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Punjab Timeline- 2016

Month/Date

Incidents

January 5

A five kilogram of bomb with 2.5 kilogram of ball bearings and two gallons petrol along with a remote control device was found under the stairs of the Samsani overhead bridge on Canal Road in provincial capital Lahore, sometime after Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan drove through the area. Sadar Division SP Haroonur Rasheed said that the bomb had been placed to harm the Interior Minister who crossed the bridge on his way to Islamabad.

January 6

The Schools Education Department has issued directives to District Education officers to put up material discussing anti-terrorism efforts, tolerance and co-existence in all schools of the Province. The material was created by the Punjab Textbook and Curriculum Board and contains topics ranging from definition of terrorism to the importance of tolerance in the society. The material is in Urdu. The document lists external conspiracies, anti-state actors, lack of education, misinterpretation of religious texts, sectarianism, provincialism, racial discrimination, poverty and Indian infiltration as reasons for terrorism. The document classifies forms of terrorism into suicide attacks, bombings and shooting and kidnapping of citizens.

January 12

Two death row convicts were hanged till death in Toba Tek Singh and Bahawalpur jails early on Tuesday. A death convict, Muhammad Sardar, was hanged till death in the District Jail Toba Tek Singh. He was accused of killing one Amanullah in 1993.

Another convict, identified as Rasheed Ahmad, was hanged till death in the New Central Jail in Bahawalpur District. He was accused of murdering a man in 2004.

Law enforcement agencies claimed to have arrested seven LeJ suspect allegedly involved in attacks on different media houses during a raid in Samanabad area of provincial capital Lahore. Quoting intelligence sources, some television news channels reported that prime suspects Saifullah and Waheed and their five accomplices were arrested. Arms and ammunition, maps of some media houses and jihadi literature were recovered from their possession.

January 13

An employee of ARY TV channel was injured when unidentified militants hurled hand grenades and opened indiscriminate fire at the office in Islamabad. The attackers, before fleeing from the scene, left pamphlets which said Daesh (also known as Islamic State/IS) claims responsibility for the attack.

January 14

The CTD sealed a mosque-cum-seminary run by JeM and detained 14 JeM cadres from Mundeyki Goraya village in Sialkot District. An unnamed senior official said that a contingent of CTD and Police raided and sealed Jamia Masjid and Madrassah Al-Noor.

January 15

Punjab CTD conducted a raid on a Madrassah run by JeM in Razaabad of Faisalabad city in the Punjab Province and arrested eight JeM militants. The arrestees were shifted to an undisclosed location for interrogation. Among those taken into custody include JeM Regional Chief Muhammad Hassan Alias Abu Jandal whereas the identification of the others could not be confirmed so far.

The Government shut down several religious schools run by the JeM militant group accused of masterminding the attack on Pathankot air base in India, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said. The crackdown in Punjab, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's power base and the headquarters of JeM, follows the arrest this week of several members of the militant group, including its leader, Maulana Masood Azhar, a hardliner and long-time foe of India. The Government has said it is clamping down on Azhar's group while it investigates Indian assertions that the January 2 attack on the Pathankot air base was the work of the Pakistan-based militants.

January 17

Three JeM cadres, who were among the 31 arrested suspects as part of a crackdown on the outfit in the aftermath of the January 2, 2016, Pathankot terror attack, were charged in an Anti-Terrorism Court of Sialkot District for possessing jihadi literature. The three suspects, however, were not charged in connection with the Pathankot attack and instead were charged for possessing jihadi literature.

JeM rejected claims that its leader Maulana Masood Azhar has been arrested for his alleged role in the January 2, 2o16, terror strike on the Pathankot airbase in India. "Disbelievers and hypocrites across the world are celebrating our arrest," a statement in Urdu said, "but the arrest never happened." "Even if they happen, what difference will it make? No difference, except one. Allah willing, there will be more enthusiasm and excitement among people of the faith, and the work of jihad will gather more strength and energy," said the statement, posted on a Facebook community used by the JeM to communicate with media and followers.

"Those taking the Mujahideen as helpless and weak are greatly mistaken. You made the children of the martyr Afzal Guru cry, and since then, you have been crying, screaming and shrieking everyday," it stated. In its statement, the Jaish also lashed out at Pakistan's government "which is friends with (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi, (former Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna) Advani, and (former Prime Minister Atal Bihari) Vajpayee". "We will settle all scores… We are not polytheists, who were born on the railway tracks, but the followers of Muhammad the Arab and the enlightened ones of Medina, suffused with the unity of Allah and intoxicated by the desire for martyrdom," the Jaish said.

January 22

Police killed three al Qaeda terrorists in a shootout in Azam Chowk in Layyah District of Punjab Province, thwarting a major terror attack. According to a CTD spokesman, "a team of Police personnel on January 22 night raided a house in Azam Chowk. The terrorists present in the house opened fire. The police returned the fire killing three terrorists." "Three of their accomplices, however, managed to escape," he said, adding that a huge quantity of explosives was recovered from the house.

January 28

A terror bid was foiled by Police when a terrorist during an encounter with Police blew himself up in Domeli Mor area of Jhelum District. The terrorist who was allegedly targeting the Rawalpindi to Lahore Pakistan Express tried to plant explosives on railway tracks near Grand Trunk Road when some passerby reported about this to Motorway Police. The terrorist lobbed a hand grenade at security personnel upon sight and then blew himself up, security sources said. Police recovered four hand grenades and two pistols, as well as two National Identity Cards and a vehicle from his possession.

February 9

Two sons of a retired Major General Chaudhry Ahmad Khan were abducted from provincial capital Lahore. One of them, identified as Hammad (34), was kidnapped from outside his home on Sarfaraz Rafiqui Road and the other son, identified as Nauman, from his office on Walton Road.

February 15

SFs arrested two militants, including 'commander' of TTP Zewar alias Zewar Mulla, during a raid in a house in Fateh Jang tehsil in Attock District. Mulla is stated to be a close associate of late TTP head Hakimullah Mehsud and a TTP 'commander' Tariq Afridi, who too is dead. Zewar was also associated with Saeed Khan, a Pakistani commander of Islamic State, or Daesh. Zewar, who had been collecting funds for the TTP, was a resident of Dabori in Orakzai Agency of FATA.

SFs arrested another militant, identified as Ziaur Rehman, during a search operation in Shahu area.

LEAs found a homemade explosive device near a girls school in Kot Lakhpat area of provincial capital Lahore.

