Eight persons, including three
Security Officials, were injured in two separate explosions in
Chaman District of Balochistan. The first explosion took place
near an under-construction building on Chaman's Mall Road injuring
two persons. Second explosion targeted a Police Check Post in
the same area and injured six persons, including three Security
SECP prohibited the collection
of donations by all organisations affiliated with Hafiz Saeed
led JuD and that are banned by UNSC. A notification issued by
the commission read that "The Securities and Exchange Commission
of Pakistan hereby prohibits all companies from donating cash
to the entities and individuals listed under the UNSC sanctions
committee's consolidated list". The Hafeez Saeed related prohibited
outfits include FIF, LeT and JuD the charity wing of LeT. Other
banned outfits include the Paasban-i-Ahle-Hadith and Pasban-i-Kashmir.
Pakistan's Government plans to
seize control of charities and financial assets linked to JuD
'chief' Hafiz Saeed. The Government detailed its plans in a 'secret'
order to various Provincial and Federal Government departments
on December 19, 2017. The December 19 document, which refers to
"Financial Action Task Force (FATF) issues", names Saeed's two
charities JuD and FIF, and "actions to be taken" against them.
JuD spokesman Yahya Mujahid said the organization would go to
Court if the Government decides to take over JuD and FIF.
US President Donald Trump tweeted
that Pakistan had given Washington "nothing but lies and deceit".
"The US has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars
in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing
but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools" he tweeted.
MFA Pakistan summoned US Ambassador
David Hale lodged its protest against President Donald Trump's
tweet wherein he accused Pakistan of 'lies and deceit'.
The White House said that it will
continue to withhold $255 million in military aid to Pakistan
out of frustration over what it has characterized as Islamabad's
abstinence in confronting terrorist networks, reports CNN. "The
United States does not plan to spend the $255 million in FY 2016
foreign military financing for Pakistan at this time," an unnamed
NSC spokesman said. "The President has made clear that the United
States expects Pakistan to take decisive action against terrorists
and militants on its soil, and that Pakistan's actions in support
of the South Asia strategy will ultimately determine the trajectory
of our relationship, including future security assistance," he
added. The administration first said in August 2017 it was temporarily
withholding the $255 million, which was part of a $1.1 billion
aid package authorized in 2016 by Congress. The money was put
on hold until Pakistan agreed to do more to combat terrorist networks.
The National Security Council official said the administration
would continue to review Pakistan's level of cooperation in security
The report compiled by the Pakistan
Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS) shows that
terrorists carried out 23 suicide attacks in different parts of
the country in 2017, whereas 2016 and 2015 had witnessed 17 and
18 such incidents, respectively.
1,387 people, including 585 civilians,
555 militants and 247 SFs Personnel, were killed and 1,965 people,
including 1,580 civilians, were injured in militancy-related incidents,
including militant attacks and SFs actions. Militants carried
out at least 420 attacks in which 912 people, including 584 civilians,
225 SFs personnel and 103 militants, were killed and 1,877 injured.
SFs conducted 522 operations in which left 475 people, including
452 militants and 22 SFs personnel, dead and 88 people injured.
SFs also arrested 1,760 suspected militants during 2017.
The year 2017 saw the highest
number of militant attacks in Balochistan where 183 militant attacks
took place in which 308 people, including 208 civilians and 84
SFs personnel, were killed and 572 people suffered injuries. The
province remained target of a variety of militant groups, including
sub-nationalist militants, sectarian and international militant
groups. Overall 43pc of the total militant attacks in the country
were recorded in Balochistan and 10 out of 23 suicide attacks
(43pc) took place in the province. SFs conducted 134 operations
against militants in Balochistan in which 112 militants were killed
and 657 arrested.
102 militant attacks were recorded
in FATA in which 339 people, including 206 civilians, 65 SFs and
68 militants, were killed and 858 people, including 629 civilians,
suffered injuries. As many as 58 security operations were reported
from FATA in which 84 militants and five SFs were killed. SFs
also arrested at least 79 suspects from FATA.
SFs conducted at least four actions
in Azad Kashmir in which 12 suspected militants were arrested.
Fourteen suspected militants were arrested from Gilgit-Baltistan
region in two SFs actions while four suspects were arrested in
three actions in Islamabad.
KP witnessed significant improvement
in security situation as all indicators saw negative trends. There
was 40pc decline in the number of militant attacks and 47pc decline
in the number of deaths in the province. A total of 75 militant
attacks were recorded in KP in which 92 people, including 43 civilians,
34 SFs personnel and 15 militants, were killed while 175 people,
including 136 civilians, were injured. KP saw the second highest
number of suicide attacks during the year as at least six suicide
attacks were reported from the province. In 2016, five suicide
attacks took place in the province. SFs conducted at least 103
actions against militants in which 543 suspects were arrested
and 41 killed during 2017.
Sindh saw a 40pc decrease in militant
attacks, but with 84pc increase in the number of deaths during
2017. Militants carried out 40 attacks in the province killing
112 people, including 92 civilians and 17 SFs personnel. Another
303 people were injured in these attacks. The province saw one
suicide attack during 2017. SFs conducted at least 98 actions
against militants in which 110 suspects were killed and 153 arrested.
Punjab witnessed seven per cent
increase in militant attacks, but there was 37pc decline in deaths.
During the year, 15 militant attacks took place in the province
in which 59 people, including 34 civilians and 24 SFs personnel,
were killed and 208 people, all of them civilians, suffered injuries.
The province also witnessed three suicide bombings one more than
2016. SFs conducted 119 operations against militants in the province
in which 105 militants were killed and 298 arrested.
Two militant attacks were reported
from Azad Jammu and Kashmir in which one civilian died and five
were injured. Three violent militant activities of low intensity
were reported from Islamabad in which one person lost his life.
No violent militant activity was reported from Gilgit-Baltistan
LEAs including Sindh Rangers'
Anti-Terrorist Wing and the CTD acting on prior intelligence killed
three TTP militants in Kaimkhani Colony area of Baldia Town in
Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. An unspecified number
of militants managed to escape the encounter while two Rangers
and one CTD Personnel received bullet injuries.
Two militants were killed and
twelve FC Personnel injured in a suicide attack involving explosion
followed by firing near an FC check post in the Baleli area of
Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan.
Government of Pakistan in a tweeted
that Pakistan had sustained over 50000 casualties and $123 billion
losses in the 'war against terrorism'. For the period 2003-2017
Pakistan suffered 62,421 casualties. In 2013, 5, 379 Pakistanis
were killed in terrorist attacks followed by 5,496 in 2014; 3,682
in 2015; 1,830 in 2016 and 924 in 2017. According to Watson Institute
6000 Pakistan Security Personnel, 1582 United States (US) Contractors,
2357 US Military, 1130 Allied Troops and 14200 Afghan Troopers
were killed in combat (period not specified).
FATA Law and Order Officials confirmed
that 6,112 civilians were killed and another 6,707 others have
been injured in the 'war against terrorism' since 2001 (period
not specified during a meeting of the standing committee on the
Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) in Islamabad.
Families of the killed have been paid 3.7 billion rupees in compensation
so far. Families of 244 Levies and 178 Khasadar Personnel were
among the 5,690 civilians, who had received the compensation amount.
Karachi Police released a year-end
report detailing its performance for the year 2017. The report
detailed that 184 criminals and 7,373 militants were killed in
480 encounters in Karachi in 2017.
A FIR was launched against Hafeez
Saeed's organisation JuD and its subsidiary FIF for display of
banners requesting donations in Koral Police station in Ghouri
Town in Islamabad. Two other FIRs were registered against the
foundation at Golra and Shahzad Town police stations, respectively.
DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor
said that any 'misunderstandings' between US and Pakistan could
negatively impact security situation in Afghanistan. He added
that India played a destabilising role in the region and encouraged
terrorism in Pakistan through Afghanistan territory. "Pakistan
received only $15-20 billion in terms of CSF, while the national
exchequer incurred $123 billion in losses in monetary terms besides
other sacrifices to support US operations in its war against terror",
A two member bench of the Supreme
Court of Pakistan comprising Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Qazi
Faez Isa said that that the sit-in staged by the TLYRA was an
"attack on Muslims by Muslims". AG Ashtar Ausuf told
the Court that nine people in Punjab and three in Sindh were killed
during the protests while 194 Police Officers were injured. AG
confirmed that an estimated damage of PKR 139.5 million was incurred.
The Court also questioned the employment status of TLYRA chief
Khadim Hussain Rizvi, who was heading the protest.
Two TTP were killed and four militants
were arrested in an IBO in the Kulachi area of Dera Ismail Khan
District of KP. The deceased militants, included wanted Zahir
Shah and his unidentified accomplice, who were responsible for
the killing of Army Major Ishaq during an encounter initiated
by the SFs on November 22, 2017, in the same area.
Eight militants among fifteen
suspects were arrested by FC Balochistan from Districts of Zhob,
Sibbi, Nasirabad (Dera Murad Jamali), Bolan (Mach), and Quetta
(Killi Ismail). 70 kilograms of explosive, weapons and ammunition
and communication equipment were also recovered.
Four missiles were fired near
sub-division complex Bahai Daag in Mamad Kore area of Khewazai
Biazai in Mohmand agency of FATA from across the Pakistan-Afghanistan
Border. No casualties or injuries were reported.
An IED planted near the residence
of Malik Hayat Gul of Masood Adamzai in Safi Tehsil in Mohmand
Agency in FATA went off early. No casualties or injuries were
An IED recovered and defused by
the BDU of Mohmand Rifles at Olai Top Border area in Biazai sub-division
in Mohmand Agency in FATA.
MFA Pakistan Spokesperson Dr Muhammad
Faisal in response to a question on Pakistani response to potential
US strikes in settled areas of Pakistani territory said that the
Military had already stated that "any such actions would
get a befitting response".
The US State Department Spokesperson
Heather Nauert had said that it had placed Pakistan on a special
watch list for 'severe violations of religious freedom'.
A FC Personal was injured in IED
explosion in Ainger area of Mohmand Agency in FATA.
Sixteen TTP militants of the Ustad
Aslam faction were arrested in a joint operation by CTD of Sindh
Police and Sindh Rangers in Sohrab Goth and Mominabad areas of
Karachi the provincial capital of Sindh. Firing took place during
the Sohrab Goth raid. The militants were identified as Rafiullah
Arif alias Qari, Abdul Majid alias Mufti, Mohammad Younis Arif
Ans alias Yousuf Saleem, Mohammad Razaq, Shams Alhuda alias Maulvi,
Umar Khaliq alias Hussain, Mohammad Junaid alias Abdul Manan,
Junaid Ahmed, Khan Bahadur, Abdul Gaffar alias Abu Huraira, Mohammad
Zainul Abideen alias Siddiqui Arif Saifullah, Saifullah, Mohammad
Asif, Sanaullah, Abdulaziz and Umar Ali. Arms and ammunition including
hand grenades and explosives were also recovered.
CTD recovered ten 'block bombs'
and several suicide vests near Guru Mandir neighbourhood of Karachi
the provincial capital of Sindh.
More Pakistanis died in incidents
described by LEA as encounters than in gun violence or in suicide
attacks in 2017, according to the findings of a research conducted
by the Centre for Research and Security Studies (CRSS). In 2017,
495 people were reported killed in what the law enforcement agencies
said were shootouts. The number of those killed in gun violence
was 399, those in suicide attacks 298, and in bomb explosions
144. The corresponding numbers for 2016 were 645 in alleged encounters,
485 in gun violence, and 376 in suicide attacks. The study finds
that sectarian violence escalated drastically in 2017, with a
32 percent increase from 241 fatalities in 2016 to 319 in 2017.
