The CTD arrested a militant affiliated
with Jundullah-Haji Aqakhel group, and identified as Abdul Aziz
alias Aziz Rehman, from Orangi Town in Karachi, who was accused
recruiting young men for the Islamic State (IS/ also known as
Daesh) and had sent three militants to Syria. He was collecting
funds for the IS in Karachi and Quetta (Balochistan).
The official revealed that the
Aziz had confessed during initial investigation to having sent
three trained young men to Syria. One of them, Jaffer, has been
killed there, while the whereabouts of Hamza and Rasheed are not
CoAS General Raheel Sharif while
addressing tribal elders of Gwadar, Talar and Turbat areas of
Makran Division said that the nation would get rid of terrorism
this year. “The new year will be the year when terrorism will
end,” he said. He also said that the “elements involved in the
bad practice of financial misappropriation” should also be dealt
Two ‘criminals’, identified as
Mam Dost (24) and Jehangir (23), were killed in a Police encounter
within the Mawach Goth Police Station in Baldia Town of Karachi,
the provincial capital of Sindh.
Four SF personnel injured in two
separate bomb attacks in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Two soldiers suffered
injuries when their convoy was damaged in a roadside bomb blast
near the Peshawar-Islamabad Motorway Toll Plaza in Peshawar, the
provincial capital of KP. SSP-Operation Dr Mian Saeed said that
a remote-controlled IED weighing around four kilogrammes was used
in the attack.
Two Constables, Muhammad Ali and
Faqeer Muhammad, were injured when Police mobile van comes under
grenade attack in Par Hoti Police Station area of Mardan District.
The mobile was parked near a CNG station when unidentified motorcycle
bourne assailants lobbed a hand grenade at it.
The Upper Dir District Police
conducted 1,838 operations and arrested over 2,000 alleged criminals,
including terrorists, during 2015. This was stated by District
Police Officer Syed Israr Bacha on January 2 while briefing media
persons about record of the Police to maintain law and order in
the District. He said that the Police arrested 28 terrorists,
653 proclaimed offenders and 1,335 suspects in search operations
in 2015. He said that they had also seized 103 kilogrammes of
charas and 204.5 liters of wine during raids at different places.
The main accused in the May 13,
2105, Safoora carnage of Karachi, identified as Umer Kathio, was
arrested in joint raid conducted by Police and Rangers. The raid
was conducted on a lead from Saad Aziz, another accused who has
been in Police custody. According to sources, Umer Kathio had
formed a network of terrorists in 2011. His task was to facilitate
the terrorists of the al Qaeda. The sources further said the he
later joined the Islamic State (IS/ also known as Daesh) while
his wife runs a network of Daesh in Sindh.
Prime Minister's Adviser on Foreign
Affairs Sartaj Aziz said during an interview to Radio Pakistan
that the Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan will meet on
January 15, 2016, to draw up a roadmap for the Bilateral Comprehensive
Dialogue for the next six months to carry forward the bilateral
engagement and the Pakistan Government will focus on the revival
of peace process in Afghanistan and the consolidation of the process
of improvement of relations with India.
The dialogue will cover all issues,
including Kashmir, Siachen and water, he said. Talking about the
policy of a peaceful neighbourhood, he said it ultimately paid
back as there is "visible improvement" in relations
with India and Afghanistan.
Two Policemen were killed when
unidentified armed assailants opened fire at a Police check post
in Bibi Nanai area of Sariab Road in provincial capital Quetta.
"Armed assailants opened fire at Sariab road," said
a police official.
A special unit of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Police foiled a terror plan by arresting six suspected militants
in an intelligence-based operation in Bannu District. Based on
prior intelligence, special Police unit Bannu raided an under-construction
house in Pir Dil Khel Sorani area of Bannu where the armed militants
were busy in terror-planning. The arrested militants were named
as Shamsur Rehman, Abidullah, Anwar Kamal, Safdar Iqbal, Mansoor
Five gangsters were arrested by
Rangers during a targeted raid in Lyari Town of Karachi, the provincial
capital of Sindh. Weapons were also recovered from their possession.
The Law Enforcement Agencies also raided Social Security Hospital
and retrieved weapons hidden in the hospital premises.
Security Forces have established
new check posts in areas of Bajaur Agency in FATA along the Pakistan-Afghanistan
border to boost security and stop militants from entering through
the porous boundary. While briefing the media, Bajaur Scouts Commandant
Colonel Nair Zaman said these check posts have been set up in
Mamond, Salarzai and other areas along the border. The step has
been taken to boost security as militants in Afghanistan would
enter Bajaur and attack locals, pro-Government elders and security
forces. “We have also succeeded in finding militants’ weapons
dump with the help of locals.”
A five kilogram of bomb with 2.5
kilogram of ball bearings and two gallons petrol along with a
remote control device was found under the stairs of the Samsani
overhead bridge on Canal Road in provincial capital Lahore, sometime
after Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan drove
through the area. Sadar Division SP Haroonur Rasheed said that
the bomb had been placed to harm the Interior Minister who crossed
the bridge on his way to Islamabad.
Special Police Unit foiled a terror
bid and arrested three alleged terrorists having ties with a banned
outfit during a raid at a hideout [of terrorists] on Muddi Road
near Shaheedabad area of Dera Ismail Khan District. However, the
name of the banned organisation has not yet been disclosed. Three
kilograms of explosive along with two hand grenades, 25 feet Primacord,
wire and 12 volts battery were also recovered from their possession.
Those arrested were identified as Khawaja Mohammad, Sakhawat Khan
Sindh Police arrested two suspects
involved in various cases, including an attack on an Express
News DSNG van on January 17, 2014, which resulted in the death
of three media workers. “The arrested men belong to a group of
10 people that have been active in Karachi since 2014 and were
involved in various target killing cases and attacking media persons,”
DIG West Feroz Shah said. “The group mainly operated from Orangi
Town area of Karachi and consisted of accused Saqib, Naveed, Kashif,
Imran, Sarfaraz, Javed Afridi, Qari Rasheed, Qari Mohsin, Rehan
and Kamran,” he added. IG Sindh Police announced a prize money
of PKR 1 million for the Police officials who carried out the
raids to arrest them.
PM Nawaz Sharif assured his Indian
counterpart Narendra Modi that Islamabad would not hesitate to
take “prompt and decisive action” if the involvement of Pakistan-based
elements in the attack on an Indian airbase in Pathankot was proved
beyond doubt. “PM Nawaz Sharif assured PM Modi that his Government
would take prompt and decisive action against the terrorists,”
the Indian Prime Minister’s office said in a press statement after
Sharif called Modi from Colombo. “Our (Pakistan) government is
working on the leads and information provided by the Indian government.
We would like to investigate the matter,” PM Sharif said.
During the telephonic conversation,
PM Modi called for “firm and immediate action” against those involved
in the Pathankot strike. “Specific and actionable information
in this regard has been provided to Pakistan,” Modi was quoted
by the Indian External Affairs Ministry.
The number of deaths in terrorist
attacks declined by 48 percent in 2015 compared to 2014, said
an annual report issued by PIPS. According to the report, 625
terrorist attacks were witnessed in the country in which at least
1,069 people lost their lives, while 1,443 people sustained injuries.
The report said deaths in sectarian violence in 2015 surged by
7 percent with 272 people killed as compared to 225 such killings
in year 2014. A total f 630 civilians, 318 personnel of security
and law enforcement agencies and 121 militants were killed in
year 2015, the report added.
Five TTP militants were killed
in an exchange of fire during Police encounter at a graveyard
in Machar Colony area of Sohrab Goth in Gadap Town of provincial
capital Karachi. SSP Rao Anwar said, "The militants had set
up a hideout in the graveyard and on police's arrival, they opened
fire." Two of the attackers were identified as Naeem and
Hafeezullah, while identities of the other have not asceratined
thus far. Police also claimed to have recovered 2.5 kilograms
of explosive material and other arms and ammunition from the hideout.
Four TTP militants, identified
as Hanif alias 'Nadeem Kala', Ashraf Ali alias 'Bhaloo', Rehmat
Shah and Zahid Hussain, were arrested during a Police operation
in Defence Housing Authority-Phase 1 neighbourhood. Karachi-South
DIG Dr Jamil Ahmed said that the Police recovered a shopping bag
containing ball bearings, suicide jackets and four kilograms of
explosive material. They also recovered bomb-making material and
four pistols from their possession
Sindh Rangers and CTD claimed
to have arrested a close aide of slain TTP leader, Baitullah Mehsud,
in a joint raid carried out in Kotri area of Jamshoro District.
AIG CTD Sanaullah Abbasi said the terrorist identified as Meherban,
son of Badshah Khan, was a close confidante of Mehsud and was
placed in the Red-Book.
Unidentified militants abducted
six locals while they on their way to Gandoi area of Sui tehsil
in Dera Bugti District. No group has claimed responsibility for
SFs arrested four TTP militants
during a raid in Gawal Ismailzai area of Zhob District. The spokesman
for the FC Khan Wasey said that weapons were also recovered from
their possession. Wasay alleged the weapons were being smuggled
into interior Balochistan for use in subversive activities.
The FC arrested three suspects
from Mangochar area of Kalat District. Wasey said that that weapons
and explosives were also recovered from their possession.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said
that Pakistan has dismantled terrorists’ network and its war against
terror has entered in the final phase. Speaking to the Sri Lankan
businessman and journalists, Nawaz Sharif once again expressed
resolve to end energy crisis in the country by 2017. Inviting
the Sri Lankan business community to invest in Pakistan, PM Nawaz
said, CPEC and TAPI projects would change the fate of the region.
Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan offers attractive investment regime
to the investors and Sri Lanka could take full benefit from it.
He said, “We will also encourage our investors to invest in Sri
Lanka.” The Premier went on to say that Pakistan desires good
economic relations with Sri Lanka.
The SBP has frozen bank accounts
of over PKR one billion as they were allegedly being used for
financing terrorism. This was disclosed by Governor SBP, Ashraf
Wathra and his team at a press conference on January 6. Wathra
said 121 bank accounts of more than PKR one billion were frozen
over evidence of being used for funding terrorist activities in
the light of a resolution of UNSC.
In order to choke the funding
of terrorists, he stressed the need for making the NACTA functional
besides enhancement of cooperation between federation and provinces.
He said effective measures were being adopted for putting tabs
of transfer of money through ‘Hundi’. The SBP Governor further
said that about 20 to 30 percent imports were taking place without
the letter of credit (LC). “We are binding such importers to identify
their sources of funding,” he added.
Federal Government is considering
new policy measures to make the NACTA effective in tracking proscribed
organisations and individuals amid criticism over slow implementation
of the NAP. Fresh recommendations have been made for choking terrorism
financing and making NACTA more effective, said SBP Governor Ashraf
Wathra. He was responding to questions regarding the anti-terrorism
financing regime after attending a meeting. Finance Minister Ishaq
Dar chaired the meeting of the subcommittee on choking terror
financing constituted under the Prime Minister’s NAP implementation
The Schools Education Department
has issued directives to District Education officers to put up
material discussing anti-terrorism efforts, tolerance and co-existence
in all schools of the Province. The material was created by the
Punjab Textbook and Curriculum Board and contains topics ranging
from definition of terrorism to the importance of tolerance in
the society. The material is in Urdu. The document lists external
conspiracies, anti-state actors, lack of education, misinterpretation
of religious texts, sectarianism, provincialism, racial discrimination,
poverty and Indian infiltration as reasons for terrorism. The
document classifies forms of terrorism into suicide attacks, bombings
and shooting and kidnapping of citizens.
Four tribesmen, including a tribal
elder Malik Wali Khan Mehsud, were shot dead by unidentified militants
in Shaktoi area of Ladha tehsil in SWA of FATA. Two other tribesmen
were identified as Malik Akbar Khan Mehsud and Jawad Mehsud. The
third remained unidentified. No outfit claimed responsibility
for the attack, but residents claimed that commander Said Khan
alias Sajna, who is affiliated TTP, had warned the IDPs a few
days ago not to return to their homes, otherwise they themselves
would be responsible for consequences.
Two soldiers were injured in a
roadside blast at Shaheedano Dand in Kurram Agency.
The Sindh Police’s CTD claimed
to have recovered 50 kilograms of explosives, two Kalashnikovs,
two rifles, eight grenades, and four pistols, in a raid in the
Manghopir area of Gadap Town in Karachi, the provincial capital
of Sindh. In a statement, the CTD said that a TTP terrorist, Meharban
Badshah, who had been arrested in Hyderabad District, had disclosed
the storage location.
Pakistan Customs Intelligence
recovered 22,000 kilograms of explosive materials from a container
that had been stored at the Karachi Port since November 20, 2015.
A Customs spokesman said the container (CBHU-8570130) came to
Karachi from China and had been stored at the port for over a
month now. It was meant to be shipped upcountry but, according
to the official, was not sent as the Peshawar Customs Intelligence
had, some time back, caught two containers which had arrived at
the Karachi Port along with this one and found explosives in them.
KP's SPU claimed to have arrested
three suspects for campaigning for proscribed militant organisations
in Dir Colony of provincial capital Peshawar. The arrested suspects,
identified as Raheemullah, Sibghatullah and Sajjad, were found
distributing pamphlets in support of banned militant’s outfits.
However, the SPU did not specify the name of the outfit.
The Islamic State (IS/ also known
as Daesh) militants broadcast four interviews of TI militants
abducted by them in Afghanistan on its FM radio channel The Voice
of Khilafat. Those interviewed included Pakistanis who said they
were members of the group. They said they were captured by the
IS. The other men who were in the IS custody said in the interview
that they were Afghan Taliban aligned to the Islamic Emirate of
At least 38 terrorists were killed
and five others were injured in fresh air strikes on militant
hideouts in Meezar and Sherani areas along the Afghanistan border
in NWA of FATA. A large number of local and foreign militants
were killed in air strikes, said ISPR. Those killed include 15
militants of Uzbek origin associated with Islamic Movement of
Uzbekistan, the officials said. Five hideouts and three explosive-laden
vehicles were also destroyed in the air strikes, the officials
Pro-Government Tribal Chief Wali
Jan Mehsud escaped a roadside bomb blast near Moley Khan Sarai
in SWA. Security Forces said that Mehsud was on way to Shahur
High School when a remote-controlled bomb went off at a roadside
near Moley Khan Sarai. The blast slightly damaged the car of Mehsud.
Two Police personnel, Constable
Mushtaq and constable Wajid, were shot dead by unidentified assailants
outside a mosque in Multani Mohala of Quetta, the provincial capital
of Balochistan. The assailants managed to flee the scene of crime.
Unidentified assailants shot dead
a senior Afghan Taliban ‘commander’, Maulvi Muhammad Alam, in
Kuchlak area of Quetta. Maulvi Muhammad Alam, loyal commander
to Taliban supremo Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, was shot dead, Taliban
leaders said on the condition of anonymity, as they were not authorised
to speak to the media. “I can confirm that Maulvi Muhammad Alam
has been killed.
The United States said that Pakistan
knows well the threat of terrorism and its Government has vowed
that they are not going to discriminate between terrorist groups
as part of its counterterrorism operations. US State Department
Spokesman John Kirby, in a media briefing said, “Pakistan itself
has condemned Pathankot air base attack and made clear that they
are committed to investigate it. US, obviously, would like to
see it investigated too as completely and as thoroughly as possible.”
Kirby said terrorism is a regional challenge that requires real
regional solutions, and the US wants Pakistan to be a part of
The US State Department said that
it was up to the Pakistan Government to determine how long it
would take to investigate the attack on the Pathankot airbase
following information provided by India. The spokesman John Kirby
said Pakistan has condemned the attack and has made clear its
commitment to investigate it. “It’s not for us to ascribe a timeline
to somebody else’s investigation,” spokesman John Kirby said in
response to a question at a regular briefing.
At least five suspected militants
were killed in a US drone strike carried out in Mangroti area
in North Waziristan Agency of FATA. This was the second US drone
strike of the day in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region.
Two Coast Guard personnel were
killed and three others were wounded when their vehicle hit a
landmine in Kaldan area of Jewni tehsil in Gwadar District.
SFS claimed to have foiled a major
bid of terrorism by seizing weapons and arresting a suspected
militant from Dera Murad Jamali area of Naseerabad District.
SFs launched a search operation
in various parts of provincial capital Quetta, including Kasi
Road, Balochi street, and arrested 25 suspects. “25 suspects were
arrested from various parts of Quetta,” said an unnamed police
On a tip-off, Police conducted
a raid at the Kalakot area in Lyari Town of Karachi and arrested
two alleged target killers whose identity was not disclosed. The
Police also claimed to have recovered weapons from their possession.
In a bid to root out extremism
and maintain peace under the NAP, the Gilgit-Baltistan Government
during a high level meeting decided to audit financial matters
of seminaries operating in the region. An unnamed Government official,
“There are 162 registered madrassas in the region which have been
receiving financial assistance from various sources over the years,”
adding, “Accounts of these seminaries will be audited to make
sure funding isn’t spent on terrorist activities.”
Another unnamed official said
that security agencies have listed at least 50 clerics as a “threat
to the region’s peace”. “The government is thinking of listing
those clerics under schedule 4 [of the anti-terrorism act].” In
addition, the Government has also decided to issue notices to
clerics involved in hate speech. “If these clerics don’t refrain
from making such speeches, they would be dealt with according
to the NAP,” said the official.
A man, identified as Umair Khan
(25), was shot dead by unidentified armed assailants in Qasba
Colony of SITE Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.
Seven Afghan nationals were abducted
and two others were injured in an exchange of fire with kidnappers
in Talab area of Taftan in Chagai District. Taftan Assistant Commissioner
Murad Kasi said, “It is not known who was behind the kidnapping
of the Afghan nationals.”
The shop owner of an officially
sanctioned wine shop, identified as Moti Ram, was injured when
unidentified militants lobbed a hand grenade at the shop located
on Muneer Mengal Road in provincial capital Quetta.
Frontier Corps on the basis of
intelligence reports arrested a TTP militant during a raid in
Chanjan area of Killa Saifullah District.
The ATC allowed CTD to detain
an al Qaeda suspect, identified as Abdur Raqeeb, for 30 days for
questioning. The department told the judge that they have credible
information about suspect that he is involved in providing financial
assistance to terrorists and in other offences came within the
ambit of ATA. Raqeeb, alleged to be Hyderabad's Ameer of
al Qaeda, was picked up in a targeted operation in PIB colony
of Gulshan Town on January 8, 2016.
Police registered a terrorism
case against leaders of the Tanzeemat-e-Ahle Sunnat, an alliance
of several religious parties of the Barelvi school of thought,
for allegedly inciting people to violence against the state and
its institutions by raising the case of Malik Mumtaz Qadri, the
self-confessed and convicted killer of Punjab Governor Salman
Taseer, during a rally in Nishtar Park located in Soldier Bazar
of Jamshed Town on January 10, 2016. At the January 10 event,
speakers demanded a fresh trial of Mumtaz Qadri by the Federal
Shariat Court, termed the death sentence handed down to him ‘un-Islamic’
and warned that they could go to any extent if the Government
failed to change its attitude.
As many as ten oil tankers carrying
fuel supplies to NATO forces in Afghanistan reached Torkham border
in Khyber Agency of FATA amid tight security, resuming the service
over a year after its suspension. Officials at Torkham while requesting
anonymity said the tankers with no apparent NATO related marking
on them reached the border at around midday and were later parked
near the crossing point for necessary checking.
DG Rangers of the Sindh Rangers
Major General Bilal Akbar during a meeting with traders said that
the targeted operation in Karachi will continue as per the instructions
of the heads of the armed forces and the Federal Government. “Despite
the ongoing pushing and shoving, I have been clearly instructed
by the heads to go on with the operation,” said Major General
“The future of Karachi operation
is bright and it will continue until it reaches its logical conclusion,”
a KCCI press release stated. Siraj Kassam Teli, the chairman of
Businessmen Group and a former KCCI President, said the business
community would support the Rangers efforts. “The business community
hopes the Government and Rangers will continue working to restore
peace in Karachi,” he added.
A labourer was killed when unidentified
militants opened fire at a FWO Camp in Hoshap area of Turbat District.
Unidentified militants opened
fire at a FWO vehicle that was carrying officials, injuring at
least five personnel in Turbat District.
Two death row convicts were hanged
till death in Toba Tek Singh and Bahawalpur jails early on Tuesday.
A death convict, Muhammad Sardar, was hanged till death in the
District Jail Toba Tek Singh. He was accused of killing one Amanullah
Another convict, identified as
Rasheed Ahmad, was hanged till death in the New Central Jail in
Bahawalpur District. He was accused of murdering a man in 2004.
Law enforcement agencies claimed
to have arrested seven LeJ suspect allegedly involved in attacks
on different media houses during a raid in Samanabad area of
provincial capital Lahore. Quoting intelligence sources, some
television news channels reported that prime suspects Saifullah
and Waheed and their five accomplices were arrested. Arms and
ammunition, maps of some media houses and jihadi literature were
recovered from their possession.
Special Police unit arrested an
Afghan terrorist, Hamidullah alias Hamzaullah, involved in the
attack on Pishtakhara Police Station van in Academy town on September
11, 2015, during a raid at Board bazaar bus stop in Peshawar,
the provincial capital of KP. Police constable Ajmal Khan was
killed, while ASI Jamal Shah, head constable Tahir and constable
Shehzad had received injuries.
Observing that "instability
will continue for decades" in many parts of the world including
Afghanistan and Pakistan, US President Barack Obama said both
al Qaida and ISIS pose a direct threat to the US during his final
State of the Union Address to the Congress. "Both al-Qaida
and now ISIL pose a direct threat to our people, because in today's
world, even a handful of terrorists who place no value on human
life, including their own, can do a lot of damage," Obama
At least 15 people, among them
13 Police personnel, a FC soldier and a civilian, were killed
while 25 others were injured when suicide bomber blew himself
up near a Government health centre in Satellite Town area of Quetta.
Earlier, it was reported that 14 persons were killed in the attack.
TTP and JuI claimed responsibility for the attack. TTP spokesman
Muhammad Khurasani sent an email to journalists, claiming responsibility
of the suicide attack. But Azam Tariq, a spokesman for the JuI,
made a similar claim and said the attack had been carried out
by his group to avenge the act of torturing the people in custody.
An employee of ARY TV channel
was injured when unidentified militants hurled hand grenades and
opened indiscriminate fire at the office in Islamabad. The attackers,
before fleeing from the scene, left pamphlets which said Daesh
(also known as Islamic State/IS) claims responsibility for the
Assistant Sub-Inspector, Mohammed
Akram, along with his eight accomplices, was arrested for their
alleged involvement in kidnappings-for-ransom, during a raid in
Gharibabad area of Malir Town of Karachi, the provincial capital
of Sindh. The officials added that the gang had been active for
the past one month. They used to kidnap people by posing themselves
as officers of the CTD of Police, said Karachi-West DIG Feroze
Shah. The paramilitary force also seized the police van used for
kidnapping people, he added.
The JeM ‘Chief’ Maulana Masood
Azhar, his brother Mufti Abdul Rauf and close aides were taken
into protective custody in connection with the January 2, 2016
attack on Pathankot airbase in Indian Punjab. They were all shifted
to an undisclosed location. The sources further said that the
concerned authorities were interrogating them over the armed attack
on Pathankot airbase. Prime Minister’s office said in a statement
that the Government has made "considerable progress"
in investigating the attack. "Based on the initial investigations
in Pakistan, and the information provided, several individuals
belonging to Jaish-e-Mohammad have been apprehended," the
office of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said.
“We will keep them (Azhar and
brothers) for as long as we need to carry out our investigation
over India’s claims about the attack. We are resolved to take
this investigation to its conclusion,” said an unnamed senior
intelligence official. Another senior Government official close
to the investigation said that Azhar, who has been placed under
house arrest in the past but never prosecuted, would be prosecuted
this time if evidence connected him to the attack on the Pathankot
Three suspects, including a student
of a private university, were arrested by LEAs in connection with
the Pathankot airbase attack. According to Intelligence Agencies,
a student of the Lahore University of Management Sciences, Usman
Sarwar of Arifwala tehsil of Pakpattan District Saad Mughal
of Sahiwal District and Kashif of Karachi (Sindh) were arrested
in connection with the Pathankot incident. Indian authorities
had shared five mobile phone numbers with Pakistan in connection
with investigation into the attack. Acting on the leads, the authorities
took the three students into custody because the numbers provided
by India had been issued in their names.
SFs claimed to have killed at
least three militants during a search operation in Sami and Tabjan
areas of Kech District. A spokesman for the FC Khan Waey said
that the militants were allegedly involved in attacks at the FWO.
Weapons and ammunition were also seized by the SFs.
FC personnel also foiled major
terror bid by defusing three IED in Solani area of Kech District.
The FC spokesman said that the militants had planted the IEDs
to target SFs and FWO workers in the area.
The CTD sealed a mosque-cum-seminary
run by JeM and detained 14 JeM cadres from Mundeyki Goraya village
in Sialkot District. An unnamed senior official said that a contingent
of CTD and Police raided and sealed Jamia Masjid and Madrassah
The US declared Islamic State
(IS/ also known as Daesh) Afghanistan-Pakistan wing a FTO. “The
US Department of State has announced the designation of ISIL-K
as a FTO under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality
Act”, says a statement issued in Washington. The Department of
State took this action in consultation with the Departments of
Justice and the Treasury, the statement added. The group, known
as Islamic State Khorasan or ISIL-K, announced its formation on
Jan 10, 2015 and is composed primarily of former members of Tehreek-e-Taliban
Pakistan and the Afghan Taliban.
US Under-Secretary of State for
Civilian Security Sarah Sewall during a seminar in New Delhi urged
Pakistan to take the fight to all terrorist outfits working along
its borders, without any exception. “We will continue to work
with the government of Pakistan to take the fight to all terrorist
networks in the border region and do everything in their power
to help India achieve justice for the Mumbai attacks,” she said
in her speech, which the State Department also released in Washington.
“That is what partners do — we help each other overcome shared
struggles and face hard truths,” said the US official.
Four persons were killed and many
were wounded in separate incidents of firing in different parts
of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. The firing incidents
took place in Korangi crossing and Qasba Colony resulting in death
of three persons. Another three men were shot and injured in Lyari,
Maripur and Shershah.
Pakistan Rangers killed a suspected
gangster, identified as Nasir Wachani, in an ‘encounter’ in Lyari
area of Karachi. Nasir Wachani was ‘very close’ to Uzair Baloch,
as he looked after his ‘financial and land affairs’.
The CTD officials said that three
suspects allegedly involved in an attack on a constable were apprehended
during a raid on Nishtar Road. Two of the three suspects were
identified as Aaqib Murgi and Qasim Baji. The third accused was
yet to be identified. According to CTD, they used to collect extortion
Caught in Iran while travelling
illegally to Syria to join the militant Islamic State group before
being repatriated to Pakistan, two youngsters have turned away
from ‘armed struggle’ after being ‘rehabilitated’ with the support
of their families and security administration, officials said.
Although still under surveillance, the men in their early 20s
have no more militant tendencies according to the psychiatrists
who evaluated their condition, said official in charge of the
CTD Raja Umer Khattab. The two men belonging to the middle and
upper middle class families of Karachi were handed over to the
FIA by the Iranian authorities before being given into the custody
of the Quetta Police.
During question hour in the Senate,
the Government disclosed that five unidentified persons had been
arrested in Sindh for allegedly financing terrorism, but failed
to explain when they had been taken into custody or if their cases
were under investigation or would be tried in court. This was
revealed in a written reply to a question regarding the number
of people arrested under the NAP on charges of financing terrorism.
According to Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar, five people had
been arrested in Sindh, four in KP and 28 in Gilgit-Baltistan
on these charges. No arrests have been made on this account in
Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Islamabad
and Balochistan. It was also revealed that while cases of those
arrested in GB and KP were being heard in the ATCs, there was
no mention of the status of the cases from Sindh.
Unidentified militants attacked
the residence of an Afghan consulate official in cantonment area
of Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Consulate
official Humayun Yousafzai is unhurt. Initial investigation revealed
a sub-machine gun was used to fire at the house and 29 bullet
casings have been recovered from the site of the attack. Photos
from the crime scene show the boundary wall of the house marred
with bullets. A FIR has been registered against unidentified individuals
and an investigation is under way. No one has claimed responsibility
for the attack as yet.
The CTD arrested a key wanted
terrorist, identified as Raees Khan, during a raid in Chakora
area of Lower Dir District. CTD conducted a raid on a tip-off
on a hideout and recovered hand grenades, pistol along with rounds
from his possession.
