|14 police stations to be set up in N Waziristan|
|[DAWN] North district police officer Shafiullah Khan said on Saturday that land had been acquired for establishing 14 s and courts across the district.|
Addressing a gathering of police personnel in the Tehsil Jirga Hall, he said that a total of 14 s had been sanctioned for the district. Presently, he added, three s, one each in , Mir Ali and Razmak, were functional while the remaining 11 would also be made operational shortly.
Mr Shafiullah directed the to perform their duties honestly, adding that a performance-based promotion mechanism would be devised to encourage hardworking officers. he hastened to add: "It should be clear to everyone that disciplinary action, including forced termination, would be taken against those found involved in negligence."
He said that the police should play their due role in putting the militancy-hit Waziristan on track to peace and prosperity.
|Ulema delegation visits North Waziristan|
|[DAWN] A delegation of religious scholars and Mir Ali areas in North tribal district where they were briefed about return of peace and normality in the region. visited and |
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.
|2 martyred, 3 injured as security force vehicle comes under attack in North Waziristan|
|[DAWN] Two men belonging to the security forces Mir Ali tehsil of North . while three others on Wednesday when their vehicle was targeted in |
According to sources, the three injured men have been transferred to a Combined Military Hospital (CHM) nearby.
The political administration of the area claimed that fired rockets on a vehicle carrying members of the security forces in Edak area of Mir Ali tehsil.
The area where the attack occurred has been sealed and a search operation for the arrest of the perpetrators of the attack is underway.
The uptick in attacks targeting security forces raises questions over the efficacy of counter-terror operations in different parts of the country, including North Waziristan where the army was said to have cleared the area of the presence of under Operation which was launched in June 2014.
|Roadside bomb explosion leaves six dead in northwest Pakistan|
|[PRESSTV] A has claimed lives of at least six people and injured eight others in an area of the troubled northwestern Pakistain, officials say. |
Local officials said on Tuesday that the blast took place in Mir Ali town of North , the country’s restive northwestern tribal area bordering Afghanistan. The bomb was planted in a parked .
"The casualties came from a bomb planted in a parked on a roadside in Khadi market of Mir Ali town," media outlets quoted Kamran Khan Afridi, a senior administration official in the area as saying.
"The blast targeted two vehicles passing along the road. Six people who died and eight who are believed to be the vehicles' passengers," he added
Mir Ali town and neighboring , North Waziristan's capital, have long been home to Talibs operating across the troubled region.
In a number of assaults in recent weeks, have killed several people in the northwest as well as in southwestern province.
Last week, wearing burkas killed several people in an attack on an agriculture institute in the northwestern city of .
|Trump strategy won't solve Afghan problems, say analysts|
|[DAWN] United States (US) President has vowed success in Afghanistan, but analysts say his strategy contains nothing new against enemies which his predecessors could not defeat ─ a sobering assessment that points to endless war for weary civilians.|
Depends on whether he's willing to level Mir Ali or Dera Ismail Khan.
The US and Afghan governments face formidable opponents in the ascendant , weak and corrupt Afghan institutions and meddling regional powers ─ plus the growing menace of the group.
The US president vowed to leave American boots on the ground indefinitely while turning away from nation-building.
But his refusal to release details and define the conditions for victory have raised fears America's involvement in the conflict may never end.
"Strategy is about matching means to ends. I think we heard a lot about ends but rather little about means," James Der Derian, from the Centre for International Security Studies at the University of Sydney, told AFP.
Trump backtracked from previous promises to end America's longest-ever war during a primetime speech late Monday, paving the way for thousands more US soldiers to be sent to Afghanistan.
While he refused to offer detailed troop numbers, senior White House officials said he had already authorised US Defence Secretary James Mattis to deploy up to 3,900 more troops to Afghanistan.
There are currently 8,500 US personnel in-country who are largely restricted to 's mission of training the 190,000-strong Afghan army and offering strategic support on certain missions.
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|Girl dies in IED attack in Waziristan|
|At least one minor girl died and three others sustained injuries in a roadside blast in Spinwam tehsil of North Waziristan on Monday, DawnNews reported.|
Security sources said the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was planted next to the school gate which went off when the gate was opened.
