Pakistan Security Brief - December 12, 2011

Pakistan continues NATO blockade for 17th day; CIA withdraws from Shamsi Airbase, Pakistani defense directive: U.S. drones in Pakistani airspace will be shot down; CFR releases Preventative Action report for 2012; Deputy TTP commander announces peace talks in Bajaur agency; TTP spokesman, Gilani, and Malik all deny earlier claim of peace talks; U.S. doubts LeJ splinter group responsible for Ashura attacks in Afghanistan; Key ambassadors recalled to Pakistan for Monday meeting; PPP in favor of South Punjab province; Pakistan Tehrik-e-Istaqlal unites with PTI, Khan receptive to working with U.S. on “all issues”; Zardari to remain in Dubai another two weeks, says Gilani; Memogate Supreme Court hearing to begin December 19; High Commissioner to the UK to appear before the Abbottabad Commission; National Assembly to be briefed on human rights violations in Parachinar; Former DG of ISI recalls North Korean bribe attempt; Man killed in bombing near Karachi University.

U.S.-Pakistan Relations 

TTP Peace Talks

LeJ Afghanistan Attack

Pakistani Politics

Zardari’s Health

Memogate

Abbottabad Commission

FATA

North Korea Bribe

Karachi Violence



[1] Lolita Baldor, “Pakistan blockades forcing costly new routes,” AP, December 9, 2011. Available at
“Blunt talk on Pakistan from U.S. military,” CNN, December 9, 2011. Available at
Matiullah Achakzai and Riaz Khan,“Pakistan truckers back NATO supply route blockade,” AP, December 9, 2011. Available at http://old.news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20111209/ap_on_re_as/as_pakistan_nato_blockade
“Pakistan blockage of Nato convoys 'may last weeks,'” BBC, December 11, 2011. Available at
“NATO-bound trucks attacked, burned in Pakistan,” CNN, December 12, 2011. Available at
Parvaiz Ishfaq Rana, “Stranded Nato vehicles clog up ports,” Dawn, December 11, 2011. Available at
Sohail Khattak, “Nato supplies from Karachi: An international fight throws a spanner in the works for the oil tanker business,” Express Tribune, December 12, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/305279/nato-supplies-from-karachi-an-international-fight-throws-a-spanner-in-the-works-for-the-oil-tanker-business/
[2] Salman Masood, “C.I.A. Leaves Base in Pakistan Used for Drone Strike,” New York Times, December 11, 2011. Available at http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/12/world/asia/cia-leaves-pakistan-base-used-for-drone-strikes.html?_r=1
“Pakistan says U.S. drones in its air space will be shot down,” MSNBC, December 10, 2011. Available at http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/12/10/9352886-pakistan-says-us-drones-in-its-air-space-will-be-shot-down
Bill Roggio, “US drone strikes 'on hold' in Pakistan: US official,” Long War Journal, December 12, 2011. Available at http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2011/12/us_drone_strikes_on.php
[3] “Preventive Priorities Survey: 2012,” Council on Foreign Relations, December 8, 2011. Available at
“Pakistan, euro among top US risks in 2012,” Geo, December 9, 2011. Available at http://www.geo.tv/GeoDetail.aspx?ID=28275
[4] Jibran Ahmad, “Pakistani Taliban confirm peace talks with Islamabad,” Reuters, December 12, 2011. Available at http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/10/us-pakistan-taliban-talks-idUSTRE7B906D20111210
“Pakistan Taliban's deputy Mohammad admits peace talks,” BBC, December 12, 2011. Available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16124625
[5] “Pak Taliban deny peace talks with government,” Hindustan Times, December 12, 2011. Available at http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Pakistan/Pak-Taliban-deny-peace-talks-with-government/Article1-781141.aspx
“Pakistani PM denies government is holding talks with Taliban,” The Guardian, December 12, 2011. Available at http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/dec/12/pakistan-denies-government-talks-taliban
[6] Ernesto Londoño, “U.S. ambassador: Kabul attack won’t spawn sectarian violence in Afghanistan,” Washington Post, December 10, 2011. Available at http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/us-kabul-attack-wont-spawn-sectarian-violence/2011/12/10/gIQAkilukO_story.html
“New Afghan group claims shrine attack part of campaign,” BBC, December 10, 2011. Available at
[7] “Review: Pakistan ambassadors meet in Islamabad,” Express Tribune, December 12, 2011. Available at
[8] “PPP body approves setting up South Punjab province,” Geo, December 12, 2011. Available at http://www.geo.tv/GeoDetail.aspx?ID=28464
[9] “Pakistan Tehrik-e-Istaqlal joins ranks with PTI,” Geo, December 12, 2011. Available at http://www.geo.tv/GeoDetail.aspx?ID=28462
Mohammed Rizwan, “Backdoor diplomacy: PTI ‘comfortable’ working with the US,” Express Tribune, December 12, 2011. Available athttp://tribune.com.pk/story/305359/backdoor-diplomacy-pti-comfortable-working-with-the-us/
[11] “Pakistan's Zardari to Rest in Dubai for 2 More Weeks-Report,” Reuters, December 11, 2011. Available at
[12] Syed Irfan Raza, “President to submit reply in memo case,” Dawn, December 12, 2011. Available at
Nasir Iqbal, “Former envoy challenges SC decision,” Dawn, December 11, 2011. Available at
[13] Zia Khan, “Abbottabad commission summons Pakistan's High Commissioner to UK,” Express Tribune, December 12, 2011 Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/305442/abbottabad-commission-summons-pakistans-high-commissioner-to-uk/
“Abbottabad commission: Shamsul Hasan denies being summoned,” Dawn, December 12, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/12/12/abbottabad-commission-shamsul-hasan-denies-being-summoned.html
[14] Amir Wasim, “In-camera briefing on Parachinar today,” Dawn, December 12, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/12/12/military-civilian-leadership-to-take-part-in-camera-briefing-on-parachinar-today.html
[15] “Blast from the past; Cash for nukes attempt that failed,” Dawn, December 11, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/12/11/blast-from-the-past-cash-for-nukes-attempt-that-failed.html
[16] “Man killed in blast outside Karachi University,” Dawn, December 11, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/12/11/man-killed-in-blast-outside-ku.html