Pakistan Security Brief

TTP split a “surprise” to Mullah Omah; U.S. is “winding down” drone program in Pakistan; U.S. Secretary of State has phone conversation with Prime Minister; JuD leader says Kashmir dispute should take precedence over economic ties with India; Bomb Disposal Squad defuses bomb in Peshawar; Militants attack members of Shia clan, killing four; Van carrying newspapers burned in Rawalpindi.

TTP Split

  • According to a Friday article in The News, the split in the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has come as a surprise to Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar, who made considerable efforts to end the infighting and secure the support of TTP fighters for the annual spring offensive against foreign troops in Afghanistan. Khan Said “Sajna,” who split from the TTP, pledged his allegiance to Mullah Omar and stated that his followers would follow the policies of former TTP leader Baitullah Mehsud. According to the article, Khan Said’s allegiance to Mullah Omar and his support from many Mehsuds, the Punjabi Taliban, Hafiz Gul Bahadur, the Afghan Taliban, and the Haqqani network, will “cost Fazlullah heavily in the long run.”[1]

U.S.-Pakistan Relations

  • A Friday article in the Associated Press stated that the U.S. is “winding down” the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)-operated drone program in Pakistan. According to the article, the change is due to “stricter rules, diplomatic sensitivities and the changing nature of the al Qaeda threat.” The article also noted that many senior al Qaeda officials have been killed in Pakistan, and that Pakistan’s tribal areas are no longer a “hotbed of al Qaeda activity” like they once were.[2]

  • On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had a phone conversation with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.[3]

India-Pakistan Relations

  • According to a Friday report in The News, Jamaat-ud Dawa leader Hafiz Muhammad Saeed publicly addressed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to say that economic ties with India should not be improved until the Kashmir dispute is resolved. In a speech on Thursday, Saeed accused Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi of causing Indian Muslims to support Pakistan and said that Muslims should create a common currency, market, and defense policy.[4]


  • On Friday, the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) found and defused an improvised explosive device (IED) placed under a vehicle near the Khyber Teaching Hospital University Town in Peshawar.[5]

  • On Thursday, militants attacked a convoy of members of the Sipahe Tribe—a mainly Shia clan—who were returning from a funeral in Lal Pura, Orakzai agency, killing three tribesmen, a Levies official, and one of the militants involved in the attack. No one has claimed responsibility.[6]

  • On Thursday, unidentified men in Rawalpindi attacked a van carrying Jang and The News newspapers and burned it.[7]


[1] Amir Mir, “Mulla Omar gets a rude shock as TTP breaks up,” The News, May 30, 2014. Available at:
[2] “US appears to wind down drone campaign in Pakistan: Report,” Express Tribune, May 30, 2014. Available at:
[3] “John Kerry Calls Nawaz Sahrif,” The News, May 29, 2014. Available at:
[4] “Saeed Links Trade with India to “Kashmir Solution,” The News, May 30, 2014. Available at:
[5] Zahir Shah Sherazi, “Terror plot foiled as a bomb defused in Peshawar,” Dawn, May 30, 2014. Available at:
[6] Zahir Shah Sherazi, “Paramilitary soldier among three killed in Orakzai attack,” Dawn, May 30, 2014. Available at: “Four killed in Lower Orakzai firing,” Express Tribune, May 29, 2014. Available at: “Five killed in Orakzai as gunmen attack people returning from funeral,” The News, May 30, 2014. Available at:
[7] “Van Carrying Jang, The News Bundles Set on Fire in Rawalpindi,” The News, May 30, 2014. Available at:,-The-News-bundles-set-on-fire-in-Rawalpindi-
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