared that KP's Police lost 79 personnel to terrorism in last six months and remains to be the most vulnerable target due to the nature of its duty.

The former administrator of Tehsil Headquarters Hospital, Mir Ali was abducted from North Waziristan Agency of FATA while he was heading home in Hisokhel from work in the evening.

DIG Police, Hyderabad Sanaullah Abbasi suspended 23 Police officials in Hyderabad District, working within jurisdictions of various SHOs and SDPOs, because of their suspected involvement in extortion-related activities. The 23 Police officials were previously posted in AVCC Hyderabad.

They were allegedly involved in extortion in their respective remits in entire Hyderabad Range and were directed to report to SSP, Matiari Amjad Shaikh with immediate effect. The order said that they should remain confined to Police Lines till finalisation of the inquiry pending against them.

The TTP claimed that its popularity is on the rise in Pakistan. "An ever increasing number of Pakistanis are joining hands with us adding more and more firepower to our jihadist capabilities. The graph of our popularity is going north", Shahidullah Shahid, the TTP 'spokesman' said in a statement.

TTP 'committee member' Maulana Sami-ul-Haq conveyed some of the committee's requests to TTP's political Shura, the coordinator of the Taliban committee Maulana Yousaf Shah said. A member of the Government's four-member negotiating committee Rustam Shah Mohmand confirmed that on February 24, 2014 Government negotiators had an 'informal' meeting with the TTP intermediaries in the presence of Federal Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.

At least 50 Barelvi school of thought groups at a multi-party conference held under the banner of Tahaffuz Namoos-i-Risalat Mahaz in Lahore District in Punjab demanded the Government to declare extremists as well as their supporters, whether political or religious, as enemies of the state and traitors.

The Government presented National Security Policy in the National Assembly with the aim of military retaliation against any violence and attack from the TTP militants in the future. Federal Minister of Interior Nisar Ali Khan, however, did not announce a full-fledged military operation against the militants.

The country's top civil and military leadership met to discuss the possibility of a military operation in the North Waziristan Agency of FATA. An official statement said that "they discussed matters relating to national defence and security". However, sources familiar with the high-level huddle disclosed that discussions were focused on 'evaluating' various aspects of a possible military operation against militants in North Waziristan, following the breakdown of the Government's peace initiative.

The Washington Post reports that the Pakistani Government is on the verge of launching a major military offensive in the North Waziristan. The Washington Post noted that recent brutal TTP attacks and the apparent failure of peace talks with the militants forced Pakistan to opt for the operation. "It could be any day," a senior Pakistani official told the newspaper, adding that the plans had been shared with senior US officials.

February 27

Two persons, including the administrator of a seminary Qari Ali Hassan and his son were shot dead outside a seminary located at Abul Hassan Isphahani Road in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

Two unidentified people were killed when unidentified armed assailants opened fire on a car in Hussainabad area of Malir Town.

A Shia scholar, identified as Allama Taqi Hadi Naqvi, was shot dead in an incident of target killing near board office located in North Nazimabad Town.

An unidentified man was killed and another injured when militants opened fire on a vehicle near Gharibabad Underpass in Malir Town.

Police arrested three accused during an operation in Garden area of Saddar Town. Police also recovered arms and hashish from their possession.

Police arrested 20 suspects during targeted operation in Saeedabad, Gulshan-e-Ghazi and Ittehad Town areas of Baldia Town.

An Afghan Government official, identified as Sardar Mohammad, was shot dead on Roghani Road area of Chamant town in Qilla Abdullah District. According to sources, Mohammad was an important official and was considered a close associate of Afghan commander Abdul Raziq Khan, the in-charge of Spin Buldak District, the first Afghan District after zero point at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

Unidentified armed assailants barged into the house one Kahir Mohammad in Etihad Colony of Quetta and killed his son Abdul Zahir.

Unidentified militants killed a man, identified as Ghulam Nabi, in Mastung District.

At least three militants were killed and three others were injured in an exchange of fire between security officials and militants in Shalobar area of Khyber Agency of FATA.

Several suspected militants were feared dead on morning when helicopter gunships attacked their hideouts in the mountainous area of Zarkani Luni and adjoining areas in FR Dera Ismail Khan bordering South Waziristan Agency. However, there was no formal confirmation of the shelling from the administration.

Three BLA militants were arrested from the Rojhan sub-District of Rajanpur District. It was reported that the militants admitted to being involved in February 16, 2014 Khushal Khan Khattak Express blast in Jacobabad District of Sindh. Six kilogrammes of explosive material were also recovered from their possession.

The PTI, which has been staging sit-ins to block the NATO supply to Afghanistan in protest against covert US drone strikes in the country, announced an end to its campaign. The decision of the PTI came after a local court ruled on February 25, 2013 that no private individual has a right to block or check vehicles on roads. "Given PTI's commitment to rule of law and respect for the senior judiciary, the Party will end its blockade of NATO supplies," said a statement issued by the party.

"The Core Committee felt that the pressure of the blockade had already resulted in a shift in the Obama Administration's drone policy and as a result drones had been stopped for the present," it added.

Pakistan expressed the hope that Afghanistan, as per international understanding and bilateral understanding, would not allow any terrorists fleeing from tribal areas to take refuge on its territory. Foreign Office Spokesperson, Tasnim Aslam said military action against terrorists is in progress on this side and Pakistan expects the Afghan Government and those managing security in Afghanistan to fulfil their responsibility in this regard.

About terrorist hideouts in Afghanistan, he said, "We have raised our concern with the countries concerned and hope they would take it seriously." The spokesperson said Pakistan has repeatedly emphasised the need for better border management.

Federal Minister for Interior, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that if the peace dialogue with the TTP fails the Government will use other options to establish durable peace. Nisar said that the Government was in contact with some militant groups, as talks with the main TTP faction remained stalled.

Three officials of the FIA presented evidence in an ATC of financial transactions done by LeT operative Younus Anjum, one of the seven suspects charged with planning and financing the Mumbai (Maharashtra) November 26, 2008 (26/11) attacks. Anjum was arrested in Lahore District of Punjab in 2009.

February 28

Two senior workers of the MQM, identified as Khalid Matin (45), and Hamid Ayub (55), were shot dead when they walked out of a mosque after offering Friday prayers at Gol Market in North Nazimabad Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. A beggar, identified as Abdul Aziz, was also injured in the incident.

In a sectarian attack, a salesman, identified as Manzar Ahmed (55), working at a sanitary shop was killed while another salesman Imran was wounded within the limits of Rizvia Police Station in Petal Wali Gali in Liaquatabad Town. SHO Hassan Haider said that the victims were attacked on sectarian grounds.

Unidentified militants blew up an 18-inch diameter gas pipeline in Abdal Raheem Bajarani village in Kandhkot city of Kashmore District, suspending gas supply to Karachi and other cities of Sindh.

Police claimed to have arrested three gangsters and recovered arms from their possession during an operation in SITE Town.

Nine persons, including six Policemen and one ASI Muhammad Anwar Ali, were injured when an unidentified militant hurled a hand grenade at their van in Sanawan area of Kot Addu area in Muzaffargarh District.

According to the details given by DPO Ghazi Salahuddin, a Police team from the Chobara Police Station in Layyah District had come to the rural area of Kot Addu to arrest a kidnapper Qayyum. He along with his accomplice was arrested and was being taken by the Police in their van when it came under attack.

The relatives of Balochistan's missing persons, led by Abdul Qadeer Baloch (72) under the banner of VBMP, reached the end of their protest march from Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan to Islamabad. Qadeer started his long march with some families of missing persons from Quetta on October 27, 2013. He is to present a petition to UN officials in Islamabad and meet foreign diplomats to raise awareness of their cause.

Promising minimum possible collateral damage, the Government said that surgical airstrikes against hideouts of militants will continue in FATA. No military operation was going on in FATA and only targeted action was being carried out.

About 20,000 people, mostly women and children, have been displaced during the Army operation against the TTP in North Waziristan Agency of FATA and the United Nations is ready to help them. UN Secretary General's Spokesman Martin Nesriky told reporters at a briefing.

March 1

12 Security Force personals (Khyber Khasadar Force), who were providing security to a polio team, were killed in two separate blasts in the Lashora area of Jamrud tehsil in Khyber Agency of FATA. A child was also killed in the firing by the militants after the blasts.

Three FC personnel were killed and six others wounded in a remotely controlled IED blast along RCD Highway in Sorab area of Kalat District.

Officials said that they had rescued 11 kidnapped foreigners including eight Iranians, two Tunisians and one Yemeni national from Turbat District. Iranian security officials confirmed that their kidnapped border guards were among those recovered. They had been abducted on February 5, 2013 from Sistan-Balochistan border.

March 2

At least 10 militants were killed during an exchange of fire in Darinjan and Rustam Bazar areas of Sui tehsil in Dera Bugti District. FC Spokesman Khan Wasay said "Forces quickly responded and 10 militants were killed on the spot." He said that the forces also recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition from their possession.

Unidentified militant blew up an 18-inch Sui gas pipeline in Dera Murad Jamali area of Naseerabad District, disrupting gas supply to Quetta and various other areas of the province.

In response to the militant attack on a polio team in the Lashora area of Jamrud tehsil in FATA which left at least 13 persons dead on March 1, Security Forces launched an assault on March 2-morning on militant hideouts in Kalanga and surrounding areas of Bara tehsil and killed five militants. Security sources confirmed that gunship helicopters struck the Ayubi Markaz of Mullah Tamanchey involved in the attack on polio workers.

At least two people were killed and two others were injured in an incident of firing between two rival Lyari gangsters in Ali Muhammad area of Lyari Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Markets and business outlets were also reportedly closed. As soon as the Rangers personnel reached the area, the assailants hurled grenades on the forces. The Rangers arrested three injured criminals after retaliating to their firing.

An unidentified man was shot dead in Maripur area of Kiamari Town.

Another unidentified dead body of a man was found from Maripur.

An unidentified dead body of a man was found from Khuda Ki Basti in Surjani Town area of Gadap Town.

Police claimed to have arrested three gangsters and recovered arms from their possession during an operation in SITE Town.

ATC in Shikarpur District convicted six suspects of murdering Geo News reporter Wali Khan Babar on January 13, 2011, and handed out death sentences to two and life imprisonment to four others. Faisal Mehmood, Mohammed Ali Rizvi, Mohammad Shahrukh Khan, Syed Tahir Naveed Shah were sentenced to life imprisonment. Mohammed Shakeel was acquitted. Two of the accused were sentenced to death in absentia as they were never caught.

ATC in Shikarpur District convicted six suspects of murdering Geo News reporter Wali Khan Babar on January 13, 2011, and handed out death sentences to two and life imprisonment to four others. Faisal Mehmood, Mohammed Ali Rizvi, Mohammad Shahrukh Khan, Syed Tahir Naveed Shah were sentenced to life imprisonment. Mohammed Shakeel was acquitted. Two of the accused were sentenced to death in absentia as they were never caught.

The TTP announced a month-long 'unconditional' ceasefire, a move that would help resumption of suspended peace dialogue. "Following a positive response from the Government, an appeal from religious scholars, in honour of the representative committee and in the greater interest of Islam and Pakistan, we have decided not to carry out any activities for one month," TTP 'central spokesman' Shahidullah Shahid said in a statement.

Federal Government announced to suspend airstrikes in the tribal areas that have left more than 100 terrorists dead so far. The Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan said Government considered TTP's announcement of ceasefire as a positive development.

Hafiz Gul Bahadur, a militant leader of Gul Bahadur Faction based in NWA, distanced himself from peace talks. His 'spokesman' Ahmadullah Ahmadi said in a statement that the peace agreement signed in 2006 by the Government and local TTP was still intact, although its certain clauses had been violated. The deal was renewed in 2008.

March 3

At least 11 people, including Additional District and Sessions Judge Rafaqat Awan, a woman lawyer, and a Policeman, were killed and 25 others were injured when militants attacked the courthouse complex in Islamabad. According to details, the militants sprayed bullets at everyone, hurled hand grenades and later exploded their suicide vests. TTP 'spokesman' Shahidullah Shahid while distancing itself from the attack said, "We have already declared a ceasefire and we strictly adhere to our deal with the Government. Our colleagues in the organisation also cannot violate this agreement". He further suggested that some Mujahideen groups or agencies could be involved in the terrorist activity.

The 'spokesman' of Ahrar-ul-Hind (AH), a splinter group of TTP, Asad Mansoor claiming responsibility for the attack alleged that judicial system in the country was 'un-Islamic' and that they would continue their 'struggle' till enforcement of Sharia'h law. He further said, "We we are an independent group and have no links with TTP. We were a part of TTP earlier but now we operate independently".+

Two SF personnel were killed and seven others were injured when a remote-controlled IED targeted a SFs' vehicle at Sadukhel area of Landi Kotal tehsil in Khyber Agency of FATA. According to sources, a convoy of FC personnel was travelling from Landi Kotal tehsil to Jamrud.

The members of eight tribes from Orakzai Agency held a Grand Jirga to welcome the announcement of a ceasefire from the TTP. They demanded the TTP should also include tribal elders in its negotiation committee. The jirga was led by tribal elder Malik Hafiz Habib Noor, Malik Jan and Malik Muhammad Rahman.

The HRCP expressed concern over Government's refusal to allow right activists and media personnel to visit Totak area where human bodies were found in unconventional graves. "Concerns and apprehensions of human rights organisations and civil society have increased after the discovery of mass graves in Totak and denial to these institutions to visit Totak and quake-hit areas of Awaran," the meeting of the HRCP Presided over by its Balochistan Chapter Chairman Tahir Hussain Khan observed.

The VBMP long march participants reached the UN country office in Islamabad to present a memorandum. VBMP leader Mama Qadeer Baloch said they now planned to return home after presenting their plea to UN. "... This is our last resort," he said, adding, "Where are these missing people? We fail to believe the Government. We have failed to get answers from them. The positive response from the UN gave us hope."

The senior officials briefed Parliamentary party leaders about the law and order situation and said 39 militant outfits were operating in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, while 20 other groups functioning in the garb of TTP were involved in extortion, kidnapping for ransom and other criminal activities. IGP Nasir Durrani and Home and Tribal Affairs Secretary Akhtar Ali Shah briefed political leadership about the Provincial Government's counter terrorism strategy.

The US Principal Deputy Special Representative on Afghanistan and Pakistan Beth Jones said that however Pakistan chooses to deal with the issue of militancy - through negotiations or the use of force - it remains an 'internal' issue and the United States is primarily concerned with curbing the menace of terrorism in both Pakistan and Afghanistan. Jones, who is also her country's ambassador to Pakistan, said Washington is 'supportive of the Pakistani Government's efforts in counter-terrorism'. When asked how Washington views the dialogue with the TTP, Jones said the US 'does not take sides'. Jones said, "We are very much in support of counter-terrorism."

March 4

Two persons were killed when unidentified gunmen attacked four vehicles carrying NATO supplies for Afghanistan in the Jamrud area of Khyber Agency in FATA. "The four containers were on their way to Afghanistan when four gunmen riding two motorbikes opened fire at them in Jamrud, killing two helpers and wounding one driver and one helper," a senior local administration official, Jehangir Azam Wazir, said.

Balochistan Union of Journalists staged protest demonstration against the killing of Ibrar Tanoli, a photographer of Reuters, and demanded of the Government to nominate a judge for heading the Judicial Commission to probe into the murder of more than 30 newsmen in the Province.

An explosion occurred on a railway track near Maachi Goth area in Rahim Yar Khan District. However, no casualties were reported.

Police released sketches of two accused involved in the March 3, 2014 attack on the Court Complex in F-8 area of Islamabad. According to the details given by the Police, both the attackers, who are 18 to 22 years of age, had beard. One attacker had curly hair while another was wearing a cap, Police said.

A terror alert was issued in Rawalpindi District on March 4 after intelligence report warned that there was a possibility of a massive attack in the city within 48 hours. The sources said that the Intelligence Agencies have warned Law Enforcement Agencies against potential terrorist strikes in Rawalpindi in the next 48 hours. They further said that intelligence reports have stated that a terrorist group is expected to launch a massive terrorist attack at Rawalpindi within two days. It is feared that groups linked to defunct organisations have devised a plan to carry out terror strikes in parts of Rawalpindi after Islamabad.

Police arrested a suspected target killer, identified as Roshan alias Bengali, from Ibrahim Hyderi area of Bin Qasim Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. According to Police, the suspect has political links. The Sukhan Police Station DSP said the suspect has confessed to five instances of target killing and about 20 extortion and robbery cases.

Police authorities admitted that no clue has been found so far in the high-profile murder case of Perween Rehman and no arrests had been made in the murder cases of the Orangi Pilot Project Director and PTI Sindh Chapter Vice President Zahra Shahid Hussain. Perween Rehman was killed in Qasba Colony area of SITE Town on March 13, 2013, while Zahra Hussain was shot dead in Defence area of Saddar Town on May 18, 2013.

PM Nawaz Sharif said that a durable and permanent peace was the top priority of the Government for which all-out efforts would be continued. The PM stated this while talking to members of the Government's negotiating committee, which called on him at the PM's House. The meeting was attended by Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Affairs Irfan Siddiqui, Major (retd) Mohammad Amir, Rustum Shah Mohmand and Rahimullah Yusufzai. Earlier, a meeting of the Government negotiating committee was held. The committee reviewed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan's ceasefire announcement and attacks in Khyber Agency and Islamabad.

The TTP invited Government peace negotiators to visit the Waziristan Agency for a 'direct sitting' with them, a TTP member said. A member of the Government's four-member negotiating team also confirmed the invitation, saying the trip would materialise if 'progress' was made in talks with the TTP intermediaries. "We've formally invited the government negotiators and will welcome them whenever they want to meet us," a TTP member said.

March 5

Six FC soldiers were killed and eight others sustained injuries when an IED detonated through a remote control targeted a SF's convoy near Warmagal area in Hangu District of KP. Military sources confirmed that a SFs' convoy was travelling from Hangu to Kurram Agency in FATA when it was targeted near Warmagal area. The sources said the vehicle was also damaged in the attack.

A Policeman was killed by firing of unknown motorcyclists in Yakatoot area of Peshawar, the provincial capital of KP.

A person was killed in a grenade attack in Prang area of Charsadda town (Charsadda District). Police said the victim was collecting sand when a grenade concealed in a pile of sand went off and killed him.

District West and Central DIG Javed Odho revealed that the two suspected target killers who were killed in an encounter with the Police on March 3, 2014, were also involved in the attacks on the office of Express Media Group. "The cross-matching of ballistics reports has confirmed the two suspects were involved in the first two attacks on Express Media group last year," he said. The suspects were identified as members of SMP, an outfit believed to be involved in over 300 target killings. DIG Odho said that Police investigators had confirmed that the suspects were involved in 17 target killing cases and the majority of their targets had been Policemen.

Two bullet riddle dead bodies in gunny sacks were recovered from the Shah Kas area in Jamrud tehsil.

Two Sui gas pipelines were blown up, suspending gas supply to the plant from the wells, in Loti and Pirkoh area of Dera Bugti District.

During a discussion jointly organised by SDP) and IHI in Islamabad, the participants of the long march from Balochistan made the demand for the recovery of missing persons, expressing disappointment over the response of the Government and the Courts.

Mama Qadeer Baloch, who started the long march under the VBMP banner from Quetta on October 27, 2013 and reached Islamabad on February 28, 2014, revealed that they were being threatened to end their campaign. However, they have decided to continue their journey. The march also included people from Karachi and Hyderabad Districts of Sindh Province in search of their missing relatives.

Special Court lawyers representing former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf in the high-treason case claimed that they have been threatened with beheading and have called for a new venue for the trial. Musharraf's counsel Ahmed Raza Kasuri while presenting the threatening letter, allegedly sent by the TTP, to the Special Court, said that the defence team feared for its safety and wanted the trial to be shifted to another location. "We cannot go ahead with this case in these conditions," he said, before reading out aloud from the letter.

The two-page handwritten letter, addressed to lawyers Kasuri, Sharifuddin Pirzada and Anwar Mansoor Khan, read: "Dear Sirs, we request that the three of you stop representing Musharraf otherwise we will destroy your children and behead all of you." It accused Musharraf of handing over hundreds of Muslims to the United States, "earning billions of dollars and becoming the richest person in the world". "You should stop representing him or be prepared for war…He is an infidel, hypocrite, and… he must be hanged," the letter added. The letter was signed by the 'people of South and North Waziristan' but its authenticity could not be verified.

The Government and TTP negotiators resumed peace talks and said they were ready to move to a decisive "second phase" even as a militant attack killed six military personnel in Hangu District of KP. A joint statement read out after the meeting in Akora Khattak, 50 kilometers east of Peshawar that the talks had entered a "crucial stage". Lead Government negotiator Irfan Siddiqui told they had made "satisfactory" progress. "We are now launching the second phase of the dialogue after completion of the first one, which focused on mutual consultations," he said. "The second phase will be of decision-making and we have to make important and far-reaching decisions."

The Chairman of Pakistan Ulema Council, Hafiz Mohammad Tahir Ashrafi, asked the TTP leadership to identify the renegade groups. Ashrafi said the suggestion would help Government differentiate between those who want to negotiate and those who didn't. "The simple policy should be to talk with those who want to hold talks and go for operation against those who do not want to talk with the government," Hafiz Ashrafi said.

The leader of Opposition, Khursheed Shah while addressing the National Assembly said that it was dangerous to include a serving Army official in the peace negotiations. He stated that the inclusion of such an official in the peace talks will have serious consequences if the negotiations failed. The Government was considering reconstituting its four-member negotiating committee in a bid to make the nascent peace process more 'effective and result-oriented'.

The 'Chief' of the PAC, Uzair Jan Baloch reached Europe to take up Lyari issues during his meetings with different delegations. Uzair is worried about the current state of Lyari and wants to go back to his people, said Habib Jan, the convenor of Friends of Lyari International, after he met Uzair. "I advised him not to go to Pakistan now," Habib added. Habib had managed to escape Pakistan during the launch of the April 2012 operation in Lyari. Uzair fled the country in July 2013 soon after the court issued arrest warrants against him for being involved in the murder of Lyari gangster Arshad Pappu.

Habib was reluctant to share whether or not Uzair was in London. "We met outside of London," he said, denying that Uzair was living with him. Habib explained that Uzair was in Europe to meet human rights organisations in different countries, adding that the issue in Lyari was very critical. "We are going to decide very soon the future of the Pakistan People's Party in Lyari," he said. "We will ask Javed Nagori, Sania Baloch and Shah Jahan Baloch to resign as the voters are not satisfied with their representatives. Lyari is burning again," he said. A close aide of Uzair, back in Pakistan, said, "Uzair will be in London soon and is in a comfortable position now". "It is better for him to be in a safer country. I hope Habib and Uzair will do something for the people of Lyari."

March 6

An ASI, identified as Naseer Ahmed, was shot dead in a targeted attack at Nushki bazaar in Nushki District.

An unidentified man was shot dead in firing incident in Haji Camp area of Lyari Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

Three people were injured when unidentified assailants hurled hand grenade near Lyari General Hospital area in Lyari Town.

The Rangers arrested five suspected militants during operations in Atta-u-Rehman Goth area of Landhi.

The death toll in the terrorist attack on an Islamabad District court on March 3 rose after a survivor died from his injuries, bringing the death toll to 12. Chaudhry Maqsood Ahmed (50) was among 29 injured victims died at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences.

Kurram Agency Political Agent, Riaz Khan Mehsud and three other officers sustained injuries when their vehicle was hit by an IED near Torghar in Thall area of Hangu District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Hangu District Police Officer Iftikhar Khan said that the condition of the political agent and other officers is out of danger and they are stable. Police said Mehsud, Alizai Assistant Political Agent Akbar Khan and Tehsildar Fazal Qadar and Naeem Khan were coming from Parachinar to Hangu when their vehicle was targeted.

Federal Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan revealed that Additional Sessions Judge Rafaqat Ahmed Awan, who was believed to be killed by terrorists in the gun-and-suicide attack at the Islamabad District Courts premises on March 3, 2014, was accidentally hit by the bullets of his own guard. The guard himself confessed to the incident and witnesses also recorded their statement.

Talking about the Government's counterterrorism strategy, the Interior Minister said that specialised counterterrorism equipment worth USD 12 million is being imported from China. Similarly‚ 65 vehicles to defuse IEDs are being imported and 1,600 security cameras are also being installed in Islamabad.

Federal Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan announced that direct peace negotiations would be held with TTP to make the process result-oriented. He said the Government's target is to start direct negotiations from next week. He said a new Government negotiating team is being constituted which will also have one representative of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government, as the province has been bearing the brunt of terrorism. The Minister said the Committee would contact the other side to make parameters of the dialogue absolutely clear so as to remove the misconception that the talks are taking place at the expense of the constitution or from a weaker position.

The Interior Minister said that the desired objectives were achieved through precision strikes and the Government position would continue to be the same in case any terrorism activity by the militants. He told the House that the Government has asked the TTP to condemn the Islamabad attack and help identify the perpetrators. Nisar said that majority of the militant groups have supported negotiations as the only way to maintain peace in the country. He said Parliament would be taken into confidence as and when a positive development takes place with regards to the talks with the TTP.

Al Qaeda continues to operate from FATA, Commander of the USCentral Command General Lloyd J. Austin said on March 6 in his testimony before House Armed Services Committee while adding that the long-lasting tensions between India and Pakistan over Kashmir are a threat to regional stability. "Long-standing tensions between Pakistan and India also threaten regional stability as both states have substantial military forces arrayed along their borders and the disputed Kashmir LoC," General Austin said.

He said that the US faced a host of challenges in Pakistan that have long hindered the efforts of the Pakistan Government to fight terrorism and America's ability to provide needed assistance. "Central to Pakistan's struggles is its poor economy and burgeoning 'youth bulge'. Given these conditions, radicalism is on the rise in settled areas and threatens increased militant activity and insurgency in parts of Pakistan where the sway of the state traditionally has been the strongest," he said, adding, "At the same time, terrorist attacks and ethno-sectarian violence threaten the Government's tenuous control over some areas. Further compounding these internal challenges are Pakistan's strained relationships with its neighbours".

Pakistan said that while it would facilitate reconciliatory talks in Afghanistan, it clarified that it was playing no role behind the scenes. The Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam Khan said that the reconciliation process has to be Afghan-led and Afghan-owned. "We will give whatever assistance Afghanistan requests us for and whatever we can possibly do," he said.

She pointed out that Pakistan was not involved behind the scenes. "Behind the scene, we are not involved," she clarified. Asked about securing the Western border with Afghanistan about the post-2014 scenario, the spokesperson said it is not clear what will happen beyond 2014 but Pakistan hoped to see reconciliation efforts that would stabilise the country. "Whether there will be a draw down or complete withdrawal. Elections are going to take place, hopefully peaceful elections," she said.

She further added, "We do not want to see and it is our hope as well there will be no civil war in Afghanistan which would have very serious impact on Pakistan. We are in contact with the Afghan authorities as well for better management of our border. Our Secretary Interior was in Afghanistan and he had very useful discussions and both are working on initiatives that would ensure that our border is managed and monitored better."

March 7

Four persons, two of them brothers, were shot dead in Lyari area of Karachi (Karachi District), the provincial capital of Sindh, in the night. Kalakot Police said Rizwan alias Sunni was gunned down in Gul Mohammed Lane. Later, a body stuffed in a gunny bag was found in Sarbazi Mohalla. The deceased was identified as Waqas Baloch, brother of Rizwan. A Police official said there were reports that Rizwan had 'sympathies' with the Uzair Baloch group. Subsequently, gunmen resorted to heavy firing on Mirza Adam Khan Road, leaving two people dead and injuring two others, including a passerby Policeman, Imran Beg.

The BDS prevented a terrorist attack by defusing a two kilogramme bomb planted alongside the road in Orangi Town.

The Model Town Police of Lahore and personnel of an intelligence agency arrested a terrorist from a house near Soay Aasil and seized explosives from his custody. Police raided a house in cooperation with the officials of intelligence and arrested the alleged terrorist, Sarfraz. Police seized six bags of detonators, 10 rolls of detonator wire and seven bags of TNT.

The Supreme Court directed the Balochistan Government to submit a reply with explanation about prosecution and trial of arrested FC officials in a civil or a military court. The two-member bench comprising Justice Amir Hani Muslim and Justice Athar Saeed resumed hearing of the case about law and order situation in the province and mass graves found in Khuzdar Disrict. During the course of proceedings, the court was informed that Shahid Hamid, the counsel for the Balochistan Government, could not appear because of illness.

A full-scale military operation against the TTP in the tribal areas near the Afghanistan border can be launched as early as this month in case of violation of ceasefire by the militants, Defence Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif said. The Minister told "It will not take months now. We'll have to march in the month of March. If there is a ceasefire, it has to be complete. Without that, we just can't afford to have talks with the Taliban. We won't just take this lying down." "If we are attacked, the state is attacked, civilians are attacked, military personnel are attacked, we will retaliate. We will retaliate in kind", he added.

Asif said that dialogue would be held only with the factions of the TTP who wanted peace in the country. He said the Government would hold consultation with all political parties and stakeholders before taking any "hard step" against the elements disturbing the peace process.

The joint opposition in the Senate accused the Federal Minister of Interior for defending the TTP and calling them 'not anti-state' elements. The matter became intensive when PPP's Raza Rabbani pointed out that the autopsy report of the judge martyred in Islamabad court massacre had indicated the bullets entering and exiting his body were either of a Kalashnikov or SMG Ironically, the guard had a pistol in his hands, he said. He said the statement of Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan that the judge was hit by bullets of his guard came when the joint investigation team was busy in probing the incident.

The Army nullified the talk of its involvement in peace talks with militants as its top brass reportedly observed that holding the dialogue was a Government initiative. The 170th corps commanders' conference took place as the Government prepared for the second stage of the dialogue with militants in which it is planning to open a direct channel with the TTP from next week. The conference took a comprehensive review of the prevalent internal and external security situation of the country and weighed options in the peace talks with the TTP. Media had speculated that the Government wanted Army representation in the team that would negotiate with leaders of TTP.

A total of 1,710 people have been killed in sectarian strife across the country since 2008, the Federal Interior Ministry said in a written reply to a question in the Senate. The figures covering all provinces and collated year-wise from 2008 to February 15, 2014 seem to be missing a number of high profile killings, according to opposition members in the upper house. Pakistan People's Party's Senator, Sughra Imam, who had filed the question and other members from opposition benches protested against what they called 'misleading and incomplete' reply.

According to government's figures, Balochistan remained the worst hit province with 675 sectarian killings, followed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with 431, Sindh 204, Punjab 146 and FATA with 194 sectarian killings recorded during the mentioned period. Around 100 people became victims of sectarian violence in Gilgit-Baltistan while five in the national capital territory Islamabad.

March 9

Unidentified militants opened fire near Vita Chowrangi and shot dead two unidentified people and injured two others in Korangi Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

Police and Rangers conducted targeted operations in several areas of the city during which police claimed to have arrested 66 suspects whereas Rangers officials claimed the arrest of 15 suspects. A large number of weapons and ammunition was recovered from their possession.

More than PKR15 million were looted from 10 banks across the city during three months of 2014. According to a data available from police sources, four bank robberies were reported in January, three in February and three in first nine days of March. On January 7, armed men looted PKR 1.8 million from a bank in Awami Colony, Korangi and killed two guards on resistance. A bank heist was reported on February 20, 2014, in North Karachi. The armed men looted PKR 350,000 from that bank. March proved to be a more fruitful month for the looters as three banks were looted within a span of nine days in the month. The first incident was reported within the limits of Garden Police Station where PKR 1.5 million was looted in a day light bank heist.

Two people, including a local leader of the BNP, who was also the chief of the trader's community, Attaullah Muhammadzai, and his bodyguard, were shot dead on Chakar Khan Road in Khuzdar District.

An unidentified man was shot dead on in Fatima Jinnah Road in Quetta.

A seven year old girl was killed and two others were injured in a landmine blast in Koh area of Dera Bugti District.

Unidentified militants blew up a bridge on National Highway near Mach area of Bolan District, cutting off the land-link between Punjab and Balochistan.

Provincial Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti said that Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch is in contact with some of the 'angry Baloch leaders' for initiating a process of dialogue to resolve issues faced by the Province. He said that the Federal Government and Balochistan Assembly had empowered the Chief Minister to approach Baloch insurgent leaders and work out a process of dialogue for reconciliation. He said the Chief Minister had contacted some of the leaders and was trying to bring them to the negotiating table.

Worried over perceived threat posed by the national security policy to seminaries, the secretary general of Wifaq-ul-Madaris Al-Arabia, Maulana Hanif Jalandhari, has said no compromise will be made over the independence of madrassas. He announced that rallies would be organised across the country to protect the independence of madrassas and spread awareness about the syllabus being taught there. Maulana Jalandhari said that the syllabus met the requirements of modern age and had nothing to do with extremism and terrorism. Announcing the schedule of the rallies, he said the first public meeting would be held in Multan on March 20, the second in Karachi on March 23, the third in Quetta on March 25 and the fourth in Peshawar on March 27. These would be followed by rallies in Muzaffarabad and Gilgit whose dates would be announced later. "The final public gathering will be held in Islamabad on April 24.

The Federal Government is quietly pushing for peace deals with individual militant groups after some members of its peace committee have concluded that reaching an 'all inclusive agreement' with the TTP may not be possible. At least two members of the committee, who wished not to be named, told The Express Tribune that they expect the Government to reach an understanding only with parts of the TTP.

March 10

Five people were found dead in the Brohi Mohalla area of Mawach Goth area in Baldia Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. The victims were relatives of a suspected gangster, Lala Orangi-wala, one of the main characters of a gang led by Noor Mohammed alias Baba Ladla, said City SSP Faisal Bashir Memon. They were allegedly killed by the Sheraz Comrade Group, which was supposed to be a rival gang of the Ladla group, he added. The SSP said that so far they had not found any criminal record of the victims. The complainant Munir told the Police that his brothers, Ismail and Shoaib, as well as their maternal uncle, Taj Mohammed, were boxers who played for different Government and non-governmental organisations in the city. The Police investigators linked the five killings with the ongoing gang warfare in Lyari.

Lyari, which is the hub of footballers in the country, is losing of its athletes to the Government’s inability to control the unrest. “We are losing our best sportsmen to violence,” complained Ali Akbar Shah, a national boxer, adding, “The Government should have to play its role to safeguard the country’s future.”

With the increase in weapons and crime in Karachi, the concerned citizens took to the streets, demanding de-weaponisation and the depoliticising of the Police. The protest was organised by the Citizens Trust against Crime (CTAC) in which members of varying segments of society, including retired army officials, members of human rights organisations, politicians and students urged action against the deteriorating law and order situation.

Daily Times in its six months report on crime in Karachi stated that despite the claims of arresting over 17,000 criminals during six months in the ongoing targeted operations of paramilitary force, security agencies were unable to stop the proportional increase in terrorism, where some 928 people were killed during September 5, 2013 to March 4, 2014. In a recent issued crime statistics, law enforcement agencies in last couple of months conducted 1,002 raids excluding 848 encounters held, whereas, the security agencies claimed to arrest 17,743 criminals while killed 135 in encounters. Police conducted 11,002 raids in various localities of the city.

Head Constable, identified as Manzoor Ahmed, was shot dead on Sariab Road in Quetta (Quetta District). SP Imran Qureshi said that unidentified militants opened fire at the vehicle of head constable Manzoor Ahmed on Sariab Road, killing him on the spot. No outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Information Secretary of the ASWJ Rawalpindi Chapter, Mohammad Sohail Muavia, was killed and two of his companions, identified as Ammanullah and Nasir, were injured when unidentified militants opened fire at the car of Mufti Tanveer, Rawalpindi President of ASWJ, near Zia mosque in Sharkial area of Islamabad.

A woman, identified as Palwasha Khan, and claiming to be the mother of a suicide bomber who blew himself up during the attack on Islamabad District Court on March 3, 2014, revealed on March 10 that her son Fidaullah went missing on January 9, 2014, and was involved in the attack. A report was also lodged with the Iqbal Town Police Station in Lahore District about Fidaullah’s disappearance. She further revealed that the mastermind of the court attack owned a restaurant. 

A three-day anti-polio drive started across the FATA except in North and South Waziristan Agencies and parts of adjoining FR Bannu due to a TTP ban. The drive targets about 713,051 children below five years of age. Meanwhile, in Mohmand Agency, the campaign will begin on March 11, while it was deferred till March 17 in Khyber Agency due to an ongoing Army action against militants there.  Secretary social sector FATA Captain (retired) Sardar Mohammad Abbas inaugurated the campaign by administering oral polio vaccine to children at the FATA Secretariat.

According to a press release, the vaccinators will not visit the areas where militants had banned drops due to threats. A total of 2,324 mobile, 245 fixed and 72 transit teams comprising volunteers and vaccinators would administer drops to targeted children in the tribal areas under strict security arrangements, said the press release. FATA recorded 24 polio cases of the nationwide 27 cases in 2014. Of them, 21 are from North Waziristan and one from South Waziristan while three children are from whole of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In 2013, FATA accounted for 67 polio cases of the total 93 recorded in Pakistan. North Waziristan again recorded the highest number of 36 cases followed by Khyber with 20 and South Waziristan one, as children couldn’t be vaccinated due to a ban slapped by TTP in June 2012.

TTP and al Qaeda terrorists have planned an assassination attempt on former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf, the Interior Ministry said in a letter sent to the Home Secretary Punjab, the Islamabad Police Chief, the Chief Commissioner and other officials. In the letter, the Interior Ministry warns that terrorists affiliated with the TTP and al Qaeda have planned to target Pervez Musharraf in the near future. According to the letter, the ministry warns that the attackers have planned to assassinate Musharraf inside or outside the Court.

The Special Court formed to conduct treason trial against Musharraf is likely to indict him on March 11. Musharraf’s lawyer Ahmed Raza Kasuri said that his client will not appear before the Court. However, prosecution said that a request would be moved for issuance of non-bailable arrest warrants against the accused if he didn’t appear before the Court.

The two member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Nasirul Mulk gave the Federal Government time until March 14, 2014, to present suspected HM militant Tasif Ali and adjourned the hearing of the case to the said date. The bench heard the case relating to the disappearance of Tasif, believed to be a HM activist who went missing on November 23, 2012. AAG Shah Khawar said the accused was present in the ‘operational’ area.

The Supreme Court bench had taken up the case on the application of Abida Malik, wife of Tasif Ali alias Danish. Her application had accused a serving Military Intelligence officer, Major Ali Ahsan, earlier known as Major Haider, for allegedly being behind the enforced disappearance of her husband whose immediate production before the court has been sought.

Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on March 10 that no Army representative will be included in the new committee for talks with the TTP. He, however, added that the armed force backed the panel, which he said would be announced within two to three days. He said that the committee will consist of three or four bureaucrats to hold direct talks with the TTP. The minister clarified that the Army at no stage had expressed concerns over the talk committee or negotiation process. “Army’s behaviour has always been positive,” he said and added that Maulana Samiul Haq’s committee will move forward the process.

March 11

A MQM activist, identified as Itrat Hussain Rizvi, succumbed to his injuries after he was shot at by unidentified armed assailants at a video shop in North Karachi Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. He was injured on March 9, 2014, and was a member of MQM Unit 173.

Unidentified armed assailants killed one person, identified as Manir (30) on March 11 in Lasbela Colony of Baldia Town.

A man, identified as Nisar Ahmed (30), was shot dead by unidentified militants in Rehri Goth area of Landhi Town.

Two alleged gangsters associated with the Shakeel Badhshah group of the Uzair Baloch gang, identified as Saddam and Faisal Baloch, were killed in a joint raid by the Police and Rangers in Lyari Town.

A gangster, identified as Nasir Baloch, allegedly involved in the abduction and murder of three Lyari boxers and two of their family members on March 10, 2014, was killed in an alleged encounter with the Police.

Another gangster, identified as Nazeer, was killed during a Police raid at Ali Mohammad Mohalla of Lyari Town. Though Police officials believe Sheraz Comrade to be the mastermind behind the killings, they have no evidence to link him directly to the incident as he has not been seen in the area for the last six months. “Two of the nominated suspects have been killed so far by Police in separate encounters while the remaining will be killed or arrested soon,” said DSP Sohail Afzal.

At least eight suspects were arrested during targeted raids conducted by Rangers.

Two persons, including one FC soldier, were killed as a result of firing by unknown motorcyclists within the limit of the Hoyad Police Station in Janikhel area of Bannu District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. According to Police, the two persons, who were brothers, sustained severe injuries when they were fired. The victims were shifted to the District Headquarters Hospital in a critical condition where they succumbed to their injuries.

Two Policemen escorting a polio vaccination team for security, were shot dead in Garo Ahmed area of Dera Ismail Khan District. The two cops were returning to their homes after performing their duties when they were targeted by unknown assailants in Garo Ahmed area, killing the two on the spot.

Two people were killed and three others were injured when unidentified militants opened fire in Pedrak area of Turbat District.

The Army assured the Government its full support on the talks with the TTP. This assurance was held out in a meeting that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired to review national security. According to sources, the dialogue process with the TTP was discussed during the meeting. The military leadership provided assurance that the decisions of the government would be implemented. The meeting was attended by Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and ISI Director General Lieutenant General Zaheerul Islam. Earlier, the Prime Minister held a one-on-one meeting with the Army Chief General Raheel Sharif and Nisar Ali Khan briefed the prime minister during the meeting.  

TTP’s Mohmand Agency chapter 'chief' Umar Khalid Khurasani vowed to abide by the ceasefire negotiated between the Government and TTP despite the outfit’s claim of killing 23 FC soldiers. Peace talks had reached a deadlock after the killing of the soldiers. In a written statement to the media, Khurasani said the outfit did not have any plan to attack former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf or anyone else for that instance. He also said the militant outfit was obeying ceasefire as negotiated by the central leadership of the TTP. He said security and intelligence agencies were misguiding people. “We abide by ceasefire and have no plan to attack Musharraf or anyone else,” said Khurasani.

March 12

At least 19 civilians, including 10 women and four children, were killed and more than 50 others were injured in gang war clashes among rival gangsters, Uzair Baloch, Ghaffar Zikri and Baba Ladla in Gahribshah locality of Lyari Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Violence triggered after the March 10, 2014, killing of five relatives of Baba Ladla. However, violence continued on March 12 after the killing of a brother of Ghaffar Zikri, the head honcho of another powerful gang allied with the Baba Ladla group, in an alleged encounter with the law enforcers. According to details, the two gangs suspected that their rival, Uzair Baloch, the head of the PAC, was behind these killings.

Gangsters from Baba Ladla and Ghaffar Zikri groups, armed with RPGs and automatic weapons, decided to avenge the deaths of their cadres, said the insiders. “They mounted the attack after reaching the Rangiwara locality, the stronghold of Baba Ladla group, on Gahribshah, the bastion of the Uzair Baloch group,” said one of the insiders. “However, stiff resistance checked their march and the two sides rained bullets and rockets on each other from a distance.” Most of the casualties were caused when shoppers in the busy Jhatpat Market, which serves as a buffer between Rangiwara and Gahribshah, were caught up in the cross-fire. “Jhatpat Market is a Line of Control between the two gangs,” said another insider. “Innocent shoppers and traders in Jhatpat Market had fell victim to the gang war,” he added.

The Rangers claimed to have killed at least nine suspects and arrested 56 others in Lyari after the clash. According to sources the suspects killed by Rangers were affiliated with Baba Ladla group.

Sindh Chief Minister, Qaim Ali Shah during a meeting with members of KCCI and Karachi SITE Association said that the Sindh Government was successfully heading towards strengthening the Sindh Police with latest weapons, vehicles and equipments and controlling the crime rate in Karachi. He said during the target operation Karachi Police killed 180 harden criminals in encounters. Shah said the Sindh government was working on the plan to strengthen the Sindh Police more and it was engaged in negotiations with the companies in America and other European countries to get the explosive/metal detecting latest equipment in addition to 100 APC vehicles more than 500 Police mobile and other deterrence for Sindh Police.

Unidentified assailants shot dead four people, including three militants, in Miranshah Bazaar of North Waziristan Agency in FATA. “Several gunmen opened fire on a vehicle in Miranshah Bazaar, killing four people,” a senior security official said. He said the gunmen also fired rockets at the vehicle, adding “those killed in the attack included three militants and a passerby”.

Balochistan FC arrested nine suspects and recovered a cache of arms and ammunition, including four sub machine guns, two MMGs, 10 hand grenades, 10 magazines and a large number of rounds, during a raid at Kirani Road area in Quetta.

Islamabad Police claimed to have arrested three Afghan nationals who were residing illegally in Islamabad. Police recovered parts of stolen bikes and weapons from their possession, a Police Spokesman said.  Following orders from senior officials of the Islamabad Police, patrolling and security measures have been enhanced in the city.

