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55 militants and four civilians among 59 persons killed during the week in FATA: US drone strike killed at least seven militants in Sokhel area of Mir Ali in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on May 27.

Six militants were killed and two others injured in a gunfight with Security Forces (SFs) in Gandi Tal area of Orakzai Agency.

A US drone attack early on May 26 killed at least four militants in Miramshah, the main town of NWA.

Eight militants were killed when a US drone attacked a militant hideout and a mosque in the Mir Ali tehsil (revenue unit) of NWA on May 24.

As many as 12 militants were killed after gunship helicopters pounded several hideouts in Mamozai, Sama Bazaar and Manzar Taap areas of the Orakzai Agency on May 23.

Meanwhile, three militants and a peace volunteer were killed and one was injured in a clash in Tirah valley in Khyber Agency.

At least 10 militants were killed in a US drone strike on a militant compound in the Tabai area near Miramshah, the main town of NWA on May 22.

At least four militants and one volunteer of a peace committee were killed while several others were injured in clashes with Security Forces in Bukarh area of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency on May 21. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune, May 22-28, 2012.

41 civilians and one militant among 42 persons killed during the week in Sindh: At least seven passengers on a Swabi-bound bus were shot dead three others were wounded when armed militants opened fire on the bus on National Highway at Rinn Shakh, near Qazi Ahmed Taluka town in Shaheed Benazirabad District on May 25.

Three people, including an activist each from the Awami National Party (ANP) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) were killed here on May 25 in separate incidents of violence in Karachi.

Six persons, including two political activists, were killed in separate acts of violence in Karachi on May 24.

At least five more people were killed over a dozen others injured in the ongoing in Karachi on May 23 due to a strike call by Awami Tehreek (AT) President Ayaz Latif Palijo.

A rally opposing creation of Mohajir Province in Sindh, titled 'Mohabbat-e-Sindh' (Love of Sindh), organised by the Awami Tehreek (AT), a Sindh-based nationalist party, was attacked by unidentified armed militants at Napier Road in Karachi killing at least 13 people and injuring 35 others on May 22. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune, May 22-28, 2012.

Pervez Musharraf murdered my mother, alleges Benazir Bhutto's son and PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the Chairman of Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and the son of slain Pakistan leader Benazir Bhutto said on May 24 that ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf "murdered my mother," as he vowed to play a bigger political role in his homeland "in any way I can". Bilawal Bhutto said that Musharraf sabotaged his mother's security when she returned to her homeland in 2007, and said he is confident of his own security in Pakistan. "I'm confident that the Pakistani Government will provide me with the adequate security, unlike the Government at the time that sabotaged my mother's security in Pakistan," he told the media. The News, May 25, 2012.

Treatment with Doctor Shakeel Afridi who helped to find al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden 'unjust and unwarranted', says US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: United States (US) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on May 24 denounced as "unjust and unwarranted" the treatment with the Pakistani doctor, Shakeel Afridi, who was jailed on May 23, 2012 for 33 years for helping the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the hunt for slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, reports Dawn. "We regret both the fact that he was convicted and the severity of his sentence," Clinton told a joint press conference with New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully. Dawn, May 25, 2012.

US shows concern over extrajudicial killings and religious intolerance in Pakistan: The United States (US) on May 24 voiced concern over extrajudicial killings and religious intolerance in Pakistan, including in the restive province of Balochistan. In an annual report on human rights, the US State Department said that the "most serious human rights' problems" in Pakistan included extrajudicial killings, torture and disappearances by both Security Forces and terrorists. "Lack of government accountability remained a pervasive problem. Abuses often went unpunished, fostering a culture of impunity," the report read further. Daily Times, May 25, 2012.

If PM fails to act on Balochistan emergency would be declared, says CJP Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry: The Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, on May 23 said constitution was being violated in Balochistan and if the Prime Minister (PM) says he is not responsible for restoring law then the constitution will take its way and emergency could be declared. The Chief Justice ordered registration of a case against Balochistan Home Minister Mir Nasirullah Zehri. Daily Times, May 24, 2012.

