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51 militants and three civilians among 54 persons killed during the week in FATA: A United States (US) drone strike on September 22 killed at least four militants targeting a moving vehicle in Datta Khel area of North Waziristan Agency of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

The Pakistan Army on September 19 said it killed 29 militants in the final stage of an operation in Batwar valley of Bajaur Agency.

Security Forces (SFs) claimed to have found 18 bodies of militants during a search operation in Salarzai tehsil (revenue unit) of Bajaur Agency along the border with Afghanistan. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, September 18-24, 2012.

39 civilians and three SFs among 44 persons killed during the week in Sindh: At least six people, including a former lawmaker belonging to Ahmadi community, were killed in Karachi, the Provincial capital of Sindh, on September 22.

At least 12 persons, including two Policemen and one Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) activist, were killed in Karachi on September 19.

Nine persons, including a Jama'at-e-Islami (JeI) activist, were killed in Karachi on September 18.

At least seven people, belonging to the Dawoodi Bohra community, including a three-month-old baby Shabbir, a 12-year-old girl Umema and a woman, were killed and 22 others injured in twin bomb blasts on a road between two apartment buildings - Qasr-e-Kutbuddin and Burhani Bagh - in Block C of North Nazimabad, commonly called Bohra Compound on September 18.

A leader of Jama'at-e-Islami (JeI) and former Liaquatabad Town Nazim (Councilor), identified as Doctor Pervaiz Mehmood, was shot dead along with his associate, Saleemullah, near KDA Chowrangi in North Nazimabad area of Karachi on September 17. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, September 18-24, 2012.

Federal Minister for Railways calls on the Taliban and al Qaeda announcing USD 100,000 bounty on maker of anti-Islam film "Innocence of Muslims": Pakistan's Federal Minister for Railways Ghulam Ahmed Bilour on September 22 announced a bounty of USD 100,000 on the maker of the American film "Innocence of Muslims" disrespecting the Holy Prophet. The Federal Minister said that he was aware that it was a crime to instigate the people for murder, but he was ready to commit the crime. He added that there was no way to instill fear among blasphemers other than taking this step. Dawn, September 23, 2012.

US Senate rejects move to cut Pakistan aid: The United States (US) Senate on September 22 rejected a move to cut American assistance for Pakistan and other countries as lawmakers opposed Senator Rand Paul's campaign on the issue. Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, forced a vote on his amendment to cut US aid to Pakistan, Libya and Egypt, but the Senate overwhelmingly defeated the measure it by a vote of 81-10. Dawn, September 23, 2012.

Afghanistan warns UNSC that cross-border shelling from Pakistan could jeopardise their relations: Afghanistan on September 20 called on Pakistan to halt cross-border shelling, warning the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) that the attacks could jeopardise already tense relations between the two countries. Afghanistan accused Pakistan of staging repeated shelling barrages across the border into Kunar Province. Daily Times, September 22, 2012.

SFs distributing arms among some elements in Balochistan, says JWP Chief Nawabzada Talal Akbar Bugti: Nawabzada Talal Akbar Bugti, chief of Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP), alleged on September 19 that Security Forces (SFs) and Intelligence Agencies are distributing weapons among some elements in Sui area of Dera Bugti District in Balochistan and feared that this would aggravate the situation in the area. He cautioned that giving arms and ammunition to a particular group would create disorder that would not be in the interest of the country. Dawn, September 20, 2012.

US sanctions on Haqqani Network come into affect: United States (US) sanctions against the Pakistan-based Haqqani Network of militants have come into force on September 19 following the Obama administration's decision to designate the group a "Foreign Terrorist Organization". Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said earlier this month that the step would be taken. The decision was formalized on September 19 with the publication of the announcement in the Federal Register. Dawn, September 20, 2012.

24 civilians and nine militants among 33 persons killed during the week in FATA: Eight militants were killed when Security Forces (SFs) pounded their positions in Khadezai area of Orakzai Agency in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on September 16.

Five members of a pro-Government armed group died when they drove over an improvised explosive device in Zawodin-Bhukkar village in the Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency on September 13.

Four civilians were killed and two others injured when a mortar fired by militants struck a house in Akkakhel area of Bara tehsil (revenue unit) in Khyber Agency.

At least 15 persons killed and 40 others injured in a suicide attack in a crowded Hamid Market in Kashmir Chowk area of Parachinar town, the headquterer of Kurram Agency on September 10. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, September 11-17, 2012.

23 civilians and one SF among 25 persons killed during the week in Sindh: Five people, including a Pakistan People's Party-Shaheed Bhutto (PPP-SB) supporter, were killed in separate incidents in Karachi on September 16.

Eight persons were shot dead in separate incidents of target killing in different areas of Karachi on September 14.

