Pakistan Timeline - 2018
Source:Compiled from news reports
and are provisional.
Eight persons, including three
Security Officials, were injured in two separate explosions
in Chaman District of Balochistan. The first explosion took
place near an under-construction building on Chaman’s Mall Road
injuring two persons. Second explosion targeted a Police Check
Post in the same area and injured six persons, including three
SECP prohibited the collection
of donations by all organisations affiliated with Hafiz Saeed
led JuD and that are banned by UNSC. A notification issued by
the commission read that "The Securities and Exchange Commission
of Pakistan hereby prohibits all companies from donating cash
to the entities and individuals listed under the UNSC sanctions
committee's consolidated list". The Hafeez Saeed related
prohibited outfits include FIF, LeT and JuD the charity wing
of LeT. Other banned outfits include the Paasban-i-Ahle-Hadith
Pakistan’s Government plans
to seize control of charities and financial assets linked to
JuD ‘chief’ Hafiz Saeed. The Government detailed its plans in
a ‘secret’ order to various Provincial and Federal Government
departments on December 19, 2017. The December 19 document,
which refers to “Financial Action Task Force (FATF) issues”,
names Saeed’s two charities JuD and FIF, and “actions to be
taken” against them. JuD spokesman Yahya Mujahid said the organization
would go to Court if the Government decides to take over JuD
US President Donald Trump tweeted
that Pakistan had given Washington “nothing but lies and deceit”.
“The US has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars
in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing
but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools” he
MFA Pakistan summoned US Ambassador
David Hale lodged its protest against President Donald Trump’s
tweet wherein he accused Pakistan of ‘lies and deceit’.
The White House said that it
will continue to withhold $255 million in military aid to Pakistan
out of frustration over what it has characterized as Islamabad's
abstinence in confronting terrorist networks, reports CNN. "The
United States does not plan to spend the $255 million in FY
2016 foreign military financing for Pakistan at this time,"
an unnamed NSC spokesman said. "The President has made
clear that the United States expects Pakistan to take decisive
action against terrorists and militants on its soil, and that
Pakistan's actions in support of the South Asia strategy will
ultimately determine the trajectory of our relationship, including
future security assistance," he added. The administration
first said in August 2017 it was temporarily withholding the
$255 million, which was part of a $1.1 billion aid package authorized
in 2016 by Congress. The money was put on hold until Pakistan
agreed to do more to combat terrorist networks. The National
Security Council official said the administration would continue
to review Pakistan's level of cooperation in security areas.
The report compiled by the Pakistan
Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS) shows that
terrorists carried out 23 suicide attacks in different parts
of the country in 2017, whereas 2016 and 2015 had witnessed
17 and 18 such incidents, respectively.
1,387 people, including 585
civilians, 555 militants and 247 SFs Personnel, were killed
and 1,965 people, including 1,580 civilians, were injured in
militancy-related incidents, including militant attacks and
SFs actions. Militants carried out at least 420 attacks in which
912 people, including 584 civilians, 225 SFs personnel and 103
militants, were killed and 1,877 injured. SFs conducted 522
operations in which left 475 people, including 452 militants
and 22 SFs personnel, dead and 88 people injured. SFs also arrested
1,760 suspected militants during 2017.
The year 2017 saw the highest
number of militant attacks in Balochistan where 183 militant
attacks took place in which 308 people, including 208 civilians
and 84 SFs personnel, were killed and 572 people suffered injuries.
The province remained target of a variety of militant groups,
including sub-nationalist militants, sectarian and international
militant groups. Overall 43pc of the total militant attacks
in the country were recorded in Balochistan and 10 out of 23
suicide attacks (43pc) took place in the province. SFs conducted
134 operations against militants in Balochistan in which 112
militants were killed and 657 arrested.
102 militant attacks were recorded
in FATA in which 339 people, including 206 civilians, 65 SFs
and 68 militants, were killed and 858 people, including 629
civilians, suffered injuries. As many as 58 security operations
were reported from FATA in which 84 militants and five SFs were
killed. SFs also arrested at least 79 suspects from FATA.
SFs conducted at least four
actions in Azad Kashmir in which 12 suspected militants were
arrested. Fourteen suspected militants were arrested from Gilgit-Baltistan
region in two SFs actions while four suspects were arrested
in three actions in Islamabad.
