At least eight militants were killed and several of their hideouts destroyed when security forces shelled hidey-holes of miscreants here on Sunday morning. According to details, the security forces on a tip off shelled the suspected hideouts of militants in Mamozai and Khadazai in Orakzai Agency. The Frontier Post, Daily Times.
A British newspaper has revealed shocking new evidence of the full horrific impact of US drone attacks in Pakistan, The Mail on Sunday reported. A damning dossier assembled from exhaustive research into the strikes’ targets sets out in heartbreaking detail the deaths of teachers, students and Pakistani policemen. It also describes how bereaved relatives are forced to gather their loved ones’ dismembered body parts in the aftermath of strikes. Shahzad Akbar, a human rights lawyer who works for Pakistan’s Foundation for Fundamental Rights and the British human rights charity Reprieve, assembled the dossier. Filed in two separate court cases, it is set to trigger a formal murder investigation by police into the roles of two US officials said to have ordered the strikes. They are Jonathan Banks, former head of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Islamabad station, and John A Rizzo, the CIA’s former chief lawyer. Akbar and his staff have already gathered further testimony, which has yet to be filed. “We have statements from a further 82 victims’ families relating to more than 30 drone strikes,” he said. “This is their only hope of justice.” The News.
Political administration North Waziristan has declared that curfew will remain imposed for the fourth consecutive day in the whole of North Waziristan Agency. The administration further added that all the main roads like Miranshah Bannu road, Miranshah Razmak road, and Miranshah Ghulam Khan and Miranshah Datta Khel roads will be closed as usual. In the meanwhile, dozens of truck owners and drivers en route Afghanistan threatened road block today i-e on Monday if curfew was not lifted. “We are waiting for the last four days along with loaded trucks but the officials have prolonged the curfew unjustly” said a driver adding that they would block the main Mir Ali and Miranshah road if they were not allowed to move. It merits mentioning here that North Waziristan remains in severe grip of tension and curfew since Friday when unidentified armed men attacked a security post near Miranshah Cantt area resulted in killing a cop. Security forces at Miranshah launched a limited operation in the outskirts of Miranshah and fired mortar shells from Amin post and Miranshah fort which resulted in killing of a local civilian and let six women and children injured. The Frontier Post.
The owner of a travel agency was injured seriously and his driver was killed when unidentified motorcyclists attacked his car in Haleemzai area of Shabqadar tehsil in Charsadda district on Sunday. Police said that the motorcyclists chased the car of Haji Mohammad Ali, the owner of the travel agency, when he was going home. They opened indiscriminate firing on his car near Haleemzai, killing his driver Abdur Rehman, a resident Mian Qilla, on the spot, they said. Police said that Haji Mohammad Ali was injured seriously in the attack. He was shifted to a hospital in Peshawar, they added. Police registered a case against unidentified assailants and started investigation.
Meanwhile, police recovered six rocket shells in Sari Kallay area on Sunday. Police called Bomb Disposal Squad to safely defuse the shells.
In Kohat, the headless body of a man was found packed in a gunny bag in Kot village on Sunday. The residents of the area informed police about the presence of an unclaimed suspicious bag. Police reached the scene along with Bomb Disposal Squad and found the headless body of a 35-year-old man in the gunny bag. The body was shifted to KDA hospital for identification. But later it was handed over to tehsil municipal administration for burial because people of the area, where the body was found, couldn’t identify it. Dawn.
Two minor girls were injured when four mortar shells fired by militants from Afghanistan landed in Mamond tehsil in Bajaur Agency on Sunday, official sources said. The sources said that the militants had fired the mortar shells from Afghanistan that hit the local population in Kaga area, injuring two girls. The names of the injured girls, who were taken to the Agency Headquarters Hospital in Khar, could not be known. The authorities in Bajaur Agency also confirmed that four mortar shells had landed in Pakistani territory. The News, The Frontier Post.
The Anti-Corruption Department (ACD) arrested 14 persons involved in smuggling sacrificial animals to Afghanistan here on Sunday, official sources said. The sources said that acting on a tip-off, the ACD Divisional Director Mustafa Gul barricaded the Kohat-Hangu Road near Hangu Phattak and stopped seven trucks loaded with cows and buffaloes being smuggled to Afghanistan. They said the smugglers possessed forged documents to take the animals to Afghanistan. The officials arrested 14 accused and impounded the trucks. The News.
A man was shot dead by unidentified persons in Darga area in the limits of Ghuriwala Police Station on Sunday, sources said. They said unidentified gunmen killed the man whose identity could not be ascertained and dumped his body in Darga area. The police shifted the body to the District Headquarters Hospital in Bannu for autopsy and identification. The News.
Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) Chairman Aftab Sherpao said on Sunday that military operation in North Waziristan would further deteriorate the law and order situation as the use of force was no solution to establish peace in the region. Talking to party delegations here, he said that his party had always advocated for the dialogue to resolve all the issues confronting the nation.He said the civilian administration should be given powers in areas like Malakand division where military operation was conducted to flush out the militants. Talking of the change of name and flag of the party, he said the step was taken to cover the gap being created due to lack of honest and sincere leadership in the province and to protect the rights of the Pakhtuns. The News.
The UN on Saturday urged Afghanistan’s Taliban leadership to enforce their ban on the use of Improvised Explosive Devices, a day after 19 wedding guests were killed by a roadside bomb in the north of the country.”Although the Taliban… leader Mullah Omar banned the use of anti-personnel landmines in 1998, denouncing such weapons as un-Islamic and anti-human, anti-government elements continue to use” them, a UN statement said. The United Nations mission in Afghanistan “calls on the Taliban leadership to publicly reiterate a ban on these weapons and to stop their use”, it said, adding that IEDs caused “devastating harm to civilians”. The call comes a day after a roadside explosion killed 19 civilians, most of them women and children who were on their way to a wedding party in Dawlat Abad district of the northern Balkh province. A Taliban spokesman on Saturday denied their involvement in the incident, saying their fighters were not present in the area, a claim that was contested by the UN.”Taliban operatives active in Dawlat Abad… are suspected of planting the landmine-like pressure plate IED, which is consistent with documented patterns and tactics of choice by the Taliban”, the statement said. The Frontier Post.
The Political authorities of Bajaur Agency has rehabilitated and reconstructed the Bajaur Public School (Girls section) to provide better learning environment to the girl’s students. Three additional class rooms were constructed and necessary furniture and equipments were also provided to facilitate the students.
Political Agent Bajaur Syed Abdul Jabbar Shah formally inaugurated the school in a ceremony at agency headquarter Khar. Keeping in view the growing number of students in the school, on special directives of the PA Bajaur Abdul Jabbar Shah, the administration carried out the rehabilitation and reconstruction work in Bajaur Public School (BPS girls section). Under the scheme three new additional class rooms were constructed to accommodate and provide better learning environment to the female students.
The administration also provided 18 ceiling fans, 150 desks with benches, four steel cupboards, three air conditioners, office tables, chairs and other necessary equipments to the school. Political Agent Abdul Jabbar Shah formally inaugurated the newly constructed block. The Frontier Post.
In the wake of operation in Matani and other rural areas of Peshawar and FR, the security has been beefed up on the entrance points of Nowshera. It is to mention that after the death of SP Rural Khurshid Khan and several other policemen in terror attack on a checkpost in Matani the government had decided to launch the operation against the terrorists hiding in these area. It is learnt that the operation will be conducted jointly by the Nowshera and Peshawar police for which strict check is being kept on the entrance and exit routes of Nowshera so that the operation will be proved fruitful and the forces succeed in driving the miscreants out of the area. The Frontier Post.
Russian troops on Sunday reported killing 49 militants in a massive security sweep that followed angry comments from President Vladimir Putin about raging violence in the troubled North Caucasus. The National Anti-Terror Committee said the operation was conducted across several republics in the Muslim region and resulted in the removal of some of the most ‘odious’ guerilla commanders and their followers. “The coordinated action helped terminate the activities of several odious gang leaders, gang members and their associates, substantially damaging the system under which the bandits operate,” the Interfax news agency quoted a committee statement as saying. Dawn.
PARACHINAR: Three Frontier Corps (FC) soldiers were injured when a thunderbolt struck Trimangal village in Kurram Agency on Sunday, FRC Field reporter told. According to hospital sources and political administration officials, the thunderbolt hit an FC check post situated near the Pak-Afghan border in Gawisar area, and injured three soldiers. The injured soldiers were admitted to a hospital in Parachinar.
PARACHINAR: Annual anniversaries of Syed Agha Mian and Syed Mohsin Jan were celebrated in the town village Mir Kalla here at Parrachinnar on Saturday, FRC Field reporter. According to details, the twenty eighth and ninth anniversaries of Syed Agha Badshah and Syed Mohsin Jan were celebrated in the Mir Kalla village of Parrachinnar. A large number of people from all around the country participated and payed homage to the laid saints. The participants danced on drum beats.
NAWAF KHAN, SHARAFAT ALI CHAUDHRY