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).

AQIS releases “press release” commenting on Karachi Naval dockyard attack; U.S. sanctions Pakistan-based individuals, entities as global terrorists; Hezb-e-Islami says no political or organizational links to groups outside Afghanistan; Two foreigners arrested in Karachi for involvement in bomb attack; U.S. sanctions Pakistan-based individuals and entities; Pakistan army chief speaks at inauguration of new counterterrorism training center; Pakistan hopes hope for improved ties with new Afghan government; Afghanistan signs BSA; Government asks IMF to drop demand for power tariff increase.

U.S. drone strike kills four militants in Wana, South Waziristan; Report alleges TTP networks in Karachi destroyed; Blast kills five, injures three in Tirah Valley, Khyber Agency; Airplane shot at while landing in Peshawar; VBIED kills one and injures 27 in Sibi, Balochistan;; Airstrike kills 15 militants in Shawal area, North Waziristan; Six militants die in attack on Frontier Corps checkpoint in Ghundi, Khyber Agency; IED kills at least six, injures eight near Togh Sarai IDP camp; TTP commander arrested in raid in Swat; Five TTP militants killed in Tirah Valley, Khyber Agency; IED detonated at PTI MPA’s house in Mardan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa; National security adviser admits to “bad timing” of talks with Kashmiri separatist leaders; Pakistani Prime Minister, Indian counterpart spar over Kashmir at U.N. General Assembly; PTI chief conducts rally in Lahore, 100,000 people in attendance; PAT chief to allow Islamabad protestors to return home; Case registered against Prime Minister Sharif and 10 others; Eidak tribe IDPs directed by security forces to shift to Bannu; Ashraf Ghani sworn in as new Afghan President.

Afghan militant group declares support for IS; VBIED targeting senior police officer kills two and injures seven in Karachi; Nine TTP militants arrested in Islamabad; Four militants arrested and explosives seized in Landi Kotal, Khyber Agency; Two anti-Taliban militiamen killed and one injured in Pindyali, Mohmand Agency; TTP allegedly establish “court” in Maly Tangay, Peshawar; Officials identify four TTP and one LI commander killed in Bara, Khyber; Government releases white paper on PTI-led government in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa; No formal meetings between India, Pakistan at U.N. General Assembly in New York; Pakistan looking forward to work with new government in Afghanistan, says Foreign Office; Pakistan tests surface-to-surface missile; Army chief promises response to Indian cross-border provocations.

PTI looks to gather 300,000 supporters for rally in Lahore; Corps Commander Peshawar stresses the need for counter-terrorism operations in Punjab, Balochistan; Pakistan Air Force playing leading role in Operation Zarb-e-Azb, claims Air Chief; Police foil major terror attack in Quetta; AQAP re-tweets video of AQIS assassination of senior soldier; Policeman assassinates blasphemy-accused inmate; Pakistan International Airlines to split, be sold off; Government freezes power tariffs temporarily; 6,000 IDPs to be repatriated to Tirah Valley, Khyber Agency; Pakistan to lodge complaint with India for inadequate flood-relief efforts in Kashmir; Foreign Secretary pledges Pakistan’s support to fight terrorism at Global Counter-Terrorism Forum, New York.

U.S. Drone strike kills at least eight in Datta Khel, North Waziristan; UNHRC condemns U.S. drone attacks; Airstrikes kills eight militants in Tirah Valley, Khyber Agency; Security forces seize explosives, arms and arrest three in Quetta; Tribal leader shot dead in Tank, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa; New ISI chief a firm believer in democracy; No plans for meeting between Prime Ministers of India, Pakistan at UN; PTI chief to hold rally in Lahore; PTI, PAT supporters protest outside Prime Minister Sharif’s London residence; Government to sell 10 percent stake in OGDCL; IDPs form jirga to discuss possible relocation to Afghanistan.

Pakistani military air strikes kill 44 suspected militants over two days in North Waziristan; TTP suicide bomber kills 4 in attack on Frontier Corps convoy in Peshawar; New ISI chief appointed with the approval of Prime Minister Sharif and army chief; Prime Minister Sharif leaves for U.N. General Assembly in New York; Punjab Governor rejects rumors he is resigning; PAT chief refuses to allow protestors to leave; Prime Minister Sharif congratulates new Afghan President and Chief Executive; Outgoing Afghan President blames U.S., Pakistan for continuing conflict in Afghanistan; Top U.S. energy companies withdraw from TAPI pipeline project.

New ISI leader appointed, five Lt. Generals promoted; U.S. State Dept. approves sale of $198 million worth of MRAPs to Pakistan; Pakistan near acquiring sea-based missile capability; Al Qaeda’s American spokesman calls for attacks against western interests; Foreign Office welcomes Afghanistan’s “unity government;” Bomb blast injures three in Quetta; PTI chief Imran Khan holds large rally in Karachi; Punjabi Taliban reportedly involved in attack on Karachi dockyard; TTP claims senior commander killed in North Waziristan; 14 Pakistani detainees repatriated to Pakistan from Bagram Prison, Afghanistan; 15 militants, one soldier killed in Boya, North Waziristan; 23 militants killed in airstrike in Ghulam Khan, North Waziristan; Police defuse bomb in Hangu; JUI-F leader killed in Hangu; Three suspected militants killed in Khuzdar, Balochistan; Seminary caretaker killed in Rawalpindi, Punjab; Three police killed in Hangu, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa; Police arrest key militant in Matani, Peshawar; Four killed in attack by militants in Hangu, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa; Defunct Baloch separatist group kills militant commander and 10 others.

Opposition political jirga presents fresh proposals; Prime Minister Sharif addresses Parliament; Indian Prime Minister Modi calls AQIS “delusional”; Three LI militants killed in IED in Bara, Khyber Agency; AQIS claims all militants in Karachi dockyard attack were rogue naval officers; Vehicles of IDPs allegedly being impounded by officials; Bomb explodes near former MPA’s house in Peshawar.

AQIS explains motives for targeting U.S. navy; 23 suspected militants killed in air strikes in North Waziristan; Police arrest two suspected militants in Peshawar; Police kill seven suspected TTP militants in Karachi; Afghan security forces kill 22 Taliban militants including Punjab insurgents in Kunar, Afghanistan; convicted al Qaeda-linked scientist to abandon appeal in U.S. court; Dean of Islamic Studies faculty killed in Karachi; Houses bombed in Peshawar; One security official killed in explosion in Kech, Balochistan; PTI to expand protests to other cities; PAT chief Qadri calls for immediate arrest of Prime Minister Sharif, other federal ministers; New ISI chief, new promotions, to be announced next week; Chinese President to visit Pakistan soon, says Foreign Office; Prime Minister Sharif to address UNGA on September 26; Pakistan Foreign Office lodges protest with Afghanistan over cross-border attacks; Afghan nationals demand end to Pakistan rocket attacks in Kunar, Afghanistan.

Air strikes kill 40 militants in North Waziristan; Concern of increased cooperation between TTP Punjab and Haqqani Network; Update on Karachi naval dockyard attack; PTI leaders says they want honestly negotiated settlement with government; Army chief guaranteed five out of six PTI demands, says Imran Khan; Criminal case registered against Prime Minister Sharif, other federal ministers; Government threatens to clear out PAT, PTI protestors; Hafiz Saeed accused India of “water terrorism.”