Pakistan Security Brief

Pakistan Security Brief – April 29, 2010

Intelligence officials believe TTP leader Hakimullah Mehsud is still alive; security forces continue offensive in Lower Orakzai; militants blow up schools in Orakzai and Mohmand; targeted killings in Swat raise fears of Taliban resurgence; Taliban flogging video’s authenticity called into question; Pakistan releases six top Afghan Taliban leaders; top terrorist arrested in Karachi raid; US and Pakistan make efforts to boost military cooperation; Christian man killed in Quetta targeted killing.



Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (formerly NWFP)

Taliban leaders released

  • Pakistani authorities have reportedly released six top Afghan Taliban leaders captured in the wake of Abdul Ghani Baradar’s arrest in February. Taliban sources have confirmed the release of Abdul Qayim Zakir, Baradar’s top military commander. Also allegedly released were Maulvi Abdul Kabir, a Peshawar-based commander of the insurgency in eastern Afghanistan, three of Kabir’s top deputies, and Latif Mansoor, another senior Taliban commander in eastern Afghanistan.[6]


US-Pakistan relations

  • An article in the Washington Post examines US’ military aid and cooperation with Pakistan. Many in both the US and Pakistani defense and intelligence establishments, in addition to large segments of the Pakistani public, have expressed concern over the nature of the relationship between the two countries. An additional 50 US military personnel and four F-16 fighter jets are scheduled to arrive in Pakistan by June.[8]


[1] Munir Ahmed and Ishtiaq Mehsud, “Intel: Pakistan Taliban chief now believed alive,” Washington Post, April 29, 2010. Available at “Pakistan Taliban Chief Believed Alive,” New York Times, April 29, 2010. Available at Declan Walsh, “Pakistan Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud is alive, says spy agency,” The Guardian, April 28, 2010. Available at
[2] “Commander, 17 militants killed in Orakzai,” Express Tribune, April 29, 2010. Available at “Two commandos among 17 terrorists killed in Orakzai,” Geo, April 29, 2010. Available at
[4] “Pakistan Taliban militants ‘reappear’ in Swat valley,” BBC, April 29, 2010. Available at
[5] Alex Rodriguez, “Taliban flogging video may show different girl, but message is the same,” Los Angeles Times, April 29, 2010. Available at,0,4909489,print.story.
[6] “Top Taliban leader among six set free by Pakistan,” Daily Times, April 29, 2010. Available at\04\29\story_29-4-2010_pg7_13.
[7] “Top terrorist arrested in Karachi,” Daily Times, April 29, 2010. Available at\04\29\story_29-4-2010_pg7_9.
[8] Karen DeYoung, “U.S., Pakistan bolster joint efforts, treading delicately,” Washington Post, April 29, 2010. Available at
[9] “Christian dies in Quetta target killing,” Daily Times, April 29, 2010. Available at\04\29\story_29-4-2010_pg7_5.
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