ISLAMABAD: The country`s premier intelligence agencies fear increased terrorist activities in the border agencies of Mohmand and Bajaur and Dir, Swat and Chitral because of a recent nexus between the Tehreek-i-Taliban Swat (TTS) and the Afghan government. A report on military operations in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) submitted to the Supreme Court on Tuesday by Advocate Raja Mohammad Irshad on behalf of InterServices Intelligence and Military Intelligence suggested that after having been dislodged from the area, the TTS had resorted to IED (improvised explosive devices) attacks on law enforcement personnel and volunteers of Aman Lashkar. Dawn, The Frontier Post.
KHAR: Three militants were killed and a security official was injured as Afghanistan-based militants attacked a checkpoint along the border in Nawagai tehsil of Bajaur tribal region on Tuesday. An official said the militants entered the area from Afghanistan and fired several rockets and mortars at the checkpost in Matak, 40km from Khar. `Security forces pushed back the militants and at least three attackers were killed and one security personnel was injured during the exchange of fire,` the official said. Dawn, The Frontier Post.
PESHAWAR: A man was injured when a roadside bomb exploded on Masho Khel Road in the jurisdiction of Badhaber police station on Tuesday evening. Police said two men, Nadeem and Khalilur Rehman, were travelling when their car came under attack. The bomb exploded when they reached Shaheed Stop, leaving Khalil injured and the car itself badly damaged. Khalil was shifted to the Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) where his injuries were said to be minor. The Express Tribune.
MIRANSHAH: The tribes people in North Waziristan complained of shortage of food items in the volatile tribal region as curfew remained clamped on the fourth consecutive on Tuesday. The government clamped curfew in the entire North Waziristan tribal region on Saturday after a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into a roadside military checkpoint at Esha cited 12 kilometres east of Miranshah. The News.
PESHAWAR: The woman, who was stabbed to death before her body was dumped in bathroom of the Lady Reading Hospital, was identified as Noor Bibi, police said on Tuesday. Noor Bibi, a young woman, had gone missing from her home four days back, they said, adding, she had been married to one Aurangzeb four years back. Her body was found in the bathroom of the Casualty and Emergency Department of the LRH Monday evening. The News, The Express Tribune.
PESHAWAR: Working women continue to face attacks in parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata as another female teacher was shot dead in Jamrud tehsil of Khyber Agency close to Peshawar’s Hayatabad town here on Tuesday. Shahnaz Ishtiaq, a senior teacher at the Government Primary School Takhta Beg in Jamrud, was on way to her home along with her 14-year old son, Danyal, when two masked motorbike riders intercepted them, official sources said. The News, Dawn, The Express Tribune.
LANDI KOTAL: Khyber Agency Political Agent Mutahir Zeb has said that foolproof security arrangements would be made in the tribal region for election campaign and at polling stations. Talking to a delegation of potential candidates from Bara subdivision, he said that no discrimination would be made against any candidate and all of them would be provided equal security during the election campaign. The political agent, who is also district returning officer for the upcoming general elections, assured the participants of the meeting that the administration was in constant contact with security officials and they had devised a security plan for electioneering and polls process. Dawn.
DERA ISMAIL KHAN: As spring transforms the fertile plains of this gateway to Fata and election fever begins to pick up, the districts of D.I.Khan and Tank and the tribal area of South Waziristan are also caught in a vortex of fear and uncertainty. Anywhere in Pakistan is a target but everyone knows the particular dangers and targets in these parts, said Naveed Sultan, a journalist based in D.I. Khan. D.I. Khan and Tank, an entry point to South Waziristan, have been hammered by militant and sectarian violence in recent years and both are also home to high-profile politicians. Dawn.
PESHAWAR: Tribal feuds may surface if the government does not settle property disputes around the Gomal Zam Dam project. These views were expressed by participants during a programme on ‘Gomal Zam Command Area Advocacy’, organised by the Regional Institute of Policy Research and Training (RIPORT) in collaboration with a USAID project ‘Small Grants Ambassador Fund Progam’ (SGAFP) on Tuesday in Peshawar. Taking almost a century to be built, the Gomal Zam Dam, which is 95% complete, presents the government with a challenge to settle land disputes in the region. The Express Tribune.
TIMERGARA: All political and religious parties in Lower Dir agreed on Tuesday to back women`s participation in voting and follow the election code of conduct during the upcoming general election. In this regard, an all parties` meeting was held at Timergara Rest House, which was attended by contesting candidatesandlocalheadsof different political and religious parties, sources privy to the meeting told Dawn. Dawn.
MINGORA: A man was killed in a hand grenade attack in Matta area of Swat district on Tuesday. Police said Mohammad Zada was going home in Nokhara area of Matta when he was attacked by a hand grenade. They said the attack left him critically injured and he died on the way to hospital. Police said they had registered a case and began investigation into the attack. Also in the day, police said they arrested one of the accused in a rape case in Khwazakhela area of Swat. Dawn.
PESHAWAR: The Afghan consul general on Tuesday met senior officials of the Fata Secretariat and the leadership of the Tribal Chamber of Commerce and Industries (TCCI) to discuss problems confronting the business community from across the border. Afghan Consul General in Peshawar Syed Mohammad Ibrahim Khel led the Afghan side, while the Fata Secretariat’s team comprised Secretary Production Farrukh Sair, Secretary Fata Investment Facilitation Authority (FIFA) Arshad Majid and TCCI President Zubair Ali. The Express Tribune.