|Three people killed in separate incidents of violence in Karachi|
people were killed in separate acts of violence in Karachi
on August 2, reported Daily Times. Two men, identified
as Muhammad Rasheed (23) and Shahnawaz (28), were shot
dead in Baldia Town No 2, within the precincts of SITE
B Police Station.
an unidentified four-day-old decomposed body of an eunuch
was found from a drain in the vicinity of Saba Cinema.
Rangers carried out targeted operation in Kunwari Colony
of Manghopir area, arresting more than two dozen suspects,
reports The News. The sources said that the Rangers
are interrogating the killings of Rangers in firing
incident in Banaras area.
Inspector General of Police (IGP), Sindh, Fayyaz Ahmed
Laghari said that failure of Lyari operation was not
due to ‘faulty’ Police vehicles but because of the criminals
fight with very latest weapons, reported Daily Times.
He said that the weapons used by criminals were prohibited
and are used in a war like situation.
|TTP militants kill brother of a local peace committee head in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa|
militants shot dead one Nauman Afridi, brother of the
head of a local peace committee, Momin Khan Afridi,
in Akhorwal area near Darra Adamkhel town in Kohat District
of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on August 2, reports Dawn.
TTP claimed responsibility for the killing and threatened
to continue fighting against the pro-government peace
lashkar till withdrawal of Security Forces from the
area. Sources said that skirmishes continued between
the Tariq Afridi group of TTP and peace lashkar of Momin
Afridi to establish their control in the area. Both
the rival groups belonged to Akhorwal area of Darra
Police arrested five terrorists, three of them in injured
condition, after an encounter from a house in Basiya
Khel area near Bannu, reports Daily Times. After
an exchange of firing with Police, three of the terrorists
were injured and were arrested along with two others.
Police had also recovered a suicide jacket, hand grenade
and arms from them.
two persons, Niaz Beg, manager of the NGO, and field
worker Abdul Qayum, sustained injuries when unidentified
assailants hurled a hand grenade at the office of a
non-governmental organisation situated on Charsadda-Mardan
Road in Charsadda town.
a public sector educational institution for boys was
blown up by unidentified militants in Kadi area of Swabi
in the night of August 1. All the three classrooms of
the school were destroyed and its boundary wall developed
cracks in the blast.
Police arrested 20 accused involved in different cases
in Peshawar on August 2. A police spokesman said that
of the accused several proclaimed offenders had also
been rounded up. The proclaimed offenders were identified
as Mujaram Said son of Saiful Malook of Abakhel Nowshera,
Aminur Rehman son of Gulab Khan, Mohammad Ali son of
Muhib Ali of Urmar Payan, Sabir Kiani son of Fazal Ilahi
of Nauthia. Police also recovered eight pistols (30
bore), two Kalashnikovs, hundreds of cartridges and
contraband items from their possession.
|LeT 'district commander' believed to be killed in Jammu and Kashmir|
‘district commander’, identified as Hanzala, is believed
to be dead in an encounter in the forest area of Handwara
in Kupwara District in the evening of August 2, reports
Daily Excelsior. On a specific information, Army
cordoned off Dudipora village in Handwara. When the
cordon was laid, the militant fired from inside the
house of one Ajaz Ahmad Hajam. The sources further
said that during the encounter the house caught fire.
Police sources said that LeT ‘district commander’ Hanzala
is believed to be dead as the Police and the Army received
information about his presence in the village. The sources
said that Hazala was most wanted militant in the area
and was active for past 2 years.
another of the women injured in the blast inside a tourist
bus in Anantnag District on July 28 succumbed to injuries
on August 1 raising the toll to four. Though initial
reports had suggested that the explosion was caused
by a grenade attack, Inspector General of Police (Kashmir
Range) S M Sahai later said, "As of now it seems
like a cylinder blast, a blast of similar nature had
happened in Baltal as well. But investigation is on
and we are looking at other possible angles as well."
