Pakistan Timeline - 2015
Source:Compiled from news reports
and are provisional.
| January 1
A FC official was killed and
three others injured after their vehicle was bombed at the Harnae
Phatak close to Police Line in Sibi town of same District in
Balochistan in the morning. According to police officials, unidentified
militants attached an IED to a tree near a graveyard close to
Police Line. The militants detonated the IED by a remote device
when FC vehicle passed by the area. As a result of the explosion,
FC solider Mohammed Luqman died on the spot while three other
personnel sustained wounds.
A suspected TTP militant, involved
in the attack on a Levies Thana in Zhob District, was killed
in an exchange of fire with Security Forces. Official sources
said that a group of armed militants attacked the Levies Thana
in Murgha Kibzai area of Zhob District and ransacked it before
setting it on fire. The attackers were fleeing when FC troops
reached there and opened fire on them. In the heavy exchange
of fire, one attacker died.
FC personnel arrested a militant
‘commander’ and recovered arms and ammunition from his possession
from Barkhan District.
The Sindh Rangers arrested 11
suspected persons during raids in Mianwali Colony, Jam Goth
and Lyari areas of the provincial capital Karachi. According
to a spokesman of Sindh Rangers, the members of banned outfits
were also among the detainees. Four alleged gangster were arrested
in Gulistan Colony area of Lyari. Arms were also recovered from
A local court sent LeT ‘commander’
Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the alleged mastermind of Mumbai attacks,
on a 14-day judicial remand in a six-year-old ‘kidnapping’ case.
The order came as Lakhvi’s two-day physical remand in the kidnapping
case expired January 2.
Earlier in the morning, the
Federal Government challenged the suspension of the detention
order for Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi in Supreme Court. Government
pleaded the Supreme Court of Pakistan to set aside the Islamabad
High Court (IHC) order.
Three special courts were formed
in accordance with the Protection of Pakistan Act (PPA) to preside
over cases relating to terrorism. Five special courts are to
be formed in total. The three courts have been formed in Peshawar
(Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Lahore (Punjab) and Quetta (Balochistan)
in accordance with the PPA passed by parliament in order to
curb rising militancy in the country. Judge Mukarrab Khan will
head the special court in Lahore, Judge Zafar Khosa in Quetta
and judge Anwar Ali Khan will preside over the court in Peshawar.
As many as five special courts are to be formed whereas the
next phase will focus on establishing special courts in Islamabad
PM Nawaz Sharif ordered the
suspension of Senior Superintendent of Islamabad Police Asmatullah
Junejo and another officer for showing leniency to the activists
of ASWJ arrested on charges of displaying weapons. SSP Islamabad
and Acting SHO of Shahzad Town Police Station, Anees Akbar,
were suspended for not booking a leader of ASWJ Mufti Tanvir
Alam and his eight accomplices for displaying weapons in violation
of Section 144 imposed in the federal capital, Islamabad. Instead
of booking all of the arrested persons for violating Section
144, the Police authorities booked them under Sections 13, 20
and 65 separately, showing leniency toward the activists of
the religious outfit.
DIG, Operations, Dr Haider Ashraf
awarded punishment including dismissal from service, suspension,
demotion and censure to 39 officials including six SHOs and
two ASIs during Orderly Room. The DIG dismissed two ASIs and
one constable, suspended six SHOs, one constable and one clerk,
censured six SHOs, two ASIs and one clerk, demoted an inspector
and one sub-inspector, stopped increment of four SHOs, three
ASIs, two constables, one clerk and one junior-clerk and fined
two sub-inspectors, one TASI and one junior-clerk for corruption,
misuse of their authority, misbehavior with citizens and indiscipline.
The CoAS, General Raheel Sharif,
said the political consensus against terrorism should not be
lost to petty differences. He said the entire nation was looking
towards the political and military leadership of the country
to take bold and meaningful decisions leading to stern action
against the terrorists and their sympathisers. He was addressing
the 178th Corps Commanders Conference at the General
PM Nawaz Sharif said that the
entire national political class and military is united in the
war against terrorism and extremism, and will achieve success
by taking effective measures at the right time. The political
leadership and military command once again came together for
the speedy implementation of National Action Plan (NAP) for
the eradication of terrorism.
PM said nobody could remain
neutral in the war against terrorism and the NAP will eliminate
terrorists for all times. Nawaz said the hideouts of hardcore
terrorists would be completely smashed and they would be chased
with courage and determination and eliminated while civilians
would be protected by every means.
ANP Central General Secretary
Mian Iftikhar Hussain declared Punjab a training centre for
terrorists and their masterminds and demanded that the Government
begin a decisive action against terrorist outfits in the province.
He was speaking at the ‘Shuhada Amn Qaumi Conference’ here at
Nishtar Hall in Peshawar.
He said there should be no distinction
between good Taliban and bad Taliban and that state institutions
should take an across-the-board action against terrorists.
Defending the role of madrassas
and resenting the Prime Minister’s mention of religious schools
in the context of terrorism, Qari Muhammad Hanif Jalandhari,
general secretary of the Ittehad-i-Tanzeemat-i-Madaris-i-Deenia
— an umbrella organisation of five main bodies representing
seminaries from as many different schools of thought - demanded
that the Government expose elements and organisations behind
the Peshawar school carnage, saying that it was the worst incident
of its kind in the world. He, however, alleged that under the
cover of the tragedy a propaganda campaign sponsored by the
west had been unleashed against the madrassas and Islam.
At least 824 people were killed
and 2,339 others injured in 372 bomb attacks, including 26 suicide
bombings that occurred across Pakistan during 2014, according
to official statistics. According to the data, the suicide attacks
killed 249 people and left 582 wounded in different areas of
the country last year. In 2014, the number of suicide attacks
dropped by 34 percent from the year of 2013 when 39 suicide
blasts took place. Terrorists staged 21 suicide attacks during
the first six months of the year, seven in January, six in February,
one each in March and April, two in May and four in June, which
killed 163 people and injured 348 others. But the number of
suicide attacks dropped in the second part of the year after
the launch of the military operation “Zarb-e-Azb” against militants
in the country’s northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan.
During the second half of the
year, terrorists carried out only five suicide attacks that
killed 86 people and left 234 wounded. As the country’s military
and law enforcement agencies started actions against terrorists,
the number of total casualties in 2014 dopped by around 46 percent
from the previous year, when 1,532 persons were killed in 324
bomb attacks. In terms of the number of deaths, January of 2014
was the deadliest month when 168 people lost their lives and
401 others sustained injuries in 42 bomb attacks. The month
of August was second most deadliest, when 103 people were killed
and 309 others injured in 53 attacks. The worst attack of the
year occurred on November 2, when a suicide bomber exploded
his jacket amid a crowd of over 200 people who were returning
after attending a “lowering of the flags” ceremony and Rangers
parade at the Wagah border crossing between Pakistan and India.
The attack killed at least 62 people and left over 150 others
| January 2
The FC claimed to have killed
four suspected militants in the Naal area of Khuzdar District.
One FC trooper was also killed during an exchange of fire with
suspected militants. FC’s spokesman (Balochistan) said several
suspected militants were also arrested during the operation.
The forces also seized weapons and arms from the possession
of militants during the action.
The Ghizer Police defused an
eight kilogram bomb planted on a road leading to the home of
the Gilgit-Baltistan Governor Peer Karam Ali Shah. The bomb
was planted on the Ghizer-Ashkoman road. A Police source said
that Governor Peer Karam Shah usually used the road to go his
home situated at Chatorgan in Ghizer District. The Police official
said that the Ghizer District was a peaceful place and that
the incident was first of its kind in the area.
PM Nawaz Sharif wrote a letter
to President Mamnoon Hussain, urging him to reject the mercy
petitions of five condemned prisoners who were convicted for
their involvement in terrorism cases. The convicts include:
Muhammad Ikramul Haq alias Lahori alias Farooq Haider (son of
Bashir Ahmed), Ahmed Ali alias Asif alias Shish Naag (son of
Ghulam Abbas), Mohammad Tayyab alias Sajjad (son of Nabi Ahmed),
Ghulam Shabbir alias Doctor alias Nasir alias Zeeshan alias
Sohail (son of Bashir Ahmed), and Zulfiqar Ali (son of Abdul
Hameed). The five prisoners hailing from Karachi and convicted
for target killings had been arrested in different instances.
On December 17, PM Nawaz Sharif
had approved the removal of moratorium on the death penalty
after the attack on Peshawar's Army Public School. In the wake
of the removal of the moratorium on the death penalty, seven
executions have been carried out. The moratorium on the death
penalty was imposed by former President Asif Ali Zardari during
the tenure of the Pakistan People’s Party government in 2008.
The APC convened by PM Nawaz
Sharif decided to amend the Constitution to provide for trial
of terror suspects by military courts for a period of two years.
The amendment endorsed by the APC will be known as the 22nd
Amendment. It will be tabled in the National Assembly on January
3 (today) and in Senate on (January 6). The proposed amendment
bill calls for amending Article 175 of the Constitution (Establishment
and Jurisdiction of Courts) and the First Schedule of the Constitution,
which contains laws exempted from operation of Article 8 (1)
and (2) – the clauses pertaining to fundamental rights.
| January 3
Pakistani Rangers, in an operation,
killed four criminals, identified as Sanaullah (25), Ameer (35),
Hassan (28) and Liaqat (30), near Jumman Shah Road of Lyari
Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. “The criminals
were involved in many cases of murder and extortion,” the Pakistan
Rangers spokesperson said. Weapons were also recovered from
Unidentified gunman shot dead
a man, identified as Ghulam Ali (25), near Gareeb Shah Shrine
in Lyari Town in Karachi.
The polio worker's house was
set ablaze by militants in Khattakmela area of Kurram Agency.
Official sources said that unidentified militants burned down
the house of polio worker Muhammad Wazir, who performs duties
as a polio worker.
Law Enforcement Agencies, including
Police, FC, Balochistan Levies and Intelligence Agencies in
a joint raid launched a crackdown against stores openly selling
hate literature and materials allegedly promoting militancy
in Kuchlak area of Quetta. At least 40 shopkeepers were detained
in Quetta for interrogation, while dozens were arrested from
other parts of the Province during the raids.
The Federal Minister of Interior
Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that action had been launched against
the TTP, its supporters and sympathisers. Speaking at a press
conference, he said it had been decided in the National Action
Plan (NAP) that TTP operatives, their supporters, masterminds
and financiers would be identified across the country. The Federal
intelligence agencies would cooperate with provinces to accomplish
the task, he added.
Chaudhry Nisar said there were
around 60 banned outfits, but all were not involved in terrorism.
Some were operating under new names and some quietly operating
with the same old names, he added. The minister said funds of
banned organisations would be blocked and legal action would
be initiated against them. If they remain adamant, their cases
would also be referred to military courts.
Expressing confidence that Pakistan
is capable of replying to any aggression, Defence Minister Khawaja
Mohammad Asif said that India wants to engage Pakistan in a
“low-intensity war”. “It seems that India does not understand
the language of love and peace,” the Defence Minister said outside
the Parliament House after conclusion of the National Assembly
He said that the Prime Minister
had expressed the desire for having peace with India and all
other neighbouring countries with sincerity, but India had not
reciprocated Islamabad’s goodwill gesture. “India wants to keep
us busy in a low-intensity war or low-intensity engagement on
our eastern border. They are pursuing the same tactics of keeping
our forces busy on all fronts and the anti-Pakistan mentality
of the Indian leadership is now fully exposed,” he added.
| January 4
At least 31 militants have been
killed and scores of others injured as jet fighters targeted
militants hideouts in Koki Khel area of Tirah Valley in Khyber
Agency of FATA. According to an ISPR statement, “Four terrorist
hideouts and a suicide bomber training centre were destroyed.
