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).

Arabs, a Sudanese, and a Yemeni among those killed in U.S. drone attack; PAF airstrikes kill 20 militants in Khyber; Three TTP militants killed in Karachi; Blast narrowly misses Frontier Corps convoy; Canadian police arrest Pakistani national allegedly posing terrorist threat; Pakistan hands over 29 Afghan nationals to Afghan officials; Pakistan Army’s deployment in Islamabad extended; PTI resignations not yet accepted, says National Assembly Speaker; Military offensive displaces 3,488 registered families in Khyber Agency; 38,000 refugees from North Waziristan return home from Afghanistan.

Drone strike kills seven, including Haqqani commander, in South Waziristan; Security forces kill 21 militants in Bara, Khyber; FC personnel seize huge cache of arms, ammunition near Quetta; Firing kills one Rangers personnel in Karachi; IED detonates in Quetta; Pakistani civilian killed in Indian firing; Army chief to discuss U.S. drone program during visit to U.S.; Interior Minister praises ISI; Peshawar main target of terrorists says police report; Iranian, Pakistani officials discuss Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline.

PAF airstrikes kill 20 militants in Khyber; Blast kills one and injures seven at Muharram meeting in Karachi; Government asks Bhittani tribe of Lakki Marwat to expel militants; Salarzai elders reaffirm their support to security forces in Bajaur; Army spokesman says no timeline for end of thus-far successful operations; New Corps Commanders assume charge; Prime Minister Sharif seeks army’s help in polio eradication; Pakistani civilian killed in cross-border shelling with India; Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs declares resumption in talks would require initiative by India; Interior Minister demands permanent halt to U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan; U.S., Pakistan to pursue a trade-based relationship, says U.S. envoy; Trade conference to be held in Islamabad in early 2015.

Officials arrest four suspects in connection with airport attack in Karachi; Gunship strikes destroy militant hideouts in Khyber; Former anti-Taliban militia member killed in Swat; Pakistani army to deploy six companies for Muharram in Lahore; Iranian, Pakistani officials meet for bilateral political consultations; U.S. envoy arrives in Islamabad for two-day visit; British Prime Minister invites Prime Minister Sharif for Afghanistan conference in London; National Security Adviser claims that India trying to use border skirmishes to win Kashmir local elections; PAT chief leaves Pakistan.

Gunship strikes kill 33 militants in North Waziristan; Pakistan believes TTP has sanctuaries in Afghanistan; Mehsud tribal leaders to mediate between Mehsud Taliban faction and government; Mehsud Taliban faction’s leader says U.S. decision to add him to sanctions list a validation of jihad; Mehsud faction condemns attack on JUI-F chief; Jundallah claims responsibility for attack on JUI-F chief; Airstrikes kill 18 militants in Khyber; Levies solider kidnapped in Khyber; Militants blow up school in Khyber; Security forces arrest four Afghan Taliban members near Zhob district, Balochistan; Police kill nine TTP militants in firefight; Intelligence officers thwart plot in Mastung, Balochistan; 24 suspects detained in connection with recent Quetta attacks; IED injures nine security forces in Charmang, Balochistan; Indian Home Minister disapproves of U.N. intervention in Kashmir dispute, Pakistani Advisor on Foreign Affairs blames India of attempting to resolve issue unilaterally; India offers help to Pakistan for eradicating polio; India seeks permission from Pakistan for wheat exports to Afghanistan; PAT to contest all elections, chief to travel abroad; PTI chief announces “decisive war” against government; Clerics under surveillance ahead of Muharram; Army Chief to travel to U.S. in November; Baloch government trying for out-of-court settlement with mining company, TCC.

English-language al Qaeda magazine reveals plot against international oil shipments; Militant commander, two civilians, three soldiers killed in clashes in Khyber Agency; Police thwart bomb plot in Khyber Agency; Suicide bombing targeting JUI-F leader kills 2, injures 22 in Quetta; Over 30,000 people have fled Khyber to date; Iran, Pakistan, trade border fire; PTI chief expects large crowds at Gujrat rally; Indian airports on high-alert following terrorist threat; India asks UK to ban Kashmir solidarity march in London; Pakistani government refuses to hire lobbyists in Washington.

One Pakistani civilian killed in continued Indo-Pak cross-border firing; Indian forces allegedly constructing illegal bunkers near working boundary; National Assembly adopts resolution condemning Indian ceasefire violations; Indian Prime Minister visits Siachen glacier; Military clashes with militant, 18 people killed in Tirah Valley, Khyber; Pakistani security forces kill six militants in Bara sub-district, Khyber; Two FC men killed in militant attack in Bara sub-district, Khyber; Lashkar-e-Islam militants claim killing nine security personnel in Khyber; Rocket attack kills one in Datta Khel, North Waziristan; Roadside IED kills two, injures 14 in Quetta; Gunmen kill eight Hazara community members in Quetta; UK Money laundering charges against MQM chief dropped.

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.