No classes were taking place today and the children were going to the Abakhel school to play when the bomb planted outside it went off.
The injured were shifted to Mir Ali Hospital and Miranshah Hospital.
Operations against militants in North Waziristan were stepped up after the government decided to implement the nation-wide National Action Plan for combating terrorism in the country. Suspected militants have also been killed in drone strikes in the region.
Zarb-i-Azb military operation which targeted local and foreign militants specifically in North Waziristan was spearheaded following an attack on Karachi's Jinnah International Airport on June 8, 2014.
According to official statements, over 3,500 militants have been killed in operation Zarb-i-Azb, while the offensive forced over a million civilians to vacate their homes and move to settled areas of the country.
The number of attacks in the country has fallen around 70 per cent but attacks on security and civilian targets continue to occur occasionally.
|Wounds of Waziristan|
|[NATION.PK] A few days ago the Government of Pakistain celebrated the successes of Operation in North and other parts of FATA over the last one year. Justifiably the official reports quoted figures about the number of taken out in the aerial bombardments and ground operations. Also justifiably, were given the numbers of personals of LEAs who sacrificed their lives in fighting to defend the country against terrorism. The people of Pakistain are obviously proud of their soldiers who have given supreme sacrifices in a war being fought for defending them. They are genuine heroes and there are no two opinions about that.|
But what about the Pashtuns of FATA in general, and the Pashtuns of Waziristan in particular?
You know, the guys who were harboring the bad guys...
What horrible tragedies have they been through for not just the last one year, but during the last decade for no fault of theirs?
Who has ever investigated into and registered their heart wrenching miseries and agonies during their brutal occupation by Al Qaeda, Haqqani Network and TTP when North Waziristan was turned into the capital of terrorism in the region?
It was the Pak govt that let it happen.
Hundreds and hundreds of pro-state maliks and tribal elders were murdered by to make an example out of them and the responsible state authorities were not even bothered enough to offer mere condolences to the bereaved families, let alone providing them justice.
That's because the govt regarded the bad guyz as being in their side.
For years it was a routine for the people of and Mir Ali to find dead bodies dumped on the roads in the morning with a written chit on their chests accusing them to be spies and with warnings to the rest of the population. The illustrious Urdu poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz seems to have written the line for them when he said, "We who have been killed (unknown) in the dark alleys." The bitter fact is that the colonial policy regarding FATA, as a strategic space for the great games in the region, still continue. It is even worse than being a periphery or political backyard.
In December 2001 when OBL and other Al Qaeda leaders were holed up in Tora Bora in the border area of Afghanistan facing heavy US bombardment, a number of their followers entered Pakistain via Tirah valley of and Khurram Agency that were closest to Tora Bora. Many of them were caught by the Army deployed in the area and handed over to the US. But the senior knew better. They walked south inside Afghanistan before turning left and entered through the open borders into South and North Waziristan where they gradually established bases and started the Pak-supported third war in Afghanistan. Musharraf was accused by many for his famous u-turn but actually it was a double u-turn that literally handed over Waziristan to starting a nightmare for the people of the area that has yet to be over. He has recently owned this war in a public interview. Terrorist killings, Drone attacks and military operations became a routine for many years after that, making life a living hell for the locals. They had to pay the price for misguided state policy towards Afghanistan.
There is not much in terms of an institutional record of their suffering, even when more than a million of them had to leave their homes and hearths at a notice of few hours and become IDPs in June 2014 just before the start of Zarb-e-Azb. Yes there were some symbolic gestures made by the high state functionaries for a few days in the beginning but that was all about it. Even after the high profile approval of the 20 point NAP in December 2014 after the tragedy, in which winning the hearts and minds of the IDPs (better known locally as Intentionally Displaced Pashtuns) was an important point, nothing has changed. For the media, which has always looked at FATA from Islamabad's telescope, there were many distractions. Prolonged brawls over "Takht-e-Lahore", the Saudi war in and turns and twists in the operation were important enough to dominate the media head lines leaving no space for the news emanating from Waziristan. So when on June 22 the IDPs in Bakka Khel camp in Bannu protested against the lack of water, and the security forces opened fire on them, there was no place for the incident in the news. Neither the Governor of Pakhtunkhwa nor the Minister of States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) bothered to visit the camp or issue a condolence message. Even the provincial government turned a blind eye towards them. Do the Pashtun need any further proof about the cheapness of their blood?
