Pakistan Security Brief - October 11, 2011

DNI applauds improved U.S.-Pakistan relations; Karzai asks the U.S. to place more pressure on Pakistan; Karzai’s office downplays role of bodyguard in assassination plot; Cross-border attack threatens Afghanistan-Pakistan relations; Kayani and Pasha to brief Pakistan Senate Committees; Zardari’s NAB appointment challenged; UN cites contributing factors in slowing of aid to flood victims; Malik warns decrease in violence only temporary; Rangers arrest 36, two political workers gunned down; Sindh Home ministry bans PAC; Rangers arrest 55 MQM activists in Karachi; Sunni Tehrik activists protest arrest of leaders; HRCP releases report on Karachi violence; Former peace lashkar tribesmen killed; KP provincial governor targeted by rocket attack; TTP sets conditions for negotiations with government; Security forces injured by roadside bomb in SWA; Militants destroy armored vehicles en route to Afghanistan; Gilani calls on Pakistan Army recruits to bring prosperity to Balochistan; Militants kill 4, injure 6 throughout Balochistan; London Post reporter murdered in Lahore; Brother of killed man encourages death sentence; Teen set on fire by police in Faisalabad; Masked men threaten teachers and students at girls’ school; Qadri death sentence suspended; New leads on Taseer kidnapping.

U.S.-Pakistan Relations

Afghanistan-Pakistan Relations

  • On Saturday, Afghan officials downplayed the importance of Karzai’s bodyguard, Mohebullah Ahmadi, in the foiled plot to assassinate President Karzai. Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) initially cited Admadi as a trusted guard, but Karzai’s office announced that Ahmadi “had no authority to act on his own and was just guarding a gate outside the presidential palace.” Afghan security officials claimed that the plotters may have been trained by the Haqqani Network in North Waziristan.[3]

  • According to military officials, Pakistani soldiers killed 30 militants that crossed into Upper Dir from Afghanistan late Sunday night. One Pakistani officer was killed and four others were wounded in the raid which was conducted by over 200 Afghan militants.[4]

Pakistani Politics

Karachi Violence

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa

FATA

Balochistan

Punjab

Taseer Murder

Taseer Kidnapping

  • Lahore police claim to have uncovered new details in the kidnapping of Shahbaz Taseer, the son of slain former Punjab governor Salman Taseer.  According to an anonymous source in close proximity to the case, the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has received important information from four suspects arrested for their involvement in the kidnapping. Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Lahore Malik Ahmed Raza stated that the JIT was examining links to “Taseer family feuds and the death sentence given to Mumtaz Qadri.”[26]



[1]  “Clapper: US, Pakistan spies rebuild ties,” AP, October 8, 2011. Available at http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/10/08/ap/preswho/main20117585.shtml
[2] “Kabul demands more US pressure on Pakistan,” AFP, October 8, 2011. Available at http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hEzrz2cPrct4TVg6xZwWTJNNQIuQ?docId=CNG.bb3cd41d4b2ea96e4e7e77288066d52d.6e1
Anwar Iqbal,” Negotiations with Taliban: US encouraging Karzai to seek Pakistan’s help,” Dawn, October, 9, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/10/negotiations-with-taliban-us-encouraging-karzai-to-seek-pakistans-help.html
[3] “Afghan guard in murder plot was not close to Karzai: statement,” Reuters, October 8, 2011. Available at http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/08/us-afghanistan-bodyguard-idUSTRE7970MH20111008
[4] “30 Afghan militants killed after cross-border raid,” Express Tribune, October 10, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/270831/30-afghan-militants-after-border-raid/
[5] Iftikhar A. Khan, “Army, ISI to brief NA, Senate committees,” Dawn, October 11, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/11/army-isi-to-brief-na-senate-committees.html
[6] Zahid Gishkori,” Controversial appointment: Zardari picks retired admiral as NAB chief,” Express Tribune, October 9, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/270282/nab-chairman-appointment-president-zardari-nominates-fasih-bokhari/
[7] Kamran Yousaf, “Lethargic response: Donors fear fudging of flood data, says UN,” Express Tribune, October 10, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/270732/lethargic-response-donors-fear-fudging-of-flood-data-says-un/
[8] “Law and order: ‘Karachi’s security has reasonably improved, but this won’t last’,” Express Tribune, October 9, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/269999/law-and-order-karachis-security-has-reasonably-improved-but-this-wont-last/
[9] “Karachi search operation: 36 suspects apprehended in Pak Colony,” Express Tribune, October 9, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/270252/karachi-search-operation-36-suspects-apprehended-in-pak-colony/
[10] “Sindh Government bans People's Amn Committee,” Express Tribune, October 11, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/271364/sindh-government-bans-peoples-amn-committee/
[11] “Over 55 MQM activists held in Karachi,” The News, October, 11 2011. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=9460&Cat=13
[12] “Sunni Tehrik activists protest arrest of leaders,” The News, October 11, 2011. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=71919&Cat=7
[13] Ali Usman, “City violence: After SC, rights group slams ‘irresponsible’ political parties,” Express Tribune, October 9, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/270116/city-violence-after-sc-rights-group-slams-irresponsible-political-parties/
[14] “Ex-members of peace body shot dead in Tank,” Dawn, October 11, 2011. Available at
[15] Shaan Khan, “Pakistani governor escapes rocket attack,” CNN, October 11, 2011. Available at
“Rockets target Pakistan governor at elders gathering,” BBC, October 11, 2011. Available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-15254799
[16] Zia Khan,” Guarded response: Taliban hint at accepting Saudis as peace brokers,” Express Tribune, October 10, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/270696/guarded-response-taliban-hint-at-accepting-saudis-as-peace-brokers/
[17] “Bomb injures three soldiers in South Waziristan,” Dawn, October 11, 2011. Available at
[18] Ashrafuddin Pirzada, “Trailer, US armoured vehicle reduced to ashes,” The News, October 11, 2011. Available at
“Bomb hits Nato supplies truck in Landi Kotal; one killed,” Dawn, October 10, 2011. Available at
[19] “Pak Army 5,000 Baloch jawans’ passing-out parade,” Geo, October 11, 2011. Available at  http://geo.tv/10-11-2011/87414.htm
 “Gilani links Balochistan prosperity with peace,” Dawn, October 11, 2011. Available at
“Pakistan PM Gilani urges reconciliation for Balochistan,” BBC, October 11, 2011. Available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-15254843
[20] “Balochistan unrest: Two shot dead, two bodies found,” Express Tribune, October 9, 2011. Available at
[21] Asad Kharal, “Freedom of speech?: London Post journalist found dead in Lahore,”  Express Tribune, October 8, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/268843/london-post-journalists-mutilated-body-found-in-lahore/
[22] “Extrajudicial killing: Sarfaraz’s brother wants death sentence for entire group,” Express Tribune, October 11, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/271308/extrajudicial-killing-sarfarazs-brother-wants-death-sentence-for-entire-group/
[23] “Burning confessions: 16-year-old set on fire by police officials,” Express Tribune, October 9, 2011. Available at
[24] Azam Khan, “Dress modestly: Masked men enter girls’ school, thrash students,” Express Tribune, October 9, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/269918/dress-modestly-masked-men-enter-girls-school-thrash-students/
[25] Shaan Khan, “Pakistan court suspends death sentence of governor's killer,” CNN, October 11, 2011. Available at
“Hundreds in Pakistan rally for governor's killer,” AP, October 11, 2011. Available at http://old.news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20111011/ap_on_re_as/as_pakistan
[26] “Police claims new developments in Shabaz Taseer case,” Dawn, October 11, 2011. Available at