Pakistan Timeline - 2017
Source:Compiled from news reports
and are provisional.
Police arrested at least three
terrorists and seized explosives from their custody during an
action in SITE Town area of Karachi, the provincial capital
of Sindh. The SSP of West Zone, Nasir Aftab said in a joint
action, launched by Police and personnel of an intelligence
agency, three terrorists affiliated to a banned outfit were
apprehended and recovered explosive material and detonators
from their possession.
Pakistan lashed out at India,
saying that New Delhi had “deployed” terrorism as an instrument
of state policy in the garb of denouncing terrorism. India,
it added, was involved in perpetrating, sponsoring, supporting
and financing terrorism. The remarks came in a statement that
Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria issued in response to
queries regarding reports about the failure of an Indian move
in the United Nations sanctions committee.
The number of target killings
in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, have significantly
decreased by 253 percent during 2016, as compared to 2015, while
the menace of extortions have slashed by 36 percent during the
same period, the annual report of Sindh Police said. However,
Police in the report have claimed that the number of target
killings has reduced because of the good performance of the
Police while the report has not mentioned the achievement of
Sindh Rangers' Karachi operation continued for the past three
Meanwhile, the Sindh Police’s
Counter-Terrorism Department is planning to deradicalise and
rehabilitate an estimated 300 militants held in different jails
of the province with the help of qualified psychologists, said
Additional Inspector General of the CTD, Dr Sanaullah Abbasi.
Under the proposed initiative, the CTD would conduct psychological
profiling of the arrested militants to ascertain the possible
factors, leading to militancy as a move to rehabilitate them.
“The CTD Sindh has taken an initiative to create psychological
profiles of arrested militants in the province,” said Dr Sanaullah
Abbasi. He said a unit of the CTD Sindh had been deputed to
go to jails to create such profiles along the lines of a proforma
created by the NACTA to better identify the factors that lead
to radicalisation of young men. The CTD chief said the unit
concerned had around 15 police personnel, who would collect
data about the imprisoned militants in Karachi and other parts
of Sindh. Dr Abbasi said that there were 250 to 300 militants
in different prisons of the province.
Six FCB officials were injured
after their vehicle came under attack near Western Bypass in
Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. The personnel
were en route to firing range of the training camp when terrorists
attacked the van with a remote-controlled bomb. The injured
officials are Subedar Muhammad Shafi, Hawaldar Awalur Rehman,
Naik Latif, Sepoys Saif, Raza Rehman and Qaim Khan. According
to the Bomb Disposal Squad, eight to ten Kg explosives were
used in the bombing.
The CTD officials of Hazara
Division arrested two TTP terrorists, Muhammad Nawaz alias Abrash
and Azizullah alias Hazaza, from Batagaram District of KP. Both
the terrorists are said to have received militant training in
Kunar area in Afghanistan. Nawaz and Azizullah were involved
in a number of terrorism incidents in the past and were also
found plotting an attack in the Batagaram region at the time
of their arrest. CTD officials said the two men revealed major
terrorism plots in Batagaram District during their initial interrogation.
A video clip of DPO Batagaram was also recovered from their
Deaths linked to violence in
the country decreased significantly in 2016, dropping 45 percent
compared with the previous year, CRSS report said. Some 2,610
people lost their lives due to violence during the period compared
with 4,647 in 2015. "There was nearly a 45 percent reduction
in the number of violence-related fatalities in 2016, which
continued the trend of reduction from 2014," the report
said. "In fact, since 2014, there has been an overall reduction
of nearly 66 percent." December was the least violent month
for the country during the year. Two provinces - Punjab and
Balochistan - had a marginal increase in violence during 2016.
Balochistan suffered the most fatalities as violence-related
deaths rose from 719 in 2015 to 798 last year, an upsurge of
nearly 10 percent, followed by Punjab, which lost 424 people
during 2016 - the highest number of fatalities in the province
during the last four years. Both provinces were the targets
of suicide attacks that increased the casualty count. Balochistan
had three suicide attacks, leaving 186 dead, while Punjab had
one suicide attack at a park crowded with families on Easter
Sunday, killing 75, including many children.
Three persons, including a Sub-Inspector,
were killed in firing incidents at various parts of Karachi,
the provincial capital of Sindh.
A SI of Police Iqbal Mehmood,
probing some targeted killing cases was shot dead and two others
injured in the night when unidentified assailants opened fire
at them on main Rashid Minhas Road in Gulistan-i-Jauhar Town
of Karachi. DSP Shara-i-Faisal Ali Anwar Soomro said that assailants
were chasing SI Iqbal Mehmood who was riding a bike along with
his friend Waseem. "As they disembarked from their motorbike
to purchase some items from a vendor near Lal Flats, gunmen
travelling in a car opened fire on them and fled," he said.
Mahmood's friend Waseem and a passerby teenager Hafeez Ullah
sustained bullet wounds in the incident. The deceased SI Iqbal
Mehmood was posted at investigation section of Ferozabad Police
Station. Investigators collected three spent bullet casings
fired from a 9mm pistol from the crime scene.
One person, identified as Rizwan,
who worked as a Police informer against drug peddlers, was shot
dead in a firing incident in Korangi Industrial Area under Korangi
Town of Karachi. SSP Nauman Siddiqui said that the Police had
arrested the killer and recovered weapons from him.
