Terrorism Update
Show/Hide Search
  Click to Enlarge

Weekly Assessments & Briefings
Volume 12, No. 51, June 23, 2014

Data and assessments from SAIR can be freely published in any form with credit to the South Asia Intelligence Review of the
South Asia Terrorism Portal


Click for PrintPrint

NWA: Pointless Symbolism
Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management

At 01:30am [PST] on June 15, 2014, Pakistani Air Force jets launched aerial attacks on purported terrorist hideouts in the Degan and Datta Khel areas of North Waziristan Agency (NWA) in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) killing at least 140 alleged terrorists and destroying eight hideouts, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) [no independent confirmation of these claims is available]. Later in the day, ISPR declared, “On the directions of the Government, Armed forces of Pakistan have launched a comprehensive operation against foreign and local terrorists who are hiding in sanctuaries in North Waziristan Agency (NWA). The operation has been named Zarb-e-Azb [Sword of the Prophet].”

Since the commencement of the operation, several alleged terrorist hideouts in areas like Shawal, Degan-Boya, Hasokhel, Zartatangi and Qutab Khel have been neutralised. A total of 257 terrorists and eight soldiers have been killed during the operation so far.

Some experts have started describing the current operation as an earnest effort on the part of authorities in Pakistan to finally taken on terrorists, since the recent strikes have targeted their safest sanctuaries in NWA, which had, hitherto, remained untouched. Significantly, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had declared, in National Assembly on June 16, 2014, “Operation Zarb-e-Azb has been launched against terrorism and it will continue till the obtainment (sic) of the final objective of restoration of peace and tranquillity in Pakistan. I am confident the operation will be the harbinger of peace and security for Pakistan.”

Such vaunting declarations are not a novelty in Pakistan, but are difficult to reconcile with the country's broader strategic design and continuing exploitation of terrorism as an instrument, both of domestic political management and external strategic projection.

Operation Zarb-e-Azb was launched in the aftermath of the attack on Karachi Airport on June 8-9, 2014, in which at least 33 persons, including all ten attackers, were killed. Significantly, claiming responsibility for the attack, the NWA-based Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) posted a statement that read, “...This is revenge for the killing of civilians, migrant women and their children. This is revenge for the violence of the corrupt Pakistani Government.” The statement signed by Usman Gazij, IMU emir, concludes, “The jihad already in place in Afghanistan should be extended to Pakistan’s territory as well. Jihad in Pakistan should be fought by the entire Muslim Ummah and not just a few people or groups.” Pakistani Major General Rizvan Akhtar, speaking on the day of the attack, had claimed that there were Uzbeks among the suicide fighters in Karachi, and some reports claimed that most of the slain terrorists were Uzbeks. Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had also claimed responsibility for the attack.

The air raids have mostly damaged the hideouts used by the terrorists of the Hafiz Gul Bahadur faction of the TTP, which has just come out of the truce pact with the Government signed way back in 2006-2007, and groups sheltered by it. On May 30, 2013, a pamphlet issued in the name of Bahadur on behalf of the Shura Mujahideen, North Waziristan, accused the Government of reneging on the peace agreement, arguing, “It is now abundantly clear that the Government had quietly reneged on the peace agreement long ago – but we have been showing restraint against our will for the sake of people of Waziristan... Those who want to fight for the honour of Waziristan should cooperate with us.” Significantly, the Pakistani Air Force jets had pounded terrorist outfits in NWA on at least 11 occasions (prior to June 15) since the beginning of the New Year, claiming to have eliminated at least 287 terrorists, mostly foreign terrorists sheltered by the Gul Bahadur faction. It is believed that, as the Nawaz Sharif Government began peace talks with the Baitullah Mehsud faction of the TTP, now led by Fazlullah [also known as Mullah Radio, the leader of Tehreek-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi (TNSM) or Swat Taliban], it started targeting the Gul Bahadur faction to appease the Fazlullah faction. However, Islamabad appears to have lost the plot again, as the talks with the Fazlullah faction have also ended.

The launch of Operation Zarb-e-Azb may also help Pakistan appease the US, as Washington has repeatedly conveyed to Islamabad that Bahadur and his group have been helping al Qaeda and the Haqqani Network against the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. As the drawdown in Afghanistan inches closer, US pressure has mounted manifold.

