Pakistan Security Brief - November 17, 2011

Drone strike kills seven militants in North Waziristan; Haqqani offers his resignation, senior Pakistani leaders meet; IDPs in Khyber agency start movement against military operation; Militants and security forces clash in FATA; Security officials arrest 17 TTP militants; Firefight between militants and police in Karachi kills seven; KP government ready for peace talks with militants; PML-N wavers on resignations; Finance Minister faces cabinet members’ rebukes; Pakistan concludes talks with IMF in Dubai.

Drone Strike

U.S.-Pakistan Relations

  • On Wednesday, Hussain Haqqani, Pakistan’s ambassador to the U.S., offered his resignation a week after being recalled by President Asif Ali Zardari. Haqqani’s recall came following media reports that President Zardari had sent a note to former U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen requesting U.S. assistance in preventing a military coup in the wake of the U.S. operation that killed Osama bin Laden.  A Pakistan Army investigation revealed that Haqqani was the diplomatic backchannel through which the note reached Mullen.  Last week, Mullen denied receiving the note but Mullen's former spokesman Captain John Kirby confirmed the note's existence on Wednesday. Kirby said, “He (Mullen) did not find [the letter] at all credible and took no note of it then or later.” President Zardari, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, and Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani met on Wednesday following reports that Haqqani was not immediately returning Pakistan.[2]

FATA

Punjab

Karachi Violence

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa

Pakistani Politics

IMF


[1] “Suspected US missiles kill seven in North Waziristan,” AP, November 17, 2011. Available at
[2] Karen DeYoung “Pakistani ambassador offers resignation,” Washington Post, November 17, 2011. Available at http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/pakistani-ambassador-offers-resignation/2011/11/16/gIQAeN0xSN_story.html
Kamran Yousaf “Another Zardari-Kayani meeting; Gilani also in attendance,” Express Tribune, November 17, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/293217/civil-military-relations-another-zardari-kayani-meeting-gilani-also-in-attendance/
[3] “Bara IDPs to launch drive against operation,” Dawn, November 17, 2011.  Available at
[4] “Major, 20 militants killed in Kurram 17 insurgents killed in Orakzai, Adamkhel,” The News, November 17, 2011. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=10348&Cat=13
[5] “Punjab police arrest 17 suspected militants from various cities,” Express Tribune, November 17, 2011.  Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/293296/punjab-police-arrest-17-suspected-militants-from-various-cities/
[6] Syed Shoaib Hasan, “Seven killed in Karachi shoot-out - Pakistani police,” BBC, November 16, 2011. Available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15766493
“Woman among 3 terrorists killed in Karachi blast,” Geo, November 16, 2011. Available at  http://www.geo.tv/11-16-2011/88938.htm
[7] “Hoti renews dialogue offer to militants,” Dawn, November 17, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/17/hoti-renews-dialogue-offer-to-militants-2.html
[8] “Decision on en masse resignation not finalised, says Nawaz,” Dawn, November 17, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/17/decision-on-en-masse-resignation-not-finalised-says-nawaz.html
“Shah Mahmood Qureshi to meet Nawaz, November 22,” Express Tribune, November 17, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/293306/shah-mahmood-qureshi-to-meet-nawaz-november-22/
[9] Khaleeq Kiani  “Handling of power crisis criticized,” Dawn, November 17, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/17/handling-of-power-crisis-criticised.html
“US willing to assist Pakistan in power projects: Munter,” The News, November 17, 2011. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=77971&Cat=2
[10] Shahbaz Rana, “IMF talks: Govt agrees to revise trade projections downwards,” Express Tribune, November 17, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/293124/imf-talks-govt-agrees-to-revise-trade-projections-downwards/