KP witnessed significant improvement
in security situation as all indicators saw negative trends.
There was 40pc decline in the number of militant attacks and
47pc decline in the number of deaths in the province. A total
of 75 militant attacks were recorded in KP in which 92 people,
including 43 civilians, 34 SFs personnel and 15 militants, were
killed while 175 people, including 136 civilians, were injured.
KP saw the second highest number of suicide attacks during the
year as at least six suicide attacks were reported from the
province. In 2016, five suicide attacks took place in the province.
SFs conducted at least 103 actions against militants in which
543 suspects were arrested and 41 killed during 2017.
Sindh saw a 40pc decrease in
militant attacks, but with 84pc increase in the number of deaths
during 2017. Militants carried out 40 attacks in the province
killing 112 people, including 92 civilians and 17 SFs personnel.
Another 303 people were injured in these attacks. The province
saw one suicide attack during 2017. SFs conducted at least 98
actions against militants in which 110 suspects were killed
and 153 arrested.
Punjab witnessed seven per cent
increase in militant attacks, but there was 37pc decline in
deaths. During the year, 15 militant attacks took place in the
province in which 59 people, including 34 civilians and 24 SFs
personnel, were killed and 208 people, all of them civilians,
suffered injuries. The province also witnessed three suicide
bombings one more than 2016. SFs conducted 119 operations against
militants in the province in which 105 militants were killed
and 298 arrested.
Two militant attacks were reported
from Azad Jammu and Kashmir in which one civilian died and five
were injured. Three violent militant activities of low intensity
were reported from Islamabad in which one person lost his life.
No violent militant activity was reported from Gilgit-Baltistan
LEAs including Sindh Rangers'
Anti-Terrorist Wing and the CTD acting on prior intelligence
killed three TTP militants in Kaimkhani Colony area of Baldia
Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. An unspecified
number of militants managed to escape the encounter while two
Rangers and one CTD Personnel received bullet injuries.
Two militants were killed and
twelve FC Personnel injured in a suicide attack involving explosion
followed by firing near an FC check post in the Baleli area
of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan.
Government of Pakistan in a
tweeted that Pakistan had sustained over 50000 casualties and
$123 billion losses in the ‘war against terrorism’. For the
period 2003-2017 Pakistan suffered 62,421 casualties. In 2013,
5, 379 Pakistanis were killed in terrorist attacks followed
by 5,496 in 2014; 3,682 in 2015; 1,830 in 2016 and 924 in 2017.
According to Watson Institute 6000 Pakistan Security Personnel,
1582 United States (US) Contractors, 2357 US Military, 1130
Allied Troops and 14200 Afghan Troopers were killed in combat
(period not specified).
FATA Law and Order Officials
confirmed that 6,112 civilians were killed and another 6,707
others have been injured in the ‘war against terrorism’ since
2001 (period not specified during a meeting of the standing
committee on the Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON)
in Islamabad. Families of the killed have been paid 3.7 billion
rupees in compensation so far. Families of 244 Levies and 178
Khasadar Personnel were among the 5,690 civilians, who had received
the compensation amount.
Karachi Police released a year-end
report detailing its performance for the year 2017. The report
detailed that 184 criminals and 7,373 militants were killed
in 480 encounters in Karachi in 2017.
A FIR was launched against Hafeez
Saeed’s organisation JuD and its subsidiary FIF for display
of banners requesting donations in Koral Police station in Ghouri
Town in Islamabad. Two other FIRs were registered against the
foundation at Golra and Shahzad Town police stations, respectively.
DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor
said that any ‘misunderstandings’ between US and Pakistan could
negatively impact security situation in Afghanistan. He added
that India played a destabilising role in the region and encouraged
terrorism in Pakistan through Afghanistan territory. “Pakistan
received only $15-20 billion in terms of CSF, while the national
exchequer incurred $123 billion in losses in monetary terms
besides other sacrifices to support US operations in its war
against terror”, he said.