Meanwhile, the ‘spokesman’ of TTP's Gul Bahadur faction, Ahmadullah Ahmadi, on June 19, threatened, “From today [June 19] we are launching a war against security forces with the name Zarb-e-Momin. We are an independent group and have no affiliation with the TTP.”

Significantly, the Gul Bahadur faction had distanced itself from the umbrella TTP organization due to rivalries with former chief Baitullah Mehsud and disagreements over targeting the Pakistani state. Often cited as an example of the “good Taliban”, loyal to the Pakistani state, the faction has now turned renegade; hence the retaliation by the SFs. It is likely, however, that the main leaders of the Gul Bahadur faction have fled as information regarding the operation was leaked in advance. In Its May 30 pamphlet, the group had disclosed, “We’ve received credible information that the Government has decided to launch a military offensive [in the region].” This has been an established pattern in Pakistan, with state agencies launching operations well after information has been passed on to the target terrorist formations, and has facilitated the state to channels of communication with the outfit open for the future. Fazlullah had, similarly, escaped when massive operations were launched in Swat in 2009, and survived to eventually head the ‘united’ TTP.

The geographical mapping of the aerial operation clearly demonstrates that its targets are the anti-state groups in Pakistan, clearly distinguished from 'loyal' groupings that continue to do Islamabad's bidding in Afghanistan. The worst attack took place in Datta Khel, the stronghold of the Gul Bahdur faction. There was, however, no attack in Miranshah and Mir Ali, strongholds of the Fazllulah faction and the Haqqani Network.

A US Congressional report notes that the large number of terrorist outfits within Pakistan can be broadly divided into five groups: globally oriented terrorists, Afghanistan-oriented, India- and Kashmir-oriented, sectarian, and domestically oriented. Islamabad’s policy has been to cultivate the first four categories of 'loyal' terrorist formations, and to targeting only those that have turned renegade and redirected their ire against domestic targets. This policy remains in clear evidence in the latest operations in NWA.

Indeed, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif, on June 16, emphasized, “All terrorists along with their sanctuaries must be eliminated without any discrimination. The operation is not targeted against our valiant tribes of North Waziristan but against those terrorists who are holed up in the Agency and have picked up arms against the state of Pakistan.”

The hype generated around Operation Zarb-e-Azb is, consequently, misplaced. This is just another campaign in a long series that has been launched after the Lal Masjid debacle of 2007, targeting renegade terrorist formations. Other prominent operations of this nature in the past have included: Operation Rah-e-Haq-I (Swat Valley and Shangla District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP); October 25, 2007-December 8, 2007); Operation Rah-e-Haq- II (Shangla District in KP, July 2008); Operation Sirat-e-Mustaqeem (Khyber Agency in FATA; June 28, 2008-July 9, 2008); Operation Sherdil (Bajaur Agency in FATA; August 7, 2008– February 28, 2009); Operation Rah-e-Haq-III (Swat District in KP, January 2009); Operation Black Thunderstorm (Buner, Lower Dir, Swat and Shangla Districts in KP; April 26, 2009–June 14, 2009); Operation Rah-e-Rast (Swat Valley and Shangla District in KP; May 16, 2009–July 15, 2009);  Operation Rah-e-Nijat (South Waziristan Agency in FATA; June 19, 2009-December 12, 2009); Operation Khwakh Ba De Sham (Orakzai and Kurram Agencies in FATA; March 23, 2010-June 1, 2010); Operation Brekhna (Mohmand Agency in FATA; November 3, 2009); and Operation Koh-i-Sufaid (Kurram Agency in FATA; July 2, 2011 - August 18, 2011).

The precarious security environment in Pakistan, with the maximum number of civilian fatalities since 2003, recorded in 2012 and 2013 (3007 and 3001 respectively), underline the comprehensive failure of this long succession of past operations, and their inability to stall Pakistan’s accelerating hurtle into chaos.

With the start of this latest operation, an estimated over 200,000 persons have already been evacuated from the area. The localized operation in targeted areas in NWA also increase the probabilities of a terrorist retaliation in other areas of Pakistan providing, a pattern that has resulted in the suspension of operations in the past. On June 19, 2014, Federal Minister for Defence Khawaja Asif had already stated, “We will try to end the operation in North Waziristan as soon as possible.”

