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Pakistan Timeline - 2016



January 1

The CTD arrested a militant affiliated with Jundullah-Haji Aqakhel group, and identified as Abdul Aziz alias Aziz Rehman, from Orangi Town in Karachi, who was accused recruiting young men for the Islamic State (IS/ also known as Daesh) and had sent three militants to Syria. He was collecting funds for the IS in Karachi and Quetta (Balochistan).

The official revealed that the Aziz had confessed during initial investigation to having sent three trained young men to Syria. One of them, Jaffer, has been killed there, while the whereabouts of Hamza and Rasheed are not known.

CoAS General Raheel Sharif while addressing tribal elders of Gwadar, Talar and Turbat areas of Makran Division said that the nation would get rid of terrorism this year. “The new year will be the year when terrorism will end,” he said. He also said that the “elements involved in the bad practice of financial misappropriation” should also be dealt with strictly.

January 2

Two ‘criminals’, identified as Mam Dost (24) and Jehangir (23), were killed in a Police encounter within the Mawach Goth Police Station in Baldia Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

January 3

Four SF personnel injured in two separate bomb attacks in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Two soldiers suffered injuries when their convoy was damaged in a roadside bomb blast near the Peshawar-Islamabad Motorway Toll Plaza in Peshawar, the provincial capital of KP. SSP-Operation Dr Mian Saeed said that a remote-controlled IED weighing around four kilogrammes was used in the attack.

Two Constables, Muhammad Ali and Faqeer Muhammad, were injured when Police mobile van comes under grenade attack in Par Hoti Police Station area of Mardan District. The mobile was parked near a CNG station when unidentified motorcycle bourne assailants lobbed a hand grenade at it.

The Upper Dir District Police conducted 1,838 operations and arrested over 2,000 alleged criminals, including terrorists, during 2015. This was stated by District Police Officer Syed Israr Bacha on January 2 while briefing media persons about record of the Police to maintain law and order in the District. He said that the Police arrested 28 terrorists, 653 proclaimed offenders and 1,335 suspects in search operations in 2015. He said that they had also seized 103 kilogrammes of charas and 204.5 liters of wine during raids at different places.

The main accused in the May 13, 2105, Safoora carnage of Karachi, identified as Umer Kathio, was arrested in joint raid conducted by Police and Rangers. The raid was conducted on a lead from Saad Aziz, another accused who has been in Police custody. According to sources, Umer Kathio had formed a network of terrorists in 2011. His task was to facilitate the terrorists of the al Qaeda. The sources further said the he later joined the Islamic State (IS/ also known as Daesh) while his wife runs a network of Daesh in Sindh.

Prime Minister's Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said during an interview to Radio Pakistan that the Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan will meet on January 15, 2016, to draw up a roadmap for the Bilateral Comprehensive Dialogue for the next six months to carry forward the bilateral engagement and the Pakistan Government will focus on the revival of peace process in Afghanistan and the consolidation of the process of improvement of relations with India.

The dialogue will cover all issues, including Kashmir, Siachen and water, he said. Talking about the policy of a peaceful neighbourhood, he said it ultimately paid back as there is "visible improvement" in relations with India and Afghanistan.

January 4

Two Policemen were killed when unidentified armed assailants opened fire at a Police check post in Bibi Nanai area of Sariab Road in provincial capital Quetta. "Armed assailants opened fire at Sariab road," said a police official.

A special unit of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police foiled a terror plan by arresting six suspected militants in an intelligence-based operation in Bannu District. Based on prior intelligence, special Police unit Bannu raided an under-construction house in Pir Dil Khel Sorani area of Bannu where the armed militants were busy in terror-planning. The arrested militants were named as Shamsur Rehman, Abidullah, Anwar Kamal, Safdar Iqbal, Mansoor and Qudratullah.

Five gangsters were arrested by Rangers during a targeted raid in Lyari Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Weapons were also recovered from their possession. The Law Enforcement Agencies also raided Social Security Hospital and retrieved weapons hidden in the hospital premises.

Security Forces have established new check posts in areas of Bajaur Agency in FATA along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border to boost security and stop militants from entering through the porous boundary. While briefing the media, Bajaur Scouts Commandant Colonel Nair Zaman said these check posts have been set up in Mamond, Salarzai and other areas along the border. The step has been taken to boost security as militants in Afghanistan would enter Bajaur and attack locals, pro-Government elders and security forces. “We have also succeeded in finding militants’ weapons dump with the help of locals.”

January 5

A five kilogram of bomb with 2.5 kilogram of ball bearings and two gallons petrol along with a remote control device was found under the stairs of the Samsani overhead bridge on Canal Road in provincial capital Lahore, sometime after Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan drove through the area. Sadar Division SP Haroonur Rasheed said that the bomb had been placed to harm the Interior Minister who crossed the bridge on his way to Islamabad.

Special Police Unit foiled a terror bid and arrested three alleged terrorists having ties with a banned outfit during a raid at a hideout [of terrorists] on Muddi Road near Shaheedabad area of Dera Ismail Khan District. However, the name of the banned organisation has not yet been disclosed. Three kilograms of explosive along with two hand grenades, 25 feet Primacord, wire and 12 volts battery were also recovered from their possession. Those arrested were identified as Khawaja Mohammad, Sakhawat Khan and Asfandyar.

Sindh Police arrested two suspects involved in various cases, including an attack on an Express News DSNG van on January 17, 2014, which resulted in the death of three media workers. “The arrested men belong to a group of 10 people that have been active in Karachi since 2014 and were involved in various target killing cases and attacking media persons,” DIG West Feroz Shah said. “The group mainly operated from Orangi Town area of Karachi and consisted of accused Saqib, Naveed, Kashif, Imran, Sarfaraz, Javed Afridi, Qari Rasheed, Qari Mohsin, Rehan and Kamran,” he added. IG Sindh Police announced a prize money of PKR 1 million for the Police officials who carried out the raids to arrest them.

PM Nawaz Sharif assured his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi that Islamabad would not hesitate to take “prompt and decisive action” if the involvement of Pakistan-based elements in the attack on an Indian airbase in Pathankot was proved beyond doubt. “PM Nawaz Sharif assured PM Modi that his Government would take prompt and decisive action against the terrorists,” the Indian Prime Minister’s office said in a press statement after Sharif called Modi from Colombo. “Our (Pakistan) government is working on the leads and information provided by the Indian government. We would like to investigate the matter,” PM Sharif said.

During the telephonic conversation, PM Modi called for “firm and immediate action” against those involved in the Pathankot strike. “Specific and actionable information in this regard has been provided to Pakistan,” Modi was quoted by the Indian External Affairs Ministry.

The number of deaths in terrorist attacks declined by 48 percent in 2015 compared to 2014, said an annual report issued by PIPS. According to the report, 625 terrorist attacks were witnessed in the country in which at least 1,069 people lost their lives, while 1,443 people sustained injuries.  The report said deaths in sectarian violence in 2015 surged by 7 percent with 272 people killed as compared to 225 such killings in year 2014. A total f 630 civilians, 318 personnel of security and law enforcement agencies and 121 militants were killed in year 2015, the report added.

January 6

Five TTP militants were killed in an exchange of fire during Police encounter at a graveyard in Machar Colony area of Sohrab Goth in Gadap Town of provincial capital Karachi. SSP Rao Anwar said, "The militants had set up a hideout in the graveyard and on police's arrival, they opened fire."  Two of the attackers were identified as Naeem and Hafeezullah, while identities of the other have not asceratined thus far. Police also claimed to have recovered 2.5 kilograms of explosive material and other arms and ammunition from the hideout.

Four TTP militants, identified as Hanif alias 'Nadeem Kala', Ashraf Ali alias 'Bhaloo', Rehmat Shah and Zahid Hussain, were arrested during a Police operation in Defence Housing Authority-Phase 1 neighbourhood. Karachi-South DIG Dr Jamil Ahmed said that the Police recovered a shopping bag containing ball bearings, suicide jackets and four kilograms of explosive material. They also recovered bomb-making material and four pistols from their possession

Sindh Rangers and CTD claimed to have arrested a close aide of slain TTP leader, Baitullah Mehsud, in a joint raid carried out in Kotri area of Jamshoro District. AIG CTD Sanaullah Abbasi said the terrorist identified as Meherban, son of Badshah Khan, was a close confidante of Mehsud and was placed in the Red-Book.

Unidentified militants abducted six locals while they on their way to Gandoi area of Sui tehsil in Dera Bugti District. No group has claimed responsibility for abduction.

SFs arrested four TTP militants during a raid in Gawal Ismailzai area of Zhob District. The spokesman for the FC Khan Wasey said that weapons were also recovered from their possession. Wasay alleged the weapons were being smuggled into interior Balochistan for use in subversive activities.

The FC arrested three suspects from Mangochar area of Kalat District. Wasey said that that weapons and explosives were also recovered from their possession.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan has dismantled terrorists’ network and its war against terror has entered in the final phase. Speaking to the Sri Lankan businessman and journalists, Nawaz Sharif once again expressed resolve to end energy crisis in the country by 2017. Inviting the Sri Lankan business community to invest in Pakistan, PM Nawaz said, CPEC and TAPI projects would change the fate of the region. Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan offers attractive investment regime to the investors and Sri Lanka could take full benefit from it. He said, “We will also encourage our investors to invest in Sri Lanka.” The Premier went on to say that Pakistan desires good economic relations with Sri Lanka.

The SBP has frozen bank accounts of over PKR one billion as they were allegedly being used for financing terrorism. This was disclosed by Governor SBP, Ashraf Wathra and his team at a press conference on January 6. Wathra said 121 bank accounts of more than PKR one billion were frozen over evidence of being used for funding terrorist activities in the light of a resolution of UNSC.

In order to choke the funding of terrorists, he stressed the need for making the NACTA functional besides enhancement of cooperation between federation and provinces. He said effective measures were being adopted for putting tabs of transfer of money through ‘Hundi’. The SBP Governor further said that about 20 to 30 percent imports were taking place without the letter of credit (LC). “We are binding such importers to identify their sources of funding,” he added.

Federal Government is considering new policy measures to make the NACTA effective in tracking proscribed organisations and individuals amid criticism over slow implementation of the NAP. Fresh recommendations have been made for choking terrorism financing and making NACTA more effective, said SBP Governor Ashraf Wathra. He was responding to questions regarding the anti-terrorism financing regime after attending a meeting. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar chaired the meeting of the subcommittee on choking terror financing constituted under the Prime Minister’s NAP implementation committee.

The Schools Education Department has issued directives to District Education officers to put up material discussing anti-terrorism efforts, tolerance and co-existence in all schools of the Province. The material was created by the Punjab Textbook and Curriculum Board and contains topics ranging from definition of terrorism to the importance of tolerance in the society. The material is in Urdu. The document lists external conspiracies, anti-state actors, lack of education, misinterpretation of religious texts, sectarianism, provincialism, racial discrimination, poverty and Indian infiltration as reasons for terrorism. The document classifies forms of terrorism into suicide attacks, bombings and shooting and kidnapping of citizens.

January 7

Four tribesmen, including a tribal elder Malik Wali Khan Mehsud, were shot dead by unidentified militants in Shaktoi area of Ladha tehsil in SWA of FATA. Two other tribesmen were identified as Malik Akbar Khan Mehsud and Jawad Mehsud. The third remained unidentified.  No outfit claimed responsibility for the attack, but residents claimed that commander Said Khan alias Sajna, who is affiliated TTP, had warned the IDPs a few days ago not to return to their homes, otherwise they themselves would be responsible for consequences.

Two soldiers were injured in a roadside blast at Shaheedano Dand in Kurram Agency.

The Sindh Police’s CTD claimed to have recovered 50 kilograms of explosives, two Kalashnikovs, two rifles, eight grenades, and four pistols, in a raid in the Manghopir area of Gadap Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. In a statement, the CTD said that a TTP terrorist, Meharban Badshah, who had been arrested in Hyderabad District, had disclosed the storage location.

Pakistan Customs Intelligence recovered 22,000 kilograms of explosive materials from a container that had been stored at the Karachi Port since November 20, 2015. A Customs spokesman said the container (CBHU-8570130) came to Karachi from China and had been stored at the port for over a month now. It was meant to be shipped upcountry but, according to the official, was not sent as the Peshawar Customs Intelligence had, some time back, caught two containers which had arrived at the Karachi Port along with this one and found explosives in them.

KP's SPU claimed to have arrested three suspects for campaigning for proscribed militant organisations in Dir Colony of provincial capital Peshawar. The arrested suspects, identified as Raheemullah, Sibghatullah and Sajjad, were found distributing pamphlets in support of banned militant’s outfits. However, the SPU did not specify the name of the outfit.

The Islamic State (IS/ also known as Daesh) militants broadcast four interviews of TI militants abducted by them in Afghanistan on its FM radio channel The Voice of Khilafat. Those interviewed included Pakistanis who said they were members of the group. They said they were captured by the IS. The other men who were in the IS custody said in the interview that they were Afghan Taliban aligned to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

January 8

At least 38 terrorists were killed and five others were injured in fresh air strikes on militant hideouts in Meezar and Sherani areas along the Afghanistan border in NWA of FATA. A large number of local and foreign militants were killed in air strikes, said ISPR. Those killed include 15 militants of Uzbek origin associated with Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, the officials said. Five hideouts and three explosive-laden vehicles were also destroyed in the air strikes, the officials added.

Pro-Government Tribal Chief Wali Jan Mehsud escaped a roadside bomb blast near Moley Khan Sarai in SWA. Security Forces said that Mehsud was on way to Shahur High School when a remote-controlled bomb went off at a roadside near Moley Khan Sarai. The blast slightly damaged the car of Mehsud.

Two Police personnel, Constable Mushtaq and constable Wajid, were shot dead by unidentified assailants outside a mosque in Multani Mohala of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. The assailants managed to flee the scene of crime.

Unidentified assailants shot dead a senior Afghan Taliban ‘commander’, Maulvi Muhammad Alam, in Kuchlak area of Quetta. Maulvi Muhammad Alam, loyal commander to Taliban supremo Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, was shot dead, Taliban leaders said on the condition of anonymity, as they were not authorised to speak to the media. “I can confirm that Maulvi Muhammad Alam has been killed.

The United States said that Pakistan knows well the threat of terrorism and its Government has vowed that they are not going to discriminate between terrorist groups as part of its counterterrorism operations. US State Department Spokesman John Kirby, in a media briefing said, “Pakistan itself has condemned Pathankot air base attack and made clear that they are committed to investigate it. US, obviously, would like to see it investigated too as completely and as thoroughly as possible.” Kirby said terrorism is a regional challenge that requires real regional solutions, and the US wants Pakistan to be a part of those solutions.

The US State Department said that it was up to the Pakistan Government to determine how long it would take to investigate the attack on the Pathankot airbase following information provided by India. The spokesman John Kirby said Pakistan has condemned the attack and has made clear its commitment to investigate it. “It’s not for us to ascribe a timeline to somebody else’s investigation,” spokesman John Kirby said in response to a question at a regular briefing.

January 9

At least five suspected militants were killed in a US drone strike carried out in Mangroti area in North Waziristan Agency of FATA. This was the second US drone strike of the day in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region.

Two Coast Guard personnel were killed and three others were wounded when their vehicle hit a landmine in Kaldan area of Jewni tehsil in Gwadar District.

SFS claimed to have foiled a major bid of terrorism by seizing weapons and arresting a suspected militant from Dera Murad Jamali area of Naseerabad District.

SFs launched a search operation in various parts of provincial capital Quetta, including Kasi Road, Balochi street, and arrested 25 suspects. “25 suspects were arrested from various parts of Quetta,” said an unnamed police official.

On a tip-off, Police conducted a raid at the Kalakot area in Lyari Town of Karachi and arrested two alleged target killers whose identity was not disclosed. The Police also claimed to have recovered weapons from their possession.

In a bid to root out extremism and maintain peace under the NAP, the Gilgit-Baltistan Government during a high level meeting decided to audit financial matters of seminaries operating in the region. An unnamed Government official, “There are 162 registered madrassas in the region which have been receiving financial assistance from various sources over the years,”  adding, “Accounts of these seminaries will be audited to make sure funding isn’t spent on terrorist activities.”

Another unnamed official said that security agencies have listed at least 50 clerics as a “threat to the region’s peace”. “The government is thinking of listing those clerics under schedule 4 [of the anti-terrorism act].” In addition, the Government has also decided to issue notices to clerics involved in hate speech.   “If these clerics don’t refrain from making such speeches, they would be dealt with according to the NAP,” said the official.

January 10

A man, identified as Umair Khan (25), was shot dead by unidentified armed assailants in Qasba Colony of SITE Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

Seven Afghan nationals were abducted and two others were injured in an exchange of fire with kidnappers in Talab area of Taftan in Chagai District. Taftan Assistant Commissioner Murad Kasi said, “It is not known who was behind the kidnapping of the Afghan nationals.”  

January 11

The shop owner of an officially sanctioned wine shop, identified as Moti Ram, was injured when unidentified militants lobbed a hand grenade at the shop located on Muneer Mengal Road in provincial capital Quetta.

Frontier Corps on the basis of intelligence reports arrested a TTP militant during a raid in Chanjan area of Killa Saifullah District.

The ATC allowed CTD to detain an al Qaeda suspect, identified as Abdur Raqeeb, for 30 days for questioning. The department told the judge that they have credible information about suspect that he is involved in providing financial assistance to terrorists and in other offences came within the ambit of ATA. Raqeeb, alleged to be Hyderabad's Ameer of al Qaeda, was picked up in a targeted operation in PIB colony of Gulshan Town on January 8, 2016.

Police registered a terrorism case against leaders of the Tanzeemat-e-Ahle Sunnat, an alliance of several religious parties of the Barelvi school of thought, for allegedly inciting people to violence against the state and its institutions by raising the case of Malik Mumtaz Qadri, the self-confessed and convicted killer of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, during a rally in Nishtar Park located in Soldier Bazar of Jamshed Town on January 10, 2016. At the January 10 event, speakers demanded a fresh trial of Mumtaz Qadri by the Federal Shariat Court, termed the death sentence handed down to him ‘un-Islamic’ and warned that they could go to any extent if the Government failed to change its attitude.

As many as ten oil tankers carrying fuel supplies to NATO forces in Afghanistan reached Torkham border in Khyber Agency of FATA amid tight security, resuming the service over a year after its suspension. Officials at Torkham while requesting anonymity said the tankers with no apparent NATO related marking on them reached the border at around midday and were later parked near the crossing point for necessary checking. 

DG Rangers of the Sindh Rangers Major General Bilal Akbar during a meeting with traders said that the targeted operation in Karachi will continue as per the instructions of the heads of the armed forces and the Federal Government. “Despite the ongoing pushing and shoving, I have been clearly instructed by the heads to go on with the operation,” said Major General Bilal Akbar.

“The future of Karachi operation is bright and it will continue until it reaches its logical conclusion,” a KCCI press release stated. Siraj Kassam Teli, the chairman of Businessmen Group and a former KCCI President, said the business community would support the Rangers efforts. “The business community hopes the Government and Rangers will continue working to restore peace in Karachi,” he added.

January 12

A labourer was killed when unidentified militants opened fire at a FWO Camp in Hoshap area of Turbat District.

Unidentified militants opened fire at a FWO vehicle that was carrying officials, injuring at least five personnel in Turbat District.

Two death row convicts were hanged till death in Toba Tek Singh and Bahawalpur jails early on Tuesday. A death convict, Muhammad Sardar, was hanged till death in the District Jail Toba Tek Singh. He was accused of killing one Amanullah in 1993.

Another convict, identified as Rasheed Ahmad, was hanged till death in the New Central Jail in Bahawalpur District. He was accused of murdering a man in 2004.

Law enforcement agencies claimed to have arrested seven LeJ suspect allegedly involved in attacks on different media houses during a raid in Samanabad area  of provincial capital Lahore. Quoting intelligence sources, some television news channels reported that prime suspects Saifullah and Waheed and their five accomplices were arrested. Arms and ammunition, maps of some media houses and jihadi literature were recovered from their possession.

Special Police unit arrested an Afghan terrorist, Hamidullah alias Hamzaullah, involved in the attack on Pishtakhara Police Station van in Academy town on September 11, 2015, during a raid at Board bazaar bus stop in Peshawar, the provincial capital of KP. Police constable Ajmal Khan was killed, while ASI Jamal Shah, head constable Tahir and constable Shehzad had received injuries.

Observing that "instability will continue for decades" in many parts of the world including Afghanistan and Pakistan, US President Barack Obama said both al Qaida and ISIS pose a direct threat to the US during his final State of the Union Address to the Congress. "Both al-Qaida and now ISIL pose a direct threat to our people, because in today's world, even a handful of terrorists who place no value on human life, including their own, can do a lot of damage," Obama said.

January 13

At least 15 people, among them 13 Police personnel, a FC soldier and a civilian, were killed while 25 others were injured when suicide bomber blew himself up near a Government health centre in Satellite Town area of Quetta. Earlier, it was reported that 14 persons were killed in the attack. TTP and JuI claimed responsibility for the attack. TTP spokesman Muhammad Khurasani sent an email to journalists, claiming responsibility of the suicide attack. But Azam Tariq, a spokesman for the JuI, made a similar claim and said the attack had been carried out by his group to avenge the act of torturing the people in custody. 

An employee of ARY TV channel was injured when unidentified militants hurled hand grenades and opened indiscriminate fire at the office in Islamabad. The attackers, before fleeing from the scene, left pamphlets which said Daesh (also known as Islamic State/IS) claims responsibility for the attack.

Assistant Sub-Inspector, Mohammed Akram, along with his eight accomplices, was arrested for their alleged involvement in kidnappings-for-ransom, during a raid in Gharibabad area of Malir Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. The officials added that the gang had been active for the past one month. They used to kidnap people by posing themselves as officers of the CTD of Police, said Karachi-West DIG Feroze Shah. The paramilitary force also seized the police van used for kidnapping people, he added.

The JeM ‘Chief’ Maulana Masood Azhar, his brother Mufti Abdul Rauf and close aides were taken into protective custody in connection with the January 2, 2016 attack on Pathankot airbase in Indian Punjab. They were all shifted to an undisclosed location. The sources further said that the concerned authorities were interrogating them over the armed attack on Pathankot airbase. Prime Minister’s office said in a statement that the Government has made "considerable progress" in investigating the attack. "Based on the initial investigations in Pakistan, and the information provided, several individuals belonging to Jaish-e-Mohammad have been apprehended," the office of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said.

“We will keep them (Azhar and brothers) for as long as we need to carry out our investigation over India’s claims about the attack. We are resolved to take this investigation to its conclusion,” said an unnamed senior intelligence official. Another senior Government official close to the investigation said that Azhar, who has been placed under house arrest in the past but never prosecuted, would be prosecuted this time if evidence connected him to the attack on the Pathankot air base.

Three suspects, including a student of a private university, were arrested by LEAs in connection with the Pathankot airbase attack. According to Intelligence Agencies, a student of the Lahore University of Management Sciences, Usman Sarwar of Arifwala tehsil of Pakpattan District Saad Mughal of Sahiwal District and Kashif of Karachi (Sindh) were arrested in connection with the Pathankot incident. Indian authorities had shared five mobile phone numbers with Pakistan in connection with investigation into the attack. Acting on the leads, the authorities took the three students into custody because the numbers provided by India had been issued in their names.

January 14

SFs claimed to have killed at least three militants during a search operation in Sami and Tabjan areas of Kech District. A spokesman for the FC Khan Waey said that the militants were allegedly involved in attacks at the FWO. Weapons and ammunition were also seized by the SFs.

FC personnel also foiled major terror bid by defusing three IED in Solani area of Kech District. The FC spokesman said that the militants had planted the IEDs to target SFs and FWO workers in the area.

The CTD sealed a mosque-cum-seminary run by JeM and detained 14 JeM cadres from Mundeyki Goraya village in Sialkot District. An unnamed senior official said that a contingent of CTD and Police raided and sealed Jamia Masjid and Madrassah Al-Noor.

The US declared Islamic State (IS/ also known as Daesh) Afghanistan-Pakistan wing a FTO. “The US Department of State has announced the designation of ISIL-K as a FTO under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act”, says a statement issued in Washington. The Department of State took this action in consultation with the Departments of Justice and the Treasury, the statement added. The group, known as Islamic State Khorasan or ISIL-K, announced its formation on Jan 10, 2015 and is composed primarily of former members of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and the Afghan Taliban.

US Under-Secretary of State for Civilian Security Sarah Sewall during a seminar in New Delhi urged Pakistan to take the fight to all terrorist outfits working along its borders, without any exception. “We will continue to work with the government of Pakistan to take the fight to all terrorist networks in the border region and do everything in their power to help India achieve justice for the Mumbai attacks,” she said in her speech, which the State Department also released in Washington. “That is what partners do — we help each other overcome shared struggles and face hard truths,” said the US official.

January 15

Four persons were killed and many were wounded in separate incidents of firing in different parts of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. The firing incidents took place in Korangi crossing and Qasba Colony resulting in death of three persons. Another three men were shot and injured in Lyari, Maripur and Shershah.

Pakistan Rangers killed a suspected gangster, identified as Nasir Wachani, in an ‘encounter’ in Lyari area of Karachi. Nasir Wachani was ‘very close’ to Uzair Baloch, as he looked after his ‘financial and land affairs’.

The CTD officials said that three suspects allegedly involved in an attack on a constable were apprehended during a raid on Nishtar Road. Two of the three suspects were identified as Aaqib Murgi and Qasim Baji. The third accused was yet to be identified. According to CTD, they used to collect extortion from traders.

Caught in Iran while travelling illegally to Syria to join the militant Islamic State group before being repatriated to Pakistan, two youngsters have turned away from ‘armed struggle’ after being ‘rehabilitated’ with the support of their families and security administration, officials said. Although still under surveillance, the men in their early 20s have no more militant tendencies according to the psychiatrists who evaluated their condition, said official in charge of the CTD Raja Umer Khattab. The two men belonging to the middle and upper middle class families of Karachi were handed over to the FIA by the Iranian authorities before being given into the custody of the Quetta Police.

During question hour in the Senate, the Government disclosed that five unidentified persons had been arrested in Sindh for allegedly financing terrorism, but failed to explain when they had been taken into custody or if their cases were under investigation or would be tried in court. This was revealed in a written reply to a question regarding the number of people arrested under the NAP on charges of financing terrorism. According to Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar, five people had been arrested in Sindh, four in KP and 28 in Gilgit-Baltistan on these charges. No arrests have been made on this account in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Islamabad and Balochistan. It was also revealed that while cases of those arrested in GB and KP were being heard in the ATCs, there was no mention of the status of the cases from Sindh.

Unidentified militants attacked the residence of an Afghan consulate official in cantonment area of Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Consulate official Humayun Yousafzai is unhurt. Initial investigation revealed a sub-machine gun was used to fire at the house and 29 bullet casings have been recovered from the site of the attack. Photos from the crime scene show the boundary wall of the house marred with bullets. A FIR has been registered against unidentified individuals and an investigation is under way. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack as yet.

The CTD arrested a key wanted terrorist, identified as Raees Khan, during a raid in Chakora area of Lower Dir District. CTD conducted a raid on a tip-off on a hideout and recovered hand grenades, pistol along with rounds from his possession.

A parked vehicle was damaged in a blast in Pir Koh area of Dera Bugti District in Balochistan. According to Levies sources, Unidentified militants had planted improvised explosive devices in a vehicle and had parked it near a house that went off. A vehicle was damaged in the blast while no loss of life was reported.

Punjab CTD conducted a raid on a Madrassah run by JeM in Razaabad of Faisalabad city in the Punjab Province and arrested eight JeM militants. The arrestees were shifted to an undisclosed location for interrogation. Among those taken into custody include JeM Regional Chief Muhammad Hassan Alias Abu Jandal whereas the identification of the others could not be confirmed so far.

The Government shut down several religious schools run by the JeM militant group accused of masterminding the attack on Pathankot air base in India, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said. The crackdown in Punjab, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s power base and the headquarters of JeM, follows the arrest this week of several members of the militant group, including its leader, Maulana Masood Azhar, a hardliner and long-time foe of India. The Government has said it is clamping down on Azhar’s group while it investigates Indian assertions that the January 2 attack on the Pathankot air base was the work of the Pakistan-based militants.

At least 79 militants, including three commanders, given up their armed struggle against the state after a successful operation carried out by Security Forces in Miranshah of NWA in FATA.

Ministry of States and Frontier Regions has facilitated the return of 447,544 registered families of IDP, NADRA report said. NADRA has so far verified 447,544 IDPs, out of which 265,214 have returned, while 182,330 remain. As per agency-wise updates till January 2, in Khyber Agency 91,689 IDPs were verified by NADRA, of which 73,767 returned, and 17,922 remain, in NWA 104,002 IDPs have been verified of which 33,725 returned and 70,277 remain, while in SWA the number of NADRA-verified IDPs is 71,124, of which 13,997 have returned and 57,127 remain.

Similarly, NADRA has verified 35,823 IDPs of Orakzai Agency, of which the number of registered returnees was 16,102 and 19,721 remain. For Kurram Agency the number of NADRA-verified IDPs was 33,024 of which 16,117 registered have returned and 16,907 remain. For Frontier Region Tank 2,228 have been verified by NADRA, with 1,852 registered returnees. The data further revealed that for Bajaur the number of NADRA verified IDPs was 72,895 and all of them were returned while for Mohmand the number of NADRA verified IDPs was 36,759 and all of them were returned to their respective agency. The long-awaited return of TDPs of FATA was initiated in March 2015 and till date around 90,000 NADRA-verified families have been processed with cellular companies for provision of Transport Grant at the rate of Rs 10,000 and Return Cash Grant at the rate of Rs 25,000 per family.

January 16

At least nine children were injured in hand grenade attack in Chakiwara area of Lyari Town in Karachi of Sindh. The police have launched a search operation in the area after the attack but no significant development has been reported.

Sindh Rangers Director General Major General Bilal Akbar while talking to a delegation of Pakhtun Jirga led by ANP Senator Shahi Syed pledged to take the ongoing operation in the city to a logical end. He said the indiscriminate operation, that has gained public support due to its positive results, would be taken to its logical end.

Four constables were injured when suspected militants lobbed a hand-grenade into a Police van on the Swabi-Mardan Road in Dagai area of Swabi District. The injured constables were identified as Arshad Ali, Imtiaz Ahmad, Aftab and Mohammad Ishaq.

Police arrested a terrorist along with explosive and ammunitions in Mardan District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. On a tip-off, Police conducted a raid at a hideout in Tarnab Chowk Charsadda and arrested the suspected terrorist identified as Yarmat Shah who hailed from Khyber Agency. Police said that the terrorist was a commander of a banned terrorist outfit. The suspect was shifted to undisclosed location for further investigation.

January 17

Three bullet-riddled dead bodies were recovered from Gorkop area of Kech District. The dead bodies were identified as those of Noshad alias Nodo, Abdul Ghani and Maqsood. "All victims received multiple bullet wounds," Levies sources said.

SFs foiled a major terror bid on a roadside in Sui tehsil of Dera Bugti District, defusing an IED weighing around 17 kilogram. Khan Wasey, spokesman for the Frontier Corps said, "Miscreants wanted to target security forces through the IED."

SFs arrested three TTP militants from Nassai area of Qilla Saifullah District.

SFs arrested a TTP militant during a raid in Karbala village of Pishin District.

A brother of a local leader of the PML-N, identified as Mir Ishtiaq Baloch alias Mulla Pappu (35), was shot dead on Ahmed Shah Bukhari Road in Baghdadi area of Lyari Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh ahead of a planned ‘peace rally’. A passerby was also shot at and wounded in the attack. The victim had also contested the recent local government election on a Union Council chairman seat in Lyari. “It appeared to be a targeted killing incident,” said City SSP Fida Husain. Baghdadi SHO Rao Dilshad said that the victim was the younger brother of PML-N leader Mir Ashfaq Baloch.

A man, identified as Shan (25), was shot dead outside his residence near Old Golimar area of Lyari Town.

Three JeM cadres, who were among the 31 arrested suspects as part of a crackdown on the outfit in the aftermath of the January 2, 2016, Pathankot terror attack, were charged in an Anti-Terrorism Court of Sialkot District for possessing jihadi literature.  The three suspects, however, were not charged in connection with the Pathankot attack and instead were charged for possessing jihadi literature.

Graffiti welcoming Islamic State (IS/ also known as Daesh) was seen in at least two places in Gilgit District, stirring panic among locals and law-enforcement agencies. “At least two walls were painted with slogans welcoming IS in Gilgit,” a resident said, a day after the graffiti was found spray-painted in Amphari area of Gilgit. “Nobody knows who did this; people saw it in the morning and reported to the Police,” said the local.

The wall-chalking was removed by authorities immediately after it came to their notice, but finding such graffiti in Gilgit perturbed residents who believed it could be the work of someone aiming to create unrest in the region.  The graffiti also gave authorities in the region a reason to scramble in worry. “This is to create panic in the region, [or so] it seems to be at least for now,” an unnamed security official said.

JeM rejected claims that its leader Maulana Masood Azhar has been arrested for his alleged role in the January 2, 2o16, terror strike on the Pathankot airbase in India. “Disbelievers and hypocrites across the world are celebrating our arrest,” a statement in Urdu said, “but the arrest never happened.” “Even if they happen, what difference will it make? No difference, except one. Allah willing, there will be more enthusiasm and excitement among people of the faith, and the work of jihad will gather more strength and energy,” said the statement, posted on a Facebook community used by the JeM to communicate with media and followers.

“Those taking the Mujahideen as helpless and weak are greatly mistaken. You made the children of the martyr Afzal Guru cry, and since then, you have been crying, screaming and shrieking everyday,” it stated.  In its statement, the Jaish also lashed out at Pakistan’s government “which is friends with (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi, (former Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna) Advani, and (former Prime Minister Atal Bihari) Vajpayee”. “We will settle all scores… We are not polytheists, who were born on the railway tracks, but the followers of Muhammad the Arab and the enlightened ones of Medina, suffused with the unity of Allah and intoxicated by the desire for martyrdom,” the Jaish said.

January 18

Six FC personnel were killed and one was injured in an IED blast near FC’s Margat Checkpoint in provincial capital Quetta. No outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.

An ATC in Quetta acquitted former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf in the case of the murder of JWP leader Nawab Akbar Bugti who was killed on August 26, 2006 in a military operation in Dera Bugti District. The court also acquitted former Federal Home Minister Aftab Khan Sherpao, and former Provincial Home Minister Shoaib Nosherwani. During the hearing, the court also rejected the request by Nawabzada Jamil Akbar Bugti, son of Akbar Bugti, to order exhumation of his father’s body to ensure the body buried in Dera Bugti was that of his late father.

Pakistan's Permanent Representative to the US Maleeha Lodhi in a letter to the UN Security Council (UNSC) President Elbio Rosselli expressed confidence that the UNSC will deliver on its pledge to hold a plebiscite in Kashmir. The letter said that it is a matter of the determination of the Kashmiris' future.

The Sindh Government announced that it would issue uniform Friday sermons to mosques to curb extremism and promote sectarian harmony in the province. Abdul Qayyum Soomro, the Adviser to the Sindh Chief Minister on Religious Affairs, said that the Government would issue Friday sermons to mosques across the Province. “One of our key objectives is to promote sectarian harmony,” Soomro said. “The Sindh Government has been planning to legislate it and a bill on the issue will soon be presented in the Provincial Assembly,” he added.

However, religious leaders belonging to different schools of thought said the government’s decision was impractical.  Mufti Muhammad Naeem, the principal of the Jamia Binoria International, a key Deobandi seminary in Karachi, wondered how the decision would work.  He said that Government had not taken religious leaders into confidence while making the decision. “These are only suggestions without practical steps which are not enough to curb sectarianism and will only create more confusion among the masses,“ Naeem said, adding, “We don’t know how the government will enforce it. It hasn’t explained it yet.”

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz told the Upper House of Parliament that the US policies were responsible for instability in South Asia and urged the Obama administration to analyse its role and that of its allies in the region. Winding up discussion on an adjournment motion moved by Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed about US President Barack Obama’s remarks that instability will continue for decades in Pakistan, Aziz said: “Pakistan’s answer to instability is the strengthening democracy in the country.” He said that “the US created ‘holy warriors’ in our tribal areas during Afghan Jihad and then left them as soon as the war was over, a factor which contributed to decades of instability in Pakistan and the region.”

About any external threats to the country’s stability, the adviser said that since 2013, Pakistan was pursuing a policy of non-interference and was not taking part in other nations’ wars. “We have decided that we are not going to indulge in fighting other countries’ wars now, and this policy is being pursued vigorously by the government,” Aziz said, adding that “Pakistan has also taken a strong stance against terrorism.

January 19

Twelve persons, including a journalist, were killed while 39 others sustained injuries when a suicide bomber targeted the tribal Khassadar force in the Karkhano Market of Khyber Agency in FATA. The incident occurred hardly 30 metres from the Karkhano checkpost, the entry-point to Peshawar from Khyber Agency. The security sources said the bomber parked his motorbike and walked towards the Line Officer Nawab Shah of the Khassadar Force and his Khassadar Force and his guards. “The bomber detonated his explosives vest. The car of the Line Officer and another vehicle caught fire while the roof of a nearby shop caved in after the blast,” said an official. Those killed in the blast included Line Officer Nawab Shah and Mehboob Shah Afridi, president of the Tribal Union of Journalists, Khyber Agency chapter, who was talking to him at the time of explosion. Others who lost their lives were Gul Sahib, Raziq Khan and Waris Khan, all members of the Khassadar force, and civilians Taimur Khan, Mubarak Shah, Malik Khan, Mohammadullah, Ashfaq Khan and the wife of one Shoaib. A child was also among the dead. Meanwhile, the TTP claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Rangers, after being tipped off about the presence of terrorists at Super Highway and Northern Bypass areas of Karachi, conducted a raid at a hideout and in the ensuing shootout shot at and injured three terrorists who later succumbed to their injuries. They were identified as Shamsher Khan, Ataullah alias Daud Pathan and Zaheer alias Zafeer Pathan.  Ranger's spokesperson said that the terrorists were members of a banned outfit and involved in target killing, extortion, rape, robbery, and kidnapping-for-ransom cases. The terrorists had killed Policemen and were also involved in bomb attacks on Rangers. The Rangers recovered weapons from the hideout.

Two gangsters of the Baba Ladla (Rauf Nazim) group, identified as Adil alias Rind alias Salman and Moeed, were shot dead in an encounter in Gul Muhammad Lane of Lyari Town. A Rangers soldier also suffered injuries. The two gangsters were. The spokespersons said the two men were involved in many murder, kidnapping-for-ransom and extortion cases. Weapons and ammunition were found at their hideout.

The CTD AEC detained 10 suspected terrorists affiliated with a banned outfit in Mohammed Khan Colony of Manghopir area in Gadap Town. A Police constable, identified as Kashif, was injured in the shootout. They were found in possession of a vehicle-based Improvised Explosive Device. Arms and ammunition, including bomb, repeater rifles, and pistols were recovered from the hideout.

Rangers arrested a suspected terrorist during a raid in Gulshan-e-Hadeed area of Bin Qasim Town.

Another suspect was arrested during a raid in Frontier Colony area of SITE Town.

Rangers claimed to have detained two suspects during separate raids in the Defence Housing Authority area who were allegedly involved in providing arms to ‘separatists’. The suspects were detained. The paramilitary force also seized weapons from their possession. According to the Rangers spokesperson, the two suspects were involved in providing weapons to ‘defunct separatist outfit’. However, he did not name the organisation and the held suspects.

Pakistan is considering a ban on FIF, a charity run by LeT founder and JuD chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed. "Officials said the Government is likely to ban FIF. The Federal Ministry of Interior, these officials said, had started serious consultations with all the stakeholders before banning FIF and a final decision would be taken in next few days".

A former US Navy SEAL kept an unauthorised photo of Osama bin Laden's corpse on a computer that he turned over to investigators. The discovery came after Matthew Bissonnette, who shot Osama in the infamous 2011 raid on the al Qaeda leader's compound in Pakistan, gave investigators a copy of his hard drive. He had been under investigation for allegedly revealing classified information in his book about the incident, "No Easy Day". Bissonnette gave investigators his hard drive as part of a deal to avoid prosecution over the material, two people familiar with the deal told The Intercept.

January 20

The TTP militants stormed the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda District of KP, killing at least 21 persons and causing injuries to 35 others. Victims included 17 students, two gardeners, a caretaker and a professor, adds BBC. Eyewitnesses said the four attackers broke into the university from the back by using the sugarcane fields as a cover. They cut the barbed-wire that fenced the university perimeter and then shot dead a security guard. The militants made it to the hostels and other buildings amid thick fog and began killing people randomly. “The police, army personnel and security guards on duty responded promptly to engage the attackers. However, the terrorists kept hiding and hurling grenades while taking advantage of the thick fog,” DIG, Mardan Range, Mohammad Saeed Wazir, who led the operation said. “Our cops fought bravely to shoot dead all the four attackers one by one. They were wearing suicide jackets but none of them could succeed in blowing himself up,” DIG Police Saeed Wazir maintained.

The mastermind of the December 16, 2014, APS Peshawar attack, Khalifa Umar Mansoor alias Aurangzeb, of the TTP Geedar faction has claimed the attack through a post on his Facebook page, adding that four attackers were sent to the university. However, the ‘central spokesperson’ Muhammad Khorasani denied any involvement in the attack. Refuting Khalifa Umar Mansoor’s claims, Khorasani in an email sent to media men said, “The TTP and its amir Maulana Fazalullah have nothing to do with the attack.” “We consider these youth studying in non-military educational institutes as our future, they are Muslims and their protection is our responsibility,” he stated. “Those people who used the name of the Taliban in the attack will be tried in Sharia courts,” the email added.

DG ISPR Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa said that there were a total of four terrorists who were contained and killed at the hostel’s stairs and rooftop. He said two cell phones which were in terrorists’ use have been seized. He said even after the terrorists were killed, one of the mobile phones were still getting calls from an Afghan SIM. “We are in hold of information, confirming who the terrorists were and where they were operating from,” he said, adding, more clues are being gathered from the seized mobile phones. "We also have information where the instruction to the terrorists was being made," he said. 

An improvised explosive device, weighing three to four kilograms, was defused by BDS personnel near the Haji Camp Bus Stand in Peshawar, the provincial capital of KP. BDS personnel said that the three to four kilograms of explosive material was used in the making of the bomb which was also fitted with a remote controlled detonator. Police also claimed to have arrested a suspicious person from the vicinity.

SFs killed nine terrorists in air raids in Khyber Agency of FATA.

At least five BLA militants, including 'commander' Suhbat Baloch, were killed during a raid in BLA hideout in Chapar area of Barkhan District. Three BLA militants were arrested. “The arrested persons have been shifted to an undisclosed location for interrogation,” FC spokesman said. Two persons kidnapped six months ago were also recovered from the hideout where Light Machine Guns, AK-47 assault rifles and anti-Pakistan seditious material were also found.

FC detained 16 suspects in Turbat District, Panjgur District and Sui area of Dera Bugti District for questioning.

Unidentified militant robbed of PKR 375,000 from JS Bank branch in Block-7 of Gulistan-e-Jauhar area of Gulshan Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. SSP Jawed Jiskani said that seven men riding motorcycles arrived at the Gulistan-e-Jauhar and held the two security guards hostage at gunpoint. The SSP said the CCTV footage of the robbery clearly showed the faces of the robbers and they would soon be arrested.

The ATC handed over 11 suspects of al Qaeda to CTD on a seven-day physical remand. The Police department claimed that the suspects were planning to spread terror in the city and produced the suspects Qari Muhammad Moshin, Qari Muhammad Akram, Moshin Khan, Syed Muhammad Riaz, Anas Muhammad, Muhammad Arshad, Abdul Wakeel, Abdul Wahab, Muhammad Owais and others before ATC Administrative Judge Farooq Shah amid tight security. According to CTD, the suspects belonged to al Qaeda and LeJ and seized a rickshaw with explosives, rocket launchers, rifles, detonator and bombs from their possession.

The bank accounts of 30 seminaries and over 300 NGOs have been frozen in Gilgit-Baltistan for failing to provide details of sources and activities. An official document signed by Assistant Commissioner Rana Waqas Anwar, who also has registration authority in GB, stated that the registration of NGOs and seminaries will be cancelled if they fail to submit required documents by the second week of February this year. “For the last eight years these madrassas and NGOs haven’t submitted their audit reports, details of projects implemented so far, and sources of funding,” the document stated. The orders have been communicated to banks operating in the region, it added.

January 21

Four civilians died and two others received injuries when one of six rockets fired from the Afghan side of the border hit a shop in Angoor Adda in South Waziristan Agency of FATA. According to officials, four of the rockets fired at about 2pm landed in open fields while two hit the market.

The political authorities in Bajaur Agency claimed to have completed the long-awaited documentation of the religious seminaries operating in the region in order to ensure better education and facilities there. Sources in the political administration said that important data of all the religious seminaries operating in the agency had been collected during the process, which continued for over a year. The sources said a joint committee of local administration and various religious organisations carried out the task, adding heads of seminaries showed full cooperation with the administration in the documentation process.

Security Forces arrested dozens of suspects in a search launched in the aftermath of the Charsadda university attack in KP. Search operations in Charsadda are ongoing as Police comb the area around the University. Several suspects have been arrested. During initial investigations, four grenades, 16 magazines and 240 cartridges were recovered from the site of the attack. Several schools were closed last weekend after intelligence suggested militants were planning an attack, according to Muhammad Amir Rana, director of the private Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies. A KP Government spokesman said they were closed as part of a security drill.

The COAS, General Raheel Sharif said that the armed attack on Bacha Khan University was managed from Afghanistan. According to ISPR, the COAS telephoned Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and US commander in Afghanistan General John Campbell and shared the details of gathered information in connection with the attack on the university. The COAS said an operative of TTP issued instructions to the terrorists in Charsadda from a location in Afghanistan. COAS General Raheel Sharif sought cooperation of Afghanistan in tracing and hunting down the militants, who perpetrated the attack.

Pakistan and Afghanistan need to work together to effectively overcome the Taliban challenge, the White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.  "The conclusion that we've drawn here is...that the Taliban poses a security threat to both countries, and that the nations of Afghanistan and Pakistan are going to be able to more effectively confront that threat if they're able to more effectively cooperate," Earnest said.

US Vice President Joe Biden held a tri-lateral meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Davos to discuss the recent reconciliation efforts. During the meeting, Biden reaffirmed US support for reconciliation and improved bilateral ties between Afghanistan and Pakistan. "Any sort of decisions about how the continuation of those talks and any sort of agreement that could be produced by those talks about whether or not that's in the interest of those countries to pursue those are decisions that will be made by the leaders in those two countries, as it should be," he said.

January 22

At least six militants were killed while a soldier embraced martyrdom and two other injured during a search operation in Mashkey area of Awaran District in Balochistan.

Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti narrowly escaped an attempt on his life when his convoy hit a roadside bomb in Baker tehsil of Dera Bugti District. The Minister Mir Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti was on an official visit to his hometown in Baker tehsil. However, no casualties were reported in the blast. It exploded moments after Bugti’s vehicle crossed the site. One vehicle in the convoy was partially damaged as a result of the blast. No group has so far claimed responsibility.

Police killed three al Qaeda terrorists in a shootout in Azam Chowk in Layyah District of Punjab Province, thwarting a major terror attack. According to a CTD spokesman, “a team of Police personnel on January 22 night raided a house in Azam Chowk. The terrorists present in the house opened fire. The police returned the fire killing three terrorists.” “Three of their accomplices, however, managed to escape,” he said, adding that a huge quantity of explosives was recovered from the house.

Unidentified militants shot dead personnel of Police Elite Force Unit in Rasheed Ghari area of Peshawar, the provincial capital of KP. SP Imtiaz said that Elite Force Policemen Shahzeb and Ihsanullah were riding a motorcycle en route their office when unidentified militants opened fire. The SP said that both the victims were well trained in the use of security scanners. The motorcycle-riding assailants escaped from the attack site.

The CTD of Peshawar arrested a terrorist wanted for attacks on Police personnel. According to CTD Peshawar, the force took action in Bannu and arrested a terrorist named Sadaqat Ullah who is a resident of Suleman Khel Peshawar. The arrested terrorist was involved in bomb attacks on Badhaber Police back in 2012 and destroyed electricity towers.

A leader of Geedar faction of TTP released the video footage of four militants who, he said, had carried out January 20’s assault on Bacha Khan University in Charsadda. The footage strengthened indications of a possible split in the TTP whose ‘central spokesman’ Mohammad Khorasani had issued a written statement that evening disassociating the group from the attack and calling it un-Islamic. But the same day, a Geedar faction’s leader Umar Mansoor said his fighters had attacked the campus. Mansoor is considered close to Mullah Fazlullah, the embattled leader of TTP. 

The footage shows the four attackers, two of them in their mid-teens, practicing shooting as part of their training before carrying out the Charsadda attack. The video which spread rapidly on Facebook but was not released on media accounts of the TTP. The fresh attack had chilling echoes of a 2014 assault on a school in Peshawar, also claimed by Mansoor’s faction. Mansoor had issued a similar video in the wake of the Peshawar attack on December 16, 2014. The authenticity of the video could not be independently verified.

