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TTP's Hafiz Gul Bahadar group revokes peace agreement with Government: The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan's (TTP) North Waziristan chapter led by Hafiz Gul Bahadar formally revoked the peace accord with the Government, a pamphlet distributed by the group in the area said. The faction, as the pamphlet sent to media by Bahadur's 'spokesman' Ahmadullah Ahmadi said, is now preparing to fight against what it said was the Security Forces' planned operation, giving locals time until June 10, 2014, to leave the area and move to safety. Daily Times, May 31, 2014.

Taliban leader Mullah Omar hiding in Pakistan, alleges Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai: Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai on May 27 said that Taliban 'chief' Mullah Omar is hiding in Pakistan. Karzai didn't rule out the possibility that the terrorist is under protection in Pakistan. Times of India,, May 29, 2014.

Drone strikes on terrorists to continue, says US President Barack Obama: United States (US) President Barack Obama on May 28 made it clear that he will continue to authorize Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)-operated drone strikes and covert operations abroad to capture terrorists based on "actionable intelligence", moves that are controversial in countries like Pakistan. Obama said there still would be times when America must go alone "when necessary to protect ourselves." Times of India,, May 29, 2014.

Over 60 percent of drone targets homes in Pakistan, says report: The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been bombing Pakistan's domestic buildings more than any other targets over the past decade, the Russia Today news channel reported while quoting a latest research by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. "Almost two thirds, or over 60 percent, of all US drone strikes in Pakistan targeted domestic buildings," the channel reported. Daily Times, May 26, 2014.

88 militants and 12 SFs among 100 persons killed during the week in FATA: Five militants were killed in a clash with Security Forces (SFs) in the Manro Jangal area near the Pak-Afghan border in Bajaur Agency of Federally Administrative Tribal Areas (FATA) on May 25.

At least eight militants, including a 'commander' and two SF personnel were killed in the evening of May 24 during a clash in Landi Kotal tehsil (revenue unit) in Khyber Agency, after a security vehicle was ambushed by the militants.

At least six SF personnel were killed and three injured in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast in the Shati Kandao area of Pandyali tehsil in Mohmand Agency on May 24.

Four suspected militants were killed and several others were injured when SFs intensified military action in the Machis Camp area of North Waziristan Agency (NWA) on May 23.

At least 15 persons, including 11 militants and four SF personnel, were killed during a clash in Mir Ali area of NWA on May 21.

At least 60 militants, including foreign fighters, were killed when Air Force warplanes bombarded militant hideouts in Mir Ali and other areas of NWA in the early hours of May 21. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia; The Nation; Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, May 20-26, 2014.

Alert sounded across Country amidst fears of TTP backlash: Fearing a backlash from Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Islamabad, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Government on May 22 decided to use both the Security Forces (SFs) and the Police on high alert to maintain peace in the capital- Islamabad as well as other parts of the country. Sources in SFs informed that an operation of sorts had been started with air strikes on the militant hideouts on May 21, 2014. Dawn, May 23, 2014.

Prosecution Lawyers of 26/11 attacks case demand more security: On May 21, Prosecution lawyers asked the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) trying the seven accused in the 26/11 (November 26, 2008) Mumbai (Maharashtra) terror attacks case to increase their security saying Jamaat-ud-Da'wah (JuD) activists had been threatening them and the witnesses. The lawyers along with Chief Prosecutor Chaudhry Azhar submitted an application in the ATC in Rawalpindi informing it that "We and the witnesses have been receiving threats from the JuD activists who want us to stop representing and pursuing the case, respectively". Outlook, May 22, 2014.

Jobless turn to Taliban, reveals Al Jazeera report: According to Al Jazeera report, unemployment in the Swat Valley of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province could force many jobless people towards joining the Taliban. The report said that the area was struggling to mend its economy after years of conflict in the valley. Daily Times, May 20, 2014.

TTP asks Government and Armed forces to accept Allah's writ: The of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) 'chief' Mullah Fazlullah May 18 called upon the Government, the Armed forces and the Intelligence agents to akin to the TTP will have to accept writ of Allah Almighty. In a video message released by the TTP Chapter of Darra Adam Khel, the TTP chief did not comment over the peace talks with the Government. His statement came out at a time when there is a deadlock of peace talks between the Government and the TTP. The Nation, May 19, 2014.

