SOUTH ASIA INTELLIGENCE REVIEW
Weekly Assessments & Briefings
Volume 11, No. 15, October 15, 2012
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South Asia Terrorism Portal
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management
have a clear cut stance. Anyone who takes side with
the Government against us will have to die at our
hands. You will see. Other important people will
soon become victims."
Ahmad, TTP spokesperson
In a most
deplorable pre-planned act of terror, the Swat Chapter
of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP),
also known as Swat Taliban, targeted the fourteen year
old children’s rights activist and Pakistan’s first National
Peace Prize winner Malala Yusufzai, on October 9, 2012,
while she was returning from her school in Mingora, the
headquarter of Swat District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).
Yusufzai was shot in the head and remains in a ‘critical
but stable’ condition at the time of writing.
the TTP claimed responsibility for the attack with immense
pride, though TTP ‘spokesman’ Ehsanullah Ehsan denied
targeting the activist because of her demands for education,
carried out this attack, and anybody who speaks
against us will be attacked in the same way. Malala
is targeted because of her pioneer role in preaching
secularism and so-called enlightened moderation…
She was young but she was promoting Western culture
in Pashtun areas. She was pro-West, she was speaking
against the Taliban and she was calling President
Obama her idol.
to the plight of the girl, the spokesman further threatened
that she would be targeted again if she survives, because
she was a “secular-minded lady”. He also warned that other
youngsters who were involved in similar activities would
also be targeted.
had been awarded the National Peace Prize on December
19, 2011, for her struggle against TTP’s ban on girl education
in 2009. The then Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani had
directed the Cabinet to award the National Peace Prize
every year to a child younger than 18, who contributes
to peace and education in the country. The attack on Malala,
however, demonstrates the risks of such projection, even
as the tightening grip of TTP in the region makes life
impossible for such young activists.
had chronicled the ban on girls’ education with British
Broadcasting Corporation’s (BBC’s) Urdu Online Diary.
In another interview with CNN, on November 24,
2011, Malala declared, “I was scared of being beheaded
by the Taliban because of my passion for education. During
their rule, the Taliban used to march into our houses
to check whether we were studying or watching television.”
Fearing house searches and a Taliban rampage, Yusufzai
would hide her books under her bed.
indicate that Maulana Fazlullah alias Mullah
Radio, the leader of the sectarian terrorist Tehreek-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi
which forged an alliance with the TTP after the Lal
Masjid (Red Mosque) Operation in 2007,
had personally briefed two local shooters from his hit
squads to target the 14 year old girl, whose insistent
campaigning for western style education and secularism
over the past four years had infuriated the Islamist extremists.
The Fazlullah-led TTP in Swat had earlier issued death
threats against Yusufzai, but she remained undeterred.
to kill Malala has turned the TTP’s ire against her father,
Ziauddin Yusufzai, who is a member of the Swat Qaumi
Jirga (Swat National Council), an anti-Taliban peace
jirga. A spokesman of the Swat Taliban, Sirajuddin
Ahmad, presently based in the Kunar Province of Afghanistan,
threatened that, having failed to kill Malala Yusufzai,
they would target her father.
Malala Yusufzai incident has had a strong international
resonance because of the tender age of the victim, and
her exceptional courage in standing against the extremists,
the targeting of critics of the TTP’s agenda, and of others
who fail to adhere to the group’s arbitrary and fanatical
‘moral codes’ has been routine since the rise of the group
in 2007. The assassination
of the then Punjab Governor Salman Taseer on January 4,
2011, was among the most dramatic cases of the targeting
of those who questioned the extremists’ codes. Taseer
was killed by his own bodyguard, in retaliation against
the Governor’s denunciation of the controversial blasphemy
law and his advocacy for Aasia Bibi, the Christian woman
sentenced to death on November 7, 2010, for alleged blasphemy.