Pakistan has asked Washington to drone Mullah Fazlullah and others involved in terrorist activities, including the most recent Bacha Khan University attack. Security official sources said that Washington has been conveyed through its Islamabad mission that it must play its role in targeting the TTP terrorists, who are using the Afghan soil for their nefarious designs against Pakistan. The US authorities have been told that they should at least now be serious in targeting the TTP men in Afghanistan as Kabul continues to be under the influence of New Delhi. India is said to be involved in destabilising Pakistan. Only a few months back, Islamabad had shared dossiers of Indian involvement with the UN and Washington.

January 24

At least 17 terrorists were killed in aerial raids conducted by the SFs in Shawal and Dattakhel areas of North Waziristan Agency in North Waziristan Agency of FATA. 

Four persons suffered injuries when a roadside bomb exploded near Phandu Chowk area of Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Police said the bomb was planted near a bridge with an aim to target the vehicle of Salahuddin, the caretaker of a local Masjid.

Three people, identified as Asghar, Majeed and Sher Agha, were shot at and injured by unidentified armed assailants near Kalapul area of Lyari Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

Another man, identified as Muhammad Faisal was shot at and injured near Fawara Chowk in Garden area of Saddar Town.

The MPA Javed Nagori escaped a gun attack while passing through the Kharadar area of Saddar Town. No casualties were reported.

Police arrested 17 suspects during search operations in Mahmoodabad, Shah Faisal Colony, Baldia Town and Defence areas. A large cache of arms and ammunitions was recovered from their possession. The Police arrested suspects hailing from Waziristan, including three injured after an exchange of fire with the Police. The Defence Police also arrested three suspects while the Baldia Town Police arrested three Lyari gangsters. The Karachi police also claimed that they had arrested three gang war criminals from Ittehad Town and weapons were also recovered from their possession while eight suspects were arrested during a raid in Natha Khan Goth.

According to the Federal Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control report issued CTD arrested 64 suspects in parts of the country under the National Action Plan for allegedly providing financial assistance to terrorists. The province-wise details stated that 41 such cases were reported in Punjab with 57 people involved. 51 arrests have been made so far in the province.

In Sindh, five people were arrested for their alleged involvement in facilitating terrorists by providing them financial assistance and in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa four cases were reported to the CTD in which eight suspects were arrested. Some cases were registered in Diamer District of Gilgit Baltistan and 28 suspects were arrested for allegedly providing shelter and meal to terrorists.

Balochistan Government decided to establish a special force to be deployed at university campuses across the Province. “The new force would be subservient to vice chancellors,” said Balochistan Home Secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani. He further said that the administrative powers over the force would be with Police. Durrani said 60 personnel will be deployed at each university, adding that the force will be well equipped.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif pledged to continue operations against terrorists of all hues while admitting that progress on the revised national counterterrorism strategy has been slow. “We will fulfill this responsibility,” the PM said, adding, “In certain areas of NAP, progress has been slow, but in many other areas work has been started.”

US President Barack Obama in an interview with the Press Trust of India published urged Pakistan to show it is “serious” about crushing extremist networks operating on its territory, saying the latest mass killing of students underlined the need for more decisive action, reports Dawn. He said that the crackdown on extremists was “the right policy” but was quoted as saying that Pakistan “can and must” take more effective action.

“Pakistan has an opportunity to show that it is serious about delegitimising, disrupting and dismantling terrorist networks,” Obama said, adding, “In the region and around the world, there must be zero tolerance for safe havens and terrorists must be brought to justice.”

According to authoritative sources, around 130,190 combing and search operations were conducted till the middle of January 2016 throughout the country as part of the NAP. Giving the details of operations, the sources said that in the Islamabad Capital Territory and Gilgit-Baltistan, 6,580 search operations were conducted since January 15, 2015, 3,455 arrests were made and one terrorist was killed. Similarly, in the Punjab, the number of operations carried out was 38,038. During these operations, 6,346 arrests were made and 62 terrorists were killed. The highest numbers of operations were carried out in the KP i.e. 55,634. The arrests made were 3,223 while the number of terrorists killed was unavailable.

In Sindh, 28,003 operations were carried out and 29,818 arrests were made. The number of those who were killed during the operations was 946. Around 1,935 operations were conducted in Balochistan and 4,115 arrests were made. Also, 423 terrorists were killed during the operations. Overall, 46,957 arrests were made and 1,432 terrorists were killed (excluding KP) in some 130,190 countrywide operations since January 15, 2015, the sources added.

Authoritative sources have revealed that while the Operation Zarb-e-Azb had started much earlier in 2014, since January 2015, during operations in Fata, 1,359 terrorists have been killed and 916 injured. These include 440 killed during Zarb-e-Azb, 308 killed in Operation Khyber, 1, 454 killed in Operation Khyber II, and 157 killed in Shawal. Also, 80 terrorists were injured in Zarb-e-Azb, 393 in Khyber, 1, 422 in Khyber II and 21 in Shawal. During this period, the armed forces had 78 Shaheeds in Zarb-e-Azb, 45 in Khyber, 1, 57 in Khyber II and eight in Shawal. Also, 203 armed forces personnel were injured in Zarb-e-Azb, 55 in Khyber, 1, 190 in Khyber II, and 17 in Shawal. In all, there were 188 Shaheeds and 465 Ghazis during the one year of operations in FATA.

January 25

Five people including TTP Chief Mullah Fazlullah has reportedly been killed in a drone strike in Afghanistan. According to reports, a drone strike was conducted on Fazlullah’s house in Afghanistan, killing at least five people, including a woman said to be TTP chief’s wife and his son.

Police arrested a terrorist of TTP in a raid at an under construction petrol pump on the Super Highway in Jamshoro District of Sindh. The terrorist was identified as Qamar Zaman Mehsud who hails from North Waziristan. Police recovered 10 kilograms of explosive material, a bundle of wire, three hand grenades and an automatic rifle with 50 rounds from the his possession.

The Islamabad High Court dismissed the Government's petition seeking voice samples of Mumbai terror (also known as 26/11) attacks mastermind and LeT 'commander' Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and six other accused in the case. The prosecution had filed an application in the Islamabad High Court seeking voice samples of the suspects to compare it with the communication intercepted by Indian intelligence and then present it before the ATC as evidence against the seven accused. But, the IHC dismissed the petition.

In 2011 and 2015, the issue of obtaining voice samples of Lakhvi had been dismissed by the trial court on the grounds that "no such law exists that allows obtaining of voice sample of an accused". In the recorded intercepts, the suspects are alleged to be instructing the terrorists.

January 26

FC killed four suspected militants in an exchange of fire during search operation in Winder area of Lasbela District. FC Spokesman Khan Wasey said that SF also recovered weapons from their possession, adding that the suspects were involved in carrying out bomb blasts, kidnapping-for-ransom and attacks on SFs in the Province.

SFs killed two militants in Pasni area of Gwadar District. Illegal arms and ammunition were also recovered. The militants were identified as Mohammad Younus Kolanchi and Mohammad Hanif Kolanchi. “Their accomplices managed to escape,” a police official said.

The FIA arrested two suspects, identified as Asmatullah and Muhammad Ramzan, for selling and possessing Afghan SIM cards in Chaman town of Qilla Abdullah District. "FIA also recovered a large number of Afghan SIM cards from the possession of the accused, the duo were shifted to FIA's Chaman centre for interrogation," said an unnamed official.

The body of a khasadar official was found in Safi tehsil of Mohmand Agency in FATA, after he was abducted in the night of January 23. An official of the political administration confirmed Rehmatullah, a resident of Alingar in Safi, had been murdered and his body dumped. His body was found in a search operation. The slain khasadar officer was the son of a former peace committee leader, Saifur Rehman.

Unidentified militants lobbed a hand grenade outside Balochistan Minister Changez Khan Marri’s house in DHA Phase II in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. However, the grenade failed to explode. No casualties were reported. Police booked militants affiliated with BLA for the attack. The Minister had arrived in Karachi on the night of January 25, 2016.

Rangers arrested of six suspects, including four officials of the Fisherman Cooperative Society (FCS), who were allegedly working as facilitators for Lyari gangsters, during raid in Kalri area of Lyari Town. The spokesman for the Sindh Rangers said Saleem Deedak, Mehar Bux, Mohammad Saeed Baloch and Dil Murad were arrested during raids in the Kalri area. The suspects were moved to the Rangers headquarters for interrogation and later taken to an Anti-Terrorism Court, which allowed their preventive detention for 90 days. The initial interrogation showed that the four were affiliated with the Aziz Jan Baloch and Baba Ladla groups and were working as their facilitators.

Rangers arrested an alleged target killer, identified as Mohammad Farooq alias Lendi, in Kharadar area of Saddar Town. The ATC allowed the Rangers to keep him in preventive detention for three months. Farooq was said to have admitted that he belonged to the militant wing of a political party and was involved in a number of target killings.

Rangers arrested a target killer, identified as Mohammad Adnan Siddiqi, during a raid in the Ramswami area of Saddar Town. The Rangers got his 90-day Preventive detention from the ATC. The spokesman said Siddiqi belonged to the notorious militant wing of a political party and admitted murdering six people in attacks.

Rangers arrested four suspected criminals, including Lyari gangsters during raids in Korangi Town and Tharu Lane area of Jamshed Town. Weapons, including SMGs, uni-barrel rocket launchers, pistols, hand grenades and Avan grenades were seized from their possession.

An IED, allegedly meant to target a school, was defused by BDS personnel in Bashirabad area of Peshawar, the provincial capital of KP. Officials say unidentified suspects handed over the improvised bomb, fitted in a pressure cooker, to a child, asking him to take it to his school. But the little boy instead of taking it to school brought the IED home. A TTP slogan was written on the pressure cooker, officials said. On seeing the explosive, family members of the child alerted Police and BDS personnel were called in. According to BDS officials, around five kilogrammes of explosive material was used in the device.

January 27

Police claimed to have killed four TTP militants, identified as Amirullah Mehsud, Khan Wali alias Khanewal and Khoni Khel, in an encounter near Safoora Goth area of Gulshan Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. SSP Malir Rao Anwar said that Police conducted a raid in Safoora Goth area after receiving a tip-off about the presence of suspected militants.

A joint team comprising Police and Intelligence Officials recovered a huge cache of weapons and ammunition from warehouses on GT Road and Kohat Road areas of provincial capital Peshawar. Officials claim militants wanted to carry out a major act of terrorism in the area, for which they were dumping dangerous weapons at the locations raided. Recovered arms include over a thousand M4 and M6 rifles, telescopes and a large numbers of bullets, officials said. An unnamed official said that the arms were foreign made.

SFs arrested four suspects, demolished three hideouts of terrorists, and recovered arms and ammunition from Harnai District. Khan Wasey, the spokesman for Frontier Corps, said that 500 kilograms of explosives, four IEDs, one hand grenade, and a number of other weapons were recovered during the raid.

Journalists and activists in Pakistan faced an increasingly hostile climate in 2015 due to harassment, threats and violence from both the state and militant groups, according to HRW Report released. In the 659-page World Report 2016, which has reviewed human rights practices in more than 90 countries, HRW says the Government imposed new restrictions on free speech and funding of civil society groups in 2015 due to the security situation faced by the country.

Asia Director of HRW Brad Adams said that Pakistan should not curb freedom of expression and association under the threat of extremism. “Pakistan should reverse course and repeal or amend laws curbing freedom of expression and association,” he said, adding, “The Government should never use the threat of extremist violence as a pretext to violate the rights of independent voices.”

The Report further added that media was also deterred from reporting on or criticising human rights violations in the country’s counter-terrorism operations, it added.  “Pakistan’s Government should take urgent steps to create an enabling environment for free expression and association,” Adams said. “Pakistan needs to fight terrorism, but denying its citizens fundamental freedoms and due process rights is an unlawful and extremely misguided approach.”

January 28

Four Policemen were killed when TTP militants open fired at them while they were sitting inside a mini gas station situated on Munir Mengal Road in Satellite Town of provincial capital Quetta. TTP spokesperson Mohammad Khorasani said, “The TTP’s special unit STF’s commandos successfully carried out the attack at a police mobile at Quetta’s Satellite Town. The commandos disappeared after the attack”.

Two bogies of the Jaffar Express were partially damaged in an explosion near railway tracks in Mithri area of Sibi District. However, no casualties were reported.

A terror bid was foiled by Police when a terrorist during an encounter with Police blew himself up in Domeli Mor area of Jhelum District. The terrorist who was allegedly targeting the Rawalpindi to Lahore Pakistan Express tried to plant explosives on railway tracks near Grand Trunk Road when some passerby reported about this to Motorway Police. The terrorist lobbed a hand grenade at security personnel upon sight and then blew himself up, security sources said. Police recovered four hand grenades and two pistols, as well as two National Identity Cards and a vehicle from his possession.

Police defused five bombs planted under a 132KV electric tower in provincial capital Peshawar. The bombs, comprising 20 kilograms of explosive materials, were packed into four pressure cookers and a canister in Phando area the main transmission lines powering Peshawar.

KP CM Pervez Khattak while talking to the head of Department for International Development (DFID) Joanna Reid at CM Secretariat in Peshawar said that border between Pakistan and Afghanistan is not safe and without securing it cities in the country can’t be made safe for people. The CM said that entry points at Miranshah, Angoor Adda and Torkham were open for any sort of movement and terrorists involved in the recent Charsadda incident came from across the border. “The incidents of suicide bombing have dropped visibly as there is no hideout for training of terrorists,” he added.

Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz while speaking to India Today said that they are still waiting for India’s response. Sartaj Aziz said, “We are still waiting for India to suggest the dates for the foreign secretary-level talks. The ball is in India’s court.” The talks, which were scheduled for January 15, 2016, in Islamabad, were called off after the January 2, 2016, Pathankot terror attack.

The head of Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), Muhammad Khan Sherani said that he is willing to review the blasphemy laws that critics say are regularly misused and have led to the deaths of hundreds, to decide if they are Islamic, reports Daily Times. Chairman Sherani said that he was willing to reopen the debate and see whether sentences as harsh as the death penalty were fair.

“The Government of Pakistan should officially, at the government level, refer the law on committing blasphemy to the Council of Islamic Ideology. There is a lot of difference of opinion among the clergy on this issue,” Sherani said, adding, “Then the council can seriously consider things and give its recommendation of whether it needs to stay the same or if it needs to be hardened or if it needs to be softened”.

Terrorist safe havens inside Pakistan, providing shelter to terrorist outfits like the Taliban and the Haqqani Network, is a serious problem, US General John "Mick" Nicholson told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing as commander to the US and NATO forces in Afghanistan. "I view it (terrorist safe havens inside Pakistan) as a serious problem," he said. If confirmed by the Senate, he would replace General John Campbell as commander.

"One of the biggest problems has been the sanctuary, particularly for the Haqqani Network, particularly the involvement of the ISI in Pakistan, which in many cases have been supporting the Haqqani Network. Have you seen any progress in this whole problem?" Senator John McCain, Chairman of the SASC asked General Nicholson.

In response, General Nicholson said that continued presence of the terrorist safe haven has been a major problem. "This has been one of the principal challenges. It's a sanctuary that our enemies, in particular the Haqqani Network, have enjoyed inside Pakistan," he said. The US is not satisfied that there's adequate pressure put on the Haqqanis, he asserted.

January 29

The dead body of a polio worker, identified as Shah Faisal, who had gone missing from Jamrud tehsil of Khyber Agency in FATA on January 27, 2016, was found in Regi area of provincial capital Peshawar. Political Tehsildar at Jamrud, Asmatullah Wazir, said that Shah was a contractual employee with the Health Department.

Two suspected militants were killed in an exchange of fire with SFs in Mastung District late. Official sources said that unidentified assailants attacked a convoy of SFs in the Kanak area of the District. They fired rockets and shots. SF personnel in the convoy retaliated and the exchange of fire continued for about three hours.

Six soldiers of Pakistan Army and a child were injured as a suicide bomber blew himself near Cantt area of Zhob District. The attacker attempted to enter Cantt area when the Friday prayers were underway, said Provincial Home Secretary Akber Hussain Durrani. TTP-Mehsud faction claimed responsibility for the attack. The spokesman Azam Masood called Radio Free Europe Mashal correspondent in Dera Ismail Khan District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Government of Balochistan during a meeting held with Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri in the chair pledged that the responsibility of providing security to people would be fulfilled at all costs and actions against terrorists and anti-social elements and their facilitators would continue to purge the province of all terrorists. He decided to pursue a `tit-for-tat policy’ to deal with terrorists and their facilitators to ensure fool-proof security in the Province. There was consensus among participants that terrorist attacks on police and other security personnel were a reaction to successful anti-terror operations being carried out by law enforcement agencies.

Unidentified militants hurled a hand grenade at a Rangers check post in North Nazimabad Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.  However, no casualties were reported.

A hand grenade was lobbed in a market in Liaquatabad Town. No casualties were reported.

Police arrested six TTP militants after a shootout in Rizvia Society of Liaquatabad Town and found an IED planted inside a motorcycle. SSP Central Muqadas Haider said acting on a tip-off a police team raided a hideout in Rizvia Society. After an encounter, Police arrested six terrorists and shifted them to their headquarters. Four TT pistols, grenades, a Kalashnikov and an IED concealed inside a motorcycle were found at their hideout. Two of the arrested men were identified as TTP 'commander' Sayd Alam Mehsud and Sayd Ameen Mehsud. He added that the six terrorists were members of the TTP network in Dera Ismail Khan District of Afghanistan and Afghanistan.

Rangers arrested a target killer, identified as Adnan alias AD alias Danish, in Kharadar area of Saddar Town. The paramilitary force said that Danish was a member of a militant wing and an ATC had granted his 90-day preventive detention.

PM Nawaz Sharif while chairing a meeting at PM House has reiterated that Karachi operation would continue till its logical conclusion. PM Nawaz expressed government’s resolve saying, “War against terror will continue till elimination of last terrorist.” He said, “Eliminating the menace of terrorism and ensuring a peaceful Pakistan for our future generations is the top most priority of PML-N Government and our successes against terrorism and achieving economic stability have created a new hope in people.”

January 30

Dr Manan Baloch, a senior leader of the BLF, and four other suspected militants were killed in an encounter with SFs in Mastung District of Balochistan. Addressing a press conference at the Chief Minister Secretariat in Quetta, Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti said Manan headed the BNM, an organisation supporting militants. Bugti said SFs conducted a search operation in Killi Datu area of Mastung during which an exchange of fire took place between the SF personnel and militants hiding in a house. He said Manan and four other men were allegedly involved in subversive activities, including attacks on law enforcement agencies.

The local administration along with tribal elders demolished 12 houses of suspected militants during a search operation in the Haleemzai tehsil of Mohmand Agency in FATA. Political Naib Tehsildar Mehmood Shah said that the local administration conducted the operation in Ghalanai Mian Gan, Adin Khel and other villages of the tehsil. The militants, whose houses were demolished, were identified as Sheraz, Mohammad Shah, Haroon, Aziz, Adnan, Ziarat Shah, Sazono, Ibrahim, Yasir, Akhtar Ali, Khatir and Subhan. Earlier, the local administration had handed over a list of 22 wanted militants to the Haleemzai elders to demolish their houses. An official statement said the administration conducted the operation with the help of Haleemzai elders.

Sindh Rangers claimed to have arrested Uzair Baloch, leader of the Lyari gang and chief of proscribed PAC, in a targeted operation on the outskirts of Karachi. Rangers arrested Baloch while he was attempting to enter the city, said a press release issued by the paramilitary force. The press release also claimed the recovery of weapons from Baloch. His family members claimed that Baloch was arrested by Interpol at the boarding lounge of Dubai airport on December 27, 2014, and the Security Forces after keeping him under arrest illegally since then, has declared his arrest now.

January 31

Sindh Rangers Chief Major General Bilal Akbar stated that Karachi operation has not slowed down. “Some people say the Rangers operation in Sindh has slowed down. It has not. You have to understand that we will be more prominent and active when there are more enemies to overpower. You will not see much action when the criminals have been weeded out as we don’t bother law-abiding citizens,” he explained.

Notwithstanding Pakistan Government's ban on the media coverage of terrorist groups such as the JuD and LeT, Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed has appeared on a private Pakistani channel's talk show. The PEMRA on November 2, 2015 had restrained all Pakistani television channels from "all kinds of coverage" of the JuD, its front FIF and about 60 other proscribed organisations and their leaders. However, Saeed made an appearance on a talk show on Channel 24 on January 27, 2016. He glorified his organisation's "public welfare" works and talked about how India and the US were "pressuring" the Pakistani Government to take action against organisations like the JuD and JeM. Saeed, in reference to the Pathankot terror attack, dismissed the suggestion that the government was "patronising" some "non-state actors and banned organisations".

Law Enforcement Agencies arrested banned outfit 'commander', identified as Yaseen alias Papu, from Baghdadi area of Lyari Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

Ghosia Girls and Boys Elementary School in Paposh Nagar area of Nazimabad Town received a written threat from TTP asking for immediate closure.

February 1

Three madrassas were raided and sealed over alleged involvement in 'suspicious' and 'illegal' activities in Eastern Bypass area of provincial capital Quetta. The sealed seminaries include Madrassah Hussainia, Madrassah Taleemul Quran and Madrassah Abu Bakar Siddique. The raiding party also detained four clerics, identified as Qari Saifur Rehman, Surat Shah, Habibullah, and Qari Wali, for interrogation. Police said that the madrassas were sealed under the National Action Plan.

February 2

At least 18 TTP militants were killed in a drone strike along Pak-Afghan border in Gomal District of Paktia province in Afghanistan. Afghan officials confirmed the TTP militants were killed in the strike. Nabiullah Peerkhel, the Paktika Governor's spokesman said that the militants were heading to the border region in Afghanistan when the drones rained down missiles on them. While the exact identity of the militants killed could not be determined, reports from Wana town of South Waziristan Agency in FATA of Pakistan suggested that 14 militants were from the Mehsud tribe and four from the Ahmedzai Wazir tribe.

In a major breakthrough, intelligence agencies claimed to have arrested the main facilitator of the attack on the Bacha Khan University on January 20. According to intelligence agencies, Waheed Ali alias Arshad, categorised as "Terrorist A", was arrested in Nowshera last week. "He had made arrangements to flee to Afghanistan and hired a taxi to take him to the Pak-Afghan border at Torkham. Had there been any further delay, the man would have slipped away," the sources said. "He had shaved his beard and had packed up. His taxi was intercepted and he was picked up after positive identification," said the sources, requesting they not be identified.

In his initial statement, according to the sources, the alleged facilitator who is in his early 30s said the planning of the attack on the university had been in works for six months in Achin District of Afghanistan, the base of the militant commander Khalifa Omar Mansoor alias Omar Naray. He said he had surreptitiously made videos of the Punjab Regiment Centre and a police station in Mardan as possible targets and taken the footages in a memory chip to Omar Naray, but the plans had been dropped because of heavy security in the two places.

The mastermind and planners, Waheed said, later opted for Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan and prepared a group of four militants to carry out the attack. He said that he was the one who had made the video of the four attackers with Khalifa Mansoor and that was the reason why the Abdul Wali Khan University was mentioned in the video. He said Khalifa Mansoor had provided him PKR one million to execute the plan and procure arms and ammunition for the attack. The plan to attack the Abdul Wali Khan University was also cancelled because of better security arrangements and the mastermind was informed about the new target in Charsadda.

Pakistani authorities have sealed 182 madrassas since the December 16, 2014, Peshawar school attack, in a countrywide crackdown under the NAP on religious seminaries allegedly involved in extremism, a report of the Associated Press of Pakistan said. The madrassas were closed in Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa because of their involvement in promoting extremism and other suspicious activities.

As part of the strategy to choke terror financing, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has so far frozen PKR 1 billion in 126 accounts which have a link to banned militant groups. Law-enforcement agencies have also recovered around PKR 251 million in cash. The Government has put names of 8,195 people in the fourth schedule and 188 on the Exit Control List while movement of 2,052 hardcore militants has been restricted.

Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri during the concluding session of a two-day seminar on Prospects of Peace and Prosperity in Balochistan once again invited self-exiled Baloch leaders to the negotiating table for resolving their issues. He said that the Government was ready to hold dialogue with the estranged leaders within the constitutional framework. "I empower Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed to approach self-exiled angry leaders and initiate talks with them," Zehri said, adding that he believed negotiations, and not bullet, was the solution to the concerns of disgruntled Baloch leaders.

The COAS General Raheel Sharif said that Balochistan has become a hotbed of proxy wars for regional and global grand strategy by many powers. "This is a battle that we all are fighting, and we shall continue to fight, till peace prevails across the width and breadth of the Province," General Raheel said, adding that Pakistan Army, Frontier Corps, Police, Coast Guards, Levies and above all, the people of Balochistan, have defended the integrity of Pakistan with unflinching resolve for which they deserve special appreciation.

February 3

Three militants were killed when a suicide bomber detonated the explosives he was wearing, killing himself and two accomplices, in Giddir area of Kalat District. Three FC personnel were injured. According to official sources, FC personnel on a tip-off about the entry of an explosive-laden pick-up in Giddir area launched a search operation. They spotted a suspected vehicle carrying three persons and tried to stop it. In retaliation, the suicide bomber detonated the bomb.

India and Pakistan are in touch on a daily basis on investigations into the January 2, 2016, Pathankot air base attack and will continue to remain engaged, the Indian Government said at the International Counterterrorism Conference in Jaipur (Rajasthan). "Since the Pathankot attack, we have been in touch with Pakistan. We have been in touch at my level and the NSA [National Security Advisor] level and will continue to do so because only by remaining in touch, we can expect them to progress on issues of terror on the basis of information which we have provided to them," Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said.

The Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh asserted that the nation would stand by Pakistan if it takes action against terrorists. "Our Government will stand by Pakistan if it takes decisive action against terrorists and their organisations. For India, Mumbai and Pathankot terror attacks have signified a tectonic shift," Singh said.

February 4

The JuD 'chief' Hafiz Saeed praised January 2's terror attack at Indian Air Force's base in Pathankot and encouraged similar attacks against India. Addressing a rally of around one thousand people in the PoK, Saeed said: "800,000 Indian troops are committing genocide on Kashmiris. Don't they have a right to carry out Pathankot-style attacks for their defence?" Saeed also lauded Kashmiri militant leader Sayed Salahuddin, who heads the UJC that has claimed responsibility for the attack. "You have only seen one attack on Pathankot. Matters could easily escalate." Crowds at the rally shouted slogans including "The war will continue until the liberation of Kashmir" and "We are ready for jihad" Strategic analyst Ayesha Siddiqa said Saeed's praise of Salahuddin could be part of a "deflection strategy" to steer blame away from JeM, and by extension Pakistan, where it is based.

February 5

PM Nawaz Sharif voiced hope that the Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue process between Pakistan and India would move forward in days to come as he underlined that "differences" on all outstanding issues, including on Kashmir, can be resolved only through talks. PM Sharif also said that Pakistan is ready to cooperate with India on every matter, including terrorism.

"Pakistan is most affected by terrorism. Who wants eradication of terrorism more than Pakistan?" he questioned. "Difference of opinion between two countries is not unheard of. What is unusual is that for 6-7 decades, we have not been able to get rid of these differences," he added. "I brought this up with the Indian leadership and would like to reiterate that the solution to our problems lies in dialogue. Unless we sit together and talk about these issues, they won't be resolved," the PM said.

February 6

At least 12 persons, including four FC officials, were killed and another 38 persons injured in a suicide blast in Multan Chowk area of Quetta. According to report, the attacker targeted a security vehicle close to Liaquat Park. Heavy firing was also heard in the area following explosion. Three Policemen were reportedly injured in the attack. Balochistan Home Secretary Akbar Durrani said that a biker collided with the FC car that caused a massive explosion. Several cars including FC truck and motorcycles were completely destroyed in the attack. A splinter group of the outlawed TTP claimed responsibility for the attack in an e-mail sent to local media. However, the name of the group is not mentioned by the local media.

February 7

FC personnel killed two TTP militants during an encounter on Sariab Road in provincial capital Quetta.

Police detained 35 suspects during raids on Sariab Road and in surrounding areas.

According to official documents, some 625 militants have already surrendered before the state in the past six months started under the reconciliation process of NAP. Negotiations are currently under way with 125 insurgents in Balochistan over their possible surrender of weapons. Militants who give up violence have been offered cash support and jobs to help them lead a violence-free life. Balochistan Home Secretary Akbar Durrani said that the Provincial Government was committed to its reconciliation policy and the militants who have already surrendered were being rehabilitated. Under the scheme, each pardoned militant would be awarded PKR 500,000 in installments besides getting the compensation for his guns.

The SIT constituted by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to investigate January 2, 2016, terror attack on an Indian airbase in Pathankot (Punjab), concluded that there is no substantive evidence to suggest Maulana Masood Azhar, the head of the JeM militant group, ordered or masterminded the assault. According to media reports based on information from officials privy to the SIT investigations, Pakistani authorities have conveyed to New Delhi that there was no substantial evidence that could prove the involvement of Maulana Azhar in the Pathankot assault.

The SIT informed the civil and military leadership that the Indian evidence was insufficient to implicate Maulana Azhar. The SIT has sought further information from India, which it refused to share. However, the team did not rule out involvement of some low cadre members of the JeM, saying that too could be established only if New Delhi shared the information they have asked for.

February 8

At least two persons were killed in an IED blast in the Havid area of Bannu District in KP. According to Station House Officer of Havid Police Station, Rizwan, the IED went off in front of a shop as a shopkeeper was about to open the door. The shopkeeper, Dilnawaz, and a rickshaw driver were killed on the spot.

A Shia elder was shot dead while his son escaped unhurt in an attack near the Kohati Gate area of Peshawar, the provincial capital of KP. Locals said Malik Iftikhar Ali along with his son Hasnain was on the way in Kohati Gate when armed motorcyclists opened fire on them. Iftikhar Ali died on the spot while his son remained unharmed in the attack.

Two suspected militants were killed in an exchange of fire during an operation launched by Frontier Corps in Zhob District. Two submachine-guns and two hand-grenades were recovered from their possession.

A constable of the FIA, identified as Muhammed Ali Khanzada, was found dead in a car parked on Lyari Expressway in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. SP-Jamshed Dr Fahad Ahmed said that it appeared that Khanzada was killed somewhere else and later the car and his body were abandoned at the expressway.

The Czech Government paid USD six million in ransom in March 2015 to secure the release of two women, Czech psychology students Hana Humpalova (24) and Antonie Chrastecka (24), kidnapped in Balochistan in March 2013. According to details, the women had entered from Iran as tourists and were escorted into Pakistan by a tribal Policeman. In a video released shortly after their kidnapping, the two young women had pleaded for the release of Aafia Siddiqui, jailed in 2010 in the United States. After two years in captivity, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka announced the women's release and return to Prague on March 28, 2015.

They both said they did not know who abducted them, because nobody introduced themselves or gave them any explanation for the kidnapping. Negotiations with the kidnappers on the payment of a ransom were carried out by the Czech state's Security Council. "The talks weren't easy, but in the end, none of us wanted to assume responsibility for the death of two young girls," said an unnamed official involved in negotiations. "The decision to hand over the ransom was taken unanimously," the source added.

February 9

Traders' leader, identified as Haji Abdul Haleem Jan (70), was killed in a targeted attack in his shop located in Qissa Khwani Bazaar of provincial capital Peshawar. "He had received extortion calls last year. However, the motive of the killing will be determined after investigation," Capital City Police Officer Mubarak Zeb said.

Two sons of a retired Major General Chaudhry Ahmad Khan were abducted from provincial capital Lahore. One of them, identified as Hammad (34), was kidnapped from outside his home on Sarfaraz Rafiqui Road and the other son, identified as Nauman, from his office on Walton Road.

A BLA militant, identified as Chuthal Magsi, was arrested during a raid by Police in Lasi Goth area of Malir Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, for his involvement in an attack on a shrine in Korangi Industrial Area on September 18, 2015. Police recovered a pistol and grenade from his possession. Two of his accomplices, Mir Hazaar Bughti and Bilal Malik, managed to escape.

The Supreme Court stayed the execution of two suspects, identified as Taj Muhammad and Aliur Rehman, convicted by military courts for facilitating the December 16, 2014, Army Public School attack in Peshawar.

A two-judge bench headed by Justice Dost Muhammad Khan also stayed the execution of two other convicts. Notices have been issued to the Attorney General of Pakistan as well as Judge Advocate General (JAG) Branch to appear in the court on February 16, 2016. The bench observed that military courts should give a reason in their judgment. The Peshawar High Court had rejected the appeals of the four convicts following which their counsel Latif Afridi took up their petitions to the Supreme Court.

COAS General Raheel Shareef during a Special Apex Committee meeting of KP and FATA held at the local corps headquarters in Peshawar said that the State is entering the most difficult phase of the military operation against terrorists. "After successfully evicting terrorists form their sanctuaries and restoring writ of the state, we are in the most difficult phase of the operation physically rebuilding the war-damaged areas, resettling of Internally Displaced Persons and eventually establishing an administrative system that focuses on the needs and aspirations of the people," he said.

February 10

Unidentified militant shot dead six people after barging into a house in Bonistan area of Panjgur District. The victims were identified as Muhammad Ismail, Noor Shoaib, Muhammad Nazar, Momin Ghulam Jan and Islamil.

One ASI, identified as Sultan Mehmood, was killed and another, identified as Constable Shoaib, was injured in an exchange of fire during a raid in the Sajan area of Mardan District. Police were conducting a raid on the house of a wanted individual, Imran, when they were ambushed, said District Police Officer Faisal Shahzad.

The DG of the IB, Aftab Sultan, informed the Senate Standing Committee (SSC) on Interior that the IS was emerging as a threat in the country because several militant groups had soft corner for it. He named LeJ and SSP as examples. Though IS and Afghan Taliban were rivals, the TTP coordinated with it, he added.

The Federal Ministry of Interior has been denying the presence of IS in Pakistan, saying that it was an Arab organisation. But DG Sultan said that the IB had busted a big IS network after several members reached Punjab following Karachi's Safoora Goth carnage in May 2014. He said that terrorists were reorganising and stressed the need for a border control mechanism, particularly with Afghanistan, enhanced regional cooperation, implementation of the National Action Plan and de-radicalisation policy with a focus on counter-narrative. The IB chief called for a comprehensive policy for "rehabilitation of jihadi elements" and effective implementation of policy for monitoring social media and cyberspace.

COAS General Raheel Sharif while addressing the Corps Commander Conference at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi District said that terrorists are being funded externally by hostile foreign intelligence agencies, and their sympathisers at home providing shelter and refuge. He said that Pakistan had achieved significant successes in operation Zarb-e-Azb, and the war against terror required unified response. The General reiterated that all efforts and resources would be employed to bring about lasting stability and socio-economic revival for prosperity and well-being of displaced people of affected areas.

The US administration proposed USD 860 million in aid for Pakistan, including USD 265 million for military hardware, which it said would help the country fight terrorists, secure nuclear weapons and improve ties with India. Secretary of State John Kerry in his proposals said that the budget includes USD 859.8 million towards sustaining ties with Pakistan and making progress to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat violent extremist groups".

"The requested funding will support the country's counter-insurgency missions, and bolster stability, energy access, economic growth, and social reform," Kerry said in a letter accompanying his proposals. "Pakistan lies at the heart of the US counter-terrorism strategy, the peace process in Afghanistan, nuclear non-proliferation efforts, and economic integration in South and Central Asia," State Department said making its case for the aid to Pakistan under the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) Fund.

February 11

Two bank robbers, identified as Arsalan Iqbal and Dilawer alias Murad alias Tiger, were shot dead in a shootout with SIU Karachi personnel in Korangi Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. The two were allegedly involved in the three bank heists that took place in Karachi this year and the Sindh Government had announced a reward of PKR 1 million for their arrest.

SSP Mohammed Farooq Awan of the SIU Karachi said that investigations regarding bank heists were underway during which he was tipped that members of a dacoit gang were expected to attempt a robbery in the Korangi Industrial Area (KIA). Acting on the tip-off, an SIU team was deployed in the KIA for surveillance, during which the officers witnessed three suspects on two motorcycles, who engaged the personnel in an encounter after they were signaled to stop. Two of the robbers were arrested in injured condition, while the third one managed to escape.

An Assistant Professor of Balochistan University, identified as Para Din, was shot at and injured when unidentified armed assailants opened fire on his vehicle in the Almo Chowk area of Quetta. No outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.

Former President General (Retired) Pervez Musharraf confirmed to an Indian TV channel that the "ISI trains JeM and LeT terrorists". While describing Masood Azhar of JeM as a "terrorist", Musharraf said Hafiz Saeed of LeT was nothing short of a national hero in Pakistan. "LeT is not involved in terror in Pakistan," said Musharraf, adding, "I don't believe anything that Headley had said... Pakistan intelligence should interrogate Headley."

Despite intelligence warnings that the IS is an emerging threat, the FO insisted that the terrorist group has "no organised presence" in the country. "Let me reiterate that there is no organised presence of Daesh, the Arabic acronym for IS, in Pakistan," FO spokesman Nafees Zakaria said.

February 12

A head constable of capital city police was killed and two others injured in firing by two motorcycle bourne unidentified assailants at Pindora Chungi of Industrial area Police Station in Islamabad. The slain Policeman is identified as Head Constable Imtiaz and injured personnel were Police Constable Zahid and FC Constable Bismillah Jan.

Unidentified assailants abducted Afghanistan's former Governor of Herat province. Sayed Fazalullah Wahidi had arrived in Islamabad along with his family to get visas to travel to UK, diplomatic sources said. The former envoy had gone to a restaurant with his 12-year-old grandson when unidentified assailants arrived in two vehicles and kidnapped him, leaving the child. According to a Police official, the former governor was staying at a guesthouse in Islamabad's F7 sector and was near Rana Market when he was abducted. Fazalullah Wahidi was considered an influential Governor as he remained very close to former President Hamid Karzai and also served as Governor of Kunar province.

Three separate hand grenade attacks in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, created panic among the masses. However, no loss of life has been reported. According to details, unidentified men hurled hand grenade at the main entrance of Mobina town Police Station. No loss of life was reported. Separately, unknown persons hurled hand grenade near APWA Girls College Karimabad. SSP Central Muqqadas Haider said the hand grenade was hurled from Karimabad flyover. Further, armed men launched hand grenade attack near a private school in North Nazimabad.

The ISPR Director General Lieutenant General Asim Saleem Bajwa revealed that the law enforcement agencies have successfully broken the nexus between al Qaeda (subcontinent chapter) and LeJ. Briefing media persons, the army spokesman said security forces have achieved a major success during the ongoing Karachi operation by arresting over 97 hardcore terrorists, including three high-value targets (HVTs). "We have broken the overall network and nexus of terrorists belonging to al Qaeda subcontinent chapter and LeJ. They were backed by Tehreek-e-Taliban… This is a major achievement, but we have much more to do," Bajwa said. He said the terrorists were involved in almost all major incidents of terrorism in Karachi, adding that all of them are in army's custody.

February 13

The SFs to have killed 10 suspected militants during a targeted operation in Sibi District of Balochistan. The security personnel reportedly conducted an operation in Sangaan area of Sibi district and apprehended 12 suspected militants following an exchange of fire in which 10 suspects were killed. An official informed that SFs also demolished three sanctuaries being operated by militants in Sangaan.

The Spokesman for Balochistan Government, Anwar ul Haq Kakar, told that a key commander of BLA Aslam Acho was reportedly killed by SFs in Sibi.

A Jewellery shop owner, identified as Wahidullah, was shot at and injured in Gulbahar area of provincial capital Peshawar. According to Police sources, the attack was perpetrated by extortionists. "Wahidullah received a letter from unidentified militants who were demanding millions in extortion," said an unnamed Police official. "When he did not pay any heed to these letters, his house was attacked with a hand grenade in Javed Town - now he has been attacked and injured."

February 14

The bullet-riddled dead body of a man, identified as 50-year-old Liaquat Ali Baloch (50), was found from under the Lasbela Bridge, situated within the jurisdiction of the Rizvia Police Station, in Liaquatabad Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. His body bore torture marks and had three bullet wounds. Baloch was the brother of Lyari gangster Barkat Baloch, who was actively involved in Lyari gang war.

Police and LEAs, in a joint operation, arrested a militant, identified as Usman Khan, who belonged to al Qaeda Barr-e-Sagheer, from the area of Saddar Town. The arrested militant has revealed his connections with the facilitators and masterminds of May 13, 2015, the Safoora attack. According to investigative sources, Khan is a dentist by profession and he was delivering to the al Qaeda the extortion money, collected from various areas of the city. One Kalashnikov and nine bullets were recovered from his possession.

Police on a tip-off regarding presence of militants arrested three militants during a search operation in Smarty Baiyan area of Kohat District. The Police also recovered of weapons from their possession.

As many as 56 of the 13,849 religious seminaries geo-tagged by the PITB have been put in Category A for their suspected links with banned organistions. Documents show that most of these seminaries identify themselves with the Deobandi. An unnamed Home Department official said that updated information on seminaries across the province was now available to the authorities concerned. "We have information about their sectarian affiliation and number of students and teachers at each facility," he said.

It was further reported that the Provincial Government is also working on geo-tagging all of 256,000 Afghan refugees in the Province. A PITB official said that so far geo-tagging of 66,100 Afghan refugees had been completed. He said the process involved information gathering using biometric technology.

Terrorist groups don't have a base in Pakistan to fall back on, according to the ISPR chief Lieutenant General Asim Saleem Bajwa, who also said that sporadic attacks by frustrated terrorists could not dent the military's resolve to eliminate the malady once and for all. "We have seen how the rate of terrorist incidents declined during the past one and a half years, and how it brought dividends to the entire nation," said Asim Saleem Bajwa in an interview. The recent uptick in terrorist violence in the country came after a long hiatus, triggering a media guessing game about the effectiveness of the new national strategy against terrorism and extremism.

February 15

At least nine militants, belonging TTP and LI, were killed and five others were injured in air strikes in Rajgal and Kukikhel areas of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency of FATA.

At least one soldier was killed and four others were injured by an IED near Talai village in Wana town of South Waziristan Agency.

Police killed four criminals during an ongoing operation against criminals in the Katcha areas of Khanpur and Ghouspur in Shikarpur District. One Policeman, identified as Ali Gul Mahar, was also killed two others were injured in the exchange of fire. The operation was launched to recover three abductees, including a minor girl, from Thull abducted over eight years ago. However, the Police a woman, who along with five friends was kidnapped from Sehwan area two years ago. During the operation, the Police torched over ten houses and detained more than 10 suspects. Moreover, The suspects have been shifted to an undisclosed location for interrogation.

Unidentified armed assailants raided the residence of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, Pakistani scientist imprisoned in US over charges of terrorism, and tortured the watchman in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town of provincial capital Karachi.

Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah while speaking to the media in Khairpur District said that there is no presence of the militant Islamic State group, saying that its name is being used to terrify people. The CM categorically stated that "the IS doesn't exist in any part of Sindh". According to him, some banned outfits and terrorist organisations were using the name of the IS for their ulterior motives.

SFs arrested two militants, including 'commander' of TTP Zewar alias Zewar Mulla, during a raid in a house in Fateh Jang tehsil in Attock District. Mulla is stated to be a close associate of late TTP head Hakimullah Mehsud and a TTP 'commander' Tariq Afridi, who too is dead. Zewar was also associated with Saeed Khan, a Pakistani commander of Islamic State, or Daesh. Zewar, who had been collecting funds for the TTP, was a resident of Dabori in Orakzai Agency of FATA.

SFs arrested another militant, identified as Ziaur Rehman, during a search operation in Shahu area.

LEAs found a homemade explosive device near a girls school in Kot Lakhpat area of provincial capital Lahore.

February 16

The CTD, Sindh, Intelligence Wing, claimed to have arrested three accused, including a TTP militants, who were alleged to be involved in target killings and killing of armed forces personnel. According to details, SSP Amir Farooqi of CTD Intelligence Wing said that the CTD personnel on a tip-off raided the outskirts of the city and after an encounter arrested Hanif Khan alias Fazalullah Mehsud. The Police also recovered weapons, including Kalashnikov, from his possession. However, the associates of Khan managed to flee. During investigation, it was found that the accused belonged to TTP-Sajna Group and recently came to Karachi to form a network.

The CTD personnel arrested Mohammed Kasif along with a Kalashnikov in Yousuf Goth area of Gadap Town. Later, the Police also arrested Mohammed Farooq and recovered a Kalashnikov and 10,000 bullets from his possession. Further investigations are underway.

The CTD personnel arrested Mohammed Kasif along with a Kalashnikov in Yousuf Goth area of Gadap Town. Later, the Police also arrested Mohammed Farooq and recovered a Kalashnikov and 10,000 bullets from his possession. Further investigations are underway.

The CTD detained three alleged terrorists from Torghar District and recovered six kilograms of explosives, including four feet safety fuse, three detonators and one hand-grenade from their possession. The press release said the three terrorists were coming to Torghar from Shangla District. They were planning to use the explosives in a sabotage act in Torghar.

The CTD arrested a suspected terrorist, identified as Ghulam Qadir, from Pir Bala village in the limits of Mathra Police Station in provincial capital Peshawar. According to the CTD, Qadir was associated with a banned organisation and was involved in collecting extortion from the locals and handing it over to other members of his group in Torkham.

February 17

Seven militants, belonging to TTP and LeJ, who were on their way to launch an attack in Sharaqpur area, were killed in an exchange of gunfire during a Police encounter in Sheikhupura District. According to a statement from the Provincial CTD, a dozen or so militants were riding motorcycles and were on their way to attack Police when they were intercepted. "When the firing stopped, seven unknown terrorists were found dead," it said, adding that the men were killed "by firing from their accomplices who fled from the scene taking benefit of darkness". Shahzad Sultan, a senior local Police Official confirmed the incident.

Two Police Constables, identified as Muhammad Asif and Mubashir, manning a security check post in Chanab Pulli area of Iqbal Town in provincial capital Lahore were shot dead by three unidentified militants.

Two Police Constables, identified as Muhammad Asif and Mubashir, manning a security check post in Chanab Pulli area of Iqbal Town in provincial capital Lahore were shot dead by three unidentified militants.

At least five Khasadar force officials were killed when unidentified militants attacked a Khasadar check post at Mohmand-Peshawar Highway in Pandyali area of Mohmand Agency in FATA.

Unidentified militants killed two Khasadars near sub-divisional headquarter Ekka Ghund in Darwazgai area near Mohmand-Charsadda border in lower Mohmand Agency. Following the attacks, the solar tube-well in Darwazgai was also set on fire, soon after which the attackers fled from the scene.

At least three persons of the Marri tribe were killed and four others were injured in a firing incident in provincial capital Quetta. The victims were identified as Marri tribal leader Mozai Mari and his two sons.

Three security personnel were killed and two others were injured when militants launched an attack on a Levies check-post in Kahan area of Kohlu District. After the attack, Security Forces launched a search operation.

During a meeting held between Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and Corps Commander of Karachi Lieutenant General Naveed Mukhtar in Karachi it was decided that the ongoing operation against terrorists in Karachi will be extended to the interior of Sindh to strengthen the operation further and eliminate terrorists' cells in these areas. These cells, according to sources, exist in the interior of Sindh in areas bordering Balochistan.

During the discussion, according to sources, the incidents of terrorism that occurred recently in Jacobabad and Shikarpur Districts also came up for consideration and it was stated that such acts were not possible without the presence of facilitators in the interior of Sindh.

The Gilgit-Baltistan Government has decided to allocate a substantial piece of land to Pakistan Army in Thak Das area of Diamer District so it can set up headquarters and ensure security for the CPEC. Diamer Deputy Commissioner Usman Ahmad said, "The army will make its headquarters in Thak Das this will help provide security to CPEC installations."

February 18

Two personnel of the Khasadar force were killed in Machni area of Mohmand Agency in FATA. The incident occurred late in the night when the deceased personnel Taj Ali and Bilal were on duty at a solar tubewell in the area.

The JuA, a faction of TTP, claimed responsibility for the February 17 attack on Khasadar force at a security checkpost in Karapa area of Pandyali tehsil in Mohmand Agency in which seven personnel were killed.

The CTD Punjab Police lodged Indian airbase Pathankot attack case of January 2, 2016. Sources said the case has been lodged against unknown terrorists on the plea of Deputy Home Secretary Aitzaz-ud-Din. Murder, attempt to murder and terror charges have been included in the case.

Earlier, the special investigation team formed by Pakistan to investigate the Pathankot incident has formally recommended to the Federal Government to lodge an FIR on the basis of the information provided to the National Security Adviser Lieutenant-General (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua by his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval, background interviews and documents available with The News revealed. The Interior Ministry, on its notification issued on January 13, 2016, had constituted a six-member team. The team was headed by a convener named Rai Tahir, a reputed chief of the CTD, Punjab Police.

Pakistan hanged 324 people last year to rank third worldwide in terms of executions, but the vast majority of those put to death had no links to militant groups or attacks, The Reprieve report said. According to the report prepared by the Reprieve, an international human rights group, and Justice Project Pakistan, of the 351 executions that followed, only 39, or about 1 in 10, involved people linked to a known militant group or guilty of crimes linked to militancy. The Government lifted a moratorium on executions in late 2014 as a measure to deter militancy after TTP militants attack Army Public School in Peshawar on December 16, 2014.

Pakistan now ranks after China and Iran, carrying out 324 hangings in 2015 alone, the report says. Juveniles, mentally ill prisoners, and prisoners who had been tortured or had not received fair trials were among those executed, shows an analysis of media reports and data from courts, prisons and legal teams. "The numbers show that government's claims do not match the reality," said Maya Foa, Director of the death penalty team at Reprieve. "Those going to the gallows are too often the poor and vulnerable," she said in a statement. "It is hard to see how hanging people like this will make Pakistan safer."