Five persons were killed in separate incidents of violence and target killing in Karachi on September 12.

At least five persons, including a Policeman and two activists of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), were killed in separate incidents of target killing in Karachi on September 10. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, September 11-17, 2012.

23 civilians killed during the week in Balochistan: As many as 10 labourers were killed and another four sustained injuries in the Dasht area of Mastung District of Balochistan on September 13 after unidentified assailants opened fire on them.

Unidentified armed assailants shot dead a tribal elder, Mir Saeed Ahmed Qalandarani, and his five guards at Tutak area of Khuzdar District.

At least four bullet-riddled dead bodies were found in the Mohammad Toway area of Kalat District on September 10. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, September 11-17, 2012.

GBLA approves resolution demanding provincial status for Gilgit Baltistan:The Gilgit Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA) on September 13 approved a resolution demanding complete provincial status for the Gilgit Baltistan region. The resolution will also have to be approved by the GB Council, headed by the sitting Prime Minister of Pakistan. Pakistan Today, September 14, 2012.

14,000 persons missing in Balochistan, claims BNP: The acting President of Balochistan National Party (BNP), Jehanzeb Jamaldini, on September 12 accused the chief of the commission on missing persons, Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal, of misinforming a United Nations working group about the issue. Jamaldini claimed that about 14,000 people of Balochistan were missing but Justice (retd) Iqbal had provided wrong information to the UN group. The BNP leader said members of the families of 204 missing people had appeared in person before the Supreme Court to seek their recovery. Dawn, September 13, 2012.

Militancy keeps 600,000 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa children out of school, says report: Around 600,000 children in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have missed one or more years of education due to militancy, said a report of 'The State of Pakistan's Children-2011'. The report said a total of 710 schools had been destroyed or damaged by militants in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Dawn, September 12, 2012.

Several leading politicians, including Sharif brothers, are on TTP hit list, says secret report: Several leading politicians, including Pakistan Muslim League -Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif and his brother Shahbaz Sharif, are on the potential hit-list of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), said an intelligence report circulated among law enforcement agencies. Also appearing on the list are Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leader Fakhar Imam and the head of the Shia Ulema Council Pakistan Allama Sajid Naqvi. Tribune, September 12, 2012.

ISI still backing terrorists, says Doctor Shakeel Afridi: Doctor Shakeel Afridi, who helped CIA hunt down slain al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, said that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) still supports militancy and regards the United States as its worst enemy. Times of India, September 12, 2012.

Pakistan ready to give Taliban 'safe passage': Pakistan has agreed to provide safe passage to the Afghan Taliban leaders willing to participate in reconciliation talks with the Afghan Government. An unnamed US official said that the US and Pakistan had formed a working group to facilitate safe passage to Afghan Taliban leaders willing to visit Kabul for talks with Afghan officials. Dawn, September 10, 2012.

Upto 43 organisations, trusts and groups banned for terror links in Pakistan, claims Interior Ministry Report: Up to 43 organisations, trusts and groups have been outlawed so far by the Government for alleged involvement in terrorist activities, according to figures released by the Interior Minister on September 9. Of the 14 organisations that were banned in 2012, most were based in Gilgit Baltistan and Balochistan. From amongst the 43 banned outfits, two were banned before the 9/11 attacks for propagating sectarian violence namely Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) and Sipah-e-Muhammad - both declared illegal in 2001. Three organisations found on the list were proscribed by the United Nations (UN). One of the three groups included Jama'at-ud-Dawa (JuD), which was accused by Indian authorities of complicity in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. Tribune, September 10, 2012.

27 militants and nine civilians among 38 persons killed during the week in FATA: The Security Forces (SFs) on September 9 claimed to have recovered 19 bodies of militants during a search operation in areas along the border in Salarzai tehsil (revenue unit) of Bajaur Agency in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

Three persons, including a minor girl, were killed when a mortar shell fell on the house of one Kaptan Khan, a resident of Kandawo village in Sipah area of Khyber Agency on September 6. In addition, dead bodies of three persons were found in Badi Sia area of Mamond tehsil in Bajaur Agency.

Seven militants were killed on September 4 in Batwar Khas, Chachagi, Kambeli, Tendo Dag and Kumbat areas of Salarzai tehsil in Bajaur Agency, near the Afghan border, as SFs kept up their attempts to drive out the fighters from their hideouts. Two security men and a civilian were killed when their vehicle was attacked on Miramshah-Dattakhel Road near Kharh Qamar area in North Waziristan Agency. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, September 4-10, 2012.

25 civilians and one SF among 26 persons killed during the week in Sindh: Six people were killed in separate acts of target killing in Karachi, the Provincial capital of Sindh, on September 8, 2012.