Earlier on July 29 it was reported that two tourists
were killed and four others were injured in a grenade
General of Border Security Force (BSF) U K Bansal said
on August 2 that acts like constructions of tunnels
on the International Border (IB) by the neighbouring
country to facilitate infiltration of militants was
not good for Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) between
the two countries. "The incident had the potential
of vitiating atmosphere between the two countries’’,
Bansal told reporters after inspecting the tunnel at
forward village of Chechwal in Samba sector. He said
the IB was 2400 kilometers long. However, there was
no instrument to monitor activities like digging of
underground tunnels. Earlier, no such tunnel had even
been found on the IB, he added.
reported earlier, authorities on July 28 found a 400-meters
long tunnel, running between India and Pakistan, along
the IB in Samba District of Jammu and Kashmir.
|Nine people injured in separate incidents of bombing in Balochistan|
least eight people were injured in a bomb blast at a
shop in Hub industrial town of Quetta on August 2, reported
one person was seriously injured when a pickup van struck
a landmine in Chatt Baglarr area of Dera Bugti District.
The van was badly damaged in the blast while the driver
the Reporters without Borders expressed concern
over the fate of Ayub Tareen, a correspondent for the
British Broadcasting Corporation’s (BBC) Urdu
service in Quetta, who was forced to leave the city
by the Baloch Liberation Front (BLF) on July 21, 2012.
“We take these threats very seriously and urge the local
authorities to improve the safety of those who work
in the media,” the Paris-based press freedom organisation
said in a press freedom alert received via email, adding,
“We support the call by the Balochistan Union of Journalists
(BUJ) for dialogue and mediation to settle disputes
between the media and various interest groups in the
told the Reporters without Borders that he was
forced to leave Quetta after the BLF accused him of
“partisan reporting”. Several Quetta-based news organisations
received a statement from BLF spokesman Basham Baloch.
The spokesman said it was boycotting the BBC’s Urdu
service because of the “partial attitude” of Tareen.
“We inform high-ups of BBC to take notice of their correspondent’s
partial behaviour.” The statement also read, “Otherwise,
we would be forced to take strict action.”
|Miscreants set ablaze nine houses in Bodo-Muslim clash affected Chirang District of Assam|
set ablaze at least nine abandoned houses at the Chourabari
village under the Bijni Police Station in Chirang District
on August 2, reports The Sentinel. However, no
one was injured in the incident as the inhabitants of
the village have been staying in the Madlipara Lower
Primary School refugee camp under the Dhaligaon Police
Station in Chirang District since July 24. Earlier,
miscreants had set ablaze four houses at Dhaligaon on
August 1 in the same District.
Home Department, according to a July 30 report, said
that 5,000 houses were set ablaze in 244 villages during
the Bodo-Muslim clashes.
started when founder president of All Bodoland Minority
Students’ Union (ABMSU) , Mohibul Islam and former leader
of All Assam Minority Students’ Union (AAMSU), Abdul
Siddique Sheikh were seriously injured in the attack
on July 19. In a retaliatory attack, a mob of people
at Joypur under Kokrajhar Police Station lynched to
death four former militants of disbanded Bodoland Liberation
- Pradip Bodo (32), Jonson Bodo (36), Nip Goyari (25)
and Jamin Goyari (24) in the night of July 20. Initially,
Kokrajhar and then Chirang District were affected. Later,
violence also spread to Dhubri and Baksa Districts.
So, far 71 people have been reported killed in these
several organizations, including the O-Boro Surakshya
Samiti [Non-Bodo Protection Committee], told Chief Minister
Tarun Gogoi that formation of the BTC under the Sixth
Schedule of the Indian Constitution was a massive blunder,
reports Assam Tribune. In a memorandum submitted
to the Chief Minister at his office chamber here, these
organisations also placed the demand for reviewing the
Bodo Accord and evolving an alternative to the Bodo
|Assam Rifles and militants exchange fire in Manipur|
exchange of fire between personnel of Assam Rifles (AR)
and unidentified militants took place at old Somtal
village in Chandel District, bordering Myanmar on August
1, reports The Sentinel. Sources said that there
might be casualties on both sides during the encounter.