A civilian was shot dead in
a target-killing incident at Jamshed Road near Pardah Park in
Jamshed Town area of Karachi.
Unidentified militants shot
dead two people in Jinnah Town of Quetta, the provincial capital
of Balochistan. According to Police, both victims were going
somewhere when the assailants riding a motorcycle opened fire
on them. Both the men died on the spot.
FCB neutralised a 10 kilograms
bomb in the Chithar area of Nasirabad District.
At least four suspected militants
were killed during an exchange of fire with SFs in Uch and other
areas of Naseerabad District in Balochistan. A security officer
said that SFs conducted a search operation in Uch and other
areas of Naseerabad District. Five militants were also arrested.
Moreover, nine sanctuaries of militants were demolished by security
Unidentified assailants shot
and injured five Hazara Shias in a suspected sectarian attack
community on Spiny Road in the Qila Mubarak area of Quetta,
the provincial capital of Balochistan. DIG, Quetta, Razzak Cheema
said that the incident is a targeted attack when five individuals
were travelling in a taxi
At least one civilian was killed
and two Policemen injured in two separate attacks in North Nazimabad
area of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Police constable
Muhammad Iqbal was injured when unidentified assailants lobbed
a hand grenade at Taimuria Police Station in North Nazimabad.
Later, 25-year-old Ali Imran was shot dead when unidentified
assailants opened fire at Five Star Chowrangi in the same area.
Bashir, a traffic police official, was also injured in the firing
The Military Courts - to try
civilians on terrorism charges - will expire today at midnight
(Night between Friday & Saturday) after which all the terrorism
cases against civilian suspects will be transferred to the ATC.
The 21st Constitutional Amendment, which had paved the way for
setting up the military courts for two years, will become ineffective
on January 07. Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali
Khan said, “The military courts were set up for two years with
the consensus of all the political parties. Any extension in
these courts is not being considered.” He said ATCs will take
up all such cases after expiry of the military courts after
The CTD killed six suspected
terrorists during an encounter on Faisalabad Bypass Road in
Faisalabad District of Punjab. According to CTD Sheikhupura
sources, the CTD Lahore on January 6 arrested two terrorists
identified as Saadullah Khan and Jahanzeb Khan - allegedly involved
in Gulshan Iqbal Park Lahore suicide blast. As per the details,
the CTD Lahore team was taking the arrested terrorists to Kot
Pindi Daas to arrest other terrorists when their alleged accomplices
attacked the team and got released Saadullah Khan and Jahanzeb
Khan. The incident led to a cross firing between Police party
and suspected terrorists. Resultantly, six terrorists were killed
while three others managed to escape. The CTD also recovered
three motorcycles, Kalashnikovs, pistol, bullets and a huge
cache of explosives and hand grenades from them.
A human rights activist, Civil
Progressive Alliance Pakistan (CPAP) president Samar Abbas (40)
has gone missing from the federal capital Islamabad. Mr. Abbas
is an activist based in Karachi who belongs to various forums
that have been raising their voice voicing against atrocities
committed against minority groups in the country.
Earlier, Social media activists
Waqas Goraya and Asim Saeed disappeared from Lahore on January
4, Ahmed Raza Naseer went missing from Sheikhupura on January
7 while Salman Haider vanished from Islamabad’s Bani Gala area
on January 6.
The Sindh CTD Transnational
Terrorism Intelligence Group in-charge Raja Umer Khattab said
that there might be surge in sectarian violence in city if LEAs
don’t chalk out a strategy to clamp down on sleeper cells. The
sleeper cells of AQIS and the LeJ are believed to be involved
in the recent attacks on Policemen and there might be a surge
in sectarian violence in the coming days, Raja Umer Khattab
said. “In the past AQIS has used homemade bombs containing ball
bearings in the Taimuria Police Station a Russian-made grenade
was used, something that is new,” Raja Umer Khattab added. “AQIS
primarily used handmade bombs. They had started off by making
ball bombs and IEDs. The use of a grenade now suggests that
sleeper cells of these terrorist outfits are now active and
their members possess new kinds of weapons and explosives,”
Raja Umer Khattab added further.
The BDU neutralised a 10 kilograms
bomb in Karkhano Market of Peshawar, the provincial capital
of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Police said it was a remote-controlled
Bannu Special Police Unit arrested
three suspected TTP terrorists from the Chando Khel area of
Lakki Marwat District. Police recovered a Kalashnikov rifle,
three grenades, an anti-personnel mine, explosives and 30 bore
pistols. The terrorists were identified as Waliullah, Amanullah
and Ravib. The arrested militants were involved in target killing,
extortion and attacking law enforcers. The arrested persons
also stole the rifle of police official Ali Badshah after killing
The Balochistan High Court issued
bailable arrest warrants for former President General (Retired)
Pervez Musharraf in JWP leader Nawab Akbar Bugti's murder case.
A divisional bench of BHC passed this order during hearing of
a review petition challenging acquittal of the former president
by Anti-Terrorism Court. Former Balochistan chief minister and
governor Nawab Akbar Bugti was killed in Dera Bugti District
on August 26, 2006.
