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11 suspects arrested, major terror bid foiled in several operations across Balochistan
[DAWN] At least 11 suspected forces of Evil were locked away
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
and a major terror bid foiled in several operations carried out by security and law enforcement personnel in different parts of Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
on Sunday.

Security officials said 11 suspected forces of Evil belonging to a proscribed organization were arrested in different parts of Balochistan.

In another operation, four improvised bombs were recovered from the the province's Killa Saifullah area, security officials said. A bomb disposal squad was called in to defuse the bombs, the officials added.

In the Kohlu district, Levies' personnel foiled a major terror plot after they carried out an operation against suspected forces of Evil in the area, an official said.

The operation was carried out at a suspected terrorist hideout late last night after Levies officials received a tip-off from intelligence agencies, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kohlu Agha Nadeem Akhtar said in a presser held in the morning.

Though no arrests were reported, Akhtar claimed that officials had recovered a sizeable cache of weapons, including 181 shells of RPG-7 rockets, 172 RPG fuse and 80 RDS.

Akhtar added that the action was carried out under Pakistain Army's ongoing Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad, which was launched in February in the aftermath of a resurgence of terror attacks in the country.


Southeast Asia
Inside the making of the Bali bombs
Long look at the bomb-builder of the Bali terrorist attack. Worth noting the connections to Abbottabad and his proximity to bin Laden for a time.
JAKARTA, Indonesia: An Indonesian militant charged in the 2002 Bali terrorist attacks told interrogators he spent weeks holed up in a rented house, painstakingly building a half-ton bomb using household items including a rice ladle, a grocer's scale and plastic bags.

A transcript of the Umar Patek's interrogation obtained by The Associated Press offers extraordinary detail of the Bali plot just days before Patek -- a radical once Southeast Asia's most-wanted bomb-making suspect -- goes on trial in Jakarta for his alleged role in the nightclub attack that killed 202 people.

Patek, known as "Demolition Man" for his expertise with explosives, says he and other conspirators stashed the 1,540-pound (700-kilogram) bomb in four filing cabinets, loaded them in a Mitsubishi L300 van along with a TNT vest bomb. The van was detonated outside two nightclubs on Bali's famous Kuta beach on Oct. 12, 2002. Most of those killed were foreign tourists.

Although homemade bombs are easily assembled by militants all over the world, making such powerful devices as those used in Bali -- and using such unsophisticated equipment -- would have taken enormous amount of care and expertise.

Patek, 45, goes on trial Monday following a nine-year flight from justice that took him from Indonesia to the Philippines to Pakistan, reportedly in pursuit of more terrorism opportunities. He was finally caught in January 2011 in the same Pakistani town where US Navy Seals would kill Osama Bin Laden just a few months later.
Boy howdy, what a coincidence. Wonder if he and Binny shared the community pool?
Patek was hiding out in a second-floor room of a house in Abbottabad, a $1 million bounty on his head, when Pakistani security forces, acting on a tip from the CIA, burst in. After a firefight that left Patek wounded, he was captured and extradited to Indonesia.
Should have been extradited to Diego Garcia...
His capture was seen as a yardstick of the successes that Asian security forces, with US help, have achieved against Jemaah Islamiyah, the Al-Qaeda-linked regional terror group blamed for the Bali bombings and several other attacks in Indonesia. All its other leaders have been executed, killed by security forces, or are on death row.

Patek is charged with premeditated murder, hiding information about terrorism, illegal possession of explosives and conspiracy to commit terrorism, and now faces a possible death sentence as well. The indictment also accuses Patek of providing explosives for a string of Christmas Eve attacks on churches in 2000 that claimed 19 lives.

Interviews with intelligence officials in Indonesia and the Philippines, the interrogation report and other documents obtained by the AP reveal the peripatetic life Patek led after the Bali attacks as he ranged widely and freely, often without passing through immigration checks, while allegedly passing along his bomb-making skills to other terrorists.

Patek, whose real name is Hisyam bin Alizein, is the son of a goat meat trader. He went to computer school and learned English before being recruited into Jemaah Islamiyah by Dulmatin, a fellow militant who was gunned down by Indonesian police in March 2010.

After his arrest, Patek told his interrogators that he learned to make bombs during a 1991-1994 stint at a militant academy in Pakistan's Sadda province, and later in Turkhom, Afghanistan, where bomb-making courses ranged "from basic to very difficult."

He said he was living in Solo, Indonesia, when mastermind Imam Samudra approached him to make a bomb in Bali. He agreed and flew to Denpasar, Bali's capital, and was taken to a rented house.

"In one room of the house, I began to mix the explosive ingredients, which were already in the rental house," he said. "For about three weeks, I made the explosive ingredients into black powder with the assistance of Sawad (a co-conspirator). For tools used in the mixing of the ingredients, I used (a) scale that will usually be used in a food store, rice ladle and plastic bags as containers."

Dulmatin separately worked on the electronic circuits, which were later attached as detonators to the bombs packed into the filing cabinets.

"When we were lifting the filing cabinets into the white L300 van, an explosion occurred which was caused by friction of the filing cabinet with the floor of the room, because the floor still had some leftover black powder on it," he said.

Patek left Bali a few days before the attacks were carried out.

Afterward, officials said, Patek and Dulmatin went to the Philippines and allegedly joined forces with the local extremist group Abu Sayyaf, spending the next several years training militants and plotting attacks, including against US troops in the Philippines.

Meanwhile, Imam Samudra and two other masterminds of the Bali attacks -- brothers Amrozi Nurhasyim and Ali Ghufron -- were caught, tried and executed.