The TTP claimed responsibility for the attack, declaring,
“The man who killed him (Taseer) was from among us.” The
assassin, Malik Mumtaz Husain Qadri, was lionized by a
group of 500 Pakistani clerics praised who declared him
a Ghazi (Islamic warrior), and warned people against
attending Taseer’s funeral prayers, claiming that such
action would tantamount to blasphemy. Another prominent
victim of Pakistan’s extremist tide was the Federal Minister
for Minorities Affairs, Shahbaz Bhatti, killed
on March 2, 2011, in the same context of his opposition
to the blasphemy law.
is infinitely compounded by the complex nexus between
Islamist terrorists – principally the TTP, LeJ and Sipah-e-Sahaba
Pakistan (SSP) – religious organisations, politicians,
and the military and its various covert agencies. Significantly,
of Syed Saleem Shahzad, the Asia Times Online Pakistan
Bureau Chief, on June 1, 2011, in the Mandi Bahauddin
District of Punjab, widely believed to have been executed
by the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), demonstrates
the shared objectives of the extremist formations and
state agencies in suppressing all dissenting or critical
voices. Shahzad’s book, Inside al Qaeda and the Taliban:
Beyond Bin Laden and 9/11, had exposed ISI-al Qaeda
involvement in the November 26, 2008, Mumbai terrorist
attacks (26/11). The book had argued that the attack was
scripted by ISI officers and approved for execution by
al Qaeda ‘commanders’. Shahzad’s writings immediately
before his ‘detention’ by the ISI, and his subsequent
killing, had also drawn attention to the role of “insiders”
in the attack on the Mehran Naval Air Base in Karachi
on May 22, 2011.
has been an easy and vulnerable target of extremist attacks.
On October 13, 2012, the TTP Chief Hakimullah Mehsud issued
"special directions" to his subordinates in
different cities of Pakistan to target media groups, both
Pakistani and international, for their hostile coverage
of the TTP in the wake of the Malala Yusafzai incident.
An Interior Ministry official is reported to have disclosed
that Intelligence Agencies had intercepted a phone conversation
between Mehsud and a subordinate, Nadeem Abbas alias Intiqami,
in which the TTP Chief was heard directing Abbas to attack
years, the spaces of freedom in Pakistan have been progressively
diminished as a result of Islamist extremist intimidation
and terrorism. According to South Asia Terrorism Portal
(SATP), a total of at least 41 journalists have been killed
in Pakistan since 1994 (all data till October 14, 2012),
and the Committee to Protect Journalists described Pakistan
as “the world's deadliest country for the press for the
second consecutive year” in 2011. Among recent incidents,
on February 21, 2012, Ashraf Khan, a Karachi-based correspondent
for The Associated Press, received a handwritten
letter in Urdu saying that the TTP was “watching his every
move”. He was warned to stop working for the dajjal
(infidel) media and refrain from his “anti-Islam activities”.
Regrettably, instead of providing him protection, he was
asked to quit his job by his organisation.
bold attack on January 25, 2012, TTP militants opened
fire at the offices of local news channel Aaj TV in Karachi,
injuring two persons, including a security guard. The
TTP claimed responsibility for the shooting, and threatened
attacks against other television channels that failed
to feature their point of view. Ehsanullah Ehsan of TTP
declared, “We had informed the management of Aaj TV to
include our view on issues, but the channel had become
a mouthpiece of the Government.” Further, threatening
Geo News TV Channel, Ehsan warned, “Geo TV is going to
be our next target if they do not change their behaviour
towards us. They have been using very bad language against
has always been replete with anti-West and anti-women
ideologies, advocating the establishment of its distorted
model of ‘Islamist’ governance’. Significantly, Swat has
faced a brunt of the TTP challenge as a result of the
severe erosion of the structures of governance, and the
growing and excessive exposure to extremist violence,
particularly by the Swat Taliban, which targets women
and young girls from coming into public life. Their tactic
of bombing girls’ schools is the most visible symbol of
their broader regressive ideology, reducing opportunities
for education and growth among girls to a minimal. During
their reign of terror from 2007 to 2009, when Swat had
been surrendered by Islamabad to TTP control, some 400
private schools had discontinued girls’ education. This
announcement had come in the wake of a deadline of January
15, 2009, issued by Maulana Fazlullah on December 24,
2008. Nearly 40,000 girls were denied their basic right
to seek education as a result of this single action.
to partial data compiled by the SATP, at least 52 schools
were destroyed in 33 incidents in KP in 2009; 28 were
destroyed in 22 such incidents in 2010; 59 schools were
blown up in 69 incidents in 2011; and 47 schools have
already been attacked in 49 incidents in 2012.
attack on Malala Yusafzai has provoked mass protests across
Pakistan and has brought many religious scholars and clerics
to openly condemn the attack and urge the Government to
eliminate the terrorists wherever they are hiding or operating.