A parked vehicle was damaged in
a blast in Pir Koh area of Dera Bugti District in Balochistan.
According to Levies sources, Unidentified militants had planted
improvised explosive devices in a vehicle and had parked it near
a house that went off. A vehicle was damaged in the blast while
no loss of life was reported.
Punjab CTD conducted a raid on
a Madrassah run by JeM in Razaabad of Faisalabad city in the Punjab
Province and arrested eight JeM militants. The arrestees were
shifted to an undisclosed location for interrogation. Among those
taken into custody include JeM Regional Chief Muhammad Hassan
Alias Abu Jandal whereas the identification of the others could
not be confirmed so far.
The Government shut down several
religious schools run by the JeM militant group accused of masterminding
the attack on Pathankot air base in India, Punjab Law Minister
Rana Sanaullah said. The crackdown in Punjab, Prime Minister Nawaz
Sharif’s power base and the headquarters of JeM, follows the arrest
this week of several members of the militant group, including
its leader, Maulana Masood Azhar, a hardliner and long-time foe
of India. The Government has said it is clamping down on Azhar’s
group while it investigates Indian assertions that the January
2 attack on the Pathankot air base was the work of the Pakistan-based
At least 79 militants, including
three commanders, given up their armed struggle against the state
after a successful operation carried out by Security Forces in
Miranshah of NWA in FATA.
Ministry of States and Frontier
Regions has facilitated the return of 447,544 registered families
of IDP, NADRA report said. NADRA has so far verified 447,544 IDPs,
out of which 265,214 have returned, while 182,330 remain. As per
agency-wise updates till January 2, in Khyber Agency 91,689 IDPs
were verified by NADRA, of which 73,767 returned, and 17,922 remain,
in NWA 104,002 IDPs have been verified of which 33,725 returned
and 70,277 remain, while in SWA the number of NADRA-verified IDPs
is 71,124, of which 13,997 have returned and 57,127 remain.
Similarly, NADRA has verified
35,823 IDPs of Orakzai Agency, of which the number of registered
returnees was 16,102 and 19,721 remain. For Kurram Agency the
number of NADRA-verified IDPs was 33,024 of which 16,117 registered
have returned and 16,907 remain. For Frontier Region Tank 2,228
have been verified by NADRA, with 1,852 registered returnees.
The data further revealed that for Bajaur the number of NADRA
verified IDPs was 72,895 and all of them were returned while for
Mohmand the number of NADRA verified IDPs was 36,759 and all of
them were returned to their respective agency. The long-awaited
return of TDPs of FATA was initiated in March 2015 and till date
around 90,000 NADRA-verified families have been processed with
cellular companies for provision of Transport Grant at the rate
of Rs 10,000 and Return Cash Grant at the rate of Rs 25,000 per
At least nine children were injured
in hand grenade attack in Chakiwara area of Lyari Town in Karachi
of Sindh. The police have launched a search operation in the area
after the attack but no significant development has been reported.
Sindh Rangers Director General
Major General Bilal Akbar while talking to a delegation of Pakhtun
Jirga led by ANP Senator Shahi Syed pledged to take the ongoing
operation in the city to a logical end. He said the indiscriminate
operation, that has gained public support due to its positive
results, would be taken to its logical end.
Four constables were injured when
suspected militants lobbed a hand-grenade into a Police van on
the Swabi-Mardan Road in Dagai area of Swabi District. The injured
constables were identified as Arshad Ali, Imtiaz Ahmad, Aftab
and Mohammad Ishaq.
Police arrested a terrorist along
with explosive and ammunitions in Mardan District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Province. On a tip-off, Police conducted a raid at a hideout in
Tarnab Chowk Charsadda and arrested the suspected terrorist identified
as Yarmat Shah who hailed from Khyber Agency. Police said that
the terrorist was a commander of a banned terrorist outfit. The
suspect was shifted to undisclosed location for further investigation.
Three bullet-riddled dead bodies
were recovered from Gorkop area of Kech District. The dead bodies
were identified as those of Noshad alias Nodo, Abdul Ghani and
Maqsood. "All victims received multiple bullet wounds,"
Levies sources said.
SFs foiled a major terror bid
on a roadside in Sui tehsil of Dera Bugti District, defusing
an IED weighing around 17 kilogram. Khan Wasey, spokesman for
the Frontier Corps said, "Miscreants wanted to target security
forces through the IED."
SFs arrested three TTP militants
from Nassai area of Qilla Saifullah District.
SFs arrested a TTP militant during
a raid in Karbala village of Pishin District.
A brother of a local leader of
the PML-N, identified as Mir Ishtiaq Baloch alias Mulla Pappu
(35), was shot dead on Ahmed Shah Bukhari Road in Baghdadi area
of Lyari Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh ahead
of a planned ‘peace rally’. A passerby was also shot at and wounded
in the attack. The victim had also contested the recent local
government election on a Union Council chairman seat in Lyari.
“It appeared to be a targeted killing incident,” said City SSP
Fida Husain. Baghdadi SHO Rao Dilshad said that the victim was
the younger brother of PML-N leader Mir Ashfaq Baloch.
A man, identified as Shan (25),
was shot dead outside his residence near Old Golimar area of Lyari
Three JeM cadres, who were among
the 31 arrested suspects as part of a crackdown on the outfit
in the aftermath of the January 2, 2016, Pathankot terror attack,
were charged in an Anti-Terrorism Court of Sialkot District for
possessing jihadi literature. The three suspects, however, were
not charged in connection with the Pathankot attack and instead
were charged for possessing jihadi literature.
Graffiti welcoming Islamic State
(IS/ also known as Daesh) was seen in at least two places in Gilgit
District, stirring panic among locals and law-enforcement agencies.
“At least two walls were painted with slogans welcoming IS in
Gilgit,” a resident said, a day after the graffiti was found spray-painted
in Amphari area of Gilgit. “Nobody knows who did this; people
saw it in the morning and reported to the Police,” said the local.
The wall-chalking was removed
by authorities immediately after it came to their notice, but
finding such graffiti in Gilgit perturbed residents who believed
it could be the work of someone aiming to create unrest in the
region. The graffiti also gave authorities in the region a reason
to scramble in worry. “This is to create panic in the region,
[or so] it seems to be at least for now,” an unnamed security
JeM rejected claims that its leader
Maulana Masood Azhar has been arrested for his alleged role in
the January 2, 2o16, terror strike on the Pathankot airbase in
India. “Disbelievers and hypocrites across the world are celebrating
our arrest,” a statement in Urdu said, “but the arrest never happened.”
“Even if they happen, what difference will it make? No difference,
except one. Allah willing, there will be more enthusiasm and excitement
among people of the faith, and the work of jihad will gather more
strength and energy,” said the statement, posted on a Facebook
community used by the JeM to communicate with media and followers.
“Those taking the Mujahideen as
helpless and weak are greatly mistaken. You made the children
of the martyr Afzal Guru cry, and since then, you have been crying,
screaming and shrieking everyday,” it stated. In its statement,
the Jaish also lashed out at Pakistan’s government “which is friends
with (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi, (former Deputy Prime Minister
Lal Krishna) Advani, and (former Prime Minister Atal Bihari) Vajpayee”.
“We will settle all scores… We are not polytheists, who were born
on the railway tracks, but the followers of Muhammad the Arab
and the enlightened ones of Medina, suffused with the unity of
Allah and intoxicated by the desire for martyrdom,” the Jaish
Six FC personnel were killed and
one was injured in an IED blast near FC’s Margat Checkpoint in
provincial capital Quetta. No outfit claimed responsibility for
An ATC in Quetta acquitted former
President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf in the case of the
murder of JWP leader Nawab Akbar Bugti who was killed on August
26, 2006 in a military operation in Dera Bugti District. The court
also acquitted former Federal Home Minister Aftab Khan Sherpao,
and former Provincial Home Minister Shoaib Nosherwani. During
the hearing, the court also rejected the request by Nawabzada
Jamil Akbar Bugti, son of Akbar Bugti, to order exhumation of
his father’s body to ensure the body buried in Dera Bugti was
that of his late father.
Pakistan's Permanent Representative
to the US Maleeha Lodhi in a letter to the UN Security Council
(UNSC) President Elbio Rosselli expressed confidence that the
UNSC will deliver on its pledge to hold a plebiscite in Kashmir.
The letter said that it is a matter of the determination of the
The Sindh Government announced
that it would issue uniform Friday sermons to mosques to curb
extremism and promote sectarian harmony in the province. Abdul
Qayyum Soomro, the Adviser to the Sindh Chief Minister on Religious
Affairs, said that the Government would issue Friday sermons to
mosques across the Province. “One of our key objectives is to
promote sectarian harmony,” Soomro said. “The Sindh Government
has been planning to legislate it and a bill on the issue will
soon be presented in the Provincial Assembly,” he added.
However, religious leaders belonging
to different schools of thought said the government’s decision
was impractical. Mufti Muhammad Naeem, the principal of the Jamia
Binoria International, a key Deobandi seminary in Karachi, wondered
how the decision would work. He said that Government had not
taken religious leaders into confidence while making the decision.
“These are only suggestions without practical steps which are
not enough to curb sectarianism and will only create more confusion
among the masses,“ Naeem said, adding, “We don’t know how the
government will enforce it. It hasn’t explained it yet.”
Adviser to the Prime Minister
on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz told the Upper House of Parliament
that the US policies were responsible for instability in South
Asia and urged the Obama administration to analyse its role and
that of its allies in the region. Winding up discussion on an
adjournment motion moved by Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed about
US President Barack Obama’s remarks that instability will continue
for decades in Pakistan, Aziz said: “Pakistan’s answer to instability
is the strengthening democracy in the country.” He said that “the
US created ‘holy warriors’ in our tribal areas during Afghan Jihad
and then left them as soon as the war was over, a factor which
contributed to decades of instability in Pakistan and the region.”
About any external threats to
the country’s stability, the adviser said that since 2013, Pakistan
was pursuing a policy of non-interference and was not taking part
in other nations’ wars. “We have decided that we are not going
to indulge in fighting other countries’ wars now, and this policy
is being pursued vigorously by the government,” Aziz said, adding
that “Pakistan has also taken a strong stance against terrorism.
Twelve persons, including a journalist,
were killed while 39 others sustained injuries when a suicide
bomber targeted the tribal Khassadar force in the Karkhano Market
of Khyber Agency in FATA. The incident occurred hardly 30 metres
from the Karkhano checkpost, the entry-point to Peshawar from
Khyber Agency. The security sources said the bomber parked his
motorbike and walked towards the Line Officer Nawab Shah of the
Khassadar Force and his Khassadar Force and his guards. “The bomber
detonated his explosives vest. The car of the Line Officer and
another vehicle caught fire while the roof of a nearby shop caved
in after the blast,” said an official. Those killed in the blast
included Line Officer Nawab Shah and Mehboob Shah Afridi, president
of the Tribal Union of Journalists, Khyber Agency chapter, who
was talking to him at the time of explosion. Others who lost their
lives were Gul Sahib, Raziq Khan and Waris Khan, all members of
the Khassadar force, and civilians Taimur Khan, Mubarak Shah,
Malik Khan, Mohammadullah, Ashfaq Khan and the wife of one Shoaib.
A child was also among the dead. Meanwhile, the TTP claimed responsibility
for the attack.
The Rangers, after being tipped
off about the presence of terrorists at Super Highway and Northern
Bypass areas of Karachi, conducted a raid at a hideout and in
the ensuing shootout shot at and injured three terrorists who
later succumbed to their injuries. They were identified as Shamsher
Khan, Ataullah alias Daud Pathan and Zaheer alias Zafeer Pathan.
Ranger's spokesperson said that the terrorists were members of
a banned outfit and involved in target killing, extortion, rape,
robbery, and kidnapping-for-ransom cases. The terrorists had killed
Policemen and were also involved in bomb attacks on Rangers. The
Rangers recovered weapons from the hideout.
Two gangsters of the Baba Ladla
(Rauf Nazim) group, identified as Adil alias Rind alias Salman
and Moeed, were shot dead in an encounter in Gul Muhammad Lane
of Lyari Town. A Rangers soldier also suffered injuries. The two
gangsters were. The spokespersons said the two men were involved
in many murder, kidnapping-for-ransom and extortion cases. Weapons
and ammunition were found at their hideout.
The CTD AEC detained 10 suspected
terrorists affiliated with a banned outfit in Mohammed Khan Colony
of Manghopir area in Gadap Town. A Police constable, identified
as Kashif, was injured in the shootout. They were found in possession
of a vehicle-based Improvised Explosive Device. Arms and ammunition,
including bomb, repeater rifles, and pistols were recovered from
Rangers arrested a suspected terrorist
during a raid in Gulshan-e-Hadeed area of Bin Qasim Town.
Another suspect was arrested during
a raid in Frontier Colony area of SITE Town.
Rangers claimed to have detained
two suspects during separate raids in the Defence Housing Authority
area who were allegedly involved in providing arms to ‘separatists’.
The suspects were detained. The paramilitary force also seized
weapons from their possession. According to the Rangers spokesperson,
the two suspects were involved in providing weapons to ‘defunct
separatist outfit’. However, he did not name the organisation
and the held suspects.
Pakistan is considering a ban
on FIF, a charity run by LeT founder and JuD chief Hafiz Muhammad
Saeed. "Officials said the Government is likely to ban FIF.
The Federal Ministry of Interior, these officials said, had started
serious consultations with all the stakeholders before banning
FIF and a final decision would be taken in next few days".
A former US Navy SEAL kept an
unauthorised photo of Osama bin Laden's corpse on a computer that
he turned over to investigators. The discovery came after Matthew
Bissonnette, who shot Osama in the infamous 2011 raid on the al
Qaeda leader's compound in Pakistan, gave investigators a copy
of his hard drive. He had been under investigation for allegedly
revealing classified information in his book about the incident,
"No Easy Day". Bissonnette gave investigators his hard
drive as part of a deal to avoid prosecution over the material,
two people familiar with the deal told The Intercept.
The TTP militants stormed the
Bacha Khan University in Charsadda District of KP, killing at
least 21 persons and causing injuries to 35 others. Victims included
17 students, two gardeners, a caretaker and a professor, adds
BBC. Eyewitnesses said the four attackers broke into the university
from the back by using the sugarcane fields as a cover. They cut
the barbed-wire that fenced the university perimeter and then
shot dead a security guard. The militants made it to the hostels
and other buildings amid thick fog and began killing people randomly.
“The police, army personnel and security guards on duty responded
promptly to engage the attackers. However, the terrorists kept
hiding and hurling grenades while taking advantage of the thick
fog,” DIG, Mardan Range, Mohammad Saeed Wazir, who led the operation
said. “Our cops fought bravely to shoot dead all the four attackers
one by one. They were wearing suicide jackets but none of them
could succeed in blowing himself up,” DIG Police Saeed Wazir maintained.
The mastermind of the December
16, 2014, APS Peshawar attack, Khalifa Umar Mansoor alias Aurangzeb,
of the TTP Geedar faction has claimed the attack through a post
on his Facebook page, adding that four attackers were sent to
the university. However, the ‘central spokesperson’ Muhammad Khorasani
denied any involvement in the attack. Refuting Khalifa Umar Mansoor’s
claims, Khorasani in an email sent to media men said, “The TTP
and its amir Maulana Fazalullah have nothing to do with the attack.”
“We consider these youth studying in non-military educational
institutes as our future, they are Muslims and their protection
is our responsibility,” he stated. “Those people who used the
name of the Taliban in the attack will be tried in Sharia courts,”
the email added.
DG ISPR Lieutenant General Asim
Bajwa said that there were a total of four terrorists who were
contained and killed at the hostel’s stairs and rooftop. He said
two cell phones which were in terrorists’ use have been seized.
He said even after the terrorists were killed, one of the mobile
phones were still getting calls from an Afghan SIM. “We are in
hold of information, confirming who the terrorists were and where
they were operating from,” he said, adding, more clues are being
gathered from the seized mobile phones. "We also have information
where the instruction to the terrorists was being made,"
An improvised explosive device,
weighing three to four kilograms, was defused by BDS personnel
near the Haji Camp Bus Stand in Peshawar, the provincial capital
of KP. BDS personnel said that the three to four kilograms of
explosive material was used in the making of the bomb which was
also fitted with a remote controlled detonator. Police also claimed
to have arrested a suspicious person from the vicinity.
SFs killed nine terrorists in
air raids in Khyber Agency of FATA.
At least five BLA militants, including
'commander' Suhbat Baloch, were killed during a raid in BLA hideout
in Chapar area of Barkhan District. Three BLA militants were arrested.
“The arrested persons have been shifted to an undisclosed location
for interrogation,” FC spokesman said. Two persons kidnapped six
months ago were also recovered from the hideout where Light Machine
Guns, AK-47 assault rifles and anti-Pakistan seditious material
were also found.
FC detained 16 suspects in Turbat
District, Panjgur District and Sui area of Dera Bugti District
Unidentified militant robbed of
PKR 375,000 from JS Bank branch in Block-7 of Gulistan-e-Jauhar
area of Gulshan Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.
SSP Jawed Jiskani said that seven men riding motorcycles arrived
at the Gulistan-e-Jauhar and held the two security guards hostage
at gunpoint. The SSP said the CCTV footage of the robbery clearly
showed the faces of the robbers and they would soon be arrested.
The ATC handed over 11 suspects
of al Qaeda to CTD on a seven-day physical remand. The Police
department claimed that the suspects were planning to spread terror
in the city and produced the suspects Qari Muhammad Moshin, Qari
Muhammad Akram, Moshin Khan, Syed Muhammad Riaz, Anas Muhammad,
Muhammad Arshad, Abdul Wakeel, Abdul Wahab, Muhammad Owais and
others before ATC Administrative Judge Farooq Shah amid tight
security. According to CTD, the suspects belonged to al Qaeda
and LeJ and seized a rickshaw with explosives, rocket launchers,
rifles, detonator and bombs from their possession.
The bank accounts of 30 seminaries
and over 300 NGOs have been frozen in Gilgit-Baltistan for failing
to provide details of sources and activities. An official document
signed by Assistant Commissioner Rana Waqas Anwar, who also has
registration authority in GB, stated that the registration of
NGOs and seminaries will be cancelled if they fail to submit required
documents by the second week of February this year. “For the last
eight years these madrassas and NGOs haven’t submitted their audit
reports, details of projects implemented so far, and sources of
funding,” the document stated. The orders have been communicated
to banks operating in the region, it added.
Four civilians died and two others
received injuries when one of six rockets fired from the Afghan
side of the border hit a shop in Angoor Adda in South Waziristan
Agency of FATA. According to officials, four of the rockets fired
at about 2pm landed in open fields while two hit the market.
The political authorities in Bajaur
Agency claimed to have completed the long-awaited documentation
of the religious seminaries operating in the region in order to
ensure better education and facilities there. Sources in the political
administration said that important data of all the religious seminaries
operating in the agency had been collected during the process,
which continued for over a year. The sources said a joint committee
of local administration and various religious organisations carried
out the task, adding heads of seminaries showed full cooperation
with the administration in the documentation process.
Security Forces arrested dozens
of suspects in a search launched in the aftermath of the Charsadda
university attack in KP. Search operations in Charsadda are ongoing
as Police comb the area around the University. Several suspects
have been arrested. During initial investigations, four grenades,
16 magazines and 240 cartridges were recovered from the site of
the attack. Several schools were closed last weekend after intelligence
suggested militants were planning an attack, according to Muhammad
Amir Rana, director of the private Pakistan Institute for Peace
Studies. A KP Government spokesman said they were closed as part
of a security drill.
The COAS, General Raheel Sharif
said that the armed attack on Bacha Khan University was managed
from Afghanistan. According to ISPR, the COAS telephoned Afghan
President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and
US commander in Afghanistan General John Campbell and shared the
details of gathered information in connection with the attack
on the university. The COAS said an operative of TTP issued instructions
to the terrorists in Charsadda from a location in Afghanistan.
COAS General Raheel Sharif sought cooperation of Afghanistan in
tracing and hunting down the militants, who perpetrated the attack.
Pakistan and Afghanistan need
to work together to effectively overcome the Taliban challenge,
the White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said. "The
conclusion that we've drawn here is...that the Taliban poses a
security threat to both countries, and that the nations of Afghanistan
and Pakistan are going to be able to more effectively confront
that threat if they're able to more effectively cooperate,"
US Vice President Joe Biden held
a tri-lateral meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Pakistan
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Davos to discuss the recent reconciliation
efforts. During the meeting, Biden reaffirmed US support for reconciliation
and improved bilateral ties between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
"Any sort of decisions about how the continuation of those
talks and any sort of agreement that could be produced by those
talks about whether or not that's in the interest of those countries
to pursue those are decisions that will be made by the leaders
in those two countries, as it should be," he said.
At least six militants were killed
while a soldier embraced martyrdom and two other injured during
a search operation in Mashkey area of Awaran District in Balochistan.
Balochistan Home Minister Mir
Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti narrowly escaped an attempt on his life when
his convoy hit a roadside bomb in Baker tehsil of Dera
Bugti District. The Minister Mir Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti was on an
official visit to his hometown in Baker tehsil. However, no casualties
were reported in the blast. It exploded moments after Bugti’s
vehicle crossed the site. One vehicle in the convoy was partially
damaged as a result of the blast. No group has so far claimed
Police killed three al Qaeda terrorists
in a shootout in Azam Chowk in Layyah District of Punjab Province,
thwarting a major terror attack. According to a CTD spokesman,
“a team of Police personnel on January 22 night raided a house
in Azam Chowk. The terrorists present in the house opened fire.
The police returned the fire killing three terrorists.” “Three
of their accomplices, however, managed to escape,” he said, adding
that a huge quantity of explosives was recovered from the house.
Unidentified militants shot dead
personnel of Police Elite Force Unit in Rasheed Ghari area of
Peshawar, the provincial capital of KP. SP Imtiaz said that Elite
Force Policemen Shahzeb and Ihsanullah were riding a motorcycle
en route their office when unidentified militants opened fire.
The SP said that both the victims were well trained in the use
of security scanners. The motorcycle-riding assailants escaped
from the attack site.
The CTD of Peshawar arrested a
terrorist wanted for attacks on Police personnel. According to
CTD Peshawar, the force took action in Bannu and arrested a terrorist
named Sadaqat Ullah who is a resident of Suleman Khel Peshawar.
The arrested terrorist was involved in bomb attacks on Badhaber
Police back in 2012 and destroyed electricity towers.
A leader of Geedar faction of
TTP released the video footage of four militants who, he said,
had carried out January 20’s assault on Bacha Khan University
in Charsadda. The footage strengthened indications of a possible
split in the TTP whose ‘central spokesman’ Mohammad Khorasani
had issued a written statement that evening disassociating the
group from the attack and calling it un-Islamic. But the same
day, a Geedar faction’s leader Umar Mansoor said his fighters
had attacked the campus. Mansoor is considered close to Mullah
Fazlullah, the embattled leader of TTP.
The footage shows the four attackers,
two of them in their mid-teens, practicing shooting as part of
their training before carrying out the Charsadda attack. The video
which spread rapidly on Facebook but was not released on media
accounts of the TTP. The fresh attack had chilling echoes of a
2014 assault on a school in Peshawar, also claimed by Mansoor’s
faction. Mansoor had issued a similar video in the wake of the
Peshawar attack on December 16, 2014. The authenticity of the
video could not be independently verified.
Pakistan has asked Washington
to drone Mullah Fazlullah and others involved in terrorist activities,
including the most recent Bacha Khan University attack. Security
official sources said that Washington has been conveyed through
its Islamabad mission that it must play its role in targeting
the TTP terrorists, who are using the Afghan soil for their nefarious
designs against Pakistan. The US authorities have been told that
they should at least now be serious in targeting the TTP men in
Afghanistan as Kabul continues to be under the influence of New
Delhi. India is said to be involved in destabilising Pakistan.
Only a few months back, Islamabad had shared dossiers of Indian
involvement with the UN and Washington.
At least 17 terrorists were killed
in aerial raids conducted by the SFs in Shawal and Dattakhel areas
of North Waziristan Agency in North Waziristan Agency of FATA.
Four persons suffered injuries
when a roadside bomb exploded near Phandu Chowk area of Peshawar,
the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Police said the
bomb was planted near a bridge with an aim to target the vehicle
of Salahuddin, the caretaker of a local Masjid.
Three people, identified as Asghar,
Majeed and Sher Agha, were shot at and injured by unidentified
armed assailants near Kalapul area of Lyari Town in Karachi, the
provincial capital of Sindh.
Another man, identified as Muhammad
Faisal was shot at and injured near Fawara Chowk in Garden area
of Saddar Town.
The MPA Javed Nagori escaped a
gun attack while passing through the Kharadar area of Saddar Town.
No casualties were reported.
Police arrested 17 suspects during
search operations in Mahmoodabad, Shah Faisal Colony, Baldia Town
and Defence areas. A large cache of arms and ammunitions was recovered
from their possession. The Police arrested suspects hailing from
Waziristan, including three injured after an exchange of fire
with the Police. The Defence Police also arrested three suspects
while the Baldia Town Police arrested three Lyari gangsters. The
Karachi police also claimed that they had arrested three gang
war criminals from Ittehad Town and weapons were also recovered
from their possession while eight suspects were arrested during
a raid in Natha Khan Goth.
According to the Federal Ministry
of Interior and Narcotics Control report issued CTD arrested 64
suspects in parts of the country under the National Action Plan
for allegedly providing financial assistance to terrorists. The
province-wise details stated that 41 such cases were reported
in Punjab with 57 people involved. 51 arrests have been made so
far in the province.
In Sindh, five people were arrested
for their alleged involvement in facilitating terrorists by providing
them financial assistance and in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa four cases
were reported to the CTD in which eight suspects were arrested.
Some cases were registered in Diamer District of Gilgit Baltistan
and 28 suspects were arrested for allegedly providing shelter
and meal to terrorists.
Balochistan Government decided
to establish a special force to be deployed at university campuses
across the Province. “The new force would be subservient to vice
chancellors,” said Balochistan Home Secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani.
He further said that the administrative powers over the force
would be with Police. Durrani said 60 personnel will be deployed
at each university, adding that the force will be well equipped.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif pledged
to continue operations against terrorists of all hues while admitting
that progress on the revised national counterterrorism strategy
has been slow. “We will fulfill this responsibility,” the PM said,
adding, “In certain areas of NAP, progress has been slow, but
in many other areas work has been started.”
US President Barack Obama in an
interview with the Press Trust of India published urged Pakistan
to show it is “serious” about crushing extremist networks operating
on its territory, saying the latest mass killing of students underlined
the need for more decisive action, reports Dawn. He said that
the crackdown on extremists was “the right policy” but was quoted
as saying that Pakistan “can and must” take more effective action.
“Pakistan has an opportunity to
show that it is serious about delegitimising, disrupting and dismantling
terrorist networks,” Obama said, adding, “In the region and around
the world, there must be zero tolerance for safe havens and terrorists
must be brought to justice.”
According to authoritative sources,
around 130,190 combing and search operations were conducted till
the middle of January 2016 throughout the country as part of the
NAP. Giving the details of operations, the sources said that in
the Islamabad Capital Territory and Gilgit-Baltistan, 6,580 search
operations were conducted since January 15, 2015, 3,455 arrests
were made and one terrorist was killed. Similarly, in the Punjab,
the number of operations carried out was 38,038. During these
operations, 6,346 arrests were made and 62 terrorists were killed.
The highest numbers of operations were carried out in the KP i.e.
55,634. The arrests made were 3,223 while the number of terrorists
killed was unavailable.
In Sindh, 28,003 operations were
carried out and 29,818 arrests were made. The number of those
who were killed during the operations was 946. Around 1,935 operations
were conducted in Balochistan and 4,115 arrests were made. Also,
423 terrorists were killed during the operations. Overall, 46,957
arrests were made and 1,432 terrorists were killed (excluding
KP) in some 130,190 countrywide operations since January 15, 2015,
the sources added.
Authoritative sources have revealed
that while the Operation Zarb-e-Azb had started much earlier in
2014, since January 2015, during operations in Fata, 1,359 terrorists
have been killed and 916 injured. These include 440 killed during
Zarb-e-Azb, 308 killed in Operation Khyber, 1, 454 killed in Operation
Khyber II, and 157 killed in Shawal. Also, 80 terrorists were
injured in Zarb-e-Azb, 393 in Khyber, 1, 422 in Khyber II and
21 in Shawal. During this period, the armed forces had 78 Shaheeds
in Zarb-e-Azb, 45 in Khyber, 1, 57 in Khyber II and eight in Shawal.