31 terrorists including some suicide bombers were killed”.
A US drone strike at Wacha Basti
village near Alwara Mandi in Dattakhel of NWA killed eight militants
and injured two others. Sources said that the drone targeted
a compound belonging to an Uzbek ‘commander’ of the Tehreek-e-Taliban
Pakistan's Hafiz Gul Bahadur group.
A bomb targeting Shias at a
volleyball match killed at least four persons and injured eight
at the Hussaini ground in the Kalaya area of Orakzai Agency.
The Hussaini ground is owned by the local Shia community.
FC and paramilitary force foiled
a major terror bid in Sibi District by defusing an IED planted
in a motorcycle parked on the road where a procession in connection
with Eid Milad-un-Nabi (Prophet's birth anniversary)
was scheduled to pass. According to sources in FC, militants
had planted four kilogram of explosives in the motorcycle to
target the procession. “Major terror bid was foiled prior to
the arrival of procession,” they said.
One FC soldier was injured during
an exchange of fire with the militants in Ziarat District. Later,
the SFs arrested two TTP militants and recovered a huge cache
of arms and ammunition from their possession. “The arrested
militants belong to TTP,” sources claimed.
An ATC-III issued black warrants
for the execution of seven prisoners, including four LeJ militants,
identified as Mohammad Shahid Hanif alias Mufti Shahid, Mohammad
Talha Hussain alias Noman, Khalil Ahmed alias Hassan Jan and
Mohammad Saeed. They have been involved in two sectarian killing
cases in July 2001 and April 2002.
The black warrants were also
issued for al Qaeda’s Zulfikar Ali for killing two Policemen
near the US Consulate General in Karachi in March 2004. Another
accused, Behram Khan, for murdering a lawyer in a courtroom
of the Sindh High Court in April 2003, and Shafqat Hussain for
killing a minor boy after kidnapping him for ransom in Karachi
in April 2004.
The court asked the jail authorities
to hang Shahid, Talha, Khalil, Behram and Zulfiqar on January
13, 2014, Shafqat on January 14, 2015 and Saeed on January 15,
2015. Judge Saleem Raza Baloch of the ATC-III issued the black
warrants directing the authorities to carry out the hanging
under the supervision of the area magistrates after fulfilling
A report titled ‘Activities
of Maulana Abdul Aziz’, forwarded to the Federal Ministry of
Interior by the Security Agencies warned the Government that
due to his links with militant outfits and his anti-government
rhetoric the resurgence of Lal Masjid cleric Abdul Aziz poses
security threat to the law and order situation in Islamabad.
The report also highlighted
the links between the TTP and the Lal Masjid cleric, stressing
the importance of the TTP choosing Maulana Abdul Aziz as a representative
on the committee formed to negotiate with the Government on
It also stressed the need for
a check on the growing number of madras's in Rawalpindi and
Islamabad who also have overt and covert links with militant
groups. The report names “notorious land grabber” Taji Khokhar
as someone who has been arranging land for the construction
of seminaries, funded by the Lal Masjid administration, and
also assists them with their court cases. The report also names
property tycoon Malik Riaz and former MNA Shah Abdul Aziz of
Karak as the controversial cleric’s “sympathizers”.
Ehsanullah Ehsan, TTP-JuA ‘spokesperson’,
has been found using social networking site LinkedIn, listing
his skills as "jihad and journalism". Ehsanullah Ehsan
has 69 connections on LinkedIn, indicating a sizable network.
Ehsan does not hide his associations and openly promotes himself
on LinkedIn as 'spokesman' for TTP-JuA. He describes himself
as "self-employed" and says he has been a spokesman
since January 2010. Ehsan even lists his skills as "jihad
and journalism" and provides details of his school, employment
history and language skills. The account also includes his photograph.
After being approached by The
Telegraph, LinkedIn took down Ehsan's account on
the night of January 2, 2015. A spokesman of the company said
that the company's security team had decided to "restrict
it"; meaning it was no longer in operation. But she said
it was not clear if the account belonged to Ehsan or was a fake
account, established by another party. She said the IP address
of the account, indicating where in the world it was set up,
suggested it was fake. She said the "lack of Taliban recruiting
messages" was another clue.
The spokesman said, "(I)
Can't say for certain that it is someone else...But I can say
that our security team has a high degree of confidence that
it is a fake account, which is reason enough to restrict it.
(I) Also can't say for certain who might have set it up if it
| January 5
ANP’s District West President,
identified as Haji Saifullah Afridi, was killed in a targeted
attack while he was on his way home from the mosque in Ittehad
Town of Baldia Town in provincial capital Karachi. The law enforcers
believed that the militants from TTP-Swat Chapter, who were
also involved in previous attacks and killings on the ANP leaders
and workers in Karachi, were behind Afridi’s killing. DSP Javed
Hussain Shah said that TTP militants were behind the incident.
A man, identified as Nazeer
(30), alias Siraiki was shot dead in Mawach Goth within the
jurisdiction of Mochko Police Station in Baldia Town. According
to Police, three gangsters, identified as Imran, Yasir and Arafat,
affiliated with Kamu group of Uzair Baloch group, called the
victim outside his home, shot him multiple times and escaped
from the scene.
An unidentified man was shot
dead in Baghdadi area of Lyari Town.
An unidentified dead body of
a man was found dead from Bhains Colony area in Lyari Town.
Police officials said the victim was tortured to death after
A Policeman, identified as Naqeebullah
(42), was shot dead in Mawach Goth area within the jurisdictions
of Mochko Police Station in Baldia Town.
The senators belonging to the
MQM and the ANP demanded a military operation against terrorists
in Karachi. The demand came when ANP’s Shahi Syed drew the Senate’s
attention to what he called the continued targeted killing of
his party’s workers as well as Pakhtuns in the city. Supporting
the ANP’s call for the military action, Nasreen Jalil of the
MQM said it was her party which had been demanding an army operation
against terrorists in Karachi where Taliban were strengthening
Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) warned
all the mobile phone companies that their respective executives
will be booked for terrorism if a phone connection sold in violation
of set rules is found to have been used in any terror activity.
In a letter sent to the regional headquarters of Mobilink, Ufone,
Telenor, Warid and Zong, the Sindh Chief Minister and Pakistan
Telecommunication Authority, the Rangers came up with the strong
measures to counter the flaws which they said were causing ‘deterioration
of law and order situation’.
With a conviction rate of nearly
32 per cent, the ATCs in Sindh have disposed of 798 cases between
September 2013 and November 2014 while around 2,700 cases are
still pending. The statistics of 33 ATCs in the Province showed
that of the 798 disposed of cases, accused were acquitted in
543 cases and convicted in 255 cases. Eight of the total ATCs
had a cent per cent acquittal rate in the 15-month period. The
ATCs were established under the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997, for
speedy trial of cases pertaining to terrorism, sectarian killing,
extortion and kidnapping for ransom.
An unidentified man was killed
in a bomb blast in Musa Colony on Sariab Road in Quetta. Imran
Qureshi, the SP Sariab said, "The blast has severely damaged
the dead person’s face."
TTP militants abducted nine
people, including four Government Officials, in two separate
incidents from Zhob District. In the first incident, militants
intercepted a Zhob-bound passenger bus coming from Quetta and
took away five people with them. Sources said the kidnappers
checked national identity cards of the passengers and separated
five people, including four Government Officials and a student
of Bolan Medical College, from the others. In the second incident
of kidnapping, the militants abducted four other people, who
were travelling to Quetta from Islamabad.
Balochistan Home Minister Mir
Sarfaraz Bugti said that eight militants, including a 'commander'
of a banned outfit, were killed and 15 others were detained
while two camps were busted in week-long operations launched
in Panjgur and Kalat Districts of the province. Search is also
in progress in Zhob and its adjoining areas to trace nine people
who were kidnapped by unidentified armed assailants in Zhob
District. “There is zero-tolerance towards terrorism, and stern
action would be taken against all R&AW and NDS funded armed
Lashkars,” said Mir Sarfaraz Bugti.
A polio worker, identified as
Sanab Gul, was injured in a remote-controlled IED blast in Chamarkand
area of Safi tehsil in Mohmand Agency of FATA.
A BDS was injured while defusing
a bomb in Soran area of Bezai tehsil in Mohmand Agency.
SFs launched a search operation
in Shah Kas area of Khyber Agency after receiving reports regarding
the presence of elements involved in terror activities. Local
administration and SFs cordoned off the area and imposed a curfew
during the operation.
Police claimed to have arrested
three suspects, including two women, from Badbher area of Peshawar,
who were smuggling arms and ammunition from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
to Punjab. SP (Rural) Shakir Bangash said that 25 pistols, 2
G3 rifles, 5 Kalashnikov/AK-47 rifles and 7,200 rounds were
recovered from a vehicle. He added that the arrested suspects
were part of a gun running ring.
Two convicted terrorists, identified
as Ahmed Ali and Ghulam Shabir alias Fauji alias doctor, will
be hanged at the New Central Jail in Multan District. Prison
officials have received the death warrants issued by ATCs after
mercy petitions of the two had been rejected by the President.
The convicts belong to banned organisations.
The Lahore High Court's Rawalpindi
Bench acquitted four death row convicts who were earlier handed
the death penalty for their involvement in the suicide attack
at Shah-e-Najaf Imambargah in Rawalpindi in 2002, which left
19 people dead and 35 others injured. The four convicts, identified
as, Fazal Mohammad, Tahir Mehmood, Hafiz Naseer and Habibullah,
were sentenced to death by an ATC in Rawalpindi in 2004, following
which they had filed an intra-court appeal.
The military courts being set-up
under 21st Constitutional Amendment would not try terror groups
involved in ethnic killing of citizens in Karachi or insurgents
attacking state installations in Balochistan as legislation
moved in the NA specifically mentions religion and sect based
terrorism as the intended targets of the amendments. The drafts
of both the 21st constitutional amendment and Pakistan Army
(Amendment) Act 1952 specify that the changes will be applicable
on people belonging to terrorist groups using the name of religion
The legal experts believe that
the words of the two amendments means that if a terrorist kills
Pakistani people or attacks state institutions and installation
but he does not belong to any religious or sectarian group,
he would not be tried in the military courts. “Any person who
is or claims or is known to belong to any terrorist group or
organization using the name of religion or a sect and raises
arms or wages against Pakistan and law enforcement agencies
or attacks any civilian or military installations in Pakistan
or kidnap any person for ransom or causes death of any person
or injury …...shall be punished under this Act” says the Amendment
in Section 2 of the Pakistan Army Act 1952.
Similarly, according to draft
of 21st Constitutional Amendment, Article 175 will have “no
application on acts mentioned at serial no 6, 7, 8 and 9 or
part I(III) of the First Schedule, who claims, or is known to
belong to any terrorist group or organization using the name
of religion or sect.” Also, a special explanation is included
in the bill to amend Army Act 1952 which states. “In this Act,
the expression ‘sect’ means a sect of religion and does not
include any political party registered under any law for the
time being in force.” The National Assembly is likely to conduct
voting on these amendments on January 6, 2014.
The US said that no funds have
been issued to Pakistan from the Kerry-Lugar-Berman provision
since 2013. Earlier on December 29, 2014, the Ministry of Finance
had announced in Islamabad that the US Congress had cleared
an installment of USD 532 million of civilian aid to Pakistan
from the Kerry-Lugar-Berman Bill. “Congress has not been notified
of a request, Congress has not approved a request,” said spokesperson
for the United States Department of State Jen Psaki. She noted
that some media reports had also suggested that an approval
has been made in the past, which was incorrect, as no approval
has been made from the Kerry-Lugar-Berman Bill since 2013.