There has been a lot of talk about the repatriation of the displaced Pashtuns but the picture on the implementation side is dismal. Although there are official claims about the clearance of 90 percent of the North Waziristan territory, so far only a small town Idak has been formally declared to be "cleared" from to which the displaced persons can return after Ramazan. No decision has been made so far about the wide Tochi valley that includes the towns of Mir Ali and Miranshah. Most of the residential and commercial areas have been destroyed in the towns but there is no tangible plan to reconstruct them. In fact, to the horror of local population the authorities were seen bulldozing some of the structures that are still intact. The wisdom behind it, if there is any, has to be explained to the people. Even the "cleared area" is not accessible to media or civil society to know about the collateral damage and the current security situation on the ground. A number of have been holed up since June 2014 in the areas of Shawal and Datakhel. The area regularly receives aerial bombardment and drone strikes but the ground forces have yet to clear it. Interestingly enough more than one hundred thousand displaced people, who had crossed into Afghanistan, find no mention in the repatriation plans. The worst aspect of the whole process is the total absence of parliamentary or political oversight. The black out of the situation in media is complete. The process is totally monopolised by civil and military who have insisted on signing of the humiliating "social contract" for the repatriation despite wide spread opposition from the local population and public opinion. Lest we forget, Waziristan is but an epitome of the situation in FATA.
|Pak Judge: Charge CIA Lawyer, Officer For Drone Strike|
|ISLAMABAD -- A Pakistani judge on Tuesday ordered that criminal charges be filed against a former CIA lawyer who oversaw its drone program and the one-time chief agency operative in Islamabad over a 2009 strike that killed two people.|
Rizzo and Bank could not be immediately reached for comment.
The legal action comes as the number of CIA drone strikes in Pakistan has fallen precipitously from their 2010 high, amid signs that the U.S. and Pakistan have been more closely cooperating on counterterrorism issues after years of tensions. It is unclear how the criminal charges will affect that cooperation, even though the defendants will almost certainly never see the inside of a Pakistani courtroom.
The only way the case could go forward is if U.S. officials cooperate with the Pakistani court, which is inconceivable given that the drone strikes were carried out under a program ordered by two successive U.S. presidents.
Bank was sent home from Pakistan in 2010 after his cover was blown when a Pakistani man named Kareem Khan initially threatened to sue the CIA and others for $500 million over the deaths of his 18-year-old son, Zaenullah Khan, and his brother, Asif Iqbal, in a purported Dec. 31, 2009, strike on the North Waziristan tribal region.
The station chief's outing spurred questions at the time of whether Pakistan's spy service might have leaked the information, something the Pakistanis denied.
The CIA's drone strike program has killed al-Qaida leaders, Pakistani Taliban fighters and other militants hiding in its tribal regions even as it has evoked anger across Pakistan over allegations of widespread civilian casualties. Since 2004, the U.S. has carried out nearly 400 suspected drone strikes in the country, according to the New America Foundation's International Security Program, which tracks the American campaign. The foundation says the last U.S. drone strike in Pakistan happened on Jan. 29 and killed at least six suspected militants.
But the number of strikes has declined from 122 in 2010 to 22 last year, the foundation shows. There have been only four reported so far this year, and many observers believe the program is winding down.
While Pakistan's civilian government often decries the strikes, U.S. officials long have said the country's military tolerates them and occasionally cooperates closely with them. At the height of tensions in 2010, protests against the drone program blocked a land route for months used by NATO forces to resupply troops in neighboring Afghanistan.
Under the judge's order, Pakistan's federal police force must file the charges against the two former CIA officials, though they've so far refused over what lawyers describe as a reluctance to upset the country's diplomatic relations with the U.S. Pakistani police officials could not be immediately reached for comment Tuesday.
In a statement after the ruling, Khan said he hoped the order would help those affected by U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan "get justice for the wrongs being done to them."
