Pakistan Security Brief

Contributors:  Shruti Godbole, Gregory Monk, Meredith Gallo, Sam Ruben, Ryan Petitt, Karen Schwindt, Rebecca Lindgren, Nathan Lowry, Adam 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, Maseh Zarif and Reza Jan.

The daily Pakistan Security Brief (PSB) has been discontinued.

Indian, Pakistani troops accuse each other of unprovoked firing, three soldiers killed along international boundary; LeT leader challenges two-day physical remand orders; Al Qaeda leader praises “martyrs” in a twitter post; Pakistan military airstrikes kill 23 militants in North Waziristan; Militants kill three kidnapped policemen in Malakand, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa; Police arrest five TTP militants in Karachi; IED kills one soldier in Mohmand Agency; IED destroys gas pipeline in Balochistan; Three bullet-riddled bodies found in Turbat district, Balochistan; Lahore Bar Association, PTI, PPP to oppose constitutional amendments to establish military court; Interior Minister reviews counter-terrorism measures in NACTA meeting; Government to take action against welfare organizations funding terrorists; Another convicted militant executed in Peshawar; Prime Minister Sharif calls Afghan President, discusses bilateral relations, regional security; National Security Advisor meets Afghan Parliamentary delegation in Islamabad; Talks between PTI, government fail to resolve political crisis.

IS distributes Urdu book through email to Pakistanis; 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind detained for two days; LeJ leader detained for two weeks on murder charges; Leader of Lyari gang arrested in Dubai; Security forces arrest five LeJ militants in Karachi; Security forces arrest 14 militants in Quetta; Security forces defuse bombs, foil bid to blow up train in Quetta; High-profile prisoners shifted from Quetta amid jailbreak threat; IED destroys railway track in Balochistan; Security forces arrest TTP militant commander in Khyber Agency; Security forces arrest a militant from Khyber Agency; Security forces kill one militant commander in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa; Police arrest 115 suspects in Nowshera, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa; IED kills one in Malakand Agency; Militants set fire to schools in Kurram Agency; Tribal elder escapes assassination attempt in Bajaur Agency; Ahmadi member shot dead in Gujranwala district; Police reluctant to arrest Lal Masjid cleric; Pakistani, Afghan military officials to reactivate joint border control centers; Militant organizations operating under different names to be proscribed; National security advisor claims increased cooperation with Afghanistan on counter-terrorism operations; NADRA to assist in counter-terrorism efforts; Security forces clear out most of Bara sub-district of militants in Khyber Agency; Prime Minister Sharif reviews implementation of National Action Plan for countering terrorism; Pakistani counter-terror experts to study other countries’ models; U.S. Congress notifies $532 million in civilian assistance to Pakistan; Iranian border forces fire mortar shells, seven Pakistanis injured in Balochistan; Pakistan, Iran reach an agreement on IP gas pipeline project; Afghan police officer directs operation in Pakistani territory; Pak-Afghan Parliamentary Security Dialogue begins in Islamabad.

Drone strikes kill seven militants in North Waziristan; Drone strike kills three anti-government fighters, including one Pakistani, in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province; Security forces repulse militant attacks, 16 killed in Orakzai Agency; PAF airstrikes kill 45 militants in Khyber Agency, North Waziristan; Two suicide bombers killed in Zhob district, Balochistan; FC personnel arrest seven militants in Balochistan; Three militant commanders arrested in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa; Four militants arrested in Quetta; 12 TTP militants arrested in Quetta; Security forces kill facilitator of Peshawar school attack in Khyber Agency; Security forces seize explosives from Mohmand Agency; Security forces arrest 65 militants in Peshawar; Seven TTP militants killed in Karachi; FC personnel repulse militant attack killing eight militants in Dera Bugti district, Balochistan; Militants attack security checkpost killing one in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa; Arrest warrant issued against Lal Masjid cleric; Security forces arrest three militants in Lahore; 35 people arrested from a temporary hospital in Peshawar; 56 condemned prisoners to be executed; IS graffiti observed in Sindh;Army chief reviews strategies for implementation of National Action Plan against terrorism; NACTA to be revived with immediate effect; Illegal Afghan refugees to be expelled immediately, says Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister; Government to take action against seminaries involved in militancy; Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif constitutes committee for implementation of National Action Plan; Islamabad High Court orders release of LeT leader; India summons Pakistani envoy to protest.

