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Three banned outfits active in Karachi, Federal Minister of Interior Rehman Malik tells Senate: Federal Minister of Interior Rehman Malik on January 30 told the Senate that three banned organisations are responsible of target killings and law and order situation in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh,. He said Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (TTP) are terrorizing people in Karachi. "It is not Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) as a whole involved in Karachi killings. But, these are the splinter groups," he said. Dawn, January 31, 2013.

75 militants and four civilians among 82 persons killed during the week in FATA: Fighting between Tariq faction of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Ansar-ul-Islam (AI) climbed to 71 on the second day of clash in Tirah valley of Khyber Agency in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on January 27. At least 31 persons were killed when TTP Tariq faction militants attacked AI, a pro-Government militants group, in Tirah Valley on January 26.

Seven militants were killed and four others were injured in a blast in Jandary Killay in Orakzai Agency on January 23. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, January 22-28, 2013.

24 civilians and eight SFs among 35 persons killed during the week in Sindh: As many as 12 persons, including two Policemen and two political workers, were killed in separate incidents of violence in Karachi (Karachi District), the provincial capital of Sindh, on January 25 and 26.

At least four people, including a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) and two Policemen, were killed in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast in Bakhtiar Goth, New Muzaffarabad Colony in Karachi on January 25.

At least 11 persons, including a Policeman and a medical superintendent of the Sindh Government Hospital, were killed in separate incidents of violence in Karachi on January 22. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, January 22-28, 2013.

Pakistan still global jihad hub, says report: Pakistan is still a major destination for radicalised Muslims bent on a life of jihad (holy war), despite hundreds of US drone strikes, the death of al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden and the fracturing of al Qaeda. New battlegrounds have sprung up in Africa and the Middle East, but the number of foreign recruits smuggled into the north western tribal belt is increasing and they come from more diverse countries. Since the 1980s jihad to expel Soviet troops from Afghanistan, Muslim fighters from all over the world have lived and trained on the Afghan-Pakistan border, moulded into al Qaeda and a host of spin-off militant networks, said the report. Daily Times, January 28, 2013.

700 suspects in custody of secret agencies, says Attorney General Irfan Qadir: The Attorney General (AG) Irfan Qadir informed the Supreme Court on January 24 that around 700 persons were in the custody of the secret agencies and those people were arrested in connection with the 'war on terror'. He said this while appearing before a three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary, which took up the case of prisoners of Adiala Jail. The Attorney General further informed that the evidence against the prisoners had been collected and their trial would be completed within a month. The News, January 25, 2013.

Government control of Taliban not impossible, says Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary: Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary on January 22 observed that the Taliban were not a phenomenon that could not be controlled by the Government. The Chief Justice said this while hearing the Karachi law and order situation case. The News, January 23, 2013.

23 civilians and 10 SFs among 37 persons killed during the week in FATA: At least five persons, including two women and two children, were killed and nine others were injured when helicopter gunships shelled targets in Mir Ali tehsil (revenue unit) of North Waziristan Agency of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on January 17.

Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) militants attacked the house of a Frontier Corps (FC) trooper Shabir in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency and killed his father Abdul Jalil and four brothers on January 15.

Seven soldiers and four militants were killed in fighting between banned Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) and Security Forces in Bara tehsil on January 15.

13 bullet-riddled bodies of local people belonging to three families were also found in Alamgudar and Dogra areas of Bara populated by Sepah Afridi tribe.

Three khasadar (tribal police) personnel, captured by militants during a clash in Kohikhel area of Shalobar, were beheaded on January 14. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, January 15-21, 2013.

23 civilians and three SFs among 28 persons killed during the week in Sindh: AAt least six persons were killed in separate incidents in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, on January 18.

At least eight persons, including Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Member of the Provincial Assembly (MPA), were killed in separate incidents in Karachi on January 17.

At least five persons were killed in separate incidents in Karachi on January 16.

At least five persons were killed in separate incidents in Karachi on January 15. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, January 15-21, 2013.

122 civilians and 11 SFs among 134 persons killed during the week in Balochistan: At least 117 persons were killed and over 216 injured in three separate bomb blasts in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, on January 10.

Five persons were killed in separate incidents of violence in Balochistan on January 8.

Six persons were killed and five others sustained injuries in three different firing incidents in Balochistan on January 8. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, January 8-14, 2013.

