Pakistan Security Brief - February 27, 2013

India condemns Hagel speech accusing India of supporting terrorists against Pakistan; Pakistani ambassador says drone strikes ineffective, violate Pakistan’s sovereignty; Pakistan’s Defence Secretary says U.S. did not get permission to build base in Karachi; U.S. military to take over some drone strikes, no change in Pakistan; Pakistani Defense Secretary says army and ISI not involved in elections; Supreme Court resumes hearing on Quetta bombing; Several killed in Karachi; Journalist shot in North Waziristan, TTP denies involvement; Two AI fighters killed in Tirah Valley; President Zardari to visit Iran.

Defense Secretary Hagel Speech

U.S.-Pakistan Relations

Drone Strikes

  • Despite Tuesday’s announcement by White House officials that the Obama administration is shifting control of some drone strikes from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to the military, officials confirmed that drone strikes in Pakistan will remain under the control and supervision of the CIA.  Officials estimate that the CIA has conducted nearly 350 strikes in Pakistan since 2004.[3]

  • On Tuesday, Pakistan’s ambassador to the U. S. Sherry Rehman said that drone attacks breach Pakistan’s sovereignty and violate international law. She explained that drones are counterproductive, stating that they create more terrorists than they destroy. Rehman stated that The U.S. and Pakistan “may have won the war together, but we lost the peace.” The ambassador, while speaking at the Atlantic Council, stated that the relationship between Pakistan and the U.S. will not end with the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan and that the sustainable relationship between the two countries must be based on trade. Rehman also denied that the Pakistani government and military have different views on the future of Afghanistan stating that the government and military are working together to bring about change.[4]

Army in Politics

Pakistan-Iran Relations

Quetta Bombing

  • On Tuesday, Pakistan’s Supreme Court resumed the hearing on the Quetta bombing which killed around 90 people on February 16. The court rejected a report submitted by Advocate General of Balochistan Azam Khan Khattak on precautions taken to prevent another attack and targeted operations conducted to bring the attackers to justice. Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said that “Killing suspects may not solve the problem,” the police needs to arrest the culprits and bring them to trial to solve the core issues. Nasir Ali Shah, a Pakistan People’s Party National Assembly Member, stated that action taken by the provincial authorities may lead to an increase in sectarian violence.[7]

Militancy


[1]“India financed problems for Pakistan via Afghanistan,” The News International, February 26, 2013.  Availale at http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-89847-India-financed-problems-for-Pakistan-via-Afghanistan%3a-Chuck-Hagel
Adam Kredo, “Indian embassy takes aim at Hagel,” Free Beacon, February 25, 2013.  Available at  http://freebeacon.com/indian-embassy-takes-aim-at-hagel/
[2] “US not given permission to operate from Karachi airport: Defence secretary,” Express Tribune, February 27, 2013. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/513292/us-not-given-permission-to-operate-from-karachi-airport-defence-secretary/
[3] “U.S. military may take over part of CIA drone war,” Express Tribune, February 27, 2013.  Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/513254/us-military-may-take-over-part-of-cia-drone-war/
[4] “Pak-US ties: ‘Talk of doing more not helpful',” Express Tribune, February 27, 2013. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/513151/pak-us-ties-talk-of-doing-more-not-helpful/
“Pakistan bracing itself for US withdrawal, says Sherry,” Dawn, February 27, 2013. Available at http://dawn.com/2013/02/27/pakistan-bracing-itself-for-us-withdrawal-says-sherry/
[5] “Army and ISI will have no role in elections,” The News International, February 27, 2013.  Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-89975-Army-and-ISI-will-have-no-role-in-elections%3a-Defence-Secretary-
[6] “President Zardari to leave for Iran today,” The News International, February 27, 2013.  Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-89915-President-Zardari-to-leave-for-Iran-today
Maqbool Malik, “Zardari off to Iran today,” The Nation, February 27, 2013.  Available at http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/national/27-Feb-2013/zardari-off-to-iran-today
[7] “Hazara killings case: Govt directed to avoid segregation, arrest culprits,” Express Tribune, February 27, 2013. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/513155/hazara-killings-case-govt-directed-to-avoid-segregation-arrest-culprits/
[8] “Firing in Karachi claims two lives, injures 3,” Geo, February 27, 2013. Available at http://www.geo.tv/GeoDetail.aspx?ID=89930
“At least four killed in Karachi violence,” Dawn, February 27, 2013. Available at http://dawn.com/2013/02/27/at-least-four-killed-in-karachi-violence-2/
“Eleven gunned down across city, Dawn, February 27, 2013. Available at http://dawn.com/2013/02/27/eleven-gunned-down-across-city/
“ASWJ, ST activists among nine shot dead,” The News, February 27, 2013. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-4-162402-ASWJ,-ST-activists-among-nine-shot-dead
[9] “Gunmen kill Pakistani reporter near Afghan border,” Yahoo, February 27, 2013. Available at http://news.yahoo.com/gunmen-kill-pakistani-reporter-near-afghan-border-125614286.html
[10] “TTP, Foreign hands behind Karachi’s law and order situation: NA told,” Express Tribune, February 27, 2013.  Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/512918/ttp-foreign-hands-behind-karachis-law-and-order-situation-na-told/
[11] “Two AI volunteers killed in Tirah Valley,” The News, February 27, 2013. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-162477-Two-AI-volunteers-killed-in-Tirah-Valley
“Journalist gunned down in Miranshah, Dawn, February 27, 2013. Available at http://dawn.com/2013/02/27/journalist-gunned-down-in-miranshah/
[12]  “Grenades hurled at house in Hangu,” The News, February 27, 2013. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-162479-Grenades-hurled-at-house-in-Hangu