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.”
Three Shia men, identified as
lawyer Fayyaz Hussain Shah (40), and his two nephews Mir Ghazi
Shah (20) and Mir Hamza Shah (22) were shot dead while they
were returning home from a religious gathering in Rawalpindi
District. TTP 'spokesperson' Muhammad Khorasani claimed responsibility
for the attack. He said that Shah was active in his Shia community
and was also a local leader of PTI.
| 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.
| January 19
At least seven militants and
three soldiers were killed during a clash in Banda area of Salarzai
town in Bajaur Agency of FATA. Security sources said heavy exchange
of fire took place during an operation to clear suspected militants
from the mountainous Banda area along the Afghan border.
The TTP 'spokesperson' Muhammad
Khorasani claimed responsibility for attack. Khorasani said
the TTP fighters “killed six soldiers including a captain,”
adding, “We lost only one fighter.” “The fighting continued
since morning until afternoon.” he added.
At least five militants were
killed when a US drone fired two missiles at a compound in Shahi
Khel neighbourhood of Shawal in North Waziristan Agency.
An ASI, identified as Tabassum
Ali, was shot dead by unidentified armed assailants while he
was providing security to polio team in Banaras area of Orangi
Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Later, the
anti-polio drive was suspended in Orangi Town and SITE Town.
An unidentified alleged target
killer was killed in a retaliatory firing by the Police near
Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) in Paposh Nagar of North Nazimabad
As part of the National Action
Plan (NAP) against terrorism, hate material seized by Rawalpindi
District Police reveals that various schools of thought promote
hatred against one another and stand divided over many issues.
According to Police sources, in the seized books, sects attack
one another and also disagree over the celebration of the birth
anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
while addressing the inaugural session of Balochistan Development
Forum organised by the Balochistan Chief Minister’s Policy Reform
Unit (CMPRU) in Islamabad said that the Government will cleanse
Balochistan, KP and FATA of terrorists.
He said owing to neglect in
the past, Balochistan lagged behind in socioeconomic development
and stressed that both Federal and Provincial Governments were
now taking measures to ensure growth and peaceful environment
in the Province. He said that the development of Balochistan
was close to his heart, and despite constraints, the Federal
Government provided substantial resources to supplement the
efforts of the Provincial Government to address the needs of
The political leaders and experts
at the forum were unanimous in seeking autonomy for Balochistan
and ownership over resources of the Province. Speaker Balochistan
Assembly Jan Jamali urged Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Malik
Baloch to assert Provincial autonomy under the 18th Amendment
to push the agenda for inclusive development of the Province
and its inhabitant.
The Peshawar District administration
has started issuing licences of non-prohibited bore weapons
to the educational institutions. “The process of getting licence
of non-prohibited bore weapons can be completed easily,” Deputy
Commissioner Zahirul Islam said. When asked how many licences
could be issued to a school, he said that he would issue even
10 licences to the administration of a school if it required
the same number of licences for its security guards.
| January 20
An activist of the MQM Unit-6,
identified as Danish (30), was shot dead and another man, identified
as Touseef (26), was shot at and injured in Malir Town of Karachi,
the provincial capital of Sindh.
An unidentified man was shot
dead and another unidentified man was injured near Kharadar
in Lyari Town.
An unidentified dead body of
a man was found near Hijrat Colony area of Lyari Town.
Police claimed to have killed
a criminal in an encounter in Manghopir area of Gadap Town.
However, the identity of the suspect could not be ascertained.
At least 10 people, including
one woman and two children, were injured in a hand grenade attack
carried out by Lyari gangsters in Bhimpura area of Saddar Town.
A man, identified as Wali Ahmed,
was shot at and injured by unidentified armed assailants in
Bhains Colony area of Lyari Town.
In an incident of firing, one
Fahad (18) was injured near Usmanabad in Lyari Town.
One Shahid (30) was shot and
injured by unidentified armed assailants near Mominabad in Orangi
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim
Ali Shah while presiding over a meeting on law and order directed
the Law Enforcement Agencies to intensify and strengthen vigilance
at entry and exit points of the Province. He added that the
ongoing targeted operation had started producing encouraging
results, but he wanted the law enforcers to intensify the operation
to purge the Province of terrorist elements.
The IGP Ghulam Hyder Jamali
briefed the Chief Minister on the targeted operation. He said
the operation gave positive results. “If the 496 days of the
targeted operation are compared with the corresponding 496 days
[of the previous years], 337 per cent more criminals have been
killed in encounters while 16 per cent more targeted killers
arrested, 285 per cent more terrorists and 96 per cent more
extortionists apprehended,” he said. A total of 766 criminals
had been killed during the 496 days of the operation, while
175 criminals had been killed in encounters during the corresponding
period, he said. Similarly, 1,399 criminals involved in targeted
killings had been arrested, while 1,200 had been arrested earlier,
he said. The number of militants and extortionists arrested
increased from 124 to 478 and from 236 to 463, respectively,
A Police constable, identified
as Shahid, was injured when a terror bid was foiled by intercepting
a suspected suicide bomber travelling in a bus on Main G.T.
Road near Rawalpindi District. The bus that was en route to
Rawalpindi from Peshawar was stopped and one of the bus passengers
was taken into custody by Police on suspicion. Upon trying to
escape, the suspect was fired at by Police in response to which
he hurled a hand-grenade, injuring the Police. However, earlier
reports said the suspect blew himself up after being intercepted
at the Sardar checkpost in Wah Garden.
The CIA Police arrested a veiled
woman, identified as Maria Sultan, from outside Kotwali CIA
office in Lahore for her alleged links with al Qaeda. Police
sources claimed the woman was a proclaimed offender and was
involved in a suicide attack at Gujranwala Police Office.
Punjab Government promulgated
an Ordinance which bans glorification of terrorists and their
outfits at any forum and in the media. It regulates manufacture
or sale of uniforms of law-enforcement agencies. The Punjab
Maintenance of Public Order (Amendment) Ordinance, 2015, which
amends the identical law of 1960, is part of the legal reform
measures the Government is taking to curb terrorism.
Pakistan denied reports that
the UK and Washington had asked it to handover LeT 'operations
commander' and 2008 Mumbai terror attack (also known as 26/11)
accused Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi to India or to them for his "independent
trial" to help improve ties with New Delhi. "No one
has asked or sent any formal request to the (Pakistan) Government
to handover the person (Lakhvi) to India or any other country,"
Pakistan's foreign office spokeswoman Tasneem Aslam said. Federal
Investigation Agency's prosecution chief Chaudhry Azhar had
informed the Islamabad High Court on that two countries, whose
citizens were killed in the Mumbai attacks, had asked Pakistan
to hand over Lakhvi.
The teachers refused to keep
arms at schools during duty hours, saying it is the responsibility
of the state to provide security to teaching staff and students.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the all primary schools
teachers association held at the Government High School, Swari,
on January 20, 2014. The meeting was told that the teaching
community was not ready to accept the fresh security policy
at the schools, adding that a teacher’s duty was to teach students
and not to guard school. They said that provision of security
to students and teachers was the prime responsibility of the
Law Enforcement Agencies.
Earlier on January 19, the District
Administration started issuing licences of non-prohibited bore
weapons to the educational institutions.
| January 21
A man, identified as Shoaib
(30), was killed by unidentified armed assailants near Madni
Masjid in Azizabad area of Gulberg Town in Karachi, the provincial
capital of Sindh.
One Muhammad Ali was shot dead
and another man, identified as Abdul Rasheed (35), was injured
near Jhat Patt Market on Muhammad Ali Road in Lyari Town.
Unidentified militants shot
dead an official of the Levies Force, Khaliq Jan, in Mamond
tehsil of Bajaur Agency in FATA. Sources said that Khaliq
Jan was on his way home in Sarki Joharh when unidentified militants
opened fire on him, leaving him dead on the spot. The assailants
managed to escape from the scene.
Operation Commander Hangu and
Orakzai Agency Brigadier Muhammad Jilani said that the SFs had
cleared 50 percent area of Orakzai Agency from militants. Brigadier
Muhammad Jilani said the return process of the IDPs to their
native areas would be started once the area was cleared of militants.
The Minister for State and Frontier
Regions Lieutenant General (retired) Abdul Qadir Baloch said
a strategy was being formulated by the Government to create
job opportunities for IDPs in North and South Waziristan agencies
because until a few years ago most people there knew only about
weapons’ manufacturing and related business activities.
The JI Amir Sirajul Haq
has demanded of the Government to declare the FATA as a separate
province so that its people could get their due rights. The
JI chief said that nearly 10 million tribal Pakhtuns had still
been living without basic facilities. He demanded of the Government
to declare FATA as a separate province and Peshawar as a brave
city, and elevate the status of Army Public School, Peshawar,
to the university level.
A militant was killed and another
two were arrested in a clash with the Police during a search
operation in Malikabad area under Topi Police Station in Swabi
District of KP. The slain militant was identified as Abu Saeed,
a resident of Malikabad. He was wanted by the Police in a number
of terrorism-related cases.
KP Government backtracked on
its stand that teacher could carry small weapons into schools
for own security after a representative body of primary schoolteachers
rejected it. Minister for elementary and secondary education
Atif Khan insisted his Department had never issued such instructions
and that the Government would not encourage teachers or students
to take firearms to classrooms.
A suicide bomber, identified
as Mohammad Asif, denoted his vest when SFs arrested him while
he was travelling in a bus on Main GT Road near Rawalpindi District.
Earlier it was reported that a Police constable, identified
as Shahid, was injured while foiling the terror bid. Officials
of Law Enforcement Agencies and Police were trying to unscramble
a code which was found scribbled on a piece of paper recovered
from the pocket of the suicide bomber. The man got off a bus
and blew himself up with a hand grenade when the bus was stopped
at a Police picket on GT Road near Mughal Garden in Wah. The
piece of paper with the number 21110 written on it was recovered
from him along with PKR 7,000 in cash, a pair of sunglasses
and two pieces of clothing.
A Police investigator said that
officials from different agencies have joined hands with police
to crack this code. They believe that this number could be a
code for a possible target - a place or a person. The investigator
said that the officials are trying to solve the mystery with
the help of information which has already been gathered from
terrorists in Police custody. Asif hailed from Fatehjang tehsil
(revenue unit) of Attock District. Police sources said some
of his family members had been picked up and shifted to an undisclosed
location for interrogation. Police are also interrogating the
bus driver, a resident of Charsadda District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,
and his Afghan assistant.
According to Intelligence sources,
the SFs arrested a local 'commander' of the IS, identified as
Yousuf al-Salafi, as well as his two accomplices involved in
recruiting and sending fighters to Syria from provincial capital
Lahore. Three unnamed intelligence sources said the man, Yousaf
al-Salafi, was arrested in the eastern city of Lahore and confessed
during interrogation that he represented IS in Pakistan.
“Al-Salafi is a Pakistani Syrian
who reached Pakistan through Turkey five months ago,” said one
source. “He crossed into Turkey from Syria and was caught there.
Somehow he managed to escape and reached Pakistan to establish
IS.” The source said one of his accomplices, Hafiz Tayyab, was
a prayer leader in Lahore and was involved in recruiting Pakistanis
and sending them to fight alongside Islamic State in Syria,
charging IS about USD 600 per person.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
while chairing a meeting on reviewing progress of NAP said that
the nation has to succeed in the war of terror at any cost,
as there is no margin of error. He directed the Law Enforcement
Agencies’ chiefs to improve mutual coordination in their ongoing
counterterrorism drive in line with the NAP. The PM has also
observed that steps are being taken for the effective implementation
of NAP for complete elimination of terrorism.
He said implementation of NAP
was the key to eradicate terrorism from the country. “We will
do everything to achieve this objective even if this involves
special allocation of funds,” he said.
Advisor to Prime Minister on
Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said that by cancelling dialogues,
India has given rise to uncertainty and the threats from the
Indian leadership points to a dangerous desire for war. He said
that firing and shelling from across the LoC and the Working
Boundary without provocation and efforts made by India to change
the status of Kashmir all by themselves would further complicate
an already volatile situation.
He said that Pakistan was willing
to continue enduring, unconditional and fruitful negotiations
with India but they were the ones to cancel the secretary level
talks and now they will have to make the first move to revive
| January 22
Two bullet-riddled bodies were
found from Gulshan Rehman Colony on Kohat Road in Peshawar,
the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. According to police
sources, the bodies belonged to Badhaber and Kamal Deen Gharri
The Peshawar Police detained
at least 150 suspects during a search operation carried out
in the areas around the university campus. According to reports,
the Police and SFs conducted a joint search operation in the
adjoining areas of Regi Lalma, Malagori and university campus
and sealed these areas. Identification of the citizens was carried
out during home-to-home search. Police arrested more than 150
suspects including Afghanis who were living illegally in the
The Supreme Court directed the
Federal Government to upload the details pertaining to terrorist
outfits banned by the Government on websites, adding that there
was no such record and friendly countries should also be informed
in this regard. A three-member bench of the apex court, headed
by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, heard the suo moto case on the
errors in legal books and journals. During the hearing, the
court asked its staff to check the websites of the NACTA, the
Ministry of Law and Ministry of Interior. However, after checking
these websites, nothing was found pertaining to details of banned
terrorist outfits. “How can we fight against terrorism when
we don’t know about the amendments made in our laws?” Justice
Jawwad remarked, adding that people don’t even know as to whether
they are giving donations to organisations the Government has
banned or not.
Justice Jawwad further observed
that the Government was fighting against extremism so it should
provide information so that the public could know about such
terrorist outfits that were banned. “How we can we eliminate
terrorism and extremism when we don’t know as to which organisations
have been banned by the government?” Justice Khawaja remarked,
adding that the people don’t know about these organisations
and its figures. He observed that all the notifications were
moved by the Law Ministry hence it should upload them on its
website. He further said that the list of banned outfits should
be uploaded in all languages so that the people in the country
as well as abroad should know as to which outfits were banned.
The White House described the
US-Pakistan relationship as “incredibly important” to shared
security and emphasized that United States’ relations with Pakistan
and India are not at expense of the other. “We don’t view these
relationships as taking place at the expense of the other, that
we can have a good relationship with India and we can have a
good relationship with Pakistan,” Ben Rhodes, Deputy National
Security Advisor said.
The Government banned the JuD
and the Haqqani Network and also froze the JUD’s bank accounts.
It also placed foreign travel restrictions on Hafiz Saeed who
heads the JuD. “Pakistan is taking these steps for its own sake,
for the protection of its own people and to eradicate terrorism
from the country once and for all. The JuD and some other organisations
are listed (as terrorists) by the United Nations. Pakistan,
as a member of the United Nations, is under obligation to proscribe
the entities and individuals that are listed,” the Foreign Office
spokesperson announced at a media briefing.
Immediately afterwards, the
JuD announced that it would approach the Supreme Court to challenge
the ban as it claims it is a charity. The ban comes just days
before President Barrack Obama’s visit to New Delhi. For quite
some time, both the US and India have asked Pakistan to ban
the JuD and the Haqqani Network. In fact, Hafiz Saeed has been
accused by both the countries of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai
However, the FO spokesperson
rejected the notion that Pakistan had taken these steps on the
request of US Secretary of State John Kerry, who was in Islamabad
recently and who publicly criticised both these militant organisations.
She said that the National Action Plan had been under discussion,
and it had nothing to do with the visit by the US secretary
“We take our obligations very
seriously and try to meet these obligations scrupulously. Once
any individuals and organisations are proscribed by the UN,
we are required to freeze their assets and enforce travel restrictions.
We take that action. Bank accounts of such entities and individuals
are frozen after an SRO is issued,” she explained. While the
Haqqani Network has also been banned, the organisation does
not have bank accounts in Pakistan.
| January 23
An unidentified man was shot
dead in Manghopir area of Gadap Town in Karachi, the provincial
capital of Sindh.
The CID Police claimed to have
arrested three Lyari gangsters, identified as Sheeraz Faisal,
Muhammad Zubair and Abdul Rehman, during a raid in Gulshan-e-Iqbal
Town. SSP CID Usman Bajwa said that three Lyari gangsters belonged
to Sohail Ladla group and were involved in the killing of 14
Policemen and several other people. Police recovered massive
weapons and hand grenades from their possession.
The CID Police also arrested
a suspect, identified as Abdul Ghani alias Akram, and recovered
proscribed electronic devices from his custody. These devices
included mobile phone trackers, FM frequency tracker, hacking
and transmitters and the instruments used in terrorism.
Unidentified miscreants blew
up an 18-inch gas pipeline near Dera Murad Jamali in Naseerabad
District. The explosion caused suspension of gas supply from
Sui to Uch Power Plant.
Unidentified militants blew
up a 6-inch gas pipeline in Sohbatpur area of Jaffarabad District
suspending gas supply to different villages. No outfit claimed
responsibility for the attacks.
Rawalpindi-bound Jaffar Express
escaped a bomb blast in the 13 Mile area of provincial capital
Quetta. However, no casualties were reported.
Kidnappers freed four people
in Zarmilan area of South Waziristan Agency in FATA who were
abducted along with 10 others from Killa Saifullah District
of Balochistan on January 4. The captors had killed an official
of the Pakistan Air Force who was among the kidnapped and had
freed two hostages. Three people were still in the kidnappers'
Three TTP militants were arrested
from the Baghat area of Hangu District in KP. Official sources
said Police carried out an operation in Baghat area and arrested
three suspected Taliban militants. Four army uniforms, eight
hand grenades, four Kalashnikovs, two bombs, detonators, explosives
and hundreds of bullet rounds were also seized from the suspects'
Official documents said that
Law-enforcement agencies in KP have rounded up more than 8,000
suspects in a fresh crackdown against militants. According to
the documents – which the KP Government submitted to the Prime
Minister’s Office on January 22 – some 8,281 suspects have been
arrested in 2,861 fresh operations. These include 22 clerics
accused of delivering hateful speeches. The KP Government has
also charged the representatives of some 222 seminaries with
violating loudspeaker laws. In comparison, the Punjab Government
has added the names of more than 2,000 suspects to the new list
of terrorists, informed officials. They added the Sindh Government
has placed the names of 500 suspects on the list, the Balochistan
Government has identified 410 suspects, authorities in Islamabad
have named 150 suspects and Gilgit-Baltistan has named 50 suspects.
Pakistan High Commissioner to
India Abdul Basit said that there is no ban on JuD but its accounts
have been frozen and movement of its members restricted as per
the UN resolution. “We are proceeding strictly in accordance
with UN resolution and Jama'at’s bank accounts have been frozen,
there is a ban on travel abroad of its leadership. We are moving
in accordance with whatever is required under the UN resolution.
I do not see much else needs to be done,’’ Basit said. He also
stated that the facilities of JuD have been taken over by the
Government of Pakistan.
“I will remind the audience
that the resolution (UN) does not state that member states lock
up such individuals,” Basit said, adding, "Pakistan is
now moving ahead without any distinction when it comes to terrorism.
We are moving against firmly on all organisations that come
under the purview.”
The US Government said that
it did not have confirmation on Pakistan banning the Haqqani
Network or the JuD. “We recognise that Pakistan is working through
the process of implementing measures to thwart violent extremism,
including the National Action Plan. We don’t have any confirmation
of specific steps,” said State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki.
“The Pakistani Government has
made clear in both private conversations and public statements
that it is in Pakistan’s own interest to take steps against
all militant groups in Pakistan, and explicitly to not differentiate
between such group,” Psaki said, adding, “We support this commitment
and believe that it is fundamental to addressing terrorism and
ensuring attacks such as the horrific one that happened just
weeks ago that impacted the Peshawar school children never occur
The Foreign Office spokesperson
Tasnim Aslam said the country had taken the decision under the
UN obligation as opposed to being under pressure from elsewhere.
“Pakistan took this decision under the UN obligation and not
under pressure from any other quarter including John Kerry (US
Secretary of State),” Aslam clarified.
Islamabad Police is likely to
detain LeT 'operation commander' and mastermind of Mumbai 2008
attacks (also known as 26/11) Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi in another
case. Lakhvi is scheduled to appear in the District and Sessions
Court on February 24, 2015 in connection with the bail granted
to him in a kidnapping case on December 29, 2014, Police officials
said. Similarly, hearing of the new case is also scheduled in
the same court. The case was registered with the Tarnol police
on November 21, 2014, in response to a complaint filed by Noorul
Rehman on November 10, 2014.
The complainant stated that
on November 10 about two dozen people riding double-cabins raided
his house. “I scaled the wall of the house and escaped and informed
Rescue 15 at 5pm.” He said the raiders introduced themselves
as Taliban and threatened his sister and mother with dire consequences.
The attackers also asked his family to withdraw cases he had
lodged against his rivals Farman and Farhat Nigar. He alleged
that the attackers were sent by his rivals to kill him and his
family. “They should be held responsible if anything happens
to me or my family.” An unnamed senior Police Officer said that
the investigation of the case had been transferred to the CID
and was being supervised by AIG-Operations Dr Sultan Azam Temuri.
He said the investigators had arrested two people in connection
with the case filed by Noorul Rehman whose links were established
According to details of Lakhvi
current status, he was arrested in 2009 in connection with the
Mumbai attack case. He was granted bail by one Anti-Terrorism
Court on December 18, 2014. However, shortly afterwards he was
detained on the directives of the capital administration under
the MPO which was suspended by the Islamabad High Court on December
26, 2014. Later, a kidnapping case was registered against Lakhvi
at the Tarnol Police Station on December 29, 2014, and on December
30, 2014, the Police arrested him. Afterwards he was taken into
custody on physical remand and sent to Adiala jail in Rawalpindi
District. Again, on January 8, 2014, the lower court of Islamabad
granted him bail in connection with the kidnapping case against
a surety bond of PKR 200,000. But he was again detained under
the MPO for a month which would end on February 18, 2015.
JuD 'chief' Hafiz Muhammad Saeed
led Friday prayers and delivered a fiery sermon followed by
a protest by hundreds of his supporters on Lake Road near Chauburji
Chowk in provincial capita Lahore. Saeed delivered a speech
against India, America, Israel and France. He also condemned
the Government of Pakistan for freezing his bank account and
for banning the JuD and the FIF. Instead of taking action against
the protesters, the Police provided them security.
LEA arrested two terror suspects
from the Manga Mandi area in Lahore District on the information
of an arrested terror suspect Yousuf al-Salafi, who is directly
linked with the Islamic State (Daish), and shifted them to an
unidentified location for interrogation. One of the agencies
engaged in the operation showed that the officials, who had
taken IS 'commander' Yousuf into custody from the Shahdara area
on January 21, 2015, along with his accomplices, Qari Tayyab
and Dr Fahad, arrested his two more accomplices following information
provided by him. The raids were conducted by the ISI, the IB
and CIA Police to track down the suspects associated with Daish.
A Police source said that hate literature, CDs and other material
had been seized from their possessions.
The preliminary investigation
revealed that Kosar Ali, the suicide bomber who blew himself
up at a Police picket on Main GT Road near Rawalpindi District
on January 20, 2014, had been a student at the Lal Masjid seminary.
Police and other LEA's detained seven suspects, including the
two brothers of the suicide bomber, on January 22, 2015 in connection
with the incident. The detained suspects were taken to an undisclosed
location for further investigation.
| January 24
One person was killed and two
others were injured in separate incidents of violence in Karachi,
the provincial capital of Sindh. Unidentified men gunned down
an unknown person aged about 30 near Rangers check post in Mehmoodabad
One person aged about 30 was
shot and injured by unidentified armed men near Shah Latif town
in Bhens Colony Landhi.
Arif Abbas (45) was shot and
injured by unidentified gunmen in his house near Total Petrol
Pump in Korangi.
Law enforcement agencies arrested
seven TTP militants, including a ‘commander’, from different
places. On a tip-off the SFs raided a house located in Bagatoo
area of Hangu District in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province arresting
four terrorists of the banned TTP. Heavy weapons including eight
hand grenades, four Kalashnikovs, two remote-controlled bombs,
eight detonators, two batteries and hundreds of bullets were
recovered from the possession of the arrested militants.
On intelligence report about
the presence of TTP militants in the area the SFs conducted
a raid in Harnai District of Balochistan and arrested three
TTP militants, including a ‘commander’. SFs also recovered arms
and ammunition from the possession of militants.
| January 25
At least 35 suspected militants,
an unspecified number of foreigners among them, were killed
when military planes shelled their hideouts in North Waziristan
Agency. According to the ISPR, the air strikes were conducted
in Dattakhel tehsil. Officials said that over 1,200 suspected
militants had been killed since the Army launched Operation
Zarb-i-Azb in North Waziristan in June 2014. The administration
had lifted curfew from the area after 20 days on January 23.
| January 26
Eight suspected militants, including
key commanders of various outfits, were killed and several others
sustained injuries when jet fighters of PAF blitzed their positions
in various areas including Speen Drand, Tor Darra, Tarkhu Kas
in Kukikhel, Nakai and other areas in Tirah Valley of Khyber
Agency in FATA. Several hideouts of militants were also destroyed
in the operation.
Five persons, including a retired
Police SI Muhammad Salleh Shah, were killed and one sustained
injuries when in a Chithar-bound pickup that was coming from
Dera Murad Jamali stumbled over a landmine in the Soonwah area
of Naseerabad District.
Quetta Police recovered 50,000
rounds of different caliber weapons, which had been stolen from
the arsenal depot of Balochistan Constabulary, during raids
in Shaldara and Pashtunabad areas of the provincial capital.
Balochistan Government during
a high-level meeting of security officials finalised 54 terrorism
cases for trial by military courts that have been set up under
the 21st Constitution Amendment. Home Secretary Akbar Hussain
Durrani said that of the 54 cases selected, 19 related to the
banned TTP, 18 to LeJ and 17 to Sipah-e-Muhammad. The Provincial
apex committee, which is responsible for implementation of the
NAP against terrorism, will forward the cases to the Federal
Government for a final decision. Balochistan IG Mohammad Amlish
Khan said that 168 accused had been nominated in the 54 cases
88 of them were under arrest and 80 absconding.
One militant was killed and
three others were arrested by the SFs during a search operation
in Katlang tehsil and its adjoining villages in Mardan
District in KP. A soldier was also injured in the exchange of
with the militants in Matta village in Katlang.
KP Police, in the ongoing search
and strike operation throughout the province against criminals
and anti-social elements, have rounded 246 suspects and recovered
huge quantity of arms and ammunition. The number of arrests
and recovery of weapons were made during the last two days of
the operation, according to a statement from Police spokesman.
“Around 79 arms and ammunition of different kind and 1,132 rounds
of different bore were recovered during the search operation,”
the statement added.
The statement further said that
during the operation 873 houses and 499 hotels were checked
and 38 cases were registered against the violators. During the
snap checking on 275 checkpoints, 285 suspects were held and
10 arms of different kind and 130 cartridges of different bore
were recovered. During action against “illegal” Afghans a total
of 192 persons were detained and 66 cases were registered against
An unidentified man was killed
while nine others were injured in a bomb explosion in Dawood
Goth area of Malir city in Malir Town of Karachi, the provincial
capital of Sindh. During investigation, it was found that armed
gangsters riding a motorcycle had lobbed an RGD-1 grenade at
a cattle pen of one Jawed alias Chotu. Initial investigations
reveal that the criminals belonged to the Akber Maleri gang
of Uzair Baloch group.
The FIF, the charity wing of
JuD, launched a free ambulance service at the Markaz-e-Taqwa
in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town. “This [welfare work] is our key area
for which we are known across Pakistan,” JuD chief Hafiz Mohammad
Saeed said at the launching ceremony. “After launching several
such projects in rural and disaster-hit areas of the country,
we now plan to expand to facilitate the maximum number of people,”
he said, adding, “We are neither a political party nor do we
have an electoral agenda. So we are stick to our social welfare
He said that in the first phase,
the FIF would operate a fleet of 15 ambulances in all city districts
and the number of vehicles would be increased gradually. “We
are operating an ambulance service in 118 cities across the
country. From Tharparkar in Sindh to Turbat in Balochistan and
from Sadiqabad in Punjab to Dera Ismail Khan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,
you would find footprints of our welfare projects in every corner
of the country,” he said.
Military courts will start functioning
shortly as the Prime Minister’s Office has given final go-ahead
to the Federal Ministry of Interior to start referring terror
cases to these special courts for trial. A PMO source said that
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a recent meeting, attended by
civil and military officials, finalised the mechanism for selecting
and referring the cases to military courts for trial.
It is said that nine military
courts have been constituted in all the four Provinces, which
are expected to start functioning in the next few days. Although,
under the 21st Constitutional Amendment, the military courts
have been given the power to try suspected civilian terrorists
of a specified category, it would be the discretion of the Federal
Government to decide which cases should be referred to these
The Senate Standing Committee
on Defence was informed that the US had assured Pakistan of
killing the top TTP leader Mullah Fazlullah or arresting him
alive. The Defence Secretary Lieutenant General (retd) Alam
Khattak told the Senate committee that the US has assured Pakistan
of full cooperation to arrest or kill Mullah Fazlullah.
| January 27
At least 53 militants, including
12 foreigners, were killed when jet fighters of PAF conducted
aerial strike on militants’ hideout in Kharh Tangi area of Dattakhel
tehsil in North Waziristan Agency of FATA. Six hideouts,
an ammunition dump and seven explosives-laden vehicles were
destroyed,” said an ISPR statement. Most of the foreigners killed
were Uzbeks, military sources said.
In another strike in the same
area later, 23 militants were killed, the ISPR claimed. Since
the area is off-limits to journalists, it is difficult to independently
verify the number and identity of the dead. The jets continued
shelling for about one hour, inflicting heavy losses on the
militants, sources said.
16 militants were killed and
12 others injured when PAF planes pounded their hideouts in
Therkho Kas, Wacha Wana, Sra Vella and Nakai areas of Tirah
valley in Khyber Agency. The officials claimed that those killed
belonged to the outlawed TTP and LI. Six militant hideouts were
destroyed in the strikes.
KP Governor Sardar Mahtab Ahmad
Khan said the repatriation of the people displaced from Bara
of Khyber Agency would begin after February 15 as most parts
of the tehsil had been cleared from militants. He also said
PKR 850 million had been released for the restoration of electric
supply and rehabilitation of schools, health units, roads and
streets in Shalobar area ahead of the return of local displaced
Earlier, the IDPs of Khyber
Agency on January 26 staged a sit-in outside the Governor’s
House on Sher Shah Soori Road in Peshawar to demand end to military
operation in their area, a comprehensive financial package,
early repatriation, and the opening of Bara Bazaar. They warned
they won’t return to their homes until security was provided
to them, their destroyed houses were rebuilt, and local schools,
hospitals, Government offices and Bara Bazaar were reopened.