The three-member Special Court bench, headed by Justice Faisal Arab of the Sindh High Court, that is trying former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf for high treason, summoned the head of the Intelligence Agency that reportedly informed the Interior Ministry about the possibility of an attack on him. The bench remarked that Justice Arab had witnessed some documents which stated that not only the accused but the courtroom and the lawyers were also under threat of an attack. He said that some documents were presented to him in which the Interior Ministry was the complainant.

Justice Arab said that the courtroom, prosecution head and the defence counsel were also threatened. Tariq Hassan, a member of the prosecution team said that the TTP has denied a plan to attack Musharraf and said it has not threatened him. The court directed the intelligence agency’s head to appear before the court on the next hearing and adjourned the proceedings till March 13, 2014.

The KP Government informed the Supreme Court that any Afghan Taliban incursion into Pakistani territory from the Afghan Province of Nuristan to force the Kalash in Chitral District to convert to Islam was almost impossible because the Pakistan Army was regularly patrolling the border. In reply to a suo motu notice taken by the Supreme Court on February 20, 2014, KP Advocate General Abdul Latif Yousafzai submitted a two-page report explaining that the army and other Law Enforcement Agencies were regularly keeping a strict vigil through 16 check posts from Arandu to Lutkoh areas. They were ready to counter any attempt by the Taliban, the report said. Moreover, the border with Nuristan is inaccessible and presently snowbound.

The Malakand Commissioner visited Chitral District on February 21, 2014, and held a meeting with the Kalash community in Bumburet Valley, the report said, adding that the threat issued by the Taliban was nothing new. The video clip issuing warning to the Kalash to convert to Islam, which was cited by the local and international media, had not been circulated among the people of Chitral, the report claimed.  It said the administration and the army had taken steps to beef up security in the area.

Funding will not be an issue if the Government decides to go for a military operation because terrorism has to be eradicated from the country, regardless of the cost, says Finance Minister, Ishaq Dar. “Funding is no issue to get this nation, this country and the people out of this menace but we want to give peace a last chance. We cannot tolerate this (terrorism) to continue,” he said. He said all institutions of the state, military or civilian agreed with the Prime Minister that they would have to work hard to cope with the security challenge and to solve economic and energy problems. He said the Government had not yet taken a decision about a military operation in Waziristan because it wanted to give peace process a chance before opting for an operation, the cost of which would depend on its extent and scope.

The Government announced its four-member reconstituted committee for holding negotiations with the TTP. According to official sources the committee’s members are: Ports and Shipping Secretary Habibullah Khattak, who will head the committee, while the other three members are FATA Additional Secretary Arbab Arif, Rustam Shah Mohmand and Additional Secretary to the Prime Minister Fawwad Hassan Fawwad. The sources further said that the Government committee will hold direct talks with the TTP and it will also visit North Waziristan Agency for this purpose. The newly formed committee will resume the negotiations process in the next few days. 

TTP negotiating committee met Federal Minister of Interior, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and discussed progress in the peace talks and the future strategy. Chaudhry Nisar said the Government was seriously pursuing the dialogue process with the TTP and it had already taken a decision to set up a new committee for the purpose. He said the Government would welcome those militants who desired peace, but action would be taken against those who wanted to sabotage the peace process.

In a meeting between Maulana Samiul Haq and Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, it was decided that TTP committee, during its visit, will pave way for a visit by the newly formed Government panel to hold formal talks with the militants. Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that the Government will provide helicopter to the TTP committee.

The Government and the Army both saw the TTP as an existential threat to their State and were committed to dealing with it, the commander of US and international forces in Afghanistan informed Congress. General Joseph Dunford also told the Senate Armed Services Committee that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was committed to talks with the TTP but it’s not clear if conditions were right for a constructive engagement with the TTP.

At a hearing on the current situation in Afghanistan, General Dunford said the US military could wait till August for a bilateral security agreement with Kabul after which it would start preparing for a withdrawal from that country, if a pact was not signed. During the hearing, Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen asked the general to explain how the situation in Pakistan could affect what happens in Afghanistan. “I find it difficult to envision success in the region without cooperation of Pakistan and without an effective relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan,” General Dunford said.

“I believe that Pakistan also recognises the existential threat of extremism to their own security, and they also recognise that it’s not in their best interest to have anything other than a stable, secure and unified Afghanistan.” He noted that since August, Pakistani and Afghan rulers had met four times, indicating that Prime Minister Sharif had “come to a new resolve” to improve the relationship with the neighbouring country. This cooperation focused on two areas: to have a common definition of extremism and cooperate on dealing with it and to come up with a broader border management framework that would address the political, economic and security issues between the two countries, he added.

No Pakistani civilians were killed by US drones in 2013, said UN Investigator Ben Emmerson while presenting his latest report on drone strikes to the UNHRC in Geneva. “I am pleased to be able to report a very significant de-escalation in the use of armed drones by the United States in… Pakistan,” said Ben. The total number of recorded strikes in 2013 was down to 27 from a peak of 128 in 2010, he said, adding, “But perhaps most significantly, for the first time in nine years there were no reports of civilian casualties during 2013 in the FATA area of Pakistan,” he added.

Last May, US President Barack Obama raised the bar for launching attacks. But despite the change of tack in Pakistan, Emmerson said that the picture in Afghanistan and Yemen was “much bleaker”. Citing a report by the UN Mission in Afghanistan, he said that there was a threefold increase in drone-related civilian casualties between 2012 and 2013. A total of 45 Afghan civilians died in drone strikes in 2013, he said, adding, “And the picture in Yemen remains cause for serious concern. The frequency of armed drone strikes appears to have intensified, particularly during the closing months of 2013, with a sharp escalation in the number of reported civilian casualties,” Emmerson informed.

March 13

Two gangsters affiliated with Baba Ladla group, identified as Asif Niazi and Imran Niazi, were killed in an exchange of fire with the Rangers in Lyari Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. The Police said that Asif Niazi was brother-in-law of Baba Ladla and was booked for his involvement in a grenade attack in Jhat Pat Market on March 12, 2014.

Sindh Chief Minister, Qaim Ali Shah directed the heads of Sindh Police and Rangers to prepare a comprehensive contingency plan for conducting a specific surgical operation with full force to root out gangsters from Lyari. He said that any delay in this action would cause a negative impact on the achievements made during the ongoing targeted operation in Karachi. “Enough is enough! The government will not tolerate killing of innocent people,” the Chief Minister said.

Five people, including four children and a woman, were wounded in a bomb blast outside their house at Ghandi village near Jamrud town in Khyber Agency of FATA.

The ISI confirmed the seriousness of the threats that former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf’s lawyers claim he is facing. A representative of the ISI said that it had intercepted a phone call on the night of March 12, 2014, which confirmed that Musharraf was susceptible to attack. They cautioned that there was a clear and present danger from militants who were looking to target Musharraf’s convoy somewhere along the route between the AFIC and the court’s premises. According to sources, “an official informed the judges about phone calls, reports and technical analysis which revealed that al Qaeda is planning to target Musharraf”.

A three-member bench of the Special Court headed by Justice Faisal Arab upheld its order to produce Musharraf before the court so that the Court can indict him in the high treason case for abrogating the Constitution while issuing proclamation of emergency on November 3, 2007, reports The News. Justice Fisal Arab ruled that the order pertaining to production of the accused on March 14, 2014 remained intact.

A member of Musharraf’s legal team Chaudhry Faisal Hussain said, “We fail to understand why the court is in hurry to indict our client, even after security agencies have admitted that he is facing a serious security threat from within and outside”.

Adviser to Prime Minister on National Affairs, Irfan Siddiqui said that the talks had entered a crucial stage and the-two member Taliban talks committee would give a report about its talks with the Taliban leadership after its return from Miranshah in North Waziristan Agency of FATA within two days. He said that after the report from the Taliban committee, a decision would be taken on how to take forward the talks process. Irfan Siddiqui said after the report it would be clear whether the Taliban would hold direct or indirect talks. The Taliban would make some demands and some demands would come from the Government, he explained.

Before arriving in Miranshah, the TTP negotiating committee met Federal Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali on March 12, 2014, to discuss the future strategy for peace talks. Irfan Siddiqui said the first stage of establishing contact with the Taliban had been completed despite various hurdles.

US Marine Corps and current Commander of the ISAF and U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A), Major General Joseph Dunford said that allied and Afghan forces are putting a greater focus on the Haqqani Network, which has threatened to disrupt Afghanistan’s Presidential elections scheduled for April 2014. He said that the effort includes a move by the US to "crank up the heat" on the group’s financing and freedom of movement.

Dunford said that Haqqani militants have been more active in the past few months. The US has repeatedly pressed Pakistani authorities to move more aggressively against the militants, who are based in North Waziristan Agency of FATA and routinely conduct attacks against US and coalition troops.

March 14

At least 11 persons were killed and 45 others injured in a suicide attack targeting Police in Sarband area of Peshawar (Peshawar Disrict), the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. DSP-city Banaras Khan said the blast appeared to have targeted Police mobile van and was carried out by a suicide bomber. Superintendent of Police Faisal Kamran said that due to the sensitive nature of the area, which is situated on the border of the tribal areas, Police personnel were using APC to conduct routine patrolling when they were targeted by the suicide bomber who was on foot. According to Shafqat Malik, AIG of the BDS, at least eight kilograms of explosives were used in the blast. According to Reuters, TTP splinter group Ahrar- ul-Hind (AH) claimed responsibility for the attack. “We claim both Peshawar and Quetta attacks," said its 'chief' Umar Qasmi. “We don't abide by these talks and will continue to stage attacks", he added.

The TTP negotiators said that the TTP leadership was ready to hold direct talks with the Government and condemned the terrorist incidents in Quetta (Balochistan) and Peshawar calling them a conspiracy being hatched to derail the peace process. “The TTP strongly condemns the Peshawar and Quetta blasts,” said TTP ‘central spokesman’ Shahidullah Shahid. “We have no connection to these attacks because we are observing a ceasefire.”

At least 10 persons, including nine civilians and one SF, were killed and 35 others were injured in a bomb explosion targeting FC vehicle at Science College Chowk area of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. A Police Official, who requested anonymity, said that target of the blast was FC vehicle that narrowly escaped the attack. 

TTP distanced itself from the attack. However, its splinter group Ahrar-ul-Hind (AH) claimed responsibility for the attack. “We claim both Peshawar and Quetta attacks,” AH ‘chief’ Umar Qasmi said, adding, “We don't abide by these talks and will continue to stage attacks.”

A part of the 16-inch diameter pipeline was blown up in Pir Koh gas field area of Dera Bugti District, suspending supply to the purification plant. BLA claimed responsibility for the blast.

An unidentified man was killed when armed assailants opened fire at Yusuf Goth in Saeedabad area of Baldia Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

An unidentified dead body was found from Garden area of Saddar Town.

Unidentified dead body was found at Rheri Goth area in Landhi Town.

One person was injured when unidentified assailants opened fire at Shah Faisal Colony of Shah Faisal Town.

An unidentified man was injured when militants opened fire in Sohrab Goth area of Gadap Town.

Five suspects, including a Lyari gangster, identified as Saddam Shahikh, were arrested from Bukhari Muhalla area of Thatta District. According to SSP Haseeb Baig, they were all wanted for committing crimes in Karachi.

Rangers personnel produced a suspect, identified as Abdul Razzaq, before an ATC-III Judge amid tight security. The paramilitary force had information about his alleged involvement in target killing, extortion and other criminal activities. According to Rangers, Razzaq belonged to a political party and was arrested during a raid from Garden area of Saddar Town.

A Special Court hearing the treason case against former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf ordered him to appear in person on March 31, 2014 or face arrest. “It is further directed that the (arrest) warrant would be executed early in the morning of March 31, if the accused refuses to appear before this court on his own volition,” the three member panel headed by Justice Faisal Arab said. The Court was due to indict Musharraf on March 14, 2014 over his 2007 imposition of emergency rule, but Musharraf’s lawyers said he was unable to appear because of the threats to his life.

‘Missing’ suspected HM militant Tasif Ali has now been traced. AAG Shah Khawar told a three-judge Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk, “I am directed to refer the pending adjudication in the Supreme Court and to submit that Tasif Ali was apprehended on March 5, 2014, and has been interned at Internment Centre, Lakki Marwat, under Action (in Aid of Civil Powers) Regulations 2011.” The letter was written by legal director of the defence ministry and addressed to the AAG.

The custody of Tasif Ali alias Danish was not being acknowledged by any of the Intelligence Agencies. The court ordered the authorities concerned to make arrangements for a meeting between Ali, his wife Abida Malik and father-in-law within a week. The case will be taken up again on March 20, 2014. “Now that his whereabouts have been traced, we will pursue his case in the relevant court of law,” retired Colonel Inam-ur-Rahiem, the counsel for Abida Malik said.  He also wondered how a man of Kashmiri origin arrested in Rawalpindi District of Punjab could be detained in an internment centre in Lakki Marwat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. 

Ali went missing on November 23, 2012, and was allegedly picked up by Major Ahsan, who was then Captain and posted at the MI-918, Mangla Cantonment in Punjab Province. The matter was reported to the Sadiqabad Police Station on December 5, 2012, and later was heard by the Lahore High Court on March 19, 2013.

While chairing a high-level meeting to review the law and order situation in Karachi, provincial capital of Sindh, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that the operation in Karachi will continue and that he would himself monitor it. “Karachi operation will continue. The sacrifices rendered by our security agencies are invaluable. Karachi operation is not a routine issue for the government and I will regularly monitor and supervise operation and will help the provincial government in resolving their issues,” the Prime Minister said. He directed that the ban on recruitment in the Civil Armed Forces be lifted. On the recommendation of Rangers Director General, Prime Minister Nawaz directed that in order to ensure merit and transparency, army recruitment centres be engaged to facilitate recruitment in Police. “Recruitment should be purely on merit, without any favouritism,” he said.

He directed the Sindh Government to expedite the establishment of isolated high security prisons in Sindh for internment of terrorists. The meeting agreed in principle that additional Police Stations would be established in Lyari Town of Karachi. The Prime Minister directed the Interior Ministry to expedite the blocking of illegal mobile phone SIMs and use of biometrics system for issuance of SIMs in the future. He also asked the Sindh Government and Rangers to take action against land mafia, which is illegal occupation of state lands. He said Police and Rangers should use new anti-terrorism laws to combat terrorism, extortion and land-grabbing.

Prime Minister’s Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said that the US had not stopped drone attacks in tribal areas as part of any reconciliation between the two countries. He said that the US had not stopped the drone attacks as a facility for Pakistan to hold talks with TTP. He said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his visit to US had told President Barack Obama about ineffectiveness of drone attacks. “Although the US has not announced formally to stop drone attacks and it will not do so, it seems Barrack Obama has understood Pakistan views on use of unmanned aircraft”, he added.

The US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher called on the Government to stop Pakistan’s aid as “Islamabad is not a US ally”. In his address at the US House of Representatives, the Congressman said that Pakistan’s aid should immediately be stopped as the US funds were used against Washington or its friends in Afghanistan. Reacting to Secretary of State John Kerry’s appeal for financial aid for Islamabad, Rohrabacher dubbed Pakistan’s war against militants as bogus and a ploy to receive US dollars. He was quoted by US media as saying that behaviour of Pakistan’s military establishment had not been friendly with regard to US interests.

Uighur militants hiding in Pakistan are gearing up for retribution against China to avenge the deaths of their comrades in Beijing’s crackdown on a separatist movement. In an interview to Reuters, Abdullah Mansour, leader of the rebel Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP), said it was his holy duty to fight the Chinese. “The fight against China is our Islamic responsibility and we have to fulfil it,” he said from an undisclosed location. “China is not only our enemy, but it is the enemy of all Muslims … We have plans for many attacks in China,” he said, adding. “We have a message to China that East Turkestan people and other Muslims have woken up. They cannot suppress us and Islam any more. Muslims will take revenge.”

According to Afghan Taliban sources, there are reports of about 250 Uighur militants in Afghanistan’s Nuristan and Kunar Provinces. “They live here with us but are always concerned about their people and mission in China. They are nice people, good Muslims and the best fighters,” a senior Taliban ‘commander’ said. He added that Uighur militants were not fond of guns and resorted mostly to knives and daggers. “The Chinese militants in the tribal areas are mostly clerics and fighters. They have their families here and are mostly focused on Afghanistan,” said one TTP 'commander'.

March 15

Karachi ATC-III extended remand of an accused, identified as Shahid Bikik, to Police custody till 18 March 2014 for his involvement in a bomb attack case on former President Asif Ali Zardari’s security guard on July 10, 2013. Police had arrested Bikik from on February 11, 2014.

SFs arrested two suspected militant ‘commanders’ on Grand Trunk Road in Peshawar, the provincial capital of KP. The arrested militants belong to a Khyber Agency (FATA) terror outfit.

March 16

The Federal Interior Ministry approved a new security plan for Islamabad, giving Rangers the responsibility for providing additional security. The plan, which calls for the Rangers and Police to conduct joint patrols, should be visible by April 15, 2014 said Federal Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. Nisar ordered various reforms to implement the strategy, such as recruiting retired army veterans to join the Police and giving Police better training.

March 17

A Policeman and his father were shot dead by unidentified assailants at Gara Mehraban in the limits of Chodwan Police Station in Dera Ismail Khan District of KP. Sources said that Constable Delawar Gandapur along with his father Rehmatullah Gandapur was on his way home on his bike when unidentified assailants opened fire on them in Gara Mehrban.

Two unidentified dead bodies bearing torture marks were recovered from two different locations in the Pir Koh area of Dera Bugti District. According to Levies personnel, the victims had been subjected to torture before being killed.

An ATC Judge, Justice Tariq Anwer Kasi, issued arrest warrants for former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf’s guarantors, Mumtaz Hussain and Nazeer Ahmed, during the hearing of the August 26, 2006, murder case of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti. However, Musharraf, the prime accused, remained absent during the hearing. “Prime accused Musharraf had never appeared before the court,” court observed while issuing the arrest warrants. The hearing was adjourned till April 7, 2014.

The TTP asked the Government to earmark a “free peace zone” where militant leaders could come without any fear for holding peace talks with the Government committee. Talking to BBC Urdu in Akora Khattak, head of TTP negotiators’ committee Maulana Samiul Haq said FCB and other law-enforcement agencies had set up checkposts in many areas, leaving the TTP unable to move about freely.

TTP negotiating committee member Professor Muhammad Ibrahim said that the TTP’s list of 300 women and children prisoners has been given to Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. He cautioned that the release of women and child prisoners can be the biggest issue in the dialogue process. He said the TTP have provided a 300-person list of women and children of TTP members who are assumed to be in the custody of law enforcement agencies. Prof Ibrahim said that most of these women and children belong to the tribal areas and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The spokesman of the TTP, Shahidullah Shahid, said that the Security Forces had established hundreds of secret detention cells in FATA, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. He said that they had handed over a list of their non-combatant prisoners to the TTP negotiation committee. Shahidullah Shahid said that confirming the names in the list was the responsibility of the government. He said that the TTP would give another list with more names of the detainees once progress was made in the peace talks.

Shahidullah Shahid said that Federal Defence Minister Khawaja Asif was unaware of the persons held in detention by security agencies. He said that if the Defence Minister was unaware about the location of detention centres in the country, then how he could be informed about the number of people being held at such facilities. Khawaja Asif earlier on March 16 had rejected a major demand of the TTP — release of non-combatants – saying there were no women and children in the custody of Security Forces.

The Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah called on the TTP to provide evidence of incarceration of women and children. Sanaullah says if there are any prisoners they will be released, and that this issue will not be allowed to become the reason for a deadlock in the talks.

KP CM Pervez Khattak announced a raise in the salaries of the provincial Police. The CM said he is proud of provincial police, as hundreds of Policemen have sacrificed their lives for the security of the people, and they remain steadfast. He announced incentives and measures for improvement in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police. The CM affirmed that recruitments in the Police department would be done on merit. He said that all the Police system will be computerised. CM Khattak said that to make patrolling and vigilance better, PKR 50 million have released for the purchase of sniffer dogs. He stressed upon making model Police stations and asked Policemen to serve the masses well.

The Washington Post report said that with the war in Afghanistan winding down the US may dispose USD 7 billion in military equipment by handing it over to Pakistan. According to WP, the potential move could be, "part of an effort by the Pentagon to unload excess military supplies to US allies at no cost". Pentagon leaders have said it would potentially cost more than USD100, 000 per vehicle to ship MRAP vehicles back to the US. The report said that discussions on this issue have been taking place over several months between American and Pakistani officials.

One motive for this potential transaction is that the US does not want to pay to ship out leftover military hardware from the conflict in neighboring Afghanistan. The Washington Post report states that although a final decision on this issue has not been taken, Pakistan has particular interest in acquiring the US Army’s MRAP vehicles. The MRAP vehicles could be used by Pakistan's military in its fight against TTP militants within its tribal areas bordering Afghanistan. The Washington Post report describes the MRAP as, "the backbone of the US military’s vehicle fleet in Afghanistan...designed to protect American troops from explosive devices".

March 18

11 villagers who were abducted earlier on March 15 from Mashokhel village, on the outskirt of Peshawar, were released by the captors following the intervention of a local jirga (tribal council of elders). Nasir Khan, the Khyber Agency assistant political agent, confirmed the tribesmen’s release. “They have been handed over to the jirga,” he said.

Bajaur Levies Force defused an IED planted along a road in Kharyan area of Nawagai tehsil in Bajaur Agency. The officials said that the personnel of the BDS rushed to the site after receiving information from the locals, and the bomb was safely defused.

The Balochistan Government extended special powers granted to the FC for another two months. According to an announcement by the Provincial Home Secretary Syed Asadur Rehman Gilani, the paramilitary force will continue to exercise police powers for two more months to maintain law and order in the province. The FC was first given the powers to carry out raids and detain and interrogate suspects in January 2012 after the provincial coalition Government led by Nawab Aslam Raisani was sent home and Governor rule was imposed in Balochistan on the demand of Hazara Shia community.

The Registrar Office of the Islamabad High Court returned the petition of former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf that he had filed before the court, seeking his trial in high treason case under Army Act. The registrar office held that since the Special Court, seized with his high treason trial, has rejected the identical petition for transferring the high treason case to the military court therefore being the appellate forum such petition could only be filed in the Supreme Court.  The three member bench of the Special Court headed by Justice Faisal Arab of Sindh High Court had rejected the plea for transferring the high treason case to the military court on February 21, 2014. In its ruling, the Special Court said: “the offences under the High Treason (Punishment) Act, 1973 are exclusively triable by the Special Court established under the Criminal Law Amendment (Special Court) Act, 1976 as its Section 3 (2) ousts the jurisdiction of all other courts.”

The Supreme Court gave the deadline until March 19 to the Federal and KP Governments for the recovery of missing persons, failing which notices will be issued to the Prime Minister, KP Governor and Chief Minister for the recovery of 35 missing persons. A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, heard the case of 35 missing persons of the Malakand Interment Centre. During the hearing, the court observed that 34 hearings had been conducted in the case but the authorities concerned had made no progress. Attorney General Salman Butt sought an adjournment in the case, saying that they would show some progress in the matter. Meanwhile, the court adjourned the hearing till today. The Attorney General informed the court the Government had constituted a one-man commission, headed by Justice (retired) Mian Muhammad Ajmal, to trace out the missing persons. He appraised the court that the inquiry would be completed within a month, while funds would be provided to the families of missing persons.

Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that the political and military leadership has held a detailed discussion on the Internal Security Policy. The Minister said the leadership was informed about the dialogue with the TTP and the participants expressed their confidence in the process. He said that the political and military leadership are on the same page on issues of national security. He added that the Internal Security Policy would be implemented according to the set timelines. Nisar said the leadership focused on issues of capacity building of Security Forces and increasing coordination among 26 intelligence agencies working in the country. A joint intelligence directorate would be set up to coordinate activities of the intelligence agencies, he added. The minister said the objective of all the efforts was to make Pakistan secure.

PM Nawaz Sharif has directed immediate establishment of a National Intelligence Directorate (NID) under the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) to pool national and provincial intelligence resources. The PM also approved establishment of a Rapid Response Force at the Federal and Provincial levels, having highly trained and skilled manpower. Sharif also directed fast-track establishment of high security prisons in all provinces. He directed the provinces to utilise the options available in the Protection of Pakistan Ordinance, saying this law had made electronic evidence admissible, allowed video link trial with provision for transfer of trials and prisoners to other provinces, and preventive detention of enemy aliens.

Nawaz Sharif asked the TTP to deal with the militant groups opposing the Federal Government’s peace dialogue with them.

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid said the Government committee will contact the agencies concerned about the list of prisoners given by the TTP and then a reply would come up about their fate. He said the committee would collect information on the list of prisoners handed over by the TTP and then the TTP and the media would be informed about the response. To another query about the possibility of action against the TTP in the Punjab, Rashid said this issue was being confronted by the entire Pakistan and not a particular province.

Head of the TTP dialogue committee Maulana Samiul Haq said the Army is with us for the success of talks and the TTP have not yet put up their demands. He said both TTP and Government committees are in contact to mark out a “peace zone” for the sake of continuation of talks. “Both committees are likely to reach an agreement on a peaceful location for continuation of talks,” Haq said. He added both committees are likely to meet in the next 48 hours to discuss certain things.

He expressed concern over statement of Defence Minister Khawaja Asif that no women and children are in custody of the country’s armed forces, as claimed by TTP. Haq urged both sides to avoid such statements which may vitiate conducive atmosphere for talks. He said there is no formal announcement from the Government to reject any demand of TTP. “We are hearing a lot through media that TTP demands have been rejected but it’s not true,” he said. Asked should military operation be carried out against militants if talks fail, he strongly opposed the option of military operation and said it should never be launched and efforts should be made to revive the dialogue.

March 19

At least six persons were killed in the morning when a mortar shell exploded in a house in the Shawal tehsil of the North Waziristan Agency in FATA. The dead in the incident included four women, a man and a child.

A NATO container was destroyed in rocket attack by unidentified militants in Shagai area of the Khyber Agency in FATA. No casualties were reported in the incident.

Three mutilated dead bodies which were recovered 20 days ago from Nooriabad area near Super Highway that lies between Karachi and Hyderabad Districts were identified as that of the workers of the MQM. The victims who were abducted from different parts of Karachi were identified as Yawar Abbas, Shamshad Haider and Farooq. According to details, Abbas was kidnapped from PIB Colony in Gulshan Town in November 2013, followed by Shamshad, and Farooq who went missing since January 2014.

Senior MQM leader Farooq Sattar said that the Government must fulfil its responsibility of recovering missing workers of the party. He said that the writ of the state and Government was not visible in Karachi. The senior MQM leader mentioned the recovery of three MQM workers' mutilated dead bodies from Nooriabad and Hyderabad.

An ATC-III ordered to release a suspect, Shahid Bikik, for his involvement in a bomb attack case on former President Asif Ali Zardari’s security guard Bilal Sheikh and three others on July 10, 2013. The Police produced the suspect in court and also submitted a report that the suspect may be released under Section 169 (release of accused when evidence deficient) of the CrPC as no evidence was found against him. In addition, the JIT report also declared him clear which forced the Police to file report under section 169 of the CrPC, said the court sources.

An IED planted by unidentified assailants killed a man and injured two others in Gul Bacha Mohala near Sirki gate in Shah Qabool area of Peshawar (Peshawar District), the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

A bomb was neutralised outside Express News Peshawar Bureau Chief Jamshed Baghwan’s house in Murshidabad area of Peshawar, in the night. Bhagwan had travelled out of the city and when returned home around 11 pm he found a suspicious bag placed outside his house. Bhagwan called Police and BDS. Police said that the device weighed around two kilogram and it had been placed just outside the main gate of the house in ghee tin.

A cement factory van was blown up in a remote controlled bomb attack and a Police mobile passing nearby was also damaged in Nowshera town of same District. No casualties were reported in the incident.

The Federal Government decided to register a case against Army officials allegedly involved in the illegal removal of 35 undeclared inmates from an internment centre in Malakand Agency of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. When a three-judge bench headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja resumed the hearing, AGP Salman Aslam Butt came to the rostrum and said that he wanted to make one submission. “It was the KP Government’s responsibility to lodge an FIR – but since it hasn’t done that, the Federal Government has decided to register the FIR today (March 19) in view of the Supreme Court’s judgment,” AGP Butt submitted. “This is a significant development. Now, there will be no immunity for anyone,” Justice Khawaja said in his remarks.

On November 26, 2013, the Malakand jail superintendent had submitted before the Supreme Court that army authorities, through Naib Subedar Amanullah Baig, had taken away 35 internees on February 4, 2012.

The Government and TTP shortlisted two venues for face-to-face talks. The possible venues for the maiden meeting between Government negotiators and the TTP include the little-known Shaktu area in South Waziristan Agency and FR Bannu. But given the TTP’s reservations over the Government-suggested venue, the first meeting is likely to take place in the Shaktu area, said a source privy to the development. The venues were shortlisted during a meeting of the Government’s reconfigured negotiating committee chaired by Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, who also consulted the TTP’s chief intermediary Maulana Samiul Haq.

The KP Government launched a project to provide digital arms licences to overcome the use of fake licences. KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak inaugurated the project at the Home and Tribal Affairs Department in Peshawar (provincial capital of KP). Speaking on the occasion, Mr Khattak expressed the hope that the computerised arms licences would help check corruption and use of fake licences. “Now the people instead of waiting for months will receive arms’ licences in a few days, while sale and purchase of both arms and cartridges will also be simplified and legalised,” he said. 

According to The New York Times, ISI Chief Lieutenant General Ahmed Shuja Pasha knew where the slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was hiding. The Newspaper states that a Pakistani official stated that US had direct evidence about the ISI Chief knowing Bin Laden’s presence in Abbottabad at the time. “He knew of Osama’s whereabouts, yes,” the official said. According to an inside source of the paper, there was a special desk for the Bin Laden case at the ISI. The desk worked independently and was led by an officer who did not report to any higher authorities.

The New York Times also reported that the Pakistan Government was providing a haven to the Taliban. Further, it alleged that former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf was involved in the conspiracy to remove former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto from power.

Slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden claimed responsibility for masterminding September 11, 2001 (also known as 9/11) attacks on the night of the incident, his son-in-law Suleiman Abu Ghaith (48) said as he testified at his federal trial in New York city on terror charges. Abu Ghaith, who married bin Laden's daughter Fatima, recounted a meeting with Laden in an Afghanistan cave complex on the night of September 11, 2001. “Did you learn what happened? We are the ones who did it,” Bin Laden declared, according to Abu Ghaith.

Abu Ghaith also denied trying to recruit people for al Qaeda, as prosecutors have alleged. “There is no one recruiting, but Osama Bin Laden. My intention was not recruiting anyone,” he said. And, asked by his lawyer if he ever wanted to kill Americans, he responded “No.” “My intention was to deliver a message I believed in,” he said.

Federal Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan while meeting United Kingdom High Commissioner to Afghanistan Richard Stagg said that the international community should come up with an integrated and coherent policy regarding Afghanistan in the post-2014 scenario. The Minister added that the situation in Afghanistan is complex and calls for thorough debate among members of the international community. Nisar said Afghanistan will be undergoing massive transformation during 2014, adding that the solutions to the problems being faced by the country must come from within. He reiterated that Pakistan is maintaining a non-partisan policy in regional matters.

March 20

A former SHO Anwar Jaffri was killed and his driver was injured, in an incident of firing in Korangi Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

A Policeman, identified as Mehboob, was killed and another Policeman Farooq was injured when unidentified armed assailants opened fire at them at the signal stop in Orangi Town.

A man, identified as Mushtaq, was killed in firing by unidentified armed assailants in Korangi Town.

An unidentified dead body of a man was found from bushes in Jam Goth area of Malir Town.

Two persons, identified as Saqib and Adnan, were injured in an alleged retaliatory firing by Rangers in SITE Town. According to Rangers official, both the men opened fire on Rangers personnel first. DG Rangers formed a committee to probe the incident. The committee will submit a report by March 21, 2014. A Rangers Spokesman said that those personnel who were involved in the shooting would remain in detention until completion of the inquiry.

Five robbers looted a bank in Federal B area near Gul Plaza in Gulberg Town. According to Police, robbers entered Habib Bank Limited, Gul Plaza branch after its closing time. They looted PKR eight million and decamped with booty to unknown destination after swift operation. DIG West, Javed Alam Odho said that security guards were involved in the robbery.

A Lahore High Court division bench headed by Justice Shahid Hameed Dar granted bail to Malik Ishaq, the leader of LeJ, in two cases where he is accused of delivering provocative speeches. The division bench granted the bail subject to furnishing two bail bonds of PKR 200,000 each. Ishaq’s counsel said such FIRs were registered on applications of aggrieved parties, but in this case the Police registered FIRs on its own to victimise him over his religious views. He said Ishaq was detained in April 2013 under the Maintenance of Public Order and arrested in June under these FIRs. He asked the court to grant him bail.

Investigation Police Officer said that they had lodged two cases against Ishaq, who was accused on August 8, 2012 and February 2, 2013 for making provocative speeches at public gatherings. He added the petitioner had tried to spread hatred and to create unrest in the area.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered federal authorities to appoint permanent IGP Sindh within 24 hours. Three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jilani showed grave concern over non-appointment of permanent IGP Sindh and said that they were shocked that Province had no permanent IGP since February 20, 2014. The bench directed secretary establishment division to appoint a regular IG in Province and issue notification in this regard within 24 hours.

The DG Rangers Sindh Major General Rizwan Akhtar on March 18 said that the power granted to the Rangers was a mere ‘piece of paper’. He said that the power of the paramilitary force, granted after a suo moto notice of the Supreme Court on August 24, 2011 does not hold any significance due to lack of proper proceedings, the criminals held in raids by the force are handed over to the Police who later let them go. He further said that Lyari was not the only area rife with criminal elements, adding that Karachi has various areas where the law and order situation resembled that of Lyari.

Tassaduq Hussain Jilani said that he was shocked that DG Rangers Sindh had complained that he had limited powers. He said that DG Rangers statement gave an impression that Law Enforcement Agencies were not on same page. Major Ishfaq, Law Officer of the Rangers told the court that Rangers had no power of investigation. He said that it was proposed to set up five stations in each District of Karachi for investigating the criminals but neither station was set up nor they were provided with investigation powers. He added that during the past six month, 517 people arrested by the Rangers were released by local courts. The bench directed DG Rangers to submit a report within 3 days, highlighting their reservations regarding their limited powers. 

An appellate forum under the FCR directed the Political Agent of Khyber Agency in FATA to prepare a case against Shakil Afridi over his involvement in anti-state activities in collusion with CIA, for further proceedings before the competent court. The direction has been issued in the detailed verdict on the appeal of Shakil against his conviction for involvement in anti-state activities by supporting the Bara-based LI. The details of the verdict given by the FCR Commissioner, who upheld Shakil’s conviction by an APA over links with a proscribed organisation in Bara, Khyber Agency, were released on March 20.

“(The) Political Agent Khyber (Agency) is directed to further adduce the evidence in consultation with the concerned Intelligence Agencies and prepare a case against the appellant, both under Federal and Provincial laws, for further proceedings in the competent court of law,” Commissioner Captain (retired) Munir Azam wrote in the verdict.

Earlier on March 15, Munir Azam announced his decision to reduce Afridi’s sentence by 10 years. “The tribunal has reduced the 33 year imprisonment to 23 years and also reduced the fine of PKR 320,000 to PKR 220,000” defence lawyer Samiullah Afridi said. However, Samiullah said that he would appeal against the decision as he wanted to have a new trial, as stipulated by the authorities in August 2013. “We will appeal against this decision, because it is unjust,” Samiullah said.

Political parties of Balochistan demanded of the Federal Government to include the name of the abducted ANP leader Arabab Zahir Kasi in exchange of prisoners' list with the TTP. They urged upon Islamabad to help the Provincial Government in an unhurt recovery of Kasi. “Arbab Zahir Kasi has been shifted to a region where Balochistan Government has no writ,” Nawab Sanaullah Zehri, the PML-N Provincial President said. He hinted that abductors might have shifted the ANP leader to Waziristan area bordering Afghanistan after kidnapping him from Quetta. “We have also formed a committee, which will seek TTP's help to release Arbab Kasi,” said Zehri.  Kasi was abducted on October 23, 2013, from Patel Road area of Quetta. His family has received telephone calls of kidnappers demanding heavy ransom for his release.

The CM of Balochistan Malik Baloch announced the formation of a STF to arrest culprits involved in the murder of journalists in the Province. Over 30 journalists were killed in the Province during the last seven years, according to the Balochistan Union of Journalists. “I order the formation of a task force to bring the killers of journalists to the book,” the Chief Minister assured the protesting journalists outside the Assembly. However, the President of Balochistan Union of Journalists Irfan Saeed said “Despite repeated assurances, the killers of journalists are still at large”.

The Balochistan Assembly, chaired by the Deputy Speaker Mir Qaddus Bizenjo, adopted four resolutions with its members discussing issues like job quota for locals in private companies. Of these, a joint resolution seeking allocation of 70 per cent job quota for local youths in private industrial units and other companies was tabled by Sardar Saleh Muhammad Bhootani. The quota would serve to ease the unemployment crisis in the Province, said the resolution. 

The venue for face-to-face talks between the Government and the TTP will be finalised within the next 24 hours, the coordinator of the TTP intermediary committee Maulana Yousaf Shah said. “The [Government and TTP] committees have achieved their goal of persuading the sides to meet at a jointly-agreed venue, which will be announced within the next 24 hours,” he said. Shah also said the TTP was still awaiting a reply from the Federal Ministry of Interior over the list of ‘non-combatant’ TTP prisoners it had handed to the Government. Terming their release a crucial step for moving the peace process forward, he said the move would help build the TTP’s confidence.

Responding to a question, he rejected the impression that the TTP were demanding the enforcement of Shariah (Islamic Law) all over Pakistan. “The Taliban have made no such demand… it has been constructed by the media,” he said, adding that the ‘demands’ moved by the militant group were ‘suggestions, not conditions’. At the same time, however, the TTP intermediary said the enforcement of Shariah in the country was already mandated by the Constitution and was a part of several political parties’ manifestos.

The Foreign Office revealed that there were at least five Pakistanis who were being detained at US’ Guantanamo Base in Cuba. During the weekly briefing, the Foreign Office Spokesperson, Tasnim Aslam Khan revealed that a two member delegation that had visited the facility in August 2006, had found six Pakistanis among the 164 people detained at the facility. Khan added that the Pakistani mission in Washington had in 2011 sought consular access to these detainees. One of the six detainees had been released, but five still remain in detention. The five Pakistanis detained in Guantanamo Bay include Saifullah Piracha, Majid Khan, Ghulam Ahmed Rabban, Muhammad Ahmed Rabbani and Ammar Ali Balochi.

PM Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan was not sending its military troops to other countries. The PM dismissed the impression that some countries have asked Pakistan’s Armed Forces for operations on their land. PM said the recent visits of the leadership of brotherly countries, including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Kuwait, were testimony of their friendship and must not be linked with such assumptions. 

March 21

Two JSQM leaders, identified as spokesperson Maqsood Qureshi and Salman Wadho, were killed in a targeted attack near Bhiria city in Naushehro Feroze District. Wadho was the Secretary General of Latif Sangat - the literary wing of JSQM. After the attack, the assailants set the vehicle on fire and escaped from the scene. The killing has triggered widespread unrest in many towns and cities of Sindh, with business activity coming to a halt.

Sources said that the MQM has decided to join the PPP Government in Sindh. The sources said that the Government had offered five Ministries to the MQM. They said that both the parties had agreed four days ago that two Advisors will also be appointed from MQM besides five Ministers.

An Afghan doctor, Haji Daud Jan, was abducted by four armed persons from Phase IV area of Hayatabad in Peshawar (Peshawar District), the provincial capital of KP. Local Police said that Haji Daud Jan had locked himself in his car after armed men intercepted him. The gunmen, however, broke the car window before hauling the doctor into their own vehicle. This is the second kidnapping incident of the week as an Afghan paediatrician disappeared from Board Bazaar, except an FIR was not lodged in the latter case because Police wrote it off as a ‘disappearance’.

Senior bureaucrat Dr Amjad Shahid Afridi was feared to have been abducted after his car was found abandoned at the Chach interchange that lies between the Swabi and Burhan interchanges on the motorway in Peshawar. Police said Dr Afridi was staying at the shahi mehman khana, a government-run guest house in Peshawar, following his transfer from Islamabad to Peshawar. Dr Afridi has held the positions of KP’s Secretary Education and Provincial Secretary for Information Technology.

A resolution moved by the ruling PTI for creating a new Hazara Province was adopted with majority vote by the KP Assembly. However, opposition MPAs belonging to PPP, ANP and QWP opposed the resolution calling it a conspiracy to divide the Province. Sardar Idrees of PTI tabled the resolution which was subsequently adopted by the house by majority vote. The resolution read that the Provincial Assembly should request federal government to pass a bill for National Assembly for creation of new units including Hazara within the ambit of Constitution with the objective of easing administrative affairs.

A three-member bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja, directed relevant authorities to submit a report within 30 days on the Malakand missing persons’ case which concerns the disappearance of 35 people from an internment centre in Malakand division of KP.  During the hearing of the case, Advocate General KP, Abdul Latif Yousafzai submitted a copy of the FIR registered against Naib Subedar Amanullah in the Supreme Court.

The bench was due to rule on the case concerning the unaccounted persons from the list of 35 missing men on March 21 but it postponed the order to March 22, 2014 (today) following a disclosure by the KP Government that no formal FIR had been registered. The court had then directed the Provincial Government to ascertain the situation on the ground and inform the court. The bench directed authorities to submit a copy of the charge sheet to the apex court once the investigation was completed. 

Lawyers for former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf called for his treason trial to be suspended because they claim the Government is colluding with elements of the judiciary to “fix and manipulate” the proceedings. The legal team said it based its claim on “leaked secret communication” from an unnamed source in the office of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. In a statement issued in London, the lawyers called for an “immediate and unconditional suspension of the Special Court and a comprehensive investigation” into their claims.

The lawyers said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has “manipulated the Pakistani legal process and used unlawful influence on the... judiciary to bring a barrage of unsubstantiated charges” against Musharraf, his long-time political rival. They gave no specific details of their new claims, but said they had submitted them to the office of UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay. Musharraf's lawyers have already written to the UN urging it to intervene to stop what they call a “show trial”, claiming Sharif has handpicked the three judges hearing the case.

Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that preliminary but formal direct talks between the Government committee and the TTP would take place during the next few days. “All initial homework and consultations have been completed for the first direct contact with the TTP,” he informed, adding “some forces still want to sabotage the dialogue process by way of terrorist activities”. Addressing a news conference after chairing a meeting of NADRA board, the Interior Minister said that there had been progress in the TTP-Government talks, which have entered a sensitive stage. Direct mediation between the two sides would take place shortly.

One of the members of the Government’s first committee formed to negotiate peace with the TTP, Major (retired) Amir said that Army are the real stakeholders on the matter and their leadership should decide the future course of the dialogue for achieving better results. He added that the Army should be on the driving seat in the peace process because they are not only “affected but also capable.” Amir said that after the formation of new Government committee, the previous one has been dissolved as it was an uphill task to keep it going due to continuous attention of the media on its members.

March 22

Three gangsters associated with the Faisal Pathan group of Lyari were killed in an encounter with Police and Rangers in Aath Chowk area within the remits of Kalakot Police Station in Lyari Town. The gangsters were identified as Bilal, alias Bilawal, Abid and Akbar, alias Seti. Officials claimed they had recovered radio sets, hand grenades and weapons from their possession.

DSP Agha Jameel, who was active during the infamous 1992 Operation Clean-up and also nominated in the Murtaza Bhutto murder case, was at a restaurant near Sharfabad Chowrangi when he was shot at, said the New Town Police official. He was taken to a private hospital, where he expired. Police said a passerby, Faizan (10), was also killed and his mother injured in the incident.

A Police Constable, identified as Naeemuddin (40), was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Korangi town.

A Shopkeeper, identified as Shujaat Hussain (24), was shot dead and his friend Taufiq was injured in Rizvia Society of Liaquatabad Town.

A person, identified as Haroon Raees (30), was shot dead in Sector 11-L in North Karachi.

A person, identified as Ghulam Shabir (31), was shot dead on Mirza Adam Khan Road in Gulistan Colony of Lyari town.

Three dead bodies were found in different parts of the Karachi. A body was found in the Mewa Shah graveyard of Pak Colony another in Slaughter House of Lyari area and a person, identified as Jawad Hassan’s body in Lyari River of Sher Shah area.

Police arrested a gangster belonging to Uzair Jan Baloch gang, identified as Hussain, alias Abuzar, after an exchange of fire with the Police on Mirza Adam Khan Road within the limits of Chakiwarha Police Station in Lyari Town.

The MQM and the PPP announced a formation of a coalition Government in Sindh as five ministries are likely to be handed over to the MQM. According to sources, the Ministries of Health, Information Technology, Auqaf, Industries and Commerce are likely to be offered to the MQM. Two advisers will also be appointed from the MQM. The names of the potential ministers have been sent to MQM chief Altaf Hussain for approval.

