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Terrorist Attack In Pakistan Kills More Than 130 Children:
By Keith Jones
A terrorist attack Tuesday by the Tehreek-e-Taliban or Pakistan Taliban on a military-supported public school in Peshawar in north-west Pakistan left more than 150 people dead—the vast majority of them children. READ MORE

Behind Pakistan's Taliban War: By Daniel S. Markey
Military forces have degraded the Pakistani Taliban's insurgency, but the Peshawar school attack this week demonstrates the limits of government control and the lethality of rebel forces. Read the interview »


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49 militants and nine civilians among 58 persons killed during the week in FATA: At least 12 militants were killed and five Security Forces (SFs) were injured when SFs repulsed attacks on two check posts in Shindara and Khazana Kandao area of Orakzai Agency in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on December 27.

At least 23 militants were killed during airstrikes conducted by military fighter jets targeting militant hideouts in Madakhel, Lataka and Basikel areas of Dattakhel in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) of on December 26.

Seven terrorists were killed and five others sustained injuries in two United States (US) drone attacks targeting two compounds of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan-Punjab Chapter militants (also known as Punjabi Taliban) in the Shawal area on December 26.

Six militants were killed in a clash during a search operation in Halki Gandhab area of Mohmand Agency on December 23.

Security personnel recovered six bullet-riddled bodies from the Yakagund area of Mohmand Agency on December 23. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today;Pakistan Observer, December 23-29, 2014.

1,990 missing persons traced this year in KP and FATA, says Peshawar High Court record: The missing person's cases and decisions of provincial and national importance remained the focus of the Peshawar High Court (PHC) during 2014 as 1,990 people were traced out and 12 of them got released through political administration and Police. As per record of the PHC, the law enforcing agencies submitted a list of 934 missing persons in the court in October, who had been traced and shifted to various internment centres being run under the Home Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) Additional Chief Secretary under the special law called Action (in Aid of Civil Power) Regulations 2011, for FATA and Provincially Administered Tribal Areas (PATA). The News, December 29, 2014

Ministry of Finance and SBP directed to investigate accounts in order to stop terror funding: In order to stop the flow of funds to terror outfits, Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif on December 26 constituted a Special Committee for the implementation of the National Action Plan on counter-terrorism, the specifications of which would be finalised in a follow-up meeting scheduled for December 27, 2014 at the Prime Minister's House in Islamabad, while the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and Ministry of Finance have been directed to stop terror funding. Daily Times, December 27, 2014.

28 political workers, militants among 458 convicts on death row in Sindh: According to statistics revealed on December 25 at least 28 activists of political parties, banned religious organisations and sectarian outfits are among the 458 convicts on death row in Sindh Province. Of these, the mercy appeals of eight convicts are pending before the President and one before the Army General Headquarters. Consolidated statistics show that the major prisons in Karachi, Larkana, Hyderabad and Sukkur Districts house 458 such prisoners, who were awarded death sentences by the Sessions Courts and the Special Anti-Terrorism Courts (ATC) over the years. Tribune, December 26, 2014.

Military courts imperative to punish terrorists, says Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique: Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique on December 15 said that there was a difference between martial law and establishment of military courts in the prevailing circumstances. He said that military courts were imperative to punish terrorists and they were not aimed at singling out political opponents. He said that the decision to setup military courts was taken by the political leadership for the betterment of Pakistan. The News, December 26, 2014.

No armed group will be allowed to dictate its agenda, says Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid while addressing a candlelight vigil at National Broadcasting House in Islamabad on December 25 in memory of the victims of December 16, 2014, terrorist attack on Army Public School in Peshawar said that no armed group would be allowed to dictate its agenda and disturb the peace of the country. Rashid said the country has resolved that it would not allow the formation of armed groups to dictate to the nation about its way of life and relations with neighbours. Dawn, December 26, 2014.