In all probability, Operation Zarb-e-Azb will also come to an end sooner rather than later, without any decisive gains. The military may bring away the illusion that the terrorist assault at Karachi has been 'avenged', but the capacities and intentions of the terrorists are unlikely to be impacted in any significant measure.

Click for PrintPrint

Jharkhand: Khunti: Solution by Redefinition
Deepak Kumar Nayak
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

On June 4, 2014, Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres gunned down three villagers, accusing them of being involved in 'anti-Maoist activities', at Jojo in the Khunti District of Jharkhand. Some reports, however, claimed that the trio - Dubraj Munda (25), who held a ‘sub-zonal commander’ rank in the CPI-Maoist, his wife Nagi Munda (24) and close associate Surya Munda (21) - were suspected to have been killed by fellow Maoists because of an internal dispute within the outfit.

On May 24, suspected cadres of the People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI), a breakaway faction of the CPI-Maoist, killed a Policeman at Dadigutu village in Khunti District.

Earlier, on March 25, a Police officer and three troopers were injured when suspected PLFI cadres triggered a landmine blast and opened fire at a 15-member Police squad, which was heading towards Kotna village in the same District, to conduct a meeting with the villagers on the Lok Sabha (Lower House of Parliament) elections. Three PLFI cadres were arrested on the same day for their alleged involvement in the blast.

Khunti is one of the 16 Districts highly affected by Naxal [Left Wing Extremist (LWE)] activities in Jharkhand. Jharkhand has a total of 24 Districts, of which 21 are LWE-affected in varying measure.

Khunti has an area of 2,535 square kilometers, and was carved out of the Ranchi District on September 12, 2007. The District has six Police Stations and one Police Outpost. Khunti shares its borders with other highly affected Districts: Ranchi in the north and east; Saraikela-Kharsawan in the south-east, West Singhbhum in the south, and Simdega and Gumla in the West. According to the 2011 Census, the District has the highest percentage of scheduled tribes in Jharkhand, at 73 per cent, followed by Simdega (71 per cent) and Gumla (69 per cent).

According to the South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP) database, LWE-related fatalities have been continuous, though uneven, with a peak of 21 fatalities recorded in 2011, when the District witnessed 13 civilian fatalities in seven incidents linked to the LWEs. Most of the civilian fatalities, 18 of the total of 47 since the creation of the District, have been inflicted after the extremists branded some villagers as ‘Police informers’.

LWE-related Fatalities in Khunti District: 2007 -2014




3 (38)
0 (1)
2 (15)
5 (54)


4 (74)
6 (39)
1 (50)
11 (163)


0 (74)
9 (67)
4 (76)
13 (217)


5 (71)
0 (27)
6 (49)
11 (147)


13 (79)
0 (30)
8 (48)
21 (157)


10 (48)
2 (24)
1 (26)
13 (98)


8 (48)
0 (26)
10 (57)
18 (131)


4 (21)
1 (7)
1 (7)
6 (35)


47 (453)
18 (221)
33 (328)
98 (1002)
Source: SATP, * Data from September 12, 2007
**Data till June 22, 2014
Figures in bracket are for whole of Jharkhand

Apart from the CPI-Maoist, PLFI has a strong presence in Khunti. According to partial data compiled by SATP, of the 47 civilians killed since 2007, Maoists were responsible for 23 fatalities, while PLFI killed 24. However, an overwhelming proportion of Security Force (SF) personnel have been killed by the CPI-Maoist. Of 18 SF fatalities, 15 were inflicted by the Maoists, while just three are attributed to PLFI cadres, confirming the impression that PLFI avoids engagement with the SFs. Significantly, of 33 LWE extremists killed, 15 were killed by SF personnel and another 15 in internecine clashes between the CPI-Maoist and PLFI. The remaining three were lynched by villagers. There is a very strong turf war between the Maoists, led by ‘zonal commander’ Kundan Pahan, and PLFI led by its chief Dinesh Gope, in Khunti District. The turf war has been confirmed by two PLFI cadres, who survived the June 23, 2013, Maoist attack on a PLFI group near Namsilli village of Khunti District, where six PLFI cadres were killed. The survivors later admitted to the Police that they were in the village to lay the ground work for PLFI to wrest control of the village from the Maoists.  