March 23

At least five militants were killed and eight others were arrested during a search operation by SFs in Turbat District. An un-named official said that SFs launched a search operation in the Pidrak area of Turbat that led to an exchange of fire between militants and SFs. "The forces quickly responded and killed five militants during the exchange of fire,” he added. He further stated that eight suspects were arrested up from the same area and are being interrogated by the security personnel. 

Two dead bodies of ASI of Police who had been abducted on an unspecified date were found from two different areas of Sanda and Chow-Burji in Lahore District.  According to Police sources, both the Policemen were associated with the Anti Car Lifting Cell (ACLC).

Two members of Sikh community, Savendar Singh and Anand Singh, who were abducted from Dera Ismail Khan on February 11, have been released and have reached their home in Peshawar, the provincial capital of KP. Anand Singh said he and Savender were running their herbal medicine business in Dera Ismail Khan when they were abducted on gunpoint by masked gunmen riding motorbikes. He said the kidnappers shifted them to an unknown place later.

National Assembly opposition leader Syed Khursheed Shah demanded Altaf Hussain to withdraw his statement in which he invited the Army to take over the reign of power and said that Altaf’s statement was unconstitutional and PPP, which is a democratic party, would not take MQM in the Government of Sindh because of the MQM’s track record of inviting Army to run the affairs of the country.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced that his Government is working day and night for peace and would be holding direct talks with the TTP, and the process would kick-start in a day or two. “The country needs peace to put economy on the right track,” he stressed. Nawaz opined terrorism in the country was a result of wrong policies of the past. “Even those countries who were lagging behind Pakistan in development have taken a lead, as we are engulfed in terrorism,” he added. “For the last 10-15 years not a single considerable developmental project was launched in any part of the country,” he regretted. Sharif noted that the economy has lately shown signs of improvement, and exports are on the rise.

The Jama’at-e-Islami (JeI) during the celebration of Pakistan Day at the Tahaffuz-e-Pakistan (Security of Pakistan) Convention in Nishtar Park of Jamshed Town in Karachi demanded for an ‘Islamic Pakistan’. “Despite a myriad of experiments involving democracy and dictatorships during the last 65 years, we have failed to honour our pledge to God and the people for the creation of an Islamic state,” said JeI Chief Syed Munawar Hasan as he addressed the participants.

Chief of the party’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and a key player in the Taliban negotiating team, Muhammad Ibrahim said that those calling for a military operation against the Taliban wanted to destabilise the country. “Their demands are against the national consensus and all political parties want to initiate peace talks with the Taliban,” he said.

Number of civilian’s deaths from US drone attacks in Pakistan is far bigger than Washington admits, Russian media said. In a documentary on US drones, the Russian media said over 3000 people half of them civilians have been killed in 350 aerial strikes in Pakistan. The Russian media called US term ‘Signature Strikes’ as worrying since in this procedure suspects are killed in US drone attacks without any substantial evidence. They said the US drone attacks are tantamount to war crimes and sheer violation of international laws.

March 24

A female polio vaccinator, Salma Farooqui (30), who was abducted from her house in Gulozai village in the suburbs of Peshawar (Peshawar District), the provincial capital of KP in the night of March 23 had been killed. Her bullet-riddled and severely tortured body was found in a field in the morning of March 24. Salma Farooqui played an active role in the ‘Sehat Ka Insaf’ anti-polio campaign recently launched by the KP Government despite having been threatened by some callers for doing so. 

The bullet riddled body of a man, Faisal Imran Masih (60), who had been abducted by unidentified assailants from Akora Khattak on March 21, was found in Kaka Sahib area of Nowshera District in the evening.

Peshawar has topped the list with respect to cases of kidnapping for ransom in the province. In 2013, alone, more than 70 people were reportedly kidnapped for ransom from the city, according to Police records. After the abduction of Federal Secretary Amjad Shahid Afridi from Peshawar on March 21 it’s clear that this is the city of choice for kidnappers, said a high-ranking Police official. Out of the 70 abducted, 48 were recovered. It is not clear, however, if they were recovered by the Police or released by their captors after ransom was exchanged.

At least three persons were injured in a blast in the Landi Kotal Bazaar of the Khyber Agency in FATA. According to Khasadar officials, the injured in the attack were the members of a religious group named as Tawheed ul Islam.

The Islamabad High Court summoned the DG of the ISI, Lieutenant General Zaheerul Islam, in a missing person case. Justice Riaz Ahmed Khan directed the ISI chief to appear before the court next week in response to a petition filed by Parveen Bibi, the spouse of Mohammad Arif, who went missing in February 2014.

According to details, Arif, who owned two branches of ‘Dar-i-Arqam’ School in Iqbal Town and Dhamial Camp of Rawalpindi, was a resident of Peshawar Road in Rawalpindi Cantonment, and went to Khushab District (in Punjab) along with three others, Ishtiaq Ahmed Aasi, the Secretary General of the Pakistan Railways Mazdoor Union, Dr Uzair and Hafiz Rauf to condole the death of a friend.

Former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf filed a petition challenging the Special Court’s February 21, 2014 decision of going ahead with the high treason trial against him instead of referring it to a military court.  The Special Court, headed by Justice Faisal Arab of the Sindh High Court, had dismissed Musharraf’s application seeking trial by a military court under the Pakistan Army Act 1952. 

The petition in the Supreme Court was filed by Musharraf’s lawyers Sharifuddin Pirzada, Dr Khalid Ranjha, Anwar Mansoor Khan and Barrister Mohammad Ali Saif.  The court has been asked to accept the plea and declare the February 21 judgment of the Special Court constituted under the Criminal Law Amendment (Special Courts) Act, 1976 as illegal and unlawful. The Special Court should be directed not to proceed with the trial, it said.

In his petition, Musharraf contended that at the time of proclaiming the emergency on November 3, 2007, he was serving as a regular member of the armed forces and that the alleged offense of high treason attributed to him was to be tried only under the PAA 1952, a law also framed by Parliament as much as the High Treason Punishment Act 1973 and the Special Courts Act 1976.

The Government negotiators and the TTP Political Shura (Advisory Council) will not meet face-to-face on March 25, 2014 due to bad weather conditions. TTP intermediary Mohammad Ibrahim confirmed that the meeting was delayed. Officials had said on March 24, 2014 that the first face-to-face meeting between the committee and TTP members was expected to take place on March 25 at an undisclosed location.

Afghanistan accused ISI of staging the attack, adds Reuters. The NSC, which is chaired by Afghan President Hamid Karzai, also alleged that a Pakistani diplomat was seen scoping out the corridors of the Serena Hotel ahead of the March 20, 2014 night raid. “Another information of the NDS shows that earlier when one Pakistani diplomat entered the Kabul-Serena hotel to use its sport club, he filmed the corridors of the hotel which the hotel staff raised objections to,” it added.

March 25

A man, identified as Abdul Aziz (35), was shot dead in Photo Lane area of Lyari Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

Unidentified armed assailants shot dead another man, identified as Yaseen (44), in Korangi Crossing of Korangi Town.

A man, identified as Younis (60), was shot dead near Electronics Market in Baldia Town.

Two abductees kidnapped by a Policeman, who was deployed at Special Investigation Unit, were released and the accused Policeman was arrested near Jinnah Mausoleum in Jamshed Town. The abductees were kidnapped on March 24, 2014. The Police mobile and weapons used in the kidnapping were also recovered from his possession.

At least 13 suspects were arrested and weapons were recovered from their possession during raids conducted by Rangers personnel in Mohammad Khan Colony and Ittehad Town of Baldia Town.

Police booked seven suspects, including MQM Zonal Committee member Farhan Ali Shaikh, for killing JSQM cadre, Manzoor Channa on March 21, 2014. However, the MQM District Chapter strongly condemned the registration of the FIR against Shaikh.

AIGP, Karachi range, Shahid Hayat said “1,500 more phones were snatched in the city when compared with the corresponding period before the operation”. He said that mobile snatching is on the rise in Karachi and the situation could improve if supply was curtailed and those individuals selling the phones were arrested. He further said that the targeted operation had brought the number of homicides in the city down, which would further decrease by 50 per cent at the end of 2014.

Police arrested two extortionists from the limit of Pishtakhara Police Station in Peshawar, provincial capital of KP. They hailed from Hangu District of the Province. Police said that both of them were brothers and the SIM used for demanding extortion money was also recovered from their possession.

The Supreme Court was informed that the Federal Government wanted two serving military officers, Major Moheen and Major Saif, tried under the Pakistan Army Act (PAA) 1952 for their alleged involvement in enforced disappearances of Baloch people.

An unnamed ISI Brigadier, during a session of the National Assembly’s (NA) Standing Committee on Defence on March 25, briefed the Parliamentarians on NISP and asked lawmakers to formulate strong laws to defeat terrorism. The official said that sectarian terrorist organisations were posing a renewed threat to the country’s peace.

The MNA and PML-N member Shaikh Rohail Asghar said that the briefing was satisfactory. “Problems and grey areas have been pinpointed in the meeting, which is a good sign. We hope this would be a productive addition in our efforts for the elimination of terrorism,” he said.

The unnamed sources in the National Assembly Defence Committee said that the ISI official said strong laws were required so that the missing persons’ issue was resolved. “Missing persons are those people who are involved in heinous kinds of terror activities,” sources quoted the Brigadier as saying.

The Pakistan Education Atlas (PEA) 2013, launched by State Minister for Education, Trainings and Standards in Higher Education Balighur Rehman, reported that for the last few years Pakistan’s adult literacy rate has stagnated at 58 per cent as almost half the country’s adult population is unable to read or write.

During the launch, Rehman reiterated the Government’s pledge to improve education in the country. He said that even though education has been devolved to Provinces, they ‘have agreed to the Constitution of a National Curriculum Commission to bring the education system on the same page across Pakistan’. In addition, the WFP Representative and Country Director in Pakistan Lola Castro said that the WFP had contributed to the report as it wished to ‘support and promote this important educational undertaking’ in the country.

Members of the State-Committee for peace talks with the TTP have left for NWA in FATA. The Government’s representatives include Habibullah Khan Khattak, Arbab Muhammad Arif, Fawad Hassan Fawad and Rustam Shah. However, the location of the meeting with the Taliban Shura has been kept a secret. 

March 26

A two-member bench of the Supreme Court, comprising Justice Amir Hani Muslim and Justice Mushir Alam, while hearing the cases on the law and order situation in Balochistan, missing persons and the Khuzdar mass grave case observed that Balochistan Chief Secretary was visiting the US while people in the province were dying.

The court directed the Balochistan Chief Secretary to hold a meeting on his return from the US and adjourned the hearing for two weeks.

Direct peace talks were held between the Government and the TTP in Orakzai Agency of FATA. The talks were mainly focused on an extension in the ceasefire and release of non-combatant detainees. The face-to-face meeting lasting seven hours was held in the Bilandkhel area in Spin Thall in the Orakzai Agency near the boundary with North Waziristan and the Kurram Agencies.

The four Government negotiators led by Secretary Ports and Shipping Habibullah Khan Khattak and the three TTP negotiations committee members headed by Maulana Samiul Haq were first flown in two separate helicopters to Thall town in Hangu District and then driven in vehicles to Bilandkhel in Orakzai Agency.

The TTP-nominated negotiators Muhammad Ibrahim Khan, who is provincial head of the Jamaat-e-Islami, and Maulana Yousaf Shah, who is an aide to Maulana Samiul Haq and is coordinator of the committee, also attended the talks. The TTP Shura was represented in the talks by Qari Shakil, who belongs to Mohmand Agency, Azam Tariq, who is from the Mehsud tribe in South Waziristan, Qari Bashir, Hussain, who is a pharmacist and cleric, and a fifth person whose name could not be ascertained. Maulana Yousaf Shah and Prof Ibrahim had earlier said that Maulana Zakir too would be representing the TTP Shura, but it wasn’t clear if he attended the meeting.

Dozens of militants, including some mid-level planners, have travelled to Syria from Pakistan in recent months in what American intelligence and counterterrorism officials’ fear is an effort to lay the foundation for future strikes against Europe and the United States. “We are concerned about the use of Syrian territory by the al Qaeda organisation to recruit individuals and develop the capability to be able not just to carry out attacks inside of Syria, but also to use Syria as a launching pad,” John O Brennan, the CIA Director.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, on March 26 announced that in order to ensure safety of Policemen in Karachi, the Karachi Police, according to the Sindh Emergency Procurement Bill, 2014, will purchase security related equipments, including 300 bombproof APCs, bullet-proof vans and jackets, worth PKR 8 billion.

The Federal Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on March 26 informed the National Assembly that Punjab recorded the highest number of kidnapping-for-ransom cases that were registered over the past one year among all Provinces and territories.

Referring to the abduction and killing of one of the five Iranian guards the Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasneem Aslam on March 26 said, “Our investigations have neither corroborated nor established the entry into or presence within Pakistani territory of the Iranian border guards”. Her comments followed remarks by Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Marzieh Afkham that her Government considered Pakistani Government responsible for the safety of the kidnapped guards.

According to details, five Iranian border guards were abducted on February 6, 2014 from Pakistan-Iran border by an Iranian militant group Jaish al-Adl which is accused of having sanctuaries in Pakistan’s Balochistan Province. The outfit claimed to have killed one of the guards, identified as Jamshid Danaeefar. The Iranian Foreign Ministry called for immediate capture of the terrorists and their extradition to Iran.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and demanded “serious and swift action” by Pakistan to secure the release of the soldiers. “We expect to hear good news in this regard,” he said, while calling for “joint action by both countries against terrorists.” To this, Nawaz Sharif said the issue was of “utmost importance” to his Government and that he was “prepared to boost action to free the soldiers.

March 27

A Policeman guarding the polio team workers was killed when unidentified militants attacked the team in Nasirabad area of Loralai District. No outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.

Sardar Sanaullah Zehrion, PML-N Parliamentary leader made an announcement that the Balochistan Government is setting up the Shuhada Foundation to assist the families of security personnel killed in the war against terror.

NDS personnel of Afghanistan arrested a key 'commander' of the TTP in Kamdish District of Nuristan Province. TTP ‘commander’ Muftauddin alias Mansoor, a resident of Chitral District, Pakistan, was sent to target the April 5, 2014 Afghanistan polls.

The KP Police Department blacklisted an arms supply firm, M/S Majeed and Sons for its involvement in a major scam concerning supply of substandard weapons, ammunition and other gadgets to the Police force. Through the tender, he said, the firm had got the contract. Later, allegations of embezzlement in the procurement of different items started surfacing in media and thus the NAB KP, conducted investigation into the matter. The major supplier during procurement in 2008-09, he said, was Arshad Majeed, the owner of the firm. He was arrested by NAB and during investigation he not only admitted to his involvement in malpractices, but also entered into an agreement for voluntary return of the embezzled amount.

The talks between Government and the TTP have hit a stalemate and unless some quick decisions are taken, it will be difficult to prolong the ceasefire. The ceasefire is to expire on March 31. According to an insider, the TTP has set two conditions for continuation of the peace talks. One is the creation of a demilitarised peace zone in mountainous Shaktoi in South Waziristan Agency of FATA, to allow freedom of movement and two, the release of non-combatants.

The insider said the five-member militants’ committee sought written guarantees before they could commit to an extension in the month-long ceasefire. “For nearly seven hours, we talked to them about the destruction wrought by over a decade of violence, the loss of lives and property and displacement of people. We said ‘let bygones be bygones, let’s bury the hatchet and make a new beginning’,” the insider said.

He described the situation as a stalemate, adding it was now for the federal government to reply.  He said that militants had handed them over a list of 250 non-combatants. The list includes names of women, children and the elderly. The military has already denied they have women, children and the elderly in their custody. “We told them we will investigate the matter,” the insider said. The militants’ committee also handed the committee representing the state a list of some seven hundred combatants for a possible release.

The Chairman of PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, in a message on the micro blogging site Twitter, said that he had received a threat letter from LeJ and would hold Punjab Government responsible in case of an attack on him. He further said that the threat was not just for him but for all PPP leaders, the Government of Sindh and officers of Police and Rangers.

Taking notice of the tweet, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif directed the IG Punjab Police to contact Bilawal and launch a swift probe into the incident.

Justice Faisal Arab of the Special Court trying former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf for high treason case ‘quit’ the trial over accusations of bias by the defence team. Justice Arab remarked, “If someone thinks that we are demonstrating partiality then we too are not interested in hearing of the case,” adding, “I did not say that Pervez Musharraf does not intend to come to court. I had said Musharraf could not appear in the court due to security concerns. The court also accepted security threats being faced by the accused. He was granted exemption after his plea for security threats was accepted. Issuance of non-bailable arrest warrants is not matter of joke.”

He further said, “If there is any objection over the court’s order then it can be rectified. If you think the court is not neutral then we too don’t have any interest in the case.” He announced, “There is no shortage of judges in the country and I cannot hear the case further.”

A Lahore High Court division bench adjourned the hearing of an appeal moved by a Christian woman, Asia Bibi (45), against her death sentence on blasphemy charges till April 14, 2014, due to unavailability of complainant Mullah Qari Muhammad Salam’s counsel. According to details, Salam accused Bibi of speaking against Prophet Muhammmad on June 14, 2009 and subsequently the Nankana Police registered a blasphemy case against her.  Later, a Sessions Court had handed down death penalty to her on November 8, 2010. Her appeal was filed with the LHC on November 11, 2010.

March 28

Two alleged gangsters, identified as Arshad and Abdullah, were killed in a joint encounter by Rangers and Police in Baghdadi area of Lyari Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

Two unidentified dead bodies were found packed in gunny bags near Bagh-e-Korangi in Korangi Town.

A member of an unspecified political party, identified as Anwar (40), was killed in firing incident near Allah Wala Town in North Karachi Town.

A man, identified as Abdul Waheed (30), was killed in an incident of firing by unidentified armed assailants in North Nazimabad Town.

An attempt by unidentified criminals to run away with the pulled out ATM machine of a private bank was foiled near NIPA Chowrangi in Gulshan-e-Iqbal area of Gulshan Town. According to details, the accused successfully pulled out an ATM machine of a private bank and were about run away with the machine, when the guard of the bank foiled their attempt by switching on the siren causing panic among the accused who threw the machine on the road and fled away.

Three armed assailants entered the temple belonging to the Hindu scheduled-caste community and desecrated it in Latifabad area of Hyderabad District. The men prayed for two minutes and then broke Hanuman’s idol before setting the temple on fire. This temple is located in the same compound as the more popular temple of Kali Mata. “They asked me to let them in because they wanted to pray,” said Darshan, a student of class five, who has been looking after the temple for the last five months. “But, once they entered, they broke the idol, sprayed kerosene oil and set everything ablaze.”

MQM’s senior leader Saleem Shahzad, soon after his suspension from the party for an indefinite period, said that that several elements within the party were involved in extortion, killings and smuggling.  “The party leadership knew I have decided to resign from the basic membership,” Shahzad said while reacting to news of his suspension in London. “There is a corrupt lobby in the Muttahida which is against the ideological workers…These elements are involved in extortion, murder, smuggling and other illegal activities,” he said.

The driver of NATO oil container was killed and his companion was injured when unidentified militants set ablaze the tanker in Bypass area of Dhadar tehsil in Bolan District. An un-named levies official said that the militants escaped from the spot after torching the container.  No outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.

The driver of Express News anchor Raza Rumi was killed while he was injured in a targeted attack on his car near the Express News office in Raja Market of Lahore District. Soon after the incident Rumi said that although he had not received any direct threats, he was reportedly on the hit-list of some extremist groups. Eleven bullet casings were recovered from the crime scene, the CCPO said.

The Punjab Union of Journalists announced that it would hold a protest in front of the Punjab Assembly on March 29, 2014 (today).  “We [journalists] will continue to speak the truth and not back down,” Rumi said, adding “Politicians will not benefit from remaining quiet while journalists are muzzled…these bullets will target them tomorrow if they do not take notice today.” He further said, “There will be no security or governance left in Pakistan.”

The Supreme Court Registrar returned a petition of Shah Jan Khan, saying the petitioner was not an aggrieved party in the proceedings of the Special Court set up for treason trial of former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf.  “The petitioner (Shah Jan Khan) is not an aggrieved party and, therefore, cannot file the petition in the matter,” the Supreme Court Registrar said while rejecting the petition. Shah Jan Khan, the petitioner, had requested the Supreme Court to summon judges of the Special Court, Musharraf’s lawyers and the media to clear their position about proceedings on Musharraf’s treason case.

On March 27, 2014, unusual rising of the three-judge Special Court sparked rumours that the court had been dissolved and it’s Chief Judge, Justice Faisal Arab, had refused to proceed with the case.  But the court later clarified in its order that it had risen only for the day and said it would take up the case on March 31, 2014 as scheduled to frame charges against Musharraf for imposing the 2007 emergency.

TTP negotiating committee member and JeI Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Muhammad Ibrahim said that there was no deadlock in the dialogue process. He said that the TTP and Government had not refused demands put forward by each side, adding that confidence will increase if prisoners were released. 

Federal Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan convened a meeting of the committees representing the Government and the TTP. Informed sources said the meeting would discuss the future course of action and was expected to be followed soon by another round of direct talks between the Government Committee and the TTP Shura.

An un-named official source said that the first round of direct talks was held at an undisclosed location in FATA and the second might take place at some other place. He said ‘reasonable’ demands of the TTP would be considered and efforts would be made to take the peace process to its logical conclusion. Sources confirmed that the TTP had sought release of hundreds of their prisoners and said “they will be asked to soften their position”, indicating that a rigid position on the issue would not be acceptable.

Police force of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is ready to respond to any security threat in case peace negotiations with the TTP fail, said KP IGP, Nasir Durrani. He said that the Police force in the Province possessed the capabilities to spring to action if needed and face any sudden blowback if peace talks were to fail.

Highlighting Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s security concerns compared to the rest of the country, Durrani said that his Police force knew how to tackle militancy and ensure the safety of its people. He said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is different from the rest of the country when it comes to law and order. According to him, the Province faced three major security threats – militancy, kidnapping-for-ransom and extortion, which were “interlinked”.

Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz said that the US has not formally announced to stop drone attacks in Pakistan. He said that Nawaz Shahrif had told President Barack Obama that the drones were causing damage instead of any benefit. However, the US officials had not informed Pakistan about as to how long the drone attacks would not be launched, he said.

The UN called on all states to ensure that the use of armed drones complies with international law, backing a proposal from Pakistan seen as taking aim at the US. The Council "urges all states to ensure that any measures employed to counter terrorism, including the use of remotely piloted aircraft or armed drones, comply with their obligations under international law...in particular the principles of precaution, distinction and proportionality".

Pakistan’s Ambassador Zamir Akram while talking to the UNHRC said, "The purpose of this resolution is not to shame or name anyone, as we are against this approach,” adding, "It is about supporting a principle." The Resolution was adopted by a vote of 27 states in favour to six against, with 14 abstentions. The United States, Britain and France voted against.

KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak inaugurated the Provincial headquarters of Rescue 1122 Emergency Service situated on Sher Shah Suri Road in Cantonment area of Provincial capital Peshawar. Spokesperson of the emergency service said the building was completed by the C&W Department at the cost of PKR150 million, which was taken from the funds of Rescue 1122 allotted to it by the Provincial Government. The project was approved by the ANP Government in 2011.

“The emergency service has become one of the exemplary service providers of the Province,” said the Chief Minister, adding, the service will be expanded to other areas of the Province like Dera Ismail Khan, Swat and Abbottabad Districts. Currently, Rescue 1122 is active in Peshawar and Mardan Districts.

The IMF, while reviewing Pakistan’s performance under a USD 6.7 billion bailout loan package, on March 28 said in its report that Pakistan’s key economic indicators were showing modest improvement but warned that militancy and crime could threaten growth and investment. “For the fiscal year 2014-15, growth is forecast to accelerate to about 3.7 percent, and will continue to accelerate in the medium term,” the report said, adding, “Security conditions in Pakistan remain difficult with significant terrorist activity, as well as sectarian violence and urban criminal activity, which could depress investment and growth.”

The report was prepared after the IMF team met Pakistan’s Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and other officials in Dubai during a meeting from February 1 to 9, 2014, to discuss the economic performance, approval and release of the USD 550 million third installment of the loan. The meeting was held outside Pakistan because of security worries, the fund said. The State Bank of Pakistan spokesman confirmed that USD 550 million had been transferred from the IMF to bring foreign exchange reserves USD 9.1 billion.

The IMF confirmed its recent forecast of 3.1 percent growth this year, which was revised up from an earlier 2.8 percent. “The overall economic situation in Pakistan is gradually improving,” said Jeffrey Franks, the IMF Mission Chief for Pakistan, adding, “That 3.1 percent may still be a bit on the conservative side, so we see indicators of growth that are relatively strong considering the fiscal adjustment that has taken place.”

March 29

A bomb blast targeting a vehicle carrying SFs killed a minor girl and injured 15 others on the outskirts of Quetta city in Balochistan province. Militants targeted the vehicle of FC through an IED on Quetta's Sariab road area. The militants planted the IED in a rickshaw parked on the road. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. However, Police suspect that Baloch militants operating in the area carried out the attack.

Unidentified militants disguised in SFs’ uniforms attacked the Pasni radar-post in Mekran Belt near Gwadar town (Gwadar District), killing a Balochistan Constabulary official and injuring another. An official in the province’s home and tribal affairs department, who requested anonymity owing to sensitivity of the matter, told a private television channel that eight militants stormed inside the Pasni radar post and killed personnel deployed there. “The militants took eight security personnel hostage,” he said, adding that the insurgents killed one of them for offering resistance.

The Police have arrested a suspected suicide bomber during search operation in Kohat District of the KP. Police officials were searching vehicles at a check point in Nasrat Khel area of Kohat District when they arrested a suspected suicide bomber, Amjad Ali and recovered explosive material and a suicide vest from him. The bomb disposal unit was called in which successfully defused the suicide jacket containing 13 kg of explosives, ball bearings, prima-card and two MV2 fuses.

March 30

Three more dead bodies were recovered from a mass grave in Totak area of Khuzdar District. The mass grave was discovered on January 25. So far, 16 dead bodies have been recovered from the grave. Two dead bodies were identified by their relatives, whereas the remaining corpses are yet to be identified.

At least two persons, identified as Zafar Ali and Liaquat Ali were killed and three sustained injuries as some unidentified assailants opened fire in the morning at Gomal Bazar Sekotkhadaq in Tank District of KP.  Police said that five persons were on way back to their home located at Gomal Bazar Sekotkhadaq after attending a wedding ceremony, when unidentified assailants targeting them opened fire.

A suspected militant was killed in an encounter with the Police in the limits of Ghauriwala Police Station in Bannu District. Deputy Superintendent of Police (Headquarters) Sanaullah Khan said that the encounter took place in the limits of Ghauriwala Police Station, where the cops had put up barricade for checking vehicles and people. He said the cops manning the barrier signalled a motorcyclist to stop, but he opened fire on the Policemen and sped away. He said the cops from the Ghauriwala and Mandan police stations chased the fleeing militant, who fell from the bike during the mayhem. “The attacker sustained injuries during the fall, but hurled two hand-grenades at the approaching cops, who remained unhurt,” the official said, adding that the militant then blew himself up.

12 persons sustained injuries when unidentified persons hurled a hand-grenade at a workshop in Bara Qadeem in the limits of Sarband Police Station in Peshawar (Peshawar District), the provincial capital of KP. The condition of one of them was stated to be critical.

Unidentified militants hurled a hand-grenade at a shrine in Kulachi tehsil in Dera Ismail Khan District. The people were preparing meal at the langar or free food in connection with the Urs in Atal Sharif when the incident happened. Unidentified motorcyclists lobbed a hand-grenade into the building. However, no loss of life occurred in the blast.

A house suffered partial damage in an explosion in Bagota area of Hangu District. The sources said unidentified persons had planted an explosive device near the house of Sajidullah in Bagota, which went off early in the day causing partial damage to the building. However, it caused no loss of life.

A convoy of SFs escaped two explosions caused by remote-controlled devices on the Miranshah-Dattakhel Road in NWA of FATA. However, the blasts caused no human or property losses as the convoy of the SFs had passed the targeted area shortly before the explosions.

PM Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said the talks with the TTP are moving forward in the right direction and the nation will soon be given good news. The PM hoped that the dialogue process with the TTP would bring about the desired results. He said that development of the country was connected with peace, which would be restored at all costs. The PM directed the Punjab Chief Minister to improve the law and order situation of the province, adding that it was the first priority of the Government.

Maulana Tahir Ashrafi, chairman of the Pakistan Ulema Council, claimed that the TTP had suggested to the Government to set up a judicial commission to ascertain facts about detention of what it called non-combatants. “This is one of the recommendations of TTP that there should be a judicial commission on the issue of TTP prisoners,” Maulana Ashrafi said. He said the TTP had made the suggestion during their first meeting with Government negotiators in tribal areas last week.

TTP’s negotiating committee member, Mohammad Ibrahim, said on March 30 that the TTP had expressed willingness to release some high-profile people as a goodwill gesture. Ibrahim did not rule out release of Ali Musa, Shahbaz Taseer and Ajmal Khan, the former vice-chancellor of Islamia College University, Peshawar. He criticised the PPP, MQM and ANP for their stance on the ongoing talks between the Government and the TTP and claimed that these parties did not want the process to succeed so that a situation arose for a military operation in North Waziristan. He said these parties advocated use of force to solve problems in tribal areas, though such actions had always proved to be an exercise in futility in the past.

The rising incidents of cross-border terrorism by some Pakistan-based militant groups not only in Afghanistan and India but also in Iran and China, are increasingly bringing Islamabad into conflict with most of its neighbouring states. Pakistan’s Tribal Areas are being blamed for harbouring non-state actors by almost all its neighbours, with Delhi, Kabul, Tehran and Beijing expressing concern about the links between global terrorism and sanctuaries located in the lawless regions of the FATA.

March 31

Two passengers of the Akbar Bugti Express were killed and 10 others were injured when unidentified armed assailants attacked the train with two rockets in the Bolan District. The attackers fired two rockets which hit the bogies of the train, said officials of the Pakistan Railways. The FC and Railways Police personnel retaliated.

A dead body was found in the Totak area of Khuzdar District.

Unidentified militant shot dead a lady polio worker, Fehmida Yasmin, in Sukari Zabita Khan in the limits of the Cantonment Police Station in Bannu town (Bannu District) KP. Yasmin, who had been privately hired for the anti-polio campaign, was on her way to a house to administer anti-polio drops to children when an unidentified militant opened fire on her. She died on the spot. The accused managed to escape from the scene.

Anti-Terrorism Court convicted a Police Constable, Syed Ali Badshah and sentenced him to life imprisonment with fine of PKR 100, 000 in a case of firing at a procession, on November 22, 2013, which had left nine persons injured. The procession was part of demonstrations staged across KP against sectarian violence on the occasion of Ashura in Rawalpindi.

A driver, Syed Ajmal Hussain, was critically injured in a roadside blast in Parachinar, headquarters of Kurram Agency, in FATA. Sources said that Syed Ajmal Hussain was going to his village in a vehicle when a roadside explosive device planted by suspected militants near a checkpoint went off.

Pakistan has released 1,801 Indian prisoners including 74 civil and 1727 fishermen during the last five years, following the successful negotiations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials said. Around 100 Indian prisoners were released in the year 2009, 474 in 2010, 118 in 2011, 706 in 2012, and 403 in 2013. The official said on the other side India has released 725 Pakistani prisoners from 2009 to 2013 including four in 2009, 293 in 2010, 231 in 2011, 131 in 2012 and 66 in 2013.Replying to a question, he said under various agreements, 72 Pakistani prisoners (42 from Sri Lanka and 32 from Thailand) have been transferred back to Pakistan.

The HRCP expressed alarm over a number of developments, including the assault on journalist Raza Rumi and attacks on temples in Sindh, and termed the same a new wave of intolerance. According to a press statement issued, “HRCP has grave concerns over a number of recent incidents, including an attack on Raza Rumi in Lahore, a spate of assaults at Hindu temples, the most recent one being in Hyderabad, and the death sentence for Sawan Masih.”

The members of the TTP are said to be divided over an extension in the one-month ceasefire that expired. “There are differences among various factions of the TTP on an extension in the ceasefire it had announced on March 1. Some of the factions are in favour of extending it as long as the peace talks are under way with the Government. Others want to resume the attacks and seek revenge for the crackdown on Taliban militants and torture on their prisoners in Sindh province,” a senior leader and Shura member of the TTP said.

TTP sources claimed that the PPP and the MQM in Sindh are engaged in making alliance in a bid to thwart peace talks. The TTP sources said that during their one-month ceasefire Sindh Government continued to arrest TTP activists and tortured them in prison.

The Federal Government may set free during the current week around half a dozen TTP prisoners against whom there is lack of strong evidence of having been involved in terrorism. A source, who was present in March 29, 2014, joint meeting of the Government committee and TTP intermediaries, chaired by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, said, “Six to ten such detained persons are likely to be released in the first phase.”

The HuT has once again started its activities in Islamabad, with its cadres distributing pamphlets among the citizens asking them to support the outfit for the establishment of caliphate in the country. In one of its pamphlets written in Urdu, the HuT requested the people of Pakistan to ask their relatives serving in the armed forces to help the organisation achieve its mission so that the US “meets its doom in the region.”

April 1

At least two torture bearing dead bodies of MQM activists, identified as that of Sanaullah and Masrur, were recovered from Ghagar Phatak near National Highway in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. According to Police sources, they were abducted from Gulistan-e-Jauhar area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town and then tortured to death.

A seminary student, identified as Muhammad Ahsan (25), was shot dead and another student, identified as Saad (24), was injured when two unidentified armed assailants wearing surgical masks opened fire on them in Gulshan-e-Iqbal area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town.

At least four persons were injured in two separate explosions in Karachi. The first incident took place near NIPA Chowrangi area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal town where bomb went off that left one person injured. Police said that the militants tried to enter an identified seminary, however, the guard succeeded to stop them after which militants left the bomb outside the seminary and managed to flee.

Two unidentified persons were injured in a firing incident in Sharafi Goth area of Landhi Town.

A bomb exploded outside a Mosque in Gulshan-e-Hadeed area, leaving two children injured.

The dead body of an Iranian national, identified as Mohtaj Ubair, was found hanging from a tree in the Mashkail town of Kharan District. Balochistan Levies personnel found a piece of paper from the body that read “death to the informer of Iran”.

According to official sources the number of dead bodies found from a mass grave in Totak area of Khuzdar District reached 17. Balochistan Home Secretary Asad ur Rehman Gailani said that during last two days four bodies were recovered from the mass grave in Totak area of Khuzdar. "They are yet to be identified," Gailani stated.

The Commander of the Southern Command, Lieutenant General Nasser Khan Janjua said that the process to resolve the Balochistan issue through talks is under way and the Army has been cooperating with the Provincial Government in its efforts to restore peace. He said steps had been taken to end unrest because development of the province was linked to peace.

An allegedly gangster, identified as Rambel Khan, was shot dead in an encounter with the Police during an operation in Mattani area, on the outskirts of Peshawar (Peshawar District), the provincial capital of KP. At around 6 am Police started a search operation in several villages including Mattani, Adezai, Zakhel and Yousaf Khel. Around nine people were arrested on suspicion and are being interrogated.

The PPP called upon the Punjab Government to take action against ‘150 sleeper cells’ of the LeJ in the Province. Fawad Chaudhry, the media adviser of PPP Chairman, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that the party had taken serious notice of a threatening letter sent by the LeJ to Bilawal Bhutto. Ali Sufian who claimed to be a 'spokesperson' of LeJ threatened in the letter that his group would kill the Bilawal for his hostile stance against militants.

Fawad Chaudhry said: “The LJ was involved in the attack on Bilawal Bhutto’s security guards in Karachi and we believe that members of this group were hiding in Punjab.” He further said that the presence of ‘150 sleeper cells’ of LeJ had been disclosed by the Federal Ministry for Interior.

PPP Punjab’s Information Secretary Raja Amer accused the Punjab Government of having close links with the LeJ and, therefore, not interested in acting against the banned group. He accused Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah of working as the mouthpiece of the LeJ.

The COAS General Raheel Sharif and ISI DG Lieutenant General Zaheerul Islam Janjua paid a visit to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to discuss former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf’s possible exit from Pakistan. There are speculations that Musharraf is likely to leave the country, as the GHQ reportedly presses the Government to pave way for the ex-general’s safe exit from Pakistan given that he has been indicted in the high treason case.

According to sources, the majority of PML-N leaders opposed removing Musharraf’s name from the ECL, arguing that punishing him would ensure that there would be “no future violations of the constitution”. The PML-N leaders reportedly said that allowing Musharraf to leave the country would be perceived as a covert and controversial deal and it would be difficult for the Government to defend this move.

According to an unnamed Federal Minister the Government is planning to allow safe passage to Musharraf out of Pakistan on “humanitarian grounds” after direct possible diplomatic intervention from the Saudi Arabian authorities as a part of a covert deal. “The modalities are being given final touches,” he said.

The senators demanded with one voice that the issue of polio vaccination be included in the agenda for talks between the Government and the TTP. Members from all parties unanimously adopted a resolution, moved by PPP Shazia Marri to make Pakistan a polio-free country. Members of religious parties called for harsher punishments for those who create hindrance in achieving this milestone. Marri termed the surge in polio cases ‘alarming’, particularly from the FATA. She said 96 polio cases have been reported in the last six months out of which, 89 emerged in FATA.

The Government has claimed a modest increase in the boys’ and girls’ literacy rate in the FATA. “Literacy rate for girls stands at a modest 10.5 per cent compared to 36.66 per cent for boys despite considerable expenditure incurred by the FATA Secretariat to improve education statistics in the area,” said a handout while quoting an official document. Earlier, the girls’ and boys’ literacy rate was three per cent and 29.51 per cent respectively.

According to the handout, Kurram Agency tops other tribal agencies in the girls’ enrolment as 21.3 per cent girls have been enrolled there followed by Khyber Agency with 16.13 per cent such enrolment. Giving agency-wise breakup of the girls’ enrolment, the handout said the FATA Education Atlas 2011-12 reported that the proportion of girls enrolled in educational institutions stood at 7.5 per cent in South Waziristan, 4.26 per cent in North Waziristan Agency, 21.03 per cent in Kurram Agency, 4.7 per cent in Bajaur Agency, 5.72 per cent in Mohmand Agency, 5.15 per cent in Orakzai Agency and 16.13 per cent in Khyber Agency.

The proportion stands at 5.88 per cent in FR Dera Ismail Khan, 1.81 per cent in FR Lakki Marwat, 2.28 per cent in FR Tank, 1.07 per cent in FR Bannu, 24.09 per cent in FR Kohat and 16.66 per cent in FR Peshawar. According to the handout, around 124,424 girls are enrolled in 1,551 primary schools, 19,614 girls in 158 middle schools, 13,837 girls in 42 high schools and 1,134 girls in five higher secondary schools in FATA. It said the recent militant activities and poor law and order situation in tribal areas had badly hampered the girls’ education in the region but the government was taking steps to provide education across FATA.

April 2

Unidentified militants opened fire at a car and killed three people and injured two women inside it in Satellite Town area of Quetta. SP Sariab, Imran Qureshi said, "The victims are yet to be identified".  No outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.

Two unidentified dead bodies were recovered from Mianwali Colony in Manghopir area of Gadap Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. According to Police, the victims had been tortured before being shot dead.

Police arrested the salesman of Al Badar Bookshop, identified as Khuda Bakhsh, and seized ‘objectionable’ material, including books, during a raid at the store in Gwadar District. “Police raided the bookshop after receiving information about objectionable books and other material kept there,” District Police Officer Pervez Umrani said. According to details, the Policemen also confiscated two books on Balochistan’s history, Lala Hatu Ram’s ‘Tareekh-e-Balochistan’ and Dr Shah Mohammad Marri’s ‘Baloch’.

Police arrested the owner of a CD shop and also seized a number of CDs from the shop located on Airport Road in Quetta.

The Judicial Tribunal tasked to investigate the discovery of 17 dead bodies from mass graves in Tutak area of Khuzdar District is expected to produce its findings within a month. The Tribunal, headed by Balochistan High Court Judge Justice Noor Mohammed Meskanzai, sought eight more weeks on February 28, 2014, as it wanted to record the statements. “The extension of eight weeks will help the tribunal to record the statements of maximum number of people,” Home Secretary Balochistan Asad Gilani said.

Spokesperson of Balochistan Government Jan Mohammed Buleidai said, “High Court judge is investigating this case and we hope that responsible will be brought to justice.” The DNA tests of 13 dead bodies are yet to be submitted to the tribunal. Officials have only identified one body as that of Naseer Ahmed through a piece of paper recovered from the body. All the bodies were decomposed beyond recognition.

In response to the former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf’s request for removal of his name from the Exit Control List, the ruling PML-N, after two days consultation with party members and military leadership, refused to give Pervez Musharraf a safe passage. “The Federal Government is unable to accede to your requests in public interest,” according to a statement released by the Federal Ministry for Interior, adding, “The requests have been considered on the basis of record pronouncements of the superior courts on the cited subject and pending criminal cases in the various courts.”

Ahmed Raza Kasuri, counsel of Musharraf, claimed that an attempt had been made to lure his client with a secret deal to stay away from the country for a period of five years. “President Pervez Musharraf was offered to sign a 5-year bond and not return (till the date of its expiration),” Ahmed Raza Kasuri said. However, he went on to say that his client, Musharraf had turned down the deal of secret agreement. 

Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid refuted Ahmed Raza Kasuri's claim that the Government attempted to lure Pervez Musharraf with a secret deal to stay away from the country for a period of five years. "Ahmed Raza Kasuri tried to gain attention of former military ruler General (retired) Pervez Musharraf by telling a lie," Rashid claimed. The minister further said that the Government made no offer to Musharraf, claiming that the former President ousted Kasuri from his defence counsel team that is why he lied to gain Musharraf’s attention.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a meeting with UK National Security Advisor Kim Darroch in Islamabad assured that its soil will not be used against Afghanistan and that it supports the democratic process in Afghanistan. He said, “Our soil will not be used against Afghanistan and we support the democratic process in Afghanistan”.

Prime Minister Nawaz said that Pakistan believed in policy of non-interference, especially with regards to Afghanistan. “In order to tackle the issue of terrorism we have evolved consensus, amongst all the stakeholders, for dialogue,” he said, adding that that Pakistan do not wish to fall into arms race and want peace and stability in the region.

In his meeting with Federal Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Sir Darroch said that the British Government is committed to provide more support to Pakistan in all fields, particularly countering terrorism. Talking about post 2014-Afghanitsan, Nisar said the two neighbouring countries have to work together, with the support of the international community, to ensure peace and stability in the post-2014 Afghanistan. Nisar said that Pakistan has adopted a holistic regional approach by following a non-partisan policy in Afghanistan as well as improving relations with India.

Federal Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif during his meeting with Sir Darroch said that both political and armed forces’ leadership was on the same page over all matters including the internal security situation of the country. He said, “This unanimity is proving as our strength and will help bring us out of our problems”. He said that violence in any form was undesirable and Government was privy to it, adding, “We want to give peace a chance.”

Citing security reason, the DG of the ISI Lieutenant-General Zaheer-ul-Islam did not appear before the Islamabad High Court in a missing person case. The IHC, however, disposed off the matter after the spy agency denied the custody of the missing man.  Justice Riaz Ahmed Khan of the IHC on March 24, 2014 had directed the DG ISI, Zaheerul Islam, to personally appear before the court in a petition filed by Parveen Bibi, the spouse of Mohammad Arif, who was picked up from December 17, 2013 from Khushab District in Punjab Provicne.  Before being picked up, Mohammad Arif, a former activist of JeI, was running a printing press and private schools in Rawalpindi District.

DG ISI, in an affidavit submitted to the IHC, denied the custody of the missing men. AAG Tariq Mehmood Khokar submitted an application on behalf of the ISI seeking exemption of the DG from appearance. In the application the spy agency contended: “For operational security and secrecy reasons his (DG ISI) whereabouts are kept classified.”  The application also stated that the “DG ISI is not in Islamabad on the date fixed for the hearing of the matter. It further said that the DG of the spy agency was not “the relevant officer in the matter in question”.

Justice Khan expressed annoyance over the lethargy of the spy agency in dealing with the court.  He said: “It was not our desire to summon the DG ISI but the conduct of the dealing officials was tantamount to making a mockery of the courts.”  “A person files the petition for the recovery of his relative and the dealing official instead of submitting report suggests the court for adjourning the proceedings for 6 weeks” he said. “It was an insult for the judiciary” he added.  However, Colonel Fayyaz, Deputy Director Legal of the ISI tendered an apology before the court. 

