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Volume 11, No. 49, June 10, 2013

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J&K: Terrorist Surge
Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow; Institute for Conflict Management

At a time when the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), the most active group in the State of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) has suffered major setbacks with the elimination, arrest and surrender of its top cadres, the ‘indigenous’ Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) – headquartered in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) – has escalated operations in an effort to re-establish its operational supremacy in the State, after a long eclipse. The LeT’s latest and major loss came with the arrest of its ‘operational commander’ for North Kashmir, Qari Naved alias Fahad Ullah, in the evening of April 17, 2013.  However, an abrupt spike in HM attacks at this time has disturbed the deepening equilibrium in the State, and caused renewed concern among Security Forces (SFs).

Three Rashtriya Rifles (RR) personnel were killed and another sustained injuries when HM militants opened fire on SFs engaged in search operation at Buchoo Bala village in the Tral area of Pulwama District early in the morning of May 24, 2013. The injured trooper died later in the day. In retaliatory fire, the SFs killed an HM militant, identified as Rafiq Ahmad Ahangar alias Saifullah Ahangar. Claiming responsibility for the attack, HM’s ‘spokesman’ Baleguddin claimed, “It was a five member squad who killed five Army men and wounded seven others. Four members have reached to their hide outs safely while one was killed.” Subsequently, on May 25, 2013, the ‘Hizb Command Council’ (HCC) reiterated its firm resolve to “take the ongoing struggle [in Kashmir] to its logical conclusion.”

On April 26, HM militants had laid an ambush and killed four Police personnel near the Haigam locality along the Sopore-Kupwara road in Baramulla District.

On March 13, 2013, HM terrorists executed a suicide attack on a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp in Bemina in Srinagar, killing five troopers and injuring another seven. The two terrorists who carried out the attack were also killed. Claiming responsibility, an unnamed Hizb ‘spokesman’ warned, “The guerrilla attack was carried out by our men and similar attacks will be carried out in future as well.” 

The last suicide attack in J&K was on January 6, 2010, when terrorists had hit a CRPF camp at Lal Chowk in Srinagar, killing a Policeman and injuring nine persons, including one CRPF trooper.

According to the South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP) database, a total of 39 persons, including 19 SFs, 10 civilians and an equal number of militants have been killed in the State in the first five months of the current year, as compared to 37 fatalities, including 28 militants, seven civilians and two SFs personnel during the corresponding period of the preceding year. Indeed, the total number of fatalities among the SFs through 2012 stood at 17. Another seven persons, including six militants and a trooper, have been killed in the current month, June 2013.

Referring to the escalating attacks on SFs in 2013, Director General of Police (DGP) Ashok Prasad, told the media on May 28, 2013:

These attacks are worrying… Except Pulwama where an ASI [Assistant Sub-Inspector] was killed, all attacks were reportedly carried out by HM [ASI Farooq Ahmad Sheikh, was shot dead in Rajpora Chowk in Pulwama on May 10, 2013]… There seems a changing trend in attacks and that is being studied. The matter was discussed in Core Group meeting and every security agency has been asked to study the trend. It needs to be seen whether only HM has changed attack trends or other militant groups also. The study will take some time…

Earlier, an April 29, 2013, a report quoted an unnamed senior Police official as stating, “Special Task Force (STF) has been given the task to track down commanders, militants and supporters of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen to stop revival of the militant outfit in north Kashmir. Although Pakistan based Lashkar-e-Toiba has been almost wiped out from Sopore town, the resurgence of Hizb would be major challenge for forces in future. It has been decided to invest concrete efforts to target Hizb’s leadership and local cadres.”

According to the SATP database, out of the 46 fatalities in 2013, the HM is connected with at least 24 – 18 SF personnel, five of its cadres (killed by SFs) and one civilian. The database has recorded HM’s connection in at least 361 incidents of killing in J&K, resulting in 752 fatalities – including 86 civilians, 61 SF personnel and 605 of its own cadres – between March 2000 and June 9, 2013). Out of the 361 incidents of killing, 90 were major (each involving three or more fatalities).

