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26 militants and nine SFs among 39 persons killed during the week in FATA: At least 14 suspected militants were killed and their sanctuaries destroyed as military planes bombed the Shawal area of North Waziristan Agency (NWA) in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on August 29.

At least five soldiers and six Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants were killed during raids on Pakistan Army checkpoints in Shawal area of NWA on August 25.

Six militants and two security personnel, one of them an officer, Lieutenant Colonel Faisal Malik, were killed during a clash with the militants in Shawal Valley of NWA on August 24.

A pro-Government armed group of the Zakhakhel tribe, Tauheedul Islam (TI), beheaded three men from a rival group for allegedly planting a bomb outside a mosque in Zakhakhel Bazaar in Khyber Agency on August 24. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today;Pakistan Observer, August 25-31, 2015.

16 militants and eight civilians among 26 persons killed during the week in Balochistan: Three militants who were strapping an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) to a rail track died when they accidently detonated a hand grenade in the Bala Nari area of Bolan District in Balochistan on August 27

At least eight Balochistan Republican Army (BRA) militants, including 'commander' Chella Reesh, were killed during an operation launched by the Frontier Corps (FC) in Sui area of Dera Bugti District on August 26.

At least four Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) militants, including one of its 'commanders', were shot dead and a FC official was injured in a clash in Mian Gundi area of Quetta on August 25. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today;Pakistan Observer, August 25-31, 2015.

Islamabad officially bans Islamic State: Pakistan on August 27 formally banned the Islamic State (IS) or Daesh. According to a notification issued by the Federal Ministry for Interior, Daesh would not be allowed to operate in Pakistan while any other outfit formed in the similar names would also be banned. The News, August 28, 2015.

BRP leader Brahamdagh Bugti willing to negotiate with Government on Balochistan issue: Brahamdagh Bugti, the separatist leader of the Baloch Republican Party (BRP), on August 26 said that he is willing to negotiate with the Government over the Balochistan issue, according to an interview given to British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Urdu. "If our friends, companions, political allies and finally the people are in favour of this, then we are definitely ready to live with Pakistan," said Bugti. "We want to resolve all issues politically and peacefully," added Bugti. Dawn, August 27, 2015.

Jundullah 'chief' Abu Huzaifa killed in airstrike in Afghanistan: The 'chief' of Jundullah, an anti-Shia splinter group of TehreekTaliban Pakistan (TTP), Qari Ghulam Hazrat alias Abu Huzaifa, was killed along with his three 'commanders' in an airstrike on August 24 in Chardara District of Kunduz Province. The National Directorate of Security (NDS) confirmed the killing of Huzaifa and three of his accomplices. The NDS said that the group was also involved in violence in Afghanistan. The News, August 25, 2015.

161 militants and five SF personnel among 170 persons killed during the week in FATA: Four Army soldiers were killed and four others suffered injuries when militants fired rockets on their observation post in the Tirah valley of Khyber Agency in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) from the border areas of Afghanistan's Nangarhar province on August 23.

At least three people including two tribal elders, identified as Malik Dawakhana and Haji Kareem, were killed and two others were injured in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in the Arang area of Bajaur Agency on August 22.

At least 43 terrorists were killed in air strikes by Security Forces (SFs) in the North Waziristan Agency (NWA) on August 20.

SFs killed 10 militants and injured five more in armed skirmishes in the Paray Ghar, Larvay and Mushta areas of Ladha tehsil (revenue unit) in South Waziristan Agency on August 20,

At least 25 militants were killed in military air strikes in Shawal area of NWA on August 19,

At least 18 militants were killed in air strikes in Shawal Valley of NWA on August 18,

The SFs claimed to have killed 65 militants in air strikes in the NWA and the Khyber Agency on August 17. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today;Pakistan Observer, August 18-24, 2015.

NADRA officials involved in issuing Pakistani ID cards to militants: Pakistani authorities are investigating officials at National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) for allegedly issuing Identity cards to militants, including some linked to al Qaeda, in return for bribes as small as USD 100. The Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), uncovered the alleged corrupt practices at the NADRA during ongoing anti-terrorism operations, according to official documents. The News, August 20, 2015.

41 militants and three SFs among 44 persons killed during the week in FATA: More than 40 militants were killed and many others injured in ground and aerial offensives launched by Security Forces (SFs) in Shawal Valley area of North Waziristan Agency (NWA) of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on August 16.

At least three security personnel were killed when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) went off on August 12 in Sandana area of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today;Pakistan Observer, August 11-17, 2015.

12 civilians and four SFs among 18 persons killed during the week in Balochistan: Three Frontier Corps (FC) personnel and two terrorists were killed in a clash between the Security Forces (SFs) and militants in Qilla Kurd area of Chaghi District in Balochistan on August 16.

A tribal elder, Ali Muhammad Hassani, was killed along with his son and two other colleagues when unidentified militants opened fire at his convoy in Jorri Cross area of Surab tehsil (revenue unit) in Kalat District on August 12.