Terrorism, extremism to be rooted out, says CoAS General Raheel Sharif: The Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on December 25 expressed the resolve that terrorism and extremism would be rooted out from the country. He paid rich tributes to the political leadership of the country for their spirit and unwavering resolve to rid Pakistan of the menace of terrorism through reforms and administrative measures, says an ISPR press release. He expressed these views while chairing a high-level security meeting. General Sharif reiterated his resolve in unequivocal terms to root out the menace of extremism and terrorism from the country. The News, December 26, 2014.

NACTA asks Provinces to conduct social audit of all banned organisations to find out if they are working under new names: The National Counter-Terrorism Authority (NACTA) on December 25 asked all the Provinces to conduct a social audit of all the 60 banned organisations to find out which of them are working under new names so that the law and the latest decisions announced by the Prime Minister after parliamentary parties meeting can be implemented. "Not only all the 63 organisations (three were placed under observation in 2012) mentioned in the NACTA list of proscribed organisations as available on its official website are banned, their affiliates cannot work with any other organisation or with a new organisation using different names. The News, December 26, 2014.

Senate demands banning of foreign funding to madrassas involved in militant activities: Accusing the Government of failing to take quick action after the December 16, 2014, Peshawar school terrorist attack, legislators in the Upper House of Parliament on December 23 demanded the Government ban foreign funding to those madrassas (religious seminaries) who were involved in any type of militant training. They said that after the Peshawar incident, it was right time for the Government to "clean" those madrassas who were involved in preparation of jihad (holy war) in neighbouring countries, especially India and Afghanistan. Daily Times, December 24, 2014.

Enemies hiding in cities to also face Zarb-e-Azb, says Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif: Pakistan, Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif said on December 22 that the second round of operation Zarb-e-Azb would target terrorists hiding in cities and villages as part of renewed strategy on security for the elimination of terrorism and maintenance of law and order in the country. He expressed these views while chairing a meeting to review the anti-terrorism strategy during which he emphasised that decisive action would be taken against terrorists. Daily Times, December 23, 2014.

5,419 terrorists detained in Punjab jails, informs Punjab Government to the Provincial Assembly: The Punjab Government on December 22 confirmed in Punjab Assembly that the process of capital punishment in the Province has been started and as many as 5,419 terrorists are detained in different jails of the Province, and about 57 appeals of mercy of terrorists have been rejected. Parliamentary Secretary Nazar Gondal further told the House that the government had withdrawn the initial notification regarding ban on capital punishment to the accused persons in jails so now the process to give death penalty to the terrorists have been restored. Daily Times, December 23, 2014.

Conviction rate highest in Balochistan, zero in Islamabad, reveals official statistics: The Anti-Terrorism Courts (ATCs) in the Federal Capital have not convicted even a single terror suspect whereas the conviction rate remained the highest in Balochistan from 2008 to 2014 followed by Sindh, the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), an analysis of official statistics of terrorism cases revealed. As far as the number of under-trial cases is concerned, Sindh stands at the top, and the Punjab, KP, Balochistan and the Federal Capital follow. The News, December 23, 2014.

144 militants and three SFs among 148 persons killed during the week in FATA: At least 25 militants were killed and three soldiers sustained injuries in a clash at Baghzai check post in the Shawal area of South Waziristan Agency in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on December 21.

Twenty militants, including an important Uzbek commander, Islamuddin, were killed when the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) jet fighters blitzed their hideouts in the Akakhel, Sepah and Kukikhel areas of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency on December 18.

At least 10 militants were killed and two were seriously injured in a ground action at Malak Shaga Nullah near Warwandu Mella and Hossai Nullah in Bajaur Agency on December 18.

Three personnel of Frontier Corps (FC) were killed in a remote controlled bomb blast in the Damadola area in Mamond tehsil (revenue unit).

The Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Major General Asim Bajwa on December 17 said Pakistan Army launched 20 air strikes including "dynamic targeting" killing 57 terrorists in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today;Pakistan Observer, December 16-22, 2014.