Communication Ministry proposes USD 1,000 fee per NATO container: The Communication Ministry has proposed charging NATO forces USD 1,000 per container to offset the PKR 100 billion in damages caused to the road infrastructure in the past 10 years, said Communications Secretary Anwar Ahmad Khan. "According to our conservative assessment, the NATO containers caused Rs100 billion in damages to the road infrastructure and have not paid a penny in return," said Communications Secretary Anwar Ahmad Khan while briefing the Public Accounts Committee on May 22. Tribune, May 23, 2012.

No large pullout possible without Pakistan help, says NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen: NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen acknowledged on May 21 that there could be no large drawdown of troops from Afghanistan without Pakistan's help as both sides also expressed the desire to stay engaged with each other despite differences. "We count on Pakistan's commitment to support ISAF and NATO efforts in Afghanistan," Mr Rasmussen told a briefing at the NATO summit in Chicago after a meeting with President Asif Ali Zardari. Dawn, May 21, 2012.

29 militants and two civilians among 31 persons killed during the week in FATA: Nine militants were killed when Security Forces (SFs) pounded their hideouts in Mamozai area of Orakzai Agency in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on May 15.

12 militants were killed and several others injured when SFs pounded their hideouts with artillery and helicopter gunships in two different areas of Kurram Agency on May 14.

Eight Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) militants were killed and two soldiers were injured in a clash with SFs at Qamberabad Chowk in Bara tehsil (revenue unit) of Khyber Agency. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune, May 15-21, 2012.

26 civilians and three militants among 29 persons killed during the week in Sindh: At least five persons, including an activist of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), were killed in separate acts of target killing in different parts of Karachi on May 18.

Eight persons, including a MQM activist and two cadres belonging to Sunni Tehreek (ST), were killed in separate acts of target killings in Karachi on May 17.

At least eight persons were killed in separate incidents of target killing in Karachi on May 16.

At least seven people, including three MQM workers and a MQM sympathizer, were shot dead in different parts of Karachi on May 15. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune, May 15-21, 2012.

UN 'al Qaida Sanction List' declares Ilyas Kashmiri as 'reported dead': Almost a year after key 26/11 suspect Mohammad Ilyas Kashmiri was reported killed in a drone strike, the United Nations (UN) has updated his status as "reported dead" in a sanctions list of individuals and entities associated with al Qaeda. The UN Security Council al-Qaida Sanctions committee amended on May 10 the information related to Kashmiri in its comprehensive 'al-Qaida Sanctions List'. The updated information reads Kashmiri "reportedly deceased in Pakistan on June 11, 2011". Times of India, May 20, 2012.

South belt of Punjab is a breeding ground for militant, says Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif: The Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif for the first time on May 18 admitted that southern belt of the province was a breeding ground for militants. The Provincial Government had, up to now, been denying the presence of any militant elements in southern Punjab. Dawn, May 19, 2012.

Pakistan among 'most negatively perceived' countries, reveals BBC poll: Pakistan has been ranked second in the list of most negatively rated countries in the world by a global poll for BBC World Service, which surveyed 24,090 people around the world. Pakistan was rated "mostly negative" by 51 per cent of the respondents, getting placed just one spot above the most negatively rated country - Iran, which was rated negative by 55 percent of the total respondents. Most of the respondents blamed Pakistan's foreign policy and the poor treatment of its citizens for such a widespread negative perception of the country. Indian Express, May 19, 2012.

Western Embassies in Islamabad receive letters containing suspicious powder: Several Western embassies in Islamabad on May 16 received letters containing suspicious powder and threats to poison NATO soldiers in Afghanistan, Pakistan officials said. The letters said "poison" would be hidden in the NATO supplies should Pakistan decide to lift a nearly six-month blockade on supplies for American and NATO troops in Afghanistan. Times of india, May 17, 2012.

Government controls 90 percent of tribal areas, claims KP Governor Barrister Masud Kausar: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Governor Masud Kausar on May 16 said that about 90 percent of the seven tribal areas and Frontier Regions are under Government control because of successful action against the militants and activities to revive public life are gearing up as a result. "I must say, apart from North Waziristan Agency and some parts of South Waziristan Agency, the remaining FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas) is clear now and the government writ is being consolidated," Governor Masud Kausar said. Central Asia Online, May 17, 2012.

