|Militant attacks kill four soldiers in Pakistan|
|[AlAhram] Four Pak soldiers were killed in two different attacks in northwestern tribal regions near the Afghan border, the military said Saturday.|
The incidents happened late Friday night in North and Dir, where several military operations have been launched in recent years against homegrown and foreign s.
"Miscreants opened fire on a routine patrolling party of security forces near the Abba Khel area of North Waziristan, killing a soldier. In an exchange of fire, two miscreants were also killed," the military said in a statement.
Separately, it said three soldiers guarding a fence on the border with Afghanistan were killed and another was injured "when from across the border opened fire on them in Dir town".
launched a massive operation in 2014 to wipe out bases in North Waziristan and end a near decade-long insurgency that has cost thousands of lives.
Violence in Pakistain has declined following the military offensives in the region, but groups are still able to carry out deadly attack
|Propaganda reigns: Five more polio cases in KP as tally reaches 53|
|[DAWN] Amid propaganda against vaccine and frequent refusals by parents to inoculate their children against the virus, five more polio cases in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa were confirmed on Tuesday.|
When contacted, Prime Minister’s Focal Person on Polio Eradication Babar Bin Atta said: "It has been learnt that none of them was vaccinated during polio campaigns and routine immunisation. Unfortunately, since the incident of [in April], we have been facing severe resistance from parents. They have kept markers at their houses and manage to avoid vaccination by marking the fingers of their children on the very first day of polio campaign."
With the latest addition, the number of polio cases climbed to 53 this year, far more than the last year figure of 12. In a sharp contrast, only eight cases were confirmed in 2017.
The five new victims, including two girls, belonged to Bannu, North and Charsadda, with the youngest of them only 22 months old.
An official of Polio Virology Laboratory at the National Institute of Health (NIH), requesting anonymity, said three cases were reported from Bannu and one each from North Waziristan and Charsadda.
|10 armed forces personnel martyred in two terrorist attacks in N. Waziristan, Balochistan|
|[DAWN] Ten personnel of the Pakistain armed forces, including an officer, were martyred in two separate attacks in North tribal district and , the military's media wing said on Saturday.|
In the first incident, six Pakistain Army soldiers were martyred when from across the Afghan border opened fire on a border patrolling party near Gurbaz area of North Waziristan district.
"Terrorists from across the border fire raided on Pakistain Army border patrolling party [...] 6 soldiers embraced shahadat," a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) read.
soldiers include Havaldar Khalid, Sepoy Naveed, Sepoy Bachal, Sepoy Ali Raza, Sepoy Mohammad Babar and Sepoy Ahsan.
Martyred Captain Aaqib. ‐ Photo courtesy: ISPR
In the second incident, four armed forces personnel were martyred when a contingent of (FC) Balochistan troops was fired upon by during a combing/sensitisation operation between Hushab and Turbat, the ISPR said in a second .
The troops martyred in Balochistan include Capt Aaqib, Sepoy Nadir, Sepoy Atif Altaf and Sepoy Hafeezullah.
The martyrdom of six soldiers on the Pak-Afghan border and of four in Balochistan "is the sacrifice Pakistain [is] making for peace in the region", ISPR Director General Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor tweeted.
|Five more polio cases reported from KP|
|[DAWN] Refusals and misconceptions have been hampering the eradication drive in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa as five more cases have been reported from various parts of the province.|
The cournty-wide tally for the first six months of the year 2019 has reached 32 as compared to 12 cases in 2018 and only eight in year 2017.
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa alone has recorded 26 cases so far, mostly from the highly-infected Bannu division. Bannu has 11 cases and North six, followed by Torghar with three and one each from D.I. Khan, Hangu, Lakki Marwat, Shangla, Bajaur and An official of the Polio Virology Laboratory at the National Institute of Health (NIH), requesting anonymity, said that two cases each had been reported from Bannu and Torghar and one from North Waziristan.
"An eight-month-old boy from Takhti Khel Union Council and a 10-month-old boy from Kotka Gul Adat Khan village of Bannu district were diagnosed with the crippling virus," he said.
"Of the two cases reported from Torghar, the first one is a 48-month-old girl who belongs to Gaeito village and the other is a 24-month-old boy from Harnail Union Council. From North Waziristan’s Zeraki village, an 11-month-old girl has been infected," he said.
When contacted, retired captain Kamran Ahmad Afridi, KP Emergency Operations Centre coordinator, said: "The propaganda against polio vaccine and increase in number of refusal cases is a major cause behind the spike in cases in the province."
|Adviser to KP chief minister forms 9-member jirga to discuss Khar Qamar clash|
|[DAWN] Adviser to the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa chief minister on merged districts, Ajmal Wazir, on Sunday announced he has formed a nine-member jirga to hold discussions on the Khar Qamar clash.|
The advisor, during a visit to Miram Shah, met the tribal elders of North and agreed to constitute a jirga to determine the way forward following the clash which took place a week ago between Army soldiers and a group of protestors in which three people were killed and 15 .
Wazir said that a meeting of the jirga is scheduled for Monday in . "Peace will be maintained in North Waziristan at each cost," he assured the jirga.