At least six militants were
killed and a security official was injured in an operation conducted
by SFs in Kulachi area of Dera Ismail Khan District in KP. Three
of those killed were suicide bombers and blew themselves when
cordoned off by the SFs, official sources said. During the operation,
10 militants have been arrested following fire exchange between
militants and the forces in Zar Kani, Gara Manda, Kot Sultan
and Daraban area.
Hundreds of students protesting
against a French magazine Charlie Hebdo for publishing cartoons
of PBUH stormed a Christian boys’ school in Bannu town of Same
District demanding it close. Four students were slightly hurt
in the incident which happened as students from local colleges
and schools demonstrated against the cartoons. “A group of some
200 to 300 protesting students entered Panel High School after
jumping its outer walls and forcibly opened the gates,” school
principal Fredrick Farhan Das said. He said the students who
wanted the school to be shut damaged the property and smashed
In an attempt to avert attacks
like the one on APS on December 16, which left 154 people—mostly
children—dead, the Police in the provincial capital are training
teachers how to use weapons. Aside from offering to train male
teachers, the KP Police have for the first time taken the task
to train women teachers in how to wield a weapon. Lecturers
from Frontier College for Women stepped into Malik Saad Shaheed
Police Lines for a purely voluntary training which will be undertaken
over the period of a week.
Under the Provincial Government’s
revised guidelines, only watchmen and security guards will be
allowed to carry weapons in schools. After the carnage at APS,
the Government had allowed schoolteachers and administration
officials to keep licensed weapons in schools and had also decided
to issue them permits. However, severe criticism from various
quarters led the Government to rethink its stance. “Now, school
administrations have been told only watchmen and guards will
be allowed to have weapons,” the official added.
Unidentified militants shot
dead a Policeman, identified as Shahmir Jhandir (22), deputed
for the security of anti-polio volunteers near a bakery in Nazimabad
No 3 area of North Nazimabad Town in Karachi, the provincial
capital of Sindh. No outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.
Authorities, however, termed the incident a targeted attack
on Police and not on the polio team.
Principal of Iqra Rozatul Atfal
School, identified as Fazl Urrhman (45), was shot dead by unidentified
militants near Bhetak Hotel, Munawar Chowrangi in Gulistan-e-Johar
area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town.
Unidentified armed assailants
shot dead a man, identified as Israr (30), in Defense Housing
Authority in Gadap Town.
An unidentified man was shot
dead by unidentified armed assailants near Hawkesbay Scheme
42 in Hawke's Bay Town locality of Kiamari Town.
One Abdul Khair (28) was shot
at and injured near Usmania Chowk in Garden area of Saddar Town.
The Sindh High Court directed
the Home Secretary, Provincial Police Chief, Rangers Director
General and others to submit their respective replies in the
petitions against alleged detention of seven workers of the
MQM by Law Enforcement Agencies. A division bench comprising
Justices Ahmed Ali M. Sheikh and Syed Muhammad Farooq Shah also
issued notices to the Federal and Provincial law officers to
ensure the filing of comments on behalf of the official respondents.
The hearing was adjourned till January 15, 2015.
According to details, on January
15, 2015, Shahzad Khan, a worker of the Karachi Water and Sewerage
Board, was held in Orangi Town and on January 16, 2015, MQM
worker Syed Tahir Ali, an employee of the education department,
was arrested Later, on January 20, 2015 the paramilitary troops
arrested Abrar, owner of a roadside tea stall, in Orangi Town
within the jurisdiction of the Mominabad Police Station. He
said that on the same day another worker of MQM, Umair Sharafat,
an employee of Honda Atlas, was arrested from Sector 10 in Orangi
Town. Also, the LEA personnel and Police raided the house of
Naseer, an employee of a hospital, in Orangi Town and took away
the victim. On January 21, 2015, he said, another worker of
MQM, Bilal, was taken into custody in Hingorabad area of Lyari
Town. The same day, Suleman, a factory worker, was also picked
up by the Rangers and Police within the jurisdiction of the
Kalri Police Station.
An Antiterrorism Court declared
the 'chief' of the TTP, Mullah Fazlullah, its former 'spokesman'
Shahidullah Shahid and six others as proclaimed offenders in
the Karachi airport attack case of June 8, 2014. Earlier in
October 2014, three suspects, identified as Sarmad Siddiqui,
Asif Zaheer and Nadeem alias Burger alias Mullah, were arrested
for providing logistic support, funds and weapons to the militants.
Unidentified militants abducted
five Pakistan Mineral Development Corporation coal miners from
Sorenge area in Quetta. According to Police sources, militants
kidnapped seven miners belonging to the PMDC in Quetta's Sorenge
area. The abductors later freed two coal miners and took the
other abductees to nearby mountains. "Five coal miners
are still with kidnappers," Police said. No outfit claimed
responsibility for the kidnapping.
Lahore Police have so far arrested
329 suspects for violating three recently promulgated ordinances
by the Punjab Government in January 2015 and booked 673 others
for violating the Foreigners Act 1946 and Code of Criminal Procedures
1898 to implement the NAP against terrorism. The Police are
facing difficulties in judicial trials and conviction processes
as people, arrested and booked in connection with Punjab Information
of Temporary Residence Ordinance, Punjab Sound Systems (Regulation)
Ordinance and Arms Ordinance (amendment) Ordinance, have secured
their bails from local courts.
A two-member bench of the Islamabad
High Court, comprising of Justice Noor ul Haq Qureshi and Justice
Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, granted one-week time to the prosecutors
for arguments against Mumtaz Qadri, the killer of former Punjab
Governor Salmaan Taseer, and adjourned the hearing till next
week. The Bench heard the appeal petition filed by Mumtaz Qadri’s
counsel, Khawaja Sharif.
A highly influential convicted
terrorist has made the Federal Government surrender its policy
of executing convicted terrorists without discrimination. In
a case of discrimination and violation of law and policy, the
Nawaz Sharif Government has succumbed to pressure to block the
execution of this unnamed highly influential convicted terrorist
despite President Mamnoon Hussain’s final rejection of the condemned
terrorist’s mercy appeal.
The Home Secretary was also
told that the convicted terrorist should be imitated of the
President’s decision. But just two days later on January 2,
2015, the Federal Ministry of Interior sent an “immediate” letter
to the Home Secretary, directing the Province to “stay” the
execution of the terrorist till further orders. The Home Secretary
was also told that the Provincial Government should re-examine
the case to ascertain if it fell within the parameters set by
the Government. Sources said the Provincial Government, within
a few days time, informed the Federal Government that the case
fell within the Government’s policy. However, the Federal Government
is yet to get the terrorist executed.
The advisor to Prime Minister
on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said that a new nuclear deal
signed between the US and India during President Barak Obama’s
recent trip to New Delhi will be detrimental to stability in
South Asia. "The operationalisation of Indo-US nuclear
deal for political and economic expediencies would have a detrimental
impact on deterrence stability in South Asia," Sartaj Aziz
said. Aziz described the new deal with India as “another country-specific
exemption from Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (NSG) rules” that would
undermine the credibility of the watchdog, weaken the non-proliferation
regime and "further compound the already fragile strategic
stability environment in South Asia". "Pakistan remains
opposed to policies of selectivity and discrimination,"
Appreciating the tribal people
for playing a significant role in expelling terrorists from
their area, COAS General Raheel Sharif reiterated that Pakistan
Army would not abandon the tribal areas without restoring functional
normalcy. Speaking to officers and men during his visit to Mohmand
Agency, the COAS appreciated their professionalism, dedication
and sacrifices in fighting terrorism and bringing stability
in Mohmand Agency. General Raheel emphasized on the need to
follow a comprehensive and uniform reconstruction and rehabilitation
policy across FATA after areas had been cleared of terrorists.
He expressed the hope that such projects would help root out
terrorism on long term basis by providing education and economic
opportunities to the youth, according to an ISPR press release.
Asia Coordinator of the CPJ,
Bob Dietz, while addressing the second International Conference
on Combating Impunity and Securing Safety of Media Workers and
Journalists in Pakistan, said that Pakistan ranks worryingly
high when it comes to the number of attacks on journalists in
democratic countries. He deplored that the authorities in Pakistan
had failed to move forward in this regard and had not been able
to provide an environment conducive for journalists so far.
“Why can’t we make the situation better,” he asked, earnestly,
adding that far too many journalists were getting caught in
the crossfire between militants and the authorities.
“A hit-list of journalists
in Balochistan was floated by pro-establishment militants and
this list was published in a report by the Pakistan Federal
Union of Journalists (PFUJ), but even then, five of the people
on the list ended up dead,” said senior anchor Hamid Mir. He
said that it was time the government passed a law for the protection
of the media. “I do not say it will end the trouble, but it
will be a first step towards a solution,” he added.
The local 'commander' of Islamic
State, Yousuf al-Salafi, confessed during investigations that
he has been receiving funds through the US. Law Enforcing Agencies
had claimed on January 22, 2015, that they arrested al-Salafi,
along with his two companions, during a joint raid in Lahore
District. However, sources revealed that al-Salafi was arrested
sometimes in December 2014 and it was only disclosed on January
22, 2015. “During the investigations, al-Salafi revealed that
he was getting funding, routed through America, to run the organisation
in Pakistan and recruit young people to fight in Syria,” said
a source privy to the investigations. Al-Salafi also confessed
that he along with a Pakistani accomplice, reportedly imam of
a mosque, was recruiting people to send them to Syria and was
getting around USD 600 per person from Syria.
“The US has been condemning
the IS activities but unfortunately has not been able to stop
funding of these organisations, which is being routed through
the US,” a source said, adding, “The US had to dispel the impression
that it is financing the group for its own interests and that
is why it launched offensive against the organisation in Iraq
but not in Syria.”
| January 28
SSP Malir Rao Anwar Ahmed claimed
to have killed five militants in Nawab Goth area within the
limits of Steel Town Police Station in Bin Qasim Town of Karachi,
the provincial capital of Sindh. The Police recovered weapons,
explosives material and suicide vests from their possession.
SSP Malir raided in Nawab Goth on spy information of the presence
of terrorists and killed five alleged terrorists during the
encounter. According to SSP Rao the militants belonged to TTP
were planning to attack the Razzakabad Police Training Centre.
An activist of MQM, identified
as Sohial Ahmed (46), was found dead near Machko in Mawach Goth
area of Baldia Town. Ahmed was the MQM unit-64 in-charge. According
to details, on December 15, 2014, PPP held an open house in
Bahadurabad area of Gulshan Town. During the open house, Ahmed
raised various questions regarding Sindh Government's performance
where PPP activists and Police officials were also present.
In the same open house, Suhail was threatened by PPP’s Saeed
Chawla. The same night, Ahmed was arrested by the Police and
on January 28, he was found death in Mawach Goth.
An unidentified man was shot
dead near Yousuf General Store in Kamela Stop area of Lyari
A man, identified as Sajjad
Maqsood (30), was shot dead by unidentified armed assailants
near Chungi Naka on Surjani Road in Korangi Town.
A man, identified as Anwar Bux
(25), was shot at and injured near Godown Chowrangi at Ding
Dong Factory in Korangi Town.
AIG Sindh Police Ghulam Qadir
Thebo said that Police had arrested one of the five suspects,
identified as Mohammad Mansoor, involved in the murder of Karachi
University Dean Islamic Studies Faculty Dr Shakeel Auj. In September
2014, Dr Shakeel Auj was shot dead in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town.
At least seven militants were
killed and one other was injured in a US drone strike in the
Shawal area of North Waziristan Agency in FATA. Intelligence
sources said the US drone fired two missiles on a compound and
a vehicle on the border of North and South Waziristan Agency
in Shawal valley. The identity of the militants is yet to be
A senior official of the Balochistan
Levies said that a group of 25-30 militants stormed a check
post of the Levies force in Qila Saifullah District and fled
with five official rifles, three motorbikes, five bulletproof
jackets and a walkie-talkie.
A death row prisoner, identified
as Rameez Raja, who had escaped during the Bannu jailbreak on
April 15, 2012, was re-arrested during a raid by Hub Police
in Lasbela District. Raja, originally a resident of Kohat District
in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, was awarded death penalty in
July 2012, for murdering his relative.
Five abducted coalminers, who
had been kidnapped on January 27, 2015, from Sorenge area in
Quetta, were rescued. The five abducted coalminers were identified
as Lal Muhammad, Noor Muhammad, Sale Muhammad, Rahman Gul and
The Islamabad High Court asked
the Interior Secretary to submit details of all cases against
the LeT 'operational commander' and mastermind of Mumbai 2008
attack (also known as 26/11) Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi. According
to details, when Justice Noorul Haq Qureshi resumed the hearing
on January 28, Lakhvi's counsel Rizwan Abbasi said that the
report submitted by the Inspector General of Police is not enough
and requested complete details of cases from all Provinces.
The judge adjourned the case.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
while speaking to Islamabad's High Commissioner to India Abdul
Basit said that the country would like to have normal relations
with India on basis of mutual respect and sovereign equality
as “India is an important neighbour for us”. He said that it
is important for both Pakistan and India to resolve all their
outstanding issues, including the Kashmir dispute in order to
ensure peace and stability in the region.
The Government admitted that
close to 80 seminaries operating in Pakistan received financial
support to the tune of PKR 300 million from a dozen countries
during 2013-14. The Federal Ministry of Interior revealed that
in Islamabad the Embassy of Netherlands donated PKR 2.5 million
to Helping Hands Welfare Association Baltistan (HHWAB) for students
of local seminaries and schools. The Australian High Commission
provided PKR 3 million to Malik Welfare Association Baltistan
in order to support seminaries in the northern areas of the
country. A US-based organisation, Kashmir Family Aid, contributed
PKR 0.7 million in 2014 to the HHWAB for local seminaries and
“Financial assistance for religious
or sectarian purposes is discouraged as this potentially threatens
to violate law and order and sectarian harmony in the country,”
stated the Federal Ministry of Interior, responding to a question
by PPP Senator Sughra Imam. Senator Tahir Mashhadi said that
almost all seminaries are being financed in one way or the other
by someone. “Foreign funding to seminaries is very dangerous.
It has triggered sectarian war in Pakistan. It [foreign funding]
must be blocked on a now or never basis,” he said.
While the Punjab Home Department
claimed that not a single madrassa in the Province received
foreign funding, documents belonging to the Interior Ministry
revealed that Madrassah Jama'at-ul-Islam Sargodha was the recipient
of PKR 13.3 million from the Sheikh Eid Charitable Association
the money was funneled through Qatar Islamic Bank and National
Bank of Pakistan. The Jamiat-ul-Islam Sargodha also received
PKR25.3 million through the same banks.
The Madrassa Aisha Siddiqa Trust
of Gulistan-e-Jauhar Karachi received PKR 35,000 from an unknown
source, the Sindh Home Department stated. Saudi Arabia is funding
some madrassas in the Province, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Home
Department revealed. Also, Saudi Arabia is funding madrassas
in Balochistan, according to official sources. Madrassa Dar-ul-Uloom
Baltistan received PKR12 million from Kuwait, Masjid Gulzar
Ghoi was given PKR 2000 by Saudi Arabia and Jamia Khair Ul Madaris
received PKR100,000 from Hong Kong.
A special force will be formed
to guard educational institutes in KP and the rest of the country,
a senior official of the Home Department said. “We have 64,000
educational institutions and the total number of policemen is
just 75, 000,” he said. “If we deploy a single member of the
force at every institution, Police Stations will be empty,”
official added, stressing on the need for an additional force
to guard schools.
The force will be managed on
a federal level by a retired Major General. The country head
will form teams for all the four provinces and a retired brigadier
will lead each of them. Meanwhile, District-level teams are
to be led by retired colonels. Each colonel would assess the
situation in his respective district and recruit personnel according
to security needs, size of area and population. The men who
will take charge as the chief of the provincial and federal
forces are yet to be decided as the plan is still under discussion.
| January 29
Three unidentified bodies were
found in Shero checkpoint area of Dera Ismail Khan City in Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa. Witnesses reported that three bodies of persons
shot to death were found along with Kalashnikov bullets near
A considerable portion of the
railway tracks were destroyed when a huge explosion took place
near Thull, in Jacobabad District of Sindh. More than three
feet of the tracks were blown off. The bomb went off as soon
as Peshawar-bound Khushal Khan Khatak Express passed from the
spot of the blast.
| January 30
At least 61 Shias were killed
and 50 others were injured in a bomb explosion at Karbala Maula
Imambargah in Lakhi Dar area of Shikarpur District. Jundullah,
a splinter group of TTP claimed responsibility for the attack.
“Our target was the Shia community (mosque)… They are our enemies,”
said Fahad Marwat, Jundullah 'spokesperson'.
An alleged suicide bomber was
killed during an exchange of fire with SFs in Maikhtar area
of Loralai District. According to sources, SFs conducted an
operation in the area. The militants resisted the SFs and one
alleged suicide bomber blew himself up during a shoot out that
lasted for an hour. Another militant fled from the spot.
SFs foiled a major terror bid
by seizing an explosive-laden vehicle in Panjpai area of Quetta.
The SFs also apprehended an alleged suicide bomber along with
the explosive-laden vehicle. He said 200 bombs were recovered
from the explosive-laden vehicle during the raid.
Intelligence Agencies and Anti-Terrorist
Forces personnel arrested a TTP 'commander' from Pishin District.
The SFs recovered weapons from their possession.
FC personnel recovered arms
and ammunition from an Alto car in Gulistan area of Killa Abdullah
The Police arrested an Afghan
prayer leader for delivering hate speech during Friday sermon
at Pabbi town of Nowshera District in KP. Pabbi Police arrested
Afghan cleric, Maulvi Noorullah, after complaint by local people
that he delivered a provocative speech during the Friday sermon.
Maulvi Noorullah is prayer leader at the Jamia Masjid Tahirzai
No 1, Pabbi main bazaar. Soon after receiving the information
about hate speech, a Police party led by SHO Pabbi Shad Ali
Khan reached the mosque and arrested the cleric under MPO 16.
On the directives of the Commission
of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances, the Mardan City Police
Station has registered four separate kidnapping cases against
An anti-terrorism court in Lahore
awarded death sentence on 47 counts to three terrorists involved
in attacking buildings of the Police Emergency Service (15)
and an intelligence agency. The court also awarded life imprisonment
to each convict and imposed a collective fine of PKR 25.35 million.
The Civil Lines police had registered a case against Abid Akram,
Sarfraz and Shabbir for attacking the offices of the Police
and intelligence agency on May 27, 2009. At least 26 personnel
were killed and 337 injured in the attack.
Authorities in KP referred a
list of terror suspects to the Federal Government for trial
by military courts. The 45-page report contains 423 cases of
terror suspects for trial by military courts, which also includes
the name of TTP ‘Chief’ Mullah Fazlullah. Peshawar has the highest
number of cases — 116 — to be tried by military courts, whereas
the remaining 307 cases are from other areas of the province.
Most of the terror suspects were charged for attacks on Security
Forces, Government buildings, State installations and killing
of civilians. TNSM chief Sufi Mohammad and Maulvi Faqeer are
among other high profile suspects on the list. A few of the
terror suspects are awaiting trial in jail, while many of them
are absconders in Afghanistan.
The Government has quietly reversed
its decision of setting up military courts in AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan.
“We were today informed that the Government has no intention
of extending 21st Amendment in the Constitution to AJK and GB,”
said Chairman of National Assembly’s Special Committee on Kashmir
Maulana Fazlur Rehman on January 30 after chairing an in-camera
session of the committee. “Media reports about the planned move
to establish military courts in AJK and GB had created concerns,”
said Mr Rehman who initially agreed to support military courts
in the country at the All Parties Conference, but later reneged
on his decision.
The PM Muhammad Nawaz Sharif
said that cases of target killings in Karachi could be sent
to the proposed military trial courts for speedy disposal. The
PM stated this at the Sindh Governor House where he chaired
a high-level meeting to review the law and order situation after
reaching Karachi just one day after the city observed a strike
called by the MQM against the extrajudicial killing of a party
activist. The PM expressed the resolve at a meeting to eliminate
the terrorists who had been responsible for causing lawlessness
in the city while dubbing such criminals as enemies of the country.
Pakistan’s Government should
ensure the security of the country’s religious minorities from
judicial injustice and attacks by militants HRW has said in
its World Report 2015. The HRW said violent attacks on religious
minorities rose significantly in 2014 as Prime Minister Nawaz
Sharif’s Government failed to ensure religious freedoms. The
25th edition of the report reviews human rights practices in
more than 90 countries. “Pakistan’s Government did little in
2014 to stop the rising toll of killings and repression by extremist
groups that target religious minorities,” said Phelim Kine,
Deputy Asia Director at HRW.
The US has strong relationships
with both Pakistan and India and going forward Washington would
continue to have a close strategic partnership with Islamabad,
the State Department said. “We have assured both countries that
the United States relationship with India and United States
relationship with Pakistan, those relationships are strong,
they are vital for our strategic interest, and they stand on
their own,” Spokesperson Jen Psaki said replying to a question
at the daily briefing. “We work with Pakistan on a range of
issues. We work with India on a range of issues,” she added,
when asked about Washington’s ties in South Asia in the wake
of President Barak Obama’s visit to New Delhi.
The Minister for States and
Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Abdul Qadir Baloch said that some
elders are unwilling to accept lungies, or traditional souvenirs,
from the Government due to threats from militants since the
launch of the ongoing military operations in the tribal regions.
Replying to a question in the Senate, Baloch said the Federal
Government has conferred some 8,000 ‘lungies’ on tribal elders
over the past five years in recognition of their services for
maintaining peace in their respective tribal agencies.
The traditional souvenirs have
come at a price for its recipients as according to FATA Senator
Saleh Shah, about 1,400 such ‘mashran’ (elders) have been gunned
down by the Taliban. “The government must recognise their sacrifices
as well,” he said. Baloch said the government has all respect
for those who rendered sacrifices for the country. He added
that the recipients of ‘lungies’ were ed on the recommendations
of the political agents, or top administrators in tribal agencies.
Senator Hidayat Ullah objected
that the Government has increased the price of ‘lungies’ and
tribal elders were reluctant to purchase these souvenirs. But
Baloch argued that the Government has increased the price from
PKR 25 to PKR 50 in 2014 which is a nominal increase. The Government
had granted 750 lungies between 2009 and 2010 3,200 in 2012,
375 in 2013 and 2,100 in 2014. These lungies had been distributed
in 13 regions, including Bajaur, Mohmand, Khyber, Kurram, Orakzai,
North and South Waziristan agencies and Frontier Regions Peshawar,
Kohat, Bannu, Tank, Lakki and Dera Ismail Khan.
| January 31
Two Police personnel were killed
and another was injured when a convoy of DPO Khuzdar came under
gun and rocket attack by militants in Pasni area of Gwadar District.
However, DPO Khuzdar Asghar Ali Yusufzai, who was traveling
with his family, escaped unhurt in the attack and was safe.
As part of an ongoing crackdown
against militants from banned organisations in Balochistan,
Police and ATC personnel have arrested 260 suspects from different
parts of Quetta. Police sources told that raids were conducted
in Sariab Road, Brewery Road, Satellite Town and other parts
of Quetta. Arms and ammunition were also recovered from the
possession of the suspects who have been shifted to different
Police Stations in Quetta for interrogation.
| February 1
Rangers claimed to have killed
five gangsters in an encounter in Salar Goth area of Malir Town
in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. They were identified
as Akber Maliri, Khalid Lashari, Sheraz Ibrahim alias Comrade
of Malir, Gulab Hasan alias Peero, and Yousuf Pathan. Akbar
Maliri, was stated to be the main character in the gang warfare
in parts of Malir and belonged to the Uzair Baloch group.
CID of Sindh Police claimed
to have killed four TTP militants in a shootout in Manghopir
area of Gadap Town and recovered weapons and explosive material
from their possession. The names of the killed terrorists were
not released to the media yet. ATC In-charge Ali Raza said the
action was conducted on secret information about the presence
of terrorists in the area.
Two carders of the ASWJ, identified
as Naseem Khan (28) and Mohammed Asif (24), were killed in a
sectarian attack on the main National Highway near Malir Halt
in Malir Town. The victims were office-bearers of the ASWJ in
District Central, said a spokesperson for the ASWJ.
A shopkeeper and a cadre of
ASWJ, identified as Akhtar Hussain (55), was shot dead while
his son, Athar Hussain (26), was injured when unidentified militants
opened fire at them at Islam Chowk near the Farooq-i-Azam mosque
in Pakistan Bazaar area of Orangi Town. The victim was a worker
of the ASWJ, said the party spokesperson.
A customs official, identified
as Mohammed Salahuddin Khan (56), who was shot at and injured
in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town on January 29, 2015, succumbed to his
wounds. Salahuddin was parking his car near his house in Block
13-C when unidentified armed assailants attacked him and fled.
An extortionist was shot dead
in the Kalakot area of Lyari Town. His identity could not be
ascertained immediately. Initial report state that he had gone
there to collect ‘protection money’ when he was attacked, claimed
SHO Safdar Mashwani.
A landmine explosion killed
a military officer and injured two personnel in Chathar area
of Naseerabad District in Balochistan. Police sources said the
military officer who was killed in the blast was identified
as a FC captain. Police sources said FC personnel were on routine
patrol when their vehicle hit by a landmine.
The bullet-riddled body of a
missing man was found in the Sonari Mat area of Dera Bugti District.
An official of Dera Bugti Levies said the body was dumped in
a desolated place. The body was identified as Barfi, son of
Noor Khan. “The victim had been missing for one-and-a-half years
from Sui,” the Levies official said.
A 24-inch gas pipeline was blown
up in the Dera Bugti District, disrupting gas supply to the
Sui compressor plant from the Pir Koh purification plant. According
to Levies official in Dera Bugti, militants placed explosive
materials along the gas pipeline.
A dozen militants belonging
to the Marri tribe laid down their arms and surrendered before
Security Forces in Kohlu District. “Twelve militants laid down
their arms in the presence of Provincial Minister for Energy
and Irrigation Jangayz Marri and Commandant Mewand Rifles Masroorur
Rehman,” a statement issued by FC Balochistan said. It added
that all 12 of them had been involved in anti-state activities.
According to the FC Balochistan spokesman, the militants, while
laying down their arms, promised not to support any anti-state
elements and vowed to live a peaceful life as law-abiding citizens
The wife and children of Dr
Shakil Afridi were seeking immediate evacuation from Pakistan.
Dr Afridi, who helped the United States locate al Qaeda chief
Osama bin Laden, has been jailed in Peshawar for his alleged
links to various terrorist groups. In a report based on interviews
with friends and relatives of Dr Afridi, the FOX news channel
claimed that his wife and children were “in increasing fear
for their lives and should be evacuated from Pakistan immediately.”
The report claimed that Dr Afridi
was still in isolation in a Pakistani jail and his bid for a
review of his 2012 conviction for “terrorism links” has been
stalled since last March. Dr Afridi’s wife and his two sons
and a daughter had left their native province and were now hiding
in Punjab. They feared for their lives because the Taliban and
other terrorist groups had vowed to avenge Bin Laden’s killing,
the report said. “I am sorry to say that (the) US government
is doing nothing for him,” Qamar Nadeem Afridi, the doctor’s
lawyer and also a cousin, told Fox News.
The PM Nawaz Sharif has said
that the Nation, Government and the Army are on the same page
to eradicate the menace of terrorism from the country. He vowed
to defeat the terrorists and make the country peaceful. He strongly
condemned the Shikarpur incident where innocent people were
The CM Shahbaz Sharif said that
the nation would emerge victorious in the war against terrorism.
He was speaking to a delegation of PML-N activists. Sharif said
victory was the only option in the war against terrorism. He
said the nation agreed on the need to eradicate terrorism, religious
extremism and sectarianism. Sharif said the nation would be
rid of intolerance and religious extremism.
The Minister for Information
and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid said that a resolution of the
Kashmir issue is imperative for long-lasting peace in South
Asia. Addressing a function on Kashmir Solidarity Day, Pervaiz
Rashid said the resolution would bring prosperity in the region,
pulling people out of illiteracy and poverty. He reiterated
that Pakistan would continue to extend moral, political and
diplomatic support to Kashmiris in their just struggle for the
right to self-determination.
The Chairman of Kashmir Committee
and JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that peace in South
Asia is linked to good Pakistan-India ties, which is not possible
without resolution of the Kashmir dispute. He said this at a
seminar oraganised in connection with the Kashmir Day, which
is held every year on February 5 to support the cause of resolving
the Kashmir dispute. “If referendum can be held in Scotland
then why a similar plebiscite can’t be held in Kashmir?” he
questioned. He said that Kashmiris were sacrificing for their
right of self determination, adding that Pakistan stands united
with the people of Kashmir. He also criticized the international
community for their discriminatory attitude towards the Kashmir
At least three peace volunteers were killed
while two others were injured in a bomb blast in Nari Baba area
of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency of FATA. Official sources say
that the blast occurred in one of the pickets of the Tauheedul
Islam Peace Committee members. The sources say that the casualties
occurred in what is believed to have been a remote-controlled
A man, identified as Sultan (26), was shot dead
by unidentified armed assailants near Chanesar Goth in Mehmoodabad
area of Jamshed Town in the provincial capital Karachi.
One Iftikhar (35) was shot dead near Teen Hatti
in Liaquatabad Town.
Two people identified as, Muhammad Farooq (19)
and Ibrahim (18), were shot at and injured by unidentified armed
assailants near Raheem Shah Colony in Orangi Town.
A man, identified as Yousuf Masih (21), was
injured near Double Road in Surjani Town of Gadap Town.
A man, identified as Imran Khan (30), was shot
at and injured in Ranchor Line.
A man, identified as Shair Muhammad (40), was
shot at and injured by unidentified armed assailants in Old
Sabzi Mandi area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town.
The LeJ militants hurled a grenade near a private
school in Block-7 area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town. However, no
casualties were reported. The militants also left a threat letter
before escaping from the scene.
The Sindh Government decided to set up a 1,000-strong
Police force - ATF to be trained by the Army - and approved
the creation of a Counterterrorism Department and three zonal
committees each having top officials of military, Rangers and
Police to execute a Provincial Action Plan. The committee meeting,
which was jointly chaired by Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad
and Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah also decided to forward
57 terrorism cases to the newly-established military courts
in the first phase.
