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Official policies restrict religious freedom in Pakistan, says US: In Pakistan, the Constitution and other laws and policies restrict religious freedom and the Government enforced these restrictions, said a US State Department report. "The Government demonstrated a trend towards deterioration in respect for and protection of the right to religious freedom," claims the report, adding that "some Government practices limited freedom of religion, particularly for religious minorities". Dawn, July 31, 2012.

68 militants and 17 civilians among 87 persons killed during the week in FATA: Seven Uzbek militants were killed when US drones attacked a residential compound in Khushali Turikhel area, about five kilometres south of Miramshah, in North Waziristan Agency of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on July 29.

Seven militants were killed by Security Forces (SFs) in Janduli and Bootakhel villages of Dabori area in Orakzai Agency on July 27. Also, at least four Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) militants were killed and four others critically injured when a blast ripped through an LI hideout in the Akkakhel area of Bara tehsil (revenue unit) in Khyber Agency. In addition, 11 persons were killed and 23 others injured when an explosive-laden pick-up went off in a market in Salarzai tehsil of Bajaur Agency. Further, the SFs claimed to have killed eight militants, including three commanders, and secured strategically important positions in Bootakhel area of Mamozai in Orakzai Agency.

Two troopers were killed in landmine blast and at least 13 militants were killed in helicopters' shelling on militants' hideout that followed the landmine blast in Badami Kali and Gall villages of Dabori area in Orakzai Agency on July 25. Separately, at least seven militants were killed and several others injured when SFs pounded militants' hideouts in Mamozai and Kotakhel areas of Orakzai Agency in FATA. Further, seven militants were killed and many others received severe injuries when the fighter planes hit their hideouts in Tirah Valley of Jamrud tehsil in Khyber Agency.

A US drone attack on July 23 killed at least 12 suspected militants in Dray Nashtar village of Shawal area in North Waziristan Agency. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, July 24-30, 2012.

Produce missing persons or face jail, Supreme Court warns Frontier Corps: Expressing concern over the role of the Frontier Corps (FC) in Balochistan, the Supreme Court on July 26 warned the force to produce missing persons or face criminal action against its personnel that have been nominated in the FIRs for their alleged involvement in the abductions. Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry asked the FC to produce the missing persons, adding that if they fail, the court would order for their arrest. Daily Times, July 27, 2012.

Militants bombed 203 schools in Bajaur and Mohmand Agencies in the last four years, says report: In the past four years, the militants have damaged or destroyed 203 schools in the Bajaur and Mohmand Agencies of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). 106 schools in Bajaur and 97 schools in Mohmand Agencies have been bombed. The majority of the schools belong to girls. Central Asia Online; Express, July 26, 2012.

TTP's de-facto chief warns Islamabad against NWA operation: Maulana Waliur Rehman, de-facto chief of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), on July 24 warned Islamabad that if it launches operation in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) in Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA), it will face only failure. "As far as operations in North Waziristan are concerned, the Government will face only failure as they have been facing for the last 10 years in different parts of the tribal regions", Rehman said. Nation, July 25, 2012.

Mullah Fazlullah-led TTP warns of fresh attacks: The Mullah Fazlullah-led Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on July 23 warned of attacks during the holy month of Ramadan, saying their jihad is continuing. The group's spokesman Sirajuddin said the group plans to attack Pakistan from its hideouts in Kunar and Nuristan provinces of Afghanistan. The TTP fled to those provinces after Pakistani troops drove it out of Swat in 2009. Central Asia Online, July 24, 2012.

47 civilians and three SFs among 51 persons killed during the week in Karachi: At least seven people were killed in separate incidents of violence in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, on July 21.

At least six people, including a World Health Organisation (WHO) doctor, were killed in Karachi on July 20.

At least 11 persons, including two Policemen, Jama'at Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) leader and a State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) employee, were killed in separate incidents of violence in Karachi on July 19.

11 persons, including a Policeman and a former Sunni Tehreek (ST) cadre, were killed in separate incidents of target killing in Karachi on July 18.

At least seven persons, including a criminal, an activist of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Awami National Party (ANP) and Jama'at-e-Islami (JeI), were killed in separate acts of target killing in Karachi on July 17.

Six people were killed in separate violent incidents that took place in Karachi on July 16. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, July 17-23, 2012.

25 civilians and 16 militants among 42 persons killed during the week in FATA: Fighter jets bombed suspected militant hideouts in Dabori area of Orakzai Agency in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on July 22, killing 15 militants and injuring eight others.

A suicide bomber detonated an explosive laden vehicle near the house of a pro-Government militant 'commander' Maulvi Nabi, killing at least nine persons, including four children, three of them being girls, and injuring 13 others, in a war of attrition between two militant outfits in Speen Tall area of Orakzai Agency on July 21.