TTP ‘commander’ in Mohmand Agency, Khalid Omar Khurasani said that the TTP has not announced an extension in the ceasefire and that the war will start again. In a statement, Khalid Khurasani claimed that the Government had breached its promise during the period of ceasefire and held the state, military and political parties responsible for ‘the losses suffered’. He said all the influential sections of the society are in favour of the persistence of war. On Pakistan cricket team’s recent defeat against Bangladesh in World Twenty20, he said ‘Allah has always let this nation cry without a break’. 

TTP ‘spokesman’ Shahidullah Shahid said that TTP has not extended a month-long ceasefire but are still open to pursuing peace talks with the Islamabad Government. He accused the government of continuing to kill Taliban during the ceasefire, especially in Karachi. “We gave this list and names of our civilian prisoners as a test case and wanted to see if the Government was serious,” one commander said, adding, “But we felt that the Government is either powerless or not serious in talks.” However, Government negotiators were not available to comment on whether talks would continue.

The authorities in South Waziristan Agency of FATA have released 16 members of the TTP as a ‘goodwill gesture’. An unnamed TTP leader said that they “are frustrated at the Government’s inaction” over their two demands but the group would not carry out big attacks despite the end of ceasefire. “We will not carry out any big attacks as our intermediaries are still engaged in talks with the Government,” he said, requesting anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media on TTP’s behalf. He confirmed the Taliban were seeking a secure place in South Waziristan that was previously under their control.

A member of TTP Political Shura Azam Tariq said that the statements of TTP ‘spokesperson’ Shahidullah Shahid and Mohmand Agency ‘commander’ Khalid Khurasani regarding ceasefire do not reflect the stance of the whole outfit. Tariq said that the statements of Taliban leader on the matter of ceasefire are their personal opinions and media would be informed about the TTP's stance soon.

Iran said that the five border guards kidnapped by militants are in good health, disputing a report that one of them had been killed. The guards were abducted by Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice) militants while patrolling the frontier with Pakistan on February 6, 2014. “The kidnapped Iranian border guards are safe there is no verified information to substantiate the terrorists’ claim of murder of one of the kidnapped soldiers,” official news agency IRNA quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Ebrahim Rahimpour as saying on April 2.

April 3

A 10-year-old boy was killed and four others were injured when an explosive apparently hidden inside a toy they were playing with detonated in Khaki, a suburb of Nowshera town (Nowshera District), of KP. The boy who was killed in the blast was Afghan.

In a bid to help restore peace and end sectarian violence in Hangu District, a jirga of Sunni and Shia was convened at the Deputy Commissioner’s office. Malik Farman, Zaheer Hussain, Rahmat Hussain and Maulana Abdul Sattar, Rahim Umar and Noor Khan represented the two sects at the office of Deputy Commissioner Syed Ahmad Jan and discussed multiple issues regarding law and order.

Former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf narrowly escaped an assassination attempt as a bomb exploded shortly before his convoy was due to pass. Musharraf was on his way to Chak Shahzad farmhouse in Islamabad from the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology, where he has been staying since January 2, 2014. “Four kilogrammes of explosive material planted in a pipeline under a bridge exploded around 20 minutes before the former President was supposed to cross the spot,” said senior Police Official Liaqat Niazi. 

At least 23 mortar shells fired from Afghanistan fell into North Waziristan Agency of FATA. The mortar shells landed into Ghulam Khan and Bagi Dar areas of North Waziristan. No casualties or loss of life was reported due to the targeted areas being uninhabited.

Police seized a vehicle loaded with a huge cache of arms and ammunition, including 7 Kalashnikovs, 7 repeaters, 17 pistols and thousands of bullets, from Naseerabad area in Rawalpindi District.

At least 19 non-combatant TTP prisoners have been released by the Government. However, there was confusion on the release of the non-combatant TTP prisoners, as the PM’s Secretariat initially denied that it ordered the release of any prisoner, apparently due to massive pressure from the military establishment. The PM Secretariat, however, retracted this statement later following a meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. It said Sharif had indeed ordered the release of the non-combatant TTP members.

The TTP had reportedly handed a list of prisoners to the government demanding their release, during different rounds of the peace talks. On the other hand, the military establishment is opposed to the release of TTP prisoners, both combatants and non-combatants, due to their alleged involvement in terror attacks across the country. The prisoners were released in phases. “Three prisoners were released on March 21, five on March 25 and 11 on March 28,” Federal Interior Ministry sources confided. The Interior Ministry Spokesman confirmed that all the prisoners belonged to the Mehsud tribe. Sources said that in the coming days about another 100 non-combatant detainees would also be released.

The newly appointed chief of JI Sirajul Haq said that the next stage of peace talks with the TTP should be held in Islamabad. “Maulana Samiul Haq, 80-year-old man, cannot be expected to go into the mountains to negotiate,” he said, adding that if the Federal Government could not arrange for this, the KP Government could facilitate the talks.

The proceeding in the November 26, 2008 Mumbai terror attacks case (26/11) has come to a standstill as the special judge of the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC), Atiqur Rehman, has expressed his inability to conduct the trial of seven Pakistani suspects in the Adiala Jail of Rawalpindi District of Punjab due to security reasons. Sources close to the proceedings revealed that since March 3, 2014, when terrorists attacked the District Courts in Islamabad, there has been no progress on the trial with the ATC unable to complete the cross examination of even a single witness. The ATC judge demanded that the Federal Government should deploy Rangers for his security. However, the Government has not done anything for his security so far.

Advocate Raja Rizwan Abbasi, who is representing the accused Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and other suspects, when contacted, confirmed that there was no progress on the case for about a month.  He said the Federal Government was responsible for the delay as the ATC judge had refused to conduct the jail trial of the accused persons because of security reasons. “Had the Federal Government provided the requisite security to the judge, the proceedings would not have been delayed,” he added. However, Advocate Mohammad Azhar Chaudhry, the special prosecutor of the FIA said the prosecution was trying to complete the trial as early as possible.

Former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf began consulting his legal team to adopt a future strategy after the Federal Government said that it was ‘unable’ to remove his name from the Exit Control List. “He met Anwar Mansoor Khan and he would meet another senior lawyer of his team Dr. Khalid Ranjha on April 4, 2014 morning to discuss the future strategy about his case,” one official said.

Advocate Shah Jahan moved a petition in the Supreme Court requesting to remove his name from ECL. He should be allowed to visit Dubai to see his ailing mother in the interest of justice, the petitioner, advocate Shah Jahan, submitted. The lawyer is not associated with the former general’s legal team.

Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Pervaiz Rasheed on April 3 brushed aside reports as unfounded of Government’s consultations with COAS in connection with Pervez Musharraf’s application for removal of his name from the ECL list.

Non-vaccination of children in the FATA could spoil the anti-polio initiative in KP. The immunisation of children through Sehat Ka Insaf programme can’t protect children against poliovirus for long as far as children in FATA would stay without oral polio vaccine. Two new cases, one each from North Waziristan Agency and Bannu, were recorded on April 2, bringing the total number of nationwide cases to 41. This also worried the authorities in KP, who are carrying out immunisation campaigns.

According to the National Institute of Health, Islamabad, Pakistan had recorded only six polio cases till this date in 2013 against 41 this year, which reflects an increase of 900 per cent. Children in KP will remain at risk of polio despite immunisation till the Government makes arrangements to administer OPV to children in North Waziristan and Khyber Agency. The rapid increase in polio cases in 2014 poses a serious challenge to the health authorities and the UN agencies engaged in immunisation campaigns.  Of the country’s total tally so far this year (2014), FATA has 33 polio cases, KP six and Sindh one.

Two serving officers, Major Tariq Malik and Brigadier Riaz Ali Qazi, submitted separate applications along with affidavits before the LHC Rawalpindi Bench seeking exemption for ISI DG Lieutenant-General Zaheerul Islam and MI DG Major-General Sarfraz Sattar from appearing in person in the court proceedings of a missing person case on April 7, 2014.  The LHC had on March 19, 2014 issued summons for ISI DG and MI DG along with the chief of the IB and the Punjab IG during the hearing of the case of Khan Badshah’s enforced disappearance. Later, on March 27, 2014, the bench directed the defence secretary to ensure the spy chiefs appeared in court.

April 4

Heavy clashes were reported among the TTP and Afghan Taliban militants in Paktika province of Afghanistan. Afghan intelligence, NDS, officials said that the incident took place when a group of TTP militants were looking to storm the election sites in Paktika province. However Afghan Taliban militants opposed them which erupted heavy gun battle between the two sides.  Defence Ministry spokesman General Zahir Azimi said at least three TTP militants were killed along with an Afghan Taliban militant during the clashes. Several TTP militants were forced to flee the area and return back to the other side of the Durand line.

Rangers claimed to have arrested three alleged target killers from Musa Lane area of Lyari Town. According to Rangers sources the accused were affiliated with PAC.

A local court in Toba Tek Singh District sentenced a Christian couple, identified as Shafqat Maseeh and Shagufta Maseeh, to death for blasphemy and fined them PKR 100,000 each. According to details, the Maseeh’s were arrested on July 25, 2013, under Section 295C on the charge of sending blasphemous text messages to the complainants, shopkeeper Malik Mohammad Hussain and Gojra tehsil bar’s former President Anwar Mansoor Goraya. The couple confessed to have sent the messages.

A total of 5,573 acts of terror across the country have cost the lives of 8484 people, including ten foreigners, during the last four years, disclosed the Government in the National Assembly. Also among the terror victims are 185 children, the Federal Ministry of Interior told the Lower House of Parliament in a written reply to the queries of PPP Dr Nafeesa Shah.

The province-wise breakup of terror acts revealed that Balochistan was most affected, leading with 3098 acts of terrorism followed by 1499 in KP and FATA with 648 incidents. In number of human loss, FATA topped the list where 3240 persons lost their lives in these terrorism acts followed by KP with 2311 human lives losses and 1985 in Balochistan. The number of persons killed in Punjab stood at 643 and in Sindh the number was 313.The most tragic figures came about the children in these terrorists attacks that came to 185 in last five years based on the data received from KP, Islamabad, PoK and Gilgit Baltistan.

The Government also informed the House that 60 proscribed organizations are being kept under watch and its cadre enlisted under Schedule IV of Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) are being strictly monitored.

The Pakistan-Afghanistan border at ‘Friendship Gate’ in Chaman town of Qilla Abdullah District was closed, a day before the Afghan Presidential elections are scheduled to take place, reported Dawn while quoting an unnamed official. An official of the FC, a para-military force said that the border was completely closed by the border forces of the two countries.  He said the major reason behind closure of the border was to avert any untoward incident on the eve of Afghan polls. "The border will remain closed on April 5, 2014(Saturday)," he said.

According to details, personnel of paramilitary troops were deployed on the Pakistani side of the border to maintain order on the eve of historic Afghan elections.  Similarly, the Afghan border force has also strengthened security to ensure peace on the eve of polls.  "

A directive by the Punjab Government issued on March 31, 2014, to enhance security for minorities’ places of worship has resulted in SHOs passing the responsibility by issuing a long list of measures to be taken by the administrations of temples and churches. After a recent directive issued by the Home Department for the security of minorities’ places of worship, Christian and Hindu worshippers complained that no steps had been taken on ground.

According to a notice issued by various SHOs to temples and churches of Rawalpindi District, the administrations have been asked to take nine steps for their protection. These include, the installation of CCTV cameras, storing one month’s footage, securing the place with barbed wire, eight-foot high boundary walls, setting up a police post on the roof, proper lighting and hiring security guards from a registered company which is verified by the Police. Entry gates and barriers should be installed as well. Also, the Police should be informed before the start of a ceremony so that they can make security arrangements.

The representatives of minorities said that the provision of security is the responsibility of the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB). “ETPB is the guardian of all temples and it is their responsibility to provide funds for security requirements,” said Hindu-Sikh Social Welfare Council President Jag Mohan Arora.

In 2010, we received the same notice and we informed the Police as well as EPTB officials, but the latter paid no heed despite repeated requests and visits, he added. “We are in the habit of lamenting after a tragedy occurs but who cares.” One Ashok Chand asked, “We cannot even arrange sufficient funds for religious ceremonies, how can we set aside such a huge sum to implement these steps?

Former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf will approach SHC against the Federal Government’s decision to reject his application seeking removal of his name from the Exit Control List, said sources privy to the matter. According to sources, Musharraf’s legal team has decided to file a petition in SHC against the Federal Ministry for Interior’s refusal seeking an explanation. The petition in this regard will be moved in the next few days. They further revealed that Musharraf’s legal aides are reluctant to directly approach the Supreme Court and therefore have decided to first submit an application in the High Court.

“The (legal) team is still undecided whether to file the petition in Islamabad High Court (IHC) or SHC since most of the members believe that the IHC’s behaviour has been hostile with their client in the past and they should challenge the Federal Government’s decision in SHC,” the sources added. The Interior Ministry, while responding to Musharraf’s request on April 2, 2014, had refused to remove his name from the ECL.

Pakistan ranks among the least religiously diverse countries in a religiously diverse Asian region according to the Religious Diversity Index published by the Pew Research Centre on April 5, reports The Express Tribune. The 10-point index, which ranks each country by its level of religious diversity, is divided into four ranges, “very high”, “high”, “moderate”, and “low”. Pakistan ranked among the 136 “low diversity” countries, the largest range on the index indicating that most countries in the world are not religiously diverse.

According to the data, Pakistan had the 23rd largest proportional Muslim population at 96.4%, smaller than immediate neighbours Afghanistan and Iran, but larger than Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia. Pakistan had a Religious Diversity Index score of 0.8 ranking. It featured an overwhelming Muslim population of 96.4%. Hindus constituted largest religious minority with 1.9% of the population with Christians a close second comprising 1.6% of the population. Others including, Buddhists, Jews, and those belong to ‘folk religions’ comprised at least 0.1 per cent of the population each.

Of the 232 countries in the study, Singapore with a population of more than 5 million had the highest score on the Religious Diversity Index. About a third of Singapore’s population is Buddhist (34%), while 18% are Christian, 16% are religiously unaffiliated, 14% are Muslim, 5% are Hindu and less than 1% are Jewish. Interestingly, the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK) did not rank very high on the overall index with both countries falling in the “moderate” diversity range.

The Geo News got hold of a letter from the TTP addressed to the newly elected Amir of JI Maulana Sirajul Haq which stresses that an armed struggle is a must to enforce an Islamic system in the country, reports The News. “Our destination is the same but the difference is in the modus operandi to achieve it,” said the letter from TTP Mohmand Agency head Umer Khalid Khurasani addressed to JI Amir. It further said ‘it is hoped that you (Sirajul Haq) would carry forward the mission of Syed Munawar Hassan without making any compromise’.

The TTP extended the ceasefire until April 10, the outfit's spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said in a statement, adding that the TTP shura would be meeting after the 10th to decide a future course of action. The extension comes a day after the interior ministry announced that it had released 19 non-combatants TTP as a goodwill gesture for bolstering the peace process with the TTP. In a statement issued to the media, Shahid said the group was awaiting the Government's reply on its demands. Shahid said the TTP shura has extended the deadline and would sit after April 10 to decide about the future of talks. 

PM Nawaz Sharif met his national security team on April 4 to discuss steps to be taken for the dialogue process with the TTP. Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Director General of ISI Lieutenant General Zaheerul Islam and PM’s Special Assistant Tariq Fatemi attended the meeting held at the PM’s residence. According to an unnamed PM Office official “the Government has a set of parameters against which it is measuring the progress in the talks’ initiative. The meeting took stock of the situation”. “The meeting was updated about the next steps that the Government would be taking to keep the process continuing,” the official added.

The release of 19 ‘non-combatant but criminal’ members of the TTP may draw fault lines between the relations of Army establishment and the ruling civilian Government vis-à-vis peace dialogue with the TTP. The matter, security insiders said, was taken up at a meeting chaired by PM Nawaz Sharif on April 3 to review security situation in the country that was attended by Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, ISI Director General Lieutenant General Zaheerul Islam, Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and PM’s Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi. The military command is said to have conveyed to the PM its reservations regarding the release of the TTP prisoners.

April 5

At least four people were injured when unidentified militants hurled a hand grenade at a shop in Osta Mohammad tehsil of Jaffarabad District. No outfit claimed responsibility for the attack. A Police Official, Muhammad Ayub suspected that Baloch separatists could be behind the attack.

April 6

Two TTP militants, identified as Abdullah and Zikaria, were killed in an alleged Police encounter in Sohrab Goth area of Gadap Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Police also recovered weapons from their possession.

A suspected gangster, identified as Mullah Nazir, was shot dead in a Police encounter in Kiamari Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. According to SSP South Nasir Aftab, Police also recovered two hand grenades and other weapons from his possession.

Unidentified assailants hurled a hand grenade at the house of Jamshed Baghwan, the Express News Bureau Chief of Peshawar, in the Murshidabad neighbourhood of Peshawar (Peshawar District), the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, at around 6:25am. The main gate of the house was damaged in the attack which happened just over two weeks after an explosive device was found and subsequently defused by the BDS near Baghwan’s house on March 19.

SFs foiled a terror attack to blow up a gas pipeline in Bhong of Rahim Yar Khan District by arresting three BRA militants. Intelligence Agencies had informed the Police about the threat beforehand and the area was monitored for suspicious activity. According to details, four BRA militants arrived in the area on April 6 with advanced weapons and explosive material with the alleged intention to damage the pipeline. However, the Police thwarted their attempt and arrested three of the suspects while one managed to escape.

PM Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan would not only help and support Afghanistan strengthen democracy but would also work in collaboration with the new leadership in that country to bring peace and tranquility in the region. Sharif congratulated Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the people of Afghanistan on successfully holding and completing the election process for the President’s office. He said that the Afghan people’s effort to make decisions through the ballot boxes reflects their determination and keen interest in adopting a democratic culture. “Participation in the democratic process by the Afghan people would play a significant role in bringing peace and stability in the region,” Nawaz emphasised.

The authorities started repatriating people of Ali Sherzai tribe to their native area in the Kurram Agency of FATA. Kurram Agency political agent Riaz Mahsud said that 55,000 tribal people had been displaced in June 2010 following a military operation to cleanse the area of militants. He said, “So far 7,500 people have been sent to their area and the rest would be repatriated over the next couple of weeks...We intend to complete the process by April 24”. He added the returnees were being provided free transportation and food for six months, although the area had been cleared of militants. It was because of hectic efforts made by the FATA administration that PKR five million had been arranged for the purpose.

The Government is considering setting up a special panel to investigate the cases of ‘non-combatant TTP prisoners’ amid reports that the military leadership is reluctant to support the release of such inmates. “A group or committee may be set up to investigate the cases of those in detention,” an official privy to developments said. He added that the proposal has been discussed but a final decision on the matter has yet to be taken. However, a TTP intermediary also confirmed the development. “The proposal to set up a committee to exclusively deal with the issue of non-combatants is among several suggestions under consideration,” said Muhammad Ibrahim. “But no decision has been taken so far in this regard,” he added.

TTP launched its ‘official’ website hosting videos, a magazine, and its leaders’ interviews and statements, a news release issued by Umar Media, the 'information and publication wing' of the TTP. Umar Media has sponsored the website, which would serve as the central information portal of the outfit. “Statements, videos, announcements and magazine released by the TTP will be available on the website,” the news release said. It added that Umar Media was the only authorised body to issue messages and statements of the TTP.

The website carries e-mail addresses of 'central spokesman' of TTP Shahidullah Shahid and other sections. The website contains the TTP flag, verses from the Holy Quran, statements and videos containing sectarian, hate and propaganda material, especially against Security Forces, a message of TTP ‘deputy’ Sheikh Khalid Haqqani for the people of Balochistan, and pictures of slain TTP 'chief' Hakimullah Mehsud and his successor and current 'chief' Maulvi Fazlullah.

Iranian Parliament approved the Tehran-Islamabad enhanced Security Cooperation Act, intended to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in combating terrorist groups operating in border areas. The Iranian Parliament approved general terms of the Bill with 187 votes in favour, 14 against and six abstentions. It had earlier been adopted by the Iranian cabinet and submitted to Parliament on March 31, 2013. The bill contains working methods, costs and other issues.

Four Iranian soldiers abducted by Jaish-al-Adl (Army of Justice) militants on February 6, 2014, returned home after being held for two months. A spokesperson for FC in Balochistan on April 5 rejected the notion that the kidnapped Iranian guards were present on Pakistani soil, reports The Express Tribune. He further said that the guards were released inside Iran after mediation by an elder of the Shah Bakhsh tribe. “They have not been released in Pakistan. We don’t know where they were kept or released. We have no indication that these Iranian border guards were kept in Pakistan,” said Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam.

According to details, on April 4, 2014, it was reported that the Iranian border guards captured by Jaish-al-Adl militants were freed. According to a media report, only four of the five abducted guards were handed over to Iranian officials in Pakistan alive. They were accompanied by the body of the fifth, which the rebels had executed. “The soldiers were handed over some hours ago by the small terrorist group Jaish-al-Adl to Iranian representatives in Pakistan,” said the Fars News Agency (FNA), quoting an unnamed security official. However, Pakistani officials could not confirm the release.

April 7

FC claimed to have killed more than 30 militants in Parodh area of Kalat District. Khan Wasey, the FC Spokesman said that the forces launched an operation against militants in Kalat District's Parodh area.

The FC Spokesman claimed that the targeted militants were involved in recent attacks on passenger trains, SFs and other vital installations in different parts of the province.

Political and religious leaders urged the committees representing the Government and the Taliban in peace talks to include the name of ANP leader Arbab Zahir Kasi in the list of people TTP Shura is being asked to release. They said that Zahir Kasi should not be ignored when the Government and the TTP exchanged captives. Kasi was kidnapped from Quetta on October 23, 2013.

An ATC in Quetta ordered former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf to appear before it on April 21, 2014, in a case relating to the August 26, 2006, murder of Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Bugti. ATC Quetta 1 Judge Tariq Ahmed Kasi directed Musharraf to appear before the court otherwise his bail would be cancelled.

At least four TTP militants, including a local 'commander' of the Hakimullah Mehsud group, identified as Kashed Khan Mehsud were killed and another was injured in Shaktoi area of South Waziristan Agency in FATA.

The official sources stated that unidentified militants attacked a car in the Shaktoi area, killing four people and injuring another.

Unidentified armed assailants attacked the house of Special Public Prosecutor, Advocate Abdul Maroof, the prosecutor in the Wali Khan Babar murder case, in Akhtar Colony of Jamshed Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

The Lahore High Court Rawalpindi bench ordered Punjab IG of Police Khan Baig to submit a report on the whereabouts of Khan Badshah, a missing person and resident of Waziristan, by April 23, 2014. When the hearing started in the court of Justice Ibadur Rahman, petitioner's counsel Sardar Taufiq Asif expressed dissatisfaction over the failure of the spymasters to appear in person and brought the issue to the court's notice.

Deputy Attorney General Tariq Khokhar replied that a commission is already working on missing persons' case. The court, however, questioned the status of the commission and asked under which law the commission was set up and to what extent it can implement its decisions.

The 'official' website, UmarMedia.com, launched by the TTP on April 5 was taken down. According to investigation into the domain's registered records on April 7 revealed that the website was hosted by a company from Punjab. The owner of the company, said that he had no idea who the client was.

The website is now inaccessible and shows a '404 - Not Found' error. The public DNS records which were updated on April 6, 2014, shortly before the website went down now list an inactive phone number and an address, most likely fake, from Buffer Zone in Karachi.

The National Assembly passed Protection of Pakistan Amendment Bill 2014 amid strong protest from the opposition benches. The Protection of Pakistan Bill 2014 also contains provisions from the 2013 Bill. It states that Special Courts will be established for disposing of cases against terrorists while JITs will undertake probe into the terror-related cases. Under the new Bill, a person declared convict by a court could be kept in any prison of the country.

PPP leader, Aitzaz Ahsan called upon the TTP militants to set free Ali Haider Gilani, the abducted son of former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, and slain Punjab Governor Salman Taseer's son Shahbaz Taseer. "I don't think the ongoing negotiations with the Taliban will yield a positive result," he said, adding, that the Taliban should also release the non-combatants. Ali Haider Gilani was abducted on May 9, 2013, while Shahbaz Taseer was kidnapped by TTP on August 26, 2011.

April 8

At least 17 people, including a woman and five children, were killed and 44 others were wounded when a passenger train, Jaffar Express was bombed at Sibi Railway Station in Sibi District. The UBA claimed responsibility for the attack on the train which was en route from Quetta to Rawalpindi District in Punjab.

A complete shutter-down strike was observed in parts of Balochistan on April 8 in response to a strike called by the BNF protesting the military operation in Kalat District on April 7, 2014. A BNF spokesperson said that SFs had launched the operation against locals after suffering a defeat 'at the hands of the BLA in Kalat and Nushki Districts'.

BLA 'spokesperson' Mirak Baloch said his armed men brought down a gunship helicopter in Kalat and killed several SFs personnel in response to the operation. "After facing tough resistance, the SFs carried out shelling on the local population and targeted innocent Baloch people," Mirak said. He claimed that none of the BLA's members were killed in the operation. A BRA 'spokesperson' also issued a similar statement.

At least 14 TTP militants were killed in clashes between two factions of the militant outfit in South Waziristan Agency of FATA. According to Police and militant sources, a total of 34 people have been killed since fighting broke out April 6, 2014 in South Waziristan Agency between supporters of Khan Said Sajna and followers of the slain leader Hakimullah Mehsud.

According to militant sources, the differences emerged after Khan Said Sajna, a senior 'commander', was rejected for leadership of the TTP umbrella group, after its former leader Hakimullah Mehsud was killed in a US drone strike on November 1, 2013.

"At least 12 people have been killed in a firefight between militant groups in the Shaktai area of South Waziristan. The fighting still goes on," added a security official in Miranshah town of North Waziristan Agency. Sources from both militant groups confirmed the clashes and death toll.

An unnamed senior TTP 'commander' said that efforts were being made to resolve differences between the Sajna and Hakimullah Mehsud groups but the former refused to reach any agreement. "There are always differences among the people. There are fights also, some people fight for money, some for other interests", he added.

A gangster affiliated with a Lyari group, identified as Navid Baloch alias Nazir, was arrested from Garden area of Saddar Town. The Police claimed to have seized a hand grenade and pistol from his possession.

Elsewhere in the Town, another gangster from Lyari, identified as Danish, was arrested from Mithadar area. The Police said that the accused was involved in various crimes.

At least 24 low intensity bomb blasts hit different cities of Sindh as JSMM announced a strike for April 9, 2014 against Protection of Pakistan Ordinance Bill and the March 21, 2014, killing of JSQM leader Maqsood Qureshi.

According to reports, hand-grenade explosions took place in Karachi, Hyderabad, Larkana, Nowshero Feroz and other Districts. SSP Hyderabad, Pir Farid Jan Sarhindi said that Police and Rangers had arrested 13 suspected cadres of a nationalist party after attacks. However, no outfit has so far claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Unidentified militants hurled a hand grenade near shops at Zamzama market in Karachi District, the provincial capital of Sindh. However, no casualties were reported in the attack.

PTI announced it will challenge the PPO Bill that was passed in the National Assembly on April 7, 2014, in the Supreme Court. The law permits the SFs to shoot suspects on sight, detain them at secret locations for up to 90 days and carry out raids without search warrants. The SFs can also carry out secret trials.

The opposition termed the Bill as regressive and extra-constitutional. "This law will turn Pakistan into a Police State," said PTI Vice Chairperson Shah Mehmood Qureshi. "We have decided to take this law to court and challenge its anti-human rights stance." Qureshi said, adding that his party had the support of the JeI and the MQM. The main opposition, the PPP, also led protests against the law in the National Assembly.

TTP said that it is a matter of concern that the Government is delaying on TTP's three key demands while the Taliban are seriously holding a ceasefire. The TTP has called for the establishment of a 'peace zone', release of 'non-combatant prisoners' and an end to crackdown against Taliban members across the country, TTP 'spokesperson' Shahidullah Shahid said in a two-page letter addressed to the media on April 8, 2014.

"We handed over a list of our non-combatant prisoners to the Government [negotiating] committee but still no prisoner has been released while statements of Government negotiators and senior officials on 'peace zone' show a lack of confidence among Government Departments," he said.

The coordinator of TTP's intermediary committee, Maulana Yousaf Shah, appealed to both the TTP and the Government to extend the ceasefire for an indefinite period for fruitful dialogue. He said the committee has succeeded in the first two phases of peace initiative - the coordination stage and the face-to-face meeting.

"In the last meeting, the Government assured us that it'll release Taliban non-combatants before the second round of face-to-face talks," Shah said. "[But] the 19 prisoners the Government freed didn't figure on the list provided by the TTP.

Secret Agencies have alerted the Police that militants opposed to the Government and TTP peace talks are planning terrorist activities in Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta, Police and Interior Ministry Officials said. They did not know when the militants would strike, but the officials said that a new group Ansar-ul-Hind would claim responsibility for the attacks.

April 9

At least 23 people were killed and many others were injured in a bomb explosion at Pir Wadhai area near Sabzi Mandi locality in Islamabad. Police said that the explosives were planted in a guava box, which at the time of auction exploded, killing and injuring many people. The guava boxes were brought from market places in Punjab, including, Burewala city in Vehari District and Arifwala tehsil in Pakpattan District.

TTP 'spokesperson' Shahidullah Shahid condemned the blast and said that it was haram and illegal to attack innocent people in public places. Later, Police arrested a suspect from the location of the blast. Earlier, on April 3, secret agencies had alerted the Police that militants opposed to the Government-TTP peace talks are planning terrorist activities in Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta. The ceasefire will end on April 10, 2014.

Nine more Persons were killed in a fourth day of fighting between two feuding factions of the TTP in South Waziristan Agency of FATA. A total of 43 people have now died in clashes which erupted on April 6 between supporters of Khan Said Sajna and followers of the late Hakimullah Mehsud group. Both factions are part of the TTP umbrella group, which has been waging a bloody seven-year insurgency against the State.

Unidentified militants killed three unidentified students of an Islamic seminary near Continental Bakery in Gulistan-e-Jauhar area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

A Shia doctor, identified as Haider Raza, was shot dead while another man accompanying him was injured when unidentified militants opened fire at his car in front of Darul Sehat Hospital in Gulistan-e-Jauhar area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town.

An attempt of terrorism in Karachi was foiled when a bomb planted in busy commercial area of city was defused. According to details, a major disaster was prevented in the metropolis when a 14-kilogramme bomb was recovered and defused at Khalid Bin Waleed Road in PECHC Block 6.

April 10

A lawyer, Syed Waqar Shah (42), was killed when unidentified militants opened fire at his car in Gulshan-e-Iqbal area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town. Police said Waqar was en route to the court from his house. He was the Vice President of PML-N Lawyers' Wing.

An unidentified man was shot dead by armed assailants in Block 7 area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town.

An unidentified man was shot dead by armed assailants in Block 7 area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town.

One Aqeel (25) was shot and injured when unidentified militants opened fire on him near Meera Naka Bridge in Lyari Town.

Unidentified militants killed the driver of a NATO container near Jamrud Bypass in Jamrud town of Khyber Agency in FATA while it was carrying supplies for NATO troops stationed in Afghanistan. Ali Sher, a local administration official, confirmed the incident. A convoy of seven oil tankers was on its way to Afghanistan, according to security officials.

Two children were injured in a low intensity bomb blast that occurred near the residence of JeI MPA Saeed Gul in Dir Colony within the jurisdiction of Chamkani Police Station in Peshawar. Police said that the target was MPA Gul's neighbour Syed Qayum Shah.

The detailed order of former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf's review petition of the July 31, 2009 judgment released by the Supreme Court, maintains that the judgment under review does not stand vitiated by any bias or error in law to warrant review.

Defending its July 31, 2009 ruling, the Chief Justice in his 45 pages judgment said that the July 31, 2009 judgment has narrated with a measure of dismay the frequent constitutional deviations in the country. "The spirit which underpins the judgment is a strong realisation that we should not remain trapped by mistakes in history and turn a new leaf towards constitutionalism and the rule of law."

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari warned that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif may himself one day become a victim of the PPO if it is passed in its current form. The anti-terror law gives comprehensive powers to Security Agencies to infringe the fundamental rights of the citizens guaranteed under the Constitution.

MQM also criticised the legislation, tabling a resolution in the Sindh Assembly against it. "The MQM rejects the Protection of Pakistan Ordinance. We will continue to protest against this black law as long as our workers are alive," said MQM Chief Altaf Hussain.

The PML-N Government argues that the legislation is necessary to curb the rising terrorism and militancy across the country. The Bill was passed late on April 7, 2014.

PTI Chairman Imran Khan said, "Impose martial law if you want destruction in Pakistan". He said that martial law would be destructive for Pakistan, adding that martial law is imposed for a brief period in a country in the wake of problems but in reality the military coup aggravates the problems.

The TTP's ceasefire of 40 days which it announced to initiate peace talks with the Government expired on April 10. The TTP had declared ceasefire on March 1, 2014, after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced to hold talks with the militant outfit in a bid to establish peace in the country.

Pakistan said that peace talks with the TTP were its "internal matter" and dismissed the allegations of the Afghan Military Commander Major General Muhammad Sharif Yaftali about cross-border export of terrorism from Pakistan to Afghanistan and the adverse implications of the peace parleys on Afghanistan.

Earlier on April 9, Afghan National Army's Commander Major General Muhammad Sharif said during his visit to a military base in Paktia Province of Afghanistan that Taliban militants in Pakistan have established an increasingly close relationship with insurgents from across the border in Afghanistan, supplying them with explosives and well-trained fighters.

Tasneem Aslam Khan further said that Pakistan was looking forward to resuming the stalled peace talks with India. So far, India has been reluctant to resume the full spectrum of dialogue linking the process with Pakistan successfully prosecuting the suspects of the Mumbai 2008 (also known as 26/11) terror attacks.

April 11

At least 10 militants were killed in the ongoing infighting in the TTP in Shawal tehsil of Miranshah in North Waziristan Agency of FATA. A local security official said that fighting erupted in the night of April 11 when militants belonging to Wali-ur-Rahman Group ambushed a vehicle carrying members of the Hakimullah Group close to the border of North and South Waziristan.

Several militants (unspecified numbers) were killed in infighting between two factions of TTP in South Waziristan Agency. The cause of clash is said to be over interference in matters inside one another's domains. The fighters from both sides have been launching attacks in the areas of Shawal, Shaktoi, Makin and Tank with heavy ammunition and artillery in an attempt to destroy one another's sanctuaries.

According to independent sources, at least 43 militants from both factions have been killed in clashes which erupted on April 6, 2014 in South Waziristan Agency and later escalated to neighbouring North Waziristan Agency and Tank District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Three Haqqani Network militants were killed and two wounded when a vehicle hit a roadside bomb in the Dattakhel area of North Waziristan Agency. A local security official said that the dead belonged to the Haqqani Network and were en route to Dattakhel in a four-wheeler when an IED exploded. A source identified one of the dead victims as Sher Amanullah, a 'commander' of the Haqqani Network based in North Waziristan Agency.

A Shia lawyer, identified as Advocate Syed Ghulam Haider (52), was shot dead in Martin Quarters on Martin Road in Jamshed Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. According to the Police, Haider was attending a majlis at Shah Najaf Imambargah (Shia place of commemoration), on Martin Road, when two unidentified armed assailants opened fire at his car, killing him on the spot.

At least 17 people were injured in an IED blast targeting a shop located in a market in Pakistan Chowk area of Lahore District. The shop that was attacked provides home appliances and other goods on installments. The shop's owner later revealed that he had been receiving threats for not paying extortion money.

CCPO Lahore said that it is premature to say anything and they are investigating the matter. The BDS said that the blast was caused by the detonation of an IED that contained between 200-400 grams of explosives.

CoAS General Raheel Sharif during his visit to the Sonmiani firing Ranges near Karachi said that due to the multidimensional threats faced by the country, the military needed to have a "high state of preparedness at all times". According to a statement from the ISPR, the Army Chief had gone to view the Air Defence Firing Exercise. Full range of air defence weapons including Guns and surface to air missiles were used in the exercise.

Appreciating the professionalism and standards of the participating units, General Sharif emphasised that highest standards of training and professionalism must remain the military's hallmark to accomplish the given mission.

Appreciating the professionalism and standards of the participating units, General Sharif emphasised that highest standards of training and professionalism must remain the military's hallmark to accomplish the given mission.

According to sources, the Taliban were not satisfied with the negotiations and that some TTP 'commanders'' had reservations over what they perceived as the Government's 'non-serious' attitude to the dialogue. They are said to be insisting on calling off ceasefire. The TTP have presented two conditions for further progress. The first is an immediate release of non-combatant prisoners and the second calls for declaration of a "peace zone" for talks in tribal area where militants can freely move about.

Locals said that drones kept hovering over the sky in different areas of Ghulam Khan, Dattakhel, Shawal, Miranshah, Mir Ali and Razmak tehsils of the Agency. They said that the drones first appeared early in the morning and continued to operate till late in the night.

April 12

Two bus passengers belonging to Shia Hazara community were killed in an incident of target killing on Sariab Road in Quetta. SP Imran Qureshi said that militants singled out two members of Hazara community from a passenger bus and opened fire on them from a very close range. "The incident as an act of targeted killing," said Qureshi, adding, the passenger bus was preparing to leave for Karachi when intercepted by militants. Police said, "It is an act of sectarian terrorism".

An alleged gangster affiliated with Sheraz Comrade group, identified as Arshad, was killed during a joint raid conducted by the Police and the Rangers in Kalakot area of Lyari Town in Karachi.

According to HRCP Vice Chairperson Tahir Hussain Khan, nearly 30,000 members of the Hazara community have migrated in the last five years from Balochistan to other parts of the country. Khan said that the flow of migration increased as nearly 1,000 members of the Hazara community have been killed in targeted attacks since 2009. Members of the Hazara community leaving Quetta and other parts of the province comprise businessmen, highly educated workers and senior government officials, amongst others, he added. While discussing sectarian violence in the Province, Khan warned, "This conflict can turn into a civil war if it is not addressed properly at this stage."

Khan, who is also the President of HRCP's Balochistan Chapter, added that more than 10,000 Hindus have also fled the province as abductions-for-ransom have become routine over the last three years here.

April 13

At least five TTP militants, including a key commander, were killed in Darra Adam Khel area of Kohat District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Intelligence sources said that five militant were killed in Darra Adam Khel's border area with FR Peshawar adding that further details regarding the incident were not available. The slain TTP commander was identified as Jangraiz, according to intelligence sources.

At least three suspects, identified as Amjad Farooqui, Shahid Qadri and Shakeel Qadri, were killed when two unidentified militants opened fire at a car near Gulfam Sweet in Cant Bazaar area on Drigh Road within the limits of Shahrah-e-Faisal Police Station in Shah Faisal Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Police claimed that Farooqui was associated with ASWJ, while the other two were the members of ST.

A shopkeeper, identified as Badaruddin (50), was shot dead in New Karachi Town.

A security guard, identified as Shah Fahad, was found dead near Safoora roundabout in Guslhan-e-Iqbal Town.

Unidentified armed assailants shot and injured a man, identified as Abdul Shakoor (45), on Northern Bypass in Surjani Town.

Two bullet-riddled dead bodies, identified as that of Fareed and Mohammad Saleem, were found in Mand area of Turbat District. According to Police, Saleem was kidnapped before being shot dead.

A terror attack was averted when a small bomb planted in the Fruit Mandi of Quetta failed to explode. A senior Police Official said that the IED was concealed in tomato crates. "Only the fuse of the IED went off causing panic and stampede in the market," SP Mohammad Jaffar said.

BDS officials said the bomb weighed around two kilogrammes. "There have been no casualties because the IED did not explode," a BDS official said. However, no outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.

Nearly 108 tribesmen from Khyber, Kurram and Orakzai agencies, who were kidnapped on April 12 from Haider Kandao Drugs Fair in Khyber Agency of FATA by unidentified militants, were set free. 15 tribesmen belonging to the Qamber Khel tribe from Tirah Valley, who have been associated with AI in the past, have yet to be released.

Federal Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that the Government had held consultations with the Army over the issue of freeing TTP prisoners. He said that the Government wanted the immediate release of non-combatants held captive by the TTP and added that the TTP had not demanded the release of militant's and neither would they be freed. He said that the release of combatant prisoners would take place at a later stage, adding that the holding of talks with the Taliban, which had entered its third stage, was a difficult task. Nisar said that there was no deadlock between the Taliban and the Government and it had been decided earlier only that the next round of talks would take place after April 13, 2014.

The Government acknowledged that there were certain misunderstandings between it and the Army, but the issue was never as serious as depicted by the media. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that coordination and harmony between the Government and the armed forces in the past ten months has been historically the best ever. He further said that both the institutions were on the same page on national affairs. He also said that the Government and military were in agreement on the issue of talks with the TTP.

Dispelling the impression that the army was not happy with the release of Taliban prisoners, Nisar said: "Let me tell you, the release of non-combatant prisoners was not possible without the consent of the military. All 19 prisoners were released from army's internment centre. Can it be possible to free people from army's custody without its assent?" Nisar asked while promising that 13 more non-combatant Taliban prisoners will be released soon. He, however, said that their release will not come before the next direct talks between the Government and Taliban representatives.

April 14

A woman was injured when unidentified militants hurled a hand grenade at the residence of a local PML-N leader Shakeel Durrani in Khuzdar District.

Afghan SFs killed two Pakistani nationals who had mistakenly entered into Afghanistan near Badini area of Qilla Saifullah District. A Levies official said that two shepherds had mistakenly slipped into Afghanistan from Badini. The Afghan SFs deployed at the border opened unprovoked fire without any warning killing the two shepherds on the spot. However, a levies officer, who was negotiating the return of the dead bodies said, "Afghan forces claim that the victims were Taliban insurgents". Home Secretary Balochistan, Syed Asad Gilani said, "I have ordered inquiry into the incident".

At least two people were injured when unidentified militants attacked a NATO supply convoy on the Pakistan-Afghanistan Highway in Jamrud tehsil of Khyber Agency in FATA. According to official sources, militants fired two rockets on the trucks and used heavy machine guns and rifles to target the supply convoy. Security Forces and militants also exchanged gunfire for half an hour following which the militants managed to flee.

At least two people were injured when unidentified militants attacked a NATO supply convoy on the Pakistan-Afghanistan Highway in Jamrud tehsil of Khyber Agency in FATA. According to official sources, militants fired two rockets on the trucks and used heavy machine guns and rifles to target the supply convoy. Security Forces and militants also exchanged gunfire for half an hour following which the militants managed to flee.

A pamphlet attributed to the Afghan Taliban and distributed in parts of North Waziristan Agency on April 14 confirmed serious differences among the TTP factions and the infighting which has left a number of militants killed on both sides. The Pashto language Pamphlet, with letter head of Afghan Taliban's 'chief' Mullah Umar, has not only mentioned the conflict among the Mehsud Taliban groups which forms major part of TTP but also appealed to the local tribesmen to pray and resolve the conflict.

The pamphlet also appealed to the Taliban groups to play their role in defusing the tension and stopping the infighting between Hakimullah Mehsud group led by Shehryar Mehsud and Khan Said Sajna group, affiliated earlier to Wali-ur-Rehman Mehsud group. The authenticity of the letter, however, could not be verified from the Afghan Taliban.

A report by the HRCP revealed that between January and March 2014, around 71 men have been killed in Police encounters while 44 were killed by paramilitary soldiers in provincial capital Karachi. According to the report, the ongoing targeted operation in Karachi has led to a sharp rise in incidents of Police encounters as 115 suspects have so far been killed by LEAs in the last three months. It is reported to be a significant rise from 2013 where around 189 suspects were killed over 12 months. In 2012, around 118 suspects were killed by Police and paramilitary soldiers.

HRCP Chairperson Zohra Yusuf feared that if the Protection of Pakistan Ordinance is enforced, it will result in an increase of Police encounters and extrajudicial killings. "Initially, the LEAs did not have the permission to open fire," she said, adding, "Now if this law comes in, they can shoot over suspicions. It will legalise such killings and the situation may get worse."

The Shura of the TTP met at an unknown location in North Waziristan Agency of FATA to discuss the fate of the peace talks and the extension in ceasefire. According to sources, key Taliban leaders, including peace committee head Qari Shakeel and Azam Tariq, attended the meeting while the TTP's 'deputy Ameer' Khalid Haqqani chaired it. The key issues being discussed during the meeting were the extension of ceasefire and the exchange of non-combatants. Apart from these, infighting among two rival TTP factions was also on the agenda.

In a statement issued on April 13, 2014, TTP 'spokesman' Shahidullah Shahid said that the differences and clashes between the two groups had been blown out of proportion in the media, adding that these were not of much importance. He had also said that the various groups of the TTP were united and on one page when it came to talks with the Government. However, independent as well as intelligence sources said that the delay over the ceasefire issue was due to internal strife within TTP ranks.

April 15

At least two unidentified persons were killed and a child was injured when unidentified militants opened fire at a barber shop on Sariab Road in Quetta, provincial capital of Balochistan. Imran Qureshi, the SP said that the victims belonged to Punjab and were working on Sariab Road for a long time. "This was an act of targeted killing," the SP added.

