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No-go areas still exist on ethnic and political bases in Karachi, says Supreme Court:The five-member bench of Supreme Court headed by Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali on October 24 said that no-go areas still exist in Karachi on political and ethnic bases. The Court observed that if any person entered his opponents' area, his body was recovered in a gunny bag. Daily Times, October 25, 2012.

Osama bin Laden would have escaped if Pakistan's permission was sought, says US President Barack Obama: United States (US) President Barack Obama, in some of his most blunt remarks to date, said on October 22 that Osama bin Laden would have escaped if America had sought Pakistan's permission ahead of the raid on the al Qaeda leader's compound. "If we had asked Pakistan (for) permission, we would not have gotten him," Obama said. Daily Times, October 24, 2012.

Tribes opposing Nawab Akbar Bugti were paid PKR 89 million during military operation against him, reveals Audit report: An audit report presented at a Public Accounts Committee (PAC) meeting on October 23 revealed that pro-Government Bugti tribesmen were paid PKR 89 million from Baitulmaal (a welfare organisation that provides assistance to the needy) funds when former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf launched a military offensive against Nawab Akbar Bugti. The expenses were incurred from 2003 to 2006 and camouflaged under the Administrative Budget of the Baitulmaal. Tribune, October 24, 2012.

25 militants and eight civilians among 33 persons killed during the week in FATA: At least nine militants were killed and several others injured in the ongoing operation in Akkakhel area of Bara tehsil (revenue unit) in Khyber Agency of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on October 26.

Nine militants were killed and five hideouts were destroyed when the Army gunship helicopters bombed hideouts of militants in Akkakhel area of Bara tehsil on October 25.

A United States (US) drone on October 24 fired two missiles at a suspected militant compound in Miranshah in North Waziristan Agency (NWA), killing three people.

In a retaliatory attack, the Security Forces (SFs) in the night of October 22 fired shells using light artillery and heavy machineguns in civilian dominated villages, killing at least three civilians, identified as Khwaja Mohammad, his son Jan Mohammad and one Ghaffar Khan, and injuring 25 others, including women and children in Miranshah. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, October 16-22, 2012.

23 civilians and six militants among 32 persons killed during the week in Sindh: At least five cadres of Ahl-e-Sunnat-Wal-Jama'at (ASWJ) were shot dead in a sectarian attack at 'Gulzar-e-Habib' restaurant in FB area of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, on October 25.

Seven persons, including a Policeman and a cadre of ASWJ, were killed in separate incidents of violence in Karachi on October 24.

At least seven people were killed in separate incidents of violence in Karachi on October 23. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, October 16-22, 2012.

18 civilians and 12 militants among 33 persons killed during the week in Sindh: At least nine persons, including one Ahmadi, three Ahl-e-Sunnat-Wal-Jama'at (ASWJ) and two Mohajir Qaumi Movement-Haqiqi (MQM-H) cadres, were shot dead in Karachi on October 19.

At least five persons, including a Policeman, were killed in separate incidents of violence in Karachi on October 17.

The Anti Violent Crime Cell (AVCC) in collaboration with Citizens Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) on October 16 claimed to have killed three alleged abductors and found a businessman, identified as Malik Zainul Abdeen (76), from their custody after an encounter at a house in Javed Bahria Housing Society in Maripur area of Karachi.

At least nine persons, including five cadres of ASWJ, were killed in Karachi on October 15. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, October 16-22, 2012.

17 civilians and four SFs among 23 persons killed during the week in Balochistan: At least three personnel of Frontier Corps (FC) were killed and ten others, including five security men and a woman, were wounded in a remote-controlled blast at the Badini intersection area in Quetta on October 19.

Four members of the Hazara community were shot dead in a sectarian attack in the Kabari Market scrap market of Quetta on October 16.

A guard of Balochistan Food Minister Asfandyar Khan Kakar and two militants were killed in an exchange of fire at the residence of the Minister in the Chaman Housing Scheme in Quetta on October 15. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, October 16-22, 2012.

20 militants and one civilian killed during the week in FATA: At least eight militants were killed and six others injured during an operation by Security Forces (SFs) in Mamoonzai and Khadezai areas of Orakzai Agency in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on October 21.

