|January 1||At least 90 persons were killed when a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden pickup truck in the middle of a volleyball game in the Shah Hasan Khel village of Lakki Marwat District in the Bannu Division of the North West Frontier Province NWFP. More than 60 persons were injured.
Six persons, including an anti-Taliban tribal elder, were killed when a remote-controlled bomb exploded in the Mandal area of Salarzai tehsil (revenue unit) in the Bajaur Agency of FATA.
Five Taliban militants were killed and another seven injured in different parts of Orakzai Agency of FATA.
Three US drones fired two missiles at a car in North Waziristan Agency in FATA, killing three Taliban militants and injuring another three persons.
Two suicide bombers were killed when explosives in their jackets went off accidentally due to a malfunction in the Zargari area of the Hangu District in NWFP.
The TTP claimed that they used a turncoat CIA operative to carry out a suicide bombing that killed seven American CIA employees in Afghanistan as revenge for a top militant leader’s death in a US missile strike.
|January 2||Eight Taliban militants were killed when fighter jets destroyed four of their hideouts in the Orakzai Agency of FATA.
At least five Taliban militants were killed in an encounter with the SFs in Kullachi tehsil (revenue unit) of Dera Ismail Khan District in NWFP.
Four Taliban militants were killed in the ongoing Operation Rah-e-Nijat (path to salvation) in South Waziristan in FATA.
Three volunteers of a local lashkar (tribal militia) were also killed in a clash with militants in Sturikhel area of the Orakzai Agency in FATA.
Two militants were killed and two others were arrested during an encounter with SFs near Jani Khel of Jandola sector in South Waziristan in FATA.
Two Taliban militants were killed and another two injured as they attacked a checkpost near Shuza Algad in South Waziristan in FATA.
A trooper was killed and another five were injured at Metari Narai when militants fired rockets at a SF checkpost.
|January 3||The SFs killed seven Taliban militants during operation in South Waziristan Agency of FATA.
The missiles fired by a suspected US drone killed five militants in Mosakki village, about 25 kilometres east of Miranshah in FATA.
A roadside bomb killed at least four people in Hangu District, including former NWFP Irrigation Minister Ghaniur Rehman.
SFs killed three militants during an encounter carried out in Shuza Algad near Sararogha in FATA.
Two tribal elders were killed and another four injured when a remote controlled bomb exploded in Salarzai tehsil of Bajaur Agency in FATA.
Two persons, including a policeman, were killed and another sustained serious injuries in a hand grenade blast in a shop near Al-Muslim Masjid in Muslim Town of Rawalpindi in Punajb.
SFs killed two suspected Taliban militants during Operation Rah-e-Rast at Qadir Banda Post near Gwalerai of NWFP.
A patrolling party moving from Shagai to Piochar in NWFP shot dead two suspected militants.
An IED killed a trooper and injured five others in Jandola Sector of South Waziristan Agency in FATA while they were moving from Jandola to Top Sar.
Another trooper was killed when unidentified militants fired three rockets followed by intermittent firing at the Pash Ziarat checkpost in Razmak Sector of in North Waziristan Agency in FATA.
Extremists squeezed out of Pakistan and Afghanistan will emerge in struggling states like Yemen and Somalia, said British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
|January 4||SFs neutralised two militant hideouts, killing seven Taliban militants and arresting two others in Operation Sherdil (Lion Heart) in the Bajaur Agency of FATA.|
|January 5||The SFs killed three Taliban militants in the continuing Operation Rah-e-Nijat (Path to Salvation) when they tried to attack SFs at the Pungai checkpost in South Waziristan of FATA.
The SFs killed three Taliban militants in the continuing Operation Rah-e-Nijat at Mora Kandao in Swat District of NWFP.
Two volunteers of peace committee were killed and as many sustained injuries during a clash with militants in Baizai sub-division in Mohmand Agency in FATA.
An Ahmadi leader Muhammad Yousaf (70) was shot dead allegedly for seeking Police protection against sectarian zealots in Ferozewala Police Station area of Karachi.
One person, identified as Sajid (25), who had sustained injuries in the Ashura procession on M.A. Jinnah Road in Karachi on December 28, 2009, passed away at the hospital. This brings the death toll of blast victims to 45.
SFs said they flushed out most of the militants from the Mohmand tribal region of Mohmand Agency in FATA. “Mohmand is a big agency and up till now 80 per cent of the area has been cleared,” commander of the Mohmand Operation, Colonel Saifullah, said.
|January 6||13 persons were killed when three US drones targeted a house in Sumzalai, 50 kilometers west of Miranshah, in the Dattakhel tehsil of North Waziristan in FATA.
SFs killed seven militants in separate encounters in Kabal of Swat District of NWFP.
Three SF personnel killed in a suicide bomb blast at an Army training school in Tararkheil town of Sudhanoti District in PoK.
A trooper was killed and two others sustained injuries in a rocket attack in the Tabi Sar area of Razmak in South Waziristan Agency in FATA where Operation Rah-e-Nijat is being carried out.
Around 350 militants were killed by the SFs in operations while 104 pro-Government elders and volunteers of a peace committee as well as 65 SFs personnel were killed in the Mohmand Agency of FATA in the year 2009, said Mohmand Agency Additional Political Agent (APA) Ahmed Jan.
The News quoting its Government survey reports that up to 8,000 houses were damaged in the Swat District of NWFP during militancy spanning over two years and the subsequent military operations.
|January 7||At least 10 Taliban militants were killed and several were injured as gunship helicopters bombed militant’s hideouts in Orakzai Agency of FATA.
Five militants were killed when the vehicle they were travelling in, exploded in the Darr village of Kurram Agency in FATA.
Four Taliban militants were killed and four others arrested by SFs from different parts of Swat and Malakand in NWFP during Operation Rah-e-Rast.
A trooper was killed while two others sustained injuries following a rocket attack by militants in Tabi Sar area of Razmak sector in South Waziristan in FATA where operation Rah-e-Nijat is being carried out.
The FC personnel Noor Sher, who was severely injured in an attack by militants, succumbed to his injuries at the Combined Military Hospital in Peshawar in NWFP.
Police arrested an important ‘leader’ of the TTP, Israr Amin, from Islamabad in Punjab.
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani unveiled a relief package for militancy-affected areas of NWFP and FATA, announcing tax concessions, rebates in duties and relief in utility bills – in addition to allocating an additional 1 percent share to the province from the federal divisible pool.
|January 8||Eight persons were killed and 11 others injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up at the gate of the headquarters of the militant outfit Ansar-ul-Islam in Tirah area of Khyber Agency in FATA. The bomber was reportdely a member of rival militant outfit Lashkar-e-Islam.
Six persons, including one civilian were killed in an explosion in a house near Babri mosque in Baldia town locality of Karachi.
Six militants were killed and three others injured in air strikes on suspected militant hideouts in upper Orakzai Agency of FATA.
Four Taliban militants were killed and two injured when drones fired two missiles, one at a car and the other at a house, in Palali village in North Waziristan Agency in FATA.
Two militants were killed and three others injured in a clash with the SFs in Nawagai tehsil of Bajaur Agency in FATA.
One trooper was killed as the Taliban militants fired at the SFs near Mazakai, Ghundi Gar, Pungai, Gani Khel and Sinetiza area of South Waziristan in FATA during operations Rah-e-Nijat.
A suspected militant ‘commander’, identified as Irfan, blew himself up during a Police raid in the Adezai village in Matni on the outskirts of Peshawar in NWFP.
Operation Commander Major General Ashfaq Nadeem said that a large number of Taliban militants in Swat of NWFP have fled to Karachi and South Waziristan to escape the Army operation Sherdil (lion heart) in Malakand division.
|January 9||A US drone strike killed at least four terrorists in North Waziristan of FATA,.
Seven Policemen were injured when an alleged suicide bomber blew himself up in a house in Adezai village in Mattani area of Peshawar in NWFP.
|January 10||Unidentified militants shot dead two tribal elders in the Pandyalai sub-division of Mohmand Agency in FATA.
The National Crisis Management Cell of the Interior Ministry of Pakistan warned that TTP has decided to attack newspaper offices and renowned journalists across the country.
|January 11||Eight Taliban militants and one trooper were killed during a clash between Taliban militants and SFs in the ongoing operation Rah-e-Nijat in South Waziristan Agency of FATA.
The Taliban militants fired on a checkpost at Pash Zairat in Razmak sector of South Waziristan Agency in FATA, killing a trooper and injuring three others.
A Jordanian Taliban ‘commander’, who moved to Afghanistan in 1999 and stayed on to fight US-led forces, was killed in a US drone attack in Waziristan.
Police arrested a key TTP ‘commander’, Hayatullah alias Humayun, from a house in Baloch Goth in Orangi Town area of Karachi.
|January 12||Four Taliban militants and a soldier were killed in a gunbattle when dozens of Taliban militants attacked a checkpost in Mohmand Agency of FATA.|
|January 13||At least three Taliban militants were killed while nine others were arrested by SFs during the ongoing Operation Rah-e-Rast in Swat of NWFP.
Two unidentified passers-by were killed in an exchange of fire between SFs and militants in Qambarkhel area of Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency in FATA.
A teenager, Muhammad Shoaib, was killed and six other boys were injured when an explosive device exploded at a playground in the Civil Lines area of Tank, the headquarters of Tank District.
A headless body of a man was recovered by the Police in the Peepal Kalay area in Hangu District in NWFP.
Law enforcement agencies have so far arrested 2,200 suspected terrorists from across the country, including 80 suspects from Islamabad, federal capital, Interior Minister Rehman Malik told the Senate.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik categorically said that India was interfering in Balochistan while missing Baloch were forcibly taken to training camps in Afghanistan.
|January 14||A US drone targeted TTP chief Hakeemullah Mehsud in South Waziristan Agency in FATA and security agencies area waiting for confirmation if Hakeemullah is among the 10 militants killed in the strike. TTP has denied media reports that the group’s chief, Hakeemullah Mehsud, has been killed in a US drone strike.
The Chief of the pro-government Khwazai Peace Committee, Muhammad Akbar, and one of its member, Gulistan, were killed and seven others persons sustained serious injuries in a roadside blast at Dorbakhel area of Halimzai sub-division in Mohmand Agency of FATA.
The JuD, front organisation of the Lashkar-e-Toiba has declared suicide bombings un-Islamic and said those involved in killing of Muslims were playing in the hands of the US, India and Israel.
|January 15||Two US drone strikes killed at least 11 Taliban militants in North Waziristan Agency of FATA.
Ibrahim Kukikhel, the tribal malik (leader) and head of the Kukikhel Qaumi Jirga, was shot dead while his wife and a son were injured in Wazirdand area of Jamrud tehsil in Khyber Agency in FATA.
A US drone strike killed one of FBI’s most-wanted terrorists, a Palestinian suspected in a 1986 plane hijacking with a USD five million bounty on his head, said three Pakistani intelligence officials. The intelligence officials said a January 9 missile strike in North Waziristan killed Jamal Saeed Abdul Rahim.
TTP warned the Government against continued drone attacks in the Tribal Areas amid reports that TTP chief Hakeemullah Mehsud is “under treatment” for “serious injuries” sustained in a drone strike on January 14.
The bullet-riddled dead bodies of seven Taliban militants were recovered while an anti-Taliban leader was also killed in different areas of NWFP.
Two dead bodies, including that of Taliban ‘commander’ of Khawazakhela area Mohammad Rehman, were recovered from Khawazakhela in Swat in NWF.
Security has been tightened at the Farooqabad Police Training School after intelligence reports revealed that the school was on the hit list of militants.
|January 16||Five militants were killed in clashes with Security Forces in Spin Qabar area of Bara of Khyber Agency in FATA.
Four non-Baloch persons were killed in different parts of Balochistan in an apparent backlash of January 15′ killings of two Baloch nationalists. Three of the killings have been confirmed as target killings. Meerak Baloch, a spokesman for the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) called the offices of various newspapers and accepted responsibility for killing the three Punjabi settlers
A suicide bomber attacked an Army vehicle near the town of Rawalakot in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK), injuring two troopers.
Asmatullah Muaviya, one of the main ‘commanders’ of the TTP Punjab chapter, was among the 10 persons killed in a US drone strike in South Waziristan of FATA. The drone had targeted a militant’s compound at Shaktoi village on January 14. Earlier, a local news agency also reported the death of Qari Hussain and Muhammad Mehsud in the Shaktoi strike. Qari Hussain, who had a 50 million head money, was believed to be a “master trainer” of suicide bombers.
|January 17||A US drone strike killed at least 20 Taliban militants, including foreign terrorists (Uzbeks), in a South Waziristan Agency area in the FATA.
Two tribesmen, including a prominent tribal elder and agency councillor, were killed in two separate incidents in FATA.
Two militants were killed in a clash with the SFs in the Mulla Said area of Salarzai tehsil in FATA.
Two militants were killed by the SFs in the in Malakand area of NWFP.
On Shakai Sector in FATA, the SFs conducted search and clearance operation in the Zawar Darman Khel, Shankai – Dargai and killed at least one militant.
The Taliban released another audio message purportedly containing the voice of their chief Hakeemullah Mehsud. Hakeemullah said that he was releasing the message on January 16 and the missile attack had been carried out in Shaktoi on January 14.
|January 18||SFs killed 10 Taliban militants and arrested five others in a clash in North Waziristan in FATA.
Taliban militants attacked lashkar personnel in Mohmand Agency in FATA, resulting in the death of one tribesman and three militants.
Three militants were killed as a bomb exploded near central Kurram Agency in FATA.
|January 19||SFs during a search operation exchanged fire with the Taliban near Kunar Sar area in Admi Kot area of South Waziristan in FATA. 10 Taliban militants were killed and five others arrested during the operation.
Five Taliban militants, including ‘local commander’ Hamad, were killed when militants opened fire at members of a peace committee in Baizai tehsil in the Mohmand Agency in FATA. Two committee members were also killed and two others injured in the clash.
Six Taliban militants were killed when a US drone fired two missiles at a compound in Degan village of North Waziristan’s Dattakhel tehsil in the FATA.
In Jandola Sector in FATA, two soldiers were killed in a bomb blast near Janata, where the SFs defused three roadside bombs.
Eight terrorists shot dead two Awami National Party activists in Pir Baba area of Buner District in NWFP.
|January 20||Five Taliban militants, including Ghulam alias Adil, a key ‘commander’, were killed and two others injured in a raid conducted by members of the peace committee at Khewzai area of Mohmand Agency in FATA.
A notorious criminal with suspected terrorist links identified as Akhtar Ali Joiya alias Akhtari, carrying head money of PNR two million and his accomplice carrying head money of PNR 200,000 were killed in an encounter at Khudian area in Kasur District of Punjab.
Several militants were believed to be killed and their hideouts destroyed when gunship helicopters attacked various areas of Safi and Baizai subdivisions in the Mohmand Agency in FATA.
A jirga (council) of Mehsud tribe agreed to hand over 378 men, including Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Hakeemullah Mehsud, to the Government and announced to fully support Islamabad in maintaining peace in South Waziristan.
An alleged ‘commander’ of TTP was granted bail against a solvent surety of PNR 50,000 in an illicit arms case by Judicial Magistrate, Malir, Aslam Sheikh in Karachi.
|January 21||Clashes between the SFs and terrorists left at least nine terrorists dead in Mohmand Agency in FATA.
A roadside bomb killed two tribal elders and a woman travelling on a bus in Salarzai District of Bajaur Agency in FATA. 20 other passengers were injured in the explosion.
Five militants, including a ‘commander’, were killed in a clash with SF in Madyan area of Swat District in NWFP.
One soldier was killed while eight others sustained injuries in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast during the ongoing operation Rah-e-Nijat in near Janata in Jandola Sector of South Waziristan Agency in FATA.
Pakistani Intelligence officials said that a Filipino militant, identified as Abdul Basit Usman, wanted by the US, is believed to have been killed in a drone strike in the Tribal Areas close to the Afghanistan border on January 14.
The Hyderabad Police claimed to have arrested three militants of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) outfit by foiling a robbery bid in a house in the limits of the Cantonment Police Station.
|January 22||SFs attacked the stronghold of local and foreign Taliban militants killing 15 of them and arresting 25 others in Machis camp near Miranshah in North Wazristan in FATA.
Two militants and a soldier were killed in a clash at Bilandkhel area in Orakzai Agency in FATA.
Bodies of two tribal elders were found dumped under a bridge on Tank-Wana Road near Pattar village in NWFP.
One Taliban militant was killed and five others injured in a gunbattle between the SFs and the militants at the Ghutti Sar check post in FATA.
Unidentified men had planted an IED on the roadside in Talai village in Salarzai in Bajaur Agency in FATA. A woman was killed and 23 passengers injured when a vehicle hit the device.
29 officials in the NWFP Education Department were sacked for their alleged links with militants.
One of the two dacoits, from whose custody two abducted persons were rescued, belonged to al-Qaeda. They were abducted from Larkana IN Punjab a few days ago and were rescued from the jurisdiction of Fatehpur Police Station of Dokri.
The Special Investigation Group (SIG) of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has traced the names and addresses of nine terrorists who were involved in a suicide attack on former President General Pervez Musharraf.
|January 23||14 Taliban militants and three SF personnel were killed while 12 other Taliban militants were injured in clashes in Orakzai Agency in FATA.
At least four persons including a trooper were killed in a suicide car bombing near a Police Station at Gomal, about 25 kilometres south of Tank District in NWFP.
At least two Army personnel were killed and two others were injured after unidentified motorcyclists opened fire on a group of soldiers in a market in Khuzdar of Balochistan.
|January 24||Taliban militants killed seven persons on suspicion of spying for the US in North Waziristan Agency of FATA.
One trooper was killed and another injured in an IED blast in Khyber Agency. Subsequently, in a search operation, SFs killed three militants and arrested 12 others. The slain militants included senior ‘commander’ Gul Hakim.
A close aide of TTP chief of Swat Division was killed in clashes with SFs at Imam Dheri in Swat of NWFP.
Taliban militants claimed to have shot down a US drone in Hamzoni village near Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan. Government and Military officials confirmed the plane crash but were not sure about the cause of the incident.
|January 25||SFs backed by fighter jets and helicopter gunship targeted Taliban strongholds across the FATA, killing 25 militants in the Kurram and Bajaur Agencies. Air strikes by the jet fighters continued for more than two hours killing 10 terrorists in Khar in Bajaur. At least 15 suspected militants were killed when SFs, backed by helicopter gunship and artillery, pounded their positions in Kurram Agency.
One FC trooper was killed and 10 others were injured in a bomb blast in a crowded market of the Pakistan-Iran border town of Panjgur in Balochistan.
|January 26||Three militants were killed and several others sustained injuries when gunship helicopters fired at suspected hideouts of insurgents in Mamond and Salarzai tehsils in Bajaur Agency in FATA.
Militants killed one person and freed two out of the four abducted tribesmen in Salarzai in FATA.
A Taliban ‘commander’ was killed by SFs in Swat District in NWFP.
Taliban militants in North Waziristan claimed to have shot down another US drone in Boya village of Dattakhel tehsil near the border with Afghanistan but failed to provide any proof in this regard.
Appreciating the role played by FATA parliamentarians in the fight against militancy, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani asked them to closely follow various phases of the development process in their respective areas.
NWFP government has sacked 55 employees for having links with the Taliban militants
As many as 2,072 persons have been killed in 1,780 incidents of terrorism across the country since April 2009, the National Assembly (NA) in Islamabad was informed. Speaking during the question hour in the NA, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said the people killed included 565 individuals from various law enforcement agencies. He added that 6,253 persons had been injured in these attacks, including 1,590 Security Force personnel.
|January 27||12 Taliban militants were killed and three others injured in clashes between Salarzai laskhar (pro government Tribal militia) and militants in Chinnar village of Bajaur Agency in FATA. One trooper was killed in the attack.
Three children were killed in a bomb explosion in Nanger Khani village of Dir District.
Pakistani investigators that there is “sufficient incriminating evidence against” the seven arrested terrorists for their involvement in the Mumbai (India) terrorist strikes on November 26, 2008.
|January 28||SFs killed nine militants and injured five others in a clash in Salarzai tehsil of Bajaur Agency in FATA.
SFs killed four Taliban militants in Operation Rah-e-Nijat (Path to Salvation) in South Waziristan Agency.
|January 29||SFs killed 24 Taliban militants in air strikes and clashes in Bajaur Agency FATA. In one incident, the fighting erupted when militants attacked a check post manned by the Frontier Corps and members of an anti-Taliban militia in the Chinar town. Troops retaliated and killed 14 militants. A paramilitary soldier was also killed and three others were wounded in the clash.
Fighter jets bombarded a Taliban hideout in the town of Sewai in the Mamoond tehsil killing 10 terrorists and injuring 15 others.
Five suspected militants were killed and four others sustained injuries in a drone attack in Dattakhel area of North Waziristan.
Unidentified assailants opened fire on pilgrims, killing three Shias and injuring seven others, in a sectarian attack in Quetta in Balochistan.
|January 30||A suicide bomber killed 16 people, including 14 civilians and two Police officers, and wounded 20 others at a police check point in the Bajaur Agency of FATA.
Suspected US missiles killed nine alleged militants. Three US missiles hit a compound and a bunker in the Mohammad Khel area of North Waziristan Agency, part of a surge of the drone-fired strikes. Two missiles attack hit the compound being used by the militants, killing seven of them. The third killed two more insurgents in the bunker.
|January 31||Nine Taliban militants were killed when fighter jets bombed Taliban hideouts in Swoi and Damadola areas of Mamoond tehsil in Bajaur Agency of FATA.
The state-owned PTV channel reported that TTP chief Hakeemullah Mehsud died a few days ago, while some private channels also claimed that he was buried in Orakzai Agency of FATA three days back. Meanwhile, Interior Minister Rehman Malik told a private television channel that the Government was trying to verify the report. Further, the Army said it was investigating reports of Hakeemullah’s death.
TTP Orakzai Agency chief Malik Noor Jamal said that the reports of Hakeemullah Mehsud’s death and his subsequent burial in Mamuzai in Orakzai Agency are baseless.
|February 1||The SFs killed at least 20 Taliban militants in different clashes during operation Sherdil (Lion heart) in Bajaur Agency of FATA where a solider was also killed and 11 others injured.
Six Taliban militants were killed during clashes with SFs in Chinagai, Shinkot and Kharki areas of Bajaur Agency.
An ATC in Lahore awarded eight times death sentence along with PNR 200,000 fine each and total 30 years of rigorous imprisonment to the four convicts involved in the killing of Punjab Additional Advocate General (AAG) Muhammad Arif Bhindar and seven others.
|February 2||The SFs killed 20 Taliban militants while two soldiers were killed and another injured in various clashes in Bajaur Agency of FATA. Two Taliban militants were also reportedly injured in the attacks. SFs consolidated territorial gains by regaining control of Damdola area.
At least 16 Taliban militants were killed after US drones fired 18 missiles at Datta Khel village in North Waziristan of FATA.
Three militants were killed and eight persons injured in a clash with SFs in Malikabad, a mountainous area in Gadoon Amazai, of Swabi District in NWFP.
The TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud’s close aide Qari Hussain, the top trainer of suicide bombers and one of his potential successors, was killed in the same United States drone attack that fatally injured him, sources said. The sources said Qari Hussain died in the attack in North Waziristan on January 14, 2008.
Taliban spokesman Azam Tariq said that there is no need to release proof that TTP leader Hakeemullah Mehsud is alive, just to refute reports that he succumbed to his injuries sustained in a US drone strike in January.
Chairman of US Joint Chiefs Staff Admiral Mike Mullen at a Congressional hearing reports that Pakistan has reversed the Taliban territorial gains through a series of military operations and also advocated Washington’s help towards resolving the India-Pakistan tensions for South Asian stability.
Five American nationals accused by Pakistan of having contacts with al Qaeda-linked groups pleaded their innocence, saying they were being ‘set up’ and tortured by the FBI and the Pakistani Police.
Al-Qaida can be expected to attempt an attack on the US in the next three to six months, senior US intelligence officials told Congress.
|February 3||12 Taliban militants were killed in various areas of Mamoond tehsil (revenue unit) in Bajaur Agency of FATA when fighter jets and helicopter gunships bombed Taliban hideouts.
Three US troopers and four female students were among nine persons killed when a blast targeted a military-led convoy in Lower Dir of NWFP. At least 115 persons, including 95 schoolgirls, were also injured in the attack. The TTP claimed responsibility for the bomb attack that killed three US troopers, a spokesman for the network claimed in a telephone call.
The death toll in the February 2 attack by eight US drones at Datta Khel village in North Waziristan of FATA rose to 31 as 14 more dead bodies were retrieved from the houses destroyed in the missile strikes.
The COAS General Ashfaq Kayani has strongly rejected allegations that Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency, ISI, is pursuing double standards in the war on terror, reported a private TV channel. General Kayani said that the Indian “Cold Start Strategy” is an aggressive strategy and Pakistan cannot close its eyes towards it.
Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal is safe since the country’s military knows there would be “catastrophic consequences, primarily for Pakistan”, if any of its nuclear bombs fell into the wrong hands, the US National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair said.
|February 4||SFs killed 12 Taliban militants, including four foreigners, while 16 militants were arrested from different areas of Bajaur Agency in the FATA.
An anti-India jihadi rally to express Yakjehti-e-Kashmir (Solidarity with Kashmir) was organized in Muzaffarabad of PoK by the JuD, frontal organization of the LeT and Hizb-ul-Mujaheedin (HM).
The NWFP CM Ameer Haider Hoti approved to establish an institutional framework for the victims of terrorism.
|February 5||At least 25 persons were killed and over 100 others, including women and children, wounded in twin blasts in Karachi as the city marked Hazrat Imam Hussain’s chehlum (40th Day after death) ceremony.
SFs bombed Taliban hideouts in various areas of Mamoond Tehsil (revenue unit) in the Bajaur Agency of FATA, killing five Taliban militants.
The JuD, front organisation of the LeT, held a public meeting in Islamabad, vowing to seize Kashmir by force and threatening “rivers of blood” in India. In Lahore too, the JuD organised a public rally, led by its chief Hafiz Saeed, alleged by India to have masterminded the Mumbai attacks. The rally went from the JuD headquarters in Chauburji to the University Grounds, where Hafiz Saeed led the participants in Friday prayers. It proceeded to the famous Masjid-e-Shohada on Mall road, where the second tier leadership of the group made anti-India speeches.
The Lok Virsa (Museum situated in Islamabad) in collaboration with the Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Ministry organised a festival in Islamabad to show solidarity with Kashmiris struggling for their right of self-determination.
|February 6||SFs killed seven Taliban militants and injured five others in Mamond tehsil (revenue unit) of Bajaur Agency in the FATA. SFs took over the Taliban stronghold of Damadola after nine years, local sources said.
Death toll in the February 5 Karachi twin blasts raised to 33 as six more persons succumbed to injuries.
Karachi Anti-Terrorism Court’s Administrative Judge Justice Amir Hani Muslim 6 remanded two accused, stated to be activists of the banned outfit Jundullah, to judicial custody until February 13 in the Karachi Ashura bomb blast of December 28, 2009.
|February 7||The investigators probing into the two recent suicide bombings in Shahi Koto area of Lower Dir in NWFP said that militants fleeing from Bajaur Agency of FATA as a result of the military operation are behind the terrorist attacks in Lower Dir on February 3 that killed nine persons including three United States troopers. Meanwhile, the fugitive chief of Taliban in Lower Dir, ‘Commander’ Hafizullah claimed that February 3’s suicide attack in Shahi Koto area was aimed at the US military personnel, regretting the killing of schoolgirls and harm to journalists.|
|February 8||At least 12 troopers were killed and two others were injured in a clash with militants during the ongoing operation Rah-e-Nijat (path to salvation) in Ahmed Wam area of South Waziristan Agency in FATA.
A minor girl was killed and four others including a woman sustained serious injuries when militants fired four rockets at the Army garrison and a surrounding village in Khugakhel area of Landikotal in the Khyber Agency
A powerful explosion completely destroyed container carrying supplies for United States-led NATO forces in Afghanistan near the Torkham pass along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
Police arrested six suspected militants, including a would-be suicide bomber who was allegedly plotting to attack a five-star hotel and kill US nationals, from Grand Trunk Road in Shahdara area of Lahore.
Daily Times quoting intelligence reports said that TTP had sent eight female suicide bombers to attack high-value targets in Punjab.
The TTP Lakki Marwat chapter threatened local politicians of attack for their alleged involvement in protecting feudal lords and creating law and order problem in the Lakki Marwat District of NWFP.
Blackwater is not operating in the country and NSA is protecting the Prime Minister and the President, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said. “No Blackwater or foreign security agency is providing security cover to the President or the Prime Minister. Our Police and security agencies are fully capable of providing them security,”
The Pakistani SFs have captured several members of the Jundallah militant group and handed them over to Iranian authorities, National Assembly Speaker Fehmida Mirza said, according to Iran’s Press TV channel.
|February 9||A civilian was killed in a militant attack on SFs and 12 suspected militants were arrested in search operations in different parts of the Khyber Agency in FATA.
Five militants were arrested while the houses of six others were destroyed during search operation in Banda area in Salarzai and Mamond sub-divisions of Bajaur Agency, official sources said.
SFs arrested a militant ‘commander’ who also happens to be the nephew of LI ‘leader’ Mangal Bagh during a search operation in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency.
SFs sources claimed to have killed 74 militants and injured 54 others and wrested the strategically important hilltops and areas from the insurgents during the weeklong military operation in the Mamond subdivision of Bajaur Agency.
At least four persons including two children were injured in a bomb explosion in Gahi Khan Chowk area of Quetta, capital of Balochistan.
The bomb disposal squad defused a seven-kilogramme explosive device planted close to NWFP Minister Ayub Khan Asharai’s house in Matta tehsil of Swat District.
The Taliban claimed to have developed a new bomb nicknamed ‘Omar’ after their leader, which they say is impossible for Western mine sweepers to detect.
The Interior Minister Rehman Malik indicated that militants who had fled military operations in Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Swat are active in Karachi.
Calling Pakistan’s anti-militancy efforts over 2009 “terrific”, Unite States Defence Secretary Robert Gates said Pakistanis are in the driver’s seat in combating Taliban on their soil.
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said asked militants to lay down their weapons and adopt the right path or face death.
|February 10||A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into a khasadar patrol vehicle, killing 17 persons, including 11 khasadar personnel in Wazir Dhand area of Jamrud tehsil in Khyber Agency of FATA.
Four Taliban militants and two women were killed in bombings in various areas of Mamoond tehsil in Bajaur Agency.
A brigadier was killed while a colonel and lieutenant were injured after suspected Taliban militants attacked a rescue team sent after a crashed Cobra helicopter in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency.
SFs along with the Mamoond Qaumi Lashkar (tribal militia) burnt the houses of six militants in the Taliban stronghold of Damadola and destroyed underground bunkers and training centres.
At least two persons were injured in a bomb blast in a CD shop in the main bazaar of Hangu in NWFP.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that he had credible reports regarding the death of TTP ‘chief’ Hakeemullah Mehsud in a drone attack in North Waziristan in mid-January.
TTP lashed out at the Government for referring to “credible reports” that their leader Hakeemullah Mehsud had died after a US drone attack in mid-January.
Pakistan has always preferred dialogue to war with India, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said and praised New Delhi’s “intention” to resume dialogue with Islamabad.
Indian Indus Water Commissioner G. Aranga Nathan said that India and Pakistan will not go into war with each other over the water issue because the Indus Water Treaty is intact and being respected.
The Pakistan military commanders discussed India’s offer to Pakistan for talks among other issues at a meeting of the top brass held at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi.
Pakistan will keep Kashmir the first item on the agenda for negotiations with India at any level, Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira said.
|February 11||At least 15 persons were killed and 24 others injured in a twin bomb blast in Bannu of NWFP.
Four persons, including an arms dealer, were injured when their double-cabin pickup truck was blown up in a bomb blast near Miramshah Bazaar in North Waziristan Agency of FATA.
The death toll in February 10 suicide attack in Jamrud of Khyber Agency reached 19, when a Levies official, Lance Naik Abdul Mannan, succumbed to injuries at the Hayatabad Medical Complex in Peshawar.
US Vice-President Joe Biden said that his greatest concern was not Afghanistan, not Iraq, nor the Iranian nuclear crisis, but Pakistan.
The US military is planning to set up new training centres inside Pakistan where American special operations trainers would work with Pakistani forces close to the Afghanistan border battle zone, a senior defence official said.
The US National Security Adviser General James Jones and his delegation visited Swat of NWFP.
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said that while composite dialogue is the only way forward for the resolution of all outstanding issues and India has offered Pakistan talks, New Delhi “does not want to talk on Kashmir.”
The Foreign Office said that Pakistan wants to resume peace talks with India, but they should be wide-ranging and cover all outstanding issues, including the Kashmir dispute.
Syed Salahuddin, ‘chief’ of the HM, said that talks between Pakistan and India will fail if they do not focus on the “core issue” of Kashmir. Talks would be “a futile exercise” if they did not address the dispute over the Himalayan region.
|February 12||Four militants were killed and several others sustained injuries during a clash with SFs at Charmang in Nawagai tehsil of Bajaur Agency in FATA.
The militants handed over dead bodies of two slain pilots unconditionally to the political administration through the efforts of the Federal Minister Hamidullah Jan Afridi in Jamrud tehsil of the restive Khyber Agency.
Two militants were killed and a soldier injured during a clash between SFs and militants in a border area of Swat and Buner in NWFP.
The Anti-Extremism Cell of the Sindh Police’s CID arrested a ‘commander’ of the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen Al-alami and recovered weapons and Jihad (holy war) literature from his possession.
|February 13||A student of Iqra University Karachi was killed, while another was injured in an ambush on the RCD Highway near Mangochar in Kalat of Balochistan.
The Taliban militants blew up a boys’ high school in the village of Qamardin at Safi area of the Mohmand tribal District in FATA along the Pakistan- Afghanistan border.
SFs continued their search operation and arrested 16 suspected militants from different areas of FATA and NWFP during the past 24 hours.
|February 14||A US drone killed seven Taliban militants at a training compound in the Mir Ali town of North Waziristan Agency in the FATA.
The SFs killed three Taliban militants in the Charmang area of Bajaur Agency, while a would-be suicide bomber and three other Taliban militants were killed in a blast.
Unidentified militants shot dead three persons, including two pro-Government tribesmen, in separate attacks in Khyber Agency.
SFs arrested 11 militants, including a ‘local commander’, during a search operation in Khyber Agency.
Three persons were killed and 16 others injured in bomb blast on the Cinema Chowk in the main town of Dadu District.
Two bomb blasts occurred on a railway track in the Sariab area of Quetta in Balochistan.
Four militants were arrested after an encounter with the SFs in the Darsamand area of Hangu District in NWFP.
The Police during a search operation arrested 18 suspected persons, including Afghanistan prayer leaders and defused a rocket in the Tugh Lalma area of Kohat District.
The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, while condemning the recent terrorist events in Karachi, said that al Qaeda had killed more than 2,000 people in Pakistan within few months.
US Vice-President Joe Biden said that American forces have killed al Qaeda militants under ground – 12 top leaders and 100 of their associates.
Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US, Hussain Haqqani, said, that “Pakistan doesn’t want America to interfere in its affairs nor does the US want to do so”.
|February 15||A US drone attack killed at least three Taliban militants in the North Waziristan Agency of FATA, security officials said.
SFs arrested four wanted militants during a raid on a madrassa (seminary) in the Bisham area of Shangla District in the NWFP.
The SFs arrested a local doctor in a raid in the Sholabar area of Bara, as the doctor was involved in the treatment of LI militants.
The Ahmedzai Wazir tribes in South Waziristan Agency of FATA demanded a separate administrative status for areas under their control during a jirga (council) also attended by Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kayani, tribal elders said.
The key objectives of the military operation Rah-e-Nijat in South Waziristan Agency in FATA have been achieved and most of the high profile terrorists have been wiped out from the area, a private TV channel quoted Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Kayani as saying.
Top terrorist ‘commander’ Ilyas Kashmiri, whose ‘313 Brigade’ is an operational arm of the al Qaeda, has vowed to continue attacks across India until the Indian Army leaves Indian-held Kashmir and gives the Kashmiris their right to self-determination.
|February 16||SFs backed by jet fighters and gunship helicopters pounded Taliban hideouts and killed 10 Taliban militants in the Bajaur Agency of FATA.
Two women were killed when an artillery shell hit their house in Bandai area of Mamoond tehsil. Eight other persons were also injured in the same incident.
Unidentified militants blew up a school in Lakaro village of Safi tehsil in Mohmand Agency in the late night.
A powerful bomb blast destroyed a house situated along Rehman Kewal Road in Quetta.
Daily Times quoting New York Times reported that the US and Pakistani intelligence services arrested the top military ‘commander’ of Taliban, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, in Karachi.
An Afghan Taliban spokesman, Yousuf Ahmadi, denied a US report that the group’s military commander had been arrested by US and Pakistani forces in a secret operation in Pakistan.
The Interior Minister Rehman Malik branded as “propaganda” reports that the top Taliban military ‘commander’ had been arrested in a joint Pakistani-US spy operation.
|February 17||Unidentified assailants killed six militants allegedly to be associates of Taliban ‘commander’ Noor Jamal alias Maulana Toofan by ambushing their vehicle in central Kurram Agency of FATA.
A US drone strike killed at least three suspected Taliban militants at a compound close to the Afghanistan border in North Waziristan.
SFs arrested nine suspected militants from the Khyber Agency and cleared five caves used by militants in the Bajaur Agency, according to a FC statement.
SFs arrested five militants, identified as Ghulam Ullah, Gulab, Abdul Ghaffar, Khan and Jaipur, from in Mamoond tehsil (revenue unit) of Bajaur Agency.
Unidentified militants shot dead a journalist, identified as Hameed Marwat, at the Sariab Road in Quetta.
Ashfaq Mangi, a reporter of a private television channel was shot dead by unidentified militants in front of the Gambat Post Office in Khairpur.
Three civilians and a policeman sustained injuries when a suspected militant opened fire on Police in Marghazar Town of the Bunrh area in the outskirts of Mingora in the NWFP.
SFs arrested a senior ‘commander’ of the Swat Taliban, Abdul Rashid, from Nowshera.
The CID arrested a ‘Taliban commander’, Abdullah alias Abu Waqas, who was about to train 270 teenage girls as suicide bombers.
An ATC in Sargodha in Punjab rejected the bail applications of five Americans, accused of having links with militants.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik confirmed the arrest of a senior Taliban leader Mulla Abdul Ghani Baradar from Karachi.
The Pakistani Army confirmed that the Afghan Taliban’s top military commander, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, has been arrested.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praised “valuable” US-Pakistan cooperation in fighting extremism, saying the Pakistani leadership “recognises that standing firm against the threat is important to the country’s future”.
President Asif Ali Zardari announced a plan for the upgradation and strengthening of paramilitary Levies Force in tribal areas to improve the Levies Force’s capability.
|February 18||At least 30 persons, including a LI ‘commander’, were killed and 110 others injured in a suicide attack near a mosque in Akakhel area of Tirah valley in Khyber Agency of FATA.
AFP quoted an intelligence official as saying, “There is a possibility that the rival outfit, AI, attacked the LI base.”
Four Taliban militants, including a Taliban ‘commander’ Jalaluddin Haqqani’s son Muhammad Haqqani, were killed when US drones fired two missiles in Danday Darpakhel village near Jalaluddin Haqqani’s madrassa (seminary), four kilometres north of Miranshah, the headquarters of North Waziristan in FATA.
A remote-controlled bomb exploded near a tanker in Baghbana area of Khuzdar District in Balochistan.
A Policeman was killed and a passer-by injured when armed militants opened fire at a Police patrol party in the Mingora city of NWFP.
The SFs arrested two militants during a search operation and neutralised the ex-plosive-laden car recovered near Chunai area in Abakhel village in Lakki Marwat District in the night.
Two senior Taliban militants were arrested in recent days in Pakistan after their military ‘commander’ Mulla Abdul Ghani Baradar was arrested by the US intelligence agencies and their Pakistani counterparts only days earlier.
|February 19||Five Taliban militants were killed in Banda and Ghundo areas of Nawagai tehsil (revenue unit) in Bajaur Agency of FATA when fighter jets and helicopter gunships bombarded Taliban hideouts.
SFs claimed to have recovered Indian-made IED from South Waziristan. Security officials recovered five sacks, each containing 20 kilograms of polypropylene with the text “Reliance Industries Ltd, Jamnagar, Gujrat, India” printed on them.
SFs shot dead two militants in an encounter in Faisalabad who were involved in the GHQ attack in Rawalpindi on October 10, 2009.
Four officials of Mercy Corps (MC), an international NGO, were abducted by unidentified militants from Shankai area of Qillah Saifullah District in Balochistan.
The Police arrested six ‘most-wanted’ Taliban militants and recovered 11 kilogrammes of explosive powder along with dynamite from a cave during search operations in the mountainous region of Sawaldher, Rama, Katlang and Choora in Mardan District of NWFP.
Police arrested a person allegedly involved in terror activities from Jamal Ghari village under Jabar Police Station.
The South Korean Police claimed to have arrested a Pakistani national, who was allegedly a member of the Taliban, on charges of using a fake passport.
The SFs arrested one Sipah-e-Mohammad Pakistan militant, Syed Hammad Riaz, from Karachi allegedly involved in the assassination of the SSP, Ameer (Chief) Maulana Azam Tariq.
Pakistan will not turn over the Afghanistan Taliban’s ‘second-in-command’ and two other terrorists captured in the month of February to the US, but may deport them to Afghanistan, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said.
Pakistan’s direct and indirect cost in the war on terror has been around USD 35 billion over the last three years, Minister of State for Economic Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar said.
|February 20||SFs killed at least 36 Taliban militants during operations in the various regions of FATA. The SFs killed at least 30 Taliban militants during operation Rah-e-Nijat (path to salvation) in various areas of Shawal mountains in South Waziristan Agency.
Six Taliban militants, including a ‘commander’, were killed in clashes with the SFs at Chapri Ferozkhel, the border area between Khyber and Orakzai Agencies.
Two suicide bombers attacked Police Stations in Balakot and Mansehra areas of NWFP, killing a SHO and wounding several others. According to Police sources, Khalilur Rehman, SHO of Balakot Police Station, was killed and several others injured in the attacks at the police stations.
Four Taliban militants were killed in a clash with the Security Forces in Ogda Takhta Band area in the outskirts of Mingora in Swat.
The dead body of a person abducted by the Taliban militants a year ago was found. He was identified as Ziadullah, a businessman from Landaki area of Swat.
|February 21||Eight unidentified militants were killed and two troopers sustained injuries in a clash during a search operation in Darra Adamkhel of NWFP. The sources said SFs carried out a search operation in Turk Ismailkhel, Jawakai and Shindhand areas where the militants opened fire on SFs.
The militants launched a rocket attack on the flour mills of NWFP Minister for Housing, Amjid Afridi, near Gumbat in Kohat. However, no casualty was reported.
Police arrested Maulvi Kabir, one of the top 10 most-wanted Taliban leaders and a former Governor of Nangahar province of Afghanistan, from Nowshera.
Three militants surrendered to SFs in Charbagh Tehsil of Swat District during a search operation.
The headless dead body of two abducted Sikh persons recovered in Khyber Agency of FATA. However, Daily Times reports that one Chopal Singh’s dead body was recovered.
The Taliban militants blew up two boys’ schools in Mohmand Agency. However, there was no casualty.
SFs hoisted the Pakistani flag in the Damangi area for the first time after clearing it of the Taliban.
SFs arrested at least 74 suspects during a search operation in Wazir Dhand area of Jamrud tehsil in Khyber Agency.
A cadre of the TTP was arrested by SFs from the outskirts of Lahore. A suicide jacket, hand grenades and explosives were recovered from his possession.
|February 22||13 persons, including three Security personnel and four women, were killed and 41 others injured when a suicide bomber hit a SFs convoy at the Nishat Chowk in Mingora city of NWFP.
A prominent member of the Shia community was shot dead while his friend sustained injuries when unidentified attackers opened fire on them in Yakatoot area of Peshawar in NWFP.
SFs arrested 34 suspected militants during a joint operation by Police and FC in Thall, Doaba, Kahi, Darsamand and Naryab areas of Hangu along the region bordering Orakzai Agency.
Militants fired several rockets and mortar shells at the Fort Salop in Bara sub-division of Khyber Agency in FATA.
43 militants, including four commanders, surrendered before SFs in Mamond sub-division of Bajaur Agency.
|February 23||Five Taliban militants were killed and four others were injured when the explosives that they were planting around their hideout detonated accidentally in Ali Sherzai Dar village of Kurram Agency in FATA.
The militant outfit LI organised the public execution of a tribesman in the Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency, after pronouncing him guilty of double murder at a self-styled Islamic court, tribesmen said.
SFs destroyed four hideouts of TTP in Ali Baz Kalay of Darra Adam Khel while arresting six militants.
The Taliban militants attacked a vehicle owned by a local lashkar (army) chief in Adezai village on the outskirts of the provincial capital of NWFP, Peshawar.
The CENTCOM chief General David Petraeus and British General David Richard arrived in Mingora. Sources said that Pakistani military officials held a briefing for the two generals at the Circuit House in Mingora.
Pakistan has made some ‘real progress’ in the war against terrorism and it is committed in securing its long border with Afghanistan, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said.
Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that “Pakistan would welcome any role (to bridge the gap between India and Pakistan) given to China because of the trust and confidence we enjoy among each other”.
South Korean Police said that they were investigating whether a Pakistani Muslim cleric, who was arrested for travelling on a fake passport, was also involved in militant activities.
|February 24||A Taliban ‘commander’, Mohammed Qari Zafar, wanted in connection with the 2006 bombing of the US consulate in Karachi, was among 13 persons killed in a suspected missile strike in the Dargah Mandi area of North Waziristan of FATA near the border with Afghanistan.
A rocket fired from an unknown direction hit the house of Haji Awal Khan in Kohi Sher Haider area of Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency and injured his two daughters.
Nine Taliban militants were killed when a US drone fired missiles into a Taliban compound in the Dandey Darpa Khel area of North Waziristan in the FATA.
The Taliban militants beheaded three men, including two Afghans, in North Waziristan, accusing them of spying for the US.
A soldier was killed in a roadside bomb explosion in Salarzai sub-division of Bajaur Agency.
The SFs demolished the house of a militant ‘commander’, Maulvi Abdullah, during search operation in the Banda area of the same Agency.
Unidentified militants fired several rockets on Lagharai village In Mamond subdivision. However, the rockets missed the target and landed in the fields.
16 Taliban militants including two ‘commanders’ surrendered to SFs in Mamond sub-division.
Three passengers were killed and three others sustained injuries when unidentified militants opened fired at a railway coach in the Tor Ghar area of Thall Tehsil in Hangu District of NWFP.
One alleged TTP militant, Omer Abdul Rehman alias Sailaab, was arrested in a joint raid by Security Force personnel from the Lasbela District.
A militant of the Jalaluddin Haqqani Network, identified as Amanullah Mehsud, was arrested by the Security Force personnel from the Clifton area of Karachi.
|February 25||Unidentified militants blew up a primary school in Saafi tehsil (revenue unit) of Mohmand Agency.
25 suspected militants were arrested during a search operation in Akakhel, Kohi Sher Haider and Sipah areas of Bara tehsil.
Four militants were killed during an encounter between SFs and militants in the Charsadda District of NWFP.
Suspected militants blew up a tanker carrying fuel for NATO forces in Afghanistan in Bhanamari Police Station area of Peshawar.
A senior Taliban ‘commander’, Musa Khan, was arrested along with his two accomplices in Damghar area of Kabal tehsil (revenue unit) of Swat District.
Police arrested three militants during a raid at Hajiabad in Charsadda District.
The CID of the Sindh Police arrested one Abdul Aziz, a close aide of Qari Hussain Mashood, a mastermind of suicide bombing squad of the banned militant group TTP from the Sohrab Goth area in Karachi.
An ATC in Karachi awarded death sentence to two persons, identified as Kamran and Farhan, for killing two Policemen on October 12, 2006, in the limits of the Shah Latif Town Police Station.
President Asif Ali Zardari urged the aggrieved Baloch leaders not to resort to violence as the Government acknowledged their rights and was doing all within its means to help them.
|February 26||At least 17 Taliban militants were killed in an operation in the Pastawana area of Kohat in NWFP.
The SFs and Intelligence Agencies arrested a nephew of TTP Swat chapter ‘head’ Maulana Fazlullah from Pirsabak village in Nowshera District.
The CID of the Sindh Police arrested three militants belonging to the LeJ outfit from a hideout near Jamshed Road in Karachi.
The Lahore High Court temporarily restrained Federal and Punjab Governments from handing over Mullah Baradar and four other Afghan Taliban militants to America or any other country and added that the detainees would not be moved out of Pakistan without its prior permission.
Taliban have blown up 16 schools in the tribal regions of Mohmand Agency, Bajaur Agency, Khyber Agency and Orakzai Agency of FATA during the month of February, NWFP Education Minister Sardar Hussain Babak said.
|February 27||A suicide bomber rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into a Police Station in Karak District, killing four persons including two Policemen and wounding 23 others.
Unidentified gunmen opened fire on a religious procession in the Dhaki More neighbourhood of Dera Ismail Khan District of NWFP, killing a person and wounding several others.
The personnel of Intelligence Agencies arrested two militants from Saeedabad in Karachi.
|February 28||SFs killed 25 militants in frontier region of Peshawar in NWFP in the first four days of Operation Spring Cleaning, according to officials.
12 persons were injured when a remote-controlled explosive went off in Thari Mirwah town in Khairpur in Sindh.
|March 01||Seven people were killed and 44 others injured in sectarian violence in Dera Ismail Khan area of NWFP.
SFs recovered the dead bodies of a senior Taliban ‘commander’ and five of his accomplices from the Madyan area of Swat. Sources said that dead bodies of former Taliban ‘commander’ in Buner, Muhammad Alam, Matta tehsil ‘commander’ Shamsul Haq, and their accomplices Abdullah, Muhammad Musafir and Sher Zaman were found at a roadside in Madyan area.
Suspected Taliban militants blew up a tanker carrying fuel for NATO troops based in Afghanistan near Jamil Chowk on Ring Road of Peshawar, the capital of NWFP.
An al Qaeda-linked militant who had called for attacks on China over its treatment of Muslims was killed in a US missile strike in North Waziristan of FATA.
Two of the three Sikhs who were abducted for extortion escaped from Taliban captivity and reached the Jamrud of Khyber Agency.
SFs set the houses of 15 militant commanders on fire in the Charmang valley of Nawagai tehsil (revenue unit) in Bajaur Agency.
The Taliban issued ‘threatening pamphlets’, claiming responsibility for the suicide attack on the Khasadar (tribal Police) personnel in Jamrud tehsil of Khyber Agency on February 10, 2010.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik urged Ulema ( Muslim religious leaders) belonging to different schools of thought to foil the conspiracy aimed at fanning sectarian strife in the country and play an effective role in thwarting terrorism.
|March 02||Seven militants, including a ‘commander’, were killed in a clash between two factions of militants in the Dogar area of Kurram Agency in FATA. The sources said the factions of militants headed by Mulla Toofan and Mulla Rafique clashed in Dogar area using heavy weapons and ammunition.
At least two persons were killed and five others injured in a bomb blast in a cultural function on the premises of a local Engineering University in Khuzdar of Balochistan.
Two important Taliban ‘commanders’, identified as Muhammad Tufail alias Abdullah and Muhammad Iqbal, were killed by SFs in an exchange of fire during the ongoing Operation Spring Cleaning in Frontier Region of Peshawar, the capital of NWFP.
Taliban militants detonated explosives planted around the house of a pro-Government tribal elder, Malik Zaliman Shah, in Aliabad area of Hangu District, injuring 10 members of the family.
The Police submitted a charge sheet against five American national detained in 2009 in an ATC in Sargodha on charges of plotting terrorism.
ATC in Rawalpindi has acquitted seven persons accused of a suicide attack on a Government bus because of lack of evidence.
The Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that the SSP and TTP were involved in terrorist activities in the country and warned of strict action against them. Referring to the SSP, the interior minister said it had close links to al-Qaeda and Taliban.
|March 03||SFs killed a local Taliban ‘commander’, identified as Sultan Azeem, during an encounter in the Malakand Agency of NWFP. Sultan Azeem’s body was found lying by the roadside in Palai area.
The SFs killed a supplier of suicide jackets and explosives, Mohammad Iqbal, who operated a key inter-city network during an encounter in the north-western part of Peshawar.
The Education Department terminated the services of five teachers in Lower Dir for having alleged links with the Taliban. Education Department officials said that education officers in Lower Dir had carried out investigations and discovered proof of the five terminated teachers’ links with the Taliban.
One person was killed and two others injured in a landmine explosion that took place in the outskirts of Dera Bugti District.
Protesters blocked the Quetta-Karachi Highway, ransacked a state-run utility store and set a post office on fire following the blast in a cultural function at the Balochistan University of Engineering and Technology in Khuzdar on March 2.
A private TV channel reported that the recently arrested Iranian militant Abdul Malik Reigi, leader of the banned Jundullah outfit, was among the 25,000 foreign recipients of Computerised National Identity Cards (CNICs) issued by National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA).
One trooper died and four others injured in the overnight gun battle after an early morning attack on an Army check post in Chamarkand area of the Momand region of FATA.
The death toll in factional clash of the Taliban militants in the Kurram Agency of FATA rise to 10.
The Taliban militants blew up a boys’ school in the Spin Qabar area of Khyber Agency in the midnight. However, there was no loss of life and property was reported.
Six militants surrendered to the SFs in the Malangi area of Bajaur Agency. Tribal sources said the local elders persuaded the militants to lay down arms and surrender to the SFs.
Paramilitary Forces claimed to have killed 38 Taliban militants during the weeklong Operation Spring Cleaning.
US Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke said that the February 26 terrorist attack in Kabul did not target the Indians specifically and cautioned against jumping to conclusions without any solid proof. “In regard to this attack, I do not accept the fact that this was an attack on an Indian facility like the embassy. They were foreigners, non-Indian foreigners hurt. It was a soft target,” he told reporters at a State Department briefing.
The militant training camps for those fighting in Jammu and Kashmir (India) are once again being established in ‘AJK’ and recruitment is also on the rise in Punjab, the BBC said.
Motasim Agha Jan, son-in-law of Taliban ‘supreme’ leader Mullah Omar was arrested by Intelligence Officials from a house in Ahsanabad area in Karachi.
The CID of Sindh Police arrested a TTP ‘commander’, identified as Alam Mehsud, from Surjani town in Karachi. Alam was a close aide of the slain TTP ‘chief’ Baitullah Mehsud.
The British High Commission in Islamabad received a call from an unidentified person threatening to “blow them up” if the BHC did not close down its offices in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
|March 4||Nine more Taliban militants were killed in the on going factional clash between followers of Noor Jamal alias Mullah Toofan and Rafiq Mengal in the Neka Ziarat area of Kurram Agency.
The SFs arrested three persons, including an Afghan national and recovered arm and explosives from an Afghanistan-bound passenger vehicle at Michni check post in Khyber Agency in the night.
An unidentified person, suspected to be a suicide bomber, was killed in a blast at a grocery shop, about seven kilometres from the Sarwar Chowk of Shaheed town of Muzaffargarh.
An IED planted at the Ganj Bakhsh market in the Mardan area of NWFP went off, destroying five shops.
SFs arrested 25 suspected militants, including three militant ‘commanders’, in separate raids in Ziarat Kaka Sahib and Badrashi areas of Nowshera District.
|March 5||Twelve persons, including four women, were killed and 33 others injured when a suicide bomber targeted a Parachinar-bound civilian convoy carrying Shia passengers in Tull area of Hangu in NWFP.
Five militants were killed in clashes with SFs in Charbagh and Matta tehsils in Swat Valley of NWFP.
SFs killed a militant, identified as Abdullah, in Qalagai area in Matta tehsil. SFs also set ablaze the house of militant ‘commander’ Shah Wazir Khan in Barikot tehsil.
SFs killed a militant in Narai Sar, in the outskirts of Mingora, and arrested seven others.
Police arrested three militants from the Ellam Mountain in Buner District. Sources said the militants were identified as Noorul Alam, Shaukat Ali and Gul Qadar.
At least 30 Taliban militants were killed when SFs retaliated against a predawn attack on Marjhana security post in the Chamarkand area of Safi tehsil, some 45 kilometres northeast of Ghallanai, in Mohmand Agency of FATA.
The Army officials said there were strong indications that senior TTP ‘commanders’, including Maulvi Faqir Mohammad, Maulvi Abdul Wali, Qari Ziaur Rahman and Omar Rahman alias Fateh, were killed or injured in heavy bombing by the Army gunship helicopters in Pindyali tehsil in Mohmand Agency of FATA.
Two Taliban ‘commanders’ Latifullah and Najeebullah along with their 35 aides surrendered before the SFs in the Bajaur Agency. Latifullah and Najeebullah left the defunct Tehreek-e-Taliban (Latif faction), a militant outfit, and announced complete support to the SFs and the political administration for maintaining peace in the area.
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said, “We have dealt severe blows to terrorists and the day is not far when we will rid the country of them”.
Yousaf Raza Gilani vowed to restore the 1973 constitution to its original form. He said his Government would complete its constitutional term after which it would appear before the nation once again to be held accountable.
|March 7||At least eight militants were killed and two injured as fighter jets pounded Taliban hideouts in Hamdana area of Sararogha tehsil (revenue unit) in South Waziristan of FATA at around 2pm (PST).
The unidentified militants abducted and beheaded a pro-Government tribal elder, Malik Taj Mohammad, in Orakzai Agency.
Unidentified gunmen killed a local Taliban ‘commander’, identified as Maulvi Noor Muhammad, on the outskirts of Miranshah in North Waziristan.
The SFs blew up the house of a militant ‘commander’, Ali Rehman, and arrested his father and bother in Erab area of Mamond subdivision.
Six insurgents were arrested during raid on a seminary in Kas area of Bajaur Agency.
Three Bugti tribesmen were injured in a bomb explosion at Achanak Chowk in Dera Bugti.
Daily Times quoting a Government official source reports that Adam Gadahn, the American-born spokesman for al-Qaeda, was recently arrested by the Pakistani intelligence personnel in Karachi.
|March 8||13 persons were killed and 80 others injured in a suicide bomb blast in front of the Special Intelligence Agency’s (SIA) office in the Model Town area of Lahore. 13 persons included a woman, a five-year-old girl and security personnel.
A spokesman for the TTP claimed responsibility for attack on the SIA’s office in Model Town. “The attack was to avenge (US) drone attacks and (Pakistani) military operations in the Tribal Areas,” said Taliban spokesman Azam Tariq. “We have 2,800 to 3,000 more suicide bombers … We will target all Government places, buildings and offices,” he added.
Three missiles fired by a US drone killed five Taliban militants in the Miranshah area of North Waziristan in FATA.
Two pro-Government tribal leaders were killed while another was injured when some unidentified Taliban militants blew up their car in Shakai area of South Waziristan.
Two persons including brother of a commander of Ansarul Islam outfit was killed in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency.
A minor girl was killed and her mother and sister sustained serious injuries when a stray mortar shell hit their house in Alingar area in Safi tehsil of Mohmand Agency.
A Salarzai lashkar (tribal militia) set ablaze 130 Taliban houses in Bajaur Agency. One Taliban militant was killed and nine others arrested in a joint operation of the political administration and an armed lashkar of the Salarzai tribe.
The SFs arrested four suspected militants from the Akakhel area of Bara tehsil in the night.
SFs arrested a potential Afghan suicide bomber while planting a landmine on a roadside in the Koz Chamarkand area in Safi tehsil and also recovered a suicide vest from his possession.
A gunman, identified as Noorul Haq, was shot dead by the Police in the Kashmirabad area near Sariab Road in Quetta.
Hafiz Saeed, the founder and ‘chief’ of Lashkar-e-Toiba (also known as Jama’at-ud-Da’awa) and the alleged mastermind of the Mumbai terror attacks, accused India of waging water wars on Pakistan while addressing a public rally in Lahore.
|March 9||An activist of the MQM, Zulfiqar-ul-Hasan alias Papu, was shot dead by unidentified assailants in the Saeedabad Police Station area of Karachi.
A letter send by an anonymous sender to Sindh Police IG Sultan Salahuddin Babar Khattak and Sukkur Regional Police Officer reports that as many as 66 militants belonging to the banned TTP have arrived at Sindh including Karachi to carry out terror attacks.
