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US designate two money traders for helping Taliban: The United States designated two Afghanistan-Pakistan money changers as helping Taliban manage and move funds, setting sanctions against both that aim to hinder their business. The US Treasury said the two hawalas, or money exchange businesses, the Haji Khairullah Haji Sattar Money Exchange (HKHS) and the Roshan Money Exchange, "have been used by Taliban to facilitate money transfers in support of Taliban's narcotics trade and terrorist operations." Daily Times, June 30, 2012.

60 Hazaras fall victim to terrorism in 2012: At least 60 people belonging to Hazara community living in Quetta have been killed in targeted attacks, including suicide, remote controlled and timer device bombings and firing, during the past six months. Dawn, June 29, 2012.

Most Pakistanis consider US an enemy, says survey report: A report of a PEW global survey released on June 27 said that about 74 per cent of Pakistanis consider the US an enemy, up from 69 percent last year and 64 percent three years ago. And the US President Barack Obama is held in exceedingly low regard by Pakistanis. Dawn, June 28, 2012.  

JuD 'chief' Hafeez Mohammad Saeed collects donations for militants active in Jammu and Kashmir: Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder and Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) 'chief' Hafiz Saeed has launched a drive in Punjab to collect donations for militants active in Jammu and Kashmir. He visited Gujranwala District and collected wheat from people at Al-Makka Centre. "I am thankful to you for your generous help for the 'mujahideen' in the shape of wheat crop. I expect you to donate maximum of the corn crop in the coming season," Saeed told people in Gujranwala. The Hindu, June 28, 2012.

Uganda detains five Pakistanis suspected of militant ties: Uganda Police on June 26 arrested five Pakistanis suspected of terrorist links. The area where the five men were arrested was formerly a base for now-dormant rebel group, Allied Democratic Forces (ADF-NALU), which officials say has links to al Shabaab. Daily Times, June 27, 2012.

TTP admits of having safe haven in Afghanistan: The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) admitted for the first time that they are using the Afghan soil as a springboard for launching attacks on Pakistani Security Forces (SFs). The acknowledgment gives credence to Islamabad's claims that the TTP has found safe havens in Afghanistan's eastern provinces bordering Pakistan. Tribune, June 26, 2012.

170 extortion complaints received in six months in Karachi: At least 170 complaints of extortion reported within a short span of six months have made the role of law enforcement agencies (LEAs) dubious, as Karachites are presently suspecting them for being pressurised by different political groups and remaining innocuous against extortion mafias. The growing number of extortion cases that has presently become a matter of concern for every citizen in general and business fraternity in particular has exposed the performance of LEAs. Daily Times, June 25, 2012.

Pakistan deliberately harassing our diplomats, says US: The United States (US) on June 24 said that Pakistan Government is "deliberately, willfully and systematically" harassing and obstructing American diplomats in the country, marking a new low in the already strained ties between the two nations. The harassment and obstruction has increased dramatically and reached "new levels of intensity", said a State Department report, which has urged Washington to take the issue up at bilateral talks with Islamabad. Times of India, June 25, 2012.

26 militants and 11 SFs among 42 persons killed during the week in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: The Afghanistan-based Pakistan militants attacked a military convoy on June 24 in Upper Dir District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, resulting in the killing of at least 21 persons, including 11 militants and 10 soldiers. As many as 15 militants and one Security Force (SF) official were killed and two SFs were injured, when terrorists from Afghanistan attacked Karakar security check post (near Afghan border) in the Barawal area of Upper Dir District on June 22 .

A bomb on a donkey cart killed three people at a Sufi shrine in Peshawar on June 21.

Daily Times; The Dawn; The News ; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post ; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer.

24 militants and 10 SFs among 39 persons killed during the week in FATA: The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed on June 22 that they had beheaded seven Security Force (SF) personnel, who were kidnapped on June 21 after a clash with Security Forces (SFs) near Laddah in South Waziristan Agency (SWA) of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

At least 11 militants were killed and three others received injuries when jetfighters pounded their positions in Sharqi and Janata areas of South Waziristan Agency on June 21 .

At least 13 Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants were killed and several others injured when helicopter gunships bombed their positions in Tirah valley of Khyber Agency on June 20.