Over 360 suspects shot dead by LEAs in eight months of Operation in Karachi, reveal figures released by Karachi Police: According to the figures released by the Karachi Police on May 15 to share their 'performance' from September 5, 2013 to May 5, 2014, at least 360 suspects have been killed by the Law-Enforcement Agencies (LEA) during the operation in Karachi since September 5, 2013. It stated that at least 60 Policemen were killed in the line of duty. They were mostly targeted when they were on patrol though a few were killed in encounters with militants, bandits, gangsters and other criminals. The figures showed a total of 1,277 'encounters' leading to the arrest of some 1,000 'heinous crime' suspects and killing of 253 others. Suspects shot dead by paramilitary Rangers numbered 115. Dawn, May 16, 2014.

Militants kill 2,794 civilians and 1,381 security personnel in nine years in KP: Militants have carried out 3,275 attacks of various magnitudes across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) during the last nine years, killing 2,794 civilians and 1,381 security personnel, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Sohaib Ashraf said. It is impossible to calculate the financial and infrastructural losses incurred, ASP Sohaib Ashraf at the Peshawar Central Police office said. This period of instability has driven foreign direct investment and capital out of the province, Sohaib Ashraf said. Central Asia, May 15, 2014.

Karachi operation should be above politics, says Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while chairing a high-level meeting over the law and order situation in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, on May 14 stressed that the operation being conducted in Karachi to cleanse it of criminal elements should be continued and be above politics. The Prime Minister said that terrorists and criminals should be brought to justice without any political prejudice. Daily Times, May 15, 2014.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police to put head money on TTP, LI leaders: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Police recommended the Home and Tribal Affairs Department to put head money on key terrorist commanders. The Police recommended placing about 430 terrorists, including key Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) and other militant leaders who had been charged under the Anti-Terrorist Act on the head money list. Nine known militant outfits are operating in the province. KP Inspector General of Police Nasir Khan Durrani told that investigators during the past six months have detected about 150 militants operating just in Peshawar. Central Asia, May 15, 2014.

21 militants and 11 SFs among 37 persons killed during the week in FATA: An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded on May 8 killing at least nine Frontier Corps (FC) personnel and injuring several others near the Miranshah road in Ghulam Khan Tehsil (revenue unit) of North Waziristan Agency (NWA) of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

Five more militants were killed and three injured as clashes between two factions of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) continued in Shawal area of NWA on May 7.

At least 13 militants were killed as infighting between rival TTP groups restarted in Shawal tehsil NWA on May 6. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia; The Nation; Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, May 6-12, 2014.

TTP says the group is serious in pursuing peace-talks with Government: A senior leader and member of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Political Shura, Azam Tariq Mehsud, said on May 12 that his group is still serious in pursuing peace talks with the Government which, according to a TTP intermediary, is maintaining a 'surprising silence' on the matter. "The date and venue for a second face-to-face meeting will be decided only when the Government and the Army come on the same page," Azam Tariq Mehsud said. However, he claimed that the Army was not serious in pursuing peace talks. Tribune, May 12, 2014.

Destroy terrorist sanctuaries in North Waziristan Agency, US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns tells Islamabad: United States (US) Deputy Secretary of State William Burns during his meeting with the civil and military leadership on May 9 to discuss regional security situation and exchange views on matters of bilateral interest said that Pakistani should "destroy terrorist sanctuaries located in North Waziristan and complete the operation before installation of the new political administration in Kabul". Daily Times May 10, 2014.

'Militant wings of political parties present in Karachi', says Karachi Police Chief Shahid Hayat: Karachi Police Chief Shahid Hayyat on May 9 said that militant wings of political parties are present in Karachi. He said that the Supreme Court had also mentioned involvement of political parties in terrorism.. The News, May 10, 2014.

