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2/17/2017

Pakistan      76 persons killed and 250 others injured in suicide attack at Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in Sindh
Pakistan      Four Policemen among five persons killed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Pakistan      Three Army personnel killed in IED explosion in Balochistan
Pakistan      Two FC personnel injured in terrorist attack on Pak-Afghan border in FATA
India      Militants decamp worth INR 304,000 from Bank in Jammu and Kashmir
Bangladesh      Five JMB militants arrested in Dhaka city
India      Four NSCN-IM militants arrested in Manipur
India      Relative of Naxal leader arrested in Maharashtra
India      ULFA-I militant arrested in Assam
India      Enforcement Directorate arrests Zakir Naik's close aide Aamir Gazdar
India      IS operative arrested by NIA
India      48-hour bandh cripples life in Tripura
India      Bandh continue in Nagaland
India      Fourth round of Mizoram Government and HPC-D peace talks deferred
Pakistan      Afghan officials summoned to GHQ, asked to handover 76 'most wanted' terrorists
Pakistan      Government seeks three-year extension in tenure of military courts
Nepal      Task Force suggests increasing number of local bodies in Province 2
Nepal      UN Resident Coordinator urges international standards for transitional justice bodies
Sri Lanka      UN and EU pledge to promote reconciliation between all communities in Sri Lanka
India      Al-Qaeda using US preoccupation with IS to spread to India, says report
India      Madhya Pradesh spy racket reveals ISI's 'plan-60' in India, reveals ATS
India      Locals under pressure from ultras, says CRPF IG (Operations) Zulfiquar Hasan
Sri Lanka      Committed to establish fair and transparent judicial system in country, says President Maithripala Sirisena






 
 
 
 
Pakistan
76 persons killed and 250 others injured in suicide attack at Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in Sindh

At least 76 people were killed on February 16 when a suicide bomber attacked the crowded Sufi shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan Sharif town of Sehwan District in Sindh, injuring up to 250 others, reports The News. The blast took place inside the premises of the shrine as a dhamaal was taking place, with a large number of women and children said to be among the casualties. Devotees throng the shrine of the revered Sufi saint every Thursday to participate in a dhamaal and prayers. The Assistant Superintendent of Police in Sehwan said a suicide bomber entered the shrine through its Golden gate. The attacker blew himself up after throwing a grenade, which failed to explode, he added. The Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack through Amaq, the group's affiliated news agency.

Meanwhile, at least 35 terrorists were killed in encounter with the law enforcement agencies as Pakistan launched a nationwide security crackdown after suicide attack, reports The News. A statement from the Sindh Rangers said at least 18 terrorists had been killed in operations in Karachi overnight, while in separate security operations, six were killed in Orakzai Agency of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) four in Bakka Khel area of Bannu District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) two killed in a Police encounter in Dera Ismail Khan of KP three shot dead in Peshawar during search operation and two were killed in Sargodha. "Both the federal and provincial law enforcement authorities and Police started a crackdown across the country before dawn, and scores of suspects have been arrested from different cities," a Government official speaking on condition of anonymity told AFP. He said the sweeping operation will continue for the coming days.

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Pakistan
Four Policemen among five persons killed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Four Policemen and a passerby were killed on February 16 when their vehicle was attacked by unidentified militants in Mission Mor area of Dera Ismail Khan town in the same District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, reports Dawn. The van was stationed at a filling station as part of its normal patrol duty when it was attacked by unidentified militants, said District Emergency Officer Imran Khan. The victims were identified as Assistant Sub-Inspector Rehmatullah, Constable Iqbal, Constable Irshad and a passerby Fazal. The driver of the vehicle sustained serious bullet wounds and was rushed to hospital by rescue officials, but he later succumbed to his injuries during treatment.

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Pakistan
Three Army personnel killed in IED explosion in Balochistan

Three Army personnel were killed when an improvised explosive device (IED), targeting an Army convoy, exploded in Awaran town of same District in Balochistan on February 16, reports Dawn. The killed were identified as Captain Taha, Sepoy Kamran Satti and Sepoy Mehtar Jan. Two other soldiers were also injured in the attack.

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Pakistan
Two FC personnel injured in terrorist attack on Pak-Afghan border in FATA

Two personnel of the Frontier Corps (FC) were injured on February 16 when suspected militants attacked a post along the Pak-Afghan border in Khyber Agency of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), reports Dawn. Troops "effectively responded" to the attack carried out by militants from the Afghan side of the border, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said. According to the ISPR, there are reports of a "few" militants killed in the ensuing exchange of fire.

