Pakistan Security Brief

Pakistan Security Brief - September 21, 2009�

�Pakistani police began investigating a group of foreign nationals, including four Swedes, with alleged links to al Qaeda; Abu Faraj, a suicide-bombing mastermind affiliated with the Swat Taliban, was arrested on Monday; Pakistani police foiled an assassination attempt on the Northwest Frontier Province education minister; pro-government commander Turkistan Bhittani announced Saturday that he and his supporters would turn in their weapons.

  • �Pakistani police announced Monday that they are investigating a group of foreign nationals arrested on suspicion of ties to al Qaeda. The foreigners include four Swedish citizens, seven Turks, one Russian, and one Iranian; they were first detained August 28 outside Dera Ghazi Khan town in Punjab. At least two of them have a history of terrorism-linked arrest; one of the Swedes was released from Guantanamo Bay prison in 2004.[1]
  • Mohammad Nasim Shah, alias Abu Faraj, was arrested by the Pakistani military following security operations on Monday in the northwest Swat Valley area. Firaj, a close aide of Swat Taliban commander Maulana Fazlulluah, was reportedly an expert in recruiting and training suicide bombers.[2]
  • Pakistani police reportedly foiled an assassination attempt on the Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP) education minister on Monday. The plotters--a group of as-of-yet unidentified militants--were arrested during a clandestine meeting in a high-school building following a tipoff from a local informant.[3]
  • Pro-government militant commander Turkistan Bhittani declared on Saturday that he and over four hundred of his supporters would turn their weapons in as a protest against the government for attempting to disarm his people despite their help in the fight against Taliban insurgents.[4]� �

[1] "Pakistan probes detained Swedes on al-Qaeda ties," Dawn News, September 21, 2009. Available:
[4] Alamgir Bhittani, "Turkistan group 'lays down weapons," Dawn News, September 20, 2009. Available:
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