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Osama bin Laden lived for nine years in five different places, reveals his Yemeni wife Amal Ahmad Abdul Fateh: Slain al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden spent nine years on the run in Pakistan after the September 11, 2001 (also known as 9/11) attacks, and during that time he moved between five safe houses and fathered four children, at least two of whom were born in a Government hospital, his youngest wife, Amal Ahmad Abdul Fateh (30), told Pakistani investigators.

She also told the investigators that after 9/11 she reunited with her husband in Peshawar (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) in 2002. From Peshawar they went to Swat where they lived for about nine months. Later, they stayed for about two years in Haripur District before moving to Abbottabad. The Hindu; Dawn, March 29-31, 2012.

Islamabad addicted to using militant groups against India, says Pentagon: Pakistan has an "addiction" of "playing around" with militant groups against India, Michael Sheehan, Assistant Secretary of Defence for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict, said on March 28. "They have an addiction to playing around with militia groups to achieve certain interests, particularly vis-a-vis India. That gets them in all kinds of trouble," Michael Sheehan told senators at a Congressional hearing. Indian Express, March 29, 2012.

Islamabad is a radical Islamist Government that provides arms to radical Muslim elements, allege US Congressmen: Three American lawmakers espousing the cause of the people of Balochistan on March 27 alleged that the Pakistani Government is a "radical Islamist" one and is providing weapons and resources to extremist groups. Seeking independence of Balochistan, the three Congressmen led by Dana Rohrabacher at a news conference held at the National Press Club in Washington claimed that Pakistan is not a friend of the United States (US), but an American enemy. Rohrabacher said, "The Government of Pakistan is radical Islam. It has been providing weapons and resources to radical Muslim elements that again use them against Americans. All these years we thought that Pakistan is our friend. We now find out that are really our enemy." The News, March 28, 2012.

58 militants and 9 civilians among 76 persons killed during the week in FATA: At least 12 militants and four soldiers were killed in a clash between Security Forces (SFs) and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) during a search operation in Shin Warsak area of South Waziristan Agency in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on March 24. In addition, 10 militants and three soldiers were killed after TTP militants stormed a check post in Khadizai area of Orakzai Agency. Also, at least eight militants were killed in Khyber Agency area in an explosion inside their hideout.

At least 13 persons, including eight Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) militants, were killed and four others got injured when a TTP suicide bomber blew himself up at Dars Jumat mosque in Sandapal area of Bara tehsil (revenue unit) in Khyber Agency on March 23.

At least five militants were killed and two SF personnel reportedly injured during clashes in an unspecified place of central part of Kurram Agency on March 21. Further, volunteers of Tawheedul Islam (TuI) killed three alleged LI militants, who were suspected to be involved in bomb blasts in the area, at Bazaar Zakhakhel area of Landikotal in Khyber Agency.

At least five TTP militants were killed in bomb blast, carried out by the LI, in Doa Thoe area of Tirah Valley area in Khyber Agency on March 19. Dawn; Daily Times; The News; Tribune, March 20-26, 2012.

Over 1,000 persons abducted in past four years in Balochistan, reveals BNP-Awami Party data: Provincial Agriculture Minister Asadullah Baloch of Balochistan National Party-Awami (BNP-Awami) on March 20 claimed that over a 1,000 people have been abducted in the past four years in the province. "Abduction for ransom has become a lucrative business in Balochistan and people are joining this business en masse as Police and Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) have failed to book a single culprit," he said. Tribune, March 23, 2012.

Abductions on a rise in Lahore, reveals media report: According to a March 22 report, there has been a swift rise in the number of abduction for ransom in Lahore District. According to the figures available in the report, at least 400 cases of abductions have been registered till March 20, 2012. One reason for the rise in the crime is the failure of Law Enforcement Agencies to track down the abducted people, which, in a way, encouraged criminals to snatch people. Daily Times, March 23, 2012.

Human Rights violations increased in Pakistan in 2011, claims HRCP report: Human rights violations increased manifold in 2011 according to a report released in Islamabad on March 22. The report State of Human Rights in 2011 launched by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), spoke of a gloomy scenario vis-à-vis administration of justice, law and order, jails and prisoners, freedom of movement, expression and thought, rights of women, children and workers, education and health as well as environment and status of refugees. Dawn, March 23, 2012.

Key al Qaeda operative and former Pakistan Army Commando Major Haroon Ashiq set free from Rawalpindi prison in Punjab: Major Haroon Ashiq, a former Pakistan Army commando, who became a key al Qaeda operative and an accused in several murder cases and abductions, is all set to walk free from his Rawalpindi prison cell after being acquitted by Anti-Terrorism Court in a murder case, with witnesses withdrawing their testimony in fear of reprisals. Major Haroon is accused of murdering Special Service Group (SSG) Major General Faisal Alvi on November 19, 2008 in Islamabad for opposing Taliban's peace agreement with the Pakistani Government. The News, March 23, 2012.