32 civilians and 11 militants among 44 persons killed during the week in KP: At least 30 members of the Tablighi Jamaat were killed and more than 70 were injured in a suicide blast inside the Tablighi Markaz located on the Takhta Band Road in Mingora city, the headquarters of Swat District of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, on January 10.

Seven militants were killed when Security Forces (SF) pounded the hills of Darra Adamkhel town of Kohat District with artillery shelling on the night between January 9 and 10.

Three militants and a Police Officer were killed and a Constable was injured in separate incidents of firing in Lakki Marwat District on January 10. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, January 8-14, 2013.

17 SFs and 14 militants among 34 persons killed during the week in FATA: A roadside bomb killed as many as 14 soldiers in Dosali village, 50 kilometers south of Miranshah in North Waziristan Agency of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on January 13.

At least six militants were killed in United State (US) drones attack in Hisokhel village on the edge of Mir Ali town, around 35 kilometers east of Miranshah, on January 10.

At least eight militants were killed and four others injured on January 8 when US drones fired missiles struck militant compounds in the villages of Haider Khel and Hisokhel, some 25 kilometers east of Miranshah. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, January 8-14, 2013.

33 civilians and one militant among 34 persons killed during the week in Sindh: Five persons were killed in separate incidents of violence in Karachi (Karachi District), Provincial capital of Sindh, on January 11.

At least 16 persons, including two activists of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), a supporter of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and eight labourers, were shot dead in separate incidents in Karachi on January 10.

At least three persons, including a school Principal, were killed in separate incidents in Karachi on January 9.

Eight persons were killed in separate incidents of violence in Karachi on January 7. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, January 8-14, 2013.

Federal Government imposes Governor's rule in the Balochistan: The Federal Government on January 13 accepted to the demands of Quetta bombing victims and protesters across the country and announced to impose Governor's rule in Balochistan, effective from January 14 (today). Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf announced in principal to invoke Article 234 of the constitution and impose Governor's rule in the province, as demanded by the bereaved families and political and social circles. He assured the protesters that the Federal Government would fully cooperate with the Governor. He said that false cases registered against members of the Shia community would also be withdrawn. Daily Times, January 14, 2013.

TTP say they won't attack Army in North Waziristan Agency: The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on January 12 said that they would cease their occasional attacks on the Army in their stronghold of North Waziristan Agency (FATA) and concentrate attacks on NATO forces in Afghanistan instead - an announcement possibly designed to head off divisions in the insurgency. The ceasefire does not apply to the rest of the country, where there are often fierce clashes between the TTP and security agencies. Daily Times, January 13, 2013.

Government's persistent failure to protect minority Shia community from sectarian attacks is reprehensible and amounts to complicity, says HRW: The Government's persistent failure to protect the minority Shia community from sectarian attacks by Sunni militant groups, is reprehensible and amounts to complicity in the slaughter of Pakistani citizens, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on January 10. "The government should immediately hold accountable those responsible for ordering and participating in deadly attacks targeting the Shia across Pakistan and particularly the Hazara Shia in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province. 2012 was the bloodiest year for Pakistan's Shia community in living memory and if this latest attack [January 10 attacks] is any indication, 2013 has started on an even more dismal note," said Ali Dayan Hasan, Pakistan director at HRW. "As Shia community members continue to be slaughtered in cold blood, the callousness and indifference of authorities offers a damning indictment of the state, its military and security agencies," he added. Tribune, January 11, 2013.

TTP leader vows to send fighters to Kashmir and impose Sharia law in India: The high-ranking Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader Wali Ur Rehman in a rare video appearance pledged to send fighters to Kashmir and wage a struggle for the implementation of Sharia rule in India. "The practical struggle for a Sharia system that we are carrying out in Pakistan, the same way we will continue it in Kashmir, and the same way we will implement the Sharia system in India too. And this is the only solution for people's problems," Rehman reportedly said. Daily Mail, January 8, 2013.

89 militants and 13 civilians among 102 persons killed during the week in FATA: At least 17 persons, all believed to be suspected militants, were killed and eight others sustained injuries in three separate US drone attacks in the mountainous Babar area of Ladha subdivision in South Waziristan Agency (SWA) of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on January 6.

Ten militants killed and several others were injured when fighter planes shelled in the militants' stronghold of Arghanjoo in Mamozai area in Orakzai Agency.

Six persons, including a woman, were killed when unidentified assailants ambushed a car in Dargai area of Jamrud tehsil (revenue unit) in Khyber Agency.