February 19

At least five militants were killed during search operation, conducted by SFs in Karapa area of Pandyali tehsil in Mohmand Agency of FATA. The security personnel also seized explosive material from their possession.

Afghan religious scholar Abdul Haleem was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Sultan Khel area of Khyber Agency. According to SFs, unidentified attackers opened fire on Afghan religious scholar leaving him seriously injured and was rushed to hospital where he could not succumb to his injuries.

Militants blew up part of a newly constructed Government school in the Tiarza tehsil area of South Waziristan Agency. A splinter group of the TTP, Sajna group, claimed responsibility for the attack. "We have blown up the school because it was a government installation," said Azam Tariq, a spokesman of the group, warning the group would continue to attack government targets.

Law Enforcement Agencies shot dead four militants who were seen planting an IED in the Abdul Rehman Zai area of Gulistan town of Qilla Abdullah District. "A large quantity of arms and explosives were also confiscated from their possession.

At least three bullet-riddled dead bodies were recovered from Shakha Dara area of Chaman town.

Another bullet-riddled dead body was recovered in Toba Achakzai area of Qilla Abdullah District.

Two people were shot dead when unidentified militants opened fire at them in the Dilsora Karez area of Chaman town. No outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.

FC troops foiled an act of terror in Dera Murad Jamali city of Naseerabad District. The militants were planning to use the IED weighing 8 kilograms against the security forces guarding gas pipelines.

FC arrested four alleged militants and recovered arms from their possession in Mastung area of same District in Balochistan. According to an FC spokesman, acting on a tip off, FC personnel carried out a search operation in the area and apprehended four alleged militants.

At least three Policemen were killed in a gun attack near Miran Wala Bangla Bypass in Faisalabad District of Punjab. The suspected miscreants opened fire at Policemen when they were stopped by patrolling Police near Miran Wala Bangla Bypass, resulting in the killing of three Policemen. However, the suspects managed to escape.

February 21

Three civilians were killed and one injured when an IED blew up their car in Navi Mandi area of Data Khel tehsil in South Waziristan Agency of FATA. The four were returned IDPs traveling to Bannu to retrieve their belongings.

Unidentified militants hurled a grenade at the building of the District Education Office in Gwadar District. However, no casualties were reported.

Rashid Baloch, a member of the Baba Ladla gang in Lyari area of Karachi, was arrested in the Bhana Mari area of Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Peshawar's CTD and IB jointly raided houses in Bhana Mari along Kohat Road and arrested Rashid Baloch, alias 'Chichi' after receiving a tip-off that the gangster was currently in Peshawar, waiting for a new passport to flee abroad. According to initial investigations, Baloch had fled to Peshawar because of the Rangers-led Karachi operation, which began in 2013.

February 22

The Sindh Police killed 12 terrorists, belonging to AQIS and LeJ, in two separate encounters in Pipri area and Gadap Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. In the first encounter, at least eight militants were killed in Pipri area of Bin Qasim Town. "Eight militants were killed on the spot while four others, who fled the scene, were killed in Gadap area," said SSP Rao Anwaar of Malir District. In the second encounter, at least four militants were killed in Gadap Town. He further said that the encounters, which lasted several hours in a slum off the National Highway, occurred during a raid on a hideout after police received intelligence-based information that terrorists belonging to banned outfits had gathered there. The terrorists had been working jointly and targeting law enforcement agencies in Karachi, Rao added. Five of the deceased suspects were identified as Sohail, Khalil, Bilal, Talha and Abdul Salam. During the search operation the Police they found four pressure cooker bombs, suicide jackets, detonating cords, five hand grenades, ball bearings, five submachine guns, three 9mm pistols and hundreds of bullets.

The Pakistan Rangers, Sindh, disclosed the arrest of two suspects affiliated with PAC who were said to be involved in a number of extortion cases. As per a spokesman of the paramilitary force, a team conducted an intelligence-based raid in Landhi Town and, after an encounter, arrested Munawwar and Rafiq with weapons. Both were shifted to the headquarters for interrogation during which they confessed to their affiliation with the PAC and to have extorted more than 24 traders and industrialists.

Police arrested four Policemen among nine people allegedly involved in 'kidnapping, extortion and robbery' and a suspected gangster linked with the Lyari gang war, who had recently returned from the United Arab Emirates, said Karachi-West SSP Azfar Mahesar.

Police, acting on a tip-off, detained Abdul Rehman alias Khan Bhai, in Jehanabad area of SITE Town. "He was wanted in 12 murder cases and 20 cases pertaining to kidnapping-for-ransom and extortion," said the SSP-West. After the launch of a Rangers-led operation, the suspect escaped to the United Arab Emirates, where he was working at a police workshop in Sharjah. He had recently returned to the city and was a close associate of two gangsters, Fahim and Naseem, linked with the Uzair Baloch-led gang, added the officer.

A JIT 'reinvestigating' the Baldia factory fire case that claimed the lives of 259 workers and caused injuries to 50 labourers in Karachi on September 11, 2012 has come to the conclusion that it was a "planned sabotage and terrorist activity". The JIT report said: "Based upon available evidence and expert opinions, the JIT has come to conclusion that factory fire was a planned sabotage/terrorist activity and not an accidental fire." It added that the alleged terrorist act was carried out "due to refusal to pay extortion (Bhatta) of Rs20 (Twenty) crores and partnership in factory profits by factory owners to office-bearers, namely Rehman Bhola and Hammad Siddiqi of MQM-A".

A drone strike, targeting suspected militant hideouts in the Shahidano Dhand area of Lower Kurram Agency, wounded one unidentified suspected militant. The drone fired four missiles at militant hideouts, as a result of which, one militant was injured and three hideouts were destroyed.

SFs arrested several suspects and seized a huge cache of arms when they enforced curfew and carried out a search operation in Mohmand Agency. The curfew was clamped and the search operation was started early in the day. During the search operation, several persons who couldn't prove their identification were detained. Their identity wasn't revealed by the authorities. The troops also recovered arms from their possession. The detained men were shifted to another, undisclosed place for interrogation.

An indefinite dusk-to-dawn curfew was imposed across Mohmand Agency as SFs stepped up operations in the region.

A key operative of the LeJ, identified as Asif Chotu, was arrested during a search operation in Dera Ghazi Khan District. Chotu was wanted by the Police in the Justice Baqar Maqbool attack case and other crimes. The suspect was carrying head money of PKR 2.5 million.

Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz revealed that one of the mobile phone numbers linked to those who attacked the Pathankot airbase on January 2, 2016, had been traced to the JeM headquarters in Bahawalpur District of Punjab. Aziz called the lodging of the FIR in connection with the Pathankot assault a "logical and positive step" in bringing the perpetrators to justice. Aziz further confirmed that JeM chief Masood Azhar had been under "protective custody" since January 14, 2016.

Pakistan was the 10th largest arms importer in the world in 2015, down one spot from number nine the previous year, The SIPRI database revealed. Pakistan spent USD 735 million on arms imports in 2015. The largest exporter of arms to Pakistan in 2015 was China, with arms transfers worth USD 565 million, followed by the US with USD 66m in arms transfers. Pakistan is also China's largest buyer for arms, accounting for 35 per cent of total arms sales in the country, followed by Bangladesh and Myanmar.

The HRW report released in Istanbul stated, "Rangers, a paramilitary force, were given complete control over law enforcement in the city of Karachi, where there were reports of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, and torture". The report further read, "The security forces are engaged in extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances to counter political unrest in the province of Balochistan and in the port city of Karachi in the Sindh province."

HRW South Asia Director, Meenakshi Ganguly said that the HRW believed that there were serious security challenges in Karachi, and the State had the responsibility to ensure public order. However, she added, it appeared that the security forces, unwilling to do the hard job of actually investigating crimes and building evidence-based cases to ensure convictions, had instead chosen to be judge and executioner. She added that these were short-term gains and could lead to a cycle of violence. "The Pakistani government should initiate police reforms and training to ensure that law enforcement is rooted in due process," Ganguly noted.

In its report, the HRW also questioned the transparency of military courts. It read, "At least 15 people were sentenced to death in proceedings shrouded in secrecy, giving rise to fair trial concerns. Neither the Pakistani government, nor the military articulated any criteria for the selection of cases to be tried in military courts, giving the impression of arbitrariness. No independent monitoring of the process was allowed, and the news of death sentences was often given by the Inter-Services Public Relations, a military communications agency, through the social media."

February 23

Twenty-four militants were reportedly killed in airstrikes by the PAF jet fighters in the Dattakhel subdivision of NWA in FATA. Security officials said the aircraft started bombing the suspected militant positions early in the day, destroying eight sanctuaries in the remote and mountainous Shawal Valley of the Dattakhel subdivision near the Afghan border. The sources said that some of the sanctuaries established by the militants in Alwara, Khar Tangi and Maizar areas of Dattakhel were targeted by the airstrikes.

15 militants were killed and eight of their hideouts destroyed near the Pak-Afghan border area after cross-border mortar shelling targeted a security checkpost in the Alwara Mandi, Khar-Tangi and Maizer areas of Kurram Agency.

An IED explosion injured seven FC personnel in Tayarza tehsil of SWA. The FC vehicle was on routine patrolling of the area when it came under attack.

Two educational institutions in Islamabad received threats, one through a letter and the other over a telephone call. The Police are investigating the matter and trying to establish if the threats were a hoax. An administration officer at a law college in Aabpara, Jahangir Khan, lodged a complaint with the police and said he was at the office on February 19, 2016, when he received a landline call from an unknown number. The caller said a bomb had been placed in the college which will go off in 30 minutes.

The principal of a college in G-10 also lodged a complaint with the Police saying that a letter had been sent to the college through the post on February 18, 2016, saying the institute will be attacked on February 19. A senior police officer told Dawn that the cases were being investigated and efforts were underway to trace both the caller and the person who sent the letter.

An ATC sentenced two JeM terrorists, Kashif Siddique and Rashid Iqbal, to 10 years in prison for raising funds for the outfit. They were arrested by the Punjab CTD in Attock District on August 7, 2015, along with a money box placed near a mosque. The CTD officials found PKR 210 in the box and seized empty cash receipts, membership cards, books and pamphlets related to JeM.

Pakistan has confirmed that JeM chief Masood Azhar is in its "protective custody". Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's adviser Sartaj Aziz told a news channel that Azhar has been in custody since January 14, 2015.

February 24

Three suspected terrorists were killed in a shootout with Rangers in Manghopir area of Gadap Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. According to details, Rangers personnel started a search operation in Manghopir on reports about the presence of some terrorists. The raid turned into an exchange of gunfire. "The armed men in the hideouts attacked the Rangers team when they were taking positions following a tip-off about the presence of terrorists in the area more forces were called in to join the operation and after an exchange of gunfire three terrorists were killed. They all belonged to a banned outfit."" said the spokesman.

At least five FC personnel were wounded in an IED blast near a security check post in Wana town of SWA. FC vehicle was on routine patrol when the IED, planted along the roadside, exploded.

The CoAS, General Raheel Sharif directed the military commanders to begin the last phase of Operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan Agency.

The Government has shut down 254 suspected and unregistered madrassas across the country, Minister of State for Interior and Narcotics Control Balighur Rehman told the National Assembly. He said that 167 suspected seminaries in Sindh, 13 in KP, two in Punjab, and 72 unregistered madrassas in Sindh have been closed. "The government is countering hate speech and banning dissemination of extremist material," he added.

Regarding registration and regulation of seminaries, the State Minister said that the Government had completed 100 per cent mapping on agreed parameters in Islamabad and Punjab. Eighty per cent of the mapping exercise has been completed in Sindh, followed by 75 per cent in KP and 60 per cent in Balochistan. "There are 190 foreign-funded seminaries in the country, of which 147 are in Punjab, 30 in Balochistan, seven in KP and six in Sindh."

February 25

Former Afghan Governor Sayed Fazlullah Wahidi was recovered who was abducted in Islamabad on February 12. "Wahidi has been found and handed over to Afghanistan consulate in Peshawar," his son, Nemat Wahidi said. Unidentified persons had abducted Afghanistan's former Governor of Herat province in Rana Market area of F-7 sector in Islamabad. The former envoy had gone to a restaurant with his 12-year-old grandson when unidentified persons arrived in two vehicles and kidnapped him, leaving the child. The former Governor and an influential Afghan leader had earlier arrived in the Islamabad along with his family to get visas to travel to UK as British embassy in Kabul does not directly issue visas to Afghan nationals.

The Police claimed to have arrested 40 suspects including 11 Afghans and recovered arms and ammunition from their possession during search operations in Hayatabad and Nasir Bhag areas of Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The Police also claimed to have recovered 24 unregistered motorcycles, two pistols, a cache of bullets and drugs from suspects' possession.

The Punjab Government constituted a five-member JIT to carry out investigation into the Pathankot airbase attack of January 2, 2016. The JIT was constituted after Punjab CTD registered a FIR against the alleged attackers and abettors of the attack. The JIT would also be visiting the airbase next month to gather evidence subject to permission by the Indian Government. The JIT comprises Punjab CTD Additional IGP Muhammad Tahir Rai (convener), Lahore DDG Intelligence Bureau Mohammad Azim Arshad, ISI Lieutenant-Colonel Tanvir Ahmed, Military Intelligence Lieutenant-Colonel Irfan Mirza and Gujjaranwala CTD Investigating Officer Shahid Tanveer (members).

Undeterred by scuttling of its previous attempt to get JeM Chief Masood Azhar banned by the United Nations, India will again move the world body with the demand. "We will be moving the 1267 Sanctions Committee to also include the name of Masood Azhar on the sanctions list. It is a great anomaly that the organisation JeM is listed, but not its leader," Indian External Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said. He also noted that India had already submitted to the UN's Sanction Committee a fresh list of what he called 11 terrorists from Pakistan-based groups affiliated to al Qaeda, Taliban and other outfits responsible for terrorism in the country. On February 18, a list of 11 individuals and one organisation "linked to terrorism in India", was submitted to the 1267/1989/2253 ISIL (the militant Islamic State group) and al Qaeda Sanctions Committee.

February 26

A death row convict, Saeed Khan, involved in attack on Sialkot cantonment, was hanged till death at the Central Jail of Adiala in Rawalpindi District.

Two Lyari gangsters, identified as Sami Yousuf (30), Adnan Moin (25), were injured in a Police encounter near Mirza Adam Khan Road in Lyari Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. They were arrested after the encounter.

Law enforcement agencies arrested Inspector Chand Khan Niazi, the prime accused in the March 17, 2013, murder case of Lyari gangster Arshad Pappu, during a raid in Lyari Town.

Rangers produced Chand Khan Niazi before Anti-Terrorism Court and informed it about 90-day preventive detention for questioning. The Rangers told the judge that they had credible information about suspect's involvement in offences that come within the ambit of Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.

February 27

At least 19 suspected militants were killed and four security forces personnel, including a captain, lost their lives during a gunbattle near the Pak-Afghan border in Mangroti area in Shawal valley of NWA in FATA. The ground forces surrounded a group of fleeing militants in Mangroti area killed 19 of them during an intense exchange of fire, the army's media wing, ISPR, said in a statement. The ISPR said that the deceased security personnel have been identified as Capt Umair, Havaldar Hakim, Sepoy Hameed and Sepoy Rashid. On February 24, Pakistan Army launched its final phase of Operation Zarb-e-Azb to go after the terrorists still holed up in the strategic valley.

Air Force jets pounded militants' hideouts in the in the Maizer area of the Dattakhel tehsil in NWA and killed at least 15 TTP militants. "As many as four hideouts were destroyed in the strikes this morning. Among the 15 killed militants six were Uzbeks," a security official in the area said.

Levies force recovered three unidentified dead bodies from Mashkay area of Awaran District.

FC detained three alleged militants and recovered arms from their possession during a search operation in Wahdat Colony area of provincial capital Quetta. The recovered arms included nine pistols, thee shotguns and two rifles.

Police and law enforcement agencies apprehended a wanted terrorist among 60 suspects during search operations in different areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. According to Police, the law enforcement agencies carried out targeted search operations in Muslim Town, Khushhal Colony and Hakimabad area of Nowshera District. At least 20 suspects including 11 Afghan nationals were taken into custody. The suspects were shifted to unknown location for interrogation. Similarly, CTD also arrested a suspected terrorist from Mingora area of Swat. The suspect is accused of remote control bomb attack on Security Forces in Sarband area in 2008. In another operation in Peshawar, the police and officials of the law enforcing agencies arrested 45 suspects including Afghan nationals from different areas of the provincial capital. Police carried out search operations in Faqirabad, Pathang Chowk and Ring Road area. At least 45 suspects including five Afghans were arrested during the search operations. The police also recovered weapons and drugs from some of the suspects.

February 28

Malik Mumtaz Qadri, an Elite Force commando convicted of killing former Punjab Governor Salman Taseer on January 4, 2011, was executed at the Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi District at around 4.30 am. Qadri was sentenced to death for assassinating Taseer on October 1, 2011. Qadri said that he killed Taseer over what he called the politician's vocal opposition to blasphemy laws of the country. His mercy appeal was rejected by President Mamnoon Hussain. "I can confirm that Qadri was hanged in Adiala jail early Monday morning," senior local Police Official Sajjid Gondal said.

Police detained 11 more suspects during a search operation in Pakistan Bazaar area of Orangi Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. The Police said arms were also recovered from their possession.

Police and intelligence Agencies arrested two activists of a political party, identified as Rizwan alias Bayya and Khurram, on charges of extortion, during a raid in an unspecified location in Karachi.

A suspect, associated with a banned organization, was arrested, on charges of distributing literature against the Government and for seeking enforcement of Shariah in the country, from Murree in Islamabad. Shaukat Ali, an official of the Bhara Kahu Police, said that the suspect was distributing literature in front of Farooqia Masjid on Murree Road when he was arrested. "The literature was against the Government and it stressed that Shariah should be enforced in the country. As the accused belongs to a banned outfit, he was arrested," Ali added.

February 29

SFs killed 12 militants, including a TTP-Shehryar faction 'commander' Hezbollah, in Shawal Valley of North Waziristan Agency in FATA. Officials said that ground troops were advancing into the militants' strongholds and had captured Kund Ghar and Jung Top.

Unidentified armed assailants shot dead a local office bearer of PPP, Abdul Rasheed, near his residence in Korangi Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. "A 15 year old passerby girl was also injured as assailants resorted to aerial firing while fleeing the scene, however, her condition is out of danger," said Landhi SP Afnan Amin.

Rangers were directed by a two-judge bench headed by Justice Ahmed Ali M. Shaikh to arrange a meeting between Uzair Baloch, the chief of PAC, and his family members as per the jail manual. Baloch is currently in Rangers custody. Samina, wife of Uzair Baloch, had filed a constitutional petition through her attorney, Advocate Saify Ali Khan, asking the court to also allow her counsel to have an exclusive meeting with Uzair on a weekly basis. The matter was disposed of after the law officers of the provincial government and the paramilitary force submitted in court that they had no objection to the meeting of the suspect with his family members assuring the judges that the meeting would be arranged as per jail rules and regulations.

Unidentified armed assailants targeted the convoy of Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti in Dera Bugti District. However, he escaped the attack. The attackers managed to flee.

March 1

Two USAID officials were killed and two others, including a tehsildar, sustained injuries when an IED exploded in Ambar tehsil of Mohmand Agency in FATA. According to the political administration officials, tehsildar Faramosh Khan was on an anti-poppy drive in Ambar tehsil area along with Anti-Narcotics Force officials and USAID campaigners when an IED device planted on the roadside exploded. TTP-JuA, claimed responsibility for the attack.

Activists of various religious organisations and religio-political parties staged protest rallies across FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa against the execution of Malik Mumtaz Qadri for killing Punjab Governor Salman Taseer. The cadres of ASWJ and Pasban Pakistan Town-I gathered near the Peshawar Press Club to record protest over the hanging. The speakers alleged that the Government executed Mumtaz Qadri to appease the United States and other imperialistic powers.

Documents seized by United States Special Forces personnel during the May 1-2, 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden's hideout in Abbottabad District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have revealed that al Qaeda leaders were increasingly worried about spies in their group, drones patrolling the skies and secret devices tracking their movements, said translations released by Intelligence Agencies to media. The document - part of a cache of 113 documents - has been described by intelligence officials as Bin Laden's will. The documents are mostly dated between 2009 and 2011 and comprise the second cache from the raid to have been declassified.

In one of the declassified documents, bin Laden outlines how at least USD 29 million stashed in Sudan should be apportioned after his death, requesting that most of it be used to continue global jihad. He writes, "I hope for my brothers, sisters and maternal aunts to obey my will and to spend all the money that I have left in Sudan on jihad, for the sake of Allah."

Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, while making comment at Council on Foreign Relations in Washington regarding Islamabad's considerable influence over the Taliban, said, "We have some influence over them because their leadership is in Pakistan and they get some medical facilities. Their families are here". He further added, "We can use those levers to pressurise them to say, ''Come to the table''. But we can't negotiate on behalf of the Afghan Government because we cannot offer them what the Afghan Government can offer them."

"We have to use these levers and [have] restricted their movements, restricted their access to hospitals and other facilities, and threatened them that ''If you don't come forward and talk, we will at least expel you''," he said of the tough message Islamabad sent to Taliban leaders, most of whom are believed to be operating out of Quetta, the capital of Balochistan Province. "[We told the Taliban leaders that] we have hosted [them] enough for 35 years, and we can't do it anymore because the whole world is blaming us just by [their] presence here," he said.

Further he said that Islamabad pressured Afghan Taliban leaders to participate in the first-ever direct talks with the Afghan Government on July 7, 2015.

March 2

Security Forces killed four suspected militants during an exchange of fire in Kohlu District. The spokesman for Frontier Constabulary, Khan Wasey, said the miscreants killed in Kohlu district belonged to an outlawed militant organisation operating in the area. He said that five sanctuaries were also demolished during the search operation and a cache of arms and ammunition was also recovered from their possession.

Three suspects, including a key 'commander' of the BRA, were killed and two others were injured in Kech District. Wasey said that the SFs recovered weapons from their possession. The spokesman further said the militants were involved in killings of labourers working at Shadi Kor Dam.

Two Lyari gangsters, identified as Younas alias Obama, and Muhammed Farooq alias Farooqa, were killed and one Rangers personnel was injured during an intelligence driven raid conducted by Sindh Rangers in Tharu Lane of Lyari Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. "When the paramilitary force reached the Tharu Lane to arrest the culprits, they started firing at the personnel in a bid to escape. The Rangers retaliated, resulting in the killing of the two terrorists," Rangers spokesperson said. They were allegedly involved in targeted killings, extortion and firing and grenade attacks on Policemen.

Law enforcement agencies arrested a suspect, identified as Waseem Ahmed, who is considered to be a close associate of PAC leader Uzair Baloch, during a raid at Karachi Fisheries. The law enforcers reportedly took him into custody on charges of financing gangsters. The money used to finance the gangsters was allegedly misappropriated from the Fisheries Department. The accused is a former Joint Secretary of the Collective Bargaining Agent Union of the Fish Harbour and also was an active member of the Lyari gang war.

An Ahmadi, identified as Qamarul Zia (35), was killed for his faith in Kot Abdul Malik city of Sheikhupura District. Zia was killed while he was leaving his house to fetch his children from school. Mazhar Ali, the brother of Zia, said that one of the men had stabbed Zia in the neck as he was mounting his motorcycle. Ali said a shopkeeper in the area had tried to rescue Zia but he also got injured by the assailants. Zia's murder marks the first killing of an Ahmadi in 2016. Zia was earlier attacked by some religious clerics in 2012. Some members of the Majlis-e-Tahaffuz-e-Khatm-e-Nabuwat had again attacked him six months ago.

A Division Bench of the Peshawar High Court issued notices to the Federal Ministries of Defence and Interior, asking them to explain why three brothers from Swat District were allegedly detained by Security Forces and why their property was confiscated. Justice Nisar Hussain and Justice Roohul Amin heard a writ petition filed by Zahida, the mother of Shujaat Shah, Syed Asmat Shah and Masood Shah, through her counsel Bashir Khan. Bashir argued the Security Forces had arrested Zahida's husband Daulat Shah and her sons a few years ago. "They remained missing for a long time. In November 2014, Zahida was informed her son Shujaat was in Lakki Marwat and husband in Kohat internment centre while whereabouts of Asmat and Masood were still unknown to her," the counsel told the court. "She was told her husband had died in the internment centre while Asmat had been placed in the proven militant or black category," Bashir added.

The Bench heard another petition in a missing persons' case and sought replies from CTD and Gulbahar Station House Officer. The accused allegedly picked Khan Wahid's a resident of Afridi Garhi in Peshawar. His counsel Khalid Afridi told the Bench that Wahid was a student of B. Com. and was arrested after CTD personnel raided his house on May 6, 2015. Afridi argued Wahid has been missing since then.

March 3

Personnel of the AVCC personnel killed five kidnappers during an encounter in Gulshan-e-Bilal area of Surjani Town in Gadap Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh and rescued a man kidnapped on February 28, 2016. According to the officers Zahid Khan, a trader was kidnapped from his shop situated in Shadman Town, District Central. The kidnappers had initially demanded a ransom of PKR 2 million which was later settled at PKR 0.5 million. The police after registering a case referred it to the AVCC for investigation. The police officers claimed that the accused had opened fire on the law enforcers however, they were killed following an encounter. The abductors were identified as Mazharuddin (gang leader), Mohammed Tanveer, Fahim, Ain Ali and Rasheed.

Three Lyari gangsters, identified as Khalil Baloch, Sagheer Baloch and Ala Daad, affiliated with Uzair Baloch gang, were killed in a Police encounter during a raid at a hideout in Machar Colony area of Kiamari Town. Weapons were also recovered from their possession. The police claimed that they were involved in recent grenade attacks in the Old City area and Lyari and were also wanted for over one a dozen cases of target killings, extortion and kidnapping for ransom.

A girl, identified as Khateeja (6), was killed while four others were injured in a grenade attack at a medical store located at Meera Naka near Lee Market in Lyari Town.

March 4

Sindh Rangers killed three criminals during an encounter near Barohi Chowk in Kalakot area of Lyari Town in provincial capital Karachi. Weapons were recovered from their possession. The gangsters were identified as Gul Nawaz (20), Bilal (22), and Naeem (20).

A woman, identified as Mehreen (35), was shot dead unidentified armed assailants near Siddiqui General Store in PIDC area of Sultanabad Colony of Liaquatabad Town.

A man was shot at and injured in a firing incident near Shalimar Bus Stop in Saddar Town.

Elsewhere in the Province, mobs clashed with Police, attacked a media office and a press club in Karachi and Hyderabad District as protesters took to streets after Friday prayers against the hanging of Malik Mumtaz Qadri, the assassin of former Punjab Governor Salman Taseer. The protesters pelted the office of a private TV channel with stones and damaged vehicles parked outside the office. In a statement PBA said, "PBA terms this act as an attempt to curb freedom of expression and to discourage media from performing its constitutional responsibilities." Also, some enraged people took to the streets in parts of Karachi on Friday, manhandling media teams, closing shops and beating up Police.

In addition, as many as 106 accused were arrested in a crackdown against criminals in different areas in the jurisdiction of South Zone Police. The Police also recovered one hand grenade, two Kalashnikovs, one repeater gun, eight magazines, three kilogrammes of drugs and allegedly looted valuables from the accused, said a police statement. It added that target killers, terrorists, robbers, street criminals, wanted men and absconders are among the arrested accused.

The CPLC, Pakistan Rangers, Sindh, and Police during a meeting decided to jointly fight the menace of street crime in Karachi with the help of volunteers. "The participants in the meeting noted that heinous crimes had been reduced after the launch of the Rangers-led operation in Karachi. However, citizens were concerned about street crime. A strategy was chalked out at the meeting to bring down street crime," said sources. According to sources, some 'hot spots' in Karachi South and East Districts were identified for a targeted operation against street crime.

A joint team of Abbottabad and Mansehra Police arrested two TTP militants from Mansehra District. "We have arrested two militants of the banned TTP. They were wanted in connection with many cases of extortions and other subversive activities in the Province," DIG, Hazara Range, Akhtar Hayat Khan Gandapur said. He said that a Police party led by DSP Amjad Hussain, raided a hideout on the outskirts of the city and arrested two terrorists belonging to North Waziristan."We will not disclose the names of the arrested militants at the moment as the investigation is in progress," he added. The official said that the terrorists had written a letter to Munir Khan, a businessman in Abbottabad, asking him to pay them PKR two million for jihad or else his entire family would be eliminated.

March 5

Police claimed to have killed four militants belonging to AQIS and LeJ during an encounter near Inara Garden in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Malir SSP Rao Anwar said that suspects were allegedly involved in the killing of security personnel and members of Shia community. "Suspects on seeing the police resorted to firing and in an ensuing encounter, four gunmen got gunned down," claimed the SSP Anwar. Two of them were identified as Noman Akhter and Sohail alias Kanga. The militants were involved in the killings of traffic officials, Policemen and Shias. Police also claimed to have seized a cache of weapons from their possession.

Four unidentified militants attacked a Police post near Al-Asif Square in Sohrab Goth area of Gadap Town. According to Malir SSP Anwar Rao, "They opened fire on the Police check post from some distance but Policemen manning the bunker retaliated with return fire, forcing the attacker to flee."

An ASI, identified as Syed Ali Ahmed, was killed when unidentified militants opened fire at a Police checkpoint near Kili Ghirsheenan in Pishin District. "Another constable of the check-post retaliated and fired several shots at the attackers, but they managed to escape," Police said. No outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.

AQIS and the LeJ are hiring Karachi-based militants of HuMA, and are planning attacks on major important installations in the city, said the Home Department letter issued to Police and Rangers. According to the letter, "During the interrogation of some recently apprehended high-value terrorists, it was learnt that on the directives of AQIS and the Tehreek-s-Taliban Pakistan, they had gathered information about some important installations and targets in Karachi, but the attacks could not be carried out because their leaders were arrested". The targets were American employees of an oil refinery in Keamari, the US consulate Saddar Division, the Sindh Assembly building, the Police Club, the residence of senior police officials, Rangers vans, and Police check posts.

An Intelligence Agency informed the Sindh IGP through a letter that "AQIS, the TTP, the JuA and the LeJ are planning to attack Counter Terrorism Department official Raja Umar Khattab". Khattab said that continuous operations against banned outfits had resulted in a decrease in terrorism-related cases and many key terrorist leaders, including Naeem Bukhari of the LeJ and Farooq Mussana of AQIS, had been arrested. However, he added, a cell of AQIS still existed in Karachi and operating in small groups as after the Operation Zarb-e-Azb in the tribal areas, their network had been dismantled and now they were showing their presence by attacking Rangers, police and schools. "But that doesn't mean that they will be unable to carry out major attacks. But if the crackdown against them continues, such attacks can be prevented."

March 7

A teenage suicide bomber killed at least 17 people, including six women, two children and two Policemen, and injured 23 others at a court complex in Shabqadar tehsil of Charsadda District in KP. The JuA faction of the TTP claimed the responsibility calling it the revenge for last week's hanging of Mumtaz Qadri, the self-confessed killer of former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer. DPO Sohail Khalid said that the bomber appeared to be in his teens. "He was carrying six to eight kilogrammes of explosives in his suicide vest."

PRO DIG Saeed Wazir said that the bomber shot dead the Policeman standing guard at the gate before entering the complex where he was intercepted by two more Policemen. "In the ensuing scuffle the bomber detonated the explosives strapped to his chest," DIG Wazir said. The bomber wanted to target the judges, lawyers and police inside the courtrooms.

Three security guards sustained injuries and PKR 9 million were looted during a bank robbery within the Masti Gate Police limits in Rang Mahal Chowk area of provincial capital Lahore. The investigation officer said that the incident occurred when security guards were shifting cash in the security van from a private Bank. The injured guards were identified as Naeem, Khalid and Noor. This is the third big bank robbery in the last three months. In the second week of November 2015, robbers had looted PKR 90 million from a private bank in Gulberg and fled the scene. About PKR 4 million were looted from another private bank in Qila Gujjar Singh area.

Sindh Rangers DG Major General Bilal Akbar urged the five-member bench of the Supreme Court to allow the paramilitary force to set up its own 'police stations' as he criticized the Police for its poor investigation. "If this is done, obviously after registering FIR and conducting investigation, challans shall be filed in normal courts or Anti-Terrorism Courts established under the judicial system of Pakistan," Major General Akbar said.

Presenting a progress report before the court at its Karachi Registry, the Rangers DG said that between September 2013 and March 4, 2016, the paramilitary force had arrested 5,096 suspects who had been handed over to the Police for prosecution. Of these 168 had been convicted while 83 had been acquitted by the courts while 1,156 had been released on bail. The report, filed by Advocate Shahid Anwar Bajwa on behalf of DG Rangers, claimed that over 1,100 suspected criminals had been let off the hook over the past 18 months owing to faulty Police investigations.

March 8

The law enforcement agencies recovered Shahbaz Taseer, the abducted son of former Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, from Kuchlak town near Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, five years after he was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen from Lahore. A statement released by the ISPR confirmed that the intelligence agencies have recovered Shahbaz Taseer from an area near Kuchlak. Shahbaz was kidnapped from Lahore on August 26, 2011 near his company's head office few months after the assassination of his father. A senior police official confirmed that Shahbaz was recovered during a raid jointly conducted by the Counter-Terrorism Department and intelligence agencies near Quetta. Quoting a Frontier Corps officer, a TV channel confirmed the development. "An intelligence-based operation was conducted by FC and police, resulting in his (Shahbaz) safe recovery."

The ATC in Karachi indicted 26 workers of MQM in more than 50 cases. The MQM activists were accused of possessing explosives and illegal weapons. They were arrested by Rangers during raid at MQM headquarters Nine-Zero in March 2015. The accused have pleaded not guilty. The court has summoned investigation officers and witnesses on next hearing.

March 9

At least 21 militants were killed in fresh airstrikes and ground operations in the Shawal Valley of NWA in FATA where the military is conducting the last phase of Operation Zarb-e-Azb. The military claims to have gained control of strategic positions along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in the snow-covered mountainous regions of NWA. Administration officials said the air raids targeted hideouts of militants while ground troops were going ahead with a cleansing operation in the area. Chief military spokesman Lieutenant General Asim Saleem Bajwa wrote on Twitter that helicopter gunships carried out the strikes, which began Monday night and continued into Tuesday. "Operations continue as important heights and passes along the Pak-Afghan border are secured. The valley's sanitisation [is] in progress," he wrote on the micro-blogging website. "Ground forces continue their hunt for fleeing terrorists through chase, cordon and search operations."

Eight BLA militants, including 'commander' Aslam Achou alias Merick Baloch, were killed in an exchange of fire during an encounter with Security Forces in the Sangan area of Sibi District. Two FC personnel were also killed during the gun battle. A spokesman for the Balochistan Government, Anwar-ul-Haque Kakar, said that the BLA 'commander' Aslam Achou alias Merick Baloch was an Afghan Tajik.

The District Malir Police claimed to have shot dead three TTP terrorists in Northern Bypass area of Malir Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. According to details given by SSP Rao Anwaar, a Police team was attacked by four gunmen on motorcycles near a snap-checking picket in the Northern Bypass area. The Police retaliated and arrested three terrorists in injured condition, while the fourth one escaped. They later succumbed to their injuries. Three pistols and two motorcycles were recovered from their possession however their identities could not be ascertained immediately.

SITE Super Highway Police arrested TTP extortionist, identified as Kamran Bajouri, during an encounter in SITE Town. Bajouri used to take extortion money from traders to generate funds for the militant outfit. He said that the attack was in reaction to Bajouri's arrest.

An alleged target killer, identified as Naeem Ahmed alias Nanah, was arrested by the CTD in Korangi Town. During preliminary investigation, the accused confessed murdering people, including a person near the Inquiry Office in Korangi, during the years 2005 and 2006.

March 10

Unidentified militants kidnapped eight FDA employees while they were heading to inspect an under construction dam in Toi Khula area of SWA. "Gunmen kidnapped these eight men when they were heading to the dam site," said Islam. No outfit claimed responsibility for the abduction.

LEAs arrested 14 Afghan Taliban militants during a raid from a compound in Pashtoonabad area in provincial capital Quetta. "It is premature to say something about the arrest of any high profile leader among them", the official said. Sleeping bags, boots and administrative objects were also recovered from their possession.

The Special Police Unit of CTD arrested a woman who has been accused of facilitating the attack on September 18, 2015, on Pakistan Air Force base in Badabher area of Peshawar. "During the investigation, Zari Zadgai alias Perveen, a resident of Telabanad village, [was] arrested. She [is accused of] providing terrorists with food and supplying empty bottles to them, which were later used to assemble explosive devices," the handout added.

March 11

Lieutenant Colonel, Tariq Ghafoor, was shot dead while he was on his way to a nearby mosque to offer Friday prayers near Ring Road in Hayatabad area of provincial capital Peshawar. TTP spokesman, Muhammad Khorasani, claimed responsibility for the attack in an email sent to journalists.

A Lyari gangster, identified as Mustafa alias Lal Golden, was killed when paramilitary troops shot at him during a raid at a multi-storey building in Singu Lane area of Lyari Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Mustafa was wanted in ransom cases and targeted killings. The raid was conducted after receiving intelligence about the presence of at least three suspected gangsters. According to official details, the gangsters opened fire on paramilitary officials and tried to escape. However, one gangster was killed during an exchange of fire while his accomplices managed to escape. Automatic weapons, ammunitions and drugs were recovered from his possession.

Rangers carried out search operations in Lyari and Orangi Town and arrested 35 suspects and recovered a huge cache of ammunition, including 10 SMGs, one LMG and bullets, from their possession.

Authorities arrested 22 tribesmen in SWA of FATA in a "collective responsibility" punishment a day after eight government officials were kidnapped. Eight officials of the FDA, were kidnapped in South Waziristan on March 10, 2016. "We have arrested 22 tribesmen to put pressure for the release of the eight FDA officials as the kidnapping took place in their area and it is their collective responsibility to help authorities in the recovery," Masood Khan, a political officer, said.

The political administration of SWA has given 24 hours to the Suleman Khel and Dottani tribes to rescue nine workers. An unnamed official said that action would be taken under the FCR if the tribes failed to recover the abducted individuals. "If the deadline expires [without the rescue of kidnapped men], the political administration will launch a crackdown against both tribes," the official said, adding, "They will not be issued CNICs (Computerized National Identity Card's) and their domiciles will be suspended. Their business centres will also be shut down."

March 12

SFs arrested a suspected person in an action in Gul Kach area of Zhob and recovered arms from his possession. According to reports, SFs seized five grenades, walkie-talkie and hundreds of rounds from his possession.

March 13

Five militants were killed and one arrested during a security operation carried out by FC along with other law enforcement agencies in Dera Bugti District of Balochistan. An FC spokesman said that on a tip-off, FC teams along with other law enforcement agencies raided a place in Dera Bugti. Exchange of fire took place between FC personnel and the armed men, he said adding "five militants were killed and one arrested in Dera Bugti operation. He said that the militants killed in the operation were involved in attacks on security forces, damaging gas pipelines, extortion and kidnapping for ransom. The militants belonged to a banned militant organisation, Baloch Republican Army; he said adding that the camps of the militants were also destroyed while further probe is underway.

At least five militants were killed in an encounter with CTD forces in Nankana Sahib District of Punjab. CTD forces raided a house on a tip-off in a village and an encounter took place. During the crossfire, five terrorists were killed while two others managed to escape. Explosive material and ammunition were recovered from their possession. The identity of the suspects could not be ascertained immediately.

Police claimed to have arrested five key gangsters of Lyari gang from Dhok Kisan area of Attock District. On a tip-off, the Police headed by Regional Police Officer Fakhar Sultan raided a hideout and arrested the alleged gangsters identified as Noor Zaman, Hameed Khan, Safdar Hussain, Ansar Hussain and Ghulam Hussain. The police also impounded a cache of ammunition, bullets, four carat gold and PKR 30 million from their possession.

Two alleged terrorists linked to al Qaeda were killed during an encounter with CTD in Quaidabad area of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, on the morning. On a tip-off, CTD personnel raided a hideout and an encounter took place resulting in death of two terrorists. They were identified as Arshad and Umair who were linked to al Qaeda sub-continent chapter. Arshad had PKR five million and Umair had PKR 500, 000 head money, CTD officials said.

March 14

At least five alleged terrorists were killed in exchange of fire with the personnel of CTD in Samasata area in Bahawalpur District in Punjab. According to reports, the CTD personnel, on a tip-off, launched action in Samasata area. Exchange of fire took place at Bahawalpur overhead bridge in which five terrorists were killed. The officials also seized hand grenades and explosives from the possession of the militants, affiliated to a banned outfit.

Sindh Rangers thwarted a major terror bid by killing four terrorists in Manghopir area of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, in the night. According to Rangers spokesman, the paramilitary force, on a tip-off, raided a house in Sultanabad area, where terrorists opened fire. In retaliatory fire, four terrorists were killed. Two Rangers personnel also sustained injuries in the shootout.

An explosion occurred on early morning at a shrine located in an isolated graveyard in Athmaqam area of Neelum Valley District in PoK. The explosion caused no loss of life but Police recovered a dozen of unexploded hand grenades. Athmaqam SHO Raja Ansar Sajad said that upon a tip-off from the local villagers about the explosion at Kundal Shahi a team of police reached at the shrine of Syed Rasool Shah and recovered 12 hand grenades. He said that some unknown miscreants threw the local made hand grenades at shrine located in a graveyard early in the morning and blasts were heard in the area but no loss of life was reported as they fell in an open area.

Two AQIS militants, who were killed on March 12, 2016, in an encounter in Quaidabad area of Bin Qasim Town, were planning a suicide attack at Drigh Road Railway Station to target ordnance supply to the military, said Additional Inspector General of the CTD Dr Sanaullah Abbasi. The AQIS had done complete reconnaissance and prepared a suicide bomber and a vehicle to hit the target, as arms were being brought from the Wah ordnance factory to Karachi by train or road in a military container for their onward supply to the Malir cantonment.

Pakistani officials threatened to expel Afghan Taliban from bases in Pakistan if they did not join peace talks this month, but the militants rebuffed their traditional patron, two officials said, casting doubt on how much influence Islamabad retains over them. After the secret meetings with Pakistani officials about two weeks ago, the Taliban's Supreme Council met at an undisclosed location and voted to reject the talks scheduled for early March with the Afghan government, according to a council member. Instead, the insurgents are now pouring back into Afghanistan for what they say will be a fierce spring offensive to be launched soon. Pakistan's influence over the insurgents is the lynchpin to the peace plan developed over last few months by Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States and China to bring an end to the 15-year-old war in Afghanistan. A Pakistani official in Islamabad said that the Taliban's recent success on the battlefield inside Afghanistan had changed the equation. “They no longer need their Pakistan bases in the same way, so if Pakistan threatens to expel them, it does not have the same effect,” said the official, a retired military officer close to the talks.

Pakistan witnessed a decrease of 34 percent in terrorism activities during the year 2015 as compared to 2014, official sources said. According to reports, incidents of terrorism reduced from 5,496 in 2014 to 3,625 in 2015 and the New Year has so far witnessed 80 percent decline in terror acts and extremism by breaking network of terrorists in FATA, Karachi and Balochistan after developing much needed consensus among the political parties. The sources said this achievement is due to the fact that all political forces clustered around National Action Plan (NAP) to take it to logical conclusion. The sources said NAP has also brought relief to the nation as the country has witnessed overall decline in heinous offences.

March 15

At least 15 persons were killed and 25 others injured when a powerful bomb ripped through a Civil Secretariat bus, carrying Government employees, near Sunehri Masjid in Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The bus was carrying Government employees from Mardan to Peshawar. SP (Cantonment Circle) Muhammad Kashif said the blast was caused by explosive material planted inside the bus.

Lakki Marwat DSP Kifayat Hussain was found dead in his official residence. An official source said the residence of the deceased police official was located in the congested urban locality. “After spending the day in office Mr Hussain had reached his residence in the evening where he was found dead in mysterious circumstances,” he added.

A Police head constable, identified as Muhammad Sarwar, and a private security guard Abdul Qayyum, were killed during a bank robbery in Kuchlak town of Quetta, the provincial capital of Sindh. At least three other security guards and a civilian were injured in the shootout. The robbers looted PKR 4 million.

Sindh Rangers along with the RTF arrested three kidnappers during a raid in Datageer area of Gulberg Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. According to the official sources, a boy, identified as Kashan (12), was abducted on March 12, 2016, while he was going to take his tuition classes on Bukhari Commercial in Darakhshan police area. The kidnappers demanded of his family to pay a ransom of PKR 10 million for his release however, it was later reduced to PKR 0.3 million. When the deal was finalised on a phone call, the kidnappers told the family to come to the Queens Road where they released the boy after receiving the ransom money.  After the family approached the RTF, it raided a house near Dastageer area and arrested one kidnapper, Adnan, who disclosed the names of his associates during an investigation. The RTF along with the accused raided a hideout in Defence Phase VIII and arrested the leader, Tafeeq Jagrani, and his other accomplice and found weapons and ransom money on them.      

The Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif confirmed death sentences of 13 ‘hardcore militants’, including one involved in the killing foreign tourists  in Nanga Parbat. According to the ISPR, the condemned terrorists were tried by military courts for their involvement in Nanga Parbat attack, Saidu Sharif airport, destruction of schools, attacks on armed forces, law enforcement agencies and civilians. Earlier on January 1, the Army Chief had confirmed death sentences for nine terrorists convicted by military courts. 

March 16

Three lady health workers of a polio team were shot at and injured by unidentified militants in Garhi Yasin area of Shikarpur District.

While addressing a press conference at the Karachi Press Club BRP Ailaaf Baloch and Afshan Baloch said that more than 70 members of the party had been missing for several months and emphasised that the situation in Balochistan could only be normalised if aspirations of Baloch people were kept supreme. They urged the authorities concerned to give their right arm to solve the simmering problem in Balochistan.

They recalled that Balochistan had plenty of natural resources, yet its people were unable to have clean drinking water, education and healthcare facilities. They pointed out that giving Baloch people their rights on a priority basis would be a huge step. They said the BRP had been raising its voice for the recovery of its members who, they claimed, were victims of enforced disappearances.

March 17

At least two soldiers and two women were killed in a suicide explosion in the Smagal area of Darel Valley in the Diamer District of the Gilgit-Baltistan region in PaK. Acting on an intelligence tipoff, SFs had laid siege to the house of a ‘commander’ of TTP’s Diamer faction, identified as Hazrat Noor. An unnamed security official disclosed, “The terrorist blew himself up to avoid arrest. Besides his wife and daughter, two soldiers were also killed in the blast.” The slain militant also reportedly had opened fire at the Forces before blowing himself up.

An exchange of fire between SFs and militants in the Gayyal village area of Tarel Valley in Diamer District resulted in five fatalities. ISPR, the media wing of the Pakistan Army, stated, “Three wanted terrorists were killed by security forces in a successful IBO [intelligence-based operation] in Tarel Valley in Gayyal Village near Chillas in Gilgit-Baltistan today. Two security personnel also embraced shahadat (martyrdom) in the exchange of fire.”

At least five terrorists were killed in an exchange of fire when militants besieged a security check post in Dara Darmodrab area of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency of FATA. The ISPR confirmed the incident.

A 'commander' of IS, identified as Kamran Aslam Gujjar, was killed in a Police encounter in Manghopir area of Gadap Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. According to a press release issued by Sindh police, District West Police and CIA personnel, acting on a tip-off, launched a search operation in Ittehad Town area where the raiding party came under fire. One of the attackers and two policemen were severely injured during the encounter. Police claimed to have recovered a sub-machine gun, three hand grenades and explosive material from his possession.

According to the Police statement, Gujjar is a 'trained Daesh commander' who had also worked for AQIS in the past and was carrying a bounty of PKR 2.5 million on his head. The accused had also confessed to his involvement in target killings, grenade attacks and bank robberies and claimed to have recently joined Daesh.

The CTD arrested four suspected militants while distributing pamphlets of banned militant organisation on the Pajagi Road near Tableeghi Markaz in provincial capital Peshawar. The raid was conducted after receiving information from the secret agencies. The suspects were identified as Muhammad Anas, Muhammad Tayyeb, Attaullah and Syed Akbar Shah.

The CTD Mardan arrested a suspected terrorist along with explosive material from Mardan District.

Zarri Zadgai alias Perveen, the woman facilitator of the attack on PAF base in Badaber on September 18, 2015, was sent to jail after she confessed to the crime at the Anti-Terrorism Court.

The IGP Nasir Khan Durrani reiterated his pledge that extortion in the Province will be eliminated at all costs.

Balochistan Home Department announced head money for 99 militants, ranging between PKR 500,000 and PKR 15 million. CM Nawab Sanaullah Zehri vowed ‘not to pardon’ people involved in terrorist activities. The militants belong to the BLA, BRA, BLF, BRG and LeB.

But the names of Nawabzada Brahamdagh Bugti, Nawabzada Hairbyar Marri, Nawabzada Mehran Marri and Mir Javed Mengal, who are accused of instigating terrorist activities in Balochistan, have not been included in the list.  The CM said that it was not clear whether the BLF chief (Dr Allah Nazar) was dead or alive. However his name has been included in the list.

March 18

A ST cadre, identified as Muhammad Iqbal Hanif (32), was shot dead in a targeted attack when he was with his friends by a roadside near Qatar Hospital in Sector 8 area of Orangi Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. His companion remained unhurt.