A two member bench of the Supreme
Court of Pakistan comprising Justice Mushir Alam and Justice
Qazi Faez Isa said that that the sit-in staged by the TLYRA
was an "attack on Muslims by Muslims". AG Ashtar Ausuf
told the Court that nine people in Punjab and three in Sindh
were killed during the protests while 194 Police Officers were
injured. AG confirmed that an estimated damage of PKR 139.5
million was incurred. The Court also questioned the employment
status of TLYRA chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi, who was heading
Two TTP were killed and four
militants were arrested in an IBO in the Kulachi area of Dera
Ismail Khan District of KP. The deceased militants, included
wanted Zahir Shah and his unidentified accomplice, who were
responsible for the killing of Army Major Ishaq during an encounter
initiated by the SFs on November 22, 2017, in the same area.
Eight militants among fifteen
suspects were arrested by FC Balochistan from Districts of Zhob,
Sibbi, Nasirabad (Dera Murad Jamali), Bolan (Mach), and Quetta
(Killi Ismail). 70 kilograms of explosive, weapons and ammunition
and communication equipment were also recovered.
Four missiles were fired near
sub-division complex Bahai Daag in Mamad Kore area of Khewazai
Biazai in Mohmand agency of FATA from across the Pakistan-Afghanistan
Border. No casualties or injuries were reported.
An IED planted near the residence
of Malik Hayat Gul of Masood Adamzai in Safi Tehsil in Mohmand
Agency in FATA went off early. No casualties or injuries were
An IED recovered and defused
by the BDU of Mohmand Rifles at Olai Top Border area in Biazai
sub-division in Mohmand Agency in FATA.
MFA Pakistan Spokesperson Dr
Muhammad Faisal in response to a question on Pakistani response
to potential US strikes in settled areas of Pakistani territory
said that the Military had already stated that “any such actions
would get a befitting response”.
The US State Department Spokesperson
Heather Nauert had said that it had placed Pakistan on a special
watch list for ‘severe violations of religious freedom’.
A FC Personal was injured in
IED explosion in Ainger area of Mohmand Agency in FATA.
Sixteen TTP militants of the
Ustad Aslam faction were arrested in a joint operation by CTD
of Sindh Police and Sindh Rangers in Sohrab Goth and Mominabad
areas of Karachi the provincial capital of Sindh. Firing took
place during the Sohrab Goth raid. The militants were identified
as Rafiullah Arif alias Qari, Abdul Majid alias Mufti, Mohammad
Younis Arif Ans alias Yousuf Saleem, Mohammad Razaq, Shams Alhuda
alias Maulvi, Umar Khaliq alias Hussain, Mohammad Junaid alias
Abdul Manan, Junaid Ahmed, Khan Bahadur, Abdul Gaffar alias
Abu Huraira, Mohammad Zainul Abideen alias Siddiqui Arif Saifullah,
Saifullah, Mohammad Asif, Sanaullah, Abdulaziz and Umar Ali.
Arms and ammunition including hand grenades and explosives were
CTD recovered ten ‘block bombs’
and several suicide vests near Guru Mandir neighbourhood of
Karachi the provincial capital of Sindh.
More Pakistanis died in incidents
described by LEA as encounters than in gun violence or in suicide
attacks in 2017, according to the findings of a research conducted
by the Centre for Research and Security Studies (CRSS). In 2017,
495 people were reported killed in what the law enforcement
agencies said were shootouts. The number of those killed in
gun violence was 399, those in suicide attacks 298, and in bomb
explosions 144. The corresponding numbers for 2016 were 645
in alleged encounters, 485 in gun violence, and 376 in suicide
attacks. The study finds that sectarian violence escalated drastically
in 2017, with a 32 percent increase from 241 fatalities in 2016
to 319 in 2017. Overall, the report maintains that the country
witnessed a 21 percent decline in violence-related deaths in
2017. Except Punjab, all other provinces or regions registered
a decline in violence. 4,131 casualties were reported in violent
incidents in 2017, including 2,057 deaths and 2,074 injuries.
In contrast, there were 2,613 deaths in 2016 and 4,647 in 2015.
TLYRA Chief Allama Khadim Hussain
Rizvi said that TLYRA will fight upcoming 2018 elections in
Pakistan. Speaking at Liaquat Bagh in ceremony to honour people
killed during the Faizabad protests he said that “In Faizabad,
we sacrificed only eight lives fighting the blasphemy, but if
circumstances demand, we will be ready to sacrifice millions
of lives”. A top leader Pir Afzal Qadri released a 12-point
manifesto promising an equitable distribution of wealth and
inclusion of Islamic teachings in the curriculum.