General Raheel Sharif didn't ask for TTP chief Mullah Fazlullah handover, says Afghan Army chief General Sher Muhammad Karimi: The Afghanistan Army Chief General Sher Muhammad Karimi said on December 19 that his Pakistani counterpart General Raheel Sharif has not asked for handing over of the chief of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Mullah Fazlullah, who is believed to be hiding in Afghanistan. General Raheel Sharif and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lieutenant General Rizwan Akhtar visited Kabul on December 17, a day after the TTP attack on the Army Public School and College in Peshawar. General Raheel had shared "vital elements of intelligence with concerned authorities, with regard to the Peshawar incident," the Army spokesman had said. However, the Afghan Army Chief said that the top Pakistani military officials didn't ask for custody of Mullah Fazlullah. "They didn't mention Mullah Fazlullah. He doesn't live in Afghanistan and we are not sheltering him," General Karimi said. Tribune, December 22, 2014.

US may not target Mullah Omar after this year, says Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby: The United States has said that after January 2, US forces in Afghanistan will not target Mullah Omar and other Taliban leaders unless they posed a direct threat to the US. "Being a member of the Taliban doesn't mean that the United States is going to prosecute operations against you for that reason alone," Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby told a recent news briefing in Washington. But he also drew a line between combatant and non-combatant Taliban, saying that those who continued to fight would not be spared. "We've also concurred that a member of the Taliban who undertakes missions against us or our Afghan partners - by that act alone, renders himself vulnerable and liable to US action," Rear Admiral Kirby said. Dawn, December 22, 2014.

LeT 'commander' Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi granted bail, detained subsequently: A day after an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) granted bail to Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) ''commander'' Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai (Maharashtra) terror attacks (26/11), the Government detained him under Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) on December 19. Lakhvi was granted bail by ATC Judge Syed Kausar Abbas Zaidi against submission of surety bonds worth PKR 0.5 million. The News, December 20, 2014.

Military courts being set up for trial of terrorists, says Minister of Defense Khwaja Asif: Minister for Defence Khwaja Asif on December 19 said that military courts were being established for trials of terrorism-related cases. He said that the Government had consciously decided to lift the moratorium on capital punishment, adding that carrying out of death penalty against terrorists would begin soon. He said that the process of establishing military courts for the purpose of trying terror suspects was already underway. "There will be no discrimination in the carrying out convictions of terrorists who have been sentenced to death and whose appeals have been rejected," he added. Daily Times, December 20, 2014.

If any of our associates is harmed, we will avenge ourselves by targeting your children, TTP threatens politicians: Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in a threatening letter on December 19 warned the Federal Government that it will start eliminating children of politicians, including Sharif''s family, and Army officers, if the Pakistan Government keeps its commitment to hang militants owing allegiance to the terror outfit. The letter was received by Pakistan authorities on December 19, 2014. Sources said that they were trying to verify if the letter was genuine. The letter justified the killing of young children saying the kids were committed to following in the footsteps of their parents. Times of India, December 20, 2014.

Operation Zarb-e-Azb expanded against terrorists, abettors: The top civil and military leadership on December 19 resolved to expand the ongoing military Operation Zarb-e-Azb and take forceful action against terrorists and their abettors. The resolve was made in a meeting of the civil and military leadership chaired by Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif at the General Headquarters (GHQ). The Chief of the Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif, and other senior military and civil officials attended the meeting. The News, December 20, 2014.

Umar Mansoor was the mastermind of the Peshawar school attack: Umar Mansoor, a key Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commander and a close aid of Mullah Fazlullah was the mastermind of December 16 militants' attack on Peshawar Army Public School. A video posted on December 18 on a website used by the TTP shows a man with a luxuriant chest-length beard, holding an admonishing finger aloft as he seeks to justify the December 16 attack. The caption identified him as Umar Mansoor. "If our women and children die as martyrs, your children will not escape," he said. "We will fight against you in such a style that you attack us and we will take revenge on innocents." Tribune, December 20, 2014.

