Pakistan Security Brief - August 9, 2011

Wassan: U.S. offered help in Karachi; U.S. issues travel warning for citizens in Pakistan; Six militants killed in Orakzai; Zardari will sign reforms to FCR; Gilani meets with Saudi king; Gilani: cannot rule out MQM and JUI rejoining government; Bhatti may have been killed by rival family; Imam’s son denied bail in Miami; 150 suspects arrested in connection with Quetta policemen killing; Bomb wounds four in Turbat.

 

Karachi

U.S. State Department Travel Warning

  • On Monday, the U.S. Department of State released a travel warning detailing the difficulties and dangers of traveling in Pakistan. The warning notes an increase in the number of U.S. citizens detained and harassed for overstaying their visas. The State Department also warns that terrorist groups operating within Pakistan still pose a threat to Americans traveling in the country.[ii]

FATA

Gilani in Saudi Arabia

Party Politics

Bhatti Assassination

Taliban Backer Denied Bail

  • On Friday, a Miami judge denied bail to Irfan Khan, who is accused of conspiring to materially support the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Khan, his brother and his father are all charged with conspiring to support the TTP. Khan’s father and brother are imams in mosques in Florida. The judge said Khan was a “flight risk” and, therefore, could not be granted bail.[viii]

Balochistan



[i] “US ready to help improve Karachi situation: Wassan,” ET, August 9, 2011. Available at
“At least eight killed in Karachi violence,” Dawn, August 9, 2011. Available at
“Load up on guns: Nadra to issue arms licences from August 31,” ET, August 9, 2011. Available at
[ii] “State Department: Americans targeted for visa issues in Pakistan,” CNN, August 8, 2011. Available at
“Travel Warning,”U.S. Department of State. August 8, 2011. Available at
[iii] “Six militants killed in Orakzai,” Dawn, August 9, 2011. Available at
[iv] “Fata to see political activities soon,” Dawn, August 9, 2011. Available at
[v] “Gilani meets Saudi King in Jeddah,” ET, August 9, 2011. Available at
“PM sounds out Saudis on weapons sale,” Dawn, August 9, 2011. Available at
[vi] “GIlani says MQM, JUI can return to govt,” Dawn¸ August 9, 2011. Available at
“Local govt system: ANP mulls quitting ruling coalition,” ET, August 9, 2011. Available at
[vii] “Shahbaz Bhatti’s assassination: new clues point to family rivalry as motive for murder,” ET, August 9, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/227358/shahbaz-bhattis-assassination-new-clues-point-to-family-rivalry-as-motive-for-murder/
[viii] “Accused Pakistan Taliban backer denied bail in Miami,” Reuters, August 8, 2011. Available at
[ix] “House-to-house search in Quetta: 150 held after policemen’s killings,” ET, August 9, 2011. Available at
[x] “Blast near FC vehicle in Turbat; four security personnel wounded,” Dawn, August 9, 2011. Available at