Pakistan Security Brief - April 30, 2013
On Tuesday, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader Hakimullah Mehsud sent a letter to the media saying the
TTPis successfully hindering elections and “jeopardizing democracy” through its various attacks. He claimed that politicians’ request for negotiations meant the TTPis succeeding politically, and that they are destroying democracy both through tactical strikes and through “subdu [ing] politicians by making them negotiate.”
On Monday night, two Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) activists were gunned down during a meeting for upcoming election in Latifabad,
, Sindh. Hyderabad
TTPspokesman Eshsanullah Ehsan said that the group’s targeting of some Pakistani political parties and not others was the decision and prerogative of the TTP’s shura, and was based on which parties were involved in the previous government and in had cooperated in the conduct of military operations against the TTP. He stressed that while the TTPdoes not support other secular parties, such as the Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI), Jamiat-i-Ulema Islam-Fazal (JUI-F), Jamaat-i-Islami (JI), and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), these parties are not primary targets. Pakistan
On Tuesday, unknown attackers shot and killed an independent candidate and three of his supporters when they kidnapped them and five other activists in Jhal Magsi, Balochistan. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) announced Tuesday it would postpone polls in the district in response. New election dates will be announced after the May 11th election.
On Tuesday in
, unknown assailants kidnapped and assaulted two lawyers involved in the ongoing attorney protests against former President Pervez Musharraf. The men were beaten and later released. Islamabad
Army Deployment for Elections
On Monday, in an effort to protect voters leading up to and during the election, the Pakistan Army deployed troops to nine parts of Balochistan, including Kalat, Khuzdar, Kharan, Washuk, Awaran, Mastung, Panjgur, Turbat and Gwadar. The army is scheduled to deploy troops to the remaining districts of Balochistan on Tuesday, totaling 6,000 soldiers across the province, with the intention of securing polling stations for Election Day in May.
On Tuesday, former President Pervez Musharraf was banned for life from contesting elections in
by the Peshawar High Court ( Pakistan PHC) because the court allegedly found with his character relating to specific clauses relating to piety and uprightness in the constitution.
Following an announcement on Friday that the Afghan Taliban was beginning its spring offensive, the TTP released a video of its “Saad bin Abi Waqas Front” fighters attacking ISAF forces in Logar province,
. The video shows both traditional military attacks and suicide bombings, and centers around a pledge to kill “foreign invaders” in Afghanistan , specifically targeting foreign bases, airbases, and diplomatic centers. Afghanistan
Earlier in April, the TTP released a video on Jamia Hafsa Urdu Forum where the TTP’s leader, Hakimullah Mehsud, showed footage of strikes on Afghan ISAF forces, an execution of an alleged ISAF spy, and a statement where he said that because the
TTPand al Qaeda both swore allegance to Mullah Omar, they are closely tied. He then explains that there is no difference between the Afghan Taliban, the Pakistani Taliban, and al Qaeda. He also says that the TTPhas been instructed to move “beyond FATA to mainland ,” in order to create a Taliban emirate in Pakistan . Pakistan
On Tuesday, a family of five was gunned down in their house early morning in Defense,
. Separately, Karachi Rangers arrested six people and recovered small arms caches in Shah Faisal Colony, Carnal Basti near Old Sabzi Mandi, Falakh Naz, Gulistan Society, Karachi and Chanesar Goth. Millat Town
On Monday, unknown attackers opened fire next to the Hyderabad Tando Yousuf police station, injuring a police officer and another person.
police arrested three people in an operation in Karachi , and also seized a weapons cache. Elsewhere in the city, six people were killed in various incidents of targeted violence. A police officer was shot to death in Iqbal Market in Surjani Town when motorcyclists shot him and his daughter there. Another man was killed in Golimar when motorcyclists shot and killed the man outside his shop. Separately, a man was shot and killed in Sultanabad, Manghopir, when he was returning home from praying. In another incident, a man was shot to death in Shah Faisal Colony. Elsewhere, in Korangi, a man was tortured and killed after being kidnapped Sunday night. Korangi police also recovered the body of a man who had been kidnapped and killed. Orangi Town
According to a McClatchy article on Monday, the increase in violence, especially political violence, from the
TTPin is a signal that the TTP is making a strategic shift from the tribal border regions to “major urban centers.” According to a source the McClatchy report claims is linked to al Qaeda, and who has “close ties with” the TTP, “[the TTP’s] plan is to establish a headquarters in Karachi , and spread [its] network to adjacent cities from there.” The TTP is reportedly gaining power by linking up with criminal networks in Karachi to draw upon local gangs’ resources. Karachi
On Tuesday, unknown men shot and killed the driver for a NATO shipping container in Wazirdand, Jamrud, Khyber agency. In another incident, an Afghan man was killed on Tuesday, when motorcyclists shot him on his way home in Shahkas area, Jamrud, Khyber agency.
On Monday, unknown militants blew up a pipeline in Naseerabad cutting off some of the gas supply to
On Tuesday, Indian National Security Advisory Board conveyer Shyam Saran said that while
will not initiate nuclear warfare, any nuclear strike from India will result in nuclear retaliation. He said that nuclear war cannot be limited, and if initiated, would escalate quickly. Saran’s comments come in the wake of recent Pakistani missile tests, and respond to Pakistani efforts to develop smaller, “tactical nuclear warheads.” Pakistan
“Warning of violence:
“Two MQM workers shot dead in
“Selective targeting of political parties is Taliban Shuras decision,” Dawn,
“Independent Candidate among 3 killed in Jhal Magsi,” The News,
“Two anti0Musharraf lawyers kidnapped, beaten, dumped,” The News,
“Top brass approve deployment for polls,” Dawn,
“Musharraf’s appeal against election disqualification dismissed,” Express Tribune,
“Family of five found dead in
“Three target killers held, weapons seized,” The News,
“Two shot dead in Jamrud,” The News,
“Gas pipeline blown up in Naseerabad,” The News,
“Strike by even a midget nuke will invite massive response,