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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa lost the most number of lawmakers to terrorism in four years: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly lost four of its members, including a senior minister, to terrorism during these four and a half years - the highest for a house of elected representatives in Pakistan in this Government's tenure. Lawmakers expressed their disappointment over this trend during the assembly's final session on December 31 just days after the assassination of Senior Minister Bashir Ahmad Bilour in a suicide attack on December 22. Bilour was the senior most member of the incumbent assembly and was one who had survived two earlier attempts as well. Tribune, December 31, 2012.

13 journalists killed in year 2012, says SAMC report: According to a report of the South Asia Media Commission (SAMC), in 2012, Pakistan remains in the lead with the killing of 13 journalists while South Asia mourns the murder of 25 media persons so far, reports Daily Times. The report of the SAMC, 13 journalists lost their lives in Pakistan followed by five in India, three in Bangladesh and two each in Nepal and Afghanistan in 2012. Last year, 17 journalists were killed in South Asia out of which 12 were Pakistanis. Pakistan had also been the most dangerous country for journalists in 2010 and 2011, according to the reports of international media monitoring organisations. Daily Times, December 31, 2012.

22 civilians and eight SFs among 30 persons killed during the week in Balochistan: A car bomb exploded on December 30 near a convoy of buses taking Shia pilgrims to Iran, killing 20 persons and injuring 25, on the RCD Highway in the Dringer area in Mastung District of Balochistan.

At least three persons, including a Policeman, were shot dead and another was injured by unidentified armed assailants in Garmkan area on the outskirts of Panjgur town of same District on December 28. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, December 25-31, 2012.

28 SFs and 12 militants among 47 persons killed during the week in FATA: The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants executed 22 Levies personnel on December 29 - three days after they were abducted during synchronised attacks on three security checkpoints in the Frontier Region Peshawar of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

Three women were killed and six children sustained injuries when mortar shells struck three houses in Sepah area of Bara tehsil (revenue unit) in Khyber Agency on December 30.

Seven militants were killed and three others injured when missiles fired by drones hit a militant compound at Gurbaz town in North Waziristan Agency of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on December 28. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, December 25-31, 2012.

35 civilians and five SFs among 43 persons killed during the week in Sindh: At least six persons, including a woman and a child, were killed and 50 others were injured in a mysterious blast in an intercity bus near Cantonment Station of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh on December 29.

Four persons, including a cadre of Sunni Tehreek (ST), were shot dead in different areas of Karachi on December 29.

At least 20 persons, including four Policemen, were killed in separate incidents in Karachi on December 25.

Sectarian and targeted violence claimed twelve more lives in separate acts of violence in Karachi on December 24. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, December 25-31, 2012.

Pakistan receives USD 688 million for 'war on terror' expenses: Pakistan received USD 688 million on December 28 under the Coalition Support Fund (CSF), as reimbursement for the expenses of supporting over 150,000 coalition forces deployed on Pak-Afghan border. Minister of State for Finance and Senator Saleem H Mandviwala confirmed the release of funds, along with spokespersons of the State Bank of Pakistan and the foreign office. In August 2012, Pakistan had received USD 1.12 billion from the US under the fund. Sixty per cent of the fund is apportioned to the Pakistan Army while the remaining amount is used to meet the fiscal deficit of the economy. Tribune, December 29, 2012.

US using spy agencies of other countries against Pakistan, says Defence Secretary Lieutenant General Asif Yaseen Malik: The Defence Secretary Lieutenant General, Asif Yaseen Malik, said on December 28 that the United State (US) is using the spy agencies of other countries against Pakistan. He said that Pakistan had complete information about the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agents working in the country. Pakistan has been informed by the US regarding presence of the CIA agents, he added. Nevertheless, he said no objection could be raised if the civilian Government takes action against them. Daily Times, December 29, 2012.