Three people, identified as Murtaza Khan, Jaffar Khan and Namdar Khan, were killed and two others Mir Shah Gul and Noor Din, received injuries when mortar shells hit a caravan of migrating tribesmen, (IDPs) at Mandani Kallay locality of Ali Sherzai area in Orakzai on June 18. Daily Times; The Dawn; The News ; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post ; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, June 19-25, 2012.

20 civilians and nine SFs among 30 persons killed during the week in Balochistan: At least four Policemen were shot dead in an ambush at Bakra Mandi area of Eastern Bypass, on outskirts of Quetta, the capital of Balochistan on June 24.

At least eight persons (Sindhis), including a Policeman, were killed and another was injured in an attack by unidentified militants in Mill area of Sariab Road area of Quetta in Balochistan on June 23.

Three persons, Muhammad Irfan, Hafeezullah and Ahmed of Bugti tribe, were killed when their motorcycle hit a landmine in Pat Feeder area of Dera Bugti District on June 21.

At least five students were killed and 53 injured in a suicide attack that targeted a university bus near Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) office on Samungli Road in Quetta on June 18.Daily Times; The Dawn; The News ; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post ; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, June 19-25, 2012

The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) candidate Raja Pervaiz Asharaf has been elected as the 25th Prime Minister (PM) of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on June 22. The newly elected PM and a new federal cabinet was sworn in at the Presidency in Islamabad. Twenty seven new federal ministers and 11 new ministers for state took oath; most of them were part of the previous cabinet as well. The Dawn, June 23, 2012

US diplomats in Pakistan facing harassment, says US State Department: US diplomats working in Pakistan face increasing harassment amid a sharp deterioration in ties in the wake of last year's killing of Osama bin Laden, a State Department report said on June 21. Such harassment and obstruction is described by US embassy staff as "deliberate, willful and systematic," according to the 76-page report. Express Tribune, June 22, 2012.

Federal Government asks Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor to hold talks with TTP leader Hafiz Gul Bahadur on polio vaccination ban: The Federal Government on June 20 asked the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Syed Masood Kausar to try to enter into dialogue with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in North Waziristan Agency of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) to pave the way for vaccination of children. A letter sent to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Syed Masood Kausar by Shahnaz Wazir Ali, focal person for polio at the Prime Minister's Polio Eradication Cell Secretariat requested the Governor to start talks with the TTP through the political agent of North Waziristan. The Dawn, June 21, 2012.

Supreme Court disqualifies Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani: The Supreme Court (SC) on June 19 disqualified Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, in what was the culmination of a two-and-a-half-year-long clash between judiciary and executive. The SC said a bench of seven judges through its judgement dated April, 26, 2012, followed by the detailed reasons released on May 8, 2012, had found Yousuf Raza Gilani guilty of contempt of court under Article 204(2) of the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973, read with Section 3 of the Contempt of Court Ordinance, 2003 and sentenced him to undergo imprisonment until the rising of the court under Section 5 of the said ordinance, and since no appeal was filed against the judgement, the conviction has attained finality. Daily Times, June 20, 2012.

Kabul Ashura attack was planned in Peshawar by "regional spy agencies", alleges Attorney General Eshaq Aloko: Afghan authorities on June 19 said 'regional spy agencies' were behind the December 6, 2011, suicide attack in Kabul targeting a Shia gathering that killed more than 80 people in a veiled reference to Pakistani intelligence. Attorney General (AG) Eshaq Aloko said the attack was planned in Peshawar, by "regional spy agencies" aimed at "provoking sectarian violence," adding, "Although the Jhangvi group claimed responsibility, it was masterminded by some spy agencies in our neighbouring countries." The Dawn, June 20, 2012.

Pakistan ranks 13th in failed states index, reveals Foreign Policy magazine report: Pakistan has been placed 13th in the latest ranking of failed states compiled by Foreign Policy magazine. Pakistan with 101.6 points, the magazine said, is ranked 13th, a slight improvement from the previous two years. In 2011, it was ranked 12th in the list of failed states, while in 2010 and 2009 it was ranked 10th. Daily Times, June 20, 2012.