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India
Militants decamp worth INR 304,000 from Bank in Jammu and Kashmir

Militants fired gunshots and forcibly entered into Jammu and Kashmir Bank’s Turkawangam Branch in Shopian District and decamped with INR 304,000 from the bank on February 16, reports Daily Excelsior. Police said four militants were involved in the robbery. “They opened fire outside the J&K Bank in Turkawangam village before forcing their entry inside the bank. At least three lakh rupees were looted by them,” the official said. They said that two out of four militants involved in the bank robbery have been identified as Tariq Ahmad Bhat of Barburgh, Shopian and Zeenat-ul-Islam of Sugan, Zainapora Shopian. Tariq was identified by the INSAS (Indian Small Arms System) he was carrying. Tariq was kept as guard outside while the other three went inside.

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Bangladesh
Five JMB militants arrested in Dhaka city

Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested five militants of Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from Jahangirnagar University (JU) in Dhaka city for creating anarchy on campus on February 16, reports New Age. The arrestees are identified as Abdullah Tushar, Zahid Hossain, Abdur Rahman, Mominur Rahman and Rita Akhter. Sudipta Shaheen, chief security office of JU told that they were all outsider on the campus.

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India
Four NSCN-IM militants arrested in Manipur

Security Forces (SFs) arrested four unidentified militants of Isak-Muivah faction of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) at Nungba in Tamenglong District on February 13, reports Nagaland Post. According to the SFs the arrested militants were involved in extortion and other illegal activates.

Meanwhile, criticizing the State Government for creating new Districts, NSCN-IM, on February 16, said that the move by the Manipur Government to carve out seven Districts ‘out of Naga territories with colonial design’ is an ‘intrusion’ upon the rights of the Nagas, reports The Morung Express. They also supported the economic blockade against the creation of new Districts in the State.

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India
Relative of Naxal leader arrested in Maharashtra

Irpa Usendi, cousin of South Gadchiroli's Perimili Local Guerilla Squad (LGS) ‘commander’ Sainath, was arrested in Gadchiroli District on February 13, reports The Times of India. He was finally made co-accused in the December 2016 Surjagarh arson case earlier this week by Etapalli Police after his involvement behind the incident in which the Naxalites [Left Wing Extremists (LWEs)] had set ablaze around 80 vehicles at mining project site came to fore. Intriguingly, cops had intercepted new currency notes worth INR 400,000 from Irpa.

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India
ULFA-I militant arrested in Assam

Security Forces (SFs) arrested one unidentified militant of Independent faction of United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA-I) at Tengakhat in Dibrugarh District on February 15, reports Business Standard. According to the SFs he was involved in the blast in Dibrugarh's Convoy Road on the Republic Day (January 26). SFs also recovered one motorcycle with two different registration numbers from his possession.    

Meanwhile, SFs released photographs and names of four suspected militants who were involved in the killing of a couple, named Bakul Rabha alias Teckhon (35) and his wife Saru Rabha alias Malika Deka (25)  in Chengapara village in Udalguri on February 10, reports The Sentinel on February 16. The four suspected militants are identified as Rajan Deka, Tilak Boro, Ramesh Bora and Biswajit Deka.

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India
Enforcement Directorate arrests Zakir Naik's close aide Aamir Gazdar

Aamir Gazdar, a close aide of Zakir Naik, was on February 16 arrested by ED (Enforcement Directorate) in connection with its probe in a money laundering case against him and others, reports news18.cm. Officials said Gazdar, director in certain firms under scanner in this case, was arrested late evening by the Enforcement Directorate under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). "Gazdar, a confidant of Naik, was put under arrest around 7:30 PM today. He will be produced in a court tomorrow for further custody," an official said. Gazdar, officials said, was called for questioning at the ED's office here and was arrested as he was allegedly "not cooperating" with the investigators.

Officials claimed the agency suspects that Gazdar allegedly handled cash funds and transactions worth INR 200 crore on behalf of Naik and his NGO Islamic Research Foundation (IRF). They added Gazdar's firm used to reportedly provide content for IRF's Peace TV, and its operations were handled from the western metropolis here.

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India
IS operative arrested by NIA

On February 14, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested a Kerala youth, Mouinudheen Parakadavath (25), for being part of an Islamic State (IS) terrorist conspiracy in India, reports The Statesman. The agency said the youth hailing from Kasaragod District was questioned at the NIA headquarters when he arrived at the IGI airport in Delhi from Abu Dhabi. During his examination, he admitted to his involvement in the conspiracy, NIA said. The case relates to a terror module in which a group of youths from Kerala including some members based in the Middle-East, hatched a conspiracy as per instructions from their online IS handlers.