Gilgit Baltistan Cabinet approves mosque 'Code of Conduct': The Gilgit Baltistan (GB) cabinet approved 'Code of Conduct' (CoC) for mosques and gave legal status to Masajid (Mosque) Boards, which were formed by the Parliamentary Committee. Government spokesperson and Minister for Education Ali Madad Sher said the code of conduct has been approved and will be given a legal cover by presenting it in the Assembly in the shape of a Masajid Boards Act and its implementation will ensure harmony, tranquility and tolerance Pakistan Observer, May 16, 2012.

'There is evidence against FC in missing persons' case in Balochistan', alleges Supreme Court: The Supreme Court on May 14 said that there existed evidence that the Frontier Corps (FC) were involved in abducting people in Balochistan. The Court told the FC Inspector General (IG) that respect for the force was waning gradually as 95 percent of the people in Balochistan had alleged that FC was involved in the picking up of civilians in the province. Daily Times, May 15, 2012.

41 militants and 26 SF among 83 persons killed during the week in FATA: Four persons were killed and three received injuries in clashes between rival militant groups in Tirah valley of Khyber Agency in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on May 13.

Four children - one girl and three boys - were killed and two women got injured on May 11 when a mortar slammed into their pick-up truck in the Qamberabad area of Bara tehsil (revenue unit) in Khyber Agency.

At least 10 Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants were killed and several others injured when Army helicopter gunships heavily pounded suspected hideouts in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency near Afghan border on May 9.

Six militants were killed during a clash between the Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) and Ansarul Islam (AI) in Toorikhel area of Tirah Valley.

39 persons were killed in two days of clashes between Security Forces and militants in Miranshah area of North Waziristan Agency (NWA).

The TTP killed 14 soldiers in Miranshah, the main town in the NWA along the Afghan border on May 7. Dawn; Daily Times; The News; Tribune, May 8-14, 2012.

Number of 'missing persons' rising in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, reveals the Commission of Enquiry on Enforced Disappearances: The Senate was informed that the number of 'missing persons' has surged in Punjab to 246 and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to 169 in the past 16 months. Federal Minister for Interior Rehman Malik said that 467 people went missing across the country till May 2, 2021 as compared to 138 in 2010. He quoted the figures from the findings of the Commission of Enquiry on Enforced Disappearances. Dawn, May 12, 2012.

US bill seeks ban on trade and reducing aid to just 10 per cent unless Islamabad reopens NATO supply routes: The United States (US) Congress on May 10 proposed stopping preferential trade with Pakistan and reducing aid to just 10 per cent of available funds unless Islamabad reopens NATO supply routes. It also approved a proposal to stop all reimbursements to the country if Pakistan continued to ignore US demands. "The bill places appropriate conditions on aid to Pakistan," said Congressman Adam Smith." Dawn, May 11, 2012.

Military operation in North Waziristan imminent, says Peshawar corps commander Lieutenant General Khalid Rabbani: Repeating assurances by other top Army officers, the Peshawar corps commander Lieutenant General Khalid Rabbani said the Pakistan Army would launch operations in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). He however didn't say when this would happen, or whether it would target all factions there. Rabbani told The Associated Press, "Something has to be done, and it's in the offing. North Waziristan is the only region we haven't cleared. It should be done as early as possible", he added further.

Meanwhile, the militants in NWA distributed pamphlets pledging holy war to mark the first anniversary of the killing of slain al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, albeit a week late. Masked militants armed with assault rifles handed out copies of the pamphlet from pick-up vehicles in Miranshah, the main town of the NWA that has become known as a premier al Qaeda and Taliban hub. Daily Times, May 9, 2012.

39 civilians and 19 SFs among 67 persons killed during the week in FATA: Nine soldiers were killed and 12 more injured when unidentified militants ambushed a military convoy at Amin Checkpost, a security outpost on a hilltop outside Miranshah, in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on May 6.

Eight militants were killed in Mamozai and Khadizai areas of Orakzai Agency.

At least 10 persons were killed while one was injured when US drone attacked a house in Darr-e-Nishtar area of NWA early in the morning of May 5.