Three Rangers personnel were injured when unidentified armed assailants hurled hand grenade at their check post near Korangi Crossing in Korangi Town. They were identified as Manzoor, Kalimullah and Abdul Ghafoor. Director General Sindh Rangers Major General Bilal Akbar said that the four suspects involved in the attack have been arrested but their names could not be disclosed. He said Police and Rangers were being targeted in three types of bomb attacks in Karachi by three different groups. "Groups from Lyari are involved in the first kind of attacks on Police and Rangers.  Bombs made of plastic containers are being used in the second type of attacks, which lead to suspicion that a political party might be involved. While the third type of blasts, he said, are carried out by terrorists."     

The Police and Security Forces arrested three suspected militants and seized weapons and ammunition in a joint operation in Jabar area in Usheri Darra in Upper Dir District. DPO of Upper Dir Syed Israruddin Bacha said 400 kilograms of explosive powder, four IEDs, six rocket-launchers, one LMG, one rifle, seven magazines and 200 bullets were seized. He said the operation was launched on the basis of information divulged by arrested militants Bacha Hussain and his son Farmanullah, who were arrested from Lahore District in Punjab a few days ago.

March 19

Four suspected BLA militants were killed and a senior leader of a banned organisation was injured in an encounter with SF personnel in Chattar area of Nasirabad District. The injured militant leader and 13 other suspected militants were taken into custody. According to official sources, personnel of Frontier Corps launched a search operation in the area close to Dera Bugti and Lehri Districts after a tip-off about the presence of militants.

March 20

The Sindh Police CTD chief Sanaullah Abbasi in a letter sent to the Government requested the Provincial Government to take steps to de-radicalize Karachi, including removing the flags, posters and graffiti of religious and political parties, reducing media coverage of their rallies and other gatherings, and integrating madrassas with the regular school system. “These suggestions have been prepared on the basis of research and interrogation reports of high-profile terrorism and extremism cases,” he said.

The DG of Sindh Rangers Major General Bilal Akbar while talking to a delegation of the APSSA vowed, “The Karachi operation will carry on until all criminal elements have been eliminated”. He made it very clear that the Karachi operation was not against any party or group in particular, and stressed that its purpose was to curb criminal elements in the city. He urged political and religious parties not to allow criminals or terrorists into their ranks. “In spite of a difficult situation, we are committed to protecting lives and property of people in the metropolis,” he said.

March 21

At least 12 suspected militants, including two BLA 'commanders', identified as Jamir and Baloch Khan, were killed in an exchange of fire during an operation with FC personnel in Nasau area of Kohlu District. The FC recovered large cache of arms and ammunition from their possession. "Exchange of fire is still underway".

Brother of Lyari gangster Arshad Pappu, was arrested in Hub tehsil of Lasbela District. He was identified as Hamid alias Aamir. Security Forces recovered a large quantity of illegal weapons.

Brother of Lyari gangster Arshad Pappu, was arrested in Hub tehsil of Lasbela District. He was identified as Hamid alias Aamir. Security Forces recovered a large quantity of illegal weapons.

A soldier of the Bajaur Scouts was killed when unidentified militants across the border attacked a check post with automatic weapons in Ghakhi Pass in Mamond tehsil of Bajaur Agency in FATA.

President Mamnoon Hussain during his visit in Wana, the headquarters of South Waziristan Agency said that Pakistan's armed forces were fighting a decisive war against terrorism in the tribal areas as. "Anti-state elements are out to weaken the country through subversive activities but their evil designs are being foiled by the armed forces," he said.

Unidentified militants hurled a cracker bomb at Rangers check post in Korangi Town. However, no casualties were reported. Zaman Town Police said that the explosion damaged a wall of the check post. This was the third attack on Rangers check post in the last week.

Two suspected criminals involved in blasts on railway tracks and other heinous crimes were arrested during a raid in Gohram Bugti Goth in Orangi Town. The Rangers recovered weapons from their possession.

Three suspected gangsters were arrested in Lyari Town.

An unidentified target killer, affiliated with a militant outfit, was arrested during a raid in Orangi Town.

Pakistani authorities have detained the 'chief' of a breakaway faction of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Muhammad Rasool, claimed two unnamed Taliban leaders. They did not say when Mullah Rasool was taken into custody but confirmed that he had fled recent infighting in southern Afghanistan. "I can confirm that Mullah Rasool has been arrested by authorities in Pakistan after he crossed the border," one Taliban leader said. He declined to share details. A Taliban leader in Rasool's camp also confirmed his detention.

March 22

The CTD of Sindh Police claimed to have arrested three suspected militants, including an engineer, who were allegedly associated with the banned AQIS. "The three were identified as Usman Naeem, Umair and Imamdin alias Mavia," The CTD's Additional Inspector General Dr Sanaullah Abbasi said. "They are associated with the AQIS and were arrested after an encounter with a CTD team in Karachi West. We have also seized two AK-47 rifles and a TT pistol from their possession."

The PHC suspended the execution of a death-row inmate, who was sentenced to death by a military court for involvement in terrorism. A two member bench of the PHC, comprising Justice Mahzar Alam Main Khel and Justice Younis Thaheem, heard the application of convicted militant Bakhat Amir, staying his execution. The bench asked the Interior and Defense Ministries to submit details of the case in the next hearing. The application filed by the convict's brother prayed that Amir had surrendered himself to Security Forces in 2009 in Swat of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, after which there was no information about him. A few weeks ago the family was informed that Amir had been awarded the death sentence by a military court, his brother maintained in court.

The Supreme Court was informed that as of February 2, 2016, as many as 353 convicts had been executed since the lifting of moratorium on the death penalty by the Federal Government. The information was laid before a two-judge Supreme Court bench, headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, on behalf of the Interior Ministry by DAG Sajid Ilyas Bhatti. The report was, however, quiet about whether the executed convicts also included militants who were convicted by military courts and whose executions began soon after the Army Public School Peshawar attack on December 16, 2014.

The Supreme Court was hearing a petition filed by Barrister Zafarullah Khan of the Watan Party seeking swift disposal of appeals and petitions filed by around 7,124 inmates, currently on a death row in different prisons of the country. Zafarullah Khan said that of the cases, the Supreme Court was hearing 1,031 appeals, whereas 5,378 similar matters were pending before various high courts. At least 21 cases are awaiting adjudication before the FSC and six are with the GHQ. A brief report also stated that mercy petitions of 444 convicts had been rejected since Dec 2014 and 38 mercy petitions were pending with the Interior Ministry. A set of another 33 appeals are currently under process.

Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif said tribal elders in North Waziristan Agency in FATA were "happy" with improved security and peace and had requested the army to stay in the area till the process of reconstruction and resettlement was completed. On a visit to the tribal agency where the Army has been conducting an air and ground offensive against outlawed militants since June 2014, General Raheel claimed "good progress had been made in the Shawal operation." The Army chief also attended the earth breaking ceremony of a sports complex in the agency. He said tribal people in the area were "keen to resume a productive life," said Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa, head of the ISPR. Bajwa quoted the army chief as saying the "farthest edges of the agency [North Waziristan] were now being cleared" and that around "650 square kilometres had already been cleared in the final phase so far." The ISPR chief said General Raheel had also directed to ensure complete return of all TDPs by the end of 2016.

March 23

A former regional director of ISI was shot dead in a drive-by shooting in Phase 7 area of Hayatabad in Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Abdul Latif, who was also a professor at Qurtaba University, had gone to Phase 7 to meet his relatives when assailants on a motorcycle shot him dead, Police said. Tatara SHO Abid Afridi said Latif (61), had retired as a regional director from the ISI three years ago. During his career, Latif served on key positions, including as the first secretary in Pakistan's embassy in Afghanistan in the 90s, he added. "He was a resident of Tehkal but was on a visit to Hayatabad to meet his relatives when unknown attackers riding a motorcycle opened fire at him just outside the house, killing him on the spot," SHO Afridi added.

Unidentified motorcycle bourne assailants shot dead two Policemen in Dera Ismail Khan of same District.

Police arrested 32 suspected persons including 12 Afghans during a search operation in the Faqirabad area of Peshawar. The Police searched houses with the help of sniffer dogs and arrested several suspects, besides seizure of weapons and hashish from them.

The CTD Malakand Division arrested a suspected terrorist during a targeted operation in Matta tehsil of Swat District. According to CTD officials, the alleged terrorist identified as Bahadar Shah who was arrested during an operation by CTD in the limits of Matta Police Station. The accused Bahadar Shah was wanted by Matta Police Station as a case under section 380, 448,148, 149, and 7ATA was registered against him in 2009.

Police claimed to have killed three abductors and recovered three hostages in a joint raid carried out by SIU and CPLC in Ibrahim Haideri area of Korangi Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

Police claimed to have killed three abductors and recovered three hostages in a joint raid carried out by SIU and CPLC in Ibrahim Haideri area of Korangi Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

The Madrassa Reforms Project, which was initiated during the regime of Pervez Musharraf, is still incomplete despite the lapse of many years. Under the project, some 8,000 Islamic seminaries, about 1.6 million students and approximately 120,000 teachers of these madrassas were to be registered, but even after almost 12 years only 432 madrassas have been registered and out of them only 36 are getting funds from the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

March 25 Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti said Operation Zarb-e-Azab was bearing fruit and Balochistan soon would become a completely peaceful region. He was addressing a ceremony held in connection with Yaum-e-Shuhada. Southern Command Commander Lieutenant General Aamir Riaz, Advisor to Chief Minister on Information Sardar Raza Muhammad Baraich, Home Secretary Cap (retd) Akbar Hussain Durrani, Balochistan Frontier Corps IG Major General Sher Afgun, Police IG Ahsan Mehboob and senior officials were present. The Minister said the Government and Security Forces have been taking practical measures to root out terrorism from Balochistan on permanent basis, adding that the sacrifices of martyrs would not go waste.
March 26

Four terror suspects were allegedly killed in an encounter with the personnel of the CTD in the Adam Wahan Village in the Lodhran District of Punjab. CTD officials had a report that up to seven suspects were hiding in the village. They raided the terrorist hideout in the Sadar Police precincts in the Lodhran District and the terror suspects threw two hand grenades at them. The CTD officials retaliated, killing four suspected terrorists at the scene. A suicide vest, a hand grenade, a rifle and other weapons were recovered from the suspects. The suspects are yet to be identified.

A polio worker and supervisor in EPI, identified as Akhtar Khan, was shot dead by an unidentified militant in his private clinic in Khuga Khel area of Khyber Agency in FATA. LI claimed responsibility for killing the EPI supervisor over telephone from an Afghan mobile number. The LI spokesman, however, did not specify as to why an EPI worker was targeted. 

Later, the Khasadar officials said that they took a local resident into custody after a son of the deceased polio worker told officials that he saw the a man, identified as Hayatullah, entering his father’s clinic and later heard gunshots being fired there. The officials took the suspect in custody for interrogation.

March 27

At least 74 people were killed and more than 300 injured when a suicide bomb ripped through the parking space in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park situated near Allama Iqbal Town in provincial capital Lahore when Christians were celebrating Easter. JuA (Group of the Free), a breakaway faction of the TTP, claimed responsibility for the attack. "We claim responsibility for the attack on Christians as they were celebrating Easter," a spokesperson said.

ST cadres manhandled journalists in Islamabad as they gathered outside Parliament House at the Red Zone to protest against the hanging of Malik Mumtaz Qadri, the assassin of former Punjab Governor Salman Taseer. Many journalists, including cameramen, were injured.

An unidentified 22-year-old youth was killed in the firing incident by unidentified armed assailants near Ghareeb Nawaz colony in Golimar area of SITE Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

A man, identified as Noor Salim (43), was shot dead by unidentified armed assailants near Philips Company office in SITE Town.

An unidentified man was shot dead near Habib Chowrangi in SITE Town.

An unidentified suspect was killed while another one injured in an exchange of fire with Police during a raid in Saudabad area of SITE Town.

Two journalists were injured when activists of the Anjuman Talaba Islam subjected them to physical violence while attacking the Karachi Press Club with petrol bombs and resorting to arson. The assailants tried to enter the club and set vehicles on fire. Later, the attackers managed to flee the scene. According to details, the ATI activists were protesting against the hanging of Malik Mumtaz Qadri outside the Karachi Press Club when its workers attempted to enter the premises of the club. Upon failure to enter the KPC premises due to resistance, the ATI workers resorted to arson and hurled petrol bombs inside the club.

At least four suspects, identified as Sharjeel, Naveed, Dilshad and Faisal Motta, were arrested during search operation in Sachal area of Gulshan Town. The suspects were allegedly involved in extortion and street crimes. The police claimed to have recovered three pistols from their possession.

The Sindh security administration found no existence of a total of 2,096 registered seminaries on ground which they believe were brought on Government record only to collect donations and funding from different sources, Additional Inspector General of Police, CTD Dr Sanaullah Abbasi Said. This has been revealed during a recent survey jointly carried out by police’s two units namely the Special Branch and the CTD. This ongoing survey was being conducted to ascertain the number of seminaries allegedly involved in promoting extremism and sectarianism in order to keep check on their activities.

“We have detected a total of 2,096 seminaries, which on papers have been shown as registered in Sindh, but actually they are closed or are not available,” disclosed Dr Abbasi. The senior police officer described these seminaries as ‘ghost’ and said that they had been registered merely to get donations and funding from different sources.

Out of such ghost seminaries, at least 639 seminaries have been detected in Karachi Division only followed by Hyderabad (843), Mirpurkhas (192), Sukkur (364) and Larkana divisions (58). The Police Counterterrorism Unit chief pointed out that there were a total of 10,222 seminaries in Sindh.

March 28

The Police arrested Samiullah, the mastermind of the 2007 suicide attack on senior politician Aftab Sherpao during the Eid prayers that killed 67 persons, in Utmanzai town of Charsadda District.

11 Uzbeks were detained during a raid as by FC and intelligence agencies personnel in Nushki District.

A man was arrested on suspicion of having links with a banned outfit in Nushki District.

FC troops recovered 5 kilograms of explosive material from Goth Hazaro area of Sui in Dera Bugti District.

CoAS General Raheel Sharif during a high-level meeting in Rawalpindi ordered intelligence-based operations against terrorists in Punjab and made it clear that these operations will not be “joint actions” as conducted in the past along with the Police and Provincial Intelligence Agencies. The overnight operations, which the army chief is personally monitoring, were conducted by army units, paramilitary Rangers, the ISI and MI personnel. He ordered crackdowns against militants with the focus on finding linkages and perpetrators of the attack. Subsequently the military conducted several raids in Lahore, Faisalabad, Muzaffargarh and other Districts. One of the operations reportedly lasted for over five hours and yielded several arrests.

The US has helped Pakistan in securing its nuclear weapons and materials, US Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation Thomas Countryman said, ahead of the Nuclear Security Summit to be held in Washington on March 30, 2016. "Without question, Pakistan takes very seriously its responsibility to provide security for both nuclear weapons and nuclear materials. As a consequence of the summit process as well as our bilateral co-operation they have taken important steps forward in providing that security," he said.

Hundreds of ST cadres spearheading support for Malik Mumtaz Qadri, a police guard hanged for assassinating Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, demanded Sharia’h in Pakistan and declaration of Qadri as a national martyr. The Tehreek's demands included conversion of Qadri's jail cell into a national heritage site, the execution of blasphemy accused Aasia Bibi in whose support Taseer had stood, guaranteeing that the blasphemy laws will not be amended, and the removal of Ahmadis and other non-Muslims who have occupied key Government positions.

Police registered four separate cases against 501 religious workers, including their leadership, under the ATA for creating terror and violence in society and formally arrested those booked in Rawalpindi District during clashes between workers of religious parties and police on March 27. “Yes, cases have been registered against the protesters, including their leadership who were involved in violence, under Anti-Terrorism Act,” City Police Officer Israr Ahmed Abbasi said.

March 29

Five terrorists were killed and over 600 suspects were arrested in an extensive operation launched by the SFs across the Province following March 27, 2016, suicide attack in Lahore. According to details provided by private TV channels, five terrorists, belonging to a banned militant group, were killed in separate shootouts with during search operations in Rajanpur District and Muzaffargarh District. In addition, 250 suspects were detained in Sialkot District, 200 in Gujranwala, 80 in Faisalabad, 34 in Rahimyar Khan, 18 in Kasur, 10 in Bhakkar, six in Attock and one in Bahawalpur, while several others were also arrested from other Districts of the province.

One of the main leaders of protesters, identified as Pir Muhammad Afzal Qadri, at Islamabad’s D-Chowk has been on the Fourth Schedule of ATA for over a year, yet he made his way to the capital unhindered. Afzal Qadri is the chief of Aalmi Tanzeem Ahl-e Sunnat. Sources in the District Government and Police said that around two months ago authorities had besieged Qadri’s residence and seminary in Mararrian village and stopped him from marching to Lahore to press the Government against executing Malik Mumtaz Qadri, the assassin of former Punjab Governor Salman Taseer.

A Shia Special Security Unit (SSU) commando, identified as Zahid Jaffri (31), who had been doing security duty, at the State Guest House was shot dead in the Kareemabad area of Gulberg Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.  According to DIG of Police (West) Feroz Shah, Jaffri was deployed at the State Guest House where President Mamnoon Hussain would stay during his visit to Karachi.

A gangster belonging to Uzair Baloch gang, identified as Muhammad Ashraf (32), was shot dead by a gangster of Baba Ladla rival group outside his residence on Daryabad Street in Lyari Town. Arshad belonged to Uzair Baloch gang and was killed by a member of Baloch’s rival group run by.

One Arshad (23), was shot at and injured in a firing incident near Sherpao Colony in Landhi Town.

A man, identified as Tanveer (25), was shot at and injured near Naz Plaza on MA Jinnah Road.

The death toll of March 27, 2016, suicide blast in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park of Lahore rose to 74 after two more injured persons succumbed to their injuries. The victims were identified as Anas Ayub (17) and Moshin (18). The 74 dead include 29 children and 10 women 20 Christians.

Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah while addressing a press conference on Lahore claimed that there are no safe havens, organised terrorist networks or any no-go areas in any part of the Province. He said that civil-military agencies were carrying out the operation across the Province under the continuing NAP. He said the military crackdown on terrorist activities in Punjab was a national operation and the country’s entire political leadership, religious parties, opposition and the Government were backing the crackdown. He further said, “As 5,221 people were initially rounded up from different parts of Punjab out of which 5,005 have been released after verification of their documents,” adding, “However, 216 suspects are still under custody for further investigation.” Regarding investigations in the attack, he said that a JIT has been formed to probe the incident, which will be headed by the SSP CTD.

JuA, the breakaway faction of the TTP, warned the Government that the Lahore terror attack was a "message" to the Government about their "arrival" in Punjab. "Also, this is a message to the Pakistani Prime Minister that we have arrived in Punjab," the group's spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said.

The spokesman even taunted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Twitter. "After the Lahore attack, Nawaz Sharif repeated old words to give himself false assurances," he wrote. "Nawaz Sharif should know that war has reached his doorstep, and God willing the Mujahideen will be the winners in this war."  In a post in Urdu on its Facebook page, the group released the bomber's photo, identifying him as Salahuddin Khorasani. "The Christians, Jews, and Zoroastrians in Pakistan have neither converted to Islam nor paying Jizya. Under these circumstances, Christians, Hindus, etc, are not at peace, nor are their places of worship safe," it said.

March 30

At least five terrorists were killed in an encounter with CIA Nawankot Police in LDA Avenue Society of Jubilee Town Chung area in provincial capital Lahore. The CIA claimed to have recovered two Kalashnikovs, three pistols, 10 grenades, 10 time devices and maps from the their possession.  CIA Nawankot Sub Inspector Khalid Farooqi raided a house on information about the presence of terrorists in house where Police cordon off the area. Police said the suspects opened fired on police party and there was an exchange of fire that lasted for one and a half hour.

Two terrorists, identified as Mehmood and Rab Nawaz, convicted by military courts for involvement in attacks on security officials and civilians were executed at a jail in Kohat District. The ISPR in September last year issued the names of nine ‘hardcore terrorists’ whose death sentences had been approved by the Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif. The convicts executed today were among them.

Mehmood belonged to the TTP and was found involved in attacking security personnel in the Province, killing two soldiers and injuring 13 others. Rab Nawaz also belonged to the TTP and was involved in killing of two civilians, processing firearms and abetting attack on military in Peshawar which resulted in death of two soldiers.

Seven houses of alleged militants and their facilitators were razed to the ground by a lashkar from Ahmedzai Wazir tribe in different areas of Wana town in SWA of FATA. The houses of Ghulam Jan and his relatives were demolished in Shalam Dana and those of Toor Hafiz and Wari Khan in Shin Warsak. The houses of Gul Mir in Tiarza and Sattar Khan and his cousin in Samar Bagh were also razed to the ground. The accused terrorists belonged to the Hakimullah and Maulvi Nazir groups of the banned TTP.

According to sources, the decision to demolish the houses was taken by a 120-member jirga after “proofs” of the suspects’ involvement in terrorist activities were obtained through an investigation.

An ATC handed down Muhammad Hussain 18 years and Ahmad Shah alias Mehdi four years imprisonment for possessing explosive materials and unlicensed weapons among other charges.

An alleged terrorist, Muhammad Imran Saeed, was remanded to the Rangers for a 90-day period to interrogate over charges of involvement in target killings and other crimes.

Three suspected terrorists, Usman Naeem, Syed Muhammad Umar alias Talha and Imamuddin, were sent to the central prison on a judicial remand after the court was informed that the accused were activists of a banned terrorist outfit and had carried out terrorist activities.

The US has “a very solid cooperation” on nuclear security with Pakistan and plans to continue this collaboration, said US Under-Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller during the fourth and final Nuclear Security Summit in Washington. She also said that Pakistan now “has quite a mature capability” of defending its nuclear weapons and installations. “We have a very solid cooperation with Pakistan on nuclear security” and the country “has quite a mature capability now”, she said when asked to spell out US concerns on Pakistan’s nuclear program. She pointed out that Pakistan had developed its own Nuclear Security Centre of Excellence in recent years and the US continued to work with the Pakistanis on the nuclear security front.

She, however, identified one cause of concern, the deployment of tactical nuclear weapons, but clarified that this concern was not focused on Pakistan alone. “Our concerns regarding the continuing deployment of battlefield nuclear weapons by Pakistan relate to a reality of the situation: When battlefield nuclear weapons are deployed forward, they can represent an enhanced nuclear security threat,” she said. “It’s more difficult to sustain positive control over systems that are deployed forward. We found this lesson ourselves out in Europe during the years of the Cold War.” “Wherever battlefield nuclear weapons exist, they represent particular nuclear security problems,” she said.

March 31

At least five people were killed and several others injured when a blast occurred inside a vehicle on Kashmir Road in Jani Khel area of Lakki Marwat District in KP. DPO Lakki Marwat Ali Akbar said the people were travelling from North Waziristan to Lakki Marwat when a blast occurred in their vehicle. “Initial reports suggest that the bomb was planted on the vehicle,” he said. However, the exact nature of the blast is yet to be ascertained.

The CTD arrested a target killer of banned outfit and recovered arms near Charsadda Bus Terminal in Peshawar, the provincial capital of KP. CTD sources said that reacting to an intelligence tip-off regarding presence of terrorist, operation was conducted near Charsadda Bus Terminal during which an alleged target killer of banned outfit was arrested. The detainee identified as Shahidullah hailing from Agha Mir Jani locality of Peshawar was involved in attacks on police, incidents of target killings and other crimes. A 9MM pistol was also recovered from his possession.

Two Lyari gangsters were killed in a Police encounter in Moachko area of Baldia Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Police said on a tip-off police launched an action in the area. Over a hundred Police personnel took part in the operation where they used armoured personnel carriers. The accused opened fired at the Police when they entered the area, police said. In the shootout, two Lyari gangsters identified as Shahbaz and Shakeel alias Commando were shot dead. Shahbaz belonged to the Uzair Baloch group while Shakeel belonged to the Baba Ladla group, Police added.

April 1

An ASI, identified as Shakeel, was shot at and injured by unidentified armed assailants the Lasbela bridge located in Lasbela locality in Liaquatabad Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

Sindh Rangers conducted a series of raids in different areas of the city and arrested 21 alleged criminals, including 13 terrorists, affiliated with proscribed groups.  A spokesman said weapons were found on those arrested.  According to details, Rangers personnel conducted raids in Saddar Town and Lyari Town and arrested three gangsters involved in extortion and target killings. In other raids in Jahangir Town, Orangi Town and Ranchore Line, five criminals, including target killers and extortionists, affiliated with a notorious militant wing, were arrested.  Elsewhere, Rangers arrested three terrorists of banned outfits in Manghopir area of Gadap Town and Landhi Town.

ATC released seven accused due to the non-availability of evidences against them in a cases pertaining to attack on KPC. The Police submitted the report of 497 (2) CRPC to the administrative judge of ATC stating concrete evidences against the above-mentioned accused. The Police report stated that the witnesses also did not identify the accused persons. While accepting the Police report, the court released all the accused.

Karachi law enforcers in a report identified according to reports, as many as six wings of TTP that are on the verge of being active by establishing 'Special Task Force' to target Police and Rangers personnel. SFs have alerted all the Departments and claimed that TTP has started assigning missions to their workers against security officials. The law enforcers said that a chain of raids is already underway on the identification of arrested terrorists. However, the militants also leveled rare revelations during investigation.

An intelligence agency with the help of local police arrested an alleged terrorist wanted by Karachi Police in acts of terrorism and attacks on security personnel from Bazidkhel area of Kohat District in KP. The District security branch got the information that a wanted terrorist was present in a house in Bazidkhel area. He was hiding since 2012 and declared proclaimed offender by Karachi Police. The alleged terrorist, identified as Mohammad Iqbal was arrested in a raid on the house. He was also wanted to Police in a murder case of Policemen and the Sindh Government had issued his arrest warrants.

An anti-terrorism court remanded a suspected target killer into the CTD custody for 10 days on charges of murdering a former intelligence official. Abdul Latif was a former ISI regional head and was shot dead on March 22 in Hayatabad in the city. Haris Naseem, his nephew who was arrested on March 31, also recorded his statement before special judge Salim Jan Khan and revealed the name of his accomplice. Officials requested the court to remand the suspect into physical custody for interrogation. The judge accepted the plea and handed Naseem over to CTD.

SFs have killed 92 militants, including a key 'commander', and have conducted 417 targeted operations in the province during the last four months, said Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti. “Security forces in the province have also seized more than 10,000 kilograms of explosives and other arms and ammunition,” said Bugti. He added that during the last four months, 22 FC personnel have been killed and 65 others have been injured.

Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri during a session of Balochistan Assembly denied that military operation is being carried out in any part of the Province by the Federal Government and said that SFs under the Provincial Government were only conducting targeted operations wherever required. “The Provincial Government itself is conducting operations against terrorists,” he said.

The State of Human Rights in 2015, an annual report by the HRCP issued, pointed out those provinces continued to use expanded legislative authority under the 18th Constitutional Amendment to enact several important laws, but implementation mechanism lagged behind. The report stated that the parliament made 20 laws, while the president promulgated 12 ordinances during the last year. On the other hand, the provincial legislatures adopted 120 laws with highest legislative output (40) by KP, followed by Sindh (32), Punjab (31) and Balochistan (17). Important legislation included Sindh Commission on the Status of Women Act, Balochistan Prevention and Control of Thalassaemia Act, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Prohibition of Employment of Children Act. Sindh and Punjab adopted laws with regard to employment of physically challenged citizens.

The legislation was also adopted to set up eight universities across Pakistan while laws were enacted to regulate the conduct of local government elections in all the provinces, in the federal capital and in cantonments. The 21st Constitutional Amendment and corresponding amendments to the Army Act 1952 gave military courts jurisdiction to try all persons, including civilians and juveniles, in offences related to terrorism under military tribunals.

Last year, 324 people, most with no links to terrorism, being put to death by the state. Another 8,000 prisoners stayed on death row. The report said there was significant positive change in application and opinion of the judiciary, in cases of blasphemy law. “Dispensation of justice remained protracted with 2,700 cases pending before the Supreme Court and 60,000 each in Lahore and Sindh high courts, and 9,000 cases in Balochistan and 28,487 in Peshawar high court,” it said.

The report revealed a 40 percent decrease in violence as compared to 2014. In 2015, 4,612 people died in violence as compared to 7,622 violence-related deaths last year. Anti-state violence dropped below 2008 levels: 706 militant attacks took place, in which 1,325 people including 619 civilians, 348 security forces personnel, 325 militants and 33 pro-government razakars were killed. HRCP noted killing of 2,108 men and seven women through police encounters across Pakistan.

Punjab reported 382,932 cases of crime in 2015, 6,622 less than 389,554 cases in 2014. Sindh saw a 42 percent reduction in the number of murders in 2015 as compared to 2014. KP and Balochistan witnessed 10 and one percent surge respectively in total crime in 2015 as compared to 2014. The report also stated that five doctors and three lawyers were killed because of their faith. In 2015, 419 persons were awarded the death penalty while 327 death penalty convicts were hanged, making Pakistan one of the highest executing states in the world.

About 1,390 cases of enforced disappearance remained pending with the commission of inquiry. The HRCP data suggested that least 151 cases of disappearances were reported in Balochistan between January and November 2015. Amid reforms, about 65,000 names were removed from the exit control list (ECL) during the last year. In March, some Baloch activists were restricted from travelling to the United States to attend a seminar. Subsequently, Farzana Majeed and Mama Qadeer were removed from the ECL by orders of the Sindh High Court. The report also revealed that attacks on buses and killing and abduction of passengers restricted freedom of movement of certain ethnic and sectarian groups.

April 2

The Inspector General FC Balochistan Major General Sher Afgun said Indian spy agency RAW and Afghan intelligence agencies were involved in militancy and terrorism in the province. Talking to media, he said Indian consulates in Afghanistan are involved in random acts of terrorism in Balochistan. He said security situation has improved in the province as a result of targeted operations. He said the enemy was traced out and defeated due to good interaction and cooperation of people with security forces. He said that peace has been restored and now there is no “No Go Area” in Balochistan.

Police killed four suspected militants in an encounter in Quaidabad area of Bin Qasim Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Malir Senior SSP Rao Anwar said that contingents of Police, acting on a tip-off provided by held suspects, conducted targeted raid on an alleged hideout of the militants. On seeing the Police, the suspects resorted to firing and during exchange of fire, four of them were killed.

Pakistan Rangers Sindh arrested a target killer, identified as Najeeb Alam. A Rangers statement said Najeeb Alam was produced before the Anti-Terrorist Court. The Court sent him for 90 days remand to Rangers for interrogation. The accused during initial interrogation has admitted burning to death lawyers at Tahir Plaza in 2008.

April 3

Since the last phase of Operation Zarb-e-Azb kicked off in February 27, at least 252 militants have been killed and 160 severely injured, while SFs have cleared 640 square kilometres of so far uncontrolled area in Shawal Valley of NWA in FATA, the ISPR said in a statement. Major terrorist hubs in Mana, Gurbaz, Lataka, Inzarkas and Magrotai areas have been cleared of militants, the ISPR said. “The battle to clear the last pocket close to the Pak-Afghan border continues,” it said, adding that all heights over 9,000 feet have been cleared. “Terrorists’ hideouts were destroyed, a cache of arms and ammunition seized and there was virtually no communication infrastructure remaining in the Shawal area once the operation was launched in February this year,” the statement said.

In a joint operation, conducted by Army, Rangers and Police, as many as 25 suspected terrorists, were detained from 34/2L (Balochan wali) village in Okara District and illegal weapons recovered from their possession. The weapons recovered included three Kalashnikoves, 3 8MM rifles, two 303 bore rifles, one 30 bore pistol and 1000 bullets. Besides, five motorcycles and cell phones were also seized.

April 4

Feroze Shah, the personal assistant to MQM leader Mohammad Ateeq, his daughter Tasbiha (8), and a city warden, Abid, were killed in a targeted attack while they were travelling in a van that looked like a Police vehicle near Furniture Market in North Karachi Town of Sindh.

Mullah Omar's elder son, Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, has been 'appointed' as the in-charge of Afghan Taliban's 'Military Commission' in 15 of Afghanistan's 34 Provinces, the group said in a statement. The 'Military Commission' is responsible for overseeing all military affairs of the Taliban and is headed by Mullah Ibrahim Sadr. In addition to being handed the key military position, he has also been included in Taliban's top decision-making council, the Rehbari Shura. The Taliban have also inducted Mullah Abdul Manan, Mullah Omar's brother and Yaqoob's uncle, into the leadership council. The statement added that both Yaqoob and Manan had formally assumed their offices at a meeting of Taliban leaders, members of the leadership council and senior 'commanders'.

April 5

Unidentified militant shot dead an IDP, identified as Musa Khan, from North Waziristan Agency of FATA in Tanzeem Bazaar within the limits of Basiakhel Police Station in Bannu District.

An IDP, identified as Dure Kamil, was shot dead by unidentified armed assailants while he was on his way home in Jhandokhel area within the limits of Township Police Station in Bannu District.

One 19-year old Nadar Khan was shot dead within the limits of Basiakhel Police Station in Bannu District.

A Policeman, identified as Ali Badshah, was shot dead by unidentified armed assailants while he was on his way to attend his duty near an Imambargah in Bannu District.

Police arrested two alleged militants, identified as Muhammad Zeb and Hairan Zada, and recovered arms and explosives from their possession in Sardaryab area of Charsadda District. Zeb belongs to Mohmand Agency while Hairan Zada is an Afghan national.

Two passengers of Quetta-bound Jaffar Express were killed and five others were injured when a bomb hit at a railway track near Mithri area of Sibi District. "It was an IED which was detonated by a remote control. The blast blew up a major portion of the track," Railway Police said.

Six robbers looted PKR eight million from Dubai Islamic Bank in Meena Bazaar area of Korangi Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. This was Karachi's fifth bank heist this year.

Police detained six suspects during a search operation in Lines Area locality of Jamshed Town. The detained suspects are accused of violent acts during a political party's rally.

Sindh Police chief AD Khowaja decided to empower the CTD to register cases of terrorism incidents at its own three designated Police Stations so as to make the fight against terrorists more effective. Additional Inspector General Sanaullah Abbasi, who heads the CTD, said that the proposal to authorise the CTD to lodge FIRs of terror attacks was floated in the meeting after the Provincial Police Chief was informed that Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were also following the same process. According to the notification issued by IGP Khowaja, all cases pertaining to sabotage activities, including exploding railway tracks, gas pipelines and electricity towers, suicide bombing (except minor cases of cracker attacks) and target killings of law enforcers would be registered at the CTD Police Stations and investigations would be conducted by the heads of the Police Stations.

The first analysis report of the PFSA about the identity of the suspected suicide bomber indicates that Khorasani group - the JuA - an offshoot of TTP, was behind the March 27, 2016, Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park attack. The PFSA was engaged by the CTD after a damaged head of the suspected suicide bomber was found at the site of the blast.

"After performing morphological analysis for forensic image comparison it was concluded that the "ear" seen in the questioned photo matches with the "ear" seen in the reference photo", the PFSA's report disclosed, further stating, "The forensic image comparison was inconclusive for other facial features due to extremely damaged condition of facial features in the questioned photograph."

JeM 'chief' Maulana Masood Azhar was allowed to preach extremist ideology at several British mosques during a month-long visit to UK in 1993 on the invitation of Islamist scholars when young Muslims were asked to seek weapons training at terrorist camps in Pakistan, said BBC Investigation report. According the investigation, senior representatives of the Deobandi sect that controls nearly half of Britain's 1,600 mosques, hosted Azhar during the visit in which hundreds of young Muslims were urged to seek weapons training at terrorist camps in Pakistan. During his UK tour - until now kept under wraps - Azhar delivered "sermons on jihad" to large audiences in London, Birmingham, Yorkshire and Lancashire and the message was of hatred for Christians, Jews and Hindus. Witnesses said that large sums of money were donated after each talk.

April 6

SFs claimed to have killed 15 militants during a raid in Johan area of Kalat District in Balochistan. Two SFs were injured in the operation. The SFs recovered a large cache of arms and ammunition, and destroyed two sanctuaries used by the militants, said Government spokesperson Anwarul Haq Kakar.

Six TTP militants belonging to belonging to the Ustad Aslam faction were killed in an encounter conducted by CTD near Tallat Park in Kachi Abadi Sherakot area of provincial capital Lahore. A CTD spokesperson said that weapons and explosives were also recovered, including "four to five kilograms of explosives, four detonators, two Kalashnikov rifles, three motorcycles, four pistols, and 97 bullets." He further added that the Police "received information that nine to ten suspects of the banned TTP". "They were planning to attack law enforcement agencies' offices and prominent personalities in Lahore," said the CTD spokesperson.

An ISPR statement said, "Coordinated operations are underway against terrorists, hardened criminals and ferraris by law enforcement agencies including Rangers, Punjab police, CTD, assisted by Pakistan army in southern Punjab". The statement added that the terrorists have fled from different parts of the country as a result of operation Zarb-e-Azb, and have taken refuge in the remote areas of Rohjan and District Rahim Yar Khan. The operation is being looked after by Corp Commander Lahore, Lieutenant General Sadiq Ali, with army troops, Punjab Police, CTD and Rangers participating.

Two Islamic State (IS/ also known as Daesh) militants, as Mohammad Mujahid alias Talha and Abdullah alias Kuna, were killed in a an exchange of fire with the CTD of Police in Gulshan-e-Maymar area of Gadap Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. SSP Junaid Shaikh said that the raid yielded a huge cache of arms and ammunition. The Daish operatives were said to be planning major terror attacks in Karachi. "They were planning attacks on consulates of different countries in Karachi. They also planned targeting shopping malls and sensitive installations," SSP Shaikh said. According to details, Mujahidullah was a key player for Daesh in Karachi and carried a head money of Rs1 million. He was earlier associated with the LeJ and the TTP but he swore allegiance to IS while serving as 'cook' of Daesh leader Jahanzeb in Buner District of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Three people sustained injuries when Lyari gangsters threw an explosive device in Kaghzi Bazaar of Kharadar area in Saddar Town. Shopkeepers said that lately they had been receiving threats for payment of extortion and the incident could be linked with it. An unnamed Police Officer said that gangsters linked with Lyari were involved in the attack. The officer added that one known figure of the Uzair Baloch gang had recently returned from Muscat and was living somewhere in the city though not in Lyari. This gangster had started criminal activities in the old city areas recently "to make their presence felt" after arrest of their ringleader Uzair Baloch, the Police Officer added.

More than two dozen IS-inspired militants have been found operating and planning some major terror attacks in the metropolis, said an officer of the CTD of Police. "There are 25 IS-inspired militants operating in the metropolis. They are planning to target foreign missions, law enforcers and shopping centres," said CTD SSP Junaid Shaikh. When asked about the Federal Minister of Interior Nisar Chaudhry Ali Khan's denial of the presence of IS, the officer said the militants were 'ideologically' linked with the IS and remained in contact with the Middle East-based outfit through social media only. "Previously, these militants belonged to the banned LeJ, TTP and al Qaeda but now they have jumped on the IS or Daesh bandwagon," the officer added.

Three death row prisoners, including two brothers, were hanged till death in Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore. The dead bodies were handed over to their families after completing legal formalities. The hanged persons have been identified as Imran, Nauman and Raheel. Police said Imran and Nauman, two real brothers, had killed one Awais in Islamabad in 1996. They were convicted in 1997.

The third convict had killed a man in Dera Ghazi Khan District.

The GoC Malakand Division Major General Nadir Khan said "The militants have been defeated and durable peace restored in the region after tremendous sacrifices by forces and the people". "The security forces have completed the job of breaking the militants' network and restoration of peace in Malakand," he added.

PAF wants to upgrade its ageing fleet of fighter jets in anticipation of a prolonged battle against militants, although the purchase of fifth-generation planes would only be a last resort, PAF second-in-command Muhammad Ashfaque Arain said in an interview. "Our concern is that we don't know how long these anti-terrorist operations will continue," he said, adding, "We have weakened them (militants) to a great extent, but I don't see an end in the very near future, so all the burden is being shared by the F-16s and its pilots."

April 7

SFs repulsed an attack on a checkpost in the Mangora Sar area on the Pak-Afghan border in Kurram Agency of FATA, killing around 18 militants in the subsequent clash. Sources said that a group of 50-60 militants stormed a security checkpost in the Mangora Sar area with heavy arms early in the day. The SF personnel manning the checkpost returned the fire and 18 militants were killed in the ensuing gunbattle. Six militants were also injured in the clash which continued for quite some time. The SFs forced the militants to retreat, leaving behind their weapons and ammunition. However, they said the fleeing militants took along their injured accomplices.

The FDMA will begin the third phase of the return of internally displaced persons to five FATA agencies. An official concerned said that around 84,553 displaced families would go back to their homes in the third phase to be completed by the end of August. He said under the plan, the authority was starting the programme of the IDPs' return to Orakzai Agency from April 11 and that 15,553 families would be facilitated to go back to their homes. The official said 22,000 families would be repatriated to North Waziristan, 30,000 families to South Waziristan, 12,000 families to Kurram and 5,000 families to Khyber Agency.

Three Shias were shot dead in a sectarian attack at the Najaf Imambargah in North Karachi Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. SSP Central Investigation Arab Mahar said, "The victims were riding a motorbike and were attacked near Shafiq Mor".

A Policeman was killed while two others - a civilian and a Police official - were injured in a roadside blast in Badhu Samar Bagh area of Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. SSP, Operations, Abbas Majeed Marwat said initial reports revealed a remote detonator had been used to detonate the device. Faqirabad ASP Waseem Riaz said two policemen were patrolling the area on foot when the device went off. "A policeman was killed," he said. "Another policeman [and a civilian] were injured." he said. Around 500 to 750 grammes of explosives used in attack. The deceased was identified as Saeed, a police constable who hails from Mathra, while the injured civilian was identified as Ihsanullah. Another Policeman sustained minor injuries.

The Peshawar CTD arrested an alleged Afghan terrorist, identified as Ismail, during a search operation in provincial capital Peshawar. CTD said that the suspect was wanted in an IED attack on a cycle rally on January 24, 2016.

Police arrested an alleged arms trafficker and recovered a huge cache of arms from him in Saddar Police Station area of Bannu town in the same District. DSP Inayat Ali Shah said that the Police received information that arms traffickers were planning to smuggle a huge cache of arms to Bannu. The Police, he said, put the security on high alert and established various checkpoints on the entry and exit points. 59 Kalashnikovs, 164 pistols, two repeaters and 48,000 cartridges were recovered from a truck and arrested an arms trafficker.

The LeT founder and JuD chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed has set up a Sharia'h court in provincial capital Lahore to dispense "speedy justice", taking up citizens' complaints and issuing summons carrying a warning of strict action in case of non-compliance. This is the first such parallel judicial system in Pakistan's Punjab province. The JuD claimed the court only offers arbitration and resolves disputes in accordance with the Islamic judicial system, but failed to justify the summons. The court has been established at the organisation's headquarters, Jamia Qadsia, Chauburji, under a Qazi (judge) assisted by Khadmins or court associates. "The complaints are addressed to the chief of the religious organisation who later refers them to the Qazi for further proceedings," the report said.

April 8

A low intensity blast caused panic near in Nar Haideran village in Naurang town of Lakki Marwat District in KP. However, no casualties were reported. "The law enforcers also launched search operation in the area but there are no reports about any arrests," said an unnamed official source.

JuD clarified that that it has complete trust in the judicial system of the country and the Arbitrary Council, Darul Qaza Sharia, established by it merely provides arbitration services to consenting parties in the light of the Quran and Sunna. "The arbitrary council is not a parallel court and does not issue any kind of summons or seek money for arbitration," the JuD clarified.

April 9

SFs claimed to have killed 34 suspected militants, including a key 'commander' in Kalat District of Balochistan. One SF official was killed while two others sustained injuries during the exchange of fire. Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti in a press conference said "A key militant commander, Abdul Nabi Bangulzai, was also among the dead. Abdul Nabi was involved in the assassination of Balochistan High Court Justice Nawaz Marri in 2000." The operation was launched by personnel of SF and intelligence agencies against elements involved in target killings and bombings in the Johan area of Kalat District. SFs also recovered a large amount of arms and ammunition from the militants, and Bugti added that those killed were also involved in attacking passengers in the Mastung area of the Province.

The CTD and Police, in a joint action, killed at least three militants in Khanewal District of Punjab. The fourth terrorist detonated his explosive vest killing himself on the spot. The Police and CTD, on a tip-off, carried out joint action and exchange of fire took place near Lakhi Tibbi Adda. Two to three others managed to flee taking advantage of the darkness. CTD sources said the terrorists were affiliated to TTP and Al Qaeda and were plotting to target sensitive installations in Multan. The law enforcers recovered suicide jackets, two pistols and automatic rifle from the possession of the militants.

April 10

ANP local leader Syed Jamshaid Ali was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Manglore area of Swat District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. According to Police, two unidentified men approached Jamshaid Ali when he was present at the site of an under-construction school building at Telegram. "One of the attackers met him and the other opened fire, killing him on the spot," said Manglore Station House Officer Fayaz Khan.

Police arrested four AQIS terrorists after a shootout near Jehnagir Park within the limits of Preedy Police Station area of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. According to details, the four terrorists opened fire at a Police mobile near Jehnagir Park. Police chased and arrested them after shootout. Police claimed the arrested terrorists are affiliated with AQIS. Weapons including four SMGs and a motor cycle were recovered from them. Preedy Station House Officer Kamal Naseem said that all four terrorists are educated and residents of Karachi.

Three abductors were killed and one abducted child was rescued in a Police encounter in the Eastern Bypass area of the provincial capital Quetta. The kidnapped boy was identified as Aimal Khan (12). The Quetta Deputy Inspector General of Police, Syed Imtiaz Shah said that the kidnappers had demanded PKR 200,000 as ransom for the release of Aimal. According to details, Police raided a house in the Rind Garh area of Eastern Bypass area. During the raid, the kidnappers opened fire on police, triggering a heavy exchange of gunfire which continued for an hour. "The kidnappers were using an Afghan SIM for calling parents of the kidnapped boy," Shah said, adding that the kidnappers had links with criminals in Afghanistan. The kidnappers killed in the encounter were identified as Ghulam Ahmed, Fazlur Rehman and Shakir.

April 11

At least nine terrorists were killed in military air strikes in Barmand area of North Waziristan Agency in FATA.

An activist of the MQM was shot dead in a target killing incident while he was sitting at a tea hotel in Sector 8/B of North Karachi Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

The CTD announced the arrest of three female suicide bombers near the Lahore Road area in Sargodha District. The officials claimed to have recovered two suicide jackets and three hand grenades from their possession, said to a CTD statement. While conducting a raid in the Bypass Sem Nala area, CTD officials were shot at by two attackers, the statement said, adding that CTD officials fired back in self-defense. The attackers fled and three female suspects were arrested while trying to escape, the CTD added.

The process to repatriate displaced families to SWA in FATA started amid protests by journalists against how they were treated during the recent visit of Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra. The repatriation will continue till May 14, 2016. Officials said that at least 100 families were repatriated to Manzakai, Raghzai and Kat Kai villages on the first day. Around 20 hubs (points) have been set up at the camp for the verification of the displaced families. They added in the first phase, at least 7,348 families will be repatriated to 39 villages of SWA.

Each family was provided PKR 25,000 as well as PKR 10,000 for transportation and other costs. They were also provided with six months of ration to help them settle in their native villages. When contacted, a member of a displaced family Haji Muhammad informed, "Though, I don't know the condition of my house, I am happy to go back after seven years." He added, "We faced a difficult time as IDPs and were living in a rented house. Now, I want to [go back]."

An inquiry Commission, led by Chief Justice of Pakistan Anwar Zaheer Jamali, ruled out the involvement of the ISI in the attack on journalist Hamid Mir on April 19, 2014, in Karachi. The 41-page report observed that allegations on ISI's possible involvement in the attack were based on 'suspicions, assumptions or apprehensions'.

After investigating the incident for nine months, the inquiry commission drafted a report which stated that, prima facie, there was a tug of war among some journalists and the ISI, because some media persons had told the commission that the spy agency was unhappy with their reporting. The report also observed that there was a complete failure on the part of law enforcement agencies to investigate the attack. It mentioned that CCTV footage viewed during in-camera proceedings of the commission clearly showed two individuals at Karachi airport behaving in a suspicious manner at the time of Mir's arrival. Despite this, law enforcement agencies were unable to catch actual culprits, it added.

April 12

The TTP militants killed DSP Shangla Muhammad Ilyas and injured two police officer's' guards in Sabzi Mandi area of Mingora in Swat District. TTP spokesperson Muhammad Khorasani claimed responsibility for the attack in an email sent to journalists.

Sindh Rangers detained five suspects, including four affiliated with a political party, for 90 days, after informing ATC about their preventive detention for questioning. The Rangers along with its counsel produced the suspects belonging to a political party, Naveed Anwar, Abdullah Mehtab, Nadir and Muhammad Asif alias Dunba, before the administrative judge of ATC amid tight security. The fifth suspect was identified as Muhammad Muneer.

The paramilitary force submitted the papers in the court according to which they have credible information about suspects' involvement in target killings, extortion and offences that comes within the ambit of Anti-Terrorism Act. The court directed the provincial authorities to form a joint investigation team within 15 days for interrogating the suspects. The Rangers will keep the suspects in their custody for the period of 90 days considering legal provision 11 EEEEE (1) of Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.