On receipt of intelligence reports that some insurgents
were sighted there, the Assam Rifles personnel launched
a search operation. The insurgents opened fire followed
by retaliation from the Assam Rifles side.
|Five extortionists arrested in Nagaland|
Forces (SFs) arrested five persons on charges of extortion,
intimidation and possession of arms and ammunition at
third Mile area of Dimapur on August 2, reports Nagaland
Post. The arrested persons have been identified
as have been identified as one Shikato (30), Ikaho (25),
Yambemo (22), Vanthungo (31) and Ato Achumi (32), who
claimed to be “Raja peyu” and ‘judiciary board Northern
Sumi sub-regional (NSSR) secretary’ in Government of
People’s Republic of Nagaland/ Nationalist Socialist
Council of Nagaland (GPRN/NSCN). SFs recovered one .22
pistol, one magazine and seven live rounds, two demand
notes, two cheques and Rs.3500 in cash from their possession.
suspected cadres of NSCN-Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM)
had lifted seven cars, which were brought from West
Bengal by seven traders to Manipur, reports The Sentinel.
One of the traders, identified as ‘Open’, said that
the incident took place on May 15. He said that the
seven persons had bought the second hand cars from West
Bengal. They were coming towards Imphal when about five
armed persons stopped them, some distance away from
State Home Minister Imkong L Imchen disclosed that ‘total
independence or sovereignty’ was not on the agenda being
discussed since it would not happen but opined that
a constitutional agreement would emerge. He said that
any agreement for a solution would be signed only after
a majority consensus was arrived at. Imkong said some
constitutional amendments could be brought to the 16
Point Agreement, from its present status. He said amendments
could include aspects of increasing the number of state
legislators from the existing 60 including number of
Lok Sabha seats. He further said that the positions
of chief minister and governor could also be altered.
|Delhi Police arrest four persons for smuggling FICN|
persons have been arrested for their alleged involvement
in smuggling Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN), reports
Hindustan Times on August 3. The arrested four-
Abrar, Firoz Saifi, Farukh, and Bashir, brought the
FICN from their Malda (West Bengal)-based contact, which
they identified as Ajeebul. The Police claimed Ajeebul
managed to give a Police team the slip.
July 16, Police received information about the gang
headed by Farukh and Abrar, and sent a decoy customer
to strike a deal with them, around 5.30pm two persons
came to a pre-designated spot near north Delhi's Mukarba
Chowk and were arrested as soon as they stuck a deal
with the decoy customer. FICN worth INR 1.90 lakh were
allegedly recovered from the duo, Abrar and Firoz, who
later identified their associate Farukh as the supplier.
Later, Farukh, a tailor who used to work at Seelampur,
was arrested and FICN worth INR 8,500 was recovered
from his possession. Farukh's interrogation, Police
claimed, led them to another gang member, Bashir, who
was arrested from Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh on July
25. FICN worth INR four lakh was found on him.
|Maoist posters found in Seraikela-Kharsawan District of Jharkhand|
Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist)
cadres began a poster campaign at Chowka in Seraikela-Kharsawan
District of Jharkhand on August 2, amid their ongoing
martyrs’ week [July 28-August 3], reports The Telegraph.
The posters, bearing anti-Central Reserve Police Force
(CRPF) messages in red ink, were pasted on the boundary
walls of school buildings and at marketplaces as well
as in Chaulibasa and Ghagri villages in the interiors
of Chowka, known to be an industrial hub and also a
posters condemned the CRPF and bore names of those who
had been killed by the Police or Paramilitary Forces.
Some slogans denounced the alleged atrocities committed
by the CRPF troopers against innocent villagers, especially
youngsters. According to intelligence sources, the Maoists
were holding small meetings at a number of places in
West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan Districts.
|Maoists ask members of village committees in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra to step down by August 15|
Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) has asked
members of the Self Help Groups (SHGs), village committees
and forest management committees in Gadchiroli District
to step down, as reported on August 3 in IBN Live.