Based on intelligence inputs, five accused, associated with this terror module, were arrested from Kanakamala Hill in Kannur District in Kerala on 2 October, 2016 and another associate was arrested from Calicut the same day. Their disclosures established that Mouinudheen was a key figure in the module, which was actively planning various aspects of the terrorist plot, on a Telegram group. Mouinudheen was using the online identity Abu-Al-Indonesi as well as Ibn Abdullah, on the telegram group, NIA said. It was revealed by the arrested persons that Mouinudheen had sent funds from Abu Dhabi to members of the terrorist module in Kerala, for the conspiracy, through Western Union Money Transfer, last year (2016).

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India
48-hour bandh cripples life in Tripura

Normal life was severely affected in the Gandacherra Sub-division on February 16, as the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), a tribal-based party, called a 48-hour bandh (shutdown) in tribals-dominated Dhalai District to protest the alleged Police ‘high-handedness ‘during the February 8 when three tribal parties had called a 12-hour bandh to oppose the Centre’s citizenship bill, reports The Sentinel.

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India
Bandh continue in Nagaland

The indefinite State-wide bandh (shutdown) called by Naga Tribal groups continued in the State and entered its fourth consecutive day on February 16, reports Nagaland Post. The bandh across the State was by and large peaceful. However, in Districts like Kohima, Wokha and Tuensang the bandh was relaxed as only Government offices and Government vehicles were barred from functioning.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister (CM) T.R. Zeliang, on February 16, appealed to the agitating tribal groups to give him two-three more days ‘to step down’ to ensure smooth transition of power, after ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF) legislators backed party supremo Shurhozelie Liezietsu to take over, reports The Sentinel.

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India
Fourth round of Mizoram Government and HPC-D peace talks deferred

The Home Department officials of the State said that the fourth round of peace talks between the Mizoram Government and the Hmar People’s Convention-Democratic (HPC-D) had been deferred against the earlier schedule which was scheduled to be held in the second week of February, reports The Morung Express on February 16. The exact date for talks could not, however, be decided, but it is likely to take place in the last week of February, officials added. Meanwhile, Lalthalien, a Church leader from Manipur who headed the HPC-D delegation in the first and the second rounds of parleys said that the State Government has agreed in principle to fulfill a ‘five-point charter of demands’ put forth by HPC-D and HPC-D leaders are optimistic about the outcome of the peace talks.

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Pakistan
Afghan officials summoned to GHQ, asked to handover 76 'most wanted' terrorists

Pakistan on February 16 summoned officials of the Afghanistan embassy to the General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi to lodge protest against the use of Afghan soil by terrorists to carry out attacks in Pakistan, reports Dawn. The Afghan officials were handed over a list of 76 "most wanted" terrorists by the Pakistan Army, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General (DG) Major General Asif Ghafoor said in a Tweet. Afghanistan was asked to either take "immediate action" against the named terrorists or hand them over to Pakistan, he said. The move comes two days after a senior Afghan diplomat was summoned to the Foreign Office in Islamabad to receive protest over the use of territory of his country for launching terrorist attacks in Pakistan. The Afghan diplomat was given a demarche containing details of the recent terrorist attacks and supporting information.

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Pakistan
Government seeks three-year extension in tenure of military courts

The Government has sought a three-year extension in the term of military courts, read a document obtained by Dawn on February 15. The Government has formulated a draft to carry out legal amendments that aim to extend the tenure of military courts — they had ceased to function after expiry of tenure earlier this year. A meeting of parliamentary leaders was convened by the Government in which it distributed the copy of draft among the attendees a copy of the draft is also available with Dawn. According to the new definition of ‘terrorist’, revealed in the new draft, now anyone can be termed a terrorist regardless of the matter that whether he is motivated by religion or not.

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Nepal
Task Force suggests increasing number of local bodies in Province 2

Task Force formed by the Government to study the report prepared by the Local Bodies Restructuring Commission (LBRC) on February 16 suggested increasing the number of local bodies in Province 2, reports The Himalayan Times. In the Task Force report, which was submitted to Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, the panel said it would be better to increase the number of local bodies in Province 2 to address grievances of the agitating Madhesi forces. The Task Force also suggested that the Government should implement the suggestions made by the District Technical Assistance Committees headed by local development officers in case their suggestions were changed by the LBRC.

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Nepal
UN Resident Coordinator urges international standards for transitional justice bodies

United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator in Nepal, Valerie Julliand, during her meeting with Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal at the latter's office on February 16 urged international standards for transitional justice bodies, reports Republica. Julliand said that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP) should meet international standards as ordered by Nepal's Supreme Court. She also inquired about the progress made in the bill to amend the TRC and CIEDP Act that the Government is planning to table in Parliament.