A suicide attack targeting Security Forces (SFs) on May 4 killed at least 29 persons, including seven Policemen, and injured over 72 others at Khar Bazaar in Khar town of Bajaur Agency.

Three persons were killed due to shelling of SFs in the Khan Mir Garhi area of Mamonzai in Orakzai Agency on May 1. Dawn; Daily Times; The News; Tribune, May 1-7, 2012.

27 civilians and nine SF among 44 persons killed during the week in Sindh: At least seven people, including a Pakistan People's Party (PPP) activist's son, were killed in a recent spate of target killings in Karachi on May 5.

Three people, including a Police Officer and a political activist, were killed in separate incidents of target killing in Karachi on May 4.

At least five Policemen and four criminals were killed in a gun battle between the Police and gangsters on the seventh day of operation in Lyari area of Karachi on May 3.

At least six people were killed and more than 40 wounded on the sixth day of the ongoing gun battle between Police and gangsters in Lyari area of Karachi on May 2.

At least eight people, including a Police Official, were killed and another 35 injured in the ongoing Police operation against gangsters in Lyari area of Karachi on April 30. Dawn; Daily Times; The News; Tribune, May 1-7, 2012.

Abductions and extra-judicial killings on the rise in Balochistan, claims Baloch BRP press release: Baloch Republican Party (BRP) press release on May 5 read that the random abductions and extra-judicial killings of the Baloch are on the rise in Balochistan. The release said on one hand, Pakistani officials and the Supreme Court claimed that they were making efforts to recover Baloch missing persons and to stop the dumping of decomposed bodies, on the other hand, Security Forces continued to abduct torture and extra-judicially kill them. Dawn, May 6, 2012.

Pakistan second most dangerous country for journalists, says UNESCO: A report released by UNESCO ranks Pakistan as the second-most dangerous country for journalists in 2010-2011. Mexico was the most dangerous, with 18 journalist fatalities in that time frame. Two Pakistani journalists were killed in 2006-2007, followed by six in 2008-2009 and 16 in 2010-2011, the report, "The Safety of Journalists and the Danger of Impunity," found. Forty-two journalists have been killed in Pakistan since 1992, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Dawn, May 4, 2012.

Growing incidents of clashes reported in militant training camps in PoK: There have been a number of clashes reported as some Kashmiri militants in training camps in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) have wished to return to India. There are growing incidents of clashes between militants wanting to return to Jammu and Kashmir from training camps in PoK and those wanting to stay on, intelligence sources say. "Recently two Kashmiri militants desirous of returning home from the Bagh training camp opposite Uri sector of the Kashmir Valley got killed in clashes with those who wanted to stay put," an unnamed source said. The News, May 4, 2012.

Pakistan continues to support insurgent groups in Afghanistan, says Pentagon: Pakistan continues to support insurgent groups and provide terrorist safe havens so as to have its influence inside the war-torn Afghanistan, the Pentagon told the United States (US) Congress. "… To this end, Pakistan has allowed an insurgent sanctuary in its border to persist, offering a safe haven to Afghan Taliban and associated militant groups including the Haqqani Taliban Network in the North Waziristan Agency," it said. Times of India, May 2, 2012.

Farman Ali Shinwari named new al Qaeda chief in Pakistan: Al Qaeda named Farman Ali Shinwari (30) who belongs to Khugakhel sub-tribe of Shinwaris, and hails from Landikotal subdivision of Khyber Agency in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), as its head in Pakistan. The statement issued by al Qaeda's Dawa Wing said that after consultations and approval of top al Qaeda leadership, Farman Shinwari was selected as head of the network in Pakistan. The News, May 1, 2012.

Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri is in Pakistan's tribal area, says US official: Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Chief of al Qaeda, remains at large in Pakistan's tribal area, said United States (US) Counter-Terrorism Official John Brennan on April 30 as Washington vowed to hunt him down. He said, "We believe he (Zawahiri) is in that region of the world, as well as other al Qaeda leaders that continue to borough into areas of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan," adding, "We're not going to relent until they're brought to justice one way or the other." Indian Express, May 1, 2012.

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