The Maoists have given them a deadline of August 15
to step down, warning them of severe consequences if
they did not follow the diktat, sources said. The Maoists
also called some of the members in the forest somewhere
in Aheri taluka (administrative unit) and pronounced
their diktat, sources said.
Gadchiroli Superintendent of Police (SP) Mohammed Suvez
Haque has called upon the people to come forward and
take the initiative to eliminate the Naxalite [Left
Wing Extremism (LWE)] problem from Gadchiroli District,
reports Zee News. Haque was addressing an anti-Naxalite
peace rally at Armori tehsil (revenue unit) on
August 2 he said that Gadchiroli District has been
plagued by Naxalism. "Several innocent people are
being killed by them unnecessarily and the development
of the district has also been stalled. To end this problem,
citizens should come forward," he said.
|Local hand can be behind the August 1 Pune serial blast, says NIA|
Investigating Agency (NIA) members said that entire
operation of August 1 Pune (Maharashtra) serial blasts
looks as though it had been planned locally, reports
Rediff on August 3. Right from the timer devices,
a locally-made clock and locally purchased bicycles,
all indications are that the entire operation was planned
the IM [Indian Mujahedeen] had resurfaced from Bihar,
it would not be correct to say that their modules are
dead in Pune, which was once their headquarters,"
Intelligence Bureau officials said.
Home Minister R R Patil said on August 2 that Pune police
had received a letter warning revenge over the death
of alleged IM operative Qateel Ahmad Siddiqui in Yerawada
jail, reports Indian Express. “Pune police commissioner
had received an anonymous letter in Marathi days after
Qateel death warning revenge. We are inquiring all angles
and not ruling out terror. We are also checking if there
is any connection with the letter,” said Patil.
top police officers in Pune on August 2 refuted reports
of having received a specific report from the State
Intelligence Department (SID) or letters warning them
about the bomb blasts on the busy Jangli Maharaj road
a day earlier, reports Times of India. Joint
Commissioner of Police (law and order) Sanjeev Kumar
Singhal said that during the last few months some Police
Stations had received anonymous letters warning about
terror attacks in the city. The Police Commissioner's
office too had received such letters. "We never
ignore such letters and we take all the necessary preventive
actions. We make the best possible efforts to identify
the source sending such letters even if they are hoaxes,"
he said. Singhal denied receiving threatening emails,
adding that the source of the email can be easily detected.
of India quoted an unnamed official as saying that
a design flaw in the bombs caused them to explode partially
and prevented the shrapnel from spreading. Without naming
any group, an unnamed Home Ministry official in New
Delhi said there were "credible leads" pointing
to a "big plan" by a terror outfit. "Preliminary
forensic result which is an outcome of the detailed
examination of the two unexploded IEDs and nature of
blasts shows that the bomb had all the ingredients to
cause a much bigger impact and had the potential to
take lives of many people." Also, in Pune, Police
bomb experts who supervised dismantling of the devices
also said the four bombs placed on Jangli Maharaj road
exploded only partly. Had these and the two that were
defused gone off fully, the damage caused would have
been "major", they said.
investigation in the serial low-intensity blasts in
the city has hit a hurdle as some CCTV cameras at the
explosion sites have been found to be non-functional,
reports The Hindu. Sources in the investigative
agencies said that the CCTV cameras installed at Dena
Bank, McDonald’s and Bal Gandharva traffic square, near
where the explosions occurred, have not yielded any
clue so far and some of them were non-functional.
|Balochistan epicenter of world game, says Federal Minister of Interior Rehman Malik inform Senate|
Minister of Interior Rehman Malik on August 2 told the
Senate that external aggression and world power game
could not be ruled out in the Balochistan issue as the
situation there was similar to that of East Pakistan
in 1971, as he held the Balochistan Liberation Army
(BLA) and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) responsible for all
the major terrorism and kidnapping activities in the
province, reports The Nation. Malik said hostile
elements were exploiting the indigenous issue of the
Balochistan and there was a planned external aggression
linked to regional security, adding that a roadmap had
been prepared to disintegrate Balochistan. “We are a
nuclear power and it is threat for the world,” he added.
questioned whether there were no human rights violations
in Punjab and why such issues were highlighted in Balochistan
and why a US Congressman took up the matter of Balochistan?
