Pakistan Security Brief

Pakistan Security Brief – June 7, 2010 

Security forces continue to battle with militants in Orakzai; clashes break out between TTP and LI in Khyber; government, security officials address tribal grand jirga in Bajaur; police seize vehicle carrying weapons being transferred to US embassy in Islamabad; prisoners arrested in Swat transferred from Peshawar jail to Mingora; Pakistan’s defense budget set for 17-percent rise in next fiscal year; new report examines a former army major’s links to jihadist groups and the protection provided to him by the military establishment; PML-N chief meets with senior party members to discuss terrorist links in south Punjab; life sentence issued for six terrorists who plotted to kill Americans in Lahore; police take action to quell violence between rival gangs in Karachi; rocket attack in Quetta wounds one policeman.




US embassy

  • On Saturday night, police in Islamabad seized a truck carrying military equipment allegedly bound for the US embassy and arrested the two men riding in the vehicle. The suspects told police that “American officials in Peshawar” had loaded the vehicle with M-16 rifles, 9mm pistols, ammunition, and black military uniforms for transportation to the US embassy in Islamabad. When phoned by police, the US embassy initially denied ownership of the equipment but later recanted and said that the equipment was being used “by the American trainers in Peshawar for training officials of police and the Frontier Constabulary.” US embassy spokesman Richard Snelsire stated that they had decided to move the equipment to the facility in Islamabad after the training project in Peshawar had ended and had duly informed the Pakistani army about the movement of the equipment, adding that the truck was carrying “only training equipment and no weapons.” The two arrested men were later released on bail but the equipment is still in police custody, which officials say will be released “after following proper procedure.”[4]






Jihadists protected








[1] Ifthikar Firdous, “40 killed in Orakzai strikes,” Express Tribune, June 6, 2010. Available at “44 terrorists killed in Orakzai,” Daily Times, June 7, 2010. Available at\06\07\story_7-6-2010_pg7_3. “militant commander killed in Orakzai clashes,” Express Tribune, June 6, 2010. Available at  “Eleven militants killed in Orakzai clashes,” Dawn, June 7, 2010. Available at
[2] Ifthikar Firdous, “21 killed as militant groups clash in Khyber,” Express Tribune, June 7, 2010. Available at Ashrafuddin Pirzada, “Death toll in TTP-LI clashes reaches 21,” The News, June 7, 2010. Available at
[3] “Elders, authorities pledge joint struggle for Bajaur peace,” The News, June 7, 2010. Available at “Jirga extends support to govt for peace in Bajaur,” Frontier Post, June 7, 2010. Available at
[4] “Police seize US embassy’s military equipment,” Express Tribune, June 7, 2010. Available at
[5] “More than 30 prisoners shifted to Mingora prison,” Frontier Post, June 5, 2010. Available at
[7] Asif Shahzad and Chris Brummitt, “Ex-major’s loyalties embody Pakistan’s jihad woes,” AP, June 6, 2010. Available at
[8] “PML-N mulls possible south Punjab operation,” Express Tribune, June 7, 2010. Available at
[9] “Six terrorists jailed for life,” The News, June 6, 2010. Available at
[10] Imran Ayub, “Zikri’s brother, aide killed in Lyari gang warfare,” Dawn, June 6, 2010. Available at Salis bin Perwaiz, “Lyari gang war enters fifth day; three killed,” The News, June 7, 2010. Available at
[11] “Policeman injured in Quetta rocket attack,” Daily Times, June 7, 2010. Available at\06\07\story_7-6-2010_pg7_25.
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