Weekly Assessments & Briefings
Volume 11, No. 3, July 23, 2012
July 17-23, 2012
Pakistan generals plotted 26/11 along with JuD chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, reveals Abu Jundal: The handler of the November 26, 2008 (26/11) Mumbai terrorist attacks and Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) operative Syed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal has disclosed that LeT founder and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed used to often meet top Pakistan Army corps commanders in Pakistan to plan major terror strikes in India, including 26/11. In fact Jundal claims that at one such meeting, top Army officers categorically instructed Saeed that the Mumbai case (26/11) should be a fidayeen (suicide) attack, and that no one should be caught alive.
He also told his interrogators that the planning for 26/11 started long back but a final team to monitor the attack, with different tasks, was formed one year before the strike. Jundal, source said, was kept out of some meetings in which Saeed and Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi were present and he was given the task of teaching Hindi to the 10 terrorists and explaining the locations in Mumbai to them. Asian Age, July 19, 2012; Times of India, July 20, 2012.
''Enough evidence for Pak to prosecute 26/11 masterminds'', asserts Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur: Insisting that there is enough evidence to prosecute November 26, 2008 (26/11) Mumbai attacks perpetrators, India on July 18, said that Pakistan must take action on the proof provided to it. Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur commented, "We certainly press on all the time to Pakistan that they must bring the perpetrators to book. We feel that there was enough evidence and that they should take that into account to bring them to book". PTI, July 19, 2012.
'Won't allow al Qaeda foothold in Jammu and Kashmir', says GOC 15 Corps: Lieutenant General Om Prakash, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Army's Srinagar based 15 Corps, maintaining that situation in Kashmir is stable and peaceful, said on July 19 that Army will not allow international terror group al Qaeda to establish its foothold in the Valley. "No al Qaeda will come here, we assure you that. Until our security forces are here, we will not allow them to be here," the GOC asserted. Daily Excelsior, July 20, 2012.
Nagaland Chief Minister proposes NSCN interim Government in Nagaland, says report: The Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio is believed to have proposed to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to form an interim Government in Nagaland taking representatives from all factions of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) outfits and hold the State Assembly elections after a gap of at least a year or two to restore permanent peace and stability in the State. During his close door meeting with the Prime Minister on June 27, Rio is reported to have readily offered to resign at any point of time for the interest of peace and stability in Nagaland. Kangla Online, July 19, 2012.
Naxals have set up weapons testing laboratories in the Abujmaad forests of Chhattisgarh, says report: National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Central intelligence agencies have information that Naxals [Left-Wing Extremists] have set up weapons testing laboratories in the Abujmaad forests of Chhattisgarh. "We did get some leads during Techie Anna's [RK] interrogation but then more intelligence was developed following which we got concrete information that Naxals were developing dangerous weapons through R&D at these laboratories. Now we trying to trace their exact location," a senior investigating official said.. Deccan Chronicle, July 17, 2012.
CPN-UML Janajati leaders relieved of responsibilities: The Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) relieved around a dozen Janajati (indigenous people) leaders of their responsibilities for what it termed their "non-compliance with the party's official position on federalism" and for remaining absent in party meetings for a long time. However, the leaders will continue to hold their party posts until another decision is taken, according to party leaders. ekantipur, July 20, 2012.
47 civilians and three SFs among 51 persons killed during the week in Karachi: At least seven people were killed in separate incidents of violence in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, on July 21.
At least six people, including a World Health Organisation (WHO) doctor, were killed in Karachi on July 20.
At least 11 persons, including two Policemen, Jama'at Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) leader and a State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) employee, were killed in separate incidents of violence in Karachi on July 19.
11 persons, including a Policeman and a former Sunni Tehreek (ST) cadre, were killed in separate incidents of target killing in Karachi on July 18.
At least seven persons, including a criminal, an activist of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Awami National Party (ANP) and Jama'at-e-Islami (JeI), were killed in separate acts of target killing in Karachi on July 17.
Six people were killed in separate violent incidents that took place in Karachi on July 16. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, July 17-23, 2012.
25 civilians and 16 militants among 42 persons killed during the week in FATA: Fighter jets bombed suspected militant hideouts in Dabori area of Orakzai Agency in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on July 22, killing 15 militants and injuring eight others.