February 17

Seven militants, belonging to TTP and LeJ, who were on their way to launch an attack in Sharaqpur area, were killed in an exchange of gunfire during a Police encounter in Sheikhupura District. According to a statement from the Provincial CTD, a dozen or so militants were riding motorcycles and were on their way to attack Police when they were intercepted. "When the firing stopped, seven unknown terrorists were found dead," it said, adding that the men were killed "by firing from their accomplices who fled from the scene taking benefit of darkness". Shahzad Sultan, a senior local Police Official confirmed the incident.

Two Police Constables, identified as Muhammad Asif and Mubashir, manning a security check post in Chanab Pulli area of Iqbal Town in provincial capital Lahore were shot dead by three unidentified militants.

Two unidentified armed assailants shot at and injured a polio worker, identified as Omar Khan (22), in the Sanda area of Lahore.

February 19

At least three Policemen were killed in a gun attack near Miran Wala Bangla Bypass in Faisalabad District of Punjab. The suspected miscreants opened fire at Policemen when they were stopped by patrolling Police near Miran Wala Bangla Bypass, resulting in the killing of three Policemen. However, the suspects managed to escape.

February 22

A key operative of the LeJ, identified as Asif Chotu, was arrested during a search operation in Dera Ghazi Khan District. Chotu was wanted by the Police in the Justice Baqar Maqbool attack case and other crimes. The suspect was carrying head money of PKR 2.5 million.

February 23

Two educational institutions in Islamabad received threats, one through a letter and the other over a telephone call. The Police are investigating the matter and trying to establish if the threats were a hoax. An administration officer at a law college in Aabpara, Jahangir Khan, lodged a complaint with the police and said he was at the office on February 19, 2016, when he received a landline call from an unknown number. The caller said a bomb had been placed in the college which will go off in 30 minutes.

The principal of a college in G-10 also lodged a complaint with the Police saying that a letter had been sent to the college through the post on February 18, 2016, saying the institute will be attacked on February 19. A senior police officer told Dawn that the cases were being investigated and efforts were underway to trace both the caller and the person who sent the letter.

An ATC sentenced two JeM terrorists, Kashif Siddique and Rashid Iqbal, to 10 years in prison for raising funds for the outfit. They were arrested by the Punjab CTD in Attock District on August 7, 2015, along with a money box placed near a mosque. The CTD officials found PKR 210 in the box and seized empty cash receipts, membership cards, books and pamphlets related to JeM.

February 25

Former Afghan Governor Sayed Fazlullah Wahidi was recovered who was abducted in Islamabad on February 12. "Wahidi has been found and handed over to Afghanistan consulate in Peshawar," his son, Nemat Wahidi said. Unidentified persons had abducted Afghanistan's former Governor of Herat province in Rana Market area of F-7 sector in Islamabad. The former envoy had gone to a restaurant with his 12-year-old grandson when unidentified persons arrived in two vehicles and kidnapped him, leaving the child. The former Governor and an influential Afghan leader had earlier arrived in the Islamabad along with his family to get visas to travel to UK as British embassy in Kabul does not directly issue visas to Afghan nationals.

The Punjab Government constituted a five-member JIT to carry out investigation into the Pathankot airbase attack of January 2, 2016. The JIT was constituted after Punjab CTD registered a FIR against the alleged attackers and abettors of the attack. The JIT would also be visiting the airbase next month to gather evidence subject to permission by the Indian Government. The JIT comprises Punjab CTD Additional IGP Muhammad Tahir Rai (convener), Lahore DDG Intelligence Bureau Mohammad Azim Arshad, ISI Lieutenant-Colonel Tanvir Ahmed, Military Intelligence Lieutenant-Colonel Irfan Mirza and Gujjaranwala CTD Investigating Officer Shahid Tanveer (members).

Undeterred by scuttling of its previous attempt to get JeM Chief Masood Azhar banned by the United Nations, India will again move the world body with the demand. "We will be moving the 1267 Sanctions Committee to also include the name of Masood Azhar on the sanctions list. It is a great anomaly that the organisation JeM is listed, but not its leader," Indian External Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said. He also noted that India had already submitted to the UN's Sanction Committee a fresh list of what he called 11 terrorists from Pakistan-based groups affiliated to al Qaeda, Taliban and other outfits responsible for terrorism in the country. On February 18, a list of 11 individuals and one organisation "linked to terrorism in India", was submitted to the 1267/1989/2253 ISIL (the militant Islamic State group) and al Qaeda Sanctions Committee.

February 26

A death row convict, Saeed Khan, involved in attack on Sialkot cantonment, was hanged till death at the Central Jail of Adiala in Rawalpindi District.

February 28

Malik Mumtaz Qadri, an Elite Force commando convicted of killing former Punjab Governor Salman Taseer on January 4, 2011, was executed at the Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi District at around 4.30 am. Qadri was sentenced to death for assassinating Taseer on October 1, 2011. Qadri said that he killed Taseer over what he called the politician's vocal opposition to blasphemy laws of the country. His mercy appeal was rejected by President Mamnoon Hussain. "I can confirm that Qadri was hanged in Adiala jail early Monday morning," senior local Police Official Sajjid Gondal said.

A suspect, associated with a banned organization, was arrested, on charges of distributing literature against the Government and for seeking enforcement of Shariah in the country, from Murree in Islamabad. Shaukat Ali, an official of the Bhara Kahu Police, said that the suspect was distributing literature in front of Farooqia Masjid on Murree Road when he was arrested. "The literature was against the Government and it stressed that Shariah should be enforced in the country. As the accused belongs to a banned outfit, he was arrested," Ali added.

March 2

An Ahmadi, identified as Qamarul Zia (35), was killed for his faith in Kot Abdul Malik city of Sheikhupura District. Zia was killed while he was leaving his house to fetch his children from school. Mazhar Ali, the brother of Zia, said that one of the men had stabbed Zia in the neck as he was mounting his motorcycle. Ali said a shopkeeper in the area had tried to rescue Zia but he also got injured by the assailants. Zia's murder marks the first killing of an Ahmadi in 2016. Zia was earlier attacked by some religious clerics in 2012. Some members of the Majlis-e-Tahaffuz-e-Khatm-e-Nabuwat had again attacked him six months ago.

