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    Any news about the push into Shawal Valley ???
     
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    In Pakistan, Detainees Are Vanishing in Covert Jails
    By TAHA SIDDIQUI and DECLAN WALSHJULY 25, 2015

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    • Taliban fighter. For 18 anguishing months, she could find no word of his fate. Then she got a phone call.

      “Come to Kohat prison,” said the man on the other end. “Tell nobody.”

      At the prison, in northwestern Pakistan, she was directed to a separate, military-run internment center where her son, Asghar Muhammad, was brought to her. They touched hands through a metal grill, and she wept as he reassured her that he would be home soon.

      But when the phone rang again, one month later, an official delivered crushing news. “Your son is dead,” he said. “Come collect his body.”

      Mr. Muhammad was one of dozens of detainees who have died in military detention in Pakistan in the past year and a half, amid accounts of torture, starvation and extrajudicial execution from former detainees, relatives and human rights monitors. The accusations come at a time when the country’s generals, armed with extensive new legal and judicial powers, haveescalated their war against the Pakistani Taliban by sweeping into their strongholds and detaining hundreds of people.

      Critics warn that those gains may be coming at the cost of human rights, potentially weakening Pakistan’s fragile democracy and, ultimately, undermining its counterterrorism effort.

      “People live in abject fear of speaking out about what the military is doing,” said Mustafa Qadri of Amnesty International, which received reports of more than 100 deaths in military custody in 2014.

      At issue is a network of 43 secretive internment centers dotting Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province and the tribal belt. Little is known about the centers, formally established in 2011 and given greater powers by a tough antiterrorism law passed last year. Most are based in existing jails and military bases and operate far from public view. The total number of detainees has not been made public.

      Relatives of missing people have filed 2,100 cases with the Peshawar High Court, seeking news of their fates.

      In many instances, the first news comes when a body is sent home.

      Last year, for instance, a man from the Kurram tribal district told the court that three of his six sons who were detained in Kohat had died in custody. The man’s lawyer said he had not brought a criminal complaint against the military out of fear that his remaining sons would meet a similar fate.

      The chief military spokesman, Maj. Gen. Asim Bajwa, did not respond to a detailed list of questions about conditions at the internment centers.

      Classified documents leaked last year by the former National Security Agency contractor Edward J. Snowden made clear that American officials were aware of widespread human rights violations by the Pakistani military, even as billions of dollars in American military aid kept flowing to Pakistan.

      Pakistani military officials tortured and killed people suspected of being militants “with the knowledge, if not consent, of senior officers,” said one American assessment in 2011.

      “The military took care to make the deaths seem to occur in the course of counterinsurgency operations, from natural causes, or as the result of personal vendettas,” said the document, first cited by The Washington Post.

      The Obama administration, which has gradually improved its relationship with Pakistan this year, has been muted in its public criticism of the violations and has not invoked a provision of American law that limits assistance to foreign militaries guilty of human rights abuses.

      Instead, the administration approved more weapons for the Pakistani military: In April, it approved almost $1 billion worth of helicopters and laser-guided Hellfire missiles for use in counterterrorism operations.

      State Department officials say they have warned the Pakistani military that the accounts of rights violations could lead to future restrictions on military assistance.

      Until recently, accusations of such abuses by Pakistani soldiers and intelligence officers have been sharpest in western Baluchistan Province, where the army has faced accusations of abducting, torturing and killing people suspected of being Baluch nationalists as part of a decade-old effort to quell a separatist rebellion there.

      The deaths at internment centers have come in conjunction with the military’s battlefield gains — in the past year, it has seized control of much of North Waziristan — and a general hardening of public opinion against the Pakistani Taliban.

      Tough new antiterrorism laws have given the army greater legal powers, and the number of deaths in military custody has declined in recent months since a military court system, authorized by Parliament in January, became active. Fayaz Zafar, a journalist in the Swat Valley, counted 48 bodies being returned to that area in 2014 and five so far this year, the latest on June 2.

      Experts say the military-run courts fall far short of international standards, and their authority is being challenged in Pakistan’s Supreme Court. But public opposition to the courts has been muted, particularly since a Taliban massacre that killed 150 people, most of them children, in December. The authorities have taken harder action against militants on other fronts, too,lifting a moratorium on executions that has led to 178 convicts being hanged.

      The executions have drawn repeated protest from the United Nations and the European Union but barely a whimper of public complaint.