Adopting various tactics, including military-style ambushes, bomb blasts and Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attacks, the HM mainly targets SFs as well as moderate elements who try to initiate a dialogue with the Government. In one prominent incident of this kind, on December 4, 2009, HM cadres shot at and critically injured moderate Hurriyat leader Fazl-ul-Haq Qureshi, who played a key role in ‘secret’ talks between the Mirwaiz Umer Farooq-led All Party Hurriyat Conference and the then Union Minister for Home Affairs, P. Chidambaram.

The HM has also issued a radical Islamist ‘moral code’, imposing bans on cinema, music, beauty parlors and any form of entertainment. According to a May 1, 2013, report, the J&K Police recovered HM posters from Sopore town in Baramulla District warning women to keep away "from latest fashion, tight clothes and observe dress code'' and threatened ‘dire consequences’ if they do not follow the diktat. The posters also declared, "We warn those young boys and girls who propagate immorality and work for the Army as informers.''

The HM has also spread its network outside Kashmir. For instance, a Hizb role is being investigated by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), in the Delhi High Court bombing of September 7, 2011, which killed 15 civilians and injured another 87.

The HM has also declared war against the US and other ‘anti-Islamist’ forces. Yusuf Shah aka Syed Salahuddin, chief of HM and of the United Jihad Council (UJC), a conglomerate of 16 terrorist outfits fighting in J&K, stated, on July 8, 2012, "Pakistan is the target of the US-Israeli nexus. Our fighters are defending Pakistan at a time when its geographical boundaries, its security and Islamic identity are at risk. We are fighting in Kashmir. It doesn't matter to us if we are labeled terrorists. We are proud to be called terrorists for fighting the US and its allies in Afghanistan.”

Formed as the militant wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir (JeI-JK) at the behest of the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), Pakistan’s external intelligence agency, to counter the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) which had advocated complete independence of the State, the HM is presently led by Yusuf Shah, who is based in Muzaffarabad in PoK. The HM’s ideological base arises from the JeI-JK, which adheres to the Deobandi school of thought. Unsurprisingly, the JeI-JK generates a significant proportion of HM’s funding, in addition to direct aid from the ISI, including a proportion received in Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICNs). According to an April 10, 2013, NIA press release, for instance, the Agency filed a charge sheet against two Indian nationals, Badal Sheikh and Fayaz Ahmed Rather, and one Bangladeshi national, Shafiq, before the Special Court, NIA, Jammu, in a case pertaining to the recovery and circulation of FICNs to raise funds for HM. Earlier in this case, five persons, including three from the Malda District of West Bengal and two from Kashmir, had been charge sheeted by NIA.

Soon after its formation, HM emerged as the most lethal outfit operating in J&K. However, after subsequent rifts within the rank and file, as well as the decimation of its top leadership by the SFs in the State, HM was forced to slow down its operations, even as the ISI escalated support to LeT and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). At this stage, LeT and JeM became more central to Pakistan’s strategic objectives in India. More recently, however, with the LeT and JeM bases and networks in Pakistan coming under increasing international scrutiny, there has been some effort to restore HM’s operational ascendancy in J&K.

HM has a number of training camps in Pakistan and PoK. On May 26, 2011, Salahuddin openly admitted that the Pakistani military permits his fighters to move freely and run training camps in the region. Talking to a local news Agency he observed, “Our mujahideen can come and go at their own will. There is no question that the Army can stop us… And we have hundreds of training camps in the State, where we recruit and train the mujahideen." HM’s top leadership is based in Pakistan, with some of them frequently visiting Gulf countries, including Saudi Arabia, as well as Bangladesh.

With HM re-emerging as the ISI’s ‘first choice’, its activities have gained momentum. On March 21, 2012, the Indian Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA) noted, “Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) accounts for nearly 35%-40% of all terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir and is the most active outfit in the Valley next to Lashkar-e-Toiba in terms of strength and capability to carry out terror strikes.” Earlier, on January 31, 2012, the HM ‘supreme commander’ Salahuddin reaffirmed his organisation's ‘healthiness’, declaring that HM's “infrastructure is intact” and that “J&K will be freed soon.”