Twenty militants were killed and 12 others sustained injuries in air strikes carried out by Army warplanes in the Kukikhel area of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency on January 4.

Seven more bullet-riddled bodies were recovered near Sarobi village area on Miranshah-Razmak road in NWA.

Taliban leader Maulvi Nazir was among 10 Taliban militants killed in a US-operated drone strike in the SWA on January 3.

Six militants, a close associate of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan's (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud among them, were killed in a drone attack in Mir Ali tehsil of NWA.

The bullet-riddled bodies of nine TTP militants were found dumped on the side of the road in Peer Kaley village in NWA on December 31.

Eight militants were killed as a clash erupted following an attack by SFs on a militant hideout in the Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, January 1- 7, 2013.

32 civilians and three SFs among 35 persons killed during the week in Sindh: Twelve people lost their lives while several sustained injuries in different incidents of firing and violence in Karachi (Karachi District), the provincial capital of Sindh, on January 4.

At least six persons, including two Police guards, were killed in separate incidents of violence in various parts of Karachi on January 2.

At least four persons were killed and more than 50 others injured when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted in a parked motorcycle exploded near Ayesha Manzil within the precincts of Gulberg Police Station in Karachi on January 1.

At least five persons, including a MQM activist, were killed and two others were injured in separate incidents in Karachi, on December 31. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, January 1-7, 2013.

UJC chairman and 'supreme commander' Hizbul Mujahideen says 'jihad can resolve Kashmir issue': The chairman of United Jihad Council (UJC) and 'supreme commander' Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM), Syed Salahuddin on January 6 said those calling for settlement of the Kashmir issue through peaceful means were in fact deceiving the innocent Kashmiris, adding that an armed struggle was the only way to resolve the dispute. Salahuddin said that experience of the past 65 years should convince anyone that only a strong and target-oriented armed struggle across Indian-held Kashmir could win freedom. Truth Drive, January 7, 2013.

Government prefers dialogue to military operation, says Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira: Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira said on January 3 that the Government generally preferred holding talks with militants to launching military operation against them because negotiations were the preferred mode of dispute resolution. "We even held talks with Sufi Mohammad, despite opposition from many quarters. It is our policy to resolve issues through negotiations, but if needed we will carry out military operations," Kaira remarked. Dawn, January 4, 2013.

Human bombs killed 5,243 in 896 attacks since 2002 in Pakistan: The Pakistani Army establishment's decision to join hands with the US in its war against terror has made the country suffer 896 deadly incidents of suicide bombings in the past 11 years which have killed 5,243 innocent people and injured 11,221 others between January 1, 2002 and December 31, 2012. Statistically speaking, the staggering death toll (of 5,243) means that the human bombs were able to kill 476 people every year on average and 40 people each month since 2002. The News, January 3, 2013.

Army identifies 'home-grown militancy' as biggest threat: In what appears to be a paradigm shift in its decades-old policy, Pakistan Army on January 2 described home-grown militancy as the "biggest threat" to national security. According to the new Army Doctrine, ongoing activities of Taliban militants in the restive tribal regions and unabated terrorist attacks on government installations in major cities are posing a real threat to Pakistan's security. The Army Doctrine deals with operational preparedness and is reviewed on and off. For decades, the army considered India as its No 1 enemy but growing extremism in the country compelled the military authorities to review its strategy. Tribune, January 3, 2013.

Violence is on the rise in Balochistan, says Home Department Report: The past five years have been difficult for Balochistan according to statistics revealed by the Home Department. Violence in the province has claimed over 2,100 lives and left 3,845 injured in over 3,232 incidents of bomb blasts and rocket attacks in this period. Amidst rising sectarian strife and targeted killings, the government's inability to deal with the situation appears more jarring than ever. Throughout the province, sectarian killings remain the biggest challenge. From 2008 to 2012, 758 members of the Shia community were killed in 478 incidents. Of these, 338 victims belonged to the Hazara community, indicating that Hazaras remain the prime targets of these aggressions. Tribune, January 3, 2013.

502 Shias killed across country in year 2012, says MWM report: According to Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) report published on December 31, as many as 502 Shias, including their leaders, were shot dead in targeted attacks in 2012 in Pakistan. It said the year 2012 remained another dangerous year for Shias living in Pakistan. "These 502 deaths have brought miseries. Several modest women were made widows and several children lost their fathers," it concluded. Daily Times, January 1, 2013.

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