Three bullet-riddled dead bodies were found in different areas of Bajaur Agency on July 19.

At least 12 Shiite Muslims were killed when a roadside bomb hit their minibus at Spai village in the Orakzai Agency on July 18. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer , July 17-23, 2012.

15 militants and nine civilians among 24 persons killed during the week in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Four people, including three members of the same family, died and eight others suffered injuries when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was detonated using a remote-controlled device near a pick-up truck in Doog Darra area of Upper Dir District on July 21.

At least three unidentified dead bodies, including that of a young girl, were found in different parts of Peshawar on July 19.

At least six militants were killed when Security Forces (SFs) retaliated to a militants' attack on the Gambhir and Arandu security checkposts in Chitral District on July 18.

At least five militants were killed in a clash with SFs when they attacked a Frontier Constabulary (FC) checkpost in Dhand area of Thall tehsil (revenue unit) of Hangu District on July 17.

Four militants were killed in July 16 militants' attack on a Police Station in Bannu city. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, July 17-23, 2012

US House of Representatives cut USD 650 million from its military aid to Pakistan: The US House of Representatives on July 19 cut USD 650 million from its military aid to Pakistan amid warnings that the move will send a wrong message to the Pakistani people. Senior Republican lawmakers claimed that they were trying to tamp down demands for still deeper reductions because of conservative anger at Pakistan's policies. Dawn, July 20, 2012.

US House of Representatives wants Haqqani Network branded as terrorists: The US House of Representatives on July 17 urged the US State Department to designate the Pakistan-based Haqqani network as a foreign terrorist group. On a voice vote, US lawmakers approved a bill that referred to the Haqqani network as "the most dangerous of Afghan insurgent groups battling US-led forces in eastern Afghanistan". Daily Times, July 19, 2012.

Balochistan, though foreign abetted, is an internal issue for the State and people of Pakistan to resolve, says PM Raja Parvez Ashraf: Prime Minister (PM) Raja Parvez Ashraf on July 17 said that the turbulence in Balochistan, though foreign abetted, is an internal issue for the State and people of Pakistan to resolve. The Prime Minister said all our friends interested to bring about peace in this region are expected to respect the sovereignty of Pakistan and the aspirations of more than 95% people of Balochistan, who are as patriotic Pakistanis as in any other part of the country. Pakistan Observer July 18, 2012.

ISI's political cell is illegal, rules Supreme Court: The Government may not have been willing to produce evidence of the existence of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)'s notorious political cell, but the Supreme Court still declared on July 16 that the cell, if it did, or does, exist, was illegal. The Supreme Court adjudged the political cell 'void ab initio' - that is, null and void from the start. The decision was taken in a petition dealing with the ISI's direct manipulation of the 1990 general elections - a petition commonly referred to as the Asghar Khan petition. Tribune, July 17, 2012.

JuD chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed makes informal entry into Pakistan politics: Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) founder and Jama'at-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, who has a USD 10 million bounty on his head and is an accused in November 26, 2008 (26/11) Mumbai terror attacks, has made his informal entry in the political arena by moving the Lahore High Court (LHC) against the Pakistan's corruption-riddled and profligate ruling elite through his first ever ''political-focused'' petition. Sources claimed that JuD leadership has made up its mind to get involved in political-oriented issues step-by-step and the Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) forum was one part of the well-devised strategic chain of political agenda. Indian Express, July 17, 2012.

40 civilians and one SF among 41 persons killed during the week in Balochistan: At least eight persons were killed and 22 others injured in a bomb blast during a political rally organised by the Awami National Party (ANP) in Kuchlak area of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, on July 13.

The Balochistan Levies on July 12 found the bodies of seven coal miners who were abducted on July 7, in the Degari area, some 28 kilometres from Quetta. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, July 10-16, 2012.

31 civilians and two SF among 33 persons killed during the week in Karachi: 13 persons, including Police and Navy personnel and a Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) activist, were killed on July 14 in the incidents of target killing in the provincial metropolis of Sindh, Karachi.

Six persons were killed in Karachi on July 11.

Five persons were killed in separate incidents of target killing in Karachi on July 10.

Former office bearers of Awami National Party (ANP), along with three other persons were killed in the separate incidents of target killing in Karachi on July 9. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer , July 10-16, 2012.

17 SFs and three civilians among 20 persons killed during the week in Punjab: Militants on July 12 shot dead nine Police and prison staff and wounded three others after storming a building in Ichra area of Lahore in Punjab where they were sleeping.

Three persons, including a female, were shot dead by unidentified assailants inside their home at Tajpura Scheme area under Ghaziabad Police Station Lahore District on July 10.

