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111 militants, seven SFs and one civilian among 119 persons killed during the week in FATA: 16 militants were killed and seven hideaways were destroyed in the ongoing Zarb-e-Azb operation by Security Forces (SFs) in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) of Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) on June 29.

Five militants were killed and six hideouts were destroyed as the Pakistan Army continued its assault in NWA on June 26.

Four militants and three khasadar (tribal Police force) officials were killed in a clash between SFs and militants in the Sur Qamar area of Jamrud tehsil (revenue unit) in Khyber Agency on June 26.

The fighter aircraft of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) continued pounding hideouts of alleged militants in the Mir Ali subdivision of NWA, killing 13 militants on June 25.

At least 47 militants were killed and about 23 hideouts were destroyed in the ongoing operation by SFs in Khyber Agency and NWA.

Three persons, including two soldiers and one civilian were killed in a suicide bombing in NWA on June 24. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia; The Nation; Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, June 23-29, 2014.

Woman passenger killed and two others injured as militants open fire at PIA plane at Peshawar airport: Unidentified militants fired on a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane as it was landing at the Bacha Khan International Airport of Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), in the night of June 25, killing a woman and injuring two others, including a crew member. PIA flight PK-756 with 178 passengers and crew members on board was travelling from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Superintendent of Police (SP) Cantonment Faisal Kamran, quashing speculation that the airport might have been attacked, said, "The gunmen fired at the airplane from outside the airport vicinity," adding that the plane was damaged in the attack. Tribune, June 26, 2014.

US names JuD as terror outfit: The United States (US) on June 25 added Lashkar-e-Toiba's (LeT) affiliates, including the JuD, its frontal organization, to its list of designated terror organisations and slapped sanctions against two LeT leaders. The State Department has amended LeT's designations to add the aliases: Jamaat-ud-Dawa, Al-Anfal Trust, Tehrik-e-Hurmat-e-Rasool and Tehrik-e-Tahafuz Qibla Awwal, an official statement said. Simultaneously, the Department of Treasury targeted the financial and leadership networks of LeT by designating Nazir Ahmad Chaudhry (Ahmad) and Muhammad Hussein Gill as specially designated global terrorists (SDGTs). Ahmad and Gill are being designated for acting for or on behalf of LeT. Treasury and the Department of State have designated 22 individuals and four entities associated with LeT. "In targeting LeT leadership, on Wednesday's action demonstrates our unrelenting commitment to combating terrorism by disrupting terrorist groups' financial activities," said the Under Secretary of Treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence David S Cohen. "We will continue to target LeT's financial foundation to disrupt and impede its violent activities," he added. Hindustan Times, June 26, 2014.

Ulema declare operation Zarb-e-Azb as Jihad: Over 100 ulema from various schools of thought on June 22 declared Operation Arab-e-Azb (sharp and cutting), the ongoing military operation against terrorists and militants in North Waziristan Agency, as Jihad (Holy war). The meeting of ulema, which was organised by the Sunni Ulema Board, in its decree (fatwa) referring to the verse No 33 of Surah-e-Almaidah of the holy Quran, which says: "Crushing of the attempts to disrupt peaceful atmosphere in a Muslim state is jihad." The decree said the nation was bound to support the ongoing operation in North Waziristan Agency and the people opposing the operation were rebels as per Islamic Shariah. It added that the state had the right to deal rebels with iron hands as the militants had murdered hundreds of innocent people and targeted various schools, shrines, hospitals, and innocent people. Islam, it said, did not allow individual jihad. Daily Times, June 23, 2014.

112 militants and six SFs among 118 persons killed during the week in FATA: Three militants were killed and six others injured in air strikes in Malikdinkhel area of Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in the early morning of June 21.

At least 12 militants were killed when the Army's Cobra gunship helicopters pounded three militant hideouts in Qutub Khel area on the outskirts of Miranshah, administrative headquarters North Waziristan Agency (NWA), on June 20.

23 militants, eight of them Uzbeks, were killed when the Pakistan Army helicopter gunships pounded their positions on Zartatangi hilltops east of Miranshah, the administrative headquarter of NWA, on June 19.

At least 25 foreign and local terrorists were killed in aerial strikes in Hasokhel area of NWA in the early hours of June 18.

Six militants were killed in a US drone strike in the early hours of June 18 in Dargah Mandi village of Miranshah tehsil (revenue unit) in NWA.

13 suspected militants were killed in fresh bombings early on June 17 by jet fighters that targeted militant hideouts in Shawal area.

Three militants were killed while fleeing from the cordoned off area in Miranshah in the night of June 17. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia; The Nation; Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, June 17-22, 2014.

