Renowned nationalist politician and former federal minister Muhammad Afzal Khan, commonly known as Khan Lala, Wednesday expressed satisfaction over the progress made in the military action against militants in Swat Valley but…
MINGAWARA – Expressing satisfaction over the role of armed forces in flushing away militants and restoration of a peaceful atmosphere in Swat Valley, elders from different politico-social groups have shown sever resentment over recent remarks of President Supreme Court Bar Association Asma Jehangir.”Armed forces are playing a key role in the reconstruction process of terrorism-hit Swat Valley,” remarked the elders during an emergency press conference on Wednesday.
MINGORA – Almost two years after Pakistan’s army swept through the Swat Valley to drive out a terrifying Taliban regime, the valley’s residents fear that slow economic recovery in the area could undo military gains and allow a militant return.
The idyllic tourist haven 133 km northwest of Islamabad is considered a success story in Pakistan’s fight against a home-grown insurgency, so any roll-back in the gains because of poor development would be a major setback to Pakistan’s weak
SWAT – Security forces on Sunday killed at least seven militants here, while security personnel lost his live during clash with militants in Mohmand Agency.
According to a private TV, a group of militants were tried to enter in Dir through Bajur Agency. The militants opened fire on security forces when they reached on a mountain.
A soldier was injured in the firing. Security forces opened fire in retaliation, killed seven militants. The forces also recovered arms and
MINGAWARA – Foiling an attempt by the militant to enter Swat from Lower Dir, the security forces shot dead six of them and recovered a huge quantity in early hours on Tuesday.
The security forces were on routine patrolling on the borders with Lower Dir at Matta when they noticed a group of militants and asked them to surrender but they refused. It triggered an encounter during which all the six militants were shot dead.
The officials confirmed the identity of three them from
MINGAWARA – The security forces killed at least five militants when they were attempting to escape in the mountainous area of Durushkhela in Matta, Swat, on the night between Sunday and Monday. According to the officials, the security forces raided the locality to recover arms and ammunition, as revealed by the already arrested militants, who had dumped the consignment in early 2009.
However, the militants positioned at the site tried to flee but the security forces shot dead
PESHAWAR – At least five militants were killed in a clash with security forces in border region of Swat Valley, the officials said on Sunday. They said a group of militants attempted to enter Swat when security forces intercepted them near Barikot Town on late Saturday night. Three of militants killed were identified as Sher Ali son of Wazir Zada resident of Aboha Swat, Mohammad Zaib son of Sherin of Mangalthaan Charbagh Swat and Fazal Hussain son of Omar Hussain of Kotha Barikot.
LAHORE – It is just after eight o’clock in the evening, and a fierce battle is raging in the corner of my living room. Members of the Pakistani security forces are inching closer to a Taliban hideout, but the militants are fighting for their lives.
Inspector Javed Iqbal Khan shouts for cover as he tries to get behind the enemy lines.
Overcoming an horrific gunshot wound to his right arm, he musters enough strength to raise his gun and shoot dead the last Taliban fighter
SWAT/PESHAWAR – In an attempt to avoid arrest, an alleged terrorist blown himself up with explosive material in Marghuzar Town, Mingawara, late Friday night. According to officials, the security forces cordoned off a house to capture the alleged terrorist, Ayaz, on which he detonated the explosives and died on the spot.
However, Ahmad Jan, the father of Ayaz, and a brother were arrested and shifted to some unknown place for interrogation. The family belongs to Imam Dheri, a
PESHAWAR – At least 11 alleged militants, including a suspected suicide bomber, were killed in separate clashes at Batkhela area of Malakand and in different parts of District Swat on Saturday. A spokesman of Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said the security forces on a tip-off raided a house in Batkhela town to capture a would-be suicide bomber but he blew himself up to avoid arrest.
An accomplice of the bomber was also killed in the action while five people, including
PESHAWAR: Security forces killed 11 suspected militants when they were trying to sneak into Swat, security officials and police said on Friday.
Officials said five suspected militants were killed while entering from district Dir into Swat and six others were killed when they tried to sneak into Thana Malakand Agency from Swat. These suspected militants were escaping military operation in Mohmand tribal Agency and were planning to carry out acts of terrorism in Swat, ISPR Swat
SWAT – Security forces shot dead six miscreants Sawat’s tehsil Matta on Monday. Security forces intercepted six miscreants, in Serwan an area of Tehsil Matta (Swat), who were trying to enter the town. Encircling the men, security personal tried to arrest them but they fired at the security personal and were killed in retaliation. The dead men were wanted by the police in several criminal cases.
MINGORA – Six militants were killed while security forces’ three personnel were injured during their clashes with each other at three different places in Swat Valley, the officials said.
They said that a group of militants attacked the personnel of security forces at Utroor Kalam and injured two personnel of the security forces. They added that personnel of the security forces repulsed the attack and shot dead two militants.
The killed militants were identified as Shams Ur
RAWALPINDI: The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani visited Swat on Tuesday, said a press release issued here. It said he attended the earth-breaking ceremony of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Bridge near Barikot.
The bridge is being constructed by Frontier Works Organisation with UAE funding as part of the Quick Impact Projects. A United Arab Emirates (UAE) delegation led by His Excellency Ali Saif Sultan Al Awani, Ambassador of UAE was also
PESHAWAR: Maulana Wali Ullah Kabalgrami, teacher of Tehrik Taliban Swat chief Maulana Fazal Ullah, died after a prolonged illness in a hospital here on Wednesday.
Maulana Kabalgrami had been in the custody of the security forces for the last one and a half year. He had been associated with the banned Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariah Muhammadi Buner since long and was one of the close aides of Maulana Soofi Muhammad.
The body of Maulana Kabalgrami was handed over to his relatives.
MINGORA/WANA: At least seven militants were killed and a soldier of the security forces was injured in clashes in scattered areas of Swat’s Matta tehsil on Sunday.
The clashes between the security forces and militants started late on Saturday and continued until Sunday noon in Shughdara, Arkot and Rorengar villages. The militants killed in the clashes were identified as Ghafoor Khan, Naseebullah, Muhammad Ali, Ibrahim, Inayatullah, Jamal and Azeem.
Officials said they had
ISLAMABAD: Authorities are currently investigating intelligence reports about the presence of CIA-recruited locals in Swat, Buner and other adjoining areas and plan to take up the issue with the Obama administration if the probe proves the reports correct.
Pakistan will launch a strong demand for immediate halt to such unwarranted activities, unless the investigation proves otherwise. Civilian and military leaders were already perturbed by CIA’s recruitment drive in North