Talks or no talks, bloodshed by militants has to stop, says Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and CoAS General Raheel Sharif unanimously: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) General Raheel Sharif on May 8 stressed that irrespective of whether peace talks are held or not, violence and bloodshed by militants must stop. General Sharif said that the recent attacks on the Security Forces are not likely to stop unless some hostile groups of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) are neutralised. Amid no let-up in the terror attacks, the military establishment has reportedly told Nawaz Sharif that the use of force against the miscreants has become unavoidable. Daily Times, May 9, 2014.

TTP 'chief' Mullah Fazlullah sacks Sajna from South Waziristan Agency 'chief': Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) 'chief' Mullah Fazlullah on May 8 sacked Khan Said alias Sajna as ameer (chief) of South Waziristan Agency (Federally Administered Tribal Areas). Umar Khurasani would command the movement in both North and South Waziristan Agencies. Hakimullah Mehsud's group 'spokesman' Daud Mehsud said that TTP's 'vice-ameer' Shaikh Khalid Haqqani has been made ameer of South Waziristan Agency. Daud Mehsud said that they respect decisions taken by the Mullah Fazlullah. The News, May 9, 2014.

Talks still 'best option' to end terrorism, says Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, while talking to British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Urdu, on May 5 said that he is still hopeful that talks with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) can succeed, despite the militants ending a ceasefire, and that talks offered the "best option" of ending the country's long conflict. He said that he believed his talks strategy could "bring peace without any further bloodshed". "If we can make this process somehow successful, I think it will be the best option." Daily Times, May 6, 2014.

27 missing persons traced, claims Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances: The two member Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances, headed by retired Justice Javed Iqbal and appointed by the Supreme Court, on May 5 claimed that it had resolved 27 missing person cases last month, saying that most of these persons were found detained at various "internment centres" in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The figures released by the Commission revealed that the number of missing persons had been increasing constantly, 1,846 cases had come to light since January 1, 2011, the day the commission started its work. Dawn, May 6, 2014.

TTP provides list of 765 'non-combatant' prisoners: The member of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) negotiating committee Yousuf Shah on May 4 said the TTP has given a list of 765 'non-combatant' prisoners they want to be released. He said dialogue was the only solution to the problem. He urged both TTP and the Government to reconsider a ceasefire. Daily Times, May 5, 2014.

Grouping within TTP a bane for businessmen, say Police sources: According to officials in the Police, the recent grouping within the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) may help the Government and Security Forces (SFs) to deal with the militants but it has created more trouble for businessmen in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. The sources said that the businessmen had paid extortions to the TTP but a few days later they again received calls for payment of more money. The second calls, they added, came even though middlemen of the militants had given assurances that the businessmen would not be threatened. Dawn, May 3, 2014.

Kashmir is the 'jugular vein' of Pakistan, says CoAS General Raheel Sharif: Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) General Raheel Sharif on May 1 said that Kashmir is the "jugular vein" of Pakistan and the issue should be resolved in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of Kashmiris and in line with United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions for lasting peace in the region. He said, "Matchless sacrifices offered by Kashmiris will not go in vain," adding that the resolution of the Kashmir issue is "indispensable" for lasting peace in the region. India Today, May 2, 2014.

Afghan Taliban and Haqqani Network continued to find 'safe haven' in Pakistan in 2013, claims Report: Groups such as the Haqqani Network and the Afghan Taliban continued to find 'safe haven' in Pakistani territory in 2013, the US State Department claimed in its Annual Global Report on Terrorism that it submitted to the Congress on April 30. It accused Pakistani authorities of not taking "significant military or law enforcement action against these groups." The report further claimed that a number of aggressive and coordinated attacks in Afghanistan were planned and launched from 'safe havens' in Pakistan. Tribune, May 1, 2014.

Seminaries operating in Islamabad assist TTP in collecting ransom and extortion money, reveal intelligence sources: According to sources in civil and military intelligence agencies, seminaries operating inside Islamabad are reportedly assisting Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) with the collection of extortion and ransom money by arranging deals between militants and their victims. The sources also revealed that the seminaries are providing courier services to the TTP by arranging for the money to be transported to pre-determined locations easily accessible for TTP militants. Dawn, May 1, 2014.

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