The Indian media reported that
Secretary of State John Kerry recently sent a certification
to Congress, saying that Pakistan has “prevented al Qaeda, Taliban
and associated terror groups such as LeT and JeM from operating”
from its territory. The certification is a condition for the
US to disburse aid to Pakistan under the Kerry-Lugar Bill for
civilian assistance. The report claimed that the certification
allowed the Obama administration to release USD 532 million
dollars in aid to Pakistan.
Later, the spokesman for the
Indian Ministry for External Affairs Syed Akbaruddin said, “How
the Government of the United States of America decides to spend
US Tax payers money is entirely its prerogative,” adding, “India
does not believe that Pakistan is showing ‘sustained commitment’
or making ‘significant effort’ or ‘ceasing support’ or dismantling
‘bases of operations’ of the Lashkar-e-Toiba, Jaish-e-Muhammad,
the Haqqani Network and quite possibly the al Qaeda.”
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government
announced a PKR 10 million reward for information leading to
the arrest or death of the TTP 'chief' Mullah Fazlullah and
LI 'chief' Mangal Bagh Afridi. The Provincial Government has
prepared a list of 615 high-profile militants and proclaimed
offenders and is offering a combined bounty of PKR 760 million,
according to highly credible sources. The names of Fazlullah
and Mangal Bagh feature on the list that includes high-profile
militants and proclaimed offenders from 22 Districts of the
Province and adjoining FATA.
According to official documents,
at least 213 militants and proclaimed offenders wanted by the
Police in various crimes belong to Peshawar District followed
by 59 from Swat, 46 each from Kohat and DI Khan and 31 from
Dir Upper District. Similarly, 26 militants hail from Mardan
District, 25 from Charsadda, 20 each from Nowshera and Buner,
18 from Bannu, 15 each from Lakki Marwat, Hangu and Dir Lower,
eight from Mansehra, seven from Kohistan, five from Haripur,
four from Batagram, three from Abbottabad and two each from
Shangla and Chitral Districts. The bounties for these militants
and proclaimed offenders range between PKR 0.5 million and PKR
10 million, officials said.
| January 6
Three bullet riddled bodies
were found at a graveyard in Qandhari area of Safi tehsil in
Mohmand Agency of FATA. The political administration shifted
the bodies, which were yet to be identified, to Ghalanai Headquarters.
Two TI members were killed during
a clash between LI and TI in Tirah valley area of Khyber Agency.
SFs razed the houses of suspected
militants and their supporters in Damadaola area of Bajaur Agency.
Sources say that during the pre-dawn operation was initiated
by SFs after imposing a limited curfew in Damadola area. The
sources further said that the miscreants who once had sheltered
or been supporting local and al Qaeda-led militants are being
targeted and added that the search operation was still underway.
Three suspected militants, identified
as Gul Pir Khan, Noor Alam and Ameer Mohammad, were killed in
a Police encounter led by CID’s Counter-Terrorism Unit on Northern
Bypass, on the outskirts of Karachi, the provincial capital
of Sindh. The militants are suspected to be affiliated with
the TTP. CID further claims to have recovered three pistols,
two grenades and Improvised Explosive Devices from their possession.
Two Rangers personnel were killed
and a civilian was injured when unidentified militants opened
fire at the Rangers' raiding team and also hurled a hand grenade
during the encounter in Khurramabad area of Landhi Town.
Sindh Government directed all
private schools to finalise their security arrangements before
the end of the winter vacation as the Government is not in a
position to ensure Police deployment. Home Secretary Dr Niaz
Ali Abbasi said that the Government would ensure effective patrolling
around the schools under threat.
Two convicted men, Ahmed Ali
alias Sheshnag and Ghulam Shabbir alias Fauji alias doctor,
were hanged till death at the New Central Jail in Multan District.
The latest executions have brought the number of those hanged
until death to nine. Prison officials had already received the
death warrants for the two men a couple of days ago. The warrants
were issued by Anti-Terrorism Courts as mercy petitions of the
convicts had been rejected by the President. Ali and Shabbir
belonged to a banned organisation.
Ahmed Ali was handed capital
punishment for killing three men, Altaf Hussain, Mohammad Nasir
and Mohammad Fiaz, and injuring Mohammad Pervez and Mohammad
Siddique, on the Railway Road in 1998. Ghulam Shabbir had killed
DSP Anwar Khan and his driver Ghulam Murtaza on the Bohar Gate
Road on August 4, 2000.
Punjab Government is amending
a set of laws through ordinances to tie up loose ends that are
allowing or can facilitate terrorist activities in the Province.
According to reliable sources, the Government had earlier decided
to introduce bills in the Punjab Assembly to amend the laws.
But it dropped the idea and was now going to amend these laws
through ordinances in the next few days because of the prorogation
of the Assembly Session, the sources said. The first law to
be amended through an ordinance is the Punjab Arms Ordinance
1965. The government is going to enhance punishments for possessing,
using, storing or displaying unlicensed or prohibited weapons
Supreme Court restrained a local
magistrate from proceeding on the bail application of LeT 'chief'
and mastermind of Mumbai 2008 attack (also known as 26/11) Zakiur
Rehman Lakhvi until January 7,2014, when the apex court will
take up the Government’s appeal against the suspension of his
detention. Also, the Islamabad High Court issued notices to
Lakhvi on the appeal filed by the FIA, seeking cancellation
of bail granted to him by the ATC in the Mumbai attacks case.
A magistrate in Islamabad had
to give a decision on the bail application, but a two-judge
Supreme Court bench, headed by Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja, stopped
the judicial officer from passing any order until January 7.
The court also issued notices to Lakhvi to answer the contention
in the Government’s appeal, to be served upon him through the
Adiala Jail superintendent, where the accused is currently detained.
The court issued the notice with the observation that since
there was also an IHC order in favour of Lakhvi, the court was
also cognizant of the requirements of the fundamental rights
of its citizens. “We will be lost if we deviate from the constitution,”
Justice Khawaja observed.
In a joint appeal, the Secretary
Interior on behalf of the Federal Government, District Magistrate
Islamabad Capital Territory and Islamabad SSP, had sought the
annulment of the December 29, 2014 Islamabad High Court order,
suspending Lakhvi’s detention orders. The Attorney General Salman
Aslam Butt argued that High Court order was not sustainable
in the light of earlier Supreme Court judgments and pointed
out that Lakhvi was a member of the proscribed outfit LeT who
was arrested in a terrorism case.
But the court observed that
the allegations against Lakhvi regarding his involvement in
the Mumbai attacks was not relevant to the present appeal, since
the court was only concerned with the West Pakistan Maintenance
of Public Order (MPO) 1960, under which Lakhvi was currently
According to the HRCP’s Annual
Report for 2014, around 592 people were killed in alleged encounters
with the Police and Rangers. In 2013, which the HRCP termed
to be Karachi’s deadliest year with 3,251 deaths, around 184
were killed in encounters. The breakdown shows that nearly 457
people were shot dead in alleged encounters with the Police
while roughly 135 were shot dead by the Rangers and two others
died as a result of torture by law enforcers.
The report claims that around
2,914 people, including children, were killed in 2014 which
is almost 300 less than the year before. HRCP’s chairperson
Zohra Yusuf claimed that deaths in these Police encounters were
a human rights violation. She said that anyone killed extra
judicially, be it the Taliban, was illegal. Yusuf said that
in most of these encounters, the Police were not harmed while
they claimed that they had to open fire in response to the criminals
firing at them. She added that the Policemen who died last year
were killed in grenade or targeted attacks, not encounters.
“The Police do not trust the judicial system,” she said, adding,
“They believe that courts will let the prisoner off and so they
indulge in ‘police encounters’, however, this is no way to justify
The report further stated, In
2014, there was also an increase in sectarian attacks. The death
toll went up to 120 as compared to 108 in 2013. The number of
dead bodies found in 2014 was also slightly higher than the
year before with 340.
Over 8,000 seminaries have neither
been registered with the ITMP, an umbrella of five schools of
thought, nor with the Ministry of Religious Affairs, raising
a serious question over their curriculum’s legitimacy and their
source of funding. Following NAP committee’s recommendations,
officials associated with provinces’ Auqaf departments are gathering
data about madaris/makatib which have never been registered
with the ITMP, Ministry Of Religious Affairs or with the Provincial
Around 8,249 seminaries which
have enrolled 0.3 million students are not registered across
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan, revealed
officials, who will brief Federal Ministry of Interior next
week. “This non-registered madaris/makatib did not fulfil the
basic criteria set by the ministry of religious affairs,” a
senior official said. Around 4,135 madaris or makatib are operating
without getting proper registration from the designated authorities
in KP, the official said, adding that some 2,411 seminaries
are unregistered in Punjab, 1,406 in Sindh and 266 in Balochistan,
he explained. At least 31 madaris are not registered in Islamabad
where all seminaries are built on encroached land, he revealed
and went on to say that even Jamia Hafsa, adjacent to Lal Mosque,
also failed to fulfill basic requirements of registration. The
official claimed that “Madaris operating in KP did not cooperate
The ITMP officials also confirmed
that some members of seminary boards – Barelvi, Ahle Hadith,
Shia and Jamaat-e-Islami – affiliated with the Ittehad Tanzimat
Madaris-e-Deeniya – had also refused to comply when it came
to regulating their syllabus in the Pervez Musharraf era. The
problem exists in non-registered seminaries where there is no
check on literature being taught there, a cleric said on condition
of anonymity. The Ministry of Religious Affairs registered 26,131
madaris by September 2014, according to official figures obtained
by The Express Tribune. Around 14,768 seminaries are registered
in Punjab, 7,118 in Sindh, 2,704 in Balochistan, 1,354 in KP
and 187 in the Islamabad.
Federal Minister of Interior
Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that around 605 students were studying
in the Islamabad’s unregistered seminaries. The 27 madaris belong
to the Deobandi school of thought, two to Barelvi school of
thought and one is managed by the Ahle Hadith, he said. Seminaries,
whose curriculum is provided by Waqaful Madaris, are registered
with Islamabad Auqaf Department.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar
Ali Khan in a written reply to a question asked by Pakistan
People’s Party’s Sughra Imam in the Senate that “Some madrassah
are receiving financial support from Muslim countries. However,
it is often difficult to trace the transaction of such money”,
The Senate approved the Pakistan
Army (Amendment) Bill 2015 as well as the 21st Constitutional
Amendment. The National Assembly had passed both the bills unopposed
as 247 members voted in favour of the laws which would provide
constitutional cover to special courts for the trial of terrorism
suspects. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a speech at the start
of the Senate session thanked the Leader of Opposition in Senate
Aitzaz Ahsan as well as all political parties and their leaders
who were present in Senate as well as the National Assembly
session in the morning. The PM congratulated all members of
parliament who voted in favour of both the bills in NA and passed
The chief of JUI-F Maulana Fazlur
Rehman accused that the Government of “trying to link religion
with terrorism” in reference to an amendment for madrassah reforms.
“Terrorism does not differentiate between religion and secularism,”
the JUI-F chief said, while addressing the media shortly after
the approval of the 21st Constitutional Amendment Bill and Pakistan
Army Act 1952 (Amendment) Bill 2015 in the National Assembly
| January 7
Twelve militants were killed
in shelling by gunship helicopters of the Army while four terrorist
hideouts were also destroyed in Mama Ziarat and Khadarkhel areas
of Datta Khel tehsil in NWA in FATA. Seven vehicles of militants
were also destroyed in the action.