March 7

Three security guards sustained injuries and PKR 9 million were looted during a bank robbery within the Masti Gate Police limits in Rang Mahal Chowk area of provincial capital Lahore. The investigation officer said that the incident occurred when security guards were shifting cash in the security van from a private Bank. The injured guards were identified as Naeem, Khalid and Noor. This is the third big bank robbery in the last three months. In the second week of November 2015, robbers had looted PKR 90 million from a private bank in Gulberg and fled the scene. About PKR 4 million were looted from another private bank in Qila Gujjar Singh area.

March 13

At least five militants were killed in an encounter with CTD forces in Nankana Sahib District of Punjab. CTD forces raided a house on a tip-off in a village and an encounter took place. During the crossfire, five terrorists were killed while two others managed to escape. Explosive material and ammunition were recovered from their possession. The identity of the suspects could not be ascertained immediately.

Police claimed to have arrested five key gangsters of Lyari gang from Dhok Kisan area of Attock District. On a tip-off, the Police headed by Regional Police Officer Fakhar Sultan raided a hideout and arrested the alleged gangsters identified as Noor Zaman, Hameed Khan, Safdar Hussain, Ansar Hussain and Ghulam Hussain. The police also impounded a cache of ammunition, bullets, four carat gold and PKR 30 million from their possession.

March 14

At least five alleged terrorists were killed in exchange of fire with the personnel of CTD in Samasata area in Bahawalpur District in Punjab. According to reports, the CTD personnel, on a tip-off, launched action in Samasata area. Exchange of fire took place at Bahawalpur overhead bridge in which five terrorists were killed. The officials also seized hand grenades and explosives from the possession of the militants, affiliated to a banned outfit.

March 26

Four terror suspects were allegedly killed in an encounter with the personnel of the CTD in the Adam Wahan Village in the Lodhran District of Punjab. CTD officials had a report that up to seven suspects were hiding in the village. They raided the terrorist hideout in the Sadar Police precincts in the Lodhran District and the terror suspects threw two hand grenades at them. The CTD officials retaliated, killing four suspected terrorists at the scene. A suicide vest, a hand grenade, a rifle and other weapons were recovered from the suspects. The suspects are yet to be identified.

March 27

At least 74 people were killed and more than 300 injured when a suicide bomb ripped through the parking space in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park situated near Allama Iqbal Town in provincial capital Lahore when Christians were celebrating Easter. JuA (Group of the Free), a breakaway faction of the TTP, claimed responsibility for the attack. "We claim responsibility for the attack on Christians as they were celebrating Easter," a spokesperson said.

ST cadres manhandled journalists in Islamabad as they gathered outside Parliament House at the Red Zone to protest against the hanging of Malik Mumtaz Qadri, the assassin of former Punjab Governor Salman Taseer. Many journalists, including cameramen, were injured.

March 28

CoAS General Raheel Sharif during a high-level meeting in Rawalpindi ordered intelligence-based operations against terrorists in Punjab and made it clear that these operations will not be "joint actions" as conducted in the past along with the Police and Provincial Intelligence Agencies. The overnight operations, which the army chief is personally monitoring, were conducted by army units, paramilitary Rangers, the ISI and MI personnel. He ordered crackdowns against militants with the focus on finding linkages and perpetrators of the attack. Subsequently the military conducted several raids in Lahore, Faisalabad, Muzaffargarh and other Districts. One of the operations reportedly lasted for over five hours and yielded several arrests.

March 29

Five terrorists were killed and over 600 suspects were arrested in an extensive operation launched by the SFs across the Province following March 27, 2016, suicide attack in Lahore. According to details provided by private TV channels, five terrorists, belonging to a banned militant group, were killed in separate shootouts with during search operations in Rajanpur District and Muzaffargarh District. In addition, 250 suspects were detained in Sialkot District, 200 in Gujranwala, 80 in Faisalabad, 34 in Rahimyar Khan, 18 in Kasur, 10 in Bhakkar, six in Attock and one in Bahawalpur, while several others were also arrested from other Districts of the province.

One of the main leaders of protesters, identified as Pir Muhammad Afzal Qadri, at Islamabad's D-Chowk has been on the Fourth Schedule of ATA for over a year, yet he made his way to the capital unhindered. Afzal Qadri is the chief of Aalmi Tanzeem Ahl-e Sunnat. Sources in the District Government and Police said that around two months ago authorities had besieged Qadri's residence and seminary in Mararrian village and stopped him from marching to Lahore to press the Government against executing Malik Mumtaz Qadri, the assassin of former Punjab Governor Salman Taseer.

The death toll of March 27, 2016, suicide blast in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park of Lahore rose to 74 after two more injured persons succumbed to their injuries. The victims were identified as Anas Ayub (17) and Moshin (18). The 74 dead include 29 children and 10 women 20 Christians.

Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah while addressing a press conference on Lahore claimed that there are no safe havens, organised terrorist networks or any no-go areas in any part of the Province. He said that civil-military agencies were carrying out the operation across the Province under the continuing NAP. He said the military crackdown on terrorist activities in Punjab was a national operation and the country's entire political leadership, religious parties, opposition and the Government were backing the crackdown. He further said, "As 5,221 people were initially rounded up from different parts of Punjab out of which 5,005 have been released after verification of their documents," adding, "However, 216 suspects are still under custody for further investigation." Regarding investigations in the attack, he said that a JIT has been formed to probe the incident, which will be headed by the SSP CTD.

JuA, the breakaway faction of the TTP, warned the Government that the Lahore terror attack was a "message" to the Government about their "arrival" in Punjab. "Also, this is a message to the Pakistani Prime Minister that we have arrived in Punjab," the group's spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said.

The spokesman even taunted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Twitter. "After the Lahore attack, Nawaz Sharif repeated old words to give himself false assurances," he wrote. "Nawaz Sharif should know that war has reached his doorstep, and God willing the Mujahideen will be the winners in this war." In a post in Urdu on its Facebook page, the group released the bomber's photo, identifying him as Salahuddin Khorasani. "The Christians, Jews, and Zoroastrians in Pakistan have neither converted to Islam nor paying Jizya. Under these circumstances, Christians, Hindus, etc, are not at peace, nor are their places of worship safe," it said.

March 30

At least five terrorists were killed in an encounter with CIA Nawankot Police in LDA Avenue Society of Jubilee Town Chung area in provincial capital Lahore. The CIA claimed to have recovered two Kalashnikovs, three pistols, 10 grenades, 10 time devices and maps from the their possession. CIA Nawankot Sub Inspector Khalid Farooqi raided a house on information about the presence of terrorists in house where Police cordon off the area. Police said the suspects opened fired on police party and there was an exchange of fire that lasted for one and a half hour.