Security forces arrest TTP militants in Balochistan; Two militants killed in Karachi; IED detonates, injuring 36 people in Quetta; Terror plot foiled in Rawalpindi district; Security forces kill six militants in Mohmand Agency; IED destroys gas pipeline in Dera Bugti district; Increased security at sensitive buildings in Peshawar following terror threat; LeT leader’s bail order to be challenged by government prosecutor next week; Army spokesman denies reports that 11 terrorists were involved in Peshawar school attack; Prime Minister vows to protect all citizens of Pakistan; Army chief calls for “bold decisions” on fighting terror; NAPC submits recommendations to Prime Minister; Interior Minister outlines provisions of national action plan against terrorism; Court dismisses stay order on execution of five terrorists; U.S. says it has no position on Pakistan’s resumption of executions; EU condemns death penalty; U.S. working with other partners to prevent terror attacks, says U.S. State Department spokesperson; Indian security forces fire on Pakistan Army posts in Sialkot; IMF predicts 5 percent growth for Pakistan in 2014-15.

TTP spokesperson threatens media for supporting security forces; Police kill 13 TTP, al Qaeda militants in Karachi; Rangers personnel arrest 11 TTP militants in Karachi; Islamabad airport placed on red alert; Security forces arrest three TTP militant in Punjab province; FC soldier shot dead near Peshawar; TTP, LeT fighters among 150 killed by Afghan forces in Afghanistan’s Kunar province; Interior Ministry had warned of Peshawar school attack, claims report; 11 militants were involved in Peshawar school attack, claims report; Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief endorses execution of terrorists, accuses India of sponsoring terrorists; Pakistani, Afghan army chiefs, ISAF commander meet in Rawalpindi; Prime Minister Sharif chairs high-level military, civilian leadership meeting in Islamabad, to hold parliamentary meeting to finalize national action plan on terrorism; Four militants to be executed in Faisalabad; Government to seek help dismantling terror financing networks; UNHCR representative gives approval to repatriate unregistered Afghan refugees; Pakistani, Russian officials sign energy deal worth $1.7 billion; Iranian, Pakistani officials to cooperate on cross-border issues; Intelligence failure by U.S., Indian, British spy agencies responsible for failure to prevent 2008 Mumbai terror attack, claims report; PTI to hold a protest rally in Islamabad on January 17; Review board rejects government appeal for extension of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi chief’s detention.

Drone strike kills seven militants in Datta Khel, North Waziristan; TTP chief rumored dead in drone strike in Afghanistan; AQIS spokesman condemns Peshawar school attack; IMU justifies Peshawar school attack; Lal Masjid chief cleric apologizes for not unconditionally condemning the Peshawar school attack; Suspect arrested in Punjab for alleged links with Peshawar school attackers; Afghan forces launch anti-militant operations in Kunar province; TTP senior commander urges soldiers to break ranks with army, join TTP; Five militants killed in clashes with security forces near Peshawar; Pakistan military airstrikes kill 24 militants in Khyber Agency; Security forces repulse militant attack, killing 25 militants in Shawal, Waziristan; Two militants killed in Charsadda district; Warrants issued against TTP chief, others for Karachi airport attack; Two militants killed in Karachi; Six militants arrested in Karachi; Frontier Works Organization convoys targeted in Balochistan; Five militants arrested in Quetta; Wagah border suicide bomber identified; Potential suicide bomber arrested in Hangu; Two militants killed in Punjab; Tribal elder shot dead in Kurram Agency; Police forces launch search operation in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, arrest 70 suspects in Peshawar; Appeal against LeT leader’s bail order delayed; TTP threatens revenge for execution of its members; U.S. forces to not target Taliban chief, others starting January 2, 2015; Afghan, Pakistani forces to coordinate actions against terrorists; No mention of TTP chief during meeting with Pakistan army chief, claims Afghan army chief; Military offensive to be expanded to urban and rural areas, says Prime Minister Sharif; Anti-terrorism working group submits recommendations to ATNAPC; Development funds to be diverted to national security; Punjab government intensifies security at all prisons; 55 terrorists on death row to be executed soon; Five terrorists executed for involvement in the assassination attempt on former President; PTI leadership condemns all terrorist groups, pledges support to armed forces in combatting terrorism; PTI chief asks federal government to better equip provincial police forces.