The HM, which draws its cadre base from both indigenous and foreign (principally Pakistani) sources, joined hands with Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI) according to a March 2012 report. It has widely used slain al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden’s videos to motivate Kashmiri youth for jihad. Significantly, the outfit has made inroads into the J&K security system and administration as well. On August 21, 2012, the J&K Police neutralized a militant module involved in all the 13 attacks that Srinagar had witnessed since January 1, 2011, with the arrest of two persons: a Policeman, Abdul Rashid Shigan, and a released HM militant, Imtiyaz Ahmad Gojri alias Raashid. Operating under the aliases Omar Mukhtar and General Usman, Shigan was acting as 'spokesman' for the Kashmir Islamic Movement (KIM), a shadow HM outfit. Shigan was both co-conspirator and executor.

More recently, on April 14, 2013, Police claimed that it had neutralized another HM module by arresting two persons, a released Hizb militant and a local Panch (member of a Panchayat, a village level local self Government institution), from Bandarpora village in Kakapora Tehsil (revenue unit) in Pulwama District. The duo was trying to revive militancy in the region, Police claimed. Explaining the HM’s ‘healthy’ relations with elements within the administration, an unnamed senior Police officer noted, “Jamaat-e-Islami has a strong support base within the Police, bureaucracy and judiciary due to which tracking HM militants is tougher than those of LeT.”

The operational resurgence of HM is clearly a set back to the deepening peace in Kashmir. On a wider front, it augur ill for improved Indo-Pak relations, despite the new Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s reported eagerness for peace with India. HM chief Salahuddin, in a media interview on May 14, 2013, declared, “no government in Pakistan, whether it is Nawaz Sharif or anybody else, will remain in the chair if it abandons the Kashmir cause.” He advised the incoming Government "not to repeat the mistake of putting Kashmir on the back burner and try to foster friendship with New Delhi through trade, cultural exchanges and tourism."

Despite the abrupt escalation of violence by the HM, there is little to suggest that this is a trend that can be sustained within the current environment. Indeed, SF successes against the group are mounting, even as the group secures greater prominence in the profile of violence in the State. In one such successful operation, the SFs eliminated the ‘divisional commander’ and ‘financial chief’ of HM for South Kashmir, Sajad Ahmed Mir, and the ‘district commander’ of the outfit, Mohammed Ashraf Molvi, at Wandena village in Pulwama District, in an operation that continued overnight, from May 31 to June 1. Again on June 5-6, the SFs killed two JeM leaders, ‘battalion commander’, Mohammad Abbas Nengroo, and ‘divisional commander’, Altaf Baba alias Gazi Baba, in village Ichgosa in the Rajpora area of Pulwama District. The Hizb has been able to consolidate its position in the State, essentially, by lying low for an extended period of time, while the LeT and JeM took the lead in the State. With a clearer SF and intelligence focus on its surviving networks, it is unlikely that the group – despite its safe havens in PoK and Pakistan – will be able to sustain any significant resurrection of terrorism over an extended period of time.

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Manipur: Naga Turf Battles
Veronica Khangchian
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

On May 18, 2013, in a first incident of a clash between the Zeliangrong United Front (ZUF) and the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland – Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) outside the Tamenglong District of Manipur, an NSCN-IM cadre identified as Pousingdai Gonmei was shot dead by ZUF militants at Lushai Chiru near the Thongjaorok River under the State’s Senapati District. A press communiqué issued by information Secretary of the ZUF, A. Dangmei claimed that Pousingdai Gonmei, Kapur (area administrator) of Zeilad Region of Duithanjang Khoupum in Tamenglong District, was ‘arrested’ in 2011 for leading the NSCN-IM cadres in the first gun battle at Khoupum. After stern warning, he was released as he was a Zeliangrong. The ZUF went on to say that he was also among the cadres involved in the incident which led to the ambush at Soubunglong (Leishok) village in 2011. It also alleged that the deceased was found collecting ‘tax’ in the Zeliangrong region.