April 6

Six TTP militants belonging to belonging to the Ustad Aslam faction were killed in an encounter conducted by CTD near Tallat Park in Kachi Abadi Sherakot area of provincial capital Lahore. A CTD spokesperson said that weapons and explosives were also recovered, including "four to five kilograms of explosives, four detonators, two Kalashnikov rifles, three motorcycles, four pistols, and 97 bullets." He further added that the Police "received information that nine to ten suspects of the banned TTP". "They were planning to attack law enforcement agencies' offices and prominent personalities in Lahore," said the CTD spokesperson.

An ISPR statement said, "Coordinated operations are underway against terrorists, hardened criminals and ferraris by law enforcement agencies including Rangers, Punjab police, CTD, assisted by Pakistan army in southern Punjab". The statement added that the terrorists have fled from different parts of the country as a result of operation Zarb-e-Azb, and have taken refuge in the remote areas of Rohjan and District Rahim Yar Khan. The operation is being looked after by Corp Commander Lahore, Lieutenant General Sadiq Ali, with army troops, Punjab Police, CTD and Rangers participating. At least five terrorists were killed in an encounter with CIA Nawankot Police in LDA Avenue Society of Jubilee Town Chung area in provincial capital Lahore. The CIA claimed to have recovered two Kalashnikovs, three pistols, 10 grenades, 10 time devices and maps from the their possession. CIA Nawankot Sub Inspector Khalid Farooqi raided a house on information about the presence of terrorists in house where Police cordon off the area. Police said the suspects opened fired on police party and there was an exchange of fire that lasted for one and a half hour.

Three death row prisoners, including two brothers, were hanged till death in Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore. The dead bodies were handed over to their families after completing legal formalities. The hanged persons have been identified as Imran, Nauman and Raheel. Police said Imran and Nauman, two real brothers, had killed one Awais in Islamabad in 1996. They were convicted in 1997.

The third convict had killed a man in Dera Ghazi Khan District.

April 7

The LeT founder and JuD chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed has set up a Sharia'h court in provincial capital Lahore to dispense "speedy justice", taking up citizens' complaints and issuing summons carrying a warning of strict action in case of non-compliance. This is the first such parallel judicial system in Pakistan's Punjab province. The JuD claimed the court only offers arbitration and resolves disputes in accordance with the Islamic judicial system, but failed to justify the summons. The court has been established at the organisation's headquarters, Jamia Qadsia, Chauburji, under a Qazi (judge) assisted by Khadmins or court associates. "The complaints are addressed to the chief of the religious organisation who later refers them to the Qazi for further proceedings," the report said.

April 9

The CTD and Police, in a joint action, killed at least three militants in Khanewal District of Punjab. The fourth terrorist detonated his explosive vest killing himself on the spot. The Police and CTD, on a tip-off, carried out joint action and exchange of fire took place near Lakhi Tibbi Adda. Two to three others managed to flee taking advantage of the darkness. CTD sources said the terrorists were affiliated to TTP and Al Qaeda and were plotting to target sensitive installations in Multan. The law enforcers recovered suicide jackets, two pistols and automatic rifle from the possession of the militants.

April 13

At least 10 Policemen and five gangsters were killed while another 25 were taken hostage, leading to the suspension of the operation against the Chhotu Gang in Rajanpur District. It was learnt that two boats carrying 42 Policemen advanced on positions of the dacoits who fired at them. 15 gangsters and four Policemen were injured in the operation. The IGP-led Operation Zarb-e-Aahan (Strike of the dawn) that was launched on April 5, 0216, in the District against the gangsters was suspended till the formulation of a new strategy. Rajanpur DPO Ghulam Mubashir Mekan said around 200 criminals had rendered the 30-kilometre island-like area into a no-go area. They are armed with sophisticated weapons.

April 14

At least four more Policemen were killed in the ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Aahan in Rajanpur District. The dead bodies came with a threat to kill 24 captive Policemen if safe passage is not provided to leaders of Chotoo gang. The gangsters also handed over four injured Policemen to representatives of Police.

Federal Interior Ministry accorded approval for launching a military operation against the criminals of Rojhan tehsil in Rajanpur District. An unnamed Police official said that an army battalion from Okara and two platoons of the SSG, an independent commando regiment/corps of the army, has been called in to launch a large-scale operation. A strike force with paratroops from Rangers would also take part in the joint operation along with regular policemen and commandos of the force, the official added.

April 15

The Army officially launched a ground and aerial operation, codenamed Zarb-e-Aahan, in Rajanpur District, leading to the surrender of 40 gangsters. The gangsters said that they never wanted to fight against Pakistan Army. Curfew has been imposed in four kilometer area and soldiers have also been assisted with gunship helicopters. Addressing officers at the Central Police Office in Lahore, Punjab IG Mushtaq Sukhera said the Zarb-e-Aahan operation had been launched in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies. "During training sessions, 50,000 rounds were fired and use of mortars and other equipment were demonstrated," the IG said, adding that two retired colonels from the Special Services Group were on board in the operation.

April 17

Security agencies detained six Baloch sardars in Rajanpur District for allegedly backing the Chotu gang and other criminals. The detained sardars were believed to be the 'major facilitators' and listed in the 'Black Book' Punjab Police. Punjab Police Chief Mustaq Ahmed Sukhera said that over 100 facilitators of the Chotu gang had been arrested in Rahim Yar Khan District. He said that a list of Police officers who had allegedly facilitated the notorious criminals had also been prepared and they would face an exemplary punishment if found involved.

Chotu gang released a few of the two dozen hostage Policemen and demanded a safe passage in return for the release of the remaining hostages. However, the details about the Policemen released were not disclosed. According to unnamed official sources, the demand that also included the release of the family of the ringleader of the Chotu gang was rejected and the gangster was given a final warning to surrender along with his accomplices.

April 18

Army helicopter gunships pounded the island hideout of Chotu gang that has been holding 24 hostages on a 10-km (six-mile) long island in the centre of the Indus River in Rajanpur District of Punjab. The operation involving more than 2,000 SFs has been ongoing for two weeks and the Army's push to deploy troops, artillery and helicopter gunships is an unprecedented use of force by the military in Punjab. "We (army) had given the Chotu gang until 2 pm today to surrender but they did not abide by the deadline," said a military official based in the district of Rajanpur where the battle is taking place. "Now there is no option left but a full-scale operation, which has started."