Pakistan, Afghanistan, US agree on anti-Taliban operations: Pakistan, Afghanistan and the US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) have agreed to launch a trilateral operation against Taliban on both sides of the Pak-Afghan border, a senior Pakistani official said on December 19. "It will be a coordinated trilateral operation launched jointly by Pakistan, Afghanistan and ISAF on both sides of the border," National Security Adviser Sartaj Aziz told The Anadolu Agency's Turkish service in an exclusive interview. Daily Times, December 20, 2014.

US President Barack Obama grants USD one billion to Pakistan: The United States (US) President Barack Obama on December 19 signed an annual defence Policy Bill which grants USD one billion to Pakistan for the expenses made by its Army in support of the US military operations in war-torn Afghanistan. The National Defence Authorization Act for the fiscal year 2015, signed by Barack Obama, sets overall defence spending at USD 578 billion which has provision for release of Coalition Support Fund amounting to USD one billion to Pakistan. Times of India, December 20, 2014.

14,115 persons in terrorism-related cases acquitted in four years, reveals Federal Ministry for Interior: At least 14,115 persons have been acquitted in terrorism-related cases by the Anti-Terrorism Courts between 2008 and 2012 while some 10,387 people booked in similar cases were granted bail during this period, according to the data compiled by Federal Ministry for Interior to formulate National Internal Security Policy 2014-2018 reveals. The policy says that the criminal justice system is ill-equipped in dealing with the internal security threats. Inability to successfully prosecute cases of terrorism remains a matter of serious concern. The News, December 19, 2014.

Hang 3,000 terrorists in 48 hours, announces CoAS General Raheel Sharif on his Twitter account: Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) General Raheel Sharif on December 17 tweeted, "Asked PM Nawaz Sharif to hang all terrorists. More than 3,000 terrorists should be hanged in next 48 hours". He announced, "Enough is enough, now strict action should be taken against those who speak in favour of terrorists." He further announced on Twitter that the army "has launched massive air strikes in Khyber on the intelligence reports. More than 10 air strikes have been carried out in last 1 hour." Times of India, December 19, 2014.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government warns of 'massive jailbreak' attempt: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Government issued a threat alert on December 18, warning that militants could stage a 'massive' prison break in the province in addition to targeting more schools in the province following Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's announcement ending moratorium on the death penalty in terror-related cases. The KP Home and Tribal Affairs sent a communiqué carrying the warning to all deputy commissioners and central and district jails across the province, officials said. Tribune, December 19, 2014.

Now no distinction between 'good and bad Taliban', says Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on December 17 said that there is now no distinction between 'good and bad Taliban' and that the country was united to fight the menace of terrorism. "This conference expresses profound grief over the tragedy which has no equal in history…Terrorism and the fight against extremism is our fight."To defeat it we must unite…our armed forces have given many sacrifices to defeat terrorists and root out their hideouts," the Prime Minister said, adding, "This fight will continue until all terrorists are defeated". Dawn, December 18, 2014.

Conviction rate slow in Anti-Terrorism Courts in Rawalpindi and Islamabad: The lack of progress on tackling terrorism is evident from the fact that in 2014, the conviction rate in the three Anti-Terrorism Court's (ATCs) of the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad remained low. In the two ATCs of Rawalpindi, 205 cases were heard but there were convictions in less than ten. However, even this was a success compared to the Islamabad ATC which did not convict a single accused. Dawn, December 18, 2014.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lifts moratorium on capital punishment: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on December 17 lifted the moratorium on executions and allowed capital punishment for those sentenced to death in the cases of terrorism. Sources said that Prime Minister lifted the ban on capital punishment of convicted terrorists on the demand of Army Chief made in a meeting in Peshawar on December 16, 2014. Implementation on the death penalty if convicted terrorists will start within 48 hours. Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) General Raheel Sharif suggested to PM Nawaz to lift ban on all the terrorists serving time in jail whereas similar sentiments were expressed by prominent political figures through social media. More than 8,000 prisoners were sentenced to death by the courts but the punishment was not implemented as capital punishment was barred in the country. Daily Times, December 18, 2014.