"Brigadier Ahsan Gulrez of V Corps said that
in order to ensure execution of the PAP across the Province,
three zonal committees - Karachi, Hyderabad and Sukkur - would
be constituted." The statement read, "The directives of the
provincial action plan are action against proscribed organisations,
dealing firmly with sectarian terrorists, action against armed
militias, Karachi targeted operation, choking of financing for
terrorists and their organisations and establishment and deployment
of a dedicated counterterrorism force."
Two Policemen including an Additional SHO were
killed in an explosion near Lorry Adda area of Mansehra District
in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. According to DPO Mansehra Ijaz Khan,
the explosion took place when a Police van escorting a convoy
of vehicles set off for Gilgit Baltistan. He said Additional
SHO of City Police Station Fareed Khan was killed while three
others injured. Another one succumbed to his injures at hospital.
An employee of the QESCO grid station was killed
when unidentified opened fire at the grid station in Gwadar
bazaar of Gwadar District.
Unidentified militants abducted five employees
of irrigation department, including the sub-engineer, from Shadi
Core area of Makran Division. Police said the employees were
engaged in the construction of the dam when they were kidnapped
by the militants. BRA 'spokesman' Sarbaz Baloch claimed responsibility
for the kidnapping.
A Hindu doctor, Dr Manoj Kumar, was released
on February 2 by abductors in Hazar Ganji area of Quetta after
the payment of PKR 14 million as ransom on February 1, 2015.
Dr Kumar had been abducted from Industrial Police Station area
of Quetta on December 2, 2014.
The Federal Government assured Provinces in
the National Assembly that they would get aid to fight terrorism
"beyond their expectations" after both its opponents and some
allies accused it of indifference over January 30, 2015, attack
on an Imambargah in Shikarpur District of Sindh. The Minister
for States and Frontier Regions, Abdul Qadir Baloch, said that
the Provinces would face no deficiency of resources in fighting
terrorism, which he called "Pakistan's number one problem".
The US budget for the next fiscal year, released,
includes assurance that Washington will continue to assist Pakistan's
efforts for countering terrorism. "For Pakistan, the budget
demonstrates our commitment to fostering stability and prosperity,
and provides security assistance that promotes counter-terrorism
and counter-insurgency capabilities," said a statement issued
with the budget.
At least four soldiers were killed in an explosion
targeting a convoy of Security Forces in Warmagai area of Kurram
Agency in FATA. Following the blast, SF and militants also clashed
in Warmagai area, killing two TTP militants, including one key
'commander', Gul, and his accomplice.
Five TI activists were killed in an IED in Naray
Baba area of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency. LI claimed responsibility
for the attack.
Unidentified militants shot dead five customs
officials patrolling overnight in Kohat District. District Police
Chief Kohat, Sohaib Ashraf said. "We are unaware of the identity
of the attackers but it's an act of terrorism." A Customs Department
Official said "all five members of the team were killed in this
attack. They hailed from local areas of Kohat and Karak Districts."
A man, identified as Adil (30), was shot dead
and another identified as Ayaz (27), was injured by unidentified
armed assailants near Nadeem Clinic on Jamshed Road in Korangi
Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.
One Bilal (20) was shot dead by unidentified
armed assailants near Madrasa Arabia in Mehfooz Road area of
An unidentified criminal was killed while tow
of his accomplices managed to escape during a Police encounter
near Ganna Mandi in Sohrab Goth area of Gadap Town. Police also
recovered one TT pistol from his possession.
A man, identified as, Sadam Hussain (22), was
shot at and injured by unidentified militants near Mochko in
Two convicted terrorists affiliated with LeJ,
identified as Attaullah alias Qasim and Mohammad Azam alias
Sharif, were hanged till death in Karachi Central prison. Qasim
and Sharif were sentenced to death for killing Dr Ali Raza Peerani
in June 2001 in Soldier Bazaar area of Jamshed Town. An ATC
had declared both of them guilty of the murder in July 2004.
The convicts' appeals against capital punishment had been turned
down by the Sindh High Court and later the Supreme Court. Black
warrants for the execution of the two condemned prisoners were
issued on January 24, 2015 on a request of jail authorities.
Unidentified militants killed the BNP-M member
and newly elected Chairman of a Union Council, Nasir Hassan,
in Gwadar District.
Police claimed to have seized 205 kilograms
of explosive material and said that a major terror attack was
Unknown assailants set Ghausia Alia shrine on
fire in Mach area of Bolan District. According to Police, two
rooms of the shrine were destroyed and all religious books turned
to ashes. The shrine was built in 1948 in memory of Pir Tahir
Al Gilani al-Baghdadi, who migrated from Baghdad (Iraq) and
settled in Mach.
The JASP condemned the incident and held demonstrations
in Quetta and Mach. While addressing the protesters in Quetta,
JASP leaders Mufti Mohammad Sajid Qadri, Qari Noor Mohammad
and Allama Ghazi Kamal called for extending the Zarb-e-Azb military
operation to entire country.
A Division Bench of the Lahore High Court, Multan
Bench, rejected the appeals of two TTP convicts, identified
as Behram Khan alias Sufi Baba and Omar Fidai, who were involved
in the bomb blast at Darbar Hazrat Sakhi Sarwar in Dera Ghazi
Khan District on April 3, 2011. The appellants had filed separate
appeals against the ATC's decision to award death sentence on
105 counts to Behram Khan besides life imprisonment on three
counts and 10-year jail on 73 counts. The court had also fined
him PKR 129.6 million. Omar Fidai had been awarded life imprisonment
on 106 counts and fined PR 129.6 million.
The ATC No-I, Rawalpindi, Judge Pervez Ismail
Joya while addressing Benazir Bhutto murder case ordered FIA
to produce Muhammad Ismail, an ISI official in court who recorded
all telephonic conversations of the then TTP leader Baitullah
Mehsud and terrorists on December 27, 2007. The court has summoned
Muhammad Ismail and four other witnesses and directed the FIA
to present them at any cost on February 4, 2015.
Hearing an appeal against the conviction of
slain Punjab Governor Salman Taseer's killer Mumtaz Qadri, a
Division Bench of the Islamabad High Court observed that the
case could not be shifted to a military court, as it was an
appeal and not trial. Qadri had assassinated Taseer on January
4, 2011 in the Kohsar Market, Islamabad, for opposing the blasphemy
laws. The legal counsel for Mumtaz Qadri, Khawaja Mohammad Sharif,
requested the Court for an early disposal of the case, saying
that there were some media reports that the case could be shifted
to a military court. "We are the appellate forum, and as per
the constitutional amendment, cases can only be transferred
from the trial courts," said Justice Siddiqui.
While the National Action Plan (NAP) is being
implemented across the country since December 17, 2014, Islamabad
Police, in association with Law Enforcement agencies, have so
far arrested 1,999 people and booked them in 1,610 cases in
connection with four recently promulgated ordinances in provincial
capital Lahore. However, 1,163 cases in four categories are
pending with the courts.
According to details, Police conducted 744 joint
search (combing) operations in 1,050 localities, registered
cases against 91 people and quizzed 93,421 others from December
17, 2014 to February 2, 2015. 52 cases have been registered
under Foreign Act, Arms Act and Control of Narcotic Substance
Act during the period. Official statistics further show Police
arrested 688 people and registered 555 cases against them under
the Punjab Sound Systems (Regulation) Ordinance 2015 with 458
cases pending with courts held 865 people in 601 cases under
the Punjab Information of Temporary Resident Ordinance 2015
with 471 cases pending with courts and apprehended 446 people
in 449 cases under the Punjab Arms (Amendments) Ordinance 2015
from January 9, 2015 to February 2, 2015 with 244 cases pending
At least 25 militants were killed in air strikes
in the Sanzila area of South Waziristan Agency in FATA as part
of a major offensive against the TTP and other insurgents. "In
precise aerial strikes, 25 terrorists were killed and seven
hideouts were destroyed", the ISPR said in a statement.
At least four militants were killed and one
was injured in a clash between SFs and militants in Jani Khel
area of Bannu District in KP.
The Peshawar High Court was told that the oversight
board has declared six more missing persons as 'black' or hardcore
militants. AAG Mujahid Ali Khan submitted the oversight board
report in the division bench comprising Chief Justice Mazhar
Alam Miankhel and Justice Muhammad Daud Khan. The report was
about five missing persons who had been shifted to the internment
centre in Ghallanai, headquarters of Mohmand Agency, of FATA.
The oversight board headed by the FCR commissioner had declared
four missing brothers - Zar Shah, Akbar Shah, Amir Shah and
Zahir Shah - as hardcore militants. All the four missing brothers
were active members of the Mohmand Agency chapter of TTP.
A Policeman, identified as Zaiullah, guarding
polio volunteers was killed and one child was injured when unidentified
militants opened fire at the polio team on Sirki Road in Quetta.
An ATC in Quetta accepted the application of
former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf with regards
to exemption from appearance in court in a case pertaining to
the August 26, 2006, murder of former Baloch nationalist leader
Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti. The court, however, expressed anger
over the performance of Director General Balochistan Naseer
Baloch with regards to his slow progress on submitting Musharraf's
medical report. It subsequently adjourned the hearing of the
case to February 25, 2015.
Advocate Sohail Rajput, counsel of Nawabzada
Jamil Akbar Bugti, confronted Musharraf's lawyer Akhtar Shah
outside the court and said that the latter was ready to fly
to Saudi Arabia which required travelling for four hours, but
he was reluctant to travel for one hour to arrive in Quetta.
"Musharraf is deliberately not appearing in the court," Rajput
Two members of a polio team, Saifullah Jamali
and Sikandar Jamali, were injured when unidentified assailants
armed with hatchets and clubs attacked them in Bahadurpur village
near Thull town in Jacobabad District of Sindh. Residents of
Bahadurpur village said the polio workers were without any police
Police still have no clues as to the whereabouts
of two college students, Niaz Ali and Muhammad Habib, who disappeared
on January 22, 2014, from a village of Skardu District. "My
son had gone to a nearby mosque to offer prayers after having
his lunch that day," Mohsin Ali, Niaz Ali's father said. "He
was accompanied by his friend, Muhammad Habib, who also lives
in our neighbourhood." "We have been searching for the boys
for 12 days now," Ali said. "A police complaint has been registered
and notices have been pasted on walls across the village. But
there is still no trace of my son and his friend. We are deeply
"We are still trying to examine the finer details
of the matter and determine the whereabouts of the college students,"
an investigating officer said.
The only French al Qaeda plotter, Zacarias Moussaoui,
convicted over the September11, 2001 (also known as 9/11) attacks
told American lawyers that members of the Saudi royal family
had donated millions to the terror group in the 1990s. Moussaoui,
dubbed as the "20th hijacker," made the revelations in court
papers filed in a New York Federal Court by lawyers for victims
of the attacks who accuse Saudi Arabia of supporting al Qaeda.
He said he created a digital database of al
Qaeda donors, including members of the royal family such as
former intelligence chief Prince Turki al Faisal and Prince
Bandar bin Sultan, who was Saudi ambassador to United States
for 22 years until 2005. Moussaoui said he met in Afghanistan
an official from the Saudi Embassy in Washington DC to discuss
al Qaeda's plots to attack the United States, and that he was
supposed to meet the same man again in Washington for help on
a plot to shoot down Air Force One. He also claimed there were
direct dealings between senior Saudi officials and slain al
Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, saying he traveled to Saudi Arabia
twice to deliver handwritten letters between the al Qaeda mastermind
and senior Saudis, including Prince Turki.
However, the Saudi Embassy in Washington DC
denied the allegations. "The September 11 attack has been the
most intensely investigated crime in history and the findings
show no involvement by the Saudi government or Saudi officials,"
it said in a statement. The embassy called Moussaoui "a deranged
criminal whose own lawyers presented evidence that he was mentally
incompetent," and said his words had no credibility.
The US Defence Intelligence Agency has informed
Congress that Pakistani military and paramilitary forces have
succeeded in driving militants out of most population centres
in North Waziristan Agency of FATA. In his annual report to
the House Armed Services Committee, Director Defence Intelligence
Agency, Lieutenant General Vincent R. Stewart, also said "Army
ground operations in North Waziristan Agency have cleared anti-state
militants from most population centres, and we expect the military
will continue targeting remaining militant strongholds in 2015".
Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security
and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz informed the National Assembly
that Pakistan desired a meaningful and resulted oriented dialogue
with India, however, the dialogue process minus the Kashmir
issue would not be acceptable. The Advisor said that as per
reports, US President Barack Obama during his recent visit to
India stressed the need to resume the stalled dialogue process
with Pakistan, however, he said that Pakistan had not yet received
any positive indication in this regard.
The Upper House of the Parliament unanimously
passed a resolution calling upon the UN and the international
community to play its role for the resolution of Kashmir dispute
in accordance with the resolutions of the UNSC and aspirations
of the Kashmiri people.
A man, identified as Faisal (30), was shot dead
by unidentified armed assailants in Soldier Bazaar area of Jamshed
Town in provincial capital Karachi.
One Manzoor (40) and Altaf (50) were shot at
and injured near 5-L Chingchi stop in North Karachi Town of
A man, identified as Muhammad Iqbal (40), was
shot and injured near Native Jetty Bridge in Kiamari Town.
Unidentified armed assailants shot dead a man,
identified as Paomir Khan Miani, in Kot Murtaza area of Tank
District while he was returning home from market.
The BDU defused a mortar shell found in fields
in Pishtakhara area of provincial capital Peshawar.
While addressing the PoK Legislative Assembly
and Kashmir Council's joint session in Muzaffarabad District,
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif made it clear that Kashmir cannot
be separated from Pakistan and expressed the resolve that Pakistan
stands by Kashmiris in their struggle for independence from
India. He said that no solution to the Kashmir issue exists
but a plebiscite under the auspices of the UN as no agenda of
dialogue with India would be complete excluding the Kashmiris.
"Our hearts beat with those of the Kashmiris," he remarked.
"Kashmir is the jugular vein of Pakistan. Historically as well
as geographically, both Kashmir and Pakistan are naturally like
one soul and two hearts. We have been together for centuries
and cannot be separated. We share our joys, sorrows, culture
and festivals, which we celebrate together," he added.
LeT founder and JuD 'chief' Muhammad Hafiz Saeed
while addressing a public meeting outside the Lahore High Court
on the occasion of the Kashmir Solidarity Day demanded PM Nawaz
Sharif to immediately call a meeting of the OIC in Islamabad
to chalk out a unanimous strategy of the Muslim world for resolving
the Kashmir issue. "We are Kashmiris and Kashmir is ours our
religion binds us as one nation and we will always continue
our moral support to our brothers oppressed by the brutality
of Indian armed forces in Kashmir," he said.
Saeed demanded Nawaz Sharif to summon a conference
of Islamic countries' heads in Islamabad on the issue of Kashmir.
He suggested that Muslim countries should make their own Muslim
United Nations and develop their joint army. America, India
and Israel - they all are enemies of Islam and making conspiracies
against Pakistan because they see its nuclear power as the "atom
bomb of Islam".
Sindh Police reached Dubai to take into custody
Lyari gangster and the chief of PAC Uzair Jan Baloch alias Sardar
Uzair. Uzair Baloch was arrested on December 29, 2014 by the
Interpol in Dubai, when he was attempting to cross into the
UAE from Oman. According to sources, Baloch was travelling on
a fake Iranian passport with his name listed as Abdul Ghani
Khuda Bukhsh. "We are in constant contact with the Interpol
for the extradition of Uzair Jan Baloch," said SSP Naveed Khawaja,
who is heading the Police team.
Interpol had issued red warrants for two key
figures of the Lyari gang-wars, Uzair Baloch and Noor Mohammad
alias Baba Ladla, on June 11, 2014.
Rangers and Police killed a terrorist, identified
as Aziz Afghani, during a joint raid in Sohrab Goth area of
Gadap Town. A spokesman for the paramilitary force said that
Afghani was involved in various crimes, including kidnapping-for-ransom.
Police killed a suspect, identified as Ubaidur
Rehman, in Altaf Nagar area of Orangi Town when he tried to
escape from custody after snatching a gun from a constable.
The Police said that a constable was also injured in the exchange
of fire. Rehman was involved in the killing of 22 people including
four doctors and eight Policemen.
Unidentified militants blew up two power pylons
of 220 KVA transmission lines in Chatter area of Dera Murad
Jamali in Naseerabad District. No outfit claimed responsibility
for the attack.
Militants abducted six officials of PTCL from
Gawal area of Killa Saifullah District. They abductees were
identified as Engineer Haji Asad, SDO Muhammad Ashraf, Muhammad
Nabi, Sajjad Beg and two others.
Five employees of a private company working
on the reconstruction of Shadi Kour dam near Pasni in Gwadar
District were released in Blangur area of the District. They
were abducted on February 2, 2015. BRA had claimed responsibility
for the kidnapping.
At least seven militants were killed in a clash
with SFs in Mohmand Agency in the FATA. According to a statement
by the ISPR, seven militants were killed by SFs in a clash that
erupted after the militants were intercepted by the forces.
The bodies were handed over to the administration for further
Six unidentified bodies were recovered from
Yaka Ghund area in Mohmand Agency. According to tribal sources,
the bodies were found in the Umar Banda area. Officials believe
that the bodies might be of militants killed in clashes with
Unidentified militants blew up a railway track
in the Bakhtiarabad area of Sibi District. Levies' sources said
that a two-feet track was damaged when an IED was detonated,
suspending train services between Balochistan and other parts
of the country.
Three members of the pro-government peace committee,
TI, were killed and five others sustained injuries in an explosion
in Nari Baba area of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency of FATA.
The LI militants had planted an explosive device in one of the
abandoned houses and the explosion occurred in one of the rooms.
The LI claimed responsibility for the blast.
Unidentified militants blew up Government Girls
Middle School in Bezot area of Orakzai Agency. "Two rooms and
verandah of the school were destroyed and the boundary wall
was damaged in the explosion which took place at 6am," an official
of the political administration said. Agency Education Officer
Habibullah confirmed that the primary section of the school
was destroyed by two remote-controlled blasts. Habibullah added
that 141 schools had been destroyed in Orakzai Agency out of
which 38 schools had been reconstructed while 106 needed reconstruction
on emergency basis.
The JuA Chief Omar Khalid Khorasani has been
injured in a joint operation by the Afghan and NATO forces on
the Afghanistan side of the border, Ehsanullah Ehsan, the spokesman
of JuA confirmed. "Omar Khalid Khorasani was injured in a joint
operation by the Afghan and Nato forces in Afghanistan's eastern
Nangarhar province," spokesman for the group, Ehsanullah Ehsan
said. "Khorasani has now been taken to a safe place and is improving,"
The Security Forces arrested three militants,
including a foreign national, during a massive search operation
launched in the Nowshera District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The
sources said that the search operation was launched early in
the day against the militants who had fled military actions
in Khyber Agency, North Waziristan and Frontier Region Peshawar
and hiding in Nowshera District.
Rangers arrested a target killer, Abdul Rafique
alias Kaein, during a raid in the Mehmoodabad area of Jamshed
Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Kaein is Mehmoodabad
sector in-charge of the MQM. During the initial interrogation
he confessed to his involvement in the May 12, 2007 massacre.
Rafique disclosed to the interrogators that a team of target
killers, headed by Amir alias Dawani of Manzoor Colony, used
to take orders from him. He has also confessed to numerous killings
and gun battles with Ashok and Kobra group in Chanesar Goth
area of Jamshed Town.
An intense scrutiny of cases against terrorists,
which were received from the Provincial Apex Committees, is
being done at the Federal Ministry of Interior before referring
them to the military courts. "Had such examination not been
elaborate and severe, the Ministry would have inundated the
Special Courts with hundreds of cases by now," said a senior
unnamed official. He said that it was not necessary and mandatory
for the Interior Ministry to forward each and every case, communicated
to it by any Apex Committee, to the military courts. "We have
developed a foolproof mechanism to closely study the cases to
reach a conclusion," he said.
The official said that the Interior Ministry
would keep handing over the cases to the Special Courts that
it would find fit for trial. Thus far, more than 1,000 cases
against alleged hardcore terrorists have been received by the
Interior Ministry from the apex committees. The official said
that these bodies have also been intimating to the Ministry
the available evidence and proofs against the accused and their
profiles. The Apex Committees consist of senior officials of
the military and civil administration, including top officers
of Police and other Law Enforcement Agencies.
"Even in the prevailing alarming situation,
our utmost effort will be to meet the requirements of justice
to the maximum possible extent so that complaints about miscarriage
of justice don't arise," he added.
The Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said
that lack of economic opportunities breeds extremism and provides
manpower to perpetrators of terrorist acts. He was addressing
a seminar "Prosperous Pakistan - Strategies 2030" organized
by a German Economic Forum on the sidelines of 51st Munich Security
Conference in Munich. The Minister said for this reason, Prime
Minister Nawaz Sharif was focusing much attention to improve
the country's economy and create maximum job opportunities.
Khawaja Asif said that despite security challenges, the Government
had made remarkable progress on economic front, which had also
been acknowledged by international organisations like IMF and
According to joint surveillance carried out
by civilian and military Intelligence Agencies over the past
few weeks, South Punjab and parts of interior Sindh have been
identified as the strongholds of groups and individuals supporting
several militant outfits. In southern Punjab, both material
and manpower support comes mainly from Rahim Yar Khan, Jhang,
Chiniot, Dera Ghazi Khan and Bahawalpur Districts, whereas in
Sindh, Khairpur, Hyderabad, Shikarpur, Nawabshah and Larkana
are the Districts from where militant outfits draw much of their
An unnamed security official said that both
civilian and military intelligence outfits have identified individuals
as well as groups that have been supporting militants. The official
disclosed that supporters and abettors of terrorists, including
banned outfits, had been under surveillance following the approval
of the National Action Plan to deal with the growing threat
of militancy. Security Agencies have launched a targeted operation
against the 'supporters and abettors' of terror outfits in southern
Punjab and interior of Sindh as part of the new counter-terrorism
| February 9
At least 13 suspected militants
were killed and their seven hideouts destroyed when the PAF
fighter jets pounded Tor Darra, Sur Kas, Wachy Wanay, Dua Toey,
Sra Khawra and Sra Wela areas of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency
Four peace body members sustained
injuries in a roadside blast in Shandara area of Baizai subdivision
in Mohmand Agency. The sources said that militants had planted
an IED at a roadside in Shandara area and triggered the explosion
when the pro-government peace committee members were patrolling
the area. “The militant triggered the explosion when a local
peace body head Malik Sanobar Essakhel along with his brother
and two volunteers were patrolling the area,” official sources
As part of the implementation
of the NAP, the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan during a meeting
chaired by interim Chief Minister Sher Jehan Mir decided to
scrutinise both registered and unregistered madrassas operating
in the region. According to a Government official, “Scrutinising
madrassas was one of many decisions taken in the moot."
He added clerics from outside G-B have been barred from entering
the region for an indefinite period as intelligence reports
have suggested their presence could incite hatred and lead to
sectarian violence which has plagued the region in the recent
According to a statement issued
from the Chief Minister’s office regarding the meeting, the
regional Government will take steps to set up military courts
soon to formally implement the NAP. The statement added collection
of donations by any groups or parties has been banned, officials
have been directed to ensure tinted glasses are removed from
private and official vehicles and police have been directed
to launch a crackdown against proclaimed offenders.
| February 10
At least 15 BLF militants and
a FC official were killed in a gun battle in Basima area of
Kharan District. According to details SFs had launched a search
operation in Khori village of Basima area when a group of militants
hiding inside a bunker suddenly started firing at them.
Three unidentified militants
were killed when the FC opened fire during an operation in Shadikor
area of Gwadar District.
FC personnel arrested four suspects
accused of having links with a banned organisation during search
operations for the recovery of kidnapped employees of PTCL in
Killi Sharna, Killi Ghat and Gawal Ismailzai areas of Zhob District.
SFs recovered 24 rifles with bullets, an SMG with ammunition
and other weapons from their possession.
Balochistan Interior Secretary
said that 54 cases have been forwarded to Federal Ministry of
Interior for hearing in the military courts. According to a
statement issued here, Interior Secretary Balochistan Akbar
Hussain Durrani said the Interior Ministry will forward the
cases to military courts for hearing after carrying out scrutiny.
A man, identified as Anees Memon
(50), was shot dead by unidentified armed assailants near Hollywood
Bakri in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town of Karachi, the provincial capital
An unidentified man was shot
dead near Munawar Chowrangi in Gulistan-e-Jauhar area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal
One Nasir (27) was shot at and
injured by unidentified armed assailants near Mirza Adam Khan
Road in Lyari Town.
A government-run community health
centre was blown up in the Shal Kor area of Yakaghund tehsil
in Mohmand Agency of FATA. Agency Surgeon Dr Niaz Afridi confirmed
the incident and said that total 17 health centres had been
blown up by militants in Mohmand tribal region.
The two-judge bench of SC headed
by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja during a hearing was told that 4,557
dead bodies were recovered from all over the country in the
last five years and 266 of them were unidentified. After learning
this the SC directed the Federal and Provincial Governments
to launch coordinated efforts for the recovery of missing persons
as well as addressing the issue of unidentified dead bodies
found dumped in different parts of the country. “There should
be an effective mechanism so that whenever a dead body is found,
the relatives of the missing persons should be contacted to
identify it,” observed SC's Bench.
The Bench had resumed hearing
of the application filed by VBMP Chairman Nasrullah Baloch,
who is pursuing cases of enforced disappearances in SC for many
years. He also sought protection for self as he claimed that
he too was receiving death threats. The petitioner requested
the court to direct provincial government to allocate a site
for burial of unclaimed bodies and also assign a number to each
grave to facilitate recognition of the unidentified dead.
The applicant told the Bench
that Balochistan’s Chief Minister had confessed before them
that he was helpless in resolving the missing persons’ issue.
“If they [civilian government] are helpless [in resolving this
issue] then they should go home,” Justice Khawaja observed,
adding, “We are creating difficulties for ourselves by not addressing
such an important issue the Federal Government should take the
lead in missing persons’ case.”
According to Province-wise details,
Balochistan’s Assistant Advocate General Fareed Dogar told the
Court that 153 dead bodies were recovered from seven Districts
of the Province and 46 of them were unidentified. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s
Additional Advocate General Waqar Ahmad Khan said 2,600 dead
bodies were recovered in the Province and 43 bodies went unidentified.
Punjab’s Additional AG Razaq A Mirza revealed that 1,299 dead
bodies were recovered from the Province in the last two years.
“Fifty-one of these dead bodies are unidentified,” he added.
Sindh’s AG Adnan Karim informed the court that 437 dead bodies
were recovered from the province. “Of these 398 were found in
Karachi,” he said, adding that 304 bodies were handed over to
the legal heirs while 94 of them were unidentified.
An ATC convicted an Afghan national,
identified as Khalilullah, for possessing explosives and attacking
a Police party on March 16, 2014, and sentenced him to 14 years
rigorous imprisonment along with confiscation of his properties
in Peshawar. The judge Salem Jan Khan observed that the prosecution
had proved its case against him, and the evidence on record
connected him with the commission of offence.
Police arrested 50 suspects
during a search operation after threats were hurled by a banned
militant outfit at the Police Training College in Hangu District.
DPO Anwar Saeed Kundi said that a militant organisation had
threatened to target the Police Training College, adding that
a search operation was launched in Guli Bagh, Lakhti Bandai,
Qazi Pump, Umarabad, Kurramy Walo Killay, Ibrahimzai and Shahu
area in the District. During the search, 50 suspects were arrested
and arms and ammunition was recovered from their possession.
There has been a 32 per cent
rise in the number of people killed by LEAs in a single month
of January in 2015 as compared to the number of people killed
by the LEAs during the same month in 2014, though the overall
number of people killed during both the corresponding periods
decreased by 29 per cent in Karachi, stated HRCP report released.
The report states that the number
of people killed by the LEAs in January 2015 was 52 in the city
as compared to the 36 killings carried out by the LEAs during
January 2014. The report further says that the total number
of people killed in January 2014 was 273 as compared to 194
killings during January 2015.
Giving the breakdown of killings
in January 2015, the report notes that 114 men were killed in
January 2015. These included 33 targeted killing of non-political
persons, political activists killed (11), sectarian killings
(eight), abducted and killed (eight), dead bodies found (16),
killed in bomb blasts (one), killed in Lyari gang warfare (seven)
and killed by banned outfits (11).
Following the Federal Minister
of Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan's directives, Islamabad
Police have begun equipping key installations and important
buildings – including media houses – with a panic button which
can be activated in the case of any emergency to summon a quick
response from rescue and law enforcement personnel. He met with
representatives of media houses in Islamabad and said that there
were threats to media personnel. Representatives from about
30 media houses participated in the consultation and were asked
to follow the Government-developed SOPs for their security,
including installation of panic button. So far, 10 media houses
have been were provided the facility, officials said, adding
that two representatives of each media house were provided the
panic button facility.
A total of 78 important installations
in the capital are considered possible targets for terrorists.
These include educational institutions – schools, colleges and
universities – which were provided the panic button system as
part of the fresh security SOPs. So far, Police have successfully
introduced the panic button facility at 422 Government and over
1,200 private educational institutions in the city.
During an important briefing
by the NACTA and NCMC to Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhry
Nisar Ali Khan on the progress of NAP, the Federal Ministry
of Interior directed the Interior Secretary Shahid Khan to coordinate
with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and reconcile the national
list of proscribed organisations under the recommendations set
by the UNSC.
The Government arrested more
than 2,065 clerics for misusing loudspeakers during the recent
crackdown across the country as part of the NAP. During the
meeting, Nisar was informed that 3,265 cases of misuse of loudspeakers
have been registered and equipment seized in 1,281 instances.
He was further told that 547 cases had been registered for hate
speech. In total, as many as 218,220 suspects had been picked
up in 16,344 operations by law enforcers. Of these, 12,462 people
had been arrested. Despite the haul, officials found that only
140 of them had links with terrorists.
Nisar directed the Ministry
of Interior to further fine-tune the procedure of proscription
and ensure that any proscribed organisations must not be able
re-emerge with new name and nomenclature. The NAP meeting was
also told that a bill has been tabled in the National Assembly
which, if passed, would make possession of illegal mobile phone
SIMs a cognizable offence.
| February 11
Nine militants involved in planning
the attack on the APS in Peshawar in Pakistan (December 16,
2014) were killed and scores of others injured in a drone strike
in the Nazyan area of Nangarhar province in Afghanistan. Official
sources said that the drone fired two missiles on a compound
in the Nazyan area near the Pak-Afghan border. According to
security officials, militants based in the Nazyan had planned
the attack on the Army Public School, Peshawar.