Unidentified militants killed eight security personnel at an Army camp near Wazirabad town in Gujranwala District on July 9, officials said, hours after a protest march of the Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) passed through the area. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, July 10-16, 2012

Militants' polio ban puts 240,000 Pakistani children at risk: Officials, on July 13, warned that the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) ban on polio would put 240,000 children at risk in Waziristan Agencies of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), if a vaccination campaign didn't start by the coming week. THE TTP and Hafiz Gul Bahadur group banned polio vaccinations in the Waziristan to protest against US drone attacks. Daily Times, July 14, 2012.

Supreme Court orders FC general to recover 30 missing persons within 10 days: Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry on July 13 ordered Balochistan Frontier Corps commander Major General Obaidullah Khattak to produce 30 people in court, saying there was evidence troops were involved in their disappearance. Chaudhry ordered Khattak to produce the missing before the court in Quetta on July 24. The 30 people were allegedly abducted in Tutak area of Khuzdar District in February 2011. Dawn, July 14, 2012.

Urgent need to launch an operation against terrorists in NWA, says FATA law and order secretary: The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) law and order secretary Shakeel Qadir while briefing the Senate Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) on July 11 said that there was an urgent need to launch an operation against terrorists in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) as they were getting hold of the area and government was losing its writ day by day. He said that Security Forces were engaged in operation against terrorists in Upper Orakzai while situation was under control in Lower Orakzai area. Daily Times, July 12, 2012.

Every third missing person in Balochistan abducted by FC, says Supreme Court: Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Choudhary on July 9 said that every third missing person in Balochistan was picked up by the Frontier Corps (FC). He said the issue of missing persons needed to be addressed to solve the problem of Balochistan. Daily Times, July 10, 2012.

42 civilians and six militant among 51 persons killed during the week in Balochistan: At least 14 persons were killed while seven others injured in a landmine blast in the Tooba Achakzai area near the Pak-Afghan border in the border town of Chaman in Balochistan on July 8.

Separately, at least six militants were killed and four others arrested in an exchange of fire and a raid in Mastung and Quetta.

Eighteen Punjabi-speaking persons, who were travelling to Iran, were shot dead and two others injured when Baloch Liberation Tigers (BLT) militants attacked their vehicles in the Basoli area of Turbat District in the night of July 6.

At least three persons, including a local government assistant director, were shot dead in a sectarian attack on July 4 in Kuchlak, some 25 kilometres from Quetta. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, July 3-9, 2012.

30 militants and eight civilians among 43 persons killed during the week in FATA: Militants on July 7 attacked a convoy of Security Forces (SFs) and killed four personnel, which was passing through Tiarza tehsil (revenue unit) of Serwakai sub-division of South Waziristan Agency in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

Twenty four persons were killed and 10 others were injured in United States (US) drone strikes in the Gorwaik village of Dattakhel area in North Waziristan Agency on July 6.

At least four women were killed and four others injured, including women and children, in a grenade attack at a home in Malik Din Khel area of Khyber Agency on July 3. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer , July 3-9, 2012.

29 civilians and four militant among 35 persons killed during the week in Sindh: Five persons, including a Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) activist and a Pakistan People's Party (PPP) worker, were killed in separate acts of target killing in the provincial metropolis of Sindh, Karachi on July 8.

Nine people including an Intelligence Bureau (IB) officer and three militants of the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) were killed on July 7, in Karachi. .

Three persons, including a child, were killed in separate incidents of target killing in Karachi on July 6.

Eight persons, including a MQM-H cadre, were killed in separate incidents of target killing in Karachi on July 5.

At least five persons including two workers of the PPP and a Policeman were shot dead in a spate of target killings in different parts of Karachi on July 3.

Four people, including an employee of Karachi Electricity Supply Company (KESC) and a sympathiser of MQM, were killed in separate acts of violence in Karachi on July 2.Daily Times; Dawn; The News ; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, July 3-9, 2012

Put pressure on Haqqani network, US tells Pakistan: The United States on July 8 pressed Pakistan to pressure into talks the Haqqani network, which it blames for attacks on US targets in Afghanistan. During their one-hour meeting, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar to put pressure on the Haqqani network, said a senior US official, who acknowledged that it was unclear whether Pakistan would step up its counter-terrorism efforts. "In terms of counterterrorism, my answer is we'll see," the official told reporters on condition of anonymity. Daily Times, July 9, 2012.

22 journalists killed in four years in Balochistan, says report: A workshop on 'Media and Civil Society in Balochistan' was informed on July 8 that the media in Balochistan was not free and journalists on professional duty often faced harassment at the hands of influential elements and different pressure groups active in the province. According to figures presented at the workshop, at least 22 journalists have been killed in the province during the past four years. The Centre for Research and Security Studies (CRSS) had organised the workshop in collaboration with the Association for Integrated Development. Dawn, July 9, 2012.