Some of the major incidents (each involving three or more fatalities) in Khunti District include:

June 3, 2014: Three villagers were shot dead, allegedly by CPI-Maoist cadres who suspected the trio of working against them, at Jojo.

July 23, 2013: Six cadres of PLFI were killed in a factional clash when around 30 to 40 CPI-Maoist cadres surrounded the PLFI cadres and opened fired indiscriminately near Namsilli village.

June 2, 2011: Three CPI-Maoist cadres were killed and as many Policemen were injured in a gunfight at Murhu.

April 11, 2009: Five Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed and three others injured when CPI-Maoist cadres opened fire on them in the Jalko Forest under the Arki Police Station.

January 31, 2009: Four villagers were shot dead by suspected cadres of the PLFI in Chalgi village of Khunti District. "The killing seems to be the outcome of an internal rivalry," Khunti SP Prabhat Kumar stated.

April 1, 2008: CPI-Maoist cadres killed four civilians at Poradih-Chenpur village in the Khunti District. Dead bodies of the victims, whose throats were slit, were recovered on April 2. A hand-written note left behind by the Maoists claimed that the four persons were being ‘punished’ for engaging in robbery.

According to partial data compiled by SATP, there have been at least 23 encounters between the SFs and LWEs in Khunti, since the formation of the District in September 2007.

The Maoists have long exploited the lack of development of basic infrastructure, administrative apathy and limited reach of civil governance in the region. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with Arcelor-Mittal in 2005 to set up a Steel plant at Torpa in the District, has exacerbated existing faultlines. Protesting against the Arcelor-Mittal land acquisition for the steel plant in 2009, villagers in their 'memorandum of demands', vowed to fight “till the end” to safeguard their basic rights over water, forest and land resources. Local opposition has been sustained since, with the company going ahead with its decision to set up its 12 million tonne steel plant as proposed in its MoU with the Jharkhand Government. Faced with opposition from villagers from the Khunti and Gumla areas, the company is now making efforts to acquire land at Petarwar in the Bokaro District of the State.

Jharkhand Director General of Police (DGP) Rajeev Kumar claimed on June 1, 2014, that measures taken in 2014 by the Jharkhand Police had reduced the Maoist threat by 35 per cent in Jharkhand. "Except Dumka where the District administration ignored the instructions given by the State Government, resulting in a landmine explosion on April 24, no other violence was reported from any part of the state," the DG claimed. The facts, however, appear contrary to his claim “no other violence was reported from any part of the State”, since partial data compiled by ICM records at least 35 LWE related fatalities in Jharkhand in 2014 (till June 22).

Meanwhile, the State's Chief Secretary Sajal Chakraborty, on May 19, termed Jharkhand’s LWE problem as a “threat blown out of proportion”, because criminal acts committed by splinter groups without ideological moorings simply inflated the number of violent incidents and fatalities. Justifying his claims he said, “For example, in 2011, CPI (Maoist) presence and activities was 59 per cent [of total LWE activities] that reduced to 35 per cent last year [2013]. In contrast, PLFI grew from 15 per cent in 2011 to 37 per cent in 2013.” He added that seven splinter groups - Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC), PLFI, Jharkhand Prastuti Committee (JPC), Sangharsh Janmukti Morcha (SJMM), Shastra People's Morcha (SPM - Armed People's Front), Revolutionary Communist Centre (RCC) and Jharkhand Jan Mukti Parishad (JJMP) – may be denotifed from the LWE list while keeping only the CPI-Maoist on the LWE list. “These are criminal activities without ideology. Thug groups need to be treated as criminals. Giving them the LWE tag makes them stronger and inflates our rebel-violence figures,” he said. Taking his cue from this announcement, Khunti Superintendent of Police (SP) Anis Gupta, on May 28, observed, “Presently we have the names and identities of about 35-40 PLFI cadres in the Police records. These cadres, also having criminal records in the past, have now totally involved themselves in extortion business in the name of Maoists.” Purely criminal activities are regarded as a less intractable problem than ideologically motivated violence. If the Chief Secretary’s formulae is accepted, this simple act of redefinition will abruptly result in a dramatic drop in violence attributed to LWE groups in the State, including Khunti District, where the problem of the splinter groups, especially PLFI, is prominent. But this 'solution by redefinition' is unlikely to impact on the scale and character of the problem, and will leave the civilian population just as vulnerable. Khunti, a District just 40 kilometers away from the State capital at Ranchi, deserves better governance, rather than an administration that tries to bury its head in the sand.


