Pakistan Security Brief - April 29, 2013

Suicide bomber kills nine, injures fifty in Peshawar; ANP office bomb kills one in Charsadda, injures twelve; PPP meeting bomb kills six, injures twenty eight; TTP bombs ANP meeting, killing eleven; MQM twin bombings kill two, injure twenty five; Bomb in Kohat kills five, injures twenty three; Bomb in Charsadda kills three, injures twenty; ANP convoy bomb in Swabi kills one, injures eleven; Militants attack ANP in Nowshera; TTP threatens political parties in Mardan; Militants attack NP houses in Turbat, Quetta; PPP and PML-N clash in Dadu; Pakistan denies Indian claims that spy not granted visitation; Army resents scape-goating in political rhetoric; Interim government hypothetically accepts IMF terms, proposal; Iranian ambassador calls on Zardari to discuss quake relief; Norway offer $40 million in polio aid; Eleven killed, forty arrested in Karachi violence and operations; militants bomb school in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Political Violence

Indo-Pak Relations

IMF Bailout

Iran-Pakistan Relations

  • On Friday, Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan Alireza Haghighian called on Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari at Bilawal House in Karachi to discuss bilateral relations, specifically related to a recent earthquake along the Iran-Pakistan border and their respective responses to it.[15]

Pakistan Army and Elections

  • On Monday, the Financial Times reported on the unease of some military officers regarding the public rhetoric they perceive to be attacking the Pakistan Army leading up to May’s general elections. Some officers call their losses in fighting al Qaeda and militant groups, including the Taliban, underappreciated, and resent accusations that the army provides only selective security to political parties.  Analysts do not believe General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani plans to take over the government.  They say the army’s reaction to former President Pervez Musharraf’s trial will illuminate how serious the army’s attitude is about the political climate.[16]

Militancy

Polio Campaign


[1] “Suicide bomb in Pakistan kills nine,” New York Times, April 29, 2013. Available at http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/30/world/asia/suicide-bomb-pakistan.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
[2] “Explosion in Charsadda leaves 3 children wounded,” Express News, April 29, 2013. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/542028/explosion-in-charsadda-leaves-3-children-wounded-express-news/
[3] “Two injured in Lyari blast die,” The News, April 29, 2013. Available at www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-4-174113-Two-injured-in-Lyari-blast-die
[4] “Third strike in four days in Karachi, 11 die in blast at ANP meeting,” Dawn, April 29, 2013. Available at http://beta.dawn.com/news/794469/third-strike-in-four-days-in-karachi-11-die-in-blast-at-anp-meeting
[5] “Blasts near MQM office injures at least five in Karachi,” Dawn, April 27, 2013. Available at http://dawn.com/2013/04/27/blast-near-mqm-office-injures-at-least-five-in-karachi/
[6] “Nine killed, 56 injured in KP bomb attacks on candidates election offices,” Dawn, April 28, 2013. Available at http://dawn.com/2013/04/29/nine-killed-56-injured-in-kp-bomb-attacks-on-candidates-election-offices/
[7] “Nine killed, 56 injured in KP bomb attacks on candidates election offices,” Dawn, April 28, 2013. Available at http://dawn.com/2013/04/29/nine-killed-56-injured-in-kp-bomb-attacks-on-candidates-election-offices/
[8] “One killed, seven others injured at ANP rally in Swabi,” Dawn, April 29, 2013. Available at http://beta.dawn.com/news/794639/one-killed-seven-others-injured-at-anp-rally-in-swabi
[9] “TTP warns candidates,” The News, April 28, 2013. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-7-174002-TTP-warns-candidates
“Alleged TTP activist caught in Multan press club,” The News, April 29, 2013. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-98850-Alleged-TTP-activist-caught-in-Multan-Press-Club
[10] “Suicide bomber targeting police kills 4 people in Northwest Pakistan,” Washington Post, April 29, 2013. Available at http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/suicide-bomber-targeting-police-kills-4-people-in-northwest-pakistan/2013/04/29/95a1848c-b08c-11e2-9fb1-62de9581c946_story.html
[11] “Grenade attacks in Quetta, Turbat,” Dawn, April 26, 2013. Available at http://dawn.com/2013/04/27/grenade-attacks-in-quetta-turbat/
[12] “PML-N member dies in scuffle with PPP workers,” Express Tribune, April 29, 2013. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/541658/pml-n-member-dies-in-scuffle-with-ppp-workers/
[13] “Attack on Sarabjit Singh may hit Pakistan India ties,” Economic Times of India, April 28, 2013. Available at http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/attack-on-sarabjit-singh-may-hit-pakistan-india-ties-daily/articleshow/19777296.cms
“Sarabjit Singh’s family arrives in Lahore,” Express Tribune, April 29, 2013. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/541629/sarabjit-singhs-family-arrives-in-lahore/
[14] “Caretakers accept IMF terms in principel,” Dawn, April 28, 2013. Available at http://dawn.com/2013/04/29/caretakers-accept-imf-terms-in-principle/
[15] “Iranian envoy calls on President Zardari,” The News, April 27, 2013. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-173873-Iranian-envoy-calls-on-President-Zardari
[16] “Pakistan army officers riled ahead of general election,” Financial Times, April 29, 2013. Available at  http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/0167cd10-b0bb-11e2-80f9-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2Rt3YkaM9
[17] “Bomb blast injures two near Mosmiat,” The News, April 29, 2013. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-98852-Karachi%3a-Bomb-blast-injures-two-near-Mosmiat
“Motorcycle bomb seized in Karachi’s Landhi area,” Dawn, April 29, 2013. Available at http://dawn.com/2013/04/29/motorcycle-bomb-seized-in-karachis-landhi-area/
“42 suspects detained during targeted operation,” The News, April 29, 2013. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-98857-Karachi%3a-42-suspects-detained-during-targeted-operation
[18] “Four more killed in Karachi violence,” The News, April 28, 2013. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-13-22536-Four-more-killed-in-Karachi-violence
“Shia scholars guard, MWM activist killed,” The News, April 27, 2013. Available at www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-4-173924-Shia-scholars-guard,-MWM-activist-killed
[19] “School blown up in Hangu,” The News, April 27, 2013. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-7-173779-School-blown-up-in-Hangu
[20] “Norway to give $40m for fight against polio,” The News, April 29, 2013. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-174146-Norway-to-give-$40m-for-fight-against-polio