Pakistan Security Brief - July 15, 2011

Gen. Petraeus and Lt. Gen. Allen meet with Pakistani military leaders; Pakistan qualifies request that U.S. vacate Shamshi air base; Pakistan speculates as to why U.S. cut aid; Evidence shows bin Laden planned attack on 9/11 anniversary; India-Pakistan talks to go ahead as planned; U.S. “threatened” immunization efforts with CIA operation: Médecins Sans Frontières;  IED kills two soldiers in South Waziristan; ISPR says Kunar and Nuristan are “terrorist havens”; Pakistan weighs custody options for Southeast Asian terrorist suspect; Pakistan releases LeJ leader; 17 killed in Karachi since Wednesday night.

 
 

U.S.-Pakistan Relations

Bin Laden Plotted 9/11/2011 Attack

  • The Wall Street Journal reports evidence seized from Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound shows the terrorist leader was planning an attack on the U.S. for the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Communications between bin Laden and al Qaeda head of operations Attiyah Abd al Rahman show the two debating whom to send to execute the attacks, “with Bin Laden repeatedly rejecting names that Mr. Rahman suggested.” There is, however, no evidence that the plan developed much past these initial considerations. Communications between bin Laden and Rahman were saved on flash drives, which “trusted couriers” would deliver back and forth. Evidence retrieved from the compound reportedly reveals that Rahman holds a more central position in al Qaeda than originally suspected.[iv]

India-Pakistan Relations

Médecins Sans Frontières Criticizes CIA Vaccination Ruse

FATA

  • On Thursday, an improvised explosive device (IED) killed two soldiers and wounded three others Makeen, South Waziristan. The attack, which targeted a double-cabin pick-up truck transporting soldiers, renewed concerns “about the deteriorating security situation on the Razmak-Makeen road.”[vii]

  • On Thursday, Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas said Afghanistan’s eastern Kunar and Nuristan provinces are being used as terrorist safe havens. Maj. Gen. Abbas suggested many significant militant leaders could be taking refuge in Afghanistan now, including Maulana Fazlullah, the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader from Swat known for his inflammatory radio broadcasts, Faqir Muhammad, the deputy leader of the TTP for Bajaur, Abdul Wali alias Omar Khalid Khorasani, the deputy leader of the TTP for Mohmand, and Hakimullah Mehsud, the TTP leader, himself.[viii]

Pakistan Contemplates Terror Suspect Custody Change

  • Pakistan is reportedly considering giving terror suspect Umar Patek to Indonesia or the Philippines. While Patek is a native of Indonesia, he has been linked to deadly attacks in both countries, including the 2002 Bali bombing, which left 202 people dead. According to Philippine officials, the ISI has said Pakistan would give Patek to either country.[ix]

LeJ Leader Released

  • On Thursday, Pakistan released the leader of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Malik Ishaq on bail. Ishaq had been imprisoned at the Kot Lakh Pat prison since 1997 with “44 cases ranging from murder to terrorism lodged against him.” He has been acquitted in thirty-four of the cases and granted bail in the remaining ten. Ishaq’s release is particularly controversial given recent accusations that he masterminded the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team.[x]

Karachi



[i] “Petraeus meets Pakistan army chief amid tensions,” AP, July 15, 2011. Available at
“Pakistan spy chief visit to U.S. “went very well,” Reuters, July 15, 2011. Available at
[ii] “Petraeus meets Pakistan army chief amid tensions,” AP, July 15, 2011. Available at
[iii] “US cut Pakistan’s military aid over trainers: FO,” Dawn, July 15, 2011. Available at
“US contacts Shaikh, assures of economic support,” Dawn, July 15, 2011. Available at
[iv] “Bin Laden Plotted 9/11 Anniversary Attack,” WSJ, July 15, 2011. Available at
[v] “India, Pakistan talks to go ahead: Delhi,” The News/AFP, July 14, 2011. Available at
“Pakistan braces for Indian pressure in wake of blasts in Mumbai,” July 14, 2011. Available at
[vi] “CIA's fake vaccination programme criticised by Médecins Sans Frontières,” Guardian, July 15, 2011. Available at
[vii] “Two soldiers killed in SWA IED attack,” The News, July 15, 2011. Available at
[viii] “Kunar, Nooristan terrorists’ havens: ISPR,” The News, July 14, 2011. Available at
[ix] “Philippines assessing whether to seek top Asian terror suspect’s custody from Pakistan,” AP, July 14, 2011. Available at http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia-pacific/pakistan-officials-offer-philippines-custody-of-top-asian-terror-suspect-officials-say/2011/07/14/gIQAfjOoDI_story.html
[x] “Lashkar-e-Jhangvi leader released,” The News, July 14, 2011. Available at
[xi] “17 killed in Karachi violence Dozens of vehicles, shops torched; 253 arrested, arms recovered,” The News, July 15, 2011. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=7420&Cat=13
“Karachi returns to normality after 15 deaths,” Dawn, July 15, 2011. Available at