On March 5, 2011, in a first clash since the creation of ZUF on February 25, 2011, a ZUF cadre was killed by NSCN-IM cadres near Khoupum Khunou village in Tamenglong District. Again, on October 7, 2011, six cadres of the NSCN-IM were killed and five injured during an ambush by ZUF cadres at Leishok village in the Nungba Sub-division of Tamenglong District. About 60 NSCN-IM cadres were travelling to the village in two trucks, when they came under attack. The ZUF had termed the October 7 clash a 'sad incident' caused by the intrusion of 'outsiders' (NSCN-IM): "It is natural for us to protect our land and we are doing it with our own volition." ZUF has argued that NSCN-IM only imposes its 'military rule' in the Zeliangrong region, while there are many Naga areas that are untouched by the latter outfit. A combined force of ZUF and the Khaplang faction of the NSCN (NSCN-K) has been involved in several of these confrontations with the NSCN-IM. Within this context, on April 1, 2013, David Loveson Panmei, 'Public Relations Officer’ of the NSCN-K, was shot dead by suspected cadres of the NSCN-IM on the Aziuram Road in Tamenglong District.

In 2012, according to South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP), a total of nine incidents of factional clashes had been reported between the three Naga outfits in Tamenglong District. Four incidents of such clashes had been recorded in 2011. Prominent among the 2012 incidents were:

October 30, 2012: Five militants (three NSCN-IM and two ZUF cadres) were killed in a six hours factional fight between ZUF and NSCN-IM near the Gadai Hills in Tamenglong District headquarters.

October 2, 2012: A civilian, identified as Jaikalung was killed in crossfire between a combined force of suspected ZUF and NSCN-K on one side, and NSCN-IM cadres on the other, at Tamenglong District headquarters.

September 25, 2012: A fierce gun battle between ZUF and NSCN-IM cadres erupted in the evening of September 25, and continued through the night into September 26, leaving six dead and injuring one civilian. The identities of the deceased and the injured could not be confirmed. The incident was sparked off inside a forest near Wairangba village in the interior areas of Tamenglong District.

August 17, 2012: NSCN-K cadres shot dead two persons, identified as the Zeliangrong Students' Union, Tamenglong District 'general secretary' Chunthuigai Kamei and a suspected NSCN-IM cadre, Jenao Golmei, at Nungkao, under the Tousem Police Station, Tamenglong District.

June 21, 2012: Six persons were killed in a gun battle between Naga militant groups that took place in the remote Haochong village, located about 68 kilometres North of Nungba Police Station, in Tamenglong District at about 2.30 am. The dead included two civilians, three cadres of NSCN-K and one of the ZUF. The incident occurred when NSCN-K and ZUF cadres were camping together at Haochong, and were suddenly attacked by an NSCN-IM contingent. Hours after the gunfight at Haochong, a 'sergeant major' of the NSCN-IM, identified as Athikho, was killed at Tamenglong Bazar, reportedly by the NSCN-K, in a revenge attack for the Haochong killings.

The ZUF was created when around 10 NSCN-IM cadres deserted the group along with arms and ammunition, and joined up with some NSCN-K cadres. The ZUF and its armed wing, the Zeliangrong Tiger Force (ZTF), were formed with the proclaimed objective of protecting the interests of the Zeliangrong tribe, and celebrated their second raising day on February 25, 2013. Addressing the gathering, ‘commander in chief' Jenchui Kamei read out the message endorsed by its ‘chairman’, Kamson, expressing ‘appreciation’ for the support and co-operation given by the ‘public’ of the region to the ZUF. Kamei reiterated, further, that ZUF had not arrived at any agreement with the Government of India (GoI) or Government of Manipur. The ZUF has grown significantly in almost every aspect, including numerical strength and area expansion, since its inception.

The ‘chairman’s’ message also asserted that a big chunk of the ‘ancestral land’ of the Zeliangrong people had been bartered away to the Dimasas in North Cachar Hills (Dima Hasao) of Assam, while other communities and State agencies continue to eye the land and resources of the Zeliangrong people. Earlier, on November 7, 2011, the ZUF had argued that Zeliangrong lands (in Assam, Manipur and Nagaland) were shrinking day by day because of encroachments by the Dimasas in the Dima Hasao area of Assam; by the Semas in the Itangki forest in Nagaland; and as a result of the tense situation in Manipur over the creation of the Sadar Hills District. The chairman further asserted that the ZUF would work to ensure the unity and integrity of the Zeliangrong People, and to continue and complete the unfinished task left behind by Haipou Jadonang and Rani Gaidinliu, who rebelled against British Imperialism in the early 20th Century. In 1964, Rani Gaidinliu demanded “a separate Zeliangrong Administrative Unit or Political Unit” within the Union of India. Naga National Council (NNC) leaders, then in revolt against the Indian Union, considered Gaidinliu’s actions an obstacle to the Naga independent struggle.

