Pakistan Security Brief
Second round of peace talks, likely to be held in Spin Thall, postponed reportedly due to bad weather; Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry rejects Afghanistan’s National Security Council’s claims that Pakistan was involved in attack on Kabul’s Hotel Serena; Jaish al Adl executes one of five kidnapped Iranian border guards; Body of kidnapped polio worker discovered; Islamabad High Court summons DG ISI to appear before court over the missing persons case; Prime Minister wants Pakistan to admitted to Nuclear Suppliers Group.
According to a Tuesday article in The News, direct talks between the government-nominated negotiating committee and the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan’s (TTP) central shura will likely be held in Spin Thall, near the northern border of North Waziristan agency. Peace talks were initially expected to begin on Monday or Tuesday, but due to bad weather and unspecified logistical reasons, the dialogue has been delayed. TTP intermediary Professor Ibrahim Khan told the Express Tribune that the TTP committee was working to extend the month-long ceasefire, or convert it into a permanent peace agreement.
On Monday, the Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman, Tasneem Aslam, rejected claims made by Afghanistan’s National Security Council (NSC) alleging that Pakistan was involved in the attack on Kabul’s Serena Hotel on Thursday. The NSC, chaired by President Hamid Karzai, claimed that a Pakistani diplomat was “scoping out the corridors” of the hotel, adding that “foreign intelligence services” were responsible for the attack.
On Monday, a deputy provincial governor for security affairs in Sistan-Balochistan stated that an al Qaeda-affiliated, Pakistan-based militant group, Jaish al Adl, executed one of the five Iranian border guards kidnapped by the group last month. Jaish al Adl has demanded the release of its members, who are jailed in Iran, as well as the release of al Qaeda-linked rebels arrested in Syria.
On Monday, the Islamabad High Court summoned the Director General of the Inter-Serivce Intelligence (ISI) to appear before the court in response to a petition filed by the wife of a “missing person” who alleges that the ISI kidnapped her husband in Khushab district, Punjab. Last week, the Lahore High Court also issued notices to the Directors General of the ISI and Military Intelligence in response to a petition seeking the recovery of another missing person.