Afghan Deputy Ambassador to
Pakistan Zardasht Shams said that the Deputy Governor of Afghanistan’s
Kunar province, Qazi Mohammad Nabi Ahmadi, abducted from Peshawar
in KP in October 27 2017, has been released. Ahmadi’s brother,
Habibullah, who was also abducted, has not yet been freed.
NACTA will conduct research
on the footprints of IS group in Pakistan and its linkage with
TTP, Al Qaeda and other militant networks confirmed Senate Standing
Committee on Internal Security under the chairmanship of Rehman
Malik. Rehman Malik also asked NACTA to take steps for capacity-building
of the FIA to effectively combat cyber terrorism and crimes.
NACTA’s National Coordinator Ihsan Ghani presented a report
on implementation of the NAP over the last three years covering
20 salient points of the anti-terrorism plan confirmed that
483 militants had been convicted since partial lifting of moratorium
on death penalty in March 2015 (period not specified).
State Department Spokesperson
Heather Nauert said that US will suspend all security aid to
Pakistan starting from January 5 until Islamabad acts against
terrorist groups. The suspension includes USD 255 million in
FMF for the fiscal year 2016 as mandated by the US Congress
and USD 900 million of the CSF money to Pakistan for the fiscal
year 2017. “It has been more than four months since the President’s
speech and despite a sustained high-level engagement by this
administration with the Government of Pakistan, the Taliban
and the Haqqani Network continue to find sanctuary inside Pakistan
as they plot to destabilise Afghanistan and also attack US and
allied personnel,” Nauert said. She added that the cut is not
permanent. However the suspension of FMF for 2016 was announced
back in September 2017 and the State Department could not confirm
the exact figure of what extra amount of aid had been suspended
beyond $255 million in FMF for 2016 during the press briefing.
US Republican Senator Rand Paul
said that he would introduce a bill that would stop all US aid
to Pakistan. "US should not give one penny to countries
that burn our flag and chant Death to America. Countries like
Pakistan that stonewall access to key information in fighting
terrorism don't deserve our money," he said.
MFA Pakistan Spokesperson Dr
Muhammad Faisal said that Pakistan had fought war against terrorism
largely from its own resources and it cost the country $120
billion in last 15 years. “[The] impact of US’ decision on pursuit
of common objectives is also likely to emerge more clearly in
due course of time. It, however, needs to be appreciated that
Pakistan has fought the war against terrorism largely from its
own resources. We are determined to continue to do all it takes
to secure the lives of our citizens and broader stability in
the region,” he said in a statement.
Two militants were killed by
SFs in Nawa Killi near Quetta, provincial capital of Balochistan.
Police said that they were attempting to arrest the accomplices
of an arrested suspect who was in the vehicle with the SFs in
order to help in identifying the suspects. Security officials
(unnamed) said, “However, the suspect’s accomplices opened fire
in a bid to help their detained friend escape. In the resulting
exchange, one of the attackers, as well as the under-arrest
suspect, were killed. Two terrorists, however, escaped from
Armed assailants killed a Policeman
belonging to the Rapid Response Group (RRG) and injured another
near Sariab Flyover in Quetta. The deceased was identified as
RRG Constable Muhammad Alam.
355 suspected persons were arrested
by Police during search operations in various areas of Kohat
District in KP. According to DPO Kohat, thirty-three proclaimed
offenders and a number of Afghan citizens living in the area
without valid travelling documents were among the arrested people.
Arms and ammunition were recovered from them.
FC Balochistan recovered IEDs,
arms and ammunition during an IBO in Mastung District of Balochistan.
“Through an IBO [intelligence based operation] in Mastung based
on lead from apprehended suspects, [FC] recovered cache of arms,
ammunition and explosives including sniper rifles, grenade and
IEDs hidden in caves for a major terrorist activity,” the ISPR
said in a statement.
One suspect, identified as Gul
Qayum s/o Akhtar Qayum, was arrested and arms and ammunition
were recovered by Khasdar Force in the Zergraan area of Landi
Kotal tehsil in Khyber agency. The recovery included 55 SMGs
and 1150 rounds.