      By several accounts, conditions at the internment camps can be brutal. One former detainee from Swat said he had been thrashed with barbed wire, reduced to eating soap because he was fed so little and forced to give false testimony against other detainees in court.

      “I felt guilty, but I knew I would be beaten if I refused,” said the man who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid further trouble.

      Relatives of detainees who die in custody say they have been pressured into conducting hurried funerals, often at night, and sometimes coerced into declining an autopsy, even if the corpse bears signs of ill treatment. In other instances, they say, local mullahs are forbidden from offering prayers for the dead.

      Asma Jahangir, a leading human rights lawyer, has brought a Supreme Court case challenging the detention of 33 men. When brought to court two years ago, two of the men said they had been tortured. They have since died in custody. “They supposedly had heart attacks,” Ms. Jahangir said.

      In Swat, several women have formed a protest group to seek news of their missing relatives through street demonstrations and court actions. Their leader, Jan Saba, said in an interview that she had “knocked on every door” in search of news of her missing husband, but that she still had heard nothing.

      Few dispute that many of the military detainees are linked to the Taliban. Mr. Muhammad, the detainee who died in Kohat last year, admitted to his family that he had spent eight months in the company of Taliban fighters before being arrested, relatives said.

      One of his brothers, Abid, said that when the family asked Mr. Muhammad what he was doing during that time, he replied, “The less you know, the better.”

      Such tales have led civilian officials to turn a blind eye to conditions at the internment centers. Jamaluddin Shah, the top civilian official in Kohat, said in an interview that he did not believe the military practiced torture or conducted executions at the center. But, he added, “even if such cases were true, why would that be an issue?”

      “Have you seen them slaughtering people and distributing those videos?” Mr. Shah asked, referring to Taliban execution videos. “Do you think they deserve any human rights?”

      But although the army has clearly weakened the Taliban in recent months, experts warn that reports of abuse could ultimately hurt its counterterrorism effort, in much the same way that harsh American tactics after 2001 led to global condemnation and bolstered militant recruitment.

      Ms. Jahangir, the lawyer, calls the network of internment centers “Pakistan’s little Guantánamo Bay.”

      “These laws risk turning Pakistan into a security state,” Ms. Jahangir said. “We cannot afford torture and killings on a mass scale, even in a time of war.”

      Taha Siddiqui reported from Kohat, and Declan Walsh from London. Eric Schmitt contributed reporting from Washington, and an employee of The New York Times contributed from Pakistan.

      A version of this article appears in print on July 26, 2015, on page A1 of the New York edition with the headline: Torture, Killings and Secrecy at Pakistan’s Jails for Taliban
     
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    Good news, we need to get rid of these scumbags ASAP.


     
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    Well there have been a few sectarian killings in Gujrat but only a couple of them were between Shia/Sunni, at least the major ones. The killing of Phool Shah was one of them. The man was a Shia from the village of Jassoki/Saddoki but also had mureeds aswell which is a bit strange. He was assassinated a few years back at his Hujra along with a couple of mureeds, one of them a newly wed guy from wazirabad who had come over to say Salam & give mithai after his marraige. He was killed by LeJ & the people who facilitated his murder from his village are my distant relatives. My own uncle knew Phool shah pretty well & they had good alaik salaik. After his burial there was a further exchange of fire. The fact that he was well connected & him being from a group of villages where LeJ SS, Jaish e Mohammad & other extremists groups were openly active & preaching hate speech & vowing further acts of violence the agencies got involved & officers in plain clothes raided my relatives house around 6:30 in the evening, who was the main accused in His murder. Unfortunately the officers went in a moment too early & arrested the younger brother as the main accused was still on his way from there family Farm. A neighbour of his alerted him by a hand gesture & he slipped away. The guy has since slipped out via PAK/IRAN border. It's not the first time that my relations from that side have been involved in such activities. They are a pretty rotten lot to be fair. there activities go back to the days of Hizbul Mujahideen & LeT, back in early 1990s another relative from that side was killed in Kashmir pooch sector in an encounter with the Indian army, another one them facilitated & participated in a pretty infamous murder of 8 Ahmadis who happened to be his close relatives aswell, the guy was on death row untill his final year of imprisonment when his death penalty was squashed in Lahore high court. The interesting thing is that the next 2/3 villages on the same road towards Mandi Bahauddin are known hot beds for secterian groups with massive seminaries, open sermons from members of LeJ, SS, Jaish e Muhammad & what not, reports of boys & girls studying at Lal Masjid, boys going to Afghanistan & all that untill the start of Zarb e Azab. Since the start of ZeA men who were openly violent have gone back to academia & farming. I am pretty sure of some blow back from that nexus now that Malik Ishaq has been killed. I hope the agencies would swoop in & not leave it too late.
     