A conglomeration of 23 Barelvi Muslim organisations, Sunni
Ittehad Council (SIC), which was formed in 2009 with a
‘declared agenda’ to counter the extremist TTP ideology
and initially organised several anti-TTP rallies, also
issued a fatwa that declared the attempted assassination
on Malala as "un-Islamic". However, SIC had
lent support to Punjab Governor Salman Taseer’s assassin
in 2011. Indeed, the SIC has undermined its own agenda
by threatening the state with “anarchy” if Asia Bibi were
to be pardoned for her alleged blasphemy. SIC’s anti-extremist
position has been constrained by its own reactionary sectarian
outlook. Moreover, one of SIC’s constituent organisations,
Sunni Tehreek (ST), has been included in the Interior
Ministry’s watch list of banned outfits. On February 10,
2012, intelligence agencies advised strict surveillance
over ST, which was not only becoming politically active,
but was also believed to be morphing into a terrorist
outrage over the Malala Yusufzai incident is not, however,
a credible index of any change in the civil-military strategy
in dealing with Islamist extremism and terrorism in Pakistan.
Though the attack is, as Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani
Khar expressed it, a “wake-up call”, there have been many
such alarms in the past as well, with no concrete or sustained
state response thereafter. It is Islamabad’s policy of
duplicity and deceit that has created and sustained spaces
for Islamist extremism and terrorism in Pakistan, and
exported violence beyond its borders. Despite growing
alarm among the general public and limited political constituencies
over the rising anarchy and collapse of institutions in
the country, however, there is little evidence that this
broader strategy of deception has been significantly diluted.
Horrifying as the Malala Yusufzai incident is, it is less
a ‘wake up call’, and more of a sign of things to come.
The Mask of Ideology
Fakir Mohan Pradhan
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management
8, 2012, Jharkhand formally launched a special security
operation against People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI),
a splinter group of the Communist Party of India-Maoist
in Khunti, Simdega, and Gumla Districts. Personnel from
Central reserve Police Force (CRPF) including Commando
Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA), Jharkhand Jaguar
and Jharkhand Armed Police are participating in the offensive.
This is the first time in the State that the CRPF has
been involved in an operation against a Left-Wing Extremist
(LWE) group other than the CPI-Maoist, though the State
Police have, on earlier occasions, launched offensives
against LWE groups other than the CPI-Maoist. The current
offensive recognizes the growing threat from PLFI.
As on October
13, however, the offensive was yet to produce any significant
success. S. N. Pradhan, Inspector General of Police, Special
Branch (IG-SB), and spokesperson Jharkhand Police stated,
"The rebels seem to have either left the jungles
or gone underground. Around 12 active members of the PLFI
have been arrested from the three Districts." PLFI
‘zonal commanders’ Jidan Gudiya and Jetha Kashyap, and
‘area commander’ Tilkeshwar Gope, were reportedly ‘surrounded’,
but managed to escape.
PLFI ‘sub-zonal commander’ Mangal Nagesiya had called
a bandh (general shutdown) on October 9 and 10
in Gumla and Simdega Districts against the operation.
However, the bandh received lukewarm response,
though a bus was set ablaze at the Gumla bus stand on
October 11 by PLFI cadres.
media reports claim that suspected PLFI cadres have killed
96 persons in Khunti District over the past 10 months.
involving PLFI: 2006-2012
No of LWE Incidents in Jharkhand
Jharkhand Police, *Data till September, 2012
(each involving three or more fatalities), in which PLFI
has been involved, include:
25, 2012: Three persons were shot dead by the PLFI cadres
at Adeldih in Khunti District. A note left by the extremists
accused them of being police informers.