48 civilians and six militants among 56 persons killed during the week in Sindh: Twelve people, including four Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) activists and a woman, were killed in separate acts of violence and target killing in Karachi on June 17. Also, two people, including a Police constable and an activist of the MQM, were shot dead in the night.

Six people were killed in Karachi in separate incidents of firing on June 16.

At least 11 more people were shot dead and two others wounded in different parts of Karachi on June 15.

At least nine persons, including a Police Officer, were killed and over a half dozen injured in different acts of target killings in Karachi on June 14.

Four people, including a cadre of People's Amn Committee (PAC), were killed in separate acts of violence in different areas of Karachi on June 13.

Three people, including the brother of MQM's ex-Member of Provincial Assembly, were killed in separate acts of violence in the metropolis on June 12.

Nine persons, including four gangsters and one Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) activist, were killed in separate incidents of violence in Karachi on June 10. Dawn; Daily Times; The News; Tribune, June 12-18, 2012

29 civilians and 32 militants among 61 persons killed during the week in FATA: Seven terrorists were killed and several of their hideouts destroyed in bombing by aircraft in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) on June 17.

25 people were killed when a car bomb hit a crowded bazaar in the town of Landi Kotal in Khyber Agency.

Nine militants were killed and four injured after jetfighters attacked their hideouts in Kalaya area of Upper Orakzai Agency on June 15.

At least nine suspected militants were killed and four others were injured when military planes attacked their positions in upper tehsil (revenue unit) of Orakzai Agency on June 14. Separately, a US drone attack killed at least three more militants by firing two missiles on a building in the central market of Miranshah in NWA.

A US drone fired two missiles on a car near Miranshah in NWA killing four suspects inside the car on June 13. Dawn; Daily Times; The News; Tribune, June 12-18, 2012

Taliban links vaccination to drone strikes: The Taliban in North Waziristan Agency of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) has declared a ban on the polio vaccination programme in the tribal agency as long as drone attacks continue in the region. This ban was announced on June 16 through a press release which claimed polio affected only few in comparison to drones which killed large numbers indiscriminately. The Hindu, June17, 2012.

JuD resumes online jihad: The Jama'at-ud-Dawa (JuD) has resumed online jihad. In a video address posted on its website, the website went online on June 13, the JuD 'chief' Hafiz Muhammad Saeed explained the decision. "The media is a two-edged sword," said Saeed, adding, "Rather than being overwhelmed by the media, we wish to use it in a positive way and, god willing, use it to spread our message of proselytisation and jihad." The Hindu, June 15, 2012.

Al Qaeda releases video featuring Abu Yahya al-Libi: A new video featuring al Qaeda's number two Abu Yahya al-Libi, who the US says was killed on June 4, 2012, in a drone strike in North Waziristan Agency of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in Pakistan, has been posted online. Both the SITE Monitoring Service and IntelCentre, which keep tabs on militants' websites, said it was not clear when the video had been made. SITE said the video production date only indicated it had been produced by al Qaeda's media arm As-Sahab sometime after November 2011. Dawn, June 14, 2012.

Suicide attacks declining in Pakistan, reveals data collected by Pakistan Body Count: Pakistan Body Count on June 13 reported that there is a steep decline in suicide attacks in the past few years. According to the data, the number of incidents as well as causalities, have witnessed a steep decline compared to 2009 and 2010 - the peak years in terms of causalities. Times of India, June 13, 2012.

Islamabad should 'bite the bullet' on NATO supplies, US Senior Government official: The Pakistani Government should "bite the bullet" and re-open supply routes to NATO forces in Afghanistan in order to ease tensions with the US, a senior US Government official said on June 12. The US had said on June 11, 2012, that it was withdrawing its team of negotiators from Pakistan without securing a long-sought deal on supply routes for the war in neighbouring Afghanistan, publicly exposing a diplomatic stalemate and deeply strained relations that appear at risk of deteriorating further. Daily Times, June 13, 2012.

Supreme Court would summon Army chief Ashfaq Pervez Kayani over Balochistan situation, says Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry: The Supreme Court on June 11 hinted it could summon Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani over the worsening law order situation in Balochistan, and could ask him how the country should be run and what he can do in this regard. The Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, remarked that the court could pass an order under Article 190 to summon the Army Chief. Daily Times, June 12, 2012.

