Pakistan Security Brief

Contributors:  Ryan Petitt (current), Karen Schwindt (current), 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 reportedly calls on Mullah Omar to resolve infighting in South Waziristan agency; Mullah Omar wants an end to TTP infighting before Taliban launches spring offensive in Afghanistan; Helicopters fire on militants in North Waziristan agency and Frontier Region Peshawar; Gunmen kill two Punjabis in Quetta; Militants blow up gas pipeline in Sindh; Lashkar-e-Islam threatens Shia neighborhood in Peshawar.

Afghan Taliban spokesman denies reports Mullah Omar distributed pamphlets encouraging feuding TTP factions to resolve their differences; Spokesman for Commander Sheheryar faction of the TTP accuses Khan Said Sajna of power grab in South Waziristan; Documentary claims U.S. Air Force has participated in CIA drone strikes in Pakistan; Orakzai Freedom Movement claims to release all but 10 people kidnapped from Tirah Valley; IED targeting security forces vehicle on way to Miram Shah injures one; Gas pipelines blown up in Sindh and Balochistan; Finance Minister Ishaq Dar seeks “national consensus” on what to do regarding TTP if peace talks fail; 6.7$ billion IMF loan to be repaid through increased tax collection.

TTP shura meets to discuss peace talks, ceasefire, and TTP infighting; Government will consult with army on release of TTP prisoners; Prime Minister approves release of 12 TTP prisoners; Feuding TTP factions reportedly agree to ceasefire, clashes between them kill 6-10; Pakistan to send delegation to Russia next week; Militants kidnap up to 100 in Tirah Valley, Khyber Agency; TTP may use Islamic seminaries to launch attacks against Islamabad if talks fail; Attacks on trains have spiked in last four years; Two policemen and two militants killed in Indian Kashmir; Unknown militants kill five in Darra Adam Khel; Militants fire rockets at NATO convoy in Jamrud, Khyber agency; Militants kill two Shia Hazaras in Quetta; 186 Elite Force Commandos arrive in Islamabad to increase security in the federal capital.

Security agencies suspect TTP involvement in attacks on Islamabad district court complex and fruit market; 10-day TTP ceasefire extension expires, TTP plans to meet on Friday to determine if talks have been productive; Sajna and Hakimullah TTP factions agree to ceasefire on Thursday but clash again on Friday in Shawal, North Waziristan, killing 13; U.S., Pakistan highlight joint plan to expand trade and investment over next five years; Prime Minister meets with Chinese Premier; Pakistan will seek good relations with India regardless of election results; Foreign Office Spokesman says relations with Iran are “good” despite border guards incident; Lahore bomb blast injures 17; Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court grants bail to LeJ leader.

TTP ceasefire expires today; Gunmen kill two militants from the Badar Mansur group in Miram Shah; TTP spokesman condemns Sibi and Islamabad attacks; Gunman kill four alleged militants in North Waziristan agency; Gunmen fire on NATO convoy, killing one; Gunmen kill PML-N Vice President in Karachi; World Bank raises Pakistan’s economic growth forecast to 4 percent; Army chief holds meeting of Corps Commanders reportedly resentful of critical statements by ministers; ASWJ leader wins Jhang District parliamentary election; Al Qaeda advertises interview with top TTP-al Qaeda sharia official.

Islamabad bombing kills 24, injures 116; United Baloch Army claims responsibility, TTP denies involvement; TTP accuses government of violating ceasefire, dithering over TTP demands; Iran reportedly initiates new Iran-Oman-India (IOI) pipeline project; Clashes between TTP factions continue in South Waziristan; Five dead in clash between rival TTP groups in Tank; 24 blasts throughout Sindh coincide with Sindhi separatist group’s strike; Bomb targets railroad in Nawabshah district; Three bomb attacks target railroads in Hyderabad and Jamshoro; Four injured in Karachi grenade attacks; Police defuse bomb targeting railway in Punjab; Musharraf transferred to hospital in Karachi; Corps Commanders meet to discuss internal, external security threats with military leadership; IMF projects slow but steady growth; Baloch group calls for province-wide strike to protest security operation in Kalat district.

Ongoing clashs between TTP factions kill ten more; Pakistani intelligence warn of terrorist attacks in major cities by Ahrar-ul-Hind; Train bombing kills 16 in Balochistan; Five killed in gunfight between Indian forces and militants in Indian-administered Kashmir; Iranian border guards’ freedom bought with release of anti-Iran militants; Iran and Pakistan hold joint Naval exercises; Army chief voices possible frustration over Musharraf prosecution; Opposition parties plan to challenge new anti-terror law in court; Finance Minister in Washington for talks with U.S., IMF, World Bank.

Government considers establishing special panel to investigate cases of TTP prisoners; Ministry of Interior approves release of 13 more TTP prisoners; TTP intermediary says prisoners released not on TTP’s wish list; TTP Mohmand Chief says Shariah law can only be implemented through force; Anti-Terrorism Court in Quetta issues arrest warrant for former president Pervez Musharraf; Iran and Pakistan to conduct joint naval exercises; National security adviser says next Indian Prime Minister will have to negotiate on Kashmir; Possible TTP infighting kills 20 in North Waziristan; TTP-launched website promptly blocked; Frontier Corps kill 30 militants in Balochistan; Four injured in Balochistan grenade attack; Three suspected BRA militants arrested trying to blow up gas pipeline; IDPs beginning to return to Kurram agency; Three dead and two injured in North Waziristan tribal clashes; Mortar shells from Afghanistan land in North and South Waziristan; Police kill two TTP activists in Karachi; Policeman injured in Karachi grenade attack; Three killed in Karachi violence; Express News Peshawar bureau chief survives grenade attack.

Interior Ministry confirms that 19 TTP prisoners have been released; TTP and government negotiating committees meet; Prime Minister holds high-level meeting on TTP talks; TTP extends ceasefire until April 10; Jaish al Adl releases Iranian border guards; Afghanistan and Pakistan close border post ahead of Afghan elections; Two injured in Charsadda district blast; One dead and four injured in Nowshera district blast; Former President Musharraf ordered to appear in court on April 25.

TTP members split over ceasefire agreement; TTP Mohmand chief threatens attacks against government; TTP spokesman says talks can continue in absence of formal ceasefire; TTP political shura member says TTP has not issued new official stance on ceasefire yet; Prime Minister reportedly approves release of 16 TTP prisoners, spokesman for Prime Minister denies reports; Former President Musharraf’s convoy misses bomb attack; Musharraf’s counsel claims Musharraf was offered, rejected deal that would exile him for five years; Musharraf submits application to Supreme Court seeking removal of travel ban; U.S. and Pakistan close to deal for MRAP vehicles; Pakistan to increase security on Afghan border in anticipation of election violence; Senior Afghan official reports TTP escalates attacks on border posts; Main Afghan candidates want improved relations with Pakistan; Mortar shells from Afghanistan land in North Waziristan agency.