Overall, the report maintains that the country witnessed a 21
percent decline in violence-related deaths in 2017. Except Punjab,
all other provinces or regions registered a decline in violence.
4,131 casualties were reported in violent incidents in 2017, including
2,057 deaths and 2,074 injuries. In contrast, there were 2,613
deaths in 2016 and 4,647 in 2015.
TLYRA Chief Allama Khadim Hussain
Rizvi said that TLYRA will fight upcoming 2018 elections in Pakistan.
Speaking at Liaquat Bagh in ceremony to honour people killed during
the Faizabad protests he said that "In Faizabad, we sacrificed
only eight lives fighting the blasphemy, but if circumstances
demand, we will be ready to sacrifice millions of lives".
A top leader Pir Afzal Qadri released a 12-point manifesto promising
an equitable distribution of wealth and inclusion of Islamic teachings
in the curriculum.
Afghan Deputy Ambassador to Pakistan
Zardasht Shams said that the Deputy Governor of Afghanistan's
Kunar province, Qazi Mohammad Nabi Ahmadi, abducted from Peshawar
in KP in October 27 2017, has been released. Ahmadi's brother,
Habibullah, who was also abducted, has not yet been freed.
NACTA will conduct research on
the footprints of IS group in Pakistan and its linkage with TTP,
Al Qaeda and other militant networks confirmed Senate Standing
Committee on Internal Security under the chairmanship of Rehman
Malik. Rehman Malik also asked NACTA to take steps for capacity-building
of the FIA to effectively combat cyber terrorism and crimes. NACTA's
National Coordinator Ihsan Ghani presented a report on implementation
of the NAP over the last three years covering 20 salient points
of the anti-terrorism plan confirmed that 483 militants had been
convicted since partial lifting of moratorium on death penalty
in March 2015 (period not specified).
State Department Spokesperson
Heather Nauert said that US will suspend all security aid to Pakistan
starting from January 5 until Islamabad acts against terrorist
groups. The suspension includes USD 255 million in FMF for the
fiscal year 2016 as mandated by the US Congress and USD 900 million
of the CSF money to Pakistan for the fiscal year 2017. "It
has been more than four months since the President's speech and
despite a sustained high-level engagement by this administration
with the Government of Pakistan, the Taliban and the Haqqani Network
continue to find sanctuary inside Pakistan as they plot to destabilise
Afghanistan and also attack US and allied personnel," Nauert
said. She added that the cut is not permanent. However the suspension
of FMF for 2016 was announced back in September 2017 and the State
Department could not confirm the exact figure of what extra amount
of aid had been suspended beyond $255 million in FMF for 2016
during the press briefing.
US Republican Senator Rand Paul
said that he would introduce a bill that would stop all US aid
to Pakistan. "US should not give one penny to countries that
burn our flag and chant Death to America. Countries like Pakistan
that stonewall access to key information in fighting terrorism
don't deserve our money," he said.
MFA Pakistan Spokesperson Dr Muhammad
Faisal said that Pakistan had fought war against terrorism largely
from its own resources and it cost the country $120 billion in
last 15 years. "[The] impact of US' decision on pursuit of
common objectives is also likely to emerge more clearly in due
course of time. It, however, needs to be appreciated that Pakistan
has fought the war against terrorism largely from its own resources.
We are determined to continue to do all it takes to secure the
lives of our citizens and broader stability in the region,"
he said in a statement.
Two militants were killed by SFs
in Nawa Killi near Quetta, provincial capital of Balochistan.
Police said that they were attempting to arrest the accomplices
of an arrested suspect who was in the vehicle with the SFs in
order to help in identifying the suspects. Security officials
(unnamed) said, "However, the suspect's accomplices opened fire
in a bid to help their detained friend escape. In the resulting
exchange, one of the attackers, as well as the under-arrest suspect,
were killed. Two terrorists, however, escaped from the scene".
Armed assailants killed a Policeman
belonging to the Rapid Response Group (RRG) and injured another
near Sariab Flyover in Quetta. The deceased was identified as
RRG Constable Muhammad Alam.
355 suspected persons were arrested
by Police during search operations in various areas of Kohat District
in KP. According to DPO Kohat, thirty-three proclaimed offenders
and a number of Afghan citizens living in the area without valid
travelling documents were among the arrested people. Arms and
ammunition were recovered from them.
FC Balochistan recovered IEDs,
arms and ammunition during an IBO in Mastung District of Balochistan.
"Through an IBO [intelligence based operation] in Mastung based
on lead from apprehended suspects, [FC] recovered cache of arms,
ammunition and explosives including sniper rifles, grenade and
IEDs hidden in caves for a major terrorist activity," the ISPR
said in a statement.
One suspect, identified as Gul
Qayum s/o Akhtar Qayum, was arrested and arms and ammunition were
recovered by Khasdar Force in the Zergraan area of Landi Kotal
tehsil in Khyber agency. The recovery included 55 SMGs and 1150
TTP and its associated outfits
remain the most potent threat followed by nationalist insurgent
groups despite a 16 per cent decline in militant attacks in 2017,
said a security report issued by PIPS. The report mentioned that
IS footprint was increasing in Balochistan, FATA and Northern
Sindh, and were carrying out deadly attacks. The report said that
militant, nationalist and violent sectarian groups carried out,
in all, 370 terrorist attacks in 64 districts of Pakistan during
the year 2017, including 24 suicide and gun-and-suicide coordinated
attacks, killing 815 people, besides injuring 1,736. These attacks
posted a 16 per cent decrease from the total in 2016; and the
number of people killed also dropped by 10 per cent.
Of these attacks, as many as 213,
or 58 per cent, were perpetrated by TTP , its splinter groups,
mainly JuA and other militant groups with similar objectives such
as local Taliban groups, killing 186 people. Nationalist insurgent
groups, mostly in Balochistan and a few in Sindh, carried out
138 attacks, or 37 per cent of the total, killing 140 people.
As many as 19 terrorist attacks were sectarian, which killed 71
people and inflicted injuries on 97 others, according to the report.
It also noted that compared to 2016, a significant surge of 131
per cent was witnessed during 2017 in cross-border attacks from
Pakistan's borders with Afghanistan, India and Iran. A total of
171 cross-border attacks claimed 188 lives and injured 348 others.
SFs and LEA killed a total of
524 militants in 2017, as against 809 in 2016, in 75 military
operations as well as 68 armed clashes and encounters with the
militants reported from across the four provinces and FATA. According
to the report, some new challenges raised their heads, including
emergence of self-radicalised individuals and small terrorist
cells, growing incidence of religious extremism including on educational
campuses, and, most importantly, increasing footprints of IS in
parts of the country and convergence of its fighters in Afghanistan
near Pakistani border. In 2017, IS and its local affiliates claimed
6 major attacks, killing 153 people.
IM of Pakistan issued a notice
in several newspapers urging the public not to donate to organisations
involved in terrorism. The advertisement named 72 organisations
including JuD and FIF associated with LeT founder Hafiz Saeed,
which are banned or under observation for involvement in terrorism,
barring them from collecting donations. The notice cautioned against
making donations, giving financial assistance or serving outfits
that were banned or under observation under the ATA 1997, and
UN Act 1948, was a crime.
Police in a meeting decided to
reinvestigate labourers working on the Karot Power Project of
CPEC in the case of a Chinese engineer Pingzhi Liu who went missing
in Kahuta Tehsil in Rawalpindi District of Punjab on Dec 20, 2017.
The decision was made by Regional Police Officer (RPO) Mohammad
Sultan Raja at a meeting on the site of the project.
Three militants were arrested
by FC Balochistan during IBOs conducted under Operation Radd-ul-Fassad
in Dhadar and Mastung Districts of Balochistan, states ISPR. Cache
of arms and ammunition including IEDs, hand grenade, detonators
and communication equipment were also recovered.
The Peshawar High Court granted
bail to the father-in-law of Maulana Fazlullah 'chief' of TTP
and founder of TNSM Sufi Mohammad. As a pro-Taliban cleric he
was the architect of a violent movement for the enforcement of
Sharia in Pakistan´s north-western Malakand District of KP.
PAT Chief Dr. Tahirul Qadri announced
a countrywide protest movement against the PML-N Government from
January 17 as the deadline, given for the resignation of Punjab
CM Shahbaz Sharif and Law Minister Rana Sanaullah given by him
Pentagon Spokesman Colonel Rob
Manning said that US had conveyed "specific and concrete steps"
Pakistan must take for resumption of aid. "Taliban and Haqqani
leadership and attack planners should no longer be able to find
safe haven or conduct operations from Pakistani soil" he said.
Pentagon Officials are watching to see if Pakistan is going to
retaliate against the US by cutting supply lines to US troops
from its port at Karachi into Afghanistan. Manning said that so
far there were no signs that Pakistan was preparing to take that
course of action. He stressed that the suspension of funding was
not permanent "at this time" and that the money was not being
Seven people, including five Policemen,
were killed and 16 others, including eight Policemen, injured
in a suicide blast by a TTP militant near GPO Chowk on Zarghoon
Road of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. The suicide
bomber targeted the Police contingent returning from duty at the
Provincial Assembly building and rammed into the parked Police
truck. IG of Balochistan Police Moazzam Jah Ansari said that he
could "tell in advance" that the suicide bomber must have come
from across the Afghanistan border.
ATC granted bail to two suspects
Wasihullah and Hamid Khan charged by the CTD with possessing explosive
material and a hand grenade in Mardan District in KP on October
18, 2017. In the petition, both the suspects had claimed that
they were taken into custody by LEAs and that after remaining
in illegal confinement for many weeks; they were implicated in
a concocted case, which was registered by the CTD.
Sindh Rangers Karachi Division
powers conferred under the provision of clause (i) of sub-section-3
of section 4 of ATA, 1997 due to expire on January 10, 2018, have
been extended by Sindh CM Syed Murad Ali Shah. Extended period
of 90 days commences from January 1, 2018 to April 10, 2018.
Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir
said that military and intelligence cooperation with US had been
suspended. "You see the facilities that we have extended to them
(Americans) are still in operation. We have not suspended them.
But there is also a wide field of intelligence cooperation and
defence cooperation which we have suspended," Dastagir said at
a public talk on "Contours of Security Environment of Pakistan",
organised by the Government-run Institute of Strategic Studies
Islamabad (ISSI). US Embassy spokesman Richard Snelsire, however,
said that no formal notification had been sent.
Muhammad Bakhsh alias Jaggo a
former militant 'commander' belonging to BLF was killed by militants
in the Nasirabad area of Turbat town in Kech District of Balochistan.
According to (unnamed) Levies Officials, Jaggo was an important
'commander 'of BLF, however, differences cropped up between him
and the BLF leadership after the killing of National Party leader
Mola Bakhsh Dashti in an attack. Jaggo then left the BLF and formed
his own militant group. Three years ago, he abandoned militancy
and surrendered to the Government.
US State Department updated its
threat assessment for Pakistan Balochistan, KP, FATA and PoK were
placed in the "do not travel" category due to militancy.