April 19

Members of the Chotu gang released hostage Policemen and surrendered to the Army in Rajanpur District, Police sources said. The Chotu gang, led by Ghulam Rasool, alias Chotu, was given a deadline by the Army to surrender on April 18, 2016, failing which, the Army said it would begin a full-scale operation in the area. A source in the Police Department said that Chotu had demanded safe passage for himself, his family and some loyal accomplices to proceed to Dubai in return of safe release of the captive Policemen.

April 20

The Leader of the Chotu gang, Ghulam Rasool, along with 13 gang members has 'surrendered unconditionally to the army', the ISPR announced, bringing to non-violent end the 21-day long operation in the riverine area of Rajanpur District of Punjab. Addressing a press briefing regarding the ongoing operation in Rajanpur area, ISPR Director General Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa said, "The military has successfully completed operation Zarb-i-Ahan." He confirmed that the 24 policemen taken hostage by the Chotu gang had been rescued. "However, the army will not vacate the area until all the miscreant elements are neutralised," Bajwa maintained.

April 21

A 16-year-old wounded girl, identified as Marriyum, who sustained injuries during the March 27, 2016, blast in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park of provincial capital Lahore succumbed to her injuries in Jinnah Hospital, raising the death toll to 78. According to hospital sources, several injured persons of the blast are still admitted in different hospitals of the city, of which some are in critical condition and it is feared that the death toll might increase further.

Speaking on adjournment motions regarding the "terrible incident of suicide blast in Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park, Lahore" on March 27, 2016, the Senators called for a full-fledged military operation on militants' hideouts in Punjab. Initiating the debate, PPP parliamentary leader, Saeed Ghani, recalled that before this incident, the Punjab Government had always opposed a military operation, claiming that there were no organised militant groups in the province. He said the incident had proved the existence of terrorist groups in Punjab. He called for a military operation in the province similar to those initiated in Karachi and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Another PPP Senator Taj Haider termed the war against terrorism a "battle between extremist and democratic forces." He alleged that the sympathisers of militants were present within the state. "Is it not true that insiders were involved in the attacks on the GHQ and Mehran Base?" he questioned, calling for the removal of such elements from the institutions.

April 22

Four more members of the Chotu gang surrendered to Army in Rajanpur District of Punjab, raising the number of surrendered gangsters to 17. The Army and Police have launched an operation against the gang to clear Kacha Jamal riverine area from the outlaws. Gang leader Ghulam Rasool Chotu and his 12 accomplices had surrendered to the Army two days ago and freed 24 Policemen the gang had taken hostage.

Meanwhile, Chotu and his 12 accomplices had been shifted to Islamabad for interrogation. Sources said intelligence agencies would interrogate Chotu and members of his gang In Islamabad. The Punjab Government has also set up a JIT headed by Atta Muhamamd Khan, Dera Ghazi Khan District Police Officer, to interrogate Chotu.

April 29

The CTD arrested two suspects, identified as Asim and Azhar, on suspicion of having links with the TTP, from Samanabad area of provincial capital Lahore. One of them was an office bearer of a religious party.

The CTD arrested a TTP suspect, identified as Soahil, during a search operation at Shaheenabad Road of Sargodha District. Police also recovered a suicide jacket, a pistol and maps of airbase from his possession.

April 29

The CTD arrested two suspects, identified as Asim and Azhar, on suspicion of having links with the TTP, from Samanabad area of provincial capital Lahore. One of them was an office bearer of a religious party.

The CTD arrested a TTP suspect, identified as Soahil, during a search operation at Shaheenabad Road of Sargodha District. Police also recovered a suicide jacket, a pistol and maps of airbase from his possession.

May 3

Four convicts were hanged till death in Kot Lakhpat jail of Lahore. The four convicts were identified as Nadim Aslam, Mohammad Ishfaq, Mohammad Arif and Shahzad. They were convicted in the murder of five persons in separate incidents.

May 4

The CTD killed at least eight suspected militants in an exchange of gunfire at Sharaqpur Road in Sheikhupura city of Sheikhpura District. On seeing the law enforcers, the terrorists opened fire on them. In retaliatory fire, eight terrorists were killed and four of their accomplices escaped. Huge quantity of weapons including four Kalashnikovs, as many pistols and six kilograms of explosives were recovered from their possession.

Two men and a woman belonging to a banned sectarian organisation and one personnel of a law enforcement agency were killed in a clash in Pind Ghakhara village, about 6 kilometres from Taxila town, in Rawalpindi District.

May 18

Eight al Qaeda affiliated terrorists were killed during an encounter in Nawabpur village of Multan District. A CTD official said that they had information from credible sources that al Qaeda 'commanders' Muneeb Javed alias Qandhari, Tayab Nawaz alias Hafiz Abdul Mateen, Muneeb Razaq alias Abdur Rehman and Zeeshan alias Abu Dajana were coming to Multan to hold a meeting in the city suburbs with al Qaeda 'commander' Bilal Latif alias Yasir Punjabi and others including two suicide bombers to plan attack on a university in Multan.

May 20

Six militants, including al Qaeda leader Bilal Lateef alias Yasir Punjabi, were shot dead in an encounter with the CTD of Police in Mondka Chowk area of Muzaffargarh District. A source in an Intelligence Agency said that the suspected terrorists were arrested by the Bahawalpur CTD in joint operations with the MI and the ISI from different parts of Punjab and had been in the custody of law enforcement agencies for the past four months.

May 25

Two suspects were arrested after a heavy quantity of arms and ammunition was seized from a car loaded onto a truck being transported to Punjab from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa near the Kotmomin Motorway Interchange in Sargodha District. A police team headed by Kotmomin SDPO Muhammad Riaz stopped the truck and, upon checking the car loaded onto it, recovered two Kalashnikovs, nine repeaters, 70 pistols of 30 bore and 9MM, 2,120 bullets of Kalashnikov, 25,400 of pistol and 1,000 of rifle besides 56 magazines.

Police arrested truck driver Malik Aman of Najna Mansehra and another accused while their two accomplices managed to escape. The arrested driver told police that the 'innovative method' of transporting arms and ammunition to Punjab was adopted to dodge the Police. He said the smuggled arms and ammunition were to be used in terror activities in different parts of Punjab.

