Pakistan Security Brief

Contributors:  Meredith Gallo (current), Sam Ruben (current), 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).

Airstrikes destroy six militant hideouts, kill 13 suspected militants in Shawal Valley and Datta Khel, North Waziristan; USAID to give $9.3 million more to IDPs; Gunmen fire on, wound Badbher area police officer; roadside explosion in Mohmand injures two pedestrians; Unknown militants attack NATO container truck in Khyber; Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi briefs American Deputy Secretary of State Burns on Operation Zarb-e-Azb; Indian troops shoot Pakistani civilian near working border in Shakargarh sector; Foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan set August 25 in Islamabad as date for new dialogue process; Qatar turns down Pakistani government’s offer to take part in LNG supply tender.

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security reiterates that Operation Zarb-e-Azb targets all local and foreign militants indiscriminately; Multiple sources report that airstrikes in Shawal Valley on July 16 killed up to 37 civilians, contradicting reports from Pakistan Army; Al Qaeda renews allegiance to Taliban Emir Mullah Omar in publication on July 20; China’s special envoy to Afghanistan praises ISI’s role in counterterrorism; Prime Minister’s special assistant on foreign affairs says Pakistan will not violate Iran sanctions regime.

Airstrikes kill 28 militants in the Shawal Valley on July 21; Army begins clearing Boya and Degan villages; Militants and army soldiers exchange fire in and around Mir Ali, killing four militants; Tribal Jirga urges government to compensate IDPs for losses due to Operation Zarb-e-Azb; U.S. drone strike on July 19 kills eight to eleven suspected militants belonging to Punjabi Taliban; Former aide to Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Omar says TTP unjustified in fight against the state; Pakistani delegation meets with Pentagon and State Department to urge U.S. to reconsider troop pullout from Afghanistan; Pakistan’s Foreign Office condemns July 19 U.S. drone strike; IED attack in Khuzdar city, Balochistan kills two civilians and injures nearly 30; Drive-by shooting outside of Peshawar kills four and injures three; Families from Bajaur Agency to return following cancellation of military operation there; Indian soldiers allegedly fire across Line of Control in Sialkot, killing one and injuring three.

Pakistan not targeting Haqqani Network in North Waziristan operation; Bajaur tribesmen establish local anti-Taliban militia; IED blast in Peshawar kills one policeman and injures three; Karachi police claim 40 groups of the TTP operating in the city; IED targeting Frontier Corps vehicle explodes near Karachi-Quetta highway, injuring two Firefight between security personnel and militants leaves at least eight security personnel dead and three injured at FC checkpoint in Jamrud; Islamabad police arrest four TTP members from Sihala; Security across Pakistan increased for Yaum-e-Ali; UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will assist with caring for Internally Displaced Peoples; Pakistan condemns cross-border fight with India.

Security forces agree to postpone military operation in Bajaur; Security forces personnel carry out operation against militants planning to attack prime minister’s house; IED kills at least six in Hangu district; Police and Pakistan Rangers arrest four Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan outside of Islamabad; Security forces arrest six militants in connection with IED in Dera Bugti, Balochistan; Islamabad police and Rangers arrest 80 suspects during search in Sabzi Mandi area of Islamabad; One Indian Border Security Force solider killed in cross-border clash with Pakistan Rangers; Pakistan’s request for Iran to waive a penalty on Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline denied.

U.S. drone strike kills at least 18 militants and injures five in Datta Khel, North Waziristan; Airstrikes on July 16 kill 35 militants in Shawal Valley, North Waziristan; Ground operations start in Mir Ali on July 14; Ground operations in Mir Ali kill eleven militants and five soldiers on July 15; Bajaur tribesman agree to form local militia to combat local militants, urge security officials to cancel proposed Mamund military operation; 25,000 IDPs leave Mamund in anticipation of military operation; More details emerge surrounding July 15 arrest of TTP commander Rashid, July 15 Karachi security operation; U.S. officials meet with Pakistani Interior Minister; Indian and Pakistani soldiers in cross-border firing near Sialkot, Punjab.

Army announces recent arrest of key TTP commander Adnan Rashid in South Waziristan; Political and military authorities announce imminent targeted military operation against militants in Bajaur Agency, call for evacuation of civilians; 447 militants killed so far in Operation Zarb-e-Azb; Police kill five suspected TTP Swat members in Karachi.

Airstrikes hit eleven militant hideouts, arms cache and kill 13 militants in North Waziristan; Airstrikes in retaliation of militant rocket fire kill 13 militants and destroy seven hideouts; Military uncovers militant stockpile; Afghan Taliban advises fighters in Iraq and Syria to remain united and avoid extremism; Islamabad police announces a new plan to monitor the internally displaced persons (IDPs); Nearly 70,000 IDPs reach Paktika, Afghanistan from North Waziristan since beginning of operation; Government deploys intelligence units to 18 police stations in Islamabad to increase security; Afghanistan- based Pakistani Taliban militants kill three security personnel in Bajaur; Militants blow up gas pipeline in Dera Bugti, Balochistan.

Reports of an unprecedented wave of extortions and kidnappings by militants in the months leading up to the start of the North Waziristan Offensive; Former Prime Minister Gilani claims former army chief Kayani was a roadblock to North Waziristan operation; DG of Inter-Services Public Relations announces North Waziristan tribesmen and state will not let militants return to region; more than 800,000 people registered as IDPs from North Waziristan; 375,000 children from North Waziristan being inoculated against polio at checkpoints; U.S. refuses to strike bilateral LNG supply agreement with Pakistan; Pakistan re-emphasizes that Kashmir remains disputed territory after India suggests that UN observers on Kashmir leave.

Pakistan Army gains control of Boyapul area of North Waziristan; U.S. praises North Waziristan Operation ; Taliban affiliate Tehreek-e-Khilafat pledges allegiance to ISIS, first group outside Middle East to do so; U.S. drone strike in Datta Khel kills six militants and injures two; Pakistan criticizes drone strike; Armed men attack police checkpoint and kill two in Peshawar; IED blast injures four in Bannu, North Waziristan; Armed militants attack Frontier Corps checkpoint and kill five Frontier Corps personnel in Loralai, Balochistan; Police and Rangers arrested 31,000 criminals over last 10 months in Karachi, says July 10 report.