US drone strikes go down in Pakistan for the second consecutive year in a row, says US think tank New America Foundation: The United States (US) drone strikes against Islamist militants decreased in the tribal regions of Pakistan for the second year in a row but intensified in Yemen The News reported on December 28 quoting figures compiled by a Washington think tank New America Foundation. In Pakistan, 46 strikes were carried out in 2012, compared to 72 in 2011 and 122 in 2010, the New America Foundation said, based on its compilation of reports in international media. The vast majority of the strikes in Pakistan hit in and around the North Waziristan Agency's headquterer, Miranshah. These strikes, with Reaper or Predator drones, killed between 189 and 308 militants and at least seven civilians. The News, December 28, 2012.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government cautiously welcomes talks offer as anti-terror stance to remain unchanged: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government on December 27 welcomed the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan's (TTP) offer for conditional talks but said it would not deter it from its principled stand against terrorism and violence. "We welcome the TTP's offer of truce and consider this a positive development," Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain said. "Let the TTP come to the table and present its conditions. It is for the state to decide what conditions are acceptable and what are unacceptable," he said. Dawn, December 28, 2012.

TTP set terms to cease fire: Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has made a conditional ceasefire offer to the Pakistan Government which envisages an end to Pakistan's participation in the Afghan war and the reshaping of the Constitution and foreign policy according to the Quran and Sunnah. The offer was made to The News correspondent in a letter sent by Punjab TTP Amir Asmatullah Muawiya and was endorsed by the spokesman of the TTP Ehsanullah Ehsan in a telephonic call from an unknown place. The letter says TTP was dragged into a war with Pakistan from the Afghanistan and Kashmir fronts and the Government and the army were responsible for this.

The TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud said that his militia is willing to negotiate with the Government but not disarm, a message delivered in a 40-minute video given to Reuters on December 28. "We believe in dialogue but it should not be frivolous," Hakimullah Mehsud said. "Asking us to lay down arms is a joke." In the video, Mehsud sits cradling a rifle next to his deputy, Waliur Rehman. Military officials say there has been a split between the two men but Mehsud said that was propaganda. The News; Tribune, December 27-28, 2012.

Government to launch targeted operation to de-weaponize Gilgit-Baltistan: Amid deteriorating law and order situation, the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) on December 24, decided to launch a targeted operation to collect illegal weapons from key locations of the capital. The de-weaponization operation is aimed to eradicate sectarianism. Tribune, December 25, 2012.

27 civilians and four militants among 33 persons killed during the week in Sindh: At least seven persons, including a Policeman and one Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) activist, were killed in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh on December 21.

At least four persons, including an Awami National Party (ANP) activist, were killed in Karachi on December 21.

At least three persons, including an activist of Pakistan People's Party (PPP), a Shia community member and an Ahl-e-Sunnat-Wal-Jama'at (ASWJ) cadre were shot dead, while five people were injured in hand grenade attack in Karachi.

Six persons, including two suspected militants and an activist of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), were shot dead in different areas of Karachi on December 19.

At least six persons, including four women polio workers, were killed in separate incidents in Karachi on December 18.

Seven persons, including an employee of the WHO and two Shia persons were killed in different parts of the Karachi on December 17. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, December 18-24, 2012.

23 civilians and nine militants among 32 persons killed during the week in FATA: At least four suspected militants were killed in a US drone strike on December 21-afternoon in the Hisukhel area of Mir Ali in North Waziristan Agency of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

Pro-Uzbek Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) 'commander' Maulvi Abbas was among three killed in a bomb blast in Wana bazaar of South Waziristan Agency.

At least 19 persons, among them women and children, were killed and 71 others injured when a powerful car bomb ripped through the Jamrud bazaar in Khyber Agency on December 17. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, December 18-24, 2012.

24 civilians and three SFs among 27 persons killed during the week in Balochistan: At least 11 persons, including six Pakistanis and five Afghan nationals were killed in Pothan area near Pakistan-Iran border in Gwadar District of Balochistan while trying to illegally cross into neighbouring Iran in three vehicles on December 21.

A local journalist and two other persons were shot dead when a group of armed assailants intercepted a bus coming from Quetta on its way to Punjab and opened fire on the passengers and abducted six passengers on Quetta-Sukkur highway in the Machh area of Bolan District on December 20.

The Balochistan Government's public relations Director and two Policemen were shot dead near Shahrah-i-Iqbal area of Quetta in the morning of December 17. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, December 18-24, 2012.

KP Senior Minister Bashir Ahmed Bilour and eight other persons killed in suicide attack in Peshawar: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Senior Minister Bashir Ahmed Bilour and at least eight other persons were killed and 17 injured in a suicide bomb explosion in Qissa Khawani Bazaar area of Peshawar. The dead also included Station House Officer (SHO) of Kabali Police Station, Sattar Khan, and the late minister's personal secretary Noor Muhammad. Police said around 100 people had gathered at the place when the bomber detonated his suicide vest. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack on Bashir Ahmed Bilour whose outspokenness had made him a lot of enemies among the militants. Dawn, December 23, 2012.