Concerned over reports of an increase in civilian casualties from the Johan area of Kalat District and the Isplingi area of Mastung District allegedly as a result of an operation by Security Forces, chairperson of the HRCP Zohra Yusuf said that the authorities needed to ensure excessive force was not being used, as it would further alienate the people of Balochistan. The recent increase in casualties from these two areas being reported at the Quetta's Civil Hospital has become a cause of concern for the HRCP whose representatives say it is difficult to identify those getting killed in the military operation due to its inaccessibility to rights activists.

Yusuf said that 27 bodies were brought to the Civil Hospital in Quetta over the past few days that she said was alarming. "Since the areas mentioned are inaccessible to journalists and activists, it is difficult to identify the dead. But, according to our activists who spoke to the people in the surrounding areas of Quetta, these are civilian casualties," she added.

April 13

At least 10 Policemen and five gangsters were killed while another 25 were taken hostage, leading to the suspension of the operation against the Chhotu Gang in Rajanpur District. It was learnt that two boats carrying 42 Policemen advanced on positions of the dacoits who fired at them. 15 gangsters and four Policemen were injured in the operation. The IGP-led Operation Zarb-e-Aahan (Strike of the dawn) that was launched on April 5, 0216, in the District against the gangsters was suspended till the formulation of a new strategy. Rajanpur DPO Ghulam Mubashir Mekan said around 200 criminals had rendered the 30-kilometre island-like area into a no-go area. They are armed with sophisticated weapons.

Two AQIS terrorists were shot dead in a Police shootout and another was arrested in Barfat Goth area of Gulshan-e-Maymar in Gadap Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. The slain terrorists were identified as Abdul Saboor alias Hamad alias Hassan alias Younus and Mohammad Mujtaba alias Rehan alias Aslam alias Kashif alias Abdul Rehman. Their arrested companion was identified as Mohammad Murtaza alias Abu Hurairah.

Raja Umer Khattab, the Chief of the CTD's Anti-Transnational Terrorist Intelligence Group, said that the Police also found an explosives factory and a huge cache of weapons and explosive material at the terrorists' hideout. While searching their hideout, the police came across an underground water tank where 80 kilogrammes of explosives, circuits, ball bearings, bottle bombs, ball bombs, and other material used for preparing bombs were found. Besides, they also found a laptop, memory cards, USBs, jihadist literature, target lists, two motorcycles equipped with improvised explosive devices, two Kalashnikovs, a 9mm pistol, bullets and grenades there.

A bullet-riddled dead body, identified as that of one Zahid (30), was found in within the Memon Goth Police limits in Bin Qasim Town. The victim was a watchman at a PSO petrol pump.

Another unidentified dead body was found in an empty plot situated in Allahwala Town within the Korangi Industrial Area police jurisdiction.

The CoAS General Raheel Sharif while chairing a security meeting at the Corps Headquarters in Karachi said that a terror-free and peaceful Karachi is the ultimate aim of the operation and all efforts must be directed with a focused approach to achieve this objective, reports Daily Times.

April 14

At least four more Policemen were killed in the ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Aahan in Rajanpur District. The dead bodies came with a threat to kill 24 captive Policemen if safe passage is not provided to leaders of Chotoo gang. The gangsters also handed over four injured Policemen to representatives of Police.

Federal Interior Ministry accorded approval for launching a military operation against the criminals of Rojhan tehsil in Rajanpur District. An unnamed Police official said that an army battalion from Okara and two platoons of the SSG, an independent commando regiment/corps of the army, has been called in to launch a large-scale operation. A strike force with paratroops from Rangers would also take part in the joint operation along with regular policemen and commandos of the force, the official added.

A murder convict, Imtiaz Ahmad, was hanged till death in Haripur Central Prison of Haripur District. Ahmad was convicted in a murder case of a man in 2005. According to jail sources, District and Sessions Judge Mansehra awarded the capital punishment to the convict which was subsequently upheld by the High and Supreme Court.

The Sindh Rangers interrogated senior leader of PPP Abdul Qadir Patel for his alleged involvement in serious crimes and links with criminal gangs operating in Lyari Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Sources said that the interrogation, which continued for over five hours at the Rangers' Karachi headquarters, took place with Lyari PAC chief Uzair Baloch sitting in the same room. After failing to give satisfactory answers to the investigating officer, Patel was transferred to an undisclosed location for further investigation, with sources saying that the PPP leader was expected to be remanded for 90 days in Rangers' custody.

The FO rejected the notion that the peace process between Pakistan and India was suspended, saying it remained engaged with Delhi. "We need to look ahead and not think in terms of foreclosing any options. Both sides are in contact with each other," FO spokesman Nafees Zakaria said. "Dialogue is the best option. Diplomacy is for interaction and engagement between countries," he added.

April 15

The Army officially launched a ground and aerial operation, codenamed Zarb-e-Aahan, in Rajanpur District, leading to the surrender of 40 gangsters. The gangsters said that they never wanted to fight against Pakistan Army. Curfew has been imposed in four kilometer area and soldiers have also been assisted with gunship helicopters. Addressing officers at the Central Police Office in Lahore, Punjab IG Mushtaq Sukhera said the Zarb-e-Aahan operation had been launched in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies. "During training sessions, 50,000 rounds were fired and use of mortars and other equipment were demonstrated," the IG said, adding that two retired colonels from the Special Services Group were on board in the operation.

An administrative judge of the ATC accepted a seven-day physical remand request of AQIS, terrorist, Syed Murtaza. Producing the accused before the ATC, an official of the CTD informed the court that he was involved in cases pertaining to possession of explosive materials, illicit weapons, attempted murder and firing at police officials. The court ordered for the accused to be produced in court following expiration of the remand period.

An activist of the MQM, Irfan Sheikh alias Irfan Sindhi, was handed over to the Rangers on a 90-day remand. He was said to be involved in cases of target killings of a number of people, demanding extortion and carrying out kidnappings-for-ransom. The court was also presented with a letter empowering the Rangers to keep anyone suspected of having committed heinous crimes for 90 days. The court endorsed the order and sent the accused on remand.

Defence Secretary Alam Khattak while briefing the Senate Committee on defence told the Parliament that Pakistan received at least USD 13 billion from the US since the September 11, 2001 (also known as 9/11) attacks for logistic and other support in the war against terrorism. Khattak said that his country got "USD 13 billion under the CSF since 9/11", while another USD 200 million is due to be reimbursed by the US.

According to a declassified US Government document obtained by National Security Archive, a non-governmental research institute at George Washington University, a Pakistani intelligence officer paid USD 200,000 to an extremist network to facilitate a suicide bomb attack on CIA operatives on Forward Operating Base Chapman in Khost District of Afghanistan on December 30, 2009. The heavily redacted document suggests that Pakistan's spy agency, the ISI Directorate, and the Haqqani Network were involved in facilitating the attack.

Later, the State Department spokesman John Kirby said, "We have been consistently clear with the highest levels of the Government of Pakistan that it must target all militant groups, including the Haqqani Network, al Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba'. "The government of Pakistan itself has repeatedly said it's not going to discriminate against a terrorist group regardless of their agenda or affiliation," he said.

Pakistan's Foreign Office termed allegations of its involvement in the attack as preposterous, saying the country itself was the biggest victim of terrorism. Pakistan was shocked and saddened when American lives were lost at the Chapman facility in 2009 in an attack later claimed by TTP, a statement said.

April 16

The guard of a pro-government Lashkar leader, Bilal Afridi, was killed when a suicide bomber attacked the hujra of Said Jamal in the Kharko Sarhgi area in the Zakhakhel tehsil of Khyber Agency in FATA in the night.

The CTD of Police claimed to have arrested two fishermen over their alleged links to the Indian spy agency RAW. Acting on a tip-off, the Police detained Saddam Husain and Mohammed Bachal in the Shah Bander area in Thatta, said CTD Investigation officer Naveed Khowaja. He added that the suspects revealed that they had been persuaded by another Pakistani fisherman, Mohammed Khan, to work for RAW in return for permission to fish in Indian waters and money. The two suspects entered India through Shah Bander and met RAW operatives, Kiran and Arjun, at the Bhuj Police Station. They were provided a camera and tasked to take pictures of sensitive installations of Pakistan Navy and Coast Guards in Thatta and Karachi.

April 17

The Levies forces and political administration officials averted a major disaster by defusing improvised explosive devices and rockets that were rigged to blow Usmania Plaza, located in Kurmi Bazaar area of Parachinar in Kurram Agency of FATA.

FC and sensitive agencies in their joint action in Panjgur District arrested a militant 'commander'. Huge arms and ammunition were also recovered from his possession, which included seven LMGs, seven rocket launchers, seven RPG-7, three SMGs, three hand grenades and thousands of bullets. According to sources, arms and ammunition were brought through N-85 Highway to Hoshab.

Security agencies detained six Baloch sardars in Rajanpur District for allegedly backing the Chotu gang and other criminals. The detained sardars were believed to be the 'major facilitators' and listed in the 'Black Book' Punjab Police. Punjab Police Chief Mustaq Ahmed Sukhera said that over 100 facilitators of the Chotu gang had been arrested in Rahim Yar Khan District. He said that a list of Police officers who had allegedly facilitated the notorious criminals had also been prepared and they would face an exemplary punishment if found involved.

Chotu gang released a few of the two dozen hostage Policemen and demanded a safe passage in return for the release of the remaining hostages. However, the details about the Policemen released were not disclosed. According to unnamed official sources, the demand that also included the release of the family of the ringleader of the Chotu gang was rejected and the gangster was given a final warning to surrender along with his accomplices.

April 18

The Law enforcement agencies arrested Lyari gangster Riasat Baloch along with his two accomplices from Golimar area of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Riasat Baloch was wanted to Police in more than 60 heinous crimes including murder of the Police personnel. Arms were recovered from the possession of the arrestee.

As many as 144 Baloch militants laid down their arms by accepting Government's amnesty scheme in Khuzdar District of Balochistan. Four commanders of different militant organizations were also among the militants to give up arms. "We will fulfill all the promises we have made to the militants who have surrendered," said Commissioner of Kalat District in Balochistan. The government has promised financial assistance to youths who laid down weapons and abandoned violence against the State.

Army helicopter gunships pounded the island hideout of Chotu gang that has been holding 24 hostages on a 10-km (six-mile) long island in the centre of the Indus River in Rajanpur District of Punjab. The operation involving more than 2,000 SFs has been ongoing for two weeks and the Army's push to deploy troops, artillery and helicopter gunships is an unprecedented use of force by the military in Punjab. "We (army) had given the Chotu gang until 2 pm today to surrender but they did not abide by the deadline," said a military official based in the district of Rajanpur where the battle is taking place. "Now there is no option left but a full-scale operation, which has started."

The Army declared operation in Shawal area of North Waziristan Agency in FATA successful and started clearing improvised explosive devices and other unexploded ordnance in the area. The ISPR said in a statement that Army Chief General Raheel Sharif visited the embattled area near the Afghan border and he was briefed by formation commanders about operational gains achieved so far. More than 800 kilometers area has been secured in Shawal and heavy casualties have been inflicted on terrorists since the start of the last phase of Operation Zarb-i-Azb in February, it said. A security official said the ongoing phase of the operation had been accomplished successfully and troops were holding all important locations near the border.

April 19

At least two people, including suicide bomber, was killed and 18 others were injured in a suicide attack in the Mardan Excise and Taxation Department located in Cantonment Area on Mall Road in Mardan District. Eyewitnesses saw the attacker walking into the building, the District Police Office (DPO) Faisal Shahzad said, adding that the attacker's suicide vest contained 8-10 kilograms of explosive material.

Members of the Chotu gang released hostage Policemen and surrendered to the Army in Rajanpur District, Police sources said. The Chotu gang, led by Ghulam Rasool, alias Chotu, was given a deadline by the Army to surrender on April 18, 2016, failing which, the Army said it would begin a full-scale operation in the area. A source in the Police Department said that Chotu had demanded safe passage for himself, his family and some loyal accomplices to proceed to Dubai in return of safe release of the captive Policemen.

Terrorists have been driven out of their last bastion in NWA of FATA, the military said, announcing the completion of the final phase of Zarb-e-Azb operation and launching of "combing operations" in areas other than FATA.

The CoAS General Raheel Sharif emphasised on consolidating the gains and resettling the TDPs in their areas to the best of our abilities, the ISPR said in a statement. He called for breaking the nexus between terrorists and their facilitators sitting outside the tribal areas. General Raheel ordered large-scale "combing operations" immediately to seek out terrorists, their sleeper cells and facilitators in areas other than the FATA, and to enhance the reach of the Law Enforcement Agencies. An unnamed senior security official said that large-scale force would be sent to the areas with the presence of terrorists and their facilitators. "This will be applicable to the whole of Pakistan," he added. "The areas not accessible to the Police would be brought under the control."

April 20

Seven Police officials guarding polio workers were killed in two separate attacks in Orangi Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. DIG West Feroz Shah said that eight gunmen riding four motorcycles carried out the killings in two separate attacks in the neighborhood. "The gunmen first opened fire on three Policemen in the streets of Orangi Town, killing them all," he said, adding: "Later they shot dead four Policemen, who were sitting in a police mobile van" a few streets away.

The Leader of the Chotu gang, Ghulam Rasool, along with 13 gang members has 'surrendered unconditionally to the army', the ISPR announced, bringing to non-violent end the 21-day long operation in the riverine area of Rajanpur District of Punjab. Addressing a press briefing regarding the ongoing operation in Rajanpur area, ISPR Director General Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa said, "The military has successfully completed operation Zarb-i-Ahan." He confirmed that the 24 policemen taken hostage by the Chotu gang had been rescued. "However, the army will not vacate the area until all the miscreant elements are neutralised," Bajwa maintained.

The alliance of the political parties in NWA urged the Government to expedite the return of the displaced tribes and ensure completion of the rehabilitation process before Ramazan. Chairman of the alliance, Malik Akbar Khan representing the represents the Qaumi Watan Party said that the Security Forces had been making tall claims about clearing North Waziristan. However, he said the Government was showing lethargy in the rehabilitation process. He demanded the Government to ensure provision of basic facilities to the affected tribal people before their return to native towns.

The educational institutions and hospitals should be reopened and staff and facilities made available there, he added. The tribesman asked the government to conduct proper survey of the damages caused during the prolonged military operation and substantial compensation should be given to the affected people.

April 21

Four TTP terrorists, including their 'commander' Munshi, were killed in a Police encounter at the Super Highway in Malir Town area of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. According to SSP Malir Rao Anwar, on the intelligence information about the presence of the terrorists in the area, Police carried out raid at a house where exchange of fire took place between the Police and terrorists, killing four terrorists. Police also seized weapons and explosives from their possession.

A 16-year-old wounded girl, identified as Marriyum, who sustained injuries during the March 27, 2016, blast in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park of provincial capital Lahore succumbed to her injuries in Jinnah Hospital, raising the death toll to 78. According to hospital sources, several injured persons of the blast are still admitted in different hospitals of the city, of which some are in critical condition and it is feared that the death toll might increase further.

The CTD arrested a terrorist, identified as Alam, from Khwazakhela area of Swat District for kidnapping Policemen. He was involved in kidnapping of five Policemen in 1994 form Swat.

Speaking on adjournment motions regarding the "terrible incident of suicide blast in Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park, Lahore" on March 27, 2016, the Senators called for a full-fledged military operation on militants' hideouts in Punjab. Initiating the debate, PPP parliamentary leader, Saeed Ghani, recalled that before this incident, the Punjab Government had always opposed a military operation, claiming that there were no organised militant groups in the province. He said the incident had proved the existence of terrorist groups in Punjab. He called for a military operation in the province similar to those initiated in Karachi and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Another PPP Senator Taj Haider termed the war against terrorism a "battle between extremist and democratic forces." He alleged that the sympathisers of militants were present within the state. "Is it not true that insiders were involved in the attacks on the GHQ and Mehran Base?" he questioned, calling for the removal of such elements from the institutions.

April 22

The Special Assistant to KP Chief Minister on Minorities' Affairs MPA Sardar Soran Singh was shot dead in a targeted attack near Pir Baba in Buner District. The District Police Chief Khalid Hamadani said, "Gunmen riding on two motorbikes came in front of the car and started indiscriminate firing, killing minister on the spot".

Four more members of the Chotu gang surrendered to Army in Rajanpur District of Punjab, raising the number of surrendered gangsters to 17. The Army and Police have launched an operation against the gang to clear Kacha Jamal riverine area from the outlaws. Gang leader Ghulam Rasool Chotu and his 12 accomplices had surrendered to the Army two days ago and freed 24 Policemen the gang had taken hostage.

Meanwhile, Chotu and his 12 accomplices had been shifted to Islamabad for interrogation. Sources said intelligence agencies would interrogate Chotu and members of his gang In Islamabad. The Punjab Government has also set up a JIT headed by Atta Muhamamd Khan, Dera Ghazi Khan District Police Officer, to interrogate Chotu.

April 23

At least 12 militants were killed and two SF personnel injured in a clash along Pak-Afghan border when unidentified militants attacked a security check post in Baizai area of Mohmand Agency in FATA in the night. The check post came under attack once again April 24-morning, this time with heavy weapons, the officials said. "Both attacks were successfully repulsed. The militants faced heavy casualties," one security official added.

Unidentified armed men shot dead National Party leader Mir Ghulam Hussain Sarpara in the Gardigap area of Mastung District in Balochistan Province. According to Levies Force, Sarpara was fired at by the attackers riding on a motorcycle at his agriculture land in Gardigap area. The assailants managed to escape from the scene.

The SF personnel destroyed more than 30 bunkers and caves during a search operation in Tora Cheena area of Darra Adam Khel District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the night. According to officials, the SFs carried out the day-long operation after getting a tip that militants had turned the region, known as Tora Cheena, into a sanctuary from where they carried out attacks on SFs.

April 24

One FC official was killed and another one was injured an IED blast near a FC bomb-disposal unit which was patrolling the Soran area of Baizai in Mohmand Agency. The IED was possibly planted by the militants while they were retreating following the attack on the Baizai security check post.

The JuA, a splinter group of the TTP, claimed responsibility for the attacks on SFs in Baizai area of Mohmand Agency.

Afghanistan officials accused Pakistani forces of shelling a border post in Goshta District of Nangarhar Province and claimed an Afghan soldier was killed in the alleged attack.

The Afghanistan Government asked Pakistan to take practical steps to eradicate terrorism and persuade the Taliban to come to the peace talks, otherwise Kabul will not trust Islamabad. President's Deputy Spokesman Dawa Khan Mina Pal said that Islamabad's role was very essential in combating terror on its soil. "Pakistan's measures to eradicate terrorism are very important. We will not trust Pakistan until it fulfills its commitment," Pal said. The HPC says it sees slim chances of the Taliban joining the peace process and the Afghan government has no expectations that Pakistan will work for peace in the war-torn country.

The Sindh Government decided to extend special powers of Rangers for the next 90 days. The Rangers had asked for the extension of powers on April 21 through a letter to the Sindh Home Department as its policing powers will expire on May 3. The Home Department has sent a summary in this regard to the Chief Minister who is expected to grant the extension.

April 25

The CTD arrested three alleged target killers belonging to a political party and seized huge quantity of arms and ammunition from their custody in North Karachi Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. SSP-CTD Intelligence Wing, Amir Farooqi said that the Police detained Mudasir Ali, Shafqat Ali and Mohammed Faiz from North Karachi. The Police claimed to have seized one machine gun, two LMGs, three 7-MM rifles, one Kalashnikov and other arms and ammunition from their possession.

Levies personnel recovered three bullet-riddled dead bodies from Hoshab area of Kech District. An unnamed Levies official said that the victims were laborers and were killed in an act of target killing.

The CTD arrested three alleged target killers belonging to a political party and seized huge quantity of arms and ammunition from their custody in North Karachi Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. SSP-CTD Intelligence Wing, Amir Farooqi said that the Police detained Mudasir Ali, Shafqat Ali and Mohammed Faiz from North Karachi. The Police claimed to have seized one machine gun, two LMGs, three 7-MM rifles, one Kalashnikov and other arms and ammunition from their possession.

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani warned that he would lodge a complaint with the UNSC if Pakistan refuses to take military action against Taliban 'commanders' operating from its soil to wage insurgency across Afghanistan. "I want to make it clear that we do not expect Pakistan to bring the Taliban to talks," Ghani said during the joint session of the two houses of the Parliament.

He said that in quadrilateral talks over the past year that involved the US and China, Pakistan had pledged "in writing" to go after Taliban leaders who refuse to join the peace process.

"We want the Pakistanis to fulfill their promises in the quadrilateral and take military action against those who have their centres in Pakistan and whose leaders are in Pakistan based on our security organisations, the intelligence of our international partners, and the words of Pakistan officials," Ghani said, adding, "If we do not see a change, despite our hopes and efforts for regional cooperation, we will be forced to turn to the UNSC and launch serious diplomatic efforts."

Malakand Police claimed that PTI MPA Soran Singh was killed on April 22, 2016, over political rivalry, and the claim made by TTP is false. DIG Malakand Azad Khan said that a fellow PTI leader Baldev Kumar was behind the murder of Soran Singh as he wanted to avenge political rivalry. "Baldev Kumar wanted to contest the election instead of Singh... after failing to get the party ticket, Kumar planned the murder," said DIG Khan. The officer said that Police had arrested six people in connection with the murder, including Baldev, and the assassins hired to kill the PTI lawmaker, and registered cases against them. DIG Khan further said that Anti-Terrorism clauses have been included in the cases as the murder invoked fear among the people of the area and minority community.

According to Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya (JA) annual report released, the year 2015 proved to be yet another taxing year for the Ahmadi community in Pakistan. Over the year, two Ahmadis were killed, the houses of scores of others were set ablaze and a concerted anti-Ahmadiyya campaign continued relentlessly, the report stated. The documents further states that at least 248 Ahmadis have been killed because of their beliefs, 323 have been the victims of attempted murder 27 Ahmadiyya worship places have been demolished 32 have been 16 illegally appropriated 39 graves of Ahmadis have been desecrated and the bodies of 65 have been refused burial in mixed cemeteries to date. JA spokesperson Saleemuddin said the community had been denied permission to hold religious assemblies in Chenabnagar. The JA, he said, was not even allowed to organise sporting events in the Ahmadi-majority town. On the other hand, he said, the community's persecutors were given a veritable free hand. He said they routinely staged mass rallies, spewed venom against Ahmadi stalwarts and incited people to kill members of the community. No action has been taken against such elements, Saleemuddin added.

April 26

Pakistan Rangers Sindh claimed to have arrested a target killer associated with the MQM during a search operation in Azizabad area of Gulberg Town in Karachi of Sindh. "Mohammad Kashif alias David, who belongs to the MQM, is a most wanted criminal in multiple targeted killing and terrorism incidents," Rangers official Colonel Faisal said. He said the operation was carried out close to MQM's Nine Zero headquarters. A cache of weapons and ammunition, including Kalashnikovs, LMGs and RPG-7, and Rangers uniforms were recovered from his possession.

An alleged facilitator, identified as Musa, of a 'commander' of the IS in Afghanistan, identified as Abdullah alias Cheeta, was arrested from Regi Lalma area in provincial capital Peshawar. DSP Saifullah said the suspect was wanted by the local Police for various crimes and was arrested during a search operation in Regi Lalma. Musa belonged to an inter-provincial criminal organisation, said the DSP.

Pakistan Rangers Sindh claimed to have arrested a target killer associated with the MQM during a search operation in Azizabad area of Gulberg Town in Karachi of Sindh. "Mohammad Kashif alias David, who belongs to the MQM, is a most wanted criminal in multiple targeted killing and terrorism incidents," Rangers official Colonel Faisal said. He said the operation was carried out close to MQM's Nine Zero headquarters. A cache of weapons and ammunition, including Kalashnikovs, LMGs and RPG-7, and Rangers uniforms were recovered from his possession.

Pakistan FS Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhary accused India of trying to defame Pakistan in international forum by persisting with the listing of JeM 'chief' Maulana Masood Azhar in the UN 1267 Sanctions Committee.

The Foreign Ministry spokesperson was quoted as saying that the Azhar block is "in line with Security Council resolutions and the 1267 committee's rules of procedure for China to place a technical hold on the listing ... the committee encourages communication between countries that ask for the listing and countries where individuals or entities covered in the listing come from or live in. We encourage all parties related to the listing of Masood Azhar to have direct communication and work out a solution through serious consultation."

Under the political reconciliation scheme launched in Balochistan, 1,025 militants, belonging to various outfits, have surrendered before the Provincial Government during the past year, said Secretary Home and Tribal Affairs, Akbar Hussain Durrani. Among the surrendered militants are a dozen key militant 'commanders', who have laid down their arms before provincial officials. "Those who surrendered under the reconciliation police were paid a sum of Rs0.5 million," he said.

"A total of 2622 IBOs were carried out during the last year, during which 12,234 criminals and miscreants were arrested," said Durrani, referring to the operations carried out after the implementation of the NAP. The Home Secretary added that 323 criminals and miscreants were killed in skirmishes with security forces, with 72 other injured in the gunfights.

April 27

The Lyari gangster Uzair Jan Baloch, leader of the PAC, confessed his involvement in at least 198 murders, according to an unnamed Rangers official. Investigators reveal that Baloch has made several startling disclosures before the joint interrogation team. "Uzair Baloch has so far confessed to the murder of 198 people, directly or indirectly," claimed a Rangers official, adding, "Baloch has also admitted his involvement in politico-ethnic targeted killings, anti-state activities, extortion, kidnapping for ransom, drug peddling and possessing arms and explosives."

Kashif alias David, a target killer associated with the MQM confessed of killing more than 30 people including PML-N leader Zaheer Akram Nadeem and a leader of Bihari Qaumi Movement. Sindh Rangers spokesman, in a statement issued in Karachi, said, "Kashif aka David has confessed to killing more than 30 people." The spokesman said that the accused was part of Ajmal Pahari group since 1995. Later, Kashif, on the directives of MQM Rabitta Committee and Tanzeemi committee, was running a team of assassins since 2005.

At least three people were killed in a landmine explosion in Hamzani village of Sui tehsil in Dera Bugti District of Balochistan. Levies sources said, the incident took place when three people who were traveling on tractor hit the roadside bomb. In the explosion, all the three died on the spot.

Two BRA militants were killed and another was wounded in an operation carried out by SFs after receiving information about their presence by the Intelligence Agency in Prome area of in Panjgur District. Arms and ammunition, including three Kalash­ni­kovs, five 7mm rifles, hundreds of live rounds and two pistols and wireless sets and motorcycles were seized from the camp which was destroyed by SFs.

An ASI of the Phandu Police Station, identified as Qaisar Ali Shah, was shot dead in a targeted attack in Yakatoot area of provincial capital Peshawar.

As many as 11 suicide bombers entered Pakistan from Afghanistan for terrorism some 22 days ago, and two of them blew themselves up in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa recently, Intelligence Agency and Police sources said. According to the sources, the bombers were affiliated with Sajna Group of the TTP. The information about them and their entry in the country was gathered by the IB and shared with the authorities concerned, sources added. "They may strike in the Punjab, especially in Rawalpindi, Islamabad and Lahore," the sources revealed.

The Lyari gangster Uzair Jan Baloch, leader of the PAC, confessed his involvement in at least 198 murders, according to an unnamed Rangers official. Investigators reveal that Baloch has made several startling disclosures before the joint interrogation team. "Uzair Baloch has so far confessed to the murder of 198 people, directly or indirectly," claimed a Rangers official, adding, "Baloch has also admitted his involvement in politico-ethnic targeted killings, anti-state activities, extortion, kidnapping for ransom, drug peddling and possessing arms and explosives."

Kashif alias David, a target killer associated with the MQM confessed of killing more than 30 people including PML-N leader Zaheer Akram Nadeem and a leader of Bihari Qaumi Movement. Sindh Rangers spokesman, in a statement issued in Karachi, said, "Kashif aka David has confessed to killing more than 30 people." The spokesman said that the accused was part of Ajmal Pahari group since 1995. Later, Kashif, on the directives of MQM Rabitta Committee and Tanzeemi committee, was running a team of assassins since 2005.

The Afghan Taliban confirmed that they have sent a high-level delegation to Islamabad for talks with Pakistani officials, saying they hope the visit will have "fruitful results" and will be "in the interest of both countries". An Afghan Taliban delegation had travelled from its political office in Qatar to hold discussions in the light of "close relations, long border and commercial transactions" between the two neighbouring countries. Diplomatic sources say the Taliban delegation is on an "exploratory discussions" mission as part of Islamabad's efforts to facilitate peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. Taliban's political office in the Qatari capital of Doha is solely authorised to hold political talks. "The esteemed leader of the Islamic Emirate (the Taliban) has instructed the delegation to discuss issues relating to Afghan refugees and some problems relating to the Afghan border provinces of Helmand and Nangarhar," reads a statement.

April 28

A man, identified as Bahram Khan, and his son, Muhammad Siddique, were killed in a landmine blast in Lehri area of Sibi District.

The CTD arrested a suspected terrorist, identified as Mukhtiar, resident of Dogdara Bazaar in Lower Dir District, for his involvement in an attack on a mosque at Hayagai, in which 33 persons were killed and 10 others were injured.

The CTD also claimed to have arrested another suspected terrorist Noor Khel, resident of Peshawar, from Haripur District. The police claimed to have recovered one hand grenade, one pistol and its rounds from his possession.

National Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz while addressing the Fifth Conference on Interaction and CICA held in Beijing said that the core dispute of Jammu and Kashmir must be resolved in accordance with the resolutions of the UNSC and the wishes of the Kashmiri people for durable peace and stability in South Asia.

A report of Dawn said that the number of madrassas (Islamic seminary) in the country, as well as the number of students enrolled in them, has been on the rise. Even though seminary boards offer different reasons for the growing number of students and institutions in the country, the administrators of all five mainstream seminary boards believe that a lack of a clear policy was augmenting negative growth as well. "The Government is not doing anything, but it wants the five boards and the seminaries registered with us to be as perfect as a polished shoe," said Sahibzada Abdul Mustafa Hazarvi, Nazim-e-Ala (President) of the Tanzeem-ul-Madaris Ahl-e-Sunnat, the board for seminaries affiliated with the Barelvi school of thought.

"It was only due to misconduct that Wifaqul Madaris al-Arabia delisted Jamia Hafsa in Islamabad in 2007, in wake of anti-state political activities. But what have the authorities done? The seminary still continues to hold classes, is increasing its branches, enhancing the number of students and even criticises the board for not registering it - this is the writ of Government in Islamabad," Sahibzada Abdul Mustafa exclaimed. He said that there were around 9,000 madrassas affiliated with the Barelvi school of thought, imparting religious education to more than 1.3 million students. He said that there has been an increase of 10 per cent in the number of seminaries and students as compared to the previous year.

April 29

The CTD arrested two suspects, identified as Asim and Azhar, on suspicion of having links with the TTP, from Samanabad area of provincial capital Lahore. One of them was an office bearer of a religious party.

The CTD arrested a TTP suspect, identified as Soahil, during a search operation at Shaheenabad Road of Sargodha District. Police also recovered a suicide jacket, a pistol and maps of airbase from his possession.

Three terrorists, involved in killing of tourists at Nanga Parbat base camp in June 2013, were shifted to Islamabad from Gilgit District. Unnamed sources said that the alleged terrorists were brought to the federal capital through flight PK-606.

President Mamnoon Hussain while talking to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra said that the Zarb-e-Azb operation was progressing successfully and would continue till complete elimination of the last terrorist. The President said that the government was committed to bring FATA at par with other areas of the country by completing ongoing development projects and providing socio-economic amenities to improve the standard of life of the people.

May 1

Four Lyari-gangsters in a Police encounter in Dalmia area of Mujahid Colony in Liaquatabad Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Gulshan SP Dr. Fahad Ahmed confirmed the incident. Six grenades, one AK-47, one repeater and two pistols were recovered from their possession.

The JIT report has found that PAC leader Uzair Jan Baloch had worked for an Iranian intelligence agency, and it further recommended that he be tried by a military court for 'espionage'. The JIT report signed by representatives of the Sindh Police, Rangers and Intelligence Agencies was sent to the Home Department on April 29, 2016, for "perusal and necessary action". According to the JIT report, Uzair Baloch was involved in "espionage activities by providing secret information regarding army installations and officials to foreign agents (Iranian intelligence officers) which is a violation of the Official Secret Act 1923". The report quoted him as telling the members of the JIT that he fled to Iran after the Rangers launched an operation in Karachi in 2013.

At least 13 people were injured when unidentified assailants threw a hand grenade outside a private guest house in Tehkal Bala area of provincial capital Peshawar. SSP-Operations Abbas Majeed Marwat confirmed the incident. Marwat claimed the two suspected attackers were arrested.

The US Congress is considering a new aid cut to persuade Islamabad to release Dr Shakil Afridi, who is serving a 23-year prison term for allegedly helping the CIA run a fake hepatitis vaccine program in Abbottabad to confirm slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's presence. According to Congressional sources, a group of Republican and Democratic lawmakers were working on a new measure to use aid cuts to get Dr Afridi out of prison.

The sources further revealed that this year the lawmakers want a more substantial cut to force Pakistan to release Dr Afridi. "I would not be surprised if Congress made a big portion of this [fiscal 2017] aid contingent on the release of Dr Afridi and his family," Congressman Brad Sherman said. Congressman Matt Salmon, who chairs the House Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, also supported the suggestion. Pakistan needed to know that its treatment of Dr Afridi "is the single biggest impediment to members" wanting to support the country, he said.

May 2

A man, identified as Abdul Moeen (35), was shot dead by Lyari gangsters in an incident of firing on the Sheedi Village Road at Lea Market in Lyari Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

A Police constable, identified as Sher Muhammad, was shot dead by two unidentified armed assailants while he was on duty at Police Lines in Mardan District of KP.

15 people, including three children, were injured in a grenade attack on JuD madrassa, Baitul Mukarrama Al-hadees, in Tehkal area of provincial capital Peshawar. SP Cantonment Peshawar Kashif said that the assailants opened fire and lobbed grenades at the seminary.

CoAS General Raheel Sharif while chairing a meeting of Corps Commanders at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi approved a comprehensive plan to carry out combing operations aimed at pre-empting potential sleeper cells and hideouts of terrorists across the country. The development comes after the military had announced conclusion of the Shawal operation in Shawal Valley of North Waziristan Agency in FATA on April 18, 2016.

The US administration asked Pakistan to "put forward" its "national funds" to buy F-16 fighter jets, because some top American Senators have put a hold on the use of US tax payers' money to subsidize Pakistan's purchase. "While Congress has approved the sale, key members have made clear that they object to using FMF (foreign military financing) to support it. Given Congressional objections, we have told the Pakistanis that they should put forward national funds for that purpose," US State Department spokesman John Kirby said.

May 3

The MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar's coordinator Aftab Ahmed (42), who was under Rangers' 90-day preventive detention, died in provincial capital Karachi. The party alleged extra-judicial killing and demanded for probe in the incident. The pictures and video clips of the dead body revealed wounds that suggest he was brutally tortured to death. Speaking at Ahmed's funeral, Sattar said Ahmed was picked by Rangers from his home in Federal B Area on May 1, 2016, while he was with his family even though there was no case registered against him at any Police Station. However, the paramilitary force maintained that Ahmed died due a heart attack.

Acting on a summary moved by the Sindh Home Department, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah extended powers of paramilitary Rangers in Karachi for another 77 days. The government extended the Rangers' powers with the same mandate, which the force has been enjoying since 2013. The special powers have been extended till July 19, 2016. With these additional powers, Rangers are allowed to seal exit/entry points and conduct searches in all Districts of Karachi.

Four convicts were hanged till death on May 3 in the Kot Lakhpat jail of provincial capital Lahore. The four convicts were identified as Nadim Aslam, Mohammad Ishfaq, Mohammad Arif and Shahzad. They were convicted in the murder of five persons in separate incidents.

Five Police personnel were injured in an IED blast in Eastern Bypass area of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. No outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.

Police arrested an alleged militant, identified as Muhammad Shah, in Peuchar area of Matta tehsil in Swat District of KP. Sources said Muhammad Shah was involved in terrorism related cases in Swat.

JuD chief and founder of LeT Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, rejected allegations that his organisation is promoting extremism in Thar area of Badin District by opening seminaries in the poverty stricken region. He said that it was Muslims' responsibility to safeguard holy places of their Hindus brethern. "We will not allow destruction of temples and other holy places of non-Muslims in the country," he warned. He further said that his support for Kashmiri Muslims was unwavering. "We were and are with Kashmiris."

The Federal Government decided to give the status of town and municipal committee to all the tehsils and agency headquarters of the FATA in order to ensure provision of better civic facilities to the people there. The meeting was informed that 23 tehsils and Agency headquarters had been identified to be elevated to town level.

The return process of the displaced families continued on the fourth day as 300 more displaced families returned to their native villages in upper parts of Orakzai Agency. Talking to reporters, Assistant Political Agent Iqbal Wazir said that 300 more families were sent back to their homes in Ismailzai tehsil on fourth day of the return process, which started on April 30.

May 4

The CTD killed at least eight suspected militants in an exchange of gunfire at Sharaqpur Road in Sheikhupura city of Sheikhpura District in Punjab. On seeing the law enforcers, the terrorists opened fire on them. In retaliatory fire, eight terrorists were killed and four of their accomplices escaped. Huge quantity of weapons including four Kalashnikovs, as many pistols and six kilograms of explosives were recovered from their possession.

Two men and a woman belonging to a banned sectarian organisation and one personnel of a law enforcement agency were killed in a clash in Pind Ghakhara village in Rawalpindi District.

The LEAs killed three TTP militants during a search operation in Tofkian tehsil of Haripur District in KP. A Policeman was also killed and another injured during the operation.

The LEAs and sensitive agencies personnel arrested 15 outlaws including three terrorists of a banned outfit besides recovering weapons including hand grenades from their possession during separate actions Lines Area and Surjani Town of Karachi.

The Sindh CM Qaim Ali Shah extended the period of stay of the paramilitary Rangers force in the city for another 77 days. The period of stay was extended under Article 147 with the signature of the CM. The Rangers' period of stay was extended as it was set to expire at midnight on May 3.

CoAS General Raheel Sharif confirmed the death sentences of 11 convicts tried by military courts. The 11 hardcore terrorists were involved in committing heinous offences related to terrorism which include killing and kidnapping civilians' attacks on the armed forces and LEAs and destruction of schools and communication infrastructure, ISPR said.

May 5

A Revenue Assistant Officer, identified as Anwar Zeb, was shot dead by unidentified armed assailants while he was travelling home on Dalazak Road in provincial capital Peshawar.

MQM worker Aftab Ahmed Hussain (4), who died in the custody of the paramilitary Rangers on May 3, 2016, was subject to torture 'before his death' with around '35 to 40 per cent' of his body bearing bruises, his post-mortem report stated.

HRCP, in its annual report for 2015, launched in Karachi Press Club on May 5 observed that despite a marked decrease in overall violence in the metropolis, "a few steps taken to restore law and order have instead left a broad trail of human rights violations". Expressing concerns over rising cases of extrajudicial killings in the province and the metropolis, HRCP Sindh Vice Chairperson Asad Iqbal Butt observed that the accused must be presented before the courts of law if there were any charges against them, as 'murdering' them extrajudicially would only pave way for anarchy.

May 6

Two Shia school teachers, identified as Mukhtiar Hussain and Akhtar Hussain, were shot dead by unidentified militants in a targeted killing incident in Miryali area of DI Khan District of KP.

Two Shia lawyers, identified as Atif Zaidi and Ali Muntazir, were shot dead in a targeted attack on Gird Road in DI Khan District. Police said all the four were victims of target killings and belonged to Shia community.

The KP Police suggested that former KP IGP Fayyaz Toru should be made a member of the Cabinet Committee constituted by the Chief Minister to review the proposed draft of Police Act, 2016.

May 7

Unidentified militants killed two people, including Shia religious scholar and rights activist Syed Khurram Zaki and his Shia journalist friend Rao Khalid, in a sectarian attack in North Karachi Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. A passer-by, identified as Aslam, sustained injuries in the attack. Both the victims belonged to the Shia community. TTP-Hakeemullah faction, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying Zaki had been targeted for his stance against radical cleric of Lal Masjid Maulana Abdul Aziz.

Frontier Corps recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition from the hideouts of BLA militants during a raid in Kodan area of Kohlu District in Balochistan.

May 8

A gangster affiliated with Baba Ladla group, identified as Naqeeb alias Mama, was killed in Police operation in Kalri area of Lyari Town of Karachi in Sindh.

In another Police operation, a gangster affiliated with Uzair Baloch gang, identified as Mustafa, was killed in Napier locality of Lyari Town. SSP City Fida Hussain said that the accused were involved murder, hand grenade attacks and extortion.

At least 12 persons, including two alleged gangsters, were injured in a grenade explosion near the residence of arrested leader of the PAC Uzair Jan Baloch, in Chakiwara area of Lyari Town. City SSP Fida Hussain said that one suspected gangster, identified as Kamran, was carrying a hand grenade in Singulane-5 when it fell from his hand on the road and exploded. He added that Kamran and his accomplice Zohaib Hasan belonged to PAC.

Police arrested six accused, including Lyari gangster Anees and Yasir alias Mama, from various areas of the city.

A 'commander' of the BLA, identified as Ahmed Nawaz, surrendered before the Frontier Constabulary, the civil administration and the local elders in Kharan District of Balochistan. According to FC spokesman Nawaz laid down his arms before the security agencies, wrapped himself in the national flag and sung national anthem.

Four levies personnel, who were kidnapped by militants from Gaishkoor area of provincial capital Quetta on an unspecified date, were recovered from the outskirts of Awaran District. The levies officials were identified as Sher Muhammad, Abdul Malik, Saeed and Allah Bakhsh.

May 9

Four persons were killed in a firing incident in Shrengal area of Lower Dir District (KP).

Five personnel of Balochistan Constabulary were injured in a bomb blast, which targeted their mobile van at Eastern bypass area in Quetta (Balochistan).

May 10

Two Policemen were killed and five persons, including three Policemen, were injured in an explosion outside the gate of Balochistan University in Quetta (Balochistan).

An IED attached to a bicycle exploded near a government employees’ residential colony in Jamshoro District (Sindh). However, no casualties were reported.   

Three wagons of a goods train overturned and six others derailed when two bombs exploded on a track near Goth Mureed Sipio Railway Crossing in Tandojam area of Hyderabad District. However, no casualties were reported. Hyderabad DIG Khadim Hussain Rind said that a pamphlet written in Sindhi was found at the place, but declined to share its contents.  

Sindh Rangers detained three more suspects, who were involved in killing dozens of people after informing ATC about their preventive detention for questioning. The suspects were identified as Jan Muhammad, Muhammad Asif and Faraz Qureshi. 

Five officials of the paramilitary Rangers force were arrested in connection with the death of Aftab Ahmed – the coordinator of MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar – under the custody of Sindh Rangers on May 3, 2016.

Ali Haider Gilani, the son of former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, who was kidnapped on May 9, 2013, from Multan District, was recovered from Taliban captivity in a joint operation carried out by US and Afghan forces in Ghazni Province of Afghanistan.

US Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan Commander General John Nicholson during a meeting with CoAS General Raheel Sharif at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi on acknowledged ‘the far reaching effects’ of operation Zarb-e-Azb in bringing peace and stability in the region.

May 11

A dead body of an unidentified man was found in the Gulbahar area of Liaquatabad Town of Karachi (Sindh). Gulbahar SHO Ghulam Asghar Abbasi said that from his appearance the victim looked Baloch. 

Four members of the Tablighi Jama’at (TJ) were shot at and wounded in a sectarian attack while they were preaching in Block-17 of F. B Area in Gulberg Town.  

Police and LEAs arrested three alleged terrorists and seized arms from their custody during a joint action Manghopir area of Gadap Town. The accused were involved in attacks on the security forces. 

PAC leader Uzair Jan Balcoh was sent to prison on judicial remand over charges of possessing illegal arms. 

CTD Malakand Division claimed to have arrested a terrorist, identified as Ibrahim, during a search operation in Buner Usmanabad area of Mingora city in Swat District (KP).

May 12

In a targeted killing incident unidentified assailants shot dead a SI of the Traffic Police in Peshawar (KP). A Police official said that two unidentified motorcyclists opened fire on SI, Aftab Khan of the Traffic Police, when he was going for duty on a motorcycle.

CTD claimed to have foiled an attempt by Afghanistan-based militants to carry out a terror act in Shangla and Swat Districts in KP. On a tip off, the CTD raided a hideout in Shangla where several militants had holed up and plotting a major terror attack in coming days. The CTD also recovered 10 kilograms of explosives material from them.

COAS General Raheel Sharif confirmed death sentences awarded to the five hardcore terrorists involved in the May 13, 2015, Safoora Chowrangi bus attack. According to ISPR, the convicts, active members of al Qaeda, were also involved in IED blast near Saleh Masjid, Karachi, and in the killing of a social worker, Sabeen Mahmud.

Several activists of the MQM and Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) were injured in political clashes between the two parties in Hyderabad District (Sindh). Police opened fire into the air to scare away the embattled activists and create a buffer zone between the two sides.

A total of 20,000 Policemen, including 8,000 for Karachi, will be added to the Sindh Police force to sustain peace, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah approved during the apex committee meeting in Karachi. Karachi Corps Commander Lieutenant General Naveed Mukhtar assured Shah that he will make the necessary arrangements to train the new recruits by the Pakistan Army.

US State Department official, Elizabeth Trudeau, during a news briefing in Washington said that the US administration wanted Pakistan to act against the Haqqani Network and some important members of the US Congress are not prepared to support military aid to Pakistan without these specific actions. “Key members of Congress have been clear they’re not prepared to support US military aid to Pakistan absent some specific actions,” she said.

National Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz told the Senate that there was deadlock in Pakistan-US relations at the moment due to different reasons but the deal of sale of F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan had not been scrapped yet. “We have told US that Pakistan would not compromise on its nuclear program, have not made any commitment to release Dr Shakeel Afridi and third of its demand about action against Haqqani Network had not been met as it had not provided any concrete evidence against the militant group,” he said while mentioning some of the demands of US.

May 13

The Afghan Police claimed to have killed three TTP militants in Narai District of Kunar Province in Afghanistan. TTP militants attacked a base of Afghan SFs in Jangal Bosha area of Narai District on the night of May 12, 2016, Abdul Habib Saidkhel, Police Chief of Kunar Province said. The Police Chief further said that those killed by the SFs belonged to TTP and hailed from the Swat District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

At least four persons, belonging to MQM and MQM-H, sustained injuries during armed clashes between the two groups in Landhi Town of Karachi (Sindh). The clashes began when militant outfit MQM-H attacked the office of the political party MQM in early hours of the morning. Following the incident, MQM activists and members staged a protest against the MQM-H cadres.

State Department Spokesman John Kirby said that US has an important and vital relationship with Pakistan as both the countries have shared threats, concerns and interests in the region. Kirby said ties between the two countries are complicated at times but it is an important relationship that “we continue to work at very, very seriously, and we are going to remain committed to”.


A member of peace committee, identified as Barkat Ali, was killed at Gomal area of Tank District of KP.

ATC administrative judge allowed Police to investigate incarcerated PAC gangster Uzair Jan Baloch in three more cases pertaining to murder and attacking law enforcer, reports. Baloch is currently in jail on judicial remand in an illicit weapons case. In the three new cases he has been accused of murdering two people and attacking police personnel to evade arrest. The judge directed police to furnish a progress report after completing the suspect’s interrogation.

May 15

Eight abducted workers, including three from FDA were released on in Dera Ismail Khan District of KP. They were abducted on March 10, 2016 from Toi Khula tehsil in Wana town of South Waziristan Agency in FATA. 

A man, identified as Abdul Ramazan (25), was shot dead by two unidentified armed assailants in a targeted attack in Surjani Town of Gadap Town in Karachi (Sindh).

Sindh Rangers raided sector offices of the MQM in Hyderabad District and arrested three senior party members, including former provincial minister Syed Sohail Mashhadi. The others were identified as Rafique Ajmeri and Raheel Fahim.

In another raid, Police and Rangers in a joint operation detained three alleged terrorists from DHA area within Darakhshan Police limits. The suspects were identified as Muslim Khan, Nadir Ali and Shaukat Ali, and the Police claimed to have recovered three Awan bombs and a rifle from their possession. 

LEAs arrested a suspect, associated with the Uzair Baloch group, from the Bara Board area in Pak Colony Police limits of SITE Town.

Two SHOs were suspended from their posts in an effort to bring all police officials involved in unlawful activities after Uzair Baloch revealed alleged links with them during his interrogation. SHO Shah Faisal Colony Babar Hameed and SHO Brigade Haji Sanaullah were dismissed from their posts after Baloch’s disclosure.

Three Government officials and a contractor were kidnapped from Dasht area of Kech (Turbat) District in Balochistan. According to sources, Fida Ahmed, a Sub-Divisional Offi­cer in the Road and Building Department, and Mohammad Ibrahim and Rahim Jan, sub-engineers of the Irrigation Department, accompanied by contractor Mehboob Dashti, were returning to Turbat after inspecting development projects in a nearby area. When they reached Dasht, unidentified militants intercepted them and took them away.

FC Balochistan seized huge cache of explosives and weapons from the hideout of militants in Shayban area of Dalbandin in Chagai District. Frontier Corps Balochistan spokesman said that the militants had planned to use the explosives against security forces adding that there sabotage plot was timely foiled.

