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32 civilians and seven militants among 41 persons killed during the week in Sindh: Six people including a mosque cleric were shot dead in separate incidents of violence in different areas of Karachi, provincial capital of Sindh, on February 23.

At least 10 persons, including three Ahl-e-Sunnat-Wal-Jama'at (ASWJ) cadres, a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) activist, two Policemen and a supporter of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), were killed in separate incidents in Karachi on February 22.

At least four persons, including an activist of Pakistan People's Party (PPP), were killed in separate incidents in Karachi on February 20.

At least 10 persons were killed in separate incidents in Karachi on February 19.

At least eight persons, including four ASWJ cadres, were killed and three persons injured in separate incidents in Karachi on February 18. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, February 19-25, 2013.

32 militants and three civilians among 37 persons killed during the week in FATA: Fifteen militants and two Security Force personnel were killed in shelling by warplanes on the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) positions and an encounter between the Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) and SFs in Tirah Valley and Bara tehsil (revenue unit) of Khyber Agency in Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) on February 24.

Nine militants were killed and several others injured in shelling and bombing by military jets in Tirah Valley on February 20.

At least eight terrorists were killed in air strikes in Upper tehsil of Orakzai Agency. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, February 19-25, 2013.

17 civilians and eight militants among 25 persons killed during the week in Balochistan: At least six labourers working on the Makran Coastal Highway, which links the area to Karachi, were lined up and shot dead by unidentified assailants in the Shadi Kaur area of Gwadar District in Balochistan on February 23.

Security Forces (SFs) on February 19 killed four suspected militants and arrested seven others accused of killing 89 Shias in Hazara town of Quetta (Quetta District), the provincial capital of Balochistan, on February 16. Daily Times; Dawn, February 19-25, 2013.

Hazara areas be declared 'red zone', says Federal Minister of Interior Minister Rehman Malik: Federal Minister of Interior Rehman Malik said on February 19 that Hazara-dominated areas in Quetta (Quetta District), the provincial capital of Balochistan, should be given the status of "red zone" to ensure security of the community. He said, "The localities in Quetta having population of ethnic Hazara Shia community would have to be declared as red zone in order to maintain security of the community". Daily Times, February 20, 2013.

TTP still recruiting White Jihadis from the West: A recent video released by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), eulogizing two 'martyred' White Jihadis (holy warriors) from the US and UK, confirms that the TTP is still recruiting White Jihadis from the West. Westerners, including Americans, Britons, Germans, French, and Australians, who wanted to join the jihad that al-Qaeda is waging against the US-led Allied Forces in Afghanistan, have travelled to the Pakistani tribal areas in recent years. The News, February 18, 2013.

84 persons killed and more than 169 injured in bomb attack on Shia Hazaras in Balochistan: A remote-controlled bomb targeting Shias Hazaras killed 84 persons, including women and children, and injured more than 169 others in Hazara town of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, on February 16. Wazir Khan Nasir, senior Police officer in Quetta said, "It was a sectarian attack, the Shia community was the target". Spokesperson of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), Abubakar Siddique, claiming responsibility for the attack said, "Our suicide bomber carried out the blast and the Shia community in Hazara Town was the target." Daily Times; Dawn, February 17-18, 2013.

50 militants and 10 civilians among 60 persons killed during the week in FATA: At least 10 militants were killed when the jetfighters pounded their hideouts in Jandary Killay, Mir Qalamkhel and other adjoining localities in the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)-controlled Mamozai tehsil (revenue unit) area in Orakzai Agency of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on February 17.

At least eight militants were killed and two hideouts were destroyed in Army air strikes in the Mamozai area on February 15.

An explosion in the village of Hassanzo in Orakzai Agency killed seven persons and injured 13 others on February 14.

The on-going infighting between the TTP and Ansar-ul-Islam (AI) killed 19 more militants from both sides in Drey Stani area of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency on February 13.

Eight militants were killed and 15 others received injuries as the militants of TTP and AI clashed in Bhuttan area of Tirah valley on February 12.

