Pakistan Security Brief - October 25, 2011

U.S. reduces pressure on Pakistan for military offensive in North Waziristan, U.S. military leader seeks to rebuild U.S.-Pakistani military partnership; Karzai claims interview was “misinterpreted”; Pakistan retrieves sensitive date from grounded Indian helicopter; Pakistan and China discuss cooperation; 18,000 refugees flee Khyber agency; Conference demands ban on military operations in North Waziristan; Anti-Taliban leader killed; TTP releases videos of kidnapped Swiss couple; Judge shot in Muzaffarabad; Lahore police arrest man linked to suicide bombing; Ten bodies discovered over 24 hours in Karachi.

U.S.-Pakistan Relations

Afghanistan-Pakistan Relations

  • After a Pakistani TV channel aired an interview recorded with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Karzai has claimed that his statements in the interview have been “misinterpreted.” In the interview, Karzai said that if the U.S. and Pakistan engaged in a war, Afghanistan would support its neighbor Pakistan.  However, Karzai charges that the Pakistani TV channel only aired the “first part” of the interview where Karzai is referencing Afghanistan’s “willingness” and support to house Pakistani refugees.[2]

Pakistan-India Relations

  • India has reportedly discovered that Pakistan downloaded highly sensitive data, including “nicknames,” “code signs,” and the “coordinates of all helipads” around the Line of Control (LOC) dividing Pakistan and Indian controlled Kashmir, from its grounded Cheetah helicopter. Pakistan Air Force jets forced the Indian helicopter to land after it strayed in Pakistani air space on Sunday.[3]

Pakistan-China Relations

FATA

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa

Terrorism

Karachi Violence

 


[1] Kamran Yousaf, “Backing down: US no longer urging full-scale Waziristan blitz,” Express Tribune, October 25, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/281407/backing-down-us-no-longer-urging-full-scale-waziristan-blitz/
Joshua Partlow, “After setbacks, U.S. military tries to rebuild ties with Pakistani military,” Washington Post, October 24, 2011. Available at http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/after-setbacks-us-military-tries-to-rebuild-ties-with-pakistani-military/2011/10/24/gIQAOQ4MCM_story.html
“Haqqanis will not talk Afghan peace alone: Commander,” Express Tribune, October 25, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/281595/haqqanis-will-not-talk-afghan-peace-alone-commander/
[2] “Karzai backtracks on controversial Pakistan remarks,” AFP, October 25, 2011. Available at
[3] “Pak took security data from the Army chopper,” Hindustan Times, October 25, 2011. Available at
[4] “Cooperation: Pakistan, China explore ways to expand investment,” Express Tribune, October 25, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/281198/cooperation-pakistan-china-explore-ways-to-expand-investment/
[5] “At least 18,000 flee Khyber, arrive at Jalozai refugee camp,” Dawn, October 25, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/25/at-least-18000-flee-khyber-arrive-at-jalozai-refugee-camp.html    
[6] “Religious parties oppose action in N. Waziristan,” Dawn, October 25, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/25/religious-parties-oppose-action-in-n-waziristan.html
[7] “4 killed in attack in Pakistan, including leader of anti-Taliban militia,” CNN, October 25, 2011. Available at http://edition.cnn.com/2011/10/25/world/asia/pakistan-violence/
[8] “Taliban release videos of kidnapped Swiss couple,” Express Tribune, October 25, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/281739/taliban-release-videos-of-kidnapped-swiss-couple/
[9] “CJ AJK shot and wounded in Muzaffarabad,” Dawn, October 25, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/25/cj-ajk-shot-and-wounded-in-muzaffarabad.html
[10] “Suicide bombing mastermind arrested in Chakwa,” Dawn, October 25, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/25/suicide-bombing-mastermind-arrested-in-chakwal.html
[11] “Ten killed in Karachi violence in past 24 hours,” Dawn, October 25, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/25/ten-killed-in-karachi-violence-in-past-24-hours.html