Weekly Fatalities: Major Conflicts in South Asia
June 16-22, 2014



Security Force Personnel







Jammu and Kashmir


Left-wing Extremism


Andhra Pradesh




Total (INDIA)













Provisional data compiled from English language media sources.


BNP, JeI and HeI should be kept out of elections for perfect elections, says Information Minister Hasanul Huq Inu: Information Minister Hasanul Huq Inu on June 16 said in Parliament that Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) and Hefajat-e-Islami (HeI) should be kept out of elections for 'perfect' elections. The Minister said elections will not be perfect with BNP, JeI and HeI as these parties are not democratic. These parties are like formalin. The Minister recommended holding a national dialogue to exclude BNP, JeI and HeI. New Age, June 18, 2014.


'45 militant camps of North East-based militant organisations still exist in Bangladesh', says BSF special DG BD Sharma: On June 20, Border Security Force's (BSF's) Special Director General BD Sharma stated that the Northeast insurgent groups including Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) and National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) have around 45 hideouts in Bangladesh. He commented, "Our relation with BGB [Border Guards Bangladesh] is good and they are highly cooperative. Even, today (June 20) morning I spoke to DG of BGB, Major General Aziz Ahmed over phone. Despite this, as many as 45 militant camps of North East-based militant organisations still exist in Bangla soil". Assam Tribune, June 21, 2014.

MHA to create two auxiliary Police Battalions for surrendered Northeast militants: On June 19, Union Minister of Home Affairs, Rajnath Singh decided that two auxiliary Police Battalions, with around 1,500 personnel, will be created by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs to provide Police training and impart job oriented courses to surrendered Northeast militants for their future rehabilitation in various central forces and other jobs. The personnel of the auxiliary Police battalions will not be deployed for operational duties. Shillong Times, June 21, 2014.

IM operative Waqas was trained with TTP, reveal investigations: Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative Zia-ur-Rehman alias Waqas, was trained in Pakistani camps run by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), investigations are learnt to have revealed. Investigations and the questioning of Waqas now revealed that he was trained by TTP before being sent to India, where he was expected to pass off as Indian on account of his family's pre-Partition roots in Phagwara of Kapurthala District in Punjab. According to Police records, Waqas joined forces with the IM in India around September 2010. Indian Express, June 18, 2014.

SIMI regrouping across the country, according to Intelligence inputs: Intelligence inputs and details provided by arrested Patna (Bihar) blasts (October 23, 2013) accused Hyder Ali revealed that there is an aggressive regrouping and resurgence of Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) across the country. And the man behind this resurgence is Abdus Subhan Qureshi alias Tauqeer who is re-energizing and motivating the cadres. In fact, the emergence of the Hyder Ali-led module and blasts in Bodh Gaya (July 7, 2013) and Patna last year were all results of this effort. Times of India, June 17, 2014.


112 militants and six SFs among 118 persons killed during the week in FATA: Three militants were killed and six others injured in air strikes in Malikdinkhel area of Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in the early morning of June 21.

At least 12 militants were killed when the Army's Cobra gunship helicopters pounded three militant hideouts in Qutub Khel area on the outskirts of Miranshah, administrative headquarters North Waziristan Agency (NWA), on June 20.

23 militants, eight of them Uzbeks, were killed when the Pakistan Army helicopter gunships pounded their positions on Zartatangi hilltops east of Miranshah, the administrative headquarter of NWA, on June 19.

At least 25 foreign and local terrorists were killed in aerial strikes in Hasokhel area of NWA in the early hours of June 18.

Six militants were killed in a US drone strike in the early hours of June 18 in Dargah Mandi village of Miranshah tehsil (revenue unit) in NWA.

13 suspected militants were killed in fresh bombings early on June 17 by jet fighters that targeted militant hideouts in Shawal area.

Three militants were killed while fleeing from the cordoned off area in Miranshah in the night of June 17. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia; The Nation; Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, June 17-22, 2014.