Two militants and a trooper were killed and two passers-by were injured in an exchange of fire at a checkpost in Civil Colony of Miranshah, Headquarter of North Waziristan Agency on October 19.

At least eight militants were killed and seven others injured when Security Forces backed by fighter planes bombed suspected militants' positions in different parts of Bara in Khyber Agency in Khyber Agency on October 18. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, October 16-22, 2012.

Supreme Court orders Government to take legal action against former Army Chief General Mirza Aslam Beg and former ISI Chief Asad Durrani for distributing money among politicians to rig 1990 general polls: On October 19, 2012, the Supreme Court in response to a petition filed in 1996 by former Air Force Chief Asghar Khan against the distribution of funds by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) among politicians to prevent the Pakistan Peoples Party's (PPP) victory in the 1990 polls, ordered the Government to take legal action against former Army Chief General Mirza Aslam Beg and former ISI Chief Asad Durrani for distributing millions of rupees among politicians to rig the 1990 general polls. The Supreme Court also said that any "political cell" operating in the Presidency, ISI, Military Intelligence (MI) or Intelligence Bureau (IB) should be shut down immediately as such an institution is unconstitutional. Indian Express, October 20, 2012.

49 militants and 13 civilians SFs among 65 persons killed during the week in FATA: At least six militants were killed and one Pakistan Army soldier sustained injuries in a clash in the Barlas area of Mamozai in Orakzai Agency of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on October 14.

Six militants and two Security Force (SF) personnel were killed during a clash in Asma Manza area of Laddah tehsil (revenue unit) in South Waziristan Agency on October 12.

At least 18 militants, mostly Afghans, were killed in a US drone attack on October 11 at a militant compound in the Baland Khel area of Orakzai Agency. In addition, militants attacked a passenger van in Hasan Zai Bazaar in Orakzai Agency killing eight anti-Taliban Mushti tribesmen and injuring 22 others. Also, a pro-government tribal elder, Malik Masher Khan, and his two bodyguards, Zarin Khan and Zer Jan, were shot dead and his nephew was injured when unidentified militants sprayed bullets on their vehicle at Derga Mandai village in Miranshah of North Waziristan Agency.

Six militants of Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) and their 'commander' Khan Mohammad were killed when a bomb exploded in a bunker they had occupied after a clash with their rival outfit Tawheedul Islam (TI) in Sipah area of Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency on October 9. In addition, bullet-riddled bodies of seven TI militants were found in a drain in Sipah area. A US drone strike targeting a militant compound killed five militants in Hurmuz area, east of Miranshah. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, October 9-15, 2012.

23 civilians and nine SFs among 38 persons killed during the week in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Five security personnel, including Superintendent of Police (SP, Rural) Khurshid Khan, were killed while 10 Police and Frontier Constabulary (FC) men were injured when the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants attacked two check posts of Mattani Police Station on the outskirts of Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on October 14. Also, five militants and a soldier of Frontier Constabulary were killed in Shaikhan village in Peshawar.

A suicide car-bomb attack killed 18 persons and injured 40 others in Darra Adam Khel town in Kohat District on October 13. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, October 9-15, 2012.

25 civilians and two militants among 29 persons killed during the week in Sindh: At least three dead bodies were recovered from separate places in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, on October 14.

At least four dead bodies were recovered from separate places in Karachi on October 13.

At least four unidentified dead bodies bagged in gunnysacks were found from two different areas of Karachi on the night of October 11. Also, six persons, including a Policeman and a freelance lawyer, were killed in separate acts of targeted killing in Karachi.

At least seven persons, including an activist of Pakistan People's Party (PPP), and a Policeman, were killed in separate acts of violence in Karachi on October 10.

Five persons, including a Shia man and a cadre of Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal-Jama'at (ASWJ), were killed in separate acts of violence in Karachi on October 8. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, October 9-15, 2012.

16 civilians and three SFs among 19 persons killed during the week in Balochistan: As many as 11 persons were killed and 21 others sustained critical injuries in a bomb blast on Nishtar Road in Sibi town (Sibi District) on October 11.

Three Security Force personnel were killed and five others sustained injuries in a landmine blast in Borbaj area of Dera Bugti District. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, October 9-15, 2012.