132 children among 148 persons killed in school carnage in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: At least 148 persons, including 132 children, nine school staff members and all seven suicide attackers, were killed by when Tehreek-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants stormed and opened fire at the school children in Army Public School located on Warsak Road in provincial capital Peshawar on December 16. TTP claimed responsibility for the attack saying that the attack was in retaliation to the military operations in North Waziristan Agency and Khyber Agency of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). "Our six fighters successfully entered the army school and we are giving them instructions from outside," TTP 'spokesman', Muhammad Khorasani said over phone. The Government, however, claimed that there were seven attackers. Dawn, December 17, 2014.

Gujranwala is the hub of IS, says Former Federal Minister of Interior Rehman Malik: Former Federal Minister of Interior Rehman Malik on December 11 warned that the Islamic State was expanding its tentacles in Pakistan with Gujranwala becoming its main hub. In a statement, he said one person from Gujranwala and another from Bahawalpur were operating for the organisation, adding that the IS was a subsidiary of al Qaeda, while its leader Yousaf Salafi had travelled between Iraq and Pakistan. The News, December 12, 2014.

Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai in league with 'satanic forces' to destroy Pakistan, claims TTP: Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on December 11 claimed that Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has entered into an agreement with "satanic forces" to promote Western culture and destroy Pakistan. In its first reaction after the 17-year-old peace activist was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, TTP 'spokesman' Muhammad Khurasani said in a statement that the award was given to her to "promote Western culture and not education". The News, December 12, 2014.

Militants joining IS, says Punjab Home Department: The Punjab Home Department is reported to have warned the Provincial Police Force that some Chechen and Uzbek militants who left Waziristan in the wake of the Zarb-i-Azb military operation are trying to join the Islamic State militant group in the country. In a letter to Divisional Police Chiefs, Intelligence Agencies and the Counter-Terrorism Department of Punjab, the Home Department said there were reports that some militant groups of Pakistan were joining the IS because of its anti-Shia policies. Dawn, December 11, 2014.

Pakistan eighth most dangerous country in the world, says report: Pakistan is placed eighth in the list of the most dangerous countries in the world which is led by Iraq, according to a US-based intelligence think tank. Afghanistan, the only other South Asian country in the list, is placed fourth in the Country Threat Index (CTI) compiled by IntelCenter, a Washington-based company working for intelligence agencies. The other countries in the top 10 are Nigeria (second), Somalia (third) followed by Yemen (five), Syria (six), Libya (seven), Egypt (nine) and Kenya (10). Times of India, December 10, 2014.

Kargil was in response to India's role in creation of Bangladesh, claims former President Pervez Musharraf: Former President General (retd.) Pervez Musharraf has said he believes in a tit-for-tat policy on all fronts and claimed that 1999 Kargil conflict was in response to India's role in the creation of Bangladesh. Musharraf, who masterminded the Kargil conflict, claimed that India had played role in creating Bangladesh and trying to seize Siachin. "They also undertook such operations so Kargil also happened," he told Samaa TV channel. The Times of India, December 10, 2014.

Over 60 million illegal weapons in Pakistan, reveal sources: According to various sources, the number of illegal weapons in the country has crossed the 60 million mark. The data collected from various sources reveal that the number of prohibited and non-prohibited weapons is about 65 million in the country. Of these weapons, only five million weapons have licences while over 60 million are being carried by people without licences. The News, December 9, 2014.

TTP using drug money to fund activities, say US officials: United States (US) officials believe that the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) must also be using drug money to finance their activities. "The logic is rather overwhelming. Drug traffickers have a substantial presence in the region where the Taliban also operate," said a senior US official, adding, "They cannot move through that area without support from the Taliban." Dawn, December 9, 2014.

120 militants and five SF personnel among 127 persons killed during the week in FATA: The Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on December 7 that up to 30 militants were killed when militants' hideouts were pounded in Mra Panga and Masdaq villages of the Dattakhel area in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on strong intelligence reports about the presence of Hafiz Gul Bahadur and his deputy Maulvi Sadiq Noor there.