Two extortionists, affiliated
with Lyari gang war group, were arrested after they were injured
in exchange of fire with Police in Kalri area of Lyari Town
in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. SSP Fida Hussain
said the Police recovered arms and two hand grenades from their
Police arrested 13 clerics of
various defunct religious organisations, including SSP, LeJ,
ST and MWM for fanning sectarianism in the Province.
Security Forces arrested some
suspected militants and destroyed five of their sanctuaries
during a search and strike operation in Janikhel area of Bannu
District in KP. The sources said the SFs launched an operation
in various areas in Janikhel and arrested some suspected militants
and destroyed five of their sanctuaries, besides seizing heavy
arms from their possession.
The CTD arrested two alleged
terrorists from the Ring Road-Kohat Road bridge of Peshawar,
the provincial capital of KP. A press release stated that the
commandos of the CTD arrested Ramzan and Rasmal on a tip-off
and recovered four hand-grenades and two pistols from them.
The officials said the held militants were affiliated to the
TTP, Tariq group, who were tasked by Commander Hazrat Ali to
collect funds for the group through extortion.
The Police foiled a major bid
to smuggle arms and ammunition to other parts of the country
and arrested one alleged gunrunner in Badaber area of Peshawar.
SSP Operations Mian Saeed Ahmad said “We have seized 50 Kalashnikovs,
600 rifles and 20,000 rounds of various bores from the secret
cavities of the truck”. He added that an accused Abdul Amin
belonging to Lakki Marwat District had been arrested.
A Pakistan-born man, Abid Naseer
(28), went on trial on February 11 for allegedly taking part
in an alleged al Qaeda plot to bomb targets in the US and Europe
between 2008 and 2009. Jury selection began in Federal Court
in Brooklyn, New York, for the trial Naseer, who was extradited
in 2013 from Britain to face US charges that he was involved
in one of three al Qaeda cells planning attacks in England,
Norway and the US. He was initially arrested in Britain in 2009
along with a dozen men, mostly students from Pakistan, on suspicion
of plotting an attack in Manchester. Naseer was re-arrested
by British authorities in 2010 after the US indicted him. He
fought extradition, but his appeal was rejected in 2012 by the
European Court of Human Rights and he was extradited in January
According to details, one of
the cells that Naseer did not belong to, but was part of the
conspiracy, had plotted to bomb the New York City subway system,
prosecutors said. Two men, Najibullah Zazi and Zarein Ahmedzay,
have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the New York plot,
and a third, Adis Medunjanin, was convicted at trial and sentenced
in 2012 to life in prison. Prosecutors said Naseer and Zazi
coordinated their plans through emails to the same Pakistan-based
al Qaeda facilitator, “Ahmad,” using similar code words to discuss
explosives and the timing of their respective plots.
Naseer has pleaded not guilty
to the charges of providing and conspiring to provide material
support to al Qaeda and conspiring to use a destructive device
in a bombing plot in Manchester, England. He is representing
himself at trial and faces life in prison if convicted.
The Government extended the
purview of the recently amended Pakistan Army Act to the FATA
for the setting up of military courts there. President Mamnoon
Hussain approved a summary permitting the Government to establish
military courts in FATA. An official statement issued by the
Presidency said: “On a summary initiated by States and Frontier
Regions Division, the president has approved the prime minister’s
advice for extension of Pakistan Army (Amendment) Act, 2015
(Act No-II of 2015) to FATA in terms of Article 247 of the Constitution
While briefing the National
Assembly on the execution of the National Action Plan against
terrorism Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan
clarified that the Government has not outlawed any group after
the December 16, 2014, APS Peshawar attack, and would not take
such action under United States or Indian pressure. “Yes we
are a signatory to the UN Charter and we will devise a policy
on this topic [But] so far, we have only added 10 organisations
– proscribed by the UN – to our watch list,” he said.
Nisar said there were 60 banned
groups in Pakistan while the number of organisations proscribed
by the UN is 177. “However, we will not declare any organisation
unlawful under pressure from the US or India,” he added. Nisar,
however, acknowledged that there was some confusion on the issue
which would be removed in the coming days. “A cell is working
on this issue in the Interior Ministry. We will bring all proscribed
organisations in our schedule,” he added.
He further said that complete
peace could, however, only be restored in the country once we
eliminated the terrorist leadership. “These terrorist leaders
have managed to escape from Pakistan’s border area adjacent
to Afghanistan,” he said.
Lieutenant General (retired)
Asad Durrani, who served as the ISI as Director-General from
1990-1992, in an interview with Al Jazeera on February 11 said
that Pakistan probably knew about slain al Qaeda chief Osama
Bin Laden’s whereabouts leading up to his capture in Abbottabad
on May 1-2, 2011. “I cannot say exactly what happened but my
assessment […] was it is quite possible that they [the ISI]
did not know but it was more probable that they did. And the
idea was that at the right time, his location would be revealed,”
Durrani said, implying that Pakistan would have only exchanged
knowledge of his location in a quid pro quo deal. “The right
time would have been, when you can get the necessary quid pro
quo – if you have someone like Osama bin Laden, you are not
going to simply hand him over to the United States,” he added.
The Abbottabad Commission set
up by the Government to investigate the raid, charged the military
and the government with “gross incompetence” leading to “collective
failures” that allowed Bin Laden to reside in Pakistan unnoticed.
“The admission of incompetence was probably done on political
reasons… As far as the people of Pakistan were concerned, it
was going to be very uncomfortable for them that their Government,
you know, is in cahoots now with the United States and gets
hold of Osama bin Laden,” he stated.
| February 12
Seven suspected militants were
killed and 15 others were injured in PAF air strikes on militant
hideouts in Dwa Thoe, Sarrai, Sheikh Kot, Tor Darra, Nangrosa
and Speen Drand areas of Tirah valley in Khyber Agency of FATA.
At least two children, identified
as Muhammad Moheed and Shabana Bibi, were killed while two others
were injured when a toy bomb exploded at Kharal Maldialan near
Bagh in Muzaffarabad District of PoK.
Two foreign gangsters, involved
in kidnapping-for-ransom cases, were killed in an exchange of
fire with Police during an encounter near Indus Plaza in Sohrab
Goth area of Gadap Town in provincial capital Karachi. SSP Malir
Rao Anwaar said that the gangsters after opening fire at Police
party in the area tried to flee. The Police retaliated and two
of them were killed on the spot.
At least 25 people were wounded
after a remote controlled explosion on railway track derailed
Khushhal Khan Khattak Express near the Dilmurad Railway Station
in Jacobabad District. The train was heading towards Peshawar
(KP) from Karachi.
Police claimed to have arrested
two target killers, identified as Iqbal alias Shahzad and Ayaz,
involved sectarian killings during a raid conducted in Korangi
Town. SSP Korangi Junaid Shaikh that the accused were involved
in sectarian killings and murders of doctors. He added that
the targeted killers had killed 15 people in Landhi, Korangi
and other areas, saying they were also involved in the multiple
acts of extortion.
Intelligence Agencies and officials
investigating the January 30, 2015 Shikarpur Imambargah attack
during an apex committee meeting jointly chaired by Sindh Governor
Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan and Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah
identified a militant group operating in Sindh and Balochistan
border areas. “The meeting discussed the progress made so far
on the Shikarpur probe,” said the source, adding, “It was stated
that the Imambargah was bombed by the TTP group operating in
the Balochistan-Sindh border areas. The mastermind of the bombing
is in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the facilitators were in Shikarpur.
The investigators picked up five suspects during the course
of probe but later released two of them. Twelve people are under
PM Nawaz Sharif has told US
President Barack Obama that India doesn’t deserve to be a member
of the UNSC since it has been violating the UN resolutions on
Kashmir. These views were expressed by the PM when Obama called
him. The two leaders discussed various issues for more than
half an hour. Nawaz asked the US president to impress upon the
Indian leaders to have a dialogue with Pakistan for the resolution
of outstanding issues, including the Kashmir dispute, as per
Indian Prime Minister Modi’s commitment made on May 2014. The
PM reminded Obama of the need for maintaining strategic balance
in South Asia.
Pakistan PML-Q leader and former
Chief Minister of Punjab Pervez Elahi claimed that former chief
of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, who was then
the head of the ISI, had asked his party to attack the-then
Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry’s convoy.
He said that he had received a letter from General Kayani to
stop the convoy of Iftikhar Chaudhry near Jhelum District and
ask the PML-Q activists to attack it at Kharian if it moved
ahead. He said they refused to do so. He further said that he
still had that letter with him.
Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin and
Justice Chaudhry Mushtaq of two-member bench of the Lahore High
Court upheld orders of the Anti-Terrorism Court which handed
down death sentence to four militants for attacking the ISI’s
Multan Office in 2009. The four militants were identified as
Abdul Raheem, Hafiz Suleman, Sajjad and Muhammad Afzal on 11
counts each, and 25-year imprisonment to their fifth accomplice
Trial proceedings in 12 terrorism
cases referred to military courts have started, a military spokesman
said. The Government had handed over 39 cases for trial to military
authorities last week, out of which 12 were transferred to military
courts. This is the first batch of cases placed before the newly
established courts for which the Government has amended the
Constitution and the Army Act. The 12 cases being tried by military
courts include six from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, five from Punjab
and one from Sindh, the spokesman said, adding that trial proceedings
were being held in camera.
The ISPR DG Asim Bajwa said
that most of the 27 militants who planned the attack on Army
school in Peshawar on December 16, 2014, were Pakistani. Revealing
details about the attack, DG ISPR said that nine militants were
killed, while 12 were arrested. Six of the 12 were arrested
from Afghanistan. The remaining six militants are on the loose.
While addressing a press briefing
in Islamabad, Bajwa said 176 ‘hardcore’ terrorists have been
killed since December 16. According to him, 1,942 intelligence-based
operations were carried out across the country, killing 176
hardcore terrorists. More than 5,000 of them were also apprehended.
Bajwa also said the attack was planned across the border in
Afghanistan. The planning was done by Mullah Fazlullah and Aurangzeb
alias Omar Amin,” he said. “Both are hiding in Afghanistan.
Asif and Haji Kamran were later given the charge of the entire
operation later, and went on to form two separate groups to
ute the attack, added Bajwa.
Responding to a question, DG
IPSR said that there should be no hesitation in saying that
there has been Indian involvement in Pakistan’s affairs, be
it LoC violations, or support to the TTP in FATA or elements
in Balochistan. It is time for the world to do more for Pakistan,
he said, adding that external support to the militants should
end. “Pakistani forces are determined to eliminate terrorism.”
Commenting on an interview of
former ISI chief General (retd) Asad Durrani, during which he
said Pakistan probably knew the whereabouts of al Qaeda chief
Osama Bin Laden, Bajwa said it has been established beyond doubt
that Pakistan did not have any role in harbouring the Osama
Bin Laden. “He (Asad Durrani) retired 30 years ago, and does
not represent the agency… he does not have any intelligence
or information,” Bajwa said.
| February 13
At least 22 Shia persons were
killed and another 50 were injured during a gun and bomb attack
at an Imambargah in Phase-5 locality of Hayatabad area
in Peshawar, the provincial capital of KP when suicide attackers
and gunmen —dressed in police uniform — attacked worshippers
offering Friday prayers. Sources said that around 800 worshippers
were present inside the Imambargah at the time of attack. The
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP, Operations) Dr. Mian Saeed
said at least three suicide bombers attacked the Imambargah.
He confirmed that one suicide bomber detonated his device, while
another was shot dead. The third was arrested in an injured
condition. The Police have launched a search operation for the
third attacker. KP Police chief IG Nasir Khan Durrani said the
entrance of the Imambargah is highly guarded and the attackers
entered from the other side of the mosque. The attackers climbed
a high wall and cut barbed wires in order to enter the Imambargah.
They arrived in a car which they burnt. The BDU chief Shafqat
Malik said the attackers looked like Uzbeks. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Information Minister Mushtaq Ghani called for the deployment
of Frontier Corps personnel, saying the Imambargah is very close
to tribal areas which allow easy access for terrorists. The
TTP claimed responsibility for the attack.
A militant was killed while
a soldier sustained injuries in a clash in Domanza village in
the limits of Township Police Station in Bannu District. The
source said that Security Forces were carrying out search and
strike operation in the Domanza village when a militant identified
as Noor Zaman opened fire on them. The forces returned the fire
that continued for sometime during which the militant was killed
while a soldier Abdul Khaliq sustained injuries.
SF demolished the houses of
four militants, including Ghaniullah, Nazeerullah, Waliullah
and Rab Nawaz, in Janikhel area.
A man, identified as Guddu (20),
was shot dead by unidentified armed assailants near Muhajir
Chowk in Orangi Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.
An unidentified man was shot
dead near Mianwali Colony in Manghopir area of Gadap Town.
One Asif Ahmed (24) was shot
at and injured in Orangi Town.
Two death row prisoners, identified
as Muhammad Fayaz and Muhammad Riaz, were hanged till death
in Central Jail of Mirpur District in PoK. They were convicted
for the murder of Raja Moaaz Rabbani (22), the son of former
President of Supreme Court Bar Association Raja Fazal Hussain
Rabbani Advocate in 2004 during a robbery attempt at his residence.
According to jail sources, Fayaz and Riaz, were residents of
Saray-e-Alamgeer in Gujrat District of Punjab Province and were
awarded capital punishment by the PoK Shariat Court in 2005.
Three polio workers and two
Levies officials were abducted from Murgha Kibzai area in Zhob
District. "The families lost contact with the polio workers
since this morning," a levies official who requested anonymity
said. It is feared that the missing persons were picked up by
militants, he added.
An ATC rejected the bail plea
of 2008 Mumbai terror attack (also known as 26/11) mastermind
and LeT 'commander' Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, in a kidnapping case.
Civil Judicial Magistrate Naveed Khan heard the case and dismissed
the petition of his acquittal. The court made its decision after
hearing the arguments of Lakhvi’s counsel Rizwan Abbasi and
prosecutor Aamir Nadeem. Abbasi maintained that the case registered
against Lakhvi was false.
While addressing a press conference
at the Punjab Assembly the Provincial Home Minister Colonel
(retired) Shuja Khanzada said that of the estimated 12,000 madrassas
in Punjab, nearly half of them are unregistered. He said that
over 170 teams were working to document unregistered seminaries,
in collaboration between the Counter-Terrorism Department and
the Punjab Information Technology Board. The government initiates
a registration campaign along with biometric registration of
Afghans in the Province. “About 2,000 madrassas were registered
in the Province over the past few days,” he added. He said that
“1, 000 systems will be commissioned in the next few days, and
data will be directly transferred to the national database.”
The government is working on bringing changes in the curriculum
as well, Khanzada added.
Out of the 1,400 foreign students
present in Punjab, the Home Minister said visas of 498 students
had expired, and their cases will be taken up with the Federal
Ministry of Interior and the Foreign Office, and that these
students may be deported soon.
Further on the question of military
courts he said that as many as 40 high profile cases have been
referred to military courts by the Punjab Government, which
are due to become functional within a month’s time. “Military
courts would become operational soon,” he said, adding that
he expected they will be functional within this month.
Pervez Musharraf in an interview
published in The Guardian had said that the ISI had given
birth to the Taliban after 2001 because the then Afghan Government
led by ex-President Hamid Karzai had an overwhelming number
of non-Pashtuns and officials who were said to favour India.
"Obviously, we were looking for some groups to counter
this Indian action against Pakistan. That is where the intelligence
work comes in. Intelligence being in contact with Taliban groups.
Definitely they were in contact, and they should be," he
He said that under his regime,
Pakistan had tried to undermine the Karzai Government for helping
"India stab Pakistan in the back." "In President
Karzai's times, yes, indeed, he was damaging Pakistan and, therefore,
we were working against his interest. Obviously, we had to protect
our own interest," he said. Karzai infuriated both Musharraf
and his successor Ashfaq Kayani by spurning offers to help train
Afghanistan's embryonic army. Instead, Karzai sent cadets to
India, where Musharraf believes they were "indoctrinated"
"Pakistan had its own proxies,
India had its proxies, which is unhealthy. I do admit this,
it is most unhealthy. It is not in favour of Afghanistan, or
Pakistan or India. It must stop. The R&AW of India, the
ISI of Pakistan have always been fighting against each other
since our independence. That is how it continued, it continues
now also. It must stop, but it can only stop when leaderships
on both sides show the will to resolve disputes and stop confrontation
in favour of compromise and accommodation," he said.
| February 14
15 militants were killed and
a soldier sustained injuries in a clash near the Pakistan-Afghanistan
border in the Kurram Agency of FATA. Afghan militants equipped
with heavy weapons intruded into Pakistani territory close to
the Pakistan-Afghanistan border and stormed the security post
near the border in Kurram Agency. A soldier, whose identity
could not be ascertained, sustained injuries in the attack,
while 15 militants were killed in the retaliatory fire.
As many as 17 Districts of the
Province, including parts of Quetta, plunged into darkness after
militants blew up two pylons of a power transmission line in
Chatter area of Naseerabad District. Sarbaz Baloch, a 'spokesman'
for BRA claimed responsibility for the attack.
The death toll from February
13’s gun and suicide attack at the Imambargah in the Phase-5
locality of the Hayatabad area in Peshawar, the provincial capital
of KP, rose to 22. Police officials said the same TTP group
which masterminded the December 16, 2014, Army Public School
carnage carried out the mosque bombing.
A senior official from the CTD,
which is investigating the case, said the three suicide bombers
who drove to the upscale neighbourhood in a Toyota Corolla car
had entered Peshawar through an unfrequented route. “Once you
are inside Hayatabad and wearing paramilitary uniform, it is
unlikely that anyone would stop you because the posh town is
home to the headquarters of two paramilitary forces,” the official
said. The Umar Mansoor group of the TTP claimed credit for the
deadly bombing and released the purported pictures and names
of the bombers. “The same Umar Mansoor group had also carried
out the massacre at the Army Public School in Peshawar. Both
attacks are near identical,” the official said, adding that
the group’s lynchpin, Aurangzeb alias Umar alias Naray, has
been nominated in the FIR.
The Central President of ASWJ,
Aurangzeb Farooqi, escaped an attack near Quaidabad bridge in
Bin Qasim Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.
However, three of his bodyguards sustained injuries in the attack.
| February 15
At least two people were killed
when unidentified armed assailants opened fire at a hotel on
Mastung Road in Quetta. According to local Police, one of the
victims has been identified as Ghulam Sarwar, while the identity
of the other one is yet to be ascertained.
Two suspected militants blew
themselves up during a search operation for the recovery of
kidnapped polio workers and levies personnel in Margha Kibzai
area of Zhob District. Three polio workers and two levies men
went missing on February 13, 2015 from Zhob District.
A key 'commander' of LeJ, identified
as Usman Saifullah Kurd, and his companion were killed while
two FC personnel were injured in a raid conducted by FC in Sariab
area of Quetta. A third of their accomplice was arrested unhurt.
Kurd had been convicted by an Anti-Terror Court in 2003 for
masterminding two sectarian attacks in Quetta. He had escaped
from the high security Quetta cantonment jail in 2008, following
which the Government imposed a bounty of PKR 2.5 million on
him. According to security sources, Kurd was believed to be
the mastermind of the January 31, 2015, Shikarpur Imambargah
attack in Sindh. Intelligence sources also said that he had
close contacts to both al Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban.
Chief Justice of the Balochistan
High Court Justice Muhammad Noor Meskanzai escaped an IED attack
in Reko Sultan Golai area of Nushki District. “No one was hurt
in the explosion nor was any damage reported,” said Nushki Deputy
Commissioner Qudos Mengal. No outfit claimed responsibility
for the attack.
A senior PIMS doctor, Dr Shahid
Nawaz, succumbed to his injuries after being shot in the head
outside the VIP ward of the Institute in Islamabad. He was the
head of the hospital’s cardiology unit. The two attackers escaped
from the hospital unhindered. It was the second targeted attack
at the hospital in three weeks. Earlier on January 23, 2015,
a nursing student was shot on the premises.
A local leader and 'spokesperson'
of ASWJ Rawalpindi Chapter, Maulana Mazhar Siddiqui, was killed
in a targeted sectarian attack near Pirwadhai More within the
precincts of the Rawalpindi's Golra Police Station in Rawalpindi
A woman was killed and 14 others,
including children, were injured in a blast in Gula Jan area
of Pir Qayyum village in Kurram Agency of FATA. Official sources
said that the blast occurred when a toy-like bomb exploded in
Unidentified militants opened
fire at a vehicle carrying a team of polio workers in Lowi Shalman
area of Landi Kotal tehsil Khyber Agency, killing the
driver and leaving one polio volunteer injured. According to
security officials, the polio workers were being driven to a
session in the morning when they came under attack. Subsequently,
the driver of the vehicle Ziarat Gul was killed and a polio
worker was injured.
SFs have started preparations
to launch a crackdown against militants in Akakhel and Qalanaga
areas of Bara tehsil. The administration has ordered
locals to vacate the area by 6 pm today (February 16). Action
will be taken against those violating the orders.
Police arrested 34 suspected
persons, including six proclaimed offenders, during search in
Afghan Refugees’ camp and adjacent areas of Kohat Town of same
District. Official sources said that the police launched search
operation in Afghan Refugees’ camp and Sher Ali Banda and Muslimabad
localities and arrested six proclaimed offenders identified
as Tariq Mehmood, Tanveer Ahmad, Naeem, Ashraf and Anwarul Haq.
Six rifles and several cartridges were also seized from them,
an official said, adding that they were wanted by the law-enforcement
agencies in cases of heinous nature.
Police arrested several suspects
allegedly involved in graffiti favouring the Islamic State in
different parts of Gilgit-Baltistan. The first wall-chalking
in the region, welcoming the self-proclaimed caliphate, was
spotted in Gilgit back in November, 2014. Almost three months
later, similar graffiti was seen on walls in Skardu District,
stirring fear among locals and signaling the possible presence
of the group in G-B.
“Skardu city Police arrested
Zakaria, a resident of Shigar Valley, for spraying slogans in
favour of the terror group,” read a statement issued by G-B’s
Central Police Office. According to the statement, Zakaria was
caught red-handed in Skardu. Moreover, Shamsuddin, Awais, Zahid
Mir and Muhammad Yasin were also arrested in connection to the
Four-member law enforcement
team, comprising senior Police and Rangers officers and led
by SSP Naveed Khwaja, that left for Dubai on February 5, 2015,
to take custody of PAC leader Uzair Jan Baloch is waiting for
the Federal Investigation Authority’s representative to hold
talks with the authorities in Dubai since the latter has refused
to entertain the team without an FIA representative. According
to official requirements, the FIA official was supposed to leave
for Dubai in a day or two after the law enforcement team’s departure.
As of now, this has not happened.
“As the process was initiated
by the ministry of interior, it is their responsibility to send
a representative to Dubai who can deal with further investigation.
Police are a provincial authority, they are not authorised to
deal with international authorities. The FIA needs to be there
to take up the process with the Interpol as they won’t speak
to us,” said additional inspector general Ghulam Qadir Thebo.
On February 13, 2015, Thebo wrote to the Ministries of Interior
and Foreign Affairs to extend the deadline for bringing back
Uzair by at least a month so that the FIA official could reach
Dubai and continue the documentation process.
An FIA officer explained that
in such cases an FIA representative was sent from the Pakistan
embassy’s link office in Muscat if an FIA official was not sent
from Pakistan. “The process can work both ways, that is, an
officer can be sent from Pakistan and extra help can also be
taken from the Pakistan embassy’s link office in Muscat,” the
The Minister for SAFRON and
Frontier Regions Lieutenant-General (retired) Abdul Qadir Baloch
said that the Government believes that the operation Zarb-e-Azb
operation will be completed by the end of the year and after
that a ‘mini-Marshall plan’ will be launched for socio-economic
progress of the people of the FATA. “The era of the Taliban
or terrorists will end in Fata and there will be complete peace
in the entire tribal areas by the end of this year,” Abdul Qadir
Baloch said. Baloch said he could say this only about cleansing
FATA of terrorists and not about other parts of the country.
Amid escalating pressure from opposition parties
for speeding up action against proscribed religious groups,
Government officials revealed that over 600 hardcore terrorists
have been arrested since the approval of the NAP against terrorism.
These terrorists were arrested in an ongoing countrywide crackdown
over the past seven weeks, officials monitoring the NAP execution
said. They have been categorised by military and civilian agencies
as 'jet-black terrorists' and their cases are to be sent to
the Federal Ministry of Interior with a recommendation for trials
in military courts, the officials added.
Officials added that supporters and abettors
of terrorists, including banned outfits, had been under surveillance
in South Punjab and parts of interior Sindh which have been
identified as the strongholds of groups and individuals supporting
several militant outfits. Of these 600-plus terrorists, 320
belong to TTP, while 311 have links with LeT, JeM and HuT. "Cases
of these terrorists who carry an aggregate bounty of PKR 271
million would be sent to the military courts," a senior official
of the NACTA said.
However, he added that next week the Federal
Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan will give the final
word on whether the cases of these 600-plus terrorists would
be sent to the military courts or to anti-terrorism courts set
up under the Pakistan Protection Act. The NACTA official conceded
that most of the special committees tasked to ensure swift execution
of NAP have failed to meet the targets set for them.
A 24-inch diameter gas pipeline was blown up
by unidentified militants in Peshbogi area of Dera Bugti District
An IED was defused near a school in Wah cantonment
of Taxila in Rawalpindi District. Students spotted a bag placed
at a bus stop near their school. They informed their teacher
who contacted local administration and Police. Later, the Bomb
Disposal Squad reached the scene and defused the bomb.
The patron-in-chief of the Pakistan Hindu Council,
Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, brought to the Supreme Court's notice
repeated incidents of desecration of Hindu temples in the country.
At the last hearing on February 11, 2015, a three-judge bench
headed by Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk had asked Mr Vankwani to
submit in writing alleged excesses aimed at defiling the places
of worship of Hindus. The court had taken up a matter relating
to implementation of a set of guidelines handed down in a June
19, 2014 judgment on minority rights.
Dr Vankwani, a PML-N Member of National Assembly
(MNA) from Tharparkar, submitted two applications, one requesting
the court to take notice of desecration of temples and the other
seeking an order for the Government to submit details about
measures being taken to protect the premises sacred to the minority
communities. In his application, he said that between January
and February a number of incidents of desecration took place
in Sindh. He said that authorities were reluctant to arrest
those involved in attacking temples in Sindh.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while chairing a
meeting of the Sindh Apex Committee held at Governor House in
Karachi to review the progress on the implementation of NAP
and discuss matters related to overall law and order situation
in the Province said that the Government had no option but to
win the war against terrorism and scourge would be eliminated
from every nook and cranny of the country. He said following
the December 16, 2014, Peshawar tragedy, the NAP was approved
by the entire political leadership and the ultimate decision
of the state was to eliminate terrorism from the country.
He said two of the 20 points of NAP were implemented
immediately while rest of the measures had been left up to the
Apex Committees formed in all Provinces. Sharif said under NAP,
the 21st constitutional amendment was passed and Army Act was
also amended adding the country's future and security were linked
to NAP's implementation. The whole nation is eyeing the tangible
results of NAP, he added. Nawaz Sharif reiterated that terrorism
would be eliminated from every nook and corner of the country
besides tribal areas.
The CoAS General Raheel Sharif during a meeting
of the Sindh Apex Committee chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz
Sharif stressed the need to depoliticize the Police force in
Karachi for permanent peace and said that action should be taken
against all criminals without any distinctions based on political,
religious or sectarian lines. He said that it was critical to
depoliticize the Police force in Karachi, and that there should
be no political interference in postings and transfers of Police
officers. He also stressed that action should be taken against
criminals above all kinds of political, religious and sectarian
Acknowledging that Karachi plays an important
role in the country's overall economy, he said that peace in
Karachi means peace in the entire country, for which effective
measures need to be taken. The Army chief said an atmosphere
of peace was created because of the Rangers-led operation, and
that political forces need to also play their role for permanent
peace in Karachi. The consensus of all stakeholders is critical
for peace, he said. He also stressed on the need for improved
coordination between intelligence and law enforcement agencies.
The Government of Sindh, Home Department modified
the nomenclature of CID of Sindh Police to "Counter Terrorism
Department" (CID), with immediate effect.
Punjab Police during the meeting of the Committee
on Rules of Procedures and Privileges, chaired by Senator Colonel
(retired) Tahir Hussain Mashhadi disclosed that certain religious
seminaries are receiving foreign funding in the Province but
admitted its inability to collect the concrete evidence. A list
of suspicious religious seminaries in the Province which receive
foreign funding is with the department. The list is confidential,
said Police officials.
At least eight persons, including two Policemen,
were killed and 23 others were injured in a suicide attack on
Police headquarters near the main gate of Police Lines in Qila
Gujjar Singh area of Lahore. Tehreek-e-Taliban TTP-JuA 'spokesperson'
Ehsanullah Ehsan claimed responsibility for the attack. IG Punjab
Police Mushtaq Sukhera said that the target of the attack was
Police Lines. He added, "Ever since operation Zarb-e-Azb began
the army has been taking action against militants... and this
was perhaps in reaction to that."
A polio team member, identified as Naseem Abbas,
was injured in a knife attack by a resident of Imamia Colony
within the jurisdiction of Ferozewala Police Station in Sheikhupura
District. According to details, the polio vaccination members,
including a lady health visitor Razia Batool and vaccinator
Naseem Abbas, knocked at the door of one Ubaid to administer
anti-polio drops to his children. Police said Ubaid first dubbed
the polio drive against Islamic values and later lobbed a knife
on Naseem who suffered injuries.
Police registered a case of suicide blast outside
Qila Gujjar Singh Police Lines against three terrorists, including
a suicide bomber. Police executed sections 302 and 324 of Pakistan
Penal Code, ¾ of Explosive Act and 7 of Anti Terrorism Act (ATA)
against the bomber and his two accomplices who allegedly dropped
him at the site. Also, Police teams launched search operations
in different areas of the city, including Qila Gujjar Singh,
Lunda Bazaar, Shahdara, Misri Shah and Lorry Adda.
Four dead bodies, including that of two missing
Levies personnel, were found in Zhob District. According to
Levies sources, two bodies were identified as that of Levies
officials and one was identified as the driver of the polio
team. One dead body is yet to be identified, the sources added.
Three polio workers and two Levies personnel were kidnapped
on February 13, 2015, from Murgha Kibzai area of Zhob District.
Balochistan Government postponed the anti-polio
campaign in Quetta, Zhob, Sherani and Sibi Districts of the
Province due to looming security threats, according to an unnamed
Health Department Officer.
