Pakistan Security Brief - November 29, 2011

U.S. and Pakistan spar over Saturday’s NATO raid that killed 24 Pakistani troops; U.S. speculates future of U.S.-Pakistan relations; Pakistanis protest NATO raid; U.S. faces international criticism for NATO attack; Haqqani Network death squads terrorize border residents; Malik claims “foreign hand” behind Karachi violence; Police recover large arms cache in graveyard; Warraich responds to Qureshi’s nuclear allegation; Police arrest militant leader Ameerullah; 14 militants and one security officer killed in Orakzai agency operations; Gilgit-Baltistan residents push for greater autonomy.

U.S.-Pakistan Relations

Afghanistan-Pakistan Relations

Karachi Violence

Pakistani Politics

  • On Monday, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) President in central Punjab Imtiaz Safdar Warraich countered former Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s assertion that Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal was not properly secured by the PPP-led government.  Warraich suggested that Qureshi solely sought to discredit the government and pointed out that Qureshi had claimed that Pakistan’s nuclear assets were safe while in office.[8]

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[1] Karen DeYoung and Joshua Partlow, “Afghans say commando unit was attacked before airstrike was called on Pakistan,” Washington Post, November 29, 2011. Available at http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/afghans-say-unit-http://www.washingtonpost.com/karen-deyoung/2011/03/02/AB56xmP_page.htmlwas-attacked-before-airstrike/2011/11/28/gIQAX6ZY5N_story.html
“PM to call parliament’s joint session on Mohmand, memogate,” Dawn, November 29, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/29/pm-to-call-parliaments-joint-session-on-mohmand-memogate.html
 “Pakistan to boycott key meeting in Germany in protest over NATO raid that killed its troops,” AP, November 29, 2011. Available at http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia-pacific/as-pakistani-anger-surges-government-meets-to-discuss-response-to-deadly-nato-raid/2011/11/29/gIQALnUb7N_story.html?wprss=rss_asia-pacific
“Pakistan steps up rhetoric over lethal Nato raid,” AFP, November 28, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/28/pakistan-to-re-evaluate-its-ties-with-us-gilani.html
[2] “State Department concerned attack will affect Pakistan relations,” Reuters, November 28, 2011. Available at http://old.news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20111128/pl_nm/us_pakistan_usa_state
“Obama sees Pakistani deaths as tragedy: spokesman,” AFP, November 28, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/28/obama-sees-pakistani-deaths-as-tragedy-spokesman.html
“US vows to ‘carry on’ after Pakistan cuts supplies,” AFP, November 28, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/28/us-vows-to-carry-on-after-pakistan-cuts-supplies.html
John T. Bennett, “Blair calls US-Pakistan relations 'deformed,'” The Hill, November 28, 2011. Available at http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill/policy-and-strategy/195655-former-dni-blair-calls-us-pakistan-relations-deformed
“Chaman border closed for NATO supplies,” Geo, November 28, 2011. Available at http://www.geo.tv/GeoDetail.aspx?ID=27509
“Pakistan strike probe report due next month: US,” Dawn, November 29, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/29/pakistan-strike-probe-report-due-next-month-us.html
[3] “MQM stages demos to show solidarity with Pak army,” Geo, November 28, 2011. Available at http://www.geo.tv/GeoDetail.aspx?ID=27526
“President made no statement against NATO attack: Imran,” Geo, November 28, 2011. Available at http://www.geo.tv/GeoDetail.aspx?ID=27525
“Tribesmen volunteer to avenge Nato strike,” Dawn, November 29, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/29/tribesmen-volunteer-to-avenge-nato-strike-2.html
 “Analysis: Attack hands Pakistan a chance to squeeze U.S.,” Reuters, November 28, 2011. Available at http://old.news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20111128/wl_nm/us_pakistan_usa
[4] “Zardari rejects UAE request to review Shamsi airbase resolve,” Geo, November 28, 2011. Available at http://www.geo.tv/GeoDetail.aspx?ID=27527
“UAE mounts pressure to get airbase decision reversed,” Dawn, November 29, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/29/uae-mounts-pressure-to-get-airbase-decision-reversed.html
“No excuse to violate Pakistan sovereignty: Russia,” Reuters, November 28, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/28/no-excuse-to-violate-pakistan-sovereignty-russia.html
“China paper slams US over deadly Pakistan raid,” AFP, November 29, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/29/china-paper-slams-us-over-deadly-pakistan-raid.html
[5] Ray Rivera, Sharifullah Sahak, and Eric Schmitt, “Militants Turn to Death Squads in Afghanistan,” New York Times, November 28, 2011. Available at http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/29/world/asia/haqqani-militants-use-death-squads-in-afghanistan.html?_r=3&pagewanted=all
[6] “Malik sees foreign hand in Karachi killings,” Dawn, November 29, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/29/malik-sees-foreign-hand-in-karachi-killings.html
[7] “Police seize huge cache of weapons from Karachi graveyard,” Express Tribune, November 29, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/299452/police-seize-huge-cache-of-weapons-from-karachi-graveyard/
[8] “PPP raps Qureshi for nukes safety remarks,” Dawn, November 29, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/29/ppp-raps-qureshi-for-nukes-safety-remarks.html
[9] “Militant commander arrested from Nowshera,” Dawn, November 29, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/29/militant-commander-arrested-from-nowshera.html
[10] “14 militants, one security official dead in Orakzai operation,” Express Tribune, November 29, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/299431/14-militants-one-security-official-dead-in-orakzai-operation/
[11] Issam Ahmed, “In Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, residents see experiment with autonomy as 'illusion,'” Christian Science Monitor, November 28, 2011. Available at http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-South-Central/2011/1128/In-Pakistan-controlled-Kashmir-residents-see-experiment-with-autonomy-as-illusion