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).

Drone strike kills six militants in North Waziristan Agency; Pakistani military airstrikes kill 20 Haqqani, Gul Bahadur militants in North Waziristan; Militants kill solider in Jamrud sub-district, Khyber Agency; Four polio workers killed, three injured in Quetta; IED kills one, injures five in Karachi; Report claims al Qaeda, TTP’s Ansarul Aseer, behind Karachi jailbreak attempt; Pakistani and Indian prime ministers attend SAARC summit in Nepal; Afghanistan not to be used for proxy wars, says Afghan President; Pakistan capable of securing nuclear stockpiles, claims Pentagon.

Drone strike kills five militants in Nangarhar, Afghanistan, TTP chief escapes attack; Pakistani airstrikes kill 19 militants in Datta Khel, North Waziristan; Police arrest TTP militant in Islamabad; LI commander beheaded in Khyber Agency; Punjab government warns of second attack on Wagah border; Defense Minister says Pakistan desires peace with India; Indian Prime Minister to tell Pakistani counterpart to refrain from internationalizing Kashmir dispute, claims report; 70 percent voter turn-out in Indian-administered Kashmir polls.

Ex-Guantanamo detainee recruiting for IS in South Asia; PAF kills 22 militants in airstrikes in Kyber Agency; Anti-Taliban militia and LI militants clash, killing three and injuring four in Khyber Agency; Militants kill anti-Taliban militia member in Khyber Agency ;Afghans say Haqqani Network behind suicide bombing in Paktika, Afghanistan; TTP Jamatul Ahrar militants attack MQM rally in Karachi; TTP faction kills ANP leader in Karachi; Bomb kills one near Pakistan-Iran border crossing; Bomb kills two security personnel in Peshawar; Court acquits TNSM leader in two terrorism cases; TTP Jamatul Ahrar militants injure polio worker in Charsadda district; Dutch police arrest Pakistani al Qaeda suspect for extradition to U.S.; Bomb injures two in Quetta; Prime Minister Sharif meets ISI chief in Islamabad; Army chief meets CIA officials, visits U.S. Military National Training Center in California; President Obama telephones Prime Minister Sharif; Foreign office protests against fresh ceasefire violations; India not ruling out meeting with Prime Minister Sharif at SAARC summit; Russia to assist Pakistan in combatting terrorism, narcotics trafficking; U.S.-Pakistan relations improving, says national security advisor; Pakistan has world’s fastest growing nuclear program, claims think tank; Repatriation of IDPs from North Waziristan to begin soon; Prime Minister Sharif’s address to the nation cancelled.

British jihadist, a former Taliban member, joins IS; Drone strike kills six, injures three in Datta Khel, North Waziristan Agency; LI leader flees to Afghanistan while resistance increases in Khyber following Jamatul Ahrar support; TTP Jamatul Ahrar IED attack kills two security personnel in Peshawar; Afghan Taliban rejects NDS statement that Mullah Omar might be dead; IED blast injures two FC personnel near Quetta; Police kill militant in Dera Ismail Khan district, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa; Indian forces kill three suspects in Indian-administered Kashmir; High-profile prisoners to be shifted to Mardan prison; Pakistani national security adviser telephones Afghan counterpart to clarify remarks; Former Afghan President declares no need foreign troops’ presence in Afghanistan; Eavesdropping on Pakistani officials led to espionage probe against former U.S. diplomat; Other senior officials charged in Musharraf treason case; No timeframe for return of IDPs to North Waziristan Agency; Chinese firms to invest $45.6 billion in energy, infrastructure projects in Pakistan.

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.