Pakistan Timeline - 2016
Source:Compiled from news reports
and are provisional.
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
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
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
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 and Asfandyar.
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
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
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 committee.
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 Afghanistan.
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 those solutions.
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
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
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
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
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 Bilal Akbar.
“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
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 in 1993.
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
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,"
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 attack.
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
“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
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 Al-Noor.
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 from traders.
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
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 militants.
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 family.
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
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
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 official said.
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 said.
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 the attack.
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 Kashmiris' future.
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
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
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 the hideout.
Rangers arrested a suspected
terrorist during a raid in Gulshan-e-Hadeed area of Bin Qasim
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
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," he said.
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 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
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
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 responsibility.
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
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
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
“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 in FATA.
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
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
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
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
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 militants.
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 voices.”
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
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
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
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
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
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".