Unidentified assailants shot
dead four labourers while leaving another injured on the Qambarani
Road in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. Several
people including Afghan nationals were arrested in a search
operation by law enforcing agencies in Quetta.
Two Levies personnel were killed
and five others sustained injuries when unidentified assailants
attack the paramilitary force vehicle in Jhao tehsil in Awaran
The bullet-riddled body of an
officer of Pakistan Air Force, Liaquat Ali Khan, was found near
a village in Qila Saifullah District. The officer was kidnapped
along with four other people on January 4 from an area between
Quetta and Zhob when they were coming from Islamabad in a rented
car. The body with bullet wounds in the head was thrown on a
road. The PAF officer Liaquat Ali Khan belongs to Talagang area
in Punjab. The TTP claimed responsibility for killing the officer
and kidnapping nine people in Qila Saifullah District.
Abdul Latif (30), the brother
of the ASWJ District Central president, Abdul Rauf, was shot
dead while another was injured when unidentified motorcyclists
opened fire at a general store near Pahar Ganj within the limits
of the Sharae Noor Jahan Police Station in Karachi, the provincial
capital of Sindh.
A factory worker was gunned
down near his house in Qaimkhani Colony within the jurisdiction
of the Ittehad Town Police Station. The deceased was identified
as 50-year-old Zameen Gul, son of Abdul Hameed. He was on his
way to work in Sher Shah when unidentified men shot him.
A man identified as Syed Shah
(24), was shot dead near 4-K Chowrangi within the limits of
the Surjani Police Station. The Police said that the deceased
was a resident of Qasba Colony, Orangi Town and was on his way
to do some errands in Surjani when he was killed.
A factory supervisor was killed
inside his office located on the second floor of a clothing
factory in Godhra Colony within the limits of the Gabol Town
Police Station. Police officials said that the deceased was
sitting in his office when unidentified men walked in and shot
him in the head.
The body of a woman identified
as 45-year-old Feroza was found in her house in Orangi Town
within the limits of the Pakistan Bazaar Police Station. Police
officials said that deceased was strangled to death while her
husband was not at home.
An unidentified woman was found
dead in the bushes near New Port Qasim within the limits of
Shah Latif Police Station.
Two convicted cadres of SSP
were hanged at the central jail in Multan, the latest in a string
of executions after the Government lifted a moratorium on the
death penalty. “The two terrorists, Ahmed Ali and Ghulam Shabbir,
were executed early this morning. Both were involved in murder
cases and both belonged to Sipah-e-Sahaba,” said Saeedullah
Gondal, an official at the central jail in Multan. He said Ali
had been in jail for killing three people in a religious dispute
in 1998, while Shabbir had been convicted of killing a Police
officer and his driver in the same year.
A blasphemy accused identified
as 52-year-old Aabid Mehmood alias Aabid Kazzab, freed a few
days ago, was shot dead in Ahatta area Taxila in Rawalpindi
District of Punjab. Unidentified assailants took him from his
house in Ahatta area on January 6 and his bullet-riddled body
was found in deserted area near Usman Khattar Railway Station.
He had been shot in the chest and head from a close range. Police
said it appeared to be a case of target killing. Aabid Mehmood
owned a hotel and lived in Kamra village. He reportedly had
claimed ‘prophethood’ in October 2011 and a case was registered
against him under Section 295-C of CrPC on a complaint lodged
by his son-in-law Sadaqat Ali. Aabid was sent to jail after
his mental condition had been examined by a board of doctors
at the Rawalpindi District Headquarters Hospital. He was released
from Adiyala jail after about two years because of his mental
and physical condition.
The Federal Minister of Interior
Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that the threat of war was hovering
around persistently; however, the hangings of convicted terrorists
would be carried out on fast-track basis without succumbing
to any pressure whatsoever. He said that every individual should
play his role in eliminating terrorism from the country. He
said this while chairing a review meeting of the NAP convened
at the Committee Room of the Interior Ministry. Interior Secretary
Shahid Khan, NACTA national coordinator and other senior officials
attended the meeting which was called to review the progress
on the implementation of the 20-point NAP approved by the Prime
Minister a few days ago.
PM Nawaz Sharif said that fighting
terrorism was the Government’s top priority and the country
remained committed to combating terrorism in all its forms and
manifestations. The PM expressed these remarks during delegation-level
talks with Bahrain Prime Minister Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman
Al-Khalifa at the Gudabiya Palace. He said Pakistan was keen
to work with Bahrain to further improve mutual economic relations
that reflect the warmth existing in bilateral relations between
the two countries.
The Supreme Court set aside
the order of Islamabad High Court that suspended the detention
order of Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the LeT ‘commander’ and alleged
mastermind of Mumbai attacks. A two-member bench of the Supreme
Court headed by Justice Jawwad S Khwaja heard the Federal Government’s
appeal against the order of the Islamabad High Court suspending
the detention order of Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi. During the hearing,
Justice Jawwad S Khwaja remarked that prima facie, the Islamabad
High Court passed the order in haste and without proper considerations.
Attorney General Salman Butt informed the court that Lakhvi
after the dismissal of his representation by the interior secretary
filed the writ petition in the Islamabad High Court on December
25, 2014. The next day, which was January 9, he said, the Islamabad
High Court fixed the petition and issued notices to the Federal
Government and Senior Superintendent of Police, Islamabad.
The Federal Minister of Interior
Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that a clean-up operation has been
launched against those banned outfits that have started operating
under new names, and all such groups are under strict watch
of security agencies. Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that media
should completely blackout coverage of terrorists, saying that
they would “die their natural deaths” if not given any publicity.
“The fight against terrorism is in the final round and all decisions
would be taken in national interest,” he said while talking
to media persons after chairing a high-level meeting at the
Interior Ministry, which reviewed the implementation of the
Minister for Interior Chaudhry
Nisar Ali Khan said that the Federal Government, the provincial
Governments, the Ministry of Defence and other relevant departments
were establishing a strong mechanism of coordination for enforcement
of the plan. He said that the apex committees have been establishment
in all the four provinces, and three of them have already held
meetings for building coordination.
Pakistan remained the world’s
top host nation in 2014 with 1.6 million refugees, nearly all
from Afghanistan, a report released by the UNHCR said. The data
released by the UNHCR showed that Syrians, for the first time,
have become the largest refugee population, overtaking the Afghans,
who had held that position for more than three decades. At more
than three million as of June 2014, the Syrian refugees now
account for 23 percent of all refugees being helped by the UNHCR
worldwide. Despite dropping to the second place, the 2.7 million
Afghan refugees worldwide remain the largest protracted refugee
largest protracted refugee population under the UNHCR care with
the majority hosted by Pakistan. Thus, Pakistan is the largest
protracted refugee situation globally, UNHCR reported.
The US supports efforts of Pakistan
to counter terrorism and bring perpetrators to justice, the
spokesperson of the US State Department, Jen Psaki said. Jen
Psaki said that “We support efforts to counter terrorism and
bring perpetrators to justice, believe – but we believe it’s
important efforts be consistent with principles of due process.”
The Madaris (madrassah or religious
seminaries) receive funding from different sources - overseas,
regular contributions from their graduates working in big cities
and local influential figures, a study said. A reading of the
valuable study conducted by an officer of the district management
group in a particular area of the southern Punjab some two decades
ago shows its absolute relevance even in today’s scenario when
the seminaries have grown manifold.
The study said that 71% such
institutions were established after 1976. According to it, the
real hard-core activists of different organisations are the
ones, who graduate from these schools as residential students.
Some 43 % students were residential. The study said that the
seminaries belonging to two sects invariably indulged in sectarianism.
They were in the control of the now banned outfits. Most of
the managers of large and well-established schools said that
some of their ‘outstanding’ former students have gone to a Muslim
country and regularly finance their alma mater out of their
The study said that many institutions,
as told by their managements, get regular subscriptions from
the former students, who have settled in Karachi, Lahore and
other big cities, and are working there as Imam Masjid (prayers
leaders) or have their own seminaries over there. It said that
local influential people also generously contribute to these
schools. Many local landlords and businessmen regularly provide
funding in order to lobby this strong and large group and do
it for political and business purposes. By patronising these
seminaries, they also try to create a clout for influencing
the local administration and community.
President Mamnoon Hussain signed
into law the 21st Constitutional Amendment Bill of 2015 as well
as the Pakistan Army Act 1952 Amendment. President signed into
law the 21st Constitutional Amendment, making it applicable
with immediate effect. The 21st Amendment to the constitution
would provide constitutional cover to trial of offences relating
to terrorism by military courts. The Senate on January 6 had
approved the 21st Constitutional Amendment as well as the Pakistan
Army (Amendment) Bill 2015. Earlier on the same day, the National
Assembly had passed both the bills unopposed as 247 members
voted in favour of the laws.
Minister for Information, Broadcasting
and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid said the military
courts would start functioning within days. In an interview
to a TV channel, he said the cases of terrorism were lingered
on due to some legal complications but now speedy justice would
be provided. The Minister said these courts would remain intact
for a period of two years. He said the Government was standing
besides Army against this menace, adding, whenever Army had
taken a step while remaining within the constitution and system
it had emerged victorious with the nation’s support.
As the Government reviews security
measures following winter vacations, owners of private schools
said the costs associated with the arrangements could result
in a large number of the institutes winding up for good. Security
arrangements at around 915 private and 1,600 Government schools
were declared satisfactory by authorities led by District Commissioner
Peshawar. Government officials visiting the schools in various
districts checked the new arrangements, including increasing
the height of boundary walls, installation of CCTV cameras,
arrangement of walk-through gates and deployment of security
guards at entry points. According to All Pakistan Private Schools
Association, the total number of private schools in Peshawar
is 2,027 of which 915 were checked and their security arrangements
were declared satisfactory.
| January 8
Four Al-Qaeda terrorists, including
a ‘commander’, were killed in alleged encounter with Police
in Qayyumabad area of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.
CID In-charge Raja Umer Khattab said the shootout with terrorists
took place in sector D area of Qayyumabad. Police also recovered
suicide jackets and weapons from the custody of terrorists.
He said Al-Qaeda ‘commander’, identified as Sajjad, was among
Unidentified armed men shot
and injured two Policemen in Nazimabad 3 area. Both the Policemen
were rushed to a nearby hospital but they succumbed to their
wounds on the way. The deceased Policemen were identified as
Bughio Khan and Abdul Bari.
A man named Suleman Rizvi was
killed when armed assailants opened fire on a mechanic shop
in Paposh Nagar area.
Police claimed that the accused
opened firing on patrolling Policeman in Jhatpat market, Kalakot
and in retaliatory fire gang war accused identified as Ramzan
was killed. Police said Ramzan belongs to Baba Ladla group and
was involved in several cases.
In an exchange of fire, gang
war accused Abid alias Abba was killed in Saifee Lane area within
the limits of Baghdadi Police Station. Police said Abid was
involved in more than 10 cases of murder. Five personnel of
Baghdadi Police sustained injuries in exchange of fire with
gang war accused.
One MQM activist was shot dead
and two sympathizers were injured in a firing incident in Orangi
town. Rescue sources said unknown gunmen opened fire at shop
in Orangi town near Rehmat Chowk as a result MQM 119 unit worker,
identified as Muhammad Nadeem was killed and two others sustained
Four SF personnel were killed
and two others injured in an IED explosion apparently targeting
the vehicle of SFs in Lower Kurram Agency of FATA. According
to security officials, three FC personnel and one Levies Force
personal lost their lives in the blast. The vehicle of the SFs
struck the IED planted alongside a road in Shabak area of Lower
Akram Lahori, the Saalar-e-Aala
(commander-in-chief) of the LeJ, executed at the Kot Lakhpat
Jail. The jail has received death warrant of Lahori who was
involved in the killing of an Iranian diplomat.
| January 9
At least seven LI militants
were killed and several others injured in explosions at a terrorist
centre in the Sipah area of Khyber Agency in FATA. According
to sources, a landmine detonated inside the militant camp in
Sipah area, killing four suspected terrorists. As the insurgents
were trying to move the bodies, security forces fired mortar
shells at the building, killing another three militants.