May 16

At least four soldiers were injured in a roadside bomb blast in Sandana area, near Nari Baba locality of Bazaar Zakhakhel in Khyber Agency of FATA.

Seven FDA workers kidnapped in South Waziristan Agency were freed a political agent Zafrul Islam said, after Government representatives detained 22 local villagers under “collective responsibility”. “They are safe and sound and now I am taking them to South Waziristan's headquarters, Wana,” Islam said.

Shahbaz Taseer, the son of former slain Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, who was recovered on March 8, 2016, after being held captive for over four years, said he was with IMU who tortured him badly during captivity. Shahbaz revealed that he was with IMU until the group fought with Afghan Taliban on the dispute over allegiance as IMU did not consider 'Khilafah' established by Afghan Taliban as legitimate and wanted to ally with the IS. "They abducted me from Lahore and took me to Waziristan's Meer Ali area and used to shift my location every month from there," said Shahbaz.

May 18

Eight al Qaeda affiliated terrorists were killed during an encounter in Nawabpur village of Multan District of Punjab. A CTD official said that they had information from credible sources that al Qaeda ‘commanders’ Muneeb Javed alias Qandhari, Tayab Nawaz alias Hafiz Abdul Mateen, Muneeb Razaq alias Abdur Rehman and Zeeshan alias Abu Dajana were coming to Multan to hold a meeting in the city suburbs with al Qaeda ‘commander’ Bilal Latif alias Yasir Punjabi and others including two suicide bombers to plan attack on a university in Multan.

A Policeman was killed and 19 others, mostly security personnel, were injured in twin IED blasts in the Mathra area of Peshawar, the provincial capital of KP.

JUI-F local leader Haji Alam Shah was killed at his residence by unidentified assailants in Paroda tehsil in DI Khan District.

A target killer, identified as Rameez Sheikh alias Faizan, was arrested from Hyderi area of North Nazimabad Town. He confessed for more than 50 murders, including killing some of the Police officers.

May 19

A Balochistan Constabulary personnel was killed and four others injured in a remote-controlled bomb blast in Eastern Bypass area of Quetta (Balochistan).

FCB and intelligence agencies foiled a major terror bid and seized a huge cache of weapons, explosives and ammunition during a joint search operation in the Panjgur District.  

At least 20 suspects  were arrested during search operations by Rangers and Police in different areas of Karachi, including Chakiwara area of Lyari Town where three suspects were arrested. SFs recovered weapons, hand grenades from their possession. They were affiliated with the Uzair Baloch-led PAC. 17 others were detained in other areas of the city.

US House of Representatives voted 277 to 147 in favour of a defence policy bill seeking to increase restrictions on military aid for Pakistan unless certain conditions are met. The House, expressing frustration over what they term Islamabad's failure to crack down on the Haqqani Network, passed the USD 602 billion National Defence Authorisation Act 2017 on May 18, 2016. The NDAA will block USD 450 million in aid to Islamabad unless it does more to fight the militant group.

May 20

Six militants, including al Qaeda leader Bilal Lateef alias Yasir Punjabi, were shot dead in an encounter with the CTD of Police in Mondka Chowk area of Muzaffargarh District in Punjab.

A source in an Intelligence Agency said that the suspected terrorists were arrested by the Bahawalpur CTD in joint operations with the MI and the ISI from different parts of Punjab and had been in the custody of law enforcement agencies for the past four months.

Three militants were killed after the explosive vest one of them was wearing accidentally exploded on Sufidsang Road within the jurisdiction of Regi Police Station in provincial capital Peshawar (KP).

SFs and Police arrested 24 suspects during a search operation in Jaroba and Spin Khak and Mera Jalozai areas of Nowshera District. DPO Wahid Mehmood said, “About 24 persons were arrested and huge cache of arms and ammunition was recovered during the search.”

Two traffic Police Officers, identified as, Shakeel Ahmad and Muhammad Kamran, were shot dead near Aisha Manzil area on MA Jinnah Road in Gulberg Town of Karachi (Sindh).    

A worker of the MQM, identified as Fahad Zaki, was shot dead and another, identified as Kamran, was wounded in targeted attacks in within the limits of the Khokhrapar Police Station in Benazir Sports Ground of Landhi Town in Karachi (Sindh).

Brigadier Shabbir Narejo of the Pakistan Army said that it had cleared the last militant stronghold in the Shawal Valley of North Waziristan Agency of FATA after a three-month long operation. “We have cleared the Shawal valley completely of militants,” said the Brigadier. “There were up to 2,000 trained militants in the valley, but we surprised them by launching the operation in the peak of winter in minus 12 degrees Celsius,” he said, adding that that six soldiers and up to 120 militants died in the fighting.  

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during a groundbreaking ceremony in Gilgit District on May 19 said that the CPEC will bring prosperity to the region and help end extremism and terrorism. 

While acknowledging that Afghan Taliban have not responded positively to the four-nation peace initiative, Islamabad urged Kabul to come with ‘more unified and coherent’ approach in favour of reconciliation, also dispelling the perception that Afghan Taliban were under Pakistan’s thumb.

Provincial Education Department Secretary Education Saboor Kakar that as part of the NAP, Balochistan Government has decided to register all madrassas in the Province with the Education Department. The Provincial Government has constituted a four member High Level Committee to review the registration process and perform legislation for the proposed amendment in the Societies Registration Act.

May 21

Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US drone strike in Kuchaki area of Naushki District. According to sources, Mansour entered Pakistan from Iran at Zero Point in Taftan, a town in Chagai District, which shares border with Iran, and hit by US drone while traveling in a rented car to take him to Quetta. The crime scene is identified as Kuchaki in Nushki District. The driver, identified as Muhammad Wali, who also died in the attack, was a civilian who worked for a local rental company.

The son of Provincial Local Government Minister, Sardar Mustafa Khan Tareen, was abducted by unidentified militants from the Cadet College area of Pishin District.

ISPR said that Pakistan has handed over the Angoor Adda check post in South Waziristan Agency of FATA to Afghan Security Forces to strengthen the relations with Afghanistan. DG ISPR General Asim Bajwa tweeted “This gesture will act as a catalyst and is envisioned to bring momentum for establishing peace and stability along the Pak-Afghan Border.”

May 22

Three unidentified dead bodies were recovered from an area near Muhammad Khan Colony in Manghopir area of Gadap Town in Karachi (Sindh).

Police arrested two suspects, identified as Amjad Khan and Abbas, in an injured condition, during an operation in Gulshan-e-Shiraz area of Surjani Town in Gadap Town. Police also confiscated weapons from their possession.

In another raid, Police arrested a suspect, identified as Imam Bakhsh, from Madina Colony area in Baldia Town. Bakhsh was a fugitive from the Anti-Terrorism Court.

A Ukrainian national, identified as Katrina (31), allegedly kidnapped in 21013 from Rawalpindi District was recovered by law enforcement officials from the village of Katho in the limits of the Khensar Police Station in Tharparkar District.

Unidentified militants shot dead a FC soldier, identified as Jahangir Khan, in Nar Jaffar area of Bannu District (KP).

US Secretary of State John Kerry said that he notified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over the telephone of a US drone strike that 'likely killed' Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mansour. "Yesterday, the US conducted a precision air strike that targeted Taliban leader Mullah Mansour in a remote area of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. Mansour posed a continuing, imminent threat", Kerry said.

A senior leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Abdul Rauf, confirmed that Mansour had been killed in the drone strike. However, a Wall Street Journal report quoted the Taliban officials in Afghanistan as saying that their leader was alive. A member of the Taliban who is close to the militant leadership distributed a message to some associates promising to release an audio message proving Mansour was still alive.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif criticised the drone strike which the US carried out in Balochistan on May 21, 2016, that killed Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour saying that a strong protest had been lodged with the US over the attack.

May 23

At least five people were killed when militants opened fire at their vehicle in Mand area of Kech District. No outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Police averted a bid of terrorism by defusing two low- intensity IED bombs near Police lines in Charsadda District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

A Navy tribunal sentenced five officers to death in the September 6, 2014, Karachi Naval Dockyard attack case, Retired Major Saeed Ahmed, father of one of the convicts, identified as Sub-Lieutenant Hammad Ahmed, said. The other four convicts were identified as Irfanullah, Muhammad Hammad, Arsalan Nazeer and Hashim Naseer. Saeed Ahmad said that the five were charged with having links with the IS, mutiny, hatching a conspiracy and carrying weapons in the dockyard. “I wrote a letter to the Judge Advocate General (JAG) of the navy on August 15, 2015, asking him to provide the opportunity of a defence counsel to my son,” he said. “The navy JAG on September 21 replied that the option of defence counsel would be available at the time of trial.”

US President Barack Obama confirmed the death of Afghan Taliban leader Mulla Akhtar Mansour in a US air strike and said American forces would continue to go after threats in Pakistan. “We have removed the leader of an organisation that has continued to plot against and unleash attacks on American and coalition forces, to wage war against the Afghan people, and align itself with extremist groups like Al-Qaeda,” the US president said in a statement issued by the White House. “We will continue taking action against extremist networks that target the United States. We will work on shared objectives with Pakistan, where terrorists that threaten all our nations must be denied safe haven,” he added.

May 24

An IED blast killed two Policemen and wounded six others in a roadside attack in the Spiny road area of Quetta, the provincial capital Balochistan, in the evening. A Police contingent patrolling the area was targeted with an IED, police official said. "Four police officials and three passers-by were injured in the blast, which also damaged the police vehicle." The injured were taken to Civil Hospital Quetta, where two police officials succumbed to their injuries and were pronounced dead.

The US said that it had conveyed to Pakistan that they need to pursue actively terrorist organizations that are using their soil, their territory to find refuge. In a media briefing, Mark Toner, Deputy Spokesman for the US State Department, said, “We have conveyed to the Pakistani government and authorities before that they need to pursue actively terrorist organizations that are using their soil, their territory to find refuge.”

Toner also said, “We’ve also said before that Pakistan is a country that unfortunately knows the effects of terrorism, the tragedy of terrorism. It’s suffered multiple terrorist attacks, mass casualty terrorist attacks, so it understands the stakes here.” The spokesman went on to say that “US has been very clear-eyed and very clear in interaction with Pakistan where we’ve believed that they need to do more to root out terrorists, who find safe haven on some of their territory.”

May 25

Three FC personnel, including District Officer Ameer Badshah and two constables, Gul Rehman and Gul Rasool, were killed when three unidentified militants opened fire on their vehicle at Patang Chowk in provincial capital Peshawar. The TTP claimed responsibility for the attack in an email sent to journalists.

Official statistics revealed a slight decrease in terrorist attacks in Peshawar from January 1 to May 18, 2016 as compared to the same period last year. According to the official figures, 46 terrorist incidents were reported in Peshawar till May 18 against 49 in the same period in 2015. The number of IED blasts reduced to eight against 15 in 2015. Also, no suicide attack has been reported as compared to one during the same period last year. However, the number of target killings almost doubled. A total of 18 target killing incidents have been reported in Peshawar during the current year while nine were reported last year.

A member of the Jama’at Ahmadiyya, identified as Dawood Ahmad (55), was shot dead in a targeted attack while he was sitting outside his home in Metroville-Block II area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Gulshan SP Dr Fahad Ahmed said, “It appeared to be an incident of targeted killing.” “Dawood Ahmed was targeted on account of religious hatred. Thirty Ahmadis have been killed in Karachi and not a single murderer has been brought to justice till now, making extremist elements feel encouraged,” said Saleemuddin, a spokesman for the Jamaat Ahmadiyya in a statement.

An alleged terrorist of TTP among four criminals was arrested and arms recovered during a crackdown in an unspecified area of Karachi. Spokesman of Sindh Rangers said that the paramilitary troops conducted operations against wanted criminals in different areas of the metropolis. He said that during separate actions four criminals including a terrorist of banned TTP were arrested besides recovery of weapons from his possession.

Officials interrogating the May 19, 2016, attack on traffic Policemen said that the militant outfit involved in their killing has been identified. Officials said that a 22-member terrorist group linked with a banned organization is said to be behind the killing of Policemen in Karachi. 12 of the militants have been sent to jail, while 10 are still at large. Qari Mohsin is the ameer of this group, which has become active after his release on bail.

Two suspects were arrested after a heavy quantity of arms and ammunition was seized from a car loaded onto a truck being transported to Punjab from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa near the Kotmomin Motorway Interchange in Sargodha District. A police team headed by Kotmomin SDPO Muhammad Riaz stopped the truck and, upon checking the car loaded onto it, recovered two Kalashnikovs, nine repeaters, 70 pistols of 30 bore and 9MM, 2,120 bullets of Kalashnikov, 25,400 of pistol and 1,000 of rifle besides 56 magazines.

Police arrested truck driver Malik Aman of Najna Mansehra and another accused while their two accomplices managed to escape. The arrested driver told police that the ‘innovative method’ of transporting arms and ammunition to Punjab was adopted to dodge the Police. He said the smuggled arms and ammunition were to be used in terror activities in different parts of Punjab.

The spokesman of the Afghan Taliban Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed the death of the group's chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a US drone strike. In a statement sent to media, the insurgent group said its new leader is Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, a former head of the Taliban's judiciary and one of two Mansour's deputies. It said he was chosen at a meeting of Taliban leaders. Sirajuddin Haqqani, head of Haqqani network blamed for many high-profile bombs attacks in Kabul in recent years, and Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, son of former leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, will serve as deputies.

Haibatullah Akhundzada, in an audio recording vowed that there would be no return to peace talks with the Government. “No, no we will not come to any type of peace talks,” Akhundzada said in the recording. However, the Afghan Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid denied issuing the audio message. Two Taliban ‘commanders’ had provided the audio to reporters, saying it was an official statement. One of the ‘commanders’ said that he had received the recording directly from Mujahid, who earlier announced Akhundzada’s elevation. Mujahid later issued an email from his official account denying the movement had issued an audio.

During a meeting with US Ambassador David Hale in Islamabad, the COAS General Raheel Sharif said that drone attacks carried out by the US inside Pakistan were detrimental to bilateral relations. He said that such acts of sovereignty violations were detrimental to relations between both the countries and were counter-productive for the ongoing peace process for regional stability.

The US designated two Pakistan-based and Taliban linked groups, TGG and the JDQ, as “Specially Designated Global Terrorists”. US citizens are forbidden from associating with the TGG and the JDQ. Any assets owned by the groups in places under US jurisdiction will be frozen, and US law enforcement will be authorised to investigate their activity.

According to the US State Department, the TGG is linked to the TTP and is led by Umar Mansoor. The outfit is based in Darra Adamkhel town of Kohat District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The faction, US officials believe, was responsible for the December 16, 2014 massacre at Army Public School in Peshawar. The JDQ is said to be based in Peshawar but to have sworn allegiance to the late leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Omar. According to the State Department, JDQ has alliances with al Qaeda and LeT.

Former Afghan Taliban ‘chief’ Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour was tracked down by US spy agencies when he was visiting his family in Iran. Iran, however, denied that Mansour entered Pakistan from the Islamic Republic. The WSJ report claims that US surveillance drones don't operate in the Iran-Pakistan border area, due to which intercepted communications and other intelligence allowed agencies to track Mansour down and lay a trap for him as he crossed the border into Balochistan in a white Toyota Corolla. Armed drones were sent across the Afghan border to lock on to the car and take down the target, officials told WSJ, before the Taliban leader could reach Quetta. The WSJ said the killing of Mansour in Balochistan was a warning to Pakistan that the US would take action on Pakistani soil without prior notification, if necessary.

US President Barack Obama and State Department Spokesman Mark Toner said that American forces will continue carrying out strikes on Pakistani soil to "remove terrorists who are actively pursuing, planning and directing attacks against US forces," reports Dawn. Toner during a State Department briefing denied having knowledge of where exactly Mullah Mansour was eliminated. "I don’t have any more clarity of where the actual strike took place. What I can say was in that border region. I just can’t say on which side of the border it was," he said.

Expressing grief over the killing of Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, leader of HIG, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar in statement available with the Afghan Islamic Press said that his ‘party’ is ready to ink agreement with the Taliban.  Hekmatyar urged the Taliban to join hands with him for finding a solution to the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan. “At this critical stage, my advice to Taliban is let us adopted a joint stance and policy on [finding] solution to the crisis in the country, peace, jihad and future of the country. If it is not possible, then let us at least agree on adopting policy to avoid fighting against each other and stop those who are fueling enmity between Taliban and Hezb-e-Islami,” he said.

May 26

At least three suspected militants were killed and four others injured during an exchange of fire with SFs personnel near Pak-Afghan border in Shawal valley of North Waziristan Agency in FATA.

The bodies of two missing Government officials were found in Turbat District. Five officials of the Irrigation and Communication Department were abducted by unidentified militants in Dasht area of Turbat on May 21, 2016. Three dead bodies have been recovered during a search operation while two other officials are still missing.

The CTD of Police claimed to have foiled a terror attack on a shrine in Bahawalnagar District and arrested three alleged TTP and LeJ terrorists. A CTD spokesman said that the suspects were identified as Muhammad Asif of Khushab District, Muhammad Jamil of Lahore and Muhammad Sadiq of Toba Tek Singh District. He said the police team also recovered three IEDs, arms and ammunition and the shrine was saved from destruction with the help of bomb disposal squad.

In another raid, an alleged terrorist of banned SSP was arrested from Faisalabad District. The CTD spokesman said that after receiving information, a CTD team raided PSO pump near Roshanwali Jhal at Sumundari Road and arrested suspect Shakeel Ahmad Khan. He said police team also recovered 575 grams explosives, 9 feet 6 inches prima cord and 8 electric circuit, detonators from him.

A CTD team arrested two suspects of a banned outfit from Alipur tehsil (revenue unit) in Muzaffargarh District. The CTD personnel found Jehadi literature from their possession.

The SFs conducted raids in Sirband, Hayatabad, Faqeerabad areas of Peshawar, the provincial capital of KP, and rounded up 95 suspects including 20 Afghans. Two hand grenades, four pistols and two rifles were recovered from their possession.

The officials of the CTD arrested a militant, identified as Karimullah, a resident of Matta tehsil, from Mingora town of Swat District.  Karimullah was involved in attacks on the security forces and other terrorism related cases in Swat.

SFs freed 98 reformed militants from an interment centre in Swat. The reformed youth, mostly involved in petty crimes, were released from an interment centre established at the PAITHAM. Major General Asif Ghafoor said the reformed people had been imparted various skills to enable them to earn decent livelihood for their families. He hoped the freed people would play a constructive role in the development of the country.

Days after Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US drone strike in Balochistan, Pakistan finally confirmed his death. All indicators confirm that the person killed in the drone strike was Mansour who was travelling on a fake identity when targeted in a drone strike near Nushki District in Balochistan, Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, said during a press briefing. Aziz, however, said DNA reports of Wali Muhammad, the man suspected to be the Taliban leader, will further confirm the killing of Mansour. “His body will be handed over to his family after DNA tests,” the premier’s senior aide said. “Mullah Mansour was not opposed to peace talks,” Aziz further reiterated.

“The death of Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a drone strike on 21 May has added to the complexity of the Afghan conflict,” Aziz said while adding that the drone strike was a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty as well as breach of principles of the United Nations Charter governing the conduct of states. “We have conveyed our serious concern to the United States on this issue, PM’s adviser on foreign affairs said. According to Aziz, the drone strike has undermined the Afghan peace process. Referring to the ongoing peace process, Aziz said, “On May 18, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the US and China agreed that politically negotiated settlement was the most viable to continue to bring Taliban on the table.

The US State Department deputy spokesperson Mark Toner urged Pakistan to cooperate with the Indian authorities to fully investigate Mumbai 2008 (also known as 26/11) terror attacks. He said, “Mumbai attacks were terrible tragedy. We continue to urge the Pakistani government to cooperate with the Indian authorities to fully investigate these attacks. US wants to see justice done and we continue to urge Pakistani cooperation.”

Mark Toner said, “Pakistan needs to address all groups operating on their soil – Taliban groups that are operating on their soil and their territory. We’ve urged them to do so in the past. We continue to urge them to do so and have worked with them on addressing the very real threat on their own soil.”

May 27

Two Shias, identified as Malik Asim and Ameer Haider, were killed and another, identified as Hasan, sustained injured when unidentified armed assailants opened fire at them in Jaffar Tayyar Society of Malir Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. DIG East Dr Kamran Faisal said, “The murder took place using a 9 mm pistol. It seems like a target killing.” MQM spokesperson claimed that Asim was their worker.

An unidentified man was shot dead in Mujahid Colony of Orangi Town. 

A man, identified as Aqeel (22), was shot dead by unidentified armed assailants in Landhi Town.

Two suspects were arrested in injured condition after a shootout at Super Highway.

SFs arrested 15 suspects during a search operation at Old Sabzi Mandi area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town.

Four suspected Afghan terrorists were killed in a clash with SFs in Khwezai tehsil of Mohmand Agency in FATA. "Terrorists attacked a security check post in Khwezai area, which borders Afghanistan," said a security official. The security official added all four terrorists were killed in retaliatory action by SFs.

Three terrorirst were killed during an intelligence-based operation by Rangers in Manghopir area of Gadap Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.  According to details, the suspects were reportedly preparing for terrorist attacks in Karachi and had completed reconnaissance to target Rangers and police locations. The terrorists resorted to firing from their hideout. In retaliatory fire, three suspects were killed. One suicide jacket, a huge amount of ball bearings, explosive material and detonators were found at the hideout.

The CTD arrested two alleged terrorists belonging to Afghanistan from Tehkal area of Peshawar, the provincial capital of KP, who were projecting a terrorist organisation in the city and are suspected to have been planted by a foreign intelligence agency. The source said the two terrorists had obtained Pakistani computerised national identity cards. The two were living in the area since long and used to distribute literature and videos of a banned militant organisation.

The JuD, the frontal organisation of LeT, held funeral prayers in absentia for the deceased Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour in Peshawar, the provincial capital of KP. JuD provincial spokesperson Ghazi Inamullah said that the funeral prayers in absentia were offered at Jamia Masjid Khyber Markaz in Peshawar and attended by hundreds of JuD activists and general public.

The NAP informed the security intuitions that banned outfits are still recruiting jihadis who have become a serious internal security threat to Pakistan. “Major banned outfits are still recruiting the students of madrassas to wage Jihad in the Indian-Held Kashmir and Afghanistan. Such non-state actors have become very dangerous for Pakistan,” senior security officials dealing with counter-terrorism warned the Government in a confidential document titled “Proscribed/Jihadi Organizations”. In the secret document, consisting of 111 pages, the CTD, Punjab, revealed that 32 proscribed organizations with nine splinters groups have now become “a nursery of terrorism in Pakistan.”

Banned organizations like Islamic State (Daesh) and HuT are also gaining ground by establishing a special wing in the country where their ‘commanders’ are recruiting militants, reveals the document. Adjacent areas of Bahawalpur, Muridke, Sialkot and some southern Districts of Punjab have now become a breeding ground for these banned outfits, it further revealed.

May 28

Two SF personnel were killed in an IED blast in Awaran District in Balochistan. Official sources said that personnel of the FC were checking the Jhaho area in the district to clear it of landmines when an IED exploded near an FC vehicle. Following the blast, armed men opened fire, they added. “Two soldiers of the Frontier Corps lost their lives and three others were seriously wounded in the blast,” a spokesman for the FC said. He also confirmed firing after the blast. The sources said that the FC men were the target of the IED, which was exploded by a remote control.

Bullet-riddled bodies of two more government employees, who had been abducted along with their three colleagues two weeks back from the Dashat area of Kech District, were found in the mountainous Saijee area. Official sources in Gwadar said that the SFs found the bodies and shifted them to a Turbat hospital. The victims were identified as Fida Ahmed and Muhammad Ibrahim. Hospital sources said that they were shot in the head and chest. Earlier, the bodies of three other missing Government officials in Turbat District on May 26.

FC claimed to have killed three suspected militants, including an alleged ‘commander’ of the BRA, and arrested their two accomplices during a search operation in Barkhan District. A spokesman for the FC said that armed militants opened fire on SF personnel when they were searching an area in Barkhan. The FC men returned fire. A heavy exchange of gunfire continued for some hours and when the guns fell silent three militants were killed. “Three militants including a commander of the banned Baloch Republican Army have been killed,” the FC spokesman said, adding that two suspected militants were also arrested and arms and ammunition was also recovered.

May 29

Police killed three al Qaeda terrorists in an exchange of fire after raiding their hideout in Gulshan-e-Buner area of Landhi Town in provincial capital Karachi. According to the SSP Malir Rao Anwar, the suspects were involved in attack on Police officials and Security Forces. One of the militants was identified as Riaz Raju, who was wanted over the killing of policemen and murders of Shia Muslims in Karachi, Anwar said. “A huge cache of explosives, suicide jackets, arms and ammunition were recovered from possession of the terrorists,” he added.

Sukkur Police claimed to have arrested two trained facilitators of the TTP, identified as Abdul Jabbar Soomro and Ajmal Awan, and seized hand grenades, suicide jackets and other material from their possession during an operation in the Kutcha area of Bagarji in Sukkur District. Sukkur SSP Amjad Shaikh said that four hand grenades and material for preparing suicide jackets were seized from their possession.

The SFs conducted an operation in Chirangida and Karibai areas of Mansehra District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and seized 20 kilograms of explosive material. According to the ISPR, SFs conducted an operation and also arrested two alleged militants. As many as twenty kilograms of explosive material were recovered from the alleged militants. 

May 30

At least 12 people, including three Policemen, were injured in suicide bombing near the City Police Station in Mardan District. According to Mardan RPO Tahir Khan, the bomber was about to target a Police vehicle standing outside the City Police Station at the District Courts Square when two Policemen signaled him to stop. The bomber opened fire on the Policemen, said the official. He said that Policemen returned the fire, which prompted the bomber to explode his suicide vest.

At least three people, including a Chinese national, identified as Finche, were injured in a remote-controlled bomb blast near Steel Town in Gulshan-e-Hadeed area of Bin Qasim Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. SSP Rao Anwar said that a pamphlet written in Sindhi and bearing the name of a group called 'Sindhudesh Revolutionary Party' was recovered from the site of the blast. The pamphlet read [Translation]: "We consider China, rising as a global power, to be an ally of Pakistan, and also consider it an accomplice of the Punjabi Establishment in making Sindh slave to loot its resources, and therefore we accept the responsibility of bomb attack on Chinese in Gulshan-e-Hadeed."

Unidentified militants blew up a portion of a gas pipeline in the Pir Koh area of Dera Bugti District, suspending supply from well No 10 to the Sui gas plant. No outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.

The relatives of a taxi driver, who was killed in the US drone strike targeting Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour in Nushki District, have registered a case against US officials for the killing. “I seek justice in this case. Legal action should be taken against all those US officials responsible for killing my innocent brother in a drone strike near Nushki,” read a statement in the FIR lodged by Muhammad Qasim, the brother of the deceased Muhammad Azam at Nushki Police Station.

The chief of JUI Maulana Samiul Haq said after a DPC meeting in Islamabad, “Those who think that Haibatullah [Akhundzada, the new Afghan Taliban leader] is a mere cleric and a seminary preacher will soon bear witness to his skill as a militant commander”. He further said that the US was to blame for this. “It was America that resorted to violence again the assassination of Mullah Mansour is nothing short of murder,” he added. “The martyrdom of Mullah Mansour will eventually help unite all the Taliban, since everybody will realize that talking peace with the US is futile,” Haq added.

May 31

The CTD conducted an operation in the Chaubara area of Layyah District in Punjab and killed six alleged terrorists. As per details, CTD Multan raided the Chaubara area and were involved in an alleged battle with terrorists. In the exchange of fire, six suspected terrorists were killed by the CTD officials. Two pistols, two rifles and two hand grenades were confiscated from the slain terrorists.

Two soldiers embraced martyrdom and three others injured in two different incidents of bomb blasts triggered through remote-controlled devices in Mohmand Agency of FATA. The first incident occurred at Baizai area close to Pak-Afghan border, the IED planted close to a check post exploded, martyring two soldiers of FC. The forces cordoned off the entire area and started combing operation to nab the culprits. In another incident, three soldiers sustained minor wounds as the vehicle of FWO hit a planted IED on Peshawar-Ghalani road in Mohmand Agency.

The Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said body of slain Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mansour has been handed over to his family. “Family of Taliban leader took his body to other side of the border,” said Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. “How could we have identified body of Mullah Mansour before DNA test which requires time,” he added. He further said all those who verified travel documents and identity card of Mullah Mansour have been arrested.  “Man who issued ID card to Mullah Mansour in 2002 has also been taken into custody,” he said.

June 1

A Police SI, identified as Mukhtihar Mulgani, was shot dead on Sabzal Road in provincial capital Quetta. No outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.

CoAS General Raheel Sharif while speaking to media after President Mamnoon Hussain's address to the Joint Session of the Parliament said that drone attacks were a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty, adding that there was no option of failing in the war against terrorism.  He also said that he had also said it in the past that the current year would be the last for terrorism in Pakistan.  "Terrorists would not be allowed to go back to cleared areas again," said CoAS Sharif. "I have given assurance to the people of FATA that terrorists would not return," he added.

June 2

A man was killed and six others were injured during a clash between two rival gangs in Landi Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

Unidentified armed assailants shot dead a retired non-commissioned officer of Pakistan Army, identified as Raj Wali, in the limits of Faqirabad Police Station in provincial capital Peshawar.

The FIA arrested a retired Deputy Superintendent of DC office Killa Abdullah, identified as Sher Ali, who allegedly certified the local certificate for slain Afghan Taliban leader Mulla Akhtar Mansour under the fake identity of Wali Muhammad. Ali was arrested from his home in Khanozai area of the Pishin District. “We have initiated an investigation into the issuance of the certificate,” an FIA official said. Around four government officials have been arrested for issuing the CNIC, passport and local certificate to Mullah Mansoor. The former Deputy Commissioner of the Pishin District, Hafeez Tahir, is also under investigation by FIA authorities.

The CoAS General Raheel Sharif said that intelligence-based raids and combing operations were being intensified as the Operation Zarb-e-Azb enters its final phase. He said, “Zarb-i-Azb is now successfully transiting into final phases”.

The U.S. State Department said that the number of terrorist attacks around the world declined last year for the first time since 2012, and that such attacks were becoming more decentralised and diffuse. Terrorist attacks fell by 13 percent compared with 2014, while fatalities caused by terrorist activity declined by 14 percent, the agency said in its report on global terrorism, which tracks trends in political violence. The State Department's acting coordinator for counterterrorism, Justin Siberell, said the drop was due to fewer attacks in Iraq, Pakistan and Nigeria.

More than 55 percent of attacks attributed to terrorists last year occurred in five countries: Iraq, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan and Nigeria, he said. Terrorist attacks and deaths increased in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, the Philippines, Syria and Turkey, according to Siberell. "The global terrorist threat continued to evolve rapidly in 2015, becoming increasingly decentralized and diffuse," the report said. "Although terrorist attacks took place in 92 countries in 2015, they were heavily concentrated geographically, as they have been for the past several years." Data compiled by the University of Maryland for the State Department showed there were 11,774 terrorist attacks worldwide during the year, in which more than 28,300 people died and roughly 35,300 others were wounded.

June 3

Four suspected militants were killed and two Police personnel sustained injuries in a gun battle between SFs and the militants on Quetta-Mastung road in New Sariab area of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, in the evening. The Police sources said that Police personnel signalled to a motorcycle to stop on Quetta-Mastung road near Sheikh Zaid Hospital in New Sariab area of the provincial capital who opened fire at the police van, leaving two personnel injured. The police and other law enforcement agencies chased the armed men and found them in an orchard, where a gun battle took place between the armed men and the law enforcement personnel, the police officials said. The exchange of fire resulted in killing of four militants while two of their accomplices managed to flee the scene.

Home Minister, Balochistan, Mir Sarfaraz Bugti briefed the legislators during the requisitioned session of the Provincial Assembly about the non-involvement of the state institutions in abduction of people. He further established that banned militant organisations were abducting people to mint money in order to strengthen themselves. He also said that Taliban militants were trying to make their roots in Quetta and added that “our security forces would foil their designs in this regard. The government and security forces are able to deal with kidnappers and militants with.

June 4

Unidentified gunmen killed a 65-year-old Ahmadi man in Darul Islam of Attock District in Punjab. The deceased Abdul Hameed Khan, a retired accountant was standing outside his house when two unidentified motorcyclists shot him in his face. Police said that Hameed belonged to the Ahmadi community and was running a pharmacy in the area after his retirement.

The CTD arrested a suspected militant, identified as Tawab Gul, along with explosives near Pishtakhara in provincial capital Peshawar. The CTD defused the explosives the militant was allegedly carrying. Gul ailed from Landikotal in Khyber Agency of FATA.

June 5

Three people, including manager of a wine shop, an employee and a security guard, were killed in a targeted attack on Abul Hasan Ispahani Road in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. The dead were identified as Tara Chand (manager/40), and two Hera Lal (employee/35), and Shahid Khan (security guard/30). According to Police, Tara Chand had recently received an extortion letter demanding PKR 2.5 million.

An unidentified rickshaw driver was shot dead near the Enquiry Office situated in Nazimabad No. 2 in North Nazimabad Town.

A decomposed dead body of a man, identified as that of Muhammad Waris (35), was found in a water drain opposite the Urdu University in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town. The body was at least three days old and had three bullet wounds while there were some torture marks on the body too.

Pakistan Rangers, Sindh seized a huge cache of heavy weapons during a raid at Inami Ground in Landhi Town. The weapons included a light-machine gun, a G-3 rifle, two .222 rifles, grenade launcher, and hundreds of bullets.

Unidentified militants blew up a portion of the railway track, a two-feet portion of the track, in an IED attack in Kolpur area of Bakhtiarabad in Bolan District of Balochistan.

June 6

A local commander of Islamic State (IS, also known as Daesh) was killed in an alleged Police encounter near Nowshehra town of same District in KP in the evening. According to Police, during the encounter a terrorist affiliated to Daesh was killed while three others managed to flee. A suicide vest and two kilogrammes explosives were seized from the possession of the militant.

A school building was partly damaged in a bomb blast in Dera Allah Yar town of Jaffarabad District in Balochistan. According to Police, unidentified miscreants had planted explosive devises in an under constructing school building which went off. The building was partly damaged in the blast. However, no loss of life was reported.

June 7

Two workers were killed and other two were injured when unidentified armed assailants opened fire at them while they were working at Manjho Shori Police Station in Naseerabad District of Balochistan.

Two security guards of pro-government tribal elder Malik Ayaz Khan, identified as Amjad Khan and Siraj Khan, were killed while another, identified as Ibrahim Khan, was injured in an IED attack in Ziarat area of Safi tehsil in Mohmand Agency of FATA. Khan escaped the attack unhurt.

A high-level meeting between the civil and military leadership at the GHQ in Rawalpindi expressed concern over the May 21 US drone strike, saying it was a clear violation of Pakistan's sovereignty affecting mutual trust, and undermined the spirit of the Afghan peace process under the mutually-agreed quadrilateral framework. The meeting resolved to protect the core national interests and effectively counter any negative outside influence.

June 8

The principal of University Law College Quetta, identified as Barrister Amanullah Achakzai, was shot dead by unidentified militants on Spiny Road in provincial capital Quetta.

The local administration along with Haleemzai tribal elders demolished over 12 houses of suspected militants during a search operation in Haleemzai tehsil of Mohmand Agency in FATA. According to details, the houses of wanted militants Aman, Aziz, Yasir, Ziarat Shah, Adil Bacha, Adnan, Munsif, Yaseen, Ameen Taj and Pir Zada and Mian Shakir were demolished. The demolition operation was conducted MianGan, Shanikhel, Sami khel, Khwa-jawas and Durbakhel areas of the Agency. An official of the political administration said that they conducted the operation with the help of tribal elders of Haleemzai. They demolished houses of suspected militants with explosive materials.

The SSP-Operations, Abbas Majeed Marwat said that Peshawar has been divided into 58 zones to ensure security of people during Ramazan to avert any untoward incident in the holy month, reports Pakistan Observer. As per the security plan for Ramazan, policemen have been deployed at major Masjid during prayers and Namaz-e- Traveeh.

The SSP said that over 400 Policemen besides Police mobile rider squads would patrol in the city round the clock. All the DSPs have been directed to supervise patrolling. In first of Ramazan, he said, all SPs and DSPs participated in police patrolling in their respective areas. Women police were also deployed in busy markets while Policemen in plain clothes were directed to remain vigilant in the markets.

June 9

National Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz while addressing a press conference at the Foreign Office in Islamabad said that the US was a "selfish friend" that always curried favor with Pakistan when self-interest pressed it and left it in the lurch after having its interests served. He said that the growing US-India proximity was a cause of worry for Pakistan. He said if the US could not bring peace in war-torn Afghanistan, why it was expecting Pakistan to do this difficult job within the shortest-possible time.

He termed the May 21, 2016 drone strike in Balochistan unfortunate, saying that the incident had damaged Pakistan's relationship with the US. "The drone strike killing the Afghan Taliban leader Mulla Mansour has not only violated our sovereignty but also damaged the level of trust with the United States," the Adviser said.

About the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the US and his efforts for India's inclusion in the NSG, Sartaj said the US tilt towards India would disturb the strategic balance in the region. "We have been constantly reminding the United States to be mindful of maintaining a security balance for peace in the region," he added.

June 10

The CIA shot dead a terrorist, identified as Khurram Latif, and rescued an abducted Intelligence Agency officer, Akbar Zaman, during a raid at terrorist hideout in Kahina area of provincial capital Lahore. Two of Latif's accomplices managed to escape. Kalashnikovs, hand grenades and other weapons were recovered from the hideout. Zaman had been abducted two years ago.

Two TTP militants, identified as or Wali alias Talha and Noor Khan, were arrested by the CTD Police in a raid in Orangi Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. The accused were shifted to their headquarters for investigation during which it was revealed that the arrested men were affiliated with the TTP's Khan Saeed Sajna and Baitullah Mehsud groups.

According to CTD, Noor Khan was the mastermind of money exchange robbery that took place in 2008 within the jurisdiction of the Airport Police Station. The militants had looted about PKR 10.5 million that was later used to fund terrorist activities. Whereas Noor Wali belonged to the Khan Saeed Sajna Group of the TTP and was operating a network of militants in Miranshah town of North Waziristan Agency in FATA.

The CoAS General Raheel Sharif, in a meeting with senior US officials during a meeting at General Headquarters raised the demand of targeting TTP militants and their chief Mullah Fazlullah in their hideouts in Afghanistan. Talking to Commander Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan General John Nicholson and US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Olson, General Raheel said, "Pakistan will not allow Indian and Afghan intelligence agencies to foment terrorism in the country".

June 11

One suspected militant was killed when he blew himself up during an exchange of fire with SFs in Kakhao area of Zhob District in Balochistan. SFs also arrested two militants during the operation. The spokesperson for FC, Khan Wasey said that a huge cache of arms and ammunition was recovered from the possession of militants, adding that they were planning a major terror activity in the area.

June 12

A Pakistani soldier was injured during a cross-border firing incident between Afghan and Pakistani forces at Shamshad Mountain near Torkham border crossing in Khyber Agency of FATA. The forces exchanged fire over the contentious fencing issue. "Afghan Security forces resorted to unprovoked firing on Pakistani side at Torkham Gate. A Pakistani soldier was injured due to Afghan firing," said the ISPR statement.

Police arrested 27 suspects in a search operation in in Gur Mandi, Sukhera Ram, Kalu Ram areas of Peshawar. Police also claimed to have recovered one Kalashnikov, a semi-automatic pistol and dozens of rounds of ammunition during the search.

Police arrested four suspects, including a woman, in a raid in Azam Goth area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town. The suspects were wanted in several cases related to criminal activities.

In another raid, Police conducted a search operation in Boat Basin area of Clifton in Sadar Town and arrested three suspects allegedly involved in street crimes.

A Lyari gangster, identified as Moosa, was arrested in a search operation in Dalmia area of Mujahid Colony in Liaquatabad Town.
June 13

16 Pakistani citizens and six SFs were injured in the cross-border firing between Pakistani and Afghan SFs in Bacha Khel and other areas adjacent to Torkham border crossing in Khyber Agency of FATA. A curfew is also in effect between Torkham and Landikotal bazaar as the area falls within range of mortar shells, said security officials. Nearly 200 families were evacuated to Landikotal. The clashes have halted for now, with armoured vehicles standing face-to-face at the border.

Unidentified militants abducted two coalminers, identified as Muhammad Imran and Bakht Nabi, in Killi Juma Khan near Mach area of Bolan District.

Six facilitators of a militant outfit surrendered themselves to the FC at a ceremony in Nushki District. They used to help militants carry out subversive and anti-peace activities in different parts of the province, a spokesman for the FC said.

At least 15 families escaped their hometown over the last few days in Dasht area of Kech District and moved to Karachi (Sindh) because of clashes between Security Forces and insurgents. A majority of them have settled in Orangi Town, Sabzi Mandi and Federal B Area of Gulberg Town. Four of families moved to Hyderabad District and Kotri area of Jamshoro District.

District West Police seized a huge cache of weapons and explosive material during a raid on a hideout of TTP militants in the Manghopir area of Gadap Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Senior Superintendent of Police Pir Mohammed Shah said the raid followed a tip-off that TTP militants were present in their hideouts on the outskirts of District West. A Police team led by SP Syed Ali Asif swooped on the hideout of Ahsanullah Mehsud, ‘commander’ of the TTP in Mir Mohammed Goth. However, the suspects managed to escape from the place, leaving behind a haul of weapons.

June 14

Police claimed to have killed five suspects, including four militants and one Afghan Intelligence Agency spy, during an exchange of fire with SFs in Chashma Achozai area of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. One constable was injured. The militants had opened fire at a patrolling Police van. Police personnel retaliated and five suspected militants were killed during the exchange of fire. Four of the dead militants were identified as Najeeb, Aijaz, Yousaf and Abdul Khaliq. Police recovered weapons from the compound that included Kalas­hni­­kovs, rocket-launchers, pistols, bombs and explosives.

Three militants were killed and three Policemen injured during a joint operation of SFs and Police in the Totano Bandai area of Kabal tehsil in Swat District of KP in the morning. According to Police, the operation was launched after militants opened fire on a Police van in the area on June13-night, leaving three policemen injured. They were identified as Assistant Sub-Inspector Rafiullah and Constables Azizur Rehman and Jahangir. Soon after the incident, SFs cordoned off the area and started search operation. The militants opened fire seeing SFs and three militants were killed in the retaliatory firing.

The CTD thwarted a major terror bid and recovered two suicide jackets and explosives from an alleged terrorist in Shabqadar area of Peshawar, the provincial capital of KP. CTD official said a search operation was carried out in Shabqadar during which one suspect was rounded up and two suicide jackets, 10 kilograms of explosives, six batteries, two hand-grenades, as many Kalashnikovs and ammunition were recovered from him.

The CTD arrested two facilitators of terrorists, identified as Ejaz-ur-Rehman and Tahir Ullah, during a raid in Shangla town of Same District. Both the accused were allegedly involved in providing logistic support to terrorists.

A bullet-riddled dead body of a man, identified as that of Amjed (28), was found at the Shah Baig Lane in Lyari Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

Another dead body, identified as that of Wakeel Zaman (35), was found within the Jackson Police jurisdiction in Kiamari Town.

Sindh Rangers arrested two target killers, affiliated with a banned outfit, during a raid in Orangi Town. The suspects were carrying weapons and ammunition.

Tensions mounted at the Torkham border crossing as exchange of fire between Pakistani and Afghan security forces continued on June 14, resulting in injuries to two more Frontier Corps personnel. Major Jawad Ali Changezi, who was injured in the border violence on June 13, succumbed to his injuries at the CMH in Peshawar. The death of the army officer is likely to ratchet up tension between the two neighbouring countries, who sources said were beefing up troop numbers on either side.

The Pakistan army has moved heavy weaponry and additional troops to the Afghan border June13-night, said Pakistani security officials, who wished not to be identified because they were not authorised to speak to the media. The conflict also prompted bitter recriminations on both sides, with Islamabad and Kabul summoning each other’s diplomats to lodge strong formal complaints. Three people have been killed so far in the clashes that started on June 12, forcing the closure of the main border crossing. A Pakistan army officer and two Afghan policemen were among those killed. At least 18 people from the Pakistani side, many of them civilians, were wounded, while nine Afghans also received injuries in the gunfights. The border is now closed until the tension subsides.

The CoAS General Raheel Sharif said that terrorists will not be allowed to stage a comeback in the tribal regions as he reassured tribesmen that the “army will not go back until the job is fully done”. “Our focus within Fata (Federally Administered Tribal Areas) will now be on more efficient border management to prevent cross-border movement. For enduring stability, IBOs [intelligence-based operations] and combing operations will continue with same vigor across the country,” General Raheel said during a visit to forward locations in North and South Waziristan agencies.

The Army Chief spent the whole day with tribesmen and troops busy in the consolidation phase of Operation Zarb-e-Azb which was launched in mid-June 2014 to indiscriminately flush out local terrorists and their foreign cohorts. The army chief was given a detailed briefing on ongoing operations and rehabilitation work and its effects on the social landscape of the area, according to a statement issued by the ISPR.

President Mamnoon Hussain while talking to MNA Muhammad Nazir Khan said that North Waziristan Agency including Shawal Valley had been completely cleared of terrorists and peace was restored due to sustained operations of the army. The President said that the repatriation and rehabilitation of IDPs was being carried out on priority.

June 15

At least one person was injured in an explosion outside the Mardan residence of former Chief Minister of KP Ameer Haider Khan Hoti.

The ISPR DG Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa said that 490 soldiers of the Pakistan Army have died in the line of duty during Operation Zarb-i-Azb and work is still left to do – including improving the border management mechanism with Afghanistan as well as clearing restive pockets in areas of Swat. The ISPR DG Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa was addressing a press conference on the two-year anniversary of Operation Zarb-i-Azb and presented major achievements of the operation so far – listing progress made on various fronts. Bajwa said some 3,600 square kilometres were cleared initially in the operation, which has gone up 4,304 sq km in the FATA and North Waziristan, adding that 992 hideouts have been destroyed thus far, with 253 tons of explosives seized. "There was recruitment going on in North Waziristan, suicide jackets were spreading throughout the country. That has been controlled. There are just the last few pockets remaining in the Shawal valley," said Bajwa.

ISPR DG Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa made it clear that Pakistan would not stop construction of a check-post at the Torkham border crossing, as it was 37 metres inside the Pakistani territory. Bajwa said that AFGHAN government’s objections to the check-post were totally unjustified. He said that ISAF and the Afghan Government were informed before the operation that terrorists might flee to Afghanistan, but they did not man the border to help the Pakistan Army catch or kill the fleeing terrorists. He said that Afghanistan could not take a stand on Torkham because it was in Pakistan. He said that Pakistan would never give up construction of the check-post at Torkham because it was its right.

The US Senate passed its USD 800 million draft of the National Defence Authorisation Bill, including a provision to set up a new fund to reimburse Pakistan for its efforts in the war against terrorism. The Senate version that authorises USD 800 million is called the `Pakistan Security Enhancement Authorisation’. It also fences USD 300 million behind a similar Haqqani Network provision that has existed in the Annual Defence Authorisation Acts since the Fiscal Year 2015.

The proposed reimbursement mechanism for Pakistan replaces the CSF, which was used to reimburse both Afghanistan and Pakistan for their efforts to combat terrorism. While adopting the new provision, the Senate Armed Services Committee used the CSF model to restructure security support for Pakistan. But it focuses specifically on Pakistan’s own security needs instead of tying it to a broader coalition. In doing so, the new provision delinks Pakistan from Afghanistan, by recognising it as a country with its own strategic value for US interests.

While speaking at a the UNHRC meeting in Geneva Pakistan’s permanent representative Tehmina Janjua urged the council to respond to loss of lives, human rights violations and breach of its territorial sovereignty because of drone attacks. According to the press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pakistan pointed out that the drone strikes were also a violation of the UN charter and international law, including human rights and humanitarian law. Pakistan, it said, had been repeatedly saying that the use of armed drones or remotely-piloted aircraft was a breach of human rights, particularly the non-derogable right.

June 16

Official sources confirmed the killing of Two TTP militant ‘commanders’, identified as Sher Alam Khan and his deputy Said Mula Khan, were killed in a United States (US) drone strike in Khost Province of Afghanistan. They were heading the TTP in FR Bannu in FATA.

The Counter Terrorism Department with the assistance of Intelligence Agencies arrested a militant ‘commander’, identified as Khaliq Dad, during an operation in Nawakali area of provincial capital Quetta. The Government had placed PKR 1 million as head money. Weapons were also seized from his possession.

JeM handler who gave directions over phone to the terrorists during the attack on the Pathankot airbase has reportedly managed to flee to Afghanistan from Pakistan, said an unnamed official. "The alleged JeM handler who communicated by telephone more than two-dozen times with the terrorists in Pathankot before they carried out the attack on the airbase on January 2, 2016, has managed to cross into Afghan border," a member of the JIT probing the attack said. He said the JeM handler was in the tribal area of Pakistan when he communicated about 18 times with the terrorists. "The law enforcement agencies tried to trace him (in the tribal belt) but there are reports that he managed to escape to Afghanistan," the official said, without disclosing the JeM leader's identity.

During the weekly press briefing in Islamabad, the FO spokesman Nafees Zakaria said that border management was part of Pakistan’s strategy to counter terrorism and the border with Afghanistan would be fenced off while more gates will be constructed. “Other than Torkham, gates would also be installed at other border crossings and there would be no going back in this regard,” Zakaria said.

