Pakistan Security Brief – March 23, 2010

Pakistan Security Brief – March 23, 2010

Mullah Omar names two new deputies; Pakistan requests military and economic assistance from US; Gen. Kayani meets with Gen, Petraeus; plot to kidnap Jordanian ambassador to Pakistan foiled; key Taliban commander killed in Swat; Pakistan attempts to reopen case against nuclear scientist; elders hand over militants in Orakzai; an election office attacked in DI Khan; a former Nazim killed; Pakistanis celebrate Pakistan Day.

 

New Taliban Deputies

Strategic Dialogue

  • Prior to strategic talks scheduled for Wednesday, Pakistan sent a 56-page document to the U.S. outlining the basis of a comprehensive aid package it expects to receive from Washington. The document requests additional military and economic aid including help to assuage Pakistan’s water and power shortages. It asks the U.S. to supply Pakistan with surveillance aircraft, and support it in developing its civilian nuclear program. Some U.S. officials see the document as an implicit offer to crackdown on the Afghan Taliban if some or all of the requests can be met.[2]

Islamabad Plot

Swat

Abdul Qadeer Khan

Orakzai/Khyber

Dera Ismail Khan

Pakistan Day



[1] “Afghan Taliban name new deputy leaders after arrest,” BBC, March 23, 2010. Available at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8583018.stm.
[2] Rosenburg, Matthew & Peter Spiegel, “U.S. Sees Hope in Pakistan Requests for Help,” Wall Street Journal, March 22, 2010. Available at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704841304575137882056806938.html. Shah, Sadeed, “Pakistan pushes US for nuclear technology deal,” Guardian, March 22, 2010. Available at http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/22/pakistan-us-nuclear-technology-deal.
[3] Haider, Zeeshan, “Army dominates Pakistan agenda for U.S. talks,” Reuters, March 23, 2010. Available at http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100323/ts_nm/us_pakistan_usa_army. “Qureshi & Kayani meet key US officials,” Dawn, March 23, 2010. Available at http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/qureshi-kayani-meet-key-us-officials-330. “Pakistani army chief in talks with US defense chiefs,” AFP, March 22, 2010. Available at http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100323/wl_asia_afp/uspakistandiplomacymilitary. “Pakistan army chief begins US strategic dialogue,” BBC, March 23, 2010. Available at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8582211.stm. “Kayani, Petraeus agree to enhance defence ties,” The News, March 23, 2010. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=27932.
[4] “Jordan's ambassador to Pakistan targeted by plot,” Geo, March 23, 2010. Available at http://www.geo.tv/3-23-2010/61632.htm.
[5] “Key Taliban commander among three killed in Swat,” Daily Times, March 23, 2010. Available at http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\03\23\story_23-3-2010_pg7_8.
[6] Smith, R. Jeffrey, “Pakistan asks court to let it reopen probe of nuclear scientist A.Q. Khan,” Washington Post, March 23, 2010. Available at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/22/AR2010032202487.html.
[7] “Tribesman killed in Bara clash,” The News, March 23, 2010. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=230513.
[8] “One killed as JUI-F office attacked in DI Khan,” Daily Times, March 23, 2010. Available at http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\03\23\story_23-3-2010_pg7_7. “Five injured in DIK grenade blasts,” Geo, March 23, 2010. Available at http://www.geo.tv/3-22-2010/61588.htm. “Nine hurt in DI Khan grenade attack,” The News, March 23, 2010. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=27941.
[9] “Ex-Nazim, friend killed in DI Khan,” The News, March 23, 2010. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=230516.
[10] “Pakistan close to my heart, says Clinton,” The News, March 23, 2010. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=27936.