In another development, ZUF had convened its general assembly on February 20, 2013 at the 'council headquarters' and designated Benjamin Pamei as the ZUF's 'home secretary'; Himsin Kamei as the 'external affair secretary'; and Dinhiam Kamei as the 'finance secretary'.

The NSCN-IM was furious at the formation of ZUF and, on June 11, 2012, alleged that the Assam Rifles (AR) was creating conflict among the Nagas in Tamenglong District. In a statement, the outfit alleged that the birth of ZUF was the result of direct manipulation by Government agencies, including Tamenglong-based politicians and the AR. On June 12, 2012, reacting to this charge, the ZUF described the NSCN-IM as “anti-people and dreaded elements of the Nagas”. A. Remroi, the ‘joint secretary’ of the ZUF declared that the NSCN-IM was ‘bereft of any agenda’ and was resorting to violence against ZUF cadres. The AR, meanwhile, strongly refuted the NSCN-IM claims.

Strong opposition to the NSCN-IM has also arisen from other militant formations in the region. On July 5, 2012, a day after the ZUF’s accusation that NSCN-IM was practicing ‘anti-Naga’ policies, the Manipur Naga Revolutionary Front (MNRF), another Naga outfit in Manipur, formed in 2008, alleged that there was a problem wherever the NSCN-IM was present. Further, on August 23, 2012, the NSCN-Khole-Kitovi, an NSCN-K splinter group formed on June 7, 2011, had alleged that the activities of groups such as NSCN-IM, ZUF and NSCN-K continued to work to the detriment of peace in the Zeliangrong areas.

Before the emergence of ZUF, factional clashes amongst Naga formations in Tamenglong District had involved NSCN-IM and NSCN-K. At least one incident was recorded in 2005; five in 2006; and three each in 2007 and 2008. No such incidents were on record in 2009 and 2010.

The Security Forces (SFs), meanwhile, have also had violent encounters with the ZUF. Six such incidents have already been recorded in 2013 – resulting in two ZUF fatalities. A total of 10 ZUF cadres have also been arrested since its formation. One major arrest was on May 7, 2011, when SFs arrested five newly recruited ZUF cadres at Tengnoupal in Chandel District, while they were being taken from Imphal for training in Myanmar.

The ZUF also has strong differences with the United Naga Council (UNC). UNC is one of the frontal Naga organizations which strongly supports the ongoing negotiations between NSCN-IM and GoI and campaigns for an alternative administrative arrangement for the Nagas in Manipur. On December 25, 2012, ZUF had appealed to the UNC to review its decision of going ahead with its planned 72-hour bandh (shut down strike). The UNC had called the bandh to protest against "attacks on Nagas" following the incident at Chandel District on December 18, 2012, when NSCN-IM ‘lieutenant colonel’, Livingstone allegedly molested Manipuri film Actress Momoko and threatened two other artistes and also fired from his gun during a musical concert. The ZUF argued the civil society organisations in the Valley (Imphal) should uphold the slogan 'Chingtam-Amatani' (Hill-Valley are one people). The ZUF also said the UNC did not carry the voice of the whole Naga people.

Fratricidal confrontations have long been witnessed between Naga factions in Nagaland, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and, beyond India’s frontiers in Myanmar. The Tamenglong District in Manipur has now emerged as a hotbed of clashes between NSCN-K, ZUF and NSCN-IM, creating new challenges for the convoluted peace processes in the region.


Weekly Fatalities: Major Conflicts in South Asia
June 3-9, 2013



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Provisional data compiled from English language media sources.


ISI trying to revive Punjab militancy, says Union Minister of Home Affairs Sushil Kumar Shinde: Union Minister of Home Affairs Sushil Kumar Shinde on June 5 said that Pakistan's external intelligence Agency, Inter Services Intelligence, is trying to revive militancy in Punjab. Shinde said: "Punjab militancy threat growing again. Sikh youths being trained by ISI (Inter Services Intelligence) facilities in Pakistan. Sikh youths in US, Europe are also being motivated in this regard." Business Standard, June 6, 2013.