One soldier was killed while two
others were injured in a landmine explosion in the Sarobai area
of the North Waziristan agency of FATA.
Steven Goldstein, the US Under
Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs said
that US was hopeful that "Pakistan will do the right thing and
turn over the terrorists and honour their commitment".
MFA Pakistan spokesperson Mohammed
Faisal said that US understands the importance of lines of communication.
"Pakistan's support to the US has been critical in dealing with
the challenges of terrorism in the region. Both sides understand
the importance of the lines of communication," he said. He also
said that Pakistan and the US continued to communicate with each
other on various issues of mutual interest at different levels.
"Since, it is being done outside media glare, I cannot share further
details with you," Faisal replied when asked to share details
of such contacts.
Police Constable identified as
Shakir posted in the anti-street crime squad was killed in a targeted
attack by TTP militants on his way to report for duty at Gulberg
Police Station near North Nazimabad area of Karachi the provincial
capital of Sindh.
General Joseph L. Votel Commander
US CENTCOM apprised COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa over a telephone
call that US was not considering unilateral action inside Pakistan.
A US Senator had also called the COAS to discuss Pakistan-US security
cooperation post the US President Donald Trump's tweet.
The ECP delisted 284 political
parties for failing to meet the requirements under the Elections
Act 2017. Under the Elections Act 2017, the political parties
were required to deposit a registration fee of Rs0.2 million with
the ECP along with a list of 2,000 party workers with their national
identity cards and signatures however these parties failed to
comply. Prominent parties delisted by the ECP include Muttahida
Qaumi Movement-Pakistan, Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal, Pakistan Muslim
League-Functional, the JUI-Sami, the Sunni Tehreek, Qaumi Watan
Party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nazriati, Sindh National Front,
Bahawalpur National Awami Party, Millat Party and Aam Aadmi Party.
These parties could approach the SCP against the delisting.
The NA passed a bill extending
the jurisdiction of the SCP and the PHC to FATA as one of the
reforms paving the way for a merger of FATA with KP. The junior
partners of the PML-N Government, the JUI-F and the Pashtunkhwa
Milli Awami (PMA) Party opposed the bill.
Four TTP militants were killed
by the Police in an encounter after receiving prior intelligence
near Shah Latif Town in Karachi the provincial capital of Sindh.
According to SSP Malik Rao Anwar the militants were involved in
target killings and militancy related incidents.
MQM-L Convener Professor Hassan
Zafar Arif was found dead in Ilyas Goth area of Karachi the provincial
capital of Sindh. He had earlier gone missing on the same day
and there were conflicting reports on whether there were torture
marks on his body or not.
Police acting on information shared
by the IA arrested two suspects and recovered 121 rifles and 16,000
cartridges in a truck near Sefan Square on Kohat Road in Peshawar
in KP. The suspects were identified as Bilour and Raj Khan revealed
that the weapons were being transported for smuggler identified
as Parvez, a resident of Masho Khail in Peshawar in KP.
Another five suspects were arrested
and weapons recovered in Barabhed area in Peshawar in KP. The
recovery included 274 AK-47 riffles, one G3 rifle, 76 pistols,
included seven 9mm, 20 pistols of 38 bore, 32 pistol of AK-47
style, 14 China riffle 7.62 mm, rifle Dangar bore 13,11 repeater
and hundreds of cartridges of deferent bores.
Two suspects were arrested during
search operation conducted in various areas of Tarnol Police Jurisdiction
by Islamabad Police and Rangers.
One child was killed and another
injured in an explosion in Bannu District of KP.
Police arrested 58 suspects including
two facilitators of militants during search operations from Kohat
district in KP. DPO Majeed Abbas said that the Police teams had
conducted the operations in various areas of Kohat.
One health worker was killed by
unidentified militants Alikhel area of Qilla Saifullah District
Two children were injured in an
explosion in Sarkokae area of SWA in FATA. The injured were identified
as nine-year-old Kalsum and seven-year-old Rasheed.
A total of 324 violent incidents
including 153 terrorism and 171 counter terrorism actions were
recorded during 2017, which marked a 16 percent increase in militancy
incidents, compared to the preceding year, says FATA Annual Security
Report issued by FATA Research Centre, Islamabad. Out of the total
153 terrorist incidents in 2017, 73 terrorist attacks (48 percent)
targeted the security forces, while 71 attacks (46 percent) were
directed against civilians. Seven terrorist attacks (five percent)
targeted members of civil militia or Amn Lashkar. Two incidents
of infighting between terrorist groups were also report during
the year 2017. The violent incidents both militants and counter-terrorists,
resulted in a total of 1207 casualties 539 killed and 668 injured
across FATA, marking an increase of 37 percent in overall casualties.
Of the total casualties, 76O (138 Killed and 437 Injured) were
that of civilians, accounting for 63 percent of the overall casualties.
The report claimed that TTP, Islamic State of Khorasan (IS-K),
Khan Said and Hakeemullah group of Mehsud Taliban, Wazir Taliban,
Haqqani Network, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Al-Alami and TTP-Jamat-ul-Ahrar
remained the major actor of instability during the year 2017.
Five FC Personnel were killed
and six others injured in an ambush by militants in Shapok area
of Kech District in Balochistan. According to (unnamed) Officials
two FC vehicles, transporting Soldiers from Panjgur to Turban
in Balochistan, were attacked with automatic weapons when they
were crossing the mountainous area of Shapok. Turbat Assistant
Commissioner Dr Jamil Baloch said that "as a result of the firing
and overturning of the vehicles, five FC personnel got martyred
and six others sustained injured". The deceased were identified
as Havaldar Zakir, Lance Naik Masood, Sepoy Shahbaz Qasir, Sepoy
Farmanullah and Sepoy Masood while the injured included Havaldar
Qambar, Asadullah, Sohail, Muhammad Bilal, Muhammad Hanif and
A Police Constable was killed
by unidentified assailants in Bharwal area of Hasanabdal Saddar
Police Jurisdiction in Attock District of Punjab. The deceased
was identified as Head constable Faizan.
Two TTP militants, Amjad Khan
and Dawood Khan belonging to the JuA faction were arrested by
CTD during a raid in Harbans Pura in Lahore the provincial capital
of Punjab. Hand grenades and small-scale arms were recovered during
TTP 'commander' Asad Mansoor
of the Hakimullah Mehsud group surrendered to the SFs in Dera
Ismail Khan District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The name of the surrendered
'commander' resembles that of the spokesperson of the TTP's breakaway
faction JuA, Asad Mansoor, but he has sent an email to media outlets
denying that he had laid down arms, while an (unnamed) official
says that he had surrendered three weeks back.
Afghan Taliban delegation from
the 'Qatar Office' led by Shahabuddin Dilawar has arrived in Pakistan
according to two (unnamed) Taliban officials. However, Taliban
'spokesman' Zabihullah Mujahid said he was unaware of the visit
when a query was posted on his WhatsApp and said he would check
US Acting Assistant Secretary
of State Alice Wells said that Pakistan's support was critical
to the success of the US strategy for Afghanistan. She said that
strengthening border management mechanisms between Pakistan and
Afghanistan was vital to addressing concerns relating to cross
border movements. She also called on Adviser on Finance Miftah
Ismail in Islamabad and discussed current state of Pakistan-US
ties with particular emphasis on economic cooperation.
Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff
General Joseph Dunford said that military-to-military dialogue
between the Pakistan and US was the right approach to improve
Three militants were killed in
an attempted suicide attack on SSP Malir Rao Anwar when his convoy
comes under attack in Malir Cantt area of Karachi, the provincial
capital of Sindh. SSP Anwar remained unhurt in the attack, Police
said, adding that a suicide attacker blew himself up near the
convoy while two other attackers were killed in retaliatory fire
by Policemen. The convoy came under attack by militants when SSP
Anwar was heading towards his home in Malir Cantt. At least four
Policemen travelling in the convoy sustained bullet wounds. SSP
Rao Anwar survived an attack earlier on May 1, 2015 during which
assailants hurled grenades and opened fire on his convoy while
he was returning home from the residence of slain DSP Fateh Muhammad
More than 1,800 clerics have issued
a fatwa forbidding suicide bombings, as part of a national counter-terrorism
narrative 'Paigham-e-Pakistan' launched at the President's House
in Islamabad. The 22-point decree signed by eminent religious
scholars from different schools of thought and heads of major
religious schools across Pakistan declared that suicide attacks
were forbidden in the light of teachings of the Holy Quran and
the Sunnah and were already adversely affecting the country and
the society by causing disorder and mayhem to the advantage of
the enemies of Islam as well as Pakistan. "We unanimously reject
extremist ideology and extremism in all its forms and manifestations.
Wherever exists, this is an evil ideology, therefore, shall be
dealt with as a religious obligation through all means available,
i.e. ideological, kinetic and non-kinetic," the decree said.
TTP claimed responsibility of
former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination in a book
launched by the outfit's central leader Mufti Noor Wali alias
Abu Mansoor Asim. 588-page book titled 'Inqilab-e-Mehsud South
Waziristan - From British Raj to American Imperialism' states
the Bhutto was assassinated because "She allegedly planned to
collaborate with the US against the Mujahideen if she returned
to power." Bhutto was killed in a suicide attack on December 27,
2007 in Rawalpindi. The book also claims that two bombers, Mohsin
and Rehmatullah, were assigned the task to carry out the attack,
one of whom succeeded in firing a shot at Benazir Bhutto before
detonating his explosives jacket.
The book corroborates law enforcement
and security agencies' claims of dismantling the banned organisation's
network in Karachi by killing most of its militants. The author
Mufti Noor Wali himself served as the chief for Karachi chapter
from June 2013 to May 2015. The sections about Karachi describe
how the Mehsud chapter started its subversive activities in Karachi
after the crackdown on militant groups intensified in 2007, and
also mentions their foiled attack in Kiamari where oil terminals
are located. After the military's Operation Rah-e-Nijat was launched
in 2009, a crackdown on Taliban militants also started in the
city. In retaliation, the group began targeting law enforcement
and security officials as well as political activists who were
part of the coalition government, for which they joined forces
with other jihadi groups operating in the metropolis.
The group claims to have attacked
the Rangers' Nazimabad headquarters and checkpoints, martyring
law enforcement officials, including the SSP Chaudhry Aslam, and
attacking leaders and rallies of the ANP and the MQM. They also
admit to committing robberies, extortion and other crimes to generate
funds. Wali acknowledges that after the crackdown on violent groups
was launched in the city in September 2013, law enforcement and
security agencies had killed most of the key leaders in an "extrajudicial"
manner. The book also lists the names of 104 people killed by
law enforcement and security agencies. However, according to Mehsud
tribesmen familiar with the TTP network in the city, most of the
people on the list were active members of the outfit in the city's
Pashtun-dominated areas, such as Sohrab Goth, Manghopir, Ittehad
Town, Quarry Colony and Shah Latif Town.
Granting total immunity to the
Mumbai terror attacks mastermind, Hafiz Saeed, Prime Minister
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said on a private news channel that no action
can be taken against Hafiz Saeed since no case has been registered
against him. "Action is taken when there is a case registered
against someone. There is no case against Hafiz Saeed in Pakistan,
if there were a case, action would have been taken," Abbasi said
in a TV interview, referring to Saeed as 'sahib', a form of address
or title placed after a man's name or designation as a mark of
respect. The LeT and JuD chief, who has a USD 10 million bounty
on him by the US state department since 2012 for his role in several
acts of terror, was set free on November 24, 2017 after the Lahore
high court directed Pakistan Government to end his home detention.
