Contents

Incidents of Note
Alerts
Threat Advisories
Threat Statistics
Incident Map

Security Brief
Country: Pakistan
Date: April 21, 2015
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Incidents of Note

Alerts

Alert: 01                                                                      Type: Murder Convicts

Date: Apr-23, 2015                                                     Location: Punjab, Sargodha

Two murder convicts executed in Punjab jails

Two condemned prisoners were sent to gallows in Sargodha and Sahiwal jails early on Thursday.

LINK TO THE ARTICLE

 

Alert: 02                                                                      Type: Anti-Terrorism

Date: Apr-23, 2015                                                     Location: KPK, Tirah Valley

20 terrorists killed in Tirah valley airstrikes: ISPR

At least 20 terrorists have been killed in airstrikes carried out by security forces in Khyber tribal agency’s Tirah valley, the military said Thursday morning. LINK TO THE ARTICLE

 

Alert: 03                                                                      Type: Crime

Date: Apr-23, 2015                                                     Location: Sindh, Karachi

Alleged police encounter leaves two robbers dead in Karachi

Two dacoits were killed and two others injured in an alleged police encounter in Guslistan-e-Johar area.

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Alert: 04                                                                      Type: Poll Rigging

Date: Apr-23, 2015                                                     Location: Sindh, Karachi

Two arrested by Rangers for casting bogus votes

Rangers personnel on Thursday arrested two individuals, including a presiding officer, trying to cast bogus votes in Delhi School, Block 14, Federal B area, in one of the polling stations in NA-246 constituency. LINK TO THE ARTICLE

 

Alert: 05                                                                      Type: Terrorism

Date: Apr-23, 2015                                                     Location: Punjab, Lahore

Man believed to be behind church blasts arrested

A man suspected of involvement in the suicide blasts at two Youhanabad churches was arrested by the city police in a joint raid with intelligence agency officials on Wednesday. LINK TO THE ARTICLE

 

Alert: 06                                                                      Type: Counter Terrorism

Date: Apr-23, 2015                                                     Location: Sindh, Karachi

Police to chase felons fleeing Karachi Op

The Sindh government has decided to start operation against target killers, criminals and dacoits in rural and urban areas of the province. LINK TO THE ARTICLE

 

Alert: 07                                                                      Type: Judicial Enquiry

Date: Apr-23, 2015                                                     Location: Islamabad

Ghazi murder case: IHC directs trial court to decide on merit

The Islamabad High Court on Wednesday asked a trial court to decide on merit a plea file by former President Pervez Musharraf seeking exemption from appearing in court in the Ghazi Abdul Rasheed murder case. LINK TO THE ARTICLE

 

 

Alert: 08                                                                      Type: Law and order

Date: Apr-23, 2015                                                     Location: Sindh, Karachi

Rangers display weapons surrendered by public

A day after the Director-General Sindh Rangers Major-General Bilal Akbar issued a warning to all citizens of Karachi in possession of illegal weapons and licenses, officials of the paramilitary force displayed the arms surrendered by the public. LINK TO THE ARTICLE

 

Alert: 09                                                                      Type: Murder

Date: Apr-23, 2015                                                     Location: KPK

KP police accused of killing youth in custody

In a rare example of police brutality, model police of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, who are serving under the “NAYA Pakistan” regime, has allegedly killed a ‘missing’ minority youth after abduction and keeping into illegal custody for around eight months. LINK TO THE ARTICLE

 

Alert: 10                                                                      Type: Poll Rigging

Date: Apr-23, 2015                                                     Location: Islamabad

Judicial Commission issues notices to MQM and PML-N

The Judicial Commission (JC) on Thursday set the deadline for all political parties to submit any evidence of alleged rigging till noon on Saturday, April 25. LINK TO THE ARTICLE

 

Alert: 11                                                                      Type: Protest/Attack

Date: Apr-23, 2015                                                     Location: Sindh, Karachi

MQM workers burn PTI flag at Karimabad, Karachi

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) workers attacked Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)’s main office and burned the flag of the party. LINK TO THE ARTICLE

