Pakistan Security Brief - February 28, 2013

Zardari meets with Ayatollah Khamenei to discuss Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline, U.S. officials warn Pakistan against pursuing deal with Iran; Pakistan yet to ship wheat to Iran; India contemplating building new missile testing sites;  APC Conference calls for peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban; Pakistan to shut Afghan border checkpoints; Hazara community aims to develop security force; IEDs destroy four schools in Mohmand agency; Police officer killed in Mohmand agency;  rangers arrest seven suspects in Karachi; U.S. Congressman asks for release of Dr. Afridi; Indian External Affairs Minister dismisses Chuck Hagel’s comments linking India to terrorism against Pakistan from Afghanistan.

Iran-Pakistan Relations

India-Pakistan Relations

Taliban Peace Talks

Pak-Afghan Relations

Hazara Community Security Force

Militancy

U.S.-Pakistan Relations

Secretary of Defense Hagel Statement Controversy

  • On Wednesday, Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid dismissed U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s 2011 statement linking India to supporting terrorism in Afghanistan. Khurshid said the India’s response on Monday which reiterated Indian commitment to fighting terrorism remained the official position, and went on to say that “[Hagel] made no such statement…I cannot react to something he said about two years ago.”[15]     


[1] “Iran tells Zardari pipeline must advance despite US opposition,” Dawn, February 27, 2013.  Available at http://dawn.com/2013/02/27/iran-tells-zardari-pipeline-must-advance-despite-us-opposition/
“Zardari meets Iranian leaders: Pipeline plan to be pursued vigorously,” Dawn, February 28, 2013, Available at http://dawn.com/2013/02/28/zardari-meets-iranian-leaders-pipeline-plan-to-be-pursued-vigorously/
“Pakistan, Iran agree to complete gas pipeline in 15 months,” The News, February 28, 2013. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-13-21263-Pakistan-Iran-agree-to-complete-gas-pipeline-in-15-months
[2] “Pakistan yet to ship any wheat from barter deal with Iran,” Dawn, February 28, 2013. Available at http://dawn.com/2013/02/27/pakistan-yet-to-ship-any-wheat-from-barter-deal-with-iran/
[3] “India To Establish 2 Additional Missile Test Sites,” Defense News, February 28, 2013. Available at http://www.defensenews.com/article/20130227/DEFREG03/302270018/-1/7daysarchives/India-Establish-2-Additional-Missile-Test-Sites
[4] “Pakistan army begin probe into Kashmir 'torture' death,” BBC, February 28, 2013. Available at www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21614733
[5] “Immediate talks with Taliban, urges APC,” Express Tribune, February 28, 2013.  Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/513809/immediate-talks-with-the-taliban-urged-at-the-apc/
“APC calls for immediate peace talks with Pakistani Taliban,” Dawn, February 28, 2013.  Available at http://dawn.com/2013/02/28/fazl-stresses-armys-role-in-taliban-talks/
[6] “All check posts along Afghan border to be shut from March 8: Malik,” The News International, February 27, 2013.  Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-90034-Pakistan-has-decided-to-shut-its-side-of-the-check-posts-from-March-8-%3a-Malik
[7] “Pakistan’s Hazaras take up arms over attacks,” Express Tribune, February 28, 2013. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/513788/pakistans-hazaras-take-up-arms-over-attacks/
“Terrorized ethnic group to form force in Pakistan,” Yahoo, February 28, 2013. Available at http://news.yahoo.com/terrorized-ethnic-group-form-force-pakistan-064954081.html
[8] “Four schools blown up in Mohmand Agency,” The News, February 28, 2013. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-90078-Three-schools-blown-up-in-Mohmand-Agency
“Militants bomb four schools in Mohmand tribal region,” Dawn, February 28, 2013. Available at http://dawn.com/2013/02/28/militants-bomb-four-schools-in-mohmand-tribal-region/
[9] “Levies man killed in clash with outlaw,” The News, February 28, 2013. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-7-162587-Levies-man-killed-in-clash-with-outlaw
[10] “Two brothers shot dead in Jamrud,” The News, February 28, 2013. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-162680-Two-brothers-shot-dead-in-Jamrud
[11] “Armed men snatch SMG from Levies personnel,” The News, February 28, 2013. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-162682-Armed-men-snatch-SMG-from-Levies-personnel
[12] “Hand grenades hurled at Karachi police stations,” The News, February 28, 2013. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-90020-Hand-grenade-attacks-at-Karachi-police-stations--
`“Rangers conduct search operation in Karachi, 7 held ,” Geo, February 28, 2013. Available at http://www.geo.tv/GeoDetail.aspx?ID=90079
[13] “Malik Ishaq's name recommended for Exit Control List, Express Tribune, February 28, 2013. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/513825/malik-ishaqs-name-to-be-put-in-ecl/
[14] Huma Imtiaz, “US congressman declares Dr Shakil Afridi and ‘American hero’,” Express Tribune, February 28, 2013.  Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/513781/us-congressman-declares-dr-shakil-afridi-an-american-hero/
[15]“US senator’s remarks about India’s anti-Pakistan activities cause a stir,” Pakistan Today, February 27, 2013.  Available at  http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2013/02/27/news/national/us-senators-remarks-about-indias-anti-pakistan-activities-cause-a-stir/