May 26

The CTD of Police claimed to have foiled a terror attack on a shrine in Bahawalnagar District and arrested three alleged TTP and LeJ terrorists. A CTD spokesman said that the suspects were identified as Muhammad Asif of Khushab District, Muhammad Jamil of Lahore and Muhammad Sadiq of Toba Tek Singh District. He said the police team also recovered three IEDs, arms and ammunition and the shrine was saved from destruction with the help of bomb disposal squad.

In another raid, an alleged terrorist of banned SSP was arrested from Faisalabad District. The CTD spokesman said that after receiving information, a CTD team raided PSO pump near Roshanwali Jhal at Sumundari Road and arrested suspect Shakeel Ahmad Khan. He said police team also recovered 575 grams explosives, 9 feet 6 inches prima cord and 8 electric circuit, detonators from him.

A CTD team arrested two suspects of a banned outfit from Alipur tehsil (revenue unit) in Muzaffargarh District. The CTD personnel found Jehadi literature from their possession.

May 31

The CTD conducted an operation in the Chaubara area of Layyah District in Punjab and killed six alleged terrorists. As per details, CTD Multan raided the Chaubara area and were involved in an alleged battle with terrorists. In the exchange of fire, six suspected terrorists were killed by the CTD officials. Two pistols, two rifles and two hand grenades were confiscated from the slain terrorists.

June 4

Unidentified gunmen killed a 65-year-old Ahmadi man in Darul Islam of Attock District in Punjab. The deceased Abdul Hameed Khan, a retired accountant was standing outside his house when two unidentified motorcyclists shot him in his face. Police said that Hameed belonged to the Ahmadi community and was running a pharmacy in the area after his retirement.

June 10

The CIA shot dead a terrorist, identified as Khurram Latif, and rescued an abducted Intelligence Agency officer, Akbar Zaman, during a raid at terrorist hideout in Kahina area of provincial capital Lahore. Two of Latif's accomplices managed to escape. Kalashnikovs, hand grenades and other weapons were recovered from the hideout. Zaman had been abducted two years ago.

June 10

The CIA shot dead a terrorist, identified as Khurram Latif, and rescued an abducted Intelligence Agency officer, Akbar Zaman, during a raid at terrorist hideout in Kahina area of provincial capital Lahore. Two of Latif's accomplices managed to escape. Kalashnikovs, hand grenades and other weapons were recovered from the hideout. Zaman had been abducted two years ago.

June 20

The CTD foiled an attack on a shrine in Uch Sharif area of Bahawalpur District and arrested three LeJ terrorists. The arrested suspects were identified as Javed, Maulvi Asif and Maqsood Ahmad. Two IEDs and two kilograms of explosives were recovered from their possession.

June 26

CTD arrested two terrorists, identified as Tariq and Esa Khan, from Bhatti Gate area of provincial capital Lahore. In another raid, the CTD officials arrested a terrorist, identified as Ghulam Nabi, from Ravi Road area in Lahore. Explosive material and hate literature were seized from their possession. According to CTD officials the terrorists belonged to Daesh and wanted to target the Government installations.

July 13

Six al Qaeda militants were killed and two police personnel were injured in an encounter followed by a raid at a hideout in Okara District. The Police had received intelligence reports that militants hiding there were planning attacks on sensitive government sites, including the office of the DPO, said SP Saud Magsi. Police also recovered explosives, detonators, Kalashnikovs and a map of the DPO's office from the militant hideout.

July 26

The CTD arrested two IS cadres and recovered explosive material from them a house in Khan Colony of Lahore, the provincial capital of Punjab. A CTD spokesman said they received intelligence report about the presence of suspected terrorists who were planning attack on Government installations. The arrested militants were identified as Yaqoob Shah and Abdullah Moavia.

CTD personnel arrested a suspected terrorist and recovered two hand grenades from him in Multan. According to the CTD sources, Jaan Muhammad, allegedly affiliated with IS, who was earlier affiliated with banned Hizb ul Tahrir and Sautul Ummah outfits, was arrested with two hand grenades and IS literature.

CTD arrested another suspect, Naeem Jaan, a member of banned LeJ with explosive material in a raid near Nasarullah Chowk on Head Muhammadwala Road in Multan. They said the suspect was about to target a worship place.

July 28

The Punjab Home Department directed Punjab Police to take strict action against activists of Hafiz Mohammad Saeed-led JuD. In its directions issued to the Additional Inspector General of Police-Operations Punjab and to Divisional Police Chiefs across the Province, the Home Department asked for details of fundraising by JuD and other proscribed organisations as the activity is against the law. According to the directive, JuD is making efforts to collect funds through Islamic charity, including fitrana, zakat and sadkaats.

July 31

Seven suspected LeJ and the TTP militants were killed during an exchange of fire with CTD personnel near the Parrianwala railway crossing in Sheikhupura District of Punjab. A CTD Punjab spokesman said Sheikhupura Police "received information from a credible source that nine to ten suspects belonging to the TTP and LeJ were present near the Parrianwala railway crossing at around 1am. He claimed they were planning to attack sensitive installations and personnel belonging to law enforcement agencies in the city. Weapons and ammunition were allegedly recovered from the suspects, including 5 kilograms of explosive material, two detonators, three motorcycles, three Kalashnikov rifles, four pistols and 150 bullets.

July 26

The CTD arrested two IS cadres and recovered explosive material from them a house in Khan Colony of Lahore, the provincial capital of Punjab. A CTD spokesman said they received intelligence report about the presence of suspected terrorists who were planning attack on Government installations. The arrested militants were identified as Yaqoob Shah and Abdullah Moavia.

CTD personnel arrested a suspected terrorist and recovered two hand grenades from him in Multan. According to the CTD sources, Jaan Muhammad, allegedly affiliated with IS, who was earlier affiliated with banned Hizb ul Tahrir and Sautul Ummah outfits, was arrested with two hand grenades and IS literature.

CTD arrested another suspect, Naeem Jaan, a member of banned LeJ with explosive material in a raid near Nasarullah Chowk on Head Muhammadwala Road in Multan. They said the suspect was about to target a worship place.

July 28

The Punjab Home Department directed Punjab Police to take strict action against activists of Hafiz Mohammad Saeed-led JuD. In its directions issued to the Additional Inspector General of Police-Operations Punjab and to Divisional Police Chiefs across the Province, the Home Department asked for details of fundraising by JuD and other proscribed organisations as the activity is against the law. According to the directive, JuD is making efforts to collect funds through Islamic charity, including fitrana, zakat and sadkaats.