Also, 203 armed forces personnel were injured in Zarb-e-Azb, 55
in Khyber, 1, 190 in Khyber II, and 17 in Shawal. In all, there
were 188 Shaheeds and 465 Ghazis during the one year of operations
Five people including TTP Chief
Mullah Fazlullah has reportedly been killed in a drone strike
in Afghanistan. According to reports, a drone strike was conducted
on Fazlullah’s house in Afghanistan, killing at least five people,
including a woman said to be TTP chief’s wife and his son.
Police arrested a terrorist of
TTP in a raid at an under construction petrol pump on the Super
Highway in Jamshoro District of Sindh. The terrorist was identified
as Qamar Zaman Mehsud who hails from North Waziristan. Police
recovered 10 kilograms of explosive material, a bundle of wire,
three hand grenades and an automatic rifle with 50 rounds from
the his possession.
The Islamabad High Court dismissed
the Government's petition seeking voice samples of Mumbai terror
(also known as 26/11) attacks mastermind and LeT 'commander' Zakiur
Rehman Lakhvi and six other accused in the case. The prosecution
had filed an application in the Islamabad High Court seeking voice
samples of the suspects to compare it with the communication intercepted
by Indian intelligence and then present it before the ATC as evidence
against the seven accused. But, the IHC dismissed the petition.
In 2011 and 2015, the issue of
obtaining voice samples of Lakhvi had been dismissed by the trial
court on the grounds that "no such law exists that allows
obtaining of voice sample of an accused". In the recorded
intercepts, the suspects are alleged to be instructing the terrorists.
FC killed four suspected militants
in an exchange of fire during search operation in Winder area
of Lasbela District. FC Spokesman Khan Wasey said that SF also
recovered weapons from their possession, adding that the suspects
were involved in carrying out bomb blasts, kidnapping-for-ransom
and attacks on SFs in the Province.
SFs killed two militants in Pasni
area of Gwadar District. Illegal arms and ammunition were also
recovered. The militants were identified as Mohammad Younus Kolanchi
and Mohammad Hanif Kolanchi. “Their accomplices managed to escape,”
a police official said.
The FIA arrested two suspects,
identified as Asmatullah and Muhammad Ramzan, for selling and
possessing Afghan SIM cards in Chaman town of Qilla Abdullah District.
"FIA also recovered a large number of Afghan SIM cards from
the possession of the accused, the duo were shifted to FIA's Chaman
centre for interrogation," said an unnamed official.
The body of a khasadar
official was found in Safi tehsil of Mohmand Agency in FATA, after
he was abducted in the night of January 23. An official of the
political administration confirmed Rehmatullah, a resident of
Alingar in Safi, had been murdered and his body dumped. His body
was found in a search operation. The slain khasadar officer was
the son of a former peace committee leader, Saifur Rehman.
Unidentified militants lobbed
a hand grenade outside Balochistan Minister Changez Khan Marri’s
house in DHA Phase II in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.
However, the grenade failed to explode. No casualties were reported.
Police booked militants affiliated with BLA for the attack. The
Minister had arrived in Karachi on the night of January 25, 2016.
Rangers arrested of six suspects,
including four officials of the Fisherman Cooperative Society
(FCS), who were allegedly working as facilitators for Lyari gangsters,
during raid in Kalri area of Lyari Town. The spokesman for the
Sindh Rangers said Saleem Deedak, Mehar Bux, Mohammad Saeed Baloch
and Dil Murad were arrested during raids in the Kalri area. The
suspects were moved to the Rangers headquarters for interrogation
and later taken to an Anti-Terrorism Court, which allowed their
preventive detention for 90 days. The initial interrogation showed
that the four were affiliated with the Aziz Jan Baloch and Baba
Ladla groups and were working as their facilitators.
Rangers arrested an alleged target
killer, identified as Mohammad Farooq alias Lendi, in Kharadar
area of Saddar Town. The ATC allowed the Rangers to keep him in
preventive detention for three months. Farooq was said to have
admitted that he belonged to the militant wing of a political
party and was involved in a number of target killings.
Rangers arrested a target killer,
identified as Mohammad Adnan Siddiqi, during a raid in the Ramswami
area of Saddar Town. The Rangers got his 90-day Preventive detention
from the ATC. The spokesman said Siddiqi belonged to the notorious
militant wing of a political party and admitted murdering six
people in attacks.
Rangers arrested four suspected
criminals, including Lyari gangsters during raids in Korangi Town
and Tharu Lane area of Jamshed Town. Weapons, including SMGs,
uni-barrel rocket launchers, pistols, hand grenades and Avan grenades
were seized from their possession.
An IED, allegedly meant to target
a school, was defused by BDS personnel in Bashirabad area of Peshawar,
the provincial capital of KP. Officials say unidentified suspects
handed over the improvised bomb, fitted in a pressure cooker,
to a child, asking him to take it to his school. But the little
boy instead of taking it to school brought the IED home. A TTP
slogan was written on the pressure cooker, officials said. On
seeing the explosive, family members of the child alerted Police
and BDS personnel were called in. According to BDS officials,
around five kilogrammes of explosive material was used in the
Police claimed to have killed
four TTP militants, identified as Amirullah Mehsud, Khan Wali
alias Khanewal and Khoni Khel, in an encounter near Safoora Goth
area of Gulshan Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.
SSP Malir Rao Anwar said that Police conducted a raid in Safoora
Goth area after receiving a tip-off about the presence of suspected
A joint team comprising Police
and Intelligence Officials recovered a huge cache of weapons and
ammunition from warehouses on GT Road and Kohat Road areas of
provincial capital Peshawar. Officials claim militants wanted
to carry out a major act of terrorism in the area, for which they
were dumping dangerous weapons at the locations raided. Recovered
arms include over a thousand M4 and M6 rifles, telescopes and
a large numbers of bullets, officials said. An unnamed official
said that the arms were foreign made.
SFs arrested four suspects, demolished
three hideouts of terrorists, and recovered arms and ammunition
from Harnai District. Khan Wasey, the spokesman for Frontier Corps,
said that 500 kilograms of explosives, four IEDs, one hand grenade,
and a number of other weapons were recovered during the raid.
Journalists and activists in Pakistan
faced an increasingly hostile climate in 2015 due to harassment,
threats and violence from both the state and militant groups,
according to HRW Report released. In the 659-page World Report
2016, which has reviewed human rights practices in more than 90
countries, HRW says the Government imposed new restrictions on
free speech and funding of civil society groups in 2015 due to
the security situation faced by the country.
Asia Director of HRW Brad Adams
said that Pakistan should not curb freedom of expression and association
under the threat of extremism. “Pakistan should reverse course
and repeal or amend laws curbing freedom of expression and association,”
he said, adding, “The Government should never use the threat of
extremist violence as a pretext to violate the rights of independent
The Report further added that
media was also deterred from reporting on or criticising human
rights violations in the country’s counter-terrorism operations,
it added. “Pakistan’s Government should take urgent steps to
create an enabling environment for free expression and association,”
Adams said. “Pakistan needs to fight terrorism, but denying its
citizens fundamental freedoms and due process rights is an unlawful
and extremely misguided approach.”
Four Policemen were killed when
TTP militants open fired at them while they were sitting inside
a mini gas station situated on Munir Mengal Road in Satellite
Town of provincial capital Quetta. TTP spokesperson Mohammad Khorasani
said, “The TTP’s special unit STF’s commandos successfully carried
out the attack at a police mobile at Quetta’s Satellite Town.
The commandos disappeared after the attack”.
Two bogies of the Jaffar Express
were partially damaged in an explosion near railway tracks in
Mithri area of Sibi District. However, no casualties were reported.
A terror bid was foiled by Police
when a terrorist during an encounter with Police blew himself
up in Domeli Mor area of Jhelum District. The terrorist who was
allegedly targeting the Rawalpindi to Lahore Pakistan Express
tried to plant explosives on railway tracks near Grand Trunk Road
when some passerby reported about this to Motorway Police. The
terrorist lobbed a hand grenade at security personnel upon sight
and then blew himself up, security sources said. Police recovered
four hand grenades and two pistols, as well as two National Identity
Cards and a vehicle from his possession.
Police defused five bombs planted
under a 132KV electric tower in provincial capital Peshawar. The
bombs, comprising 20 kilograms of explosive materials, were packed
into four pressure cookers and a canister in Phando area the main
transmission lines powering Peshawar.
KP CM Pervez Khattak while talking
to the head of Department for International Development (DFID)
Joanna Reid at CM Secretariat in Peshawar said that border between
Pakistan and Afghanistan is not safe and without securing it cities
in the country can’t be made safe for people. The CM said that
entry points at Miranshah, Angoor Adda and Torkham were open for
any sort of movement and terrorists involved in the recent Charsadda
incident came from across the border. “The incidents of suicide
bombing have dropped visibly as there is no hideout for training
of terrorists,” he added.
Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign
Affairs Sartaj Aziz while speaking to India Today said that they
are still waiting for India’s response. Sartaj Aziz said, “We
are still waiting for India to suggest the dates for the foreign
secretary-level talks. The ball is in India’s court.” The talks,
which were scheduled for January 15, 2016, in Islamabad, were
called off after the January 2, 2016, Pathankot terror attack.
The head of Council of Islamic
Ideology (CII), Muhammad Khan Sherani said that he is willing
to review the blasphemy laws that critics say are regularly misused
and have led to the deaths of hundreds, to decide if they are
Islamic, reports Daily Times. Chairman Sherani said that he was
willing to reopen the debate and see whether sentences as harsh
as the death penalty were fair.
“The Government of Pakistan should
officially, at the government level, refer the law on committing
blasphemy to the Council of Islamic Ideology. There is a lot of
difference of opinion among the clergy on this issue,” Sherani
said, adding, “Then the council can seriously consider things
and give its recommendation of whether it needs to stay the same
or if it needs to be hardened or if it needs to be softened”.
Terrorist safe havens inside Pakistan,
providing shelter to terrorist outfits like the Taliban and the
Haqqani Network, is a serious problem, US General John "Mick"
Nicholson told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee
during his confirmation hearing as commander to the US and NATO
forces in Afghanistan. "I view it (terrorist safe havens
inside Pakistan) as a serious problem," he said. If confirmed
by the Senate, he would replace General John Campbell as commander.
"One of the biggest problems
has been the sanctuary, particularly for the Haqqani Network,
particularly the involvement of the ISI in Pakistan, which in
many cases have been supporting the Haqqani Network. Have you
seen any progress in this whole problem?" Senator John McCain,
Chairman of the SASC asked General Nicholson.
In response, General Nicholson
said that continued presence of the terrorist safe haven has been
a major problem. "This has been one of the principal challenges.
It's a sanctuary that our enemies, in particular the Haqqani Network,
have enjoyed inside Pakistan," he said. The US is not satisfied
that there's adequate pressure put on the Haqqanis, he asserted.
The dead body of a polio worker,
identified as Shah Faisal, who had gone missing from Jamrud tehsil
of Khyber Agency in FATA on January 27, 2016, was found in Regi
area of provincial capital Peshawar. Political Tehsildar at Jamrud,
Asmatullah Wazir, said that Shah was a contractual employee with
the Health Department.
Two suspected militants were killed
in an exchange of fire with SFs in Mastung District late. Official
sources said that unidentified assailants attacked a convoy of
SFs in the Kanak area of the District. They fired rockets and
shots. SF personnel in the convoy retaliated and the exchange
of fire continued for about three hours.
Six soldiers of Pakistan Army
and a child were injured as a suicide bomber blew himself near
Cantt area of Zhob District. The attacker attempted to enter Cantt
area when the Friday prayers were underway, said Provincial Home
Secretary Akber Hussain Durrani. TTP-Mehsud faction claimed responsibility
for the attack. The spokesman Azam Masood called Radio Free Europe
Mashal correspondent in Dera Ismail Khan District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
and claimed responsibility for the attack.
The Government of Balochistan
during a meeting held with Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri in the
chair pledged that the responsibility of providing security to
people would be fulfilled at all costs and actions against terrorists
and anti-social elements and their facilitators would continue
to purge the province of all terrorists. He decided to pursue
a `tit-for-tat policy’ to deal with terrorists and their facilitators
to ensure fool-proof security in the Province. There was consensus
among participants that terrorist attacks on police and other
security personnel were a reaction to successful anti-terror operations
being carried out by law enforcement agencies.
Unidentified militants hurled
a hand grenade at a Rangers check post in North Nazimabad Town
in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. However, no casualties
A hand grenade was lobbed in a
market in Liaquatabad Town. No casualties were reported.
Police arrested six TTP militants
after a shootout in Rizvia Society of Liaquatabad Town and found
an IED planted inside a motorcycle. SSP Central Muqadas Haider
said acting on a tip-off a police team raided a hideout in Rizvia
Society. After an encounter, Police arrested six terrorists and
shifted them to their headquarters. Four TT pistols, grenades,
a Kalashnikov and an IED concealed inside a motorcycle were found
at their hideout. Two of the arrested men were identified as TTP
'commander' Sayd Alam Mehsud and Sayd Ameen Mehsud. He added that
the six terrorists were members of the TTP network in Dera Ismail
Khan District of Afghanistan and Afghanistan.
Rangers arrested a target killer,
identified as Adnan alias AD alias Danish, in Kharadar area of
Saddar Town. The paramilitary force said that Danish was a member
of a militant wing and an ATC had granted his 90-day preventive
PM Nawaz Sharif while chairing
a meeting at PM House has reiterated that Karachi operation would
continue till its logical conclusion. PM Nawaz expressed government’s
resolve saying, “War against terror will continue till elimination
of last terrorist.” He said, “Eliminating the menace of terrorism
and ensuring a peaceful Pakistan for our future generations is
the top most priority of PML-N Government and our successes against
terrorism and achieving economic stability have created a new
hope in people.”
Dr Manan Baloch, a senior leader
of the BLF, and four other suspected militants were killed in
an encounter with SFs in Mastung District of Balochistan. Addressing
a press conference at the Chief Minister Secretariat in Quetta,
Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti said Manan headed
the BNM, an organisation supporting militants. Bugti said SFs
conducted a search operation in Killi Datu area of Mastung during
which an exchange of fire took place between the SF personnel
and militants hiding in a house. He said Manan and four other
men were allegedly involved in subversive activities, including
attacks on law enforcement agencies.
The local administration along
with tribal elders demolished 12 houses of suspected militants
during a search operation in the Haleemzai tehsil of Mohmand Agency
in FATA. Political Naib Tehsildar Mehmood Shah said that the local
administration conducted the operation in Ghalanai Mian Gan, Adin
Khel and other villages of the tehsil. The militants, whose houses
were demolished, were identified as Sheraz, Mohammad Shah, Haroon,
Aziz, Adnan, Ziarat Shah, Sazono, Ibrahim, Yasir, Akhtar Ali,
Khatir and Subhan. Earlier, the local administration had handed
over a list of 22 wanted militants to the Haleemzai elders to
demolish their houses. An official statement said the administration
conducted the operation with the help of Haleemzai elders.
Sindh Rangers claimed to have
arrested Uzair Baloch, leader of the Lyari gang and chief of proscribed
PAC, in a targeted operation on the outskirts of Karachi. Rangers
arrested Baloch while he was attempting to enter the city, said
a press release issued by the paramilitary force. The press release
also claimed the recovery of weapons from Baloch. His family members
claimed that Baloch was arrested by Interpol at the boarding lounge
of Dubai airport on December 27, 2014, and the Security Forces
after keeping him under arrest illegally since then, has declared
his arrest now.
Sindh Rangers Chief Major General
Bilal Akbar stated that Karachi operation has not slowed down.
“Some people say the Rangers operation in Sindh has slowed down.
It has not. You have to understand that we will be more prominent
and active when there are more enemies to overpower. You will
not see much action when the criminals have been weeded out as
we don’t bother law-abiding citizens,” he explained.
Notwithstanding Pakistan Government's
ban on the media coverage of terrorist groups such as the JuD
and LeT, Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed has appeared on
a private Pakistani channel's talk show. The PEMRA on November
2, 2015 had restrained all Pakistani television channels from
"all kinds of coverage" of the JuD, its front FIF and
about 60 other proscribed organisations and their leaders. However,
Saeed made an appearance on a talk show on Channel 24 on January
27, 2016. He glorified his organisation's "public welfare"
works and talked about how India and the US were "pressuring"
the Pakistani Government to take action against organisations
like the JuD and JeM. Saeed, in reference to the Pathankot terror
attack, dismissed the suggestion that the government was "patronising"
some "non-state actors and banned organisations".
Law Enforcement Agencies arrested
banned outfit 'commander', identified as Yaseen alias Papu, from
Baghdadi area of Lyari Town in Karachi, the provincial capital
Ghosia Girls and Boys Elementary
School in Paposh Nagar area of Nazimabad Town received a written
threat from TTP asking for immediate closure.
Three madrassas were raided
and sealed over alleged involvement in 'suspicious' and 'illegal'
activities in Eastern Bypass area of provincial capital Quetta.
The sealed seminaries include Madrassah Hussainia, Madrassah Taleemul
Quran and Madrassah Abu Bakar Siddique. The raiding party also
detained four clerics, identified as Qari Saifur Rehman, Surat
Shah, Habibullah, and Qari Wali, for interrogation. Police said
that the madrassas were sealed under the National Action Plan.
At least 18 TTP militants were
killed in a drone strike along Pak-Afghan border in Gomal District
of Paktia province in Afghanistan. Afghan officials confirmed
the TTP militants were killed in the strike. Nabiullah Peerkhel,
the Paktika Governor's spokesman said that the militants were
heading to the border region in Afghanistan when the drones rained
down missiles on them. While the exact identity of the militants
killed could not be determined, reports from Wana town of South
Waziristan Agency in FATA of Pakistan suggested that 14 militants
were from the Mehsud tribe and four from the Ahmedzai Wazir tribe.
In a major breakthrough, intelligence
agencies claimed to have arrested the main facilitator of the
attack on the Bacha Khan University on January 20. According to
intelligence agencies, Waheed Ali alias Arshad, categorised as
"Terrorist A", was arrested in Nowshera last week. "He had made
arrangements to flee to Afghanistan and hired a taxi to take him
to the Pak-Afghan border at Torkham. Had there been any further
delay, the man would have slipped away," the sources said. "He
had shaved his beard and had packed up. His taxi was intercepted
and he was picked up after positive identification," said the
sources, requesting they not be identified.
In his initial statement, according
to the sources, the alleged facilitator who is in his early 30s
said the planning of the attack on the university had been in
works for six months in Achin District of Afghanistan, the base
of the militant commander Khalifa Omar Mansoor alias Omar Naray.
He said he had surreptitiously made videos of the Punjab Regiment
Centre and a police station in Mardan as possible targets and
taken the footages in a memory chip to Omar Naray, but the plans
had been dropped because of heavy security in the two places.
The mastermind and planners, Waheed
said, later opted for Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan and
prepared a group of four militants to carry out the attack. He
said that he was the one who had made the video of the four attackers
with Khalifa Mansoor and that was the reason why the Abdul Wali
Khan University was mentioned in the video. He said Khalifa Mansoor
had provided him PKR one million to execute the plan and procure
arms and ammunition for the attack. The plan to attack the Abdul
Wali Khan University was also cancelled because of better security
arrangements and the mastermind was informed about the new target
Pakistani authorities have sealed
182 madrassas since the December 16, 2014, Peshawar school
attack, in a countrywide crackdown under the NAP on religious
seminaries allegedly involved in extremism, a report of the Associated
Press of Pakistan said. The madrassas were closed in Punjab, Sindh
and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa because of their involvement in promoting
extremism and other suspicious activities.
As part of the strategy to choke
terror financing, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has so far
frozen PKR 1 billion in 126 accounts which have a link to banned
militant groups. Law-enforcement agencies have also recovered
around PKR 251 million in cash. The Government has put names of
8,195 people in the fourth schedule and 188 on the Exit Control
List while movement of 2,052 hardcore militants has been restricted.
Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab
Sanaullah Khan Zehri during the concluding session of a two-day
seminar on Prospects of Peace and Prosperity in Balochistan once
again invited self-exiled Baloch leaders to the negotiating table
for resolving their issues. He said that the Government was ready
to hold dialogue with the estranged leaders within the constitutional
framework. "I empower Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed to approach
self-exiled angry leaders and initiate talks with them," Zehri
said, adding that he believed negotiations, and not bullet, was
the solution to the concerns of disgruntled Baloch leaders.
The COAS General Raheel Sharif
said that Balochistan has become a hotbed of proxy wars for regional
and global grand strategy by many powers. "This is a battle that
we all are fighting, and we shall continue to fight, till peace
prevails across the width and breadth of the Province," General
Raheel said, adding that Pakistan Army, Frontier Corps, Police,
Coast Guards, Levies and above all, the people of Balochistan,
have defended the integrity of Pakistan with unflinching resolve
for which they deserve special appreciation.
Three militants were killed when
a suicide bomber detonated the explosives he was wearing, killing
himself and two accomplices, in Giddir area of Kalat District.
Three FC personnel were injured. According to official sources,
FC personnel on a tip-off about the entry of an explosive-laden
pick-up in Giddir area launched a search operation. They spotted
a suspected vehicle carrying three persons and tried to stop it.
In retaliation, the suicide bomber detonated the bomb.
India and Pakistan are in touch
on a daily basis on investigations into the January 2, 2016, Pathankot
air base attack and will continue to remain engaged, the Indian
Government said at the International Counterterrorism Conference
in Jaipur (Rajasthan). "Since the Pathankot attack, we have been
in touch with Pakistan. We have been in touch at my level and
the NSA [National Security Advisor] level and will continue to
do so because only by remaining in touch, we can expect them to
progress on issues of terror on the basis of information which
we have provided to them," Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar
The Indian Home Minister Rajnath
Singh asserted that the nation would stand by Pakistan if it takes
action against terrorists. "Our Government will stand by Pakistan
if it takes decisive action against terrorists and their organisations.
For India, Mumbai and Pathankot terror attacks have signified
a tectonic shift," Singh said.
The JuD 'chief' Hafiz Saeed praised
January 2's terror attack at Indian Air Force's base in Pathankot
and encouraged similar attacks against India. Addressing a rally
of around one thousand people in the PoK, Saeed said: "800,000
Indian troops are committing genocide on Kashmiris. Don't they
have a right to carry out Pathankot-style attacks for their defence?"
Saeed also lauded Kashmiri militant leader Sayed Salahuddin, who
heads the UJC that has claimed responsibility for the attack.
"You have only seen one attack on Pathankot. Matters could easily
escalate." Crowds at the rally shouted slogans including "The
war will continue until the liberation of Kashmir" and "We are
ready for jihad" Strategic analyst Ayesha Siddiqa said Saeed's
praise of Salahuddin could be part of a "deflection strategy"
to steer blame away from JeM, and by extension Pakistan, where
it is based.
PM Nawaz Sharif voiced hope that
the Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue process between Pakistan
and India would move forward in days to come as he underlined
that "differences" on all outstanding issues, including on Kashmir,
can be resolved only through talks. PM Sharif also said that Pakistan
is ready to cooperate with India on every matter, including terrorism.
"Pakistan is most affected by
terrorism. Who wants eradication of terrorism more than Pakistan?"
he questioned. "Difference of opinion between two countries is
not unheard of. What is unusual is that for 6-7 decades, we have
not been able to get rid of these differences," he added. "I brought
this up with the Indian leadership and would like to reiterate
that the solution to our problems lies in dialogue. Unless we
sit together and talk about these issues, they won't be resolved,"
the PM said.
At least 12 persons, including
four FC officials, were killed and another 38 persons injured
in a suicide blast in Multan Chowk area of Quetta. According to
report, the attacker targeted a security vehicle close to Liaquat
Park. Heavy firing was also heard in the area following explosion.
Three Policemen were reportedly injured in the attack. Balochistan
Home Secretary Akbar Durrani said that a biker collided with the
FC car that caused a massive explosion. Several cars including
FC truck and motorcycles were completely destroyed in the attack.
A splinter group of the outlawed TTP claimed responsibility for
the attack in an e-mail sent to local media. However, the name
of the group is not mentioned by the local media.
FC personnel killed two TTP militants
during an encounter on Sariab Road in provincial capital Quetta.
Police detained 35 suspects during
raids on Sariab Road and in surrounding areas.
According to official documents,
some 625 militants have already surrendered before the state in
the past six months started under the reconciliation process of
NAP. Negotiations are currently under way with 125 insurgents
in Balochistan over their possible surrender of weapons. Militants
who give up violence have been offered cash support and jobs to
help them lead a violence-free life. Balochistan Home Secretary
Akbar Durrani said that the Provincial Government was committed
to its reconciliation policy and the militants who have already
surrendered were being rehabilitated. Under the scheme, each pardoned
militant would be awarded PKR 500,000 in installments besides
getting the compensation for his guns.
The SIT constituted by Prime Minister
Nawaz Sharif to investigate January 2, 2016, terror attack on
an Indian airbase in Pathankot (Punjab), concluded that there
is no substantive evidence to suggest Maulana Masood Azhar, the
head of the JeM militant group, ordered or masterminded the assault.
According to media reports based on information from officials
privy to the SIT investigations, Pakistani authorities have conveyed
to New Delhi that there was no substantial evidence that could
prove the involvement of Maulana Azhar in the Pathankot assault.
The SIT informed the civil and
military leadership that the Indian evidence was insufficient
to implicate Maulana Azhar. The SIT has sought further information
from India, which it refused to share. However, the team did not
rule out involvement of some low cadre members of the JeM, saying
that too could be established only if New Delhi shared the information
they have asked for.
At least two persons were killed
in an IED blast in the Havid area of Bannu District in KP. According
to Station House Officer of Havid Police Station, Rizwan, the
IED went off in front of a shop as a shopkeeper was about to open
the door. The shopkeeper, Dilnawaz, and a rickshaw driver were
killed on the spot.
A Shia elder was shot dead while
his son escaped unhurt in an attack near the Kohati Gate area
of Peshawar, the provincial capital of KP. Locals said Malik Iftikhar
Ali along with his son Hasnain was on the way in Kohati Gate when
armed motorcyclists opened fire on them. Iftikhar Ali died on
the spot while his son remained unharmed in the attack.
Two suspected militants were killed
in an exchange of fire during an operation launched by Frontier
Corps in Zhob District. Two submachine-guns and two hand-grenades
were recovered from their possession.
A constable of the FIA, identified
as Muhammed Ali Khanzada, was found dead in a car parked on Lyari
Expressway in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. SP-Jamshed
Dr Fahad Ahmed said that it appeared that Khanzada was killed
somewhere else and later the car and his body were abandoned at
The Czech Government paid USD
six million in ransom in March 2015 to secure the release of two
women, Czech psychology students Hana Humpalova (24) and Antonie
Chrastecka (24), kidnapped in Balochistan in March 2013. According
to details, the women had entered from Iran as tourists and were
escorted into Pakistan by a tribal Policeman. In a video released
shortly after their kidnapping, the two young women had pleaded
for the release of Aafia Siddiqui, jailed in 2010 in the United
States. After two years in captivity, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav
Sobotka announced the women's release and return to Prague on
March 28, 2015.
They both said they did not know
who abducted them, because nobody introduced themselves or gave
them any explanation for the kidnapping. Negotiations with the
kidnappers on the payment of a ransom were carried out by the
Czech state's Security Council. "The talks weren't easy, but in
the end, none of us wanted to assume responsibility for the death
of two young girls," said an unnamed official involved in negotiations.
"The decision to hand over the ransom was taken unanimously,"
the source added.
Traders' leader, identified as
Haji Abdul Haleem Jan (70), was killed in a targeted attack in
his shop located in Qissa Khwani Bazaar of provincial capital
Peshawar. "He had received extortion calls last year. However,
the motive of the killing will be determined after investigation,"
Capital City Police Officer Mubarak Zeb said.
Two sons of a retired Major General
Chaudhry Ahmad Khan were abducted from provincial capital Lahore.
One of them, identified as Hammad (34), was kidnapped from outside
his home on Sarfaraz Rafiqui Road and the other son, identified
as Nauman, from his office on Walton Road.
A BLA militant, identified as
Chuthal Magsi, was arrested during a raid by Police in Lasi Goth
area of Malir Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh,
for his involvement in an attack on a shrine in Korangi Industrial
Area on September 18, 2015. Police recovered a pistol and grenade
from his possession. Two of his accomplices, Mir Hazaar Bughti
and Bilal Malik, managed to escape.