Incidentally, in one of his early interviews, Abbasi had asked
India to prosecute Saeed on an international forum if it thinks
there was substance in its allegations. "Prosecute him internationally
if there is substance in charges against him. These are accusations
only. No evidence has been provided by India," he had said.
Two Balochistan Constabulary personnel,
identified as Ilyas and Shaukat, were shot dead while another
one, identified as Javed, sustain injury when unidentified militants
attacked them on Double Road area of Quetta, the provincial capital
of Balochistan. The personnel were reportedly deployed at a flyover
in the area for security duty.
Unidentified militants shot dead
a Police constable, identified as Naseer Ahmed, while was going
to report for duty on the Raisani Road area of Quetta. However,
the attackers managed to escape from the spot after the attack.
Two Policemen among three people
were injured in a hand grenade attack on a vehicle in Chaman town
of Killa Abdullah District. Police said that unidentified assailants
hurled hand grenade at a vehicle near Edhi police picket in Chaman.
The attack partially damaged the vehicle, besides injuring three
people, including two Policemen. The assailants fled the scene
after the attack.
Police foiled a major terror bid
as it recovered two bomb planted by the roadside in Quetta, which
were defused by the BDS. According to details, a remote control
bomb, weighing four to five kilogrammes, was planted by some unidentified
miscreants in a cycle in Shafi Colony near Sariab Road, which
A man was injured in a US drone
strike in Badshah Kot area near the Pak-Afghan border in Kurram
Agency of FATA. According to officials, the man severely injured
in the strike was identified as Khalid, said to be an "Afghan
Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua
informed the Senate's foreign affairs committee that the US would
continue funding the aid components that support their national
interest, including the IMET part. The IMET programme, which focuses
on military education, is meant to establish a rapport between
the US military and the recipient country's military for building
alliances for the future. Under this programme, Pakistan Army
officers have been trained in the US at a cost of USD 52 million
over the past 15 years and an allocation of another USD 4 million
has been made for the current year. While the IMET would continue,
the US has frozen the aid provided under the programmes that are
more important to Pakistan, particularly the FMF. The recipients
of FMF can use the funds under this programme for procurement
of defence hardware produced by the US.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei
Lavrov while acknowledging Pakistan's efforts in eradicating terrorism,
said during a press conference in Moscow that the terrorists spread
inside Afghanistan along the area bordering Pakistan pose grave
danger for Islamabad. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia
will provide every possible support to Pakistan to make it a developed
country. Sergei Lavrov said several agreements have been signed
between Pakistan and Russia for the provision of helicopters and
Two female polio vaccination workers
were killed when their team comes under the fire of unidentified
assailants in the Shalkot area of Quetta, the provincial capital
of Balochistan. "Sakina Bibi and her daughter Rizwana Bibi (12)
were killed by unknown assailants," spokesman of Emergency Operation
Centre for Polio Eradication Balochistan Muhammad Zafar said.
SFs apprehended eight terrorists
and seized weapons from their possession in different areas of
Balochistan. According to ISPR, FC Balochistan conducted IBOs
in Gulistan, Pishin, Kanack, Dera Bugti, Uch, Sambaza Dera Murad
Jamali and Sibbi and arrested eight terrorists including an illegal
Afghan national. The FC personnel recovered weapons and ammunition
including IEDs, rockets, fuses, grenades, mortars and explosives
from their possession.
Following PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's
remark that no action could be taken against the United Nations-designated
terrorist Hafiz Saeed, the US called for Hafiz Saeed's prosecution
"to the fullest extent of the law". PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, during
an interview to Geo TV on January 16, referred to Hafiz Saeed
as 'sahib' (sir) and said "There is no case against Hafiz Saeed
sahib in Pakistan. Only when there is a case, can there be action,"
he said when asked why there was no action against Saeed. Reacting
strongly to the comments, State Department spokesperson Heather
Nauert said the US believed that Saeed should be prosecuted and
they have told Pakistan as much."We believe that he should be
prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. He is listed by the
UNSC 1267, the al Qaeda Sanctions Committee for targeted sanctions
due to his affiliation with LeT, which is a designated foreign
terror organisation," Ms. Nauert told reporters at her daily news
conference. "We have made our points and concerns to the Pakistani
government very clear. We believe that this individual should
be prosecuted," she said.
Foreign Office spokesman Dr Muhammad
Faisal disclosed that Pakistan and the US were engaged in negotiations,
which are "ongoing and outside public domain" and that cooperation
with the US has remained unaffected despite recent developments.
He did not go into details and only said that no demands were
being made from the US in the negotiations.US Deputy Assistant
Secretary of State Alice Wells this week visited Pakistan during
which she renewed the demand for clearing Pakistani territory
of alleged terror sanctuaries. Earlier US CENTCOM chief General
Joseph Votel had reached out to Chief of the Army Staff General
Qamar Bajwa for calming the frayed nerves at GHQ. The information
publicly shared by both sides about these interactions created
the perception that the second attempt at salvaging the relationship
after the US leadership's rhetoric against Pakistan following
the announcement of the new policy on South Asia and Afghanistan
was not going well.
SFs arrested eight suspected militants
including three unregistered Afghans and seized weapons from their
possession in Lahore and Dera Ghazi Khan of Punjab. According
to ISPR, Pakistan Rangers Punjab along with Police and Intelligence
Agencies carried out IBO in Lahore and Dera Ghazi Khan.
COAS, General Qamar Javed Bajwa
confirmed death sentence of another 10 hardcore terrorists, awarded
by military courts. The convicts were involved in terrorist activities,
killing of innocent civilians, attacks on educational institutions,
slaughtering of soldiers, attacking Law Enforcement Agencies and
Armed Forces of Pakistan. In total, these 10 terrorists were involved
in killing of 41 personnel while injuring 33 others. Arms and
explosives were also recovered from their possession. These convicts
were tried by military courts. Besides these 10, another 3 convicts
have been awarded imprisonment for varying period by military
Pakistan said that it wanted
to send Afghan Taliban and Haqqani network leaders back to Afghanistan
to join the mainstream politics in their own country. In an interview
to the BBC Urdu, Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States Aizaz
Chaudhry rejected allegations of providing shelter to Afghan Taliban
and the Haqqani network operatives. "There are no terrorist safe
havens in Pakistan. However, if US has any information [on the
issue] then they must share it with us as we too want to eliminate
them [Taliban and Haqqanis]," he said. Chaudhry said the Taliban
and Haqqanis had a control over 43 per cent land in Afghanistan.
"However, they have relations with the Afghan refugees living
in Pakistan and that's why we want them [refugees] to return to
Afghanistan as well," he said. "Our position on the issue is very
clear: we want them back to their country… we don't want Taliban
and Haqqanis living with us. In fact, we are forcing them to go
and live in Afghanistan and join the political mainstream there
and they're not accepted here anymore," he asserted.
Two militants were killed during
an intelligence-based operation by SFs in the suburbs of Dera
Ghazi Khan town of same District in Punjab. ISPR statement said
that the IBO was conducted under Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad and
two militants were involved in kidnapping and killing of SF personnel.
Former SHO of Airport Police Station
Fazlur Rehman Kakar was shot dead in a targeted attack in Yat
Road area of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. According
to Police, Fazlur Rehman Kakar was sitting outside his car showroom
on Yat Road when unidentified assailants shot him dead. Kakar
was dismissed as the Airport SHO after the May 17, 2011 Kharotabad
incident in which four Russians and one Tajik nationals were killed.
These five foreigners were shot dead after they allegedly failed
to stop at a Police checkpoint. The victims included three women,
including a pregnant one. Several high-profile inquiries were
conducted into the incident to ascertain the role of the FC and
Police. As a result of the judicial inquiry by Justice Hashim
Khan Kakar, Quetta CCPO Daud Junejo, FC's Colonel Faisal Shehzad,
SHO Fazlur Rehman Kakar and ASI Raza Khan were held responsible.
In August 2013, unidentified assailants shot dead ASI Raza while
he was standing outside his house in Quetta. On December 29, 2011,
Police surgeon and key witness in the incident, Dr Baqir Shah,
was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Quetta. The doctor
was previously roughed up by Police as his statement differed
from the official version of security agencies.
A grade 12th student, Fahim Ashraf,
at Islamia College in Charsadda District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
shot his college principal, Sareer Khan, dead after being censured
for skipping school to attend the November 2017 sit-in of religio-political
parties in Faizabad area of Federal capital Islamabad. In a video
acquired by Dawn, the student, while being arrested, appeared
to justify the murder saying he believed the college principal
had committed blasphemy. "I have been taught... to kill... to
not be afraid. Don't be afraid of disrespecting the one who" commits
blasphemy, the student can be heard saying in the video in Pashto.
"You can kill me," he tells the arresting officers. Police said
the principal Sareer Khan had earlier expressed his anger at Faheem
over his being absent from college for three days. Fahim Ashraf
had been angry that he was marked absent during the days he was
attending the Faizabad sit-in.
The Supreme Court ordered authorities
to halt the implementation of an order by a military court which
sentenced to death three hardcore terrorists. A two-member bench
of the top court under Justice Azamat Saeed conducted a hearing
into appeals filed in the SC against the verdict by three terrorists,
namely Shafaqat, Sabir Shah and Muhammad Liaquat. After hearing
the arguments of the complainants, Justice Saeed ordered the suspension
of the military court ruling until further orders, and adjourned
proceedings indefinitely. Muhammad Liaquat had been charged with
attacking a journalist, while Sabir Shah and Shafaqat are deemed
involved in the murder of Advocate Arshad Ali in Lahore. Earlier,
a military court had sentenced all three of them to death.
In the wake of January 20's attack
on luxury Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul carried out by the Afghan
Taliban, the US called on Pakistan to take action against the
militant group's leaders. At least 18 people were killed when
Afghan Taliban militants stormed the Hotel. The siege had continued
overnight as Afghan security forces battled the terrorists. Addressing
a press briefing, press secretary Sarah Sanders said that the
attack against civilians would only serve to strengthen Washington's
resolve in working with its Afghan partners. Commending the "swift
action" taken by the Afghan security forces at the time of the
attack, Sanders added: "Afghanistan forces, with our support,
will continue to relentlessly pursue the enemies of Afghanistan
who also seek to export terror around the world." "We call on
Pakistan to immediately arrest or expel the Taliban's leaders,"
Sanders said, adding that Pakistan should "prevent the group from
using Pakistani territory to support its operations".
Retracting from his earlier statement
that no action can be taken against chief of JuD, the frontal
organisation of LeT and Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed since
no case was registered against him in Pakistan, Prime Minister
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that his Government will push ahead
with its plans to seize control of charities run by the JuD chief
Hafiz Saeed. Abbasi's assurance to act against Saeed-run entities
comes ahead of a planned two-day visit of the UNSC's sanctions-monitoring
team to Pakistan to assess the country's compliance with the world
body's sanctions regime. "Yes, the government will take over the
charities, which are sanctioned and not allowed to operate," PM
Abbasi told Reuters in an interview. "Everybody is on board, everybody
is on the same page, everybody is committed to the implementation
of UN sanctions," he said.
At least three Haqqani network
militants were killed in a drone strike at a house in Speen Thal
area of Hangu District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The deaths were
also confirmed by SHO of Thal Police Station, Ameer Zaman.
