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).

Major Pakistan Army leadership change to take place in next two months; Report says al Qaeda’s central command in Pakistan coordinates kidnapping efforts of its three main affiliates, says European payments of ransom for al Qaeda kidnappings finance group’s terrorist activities; Punjab Chief Minister promises IDP aid; Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa governor addresses reports of Pakistani refugees in Afghanistan; Pakistan military soldiers repel attack on outpost in Upper Dir, kill seven militants; Pakistan Foreign Office strongly criticizes cross-border attack; Four killed in gun violence in Karachi; Seven arrested by Rangers in targeted operation in Karachi; Reports announce substantial decrease in crime and violence in Karachi during Ramadan in 2014.

Army chief General Raheel Sharif spends Eid with troops in North Waziristan, says North Waziristan offensive will continue until all militants gone; Unknown gunman attacks home of former Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa minister, killing six; Bomb disposal unit defuses two IEDs in Nowshera; Police kill four TTP militants in Karachi; 3,500 policemen and commandos deployed in Rawalpindi; IED damages railway track in Quetta; Militants behead Frontier Corps soldier in Jumrud, Khyber Agency.

Pakistan military says it has cleared 70 percent of Mir Ali, 570 militants killed so far in Operation Zarb-e-Azb; Security forces kill eight militants in Mir Ali clearing operation; TTP breakaway group Ahrarul Hind claims several senior TTP commanders among their ranks; IED injures seven in Khuzdar, Balochistan on July 27; IED kills one in Quetta on July 27; Police and Rangers kill three suspected TTP militants in Karachi on July 25; Roadside IED kills two civilians in Kulachi, Dera Ismail Khan on July 25; Two militants die in security force custody in Swat on July 26; Various political parties criticize decision to deploy Pakistan Army troops to Islamabad; Pakistani and Indian officials to discuss recent ceasefire violations during upcoming dialogue; Pakistan official criticizes U.S. efforts to stop Haqqani fighters from fleeing to Afghanistan; U.S. asks Pakistan to prevent Haqqani Network resettling in North Waziristan after operation; Mob kills three Ahmadi women and injures eight other civilians in Gujranwala.

TTP leaders assert that Pakistan security forces did not capture TTP commander Adnan Rashid; Pakistan government requests army deployment in Islamabad for the next three months; IED explosion kills key TTP commander and four suspected militants in Orakzai Agency, FATA; Roadside IED kills two civilians in Dera Ismail Khan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa; Frontier Corps soldier shot in Jandola Bazaar, near South Waziristan Agency; unknown militants kill two policemen in Quetta, Balochistan; Roadside IED kills two Pakistan Army soldiers in North Waziristan; Special representative sent to Afghanistan following reports of a possible TTP attack; Indian government complains about delays in the Mumbai attack trail.

Security officials retract July 15 reports of capture of senior TTP leader Adnan Rashid on July 11; Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs addresses U.S. allegations of militants escaping North Waziristan before Operation Zarb-e-Azb; Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security blames recent militant attacks in Afghanistan on ISI and Pakistani support of Haqqani Network, criticizes Operation Zarb-e-Azb; Police in Okara, Punjab arrest alleged militant leader involved in July 17 Raiwind Operation; Pakistan to receive next loan tranche from IMF.

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.