|2 FC personnel martyred, as many injured in gun attack on FC vehicle in DI Khan|
|[DAWN] Two (FC) officers were martyred on Tuesday when unknown opened fire on an FC convoy in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa's district, said police.|
The incident occurred in the Bacha Abad area of the Kulachi tehsil.
According to District Police Officer (DPO) DI Khan Dilawar Bangash, the FC personnel were on their way to their check post in Loni area when "unidentified armed terrorists" attacked them near Qasim river.
"As a result two FC personnel were martyred and two sustained injuries," said DPO Bangash, adding, "A rickshaw driver also died in the attack."
The DPO said that after "responsive firing" by the personnel, the escaped.
The injured FC personnel were shifted to the hospital. The site of the attack was sealed off by security forces and a search operation was launched.
|2 new polio cases in Lakki Marwat, 1 in Harnai bring total to 76 this year|
|[DAWN] Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa's Lakki Marwat district on Sunday reported two new cases of and 's Harnai district reported one, bringing the country's total this year to 76.|
The two victims from Lakki Marwat ‐ a seven-year-old girl and a 21-month-old boy ‐ are residents of the Sarai Naurang tehsil, a report released by the Emergency Operation Centre said.
According to the EOC, both affected children had not been administered the polio vaccine.
|Arrested HujiB leader met Osama bin Laden|
|[Dhaka Tribune] Harkat-ul Jihad al-Islami Bangladesh (B) leader Mohammad Atiqullah, an Afghan-war returnee, met al-Qaeda leader in Afghanistan during the war that started in 2001.|
Atiqullah, who was arrested in Dhaka on Wednesday, had multiple meetings with top leaders, including Laden, , and Ayman al- , according to police.
Bin Laden, who ordered the September 11 attacks in 2001, was killed by US forces during a raid in , Pakistain, in May 2011.
On Wednesday evening, the Dhaka Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit picked up Atiqullah, alias Asadullah, alias Zulfiqar, 49, and two of his associates, Mohammad Borhan Uddin Rabbani, 42, and Mohammad Nazim Uddin, alias Shamim, 43, from a playground near Boro Mosque in Nikunja 2.
During interrogation, Atiqullah told them about his meetings with bin Laden and other leaders and his ties to al-Qaeda, according to CTTC sources.
Informed that several HuJIB men had gathered at a playground for a secret meeting, a CTTC team conducted a raid there, said Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Deputy Commissioner (Media) Masudur Rahman,on Thursday.
He also said Atiqullah was an organizing secretary of the committee of HuJIB formed by Mufti Hannan in 1996, and was later assigned to oversee the Baitul Mal and International Relations Department of the organization.
CTTC sources said that during the tenure of the last caretaker government, he went into hiding in and visited Pakistain multiple times for activities.
in primary interrogation, police learned that Atiqullah has connections with groups in other countries, including Pakistain, United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia, sources at the CTTC said.
A CTTC official related to the investigation said Atiqullah also told police that he is a bomb specialist. After being exiled abroad for long, he returned to Bangladesh in March this year, and had been trying to contact old members of the outfit to reorganize it.
He also had been trying to recruit new members to speed up HuJIB's activities in the upcoming days, he said.
The CTTC official said Atiqullah also made organizational visits to various places across the country, and raised money from both domestic and foreign sources, to mobilize the organization.
Najim, one of two other persons arrested besides Atiqullah, is a secretary of the HuJIB Dhaka Metropolitan South unit, while the other person arrested, Rabbani was given the responsibility of handling Feni district.
Recently, the three, Atiqullah, Najim, and Rabbani, were trying to reorganize the group, focusing on India's and Rohingya issues, said the official.
DC Masudur Rahman said a case has been filed in this connection with Khilkhet under the Anti-Terrorism Act.
|Pakistan Army major, sepoy martyred in IED explosion near Afghan border: ISPR|
|[DAWN] A major and a sepoy of the Pakistain Army were martyred in an improvised (IED) explosion near the in Mohmand tribal district, the military's media wing said on Friday.|
Maj Adeel Shahid and Sepoy Faraz Hussain "fell victim to an IED planted by from across the border", the director general of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) tweeted.
The squad under the martyred officer was supervising fencing work in an area "which carried [a] critical infiltration route", the ISPR added.
Maj Adeel belonged to while Sepoy Faraz hailed from Kotli district of Azad Jammu and The incident comes less than a week after four soldiers of the Army were martyred and one other was injured in two separate incidents of firing by near the Afghan border.
The first of those incidents had occurred in North tribal district, where miscreants had opened fire on a routine patrolling party of security forces near the Abba Khel area of Spinwam tehsil, claiming the life of Sepoy Akhtar Hussain, 23. Two miscreants were also killed in the subsequent exchange of fire.
The banned Tehrik-e- Pakistain (TTP) had for the ambush.
In the second incident in Dir, suspected had opened fire from across the Pak-Afghan border on Pak troops who were busy in border fencing. Three soldiers were martyred.
|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.