Pakistan Security Brief - October 20, 2011

Clinton to visit Pakistan, take tough stance on terrorism; Pakistan points to Afghanistan as source of militancy; DG reports Pakistan military losses in war on terror; U.S. releases interrogation videos of Pakistani-American terrorist; Terrorists threaten disruption of gas and oil to Pakistan Army and NATO troops; Pakistan’s UNSC bid; Nuclear power plant leak releases no radiation, say officials; Families of target killing victims to receive compensation; Pakistan and Japan discuss crime prevention and counterterrorism methods; Militant activity in FATA; IDPs return to homes in South Waziristan; Kalash tribe threatened by proselytizing militants; Bomb explodes in Swabi; Punjab suffers after turning down U.S. aid.

U.S.-Pakistan Relations

War on Terror

  • During a meeting at the Pakistan Army General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi yesterday, Director General of Military Operations (DG MO) Major General Ashfaq Nadeem reported that 3,097 Pakistani military personnel had been killed while another 721 had been “permanently disabled” as the result of Pakistan’s war on terror.  Nadeem also noted that 40,309 Pakistani civilians have been killed during the decade-long war.[3]

  • The U.S. has released FBI interrogation videos of Pakistani-American David Headley, a Chicago businessman and terrorist who “helped plot the November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.”[4]

  • Two unidentified terrorist groups have recently threatened “public oil and gas companies” in an attempt to disrupt gas and oil supplies to the Pakistan Army and NATO troops in Afghanistan.  Pakistan State Oil (PSO) has called on the “Rangers to ensure [the] security” of its facilities.[5]

Pakistan’s UNSC bid

Nuclear Power Plant Leak

Karachi Violence

FATA

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa

Punjab

  • Following the May 2 raid on deceased al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound, the Punjab government turned down $127 million in U.S. aid for “health care, education, and municipal services.” Now, the U.S. is considering making dramatic cuts to Pakistan civilian and military aid and Punjab is reportedly suffering from its decision to reject aid in order to “capitalize on pervasive anti-American sentiment.”[14]


[1] Steven Lee Myers, “Clinton Issues Blunt Warning to Pakistan,” The New York Times, October 20, 2011. Available at http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/21/world/asia/clinton-issues-blunt-warning-to-pakistan.html
Jill Dougherty and Elise Labott, “Clinton: 'We intend to push the Pakistanis very hard,'” CNN, October 20, 2011. Available at http://edition.cnn.com/2011/10/20/politics/afghanistan-clinton/
“US pulls out stops to press Pakistan into service against Haqqani network,” Washington Post, October 19, 2011. Available at http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia-pacific/us-pulls-out-stops-to-press-pakistan-into-service-against-haqqani-network/2011/10/19/gIQAJ84IyL_story.html
Jane Perlez, “The Fight Over How to End a War,” The New York Times, October 20, 2011. Available at http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/20/world/asia/us-and-pakistan-differ-on-withdrawal-from-afghanistan.html?_r=1
[2] Karin Brulliard, “Pakistan turns tables on U.S. accusations about sheltering militants,” Washington Post, October 20, 2011. Available at http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia-pacific/pakistan-turns-tables-on-us-accusations/2011/10/19/gIQAdLUPyL_story.html?wprss=rss_asia-pacific
“US pushing for international monitors on Pak-Afghan border,” The News, October 20, 2011. Available at  
[3] “Pakistan lost two brigades in war on terror,” Dawn, October 20, 2011. Available at
[4] “US release Headley interrogation video,” Geo, October 20, 2011. Available at http://geo.tv/10-20-2011/87870.htm
[5] Zafar Bhutta, “Terrorists threaten oil firms, want Nato supplies cut.” Express Tribune, October 20,, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/277920/terrorists-threaten-oil-firms-want-nato-supplies-cut/
[6] “China wishes Pakistan to be elected as non-permanent member of UNSC,” The News, October 20, 2011. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=73415&Cat=2
Louis Charbonneau, “Pakistan hopes to join India on U.N. council,” Reuters, October 19, 2011. Available at http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/19/us-un-council-election-idUSTRE79I6SG20111019
[7] “Pakistan on alert after leak in nuke power plant,” AP, October 20, 2011. Available at http://old.news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20111020/ap_on_re_as/as_pakistan_nuclear
[8] “Commission to compensate Karachi violence victims,” Dawn, October 20, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/20/commission-to-compensate-karachi-violence-victims.html
[9] “Japanese likely to train Sindh Police,” Dawn, October 19, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/19/japanese-likely-to-train-sindh-police.html
[10] Ifthikar Firdous, “Khyber Agency: 34 militants, 3 soldiers killed near Afghan border,” Express Tribune, October 20, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/278140/7-killed-in-pakistan-clash-near-afghan-border/
“Hideouts of militants destroyed in Bara,” Dawn, October 20, 2011. Available at
“Three soldiers, 34 militants killed in Khyber clash,” Dawn, October 20, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/20/two-soldiers-five-militants-killed-in-khyber-clash.html
[11] “6,300 displaced families return to SWA: officials,” The News, October 20, 2011. Available at  
[12] “Conversions threaten Pakistan's ‘Macedonian’ tribe,” Reuters, October 20, 2011. Available at http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/20/us-pakistan-kalash-idUSTRE79J0TE20111020
[13] “Bomb blast reported at graveyard in Swabi,” The News, October 19, 2011. Available at http://www.thenews.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=25008
[14] Sebastian Abbot, “Pakistan's rejection of U.S. aid has ill effects,” AP, October 19, 2011. Available at http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/10/19/MN471LJLGQ.DTL