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TTP's main objective is enforcement of Sharia'h in the country, says TTP 'spokesman' Shahidullah Shahid: Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) 'spokesman' Shahidullah Shahid on January 30 said that their main objective is enforcement of Shari'ah (Islamic Law) in the country. He said what mattered was enforcement of Shari'ah, "whether through peace or war". Dawn, January 31, 2014.

'Prudent limits' imposed on use of drones, says US President Barack Obama: US President Barack Obama has declared that he has imposed "prudent limits" on the use of drones that target militants in Pakistan's tribal areas. Obama linked the use of drones to America's efforts to "actively and aggressively pursue terrorist networks" but said that the time had come for reviewing the policies that began after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the US soil. Dawn, January 30, 2014.

TTP extends talks offer once again: The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) 'spokesman' Shahidullah Shahid said on January 26 that the TTP once again offers 'serious' and 'meaningful' dialogue to the Government. The TTP, however, demanded that the Government ensure a "conducive environment" for talks. Daily Times, January 27, 2014.

51 civilians and nine militants among 68 persons killed during the week in Balochistan: Around 25 dead bodies were found buried in the Totak area of Khuzdar District on January 26.

Four militants were killed and seven others arrested by the Balochistan Frontier Corps (FC) during a search operation in the Shabood area of Panjgur District on January 25.

At least eight persons, including seven Levies personnel and one militant, were killed, while ten others, including a Spanish tourist, were injured when a militant kidnapping bid was foiled in the Darin Garh area of Koshak in Mastung District on January 22.

At least 24 Shia pilgrims returning from Iran were killed and 40 others were injured in a bomb attack targeting their bus in the Khusak area of Kanak in Mastung District on January 21.

Three abductors were killed while three people, including a Police Official, one Anti Terrorist Force (ATF) official and one passerby, were injured in an operation near Sariab Road in Quetta on January 21. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, January 21-27, 2014.

68 militants killed during the week in FATA: Security Forces (SFs) claimed to have killed about 32 militants in the Tora Waila area of Kokikhel in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on January 22.

At least 12 suspected militants were killed when fighter jets bombed their hideouts in the Inzar Kor area of Kukikhel in Khyber Agency on January 21.

Army helicopters on January 20 pounded several militant hideouts in the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan Agency killing at least 24 persons and injuring 15 others. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, January 21-27, 2014.

30 civilians and nine SFs among 45 persons killed during the week in Sindh: At least 12 persons were killed in separate incidents in Karachi (Karachi District), the provincial capital of Sindh, on January 25.

Three people, including PPP District President, were killed in separate incidents in Karachi on January 24.

At least 17 persons were killed in separate incidents of violence in Karachi on January 22.

Five persons, including three anti-polio workers, were killed in separate incidents in Karachi on January 21.

Six persons killed in separate incidents of violence in Karachi on January 20. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, January 21-27, 2014.

27 civilians and eight SFs among 35 persons killed during the week in KP: Six children were killed and another one was injured on January 26 while playing with a hand grenade in the Babar Mela area of Hangu town (Hangu District) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

At least six persons were killed and eight others were injured on January 23 when a bomb exploded in a vehicle at a car workshop near Scheme Chowk area of Peshawar, the provincial capital of KP.

Six Police officers and a 13-year-old student were killed and nine others were injured in a bomb blast near a police mobile in the Sardheri Bazaar of Charsadda Town (Charsadda District) on January 21.

Nine persons killed in separate incidents in KP on January 20. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, January 21-27, 2014.

Offensive likely to be launched in North Waziristan Agency in March, reveal official sources: A high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and attended by Army Chief General Raheel Sharif and other senior officials on January 23 discussed and decided that the Government is all set to launch a ground offensive in North Waziristan Agency in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Both Government and security officials confirmed that the civil and military leaderships have finally concluded that a targeted military operation is now 'unavoidable. Tribune, January 25, 2014.

US approve USD 352 million for Pakistan under Coalition Support Fund: A high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and attended by Army Chief General Raheel Sharif and other senior officials on January 23 discussed and decided that the Government is all set to launch a ground offensive in North Waziristan Agency in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Both Government and security officials confirmed that the civil and military leaderships have finally concluded that a targeted military operation is now 'unavoidable. Tribune, January 25, 2014.

TTP issues fatwa against media: The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), for the first time since its inception, issued a fatwa (religious edict) against the media. It has also prepared a media hit-list - a copy of which is available with Dawn. The 29-page fatwa accuses the media of siding with the "disbelievers", against Muslims, in the "war on Islam" and inciting people against "the Mujahideen" through propaganda as well as of propagating promiscuity and secularism. Dawn, January 24, 2014.

