Pakistan Security Brief - July 13, 2012

U.S. and Pakistan to sign memorandum of understanding to regulate NATO supply route; Seven NATO supply trucks cross into Afghanistan; Pentagon preparing to release $1.1 billion from Coalition Support Fund to Pakistan; Attorney General Irfan Qadir says “no confrontation” between government and Supreme Court; Bomb planted on bicycle kills seven people in Quetta; Security forces diffuse six bombs planted near Punjab jail; Police arrest 39 suspects linked to Karachi bus bombing.  

NATO Supply Route

Domestic Politics

  • During a dinner reception on Thursday, Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry said that no extra-constitutional act would be acceptable and that “now there [would] only be the supremacy of the law and Constitution in the country.” Chaudhry’s comments followed the Supreme Court’s order on Thursday for Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf to submit a report regarding his compliance with a previous court order to reopen old corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari. Meanwhile, Attorney General Irfan Qadir said that the government and the court both would act according to the constitution and that “there should be no confrontation.”[4]

Militancy

  • New details have emerged regarding the cross-border attack by militants who targeted a Pakistani village in Bajaur agency on Thursday. According to AP, dozens of militants who had participated in the attack reportedly fled back into Afghanistan Thursday night, leaving behind the many captives initially kidnapped during the attack. Locals reportedly saw the militants carrying the bodies of 15 dead fighters back across the border. However, reporters were unable to verify much of the information.[5]

  • At least seven people were killed and another 12 wounded on Friday when a bomb planted on a bicycle exploded at an Awami National Party (ANP) political rally near Kuchlak Bazaar in Quetta, Balochistan. The blast was followed by gunfire that resulted in the death of two civilians. No group has claimed credit for the attack.[6]

  • Two prisoners were killed and three others injured when Frontier Corps personnel fired on inmates after clashes broke out at Hyderabad Central Prison in Sindh province on Friday. Three jail wardens were also injured in the incident, which resulted from protests over the lack of time out of barracks for prisoners. Deputy Inspector General of Prisons Gulzar Channa also confirmed that prisoners took 15 jail wardens hostage during the clashes. Law enforcement agents reportedly used aerial firing and tear gas to secure the release of the captive jail wardens.[7]

  • Three people were killed in a series of violent incidents in Quetta and Sibi districts on Thursday. Unidentified gunmen killed two civilians near Kirani Road and Qumbrani Road, and police also found a body in the Margzani Nullah area.[8]

  • An explosion occurred in Peshawar on Friday when an unidentified assailant threw a hand grenade near a bus stand on Kohat Road. No casualties were reported. Police arrested two suspects in the area in connection with the attack.[9]

  • Police and bomb disposal squad members recovered and defused six handmade bombs planted near the Borstal Jail in Faisalabad, Punjab on Friday. Police suspect that the six kilograms of explosives were part of a terror plot targeting the Borstal Jail or Police Investigation Cell.[10]   

  • On Thursday, police arrested 39 suspects in connection with a bus bombing that killed four people and injured at least 15 others in Baldia Town, Karachi on Wednesday. Law enforcement agencies reportedly arrested the suspects during several raids in Saeedabad, Mochko, and Mawach Goth.[11]       


[1] “US, Pakistan to ink new deal on NATO supply routes,” Express Tribune, July 13, 2012. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/407608/us-pakistan-to-ink-new-deal-on-nato-supply-routes/
“Pakistan resumed NATO supply without any incentive: FO,” Geo News, July 12, 2012. Available at http://www.geo.tv/GeoDetail.aspx?ID=58520
Patrick Ventrell, “Daily Press Briefing,” U.S. Department of State, July 12, 2012. Available at http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2012/07/194945.htm#PAKISTAN
[2] “More NATO trucks cross Pak-Afghan border,” The News, July 12, 2012. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-58559-More-NATO-trucks-cross-Pak-Afghan-border
Ashrafuddin Pirzada, “4 Nato containers cross into Afghanistan,” The News, July 13, 2012. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-7-120152-4-Nato-containers-cross-into-Afghanistan
Parvaiz Ishfaq Rana, “Procedure for clearance of Nato containers being finalized,” Dawn, July 12, 2012. Available at http://dawn.com/2012/07/13/procedure-for-clearance-of-nato-containers-being-finalised/
Riaz Khan Daudzai, “Police, FC, Khassadars to escort NATO containers,” The News, July 13, 2012. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-7-120151-Police,-FC,-Khassadars-to-escort-Nato-containers
[3] “Pentagon preparing to release Pak fund,” Geo News, July 13, 2012. Available at http://www.geo.tv/GeoDetail.aspx?ID=58628
[4] “’No unconstitutional act will be accepted,’” The News, July 12, 2012. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-58596-No-extra-Constitutional-step-will-be-acceptable:-CJ
“Govt will act according to constitution,” The News, July 12, 2012. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-58545-Government-will-make-decision-according-to-constitution:-AG-
[5] “Militants who attacked Pakistan village, took hostages, flee back to Afghanistan,” AP, July 13, 2012. Available at http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/militants-who-attacked-pakistan-village-took-hostages-flee-back-to-afghanistan/2012/07/13/gJQA5Si7gW_story.html
[6] Nasir Habib, “Bomb blast at political rally in Pakistan kills 7, police say,” CNN, July 13, 2012. Available at http://edition.cnn.com/2012/07/13/world/asia/pakistan-unrest/index.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2
“2 killed, 7 injured in Quetta blast,” Geo Pakistan, July 13, 2012. Available at http://www.geo.tv/GeoDetail.aspx?ID=58638
[7] Z Ali, “Inmates at Hyderabad prison take 15 jail wardens hostage,” Express Tribune, July 13, 2012. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/407830/inmates-at-hyderabad-prison-take-15-jail-wardens-hostage/
“Protesting prisoner killed in Central Jail Hyderabad,” Geo Pakistan, July 13, 2012. Available at http://www.geo.tv/GeoDetail.aspx?ID=58697
“15 prison staff taken hostage in Pak jail,” Zee News, July 13, 2012. Available at http://zeenews.india.com/news/south-asia/15-prison-staff-taken-hostage-in-pak-jail_787288.html
[8] “Hindu trader gunned down in Quetta,” Daily Times, July 13, 2012. Available at http://dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\07\13\story_13-7-2012_pg7_3
[9] “Grenade blast in Peshawar; no casualties,” APP, July 13, 2012. Available at http://dawn.com/2012/07/13/grenada-blast-in-peshawar-no-casualties/
[10] “6 bombs recovered near Faisalabad Borstal Jail,” Geo Pakistan, July 13, 2012. Available at http://www.geo.tv/GeoDetail.aspx?ID=58679
[11] “39 suspects of SUPARCO blast arrested,” Pak Tribune, July 13, 2012. Available at http://paktribune.com/news/39-suspects-of-SUPARCO-blast-arrested-251453.html