Unidentified militants blew up a 16-inch diameter gas pipeline in Pir Koh area of Dera Bugti District, suspending gas supply to the Sui plant from five pipelines. An official of the Levies personnel said that militants planted explosives in the pipeline of wells number 12, 15, 21, 23 and 29 in Dera Bugti. The explosive device was detonated via remote control, thereby damaging the pipeline and suspending gas supply from the wells to the Sui plant.

A SF official was injured when an IED exploded on Ghulam Khan Road near Saidgee checkpost near Miranshah, the headquarters of North Waziristan Agency of FATA. Security personnel cordoned off the area and started looking for the suspects. The search continued for about 30 minutes during helicopter gunships attacked suspected militant hideouts.

No group claimed responsibility for the blast which took place at a time when the Shura of the TTP was meeting to decide the future of peace talks. A Taliban leader said it appeared that some unscrupulous elements were trying to create a misunderstanding between the SFs and the Taliban to derail the peace process.

Gunship helicopters of the Pakistan Army pounded the hideouts of militants in the mountain ranges of Shankrabi in FR Peshawar. "These are highly wooded mountains where there is no human habitation and militants have hideouts in these ranges," said an official of the political administration. "We can see them bombing their targets in these hills but can't say anything about the militant casualties," said a local elder, adding that in some areas large contingents of the Army had taken positions on mountain tops but there was no attack by foot soldiers. There is no official word from the ISPR about the operation.

A leader of the TTP Karachi Chapter, Haji Dawood, said that a delegation of senior Taliban 'commanders' would soon visit Afghanistan to meet TTP chief Maulana Fazlullah to seek his directive about the infighting between the Mehsud Taliban groups. He said the Shura took the decision after three days of deliberations. He said the infighting between the groups of Sheryar Mehsud and Khan Said alias Sajna was an urgent issue for the Shura which decided to refer the matter to Maulana Fazlullah. He said the delegation would put forward opinions of both groups and the decision of the TTP 'chief' would be acceptable to them.

According to Police, a pamphlet, with letter head of LI 'chief' Lutfullah, was distributed in Pahari Pura's Manzoor Colony, a Shia populated neighbourhood of Peshawar, threatening them to vacate the area in the next 10 days. The residents of the area were warned of serious consequences failing to follow the militants warning. The threatening pamphlet said that the militant outfit's Shura (council) has decided to act against the colony, without elaborating what caused to offend it. Police said that they have launched an investigation to ascertain the pamphlet's authenticity. They said Police contingent has been increased with more patrolling in the area.

Governor of KP Sardar Mehtab Khan Abbasi, affiliated with the PML-N, during his oath taking on April 15 said that there is no harm in granting amnesty to militants if they submit to the Constitution. He said that people involved in militancy had become hostage to the situation and their families were facing severe hardship. Many of them might be fed up with the situations, but were not able to find a way out, he added. "I think the Government should grant a general pardon," the Governor suggested.

Unidentified assailants blew up a 16-inch gas pipeline near Karundi town in Khairpur District, disrupting gas supply in several areas of Sindh.

The two judge bench in the Supreme Court, headed by Justice Nasirul Mulk, during the hearing of the Balochistan target killing case directed the Defence Ministry to submit a report on the steps taken by military authorities for the trial of army officials involved in the Baloch 'missing' persons' cases. It asked the Deputy Attorney General Sajid Bhatti whether the Army has started any proceedings against the officials allegedly involved in enforced disappearances. Bhatti submitted that they have not received any kind of information from the Defence Ministry in this regard.

According to details, the Balochistan Government has agreed to refer 14 'missing' persons' cases to the Army for the trial of Frontier Corps and Intelligence Agency officials under the Army Act. Advocate General of Balochistan Nazimuddin Baloch submitted a report on behalf of the Chief Secretary of the province Babar Yaqoob Fateh Muhammad regarding the 'missing' persons' issue. The detailed report suggests that as regards the prosecution of army officers, the Provincial Government suggests that the officers be tried under Pakistan Army Act.

According to a new documentary, titled Drone, the US Air Force pilots, and not CIA operatives, carry out drone strikes in Pakistan. The documentary reveals that US Air Force pilots at Creech Air Force Base, around 75 kilometers from Las Vegas, are carrying out drone attacks for the CIA. "The CIA might be the customer but the air force has always flown it," Brandon Bryant, one of the pilots who appear in the documentary said.

The documentary confirms the claim made in an earlier documentary on the subject that despite all technological and human assets, there's a lot of room for error in the strikes. Thousands of people have been killed in the drone strikes, including many children. "This calls into question the credibility of the kill-list methodology" as the vast majority of strikes in Pakistan were "against people whose identities the government doesn't know", the documentary revealed. The US media pointed out that "the revelation that US Air Force pilots were carrying out targeted drone strikes in Pakistan at the behest of the CIA, once again brought into question the legality of the largest targeted killing programme in history".

Pakistan's former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf said that he imposed the November 3, 2007 emergency on the advice of the then Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, after consultation with civil and military aides and that not in his discretion. In a statement issued through his lawyers, Musharraf claimed, "imposition of emergency by the Army Chief was merely a legal understanding of Ibrahim Satti and he was not asked to submit that before the top court on behalf of his client".

Ibrahim Satti, one of the lawyers from the legal panel of Musharraf, submitted a clarification with the Supreme Court, backing off from his earlier contention that his client had imposed the emergency in his personal discretion. Satti prayed the court to make his clarification a part of record.

April 16

In the case of 35 persons, who went missing from Army's internment centre in Malakand Fort of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the Federal Government submitted a statement in the Supreme Court suggesting that the main accused, a junior Army officer, identified as Naib Subedar Amanullah Baig, would be court martial under the Pakistan Army Act (PAA) 1952. Deputy Attorney General Waqas Dar submitted a one-page statement on behalf of the Defence Ministry, informing the court that the main accused was a serving member of the Armed forces and subject to punishment under the PAA.

In accordance with the court's directions, the statement explained, the Malakand District Coordination Officer was approached to settle the criminal case against the soldier, registered at the Malakand Levy Post. Jurisdiction over the accused was then shifted to army authorities for investigation and trial under the Army Act.

Justice Khawaja observed, "This amounts to closing the case". "Could Amanullah move the missing persons from the internment centre without approval," he asked, adding that the court had heard a similar case of one Tasif Ali alias Danish. There, the judge said, it was held that civilian authorities have a right to investigate the matter once an FIR is registered. Justice Khawaja said the court would seek assistance from Attorney General Salman Aslam Butt in deciding the matter and adjourned the case to next week.

The Chairman of the Organising Committee of the BNP-M, Jehanzeb Jamaldini, said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has failed to honour his commitment to resolve the Balochistan issue according to the wishes of Baloch people. He said that BNP-M leader Sardar Akhtar Mengal and the Prime Minister had discussed the Balochistan issue at a meeting and the PM had assured Mengal that the issue would be resolved in a political and peaceful way.

Jamaldini regretted that during the nine months of the PML-N Government, no change had been witnessed in conditions prevailing in the province. Rather, he said, the situation had deteriorated. He said they had expected that Sharif and Chief Minister Abdul Malik Baloch would resolve the Balochistan issue but their performance had caused disappointment. He said if the federal and provincial governments could not satisfy the BNP-M leadership, how they could engage militants in negotiations.

He further said that "hidden" elements wanted to isolate the BNP-M, adding that party workers were being harassed and attacked in different areas of the Province. "Recently some activists have been killed in targeted attacks in Khuzdar, Panjgur and Naseerabad areas."

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met former President Asif Ali Zardari and agreed to review the controversial Protection of Pakistan Ordinance (PPO) along with other anti-terrorism laws after taking the parties in parliament on board. The law, which has generated much debate and attracted considerable criticism, has been passed by the National Assembly and presented in the upper house, where it does not stand much chance because the PML-N does not have a majority in the Senate. The opposition parties in the Senate, including the PPP, ANP and PML-Q, have made it clear they will not let the bill pass in its current form.

The TTP said they would not extend a ceasefire called to help peace negotiations with the Government, but insisted they were still committed to the talks process. The TTP announced a one-month ceasefire at the start of March as the Government sought a negotiated end to their bloody seven-year insurgency. The TTP extended the ceasefire to April 10, but complained there had been "complete silence" from the Government since then and hinted that the military was trying to thwart talks. "TTP's central shura has unanimously agreed not to extend the ceasefire...However, the talk's process will continue with complete sincerity and seriousness, and whenever a clear development comes from the Government side, the TTP will not hesitate to respond with a serious move", the group said in a statement. Inside sources familiar with the developments told Daily Times that the decision to not extend the ceasefire was taken in a bid to win over the anti-dialogue camp of TTP led by Shehryar Mehsud which had been recently caught in a bloody feud with a pro-dialogue camp led by Khan Said Sajna, another TTP leader of Mehsud origin.

The owners of cinema halls in Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, have increased security around cinema halls on the advice of Police and District administration. The security has been strengthened as suicide attacks in two different cinema halls located in heart of the Peshawar city deserted the cinema halls. The owners have installed close circuit cameras walk through gates and deployed private security guards in and around the cinema halls that have restored the confidence of visitors.

FIA suspects a significant role was played by Zahid Hamid, the incumbent Minister for science and technology, and at least two dozen other top officials and political aides of former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz in the imposition of emergency rule in 2007. The FIA has mentioned this in a preliminary report and sought permission from the Government to expand its probe to others possibly involved in the case. However, the Government is yet to respond to the FIA's request. "Other than Pervez Musharraf, the FIA wants to question Shaukat Aziz's top aides who played a direct or indirect role in the imposition of emergency rule in November 2007," the FIA's preliminary report stated. The FIA panel concluded that Zahid Hamid was allegedly involved in preparing a draft of the declaration which was presented to Aziz's cabinet.

The Special Court trying former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf for high treason was told by the prosecutor, Akram Sheikh, that "there are no co-accused" in the matter nor has any evidence been found to this effect. He said the matter was investigated and material for prosecution was available only against Musharraf hence the complaint was filed against him. Sheikh said that the FIA "found evidences only against the former President" regarding proclamation of November 2007 emergency.

While submitting his written answer to the Special Court, the chief prosecutor said that in accordance with the law "the person signing a document is solely responsible for the act", and in this matter the FIA found no documentary evidences or summary signed by the then Prime Minister regarding the imposition of emergency in November 2007.

He further submitted that "no record of the cabinet's approval was found" and if Musharraf was advised by someone to impose emergency in 2007, then he should inform the court. Sheikh said it was the responsibility of the accused to provide evidences to verify the claim regarding the involvement of abettors or facilitators during imposition of emergency. The chief prosecutor said that implicating someone without any evidence was unconstitutional and against the fundamental right of a fair trial. The court adjourned the hearing of the treason case to April 24, 2014, and said that the decision regarding the appointment of the prosecutor would be announced on April 18, 2014.

According to CPJ's 2014 Global Impunity Index, Pakistan showed a modest improvement with the conviction of six men for the assassination of Geo News Journalist Wali Khan Babar on January 13, 2011. CPJ while referring to Wali Khan Babar's case, noted that Pakistan has shown improvement with regard to punishing the culprits responsible for slaying journalist and moved to 9th place on Impunity Index Rating, where it had ranked 8th last year.

The report highlighted that despite six people being convicted in the case, justice is far from complete as two convicts are still at large and mastermind of the killing is yet to be identified. The report also mentions that during the trial, five more people linked to the case were also murdered including witnesses, informants, and investigators. The conviction seems to have had scant impact on those who are targeting the media in Pakistan.

April 17

A man, identified as Sabir (45), was killed and another man, Muhammed Ali (20), was injured when unidentified armed assailants opened fire on them in Nazimabad Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

Larkana Police arrested a few suspects and recovered 10,900 Kalashnikov bullets buried under a mosque in Golo Khan Chandio village within the limits of Mahi Makool Police Station in Qamber Shahdadkot area of Larkana District on the night of April 16. However, the main suspect Shahnawaz Chandio escaped long before Police came and left behind 10,900 Kalashnikov bullets hidden in the debris of a demolished mosque near his house.

Sindh Government decided to put PKR100 million as head money on PAC leader Uzair Baloch and Baba Ladla. The Government has also decided to get the red warrants issued for the criminals from Interpol.

A Police Constable, identified as Muhammad Amil, was injured when unidentified militants opened fire at a Police van in Hangu District. According to Saddar Police SHO Abid Khan, a Police team was patrolling the area to check on security arrangements for a polio drive when unidentified militants ambushed them at Barabaskhel Bridge in the morning.

Following the incident, Police and Security Forces launched a search operation in the area and arrested 15 suspects. A large cache of weapons were also recovered from their possession.

Unidentified militants opened fire at a polio team in Ghareza area of Jamrud tehsil in Khyber Agency of FATA. However, no casualty was reported. Later, the political administration imposed a ban on motorcycle riding across the tehsil and residents were warned of strict action in case of non-compliance.

Militants launched a major attack on a SFs' fort in the Landikotal area of the Khyber Agency. The attack came one day after TTP revoked its 40-day-long ceasefire. Official sources said that the militants had fired bullet rounds and mortars from the adjoining mountains at a weapons depot situated inside the fort that is controlled by the SFs. The residents heard several explosions caused by the exchange of fire between the militants and the SFs. Some of the locals added that they had seen flames rising high from the fort.

According to sources, some unspecified numbers of suicide bombers were reported to be among the attackers. The SFs also returned the fire and targeted the militants' positions with mortars and artillery rounds. The extent of material damage and the number of casualties could not be ascertained due to a lack of access to the area. No official version of the incident has been issued so far.

In response to TTP's decision to not extend the ceasefire, the Government after a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on National Security decided to 'slow down' the dialogue process and adopt the 'wait and see' policy. The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The committee decided that dialogue with militants would only be held if held peacefully without terror attacks launched by the TTP, otherwise force would be used. This was confirmed by an unnamed high ranking official.

Head of TTP negotiation committee, Maulana Sami-ul-Haq termed delays and arguments as part and parcel of talk process and those efforts were afoot for an extension in ceasefire and achieving progress in other issues. In a statement, Haq urged the TTP and Government to observe patience and magnanimity in the prevailing circumstances, as 'ups and downs, arguments and delays are a usual phenomenon for dialogue processes.

TTP intermediary Muhammad Ibrahim said that the peace talks will not be successful without a ceasefire. Muhammad Ibrahim said that they will contact the Government regarding the TTP concerns which have come forward through the media. He reiterated that they will meet the TTP leadership to persuade them to extend the ceasefire.

A Pakistani immigrant, identified as Mohammad Hassan Khalid (20), who was convicted of US terror charges was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to taking part in a plan to kill a Swedish artist. Khalid, who committed the crime when he was 15 and has been in custody for three years for his role in the "Jihad Jane" conspiracy, will receive credit for that time and serve an additional two years in prison to finish his sentence, said the sentencing judge, Petrese Tucker, of US District Court in Philadelphia.

He was arrested in 2011 on charges that he provided material support to terrorists working with a suburban Philadelphia housewife who went by the nickname Jihad Jane. Her real name is Colleen LaRose. Prosecutors had asked for a stiff sentence for Khalid, arguing that his translations of extremist propaganda helped explain violent ideologies to potential recruits on the Internet.

According to details, LaRose admitted to following orders in 2009 from alleged al Qaeda operatives. She travelled to Ireland that fall to meet an Algerian, Ali Damache, who she believed would train her. The plot was not carried out and Damache is fighting extradition from Ireland to the US on terror charges. Prosecutors said Khalid helped Damache recruit others and helped LaRose destroy evidence. Officials said Khalid "worked tirelessly" with two other American men now serving long prison terms on terror charges in other failed plots, Emerson Begolly and Reed Stanley Berry. Prosecutors say he helped them translate violent jihad videos from Urdu to English.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education informed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly that at least 160 primary and middle schools had been closed down across the province due to lawlessness, natural disaster, unavailability of teachers and land disputes. The Provincial Government admitted that 13 primary and middle schools for boys and girls had been shut down on the outskirts of Peshawar due to militancy.

According to the details, 28 schools have been closed down in Battagram, 14 in Charsadda, 24 in Kohistan, 15 in Hangu, 15 in Dera Ismail Khan, three in Swabi and two in Tank. It said 39 schools had been shut down in Swat since 2010 when flash floods played havoc with the area, while two more schools had been abandoned due to militancy in the District.

Opposition MPA Mufti Syed Janan, said figures provided by the Department were incorrect. He said that 47 schools had been declared dysfunctional in Peshawar only due to militancy and shortage of teachers. Further, he pointed out that the Department had submitted written reply to the Assembly Secretariat in February, 2013, in which 385 schools, including 295 for girls, were declared dysfunctional in the Province. Janan demanded action against officials for producing wrong data about schools. The Education Department came under fire for providing wrong information about schools to the Assembly and its poor performance.

Pakistan warned the Haqqani Network and the Afghan Taliban not to co-operate with the TTP. The warning was prompted by the alleged growing co-operation among the Afghan Taliban, the Haqqani Network and the TTP. The TTP already have admitted their financial support from the Afghan Taliban, TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said.

April 18

At least three seminary students were shot dead at Sakhi Hasan Chowrangi in North Nazimabad Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. According to sources, unidentified armed assailants opened fire on them while they were coming out of a mosque after Friday prayers.

Two trussed-up bodies of missing MQM workers, identified as Mohammad Ali and Syed Kashif Bukhari alias Qasim Ali, were recovered from Qayyumabad area near Korangi Creek in Korangi Town. Both victims belonged to Orangi Town. MQM leader Faisal Sabzwari said that they had been missing for the last four months.

Police officials said that two local workers of the UN, identified as Sami Nawaz and Farrukh Saleem, have gone missing from Gulshan-e-Maymar area of Gadap Town. According to initial reports both UN officials are residents of Hyderabad District who were visiting Karachi for leisure. Police said that their mobile phones are switched off which implies that they have been abducted. They Police and CPLC are looking into the incident.

In addition, three people, including two political activists, were taken away by unidentified men in plain clothes from Shah Faisal Colony in Shah Faisal Town to an undisclosed location.

One soldier was killed and two others were injured as militants attacked an Army vehicle on Frontier road in Aziz Market, on the outskirts of Peshawar, the provincial capital of KP.

Federal Government handed over control of KP Province's polio drive to the Army. The campaign has been handed over to the Army per the directive of Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. Previously, medics, the KP Government and KP Police handled the effort. Representatives of the World Health Organisation, the Federal Government and KP met to co-ordinate details of the campaign at Army General Headquarters. They focused on the security of polio teams in troubled areas.

The recurring polio cases in North Waziristan and no vaccination there since 2012 has prompted the Pakistan Army to extend a helping hand to the Government in eradication of the deadly poliovirus from North and South Waziristan agencies and Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency. The Army personnel will provide security to health workers to ensure administration of oral polio vaccine to children in the militancy-stricken areas of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

CCPO Chaudhry Shafiq on April 18 said that Police have arrested six LeJ suspects, including the mastermind behind the March 28, 2014, attack on Express News anchorperson Raza Rumirom Lahore District, the provincial capital of Punjab. According to details, the mastermind of Express News attack, identified as Abdul Rauf Gujar, belongs to LeJ and was a resident of Badami Bagh area of Lahore. Shafiq said that the six suspects were involved in assassination attempts on various political and religious persons, adding that they were also involved terrorism, kidnapping and dealing drugs.

The Police statement said, "These cruel criminals are involved in these heinous crimes by pretending to be a religious group, including crimes like murder, attempted murder, kidnapping-for-ransom, illegal armament and drugs,". The statement further said that "Gujar, who is the main hitman in the killings, came to this direction through LeJ leader Malik Ishaq".

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while addressing the Cabinet Meeting in Islamabad said that USD 1.6 billion will be spent on different development projects in Balochistan, with Gwadar being developed as a model city. The Prime Minister said that the development in Balochistan was a priority for the Government and development plans to put the most neglected Province on road to progress, "were being implemented expeditiously." He said that Gwadar was being developed as a model city and a socio-economic package has been planned for it, adding that Gwadar Airport and Sea Port were being developed on modern lines. He told the Cabinet that USD 1.6 billion will be spent on these projects and added that he himself will monitor these projects.

The Government is planning a fresh round of talks with TTP negotiators at the weekend, Federal Interior Ministry official said, despite the militants' refusal to extend a ceasefire called to help peace efforts. Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said in a statement that he has called a meeting with the TTP's talks committee on April 19 to decide how to proceed. He said only dialogue could overcome reservations and objections, but warned there was little chance of progress without a ceasefire. "If Taliban have certain objections, we also have reservations," he said, adding the government pushed forward the peace process against serious logjams. "(But) I don't think the talks process will move forward in the absence of a ceasefire," said Khan, who has been an ardent supporter of the talks. He will meet the TTP's three-man talks committee, led by Maulana Samiul Haq. Members of the Government negotiating team are also likely to attend Saturday's talks, a senior official said.

Cautioning the Government that certain forces may take advantage of its decision to call off the ceasefire, the TTP said that it will not be responsible for any attacks on public places. At the same time, however, the group said it reserved the right to act in 'self defence'. "I want to caution the government… some forces may carry out attacks on public places while taking advantage of our refusal to extend the ceasefire," TTP 'spokesman' Shahidullah Shahid said. "The Taliban will not be responsible for attacks on public places… [but] we have the right to launch attacks in self defence," he added.

JI Amir Sirajul Haq says the Government should give serious consideration to the TTP demands if it does not want more bloodshed in the country. He said the TTP were simply demanding a peace zone for talks where there was no danger of attack and the release of about 300 non-combatants. He said there was no harm in accepting these demands for freeing the country from terrorism.

PML-N Senator Mushahidullah Khan said that the Government will opt for tit-for-tat response if the TTP carry out their activities. He said that the Government would not let anybody to challenge its writ.

April 19

At least four people, including a Police officer and a 14-year-old girl, were killed in separate incidents of violence in Quetta.

Militants shot dead a Police officer and critically injured his son in Sariab road area. Imran Qureshi, the SP said two militants on a motorcycle sprayed bullets at the vehicle of ASI Police Kudratullah. He said the son of the ASI suffered serious wounds as a result of the attack.

In another incident of targeted killing armed men gunned down an Afghan national in the Satellite Town area. Police said two gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire at an Afghan national and killed him on the spot.

Two people were killed in a firing incident in the city's Kasi road area. Armed men opened fire at a house in Kasi road area and killed the two people including a 14-year old girl. "This was an act of tribal dispute," said a Police official.

A passer-by died after he stepped on a landmine planted by unidentified people in Pelough area of Dera Bugti District. "He sustained splinter wounds and died at the state-run hospital," a local official said, reports The Tribune.

A four-inch diameter gas pipeline was blown up in Sibi, suspending gas supply to Khajak Town which is the second largest village in the District.

Unknown gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on Hamid Mir in Karachi, Sindh province, injuring the senior reporter and television anchorperson. The incident took place on Sharae Faisal near Natha Khan area when the gunmen opened fire on his vehicle around 5:30 pm. The journalist was on his way to his office from the airport when he was attacked. "Four gunmen riding on motorbikes started firing at the car near Karsaz (around six kilometers from Jinnah International Airport) when Mir's car was passing through, he received three bullets in the lower parts of his body," said senior Police official Peer Muhammad Shah.

April 20

Three unidentified militants were killed in an exchange of fire with FC troops in Tasp area of Panjgur District in Balochistan. According to an FC Spokesman, the miscreants fired on an FC patrol party in Tasp area of Panjgur. As the forces retaliated, the militants left three motorcycles on the spot and entered a hideout. An exchange of fire took place, during which three miscreants were killed and their bodies were recovered. A few other militants were injured and managed to flee.

Unidentified militants attacked the house of slain ANP leader Mian Mushtaq in the Mashokhel area of Peshawar (Peshawar District), the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. According to locals, the attackers also destroyed his hujra (guest-house) situated in the Mashokhel area of the city, and abducted two of his cousins, Mian Bashir and Abdul Baqi.

PM Nawaz Sharif ordered a judicial inquiry into the attack on senior journalist and Geo news anchorperson Hamid Mir. In this regard, the PM decided to constitute a three-member judicial commission to probe the murder attempt on Hamid Mir. A formal request would be sent to the Chief Justice of Pakistan to nominate three members of the commission.

The Government also announced a reward of PKR 10 million for any information leading to the arrest of the culprits. Meanwhile, journalists and civil society members held countrywide protest demonstrations against the attack on Hamid Mir and demanded of the Government to take immediate measures to provide protection to journalists.

April 21

Five Policemen and a civilian were killed in an attack at Zangli checkpost on Kohat-Peshawar road in Badhaber area of Peshawar (Peshawar District), the provincial capital of KP. Unidentified militants fired at a Police van at Zangli checkpost leaving two Policemen injured. When more Policemen arrived there, militants attacked them too, killing five Policemen, including a Sub-Inspector, and a passer-by. Bullets also hit an ambulance, leaving two people injured.

The CPLC and AVCC rescued two abducted UNICEF employees after four days of captivity from the outskirts of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Unidentified persons kidnapped Sami Nawaz and Farrukh Saleem on April 17 from Gulshan-e-Maymar area.

PM Nawaz Sharif presided over a meeting on law and order and the ongoing operation against terrorists in Karachi. According to a brief statement issued after the meeting, the PM was briefed on the situation by Additional Inspector General Shahid Hayat Khan and Sindh Rangers Director General Major General Rizwan Akhtar. But sources said the meeting mainly focused on progress in investigation into the attack on senior journalist and Geo News anchorperson Hamid Mir.

Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights asked the Government to devise a strict policy against terrorism ensuring safety of citizens, especially journalists. The committee, which met with Senator Afrasiab Khattak in the chair, condemned the attack on anchorperson Hamid Mir.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak announced that women Police desks would be established at all 500 Police Stations of the province to facilitate the province's female population. Khattak announced the establishment of Model Police Stations at Gulbahar, Faqirabad and University Town areas under a pilot project which would be later extended to other Police Stations across the province.

Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif has earmarked funds for modern resources, such as forensic laboratories, in the province, which prove the government's commitment to dealing with terrorists. The Punjab government has detained and prosecuted about 700 militants involved in sectarian violence over the last six months. In 2013, law-enforcement agencies in the province registered nearly 3,500 cases on charges of misusing loud speakers, delivering hate speeches, disseminating incendiary material and trying to cause divisions among different segments of society.

The information was released by the DGPR Punjab in response to a story carried in Dawn, calling attention to the presence of proscribed organizations' sleeper cells in and around Lahore and the provincial Government's lukewarm response to these developments. Referring to the arrest of a group of militants involved in high-profile attacks, including last month's attempt to assassinate TV anchor Raza Rumi, the statement claimed, "All terrorists involved in high-profile sectarian attacks committed in Punjab have been arrested, including sectarian target killers in Lahore." "Sectarian attacks reported in cities such as Chakwal, Bhakkar, Rawalpindi and Faisalabad were successfully investigated and the perpetrators arrested over the course of the past few months. "By keeping these terrorists off the street, incidents of sectarian (violence) in Punjab have also been significantly reduced," it said.

The Member of TTP talks committee Professor Muhammad Ibrahim has held the Government responsible for deadlock in peace talks, saying that delay in release of non-combatant TTP prisoners gave rise to the crisis. He said that as per announcement Government's committee for peace talks hasn't yet held meeting with TTP committee due to which the deadlock emerged.

April 22

At least four persons, including a Policeman, were killed and 30 others injured in an explosion near a Police vehicle in Farooq Azam chowk of tehsil Bazaar in Charsadda town (Charsadda District) of KP. District Police Officer Charsadda, Shafiullah Khan said that the explosive material was planted in a motorcycle and the Police mobile van was the primary target, adding that the dead also included a shopkeeper.

Eight persons, including two Balochistan Frontier Corps personnel, were injured in a bomb explosion on the Mall Road of Chaman town in Qilla Abdullah District of Balochistan. District Police Officer Abdul Sattar Khan said that unidentified militants had planted an explosive device on a motorcycle which exploded as FC patrolling vehicles went past.

The Police arrested several injured people from Peshawar hospitals in connection with the killing of their personnel in a militant attack in Badbher area on the outskirts of the provincial capital of KP. Sources in local Police said all suspects had bullets injuries and belonged to Khyber Agency of FATA.

KP Police seek authority from the Federal Government to carry out operations in the tribal areas outside the province. The long boundary from Bajaur Agency up to South Waziristan Agency poses a serious problem for the settled towns of KP. Anybody can enter the settled areas and launch a terrorist attack, but Police pursuing them have to stop when they reach the tribal belt, the FATA, KP IGP Nasir Khan Durrani said.

The Peshawar High Court summoned the Secretary Defence and Secretary Interior in the missing persons' cases on May 14 to explain the non-compliance of the court orders in the enforced disappearance cases. A two-member bench comprising Chief Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel and Justice Ikramullah Khan directed the two Federal Secretaries to appear in person in the court.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa CM Pervez Khattak warned that the "third unseen power" can take benefit of the suspension of peace negotiations and end of ceasefire between the Government and TTP. Though he did not mention the "third unseen power", he referred to the recent terrorist incidents in the country in this respect.

Balochistan CM Abdul Malik Baloch conceded that there are law and order problems in Panjgur, Kech and Kacchi Districts and said that the Government is taking measures to curb the lawlessness. He was speaking during a session of the Balochistan Assembly.

The Federal Ministry of Interior told the sub-committee of the PAC that 50 per cent of arms licenses were yet not verified in Pakistan and it is expected the process of verification would be completed by next month. The sub-committee took up audit par as relating to Interior Ministry for fiscal year 2009-10 as the AGP revealed that PKR 551.510 million related to arms licences was not reconciled with the Government receipt.

During the examination of the audit para, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed observed that all the weapons in the country are illegal as not a single weapon license was attested. The officials of the Ministry told the sub-committee that the Government imposed a ban on issuance of weapons license in 2002 and since then around 126,000 license forms were printed and 71,000 license booklets were also issued, 35,000 of which were verified.

Pakistan imposed a travel ban on Afghan Taliban 'operational commander' Qari Saifullah Al-Tokhi. Authorities suspect the Afghan national of hiding in areas bordering Afghanistan and Pakistan. He is the Afghan Taliban's shadow deputy governor and operational commander in Zabul Province. He is responsible for roadside bombings and suicide attacks, according to an April 11 Ministry of Foreign Affairs notification. The UN's al Qaida and Taliban Sanctions Committee asked the Government to impose the restrictions on Saifullah and freeze his assets found in Pakistan.

The KP Police Department blacklisted four firms in connection with supply of substandard weapons, ammunition and other gadgets to the Police force. The KP Police have carried out the procurement of weapons, ammunition and other gadgets for operational policing in 2008 and 2009 through tender. Besides the firm M/S Majeed and sons which is already blacklisted, the name of its other sister firms have also surfaced. They included M/S Shayan-e-Sarhad Enterprises, Peshawar, M/S Al Moiz Trading Cooperation Peshawar, M/S Shahid Traders Peshawar and M/S Shaheer Trading Company Peshawar, said an official communiqué.

April 23

Two dead bodies were discovered in Mewashah Graveyard near Malang Darbar whereas another body was discovered from a river below the Lasbela Bridge. All three were first kidnapped and later tortured, however, none of the bodies have been identified yet, Police sources said.

One person was also shot dead in Mianwali Colony of Manghopir area.

Dead body of a woman bearing torture marks was also found in a gunnysack in Rashidabad area of North Karachi.

An assistant professor was kidnapped from the limits of Obaro Police Station in Sukkur District. Police said that at the National Highway in Obaro unidentified assailants intercepted the car of Assistant Prof Younis Jatt and abducted him, his driver Ghulam Mustafa Kazi and Nazir Ahmed. Police said that the kidnappers later freed Ghulam Mustafa Kazi and Nazir Ahmed.

Unidentified assailants shot dead two persons, identified as Muhammad Ayub and Muhammad Asif, in Bulaida area of Turbat District in Balochistan. The victims were on way home when armed assailants riding a motorbike opened fire on them and fled from the scene. As a result, they died on the spot after receiving multiple bullets wounds.

Unidentified militants blew up a 16-inch diameter gas pipeline in Pir Koh area of Dera Bugti District. Spokesman for the Levies force said that unidentified militants attached explosive devices with the gas pipeline and blew it up. The gas supply was suspended to some areas after the blast.

The death toll in the April 22 bomb blast in the Charsadda town (Charsadda) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa increased to four when another injured person, Zahirullah, of Fazlabad locality, succumbed to his injuries. Two civilians and a Policeman were killed in the attack on a Police van.

The Senate was informed by the Federal Ministry of Interior that the sectarian violence had claimed at least 2,090 lives over past five years, with militancy hit FATA on top with 867 killings. The figures were revealed in a written reply from the Federal Ministry of Interior during the question hour. Balochistan, which has seen deadly attacks on the resident Shia Hazara community, witnessed 737 killings. Sindh, where a number of doctors, professors religious leaders belonging to their sect have been targeted in recent years, 252 were killed over sectarian differences between January 2008-January 2009. Punjab, which saw some of the worst riots in the country last year following a clash of two groups in Rawalpindi on Ashura that resulted in a curfew, 104 people were killed in sectarian violence over five years. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa witnessed 22 killing. Gilgit-Baltistan, which has belied its largely peaceful outlook with incidents of sectarian violence, saw 103 people falling victim to sectarian violence. Five people lost their lives in Islamabad in sectarian attacks.

Legislators were surprised when the Government informed the Senate that only 15 religious seminaries received financial aid from Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait and Qatar. PPP Senator Syed Sughra Imam was unhappy over the 'incomplete information' provided to the House by the Federal Ministry of Interior about the number of seminaries that received aid from abroad. She had also sought data about clerics, teachers and curriculum development and training being supported by foreign Islamic states. She protested that the question was extremely important and had been already deferred twice still information was incomplete and claimed according to estimates there were more than 12,000 seminaries in Punjab alone.

The senator lamented the Government that it shared information about only 15 seminaries and other part of the question was overlooked. In response to volley of questions by Senator Sughra, State Minister Muhammad Balighur Rehman told the House that details had been obtained from the State Bank of Pakistan and clarified that preparation of curriculum was not the job of his Ministry. However, the Minister said under the National Security Policy, a mechanism to monitor the seminaries had also been prepared. The question was deferred.

April 24

Thirty-seven militants were killed and more than a dozen injured in air strikes by the PAF fighter aircraft in Bara and Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency of FATA. The sources said fighter aircraft bombarded the suspected positions of TTP in Wache Wanay, Sra Vela, Dwatoi and Tordarra in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency. The jets also targeted some hideouts of the TTP in Spera Dam area of Bara tehsil (revenue unit). 10 hideouts of militants were destroyed in the bombardment. The official sources said the dead militants belonged to Orakzai Agency and Darra Adamkhel of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

At least seven members of a family were killed and seven others injured in firing incident in Yar Hussain area of Swabi District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Police said unidentified assailants open fire on a vehicle, resulting the death of seven people and injuries to seven others. Police said all the dead and injured belong to one family and were going to Peshawar airport to see off a relative.

Four persons including a senior Policeman Inspector Shafiq Tanoli were killed in a suicide attack in Old Sabzi Mandi area of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, in the morning. According to DSP Nasir Lodhi, Inspector Shafiq Tanoli was killed along with his friend when a blast occurred in old vegetable market near his house when he was sitting inside a shop. Shafiq Tanoli was the SHO of Mawach Goth and was demoted and suspended from his post after he allegedly raided a house at Sea View in Defence area illegally. Shafiq Tanoli joined the Police force in 1989. He was also associated with the CID for some time and also had a role in the arrest of Arshad Pappu. Tanoli was also involved in the investigation of the Wali Khan Babar murder case and had previously escaped attempt on his life at least seven times before. He had been attacked twice in Pak Colony, twice in Mauripur, once each in Liaquatabad, Sachal and Old Sabzi Mandi.

Unidentified militants fired a rocket at and then opened fire on a Police mobile in Chhattar area of Dera Murad Jamali town in Nasirabad District of Balochistan, leaving four Police personnel dead. Police said that the personnel in a Police mobile were on patrolling duty on Chhattar road when militants attacked their vehicle.

The intermediaries of TTP have been told that 13 TTP prisoners who were to be released have been handed over to the Government by the Army for the purpose. "However, they will be freed only after knowing how and when the Taliban would reciprocate," a source quoted the Government side as telling the TTP representatives led by Maulana Samiul Haq, who held a session with Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on April 23.

The central Shura of JI appealed to the TTP not only to extend ceasefire but also make a categorical announcement that they would not take any unlawful step till the conclusion of talks. According to a press release, the JI central consultative body which met at Mansoora with its new Ameer Sirajul Haq, in the chair, urged the Government and the law enforcement institutions to release the non-militants in their custody and take other necessary measures that could make the talks result-oriented, and avoid such steps which could hinder the progress in talks.

Sectarian killings rose by more than a fifth in Pakistan in 2013, HRCP said on April 24, warning of an alarming increase in violence against religious minorities. HRCP said 687 people were killed in more than 200 sectarian attacks last year, a rise of 22 per cent on 2012, while 1,319 people were injured, a 46 per cent rise on 2012. The HRCP warned that ongoing peace talks between the Government and the TTP could make minorities even more vulnerable. Violence against Shias, who make up around 20 per cent of the population, has been growing in recent years, much of it led by extremist sectarian groups such as LeJ. The country's small Christian, Hindu and Ahmadi communities also suffer discrimination and occasional outbursts of violence.

As the Government team prepares for another meeting with the TTP, many of the foreign militants based in and around NWA of FATA feel they are facing an uncertain future and are not only seeking assurances from their hosts but are also weighing options for moving out to others places, like Afghanistan and Syria, to continue their 'jihad'. This emerged during a series of interviews conducted by Dawn correspondent mainly around NWA, on getting exclusive access to various groups and to some of the most wanted fugitives in the country.

April 25

A bomb explosion took place on the Chaudhry Khalique-uz-Zaman Road in Gizri area of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, leaving six persons, including a woman, dead and 30 others injured. Police said the explosion was caused by an IED and suspected the involvement of LeJ. Inspector General of Police, Sindh, Iqbal Mehmood, said that the bomb blast took place in a rickshaw and the intended target seemed to be a bus of worshippers coming from an Imambargah.

PM Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said that the Balochistan people faced huge excesses in the past but it would not happen now. He termed democracy a self-regulated system of accountability and said the democratic norms were flourishing in the country. He said the Government wanted to ensure economic and political independence of the people and vowed to eliminate unemployment, inflation, illiteracy and sense of insecurity from the country. "Pakistan free from these evils is our goal," the PM said.

Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that the one-sided media trial of the Army and ISI should end. Nisar said it was the Federal Government's constitutional and legal responsibility to protect the dignity of the Pakistan Army and intelligence agencies, and there should be no ambiguity or fallacy in that respect. The Minister said media should show responsibility regarding sensitive issues.

The Government confirmed that it had received a video message of Ali Haider Gilani the abducted son of former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and that Ali Haider Gilani's abductors are not TTP militants. Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that the abductors had demanded PKR 500 million for the release of Ali Haider Gilani after an earlier demand of PKR two billion. Nisar said Ali Haider could be seen in the video bound by chains. According to Nisar, Ali Haider Gilani said in the video that his abductors were not affiliated with the TTP and his family was not taking serious steps for his release. Ali Haider Gilani further says in the video that if measures are not taken for his release within one month he will be killed. Ali was earlier kidnapped from Multan (Punjab) on May 9, 2013 from outside a PPP office.

April 26

Four persons were killed in different incidents of violence in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Shahnawaz (35), son of Ibrahim, was killed by unidentified armed motorcyclists in Malir 15. Maula Bux (44), son of Muhammad Ramzan, was shot and killed by unidentified armed men in Zia Colony of Orangi Town. A 35-year-old, Gul Nawab, son of Mir Ahmed, was killed by unidentified armed motorcyclist in Nata Khan Goth. Separately, a man was found dead near Kati Pahari area of Orangi Town. The identity of the body could not be ascertained.

Four people were injured in a grenade attack in Lyari town of Karachi. According to local Police, unidentified men hurled grenades near Gabol Park, injuring four people. Rescue teams rushed to the scene soon after the incident and moved the injured to the Civil Hospital. Police also reached and started investigation.

April 27

At least three soldiers were killed and three others sustained injuries in an IED explosion in the Bobar area of South Waziristan Agency in FATA. "At least three security forces personnel, including an officer embraced shahadat (martyrdom) and three others sustained critical injuries after an improvised explosive device planted by terrorists along the road went off," the military said in a statement.

One TuI peace committee member was killed and three others were injured in a bomb blast in Zakhakhel area of Landi Kotal tehsil in Khyber Agency. Official sources say that the vehicle of TuI peace committee activists was targeted in Zakhakhel area destroying the vehicle completely. The peace committee holds LI militant group responsible for the attack.

After threats from the LI, scores of Afghan and Zakhakhel tribesmen from Bara area of Khyber Agency started shifting to safer places. Tribal and the official sources confirmed that the Mangal Bagh-led LI had warned Afghan refugees and the Zakhakhel Shinwari tribes, a sub-tribe of the Afridi's, living in the area to announce allegiance to the Lashkar or leave Bara where the banned group is still known to have stronghold. Most of these people were settled in Akakhel, Sipah, Malikdinkhel and Shalobar areas in Khyber region who were given the deadline of April 27, 4 pm to take either of the options as their decision.

A Police Constable, Siraj Gul, was killed while another constable, Akhtar Ali, injured when unidentified militant attacked them near Bakhshu Pul area under the jurisdiction of Khazana Police Station in Peshawar, the provincial capital of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. SSP-Operations, Najibur Rehman said that both Policemen were fired upon while eating out near Bakhshu Pul area. Rehman lamented that Police personnel are deployed at spots where they can become easy target of the terrorists due to lack of protective gear including helmet and bullet-proof jackets.

A key 'commander' of TTP, Hakimullah alias Matti, was killed during an encounter in the Kulachi area of Peshawar. Sources said Hakimullah was one of the masterminds behind the Dera Ismail Khan jailbreak of July 30, 2014. Acting District Police Officer Sadiq Baloch said that the house of Hakimullah in Rohri village of Kulachi tehsil was raided on a tip-off. Baloch said Matti opened fire on the Police, injuring an Elite Force official. The encounter, Baloch said, was continued for 30 minutes.

One person was killed and two others were injured when unidentified assailants opened fire at a house in Daudzai area Peshawar.

Militants threw explosive material in front of the house of a C&W official in Peshawar. The bomb disposal squad said that 500 grams of explosives material was used in the blast, which damaged the house.

Militants fired two rockets from an area near the airport in Peshawar which exploded within the airport limits. No injuries or damage were reported in the incident.

Security Forces recovered two plastic canisters, containing 30 kilograms of explosives each, and a suicide vests near Wadpaga Police checkpost in Shapur area of in Chamkani area Peshawar.

Two suspects were arrested and huge quantity of arms and ammunition was recovered from a pick up on Ramak Road in Dera Ismail Khan town of same District. Police claimed to have seized pistols, five Kalashnikov rifles and 25,000 rounds of bullets.

Police foiled a terror bid by recovering arms and ammunitions including a suicide jacket from a house in Shabqadar area of Charsadda District. The recovered weapons include a large quantity of explosives, seven rocket launchers and two fuel tanks of motorcycles. According to Police, the owner of the house is wanted in different terrorism-related cases.

Two people were arrested for possessing a huge amount of explosives and illegal weapons from Boni area of Chitral District.

The Federal Government directed the PTA to curtail the operations of Afghan cellular phones in FATA and parts of KP because of security issues. Informed sources said that more than 40,000 SIMs of Afghan mobile telephone companies were operating inside Pakistani territory and using international roaming services. Apart from this, the SIMs also works on their local Afghan networks in certain regions of FATA which are close to the Afghan border. It was revealed that the Afghan SIMs have been used in many kidnapping-for-ransom cases in Pakistan.

"PTA has been directed to curtail these operations," said Federal Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, adding, "During December 2013, around 17,000 Afghan SIMs were recovered by FIA after a raid on an illegal VoIP set-up in Peshawar". He confirmed that Afghan cellular SIMs were being used inside Pakistani territory and were suspected of being used in serious crimes such as extortion threats, illegal VoIP activity and by terrorist networks for communication.

DGPR Punjab informed that the Punjab Government has detained and prosecuted about 700 militants involved in sectarian violence over the last six months. In 2013, Law-Enforcement Agencies in the Province registered nearly 3,500 cases on charges of misusing loud speakers, delivering hate speeches, disseminating incendiary material and trying to cause divisions among different segments of society.

The DGPR statement claimed, "All terrorists involved in high-profile sectarian attacks committed in Punjab have been arrested, including sectarian target killers in Lahore." It further stated, "Sectarian aIf the Government enforced Sharia'h in accordance with the Constitution, the TTP would abide by the Constitution, claimed member of the Taliban peace committee and Provincial Chief of JeI Muhammad Ibrahim Khan in Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He refuted the view that one cannot negotiate with a group that does not recognise the Constitution.

ttacks reported in cities such as Chakwal, Bhakkar, Rawalpindi and Faisalabad were successfully investigated and the perpetrators arrested over the course of the past few months. By keeping these terrorists off the street, incidents of sectarian (violence) in Punjab have also been significantly reduced."

