Pakistan Security Brief
Pakistan Security Brief – July 10, 2009Pakistani army spokesman Gen. Abbas indicates that the Pakistani military has maintained contacts with Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar and is willing to mediate between Omar and the U.S. in exchange for concessions related to India; unidentified local sources claim TNSM commander Fazlullah is critically wounded; UN relief coordinator highlights difficulties in repatriating refugees following Pakistani military operations in Malakand; four Pakistani policemen were killed in an attack on a checkpost in Bajaur agency.
- Pakistani army spokesman Gen. Athar Abbas has said in an interview that Pakistan’s intelligence services have maintained contact with Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar and are willing to mediate between the Taliban and the U.S. government in exchange for “concessions from Washington over Islamabad’s concerns with longtime rival India.” Senior U.S. officials reportedly told CNN that “the Obama administration is willing both to talk to top Taliban leaders and to raise some of Pakistan’s concerns with India.”
- The BBC, echoing statements made recently by Pakistan military spokesmen, reports that Mullah Fazlullah is critically wounded in Imam Dehri “without access to medical assistance and is close to death,” according to a resident of Mingora with “close contacts” to militants in the area.
- The UN’s top relief coordinator, John Holmes, stated on Friday that the repatriation and reconstruction effort following Pakistan’s operation in Malakand could cost “…billions of dollars for a year or so.” Holmes also stated that the security situation would not normalize overnight and that “…the returns (of internally displaced persons) are voluntary and conditions are right.”
- According to military spokespeople, Pakistani security forces have killed and captured several militants, and destroyed militant hideouts, in Swat on Thursday.
- Four policemen were killed in Bajaur in a militant attack on a check post on Friday. Officials say about two dozen militants attacked a post near Khar, the main town in Bajaur.
 Michael Ware, “Pakistan says Taliban leader will talk to U.S”, CNN, July 10, 2009. Available at http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/07/10/pakistan.taliban.omar/
 Syed Shoaib Hasan, “Swat Taliban chief 'near death'”, BBC , July 10, 2009. Available at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8144772.stm
 “Pakistan reconstruction could cost billions: UN”, AFP, July 10, 2009. Available at http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5ieOCsopys1zUh4dVPH_l4Smyo9yQ
 “Forces kill several militants in Swat”, The News Online, July 10, 2009. Available at http://thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=23194
 “Militants kill four tribal policemen in Bajaur”, Dawn News Online, July 10, 2009. Available at http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/04-militants-kill-four-tribal-policemen-bajaur-qs-02