"Today's order is a victory for all those innocent civilians that have been killed in U.S.-led drone strikes in Pakistan," he said. "I sincerely hope that authorities now will do their job and proceed against the culprits."
|Militants change tactics after defeat in tribal regions|
|[NATION.PK] Armed are now targeting civilians after security forces killed hundreds of their comrades and ended their control in parts of the country's tribal regions.|
After the incident on December 16, a killed nearly 60 s inside a mosque in Sindh. The banned groups have now adopted this new technique, its major example in Shikarpur.
The groups are now involved in attacks for their defeat in the tribal regions. With army claiming hold over 90 percent of the area, including towns of and Mir Ali, there seems to be a shift in strategy by the s. The military offensives have badly damaged the capability of the s to challenge the government's security forces and now they have resorted to hit unarmed civilians in peaceful areas.
The Jundullah group is active in targeting Shiite s. Some believe it as the same group that operated in and launched attacks in Iran.
|Army snubs 'malicious' Pentagon report on Pakistan|
|[DAWN] MIR ALI: The Pakistain Army has taken strong exception to a recent report by the US Defence Department which accused Pakistain of using "proxy forces to hedge against the loss of influence in Afghanistan and to counter India's superior military".|
Pakistain has already summoned US Ambassador Richard Olson to the Foreign Office to convey concerns over the report earlier this month.
The country's protest over what the Foreign Office called "unwarranted comments" had been conveyed by the Prime Minister's Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz to the US ambassador at the Foreign Ministry.
Briefing s from both national and international media at the army headquarters in Mir Ali, North on Saturday, Major General Zafarullah Khan Khattak termed the report "baseless, malicious, demoralising and contrary to ground realities".
"There is no such thing [happening here as is] mentioned in the Pentagon report. Pakistain army is not using anywhere for so called proxy wars," said the senior army officer.
Khattak said that army operation, was being carried out against all group ‐ including the Haqqani network ‐ and that a number of commanders belonging to the outfit have also been killed in the offensive.
He said that commanders of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), a organization working against China, have also been killed and the network destroyed in the operation in North Waziristan.
The commander expressed the hope that Pak-Afghan border security issues could be settled at the political level through talks and said the visit by the to Pakistain is timely and would help in better border management.
Giving the latest figure about casualties, the commander said 42 officers and security forces personnel have been killed while 155 are injured in the ongoing operation.
"1,198 have been killed, 356 injured, and 227 have been by security forces," he said.
"11 private jails, 191 secret tunnels 39 IED factories, 4,991 various types of ready-made IEDs, 132 ton , 2,470 sub machine Guns, 293 machine Guns, 111 heavy machine Guns have also been recovered during the operation," he added.
About rehabilitation of the IDPs, he said fool proof mechanism has been adopted to ensure that are not returned to the area.
During briefing and field visits, pictures of dead bodies of the and weapons recovered from were also shown to the media.
|Attempt to kidnap AC foiled in Karak|
|[DAWN] KARAK: Police foiled an attempt to kidnap assistant commissioner of Takht-e-Nusrati and eight alleged kidnappers here on Thursday.|
Police officials said that assistant commissioner Ahmad Usman Javed was going to Takht-e-Nusrati after Eid vacation when some people travelling in two cars started chasing his car near Shahidan Chountra on the Indus Highway.
According to the FIR registered with Karak on the written application of the assistant commissioner, the alleged kidnappers in two cars chased his car and tried to stop it.
Sensing the danger, he informed the district police officer Atiqullah Wazir about the two cars. The DPO directed the police to block all exit and entry points of the district and trace the suspected cars.
Police intercepted the two cars near Shahidan Chountra and arrested the eight suspects. They were taken to for interrogation. Police claimed that all the eight belonged to North and Bannu.
The arrested men were identified as Abdullah, Mohammad Tahir, Abdullah, Zakirullah and Irfan, residents of Bannu, and Zar Mohammad, Saifullah and Sharifullah, residents of Mir Ali, North Waziristan.
two young members of an internally displaced family of North Waziristan were killed when their fell into a ditch near Surdaag here on Thursday. They were identified as Atiqullah and Aamir Sohail, both residents of .