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90 militants among 97 persons killed during the week in FATA: At least 15 terrorists were killed in air strikes by Security Forces (SFs) in the ongoing operation Zarb-e-Azb in the Shawal area of North Waziristan Agency in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on September 28.

United States (US) drone strike killed four suspected militants, including two Arab militants, in a compound in the Wana area of South Waziristan Agency on September 28.

At least six terrorists were killed when SFs thwarted an attack on a check-post in the Jamrud Bazaar of Khyber Agency on September 27.

At least 13 militants were killed in air strikes by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) jets in the Surkas, Dwatoi and Gharbay Kandao areas of Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency on September 24.

10 Uzbek militants were killed when a US drone hit a vehicle in the Lowra Mandai area of Dattakhel tehsil of NWA on September 24.

At least 19 militants were killed in aerial strikes on militant hideouts in the Dandi Kachkol, Ghulam Khan, Gurbaz, Mana, Pasht Ziarat areas of NWA on September 23.

Twenty-three militants were killed in shelling by jet fighters and gunship helicopters in the Bangidar area in NWA on September 22. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune, September 23-29, 2014.

PTI Government to remove 'objectionable material' from textbooks in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on September 26 decided in principle to remove 'objectionable material' from the textbooks of local primary schools in their attempt to please their coalition partner, Jama'at-e-Islami (JeI). An unnamed senior official of the Education Department said that JeI leaders had voiced reservations about the printing of pictures of minor girls without dupatta (a piece of cloth to cover the bosom and head), Christmas cake and a Cross emblem on an ambulance instead of Crescent, the mention of good morning instead of Assalam-u-Alaikum (Islamic salutation), and presence of some other 'objectionable' stuff in textbooks for primary schools. "JeI leaders have complained about minor things in textbooks, whose removal has been decided in principle," an unnamed official said. "Officials of the department concerned and textbook board have formally agreed to remove objectionable contents from textbooks and will induct material to be proposed by Jama'at," said Elementary and Secondary Education Minister Atif Khan. Dawn, September 27, 2014.

Radical preacher of Pakistani origin arrested along with eight others in London: British Police on September 25 arrested nine suspects, including leading a radical preacher of Pakistani descent, Anjem Choudary (47), in London on suspicion of links with the banned extremist group Al-Muhajiroun. The arrests "are part of an ongoing investigation into Islamist-related terrorism and are not in response to any immediate public safety risk", Scotland Yard said. Anjem has said that he does not "feel sorry" for British hostage Alan Henning, who is being held by Islamic State (IS) militants, because he is not a Muslim, and has called IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi the "prince of believers". Dawn, September 26, 2014.

90 per cent areas of North Waziristan Agency clear of militants, claims Army: The Army on September 22 claimed that the Security Forces (SFs) have cleared some 90 per cent of areas of the militants in major towns in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), including its headquarters Miranshah and Mir Ali, during Operation Zarb-e-Azb. Daily Times, September 23, 2014.

124 militants and four SFs among 128 persons killed during the week in FATA: At least three Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) militants were killed on September 19 in a remote-controlled blast in the Sipah area of Bara tehsil (revenue unit) in Khyber Agency of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

At least 23 militants were killed in fresh airstrikes on militant hideouts in Ismail Khel and Zerom areas of North Waziristan Agency (NWA) on September 18.

Pakistan Air Force (PAF) airstrikes on September 17 destroyed five militant hideouts and killed at least 40 suspected militants as part of the on-going Operation Zarb-e-Azb in the Kiza Madakhel, Datta Khel and Ezark areas of Datta Khel tehsil.

At least 20 militants and four Security Force (SF) personnel of the Tochi Scouts Wing of the paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) were killed and another sustained injuries when Afghanistan-based militants attacked the Dandi Kach checkpost in Spinwam tehsil on September 16.

SFs claimed to have killed 23 militants in air strikes by the PAF jet fighters in the Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency on September 16.

Military air strikes on September 15 killed at least 15 suspected militants in the Tabai area of NWA. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, September 16-22, 2014.

JuD opens websites from US server: Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD), the frontal organisation of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) resurfaced in the World Wide Web and launched its websites and hosted from a server in the United States of America (USA). However, this is not the first time when JuD has managed a return to the World Wide Web as in the past the banned outfit has changed its identity, floated various charity organisations and tweaked names to launch websites. Hindustan Times, September 20, 2014.

TTP Sindh Chapter involved in dockyard attack in Karachi, reveals report: A preliminary report on the naval dockyard attack in Karachi on September 6, 2014, revealed on September 16 that the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan's (TTP) Sindh Chapter was involved in the attack. The report said that TTP's Sindh Chapter had penetrated into various departments of the Provincial Government. It further stated that at least 21 suspects, including 14 servicemen, were also taken into custody. Three Government employees were arrested from Larkana District and two from Jamshoro District of Sindh. Dawn, September 17, 2014.

