Here is a collection of reports from last three weeks which suggest that the Jihadi-sectarian proxies of Pakistan army (Taliban, Sipah-e-Sahaba etc) have increased their attacks on Peshawar police (mainly comprising Pashtun officers and men). It is our considered view that as long as Pakistan army is pursuing its semi-military operations via Jihadi-sectarian mercenaries, such attacks on Pashtuns, Shias, Balochs and other persecuted groups will keep taking place.
In the meanwhile, Pakistan’s urban elites including corporate media (both Urdu and English), human rights organizations (HRCP, Amnesty, HRW etc) and civil society leaders continue to ignore the Pashtun genocide at the hands of Pakistan army backed Jihadis.
Suicide attack on Peshawar police station kills four
24th February, 2012
PESHAWAR: Taliban suicide bombers armed with assault rifles and grenades attacked a large police station in Peshawar early Friday, killing four officers in an assault meant to avenge the death of a militant commander in a US drone strike.
City police chief Imtiaz Altaf said three militants entered the compound after attacking the main gate, then blew themselves up when police returned fire, he said.
”They wanted to occupy this police station, but they failed,” he told reporters. Four policemen were killed and six wounded in the attack, said police officer Sattar Khan.
There were more than 370 policemen at the station at the time of the assault, said provincial Information Minister Iftikhar Hussain.
The number of policemen was so high because authorities send graduates of the police training academy to the station for 18 months before stationing them at other posts.
Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan told The Associated Press the attack was carried out by an affiliated group, the Abdullah Azzam Brigade.
Abu Zarar, a man who claimed to be a spokesman for the Abdullah Azzam Brigade, also told the AP that the group executed the attack.
He said it was in response to the death of one of the group’s commanders, Badar Mansoor, in a US drone strike on Feb. 9.
Celebrated SP killed in Peshawar suicide bombing
March 16, 2012
Javed Aziz Khan
PESHAWAR: In yet another attack on the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police, Superintendent of Police (SP), Rural, Peshawar, Kalam Khan, was killed when a suicide bomber detonated himself near Khanís official vehicle on the Ring Road, Pishtakhara Chowk, on Thursday.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Operations, Peshawar, Tahir Ayub, told reporters that SP Kalam Khan lost his life in the attack while two other cops in his vehicle were wounded. The wounded policemen included SP Kalam Khan’s driver, Liaqat, and gunman Hidayat. An unidentified passer-by was also injured. They were all taken to the Hayatabad Medical Complex and Lady Reading Hospital for treatment.
The chief of the Bomb Disposal Unit (BDU), Shafqat Malik, said it was a suicide attack in which six kilogrammes of explosives and ball bearings were used. He said the remains of suicide bomber had been collected for forensic examination. ìThe bomber was on foot. He detonated explosives strapped around his body when the vehicle of Kalam Khan slowed down due to the under-construction road on the Pishtakhara Chowk,” a police official said.
He said the bomber hit the side of the vehicle where Kalam Khan was seated. The vehicle was badly damaged. An auto-rickshaw and a van were also caught in the explosion and damaged. Heavy police contingents rushed to the scene and cordoned off the area after the explosion.
The site of the attack is hardly five kilometres from the Khyber Agency and has witnessed a number of attacks by militants, including at least three suicide bombings. A police barricade has been erected on two places in the square to stop the entry of suspicious elements from the Khyber Agency into Peshawar.
Senior police officers recalled Kalam Khan’s contributions to restore peace in Peshawar and Swat. “He contributed more than anyone to make Peshawar safe and secure. Peshawar owes a lot to Kalam Khan,” Kashif Alam, who commanded Kalam Khan as SSP Peshawar in the past, told The News.
Another former SSP Ijaz Ahmad said Kalam Khan was an honest and brave officer. “He worked more than his SHOs. As a person with undaunted courage and a smiling face, he was praiseworthy,” said Ijaz Ahmad.
After Commandant Frontier Constabulary Safwat Ghayur, CCPO Peshawar Malik Saad and DPO Bannu Iqbal Marwat, Kalam Khan was the fourth senior- most police officer of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to have been killed by suicide bombers.
Interior Minister Rahman Malik had announced the Pakistan Police Medal for Kalam Khan in August last year. Meanwhile, security was put on high alert in Peshawar after the suicide attack on the celebrated senior cop. The FC Plaza in Peshawar Saddar was closed to visitors to avoid any attack on the adjacent headquarters of the Frontier Constabulary. Police personnel at all entry points were alerted and directed to keep check on suspicious vehicles due to intelligence reports of another possible bombing in Peshawar on Thursday.