July 31

Seven suspected LeJ and the TTP militants were killed during an exchange of fire with CTD personnel near the Parrianwala railway crossing in Sheikhupura District of Punjab. A CTD Punjab spokesman said Sheikhupura Police "received information from a credible source that nine to ten suspects belonging to the TTP and LeJ were present near the Parrianwala railway crossing at around 1am. He claimed they were planning to attack sensitive installations and personnel belonging to law enforcement agencies in the city. Weapons and ammunition were allegedly recovered from the suspects, including 5 kilograms of explosive material, two detonators, three motorcycles, three Kalashnikov rifles, four pistols and 150 bullets.

August 11

As result of combing operation in parts of Rawalpindi District in Punjab, six terrorists inclusive of two most wanted commanders were arrested. According to ISPR, during the operations carried out in Gujar Khan and Kallar Syedan areas, the raiders also recovered arms and ammunition including prepared IEDs.

August 17

An alleged terrorist was captured and arrested during an operation in the Ferozwala Chowk bridge in Gujranwala city of same District in Punjab. According to CTD sources, the suspected terrorist by the name of Wilayat alias Kashi was affiliated with a terrorist group. Two bombs were recovered from the suspect at the time he was arrested.

August 23

A militant was killed after an exchange of fire with the CTD personnel in Rakh Pabbi village of Gujrat District. According to details, his other accomplices fled, while the one found dead was killed by the firing of his own accomplices. A spokesperson for the CTD said the CTD received information that some militants in a house in Rakh Pabbi village of Gujrat were planning to attack law enforcement agency officials. A CTD team ordered them to turn themselves in but they started indiscriminate firing on them. The team took cover and when firing stopped, one of the militants was found killed by the firing of his own accomplices. Other militants escaped while two hand grenades and other weapons were found at the scene.

August 27

The CTD killed four suspected terrorists in a shootout in Manawan area of Lahore, the capital city Punjab. The suspects opened fire on CTD officials as they raided a hideout. Four suspects were killed and three others managed to flee in the ensuing shootout. Laptops, prohibited literature and large cache of explosives were also recovered during the raid. The dead were identified as Zubair, Abdul Wahab, Adnan and Atiqur Rehman.

September 10

At least eight suspected militants and a SF official were killed during an ongoing combing operation in the mountainous tribal area of Rajanpur District along the border between Punjab and Balochistan. According to military sources, the SFs were carrying out the combing operation in the Gayandari area on the Provincial border. Several 'feraris' (fugitives) were arrested and arms and ammunition were also recovered from them, it said.

September 10

Police and CTD carried out joint operation in different parts of Lahore, the provincial capital of Punjab and arrested at least 30 suspects.

Police also carried out search operation in Shah Rukan-e-Alam area of Multan District and arrested four suspected persons. Police sources said that arms were also recovered from the arrested suspects.

September 12

The Punjab Police carried out 402 combing operations during the last three days all over the province and arrested 443 suspects, besides 76 proclaimed offenders. Most of the arrests were made in Faisalabad, Kasur, Lahore, Chinot, Bhakar, Nankana Sahib and Hafizabad. A Senior Police Officer privy to the information said that the combing operations had been launched in all the Districts of the province on the basis of the information from the Police sources about the presence of suspects and criminals. He said the operations were enhanced in the wake of Eidul Azha. "The Punjab Police checked 13,230 people in 402 combing operations during last three days and arrested 443 suspects", the Police official said adding that the raiding teams also managed to arrest 76 proclaimed offenders wanted in many heinous crimes. During raids, the Police also recovered 139 illegal weapons from the custody of the arrested criminals, he said. Of the total, he said, Faisalabad police arrested 98 suspects and three POs in 46 combing operations carried out in various parts of the District.

Lahore Police conducted 26 combing operations and arrested 31 suspects, Nankana Sahib Police arrested 17 suspects in nine operations, Kasur 75 suspects in 33 operations, Chiniot Police arrested 35 suspects and a PO in five operations, Bhakar Police arrested 28 suspects and four POs in 27 operations, Hafizabad Police 17 suspects and six POs in 32 operations and Sialkot arrested 10 suspects in 14 combing operations. The official further shared that the Mianwali Police conducted six combing operations, Attock four, Mianwali six, Sialkot 14, Mandi Bahauddin 17, Gujranwala eight, Sahiwal, five, Multan, six, Jhang five, Pakpatan seven, and Rajanpur Police carried out three combing operations, making arrest of many suspects and criminals.

September 16

Punjab's CTD arrested four terrorists affiliated Daesh (also known as Islamic State/IS) terror network in provincial capital Lahore. According to official details, the arrested militants were planning to target government buildings and sensitive installations in Lahore. Explosives were also seized from their possession. The suspects were identified as Syed Abdul Alam, Hafeezur Rehman, Nisar Ahmed and Tasawur Ameen.

October 6

The geo-tagging of religious seminaries in Punjab has been completed by the CTD while the process to separate hardcore elements from the fourth schedulers under the ATA is continuing. Under the geo-tagging, the accurate location of a building, including its latitude, longitude, name and distance are documented. A senior police official said the geo-tagging of seminaries in Rawalpindi, Attock, Jhelum and Chakwal Districts had been completed with the assistance of the Punjab Information Technology Board.

"Hardly there will be any madrassa [religious seminaries] which has not been passed through the geo-tagging process in Punjab," he said, adding it had become necessary because of the current security situation in the country and the use of young boys by Jihadi outfits for terrorism activities. The official said besides collecting accurate location of the seminaries, the CTD had been collecting the details of students and teachers in addition to the eligibility and qualifications of the teachers.

October 8

Police arrested two suspected al Qaeda operatives in Sargodha District of Punjab who were allegedly planning attacks during Muharram processions, said police officials. Security officials also claimed that the two had been trained in Afghanistan. Law enforcement officials recovered a large cache of arms and ammunition, which included five hand grenades, 37 RPG rounds, suicide vests, seven Kalashnikov assault rifles, and 695 bullets. "Police has been carrying out raids in various areas of Punjab on the directives of Punjab Inspector-General Mushtaq Ahmed Sukhera to ensure security for the mourners," said Sargodha RPO Zulfiqar Hameed.

October 12

More than 10 Shia mourners were injured when armed assailants affiliated with ASWJ opened fire at Ashura procession in Kotli Loharana Mashriqi area of Sialkot District in Punjab.

October 13

Eight terrorists, affiliated with al Qaeda and TTP, were killed in a joint encounter by CTD Police and intelligence agencies in Tonmi Road area of Dera Ghazi Khan District in Punjab. The CTD spokesman said that terrorists were planning to carry out attacks in Shujaabad town near Multan on the eve of Ashura (10th day of Muharram).

