PESHAWAR: Inspector General Frontier Corps, Major General Ghayoor Mehmood Friday declared in unequivocal terms that government writ has been restored in Mohmand Agency after successful operations against militants in their strongholds, saying that security forces lost its 270 valiant troops during the process while fighting militancy. Talking to media persons after inaugurating Yadgar-e-Shahuda of Mohmand Rifles at Ghalanai, headquarters of Mohmand Agency and earlier addressing tribal jirga of Mohmand Tribesmen, the IGFC said that 170 para military troops of Mohmand Rifles and 100 soldiers of Army also embraced martyrdom in the line of duty. The Frontier Post, Daily Times.
SWABI: An Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) and two others died while three other policemen were injured when suspected militants opened fire on a police van, said the police on Friday.
A police van of Parmuli Police Station was on routine patrol at night when near Shewa graveyard it was attacked by suspected militants who opened fire on them. The Frontier Post, Dawn.
JAMRUD: Twenty suspicious persons held in Malagori operation conducted by the political administration. Assistant Political Agent Jehanzeb Azeem Wazir on Friday told media that on Aug 2 a Swat scout was killed in Matrha after which grand operation in Malagori was launched. A suspected house was raided and two suspicious brothers Kashif and Wahid and their cousin Yarmat and other suspects were held. The Frontier Post, Dawn.
PESHAWAR: Ms Najma Hanif, leader of the Awami National Party (ANP), was shot dead by some unidentified people in the Hayatabad area of Peshawar on Friday night. She hailed from Swabi. Dawn, The News, Daily Times.
PESHAWAR: Law-enforcement agencies on Friday arrested 120 people, mostly Afghans, after seizing wireless sets and arms during a raid on Shamshato Refugee Camp in the suburbs of Peshawar. According to a police source, the raid was conducted jointly by police and Frontier Constabulary and that 11 wireless sets, five walky-talkies, three chargers of electrical receivers, four batteries, one bag of potassium chloride, five rifles, two pistols and hundreds of cartridges were recovered from the arrested men. Dawn.
KARACHI: Militants of Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) Waliur Rehman group on Friday night killed head of TTP Hakimullah Mehsud in Karachi, Sher Khan Mehsud on Ijtemah Gah Road in Manghopir Town when they opened fire on him in a hi-Roof van, intelligence officials said. Officials requesting anonymity told The News that Karachi-based TTP commander Khan Zaman of Waliur Rehman group was trying to assassinate Sher Khan Mehsud for the last several days and they had tried to kill him on Thursday also but he had escaped the attempt on his life. The News.
ISLAMABAD: The security cordon around Faisalabad’s Central Jail has been tightened further following credible intelligence information that the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) may resort to a jail break to secure the release of Aqeel alias Dr Usman who had led a 10-member fidayeen attack on the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi on October 10, 2009. The News.
PESHAWAR: The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has denied that it has made a new offer of peace talks to the government. The TTP spokesman Shahid ullah Shahid told The News that there was no truth in media reports that his organisation had renewed its offer of talks to the PML-N government. “We have neither issued any statement nor distributed any leaflets to this effect. Right now we have no plans to talk to the government,” he said in a phone call from an undisclosed location. The News.
ABDULLAH KHAN, NAWAF KHAN