At least five AI militants were killed and four others were injured in clashes with TTP in Tirah valley of Khyber on February 11. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, February 12-18, 2013.

40 civilians and two SFs among 42 persons killed during the week in Sindh: As many as 11 persons were killed in separate acts of violence and target killing in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, on February 17.

At least 10 persons were killed in separate incidents of target killing in Karachi on February 15.

At least five persons, including an activist of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), were killed in separate acts of violence in Karachi on February 12.

At least 12 persons, including two Policemen, were killed in separate incidents in Karachi on February 11. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, February 12-18, 2013.

12 civilians and nine militants among 27 persons killed during the week in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: At least 11 persons, including three Frontier Corpse (FC) personnel, two Policemen and one Levies man, were killed and over 23 persons were injured as a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into a security post in Spin Thall area of Hangu District on February 14.

Police and Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA) repulsed a terrorist attack on Miryan Police Station of Bannu District, killing five suicide bombers while another militant blew himself up.

Four persons were killed and another was injured when unidentified persons opened fire on them in Palai area in Malakand District on February 11. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, February 12-18, 2013.

38 militants and 21 civilians among 59 persons killed during the week in FATA: A bomb blast killed 16 persons and injured 27 others in Kalaya, the capital of the Orakzai Agency in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), on February 8. Following the attack, nine militants were killed after jets bombed militants' hideout in Upper tehsil (revenue unit) of the same Agency. In addition, seven militants were killed and six others injured when the United States (US) drones fired six missiles and pounded two separate mud-built houses in Babar area of Ladha subdivision in South Waziristan Agency.

Security Forces killed 12 militants in an air raid on militant hideouts in the Mamozai are of Orakzai Agency on February 7.

At least 10 militants were killed and several others were injured when jet fighters pounded their hideouts in the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) stronghold of Mamozai town in Orakzai Agency on February 6.

Five persons were killed after six missiles hit a house in Tehsil Spain Warm of North Waziristan Agency. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, February 5-11, 2013.

26 civilians and five militants among 33 persons killed during the week in Sindh: Five persons were killed in separate acts of violence and target killing in Karachi (Karachi District), the provincial capital of Sindh, on February 10.

Four persons including a Shia man were killed in separate acts of violence in Karachi on February 9.

At least three persons, including a cadre of Ahl-e-Sunnat-Wal-Jama'at (ASWJ), killed in separate incidents in Karachi on February 8.

At least 14 persons, including two Policemen, were killed in separate incidents in Karachi on February 7.

At least four persons were killed in separate incidents in Karachi on February 6.

At least three persons, including an ASWJ cadre, were killed in separate incidents in Karachi on February 4. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, February 5-11, 2013.

Taliban officials and fighters freed by Pakistan rejoin their colleagues in waging war against Western troops and the Afghan Government, says report: Some of the Taliban officials and fighters freed by Pakistan to help bring peace in Afghanistan have rejoined their colleagues in waging war against Western troops and the Afghan government, according to a media report on February 10. "Pakistan's release late last year of several imprisoned Taliban officials and fighters, which it advertised as a good-faith effort to help bring peace to Afghanistan, is now prompting questions about whether the gesture has yielded anything but potential new dangers for NATO and Afghan troops," the Washington Post quoted US, Afghan and Pakistani officials as saying. Times of India, February 11, 2013.

TTP and IMU form a special unit for operations to free prisoners: The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) joined hands to form a special unit of fidayeen attackers, Ansar-Al-Aseer (supporters of prisoners), whose prime mission would be to secure freedom for the imprisoned militants by carrying out jail break operations all over Pakistan. Adnan Rasheed, the mastermind of an assassination attempt on former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf, appointed the 'chief operational commander' of the unit. The News, February 6, 2013.

71 militants and 32 civilians among 103 persons killed during the week in FATA: Eleven members of the Kamarkhel peace committee were killed as clashes with Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) militants intensified in the Lakai Sar, Madai and Tor Lagad areas of Takhtakai in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on February 1.