71 militants among 75 persons killed during the week in FATA: At least 10 people, including one security official, were killed, and 10 others injured when terrorists fired rockets at a security check post in South Waziristan Agency of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on June 10.

Nine militants, including a local Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) 'commander', were killed during the clash between the volunteers of Kukikhel tribe in Tirah valley of Khyber Agency on June 6.

At least 20 Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants were killed in retaliatory fire by Security Forces (SFs) when a group of militants attacked the Salala checkpost along the Af-Pak international border in Mohammad Agency on June 5.

At least six militants were killed when Kukikhel peace lashkar clashed with Tariq Afridi group of TTP in Dwa Thoe area of Tirah valley in Khyber Agency.

US drone attack killed 15 militants in Hisokhel, east of Miranshah, in North Waziristan Agency on June 4.

10 militants were killed in aerial shelling in Dwa Thoe area of Tirah valley in Khyber Agency.. Dawn; Daily Times; The News; Tribune, June 5-11, 2012

26 civilians and 20 militants among 50 persons killed during the week in Balochistan: At least 23 persons, including 18 members of a militant outfit, were killed on June 8-9 in a fierce gun battle with Security Forces (SFs) in Chagai District.

Unidentified armed militants killed four a Policemen patrolling on Sariab Road in Quetta on June 9.

At least 15 people, including five children, were killed and more than 48 got injured in a remote-controlled bomb blast outside a madrassa, Jamia Islamia Miftahul Uloom, near Bank Chowk on Sariab Link Road in Quetta on June 7..

At least three people, including two militants, were killed and another was injured in a firing incident in Chaghai District. Dawn; Daily Times; The News; Tribune, June 5-11, 2012

Guns would turn towards Pakistan if it stops backing jihadis in J&K, threatens HM Chief Syed Salahuddin: Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) 'chief' Syed Salahuddin vowed to turn the guns on Pakistan if it stopped backing jihadis in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) who, he claimed, were fighting "Pakistan's war". "We are fighting Pakistan's war in Kashmir and if it withdraws its support, the war would be fought inside Pakistan," said Salahuddin. Times of India, June 9, 2012.

22 civilians among 25 persons killed during the week in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: At least 21 persons were killed and over 40 others injured on June 8 when a powerful bomb ripped through a bus carrying Government employees in Gulbela area on the Charsadda Road in the jurisdiction of Daudzai Police Station in Peshawar. The Intelligence reports revealed that it was a suicide attack. The News, June 8, 2012.

22 civilians among 25 persons killed during the week in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: At least 21 persons were killed and over 40 others injured on June 8 when a powerful bomb ripped through a bus carrying Government employees in Gulbela area on the Charsadda Road in the jurisdiction of Daudzai Police Station in Peshawar. The Intelligence reports revealed that it was a suicide attack. The News, June 8, 2012.

Jihadi fighters from Pakistan and Afghanistan training militant outfits in Mali, says Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou: Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou warned that jihadi fighters from Afghanistan and Pakistan are training militant groups in northern Mali, reported Dawn. "We have information on the presence of Afghans and Pakistanis in northern Mali…They are believed to be working as instructors. They are the ones who are training those who have been recruited across various West African countries," said Issoufou. Dawn, June 8, 2012.

US losing patience with Pakistan, says Defence Secretary Leon Panetta: United States (US) Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said that Washington was reaching the limits of its patience with Islamabad because of the safe havens the country offered to insurgents in neighbouring Afghanistan. "It is difficult to achieve peace in Afghanistan as long as there is safe haven for terrorists in Pakistan. It is very important for Pakistan to take steps. It is an increasing concern, the issue of safe haven, and we are reaching the limits of our patience," he told reporters. Daily Times, June 8, 2012.

No change in our stance on Doctor Shakeel Afridi despite Pakistan's clarification, says US State Department Spokesman Mark Toner: United States (US) State Department Spokesman Mark Toner said that though Pakistan has formally informed the US that sentencing of Doctor Shakeel Afridi was not linked to his help in tracing slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, there seems to be no change in the view of Obama administration that 33 year imprisonment to the physician was not justified. "We continue to express our concerns about his continued incarceration. We have actually gotten some clarity that the charges against him are not related to the bin Laden case apparently," said the official. Times of India, June 7, 2012.