A suicide bomber detonated an explosive laden vehicle near the house of a pro-Government militant 'commander' Maulvi Nabi, killing at least nine persons, including four children, three of them being girls, and injuring 13 others, in a war of attrition between two militant outfits in Speen Tall area of Orakzai Agency on July 21.
Three bullet-riddled dead bodies were found in different areas of Bajaur Agency on July 19.
At least 12 Shiite Muslims were killed when a roadside bomb hit their minibus at Spai village in the Orakzai Agency on July 18. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer , July 17-23, 2012.
15 militants and nine civilians among 24 persons killed during the week in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Four people, including three members of the same family, died and eight others suffered injuries when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was detonated using a remote-controlled device near a pick-up truck in Doog Darra area of Upper Dir District on July 21.
At least three unidentified dead bodies, including that of a young girl, were found in different parts of Peshawar on July 19.
At least six militants were killed when Security Forces (SFs) retaliated to a militants' attack on the Gambhir and Arandu security checkposts in Chitral District on July 18.
At least five militants were killed in a clash with SFs when they attacked a Frontier Constabulary (FC) checkpost in Dhand area of Thall tehsil (revenue unit) of Hangu District on July 17.
Four militants were killed in July 16 militants' attack on a Police Station in Bannu city. Daily Times; Dawn; The News; Tribune; Central Asia Online; The Nation; The Frontier Post; Pakistan Today; Pakistan Observer, July 17-23, 2012
Balochistan, though foreign abetted, is an internal issue for the State and people of Pakistan to resolve, says PM Raja Parvez Ashraf: Prime Minister (PM) Raja Parvez Ashraf on July 17 said that the turbulence in Balochistan, though foreign abetted, is an internal issue for the State and people of Pakistan to resolve. The Prime Minister said all our friends interested to bring about peace in this region are expected to respect the sovereignty of Pakistan and the aspirations of more than 95% people of Balochistan, who are as patriotic Pakistanis as in any other part of the country. Pakistan Observer July 18, 2012.
ISI's political cell is illegal, rules Supreme Court: The Government may not have been willing to produce evidence of the existence of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)'s notorious political cell, but the Supreme Court still declared on July 16 that the cell, if it did, or does, exist, was illegal. The Supreme Court adjudged the political cell 'void ab initio' - that is, null and void from the start. The decision was taken in a petition dealing with the ISI's direct manipulation of the 1990 general elections - a petition commonly referred to as the Asghar Khan petition. Tribune, July 17, 2012.
JuD chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed makes informal entry into Pakistan politics: Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) founder and Jama'at-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, who has a USD 10 million bounty on his head and is an accused in November 26, 2008 (26/11) Mumbai terror attacks, has made his informal entry in the political arena by moving the Lahore High Court (LHC) against the Pakistan's corruption-riddled and profligate ruling elite through his first ever ''political-focused'' petition. Sources claimed that JuD leadership has made up its mind to get involved in political-oriented issues step-by-step and the Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) forum was one part of the well-devised strategic chain of political agenda. Indian Express, July 17, 2012.
US House of Representatives wants Haqqani Network branded as terrorists: The US House of Representatives on July 17 urged the US State Department to designate the Pakistan-based Haqqani network as a foreign terrorist group. On a voice vote, US lawmakers approved a bill that referred to the Haqqani network as "the most dangerous of Afghan insurgent groups battling US-led forces in eastern Afghanistan". Daily Times, July 19, 2012.
US House of Representatives cut USD 650 million from its military aid to Pakistan: The US House of Representatives on July 19 cut USD 650 million from its military aid to Pakistan amid warnings that the move will send a wrong message to the Pakistani people. Senior Republican lawmakers claimed that they were trying to tamp down demands for still deeper reductions because of conservative anger at Pakistan's policies. Dawn, July 20, 2012.
Recent unrest in Vavuniya Prison was a conspiracy with links to the LTTE, says Police: Police have gathered information that the recent unrest in the Vavuniya Prison was a conspiracy with links to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam's (LTTE) international network and it was the same evil forces that tried to mask the particular incident by Vavuniya prison inmates, as a humanitarian act, Police Media spokesman SP Ajith Rohana in a special press release announced on July 17. As reported earlier, the incident occurred when three prison officials were held hostage for 19 hours by inmates during a protest by prisoners at the Vavuniya remand prison against the transfer of a suspected LTTE prisoner to another location. Daily News, July 18, 2012.
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