He added that he is aware of tribal customs and norms to settle disputes in the interest of erstwhile Fata, and that the tribal districts will be kept onboard for peace as well as development in the region.
The jirga comprises chief of Waziristan, Malak Nasraullah Khan; chief of Dawar tribe, Malak Khan Zeb Khan; Malak Shah Nawaz Khan Madakhel; Malak Khan Marjan Dardoni; Malak Habibullah Darpakhel; Malak Jan Faraz Khan Dardoni; Malak Mir Qadar Khan Darpakhel; Malak Ghulam Khan Madarkhel and Malak Peer Aqal Zaman Tapi Dawar.
The jirga also distributed compensation cheques to a few affected families, announced a day earlier by the provincial chief minister, Mahmood Khan.
|Soldier martyred in attack on patrolling Army vehicle in North Waziristan|
|[DAWN] A Pakistain Army soldier has embraced martyrdom in a firing-and-blast attack in North , the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) announced on Saturday.|
According to the Army's media wing, 26-year-old Amil Shah embraced martyrdom when a patrolling vehicle was targeted with an improvised (IED) and firing in Boya area of North Waziristan.
"Terrorist activities in North Waziristan have increased lately. Over the last month, five soldiers have been martyred and 31 injured due to terrorist activities," read an ISPR statement.
The military's mouthpiece linked the attack with the recent Khar Qamar check post incident, saying that "the arrest of s of these terrorist activities had led to the incident on May 25."
On Sunday, the ISPR had released a statement saying that a check post in the area was assaulted by a group and in an exchange of fire, three people were killed while 15 ─ including five soldiers.
According to the statement, MNAs Mohsin Dawar and Ali Wazir ─ both of whom are leaders of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) ─ were leading the group.
|No concession for those taking law into their own hands: KP info minister on Waziristan clash|
|[DAWN] Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Shaukat Ali Yousafzai on Wednesday said that the government was committed to compensating the residents of tribal areas who suffered immensely during the war against terrorism but that no one would be allowed to take the law into their own hands and undo security forces' gains against terrorism|
He was addressing a press conference in Peshawar regarding Sunday's deadly clash between Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) workers and Army troops near a military check post in North Waziristan tribal district.
Yousafzai said a "specific segment" desired that the armed forces vacate the tribal areas but that the troops are needed in the area to maintain peace that can support the government's rehabilitation efforts.
"I want to ask, if [some] local people have come out to protest, what purpose is PTM serving there? Or if some people have been arrested on suspicion of attacking the armed forces [...] why are they [PTM] demanding their release?" the minister questioned.
|Soldier martyred as terrorists raid North Waziristan checkpost|
|[DAWN] A Pakistain Army soldier was martyred in an exchange of fire with who raided a checkpost in North on Monday, the Inter-Services Public Relations said in a issued early this morning.|
"Terrorists raided Makki Garh Post, Shawal Valley, North Waziristan," the ISPR said, adding that "troops effectively repulsed" the attempt.
"In exchange of fire, a soldier of the Pak Army embraced shahadat," the statement added.
The ISPR said five bullet-riddled bodies were recovered from a nullah in North Waziristan's Boya area, approximately 1.5 kilometres away from the Kharqamar checkpost, where an exchange of fire on Sunday killed three people and injured 15, including five soldiers.
"During patrolling in Boya area, where yesterday an Army post was attacked by a group, five bodies with bullet wounds have been found from a nullah, approximately 1.5 kilometres away from Kharqamar post. Identification of dead bodies in process," the statement said.
A day earlier, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan had termed the attack on the check post unfortunate and stressed that nobody in any way would be allowed to undermine the country’s image, dignity, national identity and national interest.
Speaking to different television channels, she said the government would take action against the attackers as per law and the Constitution.
|3 people killed, 5 soldiers injured in exchange of fire at check post in North Waziristan|
|[DAWN] Following reports of violence during a protest in North on Sunday, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) released a statement in the afternoon saying that a check post in the area was assaulted by a group and in an exchange of fire, three people were killed while 15 ─ including five soldiers.|
According to the statement by the Army's media wing, MNAs Mohsin Dawar and Ali Wazir ─ both of whom are leaders of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) ─ were leading the group.
"A group led by Mohsin Javed [Dawar] and Ali Wazir assaulted Kharqamar check post, Boyya, North Waziristan tribal district this morning. They wanted to exert pressure for release of suspected terrorists’ the other day," added the statement, without specifying who the suspect was.
"Troops at the check post exercised maximum restraint in the face of provocation and direct firing on the post. Due to firing of the group, five Army soldiers got injured. In exchange of fire, three individuals who attacked the post and 10 got injured," it said.
All injured have been shifted to Army Hospital for treatment, said the ISPR statement, adding that Ali Wazir along with 8 individuals have been arrested while Mohsin Javed [Dawar] is .
Mohsin Dawar and Ali Wazir, both members of parliament, led a group that attacked a checkpost in Boyya in North tribal district to "exert pressure for release of a of suspected terrorists," the military said in a statement.
North Waziristan, once plagued by militancy and unrest, is where Washington believes that Pakistain is providing safe haven to groups including the Afghan and the Haqqani Network.