US confirms death of al Qaeda second-in-command Abu Yahya al-Libi in drone strike: The United States (US) said that al Qaeda number two Abu Yahya al-Libi was killed in a drone attack at Hisokhel, east of Miranshah, the headquarter of North Waziristan Agency of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). "Our government has been able to confirm al-Libi's death," said White House spokesman Jay Carney. Dawn, June 6, 2012.

Targeted killings is a war for territorial gains, says Sindh CM Syed Qaim Ali Shah: Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Syed Qaim Ali Shah argues that the recent spree of targeted killings in Karachi is not politically motivated; instead, he claims that it is a turf war between criminal gangs who are out to occupy each others' territory in show of might. He said that 60 to 70 per cent killings were due to personal enmity while the rest could be attributed to ethnic and sectarian divide. But he claimed that "these sectarian and ethnic killings have been controlled to some extent".

At least 740 people have been slain in targeted killings between January 1 and May 31, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) said. Zohra Yusuf, chairwoman of the HRCP, said 107 political activists were among the dead. In 2011, 1,715 people were killed in violent incidents in the city. If the January-May pace holds, this year's total will be higher, about 1,750. Zohra said people were being killed with impunity while the government seemed to have little control over the situation. Central Asia Online, June 6, 2012; Tribune, June 6, 2012.

26/11 trial judge changed for fifth time: The Anti-terrorism court judge Shahid Rafique conducting the trial of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) 'commander' Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and six other Pakistani suspects charged with involvement in the Mumbai (Maharashtra) attacks of November 26, 2008 (26/11), was changed. No reason was given for the judge's transfer. This is for the fifth time, since the proceedings began in early 2009, that the judge conducting trial has been changed. IBN Live, June 6, 2012.

Human Rights activist Asma Jehangir accuses security establishment of plotting to kill her: The Human Rights activist Asma Jehangir said that the country's security establishment was planning to get her killed using one of the many jihadi (holy warrior) outfits operating in the country. She said that the military - particularly the Inter Services Intelligence - was upset with her for picking up cudgels for the Baloch people and speaking out against the role of the security establishment in the restive province of Balochistan. The Hindu, June 5, 2012.

Special committee formed on Balochistan problems, Supreme Court informed: The Supreme Court was informed that a committee comprising senior officers of law enforcement agencies was formed for issues confronting Balochistan, including the matter of missing persons, mutilated bodies and abductions for ransom. Attorney General of Pakistan Irfan Qadir told a three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, that a joint meeting was held to discuss the issues of the province. Dawn, June 5, 2012.

103 militants and seven civilians among 112 persons killed during the week in FATA:The US drone attack killed 10 militants in the Birmal area of South Waziristan Agency in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on June 3. In addition, Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) militants killed two men and a woman in Qambar Khel area of Bara tehsil (revenue unit) in Khyber Agency after accusing them of being involved in illicit affair.

More than 30 militants were killed in clashes with Security Forces (SFs) in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency on June 2. Also, at least four persons were killed in a drone attack in Ghwa Khwa area near Wana in South Waziristan Agency.

Militants attacked troops near the Nadir Mela area of Kurram Agency, leading to a shootout that killed six militants and injured two soldiers, including a captain on June 1. Further, eight militants were killed and three were injured when gunship helicopters pounded militants' positions in Mela Village of Orakzai Agency.

Fourteen militants were killed in air forces' jet planes-shelling in Mamozai area of the Orakzai Agency on May 29. Also, SFs killed seven militants and injured four others in air strikes conducted by the air forces' jets in Dwa Toai area of Jamrud tehsil in Khyber Agency.

At least 10 militants were killed when SFs fighter jets pounded various suspected militant hideouts in Mamozai, Jandarkhel and Samaa Bazaar areas of Orakzai Agency on May 28. Two separate US drone attacks killed at least nine militants near Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan Agency. In addition, Air forces jets killed five suspected militants in Tirah valley area of Khyber Agency. Three Shias were killed and another six injured when unidentified militants ambushed a Peshawar-bound bus in Charkhel village of Parachinar in Kurram Agency. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, May 29- June 4, 2012.

