Pakistan Security Brief - July 25, 2011

ISI spies on Pakistanis living in U.S.; Khar rejects U.S. “cajoling” on combating terror; House Foreign Affairs Committee approves bill limiting Pakistan aid; Pakistan continues opposition to Libya intervention; Malik and Chidambaram meet in Bhutan; Preparations for India-Pakistan talks continue; HuT planned Arab Spring-style uprising; HuT activists abducted; Eighteen militants killed in Kurram clashes; Soldier killed in failed suicide attack; Report says terror attacks increased in recent weeks; Karachi killings spike over weekend; Five killed in Balochistan shooting; Swiss hostages alive according to circumstantial evidence; Abbottabad commission meets; Pakistan unprepared for floods: Islamic Relief; Canada arrests Pakistani war criminal.

 

 

U.S.-Pakistan Relations

  • According to the New York Times, the FBI discovered a Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) operative working out of Pakistan’s consulate in New York, who “had been posing as an F.B.I. agent to extract information from Pakistanis living in the United States and was issuing threats to keep them from speaking openly about Pakistan’s government.” The ISI agent, Mohammed Tasleem, was removed from the U.S. after the FBI alerted then CIA director Leon Panetta and Panetta contacted ISI Director General Lt. Gen. Ahmad Shuja Pasha. U.S. officials believe that the Tasleem’s activities and those of recently arrested Kashmiri American Council executive director Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai are part of an ISI campaign meant to work through Pakistanis in the U.S. to influence U.S. policy and reign in dissenting opinions in the Pakistani diaspora.[i]

  • After her Saturday meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, newly appointed Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar declared the U.S. and Pakistan “shared the strategic objective of combating terror groups” and the U.S. did not need to continue “cajoling” Pakistan about cracking down on militants. This comes after repeated calls from U.S. officials demanding that Pakistan take more decisive action against militants. Khar also commented on this week’s talks with India, stating that she expected “positive development” in the India-Pakistan relationship.[ii]

  • On Friday, the House Foreign Affairs Committee approved a bill “that would defund a $7.5 billion aid to Pakistan.” On Thursday, the committee rejected a proposed amendment that would have blocked all aid to Pakistan to punish their “reluctance to combat terrorism.” The committee approved the bill 23-20, making it unlikely that the bill will ever achieve the majority needed for it to be signed into law.[iii]

  • Despite U.S. pressure to side with Libyan rebels against embattled Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, Pakistan has remained steadfastly against the “aerial bombardment of Libya.” Pakistan, along with Russia, China, Sweden and Holland, has remained in opposition to the operation citing that a nation’s sovereignty should not be violated “merely in the name of restoration of democracy or protection of human rights.”[iv]

India-Pakistan Relations

 

Pakistani Military and Hizb-ut Tahrir

FATA

Karachi

  • Since Friday forty-four people have been killed in targeted-killings across Karachi. This brings the death toll for July to 339. Clashes are reportedly taking place between supporters of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) “and its breakaway faction the Mohajir Qaumi Movement-Haqiqi (MQM-H.)” Police are reportedly conducting “a door-to-door search operation in areas affected by violence.”[xii]

Balochistan

Abbottabad Commission

Pakistan Unprepared for Floods

Canada Arrests Pakistani War Criminal



[i] “Pakistan Spies on Its Diaspora, Spreading Fear,” NYT, July 23, 2011. Available at
[ii] “Pakistan foreign minister says no need for cajoling on militancy,” Reuters, July 23, 2011. Available at http://old.news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110723/wl_nm/us_asean_usa_pakistan
[iii] “US House panel backs restrictions on Pakistan aid,” Dawn, July 23, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/07/23/us-house-panel-backs-restrictions-on-pakistan-aid.html
[iv] “Foreign policy: Despite US pressure, Islamabad backs Qaddafi,” ET, July 25, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/216816/foreign-policy-despite-us-pressure-islamabad-backs-qaddafi/
[v] “India, Pakistan meet in Bhutan: report,” AFP, July 23, 2011. Available at http://old.news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110723/wl_sthasia_afp/indiapakistanbhutandiplomacy “Pakistan to send judicial commission to India: Malik,” Dawn, July 24, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/07/24/pakistan-to-send-judicial-commission-to-india-malik.html
[vi] “Khar to leave for New Delhi to attend Pak-India dialogue,” APP, July 25, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/07/25/khar-to-leave-for-new-delhi-to-attend-pak-india-dialogue.html “Goodwill gesture: India frees 87 Pakistani fishermen,” ET, July 25, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/216791/goodwill-gesture-india-frees-87-pakistani-fishermen/
[vii] “Intelligence warning: Hizb-ut Tahrir planned ‘Arab spring’ in Pakistan,” ET, July 25, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/216828/intelligence-warning-hizb-ut-tahrir-planned-arab-spring-in-pakistan/
[viii] “Many Hizb members missing, detained in Islamabad,” The News, July 23, 2011. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=59162&Cat=2
[ix] “13 militants killed in Kurram, Orakzai,” The News, July 23, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/07/23/13-militants-killed-in-kurram-orakzai.html “Eleven militants killed in clash with security forces,” Dawn, July 24, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/07/24/eleven-militants-killed-in-clash-with-security-forces.html
[x] “Suicide attack on S. Waziristan check-post, one soldier killed,” Dawn, July 24, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/07/24/suicide-attack-on-s-waziristan-checkpost-one-soldier-killed.html
[xi] “Resurgence in terrorist attacks after two-week lull,” ET, July 24, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/216259/resurgence-in-terrorist-attacks-after-a-two-week-lull/
[xii] “Fresh Karachi violence leaves 44 dead in three days,” Reuters, July 25, 2011. Available at http://old.news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110725/wl_nm/us_pakistan_karachi_violence “Violence in Karachi: Door-to-door search operation begins,” ET, July 25, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/216444/karachi-turmoil-two-days-of-violence-leave-30-dead/
[xiii] “Gunmen kill five in southwest Pakistan: police,” AFP, July 24, 2011. Available at http://old.news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110723/wl_sthasia_afp/pakistanunrestsouthwest
[xiv] “Kidnapped in Balochistan: Swiss couple still alive, says Loralai commissioner,” ET, July 25, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/216805/kidnapped-in-balochistan-swiss-couple-still-alive-says-loralai-commissioner/
[xv] “Abbottabad commission meets today,” Dawn, July 25, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/07/25/abbottabad-commission-meets-today.html
[xvi] “Global response to Pakistan floods inadequate, claims report,” Guardian, July 24, 2011. Available at http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2011/jul/24/pakistan-floods-global-response-inadequate
[xvii] “Suspected Pakistani war criminal arrested in Canada,” AFP, July 24, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/07/24/suspected-pakistani-war-criminal-arrested-in-canada.html