` TTP Splinter Group Hakimullah Mehsud Claim Responsibility for Kidnap of Chinese Tourist Hong xu Dong ‘

#AceWorldNews – PESHAWAR: May 21 – A Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) splinter group, of the Hakimullah Mehsud faction claimed responsibility on Tuesday for the kidnapping of Chinese tourist Hong xu Dong from Dera Ismail Khan on Monday.

The abducted Chinese tourist had been travelling from Lahore to Balochistan via Khyber Paktunkhwa. He was kidnapped from the Darban area of Dera Ismail Khan.

Security forces had recovered a cycle from Garah Mehmood along with the belongings of the tourist from the spot.

Abdullah Bahar, who claimed to be a commander of the Hakimullah Mehsud faction of TTP splinter group led by Sheryar Mehsud alleged in a telephonic interview that “we have kidnapped the Chinese tourist from Daraban and he is in our custody.”

He further stated that the Chinese tourist was abducted to force Pakistani authorities to release TTP fighters in their custody.

Regarding the location of the kidnapped tourist, Bahar said Hong xu Dong had been shifted to a “safe area” and is in the custody of TTP Sheryar Mehsud group fighters.

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` Escalation of Violence has been Increasing since the Cease-Fire by Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan ‘

#AceNewsServices – KARACHI April 30 – An explosion took place near a mosque in Delhi colony area of Karachi killing at least four persons,including a woman, and injuring more than 20 others, DawnNews reported.

Provincial Information Minister Sharjeel Memon talking to media persons at the blast site confirmed that four persons had died in the explosion.

He also said that three government vehicles were damaged in the attack and that these vehicles were the apparent target of the blast.

The information minister said that there had been an escalation in such incidents after the expiry of ceasefire announced by the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

Five auto rickshaws, ten vehicles and scores of motor cycles were destroyed as a result of the blast whereas the windows of several nearby buildings were left shattered.
Ten kilograms of explosives were used in today’s explosion, sources in the bomb disposal unit told DawnNews.

They added that around the time of the explosion, a bus with employees of the official residence of the Sindh chief minister had left Masjid-i-Yasrab shortly after Friday prayers.

The sources said the attack was most likely aimed at the bus carrying the CM house employees, adding that the bomber who was in a rickshaw exploded before getting to its target.

Moreover, Inspector General Sindh Iqbal Mehmood said the bus with the CM employees could have been the target of the attack.

Security personnel also claimed to have taken two suspects into custody who were shifted to an undisclosed location for further questioning.

NATION – DAWN – PAKISTAN TIMES

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` High Level Security Meeting Chaired by PM Nawaz Sharif Decides to Continue Dialogue with TTP ‘

#AceWorldNews – ISLAMABAD – April 28 – A high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif decided to continue dialogue with the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) shura and finalised the agenda for the next round of dialogue.

The meeting decided to hold parleys with the TTP on a formalised agenda, sources told Dawn.

The meeting was attended by Director-General Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt-Gen Zaheerul Islam and army chief General Raheel Sharif.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan briefed the meeting on the progress made so far in the dialogue process.

“It’s high time to make talks with the TTP successful or take it to some logical conclusion,” Nisar told the meeting.

PAKISTAN NEWS – DAWN – PAKISTAN TIMES – AGENCIES

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` Mastermind Behind Dera Ismali Khan Break-Out Key Commander of ` Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan is Killed ‘

#AceNewsServices – PESHAWAR – April 27 – A key commander of the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), was killed during a gun battle, police sources claim.

The Station House officer (SHO) of Kulachi Police Station, Haroon Khan said one terrorist has been gunned down during the encounter as a probe into the incident continues.

Upon receiving a tip-off about the presence of the alleged militant, the police conducted an operation in the Kulachi area.

Back in June (Dawn) reported that PESHAWAR – witnessed dozens of heavily-armed Pakistani Taliban insurgents freed nearly 175 inmates, including 35 ‘high-profile militants’, during a brazen overnight attack on the central jail in Dera Ismail Khan, officials said Tuesday.

At least nine people, including four policemen and five militants, were killed in the attack and the following shoot-out, said Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Shaukat Yousufzai.

KP chief minister Pervaiz Khattak termed the brazen attack a failure on the part of the intelligence agencies, and has vowed to punish those found guilty of negligence.

Khattak confirmed the number of escaped prisoners, including the 35 hardcore militants.

Earlier unconfirmed intelligence reports had suggested at least 45 high profile militants were being held at the jail.

The attack began with a huge explosion and several smaller blasts before security forces engaged the attackers. An intelligence official said the militants shouted “God is great” and “Long live the Taliban”.

