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Unfortunately, the playing field has changed and International Non- Governmental Organizations and other associated entities now encounter rising security threats that force the implementation of new, more effective security policies and procedures, evacuation plans and business continuity plans. In most areas of Pakistan it is beneficial to coordinate with local and federal law enforcement agencies, which at times becomes difficult given the wide variety of agencies that operate in each region. In September 2008, Pakistani law enforcement agents in Mansehra reported that members of one INGO received threatening phone calls from a militant group in the area when a male and female employee of the INGO shared accommodations.
leader | pakistan security Aric Mutchnick Pakistan’s Shifting Security Regional Challenges for a Tough Neighborhood 11 Photo: Tech. Sgt. Joseph McLean/U.S.A.F. C URRENTLY terrorism, crime higher walls and a lower profile are circumstance, there is still a very real and social unrest are prevalent over. Clearly, there are foundational threat through residual effects of in all four provinces of security elements that can be utilized terrorist action. In September of 2008, Pakistan. The country suffers from a in all locations. However, in order to the Marriott Hotel was the target of a declining economy, military actions in truly strengthen a corporation’s terrorist attack that was directed the Northwest Frontier Province and security posture in Pakistan, each primarily at Pakistani government instability along the Afghan border. location must be individually analyzed officials who were attending the journal of international peace operations | volume 4 | number 5 | march-april 2009 Organizations operating in the region and closely monitored so that specific Ramadan Iftar dinner. This hotel is must re-evaluate and upgrade their risks can be mitigated and avoided. extremely popular for Western security and safety programs to meet travelers in Islamabad and there were the changing conditions in the region. To demonstrate some of the regional many indirect injuries that resulted differences in Pakistan, this article from the attack. It was as recent as 10 years ago that focuses on the following five cities: terrorism was virtually unheard of in Islamabad, Lahore, Mansehra, Quetta It is essential that companies monitor Pakistan. Tourism was high and and Karachi. These cities are repre- the political situation not only in foreign travelers felt safe traveling sentative of the different security Pakistan, but specifically any events in through most of the regions. Unfortu- approaches required to ensure a Islamabad that may create opportuni- nately, the playing field has changed successful safety program. ties for a terrorist group to make a and International Non-Governmental political statement. Updated security Organizations and other associated Islamabad – Political Focus briefings are essential for any incom- entities now encounter rising security ing expatriates that will be working in threats that force the implementation As the capital city, Islamabad is at the Islamabad. These briefings must also of new, more effective security center of the political unrest that is be provided to local national person- policies and procedures, evacuation currently plaguing Pakistan. While nel as they are more often becoming plans and business continuity plans. there have been several attacks on the targets of attacks on Western Western targets, many of the terrorist organizations. Many risk managers look for a blanket and criminal acts are directed toward security solution to answer needs in all Pakistani government representatives In most areas of Pakistan it is regions of Pakistan. However, the and interests. While Western interests beneficial to coordinate with local and days of relying on brighter lights, may not be the direct target in these federal law enforcement 12 The author has worked as a security consultant for over a decade after a career in the military. leader | pakistan security 12 journal of international peace operations | volume 4 | number 5 | march-april 2009 A U.S. soldier watches over the Afghan-Pakistan border. Sgt. Stephanie L. Carl /U.S. Army 11 agencies, which at times of a cartoon in the Danish newspaper Mansehra – Cultural Focus becomes difficult given the wide Jyllands-Posten, which depicted the variety of agencies that operate in prophet Muhammad in an unflattering While conditions can change quickly each region. In any given city there way, ci
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