At least six people were shot dead in separate acts of violence in Karachi on September 7.

Five people, including an Ahmadi and a former income tax commissioner, were shot dead in separate incidents of violence in different parts of Karachi on September 6.

Five persons, including an Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI), were killed in different incidents of violence in Karachi on September 5. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, September 4-10, 2012.

US to designate Haqqani Network as terrorists: The United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on September 7 that it is designating the Pakistan-based Haqqani Network, accused of high-profile attacks in Afghanistan, as a terrorist organisation. Clinton said in a statement that she had told the US Congress that she would brand the Haqqani Network as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation (FTO), subjecting the group and its members to additional sanctions, including an asset freeze. Daily Times, September 8, 2012.

Army repulsed 17 cross-border attacks in 2012: Major General Ghulam Qamar, the operation commander in Swat (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) on September 6 said that Pakistan Army repulsed 17 major attacks of militants from across Afghan border since February 2012. He also said that 260 attackers were killed while 40 security personnel lost lives in these attacks. Dawn, September 7, 2012.

TTP operating in twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi to generate funds from traders and big shots, reveal interrogations: Two suspects operating a network for the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad for generating funds via extortion and kidnapping were arrested by a joint investigation team of Security Forces and Capital Police on September 5. On the basis of revelations made by them, efforts are in progress to arrest the leader of the network operating from United Kingdom (UK). Dawn, September 6, 2012.

Recovery of missing persons top priority, says Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry: Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on September 5 said the recovery of missing persons remained the top priority for the Supreme Court, adding that the Security Forces had failed to restore peace and order in Balochistan. Hearing the Balochistan unrest case at the Supreme Court's Quetta Registry, Chief Justice Chaudhry said the court knew what law had to do. He expressed his anguish over the attitude of the defense and federal secretaries who did not appear before the court. Pakistan Today, September 6, 2012.

HRCP warns against groups sympathetic to militants: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on September 3 warned all institutions, especially political parties, of the catastrophic consequences of their failure to resist militancy. The commission said, "The barbaric beheading of 12 Pakistani soldiers and killing of others, by the Taliban adds a new grisly chapter to the long list of outrages committed by extremists." Pakistan Today, September 4, 2012.

120 militants and 27 SF personnel among 153 persons killed during the week in FATA: At least nine militants, among them key Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) 'commanders', were killed and several others in clashes with the Security Forces (SFs) and volunteers of a local peace committee in Batwar area of Salarzai tehsil (revenue unit) of Bajaur Agency in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on September 2.

At least seven militants were killed while 13 were injured during an operation launched by the SFs in South Waziristan Agency.

Six suspected militants were killed in a United States (US) drone strike on a vehicle and a house in Dattakhel area of North Waziristan Agency on September 1.

At least 14 militants, among them a key 'commander', were killed and seven others injured in gun battles with SFs at Gul Kadda in Mamozai area of Upper Orakzai Agency on August 31.

The TTP released a video showing the severed heads of 12 soldiers, as security officials said 15 troops had gone missing following fighting with militants in Batwar area of Bajaur Agency.

SFs killed 18 TTP militants, including two TTP Swat Chapter 'commanders', identified as Khatir and Turbai, in Bajaur Agency of on August 30.

Nine SF personnel and six militants were killed while several others wounded in a clash between SFs and militants in Baba Ziarat locality of Ghat Badr, some 35 kilometers south of Ladha, in South Waziristan Agency on August 29.

Six militants were killed and three SF personnel and two members of a peace committee were injured in fighting in parts of Salarzai tehsil in Bajaur Agency.

Eleven TTP militants, three Security Force personnel and a member of Salarzai Qaumi lashkar (community militia) were killed and several others injured as fighting intensified in Salarzai tehsil of Bajaur Agency on August 28.

An operation to clear militants from Batwar area of Bajaur Agency in FATA on August 27 left 36 dead including three soldiers and two members of a government supported peace committee.

Eight militants were killed and two security personnel suffered injuries in a clash in Masozai area of Kurram Agency. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post, August 28-September 3, 2012.

LeT 'commander' Zaki-ur-Rahman protected by LeT inside Adiala prison in Rawalpindi, says US Treasury Department: Fresh evidence has emerged that top Mumbai 2008 terror attack (also known as 26/11) suspect Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi continues to be provided security by the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) though he is in the maximum-security at Adiala jail in Rawalpindi District of Punjab province. In a statement announcing sanctions against eight key Lashkar operatives, the United States (US) Treasury Department said Sajid Mir, the terrorist group's commander for transcontinental operations, had been made "responsible for Lakhvi's security as of 2010." The Hindu, September 1, 2012.

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