Counter terrorism funds spent on luxury gifts reveal documents: Officials used a secret counterterrorism fund to buy wedding gifts, luxury carpets and gold jewellery for relatives of Ministers and visiting dignitaries, according to documents seen by AFP. The National Crisis Management Cell (NCMC) received some 425 million rupees (USD 4.3 million) from Government coffers from 2009-2013, according to files obtained by Umar Cheema, an investigative journalist for Daily News, and seen by AFP. Times of India, January 24, 2014.

360 FC men killed in Balochistan since 2007, says IGFC Major General Ejaz Shahid: Inspector General Frontier Corps (IGFC) Major General Ejaz Shahid while briefing the Senate's Standing Committee on January 22 said that 360 Frontier Corps personnel were martyred in Balochistan since 2007. IGFC said those fighting with Security Forces should not be called as 'enraged elements' but as 'militants'. The News, January 23, 2014.

21 SFs and 15 civilians among 36 persons killed during the week in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: At least 20 soldiers were killed and 30 others were injured when a bomb ripped through a military convoy in the Bannu Town (Bannu District) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) on January 19.

At least 10 people were killed and more than 60 others were injured in the evening of January 16 when a bomb exploded at a Tablighi Markaz (religious centre) on Pajaggi Road in Peshawar (Peshawar District), the capital of KP. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, January 14-20, 2014.

16 civilians and 10 militants among 33 persons killed during the week in Sindh: At least eight persons were killed in Karachi (Karachi District), the provincial capital of Sindh, on January 17.

Three persons, including two Policemen, were killed in separate incidents of violence in Karachi on January 16.

At least 10 people were killed and more than 60 others were injured in the evening of January Three Policemen were among 10 persons killed in separate incidents killing in Karachi on January 15. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, January 14-20, 2014.

Ready for conditional "meaningful dialogue" with the Government, says TTP 'spokesman' Shahidullah Shahid: Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) 'spokesman' Shahidullah Shahid said that TTP were ready for a "meaningful dialogue". He asked the Government to "prove its authority and sincerity with dialogue process". In a letter issued to the media on January 19 he, however, said, "TTP wants to give clear-cut message to people of Pakistan that our war is for implementation of Sharia'h and we will never give up principles of Sharia'h." Daily Times, January 20, 2014.

National Security Policy in final stages of formation, says Federal Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan: Federal Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on January 16 said that the National Security Policy was in final stages of formation. He said it will help the Government in effectively combating militancy and eradicating extremism in Pakistan. Dawn, January 17, 2014.

MQM leaders at hit list of terrorists, Federal Ministry of Interior tells Sindh Government: The Federal Ministry of Interior informed Sindh Government that Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leaders are on the hit list of terrorists and, therefore, appropriate security measures should be made. A special communiqué sent to Sindh Government, the Federal Ministry of Interior has expressed fear that extremist might target MQM leaders. The communiqué quoted intelligence reports as saying that MQM leaders, including Dr Farooq Sattar, Faisal Sabzwari, Khalid Maqbool Saddiqqi and Nabeel Gabol, have "serious threats" to their lives. Daily Times, January 15, 2014.

CID Superintendent of Police Chaudhry Aslam Khan among three Policemen killed in suicide attack in Karachi: Three Policemen, including Crime Investigation Department (CID) Superintendent of Police (SP) Chaudhry Aslam Khan, were killed and 10 others were injured when a suicide bomber smashed his car into Aslam's convoy near Essa Nagri at the Lyari Expressway in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, on January 9. Claiming responsibility for the attack, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Mohmand Chapter 'spokesperson', Sajjad Mohmand, said that the group has carried out a "successful" attack to take revenge for several Taliban members killed by the Police. Dawn, January 10, 2014.

US declare Quetta based Taliban 'commander' Qari Saifullah a global terrorist: The United States (US) Department of State on January 7 declared Qari Saifullah, a Quetta-based Taliban 'commander', a specially designated global terrorist. Qari Saifullah is the Taliban's shadow 'deputy governor' and an operational 'commander' in Zabul province of Afghanistan, but the designation identifies him as a resident of Quetta. The designation includes a prohibition against US persons engaging in transactions with Qari Saifullah, and the freezing of all property and interests of Qari Saifullah in the US or come within the US or the possession or control of US persons. Dawn, January 8, 2014.

Pakistan reiterates position on Kashmir: Pakistan on January 5 called for solving the problem according to United Nations Security Council resolutions. In an interview to Radio Pakistan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said that Kashmir was a disputed territory and 20 resolutions have been passed by the Security Council on the matter. Elections are not a substitute for a plebiscite and the UN resolutions demand the withdrawal of Indian troops from Kashmir, she was quoted as saying in the interview. The Hindu, January 5, 2014.

TTP rejects possibility of peace talks with the Government: The Tehreek-e- Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on December 31 ruled out the possibility of talks with the Government, sticking to its stance that it could not contemplate the same until security officials stopped targeting its leaders. Ehsanullah Ehsan, the group's former 'spokesman' said that the TTP will issue a formal response later. Tribune, January 1, 2014.

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