The death toll in the Lahore bomb blast of March 8 rose to 15 as rescuers recovered a dead body from the debris and shifted it to morgue while another injured person succumbed to his injuries at the Jinnah Hospital.
The CIA arrested four Tehreek-e-Taliban Afghanistan militants from Lahore. The arrestees were identified as Muhammad Yasin, Muhammad Kamran of Sahiwal, Abubakar and Khurshid Ali.
SFs and a local tribal lashkar set ablaze 14 houses of the Taliban militants in the Mamoond tehsil of Bajaur Agency in FATA.
SFs arrested three suspected Taliban militants in Barokhel area of Halimzai tehsil and demolished the house of a wanted militant in Safi tehsil.
The CIA Director Leon Panetta said counter terrorism operations have placed al Qaeda’s top leaders under extreme pressure and many are “on the run” but recent thwarted terror plots in the US indicate the terror network is changing its tactics.
|March 10||At least 14 Taliban militants were killed in a US drone attack in the North Waziristan Agency of FATA in the night. Sources based in Miranshah said that in the first attack, a US drone fired four missiles on a vehicle in Macha Madakhel at Dada Khel tehsil, killing six militants.
Six persons, including two women, were killed and seven others were injured when over a dozen militants armed with Kalashnikov rifles, pistols and hand-grenades attacked the office of World Vision International, a US-based Christian aid agency, in Oghi village in Mansehra of NWFP.
At least 60 militants, including two would-be suicide bombers, were arrested during a week-long search operation in Hangu, security officials said.
|March 11||At least four civilians were killed and 20 others injured when a suicide bomber, who was supposed to target a paramilitary convoy, prematurely detonated explosives at Old Bara area near Khyber Agency on the border between Khyber and Peshawar of FATA.
Three persons, including a soldier, were killed in clashes between the Mamond Lashkar backed SFs and militants in Mulla Killay, Lagharai and adjoining areas of Mamond subdivision in Bajaur Agency.
Three more militants, including one senior Taliban ‘commander’ Qari Mohammad Ayub, were shot dead by unidentified assailants at Naurak village near Mirali subdivision of North Waziristan Agency.
The noted religious leader and chief of the Aalmi Majlis-e-Tahafuza-e-Khatam-e-Naboowat (AMTKN), Mufti Saeed Jalalpuri, was shot dead along with three associates in Karachi.
An attempt was also made on Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Nadeem, a leader of the SSP, in which he was injured, while his son lost his life.
The Swat Taliban ‘chief’ Mullah Fazlullah overcame the security siege in the region to flee the valley to avoid siege, Lieutenant General Masood Alam of Peshawar corps commander said.
Authorities declared red alert at sensitive installations after the reported entrance of an explosive-laden car in the Lahore.
The law enforcement agencies warned the authorities concerned that 19 militants were deputed in 12 cities of the province will most likely target National Accountability Bureau offices and anti-terrorism courts.
The law enforcement agencies have discovered that the suicide attack on the SIA office in Model Town on March 8, 2010, had been planned in Lahore.
Pakistan’s relationship with Afghanistan is close to the core of Islamabad’s National Security interests and Pakistan must be a partner in finding solutions to Afghanistan’s problems, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said.
|March 12||At least 57 persons, including eight soldiers, were killed and more than 90 persons were injured as twin suicide blasts, moments apart from each other, ripped through the Lahore’s RA Bazaar in the cantonment area.
Five persons were injured when seven low-intensity explosions, six in Allama Iqbal town Police Station area and one in the Samanabad area of Lahore, were carried out in the late night.
Intelligence sources warned that four bombers were still present in the city awaiting instructions to hit their targets.
Four persons were killed and 25 others injured when a powerful bomb exploded near the Bara Qadeem checkpost close to a market on the Bara Road in Peshawar.
Four persons were injured during an explosion in Sariab Road area of Quetta in Balochistan.
“Pakistan’s military is likely paying compensation to the families of the terrorists killed in the Mumbai attacks”, says chairman of US House Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia Gary Ackerman on March 11 and blamed Islamabad for allegedly continuing to support LeT.
A Pakistani-American expert, Shuja Nawaz, said that the LeT was “a Frankenstein’s monster”, which assumed a broader regional role.
Shuja Nawaz said that “Resolving the Kashmir problem by itself is not going to remove this threat because the aim of these groups is to leverage themselves into a position of power inside Pakistan and to take control.”
A resolution of Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan would no longer satisfy LeT and it would continue to pose a serious threat to both India and the western world in particular the United States, top experts have told American lawmakers.
The Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that there is solid evidence of the Indian involvement in acts of terror in Balochistan and that the Pakistani Government was taking up the matter diplomatically with the Indian Government.
|March 13||At least 17 persons including two Policemen and an army trooper were killed in a suicide attack at a checkpoint manned by Police and military personnel at Mingora town of Swat District in NWFP.
A civilian, Ikramullah, was killed in a landmine explosion in the Gara Akhunzada area of Dera Ismail Khan in NWFP.
The bomb disposal squad defused a five kilograms of explosive device found near the venue of a public meeting of former Chief Minister Mohammad Akram Durrani in the Cantonment Police jurisdiction of Bannu.
The SFs recovered one kilogramme explosive, five rockets, 10 shells, hand grenades, six Kalashnikovs and 2,000 cartridges from a militant during a search operation in the jurisdiction of the Kaki Police Station.
Unidentified assailants killed the commander of a local lashkar (tribal militia) and his two bodyguards in Mohmand Agency of FATA. However, in Mohmand Agency, about seven anti-Taliban lashkar are operating, while locals said the Taliban had warned their heads and volunteers of dire consequences through media and other sources.
The SFs and volunteers of local lashkar (militia) arrested the wife and brother-in-law of TTP spokesman Maulvi Omar, who is already in detention in the Bajaur Agency since August 2009.
The Khasadar (local tribal force) Force defused an explosive device planted in an oil tanker near Jamrud in the Khyber Agency.
|March 14||At least 18 Taliban militants were killed when fighter PAF jets bombed their hideouts in Orajzai Agency of FATA.
Two persons, including the brother of the Jamaat-e-Islami Bara chapter ‘president’, were killed in firing incidents in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency.
Two unidentified assailants shot dead Muhammad Amin, son of Nawab Khan, a resident of Malik Dinkhel, besides two passers-by identified as Tasleem, son of Jalil and Akhtar Sher, son of Hazrat Sher, sustained injuries in the firing.
The Police arrested a suspected militant, Fida Hussain, involved in planting explosive devices at the house of a journalist, Misri Khan Orakzai, and at a Police post in Hangu.
The BDS defused another explosive device planted near the Police post in Mamoo Banda area of Thall tehsil on the main Thall-Hangu Road.
A suspected cadre of the TTP, identified as Hidayatullah Barki (32), was shot dead and one of his associates, Usman Khan (22), got injured during foiled bid to abduct a property dealer in Manghopir Police station area of Karachi.
Unidentified assailants tried to blow up a SF vehicle, carrying Law Enforcement Agency personnel, at the Hazarganji Road in Quetta.
An oil tanker carrying fuel for NATO forces in Afghanistan was blown up in Chaman, injuring a passer-by.
The FC personnel defused a bomb planted at a grid station located along the Airport Road in Khuzdar.
A truck loaded with explosives was seized in Haji Shah area of Attock District. However, the three culprits managed to escape.
Around 279 suspects were arrested from Rawalpindi and Islamabad during search operations in the wake of militant activities in Lahore.
|March 15||SFs claimed that the mastermind of March 13’s suicide attack on SFs check post in Mingora of NWFP, which left 17 persons dead, was killed in an encounter at Shamak area of Khawazakhela.
Two persons were killed and two others injured in an exchange of fire between militants of banned militant outfit LI and local residents in Sangu area of Peshawar District.
Two unidentified assailants shot dead one Muhamadullah, belonging to Malik Din Khel sub-section of Afridi tribe, after picking him from his shop near his house in Nala area of Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency of FATA.
Police recovered 1,500 kilograms of explosive materials during a search operation in Allama Iqbal Town of Lahore.
Police recovered around 70 kilograms of explosive material from a Toyota Hiace (LXK-1618) during checking near Toll Plaza on I. J. Principal Road under Sabzi Mandi Police Station in Islamabad.
A TTP spokesman said that the outfit would stop targeting public and Government places in Punjab if the Provincial Government gave an assurance that the Taliban would be spared from any action.
|March 16||At least 13 persons, including 10 TTP militants and three tribesmen, were killed in a clash between a local lashkar and Taliban militants in central Kurram Agency of FATA.
10 Taliban militants were killed when US drones fired four missiles at a house in Manzarkhel village located in Dattakhel tehsil, 40 kilometres west of the North Waziristan Agency headquarters, Miranshah around 12:45 pm (PST).
38 Taliban militants including a senior Taliban ‘commander’ surrendered before the Government in Khar of Bajaur Agency. SFs recovered a cache of arms and ammunitions.
Two NATO tankers were attacked by unidentified militants in Kalat town and Dhadar area in Balochistan, leaving three persons injured.
One person got injured when unidentified assailants opened fire on a NATO tanker in the Dhadar area of Bolan District.
Police recovered 3,000 kilogrammes of ammonium nitrate and potassium, which can be used for a lethal explosion, and four machine guns from a shop in the Sabzi Mandi area of Lahore.
The unassembled parts of three submachine guns and one light machine gun were also found from the shop in Mehran Block Iqbal Town.
A Bajaur-based militant ‘commander’, identified as Mohammad Rehan, was arrested during an operation in Wakho Pul on Kohat Road under Bhanamari Police Station area of Peshawar.
Police arrested one, Salman Mehsud, a TTP ‘commander’, who was wanted for abduction and various other charges from Karachi.
|March 17||Six Taliban militants were killed during encounter with SFs in Darra Adam Khel of NWFP late in the night.
The SFs shot dead five Taliban militants, including two Taliban ‘commanders’, who were wanted over an uprising in Swat, in an encounter at Pattan town in Abbottabad District.
The NWFP Information Minister Iftikhar Hussain ruled out the possibility that the Taliban would reorganise in Swat as the SFs have dismantled their network in the valley.
At least six Taliban militants were killed and five others arrested in a clash with a lashkar at Dagar area in Kurram Agency of FATA.
At least five Security personnel were killed in a militant attack on a check post in Sheen Darand area of Akakhel under Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency. SFs retaliated but no militant casualties can be confirmed.
A NATO oil tanker blew up at the Wali Khel area of Landikotal in the Khyber Agency. According to official sources, the tanker was carrying 44,000 litres of oil to NATO troops in Afghanistan.
Unidentified militants blew up a Government-run girls’ primary school in Malkana of Nawagai sub-division in Bajaur Agency.
A senior US official said that an al-Qaeda leader who is believed to have played a key role in the bombing of a CIA post in Afghanistan in December 31, 2009, was apparently killed in a missile strike last week (unspecified date).
Four officials of the Balochistan FC were injured in a hand grenade blast followed by firing on their vehicle at, while one of the militants was also killed.
One person was killed in an explosion in a house in the Chalobawri area of Quetta.
Police arrested two suspected militants during a search operation at Faruukhabad area of Shahdara in Lahore.
The Ministry of Interior said that the Taliban have planned to launch fresh attacks on the SFs in all major cities of the country, a private news channel reported.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that a decisive operation will be launched against banned sectarian outfits if they do not refrain from carrying out terrorist attacks in the country.
The Law enforcement agencies are considering of launching a “well-coordinated large-scale operation” against possible militant hubs close to the entry points of the provincial metropolis.
An ATC charged five Americans with planning terrorist attacks in the country and conspiring to wage war against nations allied with Pakistan, their defence lawyer Hasan Dastagir said.
|March 18||One Policeman was shot dead, while four others sustained injuries in an attack at Quetta in Balochistan. Police officials were on patrolling when unidentified militants opened fire at them on the Samungly Road of Quetta.
Unidentified militants shot dead a security guard in the Sariab area of Quetta. According to police, some unidentified militants opened fire at Shair Ali at Killi Geo in Qambrani Sariab area, killing him on the site.
Three persons were injured in a remote-controlled explosion at Achanak Chowk in Dera Bugti. According to Police sources, unidentified militants attached an explosive device to a cycle and parked it at Achanak Chowk.
A girl was killed when she stepped over an IED in Mohmand Agency of FATA. Bushra, a resident of Mahmadghat, was killed when the IED planted by suspected Taliban militants exploded on Chinari-Sheikh Baba Road, said the sources.
Unidentified assailants opened indiscriminate fire near Prush Pul in Khar tehsil of the Bajaur Agency, killing Levies Force trooper, Ghafoor Khan, as he was going home after duty.
SFs blew up houses of two militants in Nawagai Khas area of the same Agency.
The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan vowed that they would “free Pakistan from the American clutches” and continue jihad for the enforcement of sharia (Islamic law) law in the country.
The death toll in R. A. bazaar suicide attacks of March 12 rose to 62 after an injured driver, Faqeer Shah, succumbed to his injuries.
The law enforcement agencies arrested three suspected members of the TTP and recovered explosives from their possession.
The law enforcement agencies arrested another alleged TTP commander, Ismail Mehsud.
|March 19||At least 13 TTP militants were killed and many others injured when the PAF planes attacked and destroyed six hideouts in different parts of Orakzai Agency in FATA.
The militants blew up a Government primary school in the Mandal area of Bajaur Agency, increasing the number of schools attacked in the tribal agency to at least 70.
Unidentified militants blew up another Government primary school in Ghundai in Nawagai Tehsil.
The Levies Force personnel raided many houses during a search operation in Yousufabad area of Khar tehsil. Around 29 suspects were arrested during the operation.
Three persons, including a student of Mastung Cadet College, were killed in an attack on a vehicle of the college in Mastung District.
The Sindh Police Special Investigation Unit on March 19 claimed to have arrested a wanted militant of Lower Dir chapter of TTP, from Jamshed Quarters of Patel Para area in Karachi.
Pakistan’s recent arrests of top Taliban leaders have halted the United Nations’ secret talks with the outfit, said the UN’s former envoy to Afghanistan Kai Eide.
Pakistan rejected a suggestion from the former head of the UN mission in Afghanistan that the arrest of senior Afghan Taliban members in Pakistan may have halted talks with UN representatives.
Attacks in Pakistan have driven Osama bin Laden and other leaders underground and reduced al-Qaeda’s ability to plan attacks, CIA Director Leon Panetta said.
|March 20||Two ‘commanders’ of the TTP Mullah Toofan group are among 15 persons killed and nine others injured in FATA.
The jet fighters continued aerial strikes on Taliban hideouts in Mamozai, Shaktangi and Arghujo areas of the Upper Orakzai agency, which claimed ten lives.
Salarzai Qaumi Lashkar announced a final crackdown on the Taliban and its volunteers burnt 140 houses of the Taliban in collaboration with the political administration in Ghundai area of the Bajaur Agency.
|March 21||At least 24 Taliban militants were killed in Orakzai and Kurram Agencies of FATA. Around 11 Taliban militants were killed by SFs in an offensive, as they pounded terrorist hideouts in Orakzai Agency.
The ongoing clash between the Mulla Toufan and Mulla Rafiq Taliban faction resulted in the death of six more militants from both the sides.
Around seven Taliban militants were also killed in bombing by gunship helicopters on both Taliban factions in central Kurram Agency.
A US drone aircraft fired two missiles into an al Qaeda and Taliban hideout at Inzar village of North Waziristan in FATA, killing eight militants.
The bullet-riddled bodies of four tribesmen, killed by the TTP for allegedly spying for the US, were found in North Waziristan.
Unidentified militants blew up a primary boy’s school in Nawagai tehsil of Bajaur Agency, raising the number of schools destroyed to 76.
The political administration with the help of Levies Force arrested 17 suspected militants in a crackdown in Nawagai tehsil.
A remote-controlled bomb attached to a bicycle killed three persons, including two Policemen, and injured 14 others on Kawari Road in Quetta.
Unidentified militants hurled a hand grenade at a grid station located in the Sariab area of Quetta.
An injured militant ‘commander’ under treatment at hospital of the International Committee of Red Cross in University Town of Peshawar, the capital of NWFP, managed to escape taking the cover of night.
|March 22||SFs killed three Taliban militants, including a key Taliban ‘commander’ Bakht Marin, in a clash with the Taliban, while arresting more than 500 suspected terrorists in a search operation in the Swat District of NWFP.
SFs arrested around 500 suspected militants during a search operation at Nave Kelai, a suburb village area of Mingora city.
SFs arrested a key Taliban ‘commander’, Iliyas also known as Usman, from the Bakhsh Pul area near Charsadda road of Peshawar.
A roadside bomb killed one person and injured three others near a busy intersection in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan.
Police arrested two militants who were masterminds behind a bomb attack on a UN office that killed five persons in Islamabad on October 5, 2009.
A renowned educationist Professor Fazal Bari was shot dead by the BLA in Quetta.
|March 23||The missiles fired from US drones killed at least six militants in the suburbs of Miranshah in North Waziristan Agency of FATA.
The SFs killed five Taliban militants in the Anjani area of Orakzai Agency. The SFs targeted Taliban hideouts with heavy artillery, killing at least five Taliban militants and injuring three others. A TTP hideout was neutralised by the SFs.
The dead body of one of the six abducted tribal elders was recovered in Ghaljo area of Upper Orakzai Agency. The dead body was identified as of one Janat Khan.
The SFs neutralised three Taliban hideouts in Bhai Cheena area of Khar tehsil in Bajaur Agency. During the crackdown in Bhai Cheena, the SFs also set ablaze houses of two militants and seized weapons.
The SFs foiled a terrorist bid in Mohmand Agency. SFs arrested eight persons while they were planting explosives in Mosa Kor area of Ambar tehsil.
Unidentified militants blew up a girls’ high school in Shapnao area of Risalpur near Nowshera District of NWFP.
The militants vowed to wage jihad (holy war) to liberate Kashmir from Indian control. About 5,000 persons attended a rally in Kotli in PoK, shouting, “We are ready for jihad, we are ready for jihad!” The gathering marked the anniversary of the 1940 Pakistan Resolution, in which Indian Muslims decided to struggle for a separate country following independence from British rule. Pakistan was born seven years later on 14th August 1947.
Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar appointed two of his top Taliban ‘commanders’ from the south to replace his former ‘deputy’ Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar who was arrested by Pakistani forces in Karachi on February 18.
|March 24||SFs killed at least 21 Taliban militants in Ajani area of Lower Orakzai Agency in FATA. The sources said the operation was formally launched in Storkhel, Ajani and Khalil Kalay areas of the Agency.
Pakistan continued to support some militant outfits that operate in Afghanistan, a top US intelligence official said.
|March 25||At least 66 Taliban militants were killed in air strikes in Taliban strongholds of Ghaljo and Mamuzai areas of Orakzai Agency in the FATA.
10 militants were killed in clashes with the SFs in Adamkhel Kalay and Mirobak areas in Lower Orakzai while eight others were killed in air strikes in Dabori in Upper Orakzai.
Two headless dead bodies of missing tribal elders were recovered days after they were abducted by suspected Taliban militants. The militants abducted six elders and had killed at least three of them.
Suspected Taliban militants blew up primary girls’ school at Doda area in Nawagai tehsil of Bajaur Agency. With this latest attack, the total number of schools destroyed in the agency has surged to 77.
SFs recovered a cache of weapons during search operations in Nawagai and Mamoond tehsils of the Bajaur Agency.
US drone attacks in the tribal areas are being carried out without Pakistan’s consent and the matter will be taken up with Washington during bilateral discussions, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said. He added that the US was committed to provide drone technology to Pakistan.
|March 26||At least 31 Taliban militants and five soldiers, including a lieutenant colonel, were killed in fighting and air strikes in Orakzai Agency of FATA.
Fighter jets pounded Taliban hideouts and training centres during the on going Operation Khwakh Ba De Sham (I will see you) in Dabori, Mamozai, Khadezai and Ghaljo, killing 10 Taliban militants.
One 10-year old Faisal Khan was killed while two others sustained injuries in a landmine blast near the Hopo Colony in the Pir Koh area of Dera Bugti. The two others injured were identified as Ghulam Hussein and Sona Khan.
Three persons were injured in a bomb explosion inside a tea stall, owned by Jalat Khan Zarkon, in Kohlu town.
The CID of the Sindh Police arrested four members of a gang, which used to provide logistical support to militants belonging to the tribal areas as well as a neighbouring country, from unspecified location of Karachi. A cache of fake documents was also seized from their possession.
The Interior Minister Rehman Malik while giving day-wise details of Operation Rah-e-Nijat (path to salvation) during Question Hour said that since October 17, 2009 till February 20, 2010, 823 militants were killed.
Pakistan does not want the Taliban to take over Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on March 25, adding, however, there was a time when there was a Taliban Government in Afghanistan and Pakistan felt comfortable with that.
After a meeting with US Vice President Joseph Biden, Qureshi said he expressed the US administration’s willingness to transform the US-Pakistan relationship into a mutually beneficial and sustained partnership.
|March 27||Airstrikes killed around 16 Taliban militants in the on going Operation Khwakh Ba De Sham in Orakzai Agency of FATA.
A US missile strike in North Waziristan killed four militants in a suspected al Qaeda and Taliban hideout. One of the two missiles fired by a drone aircraft hit a village house used by militants as a hideout, killing four persons and wounding five, officials said.
|March 28||At least 17 Taliban militants were killed in air strikes and clashes with SFs in Orakzai Agency of FATA. The political administration officials said that 10 Taliban militants were killed in a clash with SFs in Geedar area of Lower Orakzai, while seven more were killed in air strikes in Ferozkhel.
Taliban militants fired three rockets in Kalaya. There were no casualties.
SFs arrested 17 suspected militants, including a would-be suicide bomber, during a raid on the house of a former Khasadar Force Line Officer, Noor Muhammad, in Speen Qabar area of Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency, reports The News. Noor Muhammad is the cousin of Mangal Bagh, head of banned militant organisation LI.
A bomb attack injured five persons and destroyed a compact disc shop in the Hayatabad area of Peshawar. SSP (Coordination) Sher Akbar said that five persons were injured when a bomb explosion at around 4:30pm completely destroyed the Afghan compact disc shop in Bilal Market.
11 suspected militants were arrested during a search operation in Hangu.
An Interior Ministry report said that 40 out of the total 55 wanted militants affiliated with the banned TTP in the Malakand Division were killed. According to officials, SFs, with the help of the local people, killed 40 wanted militants out of 55 who carried head money from PNR 0.1 million to PNR 10 million.
The TTP plans to abduct US and Afghanistan diplomats in order to get arrested militants released in exchange for the abducted foreigners, intelligence agencies reports revealed.
The TTP, in connivance with the LeJ, planned suicide attacks on the main offices of the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) and the passport issuing authority in Lahore and Islamabad to punish them for their role in identification of suicide bombers through DNA tests and fingerprints, said an official letter.
|March 29||At least 11 Taliban militants were killed during clashes with SFs in Orakzai and Khyber Agencies of FATA, while three key militant ‘commanders’ were arrested by troops.
The throat-slit bodies of three anti-Taliban tribal elders were recovered in the Chinarak area of Kurram Agency.
A suicide attack killed two tribesmen including an elder who headed another anti-Taliban private militia in Mamoond town in the Bajaur Agency.
A civilian was killed and two others injured in a suicide attack targeting anti-Taliban militia in Tank District of NWFP.
Five Policemen were injured when a remote-controlled bomb exploded near Hangu bypass.
The SFs arrested a militant, identified as Naeem, during a search operation carried out in Khawazakhela tehsil of Mingora.
One person was killed and three others injured as their vehicle hit a landmine at the Degari coalfield area, 20 kilometres off Quetta.
Three high-profile militants, including an operational ‘commander’ of the banned outfit LeJ, were arrested by the Anti-Extremist Cell of the Sindh Police’s CID during a raid in Rehri Goth area of Bin Qasim Town in Karachi.
The Sindh Police’s Anti-Violent Crime Unit arrested four suspected militants affiliated with unspecified banned militant outfits in Wana and Waziristan, after an encounter at Hub River Road in Karachi.
|March 30||At least 35 Taliban militants were killed and 22 others injured as fighter jets bombed suspected Taliban compounds during the Operation Khwakh Ba De Sham in Orakzai Agency of FATA.
A SSP cadre was shot dead by unidentified motorcyclists in Karachi. According to the Police, the deceased, Mohammed Nisaar, was sitting at his shop in Godhraan Camp Wali Gali, when four men on two motorcycles came over and opened indiscriminate fire at him, killing him on the spot.
The Taliban militants set ablaze two schools in Lower Dir of NWFP.
Police arrested five suspected Taliban militants during raids in Hangu.
The Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that militants operating on the Pakistan border may have helped organise suicide bomb attacks that killed 38 persons in Moscow on March 29.
The Foreign Ministers of the G8 countries agreed on an economic initiative plan for the Pak-Afghan border regions, Canadian Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon said.
|March 31||As many as 25 Taliban militants and six soldiers were killed on March 31, as SFs clashed with militants in Jansi area of Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency of FATA.
The helicopter gunships pounded militant hideouts during the Operation Khwakh Ba De Sham in different parts of Orakzai Agency, killing as many as 11 militants, officials said.
The US drones fired three missiles, killing six Taliban militants and destroyed a compound at Tapi village, about 20 kilometres east of Miranshah in North Waziristan Agency.
Five militants were killed and a SF injured when militants attacked an FC post with automatic weapons in Milanga area of the Safi tehsil in Mohmand Agency.
|April 01||Around 24 Taliban militants were killed as gunship helicopters targeted their vehicles and SFs pounded suspected hideouts during the Operation Khwakh Ba De Sham in Orakzai Agency of FATA.
Six Taliban militants, including a local ‘commander’, were killed and five others injured during a factional clash between the Mullah Toofan and Maulana Rafique factions of Taliban in Orakzai Agency.
Two ‘commanders’ of the TTP were killed during their bid to escape the custody of SFs, while six cadres of the LI, including nephew of LI ‘chief’ Mangal Bagh, were shot dead in a similar incident at Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency.
The Taliban militants set ablaze a basic health unit in Lower Orakzai, local residents said.
Two TTP militants were arrested by the Police in Karachi. According to officials of Sindh Police Crime Investigation Department’s anti-Extremist Cell, the arrestees were identified as Sardar Shah alias Sardar Khan and Tahir.
The US called on Pakistan to curb anti-India militants, praising Islamabad’s recent efforts against extremism but saying it could do more to improve ties with New Delhi.
The US imposed new sanctions on a close associate of Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network, who helped smuggle foreign fighters into Iraq.
|April 2||Seven Taliban militants were killed and five others injured as Security Forces destroyed three Taliban hideouts in Orakzai Agency in FATA.
One person was killed while another was seriously injured when Taliban militants fired at a vehicle in Charkhel area of Lower Kurram Agency.
In Jalka Mela and Bezot areas the Taliban militants destroyed a Government degree college and a technical institute with explosives.
Unidentified militants blew up a Government secondary school in Khogh Pand area of Mohmand Agency’s Saafi tehsil. The school was completely destroyed in the explosion.
Two militants, identified as Shah Khalid and Musa, were killed and a soldier was injured in an exchange of fire at Kanju Damghar in Swat District in NWFP. SFs demolished six houses owned by militants in Dangram area. Meanwhile, the operation commander in Charbagh, Colonel Ijaz, presented before the media a huge cache of arms recovered from agricultural fields, concealed by militants while fleeing the area.
|April 3||30 Taliban militants were killed in ground and air attacks in Orakzai Agency of FATA. Military sources also said that six troopers were killed and five other injured in the clashes with the Taliban militants.
The Military has announced a running death toll of more than 100 militants in the Orakzai operation since last March 2010, but the figures cannot be verified independently because access to the remote area is extremely limited.
|April 4||The SFs, backed by tanks and artillery, killed 40 Taliban militants during the Operation Khwakh Ba De Sham in Orakzai Agency of FATA.
Three anti-Taliban volunteers and two Taliban militants were killed during an encounter near a checkpoint of the Baizai Amn Committee in far-off Manzari Cheena village of Mohmand Agency.
Four Taliban militants were killed and some others sustained injuries in a clash between two factions of the Hafiz Gul Bahadur-led militants in North Waziristan Agency.
Unidentified militants blew up a girls’ primary school in Bakhmal Shah area of Mohmand Agency.
At least 28 Taliban militants belonging to various areas of Mamoond tehsil in Bajaur Agency laid down their arms and surrendered to the SFs.
Three Taliban militants were killed and two SF personnel sustained injuries in an exchange of fire in the Palai area of Malakand Agency in NWFP. Sources said the militants were intercepted by SFs when they were trying to enter Malakand Agency from the Swat District.
A HuMA cadre, Jamal Iqbal, was shot dead by unidentified assailants near Babar Kanta area of Karachi.
One FC trooper, Mohammad Zaman, was injured in a firing incident at Sultan Ibrahim Road in Khuzdar town.
|April 5||At least 45 persons were killed and over 100 others sustained injuries when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a public meeting of the Awami National Party at the Timergara Rest House in Lower Dir District of NWFP.
A series of three powerful blasts followed by heavy gunfight in a brazen suicide mission, apparently planned to target the US Consulate in Peshawar, left eight persons dead and 18 others injured in Peshawar, the provincial capital of NWFP, in the afternoon.
The TTP claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was in reaction to the US drone attacks.
Two former officials of the ISI and a free lance journalist have gone missing in suspicious circumstances from Kohat of NWFP. Family sources of the missing ISI officials Colonel (retired) Imam and Squadron Leader (retired) Khalid Khawaja said that these officers were assisting the free lance journalist, Asad Qureshi, who was making a documentary on Taliban and al-Qaeda.
The SFs arrested six militants including three important ‘commanders’ of TTP during a search and clean-up operation in Kot Adda area of Dargai tehsil (revenue unit) in Malakand Agency.
The SFs killed 15 Taliban militants and destroyed four of their hideouts during the Operation Khwakh Ba De Sham in various areas of the Orakzai Agency in FATA.
The beheaded body of security official Kaleemullah was recovered in Goteen area of the Orakzai Agency. Kaleem was abducted a few days ago.
Three SFs, including a gunman of the Assistant Political Agent (APA), were injured in an attack by the Taliban in Kalaya area.
The Taliban militants set ablaze eight tankers, supplying fuel to NATO troops in Afghanistan, with petrol bombs and rockets at a terminal in Mathakhel area of Landikotal in Khyber Agency.
The unidentified militants shot dead a senior official of the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) in the Satellite Town Police area of Quetta.
|April 6||At least 14 Taliban militants were killed when security forces backed by fighter jets bombed various areas of Orakzai Agency in FATA during the Operation Khwakh Ba De Sham. Six militant hideouts were also destroyed in the airstrikes.
The militants fired several mortar shells from the Baizai direction on the SFs Forces camp in Mamad Gat area of Mohmand Agency.
The volunteers of Khwezai Peace Committee arrested two suspects for having links with Taliban militants and handed them over to the political authorities in Kong area in Mohmand Agency.
Two persons were killed and four another were injured in a landmine explosion near Pir Koh in Dera Bugti District of Balochistan.
Police shot dead two suspected suicide bombers during a raid in Mattani area on the outskirts of Peshawar, the provincial capital of NWFP.
The death toll of the April 5’s suicide attack on the Awami National Party (ANP) public rally in Timergara, the headquarters of Lower Dir District, rose to 55 as 10 more injured persons succumbed to their injuries.
The unidentified militants attacked a Frontier Crops checkpost in Shahu Khel area of Hangu. Further, the militants fired three rockets at Hangu city targeting the Elite Force Headquarters, damaging the building.
Following the suicide attack of April 5, the US Embassy has shifted the employees of its Peshawar consulate to Islamabad due to security reasons. In addition, the UN announced a two-day closure of its offices in Peshawar, citing security fears following the attack on the US consulate.
The BDS defused four bombs planted in an electricity pylon near the Mochko check post in Mauripur Police limits in Karachi.
The Intelligence agencies have warned the Government about possible terror attacks in the month of April, while specifying Bohri Bazaar and various other installations located along the MA Jinnah Road, the downtown commercial hub of Karachi- as potential targets.
A high intensity bomb was defused by the BDS at Habib Colony in Lahore. The BDS said that the bomb was a timed device and the militants used an Indian-made cellular phone and subscriber identity module card for the potential detonation.
A mini-truck belonging to the National Logistical Cell was snatched away in Islamabad by unidentified persons after intoxicating and injuring the driver.
Underscoring the need for establishing nuclear safety around the world, US President Barack Obama said that he is confident that Pakistan has secured its atomic weapons.
A Pakistan-born Chicago cab driver on April 5 pleaded not guilty to charges that he attempted to aid al Qaeda by sending money to Ilyas Kashmiri, a terrorist leader believed to be in Pakistan, reports IANS.
|April 7||At least three persons, including a pro-Government lashkar (tribal militia) leader, were killed in a shootout in the Shahi Khel area of Hangu in NWFP.
Three militants were killed in separate clashes with SFs in Swat District. The sources said that two militants, identified as Khaista Muhammad, resident of Khareri village, and Bakhtzada of Sambat area, were killed in a clash with SFs in Matta tehsil. Another suspected militant, identified as Sarbuland, was killed in an encounter with Paramilitary Forces in Madyan area.
At least 12 shops, located in the main bazaar of Mingora city, were completely destroyed due to a bomb blast. However, no casualties were reported in the incident, local Police said. According to DPO Qazi Ghulam Farooq, the incident occurred after Isha (night time) prayers.
The Taliban militants bombed three Government schools with explosives in different areas of Peshawar, the provincial capital of NWFP, late in the night.
A child was burnt alive in a coach while three others, including two women, sustained burn injuries when a powerful time bomb exploded in a NATO oil tanker near the Michni checkpost in Landikotal of Khyber Agency in FATA at 12:45 pm (PST).
Unidentified assailants opened fire and seriously injured a Police official at the Qambrani Road in Quetta.
Unknown assailants abducted two FC personnel from a passenger bus near Panjgur.
A bomb exploded in a parking lot adjacent to a patrol pump in the Jinnah Super Market in Islamabad.
|April 8||The SFs killed at least 24 Taliban militants and arrested 21 others during fresh clashes in Swat and Lower Dir Districts of NWFP.
A ‘spokesman’ for the for Swat chapter of the TTP, Noor Hashim Ahrabi, claimed responsibility for the recent suicide bombing at the ANP rally in Timergara in Lower Dir District on April 5 and for all the bomb attacks in Malakand Division.
At least 10 abducted persons and two LI militants were killed as the fighter aircraft bombed a private prison of the LI outfit in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency in FATA.
A hand grenade was hurled at a vehicle carrying labourers by unidentified militants in Hub town of Balochistan.
The Afghan Taliban released a Greek national unharmed seven months after he was abducted near Chitral in Pakistan near its border with Afghanistan, officials said.
An ATC in Rawalpindi acquitted six persons accused in two separate cases related to suicide attacks because of lack of sufficient evidence.
|April 9||The SFs killed 30 Taliban militants in clashes during the Operation Khwakh Ba De Sham in Lower Orakzai and Kurram Agencies of FATA.
A UN report said that more than 200,000 civilians have fled a military offensive and violence in the tribal Districts near the Afghanistan border.
Two alleged suicide bombers blew themselves up when they were signalled by Police to stop for a body search in Ameer Wanda area in Lakki Marwat District of NWFP. However, no other casualties were reported.
Unidentified militants fired 10 rockets at Security check posts in Shahu Khel area of Hangu District late in the night. Three rockets landed near Qazi Talaab checkpost while one hit a house injuring, an Afghanistan refugee.
NWFP Police Chief Malik Naveed said that Kala Dhaka is the new base for the Taliban, who fled last year’s Army operation in Swat and other Districts in Malakand.
The Interior Minister Rehman Malik assured the National Assembly that citizens would not be affected by the action against outlaws in Kala Dhaka, a tribal area adjacent to Hazara region.
|April 10||At least 45 LI militants were killed in air strikes in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency in FATA. However, the locals said the people who died in the airstrikes in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency were civilians. “The dead civilians included women and children,” locals said, adding that the house and a nearby building were completely destroyed.
Three SFs personnel and 10 militants were killed in clashes in Sararogha District of South Waziristan Agency. During the clashes, seven security personnel and several militants were also injured.
A LI ‘commander’ Ghazi Afridi was killed in an encounter with abductors of EPI technician, Khitab Gul, at Karamna area of the Khyber Agency.
A toy bomb injured two children in Chaman of Balochistan. Sources said that two children, identified as Bacha (10) and Ali (12), were playing outside their house in the Mehmoodabad area of Chaman when one of the children found a toy bomb and started playing with it.
Unidentified militants blew up a gas pipeline in Mastung District, 40 km from Quetta, The BLA claimed responsibility of the blast.
A patrolling team of the FC escaped a remote controlled bomb attack in Panjgur.
Unidentified militants blew up a boys’ primary school with explosives in the Charagali area of Upper Dir District of NWFP on April 10.
|April 11||The SFs backed by helicopter gunships killed 19 Taliban militants in Lower Orakzai Agency of FATA. Three paramilitary personnel were injured in the fighting, Political administration officials added.
The Unidentified militants ambushed a Police patrol van across a bridge in the town of Mardan in NWFP, killing one officer and wounding two others.
Daily Times quoting The Washington Post reports that the ISI had set free at least two senior Afghan Taliban militants even as it helped the US detain the Taliban’s second-ranking commander in the area.
|April 12||Five Taliban militants were killed when a US drone fired two missiles into a Taliban compound located in Boya village about 20 kilometres (12 miles) west of Miramshah, the headquterer of North Waziristan.
Unidentified militants blew up a Government-run school in Pampokha area of Anbar subdivision in Mohmand Agency.
The SFs arrested seven Taliban militants and recovered a cache of arms, suicide jackets and rocket launchers from the hideout of a Taliban ‘commander’, Maulana Noor Majeed, in Kala Dhaka sub-division of Mansehra District of the NWFP.
|April 13||Unidentified militants killed two persons including ANP’s provincial leader at a shop in Abaseen Market in Mingora city of Swat District NWFP.
The unidentified militants fired on a NATO supply convoy at Kata Koshtra near Parang Sam checkpost in Jamrud tehsil of the Khyber Agency of FATA. However, the vehicles were not damaged.
At least four NATO supply containers were recovered during a search operation from a warehouse, owned by Safeer Ullah, in the Khunga Khel Shinwari area of Landikotal in the Khyber Agency.
Two persons were injured when unknown assailants hurled a hand grenade at a barber shop in Chitkan bazaar in Panjgur District of Balochistan.
An explosive device, apparently home-made, went off here in the green belt near Overseas Pakistanis Foundation College in Sector H-8/4 of Islamabad at around 1:00 p.m (PST), almost at the time of the college closure, causing fear among the students and parents.
The democratic Government in Pakistan is fully committed to ensuring nuclear security, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said.
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani vowed to rid the country of “evil forces”, adding that Osama Bin Laden was not in Pakistan and he had no information whether he was alive or not.
|April 14||A US drone fired two missiles at a vehicle that killed four Taliban militants in the Degaan area of Datta Khel tehsil, 30 kilometres west of Miranshah, the headquarters of North Waziristan Agency in the FATA around 6:45pm (PST).
A journalist, Muhammad Imran Khan, and his sister were injured when unidentified militants made a failed attempt to abduct them from their home in Khar of Bajaur Agency in the FATA.
The TTP spokesman Azam Tariq told journalists in North Waziristan that the “pro-America” media was spreading wrong information about the Taliban.
A bomb planted by unidentified militants exploded in the vicinity of Mir Hassan Police Station in Dera Murad Jamali of Nasirabad District in Balochistan. However, no loss of life and property was reported.
|April 15||Five militants were killed and two others sustained injuries when SFs targeted their hideouts in lower parts of Orakzai Agency in FATA. SFs also destroyed two hideouts of militants in Shireen Darra, the sources added.
Unidentified militants blew up two Government-run schools in various areas of Ambar tehsil in Mohmand Agency.
The SFs arrested eight militants during search operation in various areas of Bajaur Agency.
Three militants laid down their arms and surrendered before the SFs in Mandal area.
Two teenager assailants shot dead Qaumi Lashkar ‘chief’ Alamgir Khan and another person, Mukaram Khan, in an unspecified place around Mingora city in Swat District of NWFP.
A Bugti tribe chieftain was killed while his six supporters were injured in an attack by unidentified militants at his compound near Dera Murad Jamali in Nasirabad District.
The LI said that it is ready to hold talks with the Government. LI spokesman Zarr Khan called on the Government to stop the ongoing military operation in the tribal region of Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency and said his outfit was willing to hold talks with the administration.
The United States Treasury said it had imposed sanctions on two “high-profile” Pakistani trust fund chiefs allegedly linked to terrorism.
|April 16||At least 17 Taliban militants were killed and several others were injured during Operation Khwakh Ba De Sham in Orakzai Agency of FATA. The sources said that the SFs had taken control of the Sanghar area.
Six Taliban militants were killed as a US drone fired five missiles at a house and two vehicles in Toll Khel village of North Waziristan.
SFs arrested eight Taliban militants in Bajaur Agency. A search operation was carried out in various areas of the Bajaur agency in which weapons and hand-grenades were recovered.
A suicide bomber blew himself up in an attack inside civil hospital in Quetta, killing 11 persons and injuring 35 others.
A team of CID personnel arrested two suspected suicide bombers from the Ferozepur Road of Lahore in Punjab.
|April 17||Two burqa-clad suicide bombers targeted a crowd of IDP waiting to get them registered and receive relief goods at the Kacha Pakka IDP camp on the outskirts of Kohat in NWFP, killing at least 44 and injuring more than 70.
The Lashkar-e-Jhangvi’s Al-Aalmi faction claimed responsibility for the bombings, and cited the presence of Shias at the IDP camp as the reason for the attack.
The UN has temporarily suspending its programmes helping displaced people in Kohat and neighbouring Hangu as a result of the bombings.
|April 18||At least 13 Taliban militants and one Frontier Corps personnel were killed in a clash between Taliban militants and SFs during Operation Khwakh Ba De Sham in Sangra area of Orakzai Agency in FATA.
Unidentified militants abducted one Dr Amanullah along with assistant from his Khwar Bazaar clinic in Zakhakhel area of Landikotal in the Khyber Agency. Dr Amanullah, a resident of Charsadda District in NWFP, has been running the clinic for the last many years.
The Bomb Disposal Squad neutralised a seven-kilogram bomb planted in a Government high school in Warsata area of Orakzai Agency.
Seven persons, including a child, were killed and another 30 injured in a suicide car bombing near the Saddar Police Station in Kohat of NWFP.
A key Taliban ‘commander’, Ibrahim alias Zubair, of Swat chapter was killed in a clash with SFs at a house in Gandeeri area of Swat District. Three other militants were arrested.
The dead bodies of two Taliban militants, Abu Jandal and Mullah Fazal, were recovered from Ogdai, a suburb of Mingora city.
The capital city police arrested three TTP militants, including the mastermind of the Rescue 15 bomb blast.
|April 19||At least 24 people, including a child and Police officials, were killed and 49 others injured in twin bombings hours apart at a school and a crowded market in Peshawar, the provincial capital of NWFP.
Two more members of a pro-government village defence committee were shot dead and three others, including a woman, were injured by unidentified assailants in the Koza Bandai area of Swat District.
A mortar shell killed a Government high school principal’s daughter-in-law, while his granddaughter and a Khasadar official sustained injury in Landikotal of Khyber Agency in FATA.
A bomb attack destroyed two tankers, carrying fuel for NATO forces in Afghanistan, near Takhtabeg village in Khyber Agency.
The Taliban militants fired five mortar shells in Landikotal, which landed in an open area around the Landikotal Degree College. However, no casualties or damage to properties was reported.
The Taliban abducted a Khasadar, Sameen Khan, from his house in the Zakha Khel Bazaar area.
The Pakistan Army announced a relief package of around PNR 20 million for the victims of the Khyber Agency where 61 civilian deaths were reported following air strikes over a Kokikhel jirga (tribal assembly) at Serawala area in remote Tirah valley.
|April 20||Four persons, including two FC personnel, were killed and 12 others sustained injuries in a blast caused by an IED targeting a Kurram Agency-bound SFs convoy in Tutkas area in Thall tehsil of Hangu District in NWFP.
Two FC officials were killed while another was seriously injured when a security vehicle hit a landmine in the Margat area in Mach town of Bolan District in Balochistan.
An intelligence agency warned the law enforcement agencies that six to seven al Qaeda-linked militants entered Gujranwala and are likely to target foreigners, especially Chinese nationals who are working on different projects in various areas of the city, and residing in WAPDA Town.
Daily Times quoting the CNN reports the Taliban militants demanded release of three Afghan Taliban leaders in return of abducted filmmaker and former ISI officials who were abducted from Kohat of NWFP on April 5.
|April 21||A woman was killed and four children injured as a mortar shell hit their house in the Kamar area of the Bara tehsil (revenue unit) in the Khyber Agency in FATA.
The US Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke alleged that the Taliban carry out attacks on US and NATO forces in Afghanistan from their sanctuaries in FATA.
|April 22||The SFs killed 24 Taliban militants, while two soldiers also died during clashes in Orakzai Agency of FATA. Troops used heavy artillery to target suspected militant bases in two villages in the Orakzai Agency.
Unidentified militants killed former MPA Alamzeb Omarzai and three others in an attack on his vehicle in Charsadda District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as NWFP).
A group of Taliban militants attacked a security checkpost in Kabal town in Swat District. “The security forces retaliated and killed four militants,” said Major Mushtaq Ahmad Khan, a spokesman for the Swat media centre.
A senior cadre of the SSP, Athar, was critically injured following a shot at incident near Darul Uloom locality under Awami Colony Police Station of Korangi town in Karachi.
The JI ‘chief’ Syed Munawar Hassan on April 22 offered his services for negotiations between the Government and Taliban to curb terrorism in the country.
|April 23||At least 16 Taliban militants were killed and several others injured in the ongoing Operation Khwakh Ba De Sham in Orakzai Agency of FATA. The sources said one trooper was also injured in the action in Ferozkhel area of Lower Orakzai.
The Taliban militants blew up a girls’ school in Mamozai area of Upper Orakzai Agency.
The Taliban militants ambushed a SF convoy at North Waziristan in FATA, killing seven soldiers and injuring 16 others.
Dead bodies of four persons, including a headless one, were recovered in Mir Ali, 25 kilometres east of Miranshah in North Waziristan. A note lying near the bodies read they were spying for the US, adding that spies would meet the same fate.
A Taliban spokesman warned the media for “the last time” against “ignoring” his group’s viewpoint, and claimed newspapers and television channels were “hiding the truth” and “conveying the Army’s point of view.
A SSP cadre, Athar Jadoon, who was injured in an attack, succumbed to his injuries. Athar was shot at near the Darul Uloom at Korangi in Karachi on April 22.
The Taliban militants blew up a power supply tower in Maroofkhel village near Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The suspects planted explosives close to the tower and detonated them at around 3 am (PST).
|April 24||SFs killed 10 Taliban militants in Lower Orakzai Agency of FATA. Troops raided a militants’ ammunition depot in Sangra village of Orakzai, killing 10 Taliban militants, while a soldier was also injured in the clash.
Fighter jets later pounded three more hideouts, killing another 10 Taliban militants.
A US drone fired three missiles into a Taliban compound in North Waziristan, killing seven militants, Security Officials said.
Four Policemen were killed by unidentified militants, who also set 12 NATO oil tankers on fire, at the Talagang-Mianwali Road in Chakwal District of Punjab. Talagang DSP Ghaffar said that the incident took place around two kilometres from Talagang in Chakwal district.
At least 11 persons were injured in a bomb blast in a confectionary shop at Masjid Road in Sibi town of Sibi District in Balochistan.
A suicide attack targeting a Police van wounded at least 10 policemen along the Timergara bypass near a girls’ college and the Lower Dir District jail of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
|April 25||At least 14 Taliban militants were killed and 16 others injured in airstrikes and clashes with SFs in Lower Orakzai Agency of FATA.
Unidentified militants attacked a checkpost and killed three officials on duty near Rabi Canal in Dera Murad Jamali city in Nasirabad District of Balochistan.
Pakistan handed over to India six dossiers on its own investigation into the Mumbai attacks, with a request that India hand over Ajmal Kasab and an Indian national, Fahim Ansari, so that their testimonies could be recorded in Pakistan. Top Foreign Office officials handed over the dossiers to the Indian Deputy High Commissioner. “We have sought India’s help that he (Ajmal Kasab) should be handed over to us so that the trial here can go forward,” Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said. Islamabad is holding seven suspects linked to the November 26 to 29 attacks on India’s financial capital, including alleged mastermind of the operation, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, and LeT operative Zarar Shah. Interior Minister Rehman Malik has also said that Kasab is required to appear in Rawalpindi.
|April 26||Six key Taliban ‘commanders’ of Swat Chapter were killed in two separate clashes with SFs in Swat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The first clash occurred at Kanju town of Kabal tehsil in which four wanted Taliban ‘commanders’ were killed. During second clash, the troops killed two Taliban ‘commanders’ in Elam area of Barikot tehsil.
The Charbagh operations commander, Colonel Ejaz Malik, said the Charbagh jirga announced complete support for the SFs.
Six Taliban militants were killed as a US drone pounded three missiles on a Taliban compound at Khushhali Toori Khel village of the Mir Ali sub-division, 30 kilometres east of Miranshah, the headquterer of North Waziristan Agency, in FATA.
The dead body of a tribal elder, abducted by unidentified gunmen in the evening of April 25, was recovered in Bajaur Agency. Local residents said Maulvi Abdul Hakeem was abducted along with five other tribal elders from Nawagai tehsil, 30 kilometres northwest of Khar.
The SFs arrested 25 militants during a search operation in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency. The arrested militants belonged to the banned LI outfit.
The CID of Sindh Police arrested a high-profile militant belonging to TTP in Karachi and recovered a loaded TT pistol from his possession. CID (Operations) SSP Fayyaz Khan said the arrested militant Hakimullah Wali Swati was a close associate of the Amir (Chief) of the TTP in Swat District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The Police arrested three LJ militants who had robbed at least PNR 4.3 million from a private bank under the Memon Goth Police Station area in Karachi.
|April 27||The SFs killed 13 Taliban militants during a fresh offensive in the Orakzai Agency of FATA. The forces also arrested five militants from the Mashti area. Airstrikes killed five more in the Kasha area of Orakzai.
The SFs killed five Taliban militants, including two ‘commanders’, and arrested another 18 during an operation in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency. The operation was launched at the Akakhel area in which two commanders, including five militants of the LI were killed.
A female professor of Balochistan University, Nazima Talib, was shot dead in Quetta. A spokesman for the BLA claimed responsibility for Nazima’s killing. He told reporters on phone that it was a reaction to the killing of two Baloch women and torture of women political workers.
The SFs arrested 26 Taliban militants, including three important ‘commanders’, in the Lower Dir District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
A militant ‘commander’, Jan Gul, surrendered before SFs in Puran tehsil of Shangla District. Jan Gul, whose brothers are already in custody of the SFs, reportedly played a key role in bringing militants to Shangla District via Buner. The US administration has issued red warrants for five American nationals arrested in Sargodha under terrorism charges. An official of the US embassy submitted the warrants to the Anti-Terrorist Court set up in Sargodha District jail during the case’s hearing.
|April 28||Security Forces killed four Taliban militants in North Waziristan Agency. Taliban attacked the security checkpost at Esa, 10 kilometres east of Miranshah on the Bannu-Miranshah road. Four militants were killed and two troopers injured in the gunfight that followed.
Around 10 Taliban militants surrendered before the troops at Koza Bandai in Kabal tehsil. Officials said the troops also arrested five Taliban militants, including two ‘commanders’, at Koza Bandai area.
At least four Policemen were killed and 15 others wounded as a suicide car bomber attacked a checkpost in the Pir Bala area on the outskirts of Peshawar.
Four Taliban militants were killed in clashes with the SFs in Swat and Buner Districts. SFs said the deceased, included a close aide of Swat Taliban ‘chief’ Fazlullah, identified as Irfan Tarabi.
The Anti-Extremist Cell of Sindh Police’s CID arrested Ahsanullah alias Ahsan Bhai, a top militant of the HuM, from a slum in Karachi. He was accused of his involvement in several terrorist activities, and was also included in the CID’s Red Book of wanted terrorists and had a head money of PKR 500,000.
Newsweek reports that Abdul Qayum Zakir, a top Taliban leader, who was arrested along with Taliban’s ‘second-in-command’, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, in February 2010 by Pakistani Security Forces aided by the CIA of the US, was recently released.
Intelligence sources warned that two explosives-laden vehicles have entered Punjab and that terrorist activities could intensify at Peshawar in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in the next few days.
The TTP chief Hakeemullah Mehsud has survived an American drone strike in January 2010 and he is alive.
|April 29||At least 15 militants were killed and several others injured in clashes with SFs in Orakzai Agency of FATA. A security official was also injured in the clash, sources added.
The unidentified militants blew up three primary girls’ schools in Mamozai area of Orakzai.
SFs arrested two ‘commanders’ of the TTP of Swat chapter during a raid at around 3pm (PST) at the Shah Kas area of Jamrud tehsil in the Khyber Agency. The arrested commanders were identified as Sardar Khan and Azizullah who were residents of Swat. Both of them were members of the council of Swat Taliban ‘chief’ Fazalullah.
One Haji Bakh, a commander of the LI surrendered to the political administration in Jamrud.
Four persons were injured in Quetta as a result of multiple rocket fire by unidentified militants. According to the Police, four rockets fired from an unidentified location landed in various areas of the provincial capital.
The abductors of two former ISI officials and a British journalist of Pakistani origin are asking for a PML-N party leader to play the role of a mediator in negotiations over their demand for the release of key Afghan Taliban leaders in Pakistan.
The South Waziristan Political Agent Syed Shahab Ali Shah said that 4,000 additional men will be recruited to the Levies Force to effectively enforce the writ of the Government in the Agency.
Pakistan has shifted 100,000 of its troops from its Indian frontier to spearhead an unprecedented crackdown on Taliban along the Afghanistan border, but the offensives are unlikely to have an immediate impact on the US-led war in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said.
The Pentagon said that TTP is no longer being run by Hakeemullah Mehsud, who Pakistani intelligence officials now believe survived a CIA drone aircraft strike in January 2010.
The US drone attacks were illegal because the CIA was using civilian contractors to launch them, a US lawyer told a key Congressional Committee.
|April 30||The SFs killed 21 militants, while two SFs were injured in clashes in Esa Khel Pahar and Mir Garh areas of Orakzai Agency in FATA.
The unidentified militants blew up a girls’ middle school in Siddiq Abad area of Khar in Khyber Agency, raising the number of schools destroyed so far by terrorists in the Agency to 80.
30 displaced families returned to Stori Khel area after it was cleared by the troops.
One person was killed and five others were injured when a bomb went off in Karachi’s Soldier Bazaar. The bomb was fixed to a motorcycle parked near a trash site in Hindu Para area of Soldier Bazaar.
The bullet-ridden body of former ISI official Khalid Khawaja, who was abducted on April 5 along with one of his colleague and a British Journalist, was recovered from Karam Kot, seven kilometres south of Mir Ali, in North Waziristan of FATA.
The Pakistani authorities, investigating the abduction and subsequent assassination of the former ISI official Khalid Khwaja believe that the killers, “Asian Tigers”, which had demanded PNR 10 million and release of a senior commander of the Afghan Taliban Mullah, was actually a cover for HuJI led by ‘commander’ Ilyas Kashmiri.
A team of law enforcement agencies, in collaboration with the Police, arrested a militant in Lahore and recovered large quantities of explosives from his possession. The arrested militant was identified as Khalil.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik told the Senate that around 1,800 suspected terrorists had been arrested from different parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on various charges during military operations, while 12 teams were investigating charges against them.
The TTP claimed that its ‘chief’ Hakimullah Mehsud was alive and in a safe place. TTP spokesman Azam Tariq claimed in a statement to the media that Hakimullah was in good health and somewhere in South Waziristan.
Azam Tariq warned the tribesmen and pro-Government people, saying the Government was trying to pit Mehsud tribesmen against Taliban and wanted to use the Mehsuds as a shield to achieve their nefarious designs.
|May 1||At least 15 militants killed when the jet fighters heavily bombed militant hideouts during Operation Khwakh Ba De Sham (I will see you) in Orakzai Agency of FATA.
Seven persons including three Taliban (TTP) militants were killed and 16 people, including seven SFs, were injured in a suicide blast and a retaliatory clash between SFs and Taliban (TTP) at a commercial plaza in Mingora city of Swat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Unidentified assailants shot dead a local leader of the ANP, Riaz, in the Manja Delvi area of Kabal tehsil of Swat District.
Three persons, including a father and son, were killed and two others injured when unidentified assailants opened fire on them on the costal highway near Pasni tehsil of Gwadar District in Balochistan.
Six people, including a DSP, were injured when a bomb went off on Qambrani Road of Quetta. Sources said the bomb blast occurred when a Police party was patrolling the Qambrani Road as part of beefed up security measures.
Karachi Police arrested a key commander of the TTP from Baldia Town area of Karachi. The arrested militant, Fazl Akbar, belonged to TTP Fazl group and was working under a ‘commander’ named Yasin.
A jirga representing Afghan Taliban ‘chief’ Mullah Muhammad Omar reached North Waziristan on May 1 to negotiate the safe release of former ISI official Colonel Imam, as a tribal peace committee secured the body of another former ISI official Khalid Khawaja, who was found dead on April 30, a pro-Taliban PML-N leader and family members said.
|May 2||At least 21 Taliban (TTP) militants were killed and 29 others injured when the helicopter gunships bombed Taliban (TTP) hideouts in two consecutive successions during Operation Khwakh Ba De Sham (I will see you) in Orakzai Agency of FATA.
The SFs shot dead a young would-be bomber heading towards military vehicles in Bilalabad area near Khar town in Bajaur Agency.
The Taliban (TTP) militants blew up two more boys’ schools in Khar tehsil, increasing the number of schools so far destroyed in the Agency to 82.
A woman was killed and three persons were injured in a grenade attack at a house in Kabal tehsil of Swat District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The Maulana Fazlullah Rehman-led Swat Taliban (TTP) claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing in Sohran Khan Chowk of Mingora city on May 1 and threatened more such attacks.
Three Policemen were injured when unidentified militants opened fire at a Police checkpost in Hanjarwal Police Station area in Marghazar Colony in Lahore. Two constables, Tahir Siddique and Ali Sher, along with a volunteer were injured in the attack.
The Balochistan Police said that sectarian and ethnic targeted killings in Balochistan have claimed 87 lives and injured 303 people in 168 incidents so far in 2010.
The ‘commander-in-chief’ of TTP Hakimullah Mehsud has appeared in a new video issued months after his reported death, vowing revenge attacks on the United States, US monitoring groups SITE said.
An Internet video purportedly from Pakistani Taliban group, TTP, claimed responsibility for the car bomb attempt in Times Square in New York, the US monitoring service SITE said.
The mysterious abductors of Afghanistan ambassador-designate to Pakistan, Abdul Khaliq Farahi, have broken their silence after almost a year-and-a-half to claim that the diplomat is alive and in their custody.
|May 3||At least 13 Taliban (TTP) militants and two troopers were killed during clashes in Orakzai Agency of FATA while gunship helicopters fired heavy artillery at militant hideouts in Bajaur Agency, killing another 18 Taliban (TTP) militants.
The US missiles fired from drone killed four suspected Taliban (TTP) militant in North Waziristan. The three missiles were fired minutes apart at a moving vehicle in the Marsi Khel area.
The Taliban (TTP) militants set ablaze a basic health unit in the Kasha area of Orakzai Agency.
Two Taliban (TTP) militants were killed during clashes with SFs at the Manja area in Kabal tehsil in Swat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The Police arrested key Swat Taliban (TTP) ‘commander’ Sher Afzal from the Baidar area of Matta tehsil and recovered weapons from him.
The SFs issued a three-day deadline to the Swat Taliban (TTP) to voluntarily surrender by May 5 (Wednesday), otherwise their houses will be destroyed and their relatives will be expelled from the Malakand division.
The German officials said a suspected militants of German origin linked to a outfit convicted of plotting attacks on US facilities in Germany appears to have been killed in North Waziristan Agency of FATA on April 30. Germany’s main domestic intelligence agency said a statement issued by the Islamic Jihad Union (IJU) informing of 22-year-old Eric Breininger’s death on April 30 appeared to be authentic.