A man, identified as Babu (24) was killed and
a passer-by Navid (20) was injured in a firing incident near
Lal Masjid in Paposh Nagar area of North Nazimabad Town in Karachi,
the provincial capital of Sindh.
One Abdul Qadir (30) was shot dead near Janjal
Goth in Gulshan-e-Maymar of Gadap Town.
A man, identified as Mohammad Sharif (25), was
shot dead by unidentified armed assailants near Azeem Plaza
in Garden area of Saddar Town.
A militant 'commander', Bakhti Raj of Koz Shamnal
Chagharzai, was killed in a clash with the SFs during a search
operation in the Gagra tehsil of the Buner District
in KP. One woman had also sustained bullet injuries in the incident.
Sources said that Bakhti Raj was wanted by SF in militancy-related
The Lakki Marwat interment centre oversight
board has found Shahid Khan, an eight-grader, a collaborator
of militants and listed him in the black category (proven militant).
The information was shared by Additional Advocate General Qaiser
Ali Shah on behalf of the KP Home and Tribal Affairs Department
during the hearing of 10 petitions on enforced disappearances
on February 17. A two-member bench comprising Chief Justice
Mazhar Alam Miankhel and Justice Muhammad Daud Khan heard the
Upon hearing the oversight board's findings,
Shahid's father Sarbuland Khan erupted in rage and asked the
court how a secondary school student could possibly be a collaborator
of militants. "How can a schoolboy be involved in anti-state
activities? I want to know the exact charges against my son,"
he said, adding he had taken Shahid to the police station on
the request of police officials. "Is there a limit to injustice?
You lock me up in a room and even I will confess to whatever
you wish," the perturbed father yelled, adding he met his son
twice and has not seen him for a long time. The court said the
purpose of the hearing was to trace the whereabouts of his son
and the case cannot be pursued further since he has been listed
in the black category.
The oversight board found Asif Khan involved
in anti-state activities and placed him in the black category
while his counsel claimed the KP government issued an advertisement
in newspapers on February 13, declaring Khan a proclaimed offender
and offering Rs1 million as head money. Khan's mother Nazakat
Bibi said he used to work at Gomal University, Dera Ismail Khan
as an office boy, from where SF picked him up four years ago.
The family was allowed to see him at Lakki Marwat internment
centre six months back. The court directed the Provincial Government
to submit a detailed report regarding the detainee at the next
date of hearing.
The KP ruling party PTI renewed its demand for
redeploying paramilitary FC troops in the province and reassigning
to KP soldiers serving in other parts of the country. "The FC's
job is to guard the border between FATA and KP but this force
is spread out across the country," said PTI chief Imran Khan
in a statement. According to the PTI chairman, K-P has suffered
the most at the hands of terrorists. "Therefore, the federal
government should return the FC to the province that it belongs
to," the statement said.
During his visit to Kabul, the CoAS General
Raheel Sharif was informed by Afghan authorities that "they
are tightening the noose around Fazlullah" the fugitive 'chief'
of TTP. According to security sources, the visit took place
following Intelligence reports that Fazlullah directly masterminded
the February 13, 2015, Imambargah attack in Peshawar reportedly
from Afghanistan's Kunar Province or its adjoining belt. "There
was credible intel (intelligence) information that it was cross-border
activity," said the unnamed sources.
A source disclosed that the Army Chief reiterated
Pakistan's demand for action against the TTP chief. "They [Afghanistan]
are after him [Fazlullah] and may be quite close," the source
claimed. General Raheel told the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani,
"The enemies of Afghanistan are the enemies of Pakistan. We
stand shoulder to shoulder with Afghanistan in the fight against
terrorism." He assured Kabul that Pakistan would not allow its
territory to be used against the neighbouring country.
The United States said that it will allow for
the first time the widespread export of armed drones to some
allied countries as part of its global counterterrorism fight.
Armed drones are a cornerstone of Washington´s battle against
extremists in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, Iraq and
Yemen, although they remain hugely controversial and opponents
say they frequently kill or maim civilians.
At least four Shias were killed and six others
were injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up during evening
prayers at the mosque in Qasr-e-Sakina Imambargah located
on Kurri Road in New Shakrial area of Rawalpindi District. The
suicide attack was followed by gun and grenade attack. The blast
occurred when suicide bomber blew himself up after security
officials stopped him from entering the Imambargah.
Jundullah, a splinter group of TTP, claimed
responsibility for the attack. Speaking from an unknown location,
the 'spokesman' of the group Fagad said that the blast was a
reaction to operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan Agency.
The MWM leader Asghar Askari criticised the
Government and alleged that it was colluding with militants.
"This is the fourth attack [on the Shia community] this Government
is a murderous and terrorist Government. We have been lifting
bodies due to them," he said, adding that the Punjab Government
has given support to these terrorists. In an appeal to Army
chief General Raheel Sharif he said, "Zarb-e-Azb should be spread
to the whole of Punjab."
The initial investigative report of the February
17, 2015 Police Line blast in Lahore District submitted by IG
Punjab Mushtaq Sukhera and Punjab Home Minister Shuja Khanzada
to Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, revealed that "the
bomber intended to attack a police van or a top police official".
As per the investigative report, the bomber and his accomplices
inspected the site of the blast hours before the explosion.
The Provincial Police Chief confirmed the Police Lines was the
intended target. "The bomber wanted to enter the Police Lines
but exploded prematurely," IG Mushtaq said.
Two people, including an Ismaili Shia, identified
as Karim Hashwani, and his driver, Nawaz (45), were shot dead
in a sectarian attack at Ali Garden in North Nazimabad Town
of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. The militants belonged
to SSP. Police arrested one of the militants, identified as
Hashmi Ishaq, after an exchange of fire while his accomplice,
identified as Khalid, managed to escape under the cover of fire.
At least two people, including a worker of MQM,
identified as Amir (28), were killed when an unidentified target
killer opened gunfire at him and his friend Naveed in North
Police, in coordination with the District Intelligence
Agency, arrested more than 50 Afghan nationals in Sukkur District
under a security plan chalked out to implement the NAP. According
a survey conducted recently, around 9,900 students were enrolled
at 226 religious seminaries in the District, said District Intelligence
bureau Manzoor Jamali, adding that 98 of them were unregistered
institutions. Sukkur SSP Tanveer Tunio said that flags of banned
outfits were being removed and graffiti likely to foment sectarian
strife was being erased across the District.
Hyderabad Deputy Inspector-General of Police
Dr Sanaullah Abbasi while speaking to journalists at the local
press club in the District warned all banned outfits against
organising any procession, saying that participants in such
events would be apprehended. He said the Rangers and Army were
partners of Police, who were in the front line. The DIG said
that about 50,000 students were studying in religious seminaries
functioning within the Hyderabad Police range.
According to a report, at least 116 accused
were killed in 464 Police encounters and 330 accused were arrested
read-handed during these encounters from January 1 to February
18, 2015. Sindh Police of Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Mirpurkhas
and Shaheed Benazirabad Division arrested 5,428 accused in raids
and encounters and recovered arms from their possessions. In
addition 175 criminal gangs busted and 15 patharidars were arrested.
Those arrested included 2,983 absconders, 450 proclaimed offenders,
11 extortionists, five kidnapers, 15 terrorists, three target
killers, 1,609 other accused and robbers, including seven dacoits
with head money. Police recovered one G3 rifle, three MP5, seven
SMGs, 117 shotguns, 36 rifles, 5,556 rounds, three suicide jackets,
two bombs, one rocket launcher, 67 hand grenades, and two detonators
from the accused.
Three terrorists and one FC soldier were killed
in an exchange of fire during an encounter in Panjgur District.
One FC soldier was wounded.
Unidentified militants blew up a water pipeline
in Toba Nokahai area of Zahein Loti in Dera Bugti District,
suspending water supply to many areas.
SFs arrested 21 suspects from various areas
of the Province.
LEAs recovered five PTCL employees during a
search operation in Kanu area of Zhob District. Local LEA sources
said that the recovered PTCL employees had been kidnapped a
week ago from Murgha Kibzai area of Zhob district by unidentified
armed militants. They were identified as Sajjad Baig, Muhammad
Tahir, Muhammad Nabi, Asad Khan and Muhammad Abbas.
The SFs thwarted a terrorist attack and defused
a 15 kilogram explosive device planted by unidentified militant
along the main highway on Tank-Tatoor Road in Tank Town of same
The Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that the
time had come to eliminate the menace of terrorism from Pakistan
once and for all. "It is time to end this menace, and this is
why we announced an all-out war against terrorism. We have formed
a 20-point agenda to end this menace. Inshallah, we will not
rest until terrorism is completely eliminated," he said. The
PM strongly condemned the terrorist attack at the Qasr-e-Sakina
Imambargah in Islamabad, and extended his condolences to the
families of those who lost their lives. Referring to recent
terrorist attacks in the country, Sharif said that this was
a sign that the terrorists were losing strength. "This is a
signal that they (the terrorists) are trying to mount a final
attack, but we know how much force they have left in them,"
A US Congressional delegation was assured that
Pakistan had no favourites and the Operation Zarb-e-Azb was
against all the militant groups in the NWA of FATA. Talking
to a visiting US Congressional delegation led by Senator Jack
Reed - a ranking member of the Senate's Armed Services Committee
- at the GHQ, CoAS General Raheel Sharif said that TTP's network
and other militant groups had completely been dismantled in
NWA and a large area had been cleared off the militants. During
the meeting, security situation along the Pak-Afghan border
also came under discussion and US delegation was told that Pak-Afghan
forces were conducting coordinated operations against the militant
hide-outs and significant progress had been made in such operations.
The ISPR Major General Asim Bajwa said that
the recent spate of terrorist attacks across the country was
an attempt to divide the nation. "The recent spates of terrorist
attacks are highly condemnable. Our heart goes out to aggrieved
brothers and sisters, we stand with them at time of grief,"
Asim Bajwa said in messages on Twitter. Bajwa's messages came
hours after a suicide bomber attacked the Qasr-e-Sakina Imambargah
in Islamabad, killing three people and wounding two others.
The attacks are "an attempt to create divisiveness amongst nation,
which only serves the interest of detractors of Islamic Republic
of Pakistan", he said.
Four TTP militants were shot dead in a Police
encounter near a graveyard in Sohrab Goth area of Gadap Town
in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Malir SSP Rao Anwar
said that the SHO of Bin Qasim Town Police Station Azhar Iqbal
had received secret information that chief of TTP- Sohrab Goth
Chapter, Qari Alamgir, was staying in a house there along with
his accomplices. "Qari Alamgir was wanted in kidnapping for
ransom and other criminal cases," said SSP Anwar. The Police
claimed to have seized explosive material, arms and ammunition
from their possession. "Eight to 10 bags containing explosive
material, a suicide jacket, pistols, submachine guns and hand
grenades were seized," claimed SHO Iqbal.
MQM worker, identified as Danish Kaleem (24),
was killed while he was sitting at a milk shop in Orangi Town.
Iqbal Market Police said that the victim was the member of MQM's
medico-legal aid committee. Meanwhile, condemning the killing
of MQM worker Kalim in Orangi Town, party chief Altaf Hussain
on February 19 said that the neighbourhood has become a hub
of al Qaeda and IS terrorist activities, reports The News. In
a statement issued in Karachi, Hussain said that thousands of
MQM workers have been killed in Orangi Town area. "Orangi Town,
Pakistan Bazaar and Chishti Nagar have become hubs of al Qaeda
and Daish (IS)," he said.
A gangster, identified as Talha alias Gwadari
(24), involved in the killing of three PPP workers, was shot
dead in an encounter near Gabol Park in Lyari Town. Gwadari
hailed from Gwadar District in Balochistan and was one of the
key members of Uzair Baloch gang.
Unidentified gangsters shot dead a man, identified
as Naseer Baloch, at Benazir University Road within Kalakot
Police precincts in Lyari Town.
Three dead bodies of militants were found in
Saran area under the jurisdiction of Mattani Police in Peshawar,
the provincial capital of KP.
Unidentified militants shot dead Jama'at Ahl-e-Sunnat
(JAS) tehsil President, Maulana Mehmood Shah, in Oghi area of
Mansehra District in a sectarian attack while he was on his
way home after leading evening prayer at Masjid Rizwia.
A landmine explosion killed two people and injured
two others in Chahtar area of Naseerabad District.
SFs conducted a raid and arrested eight suspected
militants in Sibi District. According to FC spokesman, SFs recovered
24kgs explosives and other weapons from their possession.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced PKR 5
billion development package for Quetta and said that funds should
be spent on building roads, improving sanitary system and cleaning
the city. Funds to the tune PKR 30 billion would be given for
the purpose and international donors would be asked for assistance,
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while addressing
the passing-out parade of first Special Combat Unit in Quetta
said that the entire nation was united against terrorism and
will definitely win this war as it was a matter of survival
for Pakistan's future generations. He said that Pakistan was
currently facing serious challenge of terrorism that need to
be countered with patience, tolerance, courage and a high state
At least 234 madrassas in Balochistan are being
funded by 'brotherly' Muslim countries, said Home Department
officials tasked with investigating religious seminaries in
Province. "We have collected enough evidence against 234 madrassas
accused of receiving financial assistance from foreign countries,"
an unnamed senior official said, adding, "The list (of these
seminaries) has been shared with relevant agencies and departments
(the Federal Investigative Agency and State Bank of Pakistan)
so that their accounts can be scrutinized and the sources of
their funding traced." "But the list will go on," he added.
When contacted, Balochistan Home Secretary Akbar
Khan Durrani confirmed that various cases have been forwarded
to agencies concerned for further investigation, but did not
specify the number of madrassas against whom evidence of foreign
funding has been collected. However, he revealed that more than
3,000 of the Province's 5,441 madrassas are not registered.
"Some 5,330 of the 129, 997students that study in seminaries
in Balochistan are foreigners, mostly of Afghan descent," said
A member of the team conducting the surveillance
of madrassas in Balochistan revealed the names of seminaries
in Quetta and Nushki Districts which were receiving financial
assistance from Saudi Arabia, Behrain and Iran. These, he said,
include Mataul Uloom, Arbia Maftaul Uloom, Anwar-e-Sahaba, Gold
Masjid, Dunya Arbia, Jamia Uloom and many others.
At least five militants and an Army Officer
were killed and a soldier was injured when fighting erupted
during a cordon-and-search operation in Dattakhel area in North
Waziristan Agency of FATA. According to a statement by the ISPR
two of the dead militants were foreigners.
Three militants were killed in a clash with
Security Forces in Patala area of Kurram Agency.
A man, identified as Mohammad Qamar (30), was
shot dead by unidentified armed assailants in Quaid-e-Azam Colony
of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town in provincial capital Karachi.
An unidentified man was shot dead and a another
man, identified as Raja Naeem (25), was injured by near Tipu
Sultan signal within the limits of Bahadurabad Police Station
in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town.
One Iqra University student, identified as Javed
Haris, sustained injuries after he was set on fire by unidentified
assailants in Akhtar Colony area of Jamshed Town. According
to Police sources, Javed had been abducted four days ago from
Baloch Colony in Orangi Town, but details surrounding his abduction
are not yet known. A threatening letter was also recovered from
his pocket, warning of similar actions if the military operation
did not end.
A bomb weighing 1 kilogramme found outside the
residence of local ANP leader, Gul Muhammad Khan, in Bhains
Colony of Bin Qasim Town was successfully diffused by Bomb Disposal
Squad. ANP Sindh's spokesperson said that Gul Muhammad Khan
has been receiving continuous threats from militant outfits.
Shahbaz Rangers claimed to have arrested two
TTP militants in a raid on a Karachi-bound coach coming from
Peshawar (KP). Sindh Rangers Commander Colonel Abdul Ghaffar
said in press briefing at the Shahbaz Rangers headquarters that
the 60-Wing personnel on a tip-off carried out a raid on the
coach while it was passing through an area near Mirpur Mathelo
town of Ghotki District. They picked up two suspected passengers
and during the subsequent interrogation it emerged that they
belonged to the TTP, said Colonel Ghaffar. The Rangers commander
said that they were fleeing to Karachi to escape death in the
ongoing military operation Zarb-e-Azb and intended to fly to
a foreign country, probably the UAE. Col Ghaffar spoke of some
startling disclosures by the suspects during the interrogation
but declined to share them with the media at this juncture.
He further said that another TTP suspect was
arrested in a separate raid and interrogation with him was under
way. "At the moment, we can share the only information with
the media that this man was tasked with opening a TTP unit in
Shikarpur District to coordinate with the network of international
terrorism," the Rangers commander said.
Cantonment Police claimed to have arrested a
militant at Shaheen check post in Kohat District and recovered
explosives and grenades from his possession. According to a
Police official, they were checking vehicles passing through
in Cantonment and signalled a van to stop. He added during the
search, the militant lobbed a grenade at them and fled. There
were no casualties because the grenade failed to explode. Policeman
further said they chased and managed to arrest him.
Provincial Home Minister Colonel (retired) Shuja
Khanzada said that the kidnapped sons of former Prime Minister
Yousuf Raza Gilani and slain Punjab Governor Salman Taseer were
being held in Afghanistan. Ali Gilani was abducted on May 2,
2013 during an election rally in Multan District. Shahbaz Taseer
was abducted on August 26, 2011 from Lahore District.
Khanzada said the Government was doing its best
to secure the safe release of both Gilani and Taseer. He informed
the House that 95 per cent of cases of abduction for ransom
were being conducted by suspects from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The Foreign Office spokesperson Tasneem Aslam
said that Pakistan was prepared for mediation between the Afghan
Government and Taliban for peace in the region. The Foreign
Office spokesperson said peace and stability in Afghanistan
were of great importance. "We believe it is for the Afghan government
to lead the efforts for reconciliation in Afghanistan. Any reconciliation
process has to be Afghan led and Afghan owned. Pakistan, as
a neighbour and as a country that has vital stakes in peace
and stability in Afghanistan, is ready to provide whatever assistance
we can. We are ready to facilitate the reconciliation process
to the extent possible," she said. However, the spokesperson
said the mechanisms available would not be made public through
An abductor was killed while a Sikh trader,
identified as Munish Singh, was recovered during a raid in Aamri
area of the Chagai District. Three of his accomplices were arrested.
Singh was kidnapped from Dalbandin area of Chagai District two
A 10th grade student of Peshawar's APS succumbed
to his injuries at the Combined Military Hospital. The student,
Ishaq Ameen was shot in the head and face during the deadly
attack on the Peshawar school on December 16, and had been in
critical condition since. The death toll of the carnage now
stands at 144, with 132 students among the dead, the Deputy
Commissioner's office said.
Two gangsters, affiliated with the Uzair Baloch
group, were killed during an encounter with the Police in the
mill area within the limits of the Kalakot Police Station in
Lyari Town of provincial capital Karachi.
Two Baba Ladla gangsters, identified as Sohail
alias Khoof and Shaheryar alias Sherry, were killed during another
encounter in Bihar Colony of Lyari Town.
Uzair Baloch gangster, identified as Arsalan
Baloch, was killed in Daryabad area of Kalri in Lyari Town.
Eight people were injured when two unidentified
militants hurled a hand grenade near Tanga stand in Behar colony
of Lyari Town.
Rangers claimed to have arrested a TTP Swat
Chapter militants during a targeted raid conducted at the militants'
hideout in Metroville area of SITE Town.
In an attempt to move forward to implement the
National Action Plan at the Provincial level, the Sindh Government
during a meeting chaired by Sindh Home Secretary Abdul Kabir
Kazi on February 21 decided to ban establishment of new madrassas
and mosques without a prior permission of the Home Department.
The Government also decided to build a 'high-security prison'
in Jamshoro District within a week for high-profile terror suspects.
Other key decisions included repatriation of all Afghan refugees
by the year end, proposing legislation for the regulation of
mosques and seminaries, recruitment in the newly-established
CTD of Police and expediting process of forensic lab facilities
in major cities to improve investigation and prosecution.
A child was killed and nine others were injured
in a bomb explosion on at Rush Bazaar located on Taj Road in
Chaman town of Qilla Abdullah District. DPO Chaman Asad Khan
said that a remote controlled bomb fixed to a vehicle parked
near a temple exploded.
An eight-inch diameter gas pipeline was blown
up by unidentified militants near the Pir Koh area of Dera Bugti
District. According to Police, the terrorists had planted an
IED near the gas pipeline which exploded, suspending the gas
supply to the area.
A four-inch diameter water supply pipeline was
also blown up in the Nokani area of Dera Bugti District.
The Nawab Bugti Express narrowly escaped a bomb
blast targeting a railway track in Jaffarabad District.
Law Enforcement Agencies recovered arms, including
three SMG, two Kalashnikovs, four pistols, two short guns and
250 magazines from Bonistan area of Panjgur District.
One militant was killed while three others were
arrested during a clash with SFs near a gas station on the Bannu-Kohat
Road in Bannu District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The sources said
the personnel of SFs and intelligence agencies were patrolling
the area when four militants attacked them with a hand-grenade
near the gas station on the Kohat Road, but the soldiers escaped
unhurt in the attack. The sources said the soldiers returned
the fire in which one of the militants was killed on the spot.
Following the attack, the SFs personnel arrested the three other
militants during a search operation carried out in the locality.
The KP Police in the ongoing search and strike
operation throughout the province against criminals and anti-social
elements have rounded up 268 suspects and recovered huge quantity
of arms and ammunition.
Two Khassadar personnel were injured when a
bomb went off near a checkpost in the Jamrud tehsil
of the Khyber Agency in FATA. Those injured were identified
Shoaib and Abrar.
Sources in the security establishment said that
around four dozen major intelligence-led anti-terror operations
are in the pipeline across the country to take out or neutralise
enemies of the state, and that these Special Units would lead
these operations with the backup of civilian Anti-Terror Task
Forces. They informed that normally the secret services provide
only information to the law enforcing agencies and paramilitary
forces to launch action against the terrorists but their Special
Units lead or directly supervise anti-terror operations when
high profile targets are involved.
When asked about the target areas of the major
anti-terror operations, they declining to share the entire details
informed that actions would be launched in parts of Punjab,
Karachi, settled areas of KP, PATA of Khyber Agency and parts
of Balochistan. They informed that security services have information
concerning the movements of high profile targets in KP, Karachi
and some of their high value facilitators in Punjab, besides
some areas of Balochistan.
A 'spokesperson' for JuD told the media that
JuD 'chief' Hafiz Muhammad Saeed's counsel pleading innocence
and claiming that the JuD has no link with al Qaeda, Taliban
or the Mumbai 26/11 attacks requested the UN chief Ban Ki-moon
for lifting of the sanctions. He said attention of the UN was
also sought towards some corrective measures which have been
taken in light of the UN instructions. "We have also shown willingness
for audit of our organisational activities," he added.
While referring to its relief activities across
the country, the appeal reiterated that the JuD has no organisational
or legal link with LeT, and it is a legal Pakistan-based charitable
NGO and all of its institutes and projects are registered in
the country. A letter, dispatched by the JuD chief, had already
been pending with the office of Ban Ki-moon. The appeal was
made through the letter in 2009 to the UN that it had taken
a hasty decision in proscribing the JuD, its chief Hafiz Saeed
and other members and termed the UN decision detrimental to
the interests of Pakistan.
The purpose behind our fresh move is to win
clearance or a no objection certificate from the UN while contesting
the case on merit, the 'spokesperson' said.
The HRW demanded that the Pakistan Government
should immediately order local authorities to stop pressuring
registered refugees to return to Afghanistan. "The Pakistan
government has an obligation to protect all Afghans in the country,
including those not registered as refugees, from harassment
and other abuses," HRW said. A recent increase in Afghans repatriating
from Pakistan appears related to coercive pressure from local
Governments on Afghans to return to their country since the
December 16, 2014 Peshawar's APS attack. "Pakistani officials
should not be scapegoating Afghans because of the Taliban's
atrocities in Peshawar," said Phelim Kine, deputy Asia director
at Human Rights Watch. "It is inhumane, not to mention unlawful,
to return Afghans to places they may face harm and not protect
them from harassment and abuse."
Nine times as many Afghan refugees were repatriated
from Pakistan in January 2015 as in December 2014, according
to the UNHCR. UNHCR analysis of the returns indicated that a
significant percentage of these 3,829 returns were coercive.
Nearly all of the refugees returned from three Pakistani provinces
- KP, Azad Kashmir, and Punjab - where an increase in arrests,
detentions, and evictions of Afghans were reported during the
same period. Those registered as refugees possess PoR issued
by the Pakistani Government, with the support of UNHCR.
SFs claimed to have arrested a key perpetrator
of the December 16 Peshawar APS terrorist attack during an operation
in the Pawaki village under Pishtakhara Police Station in Peshawar,
the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The ISPR confirmed
the arrest of 27-year-old Taj Mohammad from Pawaki. It said
that he was the commander of one of the two groups that carried
out the APS attack. The militant is said to be a resident of
the neighbouring Khyber Agency in FATA. He was living as an
internally displaced person in Pawaki. Officials said the militant
had confessed to his involvement in a number of terror attacks.
Military courts have been established in Sindh
to hear the cases pertaining to terrorism. Two colonel rank
officers have been nominated as head of the courts. It has been
said that an officer of major's rank will be appointed as the
prosecutor. After the process of appointment of officers is
completed, the courts of Sindh will begin hearing cases. The
Sindh Government and Police officials said that more than 65
cases of hardened criminals and those involved in terrorist
activities would be sent to the military courts for trial.
Federal Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif
said that operation Zarb- Azb was launched to flush out terrorists
and maintain peace in the country. "Foreign elements are involved
in spreading terrorism. Temperature on eastern border and working
boundary had been increased with pre-plan mission. "We are raising
voice at international forum about incidents of terrorism and
involvement of a neighboring country in such activities", Khawaja
Muhammad Asif said. Pakistan is fully capable to eliminate the
menace of terrorism from this area, he added. "We cannot rule
out India's involvement or support to Taliban who are spreading
terrorism and disturbing peace of Pakistan", he added further.
Pakistan reiterated to show 'zero tolerance'
towards terrorist organisations including the ISIS, saying Islamabad
was fully cognisant of this looming terror threat. "The ISIS
is a globally threatening phenomenon and we are fully cognisant
of the situation," Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry told
a National Assembly panel. "We would be unsparing if we find
a shred of clue about the IS presence in Pakistan," Chaudhry
briefed the NA Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs that met
under the chair of outgoing Senator Haji Adeel. Likewise, the
secretary said the supporters, facilitators and abettors of
the ISIS or Daish would be dealt with an iron hand.
The PM Nawaz Sharif chaired a meeting on the
implementation of NAP at the PM House. The PM appreciated the
Punjab Government for taking lead in implementing the plan for
targeting terrorism and extremism in the country. He asked the
other provinces to speed up implementation of this important
initiative that has the backing of the entire political spectrum
of the country. He said that terrorists were enemies of stability
and harmony and every possible step would be taken for ensuring
their complete elimination.
The US Secretary of State John Kerry told Congress
Committee on Foreign Affairs that Pakistan is determined to
end terrorism following Peshawar tragedy while Washington is
also cooperating with Islamabad in its efforts against militancy.
He said that Washington was assisting Pakistan in different
sectors, including development, energy, health and education.
He said US intends to provide 3.40 billion USD aid to Afghanistan
The District President of ASWJ Molana Sahbir
Ahmed Haidri was shot dead in Korangi Town of Karachi, the provincial
capital of Sindh.
One Waseem (33) was shot dead near Bihar Colony
in Lyari Town.
A man, identified as Faizal (40), was shot dead
by unidentified armed assailants near Yousuf Plaza in Sohrab
Goth area of Gadap Town
A man, identified as Shahabuddin (20), was shot
at and injured near Azmeen Plaza at Shoe Market in Garden area
of Saddar Town.
At least one person was killed and seven others
injured in an explosion on the Mall Road in Chaman town of Qilla
Abdullah District. No outfit claimed responsibility for the
Bodies of three persons recovered were identified
as that of the perpetrators involved in the attack on Peshawar's
Bacha Khan International Airport on December 15, 2012. According
to sources, all three men belonged to a militant organisation
of Khyber Agency in FATA and were among the militants who fired
rockets at the Pakistan Air Force base inside Bacha Khan Airport.
The bodies, which were found at a nullah in Peshawar's Mattani
area, were recognised as that of 'commander' Noor Mohammad,
'commander' Kemya Gul and 'commander' Sher Muhammad - all of
whom were wanted for being the masterminds of the fatal attack.
The sources also added that the three men were also suspected
to be involved in the rocket attacks on the Sheikh Muhammadi
grid station near Peshawar which left seven people dead on April
As Afghanistan moved closer to holding direct
peace talks with Afghan Taliban, the US State Department acknowledged
that Pakistan too has a stake in the outcome. "In terms of the
role of Pakistan, we have long encouraged Pakistan to support
(Afghan) President (Ashraf) Ghani's reconciliation efforts,"
said the Department's spokesperson Jen Psaki, adding "We, of
course, remain in support and in contact with President Ghani
on these matters as well as certainly countries like Pakistan
who have a stake in the outcome."
She said the US continued to support "an Afghan-led
and Afghan-owned reconciliation process" whereby the Taliban
and the Afghans engaged in talks towards a settlement to resolve
the conflict. Asked if the US found Pakistan's role in these
talks encouraging, she noted that the Afghan President also
had acknowledged this role in his recent statements and in his
inaugural address. The United States too had "long encouraged"
Pakistan to support a reconciliation process, said the US official,
adding that both Afghanistan and Pakistan had "shown a commitment
to try to move forward". She however, rejected the notion that
the United States too was talking to the Taliban. "There are
no direct or indirect talks," she added.
Afghanistan's chief executive Abdullah Abdullah
on February 23, 2015 had said that peace talks with the Taliban
would begin in the "near future".
The US State Department warned US citizens to
defer non-essential travel to Pakistan due to dangers posed
by foreign and local militants throughout the country. "The
US Embassy in Islamabad and the US Consulate General in Karachi
continue to provide consular services for all US citizens in
Pakistan. The U.S. Consulate General in Peshawar no longer offers
consular services and the US Consulate General in Lahore remains
temporarily closed for public services," said a statement.
The Commandant of the Khyber Rifles, Colonel
Tariq Hafeez, said that Khyber-2 operation against TTP and other
terrorist groups hiding in different parts of the Tirah valley
of Khyber Agency in FATA would begin next month. Colonel Tariq
Hafeez pledged that SFs would now reclaim all areas at present
under the control of several outlawed militant groups in Khyber
Agency and FATA. "We will not spare anyone and will go after
them no matter where they are hiding and will smash their operational
structure to reduce their striking capability," he said.