2011: A group of PLFI cadres, lead by it 'sub-zonal commander'
Mangal Nagesia, shot dead three persons, said to be supporters
of the CPI-Maoist, at Jamgai village of Gumla District
in Jharkhand. The incident was suspected to be a revenge
killing, as five PLFI cadres had been killed by their
CPI-Maoist rivals during a marriage reception function
at Loki village, about half a kilometer from Jamgai on
2011: Four persons of a family were killed by PLFI cadres
at Dakeya village under Basia Police Station in Gumla
District in Jharkhand.
2011: Five PLFI cadres were shot dead by Maoists at a
wedding ceremony in Loki village at Raidih in Gumla District
30, 2011: Around 10 to 15 cadres of the PLFI abducted
and subsequently killed three youth in Hulsu village on
the outskirts of Ranchi District in Jharkhand.
26, 2009: Four PLFI cadres, including an ‘area commander’,
were killed in a clash with the CPI-Maoist at Nawatoli
village in Gumla District.
2009: Three suspected PLFI cadres were lynched by villagers
at Kumaria in the Gumla District.
2009: Three PLFI cadres were killed in an encounter with
Security Forces (SFs) at Chatakpur village under Sneha
Police Station in the Lohardaga District.
31, 2009: Four villagers were shot dead by suspected PLFI
cadres in Chalgi village, Khunti District, possibly as
a result of internal rivalry.
activities are principally connected with extortion and,
according to one estimate, the organization collects over
INR 1.5 billion annually in ‘levies’. S. N. Pradhan, observes,
"They (PLFI) have overtaken the Maoists and are flourishing,
flaunting the name of Maoists." Ironically, the PLFI
had earlier been ‘used’ by the Police to exploit the turf
war between the groups and to weaken the Maoists.
of PLFI, headed by Dinesh Gope, is an interesting story
of crime, caste, politics and Left Wing extremism. Sources
indicate that Dinesh Gope was a petty criminal working
under his elder brother Suresh Gope, who operated in areas
around Ranchi. Suresh Gope’s rise had been facilitated
by Rajputs of the area to counter another gangster, Jayanath
Sahu alias Samrat. The Sahus are a powerful business-moneylender
community. Suresh was killed in an encounter with Jharkhand
Police on December 22, 2003, when had gone to collect
on an extortion demand. Dinesh was also said to be present,
but managed to escape. Thereafter, Dinesh took charge
of the gang and worked meticulously to extend its area
of operation. The gang was initially named the Jharkhand
Liberation Tigers (JLT) in September 2004. The rivalry
with Jayanth Sahu continued, principally over collecting
‘levies’, expanding turf and caste identity. Though he
failed to neutralize Sahu, by 2007, Dinesh Gope had secured
the support of tribals in the area through clever recruitment
and maintaining ‘good rapport’ with tribal politicians.
2007, Masi Charan Purty, a senior ‘Commander’ of the CPI-Maoist,
defected from the outfit with several of his followers.
While Purty was being hunted by the Maoists, Dinesh was
looking for ways to out-gun Sahu. It was a win-win proposition,
and they joined hands to create the People’s Liberation
Front of India (PLFI). Masi created a rudimentary structure
within the outfit, and provided a cloak of LWE ideology,
even as PLFI declared itself a sworn enemy of the CPI-Maoist.
landed in Jail, but PLFI continued to grow under Gope’s
leadership. The armed strength of the group, according
to estimates, fluctuates between 150 to 300 cadres, depending
on Police pressure. Compounding the problem is the fact
that virtually all petty criminals operating in the area
project themselves as PLFI cadres. The outfit functions
through several ‘area commanders’. The PLFI’s area of
operation of is mainly Ranchi, Khunti, Simdega, Gumla,
Latehar, Chatra and Palamu.