Pakistan’s economic challenges are directly linked to the war on terror, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said and called on the US Congress to facilitate his country in addressing the root cause of terror. Gilani made the comments while addressing a delegation of members of the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, – led by its chairman, Howard L Berman – who called on him at Prime Minister’s House.
The Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that the Government and people of Pakistan were committed to continue fighting against militancy and terrorism until its total defeat.
A United States estimates show CIA drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal areas over the last two years have killed more than 500 militants – a fraction of whom are considered top-tier leaders – and fewer than 30 civilians, US officials said.
India is trying to defame the Kashmiri freedom movement by unjustifiably naming Hafiz Saeed and Zakiur Rahman Lakhvi in the Mumbai attacks case, spokesman of the JuD, the frontal organisation of LeT, Yahya Mujahid said in response to an Indian court’s verdict against Ajmal Kasab, the alleged lone surviving militant involved in the Mumbai attacks.
The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Sami (JUI-S) ‘chief’ Maulana Sami ul Haq offered to mediate between the Government and the Taliban (TTP).
|May 4||An activist of the ANP, Jahangir Shah, was shot dead at the Jamia Millia Road of Malir township under Al Falah Police station area of Karachi.
A cadre of the LeJ was arrested by the Police on suspicion that he was involved in a bank robbery that took place on April 26 in Gadap town of Karachi.
The intelligence agencies have revealed that militants have planned to use explosive-laden vehicles to hit targets in Punjab. According to the reports, Suzuki mini vans are likely to be used by militants for carrying out the attacks.
The Law-enforcement officials arrested the Pakistani-born US citizen, Faisal Shahzad (30), suspected in the failed attempt to explode a bomb-laden car in Times Square of New York on May 2.
The father of Faisal Shahzad, retired Air vice Marshal Baharul Haq, hurriedly vacated the family home in Phase IV of Hayatabad town in Peshawar.
The Law enforcement authorities in Pakistan detained at least five persons allegedly linked to Faisal Shahzad. Two of the suspects were arrested in Karachi, and are connected with suspect Faisal Shahzad through telephone records, a top security official said.
The Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi reiterated the country’s principled stand aimed at a just and peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with UN resolutions and the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.
To maintain peace in the Pak-Afghan region, it is necessary to promote political and bilateral relations between both countries, because a stable Afghanistan is the key to a safer Pakistan, NATO’s senior civilian representative in Afghanistan Ambassador Mark Sedwill said.
|May 5||The Khuzdar District Police confirmed that the dead body belonging to two FC personnel were recovered in the Naal area of Khuzdar. FC sources confirmed that both the personnel had been listed missing for the past four weeks from the Besima area of Washuk District.
The Taliban (TTP) militants cut off the hands of three persons, alleged to be thieves, in Orakzai Agency of FATA.
The SFs recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunitions and arrested four suspected militants during a search operation in South Waziristan and Tank respectively.
The Law-enforcement officials arrested three persons in Lahore after the Interior Ministry directed intelligence agencies to immediately interrogate Times Square bomb suspect Faisal Shehzad’s relatives in the city.
Police arrested four persons after recovering two truckloads of explosives from their possession in Dera Ghazi Khan District. Four tonnes of explosives hidden in each of the vehicles were recovered.
A court in Islamabad acquitted four persons accused of planning and masterminding the suicide bomb attack on the five-star Marriott Hotel on September 20, 2008 on grounds of insufficient evidences.
The Times Square bomber, Faisal Shahzad, confessed of his involvement and is cooperating with investigators who are seeking details about his contacts in Pakistan, postponing indefinitely any court appearance, said law-enforcement sources.
The ISPR Director General Major General Athar Abbas said that a link is yet to be established between the Times Square bomb suspect and the Taliban (TTP) in Waziristan.
The Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi warned that the foiled New York car bomb attack blamed on a Pakistani-American could be retaliation for US drone attacks on the Taliban (TTP).
An Emirates Airlines official said that Faisal Shahzad, the chief suspect in the attempted bombing of New York’s Times Square, tried to flee the US with a one-way ticket to Islamabad.
The Pakistani Government is firmly committed to combating terrorism and militancy, which is hampering the country’s economic development, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said.
|May 6||27 Taliban (TTP) militants and a trooper were killed during operation Khwakh Ba De Sham in various areas of Orakzai Agency in FATA. Four troopers were also injured. The SFs destroyed three militant hideouts.
The SFs killed two militants, identified as Azizullah and Gul Nawab, in Tiligram village of Kabal tehsil in Swat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The SFs neutralised two bombs planted near the Dakoda Police Station in Buner District.
The SFs arrested two militants of TTP Bajaur chapter, during a search operation in Rashakai and Jehangira areas Nowshera District. The arrested militants were identified as Omar and Zabihullah.
A 15-year-old boy was killed in an explosion in the cantonment area of Bahawalnagar District. The explosion was caused by a hand grenade hurled at a house.
The Punjab Government has issued orders to place the four persons accused of masterminding the Marriot Hotel blast under house arrest for one month. The order came shortly after their release by an ATC due to inadequate evidence.
Three NBP officials were abducted by unidentified militants near the Bhagnari area of Quetta in Balochistan. Police sources said NBP Manager Abdul Ghafar Umrani along with his two colleagues Naubat Khan Abro and Abdul Rauf Khosa were on their way to Dera Murad Jamali when unidentified armed men intercepted their vehicle and abducted them.
Former ISI officer Sultan Amir Tarar alias Colonel Imam, and a British journalist of Pakistani origin, both of whom had been abducted by a lesser known outfit Asian Tigers, were released by their captors in North Waziristan.
The Intelligence Agency officials in Pakistan arrested New York bomb plotter Faisal Shahzad father, Air-Vice Marshal (Retd.) Baharul Haq, arrested along with four others.
The Pentagon said that it was encouraged by Pakistani cooperation in the investigation into a failed plot to bomb Times Square and that Washington was letting Islamabad set the pace of its operations against militants.
The Interior Minister of Pakistan Rehman Malik told Reuters in an interview in Beijing (China) that “according to the available information, Faisal Shahzad says it was his individual act. I would not tend to believe that.”
The Karachi Police claimed to have arrested 32 militants associated with the TTP and their associates in Karachi during 2010.
The TTP distanced itself from the Times Square bomb suspect, saying it had no connection with Faisal Shahzad. “We have no connection with Faisal Shahzad,” Azam Tariq, a spokesman for the TTP said.
|May 7||Five Taliban (TTP) militants were killed as choppers pounded militant hideouts during Operation Khwakh Ba De Sham in various areas of Orakzai Agency in FATA. Sources said that the shelling was carried out in Chappar Masti Khel and Kole Bargan areas. Two Taliban hideouts were also destroyed in the attack.
SFs arrested 10 militants during a search operation carried out in Shalobar area of the Bara tehsil in the Khyber Agency.
The Taliban (TTP) militants attacked a Police checkpost situated in Ghazi Kot town of the Mansehra District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, killing four Policemen and critically injuring one.
Two important militant ‘commanders’ including an alleged mastermind of suicide attacks were killed in a clash with the SFs at Mamdheri village in Swat District. The slain militant ‘commanders’ were identified as Qari Abdullah of Charbagh and Sajjad alias Anees of Kabal tehsil in Swat.
The SFs arrested three alleged militants in Kabal tehsil. The sources said the militants Murad, Habib-un-Nabi and Abdul Qadeer were arrested during a search operation by the SFs in Kanju area.
The SFs recovered two Kalashnikov rifles, a gun and two pistols and cartridges during search operation in Asharbanr area in Charbagh tehsil.
The Provincial Government will soon launch a search operation against terrorists in Kala Dhaka, KP Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain said.
Dawn reports that Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik, while addressing the Pakistani Community in Beijing, the capital of China, said that Abdul Haq, the leader of Islamist group East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) has recently been killed in Pakistan.
Intelligence agencies have warned the Punjab Government about various madrassas (Islamic religious schools) which have been established close to sensitive installations across the province without proper permission and registration.
The United States General David Petraeus, who oversees wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, says that the Times Square bombing suspect, Faisal Shahzad, is a “lone wolf” who did not work with others.
Faisal Shahzad confessed before investigators that he drew inspiration from Yemeni-American militant cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.
The intelligence agencies in Karachi have released several alleged militants who were detained over their potential links with Faisal Shahzad. Two JeM members, Shahid and Inam, who were arrested from Sector 11 of Orangi Town in Karachi, were among those released.
A New York Times report claimed that the Pakistani Taliban (TTP), which American investigators suspect were behind the attempt to bomb Times Square, have in recent years combined forces with al Qaeda and other groups, threatening to extend their reach and ambitions.
The US has warned of “severe consequences” if a successful extremist attack in America were traced back to Pakistan, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in an interview.
The United States while expressing its admiration for the “extraordinary efforts” of the Pakistan military to take on violent extremists has pledged to assist the Pakistan Armed Forces with a supply of the relevant equipment needed to fight the war against terror.
|May 8||At least nine Taliban (TTP) militants were killed and several others sustained injuries during clashes with SFs in Orakzai Agency of FATA. According to sources, the clashes occurred at Dapora area, the agency headquarters of Upper Orakzai, where a trooper was also injured.
Unidentified militants blew up a power supply tower in Shergai area of Kohat.
A lecturer of Quetta Agriculture College was found dead in the Rahim Colony area of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan.
|May 9||Around 43 Taliban (TTP) militants were killed in various areas of FATA. At least 33 Taliban (TTP) militants were killed and four injured during clashes with the SFs and jet air strikes in Orakzai Agency.
At least 10 Taliban (TTP) militants were killed when a US drone fired two missiles into a compound in North Waziristan. The strike targeted a house in Inzar Kas village, 60 kilometres west of Miranshah, injuring four others.
Two militants, identified as Kabir Khan and Akbar Khan, were killed in an exchange of fire with the SFs in Kabal tehsil of Swat District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Aneesur Rehman, a former Colonel of the Pakistan Army, who was currently working as pilot for the FC Director General, was abducted from Gadap Town of Karachi along with two of his friends. Sources said Aneesur Rehman was accompanied by his two friends-cum-business partners when he was abducted from “militant hub” Gadap.
The Airport Security Forces arrested an alleged suicide bomber at the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi and successfully foiled a likely plane bombing or hijacking incident.
Intelligence agencies have reported that a militant, Abu Bakr, is planning to attack law enforcement agencies in Punjab, on the orders of his ‘commander’ Qari Zalzla.
The Russian Ambassador to India Alexander M. Kadakin said that around 40 terror camps are still active in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border areas and Islamabad is yet to dismantle them.
The US charged for the first time that the TTP was behind the failed attempt to detonate a car bomb in the Times Square of New York. “We’ve now developed evidence that shows that the TTP was behind the attack,” said Attorney General Eric Holder on ABC television’s Sunday current affairs talk show ‘This Week’.
The Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that US has formally requested Pakistan for cooperation in investigations into the failed bombing attempt at New York’s Times Square and Pakistan will completely cooperate with Washington in this regard.
The intelligence agencies have warned that al Qaeda might be planning to attack the American embassy in Pakistan and the outfit is likely to use three bullet proof vehicles from Afghanistan. The potential suicide bombers are Ismail and Majeed.
|May 10||At least 40 Taliban (TTP) militants and nine soldiers, including two lieutenants were killed in a fierce clash between the Taliban (TTP) and SFs during Operation Khwakh Ba De Sham in Orakzai Agency of FATA.
A militant was killed and two others arrested by the SFs during a search operation at Kajori area in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency. Later, they were identified as the cadres of LI.
A doctor, Haider Abbas, was shot dead in suspected sectarian attack in Karachi of Sindh.
“Some Pakistani officials know more about al Qaeda and Taliban than they actually claim”, the CBS television channel quoted US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as saying.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that Pakistan will provide every possible support to the US in investigations regarding Faisal Shehzad, the mastermind behind the Times Square bombing attempt, adding that the incident had damaged Pak-US relations to some extent.
Pakistani intelligence agencies have revealed that militants belonging to two different groups from the Orakzai Agency and Waziristan have entered Rawalpindi, Islamabad and other cities of Punjab to carry out attacks in the province in the next few days.
|May 11||The US drones killed 21 Taliban (TTP) militants in two separate strikes at North Waziristan in FATA.
The helicopters gunships pounded suspected Taliban (TTP) hideouts in various areas of Orakzai Agency, killing eight Taliban (TTP) militants and injuring five others during Operation Khwakh Ba De Sham (I will see you).
The Peshawar Police shot dead an alleged militant, Amanullah, wanted over terror attacks including the 2009 murder of an official with the Iranian consulate, at Sheikhabad area of Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Unidentified militants blew up a power supply tower in the Urmar area on the outskirts of Peshawar.
The intelligence agencies arrested TTP cadre, identified as Qari Abdullah bin Usman, from Karachi of Sindh.
The CID Operations of Sindh Police arrested a LeJ cadre, Saleem Qaiser Baloch, from Kalakot area of Karachi, who was allegedly involved in a bank heist of PNR 3.2 million.
Police released a person, Faiz Mohammad, who was detained at the Quaid-e-Azam International Airport in Karachi, as he tried to board a plane for the Middle East with batteries and an electrical circuit in his shoes.
A Pakistani national, identified as Mauhannas Saifur Rehnab Khan, was arrested after traces of explosives were detected on his body and belongings during a visit to the US embassy in Santiago, the capital of Chile.
The Chilean authorities said that they extended Pakistani national’s detention for five days. His detention was being extended under anti-terror laws, the authorities said.
|May 12||Five persons, including two young girls, were killed in two separate attacks at Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
A teenager was killed while two others injured at Chaman in Balochistan when a bomb exploded in a tanker carrying fuel for NATO troops in Afghanistan.
Unidentified militants shot dead a person in Dera Murad Jamali. According to details, unidentified militants opened fire on a local identified as Manzoor Ahmed, killing him on the spot.
The TTP militants shot dead two persons, at North Waziristan in FATA. They were accused of spying for the US. Notes attached to the bodies warned others to learn from the fate of the so-called American spies.
An IED went off at a roadside in agency’s Landikotal tehsil of Khyber Agency. However, no casualties were reported.
Provincial Police Chief Malik Naveed Khan claimed that 20 militants were arrested in the ongoing operation at Kala Dhaka of Mansehra District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
US President Barack Obama said the Al-Qaeda and the Taliban continued to plot from the Af-Pak border region. Obama also reiterated his resolve to dismantle, disrupt and defeat the extremist network in the region.
The United States President Barack Obama warned that extremists pose a serious threat to Pakistan’s sovereignty and pointed out that Islamabad had realised that it was not India but the “cancer” of terrorism emanating from its own territory that was its primary concern.
|May 13||At least nine Taliban (TTP) militants were killed and another 10 injured when the PAF fighter jets bombed suspected militants hideouts in Tirah Valley of the Khyber Agency in FATA.
A leader of the ANP and a child was shot dead in separate incidents of targeted killing in Karachi.
The Federal Agents of United states conducted raids in Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey in connection with the failed Times Square car bomb of May 2 and arrested three people, including two persons of Pakistani origin who provided money to the suspect, Faisal Shahzad.
The intelligence officials in Pakistan have arrested a suspect linked to the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) who said he helped Faisal Shahzad to set off a car bomb in New York’s Times Square.
The news that militants are planning to target and attack Policemen in the Punjab has sent shockwaves in Police circles.
|May 14||Seven Taliban (TTP) militants were killed when the SFs shelled suspected militant hideouts with artillery in Kasha, Khawray and Teer Angar areas of the Orakzai Agency in FATA.
Unidentified assailants shot dead one Hirat Khan, a kin of AI commander, in Nala area in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency.
The death toll of May 13’s airstrikes on the hideout of militants in Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency reached 16 as seven more bodies of militants were recovered from the debris.
15 militants surrendered before SFs in the Bajaur Agency. According to sources, a jirga of Salarzai tribesmen was held at Khar, the headquarter of Bajaur Agency, in which militants belonging to the Gang, Pur Mukhai and Tangi areas of Salarzai tehsil surrendered.
Two persons, Muhammad Hassan and Abdus Samad, were shot dead by unidentified militants in Mastung city, the capital of Mastung District, in Balochistan.
A person, identified as Faiz Bugti, was killed and his son sustained injury after unidentified militants opened fire on them in Jaffarabad District.
The ICRC has restricted the movement of its staff in Balochistan, owing to threats calls by an unidentified militant outfit.
The LeT plans to attack a convoy of US military shipment en route from Karachi to Afghanistan, Daily Times quoting intelligence agencies sources reported.
Hundreds of militants fleeing from the restive northwest have taken refuge in the teeming commercial hub of Karachi, where a growing nexus with militant outfit is a headache for law enforcers.
The TTP warned the United States that it will soon “burn” while calling for Pakistan’s rulers to be overthrown for following “America’s agenda”.
A senior US senator urged Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to blacklist the TTP and the Haqqani network, fighting US forces in Afghanistan as foreign terrorist organisations. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein wrote to Clinton that the label could be affixed to groups that are foreign, engage in terrorism, and whose acts threaten US citizens and national security.
A former CIA analyst, who helped President Barack Obama formulate his Pakistan-Afghanistan policy, said that “a very serious possibility that the next mass casualty terrorist attack on the United States will be postmarked Pakistan”.
Pakistan is reciprocating US concerns over the threat of terrorism, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said. Clinton told a gathering of experts at the US Institute of Peace “investigation on the Faisal Shehzad case is going well between the two (US and Pakistani) investigative bodies”.
|May 15||At least 15 persons were killed and others were injured as eight missiles, fired from across border in Afghanistan, struck an encampment in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency in FATA. However, another TV channel reported five killings in the missile strike.|
|May 16||The SFs backed by fighter jets and helicopter gunships, killed 58 Taliban (TTP) militants in Orakzai Agency of FATA. Five security personnel were also injured in the clash, the sources said, adding that three explosives-laden vehicles were also destroyed in the fighting.
Five persons, including a man, a woman and three children, were injured as choppers shelled suspected hideouts of militants in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency.
50 of the 60 persons abducted on May 15 from the border of Thall tehsil (revenue unit) of Hangu District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Kurram Agency of FATA reached their homes unharmed. According to the sources, 10 of the abducted managed to escape while 40 were freed by their captors. The people were set free without negotiations, source added. On May 15, unidentified militants abducted the 60 persons. Militants intercepted the hostages’ vehicles at Chapria area and whisked them away at gunpoint.
A Pakistani national detained with suspicious chemical residues at the US Embassy in Chile was set free. Mohammad Saif-ur-Rehman Khan was ordered to stay in Chile and check in with authorities once a week.
The Punjab Police on May 16 has officially admitted for the first time the movement of the Taliban (TTP) militants and gradual expansion of their network in southern Punjab and their fund-raising and recruitment drive in the province.
Intelligence agencies have forwarded a detailed report to the authorities concerned in Punjab, in which they have identified two terrorist groups TTP and the LeJ, who are planning to target law enforcers and civil officers in the province in order to disrupt the law and order situation in Punjab.
The militants in Punjab have started issuing death threats to senior Government officials as target killings. The abduction and extortion have emerged as “new ways” of fund collection by militant outfits.
Despite official denials, a secret network of private spies set up by a US Defence Department official continues to operate in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Citing unnamed US officials and businessmen, the newspaper said the network was still operating, the paper reported.
|May 17||At least 26 Taliban (TTP) and a soldier were killed in a clash between SFs and the Taliban (TTP) militants during Operation Khwakh Ba De Sham (I will see you) in Orakzai Agency of FATA.
A tribal elder, Malik Muhammad Hashim Nekzankhel Mehsud, was shot dead by unidentified assailants near Khar Pul in Tiarza area of Tank District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Unidentified abductors, who abducted 60 persons on May 15 from Thall tehsil (revenue unit) of Hangu District, released the remaining 10 abducted persons. Earlier, 10 of the abducted managed to escape while 40 were freed by their captors on May 16 without negotiations.
Three militants surrendered to the SFs while two others were arrested in various areas of Swat.
Six persons, including three Policemen and three BDS officials, were injured in an explosion in Kaichi Beig area of Saryab in Quetta.
TTP leader Hanif Gabol alias Maviya surrendered to the Police in Mianwali in Sargodha District in Punjab. Hanif Gabol was the Seraiki (an ethnic group from the south-eastern areas of Pakistan) Ameer (Chief) of the TTP.
The Intelligence agencies have warned that the banned militant outfit, LeJ, has reorganised itself and formed two new subgroups, JFF and SFF, to target Shia leaders and Police officials across the country.
|May 18||A remote-controlled bomb targeting a Police patrol killed 13 persons, including Kullachi DSP Muhammad Iqbal, his gunman and driver, in Kachi Paind Khel area of Dera Ismail Khan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Two persons were injured in a roadside bomb blast in Toot Kashey Mechani area of Thal tehsil in Hangu District.
Three persons were abducted by unidentified militants from Ibrahimzai area of Hangu District.
Six Taliban (TTP) militants were killed and 10 others injured in a clash with SFs during Operation Khwakh Ba De Sham in Kol area of Dabori tehsil in Orakzai Agency of FATA.
A Taliban (TTP) squad tracking “American spies” in North Waziristan Agency warned the local population against facilitating drone attacks by providing information on the Taliban (TTP). The “Ittehad-e-Mujahideen-e-Khurasan”, a wing of the Taliban (TTP) tracking “American spies”, said no family should help its member if he was spying on the Taliban (TTP).
Unidentified militants shot dead an activist of the ANP, Nabi Khan, in the Shah Faisal Colony in Karachi.
The main accuse of Times Square bomber, Faisal Shahzad, was ordered held without bail at his first court appearance since his arrest on May 3. Magistrate Judge James Francis remanded Shahzad in custody after his court-appointed defence lawyer, Julia Gatto, opted not to challenge the prosecutors’ request that he remain jailed pending trial.
A audiotape conversation between Hamid Mir, Executive Editor of GEO News and a man purportedly linked to the TTP, has revealed that negative information that Mir passed on to the Taliban (TTP) could have led to the execution of Khalid Khawaja, the former ISI official, allegedly killed on April 30 by a group calling themselves the ‘Asian Tigers’ on May 16.
Osama Khalid, son of Khalid Khawaja, confirmed that the audiotape of the telephonic conversation between TV anchor Hamid Mir and Usman – the earlier unidentified Taliban (TTP) militant – is original, as his family used to talk to him during negotiations for his father’s release.
Hamid Mir has sent legal notices to the publisher, editor and staff reporter of Daily Times, as well as the chief executive of television channel Business Plus for publishing and telecasting “defamatory material against him”.
Intelligence agencies have warned that the TTP militants have recruited a suicide bomber to attack the Parliament House or any other important building. According to the report, the TTP has prepared a 24 or 25-year-old bomber named Amer Aaqa Hadifa, belonging to Jhang in Punjab for the purpose.
The United Nation provided Interior Ministry of Pakistan a list of wanted al-Qaeda and Taliban (TTP) leaders to all the provinces with the directives to arrest them and seize their properties or businesses, if they have any, across the country.
Two top national security lieutenants of US President Barrack Obama have arrived in Islamabad to accelerate United State’s “do more” mantra for Pakistan. US National Security Advisor General James Jones and CIA Director Leon Panetta arrived in Islamabad to engage in meetings with high-ranking military and civilian leadership on May 19 (today), US embassy spokesman Richard Snelsire confirmed.
|May 19||At least 60 Taliban (TTP) militants and four soldiers were killed in a clash between the Taliban (TTP) and SFs during Operation Khwakh Ba De Sham in Dabori area of Orakzai Agency in FATA.
The jet fighters bombed Taliban (TTP) militant hideouts in Dabori area, killing five Taliban (TTP) militants and injuring several others. Three Taliban hideouts were also destroyed in the airstrikes.
SFs arrested a key TTP ‘commander’ Swat Khan, son of Zar Mohammad, from Lalakand area of Jamrud tehsil in the Khyber Agency.
Four suspected militants were killed and seven houses destroyed during an encounter with the SFs in Amakhel village of Tank District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The slain militants were identified as Gul Sarwar, Mashal Khan, Qari Saleem and Qari Ismail.
SFs destroyed seven houses of Mashal Khan, Gul Sarwar, Akbar, Maulvi Din Muhammad, Haider Khan, Mir Sultan and Ghaffar Khan for their links with the TTP.
Six security personnel were injured in a rocket-cum-bomb attack in Quetta of Balochistan.
Unidentified militants planted a remote-controlled bomb at Saryab Road near Moosa Colony in Quetta, which was detonated when a vehicle of the FC passed by. However no one was injured in the attack.
A trailer carrying goods for NATO forces in Afghanistan was set ablaze near Chaman in Qila Abdullah District.
The Intelligence agencies, including the ISI, presented an investigation report to Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani regarding an audiotape of the telephonic conversation between TV anchor Hamid Mir and an unidentified Taliban militant.
Osama Khalid, son of former ISI official Squadron leader Khalid Khawaja, said that he will take legal action and register an FIR against Geo News anchor Hamid Mir over what he called “playing an instigative role in his father’s murder”.
Daily Times Editor Rasheed Rahman said that legal action must be initiated against Hamid Mir after the ISI and Government quarters confirmed the authenticity of the taped conversation between Mir and a Taliban militant.
A Pakistani Army Major has been arrested in connection with the failed bomb plot on May 1 in New York’s Times Square.
President Asif Ali Zardari said that militancy and terrorism are the common enemies of the United States and Pakistan and it is important that the existing robust cooperation between the two countries continues to fight the menace.
The Canada’s weekly current affairs magazine, Maclean, quoting an unnamed LeT commander claimed that Faisal Shahzad, the confessed bomb plotter of Pakistani origin, had received terror training in one of the ‘jihad’ (Holy War) camps of the LeT in PoK.
The LeT commander, however, denied any direct involvement of his outfit with New York bombing plot. “Shahzad came to us for training. He stayed with us for three months and we provided him with the basics. Then he went back to the U.S,” the commander claimed.
|May 20||At least 24 Taliban (TTP) militants were killed and 29 another injured when Pakistan Air Force (PAF) fighter jets bombed different parts of Orakzai Agency in FATA in the on going Operation Khwakh Ba De Sham.
SFs arrested six suspected militants and recovered arms and ammunition during a search operation in different parts of Bajaur Agency.
Unidentified assailants barged into the house of a Police officer, Mureed Hussein, in Shaheed Murad Colony in Dera Allah Yar in Jaffarabad District of Balochistan and shot dead two of his daughters, and injured his son.
Unidentified assailants stormed into the house of Mohammad Barani, and opened fire killing him and his three-year-old daughter, on the spot, and injuring three other family members in Goth Bahadur Shah town.
A local resident, identified as Asif, was shot dead in Dera Murad Jamali in Nasirabad District.
The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Amir (chief) for FATA and former member National Assembly, Maulana Merajuddin Qureshi, was shot dead in the precinct of the Gomal Bazaar Police Station in Tank of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Osama Khalid, the son of former ISI officer Squadron Leader Khalid Khawaja, has claimed that the Asian Tigers have indirectly threatened to do the same to him as they did to his father if any action is taken against Hamid Mir.
The representatives of the Taliban and the Afghanistan Government are holding talks in the Maldives, officials said. Maldives Government spokesman Mohamed Zuhair said 15 representatives of the Afghan Government and seven Taliban militants met and would meet again over the weekend. However, a spokesman for Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai, Waheed Omar said the Government did not send any official representatives.
Robert Simmons, the NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General told reporters in Islamabad that It is up to Pakistan to decide when to move against the Taliban (TTP) in North Waziristan.
|May 21||The SFs backed by fighter jets killed at least 34 Taliban (TTP) militants in the on going Operation Khwakh Ba De Sham in various parts of Orakzai Agency of FATA.
A US drone attack on a militant compound killed six Taliban (TTP) militants in Miranshah, the capital of North Waziristan Agency.
Taliban (TTP) militants strapped bombs to two persons, accused of spying for the US, blowing them up at a public execution in the Degan area of North Waziristan.
Taliban (TTP) militants executed a tribesman for his alleged involvement in a drone attack in North Waziristan and placed his bullet-riddled body on a roadside in Mir Ali in North Waziristan.
The SFs arrested 10 suspects during a search operation in Bajaur Agency.
Three Taliban (TTP) militants, identified as Alam Sher, Khan Wali and Muhammad Ameen, were killed during a clash with the SFs in the Matta tehsil of Swat valley of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The suspected militants blew up a girls’ primary school in Ferozabad area under Matani Police Station on the outskirts of the Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
The process to expel families of absconding Taliban (TTP) started in Swat after the deadline given to the on-the-run Taliban expired on May 20. 25 families of the Taliban (TTP) in hiding were expelled from Malakand division. Nipki Khel Qaumi Jirga had asked the militants to surrender by May 20, which resulted in the surrender of 115 absconding militants.
Seven persons, including three Police officials, were severely injured as five low-intensity explosions went off at the Tibbi area of old Lahore in Punjab.
Panic gripped people at the Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore in Punjab in the morning after rumours spread of a bomb having been placed on an Islamabad-bound flight of PIA.
The five American nationals on trial for militancy claimed that wedding finery and return tickets to the US proved they had nothing to do with militancy.
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Punjab Police revealed in a report that 55 Afghanistan-trained boys from southern Punjab, who disappeared from their houses sometime ago, are likely to be used in militant activities The authorities issued the warning after they rechecked a list of Afghanistan-trained boys who participated in militant activities in the past.
Intelligence agencies warned that militants are planning to target supply depots of NLC and NATO in Punjab and abduct or assassinate high-profile diplomats and political personalities. The warning has been issued by Farid Ahmed Khan, the director operations of the NCMC.
The United States embassy warned that militants outfits might have “established links” to a high-class catering company in the country that a security official said was owned by a suspect arrested over the failed car bombing in Times Square of New York.
Police detained at least four persons suspected of links with Faisal Shehzad, the Pakistani-American arrested over the New York bombing bid. One of the four was connected with the catering company, a Government official said.
The Taliban rejected the report of any talks between the Taliban Movement and the Karzai regime of Afghanistan in the Maldives.
The Times Square bomb suspect, Faisal Shahzad, claimed during his lengthy interrogation that he received financial support from the Taliban (TTP) for his failed one-man operation, two US law enforcement officials close to the probe said.
The Taliban (TTP) is not only trying to overthrow the Government in Islamabad, but is also launching attack against other countries, including the United States, the Defence Secretary Robert Gates said.
|May 22||A member of local peace committee was killed and three others sustained critical injuries when militants opened fire on them in Baizai area of Mohmand Agency in FATA.
The tribal elder Malik Atta Jan, who was abducted by unidentified militants some days back (unspecified date), was found dead in Yaqoobi Kandao in Baizai area.
Unidentified militants shot dead a member of the local peace committee, Ahmed Jan, in Gat Shor area of Matta tehsil in Swat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Two men detained in Pakistan for alleged links to the attempted Times Square bombing have admitted playing a role in the botched attack and are unrepentant, with one angrily accusing interrogators of “siding with the infidels”, a senior intelligence official said.
A Chilean court ordered back to jail a Pakistani man, Mohammad Saif Ur Rehman Khan, who had been briefly detained and charged after being found with traces of explosives at the US embassy in Santiago, the capital of Chile.
A catering company executive, Salman Ashraf Khan, who was among six persons detained by Pakistan for allegedly helping the New York Times Square bombing suspect had differences with American policy in the region but no hatred towards the country, his father, Rana Ashraf Khan, said.
|May 23||At least 71 Taliban (TTP) militants, including four commanders, were killed and their seven hideouts destroyed when PAF jet fighters blitzed targets in upper parts of Orakzai Agency in FATA.
The LI militants abducted a Naib Subedar of Khassadar force, Taza Khan Afridi, from Sor Kas Qambarkhel area while he was going home located in Shalobar area of Khyber Agency.
At least three Taliban (TTP) militants were killed and others injured during a clash with SFs in Gangro and Gambat areas of Maidan tehsil of the Lower Dir District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
As many as 40 personnel of Islamabad Police have died in the line of duty during the last few years, whereas 90 militants, including would-be suicide bombers, were arrested from the administrative jurisdiction of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) in Punjab averting possible disasters in the same period, said Islamabad Inspector General of Police (IGP) Syed Kaleem Imam in a press statement.
The Sunday Times reports that Taliban militants earn a bounty of up to PNR 200,000 (£1,660) for each NATO soldier they kill. Taliban commanders said The Sunday Times said the money was said to come from protection rackets, taxes imposed on opium farmers, donors in the Gulf States who channel money through Dubai and from the senior Taliban leadership in Pakistan.
The militants from FATA and Swat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are behind the recent wave of target killings in Karachi, the capital of Sindh, a private television channel quoted Interior Minister Senator Rehman Malik as saying.
|May 24||Two persons were killed and 15 others injured in a bomb explosion at the Airport Road in Quetta in Balochistan in a suspected sectarian attack.
In another suspected sectarian attack, unidentified assailants shot dead the vice principal of a Hub Technical Training Centre on Pircas Road in Hub in Lasbela District.
Unidentified assailants hurled a hand grenade at the residence of BNP senior member Arbab Mohammad Nawaz Mengal in Khuzdar.
The BDS found and defused three explosive devices planted at the Provincial Excise and Taxation Headquarters in Quetta.
The SFs killed a militant and injured several others during a search operation in Hashim Charmang area of the Nawagai tehsil in Bajaur Agency of FATA.
SFs arrested eight LI militants from the Shalobar area of Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency.
A special Police team arrested an alleged militant in Lahore of Punjab as he was trying to enter the city who later confessed to be directly involved in the low-intensity explosions at the Peru’s Café and Tibbi City.
Five militants surrendered before the SFs in the Minglawar area of Matta tehsil in Swat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
SFs destroyed the houses of two militant commanders, identified as Daud Khan and Shahi Roomi, at Shakar Dara of Matta tehsil.
The Hakeemullah Mehsud led TTP militants along with some Punjabi Taliban finally started leaving North Waziristan for the adjoining South Waziristan tribal region following successful talks between Hafiz Gul Bahadur and Hakimullah Mahsud.
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said that despite Pakistan’s own regional challenges, it remains committed to a peaceful settlement of the Kashmir issue through negotiations and dialogue.
The Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon added his voice to the calls to donors for more contributions to meet a funding shortfall in UN programmes to meet the humanitarian needs of the growing number of internally displaced persons in Pakistan.
|May 25||At least 13 Taliban (TTP) militants were killed and several others injured when PAF fighter jets bombed several militant hideouts during Operation Khwakh Ba De Sham in the Orakzai Agency of FATA.
Six suspected militants were arrested during a raid on a house in Jamrud tehsil of Khyber Agency.
Two Taliban (TTP) militants including an important commander, Ali Rehman alias Sparlay, and his accomplice Habibur Rehman were killed when they attacked the SFs in the Fateh Pur area of Swat District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The NATO forces in Afghanistan have installed a sophisticated surveillance system along the Pak-Afghan border to monitor insurgents’ movement in the area.
Senior US officials summoned an urgent meeting with Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari to present a dossier on terrorism suspect Faisal Shahzad, including a detailed chart describing his contacts with the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) before his attempt to detonate an explosives-laden vehicle in New York City’s Times Square on May 1.
Daily Times reports that Osama Khalid, the son of Khalid Khawaja, submitted an application in the Shalimar Police Station for registration of a FIR against media person Hamid Mir and suspected militant Osman Punjabi for the murder of his father.
A three-member Supreme Court bench dismissed pleas of the Federal and Punjab Governments against the release of JuD, the frontal organisation of LeT, ‘chief’ Hafiz Saeed, maintaining that it was not a live issue.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that some Baloch separatists with the help of Taliban and external forces are conspiring to dismember Pakistan but the Government would ensure country’s security and safety.
The Minister said the Federal Government is working along with the Provincial Government for improving the security situation in the province and all necessary measures would be taken in this regard.
A spokesman for Afghanistan’s intelligence agency accused Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI involvement in the suicide bombing in Kabul on May 19 that killed six NATO soldiers.
|May 26||At least 15 Taliban (TTP) militants were killed and 10 others injured when PAF fighter jets bombed several militant hideouts during Operation Khwakh Ba De Sham in various parts of the Upper Orakzai Agency of FATA.
The SFs killed two Taliban (TTP) militants during an operation at Baidara village in the Swat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Authorities released a list of 96 wanted terrorists, including top Taliban (TTP) ‘commander’ Ziaur Rehman, and displayed it at all important places of the Swat District.
Australian Army Chief General Keith James visited the Swat valley and got a briefing on the law and order situation in the District. Operation Rah-e-Rast Commander Major General Ashfaq Nadeem briefed the visiting Australian Army chief.
The Islamabad Capitol Territory Police arrested a militant and two of his accomplices and seized a hand grenade from their possession from sector I-10/1 in Islamabad in Punjab.
A suspected militant was arrested at Chung in Gujranwala District in Punjab, after he had entered the premises of the PTC in the region using fake identification documents to get past the entrance.
The Federal Investigation Agency submitted in a court Rawalpindi a supplementary investigation report on the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto accused the slain chief of TTP, Baitullah Mehsud, of masterminding the murder.
The Interior Minister Rehman Malik revealed that Faisal Shahzad, arrested by the US for carrying out a failed attack in New York’s Times Square on May 1, had links in South Waziristan.
Two top United Sates President Barrack Obama administration officials have told Pakistan that it has only weeks to show real progress in a crackdown against the Taliban (TTP), a senior US official said.
The President Barack Obama’s new national security doctrine will make clear that the United States does not consider itself to be at war with Islam, a top adviser said.
|May 27||53 Taliban (TTP) militants and one SF killed in various clashes during Operation Khwakh Ba De Sham in Orakzai Agency of FATA.
Taliban (TTP) militants armed with rockets and grenades stormed the home of a pro-Government tribal elder, killing him, his wife and son before blowing up the house in Asghar village, about 40 kilometres northwest of Khar, the main town in Bajaur Agency.
Two militants were killed and three others were arrested during an attack on a FC checkpost in Chora area of Jamrud tehsil in Khyber Agency.
Two militants and a Policeman were killed and two Police officers were injured in an encounter when a group of militants attacked a Police van in Mamo Khwar area in Thall tehsil of Hangu District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
SFs killed three Taliban (TTP) militants, including a local ‘commander’, during search operation at Arkot area in Matta tehsil of Swat District.
Maulana Fazlullah, the Swat Taliban (TTP) ‘chief’, has apparently been killed along with six other militants in a clash with Afghan border forces in Nuristan province of Afghanistan on May 26, intelligence sources said.
Unidentified assailants hurled a hand grenade at the residence of, senior BNP leader, Attaullah Mohammadzai in Khatan locality in Khuzdar District of Balochistan. A woman was injured in the attack.
The Minister for Defence Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar said the nuclear assets of Pakistan are in safe hands and the United States as well as the international community are completely satisfied with safety and security mechanism evolved for strategic wealth.
|May 28||At least 80 worshippers killed and 92 others injured as seven assailants including three suicide bomber attacked Ahmadiyya place of worship in Model Town and Garhi Shahu areas of Lahore in Punjab.
The Punjab chapter of TTP claimed the responsibility for the attack.
Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said that the militant arrested in Model Town hails from Rahim Yar Khan District and used to be a student of a madrassa based in Karachi.
The Minister for Interior Rehman Malik said the involvement of Indian intelligence agency R&AW cannot be ruled out in the Lahore terror attacks. “About Balochistan I am sure that RAW is involved in sabotage activities. But, for Lahore we are investigating,” the Minister said while speaking to media persons.
The SFs backed by fighter jets and helicopters gunships killed at least 80 Taliban (TTP) militants and injured 60 others during Operation Khwakh Ba De Sham in Orakzai Agency of FATA.
One SF, Sajjad Ali, was killed in a roadside bomb blast in Mushti Maila area of Orakzai Agency.
Unidentified militants killed four Policemen in Satellite Town area of Quetta in Balochistan. LeJ claimed responsibility for the attack.
A person belonging to the Shia community was killed and some others were wounded in a clash between two rival sects at Islam Chowk in Orangi Town of Karachi in Sindh.
A Pakistani college student, Adnan Babar Mirza (33), living in Texas was convicted of conspiring to help the Taliban and fight US troops. A federal jury convicted Adnan Babar Mirza of two conspiracy counts and seven firearms violations after a three-day trial held in Houston.
FBI Special Agent John McKinley, the prosecution’s first witness, told jurors that Mirza can be heard on the taped conversations talking about sending money to support Taliban families.
Another suspect was detained in connection with the main suspect, Faisal Shahzad, in the New York Times Square attempted car bombing on May 1, a Pakistani official said. The latest suspect to be questioned is a Pakistani national Humbal Akhtar.
A UN human rights expert Philip Alston reports that the use of drones by US intelligence agencies to target suspected terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan lacks accountability required under international law.
|May 29||At least 44 Taliban (TTP) militants and two soldiers were killed in clashes and shelling during Operation Khwakh Ba De Sham in upper tehsil of Orakzai Agency in FATA.
At least three policemen, including a sub inspector, were killed when unidentified assailants opened indiscriminate fire at a police checkpost in Samanabad area of Lahore in Punjab.
The death toll in the terror attacks on two Ahmadi mosques at Model Town and Garhi Shahu in Lahore rose to 95.
A retired Army major, Adnan Ahmad, said he had been cleared of any wrongdoing after Pakistani intelligence released him from custody in connection with the attempted car bombing in New York’s Times Square.
The US military planners are looking at options for a unilateral strike in Pakistan, if a successful attack on US soil is traced to the Tribal Areas. US retaliation would be contemplated only under extreme circumstances, unnamed senior military officials said.
|May 30||The SFs backed by fighter jets killed 42 Taliban (TTP) militants and injured 13 others in Operation Khwakh Ba De Sham in various parts of Orakzai Agency in FATA.
Swat Scouts killed 22 Taliban (TTP) militants in a six-hour battle in Mulla Khel, Rangi Kandu, Mir Garh, Drai Choti and Sumpag and consolidated their position in the areas. The SFs also destroyed 12 terrorist hideouts in these areas.
An attempt to abduct Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s brother was foiled by his driver in Islamabad in Punjab. Unidentified armed men attempted to stop Khalid Malik outside the Ministers Enclave when he was leaving his residence in a car.
Seven persons were arrested over alleged links with the militants who attacked places of worship of the Ahmadi community in Lahore.
Lahore Police arrested a burqa-clad suspect near Ghazi Road where Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif was to arrive later.
The British Foreign Office has reported that a British national was killed in attacks on two worship places of the Ahmadi community in Lahore.
The Government will eliminate militants from all parts of the country, including southern Punjab, as they have started sneaking into other parts of the country from there and measures are being taken to deal with them, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said, hinting at a new strategy against militants.
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of US Admiral Mike Mullen said he is more focused on Pakistani cooperation to contain the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan than weighing military action against militant targets in that country in retaliation for a terror attack in the US emanating from there.
|May 31||At least five people, including a woman, were killed when at least four unidentified militants stormed various wards of Jinnah Hospital in Lahore in Punjab in the night. Reports said the attack was an attempt to free a militant, Muaz, who was under treatment at the hospital after being arrested following May 28’s attacks on an Ahmedis’ prayer facility in Model Town’s C-block.
Unidentified assailants shot dead a prayer leader and his companion at Taughi Road near Mezan Chowk in Quetta of Balochistan.
Nine persons were injured in a clash in Sector 19 of Awami Colony in Karachi in Sindh. Calling the incident sectarian violence, Station House Officer Zawar Hussain said the clash was a reaction to an incident of May 30, in which a person, Noor Ahmed, was injured at Singer Chowrangi.
Three UN human rights investigators reports that the official discrimination in Pakistan against the Ahmedis fuels hatred of the community and prompts violent attacks against them.
The Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer said that the Punjab Government must ensure zero tolerance towards banned religious outfits, suggesting that leniency would embolden them.
|June 1||The gunship helicopters targeted Taliban (TTP) positions in Teri and Kot Kalay areas in Upper Orakzai of FATA, destroying three hideouts and killing 20 militants.
Taliban (TTP) militants blew up a Government school for girls and a health centre at Khushal Kally in Mohmand Agency, while three people were killed in different incidents, officials said.
A person belonging to Shia community, Asif Raza Rizvi (42), was killed in an alleged sectarian targeted killing near the Inquiry Office at Nazimabad of Karachi City in Sindh.
At least eight people were injured in an explosion in the busy commercial area of Hub Industrial Township.
SFs targeted militant hideouts at Alacha in Landikotal of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Police arrested two suspected terrorists involved in the attack at Jinnah Hospital, in which at least four gunmen killed five people in an attempt to get to a suspect in recent attacks on the worship places of Ahmedis.
The Pakistan Army declared victory over militants in Operation Khwakh Ba De Sham in Orakzai Agency of FATA and said that the military operation in the area had been completed and civilians could expect to return home soon.
|June 2||At least 33 Taliban (TTP) militants were killed during clashes with SFs in different parts of Orakzai Agency of FATA.
More than a dozen Taliban (TTP) militants attacked an Army checkpost in the Shahu Khel area in which two soldiers were wounded, the local administration official Sajjad Ahmed said.
20 Taliban (TTP) militants were killed and 12 injured in helicopter gunship attacks and ground clashes in upper parts of Orakzai.
Pakistan Army spokesman Major General Athar Abbas said that major operations in Orakzai were over, although “stabilisation” operations may continue.
One woman and two children were injured when unidentified militants fired three rockets that landed in the jurisdiction of Pishtakhara Police Station of Peshawar in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in night.
Two persons, including the driver of an oil tanker supplying fuel to NATO forces in Afghanistan, were injured when unidentified assailants opened fire at the tanker near Sibi in Balochistan.
A security official said that the total number of people killed in Orakzai since May 1 in action against Taliban (TTP) is estimated at 719.
Despite the Pakistan Army’s announcement on June 1 of “successful conclusion of the operation in Orakzai Agency”, locals and officials said that more than half of the Agency was yet to be cleared of the Taliban (TTP).
They said the forces had cleared areas bordering Khyber Agency in northern Orakzai, blocking the Taliban’s attempt to zero in on Peshawar and target supply routes for NATO and American forces in Afghanistan.
The LeJ allegedly threatened to kill the MS of the Sindh Government Hospital of Saudabad in Khokhrapar area of Karachi in a suicide attack.
The Punjabi Taliban holed up in south Punjab have become more dangerous and are geared up for large-scale sabotage in the country, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said.
The Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that the Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s statement about the Punjabi Taliban is aimed at creating disharmony among the provinces.
A UN investigator called for a halt to CIA-directed drone strikes on suspected al Qaeda and Taliban terrorists, warning that killings ordered far from the battlefield could lead to a “Playstation” mentality.
|June 3||One LeJ militant was shot dead and three others arrested during a bid to escape after robbing a private bank in Orangi Town Police Station area of Karachi.
A doctor, identified as Hassan Hyder, belonging to the Shia sect was shot dead by unidentified assailants near the Railway Colony of Karachi.
The SFs recovered explosives, hand-grenades and arms, during a raid in Shakardara area of Matta tehsil in Swat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Two militants, one of them a former FC solider, were arrested in an operation carried out in Spin Kanray area in the Kalan Police Station area of Nowshera District.
The Police have arrested five more suspects in connection with the sectarian attacks on Ahmedis Mosque in Lahore on May 28.
A surviving militant of the Lahore carnage, Abdullah alias Muhammad, disclosed that he was misled into believing that Ahmedis were involved in drawing blasphemous caricatures of the Holy Prophet so their bloodshed was a great service to Islam.
Ahmedis and rights activists have strongly criticized the Punjab Government for “its slackness” in dealing with the arrested militant, who was allegedly facilitated by the authorities to the extent of having the privilege of using a cell phone while in custody.
|June 4||Two persons were killed by the Taliban (TTP) militants in North Waziristan in FATA on charges of ‘spying’ for the US Forces in Afghanistan.
Authorities have put Lahore on high alert following recent threats and intelligence information of more terrorist activities in the city.
Police arrested three suspects from areas around the Ahmedis’ worship place in Garhi Shahu.
Investigations into the Garhi Shahu and Model Town attacks have taken an important turn after information gathered during the interrogation of the arrested militant, Muaaz. Sources said following the information, investigators now suspect Police officials and officers deputed at both worship places of the Ahmedis and have started monitoring them as well.
Quoting a private television channel that Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that the policy against the banned religious organisations has been forwarded to the Punjab Government and the SFs have arrested as many as 700 militants belonging to southern Punjab.
Pakistan People’s Party central leader Abida Hussain has suggested drone attacks be carried out in southern Punjab as they are being done in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.
|June 5||25 Taliban (TTP) militants were killed and another 22 others injured when SFs backed by gunship helicopters pounded militants hideouts in Orakzai Agency of FATA.
At least seven militants and two civilians were killed in an armed clash between the TTP and the LI militants in the Tabai Bazaar area of Zakha Khel in Landikotal of Khyber Agency.
25 Taliban (TTP) militants surrendered to the SFs and announced their complete support against other Taliban (TTP) militants in Mamond tehsil of Bajaur Agency.
Unidentified assailants riding a motorcycle shot dead a SSP cadre, Shehzad (25), in Petal Wali Gali under Gulbahar Police Station area of Karachi in Sindh in the night.
|June 6||The SFs killed 44 Taliban (TTP) militants and injured another 11 in various areas of Upper Orakzai of FATA.
14 more militants were killed in the ongoing clash between the LI and the TTP that began in Khyber Agency on June 5. The death toll reached 21 as seven militants were killed earlier on June 5.
A Policeman, Atta Muhammad, was injured when unidentified militants fired a rocket at a Police vehicle near Sonakhan checkpost on Saryab Road in Quetta of Balochistan.
Washington accepts that the final political solution in Afghanistan can involve reformed Taliban in the Government if certain “red lines” are respected, US Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke said.
|June 7||SFs killed at least 12 Taliban (TTP) militants and injured another 20 in Orakzai Agency of FATA.
An official of the Khasadar, Subedar Ayaz Afridi, and two other persons were injured when militants hurled hand grenades at a checkpost in Charwazgai area in Landikotal tehsil of Khyber Agency.
The Crime Investigation Agency team of Lahore Police arrested 12 terrorist suspects from the house of a doctor, Dr. Mirza Safdar Baig, in the Township Police Station area of Lahore.
Investigators probing the terrorist attacks on the worship places of the Ahmedis in Lahore have discovered that all the weapons and ammunitions used in the attacks were foreign made.
Police arrested three persons allegedly affiliated with a banned Shia outfit and seized weapons from their possession in Karachi in Sindh.
Pakistan military’s successful operations in tribal areas have forced many important Taliban leaders to flee outside Pakistan and Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said.
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani called for composite dialogue between Pakistan and India to resolve all outstanding disputes, including Kashmir and water.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said meaningful talks between Pakistan and India, which can lead to a resolution of outstanding issues, are possible only when Pakistan does not let its territory be used for terrorism.
|June 8||Six soldiers were killed and eight others were injured on June 8 when Taliban (TTP) militants stormed a checkpoint in Orakzai Agency in FATA.
The Taliban (TTP) militants staged a public execution in front of hundreds of tribesmen in Miranshah in North Waziristan Agency after a Taliban (TTP) court convicted the person, identified as Waheed, of killing two brothers.
Unidentified militants attacked and set fire to a convoy of about 50 tankers and containers of the NATO forces heading towards Peshawar on the Motorway, at the Sangjani area of Ternol near Islamabad in Punjab, killing four persons and injuring three others.
Law enforcement agencies have arrested some 26 persons in Islamabad and recovered weapons from them.
A Hindu rice trader, Hamesh Kumar, was shot dead as he resisted the abduction of his son, in Quetta in Balochistan.
A cloth vendor, Abdul Sattar, was shot dead in the Buleda Bazaar of Turbat.
Pakistan called for an international cooperative approach against terrorism through real time intelligence sharing and by addressing its root causes. Addressing the third Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), in Istanbul in Turkey, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi called for a two-pronged strategy to confront terrorism, which remained the paramount security threat confronting the world.
A senior US official, Robert Blake, the Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, said that India has voiced understanding for the giant US aid plan for its historic rival Pakistan despite earlier security fears.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that the Government has no plans to launch a military operation in southern Punjab and the war on terror would be fought in collaboration with the Punjab government.
Sources told Daily Times that the provincial capital is becoming a safe haven for terrorists from Tribal Areas who have decided to set up shop in Punjab after the Pakistan Army drove them out of Waziristan of FATA.
The ambassadors of 13 Islamic countries visited Swat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and highly lauded the successful military operation by the Pakistan Army against militants.
|June 9||The Taliban (TTP) militants attacked two security checkpoints in Mohmand Agency in FATA, resulting in a gun battle that killed two soldiers and 40 Taliban (TTP) militants.
14 militants were killed and three Security Forces personnel injured in clashes in various areas of Upper Orakzai Agency.
Two persons including a woman were killed and six others sustained injuries when an artillery shell exploded in a house in Damadola in Mamond subdivision of Bajaur Agency.
A person belonging to the Shia community was shot dead at Karachi in Sindh in the continuing wave of sectarian violence in the city. The victim was identified as Shahzad Raza Rizvi.
A Pakistani-born American man accused of providing support for Al-Qaeda’s efforts to combat US forces in Afghanistan was sentenced on June 9 to 15 years in prison.
An Anti Terrorist Court in Punjab acquitted five persons accused in the Islamabad District courts and the Aabpara Market suicide bombing cases for want of incriminating evidence.
Pakistan’s next priority in the fight against the Taliban (TTP) is North Waziristan, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said in Istanbul in Turkey.
Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani said that no military operation was on the cards in the province and that no operation could be justified, as the law and order here was comparatively quite better than other provinces.
|June 10||Three militants were killed when a US drone fired two missiles at a house in North Waziristan in FATA.
64 militants, including five ‘commanders’, surrendered before the SFs in Bajaur Agency.
SFs recovered huge cache of arms during a search operation in Bajaur Agency.
Two vehicles were destroyed when military gunship helicopters shelled suspected hideouts of militants in various areas of Safi sub-division near Pak-Afghan border in Mohmand Agency.
A Pakistan Naval Police official was killed and three others injured in a bomb explosion at the main gate of the naval base on Hub River Road in Baldia Town in Sindh.
The Sindh Police’s Special Investigation Unit arrested a MQM-H cadre. The SIU conducted snap checking at Islamia College and arrested Asif Raza alias Saqib, while recovering a TT pistol from his possession.
Unidentified armed assailants opened fire at a NATO convoy near Wadh in Balochistan injuring three persons and damaging a car.
Nearly four million people are living under Taliban (TTP) rule in Pakistan’s northwest, suffering human rights abuses from the extremists as well as the military, Amnesty International said. According to the report titled “As If Hell Fell on Me”, more than 1,300 civilians were killed in fighting between the Pakistani troops and the Taliban (TTP) in 2009 while more than one million internally displaced persons (IDPs) are still in various towns.
Intelligence agencies have forwarded information that militants in Punjab, especially in Lahore have direct links with local criminal networks.
The Punjab Government will strongly oppose any ‘Rah-e-Nijat style’ military operation against extremists in the province, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said.
|June 11||A series of US missiles killed 15 Taliban (TTP) militants in North Waziristan in FATA.
Two unidentified persons were killed in another strike in North Waziristan.
Three persons were shot dead at Mastung town in Balochistan. Unidentified car riders opened indiscriminate fire on three persons riding a motorcycle in the Kand Masori area, killing them on the spot.
The CID of the Sindh Police arrested two suspected ‘commanders’ of the TTP during a raid in Lyari Expressway in Karachi. During the preliminary interrogation, the TTP commanders revealed they had kidnapped and later released an Afghan NGO activist in North Waziristan after receiving PNR four million as ransom.
President Asif Ali Zardari, while addressing the 10th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Tashkent in Uzbekistan, said that regional countries must join hands to address menace of violence and terrorism.
|June 12||10 Taliban (TTP) militants were killed and six others injured when fighter jets targeted their hideouts at Orakzai Agency in FATA, security sources said. Four terrorist hideouts were destroyed in the attack, the sources added.
The Taliban (TTP) militants set ablaze schools in various parts of the agency.
Two persons were shot dead by unidentified assailants at Kili Bangulzai area of Quetta in Balochistan. The victims were identified as Umer Farooq and Abdul Rauf.
Four people, including a Police Constable, were injured in a hand grenade attack on the District’s Fatima Jinnah Road.
Two persons were shot dead in two sectarian targeted attacks at Karachi in Sindh and violence continued for the third consecutive day, sparking riots in various parts of the city.
The Police arrested four suspects from Hangu District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Police identified two of the arrested persons as Dilawar Khan and Haji Mat, both wanted militants.
Troop arrested a Taliban (TTP) ‘commander’ Abdul Mateen Khan from Kohat.
|June 13||SFs killed three militants during a search operation at Swat Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The Police arrested two suspected militants during a raid on the house of an Afghan refugee named Shereen Dil in Hangu District. The arrestees, identified as Meena Gul and Ameen Gul were Afghan citizens.
The SFs set ablaze houses of two militant ‘commanders’ in the Swat Valley. Families of the ‘commanders’ Abdul Wahab and Bakht Zaman were expelled from their hometown of Baish Banar.
A Policeman was killed in Karachi in Sindh. Constable Imran was shot dead in the Sardeed Sector-11-C1 area when two armed assailants on a motorcycle opened indiscriminate fire, killing him on the spot.
The bullet-ridden body of Abdul Latif Baloch, a former employee of the People’s Peace Committee, was found from the Maripur area.
A militant along with his son, were arrested in Karachi. The arrestees were identified as ‘commander’ Gul Raheem and Anwar Ali. Both were residents of Kabal tehsil of the Swat Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.
A vehicle carrying a foreign mission’s registration number-plate hit a Policeman and fired at other Policemen attempting to stop it, in Rawalpindi in Punjab.
A LSE report authored by Matt Waldman, a fellow at Harvard University claimed that the Pakistan’s ISI provides funding, training and sanctuary to the Taliban in Afghanistan on a scale far greater than previously believed.
“Although, the Taliban have a strong endogenous impetus, according to Taliban commanders the ISI orchestrates, sustains and strongly influences the movement,” wrote author Matt Waldman. However the LSE report was dismissed by the Pakistani military as “malicious and baseless”. Presidential spokeswoman Farah Ispahani and Afghan Taliban also rejected the report.
|June 14||PAF fighter jets bombed different parts of the Orakzai Agency in FATA killing 10 militants and injuring six others.
A bullet-riddled body was found dumped at Tarkhusay area of Mamoond tehsil. A note had been placed on the body saying all US spies would face the same fate.
A commander of the LeJ, Qari Zafar, allegedly involved in the attack on the US Consulate in Karachi on March 2, 2006, was killed in an IED blast near Miranshah in North Waziristan on an unspecified date.
SFs also set ablaze 10 houses of militants in Malangi, Zaray and Zagi areas of Mamond tehsil during search and clearance operations.
Seven militants were arrested in Bajaur Agency while another 16 surrendered before the SFs.
Two Policemen were killed and four others injured, in an attack by militants in Bannu in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
A person died in a landmine explosion in Jaffarabad District in Balochistan. According to official sources, a farmer Shehzada Khan was working in some fields near Bugti Kila when he stepped on a landmine.
Two persons were injured when unidentified assailants opened fire in Quetta and Jhal Magsi.
A leader of the SSP was shot dead by two unidentified assailants in the Mobina Town Police limits at Karachi in Sindh.
Deputy Jailer of the Karachi Central Jail, Ishaq Meo, was shot dead by two unidentified motorcyclists while he was on his way home.
The Central Information Secretary of the militant outfit MQM-H, Kamran Rizvi said that number of killings of MQM-H (Amir Khan Group) cadres has risen to 36 since January 2010 and the Sindh Government has yet to take serious notice of those incidents.
The Sunday Times has published a report from Kabul in Afghanistan authored by Miles Amoore in which Pakistan has been accused of providing arms to Taliban militants.
|June 15||Seven persons, including a tribal elder, were shot dead and two others injured when their vehicle was ambushed on the RCD Highway in Surab tehsil of Kalat District in Balochistan.
A person was killed in an explosion at the Airport Road in Turbat. According to Police sources, a man was planting an explosive device at the Airport Road when it exploded, resulting in his instant death. BLF spokesman Doda Khan, calling from an undisclosed location claimed that victim Qadeer Ahmed was a BLF member who was on a ‘secret mission’.
Unidentified armed motorcyclists hurled a hand grenade at a barbershop in the Kili Almo area of Quetta injuring three persons.
An under construction building of the Levies was completely destroyed in a rocket attack in Besima area of Quetta. Four Levies personnel were injured in the explosion.