Col Hafeez said that with the arrest of 25 hardcore
terrorists, SFs had achieved much of the objectives of the Khyber-1
operation. He said that SFs were now determined to annihilate
all anti-state elements operating on Pakistan's soil. Referring
to escape of some leaders of Bara-based outlawed groups to Afghanistan,
he said that those who were not sincere to their own motherland
could not be sincere to anyone.
The United States Embassy in Islamabad denied
some media reports that US consulate offices in Peshawar (KP)
and Lahore (Punjab) had been closed after a travel advisory
was issued by the US State Department. "There have been inaccurate
statements in the media characterising the operating status
of the Consulates General of the United States in Lahore and
Peshawar," said a press statement, adding, "For clarification,
US Consulates General Lahore and Peshawar are open but have
a limited operational status, which does not include provision
of consular services, as has been the case for some time." The
statement read, "US Consulate General Karachi continues to provide
full consular services, as does the US embassy in Islamabad."
Anti-Terrorism Court sentenced four TTP militants
to death for killing 10 prison staff during an attack on the
residential quarters for prison staff in Ichra locality of Lahore
District in July 2012. "The court has awarded death sentence
to four militants for the 2012 attack on jail staff," special
prosecutor Shaikh Saeed said. A court official confirmed the
sentences. He added that the convicts were fined Rs1.8 million
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that
400 foreign students studying in different madrassas across
Punjab without local documentation will be deported soon. He
added that a list of these students has been sent to the Federal
Government. "It's a high-time to end terrorism. It's now or
never. All those Afghan immigrants who don't have a permit will
also be sent back," he said, adding, "We are importing 1,000
biometric machines which would be linked to the NADRA database
and can verify if a person is a Pakistani citizen or not."
The Federal Ministry of Interior said that LeJ
was carrying out terrorist activities across the country to
get the hangings of its leaders and workers stopped and to secure
their release or help them escape. According to the NCMC threat
alert issued to the Provinces, militant groups like the LeJ
and TTP may jointly carry out terrorist activities. According
to a private television channel, the cell has dispatched a letter
(threat alert) to the home secretaries of Sindh, Punjab, KP,
Balochistan, Provincial Police Chiefs, the IG FC of KP and Balochistan
and authorities in PoK and the Gilgit Baltistan region.
"The LeJ is infuriated over crackdown on its
activists. LeJ had approached al Qaeda for help but it expressed
its inability to do so citing its preoccupation in other areas
like Syria and Iraq. LeJ then contacted TTP chief Mullah Fazlullah
who not only provided finance to LeJ but also promised to extend
further assistance. Now LeJ-Fazlullah nexus is at work in unleashing
the wave of terrorism in the country," the letter read. In the
letter, the cell claims that terrorists are planning to conduct
terrorist activities in the Punjab, most likely in Lahore.
Former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf
in an interview with The Wall Street Journal published
said that Kabul must share power with the extremist group Taliban
and block Indian influence if it wants peace in the country.
He said that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's September inauguration
presented a new opportunity for reconciliation between the Government
and Taliban and related insurgent groups. "Ashraf Ghani is a
balanced man," he said, adding, "I think he's a great hope."
Pakistan and India must stay away and avoid engaging in proxy
war, he said. He further said that India had provided weapons,
training and equipment to ethnic Baloch separatists inside Afghanistan.
He said that US and its allies had consistently failed to consider
Pakistan's concerns, forcing Islamabad to rely on other militant
groups inside Afghanistan to prop up its interests.
He acknowledged that India and Pakistan had
been engaged in a long-running proxy war on Afghan soil that
fed the conflict. But, he said, his and Islamabad's role in
nurturing the Taliban and allied militant groups operating in
Afghanistan were a legitimate counterweight against its rival
India there. "There are enemies of Pakistan that have to be
countered," he said, adding, "Certainly if there's an enemy
of mine, I will use somebody to counter him." "The world must
realise that we may not like the face of Mullah Omar…but that
is how life is, that is what Afghanistan is," said Musharraf.
But he said those groups were an instrument to counter India's
influence on the ground in Afghanistan and insisted that former
US President George W. Bush "knew that I am not playing a double
game" with Washington.
Sindh Police received a note from Intelligence
Agencies warning a probable terror attack in Karachi. It stated
that the terrorists might be in uniform. The number plates of
two suspected trucks have also been mentioned. Police have started
checking on check-posts.
Sindh Police Chief Ghulam Haider Jamali said
that the leader of PAC Uzair Jan Baloch has not yet been produced
in court in Dubai, while rejecting reports that he would be
extradited to Pakistan within a day or two. "The Police team
and a Rangers official have submitted the documents in court
which include FIR against him and details of around 55 cases
pending in Pakistani courts against him," he said. He added,
"We are close to getting the custody of Uzair Baloch."
According to details, Uzair Baloch had fled
Pakistan soon after the launch of the Rangers operation in Karachi
in September 2013. The Sindh government had sent documents to
the federal authorities in May 2014, seeking the issuance of
red warrants against both Lyari gangsters Uzair Baloch and Baba
Ladla who were said to have fled to Iran, Oman, the UAE or South
Africa. The warrants were eventually issued against both Uzair
and Baba on June 11 and 12, 2014, respectively. In December
2014, the Interpol arrested him in Muscat and brought him to
Dubai. On February 5, 2015, the four-member law-enforcement
team left for Dubai after the Federal Ministry of interior ministry
directed the Provincial and Federal authorities to complete
the PAC leader's extradition within a week.
The Home and Tribal Affairs Department of Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa ordered all commissioners and DIG's to expel Afghan
clerics from the Province and submit a report over the implementation
within seven days. A Home Department source said that there
were 294 Afghan Peshimam (prayer leaders) in the Province and
their documentation had been sent to relevant commissioners
as part of the NAP. Currently, Pakistan hosts 1.6 million Afghan
refugees, whom the Government has issued the Proof of Registration
cards through the NADRA and thus, legalising their stay in the
country until December 2015. The number of unregistered Afghan
nationals is said to be between two and three million.
However, the HRW has spoken against the forceful
return of Afghanistan refugees from Pakistan, reminding the
government of their obligation to protect all Afghans in the
country, including those not registered as refugees.
Two persons were killed and two others were
injured in separate incidents of violence in Karachi, the provincial
capital of Sindh. Bashir (40), a resident of Manghopir was shot
dead by unidentified armed men near German School in Orangi
Town. Separately, the body of Umer Gul (35) was found dead near
Gulzar Masjid. The motive behind killing could not be ascertained.
In another incident, Dawood (25) and Zakir (28) of Ghulam Rasool
were shot and injured by unknown armed men near Sajjan Goth
in Baldia Town.
Police said that 30 kg of explosive material
was recovered in Ittehad Town. The Bomb Disposal Squad officials
told that 160 rods of 50 gram each were also attached with the
One prisoner was killed and another was injured
in an attempt to escape from Gilgit's District Jail. Police
said that the two inmates were involved in 2013 deadly attack
that killed 12 tourists at a mountain camp near Nanga Parbat.
The dead and injured inmates were identified as Bilal and Dilbar
respectively. Police launched an operation in search of two
inmates who managed to escape from the detention the facility.
Gilgit-Baltistan Home Secretary Sibtain Ahmed has offered cash
reward of PKR two million for arrest of the prisoners.
Pakistan's provision of safe havens to LeT will
continue to be a key irritant in relations with India, Director
of US National Intelligence James Clapper claimed in his testimony
on "World Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community"
while presenting the report in a hearing of the United States
Senate Armed Services Committee. Clapper said in 2015, the Pakistani
government will probably focus on diminishing the capabilities
of the TTP, which claimed the Peshawar's Army Public School
attack on a December 16, 2014.
On relations with Afghanistan, the testimony
said, "We judge that Pakistan will aim to establish positive
rapport with the new Afghan Government, but longstanding distrust
and unresolved disputes between the countries will prevent substantial
A jirga of Sipah tribe of Bara tehsil
in Khyber Agency of FATA handed over 15 wanted tribesmen to
political administration under the policy of the Government
to clear the area of militants and restore lasting peace there.
A similar number of wanted men out of the total 102 had surrendered
to the administration few days ago. So far, 30 wanted men have
surrendered to the administration. The Khasadar Force took the
surrendered men into their custody and shifted them to an unspecified
location for interrogation. The jirga was held at Khyber House.
Some participants of the jirga said that almost
all the 15 persons, who offered voluntary arrest, were innocent
and had no association with either LI or any other militant
group. They said that the administration assured them of 'fair
treatment' of the arrested suspects during the interrogation
and said that they would be set free if charges against them
were not proved.
Two Shia men, identified as the employees of
Qatar Hospital, Saleem Akbar and Ali Haider Rizvi, were shot
dead at Ghausia Chowk in Orangi Town of provincial capital Karachi,
while they were returning home from their duties.
A leader of ASWJ and a Peshimam (prayer leader)
of a mosque, identified as Yaseen, was killed in a sectarian
attack at Safoora Chowk next to Johar Complex in Gulshan-e-Iqbal
The Shikarpur Police claimed to have arrested
two alleged terrorists, Ghulam Rasool and Khalil Ahmed Brohi,
who had given refuge to one of the suicide bombers who had blown
himself up at a mosque in an Imambargah (Shia place of commemoration)
of Shikarpur District on January 30, 2015. The police also claimed
that the two suspects had also planned to attack a protest rally
taken out against the mosque bombing incident in Shikarpur.
The SSP of Shikarpur, Saqib Ismail Memon, said that Police also
recovered a suicide jacket, explosive material and other things
from their possession. He said that the suspects belonged to
Dera Murad Jamali area of Naseerabad District in Balochistan
and were affiliated with a banned religious organization.
A Shia man, identified as Qaisar Hussain, who
was working at a pharmaceutical unit in Hayatabad Industrial
Estate was shot dead in a targeted sectarian attack in Hayatabad
area of Provincial capital Peshawar. A Police official said
that Hussain hailed from Asterzai in Kohat District but was
residing in Musharraf Labour Colony.
Police foiled separate attempts to smuggle weapons
and recovered small arms from two vehicles in Chamkani and Mattani
area of Peshawar. Officers tried to intercept a car on the service
road near the motorway but the driver sped away, after which
police chased it and found the vehicle abandoned by the roadside.
One hundred and fifty repeaters and 12 rifles were found hidden
inside the car. Police said the fire arms were being smuggled
According to Intelligence sources, of the total
294 Afghan prayer leaders, who are to be expelled from all over
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa within a week, up to 153 alone have been
identified in Peshawar. Intelligence agencies identified the
Afghan prayer leaders last month. Their names have been sent
to the commissioners and RPOs concerned to expel them within
a week. The report also identified those who have acquired Pakistani
According to the list, 16 Afghan prayer leaders
have been identified in Peshawar city, 40 each in town and rural,
31 in cantonment and 26 on Warsak Road. The areas that were
reported clear in the provincial capital included Civil Secretariat,
University campus and Hayatabad, where not a single Afghan prayer
leader is staying. Among the other Districts, 17 were identified
in Charsadda city and 32 in Shabqadar town of the Charsadda
District. There were 46 prayer leaders identified in Mardan,
13 in Swabi and five in Nowshera, who are non-locals. Besides,
there were eight Afghan prayer leaders identified in Lower Dir
two in Malakand district, one in Abbottabad, two in Mansehra,
nine in Kohat, two in Hangu and four in Bannu.
Some 53 suspects, among them 43 Afghan nationals,
were arrested during a search operation carried out jointly
by Police and Frontier Corps personnel in Killi Kheezi and Darwashabad
areas of Quetta. Official sources said the FC and Police personnel
raided various places on the outskirts of Quetta and rounded
up 53 suspects. Afghan nationals were living without legal documents,
The BDS defused two bombs planted near a girls'
college in Yakatoot area of Peshawar, the provincial capital
of KP. A Bomb Disposal Squad official said the bombs weighed
two kilograms each.
BDU defused a one-kg bomb concealed in cloth
in Ganda Nallah of Yakatoot area.
Three terrorists were arrested after exchange
of fire with Police in Badhaber area of Peshawar. Arms and hand
grenades were seized from their possession. SSP Operations Mian
Saeed said that Police launched search operation in Badhaber
area. During action, the terrorists taking shelter in the area
started firing at Police and tried to flee. Police after a brief
exchange of fire arrested all three terrorists, stated to be
affiliated with a defunct organisation.
Two TTP militants were arrested in a search
operation in Kohat town of same District.
The FC recovered and diffused a 7- kg bomb installed
near a gas pipeline in Peer Sehwari area of Dera Bugti District.
According to the FC officials, SFs patrolling the area recovered
bomb planted near an 8-inch gas pipeline and foiled a terror
SFs arrested a key Jundullah militant, Abdul
Salam Regi, from Lak Pass area of Quetta, the provincial capital
of Balochistan, on the morning. Security sources said Regi was
planning to launch suicide attacks in Balochistan and Iran.
Two Afghan Police personnel were killed in a
militant attack in Chaman area of Qilla Abdullah District in
Balochistan. A senior administration officer in Chaman, who
declined to be named, said that six militants on three motorcycles
opened fire at the vehicle of Afghan Policemen in Chaman's Bypass
area. The assailants sped away on their motorcycles after the
strike. The Afghan cops, who belonged to Helmand province of
Afghanistan, were en route to Quetta for medical treatment when
the attack took place.
Two militants were killed during an exchange
of fire with SFs in the Lehri tehsil near Sibi town
of Same District. According to a FC spokesman, militants opened
fire at the patrolling party of SFs, wounding four personnel.
SFs resorted to retaliatory firing in which two militants were
killed. Weapons were recovered from the possession of militants.
Unidentified militants blew up two gas pipelines
in Pir Koh and Loti area of Dera Bugti District. Explosives
placed under a pipeline supplying gas to a purification plant
from well number 10 of Pir Koh gas field were detonated by remote
control. A separate pipeline supplying gas to the Loti purification
plant from well No 12 was also blown up by saboteurs.
The wall of a government-run girls' school and
two vehicles were damaged in a bomb blast at Gul Mohammad Kalmati
Goth near Murtaza Chowrangi area of Karachi, the provincial
capital of Sindh. Sources said that an explosive device weighing
about half a kg was placed near the boundary wall of the School.
Two cars parked near the school-building were also damaged when
the device containing ball bearings exploded. The school was
closed for the weekly holiday. No one was injured.
The KP Police, during the ongoing search and
strike operation throughout the province, arrested 257 suspects.
Police also recovered 58 weapons of different kind. During snap
checking on 134 checkpoints, 200 suspects were held while a
total of 46 unregistered Afghan nationals were also detained
and 20 cases registered against them. Security inspections of
788 educational institutions were also carried out and various
institutions were advised to beef up security arrangements further.
Police in the Federal Capital Islamabad foiled
a terrorist attack that aimed to the strike Pakistan Day parade
on 23 March. Police sources said that two suspected terrorists
were arrested during recent raids and confessed to planning
an attack. The terrorists were arrested from Ghouri Town in
connection with the attack on the Qasar-e-Sakina Imambargah
which occurred on February 19. Sources said the arrested terrorists
confessed to planning an attack during their interrogation.
A large cache of weapons was also seized from their possession.
Prime Minister's Adviser on Foreign Affairs
and National Security Sartaj Aziz said that the normalisation
of Indo-Pakistan relations is urgently needed to reduce tension
on the LoC. "It is premature to predict the outcome of foreign
secretary level talks between Pakistan and India scheduled for
next week but chances of a decision to resume a composite dialogue
are likely either in the upcoming or the follow-up meetings,"
Mr Aziz said. Mr Aziz said all outstanding issues, including
the Kashmir dispute, had been part of agenda for talks with
About the recent eight per cent increase in
India's defence allocation, the PM's adviser said Pakistan had
never been involved in arms race. However, he said, Pakistan
would never compromise on availability of conventional weapons
for its armed forces. Answering a question that foreign policy
was being controlled by the army chief, the PM's adviser said:
"Harmony between political and military leadership is essential
for national security which is an integral part of country's
foreign policy. It is not possible to implement the priorities
on security issues without coordination with the armed forces."
Mr Aziz said the time of blame game between Afghanistan and
Pakistan was over.
At least six criminals were injured during a
clash between Lyari-based gangsters associated with Sheraz Comrade
group and the Jabbar Jhengu group at Aath Chowk in Lyari Town
of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.
| March 2
A child, identified as Rasheeda
(2), was killed and seven others were injured in a hand grenade
attack on Mirza Adamkhail Road in Lyari Town of Karachi, the
provincial capital of Sindh.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
during a meeting with Ambassador of Afghanistan to Pakistan
Janan Mosazai in Islaambad said that relations with Afghanistan
had undergone qualitative transformation since the Government
took over in 2014. He said Pakistan hopes that the process of
peace talks within Afghanistan would speed up and reach a successful
conclusion soon. He expressed satisfaction over the increased
security cooperation between the two countries and said the
recent visit of CoAS General Raheel Sharif proved quite helpful
in streamlining important matters. He was also pleased over
the first meeting of the Pakistan-Afghanistan Joint Business
Council that would be taking place in the next few weeks to
attract international investors to both countries.
PM Nawaz approved of the appointment
of a focal person for following up implementation on the decisions
taken during inter-ministerial meetings with Afghanistan on
daily basis. A similar focal person would be appointed from
the Afghan side as well, a PM Office statement said.
Pakistan has deported around
2,000 unregistered Afghans after the attack on Army Public School
in Peshawar on December 16, 2014, said an unnamed security official.
According to the sources, “Pakistani authorities have clearly
conveyed to the Afghan Government that around three million
refugees are posing grave security risk and it is now working
to send back non-registered Afghan refugees at the earliest
to minimise these risks.” These sources said that after the
approval of the NAP the Provincial Governments have been directed
to arrest illegal Afghans and deport them immediately.
“It has been clearly conveyed
to Afghan authorities that around all the three million refugees
will be repatriated by December 2015, and meanwhile no action
will be taken against the registered refugees,” the sources
said, adding, “it has also been conveyed that action is only
being taken against those Afghan refugees who have not got themselves
registered properly.” The sources said that Intelligence Agencies
have proof which was handed over to the Afghan authorities that
there are unregistered Afghans who are involved in terrorist
activities and crimes, creating law and order problems in Pakistan
which cannot be tolerated anymore.
The UAE Department of Justice
issued three objections regarding the extradition of PAC leader
Uzair Jan Baloch to Pakistan. The Pakistan Embassy is currently
working on efforts to resolve the objections and progress with
the process of extradition as soon as possible. Baloch will
be presented in Dubai prosecution on March 5, 2015.
Pakistani officials were optimistic
that they would get custody of Baloch following a local court
decision, however, no decision was reached. Following the hearing,
Baloch was taken back to prison under high security. Uzair Baloch
was presented before the court under security of UAE Special
Forces. The defendant has secured one of UAE’s top lawyers to
argue his case and has reportedly paid AED 500,000 in fees.
A report compiled by the KP
Provincial Government, titled 'District-wise details of Madaris',
revealed that 145 madrassas in the Province fall in the 'highly
sensitive' category. It states that of the 3,010 seminaries
in the terror-hit province, 26 per cent are unregistered. It
also reveals that in the KP region, 57 per cent of the Category
B (highly sensitive) madrassas are in Tank District, which has
a total of 123 madrassas.
KP Information Minister Mushtaq
Ahmed Ghani said the Government will not tolerate unregistered
madrassas in the Province. Speaking of which, Ghani said that
KP Home Department has already been notified to take action
against such unregistered seminaries. The Provincial Information
Minister further informed that only those foreigner students,
whether Afghan or other nationals, will be allowed to study
who possess proper legal documents. “Action will be taken against
illegal foreign students,” he asserted.
The FATA FDMA decided to tentatively
send back families of the IDPs from 29 villages of NWA and Bara
tehsil of Khyber Agency by the end of this month. However,
officials associated with the repatriation program are still
skeptical about the dates announced. Moreover, the UN, one of
the main stakeholders, has not yet been given permission by
the UN Department of Safety and Security and has sought more
time to seek a NoC from its headquarters in New York, as North
Waziristan remains a “no-go area” for its staff.
The FDMA DG briefed officials
about the situation in North Waziristan and March 31, 2015,
was decided as a tentative date to send back people from 29
villages of Mir Ali subdivision of the Agency. Around 12,000
to 13,000 registered families from these villages will be sent
back in Phase 1 of the repatriation process from an embarkation
point set up at Mirzail check post in FR Bannu.
An unnamed senior official said,
“The task seems to be a tough one, based mostly on wishes and
prayers,” said the official, adding there will be difficulties
during the process, mostly security-related. “There is a plan,
but the situation is not entirely feasible for its implementation.”
According to the official, the FDMA will provide transport grants
of PKR 10,000 to each family through mobile SIMs as well as
repatriation cash grant of PKR 25,000 through ATM cards. Moreover,
UNICEF will hand out hygiene kits among the returning families
and the World Food Program will provide six months of ration.
However, what remains a major concern for the returning families
is the destroyed infrastructure.
| March 3
Unidentified militants opened
indiscriminate fire at the DPO Sherani Muhammad Shakir's vehicle
in Spira Ragha area of Loralai District, killing three Policemen
and injuring the DPO. No outfit claimed responsibility for the
SF conducted a search operation
and arrested eight suspected militants from Uch area of Naseerabad
District. The SFs recovered arms and ammunition from their possession.
The spokesman for FC said that the militants were involved in
attacks on SFs and vital national installations in the area.
FC conducted a search operation
and arrested four suspects from Mughtian area of Pishin District.
SFs recovered four Kalashnikov’s from their possession.
SFs foiled a terror bid by defusing
a landmine in Kohlu District.
Three dead bodies of suspected
persons were found dumped on the road that linked Gulshan-e-Hadeed
with the Superhighway in the Dhair Sharif area near Quaid-i-Azam
Public School in Memon Goth area of Gadap Town in Karachi, the
provincial capital of Sindh. Memon Goth SHO Jan Mohammed Ahmdani
said, “Sporting long beards, the men looked like Pakhtuns or
Afghans.” “The killing appeared to be very recent as fresh blood
stains were found there,” said Sub-Inspector Wazir Ali Channa.
Security Forces arrested four
TTP militants, including 'commander' Lal Sher, during a raid
in the Chapri Naryab area of Hangu District. Weapons and bombs
were also recovered from their hideout.
The Police arrested 46 suspects
and seized weapons during search operation in Manglawar area
in Swat District.
The US CENTCOM Chief General
Lloyd Austin while testifying before the Congress’ House Armed
Services Committee on US CENTCOM’s posture said that tensions
between the two nuclear-tipped neighbours, India and Pakistan,
affects regional stability and directly impacts Pakistan’s strategy
in Afghanistan. General Austin said that “Tension between Pakistan
and India also continue to threaten regional stability and largely
drives Pakistan’s regional strategy, especially as it relates
to Afghanistan,” adding, “Our desired end-state is a stable
sub-region characterised by a low risk of conventional or nuclear
war, with regional states committed to non-interference with
respect to their neighbors’ internal affairs, the denial of
sanctuary for Violent Extremist Organistaions (VEOs), and the
non-proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).”
He said that they had made substantial
progress in efforts to strengthen cooperation with Pakistan
over the past year. “The US-Pakistan military-to-military relationship
continues to improve. Key contributing factors are our Foreign
Military Financing (FMF), international military education and
training, and the Coalition Support Fund.” “We also prioritised
our security cooperation at the Defense Consultative Group Conference
with the goal to help Pakistan to build additional capacity
in support of their counter-insurgency and CT operations and
other common objectives.”
Further, he said that while
militants were present in the border areas, Pakistan had been
taking action against them. “Violent extremist organisations,
to include the remnants of core al Qaeda, continue to operate
in Pakistan’s FATA and, to a lesser extent, parts of eastern
Afghanistan.” He added that these groups threaten regional stability,
plan attacks against the US and partner interests, and pursue
WMD with Taliban insurgency continuing to present a credible
threat to the Afghan Government.
“We are encouraged by (Pakistan)
leaderships’ commitment to counter-insurgency operations in
the FATA and openness to improve relations with Afghanistan,”
he said, adding, “The Pakistani military’s recent operations
to clear militant strongholds in North Waziristan and other
FATA regions and to prevent the militants’ return have achieved
near-term successes. However, Pakistan will likely continue
to face the threat of VEOs for the foreseeable future.”
During a roundtable organised
by the Christian Science Monitor in Washington, Pakistan’s Ambassador
to the US Jalil Abbas Jilani said that a formal announcement
on outlawing the Haqqani Network it still under consideration.
“These are the kind of issues that are in the works, I would
say,” Jilani said, when asked on a timeline for a formal announcement
on the subject. Earlier in January 2015 Pakistani officials
had said that Islamabad had decided to outlaw the militant group
and that a formal announcement would come “within weeks."
Jilani told reporters that as
US troops were withdrawn from Afghanistan’s eastern border,
they had seen increased militant activity, adding that a slower
drawdown “would be viewed very positively in Pakistan.” He
added that Pakistan has had to depute more soldiers on its Western
border, boosting numbers from 145,000 to nearly 177,000 in a
bid to control cross-border militancy. This has meant fewer
troops were available for carrying out an offensive in North
Waziristan Agency of FATA.
Former Federal Minister Lieutenant
General (retired) Abdul Majeed Malik has disclosed in his book
Ham Bhi Wahan Mojod Thay (I was also present there) that former
President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf kept former Army
Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani in the dark while carrying
out the Kargil Operation in 1999.
He has written that at the time
of Kargil Operation, General Kayani was heading 12 Division
that was responsible to guard Kashmir. However, General Musharraf
did not keep Kayani in the loop, who later opposed the operation.
He said Musharraf was entirely responsible for the operation
and he did not even brief the then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
about his plans. He has disclosed that General Musharraf called
his Chief of General Staff from China to seek details of the
briefing given to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Kargil Operation
– a briefing that was tapped by Indian intelligence agencies.
It was a grave breach of security to discuss such a sensitive
issue on telephone call, Malik wrote.
Pakistan’s military leadership
reviewed prevalent internal and external security situation
of the country including progress of ongoing operation Zarb-e-Azb
at the 180th Corps Commanders' Conference, held at General Headquarters
in Rawalpindi and chaired by CoAS General Raheel Sharif. The
meeting dwelt at length on various professional matters. The
participants also under took a comprehensive review of operational
preparedness besides prevalent internal and external security
situation of the country including progress of ongoing operation
Pakistan and India agreed to
end the tension on the LoC and Working Boundary and narrow down
the differences in “a spirit of friendship and cooperation”.
Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar called on Prime
Minister Nawaz Sharif, Adviser to PM on National Security and
Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Special Assistant to PM on Foreign
Affairs Tariq Fatemi after one-on-one and delegation-level talks
with his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry. This was
the first interaction between the two sides after 2012. The
Indian foreign secretary handed over a letter from Indian Prime
Minister Narendra Modi to Nawaz Sharif. Nawaz welcomed the meeting
between the two foreign secretaries in Islamabad and hoped that
the process would continue. He underlined the importance of
enhanced cooperation among the SAARC member states.
Pakistan said when both the
countries were ready, future meetings could be planned by remaining
in contact. Bilateral and regional issues, including those of
common concern like Jammu and Kashmir, Sir Creek, Siachen Glacier,
water issues, tension at the LoC and Working Boundary and terrorism,
found place in the discussions held at the Foreign Office. “Both
sides raised concerns and this visit is an ice-breaking development,”
commented the spokesperson at the Foreign Office. Jaishankar
said that the talks were held in a constructive and positive
atmosphere, where he reiterated India’s concerns on cross border
terrorism, including on the Mumbai case and emphasised that
ensuring peace and tranquility on the border was vital.
PM Nawaz Sharif said that it
was important to establish good neighbourly and cooperative
relations between India and Pakistan. Nawaz said this was consistent
with his vision of a peaceful neighbourhood in South Asia. He
expressed confidence that the talks between the foreign secretaries
of the two countries would result in charting the way forward
in their bilateral relations. The PM said both the countries
needed to open a new chapter in their relationship by working
towards resolving their outstanding issues through dialogue,
said a press release issued by the PM Office.
| March 4
Two persons, including the General
Secretary of ASWJ, identified as Dr Muhammad Fayaz, and his
driver, were killed when unidentified militants opened fire
at his vehicle near Paracha Chowk in Sher Shah locality of Karachi,
the provincial capital of Sindh.
A senior Shia lawyer, who was
also a counsel for several activists of the MQM, identified
as Advocate Ali Hasnain Bukhari, was shot dead by two unidentified
militants in Korangi Town. A MQM spokesperson said that Bukhari
was a party worker and added that the killing was the fourth
incident of its kind during the past week. The MQM Rabita Committee
condemned the incident and said in a statement that the killing
of party workers had become routine.
Lyari Town traders protested
outside the Sindh Assembly against the deteriorating law and
order situation in their neighbourhood, including extortion
and threats from Lyari gangsters. Major markets and bazaars
in the area remained shut as traders and residents held the
protest. Shopkeepers from Jhat Pat Market, Gharib Shah Market,
Chakiwara Market, Kumbharwara, Green Timber Market and goods
transporters shut their business for the day to demonstrate
against extortion and threats.
A gas pipeline was blown up
in Zainkoh area of Loti in Dera Bugti District. According to
Levies sources, an explosive device was detonated under the
pipeline, suspending gas supply to a purification plant from
well No-7. “A several feet long portion of the 18-inch diameter
pipeline was destroyed,” the sources said.
The KP Police, during the ongoing
search and strike operation throughout the province, arrested
425 suspects. According to a press release, during snap checking
at 129 checkpoints, 314 suspects were held and 17 arms of different
kind and 209 cartridges of different bore were also recovered.
During action against unregistered Afghans, a total of 38 people
were detained and 31 cases registered against them. Similarly,
hate martial was also seized and one case registered against
A Pakistani national, identified
as Abid Naseer (28), was convicted on US charges of conspiring
with al Qaeda to bomb targets in Europe and the US. Naseer was
found guilty by a Federal Jury in Brooklyn for providing material
support to al Qaeda and conspiring to use a destructive device.
Naseer remained expressionless as the jury returned the verdict
after less than two days of deliberations. He faces life in
US prosecutors said Naseer led
an al Qaeda cell plotting to bomb a shopping center in Manchester,
England, in April 2009. The proposed attack was one of three
plots affiliated al Qaeda cells were working on, along with
attacks against the New York City subway system and a Copenhagen
newspaper, prosecutors said.
