Pakistan Security Brief - March 26, 2013

Kayani meets Kerry in Jordan, calls a meeting with Corps Commanders; Kerry avoids visiting Pakistan to avoid elections conspiracy; China confirms nuclear power plant deal; Water Commission meets to contest Indian hydro-plants; Clerics attack house in Punjab; Four killed in Karachi violence, one injured; U.S. to pay $6 billion to remove equipment from Afghanistan, only using Pakistani route sparingly; Police arrest four terrorists in Karachi; IED in Bajaur injures security guards; U.S. man convicted of lying to FBI about attempting to join Taliban or al Qaeda; Three men shot in Faisalabad; Iran, India, U.S. discuss pipeline and sanctions.

U.S.-Pakistan Relations

Domestic Issues

Sino-Pakistan Relations

  • During a meeting with the press in Beijing on Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei confirmed that China signed an agreement with Pakistan to build a 1000 MW nuclear power plant at Chashma, Pakistan.  He defended the agreement, asserting that the deal was exclusively for peaceful energy production, and conformed with the “safeguards of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).”[5]

Indo-Pak Relations

Iran-Pakistan-India Pipeline

Militancy


[1] "Army chief meets top U.S. envoy in Jordan," Express Tribune, March 26, 2013.  Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/526501/army-chief-meets-top-us-envoy-in-jordan/
“Kerry skips Pakistan to avoid poll campaign,” Dawn, March 25, 2013.  Available at http://dawn.com/2013/03/25/kerry-skips-pakistan-to-avoid-poll-campaign/
[2] “U.S. has no favourites in Pakistani political arena,” Dawn, March 26, 2013. Available at http://dawn.com/2013/03/26/us-has-no-favourites-in-pakistani-political-arena/
[3] “U.S. faces $6bn bill to ship equipment home from Afghanistan,” The Guardian, march 25, 2013.  Available at  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/25/us-bill-equipment-home-afghanistan
[4] Kayani summons key Corps Commanders meeting,” Dawn, March 26, 2013.  Available at http://dawn.com/2013/03/26/kayani-summons-key-corps-commanders-meeting/
[5] China defends deal to build 1000 MW nuclear plant for Pakistan,” NDTV, March 25, 2013.  Available at http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/china-defends-deal-to-build-1000-mw-nuclear-plant-for-pakistan-346780
[6] “Pakistan objects to three Indian projects on Chenab,” The News, March 26, 2013.  Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-13-21829-Pakistan-objects-to-three-Indian-projects-on-Chenab
[7] “India in talks with Iran and U.S. on the gas pipeline project,” News Track India, March 24, 2013.  Available at http://www.newstrackindia.com/newsdetails/2013/03/24/237-India-in-talks-with-Iran-and-US-on-the-gas-pipeline-project-Moily.html
[8] “Clerics attack Ahmadi house, torture family in Punjab,” Express Tribune, March 26, 2013.  Available abhttp://tribune.com.pk/story/526633/clerics-attack-ahmadi-house-torture-family-in-punjab/
[9] “NY man accused of wanting to wage jihad against U.S. military is convicted of lying to FBI,” Washington Post, March 26, 2013.  Available at http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/ny-man-accused-of-wanting-to-wage-jihad-against-us-military-is-convicted-of-lying-to-fbi/2013/03/25/77cb35aa-9586-11e2-95ca-dd43e7ffee9c_story.html
[10] “Two constables, two businessmen shot dead,” The News, March 26, 2013.  Available at www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-4-167404-Two-constables,-two-businessmen-shot-dead
“One killed, two injured in violence,” Pakistan Today, March 25, 2013.  Available at http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2013/03/25/city/karachi/one-killed-two-injured-in-violence/
[11] “Police, Rangers arrest four terrorists,” Pakistan Today, March 26, 2013.  Available at http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2013/03/25/city/karachi/police-rangers-arrest-four-terrorists/
[12] “Female school teacher gunned down in Khyber agency,” Express Tribune, March 26, 2013.  Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/526649/female-school-teacher-gunned-down-in-khyber-agency/
[13] “Transporter killed in Hyderabad,” The News, March 26, 2013.  Available at www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-167571-Transporter-killed-in-Hyderabad
[14] “2 soldiers hurt in Bajaur agency blast,” Pakistan Today, March 25, 2013.  Available at http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2013/03/25/news/national/2-soldiers-hurt-in-bajaur-agency-blast/
[15] “One gunned down in Khuzdar,” The News, March 26, 2013.  Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-167576-One-gunned-down-in-Khuzdar
[16] “Explosion heard in Peshawar,” Express Tribune, March 25, 2013.  Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/526344/explosion-heard-in-peshawar/
[17] “Three men gunned down in Faisalabad,” Pakistan Today, March 25, 2013.  Available at http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2013/03/25/news/national/three-men-gunned-down-in-faisalabad/