Ulema declare operation Zarb-e-Azb as Jihad: Over 100 ulema from various schools of thought on June 22 declared Operation Arab-e-Azb (sharp and cutting), the ongoing military operation against terrorists and militants in North Waziristan Agency, as Jihad (Holy war). The meeting of ulema, which was organised by the Sunni Ulema Board, in its decree (fatwa) referring to the verse No 33 of Surah-e-Almaidah of the holy Quran, which says: "Crushing of the attempts to disrupt peaceful atmosphere in a Muslim state is jihad." The decree said the nation was bound to support the ongoing operation in North Waziristan Agency and the people opposing the operation were rebels as per Islamic Shariah. It added that the state had the right to deal rebels with iron hands as the militants had murdered hundreds of innocent people and targeted various schools, shrines, hospitals, and innocent people. Islam, it said, did not allow individual jihad. Daily Times, June 23, 2014.

Bill moved in US Congress to stop Pakistan's aid: Yet another amendment to the US Defence appropriations bill was offered on June 20 asking the lawmakers to stop any and all financial assistance to Pakistan. The amendment argued by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher states that Pakistan's Government had undermined efforts to counter terrorism. "It is a farce to believe that our aid, sometimes deceptively labelled as 'reimbursements,' is buying Pakistan's cooperation in hunting down terrorists," the introduction to the amendment said. Defending the amendment, its supporter accused that Pakistan's establishment sheltered Osama bin Laden, and continued to jail Dr Shakeel Afridi, who helped the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) locate bin Laden. The News, June 21, 2014.

Pakistan seeks extradition of TTP 'chief' Mullah Fazlullah from Afghanistan: Pakistan sought extradition of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) 'chief' Mullah Fazlullah from Afghanistan and dismantlement of the militant outfit's longstanding hideouts in Kunar and Nuristan Provinces. The request for the extradition was made by Mahmood Khan Achakzai on behalf of the Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif in a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul on June 18, said a well-informed Government official in Islamabad. Meanwhile, the foreign office confirmed that Achakzai visited Afghanistan as a special envoy of the Prime Minister to seek Kabul's cooperation in eliminating terrorism. Tribune, June 20, 2014.

TTP controls 25 percent of Karachi, states MQM Parliamentary leader Muhammad Farooq Sattar Peerwani: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Parliamentary leader, Muhammad Farooq Sattar Peerwani, on June 16 claimed that Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) control 25 percent of Karachi (the provincial capital of Sindh) and warned that, if immediate steps are not taken, the commercial hub of the country could slip into a bigger crisis. "Taliban are running a state within the state," he said. Peerwani further stated that militants and their sympathisers had made transactions of around PKR 1.25 billion in various banks of Karachi, but the state was not paying any heed to this important issue. "We require a national counterterrorism policy and coordination among the agencies and community," he added. Dawn, June 18, 2014.

NWA operation to continue until terrorism is eliminated from the country, says Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, during a speech delivered in the National Assembly (NA) on June 16, justified Government's decision to initiate a full-scale operation in North Waziristan Area (NWA) of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and said that Operation Zarb-e-Azb (sharp and cutting) would continue until terrorism is eliminated from the country. Dawn, June 17, 2014.


Sri Lankan Parliament extends term of PSC for another six months: Sri Lankan Parliament on June 19 gave approval to extend the period granted to the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) responsible for recommending and reporting on political and constitutional measures to empower the people of Sri Lanka to live as one nation till December 21, 2014. The Chairman of the PSC and the Leader of the House, Nimal Siripala de Silva told Parliament that the term of the PSC, which was earlier set to conclude on 22 June, will be extended by another six months. The PSC is expected to comprise 19 governing party members and 12 opposition members. Daily News, June 21, 2014.

The South Asia Intelligence Review (SAIR) is a weekly service that brings you regular data, assessments and news briefs on terrorism, insurgencies and sub-conventional warfare, on counter-terrorism responses and policies, as well as on related economic, political, and social issues, in the South Asian region.

SAIR is a project of the Institute for Conflict Management and the South Asia Terrorism Portal.

South Asia Intelligence Review [SAIR]

K. P. S. Gill

Dr. Ajai Sahni

A Project of the
Institute For Conflict Management

To receive FREE advance copies of SAIR by email Subscribe.

Recommend South Asia Intelligence Review (SAIR) to a friend.





Copyright © 2001 SATP. All rights reserved.