Naseer was convicted nearly
six years after he was first arrested in a British anti-terrorism
operation. While British authorities never charged Naseer, he
was later indicted in the US and extradited in 2013. Naseer
represented himself at trial. Representing himself in the trial,
Naseer, a self-described semi-professional cricket player, denied
any affiliation with al Qaeda or any plot. His court-appointed
legal adviser said he would appeal.
Prosecutors said Naseer, who
wrote in coded emails, using women’s names for bomb ingredients
and describing the attack as a wedding. Prosecutors used never-before
publicised documents seized from the 2011 raid in Pakistan that
killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden as part of their case
against Naseer and testimony from British MI5 officers who conducted
surveillance on him.
Security around the University
of Engineering and Technology (UET) in provincial capital Lahore
was put on high alert by Police after the University received
a threatening letter from the militant group Islamic State (IS
or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS). The letter threatened
to attack the University with a suicide attack or a series of
bombings, according to a Police Officer. UET public relations
officer Dr Tanvir Qasim confirmed the letter had been received
via posted mail from an unidentified source. However, he said
the contents of the letter were unknown to him. UET sources
claim the letter was received on March 4 from unknown sources
claiming to be from IS, threatening to attack hotels and the
university campus after which security within the UET campus
was put on high alert.
Deputy Inspector General (DIG)
Lahore Dr Haider Ashraf said security around the university
has been increased with increased patrolling and checkpoints.
However, he added that the letter could be a hoax, but this
can only be ascertained after an investigation. Ashraf said
till then, the threat would be taken seriously.
Four militants who escaped in
the Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) jailbreak on February 26, 2015, had
brainwashed prison officials into helping them successfully
escape, BBC Urdu that spoke with the investigation team said.
During the jailbreak, one prisoner was shot dead while another
was injured, whereas two managed to escape successfully.
Following the incident, authorities
rounded up three head wardens, five wardens, one FC official,
one Police Official and a dispensary in-charge. A member of
the G-B jailbreak investigation team said that the prisoners
had developed close ties with jail officials posted outside
their barracks. They told them their reasons for taking arms
against institutions and individuals who opposed their ideological
The officer said that the investigation
also showed that the prisoner’s aides were also in contact with
jail officials and “took care of their needs.” It was also learnt
that jail officials who were taken into custody were on duty
outside the prisoners’ barracks continuously for the past three
months. It was therefore established that security arrangements
were deliberately kept lax at the jail premises so that the
prisoners could escape easily.
The investigators said on March
1 that it was the fear of being sentenced to death by a military
court that spurred the four militants to risk a jailbreak. In
his statement to the police, an injured Dilbar, who was among
those attempting to escape from Gilgit District Jail, said he
and his accomplices were certain of a death sentence. “This
forced them to risk their lives,” said one of the unnamed investigators.
| March 5
Foreign Office Spokesperson
Tasneem Aslam said in Islamabad that the terrorism is a menace
that any country alone cannot fight and required cooperation
of all countries. The Spokesperson said menace of terrorism
is a problem that affects everyone, particularly this region.
She said Pakistan has suffered the most and it has done more
than any other country to counter terrorism and we expect similar
role from other countries. She said there are reports and also
investigations about the number of incidents took place in India.
She also added that it is not a good approach to immediately
blame others, on terrorism incidents. First investigations
should be conducted.
| March 6
Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz
Bugti while addressing a press conference at Frontier Corps
Madadgar Centre at Khoila Pathak said that SF foiled a bid to
sabotage the Pakistan Day celebrations and arrested three suspects,
recovering a huge cache of arms from their custody from Hazar
Ganji area of Provincial capital Quetta and from Chaman area
of Qilla Abdullah District. The Balochistan Home Minister said
that following a tip-off the forces launched a search operation
in the said areas and recovered the arms and explosive material.
“We arrested three militants from Chaman, possibly having links
with TTP, and some from Hazar Ganji area of the provincial capital,
having links with the banned religious and nationalist organisations,”
Bugti said militants are working
for other countries and involved in the killing of innocent
people. He said they were planning to execute an attack on March
23, 2015, but the SFs arrested them after successful operations.
Many militants, he claimed, have moved to the tribal areas of
Balochistan, especially the Pashtun belt after the operation
Zarb-e-Azab against militants’ hideouts in North Waziristan,
adding that however there would not be any place for them to
According to a statement issued
by the ISPR, one TTP militant, identified as Sargana Rasool
Khan, was arrested in an information-based operation (IBO) carried
out by SFs near Sarai Naurang in Bannu District. The ISPR statement
added that Rasool Khan was involved in terrorist activities
across the Province and the FATA. The SFs also recovered three
fake passports, 100 CNICs and a cache of arms from his possession.
The US State Department Spokesperson
Marie Harf said that US was encouraged by Indian Foreign Secretary
Subrahmanyam Jaishankar’s visit to Pakistan on March 3, 2015,
in a sign of thawing relations between the Islamabad and New
Delhi. She said that the US welcomed the visit. “We certainly
were encouraged that they (India and Pakistan) decided to resume
dialogue,” Harf stated, adding, “Both India and Pakistan stand
to benefit from practical cooperation and an improved relationship.”
She added that better ties would be “good for regional peace
and stability in South Asia” “In general, obviously, we (US)
think cooperation is a good thing.”
The team of four law enforcers
who have been in Dubai for the past one month for the extradition
of PAC leader Uzair Jan Baloch might have to return quickly
as their visas are about to expire, AIG Ghulam Qadir Thebo said.
The team, led by SSP Naveed Khwaja, left for Dubai on February
5, 2015, after the Federal Ministry for Interior directed the
Federal and Provincial authorities to conclude Uzair Baloch’s
case within a week.
So far, the leader of the proscribed
group has not appeared before a judge in Dubai, though the authorities
sounded positive that the four-member team of law enforcers
could “very soon” get his custody from the UAE court. “We have
done everything on our part. And at the moment we fear that
the Police team’s visa might expire soon that might delay the
process,” the Karachi Police Chief said, adding that they were
“well equipped” to deal with the PAC leader’s case in Dubai
as they had submitted all the evidence and case details to the
authorities and were awaiting his appearance in the court and
The DIG Sanaullah Abbasi while
speaking to journalists at the CPLC office in Hyderabad District
of Sindh said that extrajudicial killings and other actions
cannot be justified officially but society has come to accept
this ‘modus operandi’ of Police to eradicate crimes and make
streets safer. “It is not necessary for an encounter to be seen
as genuine only if a Policeman loses his life in it. You can
see Police have restored peace and order in the city (through
this modus operandi)…,” he said.
Asked if ‘half fry and full
fry formula’ used by policemen to refer to a particular treatment
meted out to arrested suspects in proportion to severity of
their crimes, did not amount to extrajudicial actions, the DIG
said he could confidently say that society had come to accept
the ‘formula’. The terms ‘half fry’ and ‘full fry’ are commonly
used by police to mean if officers are convinced the arrested
suspects are involved in crimes they will be shot in the leg
to render them disabled before sending them to jail. It had
gained notoriety during the tenure of SSP Farid Jan Sarhandi.
SSP Irfan Baloch who was also
present at the briefing said that over the past three months,
73 suspects were arrested after they fell injured in encounters
with Police. “Remember, none of them [suspects] can obtain bail.
We have made a strong case to ensure they were denied any chance
of getting bail,” he said.
The Government of Pakistan lifted
an unannounced ban on executions in all cases other than terrorism
since that has already been implemented in the aftermath of
December 16, 2014, Peshawar school attack. The Federal Government
has informed PoK, Gilgit-Baltistan and all four Provincial Governments
in this regard. According to the order by the Federal Ministry
of Interior, over 1,000 convicts would be hanged across the
| March 7
Two TTP militants were killed
in a Police encounter in the area behind the new Sabzimandi
off the Superhighway in Sohrab Goth locality of Gadap Town.
Malir SSP Rao Anwar identified one of the deceased TTP militants
as Shahzad Ali. He had been arrested in Charsadda District of
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in murder and other cases and sent to the
Dera Ismail Khan prison from where he had escaped along with
174 other inmates during July 30, 2013 jail break. The Police
claimed to have recovered two pistols from their possession.
The Chief of Pakistan Army staff
General Raheel Sharif visited the Corps Headquarters in Peshawar
where he was briefed on progress made in the ongoing Zarb-i-Azb
and Khyber-1 operations. The Army Chief was also briefed on
the security situation in KP and FATA.
| March 8
Three TTP militants were shot
dead and one Policeman was injured in retaliatory firing in
Manghopir area of Gadap Town in Karachi, the provincial capital
of Sindh. According to details, Police party on its routine
patrol on Ijtimahgah road near Medina restaurant came under
attack by suspected militants. ASI Imran got wounded in the
attack, said Manghopir Police Station SHO Ghulam Hussain Korai.
The police returned fire and killed three militants, while their
three accomplices escaped. The Police claimed to have seized
a Kalashnikov and two pistols from their possession.
Three Lyari-based gangsters,
identified as Abdul Rehman, alias Lamba, alias Goinda Alishan,
alias Shan and Subhan, alias Grenade, were killed during a targeted
raid conducted by Police on a suspected hideout of gangsters
in Jatoi Para in Baghdadi area of Lyari Town. “They were involved
in 30 cases of killing, extortion and kidnapping,” said City
SSP Fida Hussain. The dead belonged to the gang of Kamran, alias
The paramilitary force killed
two alleged abductors, identified as Ziarat Gul and Amir, during
an intelligence-based targeted raid in Mussarat Colony of Liaquatabad
Town. The raid was conducted on information about the presence
of suspects allegedly involved in short-term kidnapping-for-ransom
At least 200 suspected persons,
including 40 Afghan nationals, were arrested in search and strike
operation in the Kohat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The sources
said the Police and other law-enforcement agencies launched
door-to-door search operation in Jangalkhel, Oblan, Cantonment,
Ghamkol, Refugees Camp and Rawalpindi Road. Arms, including
two hand-grenades, eight pistols, 12 guns and hundreds of cartridges,
were seized from them.
The FC Balochistan detained
three suspected militants and recovered weapons from their possession
during a search operation in parts of Dera Bugti District.
Adviser to the Prime Minister
on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz while addressing
the 6th Think Tanks Forum of Islamic Countries in Islamabad
said that all the issues between India and Pakistan need a comprehensive
dialogue process, as there is a lack of trust between the two
countries. The Adviser said Pakistan wants to resolve all the
issues, including Jammu and Kashmir, Siachin, Sir Creek and
other disputes with India through dialogue process.
He further stated that the Pakistan
Government and the Army are on the same page on ties with China,
India and Afghanistan, adds The News. He said the Muslim Ummah
(community) needs to join hands to face the challenges of extremism
and terrorism with a view to improve the perception of Islam
and to settle political disputes.
The FDMA began registering about
3,000 displaced families to be sent back to parts of South Waziristan
Agency. The authority’s coordinator, Omar Mehsud, said the return
journeys of the families would begin on March 16 after completion
of the registration process. A facilitation desk has been set
up in the office of the political agent in Tank where those
wishing to return are being registered. He said the registration
process would continue for three days and families hailing from
Sarwakai and Sararogha tehsils, adjacent to Frontier Region
Tank, would be sent back to their homes.
The authority in collaboration
with political administration has identified six villages in
Sarwakai and 10 villages in Sararogha where these 3,000 families
of Mehsud tribe would be rehabilitated. Around 70,000 families
of Mehsud tribe were forced to leave their homes when Security
Forces launched Operation Rah-e-Nijat against the TTP
in June, 2009. However, a large part of the region dominated
by the Mehsud tribe is still considered as a conflict zone,
which is delaying the return of IDPs to those areas. Displaced
families have been residing in Dera Ismail Khan and Tank Districts
of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa but a large number of them have also moved
to Karachi and Hyderabad.
The Police arrested three Afghan
nationals for extortion in Abbottabad town of same District
in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and recovered the money they had taken
from a local trader. Ejaz Ahmed, in-charge of Counterterrorism
Department of Abbottabad Police, said that Haji Sultan, a businessman,
informed Mir Pur police that he had been receiving telephone
calls from unknown miscreants demanding PKR 10 million as extortion
from him. The official said the Police in a raid on a restaurant
on Mansehra road arrested three Afghans identified as Shafiullah,
Ibrahim and Amanullah presently residing in Afghan refugee camp
in Haripur. PKR 300,000 extortion money and three pistols were
recovered from them.
Iran announced it will send
a delegation to Pakistan to seek the extradition of Jaish al-Nasr
'commander' Abdo-Sattar Rigi, who Tehran claims was arrested
by Pakistani Security Forces last week. However, the officials
in Islamabad said that it was Jaish al-Adl head Abdul Salam
Rigi and not Abdo-Sattar who was arrested while travelling on
Taftan-Quetta highway in Balochistan. “So far, a delegation
has not been sent to Pakistan to pursue the case,” Iran’s Deputy
Interior Minister Hossein Zolfaqari said. “[But] we have asked
the Foreign Ministry to make the necessary arrangements,” he
said. “If the Pakistani Government agrees, a delegation will
be sent to pursue the case of Abdo-Sattar Rigi,” the Minister
Earlier on March 4, 2015, Iran’s
Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli announced Tehran was
carrying out legal procedures to extradite Abdo-Sattar. “Based
on laws, Pakistan should also cooperate with us in the extradition
[of Abdo-Sattar],” he said. The statement came after the chief
of the Interpol bureau in Iran, Brigadier General Massoud Rezvani,
announced that Abdo-Sattar Rigi had been arrested in Pakistan.
“Based on our information, he is [Abdolmalek] Rigi’s cousin,
and a red alert has been issued for him,” Rezvani said. But
officials in Islamabad said that the suspect arrested was Salam
Rigi, a cousin of Jundullah 'chief' Abdolmalek Rigi, confirming
reports circulated by Pakistan’s media. According to the reports,
Salam was arrested after security forces intercepted the bus
he was travelling in some 50 kilometers from Quetta. Iranian
officials, however, maintained that it was Abdo-Sattar Rigi
who was arrested. They claimed he was carrying Salam’s ID card
at the time.
| March 9
Four TTP militants, including
'chief' and deputy chief', were killed and three SFs were injured
during an encounter conducted by Police and Rangers in Sector
10 of Surjani Town in Gadap Town of provincial capital Karachi.
The injured included two Rangers personnel and one Police constable,
identified as Usman. Police claimed to have seized a suicide
jacket, two grenades and four pistols from their possession.
According to officials, Tariq Khan alias Chota Abid, said to
be the 'chief' of the TTP's Khan Sajna group in Karachi, was
killed along with his 'deputy chief' Rehmanuddin alias Lala,
Amjad Khan and Sardar Rab Khan.
An unidentified man shot dead
near Madina Hotel in Manghopir area of Gadap Town.
One Mousa (50) was shot at and
injured near Madina Bakri in Nai Abadi area of Baldia Town.
A man, identified as Abdullah
(40) was shot and injured near Mezail Chowk in Ittehad Town
of Baldia Town.
The IGP Ghulam Haider Jamali
while speaking to journalists at a reception hosted by Shikarpur
SSP Saqib Ismail Memon said that the Sindh Police and other
Law Enforcement Agencies were making joint efforts to curb terrorism
and other criminal activities including kidnapping for ransom
and extortion across the province in general and Karachi in
particular. He said action was being taken against all terrorists
and criminals without considering their political or religious
affiliation. He claimed that a remarkable reduction in heinous
crimes was noted after launching of operations in Shikarpur,
Karachi, Hyderabad, Jamshoro and other areas.
Sindh Police chief during a
press conference held in the office of the Sukkur DIG said that
the law and order situation in Karachi had registered a significant
improvement due to the Rangers-led operation, which would continued
until lasting peace was restored to that city.
Two Policemen, identified as
ASI Sultan Muhammad and constable Ejaz Ahmed, were killed by
unidentified militants while patrolling a neighourhood in Batao
area of Nushki District.
A woman, identified as Shahari
Sawali (70), was killed in IED explosion on main Oshab Road
in Turbat District. No outfit claimed responsibility for the
Diamer local Police arrested
31 Afghan nationals, including women and children, for staying
illegally in the District and sent them to Peshawar, the provincial
capital of KP. Diamer Superintendent of Police Rauf Qaiserani
said that the arrested Afghan nationals had been shifted to
a refugee camp in Peshawar. Earlier, Gilgit-Baltistan Government
had ordered all Afghan nationals living in Diamer District to
leave the region voluntarily, or they would be shifted to refugee
camps in KP.
He also said that Police accompanied
by Diamer Deputy Commissioner Usman Ahmad also conducted search
operation in Chilas District jail and recovered cell phones,
knives and other instruments from prisoners. He said that jail
officials had been directed to step up security at the jail.
The Islamabad High Court upheld
the death sentence of Malik Mumtaz Qadri, the killer of former
Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, and struck down terrorism charges.
Qadri was a bodyguard of Taseer and was convicted of shooting
him dead in Islamabad on January 4, 2011. Anti-Terrorism Court
handed down double death sentences for murder and terrorism
to Qadri in late 2011. He appealed the sentences, but IHC upheld
the murder sentence - though it struck down the sentence for
terrorism. Judges Noorul Haq Qureshi and Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui
dismissed the appeal over the murder charge. But they also set
aside Qadri’s conviction on terrorism charges, which means it
is highly unlikely he will be sent to the gallows any time soon.
Qadri’s lawyer Mian Nazeer said
they had not yet decided about appealing the Supreme Court,
but were pleased with the ruling on the terrorism charges. “We
have got relief by this decision. Charges against Qadri under
provision seven of Anti-Terrorism Act have been dropped,” Nazeer
Several religious parties staged
a demonstration outside the Karachi Press Club in support of
Malik Mumtaz Qadri, the killer of former Punjab Governor Salman
Taseer, whose death sentence was upheld by the Islamabad High
Court. Speaking to the protesters, ST leader Mohammed Shahid
Ghori said they would be compelled to take an extreme action
if the decree was implemented. He said that the support extended
by some lawyers to him showed that the killing of the former
Governor was correct. JUP leader Qazir Ahmed Noorani said that
those who had called Qadri a terrorist would be taken to task.
A senior Afghan lawmaker warned
President Ashraf Ghani about relying on Pakistan to help broker
peace talks with the Taliban, citing what he said was Islamabad’s
history of supporting the insurgents. “I am in support of peace
and stability in Afghanistan, but I don’t have much faith in
Pakistan’s honesty over peace talks,” said Speaker of the Upper
House of Parliament Fazil Hadi Muslimyar, adding, “President
Ashraf Ghani must have a guarantee from Pakistan that if the
Taliban enter into negotiations, Pakistan will not use other
militants as proxies [to fight against Afghanistan]."
A former National Security Adviser
in the last Government, Rangin Dadfar Spanta, said that he supported
the peace initiative, but also had concerns about Pakistan’s
role in the process. “Pakistan’s military and its intelligence
agency are the forces behind the Taliban, and that prevents
me from being hopeful,” Spanta said.
According to authorities, the
Islamic State (also known as Daish or Islamic State of Iraq
and Syria -ISIS/IS), has significant presence in Pakistan through
a website managed by terrorist group TTP. Amid confusion and
a struggle to remove a legal lacuna to deal with cyber crime-related
issues, relevant authorities have been reluctant to block the
terrorist groups’ propaganda website — which, according to security
analysts, is being used as a launching pad for expansion into
Pakistan by the Islamic State and al Qaeda.
At present, a cyber crime wing
in the FIA and a vigilance cell in the PTA exclusively deal
with such violations. However, officials in these wings are
not ready to block the website, citing judicial and administrative
hurdles. The website contains verses from the Holy Quran, jihadi
songs, statements in support of sectarianism and propaganda
material against the Security Forces. It also has pictures of
slain TTP 'chief' Hakimullah Mehsud and 'incumbent chief' Mullah
Referring to the controversy,
a senior official in the PTA, Abdul Samad, said that a NGO,
Bolo Bhi, which works for to protect rights of internet users,
took the authority to the Islamabad High Court, which restrained
the Inter-Ministerial Committee from functioning. The Committee
decides if a website should be accessed or blocked in Pakistan.
Bolo Bhi’s counsel Babar Sattar argued that the workings of
the Committee had been non-transparent and dubious. He maintained
that policy is not a law through which websites had been blocked.
State Minister for Information
Technology Anusha Rehman said that the cyber crimes bill 2015
(Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill) is being thoroughly reviewed
in order to make it consistent with the NAP. This is so that
it can cater to the growing needs of the drastically changing
and challenging scenario in the wake of an increase in terrorism
in the cyber space, said Rehman.
Islamic State (also known as
Daish or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria -ISIS/IS) supporters
have launched their own version of Facebook, named ‘Khelafabook’.
The homepage of the social networking site shows the map of
world with an IS logo over all continents. However, Khelafabook,
which resembles Facebook, is currently down. The message on
the site’s main page reads that the site has been temporarily
shut down to protect the identity and information of its members.
The site claimed that it is an independent organisation and
is not sponsored by the Islamic State. The purpose of launching
the website is to allow the group and its supporters to communicate
after numerous pro-IS accounts were suspended on social networking
sites, such as Twitter and Facebook, a message on the site read.
According to a study conducted
by the Brookings Institution, at least 46,000 Twitter accounts
are linked to supporters of the lS. The study found that even
though many accounts were suspended by the messaging platform,
the number remained high. “From September through December 2014,
the authors estimate that at least 46,000 Twitter accounts were
used by IS supporters, although not all of them were active
at the same time,” the report said.
In order to step up action against
hardcore criminals and militants, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police
have established three zones of the CTD with an immediate effect
to cover almost all areas of the province. The CTD was earlier
known as the DCT, which would only gather intelligence information
and pass it to the Districts and other units of Police force
for further action.
According to a Police Department
notification issued on March 8, the decision of establishment
of three zones was taken to harness the activities of CTD and
bring conformity in its action against outlaws in the province.
Each zone will be supervised by an officer of the rank of SSP/SP.
The zone-1, to be called northern zone, will consist of all
Districts of Hazara and Malakand regions, while central zone
(zone-II) will include the Peshawar and all Districts of Mardan
region. All Districts of Kohat, Bannu and Dera Ismail Khan regions
will be part of the Southern Zone i.e zone-III.
It was stated that now coordinated
efforts would be made against the militants, kidnappers, extortionists
and target killers hiding in the far-off areas of the province.
The statement added that the CTD personnel arrested 93 alleged
hardcore criminals, which included 49 terrorists, eight kidnappers,
29 extortionists and seven target killers in operations conducted
during the last fortnight in different parts of the province.
It said that the terrorists also included a commander of an
outlawed outfit involved in different bomb blast attacks. The
CTD also recovered a big cache of arms and ammunition from the
| March 10
Four TTP militants and a Policeman,
identified as Constable Said Muhammad, were killed, while six
Policemen, including a DSP, sustained injuries in an exchange
of fire that continued for more than three hours in Shewa village
of Razaar tehsil in Swabi District. The militants used
hand-grenades in the clash. Heavy gunfire was also reported
in the clash. Two of the militants were identified as Salman
and Bilal belonging to Shewa village while the identity of others
was being confirmed. The Government had already fixed PKR 2
million head-money over 'commander' Salman.
Unidentified militants hurled
a hand grenade at the residence of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Revenue
Minister Ali Amin Khan Gandapur in Cantonment Police area of
Dera Ismail Khan District. Gandapur belongs to the PTI. However,
no casualties were reported. No outfit claimed responsibility
for the attack.
The CTD, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,
officials said that they arrested two suspected militants, identified
as Subhanullah and Rafiullah, from Peshawar. The two were shifted
to an unknown place for an interrogation. He said that the militants
were involved in the attack on the office of a Government Department
at Torkham border and the other Rafiullah was the ringleader
of a kidnapper’s gang.
Judge Saleem Jan Khan of a local
ATC acquitted two suspected militants, Naeemullah Khan and Niaz
Mohammad, arrested by local Police for possessing explosives
and intending to carry out terrorist activities. He pronounced
the order observing that the prosecution didn’t prove charges
against Naeemullah Khan, a resident of Bajaur Agency of FATA
and Niaz Mohammad, a resident of Peshawar in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The prosecution alleged that
the accused were arrested by the police on November 6, 2014
in Achini area in the jurisdiction of Sarband Police Station,
Peshawar. It added that the Police recovered six hand grenades
during the body search of the two. An FIR was registered against
them by the CTD under Section 5 of Explosive Substance Act and
Section 7 of the ATA. Shabir Hussain Gigyani, lawyer for the
defence, said his clients were falsely implicated in the case
and that the two were taken into custody by an Intelligence
Agency few weeks before the registration of the case against
At least two Policemen, identified
as ASI Riyasat Ali and head constable Saeed, were shot dead
and another constable, identified as Jahangir, was injured when
unidentified armed assailants opened fire at their van stationed
near Rimpa Plaza on M.A Jinnah Road in Saddar Town of Karachi,
the provincial capital of Sindh. The attackers shot both the
victims in head using 9mm pistols, said Raja Umer Qatab, the
head of the Anti-Terrorism Cell of the CID.
Head constable Shakeel was killed
and another Mujahid was injured when unidentified militants
opened fire on them near Pakistan Chowk in Aram Bagh area of
Saddar Town. Officials said that initial investigation revealed
that the suspected attacker waited for the Policemen to arrive
before he opened fire on them. "From the initial investigation,
it appears that both incidents were carried out by the same
group," said DIG South Abdul Khaliq Sheikh.
Two persons, identified as Nasir
Baloch and Saddam Sudeer Baloch, died in Police custody under
mysterious circumstances in Turbat District. According to a
senior official the suspects were arrested on the night of March
9, 2015 form Sangani Sar area of the District. They had been
locked up inside the guard room, not the legal or authorized
detention place. Nasir Baloch hailed from Panjgur District while
Saddam Sudeer Baloch hailed from Turbat District.
Unidentified armed militants
opened fire at an unidentified Levies official in Maizai Addah
area of Quilla Abdullah District, killing him on the spot.
A Levies Constable, identified
as Amanullah, was shot dead by unidentified militants in Sanjavi
area of Ziarat District. The attackers managed to escape unhurt
from the spot. No outfit claimed responsibility for the two
A District And Sessions Court
in Islamabad issued a bailable arrest warrant for former President
General (retired) Pervez Musharraf in the 2007 murder case of
Lal Masjid cleric Ghazi Abdul Rasheed. Rejecting all four applications
of the suspect, Additional District and Sessions Judge Wajid
Ali Khan issued a warrant for him because he had failed to appear
in court for his hearing. Musharraf’s counsels have been trying
to avoid a court appearance citing ill health and security fears.
They had also challenged the court’s jurisdiction to hear the
matter, maintaining that the case was pending in the Supreme
Court and a hearing should not be conducted until the apex court’s
In the first application the
counsels had said the Additional District and Sessions Judge
had no jurisdiction to hear the case and it should be sent back
to the judicial magistrate. In the second plea they had requested
the Court to defer the case until the apex court’s verdict in
the Lal Masjid case. The third application stated that the court
could not summon Musharraf because the Police had placed his
name in the second column of the charge sheet submitted in the
court. In the final plea the legal team had maintained that
Musharraf could not appear before the court because of security
threats and ill health.
Issuing the warrant, the Court
directed the Police not to arrest Musharraf if he assured through
surety bonds that he would appear in court for the next hearing
to take place on April 2, 2015.
According to a new interactive
infographic unveiled by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
that was founded in 1945 by University of Chicago scientists,
Pakistan had about 120 atomic weapons, 10 more than India, in
its nuclear arsenal in 2014. The Nuclear Notebook Interactive
Infographic provides a visual representation of the Bulletin’s
famed Nuclear Notebook, which since 1987 has tracked the number
and type of the world’s nuclear arsenals. Having reached a peak
of over 65,000 in the late 1980s, the number of nuclear warheads
has dropped significantly to a little over 10,000, but more
countries now possess them, it shows.
According to the infographic,
the US and Russia both have about 5,000 weapons each. France
has 300, China possesses 250, the UK, 225 and Israel 80. North
Korea has only conducted nuclear tests in the years 2006, 2009
and 2013. “I don’t think people truly understand just how many
of these weapons there are in the world,” said Rachel Bronson,
Executive Director of the Bulletin.“The Interactive is a way
to see, immediately, who has nuclear weapons and when they got
them, and how those numbers relate to each other. It is a startling
experience, looking at those comparisons.”
Files recovered from slain al
Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad (KP) reveal
that the Prime Minister’s brother, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz
Sharif, sought to strike a peace deal with the TTP through al
Qaeda. The files were revealed in terror convict Abid Naseer’s
trial by a Brooklyn jury on March 4, 2015. One of the files
is a letter written by Atiyah Abd al-Rahman (Mahmud), who was
then the 'general manager' of al Qaeda, to Osama bin Laden (identified
as Sheikh Abu Abdallah) in July 2010. The letter reveals a complicated
nexus involving al Qaeda, TTP, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz
Sharif, and the ISI.
According to one letter from
Rahman, one of bin Laden’s top deputies, dated July 2010, Bin
Laden was informed that Shahbaz Sharif wanted to cut a deal
with the TTP, whose leadership was close to Bin Laden. The Government
“was ready to reestablish normal relations as long as [the Pakistani
Taliban] do not conduct operations in Punjab.” Attacks elsewhere
in Pakistan were apparently acceptable under the terms of the
Rahman’s letter stated that
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif initiated negotiations
with the militant group. In the letter, Rahman informed TTP
commanders Hakeemullah Mehsud and Qari Husayn that Shahbaz Sharif
“sent them a message indicating they [the government] wanted
to negotiate with them, and they were ready to reestablish normal
relations as long as they do no conduct operations in Punjab.”
Rahman clarified that the deal was limited to the “governmental
jurisdiction” of Punjab and did not include Islamabad. “The
government said they were ready to pay any price…and so on,”
the letter states.
According to a report, based
on information available from December 24, 2014 to March 8,
2015, presented to the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on March
10, the Government, since the launch of the NAP to rid the country
of extremism and terrorism, has so for executed 24 criminals,
while the Law Enforcement Agencies have arrested about 26,000
suspects on different charges across the country. The report
states that 14 people have been executed in Punjab, seven in
Sindh, one in KP and two in PoK.
The report states that the Security
Agencies conducted 24,844 combing operations all over the country.