According to details, when a CTD team raided the suspects' hideout they opened fire and hurled hand-grenades at the personnel. "The CTD team retaliated in self-defence. When the firing stopped, eight terrorists were found dead," the spokesman added. Three of their accomplices escaped.

October 15

Shahbaz Taseer's alleged kidnapper and five other suspected militants were killed in an 'encounter' with a team of the CTD near Sheikhupura Bypass in Sheikhupura District of Punjab in the night. A CTD spokesperson said that they had received information that nine to 10 members of the TTP were present in Sheikhupura, planning an attack on the offices of law enforcement agencies. At around 12:30am, the CTD team raided a house near the Sheikhupura Bypass. "Noticing their presence, the terrorists...tried to flee by a car and two motorcycles." The CTD team chased them up to a branch road where the suspects opened fire at the cops, said the spokesperson. The security personnel retaliated. "When the shootout ended, six of the terrorists were dead and the rest had fled," he said. The CTD seized arms and ammunition, including three Kalashnikov rifles, three pistols, two kilogrammes of explosives, prima cords and a cache of bullets. A senior police official requesting said that the CTD's investigation team had identified one of the deceased as Haji Muhammad alias Pathan, who was accused of being involved in the abduction of Shahbaz Taseer, son of the late Governor Salmaan Taseer.

October 29

The CTD killed five alleged militants during an operation in WAPDA Town area of Gujranwala District in Punjab. Three accomplices managed to escape. According to details given by the CTD spokesperson, eight militants were inside a house in WAPDA Town area, planning a terrorist attack. As CTD officials raided the house, the alleged militants opened fire to which the security officials responded, killing five of them. Two rifles, two hand grenades, two pistols and explosive materials were recovered from the place of operation.

October 30

A school guard was injured when two unidentified armed assailants opened indiscriminate fire while entering a private school in Haroonabad area of Bahawalnagar District in Punjab. However, as heavy contingents of Police reached the site, the assailants escaped. All students were safely evacuated from the school.

November 8

The Punjab Home Department issued a notification giving powers to the CTD of Police to keep an eye on the suspects placed under the Fourth Schedule. As per the notification, the CTD will look into all the matters pertaining to the Fourth Schedule of the ATA. There are some 1,600 terror suspects on the list of the Fourth Schedule in Punjab. The Fourth Schedule lists contain names of all known suspects belonging to banned militant or sectarian organisations, who by their disposition could pose a threat to public peace and security. Such suspects have to submit an affidavit to the Government, pledging they would no more be associated with any banned organisation in future or engage in any criminal activity.

November 15

Unidentified armed assailants shot dead a professor of Government College of Science, identified as Professor Rao Altaf Hussain, in a targeted killing incident in Iqbal Town area of provincial capital Lahore.

November 17

A Daesh (Islamic State, IS, previously Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS) militant shot dead during an encounter in Rawalpindi District of Punjab. According to details, CTD officials were involved in an alleged encounter with terrorists during which a suspected militant was killed. During the exchange of fire, two CTD officials were also injured. The militant, who has been identified as Ahsan Swati, was killed by the firing of his associates. Bullets, pistols, rifles and IEDs were recovered from the suspected slain militant.

November 22

The CTD Bahawalpur arrested a terrorist identified as, Muhammad Yaseen, who had planned to carry out a terrorist activity at an Imambargah in Bahawalpur District. Officials seized 1,700 gram explosives, detonators, ball bearings and other articles of Improvised Explosive Device from his possession.

November 23

An ATC sentenced five men to death on two counts for their involvement in the burning alive of a Christian couple in Kot Radha Kishan Kot tehsil area of Kasur District in 2014. ATC-I Judge Chaudhry Muhammad Azam also imposed a fine of INR 200,000 on the five men identified as Mehdi Khan, Riaz Kambo, Irfan Shakoor, Muhammad Hanif, and Hafiz Ishtiaq - a local prayer leader - for their involvement in the lynching prior to burning. A challan submitted in court claimed the five men awarded the death penalty goaded a mob by making announcements over a mosque loudspeaker and incited them to violence with incendiary speech. Eight others have also been charged with involvement in the lynching. They have each been sentenced to two years in prison.

A mob of around 400 people lynched Shahzad and Shama, falsely accused of desecrating the Holy Quran in November 2014. The woman was pregnant. The mob tortured the couple before putting them into the kiln's furnace and held hostage people who tried to rescue the couple.

November 25

Two unidentified assailants shot dead the caretaker of an Imambargah and critically injured his 24-year-old son when the duo was en route to the Imambargah in 86/6-R village in Sahiwal District. The deceased was also working as a journalist locally. Farid Town Station House Officer Sajjad Hyder said he feared it was a targeted killing.

December 7

Four militants were killed in an encounter with personnel of CTD in the vicinity of Machike Oil Depot of Sheikhupura District in Punjab. According to details, the CTD team received credible information of 7-8 terrorists are present in the vicinity of Oil Depot and are planning to attack sensitive installations. The team raided their hideout and ordered them to surrender. The terrorists started firing at the team which defended itself. Four militants were killed and three-four terrorists fled the scene, taking advantage of darkness. The terrorists killed in the shootout were affiliated to the proscribed organizations, LeJ and TTP. Three kilograms of explosives with detonators, two Kalashnikovs, two pistols, ammunition and two motorcycles were recovered from the site of encounter.

December 18

The CTD claimed to have killed five terrorists in the Choti Bala area of Dera Ghazi Khan District in Punjab. The suspects opened fire during CTD raid that was conducted on a tip of about presence of militants in the Choti Bala area. Five of them were killed while four suspects are said to have fled during the exchange of fire. Two of the suspects killed in the operation were identified as Malik Tehseen and Kamran. Arms and explosive material was also recovered in the operation.

December 30

At least two persons were injured in a blast near a mosque in Shafi Town area of Rahim Yar Khan District in Punjab. Rescue officials claimed there were two attackers, a man and a burqa-clad individual. The burqa-clad attacker allegedly blew themselves up while the other fled. Local Police sources told Dawn the burqa-clad attacker was a man who succumbed to his injuries after attempting to carry out a suicide attack. DSP Chaudhry Ashraf also said the explosion was a suicide attack. He said two people were injured in the attack.


Source:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.

 

 

 

 

 
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