 

 

Alert: 12                                                                      Type: Accident

Date: Apr-23, 2015                                                     Location: Punjab, Lahore

Fire Broke Out In Garden Town In Lahore

The fire broke out in one of the restaurants in Garden Town In Lahore in the morning on Thursday. LINK TO THE ARTICLE

 

Alert: 13                                                                      Type: Murder convicts

Date: Apr-23, 2015                                                     Location: Punjab, Lahore

TWO CONVICTS HANGED AT KOT LAKHPAT JAIL

Lahore—Two death row prisoners were executed at Kot Lakhpat Jail here on Wednesday. According to jail sources, Muhammad Rizwan and Muazzam Khan were hanged after fulfilling medical and legal requirements. LINK TO THE ARTICLE

 

Alert: 14                                                                      Type: Political scenario

Date: Apr-23, 2015                                                     Location: Islamabad

NAWAZ, GEN RAHEEL MEETING TOP SAUDI LEADERSHIP TODAY

Islamabad—Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired a high-level civil-military consultative meeting on the latest situation in Yemen on Wednesday, during which it was decided that the premier will undertake a one-day visit to Saudi Arabia, along with Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif on Thursday.

LINK TO THE ARTICLE

 

Alert: 15                                                                      Type: Arrest

Date: Apr-23, 2015                                                     Location: Sindh, Karachi

Several arrested after MQM, PTI activists clash in Karimabad

Police resorted to baton-charge to disperse charged activists of Muttahia Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) who chanted slogans against each other outside an election camp of the PTI in Karimabad here on Thursday night. LINK TO THE ARTICLE

 

Alert: 16                                                                      Type: Arrest

Date: Apr-23, 2015                                                     Location: Punjab, Lahore

Accused arrested while fleeing

The police on Wednesday arrested an accused from the Lahore High Court who tried to escape after dismissal of his bail application. LINK TO THE ARTICLE

 

Alert: 17                                                                      Type: Death Sentence

Date: Apr-23, 2015                                                     Location: Punjab, Rawalpindi

Kidnapper given double death sentence

The anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Tuesday sentenced a kidnapper two-time death in a kidnapping for ransom case. Muhammad Adeel was found guilty of kidnapping Saad Ali on July 11, in 2014, for ransom.

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Alert: 18                                                                      Type: Law and Order

Date: Apr-23, 2015                                                     Location: Islamabad

Man goes missing from ‘police custody’

The family of one Muhammad Ikhlaq is running from pillar to post for his whereabouts since Margalla police allegedly picked him from Karachi Company Markaz on April 12. LINK TO THE ARTICLE

 

Alert: 19                                                                      Type: Law and Order

Date: Apr-23, 2015                                                     Location: Punjab, Lahore

Escape attempt foiled

A suspect, with the support of his lawyers, tried to flee after the Lahore High Court dismissed his bail application in a torture case but the police personnel arrested him here on Wednesday. LINK TO THE ARTICLE

 

Alert: 20                                                                      Type: Kidnapping

Date: Apr-23, 2015                                                     Location: Punjab, Lahore

Schoolboy abducted

A schoolboy was kidnapped from Sabzazar police precincts on Wednesday. Abdul Turab told the police that his son, Abu Bakar, went to school in the morning but did not return. LINK TO THE ARTICLE

Threat Advisories

Catalyst Services LLC


Potential Threat Levels

 

Pakistan

Moderate

Islamabad

Low to Moderate

Punjab

Moderate

Sindh

Moderate

KP

High

Balochistan

High

Islamabad Risk Level – Low to Moderate

02-12-15 At this time, the security situation in Islamabad remains Low to Moderate. No major incident of violence occurred during the reporting period. That being said, the ongoing struggle with extremist groups elsewhere in the country increased the possibility that the retaliatory attacks on government or infrastructure targets in the capitol. Islamabad continues to suffer from street level crime, however this is largely confined to the city outskirts and suburban areas beyond Islamabad proper. Concern over unscheduled protest is still a daily reality.