Of these, 13,288 operations were conducted in Punjab, 4,252
in Sindh, 5,456 in KP, 66 in Balochistan, 393 in Islamabad,
1,252 in PoK, 54 in Gilgit-Baltistan and 83 in the FATA. The
report states that under the NAP, security agencies arrested
2,519 criminals from Punjab, 4,854 from Sindh 14,165 from KP,
3,427 from Balochistan, 728 from the Islamabad Capital Territory
and nine from PoK, 18 from GB and 176 from FATA and the remaining
from some other areas.
According to the data, around
6,408 Afghan refugees have been deported, including 4,887 from
KP, 798 from Balochistan, one from Islamabad, two from GB and
720 from FATA, whereas 328,034 have been registered.
| March 11
SFs claimed to have killed seven
militants during a search operation in the Pir Koh area of Dera
Bugti District. FC spokesman said that seven militants involved
in blowing up gas pipelines and targeting SF were killed during
the operation. The SFs also recovered rocket launchers, IED,
bombs and other weapons were from their possession.
One MQM worker, identified as
Waqas Ali Shah, was killed during a Rangers led raid in at Nine-Zero,
the headquarters of MQM in provincial capital Karachi. He was
the member of the party's Central Information Committee. However,
Karachi Police Chief Ghulam Qadir Thebo refuted the claims and
said that Waqas was not killed by the Rangers. MQM leader Aminul
Haque claimed dozens of party workers had been picked up by
the Rangers. “Rangers opened fire killing one of our workers,
Waqas Ali Shah, and wounding a cameraman from a private news
channel,” he added.
Many towns in interior of Sindh
shut abruptly after enraged workers of the MQM took to the streets
in the wake of a predawn raid its headquarters. In Hyderabad,
angry youths burnt tyres on roads in units No-8 and 10 of Latifabad.
The party’s women workers also held a demonstration in unit-7
of Latifabad. A partial strike was observed in Sukkur against
the Rangers’ raid. A complete shutter-down strike was observed
in Mirpurkhas against the raid as all shops and shopping centers
Two unidentified dead bodies
were found from Link Road area near Super Highway in Bin Qasim
A man, identified as Abdul Majeed
(50), was shot dead by unidentified armed assailants near Lyari
General Hospital in Lyari Town.
A man, identified as Mueenuddin
(40), was shot at and injured near Paracha Roundabout in Shershah
area of Kiamari Town.
One Saeed (42) was injured in
firing incident near Choona Depot in Liaquatabad Town.
A man, identified as Najeebullah
(25), was shot at and injured near Banaras Chowk on Manghopir
Road in SITE Town.
The CTD arrested two TTP militants
after an exchange of fire near Hub River View Road Paracha Chowk
in Kiamari Town. The terrorists are expert of laying landmines
and they have been shifted to undisclosed destination for interrogation.
Federal Minister for Interior
Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that the raid on MQM headquarters
was lawfully conducted by Rangers. In a statement, he said that
the raid was carried out on intelligence report, adding that
taking action within the ambit of law was the responsibility
of Police and Rangers. The Minister said that the MQM itself
demanded the ongoing targeted operation against criminals in
Karachi. He said that the prime minister had granted the permission
of carrying out the Karachi operation after the Cabinet’s approval.
Chaudhry Nisar said all political parties were taken into confidence
over the action, adding it was agreed upon that political affiliations
would not come in the way of the operation.
An ATC issued the black warrants
of death row prisoner Saulat Mirza. Mirza is an MQM activist
and is expected to place at 5:30am on March 19, 2015. Mirza
was sentenced to death by an ATC in May 1999 for murdering the
managing director of then named Karachi Electric Supply Corporation
Shahid Hamid, his driver Ashraf Brohi and guard Khan Akbar in
Two extortionists allegedly
demanding PKR1 million from a trader, identified as Muhammad
Ali, in Charsadda District were arrested form Majoki area of
the District. A security official is also said to be their accomplice.
Ali, who runs a medicine business, told Prang Police some extortionists
were calling him and demanding money. Ali also provided Police
with the number from which calls were being made. After receiving
the complaint, Police started investigating the case. Prang
SHO Imran Khan said they conducted a raid in Majoki area and
arrested two extortionists, Attaullah and Fahim. During initial
investigation, the accused disclosed the name of their accomplice,
Nadeem, who is a security official deputed in Mohmand Agency
The TTP extremists in FATA have
long exploited local grievances in order to sustain their activities,
said US Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and
Human Rights Sarah Sewall during her presentation on the long-term
US strategy for combating terrorism at the School of Advanced
International Studies in Washington. She argued that weak and
unpopular Governments also create feelings that encourage terrorism.
She noted that over the past 13 years violent extremist movements
had diffused and proliferated, despite continued efforts to
eliminate them. “Increasingly, they have sprung from within
conflicts worldwide. And they have exploited grievances and
divided societies in order to further their own aims,” said
Ms Sewall. “Weak, illegitimate, and repressive governments inadvertently
created opportunities for terrorists to capitalise on popular
She argues that in a repressive
setup, extremists “make common cause” with local insurgents,
the discontented and criminal networks, and operate in poorly
governed territory. In the Pakistan-Afghanistan region, TTP
has long exploited local grievances in the tribal belt in order
to sustain itself, she said.
A Pakistani man, Jahanzeb Malik,
was accused in a deportation hearing in Ottawa of plotting to
bomb the United States consulate and financial buildings in
Toronto. Jahanzeb Malik, who came to Canada as a student in
2004 and was granted permanent residency five years later, was
arrested by a Federal Police Anti-Terror Squad on March 9, 2015.
Rather than file charges, authorities took him before an Immigration
and Refugee Board to seek his deportation to Pakistan, officials
At the hearing, the CBSA alleged
that Malik planned “to build remote controlled bombs to blow
up the US Consulate and other buildings in the financial district
on Toronto.” He also was alleged to have hoped to make a video
of the attack “to encourage others to do the same,” according
to a summary of the case provided by the Immigration and Refugee
Board. The CBSA told the board Malik confessed the plot to an
undercover Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer and tried to
“radicalize” the officer who had befriended him “by showing
him videos apparently of ISIL beheadings.” He also allegedly
took weapons, combat and landmine training in Libya, and told
the officer he was “a personal friend of Anwar Al-Awlaki, the
slain al Qaeda leader in Yemen.” Public.
Police issued a list of 110
most wanted terrorists belonging to various banned outfits and
the top ten terrorists on the list were allegedly involved in
high-profile suicide attacks, besides sectarian violence. One
of the most wanted terrorists, Matiur Rehman, was involved in
the attacks on former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf,
former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and suicide bombing on Sheraton
Hotel, Karachi. He carried PKR 10 million head money.
Mansoor alias Choota Ibrahim
Hasan and Qari Ehsanul Haq alias Shahid were also involved in
the suicide attack on Pervez Musharraf on December 25, 2003,
in Rawalpindi District of Punjab. PKR five million rewards had
been announced for their arrest. The head money on Ikramullah,
who was associated with Baitullah Mehsood group and involved
in the suicide attack that killed former Prime Minister Benazir
Bhutto in Rawalpindi, is PKR 2 million.
PKR five million rewards was
announced for providing information leading to arrest of Rana
Mohammad Afzal, who belonged to the Masood Azhar group of the
TTP. He had close links with al Qaeda’s Arab 'commanders'.
| March 12
Six BRA terrorists were killed
and a huge quantity of arms and ammunition was recovered on
the second day of the operation carried out by the FC in Pir
Koh area of Dera Bugti District. Around 1,000 troops backed
by helicopters took part in the operation. “Security forces
have killed at least 13 militants who were hiding in the gas
field when they refused to surrender,” said a FC spokesman Manzoor
Ahmed. There was no loss on security forces side, he added.
Provincial Home Minister Sarfraz
Bugti said the militants were members of the BRA. “We have evidence
that they were members of the BRA and were terrorists,” he said,
adding, “We took this action for peace in the region and we
will act against the miscreants wherever we get information
Two persons were killed and
eight others were injured during firing at a checkpoint jointly
manned by the Police and Army near Gora Qabristan on University
Road of Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
in the morning. Cantonment SP Rana Umar Farooq said that an
attacker armed with a TT Pistol fired at a sentry manning the
post. “It was rush hour and the check post was crowded with
lots of vehicles so a passer-by was killed along with the attacker
while eight others sustained injuries.” The SP said the identity
of the deceased attacker was yet to be established as no ID
card or any other document to identify him was found. “He walked
to the check post and did not come in any vehicle,” Farooq informed.
A triple murder convict, Muhammad
Siddique, was hanged till death in District Jail Toba Tek Singh.
Siddique was convicted for killing three men who were hooting
at a theater dance performance in 2004. The convict was a security
guard at the theatre. It was the first ever hanging at the Toba
Tek Singh District Jail, functional since 2007. ATC, Faisalabad
had found him guilty of murders and awarded death sentence six
times to the convict on May 16, 2005. The convict had submitted
appeals before the Lahore High Court and the Supreme Court of
Pakistan, which were rejected subsequently. President of Pakistan
Mamnoon Hussain had also rejected his mercy petition. Following
the rejection of mercy appeal, the ATC had issued his death
The TTP splinter group JuA confirmed,
that two of its key ‘commanders’, Maulana Shakeel Ahmed Haqqani,
alias Qari Shakeel, and Dr Tariq Ali, alias Abu Obaidah al-Islamabadi,
had been killed along with two other men in Nangarhar Province
of Afghanistan. In a statement released, the group’s ‘spokesperson’
Ehsanullah Ehsan blames the ISI for their deaths and he warned
that the group will exact revenge. Maulana Haqqani was a key
commander of JuA who the authorities blamed for high-profile
attacks in Mohmand agency of FATA.
Islamabad High Court ordered
the release of LeT 'commander' and alleged mastermind of November
26, 2008 (26/11) Mumbai (Maharashtra) terror attacks, Zakiur
Rehman Lakhvi, declaring his detention illegal. The notification
which was issued by Islamabad’s District Administration was
termed as null and void by Justice Noorul Haq. Lakhvi’s lawyer
Rizwan Abbasi had put forth arguments pertaining to the case,
objecting that all of the statements related to the case were
in Hindi language.
The Islamabad Deputy Commissioner
had issued Lakhvi’s detention orders under the Maintenance of
Public Order on December 18, 2014 immediately after he was granted
post-arrest bail by an ATC). Since then it has been extended
The PM Nawaz Sharif said that
the terrorism is the common enemy of Pakistan and Afghanistan,
requiring common endeavors to get it defeated. “Pakistan is
determined to eliminate terrorism at the earliest by exploiting
all available resources. Building stable and cooperative relations
with all the countries in the region, including Afghanistan,
is part of our vision of a peaceful neighborhood and region,”
he said while talking to Afghan Minister for Refugees and Repatriation
Sayed Hussain Alemi Balkhi, who called on him at the PM House.
Nawaz said with the change of
leadership in Afghanistan, the two countries had started a historic
new phase in their bilateral relations, agreeing to overcome
the past and building a forward-looking relationship based on
mutual trust. “Our focus is on enhanced political engagement,
security and counter-terrorism cooperation, trade and economic
partnership, and regional cooperation. Both the countries have
paid a very heavy price at the hands of terrorism and now we
have launched the Operation Zarb-e-Azb, which has broken the
backbone of terrorist network in the country,” he said. “We
have a commitment not to allow territories to be used against
each other,” he said, adding, “Pakistan is in favour of an Afghan-owned
and Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process.”
The COAS, General Raheel Sharif,
said fleeing terrorists will be chased and eliminated as there
was no place for them to hide now. The Army Chief reaffirmed
the commitment to eliminate all terrorists and rid Pakistan
of all types of terrorism. The COAS, who along with Chief of
the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, visited
the North Waziristan Agency in FATA and said that the ongoing
Operation Zarb-e-Azb would not stop till the job was finished.
They reviewed the progress of
the Operation Zarb-e-Azb and future operational plans besides
meeting troops, Director General ISPR Major General Asim Saleem
Bajwa tweeted on the social media. During the briefing, they
were informed that a new level of unity had been achieved during
the Operation Zarb-e-Azb while efficacy of air power with ground
operations was appreciated. Terrorists are being chased and
hit and there was no place for them to hide, they were told.
The COAS directed all the commanders and civil agencies to prepare
a plan for dignified return of IDPs. The return will commence
on March 17 from the SWA and on March 31 from the NWA.
Appreciating the Sindh Rangers
for their commitment to restore normality in Karachi, provincial
capital of Sindh a day after they raided the MQM headquarters
Nine-Zero, Corps Commander Lieutenant General Naveed Mukhtar
said that the ongoing targeted operation will continue till
the elimination of the last criminal and target killer, reports
The News. He said the operation should continue till the port
city was purged of terrorists and criminals.
In a detailed briefing, Deputy
General Rangers Major General Bilal Akbar informed the Corps
Commander that the operation was conducted on March 11, 2015,
after confirmed information about the presence of alleged criminals,
target killers and anti-social elements along with a heavy cache
of arms and ammunition. He said the Rangers, in compliance with
the Supreme Court’s orders, arrested the absconding criminals
sentenced to death for their involvement in targeted killings,
while prohibited weapons were recovered from the Khursheed Begum
Memorial Hall and surrounding offices and houses.
The statement further maintained
that those arrested, including the 26 alleged target killers
wanted for more than 50 killings, were presented before an ATC,
while 27 others were designated in various FIRs. “Preventive
detention as well as joint investigation of individuals is also
being procured. The arrested individuals as well as the seized
weapons would be handed over to the city police,” it said.
The LI led by Mangal Bagh has
merged itself into the TTP under a reorganization planned by
militants. According to a statement issued by JuA ‘spokesman’
Ehsanullah Ehsan, the reorganized TTP would consist of members
of his group, LI and the remaining of the TTP. The head of the
new set-up was yet to be named, he added. The TTP disintegrated
last year after a group led by Omar Khalid Khurasani based in
Mohmand Agency revolted against Mullah Fazlullah and formed
his own faction with the name of JuA.
Ehsanullah Ehsan congratulated
what he called “Mujahideen of Pakistan” on the unification of
militant groups. He said the decision was taken at a meeting
attended by Mullah Fazlullah, Omar Khalid Khurasani and Mangal
Bagh. Ehsan said an organising committee had been formed to
constitute a central supreme Shura and an organising
body. Militants announced the unification at a time when SFs
are making significant gains against them in military operations
in North Waziristan and Khyber Agency which were once considered
their strong bastions.
| March 13
At least 48 TTP and LI militants
were killed and several others sustained injuries when PAF fighter
aircraft targeted their hideouts in Kukikhel area of Tirah Valley
in Khyber Agency of FATA. The sources said that Khajuri, Akakhel,
Shalobar, Malikdinkhel, Kamarkhel, Qambarkhel and Sepah areas
in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency had been cleared of militants.
At least three gangsters, linked
with Baba Ladla group and identified as Mohammad Hassam, Azhar
alias Buddha, and Waseem Ahmad, were killed in retaliatory fire
after the suspects opened fire on the Rangers in Rexer Lane
of Lyari Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. A
Rangers official was injured in the exchange of gunfire. They
were involved in 23 different cases of murder, extortion and
kidnapping-for-ransom. The criminals had been running their
network for over four years, said a Rangers spokesman.
Rangers arrested 17 suspects
as they carried out a search operation in residential apartments
located in Gulistan-e-Jauhar Block 18 of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town.
Several religious parties staged
a sit-in organized by Tanzeemat-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat, an alliance
of several parties representing the Barelvi School, at the Numaish
traffic intersection on M.A. Jinnah Road in Jamshed Town against
the Islamabad High Court decision to uphold the death sentence
of Malik Mumtaz Qadri in the then Punjab Governor Salman Taseer
murder case. The protesters demanded that the conviction of
the self-confessed killer be reviewed.
At least 58 suspects belonging
to the MQM arrested from Nine Zero on March 11, 2015, were presented
in an ATC, which granted remand of 32. Faisal alias Faisal Mota,
who was sentenced to death in the January 13, 2011, in the murder
case of journalist Wali Khan Babar was also among the 58. Also,
the ATC granted custody of Faisal Mota, Nadir Shah, Shabbir
Mullah, and Amir Ali to Paposh Police on remand till 25 March,
2015. Additionally, Police have requested the remand of 26 suspects
for 14 days.
Unnamed official sources stated
that the Rangers’ raid on MQM's Nine-Zero headquarter is said
to have seriously dented the alleged militant wing of the political
party as the initial interrogations reveal that those arrested
include head of the MQM's militant wing and a set of most dangerous
target killers associated with the party. According to sources
the ammunition seized from Nine-Zero include US and German weapon
together with a M4 rifle that is clearly embossed “Property
of the US government” and lots of bullets used by NATO. These
sources claim that the MQM leader Amir Khan, arrested during
the raid, faces serious charges and alleged to have strong connection
with the target killers and others, involved in heinous crimes,
but arrested during the raid.
MQM leader Wasay Jalil strongly
denied that the MQM ever had any militant wing. He spoke high
of Amir Khan and dubbed him as patriotic and law abiding citizen.
About the weapons recovered, Jalil said the party did own weapon
but all the arms and ammunitions were licensed.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim
Ali Shah while addressing the 87th passing-out parade of the
Sindh Police Saeedabad Police Training College in Baldia Town
said that the ongoing targeted operation was launched in consultation
with the MQM and it had yielded positive results with regard
to elimination of terrorism, targeted killing, kidnapping-for-ransom
and extortion. He said the country was passing through a crucial
period and routine life in Sindh, Karachi in particular, had
been virtually paralysed due to terrorism and lawlessness. He
said that targeted killing, kidnapping for ransom, extortion
and terrorism had emerged as a big challenge for the government.
He claimed that the result of the government’s effective strategy
and coordinated performance of the police and Rangers was evident
from the fact that now there was not a single case of kidnapping-for-ransom,
traders were not receiving any extortion slips and targeted
killing had become almost nonexistent.
Two more death row prisoners,
identified as Akhtar and Muhammad Sajid, were executed in Faisalabad
Central Jail. Akhtar and Sajid, had been found guilty in separate
offences of murder. ATC, Faisalabad had awarded death sentence
to Akhtar in 2001. He had intruded into a house on December
10, 1999 and attempted to rape a woman. The culprit also stabbed
to death the father-in-law of the victim named Manzoor, who
had offered resistance to the culprit. The appeals of the convict
had already been rejected by the Lahore High Court and the Supreme
Court. His mercy appeal was also turned down by the president.
The other death row convict,
Muhammad Sajid, had killed a woman Khursheed Bibi and wounded
her husband Azhar, on March 12, 2000, over a personal feud.
He was awarded death sentence by an ATC court in Faisalabad,
on March 30, 2001. Sajid's petitions were also turn downed by
the superior courts and his mercy appeal had also been rejected
by the President.
The Islamabad High Court cancelled
a detention order against LeT 'commander' and alleged mastermind
of 2008 Mumbai terror attacks (also known as 26/11) Zakiur Rehman
Lakhvi, paving the way for his release. Justice Noorul Haq N
Qureshi ordered that the petitioner be released immediately
if he was not required in any other case. According to details,
an ATC granted post-arrest bail to Lakhvi against PKR one million
sureties on December 18, 2014. Later, the Federal Government
detained him under the Section 3 of MPO, which was extended
on January 18 and February 18 to 30 days each. Lakhvi had challenged
his detention orders, making the Federation of Pakistan as respondent
through the Ministry of Interior and ICT administration. Justice
Qureshi noted that the respondent’s apprehensions about the
release of the petitioner were not substantive. “The allegations
leveled have neither been substantiated by any material as required
by the court nor the same have been appended to the reply submitted
by the respondents,” said Justice Qureshi in the judgment.
Soon after the court’s decision,
New Delhi summoned Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul
Basit to lodge a strong protest against the release orders.
Abdul Basit informed India that the trial of Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi
was continuing and the judicial process should be allowed to
take its course. “He may have been granted bail but as you know
the trial continues we are all working to complete the trial.
Let the judicial process take its course,” Basit said.
On the other hand, Pakistan's
Foreign Office also summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner
to lodge protest for what it said unnecessarily highlighting
the issue of release of Lakhvi, reports The News. A Government
official said instead of creating hype and projecting the case
in the media out of proportion India should behave diplomatically
and express concern in diplomatic norms. The official while
giving details of two important incidents, 2008 Mumbai terror
attack and 2007 Samjhauta Express bombings, urged India to allow
the judicial process to be completed.
The US said that it was closely
monitoring developments in Pakistan related to the release orders
of Lakhvi. “We are monitoring reports that an IHC judge suspended
detention orders for the alleged Mumbai attack mastermind,”
US State Department spokesperson, Jen Psaki said, adding, “For
now he remains in prison.” She said that the US hoped Pakistan
would keep its commitment to bring the perpetrators of the Mumbai
terrorist attacks to justice, but declined to speculate on the
outcome of the ongoing legal process. “The Government of Pakistan
has pledged its cooperation in bringing the perpetrators – financiers,
and sponsors of the Mumbai terrorist attacks to justice and
we urge Pakistan to follow through on that commitment,” said
Psaki. “Pakistan is a critical partner in a fight against terrorism.
We've certainly seen these reports (of a court granting bail
to Lakhvi), but we can't speculate on the outcome of an ongoing
legal process,” she added.
The authorities have decided
to shift 20 high profile prisoners from Central Jail Gilgit
to different prisons in Punjab in the wake of February 27, 2015,
jailbreak in Gilgit-Baltistan. Sources said that three prisoners
involved in June 22-23, 2013, Nanga Parbat massacre were also
among the 20 inmates, who would be shifted to Punjab jails.
An unnamed official said that
after the jailbreak incident Gilgit Police failed to arrest
the runaway prisoners. “At least 900 security personnel are
taking part in the search operation to trace the runaway prisoners,”
he added. Currently 100 prisoners, including 20 sentenced to
death by Anti-Terrorism Courts, are kept in the Gilgit jail.
He said that the administration feared another jailbreak incident.
“Despite security threats and challenges in the region, it is
difficult to shift under-trial cases of terrorism from Gilgit-Baltistan
to other areas of the country as appearance of witnesses in
the courts in these cases is not easy due to long distance and
security issues along Karakorum Highway,” he said.
An unnamed Police Official of
the investigation wing said that the Lahore Police has received
the geo-fencing information of the suicide bomb blast outside
Police headquarters at Qila Gujjar Singh in Lahore District
on February 17, 2015, which revealed that attackers were receiving
instructions from militants in Afghanistan. The official said
that after the bomb blast the Joint Investigation Team carried
out the geo-fencing of the crime scene which revealed that the
terrorists had been in the Qila Gujjar Singh area for two days
and were in contact with an outfit in Afghanistan from whom
they were taking directions. “The target of the terrorist was
the Police lines which they failed to target with perfection,”
he added. He added that 11 alleged terrorists are in police
detention and we are interrogating them.
The Provincial Police Chief
confirmed that Police Lines was the intended target. “The bomber
wanted to enter Police Lines but exploded prematurely,” IG Punjab
Mushtaq Ahmad Sukehra said. After failing to get into the Police
Lines, the bomber detonated the explosives strapped to his body
in front of a nearby multi-storey building that had offices
of travel agencies.
Almost 275 schools in KP are
non-functional due to a lack of staff, land disputes and security
issues, revealed a report compiled by Government and NGOs working
for education in the Province. According to the report, 15 schools
are closed or non-functional in KP’s Nowshera District, 17 schools
in Mardan District, seven in Swabi District, seven, including
five girls’ schools, in Peshawar, 40 in Mansehra, 37 in Swat
and 14 in Buner District. Likewise, 23 schools are closed in
Haripur, 20 in Upper and Lower Dir, eight in Bannu, four each
in Dera Ismail Khan, Kohat, Shangrila, Tank and Karak, eleven
in Hangu, two in Chitral, six in Battagram and three in Torghar.
According to the documents,
as compared to the 115 boy’s schools, more than 160 girl’s schools,
including primary, middle and high, are non-functional across
the province. According to the Education Department, more than
3,000 educational institutions were destroyed in earthquakes,
floods and acts of terrorism in the Province. It also said that
majority of these schools have no boundary walls.
| March 14
One person was killed and four
others sustained injuries in an explosion in Orangi Town of
Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Rescue sources said
the blast took place near Birohi Hotel, however, the nature
of the explosion was not ascertained yet.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor
Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Abbasi unveiled a programme for the return
of IDPs of three tribal agencies. The programme will be implemented
from March 16. Governor Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Abbasi said in the
first phase 40,500 families would go back to SWA, Khyber Agency
and NWA. The Government would pay Rs 25,000 in cash and Rs 10,000
as transportation cost to each household. He said payment of
cash grant to over 300,000 displaced families and compensation
for damaged houses required PKR 80 billion, adding that some
foreign donors had shown willingness to contribute in this regard.
Sardar Mehtab termed the dislocation
of a large number of people from FATA “a great human tragedy.”
According to the breakdown, 2,500 families will return to Sarwakai
and Sararogha tehsils of SWA, 20,000 to Bara tehsil of
Khyber Agency and 18,000 to Mir Ali tehsil of NWA. Repatriation
to SWA will start on March 16, to Khyber on March 20 and to
NWA on March 31. Villages and tehsils, where displaced families
would return, have been identified. The Governor said 29 such
villages in Mir Ali and Akakhel tribe- dominated area in Bara
tehsil had been identified for the return process.
The NADRA has verified 310,729
IDP families from FATA. After the launch of the Operation Zarb-e-Azb,
101,788 families had left NWA and 86,107 had shifted from Khyber
Agency in 2014. As many as 66,978 families had moved from SWA
in 2009 and since then they are waiting for return to their
homes. In reply to a question, the Governor said around 125,000
people of NWA had taken refuge in Afghanistan but most of them
had returned to Pakistan via Kurram Agency. The authorities
are facilitating tribal people coming back from Afghanistan.
The Corps Commander Lieutenant
General Hidayat-ur-Rehman said that terrorist group Daish (also
self-styled as the Islamic State) poses no threat to Pakistan.
General Hidayat said that there was no need to fret about Daish
or its potential emergence in the country. General Hidayat rejected
the notion that the terrorist group was silently spreading across
the country, saying that the Army and Security Forces were in
control of the situation. “For us it’s just a change of name,
and there is no need for Pakistanis to worry. There are several
defections in the Taliban now, which are becoming part of Daish.
But we’re well aware of the situation and are able to tackle
them effectively,” he said.
| March 15
At least 15 persons, including
13 Christians and two Policemen, were killed and more than 70
were injured when two suicide bombers attacked two churches
near Youhanabad neighbourhood in Lahore, sparking mob violence
in which two other militants were killed. Youhanabad is home
to more than 100,000 Christians, said officials. TTP-JuA claimed
responsibility for the attack.
Thirteen dead bodies of tribesmen
were found in the deserted mountains of the Shaktai area of
South Waziristan Agency in FATA. Sources said that the bodies
were found by local people in the past couple of days. Malak
Saeed Anwar Mahsud told Dawn by phone from Shaktai that the
deceased hailed from Mandaw village and belonged to Abdalai
and Jalalkhel clans of the Mahsud tribe. 17 tribesmen of Mandaw
village had been missing after a search operation conducted
by SFs from February 12-15 in the Shaktai area. Four of them
were still missing.
The Police recovered and defused
a home-made bomb, which was stuffed in a gunnysack and placed
on a roadside in Gomal area of Tank District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
A heavy contingent of Security Forces and Police reached the
spot after the locals informed the Police about the gunnysack,
which had been placed on Tank-South Waziristan Road. They said
a home-made bomb, 7.5 kilogram, was recovered from the gunnysack,
which was defused by the officials of the bomb disposal unit.
At least five Rangers officials
were injured when 30 unidentified militants opened fire using
automatic and semi-automatic weapons on the Basari check post
on Karakoram Highway near Diamer-Bhasha Dam area on the border
of KP and Gilgit-Baltistan. Rangers retaliated with return fire
which forced the attackers to flee, an official of Kohistan
Police said. The injured officials were identified as Hawaldar
Liaquat, Lance Naik Abdul Razzaq, Lance Naik Muhammad Aslam,
Lance Naik Akhtar Hussain, residents of Punjab, and Sub-Inspector
According to the official, the
Federal Government had recently sent a threat alert to all Provinces
as well as GB, stating militants might attack security forces
or government installations before or on March 23, 2015. The
Federal Government had deployed Punjab Rangers in the area in
order to put an end to the long-standing armed territorial conflict
between tribes of Diamer District of Gilgit and Kohistan District
A Rangers spokesperson said
that ambulance services of certain welfare organisations, and
their officials, were involved in the illicit trade of illegal
weapons in the city. An official of the paramilitary force said
that during investigation of arrested suspects, it has been
uncovered that “officials and personnel of certain welfare services
are involved in smuggling and hiding of illegal weapons across
the city”. Through the statement, the paramilitary force warned
that “direct or indirect involvement in smuggling of arms is
a high level crime. All those involved in such illegal practices
will be brought to book under the Sindh Arms Act”. The paramilitary
force had claimed in a statement that one accused Umair Hassan
Siddiqui, allegedly involved in killing of 120 people, was a
key member of the target-killing racket and he became part of
a team when the MQM decided to carry out killings on ethnic
grounds in 2008.
Federal Minister for Information
and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid said that criminals belonging
to any group would not get any relaxation on political basis.
He said that the Law Enforcement Agencies, including Rangers,
had no role in politics and were taking actions according to
the unanimous decisions of the democratically elected Government.
If anybody had complaint regarding the operation in Karachi,
he could approach the independent judiciary, he said and added,
“We do politics of reconciliation and not that of expediency.”
He said if any criminal used the flag and office of any political
party, then it was obligation of that political party to surrender
the person to the law.
“Armed forces, security and
intelligence agencies and police are chasing the terrorists,”
he said, adding that the Government owned the operation in Karachi
and indiscriminate action would be taken to establish peace
in the city and arrest the criminals. “Nobody will be allowed
to indulge in crime on the pretext of religion and politics,”
Federal Minister for Interior
Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan ordered halt to implementation on the
agreements with other countries for exchange of convicted criminals.
An unnamed official of Interior Ministry said in a statement
that it was revealed in the investigations conducted on the
orders of the Interior Minister that in the last many years
Pakistanis involved in dangerous crimes abroad were brought
to Pakistan under these agreements. Then in connivance with
the officers of Interior Ministry and Provincial Governments
these convicts were released illegally. Before formulating any
transparent policy, the interior minister has stopped the Interior
Ministry and FIA from implementing the agreements.
The Minister ordered that the
inquiry regarding the convicts released in the last several
years should be completed in a week and strict action should
be taken against all those persons involved in the illegal activity
and they should be arrested.