Military troops were eventually called in which conducted a six-hour long operation to take back control of the prison.

A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, Shahidullah Shahid, accepted responsibility for the attack. Speaking to ( Dawn) he claimed around 100 militants attacked the prison including a number of suicide bombers.

Dawn News – Agencies

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` Mualana Yousef Shah to Mediate Peace Talks with Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan likely to Start in Two Day’s ‘

#AceWorldNews – ISLAMABAD – April 26 – Maulana Yousuf Shah, coordinator of the Taliban-nominated committee to mediate peace talks with the government, said Saturday that contact had been established with the Taliban and a meeting was expected to take place with its political Shura in two days’ time, DawnNews reported.

Speaking to DawnNews, Maulana Yousuf said the Taliban Shura had asked for two days’ time to determine a location for the meeting to take place.

He said extension of ceasefire, exchange of prisoners and other issues would be taken up in the meeting, adding that the deadlock in peace talks would end.

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` Pakistani Government Planning New round of Talks with Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan to get Peace Process on Track ‘

#AceWorldNews – ISLAMABAD – April 18 – (DWN) – The Pakistani government is planning a fresh round of talks with Taliban negotiators at the weekend, officials said Friday, despite the militants’ refusal to extend a ceasefire called to help peace efforts.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said in a statement that he has called a meeting with the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan’s (TTP) talks committee on Saturday to decide how to proceed.

He said only dialogue could overcome reservations and objections, but warned there was little chance of progress without a ceasefire.

“If Taliban have certain objections, we also have reservations,” he said, adding the government pushed forward the peace process against serious logjams.

“(But) I don’t think the talks process will move forward in the absence of a ceasefire,” said Khan, who has been an ardent supporter of the talks.

He will meet the TTP’s three-man talks committee, led by Maulana Samiul Haq.

Members of the government negotiating team are also likely to attend Saturday’s talks, a senior official told AFP.

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` Peace Talks to continue with Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan on a Low Key Basis as Meeting Ended '

#AceWorldNews – ISLAMABAD April 17 – (DWN) – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on National Security (CCNS) at the Prime Minister House on Thursday during it was decided that the peace talks process with the Taliban would continue on a slow place based on a wait and see policy.

In his opening remarks, Prime Minister Sharif said Pakistan was facing serious security challenges which need to be tackled and overcome.

Subsequently, the interior minister briefed the committee on the dialogue process.

The meeting also reiterated the Government’s resolve to improve the internal security situation which according to the committee was critical to economic and social development.

The meeting took place a day after the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan announced the decision to not extend its ceasefire.

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“ Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan Decision Not to Extend the `Ceasefire ' Adding Government not Serious about Peace '

#AceWorldNews – PESHAWAR – April 16 – (DWN) – The outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) announced on Wednesday its decision to not extending the ceasefire and said that the government had failed to respond positively to the militant organisation’s ceasefire of more than 40 days.


TTP spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid. — File photo

TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid, in his detailed statement, said that the government has failed to respond positively to Taliban’s ‘realistic’ demands of establishing a peace zone, release of non-combatants and suspension of security forces operation in tribal areas.

“These were concrete steps for building confidence and defusing the tension,” he added.

Shahidullah blamed the government for rooting out an operation killing more than 50 of their activists and arresting over 200, saying hundreds of raids have also been conducted across the country which negated the ceasefire.

He said that the deadline for ceasefire had expired six days ago (April 10) but still there was a “mysterious silence” among the government ranks over peace talks.

The central spokesman of the Pakistani Taliban added that in the light of these developments, the TTP Shura has unanimously decided not to extend the ceasefire any more. He, however, added that the militant outfit would be willing to respond to any positive response from the government so that the peace process continues.

Moreover, the TTP Mohmand Agency chief, Umer Khalid Khurasani, also issued a statement in which he had said that government was not serious about peace and the only way to implement true Shariah was jihad.

DAWN – PAKISTAN NEWS – ZAHIR SHAH SHERAZI

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#AceWorldNews MIRANSHAH April 15 SANA Tehreek e Taliban…

#AceWorldNews – MIRANSHAH – April 15 – (SANA) – Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Spokesman Shahidullah Shahid Sunday said that the TTP has nothing to do with the ongoing fighting between the two rival groups, however, he said efforts were afoot for a truce between the warring groups. He said that the differences between the different groups of TTP have been overcome.

TTP central spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said in a statement from undisclosed location that a section of the media has launched a propaganda campaign on the pretext of some simple bitterness among the TTP and we would like to clarify that the ongoing fight between the two groups has nothing to do with the entire TTP.

