Pakistan Security Brief - February 25, 2013

India captures Pakistani spy; TTP spokesman to personally contact senior Pakistani politicians over ceasefire; Interior Minister announces two groups of LeJ operating in Pakistan; Interior Minister calls on Interpol to help extradite Faqir Muhammad; Interior ministry warns of terrorist attacks;; PAF kills 10 TTP militants in Tirah; Security forces clash with LI militants, killing 5;Attack on Sufi shrine kills three; Several dead in Karachi; Two bodies found in Islamabad; 60 suspected militants captured in Peshawar raids; Ulema Conference postponed; Pak-Afghan People’s Forum working for release of Afghan prisoners.

Indo-Pak Relations

TTP Leader’s Extradition

Taliban Peace Talks

Militancy

Ulema Conference

  • Officials associated with the Ulema Conference as part of Afghan reconciliation efforts originally scheduled for early March and to be held in Kabul announced on Friday that the conference will be postponed due to disagreements between Afghan and Pakistani clerics, largely about who should be permitted to attend the conference.  Significant contention about whether to invite the Afghan Taliban, and how to treat the Taliban generally, led the Pakistani Ulema Council to boycott the conference all together.[20]

Pak-Iran Pipeline

  • During a press release on Thursday, when asked whether Pakistan’s pursuit of a pipeline deal with Iran came under the U.S.’s “sanctionable terms,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said that, as the situation was developing, she was not in a position to make an assessment. She added, however, that the U.S. believes there are “better…more secure ways and more cost-efficient ways for Pakistan to get its power.” In the same press release, Nuland spoke about various cooperative energy projects around Pakistan, including renovating dams and building new power plants, which should combine to add power for 2 million households.[21]            


[1] “India arrests man for spying for Pakistan,” Express Tribune, February 25, 2013.  Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/512388/india-arrests-man-for-spying-for-pakistan/
[2] Pakistan seeks Interpol help for Maulvi Faqir extradition,” The News International, February 23, 2013.  Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-89341-Pakistan-seeks-Interpol-help-for-Maulvi-Faqir-extradition%3a-Malik
[3] Tahir Khan, “Tit for tat: Taliban mock Malik,” Express Tribune, February 25, 2013.  Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/512138/tit-for-tat-taliban-mock-malik/
“TTP directs spokesman to approach Nawaz, Fazl, Munawar,” The News International, February 24, 2013. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-13-21182-TTP-directs-spokesman-to-approach-Nawaz,-Fazl,-Munawar
[4] “Two Lashkar-a-Jhangzi groups operating in Pakistan,” The News International, February 24, 2013.  Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-89504-Two-Lashkar-e-Jhangvi-groups-operating-in-Pakistan%3a-Malik-
“Malik warns Punjab government to crack down on Lashkar-e-Jhangvi,” The News International, February 23, 2013.  Available at  http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-89389-Malik-warns-Punjab-govt-to-crack-down-on-Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
[5] “Blast at shrine in Shikarpur leaves three dead,” Dawn, February 25, 2013. Available at http://dawn.com/2013/02/25/blast-at-shrine-in-shikarpur-leaves-three-dead/[5] “17 POs among 43 outlaws arrested,” The News, February 25, 2013. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-89263-17-POs-among-43-outlaws-arrested
[6] “Two soldiers, 15 militants killed in Khyber Agency,”  The News, February 25, 2013. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-13-21194-Two-soldiers,-15-militants-killed-in-Khyber-Agency
[7] “Rashakai: One policeman, three attackers killed,” The News, February 25, 2013. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-89314-Rashakai:-Police-vehicle-attacked-with-hand-grenade,-one-dead
“One policeman, two militants killed in Nowshera clash: Officials,” Express Tribune, February 25, 2013. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/511515/one-policeman-two-militants-killed-in-nowshera-clash-officials/
[8] “Two soldiers, 15 militants killed in Khyber Agency,”  The News, February 25, 2013. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-13-21194-Two-soldiers,-15-militants-killed-in-Khyber-Agency
[9] “Threat alert: Interior ministry warns of terror attacks,” Express Tribune, February 25, 2013. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/511639/threat-alert-interior-ministry-warns-of-terror-attacks/
[10] “Quetta Police defuse IED,” The News, February 25, 2013. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-89264-Quetta-Police-defuse-IED        
[11] “Blast at Khyber paramilitary camp kills at least one,” Dawn, February 25, 2013. Available at http://dawn.com/2013/02/25/blast-at-khyber-paramilitary-camp-kills-at-least-one/
[12] “Violence in Karachi claims six lives,” Dawn, February 25, 2013. Available at http://dawn.com/2013/02/25/violence-in-karachi-claims-four-lives/
“Karachi: Three killed, two injured in firing, mishap,” Geo, February 25, 2013. Available at http://www.geo.tv/GeoDetail.aspx?ID=89371
“Blast near Pesco office,” The News, February 25, 2013. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-7-161826-Blast-near-Pesco-office
“Student leader killed,” Dawn, February 25, 2013. Available at http://dawn.com/2013/02/24/student-leader-killed/
“Blast at Sufi shrine in Pakistan kills 2,” Associated Press, February 25, 2013. Available at http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_PAKISTAN?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT
[13] “Terror bid foiled in Sargodha, 10 kg explosives seized,” Geo, February 25, 2013. Available at http://www.geo.tv/GeoDetail.aspx?ID=89580
[14] “Two criminals killed in encounter,” The News, February 25, 2013. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-161843-Two-criminals-killed-in-encounter
[15] “Doctor kidnapped in Peshawar,” The News, February 25, 2013. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-162084-Doctor-kidnapped-in-Peshawar
[16] "17 POs among 43 outlaws arrested," The News, February 22, 2013.  Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-89263-17-POs-among-43-outlaws-arrested
[17] “Quetta: Seven hurt at Liaquat Market shooting,” The News, February 25, 2013. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-89346-Quetta:-Seven-injured-at-Liaquat-Market-firing-incident
[18] “Two accused killed during FC op in Chaman, arms seized,” Geo, February 25, 2013. Available at http://www.geo.tv/GeoDetail.aspx?ID=89460
[19] “Militants kill six laborers in Pasni,” Dawn, February 25, 2013. Available at http://dawn.com/2013/02/24/militants-kill-six-laborers-in-pasni/
[20] “Pak-Afghan Ulema conference to be delayed,” Dawn, February 22, 2013.  Available at http://dawn.com/2013/02/22/pak-afghan-ulema-conference-to-be-delayed/
[21]“Better ways to meet Pakistan’s energy needs than Pak-Iran gas deal: US,” Dawn, February 22, 2013.  Available at http://dawn.com/2013/02/22/better-ways-to-meet-pakistans-energy-needs-than-pak-iran-gas-deal-us/