Pakistan Security Brief - June 13, 2012

Militant websites post video of al Qaeda’s second-in-command; U.S. and Pakistani officials holding secret talks over counterterrorism cooperation; President Zardari calls for U.S. and Pakistan to bridge trust deficit; U.S. Defense Secretary Panetta’s comments in Kabul derail talks over reopening NATO supply lines; Pakistani Foreign Minister says transit fees are not the cause behind impasse over supply route negotiations; Senior U.S. government official says Pakistan should ‘bite the bullet’; NATO Secretary-General hopes for supply routes agreement in ‘not too distant future’; Russian energy giant offers bid on IP gas pipeline; Pakistani Supreme Court orders Husain Haqqani to appear at hearing; Pakistani cleric declares jihad on polio campaign; Gunmen kill local PML-N leader.

Drone Strikes and the Death of Top al Qaeda Leader

U.S.-Pakistan Relations

NATO Supply Routes

International Relations

Memogate and Domestic Politics

Militancy


[1] “Militant website posts video of Libi days after US claimed drone strike kill,” Reuters/AFP, June 13, 2012. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/392953/militant-website-posts-video-of-qaeda-no-2-libi/
“Al Qaeda releases new Libi video, after his death,” AFP, June 13, 2012. Available at http://dawn.com/2012/06/13/al-qaeda-releases-new-libi-video-after-his-death/
“Libi Speaks on the Plight of Syrians, Urges Fighters to Assist Them,” SITE Monitoring Service, June 12, 2012. Available at http://ent.siteintelgroup.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10229:libi-speaks-on-the-plight-of-syrians-urges-fighters-to-assist-them&catid=9&Itemid=880
[2] Adam Entous and Siobhan Gorman, “U.S.-Pakistan Talks Hit Snag,” Wall Street Journal, June 12, 2012. Available at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303444204577462883225254476.html 
[3] “President Zardari reiterates call for bridging Pak-US trust deficit,” Daily Times, June 13, 2012. Available at http://dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\06\13\story_13-6-2012_pg7_7
[4] Daniel Strauss, “Rand Paul blocked from adding Pakistan provision to farm bill,” The Hill’s Floor Action Blog, June 12, 2012. Available at http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/232435-sen-rand-paul-blocked-from-adding-pakistan-provision-to-farm-bill
[5] David S. Cloud and Alex Rodriguez, “Defense Secretary Panetta’s Pakistan comments complicate talks,” Los Angeles Times, June 12, 2012. Available at http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-pakistan-talks-20120613,0,7893198.story
[6] “Pakistan not ‘gouging’ over Nato’s Afghan routes: Khar,” Reuters, June 13, 2012. Available at http://dawn.com/2012/06/13/pakistan-not-gouging-over-natos-afghan-routes-khar/
[7] “Pakistan should ‘bite the bullet’ on NATO supplies: US official,” Daily Times, June 13, 2012. Available at http://dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\06\13\story_13-6-2012_pg1_7
“Nato route negotiations continuing with Pakistan: Pentagon,” AFP, June 12, 2012. Available at http://dawn.com/2012/06/13/nato-route-negotiations-continue-with-pakistan-pentagon/
[9] “Afghanistan set to press Pakistan on terror havens,” AFP, June 13, 2012. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/393039/afghanistan-set-to-press-pakistan-on-terror-havens/
[10] Zafar Bhutta, “Foreign assistance: Russian consortium offers to fund IP gas pipeline,” Express Tribune, June 13, 2012. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/392857/foreign-assistance-russian-consortium-offers-to-fund-ip-gas-pipeline/
[11] Iftikhar A. Khan, “Haqqani sought US help against army: commission,” Dawn, June 12, 2012. http://dawn.com/2012/06/13/haqqani-sought-us-help-against-army-commission/
“Hussain Haqqani architect of memo, not loyal to Pakistan: commission,” The News, June 13, 2012. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-13-15310-Haqqani-architect-of-memo,-not-loyal-to-Pakistan:-commission
Sidrah Moiz Khan, “Memogate: Commission’s report says Haqqani authored memo,” Express Tribune, June 12, 2012. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/392485/memogate-commissions-report-claims-haqqani-authored-memo/
[12] Zia Khan, “Economic uplift: Pakistan to open more trading points in Balochistan,” Express Tribune, June 13, 2012. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/392898/economic-uplift-pakistan-to-open-more-trading-points-in-balochistan/
[13] “KRC activist among three killed in violent acts,” Daily Times, June 13, 2012. Available at http://dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\06\13\story_13-6-2012_pg12_9
[14] “PML-N leader Afzal Khan killed in Swat,” Geo News, June 13, 2012. Available http://www.geo.tv/GeoDetail.aspx?ID=54047
[15] “Militant shot dead,” The News, June 13, 2012. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-114191-Militant-shot-dead
[16] “Cleric declares jihad against polio campaign,” Express Tribune, June 13, 2012. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/392939/obstacles-for-immunisation-cleric-declares-jihad-against-polio-campaign/