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Terrorism-related Incidents in Lahore - 2012





January 4

A man, identified as Mohammad Waqas, received serious injuries in an indiscriminate firing by unknown armed assailants in Gawalmandi area of Lahore.

Thousands people gathered at Data Darbar in Lahore in support of the former Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer's assassin Malik Mumtaz Qadri, and called for his release.

January 9

Former Chairman of the Punjab Bar Council's Executive Committee, Advocate Chaudhry Nasrullah Warraich, was shot dead by unidentified militants in Lahore District. Police said some unidentified militants visited Nasrullah Warraich's house, and enquired about his son Mansoor. Nasrullah responded, and as he turned back, the accused opened fire and fled.

January 10

A bomb hoax at Atif Aslam concert held at the Al Hamra Cultural Complex in Lahore led to a stampede that killed three girls and injured five others. The deceased girls were identified as Maheen Naseem (17), Sara Nawaz (22) and Nimra (16). There were reportedly between 6000 and 7000 girls at the concert. The stampede was caused when the crowd exiting was told by boys passing by that a bomb was planted at the concert venue, said administration officials of the Punjab Group of Colleges. There was no Police or Al Hamra security inside where guards employed by Punjab Group of Colleges were taking care of the security.

January 15

An Afghan girl (9), identified as Haleem, carrying 50 bullets and an Afghan man, identified as Gul Mohammad (25) were arrested by Security Force deployed at the main procession of Hazrat Imam Hussain's Chehlum in Kashmiri Bazaar in Lahore District.

February 1

A senior professor, Shaharyar, of King Edward Medical University in Lahore District received threats after he asked a student not to wear the ''Hijab'' (headscarf) in his classes. Shaharyar, the head of the Oncology Department had asked a girl attending a fourth-year MBBS class not to wear the Hijab.

April 24

At least three people, including a Railway Police official, died and around 45 others received injuries when a bomb exploded at the counter of Business Train on Platform No 2 of the Lahore Railway Station.

July 4

The chief security officer of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Major (retd) Muaaz, was injured as an explosive device went off near his house in Karim Block area of Iqbal Town in Lahore in the night. Sources said Major (retd) Muaaz was leaving his house in Karim Block vehicle when a device dropped from beneath the vehicle. His neighbour said that a minor servant picked up the device and gave it to Muaaz's sister, who called him (Muaaz) on the phone and said that some part of his car had fallen down. On his return, Muaaz was given the device, which exploded when he dropped the bomb while he was examining it. He received injuries on his legs and back, while his car and another vehicle parked in the street near his house were damaged.

July 6

The Police have rooted out camps set up in Lahore by the DPC for a protest march against restoration of NATO supplies to Afghanistan. A large contingent of Police dismantled the two camps, one at the Regal Chowk on Mall Road and the other at Faisal Chowk. According to Police officials, there is no permission for anyone to set up any sort of protest camp on Mall Road.

July 10

Three persons including a female were shot dead by unidentified assailants inside their home at Tajpura Scheme area under Ghaziabad Police Station of Lahore in Punjab.

July 12

Militants shot dead nine trainee jail staffs and wounded three others after storming a building in Ichra complex in Lahore in Punjab where they were sleeping.

At least six militants struck a commercial bank branch under Kot Lakhpat Police Station area in Lahore, the provincial capital of Punjab, in broad daylight and fled away after looting PKR two million.

July 17

Following the brazen gun attack on prison Policemen in Rasool Park, the Punjab Police launched a massive crackdown against militants across the province and over 100 suspects have been detained. Those detained belonged to ASWJ, SSP, Tehreek-e-Jaffaria, LeJ, SMP, ITP, JuA and JuF.

August 1

Two bombs exploded at the fruit market in Badami Bagh area of Lahore District, leaving at least 23 persons injured. Later, two wounded people succumbed to their injuries.

The Punjab Police IG Haji Habibur Rehman claimed that the blasts were in reaction to the arrest of militants in Multan District earlier. According to Police sources, they had arrested three terrorists a few days back who had disclosed that they were planning to carry out an attack in the city.

TTP Chief Hakimullah Mehsud directed his fighters to step up attacks in Punjab province, especially on intelligence organisations and military facilities like the PAF base in Lahore District. The TTP chief has decided to increase terrorist attacks in Punjab to "inflict maximum damage", especially in the provincial capital of Lahore.

