Pakistan Security Brief - March 28, 2013

Pakistan calls Afghan military visit cancellation overreaction, expresses surprise at comments about approaching peace talks alone; NATO forces kill 25 TTP militants in Afghanistan; Ministry of Interior puts country on high alert over terrorist threats to election; Attackers kill police officer in Peshawar; IED in Peshawar injures two; Militants bomb filling station in Kurram; Karachi Rangers arrest six, seize weapons; Interior Ministry to provide guards for former Prime Ministers.

Afghanistan-Pakistan Relations

  • On Thursday, Pakistani Foreign Office officials expressed their surprise at Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Jawed Ludin’s comments that Afghanistan would approach Taliban peace talks alone.  Officials went on to call the Afghan cancellation of the visit of an eleven-person delegation from the Afghan National Army (ANA) scheduled to attend an exercise in Quetta as an “over reaction to a local problem.”  Afghan forces canceled the visit after Pakistani soldiers reportedly fired nearly fifty rockets across the border into Kunar province, Afghanistan, on Monday and Tuesday.  Pakistani officials said they had not even received an official state-level complaint, and had heard about the Afghan reaction through the media.[1]

Militancy

Security Provisions


[1] “Pakistan rejects Afghan accusations of cross-border fire,” The News, March 28, 2013.  Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-13-21880-Pakistan-rejects-Afghan-accusations-of-cross-border-fire
“Military visit cancled: Pakistan accuses Kabul of overreaction,” Express Tribune, March 28, 2013.  Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/527714/military-visit-pakistan-accuses-kabul-of-overreaction/
[2] “ISAF operation: NATO forces kill 25 Pakistani Taliban,” Express Tribune, March 28, 2013.  Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/527659/isaf-operation-nato-forces-kill-25-pakistani-taliban/
[3] “Interior ministry’s assessment: militants determined to sabotage elections,” Dawn, March 28, 2013.  Available at http://dawn.com/2013/03/28/interior-ministrys-assessment-militants-determined-to-sabotage-elections/
[4] “Official shot dead in Peshawar,” Dawn, March 28, 2013.  Available at http://dawn.com/2013/03/28/official-shot-dead-in-peshawar/
“Blast in Peshawar injures two people,” Dawn, March 28, 2013.  Available at http://dawn.com/2013/03/28/blast-in-peshawar-injures-two-people/
[5] “Filling station blown up in Kurram,” The News, March 28, 2013.  Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-7-167868-Filling-station-blown-up-in-Kurram
[6] “Policemen shot dead in Mardan,” Dawn, March 28, 2013.  Available at http://dawn.com/2013/03/28/policemen-shot-dead-in-mardan/
[7] “Man shot dead, wife missing,” The News, March 28, 2013.  Available at www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-4-167810-Man-shot-dead,-wife-missing
[8] “Rangers arrest six suspects from Lyari,” Pakistan Today, March 27, 2013.  Available at http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2013/03/27/city/karachi/rangers-arrest-six-suspects-from-lyari/
[9] “STP leader shot dead,” The News, March 28, 2013. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-167896-STP-leader-shot-dead
[10] “46 policemen deployed with two ex-PM’s,” Dawn, march 27, 2013.  Available at http://dawn.com/2013/03/28/46-policemen-deployed-with-two-ex-pms-2/