Pakistan Security Brief - November 23, 2011

Pakistan’s Ambassador to U.S. resigns; Pakistani Taliban spokesman denies ceasefire agreement; Security forces kill 18 militants in Kurram agency; Militants kill soldier in Bara sub-district; Militants bomb market in Orakzai; Pakistan to bring issue of drone strikes to UNHRC; PML-N asks for Qureshi to join party; Khan to take action against British newspaper; Pakistan committed to Afghanistan’s future, says Gilani; Pakistan and India work to implement India’s MFN status.

Memo-gate

FATA

Drone Strikes

Pakistani Politics

Afghanistan-Pakistan Relations

Pakistan-India Relations

  • Pakistan and India continue to work together to improve bilateral relations and trade, however Pakistan’s Commerce Secretary has announced that the “presence of a negative trade list” created by fearful industry associations and exporters has prevented Pakistan from being able to move forward with the “practical” implementation of India’s MFN status.[10]


“Sherry Rehman appointed Pakistan's Ambassador to the US,” Express Tribune, November 23, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/296263/sherry-rehman-appointed-pakistans-ambassador-to-the-us/
“Pakistan Names 'Dedicated Democrat' as U.S. Envoy,” Reuters, November 23m 2011. Available at http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2011/11/23/world/asia/international-us-pakistan-usa-ambassador.html?_r=1
“Husain Haqqani resignation is 'internal issue': US,” Express Tribune, November 23, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/296258/husain-haqqani-resignation-is-internal-issue-us/
“Memogate inquiry: PML-N files petition in Supreme Court,” Express Tribune, November 23, 2011. Available ay http://tribune.com.pk/story/296286/memogate-inquiry-pml-n-files-petition-in-supreme-court/
[2] “Pakistani Taliban deny cease-fire,” AP, November 23, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/23/pakistani-taliban-denies-cease-fire.html
[3] Umer Farooq, “18 militants killed in Kurram Agency operation,” Express Tribune, November 23, 2011. Available at  http://tribune.com.pk/story/296265/18-militants-killed-in-kurram-agency-operation/
[4] “Soldier killed in Bara attack,” The News, November 23, 2011. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=78880&Cat=2
[5] “Militants blow up six shops in Orakzai,” The News, November 23, 2011. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=78878&Cat=2
[6] Zia Khan, “UN to be approached over drone strikes,” Express Tribune, November 23, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/296135/un-to-be-approached-over-drone-strikes/
[7] Abdul Manan, “As Qureshi contemplates, Nawaz accommodates,” Express Tribune, November 23, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/295845/qureshi-sharif-meeting-underway-at-raiwind/
“School students forced to attend PML-N rally,” Express Tribune, November 22, 2011.Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/295843/school-students-forced-to-attend-pml-n-rally/
[8] “PTI will take action against British newspaper: Imran Khan,” Express Tribune, November 23, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/296257/pti-will-take-action-against-british-newspaper-imran-khan/
[9] “Stable, sovereign Afghanistan in Pakistan’s interest: Gilani,” Dawn, November 22m 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/22/stable-sovereign-afghanistan-in-pakistans-interest-gilani.html
[10] Kashif Hussain, “Free trade or not?: Negative list restricts MFN benefits, says commerce secretary,” Express Tribune, November 23, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/296092/free-trade-or-not-negative-list-restricts-mfn-benefits-says-commerce-secretary/