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    It's very interesting that the Kashmir angle is being trumpeted as soon as we have achieved relative peace in Pakistan. It's almost like the enemies need to continue to drum up the 'Pakistan is a terrorist state' whether it be in Afghanistan, FATA or Kashmir.
     
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    There should be no negotiations with any kind of terrorist group. They will never stop and are a cancer to this world. We must annihilate each and everyone.
     
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    35 Punjab took another hit on 13 august when 4 of their personnel got shaheed in ambush in tirah valley

    LANDI KOTAL: Three army men, among them a captain, were killed in an explosion in the Tirah valley of Khyber Agency on Wednesday.

    Security officials said some personnel of the 35 Punjab Regiment were patrolling Sandana area in Sipah territory when an improvised explosive device planted on the roadside went off. Three men, including Capt Umar Farooq, were killed on the spot.

    Sandana was previously a stronghold of the banned Lashkar-i-Islam militant group. However, LI militants fled the area in April after security forces entered the mountainous region. The area has since then been under the control of security forces. Most of the residents vacated their homes in October last year after the military operation started.

    Published in Dawn, August 13th, 2015
     
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    Airstrikes in North Waziristan kill 24 militants: officials
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    Published: August 17, 2015
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    Airstrikes killed at least 24 suspected militants in North Waziristan on Monday, intelligence officials said, a day after a bomb killed Punjab Home Minister Shuja Khanzada in the prime minister’s political heartland.

    The deeply forested ravines of Shawal Valley and Datta Khel are a smuggling route between Pakistan and neighbouring Afghanistan, and are dotted with militant bases used as launch pads for attacks on Pakistani forces.

    Two intelligence officials, who declined to be identified as they were not authorised to speak on the record, said Monday’s airstrikes took place at 10am in the Zoi Nari, Lataka, Mizer Madakhel and Shawal areas of North Waziristan.

    “Jet air shelling destroyed six militant hideouts and killed 24 militants hiding in this area,” said one of the officials, adding that the dead included some foreigners.

    A second official confirmed the deaths but declined comment when asked if the strikes were in retaliation for Sunday’s attack in Punjab, which killed nine people, including the provincial security chief.

    Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan used to control all of mountainous North Waziristan, which includes the Shawal Valley and Datta Khel, and runs along the Afghan border.


    But Pakistan Army recaptured most of the region in a major armed operation launched last June. NATO forces had long urged Pakistan for such an offensive, saying Taliban safe havens in the country were being used to attack NATO and Afghan forces in Afghanistan.

    Since May, the military has stepped up operations in Shawal Valley, where the Taliban still operates freely. The area is a stronghold of Khan “Sajna” Said, the leader of a Taliban faction whose name the United States last year put on a sanctions list of “specially designated global terrorists”.

    Most phone lines to the area have been cut and military roadblocks limit civilian movement. It is not possible to independently verify security forces’ claims of attacks and deaths.
    The TTP mainly fight against the government in Islamabad and are separate from, but allied with, the Afghan Taliban that ruled Afghanistan in the late 1990s before being expelled in a US-led military intervention.
     
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    Army begins ground offensive to regain Shawal
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    Hours after jets pounded targets in Shawal area of North Waziristan, killing 15 terrorists there, the army announced that it was commencing a ground operation in the region.

    According to Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Asim Bajwa, the ground operation was being carried out on direction of the army chief.

    Earlier on Thursday, air strikes killed 43 suspected militants near the Afghan border on Thursday, the military said. The attacks took place in Gharlamai and Shawal areas of North Waziristan tribal region, where the army has been waging a major offensive to clear militant hideouts since June last year.

    “Twenty-eight terrorists were killed in Gharlamai area and another 15 were killed in Shawal in precise aerial strikes,” the military said in a statement.

    The conflict zone is remote and off-limits to journalists, making it difficult to verify the army’s claims, including the number and identity of those killed.

    A large number of militants fleeing the operation in other parts of North Waziristan are believed to have taken refuge in Shawal Valley, which is considered to be an al Qaeda sanctuary and a stronghold of Gul Bahadur, a warlord once considered pro-government.