An unnamed senior official of the Punjab Police said that tracking down and arresting the proclaimed offenders involved in sectarian crimes was primarily the job of DPOs. "In almost every meeting on the state of law and order in the Province chaired by the Punjab Inspector General the arrest of those wanted for sectarian violence topped the agenda," he said. However, because of religious sensitivities around these incidents and the attackers' links to various religious organisations, Police always encounter resistance when pursuing such criminals. There is a need to proceed with caution in all such cases because these people have sympathisers among powerful politicians, which also affects the ability of the Police to do its job, he added.

If the Government enforced Sharia'h in accordance with the Constitution, the TTP would abide by the Constitution, claimed member of the Taliban peace committee and Provincial Chief of JeI Muhammad Ibrahim Khan in Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He refuted the view that one cannot negotiate with a group that does not recognise the Constitution.

He further said that formal talks between the Government and the TTP are yet to start. He said that the negotiation process was under way but formal talks had not started yet which had caused a deadlock. Both the government and the Taliban were responsible for the stalemate, he added.

April 28

Three seminary students were killed and nine others were injured in a hand grenade attack that occurred inside the Jamia Masjid-wa-Madrassa Islamia Tahiria seminary located in Frontier Colony of Orangi Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Police said that the bomb was not hurled from outside but was in someone's possession inside the seminary. According to details, a student, identified as Salman (11), had brought grenade inside the classroom in a paper bag. The grenade exploded while he was playing with it, killing him and two other classmates, identified as Omar Khan (12) and Zahid Zada, (14).

Two gangsters, identified as Bilal and Sajjad, were killed during an exchange of fire between the Rangers and criminals in Lyari Town.

Six persons were injured when a NATO container was attacked by unidentified militants on the Pak-Afghan Highway in the Khyber Agency. The two nearby vehicles were also damaged as a result of the incident.

At least four people were injured when unidentified militants hurled a hand grenade at the house of a polio health worker, identified as Nazia, in Sro Kalay area of Shabqadar tehsil in Charsadda District. All four injured were family members. Nazia's husband Falaknaz told the Police that Nazia could be the target of the attack as she works at Ekka Ghund Hospital as a polio worker.

A bomb explosion occurred outside the residence of a local businessman in Guldara area on Kohat Road in provincial capital Peshawar. However, no casualties were reported.

Several protestors were injured when Police resorted to baton-charge and tear gassing of demonstrators protesting over the missing persons issue at D-Chowk in Islamabad. The protesters were attempting to approach the Parliament house in Islamabad's Red Zone area.

Several protestors were injured when Police resorted to baton-charge and tear gassing of demonstrators protesting over the missing persons issue at D-Chowk in Islamabad. The protesters were attempting to approach the Parliament house in Islamabad's Red Zone area.

Taking notice of the incident, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ordered the authorities concerned to release the detained protesters at the earliest. He said protesting peacefully was every citizen's fundamental right which cannot be taken away from them. He also ordered the authorities to look into the incident and punish the culprits of manhandling rights activists and journalists with an iron hand.

During a meeting of Government functionaries and Army high command, including CoAS General Raheel Sharif and ISI Director General Lieutenant General Zaheerul Islam, in Islamabad Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that dialogue and violence cannot go hand in hand. The meeting expressed the resolve to continue with dialogue with the TTP with a "concise agenda" under "well-defined parameters".

Nawaz Sharif lauded the role and efforts of the ISI in protecting the country and ensuring its defence. An official at the Interior Ministry revealed that the Prime Minister said that the Government was determined to carry on talks with the Taliban, but any violent activity would be paid in the same coin and that the talks without a ceasefire would not be possible.

According to official sources, the Federal Minister for Interior, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said, "It is high time to make talks with the TTP successful." There was consensus among the participants of the meeting that the dialogue process with the Taliban should have a concise agenda and dialogue should take place under well-defined parameters.

KP Governor Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan during his first visit after assuming his office to Sadda in Kurram Agency of FATA said that repatriation of all internally displaced tribal families will be his top priority for normalisation of the region. "Whether it is a single family or in hundreds, it is a humanitarian problem and we are fully conscious of the difficulties with which they are faced," he said.

The Governor said the day was not far away when they all would be able to live normal life in their homes. "It will also be my utmost effort to ensure equal treatment to all the affected people of Kurram Agency as far as provision of compensation is concerned," he said, adding, "It is the earnest desire of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif too to witness the people of FATA living normal life. I am here to evaluate the situation on ground".

According to unnamed TTP sources, many TTP militants, fearing that a military offensive will finally be launched, have vacated the areas surrounding Mir Ali and Miranshah towns of NWA in FATA and shifted towards the border with Afghanistan and into the Afghan Provinces where anti-Pakistan elements are strong.

"Around 6,000 militants, including locals, Uzbeks, Tajiks, Chechen and Turkmens, shifted towards the border with Afghanistan and into the Afghan provinces of Paktia, Paktika, Khost, Nuristan and Kunar," sources said, adding that nearly 400 fighters have left for jihad in Syria.

The unnamed sources also said that expectations of the militant leaders of talks succeeding are too low. Although the 'commanders' of the TTP have not formally refused to call off the dialogue, but they are convinced that it would lead nowhere, and finally a military operation will be imposed on them, the sources said.

One of the key state-nominated negotiators, former ISI official Major Muhammad Amir, quit the dialogue process, giving a blow to the dialogue process. Amir sidelined himself from the talks, saying that some members of the Taliban committee were exploiting the process for their own political interests.

April 29

Three militants were killed and two FC officials injured in an encounter in Khujal Khel area of Landikotal tehsil in Khyber Agency of FATA. A SFs official said that after receiving intelligence reports, an operation was carried out around midnight in Khujal Khel when SFs came under fire. A cache of explosives was also recovered from the militants' hideout. According to the official, the slain militants were wanted for the attack in April, 2014 on the Landikotal cantonment.

Army helicopters and artillery attacked militants' hideouts in the Bobar area of South Waziristan Agency. According to sources, three helicopters carried out the attack on the hideouts from 3 pm to 4 pm. However, SFs did not confirm the attack till late April 28-midnight. Sources said SFs also used artillery to shell the area from Mir Ali and Sara Rogha camps at 6 pm. No casualty was reported from the remote area where the media has no access. Tribal people said several hideouts had been destroyed by the shelling.

The death toll of the April 28, 2014, hand grenade blast that occurred in a seminary in Orangi Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh rose to four as one more victim, identified as Ismail (11), succumbed to his injuries. Earlier it was reported that three students were killed and nine others were injured.

At least six persons were injured when an IED exploded in Sarozi of Doaba in Hangu District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the afternoon. Thall DSP Ashraf Khan said a high-intensity bomb was spotted by a pedestrian in Sarozi after which Police rushed to the site, cordoning it off. However, BDU had not reached when the device exploded and injured pedestrians.

At least six persons were injured when an IED exploded in Sarozi of Doaba in Hangu District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the afternoon. Thall DSP Ashraf Khan said a high-intensity bomb was spotted by a pedestrian in Sarozi after which Police rushed to the site, cordoning it off. However, BDU had not reached when the device exploded and injured pedestrians.

ATC Quetta, Judge Justice Anwar Kasi had dismissed Musharraf's application for exemption from appearing in person, after which the petitioner had approached Balochistan High Court. ATC Quetta had issued five orders to Musharraf to appear in the case, but he is yet to make an appearance. The charge sheet in the case been submitted but a trial is yet to begin as Pervez Musharraf has never appeared in court to hear the charges.

PM Nawaz Sharif said that stability of Pakistan would be protected and expressed the hope that the dialogue process with the TTP would yield positive results. He said the dialogue process was started with sincerity as it was good for the country's stability. "If peace is established through talks and the lawlessness and carnage are controlled, then it is a good thing," said PM.

PM Nawaz Sharif said that stability of Pakistan would be protected and expressed the hope that the dialogue process with the TTP would yield positive results. He said the dialogue process was started with sincerity as it was good for the country's stability. "If peace is established through talks and the lawlessness and carnage are controlled, then it is a good thing," said PM.

It further states that the violence is not limited to killings, many more journalists have escaped assassination attempts or been threatened, harassed, abducted or tortured. The threat by the militant groups, including the TTP, spreads from Karachi (Sindh) to KP and the tribal areas. In those conflict-ridden regions as well as Balochistan, these groups and ethnic Baloch armed groups openly threaten reporters with death and attack them.

The report describes how the Pakistani authorities have almost completely failed to stem human rights abuses against media workers or to bring those responsible to account. "The government has promised to improve the dire situation for journalists, including by establishing a public prosecutor tasked with investigating attacks against journalists. But few concrete steps have been taken," said David Griffiths, Amnesty International's Deputy Asia-Pacific Director.

Griffiths added, "The range of threats means that journalists are placed in an impossible position, where virtually every story could put them at risk of reprisal from several sides. It also has a chilling effect on freedom of expression and is increasingly leading to self-censorship".

April 30

Four unidentified dead bodies were found from Memon Goth area in Gadap Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. According to the Police, the victims had been shot dead.

An unidentified dead body bearing torture marks was also recovered from Zaman Town area of Korangi Town.

An unidentified man was killed in a firing incident in Data Nagar of Orangi Town.

An unidentified Policeman was shot dead near Sindh Government Hospital in Korangi Town.

Six persons abducted during a vaccination drive on February 17, 2014, from Peeng area of FR Tank in FATA were set free. An official of FR Tank's political administration said that Khan Dad Dawar, a polio circle officer, and his colleague Sadiq Khan were kidnapped during a vaccination drive along with their driver and three levies personnel providing security.

TTP claims that SFs have launched an operation in South Waziristan Agency and fighting has been ongoing for the last two days. "The security forces are using helicopter gunships and heavy artillery to target TTP positions in the Bobar area," TTP Political Shura member Azam Tariq Mehsud told journalists by the phone from an undisclosed location.

A petition seeking the recovery of a missing person, identified as Hafiz Iqrar Abbasi, who went missing on April 14, 2014, from the suburbs of Islamabad, was filed in the Islamabad High Court. Iqrar Abbasi, a local leader of ASWJ, was the Chairman of Iqra School System, and a prayer leader at Jamia Masjid Bilal situated in the Jinnah Town suburb of Islamabad.

The petition for Abbasi's recovery alleged that certain officials from secret agencies picked him up from Rawat while he was on way home. "His cell phone was last traced to Sihala," said Abdul Rehman, the petitioner and Iqrar's elder brother. Sihala is a heavily Policed area which also houses a Police training college.

According to the petition, Iqrar has been kept somewhere in the jurisdiction of Sihala Police Station. The petitioner said a FIR in this regard had been lodged with the Police Station but his whereabouts were still not known. The petition requested the court to direct the respondents, Interior and Defence Secretaries and IG Islamabad Police, to produce Iqrar Abbasi before the Court and subsequently order them to release him from unlawful custody.

The prosecution team in the high treason case filed an application before the Special Court for commencement of the trial against former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf. The prosecution alleged that Musharraf was trying to delay the trial and he had filed 21 applications since December 2013 to linger the matter.

It appeared from the conduct of the accused that his interest was in delaying the commencement of the evidence stage and ultimately frustrating culmination of the trial, it said. The application said it was a settled proposition that an accused in a case should be punished or acquitted expeditiously.

The British Prime Minister, David Cameron described Pakistan's enemy as his enemy and that Pakistan's progress is in the interest of the world. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who is on a three-day official visit to the United Kingdom on the invitation of Prime Minister David Cameron had a meeting with his British counterpart here at 10 Downing Street and discussed matters of bilateral interest, the regional situation as well as other issues of international importance.

The CoAS General Raheel Sharif said militants to surrender or get ready for operation. He reaffirmed support of the Armed Forces to any efforts for restoration of peace in country, but warned that the security institution is fully capable to crush 'rebels of the state' if they fail to surrender unconditionally and express allegiance to law and constitution of the country.

According to sources in civil and military intelligence agencies, seminaries operating inside the capital are reportedly assisting TTP with the collection of extortion and ransom money by arranging deals between militants and their victims. The sources also revealed that the seminaries are providing courier services to the TTP by arranging for the money to be transported to pre-determined locations easily accessible for TTP militants.

Intelligence officials said that an analysis of the calls made in cases of extortion and ransom demands revealed that most of them came from Miranshah in North Waziristan Agency of FATA. While citing instances the officials said that the role of the religious seminaries in collecting extortion for the TTP was established and action against them has been suggested.

Groups such as the Haqqani Network and the Afghan Taliban continued to find 'safe haven' in Pakistani territory in 2013, the US State Department claimed in its Annual Global Report on Terrorism that it submitted to the Congress. It accused Pakistani authorities of not taking "significant military or law enforcement action against these groups."

The report claimed that that al Qaeda's core group in Afghanistan and Pakistan has been "seriously degraded", but the group's global leadership continues to operate from safe haven in the region. Despite its struggles to communicate effectively with affiliate groups outside of South Asia, al Qaeda continued to maintain ties with other organisations in the region, such as TTP and the Haqqani Network. These alliances continued to provide the group with additional resources and capabilities.

May 1

An influential pro-Government tribal elder, Malik Qader Khan, and his two guards were killed in an attack near Miranshah in North Waziristan Agency of FATA. Officials said one of the attackers was also killed in retaliatory fire by Qader Khan's gunmen. Officials said Qader Khan was travelling from Miranshah to Bannu when assailants in a non-customs paid car opened fire on his vehicle at the Chashma Bridge on the main Miranshah-Bannu road.

Two schools, one girls primary school while the other one was for boys, were blown up in the Drwazgai area of Mohmand Agency. However, no loss of life was reported in the assault. The school building was damaged as a result of the blast.

Two bullet-riddled dead bodies, identified as that of Adil Ayath Issazai and Mohammed Imdad Issazai, were found in Besima area of Washuk District. According to hospital sources, "The bodies bore bullet wounds and multiple marks of torture".

Another tortured dead body, identified as that of Fazalur Rehman, was found dumped in Kehkan area of Turbat District. The victim went missing on the night of April 30, 2014.

A dead body, identified as that of Mujeebullah Abdul Rasheed, was found from Muslim Bagh area of Qilla Saifullah District.

Militants blown up a girls' primary school in the Saro Kalley area of Charsadda District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. No loss of life was reported in the assault on the school.

Police arrested six suspects, including two extortionists, and confiscated PKR 225,000 cash from their possession during a raid within the remits of Sir Syed Police Station in North Nazimabad Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

Police arrested two alleged target killers and recovered a G-3 rifle, hand grenade and other ammunition from their possession after an encounter within Risala Police remits in Saddar Town. The accused were involved in murder, attempt to murder and other heinous crimes, said Police.

The MQM is reported to observe mourning day on May 2 against the killing of four of its workers whose dead bodies were found from Memon Goth area in Gadap Town on April 30, 2014. The victims were identified as Sameed, Ali Haider, Faizan and Salman Qureshi. MQM Spokesman Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui claimed that all four were party workers and were arrested by Rangers and Police from the Country Tower and Gulshan-e-Maymar area on April 13, 2014. He alleged that they were brutally tortured to death.

TTP said that "talks and war cannot go together" and that they are ready to face any situation. "The government on one hand says it wants the dialogue but on the other it has adopted the policy of threats," said TTP 'spokesperson' Shahidullah Shahid. Shahid alleged that operations were being intensified against the TTP across the country.

CoAS General Raheel Sharif while addressing the Youm-e-Shuhada at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi District of Punjab said that Kashmir is the "jugular vein" of Pakistan and the issue should be resolved in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of Kashmiris and in line with UNSC resolutions for lasting peace in the region.

The Commander of the US CENTCOM General Lloyd Austin met CoAS General Raheel Sharif for discussions on Afghanistan and bilateral military-to-military cooperation with special emphasis on regional security. However, no details about the Sharif-Austin meeting were given, but a source privy to the agenda said that the two were to discuss on the post-2014 situation, particularly in the context of the Afghan-US Bilateral Security Agreement, the size of the residual force in Afghanistan and the retrograde movement of equipment.

KP IGP, Nasir Khan Durrani said that a specialised combat unit, based on the pattern of Pakistan Army's SSG and the US Marines, would be set up in the province by the end of 2014. The Nasir Khan Durrani said that an elite Anti-Terrorist Force comprising 1,050 elite commandoes had been set up while the combat unit would be set up for anti-terror operations.

KP IGP, Nasir Khan Durrani said that a specialised combat unit, based on the pattern of Pakistan Army's SSG and the US Marines, would be set up in the province by the end of 2014. The Nasir Khan Durrani said that an elite Anti-Terrorist Force comprising 1,050 elite commandoes had been set up while the combat unit would be set up for anti-terror operations.

Drone attacks have stopped since the peace negotiations with the TTP started, said JUI-S Chief Maulana Samiul Haq while addressing a tribal jirga in Peshawar. Haq, who is also heading the TTP intermediary committee, stated that US President Barack Obama supported the peace talks while on the other hand Pakistani politicians and anchors, instead of encouraging them, were showing resistance. Haq remarked that every time they start "the car" of the negotiations a "breaker" comes in front of it.

May 2

Three people, identified as Haqdar Khan Niazi, Sultan Khan Niazi and Yousuf Khan Niazi, were killed in a clash between two groups, following a protest call by the MQM against extra-judicial killings of its party members, at Daryaabad area of Lyari Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Fear and tension gripped the area after the clash.

Two unidentified dead bodies were found within the jurisdiction of the Mauripur Police Station in Musharraf Colony area of Baldia Town.

Police claimed to have arrested two extortionists, identified as Ishaq and Bakhtiar, during a raid in Gizri area of Saddar Town. Both extortionists had sought extortion from a local trader through means of intimidation, said CPLC chief Ahmed Chenoi.

A convoy of SF, comprising 25 vehicles, escaped a landmine blast in Naag area of Washuk District. The convoy was going to Panjgur District from Washuk when one of the vehicles narrowly escaped the landmine explosion. The vehicle was partially damaged but no casualty was reported.

A convoy of SF, comprising 25 vehicles, escaped a landmine blast in Naag area of Washuk District. The convoy was going to Panjgur District from Washuk when one of the vehicles narrowly escaped the landmine explosion. The vehicle was partially damaged but no casualty was reported.

An IED planted along the outer wall of Panhwar Sinari Police Station in Jaffarabad District was defused by Police. BDS official said the IED was packed with around 9 kilogram of explosives.

Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, during a ceremony held at NADRA headquarters in Islamabad, lashed out at all those involved in criticising the Government's peace talks with the TTP, saying the dialogue process cannot move forward amid "needless rhetoric,". He dispelled the notion of a deadlock in peace talks with the TTP.

Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, during a ceremony held at NADRA headquarters in Islamabad, lashed out at all those involved in criticising the Government's peace talks with the TTP, saying the dialogue process cannot move forward amid "needless rhetoric,". He dispelled the notion of a deadlock in peace talks with the TTP.

The TTP negotiating committee, Maulana Sami-ul-Haq hinted that the next round of direct talks would be held on May 5, 2014.

According to officials in the Police, the recent grouping within the TTP may help the Government and SFs to deal with the militants but it has created more trouble for businessmen in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. The sources said that the businessmen had paid extortions to the TTP but a few days later they again received calls for payment of more money. The second calls, they added, came even though middlemen of the militants had given assurances that the businessmen would not be threatened.

The officials said the TTP groups worked under Shehryar Mehsud and Khan Said alias Sajna. The differences among them cropped up in the run-up to the selection of the successor to Hakimullah Mehsud who was killed in a US drone attack in 2013. An official of the capital Police said that now the TTP groups were separately approaching businessmen to pay them extortion.

A few days back the owner of a food outlet in the city received a telephone call demanding extortion equal to the amount he had already paid, he added. The businessman told the Police that he approached the middleman operating from the capital city as he had assured him that no one would harm him after he made the payment. However, when the businessman told the middleman about the call after the payment of extortion, the latter sought time to probe the matter.

May 3

A local TTP 'commander', Irfan Mehsud, and six other militants were killed in a fighting with SFs in the Babor Mountains of Ladha sub-division in South Waziristan Agency of FATA. Irfan Mehsud is said to be the son of Azam Tariq Mehsud, a key member of the Political Shura of the TTP. He is also said to be the 'spokesperson' of TTP's South Waziristan chapter.

Two tribesmen were injured when an IED was blown up using a remote control in Sadda area of Kurram Agency. An official of the political administration said the IED, planted on a roadside, exploded near Sadda Bazaar, injuring two tribesmen who were on their way to the market.

A lawyer, identified as Mohammad Idris and his driver Noman Shah were killed in Karachi's Orangi Town. Member of MQM's Rabita Committee Saif Yar Khan said that the driver was a MQM worker. Khan also requested the Chief Minister and Governor of Sindh to take immediate measures to stop such killings. He further stated that members of the MQM were being targeted continuously.

Two people, including a school principal and his son were killed in firing near Metroville SITE graveyard in SITE Town of Karachi.

An unidentified man was shot dead near Anda Mor in North Karachi in New Karachi Town.

An alleged extortionist was also killed in a Police encounter in Baldia Town. Police claimed to have arrested 15 suspects, including six criminals during raids in Baldia Town and Orangi Town. CPLC personnel arrested two extortionists after receiving information of the criminals present in the area. CPLC Chief Ahmad Chinoy said the extortionists had demanded PKR 1 million from a person living in Gizri area.

One FC official was killed and another was injured in a bomb explosion in Dhadar area of Bolan District. Khan Wasey, a spokesman for the FC, said that a SF vehicle was on routine patrolling when it was attacked in Bolan's Dhadar area in the morning. No outfit claimed responsibility for the attack. However, Wasey said he suspected that the attack was the work of Baloch separatists operating in the area.

May 4

Firing from Afghanistan side of border killed one Pakistani security person at the Pak-Afghan border area near Bajaur Agency, statement issued by the ISPR said. It was not clear whether the cross-border firing was conducted by Afghan security personnel or militants.

SFs, along with officials of the Kurram Levies and BDU helped defuse 22 bombs in Dama Khwaro area near Badama check post in Alizai tehsil of Kurram Agency. The BDU unit safely removed the explosive devices and defused them at the bank of Kurram River nearby. According to BDU officials, 15 of the planted bombs were landmines, five were remote-controlled devices and two were connected to a device which was ready to blow up when it was neutralised.

SFs recovered 40 suicide vests at the Torkham border which were being smuggled into Pakistan from Afghanistan. Official sources said the suicide jackets did not contain any explosives, but were being transported to Pakistan with the intention of being used for suicide missions. The sources said that this was going to be done with the aid of local operators who were to fill the jackets with explosives.

Rangers arrested at least 10 suspects involved in extortion and other crimes from different areas of Karachi. According to the Rangers' spokesman, the three arrested extortionists belong to political party. The suspects were shifted to undisclosed location for further interrogation.

The member of the TTP negotiating committee Yousuf Shah said the TTP has given a list of 765 'non-combatant' prisoners they want to be released. He said dialogue was the only solution to the problem. However, he said, there were some obstacles which needed to be removed for the success of the peace process.

The JI provincial chief and member of TTP negotiation committee Prof Mohammad Ibrahim said that there were a lot of hurdles in holding direct dialogue between the Government and TTP. However, the negotiation committee would continue its struggle to assist both the sides to achieve the objective of restoration of peace, he added.

A businessman, identified as Rashid Wasim, received threatening calls from extortionists asking him to pay PKR 40 million in Mohanpura area of Rawalpindi District. Wasim owns a factory in the industrial area of Islamabad and complained to the Ganjmandi Police that since March 19, 2014, his family has received three calls by TTP militants. The complaint said the caller threatened him that his family members would be kidnapped and killed if he failed to pay the money. Wasim claimed that the threatening calls were made from Waziristan.

May 5

FC personnel claimed to have killed at least 10 militants during an operation in Panjgur District. Tree FC soldiers were injured in the exchange of fire. FC spokesman, Khan Wasey confirmed the incident. Khan said that the FC also destroyed three suspected militant hideouts and two vehicles. He said the forces initially faced resistance from the militants who were hiding in the mountains adding that the exchange of fire between the Security Forces and militants continued for more than two hours. "The dead militants belong to a banned Baloch militant group", he said. 

The militants belonged to LeB and BLF. According to details, the operation took place after Latif Johar, a member of the separatist BSO-A, went on a hunger strike 11 days ago to demand the release of the group’s chairman and more than 100 detained members.

A retired army officer, identified as Rasool Khan, was shot dead by unidentified militants at Kanwari Colony in Manghopir area of Gadap Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

Unidentified armed assailants opened fire and killed a man in Liaquatabad Town.

A dead body, identified as that of Gujjar Khan, was found at City Railway Station Colony within the limits of Mithadar Police Station in Saddar Town.

Two people, identified as identified as Akbar and Wajihuddin and affiliated with a political party were shot at and injured near Shah Faisal intersection in Orangi Town. SSP Orangi Town said that later the Police conducted raids in Pakistan Bazaar area of Orangi Town and arrested an accused, identified as Noor Alam alias Munna, who was involved in attacking them. The Police also recovered arms from his possession.

A man, identified as Ateeq (20), was shot at and injured in Northern Bypass area near Janjal Goth within limits of Gulshan-e-Maymar Police Station in Saddar Town.

A US citizen was arrested while carrying ammunition in an Islamabad-bound flight at Jinnah International Airport. The ammunition included 15 bullets of 9 millimeters along with a magazine. According to SP Rao Anwar the bullets recovered from the US citizen would be checked whether they were the same being used in killings in Karachi. Anwar said the possibility of even flight hijacking could not be ruled out.

Two people, including the driver, identified as Tariq, and the cleaner Rehman Ali, of a NATO truck carrying goods for the NATO forces in Afghanistan were killed and two others were injured when unidentified armed assailants opened fire on the vehicles near Wazir Dhand area in Jamrud tehsil of Khyber Agency in FATA. There were reports that two truckers were also missing after the attack and were feared to have been kidnapped by the militants.

FDMA Director General Arshad Khan said that they would start rehabilitation process of 7,706 IDPs of Bagh Maidan area of Tirah valley from May 7, 2014. He said that some 3, 42,000 people belonging to the Khyber Agency were displaced and of them 1, 65, 000 IDPs were rehabilitated and the remaining would also return home gradually.

He said the people would be provided ration for six months and on their return they would get non-food items and shelter kits. The IDPs, he said, were supposed to return earlier but rains and dilapidated roads were main hurdle in their return. The government would also pay PKR 25,000 to each family in addition to house subsidy after disaster assessment, he said. He added the remaining IDPs would also return homes till July 2014 as the situation improved.

A militant was killed in a clash with SFs during a search operation launched on the in Banjot, Sar Sarday and Azbaka areas of Mingora town in Swat District. Two other injured militants escaped. According to official sources, “A group of around 25 militants had been spotted in the mountains and the forces launched search operation to arrest them”. Also, the Police arrested 30 suspects during the search operation launched at the junction of Swat, Buner and Shangla Districts.

Unidentified militants blew up a 500 KV Tarbela Sheikh Mohammadi transmission line in Badbher area of Peshawar. However, no casualties were reported. NTDCL said that five towers were destroyed in the area, including three towers of Sheikh Muhammdi transmission line which created a short fall of 150 megawatts to the national grid. 

Rawalpindi Police busted a gang of criminals and arrested four members of the gang getting extortion from top businessmen of the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad impersonating themselves as leaders of TTP. RPO Akhtar Umar Hayat Lalika said that the gangsters used to make telephone calls to businessmen after conducting detailed recce and pressurized them to provide them extortion, threatening that they were TTP leaders and would kill or kidnap their children if they failed to fulfill the demands.

A businessman, identified as Haji Naeem, was arrested from Rawalpindi District on the charge of helping a group of TTP militants in extorting money from traders and other wealthy people in the city. RPO Omer Akhtar Hayat Laleka said that Naeem, a hosiery trader and a resident of Mohanpura locality, had also staged a kidnapping-for-ransom drama a couple of days ago. The RPO said after the police tracked down the suspect, he confessed to working as an informer for the TTP. “He used to provide the TTP group in Waziristan mobile phone numbers of wealthy people and businessmen. Later, the group members would call victims to extort money from them,” RPO Laleka said.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, while talking to BBC Urdu, said that he is still hopeful that talks with the TTP can succeed, despite the militants ending a ceasefire, and that talks offered the “best option” of ending the country’s long conflict. He said that he believed his talks strategy could “bring peace without any further bloodshed”. “If we can make this process somehow successful, I think it will be the best option.”

He said the militants had to respect the constitution and lay down their arms. “This of course is the number one condition that has to be met,” he said, adding, “We are making progress on these issues. Let us see if the next round of meetings is successful and we can find a way to make headway in the talks we are holding with each other.”

He further said that some elements were not happy with the ceasefire with the TTP, adding that such elements “were not our friends”. He said that such elements opposed peace and wanted to destabilise the talks’ process. He said the same elements were involved in the Islamabad fruit market blast. “We are trying to identify these elements.”

TTP intermediary and JeI Provincial Chief Muhammad Ibrahim said in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s provincial capital Peshawar, “TTP should not act as a hurdle in permanent peace”. He said that the negotiation committee will urge the Taliban to cooperate with the Government and not act as an obstacle to the objective of restoration of peace.

The two member Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances, headed by retired Justice Javed Iqbal and appointed by the Supreme Court claimed that it had resolved 27 missing person cases last month, saying that most of these persons were found detained at various “internment centres” in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The figures released by the Commission revealed that the number of missing persons had been increasing constantly, 1,846 cases had come to light since January 1, 2011, the day the commission started its work. The Commission said there were 138 missing person cases pending before it on January 1, 2011, and since then it had received 1,846 new cases, bringing the total to 1,984.

According to the list of traced persons, six are detained at an internment centre in Lakki Marwat District, four in Kohat and five in two internment centres in Swat Valley, from where most of the persons have gone missing. Six persons have returned home on their own while one named Hafiz Hassan Akbar is in “judicial custody”.  It is also not clear whether these centres are being run by the military or civilian authorities. There is also no answer to two key questions — who had picked them up and who disclosed their whereabouts. The Commission reiterated its “commitment and determination to make all-out efforts to trace the missing persons”.

May 6

At least 13 militants were killed as infighting between rival TTP groups restarted in Shawal tehsil of North Waziristan Agency of FATA. Official and tribal sources confirmed that clashes started between Shehryar Mehsud and Khan Said alias Sajna. According to official sources, the infighting between the two groups has claimed more than 50 lives during the last few weeks. Sources said that the death toll is likely to rise.

According to details, the rival factions have accused each other of grabbing power in order to control South Waziristan’s Mehsud tribal area. Sajna had been considered the right hand man of Waliur Rehman, whereas Shehryar was a confidant of Hakimullah Mehsud. Their slain leaders were reportedly at loggerheads after the death of TTP founder Baitullah Mehsud.

Two people belonging to TI group were killed, while three others sustained injuries when a remote controlled device exploded in the Zakhakhel Bazaar of Landikotal in Khyber Agency. 

Two militants belonging to TTP Punjab chapter were killed and one person was injured when a bomb exploded in Miranshah bazaar of North Waziristan Agency. Intelligence sources confirmed the identity of the victims.

SFs killed seven militants in Banjot area of Swat District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after an attack left two soldiers injured on May 5. It was a search operation using sniffer dogs to reach the people who carried out the improvised explosive device attack on May 5, wounding two soldiers. “Heavy weapons were used after the terrorists challenged the soldiers,” the sources added, saying that a house-to-house search was launched after the IED attack, using sniffer dogs.

KP would be setting up Pakistan’s first high security prison having three-layered security besides establishing high security zones in six sensitive jails of the north-western province housing more than 1,000 terrorists and high profile prisoners like Dr Shakil Afridi. The authorities have also announced to form a special prison force which would guard the province’s sensitive jails while a plan has also been initiated to establish a separate prison for FATA to keep tribal prisoners as well as a women jail for female folk.

Advisor to the Chief Minister on Jails Malik Qasim Khan, speaking to the media, said that the prison force of 850 personnel, equipped with latest gadgets and equipment, would be responsible for jail security. To a query about shifting alleged CIA operator Dr Shakil Afridi, he said that KP has approached the Federal Government as Dr Afridi was convicted in a federal crime, adding that so far Islamabad has not responded to the request.

Two people, identified as Moiz Ullah Khan and Irtaza Jaffri, were shot dead in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town on Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

A man, identified as Aziz Bakhsh was killed and his brother, identified as Bilal Bakhsh, was injured in an incident of firing in Pak Colony area of SITE Town.

An unidentified man was shot dead while another person sustained injuries when armed assailants opened fire in Malir Town.

An unidentified dead body was recovered from Mehmoodabad area of Jamshed Town.

Another dead body of a woman was recovered from Sohrab Goth of Gadap Town.

An unidentified dead body was recovered from Orangi Town.

Three people, including two constables and ASI Farooq, were injured in when unidentified militants hurled a hand grenade targeting patrolling Police mobile in Surjani Town area of Gadap Town.

Two explosions occurred targeting oil tankers in Kiamari Oil Field while another blast occurred in Gulbai area of Orangi Town. 

US officials said that the US national arrested at Karachi airport on May 5, 2014, for carrying ammunition in his bag is a FBI agent. He appeared in court on charges that he had violated anti-terrorism laws that prohibit the carrying of weapons or ammunition on a commercial flight. A judge ordered that the agent be detained until May 10, 2014, so security officials can investigate the matter.

The US officials in Washington confirmed that the agent, who is assigned to the FBI Miami Field Office, was in Pakistan on temporary duty. They requested that the agent’s name be withheld, citing the sensitivity of the situation. Meghan Gregonis, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, said U.S. officials are working to resolve the matter.

May 7

Five militants were killed and three injured as clashes between two factions of TTP continued in Shawal area of NWA in FATA. As reported earlier, 13 militants were killed in the fighting that erupted between the groups led by Shehryar Khan and Khan Said alias Sajna in Shawal, a mountainous area near Afghan border on May 6. The militants killed on May 6 were from the Shehryar group. Rockets and mortars were used in the fighting.

A militant was killed when a bomb he was attempting to plant at Shalobar peace committee’s compound in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency exploded prematurely.

A FC official was shot dead and another injured when unidentified motorcycle borne assailants opened fire on then at Ashna Market in Ghundai area of Jamrud tehsil in Khyber Agency.

The main gate of the residence of Saeed Torkhel was destroyed in an explosion around 3am in Ghreza area of Jamrud tehsil in Khyber Agency. The explosion also damaged the boundary wall.

The second phase of repatriating displaced people of Tirah Valley began as FDMA has sent back 301 families. Over the next 33 days, more than 7,000 families are expected to return to their homes in the valley in Khyber Agency. FDMA Director General Arshad Khan said that the second phase started from Jarma Camp in Kohat and 1,343 individuals have been repatriated. Khan said returning families were provided with PKR 25,000 in cash and their travelling costs were taken care of by the authority. Furthermore, they were provided with standardised non-food item kits, hygiene kits, vaccines for children and other child protection and nutrition services.

Two people, identified as Yasir (35) and Haroon (30) were killed when unidentified militants opened fire on them near Kalapul in Jamshed Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. SSP Faisal Bashir Memon said that patrolling Police returned fire on the attackers, injuring one of them while others managed to flee.

An unidentified man was killed when armed assailants opened fire on him near Purana Truck Adda in Mauripur area of Kiamari Town.

A man, identified as Kamran Shah (36), was killed when unidentified militants opened fire on him in Bilal Colony of Korangi Town.

A man, identified as Allah Rakha (40), was injured when unidentified armed assailants opened fire on him near Junejo Jamaat Khana in North Karachi Town.

An unidentified man was shot at and injured near Ausaf Training centre North Karachi Town.

A man, identified as Altaf (25), was injured when unidentified armed assailants opened fire on him in Buffer Zone area of North Nazimabad Town.

One Babar (18) was injured in firing by unidentified militants near Dr Ziauddin Hospital in Shireen Jinnah Colony of Clifton in Saddar Town.

A man, identified as Zahid (22), was injured when unidentified militants opened fire on him in Saifi Lane area of Lyari Town.

The BDS defused a magnetic bomb in a controlled explosion at the Kiamari Oil terminal of Karachi. The bomb contained one kilogram of explosives and ball bearings and it was aimed at creating more fatalities, BDS official Mustafa said.

Human Rights Advocate Rashid Rehman Khan was shot dead and his two lawyer friends, identified as Nadeem Parwaz and Afzal, were injured by unidentified militants inside his office at Kachehri Chowk in Multan District. Advocate Khan was a coordinator for the HRCP. He was defending a Bahauddin Zakariya University lecturer Junaid Hafeez, accused of blasphemy and had complained that he had been receiving threats on his life.

A FC official was killed and three others were wounded when militants fired rocket propelled grenades and opened fire at their convoy in the Sunt Sar area of Gwadar District. The militants escaped after a brief exchange of fire. “The Baloch militants belonged to the banned BLF,” said an unnamed security official in Gwadar.

A group of militants, identifying themselves as Tanzeem-ul-Islami-ul-Furqan (TIF), based in Panjgur District, threatened 23 English Language Learning Centres to shut down and stop imparting co-education and teaching in English, which they say is ‘Haram (prohibited) in Islam’. Masked militants barged into one language centre and threatened the teachers and the young male and female students. “Co-education and learning English language is Haram,” they told the teachers, according to one instructor who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The militants destroyed the school’s furniture and tore textbooks during the incident.

At least four persons, including a child, were injured in an explosion at Mina Bazar in Peshawar (Peshawar District), the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. BDS, AIG Shafqat Malik said that three hundred grams of explosives was used in a timer device. The Station House Officer of Kotwali Police Station Ihsan Marwat said the bomb was planted to target a cold drinks shop.

Peshawar Police and SFs conducted a joint operation in Badbher Salman Khel Sheikh Mohammad Mashogagar and Kagawala areas of Peshawar and arrested 21 suspects with weapons. A Police contingent headed by SP-Rural, Rahim Shah, backed by SFs conducted search operations.

Irfan Siddiqui, Prime Minister’s Special Adviser on National Affairs, said that it’ll be difficult for the Government to pursue peace talks, if the TTP do not take immediate and concrete steps for taking the dialogue process forward. “The government is facing public pressure on the issue. People are now demanding results of the [peace] process,” said Siddiqui. He added that protracted talks did not augur well for the process. “We had made it clear in the beginning [of the process] that we would try to take the process to a logical conclusion as soon as possible because this sensitive matter cannot continue for an indefinite period,” said Siddiqui, who was the coordinator of the first four-member negotiating committee formed by the premier to make peace with the TTP.

May 8

An IED exploded killing at least nine FC personnel and injuring several others near the Miranshah road in Ghulam Khan Tehsil of NWA of FATA. The IED was planted on the roadside which was detonated as the SF convoy came near the Miranshah road. A statement issued by the ISPR confirmed that at least nine SF personnel were killed and several others were critically injured.

A roadside bomb was defused by the BDS in Khyber Agency. According to the sources, the bomb was targeted at the polio team.

Within hours of the killing of nine FC soldiers, CoAS General Raheel Sharif and PM Nawaz Sharif held a meeting to discuss the security situation. Officials said the Army Chief conveyed his decision to the PM about the likely response from the military. A senior military official said that the Army would respond to the provocation by militants as “terrorism and peace talks cannot go hand in hand...The attack is a clear act of provocation and is a serious blow to the peace process. This will have serious repercussions." He added, “Naturally there will be a response from our side. We will go after those who are responsible for the terrorist attacks". The Army is likely to launch ‘massive air strikes’ in the militant strongholds in retaliation for the roadside blast.

At least two people were killed and 16 others were injured in an explosion near a NADRA office on Double Road in provincial capital Quetta. So far, no outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.

Two children were injured when they touched a bomb planted on a roadside in Muslim Ittehad Colony area of Quetta.

The FBI agent who was arrested on May 5, 2014, from Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh for trying to carry ammunition in an Islamabad-bound flight was released from a Karachi Police Station after District and Sessions Judge Malir granted him bail against surety bonds of PKR 1 million. Police officer Rao Anwaar said the court had directed the man to submit a surety bond of PKR one million (USD 9,800) for his bail.

PM Nawaz Sharif and CoAS General Raheel Sharif stressed that irrespective of whether peace talks are held or not, violence and bloodshed by militants must stop. General Sharif said that the recent attacks on the SFs are not likely to stop unless some hostile groups of the TTP are neutralised. Amid no let-up in the terror attacks, the military establishment has reportedly told Nawaz Sharif that the use of force against the miscreants has become unavoidable. “The policy of inaction costs us dearly,” said an intelligence insider while quoting the CoAS in the briefing to the Prime Minister, adding, “Soon, there would be a change (in policy), a visible one”.

The Prime Minister and the Army Chief shared unanimity in the view that the terrorists would not be allowed to keep striking with impunity. “Peace talks or no peace talks. Bloodshed has to stop,” the intelligence insider said while disclosing the meeting’s agenda. The source said that certain TTP factions were against the peace talks. “They need to be neutralised even if the peace talks are to be proceeded ahead,” the source said.

TTP 'chief' Mullah Fazlullah sacked Khan Said alias Sajna as Ameer of SWA (FATA). Umar Khurasani would command the movement in both North and South Waziristan Agencies. Hakimullah Mehsud’s group 'spokesman' Daud Mehsud said that TTP’s 'vice-Ameer' Shaikh Khalid Haqqani has been made Ameer of South Waziristan Agency. Daud Mehsud said that they respect decisions taken by the Mullah Fazlullah.

May 9

At least four people were injured in a remote-controlled bomb blast in Goth Muhammad Usman area of Jaffarabad District. No outfit claimed responsibility for the attack. 

BDS defused two hand grenades in Muslim Ittehad Colony of Quetta.

US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns during his meeting with the civil and military leadership to discuss regional security situation and exchange views on matters of bilateral interest said that Pakistani should “destroy terrorist sanctuaries located in North Waziristan and complete the operation before installation of the new political administration in Kabul”.

During the meeting the Adviser to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, reiterated Pakistan’s support for the democratic process in Afghanistan and stressed that smooth security and economic transitions were also fundamental for stability in Afghanistan and the region.

Karachi Police Chief Shahid Hayyat said that militant wings of political parties are present in Karachi. He said that the Supreme Court had also mentioned involvement of political parties in terrorism.

May 10

A NATO container was charred and two were damaged by unidentified militants at Hawaldari checkpost in Sur Kamar area of Jamrud tehsil in Khyber Agency.  According to officials, masked men on motorcycles and a car opened fire at the containers hardly 100 metres from Hawaldari checkpost, manned by Khasadar and Levies personnel, on the Peshawar-Torkham highway. The drivers and cleaners of the three vehicles ran away, while the attackers took away one of the containers and set it on fire. The two other vehicles were damaged.

A man was killed when unidentified gunmen opened fire in Gulistan-e-Jauhar area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town.

One tortured dead body was found near Radio Station in Quaidabad area of Bin Qasim Town.

Another tortured dead body was found near Gulshan City in Quaidabad area of Bin Qasim Town.

May 11

Two unidentified people were killed in two separate incidents in unspecified areas of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

Unidentified armed assailants shot dead a man, identified as Shahbaz Khan, at Masan Chowk in Kiamari Town.

An unidentified man was found dead in Gulshan-e-Zia area of Orangi Town.

A suicide attack targeting internally displaced persons from the Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency in FATA killed at least five persons and injured 14 others in the Arbab Niaz Stadium of Peshawar (Peshawar District), the provincial capital of KP. The bomber was believed to have been targeting a group of refugees from Tirah Valley who had gone to a government-run camp in the Arbab Niaz Stadium to fill out paperwork ahead of their journey home. The suicide bomber first opened fire at the Police guarding the registration point for the IDPs from Tirah Valley before blowing himself up. “It was a suicide attack,” Police official Najeebur Rehman said adding that around 10 kilograms of explosives were used. Senior Police official Faisal Mukhtar said the bomber blew himself up near a small mosque inside the stadium and the dead included one Khasadar (Tribal Policeman) personnel. The blast caused one of mosque’s walls to fall down. 

At least four persons were injured in an explosion in Kohati Gate area of Peshawar. According to SP-City Faisal Mukhtar, the IED exploded outside the house of a local trader. 

Town Levies personnel were killed when unidentified militants opened fire at a Levies check post in Khuzdar District. The militants reportedly fled from the scene taking away with them the weapons of the slain security personnel.

At least 19 persons, including Police personnel, were injured in a hand-held bomb blast targeting a Police checkpost at Chakar Khan Road area in Khuzdar District. “The militants sped away on their motorcycle after the attack,” said Police Official Majeed Marri. No outfit claimed responsibility for the blast. However, Police suspected that Baloch separatists could be behind the attack.

