Pakistan Security Brief - June 20, 2012

PPP announces Makhdoom Shahabuddin as new PM candidate; Lahore High Court files petition requesting reconsideration of 2012-2013 federal budget; Opposition parties celebrate Gilani ruling; Pakistani security forces capture ‘important’ al Qaeda leader; ACLU requests White House provide legal documents guiding CIA covert ‘targeted killing’ program; U.S. State Department spokesman comments on political conflict between Pakistan’s judiciary and government; Talks between India and Pakistan end with no agreement; Roadside bomb kills tribal elder in Bajaur agency; Violence continues in Karachi; Gunmen kill teacher linked to Marri tribe.

Prime Minister Gilani Disqualification

Capture of al Qaeda Leader

Drone Strikes

  • The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is appealing a March 2012 decision by the D.C. District Court that rejected their initial request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The ACLU is urging the court to pressure the White House to submit the legal documents guiding the CIA’s covert “targeted killing” program, or else explain the rationale for withholding those documents. The federal lawsuit is part of a three-year battle in which ACLU lawyers have sought a formal acknowledgement of the existence of the CIA’s drone program. In response to previous FOIA requests, the CIA has used a 35-year-old judicial precedent to neither confirm nor deny the existence of requested documents.[5]       

U.S.-Pakistan Relations

India-Pakistan Relations

  • Talks between India and Pakistan over Sir Creek, the disputed strip of water separating Pakistan’s Sindh province from India’s Gujarat state, ended Tuesday with no agreement. According to an Indian official, Pakistani concessions on the Sir Creek dispute depended upon Indian concessions on the Siachen Glacier dispute. India’s decision to tie the Siachen issue to Pakistan’s handling of terrorism and its investigation of the Mumbai terror attacks, however, yielded no agreement from Tuesday’s talks. Although both sides agreed to hold another round of talks, Prime Minister Gilani’s disqualification Tuesday placed future negotiations in a precarious position.[7]     

  • On Wednesday, local level protests occurred after Indian troops engaged in “unprovoked” firing into Pakistan-administered Kashmir’s Buttal Sector along the Line of Control (LoC), injuring two Pakistani civilians. According to Pakistani military sources, the gunfire ceased after the protests.[8]

Militancy


[1]Declan Walsh, “Political Instability Rises as Pakistani Court Ousts Premier,” New York Times, June 19, 2012. Available at http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/20/world/asia/political-instability-rises-as-pakistani-court-dismisses-prime-minister.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1
“ECP Notification: Gilani off playing field for five years,” Express Tribune, June 20, 2012. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/396317/ecp-notification-gilani-off-playing-field-for-five-years/
“Speaker’s ruling to consult coalition parties before ‘final decision’” Express Tribune, June 19, 2012. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/395954/speakers-ruling-zardari-gilani-chair-ppp-emergency-session/
[2] “PM disqualification raises doubts over legality of federal budget,” Express Tribune, June 20, 2012. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/396435/disqualification-of-pm-raises-doubts-over-legality-of-federal-budget/
“LHC takes up contempt plea against Zardari tomorrow,” Daily Times, June 20, 2012. Available at http://dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\06\20\story_20-6-2012_pg7_18
[3] “Opposition celebrates PM’s disqualification,” Express Tribune, June 20, 2012. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/396321/opposition-celebrates-pms-disqualification/
“Gilani should have resigned earlier,” Daily Times, June 20, 2012. Available at http://dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\06\20\story_20-6-2012_pg1_6
“MQM accepts verdict,” Dawn, June 19, 2012. Available at http://dawn.com/2012/06/20/mqm-accepts-verdict/
“With Gilani gone, NA to elect new PM on Friday,” Dawn, June 20, 2012. Available at http://dawn.com/2012/06/20/na-to-elect-pm-on-friday/
[4] “’Important’ al Qaeda leader captured on Pak-Iran border: Officials,” Reuters, June 20, 2012. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/396430/important-al-qaeda-leader-captured-on-pak-iran-border-officials/
Asif Shahzad, “Pakistan arrests French man accused of Qaida ties,” AP, June 20, 2012. Available at http://news.yahoo.com/pakistan-arrests-french-man-accused-qaida-ties-065424100.html
“Pakistan arrests ‘key French al-Qaeda operative,’” BBC News, June 20, 2012. Available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18517313
[5] Karen McVeigh, “Drone strikes: activists seek to lift lid on open secret of targeted killings,” Guardian, June 19, 2012. Available at http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jun/20/drone-strikes-targeted-killings-case
[6] “US hopes Pakistan would sort its crisis in accordance with the Constitution,” AFP, June 20, 2012. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/396310/us-hopes-pakistan-would-sort-its-crisis-in-accordance-with-the-constitution/
[7] Aditi Phadnis, “Sir Creek easiest of problems, want movement on terrorism: India,” Express Tribune, June 19, 2012. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/396083/sir-creek-easiest-of-problems-want-movement-on-terrorism-india/
“Indo-Pak talks on Sir Creek end without breakthrough,” Daily Times, June 20, 2012. Available at http://dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\06\20\story_20-6-2012_pg7_5
[8] “Pakistan protests cross-border firing by Indian troops,” Daily Times, June 20, 2012. Available at http://dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\06\20\story_20-6-2012_pg7_6
[9] “Tribal elder killed in Bajaur blast,” The News, June 20, 2012. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-7-115543-Tribal-elder-killed-in-Bajaur-blast
[10] “Six killed in separate acts of violence in metropolis,” Daily Times, June 20, 2012. Available at http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\06\20\story_20-6-2012_pg12_8
[11] “Baloch leader says teacher killed due to Marri links,” The News, June 20, 2012. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-115582-Baloch-leader-says-teacher-killed-due-to-Marri-links
Saleem Shahid, “Headmaster shot dead in Quetta,” Dawn, June 19, 2012. Available at http://dawn.com/2012/06/20/headmaster-shot-dead-in-quetta/