Pakistan Security Brief - August 1, 2012

Nominee for U.S. ambassador to Pakistan Richard G. Olsen says he will continue “further squeezing of the Haqqani network,” ISI chief Lt. Gen. Zahirul Islam lands in Washington to meet with CIA Director General David Patraeus; U.S. State Department annual report on terrorism criticizes Pakistan for ineffectiveness against Haqqani Network and Lashkar-e-Taiba; Pakistan’s ambassador to China urges increase in Sino-Pakistani- military cooperation; India to allow foreign investment from Pakistan; Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry says public officials are not immune if charged with contempt of court; Interpol rejects Pakistan’s request for red warrant for former President Pervez Musharraf; TTP Leader Hakimullah Mehsud calls for increase in attacks targeting Punjab province; Police foil terrorist attack in Multan. 

U.S.-Pakistan Relations

International Affairs

  • Speaking at the graduation ceremony of the 2nd Aviation Industry Corp.- Pakistan Air Force Officer Development Program in Beijing, Pakistan’s ambassador to China Masood Khan urged for an increase in exchanges between the two militaries for the purpose of strengthening strategic ties and further boosting a “all-weather and time-tested friendship between the two countries.”[5]

  • On Wednesday, India formally announced that it will allow foreign investment from Pakistan. In a statement, the Indian commerce ministry said that the government of India has “decided to permit a citizen of Pakistan or an entity incorporated in Pakistan to make investments in India.” The ministry added that any future investment propositions from Pakistan must be brought to the attention of the Indian government first. India initially decided to overturn the ban on foreign direct investment from Pakistan at a meeting between trade ministers of the two countries in New Delhi in April.[6]

Domestic Politics

  • While hearing petitions against the new “Contempt of Court Act 2012” on Wednesday, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said that the public offices laid out in the bill were not immune from prosecution in contempt of court cases. Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja added that while parliament was responsible for lawmaking, the court maintained the authority for interpreting those laws. The statements of the justices come a day after the federation’s counsel said protecting Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf from the same fate that befell former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani could have been a possible motive in promulgating the new contempt bill.[7]

  • On Wednesday, Interpol rejected Pakistan’s request that the international organization issue a red warrant against former President Pervez Musharraf, citing the failure of Pakistani authorities and the Federal Investigation Agency to provide sufficient documentation as to the cause. The Pakistani Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) issued an arrest warrant for Musharraf due to his alleged role in the 2007 assassination of Benzir Bhutto in Rawalpindi, but Musharraf has not attended any of the court proceedings. Local authorities in Pakistan responded to Interpol’s rejection of the request by sending additional documentation, including investigation reports, copies of Musharraf’s emails to Bhutto, statements made by ISI chief Javed Iqbal Cheema and former Intelligence Bureau chief Ejaz Shah, and copies of the ATC orders.[8]

Militancy


[1] John H. Cushman Jr., “Envoy Nominee Pledges to Focus on Militant Group,” New York Times, July 31, 2012. Available at http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/01/world/asia/pakistan-envoy-nominee-richard-olson-speaks-on-haqqani-network.html
Huma Imtiaz, “Pakistan remains central to Kabul’s affairs: Kerry,” Express Tribune, August 1, 2012. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/415796/pakistan-remains-central-to-kabuls-affairs-kerry/
[2] Huma Imtiaz, “ISI chief lands in Washington, talks on drone attacks expected,” Express Tribune, August 1, 2012. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/415859/isi-chief-lands-in-washington-talks-on-drones-expected/
[3] “Pakistan didn’t take action against Haqqani network, Let,” Geo Pakistan, August 1, 2012. Available at http://www.geo.tv/GeoDetail.aspx?ID=61494
Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, "Chapter 2 Country Reports: South and Central Asia Overview," U.S. Department of State, July 31, 2012. Available at http://www.state.gov/j/ct/rls/crt/2011/195545.htm
[4] “US lawmaker requests information on missing Baloch,” Daily Times, August 1, 2012. Available at http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\08\01\story_1-8-2012_pg7_13
[5] Usman Ansari, “Call for Increased Sino-Pakistan Military Exchanges,” Defense News, July 31, 2012. Available at http://www.defensenews.com/article/20120731/DEFREG03/307310016/-1/7daysarchives/Call-Increased-Sino-Pakistani-Military-Exchanges
[6] “India formally allows foreign investment from Pakistan,” Reuters, August 1, 2012. Available at http://dawn.com/2012/08/01/india-formally-allows-foreign-investment-from-pakistan/
[7] “Public office holders not immune to prosecution for contempt: CJ,” Express Tribune, August 1, 2012. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/415899/public-office-holders-not-immune-to-prosecution-for-contempt-cj/
“New contempt law made to protect second PM, SC told,” Daily Times, August 1, 2012. Available at http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\08\01\story_1-8-2012_pg1_2
[8] “Interpol refuses to issue red warrant against Musharraf,” Dawn, August 1, 2012. Available at http://dawn.com/2012/08/01/interpol-refuses-to-issue-red-warrant-against-mussharraf/
[9] “Targeting Punjab: TTP chief wants increase in attacks,” Express Tribune, August 1, 2012. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/415769/targeting-punjab-ttp-chief-wants-increase-in-attacks/
[10] “4 militants killed, 2 security personnel injured in Orakzai clash,” Express Tribune, August 1, 2012. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/415908/4-militants-killed-2-security-personnel-injured-in-orakzai-clash/
[11] “Two shot dead,” The News, August 1, 2012. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-7-123976-Two-shot-dead
“Three shot dead in Swat incidents,” The News, August 1, 2012. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-124012-Three-shot-dead-in-Swat-incidents
“Three bodies found in Darra Adamkhel,” The News, August 1, 2012. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-124040-Three-bodies-found-in-Darra-Adamkhel
“Two militants held in Lakki,” Dawn, July 31, 2012. Available at http://dawn.com/2012/08/01/two-militants-held-in-lakki/
“3 nomads injured in Peshawar attack,” The News, July 31, 2012. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-7-123978-3-nomads-injured-in-Peshawar-attack
[12] “Police foil terrorism attempt in Multan,” Express Tribune, August 1, 2012. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/415913/police-foil-terrorism-attempt-in-multan/
[13] “Four injured in Balochistan explosions,” Daily Times, August 1, 2012. Available at http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\08\01\story_1-8-2012_pg7_8
Two injured in Quetta firing incidents,” Daily Times, August 1, 2012. Available at http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\08\01\story_1-8-2012_pg7_9
“Police station in Quetta targetted,” Daily Times, August 1, 2012. Available at http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\08\01\story_1-8-2012_pg7_10
[14] “Two Rangers men gunned down in Karachi,” The News, July 31, 2012. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-61462-Two-Rangers-men-gunned-down-in-Karachi
“Several detained from Orangi Town,” The News, August 1, 2012. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-61479-Karachi:-Several-detained-from-Orangi-Town
“MQM activist, constable shot dead in Karachi,” Daily Times, August 1, 2012. Available at http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\08\01\story_1-8-2012_pg7_29