A NATO oil tanker was partially damaged in a bomb explosion near Chaman. According to Police sources, the bomb, planted on the tanker carrying oil for the NATO forces in Afghanistan exploded, partially damaging the rear portion of the vehicle. No casualties were reported.
Two members of the Safi Aman (Peace) Committee were shot dead in Mohmand Agency in FATA. The victims, Malik Subedar and Malik Dildar, were returning after attending a jirga organised by the Mohmand Agency political administration at a local hotel when armed motorcyclists opened fire at them, killing them on the spot.
Houses of 10 militants were burnt down by the law enforcement agencies, local jirga and the political administration in Mohmand tehsil of the Bajaur Agency. Also, 16 militants surrendered to the SFs.
Threats written on TTP letterheads were distributed in various areas of the Mamoond and Khar tehsils of Bajaur Agency, saying the TTP would continue fighting against the US and its allies.
A Police Officer, identified as ASI Riaz was killed by unidentified assailants in Khwaja Ajmer Nagri area of Karachi in Sindh.
Around 11 militants surrendered to the SFs in the Swat Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. According to sources, the militants belonging to the Shah Dheri and Koza Bandi areas of Kabal tehsil denounced terrorism and surrendered to the SFs along with their weapons.
|June 16||Troops backed by helicopter gun ships and artillery killed 38 Taliban (TTP) militants in attacks on their hideouts at Bajaur Agency in FATA. Ten soldiers were also killed in clashes.
The TTP militants executed an alleged murderer in public in North Waziristan. Waheed Khan was shot dead in front of some 200 people in Dattakhel tehsil for allegedly killing a tribesman on June 12.
The Pakistan Army reported that more than 30 Pakistani troops are missing following the attack by the Afghan Taliban militants on a border check post, on June 14. The Taliban claimed to be holding up to 10 soldiers captive.
A JeM, identified as Owais, cadre was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Karachi in Sindh.
An alleged Police informer, identified as Bahadur Khan (50), was shot dead by unidentified militants outside his residence in Pathan Colony.
A levies official was killed and another seriously injured after unidentified assailants hurled a hand grenade into a levies Police station in Kharan District of Balochistan. The deceased was identified as Muhammad Yaqoob and the injured as Muhammad Ali.
A person was shot dead by unidentified assailants in the Usta Muhammad area of Jaffarabad District.
The District Chief of JeI, Fida Saadi, who is also a member of the provincial executive council, was shot dead while his driver sustained critical injuries in a firing incident in Hangu in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The Punjab Government in Pakistan gave financial assistance to the JuD, which was labelled a front for the LeT by the UNSC, after the Mumbai terror attacks. Pakistan’s Punjab province government, which is led by the PML-N, gave PKR 82.77 million to the JuD, whose chief Hafiz Saeed is accused of masterminding the terror attacks, and its associates in the last fiscal year (2009
The US has presented evidence to the Pakistan Government that the Haqqani faction, that is aligned with the Taliban militants and is based in Pakistan, orchestrated brazen attacks in Afghanistan in May 2008.
General David Petraeus, who oversees the Afghan war as head of US Central Command, told a Senate hearing that he, the top US and NATO commander in Afghanistan and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, raised Haqqani links in a recent meeting with Chief of the Army Staff Ashfaq Kayani.
|June 17||A doctor was shot dead in a sectarian attack in Karachi in Sindh. According to eyewitness accounts, the victim identified as Dr Zahid Hussain was in his car when unidentified assailants opened fire on him and managed to escape from the incident site.
An official of the Pakistan Rangers, identified as Sohail Abbas, as was shot dead on Bagh-e-Halar Road in Garden Police precincts.
A SHO was shot dead and a passer-by was injured in Mastung in Balochistan. City Police Station SHO Murad Sajidi was on a routine patrol when unidentified armed motorcyclists shot him at the Masjid Road near the City Police Station.
A man was shot dead in the Sohran area of Dhaddar in Bolan District. The victim was identified as Yar Muhammad.
A woman was injured when unidentified men hurled a hand grenade at a house in Aminabad Street at the Brewery Road in Quetta.
14 of about 40 Pakistani Soldiers who went missing after a militant attack on a security check post on June 14 have been found in Afghanistan and flown home by helicopter.
A low scale operation in South Punjab has been planned and will be implemented through Police and Rangers personnel. Intelligence agencies have collected reliable data on the activities of banned religious groups and militants gathering in South Punjab and linking with the TTP or even al Qaeda.
Punjab Inspector General Tariq Saleem Dogar arrived in Islamabad through a chartered plane for an emergency meeting with the head of an intelligence agency and it was learnt that the agency had compiled a report on the activities of these banned groups.
The Punjab IG met the head of the jihadi wing of the LeT, who is a retired Pakistan Army colonel, while the Muzaffargarh DPO also joined them.
The Federal Government has allocated PKR 130 billion in the federal budget 2010-11 for expenditures on the war against terrorism. Finance Division Public Sector Reforms wing official Nauman Ishaq said.
The Defence Secretary Lieutenant-General (Retired) Syed Athar Ali informed the Public Accounts Committee of the National Assembly that financial reserves of Armed Forces were depleting fast because of the ongoing military operations near or along the western border.
|June 18||Daily Times reports that dead bodies of six FC personnel were recovered from Mohmand Agency in FATA by a tribal jirga after the tribal elders visited and held talks with the Afghan Taliban militants.
The search for the remaining 34 missing paramilitary soldiers is still on.
Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistan-born American national arrested over the botched car bombing in New York’s Times Square, was formally charged with 10 terrorism and weapons counts including attempted use of weapon of mass destruction.
The FIA has completed its inquiry into the assassination of former Prime Minister and PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto, blaming Taliban (TTP) leader Baitullah Mehsud for orchestrating the attack.
The FIA report also revealed that there were two suicide bombers present outside Liaquat Bagh to target the PPP leader. Earlier, all investigation reports claimed that only one suicide bomber, Saeed alias Bilal, was present at the spot and exploded himself near Benazir Bhutto’s vehicle.
Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer said that the Taliban (TTP) militants are present in Punjab but the provincial Government is hesitant to accept the fact.
Senior Adviser to the Punjab Chief Minister, Zulfiqar Khosa said that although the Taliban (TTP) are recruiting the unemployed youth of Southern Punjab, their training camps do not exist in any area of the Province.
General David Petraeus, the commander of the US Central Command overseeing America’s war efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq, refused to endorse a LSE report which blames Pakistan for maintaining links with the Afghan Taliban.
Appreciating the sacrifices rendered by the Pakistan Army and law enforcing agencies to curb the menace of militancy, Interior Minister Senator Rehman Malik reiterated the Federal Government’s resolve to free the country from terrorism and insurgency.
|June 19||A US drone targeted a Government-run tube-well in the Soheele village of Mir Ali sub-division in the North Waziristan Agency of FATA, killing at least 12 Taliban (TTP) militants and injuring 16 others.
A roadside bomb targeting a Police patrol killed a passer-by and injured eight people in Dera Ismail Khan District of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. Senior Police official Aslam Khattak said that the attack occurred as the Police vehicle travelled through the town, which borders the Tribal Areas. Among the injured was a police official, who has played an important role in arresting terrorists.
|June 20||13 Taliban (TTP) militants were killed and 10 others were injured when fighter jets bombed their hideouts in Orakzai Agency in FATA. Four militant hideouts were also destroyed in the bombing in Ghotak, Tor Samt and Kot Kaley areas of the Agency.
Five Taliban militants, including ‘commander’ Abid Afridi, were killed and three others were injured in an explosion at an ammunition depot in Sheikhan Kaley area of Orakzai Agency.
In Mohmand Agency, troops backed by helicopter gunship killed four pro-Taliban (TTP) militants and injured 10 others.
Five members of a family were killed and two others injured when unidentified gunmen opened indiscriminate fire on them in their house in Jamrud tehsil of Khyber Agency.
Three Taliban (TTP) militants were killed in a clash with the SFs in Charbagh tehsil in Swat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Two Levies recruits were killed and two others injured when suspected militants stormed a training centre in Dir. According to the sources, the recruits were staying in tents pitched on the ground of the Government Technical College in Timergara when a group of suspected militants attacked the centre with rockets and heavy weapons.
Suspected TTP militants killed two women for alleged involvement in adultery at Ranu Garhai in capital Peshawar.
Two persons were killed and another injured when unidentified assailants opened fire at them on Art School Road in Quetta in Balochistan. The deceased were identified as Hasnain Ali and Shuja Ali.
An Army official was killed and 13 others, including seven army men, were injured in a roadside bomb explosion targeting a military convoy. The deceased was identified as Deedar Ali.
A person, identified as Naimat Habib, was shot dead by unidentified assailants near Qasab Colony in Karachi in Sindh.
|June 21||10 Taliban (TTP) militants and three SF personnel were killed in Orakzai Agency in FATA. According to officials the militants attacked a Frontier Corps vehicle with three rockets in Andkhel area of the agency, killing three Soldiers and injuring another five.
Unidentified assailants blew up a 66-KV grid station in the Bajaur Agency.
The house of a suspected terrorist was also destroyed by the political administration.
Unidentified assailants shot dead a person and injured his two brothers in Gulistan-e-Jauhar in the remit of Shahrah-e-Faisal Police Station in Karachi in Sindh.
The Anti-Extremist Cell of the CID arrested a TTP militant from Kunwari Colony. The arrestee, identified as Azmatullah alias Asmatullah, is the brother Wahabullah, a TTP ‘commander’ for North Waziristan in FATA.
A key Taliban (TTP) ‘commander’ Farooq was killed in a clash between the SFs and the Taliban (TTP) militants in Hangu District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Suspected militants blew up a shrine of a saint named Mian Umer Baba on the outskirts of Peshawar. No loss of life was reported.
A German man wearing a burqa (an all-enveloping cloak worn by traditional Muslim women) and carrying a pistol was arrested in Bannu.
Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani-American terror suspect accused in the failed New York car bombing case, pleaded guilty. Faisal Shahzad entered the plea in US District Court in Manhattan just days after a federal grand jury indicted him on 10 terrorism and weapons counts, some of which carry mandatory life sentences.
Pakistani authorities have arrested another six persons on suspicion of having links with Faisal Shahzad. The six were arrested from different cities across the country.
|June 22||43 Taliban (TTP) militants were killed in clashes with SFs in the Orakzai Agency in FATA. Militants had attacked the SFs with lethal weapons and mortar shells in the Sawar Kot area. Around 43 militants were killed in the gun battle that followed. At least 12 soldiers were also injured in the shootout.
Around 22 Taliban (TTP) militants laid down their weapons and surrendered before the SFs in the Bajaur Agency.
SFs seized a large number of weapons including Russian manufactured Kalashnikov rifles during search operations in various parts of Mohmand tehsil.
Taliban (TTP) militants acknowledged that they were holding 33 missing FC soldiers who went missing since militants attacked a check-post near the Afghan border in Mohmand Agency on June 14 as hostages and offered prisoner swap with the Government.
The Taliban (TTP) has put up posters in the main market in Landikotal in Khyber Agency, warning those who supply goods to NATO forces in Afghanistan to stop doing so, threatening those who fail to comply with attacks on their homes.
Five militants were killed in separate incidents in the Swat Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Three terrorist ‘commanders’ were killed in clashes with SFs in the Miandam area. The SFs also seized a large number of weapons from them.
In another gun battle, a militant identified as Muhammad Ilyas, a close aide of Mullah Fazlullah, the militant leader of Swat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, was killed at the Gat Papuchar area in Matta tehsil.
Militants freed the Vice Chancellor of the Kohat University of Science and Technology Dr Lutfullah Kakakhel, after holding him in captivity for six-and-a-half months.
Four US senators are seeking to force the Obama administration to blacklist the Pakistani Taliban (TTP), a day after Faisal Shahzad the failed Times Square bomber, pleaded guilty and admitted getting training from the outfit.
The senators, Charles Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg, all Democrats, said that they would introduce a bill requiring the State Department to designate the Pakistani Taliban a “foreign terrorist organisation”.
The IGP of Punjab, Tariq Saleem Dogar said, that there was no need to launch an operation in southern Punjab. While talking to the media, Dogar said that no religious school in the region was involved in providing military training to militants. Southern Punjab should not be linked with terrorists, he added.
|June 23||15 Taliban (TTP) militants were killed during a clash with SFs in the Dabori Ali Khel area of Upper Orakzai in the FATA. One soldier was killed, while 15 others were injured in the clash.
24 Taliban (TTP) militants were killed in the Hatango area. An official said the militants attacked a Security check post at around 11am with small arms and rockets, prompting retaliation from the SFs. SFs also destroyed two militant hideouts.
SFs in a pre-dawn raid arrested five militants from a hideout in Mullagori area in Khyber Agency.
Two persons, identified as Farooq and Asad, were shot dead by unidentified assailants in Quetta in Balochistan. A 15-year-old passer-by was also injured in the attack.
A barber was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Gushabad area in Hub town.
Unidentified militants shot dead a leader of the JI and abducted his son in Darra Adamkhel in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. A group of militants attacked the house of Muhammad Khan Afridi, JI chief for Darra Adamkhel chapter and also the Frontier Regions, dragged him out of his residence and shot him dead.
The CID arrested two cadres of the MQM-H in a raid in the Pakistan Bazaar Police jurisdiction in Karachi in Sindh. The arrestees, identified as Hamid alias Piya and Aslam Zafar alias Gunja, were allegedly involved in target killings.
A Pakistani intelligence report, according to the BBC, says that militants are publicly raising funds in the Punjab Province. The report says at least 17 banned militant outfits are operating in the Province under different names. They are raising donations through religious gatherings, certificate award ceremonies and meetings held in the name of social welfare.
Anti-Terrorism Court concluded the trial of five Americans charged with terrorism and is expected to announce its verdict. The Americans have been on trial in a closed anti-terrorism court behind prison walls in Sargodha in Punjab where they were arrested in December 2009.
|June 24||Eight militants were killed and four others injured when fighter jets bombed their hideouts in Orakzai Agency in FATA. According to the sources, two militants’ hideouts were destroyed by aerial bombing in the Sheikhan, Mullah Khel and Sadda Khel areas of Ghandaki in upper Orakzai Agency.
Four oil tankers carrying fuel for Afghanistan-based NATO forces, and part of a filling station were set ablaze by unidentified militants on the Grand Trunk Road near Kala Mandai in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa following an explosion.
The CID arrested three LeJ cadres from Liaquatabad and Orangi Town in Karachi in Sindh. The arrestees, identified as Hafiz Muhammad Ali Qureshi, Talha Zubair and Muhammad Zahid were suspected to be involved in targeted killings.
A Police constable has come under suspicion for having abetted the four under-trial prisoners who were believed to be members of banned outfit Jundullah, in their recent escape from the city courts premises.
Two persons were arrested by a team of law enforcers from Shahdara area in Lahore in Punjab in connection with their involvement in the attacks on the Ahmedis’ worship places on May 28, 2010.
Five American nationals alleged to have been involved in terrorist activities were convicted by ATC Special Judge Mian Anwar Nazir in Sargodha in Punjab. They were sentenced to a total of 15 years in prison and fined PNR 70,000 each. The judge handed down two prison terms for each person, one for 10 years on a criminal conspiracy charge, and the other for five years on the charge of funding banned outfits.
American President Barack Obama said that the US must ensure a stable Afghanistan and an effective Pakistani Government to achieve its mission in Afghanistan to dismantle and destroy al-Qaida and its affiliates.
Intelligence agencies have reported that Shia outfits are operating in southern Punjab and are working against their rival factions.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik told the National Assembly that the TTP and other banned outfits were involved in target killings and sectarian violence.
The intelligence agencies of Pakistan have revealed that al Qaeda, the Afghan Intelligence Agency, India’s R&AW and the Afghan Taliban have joined hands to carry out terrorist attacks in Pakistan.
|June 25||Ten TTP militants were killed and five others, including two personnel of Paramilitary Forces were injured during an exchange of fire in Orakzai Agency in FATA.
SFs during a search operation recovered a huge quantity of arms and ammunition in Charmang in Bajaur Agency. It included rockets, missiles, mortars, Kalashnikov rifles, anti-tank mines, hand-grenades and explosives.
Eight Taliban (TTP) militants, including four ‘commanders’, surrendered before SFs in Bajaur Agency. Talking to reporters, Major Tanveer and Major Zabih said the surrendered militants were associated with Afghan warlord Qari Ziaur Rehman, who had been fighting the forces for the last two years.
A person was abducted from Musa Colony in Quetta in Balochistan. According to details, unidentified armed men, travelling in a car, took Fazal Muhammad hostage at gunpoint and fled.
Five bomb explosions hit railway tracks in lower Sindh. Four bomb explosions hit the railway track near Tandi Phatak, Ghotki while the fifth one took place in Bin Qasim area of Karachi.
In Hyderabad, a Police patrol found two bombs that had been planted near the railway track in Sherishnager. Personnel of the Bomb Disposal Squad defused both the bombs.
Two Pakistani nationals heading to South Africa were arrested by the Police in Zimbabwe. One of the arrestees is under an international arrest warrant for terrorism.
One of the most wanted cadres of the TTP was arrested by the Police after a brief encounter in Baldia Town in Karachi in Sindh. Initial interrogation revealed the arrested man was a close associate of the TTP Commander in Swat (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) Shah Doran.
Section 144 has been imposed in Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province after reports of security threats in the city.
|June 26||Fighter jets pounded militant hideouts in upper Orakzai Agency of FATA, killing 14 Taliban (TTP) militants and injuring eight others, security sources said.
Two militants were killed and two others injured as a result of an US drone strike in Mir Ali area in North Waziristan.
|June 27||At least 66 Taliban (TTP) militants were killed and another 30 injured in air strikes and clashes with the SFs across the country’ northwest, security sources said.
In Orakzai Agency, the SFs said they killed at least 63 TTP militants in the last 24 hours. The sources said around 15 TTP militants were killed and another six injured in a clash with the SFs in the Agency’s Dabori area. Three soldiers were critically injured in the clash.
Eight TTP militants were killed and another 24 injured in a clash with the SFs in the Bakar Ghari area of Upper Orakzai. Also, the sources added that fighter jets attacked a Taliban (TTP)-run makeshift hospital in Upper Orakzai, killing 40 TTP militants under treatment at the facility.
In Khar, four troopers were killed when TTP militants ambushed an Army patrol in Bajaur Agency, officials said. The terrorists attacked the troops during a patrol in the border town of Kharaki, 25 kilometres north of Khar. “
Troops backed by helicopter gun ships and fighter jets killed eight militants in Orakzai Agency in FATA. Six militants were also injured in the attack.
Six Taliban (TTP) militants were killed and two others injured when a US drone fired two missiles at a compound in North Waziristan Agency. A vehicle was also destroyed in the attack.
A Government-run school was partially damaged when an explosive device planted by the militants exploded in Tangi area in Bajaur Agency.
Six militants, including key Taliban (TTP) ‘commander’ Fazal Rahim alias Karar, were killed during a clash with the SFs in Swat District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Nine hand grenades and other arms and ammunition were also recovered by the troops during the operation at Tuligram area in Charbagh tehsil.
Taliban (TTP) ‘commander’ Sher Muhammad laid down arms and surrendered to the SFs in Kaday Sir Minglawar area in Swat.
Four militant ‘commanders’ were arrested in three separate actions in Nowshera District. The arrestees were identified as Mustafa, Shahzad, Pir Muhammad and Sabir.
An activist of the PPP was shot dead by unidentified assailants near Pak Colony Police Station in Karachi in Sindh. The deceased, identified as Arif, was an associate of the PPP Pak Colony Union Council No 1 information secretary.
A person, identified as Sardar Khan, was shot dead by unidentified assailants near the Afghan Camp in Sohrab Goth Police Station precincts.
PPP leader Faizuddin Sasoli was shot dead and three others injured in an attack by unidentified assailants in Khuzdar District of Balochistan.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain has said that the Taliban (TTP), militants are in the process of reorganising themselves around Peshawar as they are planning to carry out a major attack in the city.
Pakistani Foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, in a statement issued in Islamabad has ruled out barring LeT founder and mastermind of 26/11, Hafiz Saeed, from giving inflammatory speeches targeting India.
World’s most wanted terrorist Osama bin Laden is hiding in Pakistan’s rugged tribal areas, CIA chief Leon Panetta said. Panetta said the al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden is in deep hiding in the tribal areas of Pakistan, but did not give any further details.
The chiefs of intelligence agencies of India and Pakistan held a meeting in Islamabad as part of cooperation to fight terrorism and deal with security issues.
Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik described his talks with his Indian counterpart P. Chidambaram as “a good beginning”. It’s a good beginning,”
Sources said that Pakistan may give India voice samples of the seven accused in the Mumbai terror attacks, currently standing trial.
The SAARC Home Ministers, who met in Islamabad, vowed to step up coordinated action against terrorism and work out modalities to strengthen information sharing on terrorists.
|June 28||Over 40,000 litres of oil were wasted when unidentified assailants targeted a NATO oil supply tanker with a bomb on the main road in Landikotal. No casualties were reported in the incident.
Five persons, including two members each from the Shia and Barelvi sects, were shot dead in different areas of the Karachi City in the ongoing spree of target killings.
A member of the Dawat-e-Islami, a religious organisation of the Barelvi sect, was killed by two unidentified men on a motorcycle in the Liaquat Market area in Malir.
Ali Muhammad was murdered outside his house in Muslimabad.
An unidentified man’s bullet-riddled body was recovered in Haji Miandad Goth and taken to the hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.
Law enforcers have arrested three terrorists who reportedly provided weapons and ammunition to the terrorists responsible for the attack on Ahmedis’ worship places in the provincial capital Lahore.
The criminals responsible for carrying out the 26/11 Mumbai attacks wanted to instigate a war between India and Pakistan, and Hindu extremists are carrying out terrorist activities in India, a private TV channel quoted Interior Minister Rehman Malik as saying.
|June 29||A US drone fired two missiles on a compound used by the Punjab chapter of the Taliban (TTP) near Wana in South Waziristan in FATA, killing at least ten militants, including an al Qaeda foreign fighter.
Two Levies personnel were shot dead by unidentified assailants in Dasht area of Mastung in Balochistan in the night.
The Lahore Police arrested three cadres of a banned terrorist outfit under suspicion of involvement in attacks on UN vehicles and other installations across the country.
Several teams of the Lahore Police arrested 15 more terrorists during raids at hideouts in different areas of the city as well as its outskirts. “
Sources said, “During the crackdown, a special police team also arrested a terrorist from Z-Block Defence housing Authority of Lahore and recovered a large quantity of explosives from his possession.”
The Interior Ministry has warned the Punjab Government of a life threat to Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer. The Interior Ministry sent a letter to the Punjab Government warning it that terrorists might target Governor Taseer, the channel reported.
|June 30||Fighter jets pounded Taliban (TTP) hideouts in various areas of Upper Orakzai Agency in FATA, killing 20 Taliban (TTP) militants and injuring 15 others, security sources said.
At least four persons were killed and several others injured when a roadside explosion occurred near a Police check post at Lasbela in Hub of Balochistan, a private television channel reported.
Troops arrested a key militant commander from a house in Jalala area of Takht Bhai Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, sources said.
Pakistan rejected allegations levelled by Indian Army Chief General V.K. Singh about the existence of terrorist training camps in AJK.
|July 1||At least 40 persons were killed and 175 others injured when three suicide attackers blew themselves up inside the shrine of Lahore’s patron saint Syed Ali Hajwairi popularly known as Data Gunj Bakhsh, at about 11 pm (PST) in the night.
Sources confirmed that the Ministry of Interior had informed the authorities concerned in the Punjab Government two days ago about the impending terrorist threat in Lahore.
10 militants were killed and six others sustained injuries when two groups of militants traded heavy fire in Neka Ziarat area in the central parts of Kurram Agency in FATA.
Unidentified assailants shot dead a woman in Safi tehsil of Mohmand Agency. The sources said that unidentified assailants entered the house of Ali Gul in Masood locality and opened indiscriminate fire on his wife. She received multiple bullets and died on the spot.
In the same tehsil, a soldier, whose name could not be ascertained, sustained injuries when a landmine planted by militants at a roadside exploded in Shawa Farsh area.
A SHO associated with the Brigade Police, and his guard, were shot dead near German Chowk under Brigade Police Station of Karachi in Sindh in the night.
A cadre of the SSP, Qari Noor Muhammad (35), was shot dead in Khokhrapar Police Station area of Karachi.
Two young sisters were killed and another boy suffered multiple injuries in a grenade attack on their residence on Saryab Road in Quetta in the night.
Five persons were injured in three rocket attacks in Quetta.
A boy was killed and three officials of the TESCO and a passer-by injured in a hand-grenade attack on a vehicle near a Police checkpost in Bara Qaeedm area of Peshawar District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The South Waziristan Agency has been cleared of the Taliban (TTP) and there are no more insurgent hideouts in the tribal region, a private television channel quoted Pakistan Army’s operations commander in South Waziristan, Major-General Nawaz Khan, as saying.
Peshawar Corps Commander Lieutenant General Asif Yasin Malik said that effective measures had been taken for the smooth and dignified return of South Waziristan’s IDPs.
|July 2||SFs killed 15 Taliban (TTP) militants during an operation in Akakhel area of Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency of FATA.
Armed militants attacked a security post in Janay Khwar area of Matani, 20 kilometres away from Peshawar the capital city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, killing three soldiers of the FC and injuring as many before abducting two security personnel and taking away ammunition on July 2.
Unidentified assailants killed a Shia scholar, Ali Muhammad, in a suspected sectarian attack in Saryab area of Quetta in Balochistan.
A truck driver was abducted from the National Highway in Bakhtiarabad area of Bolan District.
The suicide attack on the Data Darbar shrine of Lahore on July 1 rose to 44.
People lashed out at the US, blaming its alliance with the Pakistani Government and its presence in Afghanistan for spurring suicide attacks on Data Darbar. Protests were held in Lahore against the attack.
The TTP denied any involvement in a triple suicide bombing on the Data Darbar shrine. “We are not responsible for these attacks, this is a conspiracy by foreign secret agencies, you know we do not attack public places,” Azam Tariq, a spokesman for the TTP told AFP by telephone from an undisclosed location.
Lahore Police arrested 17 alleged militants, including the masterminds of the attack on Ahmadi worship places in Model town and Garhi Shahu on May 28 from various areas of Lahore.
The Law enforcers neutralised the network of a terrorist group named ‘Fidaieen’, arrested its four cadres and recovered a list of expected targets in Lahore from their possession.
Pakistan urged the international community to stay engaged in the war-torn country of Afghanistan without interfering in the country’s internal affairs. “Long-term objectives of peace, stability and development in Afghanistan can only be realised by respecting its sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity,” Ambassador Abdullah Hussain Haroon told the UN Security Council.
|July 3||At least 10 Taliban (TTP) militants were killed in clashes with SFs in Orakzai Agency of FATA.
Six Taliban (TTP) militants were killed in a clash between SFs and Taliban (TTP) militants at Sangra area in Lower Orakzai Agency.
Four soldiers were killed and seven others sustained injuries when an IED hit a vehicle of SFs in Gurguri area in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency.
At least two persons lost their lives while another five sustained injuries when they came under explosion caused by a roadside bomb in Ibrahim Khel locality in Kohat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
|July 4||At least 12 Taliban (TTP) militants were killed when fighter jets pounded their hideouts in Orakzai Agency of FATA.
Two soldiers were injured when unidentified militants attacked a SFs convoy in North Waziristan.
Two SFs personnel were injured in a landmine blast in Mashti Meela area of Lower Orakzai.
The SFs and volunteers of a tribal lashkar arrested five wanted Taliban (TTP) militants from Bindari area of Mamoond tehsil. The arrested Taliban were identified as Inayatullah, Zakirullah, Muhammad Faiz, Rasool Khan and Muhammadullah.
Elsewhere in Bajaur Agency, the political administration set a two-day deadline to the militants in Samasai village in Khar tehsil to surrender or face action.
Four workers were shot dead and another seven were injured when unidentified assailants opened fire in Surab tehsil of Kalat District, around 200 kilometres from Quetta, in Balochistan.
The Police arrested 12 suspected terrorists over May 28 attacks on two worship places of the Ahmadi community and a hospital in Lahore.
The Taliban (TTP) will soon launch their own ‘media regulatory authority’ to monitor TV channels, radio stations and newspapers to “stop propaganda” against Islam, a TTP spokesman said.
The Punjab Home Department has decided to launch a crackdown on 17 banned outfits in the province and formed task forces at the district level to oversee the operations.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government once again stressed that military action against terrorists in Punjab is vital.
PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif said his party is ready to convene a national conference to address the root causes of terrorism and to chalk out a national policy to deal with the threat.
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani agreed to a proposal put forth by PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif to call a national conference to discuss the issue of terrorism.
Prime Minister Gilani said that the Government will take action against militants in southern Punjab only if the Interior Ministry, intelligence agencies or the Punjab Government provide solid and credible information about the existence of terrorist outfits in the area.
The Punjab Government was informed of possible terrorist threat to mosques and shrines in the province, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said.
The religious clerics from various schools of thought vowed to join hands with the Government to foil terrorists’ designs in order to maintain sectarian harmony in the country.
|July 5||At least 23 militants were killed while many others injured during clashes with SFs in Lower Dir of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Earlier on July 4 night, four militants were killed when they tried to storm a Security camp in Timergara in Lower Dir. One security personal was killed, while 11 others were also injured in the attack.
Unidentified militants shot dead a tribal elder, Malik Hashim Khan, in Kohi Hassankhel area in the Frontier Region of Peshawar.
A cleaner of a pickup van was killed and a passer-by sustained injuries when an explosive device planted in a vehicle went off at the bus stand near the Qasaban Gate in Bannu, the principal city of Bannu District.
At least 10 Taliban (TTP) militants were killed and four others injured when fighter jets of Pakistan Air Force bombed their hideouts in Orakzai Agency.
A volunteer of the pro-government lashkar was killed and two troopers’ sustained injuries in a landmine blast in Kong area in Khwezai subdivision in Mohmand Agency.
A wanted TTP ‘commander’, Ameerullah Mehsud, was killed in a clash with SFs at a security checkpost in Miranshah. Ameerullah alias ‘Langra Qari’ carried a head money of PNR 20 million.
Four persons, including a Levies Force official, were killed and another four injured in separate incidents in Balochistan.
One Levies personnel killed and another two sustained injured in a firing incident in Mastung District.
Unidentified militants killed an elder of the Jatoi tribe and a passer-by on the Qambrani Road in Quetta.
The CID of Karachi Police arrested a LeJ militant, Zahid Khan alias Shakeel, from the Sohrab Goth area of Karachi.
In an official handout, the Sindh Police claimed of arresting 46 militants affiliated with different jihadi outfits in Karachi during the first six months of the 2010.
The Lahore Police arrested six militants involved in the May 28 attacks on the worship places of Ahmedis and recovered large quantities of explosives and weapons from their possession.
The Punjab Government banned 23 militant organisations operating under new names after having been outlawed and directed Police to keep a strict vigil on 1,690 office-bearers and workers of the outfits after including them in Schedule 4.
The Government offered to hold talks with militant outfits provided that they lay down arms and accept the writ of State, after the country’s top civilian leadership pondered over the question of how to stop deadly terrorist attacks on civilians at a high-level meeting.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik ruled out any military operation in Punjab and said that whatever action was required, it would be taken by the Punjab Government.
Federal and Provincial Governments resolved to stop the banned outfits from operating under any other name with rigorous monitoring of activities of all such organisations.
|July 6||Two unidentified assailants riding a motorcycle shot dead a member of the Shia community Fayyaz Hussain Naqvi (24) in Orangi Town of Karachi in Sindh.
Two Government primary schools, one each for boys and girls, were destroyed in Bhai Chena area of Khar tehsil of Bajaur Agency in FATA.
The militants blew up a state-run primary school at Khattako Pul area in the outskirts of Peshawar in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Police arrested a person, Jamaluddin, and recovered seven kilogrammes of explosives from his possession in Tajabad area, a suburban area of Peshawar.
Unidentified militants fired rockets from the seaside on the Gwadar Port and the Gwadar Pearl Continental Hotel in Gwadar City of Balochistan.
Taking advantage of the new violence in Kashmir, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) ‘chief’ Syed Salahuddin addressed a rally in Islamabad to “denounce human rights violations in Kashmir”.
An increasing number of militants of the East Turkistan Islamic Movement fighting for separation of China’s Muslim majority Xinjiang province were “fleeing to Pakistan and settling down there for future plots”.
The PoK ‘Prime Minister’ Raja Farooq Haider advised Pakistan Government not to link ongoing negotiations with India to resolution of the Kashmir issue, saying this is not the right time as Islamabad’s position is “quite weak” due to “internal vulnerabilities”.
Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani stressed that Pakistan’s role as a frontline State in the war against terrorism has had a serious impact on all spheres of national life, especially on the country’s economy.
The Afghan Taliban strongly reacted to media reports about the arrest of their spiritual leader Mulla Mohammad Omar in Pakistan in March 2009 and termed it propaganda of their enemies.
The US Consul General in Peshawar Candace Putnam said that the United States desired to see Pakistan take action against the Haqqani network, which is killing American soldiers in Afghanistan.
Candace rejected the notion that Washington was taking an early “flight” to leave Afghanistan. “Our strategy has not changed. Our main goal is to defeat, dismantle and disrupt al Qaeda in Afghanistan before going back,” she declared.
The JuD chief Hafiz Saeed has declared suicide attacks in Pakistan ‘haram’. Speaking in an interview, he said suicide attacks had no moral grounds, and elements behind such attacks should be publicly executed
The Pakistani authorities said no fresh order has been issued to ban militant groups working under new names or to impose curbs on foreign travel by individuals like the JuD chief Hafiz Saeed, though action will be taken only if evidence is found against them.
|July 7||Atleast 15 militants were killed and 10 others wounded when SFs pounded militant hideouts in different areas of Orakzai Agency in FATA.
Seven persons, including five women, were injured when unidentified assailants hurled hand-grenades at the houses of two local journalists, Noor Muhammad Binori and Imran Khan, in Bhai Cheena near Khar, the headquarters of Bajaur Agency.
A boys’ degree college was damaged in a bomb blast in Khar.
Two persons were injured in a grenade attack on a NATO oil tanker near Chaman town of Balochistan.
A bomb blast destroyed five vehicles parked outside a showroom under Faqirabad Police Station in Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Police arrested two key members of the TTP, Allah Yar alias Junaid and Qari Ubaidullah, from the Azadi chowk area of Lahore.
British Police arrested a Pakistani national suspected of being an al-Qaeda operative in north-eastern England after US authorities issued a warrant for his arrest. Abid Naseer (24) is sought by the United States on charges of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organisation, conspiring to provide material support, and conspiracy to use a destructive device.
Al Qaeda’s top leadership in Pakistan directed confessed agent Najibullah Zazi in his plot to bomb the New York subway, US officials said. In an indictment against five alleged terrorists, the US Justice Department revealed Zazi’s plan was “directly related to a scheme by al Qaeda plotters in Pakistan to use Western operatives to attack a target in the UK”.
Intelligence reports revealed that after the destruction of the terrorists’ communication systems and the disruption of their supply lines by law enforcement agencies and the Pakistan Army, the terrorists were planning to expedite suicide attacks across the country through suicide bombers and explosives-laden vehicles.
|July 8||The ISI Director General Lieutenant General Ahmed Shuja Pasha briefed parliamentarians about the ongoing war against terrorism during an in-camera meeting of the PCNS.|
|July 9||At least 65 persons were killed, including women and children, and 110 injured, as two suicide bombers blew them off through political offices, just seconds apart from each other, in Yakka Ghund tehsil of Mohmand Agency in FATA. TTP Mohmand chapter claimed responsibility for the attacks.
At least 10 Taliban (TTP) militants were killed, including a key Taliban commander, whereas scores others sustained injuries, when SFs pounded militants’ hideouts located in Orakzai Agency of FATA in the morning.
Muhammad Rafeeq alias Akhlaaq, ‘chief’ of Jund-ul-Khyber (JK), a dissident group of TTP, was captured by militants of its rival group, LI, along with his six companions in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency a few days back.
Three officials of the Frontier Works Organisation were recovered soon after unidentified militants abducted them in Wana of South Waziristan in the morning. The sources said the elders of the Ahmedzai tribe contacted the abductors and secured the safe release of the officials unconditionally in the afternoon.
Two persons were killed and the same number sustained bullet injuries when unidentified militants ambushed their vehicle in Dera Bugti of Balochistan.
85 militants arrested and six houses of militants destroyed during search operation in different localities of Nowshera and Charsadda in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Far from being just an ISI creation against India, the LeT, Pakistan army’s favourite terror group, is a growing threat to the US and the Western world, Times of India quoting a new investigative report said.
|July 10||Three Pakistan Army troopers were killed as Taliban (TTP) attacked SFs in Makeen District of South Waziristan Agency in FATA, sparking clashes in which 25 Taliban (TTP) militants were killed, officials said.
The death toll in July 9 suicide bomb blasts at the political offices in Yakka Ghund tehsil of Mohmand Agency’s rose to 106, as many more of the wounded succumbed to injuries in hospitals, while 18 people are still missing, the political administration said.
A soldier was killed and two others were injured in a roadside bomb blast in the Tornajar area of Khyber Agency, Security sources said.
|July 11||At least 22 TTP militants were killed and 10 others injured when the fighter jets and helicopter gunships of PAF bombed various areas of Upper Orakzai Agency in FATA.
Maula Bakhsh Dashti, National Party (NP) leader and former Turbat District Nazim, was shot dead in Turbat of Balochistan.
A person, Ghulam Sakhi, was killed in the Spin Karez area after being abducted from the outskirts of Quetta on July 7.
Unidentified militants abducted two personnel of a law enforcement agency from Quetta.
SFs arrested about seven key militant ‘commanders’ and some 225 other suspects from different cities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, including provincial capital Peshawar, Nowshera and Sarbanda.
The SFs arrested at least 53 suspects, including the former chief of the SSP, during the ongoing crackdown against banned organisations in Southern Punjab.
The intelligence agencies revealed that there has been a worrying increase in the activities of banned religious and militant organisations in the province, some of whom have been functioning under new names and have been found to be distributing hate literature.
The intelligence reports revealed that three banned outfits, LeJ, HuJI and TTP, are involved in recent terrorist attacks across Punjab.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that terrorists are infiltrating into Pakistan via Afghanistan, asking the Afghanistan Government to take action against the insurgency Talking to reporters in Islamabad, the Minister asked the Afghanistan Government to seal the Pak-Afghan border from Kunar (Afghanistan province) to Mohmand Agency.
A senior US senator, Carl Levin, urged Pakistan to crack down on the al Qaeda-linked Haqqani network, which operates on both sides of the Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan.
|July 12||A security official was killed and four others injured in a roadside bomb blast in the Sangra area of Orakzai Agency in FATA.
Unidentified militants blew up a primary school at Sheikh Baba Kalay in Khar tehsil of Bajaur Agency, raising the number of schools so far destroyed in the agency to 93.
Militants fired two missiles at Khar. However, there was no damage done as one missile landed near the Civil Colony and other on a field.
The SFs arrested 216 suspected persons in Speen Qabar area of Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency. The sources said that most of the arrested persons were from Sepah tribe to which Mangal Bagh, head of the LI, belonged.
A suicide bomber blew himself up outside the guesthouse of a pro-Government tribal elder, Malik Swab Khan, in Kohat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Police arrested 410 suspects during a grand search operation in various parts of the provincial capital Peshawar.
SFs in a joint search operation arrested 45 suspects from the Azakhel camp area in Nowshera and recovered arms, drugs and ammunition from their possession.
Police arrested 39 suspected terrorists from across Punjab, 20 from Multan and 19 from Lahore, as part of a crackdown launched against activists of various banned militant organisations.
In the provincial capital, Lahore, different teams of law enforcers launched massive operations in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Ravi Road, Shafiqabad, Gulshan-e-Ravi, Township, Green Town, Sabzazar, Ghaziabad and Mughalpura.
|July 13||At least 100 TTP militants were killed and one soldier injured in a clash with SFs in Dabori area of Orakzai Agency in FATA.
The TTP militants blew up a Government school in Tanai area of Mamoond tehsil in Bajaur Agency, taking the total number of destroyed schools to 94.
The political administration arrested 24 persons belonging to the Mamoond tribe for their alleged involvement in missiles attack in Khar.
A FC trooper and a local person were killed as a FC trooper tried to rescue abducted personnel in Kabu area of Kalat District.
The driver of a NATO oil tanker was killed and his colleague injured in Mastung town.
Two Police officials, including a SHO, were injured in a grenade attack on Mastung Police Station.
A roadside bomb went off in Saro Killay of Shabqadar tehsil in the Charsadda District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa soon after a delegation of the PPP visited the blast site in Ekkaghund.
A tanker carrying oil for NATO forces in Afghanistan and seven trucks were burnt after a ‘mysterious’ blast at the Khajoor Stop on the Grand Trunk Road in Pabbi near Nowshera.
|July 14||24 TTP militants were killed and 34 others injured when the fighter jets of PAF pounded militant hideouts in Kasha, Srigaray, Khorhi, Mamoonzai and Shakartangi areas of Orakzai Agency in FATA.
A soldier sustained injuries when a remote-controlled bomb exploded in Askarabad area of Safi tehsil in Mohmand Agency.
A powerful explosion shattered Masjid-e-Ishkhel mosque and some shrines in Landi Kotal tehsil of Khyber Agency. However, no casualty or injury was reported in the incident.
Habib Jalib Baloch, a former member of the Senate and Secretary General of the Balochistan National Party (Mengal Group) was killed by unidentified assailants in Quetta city, the Police said.
The beheaded bodies of two militants were found in Zor Killay and Bostikhel area in the Darra Adamkhel region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Three rockets fired by militants from unknown direction landed in the mountainous Sultankhel area near Jawaki in Frontier Region Kohat.
The number of suspected persons during the last three days rose to 671 on July 14, as 91 more persons were arrested from parts of the provincial capital Peshawar.
Police and the Elite Force in a joint action arrested a known militant ‘commander’ Ahmed Wali alias Sheikh Saadi, along with his two accomplices and recovered a cache of weapons, including explosives and communication gadgets, during a raid on a house in Khander area in Nowshera Kalan of Nowshera District.
The Police arrested more than 200 suspected persons, including Afghan nationals, during its ongoing search operations, from various parts of Lahore.
Faisal Shehzad, the man arrested for plotting car bombing in New York’s Times Square appeared in a video on Al-Arabiya television in which he said he planned to attack the United States.
Indian Foreign Minister S. M. Krishna interacting with Indian media in Islamabad outlined terrorism as the “core issue” saying “the time had come” for Pakistan to act on “overwhelming evidence” presented to it over the role of Pakistan-based terror outfits in the 26/11 attacks
|July 15||At least 15 TTP militants were killed and several others injured as helicopter gunships targeted militant compounds in the Ghundaki, Mashti Kandi, Chapri Alikhel and Dharra Dhar Mamzai areas of Upper Orakzai in FATA.
A US drone destroyed a compound used by the TTP militants in Sheerani Mada Khel village of North Waziristan, killing at least 10 militants at around 6:30 pm (PST). The drone fired at least two missiles into the compound which was a TTP and al Qaeda stronghold.
Five persons were killed and 60 others injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up near a busy bus stand in Mingora, the headquterer of Swat District, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
SFs arrested a foreign militant Badshah Gah from Ahmadi Banda near Thall in Hangu District during a search operation.
Police arrested another militant on the information gleaned from a commander and militants arrested during a grand operation in Kandar Killay near Nowshera.
Unidentified militants opened fire on four NATO-supply containers in Mach locality of Bolan tehsil in Quetta of Balochistan in the night, setting them ablaze.
Three aid workers employed by the US-based charity Mercy Corps have been freed in good health by their abductors after a five-month abduction ordeal.
The attack on a Police vehicle with a timed explosive device in Gujranwala spread fear among the personnel of the FIA and Punjab Police, adding that it had been disclosed earlier in intelligence reports that terrorists were planning to target law enforcement agencies’ personnel in the province.
Reports compiled by the intelligence agencies have revealed that terrorists are planning to carry out suicide attacks on the US embassy, the British High Commission and consulates, while also targeting 2,600 Chinese engineers working on different projects in Punjab.
Another intelligence agency report stated that Abdullah and Abul Rehman, aged 14 to 15 years, went missing from a seminary in Manshera since June 4, and they were likely to be sent on suicide missions targeting important personalities in Punjab.
After three rounds of discussions through the day between the Foreign Ministers, India and Pakistan were unable to find a meeting ground on most of the irritants in bilateral relations but decided to remain engaged nonetheless.
|July 16||At least 16 Shia persons were killed while four others sustained critical injuries as their vehicles were ambushed by unidentified militants in Char Khel locality of Kurram Agency in FATA.
10 persons, including three children, were killed and 14 others injured when a bomb planted inside a shop went off in a market in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency.
The TTP executed two persons by strapping explosives to their bodies after accusing them of spying for the US in a village near Miranshah of North Waziristan.
Four Policemen and five civilians injured in a remote-controlled bomb targeted a Police vehicle near Baghto Chowk on Tall Road in Hangu District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Five NATO oil tankers were torched in two separate incidents in Balochistan.
Another NATO oil tanker was burnt by unidentified militants in Wadh area of Khuzdar.
Accusing India of being “selective” in its approach, Pakistan said the dialogue cannot move forward till its concerns were also understood by New Delhi. “If we focus more only on those issues which India gives importance to and ignore those considered important by Pakistan, then I don’t think the talks can move forward,” Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said.
|July 17||The death toll in Shia caravan attack in Dhad Kamar area of Char Khel region in Lower Kurram of FATA on July 16 increased to 18. All the dead persons were Shias who were travelling from Parachinar to Peshawar. Kurram tribal Agency has for three years been a flashpoint for sectarian violence. More than 4,000 persons have died in outbreaks of sectarian violence in the area.
Two persons were injured when unidentified militants opened fire at a container carrying goods for NATO forces in Afghanistan near Kalat in Balochistan.
|July 18||At least 25 militants were killed and 23 another injured when the fighter jets and helicopter gunships of PAF bombed various parts of Upper Orakzai Agency in FATA.
24 militants including three ‘commanders’ surrendered to the SFs along with a cache of heavy weapons and explosives during a search operation in Mamond subdivision in Bajaur Agency.
Three persons were killed and more than 20 others were injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside an Imambargah in Sargodha town of Punjab in the evening.
The twin bomb attacks in Kampala that killed 73 persons on July 11 were carried out by suicide bombers and Pakistanis were among 20 suspects arrested, the Ugandian Police said.
|July 19||Military planes and helicopter gunships pounded suspected hideouts of the militants in the Orakzai and Central Kurram Agency, killing 42 militants and injuring several others.
Security officials thwarted a major terrorist attack in Mardan when they killed three suicide bombers and two of their aides close to Mardan Cantonment training grounds in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Police claimed to have arrested two persons and recovered eight bundles of wire, used in making bombs, from their possession at a checkpost near Dobai Bus Stand in Mardan.
SFs arrested 700 suspected persons including five militant ‘commanders’ during search operation carried out in Ziarat Kaka Sahib, Bahadur Baba, Kheshgi Mera, Rashakai, Jaroba, Speenkhak and Akbarpura villages and the Azakhel refugees’ camp for IDPs in the Nowshera District.
24 militants laid down arms and surrendered to security forces in Bajaur tribal region. More than 900 militants have surrendered to SFs so far in Bajaur tribal region.
Two low intensity bombs exploded in the Wali Khel area of Landikotal in Khyber Agency of FATA.
The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she believed Osama bin Laden was still in Pakistan, in a television interview between high-level talks in Islamabad.
|July 20||The unidentified assailants shot dead a soldier of Bajaur Levies and injured a passer-by in Yousufabad area near Khar, official sources said.
The SFs also seized huge cache of arms including rockets, missiles, mortar guns, anti-aircraft guns, mines, Kalashnikovs, explosive and a large number of cartridges during search operation in Meena area of Mamond tehsil.
Unidentified militants blew up a private school in the Akharwal area of Frontier Region of Kohat in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the morning.
Unidentified armed men shot dead Liaquat Ali Mengal, former president of the BNP-M, in Kalat District in Balochistan.
Terrorists are planning attacks on the worship places of minorities in Lahore, Jhang, Chiniot, Muzaffargarh and Chakwal, intelligence agencies reported.
Another report of an intelligence agency revealed that an unknown terrorist group ‘Munsa’ was planning to attack offices of sensitive agencies, government buildings, army garrisons and check posts in Lahore.
Some elements in the Pakistan Government know the whereabouts of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, said US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, warning Islamabad against keeping a “poisonous” snake in its backyard.
She said the US is getting closer to the fugitive. “I don’t want to put a proximity or timeline on it (getting bin Laden). As I’ve said, we have gotten closer because we have been able to kill a number of their trainers, their operational people, their financiers,” Hillary told Fox News channel.
Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani asserted that Osama bin Laden and Taliban spiritual head Mullah Omar were not in Pakistan as alleged by Hillary Clinton.
The United Sates will continue to have close cooperative relationship with Pakistan, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton vowed in an interview, asserting that walking away from the key South Asian ally would be a mistake.
To counter sectarianism, the Government is making all-out efforts to spread tolerance and understanding in society in a phased manner, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said. He said the government would continue its efforts for sectarian harmony.
|July 21||SFs killed 40 militants and injured 30 others in a clash in Upper Orakzai Agency of FATA. Three SF personnel were also killed in the clash, while six officials were injured.
Unidentified assailants shot dead two persons in Mashwad Bazdad area of Awaran District in Balochistan.
A 10-year-old girl, Sharifa Bugti, was killed in a landmine blast in the Ghot Band Ali Sundrani area of Jaffarabad District.
The personnel of BDU defused a remote-control bomb planted by unidentified militants to attack a convoy of the SFs in Mattani area near Peshawar of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
A senior TTP ‘commander’ and close aide of TTP Swat ‘chief’ Mullah Fazlullah, Qari Sohail, surrendered before the SFs at Charbagh tehsil of Swat. Sohail was in charge of the TTP’s FM-radio station during their rule in Swat.
65 civilians have so far fallen victim to 93 incidents of landmine explosions because of the lack of precautionary measures in the militancy-affected Swat District, officials of a Swiss organisation said during a one-day workshop in Swat.
The NATO has signalled that it aspired to playing a role for bringing about peace in South Asia and its periphery even after its combat mission in Afghanistan, says NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
NATO decided to establish a trust fund in order to train Pakistan’s Security Forces in counter-terrorism techniques. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen informed President Asif Zardari about the decision during a meeting, according to spokesman Farhatullah Babar.
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani emphasised the need for joint monitoring of the Pak-Afghan border and increased sharing of information between Pakistan and NATO-ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) forces on cross-border movement of terrorists.
Refusing to take any more allegations from Washington, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi clearly saying that Osama Bin Laden or al-Qaeda were no friends of Pakistan or peace. He strongly dismissed US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s assertion that Osama bin Laden was in Pakistan.
|July 22||At least 29 militants were killed and 17 others injured in two separate clashes and during shelling by gunship helicopters as SFs took control of the Ghiljo tehsil in Orakzai Agency of FATA.
A local TTP ‘commander’, Irshad Khan, and his aide were killed when a bomb they were constructing in the militant chief’s home exploded in Khar area of Bajaur Agency.
Two cadres of the MQM were killed in different parts of Karachi in Sindh.
Muhammad Fazal, a cadre of the MQM-H, a splinter outfit of the erstwhile MQM, was shot dead by four armed assailants riding two motorcycles near the Sauidi College in the Sauidabad Police area.
Police killed three militants and arrested 262 alleged criminals including proclaimed offenders and 90 suspects during a search operation carried out in the Mardan District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government closed two registration centres in Peshawar set up for the IDPs of Kurram Agency, after receiving threats from TTP asking the Government to close the centres or face attacks.
The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Information, Mian Iftikhar Hussain, said that the network of terrorists has been dismantled and around 100 wanted suspects have been arrested during a search operation.
A person was injured when unidentified assailants opened fire on him at Esanagri in Quetta in Balochistan. Police said unidentified assailants opened fire on Naseebullah, a resident of Pishin, leaving him critically injured.
A private TV channel has received the footage of the TTP Swat leader Maulvi Fazalullah, which shows him addressing his comrades. The fresh footage rubbishes statements of the Pakistani and Afghanistan Government that the fugitive leader was killed in a clash with the armed forces.
Faisal Shahzad, the main suspect behind the failed Times Square bombing plot, is seen in a new video footage along with TTP leader Hakimullah Mehsud, with the two shaking hands and hugging each other.
Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned on of fresh attempts by militant groups to push India and Pakistan into a military conflict. Mullen said he feared extremists would attempt another operation similar to the 2008 Mumbai attacks in order to goad India into armed retaliation against Pakistan.
|July 23||At least 29 TTP militants, including two ‘commanders’ were killed and several others injured, during a military operation in Orakzai Agency.
The chief of the pro-Government peace committee, Malik Sardar Ali, along with two colleagues, Karim Khan and Gul Muhammad Khan, were killed in an explosion caused by an IED in Sapary area of Mamond tehsil in Bajaur Agency.
The LI militants released Muhammad Rafiq alias Akhlaaq, head of Jund-ul-Khyber, a dissident group of TTP, along with his six companions unconditionally and allowed the group to operate in the Mangal Bagh-controlled area in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency.
A Police Constable was killed and at least five other Policemen, including a SHO and a Sub-Inspector, were injured in suspected terrorist attacks outside two Police stations in Lahore in Punjab.
SHO Rizwan Latif, Sub-Inspector Abdul Razzaq and Constable Muhammad Aamir, were injured when a low-intensity timed-device, fixed inside the vehicle, exploded outside the Lytton Road Police station.
Two gunmen opened fire on a Police vehicle outside the Gulshan Ravi Police station, where Muhammad Saleem, driver of the Police vehicle, as well as Constables Muhammad Naseer and Muhammad Masood received bullet injuries.
Two rockets fired from the nearby Khyber Agency landed in different parts of the Peshawar city, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the wee hours.
The personnel of the BDU defused a 12 kilogram IED planted by unidentified militants on the Samana Road of Hangu.
The Police arrested 75 suspected persons during a search operation carried out in mountainous areas of Sawaldher, Guli Abad, Spari as well as Chura and Jabar areas in the Mardan District and recovered 175 kilograms of explosives, 2,500 fuses and 2,000 meters prima card used in triggering blasts and 750 dynamites.
Three key leaders and financiers for the Haqqani network and the Afghan Taliban have been “designated,” or targeted through sanctions, for supporting acts of terrorism linked to the militant outfits based in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the United States Department of the Treasury announced.
The three individuals were also added to the United Nations 1267 Consolidated List on July 19, 2010 for being associated with al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden or the Taliban, the Treasury said in a statement.
According to a research carried out by the BBC Urdu service, nearly 2,500 people have been killed as a result of US drones and militant attacks since January 2009.
Pakistan is cooperating more with US-backed Afghanistan peace efforts but not to the extent sought by Washington, the US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke said. Speaking on a visit to Britain, Richard Holbrooke cited several areas of progress, including a greater Pakistani military push against the militants on its soil, but an Afghan Taliban faction called the Haqqani network remained a “real problem”.
President Asif Ali Zardari proposed the withdrawal of Indian and Pakistani troops from Siachen glacier, the highest battleground in the world.
Two US lawmakers, a Republican and a Democrat, proposed a bill demanding the withdrawal of all US troops in Pakistan, where they are conducting covert operations against militants. “We have known that US forces have been operating in secret inside the territories of Pakistan without congressional approval,” Democratic Representative Dennis Kucinich said, pointing to reports the United States was stepping up its presence there.
|July 24||At least 16 militants were killed while scores others injured in US drone strikes in Angora Adda locality of South Waziristan Agency in the early morning.
The TNSM Bajaur Agency chief Ismail Muhammadi surrendered along with six other militants at Khar, the headquarters of the Bajaur Agency in FATA and announced their full support for the Pakistan Army in the war against terrorism.
Two persons, identified as Muhammad Sarwar and Noor Alam Bangali, were shot dead by unidentified assailants near Gwadar International Airport of Gwadar District in Balochistan on.
Unidentified militants shot dead the son of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain in Nowshera in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Admiral Mike Mullen, the US joint chiefs of staff chairman said on July 24 that the LeT had become “a very dangerous organisation and a significant regional and global threat”.
|July 25||24 TTP militants were killed and 18 others sustained injuries in air strikes by the PAF fighter jets in Tursamat and Jabbar villages of Orakzai Agency in FATA.
24 persons, majority of them local tribal militants, were killed and some others injured in three different missile attacks by the US drones in South Waziristan and North Waziristan Agencies.
Unidentified militants stopped a vehicle in Arjaleen Aday area of Khyber Agency and shot dead the two persons after forcing them out of the vehicle. The two slain persons were identified as Sher Alam and Taj Meer Khan of Shalobar tribe.
Two girls and a woman were injured when a house was hit by a shell in Zawa Khormatang area of Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency where security forces conducted search operation and pounded the suspected hideouts of militants.
A vehicle of SFs was partially damaged in a remote-controlled bomb attack in Shalobar area near Hisara Khwar.
Unidentified militants abducted a person, identified as Asghar Khan of Malik Din Khel tribe, from Dro Adda in Akakhel area.
One person was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Sariab Road in Quetta. The deceased was identified as Faqir Mohammad Bangulzai.
One person was wounded when unidentified persons lobbed a hand grenade at a house in Kili Baro area.
SFs arrested 22 suspected persons in Khanmahi and Umarzai areas of Charsadda District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. One Kalashnikov rifle, nine guns and a pistol were also recovered from their possession.
A desperate woman, identified as Shazia Sultan, appealed to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government and the human rights organisations to provide her protection against a Swat TTP ‘commander’, who was forcing her to marry him.
The TTP claimed responsibility for the killing of Mian Rashid Hussain, the only son of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain.
The Punjab Government has converted the CID into the ATD, established the Punjab Security Board and the Security Implementation Committee.
|July 26||24 dead bodies, believed to be that of militants, were recovered in Akakhel area of Khyber Agency in FATA.
14 TTP militants, including a ‘commander’, were killed when jet fighters bombed two vehicles of militants in Dogar area in Upper tehsil of Orakzai Agency. The slain militants included a TTP ‘commander’ identified as Amjad, the sources added.
Around 200 militants stormed the Achini Police post jointly manned by the Peshawar Police and the Frontier Constabulary, killing a soldier and a Policeman.
Six persons were seriously injured when unidentified militants hurled hand-grenades on the house of a local journalist in Khar tehsil of the Bajaur Agency.
SFs blew up the house of a wanted militant with explosives in the area of Chengazo in Bajaur Agency and recovered a cache of arms and ammunition from the area.
Eight persons, including three Policemen and two children, were killed, while 23 others were injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the house of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain in the Khan Sher Garhi area of Peshawar.
Five members including three minors of a family were killed when rocket fired by the militants struck a house in Darra Adamkhel.
Four persons including two minors were shot dead and four others sustained injuries when unidentified militants ambushed a car in Charbagh tehsil of Swat District.
Two militants were killed during a search operation conducted by SFs in Tank District.
Explosive devices planted near the Hujra of MPA Munawwar Khan in Lakki Marwat city went off in the night, without causing any damage.
Militants blew up a primary school for boys in Matani area of Peshawar.
Unidentified militants blew up a franchise of a private cellular company adjacent to a mosque with a time device in Hangu. However, no casualty was reported.
Two Levies personnel, identified as Karim Dad and Zahoor Ahmed, were shot dead by unidentified assailants near the Pirnawa area of Awaran District in Balochistan.
A Frontier Corps official, identified as Naveed, was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Khuzdar District.
Unidentified militants shot dead Habibullah, the son of National Party (NP) central leader Tufail Sabir in Khuzdar.
One person was injured in Quetta when unidentified gunmen opened fire on him in Kashmirabad area of the city.
Two bodies were found on the Qambrani Road in Quetta. The deceased were identified as Ashfaq Mengal, and Farooq Mulazai.
Two brothers were shot dead by unidentified assailants in the limits of Sadar Sammundri Police station in Faisalabad in Punjab.
TTP claims it has organised 3,000 terrorists for its declared battle against India, the TTP spokesperson tells Tahir Ali in Islamabad. TTP declared that it is providing training to terrorists to launch an attack on India. The TTP spokesperson Azam Tariq told this correspondent in a telephone interview that the TTP has vowed to capture “Hindustan”. “India is our Jageer,” Tariq said, “and we will attack to take possession of it.