TTP Jamaatul Ahrar spokesperson, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi commander condemn Peshawar school attack; Peshawar school attack mastermind vows to target more schools, civilians; Peshawar school attack a “game-changer,” says Prime Minister’s national security advisor; Army tells ISAF to target TTP chief in Afghanistan; Case registered against Lal Masjid’s chief cleric; Drone strike kills eight militants in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan; Pakistani military airstrikes kill 20 militants, including Uzbek commander, in Khyber Agency; 32 militants killed in clashes with army in Khyber Agency; Security forces kill 12 militants in a raid in Khyber Agency; Security forces kill ten militants in Bajaur Agency; Security forces kill eight militants in a search operation in Balochistan; Rangers kill four TTP militants in a raid in Karachi; Security forces arrest four militants in Quetta; Unknown gunman injures two policemen in Peshawar; Police kill two TTP militants in Gujrat; Prime Minister, army chief resolve to eradicate terrorism; Supreme Court Chief Justice to expedite terrorism-related trials; Parliamentary committee to formulate “national action plan”; Interior Ministry requests counter-terrorism assistance from U.S.; PTI, government optimistic about the resolution of disputes; Army chief approves execution of six terrorists, two terrorists executed; Government detains 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind; India seeks establishment of Indian consulate in Afghanistan’s Nagarhar province.

Afghan President, ISAF commander assure Army chief support in combatting terrorists; Security forces identify militants involved in Peshawar attack, register cases against 16 top TTP commanders; U.S. willing to assist Pakistan in the wake of Peshawar attack, says Pentagon spokesperson; PTI chief announces end to country-wide protests in the wake of Peshawar attack; President Mamnoon Hussain rejects 17 mercy appeals for death penalty convicts; Pakistan military airstrikes kill 57 militants; Five TTP militants killed in Karachi raid; IED kills three FC personnel in Bajaur Agency; Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Inspector General warns of potential jailbreaks by militants; Anti-terrorism court grants bail to alleged mastermind of Mumbai 2008 terror attacks, India reacts strongly; IMF approves disbursement of $1.1 billion loan to Pakistan.

TTP spokesperson issues statement explaining motivations for Peshawar school attack; Army chief visits Kabul seeking extradition of TTP chief; Prime Minister Sharif declares no discrimination between good, bad Taliban in fight against terrorism; Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reinstates death penalty in terrorism cases; Army spokesperson addresses press conference on Peshawar school attack; Indian lawmakers, schools express solidarity with Peshawar school attack victims; Emirates suspends flights to Peshawar until further notice; Drone strike kills four TTP members, seven others in Nangarhar, Afghanistan; Pakistan military airstrikes kill 22 militants in Tirah Valley, Khyber Agency; 18 Taliban fighters, five Afghan soldiers killed in offensive in Kunar province, Afghanistan.

TTP militants attack school in Peshawar, killing 145 people, including 132 children; International condemnation for Peshawar terrorist attack; Pakistani military airstrikes in Khyber Agency; IED targets PML-N leader in Peshawar; PML-Q leader shot dead in Islamabad; Army chief addresses passing out parade in Quetta, Balochistan; U.S.-Pakistan strategic dialogue to be held in late January, claims report; Germany willing to help Pakistan, Afghanistan in mending relations, claims German envoy; IDPs’ repatriation process to begin on January 1,2015; Government sincere about setting up judicial commission, claims Prime Minister’s spokesperson.