Pakistan Security Brief - November 10, 2011

Mullen denies being asked to help topple army chief; U.S. confident of Pakistan’s ability to handle nuclear weapons; Gilani and Singh hold talks, Gilani urges strengthening of SAARC; Pakistan will not “backtrack” on granting India MFN status; Malik calls for hanging of sole-surviving Mumbai terrorist; Two dead after battle between militants and security forces in Miram Shah; Six dead in firefight between militants and local militia in Khyber agency; Women and children rally for missing persons in Quetta; Heightened security measures implemented in Peshawar for Eid-ul-Azha, nine killed in Lahore; Sindh province to revert to commissioner system; Truckers decry police and customs corruption.

U.S.-Pakistan Relations

Pakistan-India Relations

FATA

Balochistan

Eid-ul-Azha

Sindh

  • On Thursday, the Sindh government announced that it would return to a “local bodies system” of governance last used in 1979.  This system is expected to “temporarily end [Sindh’s] administrative crisis” between the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and will place power into five districts until “a mutually acceptable local government system in Sindh” is agreed upon.[10]

Corruption Charges

  • The Pak-Afghan Transport Owners Association President, Mohammad Noor Khan, has alleged that truckers “supplying goods to Afghanistan” are habitually victims of extortion by police and customs agents.  Khan claims that truckers are given no option but to pay the extortion fee and has demanded that the governor of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa “take notice of the situation and injustices.”[11]


[1] “Mullen denies secret back channel in US-Pakistan ties,” Express Tribune, November 10 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/289502/mullen-denies-secret-back-channel-in-us-pakistan-ties/
Anwar Iqbal, On Mullen denies receiving Ijaz’s letter,” Dawn, November 10, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/10/mullen-denies-receiving-ijazs-letter.html
[2] “US ‘confident’ on Pakistan nuclear weapons safety,” Dawn, November 10, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/10/us-confident-on-pakistan-nuclear-weapons-safety.html
[3] Krishan Francis “India PM calls for new chapter in Pak relations,” Associated Press, November 10, 2011. Available at http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_SAARC_INDIA_PAKISTAN?SITE=JRC&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT “Gilani for more effective SAARC body,” Dawn, November 10, 2011. Available at  http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/10/gilani-for-more-effective-saarc-body.html
[4] “No going back on MFN, India told,” Dawn, November 10, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/10/no-going-back-on-mfn-india-told.html
[5] “Malik says Kasab should be hanged: reports,” Dawn, November 10, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/10/malik-says-kasab-should-be-hanged-reports.html
[6] “Two killed, shops destroyed in Miramshah clash,” Dawn, November 9 , 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/10/two-killed-shops-destroyed-in-miramshah-clash.html
[7] “Clash kills six in Khyber agency: officials,” Dawn, November 10, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/10/clash-kills-six-in-khyber-agency-officials.html
Iftikhar Firdous “Militants kill 4 members of peace committee, behead one in Khyber Agency,” Express Tribune, November 10, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/289656/militants-kill-4-members-of-peace-committee-behead-one-in-khyber-agency/
[8] Shehzad Baloch, “On Eid, no festivities for protesting families,” Express Tribune, November 10, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/289124/baloch-missing-persons-on-eid-relatives-hold-rally-instead-of-celebrations/
[9] “Peshawar celebrates Eid under tight security,” Dawn, November 9, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/10/peshawar-celebrates-eid-under-tight-security-2.html
[10] “Late breaking: 1979 local bodies system revived in Sindh,” Express Tribune, November 10, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/289579/late-breaking-1979-local-bodies-system-revived-in-sindh/
[11] “Transporters blame police, Customs for extortion,” Dawn, November 10, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/10/transporters-blame-police-customs-for-extortion.htm