He said that in future there should be no communication gap between Islamabad and Afghanistan and all issues should be resolved through dialogue, especially since the Afghans were being misguided. Without naming those behind misguiding the Afghans, the spokesman said, “Afghans are being misguided by those not interested to see peace in Afghanistan. We have a very special relationship with Afghanistan and we want to resolve all our issues through dialogue. The objective of this dialogue is that there should be no communication gap in future.”

The National Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said told the National Assembly that Pakistan is not breaching any agreement by constructing a gate on Torkham border and will go on with the project to make effective border management possible. In his policy statement, Aziz claimed that Pakistan had informed the Afghan authorities about its intention to build the gate and the construction work had started back in November 2014. "When Afghan authorities expressed their reservations, we took them into confidence and told them that the gate is constructed inside Pakistani territory," said the Adviser. He said such border management steps will also help both countries in their combined efforts to combat terrorism as "unregulated movement allows infiltration of terrorists and smugglers", adding that all the other border crossings with Afghanistan will also be regulated in near future.

June 17

Two children, identified as Ejaz and Ayesha, were killed in a landmine explosion in Goth Eid Muhammad Bugti area of Sohbatpur District.

A local peace force member, identified as Shambani, was killed when he stepped on a landmine while searching for militants in the Loti area of Dera Bugti District. The militants had attacked the tribal force a few days ago and also kidnapped a member while injuring others. The peace force launched a rescue operation when the landmine blast took place.

An unidentified man was killed in an incident of firing in Bihar Colony of Lyari Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

A gangster, identified as Tahir alias Killer, was arrested in an injured condition after an exchange of fire with Shahrah-e-Faisal Police during a raid in Rabia City of Shah Faisal Town. Tahir was affiliated with Baba Ladla group and was wanted in more than 45 cases of murder, attempt to murder and extortion.

Law enforcement agencies arrested five suspects during a raid in Block 19 of Gulistan-e-Jauhar area of Gulshan Town.

Police recovered a kidnapped boy, identified Hayan Ali, son of Constable Sadaqat Ali, and arrested the kidnappers, identified as Abdul Mateen and Taj Bibi, near the Mingora bypass in Swat Valley. Hayan was abducted on June 2, 2016, from Saidu Sharif area of Swat District. District Police Officer Muhammad Salim Marwat said that the kidnappers had shifted the boy to Abbottabad, Mansehra and Attock and had been demanding PKR 20 million.

Ruling out Washington’s interference in Afghanistan and Pakistan Torkham border dispute, the State Department spokesman John Kirby said, “We are obviously very concerned by the border clashes, particularly around the Torkham crossing. We want both the sides to ratchet down the violence and begin a dialogue to try to reduce the tension, keep the crossing open, and have it done peaceably”.

“Underlining that the US believes that the right approach is an Afghan-led reconciliation process,” he said and added, “We continue to support Afghan President Ashraf Ghani as he continues to try to get that process back on track. Now what effect the border clashes are having on reconciliation, I don’t know.” “I haven’t seen any practical effect of it to date. These clashes have only just popped up in recent days. But that aside, we still want to see the reconciliation process move forward,” Kirby said.

“We have not taken a mediation role, and we have talked about this before. This is an Afghan-led process. We obviously support it and we want to see it succeed. We have expressed that support privately and publicly,” Kirby said, adding, “But this is President Ghani’s initiative he’s taking it on. We know he wants to get it back on track and we fully support him in that effort, but this is not for the United States mediating between Afghanistan and Pakistan.”

June 18

Pakistan-Afghanistan border at Torkham (FATA) reopened for trade and visitors after Kabul and Islamabad reached an agreement, following six days of cross-border tension. After the lifting of curfew, people are being thoroughly checked and those with complete travelling documentation are being allowed to enter Pakistan at Torkham. “To reopen the pass there were central and regional level negotiations," said Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Provincial Governor.

The new gate which Pakistan set up on its side of the border has been named after Major Jawad Ali, who killed in cross-border firing on June 14, 2016 at Torkham. Officials in Pakistan maintained that the gate was being put up to prevent the flow of visitors from Afghanistan into Pakistan without complete documents.

The continued existence of terrorist safe havens in Pakistan and its inability to take action against them affect the US-Pakistan bilateral ties, including security assistance, the Pentagon said in its six-monthly report on Afghanistan sent to the Congress. According to the report, “The US continues to be clear with Pakistan about steps it should take to improve the security environment and deny safe haven to terrorist and extremist groups”. “These conversations continue to affect not only US dialogue with Pakistan on security and stability in Afghanistan but also during discussion of other issues in the US-Pakistan bilateral relationship such as security assistance,” the Pentagon report read.

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has not given certification that Pakistan has taken action against the Haqqani Network. As a result, the Pentagon has withheld USD 300 million in Coalition Support Fund to Pakistan for the current fiscal year ending September 30, 2016. The Pentagon in a blunt message to Pakistan said the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region remained a sanctuary for various groups. “These include the Taliban, al Qaeda, AQIS, the Haqqani Network, LeT, TTP, Islamic State-Khorasan, and the IMU. This sanctuary and these groups remain a security challenge for both countries and pose a threat to regional stability and security,” said the report.

June 19

Five militants were killed in an operation in Mashkay area of Awaran District. SFs claim to have recovered a sizeable amount of arms and ammunition from their possession. Forces also recovered anti-state literature and laptops from their safe haven.

A senior MQM worker, identified as Sohail Rasheed (30), was shot dead near his home in Naeemabad in Korangi Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. MQM spokesperson Amin-ul-Haq described it as a ‘targeted killing’ of the worker and said that the victim was a joint unit-in-charge in Union Council-29.

One Zahid (21) was shot dead near Al-Noor Masjid in Yousuf Goth area of Saeedabad in Baldia Town.

Sindh Rangers during targeted raids in different parts of the city arrested seven suspects and recovered weapons from their possession. According to details, three criminals were arrested in targeted raids in Sachal (Gulshan Town), Mehran Town (Korangi Town) and Baldia Town. Weapons and ammunition were also seized. Later, four suspects were arrested during snap checking in Malir Town, Mochko (Baldia Town) and Lyari Town. Weapons, ammunition and hashish were recovered from their possession.

Three boys sustained injuries when a landmine went off in Atmar Khel area of Baizai tehsil in Mohmand Agency of FATA. The landmine was planted by unknown persons at a place used by the people for taking rest underneath trees in Atmar Khel area. Security sources identified the victims as Arif Khan (18), Noor Ullah (10), and his brother Abdullah (11), who were playing when the blast struck.

Six key commanders of TTP, including the brother and uncle of the slain TTP leader Hakimullah Mehsud, surrendered to the law enforcement agencies in Upper Kurram Agency after they pledged to denounce militancy and live peacefully. However, according to the sources, who wished not to be named, the surrender had taken place in Kurram Agency a few days ago where Hakimullah Mehsud’s brother Ijaz Mehsud and uncle, Khair Mohammad Mehsud, had presented themselves before the law enforcement agencies. They were later shifted to security forces’ fort in Tall area of Hangu District in KP.

The IDPs belonging to different localities of Khyber Agency refused to go back to their homes unless the Government provides them basic facilities. They have been sitting at a protest camp along the Sher Shah Suri Road of Peshawar, the provincial capital of KP for past 34 days in favour of their demands. Talking to Dawn on Saturday, Haji Iqbal Afridi said the tribal people had left their homes in a hurry, but now everything was missing and the buildings were badly damaged. “There are still over a number of areas like Ghulam Ali, Nahqai, Sukht, Amidi, Garhi where operation against terrorists is still going on and in the prevailing situation no one can return home,” Mr Afridi made clear.

There have been 626 search and strike operations in Peshawar District alone in the first half of 2016. This is a tactic devised to curb urban violence in the post-military operation scenario. In background briefings, security officials reveal that the spiral of threat from militants is concentrated in the three main districts of Peshawar, Mardan and Dera Ismail Khan as far as urban areas are concerned. At the same time, it is stressed that innovative measures, which are preemptive rather than preventive, are needed to tackle with the matter. The search, strike and combing operations are part of a larger plan not just keep the militancy at bay, but clamp down on criminal groups which facilitate terrorism in one way or another.  There are 31 checkpoints in the city that keep a watch on all vehicles and passers-by.

Official statistics of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police show that 258 proclaimed offenders were arrested within the jurisdiction of 32 Police Stations. More than 15,000 arms and ammunition were also seized across the city since January 1. These operations were categorized into three different types, explains SSP Operations Abbas Majeed Marwat. He said a total of 118 were conducted jointly with the army, 124 were intelligence-based operations and more than 365 were conducted solely by the police. Around 4,000 places, including houses, hotels and hostels, were searched. These resulted in the arrest of 3,287 suspects.

June 20

A homeopathic Ahmadi doctor, identified as Dr Chaudhry Abdul Khaleeq (50), was shot dead in his clinic in the Abul Hasan Isphani area of Sikander Goth in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Malir SSP Rao Anwar confirmed the incident.

Sindh High Court lawyer Awais Ali Shah was abducted when he left the SHC for Clifton in Sadar Town to meet a friend. Awais is the son of Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah.

A Police constable, identified as Gulzar, was shot dead by unidentified assailants near Maqsoodabad within the jurisdiction of Khazana Police Station on the outskirts of Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Police suspected it was an act of targeted killing since Gulzar. Gulzar was an ex-serviceman hired by the Police in 2008 at Khazana Police Station on a contract basis following his retirement.

Four Police constables were injured in a roadside bomb attack while they were on a foot patrol on Shakarpura Road, within the jurisdiction of Daudzai Police Station in Peshawar. The officers were identified as Tariq, Gul Baz, Mukthiar and Abdur Rahim.

The CTD foiled an attack on a shrine in Uch Sharif area of Bahawalpur District and arrested three LeJ terrorists. The arrested suspects were identified as Javed, Maulvi Asif and Maqsood Ahmad. Two IEDs and two kilograms of explosives were recovered from their possession.

The National Adviser to PM on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said that Afghan refugee camps within Pakistan turned into safe havens for terrorists after the country's armed forces destroyed the militants' infrastructure in tribal areas. In an interview with SAMAA TV, he said the issue of Afghan refugees has become a security issue for Pakistan as these refugee camps have become "safe havens for terrorists" due to unregulated movement. "We have re-established our writ over FATA but if Afghan border remains unregulated, our tribal areas can't stay safe," he said.

June 21

The CTD of Sindh Police killed two suspects in an alleged encounter at Gulshan-e-Maymar area of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. The CTD had raided a farm house in Karachi after receiving information of the presence of militants. SSP Junaid Shaikh revealed that the activity was carried out at a house. Upon seeing the Police, the suspects opened fire on the law enforcement personnel. Police retaliated by firing upon the suspects as well, killing two of them. The killed suspects were yet to be identified.  

In a separate encounter, Police killed one Lyari Gangster, Allah Bakhsh alias Chachu, in Lyari Town area. According to details, the encounter commenced when police began a search operation in the area and Allah Bakhsh opened fire at them. The suspect was a key suspect of the Lyari gang-war and Police claimed that he had been involved in the killing of 20 persons. 

Police have recovered a suicide jacket from a van and arrested the driver at a petrol pump on Sanghar Road in Nawabshah town of Shaheed Benazir Abad District. The DSP Sakrand Anwar Durrani said that the suicide jacket had five pockets which contained explosive devices. The driver of the van was identified as Ashraf Jatt. DSP Sakrand Anwar Durrani said that the weight of jacket was around three kilogrammes, and it was attached to batteries. The jacked was later defused by the bomb disposal squad.

June 22

Renowned Qawwal (Sufi singer) Amjad Sabri (45) was shot dead in a targeted killing incident in Liaquatabad Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. The TTP-Hakimullah Mehsud faction spokesperson Qari Saifullah Mehsud claimed responsibility for the attack. In 2014, Islamabad High Court had issued a notice in a blasphemy case to Amjad Sabri along with two TV channels for the playing of a qawwali during a morning show. The traditional qawwali sung by Amjad Sabri had mentioned religious figures, which was deemed offensive.

Prominent Shia noha khwan (one who recites dirges) Farhan Ali Waris said that he escaped an assassination attempt in Teen Hatti area of Liaquatabad Town in Karachi. Waris said that his car was surrounded by unknown assailants near Teen Hatti. "They were about to open fire but my guard opened fire upon them, forcing them to flee," said Waris. "I was not in the car but the manner in which they surrounded the vehicle makes me think that they thought I was inside," Waris added.

A Civil Secretariat officer, identified as Nawab Safi (34), was shot dead by unidentified militants in a target killing incident while he was coming out of the mosque after Maghrib prayers in Yakatoot area of provincial capital Peshawar. He was the officer of the Provincial Management Service and was presently serving as Section Officer in the Establishment Department. 

SFs defused five live RPG-7 rockets in Akhorwal area of Darra Adam Khel in Kohat District.

The Anti-Terrorism Court indicted six accused in the March 3, 2009, terrorist attack case on the Sri Lankan cricket team. All the suspects pleaded not guilty and decided to contest the case during an in-camera hearing in Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore. The suspects were identified as Obaidullah, Javed Anwar, Ibrahim Khalil, Abdul Wahab, Zubair and Adnan Arshad. The first three suspects are on bail, while others are behind bars. Presiding judge Chaudhry Azam summoned prosecution witnesses on June 30, 2016.

June 23

A Police Sub-Inspector was killed and six other Policemen were injured, in a bomb blast inside a Police Station in Nothal area of Naseerabad District.

US Embassy in Islamabad in a statement posted on the website advised its citizens to remain vigilant and avoid travelling to Quetta due to a “heightened threat in and around the city”. “The Consulate General wishes to advise US citizens about a heightened threat level in the near term affecting Pakistani government and military installations, hotels, and western interests in and around the city of Quetta,” said of statement. “US citizens are reminded that there is an active travel warning for Pakistan issued on April 7, 2016, and the worldwide caution, issued March 3, 2016,” it added.

The CTD produced a militant, identified as Fazlur Rehman, in the Anti-Terrorism Court who for sending three would-be suicide bombers to Peshawar for attack. Rehman hails from Mohmand Agency and is affiliated with a terrorist outfit. Rehman confessed to have committed the crime. The would-be suicide bombers were killed before reaching the target after the vest of one of went off accidently.

Political Agent Khyber Agency Khalid Mehmood said that peace has been restored in militancy-hit areas in Bara and Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency while the Government has launched development projects in health, roads and education sectors. Mehmood said that the top priority of the political administration was to serve the masses in the affected militancy-hit areas. "I directed all the field-officers of the political administration to solve the problems of the tribesmen on their door-step and resolve the issue in days, not months," he added.

During a weekly briefing, the Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said that Pakistan is hosting more than three million Afghan refugees and some of them have become a security risk for the country because terrorists are using refugee camps as hideouts. He said that the international community and Afghan Government should take steps for repatriation of refugees to their own country.

The DG of the ISPR Asim Saleem Bajwa during an interview with Germany’s Deutsche Welle said that the international community had left Pakistan alone to fight terrorists. “I would say that the international community has not done enough for us,” he said. Bajwa said that Pakistan army was conducting Operation Zarb-e-Azb without preference to any militant organisation. According to him, the Haqqani Network was also being targeted in the operation. “The military has no preferences. We are targeting terrorists from all groups,” he said.

June 24

At least 14 militants died as Afghan Taliban and TTP clashed in Gula Pari area of Sarkano District in Kunar province of Afghanistan. According to Afghanistan’s Defence Ministry, eight fighters from TTP and six Afghan Taliban fighters died in the clashes. Several others on both sides were wounded. The Afghan Taliban denied involvement in the incident when asked, with the group’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claiming that the clash was “just some locals fighting over personal matters.” The TTP has yet to respond to the query.

At least three people were killed and 32 others were injured in an IED attack on the Airport Road in provincial capital Quetta. No outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.

Three dead bodies, identified as that of Inayatullah, Abdul Waheed and Mohammad Aslam, were recovered from Dasht area of Balnigore in Kech District.

An unidentified dead body was recovered from Cheetkan area of Panjgur District. Some sources alleged that the bodies were of the men who had surrendered themselves to the authorities after denouncing militancy a few months ago. They said the militants had kidnapped them about two months ago and now their bodies had been found.

BRA militant 'commander', identified as Sakhirdar alias Toofan,  along with two of his fighters, surrendered to Frontier Corps in Gwadar District.

BLA ' commander', identified as Ganhoor Khan, surrendered to Security Forces in Kohlu District.

SFs destroyed five militant hideouts during a search operation in Dera Bugti District.

Three TTP militants were shot dead during a raid in Malir Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. SSP Rao Anwar of District Malir said that on seeing the Police approaching, the terrorists opened fire. The Police retaliated and after a brief encounter arrested three suspects in an injured condition. Later, three of the suspects succumbed to their injuries. A Kalashnikov and two pistols were recovered from their possession. SSP Anwar said one terrorist was identified as Iqbal Swati. They were wanted in a number of cases of target killings and kidnappings-for-ransom. 

The paramilitary force seized a huge cache of weapons in Surjani Town area of Gadap Town during a raid. The spokesman for the Sindh Rangers said the arrested suspect belongs to the militant wing of the MQM. During the search of the hideout, a light machinegun, a .22 rifle, 11 sub machineguns, a 7mm rifle, three 30-bore pistols, two 32-bore pistol, a binocular and 12,817 bullets were found and seized.

The SFs repulsed an attack on their check posts in border areas of Nawagai tehsil in Bajaur Agency of FATA by militants from Kunar province of Afghanistan. “At least two militants were injured as security forces successfully repulsed the cross-border attack in several areas of Nawagai in the small hours of Friday,” security officials said.

CoAS, General Raheel Sharif during his visit to National Defence University, in Islamabad emphasised that Pakistan is opposed to using proxies against other countries and will also not allow any other country to use proxies against Pakistan. “Remaining steadfast, and with an enhanced awareness and participation, we as a Nation must pursue our national objective of zero presence of terrorists and total peace at any cost.” he said, adding, “The contours of future war are fast changing. While our enemies are stoking terrorism to demoralise us and destabilize our country, we are united, fully determined and capable of defeating their nefarious designs.”

June 26

Three militants and one soldier killed during a clash in Khwar Pattay village of Malam Jabba area in Swat District of KP. The official sources said the incident occurred during a search operation in Khwar Pattay village. “The security forces and the police imposed a curfew and launched a search operation in Khwar Pattay in Malam Jabba after the forces received information about the presence of militants in the area,” the sources said. During the search, they said, the militants opened fire on the soldiers and killed one of them identified as Javed. The sources said the security forces killed three militants in retaliatory fire.

Unidentified militants lobbed a hand-grenade into a house in Jatti Payan area under Daudzai Police Station in Peshawar, the provincial capital of KP. The blast damaged the house but did not result in any casualty. There were reports that another explosive device that did not go off was later defused by the bomb disposal unit.

KP Government made a drastic cut in the funds for minorities, allocating a whopping PKR 300 million for the Darul Uloom Haqqania. In the last year’s budgetary allocation made for the Department of Auqaf and Minority Affairs, 52.70% was earmarked for the welfare of minorities in the Annual Development Programme in contrast with 23.49% this year, an examination of the budget documents and discussion with relevant officials reveal. While a disproportionate increase has been registered in funds for Auqaf and a major chunk went to the Darul Uloom Haqqania, the funds reserved for textbooks and fees for deserving students in Christian institutions like convent schools have been reduced. The cuts in allocations for medical grants and dowry fund for minority members are separate from this. This reduction has occurred in the absence of any Minister holding the portfolio of Minority Affairs. Suran Singh, murdered in April 2016, was the last in-charge of this Ministry.

Two shops were destroyed when an explosive device planted in the Kamar Sar bazaar in Loi Mamond tehsil in Bajaur Agency of FATA went off at night. Official sources said that unidentified persons had planted explosives at the Kamar Sar cloth market in Loi Mamond, which went off at 1am. As a result, two shops were completely destroyed while six others were damaged. The political administration officials defused another bomb at the market and arrested the watchman of the bazaar.

CTD arrested two terrorists, identified as Tariq and Esa Khan, from Bhatti Gate area of provincial capital Lahore. In another raid, the CTD officials arrested a terrorist, identified as Ghulam Nabi, from Ravi Road area in Lahore. Explosive material and hate literature were seized from their possession. According to CTD officials the terrorists belonged to Daesh and wanted to target the Government installations.

Pakistan has decided to introduce ‘tougher policy’ for Afghan refugees days before the deadline (June 30) for repatriation of over three million refugees living here since 80s. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with consultation of Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif will finalise terms of new policy next month a road map for the institutions concerned to send Afghan refugees back to their homeland at all cost. “We’ve decided to review our national policy 2016-17 for Afghan refugees. New tougher policy is ahead with new border management laws,” said SAFRON Lieutenant General (Retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch.

"Badly bruised and isolated" terrorists will go for softer targets for their survival, said CoAS General Raheel Sharif while directing senior security officials to hunt the terrorists and “pre-empt their moves to frustrate their designs,” during a meeting at the Corps Headquarters in Karachi. The Army Chief said that the Karachi operation has brought about a noticeable improvement in the law and order situation of the city. “However as we progress to target the crime and terror syndicate network, we need to keep our focus on actionable human and technical intelligence and totally dismantle their support structure,” he said.

“The operation has now entered a phase where terrorists and their abettors are badly bruised, isolated and hence will go for softer targets so as to find their survival and undermine the society psychologically,” General Raheel said, adding, “We must continue our mission unabated to consolidate and not let anyone reverse our gains”.

Former Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar in an interview with Geo News said that Pakistan cannot "conquer Kashmir through war" and progress on the issue can only me made in an environment of mutual trust with India. "I believe that Pakistan cannot conquer Kashmir through war and if we cannot do that, the option we are left with is dialogue, and dialogue can only proceed with a partner with which we have normal relations and a certain level of mutual trust," Khar said, maintaining that the Kashmir issue can be resolved, "If we continue to talk on the issue, then we will reach somewhere".

Answering a question regarding the military's influence on Pakistan's foreign policy, she said that it is a diplomat's job to carry forward the military's perspective on issues where the military is a relevant stake holder.

June 27

Police arrested an outlaw, identified as Riffat Mehmood, during a raid in Bilitang bazaar of Kohat District. Mehmood was wanted to the Provincial Police in various crimes including murder, attempted murder and kidnapping cases, said DSP, Saddar Circle, Hussain Ghulam Bangash.

Police arrested an alleged extortionist, identified as Faizullah, during a raid in Nari Kak and area of Kohat District.

Over two dozens of other suspects were arrested during raids at various areas in Bilitang area of Kohat District. Police also recovered arms from their possession. These search and strike operations were led by SHO of Bilitang Police Station, Muhammad Afzal Awan under National Action Plan.

The CTD arrested two TTP terrorists during a raid in SITE Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. The two were Afghan nationals and during the initial investigations, thy confessed their affiliation with the TTP and providing medical treatment to injured terrorists. The CTD has also recovered fake identity cards from their possession.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah while presiding over a special cabinet meeting on the law and order situation in Karachi said “Now, we have to recover the barrister [Ovais Ali Shah] and arrest the killers of Amjad Sabri to regain that confidence and foil terrorists’ nefarious designs,”

IG of Police A.D Khwaja said that the Police have conducted a number of raids and have arrested some suspects. “We still believe that he [Ovais Shah] has been kept in Karachi and with the help of all agencies and using the technology available to us we would recover him safe and sound shortly,” the IG assured. Talking about the killing of Amjad Sabri, the IG said LEAs were very close to his killers. “Police and other agencies are working closely and would give results very soon,” he added.

The Federal Ministry of Interior decided to extend for two years the Anti-Terrorist Act and the Protection of Pakistan Act. The President endorsed these two laws on January 7, 2015. Parliament approved these two laws giving special powers to the Rangers, police and other law enforcers to achieve success in the war against terrorism. A summary for an extension of these two laws has been sent to the Prime Minister. A final approval in this regard will be sought from Parliament. Under the Protection of Pakistan Act, the Rangers, police and law enforcement institutions can shoot terror suspects, keep them in custody for 90 days and put suspect from a certain province on trial anywhere in the country.

June 28

At least four Policemen were shot dead in two separate targeted attacks in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. Two Policemen, identified as Constable Faiz Muhammad and driver Nameed, were killed when unidentified armed assailants opened fire at the Police vehicle in Quetta. No group claimed responsibility for attack.

Two Policemen, identified as driver Muhammad Ali and guard Muhammad Ayub, were killed when unidentified militants opened fire at a Police mobile van near Hazara Ganj area of Quetta.

The Sindh Rangers claimed to have shot dead two TTP terrorists during an encounter near Khairabad Northern Bypass in Manghopir area of Gadap Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. According a spokesman for the Rangers, one of the suspects killed was identified as Akram Mehsud, while the identity of the second man was yet to be ascertained. Police recovered an Improvised Explosive Device, suicide jackets and weapons from their possession.

District Malir and Central Police claimed to have arrested five suspects during a crackdown against criminals in Malir Town. According SSP Rao Anwar Ahmed of the District Malir, investigations regarding target killing and terrorism cases are underway during which an informant tipped him off about members of  “target killers” of a political party. He further said that the accused belonged to a political party’s militant wing and they were involved in the killings of police officers.

Brigadier Ali Khan, a senior army officer who was court-martialled over links with a HuT, was released from Adiala Jail. Khan was awarded five years rigorous imprisonment by the Field General Court (FGCM) in 2012. He was also accused of being involved in a conspiracy to topple the Government, trying to instigate a mutiny within the army and planning an attack on GHQ. The former official has been released less than four years after he was convicted, even though he was facing “serious allegations” which would lead to capital punishment if proven. Since most of the charges levelled against him were not proved in the court-martial proceedings, he was sentenced to five years in prison and was scheduled to be released in August 2017. However, he got the benefit of a remission in his sentence and was released on June 27, 2016.

Out of the 3,028 seminaries in various parts of KP, the Government’s registers have information on only 1,208. The information was shared by officials of Auqaf Department with The Express Tribune. The officials said the Provincial Government, with the help of intelligence and law-enforcement agencies, has also collected information about over 1,800 seminaries that are not registered. These unregistered seminaries were either functioning in mosques or were based on one or two classrooms.

As per official data, the strength of students in registered seminaries is around 300,000, including 6,928 foreigners. Most of these foreigners belong to Afghanistan, but are living is different parts of KP, along with their family members and relatives. The seminaries also house orphans who have lost bread earners of their families in different acts of violence. Many students in the seminaries are also those who belong to low income backgrounds in neglected districts and tribal agencies.

KP Government on June 28 formally advised the Federal Government not to give further extension to Afghan refugees to stay in Pakistan, as their official stay period is going to expire on June 30 (tomorrow). The KP Government has sent its recommendations, saying the province has been suffering a lot because of Afghan refugees and is unable to bear their burden anymore, official sources told The Nation on condition of anonymity.

June 29

Four FC personnel were shot dead by unidentified armed assailants on Double Road in provincial capital Quetta. Deputy IG Police Chaudhary Manzoor Sarwar said the incident appeared to be an act of targeted killing. No outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.

Rangers shot dead two suspected gangsters during a raid at a building located in Nawa Lane area of Baghdadi in Lyari Town. The two gangsters are yet to be identified but it has been ascertained that they were members of the Wasiullah Lakho gang. Automatic weapons, ammunition and drugs were found from their hideout.

An Intelligence Officer of the Chakiwara Police Station, identified as head constable Perwez, was shot dead while patrolling the area with other Policemen in Maula Madad area of Pathani Mohallah in Lyari Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

The paramilitary force arrested eight criminal suspects, including two target killers affiliated with the MQM militant wing, during raids in Lyari Town, Orangi Town, Shah Faisal Town and Jamshed Town. Weapons and ammunition were seized.

Unidentified militants shot dead a man, identified as Nawaz Khan (45), on Gamal Khurd Road in DI Khan District.

Police arrested 28 suspects, including 15 proclaimed offenders, during a crackdown in Tangi area of Charsadda District. Police said they recovered a machinegun, a Kalashnikov, ammunitions, two kilograms opium and a kilogram of hashish during the raids.

Two former members of peace committee, identified as Khyal Badshah and Fazal Wahid, were injured in an IED attack in Dawizai area of Lower Mohmand Agency in FATA. Badshah is the brother of a political administration official of lower Mohmand Agency and a local tribal elder, Malik Ibrahim, who also confirmed the incident.

Pakistan Government on the request of UNHCR Filippo Grandi, extended the deadline for voluntary repatriation of registered Afghan refugees until December 31, 2016. According to the sources, Grandi had asked the Government to extend the stay of the Afghan refugees in the country for another three years. The Government however told him that it could not host the Afghan refugees for another three years due to security and economic reasons.

Dr Imran Zeb, Chief Commissioner for Refugees said that the Government of Pakistan extended the deadline for the refugees for six months. He said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif approved the extension in the stay of the Afghan refugees. Now, registered Afghan refugees’ PoR card will be renewed for six months.

June 30

A Police constable, identified as Farmanullah, was killed and six other civilians were injured in a roadside bomb blast on Pajagi Road in Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. “Exact target of the bomb has not been determined at the moment but the explosion killed a policeman identified as Farmanullah, who was deputed guard of a retired judge and was on his way to duty,” said Wasim Riaz, a senior police official.

Unidentified assailants shot dead a CTD official, identified as Deputy Superintendent of Police Noor Muhammad Khan, on the Diyal Road in Dera Ismail Khan town of same District. Sources said unidentified persons opened fire on Noor Muhammad Khan as soon as he stepped out of a mosque in Khairabad Colony near his residence after the Maghrib prayers.

Unidentified assailants shot dead a Policeman, Shahzeb, near his house after he withdrew money from an automated telling machine in Madina Colony of Peshawar. However, the assailants escaped after killing the cop without touching the money in his pocket.

Unidentified assailants shot dead a member of Afghan Taliban on Nasir Bagh Road in Peshawar. Sources said that the deceased Qari Said Murad was a member of Afghan Taliban’s military commission for eastern Nangarhar province. The deceased was running a local seminary near to his residence. The assailants fled the scene after the crime.

FC forces killed three LeJ militants during a crackdown in provincial capital Quetta. The crackdown was launched following a spate of attacks targeting Security Forces. LeJ had claimed responsibility for killing four Policemen on June 28, 2016, and four FC soldiers on June 29, 2016. “Three terrorists belonging to LeJ have been killed in an armed clash with Frontier Corps and intelligence personnel,” said FC spokesperson Khan Wasey.

The SFs defused three IEDs in Inayat Killay area of Bajaur agency in FATA. Sources said that unidentified miscreants planted three remote controlled bombs at various points on a road in Inayat Killay. The bomb disposal squad defused the IEDs and saved the area from a devastating terror plot. Later, the SFs started a search operation in the adjoining areas and arrested two suspects.

Counterterrorism Department of Police claimed to have arrested a gang of six “foreign-funded sectarian “hitmen” allegedly planning to assassinate religious leaders and scholars during Ramazan (Islamic months of fasting) in Karachi. The Sindh CTD chief, Dr Sanaullah Abbasi, said that this gang had done reconnaissance of 200 people for killing. “They are funded by foreign actors for a proxy war in Pakistan, particularly in Karachi,” said the CTD head. The officer identified the suspects as Mohammed Ali, Syed Sheeraz Ali, Syed Hamid Abbas, Syed Israr Ali, Pervez Husain and Mohammed Mumtaz. “This group has been working as a sleeper cell over the past five years,” said the officer.

Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan acknowledged a spike in street crime in Karachi. However, he claimed a significant decline in terrorism, extortion, targeted killings and kidnapping cases since the launch of the Karachi operation in September 2013. Nisar said that capacity-building of Police personnel was urgently needed, for which authorities had been asked to involve Pakistan Army for recruitments. He said 20,000 Police personnel would be hired — apart from the induction of some 2,000 retired soldiers into the Police force.

July 1

A man, identified as Basher, was shot dead by two unidentified armed assailants while he was on his to a local market in Dera Murad Jamali town of Naseerabad District. The assailants fled the scene.

The mutilated body of an unidentified man was found in the Harnai Phatak area of Sibi District in Balochistan. The body, which was almost three days old, was lying at a roadside when a passer-by spotted it and informed the Police.

A ban has been placed on pillion riding and display of weapons in provincial capital Quetta under Section 144 by the Provincial Government’s Home and Tribal Affairs Department. The decision has been taken because of a surge in incidents of targeted killing and terrorism in the city.

Sindh Rangers claimed to have arrested two suspected extortionists from DHA area of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. According to a statement issued by the Rangers, two people belonging to a banned outfit were arrested for extorting people in the name of 'Fitra'. The two suspects, Mohammed Ilyas and Mohammed Yasir, were arrested during a raid.

The White House released a report claiming that US drones killed only 64 to 116 civilians in 473 strikes launched between January 20, 2009 and December 31, 2015. The drone strikes also killed 2,372 to 2,581 combatants during this period, the White House added. The report covers strikes only in areas “outside of active hostilities”, which include Pakistan, Yemen, Libya and Somalia. Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria are not covered because they fall in “areas of active hostilities”. Along with the report, President Barack Obama issued an executive order, requiring annual reporting on civilian deaths in drone strikes and outlining how the administration tries to protect civilians. “Civilian casualties are a tragic and at times unavoidable consequence of the use of force in situations of armed conflict or in the exercise of a state’s inherent right of self-defence,” said President Obama. “The US government shall maintain and promote best practices that reduce the likelihood of civilian casualties, take appropriate steps when such casualties occur, and draw lessons from our operations to further enhance the protection of civilians,” he added. Several independent organisations that have been tracking American drone strikes offer higher casualty numbers than disclosed in the report, ranging from at least 200 to 1,000 deaths. The London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism has estimated that the drones have killed 492 to 1,100 civilians in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia since 2002.

July 2

Unidentified armed assailants killed three SFs personnel in two separate incidents of violence in Mastung District of Balochistan. Two Levies personnel were killed when attackers opened fire at them in Al Falah Road area of Mastung city.

In another incident, armed men opened fire and killed Head Constable Ashfaq Qazi in Killi Sheikhan area of Mastung District. Police described the killings in Mastung as acts of targeted killings.

July 3

FC recovered two Kalashnikov, pistols and rounds in Gullgach area of Zhob District in Balochistan. According to FC spokesman, working on a tip off, FC personnel carried out a search operation in the area and recovered two Kalashnikov, two pistols and 2500 rounds from a house.

The Pakistan Rangers vowed that they would take action against elements helping activists of ‘political or militant wings’ infiltrate Government institutions and the ‘ghost employees’ in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, which the paramilitary force suspected might be involved in terrorist activities and lawlessness. A Rangers spokesperson in a statement issued to the media said that a decision to take action against such political activities in institutions and against ghost employees was taken at a recent meeting of the Apex Committee. The supreme body on law and order had decided that there would be no office of any political party or militant wing in any Government institution. In the light of this decision, the Ranges official said that all official institutions should ensure closure of all offices or activities of political or militant wing on their premises. Otherwise, the Rangers warned, legal action would be taken against all responsible people.

July 4

A suicide bomber who blew himself up near the United States consulate in Jeddah has been identified as a Pakistani citizen, the Saudi Arabia Interior Ministry said. The Ministry identified the man as 35-year-old Abdullah Gulzar Khan, who worked as a driver in Saudi Arabia. Khan had been living with his wife and her parents in Jeddah for 12 years, the Interior Ministry said in a tweet. Security Officers became suspicious of a man near the parking lot of Dr Suleiman Faqeeh Hospital in Jeddah, which is directly across from the US diplomatic mission. When they moved in to investigate "he blew himself up with a suicide belt inside the hospital parking". Two security officers were slightly injured in the incident.

Four persons were injured in a bomb blast on Sariab road of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. A senior Police official said a bomb went off just as a vehicle of paramilitary force passed by. According to eyewitnesses, the gun shots rang out following the blast. However, the Police said the shots were fired by paramilitary officials. Two motorcycles and four cars were partially damaged.

July 5

The CTD foiled a major terror bid, while recovering huge cache of weapons and explosives during a raid in Malir area of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. The CTD claimed that the alleged terrorists were going to use these weapons to target a shopping centre and installations of intelligence agencies.

Another search operation was conducted in Phuktunabad area of Manghopir. Police rounded up 44 suspects including two foreigners. Similarly, the law enforcement agencies conducted search operations in Shireen Jinnah Colony and Baldia Colony and arrested three suspects and two alleged gamblers.

At least 11 persons including two Police officials sustained severe wounds in a bomb blast in a shop near Toro Chowk in Mardan town of same District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Police officials said that 600 kilograms of explosive material was used in the bomb whereas no loss of life has been reported yet.

The CTD foiled a major terror bid, while recovering huge cache of weapons and explosives during a raid in Malir area of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. The CTD claimed that the alleged terrorists were going to use these weapons to target a shopping centre and installations of intelligence agencies.

Another search operation was conducted in Phuktunabad area of Manghopir. Police rounded up 44 suspects including two foreigners. Similarly, the law enforcement agencies conducted search operations in Shireen Jinnah Colony and Baldia Colony and arrested three suspects and two alleged gamblers.

July 7

At least two militants of TTP Swat Chapter were killed in exchange of fire with Police in Manghopir area of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. One Police personnel also sustained injuries in the shootout.

Nineteen people, including 12 Pakistani nationals, have been arrested in Saudi Arabia following suicide attacks on July 4, including one near Islam´s second-holiest site in the city of Medina, the Saudi Arabia Interior Ministry said. Seven people are believed to have been killed and two wounded in the Medina attacks, at a mosque in Qatif and in western Jeddah, the economic capital, not far from the US consulate. A 26-year-old Saudi man, Naer Moslem Hammad al-Balawi, who had a "history of drug use" had been identified as the perpetrator of the Medina attack, the Ministry said in a statement. Four people were killed in the Medina explosion near the Prophet´s Mosque, which came as Muslims prepared for this week´s Eid al-Fitr festival marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. The body parts of three people were found after another suicide bombing in the Shiite-populated Gulf city of Qatif, the Ministry said earlier. Two police officers were wounded the Jeddah attack. The US embassy in Riyadh reported no casualties among consulate staff during the attack, which coincided with the US July 4 Independence Day holiday.

July 8

The COAS General Raheel Sharif said that all efforts will be committed to ensuring peace and stability along the Pak-Afghan border that is the Army's priority. General Raheel Sharif said this on a visit to the forward lines in North and South Waziristan agencies. He spent the first day of Eidul Fitr with troops in the forward positions of the tribal agencies, where the military has been involved in an extensive operation since June 2014. Pak-Afghan relations hold key to regional peace, General Raheel tells US.

General Raheel Sharif said the Nation and its Army had paid a huge price for eliminating terrorists and restoring peace in the country. "We will not let these sacrifices go to waste," he said. "With Fata cleared and terrorists being chased across the country, we are determined not to allow them to return and reverse our gains." He said stability along the Pak-Afghan border remained the army's priority and all efforts would be committed for it. "Border management and dignified repatriation of Afghan refugees are important enablers for lasting peace," he added. "Our efforts for peace in Afghanistan have been acknowledged while we are committed to facilitating the reconciliation process with sincerity, commitment and resolve. We expect Afghanistan's territory is not used against Pakistan," he added further.

The mastermind of the December 16, 2014, Army Public School massacre, identified as Umar Mansour, alias Khalifa Mansour, alias Umar Naray, was killed in a US drone strike in Bandar area of Nangarhar Province in Afghanistan. Two unnamed senior security officials confirmed the killing of Umar Mansour and his accomplice Qari Saifullah in the drone attack. “What we have is pretty credible,” said an officer. There was, however, some confusion over the death of Qari Saifullah. The US State Department had on May 25, 2016, designated Umar Naray a global terrorist, thus clearing the path for his inclusion in the hit-list.

July 10

A man, identified as Mehrab Khan, was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Qambrani area of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. As per reports, Mehrab Khan, a resident of Dera Murad Jamali, was returning home when armed assailants opened fire on him and fled. As a result, he died on the spot.

The Police and FC personnel recovered huge cache of weapons during search operation in Kalli Shahozai area of Quetta. According to sources, SFs conducted door-to-door search operation and confiscated four 9-mm pistols, one 12-bore pistol, five 30-bore pistols and several cartridges. However, no arrest was made while the arms have been handed over to Barori Police.

July 11

Two suspected militants were killed in a remote-controlled IED attack on Dherakai-Pashat road in Salarazai tehsil of the Bajaur Agency in FATA.

July 12

The Kurram Agency PPP President Hamid Hussain Toori was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Parachinar town of Kurram Agency in FATA. The motive behind the target killing is yet to be ascertained as the assassinated leader of the PPP had no enmity with anyone. 

For the last few months, the FATA have been at relative peace. Incidents of violence have seen a noticeable decline with the exception of one region – Mohmand Agency. At least 11 incidents have taken place in the area during May and most of them were related to terrorism. IED planted by the roadside have been a nightmare for locals and law-enforcement agencies. In comparison, the rest of the tribal belt has witnessed a period of calm as such incidents decreased by a whopping 48%. In the more than eight IED attacks in May, three of the devices were defused.

A prayer leader, identified as Maulana Habibur Rehman (42), was shot dead inside Siddiq-e-Akbar Masjid in Gulistan-e-Jauhar area of Gulshan Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. According to DSP Nasir Lodhi, one of the two unidentified armed assailants went inside the office and asked Rehman for a marriage registration form from the office’s window, after which the victim allowed him to come inside. “The man then fired at least twice and one bullet hit the victim’s chest.” Later, the Police arrested a suspect, identified as Mairaj, after the prayer leader’s minor son identified him. 

Rangers officials arrested MQM coordination committee member Izhar Ahmed Khan from Federal B. Area in Gulberg Town.

A poster campaign across Pakistani cities urging CoAS General Raheel Sharif to impose martial law and form a Government of technocrats has been launched. The posters appeared on major thoroughfares in at least 13 cities, including Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi and Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Quetta, Faisalabad, Sargodha and Hyderabad, besides several cantonment areas, urging the general to take over. Move on Pakistan (MoP), a largely unknown political party, claimed the campaign. "Jaane ki baatein ho gayee puraani, khuda ke liye ab ajao (talk of leaving office is old now for God's sake appear on the scene now)," read the posters. 

"Dictatorship is much better than this corrupt government," said Ali Hashmi of MoP that was founded in 2013. "The way General Sharif has dealt with terrorism and corruption, there's no guarantee that the next man would be as effective as him," he said.  While the military's media wing is silent on this, observers suspect the involvement of intelligence agencies. Insiders said that Prime Minister will not extend army chief's term but the campaign in areas with several security checkpoints and Police patrolling is rattling the Government.

There has been a considerable decrease in incidents of terrorism from January to June in KP. IED attacks and firing incidents have also dwindled during this period. This was said by the CTD Additional IGP while addressing a meeting of Police officials at the Central Police Office on July 12. According to a handout issued on the same day, the meeting was chaired by IGP Nasir Khan Durrani. The moot was held to review efforts taken to combat terrorism. During the year, there were 99 terrorism incidents, whereas the number of terrorism incidents reported in 2013, 2014 and 2015 were 281, 292 and 134, respectively. “This revealed a significant decrease of 65% in number of incidents in 2016 as compared to 2013 and a decrease of 26% as compared to 2015,” the document quoted the additional IGP as saying.

July 13

Six al Qaeda militants were killed and two police personnel were injured in an encounter followed by a raid at a hideout in Okara District. The Police had received intelligence reports that militants hiding there were planning attacks on sensitive government sites, including the office of the DPO, said SP Saud Magsi. Police also recovered explosives, detonators, Kalashnikovs and a map of the DPO's office from the militant hideout.

Police arrested ‘commander’ of Arshad Pappu gang, identified as Agha Jami, along with two accomplices during a search operation in Hub area of Lyari Town Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Weapons were seized from their possession.

The SSP operation Abbas Majeed Marwat said that the outgoing year saw a sudden decrease in murders, street crimes, extortion and other crimes in Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. SSP operation claimed that in Peshawar in 2015, 221 cases have been registered while in 2016 it reduced to 91 owning to best planning and police operation in the city. According to official figures, more than 675 search and strike operations have been carried out in the urban and rural area of the district during the course of seven months.

July 14

CoAS General Raheel Sharif approved death sentence awarded by the military courts to 12 LeJ and TTP terrorists. The convicts were involved in committing heinous offences related to terrorism, including killing of civilians, attacking armed forces of Pakistan and law enforcement agencies, destruction of schools and communication infrastructure. Three convicts, identified as Muhammad Asif, Shahadat Hussain and Yasin, were active members of LeJ. The other nine convicts, Muhammad Qayyum Bacha, Muhammad Tayyab, Said Akbar, Muhammd Ayaz, Barkat Ali, Azizur Rehman, Hussain Dar, Ishaq, Behram Sher belonged to TTP.

July 15

Campaigners and families, who lost their loved ones in US covert drone strikes in Pakistan, have rejected the figures on drone strike casualties in Pakistan. Shahzad Akbar, a senior lawyer, who is leading a legal battle for the civilians killed in the US drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal regions, says the data collected from the media reports and people on the ground put the civilian death toll at over 3,000 against 116 as claimed by the US. Akbar mentioned a 2013 court's judgment in the Peshawar in which the judge mentioned deaths of 1,490 civilians in the US drone attacks in Waziristan Agency of FATA.

Akbar mentioned at least three US drone strikes that killed many civilians, including nearly 80 children in an attack on a religious school in the Bajaur Agency in October 2006, 60 in an attack on a funeral in South Waziristan Agency in June 2009, and 40 in a drone strike on a Jirga or assembly of tribal elders in North Waziristan Agency in March 2011. "These are just a few of the major US drone strikes which killed hundreds of civilians, including children. So I would say that the latest White House figure of up to 116 civilian casualties is ridiculous and just a political gimmick," said Akbar.

The US probed links between the Government of Saudi Arabia and the 9/11 (September 11, 2001) terror attacks, finding multiple suspicions but no proven ties, documents declassified. Part of a Congressional report that had been kept under wraps for more than a decade showed US intelligence believed that Saudi officials may have had multiple contacts with some of the 9/11 hijackers. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were Saudi citizens. The findings, however, show no smoking gun for Saudi involvement, but rather an inability to "identify definitively" Saudi links to attacks on US soil and global terror. President Barack Obama decided to declassify the 28 pages.

"While in the United States, some of the 9/11 hijackers were in contact with, and received support or assistance from, individuals who may be connected to the Saudi government," the declassified document said. One individual on the US East Coast, believed to be from the Saudi Interior Ministry, raised suspicions when appearing to fake a seizure during FBI questioning about his links to a hijacker. He was later released from hospital and managed to flee the country before he could be questioned again.

July 17

SFs claimed to have killed a militant during a security operation in Nimargh area of Kalat District in Balochistan. Five suspected militants were also arrested during the operation, said Khan Wasay, spokesperson for the FC. A cache of arms and ammunition was also recovered from the possession of the miscreants, added Wasay.

July 18

At least seven people, including the head of a pro-government peace committee, identified as Khan Muhammad, were killed and three others were wounded in a remote-controlled IED attack in Doag Dara area of Upper Dir District. Khan Muhammad was the District Chairman of the PPP and another man accompanying him, identified as Adil Khan, was PPP tehsil Councilor Police Official Yar Muhammad claimed that the target of the attack was, Malik Mutabar Khan, the head of another peace committee, who was not present in the vehicle at the time of the explosion. “It was just by chance that Malik Mutabar Khan got off the vehicle at a nearby place before the explosion,” the Police Official said.

Former MPA of the ANP Haji Shoaib Khan was shot dead while he sitting in his hujra in Yarhussain village of Chota tehsil Lahore in Swabi District. TTP claimed responsibility for both the attacks.

CTD arrested a wanted terrorist, identified as Sher Rehman, and recovered two bombs from his possession during snap checking at Ring Road Achini Cross locality in provincial capital Peshawar. Rehman was wanted in several incidents of terrorism, target killings and extortion.

Four LeJ militants, including a ‘commander’ and two would-be bombers, were shot dead in a Police encounter in Sohrab Goth area of Gadap Town in District Malir of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Two police officials suffered injuries in the operation. A huge cache of explosives were recovered, along with two prepared suicide-bomber jackets that were of Afghan make. Two Kalashnikovs, two 9mm pistols, hand grenades and 25 kilograms of explosive materials were also seized. According to SSP Malir Rao, one of the four suspects killed had been identified as Saleh Mohammed Rehmani, a wanted member of the LeJ who was a cousin of under-detention LeJ Ameer Naeem Bukhari. Saleh Mohammed was wanted by the Police in several bombing cases, killing of law enforcers, including Police Officials and also attacks on Shias.

Rangers arrested seven suspects armed with weapons in separate raids conducted in Lyari Town and Baldia Town. Two men said to be involved in targeted killings, extortions while a third associated with a banned group were arrested following a targeted raid. They had also recovered weapons and ammunition from their possession.

Advocate Awais Ali Shah, kidnapped son of Sindh High Court Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, was recovered after an IBO at Tank District of KP. DG ISPR Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa disclosed Shah's recovery. Three terrorists were also killed during the operation. "Awais Shah, son of Sind Chief Justice, recovered through an IBO from custody of terrorists from near Tank, 3 terrorists killed," read DG Bajwa’s tweeted. Awais was abducted on June 20, 2016, from Clifton area of Saddar Town in Karachi.