TTP planning to target media for Malala Yousufzai coverage: Angered by the coverage of its attempt to assassinate Malala Yousufzai, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has drawn up plans to target Pakistani and international media organisations across the country. TTP 'chief' Hakimullah Mehsud has issued "special directions" to his subordinates in different cities of Pakistan to target media groups. Daily Times, October 14, 2012.

Media should desist from glorifying terrorists, says Supreme Court: The Supreme Court on October 13 restrained media outlets from covering terrorism related incidents in such a manner which would glorify the terrorists. In its order on the Balochistan security case, Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry justified the decision, writing that material supplied by Senator SM Zafar suggested that whenever there was an incident involving murder of innocent people, civilians or otherwise, newspapers blamed different 'organisations'. Tribune, October 13, 2012.

Centre should intervene to ensure security to masses in Balochistan, says SC Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry: Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on October 12 said that the Federal Government should ensure security of the masses in the Province. He noted that the Provincial Government has failed to establish peace in the province.

The Inspector General (IG) of Frontier Corps (FC) Major-General Obaidullah Khan informed the SC on October 11 that only 12% of the 50,000 FC personnel are natives of Balochistan. Daily Times, October 13, 2012; Tribune, October 12, 2012.

Government 'seriously' considering operation in NWA, says Interior Minister Rehman Malik: Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on October 12 that the Government was 'seriously' considering conducting an operation in the North Waziristan Agency (NWA) of Federally Administered Tribal Areas, (FATA). Malik said intelligence reports and the residents of NWA state that the Agency is a hub of terrorists. He added that political and military leadership would consider launching an army operation as all the ways now lead to NWA after Taliban's attack on Malala Yusufzai. Daily Times, October 12, 2012.

TTP shot at and injured award winning children's rights activist Malala Yousufzai in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) shot and injured award winning children's rights activist Malala Yousufzai while she was traveling in her school bus in Mingora, the headquterer of Swat District, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on October 9 to avenge her campaigns for the right to education in the militants' former stronghold of Swat. TTP 'spokesman' Ehsanullah Ehsan said his group was behind the shooting. Daily Times, October 10, 2012.

Federal Ministry of Interior cautions GB and KP Governments of possible terrorist attacks: The Federal Ministry of Interior has cautioned of possible terrorist attacks in Gilgit Baltistan (GB) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). In a letter sent by the ministry's National Crisis Management Cell, the department urged both the Governments to be vigilant, citing that terrorists are being trained in Waziristan Agency and may carry out attacks in GB or KP anytime. Tribune, October 10, 2012.

More than 30 'Pakistani clerics' expelled from Afghanistan over 'provocative speeches' in mosques: Afghan security officials expelled over 30 'Pakistani clerics' from mosques in Kandahar Province over 'provocative speeches' to encourage people for an 'uprising against the Government'. Hamdullah Nazak, Governor of Dand District in Kandahar, said that Pakistani clerics had come from Muslim Bagh area of Balochistan and had no valid documents. Tribune, October 10, 2012.

40 civilians and two militants among 43 persons killed during the week in Sindh: Two Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) activists were among 15 persons killed in separate incidents of violence in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, on October 7.

Six Pakistan People's Party (PPP) workers and a reporter of a TV channel were killed and 10 others, including three reporters and administrator of Khairpur Taluka Municipal Administration, injured when a group of unidentified assailants opened fire on a public meeting in Sadoro Janwari village in Khairpur District.

Three persons, including an activist of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and an active cadre of Sunni Tehreek (ST), were shot dead in separate incidents of violence in Karachi on October 5.

Five persons, including a suspect, a Policeman and an Imambargah trustee, were killed in separate acts of violence in Karachi on October 4.

Three tortured bullet-riddled dead bodies of MQM activists were found from various parts of Karachi on October 3.

Four people were killed in various incidents of violence in Karachi on October 2.

Six persons, including two activists of MQM, were shot dead in separate acts of violence in Karachi. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, October 2-8, 2012.

18 militants and five civilians among 25 persons killed during the week in FATA: Five members of a peace militia were killed and seven others injured in militants' attack in the Bara tehsil (revenue unit) of Khyber Agency in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on October 6.