The Supreme Court stayed the execution
of two suspects, identified as Taj Muhammad and Aliur Rehman,
convicted by military courts for facilitating the December 16,
2014, Army Public School attack in Peshawar.
A two-judge bench headed by Justice
Dost Muhammad Khan also stayed the execution of two other convicts.
Notices have been issued to the Attorney General of Pakistan as
well as Judge Advocate General (JAG) Branch to appear in the court
on February 16, 2016. The bench observed that military courts
should give a reason in their judgment. The Peshawar High Court
had rejected the appeals of the four convicts following which
their counsel Latif Afridi took up their petitions to the Supreme
COAS General Raheel Shareef during
a Special Apex Committee meeting of KP and FATA held at the local
corps headquarters in Peshawar said that the State is entering
the most difficult phase of the military operation against terrorists.
"After successfully evicting terrorists form their sanctuaries
and restoring writ of the state, we are in the most difficult
phase of the operation physically rebuilding the war-damaged areas,
resettling of Internally Displaced Persons and eventually establishing
an administrative system that focuses on the needs and aspirations
of the people," he said.
Unidentified militant shot dead
six people after barging into a house in Bonistan area of Panjgur
District. The victims were identified as Muhammad Ismail, Noor
Shoaib, Muhammad Nazar, Momin Ghulam Jan and Islamil.
One ASI, identified as Sultan
Mehmood, was killed and another, identified as Constable Shoaib,
was injured in an exchange of fire during a raid in the Sajan
area of Mardan District. Police were conducting a raid on the
house of a wanted individual, Imran, when they were ambushed,
said District Police Officer Faisal Shahzad.
The DG of the IB, Aftab Sultan,
informed the Senate Standing Committee (SSC) on Interior that
the IS was emerging as a threat in the country because several
militant groups had soft corner for it. He named LeJ and SSP as
examples. Though IS and Afghan Taliban were rivals, the TTP coordinated
with it, he added.
The Federal Ministry of Interior
has been denying the presence of IS in Pakistan, saying that it
was an Arab organisation. But DG Sultan said that the IB had busted
a big IS network after several members reached Punjab following
Karachi's Safoora Goth carnage in May 2014. He said that terrorists
were reorganising and stressed the need for a border control mechanism,
particularly with Afghanistan, enhanced regional cooperation,
implementation of the National Action Plan and de-radicalisation
policy with a focus on counter-narrative. The IB chief called
for a comprehensive policy for "rehabilitation of jihadi elements"
and effective implementation of policy for monitoring social media
COAS General Raheel Sharif while
addressing the Corps Commander Conference at the General Headquarters
in Rawalpindi District said that terrorists are being funded externally
by hostile foreign intelligence agencies, and their sympathisers
at home providing shelter and refuge. He said that Pakistan had
achieved significant successes in operation Zarb-e-Azb, and the
war against terror required unified response. The General reiterated
that all efforts and resources would be employed to bring about
lasting stability and socio-economic revival for prosperity and
well-being of displaced people of affected areas.
The US administration proposed
USD 860 million in aid for Pakistan, including USD 265 million
for military hardware, which it said would help the country fight
terrorists, secure nuclear weapons and improve ties with India.
Secretary of State John Kerry in his proposals said that the budget
includes USD 859.8 million towards sustaining ties with Pakistan
and making progress to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat violent
"The requested funding will support
the country's counter-insurgency missions, and bolster stability,
energy access, economic growth, and social reform," Kerry said
in a letter accompanying his proposals. "Pakistan lies at the
heart of the US counter-terrorism strategy, the peace process
in Afghanistan, nuclear non-proliferation efforts, and economic
integration in South and Central Asia," State Department said
making its case for the aid to Pakistan under the Overseas Contingency
Operations (OCO) Fund.
Two bank robbers, identified as
Arsalan Iqbal and Dilawer alias Murad alias Tiger, were shot dead
in a shootout with SIU Karachi personnel in Korangi Town of Karachi,
the provincial capital of Sindh. The two were allegedly involved
in the three bank heists that took place in Karachi this year
and the Sindh Government had announced a reward of PKR 1 million
for their arrest.
SSP Mohammed Farooq Awan of the
SIU Karachi said that investigations regarding bank heists were
underway during which he was tipped that members of a dacoit gang
were expected to attempt a robbery in the Korangi Industrial Area
(KIA). Acting on the tip-off, an SIU team was deployed in the
KIA for surveillance, during which the officers witnessed three
suspects on two motorcycles, who engaged the personnel in an encounter
after they were signaled to stop. Two of the robbers were arrested
in injured condition, while the third one managed to escape.
An Assistant Professor of Balochistan
University, identified as Para Din, was shot at and injured when
unidentified armed assailants opened fire on his vehicle in the
Almo Chowk area of Quetta. No outfit claimed responsibility for
Former President General (Retired)
Pervez Musharraf confirmed to an Indian TV channel that the "ISI
trains JeM and LeT terrorists". While describing Masood Azhar
of JeM as a "terrorist", Musharraf said Hafiz Saeed of LeT was
nothing short of a national hero in Pakistan. "LeT is not involved
in terror in Pakistan," said Musharraf, adding, "I don't believe
anything that Headley had said... Pakistan intelligence should
Despite intelligence warnings
that the IS is an emerging threat, the FO insisted that the terrorist
group has "no organised presence" in the country. "Let me reiterate
that there is no organised presence of Daesh, the Arabic acronym
for IS, in Pakistan," FO spokesman Nafees Zakaria said.
A head constable of capital city
police was killed and two others injured in firing by two motorcycle
bourne unidentified assailants at Pindora Chungi of Industrial
area Police Station in Islamabad. The slain Policeman is identified
as Head Constable Imtiaz and injured personnel were Police Constable
Zahid and FC Constable Bismillah Jan.
Unidentified assailants abducted
Afghanistan's former Governor of Herat province. Sayed Fazalullah
Wahidi had arrived in Islamabad along with his family to get visas
to travel to UK, diplomatic sources said. The former envoy had
gone to a restaurant with his 12-year-old grandson when unidentified
assailants arrived in two vehicles and kidnapped him, leaving
the child. According to a Police official, the former governor
was staying at a guesthouse in Islamabad's F7 sector and was near
Rana Market when he was abducted. Fazalullah Wahidi was considered
an influential Governor as he remained very close to former President
Hamid Karzai and also served as Governor of Kunar province.
Three separate hand grenade attacks
in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, created panic among
the masses. However, no loss of life has been reported. According
to details, unidentified men hurled hand grenade at the main entrance
of Mobina town Police Station. No loss of life was reported. Separately,
unknown persons hurled hand grenade near APWA Girls College Karimabad.
SSP Central Muqqadas Haider said the hand grenade was hurled from
Karimabad flyover. Further, armed men launched hand grenade attack
near a private school in North Nazimabad.
The ISPR Director General Lieutenant
General Asim Saleem Bajwa revealed that the law enforcement agencies
have successfully broken the nexus between al Qaeda (subcontinent
chapter) and LeJ. Briefing media persons, the army spokesman said
security forces have achieved a major success during the ongoing
Karachi operation by arresting over 97 hardcore terrorists, including
three high-value targets (HVTs). "We have broken the overall network
and nexus of terrorists belonging to al Qaeda subcontinent chapter
and LeJ. They were backed by Tehreek-e-Taliban… This is a major
achievement, but we have much more to do," Bajwa said. He said
the terrorists were involved in almost all major incidents of
terrorism in Karachi, adding that all of them are in army's custody.
The SFs to have killed 10 suspected
militants during a targeted operation in Sibi District of Balochistan.
The security personnel reportedly conducted an operation in Sangaan
area of Sibi district and apprehended 12 suspected militants following
an exchange of fire in which 10 suspects were killed. An official
informed that SFs also demolished three sanctuaries being operated
by militants in Sangaan.
The Spokesman for Balochistan
Government, Anwar ul Haq Kakar, told that a key commander of BLA
Aslam Acho was reportedly killed by SFs in Sibi.
A Jewellery shop owner, identified
as Wahidullah, was shot at and injured in Gulbahar area of provincial
capital Peshawar. According to Police sources, the attack was
perpetrated by extortionists. "Wahidullah received a letter from
unidentified militants who were demanding millions in extortion,"
said an unnamed Police official. "When he did not pay any heed
to these letters, his house was attacked with a hand grenade in
Javed Town - now he has been attacked and injured."
The bullet-riddled dead body of
a man, identified as 50-year-old Liaquat Ali Baloch (50), was
found from under the Lasbela Bridge, situated within the jurisdiction
of the Rizvia Police Station, in Liaquatabad Town of Karachi,
the provincial capital of Sindh. His body bore torture marks and
had three bullet wounds. Baloch was the brother of Lyari gangster
Barkat Baloch, who was actively involved in Lyari gang war.
Police and LEAs, in a joint operation,
arrested a militant, identified as Usman Khan, who belonged to
al Qaeda Barr-e-Sagheer, from the area of Saddar Town. The arrested
militant has revealed his connections with the facilitators and
masterminds of May 13, 2015, the Safoora attack. According to
investigative sources, Khan is a dentist by profession and he
was delivering to the al Qaeda the extortion money, collected
from various areas of the city. One Kalashnikov and nine bullets
were recovered from his possession.
Police on a tip-off regarding
presence of militants arrested three militants during a search
operation in Smarty Baiyan area of Kohat District. The Police
also recovered of weapons from their possession.
As many as 56 of the 13,849 religious
seminaries geo-tagged by the PITB have been put in Category A
for their suspected links with banned organistions. Documents
show that most of these seminaries identify themselves with the
Deobandi. An unnamed Home Department official said that updated
information on seminaries across the province was now available
to the authorities concerned. "We have information about their
sectarian affiliation and number of students and teachers at each
facility," he said.
It was further reported that the
Provincial Government is also working on geo-tagging all of 256,000
Afghan refugees in the Province. A PITB official said that so
far geo-tagging of 66,100 Afghan refugees had been completed.
He said the process involved information gathering using biometric
Terrorist groups don't have a
base in Pakistan to fall back on, according to the ISPR chief
Lieutenant General Asim Saleem Bajwa, who also said that sporadic
attacks by frustrated terrorists could not dent the military's
resolve to eliminate the malady once and for all. "We have seen
how the rate of terrorist incidents declined during the past one
and a half years, and how it brought dividends to the entire nation,"
said Asim Saleem Bajwa in an interview. The recent uptick in terrorist
violence in the country came after a long hiatus, triggering a
media guessing game about the effectiveness of the new national
strategy against terrorism and extremism.
At least nine militants, belonging
TTP and LI, were killed and five others were injured in air strikes
in Rajgal and Kukikhel areas of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency
At least one soldier was killed
and four others were injured by an IED near Talai village in Wana
town of South Waziristan Agency.
Police killed four criminals during
an ongoing operation against criminals in the Katcha areas of
Khanpur and Ghouspur in Shikarpur District. One Policeman, identified
as Ali Gul Mahar, was also killed two others were injured in the
exchange of fire. The operation was launched to recover three
abductees, including a minor girl, from Thull abducted over eight
years ago. However, the Police a woman, who along with five friends
was kidnapped from Sehwan area two years ago. During the operation,
the Police torched over ten houses and detained more than 10 suspects.
Moreover, The suspects have been shifted to an undisclosed location
Unidentified armed assailants
raided the residence of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, Pakistani scientist
imprisoned in US over charges of terrorism, and tortured the watchman
in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town of provincial capital Karachi.
Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah
while speaking to the media in Khairpur District said that there
is no presence of the militant Islamic State group, saying that
its name is being used to terrify people. The CM categorically
stated that "the IS doesn't exist in any part of Sindh". According
to him, some banned outfits and terrorist organisations were using
the name of the IS for their ulterior motives.
SFs arrested two militants, including
'commander' of TTP Zewar alias Zewar Mulla, during a raid in a
house in Fateh Jang tehsil in Attock District. Mulla is stated
to be a close associate of late TTP head Hakimullah Mehsud and
a TTP 'commander' Tariq Afridi, who too is dead. Zewar was also
associated with Saeed Khan, a Pakistani commander of Islamic State,
or Daesh. Zewar, who had been collecting funds for the TTP, was
a resident of Dabori in Orakzai Agency of FATA.
SFs arrested another militant,
identified as Ziaur Rehman, during a search operation in Shahu
LEAs found a homemade explosive
device near a girls school in Kot Lakhpat area of provincial capital
The CTD, Sindh, Intelligence Wing,
claimed to have arrested three accused, including a TTP militants,
who were alleged to be involved in target killings and killing
of armed forces personnel. According to details, SSP Amir Farooqi
of CTD Intelligence Wing said that the CTD personnel on a tip-off
raided the outskirts of the city and after an encounter arrested
Hanif Khan alias Fazalullah Mehsud. The Police also recovered
weapons, including Kalashnikov, from his possession. However,
the associates of Khan managed to flee. During investigation,
it was found that the accused belonged to TTP-Sajna Group and
recently came to Karachi to form a network.
The CTD personnel arrested Mohammed
Kasif along with a Kalashnikov in Yousuf Goth area of Gadap Town.
Later, the Police also arrested Mohammed Farooq and recovered
a Kalashnikov and 10,000 bullets from his possession. Further
investigations are underway.
The CTD personnel arrested Mohammed
Kasif along with a Kalashnikov in Yousuf Goth area of Gadap Town.
Later, the Police also arrested Mohammed Farooq and recovered
a Kalashnikov and 10,000 bullets from his possession. Further
investigations are underway.
The CTD detained three alleged
terrorists from Torghar District and recovered six kilograms of
explosives, including four feet safety fuse, three detonators
and one hand-grenade from their possession. The press release
said the three terrorists were coming to Torghar from Shangla
District. They were planning to use the explosives in a sabotage
act in Torghar.
The CTD arrested a suspected terrorist,
identified as Ghulam Qadir, from Pir Bala village in the limits
of Mathra Police Station in provincial capital Peshawar. According
to the CTD, Qadir was associated with a banned organisation and
was involved in collecting extortion from the locals and handing
it over to other members of his group in Torkham.
Seven militants, belonging to
TTP and LeJ, who were on their way to launch an attack in Sharaqpur
area, were killed in an exchange of gunfire during a Police encounter
in Sheikhupura District. According to a statement from the Provincial
CTD, a dozen or so militants were riding motorcycles and were
on their way to attack Police when they were intercepted. "When
the firing stopped, seven unknown terrorists were found dead,"
it said, adding that the men were killed "by firing from their
accomplices who fled from the scene taking benefit of darkness".
Shahzad Sultan, a senior local Police Official confirmed the incident.
Two Police Constables, identified
as Muhammad Asif and Mubashir, manning a security check post in
Chanab Pulli area of Iqbal Town in provincial capital Lahore were
shot dead by three unidentified militants.
Two Police Constables, identified
as Muhammad Asif and Mubashir, manning a security check post in
Chanab Pulli area of Iqbal Town in provincial capital Lahore were
shot dead by three unidentified militants.
At least five Khasadar force officials
were killed when unidentified militants attacked a Khasadar check
post at Mohmand-Peshawar Highway in Pandyali area of Mohmand Agency
Unidentified militants killed
two Khasadars near sub-divisional headquarter Ekka Ghund in Darwazgai
area near Mohmand-Charsadda border in lower Mohmand Agency. Following
the attacks, the solar tube-well in Darwazgai was also set on
fire, soon after which the attackers fled from the scene.
At least three persons of the
Marri tribe were killed and four others were injured in a firing
incident in provincial capital Quetta. The victims were identified
as Marri tribal leader Mozai Mari and his two sons.
Three security personnel were
killed and two others were injured when militants launched an
attack on a Levies check-post in Kahan area of Kohlu District.
After the attack, Security Forces launched a search operation.
During a meeting held between
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and Corps Commander of
Karachi Lieutenant General Naveed Mukhtar in Karachi it was decided
that the ongoing operation against terrorists in Karachi will
be extended to the interior of Sindh to strengthen the operation
further and eliminate terrorists' cells in these areas. These
cells, according to sources, exist in the interior of Sindh in
areas bordering Balochistan.
During the discussion, according
to sources, the incidents of terrorism that occurred recently
in Jacobabad and Shikarpur Districts also came up for consideration
and it was stated that such acts were not possible without the
presence of facilitators in the interior of Sindh.
The Gilgit-Baltistan Government
has decided to allocate a substantial piece of land to Pakistan
Army in Thak Das area of Diamer District so it can set up headquarters
and ensure security for the CPEC. Diamer Deputy Commissioner Usman
Ahmad said, "The army will make its headquarters in Thak Das this
will help provide security to CPEC installations."
Two personnel of the Khasadar
force were killed in Machni area of Mohmand Agency in FATA. The
incident occurred late in the night when the deceased personnel
Taj Ali and Bilal were on duty at a solar tubewell in the area.
The JuA, a faction of TTP, claimed
responsibility for the February 17 attack on Khasadar force at
a security checkpost in Karapa area of Pandyali tehsil in Mohmand
Agency in which seven personnel were killed.
The CTD Punjab Police lodged Indian
airbase Pathankot attack case of January 2, 2016. Sources said
the case has been lodged against unknown terrorists on the plea
of Deputy Home Secretary Aitzaz-ud-Din. Murder, attempt to murder
and terror charges have been included in the case.
Earlier, the special investigation
team formed by Pakistan to investigate the Pathankot incident
has formally recommended to the Federal Government to lodge an
FIR on the basis of the information provided to the National Security
Adviser Lieutenant-General (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua by his Indian
counterpart Ajit Doval, background interviews and documents available
with The News revealed. The Interior Ministry, on its notification
issued on January 13, 2016, had constituted a six-member team.
The team was headed by a convener named Rai Tahir, a reputed chief
of the CTD, Punjab Police.
Pakistan hanged 324 people last
year to rank third worldwide in terms of executions, but the vast
majority of those put to death had no links to militant groups
or attacks, The Reprieve report said. According to the report
prepared by the Reprieve, an international human rights group,
and Justice Project Pakistan, of the 351 executions that followed,
only 39, or about 1 in 10, involved people linked to a known militant
group or guilty of crimes linked to militancy. The Government
lifted a moratorium on executions in late 2014 as a measure to
deter militancy after TTP militants attack Army Public School
in Peshawar on December 16, 2014.
Pakistan now ranks after China
and Iran, carrying out 324 hangings in 2015 alone, the report
says. Juveniles, mentally ill prisoners, and prisoners who had
been tortured or had not received fair trials were among those
executed, shows an analysis of media reports and data from courts,
prisons and legal teams. "The numbers show that government's claims
do not match the reality," said Maya Foa, Director of the death
penalty team at Reprieve. "Those going to the gallows are too
often the poor and vulnerable," she said in a statement. "It is
hard to see how hanging people like this will make Pakistan safer."
At least five militants were killed
during search operation, conducted by SFs in Karapa area of Pandyali
tehsil in Mohmand Agency of FATA. The security personnel also
seized explosive material from their possession.
Afghan religious scholar Abdul
Haleem was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Sultan Khel
area of Khyber Agency. According to SFs, unidentified attackers
opened fire on Afghan religious scholar leaving him seriously
injured and was rushed to hospital where he could not succumb
to his injuries.
Militants blew up part of a newly
constructed Government school in the Tiarza tehsil area of South
Waziristan Agency. A splinter group of the TTP, Sajna group, claimed
responsibility for the attack. "We have blown up the school because
it was a government installation," said Azam Tariq, a spokesman
of the group, warning the group would continue to attack government
Law Enforcement Agencies shot
dead four militants who were seen planting an IED in the Abdul
Rehman Zai area of Gulistan town of Qilla Abdullah District. "A
large quantity of arms and explosives were also confiscated from
At least three bullet-riddled
dead bodies were recovered from Shakha Dara area of Chaman town.
Another bullet-riddled dead body
was recovered in Toba Achakzai area of Qilla Abdullah District.
Two people were shot dead when
unidentified militants opened fire at them in the Dilsora Karez
area of Chaman town. No outfit claimed responsibility for the
FC troops foiled an act of terror
in Dera Murad Jamali city of Naseerabad District. The militants
were planning to use the IED weighing 8 kilograms against the
security forces guarding gas pipelines.
FC arrested four alleged militants
and recovered arms from their possession in Mastung area of same
District in Balochistan. According to an FC spokesman, acting
on a tip off, FC personnel carried out a search operation in the
area and apprehended four alleged militants.
At least three Policemen were
killed in a gun attack near Miran Wala Bangla Bypass in Faisalabad
District of Punjab. The suspected miscreants opened fire at Policemen
when they were stopped by patrolling Police near Miran Wala Bangla
Bypass, resulting in the killing of three Policemen. However,
the suspects managed to escape.
Three civilians were killed and
one injured when an IED blew up their car in Navi Mandi area of
Data Khel tehsil in South Waziristan Agency of FATA. The four
were returned IDPs traveling to Bannu to retrieve their belongings.
Unidentified militants hurled
a grenade at the building of the District Education Office in
Gwadar District. However, no casualties were reported.
Rashid Baloch, a member of the
Baba Ladla gang in Lyari area of Karachi, was arrested in the
Bhana Mari area of Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa. Peshawar's CTD and IB jointly raided houses in Bhana
Mari along Kohat Road and arrested Rashid Baloch, alias 'Chichi'
after receiving a tip-off that the gangster was currently in Peshawar,
waiting for a new passport to flee abroad. According to initial
investigations, Baloch had fled to Peshawar because of the Rangers-led
Karachi operation, which began in 2013.
The Sindh Police killed 12 terrorists,
belonging to AQIS and LeJ, in two separate encounters in Pipri
area and Gadap Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.
In the first encounter, at least eight militants were killed in
Pipri area of Bin Qasim Town. "Eight militants were killed on
the spot while four others, who fled the scene, were killed in
Gadap area," said SSP Rao Anwaar of Malir District. In the second
encounter, at least four militants were killed in Gadap Town.
He further said that the encounters, which lasted several hours
in a slum off the National Highway, occurred during a raid on
a hideout after police received intelligence-based information
that terrorists belonging to banned outfits had gathered there.
The terrorists had been working jointly and targeting law enforcement
agencies in Karachi, Rao added. Five of the deceased suspects
were identified as Sohail, Khalil, Bilal, Talha and Abdul Salam.
During the search operation the Police they found four pressure
cooker bombs, suicide jackets, detonating cords, five hand grenades,
ball bearings, five submachine guns, three 9mm pistols and hundreds
The Pakistan Rangers, Sindh, disclosed
the arrest of two suspects affiliated with PAC who were said to
be involved in a number of extortion cases. As per a spokesman
of the paramilitary force, a team conducted an intelligence-based
raid in Landhi Town and, after an encounter, arrested Munawwar
and Rafiq with weapons. Both were shifted to the headquarters
for interrogation during which they confessed to their affiliation
with the PAC and to have extorted more than 24 traders and industrialists.
Police arrested four Policemen
among nine people allegedly involved in 'kidnapping, extortion
and robbery' and a suspected gangster linked with the Lyari gang
war, who had recently returned from the United Arab Emirates,
said Karachi-West SSP Azfar Mahesar.
Police, acting on a tip-off, detained
Abdul Rehman alias Khan Bhai, in Jehanabad area of SITE Town.
"He was wanted in 12 murder cases and 20 cases pertaining to kidnapping-for-ransom
and extortion," said the SSP-West. After the launch of a Rangers-led
operation, the suspect escaped to the United Arab Emirates, where
he was working at a police workshop in Sharjah. He had recently
returned to the city and was a close associate of two gangsters,
Fahim and Naseem, linked with the Uzair Baloch-led gang, added
A JIT 'reinvestigating' the Baldia
factory fire case that claimed the lives of 259 workers and caused
injuries to 50 labourers in Karachi on September 11, 2012 has
come to the conclusion that it was a "planned sabotage and terrorist
activity". The JIT report said: "Based upon available evidence
and expert opinions, the JIT has come to conclusion that factory
fire was a planned sabotage/terrorist activity and not an accidental
fire." It added that the alleged terrorist act was carried out
"due to refusal to pay extortion (Bhatta) of Rs20 (Twenty) crores
and partnership in factory profits by factory owners to office-bearers,
namely Rehman Bhola and Hammad Siddiqi of MQM-A".
A drone strike, targeting suspected
militant hideouts in the Shahidano Dhand area of Lower Kurram
Agency, wounded one unidentified suspected militant. The drone
fired four missiles at militant hideouts, as a result of which,
one militant was injured and three hideouts were destroyed.
SFs arrested several suspects
and seized a huge cache of arms when they enforced curfew and
carried out a search operation in Mohmand Agency. The curfew was
clamped and the search operation was started early in the day.
During the search operation, several persons who couldn't prove
their identification were detained. Their identity wasn't revealed
by the authorities. The troops also recovered arms from their
possession. The detained men were shifted to another, undisclosed
place for interrogation.
An indefinite dusk-to-dawn curfew
was imposed across Mohmand Agency as SFs stepped up operations
in the region.
A key operative of the LeJ, identified
as Asif Chotu, was arrested during a search operation in Dera
Ghazi Khan District. Chotu was wanted by the Police in the Justice
Baqar Maqbool attack case and other crimes. The suspect was carrying
head money of PKR 2.5 million.
Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign
Affairs Sartaj Aziz revealed that one of the mobile phone numbers
linked to those who attacked the Pathankot airbase on January
2, 2016, had been traced to the JeM headquarters in Bahawalpur
District of Punjab. Aziz called the lodging of the FIR in connection
with the Pathankot assault a "logical and positive step" in bringing
the perpetrators to justice. Aziz further confirmed that JeM chief
Masood Azhar had been under "protective custody" since January
Pakistan was the 10th largest
arms importer in the world in 2015, down one spot from number
nine the previous year, The SIPRI database revealed. Pakistan
spent USD 735 million on arms imports in 2015. The largest exporter
of arms to Pakistan in 2015 was China, with arms transfers worth
USD 565 million, followed by the US with USD 66m in arms transfers.
Pakistan is also China's largest buyer for arms, accounting for
35 per cent of total arms sales in the country, followed by Bangladesh
The HRW report released in Istanbul
stated, "Rangers, a paramilitary force, were given complete control
over law enforcement in the city of Karachi, where there were
reports of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, and
torture". The report further read, "The security forces are engaged
in extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances to counter
political unrest in the province of Balochistan and in the port
city of Karachi in the Sindh province."
HRW South Asia Director, Meenakshi
Ganguly said that the HRW believed that there were serious security
challenges in Karachi, and the State had the responsibility to
ensure public order. However, she added, it appeared that the
security forces, unwilling to do the hard job of actually investigating
crimes and building evidence-based cases to ensure convictions,
had instead chosen to be judge and executioner. She added that
these were short-term gains and could lead to a cycle of violence.
"The Pakistani government should initiate police reforms and training
to ensure that law enforcement is rooted in due process," Ganguly
In its report, the HRW also questioned
the transparency of military courts. It read, "At least 15 people
were sentenced to death in proceedings shrouded in secrecy, giving
rise to fair trial concerns. Neither the Pakistani government,
nor the military articulated any criteria for the selection of
cases to be tried in military courts, giving the impression of
arbitrariness. No independent monitoring of the process was allowed,
and the news of death sentences was often given by the Inter-Services
Public Relations, a military communications agency, through the
Twenty-four militants were reportedly
killed in airstrikes by the PAF jet fighters in the Dattakhel
subdivision of NWA in FATA. Security officials said the aircraft
started bombing the suspected militant positions early in the
day, destroying eight sanctuaries in the remote and mountainous
Shawal Valley of the Dattakhel subdivision near the Afghan border.
The sources said that some of the sanctuaries established by the
militants in Alwara, Khar Tangi and Maizar areas of Dattakhel
were targeted by the airstrikes.
15 militants were killed and eight
of their hideouts destroyed near the Pak-Afghan border area after
cross-border mortar shelling targeted a security checkpost in
the Alwara Mandi, Khar-Tangi and Maizer areas of Kurram Agency.
An IED explosion injured seven
FC personnel in Tayarza tehsil of SWA. The FC vehicle was on routine
patrolling of the area when it came under attack.
Two educational institutions in
Islamabad received threats, one through a letter and the other
over a telephone call. The Police are investigating the matter
and trying to establish if the threats were a hoax. An administration
officer at a law college in Aabpara, Jahangir Khan, lodged a complaint
with the police and said he was at the office on February 19,
2016, when he received a landline call from an unknown number.
The caller said a bomb had been placed in the college which will
go off in 30 minutes.
