Pakistan Security Brief - November 14, 2011

TTP militant commander threatens peace agreement; Wazir tribesmen protest in Miram Shah; Security forces impose curfew in North Waziristan; Militant activity in FATA; Five Uzbek militants killed in security forces operation; KP Governor calls for foreign investment in FATA; CENTCOM Commander meets with Kayani; Republicans blast Pakistan at Presidential Debate; Pakistan and China participate in “war games,” Pakistan markets new fighter jet; Pakistan to purchase nuclear power plants from Chinese company; Pakistan and India continue to discuss trade normalization; India claims sufficient evidence to charge Mumbai attack suspects; India expresses “shock” over revelation of Pakistanis being held in Indian jails; Five bodies found in KP province; Anti-terrorism court adjourns hearing; Swat Taliban to target those who testify against it; Pakistan Air Force jet crashes, kills pilot; IED kills woman and child in Dera Mura Jamali; TTP labels Imran Khan a “slave” to U.S.; London police arrest Farooq killers; Intelligence officials killed in Jhelum; Pakistan and Turkmenistan agree to expedite TAPI pipeline; Pakistan meets IMF officials in Dubai; Guardian reports on Chaudhry Aslam Khan, “Pakistan’s toughest cop.”

 FATA

U.S.-Pakistan Relations

  • On Friday, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) Commander General James Mattis met with Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani in Islamabad in a “continuation of diplomatic contact” between the U.S. and Pakistan.  Both Mattis and Kayani reportedly agreed “to increase cooperation to curtail cross-border movement of terrorists on the [Afghanistan-Pakistan] border” and to renew intelligence cooperation efforts.  Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports on suspected “Pakistani complicity with the insurgents” along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.[7]

  • Republican Presidential candidates blasted U.S. ally Pakistan at the Republican Presidential Debate on Saturday.  Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney stated that Pakistan was “close to being a failed state,” while Texas Governor Rick Perry said that Pakistan didn’t deserve U.S. aid when asked whether or not Pakistan had been “playing a double game with Washington."[8]

Pakistan-China Relations

Pakistan-India Relations

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa

Balochistan

Pakistani Politics

Punjab

Energy

IMF

Police

  • On Thursday, The Guardian reported on Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Crime Investigation Department (CID) Chief Chaudhry Aslam Khan, “Pakistan’s toughest cop.”  Khan was targeted in a September suicide bombing at his home and has been called the “Karachi version of Dirty Harry” for his vow to “bury” his Taliban attackers.[24]


[1] “Hafiz Gul Bahadur threatens Pakistan govt,” Reuters, November 12, 2011. Available at
Alex Rodriguez, “As Pakistan eyes peace talks with the Taliban, anxiety builds,” Los Angeles Times, November 13, 2011. Available at http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-pakistan-taliban-talks-20111113,0,6048863.story
“Hakimullah Mehsud warns of more attacks,” The News, November 13, 2011. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=10258&Cat=13&dt=11/13/2011
[2] Manzoor Ali, “North Waziristan: Provincial status demanded,” Express Tribune, November 11, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/290101/north-waziristan-provincial-status-demanded/
[3] “Curfew clamped on North Waziristan,” Dawn, November 13, 2011. Available at
[4] “12 die in attacks in northwest Pakistan: officials,” AFP, November 13, 2011. Available at
Amirzada Afridi, “Market attack: Donkey cart bombing kills 6 in Khyber Agency,” Express Tribune, November 14, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/291182/six-dead-in-khyber-agency-donkey-cart-blast-officials/
[5] “Five Uzbek terrorists killed in NWA,” Geo, November 10, 2011. Available at http://www.geo.tv/11-10-2011/88700.htm
[6] “Overseas Pakistanis urged to invest in Fata,” Dawn, November 14, 2011. Available at
[7] “Military engagement: US, Pakistan agree on terms to control border attacks,” Express Tribune, November 12, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/290702/military-engagement-us-pakistan-agree-on-terms-to-control-border-attacks/
Joshua Partlow, “On Afghan-Pakistan border, suspicions reign,” Washington Post, November 10, 2011. Available at http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/on-afghan-pakistan-border-suspicions-reign/2011/11/10/gIQAWj4PKN_story.html
[8] Arshad Mohammed, “Republicans sharply criticize Pakistan in debate,” Reuters, November 13, 2011. Available at
[9] “Pakistan and China Stage War Games,” AP, November 14, 2011. Available at
“Pakistan offers cut-price fighter jet,” Reuters, November 13, 2011. Available at
[10] Zafar Bhutta, “Pakistan to buy two nuclear power plants from China,” Express Tribune, November 11, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/289908/energy-requirement-pakistan-to-buy-two-nuclear-power-plants-from-china/
[11] “Economic boost: India to work on preferential trade with Pakistan,” Reuters, November 12, 2011. Available at
[12] “Mumbai attack case: Sufficient evidence on Hafiz Saeed provided to Pakistan, says Mathai,” Express Tribune, November 11, 2011. Available at
[13] “India’s Supreme Court ‘shocked’ by Pakistanis in jail,” Dawn, November 11, 2011. Available at
“India, Pakistan pledge to normalise trade ties,” AFP, November 14, 2011. Available at
[14] “Five bodies found in Peshawar, Swabi,” Dawn, November 11, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/11/five-bodies-found-in-peshawar-swabi.html
“Three schools blown up in KP,” Dawn, November 14, 2011. Available at
[15] Umer Farooq, “Police station attack: Hearing against Sufi Muhammad adjourned till November 28,” Express Tribune, November 14, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/291620/police-murder-case-atc-adjourns-hearing-till-november-28/
[16] Mushtaq Yusufzai, “Swat Taliban threaten to target,” The News, November 14, 2011. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=10283&Cat=13
[17] “Pilot killed after PAF jet crashes near Attock,” Dawn, November 14, 2011. Available at
[18] Shehzad Baloch, “Blast injures two in Dera Murad Jamali,” Express Tribune, November 12, 2011. Available at
[19] “Imran Khan slave of the US, Europe: Pakistani Taliban,” Express Tribune, November 11, 2011. Available at
“Shah Mehmood Qureshi to join PTI ranks on Nov 27,” Express Tribune, November 11, 2011. Available at
[20] “Dr Imran Farooq murder: London police arrest 2 suspects,” Express Tribune, November 11, 2011. Available at
[21] “Blown cover: Four intelligence officials killed in Jhelum,” Express Tribune, November 13, 2011. Available at
Asad Kharal, “Hitting back: Jhelum operation ends with little to show,” Express Tribune, November 13, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/291184/operation-launched-in-jhelum-after-death-of-five-intelligence-officials/
[22] “Pakistan, Turkmenistan agree to expedite energy projects,” Dawn, November 14, 2011. Available at
Khalid Mustafa, “Russia keen to lay IP gas line in Pakistan: Dr Asim,” The News, November 14, 2011. Available at  http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=10276&Cat=13
[23] Shahbaz Rana, “Pakistan, IMF discuss real challenges to economy,” Express Tribune, November 10, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/289374/pakistan-imf-discuss-real-challenges-to-economy/
[24] “'Pakistan's toughest cop' vows to bury his Taliban attackers in bomb crater,” The Guardian, November 10, 2011. Available at http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/10/pakistan-toughest-cop-bury-taliban