and growth of Dinesh Gope and his rivalry with Jayanath
Sahu are also said to be entangled with Jharkhand’s unstable
politics. In 2005, when the National Democratic Alliance
(NDA) was trying to form a Government in the State with
a razor-thin majority, one politician, Tileshwar Sahu,
was said to have helped the Alliance to secure the support
of a few independent MLAs. After the NDA managed to constitute
the Government in the State, Tileshwar Sahu, was rewarded
with the post of Chairman of the State Pollution Control
Board. Tileshwar Sahu, as President of Chhotanagpur Teli
Uththan Samaj (Society for the Promotion of Teli Caste),
was a long-time backer of Jayanath Sahu. Earlier, Tileshwar
Sahu had formed the Shanti Sena (Peace Army, an anti-Maoist
private army), and was also said to be the brain behind
the political rise of Enos Ekka, a first-time MLA in 2005,
who had gained his clout through government contracts
and an alliance with the Sahus. However, they fell out
sometime in the latter half of 2006, as Ekka switched
loyalty and the NDA Government fell in September 2006.
broke away from the Sahus, he is alleged to have extended
support to Dinesh Gope. On April 16, 2008, when Tileshwar
Sahu’s father was killed by unidentified extremists, he
lodged an FIR against Enos Ekka for conspiring to kill
his father. More recently, one of Tileshwar Sahu’s cousins
was also killed by suspected PLFI cadres. Further, on
October 27, 2008, Lorence Mundari alias Carlos,
a hardcore JLT/PLFI cadre arrested by the Police on October
26, claimed before the media that “JLT chief Dinesh Gope
claims that the organisation has the patronage of Shibu
Soren”, the former Chief Minister of the State embroiled
in bribery and murder charges. Soren denied these links.
Nevertheless, it is clear that the PLFI has significant
political linkages across the political spectrum in Jharkhand.
of the PLFI are more akin to an organized crime gang than
any ideologically driven movement. The group carefully
avoids confrontations with the SFs and engages with them
only if no other option is available. Its primary concern
is extortion from contractors, businessmen, government
employees and any one they can lay their hands on. Though
PLFI has been involved in stray incidents of damaging
economic infrastructure, they target contractors, their
employees and construction equipment only when extortion
demands are not met.
extortion network and activities extend into Odisha, particularly
in the Sundargarh District bordering Jharkhand. On July
8, 2012, for instance, PLFI cadres shot dead Hardeep Singh,
a block level politician of the ruling Biju Janata Dal
(BJD), in Sundargarh. The Jashpur District in Chhattisgarh,
bordering the Simdega District of Jharkhand, has also
witnessed PLFI activities. The group was banned in Chhattisgarh
with effect from May 26, 2012.
has risen under the very nose of the Jharkhand Police
who, preoccupied as they most likely were with the greater
threat of the CPI-Maoist. PLFI has profited from the lack
of any sustained focus on its activities and also by recruiting
CPI-Maoist deserters. The group’s activities have, however,
grown too far to be ignored any longer, and the present
operations are timely – though they are yet to demonstrate
results. Given the nebulous nature of the group, its principally
criminal character, and its extensive political linkages,
it is likely to be resistant to any simple operational
strategy that does not involve tackling these peculiarities.
Weekly Fatalities: Major
Conflicts in South Asia
data compiled from English language media sources.
Police personnel killed on duty in India
in 2011, according to NCRB: In 2011,
867 Police personnel across India were killed
while on duty, according to statistics released
by the National Crime Records Bureau. While
853 of them were from 28 States, of the
seven Union Territories, only Delhi accounted
for 14 casualties. In the year 2010, 872
Police personnel were killed on duty.