Twelve militants, including two peace committee members, were killed and six militants were injured in clashes in various parts of Tirah valley on January 31.

Eight volunteers of a peace committee were killed when a mortar shell went off accidentally in a bunker used by volunteers of the Kamarkhel peace committee at Takhtakai when ammunitions were being shifted to another base.

Six members of a family were killed when a mortar fell on the house of one Ghani Gul in the Sponrhai area of Kukikhel on January 30.

At least 24 militants were killed when Army warplanes bombed militant positions in Tirah valley on January 29.

13 suspected militants were killed and 16 others were injured when Army warplanes targeted Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) hideouts in Arghanjoo and Mir Qalamkhel areas of Mamozai tehsil (revenue unit) in Orakzai Agency on January 28.

Ten persons were killed on January 28 in the fighting between Tariq Afridi faction of the TTP and pro-Government militant group Ansar-ul-Islam (AI) in Tirah valley.

Jet fighters bombarded suspected positions of the TTP in the Kukikhel area in the night of January 25, killing nine people, including six militants. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, January 29-February 4, 2013.

40 civilians and 14 SFs among 67 persons killed during the week in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Thirty six persons were killed when Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) suicide bombers attacked an Army camp in Sarai Naurang area of Lakki Marwat District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on February 2.

Twenty-eight Shia persons were killed and 46 others injured when a suicide bomber struck outside a mosque just after the Friday prayers in Pat Bazaar in Hangu Town (Hangu District) on February 1. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, January 29-February 4, 2013.

47 civilians and eight militants among 56 persons killed during the week in Sindh: Seven persons lost their lives in different incidents of targeted killing in different areas of across Karachi (Karachi District), the provincial capital of Sindh, on February 2.

At least six persons, including two Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) activists killed in separate incidents in Karachi on February 1.

At least 14 persons, including three clerics, were killed in separate incidents in Karachi on January 31.

Eight persons, including two Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) workers, were shot dead in separate acts of violence in Karachi on January 30.

At least five persons, including a Policeman, were killed in separate incidents in Karachi on January 29.

At least 16 persons were killed across Karachi on January 28. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, January 29-February 4, 2013.

13 civilians and seven militants among 24 persons killed during the week in Balochistan: At least six militants, including a 'commander' of the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), were killed and several others were arrested by the Frontier Corps (FC) in a targeted operation in the Mangochar area of Kalat District on January 31.

At least nine persons were killed in separate incidents on January 30 across Balochistan. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, January 29-February 4, 2013.

Security Forces allowing extremists to attack minorities, says HRW: The Human Rights Watch (HRW) on February 1 accused the Government of having failed to act against abuses committed by security and intelligence agencies which are letting extremist groups to attack religious minorities. "Pakistan's human rights crisis worsened markedly in 2012 with religious minorities bearing the brunt of killings and repression," said Ali Dayan Hasan, Pakistan Director of HRW. Dawn, February 2, 2013.

US needs to keep up drone war against al Qaeda militants in Pakistan and elsewhere, says US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta: The United States (US) will have to keep up an open-ended drone war against al Qaeda militants in Pakistan and elsewhere to prevent another terror attack on America, Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said on February 1. Asked if the CIA "targeted killings" should be curtailed in coming years, Panetta told AFP in an interview that there was still a need to continue the drone strikes more than a decade since the attacks of September 11, 2001. Dawn, February 2,, 2013.

TTP outlines conditions for dialogue with Government: The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on February 3 expressed its willingness to hold talks with the Government, but on two conditions - release of its seven leaders and guarantees by leaders of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazal (JUI-F) and Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) to make the exercise fruitful. "The release of Muslim Khan, Maulvi Omar and five other TTP leaders is a prerequisite for talks, while former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Syed Munawar Hasan should be the guarantors," TTP 'spokesman' Ehsanullah Ehsan said in a video message released in Peshawar. Dawn, February 4, 2013.

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