    Shawal has also been the focus of US drone attacks this year with multiple strikes hitting targets in the valley in which dozens of suspected militants were killed.

    The recent strikes come two days after the military said it had eliminated at least 65 militants on Monday in air raids conducted in North Waziristan and Khyber Agency.

    On Sunday, in a similar statement, the army had said it killed 40 terrorists in air strikes in the country’s tribal belt, shortly after an attack in Attock that killed Punjab home minister Shuja Khanzada.

    Pakistan has been battling a homegrown Islamist insurgency for over a decade following the late 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan.

    The Pakistan Army began a major campaign in North Waziristan in June last year and authorities have now vowed to intensify operations both in the border regions and across the country.
    http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/201...spected-terrorists-killed-in-nwa-air-strikes/

    Ground operations in NWA’s Shawal Valley begin: ISPR - thenews.com.pk
    RAWALPINDI: Director General, Inter Services Public Relations, Asim Saleem Bajwa, announced the beginning of ground operations in Shawal Valley of North Waziristan on Thursday night.



    According to DG ISPR, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif has directed for accomplishment of military objectives as soon as possible.



    Bajwa also tweeted that the COAS also ordered ideal coordination between air and ground assaults for maximum outcome.
     
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    @balixd @Jango For some odd and strange reason, PA has avoided Datta Khel completely. No wonder US is finding PA response on Haqqani network inadequate
     
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    I think this time the PA is serious about eliminating all of the terrorists, but at the moment, wants to keep up the momentum against the targets which are already being killed, i.e TTP and affiliated groups.

    What I mean is, first clear up the TTP in one move from all areas, then go against purely Haqqani strongholds...i.e Datta Khel.

    Aik bar aik group ko specifically target karo.

    And Haqqani Network itself has taken a good beating, you can't deny that. They had a strong presence in Miranshah and Mir Ali among others.

    The US will never be happy unless we tell them to come in themselves...they'll always find an excuse..so I'd suggest not to pay heed to their opinions a whole lot.
     
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    Four militants killed in exchange of fire

    QUETTA: Four alleged militants were killed on Tuesday night in an exchange of fire with security forces in Quetta.

    The incident occurred in Quetta’s Mian Ghundai area.

    “The militants were coming to Quetta from Mastung with the objective of carrying out a terror attack,” said a security official who declined to be named.

    “Personnel of a security agency and the Frontier Corps (FC) conducted a raid against the militants after receiving intelligence information,” added the security official.

    Four terrorists were killed and a security official was injured in the exchange of fire.

    “The exchange of fire with the militants continued for a few hours,” stated the security official.

    Security forces also seized weapons and a motorcycle from the militant hideout.

    Extra security personnel were rushed to the area and also initiated a search operation to apprehend any other militants that may still be present, according to the security official.

    The security official added that the militants killed today belonged to a proscribed organisation and were involved in attacks in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan.

    Security forces have intensified their actions in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan after the announcement of National Action Plan to combat terrorism in the country.
     
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    My realtive Major.Wasif hussain shaheed embarced Shahhadat! In Zarbe-eAzab!
     
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    Eight militants including commander killed: Frontier Corp


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    QUETTA: Eight militants, including a commander of a proscribed organisation were killed in Balochistan’s Dera Bugti district on Wednesday according to a statement issued by the Frontier Corps (FC).

    Security forces had launched an operation against the suspected militants in Dera Bugti’s Sui area on Wednesday afternoon.

    “Eight militants belonging to a proscribed organisation were killed in a search operation launched by FC,” said Khan Wasey, spokesperson for the FC.

    “Among the dead was a commander for the militant group, Chella Resh,” added the FC spokesperson.

    The statement also added that 15 kgs of explosives, two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and other arms and ammunition were seized from the militants.

    “The militant group was involved in terrorist activities in Sui and other areas of Dera Bugti district,” said Wasey.

    In a separate raid, FC personnel arrested three suspected militants from Quetta’s Sariab road area and recovered weapons from their possession.

    Yesterday, four alleged militants were killed in an exchange of fire which lasted for hours with security forces in Quetta.

    The incident occurred in Quetta’s Mian Ghundai area.

    Armed militants have targeted security forces and pro-government politicians for over seven years in the province which borders Afghanistan and Iran.

    Security forces have intensified their actions in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan after the announcement of National Action Plan to combat terrorism in the country.