Vast tracts of land in Garo Hills area practically outside the Police network, says Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma: Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said on June 5 that the remote and inaccessible Garo Hills area has a low Police-people ratio and the five districts in the region have only 16 Police stations, which leaves vast tracts of land practically outside the Police network. Sangma said, "… There is, therefore, a need for increasing the police presence in the interior areas of the Garo Hills region to improve the response time of police." Times of India, June 6, 2013.

Forest Advisory Committee gives nod to mine in the Maoist-affected Saranda forests of Jharkhand: Forest Advisory Committee has recommended that mining be allowed in the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist)-affected Saranda forests located in West Singbhum District. For the fourth time this year, the Advisory Committee has green signaled a mining project in the area - this time it is an iron ore for Rungta Mines. Economic Times, June 4, 2013.

Cabinet clears proposal to install mobile towers for LWE-hit States: The Union Cabinet on June 4 cleared a proposal to install 2,199 mobile towers in nine Left-Wing-Extremism (LWE)-affected States at a cost of over INR 30 billion. The towers will come up in locations identified by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in the next 15 months. The Hindu, June 5, 2013.

State cabinet decides to reduce number of Police stations under the Disturbed Areas Act in Tripura: State cabinet on June 4 decided to free as many as nine Police Stations of the scope of Disturbed Areas Act fully and one Police Station partially. The number of Police Stations under Disturbed Area Act has been reduced from 34 to 25. Alongside, the number of Police Stations under partially Disturbed Area Act has been increased from six to seven. Disturbed area act was in force altogether 34 Police Stations fully and to six Police Stations partially. Tripura Info, June 5, 2013.

Maoists to field sympathizers as independent candidates in forthcoming panchayat polls in West Bengal: The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) has decided to field sympathizers as independent candidates in the forthcoming panchayat (village level local self-Government institution) polls, in a significant shift from their earlier stance of not taking part in electoral politics. Sources said that the Maoists' strategy shift was necessitated by their effort to penetrate the local-level administrative bodies so that they could become a part of policy-making. Times of India, June 8, 2013.


42 militants and six Security Force personnel among 48 persons killed during the week in FATA: At least 35 militants were killed and 15 others were injured by Security Forces (SFs) during operations in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), on June 9.

A United States (US) drone strike killed seven militants at Shokhel village of North Waziristan Agency on June 7. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, June 3-10, 2013.

27 civilians and four SF among 31 persons killed during the week in Sindh: At least 11 persons, including three Policemen and a child, were killed in separate incidents in Karachi (Karachi District), the provincial capital of Sindh, on June 9.

Four people were shot dead in targeted attacks across Karachi on June 8.

Four people were shot dead in separate incidents of violence while two dead bodies were also recovered from Karachi city (Karachi District) on June 6.

At least eight people were killed in separate incidents of violence in different parts of Karachi city (Karachi District) on June 4. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, June 3-10, 2013.

'Unfortunate that Sindh Government is making no marked efforts to counter terrorism in Karachi, says MQM Deputy Convener Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui: Deputy Convener of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, on June 6 officially said it was unfortunate that Sindh Government is making no marked efforts to counter terrorism. Siddiqui said that party workers were bearing the brunt of increasing terrorism in Karachi city. He claimed that Lyari town of Karachi is no longer in control of Pakistan People's Party (PPP), but has become the hub of criminals. He asked the Sindh Government to stop supporting Peoples' Aman Committee (PAC) which he claimed was responsible for the killing of MQM party workers. Daily Times, June 7, 2013.


Preparations for NPC elections underway, says Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya: Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya on June 7 said that the Elections Department had begun preparations to hold the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) elections in September although it was yet to receive an official confirmation regarding the holding of the election. Mahinda said, "It will be held in September. That is confirmed and now we are awaiting an official confirmation. We have now called for data on Government officers to take up official duties for the election." He further said as of now the status quo regarding the registered voters would remain unless there is legislation to effect change to include a new voter list. Daily Mirror, June 8, 2013.

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