Pakistan Security Brief
Pakistan Security Brief – July 16, 2009The Pakistani military on Thursday deployed infantry units, tanks, and armored vehicles to Miramshah in North Waziristan; airstrikes on Wednesday left several dead in areas on South Waziristan; Pakistani security forces claim to have destroyed militant hideouts and killed more than a dozen militants in Buner district near the Swat valley on Wednesday; a U.N. official was shot during an aborted kidnapping at a refugee camp in Peshawar on Thursday.
Talks between the foreign secretaries of Pakistan and India concerning the resumption of normal dialogue between the countries failed to achieve concrete results on Tuesday night. Both sides agreed, however, on the need for a mutual effort to combat terrorism, and will resume discussion on Thursday.
- Large numbers of infantry units, tanks, and other armored vehicles were deployed Thursday from Mirali to a base in Miramshah, North Waziristan. Separately, a checkpoint bombing resulted in one injury in South Waziristan. Elsewhere, in South Waziristan, airstrikes Wednesday on militant locations near Sararogha and Ladha left five dead and six wounded according to Pakistani security officials.
- Security forces in Buner district say they destroyed seven hideouts and killed fourteen suspected militants Wednesday in their ongoing operation to cleanse Swat of Taliban insurgents. Wanted commander Abu Laith is reportedly among the casualties. Despite the ongoing violence, the government continued to transport IDPs back to the region.
- U.N. official Zill-e-Usman was shot Thursday during an aborted kidnapping attempt at a Peshawar refugee camp. This is the third such attack on U.N. officials in Pakistan in the past five months, and sparked fears of rising violence along the Afghan border. The gunmen responsible—who fled the scene—have not been identified.
 “Deadlock in initial Pak-India talks,” Dawn News, July 16, 2009. Available: http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/11-deadlock-in-initial-pak-india-talks--il--15
 Alamgir Bhittani, “Air strike, rocket attacks in S. Waziristan,” Dawn News, July 16, 2009. Available: http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/air-strike%2C-rocket-attacks-in-waziristan-679
 “Wanted Taliban leader, 13 others killed,” The News, July 16, 2009. Available: http://thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=23288
 “UN worker, guard killed in northwest Pakistan,” Dawn News, July 16, 2009. Available: http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/08-un-worker-shot-wounded-at-refugee-camp-in-northwest-pakistan-ts-01