30 civilians and two SFs among 35 persons killed during the week in Sindh: At least eight persons, including two Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) activists, were killed in different parts of Karachi on June 1 and June 2.

At least 10 persons including Rangers Sub-Inspector (SI) were killed in separate incidents of violence and sectarian killing in Karachi on May 30 and 31.

Two abductees were recovered and three persons, including one abductee, one Policeman and an abductor, were killed during an encounter in a joint raid by Anti Violent Crime Cell (AVCC) and Citizen Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) at Alamdar Chowk, Qasimabad area in Karachi on May 30.

The ongoing wave of killings in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, claimed on May 29 three more lives, including that of a MQM activist.

At least eight persons, including a Superintendent of Police (SP) and his doctor friend, were killed and 14 others were injured in separate incidents of violence in various areas of Karachi on May 28. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, May 29- June 4, 2012.

Pashtuns would not be part of "independent Balochistan", says head of BRP Brahmdagh Bugti: The Balochistan Republican Party (BRP) Brahmdagh Bugti said that Pashtuns would not be part of "independent Balochistan" as the territory would be consisted of the Baloch majority area. He accused the Pakistan Army and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) for using power and money to divide Baloch leaders struggling for their "independence". Although Brahmdagh did not support killings of people in an armed struggle of the Baloch Republican Army (BRA), he avoided condemning such a struggle. Daily Times, June 2, 2012.

China urges Pakistan to act against ETIM militants, say report: China has urged Pakistan to take effective measures to stop the activities of East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) militants present in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). According to the report, the Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi currently visiting Pakistan said that it was their belief that militants belonging to the ETIM are influencing the Chinese province Xinjiang, which has a Muslim majority population. Tribune, June 1, 2012.

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PAKISTAN: News Briefs

48 militants and five civilians among 53 persons killed during the week in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) 'spokesman' Mullah Mansoor was among 34 militants killed in clashes with Security Forces (SFs) since last three days (June 29-July 1) along Pak-Afghan border in Upper Dir District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

At least four militants were killed in retaliatory firing of Frontier Crops (FC) while three FC personnel also sustained injuries when their check post in Dhand area of Hangu District came under attack of the militants on June 29.

Security Forces (SFs) June 28 repulsed another major attack on the Pakistani-Afghan border in the Sabir Kalley area of Upper Dir District, reportedly killed seven militants.

The bullet-riddled body of chief of the anti-Taliban Bazidkhel Qaumi Lashkar (community militia), Fahim-ur-Rehman, who escaped at least seven attempts on his life since 2008, was found in his white Land Cruiser on the Ring Road of Peshawar on June 27. The bodies of his three close friends and associates, Altaf Bacha, Haji Niaz Muhammad and Rahim Lala, were also found in the vehicle. Daily Times; Dawn; The News ; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post ; Pakistan Today, June 26-July 2, 2012.

26 militants and 10 civilians among 44 persons killed during the week in FATA: At least eight militants were killed in a US drone attack on a compound in the Kund Ghar area of Shawal tehsil (revenue unit), 50 kilometres southwest of Miranshah, the headquterer of North Waziristan Agency in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on July 1.

Five Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) militants were killed on June 30 in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast on their post on a mountain in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency.

Eight bullet-riddled bodies were found in different areas of Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency on June 29.

Eight troops, including a captain, were killed and three others injured in a remote-controlled bomb blast near Alhaj Market in Bara town of Khyber Agency on June 28.

At least eight militants were killed on June 26 during a crackdown in Mamuzai and Bootakhel areas of Orakzai Agency.

A US drone strike targeting a militant compound in the Shawal area, some 50 kilometres southwest of Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan Agency, killed at least five militants. Daily Times; Dawn; The News ; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post ; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer , June 26-July 2, 2012.

31 civilians and one militant among 32 persons killed during the week in Balochistan: At least 14 persons, including two policemen and a woman, were killed and 30 others, including women and children, sustained injuries in a suicide attack on a bus of pilgrims coming from Iran, at Hazar Ganji area of Quetta on June 28.

At least seven persons were killed and as many as 30 injured, when a remote-controlled bomb went off at the Sibi Railway Station of Sibi District on June 27.Daily Times; Dawn; The News ; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post ; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, June 26-July 2, 2012

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