The CPLC in its report has identified
sixty 'hot spots' in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh,
where the street criminals operate the most and incidents of
snatchings take place. These areas including PIDC, Tariq Road,
Sakhi Hassan, Hassan Square, Bahadurabad, Aisha Manzil and the
NIPA Chowrangi which are high-risk areas and even some areas
in city's posh localities such as Defence and Clifton make it
to the list. The CPLC report further states that in 2016, 19,336
incidents of mobile snatching were reported which is an increase
of 38 percent as compared to 2015. "Besides mobile snatching,
around 22,358 motorcycles were snatched, which is 24 percent
more as compared to 2015," stated the report. However,
CPLC has claimed that car theft and its snatching incidents
have reduced substantially in Karachi during 2016. All this
is despite the passage of more than three years of Karachi operation,
which is claimed to be successful by the Rangers and the provincial
government adds the news report.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar
Ali Khan stunned the entire opposition in the Senate by stating
that “banned sectarian organisations could not be equated with
other banned terrorist organisations”. The Interior Minister
gave the remarks to justify his meeting with Ahmed Ludhianvi,
the chief of banned sectarian organisation ASWJ.
Unidentified assailants killed
a Police constable, Khalid Shaikh (30), near his house on Jamshed
Road in the Soldier Bazaar area of Karachi, provincial capital
JI ameer (chief), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,
Mushtaq Ahmad called for merger of FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
and also stated that the people of the FATA were deprived of
basic and democratic rights for the last seven decades, reports
The News. Mushtaq Ahmed also rejected the FCR, saying it was
a black law. “If no solid steps were taken for the merger of
the FATA with KP and uplift of the tribal areas, we will have
no other option but to march on Islamabad,” he said. Mushtaq
Ahmad asked the Government to announce PKR 1,000 billion uplift
package for the tribal areas.
Earlier, JUI-F leaders on January
8 rejected the federal government’s plan to merge FATA with
KP and threatened to launch a protest movement if any changes
were ‘imposed’ on the tribal people. “We request the federal
government, especially the prime minister, to stop implementation
of the reforms until every stockholder is taken on board, otherwise
the JUI-F would start an agitation campaign across FATA,” threatened
Abdul Shakoor, head (FATA) JUI-F.
Unidentified assailants shot
dead a journalist, Muhammad Jan (37), in Kalat town of same
District in Balochistan. Muhammad Jan, who worked for local
Urdu language daily newspaper ‘Qudrat’, was shot dead while
he was on his way home on a motorcycle. “Two attackers on motorcycle
opened fire on him, using a pistol and killing him on the spot,”
Senior Police Officer Muhammad Ali said.
The FO rejected allegations
of terrorist safe havens in the FATA, saying Pakistan does not
allow its territory to be used for attacks against any other
country. Responding to queries during the weekly news briefing,
FO Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said Afghanistan was infested
with a number of terrorist organisations due to its instability.
This, he added, created space for terrorist elements such as
Haqqani network's leadership, TTP, Daesh, and al Qaeda, among
other terrorist organisations. "It is, therefore, not appropriate
to blame others for the adversities due to the deteriorating
security situation in Afghanistan. The oft repeated claims regarding
safe havens are, therefore, more of a rhetoric than anything
else," the spokesperson maintained.
The Federal Government claimed
that it has been spending an additional PKR 250 billion annually
on security since the launch of Operation Zarb-e-Azb and that
it cannot sustain the burden alone, but the two big provinces
have already refused to share the cost. In a position paper
it has sent to the four federating units to convince them to
pay for security, the NFC Secretariat claimed that security-related
additional spending stood at PKR 732.4 billion since June 2014.
This includes PKR 283 billion allocations for the financial
year 2016-17. “Since 2014-15 alone, when new security operations
started, the federal government has been spending some PKR 300
billion specifically for meeting the expenditures related to
security, rehabilitation and capacity-building of security forces
to meet the challenges of law and order,” the finance ministry
Three Policemen were injured
when unidentified militants attacked the convoy of a Qatari
prince in Musakhel District of Balochistan in the evening. Security
sources said that the militants opened indiscriminate fire on
the convoy, as a result of which District Police Officer Majeed
Dasti and two other security officials received bullet wounds.
The Qatari prince remained unharmed in the attack, said Senior
District Administration official Mohammad Yasir.
Army and LEAs carried out joint
combing operations in Shaheen town, Warsak Road, Dalazak and
Pakka Ghulam areas of Peshawar, the provincial capital of KP,
in the evening. According to ISPR, during the combing operation
58 suspects were apprehended including five Afghan nationals.
Huge cache of arms, ammunition and drugs were recovered during
Unidentified militants killed
two Police officials in different areas of Quetta, the provincial
capital of Balochistan. Militants opened fire at a Police constable
in the Killi Deba area of Quetta, killing him on the spot. In
another incident, militants opened fire near the Passport Office
area and killed another Police official on duty. The attackers
managed to escape from the scene in both cases, with Police
officials terming the incidents as acts of target killings.
The special policing powers
granted to Pakistan Rangers, Sindh, by the Provincial Government
under Anti-Terrorism Act of 1997 to carry out raids and arrest
suspects ended. The Government had extended the Rangers' Policing
powers on October 18, 2016, for 90 days thus entitling them
to carry out raids, snap checking and arresting the people in
the provincial capital only. Sindh Government, however, had
not issued any official statement in connection with extension
of the powers by the end of the day.