Six militants and one soldier were killed in exchange of fire when militants from Afghanistan side attacked a border security post in Gursal area in Mohmand Agency on October 5.

At least seven militants were killed as troops retaliated after a landmine blast killed a security officer in the Mamozai area of Orakzai Agency on October 1.

At least four militants were killed when a United States (US) drone fired four missiles targeting a vehicle in Khwaidadkhel area of Mir Ali tehsil in North Waziristan Agency. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, October 2-8, 2012.

TTP decline to 'provide security' to PTI peace march: The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) declined on October 5 to provide security to a Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) peace march to Kotkai town of South Waziristan Agency in FATA and declared that PTI Chairman Imran Khan was a westernised and secular man. TTP 'spokesman' Ehsanullah Ehsan said in a statement that the TTP was an ideological organisation based on fundamentals of Islam and performed all activities in accordance with the teachings of Islam. Dawn, October 6, 2012.

Peshawar High Court asks Government to give list of detention centres in KP and FATA: The Peshawar High Court on October 4 directed the Defence and Interior Ministries to produce lists of all detention facilities operated and maintained by intelligence agencies, including Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Military Intelligence (MI) and intelligence wing of Frontier Corps, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). The Court took exception to the slow pace of recovery of the 'missing persons'. Dawn, October 5, 2012.

No military operation in Balochistan, says Interior Minister Rehman Malik: Rejecting the allegations levelled by Balochistan National Party (BNP) chief Sardar Akhtar Mengal against the Government, Interior Minister Rehman Malik on September 30 said no army operation was being conducted in the Province. He reiterated that foreign elements were involved in the unrest in the province and that he had sufficient evidence that could be presented before the BNP chief.

Meanwhile, Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani while talking to Dutch Ambassador Hugo Gajus Scheltema in Islamabad on October 4 said that no operation is being conducted in the Province, dismissing such claims as sheer propaganda. Daily Times, October 1, 2012; Dawn, October 5, 2012.

No political cell working in ISI, Defence Ministry tells Supreme Court: The Defence Ministry in its reply submitted to the Supreme Court on October 3 stated that there was no political cell in the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). The three-member bench Court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry is hearing the 1996 petition filed by Asghar Khan accusing the ISI of financing politicians in the 1990 elections by giving PKR 140 million to them to create the Islami Jamhoori Ittehad (IJI) and prevent Benazir Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party (PPP) from winning the polls. Daily Times, October 4, 2012.

Dawood-Haqqani-ISI nexus in Pakistan, reveals Gretchen Peters of US Military Academy: Gretchen Peters of the United States (US) Military Academy at West Point's Combating Terrorism Centre (CTC) on October 2 told US Congress of the nexus between the criminal enterprise Dawood Ibrahim company, the Haqqani Network and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in Pakistan. Peters, testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism on 'Combating the Haqqani Terrorist Network', said, "It is well known that the Haqqanis are the most ruthless and violent faction of the Taliban and also that they have the capacity to launch spectacular attacks. They have hosted, facilitated and networked with all sorts of bad actors around the region and also criminal networks like the Dawood Ibrahim Company…They do work for the Pakistan Government -- Pakistan's ISI, and they will assassinate people around Afghanistan." Rediff, October 2, 2012.

80 new missing persons' cases reported across Pakistan: The Supreme Court-appointed two members Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances, headed by Justice (retired) Javed Iqbal, disclosed on October 2 that 80 more cases of disappearance had been reported to it during the past three months. The announcement contrasts sharply with a claim Government officials made in September during their meetings with a United Nations (UN) mission on enforced disappearances that the number of such incidents had dropped sharply over recent months.

JUI-S leader announces USD 200,000 bounty for anti-Islam filmmaker: During a Difa-e-Pakistan (DPC) rally in Peshawar on October 1, a former Pakistani legislator and General Secretary of Jama'at Ulema-e-Islam-Sami (JUI-S), Ikramullah Shahid, announced a USD 200,000 bounty for the maker of the anti-Islam film released in the US. "We will award USD 200,000 to anyone who kills the filmmaker," he said. Tribune, October 1, 2012.

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