Pakistan Security Brief - March 25, 2013

Musharraf returns to Karachi, TTP threatens his life; Interim Prime Minister takes oath; Army assures ECP of support and security; Suicide bomber kills 22 soldiers; Imran Khan holds 100,000 person political rally; U.S. cuts Pakistani military aid fund; Pakistan views Karzai as hindrance to Taliban peace; Militants destroy gas pipeline; Rangers arrest 16 in Karachi; Targeted violence kills 21 in Karachi; Militants attack Rangers in Karachi; Two NATO fuel convoys ambushed; OPIC funds wind farm project; Think Tank says free elections in U.S. interests.

Domestic Politics

Musharraf Returns, Faces Taliban Threats

Pakistan-Afghanistan Relations

  • According to a Reuters article released on Sunday, senior Pakistani Foreign Ministry officials view Afghan President Hamid Karzai as an obstacle to the Afghan peace process.  They consider his recent statements “erratic,” explaining that while Karzai claims he is trying to own the peace process, he in fact hinders cooperation and progress.  The officials point to Karzai’s recent stance against “back door peace contacts,” his conspiratorial accusations about the U.S. and the Taliban, and demands that Pakistan release its Afghan Taliban prisoners as examples of how his stance is both challenging and conflicted. [5]   

Militancy

U.S.-Pakistan Relations

  • On Friday, U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield announced that OPIC “approved a credit facility of $95 million for a 50MW wind-power plant in Gharo-Ketti Bandar[Sindh],” a project that will provide 133 gigawatt hours of electricity every year. [17]

  • On Thursday, the U.S. Congress sent U.S. President Barack Obama a spending bill that cuts funding from the $3 billion Pakistani Counterinsurgency Capability Fund.  The fund was meant to provide funding for military equipment such as helicopters and training for Pakistani special operations forces.  The State Department says the bill does not indicate that the U.S. will no longer provide military aid, rather that the aid will now come exclusively through the State Department.[18]


[1] “Khoso sworn in as sixth interim Premier of Pakistan,” Pakistan Today, March 25, 2013. Available at http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2013/03/25/news/national/khoso-sworn-in-as-sixth-interim-premier-of-pakistan/
[2] “Pakistani cricket star tries again to turn adulation into political support,” New York Times, March 23, 2013.  Available at http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/24/world/asia/pakistani-cricket-star-tries-again-to-turn-adulation-into-political-support.html?_r=1&#h[OoMOoM]
[3] “Press Release No PR39/2013-ISPR,” ISPR, March 22, 2013.  Available at http://ispr.gov.pk/front/main.asp?o=t-press_release&date=2013/3/22
[4] “Musharraf returns to Pakistan after four year exile,” The Guardian, March 24, 2013.  Available at http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/24/musharraf-returns-pakistan-exile
“Pakistan ex-president says deal avoids homecoming arrest,” Reuters, March 23, 2013.  Available at www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/23/us-pakistan-musharraf-elections-idUSBRE92M06L20130323
“Pakistan Taliban threaten to send Musharraf to "hell" when he returns,” Reuters, March 23, 2013.  Available at www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/23/us-pakistan-musharraf-taliban-idUSBRE92M01P20130323
“I’m not scared by Taliban threats- Musharraf,” Express Tribune, March 23, 2013.  Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/525258/im-not-scared-by-taliban-threats-musharraf/ 
“One of our own: military seeks security for Musharraf,” Express Tribune, March 25, 2013.  Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/526069/one-of-our-own-military-seeks-security-for-musharraf/ 
[5] “Pakistan sees Afghanistan’s Karzai as obstacle to peace with Taliban,” Dawn, March 24, 2013.  Available at http://dawn.com/2013/03/25/pakistan-sees-afghanistans-karzai-as-obstacle-to-peace-with-taliban/
[6] “Soldier laid to rest in Charsadda,” The News International, March 25, 2013.  Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-167353-Soldier-laid-to-rest-in-Charsadda  
“Suicide attack kills 17 Pakistan soldiers: military,” Express Tribune, March 24, 2013.  Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/525602/suicide-attack-kills-17-pakistan-soldiers-military/
“Suicide bomb blast at Miranshah checkpost,” Express Tribune, March 23, 2013.  Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/525304/suicide-car-bomb-blast-at-miranshah-checkpost/
“Suicide attack kills 17 Pakistani security forces,” Reuters, March 24, 2013.  Available at http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/24/us-pakistan-violence-idUSBRE92N03720130324
“Miramshah suicide attack death toll reaches 22,” Dawn, March 24, 2013.  Available at http://dawn.com/2013/03/24/miramshah-suicide-attack-death-toll-reaches-17-ispr/
[7] “Gas pipeline blown up,” Dawn, March 22, 2013.  Available at http://dawn.com/2013/03/23/gas-pipeline-blown-up-8/
[8] “1 killed, 5 injured in attacks on NATO oil containers in Peshawar, Kyber agency,” Pakistan Today, March 22, 2013.  Available at http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2013/03/22/news/national/1-killed-5-injured-in-attacks-on-nato-oil-containers-in-peshawar-khyber-agency/
[9] “One killed, two injured in Karachi violence,” The News International, March 25, 2013.  Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-93772-One-killed,-two-injured-in-Karachi-violence
[10] “Man killed two bodies found,” Dawn, March 24, 2013.  Available at http://dawn.com/2013/03/25/man-killed-two-bodies-found/
[11] “16 terrorists rounded up in Manghopir raid,” The News International, March 24, 2013.  Available at www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-4-167068-16-suspected-terrorists-rounded-up-in-Manghopir-raid
“Target killings claim five lives; three bodies found,” The News International, March 24, 2013.  Available at www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-4-167070-Target-killings-claim-five-lives;-three-bodies-found
“Two Rangers injured in Lyari cracker attack,” Geo, March 23, 2013.  Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-93456-Two-Rangers-injured-in-Lyari-cracker-attack
[12] “16 terrorists rounded up in Manghopir raid,” The News International, March 24, 2013.  Available at www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-4-167068-16-suspected-terrorists-rounded-up-in-Manghopir-raid
“Four bodies including woman’s recovered from different areas in Karachi,” The News International, March 23, 2013.  Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-93481-Four-bodies-including-womans-recovered-from-different-areas-in-Karachi
[13] “Militancy has declined says FC,” Dawn, March 22, 2013.  Available at http://dawn.com/2013/03/23/militancy-has-declined-says-fc/
[14] “Two soldiers killed in Orakzai blast,” The News International, March 24, 2013.  Available athttp://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-167156-Two-soldiers-killed-in-Orakzai-blast
[15] “Two men shot dead,” The News International, March 23, 2013.  Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-5-166939-Two-men-shot-dead
[16] “Four killed in Quetta firing,” Pakistan Today, March 22, 2013.  Available at http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2013/03/22/news/national/four-killed-in-quetta-firing/
[17] “$95m loan for 50MW wind power plant,” Dawn, March 23, 2013.  Available at http://dawn.com/2013/03/24/95m-loan-for-50mw-wind-power-plant/
[18]“Congress axes Petraeus backed Pakistan counterinsurgency fund,” The Hill, March 22, 2013.  Available at http://thehill.com/blogs/global-affairs/terrorism/289803-congress-axes-petraeus-backed-pakistan-counterinsurgency-fund