The principal of a college in
G-10 also lodged a complaint with the Police saying that a letter
had been sent to the college through the post on February 18,
2016, saying the institute will be attacked on February 19. A
senior police officer told Dawn that the cases were being investigated
and efforts were underway to trace both the caller and the person
who sent the letter.
An ATC sentenced two JeM terrorists,
Kashif Siddique and Rashid Iqbal, to 10 years in prison for raising
funds for the outfit. They were arrested by the Punjab CTD in
Attock District on August 7, 2015, along with a money box placed
near a mosque. The CTD officials found PKR 210 in the box and
seized empty cash receipts, membership cards, books and pamphlets
related to JeM.
Pakistan has confirmed that JeM
chief Masood Azhar is in its "protective custody". Pakistan Prime
Minister Nawaz Sharif's adviser Sartaj Aziz told a news channel
that Azhar has been in custody since January 14, 2015.
Three suspected terrorists were
killed in a shootout with Rangers in Manghopir area of Gadap Town
in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. According to details,
Rangers personnel started a search operation in Manghopir on reports
about the presence of some terrorists. The raid turned into an
exchange of gunfire. "The armed men in the hideouts attacked the
Rangers team when they were taking positions following a tip-off
about the presence of terrorists in the area more forces were
called in to join the operation and after an exchange of gunfire
three terrorists were killed. They all belonged to a banned outfit.""
said the spokesman.
At least five FC personnel were
wounded in an IED blast near a security check post in Wana town
of SWA. FC vehicle was on routine patrol when the IED, planted
along the roadside, exploded.
The CoAS, General Raheel Sharif
directed the military commanders to begin the last phase of Operation
Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan Agency.
The Government has shut down 254
suspected and unregistered madrassas across the country, Minister
of State for Interior and Narcotics Control Balighur Rehman told
the National Assembly. He said that 167 suspected seminaries in
Sindh, 13 in KP, two in Punjab, and 72 unregistered madrassas
in Sindh have been closed. "The government is countering hate
speech and banning dissemination of extremist material," he added.
Regarding registration and regulation
of seminaries, the State Minister said that the Government had
completed 100 per cent mapping on agreed parameters in Islamabad
and Punjab. Eighty per cent of the mapping exercise has been completed
in Sindh, followed by 75 per cent in KP and 60 per cent in Balochistan.
"There are 190 foreign-funded seminaries in the country, of which
147 are in Punjab, 30 in Balochistan, seven in KP and six in Sindh."
Former Afghan Governor Sayed Fazlullah
Wahidi was recovered who was abducted in Islamabad on February
12. "Wahidi has been found and handed over to Afghanistan consulate
in Peshawar," his son, Nemat Wahidi said. Unidentified persons
had abducted Afghanistan's former Governor of Herat province in
Rana Market area of F-7 sector in Islamabad. The former envoy
had gone to a restaurant with his 12-year-old grandson when unidentified
persons arrived in two vehicles and kidnapped him, leaving the
child. The former Governor and an influential Afghan leader had
earlier arrived in the Islamabad along with his family to get
visas to travel to UK as British embassy in Kabul does not directly
issue visas to Afghan nationals.
The Police claimed to have arrested
40 suspects including 11 Afghans and recovered arms and ammunition
from their possession during search operations in Hayatabad and
Nasir Bhag areas of Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa. The Police also claimed to have recovered 24 unregistered
motorcycles, two pistols, a cache of bullets and drugs from suspects'
The Punjab Government constituted
a five-member JIT to carry out investigation into the Pathankot
airbase attack of January 2, 2016. The JIT was constituted after
Punjab CTD registered a FIR against the alleged attackers and
abettors of the attack. The JIT would also be visiting the airbase
next month to gather evidence subject to permission by the Indian
Government. The JIT comprises Punjab CTD Additional IGP Muhammad
Tahir Rai (convener), Lahore DDG Intelligence Bureau Mohammad
Azim Arshad, ISI Lieutenant-Colonel Tanvir Ahmed, Military Intelligence
Lieutenant-Colonel Irfan Mirza and Gujjaranwala CTD Investigating
Officer Shahid Tanveer (members).
Undeterred by scuttling of its
previous attempt to get JeM Chief Masood Azhar banned by the United
Nations, India will again move the world body with the demand.
"We will be moving the 1267 Sanctions Committee to also include
the name of Masood Azhar on the sanctions list. It is a great
anomaly that the organisation JeM is listed, but not its leader,"
Indian External Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said. He also
noted that India had already submitted to the UN's Sanction Committee
a fresh list of what he called 11 terrorists from Pakistan-based
groups affiliated to al Qaeda, Taliban and other outfits responsible
for terrorism in the country. On February 18, a list of 11 individuals
and one organisation "linked to terrorism in India", was submitted
to the 1267/1989/2253 ISIL (the militant Islamic State group)
and al Qaeda Sanctions Committee.
A death row convict, Saeed Khan,
involved in attack on Sialkot cantonment, was hanged till death
at the Central Jail of Adiala in Rawalpindi District.
Two Lyari gangsters, identified
as Sami Yousuf (30), Adnan Moin (25), were injured in a Police
encounter near Mirza Adam Khan Road in Lyari Town of Karachi,
the provincial capital of Sindh. They were arrested after the
Law enforcement agencies arrested
Inspector Chand Khan Niazi, the prime accused in the March 17,
2013, murder case of Lyari gangster Arshad Pappu, during a raid
in Lyari Town.
Rangers produced Chand Khan Niazi
before Anti-Terrorism Court and informed it about 90-day preventive
detention for questioning. The Rangers told the judge that they
had credible information about suspect's involvement in offences
that come within the ambit of Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.
At least 19 suspected militants
were killed and four security forces personnel, including a captain,
lost their lives during a gunbattle near the Pak-Afghan border
in Mangroti area in Shawal valley of NWA in FATA. The ground forces
surrounded a group of fleeing militants in Mangroti area killed
19 of them during an intense exchange of fire, the army's media
wing, ISPR, said in a statement. The ISPR said that the deceased
security personnel have been identified as Capt Umair, Havaldar
Hakim, Sepoy Hameed and Sepoy Rashid. On February 24, Pakistan
Army launched its final phase of Operation Zarb-e-Azb to go after
the terrorists still holed up in the strategic valley.
Air Force jets pounded militants'
hideouts in the in the Maizer area of the Dattakhel tehsil in
NWA and killed at least 15 TTP militants. "As many as four hideouts
were destroyed in the strikes this morning. Among the 15 killed
militants six were Uzbeks," a security official in the area said.
Levies force recovered three unidentified
dead bodies from Mashkay area of Awaran District.
FC detained three alleged militants
and recovered arms from their possession during a search operation
in Wahdat Colony area of provincial capital Quetta. The recovered
arms included nine pistols, thee shotguns and two rifles.
Police and law enforcement agencies
apprehended a wanted terrorist among 60 suspects during search
operations in different areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. According
to Police, the law enforcement agencies carried out targeted search
operations in Muslim Town, Khushhal Colony and Hakimabad area
of Nowshera District. At least 20 suspects including 11 Afghan
nationals were taken into custody. The suspects were shifted to
unknown location for interrogation. Similarly, CTD also arrested
a suspected terrorist from Mingora area of Swat. The suspect is
accused of remote control bomb attack on Security Forces in Sarband
area in 2008. In another operation in Peshawar, the police and
officials of the law enforcing agencies arrested 45 suspects including
Afghan nationals from different areas of the provincial capital.
Police carried out search operations in Faqirabad, Pathang Chowk
and Ring Road area. At least 45 suspects including five Afghans
were arrested during the search operations. The police also recovered
weapons and drugs from some of the suspects.
Malik Mumtaz Qadri, an Elite Force
commando convicted of killing former Punjab Governor Salman Taseer
on January 4, 2011, was executed at the Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi
District at around 4.30 am. Qadri was sentenced to death for assassinating
Taseer on October 1, 2011. Qadri said that he killed Taseer over
what he called the politician's vocal opposition to blasphemy
laws of the country. His mercy appeal was rejected by President
Mamnoon Hussain. "I can confirm that Qadri was hanged in Adiala
jail early Monday morning," senior local Police Official Sajjid
Police detained 11 more suspects
during a search operation in Pakistan Bazaar area of Orangi Town
in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. The Police said arms
were also recovered from their possession.
Police and intelligence Agencies
arrested two activists of a political party, identified as Rizwan
alias Bayya and Khurram, on charges of extortion, during a raid
in an unspecified location in Karachi.
A suspect, associated with a banned
organization, was arrested, on charges of distributing literature
against the Government and for seeking enforcement of Shariah
in the country, from Murree in Islamabad. Shaukat Ali, an official
of the Bhara Kahu Police, said that the suspect was distributing
literature in front of Farooqia Masjid on Murree Road when he
was arrested. "The literature was against the Government and it
stressed that Shariah should be enforced in the country. As the
accused belongs to a banned outfit, he was arrested," Ali added.
SFs killed 12 militants, including
a TTP-Shehryar faction 'commander' Hezbollah, in Shawal Valley
of North Waziristan Agency in FATA. Officials said that ground
troops were advancing into the militants' strongholds and had
captured Kund Ghar and Jung Top.
Unidentified armed assailants
shot dead a local office bearer of PPP, Abdul Rasheed, near his
residence in Korangi Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of
Sindh. "A 15 year old passerby girl was also injured as assailants
resorted to aerial firing while fleeing the scene, however, her
condition is out of danger," said Landhi SP Afnan Amin.
Rangers were directed by a two-judge
bench headed by Justice Ahmed Ali M. Shaikh to arrange a meeting
between Uzair Baloch, the chief of PAC, and his family members
as per the jail manual. Baloch is currently in Rangers custody.
Samina, wife of Uzair Baloch, had filed a constitutional petition
through her attorney, Advocate Saify Ali Khan, asking the court
to also allow her counsel to have an exclusive meeting with Uzair
on a weekly basis. The matter was disposed of after the law officers
of the provincial government and the paramilitary force submitted
in court that they had no objection to the meeting of the suspect
with his family members assuring the judges that the meeting would
be arranged as per jail rules and regulations.
Unidentified armed assailants
targeted the convoy of Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti
in Dera Bugti District. However, he escaped the attack. The attackers
managed to flee.
Two USAID officials were killed
and two others, including a tehsildar, sustained injuries when
an IED exploded in Ambar tehsil of Mohmand Agency in FATA. According
to the political administration officials, tehsildar Faramosh
Khan was on an anti-poppy drive in Ambar tehsil area along with
Anti-Narcotics Force officials and USAID campaigners when an IED
device planted on the roadside exploded. TTP-JuA, claimed responsibility
for the attack.
Activists of various religious
organisations and religio-political parties staged protest rallies
across FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa against the execution of Malik
Mumtaz Qadri for killing Punjab Governor Salman Taseer. The cadres
of ASWJ and Pasban Pakistan Town-I gathered near the Peshawar
Press Club to record protest over the hanging. The speakers alleged
that the Government executed Mumtaz Qadri to appease the United
States and other imperialistic powers.
Documents seized by United States
Special Forces personnel during the May 1-2, 2011 raid on Osama
bin Laden's hideout in Abbottabad District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
have revealed that al Qaeda leaders were increasingly worried
about spies in their group, drones patrolling the skies and secret
devices tracking their movements, said translations released by
Intelligence Agencies to media. The document - part of a cache
of 113 documents - has been described by intelligence officials
as Bin Laden's will. The documents are mostly dated between 2009
and 2011 and comprise the second cache from the raid to have been
In one of the declassified documents,
bin Laden outlines how at least USD 29 million stashed in Sudan
should be apportioned after his death, requesting that most of
it be used to continue global jihad. He writes, "I hope for my
brothers, sisters and maternal aunts to obey my will and to spend
all the money that I have left in Sudan on jihad, for the sake
Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime
Minister on Foreign Affairs, while making comment at Council on
Foreign Relations in Washington regarding Islamabad's considerable
influence over the Taliban, said, "We have some influence over
them because their leadership is in Pakistan and they get some
medical facilities. Their families are here". He further added,
"We can use those levers to pressurise them to say, ''Come to
the table''. But we can't negotiate on behalf of the Afghan Government
because we cannot offer them what the Afghan Government can offer
"We have to use these levers and
[have] restricted their movements, restricted their access to
hospitals and other facilities, and threatened them that ''If
you don't come forward and talk, we will at least expel you'',"
he said of the tough message Islamabad sent to Taliban leaders,
most of whom are believed to be operating out of Quetta, the capital
of Balochistan Province. "[We told the Taliban leaders that] we
have hosted [them] enough for 35 years, and we can't do it anymore
because the whole world is blaming us just by [their] presence
here," he said.
Further he said that Islamabad
pressured Afghan Taliban leaders to participate in the first-ever
direct talks with the Afghan Government on July 7, 2015.
Security Forces killed four suspected
militants during an exchange of fire in Kohlu District. The spokesman
for Frontier Constabulary, Khan Wasey, said the miscreants killed
in Kohlu district belonged to an outlawed militant organisation
operating in the area. He said that five sanctuaries were also
demolished during the search operation and a cache of arms and
ammunition was also recovered from their possession.
Three suspects, including a key
'commander' of the BRA, were killed and two others were injured
in Kech District. Wasey said that the SFs recovered weapons from
their possession. The spokesman further said the militants were
involved in killings of labourers working at Shadi Kor Dam.
Two Lyari gangsters, identified
as Younas alias Obama, and Muhammed Farooq alias Farooqa, were
killed and one Rangers personnel was injured during an intelligence
driven raid conducted by Sindh Rangers in Tharu Lane of Lyari
Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. "When the paramilitary
force reached the Tharu Lane to arrest the culprits, they started
firing at the personnel in a bid to escape. The Rangers retaliated,
resulting in the killing of the two terrorists," Rangers spokesperson
said. They were allegedly involved in targeted killings, extortion
and firing and grenade attacks on Policemen.
Law enforcement agencies arrested
a suspect, identified as Waseem Ahmed, who is considered to be
a close associate of PAC leader Uzair Baloch, during a raid at
Karachi Fisheries. The law enforcers reportedly took him into
custody on charges of financing gangsters. The money used to finance
the gangsters was allegedly misappropriated from the Fisheries
Department. The accused is a former Joint Secretary of the Collective
Bargaining Agent Union of the Fish Harbour and also was an active
member of the Lyari gang war.
An Ahmadi, identified as Qamarul
Zia (35), was killed for his faith in Kot Abdul Malik city of
Sheikhupura District. Zia was killed while he was leaving his
house to fetch his children from school. Mazhar Ali, the brother
of Zia, said that one of the men had stabbed Zia in the neck as
he was mounting his motorcycle. Ali said a shopkeeper in the area
had tried to rescue Zia but he also got injured by the assailants.
Zia's murder marks the first killing of an Ahmadi in 2016. Zia
was earlier attacked by some religious clerics in 2012. Some members
of the Majlis-e-Tahaffuz-e-Khatm-e-Nabuwat had again attacked
him six months ago.
A Division Bench of the Peshawar
High Court issued notices to the Federal Ministries of Defence
and Interior, asking them to explain why three brothers from Swat
District were allegedly detained by Security Forces and why their
property was confiscated. Justice Nisar Hussain and Justice Roohul
Amin heard a writ petition filed by Zahida, the mother of Shujaat
Shah, Syed Asmat Shah and Masood Shah, through her counsel Bashir
Khan. Bashir argued the Security Forces had arrested Zahida's
husband Daulat Shah and her sons a few years ago. "They remained
missing for a long time. In November 2014, Zahida was informed
her son Shujaat was in Lakki Marwat and husband in Kohat internment
centre while whereabouts of Asmat and Masood were still unknown
to her," the counsel told the court. "She was told her husband
had died in the internment centre while Asmat had been placed
in the proven militant or black category," Bashir added.
The Bench heard another petition
in a missing persons' case and sought replies from CTD and Gulbahar
Station House Officer. The accused allegedly picked Khan Wahid's
a resident of Afridi Garhi in Peshawar. His counsel Khalid Afridi
told the Bench that Wahid was a student of B. Com. and was arrested
after CTD personnel raided his house on May 6, 2015. Afridi argued
Wahid has been missing since then.
Personnel of the AVCC personnel
killed five kidnappers during an encounter in Gulshan-e-Bilal
area of Surjani Town in Gadap Town of Karachi, the provincial
capital of Sindh and rescued a man kidnapped on February 28, 2016.
According to the officers Zahid Khan, a trader was kidnapped from
his shop situated in Shadman Town, District Central. The kidnappers
had initially demanded a ransom of PKR 2 million which was later
settled at PKR 0.5 million. The police after registering a case
referred it to the AVCC for investigation. The police officers
claimed that the accused had opened fire on the law enforcers
however, they were killed following an encounter. The abductors
were identified as Mazharuddin (gang leader), Mohammed Tanveer,
Fahim, Ain Ali and Rasheed.
Three Lyari gangsters, identified
as Khalil Baloch, Sagheer Baloch and Ala Daad, affiliated with
Uzair Baloch gang, were killed in a Police encounter during a
raid at a hideout in Machar Colony area of Kiamari Town. Weapons
were also recovered from their possession. The police claimed
that they were involved in recent grenade attacks in the Old City
area and Lyari and were also wanted for over one a dozen cases
of target killings, extortion and kidnapping for ransom.
A girl, identified as Khateeja
(6), was killed while four others were injured in a grenade attack
at a medical store located at Meera Naka near Lee Market in Lyari
Sindh Rangers killed three criminals
during an encounter near Barohi Chowk in Kalakot area of Lyari
Town in provincial capital Karachi. Weapons were recovered from
their possession. The gangsters were identified as Gul Nawaz (20),
Bilal (22), and Naeem (20).
A woman, identified as Mehreen
(35), was shot dead unidentified armed assailants near Siddiqui
General Store in PIDC area of Sultanabad Colony of Liaquatabad
A man was shot at and injured
in a firing incident near Shalimar Bus Stop in Saddar Town.
Elsewhere in the Province, mobs
clashed with Police, attacked a media office and a press club
in Karachi and Hyderabad District as protesters took to streets
after Friday prayers against the hanging of Malik Mumtaz Qadri,
the assassin of former Punjab Governor Salman Taseer. The protesters
pelted the office of a private TV channel with stones and damaged
vehicles parked outside the office. In a statement PBA said, "PBA
terms this act as an attempt to curb freedom of expression and
to discourage media from performing its constitutional responsibilities."
Also, some enraged people took to the streets in parts of Karachi
on Friday, manhandling media teams, closing shops and beating
In addition, as many as 106 accused
were arrested in a crackdown against criminals in different areas
in the jurisdiction of South Zone Police. The Police also recovered
one hand grenade, two Kalashnikovs, one repeater gun, eight magazines,
three kilogrammes of drugs and allegedly looted valuables from
the accused, said a police statement. It added that target killers,
terrorists, robbers, street criminals, wanted men and absconders
are among the arrested accused.
The CPLC, Pakistan Rangers, Sindh,
and Police during a meeting decided to jointly fight the menace
of street crime in Karachi with the help of volunteers. "The participants
in the meeting noted that heinous crimes had been reduced after
the launch of the Rangers-led operation in Karachi. However, citizens
were concerned about street crime. A strategy was chalked out
at the meeting to bring down street crime," said sources. According
to sources, some 'hot spots' in Karachi South and East Districts
were identified for a targeted operation against street crime.
A joint team of Abbottabad and
Mansehra Police arrested two TTP militants from Mansehra District.
"We have arrested two militants of the banned TTP. They were wanted
in connection with many cases of extortions and other subversive
activities in the Province," DIG, Hazara Range, Akhtar Hayat Khan
Gandapur said. He said that a Police party led by DSP Amjad Hussain,
raided a hideout on the outskirts of the city and arrested two
terrorists belonging to North Waziristan."We will not disclose
the names of the arrested militants at the moment as the investigation
is in progress," he added. The official said that the terrorists
had written a letter to Munir Khan, a businessman in Abbottabad,
asking him to pay them PKR two million for jihad or else his entire
family would be eliminated.
Police claimed to have killed
four militants belonging to AQIS and LeJ during an encounter near
Inara Garden in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town of Karachi, the provincial
capital of Sindh. Malir SSP Rao Anwar said that suspects were
allegedly involved in the killing of security personnel and members
of Shia community. "Suspects on seeing the police resorted to
firing and in an ensuing encounter, four gunmen got gunned down,"
claimed the SSP Anwar. Two of them were identified as Noman Akhter
and Sohail alias Kanga. The militants were involved in the killings
of traffic officials, Policemen and Shias. Police also claimed
to have seized a cache of weapons from their possession.
Four unidentified militants attacked
a Police post near Al-Asif Square in Sohrab Goth area of Gadap
Town. According to Malir SSP Anwar Rao, "They opened fire on the
Police check post from some distance but Policemen manning the
bunker retaliated with return fire, forcing the attacker to flee."
An ASI, identified as Syed Ali
Ahmed, was killed when unidentified militants opened fire at a
Police checkpoint near Kili Ghirsheenan in Pishin District. "Another
constable of the check-post retaliated and fired several shots
at the attackers, but they managed to escape," Police said. No
outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.
AQIS and the LeJ are hiring Karachi-based
militants of HuMA, and are planning attacks on major important
installations in the city, said the Home Department letter issued
to Police and Rangers. According to the letter, "During the interrogation
of some recently apprehended high-value terrorists, it was learnt
that on the directives of AQIS and the Tehreek-s-Taliban Pakistan,
they had gathered information about some important installations
and targets in Karachi, but the attacks could not be carried out
because their leaders were arrested". The targets were American
employees of an oil refinery in Keamari, the US consulate Saddar
Division, the Sindh Assembly building, the Police Club, the residence
of senior police officials, Rangers vans, and Police check posts.
An Intelligence Agency informed
the Sindh IGP through a letter that "AQIS, the TTP, the JuA and
the LeJ are planning to attack Counter Terrorism Department official
Raja Umar Khattab". Khattab said that continuous operations against
banned outfits had resulted in a decrease in terrorism-related
cases and many key terrorist leaders, including Naeem Bukhari
of the LeJ and Farooq Mussana of AQIS, had been arrested. However,
he added, a cell of AQIS still existed in Karachi and operating
in small groups as after the Operation Zarb-e-Azb in the tribal
areas, their network had been dismantled and now they were showing
their presence by attacking Rangers, police and schools. "But
that doesn't mean that they will be unable to carry out major
attacks. But if the crackdown against them continues, such attacks
can be prevented."
A teenage suicide bomber killed
at least 17 people, including six women, two children and two
Policemen, and injured 23 others at a court complex in Shabqadar
tehsil of Charsadda District in KP. The JuA faction of the TTP
claimed the responsibility calling it the revenge for last week's
hanging of Mumtaz Qadri, the self-confessed killer of former Punjab
governor Salmaan Taseer. DPO Sohail Khalid said that the bomber
appeared to be in his teens. "He was carrying six to eight kilogrammes
of explosives in his suicide vest."
PRO DIG Saeed Wazir said that
the bomber shot dead the Policeman standing guard at the gate
before entering the complex where he was intercepted by two more
Policemen. "In the ensuing scuffle the bomber detonated the explosives
strapped to his chest," DIG Wazir said. The bomber wanted to target
the judges, lawyers and police inside the courtrooms.
Three security guards sustained
injuries and PKR 9 million were looted during a bank robbery within
the Masti Gate Police limits in Rang Mahal Chowk area of provincial
capital Lahore. The investigation officer said that the incident
occurred when security guards were shifting cash in the security
van from a private Bank. The injured guards were identified as
Naeem, Khalid and Noor. This is the third big bank robbery in
the last three months. In the second week of November 2015, robbers
had looted PKR 90 million from a private bank in Gulberg and fled
the scene. About PKR 4 million were looted from another private
bank in Qila Gujjar Singh area.
Sindh Rangers DG Major General
Bilal Akbar urged the five-member bench of the Supreme Court to
allow the paramilitary force to set up its own 'police stations'
as he criticized the Police for its poor investigation. "If this
is done, obviously after registering FIR and conducting investigation,
challans shall be filed in normal courts or Anti-Terrorism Courts
established under the judicial system of Pakistan," Major General
Presenting a progress report before
the court at its Karachi Registry, the Rangers DG said that between
September 2013 and March 4, 2016, the paramilitary force had arrested
5,096 suspects who had been handed over to the Police for prosecution.
Of these 168 had been convicted while 83 had been acquitted by
the courts while 1,156 had been released on bail. The report,
filed by Advocate Shahid Anwar Bajwa on behalf of DG Rangers,
claimed that over 1,100 suspected criminals had been let off the
hook over the past 18 months owing to faulty Police investigations.
The law enforcement agencies recovered
Shahbaz Taseer, the abducted son of former Punjab Governor Salmaan
Taseer, from Kuchlak town near Quetta, the provincial capital
of Balochistan, five years after he was kidnapped by unidentified
gunmen from Lahore. A statement released by the ISPR confirmed
that the intelligence agencies have recovered Shahbaz Taseer from
an area near Kuchlak. Shahbaz was kidnapped from Lahore on August
26, 2011 near his company's head office few months after the assassination
of his father. A senior police official confirmed that Shahbaz
was recovered during a raid jointly conducted by the Counter-Terrorism
Department and intelligence agencies near Quetta. Quoting a Frontier
Corps officer, a TV channel confirmed the development. "An intelligence-based
operation was conducted by FC and police, resulting in his (Shahbaz)
The ATC in Karachi indicted 26
workers of MQM in more than 50 cases. The MQM activists were accused
of possessing explosives and illegal weapons. They were arrested
by Rangers during raid at MQM headquarters Nine-Zero in March
2015. The accused have pleaded not guilty. The court has summoned
investigation officers and witnesses on next hearing.
At least 21 militants were killed
in fresh airstrikes and ground operations in the Shawal Valley
of NWA in FATA where the military is conducting the last phase
of Operation Zarb-e-Azb. The military claims to have gained control
of strategic positions along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in
the snow-covered mountainous regions of NWA. Administration officials
said the air raids targeted hideouts of militants while ground
troops were going ahead with a cleansing operation in the area.
Chief military spokesman Lieutenant General Asim Saleem Bajwa
wrote on Twitter that helicopter gunships carried out the strikes,
which began Monday night and continued into Tuesday. "Operations
continue as important heights and passes along the Pak-Afghan
border are secured. The valley's sanitisation [is] in progress,"
he wrote on the micro-blogging website. "Ground forces continue
their hunt for fleeing terrorists through chase, cordon and search
Eight BLA militants, including
'commander' Aslam Achou alias Merick Baloch, were killed in an
exchange of fire during an encounter with Security Forces in the
Sangan area of Sibi District. Two FC personnel were also killed
during the gun battle. A spokesman for the Balochistan Government,
Anwar-ul-Haque Kakar, said that the BLA 'commander' Aslam Achou
alias Merick Baloch was an Afghan Tajik.
The District Malir Police claimed
to have shot dead three TTP terrorists in Northern Bypass area
of Malir Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. According
to details given by SSP Rao Anwaar, a Police team was attacked
by four gunmen on motorcycles near a snap-checking picket in the
Northern Bypass area. The Police retaliated and arrested three
terrorists in injured condition, while the fourth one escaped.
They later succumbed to their injuries. Three pistols and two
motorcycles were recovered from their possession however their
identities could not be ascertained immediately.
SITE Super Highway Police arrested
TTP extortionist, identified as Kamran Bajouri, during an encounter
in SITE Town. Bajouri used to take extortion money from traders
to generate funds for the militant outfit. He said that the attack
was in reaction to Bajouri's arrest.
An alleged target killer, identified
as Naeem Ahmed alias Nanah, was arrested by the CTD in Korangi
Town. During preliminary investigation, the accused confessed
murdering people, including a person near the Inquiry Office in
Korangi, during the years 2005 and 2006.
Unidentified militants kidnapped
eight FDA employees while they were heading to inspect an under
construction dam in Toi Khula area of SWA. "Gunmen kidnapped these
eight men when they were heading to the dam site," said Islam.
No outfit claimed responsibility for the abduction.
LEAs arrested 14 Afghan Taliban
militants during a raid from a compound in Pashtoonabad area in
provincial capital Quetta. "It is premature to say something about
the arrest of any high profile leader among them", the official
said. Sleeping bags, boots and administrative objects were also
recovered from their possession.
The Special Police Unit of CTD
arrested a woman who has been accused of facilitating the attack
on September 18, 2015, on Pakistan Air Force base in Badabher
area of Peshawar. "During the investigation, Zari Zadgai alias
Perveen, a resident of Telabanad village, [was] arrested. She
[is accused of] providing terrorists with food and supplying empty
bottles to them, which were later used to assemble explosive devices,"
the handout added.
