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).

India, Pakistan continue cross-border firing; PAF kills 30 militants, including TTP commander, in North Waziristan; Militant rockets kill two in Datta Khel, North Waziristan; Pakistani military airstrikes target areas in Bara, Khyber; Tribesmen fleeing Bara and Tirah for Peshawar; IED injures three in attack on polio team in Bajaur; Bomb squad defuses bomb in Peshawar; Iran, Pakistan to cooperate on intelligence sharing; Afghan minister alleges Taliban receives support in Pakistan; PAT ends sit-in in Islamabad, PTI to continue protesting.

Militants warn tribesmen against leaving Khyber; Pakistani military airstrikes kill 30 militants in North Waziristan; Cross-border firing from Afghanistan kills one, injures two in Bajaur; TTP attacks FC post, three officials injured in Bajaur; Militants warn polio workers against participating in vaccination drive in Bajaur; U.S. Treasury Department sanctions Pakistani Taliban leader; Border incident not to affect ties with Iran, claims Pakistani national security advisor; Indian Defense Minister warns Pakistan against continuing ceasefire violations; India upset with U.S. support for Pakistani dam project in Gilgit-Baltistan; Indian National Security Advisor says al Qaeda, IS not a threat to India; Media network critical of government temporarily suspended by media regulator

One Pakistani civilian injured in continued firing along working boundary; Pakistan urges UN to defuse border tensions; Resolution of Kashmir issue important for lasting peace, says Gen. Raheel Sharif; JuD chief accuses India, U.S. of targeting Islamists in Pakistan; TTP denies defection to IS claims; Pakistan Ulema Council condemns IS; Former Army Commander Doctor calls on army officials, soldiers to join TTP; TTP Jamaatul Ahrar releases first English magazine; 37 militants killed and 50 surrendered in first three days of Operation Khyber I; Eight militants and one soldier killed in the Aka Khel area of Bara sub-district, Khyber Agency; Six militants killed in the Khyber agency; Lashkar-e-Islam commanders surrender in Shalobar, Khyber; Security forces arrest 40 suspects in Charbagh sub-district, Swat; Shawal Valley next target of North Waziristan operation; Security forces warn tribesmen of aiding militants and give 36 hours to militants to surrender in Khyber; IED kills two Frontier Corps personnel and injures two others in Salarzai sub-district, Bajaur Agency; Cross-border attack kills 3 FC men in Bajaur Agency; Security forces arrest five militants in Bakarabad area of Jamrud sub-district, Khyber Agency; militants kidnap frontier corps member in Aka Khel, Bara sub-district, Khyber Agency; Mamond Qaumi anti-Taliban militia rally in support of Pakistan military in Tani area, Mamond sub-district, Bajaur Agency; Iranian cross-border firing kills one FC personnel, Foreign Office lodges protest; PML-N to resume talks with PAT but not PTI; PAT chief announces 10 point welfare agenda at Lahore rally; Blasphemy case against Ahl-e-Sunnat-Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) leadership registered; ISPR director emphasizes commitment to fight terrorism in China visit.

Military launches new military operation in Khyber, nine killed and 10 injured, in the Bara area, Khyber Agency; 20 suspected militants arrested in Swat, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa; Foreign Secretary claims peace with India a top priority; Ceasefire-violations a strategy to integrate Kashmir into India, says PM’s aide; Former President Musharraf says Pakistan needs to incite Kashmiri people to revolt against India; India successfully test-fires first nuclear-capable cruise missile; Indian Home Affairs Minister claims no one can threaten India; Iran wans of crossing Pakistan border to combat terrorists; PM visits PAF headquarters; PAT to call off sit-ins in Islamabad, 5,000 PAT protestors leave; PTI-backed candidate beats PML-backed candidate in important by-election in Multan, Punjab; PM chairs high-level meeting with ministers in Islamabad.

