Pakistan Security Brief

Contributors:  Shruti Godbole (current), Gregory Monk (current), Meredith Gallo, Sam Ruben, Ryan Petitt, Karen Schwindt, Rebecca Lindgren, Nathan LowryAdam Tohn, Zeeshan Mithani, Kim Hoffman, Cody Brown, Laila Khan, Christian Conroy, Sarath Ganji, Asmaa Ahmed, Thomas Smith, Christine Johnson, James Marino, Sam Worby, Alex Della Rocchetta, Eric Carrino, Nicholas Patella, David Kahan, Benjamin Schultz, Brian Wolfe, Jonathan Frist, and Reza Jan (current).

Jundullah pledges allegiance to IS; AQIS announces death of two fighters in U.S. raid; Indian army firing kills Pakistani soldier near Muzaffarabad; Prime Minister Sharif to talk to Kashmiri leaders before Indian government; TTP Jamatul Ahrar threatens Chinese economic interests in new magazine issue; IED derails train in Mastung, Balochistan; Russian Defense Minister signs military cooperation agreement with Pakistan; Military targeting all militants without discrimination, says army chief; Afghanistan will not allow India-Pakistan proxy war, says Former Afghan President; Pakistani national security advisor censured by senate for controversial statements; PAT chief returns to Pakistan with “new strategy;” Government not to create hurdles in PTI rally, says Interior Minister; 9,300 more families displaced from Khyber Agency; Finance Minister’s lobbying at IMF reportedly paved way for loan tranche’s release.

Grenade kills two policemen in Charsadda district, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa; IED kills two people in Upper Kurram sub-district, Kurram Agency; Soldiers stationed in Red Zone since July asked to leave; Pakistan army chief continues first official visit to U.S.; Government not to allow anti-government protests in Islamabad Red Zone; Punjab government will not arrest PAT leader Qadri upon return to Pakistan; Pakistan opposes increasing permanent Security Council seats on U.N.

IS leaders met LeJ leadership over a year ago near Saudi-Iraq border, claims report; TTP Jamatul Ahrar releases video of dead Pakistani soldiers in Khyber; PAF airstrikes kill 6 militants in Tirah Valley, Khyber; IED kills two, injures five in Parachinar, Kurram Agency; Two government officials shot dead in Balochistan; Grenade attack injures 15 in Karachi; Army Chief meets U.S. CENTCOM chief in Florida; Pakistan tests ballistic missile, Shaheen 1A; Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs makes controversial remarks, clarification issued by Foreign Office; China rejects Indian media reports alleging provision of training to Pakistani soldiers; Pakistan supports revival of dialogue with India, says Prime Minister Sharif; Pakistani envoy to UN claims U.S. drone strikes counterproductive; PAT chief declares no connections with PTI.

Two suspects arrested for writing pro-IS graffiti in Lahore; IS not a major cause for concern, says ISPR chief; Airstrikes kill 27 militants in Datta Khel, North Waziristan Agency; Hafiz Gul Bahadur group claims attack on security post in Datta Khel, North Waziristan Agency; 39 LI militants surrender to security forces in Khyber Agency; Army kills 10 militants in Bara, Khyber Agency; Anti-Taliban militia kills three LI militants Khyber Agency; Militants behead tribesman for spying in Khyber Agency; Militants attack Afghan border post, killing and injuring Afghan and Pakistani security forces and civilians in Chitral district; Security forces arrested over 100 suspects in search operation in Peshawar; Police kill five TTP militants in Karachi; Security forces kill six militants in Bolan, Balochistan; Grenade attack kills one in Khuzdar, Balochistan; Anti-Taliban militia member killed in Swat district; Police seize explosives in Swat district; Blast injures one in Charsadda; Fresh ceasefire violations across international boundary between India, Pakistan; India says end in ceasefire violations a precondition for talks; Pakistan envoy hopes Kashmir issue not obstacle in Indo-Pak relations; Army chief arrives in Washington for five-day official visit; Afghan President Ghani discusses economic, security cooperation with Prime Minister Sharif; Prime Minister Sharif meets new ISI chief; 1,200 militants killed in Operation Zarb-e-Azb, says operation commander; TAPI pipeline project to be revived.

IS graffiti appears in Bannu, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa; IS allegedly appoints Afghan Taliban commander as chief of “Khorasan” chapter; TTP Jamatul Ahrar releases photo of Wagah suicide bomber; Military kills 30 militants in airstrikes in Datta Khel area, North Waziristan Agency; TTP Jamatul Ahrar sends Commander Khorasani with additional fighters to Khyber Agency; Security forces destroy four militant hideouts in Jamrud sub-district, Khyber Agency; TTP claims responsibility for killing of PPP leader in Swat; FC targets BLA and UBA in Kachhi district, Balochistan; Unidentified gunmen attack a police checkpost, killing a policeman in Quetta; Five militants killed, two policemen injured in Karachi; Attackers kill four people, injure one, including police in Karachi; Afghan President Ghani arrives in Pakistan for official visit, holds bilateral meetings; Russia supports Pakistan’s membership of Shanghai Cooperation Organization; PAT, PTI chief declared absconders by court; Indian security forces kill two armed militants in Indian-administered Kashmir.