Lieutenant Colonel, Tariq Ghafoor,
was shot dead while he was on his way to a nearby mosque to offer
Friday prayers near Ring Road in Hayatabad area of provincial
capital Peshawar. TTP spokesman, Muhammad Khorasani, claimed responsibility
for the attack in an email sent to journalists.
A Lyari gangster, identified as
Mustafa alias Lal Golden, was killed when paramilitary troops
shot at him during a raid at a multi-storey building in Singu
Lane area of Lyari Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of
Sindh. Mustafa was wanted in ransom cases and targeted killings.
The raid was conducted after receiving intelligence about the
presence of at least three suspected gangsters. According to official
details, the gangsters opened fire on paramilitary officials and
tried to escape. However, one gangster was killed during an exchange
of fire while his accomplices managed to escape. Automatic weapons,
ammunitions and drugs were recovered from his possession.
Rangers carried out search operations
in Lyari and Orangi Town and arrested 35 suspects and recovered
a huge cache of ammunition, including 10 SMGs, one LMG and bullets,
from their possession.
Authorities arrested 22 tribesmen
in SWA of FATA in a "collective responsibility" punishment a day
after eight government officials were kidnapped. Eight officials
of the FDA, were kidnapped in South Waziristan on March 10, 2016.
"We have arrested 22 tribesmen to put pressure for the release
of the eight FDA officials as the kidnapping took place in their
area and it is their collective responsibility to help authorities
in the recovery," Masood Khan, a political officer, said.
The political administration of
SWA has given 24 hours to the Suleman Khel and Dottani tribes
to rescue nine workers. An unnamed official said that action would
be taken under the FCR if the tribes failed to recover the abducted
individuals. "If the deadline expires [without the rescue of kidnapped
men], the political administration will launch a crackdown against
both tribes," the official said, adding, "They will not be issued
CNICs (Computerized National Identity Card's) and their domiciles
will be suspended. Their business centres will also be shut down."
SFs arrested a suspected person
in an action in Gul Kach area of Zhob and recovered arms from
his possession. According to reports, SFs seized five grenades,
walkie-talkie and hundreds of rounds from his possession.
Five militants were killed and
one arrested during a security operation carried out by FC along
with other law enforcement agencies in Dera Bugti District of
Balochistan. An FC spokesman said that on a tip-off, FC teams
along with other law enforcement agencies raided a place in Dera
Bugti. Exchange of fire took place between FC personnel and the
armed men, he said adding "five militants were killed and one
arrested in Dera Bugti operation. He said that the militants killed
in the operation were involved in attacks on security forces,
damaging gas pipelines, extortion and kidnapping for ransom. The
militants belonged to a banned militant organisation, Baloch Republican
Army; he said adding that the camps of the militants were also
destroyed while further probe is underway.
At least five militants were killed
in an encounter with CTD forces in Nankana Sahib District of Punjab.
CTD forces raided a house on a tip-off in a village and an encounter
took place. During the crossfire, five terrorists were killed
while two others managed to escape. Explosive material and ammunition
were recovered from their possession. The identity of the suspects
could not be ascertained immediately.
Police claimed to have arrested
five key gangsters of Lyari gang from Dhok Kisan area of Attock
District. On a tip-off, the Police headed by Regional Police Officer
Fakhar Sultan raided a hideout and arrested the alleged gangsters
identified as Noor Zaman, Hameed Khan, Safdar Hussain, Ansar Hussain
and Ghulam Hussain. The police also impounded a cache of ammunition,
bullets, four carat gold and PKR 30 million from their possession.
Two alleged terrorists linked
to al Qaeda were killed during an encounter with CTD in Quaidabad
area of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, on the morning.
On a tip-off, CTD personnel raided a hideout and an encounter
took place resulting in death of two terrorists. They were identified
as Arshad and Umair who were linked to al Qaeda sub-continent
chapter. Arshad had PKR five million and Umair had PKR 500, 000
head money, CTD officials said.
At least five alleged terrorists
were killed in exchange of fire with the personnel of CTD in Samasata
area in Bahawalpur District in Punjab. According to reports, the
CTD personnel, on a tip-off, launched action in Samasata area.
Exchange of fire took place at Bahawalpur overhead bridge in which
five terrorists were killed. The officials also seized hand grenades
and explosives from the possession of the militants, affiliated
to a banned outfit.
Sindh Rangers thwarted a major
terror bid by killing four terrorists in Manghopir area of Karachi,
the provincial capital of Sindh, in the night. According to Rangers
spokesman, the paramilitary force, on a tip-off, raided a house
in Sultanabad area, where terrorists opened fire. In retaliatory
fire, four terrorists were killed. Two Rangers personnel also
sustained injuries in the shootout.
An explosion occurred on early
morning at a shrine located in an isolated graveyard in Athmaqam
area of Neelum Valley District in PoK. The explosion caused no
loss of life but Police recovered a dozen of unexploded hand grenades.
Athmaqam SHO Raja Ansar Sajad said that upon a tip-off from the
local villagers about the explosion at Kundal Shahi a team of
police reached at the shrine of Syed Rasool Shah and recovered
12 hand grenades. He said that some unknown miscreants threw the
local made hand grenades at shrine located in a graveyard early
in the morning and blasts were heard in the area but no loss of
life was reported as they fell in an open area.
Two AQIS militants, who were killed
on March 12, 2016, in an encounter in Quaidabad area of Bin Qasim
Town, were planning a suicide attack at Drigh Road Railway Station
to target ordnance supply to the military, said Additional Inspector
General of the CTD Dr Sanaullah Abbasi. The AQIS had done complete
reconnaissance and prepared a suicide bomber and a vehicle to
hit the target, as arms were being brought from the Wah ordnance
factory to Karachi by train or road in a military container for
their onward supply to the Malir cantonment.
Pakistani officials threatened
to expel Afghan Taliban from bases in Pakistan if they did not
join peace talks this month, but the militants rebuffed their
traditional patron, two officials said, casting doubt on how much
influence Islamabad retains over them. After the secret meetings
with Pakistani officials about two weeks ago, the Taliban's Supreme
Council met at an undisclosed location and voted to reject the
talks scheduled for early March with the Afghan government, according
to a council member. Instead, the insurgents are now pouring back
into Afghanistan for what they say will be a fierce spring offensive
to be launched soon. Pakistan's influence over the insurgents
is the lynchpin to the peace plan developed over last few months
by Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States and China to bring
an end to the 15-year-old war in Afghanistan. A Pakistani official
in Islamabad said that the Taliban's recent success on the battlefield
inside Afghanistan had changed the equation. “They no longer need
their Pakistan bases in the same way, so if Pakistan threatens
to expel them, it does not have the same effect,” said the official,
a retired military officer close to the talks.
Pakistan witnessed a decrease
of 34 percent in terrorism activities during the year 2015 as
compared to 2014, official sources said. According to reports,
incidents of terrorism reduced from 5,496 in 2014 to 3,625 in
2015 and the New Year has so far witnessed 80 percent decline
in terror acts and extremism by breaking network of terrorists
in FATA, Karachi and Balochistan after developing much needed
consensus among the political parties. The sources said this achievement
is due to the fact that all political forces clustered around
National Action Plan (NAP) to take it to logical conclusion. The
sources said NAP has also brought relief to the nation as the
country has witnessed overall decline in heinous offences.
At least 15 persons were killed
and 25 others injured when a powerful bomb ripped through a Civil
Secretariat bus, carrying Government employees, near Sunehri Masjid
in Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The
bus was carrying Government employees from Mardan to Peshawar.
SP (Cantonment Circle) Muhammad Kashif said the blast was caused
by explosive material planted inside the bus.
Lakki Marwat DSP Kifayat Hussain
was found dead in his official residence. An official source said
the residence of the deceased police official was located in the
congested urban locality. “After spending the day in office Mr
Hussain had reached his residence in the evening where he was
found dead in mysterious circumstances,” he added.
A Police head constable, identified
as Muhammad Sarwar, and a private security guard Abdul Qayyum,
were killed during a bank robbery in Kuchlak town of Quetta, the
provincial capital of Sindh. At least three other security guards
and a civilian were injured in the shootout. The robbers looted
PKR 4 million.
Sindh Rangers along with the RTF
arrested three kidnappers during a raid in Datageer area of Gulberg
Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. According to
the official sources, a boy, identified as Kashan (12), was abducted
on March 12, 2016, while he was going to take his tuition classes
on Bukhari Commercial in Darakhshan police area. The kidnappers
demanded of his family to pay a ransom of PKR 10 million for his
release however, it was later reduced to PKR 0.3 million. When
the deal was finalised on a phone call, the kidnappers told the
family to come to the Queens Road where they released the boy
after receiving the ransom money. After the family approached
the RTF, it raided a house near Dastageer area and arrested one
kidnapper, Adnan, who disclosed the names of his associates during
an investigation. The RTF along with the accused raided a hideout
in Defence Phase VIII and arrested the leader, Tafeeq Jagrani,
and his other accomplice and found weapons and ransom money on
The Chief of Army Staff General
Raheel Sharif confirmed death sentences of 13 ‘hardcore militants’,
including one involved in the killing foreign tourists in Nanga
Parbat. According to the ISPR, the condemned terrorists were tried
by military courts for their involvement in Nanga Parbat attack,
Saidu Sharif airport, destruction of schools, attacks on armed
forces, law enforcement agencies and civilians. Earlier on January
1, the Army Chief had confirmed death sentences for nine terrorists
convicted by military courts.
Three lady health workers of a
polio team were shot at and injured by unidentified militants
in Garhi Yasin area of Shikarpur District.
While addressing a press conference
at the Karachi Press Club BRP Ailaaf Baloch and Afshan Baloch
said that more than 70 members of the party had been missing for
several months and emphasised that the situation in Balochistan
could only be normalised if aspirations of Baloch people were
kept supreme. They urged the authorities concerned to give their
right arm to solve the simmering problem in Balochistan.
They recalled that Balochistan
had plenty of natural resources, yet its people were unable to
have clean drinking water, education and healthcare facilities.
They pointed out that giving Baloch people their rights on a priority
basis would be a huge step. They said the BRP had been raising
its voice for the recovery of its members who, they claimed, were
victims of enforced disappearances.
At least two soldiers and two
women were killed in a suicide explosion in the Smagal area of
Darel Valley in the Diamer District of the Gilgit-Baltistan region
in PaK. Acting on an intelligence tipoff, SFs had laid siege to
the house of a ‘commander’ of TTP’s Diamer faction, identified
as Hazrat Noor. An unnamed security official disclosed, “The terrorist
blew himself up to avoid arrest. Besides his wife and daughter,
two soldiers were also killed in the blast.” The slain militant
also reportedly had opened fire at the Forces before blowing himself
An exchange of fire between SFs
and militants in the Gayyal village area of Tarel Valley in Diamer
District resulted in five fatalities. ISPR, the media wing of
the Pakistan Army, stated, “Three wanted terrorists were killed
by security forces in a successful IBO [intelligence-based operation]
in Tarel Valley in Gayyal Village near Chillas in Gilgit-Baltistan
today. Two security personnel also embraced shahadat (martyrdom)
in the exchange of fire.”
At least five terrorists were
killed in an exchange of fire when militants besieged a security
check post in Dara Darmodrab area of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency
of FATA. The ISPR confirmed the incident.
A 'commander' of IS, identified
as Kamran Aslam Gujjar, was killed in a Police encounter in Manghopir
area of Gadap Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.
According to a press release issued by Sindh police, District
West Police and CIA personnel, acting on a tip-off, launched a
search operation in Ittehad Town area where the raiding party
came under fire. One of the attackers and two policemen were severely
injured during the encounter. Police claimed to have recovered
a sub-machine gun, three hand grenades and explosive material
from his possession.
According to the Police statement,
Gujjar is a 'trained Daesh commander' who had also worked for
AQIS in the past and was carrying a bounty of PKR 2.5 million
on his head. The accused had also confessed to his involvement
in target killings, grenade attacks and bank robberies and claimed
to have recently joined Daesh.
The CTD arrested four suspected
militants while distributing pamphlets of banned militant organisation
on the Pajagi Road near Tableeghi Markaz in provincial capital
Peshawar. The raid was conducted after receiving information from
the secret agencies. The suspects were identified as Muhammad
Anas, Muhammad Tayyeb, Attaullah and Syed Akbar Shah.
The CTD Mardan arrested a suspected
terrorist along with explosive material from Mardan District.
Zarri Zadgai alias Perveen, the
woman facilitator of the attack on PAF base in Badaber on September
18, 2015, was sent to jail after she confessed to the crime at
the Anti-Terrorism Court.
The IGP Nasir Khan Durrani reiterated
his pledge that extortion in the Province will be eliminated at
Balochistan Home Department announced
head money for 99 militants, ranging between PKR 500,000 and PKR
15 million. CM Nawab Sanaullah Zehri vowed ‘not to pardon’ people
involved in terrorist activities. The militants belong to the
BLA, BRA, BLF, BRG and LeB.
But the names of Nawabzada Brahamdagh
Bugti, Nawabzada Hairbyar Marri, Nawabzada Mehran Marri and Mir
Javed Mengal, who are accused of instigating terrorist activities
in Balochistan, have not been included in the list. The CM said
that it was not clear whether the BLF chief (Dr Allah Nazar) was
dead or alive. However his name has been included in the list.
A ST cadre, identified as Muhammad
Iqbal Hanif (32), was shot dead in a targeted attack when he was
with his friends by a roadside near Qatar Hospital in Sector 8
area of Orangi Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.
His companion remained unhurt.
Three Rangers personnel were injured
when unidentified armed assailants hurled hand grenade at their
check post near Korangi Crossing in Korangi Town. They were identified
as Manzoor, Kalimullah and Abdul Ghafoor. Director General Sindh
Rangers Major General Bilal Akbar said that the four suspects
involved in the attack have been arrested but their names could
not be disclosed. He said Police and Rangers were being targeted
in three types of bomb attacks in Karachi by three different groups.
"Groups from Lyari are involved in the first kind of attacks
on Police and Rangers. Bombs made of plastic containers are being
used in the second type of attacks, which lead to suspicion that
a political party might be involved. While the third type of blasts,
he said, are carried out by terrorists."
The Police and Security Forces
arrested three suspected militants and seized weapons and ammunition
in a joint operation in Jabar area in Usheri Darra in Upper Dir
District. DPO of Upper Dir Syed Israruddin Bacha said 400 kilograms
of explosive powder, four IEDs, six rocket-launchers, one LMG,
one rifle, seven magazines and 200 bullets were seized. He said
the operation was launched on the basis of information divulged
by arrested militants Bacha Hussain and his son Farmanullah, who
were arrested from Lahore District in Punjab a few days ago.
Four suspected BLA militants were
killed and a senior leader of a banned organisation was injured
in an encounter with SF personnel in Chattar area of Nasirabad
District. The injured militant leader and 13 other suspected militants
were taken into custody. According to official sources, personnel
of Frontier Corps launched a search operation in the area close
to Dera Bugti and Lehri Districts after a tip-off about the presence
The Sindh Police CTD chief Sanaullah
Abbasi in a letter sent to the Government requested the Provincial
Government to take steps to de-radicalize Karachi, including removing
the flags, posters and graffiti of religious and political parties,
reducing media coverage of their rallies and other gatherings,
and integrating madrassas with the regular school system. “These
suggestions have been prepared on the basis of research and interrogation
reports of high-profile terrorism and extremism cases,” he said.
The DG of Sindh Rangers Major
General Bilal Akbar while talking to a delegation of the APSSA
vowed, “The Karachi operation will carry on until all criminal
elements have been eliminated”. He made it very clear that the
Karachi operation was not against any party or group in particular,
and stressed that its purpose was to curb criminal elements in
the city. He urged political and religious parties not to allow
criminals or terrorists into their ranks. “In spite of a difficult
situation, we are committed to protecting lives and property of
people in the metropolis,” he said.
At least 12 suspected militants,
including two BLA 'commanders', identified as Jamir and Baloch
Khan, were killed in an exchange of fire during an operation
with FC personnel in Nasau area of Kohlu District. The FC recovered
large cache of arms and ammunition from their possession. "Exchange
of fire is still underway".
Brother of Lyari gangster Arshad
Pappu, was arrested in Hub tehsil of Lasbela District. He was
identified as Hamid alias Aamir. Security Forces recovered a
large quantity of illegal weapons.
Brother of Lyari gangster Arshad
Pappu, was arrested in Hub tehsil of Lasbela District. He was
identified as Hamid alias Aamir. Security Forces recovered a
large quantity of illegal weapons.
A soldier of the Bajaur Scouts
was killed when unidentified militants across the border attacked
a check post with automatic weapons in Ghakhi Pass in Mamond
tehsil of Bajaur Agency in FATA.
President Mamnoon Hussain during
his visit in Wana, the headquarters of South Waziristan Agency
said that Pakistan's armed forces were fighting a decisive war
against terrorism in the tribal areas as. "Anti-state elements
are out to weaken the country through subversive activities
but their evil designs are being foiled by the armed forces,"
Unidentified militants hurled
a cracker bomb at Rangers check post in Korangi Town. However,
no casualties were reported. Zaman Town Police said that the
explosion damaged a wall of the check post. This was the third
attack on Rangers check post in the last week.
Two suspected criminals involved
in blasts on railway tracks and other heinous crimes were arrested
during a raid in Gohram Bugti Goth in Orangi Town. The Rangers
recovered weapons from their possession.
Three suspected gangsters were
arrested in Lyari Town.
An unidentified target killer,
affiliated with a militant outfit, was arrested during a raid
in Orangi Town.
Pakistani authorities have detained
the 'chief' of a breakaway faction of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah
Muhammad Rasool, claimed two unnamed Taliban leaders. They did
not say when Mullah Rasool was taken into custody but confirmed
that he had fled recent infighting in southern Afghanistan.
"I can confirm that Mullah Rasool has been arrested by authorities
in Pakistan after he crossed the border," one Taliban leader
said. He declined to share details. A Taliban leader in Rasool's
camp also confirmed his detention.
The CTD of Sindh Police claimed
to have arrested three suspected militants, including an engineer,
who were allegedly associated with the banned AQIS. "The three
were identified as Usman Naeem, Umair and Imamdin alias Mavia,"
The CTD's Additional Inspector General Dr Sanaullah Abbasi said.
"They are associated with the AQIS and were arrested after an
encounter with a CTD team in Karachi West. We have also seized
two AK-47 rifles and a TT pistol from their possession."
The PHC suspended the execution
of a death-row inmate, who was sentenced to death by a military
court for involvement in terrorism. A two member bench of the
PHC, comprising Justice Mahzar Alam Main Khel and Justice Younis
Thaheem, heard the application of convicted militant Bakhat
Amir, staying his execution. The bench asked the Interior and
Defense Ministries to submit details of the case in the next
hearing. The application filed by the convict's brother prayed
that Amir had surrendered himself to Security Forces in 2009
in Swat of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, after which there was no information
about him. A few weeks ago the family was informed that Amir
had been awarded the death sentence by a military court, his
brother maintained in court.
The Supreme Court was informed
that as of February 2, 2016, as many as 353 convicts had been
executed since the lifting of moratorium on the death penalty
by the Federal Government. The information was laid before a
two-judge Supreme Court bench, headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal
Khan, on behalf of the Interior Ministry by DAG Sajid Ilyas
Bhatti. The report was, however, quiet about whether the executed
convicts also included militants who were convicted by military
courts and whose executions began soon after the Army Public
School Peshawar attack on December 16, 2014.
The Supreme Court was hearing
a petition filed by Barrister Zafarullah Khan of the Watan Party
seeking swift disposal of appeals and petitions filed by around
7,124 inmates, currently on a death row in different prisons
of the country. Zafarullah Khan said that of the cases, the
Supreme Court was hearing 1,031 appeals, whereas 5,378 similar
matters were pending before various high courts. At least 21
cases are awaiting adjudication before the FSC and six are with
the GHQ. A brief report also stated that mercy petitions of
444 convicts had been rejected since Dec 2014 and 38 mercy petitions
were pending with the Interior Ministry. A set of another 33
appeals are currently under process.
Chief of Army Staff General
Raheel Sharif said tribal elders in North Waziristan Agency
in FATA were "happy" with improved security and peace and had
requested the army to stay in the area till the process of reconstruction
and resettlement was completed. On a visit to the tribal agency
where the Army has been conducting an air and ground offensive
against outlawed militants since June 2014, General Raheel claimed
"good progress had been made in the Shawal operation." The Army
chief also attended the earth breaking ceremony of a sports
complex in the agency. He said tribal people in the area were
"keen to resume a productive life," said Lieutenant General
Asim Bajwa, head of the ISPR. Bajwa quoted the army chief as
saying the "farthest edges of the agency [North Waziristan]
were now being cleared" and that around "650 square kilometres
had already been cleared in the final phase so far." The ISPR
chief said General Raheel had also directed to ensure complete
return of all TDPs by the end of 2016.
A former regional director of
ISI was shot dead in a drive-by shooting in Phase 7 area of
Hayatabad in Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Abdul Latif, who was also a professor at Qurtaba University,
had gone to Phase 7 to meet his relatives when assailants on
a motorcycle shot him dead, Police said. Tatara SHO Abid Afridi
said Latif (61), had retired as a regional director from the
ISI three years ago. During his career, Latif served on key
positions, including as the first secretary in Pakistan's embassy
in Afghanistan in the 90s, he added. "He was a resident of Tehkal
but was on a visit to Hayatabad to meet his relatives when unknown
attackers riding a motorcycle opened fire at him just outside
the house, killing him on the spot," SHO Afridi added.
Unidentified motorcycle bourne
assailants shot dead two Policemen in Dera Ismail Khan of same
Police arrested 32 suspected
persons including 12 Afghans during a search operation in the
Faqirabad area of Peshawar. The Police searched houses with
the help of sniffer dogs and arrested several suspects, besides
seizure of weapons and hashish from them.
The CTD Malakand Division arrested
a suspected terrorist during a targeted operation in Matta tehsil
of Swat District. According to CTD officials, the alleged terrorist
identified as Bahadar Shah who was arrested during an operation
by CTD in the limits of Matta Police Station. The accused Bahadar
Shah was wanted by Matta Police Station as a case under section
380, 448,148, 149, and 7ATA was registered against him in 2009.
Police claimed to have killed
three abductors and recovered three hostages in a joint raid
carried out by SIU and CPLC in Ibrahim Haideri area of Korangi
Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.
Police claimed to have killed
three abductors and recovered three hostages in a joint raid
carried out by SIU and CPLC in Ibrahim Haideri area of Korangi
Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.
The Madrassa Reforms Project,
which was initiated during the regime of Pervez Musharraf, is
still incomplete despite the lapse of many years. Under the
project, some 8,000 Islamic seminaries, about 1.6 million students
and approximately 120,000 teachers of these madrassas were to
be registered, but even after almost 12 years only 432 madrassas
have been registered and out of them only 36 are getting funds
from the Ministry of Religious Affairs.
||Balochistan Home Minister
Mir Sarfaraz Bugti said Operation Zarb-e-Azab was bearing fruit
and Balochistan soon would become a completely peaceful region.
He was addressing a ceremony held in connection with Yaum-e-Shuhada.
Southern Command Commander Lieutenant General Aamir Riaz, Advisor
to Chief Minister on Information Sardar Raza Muhammad Baraich,
Home Secretary Cap (retd) Akbar Hussain Durrani, Balochistan Frontier
Corps IG Major General Sher Afgun, Police IG Ahsan Mehboob and
senior officials were present. The Minister said the Government
and Security Forces have been taking practical measures to root
out terrorism from Balochistan on permanent basis, adding that
the sacrifices of martyrs would not go waste.
Four terror suspects were allegedly
killed in an encounter with the personnel of the CTD in the
Adam Wahan Village in the Lodhran District of Punjab. CTD officials
had a report that up to seven suspects were hiding in the village.
They raided the terrorist hideout in the Sadar Police precincts
in the Lodhran District and the terror suspects threw two hand
grenades at them. The CTD officials retaliated, killing four
suspected terrorists at the scene. A suicide vest, a hand grenade,
a rifle and other weapons were recovered from the suspects.
The suspects are yet to be identified.
A polio worker and supervisor
in EPI, identified as Akhtar Khan, was shot dead by an unidentified
militant in his private clinic in Khuga Khel area of Khyber
Agency in FATA. LI claimed responsibility for killing the EPI
supervisor over telephone from an Afghan mobile number. The
LI spokesman, however, did not specify as to why an EPI worker
Later, the Khasadar officials
said that they took a local resident into custody after a son
of the deceased polio worker told officials that he saw the
a man, identified as Hayatullah, entering his father’s clinic
and later heard gunshots being fired there. The officials took
the suspect in custody for interrogation.
At least 74 people were killed
and more than 300 injured when a suicide bomb ripped through
the parking space in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park situated near Allama
Iqbal Town in provincial capital Lahore when Christians were
celebrating Easter. JuA (Group of the Free), a breakaway faction
of the TTP, claimed responsibility for the attack. "We claim
responsibility for the attack on Christians as they were celebrating
Easter," a spokesperson said.
ST cadres manhandled journalists
in Islamabad as they gathered outside Parliament House at the
Red Zone to protest against the hanging of Malik Mumtaz Qadri,
the assassin of former Punjab Governor Salman Taseer. Many journalists,
including cameramen, were injured.
An unidentified 22-year-old
youth was killed in the firing incident by unidentified armed
assailants near Ghareeb Nawaz colony in Golimar area of SITE
Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.
A man, identified as Noor Salim
(43), was shot dead by unidentified armed assailants near Philips
Company office in SITE Town.
An unidentified man was shot
dead near Habib Chowrangi in SITE Town.
An unidentified suspect was
killed while another one injured in an exchange of fire with
Police during a raid in Saudabad area of SITE Town.
Two journalists were injured
when activists of the Anjuman Talaba Islam subjected them to
physical violence while attacking the Karachi Press Club with
petrol bombs and resorting to arson. The assailants tried to
enter the club and set vehicles on fire. Later, the attackers
managed to flee the scene. According to details, the ATI activists
were protesting against the hanging of Malik Mumtaz Qadri outside
the Karachi Press Club when its workers attempted to enter the
premises of the club. Upon failure to enter the KPC premises
due to resistance, the ATI workers resorted to arson and hurled
petrol bombs inside the club.
At least four suspects, identified
as Sharjeel, Naveed, Dilshad and Faisal Motta, were arrested
during search operation in Sachal area of Gulshan Town. The
suspects were allegedly involved in extortion and street crimes.
The police claimed to have recovered three pistols from their
The Sindh security administration
found no existence of a total of 2,096 registered seminaries
on ground which they believe were brought on Government record
only to collect donations and funding from different sources,
Additional Inspector General of Police, CTD Dr Sanaullah Abbasi
Said. This has been revealed during a recent survey jointly
carried out by police’s two units namely the Special Branch
and the CTD. This ongoing survey was being conducted to ascertain
the number of seminaries allegedly involved in promoting extremism
and sectarianism in order to keep check on their activities.
“We have detected a total of
2,096 seminaries, which on papers have been shown as registered
in Sindh, but actually they are closed or are not available,”
disclosed Dr Abbasi. The senior police officer described these
seminaries as ‘ghost’ and said that they had been registered
merely to get donations and funding from different sources.
Out of such ghost seminaries,
at least 639 seminaries have been detected in Karachi Division
only followed by Hyderabad (843), Mirpurkhas (192), Sukkur (364)
and Larkana divisions (58). The Police Counterterrorism Unit
chief pointed out that there were a total of 10,222 seminaries
The Police arrested Samiullah,
the mastermind of the 2007 suicide attack on senior politician
Aftab Sherpao during the Eid prayers that killed 67 persons,
in Utmanzai town of Charsadda District.
11 Uzbeks were detained during
a raid as by FC and intelligence agencies personnel in Nushki
A man was arrested on suspicion
of having links with a banned outfit in Nushki District.
FC troops recovered 5 kilograms
of explosive material from Goth Hazaro area of Sui in Dera Bugti
CoAS General Raheel Sharif during
a high-level meeting in Rawalpindi ordered intelligence-based
operations against terrorists in Punjab and made it clear that
these operations will not be “joint actions” as conducted in
the past along with the Police and Provincial Intelligence Agencies.