Islamabad Advisory

Only essential security measures are believed to be necessary in Islamabad at this time. Maintaining a high level of situational awareness is advised while living and working in Islamabad. Monitoring traffic levels and preparing multiple route options is advised in order to avoid potentially dangerous choke- points. Travelers should take all precautions to insure they avoid large crowds, high profile buildings, or other potentially valuable targets due to the increased threat of terrorist attacks nationwide.

Punjab Risk Level – Moderate

02-12-15. The security situation in Punjab remains Moderate. No Major incidents of violence occurred during the reporting period. However, all major cities of the province remain under the threat of terror attacks due to the militaries ongoing anti terror efforts. Protests remain a factor as multiple political parties continue to oppose load shedding by power and gas companies. Street level and more seri- ous crimes including armed robbery, assault, and kidnapping remain a constant threat.

Punjab Advisory

At this time it is necessary to adopt a requisite level of security measures while living or working in Punjab. While it is a far cry from many of the much more violent provinces in Pakistan, the region remains susceptible to violent crime and protests. Due to the heightened threat of terrorist violence, it is advisable to avoid military and government installations while in the area. Other high value targets like religious sites or large demonstrations/gatherings should also be avoided by travelers if possible.

Sindh Risk Level – Moderate

02-12-15 At this time the security situation in the Sindh province remains Moderate. Multiple incidents of violent crime including homicide occurred during the reporting period. Gang violence, target killings and bombings occur almost daily in the province. Karachi in particular, continues to suffer from high levels of violence and street level crime. It’s Prowess, as the nations major economic hub, makes it an especially valuable target to extremist/terrorist groups operating in the area. On its own, Karachi risk level rates higher than the province as a whole, but nowhere in the province is immune to routine political, criminal, and nationalist violence that has become it’s hallmark.

Sindh Advisory

Due to the long tradition of chronic lawless in the Sindh province, all available mitigation efforts should be taken when traveling or working in the area. Karachi in particular warrants a high level of profes- sional security measures to insure one does not fall victim/ become collateral damage of the continu- ous violence in or around the city. While traveling through other parts of the region, elevated caution levels should be exercised at all times especially in proximity to “high-risk” areas.

KP Risk Level – Moderate

02-12-15. The security situation in KP remains High. Multiple incidents occurred during the reporting period including the bombing of civilian train cars, multiple homicides, and arrests. . Continued military operations in the area make the threat of an attack by various terrorist groups a daily concern. While se- curity forces remain the most likely target of this increasing aggression, recent events have shown that schools and public places are not off limits to this type of violence.

KP Advisory

The high-risk levels in the KP and FATA regions warrant aggressive security measures in order to insure personal safety and operational success. Bespoke intelligence services and pre deployment surveil- lance may be necessary to significantly mitigate the constantly evolving risks associated with terrorist group and the potential backlash from Operation Zarb-e-azab. Other precautions should include, PPE and possibly manned guarding services, depending on the particular operations demands.

Balochistan Risk Level – High

02-12-15 At this time the security situation in the Balocistan province remains High. Although no incidents were recorded during the reporting period, Balochistan remains very unstable and constant- ly under threat of attack from militant extremist groups. Attacks on infrastructure targets (particularly gas pipelines) are common. Violence, assaults, target killings and kidnappings are frequent, as nearly defunct law and order system in the province continues to give way to a “wild west mentality” The Northwestern boarder of the province, continues to provide refuge to Pakistan Taliban members while also serving as a rear operating base for some members of the Afghan Taliban.

Balochistan Advisory

Due to the almost immedicable issues with law and order in the province, elevated security practic- es are recommended. Avoiding potential regions that are known to harbor extremists is advised. As well as limiting nighttime movements or operations, it is also important to take the proper precautions when working or traveling near possible terrorist targets.

Threat Statistics

Province/CityKidnappingsSuicide AttacksArrestsProtestsBombingsArmed AssaultTotal DeadTotal Injured
Totals00524705111
Islamabad005500000
Punjab00100221
Sindh00100120
KP0046740000
Balochistan00030270

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