The CTD personnel shot dead
four suspected militants belonging to a banned outfit near the
Sheikhupura Bypass in Sheikhupura District of Punjab in the
wee hours. CTD officials claimed that they had been tipped off
by intelligence sources regarding the presence of the suspected
terrorists. Upon reaching the place, an armed conflict initiated
between the CTD officials and the suspected militants. Four
alleged terrorists were gunned down by CTD while three managed
to flee. Police managed to recover arms, ammunition and explosive
material from the suspected militants.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad
Ali Shah approved the summary extending Rangers' special powers
in Karachi for 90 days. The special powers will grant Rangers
special Policing powers in the metropolis. The summary to extend
the powers of the paramilitary force had been sent to Syed Murad
Ali Shah by the Home Minister.
The Rangers were given extension
last on October 16, 2016 by Murad Ali Shah. Under the Anti-Terrorism
Act of 1997, Rangers have been granted special powers to raid
and take into custody suspects.
JuD has filed a petition in
the Islamabad High Court seeking the removal of its name from
the watch list under Schedule 2 of the ATA 1997. Raja Rizwan
Abbasi filed JuD’s petition before the IHC. JuD is alleged to
be an incarnation of the banned LeT and was placed on the watchlist
in December 2008.
Police recovered four dead bodies
from an empty plot in Steel Town area of Karachi, the provincial
capital of Sindh. Malir Town SSP Rao Anwar claimed that the
four victims had been shot to death adding that the corpses
bore torture marks.
Two SF personnel were killed
after unidentified militants opened fire on them in Kohlu area
of Balochistan. The deceased were identified as constable Shero
and Khawand Bukhsh. The militants managed to flee the scene.
The Senate (The upper
house of Parliament) was told that certain foreign intelligence
agencies funded [militant] groups in Pakistan to destabilise
it. Answering a question about major sources of funding being
used in acts of terrorism in the country, Minister of State
for Interior Baleeghur Rahman said it was difficult to pinpoint
with 100 per cent accuracy the sources of terrorism funding.
But some of the generally perceived sources include extortion
and funding by foreign intelligence agencies. He said that militants
were known to extort money from drug dealers and producers operating
in the areas straddling the Pakistan-Afghan border. Giving details
of the investigations being conducted to collect information
about terrorism funding, he said 844 such cases were under investigation,
including 498 registered under the Foreign Exchange Regulation
Act, 230 under anti-money laundering law and 116 cases of suspicious
transactions reported by the financial monitoring unit of the
State Bank of Pakistan (SBP).
The CoAS General Qamar Javed
Bajwa met leaders from the business and trader communities and
assured them of continuation of the security operation in Karachi,
the statement released by the ISPR said. "The Karachi operation
will continue till the elimination of crime in the city,"
said Army chief. He added that all possible measures will be
taken to restore peace in Karachi, and said that the strategy
for Karachi would remain the same and there would be no change
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad
Ali Shah said that his Government would never allow terrorists
and religious fanatics to play with the lives of innocent people
even if the Federal Government refuses to cooperate with it.
This he said while presiding over the Sindh cabinet meeting
here at the Sindh Secretariat. Briefing the cabinet on the response
of Ministry of Interior to ban 94 madrassa's allegedly involved
in promoting terrorism, the Chief Minister said that in the
Apex committee the list of the madrassa's was presented. The
Committee was told that 94 madrassa's were involved in terrorist
activities. They had presented solid evidences gathered from
the terrorists arrested by Law Enforcement Agencies and they
had revealed startling disclosures against the said madrassa's.
At least 25 people were killed
and more than 87 others were injured in a bomb blast at the
Sabzi Mandi (vegetable market) area of Parachinar in Kurram
Agency of FATA in the morning. A statement issued by the ISPR
said IED blast took place at 08:50am. Government official Shahid
Khan said the explosion took place when the market was crowded
with retailers buying fruits and vegetables. In a text message
sent to journalists, the al-Alami (International) faction of
LeJ claimed that it, along with the TTP splinter Shehryar Mehsud
group, carried out the attack. The Shehryar Mehsud group did
not independently claim the bombing.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor,
Engr Iqbal Zafar Jhagra strongly condemned the bomb blast and
said "We will continue our struggle till eliminating the
last terrorist from FATA". The terrorist, he added, could
never deter our courage, since we are determined to follow them
to the extreme extent. He further directed the political administration
to expeditiously complete relief activities and no effort should
be spared in ensuring best ever treatment facilities to the
The number of Pakistanis under
detention in Saudi Arab jails on terror charges reached 69 with
the arrest of a woman in Jeddah’s Al-Naseem District during
a security operation. According to a report in Saudi newspaper
Arab News, Fatima Ramadan Balochi Murad was arrested along with
her Saudi husband from an apartment in Al-Naseem District by
security agencies after a tip-off. A recent statement issued
by the Interior Ministry through its Tawasul (communications)
portal said that 5,085 terror suspects from 40 countries are
in detention in five intelligence prisons in the Kingdom.
Unidentified assailants opened
fire and killed two persons in Satellite Town area of Quetta,
the provincial capital of Balochistan. Police officials said
the gunmen were on a motorcycle when they opened fire and critically
injured two tribal locals. The injured were rushed to the Civil
Hospital in Quetta but they succumbed to their injuries. The
motive behind the attack remains to be ascertained. The assailants
escaped unhurt from the crime scene.