National Assembly gives Government sweeping powers to fight terror as it pass the "Fair Trial Bill 2012": Following intense parleys between treasury and opposition, the National Assembly on December 20 passed the "Fair Trial Bill 2012", which is devised to give the Government more powers to fight terrorism. There were some objections by the opposition over giving state security apparatus more powers to fight the menace of terrorism in the country. Although the Government agreed to incorporate most the of amendments proposed by the opposition PML-N, and its ally MQM, however, there were a few that were rejected by the treasury side on the back of its numerical strength in the House, whose proceedings spanned over four hours as it took up clause-by-clause reading of the bill and amendments introduced in it. Daily Times, December 21, 2012.

No change in Pakistan stand on Kashmir, says Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar: Underscoring the need to engage Kashmiris in dialogue process, Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said on December 19 that her country was willing to settle the Kashmir-Issue peacefully through negotiations. "Kashmir is the core issue for Pakistan and there is no question to compromise on our stand," she told the visiting Hurriyat Conference (M) delegation led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq who met her on December 19 evening on dinner at foreign office in Islamabad. Kashmir Times, December 21, 2012.

Punjab militant outfits in contact with Uzbek militants, Federal Minister Sheikh Waqas Akram told National Assembly: Banned militant outfits in Punjab have contacts with Uzbek militants who charge USD 40,000 for carrying out terrorist attacks in Pakistan, Federal Minister Sheikh Waqas Akram told the National Assembly on December 18. During December 18's session, Federal Minister Sheikh Waqas Akram told the assembly that the Uzbek militants were in contact with the banned outfits in Punjab, adding that the members of these banned organisations could be seen wearing shirts of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU). Dawn, December 20, 2012.

United States asks Pakistan to dismantle Lashkar-e-Toiba: The United States on December 19 asked Pakistan to dismantle Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), the outfit responsible for several terrorist attacks inside India including 26/11 and attack on the Parliament. "We continue to strongly condemn the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai. We also continue to urge the Government of Pakistan to dismantle Lashkar-e-Toiba and to support regional and global efforts to combat terrorism," State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said. NDTV, December 20, 2012.

ISI and its former chiefs enjoy immunity, says US: The United States (US) State Department has informed a New York court on December 19 that Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and two of its former Directors General "enjoy immunity" and cannot be tried in the Mumbai terror attacks case. "Upon consideration of this matter, and after a full review of the pleadings, the Department of State has determined that defendants Ahmed Shuja Pasha and Nadeem Taj are immune from suit in this case," said an official letter sent to the US Department of Justice. The State Department also pointed out that its determination was "not subject to judicial review". Dawn, December 20, 2012.

No end to targeting killings in Karachi as 2,400 persons killed in 2012 alone: Law enforcement agencies (LEAs) have failed to curb the proportional increase in various sorts of target killing that claimed over 2,400 lives this year alone, creating an alarming law and order situation. According to the reported statistics, at least 2,400 people have been gunned down in different incidents of target killing in the outgoing year of 2012. The areas where most incidents of law enforcement personnel's killing took place included Gadap Town, District West and a part of the District South, where criminal elements and militants outfits are getting strength day bay day. Daily Times, December 17, 2012.

33 civilians and 11 Security Forces among 44 persons killed during the week in Sindh: Three persons were killed in separate incidents of violence in Karachi, Provincial capital of Sindh, on December 16.

Five persons, including three Policemen, were killed in separate incidents of violence in Karachi, on December 15.

At least four persons, including two Policemen, were killed in separate incidents in Karachi on December 13.

At least 15 persons, including political workers and a Police Inspector, were killed in separate acts of violence in Karachi on December 12.

At least five persons, including an activist of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), were killed in separate acts of targeted violence in Karachi on December 11.

12 persons including 10 militants killed as militants attack PAF base in Peshawar: The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) base inside the Bacha Khan International Airport of Peshawar, provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, was attacked by militants, with a simultaneous rocket barrage, resulting in the killing of seven people, including five militants, and injuries to 40 others on December 15. Security Forces on December 16 killed five more militants - said to be Uzbeks - in a fierce encounter in Pawaki village, just one kilometer from the PAF base clearing the area off miscreants. Dawn; The News, December 16-17, 2012.