But he also answered these queries in the same breath
and said it was because of a broader conspiracy. “We
will have to find the solution before it is too late,”
he said, adding that the slogan of an independent Balochistan
was not a new phenomenon as similar movements were led
by Nourez Khan in 1948-1950, Sher Mohammad Bijarani
in 1963-69 and Kher Bukhsh Marri in 1973-78. He, however,
claimed that the people of Balochistan trusted the Federation.
“Baloch Separatists and nationalists have links with
banned outfit, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)
and other proscribed organisations,” the Minister added.
“LeJ is one of the main organisation that in support
with the (BLA is involved in major terrorist activities
in the province,” he added.
a number of incidents of terrorism, killings and kidnapping
in the province, he said 299 IED explosions took place,
179 FC soldiers were killed and 502 incidents of abduction
were reported in the area since 2010, while 89 policemen
and 872 civilians were killed and 1,177 people injured.
Malik said these figures were verifiable from provincial
home department and intelligence agencies.
claimed that BLA was behind all these incidents. The
minister alleged that the BLA was a killing machine
and being controlled from Afghanistan, adding that terrorists
from Afghanistan side crossed border and committed terror
activities in Pakistan, while Maulvi Faqir Mohammad
and Fazlullah were also hiding in Afghanistan. He told
the house that Brahmdagh Bugti was involved in kidnapping
of John Solecki, chief of the UN refugees’ office, and
Hyrbyair Marri, while living in UK, used to make a call
and people were killed in Balochistan. He, at the same
time said, the BLA used to threaten the workers in Balochistan
that were associated with different development projects
stressed that the problem of Balochistan was deprivation
of the people of the area. “89 DMG posts and 50 PSP
posts are lying vacant in the province,” he added. The
Minister said there was a perception that the FC kidnapped
and killed the people but the fact was the forces were
there to protect the people of the area and borders.
He said five per cent areas declared as ‘A’ in Balochistan
were under the control of police and other areas marked
as B under the control of levies.
|Security beefed up in Meghalaya ahead of Independence Day|
forces (SFs) in the State have been put on alert ahead
of the August 15 Independence Day celebration, reports
Shillong Times. Special police teams have been
deputed in vulnerable areas and important government
installations, a senior police official told PTI.
Further, Border Security Force (BSF) has deploying approximately
10,000 personnel an observing an ‘Ops Alert’ between
August 6 and 20 along the 498 kilometer international
border with Bangladesh, most of which is unfenced, with
difficult terrain and riverine in nature. “We have received
specific inputs from the police that certain militants
like the HNLC
[Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council] are trying
to sneak into Meghalaya and create problems during the
celebration,” Sudesh Kumar, Inspector General (IG) BSF,
Meghalaya Frontier said.
the BSF maintained that the Meghalaya Police acted on
their own in relation to the “arrest” of Garo National
Liberation Army (GNLA)
“chairman” Champion R. Sangma, reports The Telegraph.