Bill moved in US Congress to stop Pakistan's aid: Yet another amendment to the US Defence appropriations bill was offered on June 20 asking the lawmakers to stop any and all financial assistance to Pakistan. The amendment argued by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher states that Pakistan's Government had undermined efforts to counter terrorism. "It is a farce to believe that our aid, sometimes deceptively labelled as 'reimbursements,' is buying Pakistan's cooperation in hunting down terrorists," the introduction to the amendment said. Defending the amendment, its supporter accused that Pakistan's establishment sheltered Osama bin Laden, and continued to jail Dr Shakeel Afridi, who helped the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) locate bin Laden. The News, June 21, 2014.

Pakistan seeks extradition of TTP 'chief' Mullah Fazlullah from Afghanistan: Pakistan sought extradition of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) 'chief' Mullah Fazlullah from Afghanistan and dismantlement of the militant outfit's longstanding hideouts in Kunar and Nuristan Provinces. The request for the extradition was made by Mahmood Khan Achakzai on behalf of the Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif in a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul on June 18, said a well-informed Government official in Islamabad. Meanwhile, the foreign office confirmed that Achakzai visited Afghanistan as a special envoy of the Prime Minister to seek Kabul's cooperation in eliminating terrorism. Tribune, June 20, 2014.

TTP controls 25 percent of Karachi, states MQM Parliamentary leader Muhammad Farooq Sattar Peerwani: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Parliamentary leader, Muhammad Farooq Sattar Peerwani, on June 16 claimed that Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) control 25 percent of Karachi (the provincial capital of Sindh) and warned that, if immediate steps are not taken, the commercial hub of the country could slip into a bigger crisis. "Taliban are running a state within the state," he said. Peerwani further stated that militants and their sympathisers had made transactions of around PKR 1.25 billion in various banks of Karachi, but the state was not paying any heed to this important issue. "We require a national counterterrorism policy and coordination among the agencies and community," he added. Dawn, June 18, 2014.

NWA operation to continue until terrorism is eliminated from the country, says Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, during a speech delivered in the National Assembly (NA) on June 16, justified Government's decision to initiate a full-scale operation in North Waziristan Area (NWA) of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and said that Operation Zarb-e-Azb (sharp and cutting) would continue until terrorism is eliminated from the country. Dawn, June 17, 2014.

'Pakistan home to global Jihadists', asserts MQM chief Altaf Hussain: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on June 15 said that they must accept that Pakistan has become home to terrorists from all over the world who are now entrenched in cities as well as in tribal areas of Pakistan, mounting attacks on Pakistanis as well as others. Altaf Hussain called on civilian and military leadership to stop the charade of talks with the terrorist groups and launch military strikes against those who are challenging the writ of the state through audacious attacks on Pakistani national installations. The News, June 16, 2014.

183 militants and five civilians among 192 persons killed during the week in FATA: At least 120 militants were killed in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) of Federally Administered Tribal Arias (FATA) when Pakistan Army lunch aerial as well as ground offensive during the operation Zarb-e-Azb (sharp and cutting), on June 15-16.

Two successive US drone strikes killed at least 16 militants in NWA in the late night of June 11 and early hours of June 12.

25 militants were killed and another 15 wounded in air strikes by fighter aircraft in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency on June 10.

Security Forces (SFs) carried out aerial bombing in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency, killing at least 15 militants on June 10.

At least three Paramilitary soldiers and a child were killed and many others injured in a suicide attack near Boya checkpost on Datta Khel road in NWA on June 9. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia; The Nation; Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, June 10-16, 2014.

Prime Minister presented with options for responding to TTP attacks: The military and national security aides on June 10 presented options to Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif for responding to Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terror attacks across the country. A brief statement issued by the PM's Office said: "Matters relating to internal and regional security, including FATA, Karachi and Balochistan were discussed." Dawn, June 11, 2014.

40 militants and 27 civilians among 68 persons killed during the week in Balochistan: As many as 23 Shia pilgrims were killed and many injured in bomb explosions and firing incidents in Taftan tehsil (revenue unit) of Chaghai District in Balochistan in the night of night June 8.

Ten Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) militants were killed in an operation by the Frontier Corps (FC) in the Kandiari area of Dera Bugti District on June 8.

Security Forces (SFs) killed at least 30 militants during a search operation in Dera Bugti District of Balochistan on June 5. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia; The Nation; Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, June 3-9, 2014.

29 militants and 28 civilians among 69 persons killed during the week in Sindh: At least 24 persons dead including 10 militants, seven Security personnel and civilian each were killed during a clash when Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants attacked the old terminal of Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh on June 8.

