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).

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.

Lal Masjid cleric alleges police harassment after release of video supporting IS; Lal Masjid cleric endorses Jamia Hafsa’s support for IS; Indian police arrest IS-supporting Twitter user; Police kill four militants belonging to Punjabi Taliban’s Abu Zubaida group in Muzaffargarh; Five TTP, LI militants killed in clashes with security forces in Khyber Agency; Security forces kill one militant, injure four in Khyber Agency; Militants kill one policeman, injure two in Khuzdar district, Balochistan; IED kills tribal elder in Wana, South Waziristan; PTI chief holds protests in Lahore, agrees to defer countrywide shutdown on establishment of judicial commission; Court orders immediate arrest of PAT chief; Afghan government requests Pakistan’s help in negotiating with Taliban, claims report; U.S. Congress approves extension of military aid for Pakistan; Prime Minister Sharif appoints new permanent representative to the United Nations; IDPs from Khyber unwilling to return home, claims report.

IS expanding its influence in Pakistan, Gujranwala its main hub, claims former interior minister; Police arrest five AQIS militants, including AQIS Karachi chief, in Karachi; AQIS releases report of its Karachi attacks for the past year; TTP spokesman criticizes Malala Yousafzai; Security forces hand over 30 people to local jirga; Army chief holds meeting with corps commanders in Rawalpindi; Army to decide on establishment of cantonment in Swat; Prime Minister PTI, government resume negotiations as PTI protests in Karachi; Nawaz Sharif meets Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister; ADB, Pakistan Economic Affairs Division sign loan agreement worth $248 million.

Punjab Home Department warns of militants joining IS; TTP spokesman calls Malala Yousafzai an “enemy of Islam;” Two militants killed in clashes between TI members, LI militants in Khyber Agency; Ten militants killed in Khyber Agency; IED injures eight in Sibi, Balochistan; U.S. affirms that North Waziristan operation successful in disrupting militants; ISAF commander meets army chief; Russian President visits India for Russia-India summit, signs nuclear cooperation deals with India; Pakistan maritime security agency arrests 58 Indian fishermen; Foreign office spokesperson, Jamaat-e-Islami chief condemn CIA’s torture of detainees; PML-N offers to resume talks with PTI; PTI chief agrees to suspending “Plan C” on establishment of judicial commission; PML-N leader requests PTI representatives to attend meetings on electoral reforms; Punjab Chief Minister inaugurates police training center in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

National Security Committee Secretary claims IS a potential threat to Pakistan; Pakistan seeks help from Afghanistan, U.S. to capture IS’s alleged Khorasan chief; Pakistani military airstrikes kill 11 militants, injure ten in Tirah Valley, Khyber Agency; Punjabi Taliban chief reportedly attends father’s funeral in Khanewal, Punjab province; IED injures four in Quetta; One militant killed in clashes with security forces in Jaffarabad district, Balochistan; Pakistan to help reconcile Afghan Taliban in return for help in defeating TTP, claims report; U.S. embassies in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Thailand issue warnings of anti-American protests; Iranian, Pakistani officials sign five agreements on various areas of cooperation; PAT to hold countywide protests from December 17.

TTP spokesman confirms al Qaeda commander’s death; TTP earns revenue from drug trafficking, claim U.S. officials; Security forces kill TTP Mehsud commander in Karachi; IED injures two in Bannu, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa; Unknown gunmen fire at FC spokesman in Quetta; Jundullah militants shoot dead polio vaccination worker in Faisalabad; TTP militants kill two policemen on polio duty in Swat Valley; Security forces recover kidnapped lawmaker from Khyber Agency; PTI chief announces day of mourning, government orders probe into December 8 incident; Pakistan-Iran Joint Economic Commission commences in Islamabad; Prime Minister Sharif approves repatriation of IDPs to North Waziristan.

Pakistani army kills key al Qaeda leader, two others in North Waziristan; Drone strike kills senior al Qaeda leader, five others in North Waziristan; Terror-linked Islamabad girls’ madrassa expresses support for IS; Drone strike kills nine Pakistani Taliban militants in Afghanistan’s Kunar province; Pakistani airstrikes rumored to have killed Hafiz Gul Bahadur, 29 others in North Waziristan; U.S. forces repatriate key TTP commander from Afghanistan to Pakistan; IED kills soldier in North Waziristan; 12 militants killed in retaliatory attack by security forces in Khyber Agency; 400 militants have surrendered in Khyber, claims Pakistan army; Militant arrested in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa; JuD chief calls on mujahideen to liberate Kashmir from Indian rule, Twitter suspends his account; Police arrest TTP militant, recover explosives in Islamabad; Army chief visits headquarters, reviews future phases of military operations; Pakistan refutes Indian allegations of Pakistani involvement in terror attacks in Indian-administered Kashmir; U.S. Secretary of State lauds progress in Pak-Afghan relations; U.S. Defense Secretary declares new plans for U.S. drawdown in Afghanistan; Jirga of elders from Pakistan, Afghanistan meets in Bajaur Agency; Kashmiri separatists call for strike ahead of Indian Prime Minister’s visit in Srinagar; Army approves phased repatriation of IDPs to North Waziristan; One PTI worker killed in clashes with PML-N workers in Faisalabad; IMF approves last loan tranche, claims Parliamentary Secretary for Finance.