The Hindu, October
blast accused Syed Afaque Iqbal charged
for allegedly reviving SIMI in Hyderabad:
Ahmadabad blast (July 26, 2008) accused
Syed Afaque Iqbal has been booked by the
Special Investigation Team (SIT) for reviving
banned Student Islamic Movement of India
(SIMI) in Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh). Hyderabad
Police has claimed to have gathered sufficient
leads to charge him of revving banned SIMI
in the city. Two
insurgents mined coal in Arunachal Pradesh
to buy arms, says report: Insurgent
outfits operating in Northeast had been
illegally mining coal in Changlang District,
using the proceeds for buying sophisticated
weapons from arms dealers based in Thailand
and China. Changlang is located close to
the China-Myanmar international border,
where thousands of militants belonging to
at least nine insurgent outfits from Assam,
Manipur and Nagaland stay in well-fortified
Post, October 6,
"missing youth" joined militancy, says J&K
Government: The Jammu and Kashmir (J&K)
Government said that 824 youth who were
reported missing have joined the militant
J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on October
8 said that 2,305 persons have been declared
"missing" in the State. "As per the inputs
furnished by the concerned District Development
Commissioners, 2,305 persons have been declared
missing," Abdullah said. Hindustan
October 9, 2012; Daily
October 9, 2012.
and Assam Government sign peace pact with
Dima Halam Daogah factions: The Central
and Assam Governments on October 8 signed
a Memorandum of Settlement (MoS) with the
two factions of Dima Hasao District based
Dima Halim Daogah (DHD). According to the
MoS, DHD factions will dissolve their outfits
within six months. Nagaland
Post, October 9,
chairman Mohan Baidya warns of declaring
ethnic federal states from the street:
Mohan Baidya, chairman of Communist Party
of Nepal-Maoist-Baidya (CPN-Maoist-Baidya),
on October 10 warned of declaring ethnic
federal states from the street strongly
objecting to the major political parties'
informal understanding to go for the fresh
Constituent Assembly (CA) polls. Baidya
said his party would announce new constitution
from the street if its demand of round table
conference was ignored. Nepal
News, October 11, 2012.
political parties ignoring SC's verdict
on CA, says President Ram Baran Yadav:
President Ram Baran Yadav on October 12
said he was concerned that leaders of major
political parties were not following the
Supreme Court's (SC) verdict on the fate
of the Constituent Assembly (CA). He further
said, "The political crisis facing the country
cannot be resolved until a new constitution
is promulgated through a Constituent Assembly,"
he added. Nepal
News, October 13, 2012.
militants and 13 civilians SFs among 65
persons killed during the week in FATA:
At least six militants were killed and one
Pakistan Army soldier sustained injuries
in a clash in the Barlas area of Mamozai
in Orakzai Agency of Federally Administered
Tribal Areas (FATA) on October 14.
militants and two Security Force (SF) personnel
were killed during a clash in Asma Manza
area of Laddah tehsil (revenue unit)
in South Waziristan Agency on October 12.
least 18 militants, mostly Afghans, were
killed in a US drone attack on October 11
at a militant compound in the Baland Khel
area of Orakzai Agency. In addition, militants
attacked a passenger van in Hasan Zai Bazaar
in Orakzai Agency killing eight anti-Taliban
Mushti tribesmen and injuring 22 others.
Also, a pro-government tribal elder, Malik
Masher Khan, and his two bodyguards, Zarin
Khan and Zer Jan, were shot dead and his
nephew was injured when unidentified militants
sprayed bullets on their vehicle at Derga
Mandai village in Miranshah of North Waziristan
militants of Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) and their
'commander' Khan Mohammad were killed when
a bomb exploded in a bunker they had occupied
after a clash with their rival outfit Tawheedul
Islam (TI) in Sipah area of Bara tehsil
in Khyber Agency on October 9. In addition,
bullet-riddled bodies of seven TI militants
were found in a drain in Sipah area. A US
drone strike targeting a militant compound
killed five militants in Hurmuz area, east
of Miranshah. Daily
Asia Online; The
Frontier Post; Pakistan
civilians and nine SFs among 38 persons
killed during the week in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa:
Five security personnel, including Superintendent
of Police (SP, Rural) Khurshid Khan, were
killed while 10 Police and Frontier Constabulary
(FC) men were injured when the Tehreek-e-Taliban
Pakistan (TTP) militants attacked two check
posts of Mattani Police Station on the outskirts
of Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa on October 14. Also, five militants
and a soldier of Frontier Constabulary were
killed in Shaikhan village in Peshawar.