The overnight operations, which the army chief is personally
monitoring, were conducted by army units, paramilitary Rangers,
the ISI and MI personnel. He ordered crackdowns against militants
with the focus on finding linkages and perpetrators of the attack.
Subsequently the military conducted several raids in Lahore,
Faisalabad, Muzaffargarh and other Districts. One of the operations
reportedly lasted for over five hours and yielded several arrests.
The US has helped Pakistan in
securing its nuclear weapons and materials, US Assistant Secretary
of State for International Security and Nonproliferation Thomas
Countryman said, ahead of the Nuclear Security Summit to be
held in Washington on March 30, 2016. "Without question,
Pakistan takes very seriously its responsibility to provide
security for both nuclear weapons and nuclear materials. As
a consequence of the summit process as well as our bilateral
co-operation they have taken important steps forward in providing
that security," he said.
Hundreds of ST cadres spearheading
support for Malik Mumtaz Qadri, a police guard hanged for assassinating
Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, demanded Sharia’h in Pakistan
and declaration of Qadri as a national martyr. The Tehreek's
demands included conversion of Qadri's jail cell into a national
heritage site, the execution of blasphemy accused Aasia Bibi
in whose support Taseer had stood, guaranteeing that the blasphemy
laws will not be amended, and the removal of Ahmadis and other
non-Muslims who have occupied key Government positions.
Police registered four separate
cases against 501 religious workers, including their leadership,
under the ATA for creating terror and violence in society and
formally arrested those booked in Rawalpindi District during
clashes between workers of religious parties and police on March
27. “Yes, cases have been registered against the protesters,
including their leadership who were involved in violence, under
Anti-Terrorism Act,” City Police Officer Israr Ahmed Abbasi
Five terrorists were killed
and over 600 suspects were arrested in an extensive operation
launched by the SFs across the Province following March 27,
2016, suicide attack in Lahore. According to details provided
by private TV channels, five terrorists, belonging to a banned
militant group, were killed in separate shootouts with during
search operations in Rajanpur District and Muzaffargarh District.
In addition, 250 suspects were detained in Sialkot District,
200 in Gujranwala, 80 in Faisalabad, 34 in Rahimyar Khan, 18
in Kasur, 10 in Bhakkar, six in Attock and one in Bahawalpur,
while several others were also arrested from other Districts
of the province.
One of the main leaders of protesters,
identified as Pir Muhammad Afzal Qadri, at Islamabad’s D-Chowk
has been on the Fourth Schedule of ATA for over a year, yet
he made his way to the capital unhindered. Afzal Qadri is the
chief of Aalmi Tanzeem Ahl-e Sunnat. Sources in the District
Government and Police said that around two months ago authorities
had besieged Qadri’s residence and seminary in Mararrian village
and stopped him from marching to Lahore to press the Government
against executing Malik Mumtaz Qadri, the assassin of former
Punjab Governor Salman Taseer.
A Shia Special Security Unit
(SSU) commando, identified as Zahid Jaffri (31), who had been
doing security duty, at the State Guest House was shot dead
in the Kareemabad area of Gulberg Town in Karachi, the provincial
capital of Sindh. According to DIG of Police (West) Feroz Shah,
Jaffri was deployed at the State Guest House where President
Mamnoon Hussain would stay during his visit to Karachi.
A gangster belonging to Uzair
Baloch gang, identified as Muhammad Ashraf (32), was shot dead
by a gangster of Baba Ladla rival group outside his residence
on Daryabad Street in Lyari Town. Arshad belonged to Uzair Baloch
gang and was killed by a member of Baloch’s rival group run
One Arshad (23), was shot at
and injured in a firing incident near Sherpao Colony in Landhi
A man, identified as Tanveer
(25), was shot at and injured near Naz Plaza on MA Jinnah Road.
The death toll of March 27,
2016, suicide blast in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park of Lahore rose to
74 after two more injured persons succumbed to their injuries.
The victims were identified as Anas Ayub (17) and Moshin (18).
The 74 dead include 29 children and 10 women 20 Christians.
Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah
while addressing a press conference on Lahore claimed that there
are no safe havens, organised terrorist networks or any no-go
areas in any part of the Province. He said that civil-military
agencies were carrying out the operation across the Province
under the continuing NAP. He said the military crackdown on
terrorist activities in Punjab was a national operation and
the country’s entire political leadership, religious parties,
opposition and the Government were backing the crackdown. He
further said, “As 5,221 people were initially rounded up from
different parts of Punjab out of which 5,005 have been released
after verification of their documents,” adding, “However, 216
suspects are still under custody for further investigation.”
Regarding investigations in the attack, he said that a JIT has
been formed to probe the incident, which will be headed by the
JuA, the breakaway faction of
the TTP, warned the Government that the Lahore terror attack
was a "message" to the Government about their "arrival"
in Punjab. "Also, this is a message to the Pakistani Prime
Minister that we have arrived in Punjab," the group's spokesman
Ehsanullah Ehsan said.
The spokesman even taunted Prime
Minister Nawaz Sharif on Twitter. "After the Lahore attack,
Nawaz Sharif repeated old words to give himself false assurances,"
he wrote. "Nawaz Sharif should know that war has reached
his doorstep, and God willing the Mujahideen will be the winners
in this war." In a post in Urdu on its Facebook page,
the group released the bomber's photo, identifying him as Salahuddin
Khorasani. "The Christians, Jews, and Zoroastrians in Pakistan
have neither converted to Islam nor paying Jizya. Under these
circumstances, Christians, Hindus, etc, are not at peace, nor
are their places of worship safe," it said.
At least five terrorists were
killed in an encounter with CIA Nawankot Police in LDA Avenue
Society of Jubilee Town Chung area in provincial capital Lahore.
The CIA claimed to have recovered two Kalashnikovs, three pistols,
10 grenades, 10 time devices and maps from the their possession.
CIA Nawankot Sub Inspector Khalid Farooqi raided a house on
information about the presence of terrorists in house where
Police cordon off the area. Police said the suspects opened
fired on police party and there was an exchange of fire that
lasted for one and a half hour.
Two terrorists, identified as
Mehmood and Rab Nawaz, convicted by military courts for involvement
in attacks on security officials and civilians were executed
at a jail in Kohat District. The ISPR in September last year
issued the names of nine ‘hardcore terrorists’ whose death sentences
had been approved by the Chief of Army Staff General Raheel
Sharif. The convicts executed today were among them.
Mehmood belonged to the TTP
and was found involved in attacking security personnel in the
Province, killing two soldiers and injuring 13 others. Rab Nawaz
also belonged to the TTP and was involved in killing of two
civilians, processing firearms and abetting attack on military
in Peshawar which resulted in death of two soldiers.
Seven houses of alleged militants
and their facilitators were razed to the ground by a lashkar
from Ahmedzai Wazir tribe in different areas of Wana town in
SWA of FATA. The houses of Ghulam Jan and his relatives were
demolished in Shalam Dana and those of Toor Hafiz and Wari Khan
in Shin Warsak. The houses of Gul Mir in Tiarza and Sattar Khan
and his cousin in Samar Bagh were also razed to the ground.
The accused terrorists belonged to the Hakimullah and Maulvi
Nazir groups of the banned TTP.
According to sources, the decision
to demolish the houses was taken by a 120-member jirga
after “proofs” of the suspects’ involvement in terrorist activities
were obtained through an investigation.
An ATC handed down Muhammad
Hussain 18 years and Ahmad Shah alias Mehdi four years imprisonment
for possessing explosive materials and unlicensed weapons among
An alleged terrorist, Muhammad
Imran Saeed, was remanded to the Rangers for a 90-day period
to interrogate over charges of involvement in target killings
and other crimes.
Three suspected terrorists,
Usman Naeem, Syed Muhammad Umar alias Talha and Imamuddin, were
sent to the central prison on a judicial remand after the court
was informed that the accused were activists of a banned terrorist
outfit and had carried out terrorist activities.
The US has “a very solid cooperation”
on nuclear security with Pakistan and plans to continue this
collaboration, said US Under-Secretary of State for Arms Control
and International Security Rose Gottemoeller during the fourth
and final Nuclear Security Summit in Washington. She also said
that Pakistan now “has quite a mature capability” of defending
its nuclear weapons and installations. “We have a very solid
cooperation with Pakistan on nuclear security” and the country
“has quite a mature capability now”, she said when asked to
spell out US concerns on Pakistan’s nuclear program. She pointed
out that Pakistan had developed its own Nuclear Security Centre
of Excellence in recent years and the US continued to work with
the Pakistanis on the nuclear security front.
She, however, identified one
cause of concern, the deployment of tactical nuclear weapons,
but clarified that this concern was not focused on Pakistan
alone. “Our concerns regarding the continuing deployment of
battlefield nuclear weapons by Pakistan relate to a reality
of the situation: When battlefield nuclear weapons are deployed
forward, they can represent an enhanced nuclear security threat,”
she said. “It’s more difficult to sustain positive control over
systems that are deployed forward. We found this lesson ourselves
out in Europe during the years of the Cold War.” “Wherever battlefield
nuclear weapons exist, they represent particular nuclear security
problems,” she said.
At least five people were killed
and several others injured when a blast occurred inside a vehicle
on Kashmir Road in Jani Khel area of Lakki Marwat District in
KP. DPO Lakki Marwat Ali Akbar said the people were travelling
from North Waziristan to Lakki Marwat when a blast occurred
in their vehicle. “Initial reports suggest that the bomb was
planted on the vehicle,” he said. However, the exact nature
of the blast is yet to be ascertained.
The CTD arrested a target killer
of banned outfit and recovered arms near Charsadda Bus Terminal
in Peshawar, the provincial capital of KP. CTD sources said
that reacting to an intelligence tip-off regarding presence
of terrorist, operation was conducted near Charsadda Bus Terminal
during which an alleged target killer of banned outfit was arrested.
The detainee identified as Shahidullah hailing from Agha Mir
Jani locality of Peshawar was involved in attacks on police,
incidents of target killings and other crimes. A 9MM pistol
was also recovered from his possession.
Two Lyari gangsters were killed
in a Police encounter in Moachko area of Baldia Town in Karachi,
the provincial capital of Sindh. Police said on a tip-off police
launched an action in the area. Over a hundred Police personnel
took part in the operation where they used armoured personnel
carriers. The accused opened fired at the Police when they entered
the area, police said. In the shootout, two Lyari gangsters
identified as Shahbaz and Shakeel alias Commando were shot dead.
Shahbaz belonged to the Uzair Baloch group while Shakeel belonged
to the Baba Ladla group, Police added.
An ASI, identified as Shakeel,
was shot at and injured by unidentified armed assailants the
Lasbela bridge located in Lasbela locality in Liaquatabad Town
of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.
Sindh Rangers conducted a series
of raids in different areas of the city and arrested 21 alleged
criminals, including 13 terrorists, affiliated with proscribed
groups. A spokesman said weapons were found on those arrested.
According to details, Rangers personnel conducted raids in Saddar
Town and Lyari Town and arrested three gangsters involved in
extortion and target killings. In other raids in Jahangir Town,
Orangi Town and Ranchore Line, five criminals, including target
killers and extortionists, affiliated with a notorious militant
wing, were arrested. Elsewhere, Rangers arrested three terrorists
of banned outfits in Manghopir area of Gadap Town and Landhi
ATC released seven accused due
to the non-availability of evidences against them in a cases
pertaining to attack on KPC. The Police submitted the report
of 497 (2) CRPC to the administrative judge of ATC stating concrete
evidences against the above-mentioned accused. The Police report
stated that the witnesses also did not identify the accused
persons. While accepting the Police report, the court released
all the accused.
Karachi law enforcers in a report
identified according to reports, as many as six wings of TTP
that are on the verge of being active by establishing 'Special
Task Force' to target Police and Rangers personnel. SFs have
alerted all the Departments and claimed that TTP has started
assigning missions to their workers against security officials.
The law enforcers said that a chain of raids is already underway
on the identification of arrested terrorists. However, the militants
also leveled rare revelations during investigation.
An intelligence agency with
the help of local police arrested an alleged terrorist wanted
by Karachi Police in acts of terrorism and attacks on security
personnel from Bazidkhel area of Kohat District in KP. The District
security branch got the information that a wanted terrorist
was present in a house in Bazidkhel area. He was hiding since
2012 and declared proclaimed offender by Karachi Police. The
alleged terrorist, identified as Mohammad Iqbal was arrested
in a raid on the house. He was also wanted to Police in a murder
case of Policemen and the Sindh Government had issued his arrest
An anti-terrorism court remanded
a suspected target killer into the CTD custody for 10 days on
charges of murdering a former intelligence official. Abdul Latif
was a former ISI regional head and was shot dead on March 22
in Hayatabad in the city. Haris Naseem, his nephew who was arrested
on March 31, also recorded his statement before special judge
Salim Jan Khan and revealed the name of his accomplice. Officials
requested the court to remand the suspect into physical custody
for interrogation. The judge accepted the plea and handed Naseem
over to CTD.
SFs have killed 92 militants,
including a key 'commander', and have conducted 417 targeted
operations in the province during the last four months, said
Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti. “Security forces
in the province have also seized more than 10,000 kilograms
of explosives and other arms and ammunition,” said Bugti. He
added that during the last four months, 22 FC personnel have
been killed and 65 others have been injured.
Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab
Sanaullah Zehri during a session of Balochistan Assembly denied
that military operation is being carried out in any part of
the Province by the Federal Government and said that SFs under
the Provincial Government were only conducting targeted operations
wherever required. “The Provincial Government itself is conducting
operations against terrorists,” he said.
The State of Human Rights in
2015, an annual report by the HRCP issued, pointed out those
provinces continued to use expanded legislative authority under
the 18th Constitutional Amendment to enact several important
laws, but implementation mechanism lagged behind. The report
stated that the parliament made 20 laws, while the president
promulgated 12 ordinances during the last year. On the other
hand, the provincial legislatures adopted 120 laws with highest
legislative output (40) by KP, followed by Sindh (32), Punjab
(31) and Balochistan (17). Important legislation included Sindh
Commission on the Status of Women Act, Balochistan Prevention
and Control of Thalassaemia Act, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bonded Labour
System (Abolition) Act, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Prohibition of
Employment of Children Act. Sindh and Punjab adopted laws with
regard to employment of physically challenged citizens.
The legislation was also adopted
to set up eight universities across Pakistan while laws were
enacted to regulate the conduct of local government elections
in all the provinces, in the federal capital and in cantonments.
The 21st Constitutional Amendment and corresponding amendments
to the Army Act 1952 gave military courts jurisdiction to try
all persons, including civilians and juveniles, in offences
related to terrorism under military tribunals.
Last year, 324 people, most
with no links to terrorism, being put to death by the state.
Another 8,000 prisoners stayed on death row. The report said
there was significant positive change in application and opinion
of the judiciary, in cases of blasphemy law. “Dispensation of
justice remained protracted with 2,700 cases pending before
the Supreme Court and 60,000 each in Lahore and Sindh high courts,
and 9,000 cases in Balochistan and 28,487 in Peshawar high court,”
The report revealed a 40 percent
decrease in violence as compared to 2014. In 2015, 4,612 people
died in violence as compared to 7,622 violence-related deaths
last year. Anti-state violence dropped below 2008 levels: 706
militant attacks took place, in which 1,325 people including
619 civilians, 348 security forces personnel, 325 militants
and 33 pro-government razakars were killed. HRCP noted killing
of 2,108 men and seven women through police encounters across
Punjab reported 382,932 cases
of crime in 2015, 6,622 less than 389,554 cases in 2014. Sindh
saw a 42 percent reduction in the number of murders in 2015
as compared to 2014. KP and Balochistan witnessed 10 and one
percent surge respectively in total crime in 2015 as compared
to 2014. The report also stated that five doctors and three
lawyers were killed because of their faith. In 2015, 419 persons
were awarded the death penalty while 327 death penalty convicts
were hanged, making Pakistan one of the highest executing states
in the world.
About 1,390 cases of enforced
disappearance remained pending with the commission of inquiry.
The HRCP data suggested that least 151 cases of disappearances
were reported in Balochistan between January and November 2015.
Amid reforms, about 65,000 names were removed from the exit
control list (ECL) during the last year. In March, some Baloch
activists were restricted from travelling to the United States
to attend a seminar. Subsequently, Farzana Majeed and Mama Qadeer
were removed from the ECL by orders of the Sindh High Court.
The report also revealed that attacks on buses and killing and
abduction of passengers restricted freedom of movement of certain
ethnic and sectarian groups.
The Inspector General FC Balochistan
Major General Sher Afgun said Indian spy agency RAW and Afghan
intelligence agencies were involved in militancy and terrorism
in the province. Talking to media, he said Indian consulates
in Afghanistan are involved in random acts of terrorism in Balochistan.
He said security situation has improved in the province as a
result of targeted operations. He said the enemy was traced
out and defeated due to good interaction and cooperation of
people with security forces. He said that peace has been restored
and now there is no “No Go Area” in Balochistan.
Police killed four suspected
militants in an encounter in Quaidabad area of Bin Qasim Town
of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Malir Senior SSP
Rao Anwar said that contingents of Police, acting on a tip-off
provided by held suspects, conducted targeted raid on an alleged
hideout of the militants. On seeing the Police, the suspects
resorted to firing and during exchange of fire, four of them
Pakistan Rangers Sindh arrested
a target killer, identified as Najeeb Alam. A Rangers statement
said Najeeb Alam was produced before the Anti-Terrorist Court.
The Court sent him for 90 days remand to Rangers for interrogation.
The accused during initial interrogation has admitted burning
to death lawyers at Tahir Plaza in 2008.
Since the last phase of Operation
Zarb-e-Azb kicked off in February 27, at least 252 militants
have been killed and 160 severely injured, while SFs have cleared
640 square kilometres of so far uncontrolled area in Shawal
Valley of NWA in FATA, the ISPR said in a statement. Major terrorist
hubs in Mana, Gurbaz, Lataka, Inzarkas and Magrotai areas have
been cleared of militants, the ISPR said. “The battle to clear
the last pocket close to the Pak-Afghan border continues,” it
said, adding that all heights over 9,000 feet have been cleared.
“Terrorists’ hideouts were destroyed, a cache of arms and ammunition
seized and there was virtually no communication infrastructure
remaining in the Shawal area once the operation was launched
in February this year,” the statement said.
In a joint operation, conducted
by Army, Rangers and Police, as many as 25 suspected terrorists,
were detained from 34/2L (Balochan wali) village in Okara District
and illegal weapons recovered from their possession. The weapons
recovered included three Kalashnikoves, 3 8MM rifles, two 303
bore rifles, one 30 bore pistol and 1000 bullets. Besides, five
motorcycles and cell phones were also seized.
Feroze Shah, the personal assistant
to MQM leader Mohammad Ateeq, his daughter Tasbiha (8), and
a city warden, Abid, were killed in a targeted attack while
they were travelling in a van that looked like a Police vehicle
near Furniture Market in North Karachi Town of Sindh.
Mullah Omar's elder son, Mullah
Mohammad Yaqoob, has been 'appointed' as the in-charge of Afghan
Taliban's 'Military Commission' in 15 of Afghanistan's 34 Provinces,
the group said in a statement. The 'Military Commission' is
responsible for overseeing all military affairs of the Taliban
and is headed by Mullah Ibrahim Sadr. In addition to being handed
the key military position, he has also been included in Taliban's
top decision-making council, the Rehbari Shura. The Taliban
have also inducted Mullah Abdul Manan, Mullah Omar's brother
and Yaqoob's uncle, into the leadership council. The statement
added that both Yaqoob and Manan had formally assumed their
offices at a meeting of Taliban leaders, members of the leadership
council and senior 'commanders'.
Unidentified militant shot dead
an IDP, identified as Musa Khan, from North Waziristan Agency
of FATA in Tanzeem Bazaar within the limits of Basiakhel Police
Station in Bannu District.
An IDP, identified as Dure Kamil,
was shot dead by unidentified armed assailants while he was
on his way home in Jhandokhel area within the limits of Township
Police Station in Bannu District.
One 19-year old Nadar Khan was
shot dead within the limits of Basiakhel Police Station in Bannu
A Policeman, identified as Ali
Badshah, was shot dead by unidentified armed assailants while
he was on his way to attend his duty near an Imambargah in Bannu
Police arrested two alleged
militants, identified as Muhammad Zeb and Hairan Zada, and recovered
arms and explosives from their possession in Sardaryab area
of Charsadda District. Zeb belongs to Mohmand Agency while Hairan
Zada is an Afghan national.
Two passengers of Quetta-bound
Jaffar Express were killed and five others were injured when
a bomb hit at a railway track near Mithri area of Sibi District.
"It was an IED which was detonated by a remote control. The
blast blew up a major portion of the track," Railway Police
Six robbers looted PKR eight
million from Dubai Islamic Bank in Meena Bazaar area of Korangi
Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. This was Karachi's
fifth bank heist this year.
Police detained six suspects
during a search operation in Lines Area locality of Jamshed
Town. The detained suspects are accused of violent acts during
a political party's rally.
Sindh Police chief AD Khowaja
decided to empower the CTD to register cases of terrorism incidents
at its own three designated Police Stations so as to make the
fight against terrorists more effective. Additional Inspector
General Sanaullah Abbasi, who heads the CTD, said that the proposal
to authorise the CTD to lodge FIRs of terror attacks was floated
in the meeting after the Provincial Police Chief was informed
that Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were also following the same
process. According to the notification issued by IGP Khowaja,
all cases pertaining to sabotage activities, including exploding
railway tracks, gas pipelines and electricity towers, suicide
bombing (except minor cases of cracker attacks) and target killings
of law enforcers would be registered at the CTD Police Stations
and investigations would be conducted by the heads of the Police
The first analysis report of
the PFSA about the identity of the suspected suicide bomber
indicates that Khorasani group - the JuA - an offshoot of TTP,
was behind the March 27, 2016, Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park attack.
The PFSA was engaged by the CTD after a damaged head of the
suspected suicide bomber was found at the site of the blast.
"After performing morphological
analysis for forensic image comparison it was concluded that
the "ear" seen in the questioned photo matches with the "ear"
seen in the reference photo", the PFSA's report disclosed, further
stating, "The forensic image comparison was inconclusive for
other facial features due to extremely damaged condition of
facial features in the questioned photograph."
JeM 'chief' Maulana Masood Azhar
was allowed to preach extremist ideology at several British
mosques during a month-long visit to UK in 1993 on the invitation
of Islamist scholars when young Muslims were asked to seek weapons
training at terrorist camps in Pakistan, said BBC Investigation
report. According the investigation, senior representatives
of the Deobandi sect that controls nearly half of Britain's
1,600 mosques, hosted Azhar during the visit in which hundreds
of young Muslims were urged to seek weapons training at terrorist
camps in Pakistan. During his UK tour - until now kept under
wraps - Azhar delivered "sermons on jihad" to large audiences
in London, Birmingham, Yorkshire and Lancashire and the message
was of hatred for Christians, Jews and Hindus. Witnesses said
that large sums of money were donated after each talk.
SFs claimed to have killed 15
militants during a raid in Johan area of Kalat District in Balochistan.
Two SFs were injured in the operation. The SFs recovered a large
cache of arms and ammunition, and destroyed two sanctuaries
used by the militants, said Government spokesperson Anwarul
Six TTP militants belonging
to belonging to the Ustad Aslam faction were killed in an encounter
conducted by CTD near Tallat Park in Kachi Abadi Sherakot area
of provincial capital Lahore. A CTD spokesperson said that weapons
and explosives were also recovered, including "four to five
kilograms of explosives, four detonators, two Kalashnikov rifles,
three motorcycles, four pistols, and 97 bullets." He further
added that the Police "received information that nine to ten
suspects of the banned TTP". "They were planning to attack law
enforcement agencies' offices and prominent personalities in
Lahore," said the CTD spokesperson.
An ISPR statement said, "Coordinated
operations are underway against terrorists, hardened criminals
and ferraris by law enforcement agencies including Rangers,
Punjab police, CTD, assisted by Pakistan army in southern Punjab".
The statement added that the terrorists have fled from different
parts of the country as a result of operation Zarb-e-Azb, and
have taken refuge in the remote areas of Rohjan and District
Rahim Yar Khan. The operation is being looked after by Corp
Commander Lahore, Lieutenant General Sadiq Ali, with army troops,
Punjab Police, CTD and Rangers participating.
Two Islamic State (IS/ also
known as Daesh) militants, as Mohammad Mujahid alias Talha and
Abdullah alias Kuna, were killed in a an exchange of fire with
the CTD of Police in Gulshan-e-Maymar area of Gadap Town in
Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. SSP Junaid Shaikh
said that the raid yielded a huge cache of arms and ammunition.
The Daish operatives were said to be planning major terror attacks
in Karachi. "They were planning attacks on consulates of different
countries in Karachi. They also planned targeting shopping malls
and sensitive installations," SSP Shaikh said. According to
details, Mujahidullah was a key player for Daesh in Karachi
and carried a head money of Rs1 million. He was earlier associated
with the LeJ and the TTP but he swore allegiance to IS while
serving as 'cook' of Daesh leader Jahanzeb in Buner District
Three people sustained injuries
when Lyari gangsters threw an explosive device in Kaghzi Bazaar
of Kharadar area in Saddar Town. Shopkeepers said that lately
they had been receiving threats for payment of extortion and
the incident could be linked with it. An unnamed Police Officer
said that gangsters linked with Lyari were involved in the attack.
The officer added that one known figure of the Uzair Baloch
gang had recently returned from Muscat and was living somewhere
in the city though not in Lyari. This gangster had started criminal
activities in the old city areas recently "to make their presence
felt" after arrest of their ringleader Uzair Baloch, the Police
More than two dozen IS-inspired
militants have been found operating and planning some major
terror attacks in the metropolis, said an officer of the CTD
of Police. "There are 25 IS-inspired militants operating in
the metropolis. They are planning to target foreign missions,
law enforcers and shopping centres," said CTD SSP Junaid Shaikh.
When asked about the Federal Minister of Interior Nisar Chaudhry
Ali Khan's denial of the presence of IS, the officer said the
militants were 'ideologically' linked with the IS and remained
in contact with the Middle East-based outfit through social
media only. "Previously, these militants belonged to the banned
LeJ, TTP and al Qaeda but now they have jumped on the IS or
Daesh bandwagon," the officer added.
Three death row prisoners, including
two brothers, were hanged till death in Kot Lakhpat Jail in
Lahore. The dead bodies were handed over to their families after
completing legal formalities. The hanged persons have been identified
as Imran, Nauman and Raheel. Police said Imran and Nauman, two
real brothers, had killed one Awais in Islamabad in 1996. They
were convicted in 1997.
The third convict had killed
a man in Dera Ghazi Khan District.
The GoC Malakand Division Major
General Nadir Khan said "The militants have been defeated and
durable peace restored in the region after tremendous sacrifices
by forces and the people". "The security forces have completed
the job of breaking the militants' network and restoration of
peace in Malakand," he added.
PAF wants to upgrade its ageing
fleet of fighter jets in anticipation of a prolonged battle
against militants, although the purchase of fifth-generation
planes would only be a last resort, PAF second-in-command Muhammad
Ashfaque Arain said in an interview. "Our concern is that we
don't know how long these anti-terrorist operations will continue,"
he said, adding, "We have weakened them (militants) to a great
extent, but I don't see an end in the very near future, so all
the burden is being shared by the F-16s and its pilots."
SFs repulsed an attack on a
checkpost in the Mangora Sar area on the Pak-Afghan border in
Kurram Agency of FATA, killing around 18 militants in the subsequent
clash. Sources said that a group of 50-60 militants stormed
a security checkpost in the Mangora Sar area with heavy arms
early in the day. The SF personnel manning the checkpost returned
the fire and 18 militants were killed in the ensuing gunbattle.
Six militants were also injured in the clash which continued
for quite some time. The SFs forced the militants to retreat,
leaving behind their weapons and ammunition. However, they said
the fleeing militants took along their injured accomplices.
The FDMA will begin the third
phase of the return of internally displaced persons to five
FATA agencies. An official concerned said that around 84,553
displaced families would go back to their homes in the third
phase to be completed by the end of August. He said under the
plan, the authority was starting the programme of the IDPs'
return to Orakzai Agency from April 11 and that 15,553 families
would be facilitated to go back to their homes. The official
said 22,000 families would be repatriated to North Waziristan,
30,000 families to South Waziristan, 12,000 families to Kurram
and 5,000 families to Khyber Agency.
Three Shias were shot dead in
a sectarian attack at the Najaf Imambargah in North Karachi
Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. SSP Central
Investigation Arab Mahar said, "The victims were riding a motorbike
and were attacked near Shafiq Mor".