The COAS General Qamar Javed
Bajwa said terrorists would not be allowed to derail the stability
of FATA. According to a statement issued by ISPR Director General
Major General Asif Ghafoor, General Qamar Javed Bajwa said this
during his visit to Parachinar and Peshawar. The COAS was given
a detailed briefing on January 21’s bombing in Parachinar. General
Bajwa lauded the support of tribal people in combating terrorism
and acknowledged their sacrifices for peace. He said that with
their support the Army, FC and other law enforcers have done
a great job in stabilising the area and terrorists will fail
to derail it. The COAS lauded their efforts in maintaining tribal
and sectarian harmony which is source of national integration.
He said, "Pakistan belongs to all of us without any religious,
provincial, tribal, linguistic, ethnic, sectarian or any other
At least eight security personnel
were injured when their convoy comes under militant ambush in
Gichak area of Panjgur District in Balochistan. "The security
personnel were moving through the district's mountainous Gichak
area to conduct a raid against miscreants when they were fired
upon," said a security official. No arrests were reported
after the incident. There was no claim of responsibility for
The Police recovered two suicide
jackets from Abu Bakar mosque under the Paharipura Police Station,
on the outskirt of Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa. However, no arrests were made. An official at the
Paharipura Police Station said that acting on a tip-off Police
personnel checked Abu Bakar mosque near Benazir Hospital along
the motorway. He said the cops recovered two suicide jackets
containing about five kilogramme explosives from the room of
the prayer leader of the mosque. However, the prayer leader
was not present in the room at the time of the raid.
The CTD arrested two LeJ militants
during raided on a house on Airport Road near railway line in
Bahawalpur District of Punjab around 3pm. A CTD spokesman said
they received information about the presence of ‘terrorists’
planning to attack some installation in Bahawalpur. A CTD team
raided the house on Airport Road and arrested two LeJ militants,
identified as Khalid Mahmood and Sajjad. Explosive material
and two live grenades were recovered from their possession.
A Shia man, Mohammed Kazim Raza
(39), was gunned down in suspected sectarian attack in Gulistan-i-Jauhar
area of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, in the night.
“It appeared to be a targeted killing incident linked with sectarianism,”
said Superintendent Police Dr. Fahad Ahmed.
Authorities arrested eight more
suspects in connection with the Parachinar market bomb blast
in Kurram Agency of FATA on January 21, as the number of detained
persons reached 15. Officials said that investigations were
underway from different angles to arrest the elements involved
in the blast. After the explosion, the administration took into
custody seven people who were being interrogated. Sources said
most of the arrested persons were daily wagers who were present
at the spot during auction of vegetables in the morning.
The CTD claimed to have arrested
a would-be suicide bomber and another militant, associated with
a banned outfit, who were allegedly involved in major terrorist
acts in urban and rural Sindh and operating their networks in
four major cities of the province besides Jaffarabad District
of Balochistan. In a targeted raid conducted in the Manghopir
area of Karachi, the CTD team detained the two suspects, Shaukat
(would-be suicide bomber) and Abdul Ghani, and seized explosive
material, a suicide jacket, a hand grenade and two pistols from
their custody. “The held militants, who belonged to the Brohi
tribe and were trained in Balochistan, were operating terror
networks in Sukkur, Shikarpur, Jacobabad and Sanghar districts
in Sindh and Jaffarabad district in Balochistan,” said Sindh
CTD chief Dr Sanaullah Abbasi.
An ATC of Bahawalpur District
in Punjab jailed two militant for 45 years for carrying explosives
and illegal weapons. According to details, Riaz and Peerakh
were found guilty of carrying explosives and illegal in the
Kot Sabzal Police Station in 2014. After hearing arguments,
ATC Judge Khalid Arshad sentenced them to 45 years. The court
also ordered to confiscate their property and imposed Rs 500,000
The Punjab Home Department issued
a warning against possible terrorist attacks in Lahore, the
provincial capital of Punjab. According to the notification,
TTP trained boys aged about 10 to 12 years are currently in
and around major cities of the country including Punjab. Upon
investigation an arrested little boy revealed that he was tasked
to attack an educational institute close to Abdali Chowk in
Lahore. The warning also instructed further security for important
installations and called for an immediate meeting of the District
Two Policemen, including an
inspector, were shot dead while another official received bullet
injuries in Wapda road area of Dera Murad Jamali District in
Balochistan in the evening. Police officials said that unidentified
militants opened fire at a Police mobile in Wapda road area,
killing Inspector Hidayatullah Kolachi on the spot. His gunman
succumbed to his injuries on the way to a nearby hospital. The
assailants escaped unhurt from the spot.
A Pakistan Army soldier, Waqas,
who was critically injured in a cross-border terrorist attack
in Khyber Agency of FATA, succumbed to his injuries. "Terrorists
fired from across the border on a Pakistani post in Khyber Agency
critically injuring Sepoy Waqas performing duty at the border
post," read a statement issued by the ISPR.
At least nine people, including
three FC personnel, were injured in a blast on Charsadda road
of Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. A
contingent of FC personnel was on its way from Mohmand Agency
to Peshawar when their vehicle was targeted through a bomb planted
on the roadside on Charsadda road, SSP Operations Sajjad Khan
said. As a result of the explosion, six civilians and three
security men sustained injuries. There has been no claim of
responsibility for the blast.