Patek returned to Indonesia in June 2009, living in various rented houses in Jakarta. He held several meetings with radicals and aspiring militants at home and held assault rifle and bomb-making training sessions at a beach in Banten near Jakarta.

But Patek's heart was set on going to Afghanistan to fight alongside the Taleban or other extremist groups, said Ansyaad Mbai, Indonesia's anti-terrorism chief. He told the AP that Patek intended to continue his fight in a more defined battleground with a larger radical group, and refused Dulmatin's offer to become an instructor in a new militant camp in Indonesia's Aceh province.

"He wanted to fight with a larger extremist group, and Afghanistan was the ideal battleground for him," Mbai said.

But to reach Afghanistan, he would have to go to Pakistan first. A police investigator said that a 37-year-old Pakistani in Indonesia, Nadeem Akhtar, helped Patek get a Pakistani visa from his embassy in Jakarta.
Why not just print up a fresh one?
After Patek arrived in Lahore, a courier with links to Al-Qaeda then brought him to Abbottabad, possibly to meet with Bin Laden.

Mbai did not rule out the possibility that Patek went to Abbottabad to not only gain a foothold into Afghanistan but also to obtain funds for setting up a militant training camp in Jolo in southern Philippines. But before he could make much progress or meet Bin Laden, he was caught.

Patek's trial not only seeks justice for the Bali bombings, but also is a coup for intelligence officials. He is believed to have valuable information about Al-Qaeda and its links with Jemaah Islamiyah, which was founded by Indonesian exiles in Malaysia in the early 1990s.

The Bali bombing remains JI's most spectacular attack. Though there have been several others since, but none as deadly. Analysts credit a crackdown that has netted more than 700 militants since 2000, including the death of several key leaders in police action.

Home Front: WoT
Pakistani gets 37 months in US prison in nuke case
[Dawn] A Pak national on Friday was sentenced to 37 months in a US prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to illegally transfer nuclear-related materials to his home country from the United States.

Nadeem Akhtar, 46, who lives in Maryland outside Washington, D.C., pleaded guilty in September and was sentenced by US Judge Frederick Motz in Baltimore to the prison term and to be followed by two years of supervised release.

He admitted that he and his conspirators used his company to obtain or attempt to get various nuclear-related devices and equipment from 2005 to 2010 and he misrepresented what they were and to whom they would be sold, the Justice Department said.

The items, which included radiation detection devices, resins for coolant water purification and calibration and switching equipment, had a value of more than $400,000.

Akhtar took direction from the owner of a trading company located in Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It may be the largest city in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
who had business relationships with Pak government entities, the Justice Department said.

It said Akhtar's co-conspirators included individuals in Pakistain, the United Arab Emirates and New York associated with the owner of the Pak trading company.

Washington has long been concerned with Pakistain's nuclear program, which included the development of atomic weapons and added to regional tensions with its longtime rival, India.

Akhtar is a legal permanent resident in the United States and he could face deportation after completing his sentence.

Home Front: WoT
Pakistani pleads guilty in US nuclear export case
[Dawn] A Pak national pleaded guilty on Friday in a US court to conspiring to commit export violations in a scheme to illegally transfer nuclear-related materials to his home country from the United States.

The US Justice Department said Nadeem Akhtar, 46, who lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, a Washington suburb, entered the guilty plea at a court hearing in Baltimore, Maryland, as part of a deal with federal prosecutors. Under his plea agreement, Akhtar, who owned a company called Computer Communication USA, admitted that he and his conspirators used the firm from 2005 through 2010 to obtain or attempt to get various nuclear-related devices and equipment.

The items, which included radiation detection devices, resins for coolant water purification and calibration and switching equipment, had a value of more than $400,000.

The Justice Department said Akhtar took direction from the owner of a trading company located in Bloody Karachi who had business relationships with Pak government entities.
The ISI, perhaps?
It said Akhtar's co-conspirators included individuals in Pakistain, the United Arab Emirates and New York associated with the owner of the Pak trading company.

Akhtar faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine at his sentencing scheduled on Jan. 6.

Pakistani woman guilty of imprisoning daughters-in-law in Britain
A 63-year-old woman was convicted on Tuesday of falsely imprisoning her three daughters-in-law, who moved from Pakistan with hopes of a happy life in England but were treated like "slaves and dogs". Prosecutors said Naseeba Bibi would not let the women leave the family home in Blackburn, northwest England, and made one of them work on an industrial sewing machine day and night between 1993 and 2006.

The women were brought to Britain following arranged marriages to Bibi's three sons in Pakistan, but the court heard they were subjected to beatings and abuse from their mother-in-law after they arrived. "They were treated like children, slaves or dogs by a regime of threats of force or actual force," said prosecutor Philip Boyd during the trial.

In a police statement, Nagina Akhtar, who married Bibi's son Fahim and was held in the house in Blackburn for 13 years, said: "Bibi struck me with a brush handle and slapped me across the face whenever I disobeyed her orders."

Nagina's sisters, Nisbah and Tazeem -- who like their sibling did not speak English -- told the court their lives were "made hell". Tazeem was held between 2001 and 2003, when she was left behind when the family went to a wedding in Pakistan. Nisbah was held from 2005 and 2007, only escaping when Bibi was distracted.

Nisbah's husband, Nadeem Akhtar, told police he had wanted no part of the arranged marriage, as he already had a white partner in Blackburn. He was cleared of one count of falsely imprisoning his wife Nisbah but the jury continues to deliberate on an allegation that he assaulted his wife. Bibi denied assaulting any of her daughters-in-law, or imprisoning them. She is due to be sentenced on May 29.

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