Pakistan Security Brief

Pakistan Security Brief - July 28, 2009�

Operations in Swat and Dir conducted by local militias and Pakistani security forces reportedly killed nearly a dozen on Tuesday; a suicide bomber killed two policemen at a checkpoint in Miram Shah, North Waziristan; Pakistani helicopters shelled Lashkar-e Islam positions in Khyber agency on Tuesday; the United Nations refugee organization suspended operations in NWFP and Baluchistan following threats from a Baluch nationalist group.�

  • A suicide bomber killed two policemen in an attack on a checkpoint close to Miram Shah in North Waziristan agency on Tuesday. Elsewhere in the FATA, Pakistani gunships shelled the positions of Lashkar-e-Islam militants in Khyber agency.[1]
  • The decapitated body of a policeman was found near Mingora, Swat on Tuesday morning; this is the first incident of its kind since the Swat Taliban lost control of the district capital to military forces. Elsewhere, in Swat and Upper Dir districts, close to a dozen militants were killed and several captured in operations being conducted by a local militia and Pakistani security forces. Also, a senior Pakistani security officer says forces have rescued dozens of boys in Swat who had been brainwashed into becoming suicide bombers.[2]
  • Ambassador Richard Holbrooke on Monday called for the creation of a secure environment for IDPs returning to Swat before the Pakistan military launches a new offensive in Waziristan. He said the U.S. "did not expect Pakistan to launch another major military offensive while it was still struggling with the refugee problem."[3]
  • Pakistani police admitted on Monday that Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Muhammadi (TNSM) chief Maulana Sufi Muhammad was in custody and that, contrary to earlier expectations, he was being held in jail, not in a hospital as on previous occasions. Furthermore, reports emerged that he was arrested right before attempting to make a public appearance in Peshawar; the government says it will put Sufi Muhammad on trial pending preparation of evidence.[4]
  • The United Nations High Commission for Refugees has suspended its operations in the NWFP and Balochistan after receiving threats from a Baloch nationalist group, Balochistan Liberation United Front (BLUF). The group accused the UN of going back on a deal made in April over the release of a kidnapped UN official in Balochistan.[5]

[1] "Suicide attack kills two in Waziristan", Dawn News Online, July 28, 2009. Available at Ibrahim Shinwari, "20 militants killed in Khyber air strike" Dawn News Online, July 28, 2009. Available at
[2] Pir Zubair Shah, "Police Officer Is Found Beheaded in Pakistan's Swat Valley", New York Times, July 28, 2009. Available at "11 militants die in Dir, Swat", The News Online, July 28, 2009. Available at Augustine Anthony, "Pakistan rescues boys trained as suicide bombers", Reuters, July 28, 2009. Available at
[3] "US will want IDPs settled before action in Waziristan'", Dawn News Online, July 28, 2009. Available at
[4] Javed Aziz Khan, "Sufi Muhammad shifted to prison", The News Online, July 28, 2009. Available at Mazhar Tufail, "TNSM eliminated in Malakand", The News Online, July 28, 2009. Available at
[5] "UN body quits Pakistani provinces", BBC, July 28, 2009. Available at

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