At least four unidentified dead bodies, including two of men and as many women, were recovered from Killi Paind Khan area of provincial capital Quetta on August 11.

Levies personnel claimed to have recovered three unidentified dead bodies from the Pishin District on August 11. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today;Pakistan Observer, August 11-17, 2015.

Punjab Home Minister Colonel (retd) Shuja Khanzada, 22 others killed in suicide attack: Two suicide attackers on August 16 killed Punjab Home Minister Colonel (retd) Shuja Khanzada and at least 20 other people, after detonating a bomb at a meeting the Minister was attending in the village of Shadi Khan in Attock District of Punjab. 23 others persons were also injured. Lashkar-e-Islam, (LI) claimed responsibility for the attack and said it was retaliation for military operations against them in Khyber Agency. The News, August 17, 2015.

386 criminals eliminated this year in Karachi operation: Police have 'neutralised' more individuals and gangs allegedly involved in heinous offences in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, in the first seven months of the current year than the criminals they had eliminated last year. According to the performance report on the ongoing Karachi operation prepared by the Sindh Home Department, Police have already recorded 935 shootings against criminal gangs and individuals by the end of July, which are 66 more than the 869 encounters last year. A total of 596 gangs have been busted - 118 more than the 478 gangs eliminated last year, while 386 'criminals' have been 'neutralised' - 125 more than the alleged criminals gunned down in 2014. Dawn, August 17, 2015.

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri pledges allegiance to new Afghan Taliban 'chief' Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansoor: Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, in an online audio message, pledged allegiance to the new head of the Afghan Taliban Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansoor. "We pledge our allegiance ... (to the) commander of the faithful, Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansoor, May God protect him," said Ayman al-Zawahiri. The authenticity of the recording could not be immediately verified, but it had all the stamps of an al Qaeda video. Daily Times, August 14, 2015.

JuD still placed on suspect list, Government tells Senate: The Government told the Senate (Upper House) on August 12 that Jama'at-ud-Da'wah (JuD) was still placed on the suspect list of groups and that its ex-nomenclature was Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), as Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Senator Farhatullah Babar said permitting banned outfits to work under different names undermined the state's credibility to fighting militancy. The News, August 13, 2015.

CSF may not be possible beyond 2015, says US: The United States (US) on August 11 indicated to Pakistan that further extension in the Coalition Support Fund (CSF) beyond 2015 may not be possible. The issue about the future of CSF, according to a defence source, was discussed at the 23rd Defence Consultative Group Meeting (DCG)-Interim Progress Review (IPR) held at the defence ministry on August 11. Principal Deputy Secretary of Defence Ms Kelly Magsamen led the US delegation comprising officials of the defence and state departments. Dawn, August 12, 2015.

Organisers of terrorist attacks still exist in Pakistan, says Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani: Following the recent wave of attacks in Kabul that killed at least 56 people, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani claimed on August 10 that the "organisers of terrorist attacks and terrorist centres still exist in Pakistan". "Pakistan still remains a breeding ground from where mercenaries send us messages of war," President Ghani said at a press conference. "Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif promised me the enemies of Afghanistan would be the enemies of Pakistan. We want this commitment to be honoured". Tribune, August 11, 2015.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif approves Pur Aman Balochistan Plan: Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif on August 6 approved the Pur Aman Balochistan (Peaceful Balochistan) plan aimed at bringing the angry Baloch back to the national mainstream. He said that those who would lay down their arms would be given incentives. Nawaz asked the authorities concerned to reach out to the people of Balochistan and make them partners in the development process. The News, August 7, 2015.

Army chief enjoys support of Government, Army, and the entire nation, says Federal Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan: Ruling out the possibility of any conspiracy against Chief of the Army Staff (CoAS) General Raheel Sharif, Federal Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on August 3 said that the COAS has the confidence of the Government, armed forces and the entire nation. He further said that the Pakistan Army was a disciplined and highly professional force and speaking against the army was harmful to the country and the military. The News, August 4, 2015.

Nexus between terrorists and drug-pushers to be broken, says CoAS General Raheel Sharif: The Chief of the Army Staff (CoAS), General Raheel Sharif on August 3 said that the nexus between drug- pushers and terrorists would be eliminated at all costs as drug peddlers and those involved in drugs production were as much pernicious to the national security as the terrorists. "Drug money is being used for abetting terrorism and, therefore, it is important that drug dealers are dealt with an iron hand," Sharif emphasised, adding, "We will break the nexus among drug dealers, financiers and perpetrators of terrorism. We will not allow these drug barons to negatively influence and spoil our future generations." The News, August 4, 2015.

Insurgency dying in Balochistan, claims Commander Southern Command Lieutenant General Muhammad Nasir Khan Janjua: The Commander of the Southern Command Lieutenant General Muhammad Nasir Khan Janjua on July 31 calimed that the insurgency in Balochistan was going to end and now people would fully enjoy peace in their region. The people engaged in the insurgency have now realised they had adopted a wrong path, while the Frontier Corps and intelligence agencies are united in their actions against terrorists and anti-peace elements, he said. The News, August 1, 2015.

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