The Punjab Government issued
orders to place JuD chief Hafiz Saeed under house arrest. The
Government launched a crackdown against JuD and a heavy contingent
of Police was deployed around the JuD headquarter and offices
in Muridke and Lahore. “A large police team arrived (at JuD
headquarters) and told us that Hafiz would be placed under house
arrest,” said the secretary of information for JuD, Nadeem Awan.
Awan said the Police told them they had an arrest warrant for
Saeed and five others at JuD headquarters.
Hafiz Saeed was reportedly present
at the Qudsia Mosque located in Chauburji area of Lahore. Contingents
of Police and other law-enforcing agencies reached the area
and surrounded the premises, sources said. Police sources further
informed that Saeed will be shifted to his residence in the
Johar Town area of the provincial capital, Lahore, which will
then be declared as a sub-jail. Saeed has been detained under
Section 11-EEE (1) of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1977, a notification
issued by the Interior Ministry said. Meanwhile, the District
intelligence committee has suggested it to the Government to
put the JuD chief’s name in fourth schedule. Moreover, national
flags have been hoisted at the JuD offices in Lahore, instead
of party flags, on the directives of provincial home department,
it added. The provincial authorities have also started to remove
the banners of JuD from the roads of Lahore.
The ISPR Director General Major
General Asif Ghafoor said JuD chief Hafiz Saeed's house arrest
is a State decision in the best national interest. Sending a
clear message to India, he said whether it is cold start or
any other doctrine, Pakistan is ready to respond with full strength.
Major General Asif Ghafoor said the successes of Army and other
law enforcers in the war on terror has made Pakistan safer than
2008. To a question about the JuD chief's house arrest, he said
that the state took this policy decision in national interest.
He denied any foreign pressure behind the move.
Sindh Rangers claimed to have
killed notorious Lyari gang war commander Noor Muhammad alias
Baba Ladla in a shootout in Lyari Town area of Karachi, the
provincial capital of Sindh. Two of Baba Ladla’s close associates,
Sikandar alias Sikko and Mohammad Yaseen alias Mama, were also
killed in the encounter. During the operation, Head Constable
Fayyaz and Constable Tufail were also killed. One Kalashnikov,
a 9mm pistol, a 9mm mouser and a hand grenade were also recovered
from their possession. The “most wanted” suspects were involved
in numerous terrorist incidents, said Rangers in a press release.
“Baba Ladla was wanted in more than 74 crimes by police,” added
the press release further. The Sindh government had placed a
head money of PKR Three million on Baba Ladla in 2012.
The press release also revealed
that Baba Ladla had, with the help of Uzair Baloch, committed
the murders of Shera Pathan, Arshad Pappu and Yasir Arafat.
It also stated that in March 2013, Baba Ladla had kidnapped
a group of Muhajirs and murdered them. The Rangers press release
also claimed the other gangster gunned down in the operation,
Sikander alias Siku, was wanted in more than 15 crimes by Police.
Sikander was described by Rangers as a close aide of Baba Ladla
and also his facilitator. In April 2012, Sikander had committed
the murder of Station House Officer (SHO) Fawad Khan while in
the same year he had also killed Constable Asif, according to
the press release. In 2013, he had tortured and subsequently
killed two other men. Sikander had also been involved in the
sale and purchase of illegal weapons.
Security Forces killed a TTP
militant and arrested eight other suspects during an exchange
of fire in the Luni Jungle area under Kulachi tehsil
in Dera Ismail Khan District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Three Army
personnel - Major Abbas, Captain Omer and Naik Adnan - were
injured during a 'routine sanitisation operation', the ISPR
said in a statement.
The Federal Ministry of Interior
placed names of JuD Chief Hafiz Saeed Ahmed and 37 other individuals
on the ECL. All 30 people who are put on ECL are affiliated
with JuD or LeT. The decision to place Hafiz Saeed on ECL was
taken two days after JuD chief and four others were put under
house arrest. The Interior Ministry has forwarded a letter to
all Provincial Governments and the Federal Investigation Agency,
which included names of Hafiz Saeed and 37 other individuals
placed on the ECL. On January 31, the Federal Ministry of Interior
placed FIF and JUD on the Watch List and listed these organizations
in the Second Schedule of the ATA 1997 (as amended).
Police arrested a man, Kashif
Hanif (29), whose name appears on the Fourth Schedule of the
ATA and is said to have links to the so-called 'Tehreek-e-Taliban
Kashmir' (TTK) from Datot village on the outskirts of Rawalakot
in PoK. Hanif is suspected of involvement in nine acts of terrorism,
the SSP in Poonch Mir Abid said. These acts included a suicide
attack on an Army vehicle near Dothan village in January 2010,
in which some Army soldiers were injured. He is also suspected
of being involved in the planting of a bomb outside a hotel
in Rawalakot in September 2010 which killed the bomber was killed
and injured a citizen. Hanif has also allegedly been involved
in other attacks on military vehicles and installations. SSP
Abid said that the accused was wanted since 2010 by five Police
Stations of Bagh, Poonch and Sudhnoti Districts for masterminding
and executing different subversive activities. The SSP said
that the accused belonged to the group of Nazirul Islam alias
Shamil Khan who was the first head of the so-called 'TTK' after
defecting from Asmatullah Muavia.
