Pakistan Security Brief - November 1, 2011

Drone strike kills 4 militants in North Waziristan; New York Times investigates Haqqani Network’s relationship with Pakistan; Trilateral summit on Afghanistan’s future held in Istanbul; Zardari cites Pakistani dedication in fight against terrorism, Gilani lauds joint U.S.-Pakistan military efforts; U.S. exonerates Pakistan for 2007 killing of U.S. soldier; Three headless bodies discovered, militants blow up school; Gunmen kill FIA official; Militants kidnap doctor; Khan: 354 militants captured in Malakand this year; Police arrest eight in Karachi; BRA ambushes local pro-government militia vehicle; Pakistan asks U.S. for help with second IMF bailout; IAEA discovers Pakistan-Syria nuclear ties; Lal Masjid cleric acquitted in four charges.

Drone Strike

  • A U.S. drone strike in Mir Ali, North Waziristan killed four militants on Monday, according to Pakistani intelligence officials, while another five people were injured in the strike.  Villagers in Mir Ali claimed that all of the victims were “local tribesmen.”  Meanwhile, an increase in U.S. drone strikes has resulted in calls for the Supreme Court to “take suo moto action against…[U.S.] drone attacks” in Pakistan’s tribal regions.  The Defence of Pakistan Council (DPC), which is pushing the Supreme Court for suo moto action, has also asked the court to “direct the government to compensate the heirs of 3,315 Pakistanis killed in the U.S. drone attacks.”[1]

Haqqani Network

  • A New York Times article investigates the depth of the relationship between the Haqqani Network and the Pakistani government. The article speculates that far from being entrenched in remote tribal safe havens, senior members of the Haqqani Network freely travel through prominent Pakistani cities. According to the report, Khali Haqqani, an important fundraiser for the group, has long resided in Islamabad and Nasiruddin Haqqani serves as the network’s primary liaison with Pakistani intelligence.  The New York Times also claims that Pakistani military and intelligence officials view the Haqqani Network as a vital tool in preserving Pakistani interests in Afghanistan. As quoted by the New York Times, an editor with Pakistani daily The News, Mahreen Zahra-Malik, claims that despite recent American pressure against the Haqqani Network, “establishment circles have come pretty close to admitting the Haqqanis are assets.”[2]

Trilateral Summit

U.S.-Pakistan Relations

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa

Karachi Violence

Pakistan IMF Bailout

Pakistan-Syria Nuclear Ties

  • The UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has discovered a “previously unknown complex in Syria” that suggests ties between Abdul Qadeer Khan (AQ Khan), the “father of Pakistan’s atomic bomb,” and the Syrian government’s quest for a nuclear weapon.  According to an IAEA investigation, the al Hasakah cotton complex has “striking similarities” to uranium enrichment facilities seen in Libya, leading experts to question the extent of Syria’s “nuclear history.”[13]

Terrorism

  • Judicial Magistrate Kashif Qayyum Sheikh acquitted Lal Masjid cleric, Abdul Aziz, on four of twelve charges filed against him.  Aziz faced charges of conducting inflammatory speeches, issuing fatwas against military operations, possessing illegal weapons, and kidnapping police officers.[14



[1] “Four killed in NWA drone attack,” The News, November 1, 2011. Available at 
Syed Bukhar Shah, “SC urged to take suo moto notice of drone attacks,” The News, November 1, 2011. Available at
[2] Pir Zubair Shah and Carlotta Gall “For Pakistan, Deep Ties to Militant Network May Trump U.S. Pressure,” New York Times, October 31, 2011. Available at http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/01/world/asia/haqqani-militants-act-like-pakistans-protected-partners.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&ref=world
[3] “Hamid Karzai and Asif Ali Zardari meet in Turkey summit,” BBC, November 1, 2011. Available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-15533736
“Turkey wants Afghan-Pakistan summit to reduce mistrust,” Dawn, November 1, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/01/turkey-wants-afghan-pakistan-summit-to-reduce-mistrust.html
“Hillary Clinton cancels trip to London due to mother's illness ,” Telegraph, November 1, 2011. Available at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/8861610/Hillary-Clinton-cancels-trip-to-London-due-to-mothers-illness.html
Erik Hayden, “Dorothy Rodham, Mother of Hillary Clinton, Has Died,” Atlantic Wire, November 1, 2011. Available at http://news.yahoo.com/dorothy-rodham-mother-hillary-clinton-died-145619203.html
“U.S. Hopes Regional Talks Will Stabilize Afghanistan,” New York Times, October 31, 2011. Available at http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2011/10/31/world/asia/international-us-afghanistan-security-usa.html?_r=1&ref=world
Karen DeYoung, “U.S. revises its strategy for ending the Afghan war,” Washington Post, October 31, 2011. Available at http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-revises-its-strategy-for-ending-the-afghan-war/2011/10/31/gIQAwTbXaM_story.html
[4] “Joint strategy needed against terrorism: Gilani,” Dawn, October 31, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/31/joint-strategy-needed-against-terrorism-gilani.html
“Pakistan supports military action against terrorists: PM,” Dawn, October 31, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/01/pakistan-supports-military-action-against-terrorists-pm.html
“$70bn loss suffered in terror war: Zardari,” Dawn, October 31, 2011. Available athttp://www.dawn.com/2011/11/01/70bn-loss-suffered-in-terror-war-zardari.html
[5] Charley Keyes, “Military report finds Pakistani government not involved in killing of U.S. officer,” CNN, November 1, 2011. Available at http://edition.cnn.com/2011/10/31/us/pakistan-officers-death/index.html?eref=edition_asia&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fedition_asia+%28RSS%3A+Asia%29
[6] “Three headless bodies found in Bannu,” Dawn, October 31, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/01/three-headless-bodies-found-in-bannu.html
[7] “FIA official killed in Peshawar,” Dawn, October 31, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/01/fia-official-killed-in-peshawar.html
[8] “Another doctor kidnapped in Peshawar,” The News, November 1, 2011. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=75557&Cat=7
[9] “354 militants held in Malakand: DIG,” The News, November 1, 2011. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=75548&Cat=7
[10] “‘Target killer’ among eight arrested in Karachi,” Dawn, November 1, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/01/%e2%80%98target-killer%e2%80%99-among-eight-arrested-in-karachi.html
[11] “Bugti area: Banned Baloch outfit claims killing 4 in Sui,” Express Tribune, November 1, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/285890/bugti-area-banned-baloch-outfit-claims-killing-4-in-sui/
[12] Shahbaz Rana, “Looking for IMF help, Pakistan approaches US,” Express Tribune, November 1, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/285909/pakistans-imf-programme-looking-for-imf-help-pakistan-approaches-us/
[13] “New signs of Syria-Pakistan nuke tie: AP,” Dawn, November 1, 2011. Available at
[14] Obaid Abbasi “Lal Masjid cleric acquitted in four cases,” Express Tribune, November 1, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/285881/lal-masjid-cleric-acquitted-in-four-cases/