Suspected al Qaeda militant, who killed three Jews in French town of Toulouse got training in Waziristan areas of Pakistan, claims French Police: French Police laid siege on March 21 to an apartment block where a self-declared al Qaeda militant who boasted of having "brought France to its knees" with a wave of deadly attacks was holed up. Prosecutors said suspect Mohamed Merah, a 23-year-old Frenchman of Algerian descent, had fought off several Police assaults on his flat and bragged to negotiators of having been trained by al Qaeda in Waziristan area of Pakistan on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. Indian Express, March 22, 2012.

94 militants and 51 civilians among 146 persons killed during the week in FATA: At least 26 terrorists were killed in air strikes by fighter jets in the bordering areas of Orakzai and Kurram Agencies in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on March 18. Fourteen bullet-riddled bodies were found in Speen Qabar area of Bara tehsil (revenue unit) in Khyber Agency, a day after Security Forces (SFs) left the area after an operation. In addition, SFs resorted to indiscriminate firing and shelling in Mir Ali tehsil (revenue unit) of North Waziristan Agency, killing five civilians, one of them a child, after two military convoys were attacked.

23 suspected militants were killed when Army planes targeted their positions in Dabori and Mamozai areas of Orakzai Agency on March 17. Also, eight terrorists were killed and several others were injured in aerial bombing in the areas of Samaa Bazaar, Toor Semath, Kagu Qamar, Mamuzai, Jabba, and Balaras of Orakzai Agency. Further, the volunteers of Tawheed-ul-Islam (TuI), a Zakhakhel-based group, killed three suspected militants involved in bomb blasts at Zakhakhel and Tirah areas of Khyber Agency. Elsewhere, three women were killed in a roadside bomb explosion, while two others sustained injuries at Mundi Kas area in Bara tehsil.

Eight civilians and six suspected militants, including an Afghan national, were killed during operation in Sipah area of Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency on March 14. In addition, at least six members of an anti-Taliban militia were killed and three others injured in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast during a meeting of tribal elders at Kotkai village of Mamond tehsil in Bajaur Agency. Also, US drones struck twice in the regions along the border with Afghanistan in South Waziristan Agency (SWA) on March 13, killing 15 militants, including two senior 'commanders'. Further, three persons were killed by unidentified militants in Tirah Kukikhel near Spean Khwar in Khyber Agency.

SFs killed eight militants during operations in different areas of Upper Orakzai Agency and destroyed three hideouts on March 13. Dawn; Daily Times; The News; Tribune, March 13-19, 2012.

Osama bin Laden wanted to attack the US President Barack Obama because that would lead the country into a crisis, reveal documents recovered from Abbottabad compound: Slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had ordered his followers in Afghanistan and Pakistan to attack the aircraft of United States (US) President Barack Obama. Bin Laden wanted to kill the US President because "Obama is the head of infidelity and killing him automatically will make (Vice President Joe) Biden take over the presidency," according to the documents. Dawn, March 17, 2012.

Akbar Bugti wasn't murdered, he committed suicide, claims former President and APML chief Pervez Musharraf: Former President and All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) chief General (Retired) Pervez Musharraf on March 14 claimed that Nawab Akbar Bugti, the founder of Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP), was not murdered, but had committed suicide. However, Baloch leader Haribyar Marri denied Musharraf's claims and said that he wants to "escape" after perpetrating decade-long "atrocities" against Baloch locals. Dawn, March 15, 2012.

ISI always had political wing, says Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar: Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar said on March 12 that there has always been a political wing in the Directorate of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Prime Minister and the President will be informed about the agency's policies and requirements by newly-appointed ISI Director General Zahirul. Dawn, March 13, 2012.

150 militants and 17 SFs among 172 persons killed during the week in FATA: At least 39 militants were killed in clashes at various places during a Security Forces' (SFs) operation in Alam Godhar Area of Khyber Agency in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on March 11.

Pakistani fighter jets bombed several terrorists' hideouts in the northwestern Orakzai Agency, near the Afghanistan border, killing 33 terrorists and injuring 23, military officials said on March 10. In another strike, four militant hideouts in the Khadezai and Mamozai areas of tribal region were destroyed by bombardment of jet fighters, killing at least 21 terrorists. Further, at least five militants were killed when they attacked a convoy of SFs after in Bara tehsil (revenue unit) of Khyber Agency.

At least 18 militants, among them six foreigners, were killed when US drones fired missiles on a compound and a vehicle in two different areas of South Waziristan Agency on March 9. Also, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants ambushed a military convoy, killing seven soldiers at Khar Qamar, 30 kilometres west of Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan Agency.