The chief of JuD, the frontal
organisation of LeT and Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed requested
the UN to send its officials to JuD's offices to check whether
he was involved in terrorist or humanitarian activities, reports
Times of India. Saeed also filed a petition in the Lahore High
Court seeking protection from arrest ahead of the UNSC team's
arrival. He filed the petition through his counsel A K Dogar seeking
the court's direction to the PML-N Government restraining it from
arresting him and taking action against JuD and Falah-i-Insaniat
Foundation, which is included in the UNSC sanctions list. Saeed's
request comes two days ahead of the visit of the UNSC's sanctions
monitoring team to Pakistan on a two-day trip to assess the country's
compliance with the world body's sanctions regime. The UNSC special
team will arrive here on January 25. "Everyone can observe our
humanitarian work and activities," Saeed said. "A malicious campaign
has been launched in media against me and JuD in order to please
America and India. The campaign aimed at banning JuD activities
in Pakistan will not be fruitful for the country's sovereignty,"
Federal Minister of Interior
Ahsan Iqbal said that ex-militants are raising funds for welfare
and they may join any terrorist outfit if stopped from carrying
out such activities. Talking to journalists after attending the
passing-out ceremony of the Counter-Terrorism Force at Police
Lines Headquarters in Islamabad, he said that about 4,000 to 5,000
militants had quit militancy and were raising funds for welfare.
"What would they do if they don't do the same [welfare works];
either we throw them into the sea or give them opportunity to
join Daesh [Arabic acronym for the militant Islamic State group],"
Ahsan Iqbal said without naming any individual or outfit. He said
these people were not involved in militancy anymore, but engaged
in welfare works, adding that they were under surveillance, their
accounts were seized and there was a ban on their fund raising.
The Lahore High Court restrained
the Pakistan Government from arresting Hafiz Saeed, the 2008 Mumbai
terror attack mastermind and JuD chief, till further order. Saeed
on January 23 moved the court seeking protection from arrest or
action against JuD and FIF ahead of the visit of the monitoring
team of the UNSC Sanctions Committee. In his plea, he had said
that the government wants to arrest him at the behest of US and
India, whose lobby for the last many years has been trying to
prove that he was "somehow involved in Mumbai attacks". Justice
Amin Aminuddin Khan heard Saeed's plea and refrained the Government
from taking any adverse action against him. "The LHC today accepted
JuD chief Hafiz Saeed's application and issued order restraining
the federal government from arresting him till further order,"
a court official said adding that the court also issued notice
to the Government to file its reply on March 17.
At least two hundred separatists'
militants of the BRP, including 15 'commanders', laid down their
weapons before Chief Minister, Abdul Quddus Bizenjo and Commander
Southern Command Lieutenant General Asim Saleem Bajwa at a ceremony
held at FC Headquarters in Turbat town in Kech District in Balochistan.
The separatists' militants announced submitting to the writ of
the State and becoming part of the national mainstream, according
to an official press release.
As many as 444 suspects were killed
in 192 police encounters led by Rao Anwar after his appointment
as the SSP in the Malir District of the Karachi, the provincial
capital of Sindh, reveals the inquiry report submitted by the
Sindh Police in the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The report detailing
745 encounters involving former SSP Malir Rao Anwar, after his
appointment seven years back, was submitted by the Police after
Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar took suo notice of
the alleged extra judicial killing of Naqeebullah Mehsood on January
13. According to the inquiry report, Rao Anwar led 192 police
encounters in which 444 people were killed. Whereas, there were
553 cases that did not involve any killings. The report stated
that Rao Anwar took some 891 suspects into custody during the
last seven years as SPP of the Malir District. The first ten months
of 2012 saw the most number of encounters, the report said. Two
Police encounters took place in Jan 2018 that led to killing of
A civilian, identified as Bachayo
Bheel, was killed in a low intensity blast caused by a hand grenade
placed in garbage near the Mehran shopping centre in the Qasimabad
town of Hyderabad. Another passerby Rajab Ali was injured in the
incident. According to Hyderabad SSP Peer Muhammad Shah, "It seems
that due to our ongoing search operation some miscreant threw
the grenade in the garbage." The deceased was rummaging through
the garbage when the grenade exploded.
Pakistani PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi
on inaugurated the Gwadar Economic Free Zone as part of the CPEC.
An IED explosion has killed eight
people including three women and a child at Maqbal area of Kurram
Agency in FATA. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack
Pakistan handed over 27 individuals
suspected of having ties to the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani Network
to Afghanistan in 2017. In a series of tweets, the FO spokesman
Mohammad Faisal on January 30 said that Pakistan is continuing
to push any suspected Afghan Taliban and Haqqani elements with
a view to "prevent them from using our soil for any terrorist
activity in Afghanistan". The suspected militants were handed
over to Afghanistan in November 2017, he said.
Afghan Interior Minister Wais
Ahmad Barmak, NDS Chief Masoom Stanekzai and Afghanistan Ambassador
Omar Zakhilwal, held detailed talks on security cooperation with
Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. Both sides also
agreed to continue negotiations and a Pakistani delegation is
likely to visit Kabul on February 3 for follow up talks and share
"Pakistan's concerns about the presence of militants on the Afghan
side of the border," a Pakistani source said. The surprise visit
of the top Afghanistan delegation and talks follows a string of
deadly attacks in Afghanistan.
The Pakistani Government decided
to extend the stay of over 1.4 million registered Afghan refugees
in Pakistan for another two months. The decision to give the sixth
extension to Afghan refugees was made in the federal cabinet meeting,
which was chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, said
the PM's spokesman. It was also agreed to extend the period for
the proof of registration (PoR) cards for Afghan refugees living
in Pakistan which automatically lost their legal status on Dec
US Joint Staff Director Lieutenant
General Kenneth McKenzie assured Islamabad that the United States
is not planning to conduct military operations inside Pakistan.
"We actually don't contemplate military operations inside Pakistan,"
Kenneth McKenzie said at a Pentagon news briefing. "On the other
hand, we recognise - because the strategy is inherently regional
and Pakistan is geographically located at a critical nexus of
a lot of different things - Pakistan is a fundamental part of
the strategy," he added. The assurances followed a White House
statement on January 30, saying that the US military had been
given authority to eliminate militant safe havens in both Pakistan
The Baloch militant organisations
are no longer a threat to the CPEC, said Chinese Ambassador to
Pakistan Yao Jing, adding that members of banned outfits were
"not true Pakistanis". In an interview to BBC Urdu, he sounded
confident that Gwadar port would soon become one of the world's
trading hubs as the security situation in Pakistan had improved
to a large extent in the last few years. "If they [Baloch militants]
are true Pakistanis, they should work in the interest of Pakistan,"
he said brushing aside their capacity of becoming a threat to
China, Pakistan and their CPEC project. Yao Jing said he was satisfied
with the security provided to about 10,000 Chinese nationals working
on different CPEC projects in Pakistan which also has some 60,000
local people on different jobs.
The NACTA claims to have issued
threat alert with a "very high degree of accuracy and precision"
before the deadliest Army Public School, Peshawar terrorist attack
on December 16, 2014. According to NACTA, it has been able to
predict 80 terrorist attacks, out of which 24 were predicted with
a high degree of accuracy and precision about the target, place,
suspected perpetrators, modus operandi etc. It adds that 56 of
these attacks were city specific. However, despite precise threat
alerts they could not be prevented. Since the setting up of NACTA's
Operation Wing in 2014, the authority has disseminated 4,700 threat
alerts and information reports for pro-active measures by the
provincial governments and the law enforcement agencies.
Blaming Pakistan for insurgency
in Afghanistan is unfair as Afghanistan itself has large swathes
of ungoverned spaces that are leaving a vacuum for safe havens
and terrorist sanctuaries, FO Spokesperson Dr Faisal said. During
weekly media briefing, the spokesman said endless cycle of violence
is consistent enemy of Afghanistan and peace in the region cannot
be achieved until ungoverned places in Afghanistan are dealt with
properly. "These ungoverned areas are used to flourish and launch
attacks on Pakistan", he said. He said peace in Afghanistan can
only be achieved through an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned management.
"It is totally up to Afghanistan to reckon how to tackle insurgent
groups within its area", he added.
Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani
accused Pakistan of failing to move against the Taliban and pledged
a new security plan for Kabul after hundreds of people were killed
and wounded in two deadly attacks on the capital, Kabul, in January.
"We are waiting for Pakistan to act," Ghani said in a televised
address after weekly prayers, in which he accused Pakistan of
being the 'Taliban centre'.
JuD chief Hafiz Saeed backtracked
from his earlier statement about the alleged role of India and
the US in his house arrest, claiming he was detained by the Pakistan
Government to stop him from raising the Kashmir issue. "It was
not the Modi government...but our own Pakistani Government that
had detained me for 10 months. The Pakistani government wanted
to stop me from raising the Kashmir issue," JuD chief Saeed said
while speaking at the Nazria Pakistan Trust in Lahore. "I fail
to understand as to why Islamabad is ignoring the sacrifices of
Kashmiri people. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi should stage
a sit-in along with at least five members of his Cabinet outside
the office of the UN on February 5 to express solidarity with
the Kashmiri people," he said.
Eleven Pakistani Army soldiers
were killed and 13 wounded in a suicide bombing near a Pakistani
Army camp in Kabal area in Swat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
TTP has claimed responsibility for the attack. According to reports,
the suicide bomber blew himself up in a ground where soldiers
were playing volleyball.
An accidental hand grenade explosion
in a home in the Tusp area of Panjgur District in Balochistan
killed a woman and her daughter and injured her son. Makran Division
Commissioner Bashir Bangulzai said that the boy had found a hand
grenade and taken it home. The grenade exploded while he was playing
with it inside his house. The boy's mother and sister died in
the blast, while the injured boy was shifted to a nearby hospital
for medical treatment.
JI local leader Malik Tufail was
shot dead by unidentified assailants in Mughalkhel area of Bannu
District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Tufail was killed when unidentified
assailants on a motorcycle opened fire at him in Mughalkhel area.
The suspects escaped from the site after the incident.
At least one person was killed and seven passers-by
injured in a roadside blast in Chitkan area of Panjgur District.
Police said that unknown miscreants had planted a bomb in a motorcycle
to target a pro government tribal notable Kamran Mengal. Baloch
Liberation Front has claimed responsibility for the attack.
A Chinese national, Chen Zhu (46), who was a top
official at a shipping firm, was shot dead by unknown armed assailants
in a 'targeted' attack at Zamzama Park in Clifton in Karachi the
provincial capital of Sindh.
||Two SF personals were killed
and three others were injured when their vehicle was targeted by
terrorists in Mir Ali tehsil of North Waziristan, in FATA.
The US drone strike killed at least three TTP
militants including a key 'commander', identified as Sajna Mehsud,
in the Gorwek area of NWA in FATA. The sources said the drone
fired two missiles on a militant compound close to the Afghanistan
The US named three Pakistanis as key "terrorist
facilitators", saying they worked closely with a well-known backer
of al Qaeda, LeT and the Taliban known as Shaykh Aminullah. The
US Treasury placed Rahman Zeb Faqir Muhammad, Hizb Ullah Astam
Khan, and Dilawar Khan Nadir Khan on its blacklist of "Specially
Designated Global Terrorists," in an effort to disrupt the group´s
ability to obtain and distribute financing. All three were tied
to Shaykh Aminullah, who has been on international terror blacklists
Balochistan CM Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo said that
because of concrete steps taken by the Government, insurgency
is on the wane in the province as militants have surrendered their
weapons and joined the mainstream to play their role in the development
of the country. Talking to a delegation of British journalists,
the chief minister said that a few elements sitting abroad had
misguided the youth of Balochistan, but now they (the youth) had
understood the designs of those people and foiled their conspiracies
by joining mainstream politics.
The CoAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa approved the
death sentences of seven terrorists convicted for "heinous offences
related to terrorism" by a military court. According to the ISPR
handout, the convicts carried out multiple attacks on civilians,
LEAs and the armed forces. They were also held responsible for
killing 85 people and injuring 109 others, the statement said.
Arms and explosives were also recovered from the militants' possession.
A military court also sentenced five other convicts to jail.
Life in KP's Mardan District came to a halt, as
thousands of workers and supporters of religious parties took
to roads to pressure the Government into releasing the 31 men
convicted in the murder of Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan student
Mashal Khan, who was lynched in April 13, 2017, after being falsely
accused of blasphemy. Thousands of members of the Tahaffuz Khatm-i-Nabuwat
Organisation, JI and JUI-F joined by locals participated in the
protest that began at Pakistan Chowk after Friday prayers. Holding
banners that read "Mashalyon, stop us if you can!". the protesters
chanted slogans against Mashal and the Government. The demonstration
led by Tahaffuz Khatm-i-Nabuwat leader Qari Ikramul Haq demanded
that the men convicted for the murder be released. Several of
the men acquitted by the court, including Ajmal Mayar, attended
the rally and were given a "Ghazi welcome". The rally was scheduled
to march from Pakistan Chowk to College Chowk, but concluded earlier
at Katlang Chowk after a dua for those acquitted.
President Mamnoon Hussain quietly promulgated
an ordinance amending the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997 with regards
to proscription of terrorist individuals and organisations to
include entities listed by the UNSC. The promulgation of the ordinance
was made public on February 12. The ordinance amends Sections
11-B and 11-EE of Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997 (XXVII of 1997). Section
11-B sets out parameters for proscription of groups, whereas 11-EE
describes the grounds for listing of individuals. Both sections
would now include Sub-Section 'aa', according to which organisations
and individuals "listed under the United Nations (Security Council)
Act, 1948 (XIV of 1948), or" will be included in the First Schedule
(for organisations) and Fourth Schedule (for individuals), respectively,
on an ex-parte basis.
The FC, during ongoing Operation Raddul
Fasaad, recovered a huge cache of ammunition and weaponry from
Sherani area in Dera Murad Jamali area of the District Nasirabad.
"A huge cache of ammunition, weaponry, mobile SIMs, communication
equipment was recovered during the action. However, no arrests
were made during the process. The security forces cordoned off
the area in search of the fleeing miscreants," the ISPR, said.
The KP's CTD arrested a facilitator of the terror
attack on Peshawar's Agricultural Directorate. According to CTD,
the man identified as Muhammad Yasir was taken into custody near
Larma camp in Peshawar and belongs to Bajaur Agency. The arrested
suspect has been shifted to undisclosed location and is being
interrogated. On December 1, 2017, terrorists attacked the Peshawar's
Agricultural Directorate in which nine people were killed and
thirty eight others injured.
Afghan Foreign Ministry claimed that no progress
was made on counter-terrorism and the reconciliation process at
the two-day high-level bilateral talks in Islamabad that concluded.
"While some progress was made on the mechanism of cooperation,
no progress was achieved on specific result-oriented, time-bound
measures in the APAPPS, particularly in the areas of counter-terrorism,
reduction of violence and peace and reconciliation to meet the
priorities of Afghanistan," a statement issued by Afghan Foreign
Ministry at the conclusion of the talks said. Afghan Deputy Foreign
Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai had led a high-level Afghan delegation
comprising senior civilian and military officials.
A TTP 'spokesperson' has confirmed the death of
its 'commander' Khan Said Sajna in a recent United States drone
strike. Azam Tariq Mehsud said 'commander' Sajna was killed in
February 8 strike in a village along the Pakistan-Afghanistan
border. He said another 'commander', Mufti Noor Wali, has now
been appointed in Sajna's place. Tariq says Wali enjoys the backing
of Mullah Fazlullah, the leader of the TTP who is believed to
be hiding in Afghanistan.
At least four FC personnel were killed in a targeted
firing incident in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan.
The FC personnel were patrolling the area near Sariab road when
unidentified militants on a motorcycle opened fire at their vehicle,
critically injuring all four who later succumbed to their injuries.
Governor Balochistan Mohammad Khan Achakzai condemns the attack
and urged the LEAs arrest the culprits at the earliest.
The USA has put forward a motion to place Pakistan
on a global terrorist-financing watch list FATF with an anti-money-laundering
monitoring group. According to Miftah Ismail the United States
and Britain have put forward the motion several weeks ago, and
later persuaded France and Germany to co-sponsor it.
Afghan Taliban, In an open letter, offered peace
negotiations to the American people and the Congressmen, asking
them to press their leaders to end invasion, as President Trump's
new strategy was failing to browbeat the insurgents. Earlier on
January 30, Trump had ruled out talks with the Taliban and declared
to 'finish' them after a string of Taliban-claimed attacks killed
nearly 125 people and injured about 300 others in Kabul. The offer
comes amid increased US airstrikes against the Taliban in southern
and northern Afghanistan as Trump's administration is now mainly
focusing on the use of force against the insurgents.
Punjab started taking over all the moveable and
immovable assets of the JuD and the FIF operating in the province.
The JuD's Muridke Markaz along with its various schools, seminaries
and health facilities was also taken over. There were similar
reports from everywhere else in the province, as well as in the
ICT. Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said that a recent notification
issued by the interior ministry reveals that JuD and FIF could
no longer operate in the country, and that all their moveable
and immoveable assets should be seized.
Advisor to Prime Minister (on Finance) Miftah
Ismail alleged that India is behind the US motion to place Pakistan
on FATF, a global terrorist-financing watch list. The FATF, an
intergovernmental body based in Paris, sets global standards for
fighting illicit finance.
A tribal elder was killed and two others were
injured in a landmine blast at Tor Simat area in Lower Orakzai
Agency. The Political Administration said that tribal elder Malik
Shah Khan, along with two aides, was travelling to Hangu when
his vehicle hit a roadside landmine in the Tor Simat area of Lower
Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said that any
unilateral action by the US in Pakistan will not only bring the
bilateral relations to an irreparable stage but also be counterproductive.
During an interview to CNN on February 13, he said, "Any unilateral
action in Pakistan will be a red line for Pakistan. Pakistanis
are dignified people. We want to have a friendship, which is based
on mutual respect but any effort to try to bully Pakistan or force
Pakistan will be counterproductive."
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has decided
to abolish the GBC and transfer its powers to the GB Legislative
Assembly. An unnamed official of the GBC on condition of anonymity
told the newspaper that a high-level meeting was held in Prime
Minister House, Islamabad, where Mr Abbasi directed the authorities
concerned to abolish the Gilgit-Baltistan council within a month.
GB Chief Minister Hafeezur Rehman, Federal Minister for Kashmir
Affairs and GB, Chaudhry Barjees Tahir, Planning Deputy Chairman
Sartaj Aziz and other senior government officials had attended
the meeting. The powers currently exercised by the GB Council
would be shifted to the elected GB Legislative Assembly.
AG, Ashtar Ausaf Ali informed the Supreme Court
that an anti-riot law was being drafted by the Federal Government
to deal with the protesters in accordance with the law. A two-member
Supreme Court bench comprising Justice Mushir Alam and Justice
Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel, was hearing a suo-motu case pertaining
to a sit-in by a religious party, TLY, at Faizabad interchange
in Nov 2017, which kept the lives of citizens paralyzed for almost
23 days. The AG stated that an anti-riot law would soon be approved
The prospect of Pakistan being placed back on
'grey list' of FATF list ,a global terrorist financing watch list,
could endanger its handful of remaining banking links to the outside
world, causing real financial pain to the economy. Being placed
on the FATF watch list carries no direct legal implications, but
brings extra scrutiny from regulators and financial institutions
that can chill trade and investment and increase transaction costs,
according to experts.
Three terrorists were killed during an IBO conducted
by the SFs in Dera Ghazi Khan. Two Rangers' personnel were got
injuries during the operation. Punjab Rangers, along with Elite
Police and Intelligence Agencies, conducted the IBO as a part
of Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad, killing three terrorists in exchange
of fire and recovering ammunition from the site, a statement issued
by the ISPR stated. An IED, rocket launcher, AK-47, grenades and
other ammunition were also recovered from the spot.
COAS, General Qamar Javed Bajwa said that no organised
militant camps existed on Pakistani soil. The COAS stated this
while addressing the Munich Security Conference in Germany. General
Qamar Javed Bajwa said, "Pakistan defeated Al Qaeda, Tehreek-e-Taliban
and other outlawed militant groups, and we can proudly say that
no organised militant camps exist on Pakistani soil."
The CTD arrested an IS or Daesh 'commander' identified
as Sabir Hussain alias Abu Yasir near Wania Wala road in
Gujranwala. CTD has recovered an IED and other weapons from the
arrested terrorist thus potentially foiled an incident.
IG of Balochistan Police Moazzam Jah Ansari has
said that a proposal of establishing a Police force, comprising
around 1,500 personnel, exclusively for security duty in the Quetta
city is under consideration. Also, the IG, Moazzam Jah Ansari
said that recently 220 personnel of the ATF had completed their
training while another badge of ATF personnel would be sent for
the specialized training soon. He said the proposal for establishing
the new force for security duty had been sent to the chief minister
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had decided
to take strict action against JuD and its humanitarian arm FIF
on January 1 but he had to reverse his decision after his attention
was drawn to another possible political crisis. This was during
a meeting which was attended by interior minister Ahsan Iqbal,
Prime Minister's adviser on Finance and Economic Affairs Miftah
Ismail and Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua "The Prime Minister
said both the organisations should be banned but Interior Minister
Ahsan Iqbal was of the view that if these organisations were banned
at this point, the government would be facing a similar crisis
which it faced in November in the shape of Faizabad sit-in by
Tehreek Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah led by Khadim Hussain Rizvi,"
two different sources who attended the meeting confirmed to this
The Pakistan Army killed two TTP suicide bombers
near Ghatki Kaga, Mena in Bajaur Agency of FATA. "The two suicide
bombers belonging to Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan were tracked in
an intelligence-based operation after they entered Bajaur Agency
from Afghanistan through the Kagha Pass," said an ISPR, the military's
media wing, statement. A suicide jacket, anti-tank mines, magnetic
mines, prepared remote-controlled IED, remote-controlled receivers,
detonators and communication equipment bearing Afghan mobile company
signatures were recovered from the suicide bombers.
China has been quietly holding talks with the
Baloch militants for more than five years in an effort to protect
the $60bn worth of infrastructure projects it is financing as
part of the CPEC. The news report takes Financial Times as
a source for the claim. Financial Times citing three
unnamed people with knowledge of the talks has reported that Chinese
had been in direct contact with the Baloch insurgents, where many
of the scheme's most important projects are located. "The Chinese
have quietly made a lot of progress," said one Pakistani official.