Police stopped JuD from holding
a ‘multiparty conference’ (MPC) on Kashmir issue at the press
club in Hyderabad city of Sindh reportedly after receiving ‘orders’
from high-ups in the wake of house arrest of JuD chief Hafiz
Mohammad Saeed. JuD leaders decided to cancel the conference
and disperse peacefully. Later, they informed media persons
through an SMS that the MPC had to be cancelled because of some
‘unavoidable circumstances’. A heavy contingent of Police had
sealed the road with barbed wire outside the press club. JuD
Sindh emir Faisal Nadeem said the MPC was not organised by JuD
only, it was held by Tehreek-i-Azadi Kashmir, a platform founded
by JuD and other parties to discuss Kashmir’s freedom movement.
A grand jirga of elders from
Khyber Agency was held in Jamrud town, opposing the proposed
merger of the FATA with KP. Jirga participants urged the Government
instead to form an independent FATA Legislative Council or announce
a separate province status for the tribal areas. Malik Ghaffar
Khan Afridi, a tribal elder, said that the merger of FATA with
KP was unacceptable to tribal people. He said the proposed legislative
council should be formed to legislate for the tribal region
in line with the local social, political and traditions. The
elder believed that the FATA reforms proposed by the government
committee went against tribal customs and traditions. He said
legislation and policies on Fata should be made in light of
local traditions and customs. Malik Ghaffar Khan Afridi opposed
the extension of the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and high
courts to FATA, saying local residents knew very well how to
resolve their issues through a jirga system.
At least two Policemen were
injured, in an explosion, at the main gate of Mandan Police
Station in Bannu District of KP. The blast was caused when a
suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into the entrance
gate of the Police Station. The main gate of the Police Station
was completely destroyed due to explosion while the building
was partially damaged. The injured Policemen were shifted to
a nearby hospital.
Pakistan handed over four suspected
cadres of Afghanistan chapter of IS to Kabul as ‘a gesture of
goodwill’. The four were paraded before journalists at the Michni
checkpoint before being handed over to Afghan officials at the
Torkham border crossing in Khyber Agency of FATA. Landi Kotal
Assistant Political Agent Niaz Mohammad told reporters that
Javed Khan, Safiullah, Talmeen Khan and Niamatullah, all hailing
from Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, had been arrested by
intelligence agencies in Peshawar after they received information
about the militants’ presence in the city.
The Punjab Government giving
a clean chit to all educational institutes - including 15,000
madrassas - has declared that no seminary or public and private
institute is involved in teaching hate material to students.
During the Punjab Assembly session, Law Minister Rana Sanaullah
while commenting on a resolution moved by a treasury member
Ms Hina Pervez Butt informed the House that the PML-N-led Punjab
Government had registered all 15,000 madrassas, including 532
existing in 'Gray Areas' of the province. Rana Sanaullah confirmed
that as many as 1.1 million students were enrolled in madrassas
in which around 0.4 million students are enjoying boarding facilities,
while 1300 students belong to foreign countries.
AJK Police announced the arrest
of three men suspected of facilitating a suicide attack on a
Muharram procession in Mirpura village of Neelum Valley in Muzaffarabad
in December 27, 2009. The arrests were made from three different
places in Muzaffarabad in the evening of February 7. The men
arrested have been identified as Malik Mohammad Ashfaq from
Sarriyan District, Muhammad Khaqan Awan from Hattian Bala District
and Umer Farooq Shah from Athmuqam District in Neelum Valley.
The attack left at 15 parsons, including two Policemen, dead
and more than 100 injured. ASP Asif Durrani said that the men
were suspected of providing accommodation and transportation
to the attackers.
Almost 248 Police officials
who took part in 1992 and 1996 Karachi operations were killed
however, so far only six killers of these cops have been convicted.
A total of 378 accused were arrested. Challans submitted in
121 cases out of which in six cases killers have been convicted
whereas a total of 55 accused acquitted and the remaining 60
are still under trial. Official statistics show that from 1995
till 2016, almost 1,488 Policemen were killed in the Karachi
Range. Although, the most number of Police officials – 261 —
were killed in 1995 yet otherwise 2012, 2013 and 2014 were the
worst years for the Karachi Police with 123, 165 and 136 killings
The ongoing Rangers’ led operation
appears to have been a blessing even for the Karachi Police
as killings of Police officials in the city had drastically
reduced in 2015 and 2016. In 2016, only 29 Policemen were killed
whereas this figure was 67 in 2015. The official data shows
that a total of 261 Policemen were killed in 1995 58 were murdered
in 1996 74 in 1997 97 in 1998 59 in 1999 49 in 2000 58 in 2001
14 in 2002 19 in 2003 23 in 2004 24 in 2005 40 in 2006 51 in
2007 48 in 2008 41 in 2009 49 in 2010 53 in 2011 123 in 2012
165 in 2013 136 in 2014 67 in 2015 and 29 in 2016.
Outside Karachi in Sindh, Larkana
appears to be the most dangerous place for Policemen from 2001
till 2016. Each year’s number of Policemen killed in Larkana
District during the period (from 2001 till 2016) is 8 7 17 1
6 4 11 21 13 13 13 8 13 20 10 9 and 5 respectively. These figures
show that the most difficult time for the Larkana Police has
been from 2007 to 2014 — the period during which the killing
of policemen remained high. Otherwise, in the Hyderabad District,
the Police had a bad time really in 2014 when a total of 27
Police officials got killed.
