Pakistan Security Brief - September 30, 2011

U.S. Treasury implements sanctions; Clinton and Rasmussen push for elimination of safe havens; Obama meets with Uzbek president to discuss new supply route to Afghanistan; APC delivers 13-point declaration, calls for unity; Rehman claims U.S. is using Haqqani Network to “destabilize” Pakistan; China withdraws $19b investment deal in light of security concerns; Drone strike kills 3 militants in South Waziristan; Miners kidnapped by armed men in Khyber agency; Top IB and police positions to be shuffled; Balochistan witnesses strike in response to murder of BNP-M leader.

U.S.-Pakistan Relations

Pakistan-China Relations

FATA

  • A CIA drone strike in the Baghar Cheena border area in South Waziristan killed three suspected militants on Friday. An unnamed Pakistani security official mentioned that the militants were “not locals.”[7]

  • Thirty miners from a coal mine in the Khalakhel area were kidnapped by armed men on Wednesday. In a separate incident, armed men kidnapped four additional men who were working roadside. No militant group has claimed responsibility for the kidnappings, but “local authorities suspect the involvement of the Pakistani Taliban.”[8]

Pakistani Police

Balochistan



 [1] “Treasury Continues Efforts Targeting Terrorist Organizations Operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan,” U.S. Department of the Treasury, September 29, 2011. Available at http://www.treasury.gov/presscenter/pressreleases/Pages/tg1316.aspx
Missy Ryan, “U.S. slaps sanctions on Haqqani commander, but not group,” Reuters, September 29, 2011. Available at http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/29/us-pakistan-usa-haqqani-sanctions-idUSTRE78S4FK20110929
Kamran Yousaf, “‘The worst is over’ for Pakistan and US,” Express Tribune, September 30, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/263687/the-worst-is-over-for-pakistan-and-us/
Qasim Nauman, ”Pakistani sanctioned by U.S. denies militant links,” Reuters, September 30, 2011. Available at http://old.news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110930/wl_nm/us_pakistan_taliban_sanctions
[2] “Pakistan must eliminate militant safe havens, says Clinton,” Dawn, September 30, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/09/30/pakistan-must-eliminate-militant-safe-havens-says-clinton.html
“Nato chief presses Pakistan on ‘terrorist’ safe havens,” Dawn, September 30, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/09/30/nato-chief-presses-pakistan-on-terrorist-safe-havens.html
[3] Susan Cornwell and Matt Spetalnick, “Obama, Uzbek leader discuss Afghan supply route,” Reuters, September 29, 2011. Available at http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/29/us-uzbekistan-usa-pakistan-idUSTRE78S4GI20110929
[4] “APC issues unanimous declaration, calls for unity,” Dawn, September 29, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/09/29/apc-issues-unanimous-declaration-calls-for-unity.html
“All-Party Conference: PPP men see ‘strong’ message to Washington,” Dawn, September 30, 2011. Available at
“APC passes 13-point resolution to demonstrate unity,” Geo, September 30, 2011. Available at http://geo.tv/9-30-2011/86904.htm
“Pakistan Never Backed Haqqani Network-Spy Chief,” New York Times, September 29, 2011. Available at
[5] “US using Haqqani issue to destabilize Pak: Fazl,” Geo, September 30, 2011. Available at http://geo.tv/9-30-2011/86924.htm
[6] Jeremy Page and Tom Wright, “China Pullout Deals Blow to Pakistan,” Wall Street Journal, September 30, 2011. Available at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203405504576600671644602028.html?mod=WSJ_World_LeadStory
[7] Iftikhar Firdous, “Drone strike kills 3 in S Waziristan,” Express Tribune, September 30, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/263901/drone-strike-kills-3-in-s-waziristan/
[8] “Militants kidnap 34 Pakistan miners in Khyber,” BBC, September 30, 2011. Available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-15121307
[9]Prospective positions: Reshuffle expected in top police posts,” Express Tribune, September 30, 2011. Available at http://tribune.com.pk/story/263732/prospective-positions-reshuffle-expected-in-top-police-posts/
[10] “Asma flays murder of BNP leader,” Dawn, September 30, 2011. Available at
“Strike in Khuzdar over BNP-M leader’s murder,” Dawn, September 30, 2011. Available at http://www.dawn.com/2011/09/30/strike-in-khuzdar-over-bnp-m-leaders-murder.html