"Even though insurgents occasionally try to carry out the odd
attack, they are not making a forceful push." Pakistani officials
have welcomed the talks between Baloch insurgents and Chinese
envoys, even if they do not know the details of what has been
discussed. "Ultimately, if there's peace in Balochistan, that
will benefit both of us," said one unnamed official in Islamabad.
Punjab Rangers, in an exchange, of fire killed
two unidentified militants at Sakhi Sarwar Road in Dera Ghazi
Khan. Two accomplices of the deceased managed to escape from the
scene. The security personnel recovered a SMG, and a 30-bore pistol
from the custody of the deceased. Search is underway for the remaining
accomplices of the militants.
Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said that Pakistan
has been given a three-month reprieve by FATF, a global watchdog,
over a United States of America-led motion to put the country
on the 'grey list' of countries. Khawaja Asif tweeted that Pakistan's
"efforts have paid (off)" during a Tuesday (February 20) meeting
on the US-led motion, suggesting there was "no consensus for nominating
Pakistan". He also suggested the meeting proposed a "three months
pause" and asked for the Asia Pacific Group, which is part of
FATF, to consider "another report in June ".
The UNDP has released a new report named Policy
Issues in Economic Growth, Equality and Sustainable Development that
indicates stark regional disparities within Pakistan with Balochistan
being the poorest province of the country. With Balochistan lacking
basic needs, the province has further fallen down in terms of
sustainability and is on top of the poverty index. In Qilla Abdullah,
96% are living below their means making it the poorest part of
Pakistan. According to the report, after Balochistan, KP ranks
second in the provincial level with 49% of people identified as
living in poor standards. Kohistan in the report was identified
as one of the most deprived part of KP where 95% of people lack
basic needs, making it the second poorest rural area after Qilla
Abdullah (Balochistan). Each province has been ranked on its citizens
living below the poverty line, which is defined as living on less
than $2 a day.
US and Indian officials have termed the claim
of Pakistan Foreign Minister Khwaja Asif Nawaz of temporary reprieve
from 'grey list' as "premature" and said a final decision is still
to come. "The final decision on FATF listing on Pakistan is still
awaited after the plenary meet in Paris which ends on 23rd..."
a source said. The case against Pakistan outlined the government's
inaction against outfits like UN-banned terror groups Jaish e
Mohammed LeT, JuD and its affiliate FIF. Pakistan Foreign Minister
Khawaja M. Asif had tweeted, "Our efforts paid [off]," Khawaja
M. Asif further said, "No consensus for nominating
Pakistan" and the committee had proposed a three-month pause
with another report to be considered in June.
Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo,
during the GDA Governing Body's meeting, approved multiple development
projects worth PKR 1 billion for Gwadar.
A tribal peace jirga organised by the
Muhibban Tehreek Nazarya-i-Pakistan vowed to foil 'conspiracies'
against CPEC and resolved to not allow the self-exiled leaders
to "send Baloch youths to the mountains", a reference to insurgency,
just for serving their interests. The jirga was held
A three-judge Supreme Court bench, headed by Chief
Justice Mian Saqib Nisar in its five-page order, declared that
any person who is disqualified under the Article 62 or 63 of the
Pakistani Constitution is barred from holding the position of
"Party Head" by whatever name called. The judgment has thus disqualified
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from being the head of the
PML-N. This judgment was given on petitions filed against Former
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's holding of the party position after
his disqualification in the Panama Papers case.
U.S. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert
said a final decision could come. "The Financial Action Task Force
[is] where a lot of countries have come together and they look
at various nations who we believe, and those other countries believe,
are not doing enough to crack down on terror financing, counter-terrorism
and the like....Pakistan is one of those countries that they [FATF]
are taking a close look at, and… they'll be making an announcement
sometime soon," she said, making a special mention of concerns
over Lashkar-e-Taiba leader Hafiz Saeed, who "was responsible
for the Mumbai attacks of 2008".
China has rejected a news report circulating in
certain sections of media claiming that it has been engaged in
low-key dialogue with Baloch separatists for over five years in
a bid to secure the CPEC project. "I have never heard of such
things as you mentioned," China's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson
Geng Shuang said when asked about such reports.
Saudi Arabia joined Turkey and China in a move
to block a USA-led attempt this week to place Pakistan on FATF
international terror-financing watch list.
A motorcycle containing IED exploded and injured
three civilians including a Government official at Dir Colony
on Peshawar's Ring Road. The injured civilians were identified
as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Provincial Disaster Management Authority
Deputy Director Muhammad Shakeel, Latif, (29) and Wadan Gul (47).
TTP's Jama'atul Ahrar faction claimed responsibility for the attack.
Pakistan denied the reports that China was holding
talks with Baloch insurgents to ensure security of the CPEC projects.
Foreign Office spokesperson, during a weekly press briefing, Dr
Faisal said that the Chinese Foreign Ministry had already rejected
these speculations. He said both the Governments are constantly
in touch and working in coordination on the CPEC security matters.
The FATF's public statement announcing the outcomes
of its plenary session held in Paris this week remained silent
on the US move to put the country on the watch list. Pakistan
does not feature on the list of countries with strategic deficiencies
posing a risk to the international financial system issued along
with the FATF statement following the meeting. The list now features
nine countries Ethiopia, Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Serbia, Sri Lanka,
Trinidad and Tabago, Vanuatu and Tunisia, while Bosnia and Herzegovina
has been moved to the white list.
FC personals, as part of the ongoing Operation
Radd-ul-Fassad, killed a terrorist and arrested 11 others during
IBOs conducted in different areas of the province namely Quetta,
Sherazai, Sibbi and Kahan. SFs also recovered RPG rockets, sub-machine
guns, mines and explosive material during the IBO.
FATF, in its plenary meeting held in Paris on
February 20-23, placed Pakistan on a watch list of the countries
where terrorist outfits are still allowed to raise funds. Further,
Pakistan may find itself on the blacklist of a global financial
watchdog if it does not prepare a comprehensive action plan to
eradicate terrorist financing by June; official sources told the
news paper. Pakistan will have to follow the same process that
it did in 2015, starting with an action plan that Islamabad is
required to submit in May. If the FATF approves the action plan
in June, it will make a formal announcement about placing Pakistan
on the grey list. Should Islamabad fail to submit an action plan,
or if the FATF does not accept it, the group can place Pakistan
on its black list, along with North Korea and Iran.
A Supreme Court bench hearing the missing persons'
cases admitted that it was still groping in the dark as it had
failed to make much headway. The three-judge bench comprising
Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Maqbool Baqar and Justice Faisal
Arab also asked the registrar of the Commission of Inquiry on
Enforced Disappearances, Khalid Naseem, to submit a report about
the "perceptible progress" made in locating the missing people.
The bench made the observation when Amina Masood Janjua - the
chairperson of the Defence of Human Rights (DHR), an NGO struggling
to trace the missing persons - said the commission had shut its
doors to her NGO because documents relating to cases of missing
people dispatched by it were being returned by post. She also
requested the court to order constitution of a fresh commission
consisting of sitting judges of the superior courts so that the
emotive issue of missing persons could be resolved within a stipulated
period. "There is no let-up in the cases of missing people; in
fact these are increasing by the day," she remarked. The secretary
of the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances told the
court that it had disposed of 3,000 cases while 1,577 were still
pending with it.
Federal Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal says that
following the UN's resolutions, Pakistan will ban JuD and FIF.
While addressing the fourth international conference on the Use
of Space Technology for Water Management, the minister spoke on
topics ranging from the menace of terrorism to improving the country's
water system. "Terrorism is a fatal poison for Pakistan," Ahsan
Iqbal said. "The National Action Plan is a programme of the Pakistani
nation and is being fully implemented. Our measures are not directed
to please any country," he said. The minister informed that efforts
to implement the ban on JuD and FIF were already being carried
out following strict directives from the federal government.
Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul
Qadir Baloch told the delegates at Pakistan-Afghan Track II dialogue
that Pakistan does not have 'serious' complaints of Afghan refugees
being involved in the acts of terrorism in Pakistan,. The latest
round of Pakistan-Afghan Track II dialogue was held in Islamabad
on February 26.
A special court in Islamabad fixed March 8 for
hearing a high treason case against former president Pervez Musharraf.
A three-member bench headed by Peshawar High Court Chief Justice
Yahyah Afridi will resume the hearing of the case pertaining to
the imposition of emergency in the country in 2007. The court
issued a notification directing the chief commissioner, inspector
general and additional IGP in Islamabad to arrange "fool proof
security arrangements" for the former military dictator.
US Army General Joseph Votel, head of the US military's
Central Command, said the US was seeing some positive indicators
from Pakistan, showing it was becoming more "responsive to US
concerns about alleged militant safe havens in the country but
Islamabad has yet to make a strategic shift". "We are now beginning
to see very positive indicators … that they are moving in the
right direction," he said. "It does not yet equal the decisive
action that we would like to see them take in terms of a strategic
shift, but they are positive indicators," Votel told a hearing
of the US House of Representatives.
Four FC Soldiers were killed and seven others
were injured in a suicide bomb attack by a militant (affiliation
not specified) on a FC check-post in Nosahar area in the Quetta,
the provincial capital of Balochistan. The deceased were identified
as Muhammad Aamir, Muhammad Imran, Javed Ahmed and Muhammad Rashid.
Two Policemen were killed when three TTP militants
targeted the vehicle of DSP Hameedullah Dasti on Samungli Road
of Quetta. The deceased were identified as Muhammad Tahir and
Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif extended support
to Kabul's proposed political process seeking to recognise the
Taliban as a legitimate political group, and said Pakistan is
ready for one-on-one talks with the Afghan Taliban.
Pakistan would be on FATF 'Grey List' in June,
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) Pakistan confirmed. FATF
had at its last plenary session held on 21-23 February 2018 in
Paris decided to place Pakistan in the category of jurisdictions
monitored by the FATF's International Cooperation Review Group,
commonly known as the 'Grey List'. The MFA Spokesman said Pakistan
and the FATF would now mutually negotiate the 'action plan'. He
rejected a perception that Pakistan would be transferred from
the 'Grey' to 'Black' list in June this year. "The FATF website
clearly demarcates the countries in 'black' list as those who
are non-cooperative," he said.
An Army Captain and a soldier were injured in
a roadside IED explosion in the Paindee Cheena area near Zakhakhel
bazaar in Tirah valley of Khyber Agency of FATA. The injured were
identified as Captain Maqbool and Naik Barat Khattak.
SFs arrested six suspected terrorists from Karbala
area in Pishin District of Balochistan. According to the ISPR
500 kilogrammes of explosive material has been recovered from
the possession of terrorists. The recovered material also included
explosive jackets, sub-machine guns, and tools of communication.
Five SRA militants with three bombs and approximately
15 kilograms of explosives were arrested by LEAs acting on prior
intelligence near the Hatari Bypass in Hyderabad District in Sindh.
The five-member group was led by the self-proclaimed 'chief' of
SRA was reportedly getting funding from India to sabotage CPEC
and target Security Personnel in Sindh.
An AQIS militant identified as Ahsan Mehsud alias
Roshan with links to the convicts of the Safoora Goth carnage
in May 2015 was arrested by Police from Mominabad area in Karachi
the provincial capital in Sindh Province. Explosive material was
recovered in his custody.