A former ISI official, Colonel Ameer Sultan alias Colonel Imam, who is in custody of militants since four months in North Waziristan, appealed to the President, Prime Minister and Director General of the ISI to accept demands of the militant organisation, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi al-Alami, to save his life.
A little known militant organisation, Asian Tigers, had claimed responsibility for the abduction and later set their terms for the release of the three abducted persons.
Pakistan was actively collaborating with the Taliban in Afghanistan while accepting US aid, leaked US military reports showed on July 22, a disclosure likely to increase pressure on Washington’s embattled ally.
The United States said it had alerted the leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan when it learned thousands of secret military files about the Afghan war were to be published by the media.
ISI lashed out against a trove of leaked US intelligence reports that alleged close connections between it and Taliban militants fighting NATO troops in Afghanistan, calling the accusations malicious and unsubstantiated.
Spokesperson for the JuD Attiq Chohan has said that his organisation was no more banned as the Lahore High Court had cleared it of the charges in a detailed verdict last year.
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that the Pakistani-American, Faisal Shehzad who pleaded guilty to a New York bomb plot met the country’s TTP ‘chief’ Hakimullah Mehsud, just days after footage emerged of them hugging.
Rehman Malik said that Pakistan had lodged protest with the Afghanistan Government about the presence of key leaders of terrorists in Afghanistan’s Nuristan province allegedly involved in planning and carrying out terrorist activities in Pakistan.
Pakistan’s obsession with India is leading it to “dig its own grave” as the ISI’s destructive role” now stands exposed in the wake of the revelations by classified intelligence documents, a leading US lawmaker said.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that it will be impossible for it to continue the dialogue with India if New Delhi does not pay importance to the Kashmir issue.
The US Consul General to Karachi William J. Martin announced the launch of special projects in Balochistan besides the opening of a US consulate in the provincial metropolis.
Pakistan harbours no aggressive designs against any state, but was determined to defend its territorial integrity and sovereignty, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said.
|July 27||Unidentified militants shot dead a Police Officer, ASI Naimatullah Shahwani, in the Kalat area of Balochistan.
Four soldiers were critically injured in a roadside blast in Meshti Mela area in Orakzai Agency of FATA.
Two Khasadars, Ahmed Shah and his brother Ihsanullah, and a minor Gulab sustained critical injuries when a landmine planted by militants exploded in Kodakhel area in Baizai subdivision in Mohammad Agency.
A soldier got injured during an encounter between SFs and militants at the newly established checkpost in Zag area of Manzari Cheena.
The SFs launched massive search operations by clamping curfew in the different areas of Orakzai Agency and recovered a cache of arms and ammunition.
The ANP lost about 485 diehard activists during the ongoing ‘war on terror’ for its tough stance against militants in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and tribal areas over the last many years.
TTP said that it was the duty of the Mujahideen to annihilate the ANP, as it was “not only the enemy of the Taliban, but Islam as well”.
Admiral Mike Mullen, the US Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, said that the information in leaked documents on the war in Afghanistan did not call into question the US strategy or Washington’s relationship with Pakistan.
Pakistan’s ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani has said the “outdated perspectives” of the leaked American military intelligence reports were out of step with the emerging Islamabad-Washington cooperative partnership to fight terrorism.
The Government introduced comprehensive legislation in the Senate to create adequate deterrence and curb terrorism in the country in the most effective manner. Interior Minister Rehman Malik introduced the Anti-Terrorism (Amendment) Bill 2010 to amend the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997, which contains several measures to make the law harder on terrorists.
Under the proposed legislation, if someone is found possessing an explosive substance, with or without an explosive device, without lawful justification, it would be presumed, unless proven contrary, that the explosive substance would be used for terrorism purposes.
The country’s authorities have a blueprint of the enemy’s intentions, which culminate at Pakistan’s destabilisation, Interior Minister Rehman Malik told the Senate.
Pakistan dismissed as “baseless” and “skewed” the leaked US intelligence reports that accused its ISI agency of supporting Taliban fighters. Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit told the media that leaked reports were “far-fetched and skewed” and inconsistent with ground realities.
|July 28||Three SFs were killed and 10 others injured when militants attacked a convoy in the Pash Ziarat area of South Waziristan Agency in FATA.
The general secretary of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam Bajaur chapter and religious scholar, Maulana Hanif Fazil, was shot at by unidentified assailants at his seminary in Khar of Bajaur Agency.
Unidentified assailants killed a Police Officer in an ambush at Naupura on the outskirts of Gilgit, the capital of Gilgit-Baltistan.
The militants fired three rockets at Kohat Cantonment in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. However, no loss was caused as the rockets landed in open areas.
An anti-terrorism court extended 10-day judicial remand of the alleged terrorist, Asmatullah alias Muaz, and his accomplice Abdullah, nominated in the attacks on two Ahmadi worship places.
An anti-terrorism court in Karachi indicted four suspected militants in an explosive substance case.
The personnel of law-enforcement agencies were put on alert after rumours about the entry of a suicide bomber in Khan Shergarhi area in Pabbi tehsil of Nowshera District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Corps Commander Peshawar Lt Gen Asif Yasin Malik said that after suffering defeat in Swat and South Waziristan, the militants had now started arriving in major cities to terrorise the people but the SFs would soon eliminate their new sanctuaries in urban areas.
The Corps Commander denied the charges of human rights violations against the Army in Swat and said the Pakistan Army was one of the world’s best and professionally trained armies and there was no way it would trample human rights.
Defending US military assistance for Islamabad, the President Barack Obama Administration told New Delhi that a stable Pakistan should not be seen as a threat to India.
US lawmakers challenged the President Barack Obama’s war strategy, defeating a resolution calling for the removal of US forces from Pakistan by a crushing 38-372 margin.
Pakistan Ambassador to the US Hussain Haqqani asked the critics of Pakistan’s anti-terrorism performance not to judge its resolve by the Afghan war leaks but view it in the context of current unified efforts, marked by Pakistan’s countless sacrifices and unprecedented level of cooperation with the US and Afghanistan.
David Headley’s revelation that LeT planned the Mumbai attacks with possible help from the ISI is a ‘ticking time-bomb’ that could wreck the US-Pakistan relationship and take the subcontinent to disaster, a former CIA official Bruce Riedel has warned.
Cooperation with Pakistan on counter-terrorism is at an “all-time high”, General James Mattis said. A trove of leaked US military documents released this week also raised new questions about whether Pakistan was secretly supporting the Taliban.
As terrorism is a global, regional and local issue, Pakistan and the United Kingdom have a robust and comprehensive partnership, including on counter-terrorism, Foreign Office Spokesman Abdul Basit said.
|July 29||12 militants were killed and 11 others injured in a clash with SFs in the Kurram Agency of FATA. SFs launched a search operation in the Marghan Kandaw area of central Kurram Agency on information that militants were regrouping there.
At least 10 persons were killed and their houses set ablaze in sectarian violence in Kurram Agency. Local residents said that men of the Shia sect carried out the attack.
One person was killed while another was seriously injured in Quetta in Balochistan.
Unidentified attackers threw a hand grenade in the house of Wasif Siraj, a Government employee in Railway Housing Scheme on Brewery Road.
Unidentified assailants set the Zakat office in Awaran District on fire causing partial damage to its furniture.
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai urged his Western allies to destroy Islamist militant sanctuaries in neighbouring Pakistan after thousands of secret US files were leaked.
The Pakistan Foreign Office reacted sharply to Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai’s suggestion of a NATO operation inside Pakistan, saying the comments were “incomprehensible”.
Rejecting the Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai’s comments, Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that most of the Afghanistan war stalwarts had left Pakistan for other places due to crackdown by Armed forces.
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani assured the Senate that the issue of hostile statements against Pakistan made by British Prime Minister David Cameron would be taken up at a diplomatic level and warned that such statements could adversely affect the war against terrorism.
US Vice-President Joe Biden said in an interview aired that Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI was “changing” its behaviour towards Afghanistan.
Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen asked the ISI to “strategically shift its focus”, as any ties with the terrorist outfits that has come to light in the wake of the WikiLeaks episode is unacceptable.
Pakistani Ambassador to the US Hussain Haqqani renewed Pakistan’s support for the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination and asked India to enter into result-oriented talks with Islamabad towards resolution of the decades-old Kashmir conflict.
Pakistan is concerned about “influence of India in Afghanistan” and does not want to be caught in a “pincer movement” on the issue, the country’s envoy to the US, Husain Haqqani, has said.
Former head of ISI General Hamid Gul said that he never ordered Indians killed. He has described the 91,000 leaked US military documents, which allege close connections between Pakistan and Taliban militants, as “fictional”.
|July 30||A Police constable was shot dead near Barech Market at the Sirki Road in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan.
A NATO oil tanker was attacked in the Western Bypass area of Quetta. Police officials said unidentified assailants attached an IED to the tanker.
The CID of the Sindh Police arrested two persons allegedly associated with the JeM at Shershah area in Karachi.
The US brushed aside an Afghanistan demand to strike at Afghani Taliban safe havens across the border, saying it has no plans to send combat troops to Pakistan.
Though terror groups continue to strike in their country, a majority of Pakistanis still consider India as a major threat, view America as an enemy and are far less concerned about Taliban and al Qaida, the Pew Research Center opinion poll reported.
A majority of them are far less concerned about India-centric terror outfit LeT as compared to Taliban and al Qaeda. The Pew Research Center in its latest opinion poll released said that “Just 35 per cent have a negative view of LeT, a much lower percentage than for the other extremist organisations tested.”
|July 31||The militants allegedly killed two persons on charges of ‘spying for the American forces’ and dumped their bodies along the roadside at separate places in North Waziristan Agency of FATA.
Six people, including a woman and four Police officials, were injured when unidentified assailants fired on a Police van in the Killi Tarka area of Spiny Road in Quetta of Balochistan in the morning.
Sardar Akhtar Mengal, president of the BNP and a former chief minister of the Balochistan accused the Government and its functionaries of carrying out target killings of Baloch leaders and activists.
|August 1||At least 15 TTP militants were killed and 10 others injured when the SFs backed by fighter jets pounded militant hideouts in Orakzai Agency of FATA.
A roadside bomb exploded as Army troops were clearing a road connecting the villages of Sararogha and Janata in South Waziristan, killing two soldiers.
A Police Officer was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Karachi in Sindh.
The US Defence Secretary Robert Gates defended Pakistan, saying the country was actively targeting militants, after leaked documents alleged that Islamabad’s intelligence agency is guiding Afghan insurgents.
Over 3,400 Pakistanis have been killed in more than 200 bloody incidents of suicide attacks carried out in the last three years between July 2007 and July 2010 in the aftermath of the Operation Silence carried out by the Pakistan Army at the Lal Masjid in the heart of Islamabad.
Figures compiled by the Federal Ministry of Interior show that a total of 3,433 Pakistanis have been killed in 215 incidents of suicide attacks across Pakistan during the last three years since the Lal Masjid action [between July 2007 and July 2010].
Official figures show that 16 people were killed on average in 215 incidents of suicide bombings across Pakistan between [between July 2007 and July 2010].
A record number of 1,217 Pakistanis were killed by human bombs in 80 suicide attacks carried out during 2009. On average, 15 Pakistanis lost their lives in six suicide attacks every month in 2009.
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani announced that the Government was ready for dialogue with the Baloch leaders whether they were in or out of the country.
Pakistan does not share Taliban’s ideology and it is working to contain the threat posed by the group, said Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani said. Haqqani said “The Pakistani intelligence services are working effectively to contain all terrorists including Taliban from Afghanistan and Pakistan.
|August 2||15 militants were killed and eight others, including two SFs, were injured in a clash with SFs near Dabori area of Orakzai Agency of FATA.
A MQM leader and a member of the Sindh Assembly, Raza Haider, and his security guard, Khalid Khan were shot dead by unidentified assailants inside a mosque in the Nazimabad area of Karachi in Sindh.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik, however, accused SSP for the assassination of Haider. Talking to reporters at the Parliament House, Malik said there were reports of death threats to Haider’s life, which had been conveyed to certain senior officials.
Following the incident, as at least 35 more persons were killed and more than 125 were injured in incidents of violence that broke out in various areas in response to the killing.
Liaquatabad Town SP Waqar Mallan said that Police recovered empty shells of a 9mm pistol and an SMG from the crime scene.
Punjab Police arrested two cadres of the militant outfit Fazal Mehsud group in Lahore in Punjab. The Police said that the arrested militants belonged to the Fazal Mehsud group, which was involved in attacks on the worship places of the Ahmadis in the provincial metropolis.
The TTP spokesman Azam Tariq asked reporters and journalists to be impartial in their profession. “The media should avoid creating rifts in the ranks of Mujahideen who are fighting a holy war,” the TTP spokesman said while addressing media organisations on phone from an undisclosed location.
35 al Qaeda members and 10 Taliban members and affiliates were removed from a UN sanctions terror list after an exhaustive review of 488 names, Austria’s UN ambassador announced.
“In Pakistan, we’ve seen the government begin to take the fight to violent extremists within its borders. Major blows have been struck against Al Qaeda and its leadership,” US President Barack Obama said.
|August 3||A prominent trader was injured and his driver killed when unidentified assailants opened fire on them in Satellite town area of Quetta in Balochistan in the night.
The Police arrested several suspects for alleged links to the LeJ as investigators suspected their involvement in the murder of MQM MPA Raza Haider.
Suspicion falls on terrorists of banned outfits, who have executed killings recently on sectarian grounds,” said Raja Umar Khattab, an officer of the Special Investigation Unit.
The Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that a joint committee comprising officials from the ISI, the IB, the FIA, Rangers and Police had been constituted to restore peace in Karachi, where target killings claimed scores of lives.
MQM Coordination Committee accused the ANP of harbouring militants, and arms and drug barons in Karachi. “The ANP is condescending jihadi outfit as the city has regularly witnessed arrests of militants, mostly from Pashtun-dominated localities,” the committee said.
Sindh ANP Secretary-General Amin Khattak told that he regretted that the MQM leadership was trying to implicate the ANP in the MPA’s murder. He denied all allegations.
Coalition forces are losing the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan, President Asif Ali Zardari said in an interview published in France. “The international community, to which Pakistan belongs, is losing the war against the Taliban.
The White House dismissed comments by President Asif Ali Zardari that US-backed coalition forces are losing the war in Afghanistan.
Over ten terrorist outfits reunited on the intervention of certain high-profile jihadis belonging to various countries, adding that the outfits were earlier divided and were carrying out their activities separately.
Taking advantage of the internal mass migration of people in Pakistan’s KP province due to heavy flooding, militants are reportedly trying to enter Peshawar and other Districts of the province.
Expressing serious concern over increasing Islamic fundamentalism in Pakistan that has its support in its Army and the intelligence, a bipartisan US Congressional independent panel has warned that the South Asian country is “vulnerable” to an Iranian style revolution.
|August 4||The FC chief Sifwat Ghayoor along with his three bodyguards was killed in a suicide attack at FC Headquarters in Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. 11 persons were also injured in the attack. SP Cantonment, Shafiullah, said that the suicide bomber targeted Ghayoor’s vehicle in FC Chowk near Deans’ Trade Center, situated about 100 yards from the FC Headquarters, when he was returning home from office.
Two children were killed and four others injured in a grenade explosion at Adam Bhanda in Thall tehsil of Hangu District. The children were playing with a toy bomb they found when it went off.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain vowed that the Government’s battle against militants would continue and such attacks could not shake its determination to fight terrorism.
The Islamabad Police shot dead an alleged militant in sector G-8 and arrested another in an encounter. “According to our intelligence network, some terrorists had handed over a car to a workshop owner in G-8 for repair, and said they would be back to recover it,” Police said. SSP Tahir Alam said that the arrest of a militant is an achievement of Islamabad Police.
The Shabab-e-Milli President Chaudhry Sajid said that Zahir Ahmed Awan was a member of their organisation but he left the organisation some months back.
At least 45 militants, including three known ‘commanders’, surrendered before SFs in Sarkari area of Nawagai subdivision in Mohmand Agency of FATA.
SFs recovered weapons including bombs, rockets and mortar shells, Kalashnikov rifles, anti-tank mines and hand grenades during search operation in the mountainous Charmang valley of Nawagai subdivision of Bajaur Agency.
The Karachi Police and the Intelligence Bureau is investigating the role of a top leader of the TTP, Qari Muhammad Zafar alias Ustad-e-Fidayeen, in the assassination of MQM leader Raza Haider on August 2. Zafar, who is on the US State Department’s “wanted-list”, has head money of $ five million and he is also believed to be behind the bombing at the US Consulate on March 2, 2006.
Pakistan is fighting the war against terror for world peace and the Swedish Government would leave no stone unturned to help it in this regard, said Swedish Ambassador to Pakistan Ulrika Sundburge.
Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said that they wouldn’t prevent JuD’s relief work as it may end up creating goodwill for it. “It’s a delicate situation and authorities would tread carefully,” he told Times of India from Lahore.
|August 5||One person was killed and another injured, when unidentified assailants opened fire on a NATO oil tanker at Airport Road in the suburbs of Quetta.
Two FC personnel were injured in a hand grenade attack on a check post in Bara Qadeem area of Peshawar District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Foreign-made arms, including pistols and ammunition, were seized from a person returning from the US at the Lahore airport.
Bomb hoax created panic at a shopping centre in Kamra cantonment of Attock District, resulting in closure of adjacent G.T. Road and evacuation of people from the surrounding markets.
The Islamabad Police obtained seven days physical remand of a suspected terrorist to interrogate him about his accomplices. Anti-Terrorism Court-I (ATC-I) Judge Malik Mohammad Akram Awan remanded Rana Zaffar Iqbal into Police custody for seven days after the SHO Margalla sought his custody for 13 days.
Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Police claimed that the alleged terrorist Zahirud Din, who was killed in G-8, was shot dead by his own fellow.
The US said that despite major setbacks, al Qaeda’s core in Pakistan is the “most formidable” terrorist group threatening the US, along with affiliates in Yemen and Africa.
In Afghanistan, despite some heavy losses among militants and their leaders, the Taliban’s “ability to recruit foot soldiers from its core base of rural Pashtuns remained undiminished,” the report said.
The U.S. State Department’s annual “Country Reports on Terrorism for the year 2009 said that Pakistan’s lacklustre approach to bring to justice the 26/11 perpetrators has basically frozen Indo-Pak peace talks, which also warned that the LeT remained a serious threat to Western interests.
Pakistan and Afghanistan agreed to enhance cooperation between their law enforcing agencies and increase intelligence sharing to counter terrorism.
|August 6||A militant of the LI was killed in a hand-grenade explosion in the Tirah valley in Khyber Agency of FATA. The sources said that Samad Khan was inspecting a hand-grenade in headquarters of LI in Nari Baba area when it suddenly went off in his hands, killing him on the spot.
A Naib Subedar of the FC, along with his two cousins, were arrested as investigators suspect the involvement of insiders in the August 4 suicide attack on FC chief Sifwat Ghayoor.
The US and the UN designated Pakistan’s Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI) as a “Foreign Terrorist Organisation” and targeted its commander for supporting acts of terrorism.
Dozens of convicted and condemned terrorists who should have been hanged are alive and well because the Federal Government and the Presidency are sitting over their mercy petitions, in some cases for over five years.
Regional Police Officer Rao Muhammad Iqbal said that the Punjab Government replaced the CID with the Counter Terrorism Department to eliminate terrorism from the Province and special equipment was being provided to it.
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari said that he’s willing to consider negotiations with the Taliban in his country. Zardari said his country had never closed the door to talks with the Taliban.
The US Under-Secretary of Defence Michele Flournoy said the US had no doubts on Pakistan’s commitment to the war against terrorism and both countries share the same interests, as the Pakistan Army and its people have rendered invaluable sacrifices in the fight against militancy.
Flournoy said the US Government would provide $1 billion to Pakistan as Counter-Insurgency Support Fund, in 2010, in its commitment towards helping Pakistan in all spheres of life.
The US Government also condemned this report. Let me assure you that there is absolutely no involvement of the US Government in this matter,” she said.
|August 7||Reacting to the statement of President Asif Ali Zardari that they had never closed the door to talks with the Taliban (TTP), the TTP militants have said that their leadership would hold negotiations on one point i.e. complete withdrawal of troops from all parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and tribal areas, a condition that the Government would never be able to accept.
On August 6 Zardari told a foreign news agency that his country had never closed the door to talks with the Taliban. “We never closed the dialogue,” Zardari said, skirting the question as to when talks could actually resume.
Terrorists killed my wife, Benazir Bhutto, and hundreds of Pakistanis so there is no need to preach me about terrorism, President Asif Ali Zardari said. “Everybody is sensitive, as we have lost so many people, including my late wife,” Zardari said.
|August 8||Two Policemen were shot dead by unidentified assailants in the Sikandarabad area under Jackson Police Station of Keamari Town in Karachi.
Unidentified assailants on a motorcycle hurled a hand grenade and fired several shots at the residence of the Minister of State for Industries and Production Mir Ayatullah Durrani in the Parengabad area of Mastung District in the evening.
The bomb disposal squad personnel defused a 12 kilogrammes bomb planted on a roadside near Askari Madarasa, situated on the main Hangu road in Peshawar of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Unidentified militants abducted five persons and took away two pick-up trucks, carrying cattle to border area, in Safi tehsil of Mohmand Agency in FATA.
Two Khassadar force personnel were abducted by militants in Chora area of Jamrud tehsil in Khyber Agency.
Two persons were abducted by unidentified militants from different areas of Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency.
Another tribesman Abdul Raheem was abducted by unidentified militants from Sepah area in Khyber Agency.
The Police arrested five accomplices of suspected militant Rahim, who is allegedly involved in the attack on the ISI’s Multan office on December 7, 2009, from Jalalpur Peerwala area under Lodhran tehsil (revenue unit) in Multan District of Punjab.
The strategy chalked out to halt the bloodshed in Orangi Town of Karachi in Sindh failed, while people accused SFs for fuelling ethnic violence.
The decision for deploying the FC in Orangi Town was termed discriminatory by the inhabitants, who said that forces already deployed were reluctant to take action against the criminal posts on the hilltops surrounding the town.
Law enforcement agencies have decided to use satellite imaging and real-time intelligence for the first time to pin-point the outfits involved in firing from roof-tops and other hide-outs in troubled areas of the city.
The leader of the militant outfit HuJI, Commander Ilyas Kashmiri, has become the first Pakistani Jihadi leader to have been designated by the United Nations and the United States as a ‘Specially Designated Global Terrorist’ for his alleged al-Qaeda connections.
The CCPO Muhammad Aslam Tareen has stressed the need to formulate a well-coordinated strategy to combat the menace of terrorism. He said the basic purpose of establishing Mohalla Committees was to enable the Police to access information at the grass-roots level.
The Sunni Ittehad Council announced a “long march” against terrorism and failure of the Punjab Government in nabbing the Data Darbar attackers. The announcement was made at a peace conference to mark the Data Darbar suicide attack of July 2.
President Asif Ali Zardari in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph said that he now had full control over Pakistan’s intelligence services, which have long been suspected of lending secret support to militant causes. Zardari, who is on a five-day visit to London, spoke out after talks on August 7 with British Prime Minister David Cameron, aimed at patching up damage caused by the latter’s recent remarks that Pakistan was involved in “the export of terror”.
|August 8||The office of the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) in Turbat was badly damaged when unidentified assailants attacked the building with a grenade in the night.
Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani said that he could bring the resistance forces in Balochistan to the table for talks if the Federal Government and other quarters concerned gave him the mandate to do this.
Backing the Pakistani military line on the Afghanistan issue, former ISI chief Hamid Gul claimed that it’s only Taliban and its ‘chief’ Mulla Omar who can guarantee that there would be no threat to the US from this part of the world.
|August 9||Unidentified assailant shot dead one Levies official, Juma Khan Jattak, in Killi Barozai area of Qambarani Road in Quetta of Balochistan.
Gulalai Wali Khan, sister of Awami National Party (ANP) president Asfandyar Wali Khan, escaped an attempt on her life when three unidentified assailants fired three shots at her as she left her clinic in Karachi Market in the busy Khyber Bazaar in Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
SFs arrested a suspected person in Charbagh tehsil while four others allegedly involved in militancy surrendered in Mingora of Swat District.
The COAS General Ashfaq Kayani met Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai on the sidelines of the 31st Tripartite Commission meeting of military representatives in Kabul, where the two leaders discussed the new counter-terrorism strategy.
Pakistan rejected the statement of India’s Home Minister P. Chidambaram accusing Pakistan of stoking violence in Kashmir. Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit, while responding to the remarks of Chidambaram, said that by accusing Pakistan, India was not only insulting the indigenous and legitimate struggle of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, but also betraying its lack of seriousness towards resolving the Kashmir dispute.
Notwithstanding the lack of progress in July 15 talks, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said it is ready to walk the “extra mile” as it wants to “move forward” in building relations with India but insisted that the two countries need to be “mutually accommodative”.
US Representatives for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke said that the Taliban do not represent the popular will of the people in Afghanistan, a day after a former ISI chief Hamid Gul said that the Taliban represents the national resistance movement of that country.
|August 10||Six persons, including three soldiers and as many militants, were killed and seven others injured in two separate incidents of violence in Sagi area of Mohmand Agency in FATA.
A former District President of Balochistan National Party – Mengal Fraction (BNP-Mengal), Attaullah Baloch, was shot dead in Khuzdar District in Balochistan.
Rawal Khan Mohammad Hasni, an elder of Mohammad Hasni tribe, was shot dead by unidentified armed assailants near his house at Brewery road in Quetta.
Four persons were injured in an incident of firing when where unidentified assailants riding a motorcycle opened fire on them on College Road in Panjgur.
A sessions court in Karachi acquitted two suspects stated to be associated with a banned militant outfit in an explosive material case for want of evidence.
The TTP urged the Government to not to accept any foreign aid for victims of the worst flood in the country’s history. TTP Spokesman Azam Tariq said that the TTP would themselves provide money if the Government stopped accepting international help.
The United States “clearly observes” how the weapons it is supplying to Pakistan are being used, said the US under secretary for Defence Michelle Flournoy.
The Extremists may take advantage of flood-situation in Pakistan, the White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton told reporters at his daily news conference.
Against the back of the WikiLeaks disclosure about ISI double-game in Afghanistan, former US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said the Pakistani spy agency has a relationship with the Taliban.
|August 11||A woman was killed and her three sons sustained serious injuries after a mortar shell fired from an unidentified location struck the house of Wazir Muhammad in Sagi Bala area of Safi sub-division in Mohmand Agency of FATA.
A Shia person, Zakir Hussain (24), was shot dead by unidentified assailants riding a motorcycle in sectarian attack near the Madni Mosque in the Tariq Road area of Karachi in Sindh.
The SFs arrested 10 suspected cadres from southern Punjab, who have alleged links with the TTP and the Haqqani network in Waziristan.
Police first arrested TTP southern Punjab ‘commander’ Muhammad Saeed alias Talha and Al-Asr Trust activist Muhammad Afzal. According to details, Ahmedpur Sharqia Police arrested Afzal and Saeed at a picket on Katchery Road, while they were riding a motorcycle.
The United Nation aid envoy to flood-stricken Pakistan, Jean-Maurice Ripert, warned that armed militants could take advantage of the country’s worst humanitarian disaster by operating among its displaced victims.
The suicide attack on Data Darbar in Lahore on July 1, 2010 was a reaction of the arrests of some suspected terrorists from Shahdara town of Lahore, who were involved in exploding NATO tankers in Islamabad as well as the attack on Ahmedi worship places on May 28.
Following the revealed information, law enforcement agencies have directed to monitor a few LESCO officials, as according to the information recovered from the terrorists’ USB, they also had links with LESCO officials, who “helped” terrorists evolve a modus operandi to carry out explosions by use of electricity poles.
Pakistan said it is ready to take action against JuD ‘chief’ Hafiz Saeed but added India should give “concrete evidence” that stands “legal scrutiny” and holds him responsible for the Mumbai attacks.
|August 12||Nine persons, including a woman and a four-year-old girl, received splinter wounds in two separate incidents of hand grenade attacks in Kharan and Hub in Balochistan.
Six persons were injured when unidentified assailants thrown a grenade into a house in Kharan.
Explosives planted near Khuzdar Civil Secretariat exploded. However, no causalities were reported.
Unidentified armed assailants attacked the FC mess in Khuzdar District of Balochistan. According to details, armed motorcyclists opened indiscriminate fire at the FC mess.
ISAF in Afghanistan said that the Taliban command and control system is in Quetta from where it issues orders to the Taliban across the border.
A local tribal chief, Malik Abdul Haleem, along with four relatives was abducted from a militant stronghold around 10 days ago in Zakha Khel Bazaar of Landikotal in FATA, the family of the abducted men disclosed.
The Punjab Government sought intelligence gadgets from Norway to counter terrorism. A formal request to the effect was made by Provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah during his meeting with Norwegian Justice and Police Minister Terje Moland Pederson in Oslo, Norway.
The US Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke, urged a greater global response to the major floods there, insisting that the fight against terrorism is only an indirect goal.
Hamid Gul, former ISI chief credited with helping in creation of Afghan Taliban, said his country’s Army would not change its India-centric policy, unless the Kashmir issue is resolved.
Hamid Gul told the CNN that the Soviet occupation was wrong, and so is the American occupation. “And that Afghan nation will not accept that position, Afghan nation has never accepted for past 5000 years, they won’t accept it now.
|August 13||Three Police personnel were killed when unidentified assailants opened fire on them at a checkpost near Chaki Shawani area of Saryab in Quetta of Balochistan.
Unidentified militants opened fire on a local transporter Lehri and his companion when they were travelling on Saryab Road near the Quetta Degree College. Consequently, the two and a passerby, Wajid, received injuries. Later, Lehri and Wajid succumbed to their injuries.
Unidentified militants attacked a checkpost near the Rakshan River in Panjgur, killing an FC Subedar on the incident site.
Unidentified armed militants opened fire at a barbershop in Ghousabad area of Satellite Town in Quetta, killing the barber Mohammad Rafiq.
A rocket which was fired from unspecified location landed on Masoom Shah Street close to the residence of Balochistan Home Secretary Akbar Hussein Durrani next to the Chief Minister’s Secretariat in Quetta. A Constable, identified as Lal Mohammad, and a six-year-old passerby Mohammad Umer were wounded in the attack.
Two explosions took place in Gwadar town where the offices of the deputy commissioner and Radio Pakistan were partially damaged. No casualties were reported in the attacks.
In Khuzdar District of Balochistan, unidentified militants planted an explosive device near the Government Model High School and another explosion took place outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Awaran.
Unidentified militants hurled a hand grenade at a power grid station in Sorab area of Khuzdar District. According to Police, no casualties were reported.
An unidentified militant hurled a hand grenade at the residence of Noorul Haq in Mastung. However, no casualties were reported.
The Capital City Police arrested two persons alleged to have been involved in the July 14 assassination of BNP leader Habib Jalib Baloch.
Two MQM-H cadres were shot dead in separate incidents of targeted killings in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Waseem alias Bhutto was shot dead near the Gul Ahmed Textile Mills under the Quaidabad police precincts.
Four troopers were injured when militants targeted a convoy of Mehsud Scouts Commandant with an explosive device in Nala-Malikdinkhel area of Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency in FATA.
One person sustained injuries when a roadside bomb went off in Loesam area of Khar tehsil in Bajaur Agency. Political administration officials said that a landmine planted by unspecified persons on Bajaur-Peshawar highway exploded injuring Ihsan Khan hailing from Rabat Dir.
The Police claimed to have foiled a sabotage attempt and recovered cache of various kinds of explosive material and mortar shells on the Peshawar-Bara Road in Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Five Pakistan-based “most dangerous bad guy groups”, including LeT responsible for the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, pose a critical threat in war-torn Afghanistan, says US special representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke.
There is a massive conspiracy to destabilise Karachi, Pakistan’s only economic hub by jihadi outfits which only recently decided to regroup and reorganise themselves to launch a series of high-profile killings and bomb blasts.
The “Quetta Shura” which consists of the top leadership of the Afghan Taliban, headed by Mulla Omar, from an unknown place in Pakistan and whose at least nine out of 18 leaders had been arrested to this date, has cut ties with al Qaeda, leaving al Qaeda and Arab militants inside Pakistan no choice other than to join the TTP.
The Pakistan Army is playing the leading role in rescue efforts after the worst floods in decades, but it will not divert forces from the battle against Taliban, said Army spokesman Major General Athar Abbas.
|August 14||At least 13 TTP militants, including a key commander, were killed and six others injured when a US drone struck a compound in Eisori village near Mirali, a town in North Waziristan Agency of FATA.
Unidentified assailants singled out Punjabi passengers travelling on a bus, killing 10 and injuring five others near the provincial metropolis. According to official sources, a group of armed men riding motorcycles stopped the passenger coach near Ahb-e-Gahm near Mach.
Six Punjabi speaking persons were shot dead by assailants riding motorcycle when they were going home from work in Khilji Colony of Quetta in Balochistan. The men were labourers and belonged to Multan.
BLA claimed responsibility for the killings of these six workers and 10 bus passengers. A BLA spokesman, Jiaind Baloch, calling journalists from unidentified location, said: “BLA conducted both attacks in response to killing of missing persons in Government custody.”
A woman, Sabra, and a boy, Dilshad, were killed and eight other persons injured in a clash between two sectarian groups in Hirabad town in Sindh in the night.
Congratulating people of Pakistan on the occasion of its 63rd independence day, US President Barack Obama expressed his country’s long term commitment in strengthening ties with the country.
|August 15||Pakistan’s ISI have revealed that the TTP, the Jandullah outfit and banned local militant outfits plan to target foreigners, embassies, Shia clerics and Imambargah in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Okara and Karachi.
It is reported that the Federal Capital is going to get under religious violence solely due to negligence on part of the CDA. After Lal Masjid operation, only six out of many mosques built on encroached land were removed and the CDA then promised to build them on alternative land has not realize the promise yet due to financial crunch.
Sources reported that more than 300 hardliners and their mentors from various parts of the country have gathered across the provincial metropolis, acquiring houses in Afghan and Pashtun populated localities, adding that several high-profile hardliners are also hiding in posh localities across the city.
The United States is poised to bring in changes in its counter terrorism operations against al Qaida and its extremist affiliates by saying that instead of the “hammer” they will now be relying on the “scalpel” to dismantle terrorist outfits.
General David Petraeus, the US commander in Afghanistan, on August 15 held out the prospect of eventual reconciliation with the Taliban, including negotiations with leaders with “blood on their hands”.
|August 16||A DSP, his security guard, the son of the Shia Action Committee head and a doctor were shot dead in three separate incidents in Karachi.
29 militants of ‘commander’ Qari Zaiur Rehman fraction of TTP laid down arms and surrendered to SFs in Charmang areas of Nawagai tehsil in Bajaur Agency of FATA.
SFs recovered a cache of weapons and explosives during search operation in different areas of Charmang valley in Bajaur Agency.
With the country reeling from the devastation of the worst floods in its history, President Asif Zardari warned that if the political leadership failed to lead the nation, extremists and militants could step in to fill the vacuum. Speaking at a dinner hosted in honour of the editors of prominent national dailies at the Presidency, Asif Zardari said the political leadership should not be afraid of leading the nation even if in doing so they attract criticism.
|August 17||Two persons were shot dead in separate incidents of firing in Quetta and Mastung of Balochistan. Sources said that Haji Azeem, an excise inspector, was on his way home when some unidentified assailants on a motorcycle opened fire on him near Qambrani Road in Quetta.
Unidentified assailants on a motorbike shot dead one Munawar in Mastung Town. He died on the spot while the assailants managed to escape from the incident site.
At least 10 persons were injured in a remote-controlled blast in the coastal Pasni Township. Sources said that unidentified persons planted an explosive device in Ward No 6 area of Pasni and detonated it as a school van approached near.
A prayer leader Mufti Furqan (50), son of Babu Ansari, belonging to the Deobandi sect, was shot dead by unidentified assailants while he was heading home in Marwari Mohalla on his motorcycle near Sabri Masjid on Nishtar Road under Nabi Bux Police Station in Karachi.
The SFs repulsed an attack by militants after an encounter in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency in FATA in the night.
SFs recovered a cache of explosives, heroin and charas during a search operation in Lala Kandao locality of Jamrud tehsil. However, no arrests were made.
Four suspected TTP terrorists were arrested by intelligence agency from Fatehjang Road in Islamabad. Their arrest also led to the recovery of three Kalashnikovs, six pistols and maps of five sensitive installations located in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. The arrested militants were identified as Mohammad Uzair, Jehangir, Talha and Rustam Ustad.
The Police arrested two young would-be suicide bombers, with suicide vests around their waists, while they were trying to enter Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The ISI said that homegrown terrorists have overtaken the Indian Army as the greatest threat to national security, a finding with potential ramifications for relations between the two rival South Asian nations and for the US-led war in Afghanistan.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government is reviewing a draft Post Crisis Need Assessment (PCNA), which prescribes interventions in four strategic areas aimed at curbing militancy in the province and its adjoining tribal region. The PCNA, conducted by Asian Development Bank, European Union, United Nations, World Bank and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government, was the first-ever study, looking into the causes of militancy and suggesting remedial steps.
|August 18||Three militants were killed and several others injured when militants of Mullah Nazir group, a break away faction of Hakeemullah Mehsud led TTP, and TTP clashed in Mantoi area of South Waziristan in the FATA.
SFs arrested four suspected militants during a raid conducted at the seminary of Sahibzada Mohammad Umar in Ash Khel area of Khyber Agency. The arrested militants included Mohammad Ali and Mohammad Taqi, sons of Mohammad Umar, an Afghanistan national Mulana Abdur Rahim and a resident of Bara whose name could not be ascertained.
10 LI militants attacked a mosque and killed two anti-TTP fighters while they were praying in Adezai village on the outskirts of Peshawar in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
An hour later, about 100 militants from the same outfit attacked on a Police Post in Sarbanda village, on the western edge of Peshawar, leading to a 40-minute encounter but no injuries were reported. “They were Mangal Bagh’s people,” Muhammad Karim Khan, a Senior Police Official said.
Sardar Nadir Jan Gichki of the royal family of Mekran and maternal uncle of Sardar Akhtar Mengal, president of the BNP, was shot dead by unidentified assailants outside a mosque in Tump of Balochistan in the evening. His son, late Hassan Gichki, had been tortured to death under judicial custody by Government functionaries in 2006. Sardar Akhtar Mengal accused the Government of killing Hassan Gichki for political reasons.
A doctor, Javed, son of Abdul Shakoor, allegedly belonging to the HuM outfit was shot dead near the AO Clinic in Nazimabad area of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.
City Police arrested two alleged members of the LeJ accused of being involved in over 10 targeted killings in the city, including the assassination of MQM legislator Raza Haider in the Jama Masjid in Nazimabad on August 2.
The IMU confirmed that the death of its ‘chief’, Muhammad Tahir Farooq, popularly known as Tahir Yuldashev who had been killed in a drone attack in South Waziristan Agency of FATA in 2009.
|August 19||Atleast 11 militants were killed in different operations of SFs in the Orakzai and Kurram Agencies of FATA. At least seven militants were killed and seven others injured when SFs retaliated after an attack on a security check post in the Tapoo area of Orakzai Agency.
SFs bombed the hideouts of militants in Wasti Kurram and Chinarak areas of Kurram Agency killing four militants and injuring 10 others.
Two officials of the IB and the FC respectively were shot dead on the RCD Highway near Mastung, around 50 kilometres from Quetta.
Three FC personnel injured when their vehicle hit an IED near Turbat in Balochistan. According to sources, a FC convoy coming from Gwadar hit an IED which was planted in Danuk area, some five kilometres from Turbat. However, the BLA spokesman Sarbaz Baloch taking responsibility of the blast claimed that eight FC personnel were killed in the attack and said it was in retaliation to the killing of Sardar Nadir Gichki, who he said was the father of BLA commander Mir Beberg Baloch.
A militant was killed and two passers-by were injured during a search operation in Matha Speen Khak area of Katlang tehsil in Mardan District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The slain militant was identified as Fazal Qadir, son of Gul Qadir.
18 persons were injured when a bomb exploded in Bannu Bazaar in Bannu District. Eyewitnesses said that a stranger threw a black plastic bag at Tail Mandi (oil market) which exploded after a moment.
Two devotees were injured when a low-intensity device, thought to be a cracker, exploded at Baba Khaki Shah’s shrine near Bagrian Chowk in Green Town area of Lahore.
The Federal Government asked the provinces to initiate action against terrorist organisations, which are operating in the country under the guise of charity. The Government asked the respective Home Secretaries of all the provinces to constitute a task force headed by a DIG to identity such elements and initiate action against the charity organisations, which had been banned by the Government.
The Judicial Magistrate of Karachi West granted the physical remand for seven days of two alleged cadres of the LeJ accused of 10 target killings. The IO produced the suspects, Mohammad Wasim alias Baroodi and Abdullah alias Taimur alias Darzi before JM Hafiz Muhammad Ibrahim under strict security arrangements.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain warned that militants were regrouping in areas around Peshawar and could launch an attack anytime. The warning came a day before the Provincial Government hosts donors’ conference in Islamabad to seek assistance for rehabilitation of the flood-affected people. Representatives of the United Nations, US, European Union, Gulf states, China and lending agencies have been invited to the conference.
Appealing to the West for immediate help, President Asif Ali Zardari expressed the fear that children of flood-affected people and orphans may end up at terrorist training camps. “We are giving them everything we’ve got. There is a possibility that some negative forces would exploit this situation. For example, militants can take orphaned babies and put them in terror training camps,” the President said at a joint press conference with US Senator John Kerry after visiting flood-affected areas of Multan and Jampur.
|August 20||Unidentified assailants killed two Policemen and injured a third one in an attack on a checkpoint near Qureshi chowk in Dera Ismail Khan Town of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Militants blew up a Government school in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency in the night. The sources said that a group of militants in pickup vehicles came to Malakdin Khel area and planted explosives on the building of Tamash Khan Kallay Government Primary School.
Unidentified attackers set ablaze a NATO container near Wadh area of Khuzdar District in Balochistan.
CID officials arrested two men allegedly affiliated with the banned outfit LeJ and involved in the killing of the MPA Raza Haider. The Police recovered two pistols and nine rounds from their possession.
Pakistan courts are yet to convict a single person in any of the country’s biggest terrorist attacks of the past three years, a symptom of a dysfunctional legal system that’s hurting the fight against the Taliban and al Qaeda at a critical time.
The Police without basic investigative skills such as the ability to lift fingerprints, and prosecutors who lack training to try terror cases, are some of the main reasons cited. It has “caused a sense of terror and insecurity amongst the members of society”, said Lahore high court chief justice Khawaja Mohammad Sharif.
Pakistan to clamp down on charities linked to Islamist militants amid fears their involvement in flood relief, exploiting anger against the Government, will undermine the fight against outfits like the Taliban. Islamist charities have moved in swiftly to fill the vacuum left by a Government overwhelmed by the scale of the disaster and struggling to reach millions of people in dire need of shelter, food and clean water.
The JI criticised the Federal Interior Minister’s statement outlawing flood relief operations by banned outfits as well as the Government’s plan to impose tax in the name of flood aid. JI chief Syed Munawwar Hasan said when the nation needed collective efforts to cope with the situation, Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s orders banning banned outfits from relief work would divide the nation.
Adding to this issue of floods and terrorists the foreign terrorists could take advantage of the issuance of duplicate and new Computerised National Identity Cards (CNIC) to the millions of flood victims across the country.
Authorities have restricted access to hundreds of Internet pages containing “anti-Islamic content”, but have allowed these outfits to operate online without censorship. “Social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook give such outfits a forum for carrying forward their agenda,” said Amir Rana, an author and expert on the Taliban and militancy in the country.
The BNP said that target killings, military operations, enforced disappearance of political workers and torture of detained persons would never be able to suppress the Baloch political struggle. Leaders were speaking at a meeting held to mark the chehlum of Habib Jalib Baloch, secretary-general of the BNP-Mengal who died in an armed attack on July 14, 2010.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that Islamabad will not allow terrorists to take advantage of humanitarian crisis unfolding in the country. Qureshi said we are not going to allow them to take advantage or exploit this natural disaster. He was at the UN General Assembly to attend a special meeting on Pakistan, underlining the need for immediate international assistance.
|August 21||Six persons died and five others were injured as a vehicle hit an explosive device at Baizai tehsil of Mohmand Agency in FATA. The political authorities said that the deceased are members of the Peace Committee of Khowai Zai area and were going to sub-division office at Baizai.
Six militants were killed in US drone missile attack in North Waziristan, locals and official sources said. Sources said that a US drone fired four missiles at two vehicles at Anghar village, some four kilometres of Miranshah, and killed all the six militants in the vehicles.
The suspected militants killed son of a pro-Government tribal elder and injured two others in an attack on his house in the Charmang area of Bajaur Agency in FATA. Sources said a group of over 40 suspected militants attacked the house of pro-government tribal elder and active member of Charmang peace committee Malak Gul Khan with heavy weapons, killing his young son Shahabuddin and injuring two others, Fazal Rehman and Zaffar Khan critically.
A minor girl was killed when SFs opened indiscriminate firing on militants in Jhansi area of Bara.
SFs arrested at least 11 militants, a 10-year-old young would-be suicide bomber and three masterminds of suicide bombings among them, during a raid on a hideout in Satin area of Kurram Agency. Sources said that the boy had been kidnapped from Karachi, when he was only four-year-old. He was kept and trained by militants in Satin area of Kurram Agency.
The Khasadar Force recovered three abducted persons, identified as Umair Khan, a resident of Rawalpindi, Hamza, a resident of Charsadda and Mir Qadar, a resident of Landi Kotal, during a raid on a house in Bakarabad locality in Jamrud tehsil. However, the abductors managed to escape before the raid.
Suspected militants attacked a Police check post located at Bara Qadeem (old Bara) area at Peshawar-Bara Road near Peshawar killing a civilian and injuring three Policemen. The SHO of Sarbanda Police Station Fazal Maula Khan said that the attackers, riding three motorcycles and armed with Kalashnikovs, belonged to the Mangal Bagh-led LI.
Pakistani authorities claimed that they have arrested an Indian ‘spy’ in a border village in Punjab province. The alleged spy was identified by the Pakistani officials as Banu Das Bhattal, claiming that he had been living in Chohrpura village of Kasur District, 60 kilometres from Lahore.
|August 22||Three militants, including a ‘commander’, were killed during a clash with SFs in Rajgali Kandaw area of Buner District in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Sources said that SFs got information that some militants would use the Rajgali Kandaw route to sneak into Gokand valley from Elum Ghar. They were identified as militant commander Naseeb Zada, a resident of Narbatwal area, and his two accomplices Wazir and Gul Nazar of Dokada area.
Militants blew up a Government girl’s primary school in semi-autonomous tribal area of Zarghun Khel in frontier region of Kohat.
The bomb disposal squad defused two hand grenades, which were found on roadside in Sector I of Phase-II of KDA Town in Kohat District.
The Saddar and Canttantonment Police of Kohat in a joint operation arrested 28 suspects and recovered a cache of weapons from their possession. The search operations were conducted in Jarma, Khwasi Banda, Kharmato, Ghulam Banda, Tappi, Merozai and Dhodha.
Law enforcement agencies arrested a high profile militant from Hangu who was allegedly involved in the abduction of 35 Police recruits from Orakzai Agency of FATA in July 2008. During investigation, the sources said, the militant confessed the Police that he had rented a house in Lakhti Banda area.
The Police arrested two persons, identified as Mohammad Adnan and Shah Jahan alias Munna, for their associations with LeJ and JeM after an alleged encounter in Korangi in Karachi.
Terrorists are regrouping outside Peshawar, the Tribal Areas and the flood-hit areas, and the Federal and Provincial Government should launch an immediate action against them, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain said. He made these remarks while addressing a press conference. “Terrorists are joining the flood victims. They are posing as flood affectees and regrouping in the flood-hit areas,” the KP information minister said.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government decided to take action against outlawed terrorist outfits involved in collecting donations for the flood affectees by using different names.
Nearly a month after worst-ever natural disaster flooded a fifth of the country and hit at least 20 million people, the spectres of social unrest and extremism are stalking the nation. Torrential rains have had a catastrophic impact on the nation, causing economic losses that could see the country default on an IMF loan and leaving eight million people dependent on aid for survival.
The Islamabad Capital Territory Police left the security of mosques at the disposal of mosque committees exposing the faithful to the risk of terrorism during Ramzan. The sources said the Ministry of Interior had sent a report to the Islamabad Capital Territory administration and federal Police that there was a possibility of terror attack at some places in Red Zone.
The capture of top Taliban ‘commander’ Abdul Ghani Baradar may have been a bid by Pakistani intelligence to thwart talks between the Taliban and the Afghanistan Government, said The New York Times report. Baradar was a top military strategist and trusted aide of the militia’s shadowy leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar.
|August 23||26 persons, including a former member of the National Assembly (NA) were killed and 40 others injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a mosque in Wana town of South Waziristan in FATA at 3 pm (PST). Pro-Government cleric Maulana Noor Muhammad was delivering a sermon in the area’s biggest mosque when the attack occurred.
Missiles fired from a US drone killed 13 militants and seven civilians in Dandey Darpa Khel area, about five kilometres from Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan Agency of FATA.
A bomb blast at a meeting of tribal elders killed seven persons and injured another seven in Khumas village about 10 kilometres east of Parachinar of Kurram Agency in FATA.
Three militants were killed and as many injured when SFs repulsed an attack on a checkpost in Safi tehsil of Mohmand Agency.
The driver and conductor of a tanker carrying fuel for NATO forces were killed after their vehicle was destroyed in a bomb blast in Landikotal of Khyber Agency.
A Havaldar of Bajaur Levies was killed when dozens of militants attacked security checkpost in Sadiqabad and Bilalabad areas of Bajaur Agency with rockets and mortars.
Militants attacked the house of a pro-government tribal elder, Malak Sher Zamin Khan, with hand grenades in Charmang area of Nawagai tehsil in Bajaur Agency in the night. However, no loss of life was reported.
SFs blew up houses of four militant ‘commanders’ in Rashakai area of Khar tehsil during a search operation.
Three volunteers of an anti-Taliban lashkar were killed and 11 another injured in a remote-controlled bomb blast in Adezai near Peshawar of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Militants attacked Spina Thana security checkpost in Darra Adamkhel with rockets without causing any damage.
Two activists of a religious group were arrested after an alleged encounter on from Abdullah College roundabout near Paposh Nagar graveyard within the jurisdiction of North Nazimabad Police Station in Karachi.
Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen while condemning the arrests said that the Police were trying to escalate ethnic violence in the city by arresting innocent people.
National Security Adviser of Afghanistan Rangin Dadfar Spanta urged the United States to re-evaluate its friendship with Pakistan, accusing the country of supporting al Qaeda and other Islamic extremists as it plays a double-game.
|August 24||A young activist of the MQM and a Head Constable associated with the CID of Police were shot dead in separate incidents in Korangi town in Karachi.
A Head Constable, 50-year-old Izhar Hussain, associated with the CID Police was shot dead near P&T Society in Korangi.
The TTP militants killed one Bacha Gul on charges of spying for the Government in the Sagai area of Mohmand tehsil in Bajaur Agency of FATA. TTP spokesman Ikramullah Mohmand claimed responsibility for the killing saying the man was spying for the Government.
One militant was killed and 29 others arrested during a search operation by SF in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency.
Five NATO oil-supply tankers were blown up at the Pakistani side of Torkham border in Khyber Agency.
The militants killed a peace body activist, belonging to Frontier Region of Peshawar in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, but released his son.
A report said that al Qaeda is gradually shifting its base from the unsafe and spy-infested tribal belt of Pakistan – which is under the radars of virtually all intelligence agencies – to more secure, urban areas of the country, which according to a Western diplomat, are “immune to drones”.
President Asif Ali Zardari warned that the TTP could take advantage of the country’s floods crisis while defending the Government’s handling of the catastrophe.
It was reported that Pakistan relieved some helicopters from the fight against the Taliban for use in rescue and relief operations in flooded regions.
The Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira that the Government is fully geared to deal with the flood crisis and will not allow any banned terrorist outfit to take advantage of the situation.
US asked Pakistan to take “decisive action” against extremism within its territory, even as it expressed satisfaction over the progress made so far, State Department spokesman P. J. Crowley said.
|August 25||Unidentified militants killed the mother and a nine-year-old brother of a khasadar, Ismail, in Lodin Kor Mirzakhel area of Qandharo tehsil in Mohmand Agency of FATA. Ismail himself and a sister sustained injuries in the incident.
An official of Bajaur Levies, identified as Rahmanullah, was shot dead by militants at Ghakhi area of Bajaur Agency when he was going home after performing his duty.
A suspected militant was shot dead by SFs in the Bara of Khyber Agency during a search operation after a bomb attack on a security convoy. Sources said that SFs opened firing when Parvaiz Iqbal, a resident of Gujrat of Punjab province, tried to escape during the search operation.
Militants attacked security posts with heavy weapons in Sadiqabad and Bilalabad areas in Bajaur Agency. Security Forces retaliated and repulsed the attack.
Political administration arrested over 50 tribal persons under the collective territorial responsibility act of Frontier Crimes Regulation. The arrests were made in connection with the growing attacks on security posts in Sadiqabad and Bilalabad areas of Khar tehsil.
Pakistan People’s Party-Sherpao (PPP-S) leader Mustafa Khusrani was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Surab Bazaar, around 230 kilometres south of Quetta.
A bomb blast partially damaged a hotel being used as a cinema hall in Baffa Bazaar of Mansehra District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Sources said that the bomb, planted at the outer wall of hotel, exploded when a movie was being screened.
As many as 390 suspects, detained on the charge of having links with banned militant outfits, are to be released soon. According to official figures as many as 390 activists belonging to banned outfits like SSP, LeJ, JeM, HuJI, Al-Asar Trust, Jamiatul Furqan and some other banned militant outfits working in previous or new, and fake, names had been detained during the crackdown.
The Ministry of Interior, Punjab Home Department and the Punjab Inspector General have directed the Police and other law enforcement agencies to immediately put security on high alert across the country, particularly in Punjab, to foil the nefarious designs of these extremists.
The Ministry of Interior issued an alert for 10 politicians that they were on terrorists’ hit list. The terrorists’ targets included PML-N MNA Ahsan Iqbal and Khurram Dastagir, Minister of State for Communications Imtiaz Safdar Warraich, Defence Minister Ahmad Mukthrar and a Member of Provincial Assembly from Punjab.
TTP plans to conduct attacks against foreigners participating in the ongoing flood relief operations in Pakistan.
An ATC reserved judgment in a case of seizure of three explosive-laden vehicles in 2008. The judgement on trial of accused Intikhab Abbasi and 12 others accused in Adiala Jail will be delivered on August 30.
WikiLeaks, the whistle-blower website, released a CIA memo analysing the risks of terrorists operating from the US, but the document offered no revelations of Government secrets like the Website’s earlier leaks.
A Pakistani origin suspect and contestant of Canada’s version of American Idol were among three people arrested as part of a major al Qaeda terror plot to bomb targets within and outside the country. Misbahuddin Ahmed, believed to be born in India, and Hiva Mohammad Alizadeh, both from Ottawa (Canada), and Pakistani origin Khurram Syed Sher of London were accused of conspiring with three others – James Lara, Rizgar Alizadeh and Zakaria Mamosta – in a terror plot Police traced back to Pakistan, Iran and Dubai.
|August 26||Two prisoners, Muhammad Anwar and Nabi Bakhsh, were shot dead and a Levies trooper injured when unidentified militants stormed a Levies post and held the Levies personnel hostage in Bakhtiarabad, 300 kilometres from Quetta, in Balochistan.
A child, Umer, was killed and five others, including two women, were injured in a grenade attack at the residence of one Abdul Karim, a non-Baloch settler, in Panjgur District.
A bullet-riddled dead body was recovered from Bagh Bana area of Khuzdar, 350 kilometres from Quetta. The victim, identified as Tahir Muhammad, was abducted earlier on an unspecified date from Koshak area of Khuzdar.
Two persons, including a woman, were injured in an explosion on Hospital Road of Khuzdar District, 300 kilometres from Quetta.
Three NATO oil tankers were attacked in Quetta, Kalat and Mastung areas. According to sources, an oil tanker, carrying fuel for NATO forces was coming from Karachi when unidentified assailants opened fire on it on the RCD Highway near Lak Pass area of Quetta.
A Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) cabinet was set ablaze in Awaran District, disrupting telecommunication system of the entire District.
A militant was killed and another injured during a clash with anti-Taliban volunteers and SFs in Matani area of Peshawar in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the night.
Militants shot dead the son of a former TTP ‘commander’, Haji Farman, and injured three passes-by in Khar Bazaar of Bajaur Agency in FATA.
Militants blew up a girl’s school in Yara Jan Kallay area of Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency.
Unidentified militants abducted a flour dealer at gunpoint in Qambar Abad area of Bara tehsil. Sources said that the abducted man, Haji Naseer Khan, was a close relative of former Senator Mohammad Shah Afridi.
SFs arrested six suspected militants during two separate raids on a seminary and the house of a militant commander in Kakakhel and Qambarkhel areas.
A US Federal Official, Ross Feinstein, said that a Pakistani man from Maine was released from jail 15 weeks after he was arrested on an immigration violation while police were investigating the failed Times Square car bombing.
The TTP threatened to launch attacks against foreigners helping in the flood relief efforts, saying their presence was “unacceptable”. TTP ‘spokesman’ Azam Tariq claimed the US and other countries that have pledged support are not really focused on providing aid to flood victims but had other motives he did not specify, adding, “No relief is reaching the affected people, and when the victims are not receiving help, then this horde of foreigners is not acceptable to us at all.”
A terrorist group linked to the TTP announced a general amnesty for ‘spies’, collaborators of the US and Pakistan Army, as a gesture of respect for Ramzan. “We announce a general amnesty for all those spies who have not yet taken part in bombings or drone attacks on the Taliban,” a pamphlet from the Ittehad Mujahideen Khurasaan read.
The National Security Adviser of Afghanistan Rangin Dadfar Spanta urged the United States to sanction Pakistan and refuse visas to Pakistani Generals. In an interview to the Washington Post, Rangin Dadfar Spanta claimed that the central issue in the war against terrorists was their ability to take refuge in Pakistan and not the rampant corruption in Afghanistan.
Activists of banned militant outfits are reported to be collecting funds and relief goods for the flood victims with impunity in various areas across the provincial capital. Posters, banners and flags of the LeT have been openly displayed in and around these camps and extremists are seen openly collecting money from citizens.
|August 27||A US drone strike killed four militants in Shahidano village of Kurram Agency along Afghan-Pakistan border in FATA. “All those killed militants belong to the TTP,” a security official said.
Unidentified militants abducted Haji Said Anwar, father of KP provincial assembly member Mufti Said Janan, in the Sapire Kot area of Kurram Agency.
Militant ‘commander’ Maulvi Mohammad Nazir of Maulvi Nazir group has given a two-day deadline to the supporters of TTP leader Hakimullah Mehsud to leave Wana subdivision of South Waziristan or be ready to face ‘stern action’.
Two persons were injured in a firing on a NATO oil tanker in the Miandar area of Khuzdar District in Balochistan.
The US has seen evidence that Pakistani terrorists and the charities affiliated with them are deepening their involvement in flood-relief effort in a bid to win popular support, a senior US official said.
Indian-American USAID chief, Rajiv Shah, said that he had to leave a relief camp in flood-hit Pakistan in a hurry after being threatened by extremist elements present there.
Pakistan’s High Commissioner in India Shahid Malik told Interior Minister Rehman Malik that Pakistan handed over a dossier on David Headedly to the Indian Government and sought some additional information about him.
|August 28||The bullet-riddled body of a FC solider, Baitullah, was found in Bara area of Khyber Agency in FATA. Local residents said that a note found on the body stated that he was executed by the militants for spying.
A foreign militant was killed in a clash with SFs at Shakas area in Jamrud tehsil of Khyber Agency. The SFs retaliated and an Uzbek fighter was killed. Four local terrorists, who were present in the house at the time of operation, were also arrested.
Army commandos and Frontier Constabulary personnel stormed an intelligence office in Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and freed two people who were taken hostage by militant.
