Pakistan Security Brief

Pakistan Security Brief – March 25, 2010

Airstrikes in Orakzai kill 61; more details emerge about Mullah Omar’s replacement for Baradar; Qureshi says Pakistan to receive aid payment from US; Holbrooke says he does not see a US role in India-Pakistan talks; Gilani says delegation will address Saddiqi issue.



Baradar Replacement

  • More information has surfaced about Mullah Abdul Qayyum Zakir, Mullah Omar’s recently announced replacement for Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who was captured in Karachi back in January. Zakir commanded the Taliban’s forces in southern Afghanistan but was pulled back into Pakistan due to concerns that he might be killed or captured. Mullah Omar also apparently issued Zakir’s appointment without convening the Quetta Shura, suggesting that the leadership council is fearful about meeting in large numbers.[2]

Strategic Dialogue


[1] Hussain Afzal, “Pakistan: Airstrikes kill 61 suspected militants,” AP, March 25, 2010. Available at
[2] Dexter Filkins and Pir Zubair Shah, “After Arrests, Taliban Promote a Fighter,” New York Times, March 24, 2010. Available at
[3] Matthew Lee, “US, Pakistan  report only minor progress in talks,” AP, March 24, 2010. Available at
[4] Naryan Lakshman, “Holbrooke rules out mediation,” The Hindu, March 24, 2010. Available at
[5] “Pak delegates in US to discuss jailed scientist: PM,” AFP, March 25, 2010. Available at “Nation will be briefed on Pak-US dialogue: PM,” Dawn, March 25, 2010. Available at
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