Punjabi Taliban leader Asmatullah Muawiya gives call to cease militant activities in Pakistan: Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Punjab Chapter (also known as Punjabi Taliban) leader Asmatullah Muawiya on September 13 announced that it will be ceasing its militant activity in Pakistan and would limit its militant activity to Afghanistan. According to Muawiya the decision was taken after consultations. He also urged other groups of TTP to stop their militant activity in Pakistan. PTV, September 17, 2014.

Pakistan rejects Afghan terrorism accusations: Pakistan on September 16 rejected Afghanistan's accusations regarding involvement of Pakistani intelligence agencies in terrorism across the border. "We express our dismay at the latest allegations levelled in the statements issued by Afghanistan's National Security Council and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Repeated attempts by the Afghan side to implicate Pakistan's intelligence institutions in terrorist activities are both unfounded and counter-productive," Foreign Office (FO) said in a statement. Daily Times, September 17, 2014.

'Hafiz Saeed is a Pakistan national and he is free to roam around, states, Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit: Pakistan on September 15 made it clear that there was no case against designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of 26/11 (November 26, 2008) Mumbai (Maharashtra) terror attack, and he is free to roam in the country. "Hafiz Saeed is a Pakistani national so he is free to roam around. So what is the problem ... he is a free citizen so there is no issue as far as Pakistan is concerned," Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit said when asked why Saeed was working alongside Pakistan Army very close to Line of Control (LoC). "Courts have already exonerated him. There is no case pending against him," he added. Times of India, September 16, 2014.

84 militants and six SFs among 93 persons killed during the week in FATA: At least three militants and a civilian were killed and another sustained injuries on September 14 in cross-fire erupted after attack on the convoy of the Security Forces (SFs) in Dogra area in Bara tehsil (revenue unit) in Khyber Agency in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

Three Frontier Corps (FC) personnel were killed and two others were injured in a rocket attack in the Spinwam area of North Waziristan Agency (NWA).

Sixty-five terrorists were killed and five terrorist hideouts destroyed in air strikes by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) jets in Datta Khel and Shawal Valley area on September 10.

Six militants, a civilian and a soldier were killed in the ongoing operation Zarb-e-Azb in Datta Khel area on September 9.

Army on September 8 killed 10 militants, destroyed an explosives cache and five vehicles in fresh air strikes as part of Operation Zarb-e-Azb in Boya Degan area. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, September 9-15, 2014.

Al Qaeda's South Asia branch claims Karachi Naval dockyard attack: Al Qaeda's South Asia branch on September 11 claimed responsibility for the September 6 raid on the West Wharf Naval dockyard in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, that left a sailor and three attacker's dead. A statement in Urdu from the group sent to AFP claimed that the target of the raid was a "US supply ship" and said the dead attackers included former Pakistan Navy officers. Al Qaeda said the officers quit their jobs and joined the militants after becoming radicalised. Defence Minister Khawaja Asif had voiced concerns while addressing Parliament on September 10, saying: "We cannot rule out the inside help in this attack because without it the miscreants could not breach security. The operation near Karachi shore was an attack by al Qaeda in the subcontinent."

Army is not the 'scriptwriter' of PTI and PAT protest march, says ISPR: The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on September 12 emphatically stated that it was not the 'scriptwriter' of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) protest march. ISPR Director General Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa said that the Army supports constitution and democracy and has nothing to do with the present political situation in the country. "Army has no role or involvement in the situation and assumptions and speculations in this connection are regrettable," Bajwa said. Daily Times, September 13, 2014.

It is the first attack claimed by the terror network's new wing, whose creation was announced by 'Chief' Ayman al Zawahiri on September 3. The claims, made on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in New York, will likely add to concerns about extremist infiltration of the Pakistani military's ranks after the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), who also claimed to be behind the attack, said they received inside help. Tribune, September 12, 2014.

Frontier Corps digs trench along Pak-Afghan border in Balochistan to curb incursions from Afghanistan: The Paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) Balochistan started digging 480-Kilometre-long trenches along the border with Afghanistan in order to curb incursions across this border into Pakistan. Colonel Faheem Babar, Commandant Qila Saifullah Scouts said, "We want to check incursions of terrorists and smugglers into Pakistan and the trenches will help control the situation along the Afghan border." Tribune, September 11, 2014.

Action against 58 officers recommended in the Dera Ismail Khan Jailbreak case: A high-level inquiry committee on September 9 recommended severe punishment and dismissal of 58 officers and officials of the civil and Police administrations after holding them responsible for July 29 jailbreak in Dera Ismail Khan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa). In its nine-page report submitted to the administration department, the committee also recommended departmental inquiry against 97 Policemen deployed inside the jail. Dawn, September 10, 2014.

Punjabi Taliban shift focus to Afghanistan, says Punjabi Taliban 'chief' Ismatullah Muawiya: Punjabi Taliban 'chief' Ismatullah Muawiya on September 5 said it would abandon insurgent activity inside the country and redirects its energies towards Afghanistan. Muawiya said the faction will operate in Afghanistan under the guidance of Mullah Omar, the spiritual leader of Afghan Taliban, while its activities in Pakistan will be confined to preaching Islam. Punjabi Taliban is an influential militant faction of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Dawn, September 6, 2014.