During a secret meeting held at Asad Khel village in the lawless North Waziristan Agency of FATA, Mehsud allocated PKR 25 million for attacks targeting the PAF base in Lahore and offices of the ISI, Military Intelligence, Intelligence Bureau and Counter-Terrorism Department. An intelligence report states that the meeting in North Waziristan Agency was attended by top TTP 'commanders', including leaders of the Qari Yasin group, which is listed in the Police's "Red Book" as a high-profile terrorist organisation.

August 3

More than 50 suspects and hardened criminals were arrested during search operations across Lahore District, while Police remained on high alert to prevent any untoward situation during Friday prayers.

August 8

The Lahore District Government notified a ban on pillion riding on Ramazan 20-21, as a security measure for Youm-i-Ali, when Shias will take out a procession to mark the martyrdom of Hazart Ali (RA).

August 30

Malik Ishaq, leader of LeJ, which is said to have links to al Qaeda, was arrested in Lahore District for inciting sectarian hatred and masterminding an attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in 2009. He was arrested after his return from a pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, Police spokeswoman Nabila Ghazanfar said.

September 9

A hoax bomb call briefly disrupted services at the Lahore Airport after India's External Affairs Minister S M Krishna's special plane took off.

A Karachi-bound flight was delayed for a couple of hours after authorities received information from an unidentified person that a bomb had been planted in the plane. "After a thorough search, the alert turned out to be a hoax," the spokesman said.

September 10

Lahore's Additional District and Sessions Judge granted bail to LeJ co-founder Malik Ishaq on the submission of a surety bond worth PKR 500,000. Ishaq is not expected to be released soon as the bail has not been submitted, and he is also currently accused in other cases. The bail plea of Ishaq said that the Article 295-A of the Pakistan Penal Code does not apply in this case and it was a malafide action on part of the Police to register the case.

October 19

Unidentified armed militants shot dead a Senior Lawyer and Shia activist Shakir Ali Rizvi near the Jain Mandir area in Lahore District while he was heading to the Lahore High Court with a colleague.

October 27

Despite being on the Interior Ministry's watch list for being banned by the UN, JuD is all geared to launch a rigorous hide collection campaign this Eid, especially in Lahore District. The JuD is not only appealing for hides, but also soliciting cash donations in lieu of sacrificial animals.

The Lahore District Government rejected the organisation's application for a NOC to collect hides. DCO, Tariq Zaman said that neither the JuD nor its charity arm Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation has been granted NOCs.

October 31

A large number of students, their parents and other people protested against the administration of Farooqi Girls High School in Ravi Road area of Lahore District, for "distributing a blasphemous essay sheet among students". The protesters later set the school gate and set its building and principal's car on fire. People in the area have been demanding Police action against the teacher accused of blasphemy for the last couple of days. Police reached the site and resorted to aerial firing to disperse the mob. A citizen was injured during the protest.

The LHC Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial sought reply from the Federal Ministry of Interior on a petition of JuD Chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed through which he has challenged the restrictions imposed by the Federal Government on the group's activities, including collection of hides of sacrificial animals during Eidul Azha. The Chief Justice directed the Ministry to file its reply by November 29. Petitioner's counsel, AK Dogar, submitted that the JuD is an institution of the same nature as Edhi Welfare Foundation with the only difference that it had set up 142 schools for boys and girls across the country.

November 16

Sources in the Home Department revealed that traders, industrialists, businessmen and other wealthy people in major cities of Rawalpindi and Lahore Districts are worried about the alarming increase in activities of extortion by terror groups. A Home Department report sent to all the Divisional and City Police chiefs in the province also identified the terror groups and their modus operandi to extort money from wealthy people, especially those who had migrated to the urban centres of the Punjab from the tribal areas.

December 1

The CIA Police arrested three militants of the TTP near Minar-i-Pakistan in Lahore District and thwarted their plans of targeting Shia processions. The arrestees are identified as Arshid Ali, Umer Zaib and Amjad. The team recovered seven kilogram of explosive material, four hand grenades, a rifle, INR 150,000 in cash and bullets from their possession.

December 3

At least 15 to 20 masked militants, some of them equipped with arms, attacked the graveyard of Ahmadi community in Model Town area of Lahore and shattered the tombstones of more than 120 graves. Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan is under attack for last several years in Pakistan. Police said that these masked militants belonged to the TTP.

December 4

A senior advocate, Masood Abid Naqvi was shot at by some unidentified armed assailants on Farid Kot Road in Mozang Police Station in Lahore.

December 11

The CIA arrested two terrorists and seized suicide jackets and explosive material on Canal Road of Lahore.

Note:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.





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