At least 50 Afghan Taliban militants abducted 10 labourers from a forest near Kalash valley of Bumburate in Chitral District in the night. All the labourers belong to Dhoke Dara village of Upper Dir District.
A TTP threat against aid workers helping flood victims in Pakistan must be taken seriously and shows that militants have no moral boundaries, US Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen said.
The Pakistan Government plans to seek permission from the anti-terror court — conducting the trial of the seven suspects in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks case — to set up a commission to record statements of key witnesses and officials involved in the trial in India.
|August 29||The Asian Tigers or Punjabi Taliban Chief Usman Punjabi and five of his cadres were killed in a shootout between two factions in the Dandy Darpakhel area of North Waziristan Agency in FATA.
Two soldiers were killed and four others injured in a roadside blast in the Mamerani area of Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency. Sources said that the soldiers were patrolling the area when an IED exploded.
A trooper, Saif Amin Orakzai, was injured when he stepped on a landmine during a search operation in the Lakhkar Kallay area of Baizai tehsil in Mohmand Agency.
Militants attacked SFs in Shamsha area. SFs repulsed the attack. No loss of life or property was reported.
SFs demolished the houses of four suspected militants during a search operation in Torkhel area.
Two militants, including a commander, Qari Abdullah, were killed during a clash with the SFs in Charbagh tehsil of Swat District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Tribal elder Mir Kamal Khan Marri appealed to the Chief Justice of Pakistan and international human rights organisations to take notice of alleged abduction of his brother.
|August 30||Five LI militants were killed and three SF personnel received injuries during an operation in the Kalakhel area of Bara tehsil in the Khyber Agency of FATA.
Unidentified assailants set ablaze an oil tanker carrying fuel for NATO forces stationed in Afghanistan, near Gunjadori area of Mastung in Balochistan.
Unidentified assailants set ablaze a NATO oil tanker in the Chamroke area in Khuzdar District.
The Police recovered explosives from an Afghan national, identified as Sadikullah, in an area near Nali Chak village of Lakki Marwat District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Two hand grenades and 30-bore pistol were recovered from the arrested person.
The Security Forces recovered and defused a bomb planted by suspected militants in Alam Ganj area of Swat District.
The Karachi Police arrested three suspected cadres of the TTP in two raids. The Sohrab Goth Police neutralised a hideout in Gulshan-i-Maymar area and arrested two persons, Asghar and Riaz.
The CID of the Sindh Police arrested one Fawad Ali allegedly associated with the Fazlullah faction of the TTP from Shahzad Cinema area near Pirabad Chowki in the Qasba Colony of Karachi.
The NCA, religious gatherings, sensitive installations, railway stations, public places, shrines, Imambargahs and other worship places at the risk of potential attacks from terrorists during the last 10 days of Ramazan.
The lack of global response in flood hit Pakistan opens up room for militant and religious outfits to intervene. The gap is being filled by religious organisations that are ready to provide the people with food and funds too.
|August 31||SFs killed more than 40 militants in shelling in different areas of the Tirah valley in Khyber Agency of FATA. According to officials, over a dozen militants were killed in Nari Baba, 13 in Nakai and 18 in Takhta Kai and Qilla areas. However, Daily Times put the death toll to 18.
Four persons, including three locals, were killed when militants attacked a house in Chinarak area of Kurram Agency.
TTP attacked tribal elder Inzar Gul’s house in Dogar area of Orakzai Agency, killing his wife, two sons and abducted another son.
TTP cut off electricity supply to Lower Orakzai Agency after tribesmen set ablaze their five vehicles.
30 militants, including three ‘local commanders’ identified as Shah Jahan, Daud Khan and Malang Jan laid down arms voluntarily and surrendered to a jirga in Bajaur Agency.
Two persons, including a BNP-M leader, were shot dead in Kalat District of Balochistan. According to sources, Kalat District BNP-M leader Nawabuddin Nechari and his friends, Saffar Khan and Mullah Bakhsh, were on their way on the national highway when unidentified assailants opened indiscriminate fire on their vehicle.
A helper of a NATO container, carrying logistic supplies for NATO forces in Afghanistan, was killed and the driver injured in an attack on the National Highway in Baghbana tehsil area of Khuzdar District.
Unidentified assailants set a NATO container on fire in the Pirangabad area of Mastung District. The container was completely destroyed, but the driver and his helper remained unhurt in the attack.
Three militants, including two local ‘commanders’, were killed in an encounter with SFs in Malam Jabba area of Charbagh tehsil in Swat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The militants were identified as Dawa Khan, Sardar Ali and Bahadur.
SFs arrested two suspected militants and razed a house of another one during a search operation at Kotka Burghoo Adamzai area under Tajori Police Station in Lakki Marwat District.
Three children were injured when a low-intensity device exploded in the suburbs of the Rahim Yar Khan District. Mairaj (7), Suleman (5) and Mahboob (9), residents of Chak 258-P, were playing at a Kandair Chowki area when they found a toy-like device which exploded.
A special ATC judge in Rawalpindi sentenced six terrorists to life imprisonment for planning to kill former President Pervez Musharraf by bombing the Presidency. Seven other accused were acquitted.
JuD is reportedly trying to take advantage of the large-scale misery caused by the devastating floods in Pakistan by attempting to enlist 50,000 new fighters for the TTP. According to reports, thousands of militants are in flood-hit regions to carry out relief efforts.
NATO commander General David Petraeus said that Afghanistan concern about Pakistan is legitimate. President Hamid Karzai’s complaints that international forces should focus on militant leaders hiding in neighbouring Pakistan instead of Afghanistan villages doesn’t mean the Government no longer supports the US war strategy, General David Petraeus said.
|September 1||29 persons were killed and another 243 injured in two suicide attacks and one grenade attack on a Shia procession marking Hazrat Ali’s martyrdom in Lahore. LeJ Al-alami claimed responsibility for the three attacks that occurred minutes apart in Bhaati Gate locality of Lahore.
Lahore Commissioner of Police Khusro Pervez acknowledged before the media that Police negligence was one of the main reasons behind the explosions and the subsequent violence.
At least 15 TTP militants were killed and 10 others injured as jet fighters and gunship helicopters bombed their hideouts in Kurram and Orakzai Agencies of FATA.
The death toll in August 31 air raids on suspected militant hideouts in Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency has risen to 60.
Two pro-Government tribesmen were killed by unidentified assailants in Ghundo area of Nawagai tehsil in Bajaur Agency.
SFs destroyed houses of about 25 militants during search operation in Dabori and Ghaljo areas of Orakzai Agency.
Two militants were killed in an encounter in Sakhara area while a convoy of SFs was attacked in Pashmal area of Swat District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
A convoy of SFs narrowly escaped a roadside blast in Pashmal area. Sources said that SFs cordoned off the entire area soon after the explosion and arrested more than 150 persons on suspicion. However, later on majority of them were released.
At least seven persons including a Police constable sustained minor injuries when unidentified assailants in a building near Empress Market of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, opened fire near the main Youm-e-Ali procession at 5:30 pm (PST).
Two NATO tankers were attacked in two separate incidents in Mastung and Khuzdar. Resultantly, the driver received bullet injuries while the assailants managed to escape.
Unidentified militants intercepted a NATO tanker and took the driver and the cleaner hostage at gunpoint in Wadh of Khuzdar District. The attackers sprinkled petrol on the tanker and set it ablaze.
The US added the TTP to its international terrorism blacklist, targeting the outfit and its leaders with financial and travel sanctions. “The group threatens US National Security,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in a notice published in the Federal Register. She designated the outfit a “foreign terrorist organisation” under US law.
The US prosecutors have also charged Hakimullah for the plot that killed seven CIA employees at an American base in Afghanistan in December 2009, said the US Justice Department.
The Ambassador to the US Hussain Haqqani warned that terrorist will exploit the aftermath of devastating floods unless the international community moves quickly to help Pakistan.
|September 2||Two civilians were killed and eight others injured when unidentified assailants opened fire on a passenger bus carrying Shia pilgrims in Pidrak area near Turbat in Balochistan.
A female teacher was killed and two of her colleagues wounded when masked militants opened fire in an ambush in Bajaur Agency of FATA. The victims, all women, were targeted as they returned home from their school in Khar, the main town of Bajaur District, officials said.
Militants killed a taxi driver in Akakhel area of Bara in Khyber Agency. They said that Maroof Khan was returning home after attending the funeral prayers of his friend when he was abducted by armed militants.
The death toll of the Karbala Gamay Shah bomb blasts increased to 37. The TTP claimed responsibility for the attack. “It is the revenge of Maulana Ali Shair Haidree who was martyred by Shia extremists,” said a statement sent to the BBC. More attacks on Shias everywhere have been forecast by the TTP.
The Interior Minister Rehman Malik had urged the Shia community not to hold mourning processions in open places to avoid more suicide attacks. “How can police provide security to a gathering of 15,000 people,” the Minister said while talking to reporters outside the Parliament House.
|September 3||At least 55 persons were killed while over 200 others were injured after a suicide bomber blew himself up amidst participants of a rally held to mark the Al-Quds Day in Quetta. However, Dawn reports death of 56 and injury of 160 civilians, including killing of a driver of a private television channel and injury of seven media personnel, four of them cameramen, in a suicide attack in the Al Quds procession.
The TTP claimed responsibility for attacks on processions in Quetta and Lahore over the past three days. The ‘chief’ of TTP’s suicide wing, Qari Hussain, said that the attacks had been carried out by TTP suicide bombers.
Two US drone strikes killed at least 10 militants, including some foreign militants, in North Waziristan Agency of FATA. The first struck a militant compound on the outskirts of North Waziristan’s main town of Miramshah.
A Khassadar official was killed and another sustained critical injuries when unidentified assailants opened fire on their vehicle carrying salaries of the Khassadar personnel near Isha area of Mirali tehsil in North Waziristan.
Three pro-Government peace committee members were injured in a mine blast in Baizai tehsil of Mohmand Agency. The sources said the anti-militants peace committee members were patrolling in Dag Darra in Baizai tehsil when their vehicle hit a roadside mine.
Three militants were injured when a gunship helicopter pounded their hideouts in Alladad Mena and Soran Darra area in Baizai tehsil.
At least one person was killed, while four others were injured in a suicide attack on a worship place of the Ahmedis in Muslimabad area of Mardan, the main town of Mardan District, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
A Policeman was killed and another three sustained injuries when militants targeted a Police patrolling team by a remote control bomb in Achini Bala area of Peshawar.
Militants blew up a girl school in Kalam area of Swat District in the night. TTP, Malakand Division chapter spokesman Omar Hasan Ahrabi, phoned reporters to claim responsibility for the attack.
Two FC personnel, Behdozaman and Alam Shah, were shot dead by unidentified assailants in Khuzdar District of Balochistan.
A Policeman and an unidentified militant were killed in an encounter in the export processing zone of the Korangi Industrial Area of Karachi. A TT pistol was recovered from the encounter site.
The death toll of the triple bomb blasts at Karbala Gamay Shah in Lahore on September 1 raised to 39 after two women succumbed to their injuries in Lahore.
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that the Pakistan military’s planned military operation in North Waziristan Agency of FATA might be delayed due to the devastating floods in Pakistan.
Robert Gates said that militants operating out of safe havens in Pakistan remain a major threat to Afghanistan but cooperation between NATO-led forces and the Pakistani military is increasing. Before leaving Afghanistan, Robert Gates went south to Kandahar, the birthplace of the Afghan Taliban, to visit US troops and described the Taliban as ‘a resilient enemy’.
|September 4||Eight militants killed when their vehicle hit a bomb detonated by remote control in the Spaircate area of Kurram Agency in FATA.
The SFs destroyed three militant hideouts in Chinarak, killing six militants and injuring 10 others. According to sources, a large number of militants have been moving to Kurram from Orakzai Agency because of the Army operation Khwakh Ba De Sham.
US drone missiles killed eight militants and injured 12 others in a village near Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan Agency of FATA, Pakistani officials said on September 4.
At least seven TTP militants managed to escape from the custody of a LI private jail after killing their two guards in Tirah valley in Khyber Agency in the night. Two guards were identified as Hayat Mohammad and Kashmal Khan. The seven TTP militants were taken captive by the LI on the charge of abducting three Sikhs and killing one of them.
A LI ‘commander’, Chitral, was killed while two of his guards injured when a rival of the same outfit ‘commander’ Said Karam opened fire on them while they were leaving a mosque after offering afternoon prayer in Zawa area of Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency.
A shopkeeper, Mohammad Younus, was killed in a failed abduction bid by unidentified militants at the Saryab Road in Quetta of Balochistan.
A man, Ali Mohammad Lango, was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Kalat Market of Kalat District.
Unidentified assailants shot dead a Levies Force official, identified as Masood Ahmed, while he was on his way back to home in Tump bazaar in Turbat District of Balochistan.
Ajab Khan, a resident of Peshawar, was injured in a firing incident in the Chitkan area of Panjgur District, when the victim was standing close by his shop.
Three NATO tankers were set ablaze in the Mongechar area of Kalat District. According to official sources, NATO tankers were carrying fuel for NATO forces in Afghanistan and were on their way to Kandahar. Unidentified militants on a motorcycle intercepted the oil tankers and took the people on board hostage at gunpoint and set the trucks on fire.
SFs killed three militants after an encounter in Matta tehsil of Swat District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The sources said that three militants, Alam Khan, Muzammil Shah and Rehmat Shah, attacked the SFs checkpost in Peochar area in Matta tehsil. SFs retaliated and killed three of them.
35-year-old Jameela, the wife of a Sub-Inspector Muhammad Waseem and her nephew, Abdul Rasheed (25), were shot dead in a pre-dawn ambush on their car near Dawood College of Engineering and Technology in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.
Unidentified assailants shot dead the driver of a NATO oil tanker, Noor Kamal, near Asadullah village at Fateh Jang of Attock District in the Punjab.
The death toll of September 1 suicide attack on Shia procession in Lahore reached 43. A 25 year old Ali Raza, a resident of Main Bazaar, Lower Mall, succumbed to his injuries in Mayo Hospital on September 4.
Militants affiliated with the TTP led by Hakimullah Mahsud reportedly planned to target prominent politicians and important personalities during Eid ul Fitr and at Eid Milan parties, official sources said.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government demanded the Federal Government to launch an operation against militants, who were regrouping in the FATA. Addressing a press conference at the Chief Minister’s House, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa spokesman Mian Iftikhar Hussain said militants were regrouping in FATA to attack Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab.
ANP Khyber Pakhtunkhwa President Senator Afrasiyab Khattak said militant sanctuaries in FATA must be dismantled or the whole region will be engulfed in flames of extremism and militancy.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Ameer Haider Hoti said the Government would not bow before the terrorists and the ANP would not hesitate to offer more sacrifices to make the country safe and secure.
Pro-Taliban terrorists are trying to create sectarian rift, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said, as a new wave of violence piled pressure on a Government already struggling with a flood crisis. The TTP, al Qaeda and LeJ, an anti-Shia outfit, were all part of the same organisation, he added.
The whole nation wants the removal of Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah for his alleged relations with terrorist outfits, Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer said. Taseer said that he had informed the Punjab Government about Sanaullah’s links with banned outfits but the PML-N had termed my statement ‘political’ but now the whole nation had realised the fact and was calling for the law minister’s removal.
|September 5||Two soldiers sustained injuries in a landmine explosion near a checkpoint in Dag Kallay area of Mohmand Agency.
Three children were injured when unidentified militant lobbed a hand grenade inside the house of one Mukammal Shah in Gulshanabad area of Jungle Khel area in Kohat District.
A powerful blast in the basement of Shalimar Shopping Plaza of Liaquat Bazaar in Quetta in the afternoon, creating panic among people shopping for Eid. “The blast occurred in the basement of the shopping plaza,” police said, adding it was an explosive device that went off with a big bang. However, there was no report of any causality.
A large number of terrorists, who escaped from Waziristan, are hiding in “base camps” set up in different localities adjacent to the National Highways and Motorways. According to sources, the Punjab Government has issued directions for taking stern action in this regard, adding that provincial law enforcement agencies have also started to work against such elements holed up in Punjab.
The IRM categorically condemned the suicide bombing in the Al-Quds rally in Quetta to express solidarity with the Palestinians, a statement issued by the Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen said. The IRM urged Muslims across the world to unite under the flag of Islam since the issues of Palestine, Al-Quds and the Al-Aqsa Mosque were related to all the Muslims.
|September 6||19 people, including nine Policemen and three students were killed and another 34 injured when a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into the Lakki City Police Station in Lakki Marwat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at 7 am (PST) in the morning. “The terrorists rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into the rear wall of the Police Station, which was reportedly housing an estimated 40 to 50 Policemen at the time,” Lakki Marwat DCO Ayaz Mandokhel said. Mandokhel said that recently, SFs had killed a TTP ‘commander’ in the area and the TTP had issued a warning to the local Police that they would soon take revenge for the death of their companion.
Two militants, identified as Zarai alias Mulla Dad and Khan Sahib, were killed during an encounter with the SFs in Shokhdhara area of Matta tehsil (revenue unit) in Swat District.
The TTP bombed a Government girls’ high school in the Landi Arbab area of Peshawar at 2am (PST) in the night.
Six unidentified militants were killed when missiles fired by a US drone hit a car in Madakhel area of North Waziristan Agency of FATA. Local people said that two missiles were fired at the car.
Militants blew up two schools in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency. The sources said that an explosive device planted at the Government Boys Primary School in Mir Akbar Killay and Government Girls Primary School in Fazal Muhammad Killay in Mandikas area was triggered at 10:50 p.m. destroying the buildings.
Four short-range missiles fired from the Afghan territory landed in the Pakistani border villages of Kharghalay and Charbagh in Landikotal tehsil in the night. However, no casualty was reported.
The bullet-riddled dead body of an abducted lawyer, Zaman Marri, was recovered from Mastung in Balochistan. Zaman was abducted by unidentified militants from Jinnah Road of Quetta when he was returning home from his office on July 19.
An injured cameraman of a private television channel, Ijaz Raisani, succumbed to his injuries at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) raising the death toll of the September 3 Quetta suicide blast to 66.
Two low-intensity roadside bombs exploded in the township locality in south Lahore. The first bomb exploded near the house of Deputy Superintendent of Police (Legal) Afzal Hussain at A1 Block, slightly damaging a car, which had been parked outside his house, but injuring no one. The second device exploded near the office of the BDS in C Block. No one was injured in the blast.
Meanwhile, Shia leader and president of the Islami Tehrik Pakistan, Allama Sajid Ali Naqvi, alleged that some Punjab Government officials had links with terrorist groups and unless they were removed from the cabinet, the ongoing wave of terrorism could not be checked.
Authorities declared red alert in the night on the eve of Shab-e-Qadar (the night of emancipation) in Lahore due to the recent attacks on a religious procession in the provincial capital as well as continuous threats by terrorists.
The Investigations by Daily Times revealed serious concerns, as according to one official, the peace in Karachi is under “imminent threat” from the newly re-organised Jundallah, which has been working in the city since 2003. An intelligence official who had been on a hunt went as far as to claim, “Jundullah is the new al Qaeda in Pakistan.”
Daily Times was the first publication to report the new al Qaeda and TTP strategy to open new fronts inside urban areas of Pakistan to bring the war to “A areas of Pakistan” and divide the army’s effort to curtail these elements in FATA.
A top intelligence chief explained, “So dangerous is Jundullah that they targeted two intelligence bureau officials who solved the Nishtar Park bombing.”
The MPAs of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly proposed joint strategy and unity to fight terrorism in the province and vowed war would continue against militants till they were crushed. Minister for Information Mian Iftikhar Hussain said it was time to raise collective voice and devise joint strategy to effectively take action against militants.
During question-hour, Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Arshad Abdullah told the House a total of 723 abduction cases were registered from January 1, 2008 to April 30, 2009. He said 1001 were abducted and out of these, 874 were recovered in various districts of the province. The law minister said 2,343 persons were charged with abduction in FIRs and 1,157 accused were arrested. He said 124 abduction gangs were smashed. Besides, Abdullah said 95 dacoit cases were registered from January 1, 2008 to April 30, 2009 in different Districts. He said 673 people were nominated in FIRs out of whom 189 were arrested.
|September 7||At least 20 persons, mostly women and children, were killed, while more than 94 others were injured in a car bomb attack near the Kohat Police Lines in Kohat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Three Policemen, including a senior officer, were injured in a remote-controlled bomb blast near Hangu bypass road in Hangu District. District Superintendent of Police Farid was travelling in a Police mobile along with two other Police personnel to visit the site of an earlier bomb blast.
Unidentified militants blew up a second girls’ school in Kalam area of Swat District. The terrorists had destroyed more than 402 schools in the District before they were expelled in Army operation in 2009.
The VC of the Islamia College University Ajmal Khan, and the cousin of ANP chief Asfandyar Wali Khan were abducted by unidentified militants from the Professors’ Colony area of the university campus at around 9am (PST) in Peshawar.
Unidentified militants killed two persons at Hattian area of Hazro town in Attock District of Punjab. The Police said Abdul Aziz and his nephew Adnan were returning from a mosque when they were fired upon.
The TTP said that they would continue to target Pakistani SFs with suicide attacks as they claimed responsibility for the suicide attack on Lakki Marwat Police Station on September 6 that killed 19, TTP Azam Tariq said. “We are targeting Pakistani security forces because the Government has allowed America to launch drone attacks on us,” TTP spokesman Azam Tariq told AFP by telephone.
The Army operation against militants in the Orakzai Agency has now comes to an end, claimed Operation in charge Brigadier Pervez. Operation in charge Brigadier Pervez, while addressing a press briefing, said that 90 per cent of the Orakzai Agency area has been cleared of militants during the operation, which was lasted for five and a half months.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government has once again demanded a conclusive military operation against the TTP, which it said was strengthening its position in the tribal belt. “TTP terrorists have started targeting settled areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa once again and carried out two major attacks in Lakki Marwat and Kohat within two days,” KP Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain said.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik announced that the Government had decided to take stern action against miscreants in Balochistan based on the approach used to restore peace in Karachi. Talking to reporters at the Quetta airport, Malik said the BLA and Baloch Students Organisation had taken the place of political parties in the province and were involved in targeted killings.
Addressing a press briefing with Balochistan Home Minister Mir Zafrullah Khan Zehri at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat, the Interior Minister said that the Government was ready to accept all the legitimate demands of nationalist leaders. Malik reiterated the offer for talks, saying the Government once again invites nationalist leaders to come forward to hold talks so that peace could be secured in the province.
|September 8||Fourteen suspected militants and four children were killed when US drones carried out three attacks targeting a compound, a car and a house in Dandy Darpakhel near Miramshah in parts of North Waziristan Agency of FATA near the Afghanistan border.
A house in Dandy Darpakhel was attacked with three missiles. Four suspected militants were killed.
A pro-Government tribal elder, Malak Abdul Manan, was shot dead by suspected militants in Mamond tehsil of Bajaur Agency. Local people said a group of militants stormed a mosque in Nakhtar area of Mamond tehsil and opened indiscriminate firing on Malak Abdul Manan, a pro-Government and eminent tribal leader.
Two persons were injured in roadside explosions while the third bomb was defused in Mohmand Agency. Sources said a Khasadar and a local person were injured when two homemade bombs planted by suspected militants along the roadside near the Hujra of former senator Abdur Rehman Faqir in Faqirabad area of Baizai tehsil went off.
Two persons, including a local leader of Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-Mengal) Abdul Khaliq, and Police Sub-Inspector Abdul Sattar, were killed while seven others sustained injuries in a bomb blast in Rind Market of Hub Industrial Town in Lasbela District of Balochistan. Sources confirmed that the target was the BNP leader.
Unidentified assailants set three NATO trailers on fire in Wadh area of Khuzdar District. According to sources, two trailers, carrying logistic support for NATO forces stationed in Afghanistan, were heading towards Kandahar from Karachi when unknown armed men intercepted them and made the drivers and cleaners hostage at gunpoint.
DSP Farid Khan Khattak who was injured in the Hangu bomb blast succumbed to his injuries. Three Policemen, including the DSP, had been injured in the blast on September 7 as their vehicle was passing through the Hangu Bypass.
Corps Commander Peshawar, Lieutenant-General Asif Yaseen Malik, and IGP, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Fiaz Ahmed Toru, disclosed that they had credible information that militants were planning to target sensitive installation in the province.
The SFs released the list of 19 wanted terrorists and ordered them to surrender before Eid ul Fitr festival. Otherwise, their houses would be dismantled and strict action would be taken against them under the law.
The Police claimed to have arrested three accomplices of Faisal Shahzad, the main suspect/accused of Time Square bombing plot in New York. Police said that arrested suspects Akhtar, Shoaib Mughal and Shahid had provided financial help to Shahzad. All the suspects belong to TTP, Police added.
The Federal Government has transferred Police powers to the FC and banned five Balochistan militant groups. The FC’s new powers, extended for a period of three months, will enable it to search and detain people. Talking to reporters in Quetta, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that the decisions had been taken during a high-level meeting held at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat to review the law and order situation in Balochistan. The banned groups are the BLA, the BRA, the BLUF, the BLF and the BMDT. “They (banned groups) will not be allowed to undertake any activity, their offices will be closed and action will be taken against their office bearers,” Malik said, adding that their bank accounts had also been seized.
A spokesman of the Balochistan Government disowned all the decisions announced by Interior Minister Rehman Malik. “The views expressed in the news conference were Rehman Malik’s personal and the Balochistan Government has nothing to do with those decisions/views,” the official statement issued by the Balochistan Government stated.
|September 9||At lest 12 persons, including three children and two women, were killed and two others injured in a roadside bomb explosion near Palaseen village in Kurram Agency of FATA. Sources said that they were going to Hangu from Dool Ragha area in central Kurram when their vehicle hit an IED near Palaseen village.
Six Uzbek militants were killed and five others injured when a US drone fired missiles into a compound in Machus Camp area of North Waziristan Agency.
A US drone strike killed at least four militants in outskirts of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan Agency. “Two US drones fired three missiles. We have reports that four militants were killed,” a security official based in Peshawar said.
Four activists of the ANP were shot dead in Doaba town of Hangu District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the night. ANP’s local leader Haji Gul Saeed was sitting outside a Hujra along with party men Qadeem Gul, Mastan Shah and Noor Gul when unidentified militants opened fire on them.
Three of the 10 labourers, abducted by TTP from Chitral District on August 29, were killed. Three dead bodies of abducted persons, identified as Mohammad Rasul, Misal Khan and Khoedad, were recovered in the Ghambeer Gul area near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in Arandu area of Chitral District.
Balochistan Finance Minister Mir Asim Kurd had a narrow escape when a suicide bomber detonated himself inside the minister’s residence in Quetta, killing five persons and injuring four others.
The blast occurred moments after Mir Asim Kurd, the PML-Q parliamentary leader in the Balochistan Assembly, left for his office, located in the Civil Secretariat.
The Provincial minister and leader of the PPP parliamentary party in the Balochistan assembly Mir Sadiq Ali Umrani said that the suicide attack on the residence of Finance Minister Mir Asim Kurd was a reaction to Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s statement about military operation in the province.
A low-intensity explosion destroyed a Police van parked outside the Shalimar Police Station in Lahore of Punjab. Though there were no causalities, the blast spread panic among the residents of the area.
An anti-terrorism court in Karachi indicted three suspected militants, Abdul Baqi alias Talha, Mohammad Ismail and Yousuf, in explosive substance and illicit weapons cases. Three were stated to be associated with the militant outfit LeJ, have been charged with planning to target an Eid Milad-un-Nabi congregation at Nishtar Park in February 2010 and possessing explosive material and unlicensed weapons, which were recovered by Police.
A British journalist abducted by militants in North Waziristan in March 26 was released. Asad Qureshi (51) was abducted while he was trying to sneak into North Waziristan on March 26 to make a documentary for BBC Channel 4, along with two former officials of ISI – Khalid Khawaja and Sultan Ameer Tarara aka ‘Colonel Imam’.
The United Nations General Assembly reaffirmed its support for the UN anti-terror strategy. The resolution recognised the need to enhance the important role of the UN, including the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force that played along with other international and regional organisations in facilitating and promoting coordination and coherence to national, regional and global levels.
Pakistan urged for developing a mechanism to implement the provisions of the UN global strategy against terrorism. “We have realised that the strategy in itself will be of little value unless it is transformed into action by an effective implementation mechanism,” Ambassador Abdullah Hussain Haroon said.
|September 10||Mortar shells fired from Afghanistan killed three persons and injured five others in Saidgi area of North Waziristan in FATA. Officials said that several mortar shells were fired from a NATO base in the Khost province of Afghanistan.
Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani stated that the Federal Government had no intention to launch a Swat-like military operation in Balochistan. “There is no such plan to launch a Swat or Malakand-like operation. That is wrong. It is for the Provincial Government in Balochistan to take decisions about their province,” Gilani told a group of newspaper editors and media persons at the Prime Minister’s House.
|September 11||A US missile strike killed six persons and injured several others in the Newey Adda village in the Datta Khel area near Miramshah, the main town of North Waziristan Agency in FATA.
A 32-year-old Naeem Hussain, associated with a youth organisation, was shot dead by unidentified assailants in the Lyari area of Karachi, the capital of Sindh.
|September 12||A roadside bomb blast killed six persons and injured four others in Kurram Agency of FATA. A pickup truck was heading from Sadda to Wacha Darra in Parachemkani area when an IED planted on a dirt track exploded with a bang. Six persons died on the spot while four others sustained injuries.
A Policeman, Fazal Rabi, was critically injured, when an explosive device, allegedly planted by unidentified militants near the main gate of the Lotharan Sarhadi Church in Mardan of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, triggered with a bang in the night.
The Police foiled a terrorist bid to blow up tankers carrying fuel supplies for NATO by defusing 10 kilogrammes explosive attached to one of them near a petrol pump located on G.T. Road, a kilometre away from Rawat area of Islamabad.
At least 52 journalists lost their lives in the first eight months of 2010 because of their jobs – four fewer than during the same period of 2009, a global media watchdog International Press Institute said.
|September 13||A TTP ‘commander’ said to be expert in making of IEDs surrendered before the SFs in Khar tehsil of Bajaur Agency. Officials said that Qari Hussain, a chemical engineer by profession, laid down arms unconditionally through a jirga.
A suspected militant, Asim Zakir, was killed when explosives he was carrying in a vehicle triggered in Rawalakot town of Poonch District in PoK. Sources said that the militant was an employee of the Electricity Department and there were strong indications about his links with TTP.
A home-made device exploded outside a cable operator’s office in Palandari town.
The Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer said that Punjab Government should have zero tolerance for banned outfits. Talking to a private TV channel, the Punjab Governor said that there were no terrorist training camps in Punjab.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government delayed the trial of banned TNSM ‘chief’ Sufi Mohammad after the prosecution department failed to produce solid evidence and witnesses against him. Official sources in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Home and Tribal Affairs Department revealed that first the TNSM chief’s trial was delayed due to security reasons and TTP threat to anti-terrorism judge and it was decided to run his trial in Central Prison Peshawar.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague said that the “Extremists can move in to a vacuum that if Governments did not show that they can do something to help those people then others will move in there and start to win their confidence.
|September 14||14 militants were killed in two desperate incidents of missile attack by the US drones on September 14 in North Waziristan Agency of FATA. In the first attack, officials said four missiles hit a compound in Bushnarai village in Shawal District of North Waziristan Agency.
A ‘commander’ of the Haqqani network, identified as Saifullah, was killed in a drone attack. Commander Saifullah was said to be a cousin of Sirajuddin, a son of Jalaluddin Haqqani.
Eight TTP militants and a soldier were killed in an encounter in Dabori Tapu Kaley area in Orakzai Agency. Sources said that the clash erupted when a group of militants attacked a security check post in Dabori Tapu Kaley area.
The elders of Mandal tribe in Khar tehsil of Bajaur Agency decided to hand over wanted militants to SFs and political administration till September 20.
Two persons were shot dead in Mand, a town near the border with Iran, of Balochistan. The Police said four persons hailing from Rahimyar Khan City of Punjab were staying at a guesthouse for the last several days.
A tribal elder, Mir Hasan Qalandrani, his son and a nephew were abducted near Sungar area of Mastung. Sources said that unidentified militants intercepted Mir Hasan Qalandrani, his son and the nephew near Sungar area of Mastung and took them away on gunpoint.
Unidentified militants shot dead a senior journalist, Misri Khan Orakzai, in front of the Hangu press club building in Hangu Bazaar of Hangu District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Misri Khan Orakzai was the president of Hangu Union of Journalist.
Two Government-run primary schools were blown up by unidentified militants in the limits of Cantonment Police Station in Bannu of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The Police in association with intelligence agencies arrested seven suspected militants, two of them said to be Tajik, and recovered from them maps of sensitive places, suicide jackets and sophisticated weapons in Raiwind of Lahore.
The Interior Minister Rehman Malik, while announcing a grand operation against LeJ, once again made it clear that no military operation was taking place in Balochistan.
Backtracking on an earlier statement, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that no military operation was being planned for Balochistan.
Afghanistan Taliban leader Mullah Omar is based in Pakistan and everyone knows it, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said, calling on Islamabad to do more to help end the conflict.
US had asked Pakistan in 2002 to end infiltration across the Line of Control in J&K but was instead told not to “push it too far” on the issue with an assertion that “Kashmir should have been ours”, Times of India quoting declassified documents released by the National Security Archive of the George Washington University reported.
The declassified documents reveals that as the US prepared to invade Afghanistan in 2001 after 9/11 attacks, the ISI wanted America to enter into a dialogue with the Taliban, but the then George Bush Administration “bluntly” told President Pervez Musharraf that it had no inclination to do so.
|September 15||At least 21 militants, including 14 foreign nationals, were killed when the US drones carried out two attacks on al Qaeda-affiliated Haqqani network hideouts in North Waziristan of FATA.
Four persons were killed when militants attacked the house of a pro-Government tribal elder, Malak Buner Khan, in Ghafoor Shah Village of Khar tehsil (revenue unit) in Bajaur Agency of FATA in the midnight.
Five security personnel sustained injuries when a military convoy was targeted with a remote controlled explosive device, planted at roadside, in Spin Qabar area of Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency.
The SFs demolished the houses of three militants and arrested Sadiq Khan, an important ‘commander’ of LI in Spin Qabar area of Sipah in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency. The militants whose houses demolished were identified as Hazrat Mohammad, Nek Alam and Azeem.
SFs arrested 25 suspected militants and recovered suicide jackets, huge quantity of explosives and some non-registered vehicles in Shalobar area of Bara tehsil.
The SFs raided a house near Sindhi Hotel and Madrassa-e-Arabia Faizanul Quran in the Liaquatabad area of Karachi in Sindh and recovered a cache weapons, including explosive materials, while arresting three alleged suspects. The arrestees were identified as Shafiqullah, Noman and Faizan.
Firing on Islamabad Expressway from where motorcade of PM passed sometime earlier showed a serious security lapse. After passing of PM’s motorcade from the Expressway two militants started aerial firing near Dhoke Kala Khan area. However, no casualty was reported. Islamabad Traffic Police officer later arrested both the assailants and seized arms from their possession.
The TTP claimed responsibility on September 15 for killing a senior journalist, Misri Khan, in Hangu District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The claim for responsibility was made by deputy TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan over a phone conversation to a BBC journalist in Peshawar.
The Dir jirga (tribal assembly) tells Government to take action or allow lashkar (tribal militia) to attack TTP. The residents of Doog Darra and surrounding areas have angrily reacted to abduction of their seven villagers from Chitral by TTP on August 29 and subsequent killing of three of them on September 9, asking the Government to take action against militants or allow the local lashkar to attack them.
The Dir lashkar fought with militants for three months and inflicted heavy losses on them. They were forced to flee the area. The fugitive militants are vengeful because the local lashkar did not allow them to gain a foothold in Doog Darra.
|September 16||The militants of BLA shot dead a barber, Tahir Manzoor, in Naushki Bazaar of Naushki District in Balochistan.
A FC official was shot dead by BLA militants when he was performing his duty at a picket established near the main intersection of Hub Chowki in Lasbela District. The deceased was identified as Hanifullah and belonged to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Calling from an unspecified location, a spokesman of the BLA, who introduced himself as Jayhind Baloch, claimed responsibility of the killings of the FC personnel and the barber.
The SFs killed two TTP ‘commanders’, Abdul Baseer and Samiul Haq, in Khawazakhela tehsil of Swat District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said that Pakistan attached great significance to Afghanistan’s unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity and remained committed to its reconstruction. “We want stability, peace and prosperity in Afghanistan,” Gilani said during a meeting with visiting Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his delegation at the Prime Minister’s House.
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai reassured Pakistani leaders of a role in the reconciliation process with Taliban and other Afghan warring factions as his country headed for parliamentary elections this weekend. The Afghanistan Government is expected to announce the 35-member peace council soon.
|September 17||A CD shop was damaged in a bomb blast in Pat Bazaar area of Hangu District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Police said that an unidentified militant put a computer packed with 5 kilogrammes explosives inside the CD shop and left.
Five TTP sought pardon in a public gathering for “crimes” they committed during the TTP rule in Swat District. “We made a mistake by joining the TTP. The TTP leadership is anti-Pakistan and anti-Islam,” the five told residents of Kabal tehsil.
The Police defused a bomb found from the place from where few days ago two bombs were found in the limits of Rawat Police Station in Islamabad.
The US special envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke said that US would not accept any “slackness” on part of the Pakistan Army in the fight against the TTP due their engagement in flood relief efforts.
|September 18||Suspected TTP militants planted explosives around the Iqra Rozatul Atfal Girls’ School at Charkha Khel area of Peshawar in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which went off around 1:40am. Police said that the blast damaged the walls, rooms and windowpanes of the school. However, the watchman of the school, who was present there at the time of the blast, was unhurt.|
|September 19||The dead bodies of six militants were found at a graveyard while militants attacked the house of a tribal elder in Akhorwal area of Darra Adamkhel in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Sources said that six bodies of militants, who had been shot dead, were found at the graveyard of Akhorwal area.
Five persons, including two Police Constables, were injured when unidentified assailants ambushed the vehicle of a former councillor of Sumari union council, Mujahid Shah, near Muslimabad on Indus Highway in Kohat.
The TTP militants bombed another school in Peshawar at 2:10 am in the night. Earlier on September 18, suspected TTP militants blew off the Iqra Rozatul Atfal Girls’ School at Charkha Khel area of Peshawar.
The SFs and Adezai Qaumi Lashkar launched an operation against TTP militants in Frontier Region of Peshawar. A source said that increasing sabotage acts and recent threats by militants prompted SFs and lashkar to launch operation against them.
Swat Qaumi Aman Jirga said that the absconding militants have no other option but to lay down arms and surrender to the SFs without delay. During a meeting of the Qaumi Aman Jirga, the participants, who also included Nekpikhel Jirga members, announced to continue extending support to the security forces to flush out militants from the area.
A suspected US drone fired three missiles at the house of a local militant and was located in Dattakhel, a town in the North Waziristan Agency of FATA, killing five militants in the 14th such attack in September 2010 – the most intense barrage since the strikes began in 2004, said intelligence officials. The identities of the terrorists were not known but an intelligence official in Miranshah said that those killed in the strike were associated with the Haqqani network.
A person belonging to the Shia community was killed in the Rizvia Police Station area in Karachi, the province capital of Sindh. DSP said the victim, identified as 37-year-old Tanveer Abbas, was at Old Golimar Chowrangi area when two unidentified assailants on a motorcycle shot him dead and managed to escape.
|September 20||Suspected US drones fired missiles at militant hideouts in a village near Mir Ali, a town in the North Waziristan Agency of FATA, killing six persons in the 15th such attack in September 2010.
At least 10 persons, including four FC personnel, were injured in a remote-controlled blast near Javed Shaheed Chowk in Panjgur District of Balochistan.
Two oil tankers supplying fuel to NATO forces in Afghanistan were attacked and damaged in Rodenjo village of Kalat District.
The Sindh Police Chief gave special powers to the CID to investigate and prosecute suspects involved in sectarian terrorism and bomb blast cases. Prior to this decision, the CID was not bound to investigate and prosecute any suspect arrested by it.
An anti-terrorism court extended judicial remand of alleged terrorists, Asmat Ullah alias Muaz and his accomplice Abdullah, by October 4.
Rawalpindi Anti-Terrorist Court send three militants allegedly involved in helping Faisal Shahzad in planning an attack at Times Square in the US to Adiala Jail on a 14-day judicial remand.
The Anti-Terrorist Court adjourned hearing in Maulana Abdul Aziz and his family case till October 10.
|September 21||More than 42 militants were killed in the ongoing operation against TTP in Frontier Region of Peshawar in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Sources said that several other militants were injured and captured as the operation continued on the third consecutive day.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar told reporters that about 200 terrorists had engaged SFs in the hilly area.
At least 28 persons were killed in three US led drone strikes in the remote areas of South and North Waziristan Agency of FATA.
Two security personnel were killed in a roadside blast in Shin Qamar area of Khyber Agency.
|September 22||10 militants and three Security personnel were killed in an ongoing military operation in FR of Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The latest killings bring to 52 the total number of militants deaths, sources said.
Four militants were killed and another eight injured in an encounter with SFs Spray and Bandaray villages in Mamoond tehsil of Bajaur Agency in FATA. Sources said SFs thwarted an attempt by the TTP to capture Spray and Bandaray, two border villages.
Three Security personnel were killed in a roadside blast in Mamari area of Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency.
The CIA runs an Afghan paramilitary force that hunts down al Qaeda and Taliban militants in covert operations in Pakistan, a US official said. Confirming an account in a new book by famed reporter Bob Woodward, the US official said that the Counter-Terrorism Pursuit Teams were highly effective but did not offer details.
The ISPR Director General Major General Athar Abbas said that “We do not allow any foreign troops or militia to operate on our side of the border.” “There are no reports of any such incident, and, should it happen in future, they will be fired upon by our troops.”
|September 23||Three persons were killed in terrorist attacks on NATO oil tankers in Landi Kotal and Torkham areas in Khyber Agency of FATA.
Militants blew up three government-run schools in the Badbher area on the suburbs of Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
A US Federal Court sentenced Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani national, to 86 years in prison for the attempted murder of US officers in Afghanistan.
The US National Counterterrorism Center Director Michael Leiter said that the al Qaeda in Pakistan is at one of its weakest points organizationally but noted that the “regional affiliates and allies can compensate for the potentially decreased willingness of Qaeda in Pakistan – the deadliest supplier of such training and guidance – to train new recruits”.
The US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said that al Qaeda and its allies are likely to attempt small-scale and less sophisticated terrorist attacks in the United States.
|September 24||Two labourers were killed and four others injured when unidentified assailants ambushed the vehicle of a textile mills in Boraka area of Kohat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
A bullet-riddled dead body of an abducted Baloch lawyer, Ali Sher Kurd, was found from a desolate place in Khuzdar. Ali Sher was reportedly abducted by armed militants from Quetta some days ago.
Three NATO containers were set ablaze in the Menguchar area of Kalat District. According to sources, the containers, carrying logistic support for NATO forces were heading towards Kandahar (Afghanistan) from Karachi (Sindh) when unidentified assailants opened fire on them and then set the containers ablaze. No group has claimed the responsibility of attack.
SFs, assisted by the Khyber Khasadar Force, raided warehouses and a private house in Jamrud of Khyber Agency in FATA and recovered huge quantity of goods allegedly looted from NATO containers.
Police arrested SSP leader Maulana Mohammad Ahmed Ludhianvi from Jhang in Lahore in Punjab. Police had detained Ludhianvi just to hold discussions for maintaining the law and order situation in the month of Muharram (period of mourning in Shia Islam).
The Peshawar Police banned the entry of all NATO containers and heavy vehicles destined for Afghanistan into the city for security reasons.
Pakistan stressed that the US had a special role in facilitating an acceptable settlement of the Kashmir dispute and underscored the relation between resolution of the dispute and success in the war on terrorism in the region.
|September 25||The US missiles, targeting a vehicle, killed four militants in Datta Khel, a town in the North Waziristan Agency of FATA. It had been the seventeenth such attack this month – the most intense barrage since the air strikes began in 2004.
A NATO oil tanker, carrying 44,000 litres of oil for NATO forces in Kandahar, was destroyed in a bomb blast at Torkham pass on the Pak-Afghan border in Khyber Agency. No casualties were reported in the blast.
A driver was shot dead and three more containers, carrying logistic support for NATO forces in Afghanistan, were set ablaze in separate incidents in Balochistan.
Another oil tanker carrying fuel for NATO forces was set on fire in Khuzdar District, some 300-kilometer from Quetta. The assailants managed to escape from the incident site after destroying the oil tanker.
|September 26||The US-led NATO helicopters killed more than 30 militants inside Pakistan in areas near Miranshah in North Waziristan Agency of FATA. US military sources said that all 30 – killed during a hot pursuit- were Haqqani Network militants.
Atleast seven militants were killed when the US drones carried out two attacks in Lwara Mandi village in Dattakhel, around 50 kilometres west of Miranshah, in North Waziristan Agency.
Two persons were killed and seven others injured when unidentified assailants attacked a mosque in a suspected sectarian attack in Bahawalpur of Punjab in the morning.
SFs killed two suspected militants, identified as Abdullah and Khan Tooti, in Venai area of Swat District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The dead body of Gulab Khan Afridi, a commander of Tariq Afridi fraction of TTP, was found in a bazaar at Shni Kalay area of Darra Adamkhel. He was shot dead and also beheaded by unidentified assailants, sources said.
At least four persons, including three children, injured in a hand grenade attack at Chaki Shawani area in Quetta of Balochistan.
Unidentified assailants set two NATO oil tankers on fire in different areas of Balochistan.
|September 27||At least five persons were killed and nine others injured when NATO helicopters once again crossed Pakistani borders and pounded shell in the Mata Sangar area of Kurram Agency in FATA at 5 am (PST).
Four militants were killed when a US drone fired missiles at a house located in Khushali, a village near Mir Ali, in North Waziristan Agency.
Three volunteers of a peace committee sustained injuries when landmines planted by suspected militants went off in Kong area of Khwazai tehsil in Mohmand Agency.
A labourer sustained injuries when a landmine went off in Suran area of Safi tehsil.
A person belonging to the Shia community, identified as Zaheer Abbas, was shot dead in a suspected sectarian attack near his house in Gulshan-e-Hadeed area of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.
Calling it a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty, Interior Minister Rehman Malik assured the Senate that Afghanistan ambassador will be summoned to explain his position over violation of Pakistani territory by two NATO helicopters and an attack inside the country’s border.
The tourism sector in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province was badly affected by terrorism as it suffered losses of USD 400 million while the damage caused by recent floods still needed to be assessed, said Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sports Syed Aqil Shah.
Frustrated over Pakistan’s lacklustre response to failed Times Square bombing, the US has warned Islamabad that it will be “unable to stop the consequences” of any terror attack, whose wires are linked to that country, a new book by Bob Woodward, ‘Obama’s War’, reveals.
Further, the book reveals that the US doesn’t want to arm Pakistan against India, adds Times of India. After 26/11 Mumbai carnage, in an Oval Office meeting with Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari, US President Barrack Obama bluntly tells him his country has to get over its obsession with India.
|September 28||Six militants were killed and five others injured when helicopter gunships shelled militant positions in the upper parts of Orakzai Agency in FATA. Sources said that the helicopters targeted two hideouts in Nandar Mela area of Dabori and destroyed them.
A US drone attack killed four militants and destroyed one militant hideout in Zeba village close to the Afghanistan border and west of Wana, the main town in South Waziristan Agency.
Al Qaeda’s operational ‘chief’ for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Sheikh Fateh, was killed in a US drone strike in North Waziristan on September 26, Pakistani security officials said. Sheikh Fateh was reportedly made al Qaeda ‘chief’ in Afghanistan and Pakistan after Qaeda’s purported number three and former Osama Bin Laden treasurer Mustafa Abu al-Yazid was killed on May 21, 2010.
Three persons were injured when unidentified assailants hurled a hand grenade at a Government High School in Industrial Town Hub of Lasbela District in Balochistan.
Three suspected militants of the TTP were arrested from Jinnah town, located in the limits of Sihala Police Station in Islamabad in Punjab. Sources said one of them, Zar Wali, was an important TTP leader in Swat’s Charbagh area.
Intelligence agencies have disrupted an al Qaeda-linked plot to launch terror attacks in Britain, France and Germany, Britain’s Sky News television sources reported. Militants based in Pakistan planned simultaneous strikes in London and major cities in France and Germany, the report said, adding the plan was advanced but the attacks were not imminent.
In an effort to foil a suspected terrorist plot against European targets, the CIA has ramped up missile strikes against terrorists in Pakistan’s tribal regions, current and former agency officials were quoted as saying by the Wall Street Journal.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik told the National Assembly that TTP were using Kuner province of Afghanistan as an operation-base against Pakistan. “We are at war on the Western borders and Kuner is being used as a safe haven to create unrest in Pakistan,” Malik said, adding that the matter was brought to the notice of the Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai during his recent visit to Pakistan.
Less than a month after the Mumbai attacks, Pakistan’s the then ISI chief Lieutenant-General Ahmed Shuja Pasha had admitted before the CIA that the terror strikes had ISI links but claimed it was not an “authorized” operation and carried out by “rogue” elements, according to the book Obama’s War written by investigative American journalist Bob Woodward.
The Pentagon said recent cross-border air strikes by NATO helicopters in Pakistan may have violated procedures and resulted from “communication breakdowns”.
|September 29||Three Pakistani soldiers were killed in a NATO helicopter attack at Teri Mangal village in Kurram Agency of FATA in the morning. “The helicopters shelled the area for about 25 minutes. Three of our soldiers manning a border post were killed and three wounded,” a senior security official said. This is the fourth such strike in recent days.
Suspected militants attacked and damaged a check post in Shahabkhel, a suburban village in the limits of Badbher Police Station, in Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at midnight.
The TTP South Waziristan ‘commander’ Waliur Rehman reaffirmed his outfit’s ties to al Qaeda, vowing to fight for imposition of Islamic law across the world. He underlined the persistent efforts of the group to raise its profile beyond Pakistan.
The CIA Chief Leon Panetta said that the CIA will continue the drone attacks in Pakistan. In his meeting with the ISI DG Shuja Pasha, Panetta said that the CIA was achieving 100 percent results through the drone attacks. Panetta said that the alliance forces respect Pakistan’s sovereignty.
Terming the recent NATO intrusions into Pakistani territory as unacceptable, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said he has taken up the issue with top US officials in his meetings.
Former President Pervez Musharraf warned that the country is at risk of a new coup, as he prepared to launch his own audacious bid for a comeback as a civilian president.
|September 30||Three militants were killed in an encounter with SFs in Byakan area of Matta tehsil of Swat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Unidentified assailants abducted three Government high school teachers from Wargaray area of Frontier Region of Lakki District in the night. They were identified as Sanaullah Wazir, Inamullah Bittani and Farooq Wazir.
The SFs arrested 10 suspected militants during a raid on a seminary in the frontier region of Kohat.
A suspected TTP militant, Faisal Abbasi, was arrested by SFs from Islamabad of Punjab for allegedly facilitating Faisal Shahzad, the failed New York Time Square car bomber.
Pakistan stopped NATO supply trucks at the Torkham border after three FC soldiers were killed in an attack by alliance helicopters on a Pakistani checkpost in Khuram Agency of FATA on the border with Afghanistan on September 29.
At least 28 NATO oil tankers parked at a petrol pump in Shikarpur District of Sindh were set ablaze in the night. The huge fire damaged the petrol pump and a nearby hotel and a mosque. The tankers contained between 40,000 and 60,000 litres of diesel. Driver Asal Khan was injured when he fell into a nearby pond. Other drivers and staff of the tankers escaped unhurt.
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani conveyed Pakistan’s concern over the increased drone attacks and NATO helicopter strikes inside Pakistan in the last few days to Senator John Kerry, Chairman of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, when the US Senator called on the Premier.
At least 20 Britons are undertaking terrorist training in Pakistan to launch attacks in Britain, an intelligence report said. Al Qaeda and associated terrorist groups are training the young Muslims, who hold British passports, in the tribal areas, British newspaper The Daily Telegraph said.
A Pakistani intelligence official said that eight Germans and two British brothers are at the heart of an al Qaeda-linked terror plot against European cities, but the plan is still in its early stages, with the suspects calling acquaintances in Europe to plan logistics.
Three female students of Jamia Hafsa have been trained to carry out suicide attacks on those groups, who are allegedly anti-Islamic or ‘misguiding the people’ across the country, an intelligence agency sources said.
Al Qaeda and a group based in North Waziristan Agency calling itself ‘Brigade 313’, which is made up of the TTP and allied extremist group members, including LeT and Karachi-based Jandullah, has prepared a plan to attack the 19th Commonwealth Games, which are due to be held in News Delhi from October 3 to October 14.
|October 1||The driver and a cleaner of NATO supply tanker were burnt to death when unidentified assailants set the tanker on fire in Baghbana area of Khuzdar District in Balochistan.
A person, Niaz Ali, died in a landmine explosion in Dil Gowash area of Dera Bugti District.
Four persons, including three personnel of Balochistan Constabulary, were injured in an incident of firing on Saryab Road in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, in morning.
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani told the National Assembly that the Government might consider other options if someone tried to interfere with the country’s sovereignty. Responding to a point of order raised by Lieutenant General (retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch, the PM said, “If they (NATO) don’t apologise and remove our apprehensions, we may consider other options as well.”
The Barrack Obama administration is committed to working with Pakistan, as success in Afghanistan is not achievable without Pakistan being part of the solution, US Special Representative for Afghanistan-Pakistan Richard Holbrooke said. He commented that an extended closure of NATO supplies would have colossal effect on region’s economy.
Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden is involved in an unfolding plot to launch attacks on European cities and may have even targeted the US, the National Public Radio (NPR) reported.
|October 2||Two US drone attacks killed 18 suspected militants in Datta Khel town of North Waziristan Agency in the FATA. “In the first attack two missiles were fired at a house while in the second attack four missiles targeted a house and a vehicle.
18 suspected militants were killed and another six were injured when helicopter gunships of Pakistan Army shelled their hideouts in Chinarak, Ormegai and Dombakai areas in Kurram Agency in the night.
Two persons, hailing from Punjab, were shot dead by unidentified assailants in Shahrag tehsil of Harani District of Balochistan. The slained persons, identified as Mohbin and Manzoor, belonged to Bahawalpur District of Punjab.
Dr Muhammad Farooq Khan, a renowned religious scholar and vice chancellor of the newly established Swat Islamic University, was shot dead by unidentified assailants at his clinic in Defence colony of Mardan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The TTP claimed responsibility of Islamia College University Vice Chancellor Dr Ajmal Khan’s abduction, who is also the cousin of Awami Nation Party Chief Asfandyar Wali Khan.
An al Qaeda plot to launch Mumbai-style attacks on European cities was planned by the group’s number three leader, Sheikh Yunis al-Mauretani, with Osama bin Laden’s support, the German weekly Der Spiegel reported.
The US military is secretly diverting drones from Afghanistan to escalate a CIA-led campaign against militants in neighbouring Pakistan, The Wall Street Journal reported.
NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen will meet with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on October 4, amid a row over a NATO helicopter strike inside Pakistan.
|October 3||Six persons were killed and over a dozen sustained injuries when unidentified militants opened fire at 28 NATO oil tankers and set them ablaze near the DHA Phase 2 on Grand Trunk Road in Islamabad, the national capital of Pakistan.
The TTP militants killed the ‘chief’ of the Asian Tigers, Sabir Mehsud, along with two of his aides whose dead body were recovered lying in the main market of the Razmak area in North Waziristan Agency of FATA.
The TTP militants killed three persons on charges of espionage for US in NWA. The bullet-riddled bodies of three persons were recovered lying on a road alongside the Miran Shah-Dattakhel road in NWA.
The suspected TTP militants blew up Government Boys’ Middle School in Masood Ziarat in the Mohmand Agency, which left three classrooms, a balcony and a bathroom completely destroyed.
Another boys’ primary school was destroyed by suspected militants in Mandan area of Bajaur Agency.
The TTP Swat chapter claimed responsibility for the murder of Swat Islamic University Vice Chancellor Mohammad Farooq Khan. Swat TTP spokesman Umar Hassan Erabi phoned media persons and accepted responsibility of Farooq’s killing.
Erabi, meanwhile, claimed that their leader Maulana Fazlullah was still in Swat, adds The News. He denied reports that their leader Maulana Fazlullah and his men recently crossed over to Chitral from Nuristan in Afghanistan. He insisted that Maulana Fazlullah was alive and in good health.
Intelligence Agency reports revealed that al Qaeda and the TTP have plans to abduct the Lebanon ambassador and senior diplomats from Islamabad and attack United States Consulates’ vehicles. Another intelligence report stated that a group of terrorists, codenamed “Sajan Group”, has dispatched personnel from Waziristan Agency of FATA to carry out suicide attacks and bomb blasts across the country.
Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani said that Pakistan is an ally of United States, not a satellite. The two allies were working closely to thwart terrorist attacks anywhere in the world but made it clear that his country would not allow any foreign troops on its soil and follow its own timeline for anti-terror actions on its side of the Afghanistan border.
Pakistan will only reopen a supply route for coalition troops in Afghanistan once public anger over NATO incursions eases and security improves, the Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Basit said.
|October 4||Eight terrorists of German nationality were killed when a US drone fired two missiles that struck a mosque in Mirali area of North Waziristan Agency in FATA.
Unidentified militants bombed a Government-run school at Nawy Kallay village in Bajaur Agency in the night. About 98 schools both for boys and girls had been damaged in Bajaur Agency during the last two years.
SFs and militants exchanged fire near Khar area. No casualty was reported.
SFs and militants clashed near Afghanistan border in Baizai tehsil of Mohmand Agency.
Two oil tankers carrying fuel for NATO forces stationed in Afghanistan were set ablaze near Mangochar tehsil of the Kalat District in Balochistan. Later, the TTP claimed the responsibility for the attack.
Two militants, identified as Salahuddin of Shagor and Shakirullah of Nawi Kallay, were killed and one SF was injured in an encounter with the SFs in Babo area of Khawazakhela tehsil in Swat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the night.
The SFs repulsed an attack by a group of 60 LI militants on Sarbanda checkpost in Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The sources said that militants had entered Peshawar from Shalobar area of Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency in FATA.
TTP claimed responsibility for two recent attacks on NATO supply convoys in Pakistan and threatened to carry out more, Azam Tariq, the TTP spokespersons said. “We accept responsibility for the attacks on the NATO supply trucks and tankers,” Azam Tariq said. “I am talking about attacks both in Sindh on September 30 and in Islamabad on October 3,” he said. “We will carry out more such attacks in future. We will not allow the use of Pakistani soil as a supply route for NATO troops based in Afghanistan,” he added. “This is also to avenge drone attacks,” he added further.
Several persons involved in plotting terrorist attacks in Europe have been identified and targeted, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US Hussain Haqqani said. “I think that several people who were involved in the plotting have been targeted, and the others are certainly on the radar of the US, Pakistani and European intelligence services,” Haqqani told the ABC news channel in an interview.
Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani said that friendship with Iran would be strengthened and terrorists’ design to undermine the efforts towards that end would be defeated. “We will not allow Jundullah and other terrorist groups to use our soil against Iran,” he said while talking after attending a ceremony held in connection with the handing over of Iranian relief goods to Provincial Government.
|October 5||Two soldiers were killed and eight others injured when a roadside bomb exploded at the Boya checkpoint in North Waziristan Agency of FATA. A military convoy was going from Miranshah to Gherlamy when the bomb went off near one of the vehicles at the Boya checkpoint.
A small bomb damaged a truck near the Torkham border of Khyber Agency that was carrying oil for NATO troops in Afghanistan.
Six militants were arrested in a Police raid on an old Afghanistan refugee camp in Darsamand area of Orakzai Agency. The arrested persons were identified as Akhtar Gul, Neyaz Gul, Karim Gul, Badam Khan, Jumma Khan and Ghuncha Gul. A rocket, Kalashnikov, rifle and hundreds rounds of cartridges were recovered from their possession.
A teacher of the Jamia Binoria Al Almia shot dead in Site area. Police said 50-year-old Maulana Mohammad Amin was going to visit his relatives when at least four assailants fired from the front and rear at the jeep he was driving. According to the Police, Maulana Amin was once associated with the SSP as its divisional chief in Karachi and later quit the party after it was banned.
Security Force personnel arrested four al Qaeda suspects, including an injured Arab national, after an encounter in Ganja Dori village near Mastung District. The other three suspects were Afghans who were handed over to the concerned authorities for interrogation.
Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani-born US citizen who tried to set off a car bomb in New York’s Times Square was sentenced to life in prison. Faisal Shahzad pleaded guilty in June to a failed May 1 bombing in Midtown Manhattan. He admitted to investigators he received bomb-making training from the TTP, and funded the bomb plot.
A British terror suspect, Abdul Jabbar, killed in a drone strike in Pakistan on September 8 was being groomed to head a new al-Qaeda splinter group in Britain tasked with attacking Europe, the BBC reported. Abdul Jabbar, a British citizen living in Pakistan, was being prepared to lead the new group which was to be called the Islamic Army of Great Britain, the BBC said, citing a senior security source overseas.
Former President Pervez Musharraf admitted that Pakistan had trained militant groups to fight in Kashmir, German magazine Der Spiegel reported. “They (underground militant groups to fight against India in Kashmir) were indeed formed,” Musharraf told German magazine Der Spiegel in an interview.
The Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesman Abdul Basit rejected Pervez Musharraf statement as “baseless”. “I do not know really what prompted him (Musharraf) to say this because he is not in Pakistan and I would not really know as to the purpose of saying this,” Abdul Basit said.
US President Barack Obama told lawmakers that no changes were needed to his Afghanistan and Pakistan strategy, as US forces escalate operations against the Taliban and al Qaeda. “We are continuing to implement the policy as described in December and do not believe further adjustments are required at this time,” Obama wrote in the assessment.
|October 6||11 militants were killed in two US drones attacks in North Waziristan Agency of FATA.
Three militants were killed and four others injured during a clash with SFs at Ghanam Shah area of Baizai tehsil of Mohmand Agency. Arms and ammunition have been recovered from their possession.
Three children were injured in a grenade attack on a house in Gulshanabad area of Jungle Khel in Kohat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Police said that unidentified terrorists lobbed a hand-grenade on the house of one Mukammal Shah in Gulshanabad area of Jungle Khel.
Unidentified assailants attacked a convoy of NATO oil tankers on the GT Road near the Khairabad area of near Nowshera, setting 35 of the tankers ablaze.
Unidentified militants set ablaze more than 20 NATO supply trucks heading for Afghanistan near the Akhtarabad terminal in Quetta of Balochistan in the morning.
The TTP claim responsibility for attack on NATO tankers on the outskirts of Quetta in Balochistan. TTP spokesman Azam Tariq said that their militants carried out an arson attack on NATO tankers in Pakistan as revenge for a scaled-up US drone strike campaign in the country’s northwest.
The LeT had increased its targeting of Indian citizens and Indian interests in Afghanistan. Credible intelligence with the Indian Government revealed that LeT has in fact become the principal dispenser of instructions from Pakistan on Indian targets. Pakistan’s Army-ISI establishments continue to direct operations and even pay for the attacks while LeT is in charge of executing the attacks.
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari warned that “non-state actors” wanted to take over the country by weakening the democratic system. It would be dangerous for the whole region if these “non-state actors” succeed in their plans, Zardari said, without identifying such elements. However, he expressed confidence that there would be no political change in the country through undemocratic means.
US Ambassador to Pakistan Anne W Patterson extended an apology to the country on behalf of the American people for the cross-border NATO airstrike on September 30, which resulted in the death of three Pakistani Frontier Corps soldiers.
The British national, Abdul Jabbar, killed by an air strike on September 8 in Pakistan had ties with the would-be Times Square bomber, Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani intelligence official said. The official, who declined to be identified, told Reuters the Briton, Abdul Jabbar, had also been in the process of setting up a branch for the Taliban in Britain.
|October 7||Nine persons, including two children, were killed and over 65 others sustained injuries when two suicide bombers blew themselves up at the shrine of Abdullah Shah Ghazi in the Clifton area of Karachi in Sindh. The suicide bombers were reported to be teenage boys. It was reported that a spokesman of the TTP claimed the responsibility for the attack over phone to the British media service.
A person was killed and several others injured in the violence that followed the twin blasts at the Abdullah Shah Ghazi shrine. Unidentified assailants also set ablaze a vehicle each in the Garden, Landhi and Preedy areas of Karachi.
A US drone fired two missiles on a militant compound in Khaisoori town of Mir Ali District in North Waziristan Agency of FATA killing four militants and injured two others.
Two FC personnel, Attaullah Khan and Yajeet Khan, were killed in a roadside landmine explosion in Kar Kandari area of Safi tehsil in Mohammad Agency.
The SFs neutralised four landmines at Haider Kor village.
The Police raided a madrassa (seminary) and arrested an Afghan Taliban commander ‘Abdul Raziq’ in the Jamia Imdad-e-Aloom-e-Islamia premises in Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Pakistani security officials rejected a report claiming that a British-origin Pakistani militant, Abdul Jabbar, tasked with attacks in Europe died in a US drone strike in September 8.
Top US defence officials are concerned some elements of the Pakistan’s ISI may be interacting improperly with Taliban and other insurgent groups, a Pentagon spokesman Colonel David Lapan said.
A new White House assessment concludes that Pakistan has been unwilling to aggressively pursue al Qaeda and Afghan Taliban militants in its Tribal Areas. The White House assessment first reported by The Wall Street Journal and confirmed by Reuters, faults the Pakistan Government and military for lacking the will to take action against the militants in North Waziristan Agency.
The US remains committed to tracking down Osama bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, US Joint Chief of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Millen said. He said in an interview that al Qaeda had been weakened in the past two to three years and predicted that the network’s top two leaders would eventually be hunted down.
The US admitted the situation in Pakistani tribal areas was “difficult and complex” as tensions with Islamabad escalated over US drone attacks on extremists and a border row.
Pakistan’s ISI is pressing Taliban commanders in Afghanistan to fight the US and allied troops and “kill everyone” so that no peace deal is cut to end the war without Islamabad’s involvement, a The Wall Street Journal report said.
Nuclear powered Pakistan is home to top al Qaeda leaders and a safe haven for terrorists, is “powder keg” of the world that can blow up any moment now, investigative American journalist Bob Woodward said.
|October 8||10 militants were killed when a US drone fired two missiles on a compound in Charkhel village, about 25 kilometres west of Miramshah in Dattakhel tehsil of North Waziristan in FATA.
At least two soldiers including an Army Major were killed in a roadside blast in Janata areas of Sararogha tehsil of South Waziristan Agency. The troops were on a routine patrol when an IED went off in Mehsud area. The other slain victim was a sepoy while another one was injured in the blast.
Unidentified militants blew up a girls’ primary school at Mashokhel and boys’ primary school at Shaikhan Village villages of Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the night. They had arrested 10 suspects following the acts of sabotage. He said that three houses of suspected militants were also demolished at Sulemankhel village.
The Peshawar High Court granted bail to 19 suspected militants charged with attacking a Police Station in Upper Dir District on May 7, 2009 which had resulted in killing of a Police Constable and injuries to three others.
An Anti-terrorism Court of Rawalpindi acquitted a person, Arshad Satti, in a suicide attack case after no evidence was found against him.
Pakistan decided to completely restore the NATO supply lines after it succeeded in getting its demands accepted by the US authorities. “The Government has decided to completely restore the NATO supply lines and also to take some important measures to ensure uninterrupted supply of petroleum products, food items and military hardware to the NATO forces based in Afghanistan,” a official said.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that Pakistani defence forces were fully capable and alert to country’s defence and would use any option to this end. Responding to points of order in the National Assembly regarding ISAF forces’ incursion into Pakistan, Malik said NATO mandate limited it to carrying out operations within Afghanistan and attacks inside Pakistan were a clear violation of it.
Dubbing his political detractors as “cowards,” Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf said that the greatest threat his country is facing today is “failure” of governance than India or Taliban. “I would say, failure of governance is the greatest threat today,” Musharraf said.
|October 9||Five militants belonging to the TTP Swat chapter were killed in a clash with SFs at Totano Bandai in Swat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
At least five militants were killed as gunship helicopters targeted militant hideouts in the Bara area of the Khyber Agency in FATA. The military operation in Bara was launched after militants had targeted a Security convoy in the Malik Din Khel area on October 8.
Unidentified militants bombed three Government-run schools in Safi tehsil of Mohmand Agency in the night. Officials said that militants had destroyed total 56 schools, most of them girls, and a degree college in the area.
Unidentified militants set ablaze nearly 30 tankers carrying fuel for NATO troops in Afghanistan at the Mithri area of the Bolan District in Balochistan in the wee hour. According to the sources, the assailants fired a rocket, targeting the tankers parked near a hotel.
|October 10||Seven militants were killed and three others injured when US drones attacked a house and a car in Spinwam tehsil of North Waziristan Agency. The Spinwam area where the strikes occurred is dominated by a militant group led by Hafiz Gul Bahadur that regularly attacks NATO troops in Afghanistan.
The Police foiled plans of militants to attack a worship place of Ahmadis and a private clinic by arresting two suspects LeJ militants, Naseem Haider alias Ferron and Asif Rasheed alias Dumba, from Orangi Town area of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.
The Police arrested seven suspected militants during a search operation in Maidan and Jandola areas of Lower Dir District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The TTP claimed responsibility for October 9 attack on NATO supply convoys in Sibi District of Balochistan, and vowed they would continue until US drone strikes were stopped. “We accept responsibility for the attacks on the NATO supply trucks and tankers in Sibi district on Saturday,” TTP spokesman Azam Tariq said.
NATO supply trucks and oil tankers started crossing the Torkham border once again after an 11-day deadlock imposed following a US helicopter strike that killed three Pakistani soldiers. Dozens of NATO oil tankers and trucks were allowed to cross into Afghanistan.
Islamabad Police claimed that the Police arrested 120 terrorists and recovered one suicide jacket and 969 kilogram explosive material from them in 2010.
A Pakistan Government delegation is taking part in talks between Afghanistan Government and Taliban representatives in Kabul, Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), a US Congress-funded media organisation. Quoting sources in Kabul, Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty (RFE&RL) reported that the talks, at the five-star Serena Hotel, were aimed at setting the ground for negotiations on ending the Afghan war.
Former President Pervez Musharraf said in an American news channel ABC’s “This Week” programme that he favoured agreements with moderate Taliban as a purely military victory was not possible in the war against terrorists. “After defeating the Taliban, after 9-11, I always was of the view we need to go in for deals,” Pervez Musharraf said. “My strategy was always to strike a deal.”
|October 11||The Police neutralised a powerful explosive device planted under a bridge on Choha Gujar-Hazar Khwani Road under Chamkani Police Station in Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
SFs arrested 10 militants and recovered a large number of arms and ammunition from their possession during a pre-dawn search operation in Katlang tehsil of Mardan District.
The Police arrested a militant during a search operation in Mingora city. Sources said that a Police team raided the house of militant, identified as Iqbal, after getting information about his presence there.
Judicial Magistrate (West) Mohammed Arif Rajput sent two LeJ cadres to Police custody till October 14 allegedly involved in the killing of a doctor on August 17. They were identified as Naseer Haider alias Firon and Asif Rasheed Dumba.
The Police issued two images of the suspected suicide bombers who struck Abdullah Shah Ghazi shrine on October 7, killing eight people and injuring more than 60.The CID in its circular appealed to the public to help in identifying the bombers.
The flood calamity will not distract the Government of Pakistan from pursuing its campaign against terrorism and extremism, said Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani. “I would like to emphatically state that the flood calamity will not distract us from pursuing the campaign against terrorism and extremists. Our brave armed forces and security agencies, with full support of the nation, will succeed in eliminating terrorism from our sacred soil,” Gilani stated.
|October 12||At least 10 TTP militants and one soldier were killed in an operation against militants in different parts of the Mardan District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The sources added that around 800 suspected terrorists had also been arrested in the operation.
A Police van of the Shalkot Police Station, patrolling the western bypass on the outskirts of Quetta, was damaged in a remote controlled blast.
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said that renewed Afghanistan efforts to make peace with the Taliban and end the nine-year war would fail without Pakistan’s help. Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai said this week he had renewed overtures to the militants, confirming in an interview that his government had been holding talks with the Taliban “for quite some time”.
|October 13||The US drone launched four missile strikes at a house and two vehicles in the Dattakhel area of North Waziristan Agency in FATA near the Afghanistan border in the evening, killing 11 militants, including three foreigners.
Unidentified militants killed three anti-Taliban tribal elders tasked with protecting their areas from insurgents in the Bazai area of Mohmand Agency.
Mir Nooruddin Mengal, a central leader of the Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M), was shot dead in Kalat town in Balochistan. Mengal was a member of the party’s central executive committee and was going home when unidentified assailants on a motorbike opened fire on him. He later succumbed to his injuries.
The City Police’s CID identified one of the suicide bombers of the Abdullah Shah Ghazi shrine blasts of Karachi in Sindh and issued a copy of his Computerised National Identity Card. The militant identified as Badshah Khan, belonged to the Mehsud tribe and was a resident of the Ladha area of South Waziristan in FATA.
The Law enforcement agencies are alarmed by wall chalking in favour of the TTP seen at a local college in Faisalabad town of Punjab, an intelligence agency report revealed. In the light of the report, the Punjab Home Department detained 2,151 suspects in the 4th Schedule of the Anti-Terrorism Act.
President Asif Ali Zardari said that the battle against militancy was multidimensional and the use of military force was only one component of it, the other components being economically empowering the people of Tribal Areas and waging an intellectual battle against militants’ philosophy.
The US Defense Secretary Robert Gates asked Pakistan to take action against the terrorist safe havens in North Waziristan Agency as soon as possible, which is said is critical for the war against terrorism in Afghanistan. “Well, I think it’s important. It’s clear that North Waziristan is an important safe haven not just for al Qaeda but for the Haqqani network and for others,” said Robert Gates.
The US envoy for Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, said that he had seen no evidence that the floods in Pakistan have benefited the TTP. He said this while talking about the Osama Bin Laden humanitarian appeal urging Muslim Governments to help Pakistan’s flood victims in an audiotape made available by the US-based SITE Intelligence Group.
|October 14||A religious scholar, Sardar Haider, was shot by unidentified assailants on his way to his office from his house in the Kotwali area of Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The TTP militants released a video of the abducted Islamia College University Peshawar VC Prof Ajmal Khan in which he appeals to the Government to accept the militants’ demands to secure his release. Professor Ajmal Khan, the cousin of ANP chief Asfandyar Wali Khan was abducted on September 7.
A child suffered splinter wounds in a hand grenade attack at the residence of one Nadeem Isahqzai in Ferozabad area of Sayrab in Quetta of Balochistan.
Unidentified militants blew up the shrine of Syed Muhammad Shah at Loy Shelman, near Parang Dra in Landikotal of Khyber Agency in FATA. However, no casualties had been reported in the blast. “Shrines are mostly destroyed because of sectarian bias,” an elder of the area said, adding that Islam did not allow destroying of shrines.”
SFs recovered a cache of arms and ammunition in two different places under Bara tehsil.
SFs demolished the houses of three important ‘commanders’ of Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) in Sipah area in Bara. Officials said the commanders were wanted in a number of sabotage activities.
The Police arrested seven LeJ militants plotting to kill the PM Yousaf Raza Gilani in a suicide attack at his house in Multan in Punjab. The conspiracy against PM was nearly complete, Police officials said.
The CID of the Police arrested a SMP militant, Jawad Hussain, from the SITE area of Karachi in Sindh. A TT pistol was recovered from his possession. CID (Operations) SSP said Hussain was involved in various cases of sectarian killings and admitted during interrogation that he killed Ashraf in Orangi Town of Karachi, Mushtaq in Baloch Colony in Sindh and Khursheed in Karachi’s Iqbal Market Police Station area.
|October 15||At least nine militants were killed when the US Drone launched two missile strikes in two villages along the Afghanistan border near Mir Ali in North Waziristan Agency of FATA.
Four members of a tribal lashkar and three TTP militants were killed as clashes broke out in the Kasha area of Orakzai Agency. Six tribal razakars were also injured.
Five soldiers were killed in a TTP attack on Talab check post in mountainous Sararogha area, some 50 kilometres northeast of Wana, of South Waziristan Agency.
The driver and conductor of the NATO container were killed by unidentified militants in Takhta Bag area of Jamrud in Khyber Agency in the night of October 14, prompting Security Forces to stop NATO supply trucks’ movement from Takhta Bag to the Torkham border on October 15.
The ‘master trainer’ of suicide bombers and second-in-command of TTP, Qari Hussain Mehsud, is reported to have been killed in the October 4 US drone attack in Mirali town of North Waziristan Agency of FATA. However, TTP contradicted reports about Qari Hussain’s death and described it as part of a campaign to demoralise its fighters.
The driver of a NATO container was shot dead by unidentified assailants near Mangochar in Kalat District. The helper was injured in the attack. The assailants managed to escape.
The Police repulsed a militant attack on Shadi Khel checkpost on Rawalpindi Road in Kohat of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Militants attacked the Shadi Khel Police checkpost with hand grenades.
At least 42 suspected persons were arrested in the ensuing search operation. A car, a motorcycle, seven Kalashnikovs, two repeaters, 10 rifles, eight shotguns, 20 pistols and 56 kilogrammes of hashish were recovered during search operation.
Security Forces arrested 30 suspected militants, including three ‘most wanted’ men, during the ongoing search operation in Katlang area of Mardan District and its suburban villages. Three of the arrested were believed to be involved in the killing of noted religious scholar Dr Mohammad Farooq Khan and other suicide attacks in Mardan District.
Pakistan freed the ‘Supreme commander’ of Taliban in Afghanistan, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, to enable him to play a pivotal role in back-channel talks with the US, through the Pakistani Army, Asia Times Online reported. The release of Baradar, who was arrested in Karachi in February 2010, was confirmed by an unnamed senior Pakistani counter-terrorism official.
Pakistan said that it was willing to assist talks between the Afghanistan Government and the Taliban. NATO and US officials have said they are ready to do more to help Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai’s reconciliation efforts with the Taliban, but Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the talks must be led by Afghanistan itself.
Intelligence reports suggest TTP militants plan to use poisonous gas in attacks. According to intelligence reports, TTP was also considering other ways to carry out terrorist attacks.
Senior US officials are concerned over recent intelligence indicating that the TTP, which orchestrated the failed Times Square bombing, may have successfully placed another operative inside the United States to launch a second attack.
Despite pressure from the United States and the NATO to conduct an operation against terrorists holed up in North Waziristan Agency along the Afghanistan border, Pakistan made it clear that a decision on “when, how and what [should be done]” would be made by Islamabad.
|October 16||Two militants of the TTP Swat chapter, identified as Rahim Shah and Qamar Ali, were killed and another was arrested after a clash with SFs in Asharay village under Matta tehsil of Swat District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
SFs arrested two unidentified TTP ‘commanders’ from an undisclosed location and shifted them to an undisclosed location for interrogation.
Suspected TTP militants blew up a Government school in the Badhaber area of Peshawar, in the night. No loss of life was reported in the attack.
TTP spokesman Azam Tariq on October 16 contradicted news reports about Qari Hussain’s death in a drone strike and described it as part of a campaign to demoralise the TTP.
PM Yusuf Raza Gilani said that the battle of fighting extremism and terrorism cannot be won comprehensively without forming global alliances and partnerships for the eradication of poverty.
|October 17||Suspected TTP militants left the decapitated heads of two unidentified persons in Saiful Darra Bazaar of Orakzai Agency in FATA. The victims had been slaughtered at some undisclosed place before their heads were displayed in the bazaar. A lashkar of Meshti tribe had taken action against TTP militants operating in the area a couple of days ago.
A boy, identified as Ishaq, was injured when he stepped on a landmine in Salarzai tehsil of Bajaur Agency. Ishaq was working along with his father in the fields when he stepped on a landmine.
Authorities set ablaze the houses of five persons for their alleged links with militants in the Mandal area. They were accused of providing shelter to militants.
Militants shot dead a peace committee chief, Mumtaz Mithakhel, in the Doaba Bazaar of Hangu District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani said that Kashmir issue is part of the national agenda of the country which “can never forget it”. “Kashmir is part of our national agenda and we can never forget it.
|October 18||The US drone strike killed seven militants in the Dattakhel region of North Waziristan Agency of FATA.
Three militants, identified as Fazal Malik of Shor, Mian Syed Ali Shah of Koz Shor and Mian Akhtar Ali Shah of Shagai, were killed in an encounter with SFs in Shagai area of Swat District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Police foiled a terror plot by killing a suspected suicide bomber who was driving an explosive-laden pick-up near Jabukhel village in Lakki Marwat District. 14 persons were injured when the vehicle exploded after Police firing.
Unidentified militants set ablaze the house of a tribal elder, Sher Mir, in Tora Warai area of Hangu along the border of Orakzai Agency in FATA.
Three people, including two minor girls, sustained injuries in a low-intensity blast near Pakistan Muslim League House on Davies Road in Lahore, the Provincial capital of Punjab.
Police arrested 12 suspects, including Afghans, and seized 21 vehicles, including 10 motorcycles, in a search operation in Sihala and Koral areas of Islamabad, the national capital.
Two NATO tankers carrying oil for the international forces stationed in Afghanistan were set ablaze in two separate incidents in the Akhtarabad area of Quetta and Mangochar area in Kalat District in Balochistan.
In a separate incident in Mangochar area of Kalat District in Balochistan, some unidentified armed militants on a motorbike opened fire on a NATO tanker, setting it ablaze. No casualty had been reported in these two attacks.
The al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri may be hiding close to each other in houses in northwest Pakistan, protected by some members of ISI, a CNN report revealed.
The Pakistani authorities categorically rejected the report. “I categorically deny the report about the presence of Osama bin Laden or Ayman Al Zawahiri or even Mullah Omar in Pakistan,” Interior Minister Rehman Malik said. “Bin Laden… and all other terrorists are anti-Islam and anti-Pakistan and hired assassins. If we have any information we will take action against them,” he said.
Pakistan ambassador to US, Hussain Haqqani, said that the US has been successful in arresting key Taliban leaders due to the help Pakistan extended to its intelligence agencies and forces.
The Islamabad Police said that the TTP militants had extended financial support to Faisal Shahzad in planning the terrorist attack in New York’s Time Square. This was stated by Sihala Police in its investigation report about the arrest of three militants, Hunbal Akhtar and Mohammad Shoaib Mughal of Rawalpindi and Mohammad Shahid Hussain of Islamabad.
Anti-Terrorism Court in Karachi reserved its verdict till October 28 in an explosive substance and illicit weapons case against three LeJ militants, Abdul Baqi alias Talha, Mohammad Ismail and Yousuf Chandio.
|October 19||Three soldiers were killed and two others injured when unidentified militants attacked a military convoy in the Kalundar Keley area, about 60 kilometres from South Waziristan Agency’s main town Wana, in FATA.
Unidentified assailants set ablaze two NATO containers in Dasht Bado area of Kalat District in Balochistan.
The Barrack Obama administration is putting final touches to a security assistance package worth two billion US dollar spanning five years to help Pakistan fight extremists on its border with Afghanistan, reported CNN.
Pakistan will preserve its national interests as it partners with the US in fighting the terrorist threat, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said. Qureshi also renewed Islamabad’s desire to seek a civilian nuclear technology deal from the US as part of efforts to meet the country’s fast-expanding energy requirements.
Balochistan CM Nawab Aslam Raisani strongly refuted reports about military operation in any part of the province. Talking to the United States Consul for Sindh and Balochistan, William J Martin, at the CM Secretariat in Quetta, Nawab Aslam Raisani however confirmed that some action is being taken against anti-social elements.
|October 20||At least eight militants were killed in a SFs aerial attack on militants’ hideouts in the Hangu area of the Orakzai Agency of FATA.
Six militants, an Afghanistan national among them, were killed and another was injured in an encounter with SFs in Aleengar area of Safi tehsil in Mohmand Agency in the night.
Three security personnel were killed and three other, received serious injuries in a remote control bomb attack on a military convoy at the Soor Ghar area in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency.
Militants killed an Afghan national in Miramshah town of North Waziristan Agency on charges of being a US spy.
Six security personnel were injured when their vehicle hit a landmine in Lakhkar Kalli area of Baizai tehsil in the Mohmand Agency near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
A Police constable, Abdur Rehman, and two militants, Qari Obaidullah and Ismail, were killed and another constable was injured in an encounter in the Township Police Station area in Bannu of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Police shot dead a militant who hurled a hand grenade at Bara Qadeemi checkpost on Peshawar-Bara Road under Sarbanda Police Station in Peshawar. Police constable Asad Khan and a passer-by were injured in the grenade attack.
The Peshawar City Police recovered four NATO transport containers loaded with US Army jackets and laptop computers that had been stolen while on their way to Afghanistan.
The CIA’s expanding operations in Pakistan have taken “a serious toll” on the al Qaeda network, CIA Director, Leon Panetta said on October 20. But it remained unclear whether the effort had prevented a possible terror plot against European cities, he added.
The US asked Pakistani leaders participating in the strategic dialogue to accelerate the pace and take strong action against terrorist safe havens there, even as it appreciated Islamabad’s role in the war against terrorism.
The Barrack Obama administration is believed to be including a clause in a new security aid package of over USD two billion to Pakistan that the equipment bought under it would be used only for the purpose it is meant for – fight against terrorism.
Pakistan asked the Barrack Obama Administration to work for the resolution of disputes in South Asia, particularly the Kashmir issue, which it claimed is key to peace in South Asia. Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi spoke about the recent unrest in Jammu and Kashmir and said “any person of conscience cannot ignore the use of brute force against defenceless Kashmiri youth.”
|October 21||Six TTP militants, a ‘commander’ among them, were killed and several others injured in a landmine blast along a road in the Marandi area of Kurram Agency in FATA. The local TTP ‘commander’, identified as Hakim Khan was suspected of attacking Pakistani troops and abducting people for ransom.
Some unidentified assailants shot dead the ANP’s former District President Khogh Badshah along with his security guard in the Doaba area of Hangu in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
SFs destroyed the house of a militant, Amjad, near Sawaldher village of Katlang under Chora Police Station in Mardan District. A cache of arms and explosives ere recovered from his house. SFs also neutralised the mines, planted by the militant near his house.
Police arrested a militant, Bahadar Khan alias Patay, from a hideout in Mohammadzai village near the border of Orakzai Agency under Cantonment Police Station of Kohat District.
Yemeni SFs arrested 10 persons, among them five Pakistanis, for spreading extremist religious ideas in the outskirts of the capital Sanaa. The 10 persons, whose ages ranged from 27 to 65, were spreading extremist ideas among the population of the Dilaa Hamdan area, the Yemen’s Interior Ministry posted on its website.
The US Special Envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke said that the US would not play a direct role in resolving the Kashmir issue. The US envoy said Pakistan and India should find a negotiable solution to the dispute. The US could mediate only if both countries agree to it, he added.
Pakistan again warned that nothing less than a sustained and result-oriented dialogue with India to resolve the long-standing disputes including the Kashmir issue could ensure peace and prosperity in the region. Replying to a question at a weekly briefing, Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said, “Aspirations of the people of IHK cannot be suppressed for ever and they will ultimately win their right of self-determination.”
|October 22||At least 10 militants were killed and seven others injured when helicopter gunships targeted militant hideouts in Dumbaki and Nowwandi areas of Kurram Agency in FATA.
A lieutenant colonel of the Pakistan Army and five other soldiers were killed when a roadside time bomb exploded in the Yakh Kandao area of Orakzai Agency. Two SF personnel were also injured.
Unidentified militants blew up a Government degree college in the Malakdin Khel area of Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency.
SFs arrested a local TTP ‘commander’ and 17 other militants in the Chengazo area of Bajaur Agency.
An IED, detonated through a remote control, killed five persons and injured 22 others inside a mosque in Pishtakhara suburb of Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Police recovered stolen NATO goods at Kharkhano market, a known centre of smuggled goods on the outskirts of Peshawar near the border with Khyber Agency in FATA.
Police arrested Riaz, a TTP militant of Kurram Agency Chapter [FATA], during a search operation following the killing of former ANP Hangu President Khogh Badshah in the night.
A Pakistani national, Adnan Mirza (33), who moved to Texas in US on a student visa, was sentenced to 15 years in jail for conspiring to provide material support to the Taliban and illegal gun possession. Adnan Mirza was among several men arrested by the FBI in 2006 for engaging in at least six terrorism training sessions during weekend camping trips near Houston.
As the United States announced USD 2.29 billion in new military aid to Pakistan despite India’s concerns in this regard, the US has said its ties with Islamabad do not come at the expense of India and vice-versa. “This is a subject (India’s concerns about US military assistance to Pakistan) that comes up in all of our discussions with high-level Indian officials.
Earlier on the day, the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a new USD two billion security assistance package for Pakistan, as she pushed Islamabad to take stronger action against terrorists within the country, thus ignoring India’s concerns. She also announced 29 million aids to Pakistan in International Military Education and Training (IMET), thus increasing the total aid package to USD 2.29 billion.
|October 23||23 militants were killed and another 19 injured when SFs stepped up action against militants in Orakzai Agency and the adjacent Kurram Agency of FATA.
Local people shot dead a suspected militant in Chinarak area of Kurram Agency when he was planting an explosive device along a road.
One trooper was injured when a landmine explosion, planted by militants along the roadside, went off in Ziarat Chowk of Safi tehsil of Mohmand Agency in FATA. TTP Mohmand chapter spokesman Sajjad Momand claimed responsibility for the explosion while talking to journalists in Mohmand Press Club.
SFs targeted militant hideouts with artillery fire from Ghallanai, the headquarters of Mohmand Agency. However, there was no report of any causality.
Two militants, identified as Mohammad Javed and Mohammad Iqbal, were killed when they tried to escape from the custody of SFs in Arain area of Behrain in the Swat District.
Driver and cleaner of a container, carrying goods for NATO forces in Afghanistan, that was coming from Karachi (Sindh) to Kandahar (Afghanistan), were injured when unidentified militants opened fire near Wadh area of Khuzdar District in Balochistan. However, the attackers managed to escape from the incident site.
Intelligence reports revealed that as many as 23 terrorists have entered Islamabad and Lahore to attack senior Police officers, bureaucrats and important buildings. The report also said that the TTP has planned attacks on religious leaders and activists of two particular sects, Barelvi and Shia, and their business interests.
A survey report prepared by a provincial intelligence agency reveals that only 58 out of a total 319 durbars (shrines) across the province, have security arrangements, that too inadequate. The remaining 261 shrines have no security at all and are at risk of terrorist attacks, it said.
|October 24||At least 13 militants were killed and seven others injured when helicopter gunships of Pakistan Army shelled their hideouts in Torkani and Yakh Kandao areas of the Upper tehsil in Orakzai Agency of FATA.
A militant ‘commander’, identified as Hazrat Omar, was killed when SFs repulsed a militant attack on a FC camp in the Mahmadghat area of Safi tehsil in Mohmand Agency.
Militants attacked a security post in Bhai Daag area of Baizai tehsil near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in Mohmand Agency.
Unidentified militants blew up two schools by detonating explosive devices, at Manogai Mandal village in Salarzai tehsil of Bajaur Agency. The schools were completely destroyed.
Unidentified militants blew up the Government College Kohe Sher Haider in Malik Deen Khel of Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency. However, no casualties were reported in these incidents.
Five militants were killed in an encounter with the SFs in Chaparyal and Kharerai areas of Matta tehsil in Swat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Unidentified militants, riding on a motorbike, shot at and injured the driver and set ablaze two NATO vehicles, carrying supplies for troops in Afghanistan, at Baghbana town of Khuzdar District.
Unidentified assailants hurled a hand grenade on the Levies office in Khuzdar, causing some damage to the property. However, no one was injured in the attack.
The US special envoy to Af-Pak region Richard Holbrooke said he has no evidence to support media reports stating ISI and Pakistan Army are opposed to the peace talks between Afghanistan Government and Taliban.
Holbrooke said that top ranking Taliban leaders are showing interest in talks with the US-backed Government in Kabul in increasing numbers, as pressure mounts from an intensifying NATO military campaign, but he, cautioned that the feelers so far add up to “contacts and discussions” rather than peace negotiations to end a war now in its tenth year.
|October 25||A bomb explosion at the eastern gate of the Baba Farid Shrine in Pakpattan District of Punjab killed at least six persons, including three women and injuring several others.
Three TTP militants were killed and two others were injured as their car hit a landmine in Taanda village in Orakzai Agency of FATA.
A pro-Government tribal elder Malak Shah Farosh was killed by unidentified assailants in the Heyag Banda area when he was on way to Khar tehsil in Bajaur Agency.
A soldier, identified as Mir Alam Khan, was killed while another soldier Hameed Khan sustained injuries when militants opened fire on security post in Chamyar Jewarh area of Mamond tehsil in Bajaur Agency.
SFs defused an explosive device, planted by militants along the road near the border of Charmang and Mamond valleys.
SFs destroyed the house of TTP ‘commander’, Khera Jan, in Nawagai tehsil.
The chief of JUI-N, Shiekh Ayub Mandokhel, was killed in firing by unidentified assailants in Zhob city of Balochistan.
Two Government-run schools, a CD centre and a guesthouse of a former nazim were blown up by unidentified militants in different areas of Bannu District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Militants blew up Bashir CD centre on Dera Ismail Khan-Bannu Road under Saddar Police Station.
Suspected militants blew up a Government-run school in Mohalah Hajyaan in Koza Bandai area of Kabal tehsil in Swat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the night. About 404 educational institutions were destroyed by militants in Swat valley.
A teenaged under-training suicide bomber was rescued as the SFs arrested two TTP militants from Sohrab Goth area of Karachi in Sindh. The Anti-Extremism Cell of the Sindh Police’s Crime Investigation Department arrested two TTP militants, identified as Sher Rehman and Zainullah alias Bilal, during a raid and rescued, the 16-year-old boy, identified as Mohammad Salam, who was being prepared for a suicide-bombing mission.
The arrested terrorists also work for the LeJ and often visited slain TTP chief Baitullah Mehsud, ‘second-in-command’ Qari Hussain Mehsud and other prominent TTP ‘commanders’, including Wahab Mehsud in South Waziristan to share terror related information.
The FIA has completed its probe into the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and held the TTP responsible for her death in a gun-and-bomb attack.
The TTP threatened to move into Afghanistan and launch an “unending war” against the Pakistani troops from there. A pamphlet purportedly distributed by the “Mujahideen Shura of North Waziristan” in the market in Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan Agency, said the TTP asked Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai to provide them shelter if an operation is launched in the region.
The warning by Taliban comes amidst reports that the US is stepping up pressure on Islamabad to launch a military offensive in the tribal region, which they suspect to be the haven of al Qaeda and Haqqani Network faction of the Taliban.
Pakistan will take every possible step to maintain a minimum credible nuclear deterrence despite economic constraints being faced by the country, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said.
|October 26||Six militants and a soldier were killed in an encounter in Orakzai Agency while five more militants were killed when SFs shelled their positions in Kareer area of Safi tehsil in Mohmand Agency of FATA.
TTP blew up a boy’s school Malak Lal Syed in Wali Kor area of Safi tehsil in Mohmand Agency. The TTP spokesman Sajjad Mohmand claimed responsibility for the incident. The number of schools bombed by militants in the Mohmand Agency over the last two years has risen to 58.
FC IG Nadir Zeb claimed that the SFs cleared almost 90 percent of Orakzai Agency of terrorists, as over 650 terrorists were killed, while about 65 SF personnel were killed in the operation.
Police arrested five militants, identified as Mir Afzal, Afsar Khan, Mumtaz, Abdul Rehman and Habibur Rehman, involved in subversive activities in the province from Kohistan District.
Pakistan will consider mounting an anti-Taliban offensive in North Waziristan in FATA only when other tribal areas are stabilised, Peshawar Corps Commander Lieutenant-General Asif Yasin Malik said. Malik said it would take at least six months to clear militants from Bajaur Agency and Mohmand Agency.
|October 27||Eight suspected militants were killed in two US drone attacks in Datta Khel tehsil of North Waziristan Agency in FATA. In the first attack, a drone fired two missiles on a house owned by one Mohammad Nasim who was believed to have had links with militants.
A local militant ‘commander’, identified as Zubair, was killed and three of his associates were injured in an encounter with SFs in Angah area of Mamond tehsil in Bajaur Agency.
Seven persons including a pro-government tribal elder, Malik Amal Gul, were injured in a remote controlled explosion at Qambar Abad area near Bara Bazaar in Khyber Agency.
A constable and a passerby were killed and 11 other injured as Police van blown up in Sariab area of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan The slain were identified as Constable Sadaqat Ali and Noor Ahmed who lived in an area along the Arbab Karam Khan road. The BLA claimed responsibility for the bombing.
Two Policemen were killed when militants attacked a Police patrol party on Beri Bagh Road under Yakatoot Police Station in Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, in the night. Two Policemen were identified as Arshad Khan and Misal Khan.
A Pakistan origin American national, Farooque Ahmed (34) was arrested for plotting attacks on subway stations in and around Washington. Farooque Ahmed is believed to be tied to al Qaeda, US officials said. Farooque Ahmed, who lived in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, had been allegedly casing and photographing subway stations since April to plan simultaneous bomb attacks.
|October 28||At least 12 militants and a security official were killed and 13 others, including five troopers, were injured in attacks on SFs and air strikes by gunship helicopters in Orakzai Agency of FATA.
Five militants and a volunteer of the local peace committee were killed and 14 others injured in an encounter between SFs and militants in Ambar tehsil of Mohmand Agency.
TTP militants beheaded three “common criminals”, allegedly masquerading as TTP while stealing and kidnapping for ransom, in the Yaka Ghaound area of Mohmand Agency.
The Haqqani network is negotiating a peace deal with a Pakistani tribe in the Khuram Agency. Tribal elders said that could give militants access to remote strategic areas on the Afghanistan border.
Four Shia persons of Hazara tribe were shot dead by unidentified assailants in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan.
A SSP militant, identified as Abdullah, son of Amanullah, was arrested by Police under Chaki Wara Police Station area near Lyari Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.
An Anti-Terrorism Court sentenced three activists of a banned outfit to 20 years in prison for possessing explosive substances and illegal weapons and planning to target Eid Milad-un-Nabi (celebration of Prophets Birthday) procession in February 2010.
An intelligence report revealed that four foreigners have been given the task to assassinate two prominent religious leaders of Tablighi Jama’at in Raiwind, a town in the Punjab Province of Pakistan.
|October 29||At least 12 militants were killed and six others injured when helicopter gunships of Pakistan Army attacked militant hideouts in Khadizai, Shahu Wam, Kasha and Saifal Dara areas of Orakzai Agency of FATA.
A senior physician, Dr Khan Badshah, was abducted by unidentified militants from his residence at Khyber Agency Headquarters Hospital at Khar in the evening. Earlier, Zakir Hussain, younger brother of Dr Badshah, was killed during a abduction attempt by militants of TTP ‘deputy chief’ Mulana Faqir Mohmmad in Chingaro area near Damadola.
At least two militants were killed during an encounter with SFs in the Matta tehsil of Swat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The slain militants were identified as Latifullah and Rehmatullah. Two security personnel were also injured in the encounter.
SFs recovered a high intensity explosive device and neutralised it in Shakardara area of Matta tehsil.
The driver of a tanker, carrying supplies for NATO troops in Afghanistan, was killed and a 12 years old boy injured when unidentified militants opened fire in Baghbana area of Khuzdar District in Balochistan.
Another NATO tanker comes under attack in the Mangochar area, 20 kilometres south of Quetta.
The newly-appointed US ambassador to Pakistan, Cameron Phelps Munter, termed the drone attacks as part of the war on terror and to be targeting the militants.
A senior Pentagon official broke Government rules and lied to superiors when he set up an ‘unauthorised’ network of private contractors to spy in Afghanistan and Pakistan, an internal probe has found.
|October 30||Five militants were killed and seven others injured when helicopter gunships targeted their hideouts in Mandal area of Salarzai tehsil, some 12 kilometres from agency headquarters Khar in Bajaur Agency of Federally FATA.
Unidentified militants attacked a military post, killing two soldiers in the Badar area, 30 kilometres north of Wana, the main town in South Waziristan Agency.
The Chief Minister of Balochistan Nawab Aslam Raisani said that Government has decided to take action against a banned religious out-fit involved in target killings in the province.
|October 31||At least six militants were killed and another two injured when US drone fired two missiles on a militant compound in the Haider Khel village of Mir Ali in North Waziristan Agency of FATA.
Three elders of the Masozai tribe were killed and two others abducted when militants attacked them in Zharaly area of Kurram Agency. The deceased were identified as Gul Ahmad Shah, Daud Khan and Noor Janan. A woman was also killed when a shell hit her house.
A trooper, identified as Waris Ali, was killed when militants attacked a checkpost in Loe Kharkay area of Mamond tehsil of Bajaur Agency.
Two personnel of the Khasadar Force suffered injuries when they stepped on a landmine planted in Totikhel area of Khwezai tehsil in Mohmand Agency.
Helicopter gunships shelled suspected positions of militants in Dwezai area of Pandyalai tehsil. However, there was no report of casualties.
SFs set ablaze the house of a militant ‘commander’, Obaidullah, during a search operation in Nawagai tehsil of Bajaur Agency. The militant was wanted by SFs in various acts of terrorism.
Unidentified militants abducted an official of the veterinary hospital in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency. Officials said that Mohammad Hasan was going home from Bara Bazaar when he was abducted by unidentified militants.
Elsewhere in Khyber Agency, Khasadar force arrested two persons from Jamrud and recovered six Kalashnikovs, 17 pistols and 30 empty magazines from their possession.
SFs arrested two suspected militants in Uthman Khel tehsil of Bajaur Agency. The suspects were identified as Abdul Ghaffar and Samiullah.
The TTP militants detained 65 tribesmen on the ‘charge’ of selling and using hashish and heroin and sentenced each of them to 10 lashes in Mamozai area of the upper tehsil of Orakzai Agency.
Three ‘commanders’ of Swat chapter of TTP, identified as Umar Said, Miftahuddin and Said Rahim, were killed in encounter with SFs in the Bakrosar area of Matta tehsil in Swat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The Law enforcement agencies recovered explosive chemical, which were stolen from NATO supply trucks, from Burhan near Hassanabdal in Attock District of Punjab. Three persons, identified as Niaz Ahmed, Shamsul Hassan Shah and Sangeen Khan, were arrested on the charge of storing the chemical.
|November 1||At least 12 suspected militants were killed while nine were injured during shelling by the SFs gunship helicopters in Gowak, Haindara and Atam Ankhel areas of Orakzai Agency in FATA.
Six suspected militants were killed and 10 others injured when US drones fired two missiles on their hideout in Haider Khel village in Mir Ali tehsil of North Waziristan Agency.
TTP militants killed another anti-Taliban tribal elder who was found dead in central tehsil of Kurram Agency. Sources said that Malik Sabil Khan was abducted on October 31 and his bullet riddled body was recovered from Zarali area of central tehsil.
The slain TTP ‘chief’ Baitullah Mehsud’s brother Yaqoob Khan was reportedly shot dead by unidentified assailants in the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan.
SFs rescued Mohammad Hasan, the abducted official of the Bara veterinary hospital and arrested 29 suspected militants including three important ‘commanders’ of a local militant outfit in Yousaf Talab area of Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency.
Two policemen were killed and 12 others, including six policemen, were injured in a commando-style suicide attack on a Police headquarters in the Swabi District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Mardan DIG Abdullah Khan said four militants took part in the attack. TTP claimed responsibility for the attack. TTP spokesman Azam Tariq told a foreign news agency in a telephone call from an undisclosed location that TTP carried out the attack, saying it was in retaliation for a stepped-up US drone strike campaign.
TTP militants opened fire at two NATO tankers near the town of Pabbi on the GT Road, injuring three persons. “Around eight militants in two cars intercepted two oil tankers and fired at them with Kalashnikovs,” local Police Official Hayat Khan said.
Police foiled a sabotage attempt by defusing a powerful bomb, weighing about three kilogrammes, planted on a road in Gul Gasht Colony under Bana Mani Police Station in Peshawar.
Multiple blasts damaged up-and-down country railway tracks in Sehrish Nagar area near Hussainabad in Sindh. A two-page pamphlet issued by Sindhudesh Liberation Army ‘chief commander’ Darya Khan was found on the spot. The pamphlet enlisted 19 points, mentioning issues of Sindh and targeting what it called Punjabi imperialism.
|November 2||At least 17 suspected militants were killed and 10 others injured when helicopters attacked the Dwezai area in Mohmand Agency of FATA.
The unidentified militants blew up the girls’ primary school in Sagai and boys’ primary school in Sagi Bala village of Safi tehsil in Mohmand Agency, taking the number of educational institutions destroyed in the tribal region to 60.
Violating Pakistan’s airspace, NATO helicopters intruded into Kurram Agency. Officials said two military helicopters entered the agency from Afghanistan’s Paktia province in the afternoon and flew over border villages of Kherlachi and Burki for several minutes.
SFs killed two militants, identified as Mohammad Amin of Gul Shah and Gulyar of Chaqor, in an encounter in Matta tehsil of Swat District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. A security man also sustained injuries in the incident.
Three powerful tribes joined hands with SFs to restore peace and flush out remnants of militants from their respective areas in Swat District. The Mulla, Mian and Gujar tribes extended support to SFs during a jirga, held in Gut Peuchar.
A powerful blast ripped apart one and a half feet railway tracks near Detha Railway Station in Hyderabad District of Sindh, while the second planted nearby, failed to explode, neutralised by the bomb disposal squad.
An official vehicle of the FC escaped a remote controlled blast in Panjgur District of Balochistan. A remote controlled device was planted near a seasonal river Rakshan. The banned outfit Lashkar-e-Balochistan claimed responsibility for the attack.
Unidentified militants abducted seven employees of a state-owned oil and gas company from Sobatpur area of Jaffarabad District. Sources said the employees of Oil and Gas Company Limited (OGDCL) were returning to Uchh gas fields from Dera Allahyar in an official vehicle.
The Federal Government has issued a ‘high terror alert’ on all international airports in the country, specifically on out-bound ‘air cargos’ on way to foreign destinations. The alert came against the backdrop of the United States terror alert, following the discovery of two packages containing bombs that were in transit to the US from Yemen.
|November 3||Three US drones fired missiles into militant hideouts different areas of North Waziristan Agency of FATA, killing 13 militants and injured several others
A woman suffered injuries when unidentified militants lobbed a hand grenade at a CD shop, owned by Afzal Khan, in Garhi Atta Khan area of Kohat District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
A Government-run middle school for girls was partially damaged when explosives planted at the building went off in the night in Abdul Haq Banda area of Katlang tehsil in Mardan District.
A portion of the provincial office of Jamaat-i-Islami, also known as Al-Markaz-i-Islami, was damaged in a bomb blast situated in Chughalpura under Chamkani Police Stations on main G.T. Road of Peshawar in the evening.
SFs arrested 15 suspected militants including wanted criminals in a midnight search operation in Tajori, Dhoda, Daulat Tajazai and other localities of the Lakki Marwat District.
Rail traffic remained suspended for three hours when a low intensity bomb went off on Karachi-Lahore up track near Nawabshah city of the Sindh. The Sindhudesh Liberation Army, through a press release issued to the newspapers and news agencies claimed the responsibility for the blasts.
The Anti Extremism Cell of the CID arrested a top ranking TTP militant from Mominabad area of Orangi Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Yousuf alias Qari was a TTP ‘commander’ in Swat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and had fled to Karachi during the Swat operation.
Clarifying about the news reports claiming that a NATO aircraft “violated” Pakistan’s airspace in the Burqi and Kharlaci areas of Khurram Agency of FATA on November 2, the United States Embassy in Islamabad said that the accusation is entirely false.
The Pakistani Senate expressed serious concern over the violation of Pakistani airspace by NATO forces. Legislators from Jamaat-e-Islami and PML-N staged a walkout from the Senate session in protest and strongly condemned the airspace violations by NATO forces.
|November 4||Ten militants were killed and seven others injured when helicopter gunships pounded militant hideouts in Dabori area of Orakzai Agency in FATA.
Two security personnel were injured in a landmine explosion in Saafi tehsil of Mohmand Agency.
TTP militants blew up a water supply tube-well in Lakaro of Mohmand Agency. The TTP have claimed responsibility for the incident, saying the tube-well was used for provision of drinking water to Security Forces.
SFs blew up the house of a local militant ‘commander’, Ibrahim alias Dard, during search operation in Nawagai tehsil of Bajaur Agency.
Twelve-year-old Azeemullah was killed and three tribesmen were injured when militants fired rockets at the Ara Khel tribal area in Darra Admakhel of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the night.
Six militants were arrested and house of a wanted militant was set on fire in Mandani area of Charsadda District.
A bomb blast on railway line near Therhi railway crossing in Khairpur District of Sindh ripped one-foot part of the tracks, suspending rail traffic for a couple of hours.
The US imposed sanctions on two Pakistan-based militant outfits and a key militant leader for November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. The Treasury Department said it targeted the financial and support networks of LeT and JeM. It also took action against Azam Cheema, saying he had helped train operatives for the November 2008 Mumbai attacks and was the “mastermind” behind the July 2006 Mumbai train bombings carried out by LeT.
Al Qaeda in a message released vowed revenge on the US over an 86-year jail sentence handed down in September to a Pakistani woman Aafia Siddiqui convicted of attacking her American interrogators.
|November 5||Militant attacks on two mosques, one at Juma congregation in Darra Adamkhel and the other at Isha prayers in Badbher near Peshawar, left at least 68 persons dead and another 70 injured. At least 65 people, 18 children among them, were killed and 70 injured in a suicide attack on the Friday congregation in the mosque in Darra Adamkhel area of the Kohat Frontier Region.
At least three persons were killed and 17 other injured in the militant attack on a mosque in Sulemankhel area of Badbher near Peshawar.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government warned that the militants can carry out more sabotage activities in parts of the province and FATA and the people should keep an eye on movement of suspected elements.
A driver was killed and one more person was injured when unidentified assailants attacked a tanker carrying oil for NATO forces in Afghanistan in Surab area of Kalat District in Balochistan.
Two simultaneous explosions caused damage to an oil tanker and a trailer, carrying oil and other goods for NATO forces in Afghanistan, at Torkham border under Khyber Agency of FATA.
Another Government boy’s school was blown up in Ziarat area of Safi tehsil in Mohmand Agency at 10 pm (PST) in the night. The number of destroyed schools reached to 62 in Mohmand Agency.
A Government-run girls’ school was blown up in a series of blasts in Sadat Sorani union council in the Bannu District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Punjab Police beefed up Security along the Punjab-Khyber Pakhtunkhwa border to stop infiltration of militants ahead of the expected military operation in North Waziristan Agency, says the District Police Chief Kashif Kanju.
Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer said that there are no training camps of terrorists in the province. In a meeting held with Canadian High Commissioner Ross Hyness, the Governor said the presence of seminaries in the province did not mean that terrorists were being trained there.
|November 6||10 militants were killed and five others injured when helicopter gunships pounded their hideouts in Andar Mella, Malokhel and Saidkhel villages of Orakzai Agency of FATA.
Militants blew up two Government-run primary schools for boys in Kamangara Miangan Kallay of Nawagai tehsil in Bajaur Agency at 2:30 am (PST). The number of destroyed schools reached to 102 in Bajaur Agency.
One NATO oil tanker carrying oil for forces in Afghanistan was blown up on Peshawar-Torkham Road in Jamrud tehsil of Khyber Agency.
Three militants were killed in an encounter with SFs in Jawaki area of Frontier Region of Kohat District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The unidentified militants launched a rocket attack at village Jawaki from Tor Chappar area of Darra Adamkhel. However, no loss of property or life was reported as the two rockets landed in an open ground.
Death toll of the suicide attack on a mosque in Darra Adam Khel reached 95, as 27 injured persons succumbed to injuries.
US officials received at least five warnings that an American man who became a key figure in the 2008 Mumbai attacks was training or working with extremists, The Washington Post said. Despite the warnings to US intelligence agencies building up over seven years, officials did not move to question David Coleman Headley or place him on any watch list, the report said, citing a review underway for the US director of national intelligence (DNI).
|November 7||12 suspected militants were killed in two US drone attacks within an hour in the Dandi Sedgai and Dattakhel area of North Waziristan Agency in FATA.
TTP publicly executed three tribesmen at an open area on a road near a gas station in Miranshah of North Waziristan Agency after accusing them of spying for the US.
Militants freed the six students they had abducted on July 17 in attacks on two passenger vehicles in lower tehsil of Kurram Agency which left 15 passengers dead.
Unidentified militants shot dead four policemen in an ambush in the Gard Gab area in the Nushki District of Balochistan. The slained policemen were identified as Head Constable Nazir Ahmed Lehri, Constables Saeed Ahmed and Muhammad Arif and the driver Nazir.
Two oil tankers carrying supplies for NATO forces in Afghanistan were set ablaze near Wanhar village in Talagang tehsil in Chakwal District of Punjab.
Intelligence agencies recovered a cache of unlicensed arms including rocket launchers, hand grenades and Kalashnikovs in the riverine area of Hatheji village in Ahmedpur city in the Jhang District.
|November 8||A security man, Ali Akbar Khan, was killed in a roadside bomb blast in Dojangi area of Safi tehsil in Mohmand Agency of FATA.
Unidentified militants fired a rocket at NATO oil tankers in Khyber Agency, which missed the target and hit the boundary wall of a home.
A NATO oil tanker was blown up near Charwazgai in Landikotal. According to sources, the oil tanker was carrying 44,000 litters of oil for the US forces in Afghanistan, when it was blown up with an explosive device near Charwazgai.
Hidayatullah Wazir, the maternal uncle of MPA Adnan Wazir and brother of a former AIGP, was abducted by unidentified militants along with his gunman from an area under Janikhel Police Station in Bannu District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
TTP planned to attack mosques, shrines and Imambargahs during Eidul Azha prayers, especially in remote and rural areas across the country.
Pakistan said it hoped the United States would not be swayed by “power politics” in its support for a permanent seat for India in a reformed United Nations Security Council.
|November 9||Militants bombed three primary schools in Safi tehsil in the Mohmand Agency of FATA. No casualties were reported in the attacks. However, the school buildings were completely destroyed. The militants have destroyed 65 schools in the Mohmand tribal region since 2007.
The TTP ‘commander’ for Darra Adamkhel and Khyber Agency, Tariq Afridi, said that his outfit was not involved in the abduction of Peshawar Islamia College University Vice Chancellor Ajmal Khan.
French Police arrested five alleged Islamist militants suspected of having trained in Pakistani-Afghanistan tribal areas.
The US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said that the “heart” of al Qaeda remained in the Afghan-Pakistan border area even as the network spreads its influence to places like Yemen and Somalia.
Former President General (retd) Pervez Musharraf criticised India for creating an anti-Pakistan Afghanistan. “If I’m allowed to be very, very frank, India’s role in Afghanistan is to create an anti-Pakistan Afghanistan,” he said at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.
|November 10||Gunship helicopters pounded militants’ positions in Orakzai Agency of FATA along the Afghanistan border and killed 18 militants and injured another 22.
Two troopers received injuries in a roadside blast in Musa Kor area of Ambar tehsil (revenue unit) in Mohammad Agency.
A Government-run school for boy’s and house of peace committee member Jamal Shah were blown up in Qillagai village of Safi tehsil in Mohammad Agency.
Helicopter gunships shelled militant hideouts in Qandharo, Garhi and Haseebzai areas of Safi tehsil. However, there was no report of any casualty.
SFs recovered huge quantity of weapons and explosives from bunkers in Shago, Kherki and Speray areas of Mamond tehsil in Bajaur Agency.
12 militants laid down their arms and surrendered to the Political Administration in Bajaur Agency.
Two militants, identified as Bakht Baidar of Bodigram and Jabrail of Tetai, were killed in an encounter with SFs in Sherpalam and Meramai villages of Matta tehsil in Swat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Unidentified militants set ablaze two NATO oil tankers in the Dhadar area of Bolan District in Balochistan.
The CID arrested six most wanted LeJ militants and recovered a huge cache of weapon. However, Dawn stated an arrest of over more than half a dozen militants. It was reported that the arrested militants were affiliated with Asif Ramzi faction of LeJ outfit that planned sectarian violence before Muharram by targeting nine important Shia community members.
CID arrested a most wanted criminal affiliated with the TTP from the Manghopir area in the north of Karachi.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik on November 10 told the National Assembly that the Finance Ministry has provided PKR 112.266 million from foreign assistance in the annual budget of the Interior Ministry during the financial year 2009-10 in relation to the ongoing war on terror.
|November 11||At least 20 persons, including FC officials and Policemen, were killed and over 100 injured when an explosive-laden truck blew up inside the head office of the CID, which is located inside the main red zone of Karachi in Sindh, in the night.
Though the attack is suspected to be in reaction to the arrest of the militants affiliated with LeJ that the CID made on November 10, the TTP also claimed responsibility for the attack.
The AVCC personnel arrested five militants belonging to the TTP.
Seven suspected militants were remanded into Police custody for six days in a number of cases in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.
Eight suspected militants were killed and five others injured when US drones fired eight missiles into a house in Guli Khel area along Afghanistan border of North Waziristan Agency in FATA.
Six militants and a soldier were killed in an encounter in Goak area of Orakzai Agency.
Three militants, a civilian and a Khasadar Force trooper, Naib Subedar Qadar Khan, were killed while three soldiers received injuries during a search operation in Qandharo, Habibzai and Sandokhel localities of Safi tehsil in Mohmand Agency.
A woman and her minor daughter were killed in a TTP attack on Adezai village under Matani Police Station of Peshawar in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Police said that the TTP militants attacked Adezai village with rockets at 2am (PST).
SFs arrested nine suspected militants and recovered weapons during raids in Wari and Sundrawal areas of Upper Dir District.
Unidentified militants set ablaze two NATO trailers near Lakpass area of Mastung District in Balochistan.
The US is close to deciding where and how to try self-professed mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other al Qaeda operatives involved in the 9/11 attacks, Attorney General Eric Holder said.
Ilyas Kashmiri, the ‘chief’ of HuJI, is suspected by counter terrorism officials to be fast emerging as a new international jihad plotter, planning fresh strikes in Europe and America.
|November 12||Four militants and a soldier were killed while another soldier suffered injuries when militants attacked SFs in Kareer area of Mohmand Agency in FATA.
SFs resorted to artillery shelling on militants’ positions in Safi tehsil from their headquarters in Ghalanai in the night of November 11. Residents said that shelling continued throughout the day on November 12. No loss of life has, however, been reported.
Two militants, identified as Omar Farooq and Shah Faisal, were shot dead in an encounter with SFs in Shoq Darha area of Matta tehsil in Swat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The sketches of two militants, who thought to be involved in carrying out attack that ripped through CID office at Karachi in Sindh on November 11, have been drawn and released to law enforcement agencies.
The militants in Peshawar warned drivers of girls’ schools of dire consequences if they do not stop taking students to schools in two days’ time. The militants, in a letter distributed among employees of Begum Shahabuddin High Secondary School, Government Girls High School, Frontier Women’s College and several other institutions, said the drivers would be responsible for whatever happened to them if they did not comply with the warning.
The TTP and LeJ have planned to carry out suicide attacks in Islamabad and other parts of the country, Intelligence reports said. According to intelligence information, TTP ‘commander’ Qari Momin sent four suicide bombers to attack Eid congregations in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Multan and Faisalabad.
Counter-terrorism officials in Europe and the United States said that al Qaeda plans Mumbai-style attacks in Europe, with the US also possibly being targeted.
The US terrorism expert Bruce Riedel while talking with Spiegel Online about how explosive the situation was in Pakistan and how much influence al Qaeda still had, said that coup in Pakistan a real possibility.
|November 13||10 militants were killed and three SF personnel were injured in an encounter in Toor Kanrhi area of Orakzai Agency in FATA.
Five persons were killed when a US drone fired four missiles at a car in Ahmadkhel area of North Waziristan Agency.
Two SF personnel were killed in an encounter with militants in Safi tehsil of Mohmand Agency. An unnamed TTP spokesman claimed responsibility for the attack on the SFs, saying they took one of the bodies with them.
Three civilians were injured when helicopter gunships and artillery shelled militant hideouts in Safi tehsil of Mohmand Agency.
A CID Police Constable, Umar Wahid, who was injured in the CID office attack at Civil Lines area of Karachi on November 11 succumbed to his injuries.