suicide car-bomb attack killed 18 persons
and injured 40 others in Darra Adam Khel
town in Kohat District on October 13. Daily
Asia Online; The
Frontier Post; Pakistan
civilians and two militants among 29 persons
killed during the week in Sindh:
At least three dead bodies were recovered
from separate places in Karachi, the provincial
capital of Sindh, on October 14.
least four dead bodies were recovered from
separate places in Karachi on October 13.
least four unidentified dead bodies bagged
in gunnysacks were found from two different
areas of Karachi on the night of October
11. Also, six persons, including a Policeman
and a freelance lawyer, were killed in separate
acts of targeted killing in Karachi.
least seven persons, including an activist
of Pakistan People's Party (PPP), and a
Policeman, were killed in separate acts
of violence in Karachi on October 10.
persons, including a Shia man and a cadre
of Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal-Jama'at (ASWJ), were
killed in separate acts of violence in Karachi
on October 8. Daily
Asia Online; The
Frontier Post; Pakistan
civilians and three SFs among 19 persons
killed during the week in Balochistan:
As many as 11 persons were killed and 21
others sustained critical injuries in a
bomb blast on Nishtar Road in Sibi town
(Sibi District) on October 11.
Security Force personnel were killed and
five others sustained injuries in a landmine
blast in Borbaj area of Dera Bugti District.
Asia Online; The
Frontier Post; Pakistan
shot at and injured award winning children's
rights activist Malala Yousufzai in Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa: The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan
(TTP) shot and injured award winning children's
rights activist Malala Yousufzai while she
was traveling in her school bus in Mingora,
the headquterer of Swat District, in Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa on October 9 to avenge her campaigns
for the right to education in the militants'
former stronghold of Swat. TTP 'spokesman'
Ehsanullah Ehsan said his group was behind
the shooting. Daily
October 10, 2012.
Ministry of Interior cautions GB and KP
Governments of possible terrorist attacks:
The Federal Ministry of Interior has cautioned
of possible terrorist attacks in Gilgit
Baltistan (GB) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).
In a letter sent by the ministry's National
Crisis Management Cell, the department urged
both the Governments to be vigilant, citing
that terrorists are being trained in Waziristan
Agency and may carry out attacks in GB or
KP anytime. Tribune,
October 10, 2012.
than 30 'Pakistani clerics' expelled from
Afghanistan over 'provocative speeches'
Afghan security officials expelled over
30 'Pakistani clerics' from mosques in Kandahar
Province over 'provocative speeches' to
encourage people for an 'uprising against
the Government'. Hamdullah Nazak, Governor
of Dand District in Kandahar, said that
Pakistani clerics had come from Muslim Bagh
area of Balochistan and had no valid documents.
October 10, 2012.
should intervene to ensure security to masses
in Balochistan, says SC Chief Justice Iftikhar
Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Iftikhar
Muhammad Chaudhry on October 12 said that
the Federal Government should ensure security
of the masses in the Province. He noted
that the Provincial Government has failed
to establish peace in the province.
Inspector General (IG) of Frontier Corps
(FC) Major-General Obaidullah Khan informed
the SC on October 11 that only 12% of the
50,000 FC personnel are natives of Balochistan.
October 13, 2012; Tribune,
October 12, 2012.
'seriously' considering operation in NWA,
says Interior Minister Rehman Malik:
Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on October
12 that the Government was 'seriously' considering
conducting an operation in the North Waziristan
Agency (NWA) of Federally Administered Tribal
Areas, (FATA). Malik said intelligence reports
and the residents of NWA state that the
Agency is a hub of terrorists. He added
that political and military leadership would
consider launching an army operation as
all the ways now lead to NWA after Taliban's
attack on Malala Yusufzai. Daily
October 12, 2012.
may join PSC if Government assures not to
'cheat again', says TNA leader R. Sampanthan:
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R.
Sampanthan on October 11 said that they
will consider joining the Parliamentary
Select Committee (PSC) proposed by the Government
to solve the ethnic issue if the Government
assures them that they will not be cheated
again. He said this during his meeting with
India's External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna
in New Delhi. Colombo
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