However, he said some bitterness was created out of misgivings among some of the buddies, which was immediately resolved after intervening by the TTP central Shura. He said that this matter was in no way linked with TTP-government talks and ceasefire.

Shahidullah Shahid said that all the segments of the TTP abide by the decision taken by central Shura on the order of Maulana Fazlluah.

He further said TTP rejects all propaganda and added we believe in the supremacy of Shariat-e-Islami.

“Fighting is the matter of only two groups. It has nothing to do with the TTP. Media should stop its negative propaganda immediately,” TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said.

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` Shura of the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) Meeting Under-Way in Unknown Location in North Waziristan ‘

#AceWorldNews – PESHAWAR April 14 – According to (DWN) the shura of the Pakistani Taliban is meeting at an unknown location in North Waziristan to discuss the fate of the peace talks and the extension in ceasefire.

Sources told Dawn that key Taliban leaders, including peace committee head Qari Shakeel and Azam Tariq, were attending the meeting while the TTP’s deputy ameer Khalid Haqqani was chairing.

Sources said the key issues being discussed during the meeting was of ceasefire extension and the exchange of non-combatants. Apart from these, infighting among two rival Taliban factions which has claimed scores of lives on both sides was also on the agenda.

In a statement issued on Sunday, TTP spokesman Shaidullah Shahid had said that the differences and clashes between the two groups had been blown out of proportion in the media, adding that these were not of much importance.

He had also said that the various groups of the TTP were united and on one page when it came to talks with the government.

On the other hand, independent as well as intelligence sources have said that the delay over the ceasefire issue was due to internal strife within TTP ranks.

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` Contingent of 186 Elite Force Commandos of Punjab Police Arrive in Capital City on Rumours of Terrorism Threats’

#AceWorldNews – ISLAMABAD – April 13 – (DWN) – A contingent of 186 Elite Force commandos of Punjab police have arrived in the capital city to enhance security measures following two terrorism incidents within six weeks, the police said.

Another contingent of 40 personnel of the force will arrive in Islamabad soon, they added.

Apart from assigning them patrol duties at sensitive areas, separate teams will be deployed at different spots of the city, along with the Rangers and police, to react immediately and reach the trouble spot within a short time.

The personnel were demanded by the capital police for joint patrolling.

“We are expecting worse situations after the two terrorism incidents,” a police officer said, adding that there were intelligence reports that terrorism, in future, would be more lethal and brutal in the city compared to the previous strikes.

A security alert was issued on April 3, stating that the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had planned to carry out terrorist attacks in three cities – Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Wah Cantonment – by using the name of another outfit, the officer said.

Preparations to prevent any untoward incident in future have already started, he said, adding that during the preparation it was identified that due to unavailability of technical support, it might be difficult to counter terrorism.

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` Five Suspected Militants including their Key Commander belonging to ` TTP ‘ were Killed in Khyber Area ‘

#AceWorldNews – PESHAWAR – April 13 – (DAWN) – At least five suspected militants, including a key commander, belonging to the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were killed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Darra Adam Khel area on Sunday.

Intelligence sources said that five militant were killed in Darra Adam Khels border area with Frontier Region of Peshawar adding that further details regarding the incident were not available.

The Taliban commander killed was identified as Jangraiz, according to intelligence sources.

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` Nawaz Sharif Approves Release of 12 Taliban from Detention to help Resume the Peace Talks with TPP ‘

#AceWorldNews – PESHAWAR – April 13 – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has approved release of 12 people from detention as part of the so-called confidence-building measures to resume peace talks with the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), credible sources told Dawn.

They said the 12 “low profile suspected militants” held by security agencies could be released in next couple of days to meet a key demand of the Taliban.

The TTP leadership had handed over a list of combatants to the government negotiating team.

“None of those to be released are important,” the sources said.

They said the talks could resume soon after the prime minister’s return from China. Fawad Hassan, additional secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office, who is accompanying the premier during his visit to China, is part of the government’s team holding dialogue with the Taliban.

The government, however, has not agreed to the TTP’s demand of declaring a peace zone in South Waziristan to facilitate their movement.

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` Secret Agencies `Alert Police ‘ that `Militants Opposed ‘ to `Tehrik-i-Taliban Peace Talks’ are `Planning ‘ Terrorist Attacks ‘

#AceNewsServices – ISLAMABAD – April 09 – (DAWN) – Secret agencies have alerted the police that militants opposed to the government-Tehrik-i-Taliban peace talks are planning terrorist activities in Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta, according to police and interior ministry officials.

They did not know when the malignant elements would strike, but the officials confided to Dawn that a new group, Ansarul Hind, would claim responsibility for the attacks.