TTP 'chief' Fazlullah expels head of Mohmand Agency unit: The strife in the ranks of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) escalated on September 4 as its 'chief' Maulana Fazlullah and his shura expelled the Mohmand Agency chapter 'chief' Omar Khalid Khurasani and terminated his membership for 'indiscipline and for patronizing suspicious militant groups' such as Ahrar ul Hind and Junood Khorasan. Omar Khalid Khurasani, whose real name is Abdul Wali, reacted through his aide and spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan, who said Maulana Fazlullah and some of his men having vested interest had been expelled from the TTP. The News, September 5, 2014.

Ready for 'give and take' to resolve crisis, says Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif: Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif said on September 4 that he appreciates the efforts of the opposition-held jirga (tribal council) to resolve the political crisis and said that he was ready to for a 'give and take' in order o resolve the ongoing crisis. The Government wants more time to legislate laws for electoral reforms and thinks Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI's) demand to complete the whole process by a legal experts committee which is to come to being through a presidential ordinance will be an exercise in haste, the secret Government's reply to PTI's draft proposal says. Daily Times, September 5, 2014.

May 2013 Pakistan elections were fair, says US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki: The United States State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki on September 3 said May 2013 General Elections in Pakistan was free and fair, there has been no change in its position on the polls. The spokesperson said the United States was closely watching the situation in Pakistan, in the face of marches in Islamabad. The News, September 4, 2014.

910 'militants killed' and five towns cleared in NWA, claims ISPR: A press release by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on September 3 claimed that 910 'militants' had been killed in the ongoing operation Zarb-e-Azb that was launched in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on June 15. ISPR stated that since the start of operation 82 soldiers had embraced martyrdom in the entire country in the fight against terrorism and another 269 were injured. The 82 martyred soldiers include 42 in NWA, 23 in rest of FATA other than NWA and 17 in the remaining parts of the country, including Balochistan and Karachi.

Earlier, on September 1, the Defence Secretary Lieutenant General (retired) Alam Khattak said that Security Forces were conducting operation Zarb-e-Azb to cleanse terrorism. "It is an across the board operation which is targeting all terror groups," he said. The News, September 2, 2014; The News, September 4, 2014.

1,500 trained militants present at PTI and PAT sit-ins, says Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan: Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan's on September 2 said in Parliament that nearly 1,500 trained militants are among the participants of the sit-ins organized by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT). Though the Interior Minister did not name the terrorist group, he stated that these elements are part of Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri's 'revolutionaries' and not Imran Khan's crowd, dreaming to have a 'new Pakistan'. The News, September 4, 2014.

Islamic State is trying to expand its influence in Pakistan: The Islamic State is trying to expand its influence in Pakistan, with pamphlets titled 'Fatah' (victory) in Pashto and Dari languages being distributed in Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and border provinces of Afghanistan. The pamphlets seek seeking support for jihad. Times of India, September 3, 2014.

'Imran Khan said he can't move forward without Army', reveals PTI President Javed Hashmi: Dismissed President of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Javed Hashmi on September 1 quoted the PTI chief Imran Khan as saying 'the badge bearers' wanted the PTI protesters to move along with Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leader Tahirul Qadri. He stated, "Imran Khan said we can't move forward without the Army. Imran Khan also said that all the matters had been decided and there will be elections in September," adding, it appeared as if everything had been planned in advance. The News, September 2, 2014.

32 militants killed in Army operation in FATA: At least 32 militants were killed on August 30 when Security Forces (SF) targeted the suspected hideouts of militants as a part of Operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan Agency Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). The ISPR spokesman said that at least 32 terrorists were reportedly killed while three of their hideouts were razed to ground. 23 explosives-laden vehicles and four ammunition dumps of the militants were also dismantled in the action. Daily Times, September 1, 2014.

TTP 'chief' Maulana Fazlullah says his men too could lay siege to Islamabad: The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) 'chief' Maulana Fazlullah on August 31 said that launching an attack on Islamabad won't be a difficult task for his fighters after having observed how unarmed protestors were able to lay siege to the seat of power in the federal capital and paralyse the Government. "About 30,000 people have besieged the capital of Pakistan for the last two weeks and the Government is unable to deal with them," he said in an audio clip received by The News. He said, "Taliban fighters could easily seize the Parliament House as our numbers are far bigger than these people and we are well-equipped with sophisticated arms." The News , September 1, 2014.

I won't resign, says Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif: Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif said on August 31 that he would not in any case resign from the position of the chief executive of the country. PM Nawaz Sharif said he would not succumb to the pressure of a few thousand people who have made the capital hostage. The premier ignored the advice of close aides to remain at his residence in Lahore in view of the increased tension in Islamabad's Red Zone and returned to the capital on August 31 afternoon to take stock of the developing situation. Daily Times, September 1, 2014.

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