Six militants were killed in
an exchange of fire with SFs in Dattakhel tehsil of NWA. Official
sources said that the clash took place in Dattakhel where militants
offered resistance during operation of the security forces.
In cross-firing, which continued for more than an hour, six
extremists were killed while others fled away.
Four soldiers were killed and
two others sustained injuries in a roadside blast when the soldiers
were on a routine patrol in the Bashak area Orakzai Agency.
One soldier was killed and five
others injured in a rocket attack on a mosque of military centre
in Kalaya area of Orakzai Agency. The militants fired two rockets
at mosque in the Military Headquarters when Friday prayer was
underway. Rockets were fired from mountains of Akkakhel side.
The slain Orakzai Scouts soldier was identified as Munawar Shah
and those injured as Naib Subedars Mehmood Khan, Azizur Rehman,
Hawaldar Zawan Shah, sepoys Kashif Ahmed and Farmanullah sustained
Eight persons were killed and
25 others wounded in a bomb blast on Imambargah Aun Muhammad
Rizvi at Chittian Hattian locality of Rawalpindi city of Punjab.
The blast occurred at a time when a Mehfil-e-Milad to celebrate
the birth of the holy Prophet was in progress at the Imambargah.
The Police earlier claimed it was a suicide attack but later
the CCPO Rawalpindi Akhtar Laleka said that blast was not a
suicide attack. Around 4-5 kilo explosive were planted in a
Nullah outside the Imambargah.
At least three soldiers of FC
were killed and five others sustained injuries when their convoy
came under gun and rocket attack in a remote hilly area of Santsar
in Gwadar District of Balochistan. A security convoy was on
its routine patrolling in Santsar area when unidentified militants,
armed with rockets and sophisticated weapons, attacked the military
Unidentified militants blew
up railway track with explosive material in Jaffarabad town
of same District, suspending the train services. According to
FC sources, some unidentified militants planted explosive device
at railway track which went off with big bang, due to which
a deep crater was developed by destroying the tracked.
A former PAF chief technician
Khalid Mehmood, convicted in the former President General Pervez
Musharraf attack case, has been executed in the Central Jail
Adiala in the night. Khalid Mehmood, along with four others,
was awarded the death sentence on October 3, 2005 by the Field
General Court Martial under the Army Act for his involvement
in an assassination attempt on Pervez Musharraf on December
14, 2003 in Rawalpindi. He belonged to Chak No 372 Police Station
of Dunyapur in the Lodhran District with the present address
of Lava, near high school Talagang, Chakwal. Mehmood was shifted
to Adiala Jail on October 27, 2010.
The Police claimed to have arrested
two members of a banned religious outfit in Nankana Sahib town
of same District. DPO Kamran Yousaf said that they got formation
that suspicious people visited some houses at Chak 18. He said
that a team headed by Sadar SHO Zulfiqar Ahmad Virk raided the
houses and arrested Naeem and Zahid, while their three accomplices
managed to escape. The DPO said that they had also recovered
a huge quantity of weapons with hundreds of live bullets. He
said that they had also seized Jehadi literature.
The anti-terrorism court No
2 has issued black warrants for Zahid Hussain alias Zahido of
the LeJ. He will be hanged in Lahore Central Jail on January
15. Zahid Hussain had killed ASI Ghulam Rasool and injured constables
Yousaf and Majid in Sital Marri on August 13, 2000.
A constitutional petition was
filed in the Supreme Court praying for declaring the 21st Constitutional
Amendment and the creation of military courts as ultra vires
and against the basic structure of the Constitution. The petition
was filed by Chairman Pakistan Justice Party Muhammad Munsif
Malik through Muhammad Ikram Chaudhry under Article 184(3) of
the Constitution, making the Federation through secretary law,
secretary defence, speaker National Assembly and chairman Senate
as respondents. The petitioner prayed the 21st Constitutional
Amendment and creation of military courts on the touchstone
of Article 8 of the Constitution denied the people their fundamental
rights of fair trial and due process through independent and
impartial courts. He said the amendment also affects the rights
guaranteed to citizens under Article 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 10-A and
25 of the Constitution.
Pakistan Army announced establishment
of nine military courts in all the four provinces, initially.
Three military courts each would be set up in Punjab and Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa, two in Sindh and one in Balochistan, ISPR said
in a statement. These courts would start functioning soon, the
statement added. The Army’s statement on setting up the military
courts follows parliament’s nod earlier this week.
The Minister for Information,
Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rasheed called
for greater mobilisation among the countrymen to flush menace
of terrorism and extremism from Pakistan. A seminar organised
by SAFMA entitled “will Pakistan change”, saw the participation
of Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid as the chief guest and
other lawmakers including Senator Farhatullah Babar, Senator
Hasil Bazinjo and members of civil society. The seminar stressed
the need to draw lessons from Peshawar tragedy and create national
unity against all forms of the terrorism.
The Ulema and religious scholars
from different schools of thought underlined the need for public
execution of convicted militants so that no one could dare to
take lives of innocent people by carrying out subversive activities.
They extended their complete support to the government initiatives
taken to uproot extremism and terrorism from the country, saying
that all religious sects were united against terrorism.
Pakistan faced a range of internal
security issues in 2014, resulting in a wide range of violence,
including terrorism, militant attacks, sectarian violence, crimes,
target killings, security operations and drone strikes. Compared
to 5,687 deaths in 2013, a total of 7,655 people died in 2014
as a direct result of violence, which is an average increase
of about 35%, revealed a survey conducted by CRSS. The most
significant increase in violence was in observed in the FATA,
where fatalities more than doubled from 1,457 in 2013 to 3,399
in 2014. A big reason for this marked increase is the military-led
operation Zarb-e-Azb in the North Waziristan Agency of the FATA
region. The second largest increase was in Punjab, where death
from violence rose from 120 in 2013 to 309 in 2014, a drastic
increase of 158%.
Part of this increase in figures
may be attributed to the November 2014 bombing of the Wagah
border-closing ceremony, which left 60 dead. KP saw a decrease
in violence-related deaths, with 945 deaths in 2014, as compared
to the 1,031 deaths in 2013. Gilgit-Baltistan saw the largest
decrease in violence-related casualties, at 3 in 2014, from
20 in 2013. The sudden spike from June 2014 onwards is clearly
attributable to the start of Operation Zarb-e-Azb. Deaths from
violence accelerated towards the end of the year, pulling significantly
ahead of the same month figures from 2013. The last three months
in 2014 were especially bloody, with an alarming 258% increase
from the same period in 2013.
| January 10
The Jamaat al-Ahrar, faction
of the TTP claimed responsibility for the bomb blast on Imambargah
(Shia place of worship) Aun Muhammad Rizvi at Chittian Hattian
locality of Rawalpindi city of Punjab on January 9, which killed
eight persons and injured 25 others. “We claim responsibility
of the attack on the Imambargah and vow to continue such attacks,”
spokesman of Jamaat al-Ahrar, Ehsanullah Ehsan, said in an email.
The Pentagon said that the “sanctuary”
that some of the militant groups enjoy in Pakistan has long
been an issue of concern. Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral
John Kirby said that it was for Pakistan to continue the fight
against terrorism in its own interest, and noted that like the
Paris victims, Pakistanis have been victims of terror. “It’s
not about us putting pressure on the Pakistani government. It’s
about the Pakistani government continuing to address this threat
in keeping with their best interests and the interests of their
people,” Kirby replied, when a journalist suggested that Washington
pressurise Pakistan into doing more.
| January 11
Dr Akbar Ali was shot dead when
he was seeing patients in his Al-Syed Clinic of Paposh Nagar
in Nazimabad town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.
Ten minutes after the killing
of Dr Akbar Ali, a homoeopath Doctor, Yawar Hussain, was shot
dead by unidentified assailants when he was pulling down the
shutter of his clinic near Khilafat Chowk in Nazimabad town.
One Abdul Rauf was shot dead
while he was busy in his shop in Gulberg town.
A group of Pakistani and Afghan
militants have beheaded a Pakistani soldier after pledging allegiance
to Islamic State, a new video released online, copying execution
tactics used by the Middle East militant group. It remains unclear
whether IS-inspired militants allegedly hiding on the Pakistani-Afghan
border are acting on their own or on direct orders from the
IS leadership in the Middle East. In the latest Arabic-language
video, whose authenticity could not immediately be confirmed,
a large group of turbaned militants, many on horseback and holding
rifles and black IS flags, are seen gathered in an undisclosed
A militant identified by the
SITE intelligence group as former TTP ‘spokesman’ Shahidullah
Shahid is then seen addressing the crowd to announce pledges
of allegiance to IS from leaders of various groups in Afghanistan
and Pakistan. “We want to inform you that we have brought together
the emirs of 10 groups who want to pledge their allegiance to
the Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” he said, referring to the
IS leader. At the end of the 16-minute video a man wearing a
helmet, a T-shirt and combat trousers, identified as a Pakistani
soldier, is seen being beheaded with a machete.
An employee of the FWO was injured
in a blast in Tajaban area of Kech District in Balochistan.
Security officials said the blast occurred near a vehicle of
FWO personnel when they were working on the under-construction
Gwadar-Turbat-Reto-Dero national highway.
One person sustained injuries
in a landmine blast in Jori area of Dera Bugti District. As
per details, the blast took place when one farmer, who was watering
the fields, put unconsciously his foot on the landmine injuring
A remote-controlled bomb was
planted to target a police mobile at Mustang Road in Quetta,
the provincial capital of Balochistan. However, no human loss
was reported as a result of the explosion.
Unidentified assailants abducted
two trader brothers in Guldar Baghicha near Chaman area of Killa
Saifullah District. According to Levies force, the victims were
on way to their shop from house in a vehicle when some armed
men intercepted them. They took away them along with their vehicle
to an unidentified destination on gunpoint.
SFs detained at least nine suspects
including one suicide attacker and three members of TTP Swat
group in Quetta. According to the sources, SFs on a tip off,
raided three different areas of Quetta and taken as many as
nine suspects into custody.
Former President and PPP Co-Chairman
Asif Ali Zardari said that the military courts would save the
future of the coming generations from terrorism. Zardari said
that the situation prevailing in the country demands political
wisdom from all political parties of the country. Addressing
a meeting with PPP’s divisional coordinators and district presidents
at the Bilawal House, Zardari said the current situation demands
that “we act within our senses rather than losing our tempers”.
Former Federal Minister of Interior
Rehman Malik said that ISIS is conspiring to spark violence
between Shia and Sunni communities and emphasised that the Government
and the law enforcement agencies would have to take coordinated
and serious steps to foil this conspiracy. Rehman Malik said
that military courts are necessary to punish the terrorists
and these courts could not be termed as extra-constitutional.
The ISI chief Lieutenant General
Rizwan Akhtar met Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in
Kabul and discussed ways to boost anti-terror cooperation. It
was Akhtar’s third visit to Afghanistan since he assumed office
in November 2014. “The President of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf
Ghani received Pakistan intelligence ISI chief Lt General Rizwan
Akhtar in his office on Sunday,” the Presidential Palace said.
“In the meeting both sides discussed ways to further strengthen
joint efforts against terrorism and extremism,” the statement
added. They also talked about peace and security in Afghanistan,
Pakistan and the region, among other matters.
| January 12
Seven personnel of the FC were
killed and one injured when militants attacked a checkpost of
the SFs in the Mekhtar area of Loralai District in Balochistan.