At least 10 persons, including two Rangers personnel, a Bomb Disposal Squad Official and a Policeman, were killed in separate acts of violence on December 10. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, December 11-17, 2012.

Pakistani and Afghan journalists vow not to glorify militancy: The Journalists from Pakistan and Afghanistan resolved to refrain from glorifying violence and militant acts and instead to promote efforts for peace, economic development and prosperity in both countries. "We need to work hand in hand to strengthen bonds of peace and fulfill our obligations as journalists by speaking and telling the truth despite all odds," Babrak Miankhel, head of the Afghan journalists' delegation told Central Asia Online. Central Asia Online December 14, 2012.

Nine persons killed as militants attack Police station in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Nine persons - three Policemen, a soldier, two civilians and three suicide bombers - were killed while five others, including a Station House Officer (SHO), sustained injuries in a suicide attack targeting the Kakki Police Station in Bannu District on December 10. The sources said three suicide bombers had tried to enter the Police Station. Daily Times, December 11, 2012.

14 militants and seven SFs among 22 persons killed during the week in FATA: A US drone attack killed four militants, including a senior al Qaeda 'commander' Muhammad Ahmed Almansoor, in Tappi village in the North Waziristan Agency (NWA) of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on December 9.

Four suspected militants were killed when a US drone fired two missiles at a house in Mir Ali tehsil (revenue unit) of NWA on December 6.

At least six militants were killed and eight others sustained bullet injuries when Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) militants attacked pro-government lashkar (militia), Tauheedul Islam (TI), post in Bukar area of Zakhakhel in Khyber Agency on December 5.

Three soldiers were killed and 20 others sustained injuries in a suicide blast near the Ziari Noor Camp on the Angoor Adda Road in South Waziristan Agency Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Observer, December 4-10, 2012.

28 civilians and four SFs among 33 persons killed during the week in Sindh: Five persons were killed in separate incidents of violence in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, on December 9.

Three persons, including two Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) activists, were killed in incidents of target killing in Karachi on December 8.

Seven persons were killed and at least four others injured in Karachi on December 7.

Two MQM activists and a Police Constable were among five persons killed in separate incidents of violence in different parts of Karachi on December 6.

At least four persons, including two MQM activists and a Pakistan Sunni Tehreek (PST) cadre, were killed in separate acts of violence in Karachi on December 4.

At least nine persons, including four activists of the MQM and a Policeman, were killed in separate incidents of target killing in Karachi on December 3. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, December 4-10, 2012.

FIA presents LeT terror camps' photos among evidences given to Rawalpindi ATC hearing 26/11 case: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on December 8 presented the photographs of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) training camps in Sindh and motorboats used by the 10 terrorists who attacked Mumbai on November 26, 2008 (26/11) to an anti-terrorism court conducting the trial of seven Pakistanis charged with involvement in strikes. The motorboats and other items, currently in the custody of the FIA custody, were recovered in January 2009. The Hindu, December 9, 2012.

TTP sets up page on Facebook to recruit 'enthusiasts':The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has set up a page on Facebook to recruit 'enthusiasts' to write for a quarterly magazine and to edit video, spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan confirmed on December 7. The Umar Media TTP page, which has more than 270 likes, appears to have been created in September and have just a handful of messages written in English. "Umar Media is proud to announce online jobs opportunities (sic)," says the first post on the networking website, written on October 25 Daily Times,December 8, 2012.

TTP set to get a 'moderate' chief, says report:The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is preparing for a leadership change which could see more moderate deputy leader of the group, Waliur Rehman, likely to succeed Hakimullah Mehsud, whose extreme violence has alienated enough of his fighters to significantly weaken him, military sources told Reuters. An unnamed senior Pakistan Army official based in the South Waziristan Agency of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), the group's stronghold, said that Mehsud, who led the TTP for the last three years, has lost operational control of the movement and the trust of his fighters. Daily Times, December 7, 2012.

Conviction rate of terrorists in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is only four percent':The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has set up a page on Facebook to recruit 'enthusiasts' to write for a quarterly magazine and to edit video, spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan confirmed on December 7. The Umar Media TTP page, which has more than 270 likes, appears to have been created in September and have just a handful of messages written in English. "Umar Media is proud to announce online jobs opportunities (sic)," says the first post on the networking website, written on October 25 Daily Times, December 5, 2012.

[Source: SATP]

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