A Policeman was killed while
two others - a civilian and a Police official - were injured
in a roadside blast in Badhu Samar Bagh area of Peshawar, the
provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. SSP, Operations, Abbas
Majeed Marwat said initial reports revealed a remote detonator
had been used to detonate the device. Faqirabad ASP Waseem Riaz
said two policemen were patrolling the area on foot when the
device went off. "A policeman was killed," he said. "Another
policeman [and a civilian] were injured." he said. Around 500
to 750 grammes of explosives used in attack. The deceased was
identified as Saeed, a police constable who hails from Mathra,
while the injured civilian was identified as Ihsanullah. Another
Policeman sustained minor injuries.
The Peshawar CTD arrested an
alleged Afghan terrorist, identified as Ismail, during a search
operation in provincial capital Peshawar. CTD said that the
suspect was wanted in an IED attack on a cycle rally on January
Police arrested an alleged arms
trafficker and recovered a huge cache of arms from him in Saddar
Police Station area of Bannu town in the same District. DSP
Inayat Ali Shah said that the Police received information that
arms traffickers were planning to smuggle a huge cache of arms
to Bannu. The Police, he said, put the security on high alert
and established various checkpoints on the entry and exit points.
59 Kalashnikovs, 164 pistols, two repeaters and 48,000 cartridges
were recovered from a truck and arrested an arms trafficker.
The LeT founder and JuD chief
Hafiz Muhammad Saeed has set up a Sharia'h court in provincial
capital Lahore to dispense "speedy justice", taking up citizens'
complaints and issuing summons carrying a warning of strict
action in case of non-compliance. This is the first such parallel
judicial system in Pakistan's Punjab province. The JuD claimed
the court only offers arbitration and resolves disputes in accordance
with the Islamic judicial system, but failed to justify the
summons. The court has been established at the organisation's
headquarters, Jamia Qadsia, Chauburji, under a Qazi (judge)
assisted by Khadmins or court associates. "The complaints are
addressed to the chief of the religious organisation who later
refers them to the Qazi for further proceedings," the report
A low intensity blast caused
panic near in Nar Haideran village in Naurang town of Lakki
Marwat District in KP. However, no casualties were reported.
"The law enforcers also launched search operation in the area
but there are no reports about any arrests," said an unnamed
JuD clarified that that it has
complete trust in the judicial system of the country and the
Arbitrary Council, Darul Qaza Sharia, established by it merely
provides arbitration services to consenting parties in the light
of the Quran and Sunna. "The arbitrary council is not a parallel
court and does not issue any kind of summons or seek money for
arbitration," the JuD clarified.
SFs claimed to have killed 34
suspected militants, including a key 'commander' in Kalat District
of Balochistan. One SF official was killed while two others
sustained injuries during the exchange of fire. Home Minister
Sarfaraz Bugti in a press conference said "A key militant commander,
Abdul Nabi Bangulzai, was also among the dead. Abdul Nabi was
involved in the assassination of Balochistan High Court Justice
Nawaz Marri in 2000." The operation was launched by personnel
of SF and intelligence agencies against elements involved in
target killings and bombings in the Johan area of Kalat District.
SFs also recovered a large amount of arms and ammunition from
the militants, and Bugti added that those killed were also involved
in attacking passengers in the Mastung area of the Province.
The CTD and Police, in a joint
action, killed at least three militants in Khanewal District
of Punjab. The fourth terrorist detonated his explosive vest
killing himself on the spot. The Police and CTD, on a tip-off,
carried out joint action and exchange of fire took place near
Lakhi Tibbi Adda. Two to three others managed to flee taking
advantage of the darkness. CTD sources said the terrorists were
affiliated to TTP and Al Qaeda and were plotting to target sensitive
installations in Multan. The law enforcers recovered suicide
jackets, two pistols and automatic rifle from the possession
of the militants.
ANP local leader Syed Jamshaid
Ali was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Manglore area
of Swat District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. According to Police,
two unidentified men approached Jamshaid Ali when he was present
at the site of an under-construction school building at Telegram.
"One of the attackers met him and the other opened fire, killing
him on the spot," said Manglore Station House Officer Fayaz
Police arrested four AQIS terrorists
after a shootout near Jehnagir Park within the limits of Preedy
Police Station area of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.
According to details, the four terrorists opened fire at a Police
mobile near Jehnagir Park. Police chased and arrested them after
shootout. Police claimed the arrested terrorists are affiliated
with AQIS. Weapons including four SMGs and a motor cycle were
recovered from them. Preedy Station House Officer Kamal Naseem
said that all four terrorists are educated and residents of
Three abductors were killed
and one abducted child was rescued in a Police encounter in
the Eastern Bypass area of the provincial capital Quetta. The
kidnapped boy was identified as Aimal Khan (12). The Quetta
Deputy Inspector General of Police, Syed Imtiaz Shah said that
the kidnappers had demanded PKR 200,000 as ransom for the release
of Aimal. According to details, Police raided a house in the
Rind Garh area of Eastern Bypass area. During the raid, the
kidnappers opened fire on police, triggering a heavy exchange
of gunfire which continued for an hour. "The kidnappers were
using an Afghan SIM for calling parents of the kidnapped boy,"
Shah said, adding that the kidnappers had links with criminals
in Afghanistan. The kidnappers killed in the encounter were
identified as Ghulam Ahmed, Fazlur Rehman and Shakir.
At least nine terrorists were
killed in military air strikes in Barmand area of North Waziristan
Agency in FATA.
An activist of the MQM was shot
dead in a target killing incident while he was sitting at a
tea hotel in Sector 8/B of North Karachi Town in Karachi, the
provincial capital of Sindh.
The CTD announced the arrest
of three female suicide bombers near the Lahore Road area in
Sargodha District. The officials claimed to have recovered two
suicide jackets and three hand grenades from their possession,
said to a CTD statement. While conducting a raid in the Bypass
Sem Nala area, CTD officials were shot at by two attackers,
the statement said, adding that CTD officials fired back in
self-defense. The attackers fled and three female suspects were
arrested while trying to escape, the CTD added.
The process to repatriate displaced
families to SWA in FATA started amid protests by journalists
against how they were treated during the recent visit of Governor
Iqbal Zafar Jhagra. The repatriation will continue till May
14, 2016. Officials said that at least 100 families were repatriated
to Manzakai, Raghzai and Kat Kai villages on the first day.
Around 20 hubs (points) have been set up at the camp for the
verification of the displaced families. They added in the first
phase, at least 7,348 families will be repatriated to 39 villages
Each family was provided PKR
25,000 as well as PKR 10,000 for transportation and other costs.
They were also provided with six months of ration to help them
settle in their native villages. When contacted, a member of
a displaced family Haji Muhammad informed, "Though, I don't
know the condition of my house, I am happy to go back after
seven years." He added, "We faced a difficult time as IDPs and
were living in a rented house. Now, I want to [go back]."
An inquiry Commission, led by
Chief Justice of Pakistan Anwar Zaheer Jamali, ruled out the
involvement of the ISI in the attack on journalist Hamid Mir
on April 19, 2014, in Karachi. The 41-page report observed that
allegations on ISI's possible involvement in the attack were
based on 'suspicions, assumptions or apprehensions'.
After investigating the incident
for nine months, the inquiry commission drafted a report which
stated that, prima facie, there was a tug of war among some
journalists and the ISI, because some media persons had told
the commission that the spy agency was unhappy with their reporting.
The report also observed that there was a complete failure on
the part of law enforcement agencies to investigate the attack.
It mentioned that CCTV footage viewed during in-camera proceedings
of the commission clearly showed two individuals at Karachi
airport behaving in a suspicious manner at the time of Mir's
arrival. Despite this, law enforcement agencies were unable
to catch actual culprits, it added.
The TTP militants killed DSP
Shangla Muhammad Ilyas and injured two police officer's' guards
in Sabzi Mandi area of Mingora in Swat District. TTP spokesperson
Muhammad Khorasani claimed responsibility for the attack in
an email sent to journalists.
Sindh Rangers detained five
suspects, including four affiliated with a political party,
for 90 days, after informing ATC about their preventive detention
for questioning. The Rangers along with its counsel produced
the suspects belonging to a political party, Naveed Anwar, Abdullah
Mehtab, Nadir and Muhammad Asif alias Dunba, before the administrative
judge of ATC amid tight security. The fifth suspect was identified
as Muhammad Muneer.
The paramilitary force submitted
the papers in the court according to which they have credible
information about suspects' involvement in target killings,
extortion and offences that comes within the ambit of Anti-Terrorism
Act. The court directed the provincial authorities to form a
joint investigation team within 15 days for interrogating the
suspects. The Rangers will keep the suspects in their custody
for the period of 90 days considering legal provision 11 EEEEE
(1) of Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.
Concerned over reports of an
increase in civilian casualties from the Johan area of Kalat
District and the Isplingi area of Mastung District allegedly
as a result of an operation by Security Forces, chairperson
of the HRCP Zohra Yusuf said that the authorities needed to
ensure excessive force was not being used, as it would further
alienate the people of Balochistan. The recent increase in casualties
from these two areas being reported at the Quetta's Civil Hospital
has become a cause of concern for the HRCP whose representatives
say it is difficult to identify those getting killed in the
military operation due to its inaccessibility to rights activists.
Yusuf said that 27 bodies were
brought to the Civil Hospital in Quetta over the past few days
that she said was alarming. "Since the areas mentioned are inaccessible
to journalists and activists, it is difficult to identify the
dead. But, according to our activists who spoke to the people
in the surrounding areas of Quetta, these are civilian casualties,"
At least 10 Policemen and five
gangsters were killed while another 25 were taken hostage, leading
to the suspension of the operation against the Chhotu Gang in
Rajanpur District. It was learnt that two boats carrying 42
Policemen advanced on positions of the dacoits who fired at
them. 15 gangsters and four Policemen were injured in the operation.
The IGP-led Operation Zarb-e-Aahan (Strike of the dawn)
that was launched on April 5, 0216, in the District against
the gangsters was suspended till the formulation of a new strategy.
Rajanpur DPO Ghulam Mubashir Mekan said around 200 criminals
had rendered the 30-kilometre island-like area into a no-go
area. They are armed with sophisticated weapons.
Two AQIS terrorists were shot
dead in a Police shootout and another was arrested in Barfat
Goth area of Gulshan-e-Maymar in Gadap Town of Karachi, the
provincial capital of Sindh. The slain terrorists were identified
as Abdul Saboor alias Hamad alias Hassan alias Younus and Mohammad
Mujtaba alias Rehan alias Aslam alias Kashif alias Abdul Rehman.
Their arrested companion was identified as Mohammad Murtaza
alias Abu Hurairah.
Raja Umer Khattab, the Chief
of the CTD's Anti-Transnational Terrorist Intelligence Group,
said that the Police also found an explosives factory and a
huge cache of weapons and explosive material at the terrorists'
hideout. While searching their hideout, the police came across
an underground water tank where 80 kilogrammes of explosives,
circuits, ball bearings, bottle bombs, ball bombs, and other
material used for preparing bombs were found. Besides, they
also found a laptop, memory cards, USBs, jihadist literature,
target lists, two motorcycles equipped with improvised explosive
devices, two Kalashnikovs, a 9mm pistol, bullets and grenades
A bullet-riddled dead body,
identified as that of one Zahid (30), was found in within the
Memon Goth Police limits in Bin Qasim Town. The victim was a
watchman at a PSO petrol pump.
Another unidentified dead body
was found in an empty plot situated in Allahwala Town within
the Korangi Industrial Area police jurisdiction.
The CoAS General Raheel Sharif
while chairing a security meeting at the Corps Headquarters
in Karachi said that a terror-free and peaceful Karachi is the
ultimate aim of the operation and all efforts must be directed
with a focused approach to achieve this objective, reports Daily
At least four more Policemen
were killed in the ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Aahan in
Rajanpur District. The dead bodies came with a threat to kill
24 captive Policemen if safe passage is not provided to leaders
of Chotoo gang. The gangsters also handed over four injured
Policemen to representatives of Police.
Federal Interior Ministry accorded
approval for launching a military operation against the criminals
of Rojhan tehsil in Rajanpur District. An unnamed Police official
said that an army battalion from Okara and two platoons of the
SSG, an independent commando regiment/corps of the army, has
been called in to launch a large-scale operation. A strike force
with paratroops from Rangers would also take part in the joint
operation along with regular policemen and commandos of the
force, the official added.
A murder convict, Imtiaz Ahmad,
was hanged till death in Haripur Central Prison of Haripur District.
Ahmad was convicted in a murder case of a man in 2005. According
to jail sources, District and Sessions Judge Mansehra awarded
the capital punishment to the convict which was subsequently
upheld by the High and Supreme Court.
The Sindh Rangers interrogated
senior leader of PPP Abdul Qadir Patel for his alleged involvement
in serious crimes and links with criminal gangs operating in
Lyari Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Sources
said that the interrogation, which continued for over five hours
at the Rangers' Karachi headquarters, took place with Lyari
PAC chief Uzair Baloch sitting in the same room. After failing
to give satisfactory answers to the investigating officer, Patel
was transferred to an undisclosed location for further investigation,
with sources saying that the PPP leader was expected to be remanded
for 90 days in Rangers' custody.
The FO rejected the notion that
the peace process between Pakistan and India was suspended,
saying it remained engaged with Delhi. "We need to look ahead
and not think in terms of foreclosing any options. Both sides
are in contact with each other," FO spokesman Nafees Zakaria
said. "Dialogue is the best option. Diplomacy is for interaction
and engagement between countries," he added.
The Army officially launched
a ground and aerial operation, codenamed Zarb-e-Aahan, in Rajanpur
District, leading to the surrender of 40 gangsters. The gangsters
said that they never wanted to fight against Pakistan Army.
Curfew has been imposed in four kilometer area and soldiers
have also been assisted with gunship helicopters. Addressing
officers at the Central Police Office in Lahore, Punjab IG Mushtaq
Sukhera said the Zarb-e-Aahan operation had been launched in
collaboration with other law enforcement agencies. "During training
sessions, 50,000 rounds were fired and use of mortars and other
equipment were demonstrated," the IG said, adding that two retired
colonels from the Special Services Group were on board in the
An administrative judge of the
ATC accepted a seven-day physical remand request of AQIS, terrorist,
Syed Murtaza. Producing the accused before the ATC, an official
of the CTD informed the court that he was involved in cases
pertaining to possession of explosive materials, illicit weapons,
attempted murder and firing at police officials. The court ordered
for the accused to be produced in court following expiration
of the remand period.
An activist of the MQM, Irfan
Sheikh alias Irfan Sindhi, was handed over to the Rangers on
a 90-day remand. He was said to be involved in cases of target
killings of a number of people, demanding extortion and carrying
out kidnappings-for-ransom. The court was also presented with
a letter empowering the Rangers to keep anyone suspected of
having committed heinous crimes for 90 days. The court endorsed
the order and sent the accused on remand.
Defence Secretary Alam Khattak
while briefing the Senate Committee on defence told the Parliament
that Pakistan received at least USD 13 billion from the US since
the September 11, 2001 (also known as 9/11) attacks for logistic
and other support in the war against terrorism. Khattak said
that his country got "USD 13 billion under the CSF since 9/11",
while another USD 200 million is due to be reimbursed by the
According to a declassified
US Government document obtained by National Security Archive,
a non-governmental research institute at George Washington University,
a Pakistani intelligence officer paid USD 200,000 to an extremist
network to facilitate a suicide bomb attack on CIA operatives
on Forward Operating Base Chapman in Khost District of Afghanistan
on December 30, 2009. The heavily redacted document suggests
that Pakistan's spy agency, the ISI Directorate, and the Haqqani
Network were involved in facilitating the attack.
Later, the State Department
spokesman John Kirby said, "We have been consistently clear
with the highest levels of the Government of Pakistan that it
must target all militant groups, including the Haqqani Network,
al Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba'. "The government of Pakistan itself
has repeatedly said it's not going to discriminate against a
terrorist group regardless of their agenda or affiliation,"
Pakistan's Foreign Office termed
allegations of its involvement in the attack as preposterous,
saying the country itself was the biggest victim of terrorism.
Pakistan was shocked and saddened when American lives were lost
at the Chapman facility in 2009 in an attack later claimed by
TTP, a statement said.
The guard of a pro-government
Lashkar leader, Bilal Afridi, was killed when a suicide bomber
attacked the hujra of Said Jamal in the Kharko Sarhgi
area in the Zakhakhel tehsil of Khyber Agency in FATA in the
The CTD of Police claimed to
have arrested two fishermen over their alleged links to the
Indian spy agency RAW. Acting on a tip-off, the Police detained
Saddam Husain and Mohammed Bachal in the Shah Bander area in
Thatta, said CTD Investigation officer Naveed Khowaja. He added
that the suspects revealed that they had been persuaded by another
Pakistani fisherman, Mohammed Khan, to work for RAW in return
for permission to fish in Indian waters and money. The two suspects
entered India through Shah Bander and met RAW operatives, Kiran
and Arjun, at the Bhuj Police Station. They were provided a
camera and tasked to take pictures of sensitive installations
of Pakistan Navy and Coast Guards in Thatta and Karachi.
The Levies forces and political
administration officials averted a major disaster by defusing
improvised explosive devices and rockets that were rigged to
blow Usmania Plaza, located in Kurmi Bazaar area of Parachinar
in Kurram Agency of FATA.
FC and sensitive agencies in
their joint action in Panjgur District arrested a militant 'commander'.
Huge arms and ammunition were also recovered from his possession,
which included seven LMGs, seven rocket launchers, seven RPG-7,
three SMGs, three hand grenades and thousands of bullets. According
to sources, arms and ammunition were brought through N-85 Highway
Security agencies detained six
Baloch sardars in Rajanpur District for allegedly backing the
Chotu gang and other criminals. The detained sardars were believed
to be the 'major facilitators' and listed in the 'Black Book'
Punjab Police. Punjab Police Chief Mustaq Ahmed Sukhera said
that over 100 facilitators of the Chotu gang had been arrested
in Rahim Yar Khan District. He said that a list of Police officers
who had allegedly facilitated the notorious criminals had also
been prepared and they would face an exemplary punishment if
Chotu gang released a few of
the two dozen hostage Policemen and demanded a safe passage
in return for the release of the remaining hostages. However,
the details about the Policemen released were not disclosed.
According to unnamed official sources, the demand that also
included the release of the family of the ringleader of the
Chotu gang was rejected and the gangster was given a final warning
to surrender along with his accomplices.
The Law enforcement agencies arrested Lyari
gangster Riasat Baloch along with his two accomplices from Golimar
area of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Riasat Baloch
was wanted to Police in more than 60 heinous crimes including
murder of the Police personnel. Arms were recovered from the
possession of the arrestee.
As many as 144 Baloch militants laid down their
arms by accepting Government's amnesty scheme in Khuzdar District
of Balochistan. Four commanders of different militant organizations
were also among the militants to give up arms. "We will fulfill
all the promises we have made to the militants who have surrendered,"
said Commissioner of Kalat District in Balochistan. The government
has promised financial assistance to youths who laid down weapons
and abandoned violence against the State.
Army helicopter gunships pounded the island
hideout of Chotu gang that has been holding 24 hostages on a
10-km (six-mile) long island in the centre of the Indus River
in Rajanpur District of Punjab. The operation involving more
than 2,000 SFs has been ongoing for two weeks and the Army's
push to deploy troops, artillery and helicopter gunships is
an unprecedented use of force by the military in Punjab. "We
(army) had given the Chotu gang until 2 pm today to surrender
but they did not abide by the deadline," said a military official
based in the district of Rajanpur where the battle is taking
place. "Now there is no option left but a full-scale operation,
which has started."
The Army declared operation in Shawal area of
North Waziristan Agency in FATA successful and started clearing
improvised explosive devices and other unexploded ordnance in
the area. The ISPR said in a statement that Army Chief General
Raheel Sharif visited the embattled area near the Afghan border
and he was briefed by formation commanders about operational
gains achieved so far. More than 800 kilometers area has been
secured in Shawal and heavy casualties have been inflicted on
terrorists since the start of the last phase of Operation Zarb-i-Azb
in February, it said. A security official said the ongoing phase
of the operation had been accomplished successfully and troops
were holding all important locations near the border.
At least two people, including suicide bomber,
was killed and 18 others were injured in a suicide attack in
the Mardan Excise and Taxation Department located in Cantonment
Area on Mall Road in Mardan District. Eyewitnesses saw the attacker
walking into the building, the District Police Office (DPO)
Faisal Shahzad said, adding that the attacker's suicide vest
contained 8-10 kilograms of explosive material.
Members of the Chotu gang released hostage Policemen
and surrendered to the Army in Rajanpur District, Police sources
said. The Chotu gang, led by Ghulam Rasool, alias Chotu, was
given a deadline by the Army to surrender on April 18, 2016,
failing which, the Army said it would begin a full-scale operation
in the area. A source in the Police Department said that Chotu
had demanded safe passage for himself, his family and some loyal
accomplices to proceed to Dubai in return of safe release of
the captive Policemen.
Terrorists have been driven out of their last
bastion in NWA of FATA, the military said, announcing the completion
of the final phase of Zarb-e-Azb operation and launching of
"combing operations" in areas other than FATA.
The CoAS General Raheel Sharif emphasised on
consolidating the gains and resettling the TDPs in their areas
to the best of our abilities, the ISPR said in a statement.
He called for breaking the nexus between terrorists and their
facilitators sitting outside the tribal areas. General Raheel
ordered large-scale "combing operations" immediately to seek
out terrorists, their sleeper cells and facilitators in areas
other than the FATA, and to enhance the reach of the Law Enforcement
Agencies. An unnamed senior security official said that large-scale
force would be sent to the areas with the presence of terrorists
and their facilitators. "This will be applicable to the whole
of Pakistan," he added. "The areas not accessible to the Police
would be brought under the control."
Seven Police officials guarding polio workers
were killed in two separate attacks in Orangi Town of Karachi,
the provincial capital of Sindh. DIG West Feroz Shah said that
eight gunmen riding four motorcycles carried out the killings
in two separate attacks in the neighborhood. "The gunmen first
opened fire on three Policemen in the streets of Orangi Town,
killing them all," he said, adding: "Later they shot dead four
Policemen, who were sitting in a police mobile van" a few streets
The Leader of the Chotu gang, Ghulam Rasool,
along with 13 gang members has 'surrendered unconditionally
to the army', the ISPR announced, bringing to non-violent end
the 21-day long operation in the riverine area of Rajanpur District
of Punjab. Addressing a press briefing regarding the ongoing
operation in Rajanpur area, ISPR Director General Lieutenant
General Asim Bajwa said, "The military has successfully completed
operation Zarb-i-Ahan." He confirmed that the 24 policemen taken
hostage by the Chotu gang had been rescued. "However, the army
will not vacate the area until all the miscreant elements are
neutralised," Bajwa maintained.
The alliance of the political parties in NWA
urged the Government to expedite the return of the displaced
tribes and ensure completion of the rehabilitation process before
Ramazan. Chairman of the alliance, Malik Akbar Khan representing
the represents the Qaumi Watan Party said that the Security
Forces had been making tall claims about clearing North Waziristan.
However, he said the Government was showing lethargy in the
rehabilitation process. He demanded the Government to ensure
provision of basic facilities to the affected tribal people
before their return to native towns.
The educational institutions and hospitals should
be reopened and staff and facilities made available there, he
added. The tribesman asked the government to conduct proper
survey of the damages caused during the prolonged military operation
and substantial compensation should be given to the affected
Four TTP terrorists, including their 'commander'
Munshi, were killed in a Police encounter at the Super Highway
in Malir Town area of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.
According to SSP Malir Rao Anwar, on the intelligence information
about the presence of the terrorists in the area, Police carried
out raid at a house where exchange of fire took place between
the Police and terrorists, killing four terrorists. Police also
seized weapons and explosives from their possession.
A 16-year-old wounded girl, identified as Marriyum,
who sustained injuries during the March 27, 2016, blast in Gulshan-e-Iqbal
Park of provincial capital Lahore succumbed to her injuries
in Jinnah Hospital, raising the death toll to 78. According
to hospital sources, several injured persons of the blast are
still admitted in different hospitals of the city, of which
some are in critical condition and it is feared that the death
toll might increase further.
The CTD arrested a terrorist, identified as
Alam, from Khwazakhela area of Swat District for kidnapping
Policemen. He was involved in kidnapping of five Policemen in
1994 form Swat.
Speaking on adjournment motions regarding the
"terrible incident of suicide blast in Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park,
Lahore" on March 27, 2016, the Senators called for a full-fledged
military operation on militants' hideouts in Punjab. Initiating
the debate, PPP parliamentary leader, Saeed Ghani, recalled
that before this incident, the Punjab Government had always
opposed a military operation, claiming that there were no organised
militant groups in the province. He said the incident had proved
the existence of terrorist groups in Punjab. He called for a
military operation in the province similar to those initiated
in Karachi and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Another PPP Senator Taj Haider termed the war
against terrorism a "battle between extremist and democratic
forces." He alleged that the sympathisers of militants were
present within the state. "Is it not true that insiders were
involved in the attacks on the GHQ and Mehran Base?" he questioned,
calling for the removal of such elements from the institutions.
The Special Assistant to KP Chief Minister on
Minorities' Affairs MPA Sardar Soran Singh was shot dead in
a targeted attack near Pir Baba in Buner District. The District
Police Chief Khalid Hamadani said, "Gunmen riding on two motorbikes
came in front of the car and started indiscriminate firing,
killing minister on the spot".
Four more members of the Chotu gang surrendered
to Army in Rajanpur District of Punjab, raising the number of
surrendered gangsters to 17. The Army and Police have launched
an operation against the gang to clear Kacha Jamal riverine
area from the outlaws. Gang leader Ghulam Rasool Chotu and his
12 accomplices had surrendered to the Army two days ago and
freed 24 Policemen the gang had taken hostage.
Meanwhile, Chotu and his 12 accomplices had
been shifted to Islamabad for interrogation. Sources said intelligence
agencies would interrogate Chotu and members of his gang In
Islamabad. The Punjab Government has also set up a JIT headed
by Atta Muhamamd Khan, Dera Ghazi Khan District Police Officer,
to interrogate Chotu.
At least 12 militants were killed and two SF
personnel injured in a clash along Pak-Afghan border when unidentified
militants attacked a security check post in Baizai area of Mohmand
Agency in FATA in the night. The check post came under attack
once again April 24-morning, this time with heavy weapons, the
officials said. "Both attacks were successfully repulsed. The
militants faced heavy casualties," one security official added.
Unidentified armed men shot dead National Party
leader Mir Ghulam Hussain Sarpara in the Gardigap area of Mastung
District in Balochistan Province. According to Levies Force,
Sarpara was fired at by the attackers riding on a motorcycle
at his agriculture land in Gardigap area. The assailants managed
to escape from the scene.
The SF personnel destroyed more than 30 bunkers
and caves during a search operation in Tora Cheena area of Darra
Adam Khel District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the night. According
to officials, the SFs carried out the day-long operation after
getting a tip that militants had turned the region, known as
Tora Cheena, into a sanctuary from where they carried out attacks
One FC official was killed and another one was
injured an IED blast near a FC bomb-disposal unit which was
patrolling the Soran area of Baizai in Mohmand Agency. The IED
was possibly planted by the militants while they were retreating
following the attack on the Baizai security check post.
The JuA, a splinter group of the TTP, claimed
responsibility for the attacks on SFs in Baizai area of Mohmand
Afghanistan officials accused Pakistani forces
of shelling a border post in Goshta District of Nangarhar Province
and claimed an Afghan soldier was killed in the alleged attack.
The Afghanistan Government asked Pakistan to
take practical steps to eradicate terrorism and persuade the
Taliban to come to the peace talks, otherwise Kabul will not
trust Islamabad. President's Deputy Spokesman Dawa Khan Mina
Pal said that Islamabad's role was very essential in combating
terror on its soil. "Pakistan's measures to eradicate terrorism
are very important. We will not trust Pakistan until it fulfills
its commitment," Pal said. The HPC says it sees slim chances
of the Taliban joining the peace process and the Afghan government
has no expectations that Pakistan will work for peace in the
The Sindh Government decided to extend special
powers of Rangers for the next 90 days. The Rangers had asked
for the extension of powers on April 21 through a letter to
the Sindh Home Department as its policing powers will expire
on May 3. The Home Department has sent a summary in this regard
to the Chief Minister who is expected to grant the extension.