The FC officials said that around 40 militants armed with automatic
weapons attacked the FC checkpost. As a result, all the eight
personnel of the force sustained multiple bullet injuries and
seven of them died on the spot. The FC personnel launched a
counter attack, killing one attacker and injuring many others.
SFs destroyed the house of an
absconder terrorist in Malokabad area of Mingora town in Swat
District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The house was demolished by
the forces with explosive materials. According to police sources,
the accused was required to the security forces in a number
of terror acts and was absconding since then.
The Supreme Court directed the
Federal Government to come up with details in 10 days about
the number of missing persons in the country. The directive
was issued by a two-judge bench headed by Justice Jawwad S.
Khawaja which had taken up an application of Nasrullah Baloch,
Chairman of the Voice of Baloch Missing Persons, seeking an
order for his protection. During the hearing, Mr Baloch alleged
that the mutilated bodies found in different areas of Balochistan
were buried within two or three days instead of handing them
over to the families. The identity of these defaced bodies,
he said, remained a mystery and even their relatives would not
recognise them if handed over.
He regretted that there was
no mortuary to preserve such bodies and said that earlier the
Bolan Medical Complex in Quetta had such a facility but it had
been closed down. The court asked the advocate general of Balochistan
to submit a report on the procedure of handing over such bodies
to the families and the number of hospitals and mortuaries functioning
in the province. The other three provinces have also been directed
to submit similar reports. Describing the enforced disappearances
as a national issue, Justice Khawaja said the matter must be
addressed amicably. The court directed Attorney General Salman
Aslam Butt to submit comprehensive data about the number of
missing persons in the country.
According to media reports,
the CIED was seized with 1,265 cases as of Dec 31. But the Defence
of Human Rights claims that the total number of cases of missing
persons is 5,149 and 252 of them surfaced in 2014 alone.
Five more convicted terrorists
would be executed in Sukkur and Faisalabad jails on January
13. Three terrorists belonging to banned outfits and lodged
in central jail Sukkur in Sindh province and two convicts in
District jail Faisalabad in Punjab province will be hanged.
The three terrorists in Sukkur jail - Muhammad Shahid Haneef,
Muhammad Talha and Khalil Ahmed - were involved in the murder
of Defence Ministry Director Zafar Hussain Shah in the vicinity
of Gulbahar jail in Karachi in 2001. All the three would be
hanged at 6.30 am on January 13, said jail authorities. The
two other terrorists - Nawazish Ali and Mushtaq Ahmed - convicted
of orchestrating the murder attempt on former president general
Pervez Musharraf will also be hanged at Faisalabad District
Jail on January 13-morning.
To counter terrorism and improve
security of the people and public property, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Government has enacted three special laws within a short time.
Under the new laws, people are being arrested during search
and strike operations. Some political leaders have criticised
the PTI-led provincial Government for introducing a law to absolve
itself of the responsibility to protect the people. The passage
of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Restriction of Rented Buildings Act 2014,
KP Restriction of Hotel Businesses Act 2014 and KP Security
of Sensitive and Vulnerable Establishments and Places Act 2014
took a long time. The opposition in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly
gave a tough time to the Government to pass the KP Security
of Sensitive and Vulnerable Establishments and Places Act 2014.
The US Secretary of State, John
Kerry, said that terrorists were the common enemies of Pakistan
and the United States. The visiting US Secretary of State met
PM Nawaz Sharif here at the PM House and assured him that Washington
would continue its support in the battle against terrorists.
The PM conveyed Pakistan’s concern to the US about the unprovoked
Indian aggression across the LoC and the Working Boundary in
the recent months as aggressive Indian posturing could undermine
Pakistan’s struggle to wipe out terrorism.
Building on recent accusatory
statements by Government representatives, Federal Defence Minister
Khawaja Asif claimed that India was helping terrorist groups
in Pakistan to carry out "heinous acts". In an interview
on Dawn’s programme News Eye, the Minister alleged that India
"has designs on Pakistan". “The Taliban have links
with India. Also, India’s involvement in the insurgency in Balochistan
cannot be ignored,” he said. When asked to provide evidence
for his claim, the Minister dodged the question and proceeded
to claim that a low intensity war was underway. He stated that
his allegations were based as much on conviction as on experience.
The United States military command
assured Pakistan’s security establishment that TTP ‘chief’ Fazlullah
would not be ‘spared’ and efforts are underway to track him
down. The reported development surfaced during the meeting of
top military commanders from Pakistan and the US on Monday which
reviewed the ongoing coordinated drive against TTP and its allied
offshoots, with the commitment to continue the scaled-up counterterrorism
drive at the respective sides of the Western border. General
Lloyd J. Austin CENTCOM and Pakistan’s COAS General Raheel Sharif
met at the General Headquarters.
In a disturbing development
for Islamabad, a former commander of the TTP, Hafiz Saeed Khan,
has replaced an Afghan national, Abdul Rahim Muslim Dost, as
the Ameer of the Khorasan chapter (which includes Pakistan)
of Daish or the IS, led by Abu Bakar Al Baghdadi. The previous
Daish Ameer for the Khorasan chapter, Abdul Rahim Muslim Dost,
was a former Guantanamo prisoner, who had earlier spent several
years in a Pakistani prison after being freed by the Americans.
He had been appointed for an interim period to organise the
Khorasan chapter of the IS which includes Pakistani, India,
Afghanistan, Iran and some Central Asian territories. Rahim
was operating from the Zamindawar District of Afghanistan which
is situated on the right bank of the Helmand River to the northwest
of Kandahar. However, Maulvi Saeed Khan, the new Ameer of the
Khorasan chapter of Daish, comes from the FATA of Pakistan and
belongs to the Mamozai area of Orakzai Agency. Before discarding
the TTP umbrella in mid-October 2014, Saeed was the Ameer of
the Orakzai Agency chapter of the TTP.
| January 13
SSP Malir Rao Anwar claimed
to have killed five alleged terrorists in an encounter at Gulshan-e-Bunair
area of Karachi, the Provincial capital of Sindh. SSP raided
the area of Quaidabad along with 500 Policemen on secret information
about the presence of terrorists of the plotters of Karachi
jailbreak attempt. When Police reached the scene terrorists
opened fire on them, as a result a Police mobile was damaged.
However, in retaliatory fire five alleged terrorists belonging
to a banned outfit were killed. Police recovered weapons and
explosive material from the possession of dead criminals. Later,
two killed terrorists were identified as Sajid and Mateen. Police
sources said that Sajid was the mastermind of Karachi jailbreak
Two MQM workers, identified
as Mohammad Ashraf alias Guddu and Mohammad Abdul Rehman, were
shot dead while they were sitting along the road outside their
homes near Taqva mosque in Rizvia Society of Liaquatabad Town
in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.
Unidentified armed assailants
shot dead the joint in-charge of the MQM Balochistan Committee,
identified as Ashraf Khan (35) in Farid Colony of Orangi Town.
Seven terrorists were executed
in different jails of Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Karachi and Sukkur.
Three militants of LeJ Shahid
Hanif alias Mufti Shahid, Muhammad Talha and Khalil Ahmed alias
Hassan Jan were executed in Central Prisons in Sukkur. They
were condemned to death by an anti-terrorism court after they
were found guilty of killing Syed Zafar Hussain Zaidi, director
laboratories of MoD in Karachi in July 2001.
Two terrorists involved in former
President General (Retired) Pervez Musharraf assassination bid
case were executed at District Jail Faisalabad. The terrorists
were identified as ex-employee of Pakistan Air Force Nawazish
Ali and Mushtaq.
Zulfikar Ali was executed at
the Adiala Jail, Rawalpindi. He was associated with Al-Qaeda.
He was convicted for killing two Policemen near the US Consulate
General in Karachi. He was convicted by Anti-terrorism Court
in Karachi after being booked in 2003 in FIR no 35/03 registered
in Karachi under Sections 353, 302, 324, 397 and 7-ATA.
Behram Khan, the killer of a
lawyer, was hanged at Karachi Central Jail in the presence of
judicial magistrate. Behram Khan, along with Police SI Pir Bux,
had killed Advocate Ashraf in the courtroom of Sindh High Court
in 2003 and they were arrested while trying to escape. Anti-terrorism
Court in Karachi had sentenced Behram to death while SI Pir
Bux was sentenced to life in prison for abetting the crime.
Two security personnel were
killed and three others injured when the SFs vehicle hit a roadside
land mine near the Nawab Shaheed check-post in Kurram Agency
The anti-terrorism court Number
1 awarded death on 22 counts to four militants of LeJ for attacking
the Multan ISI headquarters. Abdur Rahim, Hafiz Salman, Sajjad
and Muhammad Afzal have been awarded death on 11 counts under
section 302 of the PPC and the same sentence under section 7
of the ATA. The court also awarded life imprisonment twice to
their accomplice Ijaz Ahmed. The convicts had rammed a mini-truck
into the ISI Headquarters in December 2009, killing 11 people
and injuring 76 others. Several houses and residential quarters
were also collapsed in the attack.
Asking Pakistan to target all
militant groups, US Secretary of State John Kerry said terror
outfits like LeT, Taliban and the Haqqani Network pose a threat
to regional countries like India and the world. Addressing a
joint press conference with Pakistan Prime Minister’s adviser
on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Kerry said the terror groups
like the “Pakistani and Afghan Taliban, the Haqqani network,
Lashkar-e-Toiba and other groups continue to pose a threat to
Pakistan, to its neighbours and to the US.” “We all have a responsibility
to ensure that these extremists are no longer able to secure
a foothold in this country or elsewhere. Make no mistake. The
task is a difficult one and it is not done.”
| January 14
Unidentified assailants shot
dead one ASI and his two brothers and a passer-by in Mohallah
Hayatkhel in the limits of City Police Station in Dera Ismail
Khan town of same District in KP. The sources said that two
assailants riding a motorcycle arrived at Mohallah Hayatkhel
in the evening and opened fire and killed ASI Qaiser Jehan and
his brothers Khurram Jehan and Ansar Jehan. A passer-by Alqab
was also killed in the attack. It was learnt that the slain
cop was posted as the in-charge of a Counter-Terrorism Unit
in Peshawar and had come home on leave.
KP Government granted male teachers
permission to carry licensed weapons in school. Acknowledging
the Government's inability to station Police at all of KP's
more than 30,000 schools, KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak asked
the schools to make some security arrangements on their own.
The Intelligence Agencies arrested
nine suspected militants, including a couple linked with al
Qaeda, during crackdowns in different areas of Faisalabad District.
According to sources the al Qaeda-linked couple, identified
as Rizwan and Maria, was involved in a hand grenade attack on
a shrine in Gujranwala District on an unspecified date.
Afghan SFs arrested five men
suspected of responsibility for the December 16 massacre at
the Army Public School in Peshawar. TTP suspects are key commanders,
who allegedly coordinated the attack.
Quetta ATC, headed by judge
Aftab Ahmed Lone, indicted former President General (retired)
Pervez Musharraf and two other nominated accused in the Nawab
Akbar Bugti murder case of August 26, 2006. The other two indicted
by the Court include former Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan
Sherpao and Home Minister Mir Shoaib Nosherwani.