A pro-Government peace committee was shot dead one of its opponents on May 10 over suspicions that he was a spy in Landi Kotal tehsil of Khyber Agency FATA. According to sources, volunteers of the TI group kidnapped Miraj and Waris a few days ago on suspicion of their involvement in two explosions and secretly working for LI. The sources said that Waris was shot dead after he ‘confessed to his crimes’. The fate of Miraj was not known, but according to the sources, a shura of TI had ordered his killing too. 

A roadside bomb killed one paramilitary trooper and injured four others in the Kitkoot area of Bajaur Agency. The officials said the vehicle used by the paramilitary troops was on a routine patrol when hit by the blast.

At least four security personnel were injured in a remote controlled IED attack on a Security Forces vehicle near Khajuri checkpost on Mir Ali Road in North Waziristan Agency. Official sources confirmed that the vehicle was targeted with a remote controlled bomb injuring four personnel.

A senior leader and member of the TTP Political Shura, Azam Tariq Mehsud, said that his group is still serious in pursuing peace talks with the Government which, according to a TTP intermediary, is maintaining a ‘surprising silence’ on the matter. “The date and venue for a second face-to-face meeting will be decided only when the Government and the Army come on the same page,” Azam Tariq Mehsud said. However, he claimed that the Army was not serious in pursuing peace talks. “The use of military force has failed to restore peace [in the troubled areas] because peace comes through dialogue. And when peace prevails, the country will automatically come on the road to progress and development,” he said. He added that the TTP was serious in pursuing peace talks. “We are constantly in touch with the TTP even though the government is keeping mum on the issue,” he added.

Samiullah Afirdi, the legal counsel of the alleged US spy, Doctor Shakil Afridi who had led the Navy Seal to the compound of slain al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad District of KP, has quit citing security threats to his life and undue pressure from the US on Pakistan to release Afridi, thus manipulating the courts proceedings.

During the hearing, Samiullah Afridi said that they were fighting the case in the court of law but undue pressure from US on Pakistan is an indirect interference in the courts proceedings and that is the main reason he decided to quit. “The pressure tactics by the US on Pakistani Government for extra judicial release of Dr Shakil Afridi was impacting the Pakistani courts, though I do not consider the FCR laws humane and we are fighting for amendments, but still the case has to be left to the courts for decision,” he added

He further said that he had decided to fight Dr Shakil’s case on humanitarian grounds but since then he and his family was being threatened from different quarters so it was no more possible for him to continue and that’s why he decided to quit. “The threats are very real, and they are coming for the last almost two years but the last few days remained very difficult for me and family so there was no option but to quit,” he said.

May 12

Two Shia workers of the MQM, identified as Gauhar Ali Abidi and Syed Rizwan, were shot dead in North Karachi Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. DSP Altaf Hussain said both men were Shia and suspect it was a targeted attack.

A Shia Pakistan Navy officer, identified as Ghulam Akbar, was shot dead near Karasaz Market in Shara-e-Faisal area of Shah Faisal Town. Akbar belonged to Jhang District of Punjab and was working as a cook in the Pakistan Navy. Police sources said that the incident appeared to be sectarian motivated.

A grocery shop owner, identified as Imran, was killed while two others, identified as Pervez and Afzal, were injured when unidentified armed assailants shot at them within the jurisdiction of the Al-Falah Police Station in Shah Faisal Town. They also set his shop on fire.

A suspected militant, identified as Imran, was found dead in Sohrab Goth area of Gadap Town. SHO Muhammad Shoaib said that a hand grenade, pistol and bullets were also found with the body.

One soldier was killed when a water fetching party of the SFs reached near Whol Top area along the Pak-Afghan border in Mohmand Agency of FATA where it struck a landmine.

An Afghan National Army official was arrested near the Pak-Afghan Torkham border in Khyber Agency after he crossed into Pakistan without any valid documentation. SFs shifted him to jail for further investigation.

In a bid to reconcile the two warring factions of TTP, the group's central leadership appointed Khalid Sheikh Haqqani as the new 'interim chief' of the SWA. A source within TTP said the move aims at ending the ongoing conflict between TTP Hakimullah group led by Shehryar Mehsud and Waliur Rahman group led by Khan Syed alias Sajna. According to the source, the TTP 'central chief' Fazlullah has send Khalid Sheikh Haqqani as the new interim chief and directed both Sajna and Shehryar to come to the negotiating table to resolve the issue. The source further said Haqqani had taken over and the main shura of the TTP would now decide about the new chief for South Waziristan. He said a new chief, to be appointed within two months, will be accepted by both the groups. "Fazlullah has warned members of both the groups that if any member acted against the other group, he would have to face severe consequences," he added. However, Sajna's spokesperson Azam Tariq refuted the report and said no one was appointed as chief of SWA.

The WHO contested Pakistan's claim that UN agencies were used in the CIA's fake vaccination campaign in Abbottabad District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in 2011 to track down slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. The public health arm of the UN took exception to the statement by FM Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam during a weekly news briefing on May 8, 2014, and insisted that the world body had nothing to do with the Shakil Afridi controversy. The foreign office Spokeswoman had claimed that Pakistan's efforts to eradicate the poliovirus were undermined by the fake vaccination campaign in which some UN agencies were also used.

In a statement issued in Islamabad, WHO officials said that the UN has formally objected to Islamabad's contention, following which it immediately received assurances that the statement made by the FM Spokesperson was categorically incorrect and made in error. "WHO welcomes this clarification by the Government and trusts that the erroneous statement will be fully retracted," it stated. The WHO reaffirms its position that all health programmes, including immunisation campaigns, must be used only for protecting and promoting health. "WHO continues to categorically deplore the use of health interventions for any other reason and reiterates that there is absolutely no connection whatsoever between WHO and the 'fake vaccination campaign' conducted by Dr Afridi," read the statement.

May 13

At least five militants were killed and three others were injured as rival TTP militants, belonging to Shehryar Mehsud and Khan "Sajna" Said factions, clashed in Shawal area of North Waziristan Agency in FATA.

A senior leader of the group revealed that Khan Said alias Sajna refused to accept his dismissal as head of the militant group's South Waziristan Chapter. "Sajna was removed last week through a special order by the respected Ameer," a Taliban leader said on the condition of anonymity, adding, "The Taliban leadership council had also endorsed the decision," he added.

Safi peace committee leader Subidar Safi's nephew Jahangir Khan was killed and his driver was injured in an IED blast in Safi tehsil of Mohmand Agency. TTP Mohmand Agency Chapter spokesperson Omar Khurasani claimed responsibility for the attack. Later, a search operation was launched and 20 suspects were arrested.

Unidentified militants shot dead two teachers, identified as Shamim Badshah and Liaqat Ali Khan, near the Government High School in Chasma Jaat area of Hangu District. Protesters blocked the Hangu-Kohat Road near Alizai to protest the killing of Liaqat Ali who was a member of the Shia community.

Two unidentified dead bodies bearing torture marks were recovered in gunny bags dumped in drainage in Hayatabad area of Peshawar.

A former Union Counselor of ANP and present member of ANP's District Organising Committee in Peshawar, Anwarul Haq, was shot dead by unidentified militants while he was in his shop in Kohati area of Peshawar.

Unidentified militants blew up a Shia mosque in an Imambargah (Shia place of commemoration) of Hazrat Ali in Bafa village of Mansehra District. However, no casualty was reported.

Doctor Manzoor Memon (45), the medico-legal officer (MLO) at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC), and his driver, Ashiq (40), were shot dead in Delhi Colony area of Orangi Town in provincial capital Karachi.

A Police constable was killed and 13 others, including ASI Adam Ali Khushak sustained injuries in a sectarian clash between two groups within the limits of City Police Station in Hyderabad District. Police said that two groups opened fire after quarrel during a procession, taken out in connection with birth anniversary of Shia Imam Hazrat Ali.

BDS defused 25 kilogram of bomb found at a bus-stop in Saeedabad area of Baldia Town in Karachi. According to the Police, if the bomb exploded it would have caused massive destruction.

Karachi's Lyari gangster Noor Mohammed, also known as Baba Ladla, was reportedly killed by Iranian border guards near the Pakistan-Iran border. "Baba Ladla was crossing the border when Iranian border guards opened fire at him. He received three bullet wounds and had died on the spot," source across the border said, adding that the guards had opened fire after Baba Ladla's car failed to stop for routine security check. His body is currently in the custody of Iranian border guards. Some sources said the incident took place at the international border crossing point Border 250 near Chahbahar, while other sources put the location at Mund Bullo. However, officials in Gawadar District said they did not know about the incident, nor had any Iranian officials approached them.

Police recovered five foreign nationals during a search operation in Turbat District. DPO Bashir Brohi said that a Police party conducted a raid in Overseas Colony in Turbat and recovered five foreigners. The foreign nationals include three Tanzanians, one Nigerian and one Kenyan. "The foreigners were chained inside a room in an abandoned house," Brohi added.

He further stated that two foreign nationals were abducted in 2012, two in 2013 and one was kidnapped in 2014, most probably from Karachi District of Sindh Province. "We are also interrogating the recovered foreign nationals," he said, adding that it was being probed as to how they had entered into Pakistan.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jillani while chairing a three member bench in a suo motu case over September 22, 2013 Peshawar Church bombing and rights of minorities remarked that according to Pakistan Penal Code's Article 295, offence against any religion comes under the blasphemy law while expressing annoyance for non-registration of cases against culprits involved in setting Hindu temples ablaze in Sindh.

The Chief Justice directed the minorities' representatives to submit a report that indicates sections where the material has been used to abuse the minorities and identify areas where law enforcing agencies failed to secure their lives and property. Justice Jillani said that the court would share grievances of the minorities, hinting establishment of a new force to safeguard the minority communities.

PML-N MNA Dr Ramesh Kumar apprised the court that during last two months six untoward incidents happened with the Hindu community where their temples were set ablaze and their religion was not properly honored and miscreants were not brought to book. He said that four of the incidents come under the blasphemy law.

May 14

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while chairing a high-level meeting over the law and order situation in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, stressed that the operation being conducted in Karachi to cleanse it of criminal elements should be continued and be above politics. The Prime Minister said that terrorists and criminals should be brought to justice without any political prejudice. "We started the operation in Karachi with the agreement of all political parties and stakeholders," he said, adding, "Being the economic hub of the country, Karachi holds special significance for me." "We want cooperation of all stakeholders in Karachi and I see no one who will not want to improve the law and order situation of Karachi, therefore, a joint solution is the only option," he added.

Nawaz emphasised upon the capacity-building of the Sindh Police and appreciated acquisition of services of retired Army personnel for maintaining law and order in Karachi. He said it was very natural that there will be retaliation from extremists and terrorists, but the Government is prepared for that, and all possible support will be provided to LEAs to counter the retaliation.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that state-of-the art equipment was being provided to the LEAs and revealed that about seven hundred thousand illegal mobile SIMs have been cancelled. He further said that "once the 3G mobile technology is in place, we will further carry out a crackdown against illegal SIMs."

FIA has "irrefutable proof" that former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf illegally declared a state of emergency in 2007, according to a 237-page report it released. Musharraf now faces a high treason trial over the declaration. The report quotes former Governor of Punjab, Khalid Maqbool and a former Attorney General, Malik Muhammad Qayyum as saying they had not been consulted by Musharraf before he declared the emergency on November 3, 2007.

The report also quotes former Cabinet Secretary Masoom Alam Rizvi as saying Aziz never gave any advice to Musharraf about declaring a state of emergency. The report said investigators believe that there is "irrefutable proof and concrete documentary evidence" that Musharraf illegally declared the state of emergency. It also accused him of taking the decision "for his ulterior motives."

The court adjourned the hearing until May 22, 2014.

The KP Police recommended the Home and Tribal Affairs Department to put head money on key terrorist commanders. Nine known militant outfits are operating in the province, KP Inspector General of Police Nasir Khan Durrani told that investigators during the past six months have detected about 150 militants operating just in Peshawar. The Police recommended placing about 430 terrorists, including key TTP, LI and other militant leaders who had been charged under the Anti-Terrorist Act on the head money list, he said. "The Police submitted the request about a month ago and are awaiting proper notification," he said. Once the Home Department approves the list, authorities will disclose the names. "It will help in [their] trials, and the rate of conviction of militants will definitely increase," he stated.

Militants have carried out 3,275 attacks of various magnitudes across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during the last nine years, killing 2,794 civilians and 1,381 security personnel, ASP Sohaib Ashraf said. It is impossible to calculate the financial and infrastructural losses incurred, ASP Sohaib Ashraf at the Peshawar Central Police office said. This period of instability has driven foreign direct investment and capital out of the province, Sohaib Ashraf said.

May 15

Bakht Rawan, a member of the reconciliation committee was shot dead by unidentified assailants on Kas Road in Mingora town of Swat District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the evening. DPO Sher Akbar Khan said that Rawan was on returning home after visiting a market when two assailants riding a motorcycle shot at him.

At least 19 people, including a child, were injured bomb in a motorcycle bomb near a restaurant on the College Road in Rawalpindi District. However, no loss of life was reported.

At least 19 people, including a child, were injured bomb in a motorcycle bomb near a restaurant on the College Road in Rawalpindi District. However, no loss of life was reported.

LEAs claimed to have arrested a doctor from Bhimbher Road near Qadir Colony in Gujrat District on the suspicion of having links with the recently captured militants belonging to a network of the outlawed outfits. The LEAs had picked up a doctor who practices at his private clinic along on the basis of clues given by other arrested suspects. The law enforcers are quizzing the arrested men who had been found involved in targeted killings during the last six months of 2013.

Due to threats and intimidation, all private educational institutions have remained closed for the past eight days in Panjgur District. Earlier on May 7, 2014, the private schools were shut down in the aftermath of threats by a newly surfaced militant outfit TIF. It had threatened to target private educational institutions, especially the English Learning Centers imparting co-education in Panjgur. "For the first time, we have heard about this militant organisation," a Police Officer said on condition of anonymity.

Haji Islam Baloch, a legislator from the ruling National Party, said that under a pre-planned conspiracy, children of Panjgur were being deprived of education. "They are destroying the future of our young generation," Baloch lamented during the session of the Balochistan Assembly on May 14 2014. An office bearer of the Panjgur Private Schools Association said, "We strongly condemn fanaticism and stand for a tolerant society." There were protesters who demanded that the Government provide security for male and female students studying in educational institutions.

Rangers Director-General Major General Rizwan Akhtar and various other senior Police Officers devised a strategy for the next phase of the ongoing operation in Karachi. It was decided that the next phase of the operation will focus on door-to-door searches that will be conducted in sensitive areas of the city. "Each DPO will be asked to provide the latest details of the criminals wanted by the Police in his areas," said one of the Police Officers. Rangers' spokesperson revealed that the modus operandi of the next phase of the operation was discussed in detail. "We have also finalized the targets and will begin the next phase of the operation shortly," he said.

The list of sensitive areas was also discussed in the meeting. Lyari Town, Orangi Town, Sohrab Goth and Manghopir areas in Gadap Town, Landhi Town, Malir Town, Korangi Town, Shah Faisal Colony in Shah Faisal Town and Federal B Area of Gulberg Town were among the areas that were earmarked for the door-to-door operation. A police official reiterated that no specific area, group or party will be targeted. Rather, the operation will only be against the suspects involved in targeted killings, extortion, kidnappings and other criminal activities, claimed the Police.

May 16

Two unidentified dead bodies, bearing torture marks, were found in Memon Society of Lyari Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. According to Police sources, the victims were first kidnapped and then tortured to death.

An unidentified man was shot dead by unidentified armed assailants near Gulbai Chowrangi in Sher Shah area of Kiamari Town.

Rangers and Police killed one terrorist, identified as Mohammad Hussain, and injured his accomplice during joint search operation in Mianwali Colony within the limits of Peerabad Police Station in Orangi Town.

Police conducted a search operation near Kati Pahari area within the limits of Manghopir Police Station in Orangi Town and arrested 22 suspected criminals. According to SSP West, five pistols were recovered from the possession of arrested suspects.

A Sindh Rangers Spokesman said that the force had arrested over 2,295 suspects during the operation against criminal elements in the past seven months. He said that during the operation, which started on September 5, 2013, Rangers conducted 2370 raids and arrested 2,295 suspects, including, 12 terrorists, 142 target killers, 102 extortionists and 27 kidnappers. He further said that 4102 weapons were recovered from their possession.

Iranian border guards killed one Pakistani national and injured another near the Pakistan-Iran border in Panjgur District. Commissioner Mekran Division, Fateh Bhangar said that Iranian border guards had opened fire on Pakistani territory. "The Iranians resorted to unprovoked firing, killing one Pakistani national and injuring another," Bhangar said. The victims were identified as local Pakistani tribesmen. The border was temporarily closed after the incident.

A teenager shot dead an Ahmadi man, identified as Khalil Ahmad, over blasphemy inside Sharaqpur Police Station in Sharaqpur tehsil (revenue unit) of Sheikhupura District. According to details given by Saleem ud Din, the spokesman of Ahmadi community, the victim, Khalil Ahmad, and three others had asked a shopkeeper in their village to remove inflammatory stickers denouncing their community. In retaliation, the shopkeeper filed blasphemy charges against the four men on May 12, 2014. Ahmad was in Police custody when the teenage boy walked in, asked to see him, and shot him dead. "They told us the person who shot Khalil is just a boy," Saleem ud Din said, adding, "The hate campaign carried out against us is going on and on and on."

Police claimed to have busted a network of terrorists-cum-target killers associated with the TTP and LeJ from Lahore District. The Police arrested eight terrorists and seized a huge quantity of explosives, suicide jackets, laptops and illegal weapons from their possession.

Police claimed to have busted a network of terrorists-cum-target killers associated with the TTP and LeJ from Lahore District. The Police arrested eight terrorists and seized a huge quantity of explosives, suicide jackets, laptops and illegal weapons from their possession.

At least eight persons, including three Policemen were injured, when a bomb strapped on to a motorcycle exploded in Mandan Chowk area of Bannu town (Bannu District) in KP. DSP-Headquarters Sanaullah Khan said that the incident occurred while a City Police van was patrolling on Railway Road and when it reached the main square, Mandan Chowk, one of the Policemen spotted a motorbike suspiciously parked in a corner. DSP Khan said they went to check on the motorcycle and just then the bomb went off, leaving eight people injured.

The Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances has so far disposed of 657 of a total of 1,948 complaints about missing persons, the Peshawar High Court was told on May 15. Additional Attorney General Syed Attique Shah told Chief Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel and Justice Malik Manzoor Hussain that 209 people had filed complaints with the two-member commission in Islamabad last month. He said several applicants had filed petitions with the commission, the Supreme Court and the Peshawar High Court simultaneously. The bench asked Syed Attique Shah to produce a detailed report on the enforced disappearance cases pending with different forums simultaneously to ensure early disposal.

Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that the Government wanted to make next round of talks with the TTP meaningful and result-oriented. Addressing a news conference, he said any progress towards next round of direct talks with the TTP, was expected to be made in few days. The Minister said the Government's broader agenda was focused on restoration of peace in the country. Nisar said he wanted that the next meeting of the TTP-Government committees should be decisive and both sides should put their agendas on the table. He said the Government was not responsible for the delay in the dialogue process, as it had been decided during the last two rounds that TTP would convey the date and venue of the next round.

The chief of his own faction of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam and head of TTP negotiation committee Maulana Samiul Haq on May 14-night said that the negotiation process between the Government and TTP has been suspended for the time being. He said that some powerful elements were trying to derail the peace process to pave the way for operation in tribal areas. The JUI-S chief said that operation was no solution to any problem. He said that negotiation was the only way for restoration of peace in the country. He added that bringing the Government and TTP to negotiation table was their great success.

According to the figures released by the Karachi Police to share their 'performance' from September 5, 2013 to May 5, 2014, at least 360 suspects have been killed by the LEA during the operation in Karachi since September 5, 2013. It stated that at least 60 Policemen were killed in the line of duty. They were mostly targeted when they were on patrol though a few were killed in encounters with militants, bandits, gangsters and other criminals. The figures showed a total of 1,277 'encounters' leading to the arrest of some 1,000 'heinous crime' suspects and killing of 253 others. Suspects shot dead by paramilitary Rangers numbered 115. The suspects were wanted in 'heinous crimes' from murders to 'terrorism acts' and kidnapping-for ransom-to extortion.

"The situation describes police strategy," said the Spokesman for the Karachi Police when asked about the reasons behind an unprecedented surge in deadly encounters which left 253 suspects dead. "The current leadership of the Karachi and Sindh Police has focused more on training and capacity building of the serving Policemen, considering the challenges and ongoing targeted operation, which has resulted in better firing skills and much better reaction time of our Policemen challenging the criminals," he said. "There is no shoot-at-sight order. The number of killings in encounters rose only because criminals face much stronger and quicker reaction from the Police party whenever they challenge it. The encounters were also held in the past but a sluggish response from the police party helped suspects to escape unhurt," he added.

While the Police 'performance' has brought down the number of killings on sectarian, ethnic and political grounds to a large extent, it has raised questions about the growing number of deadly encounters drawing criticism from human rights activists. Zohra Yusuf of the HRCP said that such a high figure of killings in 'encounters' acknowledged by the LEAs was highly alarming. The killings also confirmed our worst fears over the Karachi operation, she said.

May 17

Seven people were killed and one teenager was injured in separate incidents of violence in Karachi. Four unidentified men, aged 25, 35, 30 and 40, were killed when some armed men opened fire on them in Khamesa Goth, New Karachi. Separately, two unknown people, aged 20 and 25, were shot dead by unidentified armed men near Singo Lane in Lyari. Meanwhile, a four-day-old mutilated body of a man, Ijaz (30) was found near Filter Plant in Steel Mill area. In another incident, a teenager identified as Rashid (17) was injured when unidentified gunmen opened fire on him near Siddiqui Autos in Hijrat Colony.

May 18

An unidentified man was shot dead in an incident of firing in Hussainabad area of Federal B Area of Gulberg Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

A dead body, identified as that of Roshan Marri (14), was found from Birohi Goth within the limits of Manghopir Police Station in Gadap Town.

Another bullet-riddled unidentified dead body of man was found near a graveyard at Qaddafi Town in Landhi Town. According to the Police, the man was first kidnapped and later shot dead.

One Khasadar Force personnel was killed and five others were injured in two landmine blasts at Safi Tehsil of Mohmand Agency in FATA.

Seven persons were injured in a roadside explosion in Rashakai area of Khar Tehsil of Bajaur Agency.

The Khushal Khan Khattak Express escaped a blast that blew up the railway track in Rojhan Mazari Tehsil of Rajanpur District. No outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.

The of 'chief' of TTP Mullah Fazlullah called upon the Government, the Armed forces and the Intelligence agents to akin to the TTP will have to accept writ of Allah Almighty. In a video message released by the TTP Chapter of Darra Adam Khel, the TTP 'chief' did not comment over the peace talks with the Government. He had however been opposed to the talks in the past. His statement came out at a time when there is a deadlock of peace talks between the Government and the TTP. Talking to BBC, 'spokesperson' of the TTP Darra Adam Khel chapter also claimed the seven minutes video message is a fresh statement of TTP 'chief'. In the video, Mullah Fazlullah was welcomed by armed militants when he came down from a mountainous area and he recorded his message. Mullah Fazlullah asked his suicide bombers to be ready against tanks and artilleries of inimical forces. Those who have received this message should disseminate to other suicide bombers who are not in a direct contact. He vowed enforcement of Shariah and will continue his efforts in this connection.

TTP central shura refused to endorse Mullah Fazlullah's verdict about the sacking of senior militant 'commander', Khan Said alias Sajna, in South Waziristan as some TTP leaders feeling it may further divide the group. "After some meetings, the shura finally refused to endorse Mullah Fazlullah's decision. Mullah Fazlullah behaved like a dictator. First he made a decision and then asked the shura to endorse it. Under the rules, the Ameer can ask the shura for advice before making important decisions. But in this case, he made the decision and then asked the shura to endorse it," said a senior member of the TTP shura. "Most of the senior commanders of the TTP are not happy with Mullah Fazlullah for this and some other decisions and are now supporting Khan Said," the TTP leader said. He feared that there were strong indications that 'commander' Khan Said may form his own faction separate from the TTP.

May 19

Two Shia men, identified as Shaukat Sherazi (45) and Qaiser Hussain (50) were killed when unknown armed assailants opened fire on them at Mithadar near Sherazia Imambargah (Shia place of commemoration) in Saddar Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. SP City Sheraz Nazir said that Shaukat Sherazi was the caretaker of the Imambargah and also a member of JAP South Wing. Qaisar was Sherazi's guest.

A Shia man, identified as Mohsin Agha (50), was shot dead by unidentified armed assailants near Dakkhana bus stop in Liaquatabad Town.

A man, identified as Farhan Afzal (40), was shot dead by unidentified militants at Mianwali Colony within the limits of Manghopir Police Station in Gadap Town.

Unidentified armed militants shot dead an unidentified teenager boy near Baradari in North Karachi Town.

Paramilitary Forces and Police detained several suspected criminals during search operations in different areas of Karachi. According to Rangers Spokesperson, a high profile criminal Jaan Alam was arrested in a targeted operation at Labour Colony area of Landhi Town. Alam was affiliated with a political party and was wanted by the Police in several criminal activities. Also, two suspects along with several others were arrested during search operations by Rangers in Metroville area of Gulshan Town and Orangi Town. More than 300 personnel of Paramilitary Forces took part in the operation. They sealed off entry and exit points of the areas during the operations and started house-to-house search.

The Federal Government has sent back red warrant summaries of various most-wanted Lyari gang-war criminals, including Uzair Baloch and Baba Ladla, to the Sindh Government over having objections due to incomplete records. Pakistan's Ministry of Interior returned the Sindh Government's requests for issuance of red-warrants of at least 83 most-wanted criminals including Uzair Baloch, Noor Muhammad alias Baba Ladla and Taj Muhammad alias Taju.

A Chinese tourist, identified as Hong Xu Dong, travelling from Lahore to Balochistan via Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been kidnapped from Darban area of Dera Ismail Khan District. Sources said that Dong was travelling from Lahore to Quetta when he went missing near Garah Mehmood area of Darban. The Security Forces have recovered a cycle from Garah Mehmood and launched a search operation in the area.

FC and Balochistan Police intercepted a truck carrying a stockpile of weapons and ammunition during a raid in Jungle Pir Alizai area of Qila Abdullah District. The security personnel impounded the truck and seized its illicit cargo. According to the FC, Police and Security Forces in a joint search operation recovered 100 SMGs, three G-3 pistols, 136 single-barrel shot guns and one Kalashnikov, telescopes, and thousands of bullets.

The FC Balochistan said that credible intelligence has led them to conclude that Afghan intelligence, NDS is supporting miscreants in Balochistan. "After receiving information from the Intelligence Fusion Cell that a huge quantity of arms and ammunitions are being smuggled to Balochistan from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the FC and Police carried out successful raids near bordering areas," Balochistan Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti said.

Thousands of people took to the streets in Panjgur District to protest against the attacks on private schools which remained closed for the fifth consecutive day. More than four thousand people were estimated to have joined in demonstrations-including women, children, teachers and activists of BNP-Mengal and BNP-Awami. The protesters were carrying placards inscribed with slogans in support of their demands, primarily seeking security for the private schools.

Chief Minister Abdul Malik Baloch advised insurgent groups to 'revisit their approach' in order to lessen the sufferings of their brethren. "Historically, insurgency has given the Baloch people nothing save death and destruction and triggered forced migrations. This 12-year-long insurgency has destroyed the economy and disrupted social services in Balochistan," said Malik.

Jurors in the New York trial of British hate preacher Abu Hamza aka Mustafa Kamel Mustafa found him guilty of kidnapping and terrorism offenses. The former Imam of the north London Finsbury Park mosque, showed no reaction to the verdict, which carries a possible life sentence. He is to be sentenced on September 9, 2014. The charges against him pre-dated the 9/11 attacks on New York and were over the 1998 abduction of 16 Western tourists in Yemen, four of whom were killed in a military rescue operation. He was also accused of trying to set up a terrorist training camp in the United States in 1999, and of promoting "violent jihad" on a global scale. The jury deliberated for 12 hours over two days before reaching a verdict, after a four-week trial in which Abu Hamza took the stand for three days of testimony in his own defense.

An ATC in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan granted exemption to former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf, from appearing in court for the hearing of Nawab Akbar Bugti murder case while ordering him to appear in court for the next hearing adjourned until June 16, 2014. Musharraf is on bail in the case. This is the sixth time that the Court has ordered for his appearance in court, but he has remained absent from all hearings despite assurance provided by his guarantors.

Two of the co-accused in the case, former Federal Interior Minister Aftab Sherpao and former Provincial Interior Minister Shoaib Nausherwani appeared in the hearing. Both submitted their requests for their acquittal from the Bugti case. The ATC issued notices to the relevant authorities.

The IHC issued notices to Information Secretary, PEMRA Chairman, ARY Chief Executive, anchors Mubashir Lucman, Nida Yasir, Shaista Lodhi, Amjad Sabri Qawwal, poet Aqeel Mohsin Naqvi, the CII and Cable Operators Association of Pakistan Chairman in connection with the Geo TV blasphemy case. A single-member bench of Jusice Noorul Haq Qureshi issued the notices while hearing the blasphemy petition filed by Shuhada Foundation's lawyer Tariq Asad.

The HRCP in a statement issued voiced "concern over a malicious campaign seeking to close down a media channel and called for unity among media ranks" demanding that the present situation be de-escalated to protect media freedom and reduce risks for journalists. The Commission said, "HRCP can no longer stay silent on the malicious campaign unleashed against Geo and the manner in which pressure is being brought to bear to close down the channel." Further, the HRCP statement added, "Irrespective of what HRCP or anyone else might think about Geo's editorial judgment, instigating people to come out on the street following charges of blasphemy is an extremely dangerous trend."

FBI Agent Joel Cox left for Dubai after the Malir Judicial Magistrate Court dropped the case. Joel Cox's lawyer told the court that his client was on special mission in Pakistan and he was permitted to keep arms with him. A special letter of the US Embassy was also presented in the court in this regard. The court ordered for verification of the letter from Interior Ministry and later on certification from the Sindh Home Department, the court dismissed the case.

KP Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak wants the Federal Government to convene another APC if it is unable to implement the unanimous decision of giving peace a chance through talks with the TTP. "The APC had authorised the Government to hold dialogue with the TTP. If for some reason it is unable to act in accordance with the decision, it should gather all the political parties to discuss the options it has been left with," Khattak said.

KP Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak wants the Federal Government to convene another APC if it is unable to implement the unanimous decision of giving peace a chance through talks with the TTP. "The APC had authorised the Government to hold dialogue with the TTP. If for some reason it is unable to act in accordance with the decision, it should gather all the political parties to discuss the options it has been left with," Khattak said.

May 20

Two persons, identified as Mohammad Ali (35), and Aleemuddin (38), were shot dead in a sectarian attack in Hasan Noman Colony of Sohrab Goth area in Gadap Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Ali was the activist of ASWJ while Aleemuddin was the supporter. ASWJ 'spokesperson' Umar Mauviya confirmed their affiliation.

Two cadres of ST, identified as Amanul Haq and Aminul Haq, were shot dead on sectarian grounds in Orangi Town.

A Shia man, identified as Syed Hassan Zaidi, was shot dead when unidentified militants opened fire at his car in Korangi Town.

An unidentified dead body of a man was found from Surjani Town in Gadap Town.

An unidentified woman was killed amid firing in Bihar Colony of Lyari Town.

A passer-by was killed during a shoot-out between rival Lyari gangsters in Lyari Town.

An unidentified man was injured when he was hit by a stray bullet at his home near Gole Market in North Nazimabad Town.

Rangers arrested three alleged militants of the TTP in a raid conducted in the Quaidabad area of Bin Qasim Town.

Over 150 private schools in Orangi Town and SITE Town will remain closed on May 21 to protest the growing threats of extortion in the area. The members of the All Private Schools' Orangi Town and SITE association will hold a demonstration at Bab-e-Khyber in Metroville along with school owners and parents to pressurise the Government into providing security. The Islamia Public School in Metroville's Block 3 has been closed since May 3, 2014, after the school owners, Pervez Alavi, and his son Zahid, were killed inside the school despite the payment of more than half the extortion money. The extortionists had demanded PKR 600,000. Pervez had paid them PKR 400,000 in two installments and they had come to collect the third installment on that day. When Pervez failed to give them the money, they barged into his office and shot him and his son dead.

One man was killed and another was injured in a landmine blast on Sui-Dera Bugti Road in Dera Bugti District. According to the levies sources, some unidentified militants had planted a landmine on the Road.

Police shot dead a suspected militant at the main gate of Shah Mansoor Police Lines in Swabi town (Swabi District) in KP. Police sources said that the suspected attacker opened fire at the main gate, injuring one Policeman on guard at the gate. The Police personnel retaliated, killing the attacker on spot. Swabi District Police Officer Sajjad Khan said that the attacker was carrying a pistol and ammunition but was not wearing a suicide vest.

A school was slightly damaged in an IED attack situated on Ring Road area of Peshawar, the provincial capital of KP. The IED was planted near the school's boundary wall. The bomb disposal squad cleared the school after conducting a search operation and no casualties were reported.

A faction of the TTP claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of a Chinese tourist, identified as Hong Xu Dong, from Daraban area of Dera Ismail Khan District on may 19.

A division bench of the Sindh High Court headed by Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar heard the arguments of the AGP Salman Aslam Butt on May 20 regarding maintainability of the petition, filed by General (retired) Pervez Musharraf against the restriction on his travelling out of the country with regard to jurisdiction of the SHC. The AGP contested that the High Court had not territorial jurisdiction to hear the matter as Musharraf's name was placed on the ECL on the orders of the Supreme Court. It was stated that Musharraf should approach the Supreme Court to get his name withdrawn from the ECL.

Musharraf's counsel Barrister Farogh Nasim while forwarding his arguments said that order regarding placing his client's name on the ECL was against 'principles of natural justice' as no show-cause notice, as required by the law, was issued to his client. He said that earlier on April 8, 2013, the Supreme Court had issued directions to the Federal Government for placing the name of petitioner on ECL but later, final order of the apex court did not maintain the condition of ECL. Barrister Farogh was of the view that the trial court was competent to impose any restriction on movement of the petitioner if it considered necessary. Since the court had not barred the petitioner from traveling out of the country, any restriction by the Government on his movement was "sheer violation of the fundamental rights," he added.

The KP Governor Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan set up another FATA FRC to frame strategic objectives for the volatile tribal areas for the next 25 years. The five-member commission comprising retired civil and military officers, a former provincial minister and a serving civil officer has been asked to produce a comprehensive report within 10 months. The successive Governors had formed several commissions and task forces for the purpose but administrative and legal reforms are missing in FATA. Former Chief Secretary Ejaz Qureshi has been appointed Chairman of the FRC, whose other members are Lieutenant-General (retired) Syed Sabahat Hussain, former bureaucrat Mir Laiq Shah, former Provincial Minister Mossarat Qadeem, who runs an NGO, and Additional Secretary to the Governor Muddassir Riaz Malik.

The commission may corporate another member with the approval of the Governor, said a notification. The body will submit short and long term reforms initiatives to the governor for his approval. Mandate of the FRC is to formulate and propose strategic objectives, strategic policies and action plans which will be submitted to the Governor for approval. The FRC will overview the implementation of the reform initiatives and propose "mid-course corrections" as and when required. The commission has been given 18 Terms of Reference (ToRs) and will develop strategic and detailed action plans for realizing strategic objectives of reforms agenda in different sectors including economic in FATA.

JUI-F Senator Hafiz Hamdullah alleged that there is an "Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) within the ISI" which is involved in kidnapping and killings of innocent people across Pakistan. He also said that the ISI was behind the incidents of missing persons and mass graves in Balochistan.

May 21

At least 60 militants including foreign fighters were killed when Air Force warplanes bombarded militant hideouts in Mir Ali and other areas of North Waziristan Agency in FATA in the early hours.

At least 15 persons including, 11 militants and SF personnel were killed during a clash in Mir Ali area.

Following massive airstrikes, TTP militants met at an undisclosed location to reconsider a non-aggression treaty with the Government. Ahmadullah Ahmadi , a 'spokesman' of Hafiz Gul Bahadur group of TTP condemned the airstrikes and said the group "cannot remain silent over bombardment on people," calling it a clear atrocity on the civilians. He said that the Shura has convened this important meeting to assess the situation and hinted that the peace accord with the Government might get revoked. The spokesman warned that the Government would be responsible for any destruction in case it did not stop the military offensive.

Six people, including a government school teacher, were shot dead when unidentified militants entered the residence of a school teacher, identified as Master Hameed, and opened fire at his five relatives in Dasht area of Turbat District.

The owner of a roadside hotel, identified as Mohammed Hussain, was killed when unidentified militants fired a rocket targeting FC camp in Oshab area near Turbat District. Later, SFs launched a search operation in the area.

Police killed two gangsters belonging to Sheraz Comrade Group during a raid in Jodia Bazar at Prethan Square in Kharadar area of Saddar Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. When Police party reached the site the accused opened fire and later in retaliatory firing the two accused were shot dead. Police claimed to have recovered weapons and hand grenade from their possession.

Police shot dead two unidentified criminals near Lyari Expressway in Garden area. According to Police, four accused including two gangsters of Lyari gang war have been killed in two separate Police encounters. SSP AVCC Nasir Aftab said a Police party on searching for criminals encountered the alleged highwaymen on Lyari Expressway. The suspects seeing Police party opened fire on them, Police in retaliation opened fire and killed them, he said.

A man, identified as Muhammad Tariq (35), was shot dead by unidentified militants near Alhamd Medical Store in Dastagir Block 16 area of Federal B Area in Gulberg Town.

At least five people were injured in an explosion near the Rangers Headquarters in North Nazimabad Town.

A blast ripped through an office of a courier company in Guru Mandir area of Saddar Town. However, no casualties were reported.

Rangers detained several suspects during a raid in Maria Apartment Block 3 near Nagan Chowrangi.

Prosecution lawyers asked the ATC trying the seven accused in the 26/11 (November 26, 2008) Mumbai (Maharashtra) attacks case to increase their security saying JuD activists had been threatening them and the witnesses. The lawyers along with Chief Prosecutor Chaudhry Azhar submitted an application in the ATC in Rawalpindi informing it that "We and the witnesses have been receiving threats from the JuD activists who want us to stop representing and pursuing the case, respectively". In the application they alleged that a JuD activist was present in every court hearing in the courtroom and hurled threats at the witnesses outside the courtroom. Court sources further told PTI that the prosecution chief also submitted in the court a cellphone number from which the prosecution lawyers have been receiving threats from a JuD activist. The court adjourned the hearing till May 28.

The annual report by the Jama'at Ahmadiyya, issued, stated that the situation for Ahmadis deteriorated over the past year as seven Ahmadis were killed and 16 faced murder attacks. According to the Report, in 2013, there was increase in fabricated news stories against Ahmadis published in the Urdu press.

The Report said that Ahmadis had faced political, social and legal discrimination since the promulgation of the ordinance against them in 1984. It said 237 Ahmadis had been killed since the ordinance had been passed and 193 attempted murders had taken place. It said as many as 27 places of worship had been demolished, 31 had been sealed by the authorities and 16 others had been illegally appropriated. It further said that as many as 37 bodies of Ahmadis had been exhumed after burial, and the burial of 61 bodies in common cemeteries had been denied. The report also called attention to widely distributed literature that promoted the social and financial boycott of Ahmadis and incited violence against them.

May 22

Unidentified armed assailants shot dead two people, identified as Zulfiqar (40) and Shakir (35), near La Rosh Restaurant in North Nazimabad Town of Karachi, the Provincial capital of Sindh.

Two suspects were killed in Police encounter near Cheal Chowk in Lyari Town. According to the Police, the suspects opened fire when Police stopped their vehicle during snap checking in Lyari. As a result Police retaliated and opened fire on them. The Police claimed to have recovered arms from their possession.

Unidentified militants shot dead one person, identified as Ibrahim (40) near Dhobi Ghat area in Lyari Town.

Armed assailants shot dead an unidentified man near Ijtimagah Road in Manghopir area of Gadap Town.

A man, identified as Athar (35), sustained injuries when unidentified militants opened fire on him near Old Muzaffarabad Colony in Landhi Town.

A unit in-charge of ASWJ, identified as Nasir Abbasi, was killed while another person, identified as Ishtiaq, was injured when unidentified militants opened fire on them in Shamsabad area of Rawalpindi District. Police said Abbasi and Ishtiaq were going home on a motorcycle after attending a seminar organised by ASWJ Rawalpindi Chapter at Sangam Marriage Hall.

Several hideouts of militants in Machis Camp, Kharwani and Mir Ali areas of NWA in FATA were neutralized as troops, backed by artillery and helicopter gunships, resumed their retaliatory action against TTP militants for the second consecutive day. The latest action came a day after air strikes and ground fighting killed at least 71 suspected militants and four security officials in the same area. Thousands of people have started fleeing towards Bannu in the wake of the attack, local residents and officials said. However, it was not clear how many people were killed in May 22's assaults.

LEAs arrested an arms smuggler and seized a huge cache of arms, including 100 pistols, 10 rifles and 5000 rounds, from his truck during routine checking in provincial capital of Balochistan, Quetta. The identity of the accused was not disclosed who had been taken to some unknown location for interrogation.

The Special Court, on the request of former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf's legal team, ordered the prosecution team in his high treason trial to provide the missing FIA investigation report and all relevant documents regarding the treason trial to the accused till May 23, 2014.

The defence lawyer had earlier complained that the papers and record already handed over was incomplete. Earlier on May 14, 2014, the prosecution on the court's direction provided copies of all the material pertaining to the investigation done by the FIA regarding the November 2007 emergency to Musharraf's lawyer. During the proceeding of the case Musharraf's lawyer Shaukat Hyat submitted an application in the court and asked for the provision of relevant documents, including the minutes of the 44th session of the National Assembly, list of members of the then cabinet (Shaukat Aziz and cabinet), list of Advisers and Attorneys General of the Federal Government and the list of Provincial Governors.

Pakistan said it wants uninterrupted and uninterruptible dialogue process with India to resolve all the issues, including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir. Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam, said, "Pakistan will bring all outstanding issues on the table with India if any meeting of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif takes place at anytime with Narendra Modi." The Spokesperson said Pakistan had expectations that India will come forward for the resumption of meaningful and constructive composite dialogue process, so that both the countries could focus on sustainable peace and development of the region.

Fearing a backlash from TTP in Islamabad, the PML-N Government decided to use both the SFs and the Police on high alert to maintain peace in the capital- Islamabad as well as other parts of the country. Sources in SFs informed that an operation of sorts had been started with air strikes on the militant hideouts on May 21, 2014.

Federal Minister for Information Pervez Rashid confirmed that an operation had been launched against the militants. "Security Forces will carry out their operation where the life of the citizens is in danger." Asked whether talks between the Government and the TTP had failed, the Minister replied, "We will talk with those who are ready for it and the operation is being launched against those who are not ready to come to the negotiating table."

In reply to another question regarding the deployment of army in Islamabad in view of the possible reaction from the TTP, Rashid did not deny the reports. He said, "It is the duty of the Government to protect the citizens not only in Islamabad but also across the country. Such arrangements are part of the Government's precautionary measures."

The KP's new anti-terrorist force, the Special Combat Unit, began training. KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak in April 2014 announced the formation of the new force during a ceremony in Attock. "We are going to raise a force that will operate exclusively in extraordinary situations," he said. The KP Police set up SCU to counter terror attacks and handle extraordinary hostage situations, officials said. More than 1,000 Elite Force personnel applied for the 150 slots. The commandos will go through a specially designed training course to prepare them for the toughest challenges.

May 23

Four suspected militants were killed and several others were injured when SFs intensified military action in the Machis Camp area of North Waziristan Agency. The SFs neutralized militant bases in the area while artillery and jet fighters struck another insurgent base in Sokhel Wazir. Later, the SFs arrested five militants from the Machis Camp area. The death toll rose to 79 since the operation began on May 21, 2014. At least 75 militants and four SFs have been killed so far.

In the first ever conviction in a missing person case in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Magistrate Zafarullah Mohmand sentenced Peshawar SHO Arshad Khan to three years imprisonment after he was found guilty of taking Khairur Rehman into custody on February 9, 2009, which led to his enforced disappearance. Soon after conviction, the SHO filed appeal with the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Kaleem Arshad, who admitted the appeal to the hearing and suspended his conviction under Section 426 of the CrPC. The convict was arrested on August 29, 2013, in the case after his pre-arrest bail was dismissed by the Peshawar District Judge. Later, he was set free on bail by the Peshawar High Court.

Provincial Assembly Speaker Asad Qaisar said that the Provincial Government will allocate 70 per cent of the new educational institutions to be opened in the Province to girls in order to improve female education. He said that the Provincial Government wanted to provide modern education to girls and create job opportunities for them to address their economic necessities.