Six militants were killed in
a shoot out with Police during a raid on a chicken farm off
Superhighway near the Baqai Medical University in Gadap town
of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. SSP Malir Rao Anwar
Ahmed said that the six militants belonged to AQIS and TTP,
and were involved in targeting law enforcement personnel. One
of the militant was also involved in the Peshawar Army Public
School attack. An ID card was found from his pocket, but the
investigators are trying to verify his identity as the card
he was carrying may have been faked. Another militant Ibrahim
Haydri had allegedly been wanted by Police for his involvement
in grenade attacks and firing on various Police officials in
different areas of Karachi. "Haydri and the other militants
were responsible for the death of around 25 Police personnel,"
the Rao Anwar Ahmed alleged.
Five persons, including four
children, were injured in a roadside bomb blast in Arang tehsil
of Bajaur Agency in FATA. The bomb was detonated through a remote
Two militants killed and three
others injured when Army repulsed militant attack from Afghanistan
on two Pakistan Army checkposts in the Ulai area of Baizai tehsil
in Mohmand Agency of FATA in the night. The Army’s media wing,
ISPR said that Pakistan Army effectively responded to the fire,
rendering it ineffective. Soon after the incident, militants
fled back to Afghanistan, ISPR added. The JuA faction of TTP
stated that it lost two cadres while three others were injured
after they launched an overnight attack on a Pakistani checkpost.
Iranian forces fired four mortar
shells across the border into Balochistan's Panjgur District.
Deputy Commissioner Panjgur Habibur Rehman claimed Iranian forces
fired four mortar shells into Parom area 'without any justification
and provocation'. "We have not received any report about
any human loss", he added.
Provincial Home Minister Sarfraz
Bugti stated that India was using Afghanistan’s soil to destabilise
Balochistan. Speaking at a seminar at University of Karachi,
Sarfraz Bugti said, Security Forces and the youth of Balochistan
brought peace in the province, adding that rate of crime in
Balochistan is much lower as compared to Karachi and Faisalabad.
A handful (100-200) of miscreants are trying to sabotage CPEC,
Two children were killed and
another critically wounded in an accidental grenade explosion
in Buner of Swat District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The children
of a shepherd family were playing when they found the hand grenade
and accidentally set it off, local government official Zariful
Maani. The two brothers, aged nine and 10, died, while their
seven-year-old female cousin is in critical condition.
An employee of Samaa TV was
killed evening when unidentified assailants opened fire on a
Samaa TV DSNG van at KDA Chowrangi near Dolmen Mall in North
Nazimabad of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. An assistant
cameraman, Taimur, received a bullet wound to the head and was
rushed to the nearby Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where he succumbed
to his injuries. The media van was in the area to cover an earlier
incident, a cracker attack on a Police vehicle, when it was
attacked. “Our team members along with the DSNG had gone there
to cover the cracker attack on the police vehicle when they
came under attack,” said Samaa TV's Director News, Farhan Malik.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Central, Muqaddas Haider
said the same suspects might be involved in both the incidents
and added the cracker attack on the police vehicle did not cause
any damage. “It appears that the suspects attacked the Police
mobile with a cracker to attract media's attention and when
the Samaa team arrived, they chased and attacked it,” added
In an effort to promote its
ideology and update supporters about its latest actions in the
country, the TTP has brought out a high gloss, Vogue-style magazine.
The first issue of ‘Mujjallah’ magazine was published in November
2016 and reportedly distributed in Pakistan sometime in December
2016. The inaugural issue had 56 pages. The second issue printed
a couple of weeks ago is slicker and thicker and has more pages
than the first one. The paper quality of the magazine is at
par with that of Vogue, besides having fine printing quality.
The cover carries bulletins of the banned outfit’s activities
in Pakistan and also features reports on how to make bombs and
other explosives. Some experts who have known about the operations
of organisation like TTP stated that the magazine has been modeled
after ISIS publications which were available in Arabic and Urdu
among other languages.
While declining to be named,
they said, the magazine is being printed in Afghanistan, most
likely in Jalalabad, and allegedly distributed throughout Pakistan
amongst hardcore followers and also has a limited circulation
in Afghanistan. Judging from the kind of language used in the
magazine, the articles and features were probably written by
non-native Urdu speakers, possibly Arabic-speaking people. The
articles have not been attributed to anyone. Since TTP has lost
ground in Pakistan, the magazine is most likely an attempt to
spread its propaganda. It may also be an effort to defame the
country, they added. To illustrate their point, they said that
when TTP held a strong position in Pakistan it had never attempted
to bring out such a magazine but now after it had lost ground
such a publication was released.
The ISAF Commander General John
Nicholson (Jr.) said TTP provides the core fighting group for
the militant IS group as TTP militants in Orakzai Agency of
FATA en masse joined the relatively new terrorist group. General
John Nicholson (Jr.) appeared before the US Senate Armed Services
Committee this week to brief American lawmakers on the current
situation in Afghanistan. He told the panel that the IS, which
in Afghanistan was called the Islam State Khorasan Province,
comprised fighters mainly from existing militant groups in Afghanistan
and Pakistan. Primarily, their membership had come from the
TTP, which was a Pakistan-based opponent of the Pakistan regime,
he said. The general said TTP militants in Orakzai Agency had,
en masse, joined the IS-Khorasan and formed the initial group
of fighters who then moved into Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province,
spreading out to about 11 Districts initially. “So, the majority
of the fighters in the IS right now came from the TTP and joined
the banner of the IS,” he added.