Five persons were shot dead while three others were injured in separate incidents in Karachi on June 7.

Six persons were shot dead while three others were injured in separate incidents of violence across Karachi on June 6.

Seven persons were killed in separate incidents of violence and target killing in Karachi on June 5.

10 militants were killed while at least 50 suspects were taken into custody on June 4 when Security Forces (SFs) launched an operation in Jani Bheeri village of Kashmore District to arrest the militants who had killed two Rangers and wounded seven others, including a Rangers Colonel, near the Bhittai Colony Road in the limits of the Tangwani Police Station in Kandhkot town on June 3.

Seven persons, including two ranger officials, were killed in separate incidents of violence and target killing in Karachi on June 3.

At least ten persons, including seven TTP militants, were killed in separate incidents in Karachi on June 2. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia; The Nation; Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, June 3-9, 2014.

10 militants and nine civilians among 26 persons killed during the week in FATA: Fresh clashes between the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and a breakaway faction killed at least seven militants in the Wacha Mela area of North Waziristan Agency (NWA) in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on June 6.

A senior 'commander' of TTP, Ashiqullah Mehsud along with two other militants, was killed in the armed clash of two groups of TTP in Mir Ali area of NWA on June 5.

Four soldiers were killed and four others sustained injuries when Afghanistan-based militants carried out suicide attack targeting Security Forces' (SFs) check posts on Manro Zangal and Makha Top in the Mamond tehsil (revenue unit) of Bajaur Agency on June 4.

Eight persons were killed and seven others, including a woman and two children sustained injuries, in a roadside bomb explosion in Khumasa area in Kurram Agency on June 3. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia; The Nation; Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, June 3-9, 2014.

Action will be taken against TTP factions averse to talks, states Senator Raja Zafarul Haq: The Senate was informed on June 6 that the Government would use force against those factions of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) which had adopted the path of violence instead of coming to the negotiating table. "The Government's policy is very clear. Those interested in holding dialogue will be welcomed but those resorting to violence will be taken to task," Senator Raja Zafarul Haq informed the Senate. Responding to points of order raised by Pakistan People's Party (PPP)'s Mian Raza Rabbani and Awami National Party (ANP)'s Afrasiab Khatak during the brief proceedings, he said there were three to four dozen groups within the TTP and they took their own decisions. Dawn, June 7, 2014.

TTP announces to use force in response to Government attacks: The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on June 5 said that they will now use force to reciprocate any attack launched by the Government. A senior TTP leader said that the outfit was interested in carrying the peace talks forward. "If the Government wants to negotiate with seriousness, sincerity and will, we're still ready for talks. But, we will respond to attacks with further attacks," he remarked. The News, June 6, 2014.

Pakistan lost USD 102.51 billion in war on terror during the last 13 years, says report: During the last 13 years, the direct and indirect cost incurred by Pakistan on the War on Terror and the losses due to terrorist attacks amounted to USD 102.51 billion, which is equivalent to PKR 8,264.4 billion. This includes a loss of USD 24.86 billion in over two years, a Government document revealed. The Economic Survey 2013-14 reveals that Pakistan suffered economic loss of USD 28459.89 million from January 2011 to March 2013. The figures jointly compiled by the Ministries of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Interior, and incorporated in the survey suggest that of the USD 102.51 billion loss, USD 23.77 billion loss was reported in 2010-11, USD 13.56 billion in 2009-10, USD 11.98 billion in 2011-12 and USD 9.97 billion in 2012-13. Daily Times,, June 3, 2014.

22 militants and eight civilians among 38 persons killed during the week in FATA: At least 16 militants were killed as Security Forces (SFs) backed by gunship helicopters thwarted a cross border militant attack on a checkpost situated on Nao Top in Bajaur Agency of Federally Administered Tribal Areas on May 31.

Four persons were killed on May 29 in a sectarian attack as militants attacked a convoy of Sipah Tribe, a predominant Shia clan returning from a funeral in Lal Pura area of Orakzai Agency.

Three security officials were killed while two others were injured in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosion in Seen Tanga Towda Chena area of Frontier Region Bannu in the morning of May 29.

Three soldiers were killed and another two wounded in a roadside IED blast near Miranshah in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) on May 29.

At least six militants were killed and seven others sustained injuries in a fierce clash between rival factions of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) at Taunda Darra in Shawal tehsil (revenue unit) of NWA on May 27.

Five dead bodies were discovered in Uthmanzai area in the Pandyali tehsil of the Mohmand Agency on May 26. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia; The Nation; Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, May 27-June 2, 2014.

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