Airstrikes kill 21 militants in Tirah Valley, Khyber; Two senior Haqqani Network leaders arrested in Afghanistan; Mastermind behind Karachi jailbreak attempt arrested in Karachi; Karachi security forces arrest key suspect in June 2013 bombing; Retired air force official shot dead in sectarian attack in Attock; Prime Minister Sharif chairs civil-military leaders’ meeting; PAT workers remove 500 tents from Islamabad; U.S. concerned over LoC skirmishes, urges dialogue; 300,000 minority members emigrate from Balochistan.

IS to launch Pakistan wing; Concerns of support for IS in Kashmir, India; Four civilians injured in continued firing along LoC; UNMOGIP visits villages hit by Indian firing; Suicide attack kills seven, injures 12 in Khyber; IED injures two in South Waziristan; NATO helicopters enter Pakistani airspace; “Tacit acceptance” of U.S. drone strikes by Pakistan Army, claims report; Interior Minister mandates removal of all containers; MQM leaders request UK provide extra security to Altaf Hussain; Indian hackers deface Lahore High Court website; New Frontier Constabulary Chief appointed; Indian voters vote in regional elections.

Drone strikes kill senior al Qaeda leader, seven other militants in Khyber, North Waziristan; TTP spokesman, five other commanders, pledge allegiance to IS; Afghan officials claim IS presence in Afghanistan; Senior Indian, Pakistani commanders speak via hotline as ceasefire violations continue; Pakistani officials request UN intervention; JuD protests Indian firing; Pakistani airstrikes kill 21 militants in Khyber, North Waziristan; Afghan forces arrest two Haqqani- and Pakistani Taliban-affiliated militants; Sindh Rangers foil major jailbreak attempt in Karachi; Militants attack FC medical team in Balochistan; IED kills three anti-Taliban militiamen in Sipah, and Swat; Three militants killed in Bahawalpur shootout,; Gunmen kill army officer in Hyderabad; TTP Jamaatul Ahrar criticizes Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai; MQM leaders face extortion threats from TTP; German aid worker captured in Pakistan freed in Afghanistan; PPP chairperson faces threats to life; PAT chief to continue protests in other parts of the country; Seven people die in stampede in Multan; Pakistan to receive $1.1 billion in December from IMF; Pakistan seeks to share intelligence with Iran; Kerry-Lugar aid to Pakistan unlikely to be renewed.

Continued firing across LoC kills five civilians, Prime Minister Sharif rules out option of war with India; UN Secretary General, U.S. State department official urge dialogue; MWM, JuD, Sunni Tehreek call for protests against Indian firing; Sunni insurgents increase frequency of border attacks in Iran; IED blast injures six including anti-Taliban militia member in Salarzai, Bajaur Agency; U.S. reimburses $371 billion to Pakistan under CSF; Convicted Pakistani waives appeal in U.S. Court; Pakistani Finance Minister meets with U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser; IDPs protest against U.S. drone strikes; Government, protesting parties to resume talks, claims opposition jirga; Pakistani UN peacekeeper killed in Bangui, Central African Republic; Malala Yusufzai joint winner of Nobel Peace Prize.

Continued firing across Indo-Pak border kills two; Indian and Pakistani officials trade terse warnings; Two U.S. drone strikes kill five militants, injure three in Datta Khel area, North Waziristan; Prime Minister Sharif visits North Waziristan; Ex-CIA Director alleges ISI links to terrorists groups; TTP reiterates allegiance to Afghan Taliban; IED destroys police station in Swat; Night-time flight operations suspended at Peshawar airport due to militant attacks; Governor fears rise in extremism, fanaticism in Balochistan; North Waziristan IDPs to protest displacement in Islamabad; U.S. officials, investors to support Diamer-Bhasha dam; Pakistani ambassador to U.S. meets key U.S. Senator.

Continued firing across LoC kills five civilians, Pakistani government to convene National Security Committee meeting to discuss the issue; IED blast kills two polio workers, one other in Mohmand Agency.