At least 17 militants, including two al Qaeda 'commanders' and seven suicide bombers, were killed in separate SFs actions in Upper Orakzai and Malakhel area of Dabori in Orakzai Agency on March 6. Dawn; Daily Times; The News; Tribune, March 6-12, 2012.

ASWJ banned in Pakistan, claims BBC Urdu report: The Government of Pakistan has discreetly banned the Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jama'at (ASWJ), according to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Urdu report of March 10. The new notification, unannounced publically, has been issued based on schedule-one of the Anti-Terrorism Act. The ASWJ chief Maulana Ahmed Ludhianvi expressed his unfamiliarity with the ban. Tribune, March 10, 2012.

Lieutenant General Zaheerul Islam named new chief of ISI: The Government on March 9 appointed Lieutenant General Zaheerul Islam as the new head of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). He will succeed Lieutenant General Ahmad Shuja Pasha. Tribune, March 10, 2012.

No question of putting Kashmir issue on backburner, says Foreign Office: Pakistan on March 9 said it is not putting the "core issue" of Kashmir on the backburner as it works to normalise ties with India, and any final settlement between the two sides would be linked to realising the "aspirations of the Kashmiri people". "The Jammu and Kashmir dispute is about the people of Kashmir and their inalienable right to self-determination. Therefore, there is no question of freezing this issue or putting this core dispute on the backburner," Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said. Indian Express, March 10, 2012.

Al Qaeda operative Ilyas Kashmiri is still alive, reveals media reports: Al Qaeda's main 'operational commander' and the chief of the Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI), Muhammad Ilyas Kashmiri, who was reportedly killed on June 3, 2011 in a United States (US) drone attack in South Waziristan Agency of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), was spotted in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) recently, according to reliable sources. The HuJI leader reportedly visited NWA this week and held sittings with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader Hakimullah Mehsud. Daily Times, March 7, 2012.

333 cases of missing people reported, claims the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances: A total of 333 cases have been received by the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances over the past 14 months, stated a press release issued in Islamabad on March 5. The commission received 333 cases during the period from January 1, 2011 to February 29, 2012. With these cases, the number of missing persons has increased to 471. Dawn, March 5, 2012.

92 militants and 10 SFs among 105 persons killed during the week in FATA: Four militants were killed and two others received injuries in clashes between two rival outfits in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on March 3.

25 Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) militants were killed in a suicide attack carried out by a rival group, targeting a mosque after Friday prayers on March 2 in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency.

23 LI militants and 10 Army personnel were killed in fresh clashes in Lakaro Baba area of Tirah Valley.

17 Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants, including two key 'commanders', were killed and 13 injured, while five of their hideouts were destroyed after jetfighters pounded their hideouts in Akhun Kot, Bilrass and Chappar areas of Manozai areas of Upper Orakzai Agency.

At least 20 militants were killed and their five hideouts were destroyed by Security Forces (SFs) in different areas of Orakzai Agency on March 1. Dawn; Daily Times; The News; Tribune, February 28 - March 5, 2012.

Time to get rid of 'strategic depth' hangover, says Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar: Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on March 2 said that it is time to get rid of 'strategic depth' hangover. She hoped for a relationship with Afghanistan based on trust and called for leaving behind the past associated with interference in that country and support for Taliban. Dawn, March 3, 2012.

SC petitioned again to permanently end the political wing of ISI: Another petition filed on February 29 before Pakistan Supreme Court by Chairman of Al-Jihad Trust, Habib Wahabul Khairi, asking it to shut the political wing of Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI). The petitioner, Khairi, accused former Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto of forming the ISI's political cell for his personal interests in 1975. Indian Express, March 1, 2012.

US express concern over Pakistan diverting aid money for other purposes: United States (US) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and lawmakers on February 28 expressed concern over diversion of its aide money by Pakistan for other purposes, even as the US has tried to build a firewall in this regard. "Well, we certainly have constructed one," Clinton told lawmakers. Indian Express; Dawn, February 29, 2012.

Islamabad denies WikiLeaks claim on links between its intelligence and Army officials and Osama bin Laden: Pakistan on February 29 rubbished WikiLeaks disclosure that some of its intelligence and Army officers were in touch with slain al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden and knew his whereabouts before his killing in Abbottabad on May 1-2, 2011. "These kinds of charges are not new… far from the truth," said Pakistan military spokesman Major General Athar Abbas. Tribune, February 28, 2012.

ATA to be amended to check money-laundering in Pakistan, informs SBP Governor Yasin Anwar: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on February 27 informed Senate Committee on Finance that Pakistan would amend its Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA). It said it is working on a draft legislation to ensure enforcement of ATA provisions in financial services sector for conviction of persons found involved in money-laundering. Daily Times, February 28, 2012.

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