May 24

At least eight militants, including a 'commander' and two SF personnel were killed in the evening, in a clash in Landi Kotal tehsil in Khyber Agency of FATA, after a security vehicle was ambushed by the militants. "Two soldiers embraced shahadat (martyrdom) and three others injured this evening in an exchange of fire with terrorists in Landikotal, Khyber," said an Pakistan Army's ISPR, statement issued to media. "Eight terrorists including one of their commanders were killed in exchange of fire," it added. Pakistani military sources said that the FC vehicle was targeted near Hamza Baba Chowk by militants, killing two personnel and injuring the third. The SFs repulsed the attack killing eight attackers including a commander. A militant was arrested in wounded condition.

At least six SF personnel were killed and three injured in an IED blast in Mohmand Agency. The blast took place in the Shati Kandao area of Pandyali tehsil of the agency. Confirming the explosion, political administration official and security forces sources said that an IED, planted on the roadside, exploded when a vehicle of the SFs was passing by.

May 25

As many as eight officials of Balochistan Levies were killed and three others injured as unidentified assailants attacked Jauhar check-post along Quetta-Karachi Highway in Wadh tehsil of Khuzdar District in Balochistan. According to Wadh assistant commissioner, unidentified armed assailants attacked with heavy weapons the Jauhar post of Levies in the area, leaving eight officials killed and three injured. The assailants escaped after the attack.

An eight-year-old boy was killed while 12 others including five children were wounded in back-to-back explosions near Jafria Imambargah in Qasba Colony within the limits of Pirabad Police Station in Orangi Town of Karachi in the night. SHO Fasiuz Zaman said the first two explosions were caused by hand grenades thrown by motorcyclists near the Imambargah while the third was an IED. Zaman said the victims of the blast were residents of Orangi Town and were on their way to a wedding function on a bus when the blast took place. The Bomb Disposal Squad experts said that the IED contained around half a kilogramme of explosives, including ball bearings, and was hidden in a garbage dump.

Five militants were killed in a clash with SFs in the Manro Jangal area near the Pak-Afghan border in Bajaur Agency of FATA. The sources said the militants operating from Afghanistan fired at a check-post of security forces in Manro Jangal and caused injuries to five security personnel. The sources said the soldiers manning the checkpost returned the fire and killed five militants, including three 'commanders'.

The CIA has been bombing Pakistan's domestic buildings more than any other targets over the past decade of the drone war launched by the US, the Russia Today news channel reported while quoting a latest research by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. "Almost two thirds, or over 60 percent, of all US drone strikes in Pakistan targeted domestic buildings," the channel reported with reference to the joint research conducted by the BIJ, a London-based non-profit news group, along with the Forensic Architecture, a research unit based at Goldsmiths University, London, and Situ Research in New York.

The authors of the paper analysed thousands of media reports, witness testimonies and field investigations to obtain the data on drone strikes in the FATA of Pakistan. According to the study, at least 132 houses have been destroyed in more than 380 strikes over the past decade with at least 222 civilians being among the 1,500 or more people killed. "On average, 6.2 people and 0.9 reported civilians died per strike on domestic buildings," the paper said, adding that these numbers may be conservative because the Bureau "has found the deaths of women are dramatically underreported." The seclusion of women and children in the country which orders them to spend more time indoors make them more vulnerable to drone strikes, according to the BIJ's 'Naming the Dead' project.

May 26

Five dead bodies were discovered in Uthmanzai area in the Pandyali tehsil of the Mohmand Agency in FATA. The bodies were discovered in the Uthmanzai area where a recent surprise attack on the SFs left six soldiers dead on May 24. All of the deceased appeared to have been shot dead, however, this could not be independently verified, official sources added. The area is under curfew and the bodies could not be identified as a result. 

Panicked by the ongoing military action in North Waziristan Agency, the tribal people have preferred to take refuge in neighbouring Afghanistan instead of shifting to settled areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. According to reports, many families have migrated to Khost and Paktika provinces of Afghanistan from different areas of the volatile tribal region. Eid Mohammad Khan, a local tribesman, said that many foreigners also moved to Afghanistan from Waziristan before the launch of military action.

Three dead bodies were recovered from Surjani Town area of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, in the morning. According to sources, the bodies were found dumped near Northern By-pass in Surjani Town. The deceased were shot to death by unidentified assailants. 

Three Lyari gangsters were shot dead in an encounter in Ittehad Town area of Karachi. The Police said that the suspects opened fire on Police mobile party and were killed when the law enforcers returned fire while three of their accomplice managed to flee. Two motorcycles, two hand grenades and three pistols were recovered from the possession of the slain gangsters. 

One person was shot dead near a hospital near Chowrangi in Landhi Town of Karachi.

Unidentified militants shot dead a US-based Ahmadi doctor, identified as Mehdi Ali (50), outside the Ahmadi graveyard in Chenab Nagar (also known as Rabwah) city of Chiniot District.

May 27

At least six militants were killed and seven others sustained injuries in a fierce clash between rival factions of TTP at Taunda Darra in Shawal tehsil of NWA in FATA. The Hakimullah faction is led by Shehryar Mehsud while the Wali-ur-Rahman Group is under Khan Said alias Sajna.

The leader of TTP splinter group, Abid Muchar, is still alive, Police said. Police had earlier claimed that Muchar was killed in an encounter with SFs. Police stated that he managed escape from the Peerabad area of Orangi Town in Karachi District of Sindh and was injured at the time he was fleeing.

The Abid Muchar group was behind the attack that killed Inspector Shafiq Tanoli in Old Sabzi Mandi area of Jamshed Town in Karachi on April 24, 2014. The SIU said that Muchar, the leader of the group was originally from Waziristan area in FATA and moves around in Karachi and keeps changing his residence mostly in the area of Sohrab Goth area of Gadap Town.

The Federal Ministry of Interior sent a security alert to the Government of Gilgit Baltistan warning that terrorists may target the region’s Ismaili community and foreign tourists. “A terrorist organisation is planning to carry out a vehicle-borne suicide attack at a prominent venue in Gilgit,” reads the statement which has been addressed to Gilgit Baltistan’s IGP and Chief Secretary, adding, “The likely targets are the Ismaili community or foreigners staying in the city.” The letter adds that the attack has been planned by an outfit based in Miranshah town of North Waziristan Agency in FATA with instructions to suspects in Gilgit to undertake the task.

Following the alert, security has been tightened in the city with Law Enforcement Agencies are checking people entering GB. “We are keeping a close watch on the situation and the security plan for the region is being revisited daily,” said Home Secretary Attaur Rahman, adding that security has also been beefed up along the Karakoram Highway to ensure safe passage.

US forces will complete their withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of 2016, completing 15 years after the September 11, 2001 attacks, said US President Barack Obama. "We will only sustain a military presence after 2014 if the Afghan Government signs the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA)," said General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, adding, "Assuming a BSA is signed, at the beginning of 2015, we will have 9,800 US service members in different parts of the country, together with our NATO allies and other partners."

Talking about Pakistan’s response on the decision, Dempsey while referring to Pakistan's General Rashad Mahmood said, "My Pakistani counterpart, the first words out his mouth was that he was deeply relieved. He too felt that the certainty was important, not only for Afghanistan but for the region." Pakistan and Afghan military chiefs expressed appreciation and relief at the decision to keep thousands of US forces in the country in 2015 and into 2016, ending months of uncertainty.

The CoAS General Raheel Sharif during his visit to the headquarters of two infantry divisions in North and South Waziristan Agencies of FATA emphasized that the whole nation has rejected the misplaced ideology of the terrorists, ‘who have clearly lost their cause already and are being marginalised’, a press release issued by the ISPR said. The army chief reiterated the ‘whole hearted support for tribal brethren’ during his visit to the all important field formations of army, close to the area where it has been engaged in targeted crackdown in the recent days.

British Police investigating the September 16, 2010, murder of the founding member of MQM, Imran Farooq in Edgware, London, named two Pakistani men, identified as Moshin Ali Syed (29) and Muhammad Kashif Khan Kamran (34), who they want to trace in connection with the killing and are living in Pakistan. The two men left Britain hours after the murder, said Scotland Yard Police Headquarters in a statement. According to the detectives Syed was in Britain from February 2010 and Khan Kamran came to Britain in early September 2010. “The two men are believed to be in Pakistan at this time and officers continue to liaise with Pakistani authorities,” said the Scotland Yard. They also released the pictures of the two men.

Faisal Sabzwari, a senior MQM leader, insisted that they knew nothing of Syed or Kamran. “We don’t know about the existence of those two men whose pictures have been released,” Sabzwari said, adding, “They are not members of the MQM or any of its affiliate groups.”

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai said that Taliban ‘chief’ Mullah Omar is hiding in Pakistan. Karzai didn't rule out the possibility that the terrorist is under protection in Pakistan. He also added that Taliban could be involved in May 23, 2014 attack on the Indian Consulate in Herat Province of Afghanistan.

May 28

Three ‘commanders’ of the Lyari gang war, Abdul Waheed alias Pappu (32), Zubair Baloch alias Bhaiyya and Arif Patni (30), were shot dead in an alleged encounter with the Police and Rangers near Gabol Park area within the limits of the Kalakot Police Station in Lyari Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. The Police and Rangers conducted a raid in the area after they received a tip-off. SHO Haji Sanaullah said that when they reached the alleged gangsters opened fire at them. The Police retaliated and as a result, the gangsters were killed. Police said that they were associated with Ustad Taju, Mullah Nisar and Omar Kutchi groups and were involved in murder, kidnapping-for-ransom and extortion cases.

Another Lyari gangster was killed during an encounter at City Railway Colony within the limits of Mithadar Police Station in Saddar Town. The Police officials claimed that two gangsters from Lyari were busy mugging pedestrians when the on-duty Policemen tried to intercept them. This led to an exchange of fire in which a suspect was killed, while the other managed to escape.

A Police Constable, identified as Shahid Shah, was shot dead near Matric Board Office in North Nazimabad Town.

An unidentified man was killed when armed assailants opened fire in Mominabad area of Orangi Town.

The AIG (Karachi) Ghulam Qadir Thebo on May 28 directed DIG to present reports on illegal activities and all other reports regarding different crimes and cases which had reached to their logical end during the current year. He also directed to take action in collaboration with CPLC to ensure safety and security of business community and other related personalities at Districts level. Whereas, SHOs must ensure coordination with anti-extortion cell, AVCC and other specialized units, he added.

Federal Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan during a meeting with Sindh Rangers DG Major General Rizwan Akhtar gave a clear indication that the Government was ready to up the ante in Karachi with operations against extortionists, target killers and organised crime. Saying that the Karachi operation was “heading in the right direction”, Chaudhry Nisar said it was time to raise the level, and expand the scope, of the action. “The momentum achieved over the past few months must not be allowed to diminish,” he said.

Unidentified militants abducted five children belonging to Hindu community from Dera Allah Yar area of Jaffarabad District. Syed Zafar Ali Shah, the Deputy Commissioner Jaffarabad said that the children were coming back from school when they were abducted by the militants near Dera Allah Yar and are suspected to have shifted all five of them to Ratodero area of Larkana District in Sindh Province. “The age of the children is five to 10,” said Syed Ashfaq Ahmed, the DPO Jaffarabad. No outfit claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.

Law Enforcement Agencies arrested three suspects after registration of FIR against a tribal elder, identified as Mir Shafiq-ur-Rehman Mengal, and 100 others in connection with the killing of eight Levies personnel on May 25, 2014 in Wadh area of Khuzdar District. “Law Enforcement Agencies have arrested three suspects, including an injured man, in connection with the deadly attack on Levies check-post,” Balochistan Home Secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani said.

The Mehsud group ‘spokesperson’ Azam Tariq announced its separation from the TTP under the leadership of Ameer Khalid Mehsud. He said that the group has decided to break away from the TTP as under the current system of the TTP, extortion and burglaries were being carried out. He said that the group tried to stay united but failed due to various conspiracies.

US President Barack Obama made it clear that he will continue to authorize CIA-operated drone strikes and covert operations abroad to capture terrorists based on "actionable intelligence", moves that are controversial in countries like Pakistan. Obama said there still would be times when America must go alone "when necessary to protect ourselves."

He reiterated his administration's policy unveiled in May 2013 that no drone strike should occur unless there is "a near certainty" that no civilians will be harmed. "But as I said last year, in taking direct action, we must uphold standards that reflect our values. That means taking strikes only when we face a continuing, imminent threat, and only where there is near certainty of no civilian casualties. For our actions should meet a simple test: we must not create more enemies than we take off the battlefield," Obama added. 

May 29

Four persons including Levies Force official were killed in a sectarian attack as militants attacked a convoy of Sipah Tribe, a predominant Shia clan returning from a funeral in Lal Pura area of Orakzai Agency in FATA. Tehsildar Lower Orakzai Agency, Sher Bahadar Khan said that a terrorist has also been gunned down while at least five others managed to escape the site.

Three security officials were killed while two others were injured in an IED explosion in Seen Tanga Towda Chena area of Frontier Region Bannu in the morning. The security officials were patrolling in the area when an IED device planted by unknown militants went off at around 10:30am. The deceased security officials were identified as Nasir Ali, Jaffar and Frontier Crops official Muzafar while the injured include Captain Obaid and Sepoy Safarash. 

Three soldiers were killed and another two wounded in a roadside IED blast near Miranshah in North Waziristan Agency. The incident took place when a patrolling team was inspecting the Bannu-Miranshah road to build a military check post when they stepped on an IED.

Two unidentified men aged between 30 and 35 were killed when unidentified militants opened fire on them in Gulshan-e-Iqbal of Gulshan Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

Unidentified armed assailants shot dead two unidentified persons in Sachal Goth near Mosamiat in Gulshan Town.

A man, identified as Faran Qureshi (30), was killed and another Imran (35) was injuried when unidentified armed assailants opened fire on them in Jamshed Quarters in Jamshed Town.

A Police Constable, identified as Muhammed Pervaiz Abbasi (55), was shot dead by unidentified militants near Pakistan Masjid in Ramswami Ranchorr Line within Eidgah Police Station jurisdiction in Saddar Town.

Police found a 10-day-old unidentified mutilated dead body in Rehmanabad area of Surjani Town in Gadap Town.

Two people, identified as Khawar (25) and Sikandar Ali (30), were injured when unidentified armed assailants opened fire on them in Liaquatabad Underpass in Liaquatabad Town.

SSP (SIU) Muhammad Farooq Awan claimed to have busted an inter-provincial gang of criminals and arrested three criminals, identified as Aftab Dahar alias Ustad, Zahiruddin and Anwar Domki, from Gulshan-e-Maymar area of Gadap Town. He said arrested accused were involved in 15 cases of crimes in Sindh and 12 cases in Punjab including kidnapping-for-ransom.

Rawalpindi ATC acquitted LeJ ‘chief’ Malik Ishaq in three cases relating to terrorism. Judge Rana Masood Akhtar issued acquittal orders for Ishaq in the cases, saying the evidence against Ishaq was not sufficient for further proceedings. The case had been registered against Ishaq at Police Stations in Hazro town of Attock District and Talagang town of Chakwal District in Punjab and he was also previously arrested over charges relating hate-speech and inciting violence.

May 30

The dead body of a central leader of the JSMM, Munir Choliani, was found lying by the road on the outskirts of Shahdadkot in Qamber-Shahdadkot District of Sindh. A shutter-down strike was observed in Warah and Naseerabad towns in the interior of Sindh against the murder of Munir Choliani, who was kidnapped along with his wife, daughter and driver on May 29 while he was travelling to Sehwan. His wife and daughter were released by the kidnappers later. 

At least 10-12 unidentified militants, carrying Kalashnikovs, and pistols, set a van carrying the copies of The News to Islamabad on fire after creating panic among the people at Committee Chowk in Rawalpindi. The people who witnessed the scene confirmed that the assailants were carrying lethal weapons and acted as professional fighters. “Their delivery was not like normal citizens or agitators but they seemed trained people,” the witnesses said.

The COAS General Raheel Sharif said that Pakistan Army, in unison with other services, is fully prepared to deter and defeat any aggression across the entire spectrum of threat, a press release issued by the ISPR said. The COAS said that Pakistan Army has the unique accomplishment of having been employed on various fronts against two different types of threats - conventional and sub-conventional - for the last over one decade and is respected for its achievements and sacrifices the world over. General Raheel exhorted the need for future leadership to remain abreast with the latest global and regional developments and focus on their professional grooming.

The TTP North Waziristan chapter led by Hafiz Gul Bahadar formally revoked the peace accord with the Government, a pamphlet distributed by the group in the area said. The faction, as the pamphlet sent to media by Bahadur’s ‘spokesman’ Ahmadullah Ahmadi said, is now preparing to fight against what it said was the Security Forces’ planned operation, giving locals time until June 10, 2014 to leave the area and move to safety. The pamphlet distributed on May 30 read that the Government had broken the peace accord with the North Waziristan TTP by launching air strikes with a full-fledged operation being planned for the tribal region. “The shura Mujahideen has decided not to tolerate this aggression anymore and has opted to fight and defend Waziristan,” the pamphlet added.

May 31

At least 16 militants were killed as SFs backed by gunship helicopters thwarted a cross border militant attack on a checkpost situated on Nao Top in Bajaur Agency. During the gun battle and airstrikes, one soldier was killed and two were critically injured.

The attack came a day after the Shura Mujahideen Waziristan group, led by Hafiz Gul Bahadur, in North Waziristan Agency asked local residents to move to safe locations close to the Afghan border to avoid being caught in crossfire in the event of a military operation in the area. A pamphlet issued by the group alleged that the Government had practically revoked an agreement with them without making any announcement to the effect, by attacking ‘innocent people’ and destroying property. “We continued to tolerate this repression but now it has exceeded limits,” the pamphlet had alleged.

An unidentified man was killed when armed assailants opened fire near a hotel in Khamosh Colony area of Gulbahar in Liaquatabad Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

An unidentified headless body was found from near a mosque in Garden area in Saddar Town.

Four persons were injured in an explosion that occurred near the Muhammad Khan Police checkpost in Baldia Town. Police said that the explosive material was planted in a donkey-cart.

Unidentified militants abducted PML-N MPA Rana Jameel Hasan from near Pindi Bhattian city in Hafizabad District. Hasan had gone there to attend a funeral and he was kidnapped along with his wife, who was later ped at a petrol pump, at gunpoint. The kidnapping took place on Friday around 10:30pm. According to sources, the kidnappers have demanded PKR 50 million from the MPA’s wife.

June 1

Two men, indentified as Abdul Ghaffar (35), and Hafeezuddin (27), were killed when unknown armed assailants opened fire on them near Karela Morr in New Karachi Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

A man, identified as Khadim Hussain (40), was killed while two others, identified as Asif (35) and Atiq (40), were injured in a hand grenade attack at a shop near Tariq Road in Bahria Town near Saddar Town.

A security guard was shot at and injured by unidentified armed assailants in Korangi 3 area within the limits of Awami Police Station in Korangi Town. 

The driver and guard of a Deputy Commissioner were injured when unidentified armed assailants opened fire at his car near Nasir Jump in Korangi Town. The Deputy Commissioner escaped unhurt.

June 2

At least ten persons, including seven TTP militants, were killed in separate incidents in Karachi (Karachi District), the provincial capital of Sindh. Seven TTP militants were found shot in the head in an execution style near a graveyard in Manghopir area.

A Government employee from Shia community, identified as Syed Ahmed Ali Zaidi (35), was shot dead in an apparent sectarian attack on a newly-constructed bridge on Sharea Pakistan near Dak Khana in Liaquatabad area. Police said the murder appeared to be sectarian in nature.

A trader from Shia community, identified as Sajid Ali Jafri (38), was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Bangoria Goth of Azizabad area. Police said the murder seemed to be motivated by sectarianism.

A SI, identified as Muhammad Saleem (40), was shot dead near Bilal Chowrangi in Korangi Industrial Area.

Two soldiers were injured in a roadside blast in Dawezai area in Pandyali tehsil of Mohmand Agency in FATA. The sources said the SFs were carrying out a search operation in Shish Mahal Mamazi in Dawezai when landmines planted on the roadside went off. As a result, two soldiers Shoaib Khan and Mustafa sustained injuries.

The Police arrested 10 militants from various areas of Islamabad city (Islamabad District), the National capital city of Pakistan and recovered weapons from their possession.

During the last 13 years, the direct and indirect cost incurred by Pakistan on the War on Terror and the losses due to terrorist attacks amounted to USD 102.51 billion, which is equivalent to PKR 8,264.4 billion. This includes a loss of USD 24.86 billion in over two years, a Government document revealed. The Economic Survey 2013-14 reveals that Pakistan suffered economic loss of USD 28459.89 million from January 2011 to March 2013. The figures jointly compiled by the Ministries of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Interior, and incorporated in the survey suggest that of the USD 102.51 billion loss, USD 23.77 billion loss was reported in 2010-11, USD 13.56 billion in 2009-10, USD 11.98 billion in 2011-12 and USD 9.97 billion in 2012-13.

June 3

Eight persons were killed and seven others, including a woman and two children sustained injuries, in a roadside bomb explosion in Khumasa area in Kurram Agency of FATA. Assistant Political Agent Maqsoodul Hassan said that a van carrying passengers was heading to Parachinar from central parts of Kurram Agency when it hit an IED in Khumasa area. The dead included Janan, Taj Muhammad, Sanaullah, Said Imran, Abid Rehman, Abdul Qayyum, Said Anwar and Ibrahim.

Two Rangers personnel were killed while five others were injured in an attack by unidentified militants in Bhittai Colony of Kashmore town (Kashmore District) in Sindh. Police sources said that assailants opened fire at a convoy of Rangers when it was on a routine patrol in Bhittai Colony. The assailants managed to flee after the Rangers fired in retaliation.

An unidentified man (30) was killed when unidentified assailants opened fire on him near Nagan Masjid in Slaughter House area of Lyari town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

A youth, Imran (25), son of Iqbal, was killed when unidentified assailants opened fire on him in Baldia Town.

A man, Waseem Niazi (30), son of Abdul Ghafoor Niazi, was killed when unidentified assailants opened fire on him near Ayub School in Baghdadi Mira Naka area of Lyari town.

Hafiz Nasrullah (28), son of Izzat Gul, was killed when unidentified assailants opened fire on him near Darpan Bazaar in Patel Para.

A man, Shehzad Karim (35), son of Haji Mian Guldad, was killed when unidentified assailants opened fire on him on Bijli Nagar Road in Metroville of Orangi Town.

A youth, Muheed (20), son of Mushtaq Ahmed, received bullet injuries when unidentified assailants opened fire on him near Fawara Chowk in Garden area.

Two men, Anwar (45), son of Ismail, and Hanif (55), son of Yousuf, were injured when unidentified assailants opened fire on him near Godhra Stop in New Karachi.

A woman, Shazia (32), daughter of Ahmed Ali, was injured when unidentified assailants opened fire on her near Fatima College on Jamshed Road No 3 in Jamshed Town.

A man, Umer (25), son of Pervaiz, was injured when unidentified assailants opened fire in Natha Khan area.

A man, Abdullah (30), son of Nawab Khan, was shot injured by unidentified assailants in Valeeka, Site Area.

A Policeman and a security guard were killed in an attack on the Kohat Road near City Hospital in Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Reports said the attackers first killed the guard and then shot dead the constable when he tried to chase the assailants. The slain were identified as Constable Mohammad Ali and Irfan.

Armed motorcyclists opened fire on two traffic police sergeants, Sabz Ali and Rasheed, in Bhanamari Chowk on the Kohat Road in Peshawar. The two, however, remained unharmed. The attackers escaped the scene.

One of the two cops wounded in attack in Hayatabad area of Peshawar in the night of June 2 succumbed to injuries at the hospital.

The officials of the intelligence agencies said that mostly the Afghan nationals were behind the extortion and target-killings in Peshawar. Briefing a meeting held in the Home Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, an official of the Special Branch said security situation was quite discouraging due to sporadic terrorist activities in various parts of the province, particularly in the provincial metropolis. He said die hard criminals had joined terrorist groups and carrying out terrorist activities to disturb the peaceful environment. An official of the Intelligence Bureau said FR Peshawar, Bara and Qambarkhel were the potential threat to Peshawar.

June 4

10 militants were killed while at least 50 suspects were taken into custody when SFs launched an operation in Jani Bheeri village of Kashmore District in Sindh to arrest the militants who had killed two Rangers and wounded seven others, including a Rangers Colonel, near the Bhittai Colony Road in the limits of the Tangwani Police Station in Kandhkot town on June 3.

Police rescued five abducted persons from Shikarpur town (Shikarpur District). SSP Shikarpur, Javed Sonharo Jiskani said Police after a successful raid recovered Farman Leghari, Bilawal, Ramwzan Kakepoto, Noor Muhammad Mahar and Waheed Leghari. Four of the victims had been kidnapped from Ghotki District by unidentified persons while one of them was abducted from the limits of Hyderabad 20 days ago.

Five persons, including two Pakistan Army Officers, were killed and two soldiers sustained injuries when a suicide bomber targeted an Army vehicle at the Qutbal railway crossing near Fatehjang, some 28 kilometers from Tarnol, in Rawalpindi District of Punjab. Director General of ISPR, Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa in a message said two military officers, Colonel Zahir Shah and Colonel Arshad and three civilians were killed when a suicide bomber hit their twin cabin vehicle. The TTP has claimed responsibility for the suicide attack. The TTP 'spokesman' Shahidullah Shahid said the attack was the reaction to the killing of imprisoned TTP militants. He said a week before, seven TTP cadres were killed in Karachi.

Four soldiers were killed and four others sustained injuries when Afghanistan-based militants carried out suicide attack targeting SFs’ check posts on Manro Zangal and Makha Top in the Mamond tehsil of Bajaur Agency in FATA. The sources said the militants attacked the check posts in Manro Zangal and Makha Top with heavy weaponry at 4am.

The SFs foiled a sabotage bid and defused a 40 kilogrammes IED, planted beside a railway track near Duzan Railway Station area of Bolan District in Balochistan.

Senior journalist and anchorperson Salim Safi while speaking in The News programme ‘Aaj Kamran Khan Kay Sath’, said differences among the TTP had not reduced their fighting power.

June 5

Security Forces killed at least 30 militants during a search operation in Dera Bugti District of Balochistan. During a press conference, Provincial Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti said that security personnel conducted raids in different areas of Dera Bugti. He said one SF personnel was killed and eight others were injured during an exchange of fire with militants."Security personnel also faced resistance from the miscreants," Bugti added.

A suspected militant and his purported accomplice were killed while four others were injured in an explosion outside the Al-Mustafa Mosque near Katti Pahari area of Orangi Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, in the evening. Body of the suspected militant who was riding an IED-fitted motorbike was recovered from the incident site, while his purported accomplice injured in the incidents, died later.

An unidentified man (30), was killed when unidentified assailants opened fire on him near Nagan Masjid in Slaughter House area of Lyari.

A youth, Imran (25), son of Iqbal, was killed when unidentified assailants opened fire on him in Baldia Town.

A man, Waseem Niazi (30), son of Abdul Ghafoor Niazi, was killed when unidentified assailants opened fire on him near Ayub School in Baghdadi Mira Naka area of Lyari.

Hafiz Nasrullah (28), son of Izzat Gul, was killed when unidentified assailants opened fire on him near Darpan Bazaar in Patel Para.

A man, Shehzad Karim (35), son of Haji Mian Guldad, was killed when unidentified assailants opened fire on him on Bijli Nagar Road in Metroville area of Orangi Town.

A youth, Muheed (20), son of Mushtaq Ahmed, received bullet injuries when unidentified assailants opened fire on him near Fawwara Chowk in Garden town.

Two men, Anwar (45), son of Ismail, and Hanif (55), son of Yousuf, were injured when unidentified assailants opened fire on him near Godhra Stop in New Karachi.

A woman, Shazia (32), daughter of Ahmed Ali, was injured when unidentified assailants opened fire on her near Fatima College on Jamshed Road No 3 in Jamshed Town.

A man, Umer (25), son of Pervaiz, was injured when unidentified assailants opened fire in Natha Khan area.

A man, Abdullah (30), son of Nawab Khan, was shot injured by unidentified assailants in Valeeka, Site Area.

A senior ‘commander’ of TTP, Ashiqullah Mehsud along with two other militants, was killed in the armed clash of two groups of TTP in Mir Ali area of North Waziristan Agency in FATA. The sources said that Ashiqullah was sitting with some members of the TTP when he was assaulted by the unidentified assailants who escaped in a car after firing. Mehsud was considered the master trainer of suicide bombing after Qari Hussain Mehsud who was the top expert and the inventor of suicide blasts.

Unidentified assailants shot dead a FATA Secretariat employee, identified as Ehsanullah, while he was travelling with his driver, who was also killed in Dir Colony of Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Police rescued three kidnapped persons, including a woman, in two raids in Peshawar. In the first raid, an official said the Police recovered Malik Haroon and his father Malik Habibullah. The official said the father and son were kidnapped on April 20, 2014 from Haripur. In the second raid, City Police had recovered Hina, wife of Dr Haroon, who was kidnapped from the limits of Pishtakhara Police Station on June 4.

The TTP said that they will now use force to reciprocate any attack launched by the Government. A senior TTP leader said that the outfit was interested in carrying the peace talks forward. “If the Government wants to negotiate with seriousness, sincerity and will, we’re still ready for talks. But, we will respond to attacks with further attacks,” he remarked.

June 6

Fresh clashes between the TTP and a breakaway faction killed at least seven militants in the Wacha Mela area of North Waziristan Agency in FATA. “The fresh clashes left seven militants dead, five of them belonging to Hakimullah group,” a local intelligence official said.

A landmine explosion in the Nawagai area of Bajaur Agency left one security official dead and two others injured on the morning. The explosion occurred near the vehicle of the security officials, which was reportedly the target of the attack.

A Policeman was gunned down and another was injured by two unidentified assailants riding a motorbike on Fatima Jinnah Road near SP Chowk under Makki Shah Police Station in Hyderabad town (Hyderabad District) of Sindh in the night. Both the Policemen, identified as Riaz Ahmed Awan son of Kalai Khan and Aijaz Tanoli son of Ali Asghar Khan, were shifted to the Liaquat University Hospital Hyderabad where one Policeman succumbed to his injuries, while another was being treated.

An ASI, Taj Mehmood (40), son of Bakht Rehman was killed when he was standing near his house and unidentified bike riders opened fire on him at Frontier Colony near Metroville in Orangi Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

One Muhammad Jabbir (30), son of Shakoor Ahmed, was killed when unidentified assailants men open fire on him in New Karachi Industrial area.

Chaman Haider (50), son of Amin Haider, was shot dead when unidentified armed men opened fire on him near Lal Flats in Gulistan-e-Johar.

A man 30 years old man was killed by unidentified assailants in Shah Latif Town. The identity of the victim could not be ascertained yet.

A man was shot dead by unidentified assailants near Malir Naddi area of Malir town. The identity of the victim could not be ascertained till last reports.

Ameer Rehman (45), son of Ashraf Khan, was shot at and injured by unidentified assailants in Banaras area of Orangi Town.

One woman, Shama (35), daughter of Abdul Rehman, was injured when a stray bullet hit her in her house in Mohammedi Goth area of Machhar Colony.

Two dead bodies were recovered from Jhwan area of Kalat District in Balochistan. Kalat’s Assistant Commissioner Sultan Bugti said some passersby spotted the bodies and informed the Balochistan Levies. “We recovered a computerised national identity card from one of the bodies, which made it possible to identify one of the slain men as Khaliq Dad, a resident of Karachi, but the other person has not been identified as yet,” Sultan Bugti said. He said the security personnel recovered two small notes from their bodies in which the BLA and UBA claimed responsibility for the killings.

A bullet-riddled body of a teacher was found in Pedarak area of Kech District. Some people of the area spotted a body and informed the paramilitary force. The cause of his death could not be ascertained.

Police arrested a militant, who was trying to enter Bannu District in the guise of an IDP in Bannu Town (Bannu District) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. DPO Abdur Rasheed Khan said that acting on a tip-off the Police party started searching the vehicles heading to Bannu District from North Waziristan Agency of FATA. Police stopped one of the vehicles (KB-7691) and after thorough search recovered two American guns, two repeater guns, two hand-grenades, several pistols, hundreds of cartridges and three kilograms of hashish. The Police arrested one Naseerullah, who was travelling along with the IDPs, the DPO said, adding, the arms were being shifted to either Karachi or Punjab.

The Senate was informed that the Government would use force against those factions of the TTP which had adopted the path of violence instead of coming to the negotiating table. “The Government’s policy is very clear. Those interested in holding dialogue will be welcomed but those resorting to violence will be taken to task,” Senator Raja Zafarul Haq informed the Senate. Responding to points of order raised by PPP’s Mian Raza Rabbani and ANP’s Afrasiab Khatak during the brief proceedings, he said there were three to four dozen groups within the TTP and they took their own decisions.

June 7

Five persons were shot dead while three others were injured in separate incidents in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. A person named Sajjad (32) was seriously injured when unidentified militants opened fire on him at Khyber Chowk in Tauhidi Mohalla in Ittehad Town area within the limits of Mochko Police Station in Karachi. He was taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where he succumbed to injuries during treatment.

A person identified as Yousuf (55) was shot dead by unidentified militants near Garden Signal in Garden area. The body was shifted to Civil Hospital Karachi for medico-legal formalities.

A youth, Ali aged 25, was shot dead by unidentified militants near Jinnah Square in Malir. The body was taken to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center for an autopsy.

A person named Fazal Hussain Zaidi (50) was shot dead by unidentified militants at his residential area. The body was shifted to ASH for postmortem examination.

Another person, Raheel (30), was shot dead near Sindhi Hotel in Liaquatabad. The body was shifted to ASH for an autopsy.

Three youths were injured in a shootout by unidentified militants near Crown Cinema on Mauripur Road. The injured were taken to CHK for medical treatment.

Two soldiers were killed in separate bomb blasts in Bara Kamangara area and also near a Pakistani post on Pak-Afghan border respectively in Bajaur Agency of FATA.

June 8

As many as 23 Shia pilgrims were killed and many injured in bomb explosions and firing in Taftan tehsil of Chaghai District in Balochistan. The attackers barged into the Al-Murtaza hotel and Hashmi hotel located in Taftan minutes after the pilgrims arrived at the hotels. They hurled hand grenades and opened indiscriminate fire with modern weapons killing 23 persons on the spot.

10 BLA militants were killed in an operation by the FC in the Kandiari area of Dera Bugti District. Three hideouts of the militants have also been destroyed. The SFs also recovered explosives, IEDs and landmines from the possession of militants. According to the IG FC, the militants were involved in attacks on Sui-gas installations and the railway track.

Unidentified assailants shot dead a man in the Sariab area of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, in the morning. 

Unidentified militants torched a tanker carrying fuel for NATO troops near Dera Allahyar in Jaffarabad District. The tanker caught fire after firing. However, the driver and cleaner managed to escape unhurt from the spot.

At least 33 persons, including 14 SFs, 10 militants and nine civilians, were killed during a clash when TTP militants attacked the old terminal of Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Authorities said all 10 militants had been killed and that the bodies of 14 victims, including security personnel and four airport workers, had been identified at the city´s main hospital. TTP accepted the responsibility of the attack. Officials said the gunmen entered from two sides of the airport the terminal used for the hajj pilgrimage, and an engineering section close to an old terminal that is no longer in use - at around 11:00 pm on June 8. After the attack was quelled, a bomb disposal expert was seen walking from the site carrying a suicide vest and a bag full of hand grenades."Seven terrorists were killed by the security forces while three blew themselves up," Rizwan Akhter, Director General of Sindh Rangers said.

Militants, some dressed in Army uniform, clashed with the airport´s security forces that were backed by Police, paramilitary squads and elite commandos. Smoke was seen billowing from the airport as fires raged close to planes parked on the runway. A senior intelligence official said it appeared the militants had aimed to hijack a plane that passengers were boarding at the main terminal, but that when they were repelled they went on the rampage. "The passenger plane at Jinnah terminal was their target and when they failed to reach there they destroyed two private terminals in frustration," he commented.

A pro-government peace committee member, Malik Inayat Khan was killed in a roadside blast in Ambar tehsil of Mohmand Agency in FATA. Sources said Malik Inayat Khan, was on way to the bazaar in Ambar tehsil when his bike was targeted with an IED. While he was killed, another person sustained injuries in the explosion. The TTP, Mohmand chapter, claimed responsibility for the blast.

Two target killers were killed during a Police encounter at Mattani Bazaar of Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. SHO Mattani Police Station, Fazle Wahid confirmed that four militants opened fired on Police personnel after which they counterattacked the militants, killing two suspects on the spot and injuring the other two. Six passersby including a woman were also injured in the incident.

Police and Security Forces conducted a search operation and arrested four suspects in Mattani and surrounding areas. Police also recovered hand grenades and weapons from their possession.

Sindh CM Syed Qaim Ali Shah said that the timeframe to end the operation against criminals in Karachi could not be given and it could continue for the indefinite period. He said that the operation was moving ahead positively and had started giving dividends. CM further said that the Provincial Government would do its utmost to provide the people of the province with maximum relief. He said that the ‘targeted’ operation would also be extended to other parts of the province.

Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Khan Bugti said that talks were not possible with those who challenged Government’s writ and took up arms, but dialogue would be held with those who lay down their arms. He said that the Federal Government was cooperating for the establishment of peace in the Province. He added that solid steps were being taken for establishing peace in Balochistan. He said that a foreign hand was behind terrorism in Balochistan while there were 34 terrorist camps in the neighbouring country where terrorists were being given training and sent to Balochistan.

June 9

At least three Paramilitary soldiers and a child were killed and many others injured in a suicide attack near Boya checkpost on Datta Khel road in NWA. ISPR confirmed that at least four people including three soldiers and a child were killed in the vehicle bound suicide attack on the security checkpost. A statement issued to the media further said that at least 12 people including two women have also been injured in the blast.

Hafiz Gul Bahadur group of TTP in NWA extended cease-fire till June 20, 2014. Following massive airstrikes by Pakistani jet fighters that killed at least 60 militants in NWA in May, TTP commanders met to reconsider a non-aggression treaty with the Government. The TTP group later warned the tribesmen to flee the area by June 10 and also warned to take up arms against the Pakistani SFs. The statement came days after tribal elders from NWA were asked by Governor of KP, Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan Abbasi and Corps Commander Peshawar Lieutenant General Khalid Rabbani to oust foreign militants from their area.

Earlier, NWA tribal elders on June 6 agreed to help the Government evict foreign fighters from their agency within 15 days. The agreement is being hailed as a triumph for KP authorities, with officials expressing their determination to crush terrorism with the local tribes' help. "We will stand by the tribes to restore the writ of the state and rehabilitate ... the agency as we did in Swat and the rest of FATA," Lieutenant General Khalid Rabbani said at the June 6 meeting. A 59-member tribal delegation, led by Atmanzai Wazir, assured KP Governor of the tribal elders' commitment to restore peace in the agency.

Two brothers from Shia community, identified as Nazeer Ali and Basheer Ali, were killed by unidentified assailants in Nazimabad area of Karachi.

One Policeman, identified as Hasnat Hussain (30), was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Bijli Nagar area of Orangi Town.

A Policeman, identified as Faiz Muhammad, was on his way to work when two men on a motorcycle opened fire on him near the Abdullah College roundabout in North Nazimabad.

At least two personnel, identified as Jan Mohammad and trooper Saleem Kakar of the FC were killed and five others were injured in a remote-controlled bomb blast in Awaran District. FC Spokesperson Khan Wasey said that the bomb hit an FC convoy that was moving from Awaran to Mashkey area. No group had claimed responsibility for the attack.

The death toll on June 8 suicide attacks in Taftan town located at the Pakistan-Iran border in Chaghai District rose to 30. Earlier reported, 23 Shia pilgrims were killed and many injured in bomb explosions and firing in Taftan.

As many as 21 suspected persons were arrested during a search operation in areas close to the Bacha Khan International Airport that falls in the limits of the Pishtakhara and Badaber Police Stations in Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The Police said a search and strike operation was carried out in the limits of the Pishtakhara Police Station while another was conducted in the jurisdiction of the Badaber Police Station.

June 10

25 militants were killed and another 15 wounded in air strikes by fighter aircraft in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency in FATA.

The Governor of KP Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan Abbasi announced a PKR 3.5 billion uplift package for the Tirah Valley, which had remained out of the administrative writ of the Government since the establishment of Pakistan. The Governor visited the valley which had been a safe haven for militant outfits. The Governor said it is time for action, adding that no one should be allowed to challenge the writ of the Government and vowed to end terrorism with the support of tribesmen.

TTP Shura asked foreign militants and supporters of the TTP to either live peacefully or leave North Waziristan Agency. The Shura, headed by 'commander' Hafiz Gul Bahadur, which met at an unspecified location, gave the ultimatum in view of a 15-day deadline recently given by the Government to elders of Uthmanzai tribe to flush miscreants, including foreigners, out of the area or face action. The Shura had held a meeting with a tribal jirga led by Haji Sher Mohammad on June 9.

At least two Levies personnel were killed when unidentified militant open fired at the Khawar checkpost in Malakand District of KP. The Levies personnel were targeted when they were performing their duty at the Khawar checkpost.

Two unidentified militant attacked the residence of Attaullah Khan Mehsud who is a member of peace committee in Dera Ismail Khan town of same District. According to Police sources, the assailants were killed in the incident whereas Attaullah Khan escaped unhurt from the attack.

The militants fired rockets and hurled hand grenades at the IDPs camp in Togh Serai Muhammad Khwaja area of Hangu District. However, it caused no loss of life.

The security of the Bacha Khan International Airport and other important installations all over Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been enhanced after the reports of second attack at the Karachi airport. The Home and Tribal Affairs Department directed all the administrative officers to boost security at the airports and other important installations in the wake of the second reported attack on the airport in Karachi. Secretary Home and Tribal Affairs Department Syed Akhtar Ali Shah, through a communiqué, directed the officials concerned to alert the commandos all over the province. He said special arrangements be made for the security of the airports, railway stations, bus stands and public places.

At least seven more bodies were recovered from Karachi airport. At least 24 persons including 10 militants, seven Security personnel and civilian each were killed during a clash when TTP militants attacked the old terminal of Jinnah International Airport in Karachi on June 8. According to sources, the deceased were employees of a private cargo company.

Around three to four gunmen mounted a fresh attack on a security check post near the ASF Girls’ Hostel outside the Jinnah International Airport in Bhitai Abad locality of Pehlwan Goth area of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, a day after 32 persons were killed after an all-night battle on June 8-9 with militants who besieged Karachi airport’s old terminal. No casualties were reported in the latest incident. Flight operations at the Karachi airport were suspended for at least an hour and all incoming flights were diverted to other airports. Attackers managed to flee as a heavy contingent of SF reached ASF camp number 2. A massive joint operation was launched near the ASF headquarters while troops were also called out for assistance.

The TTP claimed responsibility for the second attack near the Karachi airport. A Twitter account allegedly operated by Omar Khurasani of TTP Mohmand Agency chapter tweeted claiming that the group carried out the second attack.

A FIR of June 8-attack on Karachi’s international airport was registered against TTP. The FIR was registered in Airport Police Station under the Anti-Terrorism Act, nominating the top brass of the banned militant outfit including its 'spokesman' Shahidullah Shahid.

The Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan told the NA that the country was in a state of war and six security alerts were issued to the Sindh Government. The Minister said the Sindh government was sent a security alert in March specifically mentioning that the entry gates of old airport, from where the terrorists entered, were vulnerable but no measures were taken to make them secure. Syed Naveed Qamar of the PPP, however, clarified that security of airports was the responsibility of the ASF and not of the Provincial Government.

NACTA said that Karachi attack is actually a failure of intelligence agencies responsible for keeping an eye on terrorists and terrorist activities. The sources said that the LEAs, after failure of intelligence agencies, faced hard time to intercept the raiders and to counter the act of terrorism at such a big scale.“After the Karachi attack, the intelligence agencies have indicated Karachi-type attacks, specifically at Islamabad and Cantonment areas of the major cities. But, they didn’t mention the mechanism of terrorism, however, they asked the federal capital and provincial authorities to strengthen safety measures,” the sources maintained.

The military and national security aides presented options to PM Nawaz Sharif for responding to TTP terror attacks across the country. Those who attended the meeting included Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, CoAS General Raheel Sharif, Chief of General Staff Lieutenant General Ishfaq Nadeem Ahmad and head of counter-intelligence at ISI Major General Nasir Dilawar Shah. A brief statement issued by the PM’s Office said: “Matters relating to internal and regional security, including FATA, Karachi and Balochistan were discussed.”

June 11

Six suspected militants were killed in the US drone attack in the area considered a stronghold for the al Qaeda-linked Haqqani network in Dargah Mandi village in NWA. “Four of them were Uzbeks and two were Punjabi Taliban,” said an intelligence official in Miranshah. Officials said militants had parked their pick-up truck against the outer wall of the compound. “Both c