IS delegation visited Balochistan, claims Jundullah spokesman; TTP Jamatul Ahrar threatens retribution if former spokesman is executed; Turkistan Islamic Party fighters photographed in northern Syria; Five militants killed, seven TI members injured in Tirah Valley, Khyber; Gunmen fire at shops, five killed in Quetta; Successful launch of ballistic missile, Shaheen II; Arrest warrants for PTI, PAT leadership; Prime Minister Sharif’s daughter resigns from government post; Chinese investment a milestone in bilateral relations, says Prime Minister Sharif; Raphel’s inquiry an internal matter, says Foreign Office; U.S. donates special equipment to Pakistan; Afghan President to visit Islamabad on November 14; Russia to supply MI-35 helicopters to Pakistan; Reconstruction of North Waziristan to take two years, says NDMA; Police fire at protesting IDPs in Bannu, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa; Indian Army court gives five soldiers life terms in for murder of Kashmiri civilians.

Drone strike kills six militants in North Waziristan; IS posters emerge in Lahore; Karachi police investigate IS graffiti; Interior Minister denies presence of IS in Pakistan; AQIS leader eulogizes death of shura council member; Uzbek militant group operating in Syria pledges allegiance to Mullah Omar; Four LI commanders surrender including spokesman; PAF kills 13 militants including suspect in Wagah suicide bombing in Daras area, Khyber Agency; Military kills 34 militants, 15 injured in the last two days in Khyber Agency; Khyber inhabitants told to evacuate; Two soldiers and four militants killed in North Waziristan Agency; Security forces kill 15 militants in Orakzai Agency; IED targeting judge’s vehicle kills one in Quetta; IED kills three Levies personnel in Bajaur Agency; IED kills two in Bannu district; Intelligence services arrest four suspects involved in Wagah suicide bombing; Three policemen killed in Rawalpindi; Grenade attack kills two police officials in Karachi; VBIED injures five in Karachi; Interior Minister applauds role of Sindh Rangers in Karachi security; North Waziristan tribesmen have themselves to blame for hardships, claims army official; ISI chief visits Kabul to meet Afghan officials; Army and ISI chiefs meet in Rawalpindi; Army chief chairs 176th Corps Commanders’ Conference in Rawalpindi; U.S. Ambassador emphasizes U.S., Pakistani, Afghan cooperation to ensure regional peace; China proposes restarting peace talks between Afghan government, Taliban.

Intelligence report warns of increased IS presence in Pakistan; PAF airstrikes kill 13 militants including TTP Jamatul Ahrar commander in Khyber Agency; Security forces repel TTP and LI attack on check-post, killing 17 militants, in Tirah Valley, Khyber Agency; PAF airstrikes kill six, injure ten TTP and LI militants in Bara sub-district, Khyber Agency; Security forces kill five militants including LI commander in Bara sub-district, Khyber Agency; IEDs kill two anti-Taliban militiamen, injure two others; Anti-Taliban militia takes control in Bara sub-district, Khyber Agency; TTP appoints new head of TTP in Mohmand Agency; Two IEDs kill seven, injure three in Mohmand; IED kills five, wounds two in Mohmand; Militant plot thwarted, commander killed, in Lower Dir raid; One militant killed in Bajaur Agency; Five militants killed, including commander and his deputy, in Peshawar district; Four militants, two soldiers killed in North Waziristan; Gunmen kill two railway employees in Balochistan; IED injures one in Balochistan; IED injures one in Jacobabad, Sindh; Eminent BJP member says India responsible for scrapping Musharraf’s Kashmir peace plan; Indian, Pakistani troops accuse each other of fresh ceasefire violations; Indian army tests nuclear-capable ballistic missile; Indian army claims responsibility for wrongful deaths in Indian-administered Kashmir; PTI chief suggests inclusion of ISI, MI officials in election rigging probe, Finance Minister rubbishes demand; Pakistani, Chinese officials sign agreements in energy, infrastructure sectors; Pakistan promises to cooperate with China in fighting Uighur militants; Pakistan to receive $1.1 billion from IMF by December; Army chief inaugurates 76-km road in South Waziristan Agency; Number of displaced families increases to 35,054 in Khyber Agency.

TTP to partner with LI in Khyber Agency; Security forces kill 5 militants, injure 10 in Bara sub-district, Khyber Agency; TTP appoints new spokesperson; Orakzai Agency 90 percent cleared of militants; Police officer and militant killed in Peshawar; New ISI chief formally takes charge; PTI chief demands rigging probe be completed in a month; Special police team to investigate Wagah border suicide attack; Prime Minister Sharif’s visit to China aimed at rebuilding investor confidence; Army chief offers to train Afghan security forces; American expert on Pakistan under federal investigation.

AQIS spokesman offers condolences for killing of al Shabaab leader; AQIS spokesman condemns “infidel system;” AQIS announces new Tor browser project; Military airstrikes kill ten militants in Khyber; 20 militants killed in clashes with security forces in Khyber; IED kills four in Khyber; 30 militants surrender in Bara, Khyber; Rockets fired on Ashura procession in Orakzai; IED injures two in Tubat, Balochistan; Militant, policeman killed in clashes in Peshawar district; Lashkar-e-Islam chief continues FM radio sermons in Khyber; U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan summoned over Defense Department Report; Haqqani Network fractured, says senior U.S. commander ; Prime Minister Sharif to visit China; UN Ambassador urges international support in repatriation of Afghan refugees; Army Chief meets Afghan President, other officials in Kabul; Pakistan will not accept conditional dialogue with India, says Foreign Office spokesperson; Indian army replaces company responsible for deaths in Indian-administered Kashmir; Indian officials claim links between Indian Mujahideen, al Qaeda; PTI chief proposes commission of Supreme Court judges to probe election rigging.