Pakistan and Afghanistan track-II dialogue issued
a joint declaration, urging both countries to put a pause on blame
game and jointly work for peace. The Pakistan-Afghanistan Track
1.5/II initiative, titled 'Beyond Boundaries,' held in Islamabad
sought continuation of government-to-government engagement for
expeditious finalisation of working coordination groups to promote
bilateral and regional security and economic development The dialogue
was jointly organised by the CRSS and Safeworld, a UK-based independent
international organization. The declaration urged national leaders
to avoid negativity in their statements at international fora,
suggesting them to instead focus on devising a joint strategy
that could be conducive to regional peace and security.
The US said that Pakistan has an opportunity to
do more to fight terrorism. Speaking at a press briefing, US Department
of Defence spokesperson Dana W White said the Pentagon believed
that Pakistan could do more to combat terrorism. To a question,
she said: "This is an inflection point and this is an opportunity
and Pakistan has an opportunity to do more." She said that Pakistan
had been the victim of terrorism. "So, we'll look forward to continuing
to work with them to see where there are opportunities," she added.
When asked about the Taliban having offered for peace talks, the
spokesperson said Washington's goal was to help the Afghan Security
Forces become capable enough to ensure that the violence ends.
"The Taliban has to abandon terror, it has to abandon violence
and it has to support the Afghan constitution. Then, they have
to come to the table. And that is, ultimately, for the people
of Afghanistan to come to an ultimate political resolution," she
At least two people were injured in a blast in
Turbat District of Balochistan. The blast took place in Turbat's
Balochistan FC conducted IBOs in Dera Bugti District
on suspected hideouts of terrorists. According to a statement
issued by the authorities, weapons including RPGs, mines, explosives
and detonators were recovered by the forces from the hideouts.
The IBOs were conducted as part of the operation Radul Fasaad,
a nationwide military operation involving all law-enforcement
agencies launched in February 2017.
President Mamnoon Hussain said the people of Balochistan
and all the backward areas would get major benefit from the CPEC.
He said it was undeniable fact that people of Balochistan had
the foremost right on Balochistan that would be protected. He
said keeping in view the future scope and needs of the Chinese
language owing to CPEC, the youth must learn the language.
CTD killed four suspected militants, belonging
to a proscribed terror group, in an encounter at Chaman near Pak-Afghan
border in Qilla Abdullah District of Balochistan. As per details,
CTD officials raided a house in Chaman after receiving a tip-off
from intelligence agencies regarding the presence of suspected
militants in the area. Having sniffed the raid, the suspects resorted
to firing. CTD officials befittingly responded and killed four
terrorists. Three suicide vests, a cache of ammunition, concealed
explosives and weapons.
A traffic police sergeant Hafizullah Niazi was
shot dead in the night while patrolling the Kandahari Bazaar in
The Director of US DIA Lieutenant General Robert
P Ashley said that Pakistan's counter-insurgency operations and
border management efforts have reduced the menace of terrorism
in the country. Lieutenant General Robert P Ashley was addressing
at the US Senate Armed Services Committee on the Worldwide Threat
Assessment hearing at Capitol Hill. During his address, he highlighted
Pakistan's sincere efforts to tackle the menace of terrorism;
Ashley added that Islamabad is likely to proceed with its counter-insurgency
operations and border management efforts along its western border
while sustaining counter-terrorism and paramilitary operations
throughout the country. Recognizing Pakistan's sacrifices, Ashley
said; "These efforts of Islamabad have had some success in
reducing violence from militant, sectarian, terrorist, and separatist
groups, but Pakistan will look to the United States and the Afghan
government for support against anti-Pakistan fighters in Afghanistan."
The US has not seen a 'decisive and sustained'
change in the behaviour of Pakistan even after the Trump Administration
announced to freeze USD Two billion security assistance to Islamabad
nearly two months ago, said Alice Wells, principal deputy assistant
secretary of state for South and Central Asia. "We've not seen
decisive and sustained changes yet in Pakistan's behavior … but
certainly we are continuing to engage with Pakistan over areas
where we think they can play a helpful role in changing the calculus
of the Taliban," said Alice Wells. Briefing reporters on the recent
conference in Afghanistan, Wells said Pakistan has a very important
role to play in the Afghan peace process. "We believe that Pakistan
can certainly help facilitate talks and take actions that will
put pressure on and encourage the Taliban to move forward towards
a politically negotiated settlement," Wells said. "Our engagement
with Pakistan is on how we can work together, on how we can address
Pakistan's legitimate concerns and Afghanistan's stability through
a negotiated process as well," she added.
Hafiz Saeed and other leaders of the JuD and the
FIF are still freely using the banned groups' offices despite
Pakistan's claims that all the assets of the two outfits have
been seized and their bank accounts frozen, an unnamed Punjab
Government official said. The Government in February had taken
over the JuD's famous Muridke Markaz and Lahore's headquarters
of Masjid Al Qadsia in Chauburji. But on ground neither Saeed
nor his supporters left the JuD's Chauburji headquarters or that
of Muridke and other offices of JuD and the FIF in the country.
"Since the government has taken over the control of JuD headquarters
in Lahore in mid last month, Saeed delivered three Friday sermons
in three successive weeks there in the presence of a large number
of his supporters. The government could only deploy its administrator
at Al Qadsia while the JuD men are operating from there the way
they used to," the official said. A similar arrangement was
made at JuD's Muridke headquarters, he added. "The government
has not barred Saeed and activists of his charities from using
the JuD headquarters in Lahore and Muridke, and other offices
of the two organisations," he added.
The son of TTP Chief Mullah Fazlullah, along with
19 other militants, was killed in the US drone strike across the
border in Afghanistan. The TTP confirmed the drone attack on its
facility in Kunar province and the killing of Abdullah, son of
Mullah Fazlullah. In a text message sent to media in Bajaur Agency
in the evening, the militant outfit said that 20 "Fidayeen" (suicide
bombers) were killed and six others wounded in the drone attack.
It blamed Afghan intelligence agency for providing a tip regarding
the presence of militants in the area. Well-placed sources said
that the US drone carried out attack in Sultankhel area of Kunar
province adjacent to Bajaur Agency.
Two policemen, including a senior officer, were
killed and another was injured in Quetta, the provincial capital
of Balochistan. Unidentified assailants targeted one Policeman
in the main city areas and the other in Hazar Ganji vegetable
market located on the outskirts of the provincial capital. Police
officials said the assailants attacked the Policemen who were
guarding the fruit and vegetable sellers of Shia Hazara community.
Police identified the deceased constable as Abdul Qadir and the
injured one as Dolat Khan.
Deaths and injuries linked to militancy have dropped
in Pakistan for the third consecutive year, with 21 per cent fewer
incidents in 2017 than in the previous year, Islamabad-based think
tank CRSS report said. Some 2,057 people were killed and 2,074
wounded for a total of 4,131 casualties over the year, the CRSS
report said. That continued the trend from 2016, in which 2,613
people lost their lives due to violence and 1,714 were injured.
In 2015, 4,647 people were killed and 1,927 injured the group's
figures show. The dramatic improvement in security came after
the army launched an operation in June 2014 to wipe out militant
bases in the north-western tribal areas and end a bloody insurgency
that has cost thousands of civilian lives since 2004.
Four militants, including a 'commander' of the
BLA, surrendered at a ceremony in Hub town of Lasbela District
of Balochistan. The militants have laid down their arms and announced
that they have abandoned armed struggle against the State and
would join mainstream. Balochistan Minister for Information Technology
and Environment Prince Ahmed Ali and Major Zia of the FC welcomed
the militants' decision to surrender.
Four militants, including one commander, were
killed in a gun battle with SFs in the Pasni area of Gwadar District
in Balochistan. The officials said that an exchange of fire with
militants took place when the security personnel raided the area.
During the shootout four of the militants were killed. The militants
were identified as 'commander' Jamil Ahmed, Safar Khan and Rais
Khan. One of the militants could not be identified.
Two personnel of the FC were injured in a roadside
blast near their vehicle in Perak area of Hub town in Lasbela
District. Hub DSP Jan Mohammad Khosa said that the blast occurred
near FC camp in Perak area, targeting the FC convoy which was
on routine patrol.
Hearing a petition filed by JuD chief Hafiz Mohammad
Saeed challenging the presidential ordinance under which his group
has been banned for being on the watchlist of the United Nations,
Justice Aamer Farooq of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) issued
notices to the principal secretary to the president and the secretaries
of law, Cabinet Division and Establishment Division. President
Mamnoon Hussain last month promulgated an ordinance amending the
Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997 with regards to proscription of terrorist
individuals and organisations to include entities listed by the
UNSC - in a move to declare Hafiz Saeed-linked JuD and FIF as
proscribed groups. The ordinance amends Sections 11-B and 11-EE
of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997 (XXVII of 1997). Section 11-B
sets parameters for proscription of groups, whereas 11-EE describes
the grounds for listing of individuals. Both sections would now
include Sub-Section 'AA', according to which organisations and
individuals "listed under the United Nations (Security Council)
Act, 1948 (XIV of 1948), or" will be included in the First Schedule
(for organisations) and Fourth Schedule (for individuals), respectively,
on an ex-parte basis.
The US announced a USD 5 million reward for information
leading to the arrest of Maulana Fazlullah, the chief of TTP.
The announcement by the State Department came a day after Fazlullah's
son was reported killed in a US drone strike in Afghanistan. Under
its rewards for justice programme, the US also announced a USD
3 million reward for information each on Abdul Wali of JuA and
LI leader Mangal Bagh. JuA is a terrorist outfit that split away
from TTP while LI is based in Khyber Agency of FATA. The announcement
came as Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua held meetings
with officials of the Trump administration, including the White
House and the State Department.
At least two terrorists were arrested and a cache
of weapons recovered in IBOs conducted by the SFs in different
areas of Balochistan. "Security forces conducted IBOs on terrorists
suspected hideouts in Mastung, Pashin, Khad Kacha and Sibbi. Two
terrorists were apprehended," said a statement issued by the ISPR.
A huge cache of arms and ammunition, including prepared IEDs,
explosives, rockets and ammunition of different calibre were also
recovered in the raids, it added.
Pakistan is not helping enough with resolving
issues related to cross-border terrorism and the problems faced
by Afghanistan, said former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton
at the India Today Conclave 2018. To a question regarding the
crisis surrounding Afghanistan, Hillary said that the country
has been under pressure from all sides. "Afghanistan is presently
facing the continuance of Taliban regime and more worrisome presence
of the Islamic State," she said. When asked if US is ever going
to win the battle in Afghanistan, Hillary said that it was an
ongoing disappointment because the country has not been able to
attain the level of stability that it was seeking. Talking about
Pakistan's role, Hillary said that the US never actually got much
from them in terms of cooperation to help or support in bringing
stability in Afghanistan. Hillary, when posed with a question
on Pakistan's cooperation, said that it was never a negative story
and that Pakistan had assisted US in identifying terrorists, arresting
them and taking action against them. She said, however, that Pakistan's
cooperation was not relevant in terms of resolving the issue in
the longer run.
The US Government said it firmly supports the
territorial integrity of Pakistan and does not support Baloch
insurgency or any group that threatens the country. "We firmly
support Pakistan's territorial integrity," Alice Wells, Principal
Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs
at State Department, told a talk titled 'Signs of Hope for Afghan
Peace Talks' at the US Institute of Peace in Washington. She said
that the message of the Trump administration is that any group
or any terrorist group threatening any country in the region has
to be opposed.