Their intelligence sources, who raised the alert on April 3, said the TTP leadership had wished its informal affiliates to create the so far unheard of group.

Despite the possibility that the TTP sympathisers may be trying to pressurise the government by raising the threat of terrorist attacks in the three cities, the authorities took the threat seriously, police sources said.

“Although peace talks are in progress, we are taking necessary measures to counter terrorism in the cities,” said one official.

“Law enforcing agencies will be the main target of the terrorists, and in the case of their failure, any other official installation or public place.”

“TTP will choose the targets and the informal groups under its umbrella will provide support to the Ansarul Hind activists with weapons and other materials,” he added.

Security sources say the scenario looks similar to the terrorist attacks that quickly followed the announcement of a month-long ceasefire by the TTP last month. The most audacious of them was the bomb-and-gun attack on the district courts complex in Islamabad on March 3, which was claimed by Ahararul Hind group.

That group was heard of for the first time on February 9 when it sent emails to media outlets that it shared the ideology of the TTP but opposed it negotiating peace with the Pakistan government.

Its ownership of the March 3 attack gave rise to speculation that the Ahrarul Hind was affiliated with the Al Qaeda.

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Explosion in `Pakistan’s ‘ Busiest Market in Islamabad Kills 23 and Injures 30 more with a Suspected Arrested ‘

#AceWorldNews – ISLAMABAD, April 09 – At least 23 have been killed and more than 30 injured in an explosion at the market in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad, the media reported on Wednesday.

An explosive device could have been operated remotely.

The police have arrested a suspect in on the scene.

No group has yet claimed the responsibility for the attack. The authorities suspect extremist groups of trying to jeopardize negotiations between Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and the Taliban.

Earlier, Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan(TTP) organization announced ceasefire for the period of negotiations with Islamabad. The ceasefire ends on April 10.

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` Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan has Launched its own Website During the Start of Peace Talks ‘

#AceWorldNews – PESHAWAR April 08 – (DWN) – The banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan(TTP) on Saturday launched its website hosting videos, a magazine, and its leaders’ interviews and statements.

A news release issued by the information and publication wing of the TTP said Umar Media had sponsored the website, which would serve as the central information portal of the outfit.

The TTP was declared a banned outfit in August 2008.

“Statements, videos, announcements and magazine released by the TTP will be available on the website,” the release said.

It added that Umar Media was the only authorised body to issue messages and statements of the TTP. The website carries e-mail addresses of central spokesman of TTP Shahidullah Shahid and other sections.

The website has been launched during peace talks between the federal government and the TTP.

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` Political and Religious Leaders have Urged the Government and Taliban in Peace Talks to include ANP Leader ‘

#AceWorldNews – QUETTA – April 08 – (DWN) – Political and religious leaders have urged the committees representing the government and the Taliban in peace talks to include the name of ANP leader Arbab Zahir Kasi in the list of people the shura of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan is being asked to release.

Speaking at press conference here on Monday, they said Mr Kasi should not be ignored when the government and the TTP exchanged captives.

They asked the government’s committee to demand release of Mr Kasi along with Ali Haider Gilani, son of former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani; Shahbaz Taseer, son of slain governor of Punjab Salmaan Taseer; and Professor Ajmal Khan.

They said a delegation comprising leaders of different political and religious parties would take up the issue with President Mamnoon Hussain during his visit to Quetta on Wednesday.

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` Pakistani Taliban extends the `Deadline for March Ceasefire to April 10 Spokesman after Release of Prisoners ‘

#AceWorldNews – PAKISTAN – April 04 – (ALJ) – The Pakistani Taliban has extended a March ceasefire until April 10, a spokesman said, following the release of a batch of low-level prisoners by the Pakistani government.

The government began negotiations with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) through intermediaries in February to try to end the group’s bloody seven-year insurgency.

“We announce to extend the ceasefire till April 10 and TTP directs all Mujahideen to suspend their actions against government and security forces,” spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said in a statement on Friday.

A day earlier, the Interior Ministry said 19 Taliban prisoners it described as “non-combatant” had been released, in a move designed to invigorate a peace process with the group.

A spokesman for the ministry, Danial Gillani, told Al Jazeera that the prisoners had been released between March 21 and 28 in South Waziristan on the border with Afghanistan.

The detainees all belong to the Mehsud tribe, which dominates South Waziristan. They were arrested “on the basis of suspicion and intelligence reports,” Gillani said, adding that it was government policy that “innocent detainees be released after investigations”.

There was no indication whether the TTP would make reciprocal prisoner releases.

Courtesy of : Asad Hashim in Islamabad who contributed to this report.

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