The funeral prayer for the slain police commander was offered at the Malik Saad Shaheed Police Lines in Peshawar. It was attended by Chief Minister Ameer Haider Hoti, Governor Barrister Masood Kausar, Inspector General of Police Akbar Hoti and a number of ministers and police and army officials.
The spokesman for TTP’s Darra Adamkhel chapter, Mohammad, called reporters in Kohat and Peshawar to claim responsibility for the attack, saying Kalam Khan was targeted for carrying out actions against the militants. “SP Kalam was in the forefront of operation, arresting and killing our colleagues. He raided the house of one of our colleagues in Azakhel and took away his 11-year-old son, Hamza, who is still missing,” he said in his call from an undisclosed location.
The spokesman said their cell set up to organise revenge attacks had in the past killed Safwat Ghayur, Deputy Superintendent of Police Rasheed and station house officers Ajmir Shah and Riaz Bangash and would continue targeting others on the hit-list.
Officer Fazal Wahid says Khan has previously served in the Swat Valley, scene of intense fighting in 2010 between security forces and Islamist militants.
“He was instrumental in stopping militants from entering Peshawar city,” according to Mian Iftikhar Hussain, a senior government official, who said the violence by militants would not discourage their fight against terror in Pakistan’s northwest.
IED attack on police van in Mattani area, no casualties
March 17, 2012
By Riaz Ahmad
PESHAWAR: A remote-controlled bomb attack on a police van on Saturday in the Mattani area damaged the vehicle but the policemen remained unhurt.
The attack came at the time when gatherings were being held in police stations across the area in memory of senior police official Kalam Khan who was killed in a suicide attack on Thursday.
The bomb, which was placed at the side of the road, was a remote-controlled IED (Improvised Explosive Device), Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Tahir Ayub said.
“The bomb was of around 4kg that was used to target the police. However, our men remained unhurt,” he added.
The incident occurred in the Darwazgai locality of Kohat road and falls in the jurisdiction of Mattani Police Station, where police officials throughout the area usually gather to pay tribute to Khan.
Khan was heading the police force in the troubled rural areas of Peshawar and was killed in a suicide attack when he was on a routine check near the Pishtakhara chowk.
Injured Special Branch official dies in Peshawar
March 19, 2012
SWABI: A hawaldar of the Special Branch, Ali Zar Khan, succumbed to his injuries at Peshawar’s Lady Reading Hospital on Sunday, police said. Sources said Khan was seriously injured when two unidentified motorcyclists opened fire on him at Yar Hussain Bazaar on Saturday evening. After the attack, the assailants fled from the scene. Khan was taken to the Mardan District Headquarters Hospital and from there he was shifted to the Lady Reading Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. He hailed from the Yar Hussain village. Ziaullah, the son of the deceased, has registered an FIR against the unidentified attackers. staff report
Two policemen killed in Peshawar blast
March 21, 2012
PESHAWAR: A bomb planted in a rickshaw killed two policemen, including a sub-inspector, and wounded five other people on Tuesday, when a police van was targeted on Ring Road, administration officials said.
Sub-inspector Hazrat Ali and constable Husain Khan were killed while five other people were injured in the explosion, Peshawar District Coordination Officer Siraj Ahmed told the media at the attack site.
Initial investigation revealed that unidentified people had placed 12 kilogrammes of explosives in a rickshaw parked on the roadside. “As the police patrol van approached the vehicle, the explosive material was detonated remotely,” police said.
“At least two policemen were killed and two others were wounded,” doctor Rahim Jan of state-run Lady Reading Hospital told AFP. Two civilians were also wounded and brought to hospital, he said. Senior police official Tahir Ayub confirmed the attack and the death toll. The attack comes five days after a suicide bomber killed a senior police official, Kalam Khan, on the same road. Peshawar has a population of 2.5 million people and has long been on the frontline of violence blamed on Taliban militants.
Two policemen, including a sub-inspector, were killed and two others were seriously injured when a remote controlled bomb hit a police van patrolling on Kohat Road in the provincial capital on Tuesday evening. According to bomb disposal squad officials, about one kilogramme of explosives were used in the bomb and its target was Additional Station House Officer (SHO) Hazrat Ali. One of the dead cops was identified as Hussain Khan. In the last few months, targeted attacks against police have increased and several policemen have been killed in the fresh wave of terrorism. A few days ago, SP (Rural) Kalam Khan was killed in a suicide attack when he was on his way to office from his residence in Hayatabad.