The FATA tribunal, comprising chairman Sange Marjan Khan and members Hus­sainzada Khan and Atif Nazir, received the record of the Dr Shakil Afridi case and fixed August 23, 2016, for arguments on his petition challenging the upholding of his conviction by an appellate forum for having links with militant outfits. For the past two years, the petition of Dr Afridi, who was arrested in May 2011 on suspicion of helping the American CIA track down the then al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden has been lingering mostly because of the unavailability of the relevant record. Following repeated noti­ces by the three-member tribunal, which is the third and final judicial forum under the FCR, the record was finally produced by the Tribal Administration of Khyber Agency.

July 19

The Sindh Government moved to consolidate its position amid the ongoing debate on its strained relations with the Pakistan Rangers when CM Syed Qaim Ali Shah insisted that the paramilitary force was given powers only to establish peace in Karachi and not to operate in the whole province. He also said that “investigations” were going on to determine whether the paramilitary force had moved beyond its power in the Asad Kharal affair in Larkana. The CM’s stance emerged challenging the paramilitary force’s viewpoint about the powers as Pakistan Rangers, Sindh, Director General Major General Bilal Akbar had asserted only a few days ago that Rangers could move in any part of the province to chase criminals using their special powers given under the defined laws. “One should say that the Rangers are here to assist the police in maintaining law and order,” he said while speaking at a press conference in Larkana. “The Rangers were given powers for four heinous crimes — terrorism, targeted killing, extortion and kidnapping for ransom. They were authorised under certain circumstance to curb these crimes. Furthermore, they were given powers to operate only in Karachi and not in the entire province.”

Earlier, the Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan wrote a letter to the Sindh CM, asking him to extend the policing powers of Rangers in the province. “Unnecessary delay in extension of power to Rangers in Sindh will not only disrupt operation against terrorists but also negatively impact the morale and performance of the civil armed forces,” the minister said. The policing powers of the paramilitary force in Sindh, last extended on May 4 for 77 days, expire on July 21. The deployment of Pakistan Rangers, Sindh, in Karachi is requisitioned under Article 147 of the Constitution and Clause 1 of Sub-section 3 of Section 4 of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997, authorising the paramilitary force to prevent the commission of terrorist acts or scheduled offences in the notified area for the punishment of terrorists in accordance with the provision of the ATA, 1997.

July 20

CTD Police shot dead two militants, identified as Ashraf Joonu and Shaukat Sardar alias Usman alias Azam, belonging to LeJ and AQIS during a raid in their hideout at Shah Latif area of Bin Qasim Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Both the men were wanted in a number of terrorism cases and carried a bounty of PKR 1.5 million each, which was announced by the Sindh Government. During the search of the hideout, the Police found a suicide jacket, explosive material, ball bearings, a Kalashnikov and two 30-bore pistols. SSP Junaid Shaikh said that the men killed several members of the Ahmadi community in Nawabshah District in 2014 and they were also involved in murdering five Shias between 2010 and 2014.

The ongoing Karachi operation came to a halt as the Sindh Government did not recommend that the Federal Government to extend the Rangers’ stay in the Province and its special policing powers in Karachi, reports The News. All the wings of the paramilitary force have been stopped from carrying out raids because of the lack of extension in its powers.

A bomb exploded near Governor House in Gwadar District. However, no casualties were reported.

CM Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri, while addressing the students of Punjab educational institutions who were on a visit to Quetta, remarked that as much as 95 percent of terrorism had already been rooted out from Balochistan. The CM said, "Civil and military leadership of Balochistan has the same dream of an educated and peaceful Balochistan," further adding that the joint efforts made by the civil and military had effectively eliminated terrorism from Balochistan by 95 percent. "Remaining five percent terrorism will also be eliminated soon," he added. "(Several) armed men, who had gone to mountains, would have to join mainstream otherwise, they would have to face stern action.

The third phase of the repatriation of IDPs from SWA of FATA displaced due to operation Zarb-e-Azb began. A total of 373 families were returned to their native areas in Sararogha tehsil of SWA on the first day of the process. Political Agent South Waziristan Zafar Islam Khattak and Colonel Imran of the Pakistan Army saw off the IDPs at the camp.

July 21

Two TTP-Swat Chapter militants, identified as Hazrat Bilal and Niaz Muhammad, were killed and one SF official was injured during an intelligence-based operation in Karo Darra valley of Upper Dir District. A minor child, identified as Samira (11), was killed in the crossfire. The militants opened fire when the security personnel reached the area and in the retaliatory fire two fleeing militants were killed.

Police arrested four Lyari gangsters, including a Police constable, allegedly involved in target killings of Police officials and workers of political parties, during a raid at a hideout near Adil Bus Stop in Federal B Area of Gulberg Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. The arrestees were identified as Police constable Shakir Baloch, and Jabbar Jhengu-affiliated gangsters Ubaidur Rehman, Asghar and Akram Lasi. Police recovered two rifle grenades and two pistols.

Pakistan Rangers issued a statement highlighting the targeted operation conducted by the paramilitary force since 2013. According to the statement, acting under powers bestowed on the paramilitary force under Article-147, the Pakistan Rangers Sindh arrested 533 suspects out of whom 478 suspects were handed over to the Police for processing while 55 suspects were handed over to various law enforcement agencies including FIA, ANF, Pakistan Customs, FC and the Irrigation Department. The paramilitary force detained 127 illegal Afghan nationals, 34 members of banned organizations, 16 members of separatist groups, 4 members belonging to MQM’s militant wing, 18 dacoits, 10 smugglers, 11 poachers, 24 drug dealers and 234 suspects involved in various crimes, the statement added.

Commander Southern Command, Lieutenant General Aamir Riaz while addressing a tribal jirga in Zhob District said that war on terror would continue till the end of last terrorist and called upon tribesmen to play their due role in the efforts being made to make Balochistan, a peaceful province. The jirga was attended by tribal chiefs and elders from Pashtoon and Baloch tribes.

July 22

A soldier, identified as Arif, was killed, while two others were wounded when one IEDs exploded when an Army vehicle reached the Bahan area of Kalam tehsil in Swat District of KP at around 2pm. 

A roadside IED exploded at about 11am when a vehicle was passing through the same area. Three people — Ghagra tehsil Nazim Syed Salar Jehan and his two relatives Syed Imad Jehan and Shehzad Niazi — were wounded in the explosion. The sources said that it was not clear whether the nazim was the target of the IED.

July 23

Mangal Bagh, the fugitive head of the LI, was killed in a US drone attack on a compound in the mountainous Bandar Khudi Khola area in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan along with his two close aides, intelligence sources said. The sources said Mangal Bagh had reportedly sustained injuries when a drone struck the compound during the small hours. The sources maintained that the LI chief was reportedly provided medical assistance in the Bandar area of Nangarhar, but later succumbed to his injuries. “Two of his close aides were also killed and a third one was injured in the precise drone strike,” the sources claimed.

Sources in the intelligence agencies and among the Taliban confirmed his death. However, the LI denied the reports about the death of its chief. The Government had placed a bounty of PKR 20 million on the head of Mangal Bagh, who for several years was based in the Khyber Agency and ran his private prison and court. He belonged to the Sepah Afridi tribe and hailed from Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency.

July 24

Unidentified militants killed JUI-F leader Mufti Ehtishamul Haq and his son in Tump tehsil of Kech District in Balochistan. Levies sources said armed assailants opened fire on the former JUI-F District Chief, killing him on the spot along with his son.

FC personnel conducted search operations and arrested three insurgents from the Khudabadan area of Panjgur District. One sub-machine gun, four magazines, two rifles, two hand grenades and an air gun were recovered from their possession.

FC personnel arrested four insurgents during a search operation in Dadshah area of Barkhan in Kalat District and recovered two SMGs, pistols, rifles and six magazines.

Two persons including an activist of the MQM were gunned down in separate incidents, the provincial capital of Sindh.

Thirty-year-old Muhammad Faisal was shot dead by two men while he was sitting outside his residence, situated in sector 51-C of Korangi town. The men, on a motorcycle, opened indiscriminate fire at him with an automatic weapon. He was taken to the JPMC where he died during treatment.

Twenty-eight-year-old Sajid, son of Abdullah, was shot dead by two unidentified assailants right outside his residence in Orangi Town. He passed away while being taken to the Abbasi Shaheel Hospital. According to officials of the Iqbal Market Police Station, they found empty 9mm bullet casings from the spot.

Dispelling media reports, the Karachi Police Chief Additional IG Mushtaq Mehar said on July 24 that nobody had been arrested in connection with the murder of renowned Qawwal Amjad Sabri yet. A day earlier, TV news channels had reported a suspect had been held in connection with the killing and he had confessed to not only his involvement in the crime, but also disclosed the names of his accomplices. “Several people were detained on the suspicion of their involvement in the murder but they were later released after no evidence was found against them,” Additional IG Karachi Mushtaq Mehar said.

Police arrested 78 suspected persons from various localities of Peshawar, the provincial capital of KP, including Hayatabad residential area during a search operation. The authorities also recovered drugs from their possession. According to the Police control, Peshawar Police have arrested 78 suspected persons including 13 suspects wanted in different crime and 35 others who did not possess proper documentation for the residing on rental basis.

At least 60 suspects were arrested during search and strike operations in Matta, Charbagh and Kabal tehsils of Swat District.

KP CM Pervez Khattak said that Police Order 2016 would soon be presented at the provincial assembly for approval, which would empower the Police force in KP. While addressing a gathering at the Armoured Colony No.2 in Hakimabad area, the CM said that his Government is also empowering the Police complaint and public safety commission. He added that the District nazims across the province would now prepare the ACR of the police officials as well as district administration officials to keep an eye on their performance.

Nearly a thousand bullet-ridden corpses have been recovered from various parts of Balochistan in the past six years, official documents revealed, indicating a disturbing sign that the security of the country's largest province is worsening yet again. More than 51 percent mutilated bodies were identified as ethnic Baloch. Official figures continued to reveal shocking figures further as stating that 22 percent dead bodies belonged to Pashtuns while rest of the bullet-ridden corpses either remained unidentified or belong to Punjabis, Afghan refugees or non-Muslims. More than 940 dead bodies were recovered from various Districts of Balochistan whereas Quetta remained the worst-hit district with 346 dead bodies were recovered since 2010, revealed figures prepared by senior officials assigned to swiftly execute the NAP.

The confidential data, also exclusively available with Geo News (ASKKS Programme)/The News, further revealed that over 112 persons were still missing in the province. With these rights violations, official figures further shocked that over 658 innocent people lost their lives in sectarian incidents where total 1, 837 were killed either in target killings or other disputes after 2011 in the province. Over 3, 470 people were injured in terror or sectarian related incidents during this period. SFs, with help of intelligence agencies and operators of newly established IFC recovered over 498 dead bodies of Baloch during this period in the province which already lags behind other provinces in terms of over nine key social indicators.

Around 159 dead bodies of Pashtuns were recovered from various parts of the province while SFs could not identify 175 bullet-ridden corpses as their faces were completely burnt and spoiled. The Police also recovered around 108 dead bodies of other people where some of them were identified as Afghan refugees and Punjabis. The report also revealed that Kalat was the second largest District after Quetta where 268 dead bodies were recovered by law enforcing agencies. After Quetta and Kalat, over 171 dead bodies were recovered in this District by the Police. In terms of worst rights violence, 2011 witnessed recovery of 203 dead bodies, 129 in 2015, 165 in 2014, 168 in 2013, 166 in 2012, 102 in 2010 and 17 bullet-ridden bodies were recovered this year (2016). Official data further revealed that over 2,654 intelligence based operations were conducted by the law enforcement agencies soon after the Army Public School massacre in December 2016.

According to CPLC official report, the criminal activities and street crimes are on the rise despite operation against the criminal elements by the LEAs in the metropolis in past six months. The report said the city witnessed around 233 murders during this period that makes 7/8 killings a day in the metropolis. The CPLC reported that 34 killings were recorded in January and 27 in February this year and the highest killing of 46 people in separate incidents occurred in March this year. There were 29 killings in the month of April and 47 in May while in June around 50 people were killed, the report said. According to the report, about 95 vehicles were stolen from different parts of metropolis while 796 stolen cases were reported to CPLC.

The numbers of snatched motorcycles stood at 1,273 while 10,380 mobile phones were snatched besides 7,900 citizens were deprived of their wallets in street crimes whereas the victims of the criminal activity reported 9,211 cases to CPLC, the report said. According to CPLC, 140 incidents of street crimes and robberies were reported on daily basis in 2014 that further increased in 2015 to 163 incidents which were recorded on daily basis. The CPLC officials said that street crimes, including vehicles snatching, motorcycles and mobile phone theft were on higher side this year. The claims of City Police are declining in number of killings and other criminal activities remained same as these report were not correct, said CPLC.

July 25

The FC arrested four suspects with weapons and narcotics in Kharotabad and Killi Bangulzai areas of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. The team recovered two SMGs and two pistols from their possession.   

Another team of FC raided a place in Zhob District and took two suspects into custody for possessing narcotics. 

Police arrested three suspects and seized weapons from their possession in Pasni, coastal area of Gwadar District. Police recovered weapons and other items which include two Kalashnikovs, repeating rifles, other rifles, satellite phone, laptop, bullets and two vehicles.

The coordinator for the NACTA Ihsan Ghani on July 25 said that a total of 1,808 terrorists had been killed and 5,611 arrested since the NAP was launched in 2015. About 951 of the terrorists were killed in the FATA, 455 in Sindh, 197 in KP, 135 in Punjab, 68 in Balochistan and two in GB, he added. Talking to the media after a monthly meeting of NACTA about the implementation status of 20 points of the NAP, Ihsan Ghani said a majority of the terrorists was arrested in Sindh, KP and FATA, where their number was 1,665, 1,572 and 1,256, respectively. Giving details about the operations under the NAP, he said 122,772 ‘combing operations’ were carried out, while 142,335 suspects were arrested. 

Besides conducting 2,012,765 stop-and-search operations, around 4,230 IBOs were carried out, while 119,794 calls were received at Helpline 1717, he added. The coordinator said some 411 executions had been carried out under the NAP – 380 in Punjab, 18 in Sindh, six in KP, five in Balochistan and two in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). Regarding establishment of special trial courts, he said 11 courts had been notified.

July 26

At least two Army personnel were killed when TTP militants opened fire on their vehicle near Parking Plaza in Saddar town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. “They were the soldiers of the security agency who were critically injured,” Karachi Police Chief Mushtaq Mehar said. “One was later martyred,” he said. Later, the injured security personnel succumbed to his wounds in hospital. “We have collected some empty bullet casings of 9mm pistol from the scene, however, further investigations are still underway,” he added. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the deceased personnel were identified as Sepoy Abdul Razzaq and Lance Naik Khadim Hussain.

Ehsanullah Ehsan, the spokesperson for the TTP faction JuA claimed responsibility of the killing. The officers were killed as they were on the Pakistani Taliban faction’s “target list”, Ehsanullah Ehsan said.

Rangers arrested five suspects during an overnight search operation in the Dhobi Ghat and Tauhid Chowk areas of Lines area in Karachi on and recovered weapons from them as well. According to the details, Rangers conducted a house-to-house search operation from where five suspects were arrested along with armaments.

The CTD arrested two IS cadres and recovered explosive material from them a house in Khan Colony of Lahore, the provincial capital of Punjab. A CTD spokesman said they received intelligence report about the presence of suspected terrorists who were planning attack on Government installations. The arrested militants were identified as Yaqoob Shah and Abdullah Moavia.

CTD personnel arrested a suspected terrorist and recovered two hand grenades from him in Multan. According to the CTD sources, Jaan Muhammad, allegedly affiliated with IS, who was earlier affiliated with banned Hizb ul Tahrir and Sautul Ummah outfits, was arrested with two hand grenades and IS literature.

CTD arrested another suspect, Naeem Jaan, a member of banned LeJ with explosive material in a raid near Nasarullah Chowk on Head Muhammadwala Road in Multan. They said the suspect was about to target a worship place.

July 27

At least one person was killed while five others were injured in a bomb blast at Sariab road in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. According to the BDS, the bomb was detonated through a remote-controlled device. Over two kilogramme of explosive material was used in the explosive, the BDS added. Sources said that a rickshaw driver who sustained injuries during the blast succumbed to his wounds during treatment at a hospital.

A tribal elder, Mir Bashir Ahmed Bizenjo, was shot dead in Hub town of Lasbela District. Unidentified assailants barged into the house of Mr Bizenjo near Asad Chowk and opened fire on him. He suffered multiple bullet injuries and died while being taken to hospital. He was cousin of former Balochistan Assembly deputy speaker Mir Abdul Qadoos Bizenjo and brother of Awaran District Council Chairman Naseer Ahmed Bizenjo.

The Chairman of the US Senate Committee on Armed Services, John McCain, urged the US, Pakistan and Afghanistan to overcome their differences and get down to the business of fighting terrorists. In an opinion piece published in The Financial Times, Senator McCain argued that without Pakistan’s cooperation, the US mission in Afghanistan would become “immeasurably more difficult”. “The sooner the US, Pakistan and Afghanistan get down to the business of fighting their common terrorist enemies together, no matter where they hide, the better off the nations, the region and the world will be,” he wrote.

After a significant drop in crime rate in the wake of Rangers-led operation in the city, the incidents of kidnapping, gang rape and riots have registered an alarming rise not only in Karachi but also in the rest of Sindh, said data compiled by CTD. The data showed that 557 murders took place between January and July last year while 371 killings were reported during the same period this year, marking a difference of 186 lives. A total of 737 kidnappings took place in the city during last seven months this year as compared to 722 kidnappings during the same period last year, registering an increase of 15 cases. Since these kidnappings did not lead to payment of ransom as per Police’s terminology, the data was silent about the motive of the crime. 

The CTD head, Additional Inspector General of Police Dr Sanaullah Abbasi, told Dawn that most of the victims were women who were kidnapped for a host of reasons. Police had arrested 301 suspects involved in such kidnappings, he said. Police believed the incidents of kidnapping for ransom had dropped significantly as the data revealed that 32 incidents of kidnapping for ransom took place during seven months last year but this year so far, 15 such incidents had been reported. The other disturbing trend the data showed pertained to gang rape, with a total of 21 incidents reported during last seven months this year as compared to eight such incidents during the same period last year, a rise of 13 cases.

The Rangers authorities have revealed that target killers in Karachi are receiving financial assistance from South Africa, Thailand and the United Kingdom. While briefing the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights, the Rangers authorities informed that 7950 operations were conducted across the metropolis since September 2013. Around 6361 suspects were handed over to police and 221 were handed over to FIA and other law enforcement agencies. 1158 suspects were released without registration of the FIR, 1,313 were released on bail while 188 were convicted in various cases. A total of 1,236 alleged terrorists, 848 target killers, 403 extortionists and 143 kidnappers were among those arrested during these raids.

Alleged target killers confessed to targeting 7224 persons in the city, the paramilitary Rangers stated. 1,313 operations were conducted against the MQM, 1,035 against Peoples Aman Committee and 28 operations were carried out against ANP. The Rangers authorities further reported that there was an 80% decline in terror related incidents, 75% in target killings, 85% in extortion cases and 83% reduction in incidents of kidnapping. The report comes a day after two army men, Lance Naik Abdul Razzaq and Sepoy Khadmin Hussain were shot dead when motorcycle gunmen opened fire on their pick-up truck near parking plaza in Saddaq area of Karachi.

July 28

Two unidentified armed assailants hurled a grenade outside the residence of businessman Aga Hashim in Khayaban-e-Badbaan area of Defence Phase VIII within the Darakhshan Police limits of Karachi the provincial capital of Sindh. However, no casualties were reported.

Joint teams of the Sindh Police and Rangers arrested three suspects belonging to MQM during two raids in MQM unit offices in Surjani Town area of Gadap Town and Shah Faisal Colony in Shah Faisal Town. The suspects were identified as Samad, MQM sector in-charge, Imran and Irfan. There were reports that the raids were conducted on information gathered from suspects already under detention, and that all three apprehended men were shifted to an undisclosed location for interrogation.

A vehicle of the SFs was damaged in an IED attack in Qandeel Kas area of Bahrain tehsil in Swat District. However, no casualties were reported.  

According to official Police statistics, at least 1,210 personnel of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police have been killed in the war against militancy since 2006. According to the data available, at least 340 personnel have lost their lives in Peshawar during this period. This is followed by Swat where 123 Police officials have died. In Bannu, 120 personnel have lost their lives while 100 others have died in DI Khan till July 21, 2016.

An unnamed Police Official said that Peshawar as a front line district has been bearing the brunt of the war against militancy. According to him, around 50 per cent of terrorist attacks have been taking place in the city for the past several years. “This is evident from the fact that the total number of policemen slain in Peshawar is 340 while many more have been injured,” he said, adding, “Over the years, roadside and suicide attacks at the police were the most favoured means used by terrorists. But these have been replaced with target killings recently.”

The Punjab Home Department directed Punjab Police to take strict action against activists of Hafiz Mohammad Saeed-led JuD. In its directions issued to the Additional Inspector General of Police-Operations Punjab and to Divisional Police Chiefs across the Province, the Home Department asked for details of fundraising by JuD and other proscribed organisations as the activity is against the law. According to the directive, JuD is making efforts to collect funds through Islamic charity, including fitrana, zakat and sadkaats.

July 29

Unidentified Afghanistan-based militants killed two shepherds in Bamburet valley of Chitral District and herded their 300 sheep to their country. The slain shepherds were identified as Noor Ahmed and Khushuli. According to sources, two Kalash shepherds grazing sheep in Ghari were attacked by a group of 30 militants who crossed over to Pakistan from Nuristan Province of Afghanistan. The shepherds reportedly opened fire on the militants, leading to an exchange of fire. However, the shepherds ran out of ammunition and were killed in the cross-fire. The militants abducted the shepherds and herded their sheep to Afghanistan.

At least seven people, including a traffic Police warden, identified as Sajjad Khan, were injured in a remote controlled bomb blast near Charsadda Bus Stand within the jurisdiction of Faqirabad Police Station in provincial capital Peshawar.

Two bullet-riddled dead bodies, identified as that of Mohammad Naveed (28) and Mohammad Latif (42), were found in the Sharak area of Kech District.

A Lyari gangster, identified as Akhter Baloch (35), was killed in a targeted attack while he was sitting outside his relative’s house on Darya Khan Road within the Chakiwara Police limits in Lyari Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

An unidentified bullet-riddled dead body of a man was found near the Lyari River within the Mauripur Police limits in Kiamari Town.

People in Neelum valley in PoK took to the streets to protest against rigged elections of July 21, 2016, which was won by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's PML-N party. The PML-N bagged 31 out of the 41 seats up for grabs, while the MC and PPP bagged three seats each. The protesters had to face the Police wrath as they burnt Pakistani flag and raised slogans against the Government.

Widespread protests have been witnessed in major PoK towns, including Muzaffarabad, Kotli, Chinari and Mirpur, after members of the PML-N killed a MC supporter in Muzaffarabad District. Locals allege that the elections in PoK are always fixed in favour of the ruling party in Pakistan. The HRCP confirmed the allegations of corrupt practices, involving money and muscle power.

July 30

A soldier was killed and 15 others, including five Rangers personnel, were wounded in two back-to-back bomb explosions targeting a vehicle of the paramilitary force on Mirokhan Road in Larkana city of Sindh. A remote-controlled bomb weighing half a kilogram and fitted to a bicycle went off when the vehicle drove past it, followed by the explosion of another device hidden in a pile of garbage nearby, said Larkana DIG Abdullah Shaikh. 

Meanwhile, the blasts were claimed by the SRA in pamphlets found by Police at the scene. The pamphlet said the SRA has taken responsibility for the attack. DIG Abdullah Shaikh said Police are investigating the pamphlet but no arrests have been made as yet. "It is premature to say anything at this point in the backdrop of this pamphlet," he said, adding that "responsibility for the blast is certainly claimed through this pamphlet."

July 31

Seven suspected LeJ and the TTP militants were killed during an exchange of fire with CTD personnel near the Parrianwala railway crossing in Sheikhupura District of Punjab. A CTD Punjab spokesman said Sheikhupura Police "received information from a credible source that nine to ten suspects belonging to the TTP and LeJ were present near the Parrianwala railway crossing at around 1am. He claimed they were planning to attack sensitive installations and personnel belonging to law enforcement agencies in the city. Weapons and ammunition were allegedly recovered from the suspects, including 5 kilograms of explosive material, two detonators, three motorcycles, three Kalashnikov rifles, four pistols and 150 bullets.

Pakistan Rangers have arrested 7,950 suspects since the execution of NAP on September 5, 2013 among which 6,361 were handed over to Police and 221 to FIA with evidences, said Pakistan Rangers official Colonel Qaiser. The Rangers also recovered a large amount of weapons and ammunition from the arrested persons. "We have arrested 848 target killers who confessed more than 7,000 killings", said Colonel Qaiser. While giving a detailed briefing to Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights, he said that among the arrested persons, 1,236 were terrorists, 848 target killers, and 403 were kidnappers for ransom. He informed that 5,518 were released without registering FIR against them, 1,313 got bail whereas 188 were convicted. The Rangers official further stated that as result of these operations, 80 percent terrorism was reduced in the country while 75 percent target killings were decreased. Besides that extortion, kidnapping for ransom and other crimes were also reduced to significant level, he said.

August 1

Two Hazara Shias, identified as Ghulam Nabi and Mohammad Nabi, were killed in a targeted attack near the Government Boys Degree College while they on their way home on Sariab Road of provincial capital Quetta. "Gunmen on a motorcycle stopped the rickshaw and then opened fire on them and fled the scene," Abdullah Jan Afridi, a senior police officer said. Both the victims were labourers in a coalmine.

JuA, the breakaway faction of TTP claimed responsibility for the killing. "The TTP-JuA members fired at two Shias," said spokesperson, Ehsanullah Ehsan.

Two Hazara Shias, identified as Ghulam Nabi and Mohammad Nabi, were killed in a targeted attack near the Government Boys Degree College while they on their way home on Sariab Road of provincial capital Quetta. "Gunmen on a motorcycle stopped the rickshaw and then opened fire on them and fled the scene," Abdullah Jan Afridi, a senior police officer said. Both the victims were labourers in a coalmine.

JuA, the breakaway faction of TTP claimed responsibility for the killing. "The TTP-JuA members fired at two Shias," said spokesperson, Ehsanullah Ehsan.

An IB official, identified as Usman Gul, and a passer-by, identified as Iftikhar, were killed when unidentified militants opened fire at the officer on Wazir Bagh Road in Tauheedabad locality within the limits of Yakatoot Police Station Police Station of provincial capital Peshawar.

The PPP-led Provincial Government decided to keep the arrangement unchanged and stated that the Rangers will enjoy Special Powers for three months to be applicable to Karachi Division. Twelve days after the authority of the paramilitary force to Police the provincial capital expired, CM Syed Murad Ali Shah signed a summary prepared by the Home Department, allowing the Sindh Rangers to continue to conduct raids and arrest criminals in Karachi's six Districts for the next 90 days.

The CM also approved another summary, allowing the Rangers to stay in Sindh for another year.

US commander General John W Nicholson, who commands the US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, while briefing Washington-based journalists at the Pentagon, Virginia said that almost 70 per cent of Daesh or IS fighters in Afghanistan are TTP militants. Nicholson said a "significant proportion, a majority of fighters" with IS in Afghanistan come from Pakistan's Orakzai Agency, over the border from Nangarhar, and are former members of the TTP. He said that many of the fighters were Pakistani Pashtun from Orakzai Agency and had been forced out of Pakistan by the ongoing military offensive, Operation Zarb-e-Azb.

"In the case of the IS fighters in southern Nangarhar, we see that many of them come from the Orakzai Agency, which is south of Nangarhar - actually, south of the Khyber Agency. And they were former members of the TTP, complete with their leadership, who wholesale joined Islamic State, pledged baya (allegiance) to Islamic State and joined them earlier this year," General Nicholson said.

The reconstruction and rehabilitation process of 80 per cent of the 183 schools destroyed by militants in Khyber Agency of FATA has been completed, an Education department official said. Khyber Agency Education Officer Abdur Rashid informed that the terrorists had destroyed 183 schools in the agency, including 153 schools in Bara tehsil alone. These schools included 94 schools that were completely raised to the ground. He said that Government had completed construction work on 80 per cent schools but education department of the agency was yet to take charge of the school and let them open for learning. "However, alternate places have been managed to keep the education activities alive in the area and let students undertake their learning activities," Abdur Rashid added.

August 2

Three suspected militants were killed in an exchange of fire with FC personnel during a search operation in Hoshab area of Kech District. The FC personnel destroyed four hideouts of the militants after seizing a huge quantity of arms and ammunition, said FC spokesman Khan Wasey. The weapons seized from the hideouts included four rifles, two sub-machineguns, three shotguns and thousands of rounds. Anti-state literatures were also found in the hideouts.

Three suspected militants were killed in an exchange of fire with FC personnel during a search operation in Hoshab area of Kech District. The FC personnel destroyed four hideouts of the militants after seizing a huge quantity of arms and ammunition, said FC spokesman Khan Wasey. The weapons seized from the hideouts included four rifles, two sub-machineguns, three shotguns and thousands of rounds. Anti-state literatures were also found in the hideouts.

During a meeting chaired by CII Chairman Maulana Muhammad Khan Sheerani, the top Islamic legislative advisory body, called upon the Government to include jihad-related verses of the Holy Quran in the syllabus. According to details, the Federal Education and Professional Training Ministry had finalized the curriculum for public educational institutions, making a strong pitch for all federating units to introduce teaching of the Holy Quran as a compulsory subject from grade 1 to 12. The final draft of the recommendations was submitted to the top religious body for review. However, when the CII took up the matter, it found that the Ministry did not include jihad-related verses in the curriculum, and they demanded that the Government include these verses in the syllabus. "There are 484 jihad-related verses in the Holy Quran, but they were deliberately not included in the syllabus so that students are not taught this (jihad)," CII member Maulana Zahid Qasmi said.

The Federal and Sindh Governments were at loggerheads over the issue of Rangers' Special Powers, with the Centre rejecting the Province's summary restricting policing powers of the paramilitary force to Karachi. The Centre wanted the extension of Rangers' policing powers to the whole of Sindh - an idea not acceptable to the Provincial Government. A source said the summary would be sent back to the Sindh Government with an advice to prepare a fresh summary equipping the Rangers with policing powers for the entire Province.

But the Sindh Government said Islamabad had not officially communicated its rejection of the summary. "We have not sent the summary about Special Powers (of Rangers) to the Federal Government, but we have sent a letter to Islamabad informing it about the government's notification," said a spokesman for the CM House quoting Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah.

August 3

Five persons, including three SF personnel, were injured in a remote controlled IED blast that hit their vehicle on Spiny Road in provincial capital Quetta.

At least five Afghan militants were killed in an intelligence-based operation by SFs in the border area of Bumburate village of Kalsh valley in Chitral District of KP. "Security forces spotted movement of militants from Afghanistan in the border area of Bumburate village," said security officials. Security forces cordoned off the area and launched a targeted operation in the area to hunt the militants, added the security officials. "Five militants were killed in an exchange of fire, we also recovered heavy weapons from the militants after a search operation in the area," confirmed the officials.

Five people sustained injuries in two bomb blasts at a police check post near the local courts in Charsadda town of same District. The sources said the first blast occurred early in the day and caused no casualty. They added that the employees of the Tehsil Municipal Administration (TMA) were cleaning the nullah near the Police check post after the first explosion when the second blast happened and injured five workers. The injured were identified as Fawad, Haidar Ali, Jan Muhammad, Jan Wali and Javed Islam.

Five persons, including three SF personnel, were injured in a remote controlled IED blast that hit their vehicle on Spiny Road in provincial capital Quetta. The US placed TTP-JuA, a breakaway faction of the TTP, and its leaders on a list of specially designated global terrorists. "The imposition of sanctions by the United States against terrorists is a powerful tool," the State Department said in a statement announcing the designation. "Designations of terrorist individuals and groups expose and isolate organisations and individuals, and result in denial of access to the US financial system. Moreover, designations can assist or complement the law enforcement actions of other US agencies and other governments," it added.

The US State Department announced that the designation automatically imposed on the group and its leaders all sanctions that applied to foreign persons and groups determined to have committed, or posing a significant risk of committing acts of terrorism. Designated entities are also considered a threat to the security of the US and its nationals and to its foreign policy and economy. As a result of these designations, all property subject to US jurisdiction in which JuA has any interest is blocked and US persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with the group.

The Federal Ministry of Interior issued two notifications on the request of Sindh Government in connection with the powers of Rangers, extending the special policing powers of paramilitary force in Karachi for 90 days, and also extending Rangers deployment in Sindh Province for another year to continue to discharge functions and assist the Sindh Police in the maintenance of law and order within the province.

"Pursuant to the request made by the Home Department, Government of Sindh, dated 1st August, 2016 and in continuation of this Ministry's Notification No.9/1/95-R (Sindh) dated 9th May, 2016 the powers conferred upon Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) in Karachi Division under clause (i) of sub section-3 of section-4 of Anti Terrorism Act, 1997, (XXVII of 1997), are extended for another period of 90 days with effect from 20th July, 2016," said the notification extending the force's special policing powers in Karachi.

The terms of both special policing powers of the Sindh Rangers in Karachi under the Anti-Terrorism Act and the stay of the paramilitary force in the province in aid of civil administration and the police had ended on 19 July, 2016.

August 4

Provincial Home Minister Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti during a press conference in Quetta said that the Security Forces arrested six militants believed to be involved in two bomb blasts. He said that the arrests were made during raids jointly conducted by police and personnel of intelligence agencies at two places in the Eastern Bypass and Killi Shabo areas of Quetta. Mr Bugti said the arrested militants belonged to the UBA and added, "They carried out a bomb blast in a bus carrying people of the Sariab area a few months ago, killing 11 people. "Besides, they exploded a bomb fitted to a cycle at Almo Chowk two months ago that left five people dead. They were also involved in other subversive activities."

A Punjab Government Mi-17 helicopter crash-landed in Mati area of Azra District in Logar Province of Afghanistan where Afghan Taliban took the seven people onboard hostage before setting the helicopter on fire. The helicopter was on its way for maintenance to Uzbekistan. The seven people included retired military officers and a Russian navigator. However, conflicting reports from Afghanistan reported that the helicopter belonged to Pakistan military.

Provincial Home Minister Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti during a press conference in Quetta said that the Security Forces arrested six militants believed to be involved in two bomb blasts. He said that the arrests were made during raids jointly conducted by police and personnel of intelligence agencies at two places in the Eastern Bypass and Killi Shabo areas of Quetta. Mr Bugti said the arrested militants belonged to the UBA and added, "They carried out a bomb blast in a bus carrying people of the Sariab area a few months ago, killing 11 people. "Besides, they exploded a bomb fitted to a cycle at Almo Chowk two months ago that left five people dead. They were also involved in other subversive activities."

CTD Police arrested three TTP-Swat Chapter terrorists during an encounter in Manghopir area of Gadap Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. The Police said that the accused were involved in a Police encounter and an attack on army soldiers in Waziristan. The Police recovered a suicide jacket, three TT pistols, four hand grenades and two kilograms of ball bearings from their hideout.

The accused were identified as Saif-ur-Rehman alias Buddah, Taj Muhammad alias Salman and Adil. During the initial interrogation, they admitted that they were experts in laying landmines and firing rockets and also recruited youngsters in Karachi and took them to Afghanistan for training. They added that after training, the youths were handed over to various TTP wings, which used them to carry out their fight against with the Pakistan Army and the NATO forces in Afghanistan.

An Oslo court sentenced a Pakistani-origin man Hasan Ahmed (46) to six years in prison for joining the ISIS. Hasan Ahmed, a Norwegian citizen of Pakistani origin, was found guilty of vowing allegiance to ISIS and taking part in ISIS training programmes. Ahmed's son Ishaq was also sentenced to eight years in prison by a Norway court 2015 for joining the jihadist group.

A Pakistani-Italian, Aftab Farooq has been deported from Italy for allegedly plotting to join ISIS in Syria, the Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said. According to reports, Farooq (26), was captain of the Italian youth cricket team and had captained the Italian Under-19 cricket team back in 2009. Farooq had reportedly been living in a town near Milan with his family for 13 years.

Afghan refugees, residing in KP for decades, have appealed to the Government for an extension in their stay in Pakistan. The refugees, citing difficulty in wrapping up their businesses, have stated that six months given earlier is not sufficient. A refugee jirga, addressing a press conference, stated that they were thankful to Pakistan for its hospitality and hosting the refugees for 35 years. "What we want is extension our stay in Pakistan," Habibullah Gulbuddin, son of Hikmatyar Gulbuddin said, adding the situation in Afghanistan was not suitable for their return. Gulbuddin added they were facing difficulties and cannot move freely due to police harassment. "Afghan refugees are heavily invested in their business and thousands of Afghans are studying in Pakistan," elaborated Gulbuddin. He said it is impossible for them to wrap up their businesses over night, which has been established after years of struggle.

The Pentagon will not pay Pakistan USD 300 million in military reimbursements after US Secretary of Defence Ash Carter decided not to tell Congress that Pakistan was taking adequate action against the Haqqani network, Pentagon spokesperson Adam Stump said. Relations between the two countries have been frayed over the past decade, with US officials frustrated by what they term Islamabad's unwillingness to act against extremist groups such as the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network. "The funds could not be released to the Government of Pakistan at this time because the Secretary has not yet certified that Pakistan has taken sufficient action against the Haqqani network," Adam Stump said.

The USD 300 million comes under the CSF, a US Defence Department programme to reimburse allies that have incurred costs in supporting counter-terrorist and counter-insurgency operations. Pakistan is the largest recipient. "This decision does not reduce the significance of the sacrifices that the Pakistani military has undertaken over the last two years," Stump added. According to Pentagon data, about USD 14 billion has already been paid to Pakistan under the CSF since 2002. The decision by the Pentagon is a sign that while it sees some progress by Pakistan in its military operations in North Waziristan, much work remains. Pakistan rejects harbouring militants but says there are limits to how much it can do as it is already fighting multiple extremist groups and is wary of a "blowback" in the form of more terror attacks on its soil.

The US said Pakistan has gone after militant groups selectively, urging Islamabad to eliminate all groups and shut down their safe havens. Responding to a question whether US was satisfied with Pakistan as far as fighting against terrorism, State Department Spokesman Mark Toner said Islamabad has taken and is taking steps to counter terrorist violence, and certainly focusing on those groups that threaten its stability. "They have shut down some of these safe havens. They've restored government control to parts of Pakistan that were used as terrorist safe havens for years," he said. He said "these important steps have contributed to security interests in the region and have come at a cost of Pakistani lives lost.

August 5

A 56-year old doctor belonging to the Hindu community, Dr Pireetam Das, was shot dead in the Pak Colony area of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. "Dr Pireetam Das was sitting in his clinic located in Hasrat Mohani Colony at midnight when someone attacked him," said Akhtar Farooq, SSP Investigation West. The Police official added the doctor's attendant had gone to buy a mobile card when the doctor was attacked.

August 7

As many as 160 suspects have been shot dead in 'encounters' in different Districts of Sindh in just five months - March to July - according to Sindh police statistics. "During the last five months of this year (March to July), a total of 732 encounters took place in various districts of Sindh in which 160 suspects were killed," according to Sindh police statistics which were released to the media by Assistant Inspector General of Police (operations) Arif Aslam Rao on August 7. The police spokesperson clarified that these encounters were led by different Police Stations of different Districts, including Karachi. The official added that suspects killed by the Police's special units like the counterterrorism department were not included in the list. Among the killed suspects, 52 were alleged terrorists, 103 involved in robberies and other crimes, and five were alleged kidnappers.

The Police also claimed to have busted 225 "criminal gangs" through encounters, raids and other actions during the same period. The Police also seized 23 suicide jackets, 120 hand grenades, 12 rocket launchers, 102kg of explosive materials, one anti-aircraft gun, six LMGs/G-3, 366 shot guns/repeaters, 103 MP-5/rifles, 2,681 pistols/revolvers, and 17,983 bullets during the encounters from the custody of terrorists, robbers and kidnappers, according to the police report.

The Supreme commander of the HuM Syed Salahuddin urged Pakistan on August 7 to find a peaceful solution to the ongoing violence in India-held Kashmir. Speaking during a press conference at the JI's headquarters, Idara Noor-i-Haq, in Karachi Salahuddin, who is also the head of the MJC, said that if a peaceful solution is not reached then Pakistan should consider cutting off diplomatic ties with India over the killing of Burhan Muzaffar Wani in Kashmir. The young commander's killing gave "new meaning to the struggle for India-held Kashmir". Salahuddin spoke for the entire duration of the one-hour press conference, with members of the JI, including its Karachi Amir Naeem-ur-Rahman, sitting next to him. The reporters were informed that Salahuddin had come on a short visit to Karachi from Muzaffarabad to "especially speak to the media". Pakistan termed as 'misplaced and self contradictory' the remarks by the US that it was being selective in targeting terrorists and did not go after the groups threatening its neighbours. "We have taken a serious note of the remarks made by the US Department of State's deputy spokesman Mark Toner which are self-contradictory and oblivious of the fact that Pakistan has taken concrete measures to counter terrorism in a phase-wise manner keeping in view Pakistan's national security concerns," the Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said in a statement. Nafees Zakaria said during their recent visit Senator John McCain and other US legislators and congressmen were unanimous in acknowledging the remarkable achievements made by Pakistan in its counterterrorism drive. "They visited Miranshah and observed the situation on ground for themselves," he added, noting that Senator McCain on his return also wrote an article on his experience in Pakistan. The FO spokesperson reiterated that terrorism was more of a concern to Pakistan than its neighbour.

August 8

At least 74 persons were killed and over 100 others wounded in a suicide bombing at the emergency ward of Quetta’s Civil Hospital, where scores of people had gathered to mourn the death of BBA President Bilal Anwar Kasi in a gun attack earlier in the day. Law enforcement officials said that the two attacks were connected and the blast was carried out by a suicide bomber. They said that the body of Kasi, who was shot dead by two armed assailants, was brought to the Civil Hospital and a number of his friends, colleagues and relatives as well as a posse of press photographers and television cameramen also reached there as soon as they got the news. The 55 slain lawyers include BBA’s former President Baz Muhammad Kakar; former Supreme Court Bar Association Vice-President Syed Qahir Shah; Advocate Sangat Jamaldani, son of Jahanzeb Jamaldani, Secretary General, BNP-M; and Advocate Dawood Kasi, son of Former Federal Minister Dr. Abdul Malik Kasi.  Two cameramen — Shahzad Khan and Mehmood Khan— working for Aaj TV and Dawn, respectively, were also killed.

The JuA, a splinter group of the TTP, claimed responsibility for the targeted killing of Advocate Kasi and the subsequent blast. JuA ‘spokesman’ Ehsanullah Ehsan vowed more attacks “until the imposition of an Islamic system in Pakistan”. The IS group also claimed responsibility for the suicide attack, Reuters quoted the IS’s Amaq news agency as saying. “A martyr from the Islamic State detonated his explosive belt at a gathering of justice ministry employees and Pakistani policemen in...Quetta,” the Amaq report said released from Cairo, Egypt.

Following the blast, the CoAS General Raheel Sharif chaired a high-level security meeting and ordered the intelligence agencies to initiate special combing operations to target those involved in terror attacks, said a tweet by ISPR spokesperson. The Army Chief chaired the meeting, with the Balochistan Chief Minister, Provincial Chief Secretary and Commander Southern Command in attendance. ISPR quoted the Army Chief as saying that after their defeat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, terrorists are shifting their focus to Balochistan. The attack is an attempt to undermine the improved security situation of Balochistan, and the effort is specially targeting the CPEC, he said. All resources will be employed to control the situation.

August 9

Two soldiers were killed in an IED explosion in the border area of Nawagai tehsil in Bajaur Agency of FATA. According to officials, Havildars Khurshid and Mushtaq were taking water to their post on mules from a nearby place when an IED planted along the way went off. The bomb was detonated by a remote control.

The top Army Generals believe that the terrorist threat is transforming because of a growing nexus between hostile actors in the neighbourhood and ‘facilitators’ within the country. At a corps commanders’ conference held at the General Headquarters on August 9, the Generals reviewed the threat perception and discussed measures for countering the imminent security challenges. “Participants of the conference were given detailed briefings on ongoing military operations and overall external and internal security situation in the country with particular reference to counterterrorism domain,” the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

August 10

The FC arrested an alleged militant and his facilitators from Kalat and Killa Abdullah Districts of Balochistan in search operations. According to reports, the FC personnel, acting on a tip, carried out a search operation in Juhan area of Kalat District and apprehended two facilitators of a militant. Meanwhile, the militant was also arrested from Gulistan area of Killa Abdulla District in another operation.

SFs launched a combing operation in Quetta against banned organisations suspected of involvement in terrorist attacks. According to official sources, the operation was carried out in different areas of the provincial capital on the directives of the Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif. Around 500 personnel of the Frontier Corps, over 250 Police personnel and officials of intelligence agencies took part in the crackdown.

August 11

Fourteen people were injured in a roadside blast targeting a vehicle belonging to the ATF accompanying Justice Zahoor Shahwani's vehicle on Zarghon Road of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. Justice Zahoor Shahwani is judge of the Federal Shariat Court. The bomb was planted along the side of the road and exploded as the ATF's vehicle passed by. According to rescue officials, 10 civilians and four security officials were injured in the blast.  

As result of combing operation in parts of Rawalpindi District in Punjab, six terrorists inclusive of two most wanted commanders were arrested. According to ISPR, during the operations carried out in Gujar Khan and Kallar Syedan areas, the raiders also recovered arms and ammunition including prepared IEDs.

The political and military leadership has agreed to set up a task force to review the pace of implementation of the NAP. A meeting with PM Nawaz Sharif in the chair continued discussions on implementation of the NAP in a befitting manner on the third consecutive day on August 11. Ongoing counterterrorism operations also came under discussion during the meeting. Army Chief General Raheel Sharif, Federal Ministers Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Ishaq Dar, National Security Adviser Lieutenant-General (Retd) Nasir Janjua and ISI Director General Lieutenant-General Rizwan Akhtar were prominent among those who attended the meeting. The task force will consist of representatives of the Federal and Provincial Governments and heads of security agencies. Task force members will compile a report on implementation of all 26 points of the NAP. Internal and external security threats to the country, regional security issues and activities of anti-Pakistan intelligence agencies came under discussion in detail during the meeting, which continued for almost six hours. It was decided at the meeting that scope of the counterterrorism operations would be expanded to all parts of Pakistan.

The Supreme Court assailed the Sindh Government for not taking proper steps in ensuring maintenance of law and order situation in the provincial capital Karachi. During the proceedings of the Karachi law and order case, the Chief Justice inquired about the status of the CCTV cameras to be placed at different locations in the city. To which the Chief Secretary replied that an amount of rupees ten billion had been allocated for new CCTV cameras. The court responded by stating that the Government had failed to take action hence the Supreme Court had taken up the issue of law and order. "The issue is not allocating funds but also spending them where they are required to be spent," said the Chief Justice. "We want full implementation on the orders of the Karachi law and order case," he added. 

August 12

Four suspected militants were killed in a shootout with SFs in the Kahan area of Kohlu District in Balochistan. The FC action in Kohlu was part of a combing operation in Quetta and other areas of the province launched on the directives of Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif.

The Islamic State (Daesh) leader in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Hafiz Saeed, was killed in July 26 in a strike in the border region between the Afghanistan and Pakistan, a US defence official said. "They got him," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of any official announcement. Details of the strike were not immediately available, but a US official told the BBC that Saeed was killed in a July 26 drone strike in the Kot District of Nangarhar province. The death of Saeed represents a major setback for the IS group as it tries to establish itself as a serious force in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The SFs arrested four suspected suicide bombers from Shaks area of Jamrud tehsil in Khyber Agency of FATA and also recovered five suicide bomb vests from them.

As the military launched its first combing operations in Punjab targeting the TTP splinter group JuA, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif publicly vented frustration over the Government’s poor progress on the NAP against terrorism. He said the military’s gains during Operation Zarb-i-Azb were being lost. “The National Action Plan is central to achievements of our objectives and its lack of progress is affecting the consolidation phase of Operation Zarb-i-Azb,” he said at a special security meeting at the General Headquarters. The meeting was attended by ISI Director General Lieutenant General Rizwan Akhtar, 10th Corps Commander Lieutenant General Malik Zafar Iqbal and principal staff officers.

The Commander of Southern Command Lieutenant General Aamir Riaz alleged that India had launched an unconventional war against Pakistan and its agencies were involved in acts of terrorism in the country. He was speaking to journalists at the press club which he visited to offer his condolence over the killing of two cameramen — Mehmood Khan of Dawn and Shehzad Khan of Aaj TV — in August 8’s suicide bombing in Quetta which had claimed the lives of over 74 people. Lieutenant General Riaz alleged that some countries, including India, were behind acts of terrorism in Pakistan and said they were trying to create hurdles for development projects in Balochistan. Some foreign powers and their local agents are against the development of Balochistan and they are hatching conspiracies to achieve their nefarious designs. Some misguided people were playing in the hands of country’s enemies, he added.

August 13

Hundreds of people gathered in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of PoK demanding release of activist Baba Jan. As many as 500 youngsters were earlier arrested following protests against the CPEC during the visit of Pakistani officials. The protesters were also accused of raising anti-Pakistan slogans and demanding that the Pakistan Army leave Gilgit. Protests have been going on in the region for months, fuelled by the raging problem of unemployment among the youth. The protest on August 13 focused on demanding the release of Baba Jan, a member of the AWP of Pakistan. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison and fined PKR 500,000 by the Supreme Court of Appeal on June 8, 2016. 

Source:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.





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