Ahmed Khan Sherpao and Shoaib
Nosherwani were present in the court during the hearing while
counsel for Pervez Musharraf presented an application for his
exemption from appearance on health grounds. The judge remarked
that the exemption from appearance before the court could only
be granted after examination of the former president by a medical
board. The court expressed resentment over the non-constitution
of the medical board and summoned the Director General, health,
Balochistan, at the next hearing of the case on February 4,
Pakistan has decided to ban
the Haqqani Network, JuD and 10 more outfits. Confirming the
development, senior officials said that a formal announcement
to this effect would be made in ‘coming days’. The decision
came a day after the US State Department declared the fugitive
chief of the TTP Mullah Fazlullah as a ‘Specially Designated
Global Terrorist’. Mullah Fazlullah had claimed responsibility
for the December 16 massacre of schoolchildren in Peshawar.
“It’s our first step towards execution of the National Action
Plan. The nation will see more positive steps towards dismantling
militant groups. Both civilian and military leadership decided
to ban the Haqqani Network and Jamaat-ud-Dawa,” an unnamed senior
intelligence official confirmed to The Express Tribune.
The Federal Minister of Interior
Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that the number of proscribed organisations
actively engaged in terrorism and extremism in Punjab alone
had reached 95. During the briefing on the status of implementation
of the National Action Plan to counter terrorism and extremism,
Chaudhry Nisar said that law-enforcement agencies were proactively
monitoring madrassah to check the spread of terrorist ideology
in the country.
| January 15
At least seven militants were
killed while four others were injured in a US drone strike near
the Pak-Afghan border in Wacha Dara area of Ladha tehsil
in South Waziristan Agency of FATA. Two of the dead militants
are reported to be of Uzbek origin. Intelligence sources say
that the US drone fired two missiles on a compound in Wacha
Dara area located near the Pak-Afghan border between Makeen
An unidentified man was shot
dead near Haider Chowk in Orangi Town of Karachi, the provincial
capital of Sindh.
Law Enforcement Agencies arrested
two target killers affiliated with a political party, who were
involved in several cases of target killing and other crimes,
from an undisclosed area of Karachi. Weapons were also recovered
from their possession.
An ATC declared the TTP 'chief'
Mullah Fazlullah, his former spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid
and six others as proclaimed offenders in the June 8, 2014,
Karachi Airport attack case. Six others were identified as Malik
Mumtaz Awan, Asim Sharif, Abdur Rasheed, Akhtar alias Plumber,
Iqbal alias Thekedar and Abdullah Baloch. The Police submitted
that Fazlullah and Shahid had addresses of Sohrab Goth area
of Gadap Town but they could not be traced. The court declared
the suspects as proclaimed offenders, ordering confiscation
of their properties. The hearing of the case was adjourned till
January 26, 2015.
Sindh High Court directed the
Provincial authorities to apprise it about what measures they
have taken to secure the public and private educational institutions
across the Province, excluding the government’s advisory regarding
security arrangements in wake of December 16, 2014 attack on
an Army Public School in Peshawar. A Division Bench headed by
Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar issued notice to Sindh Chief Secretary,
Education and Literacy Department Secretary, Home Secretary
to submit their response to the petition by January 21, 2015.
The CoAS General Raheel Sharif
said the military courts had been established with the consent
of the people of Pakistan. The General said Pakistan was in
a state of war, and the government and the armed forces were
determined to wipe out the terrorists as the recent [APS] incident
had shown the extent to which they (the terrorists) could go.
General Raheel was confident that Pakistan would overcome its
The ISPR Director General Major
General Asim Bajwa said that the justice system has not come
under military domain, explaining that military courts are a
stop gap arrangement due to the existing capacity issue of Pakistan’s
judicial system. Bajwa addressed the Royal United Services Institute
(RUSI), a leading think tank in London.
Chief of BNP-M, Sardar Akhtar
Mengal said that extremism was being promoted in Baloch society
to weaken Baloch nationalists. "Extremists are penetrating
in a tolerant Baloch society," Mengal said. He said new
shadowy extremist organisations were surfacing in the Province
to undermine the Baloch political and democratic movement.
A Government school in Rajgarh
area of Lahore District received a threat note pasted on its
main entrance, creating panic among teachers, students and their
parents. According to details, unidentified persons pasted a
threat note on the main gate of Government Junior Model Girls
School Rajgarh. Parents who were visiting school for dropping
their children read the note and informed the school administration.
Officials of District Administration and police reached the
spot immediately. Police sent the letter to the forensic laboratory
for further investigation. However, the classes began normally
after the school was cleared.
Police traced the terrorist
network involved in January 9, 2015, bomb attack on Chittian
Hattian Imambargah in Rawalpindi District and arrested four
suspects. Police sources said two of the suspects arrested were
convicted of murdering PTV producer Aun Mohammad Rizvi in 1999
and were acquitted by the Supreme Court in October 2011. But
the sources declined to disclose their names. Police investigators,
the Counterterrorism Department and Intelligence Agencies are
now scouring for the suspects’ links to Hafiz Muhammad Nawaz
facing death penalty for killing Rizvi.
In a major development linked
to the trial of hardcore terrorists in military courts, Islamabad
Police referred the murder case of former Minority Affairs Minister
Dr Shahbaz Bhatti to a military court. Bhatti was killed outside
his residence in Islamabad on March 3, 2011. Earlier, the All
Pakistan Minorities Alliance (APMA) had pointed out that the
threats from extremists were adversely affecting the proceedings
of the trial of Dr Shahbaz Bhatti murder trial. Threatening
pamphlets claiming to be from TTP-Punjab Chapter (also known
as Punjabi Taliban) had been found in the office of a key witness
in the case.
Lahore High Court Division Bench
dismissed a withdrawn petition of a condemned prisoner, Ikramul
Haq, alias Lahori, challenging his death warrants. A Faisalabad
ATC had reissued the warrants after the convict failed to prove
reconciliation with the complainant party. The convict’s counsel
pleaded in the petition that the complainant party wanted to
record statement in the High Court. However, he said, the trial
court reissued the death warrants of the convict and execution
was fixed for January 17, 2015.
A meeting of the Senate Standing
Committee on Finance and Revenue presided over by Senator Nasrin
Jalil of the MQM was informed by the Ministry of Finance and
the State Bank that the Anti-Money Laundering Act, 2010 needed
to be amended to ward off international isolation and ease operational
difficulties being faced by local Law-Enforcement Agencies.
The meeting was.
Finance Secretary Dr Waqar Masood
Khan said the definition of financing of terrorism for the purpose
of starting investigation into Suspicious Transactions Reports
would be amended to include “financing of terrorism including
funds collected, provided, use or meant for, or otherwise linked
or related to terrorism, terrorist act or organisations and
individuals concerned with terrorism”.
An official explained that unless
Pakistan met international standards in its laws and efforts
to curb terror financing, the international community under
the banner of Financial Action Task Force on Anti-Money Laundering
and Counter-Terrorism Financing could declare it a high-risk
and non-cooperative country, leading to international sanctions.
The finance secretary said the amendment would ensure domestic
and international cooperation among agencies for investigation
into terror financing. The new law proposes due diligence of
customers and the requirement of regulatory agencies like the
Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan and the SBP to
maintain record of transactions that was not covered in the
The UNHCR country representative,
Maya Ameratunga said that her organisation would not support
Afghan refugees found involved in terror activities in Pakistan.
She said that the UN Refugee Agency was aware of security challenges
in Pakistan and supported measures being taking by the Government
to improve law and order. She said some Afghan refugees, both
registered and illegal, had been taken into custody by Pakistan’s
law-enforcement agencies for their alleged involvement in terror
activities. The UNHCR, she added, would provide legal assistance
only to registered Afghan refugees. She said the UN Refugee
Agency has been providing assistance to Afghan refugees for
their voluntary repatriation to their home country.
She called upon the Pakistan
Government not to use force for the repatriation of Afghans.
The forced evacuation of refugees would affect a large number
of Afghan families as security situation in Afghanistan was
still not conducive, she added. She said efforts to improve
security situation in Afghanistan were continued so that repatriation
process of Afghan refugees from neighbouring countries could
be carried out in a smooth way. She said the UNHCR kept a continuous
vigil at the activities of Afghan refugees and would inform
Pakistani authorities if anyone of them is found involved in
| January 16
Police rescued five abducted
foreigners and arrested two kidnappers during search operations
in Satellite Town and overseas colony area of Turbat District.
Imran Qureshi, the DPO said that the foreigners include three
Yemenis and two Tanzanian nationals. He further stated that
weapons were also recovered from the possession of the kidnappers.
The Police and SFs in a joint
search and strike operation arrested 434 suspects and 115 unregistered
Afghan nationals from different parts of the Province, especially
Peshawar. The SFs also seized a large quantity of arms and ammunition
from their possession. A Police official of Tehkal Police Station
said the operation was carried out by the Police and SFs around
the Bacha Khan Airport and that all Police Stations of the city
were told to carry such operations in their respective areas.
He said the operation lasted several hours during which the
Police and SFs cordoned off the areas and closed roads and pathways
at their entry and exit points. According to spokesman for the
Police Riaz Ahmad, a total of 434 suspicious people were arrested
in the Province during the last two days. He added that 189
weapons, 5,516 rounds, and a large quantity of ammunition was
Police and SFs also forcibly
shut down several private hostels in different areas of Peshawar.
The action led the students living there blocked the University
Road and thus, causing traffic jam for around an hour. Shouting
slogans against the Government, the protesters said they didn’t
know why their hostels had been closed and that evicting them
without prior notice was an injustice. They said they were members
of poor families by and large and couldn’t afford to stay in
Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad
Khan said that there has been 60 to 70 percent reduction in
extortion and kidnapping-for-ransom cases and target killing
incidents have reduced in Karachi. Khan said that after the
Abbas Town blast in March 2, 2013, we focused on elimination
of four heinous crimes with all available resources which include
terrorism, extortions, target killings and kidnapping-for-ransom
and we got success and today there is clear reduction in these
crimes in the city.
Pakistan cannot ban the JuD
led by Hafiz Muhammad Saeed because it is a charitable and not
terrorist organisation, said Pakistan’s Minister for Defence
Production Rana Tanveer Hussain. Hussain’s comments came a
day after some media channels quoted unnamed Pakistani Interior
Ministry sources as saying the Government was likely to outlaw
several terrorist groups, including the JuD and the Haqqani
“We are looking to ban terror
organisations but the JuD is a charitable organisation and the
Government of Pakistan has no evidence against Hafiz Saeed or
the JuD,” Hussain said. Hussain drew a distinction between the
LeT – banned as a terrorist organisation by Pakistan, India
and the United States among other countries – and the JuD. Both
India and the US say the LeT resurfaced as JuD after the ban.
“Lashkar is banned in Pakistan and we have not found any linkages
between JuD and LeT,’’ Hussain said, adding Saeed had the right
to address rallies as he was “not involved in any terrorist
He further said, “India or the
US should give us evidence and we will consider it. The JuD
does not have a military wing and they are only involved in
preaching Islam and working in the education field.” Hussain
said he also supported the JuD chief’s call for liberating Kashmir.
“Even I refer to Kashmir as our atoot ang (inalienable
part). Tomorrow you will ask for a ban against me and against
all Pakistanis who support the freedom struggle in Kashmir,”
the Minister said.
CoAS, General Raheel Sharif
while speaking at the International Institute of Strategic Studies
in London said that National Action Plan was a comprehensive
long term strategy to address extremism, terrorism in the country
with the Government doing best for its implementation, adding
that the ongoing military operation Zarb-e-Azb against terrorists
in North Waziristan Agency of FATA was making good progress
and there were no favourites among terrorists as all terrorists
of any kind were being hit in the operation.
General Sharif further said
that the relations with Afghanistan were improving, adding,
“We are working for stability in the region”. He said that longstanding
Kashmir issue has to be resolved for long term peace, stability
in South Asia, Pakistan wants peace, but with dignity and honour.