State Police personnel arrested Champion on July 30
from the Umkrem-Pyrdiwah area in East Khasi Hills District
along the India-Bangladesh border.
|Sri Lanka to launch joint operation in East to take away unauthorized weapons|
Lanka Police and Army will carry out a joint operation
in the Eastern Province to disarm groups and people
possessing unauthorized weapons ahead of the Eastern
Provincial Council election in September, reports Colombo
Page on August 2. A senior police officer from
the Batticaloa Range has been quoted as saying, "We
have received details from the police headquarters in
Colombo to tighten security, in order to conduct the
election in a free and fair manner. The Election Commissioner
has written to the IGP asking him to disarm political
groups or individuals carrying weapons. Likewise, we
will be conducting an operation to disarm all groups
to have a violence free election". He added that
an order would be made for weapons to be handed over
to the police stations in the East and that strict action
would be taken if any person fails to hand over weapons.
the United States welcomed the National Action Plan
presented by the Sri Lankan government to implement
the recommendations made by the post-war Lesson learnt
and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). The US Embassy
in Colombo in a statement released on August 2 said,
"We have long encouraged the full implementation
of the recommendations outlined by the LLRC. We believe
that full implementation of the National Action Plan
will benefit all citizens of Sri Lanka by furthering
long-term reconciliation and lasting peace".
|Haqqani Network emerging as a significant economic player in the Afghanistan Pakistan region, reveal recent study of CTC|
to the recent study of Counter-Terrorism Centre (CTC),
a Pentagon think tank, the Haqqani Network in Afghanistan,
which is a deadly source of terror attacks against Indian
and United States (US) interests, is also emerging as
a significant economic player in the Afghanistan-Pakistan
region, getting into new businesses like rare earths
mining, which are of interest to both India and China,
making them a more complicated foe, reported The
Times of India on August 3 (today). The study also
shows that the Haqqani Network is closely intertwined
with the state and security machinery in Pakistan. Its
resiliency can be credited as much to military prowess
as the Haqqani’s capacity to network with Pakistan’s
Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), other militant groups
(particularly al Qaeda) and key religious figures.
study by CTC said that the Haqqani Network receives
financial and logistic support from the Pakistani military.
The study also said the Afghan Taliban-linked group
have a massive network of "mafia"-style financing
operation that relies on extortion, kidnapping, smuggling
and ties to legitimate businesses.
|Pakistan and US acknowledge 'progress' in their ties|
and the United States on August 2 acknowledged progress
in ties between the two countries, in the wake of a
recent MoU signed regarding transportation of NATO supplies
to Afghanistan through Pakistan, and subsequently the
US releasing $1.1 billion to the latter, reports Daily
Times. This was discussed during a meeting between
Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani and
ISAF commander General John Allen at the GHQ, Rawalpindi.
Kayani said the meeting helped improve strategic and
operational understanding between Pakistan’s military
and NATO forces. He said the Pak-US relationship should
be based on mutual trust, respect and transparency.
General Allen said, "I look forward to these visits
and am pleased with the upward spiral in our relationship
they represent. We are making significant progress toward
building a partnership that is enduring, strategic,
carefully defined, and that enhances the security and
prosperity of the region.”
|ICT asks Sayedee's counsel to complete IO’s cross-exam by August 8|
International Crimes Tribunal-1 (ICT-1) on August 2
directed the defence lawyer for Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI)
leader, war crimes accused, Delwar Hossain Sayedee to
complete the cross-examinations of the Investigation
Officer (IO) by August 8, reports UNB Connect.
On April 8, the IO dealing with the crimes against humanity
during the Liberation War started making his deposition
before the ICT-1 against Sayedee. The tribunal recorded
the statement made by the IO who during investigation
found Sayedee as a listed Razakar, an auxiliary force
under the Pakistan occupation army, at Parerhat in Pirojpur
District during the 1971 Liberation War, had perpetrated
the crimes against humanity in collaboration with the
occupation forces. The cross-examination of the IO by
the defence counsel began on April 25.
|UCPN-M forms 251-member committee|
Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M)
on August 2 decided to form a 251-member national convention
organizing committee, flouting its own statute which
calls for a maximum of 175 members in such a committee,
reports Himalayan Times. The party though had
formed a 175-member committee earlier it added 76 more
members in the committee following pressure from state
committees. When asked, party UCPN-M spokesman Dina
Nath Sharma said, "Party spirit is more important
than the number." There are 31 women, 13 Madhesis
and nine Dalits in the expanded general convention organizing
committee, adds Ekantipur.com.