The army has carried out multiple operations in the region, and security there and across Pakistain has dramatically improved in recent years.
But the military maintains a heavy presence there still, and the PTM has unleashed festering anger over the alleged abuses against Pashtuns across the country, including enforced disappearances and s.
The movement remains peaceful, but has been notable for its direct verbal attacks on the armed forces in a country where such criticism is largely seen as a red line.
|2 more cases of polio virus surface in Bannu, North Waziristan|
|[DAWN] The National Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) for Polio Eradication on Tuesday notified two new cases ‐ both from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa ‐ bringing the total number of polio cases in the country to eight this year.|
According to the EOC, one polio case has been confirmed from a sample taken from North and the other from Bannu. The National Institute of Health had isolated the wild polio virus from a stool sample of 22-month-old boy Hamza of Kot Beli, Bannu and two-year-old girl Razia of Ahmad Khel, area of North Waziristan district.
An official of the EOC, citing the tense situation in parts of the province, also confirmed that the ongoing polio eradication drive has been suspended in 24 union councils of The campaign was suspended after a large number of people staged a protest demonstration and resorted to violence following reports that a large number of students had been brought to hospitals after they were administrated polio drops.
The EOC officials said that the campaign has been suspended keeping in mind the safety and security of polio workers.
Provincial Health Secretary Farooq Jameel held the parents of the two victims of the polio virus responsible for their ailment.
Talking about yesterday's events in Peshawar, he said that a fresh vaccination drive will be launched in the area once the situation improves and after parents' trust is regained.
"Those who talk about a [...] conspiracy [behind the polio vaccination] have no hesitation in providing imported milk and biscuits to their children," he regretted, adding that such type of events hurt the reputation of the country on the international level.
|US slams Germany for deporting wanted terrorist to Turkey|
|[DW] The US wants Adem Yilmaz to face terrorism charges in New York. Instead, Germany deported him to this week after he had served a prison sentence on a terrorism conviction.|
The United States sharply criticized Germany on Thursday for deporting a convicted terrorist to Turkey despite an extradition request for him to stand trial in a New York court.
Adem Yilmaz was deported on Tuesday to his native Turkey after serving an 11-year prison sentence in Germany for planning a 2007 bomb plot to attack American citizens and facilities in Germany as part of an Islamist cell.
New York prosecutors filed the indictment against Yilmaz in 2015, but it was only unsealed at around the time he was being deported from Germany to Turkey.
Acting US Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said in a statement he was "gravely disappointed" Germany had decided to deport Yilmaz to Turkey instead of extraditing him to the United States.
"The German government deliberately helped Yilmaz escape justice by placing him on a plane to Turkey," Whitaker said in a statement.
"The German government has refused to take any responsibility for failing to extradite him to the United States, has flouted their treaty obligations and has undermined the rule of law," he said.
The issue was also addressed in talks on Wednesday between US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, who was in Washington for an international meeting on the "
Germany's Foreign Ministry said Yilmaz's deportation was a decision of the independent justice system and followed the rule of law, sources told AFP.
A Frankfurt court spokesperson told The that extraditing Yilmaz to the United States would have been considered double jeopardy under German law.
"An extradition could have only occurred if the Americans said they would restrict the charges to crimes not already punished," the spokesperson said.
The United States had filed papers on Monday to address the Frankfurt court's decision, but the state of Hesse acted on the deportation order.
Yilmaz was by counter-terrorism forces upon his arrival at an Istanbul airport and was questioned. It was unclear if he will face charges there.
US officials said they were in contact with authorities about extraditing Yilmaz.
|Ulema delegation visits North Waziristan|
|[DAWN] A delegation of religious scholars and visited and Mir Ali areas in North tribal district where they were briefed about return of peace and normality in the region.|
The delegation also visited local garrison where they were briefed about the prevalent environment in North Waziristan, army’s operation against militancy and endeavours for socioeconomic uplift of people of the area.
The delegation included Mufti Abdul Raheem, Allama Amin Shaheedi, Allama Arif Hussain Wahidi, Maulana Ahmed Ludhianvi, Mufti Mohammad Naeem, Mohammad Raghib Hussain Naeemi, Pir Mohammad Aminul Hasanat, Allama Iftikhar Hussain Naqvi, Maulana Zahid Mehmood Qasmi, Dr Qibla Ayaz, Maulana Fazalur Rehman Khalil and Mohammad Yaseen Zafar. Local , including Maulana Abu Rizwan Mohammad Alam, Maulana Qari Mohammad Roman and Maulana Sabirullah, also joined the delegation.
Genral officer commanding 7 Division, Major General Mumtaz Hussain, while interacting with highlighted the measures being taken for development and economic revival in North Waziristan. The delegation appreciated the efforts and resolve of security personnel against militancy.
Later, the delegation drove through Miranshah city, witnessed Sarbankai Model Village, Miranshah bus stand, reconstructed market, DHQ hospital, Army Public School and Stadium Complex.
Thereafter, the delegation went to nearby Mirali town and besides interacting with Maliks they also visited Pak Sweet Homes Orphanage.