Four soldiers and 12 militants were killed while four troops sustained injuries when militants attacked a bunker of Security Forces (SFs) in the Akakhel area of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency on December 7.

Pakistan's military on December 6 killed Adnan el Shukrijumah (39), a Saudi national and senior al Qaeda 'commander' along with his associate and a local facilitator in Wana, the headquarters of South Waziristan Agency, in a pre-dawn ground raid on a militant hideout close to the border with Afghanistan.

At least 18 suspected militants were killed during air strikes conducted by Pakistan Air Force (PAF) fighter jets in Madakhel area of Dattakhel tehsil (revenue unit) in NWA on December 4.

Three people, including a member of village defence committee, identified as Siraj Khan, and his wife and daughter, were killed in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast in Karani area of Nawagai tehsil of Bajaur Agency on December 4.

At least 15 militants were killed on December 3 during airstrikes conducted by military fighter jets in the Dattakhel area of NWA.

Eight bullet-riddled bodies of suspected militants were recovered from Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency on December 3.

At least 17 militants, including foreign fighters, were killed and several of their hideouts were destroyed when military warplanes targeted the hideouts of militants in different areas of Datta Khel tehsil in NWA on December 2.

SFs successfully repulsed a pre-dawn militant attack on a check post they were manning in the Sherin Dara area of Orakzai Agency on December 2. SFs said they retrieved seven bodies after the attack. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today;Pakistan Observer, December 2-8, 2014.

Parliament unaware of new US conditions for NWA operation: The United Sates (US) Congress has set the limits of military operation in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) without any knowledge and information of Parliament. While the Pakistani Parliament was never consulted on this military offensive, the US Congress has set new conditions as how this operation should be conducted to pave the way for military aid for Pakistan. Every time parliament here was consulted during the recent years on the issue of the so-called US war on terror, it had opposed the war on terror and sought formation of policies independent of foreign influence particularly that of the US. The News, December 6, 2014.

Nation suffered USD 80 billion loss in 'war on terror', Government told National Assembly: Pakistan suffered loss of almost USD 80 billion as well as 50,000 lives of civilians and law enforcement agencies during the decade long war against terrorism, Government told National Assembly on December 5. In a written reply Ministry of Interior informed the house that Pakistan has been victim of terrorism for the last ten years. The Parliamentary Secretary for Interior, Maryam Aurangzeb, said extremist groups have been active throughout the country with their own ideology and motives. Daily Times, December 6, 2014.

Recognising Taliban Government in Afghanistan was Pakistan's mistake, admits former President General Pervez Musharraf: Former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf on December 4 termed recognition of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan a blunder on part of Pakistan but blamed the West and United States (US) for the birth of al Qaeda and leaving Pakistan high and dry after the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan. He said Pakistan suffered due to wrong policies of the US as the country had to fight on two fronts simultaneously in 1979, which led to an increase in the size of the armed forces. Musharraf said efforts have been made to destabilise Pakistan right from 50s and 60s era. Dawn, December 5, 2014.

US extends CSF for Pakistan with new restrictions till 2015: The United States (US) Congress on December 4 extended the Coalition Support Fund (CSF) for Pakistan for a year but has also included some new conditions in its final budget proposals. The fund reimburses US allies for the efforts they make in the war against terror. The final budget proposal, however, clarifies that Pakistan cannot receive more than a billion dollars in a year from this fund. Pakistan received USD 370 million from this fund in October, 2014. The annual imbursements are made in four installments. Dawn, December 5, 2014.

1,000 proclaimed offenders joined militant groups operating across the country, says NCMC report: The National Crisis Management Cell (NCMC) fears that around 1,000 proclaimed absconders have joined militant groups operating from Awaran District in Balochistan, North Waziristan Agency, other tribal regions of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. These absconders are either wanted by Islamabad Police or Anti-Terrorism Courts (ATCs) within Islamabad, officials claimed. Tribune, December 1, 2014.

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