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FRC Daily Brief, Thursday, June 21, 2012

Naamen Maziche, an important leader of al-Qaeda, has been arrested at Pak-Iran border, sources said here on Wednesday. The al-Qaeda leader of French origin was held by the intelligence agencies during a successful operation near the border with Iran. He is considered to be a close aide of another al-Qaeda leader Younis Al-Mauretani, who was responsible for al-Qaeda’s external operations. Al-Mauretani, along with three other terrorists, was arrested by the intelligence agencies in Quetta in September 2011. During investigations; he gave information about Naamen Maziche and his activities. Since then the intelligence agencies were in pursuit of Naamen Maziche and finally succeeded in arresting him. The News, Dawn.

Thirteen militants were killed and several others injured when helicopter gunships bombed Taliban positions in Tirah valley of Khyber Agency on Wednesday. According to security sources, the helicopters destroyed five Taliban hideouts in Dwa Thoe and a local militant `commander` was among those killed. The sorties were the first after Taliban took control of most parts of the Kukikhel inhabited areas of Tirah. Independent sources, however, did not confirm the claim about the number of militants killed. Meanwhile, more Kukikhel families moved out of Toor Darra after Taliban of Tariq Afridi group took control of the area. Dawn, Daily Times.

The Ministry of Defence through an affidavit submitted in the Peshawar High Court (PHC) claimed that neither the federal government nor the top brass of the armed forces had inked any secret agreement with the United States to allow drones attacks in the tribal areas. Deputy Attorney General (DAG), Muhammad Iqbal Mohmand submitted the written reply of the Ministry of Defence in the division bench comprising Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan and Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth. During the previous hearing the bench had directed the DAG to explain whether they had allowed the US to carry out drone attacks in the country’s tribal areas. The DAG told the bench there was no secret deal between the federal government and US and this was the reason it had opposed the drone strikes, taken up the matter with the US government and passed resolution in the National Assembly against these attacks. The News, Dawn.

Expressing serious concern over the Taliban ban on anti-polio vaccination in North Waziristan Agency (NWA), the federal government has urged Governor Masood Kausar to open dialogue with the militant group and resume the anti-polio campaign in the volatile tribal region. The concern was conveyed to the governor in a letter by Shahnaz Wazir Ali, the Prime Minister’s Focal Person for Polio Eradication Programme in Islamabad. The Taliban led by Hafiz Gul Bahadur on June 17 banned the anti-polio vaccination campaign as a protest over frequent US drone attacks in North Waziristan. In the letter, a copy of which was obtained by The News, Shahnaz Wazir Ali wrote to the governor, “I have read with serious concern the reports about the ban on anti-polio campaign in North Waziristan. The reports mentioned a militant leader Hafiz Gul Bahadur ordering the ban on anti-polio campaigns in North Waziristan and asking for an end to drone strikes.” She urged the governor to use his influence and make all possible efforts to resume the anti-polio campaign and save the children in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) from the catastrophic effects of polio. The News, Dawn.

The Zaimdara police station SHO and a constable were injured when a police mobile van hit an improvised explosive device near Nagotal area here on Wednesday. Officials said a police mobile van was partially damaged when the IED planted along the road in Sor Kamar area of Nagotal went off, injuring Zaimdara SHO Hazrat Hussain and constable Salim Khan. They were taken to the DHQ Hospital, Timergara, where doctors said they were in stable condition. Dawn.

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