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Sri Lanka
UN and EU pledge to promote reconciliation between all communities in Sri Lanka

Coordinator to the United Nations (UN) Una Makoli and Ambassador of the European Union (EU) Toolai Margue during a meeting with the Chief Minister of the Northern Province C. V. Wigneswaran on their tour of Jaffna on February 15 pledged their cooperation to promote reconciliation between all communities in Sri Lanka, reports Daily Mirror. The visiting delegates had a lengthy discussion with the Chief Minister on the present political situation of Sri Lanka and also the affairs of the Northern Provincial Council. Among the matters that had been discussed was the necessity of a power sharing through the new constitution and also the additional powers the Northern Provincial council would be vested with.

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India
Al-Qaeda using US preoccupation with IS to spread to India, says report

Al-Qaeda has used America's "preoccupation" with the Islamic State (IS) to regain strength in South Asia and preparing to spread its ideology in India from its "home" in western Pakistan, Bruce Hoffman, Director, Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University, told members of the House Armed Services Committee, NDTV reports on February 17. "Al-Qaeda has never changed, and it still sees itself in what it conceives as an existential struggle against the West and against the United States in particular," Bruce Hoffman, stated.

"I think that it's taken advantage of our preoccupation with ISIS to rebuild its strength, particularly in South Asia, where, again, almost completely escaped notice when they created al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent which was designed simultaneously to reinvigorate its presence in Afghanistan," he told Congressman Mac Thornberry, chairman of the committee. During a Congressional hearing on terrorism and counter- terrorism strategies yesterday, Hoffman said al-Qaeda "had been preparing to spread its ideology to India", which has the world's second-largest Muslim population.

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India
Madhya Pradesh spy racket reveals ISI's 'plan-60' in India, reveals ATS

The Madhya Pradesh anti-terrorist squad (ATS) probe into the recently neutralised espionage ring in the state, run by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), has led to disclosure regarding the spy agency’s network spread across India under the project “Plan-60”, Asian Age reports on February 17. While talking about the progress in the probe, ATS officials revealed that the espionage ring run by ISI was part of its “Plan-60” project the aim of which is to spread its network across India. “Under Plan-60, 10,000 ISI recruits in 60 cities in nine states in India have currently been operating. This was revealed during interrogations of the 19 arrested ISI operatives in MP as well as the records of their cell phone data,” ATS sources told this newspaper here.

Preliminary probe by ATS has so far revealed that the ISI has spread its networks in the states of MP, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, and Gujarat. “We have sought the last two years’ call records of these 19 suspected ISI operatives from the concerned telecom companies. The data will further throw light on ISI activities in India”, the ATS member said.

The accused were using the SIMs to operate parallel telephone exchanges in four cities in MP facilitating their ISI handlers in Pakistan to pry on military operations and defence establishments in India.

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India
Locals under pressure from ultras, says CRPF IG (Operations) Zulfiquar Hasan

Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Inspector General (IG) (Operations) Zulfiquar Hasan said locals were under pressure from militants to help them flee in certain areas in Kashmir which was harming the anti-terror operations, reports Daily Excelsior on February 17. IG Hasan asserted that the forces have been acting with restraint in crowded areas to check any collateral damage and the residents should not succumb to the threats of the militants. “The casualties (of the security forces in recent operations) have taken place in crowded areas and the forces operate with restraint so that there is no collateral damage. But the crowds break the cordon and help the militants to flee. This is happening in certain areas of Kashmir, and villagers and local residents do this under pressure from militants,” Hasan said.

Meanwhile, authorities on February 16 asked the public in Kashmir to stay away from the places of encounters between Security Forces (SFs) and militants and decided to impose prohibitory orders in the radius of three kilometres from such sites in three Districts, reports Daily Excelsior. The decision came a day after Army Chief General Bipin Rawat warned of tough action against those hampering counter- insurgency operations. “District Administrations of Srinagar, Budgam and Shopian advised people not to move towards or assemble near the places where encounters take place between security forces and militants to avoid loss and injuries to precious human lives,” an official spokesman said. “Prohibitory restrictions have been imposed within the radius of three kilometers from the site of any counter- insurgency operation in these districts,” the spokesman added.

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Sri Lanka
Committed to establish fair and transparent judicial system in country, says President Maithripala Sirisena

President Maithripala Sirisena while addressing a ceremony in Colombo on February 15 said that he is committed to establish a fair and transparent judicial system in the country, reports Colombo Page. He said "My consistent policy is that judicial activities must be done in a fair & transparent manner." The President pointed out that he is, under no circumstances, ready to use the remaining executive powers remain with him in an arbitrary manner, as a person who worked very openly as well as a President who gave his executive powers to the Parliament and other independent institutions through the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. He further said that he always makes decisions after discussing with the intellectuals and specialists in the relevant field.

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