Pakistan Security Brief
Local, foreign fighters and tribesmen flee North Waziristan ahead of operation; Report claims PTI changing tune on operation; Pakistani and Indian troops escape of tire; PM Modi responds to PM Sharif by letter; PML-N leader assassinated in Balochistan; Policeman killed in attack on Lower Dir checkpost; Two wounded ; Three security officials dead as militants ambush convoy in Jamrud; Afghan presidential candidate survives assassination attempt.
North Waziristan Operation Rumors
According to Friday reports, local and foreign fighters, along with some 60,000 local tribesmen, have fled North Waziristan in anticipation of the start of Pakistani military options in the region. Many internally displaced persons (IDPs) were reportedly fleeing to Afghanistan. Locals estimate that 80 percent of local and foreign fighters have already left and an anonymous Pakistani intelligence official was quoted as saying that many militants were heading towards remote villages near the Afghan border and remote, mountainous areas near Birmal and Shawal. Locals: Local tribesmen also report that the Haqqani Network also appears to be less active and that a number of its fighters may have migrated to eastern Afghanistan. At least 6,000+ Pakistani refugees have arrived in Khost, Afghanistan, which they reportedly now consider to be safer than Pakistan.
According to a Friday report, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has started shifting its rhetoric with respect to a military operation in North Waziristan; media outlets now report the PTI conditionally supports action against the TTP in North Waziristan.
On Friday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi responded to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s outreach letter, condemning the attack on Karachi airport and stating his interest in deepening bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries.
On Friday, Pakistani officials alleged that Indian troops engaged in cross-border firing along the Line of Control in Kashmir and injured two civilians in the Nakyal and Battal sectors. Indian troops, in return, accuse the Pakistani military of firing first into Rajouri sector.
In a report released on Friday, UN experts on Taliban sanctions said al Qaeda affiliates from Pakistan and Uzbekistan were participating in regular attacks on Afghan forces across the border in Afghanistan, and were unlikely to be displaced easily in the future.
On Thursday, Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah stated that he wants “good neighborly relations” with Pakistan and seeks greater cooperation with Pakistan which he says also suffers from the same challenges of violence as Afghanistan.
After the Sindh High Court (SHC) struck down an order placing former President General Pervez Musharraf’s name on a Pakistani government no-fly list, Musharraf petitioned the court to allow him to leave the country. Musharraf submitted an earlier petition to the interior ministry on June 12. On Friday, the Pakistani government filed an appeal against the Sindh High Court’s decision and has threatened to appeal as far as the Supreme Court, if necessary, to keep Musharraf grounded.
“North Waziristan empties out as foreign fighters flee,” AFP, June 13, 2014. Available at http://www.dawn.com/news/1112503/north-waziristan-empties-out-as-foreign-fighters-flee
Zulfiqar Ali, “Fleeing tribesmen consider Afghanistan safer,” Dawn, June 13, 2014. Available at http://www.dawn.com/news/1112396/fleeing-tribesmen-consider-afghanistan-safer
“Travel restriction: Musharraf appeals to Sindh High Court for early departure,” Express Tribune, June 13, 2014. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/721269/travel-restriction-musharraf-appeals-to-sindh-high-court-for-early-departure/
“Govt will go to SC in Musharraf ECL case,” The News, June 14, 2014. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-13-30914-Govt-will-go-to-SC-in-Musharraf-ECL-case