Six people, including two women, were injured in a hand grenade attack at a property dealer’s office in Latif Abad area of Peshawar in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Abdul Khaliq Farahi, the Afghanistan consul general in Peshawar who had been abducted on September 22, 2008 from Hayatabad area of Peshawar, was released by his captors in the night. An Afghanistan diplomat in Islamabad confirmed his release.
|November 14||SFs killed six TTP militants during an encounter in Matta tehsil of Swat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Six militants, including two ‘commanders’ Naseebullah and Ibrahim, were killed.
A member of the Shakai Peace Committee was killed and eight others injured in a suicide attack at a busy marketplace in Shakai village of South Waziristan Agency in FATA.
Two abducted professors were released by militants in the Landi Kotal tehsil of Khyber Agency. According to security officials, Inamullah Mehsud and Moinudeen, who were professors at the Kabul University, were abducted on November 12 in Landi Kotal from near the Pak-Afghan border.
An oil tanker, carrying fuel for the NATO forces stationed in Afghanistan, was set ablaze by unidentified militants near Kundlani Bridge in Bolan District of Balochistan.
Railway authorities recovered 10 kilogrammes of explosives from a box with a timer from Shah Rukne Alam train from Multan town of Punjab.
Pakistan has used terror outfits as a hedge against India, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said. In an assessment of the situation in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, Hillary Clinton acknowledged that the US policy of creating the Mujahideen to oust the Soviet Union from Afghanistan had boomeranged.
The United States should use drones to target LeT hideouts if Pakistan does not destroy them, says US bipartisan task force. In a report to the Barack Obama administration, the task force warns that another Mumbai-like attack could lead to a full-fledged war between India and Pakistan.
Richard Armitage, while talking to the media after the release of the task force’s report on Pakistan and Afghanistan, urged Islamabad to realise that the Haqqani network also posed an existential threat to the Pakistani state.
US special representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke said that Pakistan, the US and India face a common enemy. Holbrooke said that some extremist organisations in Pakistan had attacked US forces in Afghanistan.
Richard Holbrooke said that sources of funding for terrorists and militants come from outside Pakistan and through extortion of NATO supply convoys.
|November 15||Unidentified militants blew up a Government primary school in Safi tehsil of the Mohmand Agency. The number of schools destroyed by extremists over the last two years rose to 68, out of which 24 were girls’ and 44 were boys’ schools.
Two persons were killed and three others injured in a bomb explosion near the house of a slain anti-(TTP tribal elder in the Adezai area, some 12.5 miles (20 kilometres) south of Peshawar in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
SFs killed two militants, identified as Fazal Rabi and Jameel, when they refused to surrender after being surrounded in the Pia village of Madyan area in Swat District.
Swat Qaumi Jirga demanded exemplary punishment for the wanted militant leaders including outlawed TNSM leader Maulana Sufi Mohammad, Swat TTP ‘chief’ Maulana Fazlullah and TTP spokesman Muslim Khan.
The Federal Capital Police foiled an attack on the office of the CIA, arrested a terrorist and recovered explosive material with a detonator from his possession. The suspect was trying to sneak into the main office of CIA to blow up the building. The alleged terrorist was identified as Muhammad Rafique, son of Noor Muhammad, belonging to Jabba area of Abdur Rahimkhail in Orakzai Agency of FATA.
The JuD is openly running a public campaign to collect donations and hides of sacrificial animals ahead of Eid-ul-Azha festival despite Pakistan’s Interior Ministry placing it on a list of 16 militant or hardline groups barred from such activities.
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai refused to endorse US drone strikes inside Pakistan, adding that he could not talk in favourable terms about bombing people. In an interview to a US media outlet, Hamid Karzai also showed an unusual understanding of Pakistan’s problems in dealing with the militants.
While Somalia has replaced Iraq as the state most at risk from terrorist attack, Pakistan ranked second, according to a ranking by Global Analysts Maple croft, which sees threats also rising in Russia, Greece and Yemen but falling in India and Algeria.
|November 16||20 militants were killed when US drone missiles hit a house and a speeding vehicle in Bangi Dar village in North Waziristan Agency of FATA.
At least seven militants were killed in a US drone strike on a militant training centre near the Afghanistan border in Ghulam Khan village, 15 kilometres north of Miranshah, in North Waziristan Agency of FATA early in the morning.
SFs dead three TTP militants during an encounter in Puran tehsil of Shangla District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Police arrested one suspected militant and recovered explosives from his possession in Sargodha District of Punjab.
A civil court in Rawalpindi sentenced nine TTP militants to 10 years in prison and fined them Rs 20,000 each.
The US continues to hunt for Osama bin Laden, the most wanted terrorist of the world, said P J Crowley, an official in the Barack Obama administration.
Pakistan has been the chief victim of international terrorism and curbing militancy is in the country’s own interest, Robert Blake, Assistant Secretary of state for South Asia, said while noting that a stable Pakistan was in the interests of both the US and India.
|November 17||Unidentified militants blew up a gas pipeline in a building near Meezan Chowk area of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan.
LeT is a profoundly dangerous outfit but not greater than al Qaeda, Daniel Benjamin, State Department coordinator for counter terrorism said. “Obviously, LeT is a profoundly dangerous group and its support that it derives from doing social services is like Hamas, is like Hezbollah, and is of course of great concern,” Daniel Benjamin said.
German intelligence agents received evidence from the United States that al Qaeda has sent two to four terrorists to Germany and UK via India and the UAE to carry out attacks. The mastermind behind the possible attacks was named as Mohammed Ilyas Kashmiri, the ‘chief’ of HuJI and a leading al Qaeda militant from Pakistan.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the Government would continue to extend moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmiris and highlight the issue. Kashmir issue was still on the United Nation’s agenda, he said, adding that it was baseless news.
|November 18||Pakistan is not making enough progress in the war against terrorism, even though its commitment to crush extremism has significantly increased in the last one year, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said at the Wall Street Journal CEO Council 2010 meeting.
The LeJ, an anti-Shia militant group accused of having links with al Qaeda, has split into at least eight small cells to better coordinate its activities across Pakistan, according to a media report.
Individuals with connections within the LeJ and intelligence officials tracking the group said the move appeared to be an attempt to outsmart law enforcement agencies.
The LeJ, which is dominated by militants from Punjab, has established hideouts inside North Waziristan tribal region, which is controlled by the network of Afghan Taliban commander Jalaluddin Haqqani.
The LeJ is the biggest militant group operating in Karachi and 94 of 246 terrorists arrested in the city since 2001 belonged to it, according to a secret report of the CID.
11 years after the Kargil war in 1999, the Pakistan Army has included the names of 453 soldiers and officers who were killed during the conflict on its website. The 453 Pakistani soldiers are shown as killed in the Batalik-Kargil sector in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Army also reveals the codename given to the operation to occupy strategic mountains and heights on the Indian side of the LoC – Operation Koh-e-Paima or Mountain of Resolve.
During the Kargil conflict and in subsequent years, the Pakistan Army insisted that none of its regular soldiers were involved in the hostilities. This stance continued despite the Indian Army capturing several serving soldiers.
|November 19||Seven militants were killed and 21 others injured as SFs backed by helicopter gunships and artillery targeted militant’s hideouts in Garhai and Kareerh areas of Safi tehsil and Aman Kot and Yarakhel area of Baizai tehsil in Mohmand Agency in FATA.
Four militants were killed when US drone missiles targeted a moving vehicle near Marsi Khel village close to Afghanistan border in North Waziristan Agency.
A woman and two children were killed and eight others injured when the Taliban militants fired missiles from within Afghanistan side on the Shalozan village of Khurram Agency.
Rockets fired by unidentified assailants at a FC fort hit a house in Kohlu town in the Kohlu District of Balochistan, killing a woman and injuring five other persons, including two FC personnel.
Nine rockets were also fired in the city of Sibi in Balochistan which exploded in a graveyard. No causalities were reported.
The unidentified assailants set fire to 10 NATO oil tankers on the Ring Road in Peshawar of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Police foiled a sabotage attempt by neutralising a powerful bomb planted under a bridge in Chamkani area of Peshawar.
SFs arrested three suspected militants, identified as Hussain Zada and his sons Wajid Ali and Qaiser Ali, during a raid on a rented house in Pohan Colony of Mardan District.
The operational commander of Dir Scouts Brigadier Nadeem Mirza claimed that Lower Dir region had been cleared of militants and residents are living in peaceful environment.
Unidentified assailants attacked a worship place owned by the Ahmedis in Mughalpura area of Lahore in the province of Punjab. It is alleged that some cadres belonging to the Jamaat-e-Islami and Khatm-e-Nabuwat were carrying on a hate campaign against the Ahmedis and they had even placed a board outside a local graveyard, reading, “Ahmedis are not allowed to bury their dead in this graveyard”.
Siraj Haqqani, the ‘operational commander’ of the Haqqani Network, who had earlier been moved from Miranshah in North Waziristan to Kurram Agency, has been moved further to a secure “safe house” outside FATA.
The United States is seeking to expand the areas inside Pakistan where CIA drones can operate, The Washington Post reports. Citing unnamed US and Pakistani officials, The Washington Post said US officials were eyeing areas surrounding Quetta in Balochistan, where the Taliban leadership is believed to be hiding.
Former President Pervez Musharraf claimed that al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden funded PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif for taking part in the 2008 elections.
PPP Punjab Information Secretary Fakharuddin Chaudhry received death threats from some sectarian outfit after he exposed close contacts between the Provincial Government of the PML-N and these outfits in a press conference. The callers claimed to be SSP and LeJ members, and threatened him of dire consequences.
|November 20||Five TTP Militants, including three top ranking militants, were killed in an encounter with SFs in the Totano Bandi area of Kabal tehsil in Swat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Unidentified militants blew up a girls’ school at Malagori village in Landi Kotal tehsil of Khyber Agency in the night. Nobody has so far claimed responsibility for the blast. So far at least 27 schools have been destroyed in Bara and Landi Kotal tehsils of Khyber Agency since the start of military operation in September 2009.
Rocket attacks continued in Kohlu District of Balochistan for the second consecutive day and a rocket also hit a house in Quetta damaging it. Eight rockets were fired on Chamalang and Kohlu. According police, a rocket fired from unspecified location exploded on the roof of a house in Baloch Colony situated on Brewery Road of Quetta.
Quetta and 13 other Districts of Balochistan were out off electricity for about 24 hours after unidentified militants blew up pylon of a major transmission line near Machh area of Bolan District in the night.
Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit condemned any suggestion of expanding the US drones’ range. “We have very clearly conveyed that we will not in any case accept the expansion of the area of these drone attacks,” he said.
|November 21||15 militants were killed and several others injured when SFs targeted their hideouts in the Hazeri and Koy Kaley areas of the Orakzai Agency in FATA.
Six militants were killed when a US drone missiles hit into a compound in Khaddi village, 15 kilometres east of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan Agency.
Three SFs personnel were injured when militants ambushed a military convoy with a remote controlled bomb in the Yakh Kandaw area of Orakzai Agency. The injured personnel were identified as Sepoys Ashfaq and Akram and Hawaldar Maqbool.
Unidentified militants opened fire and injured a khasadar in Loe Shalman area of Landi Kotal of Khyber Agency.
A bomb blast killed at least two persons and injured several others in the Muslimabad area of Cantonment Police Station in Bannu District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The bomb disposal squad foiled an attempt to blow up the house of a Policeman by neutralising two bombs in Hangu.
A constable of the Balochistan Constabulary, identified as Ali Khan, was killed when unidentified militants attacked a security checkpost on the main Chattar Road near Dera Murad Jamali in Nasirabad District of Balochistan.
Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik ruled out the involvement of external hand in terrorism in the country, saying the locals were supporting terrorism, especially the LeJ in Karachi. “No external hand is involved in terrorism in Pakistan,” Malik told reporters at the Karachi Airport, adding that TTP, al Qaeda and LeJ were all coordinating with each other and were trying to destabilise Pakistan.
|November 22||At least five militants were killed and several others were injured in a US drone attack at Mir Ali tehsil in North Waziristan Agency of FATA.
Unidentified assailants killed two militants, including a ‘commander’ of Amr Bil Maroof area, in Khyber Agency.
The bomb disposal squad neutralised a bomb planted in a house in Ghundi Sikandar Khel under Jamrud tehsil in Khyber Agency.
SFs neutralised a roadside bomb at Spin Qabar in Bara tehsil. Sources said a security convoy passing through the area was the target.
The Islamabad Police recovered 130 kilograms of explosive material which was concealed in seven cartons and being transported from Peshawar to Rawalpindi and Islamabad for subversive activities
In the light of threat to blow up Sindh Assembly’s building, the security of the building has been tightened. The threat was issued via phone and fax.
The NCMC informed the provincial Governments of Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan, FATA about the planning and preparation of radical outfits to spread terrorism throughout the country in the coming days.
|November 23||At least 14 militants were killed and six others were injured in shelling by gunship helicopters in Kot Killay and Khadizai areas of Orakzai Agency in FATA.
A Baloch National Movement leader, Shahnawaz Baloch, was shot dead and another injured when unidentified assailants opened fire on them in Ormara of Balochistan.
Special US Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke said that the top leadership of al Qaeda terrorist network is in the Af-Pak border region.
The Taliban are “the true followers of Islamic ideology”, said Federal Minister for Tourism Maulana Attaur Rehman who also believes that “America is the biggest terrorist of the world”.
|November 24||A soldier was killed and another injured when a roadside bomb exploded during a foot patrol in the Tiarza area of South Waziristan Agency of FATA.
The US added Pakistan’s Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation (FeF), a charity associated with LeT, to its official list of blacklisted terror outfits.
Pakistan has allowed the US military and its coalition partners in Afghanistan to maintain a presence in Quetta, the Provincial capital of Balochistan, says a Pentagon report to Congress.
An unnamed Pentagon official said that Pakistan’s negative perception of India’s role in Afghanistan is a matter of “continuing concern”.
The Minister for Communications Arbab Alamgir said containers that carry NATO goods have caused damage of around PNR 82 billion to infrastructure of Pakistan’s communication network.
|November 25||The SFs killed eight militants in the upper areas of Orakzai Agency in FATA. Two hideouts of militants were destroyed in the shelling.
Two SF personnel were killed and six others injured in a remote controlled bomb blast at a bridge in Sheen Kamar area of Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency.
A paramilitary soldier was killed and six others were injured when a bomb exploded in Sarmalo Kando area of Orakzai Agency.
A jirga of Mohmand Agency tribal elders was held at Ghalanai, the Agency’s headquarters in which a terrorist ‘commander’ along with his two companions surrendered to the authorities.
A woman was killed when a mortar shell hit her house in the Qandaro area of Safi tehsil of Mohmand Agency.
Two NATO gunship helicopters injured three people, after violating Pakistan’s airspace in Datta Khel area of North Waziristan Agency.
Unidentified militants blew up the Meera Khan Kali Government Girls’ Primary School in Khugakhel area of Landi Kotal in Khyber Agency in the night. Militants have so far destroyed 28 Government schools in different parts of Khyber Agency since the start of military operation in Bara in September 2009.
Militants blew up another Government-run primary school in Safi tehsil of Mohmand Agency. Officials said that so far 68 schools have been blown up by militants in Mohmand Agency, depriving over 20,000 students of education facilities.
The SFs arrested 130 suspected persons during a search operation in Hangu District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and recovered arms and ammunition from their possession.
SFs killed three militants during a search operation at Bahrain Chaprai area in Swat District late in the night.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that most of the explosives used in bomb attacks in the country were smuggled from Afghanistan but insisted that the cross-border movement of militants was being limiting.
The Army will wait until it has completed the operation in Orakzai Agency, stabilised Swat and Bajaur Agency and handed over stable places such as Shangla to civilian control before it launches action in North Waziristan, where the United States forcing an Army operation against safe-havens of the Haqqani network and its local and foreign facilitators, an unnamed high ranking official of Pakistani Army said.
Inspector General of FC Major General Obaidullah Khan called upon the Baloch insurgents taking refuge on mountains to throw away their weapons and enter the political mainstream.
|November 26||Eight militants and a trooper were killed in an encounter with the SFs in the Mushti Mela area of Hangu District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa along the border areas with Lower Orakzai Agency of FATA.
A US drone attack targeted a vehicle, killing four militants in Pir Keley village, 10 kilometres east of Miranshah, the headquarter of North Waziristan Agency in FATA. More than 250 persons have been killed in 47 strikes since September 3, 2010.
Unidentified assailants set ablaze a NATO container near Zawa area of Khuzdar District in Balochistan. They abducted its driver and cleaner.
Levy Force personnel arrested a militant who made a failed attempt to blow up a tanker carrying fuel for NATO forces in Afghanistan.
SFs arrested two suicide bombers attempting to attack the Parliament and a mosque in an up market neighbourhood in the capital city of Islamabad. They also recovered suicide jackets. Later, the militants confessed that they were cadres of a South Waziristan Agency based terrorist outfit linked with TTP.
Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that Pakistan strongly condemns the November 26, 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks (also known as 26/11) and wishes to see the culprits involved in the incident punished.
|November 27||Three passengers including a woman were killed when a Lakki Marwat bound coaster was ambushed by unidentified militants in Akhorwal area of Darra Adam Khel in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
A bullet-riddled body of a tribesman was found in the graveyard of Akhorwal village in Darra Adamkhel. He was abducted by the Tariq Afridi group of TTP on an unspecified date before Eid.
The Government announced a reward of PNR 10 million to anyone providing information about the TTP. Rehman Malik said that most militants belonged to the LeJ and SSP.
|November 28||Two militants, identified as Mujeebur Rehman and Omar Rahim, were killed in an encounter with SF in Sher Palam area of Mingora in Swat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
A woman was killed and two other persons were injured when a rocket shell hit a house in Safi tehsil of Mohmand Agency in FATA.
Unidentified militants blew up a boys’ primary school in the Sandokhel area of Mohmand Agency.
SF arrested two suspected militants, identified as Saifullah and Bilal, at a checkpost in Darwazgai area of Safi tehsil.
A local leader of the SSP, Abdur Rehman, was killed while his friend, Mohammed Faisal, injured in the Sharifabad Police Station area of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.
The TTP held a secret meeting where they decided to set up two units to carry out strikes on foreigners and SFs.
At least 640 persons have been killed and 1,800 injured in 37 suicide bomb attacks in the country during the 2010, says the Federal Investigation Agency’s Counter-Terrorism Wing.
|November 29||A Shia leader was shot dead by unidentified assailants in a suspected sectarian attack in Mehmoodabad area of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.
A FC constable, identified as Muhammad Yaqub, was killed when militants attacked a telephone exchange in Bora locality of Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Unidentified militants lobbed a hand grenade on the house of one Ameer Jan in Pahar Khel Thall village in Lakki Marwat District. The blast, however, did not cause any casualty.
The law-enforcement agencies foiled a terrorist attempt by defusing a bomb at Khyber Sheikhwal area of Landikotal. The bomb had been planted under a bridge, official sources said.
Police arrested five militants during a search operation launched in several parts of the Lakki Marwat District. The arrested militants were identified as Shakirullah, Ashraf Ali, Imtiaz, Ejaul Halim and Shamaal Din.
Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Hamid Saeed Kazmi received a threatening letter from the banned outfit TTP, demanding him to resign from his post.
The ‘commanders’ of the Haqqani Network and TTP held talks on November 29 with elders of the Kurram Agency, including two lawmakers from the Kurram Agency for restoration of peace in Parachinar which has remained cut off from the rest of country for three years.
A Pakistani tribesman is to sue the CIA for USD 500 million after his son and brother were killed in the covert drone attack against al Qaeda, his lawyer said. Karim Khan from North Waziristan Agency of FATA claimed that his house had been hit by US missiles on December 31, 2009.
|November 30||Six persons including a Policeman were killed when a suicide bomber targeted a Police van near Milad Chowk in Bannu District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The attack left two Policemen and 14 civilians injured.
Three terrorists blew themselves up when SFs besieged their hide out in the Elaum Mountain of Pir Bala in Buner District.
A soldier was killed and another injured in roadside bomb blast in Gheljo area of Orakzai Agency in FATA.
A soldier suffered bullet injuries when militants attacked a post Murghan area of Orakzai Agency.
Unidentified assailants shot dead a sub-inspector of Police, Daheim Khan, in Dera Murad Jamali of Balochistan.
Balochistan Governor Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi escaped unhurt when his convoy was targeted with a remote control bomb in Mongechar area of Kalat District.
A cadre of a banned outfit JeM, Muzaffar (24), was shot dead by two unidentified assailants outside his house within the limits of Sir Syed Police Station in North Karachi of Sindh. DSP Altaf Hussain said the victim was a religious teacher. He was also a member of Al-Rehmat Trust, a frontal organisation of JeM.
Law enforcement agencies foiled a bid of terror attacks in the Karachi and arrested four militants of TTP and recovered three suicide jackets from their possession.
|December 01||Two militants were killed in an encounter with SFs at Shakar Darra area in Matta tehsil of Swat District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
At least two persons were injured when militants targeted a passenger vehicle carrying volunteers of a lashkar to Paya Jawaki from Bilitang with a remote controlled bomb in Kohat.
A FC soldier was killed and six others, including a passer by, sustained injuries in remote controlled blast planted on a parked bicycle on the RCD Highway near Kalat, around 150 kilometres away from the provincial capital of Balochistan.
Armed assailants attacked and torched an oil tanker carrying fuel for NATO forces in Afghanistan, on National Highway near Khuzdar. However, no loss of life was reported.
Spanish Police arrested six Pakistanis and a Nigerian suspected of providing forged passports to outfits linked to al Qaeda, including the outfit accused of plotting the November 26, 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks (also known as 26/11), the Interior Ministry said.
|December 2||The driver of a trailer, carrying a ten-wheeler vehicle to NATO forces in Afghanistan, was killed when unidentified assailants attacked it near Sukai village on Peshawar-Islamabad Motorway under Toru Police Station in Mardan District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Five soldiers were seriously injured when a military convoy, going from Mir Ali to Thall garrison, was hit by a remote-controlled bomb in Spinwam tehsil of North Waziristan in FATA.
The US Treasury Department sanctioned three Pakistanis who were acting on behalf of terrorist outfits and banned Americans from any dealings with them. It was reported that Amanullah Afridi and Matiur-Rehman were supporters of LeJ, and said Abdul Rauf Azhar was acting on behalf of JeM.
Security of the National University of Modern Languages (NUML) in Islamabad was beefed up, and the university closed for three days, after intelligence reports and a threat letter received by the NUML revealed that terrorists planned to attack it.
WikiLeaks disclosure of a conversation between US Senator John McCain and former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, in which the latter talked about the possibility of Osama Bin Laden and Aiman Al-Zawahiri being in Bajaur Agency of FATA, bordering Afghanistan’s Kunar province where US forces were not deployed.
Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik claimed that illegal migrants from Afghanistan are involved in terrorist activities in Pakistan. He said that “Terrorists from Afghanistan have entered our country to carry out terrorists activities in Pakistan”.
Pakistan’s Army and ISI are covertly sponsoring four militant groups, including LeT, and will not abandon them for any amount of US money, the American envoy to Islamabad wrote in a secret review in 2009, reveals diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks. According to a report in British Newspaper The Guardian on November 30, the review said that Pakistan had received more than USD 16 billion in American aid since 2001, but “there is no chance that Pakistan will view enhanced assistance… as sufficient compensation for abandoning support to these groups”, former US Ambassador to Pakistan Anne Patterson wrote in the review of Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy in September 2009.
|December 3||Two Security Force personnel were killed and seven others injured when militants attacked army convoys in Sipah area of Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency of FATA.
A civilian, Umar Rafiq, was killed when SFs targeted militant positions in Qamakhel area with artillery.
A trooper, Noor Rehman, was killed and three others, Riaz Khan, Laqab, and Israr, were injured when military patrol was ambushed on Chamarkand road in Safi tehsil in the Mohmand Agency.
The boundary wall and main gate of the Jamia Benoria Ashkhel Shinwari seminary were blown up in Landi Kotal city of Khyber Agency. However, no casualties were reported.
Unidentified militants blew up a primary school in Saagi Baala area of Mohmand Agency. The bomb blast brings to 70 the total number of schools destroyed by militants in the Mohmand Agency.
The office of a customs clearing agent was partially damaged in a bomb blast at Torkham border area along Afghanistan-Pakistan border in Khyber Agency. Officials said that they later defused another time device planted at the same place.
Four persons, including a paramilitary soldier, were killed and four others sustained injures in an incident of firing in Suni area of Khuzdar District in Balochistan.
Thar Express escaped bomb blast and the blast could only result in derailment of two compartments of rail at Dhabeji place near Karachi the provincial capital of Sindh.
The CIA arrested five suspected TTP militants involved in the suicide attack on Rescue 15 Police and ISI buildings in Lahore on May 27, 2009. A CIA Police team arrested five militants in a raid carried out after a tip-off from a Ravi Park resident that terrorists were hiding in the area. The militants were identified as Sarfraz Ahmad, Shabbir Ahmad, Umer Hayat, Hafiz Mahmood and Abid Akram.
Two Pakistanis were arrested from Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus on suspicion of having links to radical Islamic outfits after a tip-off from a foreign intelligence agency.
|December 4||SFs killed two militants when they tried to escape in Charbagh area of Swat District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Sources said that security personnel took suspected militants Akbar Ali and Hidayatullah to a nearby forest for recovery of weapons.
One militant was killed and two SF personnel were injured in different incidents of violence in Mohmand Agency in FATA. Sources said militants attacked a security post in Zegi Sar area of Ambar tehsil with heavy weapons.
Two SF personnel suffered injuries when a convoy was targeted by a landmine planted by militants at a roadside in Mansoor Kor area of Safi tehsil.
A bomb blast occurred in a mobile market in a bazaar in Landikotal town of Khyber Agency. According to details, a powerful bomb was detonated in a Landikotal bazaar, which damaged at least 15 shops in the market. However, no loss of life was reported in the blast.
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai renewed commitment to continue their joint strategy against terrorism and take their cooperation in the economic sector to a higher level.
Exactly two years before the November 26, 2008 Mumbai attacks, American officials pressured the Pakistan Government to crack down on the LeT and its front organisation JuD but were unable to make much headway, a WikiLeaks cable revealed.
The US Embassy in Islamabad warned Washington in 2009 that it would take 10 to 15 years to defeat extremists operating in Pakistan, a WikiLeaks cable release reported. “As we work to prevent Pakistan-based attacks on the US and its forces, we should be clear that al Qaeda now wants more than just a safe haven in Pakistan,” US envoy to Pakistan Anne Patterson said in a cable she sent to Washington in February 2009.
As the Afghanistan Government engaged the Taliban in talks, the United States assured India that it would not support a power-sharing arrangement between Kabul and the militants, a WikiLeaks cable release reported.
|December 5||A missile fired on a vehicle from an undisclosed location, killed at least five occupants of the vehicle, all militants, in Dutta Khel tehsil, 25 kilometres from Miran Shah, in North Waziristan Agency of FATA.
Unidentified militants blew up a girls’ school in the Safi tehsil of the Mohmand Agency. However, no injuries or casualties reported. The militants have targeted schools in the area and the toll of the schools blown up in the area has reached 70.
Three militants, identified as Azizullah, Ghufranullah and Zakria, were killed in an encounter with the SFs in the Choorluk Sar village of Khwazakhela area of Swat District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
At least seven persons, including a khasadar, were injured when a passenger vehicle was targeted by a roadside remote controlled bomb in Shindhand area of Frontier Region of Kohat.
Militants in Darra Adamkhel and Khyber Agency have threatened to target private and Government vehicles if Indus Highway and Kohat Tunnel are not closed to traffic during night. Mohammad, the spokesman for TTP chief of Khyber Agency and Darra Adamkhel chapter, Tariq Afridi, contacted local journalists by phone from an undisclosed location to convey the warning to the Government.
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said the common threat of terrorism could be tackled through enhanced economic ties and increased trade relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Saudi Arabia is the key source of funding for radical Islamist outfits including al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Hamas and LeT, according to a US diplomatic cable leaked by WikiLeaks. “Donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide,” said the document, an assessment from US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dated December 30, 2009.
|December 6||At least 40 persons, including tribal elders, Security Force personnel and journalists were killed and another 70 injured in twin suicide bombings on a jirga being held outside the office of the assistant political agent of Mohmand Agency at Ghalanai, the headquarters of Mohmand Agency, in FATA.
The ‘chief’ of the Mohmand chapter of TTP, Umer Khalid, claimed responsibility for the attack. “Our two suicide bombers targeted people who were working against the Taliban,” Umer Khalid told AFP by telephone from an unknown location.
Eight suspected militants were killed when two missiles fired from US drone hit a car and in Mir Ali tehsil of North Waziristan Agency of FATA.
Suspected militants blew up three Government schools in Utmankhel area near Khar in the Bajaur Agency in the night. More than 80 government-run schools and other education institutions, both for boys and girls, have been destroyed in the Bajaur Agency so far.
Jamaat-e-Islami leaders said that an Army operation in North Waziristan Agency would serve to unleash terrorist attacks across the country. JI Amir Syed Munawar Hassan warned that any such adventurism would result in disastrous consequences by producing militants in each and every part of the country.
The oil tanker bearing registration number TLL-684-Lasbella, carrying fuel for NATO forces in Afghanistan, was blown up at Ring Road in the limits of Pishtakhara Police Station in Peshawar of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the morning.
Suspected militants blew up a government-run primary school for girls in Jogian area near Tarnab Farm on Grand Trunk Road of Peshawar in the night.
China, at Islamabad’s behest, blocked efforts in the UN Security Council to put sanctions against JuD and its leader Hafiz Saeed which was operating against India from Pakistan, WikiLeaks revels of American diplomatic cable.
According to the cable dated August 10, 2009, originating from Clinton, a US request to list Hafiz Saeed on a sanctions list was put on hold before the November 26, 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks (also known as 26/11) that India blames on the JuD founder.
|December 7||Three militants were killed in an encounter with the Security Forces in the Shakardara area of Mingora in Swat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Two SFs personnel were killed and six others injured in a landmine blast at Bala Dhaki area of Barkhan District in Balochistan. The BLA claimed the responsibility for the attack.
The death toll in December 6 suicide bombings in the Ghalanai area of Mohmand Agency in FATA rose to 45 after four injured persons succumbed to injuries.
The Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani asserted that the entire South Waziristan Agency had been virtually cleared of militants.
10 persons, including five Policemen, were injured when a suicide bomber in an attempt to attack the Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani blew himself up at the Railway level crossing on Saryab road of Quetta in Balochistan. The LeJ-al Alami claimed responsibility for the attack. However, the LeJ denied its involvement in the attack. The head and legs of the suicide bomber were found from the incident site, from which it seemed the bomber was an Uzbek national.
The Rangers Special Force (RSF) launched a search operation at Pirabad (Manghopir) area of Karachi in Sindh on the morning of December 7 and arrested 13 terrorists belonging to TTP.
Reporters Without Borders, International media watchdog, after the death of two tribal journalists in December 6 suicide attack in Ghalanai area of Mohmand Agency in FATA has called on TTP to stop bombings at public places.
The commander of US forces in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus, said that the United States and Pakistan were involved in efforts that would bring considerable pressure on extremists groups operating in FATA but both sides avoided discussing those efforts.
|December 8||At least 18 persons were killed and 32 others were injured when a suicide bomber blew up a passenger van at a bus stand in Tirah bazaar when people were returning home in Lower Orakzai Agency from the bazaar. The TTP claimed responsibility for the attack. Usman Ali, a spokesman for the TTP Kohat chapter, told on telephone that “One of our fidayeen has carried out the attack. I cannot disclose his name at this stage. I can only confirm that my superiors ordered the attack.”
Daily Times reports that it was a sectarian attack as most of the passengers belonged to Shia community. The daily quoting Usman Ali, the TTP Kohat chapter spokesperson, reports that “Shias were targeted and more such attacks would follow”.
Three militants were killed in an encounter with SFs in the Shakar Dara of Swat District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
A Police Constable, Manzoor, was killed and a Sub-Inspector, Naimat Ali, was injured during an encounter with militants in a bid to free abducted school teachers in the Darband area of Hangu District.
Three persons were killed while another was injured when BLF militants opened fire on them in the Parom area of Panjgur District in Balochistan. The BLF claimed the responsibility for the attack.
The Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani denied the presence of US troops and the Taliban (Quetta shura) leadership in Quetta and termed foreign media reports to that effect false and baseless.
Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani escaped an attempt on his life when the TTP militants fired rockets at an area shortly after his visit in South Waziristan Agency of FATA.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Information Mian Iftikhar Hussain said that terrorists had their roots in Afghanistan for the past 30 years and now it was the responsibility of the US and the NATO to crush them.
Regarding the Muharram security arrangements, Iftikhar said that 12 Districts in the province had been declared sensitive, adding that special measures were being taken to protect mosques and Imambargahs. He said that some 647 citizens and 298 Police personnel were killed during 2010. Similarly, he added, about 157 terrorists had been killed during 2010. He said that about 3,600 people had been killed and 1,200 injured since 2007.
|December 9||Three persons were injured when a passenger vehicle hit a landmine planted by suspected militants along roadside in Mantoi village of Shakai tehsil (revenue unit) in South Waziristan Agency of FATA.
Two Levies Force personnel, Havaldar Shahid and sepoy Islam, sustained injuries when their vehicle was hit by a remote controlled bomb planted by suspected militants along roadside in Sarokhel area of Orakzai Agency.
A remote-controlled bomb attack on a SFs vehicle injured four SF personnel in the Saro Khel area of Doaba tehsil in Hangu District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The death toll in the suicide attack on a bus stand in Tirah bazaar of Kohat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on December 8 rose to 19 after an injured woman succumbed to injuries.
The investigating team of suicide blast released a sketch of the bomber to seek public help in his identification.
The anti-Taliban lashkars threatened to withdraw their support to the Government and Police if their demands were not met within 10 days.
Police Constable, Mohammad Iqbal, who was injured in the suicide attack on the Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani’s convoy in Quetta on December 7, succumbed to his injuries, raising the death toll to two.
British Police arrested a 34-year-old man on suspicion of murdering MQM leader, Imran Farooq, who was attacked in London on September 17. “He has been taken to a North London Police Station where he will be interviewed by detectives,” the Police headquarters said in a statement.
|December 10||At least 17 persons were killed and over 20 others were injured in a suspected sectarian attack when a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into an under-construction hospital in the in Pas Kalay area of Hangu District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
At least 13 militants, including a ‘commander’, were killed in different clashes with SFs in South Waziristan Agency of FATA.
Four militants were killed when a US drone fired two missiles in Khadar Khel town,” about 40 kilometres of Miranshah, in North Waziristan Agency.
A report by Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC), a Washington-based NGO, said that civilian casualties in drone strikes are higher than the United States admits. The CIVIC, which works for civilians caught in crossfire, uncovered more than 30 civilian deaths in only nine cases, including at least 14 women and children, all of which took place after January 2009.
The Naib Tehsildar of Mastung District, Sabzal Khan, and four Security personnel were abducted in Margat area of Bolan District in Balochistan in the evening.
The Inspector General of FC, Balochistan, Major General Ubaidullah Khan warned that violation of Pakistan’s airspace by NATO aircraft and helicopters would not be tolerated.
|December 11||SFs killed five militants after militants opened fire on a foot patrolling party in Shah Faisal of Swat District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Two Police constables, Pir Ghulam and Tayyeb, were killed in a terrorist attack on a Police squad at Shakas Square under Hayatabad Police Station in Peshawar.
SFs killed four militants in the Saagi area of the Safi tehsil in the Mohmand Agency of FATA.
Police recovered a pick-up truck packed with a tonne of explosives in Kohat of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Dilawar Bangash, the local Police Chief of Kohat, said the attackers intended to use the truck bomb to target religious processions in the city of Kohat marking the holy month of Muharram.
The BSO-Azad Central Committee member Abdul Qayyum was whisked away by security agencies from Gwadar town of Balochistan. According to the BSO-Azad’s members, FC entered Qayyum’s house, held his family members hostage at gunpoint, put him in a vehicle and sped away.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government fully authorised Governor Awais Ahmed Ghani to hold talks with the TTP for safe release of Islamia College University Vice Chancellor Ajmal Khan who was abducted on September 7.
A senior ‘commander’ of Hakeemullah Mahsud-led TTP some 10 days ago (around December 1) told reporters from an undisclosed location that the Government and relatives had promised to do whatever they “can for release of Ajmal Khan” but sought some time. TTP extended the deadline on the appeal of a jirga (tribal council) held in the Charsadda District on November 7, after the TTP’s November 20 deadline.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel accused Pakistan of trying to solve political issues in the guise of terrorism, and stated that Pakistan will have to change its policies. A joint declaration of India- European Union (EU) summit at Brussels on December 10 had called upon all countries to act against “havens of terror” and acknowledged the “cross-border dimensions” of terrorism.
In a join press conference with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Merkel said that it would be made clear to Pakistan that terror was not a means to an end when it came to solving political problems.
The new United States intelligence reports paint a bleak picture of the security conditions in Afghanistan and say the war cannot be won unless Pakistan roots out terrorists on its side of the border, according to several US officials who have been briefed on the findings.
The new reports are the first ones done in two years on Afghanistan and six years on Pakistan, officials said. Neither the Director of National Intelligence nor the CIA would comment on either report.
Balochistan FC Inspector General Major General Ubaidullah Khan said that no TTP or Quetta Shura existed in any part of the province. Addressing a press conference at the FC Headquarters, he said, “Propaganda was made that TTP and their Quetta Shura existed in the provincial metropolis so that Balochistan could be destabilised.
|December 12||Three children were killed and seven others received injuries when militants fired mortar shells at an Imambargah in Talozan Tangi area of Kurram Agency in FATA.
Unidentified militants set ablaze a trailer carrying supplies for NATO forces in Afghanistan in Dashti-i-Bado area of Kalat District in Balochistan.
|December 13||Unidentified militants killed two Policemen, Taseer Khan and Derwaish Khan, in Charsadda area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
A bomb blast in the Sir Syed Islamic Model School’s bus killed a 13-year-old boy and injured five others, including two students and bus driver, on Charkhana Road in the Bhana Mari area of Peshawar.
The local political leaders and elders of the area assured Government and SFs of their cooperation in fight against terrorism, adding that they will not allow militants to take shelter in Barawal area of Upper Dir District.
A woman, identified as Uma Bibi, was killed and five others were injured in a landmine explosion when the pick-up car of a family hit a landmine in Dasht Goran area of Dera Bugti District in Balochistan.
Police neutralised an attempt of militants to blow up a bridge in Roshan Colony area of Sui and recovered 15 kilogrammes of explosive material.
A FC soldier, Murad Khan Yusufzai, was killed and another soldier, identified as Imran Khattak, sustained injuries in an IED blast in the Abdal Khad area of Landikotal in Khyber Agency of FATA in the morning.
PM Yousaf Raza Gilani underlined the need for having a common strategy by Pakistan, US, allied forces and Afghanistan to fight the menace of terrorism. The PM was talking to Michael J. Morell, the Deputy Director of the CIA, who called on him at the PM’s House.
|December 14||Four Haqqani Network militants of Afghan nationality were killed when two missiles fired by a US drone hit a car in Tall area of North Waziristan Agency of FATA.
Two FC personnel were killed and six others received injuries when militants attacked a security post in Spaira Sar area of Ambar tehsil in Mohmand Agency.
Unidentified assailants killed a retired khasadar, Hamza Khan, in Bara of Khyber Agency.
Militants blew up two Government schools for boys and girls in Chenari area of Safi tehsil. The number of destroyed schools in Mohmand Agency has reached 73.
Unidentified militants blew up the house of Ali Akbar, a volunteer of peace committee, in Chenari area.
Unidentified militants blew up a school in Bazaar-Zakhakhel area of Landi Kotal in Khyber Agency. So far militants have destroyed 29 educational institutions in Khyber Agency since the start of military operation in Bara on September 1, 2009.
NATO military planes violated airspace of Pakistan and intruded into border areas of Gagra, Bazaar-Zakhakhel, Tabai and Tirah valley in Khyber Agency.
Three caretakers of Ghazi Baba shrine, identified as Mohammad Ali, Ghazi and Aslam Khan, were shot dead by militants in Badbher area of Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at about 2am (PST).
At least nine persons were injured in a bomb blast at a CD shop in Lachi Bazaar of Kohat District. Police said that militants had planted a time device outside the CD shop near Municipal Office in Lachi Bazaar.
Three women travelling in a car were injured when suspected militants detonated an explosive device near a van carrying a Police team on the Charsadda Road in Naguman area of Peshawar.
Unidentified militants shot dead Khuzdar Press Club President Muhammad Khan Sasoli in Khuzdar District of Balochistan.
The Sindh Police CID arrested a militant associated with TTP suspected of involvement in the CID office blast from the Sohrab Goth area in Karachi in Sindh on November 11. During initial interrogation, the militant confessed that he belonged to the Hafiz Saeed of TTP-Orakzai chapter. The arrested militant was reported to be a resident of Sherpao Colony of Landhi Town in Karachi.
The Anti Terrorist Court No-I acquitted Qari Ilyas, an accused in Melody Market bombing case in July 6, 2008, for want of evidence. On July 6, 2008, on the first anniversary of Lal Masjid incident, a suicide blast took place at Islamabad’s Melody Chowk in which some 20 people, including several Policemen died, while 43 were injured. However, the court after almost two years trial pronounced the accused not guilty and ordered his release.
US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen said that Pakistan would have to launch an operation against terrorists in North Waziristan Agency, adding that the Pakistan Government would decide the time of the operation itself. Talking to reporters in Islamabad, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mullen, denied the reports that any operation was being conducted in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
|December 15||At least 12 militants were killed and six others injured when SFs backed by helicopter gunships pounded their hideouts in Kasha, Shakar Tangi, Saifal Darra and Mamozai areas of Orakzai Agency of FATA.
Three children were killed when a mortar shell landed on the house of one Gul Hamid in Malikdinkhel area of Bara in Khyber Agency.
Three persons, including two brothers and a child, were shot dead and another sustained bullet injures in an incident of sectarian attack on Arbab Karam Khan Road in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan.
Unidentified assailants riding a motorcycle shot dead one Barkat Ali at the Kirani road of Quetta and managed to escape.
A NATO oil tanker, carrying fuel for NATO forces in Afghanistan, was set ablaze in Kalat District of Balochistan.
Levies Force personnel recovered a cache of arms and ammunition from a refugee camp in Boghra Karez area of Chaman near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
Two rooms of a girls’ school were blown up by suspected militants in Mawia Kila area on the Dera Ismail Khan Road of Bannu District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the night.
The CID of Sindh Police arrested two LeJ militants in different raids from Ayub Goth in Karachi. The confession of the arrested TTP militant revealed the information about the presence LeJ militants in Ayub Goth area.
Malir Judicial Magistrate remanded a suspect allegedly associated with TTP to the custody of the CID till December 18.
Al Qaeda repeated its call to avenge the sentence of Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui. The al Qaeda leader Abu Yahya al-Libi called upon Pakistanis to strike American aircraft, centres, and convoys in revenge for the imprisonment of Siddiqui.
Shortly after she was arrested in Afghanistan in 2008 on charges of links to al Qaeda, she was visited by US military officers and agents of the US FBI.
At least 42 journalists were killed around the world in 2010 and Pakistan was the deadliest country of all, a study by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said. Pakistan led the list of fatalities with eight, followed by Iraq with four and three each in Honduras and Mexico, the New York-based CPJ said.
The Barrack Obama administration’s review of its Afghanistan policy will acknowledge Pakistan’s increased anti-terrorist cooperation over the last 18 months and at the same time expect continued help to meet the remaining challenges, the White House said. President Barack Obama will make a statement on release of the review document on December 14, a year after setting out a revamped approach to fighting off the al Qaeda and contain the Taliban insurgency.
|December 16||At least seven TTP militants were killed in a US drone attack in Speen Drang area of Tirah valley in Khyber Agency of FATA. Sources said that of the seven killed, two were of the TTP Swat chapter and five were of Hafiz Gul Bahadar faction of TTP, which dominates the North Waziristan Agency.
A woman was killed and a child was injured in a landmine explosion in Tor Kor area of Safi tehsil in Mohmand Agency.
SFs averted a sabotage bid by defusing powerful bombs, planted on roadside in Warr Mamond tehsil In Bajaur Agency.
A child was killed while 25 mourners, including eight women and three children, sustained injuries when militants threw a hand grenade at a Muharram mourning procession at Yadgar Chowk in Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Unidentified militants blew up a primary girls’ school in Adezai area of Matani, a suburb of Peshawar, in the night.
SFs recovered three powerful bombs and blew up the house of a militant in Kabal tehsil of Swat District. Sources said that SFs raided the house of Rashid Ahmad and recovered three bombs.
A person was killed and three others were injured in a landmine explosion in Kohlu town of Balochistan.
The FC foiled a possible terror attack on Muharram processions in the Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, and recovered a cache of arms and ammunitions and suicide jackets in Chaman town near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
The JuD ‘chief’ and November 26, 2008 Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed made his first public appearance since his release in 2009, on December 16 in the national capital, Islamabad, in the company of leading Pakistani politicians, and stoutly opposed Pakistani Government’s move to repeal the country’s controversial blasphemy law.
The Foreign Office said that it was looking into media reports that two British nationals, possibly Muslim converts, were killed in a drone strike near Datta Khel town in the North Waziristan Agency of FATA on December 10.
Declaring significant progress in disrupting al Qaeda and combating the Taliban, US President Barack Obama said that the US will start withdrawing US troops from Afghanistan in July 2010 as promised.
US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said that Pakistan needs to do more to control the flow of terrorists along its porous border with Afghanistan. He said he hoped that as progress increased in Afghanistan, the withdrawal of US troops to begin in July 2011 could accelerate.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that foolproof security arrangements have been made during Muharram for protection of citizens and to avert any terrorist activity in the country.
Military will find increased support from the people in case it goes for an operation against the Haqqani network in North Waziristan, a recent opinion poll by Community Appraisal and motivation Programme revealed.
|December 17||Three US drone attacks killed 54 persons, most of them alleged militants, in Khyber Agency of FATA close to the Afghan border.
At least six persons were killed and eight others were injured in mortar shell attack in different areas of Hangu District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
SFs shot dead a suspected militant who tried to enter the Ashura procession along with a bag in a village near Khanpur in Shikarpur District of Sindh.
Two bodies, identified as of Mohammad Yousuf and Abdul Razaq, were found in Padak area of Turbat District in the morning.
Two bodies, identified as Noor Mohammad and Mohammad Ibrahim, were recovered from Koshak area of Khuzdar District.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen said that he thinks it is possible that the Pakistani Army can shut down militant hideouts on its soil to prevent terrorists from moving back and forth across the long, porous border with Afghanistan.
|December 18||A dead body was found in Mastung District. The Levies Forces sources said that the body was thrown in an abandoned place in the outskirts of the town.
Unidentified militants set ablaze a NATO oil tanker and shot and injured driver and the cleaner near Pinjra Pul area in Mach town of the Bolan District.
The relationship with Pakistan is central to US efforts in Afghanistan, and Washington should continue to prove its commitment to lasting relations with the key regional country, Michele Flournoy, the Under-Secretary of Defence for Policy of Pentagon, said.
|December 19||A Police constable, who participated in the Operation Clean-up (also known as Operation Blue Fox) of 1992, was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Malir town in the eastern part of Karachi in Sindh.
The driver and conductor of a NATO oil tanker were injured when unidentified assailants opened fire at them near Soor Kamar Jamrud of Khyber Agency in FATA.
Security Forces recovered a cache of arms and ammunition, including 89 missiles, during a raid in Akakhel in the Khyber Agency, and arrested four terrorists.
The reported deaths of two British militants in a drone attack on December 10 in Dattakhel area of North Waziristan raised fears that western Muslim converts are being targeted by al Qaeda in its search for “white jihadis” to mount November 26, 2008 Mumbai (also known as 26/11)-style attacks in Europe, The Sunday Times reported.
The report claimed that local sources in Waziristan had reported seeing many “white skin” militants, most of them German, in the tribal areas. “One tribesman said he had spoken to two young Germans with ‘golden beards’ who told him in broken Pashto: ‘We are here for jihad.’
Al Qaeda is trying to “bring down” nuclear-armed Pakistan, US Vice President Joe Biden warned. “Our overarching goal and our rationale for being there is to dismantle, ultimately defeat al Qaeda, to make sure that terrorists do not, in fact, bring down the Pakistani Government, which is a nuclear power,” Biden said, promising that “we are going to be totally out of there, come hell or high water, by 2014”.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen said that he thinks it is possible that the Pakistani Army can shut down militant hideouts on its soil to prevent terrorists from moving back and forth across the long, porous border with Afghanistan.
The relationship with Pakistan is central to US efforts in Afghanistan, and Washington should continue to prove its commitment to lasting relations with the key regional country, Michele Flournoy, the Under-Secretary of Defence for Policy of Pentagon, said.
|December 20||Four persons were killed, including a father and his son, in two separate firing incidents in Dera Bugti District and Awaran District of Balochistan.
Two people were killed when unidentified militants riding a motorcycle, opened fire on them in the Kushak area of Awaran District.
Police arrested 12 suspected persons aimed at thwarting a major new terrorism plot against Britain. The arrested suspects are British nationals but have with links to Bangladesh and Pakistan, according to a counter-terrorism official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Daily Times confirmed that two al Qaeda operatives who were arrested in Sohrab Goth area of Karachi, the capital of Sindh, during a joint operation by Pakistani and American Special Forces in November 17 were Umar Misri, a top aide of al Qaeda’s number two Ayman al Zawahiri and Muhammad Muhammad, the operational manager of al Qaeda.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari to arrest and hand over Jandullah militants.
A senior TTP ‘leader’ Ibn-e-Amin who commanded one of al Qaeda’s military units in north-western Pakistan is said to be among the 32 people killed in December 17’s drone attacks in Speen Darang village of Khyber Agency in FATA, The Long War Journal reported.
Top US military commanders in Afghanistan are seeking to expand ground raids by Special Operations Forces across the border in Pakistan’s tribal areas, The New York Times reported.
The alleged militant safe havens in Pakistan’s tribal areas and Kabul’s reconciliation with the Taliban will be on the top of the agenda for this week’s Pakistan-Afghanistan-Turkey summit in Istanbul.
|December 21||Two persons were injured when some unidentified assailants opened fire on two NATO containers heading towards Chaman (Balochistan) from Karachi (Sindh), carrying hardware for NATO forces stationed in Afghanistan, near Wadh area of Khuzdar District in Balochistan.
One Siddique Eido, along with his companion, Yousaf Baloch, were abducted by unidentified assailants when they were returning home to Pasni after appearing in a court in Gwadar.
One Ilyas Baloch, an active member of Baloch Students Organisation-Azad, was abducted by suspected persons near coastal highway of Ormara town.
A Hindu spiritual leader, Maharaja Luckmi Chand Garji (82) was abducted along with four of his companions, Sajan Das, Ram Chand, Babo Lal and Vinod Kumar on the RCD Highway near Surab area of Kalat District in the night.
Militants abducted at least 10 tribesmen in central tehsil area of Orakzai Agency in FATA. Sources said that militants attacked a vehicle of local tribesmen, who had recently returned to the area from an IDP camp, and whisked away at least 10 persons.
Unidentified militants abducted a senior official of a foreign oil exploring company in Hangu District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
COAS General Ashfaq Kayani promised jobs for former TTP militants. He said that Security Forces had fought the war against terrorism for the people of Swat to secure them from terrorists.
General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani said that Army would stay in Swat till restoration of confidence among the locals.
Pakistan ruled out the notion of any foreign troops operating on its soil, with its top diplomat in Washington stressing that Pakistani forces are capable of handling terrorist threats within the country’s borders.
|December 22||Two persons were killed in an incident of firing on Saryab Road of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. The slain persons were as Muhammad Rahim and Dhani Baksh, both residents of Mehar Gahr in Bolan District. Police recovered a pistol from the possession of one of the slain person.
FC personnel arrested Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP) chief, Shahzain Bugti, along with his 27 personal guards at the Buleli checkpost in Balochistan and recovered a cache of arms and ammunition from his motorcade. Shahzain was returning from Chaman, a border town with Afghanistan, after offering fateha (a short prayer too begin a religious obligation) for the late Jilani Khan, an ANP leader, when his motorcade was stopped for identification and search, which Shahzain reportedly refused.
Four Arab nationals and two Afghan nationals were arrested after crossing over into Pakistani territory from across the border near Chaman in Balochistan in the night.
One civilian was killed and three others were injured in a roadside bomb blast in Ziarat Chowk of Safi tehsil in Mohmand Agency of FATA. One Irshad was killed while Haider Zaman, Zahir Shah and Hazrat Ali were seriously injured in the blast.
Two passengers were injured when militants ambushed a convoy in Chhapari area of Kurram Agency. The injured persons were identified as Syed Sajid Ali Shah and Khan.
Former CPO Rawalpindi Saud Aziz and former SP Khurram Shahzad were arrested from a courtroom in the case of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination of December 27, 2007, after the Anti-Terrorism Court rejected bails to the two former Police officials.
|December 23||At least 24 militants and three soldiers were killed in clashes when a group of 150 TTP militants attacked a FC checkposts in Baidnami village near the border with Afghanistan in Mohammad Agency of FATA.
SFs recovered ammunition worth PKR 25 million during a search operation in Bara area of Khyber Agency. 1,000 boxes of cartridges were recovered from a house.
Security officials confirmed that wanted TTP ‘commander’, Asmatullah Bhetani, was killed in a clash with SFs in South Waziristan Agency in the night of December 7. Bhetani had been a reward of PKR 10 million for his arrest.
One person died while another sustained injuries in a landmine blast at Nana Sab area in Dukki tehsil of Loralai District of Balochistan. According to the local administration, two persons, identified as Murtaza and Nasrullah, were on their way home when their motorbike hit a landmine at Nana Sab area.
Unidentified assailants shot dead an Education Department official, Sanaullah, near the Salim Nasar Bagh locality of Loralai.
An anti-terrorism court remanded provincial chief of the JWP Shahzain Bugti and his 26 personal guards to Police custody for seven days.
Abdulrauf Rigi, a senior member of the Jundallah, was arrested from Islamabad.
Former Police officers arrested for their alleged involvement in the Benazir Bhutto murder case have named four Intelligence officials, who could be interrogated in the case.
An anti-terrorism court Judge Rana Nisar Ali Khan gave a six-day physical remand of the accused to the FIA. Khan ordered the FIA to produce the accused before the court on January 7, 2011.
Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani asserted that the ISI chief Shuja Pasha would never be asked to appear before a US court. He was responding to concerns expressed in the National Assembly about reports suggesting that a U.S. court had issues summons to ISI chief Shuja Pasha and others in a lawsuit filed by relatives of two Americans killed in the Mumbai terror attack.
Members of an alleged terrorist cell planning Mumbai type suicide attacks on Christmas shoppers in London received their training in Pakistan. It was reported that the cell is described as “al Qaeda inspired” because no specific information has emerged about the links they may have made with the terrorist outfits in Pakistan.
|December 24||TTP militants attacked five checkpoints in the Mohmand Agency of FATA after midnight, sparking a clash which left 11 paramilitary soldiers and 24 militants dead. Officials sources said that at least 150 militants launched coordinated attacks on the five checkpoints – three in Safi tehsil and two in Baizai – at about 1.30am (PST).
Two unidentified militants and a FC trooper were killed when militants attacked the Bara Press Club in Khyber Agency that the paramilitary force was using as a security post. Sources said that more then a dozen militants launched the attack on the building around 4.30 pm (PST).
A school student was killed during a search operation launched by the SFs in Jamrud area of Khyber Agency. Sources said that Niaz Ali, a 9th class student of Bagram Model School, and two of his brothers were arrested during the operation.
A sub-inspector was killed and five others were injured in a remote-controlled bomb attack on Qambrani Road of Quetta in Balochistan. As a result, Sub-Inspector Dawood Shawani died on the spot while five others received splinter injuries.
Two students and a teacher sustained injuries when a bomb planted outside a Model Collegiate School went off at Palosai in the suburbs of Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at 11.30 am (PST). The injured students were identified as Mohammad Ibrahim (19) and Naveed Akhtar (18) and their teacher Sajjad Ali (29).
Nasiruddin Haqqani, son of Jalaluddin Haqqani and the Haqqani network’s key fundraiser and financial operative in the Middle East, was arrested, according to Taliban and Pakistani Government sources.
A total of 1,224 people were killed and 2,157 more injured in 52 suicide attacks across Pakistan since January, making 2010 one of the bloodiest years since the turn of the century. Though the total number of suicide bombings decreased 35 per cent this year as against the past year, 2010 was the bloodiest year since 2001 in terms of the number of the people killed in such attacks.
Pakistan, Afghanistan and Turkey reiterated their determination to cooperate in the fight against terrorism and extremism in all its forms during the fifth Trilateral Summit meeting held in the Turkish capital, Istanbul.
|December 25||A woman suicide bomber on December 25 blew herself up at a distribution centre of the World Food Programme at Khar in Bajaur Agency of FATA, killing 45 persons who had queued for aid and injured another 80 persons.
Five militants were killed when Army helicopter gunships pounded militants` hideouts in Malangyar area of Safi tehsil in Mohmand Agency.
Unidentified militants killed Khan Mohammad, a renegade commander of LI in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency. Sources said that Khan Mohammad was abducted on December 22 and later his bullet ridden body was found from Nala area.
Militant toll rises to 40 in Mohmand Agency clash that started since December 24 midnight.
An Afghan businessman Abdul Hadi was abducted from Spin Qabar area of Khyber Agency.
SFs neutralised a terrorist plot by recovering a car full of explosives in Doaba area of Hangu. During an exchange of fire with SFs, three suspected militants, Abu Bakar, Anwar and Saeed Gul, sustained injuries and were arrested.
Lakki Marwat Police claimed to have foiled a bid arms smuggling and recovered seven Kalashnikovs, a G-III rifle, five pistols and 4,090 bullets from a car near Naurang Town in the night of night.
The US and NATO commander in Afghanistan General David Petraeus said there will be more coordinated military operations on either side of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, and commended Pakistan on its “impressive” counterinsurgency efforts.
|December 26||A soldier was killed and three others were injured when a convoy was targeted by an IED in Sra Rogha area of South Waziristan Agency.
A Subedar-major of FC, identified as Sharifullah Bitani, was killed and his colleagues Abid Ali and Farman Ali sustained injuries when they fall prey to a landmine in Shwa Farsh area of Anbar tehsil of Mohammad Agency.
A high ranking TTP commander, Shah Jehan, was killed when cadres of LI and TTP exchanged fire in Tirah valley of Khyber Agency.
Two children received injuries when they stepped on a landmine in Safi tehsil of Mohammad Agency.
Unidentified militants attacked Pran Sam checkpost in Jamrud of Khyber Agency. No loss of life was reported in the attack. The line officer of Khasadar, Jahangir Afridi, said that the personnel deployed at the post retaliated and kept the militants at a distance.
The Khasadar Force backed by Army heavily pounded the hideouts of militants in nearby mountains of Prang Sang in Jamrud tehsil of Khyber Agency.
The fate of 23 tribesmen of North Waziristan Agency will be decided by a TTP court. The tribesmen, members of a committee of displaced persons, are in the custody of TTP in South Waziristan Agency.
Azam Tariq warned that they will take “severe action” against any persons who form “lashkars” or militias to take on the militants in the restive tribal belt bordering Afghanistan.
Security officials have confirmed that a deadly attack on a World Food Programme’s distribution centre at Khar in Mohammad Agency was carried out by a woman, in the country’s first known case of a female suicide attack. “The bomber entered from Swat and she stayed for two nights near Khar,” said an official.
Two dead bodies found from Qambrani Road under Shalkot Police Station in Quetta. They were identified as Zubair Sarpara and Tariq of Quetta from the paper found from their pockets.
Police recovered two bodies from the Dasht area of Mastung District. The slain persons were identified as Shadin Marri and Subhat Marri.
A local leader and a worker of the BNP-M were shot dead in Khuzdar. Police said that Abdul Latif Shahwani, a District office-bearer of the BNP-M, was going home along with a party worker when assailants on a motorcycle attacked them.
The driver of a container carrying supplies for NATO forces, Mohammad Aslam, was shot dead at the Khadkocha area of Mastung.
A militant, identified as Hashim Khan, was killed in a clash with SFs in Takhti Khel area of Lakki Marwat District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
PM Yousuf Raza Gilani condemned US drone attacks, stating them counterproductive. The PM Yousuf Raza Gilani said that the drone attacks were increasing Pakistan’s problems instead of solving them and that the US should pass over the drone technology to Pakistan.
Pakistan – 2010
Note:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.