He urged that negotiations between the two countries over Kashmir
must be made on an equal basis. He said that the World needs
to understand our environment. Our cooperation with UK in security,
social sector is growing. About return of TDPs from NWA, he
said the world should help in dignified resettlement of TDPs.
DG ISPR Major General Asim Saleem
Bajwa while addressing a think-tank of the Royal United Services
Institute (USI) in UK said that Security Forces have killed
2,000 militants in North Waziristan Agency of FATA in the ongoing
Operation Zarb-e-Azb. He also said that 200 soldiers had been
killed during the operation, and 800 others had sustained injuries.
He reiterated the army’s resolve to ensure writ of the state
in Bajaur and North Waziristan Agencies at all costs by wiping
out militants. The DG ISPR said that effective military operations
are under way to purge the areas of terrorists.
Referring to Islamabad and Afghan
Security Forces' expected launch of coordinated operation against
terrorists in their respective border regions, QWP chief Aftab
Ahmed Khan Sherpao said, “The Afghan Government has given its
consent for launching a coordinated operation against terrorists”.
Sherpao said the new Afghan Government was not only willing
to cooperate in the war against terrorism but was also ready
to enhance bilateral cooperation in other fields. The QWP chief
also said that the new Afghan leadership desired close security
cooperation with Pakistan in order to expedite action against
terrorists and launch a coordinated offensive to wipe out terrorism
from the region.
“Apart from a detailed meeting
with President Ghani, we also met Chief Executive Dr Abdullah
Abdullah and other Afghan leaders. Our discussions were focused
on how to enhance bilateral cooperation between our two countries,”
said Sherpao. Since Pakistan has assured Kabul that it would
not allow anyone to use its soil against Afghanistan, Sherpao
said the Afghan leadership also expressed its desire to resolve
all issues with Pakistan through mutual understanding. They
want to normalise relations bedeviled by distrust and embark
on a new journey of mutual friendship, he added.
JI Chief Sirajul Haq while addressing
a rally on Multan Road warned that the anti-Islam policies of
the west could plunge the world into the third world war. He
said that the respect of the Holy Prophet was an essential part
of a Muslim’s faith. Thousand of faithful across the country
came on roads to express their anguish over the fresh publication
of blasphemous caricatures by a French Weekly and vowed to render
every sacrifice to safeguard the sanctity of the Holy Prophet.
The call for the protest had been given by Haq.
He announced million marches
in Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi on January 23, 205, in continuation
of the protest. He also stressed upon Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
to call for an emergency meeting of the Muslim rulers to lodge
protest with the French Government on this score and to stress
upon the United Nations to frame laws ensuring respect for all
the Prophets of Allah and all the revealed books.
Pakistan has outlawed the Haqqani
Network, officials said, days after US Secretary of State John
Kerry urged Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Government to fight
groups that threaten Afghan, Indian and US interests.
Senior Pakistani Government
officials said that a formal announcement of the ban would be
made “within weeks”. “We have decided to ban the Haqqani Network
as a step in implementing the National Action Plan devised after
the (Peshawar) school attack,” said a Cabinet Member.
The US said that Pakistan’s
decision to ban the Haqqani Network and some other militant
groups is an important step towards eliminating terrorism. “We
welcome (the decision) to outlaw the Haqqani Network, Jama'at-ud-Dawa,
and I think about 10 other organisations linked to violent extremism,”
State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf said at a news
briefing in Washington. “It is an important step, certainly,
towards eliminating terrorist activity in Pakistan,” she said.
The Government has put more
than 5,400 suspected militants on a new terror watch list, in
a fresh move to swiftly execute a crackdown against sympathisers,
financiers and facilitators of banned outfits across the country.
As part of implementation on the National Action Plan against
terrorism, these suspected terrorists were included in the list
under the Fourth Schedule of the ATA 1997, a legal tool that
allows the Government to catalogue all those involved in terrorism.
“The fresh crackdown is being conducted by civilian forces with
cooperation of intelligence operatives,” an unnamed official
monitoring progress on the NAP said on January 16.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Home
Department has put some 2,572 suspects on the list — most of
them linked with banned organisations, he revealed, adding that
more than 1,896 suspected terrorists have been placed on the
list by the Punjab Home Department. The Sindh Home Department
placed the names of 479 suspects on the terror watch list. Similarly,
the Balochistan Government has identified 400 suspects, Islamabad
police 50, and the Gilgit-Baltistan Government has named 23
militants, the official added.
The Federal Minister for Interior
Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan directed all relevant departments to
block bank accounts/financial transactions and all kinds of
funding of proscribed organisations/NGOs or any other individuals
or organisations having connection with militants or terrorist
activities. A databank and monitoring network is being established
for all the proscribed organisations so that all such organisations
re-emerging secretly or under new names should be shut down,
He also directed Ministry of
Information Technology to work in close coordination with Pakistan
Telecommunication Authority, the Intelligence Agencies and international
monitors to close down all terrorism related websites/web based
messaging services and other terrorism-related material on the
internet and social media.
Pakistan’s military command
has shared with the British authorities a list of more than
50 suspicious organisations that are headquartered in the UK
and are operating in Pakistan, for strict scrutiny and surveillance
over their finances and operations. These organisations not
only include banned outfits but also include dozens of Islamic
charities registered in the UK as social welfare and humanitarian
organisations on the pretext of communities’ services.
The British authorities, in
response, are said to have assured their complete support to
Pakistan in its ongoing counterterrorism drive. According to
informed security sources, the CoAS General Raheel Sharif conveyed
to UK Government functionaries and security officials that majority
of the organisations marked as suspicious by Pakistan’s security
agencies (but were not banned here) were operating as charity
organisations. These organisations are mainly registered in
UK and some other Western countries including Canada, France
and the United States. “The financial controls on dozens of
50 plus Islamic charities and other outfits are loose and they
are freely moving millions of pounds from the UK to Pakistan
each year,” an informed unnamed intelligence insider said, adding,
“What do they do of this big amount of money is highly suspicious
since social and humanitarian work they originally get the money
for, is nowhere to be seen.”
| January 17
Ikramul Haq, a convicted terrorist
belonging to SSP, was hanged till death at Kot Lakhpat Central
Jail in provincial capital Lahore. He was accused of killing
a Shia man, identified as Nayyar Abbas, at an Imambargah in
Shorkot area of Jhang District in 2001. Haq was scheduled to
be hung earlier on January 8, 2014 but the execution was delayed
at the eleventh hour after an agreement between the plaintiff
and the defendant was produced before the magistrate. Later,
the condemned prisoner and the plaintiff parties were asked
to approach the Anti-Terrorism Court for confirmation of the
agreement, pardoning Haq. Out of eight family members of the
deceased Abbas, only his two brothers and a sister appeared
before the judge, hence the court refused to accept the agreement
and upheld its decision of death sentence to the convict.
So far, a total of 19 terrorists
have been hanged. These include, a total of seven in the year
2014 (two on December 19, four on December 21, one on December
30). At least 12 terrorists have been hanged so far in 2015
(two on January 7, seven on January 13, two on January 15 and
one on January 17).
| January 18
Two officials of the Karachi
Metropolitan Corporation (KMC), identified as Sohail Yusuf Bhatti
(47), and Yusuf Talat Khan (56), were shot dead in a targeted
attack near the Federal Urdu University on the main University
Road in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town of Karachi, the provincial capital
of Sindh. Yusuf was the Deputy Director of Lyari Development
Authority and Bhatti was the Detector Land LDA.
Two Policemen, identified as
Abdul Ghafoor (50), and Muhammad Farooq, were shot dead in North
A doctor, identified as Dr Farooq
Ahmed Shaikh (55), was shot dead in a targeted attack in Federal
B area of Gulberg Town. On his way home after work around 1:45am
when he was shot dead in a target attack in Federal B Area.
A man, identified as Rehan (50),
was shot dead by unidentified armed assailants near Chhota Maidan
area within the limits of Paposh Police Station in North Nazimabad
Muttahida Qaumi Chief Altaf
Hussain demanded the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to impose martial
law in Sindh for the safety of life and property of people.
He said the Sindh Government has failed in maintaining peace
in the city as killing of innocent people in Karachi was on
the rise. He demanded the Prime Minister to issue arm licenses
to citizens if martial law couldn’t be enforced.
Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali
of the Supreme Court, who is also the monitoring judge of the
ATCs in Sindh, chaired a meeting that was informed of bifurcation
of cases into “militancy-related” and “others” by the ATCs.
Of the over 2,700 cases pending disposal before the 19 ATC across
the Province, 192 cases of bomb blasts and militant attacks
by militant organisations have been prioritized for hearing
on a day-to-day basis as provided under the ATA of 1997.
SFs arrested two militants,
identified as Maulavi Shah Wali and Hafiz Naimatullah, during
a raid in Jangle Pir Alizai area in Qilla Abdullah District.
SFs arrested two suspected militants
from Killi Tekhdar area of Chaman town and recovered weapons
from their possession.
Police detained 31 suspects
during various raids in Quetta. Police said hate materials and
CDs were recovered from their possession.
Balochistan Chief Secretary
Saifullah Chathha while presiding over a meeting in Quetta asked
officials to ensure construction of boundary walls and foolproof
security at all schools in the Province as part of the National
Action Plan against terrorists. He ordered officials of Law-Enforcement
Agencies and educational institutions to jointly evolve a security
plan for safety and protection of schools, colleges and universities.
The meeting decided that boundary walls would be built and protective
wires installed at all schools, besides deploying security guards
at every educational institution.
Five suspected militants belonging
to Pakistan were arrested last week in Afghanistan, said officials
from both the countries. The five were detained last week after
Pakistan sent a list of suspects to security services in Afghanistan,
said an unnamed official. “We are investigating whether the
five detained are the ones wanted by Pakistan,” one of the Afghan
officials said. A Pakistani official said that talks were underway
with the Government for the transfer of the five prisoners in
Afghanistan to Pakistan.
Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the Chief
of JuD, and the founder of LeT, during a rally in Lahore while
urging Muslims across the world to boycott French commodities
in protest against the publication of sacrilegious caricatures
by French magazine Charlie Hebdo said that the UN should declare
blasphemy as terrorism and pass an international law against
it. “If it fails to do so, Muslim countries should sever ties
with it and form a Muslim Union.” “Blasphemy is the worst form
of terrorism in the world. It is terrorism against 1.5 billion
Muslims. There will be no peace if international laws are not
made against blasphemy,” threatened Saeed.
The commander of The Resolute
Support, the new mission of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan,
General John Campbell warned that the IS is making recruitment
in Afghanistan and Pakistan. “We are seeing reports of some
recruiting,” said General Campbell, adding, “There have been
some night letter drops, there have been reports of people trying
to recruit both in Afghanistan and Pakistan, quite frankly.”
General Campbell said the IS
group, which had a “hard message to sell” in Afghanistan, but
there were concerns that the group had the potential to spread
its message in the country and in neighbouring Pakistan. “The
Taliban have their allegiance to Mullah Omar and a different
philosophy and ideology than ISIS, but, potentially, there are
people who are disgruntled with the Taliban, they haven’t seen
[Taliban 'commander'] Mullah Omar in years, or they want to
go a different way,” he said.
Those disgruntled with the Taliban
leadership could be “vulnerable to the ISIS message, and so
we’re looking at it very hard”, he said, adding that the US
and Afghan authorities had so far seen “only bits and pieces”
of this group in Afghanistan. “We’re doing deep dives into it
to make sure we’re seeing everything. I’ve made it a priority
intelligence requirement for my staff, but I have not seen a
whole bunch of it yet, to tell you the truth,” Campbell added.