Pakistan Security Brief

 TTP confirms Wali-ur-Rehman’s death, White House declines to confirm; Militant assault in Orakzai kills 23; Three bombs detonate in Bannu; IED kills anti-Taliban militia member; Pakistani military operations in Kurram and Khyber agencies continue; Gang apprehended stealing from NATO containers; Indian PM optimistic in talks with incoming PM Nawaz Sharif; Pervez Khattak elected chief minister in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa; Imran Khan urges crack down on drones; JUI-S chief criticizes drones; Musharraf to remain in Pakistan; Ambassador Dobbins visits Pakistan.

Death of Top Taliban Leader

  • The TTP on Thursday confirmed the death of Wali-ur Rehman, which occurred on May 29, and declared they were withdrawing from peace talks with the incoming Nawaz Sharif-led Pakistani government. According to TTP spokesman Ehanullah Ehsan, the TTP will “seek revenge from Pakistan and the United States and teach them a lesson.” According to several Taliban commanders from Rehman’s home agency of South Waziristan, Taliban commander Khan Said was picked by six commander's from Rehman's faction to replace him, though this decision has not been approved by the central TTP leadership, indicating the possibility of internal divisions within the TTP. The Obama administration has not yet confirmed the death of Wali-ur-Rehman.1


  • On Friday, an assault by approximately 100 militants on a security post in Mamuzai, Orakzai agency, left 3 Pakistani soldiers and 20 militants dead, with another 15 soldiers and 13 militants wounded. Security sources believe that the attack occurred in response to the death of Wali-Ur-Rehman’s, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) second-in-command, who was killed on Wednesday in a U.S. drone strike.2

  • Three blasts rocked Bannu district, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, on Friday, killing one security guard, and wounding three others. Two of the blasts occurred one after the other in Bannu’s Janikhel area. Militants also demolished a girls’ primary school in the Maryan area with explosives, though no casualties have been reported.3

  • An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded in Peshawar early on Friday morning, killing a Masho Khel anti-Taliban milita member. 4

  • The Pakistan Air Force killed 18 militants and destroyed five militant shelters in airstrikes on Thursday in the Parachamkani region of Kurram agency, as part of a Pakistani military operation in the area which began on May 11. 5

  • In conjunction with the air strikes, Pakistani security forces also managed to regain a footing on the western Maidan area of Khyber agency. Following a Thursday night assault by militant forces, in which three soldiers were killed, Pakistani forces gained control of Mohammadi Top. According to an official, over 20 militants were killed in the operation. 6

  • A gang was apprehended while stealing from NATO containers at a warehouse according to a local police official on Thursday on the Grand Trunk Road in Nowshera district, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.7


Indo-Pak Relations

  • Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced on Friday that early signs indicate that Pakistani prime minister-in-waiting Nawaz Sharif is committed to a peaceful bilateral relationship between the two nations. According to Singh, immediately following the results of the May 11 elections in Pakistan, Singh telephoned Sharif to congratulate him on his success. Both Singh and Sharif also extended invitations to visit each other’s respective countries. 11

U.S.-Pakistan Relations

1Tim Craig and Haq Nawaz Khan, Pakistan’s Taliban rejects peace talks, citing No.2 leader’s death in U.S. drone strike. Washington Post May 30, 2013. Available at
Ismail Khan and Ihshanullah Tipu Mehsud. “Hints of a rift after Pakistani Taliban deputy’s death.” New York Times. May 30, 2013. Available at
US silent on Waliur Rehman’s death in drone attack.” The News. May 31, 2013. Available at
2 Zahir Sherazi, “Three soldiers and twenty militants killed in Orakzai clash.” Dawn, May 31, 2013. Available at
3Zahir Sherazi, “Blasts kill one, injure three in Banu.” Dawn, May 31,2013. Available at
4 Zahir Sherazi, “Bomb blast in Peshawar kills peace committee member.” Dawn. May 31, 2013. Available at
5“18 militants killed in Kurram shelling.” The News. May 31, 2013. Available at
6“Security forces regain control of Maidan, Khyber Agency.” Tribune. May 31, 2013. Available at
7“Gang stealing NATO goods busted.” The News. May 31, 2013. Available at
8 Mansoor Malik. “Imran wants Nawaz to debut term with strike at drones.” Dawn. May 30, 2013. Available at
9Zahir Sherazi, “Pervez Khattak elected CM Khyber Pakhtunkwa.” Dawn, May 31, 2013. Available at
10“Musharraf ‘determined’ to face charges.” Dawn. May 31. 2013. Available at
11“Signals from Nawaz positive, likely to improve ties: Indian PM.” Dawn, May 31, 2013. Available at
12Kamran Yousaf. “New envoy: Drones impede Pakistan’s role in Afghan peace, says Nawaz.” Tribune. Available at
13Muhammad Saleh Zaafir. “US AfPak envoy on a fact-finding mission.” The News. May 31, 2013. Available at
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