Pakistan Security Brief - November 30, 2011

U.S. and Pakistan offer conflicting accounts of Saturday’s NATO raid, diffuse another potential crisis; Pakistan demands respect in U.S.-Pakistan relationship; Christian Science Monitor reports on U.S. and NATO use of Pakistani supply routes; International community reaches out to Pakistan to attend Bonn Conference; Security forces kill 12 militants in Kurram agency; Bomb in South Waziristan kills two; Court announces shift of 700 terror suspects to internment camps; Leader of peace committee killed in car bombing; “Would-be suicide bomber” dies in explosion; University professor targeted in sectarian violence; Pakistani cable companies block BBC.

U.S.-Pakistan Relations

Bonn Conference Boycott

FATA

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa

Balochistan

BBC Blocked

  • On Tuesday, Pakistani cable companies began blocking access to BBC World News throughout the country. The cable companies claimed that the ban came in response to the BBC documentary, “Secret Pakistan,” which probed the connections between the Pakistani military and intelligence apparatus and militant groups.  Meanwhile, the All Pakistan Cable Operators Association announced that all foreign media broadcasting “anti-Pakistan content” would be banned.  In response, a BBC spokesman announced, “We condemn any action that threatens our editorial independence and prevents audiences from accessing our impartial international news service."[11]


[1] “US suspects NATO forces lured into deadly raid,” AP, November 29, 2011. Available at
Luke Harding and Saeed Shah, “Taliban may have lured Nato forces to attack Pakistani outpost – US,” Guardian, November 29, 2011. Available at http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/29/nato-bombing-pakistani-military-base
Mushtaq Yusufzai, “Taliban deny any attack on Nato troops when Pak posts bombed,” The News, November 30, 2011. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=10658&Cat=13
“Standard procedures violated in unprovoked Nato strike: DGMO,” Dawn, November
“Nato attack footage released,” Geo, November 30, 2011. Available at http://www.geo.tv/GeoDetail.aspx?ID=27643
Karin Brulliard and Joshua Partlow, “Afghan officials voice scant remorse to Pakistan,” Washington Post, November 29, 2011.  Available at http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/afghan-officials-show-scant-remorse-for-pakistans-military-casualties/2011/11/29/gIQAMfBS9N_story.html
“US scrambles to contain Pakistan fallout ensure no new rifts on Afghanistan strategy,” AP, November 29, 2011. Available at http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/fatal-nato-raid-in-pakistan-likely-a-case-of-mistaken-id-by-us-afghan-forces/2011/11/29/gIQAhRaT7N_story.html?tid=pm_politics_pop
Rod Nordland, “Clash Between NATO and Pakistani Forces Defused,” New York Times, November 30, 2011.  Available at http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/01/world/asia/border-clash-tests-nato-pakistan-ties.html?_r=1
[2] “FM says Pakistan requires respect not aid,” Geo, November 29, 2011. Available at http://www.geo.tv/GeoDetail.aspx?ID=27595
John T. Bennett, “DOD adviser: Pakistan flap likely to 'get papered over' by apology, aid 'bribe,'” The Hill, November 29, 2011. Available at http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill/policy-and-strategy/195881-dod-adviser-pakistan-flap-likey-to-get-papered-over-by-apology-aid-bribe
“US scrambles to contain Pakistan fallout ensure no new rifts on Afghanistan strategy,” AP, November 29, 2011. Available at http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/fatal-nato-raid-in-pakistan-likely-a-case-of-mistaken-id-by-us-afghan-forces/2011/11/29/gIQAhRaT7N_story.html?tid=pm_politics_pop
“US preparing to vacate Shamsi air base,” Reuters, November 30, 2011.  Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/299941/us-preparing-to-vacate-shamsi-air-base/
[4] “Clinton hopes for Pakistan cooperation despite Bonn boycott,” Reuters, November 30, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/30/clinton-hopes-for-pakistan-cooperation-despite-bonn-boycott.html
“Merkel ‘very sorry’ about Pakistan boycott of Afghan meet,” AFP, November 29, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/29/merkel-very-sorry-about-pakistan-boycott-of-afghan-meet.html
“US urges Pakistan to reconsider Bonn talks boycott,” AFP, November 30, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/299976/us-urges-pakistan-to-reconsider-bonn-talks-boycott/
“Karzai urges Pakistan to reconsider Bonn boycott,” Dawn, November 29, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/29/karzai-urges-pakistan-to-reconsider-bonn-boycott.html
 “Pakistan stand reflects 'a turning point' in FP: Firdous,” Geo, November 29, 2011. Available at http://www.geo.tv/GeoDetail.aspx?ID=27611
Karin Brulliard and Joshua Partlow, “Afghan officials voice scant remorse to Pakistan,” Washington Post, November 29, 2011.  Available at http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/afghan-officials-show-scant-remorse-for-pakistans-military-casualties/2011/11/29/gIQAMfBS9N_story.html
[5] “Twelve militants killed in Kurram clash,” Dawn, November 30, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/30/twelve-militants-killed-in-kurram-clash.html
[6] “Blast at funeral prayer kills two in SWA,” Geo, November 29, 2011. Available at http://www.geo.tv/GeoDetail.aspx?ID=27593
[7] Akhtar Amin, “700 missing persons shifted to interment centres: PHC CJ,” The News, November 30, 2011. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=80054&Cat=7
[9] “Suspected suicide bomber killed in premature explosion,” Express Tribune, November 30, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/299851/suspected-suicide-bomber-killed-in-premature-explosion/
[10] Shehzad Baloch, “Balochistan University loses another teacher in targeted attack,” Express Tribune, November 30, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/299504/balochistan-university-lecturer-killed-in-quetta/
[11] “Pakistan blocks BBC World News TV channel,” BBC, November 29, 2011. Available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15936881