Karachi violence claimed 1,257 lives in six months, says HRCP: Despite tall claims of Government and Police, there is no respite in the targeted killings in Karachi, as according to the data of HRCP, targeted killings and other crimes have claimed at least 1,257 lives in Karachi during last six months. According to statistics compiled by the HRCP Karachi chapter, a total of 1,257 people were killed in the city during first six months of 2012, with 972 fall prey to targeted killings, which is 77 percent of the total killings, on different grounds, including sectarian, personal enmities, bomb blasts, Lyari gang war and abduction. While during first six months of 2011, the figure was 1,138. Daily Times, July 9, 2012.

'Will give moral, political and diplomatic support to Kashmir', says Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on July 5 said his Government will continue its "moral, political and diplomatic support" to Kashmiris till the issue is resolved in accordance with their aspirations and UN resolutions. Ashraf made the remarks during a meeting with Chaudhry Abdul Majeed, the "Prime Minister" of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, an official statement said. DNA, July 6, 2012, 2012.

Pakistan reopens NATO supply route after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's apology: Pakistan on July 3 agreed to reopen its border to NATO supply convoys into Afghanistan after the United States (US) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that Washington was sorry for the loss of life in NATO arial attack on Salala border check-post on November 26, 2011. The announcement, following months of negotiations, will come as a relief to the United States and its NATO allies which need the routes for a planned withdrawal of combat forces from Afghanistan through 2014. Daily Times, July 4, 2012.

Stability and prosperity in Balochistan top priority, says Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf: Proclaiming Balochistan was top on his list of priorities, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on July 2 said bringing stability and prosperity in the Province would be the top priority of his Government. Chairing his first meeting on Balochistan crisis as Prime Minister, Raja said the self-styled independence of federal agencies is being checked by ensuring that they do not act independently in connection with law and order. He said the Federal Agencies were meant to provide assistance to the Provincial Government as and when required. Daily Times, July 3, 2012.

Civilian deaths from US drones 'lowest since 2008', say Bureau of Investigative Journalism: Fewer civilians have died in US drone strikes in Pakistan so far this year than at any other time in the last four years, a report Bureau of Investigative Journalism said. Three to 24 civilians were reported killed by American CIA drones in Pakistan from January to June, according to the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Reported civilian casualty rates have not been so low since the first half of 2008, when 12-21 civilians reportedly died under former US president George W Bush, it said. Dawn, July 3, 2012.

48 militants and five civilians among 53 persons killed during the week in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) 'spokesman' Mullah Mansoor was among 34 militants killed in clashes with Security Forces (SFs) since last three days (June 29-July 1) along Pak-Afghan border in Upper Dir District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

At least four militants were killed in retaliatory firing of Frontier Crops (FC) while three FC personnel also sustained injuries when their check post in Dhand area of Hangu District came under attack of the militants on June 29.

Security Forces (SFs) June 28 repulsed another major attack on the Pakistani-Afghan border in the Sabir Kalley area of Upper Dir District, reportedly killed seven militants.

The bullet-riddled body of chief of the anti-Taliban Bazidkhel Qaumi Lashkar (community militia), Fahim-ur-Rehman, who escaped at least seven attempts on his life since 2008, was found in his white Land Cruiser on the Ring Road of Peshawar on June 27. The bodies of his three close friends and associates, Altaf Bacha, Haji Niaz Muhammad and Rahim Lala, were also found in the vehicle. Daily Times; Dawn; The News ; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post ; Pakistan Today, June 26-July 2, 2012.

26 militants and 10 civilians among 44 persons killed during the week in FATA: At least eight militants were killed in a US drone attack on a compound in the Kund Ghar area of Shawal tehsil (revenue unit), 50 kilometres southwest of Miranshah, the headquterer of North Waziristan Agency in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on July 1.

Five Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) militants were killed on June 30 in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast on their post on a mountain in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency.

Eight bullet-riddled bodies were found in different areas of Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency on June 29.

Eight troops, including a captain, were killed and three others injured in a remote-controlled bomb blast near Alhaj Market in Bara town of Khyber Agency on June 28.

At least eight militants were killed on June 26 during a crackdown in Mamuzai and Bootakhel areas of Orakzai Agency.

A US drone strike targeting a militant compound in the Shawal area, some 50 kilometres southwest of Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan Agency, killed at least five militants. Daily Times; Dawn; The News ; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post ; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer , June 26-July 2, 2012.

31 civilians and one militant among 32 persons killed during the week in Balochistan: At least 14 persons, including two policemen and a woman, were killed and 30 others, including women and children, sustained injuries in a suicide attack on a bus of pilgrims coming from Iran, at Hazar Ganji area of Quetta on June 28.

At least seven persons were killed and as many as 30 injured, when a remote-controlled bomb went off at the Sibi Railway Station of Sibi District on June 27.Daily Times; Dawn; The News ; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post ; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, June 26-July 2, 2012.

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